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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.

 

 

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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 insert your code here 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.

 

 

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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 insert your code here 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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May Challenge Winner

Hi, Chark here today to announce the May “Sentiment Focus” challenge winner and the three runners-up.

The team’s top pick was CarolG, with this seasonal multi-stamped graduation card that would be perfect for any grad. Don’t you love all the gold touches? That little diploma is just perfectly placed. Congratulations, Carol, please email us at a2zscrapping@gmx.com to claim your $25 gift code to the a2z Scrapbooking store.

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Our first runner-up is Monika Reek with this colorful stenciled card. The sentiment is definitely the star in this design, with all the other elements supporting it.

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Our next runner-up is Sunny’s Craft with this striking hello card. The design on this one catches the eye and leads you right to the sentiment. The fun water drop stamp looks great on the blue.

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Our third runner-up is Nonni with her graphic birthday card. Great placement and the popped sentiment make for a team favorite.

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Congratulations, runners-up, email us at a2zscrapping@gmx.com to claim your blog button!

Thanks to everyone who entered…we love seeing how you interpret the challenges. And don’t forget, we’ve got a new one you can enter!

Happy Wednesday!

chark!
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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 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 & Bechets disease foundations. Use my discount code insert your code here to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If your 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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Large Hydrangea Oval Card

Hi, friends, Chark here today with an oval-shaped card using the Hero Arts Large Hydrangea wooden stamp and the Nesting Oval Infinity Dies.

I stamped the Hydrangea stamp on vellum and then heat embossed it in gold. After that, I colored in the flower with Prismacolor pencils. I love those guys!

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I added a gold oval frame to the vellum oval and a white cardstock oval behind to make a card. I creased the white card at the top and added adhesive to attach the vellum oval. I wanted to keep it simple, but couldn’t resist adding some blue glitter dots.

To stand the card up, simply trim a tiny bit off the white cardstock on the bottom. You can keep the front oval panel oval without trimming it and it will stand anyway. See?

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Please join us in this month’s challenge and create a shaped card with your Hero Arts products.

Thanks for stopping by!

chark!

 

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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 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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Guest Designer Linda Trace

Join us in welcoming our Guest Designer for May, Linda Trace! You may know Linda from a lot of places, including co-founding A Blog Named Hero. Linda’s love of Hero Arts and her amazing talent maker her an ideal designer here at a2z Scrapbooking. Thanks, Linda, for sharing this cool card and teaching us to use Distress Oxides in a different way!                              
Hi everyone!

It’s Linda, I’m super SUPER excited to be here today as guest designer for this month!

I created a card that is simple, but really shows off the amazing products I used.  Distress Oxides. Have you tried them yet?! I only needed to see one video of them in use and I was smitten. I’ve had them for a few weeks now and I’ve barely stopped playing with them–seriously amazing!!

I wanted to really show how they stand ‘up’ off dark cardstock.

Here is my card:

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To start, I created a top folding horizontal notecard using kraft cardstock, then I cut a panel of black cardstock to 5.5″ wide by 3 3/4″ tall.

I took Broken China, Vintage Photo and Wilted Violet, and one by one, swiped them onto the black cardstock, pressing firmly, then lifting up off the cardstock, before I reached the bottom.

For stamps, I used the delightful Hero Arts set Road Trip (https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/277077318/hero-arts-road-trip-cl973-clear-stamps?ga_search_query=road+trip&ref=shop_items_search_2)

I coloured the images in with Copic markers, that I matched to the swipes of Oxide.  I then fussy cut around them, leaving a small white border.  I added some white detail to the caravan and tent using a Molotow Paint Pen (but you could use these https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/Uni-Ball-Pen-Signo-Gel-WHITE-Two-Pack-1919994-1919994U?currency=USD).

The sentiment, I stamped in Versamark ink, then heatset using Hero Arts White embossing powder.

That’s it! Super quick and easy, but thanks to the oxides, it turned out so effectively.

Thanks for joining me! I hope you’ll come back again soon

Linda

 

 


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Hero Arts Summer Catalog

If you like color layering stamps, animals or sea life, this catalog has the stamps and dies for you. Take a peek here at the catalog and then go to the store here. We’re fully stocked right now, but if the item you want has sold out in the store, no worries! You can click the custom order button and request anything from the catalog at no extra cost…and even though Hero Arts sells their monthly kits exclusively through their site, we can order the add-ons for you.

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That means you can get the fun ballerina and shopping bag die from April and the May add-ons below can be yours too. And remember, shopping with a2z Scrapbooking means you are contributing to the summer Camp Gluten Free for kids with celiac disease. Win-Win, am I right?!

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I love the little animal silhouettes in the sentiment set, they would be perfect for backgrounds, inside cards and on planners or cards.

And don’t forget our monthly challenge is to use Hero Arts and create a project with the Sentiment as the Focus and you will be entered to win the $25 gift code to the store! You can see samples from the Design Team here.

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Happy shopping and happy creating!

chark!

 


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April Challenge Winners

Hi, it’s Chark today to announce the winner of our April Winner of the $25 gift code to the a2z Scrapbooking store and our three runners-up for the Getting to Know You challenge.

Congrats to the winner, Gwendolyn, for this beautiful card, full of pinks and greens and her own fun doodling to the stamp. This Color Layering Fuchsia set looks great in Tombow markers! Email us at a2zscrapping@gmx.com to claim your gift code.

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Each of our three runners-up get bragging rights and a blog badge that let’s the world know how talented we think they are! Please email us at a2zscrapping@gmx.com to claim your badges.

Congratulations to Ashwini for this eye-catching colorful floral card. The Color Layering Hibiscus stamp looks fab in these colors and the bold sentiment looks great among the flowers. The little hint of another Hero Arts stamp, Leafy Vine, makes a subtle background.

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Congratulations to Monika, our second runner-up for this butterfly trio card. Her simple greeting and splattered background brings the eye straight to the beautiful overlapping butterflies.

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Our final runner-up this month is Kailash, who entered several lovely cards this month. The dimension on the petals and the leaves that are just peeking off the edge on this entry make it a stand-out. Congratulations!

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Thanks to all the talented card makers who entered this month’s challenge!

Don’t forget you can break out your Hero Arts supplies and enter the May Challenge, Sentiment Focus, here. Just make your sentiment stand out and link it up to be entered to win $25 to the store!

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Happy Sunday!

chark!

 


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Design Team Call and Birthday Messages Candles

Hi, friends, it’s Chark again today with a card and details on our Design Team Call.

The birthday card I made uses washi tape and sentiment stamps. I used a white panel of cardstock and stamped the small Happy Birthday sentiment sideways to mimic candles. I added some flames with markers.

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I used the larger Happy Birthday sentiment as the focal point and then used three different washi tapes to add a colorful line at the top of the panel. I inked the edges of a white card with the same Strawberry ink as I used to stamp the candles. And that was it!

aLove this Birthday Messages stamp set, it’s got a lot of great stamps you’re sure to use.

Hope you’ll join in our May Challenge Sentiment Focus and use your Hero Arts sentiment stamps as the focus of your card.

Please stop by my blog Glitter In My Kitchen for some more ideas.

And now, onto the Design Team Call…we’re looking for team members for the July-December 2017 term. Here are the details. Email me at a2zscrapping@gmx.com by May 31, 11:50pm EDT to be considered for the new term.

Our DT Requirements

  1. To submit two projects per month showcasing Hero Arts or any other products for sale in the store. This usually includes the newer items, but can also include any of the sale items, digital items or anything a2z Scrapbooking sells.
  2. To participate in the monthly challenge on the first day of the month  2-3 times in a 6 month period, to showcase the challenge with a project that meets the requirements of the challenge.
  3. To commit to a six-month term.
  4. To comment on challenge entries monthly.
  5. To post your project (or a sneak peek) on your own blog/flickr/Instagram/facebook (if you have one) on the day your project appears and the link to the a2z blog.

What We Offer You                                    

  1. 25% discount to both the a2z Scrapbooking store and on craft items (stamps, dies, paper, tools, embellishments, adhesive) from many other manufacturers (any that are available to the owner for purchase) and a 15% discount for your followers/readers to use at the a2z store.
  2. You can also earn freebies each month if you earn the top points by doing your “regular” jobs of commenting and posting, as well as by going above and beyond the basics and posting on IG, tweeting, etc. Three top team members get a fun package each month.
  3. Promotion of your blog and art and a DT blog badge.
  4. Free Hero Arts digital stamps We’re the exclusive retailer of  HA digi stamps/cut files.
  5. The chance to support charities and do good in the world by creating art. A2Z is run by volunteers and was founded to aid charities that support those with Celiac and Behcet’s  This business is in the business of helping people, not making a buck.To be active in promoting a2z Scrapbooking Supplies on social media sites, such as our Facebook page, flickr page, twitter etc.

Cardmakers, scrapbookers, mini-album makers, mixed media artists, etc. are encouraged to apply. We welcome video or photo tutorials, and anyone from any country can apply, as long as you can write your post in English. We can look over your posts and fix anything needed, but a strong knowledge of English is required.

If you’re interested in applying, you should know this team is very supportive and helpful and if life gets in your way, someone is always there to help. We do use Facebook for our team page to communicate with each other, so having a FB account is important. There is no drama in this group and a lot of talented, friendly people.

To apply, send me a link to any of your social media sites (FB, IG, Twitter, flickr, blog, etc) where you post projects so we can see your style. You can also add an attachment of one or two of your favorite projects to a2zscrapping@gmx.com  This is a great team to be on and a great way to build your supplies at a discount.  Hope to hear from you soon!

 

chark!

White Unicorn Ink, Strawberry Hybrid Ink 

Birthday Messages stamps

White Note Cards

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Birthday Messages and a Masculine Card

Hi, friends, it’s Chark today with a masculine card…assuming most guys don’t love glitter and sequins like I do (and there are some that do, I’m sure!) then I’ve got a card just right for those guys today. And it fits our new May Challenge theme, Sentiment Focus, where the sentiment is the focus of the card.

I used the new Birthday Messages stamp set and put a bunch of the messages on the mini MISTI. I’m not a great stamper, so I love using anything that will help me stamp and the MISTI comes in handy when you have to re-stamp something.

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I wanted an ombre inked look, I inked up the messages with Summer Sky ink (lightest), then added some Deep Ocean ink (medium) and finished inking with the Navy ink (darkest), all by Hero Arts. Then I stamped the sentiments on a white panel. You can see the ombre better here.

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I stamped and trimmed out another small Happy Birthday message and mounted it to Navy inked cardstock. I popped it up on top of more paper layers to draw attention to it. I trimmed the panel down and mounted it to a black piece of cardstock that I stamped with the new Wallpaper Pattern background stamp in White Unicorn ink by Hero Arts. I love that ink.

For bling, I used the understated Matte Doodlebug Design dots to finish it off. They’re like enamel dots, but they have a soft matte finish. They’re cool to finish off a card without the shiny glittery goodness of sequins.

That’s it for me today, hope you’ll join in our new May challenge here with your Hero Arts products. Join us on the 7th to see the April winners announced.

Happy Tuesday!

chark!

Birthday Messages Stamps

Wallpaper Pattern Background Stamp

Summer Sky Ink, Deep Ocean Ink, Navy Ink, White Unicorn Ink

Snow White Cards

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Floral Border Silhouette

Hi, friends, Chark here today to share one of my favorites right now, the Hero Arts Floral Border Die. It’s delicate and spring-like and makes a gorgeous silhouette when cut from black cardstock.

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For the background, I used Distress Inks and applied the ink pads to a nonstick craft sheet. Then I spritzed with a lot of water and ran the cardstock through the ink. I let the panel dry and then trimmed it to fit behind the die cut.

I stamped the sentiment and swirl from the Color Layering Peacock Stamp set and adhered the whole panel to a card base. It was easy to do and pretty quick. If you want to speed up your ink drying time, you can use a heat gun and it would be even quicker. It looks like you took a lot of time and effort but it really is a fast and easy card.

Hope you’ll join in our monthly challenge Getting to Know You (using your favorite Hero Arts products). You can win $25 to the store! I think my favorite die says I’m fond of flowers and sunsets. Do you think the black against the color looks a little like the trees against the setting sun? I do!

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Happy Monday!

chark!

HA Floral Border Die

HA Color Layering Peacock Stamps

Distress Inks (Abandoned Coral, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio)

Archival Jet Black Ink