Monday, May 1, 2017

Hero Arts May My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + Giveaway!




Today is the day!  The Hero Arts May My Monthly Hero is now AVAILABLE (Edited to add that it is now SOLD OUT) 

You should have arrived here from the awesome Yana Smakula's blog!  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning which is the Hero Arts blog!

The Main Kit: (Sold Out)


Kit contents
1- 4” x 6” clear stamp set
18 coordinating dies (5 Fancy Dies & 13 Frame Cuts)
1- 6” x 6” stencil
More than 2.5 teaspoons cyrene sequins 
3 ink cubes (Deep Blue, Aqua, Amethyst)
5 - 5” x 6” acetate sheets
1 bottle of turquoise silk liquid ink (iridescent)
3 sheets of 6” x 6” lightweight paper (Ice blue, Marble Tissue and Swirl Tissue)

The kit value is over $70, an amazing deal at $34.99.  

Remember to buy yours today...when they're gone, they're gone!

The Optional add-on products include:



DC207 Manatee Stamp & Cut






DI374 Paper Layering Merman with Frame


DI381 Shell Confetti Fancy Die



DI385 Reef Border and Frame Fancy Dies


K6229 Mermaid


DI393 Mermaid Frame Cuts


Remember, the Main Kit is available for a limited time only...when it's gone, it is gone!   Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday, May 5th.  Remember that you can now SUBSCRIBE to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!

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, May 7th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the  following week.

I'm so excited for this month's kit and additional add-ons.  I'm a huge fan of nautical theme products!  Here's my hop project:


I wanted that sweet mermaid to be the star of the show so I went super clean + crisp.  Starting from the bottom and working to the top of the card I trimmed down a panel from the Lightweight Ice Blue Paper from the Main Kit.  Taking a panel of watercolor paper from my stash I stamped and die cut a mermaid from the Main Kit.  I colored her with Zig Clean Color markers.  



I cut a panel from watercolor paper and watercolored a pool of water using my peerless watercolors.  I stamped the sentiment from the additional add-on, CM174 Mer-mazing Messages.  I added my watercolored die cut mermaid to the panel with a foam adhesive square.

In case you missed my Countdown to Creativity project on the Hero Arts blog on Friday, here's another card that I shared that uses the Main Kit and an optional add-on:


I simply ADORE the optional add-on,  DI385 Reef Border and Frame Fancy Dies.  It has an amazing amount of detail, don't you agree?  The watercolored background just makes the white pop.  I added the oyster and sentiment from the Main Kit.

That's it from me...next up is the amazing Lydia Fiedler.  In case you get lost along the way, here's the entire hop listing:

The Hero Arts Blog 
Jennifer McGuire 
Wanda Guess 
Jessica Frost-Ballas 
May Park 
Heather Ruwe 
Yana Smakula 
Amy Tsuruta  πŸ’š 
Lydia Fiedler 
Libby Hickson 
Michelle Short 
Ilina Crouse 
Clare Prezzia



176 comments:

  1. Seriously I think I want the whole hero arts summer release now. Hawaii, Sea and cuteness πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ˜

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  2. I love how you gave the detail in the corner

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  3. Beautiful! 😍 Thanks for the giveaways and inspiration! 😘❤️

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  4. These are both lovely, but the die cut one is AMAZING! I love your water colored background.

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  5. super cool ideas great color love your work thank you for sharing

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  6. Both cards are beautiful. Love the simplicity. That die cut is fabulous.

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  7. Nice cards, thanks for the inspiration and ideas of how to use this kit.

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  8. Love your cards, Amy! This is a fabulous kit and the add-ons are great, too.

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  9. Gorgeous! My girls love mermaids! Just bought my kit today!

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  10. Love the simplicity of this card! And the one you did earlier has a fantastic watercolor background. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Beautiful cards. I really like the simplicity of the first card.

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  12. Your cards are beautiful, and your coloring is perfect!

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  13. Great cards and kit! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Awesome cards from this amazing kit! They're beautiful and perfect creations!

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  16. Amazing kit and I have your cards. Thanks....

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  17. Your cards are simply spectacular! I absolutely adore this kit! TFS!

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  18. I love your cards. The scales on the mermaid are amazing, thanks.

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  19. Wow - that background! I love the quiet, simplicity of your first card and the background behind that gorgeous frame - I love it too!

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  20. Nice cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. I ADORE the card with the reef border, GORGEOUS colours!

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  22. Your cards are simple, fun and elegant all at the same time.

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  23. Stunning as always, Amy! I see you snuck in a little purple on your beautiful crisp and clean first card. :)

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  24. Lovely cards! I really like the clean and simple designs. Thank you for sharing.

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  25. Love your charming CAS design!!

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  26. Love your cards. Love this kit. Thanks!

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  27. How up-lifting to receive one of those cards!

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  28. your cards are beautiful, and something I think even I could try!

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  29. LOve the colors in these sea cards! Beautiful

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  30. Beautiful cards, really makes me want to play. Awesome colouring.

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  31. Stunning. I love colorful elements against crisp white backgrounds.

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  32. So lovely and
    beautiful coloring.
    Carla from Utah

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  33. I'm in awe of everyone's creations including yours using this kit.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  34. Two simply beautiful cards - one shows off the mermaid and the other the awe of the ocean!

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  35. Such a unique kit. Glad man ocean lover. These images and color are my favorite. Tfs.

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  36. So grateful it's not a Mothers day themed kit !

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  37. Wonderful "Under the Sea" imagination. Can't wait to get started on some cards.

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  38. Sweet mermaid card and love the underwater scene.

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  39. Love your the CAS mermaid card, but your Countdown card blew me away!

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  40. Love that background with that gorgeous die! So pretty! Beautiful kit! Love how it goes with so many HA stamps I already have! It's a winner!

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  41. These are both stunning cards!! The add on die is so pretty and has so much detail. I really love the first card with the mermaid. It's such a pretty card and the colors are beautiful.

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  42. Amazing!!! The cards are beautiful!

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  43. Fabulous cards, gorgeous watercolor background ~ I'm also loving the addon die so much I had to order it too :)

    I have really enjoyed hopping along, so many wonderful creations ♥ Tindaloo

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  44. I always get so happy when you do nautical, Amy! These are gorgeous! Perfect watery watercolor look on both, and adore your designs!

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  45. Both cards are beautify....one cute and the other elegant. Thanks

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  46. Gorgeous cards, Amy! I have a little granddaughter who loves mermaids, and I just might have to add this to my ever-growing list of 'must have' stamps! That Reef Border/Frame is stunning with your watercolored background. Fabulous look. Fabulous cards. Bev

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  47. Your mermaid card reminds me of a movie called splash and your reef card is beautiful great job.

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  48. Love the simplicity & gorgeous coloring on your beautiful cards!

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  49. I really like this card, I like the way the white really stands out against the blue background. The card is great it would be one that I would pick off a shelf to buy first.

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  50. Simple, sweet, and oh so pretty! Classic Amy! :)

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  51. Both cards are super cute. Clean and simple.

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  52. Both cards are beautiful but I love the simple white one with everything in just the corner!

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  53. I love the simplicity of the first design. So many different looks with one set of materials.

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  54. Very beautiful! Love this kit soooo much!

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  55. Beautiful cards! Love the intricate border on the card.

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  56. Both cards are wonderful. The reef border is beautiful.

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  57. I love that gorgeous reef die too, so I HAD to order one. I love how your cards, as well as most of the cards by the DT and Co., are so striking yet minimalist. The beautiful images and sentiments can take center stage so easily (at least you girls make it seem that way).

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  58. Gorgeous background behind that reef border die! Love~~

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  59. Such pretty cards! The colors in this kit are amazing!

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  60. Omg, you temptress. You know I love all things mermaid!

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  61. Your cards are awesome. I love the simplicity of your first card.

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  62. Fabulous cards; I really like the second one - the colors are amazing!

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  63. At first Mer-mazing looked as if it was needing something then after looking it again I realized it is great as it is. I like the white space and the back ground panel color. I hope I win since it is already gone that fast!

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  64. lovely cards thank you for sharing

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  65. These blogs are so much fun!! Definitely inspiring to see how everyone let's their own personality shine through their creations. Unfortunately since this kit is already sold out I will not be able to join in, although, I did purchase some of the additional selections available.

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  66. Beautiful job on the cards! I love the simplicity as it surely is an art to know when to quit adding "more" to the card.

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  67. It's funny -- when I first saw the kit I didn't think I would ever use it. Now after watching/reading about all your clever ideas -- I think I would use it a lot and in so many different ways! Thanks for sharing.

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  68. I love so much the card you made with sea shell.

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  69. Absolutely beautiful!!! I need that add on die, so intricate and gorgeous
    Xoxo,
    Azana H.

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  70. Lovely cards as always! What a pretty kit!

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  71. This is the first kit I've ordered and I'm so excited. These look like so much fun. Glad I saw the preview and set an alarm in my calendar to place the order.

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  72. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh these are gorgeous! Might have to get these for Brookie!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  73. Wow! I love so much this new kit!!! Love your stunning cards, in particular way the background of the second one! Amazing colouring!!!

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  74. Such beautiful cards! I particularly like the one with oyster shell & pearl. This is such a fabulous kit - would be lovely to win something. Thank you for the opportunity,
    all the best,

    Liz M xx

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  75. Wow Amy!! I'm in love with your mermaid!! I adore the fact that you used lavender in her tail! πŸ˜πŸ’–

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  76. Great idea for a simple clean card. The colors in this kit are going to be so much fun.

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  77. I like the clever use of white space. Beautiful cards.

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  78. Your first card is CAS which I really like. Your second card however, is beyond WOW! It is drop dead
    gorgeous! What an amazing kit. I'd order it in a heartbeat, but, alas, the exchange rate is a deal
    breaker. Drat! But, there is always the hope of winning. :)

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  79. Love the shading in the water behind
    the die cut. Beautiful.
    the simple mermaid card is wonderful.
    You don't always need a lot of fluff
    to have a great card.
    thanks for sharing.

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  80. your card is beautiful and elegant

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  81. Beautiful cards! i have to have this kit :D

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  82. Great cards and a great kit!

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  83. I love the simplicity of your first card! It shows you don't have to fill up the whole space and something I need to remember! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  84. Fabulous card!! Love your watercoloring!!

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  85. I love your cards! I am so incredibly sad that I missed out on this kit.

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  86. Love that you went CAS with this kit!

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  87. Beautiful coloring love these mermaid would love to win the kit

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  88. These both turned out amazing.

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  89. OMG ! I love this wonderful watercolour background with this gorgeous white frame ! It is totally stunning ! Thanks for sharing and for inspiring.

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  90. Beautiful cards! I love how you used the kit products. What a super cute kit this is I just love mermaids! ~Gin K.~

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  91. Love the colors you used! Really adorable cards!

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  92. Both cards are absolutely gorgeous!!

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  93. Wonderful cards - and alas, the kit is already gone! That has taught me a valuable lesson!! Glad I could at least admire your work

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  94. This kit doesn't fail to please. Great cards.

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  95. I'm loving the Reef Border and Die Set also! Very pretty card!

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  96. Living in Florida I do like good beachy/ocean/mermaid/fishy themed products. I absolutely love this set. Thanks for the giveaway....Love your cards...

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  97. I love the simply mermaid card!

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  98. beautiful cards. Love the water color background

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  99. Your cards are lovely!!

    I have been looking for the perfect mermaid stamps FOR YEARS! These are the perfect mermaid stamps, I am in love and desperate to have this set!!! I waited 24 hours too long to order because I stupidly promised my husband that I wouldn't order anything new until we sold our house and now I am so sad because they are all gone.

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  100. Love this kit and what you have done with it!! Stunning cards and so cute!!

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  101. Pretty cards! I love the mermaid in the corner and the sentiment is so cute! The second card beautiful. Love that die!

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  102. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing..

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  103. Fantastic cards!Thanks for the inspiration!

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  104. Love the cards. The first one is so sweet and simply done. Love the fact that it was done with zig markers (love mine) and the 2nd card is just lovely.

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  105. So cute these are. Just love the reef border die.

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  106. Lovely cards, each so unique. Thanks for sharing them and being part of this blog hop.

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  107. I love cards with simple designs as the centerpiece.

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  108. I love everything about this kit and wish I had ordered it! I love your card. Thanks for all your tips!

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  109. I do like your take on this, so simple and crisp.

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  110. Your card is just precious! It's so simple but it has a big impact.

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  111. Great cards! I am enjoying all of the creations using this kit. Love the mermaids!

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  112. Such a great looking mermaid card! I also really like the reef border die. It does look great the way you used it with the pretty blue background.

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  113. wooow beautiful card . love everything about it.

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  114. Beautiful colors and a great way to showcase the rest of the kit.

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  115. Your cards are beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  116. This kit is really full of so many prettty elements. I love the CAS card with the tiny bit of water under the mermaid.

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  117. love these!! that mermaid is exactly the kind of mermaid i've dreamed of being!! :)

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  118. Beautiful cards! This is an outstanding kit this month! No wonder it's already sold out! :(

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  119. Simple and beautiful!!! Makes the colors pop.

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  120. OH...oh..that die! The reef border! I'm so glad you used that reef border because I wouldn't have realized....I need it....

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  121. Clean and Simple and so wonderful!

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  122. Cute Mermaid card and beautiful die cut, I love this kit ... just saw it today and it is already sold out! So sad!

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  123. Such pretty cards! Love how in both cards you let the texture you've created or from the papers to stand out and keep the rest of the card sweet and clean. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  124. Love all the white space in the first card - it makes the mermaid really 'pop', and the colours inside that intricate die cut of the second card are stunning. Thank you for sharing.

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  125. Sweet cards! I love the add-on frame die!

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  126. These are beautiful - great inspiration for this amazing kit !

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  127. Great inspiration. Love it!

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  128. The die is simply gorgeous! I added this to my kit as well, a must have!

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  129. Love the water-coloring on your cards. It goes perfectly with this kit!

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  130. The colors of your watercolor background are gorgeous! Those zig pens really are beautiful.

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  131. Awesome cards and a fabulous kit! Love it!

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  132. Everyone has been using those beautiful ocean blue colors and I think it's beautiful. My sister takes photos for leather purses and other things that she sells. The other day someone asked if she had a photo of a mermaid. Yeah, like she could photograph a real mermaid. However, your card would have looked good on her purse. I can't wait to win this kit!

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  133. Awesome cards, awesome kit.

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  134. Amy, I'm at a loss for words in praising your cards that are ever so stylish, striking and all-around sensational! I'll leave it at this: mermaid and ocean magical, both!
    Hugs~c
    I am sooooo subscribing to these kits! Call me 'convinced' *grin*

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  135. Both cards are beautiful. I like that they have a lot of white space and aren't too busy.
    Fantastic new Hero Arts kit!

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  136. Beautiful card like someone else said now I want all of the kits!!!!

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  137. Both cards are great, but I especially love the one with the oyster. Our grand-daughters are all "pearls" to us, and I know they will love the magic of images from this kit!

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  138. OMG! Your awesome!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  139. Beautiful cards with this fabulous kit! This is my favorite kit so far!

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  140. Beautiful cards; thanks for sharing. Thanks aS WELL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WIN THIS INCREDIBLE KIT.

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  141. So beautiful and sweet! This kit definitely got everyone going - this blog hop is such fun :)

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  142. To say that I was devastated to learn that they were sold out would be the biggest understatement of the decade!!!! I seriously thought I was going to cry!! I am hoping that they restock it, as I know A LOT of people were disappointed they missed it!!! But your cards are amazing as always! Love the simple elegance of the first card and the add on reef die you used for the second card is a must have. Love both of the cards!!!

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  143. SO MUCH FUN! Love these cards and kit!
    ~God bless~

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  144. Love to win! I adore the mermaid stamps and the beautiful papers in the kit ! Your cards were beautiful !

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  145. So much to love about this month's kit! So looking forward to playing with it!

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Cheers,
~amy~