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March My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #1 + Giveaway

by Jessica Frost-Ballas February 28, 2020 490 Comments

Hello and welcome as we begin the countdown to the release of the March My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, March 2 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. We will be here all weekend long, sharing inspiration before the launch on Monday. In case you didn't see yesterday's message, this month we will start shipping our kits and add-ons on March 16 due some supplier delays. We know you are excited to get your kit and we will work to ship earlier if possible. Thank you for your wonderful patronage and patience.

Now here's Jess for the first look at this beautiful "HeroScapes in Bloom" kit!

Hello, Jess here and I am so excited to share this month's kit with you!! I am Japanese so when I saw the theme of the kit I fell head over heels! :)

I lived in Japan for several years of my childhood and I distinctly remember cherry blossom season and the beautiful pink blossoms that fell like snow for days! So I kept my card pretty traditional and tried to recreate that! To start I stamped the grass layers onto Hero Hues Dove White cardstock using Lime Green and Fresh Lawn ink. The set is designed to leave those little rocks among the grass!  Then I stamped my tree trunk and the sentiment using Intens-ified Black ink.

Next I stamped the tree layers using Ultra Pink and Rose Madder ink. Then I inked the petals with the lighter ink and rolled the edges of the stamp in the darker ink for some variation in the petals. I stamped them once and stamped them again to get that lighter second generation stamping. Next I blended around the edges of the panel with Cotton Candy and Ultra Pink ink.  Finally I trimmed the panel down to 4" by 5.25" and adhered it to a Hero Hues Dove White Top-Folded card base to finish the card! I love this scene so much! I just want to hop on a plane and go sit underneath a cherry tree with a picnic lunch! :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have an amazing day!

Win a kit before you can buy it! Just leave a comment on this (and every) Countdown to Creativity post. We’ll randomly draw one lucky winner from all the comments left across all countdown posts. The winner will be announced first thing Monday morning, March 2, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good luck!





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Elizabeth Hemana
Elizabeth Hemana

March 07, 2020

Hi I just found your site what a beautiful set I’m only sorry I missed the dead line for the post
Liz

Elizabeth Hemana
Elizabeth Hemana

March 07, 2020

Absolutely stunning set I love love love it

Kathleen Sanden
Kathleen Sanden

March 04, 2020

I am new to Hero arts and saw Jennifer McGuire’s video for Heroscapes in Bloom and just loved this set but was so disappointed when it was sold out…..I really hope I can win this even though I have never one anything in my life…here’s praying this time is different…lol

Dorothy A
Dorothy A

March 03, 2020

Beautiful stamp set and card. Thanks also for sharing about your heritage!

SueB
SueB

March 03, 2020

Love the traditional look. Beautiful card.

Earline  Gordon
Earline Gordon

March 02, 2020

Love your work beautiful.

Pamela Edwards
Pamela Edwards

March 02, 2020

your card is beautiful. I love all the layering. Thanks for sharing.

Nanetta LOWE
Nanetta LOWE

March 02, 2020

Simple beautiful

Silvia LeVine
Silvia LeVine

March 02, 2020

This card is breathtaking… I love the detail and the pinks u chose! Very tastefully done! 👏🏽👏🏽

Martine Bykowski
Martine Bykowski

March 02, 2020

What a beautiful card… thanks for the inspiration and for sharing!

Caroline Look
Caroline Look

March 02, 2020

Absolutely love how you did the tree and blossoms!!

Caroline Look
Caroline Look

March 02, 2020

Absolutely love how you did the tree and blossoms!!

Sharon Schutjer
Sharon Schutjer

March 02, 2020

Love the layering!

tina z.
tina z.

March 02, 2020

absolutely amazing!!

K. Eley
K. Eley

March 02, 2020

Such a stunning first peek! So excited to see more!!!

Sudhamathi Muthu
Sudhamathi Muthu

March 02, 2020

I can truly get the feel how much you love Japan and the cherry blossom… all your beautiful memories are perfectly captured in this card… what a stunning creation… totally love it ..

Margaret Milczarek
Margaret Milczarek

March 02, 2020

The colour combination is great.

Connie
Connie

March 01, 2020

Hi Jess :) Stunning card!!! You’ve showcased this new kit well! Thanks for inspiring me :)

Patsy
Patsy

March 01, 2020

This is my favorite. It’s so very beautiful and peaceful. I just want to keep looking at it. Thanks for making such an awesome card.

Claudia N
Claudia N

March 01, 2020

Beautiful card!!

Vikki H
Vikki H

March 01, 2020

Makes me think of my backyard in April! Beautiful card and inspiration.

Nancy Knapp
Nancy Knapp

March 01, 2020

Looks like spring is finally here! Love the cherry blossoms! Looking forward to seeing what all is in the kit this month!

Heather Mills
Heather Mills

March 01, 2020

This is so beautiful!! Love your cherry tree; so pretty!

Rosemary D
Rosemary D

March 01, 2020

So very pretty! Looks just like the cherry blossom trees in my neighborhood!

Claudia K Anderson
Claudia K Anderson

March 01, 2020

Your cherry blossom tree is so lovely! Looking forward to the big reveal.

Miriam Prantner
Miriam Prantner

March 01, 2020

I love this scene with that soft and pretty pink background!

Crystal Snedegar
Crystal Snedegar

March 01, 2020

I love the sentiment and the pretty pink colors!

Ann Kowal
Ann Kowal

March 01, 2020

Love the effect of the petals blowing in the breeze!!

eleanor chua
eleanor chua

March 01, 2020

Very pretty card!

Kathy Mc
Kathy Mc

March 01, 2020

This is SO beautiful! Spring cherry blossoms are spectacular in real life as experienced on the University of Washington Campus, and you’ve captured that beauty with this card.

katherine
katherine

March 01, 2020

what a lovely card!

Victoria L Paris
Victoria L Paris

March 01, 2020

I’m no a pink person, per se but I have to admit, the colors are bright and cheerful. I love how you achieved dimension on the stamping.

Judy Stiles
Judy Stiles

March 01, 2020

Gorgeous card!

Victoria Paris
Victoria Paris

March 01, 2020

I love the dimension you got on this card without any dies. It was surely brighten anyones day!

Sandy Small
Sandy Small

March 01, 2020

Beautiful card! I love how the tree and ground look so dimensional.

Kristine Reeves
Kristine Reeves

March 01, 2020

So peaceful looking!

Laura
Laura

March 01, 2020

Beautiful Card, I really like it.

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March 01, 2020

Reminds of cherry blossom blooming❣️

Annette Gordon
Annette Gordon

March 01, 2020

Jess this card is absolutely amazing! I love the falling leaves you have and the very pretty pink sky that matches the tree! WOW I can’t wait for this months release!

Jess S
Jess S

March 01, 2020

I lived in Japan for 2 years and cherry blossom season was wonderful. I love this card. Brings back memories!

Melissa Leftrick
Melissa Leftrick

March 01, 2020

Love the colors and that tree is gorgeous

Lynnea Hollendonner
Lynnea Hollendonner

March 01, 2020

This is the prettiest pink tree I’ve ever seen!

Beth
Beth

March 01, 2020

What a great kit!

SueB
SueB

March 01, 2020

Beautiful! Can’t wait for the release.
SueB

JC
JC

March 01, 2020

Beautiful landscape and card. Can’t wait to see the full reveal!!!

dori leslie
dori leslie

March 01, 2020

That is so so beautiful! Love the petals on the ground, and the rocks interspersed. I have a flowering cherry tree in my back yard right now… would love to make a card just like this as it would feel very personal!

Maribel Monsalve
Maribel Monsalve

March 01, 2020

Wow these colors are amazing

Tammy Joyce
Tammy Joyce

March 01, 2020

I love the pinks in this. So pretty.

Deborah Herod
Deborah Herod

March 01, 2020

Love the card! The color combinations make me happy. So ready for spring, this card makes me want to take off my shoes and walk down the stone path!

Valerija
Valerija

March 01, 2020

Gorgeous card. I so love the pink tree.
Valerija xx

Evelyn Larson
Evelyn Larson

March 01, 2020

what a beautiful card, I too want to jump on that plane with you and enjoy that picnic. I think with this card kit I can for once dream of being a painter. Just beautiful.

Maureen Wong
Maureen Wong

March 01, 2020

I’m Japanese too and NEED this kit!! So pretty!

Maria Townsend
Maria Townsend

March 01, 2020

Love, love,love! When I worked in DC, I loved walking the blossom trail along the Potomac.

Marianna
Marianna

March 01, 2020

I love the stone path through the grass. Beautiful spring card!

Izabelawr
Izabelawr

March 01, 2020

Amazing card ! It reminds me of spring which is coming soon. I can’t wait! I love the color of the tree. The whole card looks so realistic. I love it !! Great inspiration. Thank you for sharing

Dayle Shimamura
Dayle Shimamura

March 01, 2020

Gorgeous card! Love the vibrant colors!

Jennifer Plouff
Jennifer Plouff

March 01, 2020

Love 💕🌸

Teresa Trump
Teresa Trump

March 01, 2020

I have to say of all the designer’s cards, this is my favorite. For some reason, the pink just does it for me. I love the blooms in the air. This is such a versatile set and am very hopeful I will be able to get it and it doesn’t sell out too fast.

Tracy Abramlilly
Tracy Abramlilly

March 01, 2020

I love this card!!! The colors pop and it gives me a feeling of peace. Thank you Jessica!

Mary J
Mary J

March 01, 2020

So pretty! Thank you.

candgmom
candgmom

March 01, 2020

Wow! What a beautiful scene. I love cherry blossoms – one of the first signs that spring is here and warm weather is around the corner. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. I can think of so many ideas for these stamps already. Can’t wait to see the next peeks and the add-ons.

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

March 01, 2020

Gorgeous card! I can’t wait for the full reveal!

Flo
Flo

March 01, 2020

This card is so pretty. Love the wind blown petals.

LBSue
LBSue

March 01, 2020

So lovely!! Can’t wait to try the layered stamps!

GLenda M Sultan
GLenda M Sultan

March 01, 2020

Thanks for bringing back memories of my trip to Denmark. The trees were covered with beautiful blossoms. You can pick your favorite color for the blossoms with this kit.

Amanda L.
Amanda L.

March 01, 2020

Goodness, this is so stunning. I would have loved to have that tree stamp when I had to do a memorial card for a friend. I spent hours tracing a free from a photo!

Dgolly
Dgolly

March 01, 2020

Looks like a beautiful kit. Lovely card.

Anne-Laure B
Anne-Laure B

March 01, 2020

Oh ! I m so glad this monthly kit will have layering stamps. I love that !
This card is very pretty, we can feel the atmosphere. Well done Jessica.

Maygen Hardy
Maygen Hardy

March 01, 2020

I love everything about this card. What a pick me up! The sentiment is perfect!

Jane A McBee
Jane A McBee

March 01, 2020

Beautiful card. Reminds me that spring is just around the corner.

Chandhini
Chandhini

March 01, 2020

Such a beautiful kit, amazing card. Love the cherry blossom tree.

Heather George
Heather George

March 01, 2020

The floating petals are majestic.

Els Mikolajczyk
Els Mikolajczyk

March 01, 2020

I just love this card, such a different look, this is my favorit. With the pink it is absolutly gorgeous. Nice job.

Tracy Fletcher
Tracy Fletcher

March 01, 2020

Very pretty card!

Barbara
Barbara

March 01, 2020

So beautiful. The fact that you are Japanese just adds to the story and beauty

Lori Poffenroth
Lori Poffenroth

March 01, 2020

Just beautiful!

Laura S.
Laura S.

March 01, 2020

Jessica your card is beautiful. It makes me want to nap under the pretty tree. Thanx for sharing.

Ammie C
Ammie C

March 01, 2020

I love the pink blossoms, and those shades of pink are just yummy!

Louise R
Louise R

March 01, 2020

Perfect timing, all the cherry trees are blooming in my neighborhood and it gorgeous, just like this card!

Doyle Wasa
Doyle Wasa

March 01, 2020

Oh this looks like an exciting New release. Beautiful card

Sherry Shelton
Sherry Shelton

March 01, 2020

Beautiful card. I love how it leaves the rocks in the grass.

Suzanne T
Suzanne T

March 01, 2020

The pink tree is beautiful, it looks so real, by your choice of color .

Jenrescuemama
Jenrescuemama

February 29, 2020

This is stunning! I love that rock path through the grass.

Kelly Trinh
Kelly Trinh

February 29, 2020

Beautiful pink tree! I really want to see a cherry blossom tree in person!

Bertha
Bertha

February 29, 2020

Love the pink tree and sky against that grassy area. Great colour choice and what a lovely layering stamp set.

Machele Evans
Machele Evans

February 29, 2020

Love these. Looks like Cherry trees blooming.

Pamela Shea
Pamela Shea

February 29, 2020

This is gorgeous. Can’t wait for this kit.

Joan
Joan

February 29, 2020

Love the pink colors with the blending. Tree is awesome.

Hurmat Haq
Hurmat Haq

February 29, 2020

So cool. This ultra pink is really amazing and really enhancing that cards. I must say this kit is really amazing

Sharon L.
Sharon L.

February 29, 2020

Beautiful card, makes me want to sit under a cherry tree and dream of the cherries I could soon be eating.

Sidekickcards
Sidekickcards

February 29, 2020

The pink tree, oh my, the card is breathtaking!!!

Sidekickcards
Sidekickcards

February 29, 2020

The pink tree, oh my, the card is breathtaking!!!

Sharon Watson
Sharon Watson

February 29, 2020

There is something very serene about your card. It’s not just the stamps, which I love, but maybe the pink sky. Whatever it is, I love it!

Suzanne
Suzanne

February 29, 2020

Cherry Blossom Season licked and loaded

Jean Heming
Jean Heming

February 29, 2020

love the stones in this beautiful walk way…Already have the tulip and lavendar fields still searching for the sunflowers

Esther Hernandez
Esther Hernandez

February 29, 2020

Such a beautiful countryside scene with a cherry tree on a hill too.

Laurie S
Laurie S

February 29, 2020

beautiful !

Jana Yeager
Jana Yeager

February 29, 2020

Lovely cards. Love the colors

Debby Jensen
Debby Jensen

February 29, 2020

Love this. Can’t wait to see the kit.

Chark
Chark

February 29, 2020

Love, love, love!

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