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Ornaments Infinity Dies and Washi

I just got the new Hero Arts Ornaments Infinity Dies and had to start experimenting with them. I love the variety of sizes and shapes you get, as well as the bow and the ornament tops in two sizes to fit the dies.

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The first thing I did was apply a variety of washi tapes in strips on some cardstock. Then I used the different ornaments to die cut the washi covered paper. After that, all I had to do was attach the tops of the ornaments that I die cut.

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I arranged the ornaments on the stenciled background and popped one of the ornaments up. I used Gold Stickles to make little chains for the ornaments. The heart is cut with the Heart Infinity Dies from glittered pink washi.

For the stenciled part, I used some Gansai Tambi Pearlized Watercolor in peach paint to brush onto a card front. After it dried, I added the Asian Flower Stencil to the card and brushed on some of the white pearlized paint. It gave a faint, imperfect impression for the background…with a lot of shine. You can see that here.

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Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to check out the Brand New holiday goodies in the a2z Scrapbooking store right now! Buy them from us before you can get them from the Hero Arts site!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Bright and Beautiful Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Bright & Beautiful” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

 

 

 

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code CHARK15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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July Winner Announcement

What a great bunch of entries we had this month for our Anything Goes July challenge! Thanks so much to everyone who entered with their inspirational and beautiful projects!

Our top winner, who get $25 to spend at the a2z Scrapbooking store is Betty with this lovely and clever bouquet card…Betty used the ice cream cone to make a flower holder, isn’t this the greatest multi-use of this cone stamp? And love those Nuvo drops as the perfect embellies! Congratulations! Please contact us at a2zscrapping@gmx.com to claim your prize.

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Our three runners-up this month really pulled out all the stops too and entered awesome work. Each of you can email us at a2zscrapping@gmx.com to claim your blog badges to let everyone know how great we think you are!

First up is Maura, who entered some colorful creations this month, and this one really caught our attention. The color scheme is super fun and bold and just right for this Color Layering Flamingo stamp.

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Our second runner-up is Sunny Qi, whose daughter won our contest last month 🙂 Sunny used the Hero Arts Enjoy the Journey stamp set to make a wonderful summer sailing scene. I think the little creatures and the twine are just the right touches.

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Our final runner-up is Tammy with her Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers Distress Inked card that uses the classic Hero Arts butterflies for a beautiful thank you card. What cool elements Tammy put together for this project.

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Again, thanks so much to all our entrants this month for playing along and making it fun to take a peek at all the projects you’ve made! Hope you’ll join in for the August challenge too!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Bright and Beautiful Challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Bright & Beautiful” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

 

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code CHARK15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Nuvo Gilding Flakes and Hero Arts Wallpaper Cling Stamp

Hi, friends, Chark here today to show you what I’ve been playing around with—The Nuvo Gilding Flakes in Sunkissed Copper. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I love trying new art supplies, so I gave it a shot. It’s so fun! If you like your art shiny, these products are for you.

First, I painted white cardstock, a gessoed manila tag and some kraft paper with teal acrylic paint and Prima Art Alchemy Blue Gold acrylic paint. After that dried, I used a stay-sticky adhesive like the Nuvo glue pen to stamp with. I applied the glue to the stamp, stamped the image on each of the prepared papers and then let it dry while I immediately cleaned my stamp. When this glue dries, it becomes clear but stays tacky. Regular adhesive won’t work with these flakes.

For this tag, I did add a little blue with a metallic gelato on the corners and then I applied the copper flakes to the adhesive. I wasn’t going for a complete stamping, but more of a rough look. I left the brush marks and some white bits too. If you want a complete stamping, I’d use a MISTI so you can restamp the exact same spot with the adhesive multiple times.

For this flower, I applied the adhesive without stamping by applying the pen to the painted paper. It wasn’t until after it dried and the flakes were applied that I stamped the hydrangea. If you want more precise placement of the copper on certain flowers or leaves, apply the adhesive after stamping the flower and after coloring it with Prismacolor colored pencils. 

For the final project, I didn’t paint the kraft completely with the acrylic paint and again stamped it incompletely. I die cut the panel with the Lawn Fawn small cross stitched frame. I added a daisy colored with pencils and a sentiment from the add-on for the Hero Arts July Card Kit.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Bright and Beautiful Challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Bright & Beautiful” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code CHARK15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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You’re So Lovely Art Journaling

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to share my second completed Art Journaling layout. I used the Hero Arts You’re So Lovely flower stamps, Hero Arts Diamond stencil, Nuvo Aquamarine Mousse and a few different paints.

Here’s the page with the first paint.

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I started with just a yellow paint dauber, added some semi-transparent Pickling Wash paint in blue and yellow, added some torn strips of paper, more paint, stenciled on the page, added the quote and some flowers that I stamped and trimmed out, and some more paint splotches. The final touches were black and white pen and some Mod Podge.

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This is the final project. But I took pics of the process and then corralled my teen son into helping me edit them into a quick video. Well, he actually volunteered after he saw my first attempt…I’m trying not to be offended by that, since it looks so good now 🙂

While I may not be an expert at this yet, it is sooo fun to make art journaling pages and I highly recommend you jumping into the field if you’re considering it. It’s just so fun to play with the supplies and design of it.

I decided that I was going to take my favorite lyrics from the musical, Hamilton, and journal them. This is my first page of that project. It’s Aaron Burr talking to Angelica Schuyler and I was able to put the song to the process so that was awesome.

The video steps go pretty quickly, but you’re welcome to pause if you need to for a closer look and use the audio if you want to hear the song! Click here to watch the video.

Happy Wednesday!

chark!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Bright and Beautiful Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Bright & Beautiful” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code CHARK15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Guest Designer Gwendolyn Goh

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to introduce our July Guest Designer, Gwendolyn Goh and if you know her, you know she’s crazy talented. Thank you so much, Gwendolyn, for sharing this beautiful project with us today…take it away!

Hi everyone! I’m Gwendolyn aka desperatehousewifecraft and I am so honoured to be a guest designer here today!
 I entered the crafting world 4 years ago, when I started a scrapbook a month before I left France, for my best friend there, to leave her a memory of our 20 year friendship. I remember going to a scrapbook class as I didn’t know what it meant and what I had to do! Lol! She got the scrapbook.. 2 years later… and that was the last I touched a scrapbook! I tried crochet, soy candle making, and then 1 year ago, I don’t really know why, I started card making. And I have been obsessed with it ever since! I love learning new techniques and being challenged by challenges. My style is mainly clean and simple and playing with watercolours, which I learnt to use a few months ago.
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Today I made a special watercolour card to share with you so I hope you like it! I used Hero Arts Color layering flamingo and  Color layering poppy to make the “water lilies” which I stamped with Altenew’s Shades of purple mini cube set. For the background, I used my Zigs Clean Color real water brush pens and a water brush to create it. I love how they leave an almost fluorescent look! The sentiment comes from the layering flamingo set and was stamped in Versafine ink.
Well I hope you enjoyed my card and if you want to know more about how I made it, please pop over to my blog!
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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Anything Goes Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code CHARK15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Diamond Stencil on Black

Hi, crafty friends, Chark here today to share some fun stenciling. I picked up some black paper that is meant for chalk markers and used the Hero Arts Diamond Stencil with Distress Oxide Inks. I used Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans and Fossilized Amber with an ink blender through the stencil, just like any inks. The result was a chalky looking, crisp image that shows up well on black. I didn’t use any water with the inks this time around. I cut out the panel with the Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle dies and then used the corner rounder on two corners.

The focal image is the Hero Arts Mum Stem and it’s crazy on sale right now…just $4.50! I used Color Bursts at first but I felt it need some shine and shimmer so I added in some Gansai Tambi Pearl watercolors. They are gorgeous with their shimmer. I want to try them on the black paper next, instead of the white carstock.

For the background for the black panel, I wanted a big contrast, but white cardstock by itself wasn’t working for me. I added a layer of the new Hero Arts Woodgrain Vellum paper and that was just what it needed, some subtle texture (you can see it in the top right of the card).

After I added some gold thread and some beads from my stash (hanging down on the left), it seemed to be missing something, so I added the Congratulations sticker and the gold line stickers on top of a piece of paper swiped with Mermaid Ombre Ink. That seemed to be the trick.

I had fun playing with the Hero Arts Ombre Ink and the Distress Oxide Inks. Hope you’ll have time this month to join in our Hero Arts Anything Goes Challenge!

Happy Monday!

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Anything Goes Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Chark15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Time for June Winners

Hi, crafty friends, it’s Chark today to let you know who won our June Shaped Card Challenge. We had some familiar names in the challenge and some new ones, but everyone’s take on this challenge was fabulous!

The team chose Belle’s card as their favorite shaped card this month. And we found out the Belle is Sunny Qi’s daughter and just turned 11! What we loved about this card was the bottle shape for the little ship and creatures, along with the inking for the water and sky. Beautifully done and a fun card, Belle. Email us at a2zscrapping@gmx.com to claim your $25 gift code to the store!

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We have three runners-up each month and the next three designers got a lot of votes. They also get bragging rights and a blog button to put on their blogs to tell everyone how much we like their work. Just email us at a2zscrapping@gmx.com to claim your button.

Our first runner-up this month is Kanan, with this gorgeous bright-on-dark card. The inking on the butterfly and the lovely background made this a favorite. And see those tiny matching butterflies? Adorable! Nicely done, Kanan!

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Our second runner-up was the clever card that Kailash designed…love the jar of flowers she made. And the little gems on the jar and sequins on the flowers make this one so special. Lovely work, Kailash!

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Our third runner-up is Andrea, who has so much talent, she created four cards for this challenge! This frosty elegant card was our favorite, don’t you love how cool this makes you feel? The blue ombre effects she achieved with the background and the letters are just wonderful. Couldn’t love that sentiment more, Andrea, it’s beautiful!

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Thank you so much to everyone who entered our monthly challenge and inspired everyone with your designs…we love to see what you come up with each month. Please join in the July Challenge, it’s Anything Goes with Hero Arts…so easy!! You could be the $25 gift code winner! Congratulations to June’s winners—we’re so happy you entered.

chark!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Anything Goes Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code CHARK15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Welcome to a2z Scrapbooking

Hi, friends! We just had a Design Team Call for the July-December term and we had a tremendous response. It was a tough call—seems like everyone is talented in their own way and it was difficult narrowing down to just five new members. But now I get the fun of introducing you to the new talent here on the team.

Meet Linda Trace

Hi! My name is Linda, I’m so excited to be back with A2Z. I’m a craft-a-holic from Australia, where I live with my three beautiful daughters and wonderful husband. My craft room is a constant work in progress (as is my style!) I love to paint, scrapbook, make cards, crochet and lots more. My favourite part about crafting has been the gorgeous community of wonderful, supportive women I’ve been lucky enough to become friends with. See you round the blogosphere soon! Here’s Linda’s blog link.

Meet Delia Gosman

I am from Brisbane, Australia in sunny Queensland , where I live on an acre with over 40 spoilt chickens, 2 spoilt rescue beagles, my husband and awesome 17yo daughter.

For many years I operated my own highly successful graphic design business until a disease stopped all that and so still needing a creative outlet I started making cookbooks and that led me to a craft store and now I am completely addicted. I have always loved stationery and so craft equipment is like being in heaven. I do anything creative, scrapbooking as number one and I like texture and height, flat designs are not me. Mixed media and off the page projects are a big favourite too, but I love a challenge and to try new things. When I am not running around after my animals or loving my daughter, I can always be found at my craft desk, often, very late into the night. www.jacobicreations.com

Meet Erica Andersson-Burke

I’m Erica and I’ve been into crafting most of my life, one way or another. About 10 years ago I got into card making and I have never looked back, which my craft hoarding stash will tell you. My style has evolved a lot over the years and I’m always up for trying new techniques and new brands.
I love water coloring heat embossed images, especially flowers. Ink blending is another favorite, although saying that I adore most things crafty.
I’m super excited to be part of the A2ZScrapbooking blog team and can’t wait to show you my projects and hopefully be of some inspiration to you all. Check out Erica’s Instagram account here.

Meet Monica Taylor

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I have been creative all  my life. It all started with learning to sew at an early age and progressed from there.  I began scrapbooking when my son was born 20 years ago, then transitioned into card making about 5 years ago.  While I am eclectic in my style, I do tend to create more vintage inspired projects. Vintage is timeless and I am able to bring back a point in time with my creations. I often work mixed media into my projects and enjoy altering items to bring them back to life.  I am married and have one son in college. I have two little dachshunds and a beagle that keep me company when I am creating. You can find Monica’s blog here.

Meet Leslie Turner

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Hi, my name is Leslie Turner. I’m married with two grown children and one granddaughter, and I live in beautiful Colorado. I began scrapbooking about 40 years ago, way back when scrapbooks were really bland – before all the fun papers and embellishments came about. For the last 20 years or so, my paper passion has been card making. I started out making computer-generated cards, graduated to card kits, then quickly realized that having my own stash of stuff was the way to go! The rest is history, as they say! I’m addicted to rubber stamping and also enjoy making 3-D paper projects, especially paper shoes and gift bags. I’ve been known to alter a few tins and boxes, and enjoy beading and making jewelry occasionally when I find time. Come visit me at my blog, Love To Scrap 2! Thanks so much for the opportunity to be a part of the a2z Scrapbooking design team!

We can’t wait to see what you create and we’re so excited to add to our already fab design team here at a2z…we are now Fab-er. Okay, that’s not a thing but we are definitely happy to have you here!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Anything Goes Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code chark15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 


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Summer Coffee Hopping

So excited to be joining in the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop as a sponsor again! Today I’ve got a Hero Arts project for you that uses Digi stamps and some snarky coffee sentiments I typed out in a typewriter font (Gungsuh in my program).

The background for the top left card was made with ink cubes pressed onto cardstock and overlapped. The background for the lower right card was made by repeating the coffee cup image from Caffeine Fix digital stamps and the women are both from the digital Make Your Own Sewing Fashion kit.

To make them summery, I dressed them (with Prismacolor pencils) in red, white and blue. I added rhinestones to both cards and added a little coffee cup to the lady on the left. It’s the same size as the background cups. I have another up on my blog because I couldn’t stop making these little Anne Taintor-inspired cards.

a2z Scrapbooking was founded to help support charities for people with Celiac disease and those with Behcet’s disease. The employees are all volunteers so that every purchase you make means the most money for the charities a2z Scrapbooking supports. One of our favorites to support is Camp Gluten Freedom for children.

Thanks for stopping by and for supporting a2z Scrapbooking Supplies! Happy hopping!

Check out the coffee projects our talented DT has today too!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

Please join us in this months “Take Shape” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code chark15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Winged Friends

Hi, friends, Chark here today with my favorite flower stamp, the Hero Arts Large Hydrangea as a background stamp instead of the focus image. It’s still beautiful and fun to color, but it’s only a supporting player for the main image from the digital collection, Winged Friends (just $2.99 for four beautiful images.)

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I used Prismacolor pencils on the butterfly and Tombow markers on the flowers and leaves.

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I used white embossing powder after I stamped the flowers in Versamark ink and the white lines help keep the watercolor effects of the Tombow markers right where I wanted them. The bleeding and mixing of colors was controlled in each flower this way. Couldn’t love this flower stamp more and there’s just one in stock in the store! If it sells out, you can always special order it at a2z Scrapbooking at no additional cost!

To finish this project, I cut out the stamped panel, adhered it to a white gift bag and added silver border stickers and some ribbon from my stash. It’s ready to go to a birthday party now!

Happy Saturday!

chark!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Anything Goes Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code chark15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.