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My Monthly Hero, March 2017 Hop

I’m hopping along with Hero Arts today!  They have a new My Monthly Hero Kit for March (MH0317); there are a lot of home, garden and spring time themed sets among the add-ons!  The kit is available for a limited time only–once it’s gone, it’s gone.  Valued at $75, Hero Arts is offering it for $34.99 .  Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Monday March 13.

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I got such a kick out of this fun set, called  You’re a Fungi (CM158) .  It’s got some great puns! *big cheesy grin*


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Living in the PNW, snails (and slugs!) and mushrooms abound, and this set just grabbed me instantly–especially with all the included punny sentiments!

I loved the above version, in charcoal and white with the strip of wood veneer–awesome masculine card, UKWIM?


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But, then I couldn’t resist trying a similar version, in color. So fun!

Hero Arts will be giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop! Giveaway closes Sunday, March 12 at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.

Hop Roster:

Looks like I’m the last stop along the hop–hope you’ve enjoyed all the eye candy! :)




SUPPLIES LIST (includes affiliate links at no cost to you):

Hero Arts Clear Stamps, You’re a Fungi
Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight, Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb, 25 pk
Taylored Expressions Cardstock, Poppy Seed, 5 pk
VersaFine Ink Pad, Onyx Black
VersaMark Ink Pad
Avery Elle Pigment Ink Pad, Lemon Grass
Avery Elle Pigment Ink Pad, Celery
Avery Elle Pigment Ink Pad, Strawberry
Sponge Applicator, Sponge Dauber w/ Airtight Cap
Little B Tape, Black And White Stripe, 3mm
Arc Crafts Wood Tape, Cherry
Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, Black Ebony
My Sweet Petunia Mini MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool
My Sweet Petunia Creative Corners
Hero Arts Embossing Gun
Scotch Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape
Hero Arts Embossing Powder, White

LIVE CLASS at Impress, Seattle area Mar 25th

I have a LIVE class coming up at Impress–if you live in the Seattle area, maybe you’d like to join me!  Everywhere you turn, fantastic stamps in both rubber wood mounts and clear, luscious inks, a huge selection of fun washi tapes (my personal favorite embellishment), and an awesome staff!


120 Andover Park East
Tukwila, WA  98188
(206) 901-9101

Space is limited to 20 adults maximum, please call the store directly to register and save your seat!


Color pop




In this class you will use a variety of fun, simple techniques, and mediums to give this collection of cards colorful POP!  *please bring adhesive, detail scissors and a small paper trimmer

    • 10:00-12:00 Sat. Mar 25 Tukwila




Hello! and welcome from Darlene DeVries’ blog to the  Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new products on my post today!

It’s a good thing you are here because I’m giving away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose any in stock Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter, please leave a comment on today’s post by Tuesday, February 28!

There is also an AMAZING Grand Giveaway on the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, too, by Tuesday, February 28!

 ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, March 3Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!

If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

If you’re interested, I share some insights about what inspired the stamps/dies I contributed to this release  in the video below, but if you’re anxious to get right to the projects, just skip over it. :)


 LINK:  Video is also viewable in HD on my YouTube Channel HERE.  Thanks for watching and for giving it a thumbs up! :)


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feat. Hinged Thanks Die

The letters on this die all swing open to the left, revealing anything you like behind! :)  Use the die as is, leaving the die letters together and you can die cut them as is, or…

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feat. Hinged Thanks Die

Separate them and create a grid!


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feat. Hinged Thanks Die

Die cut them through an ombré collection of colored card stocks and stack ‘em to create a “stepped” effect. Quick tip: Use a straight blade trimmer  (or a metal edge ruler and a craft knife) to cut a straight line to the fold line, stop, then continue the cut line on the other side of the fold line to leave the letter connected to the card stock.



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feat. Hinged Thanks Die

Try the same cutting approach, but stagger the letters at different heights to create a vertical rainbow of layered letters! :)



Oh deer ebersole 001

feat. Oh, Deer! & Wonky Backdrops

Deliver a word of encouragement with a funny pun!

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feat. Oh, Deer!


Say hello, with a modern splash of color! After stamping the deer, I layered a strip of golden yellow washi tape and then die cut her out.



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feat. Oh, Deer!

Here, I used the little flower sprays to create a “field of flowers” for the deer to roam.


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feat. Oh, Deer! & Wonky Backdrops

I used a little bit of masking and a row of brushstroke dashes from Wonky Backdrops to create this little scene, with the fawn off a little ways in the distance from her family…


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feat. Otterly Awesome & Otter Ware

This snuggly pair of otters exchange loving gifts as they float together down the river… Yes, the matching dies will cut the otter’s arms so they can clutch accessories! *big cheesy grin*


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feat. Otterly Awesome & Wonky Backdrops

Mama and baby are enjoying a cuddle party–the larger otter die cuts slits for both arms so she can snuggle her little one, and other Otter Wares… *chinkle*


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feat. Otterly Awesome, Otter Ware + Swing n’ Slide Dies

Yes.  I was singing “that song” the entire time I made this one.  In between giggles.


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feat. Wonky Backdrops (sentiment from Mirror, Mirror)

The triangle pattern backdrop is awesome for creating more masculine type designs, like this one!


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feat. Wonky Backdrops (sentiment from Spa Day)

Repeat stamping and deep indigo watercolor effects were inspired by gorgeous examples of Shibori



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feat. Wonky Backdrops (curved edge die cut using Swing N Slide Dies; sentiment from Mirror, Mirror)

I love the imperfect, “wonky” shapes in this set sooooooooo much!!! They make great backdrops, backgrounds, patterns for so many other stamp sets in my collection, and yet they can also stand on their own and become pretty much anything I imagine they might be. :)

So glad you came by! Please click HERE to keep see what the wonderfully talented  Michele Ferguson has in store for you!





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