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September My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #1 + Giveaway!

by Sally Traidman September 01, 2017 530 Comments

Hello and welcome as we begin the countdown to the release of the September My Monthly Hero kit! Release day is Tuesday, September 5th at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific, one day later than usual due to the Labor Day holiday. We’ll be here throughout the long weekend, sharing ideas for using both the main kit, as well as new optional add-on products that will be available on Tuesday. And don’t forget to comment on each and every Countdown post - we’ll be giving away a kit on Tuesday morning, before the kit launches! Here’s Sally with a first look at the kit!

I am just loving our September My Monthly Hero with color layering sunflowers and pumpkins. Vincent Van Gogh would be proud! I decided to focus on the sunflower and once I started stamping I couldn’t stop (yeah, I am known for that!). For my first card, I took the first layer and stamped it all over my white card in a few yellow shades. I randomly stamped “golden” yellows for the second layer. Orange was the third layer to crisp it up. For the centers I used caramel and then brown. I added a greeting on a small scrap and tied on some raffia and the little leaf charm.

Sunflowers by Sally Traidman for Hero Arts
Next up I wanted a field of sunflowers, so I stamped the stalks in two greens on white cardstock. Again I used the same colors as above for the sunflowers. I wanted to incorporate the dies, so I mounted one that was die cut to add depth.

Sunflowers by Sally Traidman for Hero Arts
This week I was in full blown sewing mode, so I stamped the sunflower once again, all the layers, on unbleached muslin. I heat set the inks with an iron. Cut another piece of fabric to back it with and sew around the outline and some of the petals. Next you cut a tiny hole in the back layer. Stuff petals with batting or cotton, poking it to the ends. Sew on a button for the center. Cut a leaf from fabric or felt and attach to the back. Stitch closed on the back and add a pin so you can wear it. This flower is very small and detailed for stuffing, but it was fun!

Sunflowers by Sally Traidman for Hero Arts
While my sewing machine was out, I stitched a small “background” to put on a kraft card. I once again stamped and die cut one sunflower. I added a sunflower charm in the center after foam mounting. You can select any word greeting from the set. (I “uncurved" mine by twisting the stamp before mounting it on the acrylic.)

Sunflowers by Sally Traidman for Hero Arts
Lastly I always try to make something other than what it’s intended use was supposed to be. I took the center of the flower and made it into a sun. (Also, look at the pumpkin stem…it can double as a sun ray!) Add words and gems for a quickie little gift enclosure.

Sunflowers by Sally Traidman for Hero Arts

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 of the comments left across all countdown posts and announce the winner first thing Tuesday morning, September 5th, before the kit launches at 1pm Eastern. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to check back all weekend long for additional countdown posts with more inspiration and more sneak peeks!

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Tudy Trgovac
Tudy Trgovac

September 07, 2017

Outstanding versatility!

Susanti Hidayat
Susanti Hidayat

September 07, 2017

Another monthly kit to die for<3

Lisa Martin
Lisa Martin

September 06, 2017

Great ideas , I love the first card and will try it.

Linda Miltzow
Linda Miltzow

September 05, 2017

Wonderful ideas!! Thank you for the sun-flower-shine today!! :)

Betty
Betty

September 05, 2017

This kit has the most of any kit I have seen and your cards are beautifu with all of things the kit has in it

Karen Murphy
Karen Murphy

September 05, 2017

I don’t sew but I love what you did. Really cool!

Jackie P.
Jackie P.

September 05, 2017

Love love love it!! Can’t wait for this to come. Such beautiful sunflowers!!

Gina
Gina

September 05, 2017

Just Wow! Love these sunflowers and the creative ways to use them! I have never stamped on fabric but feel inspired to do so now.

FeM
FeM

September 05, 2017

Love sunflowers.

Michelle D
Michelle D

September 05, 2017

Beautiful cards. Can’t wait to see the kit!

Sharon Y.
Sharon Y.

September 05, 2017

Can’t wait to make these cheerful sunflowers.

Desarae McColley
Desarae McColley

September 04, 2017

Oh I can’t wait…fall is coming and it’s the perfect time for some all themed cards!

Samantha Sloop
Samantha Sloop

September 04, 2017

Oh I love this! Just love this……I can’t wait to get it so I can start playing with colors and sunflower composition! This is my third month being a subscriber to hero arts and I haven’t regretted it once! And I’m super excited to receive this months!

Berina
Berina

September 04, 2017

Such a beautiful stamp set. Love the cards you have created!!

Tammy W
Tammy W

September 04, 2017

Beautiful fall cards, striking and remember to appreciate the beauty all around us.

Christina Dauven
Christina Dauven

September 04, 2017

Oh my fall sunflowers how wonderful

Lisa
Lisa

September 04, 2017

Omg! These samples are to die for! I need this kit!

Antoinette
Antoinette

September 04, 2017

Beautiful cards. I like how you stamped on muslin!

D.Ann C
D.Ann C

September 04, 2017

Your field of sunflowers is gorgeous, and that gold leaf and raffia and the perfect accents for it! I’m also in love with that puffy little cloth sunflower… I want to make a bunch of those!!

Joy J.
Joy J.

September 04, 2017

Beautiful cards! Sunflowers just say “happy”!

Margie Cee
Margie Cee

September 04, 2017

Great sunflower background Sally and the mounted sunflower really makes the card pop. Fantastic idea with the stitched muslin sunflower also

MelissaF
MelissaF

September 04, 2017

Love your beautiful cards, and puffy sewn sunflower – all so cheerful!

Viola Leary
Viola Leary

September 04, 2017

I really like the little sewn flower, it would look really nice on a card or scrapbook page.

Kathy
Kathy

September 04, 2017

I love, love, love the sunflowers and the wonderful colors!

Susan R K
Susan R K

September 04, 2017

Love all your design ideas using the new MMH sunflower stamps.
Can’t wait to make a bunch of the sunflower pins for family and friends. Thanks for sharing.

Juana Vega
Juana Vega

September 04, 2017

Great colors in these sunflowers. The perfect fall awaits!

Juana Vega
Juana Vega

September 04, 2017

Great colors in these sunflowers. The perfect fall awaits!

Nancy McCabe
Nancy McCabe

September 04, 2017

Love the layered look.

Ashley
Ashley

September 04, 2017

Stamping on fabric is brilliant! But I love the field of sunflowers!

Siqi Zhou
Siqi Zhou

September 04, 2017

Amazing! Love the sunflowers. Can’t wait to have a new kind of flower in my stamp set stash.

Maureen Peterson
Maureen Peterson

September 04, 2017

Amazing cards!! I love sunflowers. The colors you used were perfect!! Great cards for fall!!
Can’t wait to see more peaks of the kit:)

Christine Piechura
Christine Piechura

September 04, 2017

Wow Sally! Your cards are amazing! You have been an inspiration to me along with all of the designers for this card kit. Thank you!

Alison Pecoul
Alison Pecoul

September 04, 2017

Ooooh. I am really digging this kit. Can’t wait to see the whole thing.

Sheryl Kramer
Sheryl Kramer

September 04, 2017

Sunflowers are so happy! Anyone receiving one of these cards can’t help but smile! Love the versatility of these layering stamps!

Lynne
Lynne

September 04, 2017

Perfect for fall

DeniseP
DeniseP

September 04, 2017

Pretty! I bet the sunflower centers would look amazing all embossed in copper!!

Linda Sodano
Linda Sodano

September 04, 2017

Beautiful sunflower cards and even on fabric! I am going to live this new kit!

Pam Rudzki
Pam Rudzki

September 04, 2017

Love All of your cards Sally. And the fabric sunflower would be fun to pin on a jacket. How cute.

Kim McField
Kim McField

September 04, 2017

I enjoyed seeing you use this kit in so many different ways. I love the sunflower stamp!

Gaye Kozel
Gaye Kozel

September 04, 2017

I’m loving the layered sunflowers. They made an awesome background! Looks like another winning MMH kit!

Beth B
Beth B

September 04, 2017

Love love LOVE this! Adorable and perfect for the season.

Beth B
Beth B

September 04, 2017

Love love LOVE this! Adorable, and perfect for the season.

GrammyP
GrammyP

September 04, 2017

Looks like y’all are channeling Vincent Van Gogh—beautiful sunflowers! Thanks for sharing so much inspiration!

Terri Scott - terriavidreader
Terri Scott - terriavidreader

September 04, 2017

Very nice.

Lori Poffenroth
Lori Poffenroth

September 04, 2017

The sunflowers are beautiful.

Barb McCarthy
Barb McCarthy

September 04, 2017

Those sunflowers! Love ’em!

Susan Gray
Susan Gray

September 04, 2017

Gorgeous flowers and the gold accessory is brilliant!

Jennifer K
Jennifer K

September 04, 2017

The sunflower stamp is gorgeous and all of your cards are beautiful! I love your field of sunflowers card.

jasmin alfonzo
jasmin alfonzo

September 04, 2017

Bellos girasoles me encanta como lucen.

Janet D.
Janet D.

September 04, 2017

Oh Wow, these are amazing projects, beautiful!!

Martha Berry
Martha Berry

September 04, 2017

Such beautiful sunflowers! They truly radiate the warmth of the sun. Your colors are so realistic because the shades are varied and blend so well. Beautifully done!

Barb Chmura
Barb Chmura

September 04, 2017

Love the flowers!

Kellie
Kellie

September 04, 2017

Love all the different ideas with the sunflower from the simple to bold backgrounds!

Rosanna H
Rosanna H

September 04, 2017

I can’t wait to see the whole kit. I love the different ideas shared especially the first card with all the sunflowers stamped.

Sophia Blair
Sophia Blair

September 04, 2017

Can’t wait to see what the rest of the kit entails

Gloria
Gloria

September 04, 2017

WOW! Great collection. Need that cat.

Ro
Ro

September 04, 2017

Sunflowers are amongst my favourite flowers. I can’t wait until the big kit reveal :)

Kayla
Kayla

September 04, 2017

Gorgeous sunflowers!!

Julia Cissell
Julia Cissell

September 04, 2017

Love the added sewing elements!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

September 04, 2017

Beautiful creations! Love your creativity in using 1 stampset in many ways! The first one is my favourite :)

Barbara Lambe
Barbara Lambe

September 03, 2017

Another winner, I can’t wait.

Kate B
Kate B

September 03, 2017

Wow, such creative ways to use the sunflower stamps & dies! I love the way you used the stitching and the fabric flower, too!

Jessica Lyczynski
Jessica Lyczynski

September 03, 2017

I love all these ideas!! nicknatewes@msn.com

Carolyn Sharkas
Carolyn Sharkas

September 03, 2017

I am seriously in love with this stamp, well, the whole kit. These projects ooze Fall, and these stamps need to be in my stash. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa Bzibziak
Lisa Bzibziak

September 03, 2017

Wow! What fantastic projects! LOVE the one stamped on muslin… what a fantastic idea!

Sue Rhodes
Sue Rhodes

September 03, 2017

Very nice sunflower background. Great color application, layering.

Dawn Schindler
Dawn Schindler

September 03, 2017

The layered sunflower is beautiful.

Christa M
Christa M

September 03, 2017

Sunflowers are one of my favorites and I really like how you used them on all projects.

Kay S
Kay S

September 03, 2017

I love the first one with many sunflowers with greeting! Uplifting!

Carolyn P
Carolyn P

September 03, 2017

Love the sunny sunflower ideas. What fun!

Patt H.
Patt H.

September 03, 2017

Wow, you are the sunflower queen! I love all these awesome creations, especially that adorable pin. So creative!

FD91354
FD91354

September 03, 2017

Beautiful card. Kit is off to an exciting start.

susan r wareham
susan r wareham

September 03, 2017

WOW looks like this kit is right up my alley sucker for all things Fall

Penny Whitlock
Penny Whitlock

September 03, 2017

I love sunflowers. All these cards are so pretty but I really like the added leaf. I attach charms to cards sometimes so even if the card gets tossed, they have the charm to keep. Thanks for sharing.

Karen P
Karen P

September 03, 2017

Love your cards especially the field of sunflowers!

Leigh G
Leigh G

September 03, 2017

One of my favorite bouquets to receive from my husband is sunflowers so this kit will let me create a bouquet to send others

karenajo
karenajo

September 03, 2017

Very pretty layering sunflower. Love all your creations -thanks for the inspiration !

Shannon Fralish
Shannon Fralish

September 03, 2017

Fantastic variety of projects — this kit looks great!

Chrissy  E
Chrissy E

September 03, 2017

Wowweeee! I’m itching to see more!

Lorraine
Lorraine

September 03, 2017

Such great ideas – particularly the pin!

k prakken
k prakken

September 03, 2017

Love all of your “sunny” projects!!!!

Gail Scott
Gail Scott

September 03, 2017

I love love this sunflower – you have done some wonderful projects here – thanks for sharing the art with us – I hope we get to plant some sunflowers next year – I love them! Have a blessed week

Alexandra Madison
Alexandra Madison

September 03, 2017

Super fun, bright and beautiful projects! So many great ideas for this kit.

Neshia
Neshia

September 03, 2017

Beautiful use of the sunflowers on each card!

Rhonda
Rhonda

September 03, 2017

These ideas look like autumn!

JAS424
JAS424

September 03, 2017

With just this one flower, I was shown so many different ways to use it to make great cards,

Melissa SunshineHoneyBee
Melissa SunshineHoneyBee

September 03, 2017

Like the sunny sunflowers. Especially like the stitching.
Melissa
“Sunshine HoneyBee”

 Maryjo Monterosso
Maryjo Monterosso

September 03, 2017

Such beautful sunflowers. All your projects are beautiful.

Anna
Anna

September 03, 2017

Love the sunflowers!

Di Brown
Di Brown

September 03, 2017

Love the sunflowers so cheery, I think yellow is a happy colour.
Thank you for sharing.

Liz mca
Liz mca

September 03, 2017

So excited for to see what is in this kit! I love them all and find myself sucked in….. lol

caroleann
caroleann

September 03, 2017

Can never get enough sunflowers!!! Great inspiration

Patty Beers
Patty Beers

September 03, 2017

I love the Daisies. Beautiful card.

Lori Ritchie
Lori Ritchie

September 03, 2017

Sunflowers are my favorite, beautiful cards! So bright & sunny!

Karen
Karen

September 03, 2017

Love, love those sunny sunflowers and the ideas you’ve shared!

Cheri
Cheri

September 03, 2017

Love these cards & love the stamping on muslin. Can’t wait to see the Sept Release!

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

September 03, 2017

Love the sunflowers! Beautiful!

c
c

September 03, 2017

Love Sunflowers. Nice and cheery along with the lovely colors used.. Happy Fall!!!!

Lynn
Lynn

September 03, 2017

Amazing card, amazing background.

Bonnie D-D
Bonnie D-D

September 03, 2017

Love all your different ideas! Were Creative especially the last one!

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