September, 01, 2017

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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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

Linda Miltzow

September 05, 2017

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

Lisa Martin

September 06, 2017

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

Susanti Hidayat

September 07, 2017

Another monthly kit to die for<3

Tudy Trgovac

September 07, 2017

Outstanding versatility!


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