Monday, August 7, 2017

August My Monthly Hero is Out of This World - release, blog hop and give away

Hi Stampers! 
It's the most wonderful time of the month, and means it's time for new My Monthly Hero kit! I was jumping up and down when I was asked to guest design this month with the kit. I think this might be my most favorite kit so far (I say this for each kit, they keep getting better and better). 
This month's theme is out of this world literally and not. I am in LOVE with the kit and all of the add ons!!! 
You've probably got here from Wanda's blog, if not you can start from the beginning of the hop and visit Hero ARts blog and go from there, or just scroll to the bottom to see all blog hop stops.
So I created quite few cards so please bear with me. If you are bored at any time  hop to the next blog stop and go check May's amazing designs
This month's kit contains:

6" x 8" Clear Stamp Set
11 Coordinating Frame Cuts
1 Fancy Window Cut Die
1.5 oz Celestial Sequins
1 Metallic Blueberry Mist
1 Gold Shimmer Mist
1 Stencil 5.25" x 6.5"
3 5" x 7" Assorted Patterned Celestial Paper

all is $77 value, and you get it for only $34.99!!! 


Now, lets move to the cards, because I have lots to share! And I have few videos to add today and tomorrow that I didn't get a chance to edit as I ran out of time. 
For my first card I used hot press watercolor paper and Gansai Tambi watercolors to create the background. Next I stamped the images and embossed with white embossing powder. I added some sequins and spayed a little with the navy shimmer spray that comes in the kit. And voila ;) 



For the next 2 cards I used Arches watercolor paper (cold press) and created the galaxy using the Mijello gold watercolors along with white gel pen, alcohol and salt. I will have video showing you how to create this galaxy background (not for these 2 cards in particular but the ones below, but it's same technique). I stamped the images and sentiments with versamark then embossed with white embossing powder. While the embossed image was still hot I applied Sparkle embossing powder and heat set it. This added sparkle to my images. 






For my next card I used the Dream big set, I stamped the image on hot press watercolor paper and then created the galaxy background using Gansai Tambi watercolors. Then colored the planets and the girl. 




This might be my favorite card. I used the add on set, Astonomical. I created the galaxy background using circle infinity dies (to trace the circles for the planets) and Mijello gold watercolors on Arches cold press watercolor paper. I will have video later today or tomorrow showing you how to create this galaxy!!!! So hang on ;) 





I used the same technique for the card below, but used Mewn and Back set for the cat, and Astonomical for the sentiment. I have a video for this card, too. So hang on and check back later. The cat is colored using copic markers. 




Then, I had to make the cat spin, so I made spinner card with help of the Circle infinity dies. I will have a video for this card, too.






Now let's move to couple quick and easier cards. 
For this card I used the Zodiac Birthday set and stamped the background with help of the MISTI. Then stamped the image on white card stock, colored with copics and applied Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen. I stamped the sentiment on black card stock and embossed with white embossing powder. (I will have video posted later for this card, too)





And last but not the least, real CAS card. I stamped the image with Intense Black and colored with Copic markers. Then adhered to blue note card, added some skiny silver glitter washi, some gems and voila. 





I hope you are inspired enough ;) and you didn't get bored or annoyed.
Here are the details about the give away and kit availability! 
GiveawayHero Arts giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (We will reimburse them if they have already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Sunday, August 13th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.
 Kit availability and shippingThe kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday August 11. You can remind your readers that they can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!


The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Nichol Spohr
Wanda Guess
Ilina Crouse ( that's ME)
May Park  -> your next stop
Yana Smakula
Lydia Fiedler
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Amy Tsuruta
Michelle Short
Libby Hickson

165 comments:

  1. Love your bold galaxy backgrounds!

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  2. Wow, I had to go through your Hero Arts post 4x. I love all your cards and the different examples for the same stamps used. Thanks so much for the inspiration and the chance to win

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  3. Stunning cards! Love all your galaxy backgrounds!

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  4. Love all your cards nice ideas.
    Have a blessed day!
    Kimberly

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  5. Great cards! Makes me want to go back and add-on more to my kit order!

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  6. Oh my! Just when I had a favorite picked you have more to share. Your work is amazing. Thank you for sharing.
    P.S. The marbled balloons card is one of my favorites.

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  7. Please, don't ask me to choose my favorite card in the middle of all your fabulous creations !!!!

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  8. You have really outdone yourself! I am amazed at all the wonderful samples! You are a very talented lady! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Wow, your galaxy backgrounds are gorgeous!

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  10. Love all the unique and beautiful galaxy backgrounds you created! Awesome, out of this world ,cards! What a neat monthly card kit! Thanks for sharing.
    ~Gin K.~

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  11. Totally out of this world amazing cards! Every single one is absolutely breathtaking! Can't wait to get mine! TFS!

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  12. Love these cards and especially the galaxy backgrounds!

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  13. Wow! You made so many amazing cards, Ilina. You're galaxy cards are absolutely stunning! Can't wait to receive my kit and add-ons. :D

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  14. These are great! I love that background die and the space kitten.

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  15. LOVE YOUR GALAXY BACKGROUNDS!!!!!

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  16. Wow--you have been very busy. Love the backgrounds and the cute spinner card with the space cats.

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  17. I love your galaxy! these stamps seem to inspire that, and I am thinking I need to quit resisting and give it a try! Your colors are out of this world. (sorry, I couldn't resist punning!) Thanks so much.

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  18. The stamp set is fantastic. I love your interpretations on galaxy skies and am anxious for the videos. Thank you.

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  19. What great cards! I think they are amazing!

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  20. I love these! I can't decide which is my favorite between the cat cards and the astronaut card.

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  21. BORED???? Who could get bored looking at these? They are ALL "out of this world" Ilina (pun intended but true! LOL) Trust me, if I had all of these I would get carried away too. So much fun! Great job!

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  22. Wow, great stuff, I ordered the kit, I will use your cards as inspiration.

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  23. So many cards! And so pretty! Thank you for sharing!

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  24. Gasp--so amazing and so many cards--I liked each one more than the one before, just awesome! Terrific job--and the spinner car with the kitty cats--AWESOME!

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  25. Wow! So many amazing cards! Love the skies you created. You've really shown off the kit well. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  26. Eeek! All your cards are wonderful! I can't pick a favorite and now you are making me want ALL the add ons!! Thank you for sharing!

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  27. Wow!! You have created so many amazing cards!! I love them all. This kit is spectacular! I love the spinner card you did with the fun cats and dogs stamp set. And all the beautiful watercolored backgrounds are just stunning!! Thank you for all the inspiration 😊

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  28. What great card samples. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  29. Wonderful cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  30. Your backgrounds are beautiful!

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  31. WOWZA.... what amazing cards! I will absolutely be back to see your videos on these galaxy backgrounds! I am amazed that they can be done in so many ways! Awesome new Hero Arts release! Can't wait to get mine!

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  32. You always have such beautiful cards! Those backgrounds are awesome!

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  33. Wow! Your galaxies are stunning!! You really had fun with this release, amazing cards!

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  34. Gorgeous cards !
    Love that space cat!

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  35. Wonderful backgrounds & stamping on these creations.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  36. I love all your cards! So much inspiration, I wish I already my kit so I could start creating!! Cant wait to watch the videos for them!!

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  37. i love your cards! Amazing! Thanks for inspiring!

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  38. Wow, what an amazing set of cards !
    My favourite is the first card, because of the boy on the moon, I love him.
    Thank you for sharing all your projects.

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  39. Your cards were amazing! It's hard to believe that you could get so many different styles using elements from this months kit and some add-ons.

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  40. Beautiful cards and how creative you are. I would love to win the Hero Arts August 2017 Kit!

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  41. Amazing job! Especially since you helped make this stamp set. I really enjoyed seeing all of the different card variations.

    -Lynn Brown

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  42. Oh my goodness! Your cards are out of this world! And so is the kit! My jaw is just hanging open...

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  43. Love all the ideas you had for this set - gorgeous!

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  44. Great creativity! I love all your ideas.

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  45. Beautiful kit and fantastic cards!Thank you for sharing all these creative ideas :)

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  46. "Dreamy" cards! Thanks to Hero Arts for the chance to win the kit.

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  47. Love all your beautiful cards! It looks like a lot of fun to play with this kit!

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  48. You never fail to WOW me. What absolutely gorgeous cards and such creative designs. You are a rare talent. Thanks for sharing your gift with us.

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  49. Great watercolor backgrounds.

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  50. omg!!! your cards have left me breathless with excitement. Wow!!! your creativity is AWESOME:)

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  51. Wow, these are gorgeous! I love the planet balloons!

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  52. Wow!- you really showed the fantastic cards you could make with the kit!

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  53. Pretty cards, wow they are stunning.

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  54. Very nice cards. I love the one with the girl holding the planets. The background is awesome. Thanks for sharing...

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  55. Such amazing card ideas that I can't wait to try!

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  56. Love how your galaxy background turned out! ALL your cards are out of this world!

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  57. Great set of cards. Love them all.

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  58. I love these and can't wait for the video tutorial!

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  59. Your cards are stunning!! I think this kit is a must have!!

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  60. I love this whole release and your cards are absolutely stunning! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  61. Red Alert! Eye candy overload!! Soooo many beautiful projects! Your universe backgrounds are fabulous! Now, if I can just talk you into sending me that 'best in the universe' Catstonaut card.... >^.^<

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  62. Oh my goodness....your work is always so gorgeous!

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  63. Your cards are wonderful! The galaxy backgrounds are stunning!

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  64. Love your creativety with all these different card designs. I cant decide which add ons to ADD ON :)

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  65. Wow! Wow! Wow! You are so creative! I love all your cards. I am looking forward to your videos.

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  66. Wow! You are an overachiever! What a marvelous collection of starry cards!

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  67. Amazing Gorgeous group of cards! Wow! Every one of them is fabulous! Love that die cut window! 😍 Thanks!

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  68. Love this kit - the silouettes are fabulous

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  69. What wonderful cards, each and everyone. Thanks for all the inspiration.

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  70. Wonderful collection of cards!1

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  71. Great cards. Love the galaxies. Can't wait to play with the kit.
    Mkschmidt4atgmaildotcom

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  72. love the backgrounds

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  73. Yippee!! You had a great time playing with the kit and created some fantastic cards. Will be back to see if you've posted the videos. Would like to see how you created some of the effects. Fun!

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  74. As always, I'm amazing how you come up with so many varieties out of one kit!

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  75. Bored or annoyed? Are you kidding!? What a fabulous sampling of cards using this kit & add-ons! In love with your galaxies!
    elizabeth.vogler2@gmail.com

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  76. Wow! Great cards, and thank you for sharing all the techniques.

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  77. Hi Llina, Love all your beautiful cards, what a great kit, TFS, Cheers Anna.

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  78. You are so creative. Can't wait for the videos

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  79. I simply adore the "kitty in space" thanks for all your inspiration with this set.

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  80. Wow! Amazing cards and so many! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  81. Ilina, all I can say is WOW!! I love the backgrounds that you created using the gold watercolors. All of your creations are gorgeous!

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  82. Amazing cards! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  83. Wow !! Those backgrounds. Talk about making a card pop, yours sure do. I hope I win this kit so I can make some too.

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  84. Your cards are awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  85. Love your galaxy backgrounds, they look amazing ! :D

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  86. Oh my!!! This kit is absolutely amazing!!! I'm in love for your magical and stunning cards!!!

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  87. That's alot of cards but the more the merrier. Thanks for all the inspiration.

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  88. You had a lot of fun with all the stamps and add ons to this kit. I really cant decide which one add on to purchase!

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  89. Wow! So much inspiration - thank you!

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  90. wow! you were super busy! Awesome cards!

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  91. Wow! So many beautiful cards! You are great at watercoloring techniques. I could learn a lot watching your videos. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  92. Your cards are amazing and lovely - thanks for all of the inspiration - you do fabulous backgrounds! TFS

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  93. Wow, what a great cards, scrolling down your page one amazing card after an other. Wow. Amazing

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  94. Wow, wow, wow! So many great cards I love all of your backgrounds!

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  95. Beautiful cards, love all the different backgrounds you created.
    Dolores

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  96. Your astronaut card is simply gorgeous! Thanks for the ideas.

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  97. Gorgeous cards! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  98. WOW! You really had fun with these new stamps, dies and sprays! Love all of your cards - it would really be hard to pick a favorite!

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  99. Can't wait to get my kit so I can make all these lovely cards you created. It was hard to pick a favorite, because each one was better than the last! Looking forward to watching your videos, so I can be a "star" also!:) Thanks for sharing!

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  100. Your galaxy backgrounds are amazing and all of your cards are incredible! You really created so many gorgeous cards, I am really looking forward to your galaxy video!!!

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  101. Gorgeous!!! The backgrounds are truly well done. Love the Stardust card with the silhouette die.

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  102. WOW! You've been busy creating some absolutely gorgeous cards. Thank you for all the inspiration using this beautiful release.

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  103. Beautiful cards with awesome backgrounds to show off these designs! Love the cat!

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  104. Beautiful cards. Love the cloudy whale card.

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  105. so many wonderful cards -- my fave? the sleeping whale cloud that does look like he is dreaming. lol!

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  106. So many wonderful cards! I thought I had a favourite, until I kept scrolling and then decided that I can't pick one - they're all stunning.

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  107. All your cards are amazing. Can't wait for the videos, haven't done a galaxy background yet so looking for helpful hints. Thanks for sharing!

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  108. I absolutely love all of these cards, the galaxy backgrounds are amazing, I can't wait to watch the videos.

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  109. Amazing cards. I am loving the bold awesome galaxy backgrounds. Beautiful.

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  110. Wow! So many great examples! Tis kit is really amazing :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  111. Oh my heavens! These are ALL wonderful! You did a GREAT job getting creative with this kit!

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  112. Love every one of the cards you made. All are out of this world. BEAUTIFUL!

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  113. I am so loving these galaxy backgrounds. I have to try them

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  114. My favorite has to be the girl carrying the colorful balloons. Oh my goodness...she is perfect. I also loved the whale card. So cute and you make these look so easy. I am 85 yrs. old and challenging myself to copy work like yours. TFS.

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  115. OMG!!! I can't make up my mind which of the cards I *love* the most. You really have made the Hero Arts monthly card sparkle and shine (excuse the pun!). I liked the kit before, but after seeing your amazing creations I really want the kit! Thank you!

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  116. This is another fabulous card kit release from HA. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  117. Wow! So many beautiful cards! I love all your galaxy backgrounds. They are so pretty.

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  118. Super assortment of great creations ! Will look froward to seeing how you did the galaxy background on the card from the Astonomical set.

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  119. i love the galaxy, love the cats, love the zodiac, LOVE them ALL!!!!

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  120. Such great cards!!! They are all wonderful!!!

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  121. WOW! What an night time image, just makes you want to spread a blanket on the ground and lay down to look to the sky.....
    Wonderful

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  122. Just purchased my kit and can't wait to receive it. Of course, I would still love to win the giveaway!

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  123. AWESOME creations! I especially love the black framed gallexy card!

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  124. Beautiful cards! Love all the backgrounds!

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  125. I love the spinner card. While thed new products are beautiful, seeing the different end products are amazing. Thanks are such a wonderful assortment of new ideas.

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  126. You have designed some very lovely cards.

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  127. Oh wow, I can see how much fun you have with this kit, just fabulous!

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  128. Stunning I so really love all these cards, thank you so much for sharing

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  129. Wow! You've been very busy... and they are all great cards! Especially love the one where you used the frame die around your galaxy background... so pretty!

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  130. Love the background video. Looking forward to seeing the others.

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  131. Wow! You kept going... Love your galaxy backgrounds. Cute cat in space! This is one of the best kits and add-ons. Thanks for sharing!

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  132. Wow, you were very inspired and inspiring in the multiple ways to use this card kit and add-ons. I'm so sad it's sold out already!

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  133. AMAZING! Your cards are all So Cool...and So different. What a show of your talent! My favorite thing is the little girl floating.

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  134. Awesome! Thanks for the great ideas.

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  135. Gorgeous backgrounds! Such beautiful colors!

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  136. So many cards ,very creative.Your white silhouettes glow.

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  137. Perfect for the upcoming eclipse!

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  138. Wow, wow, wow! These cards are out of this world! Pun intended! The watercolor backgrounds are so vivid!

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  139. Spinning cats! Ha you crack me up!! Great cards, thanks or the video. I am very interested in how you created those planet surfaces. Beautiful cards!

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  140. Wow amazing and awesome creations.

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  141. The "Stardust" card is great. The cat astronauts are fun as well. Thanks for sharing.

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  142. Love the sky cards. Love the kit this month!

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  143. Amazing range of cards, I love the astronaut galaxy, stunning colours and background. This kit looks sooo good! Thankyou for the opportunity to win one.

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  144. So many wonderful cards! I love them all:) I need to start practicing these cool backgrounds before my kit arrives so I will be ready to craft.

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  145. Stellar cards that are absolutely out of this world!

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  146. Love all the variations of cards you created!

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  147. These cards are OUT OF THIS WORLD (pun intended). What an amazing way to create interest with color. I'd love to win this kit.

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  148. These are all so gorgeous! What an amazing kit and add ons.

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