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September 2017 Challenge Winners

Hi, friends, Chark here today with the fun job of announcing the winner and runners-up for the September CASE a designer challenge. As always, we love seeing what you come up with for the challenge and are impressed by the talent we see…so a big THANK YOU to all who participated.
The winner, with the most votes from the Design Team this month, is Zelda, with this lovely Dahlia card…aren’t the colors just beautiful? I love the partial stenciling and bold sentiment. She has CASEd Angie’s card below. Zelda, email me at a2zscrapping@gmx.com to get your $25 gift code to the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies store and your blog button.
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The Design Team picks out three runners-up each month whose projects have inspired us or wowed us. Each of these three receive a blog button to tell the world how awesome we think they are. Please email me at  email me at a2zscrapping@gmx.com to get your blog button.
Our first runner-up is Greta with a wonderful metallic fall card. She has CASEd Ilina’s card below. The vellum with the copper sentiment is really striking with the black background.
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Our second runner-up is Daria with her CASE of Michele…It’s such an interesting design using the top third of the card and second generation stamping that I think I may have to give this one a shot. I probably don’t have the exact flowers as either Michele or Daria, but it looks like any will work to pull off this beauty.
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Our third runner-up is Gwendolyn, who has CASEd Helen’s card in an eye-popping and beautiful way. Her red and white design really emphasizes the beauty of the leaves.
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Thanks again to all the entrants and congrats to our winners. This month’s challenge is Watercolor…hope to see lots of entries!
As you probably know, a2z Scrapbooking was founded to support charities that address those with Behcet’s Disease and Celiac Disease and every purchase you make helps others…Our purchasing manager (who runs the store) has a big heart and wanted to share yet another way our blog readers (and all of us here at a2z) could help others. This post from Katherine Cosimano shares how being creative and kind can do good in the world.

 

“We are all hurting badly since the horrible events in Las Vegas. Many of you have expressed a desire to help.

After the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, I put out the call for handmade cards for the families of the victims. At that time, our amazing community of card makers came out in droves, and filled my mailbox with nearly a thousand cards, written with messages of comfort and love (see picture, below)

I would like to organize a similar card drive for the families of victims of the Las Vegas massacre. The act of creating and writing in cards may be healing for us… it will certainly be a kind and loving gesture for the families who are hurting so badly right now. I will be happy to collect, package, and deliver these cards, likely to a central distribution center who will be able to get them to the families.

Consider making cards in your card groups and classes, church groups, and/or special events. Dig into your stashes. Keep your cards simple. The messages are more important than the images.

There are currently 59 victims 😥 Cards should be written in, but not put in envelopes nor addressed to any specific victim.

Thank you in advance for your efforts. Let’s let these families know they are not alone in their sorrow!!!”

Katherine Cosimano
10579 SW Cam Run
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34987

chark!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

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Please join us in this months “Watercolor” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 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

 

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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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 

 


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World Cardmaking Day Fun with Go Wild Digis

Hi, cardmaking buddies! So excited for World Cardmaking Day! For the first time here at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies, we’re celebrating with some blog fun.

First, take a look at this z-folded card I made…it’s my first fun-fold card. I love watching videos of how talented people create crazy fun-fold cards like those box cards that open into a 3-D project, but they seem too complicated for me, so I stay away from fancy stuff 🙂 This was super easy, though, all I had to do was cut an 5.5″x11″ piece of cardstock, score it in the middle and then score and fold back the front piece.

I printed the zebra stripes and then colored them with Tombow markers in pink and yellow, trimmed and adhered it to the card. I printed out the sentiment and colored it with purple and blue Tombows (using a waterbrush to pull the color up for an ombre look). I mounted that sentiment on cardstock and then adhered the little panel to the front fold of the card. Easy!! I couldn’t decide if I should add embellies, but the paper and multi-colored words seem like enough pizazz 🙂

And just for World Cardmaking Day, only our favorite readers and customers (that’s you!) get a 25% discount on the store! From October 7 (8am EDT) until October 8 (11:59pm EDT) you can pile whatever you want into your cart and then enter the code WorldDay25 and bam! you get your discount (except the clearance items, which are already priced crazy low).

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. That means you get your discount on brand-new holiday stamps and dies like this adorable Color Layering Baby Penguin set or Winter Silhouette set from Hero Arts.

 

You also get the 25% off for your supplies, like Nuvo Gilding Flakes and Glitter Paste, Chibi Lights, and the Wagner Heat Gun.

 

And you get 25% off your basics, like Gina K 120 lb Premium cardstock, Hero Arts cards/envelopes and adhesives! Who can’t use a discount on more glue pens and Stick-it sheets?

This weekend only, we have a flash challenge and giveaway to celebrate World Cardmaking Day. To enter create any card with a fun fold beyond the basic fold…a gateway fold, a z fold, or whatever fun way you think of to make your card just a little different from an ordinary card. Be sure to link back to us on your post, and enter your post in the rafflecopter directly below. If you do that by Sunday, October 8th at 11:59pm EDT, you’ll be entered to win $20 to the a2z Scrapbooking store. The Rafflecopter giveaway directly below has even more chances to win if you don’t have the time to create a card! Have fun, enjoy the creative weekend and stock up on some goodies to celebrate.

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Everyone who enters a card in this challenge this weekend will receive the free Hero Arts digital stamp, Spooky Labels. Perfect for Halloween treat bags, invitations or cards and scrapbook layouts—this set is exclusive to a2z Scrapbooking. We have the exclusive rights to all of the Hero Arts digital stamps, so if you want them, you can only find them here! Provide a way for us to reach you (through your blog or in the comments) and we’ll email the digital set to all our entrants. DT Member Donna used them for her classy treat bags.

 

If you’re looking for some tips on how to use our Hero Arts digital stamps, Kristina has a video post here to walk you through some of the basics. They’re fun to use and easy and you can size them however you want. Often, I don’t even manipulate the stamp, I just print and color and add to my cards…but there are a lot of ways to use them.

For more inspiration, check out DT member Leslie’s fun-fold card here  and Cindy’s fun-fold card here.  They’re amazing!

Happy World Cardmaking Day! Oh, and check back on Monday, October 9th, to see the September Challenge Winners!

 

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

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Please join us in this month’s “Watercolor” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 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.

 

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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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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Go Wild with Hero Arts Digis

Hi, Friends, it’s Chark here today with a fun “Dueling Design Team Members” post. If you saw yesterday’s post, you know we’re changing things up for our monthly challenge here at a2z and our challenge winner for October’s Watercolor challenge will win the Go Wild digital set. If our random winner is also using Hero Arts products, we will add a $20 gift card to the store!

Today, Leslie and I decided to duel each other and each use the Go Wild digi to see if we can come up with something fun to share. I have to admit, I brought my A-game to this challenge, since Leslie is top-notch. First is Leslie’s card and how she made it.

I created the background using the Go Wild Digital Kit, re-sizing and re-coloring the images as I applied them to my layout. I also used digital buttons from the Hero Arts Say It in Pieces Digital Greetings, re-sizing and re-coloring them as I applied them to the layout.

I printed the layout and trimmed it down, then layered the panel on black cardstock and again on blue cardstock, then adhered it to the card base. I applied Morning Dew Crystal Drops to the buttons and a few random places on the card front. I also used a sentiment on the inside from the Say It in Pieces Digital Greetings. For more details and additional photos, please see my blog post at Love To Scrap 2.

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And here’s mine. I printed the cheetah pattern on gold matte paper (hammered) and printed the same greeting Leslie used onto white cardstock. I colored the words with a Tombow red marker and then colored a white card on the edge to match. I adhered the greeting to the cheetah paper. Note—I tried printing from my laser (black and white) printer onto shiny metallic paper and it didn’t work well. Another kind of printer might do better but the matte paper was key to good quality printing for me. I used Nuvo Glossy Black Drops for the corners. This one was super fast.

One of my favorite things about digi stamps is the instant download. I’m often making cards at the last minute, even for birthdays that I know are coming(!), so digital stamps make things faster and easier than stamping. I just print the stamp on colored paper and add the greeting or print and color while I watch tv. I don’t do anything fancy on the computer with digitals, though you can create the entire card as digital and just print it too.

I like the fact that Leslie and I both used the same sentiment but that we each went a different way with color schemes. It just goes to show you how versatile digital stamps are.

Hope you’ll join in our monthly challenge so you can have a shot at this stamp set. Remember you no longer have to use Hero Arts to participate in our monthly challenges, the winner is randomly drawn for the digi prize…and if you do use Hero Arts products on your project, you could win this digi set AND $20 to the store! The Design Team will also be choosing their top three favorite projects from the challenge each month and award them a cool TOP 3 blog badge.

Happy Monday!


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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking watercolor challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Watercolor” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 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

 

 

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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 the discount code CHARK15 or Leslie15 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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

Leslie’s Card

Hero Arts Go Wild Digital Kit
Hero Arts Say It (in Pieces) Digital Greetings
White, black and blue cardstock
Morning Dew Crystal Drops
Chark’s Card


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Taking A Moment

Hi, friends, today here on the blog we’re taking a moment to reflect on the devastation that has been affecting so many of our friends, family and customers. The hurricanes that have ravaged so many places have been on our minds. We thought maybe it might be helpful to let you know some of our favorite charities during this time just in case you were thinking you’d like to help out but maybe feel overwhelmed by the possibilities.

Here are some of our favorite places to send money and support right now.

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Undies for Everyone…go here to donate to Irma and Harvey Relief. They are a Houston-area charity dedicated to making sure students have dignity and hygiene through this one specific outreach. It’s an absolutely basic need that they’re addressing and you can help.

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The Humane Society is dedicated to providing disaster relief for animals and are fundraising now for the hurricane-affected areas of the U.S. You can find out more on their website on how to help our furry friends.

One of our fellow crafters, Sandy Allnock, had the great idea to send notes and cards of encouragement to first responders—the police, fire and medic personnel who are some of the first people on the scene whenever disaster strikes. They are the people who go into an area when everyone else is fleeing. It’s their job, and they usually don’t like to hear they’re heroes, but we know they are and that any encouragement they get during this stressful time of clean-up would be appreciated.

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Here are Sandy’s ideas if you’re moved to send a card. You can go to Sandy’s blog post here for specific addresses or ideas on where to send your cards.

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When sending cards to first responders…some tips:

  1. Send uplifting messages! Don’t tell them how awful it looks on the news. They know that.
    1. Thanks for supporting your community/country
    2. Be safe out there
    3. Praying for you (no proselytizing)
    4. Your wishes for them (dry socks and hot coffee, the joy in making a difference)
    5. A little about you if you wish (first name, hometown, fun fact)
    6. Jokes (yes, everyone could use a giggle!)
    7. Can address your note to Dear friend, Dear hero…or I go simple and start the note with “Hi there!”
  2. Card themes: Any general theme, or thank you/encouragement works. Patriotic is nice as they are service-oriented folks. But sunshine and flowers are great, anything funny, some masculine and some feminine. Something from the heart! The new stamp set HERE is awesome.
  3. Send drawings from your kids! Encourage them not to draw pictures of people drowning, even if that’s the thing that comes to mind. Have them draw pictures of people and pets being rescued, and tell them how old they are. Or just happy sunny pictures with big thank you messages. Kids can address their notes “to my hero.” No last names, keep those kiddos safe.
  4. Do NOT include gifts, snacks, inserts, tracts, etc. Just a card with a message in it. Don’t make it complicated for them to tack on a bulletin board to share with everyone.
  5. Expect no replies. This isn’t a penpal effort, just sending love and encouragement from across the nation.

And lastly, another fellow crafter, Danielle Wells (founder of Neat and Tangled), needs a little help for her father. Dan DiGennaro has a Go Fund Me page to help with medical issues following a knee surgery that ended up causing a whole host of pain issues. Dan is planning to get some treatment to alleviate some of that pain but it’s incredibly expensive. He’s very close to his goal but we can help him make it to the finish line. I cannot imagine living every day with this kind of pain and am so hoping this treatment will help him. There’s a lot more info on the page, including exactly what they are planning to use the money for.

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And lastly, a big thank you for whatever you’re doing to make the world a better place. During disheartening times, it’s important to remember that good people are out there, doing good and making a difference. Maybe they’re on the ground, searching and helping victims, maybe they’re at home, collecting water and clothes to send to devastated areas, maybe they’re skipping a pizza night and sending $15 to help, maybe they’re just sending good thoughts and prayers and maybe it’s just a smile and a nod to a stressed mom or thanking the barista with a tip…we can all do our part and that makes all the difference. Keep up the good work—we need as much kindness in the world as we can get!

Hugs from all of us at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies!

 

                                                                                                  


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August Challenge Winners

Hi, crafty friends, it’s Chark here today to announce the winner and runners-up from our August Bright and Beautiful Challenge. First, THANK YOU to everyone who entered and created some really bright and beautiful projects for us to ooh and ahh over.

Though we loved all the entries, we did have to choose one winner and this month, and that winner is Mary! Congrats, Mary, email me at a2zscrapping@gmx.com to get your $25 gift code to the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies store and your blog button.

Mary entered her gorgeous work this month and wowed the team. The technique is beautifully done and the silhouette stamping just make the colors seem that much brighter. You can hop over to her blog and see the video on how these cards came together.

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Our runners-up really gave Mary a run for the finale. All three 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 is Kailash, who entered some really colorful cards this month. This one in particular caught the eye of the team and garnered a lot of votes. Not only is the background colorful, but the butterfly is just a lot of glittery colorful fun.

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Our second runner-up is Kanan, with her sweet owl card. Isn’t that sky just the best way to showcase the little owls? Even the owls are bright and beautiful, making this card a favorite of the team.

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Our final runner-up is Daria, with this black and white beauty with its pop of pink…it’s a great Clean and Simple card with a huge impact that impressed the team. Who wouldn’t like to get a thank you card like this?

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Congratulations to our winners and don’t forget that you can enter this month’s challenge and CASE a designer with your Hero Arts products to try to win the $25 gift card.

All you need to do for this challenge is choose one or more a2z Scrapbooking blog projects that inspire you and create your own project based on the one you chose. You can use any post and any design team member past or present to CASE (Copy And Share Everything).

Happy Thursday!

chark!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts CASE a Designer Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “CASE a Designer” 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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Card and Tag with the Hero Arts Paper Layering Bear Die

Hi, friends, Chark here today to show you what I created with the new Paper Layering Bear die cuts. This bear is so majestic looking, but he’s also wearing a scarf! I think that means he’s got a fun side… am I maybe spending too much time thinking about this bear? 🙂

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In this card, I used both of the dies to cut out the bear and painted him with the pearlized Gansai Tambi watercolors. The white is fabulous for a polar bear.

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I then used the sticky glue to paint parts of his scarf and after it dried, added the copper gilding flakes. I used the glue pen to dot some of the stars (from my patterned paper stash, it’s Studio Calico) and added a tiny bit of the copper flakes. And the hugs sentiment die cut has the glue and gilding flakes too, so they all match. I think the black, white and copper color combo is pretty classy.

For the ornament, I first embossed the bear die into the cardstock by using an embossing mat instead of a cut plate in the Big Shot. Then I painted him again with the Gansai Tambi watercolors. The gray parts are a pencil and the paint mixed a bit with the graphite and made his fur have some gray shading, which I love. The paint set doesn’t come with black, so this was just perfect. His ears, the bow and scarf are all the coral color in the paint set.

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After it was all dried, I die cut the bear from the ornament in the Infinity Ornament die set (you get lots of pieces in this set for a great price) to make a tag. I can either put this on a card or write someone’s name on it and attach it to a package.

Thanks for stopping by today!

chark!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts CASE a Designer Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “CASE a Designer” 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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Believe in Yourself from Guest Designer Lynnea Hollendonner

Hi, friends, Chark here to introduce our fabulous guest designer, Lynnea Hollendonner. Thanks for joining in this month’s challenge and sharing your time and talent with us, Lynnea! See more of her amazing work on her blog, Sparkliie Creations, and on Instagram at Sparkliie.

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Hi! I’m Lynnea and I am a wife, mom, and happy cardmaker! I love watercolor techniques and anything shiny and glittery!…and gold! Who doesn’t love gold? I have been cardmaking since I was 13 years old! It is still my go-to way to relax at the end of the day. I have a degree in forensic biology and a minor in chemistry. My husband and I adopted our little boy at the end of July! It was the longest 2 year journey of my life! I frequently craft with him. He loves to put ink and paint on his fingers and make a creation of his own! My style is very clean and simple with a bit of pizzazz!

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I’m so excited to bring you one of my card creations for this month’s bright and beautiful challenge! I used the Believe in Yourself Narwhal stamp set and Distress Inks to make my card. Rainbows are all the rage right now and I have recently jumped on the bandwagon! I usually like single colors or ombre, but I’m starting to see why everyone loves rainbows! I grabbed a rainbow of colors – Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Crushed Olive, Mermaid Lagoon, and Dusty Concord. I used the ink smooshing technique to create the background. I smooshed some ink onto a piece of acetate and added a spritz of water. Then I just smooshed the acetate onto a piece of watercolor cardstock. I dried each color as I went so there wouldn’t be excessive mixing. As I lifted the acetate off the paper some of the ink spattered around the card. At first I thought I ruined it, but I quite like the effect!

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I stamped the Narwhal and coordinating images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Copic markers. The grays I used are N0, N2, N4, and N6. I used BV2 and BV4 for the tusk and B00 for the water. The pinks on the unicorn mane and tail are R81 and R83. I covered the images with some Wink of Stella clear glitter pen and Glossy Accents. All of the moisture from these products smeared the black ink and gave everything a gray tone, but I still like it! I used some white embossing powder to heat emboss the sentiment and trimmed the panel down to 4 1/8 by 5 1/2 and added a slim piece of gold glitter cardstock to the side. BOOM! All done! Thank you for joining me!

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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. 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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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!

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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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.