Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping

Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Giveaway

Hello everyone and thanks so much for stopping by to help celebrate the launch of Hero Arts April My Monthly Hero Kit (more about the kit, blog hop and giveaway below). I have a bunch of card ideas to share using this month kit and add-on items.

Hero’s kits are very different every month and for the month of April they decided to go with a celebration theme! Fiesta, Cinco De Mayo, Birthday – these are the images and messages that you’ll be able to find in this kit.

Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping

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VIDEO TUTORIAL

As always, I filmed a video tutorial showing how to create this project from start to finish. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy it. Watch it below or on my Youtube channel.

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CARDS DETAILS – USING THE APRIL CARD KIT ONLY

I liked images on the mice in my kit so I decided to use both and create a little scene. I stamped them in alcohol marker friendly ink and colored using various shades of Copic markers. I used C7, C5 and C3 for the musician’s outfit, V17, V15 and V12 for the dress, shirt and flowers and C1, C3 and YR00 to color the skin.

Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping

My main sentiment reads Feliz Cumpleanos which is Spanish for Happy Birthday and I also have an additional banner sentiment that reads It’s Your Birthday. I foam mounted the banner onto the card for a pop of dimension and added some simple solid stamping in Purple Ombre ink to fill in the white space.

Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping

My second card using just the kit is very similar to the first one but is done in different colors. Instead of Purples I used Reds and I went with R22, R24 and R38. I also added several blooming cacti to set the scene.

Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping

Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping

CARDS DETAILS – USING THE APRIL CARD KIT & ADD ONS

My favorite add on this month is definitely the set with the cats – Cinco De Meow so I used this set to make a few celebratory cards. I love to play dress up with my critter stamps so I wanted to be able to use the hat from one of the cats on the other cat images. I stamped the images I needed, colored and cut them out and arranged into a fun little scene.

Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping

Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping

To create a background for my kitty cards I used the add on background stamp – Blanket Pattern Bold Print background and I stamped it with the help of my stamp platform using various colors of ink from Hero Arts. I think is such a cool stamp – the design is really perfect for Fiesta theme. I found that this image looks best when stamped with Hero’s Ombre inks – because these kinds of blankets usually come in various colors so by using an ombre ink pad you can add those various colors to your image rather easily.

Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping

Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping

For my next card I just had to use a wobble Spring – I use a mini one, a regular size would have been better, but I only have minis in my stash, I used it to adhere the standing up cat, I added a guitar and two little cacti images onto a yellow and orange blanket background.

Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping

For my sentiment I used messages from the kit and I stamped Feel the Music in black onto the background and added a banner colored in red to match the details on the hat and stamped Bailemos which is Spanish for Let’s Dance.

I also wanted to show you that the Cinco De Meow set can be used for a Birthday Card without any Spanish reference. I stamped the same blanket background in just one color of ink – pink and it now looks like a regular background.

Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping

Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping

I also stamped and cut out a few kitties – one kitty in the box and I colored the box pink and added white polka dots using a white gel pen and I also have another kitty colored using W1 marker to make it look white. So by changing up the colors but still using same images I was able to make a card for a completely different occasion. I finished this one with Happy Birthday to Meow sentiment, added some more cacti and some colorful balloons and called this card done.

If you are not into cats, Hero Arts also has a dog stamp set to play with this month. The set is called it Fiesta Time and it features 3 fun images of chihuahua.

Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping

Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping

I used 2 of the 3 images to make an Hola Amigos card – I stamped one of the dogs and the sentiment onto the background panel and also shaped another one onto another panel to cut it out and foam mount onto the card. I added a little potted cactus and embellished this card with Nuvo Drops in black.

For my last card for today I did something I love doing the most – I stamped a background pattern using cacti, guitar and the little margarita cocktail glass – all of those are from the Cinco De Mayo set and I colored them using Copic markers using the same colors as before.

Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping

For the focal point for this card I stamped, colored and cut out a little chihuahua dressed up as a taco image, I adhered my background otno an A2 side folding card base, die cut a circle opening to make it into a window card and used a mini wobble spring to adhere the taco chihuahua on the inside of the card – so you can see it on the outside and on the inside too. I added Taco About Awesome sentiment white heat embossed onto black paper and that finished this card.

Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping

Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping Hero Arts | April 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula. Cinco De Mayo Cards; Fiesta Card; Feliz Cumpleanos Cards #cardmaking #handmadecard #mymonthlyhero #stamping

So thats all of the card ideas that I have using Hero Arts April My Monthly Hero Kit. Which one did you like the best?

MY MONTHLY HERO APRIL 2018 KIT

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MY MONTHLY HERO APRIL 2018 KIT

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KIT & KIT ADD-ONS

There are several optional add-on items:

Hero Arts Get Them All April Add-ons
Hero Arts Get Them All April Add-ons
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Hero Arts CG734 Blanket Pattern Bold Prints
Hero Arts CG734 Blanket Pattern Bold Prints
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Hero Arts PD119 Liquid Watercolor Purple
Hero Arts PD119 Liquid Watercolor Purple
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Hero Arts DI497 Cinco de Meow Frame Cuts (D)
Hero Arts DI497 Cinco de Meow Frame Cuts (D)
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Hero Arts DI495 Shake Your Bones Frame Cuts (D)
Hero Arts DI495 Shake Your Bones Frame Cuts (D)
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Hero Arts DI494 It
Hero Arts DI494 It’s Fiesta Time Frame Cuts (D)
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Hero Arts CM254 Cinco de Meow
Hero Arts CM254 Cinco de Meow
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Hero Arts CM253 Shake Your Bones
Hero Arts CM253 Shake Your Bones
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Hero Arts CM252 It
Hero Arts CM252 It’s Fiesta Time
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Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit April 2018
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GIVEAWAY!

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SUPPLIES

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Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit April 2018
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit April 2018
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Hero Arts CG734 Blanket Pattern Bold Prints
Hero Arts CG734 Blanket Pattern Bold Prints
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Hero Arts CM254 Cinco de Meow
Hero Arts CM254 Cinco de Meow
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Hero Arts DI497 Cinco de Meow Frame Cuts (D)
Hero Arts DI497 Cinco de Meow Frame Cuts (D)
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Hero Arts CM252 It
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Hero Arts DI494 It
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Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers
Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers
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Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock
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Hero Arts 12 Mix Notecards Foliage Cards
Hero Arts 12 Mix Notecards Foliage Cards
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Spellbinders Standard Circles LG Dies
Spellbinders Standard Circles LG Dies
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Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
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ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
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Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200
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Hero Arts White Embossing Powder PW110
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder PW110
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Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Ombre Hydrangea Ink Pad
Hero Arts Ombre Hydrangea Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Ombre Lime to Forever Green Ink Pad
Hero Arts Ombre Lime to Forever Green Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Ombre Butter To Orange Ink Pad
Hero Arts Ombre Butter To Orange Ink Pad
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Mini Misti Stamping Tool
Mini Misti Stamping Tool
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Art Impressions Mini Action Wobble
Art Impressions Mini Action Wobble
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Hampton Art Mini Action Wobbles 12 Pack
Hampton Art Mini Action Wobbles 12 Pack
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Action Wobble Springs 12 Pack Wobblers
Action Wobble Springs 12 Pack Wobblers
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Action Wobble Springs 6 Pack Wobblers
Action Wobble Springs 6 Pack Wobblers
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Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
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Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
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Tonic Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops
Tonic Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops
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Copic Sketch Marker Y15 Cadmium Yellow
Copic Sketch Marker Y15 Cadmium Yellow
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Copic Sketch Marker Y19 Napoli Yellow
Copic Sketch Marker Y19 Napoli Yellow
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Copic Sketch Marker YR04 Chrome Orange
Copic Sketch Marker YR04 Chrome Orange
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Copic Sketch Marker YR00 Powder Pink
Copic Sketch Marker YR00 Powder Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker R22 Light Prawn
Copic Sketch Marker R22 Light Prawn
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Copic Sketch Marker R24 Prawn
Copic Sketch Marker R24 Prawn
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Copic Sketch Marker R27 Cadmium Red
Copic Sketch Marker R27 Cadmium Red
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Copic Sketch Marker R39 Garnet
Copic Sketch Marker R39 Garnet
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Copic Sketch Marker YG03 Yellow Green
Copic Sketch Marker YG03 Yellow Green
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Copic Sketch Marker YG17 Grass Green Bold
Copic Sketch Marker YG17 Grass Green Bold
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Copic Sketch Marker YG63 Pea Green
Copic Sketch Marker YG63 Pea Green
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Copic Sketch Marker YG67 Moss
Copic Sketch Marker YG67 Moss
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Copic Sketch Marker W1 Warm Gray
Copic Sketch Marker W1 Warm Gray
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Copic Sketch Marker W3 Warm Gray
Copic Sketch Marker W3 Warm Gray
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Copic Sketch Marker C3 Cool Gray Grey
Copic Sketch Marker C3 Cool Gray Grey
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Copic Sketch Marker C5 Cool Gray Grey
Copic Sketch Marker C5 Cool Gray Grey
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Copic Sketch Marker C7 Cool Gray
Copic Sketch Marker C7 Cool Gray
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Copic Sketch Marker E33 Sand
Copic Sketch Marker E33 Sand
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Copic Sketch Marker E37 Sepia
Copic Sketch Marker E37 Sepia
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Copic Sketch Marker E79 Cashew
Copic Sketch Marker E79 Cashew
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Copic Sketch Marker V12 Pale Lilac
Copic Sketch Marker V12 Pale Lilac
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Copic Sketch Marker V15 Mallow
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Copic Sketch Marker V17 Amethyst
Copic Sketch Marker V17 Amethyst
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Copic Sketch Marker Y21 Buttercup
Copic Sketch Marker Y21 Buttercup
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Copic Sketch Marker E51 Milky White Cream
Copic Sketch Marker E51 Milky White Cream
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Art Impressions Mini Action Wobbles
Art Impressions Mini Action Wobbles
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Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Stamp Platform
Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Stamp Platform
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Tonic Spring-cut Fine Tip Detail Scissors
Tonic Spring-cut Fine Tip Detail Scissors
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Scor-Tape 1/8 Inch Crafting Tape
Scor-Tape 1/8 Inch Crafting Tape
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Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen Nuvo 2 Pack
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen Nuvo 2 Pack
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Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
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94 Comments

    1. Brilliant set of cards Yana, you have shown us crafters how versatile this months kit is. What is the paper that is in the kit? I am sure that a friend has given me some of this paper and I am not entirely sure how to use it, can you help?

    1. Love your video, Yana, cards are so adorable. You always make it look so effortless…we’ll see what happens when I give them a try.

    1. What a totally fun kit!! Makes me yearn for Cinco de Maya fun!!

    1. Love all your cards as always Yana. My favorite are the mice and the dogs. This is one of my favorite MMH kits thus far. I just lov3 how festive it is. It makes me wNt to get up and do the cha cha.

    1. You have inspired me with your versatility and creative process. The cards are fun and colorful.

    1. So many fun cards but love the last one the best, wonderful coloring!

    1. Wow!!! Your cards are really gorgeous!!! Love the bright colors!!!

    1. Great cards and inspiration. I especially love the action wobbler…I keep forgetting to use them.

    1. Love all of them. Your cards are so cute. Love the color combinations. Thanks for sharing your art!

    1. My 8 year old granddaughter loves cats and she’s in dual immersion, Spanish-English, school. That says it! I would love to make a Cinco de Me-ow card with her. I think we may find a way! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Such beautiful cards! My favourites are the first 2 with the mice in shades of purple or red. Your colouring is fabulous on all the cards!

    1. You are very talented! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas!

    1. Cute cards! I especially like the one with the taco dog. Too funny!

    1. Love all your cards, Yana! Beautiful colouring & really like how you placed the critters.
      Thank you so much for sharing your work!

    1. OMG your cards are so awesome. Love your videos and coloring techniques. These Kitties and Chihuahua are so cute.

    1. That’s a super fun and super cute set of cards !
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    1. Wow! I love all of your cards. The Blanket background came out so well. Also the little Chihuahua is too too cute!

    1. Wonderful cards. They are so cute. Thanks for sharing…

    1. Wow, you’ve been busy playing with the new monthly hero kit. You’ve created awesome cards!! I really like the banner in the

      1. Don’t know how that published without me hitting the button. Anyway, I’ll continue….
        I really like the banner in the first 2 cards. It’s got just the right celebratory shape. You’ve brought all the little images to life with your colouring and the scenes you created. And I should have bought the blanket pattern bold prints stamp. I just love it!! I’ll have to add it to next month’s kit as I’ve already placed my add on order for this month. Thank you for another great video too!

    1. Oh my goodness, AWESOME cards! I especially love the blanket background cards, love the wobbles too!

    1. I had to take a 2nd look at your video and cards. Love the guitar playing kitty on a wobble spring so much I added this adorable cat to my order. Such a darling card and so fun. Thanks for the continued inspiration.

    1. As always … wonderful cards. Glad your move went well. I too have recently moved and I’m still trying to find everything I really love the cats in this release but I think the Taco dog is the best. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Hi Yana! I love your stamping videos especially pattern stamping. I’m new to cardmaking and taught myself by watching you! I would love to enter the Hero Arts giveaway. I’m Canadian so hopefully my entry will still be valid. I would pay for my own shipping if I were to win. Thanks for inspiring me!

    1. Your cards are so beautiful. Love the images and wonderful bright colours.

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