Monday, June 5, 2017

Hero Arts / My Monthly Hero June Blog Hop


Hello and Welcome!  I am so excited to be a part of the My Monthly Hero Blog Hop this month!  Hero Arts has always been a favorite company of mine since I began stamping so to create with one of the My Monthly Hero Kits was such an honor!  

This month's kit takes you on an African safari or into the movie Lion King!  Not gonna lie, I may have sang a few bars of "hakuna matata"!  The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday June 9. You can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!  The kit value is over $70......but only costs $34.99.  


Card1

My first card uses the main kit plus the Tribal Stripes Bold Prints Cling Stamp.  I started by clear heat embossing the Tribal Stripes onto a black cardstock panel with Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder.  Next, I created my sunset using the die included in the My Monthly Hero kit.  I used a few Distress Inks for blending out my sky.  I love that all the images are silhouettes so stamping them in bold black completed my scene.  

Card2

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My second card uses lots of the tiny silhouette animals from the main stamp set to make my own background paper.  I added a strip of brown shimmer paper (from the kit) to the top and bottom for just a bit of shine since this is more of a masculine design.  A simple sentiment flag stapled to the side finishes this off.

Card3

Here's the full blog hop list:

  May Park 
  Amy Kolling -->you are here!


**GIVEAWAY**
What's a blog hop without a giveaway?  We are giving away one kit 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, June 11 at 11:59pm EST, and the winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts Blog.  Hero Arts will reimburse if the winner already bought the kit!

Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me!

192 comments:

Dee Earnshaw said...

Wow love your cards. The background on the first is just amazing. Thanks for the ideas:)

Mary Beth Krakowski said...

Your cards are so great! I find them so inspiring, I have nothing like these stamps, can't wait to get my kit.

aasheeta said...

I like that black embossed background. Thanks for the ideas.

Susie Sonnier said...

What a great kit!

Valerija said...

Amazong cards. I just love the sun on the first one.

QuilterLaura said...

Wonderful cards! Great card kit, ty for sharing!

Intoxicating Arts said...

Both cards are beautiful. So glad to find your blog through Hero Arts!

Sue LD said...

Striking card designs. I like the tone on tone background on the first one.

Rae H. said...

Loving the backgrounds and scenes you created. Beautiful ombre colors. Loved the Lion King and am totally feeling this new kit! Have been anxiously awaiting it. Am new to stamping so am looking forward to getting my hands on it and having fun! Am loving the awesome colors and scene potential. My eyes are glazed over just envisioning the possibilities.......................

Ellen Cooper said...

I loved both cards! They are bold and striking as well as simply elegant :-)

Macimbalo said...

Very striking! Love how you have used the new products!

Christa S. said...

Beautiful cards!! The black on black is amazing.

Christa S. said...

Beautiful cards!! The black on black is amazing.

Tasha Dawson said...

wow! I love your backgrounds!

Freedom Deep said...

Love the first card! Holy cow does that pack a punch to the eye, but a nice kind of punch, just gorgeous ❤️. I like the idea of pulling together the smaller images for a cute background.

kartelene said...

both cards are beautiful love the colors on the first one thank you for sharing

Melanie Ott said...

Love ur cards and this kit!!❤️🦁🦏🐆

Lynnea Hollendonner said...

I love both of these! Your sunrise is gorgeous! And I love the animal print background!

gabriella said...

Wow, you were busy....looks great and they are both so different

Purple Princess said...

Fabulous cards!!

JANIS FROM CANADA said...


LOVE HERO ARTS. Always have. Love your work. Your card was amazing. ….
This set is SOMETHING to get EXCITED about. I have not been excited about a stamp set for a very long time. And a die set as well Yippppie…I would Love be a o make my GrandBaby this card for Elliott,s Birthday. .l
Thanks for the he chance for the give-a-way. and Hero Arts.
Have a Blessed Day,

Good Kardma by Jules said...

Love both of your cards! The sky on the first one is amazingly lifelike. And I like all the animals on the second one. Thank you and Hero Arts for the chance to win!!

Amy's Card Obsession said...

Never, ever would I have thought of black heat embossing on black cardstock. But, I absolutely LOVE it. Gonna try this immediately! Luv!

Kleri F said...

Beautiful card!Thank you for sharing!:)

Marsha said...

Great ideas!!!

Kailash said...

Gorgeous designs!!!

Leslie said...

I really like your cards! Beautiful job! Loving the new products.

chrisferdi said...

Great cards. Loved the use of the background stamp.

dianasdragon said...

Great card, love the kit!

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

Love the Tribal background stamped in black on black!! Gorgeous subtle look and beautiful card! Am so enthused with this kit and all the ideas and inspiration from you talented designers! Thank you!

Alma Hughes said...

This kit is just amazing! So beautiful!

Anna said...

Very pretty cards. Love how you used the products!

craftygal1 said...

The male card gives me an idea for my husbands birthday at the end of the month. Thanks for the inspiration.

cassie said...

These are fantastic cards! I think this will be a great kit to add to my collection to balance out all the florals I tend to buy.

Cinny B said...

Nice! I love how the sunset pops on that first one..I'm thinking I may need that background die.I love the tone on tone look. ❤️

Stacey Kowbel said...

What fantastic cards you created! Love how you used the Tribal Stripes stamp!

sheron Egolf said...

Love your cards! This kit is so amazing, that setting sun die is wonderful.

Evelyn said...

love your card ideas, just amazing. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us all.

Jo Ann F. said...

I love your cards, especially the contrast of colors of the first one.

Villa said...

OMG! This card is STUNNING!

Michelle H said...

Your sunset card is absolutely gorgeous.

Diane (fionna51) said...

Wow, Amy, your card is WONDERFUL!
I already ordered the kit...and the tree and grass die set...I may have to go back and get the background since I'm liking it so much!

Dee Ann Matthews said...

Two striking cards that create a desire to go on an adventure to at least a zoo!

Gracielaslife said...

wow! beautiful cards!

Lindar C said...

Great cards! I love your backgrounds!

Debbie Selby said...

I am really drawn to the tribal background. Great cards.

Carolyn Steele said...

Such a great kit and really great cards. I love all the images in black on the kraft card. So impactful

Mary Holshouser said...

I love the cuts in the sun.
Makes a wonderful design - very
different.
The background paper is
fantastic. That would make
the kit worthwhile by itself.
thanks for sharing.

Angela Restad said...

Cute card I really like the first one the sunset is beautiful.

Jayell said...

Great cards - I love them both

Joy said...

Stunning card! Love the black with the patterned stamp from the kit.

Suzan D. said...

Love how dramatic your cards are. So inspirational.

Teri Ann said...

VERY NEAT CARDS!!!

dligon said...

you always make such nice cards and these are no exception. I can't wait to get my kit.

Engineered Baker said...

Lovely cards as usual! Thanks for sharing!

imajrim said...

Stunning cards! I love this kit.

judy said...

Beautiful cards -- I love this month's kit!!

Teri Smith said...

Both your cards rock!! I would dearly love to have this kit.

Deaf Sheltie Mom said...

Lovely cards! Can't wait to play with the kit. Thanks for sharing!

Bunny Dobbie said...

What fabulous cards! I love that round cloud die. Fabulous treatment of it with the acacia tree overlapping it.

Leila and Elizabeth said...

I love all the African animals in the kit! Wonderful card.

Peggy said...

Awesome Cards. Love the silhouettes.

tneudorf said...

gorgeous!

Beverly Jean said...

I really enjoyed your post. What a wonderful kit!

Nora N. said...

The scene you created on that first card is so beautiful!! I love the embossing on the background. I also love how you stamped on the kraft for the second card. The background looks so cool!!

Debra said...

This kit is so unique...I love the add-ons! Your cards are stunning!

Kelsey Thomas said...

Looks great! :)

Diane Bakehouse said...

Such beautiful, striking cards. Love them and love what you did with this fabulous kit. I'll be pinning these ideas for sure.

Julia said...

I really love your animal mosaic card!

Lucy said...

Enjoyed all the work you did with the set, but my favorite is how you repeated the set in black. I could so see journals done like that with an animal on every other page.

Laura Buehler said...

I really like both of your cards.

Maureen hampshire said...

I loooove the simplicity of your card's look...yet the statement it makes screams at you!

bdconklin said...

Beautiful cards! I love how you used the set as a background. The tribal background is awesome too.

Maggie Miller said...

I love the animal background you created. What a great use of the stamps!

Melissa Friedrich said...

LOVE these cards, the backgrounds are awesome with tribal stripe embossed background and the silhouette animal stamps!

Lisa said...

Wow, I'm just blown away by these stunning cards.

Jill Lokan said...

Love your color choice and layout! Would love to win this kit since it sold out SO FAST :(

Abby said...

Love the background stamp!

Lagene said...

Great cards, the sunset is stunning, awesome June Release, I love the African animals & trees!

Quiana said...

Your cards are so beautiful!!! Love what you have done!

D.Ann C said...

The black on black background for that gorgeous sunset is STUNNING!

Debbie B said...

Awesome cards! Love this kit! Need to subscibe! Hero Arts has had a winner each month!

The Ink Tinker said...

Amy, I just couldn't possibly pick a favorite of these two cards. I love the simple color scheme in the first one and the inspired use of the tribal stamp. The second card with its silhouette background is terrific. A great card for those hard to do masculine cards. Thanks.

~amy~ said...

AMY!!!!! So thrilled to have you hopping with us! You absolutely ROCKED the kit!

C Gray said...

Really beautiful! Love the black background and just the tiger silhouette.

Hope Mitchell said...

Inspiring creations. Thanks for sharing.

Amanda Dellamano said...

Beautiful cards! I really enjoyed what you made with this month's kit! Thanks for sharing :)

Violet said...

Really like your cards & am so glad I got this kit!

Kari Mano said...

Love your ideas for this card kit! So excited to start playing!!!!

Susan K said...

Thanks for a ton of inspiration in using June's Hero Kit. Can't wait

Elizabeth Knehans said...

Great cards...your variety of styles shows just how many different looks we'll be able to get out of this awesome kit. Thanks for sharing.

Brandy said...

Your cards are stunning! Love the background you created with the animals!

Crafty Little Peach said...

Beautiful cards! I especially love the one with the black on black, so elegant!

foodgirl said...

I love both of your cards. It's hard to pick which one I like the best. They're both so gorgeous yet so different

Rufus said...

Loving this kit and your cards are great. If I had to chose I think maybe I like the first one, mainly because of that sun/moon/cloud die. Have my fingers crossed, this is an awesome kit!

Billie A said...

Your cards are stunning. I am loving this stamp set and the creative cards.

Denise said...

Oh so Great!! You hit the mark. Love your cards, Thanks, Denise

Stefanie White said...

Great cards, the second is very masculine, I think I shall footy that idea for Fathers Day cards!

Laura Peddicord said...

Really love the black tribal background on your card. It really makes the rest of the card stand out that much more!

T Simmons said...

Both of these cards are amazing! Great job!

J Crooks said...

These are some of my favorites on the hop! As I said on the other blogs I absolutely love this kit, if ever there was a perfect kit for me this is it! My whole house is safari/animal decor. There's gotta be another way to get one!? Please make more! Help an animal loving crafter out!

Stacey said...

2 stunning cards! I love the use of black card stock for the first card. It makes everything pop right off the page!

HJ said...

Both of these cards are beautiful. I love the black images and the die that makes the sun is awesome. Great job, Amy!

Deeps said...

That is a stunning card. Love it.

Kari V. said...

Beautiful and amazing!! I especially love the tribal background heat embossed in clear! Fantastic job!!

Regine said...

Wow, the yellow/orange sunset on the black background looks stunning! Well done.

Theresa said...

Love your card! Very striking! Great kit.

farida jararah said...

Beautiful cards! Too bad the kit wa sold out by the time I got to the site :(

Kit A said...

This is a fantastic kit. You can do so much with it. I think both of your cards are fabulous.

Cindy Thick said...

Thanks for the beautiful card. Love the safari theme.

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! One of the most beautiful kit!!! Love so much how you created these perfect and magical jungle scenes!!! Love, love, love!!!

Jeanne Beam said...

Beautiful card. The layout and background is awesome. Thanks for sharing..

Di Wong said...

Your cards are beautiful. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

smoot77 said...

Oh, Amy what a fantastic card - love, love, love that first card with the tribal background stamp!. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your cards.

cm said...

Two dazzling cards; the first, in particular, is striking with the embossed background and colourful focal point! This kit truly is amazing!
~carol

Twylia Bell said...

Love your cards. I would love to win this kit.

Barbara Rokke said...

Love the silhouette-cool card!

Nancy Ketcham said...

I love the backgroundsnow on both of your cards. They really look great

Francine D said...

Love your card ideas! This is a beautiful set. I love how you have spotlighted the background as well as actual images.

Christina Dauven said...

I love the vibrancy and glow of the first card and the masculinity of the second. Great kob

very_inky_fingers said...

Love the background with the animals... wonderful!!

Cyndi Morris said...

Love both cards, but the first one is breathtaking. Love this release.

Sheila N said...

Beautiful cards! Love the designs!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

I love them both!

bzyPTmom said...

Great cards--love the backgrounds, what a fun kit!

Verhey Family Blog said...

Love the black background! The cards are great!

Kanako Nakamura said...

WOW I love your cards! Beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Karen Sue said...

Wow, both cards are amazing,

Susan Weigner said...

Very creative with this kit, lovely, thanks

Vesta McDonald said...

Beautiful card, beautiful kit.

cghundley said...

Wonderful work on all
your cards and I love
the first one with
the tiger!
Carla from Utah

Marilyn Falcone said...

Love that black background! Great card!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Wow - just love the tribal stripes embossed on black, Amy! Perfect with your circle scene!!

kerry myers said...

Great cards! I am loving the background stamp in clear embossing!!

Tami said...

I LOVE your cards! Beautiful background.

Ranch Wife said...

Both of your cards are just stunning! This set is amazing and perfect for creating masculine cards which is hard to do! Those silhouettes make such a wonderful, bold statement on a card. Thank you so much!

Kelly Massman said...

really nice work!

Samantha Coleman said...

Love your card! This will be a great kit to play with.

starqueen said...

Hi Amy,
Your cards are so different...and vey cool. I think that background die is my fave item in the kit...it is very versatile!

Julie Booker said...

I love the clear embossed background on your first card. It is very effective especially with the gorgeous colours used for the sunset look. Your second card is a reminder that cards can look simple but still be effective. Thank you.

Susi K. said...

Looking at your 1st card put the Tribal Stripes Cling stamp at the top of my Wish List - your card is amazing!

Lori Pus said...

Beautiful cards

Denise Ward said...

The first card is --by far!! -- one of my FAVORITE CARDS on this hop!!! That sky is GORGEOUS and the rest of the details of the card are just as wonderful!!!

Angela said...

Amy- both of your cards are amazing! The first one is my very favorite of all of the cards I've seen so far! It is stunning!

Vicki VS said...

Great card

jw said...

Wonderful kit. Your cards are awesome!

Marsha LaPointe said...

Wow i love the colors used to make sun. Beautiful card.

Wronda Gustafson said...

Great technique.

Renee VanEpps said...

Both cards are gorgeous and I really love that black embossed background on the first one.. so awesome!

karenmariehansen said...

beautiful cards! The backgrounds are especially stunning!

TR said...

Gorgeous cards, both of them. Love the techniques you used.

Gail Daughtry said...

Awesome card...love everything about it. Thanks for sharing.

LifesABeach86 said...

I love your card. The kit is beautiful - I'm so sad it's sold out

Margaret said...

Your cards are beautiful! The contrast in the first one is stunning!

MammaLostHerMarbles said...

Love the cards, wish I had been able to add the add on tree die, but I think I can do something similar with the tree stamps.

Robin said...

Love your cards they are beautiful

Cynthia Cole said...

My favorite is your first card!

Karen L K said...

Both of your cards are really nice! That first one has a great background and just a great looking scene! All the silhouettes on the kraft is a good look too!

Meghan Peterson said...

I love these cards!! And I absolutely adore your first card with the great contrast, the subtle background and the sunset colors. So stunning. Thanks so much for sharing!

Gail said...

Great kit. Amazing cards. Love it.

Dawn Jones said...

What a beautiful card and some new ideas to try.

Darlene Gabriel said...

Wonderful cards. I especially love the first one with its' striking colour combo.

Bernice James said...

Very pretty.

Nancy Iverson said...

I love these stamps and dies and all the related products. I was so sad that the kit sold out so so quickly. I was ready to subscribe but now thinking twice. Please bring this stamp and related dies and the tree stamp and die back!

Maxine M. said...

just beautiful..hope I win, the kit is sold out already.

Unknown said...

Oh my....your first card is stunning! They all are but that one went right into pinterest!

~ Rebecca B. from FL

missanthropie said...

Great monochromatic cards! Wow!

NicoleN said...

Wow, gorgeous cards

MaggieB1983 said...

Hi Amy ~ Your cards are simply wonderful. I always find masculine cards the most difficult but your use of the animal silhouettes is the perfect example of what this kit can do. I am IN LOVE with the tree and skyline dies. They're amazing. Thanks so much for sharing. ~HUGS~
#kindnessmatters

Denise Bryant said...

Awesome cards! Love the sky colors on your beautiful silhouette card!

Love2papercraft said...

These are such great cards! I love the clear embossing on the black for the first card and the black images on kraft for the second. Very nice!

Lisa A creations said...

I love your background and the card! It reminds me of Lion King. I wish this kit was still available! I really wanted it. :(

Martha Berry said...

The background with the small animals is fabulous! I love it! And the embossed tribal background is something we can use for many cards. They are great ideas for masculine cards which I am always looking for.

Holly Jackson said...

Amy I am loving the cards! The black backgrounds really make the image pop!

Andrew and Bertha Pilgrim said...

These two cards are lovely! I like that you showed one with a lot of color and another with a black embossed background. They demonstrate the versatility of the kit. Thanks for sharing!

Mirabelka said...

What an awesome kit! I love it. It reminds me of a movie "Farewell to Africa

Heather DePasquale said...

Amazing cards!! So sad I missed the kit. Great incentive: I subscribed for July. Thanks for sharing!

Alaska .Kris said...

Love that background stamp!

mimi said...

I would love to win this set since it is already sold out! I hope they will release the animal stamp set to be purchased in the near future. I love love the animal silhouettes.

Jackie said...

Beautiful cards!! Your sun is gorgeous!! And I love the background you created for the second card. I really like how you lined up the images from top to bottom. Great idea!!

Karenajo said...

Love the elements in this kit ! Your cards are super - thanks for the inspiration !

Caroline Eade said...

love the black and tan card and black embossed background card!

SkyPixie17 said...

Love the sunset silhouette card! Can't wait to try that one out!

Marianne said...

Love your cards. Such an amazing kit. Keeping my fingers crossed I may actually win one.

Annette Pearce said...

Great kit, thank you for sharing your cards.

Tanja said...

Lovely cards, thanks for the inspiration!

barbara macaskill said...

An amazing duo of cards! I especially love the first one! The sky is breathtaking and I love the tree and lion against it! TFS!

Susie Oliver said...

Love it!

Bobbkat said...

Great drama in your colors! Fabulous kit!!!!

cricutharper said...

So love your card. The colors really pop and the diecut is so awesome.

Andrea said...

OMG, how beautiful! Love the clear embossing on black - stunning!

Erin (CelticCrafter) said...

I LOVE your cards!!! (I was singing when I saw this kit, too! Haha)

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