9.06.2016

So Grateful // Hero Arts

Hi everyone! Today I'm participating in the September My Monthly Hero blog hop!

This month's kit is particularly special to me because it's my brush lettering! Hero Arts has made yet another one of my dreams come true!!

However, I'll be real: in between not having enough time to craft (moved to a new house, started new full-time job) and breaking my pinky (I never knew how much I used the little guy till now), I had a rough time getting around to making projects for this kit. I usually like to try to make a video to go with each new release, but I simply couldn't get to it. This post will probably be a brief one, because, as silly as it sounds, my hand gets tired quickly when typing with a big ol' splint on my finger.

Anywho, although these cards that I scrambled together last minute don't do the kit justice, they are here nonetheless.


To start of this card, I stamped a variety of leaves (from the main kit stamp set) using Distress Inks onto watercolor paper that I had misted slightly with water. This gave the leaves a watercolored look. I also used second and third generation stamping to achieve the ghost like effect, and to fill in the wreath.


I then stamped my sentiment (literally, my sentiment!!) in Black ink. The "so" technically isn't one of the words in the kit, but it's super easy to mask out letters from the smaller sentiments and create your own, which is what I did here.


I added a little bit of detail to the leaves with a ZIG marker and a Versamarker, then heat embossed that veiny detail in clear embossing powder for a nice finishing touch. I topped the leaves off with some gems, and adhered the panel to my card base, along with some twine.

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!

THE KIT


The kit contains:
  • A set of three Fancy Dies designed for building your own wreath
  • A 4x6 clear stamp set
  • Ten coordinating Frame Cuts dies
  • Three ink cubes in Mustard, Rust and Deep Burgundy
  • Six half sheets of cardstock in Kraft, Sunset Orange and Metallic Copper
  • Custom Freckled Fawn Enamel Dots in red
  • Brown gems
  • Brown and Natural Jute twines
The kit value is over $65, an amazing deal at $34.99.

There are also some fabulous add-on stamps and dies, so be sure to check out the Hero Arts blog for information on that.

157 comments:

  1. Your card was beautiful! Hope your finger heals quickly!

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  2. So exciting to have YOUR lettering as part of the monthly kit. Hope I'm able to use it soon!

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  3. Gorgeous flowers and
    wonderful card.
    Carla from Utah

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  4. This card is wonderful looking! And you had a splint on?

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  5. Great card, love the technique. What a fun kit!!

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  6. Love your card and I can really empathize with you. i got a hairline crack in my pinkie 2 weeks ago and assumed that once the swelling went down I would be good to go. Ha! It is still too painful to use. I am discovering lots of times I use that finger that i never realized. Pain is a great reminder.:)

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  7. This is totally cool!!! LOVE your leaves done in this way, it is SO artsy and fun, totally impressed and I have to get this kit!!! Hoping your finger heals quickly and completely, no fun at all!

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  8. Oh no!! Sorry to hear about Mr. Pinky! Hope he heals up quickly so you can get back to creating without it being a pain!
    Your card is lovely!! The leaves look so pretty in watercolor and I think you did an amazing job even with a broken pinky!! Healing prayers sent your way! TFS!

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  9. Your card is lovely! Wonderful design!

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  10. Lovely lovely card, love the soft stamping! Take care of your little pinky. Congrats once again for having your hand written letters being part of the kit!

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  11. How cool to have your handwriting in a stamp! Love the water color wreath.

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  12. Such a perfect way to show the versatility of this kit! Love the soft textures of your beautiful card!

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  13. I love seeing projects with Zig markers!! Love this kit!

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  14. The watercolor effect is such a compliment to your own handwriting. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

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  15. I love this watercolor look by stamping. Wonderful that you got your handwriting on a stamp! It looks great.

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  16. So soft and pretty! What a great look for this set.

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  17. I love this card, Clare! Your soft wreath of watercolored leaves is gorgeous! Highlights the pretty sentiment beautifully!

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  18. Your water color wreath is lovely!

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  19. Like the softness of this card....pretty!

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  20. Well I think with all that you have on your plate and trying to balance it all with a broken pinkie you did a great job with your card. I love your script lettering and the soft watercolor mix of Fall colors. Sending you good healing thoughts and blessings tfs.

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  21. What a great kit. Your cards are lovely

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  22. You are definitely very busy!! Beautiful work (even with limited time and a broken pinkie) thank you for sharing. Love the lettering!! Hope your pinkie heals fast.

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  23. Those last minute cards are sometimes the best! I love that eerie(?) watercolor look!

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  24. I like how you used the water and watercolor paper to get such a subtle wreath image. Your brush handwriting is lovely!

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  25. Congrats on your part of this fabulous kit! Love your card even with a broken pinky. Thanks for sharing!!

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  26. Love the beautiful water colored look. And congrats on your handwriting in the stamp set. What an honor and it is gorgeous!

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  27. Beautiful card. Beautiful kit. Beautiful sentiments. Thanks so much. Hope your pinkie heals quickly.

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  28. I love your brush handwriting stamps. I really don't need another fall stamp set, but I love the words, wreath dies and supplies in this kit! So cute!

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  29. Great card from a super kit!
    God bless!

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  30. Wow Clare - you did amazing with a broken finger! Just love your watercolor look, so dreamy!! And congrats again on having your handwriting included!!

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  31. Love the lettering in this kit, Clare. That is what drew me to purchase it. Congrats on your accomplishment. Hope your finger heal quickly. Take care !

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  32. Love that you used the stamps to create your wreath. This card is wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Clare, I'm so sorry to hear about your broken finger in the midst of everything else you have going on in your life! But, how very exciting to have your own sentiments become Hero Arts stamps! WOW, a dream come true, for sure! I am so excited for you! And what a great sentiment...I love your script lettering! I think your card is just clean and simple perfection, my favorite kind of card. Subtle tones, bold sentiment...beautiful! Congrats on your new job and new house and best wishes for quick healing!

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  34. Beautiful card, it does look watercolored.

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  35. Oh Clare this card is BEAUTIFUL! A fabulous job on it! TFS!

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  36. Your card is gorgeous. Hopefully your finger heals quickly. Thanks for sharing,

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  37. So beautiful!! Love the water colored effects you created:)

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  38. Fabulous, so different from the other cards so far in the hop. I love the watercolor look you achieved.

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  39. Lovely watercolor card! I'm loving all these great ideas!

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  40. Very pretty with the distress inks.

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  41. Your card is beautiful! I love this kit! The pink you added really pops!

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  42. I love this card. The watercolor makes it perfect

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  43. Fabulous grundy rustic look wreath, Clare! Love it!

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  44. Thanks for showing us what can be done with such limitations! Such a lovely card you have created from this very useful kit.

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  45. Congratulations, I just love the font it's really encouraging me to get the kit! Hope you heal quickly!

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  46. It is a very pretty card. I love the soft watercolor look of the leaves.

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  47. beautiful card Clare - am anxious to get my kit!!

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  48. I am trying to water color more. Thanks for sharing, you did well!

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  49. So pretty. Amazing how much that little bit of extra effort on the veining detail makes!

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  50. How beautiful this turned out. Love this kit and you did a beautiful job with it. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Great kit and lovely stamped leaves card. How fun!

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  52. Congratulations, Clare, on your debut as a stamp designer. And, I love the watercolor look you gave to the wreath - very soft and pretty.

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  53. The watercolor effect is so pretty. Aiways one of my favorite

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  54. Gorgeous card,thanks for the chance to win!

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  55. Very clever use of your materials !

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  56. Beautiful card and your choice of colors is awesome. Thank you sharing your ideas and being a part of this kit giveaway.

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  57. Your card is beautiful even with the problems you were having. Congrats on being a designer. This is a super kit, one of the best from Hero Arts, I think.

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  58. Your watercolor look is just right, great job!

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  59. Love the watercolor look. Hope your finger heals quickly!! :(
    Oh, congrats on the sentiment! How exciting!

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  60. Love the watercolor look. Hope your finger heals quickly!! :(
    Oh, congrats on the sentiment! How exciting!

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  61. Sorry to hear about your finger. You did a lovely job in spite of it. Such a pretty watercolor wreath! Congrats also for having your writing in the set.

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  62. I just love the watercolor look! Sorry to hear about your finger! Your lettering is beautiful!!

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  63. Oh the way you used the watercolor on this is amazing!

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  64. Love the softness of the colors in your card.

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  65. Your water coloring is AMAZING! Love the fall colors !

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  66. Nice touch of soft colors. And I like the gems added to leaves.

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  67. Your card is wonderful and so is this new card kit!!!

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  68. This is a must have kit!! So many ideas for all seasons!!! Your card is lovely!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  69. Love your handwriting... The whole reason I want this kit!!

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  70. Love the messy look of the distress leaves

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  71. Congratulations, your script writing is great! I like how organic stamping the leaves with distress ink and water!

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  72. So pretty! Love your choice of the gorgeous colors.

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  73. Funny how I spent years disliking the watercolor look and not I can't get enough of it. Great card..... thanks.

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  74. Love your card and the release! Hope your finger heals up quickly!

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  75. Congrats on getting your hand lettering "published". It's gorgeous. This is my first My Monthly Hero kit and I am excited for it's arrival.

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  76. great card love the watercolor look of the stamps
    debpeslinger at g mail dot com

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  77. Beautiful card! Hope your pinky feels better and congrats on your new home! Have a great day!

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  78. I love this card, it's so beautiful. I like the watercolor effect on these leaves!

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  79. Ahhhhh. that sentiment is so awesome!! :) Love your watercolor look to your card.

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  80. I, REALLY, like your use of Distress Inks and water!

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  81. Clare this is beautiful, I love the watercolored look! You shouldn't be negative about this card, nobody would know! :) I'm so sorry to read about your poor pinky, I hope it heals quickly. And congrats on the stamp set, yay!! :)

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  82. Congratulation for having your handwriting in this kit ! Even without enough time, you succeeded in making a very beautiful card ! Nice technique that I have to try. Thanks for sharing. Izzy Scrap

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  83. Your card is wonderful! Hope your finger heals quickly.

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  84. absolutely gorgeous... love the soft watercolor look!!

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  86. I absolutely love this water color look VERY much! Awesome kit and awesome sentiments!

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  87. Really enjoyed your card. Loved the water color . Hope your finger heals quickly.

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  88. Love the watercolor look! We all need ideas for quick cards and this one does just that. And it is pretty too! Hope your pinky finger gets better!

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  89. What a beautiful card design and the watercolor look made the card look so soft and dreamy. Great job. Hope your pinky finger heals quickly.

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  90. What a great way to achieve a water color look!

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  91. Lovely card, Clare and I love your handwriting! Hopefully that pinky will heal quickly.

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  92. Wow - I love the brush handwriting - you're very talented! I love your card too - very fun. Thanks for the opportunity to win this terrific kit!

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  93. Love this beautiful watercolor effect! Gorgeous card!

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  94. Love the watercolor look of this card! Well done!

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  95. Great card even with having a broken pinky! Congrats on your script lettering!

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  96. Beautiful card, hope your finger heals quickly!

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  97. A beautiful card. Love the watercolors. Hope your finger gets better soon. Thank you for sharing.

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  98. I LOVE the soft colors created by misting. Your card is beautiful. I understand how difficult is was for you to create the card which made it all the more beautiful, as I have rheumatoid arthritis and there are days I can't even open my fingers. Bless you!

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  99. Love your card. So soft. Feel better soon.

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  100. How clever to make a wreath from the leaves - lovely soft effect! Hope you settle in (house AND job!) soon, and get that pinky back in action!

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  101. Gorgeous delicate card! Beautiful!

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  102. I love the autumn feel of this kit and how the wreath can be changed up to look Christmasy. So versatile!

    I tried to order this several times yesterday and today. But each time I was interrupted and didn’t complete my order. And now…it’s sold out :(

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  103. Love the soft effect of the watercolor.

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  104. Beautiful soft watercolor on your card, love the bold black sentiment!

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  105. The lettering looks awesome. Great card!

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  106. OH so pretty~love this design and the watercolored leaves!

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  107. Your card is beautiful and your brush lettering is gorgeous, congratulations!!!

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  108. The splint didn't deter you from making a lovely card.

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  109. Such a pretty card thank you for sharing the kit is lovely thank you!!!

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  110. I love how pretty the watercolors look. They look so soft and feminine. I didn't think I would like the black lettering but I do! Wow, you did that card wit ha broken pinky? I'm sure I did that in high school in gym class. Don't ever do this but I hit a volley ball with my pinky instead of the palm of my hand. The nurse in school wiggled it around while I screamed and she said I didn't break it. I beg to disagree. My dad made a splint out of popsicle sticks and tape. Like you say, you never realize how important your pinky is until you can't use it. I could never do anything as nice as you with my broken finger. Great job!

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  111. Very pretty. I'm going to have to break down and do some spritzing on my watercoloring as well. I'm a coward lol Hope your pinky feels better.

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  112. This is a very nice card! I hope your pinky gets better soon!

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  113. Wow! Such adorable card!!! Love it!!!

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  114. This kit is awesome! I love the cards you did with the kit.

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  115. Nice card. I like the watercolor look. Hope your finger gets better soon.

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  116. You made a wonderful card, Clare! So sorry about your poor pinky! Hope it heals quickly. Thanks so much for your great efforts on your card. I love it! And thanks for participating in this great hop and giveaway. What a great kit to win!

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  117. Beautiful card! Hope your pinky heals quickly!

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  118. Oh Clare! I hope you heal quickly and happily.🙏🏻 Congrats on your stamp lettering...it's lovely! And your card is pretty impressive, considering you're impaired.😉 Just goes to show how fabulous and versatile the HA kit is...TY!

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  119. what a grate watercolor looking card you made. just beautiful. thank you for sharing.

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  120. I like the watercolor look of wreath. Nice work.

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  121. Love the watercolor wreath. And your brush lettering. Hope you pinky is better soon!

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  122. Clare, congratulations on such lovely hand lettering featured on the Hero Arts September kit! It is a lovely kit indeed!

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  123. Stunning simplicity, even with a bad pinkie!

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  124. Love the color combo Clare! Fall is my favorite!

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  125. Great watercolor look. Love your lettering. Hope your finger heals quickly.

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  126. What a pretty card, love the soft colors!

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  127. Sorry to hear about your broken pinky, Clare. You still did a good job on the card despite the injury. Thank you.
    -Sharlini Nambiar

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  128. Such a great use of color in the stamped wreath. Lovely.

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  129. I think your card is just perfect for showing how the stamp set in the kit can be used all on its own. AND it perfectly showcases your very own brush lettering!

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  130. Very nice card. I llike the distress ink watercolor look of your card.

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  131. Beautiful watercolor card. Congratulations on the sentiments being your brush lettering. It'll make the rest of us that can't do it look good!

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  132. This absolutely does the kit justice, and I'm so excited to get stamps of your beautiful handwriting, Clare!!! Congrats on the new house & job (you're a busy bee!), and I hope your pinky heals very quickly! ☺️

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