5.01.2017

Flippin' Awesome // Hero Arts

Hello all! I'm here today participating in the Hero Arts May 2017 My Monthly Hero blog hop!

I'm gonna be honest - as pretty as the little mermaids from the main kit are, mermaids have never really been my thing. Ariel from The Little Mermaid always annoyed me, though I do enjoy the soundtrack. ;)

So, for today's cards, I used the super versatile and fun Manatee Stamp and Cut, as well as some of the fabulous fancy dies from the main kit.


To start the card off, I blended a background using Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean, on watercolor cardstock. I'm not gonna lies, I totally picked those colors out pretty much because their names fit the occasion. ;)
I added some water droplets, then picked the water up with a paper towel, for a little ghosting.

I also blended a second background, using Navy and Grape Juice, then covered it with Sparkle embossing powder. I heat set the powder, then die cut a bunch of seaweed, using the main kit Fancy Dies. The sparkle embossing adds such a nice touch!


Setting the stage for the manatee, I die cut an oval out of a piece of cardstock I had die already die cut using the Rectangle dies. I adhered a piece of acetate behind it, then tucked the die cut seaweed between the acetate and cardstock.
Next, to create my shaker, I die cut a piece of one-sided adhesive foam, using the a slightly larger oval die and a slightly smaller rectangle die, then adhered it to the back of the die cut cardstock. I added a dash of Ombre Blue sequins, and then added the cardstock to the front of my blended background.


Finally, I stamped the manatee in Charcoal, colored the manatee simply with Light Gray and Light Pink ZIG pens, and blended it out using some water. Then I quickly colored a present from Irreverent Birthday Messages - a perfect example of using one of those little images often included in sentiment stamps sets.
I cut out both the manatee and present and adhered them to the card front, adding a little bit of clear Stickles to the present for some extra pizzaz.

Finally, I used the sentiments from the Manatee Stamp and Cut, but I did some creative masking to arrange the words the way I wanted, then heat embossed in white, cut the sentiment out, and adhered to the card.

THE KIT


The supplies included in this months kit:
  • 1 4” x 6” clear stamp set
  • 18 coordinating dies (5 Fancy Dies & 13 Frame Cuts)
  • 1 6” x 6” stencil
  • More than 2.5 teaspoons cyrene sequins 
  • 3 ink cubes (Deep Blue, Aqua, Amethyst)
  • 5 5” x 6” acetate sheets
  • 1 bottle of turquoise silk liquid ink (iridescent)
  • 3 sheets of 6” x 6” lightweight paper (Ice blue, Marble Tissue and Swirl Tissue)
The kit value is over $70, an amazing deal at $34.99.

The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. However, you can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one! Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday, March 10th.

BLOG HOP


For loads of inspiration and a chance to win a prize, follow this hop! If you've been following the blog hop, then I'm your last stop, but if you haven't, here's the entire list:


Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (Hero will reimburse the winner if they have already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Sunday, May 7 at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Canson watercolor cardstock, gray scrap cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Manatee Stamp and Cut
Ink: Hero Arts Grape Juice, Navy, Charcoal, Tim Holtz Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean
Other: Hero Arts Sparkle embossing powder and White embossing powderOmbre Blue sequins

Tools: Cuttlebug, water, paintbrush, paper towels, Hero Arts May 2017 My Monthly Hero Fancy DiesRectangle Infinity dies, Oval Infinity dies, heat gun

165 comments:

  1. So super cute! 😍 Love the manatee set! ❤️ Thanks for the giveaways and inspiration!😘

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  2. Your card is aborable I love that you popped out the seaweed and you made it with bright colorful blues and purples.

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  3. I love this manatee and your card is an amazing background for it.

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  4. Very cute card. The seaweed is beautiful.

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  5. A wow for the colors superbe design thank you so much for sharing your work

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  6. manatees are so awesome! ( I think of them as real-life mermaids (like rhinos are real-life unicorns :))

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  7. Awe, I love the Manatee, he is so cute. Pretty cards, thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  8. Adorable! Love the manatee stamps. And, the kit is wonderful, too.

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  9. I love the manatee guy floating there, he makes me smile!

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  10. Yea. Someone finally used the manatee. I love it and your card.

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  11. Happy manatee card! I especially love the colors you used - that seaweed is beautiful!

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  12. Such cute cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. This is cute and fun. The kit and add-ons do offer a wide range of options for use!

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  14. Stunning colours for your seaweed, this definitely is the bestest monthly kit, can't wait to play.

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  15. Spectacular and fun! I love this month's kit so much! TFS!

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  16. Love the colors to showcase the manatee stamp set.

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  17. I'm with you on the mermaid thing, but the fancy dies and the stencil make the kit a winner for me.

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  18. Such a cute card, that background is super pretty!

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  19. What a cute card. Like the deep dark sea.

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  20. love this kit, love your card. Thank you all.

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  21. This is just adorable!! Love the little manatee and your colors (I would have picked the same colors just on the names alone too!) :)

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  22. Love your manatee shaker card!!

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  23. Super cute! Love the way you used this Manatee

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  24. Stunning design!! So clever to color the manatee so lightly, it really stands out against those shimmery seaweeds.

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  25. Your card is so cute. That little manatee is adorable. Great design.

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  26. the manatee is so adorable, nice card!

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  27. My daughter adored manatees when she was little. this makes me smile!

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  28. The manatee is super cute & fun.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  29. Wow, love your background colouring and the scene you created for the little manatee. Beautiful card.

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  30. That manatee is precious! Love it❤

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  31. The manatee card is an ideal present- it's so pretty and cute, too.

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  32. Your cards are flipping awesome. Color combo makes me want to go to the beach. Tfs.

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  33. Wonderful "Under the Sea" imagination. Can't wait to get started on some cards.

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  34. Hooray I bought this set , to cute to ignore it !

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  35. I like the shaker background for this cute manatee.

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  36. The manatee is super cute, great job on your card!

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  37. Your card is flippin awesome! So is this kit! Goes with so many HA stamps I already have! So exited!

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  38. Adorable! I'm excited to order this kit!

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  39. your card is just adorable... love that little manatee!!! (i'm not a huge fan of mermaids, either!!)

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  40. Adorable shaker card Clare!! This manatee is so sweet and I love the colors you used.

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  41. What a fabulous card! Love the shaker part, the colors & the addition of the cute little gift box! Really awesome attention to the details.

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  42. So cute, love the face on the manatee

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  43. Super cute manatee card :) Love the shaker details!
    I have really enjoyed hopping along, so many wonderful creations ♥ Tindaloo

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  44. I love how the background makes this cute little guy pop. What a great use of color and style.

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  45. I wish that cute little guy was bringing me birthday wishes

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  46. Awesome shaker card! The manatee reminds me of a Veggie Tales song called Barbara Manatee. :)

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  47. Great Bday card! I love shakers!

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  48. love the color it makes the card stand out so beautiful

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  49. Wow! Just breathtaking!!! Love this!

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  50. A manatee stamp, how original is that :) I love the color combination you used, it creates a pretty awesome little underwater garden!

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  51. Cute and fun all rolled into one card.

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  52. Your manatee is fantastic ... love that awesome seaweed

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  53. Awesome shaker card! That manatee is just too cute, and the habitat you created for him is stunning. Love it!

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  54. Sooo cute, love the card and the manatee card!

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  55. Last but not least. I love manatees and they need our love. Thanks for showing this animal in a cute/fun way. Love it!

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  56. lovely card thank you for sharing

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  57. Love the colours. Great shaker card.

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  58. I was feeling bad for the manatee -- he was being ignored. Then here you go! So cute all of it!

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  59. Really awesome card. Chuckled at your Ariel comment (even though I love mermaids, she is a bit annoying!)

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  60. Wow! I love the background and actually everything in this card!

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  61. Mr. Manatee is too cute!!! Love the creations!
    xoxo,
    Azana H.

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  62. Thank you for sharing. Great card! Wonderful combo of blues and purple!

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  63. Such a cute and fun card :) Love it!

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  64. This is the first kit I've ordered and I'm so excited. These look like so much fun. Glad I saw the preview and set an alarm in my calendar to place the order.

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  65. Looking forward to receiving my manatee set! Thanks for your idea!

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  66. Stunning shaker card!!! Absolutely cute!!! Love all the amazing details!!!

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  67. Manatees have always been one of my favorite creatures!! Love that you used this one!! 💖😊

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  68. I knew that manatee set was a winner! Great card..

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  69. Nice change of pace....a manatee instead of a mermaid. So sweet and great colour.

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  70. Love all of the colors your chose. Very pretty.

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  71. Your card is beautiful! The colours provided are perfect for the ocean. Thanks for the chance to win this amazing kit.

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  72. Flipping awesome.
    I had to smile when I saw this guy.
    Love how he's in the "grass".
    Fantastic card.
    thanks for sharing.

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  73. so many have used the mermaid and I love that you have made the manatee the star of your card. So cute!

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  74. What a fun card! Was great to see the manatee used!

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  75. Beautiful!! I love that you gave the manatee some attention!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  76. Gorgeous card!! Love this new kit!!

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  77. I love your card. This manatee set is super cute.

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  78. This is such a lovely card --I 'manatee ' the colors❣

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  79. I love Manatees, such sweet sea creatures. Love your card.

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  80. So Love your Manatee card with the cute sentiment! It made me smile! Thanks for sharing. this is super cute kit! ~Gin K.~

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  81. I don't know if anyone is familiar with Veggie Tales, but as soon as I saw this set I started singing.... "Barbara Manatee....". Lol! I just like the catching saying that go with this set!

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  82. Awesome card love it, its beautiful thank you for sharing

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  83. love your card. The manatee really feels like its in the warm water shallows just lazing in the sea grass.

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  84. That manatee set is so stinking cute! Love the deeper colors on this card!

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  85. Living in Florida I do like good beachy/ocean/mermaid/fishy themed products. I absolutely love this set. Thanks for the giveaway....Love the manatee.

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  86. This card is just too cute!!!! Perfect colors used!!!

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  87. So pretty love the cards absolutely stunning would love to win the kit

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  88. What a gorgeous card ! Love your beautiful background! Amazing showcasing for this new kit. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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  89. Beautiful card. Love the colors

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  90. Love the manatee and the shaker card.

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  91. I have been looking for the perfect mermaid stamps FOR YEARS! These are the perfect mermaid stamps, I am in love and desperate to have this set!!! I waited 24 hours too long to order because I stupidly promised my husband that I wouldn't order anything new until we sold our house and now I am so sad because they are all gone.

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  92. Like your card and am especially intrigued by all the wonderful backgrounds that have been created in this blog...

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  93. Your shaker card is so cute! I love the little manatee. Thanks for showcasing him. :)

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  94. lOVE THAT MANATEE!! And the sentimeent is right on!! Love how you masked iit to make it say what you wanted!! Very creative!!

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  95. Your card is so cute and I love the manatee. Thanks for sharing...

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  96. Amazing shaker card!The Manatee stamp set is awesome!Thank you for sharing. :)

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  97. Great shaker setting for this manatee figure. The backdrop colors and so rich--wonderful for the simple figure. Thanks for sharing this and being part of the blog hop.

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  98. I just love manatees. I am so glad that you used one on your card. So pretty.

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  99. So adorable!! Love your purples and blues.

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  100. Oh how adorable . . simple but beautiful.

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  101. Your manatee is so cute. I could just squeeze him!

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  102. You have made a darling manatee card--love the purple, blue, and that it's a shaker card!

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  103. Beautiful shaker card! That manatee is so cute... i need him :)

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  104. Last but so not least. I love how you left the manatee whit to bring him into focus first.

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  105. REALLY pretty card, love the background!

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  106. Clare, I cannot get over the depth with the blues and the purple inks! It is so beautiful with the ombré sequins. And your manatee is pretty cute too :) Thanks for sharing.

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  107. Your Manatee is so cute. I love this kit and very unhappy that is already sold out. Thanks for sharing.

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  108. Clare, your card is STUNNING! I, too, don't do mermaids, so I especially love your card! Regardless of my lack of interest in mermaids, this is an amazing kit this month; no wonder it's already sold out! :(

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  109. sweet manatee and great background.

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  110. What a pretty shaker card! So sparkly - I love it!
    This is a fantastic kit & I would be thrilled to win something - thank you for the opportunity,
    all the best, Liz M xx

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  111. Lovely card! Cute manatee!

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  112. Cute card ... love the purples for the coral and seaweed!!!

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  113. What a gorgeous card! the colors you chose are just stunning - i love how you created your own colors for the seaweed and added sparkles for a gorgeous texture. Thanks so much for this beautiful inspiration!

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  114. Okay that manatee is adorable.

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  115. The manatee is just "stinking" cute. Great color combo!

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  116. Love the blues and purples, who said seaweed has to be green! So sorry this kit has already sold out, but its easy to see why. Thank you for sharing.

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  117. Such a cute card and love that it is a shaker ! Adorable !

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  118. So cute, love the manatee! I'm a FL girl, going to have to add him to my collection!

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  119. That manatee is adorable! The colors you chose are beautiful!

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  120. Too cute! Too stinkin cute! Love it!

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  121. love the sentiment! gotta get that stamp set! the blue and purple color combination is so striking- I would not have thought to stamp the manatee in gray- I like the look, thank you for the idea!

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  122. a very fun card--colors are perfect

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  123. I love how you used purple on the seaweed on your card. You were the only one to do that and I like how it looks. I love how it's sparkly and the manatee has a gift. That is way to cute! I love your card and I love that I have a chance to win this set. My legs are tired from all the hopping I did but it was so much fun! I saw some beautiful, different and colorful cards and they all made me smile. I love mermaids!

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  124. Awesome cards, awesome kit.

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  125. That's a darling card! This new Hero Arts kit is amazing!

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  126. Oh my gosh cutest one yet lover the manatee!!!

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  127. That little manatee is so flippin' cute! I want to squeeze him. Love how you made a shaker background to show him off!

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  128. Beautiful card! This kit is my favorite one so far!

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  129. Love the card & love your manatee card. It brought back very fond memories for me!

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  130. Such a sweet card ❤ I just love the manatee's smile, so adorable :)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  131. So much Fun! Love this card and kit! The colors are so rich!!!
    ~God bless~

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  132. Love the manatee!!! So cute! Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  133. Love to win! I adore the mermaid stamps and the beautiful papers in the kit but now that manatee looks fun too!

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  134. This month's kit is "Mermazing"! Ha! So many beautiful possibilities!

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  135. Love your manatee card! Such a fun sea scene behind him!

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  136. I love the Manatee card.. Love that it gives me more ideas of how to use the kit! Thanks for that, and for sharing your awesome talent!

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  137. Love all the great ideas! AWESOME!

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  138. WOW! Amazing cards! thank you for sharing your cards for inspiration!

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