December My Monthly Hero - it's all about Celebration

Hi Stampers!
Happy Monday! It's that time of the month when Hero Arts releases the new My Monthly Hero kit and  I am honored and excited to be part of the blog hop today. It's always an honor to design for Hero Arts. And this month's kit is so fun and so versatile. Today I am actually featuring few of the add on items to the kit : Birthday celebration set and dies along with Champagne stencil.  I LOVE the whole kit and all the add ons. So much fun. Once I saw the set ideas just kept flowing, and I couldn't stop at just one project! And there are so many more ideas that I didn't have time to execute (you know, sometimes you need to sleep, and work -my daytime job and pay attention to the little ones so they don't get in too much trouble ;))

This month's kit contains:
► A 4"x6" clear stamp set
► A set of 8 coordinating Frame Cuts dies that match the stamp set
► Two Fancy word dies - "cheers" and "party"
► A set of Paper Layering dies for adding a sunburst or sparkler effect
► Fun new gold glitter embossing powder
► Custom washi tape designed for the kit
► A gold Uni-ball Gel Pen
► 4 half sheets of gold foil cardstock
► 2 half sheets of each metallic cardstock: purple, pink, dark blue and antique gold

The kit value is $65, an amazing deal at $34.99.

Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Giveaway closes Sunday, December 11th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.

The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Monday, December 12th.
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If you are following the blog hop you probably arrived from Lydia's blog . If not you can continue from here (and there is list of all the blog hop participants on the bottom of this post) or start from the beginning over at the Hero Arts blog 

Before I go into the project, I recorded videos for each project, I have 2 up now (the last two projects), so check back soon for the rest of them! (there were just too many videos to edit :D )

Now lets get started! For my first card I used the Champagne stencil and some Intense Black ink pad to stencil on the white card stock, then using the rectangle infinity dies I cut my layer. To soften the look I added a layer of vellum. And to add some sparkle to it, I stamped the little star/sparkle images on it using Versamark and embossed with gold embossing folder. Then layered on some Gold Foil card stock and black card base. The sentiment was as well stamped on black card stock and embossed with gold embossing powder. Lastly I die cut the champagne glassed from Gold Foil card stock and adhered them to my card. 
tip: I added adhesive on the back of the vellum where the sentiment is, the glasses and embossed images, so that way you can't see it ;) (video coming soon)


Next, is a simple shaker card. I used the party hat die cut to create it and added strips of washi tape on the back, then some shaker mix. I stamped the sentiment with Pale tomato and adhered the whole layer onto one of the Blush note cards. (video coming soon)


For my next card I was inspired from Maile Belles, a card she had several years ago. It just stuck in my head. I stamped the balloons with different colors, then used a ruler and marker to draw the strings. I added some vellum cut clouds, stamped the sentiment and added some enamel dots. Love how cheery it is! (video coming soon)

Now, lets move to another fun card - an interactive card. I LOVE pop-up cards so I decided to create one. The video tutorial is coming soon! It's so easy to make it! You just need your card stock, stamps, ruler, pencil, eraser and craft knife (and ink of course) 





(click on images for larger view - green - score, red - cut)

Lets move to some 3-d projects. I created these gift toppers using 80mm clear plastic ornaments. And they look so fun. I used the October Circle and Star confetti fancy dies for the backgrounds. And using the same set I was able to achieve two different looks. Scroll down for the video tutorial. 







Last, but not the least, some kid friendly cards. There are 4 circle images in the set. You can just put each on separate blocks, get several ink cubes and bunch of note cards, and let your kids go to town (mine had lots of fun) and then just stamp the sentiment with black ink. This way you will have bunch of handmade cards that your kids actually made to go to all the birthday parties they are attending. You can turn them into Christmas cards , too, if you use some Christmas colors and sentiment! Video is bellow.



So, this is all I have for you today. Hope you are inspired by at least one of these projects. Now it's time to head on over the the Ellen Hutson blog and see the amazing stuff that Julie created.

Ilina Crouse  -- You are HERE




Comments

Tink said…
OMG!You have out done AWESOME!! I love everything you made here!!
liz said…
Holy SMoke! You created your own party right in your blog post! Fabulous!
Isabelle said…
Wow, so many creations. They are all awesome, but of course your gift toppers are incredible. I will definitively give them a try ! Thank your for sharing.
Unknown said…
What beautiful cards!!! Thank you for sharing your talent!
Michelle said…
Loved the card with the balloons and clouds. :)
Rae Dalphine said…
So much creativity! I love everything!
eeknehans said…
Love the ornament toppers and the simple circle cards!
Nancy said…
Thank you for all the amazing inspiration! This kit is so amazing!
Kirsty Vittetoe said…
Your creation with these party theme are simply AWESOME!
Nandini said…
All the projects are just amazing! Talk about great inspiration! Loving the new kit and all the add-ons!
Especially like the shaker style ornaments using the snap-apart 1/2 of a clear plastic ornament. I have of the ornaments & am going to give this a try.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
Linda M said…
Wow, beautiful cards and other projects! Thanks for this amazing inspiration! Love this kit and the add-ons!
Linda said…
Wow what a great collection of items. They are all outstanding and thanks for sharing.

Linda D.
Janet said…
Awesomeness! So fun! Great hop and new release! God bless!
Unknown said…
You are too cute, Ilina. This is ALL you have!? You have been busy creating, and editing videos to boot!? Thank you so much for this shower of inspiration.
Unknown said…
OH MY! So many samples and so hard to pick out one or two as they are all fabulous. Your designs are amazing. Those gift ornament toppers are gorgeous. Love the one using the gold. TFS
Sharyn said…
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WOW again. You are so talented. Love your work. Great fun and elegance. Thanks for sharing your gift
Linda S. said…
Wow. So many ideas for this kit and all of them are wonderful but I have to say I really love the pop up card.
Sarah said…
You are very creative and I enjoyed seeing it. Thanks so much for sharing.
Deeps said…
Love the gift topper idea.
Nikki said…
Beautifully creative, thanks. Nikki
Rosemary said…
wow... what an amazing set of cards and projects!
Debi Lowery said…
Thanks for the great videos.......love the shaker elements.
Lindar C said…
Just love this release dedicated to New Years (and parties), very unique and awesome!
mandalj said…
That's all you have??!! That is so much creativity in just one post! Love all the cards and the present toppers!
Diane said…
WOW! I wish that was all that I had. So many great ideas. I loved the classic beauty of the first card, taking us outside of the card with shaker ornaments and everything in-between. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity.
Leanne in Cali said…
Wow, love your ideas and projects! Thanks for the videos--I will have to go watch all of them!! Thanks for sharing on the hop.
jandbspiegel said…
WOW you certainly were busy - love all your cards. I really liked the first one with the shadow glasses in the background and the glass ornaments Were a definitely WOW
Susan K said…
Boy, you hit every one of my 'favorites' buttons. Love pop-ups, shakers, vellum, 3D, and clean & simple cards. You've really shown how versatile this month's kit can be. Thanks for sharing such great tip & techniques - looking forward to more videos.
Leslie said…
Absolutely gorgeous! What a fun kit and add-ons! You are such an inspiration!
MelissaF said…
Wow, love all these gorgeous projects, especially the gift topper! So many ideas here, I think I need this kit!
A NEW YEAR already? This kit has it 'goin' on'! Beautiful work!!
Brandy said…
awesome cards and ornaments! The black and gold card is my favorite!
Unknown said…
Awesome cards and love the shaker ornaments. Thank you for making the videos and sharing your ideas and techniques.
FeM said…
Awesome creations. Thanks for the videos.
Cindy C. said…
Awesome projects!! Thanks for sharing all these fun ways to use the kit!! Great inspirations!
Bobbie Bluegill said…
You gave us so many wonderful ideas. I especially like what you did with the drink and confetti stencil.
MiamiKel said…
Wow, so much wonderment here with your cards and projects! Perfection! TFS ♥
Cheryl L. said…
Wow! Such creativity!!
Kathy H said…
Especially love the background on the first card. It's kind of retro. My fave!
Kathy Thisted said…
Great cards but the toppers from the ornaments are awesome!
Your cards and gift toppers are fabulous!!! Love them and this new kit:) And your videos too:)
Barbara S said…
The gift toppers and cards are great. Thanks for sharing.
Patty said…
Holy Crap!! Sorry...I was just so amazed & overwhelmed with all your fantastic creations!! I agree with you this kit is so versatile, and even if I didn't order it...the add-ons are equally fabulous!! Thanks for all that awesome inspiration!!
Wow. You were busy. Great job on all the items.
Unknown said…
This is my first blog hop. Such fun! All these creative bloggers. Congratulations!
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Carmela said…
These are a lot of great projects! Love the gold champagne glasses and the shaker projects. Wonderful!
Jen Hayes said…
Love the versatility! What fun project examples.
Rachel W said…
Loved all the cards and projects.
Robin P said…
Fun and cheerful cards.
Nox said…
Gorgeous cards - but those gift toppers!!!! What a fun idea!
Teresa Doyle said…
I am SO inspired Ilina. You have been a very busy lady! Great work!
Patt H. said…
Wow! You have been a very busy gal! I love it all!
Patt H. said…
Wow! You have been a very busy gal! I love it all!
Unknown said…
Wow....so many different ideas and they are all amazing!
These are all such stunning projects!!! Lovely!
Ann K said…
Fabulous inspiration - and examples of this outstanding kit.
Rebecca Ednie said…
Love the ornament video but sadly the first one has no sound! I hope you can fix it because I was intrigued by your cool pop up!
Ilina Crouse said…
Thank you! I am fixing the video right now. It'll be back up in the morning
Jackie said…
Wow, so much fabulousness again!! You've got some beautiful stuff going on here!
Colligan Crafts said…
So creative! Love these cards and shakers!!
j9 said…
Great kit this month! Thanks for all the ideas and inspiration
Tanja said…
You and your kids have been very busy, i love all of your work!
Jenny D said…
So many fabulous cards but I love the wine glasses behind the vellum.
Renee V said…
Wow!! Way to go above and beyond!!!! All of your projects are truly stunning and so creative! I am really intrigued by the first card - that vellum made the whole card have like a spotlight or flashlight look to it. So impressive
Suzan Dorchik said…
The kit is amazing. Fun cards. Love the ornament shaker as a gift topper.
Dee Earnshaw said…
Oh my these cards and ornament ideas are just so fun and festive. Thank you for sharing:)
Kristina B. said…
Love the black and gold card, perfect!
cantsitstill said…
Great idea with the glasses and champagne bottle as a background! I look forward to watching the videos.
Jan Elmore said…
I like the mix of foil and white & black. What a wonderful post...so full of ideas and talent!
Debbie Rumpza said…
First, wow, so many fabulous projects you shared today! I love the hat shaker... tiny and perfect! I also really like the gift toppers... the 3D ones... how clever!!! Thanks for sharing!
jeanchaneyaz said…
Wow! You really created several nice and unique pieces using this kit!
Erica said…
Loved how you used the kit! The birthday cards are perfect for kids!!
JanetB said…
Looks like we are all WOWed, by all of your creations! Great ideas!
Mary Holshouser said…
So many wonderful projects it's hard to pick a
favorite. I always love cards using vellum.
thanks for sharing.
Joan said…
Oh my Ilina, you made so many beautiful cards and ornaments. All are so lovely! You're making me want to get everything you used! Thanks so much for giving me lots of ideas, too!
Deb Selby said…
Wow there is enough inspiration here to last until next New Year's.
Wow! So many ideas! So many projects you can do with this new kit! Thanks for sharing!
Tam said…
I really liked your ornaments. I have never seen them done like that before. Super cute and your birthday cards are great. So many ideas. Thanks for sharing.
Arianna Barbara said…
Wow! Such amazing kit for perfect celebration cards!!! I love your gorgeous cards but I'm definitely in love for your stunning gift toppers!!! <3
cghundley said…
Oh too many wonderful
goodies to look at! They
are all so pretty and
love the ornaments.
Carla from Utah
Cynthia Cole said…
All of your projects are awesome!
Anonymous said…
Wonderful creativity. Love all your projects! Denise
Unknown said…
Wow you did a lot with this kit. Thanks for sharing all of your ideas! Your projects all came out great!
Lura said…
Your videos are fantastic - I only wish I could download them. Received errors on all of them when I tried. :-( Great cards though and great tips as well.
Evelyn said…
Great ornaments. The cheer one would be great for the tree, adding a year to it. Making a collection each year. Nice.
Sue D said…
Great variety of fun and elegant projects!
Marsha S said…
Wow! What a wonderful variety of projects! Love all of them!!
Judie said…
Oh gosh so many wonderful creations!!! Love the gift toppers!!!
Sandy Small said…
Nice cards, and the gift topper are great!
Linda said…
Thanks for the great video tutorials for your fun projects. Great job!
Tammy B said…
Awesome projects! I love the simple circle cards!
Kris in Alaska said…
Those projects are all so fun!
Hsin-Yi said…
I love the different creations that you did with the kit. Thank you for sharing!
amazing ideas! great great great!
Birgit said…
Wow!!! I don't even know where to begin, all your projects are over the top, fabulous!!
Peculiaris said…
Amazing projects!! Thanks so much for sharing all these beautiful designs! The gift toppers are just AWESOME!
Wonderful projects. My favorite is the shaker. Thanks for the inspiration
Denise Bryant said…
Awesome cards! Love that cute party hat shaker! And the 3D gift toppers are amazing!
A said…
All are great!
Larina M. said…
Wow love all the things you made! So much fun to be had with this kit it's no wonder! Thank You for sharing everything and for a chance at winning an awesome kit!
Ashley Wells said…
The gold foiling is perfect! Can't wait for the video!
Unknown said…
Great projects!! Thanks for all the ideas!