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Coffee Hopping with Santa Snacks

Hi, it’s Chark here today sharing the cutest gingerbread boy and cocoa mug stamps from Hero Arts. I love anything gingerbread, from the cake to cookies to the adorable stamps this time of year and the wallpaper on my phone! So, of course I had to have the Santa Snacks Stamp & Cut set when I saw it. While I didn’t use the “mad” gingerbread boy with the bite out of him, I love him and will be using him in some fashion this holiday season…probably on a tag of baked goodies.

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With this stamp and cut set, I made a large tag for the holiday and a shaped card. I cut out the largest ornament in white and kraft with the Hero Arts Ornaments Infinity dies and then stamped with Distress Oxides. They give a cleaner stamped image than the Distress Inks and you can use water on them too to color the image like I did on the white ornament card.

Here’s a closer look at each ornament.

 

I used a white Prismacolor pencil and a white Uniball pen, along with a couple other Prismacolor pencils. Happy Coffee Hopping, my caffeinated friends! Enter your coffee/tea/cocoa project to try to win from a2z Scrapbooking and LOTS of other companies! And if you want to see another project using this stamp set, check out Cindy’s adorable gingerbread step card here.

Come see what the DT has on their blogs for the Coffee Hop:

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

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Please join us in this month’s “Make it Pop” 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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November 2017 Challenge Winner

Hiya, it’s Chark here today to announce the random generator winner from our November Challenge, “Winter.” We had a lot of beautiful entries and we loved seeing your Winter projects. The winner of the digital kit Hero Arts Vintage Travel is Deepti!

How cute is this little wrapped up little fox? So cute! Congratulations, Deepti, please email me at a2zscrapping@gmx.com to claim your digi prize!

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Time to announce the runners-up who receive a Top 3 badge for their blogs or to brag about on FB. Please email the above address to get your badge.

Karen is first with this adorable Raccoon Christmas card…and I didn’t even know raccoons celebrated the holidays, but clearly this one does—see his little Santa hat? So cute!

Our next runner-up is Lynnea with this classic tree card with a little something extra…the die cut is inlaid and the sides are red…so festive!

Our final runner-up is Berina, with a lovely wreath card…it would make any recipient feel joy!

Congratulations to everyone and thank you all so much for entering the Winter Challenge this month. Don’t forget to enter our Make It Pop challenge for December for your chance to win the Birthday Bash digital and (if you use Hero Arts) $20 to the a2z Scrapbooking store.

Happy Thursday!


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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking make it pop challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Make it Pop” 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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Digital Duel with Birthday Bash

Today’s digital duel is starring Arlene and me, Chark, along with the Hero Arts Birthday Bash digital kit. This is the prize for the winner this month of our Make It Pop challenge. You can use any products to win this digi kit…and if you use Hero Arts products on your project, you could also win $20 to the a2z store!

Here’s Arlene’s darling card for her darling granddaughter. She used shades of purple for the cupcake and a large sentiment from the kit inside. You can see more on Arlene’s blog here.

And here’s my take for a masculine birthday. I used washi tape in gold chevron for stripes, printed the sentiment the color it already is (teal) and added a candle from the kit for the letter i.

I used a white Uniball gel pen to make stripes and dots on the candle and letters and Stickles for the flame. I mounted the sentiment on some teal cardstock, then white then a pool notecard. So fast and easy!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking make it pop challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Make it Pop” 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 discount code ARLENE15 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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Diamond Stencil in White

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to share a card that was inspired by a DT member at A Blog Named Hero.  

This is Tracy’s card…I love white and kraft together and the bold sentiment really stands out against her background.

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So I took some kraft paper, printed out the sentiment from A Natural Christmas digital kit and stenciled (instead of stamped like Tracy) with the Diamond Stencil and White Unicorn ink around the sentiment. Next I added some red glitter hearts with Xmas Red Stickles and a couple gold dots with Gold Stickles.

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Finally, I used my white Uniball to add some detail to the sentiment and mounted it on Navy cardstock. It was a fast and easy card to make. I love combining digital with traditional cardmaking.

I’ll be entering it over at A Blog Named Hero…thanks, Tracy, for the inspiration!

Happy Friday!

chark!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking winter challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Winter” 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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New Idea for Ornaments Infinity Dies

Hi, friends, Chark here today. I wanted to show you what I did with the Hero Arts Ornaments Infinity Dies. I turned the small rounded tip one into a string of Christmas lights for a gift bag.

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I used alcohol inks to color some glossy paper with bright colors then die cut two bulbs to sandwich black string between the bulbs. To make them look more like bulbs, I used a thin black marker on the ends.

I used the digital A Natural Christmas set that’s actually a cut file but I just printed the silhouette sentiment (5×7 size), added it to black cardstock, used a white Uniball pen to add dots and added the Ocean ombre sequins and a couple of stray snowflake sequins I had.

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It makes for a festive and bright gift for the holidays. I love making backgrounds with inks and markers and watercolors and then using the ornaments to die cut the papers. I’ll be using them for tags this year. There’s still time to get your set of Ornaments Infinity Dies and use for tags and cards too!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking winter challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Winter” 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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October 2017 Winner’s Post

HI, friends, Chark here today with the winner’s post for the October Watercolor Challenge. Thanks to everyone who entered this month…we love to see your take on the challenge and see all the beautiful entries.

Congratulations to our random winner of the free Digital Stamps—#4 Berina. Please email me at a2zscrapping@gmx.com  to receive your instant download Hero Arts digital kit “Go Wild.” You can see some DT work with this digi kit by clicking here.

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Our Top 3 Design Team Picks are these gorgeous works. Our favorites from the month of October can email me at a2zscrapping@gmx.com to receive your “I made the Top 3 at a2z” blog badge to let everyone know how awesome we think you are.

Congrats to the team’s top pick, Karen, with this beauty.

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Also congrats to our next favorite, this autumn classic from Tasha.

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And congrats to our final team choice, Kylie, with this purple painted cutie.

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It’s always amazing to me how much talent is out there and how many talented people are our blog friends! Thanks again for entering…and don’t forget, the November Challenge is Winter and you will win the Hero Arts Vintage Travel digital kit if your project with any products is chosen by random integer…and you can add a $20 gift code to the store if your project features products from Hero Arts.

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Thanks for  joining in!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking winter challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Winter” 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

 

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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Ink and Emboss with Asian Flower Stencil

Hi, friends, Chark here today to show off my new Ink and Emboss Holly Mini Cubes. I had no idea Hero Arts even did an ink/embossing powder combo. Well, they do and they all match. This set was intended to go with the holiday stamps. I used the red embossing powder with the Asian Flower stencil and Versamark ink instead…and oh my goodness! I love this embossing powder! It melts into shiny bright red goodness, perfect for the holidays and anything you want to glam up. I think it would be perfect for holly berries, candy canes and sleighs!

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It’s a little difficult to see because I stenciled and heat embossed on shiny gold paper, but the red looks just like a candy apple but I resisted the urge to lick it 🙂

I tried it on several papers and it looks just as yummy on white paper, vellum and gold. It dries a little too dark for some papers…the red doesn’t stay as red when there’s green under it, but I did use the clear Versamark ink and not the red ink it came with…it might possible make a difference.

I cut the glossy red embossed paper into ornament shapes and then adhered them to a photo Christmas tree paper. The happy is from a Hero Arts Happy Birthday set. I have the word Christmas stamped inside from another stamp set.

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This one was fun to make and I’ll be using this embossing powder for more glossy red fun in the future.

Happy Friday!

chark!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking winter challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Winter” 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

 

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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Vintage Travel Digital Duel

Our featured digital stamp this month—and the prize for our November challenge—is Vintage Travel.

 

And two of our Design Team Members are dueling it up with the same set so you can get a couple of ideas of what you might do with this digi stamp prize.

Frist up we have Arlene, take it away Arlene.

Arlene: “I printed the Travel Post & trimmed it to 5 1/4″ X 4”. I did a little cutting and spritzing the distress ink with water, then some Nuvo drops. I wanted to use an image I hadn’t worked with before. The “SEA TRIP” die-cuts were perfect for this image.”

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Next up we have Cindy.

Cindy: “I chose a few elements from the Hero Arts Vintage Travel Digital Kit and printed them on white card stock.  The plane is overlay on the map background.  I stamped various sizes snowflakes, smaller ones on top and larger ones on the bottom to create the sense of space. The suitcases are printed separately, colored, stamped, and hand cut.  The sentiment is stamped using words from various sets, the main one “Let’s runaway” is from the You Are My Happy clear stamp set.   To finish off the card, I mount the whole panel on pattern paper with diagonal strips.”

“Let’s Runaway from the snow, who’s with me?  :D”

 

So fun to see two different styles of project using the same kit.  Will you join in the fun this month?  Remember the challenge rules has changed.  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.

 

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking winter challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Winter” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our a2z scrapbooking 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 Arlene15 or Cindy15 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.

 

 

 

for Arlene’s card:

for Cindy’s card:

  • Hero Arts Vintage Travel Digital Kit
  • Hero Arts Clear Stamp –  You Are My Happy, Magic of Christmas, Woodland Set by Lia, Garden Flowers by Lia
  • Hero Arts Mid-tone Shadow Ink – Ultra Pink
  • Prismacolor Coloring Pencils
  • Ranger Distress Ink – Broken China, Walnut Stain
  • Ranger Stickles – Star Dust


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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

 

 

 

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 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

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking watercolor challenge

 

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.

 

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 with-in the shop.