Hero Arts | June 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula

Hero Arts | June 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 June 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit (more about the kit, blog hop and giveaway below). I have one hot tropical card idea to share using this month kit only and also a bunch of Summer cards using add-on sets. Here’s a look at all of the cards I made:

Hero Arts | June 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula

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Not going to lie, I went a little bit overboard with the cards featuring the add on stamp sets because I just loved them. These are so very much my style and I simply couldn’t stop playing with them!

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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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CARD DETAILS USING KIT ONLY

This month kit is all about the sea! The card I made pictures a beautiful summer sunset by the sea in hot pink and red colors. I wanted to walk away from the traditional blues here and instead used pinks.

I used my mini MISTI and several colors of ink from Hero Arts. June kit features and image that is color layering ocean or sea. Hero Arts is well known for their fabulous color layering images and I am a huge fan of their sets (I film regular monthly videos with the Hero Arts color layering sets called Color Layering with Yana).

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero - Hello Greetings From My Happy Place card by Yana Smakula. Ink blended summer sunset card. Color layering ocean card. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking

To stamp the color layering water for my card I used pinks – Cotton Candy, Ultra Pink and Crimson. I stamped the layering water image twice to extend it on my card – so there’s no shore, just pretty water and gorgeous sky.

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero - Hello Greetings From My Happy Place card by Yana Smakula. Ink blended summer sunset card. Color layering ocean card. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking

Once my stamping was done I used ink blending tool and same inks I used for stamping to add some blending. I blended Cotton Candy ink where my two water images met to fix the white area and also blended Crimson above the water to create a red sky.

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero - Hello Greetings From My Happy Place card by Yana Smakula. Ink blended summer sunset card. Color layering ocean card. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking

There are several cloud images in this month kit, all are layering and have 2 layers each. Clouds, because they are white, are tricky to stamp. I found I liked mine best when stamped in white for the base layer and heat embossed in white for the detail layer.

I finished my card by adding a vellum sentiment circle with a heat embossed “Hello! Greetings From My Happy Place”.

MY MONTHLY HERO JUNE 2018 KIT

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CARDS DETAILS USING ADD-ONS

I loved the add on stamp sets available from Hero this month and I could not get myself to put them down. I made a number of cards using add-ons, sharing them all below.

I love to play with background stamps and there are two fabulous backgrounds this month. For the 3 cards below I used Beach Umbrellas cling background stamp. For the card you see immediately below I white heat embossed umbrellas onto white and did simple ink blending to create a colorful background.

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero Add On Cards. Beach Umbrellas Let's Go on Vacay card by Yana Smakula. Ink blended summer background card. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking #summercard #beachcard #yanasmakula

I used Green Hills, Rose Madder and also Butter Bar to create a diagonal ink blended look. I love this beach umbrellas background and it’s one of the best background stamps I’ve ever seen for summer. To finish this card I added Let’s Go On Vacay sentiment heat embossed 3 times onto black and also added additional beach umbrellas as embellishments .

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero Add On Cards. Beach Umbrellas Let's Go on Vacay card by Yana Smakula. Ink blended summer background card. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking #summercard #beachcard #yanasmakula Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero Add On Cards. Beach Umbrellas Let's Go on Vacay card by Yana Smakula. Ink blended summer background card. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking #summercard #beachcard #yanasmakula

For my 2nd card (below) I wanted to have a sandy look and feel to my umbrellas, I actually wanted to make it look like as it they are in the sand so I used kraft paper and clear heat embossed this background onto kraft. Next, to add color to these umbrellas I used my Polychromos pencils.

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero Add On Cards. Beach Umbrellas Let's Go on Vacay card by Yana Smakula. Ink blended summer background card. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking #summercard #beachcard #yanasmakula

To spice my umbrellas up I decided I wanted to add little brads to emphasize this umbrella look. You might have noticed a tiny gold cap on the 3 umbrellas on my previous card – that’s what those were, they were tiny gold brads. I used my Tool n One and poked holes in the middle of my colored umbrellas and added gold brads onto each hole to make these umbrellas look a bit more realistic.

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero Add On Cards. Beach Umbrellas Let's Go on Vacay card by Yana Smakula. Ink blended summer background card. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking #summercard #beachcard #yanasmakula

To finish this card I gold heat embossed little drinks and also a sentiment that reads Beach, Please – Eat Sleep, Beach, Repeat on to same kraft paper, I cut it into a pennant and foam mounted onto the card.

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero Add On Cards. Beach Umbrellas Let's Go on Vacay card by Yana Smakula. Ink blended summer background card. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking #summercard #beachcard #yanasmakula

I also wanted to add an interactive object onto my card, so I turned one of the umbrellas into a little spinner – so you can actually spin the green umbrella on this card. I think it’s so fun and very easy to do too, you just need a brad for this.

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero Add On Cards. Beach Umbrellas Let's Go on Vacay card by Yana Smakula. Ink blended summer background card. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking #summercard #beachcard #yanasmakula Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero Add On Cards. Beach Umbrellas Let's Go on Vacay card by Yana Smakula. Ink blended summer background card. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking #summercard #beachcard #yanasmakula

Another awesome background stamp that is an add on this month is Abstract Waves stamp and it’s just an awesome stamp for anything that is sea related. So it’s not just one for summer, but can be used all year round with fun sea critters.

Here I once again heat embossed it in white on white and blended Hero Arts Aquatic and Navy ink turning this background into sea blue one and not white. To add some shimmer to this background I used Hero Arts White Iridescent Shimmer mist – this was an add on in one of Hero’s kits a few month ago – I’ve been using it a lot lately to add lovely shimmery shine and splatter to my cards.

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero Add On Cards. Happiness Comes in Waves card by Yana Smakula using Abstract Waves background. Ink summer ocean background card. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking #summercard #oceancard #yanasmakula

To create a sentiment for this card I used images and sentiment from the Beach Messages stamp set. I white heat embossed Happiness Comes in waves, added a sun a waves image and blended yellow and blue ink creating a quick ink blended sunset. I used Hero’s Frost Sequin Mix to embellish this card.

For the card below I stamped a crab and “Have a shell of a time” sentiment. I stamped sentiment twice – once in black and once in blue to have a drop shadow.

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero Add On Cards. Have a Shell Of A Time card by Yana Smakula using Abstract Waves background. Ink summer ocean background card. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking #summercard #oceancard #yanasmakula

I colored crab using Copic markers, added white pen details and google eyes. I also used red sequins to embellish this card.

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero Add On Cards. Have a Shell Of A Time card by Yana Smakula using Abstract Waves background. Ink summer ocean background card. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking #summercard #oceancard #yanasmakula

I loved this crab image. He’s so adorable and unique, I have not seen a crab image before, nor do I have one in my stash. And whenever I come across and image like that I immediately want to use to make a pattern. So here I used it to make a crabby pattern for another card.

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero Add On Cards. Sorry I Was Crabby Card by Yana Smakula using Beach Messages stamp set. Crab pattern. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking #summercard #crabpattern #yanasmakula

I stamped crab repeatedly onto white cardstok panel in alcohol marker friendly ink – I made sure to rotate the image to make this pattern appear random and unique and than I just used my Copics and colored each crab red.

The colors I used were R39, R27 and R22. I also used a white gel pen once the Copic coloring was dry to add white pen details to this image. You do need to wait for the alcohol ink to dry before adding the white pen detail as if you don’t – the ink will eat up the white pen and it won’t be nice and true white.

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero Add On Cards. Sorry I Was Crabby Card by Yana Smakula using Beach Messages stamp set. Crab pattern. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking #summercard #crabpattern #yanasmakula

I competed this card by adding Sorry I Was Crabby sentiment – I white heat embossed it onto Simon’s Green Apple cardstock 3 times and cut into 3 cute banners for my card. I also added Hero Arts ombre sequins in green in-between my crabs filling in any empty spaces.

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero Add On Cards. Sorry I Was Crabby Card by Yana Smakula using Beach Messages stamp set. Crab pattern. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking #summercard #crabpattern #yanasmakula

Moving on! Next I wanted to use the drink and pineapple image from the Beach Messages stamp set to make some Beach Towel cards. I stamped Tropic Like It’s Hot sentiment in Black ink, added a sun stamped in yellow and waves stamped in blue.

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero Add On Cards. Tropic Like It's Hot card by Yana Smakula using Beach Messages stamp set. Summer drinks & pineapple card. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking #summercard #yanasmakula

I blended yellow and blue ink to create a sunset background. The blue ink blended smeared some black stamping a bit, so I had to re-stamp “Like It’s Hot” onto another piece of cardstock and foam mounted it onto my panel.

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero Add On Cards. Tropic Like It's Hot card by Yana Smakula using Beach Messages stamp set. Summer drinks & pineapple card. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking #summercard #yanasmakula

I also stamped and colored a drink and a pineapple. I used my Copics and a white pen to make these images come to life. I cut them out using scissors and foam mounted onto the panel.

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero Add On Cards. Tropic Like It's Hot card by Yana Smakula using Beach Messages stamp set. Summer drinks & pineapple card. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking #summercard #yanasmakula

I wanted to create a beach towel look for the background of this card. I took a panel of light blue cardstok as my background, this is Sea Glass cardstock from Simon and also white cardstock. I cut the white paper into half an inch strips, added double sided tape from the back and adhered white strips onto my blue background at half an inch intervals making a striped background that looks like a beach towel.

Hero Arts June 2018 MY Monthly Hero Kit #mymonthlyhero Add On Cards. Tropic Like It's Hot card by Yana Smakula using Beach Messages stamp set. Summer drinks & pineapple card. #stamping #heroarts #cardmaking #summercard #yanasmakula

Seriously, does it not look like that? And it was so easy to make! I’m tempted to try and use other colors of cardstock and i’ve also pulled out some of my older striped stamp sets to be able to stamp the colorful stripes instead of using cardstock.

JUNE ADD-ONS

There are several optional add-on items:

Hero Arts Abstract Wave Bold Prints
Hero Arts Abstract Wave Bold Prints
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Hero Arts Beachy Bold Prints
Hero Arts Beachy Bold Prints
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Hero Arts Wave & Sea Confetti Die
Hero Arts Wave & Sea Confetti Die
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Hero Arts You & Me By The Sea
Hero Arts You & Me By The Sea
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Hero Arts Seas The Day Seagulls
Hero Arts Seas The Day Seagulls
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Hero Arts Seal of Approval
Hero Arts Seal of Approval
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Hero Arts Beach Frame Fancy Die
Hero Arts Beach Frame Fancy Die
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Hero Arts Seal of Approval Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Seal of Approval Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Beach Messages
Hero Arts Beach Messages
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Hero Arts Beach Please Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts Beach Please Stamp & Cut
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Hero Arts Seas the Day Seagulls Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Seas the Day Seagulls Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor Dark Teal
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor Dark Teal
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HOP ALONG WITH US!

The next stop on this hop is fabulous Michelle Short. You can also start over at The Hero Arts Blog.

GIVEAWAY!

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 so be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win! The giveaway closes Sunday, June 10th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts blog.

SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support

My Monthly Hero Kit June 2018
My Monthly Hero Kit June 2018
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Hero Arts Abstract Wave Bold Prints
Hero Arts Abstract Wave Bold Prints
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Hero Arts Beachy Bold Prints
Hero Arts Beachy Bold Prints
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Hero Arts Beach Messages
Hero Arts Beach Messages
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Hero Arts Beach Please Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts Beach Please Stamp & Cut
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Hero Arts Classic Vellum Layering Paper
Hero Arts Classic Vellum Layering Paper
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Hero Arts White Iridescent Shimmer Spray
Hero Arts White Iridescent Shimmer Spray
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Hero Arts Ink Pad Intense Black Ink
Hero Arts Ink Pad Intense Black Ink
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Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink Pad
Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Cotton Candy Ink Pad
Hero Arts Cotton Candy Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Ultra Pink Ink Pad
Hero Arts Ultra Pink Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Rose Madder Hybrid Ink Pad
Hero Arts Rose Madder Hybrid Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Crimson Hybrid Ink Pad
Hero Arts Crimson Hybrid Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Hybrid Ink Pad Aquatic
Hero Arts Hybrid Ink Pad Aquatic
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Hero Arts Navy Ink Pad
Hero Arts Navy Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Green Hills Ink Pad
Hero Arts Green Hills Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink Pad
Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Ombre Sequins Green
Hero Arts Ombre Sequins Green
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Hero Arts Frost Sequin Mix
Hero Arts Frost Sequin Mix
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Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
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Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder
Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts Self-adhesive Googly Eyes
Hero Arts Self-adhesive Googly Eyes
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Hero Arts Ultra Clean Stamp Cleaner
Hero Arts Ultra Clean Stamp Cleaner
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Spellbinders Magnetic Handy Mat
Spellbinders Magnetic Handy Mat
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Spellbinders Tool
Spellbinders Tool ‘n One
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Neenah 80LB Solar White Cardstock
Neenah 80LB Solar White Cardstock
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Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock
Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock
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Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 Lb Desert Storm
Neenah Classic Crest 80 Lb Desert Storm
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Simon Says Stamp Green Apple Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Green Apple Cardstock
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Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass Cardstock
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Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils
Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils
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Faber-Castell Polychromos 12 Set
Faber-Castell Polychromos 12 Set
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Faber-Castell Polychromos 24 Set
Faber-Castell Polychromos 24 Set
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Faber-Castell Polychromos 36 Set
Faber-Castell Polychromos 36 Set
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Faber-Castell Polychromos 60 Set
Faber-Castell Polychromos 60 Set
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Faber-Castell Polychromos 120 Set
Faber-Castell Polychromos 120 Set
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ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
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Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
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Mini Misti Stamping Tool
Mini Misti Stamping Tool
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Ranger Mini Round Foam Refils
Ranger Mini Round Foam Refils
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Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
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Copic Sketch Marker Y15 Cadmium Yellow
Copic Sketch Marker Y15 Cadmium Yellow
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Copic Sketch Marker YR14 Caramel
Copic Sketch Marker YR14 Caramel
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Copic Sketch Marker R22 Light Prawn
Copic Sketch Marker R22 Light 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 YG25 Celadon Green
Copic Sketch Marker YG25 Celadon Green
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Copic Sketch Marker YG67 Moss
Copic Sketch Marker YG67 Moss
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Sponge Dauber 40 with Storage Box
Sponge Dauber 40 with Storage Box
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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 Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
Tonic Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
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Crystal Ninja Crystal Katana Pick Up Tool
Crystal Ninja Crystal Katana Pick Up Tool
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Sakura Classic White Bold Line 10 Pen
Sakura Classic White Bold Line 10 Pen
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Tonic Easy Clean Mat
Tonic Easy Clean Mat
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Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
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Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue
Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue
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171 Comments

    1. Such a bold, colorful batch of cards. Love how you’ve used those add-on sets, wish I could have afforded a few more of them. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Oh Wow. I love all these card variations! My favorite though is the kraft one. Just love how it turned out.

    1. Beautiful set of cards! I am really loving that umbrella background stamp!

    1. Love, love these cards. Especially the cute “crabby” one! And this kit is amazing!

    1. Lovely card from the card kit and add-ons. That crab stamp is stinking cute. The layering stamp included in the card kit has impressive end results.

    1. Fabulous cards, love how you went out of the box with the “pink” hello card. I would have not thought of doing it in pink.
      Beautiful!!!

    1. Fabulous work. Your cards have shown how amazing this month’s kit truly is. There are so many great products in this release.

    1. Love the scene done all in pinks. Can’t wait to get my hands on this kit.

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