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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!

Get To Know You

 

Happy Monday!

chark!

HA Floral Border Die

HA Color Layering Peacock Stamps

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

Archival Jet Black Ink

 

 


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March Winners—We Have Two!

It’s Chark here today with the fun job of announcing our March Challenge Winner and our special Comment Winner from March.

As always, we love seeing what you come up with during the month to fit the theme and the March “Playing With Stencils” challenge was no different.

The card with the most votes was Linda’s colorful peacock card. The soft stenciling really brought the eye to the beautiful peacock. Congrats, Linda! You can see why this Color Layering Peacock stamp set is so popular in our store! You can claim your $25 gift code to the a2z Scrapbooking store by emailing us at a2zscrapping@gmx.com

Our runners-up, who get bragging rights and a blog button when they contact us at the above address, are three talented ladies. This challenge was a close-call and you can see why when you take a look at these projects.

Look at what Verna entered this month—this colorful flower and butterfly combo card…isn’t this just the very picture of Spring?

Next up is Maura with her bright version of the Color Layering Peacock stamps. The added bits, including black delicate branches and the yellow enamel dots on the tail made this one a top fave with our design team.

Our third talented cardmaker is Monika with a gold and black beauty that is striking and elegant. The little gold dots and the gold strip of paper really frame the gold stenciling on this.

One last thing, thanks so much for all your lovely comments this month, we enjoyed hearing your thoughts on our projects. And the winner chosen at random to win $25 to the store is Maura who left this comment:

Email us at the above address, Maura, to get your gift code!

Congrats to our winners and thanks for stopping by today! Don’t forget, we have a brand-new challenge for April and you can enter a project to try to win a $25 gift code to the a2z Scrapbooking store. The theme is Getting to Know You and we’d like to see your favorite Hero Arts product (stamp, stencil, die, inks, digi, etc.) on your project.

Happy Friday!

 


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Nesting Oval Dies Make Great Easter Eggs

Hi, friends, Chark here today and I’m sharing this Easter Birthday card I made with a digital stamp and the Nesting Oval Infinity Dies for the eggs. I have four of the Distress Oxide inks and I spent the whole day and part of the next playing with them.

First I used Squeezed Lemonade smooshed on the nonstick craft sheet and spritzed with water and dragged the card through it. Then I did the same technique using Mermaid Lagoon and a little Faded Jeans and cut a large oval. Then I added the sentiment in Faded Jeans oxide ink. They stamp beautifully too.

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I created the Easter eggs by laying the stencil down and then pressing the Oxide inks (Worn Lipstick and Faded Jeans) through the stencil with a makeup sponge. Then I spritzed with water while the stencil was still in place.

I removed the stencil and let them dry. Then I used the regular Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade and Cracked Pistachio to paint the white parts the stencil left. I just put the ink on the nonstick mat and used a wet brush to apply.

I cut them out with the smaller ovals in the Infinity Die set to seem egg-sized.

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Lastly, I printed the butterflies out and then dragged them through Oxide inks on the nonstick mat to color. I didn’t spritz them with water afterward like I did the eggs.

That’s it! I had fun making paper Easter Eggs for this card and trying out the Oxide inks with the regular Distress Inks…they play well together!

Hope you join in our new monthly challenge here.

Happy Sunday!

chark!

Nesting Oval Infinity Dies

Winged Friends Digi Stamps

Distress Inks (mermaid lagoon, squeezed lemonade, cracked pistachio)

Distress Oxide Inks (cracked pistachio, worn lipstick, faded jeans, fossilized amber)

Chevron Stencil Pair

Birthday Messages Clear Set

(you can special order any Hero Arts item that is sold out in the store at no extra cost, just click the custom order button)


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Hero Arts Large Hydrangea in a Mug

Coffee Lovers Bloghop

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today for the last day in the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I hope you’ll join in and link your coffee/tea/cocoa project over at the hop to try to win one of several great prizes, including $25 to the a2z Scrapbooking store!

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Today I used my absolute favorite flower stamp right now, the Hero Arts Large Hydrangea Wood Stamp. I have two hydrangea bushes at my house and love when they bloom. One bloom fills the vase and that was my inspiration for this card.

I heat embossed the stamp in white and then used Twinkling H2O paints to paint the flower and leaves, love that these paints leave a little shimmer. I added some dark centers with a Zig Clean Color Violet Marker and added some water. I used a cocoa mug die from Gina Marie (that I won last hop!) to use as a vase and slid my trimmed hydrangea into the cup. Then I stamped on the greeting and added some shading to the coffee cup with a paintbrush and Mermaid Lagoon distress ink.

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I used the Nesting Oval Infinity Dies from Hero Arts to cut out a large oval to frame the flower and cup. The frame was smooshed (learned from Jennifer McGuire) with Distress Inks before cutting. I also used some pinks to smoosh more paper and then die cut little Easter eggs from the same Infinity Oval Dies.

The Nesting Dies are so versatile and you get a million for $24.95. Okay, not a million, but 18 ovals and that’s a great deal! There are also other shapes of nesting infinity dies and we have the 10 Heart set on sale right now in the store…but there’s only one available, so if you’re thinking about, jump over here to get it first!

Of course, I had to break out some glitter and I went with Pink Stickles for the little eggs.

That’s it for me today, but don’t forget, we have 3 Ways to Win $25 to the a2z Scrapbooking store this month!

  1. You can enter a card at the Spring Coffee Hop and link it up and hope your name gets chosen by Amy and her crew.
  2. You can create a card with your Hero Arts products AND the theme “Playing with Stencils” and link it up here by midnight tonight.
  3. You can comment this month on March a2z Scrapbooking blog posts (including this one) for the random draw to be announced April 7. You can get 31 chances to enter! Comment by tonight at midnight!

Good Luck, my Crafty Friends!

chark!

Large Hydrangea Wood Stamp

White Embossing Powder

Heat Gun

Hero Arts Birthday Messages Clear (currently sold out, but just go to the store and custom order it at no extra charge)

Nesting Oval Infinity Dies

Gina Marie Reindeer Cocoa Die

Twinkling H2O Watercolors (purples/blues/greens)

Zig Clean Color Real Brush (Persian blue)

Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Mermaid Lagoon)

Stickles (Glam Pink)

 

 

 

 


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Art Journaling with Sky Stencil Pair

Hi, friends, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s Chark with a post today and I’m a newbie at art journaling but it’s so fun and I wanted to share my latest page.  I’ve always liked this phrase, “The earth laughs in flowers,” because how can you be sad when looking and smelling flowers? I have some old-world roses in my yard that smell heavenly.

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  1. I started by stamping a Hero Arts text stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink  and Hero Arts Mermaid Ombre Ink on white tissue paper. Then I tore the paper and glued it to the page.

2. After drying with a heat tool, I added some Nuvo Aquamarine paste through the Chevron Stencil and let it dry. Then I added some Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise Acrylic paint to the edges and randomly on the page and added some Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink, using a brush, a wet wipe and my fingers…fun! (it’s a little too blue-looking in this photo)

3. Next I drew some flowers free-form with pencil, then I used some blue transparent Claudine Hellmuth paint to go around the outlines and then watered it down a bit on top of the stenciled areas too. After that, I used Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio and the Wallpaper Cling Set to add decorations to the page.

4. I ended up using more of the Nuvo Aquamarine Mousse with the star stencil from the Sky Stencil Pair. I didn’t like that the color of the mousse I first used got covered up with paint, since it’s so shiny and so I needed to put some more on the page. I also added some with my finger to the bottom of the page as the ground.

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5. The flowers got outlined in the Pitt Big Brush Pens from Faber Castell in Chrome Green. Then I lettered the quote on music paper I had. I used the Pitt pens in Pink and Light Blue to color in those letters too, then edged the paper with my Worn Lipstick Oxide pad. And that is it! It took a bit, but it was a fun process and I like how it turned out.

Hope you’ll enter our monthly card challenge with your Hero Arts products to try to win the $25 gift code to the store.

SECOND CHANCE TO WIN: During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! Just comment on any blog posts here in March.

We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!

 

 

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Wallpaper Cling Stamp

Sky Stencil Pair

Chevron Pair Stencils

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

Pitt Big Brush Pens

Distress Oxide Inks

Hero Arts Ombre Mermaid Ink

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

 


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Color Layering Peacock Tags

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to play with the Color Layering Peacock stamp set. It’s just so pretty and you can see some beautiful work here on this blog this month with the stamp set. When I saw it, I couldn’t resist trying some foiling with the stamp.

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On this first tag, I used the single peacock feather stamp to make his tail. I stamped his body (just one stamp, not layered) in glue and added gold foil. Then I used rainbow foil on several feathers. The background is the Wallpaper Pattern cling stamp in the Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick. I didn’t heat or use water, just stamped with the ink. It’s a lot crisper than the Distress Inks and stamps beautifully.

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On the second tag, I used the matching Peacock Ink cubes to stamp the Peacock and then trimmed it out. On the tag itself, I painted with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise acrylic paint, let it dry, and then used glue to dab through the stencil. Once that dried, I added the foils. You need a glue that stays tacky after drying, like Duo, to use the foils. You just rub them on the sticky (but dry) glue. You won’t get perfect coverage or stamping/stenciling, but it is so pretty!

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Hope you join in our monthly card challenge, using Hero Arts and the theme Playing with Stencils…you could win $25 to the a2z store!

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MORE PRIZES THIS MONTH!!!

During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! Just comment on any blog posts in March.

We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!

Good Luck and Happy Thursday!

chark

If any of the supplies below are out of stock in the a2z store, just hit the custom order button and request it at no cost!

Peacock Stamps

Peacock Ink Cubes

Ranger Foil Sheets

Duo Adhesive

Chevron Stencil Pair

 


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Large Hydrangea Stamp Two Ways

Hi, friends, Chark here today. I am so in love with this Hero Arts Large Hydrangea Stamp…it’s fun to stamp and color and it’s a great size for filling a card. After I stamped it about a dozen times in different ways, on different papers and with different media, I put two cards together.


Both are stamped in Hero Arts White Unicorn Ink and then heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. One is on vellum and one is on red cardstock.

Here’s the red version. I used Prismacolor pencils to darken the centers with a plum color and then colored the tips of the flowers with an orange-red. I left the red cardstock in the center so it has three colors. Then I used a couple of greens on the leaves.

I added a strip of vellum with the sentiment (new Birthday Messages set) and rhinestones.

For this second card, I used the white ink and embossing powder on the vellum paper. Then I used Copics to color the blooms and stems. Don’t forget that Copics will color the white embossing and if you want the white lines to show, be careful! I have a few bits that are colored in the leaves, but enough of the veins are white. I finished with a torn red cardstock strip and red glitter enamel dots.

Which is your favorite? I think the flowers look cooler on the vellum, but I do think the red card is striking with the white embossing. Here’s the inside of the card—I’m trying to remember to pretty up the insides too—using Strawberry Ink.

If you want your own Hydrangea stamp from the new catalog, head to the store and pick one up…if your cart has more than $25 in it, you can use my friend code CHARK15 to get 15% off your whole cart!

Hope you’ll enter our monthly card challenge with your Hero Arts products to try to win the $25 gift code to the store.

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SECOND CHANCE TO WIN: During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! Just comment on any blog posts here in March.

We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!

Happy Thursday!

chark

Large Hydrangea Stamp

White Embossing Powder

Clear Rhinestones

White Notecards

Birthday Messages CM136 (you can custom order this at no additional cost if it’s sold out)

Vellum

Prismacolor Pencils

Candyland Gumdrops enamel dots

Copic Markers BG96, R83, R85, R89


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February 2017 Winners

Happy Tuesday! It’s winner day here at a2z Scrapbooking and I get to announce the $25 gift code winner for our February Challenge, Any Shade of Red!

The project with the most votes is Zelda’s lovely red rose card. She used the Brusho Crystal Color powders to make this ombre card and the team was charmed! Please email a2zscrapbooking@comcast.net to claim your prize and add “February Challenge Winner” to your subject line.

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Our top three runners-up, who will all receive a blog badge to let everyone know how much we liked their work, were all impressive. Email us at the above address to get your badge of honor.

Up first is Janet, with this no-line watercolor and embossed beauty. The design on this card is visually interesting without being too busy and she gathered a lot of team votes.

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Our next runner-up is Verna with this Color Layering Goldfish card…isn’t her use of the hexagons/octagons clever? I like that it looks like the fish are in a bowl…they even have blue rocks!

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And our third runner-up is Monika with this fun card that her friend challenged her to make. Monika combined little stamps from one Hero Arts stamp set to add designs to her shirts and pants from another set. Cute, right?!

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Thanks to everyone who entered our challenge and thanks for all the inspiration you gave us this month. It’s always cool to see the interpretation of the theme and you didn’t disappoint with Any Shade of Red!

Don’t forget, we’ve got TWO chances to win one of two $25 gift codes to the store this month.

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You can enter the card challenge—Playing with Stencils—and/or comment on each blog post this month for 31 chances to win another $25 gift code.

Maybe March will be your lucky month!

Thanks again for playing along and congrats to our winners!

chark

 

 


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New Orleans Mardi Gras Cards

Hi, friends, it’s Chark today with a couple of cards using the New Orleans wooden stamp from Hero Arts. I had to have this stamp because New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the U.S. (Never been out of the country, so I can’t say the world, but I imagine it’d still be at the top of the list.)

I first visited in high school when I unexpectedly got to take the French class trip to New Orleans…it’s where a friend of mine actually became my boyfriend, so you can see why the city is a favorite of mine, not to mention the food, the music, the feel of the French Quarter, the shops, the architecture, the very essence of just being on Bourbon Street. I’ve been back twice and never at Mardi Gras, but I always think of New Orleans at this time of year.

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Both cards here use the Mermaid Ombre ink, which is gorgeous, for the backgrounds. The first card I wiped the pad onto vellum and then rubbed off some extra and let it dry. Be aware it takes awhile (read hours) to air dry on vellum. I used the ink to stamp the city skyline as well. I thought it looked like Mardi Gras colors (though the green is more teal), so I added some gold glitter washi and sequins.

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This next card is a bit different and I used a white card for the background panel. I simply laid the ink pad onto the paper several times and then turned the pad sideways and patted the ink pad onto the previous inking, to make a plaid pattern. I added a white strip of paper with heart die cuts and added sequins and a digital sentiment (birthday is inside).

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Please join us in our February Any Shade of Red With Hero Arts Challenge to try to win the $25 gift code to the store. Go here for the details.

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Hope you have a great day and Mardi Gras (February 28 this year)! Oh, and that boyfriend I dated in New Orleans? I married him and took him to New Orleans for our honeymoon 🙂

chark

Hero Arts Special Birthday digital stamps

So Sorry Stamp & Cut

New Orleans City stamp (custom order this at no extra cost by clicking the aqua custom order button)

Mermaid Ombre ink

Sequins

White Cards

Vellum

Gold Glitter Washi

 


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January 2017 Challenge Winners

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to announce the Anything Goes challenge winner and the three runners-up. The top pick receives a $25 gift code to the store and the three runners-up favorites get a blog badge to let the world know we think their talent is amazing.

Our top winner is Jacqueline, who used white embossing on top of patterned paper and then topped it off with this perfectly matched butterfly stamp. What a beautiful way to use patterned paper, don’t you think the white embossing ties it all together? To claim your prize, just email us at a2zscrapbooking@comcast.net and have fun shopping!

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Our first runner-up is Maura with this cool grunge butterfly card. I’m seeing a theme this challenge, though Maura’s butterfly card has a whole different feel and different butterfly stamps. Her bright colors really make this one pop!

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Our next runner-up is Tasha, with a classy gold and white holiday card that features holly stamps, gold glitter embossing powder and gold spray droplets. The way the holly branches frame the center panel is just right and the berries even have a touch of glossy accents.

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Our third runner-up is Greta, with this pink embossed card with black ink on top of the embossing. What a striking effect for this valentine…I know I’d love to receive this one in the mail.

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Can I get a “wow” from the crowd? These are absolutely beautiful and with all the lovely entries this month, the team had a hard time deciding on their favorites! Thanks to everyone who entered this month, it was fun checking out your creations. Congratulations to our winners! Runners-up, please email us at a2zscrapbooking@comcast.net to get your blog badges.

Our February Challenge is “Any Shade of Red,” so dust off those Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils and make them a focal point of your project, add in some red somewhere and link it up here. YOU might be the next winner of the $25 gift code to the a2z Scrapbooking store, where you can find all sorts of goodies. Good luck!

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Thanks for stopping by and Happy Tuesday!

chark