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Birthday Butterflies

Hello & welcome!  Today is my last post on the a2z Blog as I’m stepping down from the DT at the end of April.  I want to thank everyone at a2z for giving me this great opportunity.  Today’s card started with making a stenciled background using the wonderful Numbers Background stencil–a GREAT deal in the Sales/Retired section.  I inked the stencil with 4 colors, spritzed with water & laid it on a watercolor panel. The look wasn’t what I wanted, so I laid the stencil back in place & used daubers with the same ink colors.  That worked well, but the colors didn’t flow from one to the other.  A light coating of Gesso totally changed the look & saved my panel from the trash can!  I dry embossed it & sponged on a couple shades of brown adding to the artistic look & bringing out the embossed design.

a2z April number 2Each butterfly was stamped & embossed twice–once on kraft cardstock & once on watercolor paper. After watercoloring with the same inks, I added a very light covering of Gesso & sponged with brown ink. Clear Wink of Stella & Hero Arts gems give them shimmer & shine while hemp cord is wrapped around the bodies with the ends used for antennae.  The sentiment was heat embossed on the kraft card front & then the background panel was trimmed to fit.  I attached the colored butterflies to the kraft ones only in the middle & bent the wings slightly up before attaching them.

WOS up closeHope I’ve inspired you to join the current challenge to use a stencil on your project. Feel free to use my code, GRETA15, to get 15% off a minimum $25 purchase.


Kraft Note Card
Watercolor paper
Hero Arts Numbers Background Stencil
Diamond Embossing Folder
Sizzix Big Shot
Hero Arts Inks: Field Greens, Soft Pool, Cup O’ Joe, Pale Tomato
VersaMagic Jumbo Java
Clear embossing powder
Distress Ink frayed burlap
Sponge Daubers
Hero Arts Antique Engravings
Hero Arts Messages with Flourish
Wink of Stella, clear
Hero Arts Latte Gemstones
Brown hemp cord

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Metallic Happy Birthday

Hello Everyone.  Greta here with my favorite stencil technique–embossing paste with embossing powder. The numbers stencil is a great choice for many occasions & can be used for masculine or feminine cards. Now’s the time to pick one up for only $4 in the Sale section of our store.  Metallics are hot right now & it’s fun to combine them.  Here I used gold & silver by sprinkling first one powder & then the other on the wet embossing paste.  Next I used my heat gun–never tire of seeing that magical transformation!  I’ll be sending this to a male family member, so kept things simple & mounted the numbers panel to black cardstock.

a2z April number 1

Another great sale item is the Happy Birthday Scroll stamp set. It has a beautiful swirly frame image, but the font of the sentiments is perfect for a guy.  Happy Birthday is black embossed, matted with black cardstock & mounted with foam tape.  I added some little rectangle gem stickers that still keep the card masculine.  You could also use shaped enamel dots, wrap the sentiment strip with black twine or just leave it plain. Hope to see your projects using stencils in our gallery.  The prize is a $25 gift certificate to the store, but you can use GRETA15 now to get 15% off a minimum $25 order. Thanks for joining me today.


Heavyweight white cardstock
Black cardstock or note card
Numbers Background stencil
White embossing paste
Embossing powder: gold & silver
Happy Birthday Scroll
Black pigment ink
Black embellishments–shaped enamel dots would be great (my gems are retired)
Mounting tape


Mini Thank You Cards

Hello everyone & thank you for joining me.  I know text messaging is all the rage, but we stampers know the value of an actual card!  These would work for kids to hand to a friend.  Maybe I’m dreaming–LOL!

a2z March both

Here are the simple instructions to get this look.  Begin by heat embossing the graphic background stamp (ON SALE in the a2z store) & cut into 2 small panels.  Don’t forget to hit the edges with your heat gun to reseal the embossing. Then add circles of colored ink using a foam dauber.  IMPORTANT:  Blot the ink to remove it from the embossing & prevent smearing.  Make mini cards (2 3/4 x 4) & use the same ink to color a strip to fit on the left side of the card.  Attach the strip & the embossed panel to the card front.  Next stamp the sentiment to match, trim it into a banner & attach it with foam tape toward the bottom.

a2z March red

If the card is for a girl, add a bit of bling with some enamel dots or gems.  You could make these with a lot of background stamps, sentiments & colors–whatever you like!  Hope I’ve inspired you to join our Color It In challenge.  The winner gets a $25 gift certificate to the a2z store.  Be sure to check the sale section for some great deals including the stamps & red ink I used for my cards.  You can use the code GRETA15 for 15% off a minimum $25 purchase.

a2z March pool

One more thing before I go, did you know that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook?.  If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets!  You don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions!



White Cardstock
Hero Arts/BasicGrey Highline Geometric Background
Hero Arts Happy Birthday Scroll
Hero Arts Neon Red & Tide Pool inks
Sponge daubers
Foam Mounting Tape
Black Enamel Dots


Watercolor plus Sparkle

Thanks for joining me today for another Color It In! card. I chose a very forgiving & simple technique which is watercoloring an embossed image with Distress Inks. The butterflies were white embossed on white cardstock. Next I used a waterbrush to “paint” the image with clear water. To add color I touched the brush to my ink pad & then to the butterfly. You can add more color as desired. To give a tile effect, I then added clear water around the image & colored with Distress Ink using the same technique. The sparkle is provided with spray glitter.

a2z March close up

I arranged the images to determine where I wanted the sentiment & then stamped it in black ink.  Good news!  The Happy Birthday Scroll set is ON SALE in the a2z store!  To add some texture the card front was dry embossed before the butterfly tiles were attached using foam tape for the pink one.

a2z March one

Hope I’ve inspired you to join our challenge this month.  Remember, the prize is a $25 gift certificate to the wonderful a2z scrapbooking store & you can use GRETA15 for 15% off a minimum $25 purchase.

One more thing before I go, did you know that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook?.  If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets.  You don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions!


Hero Arts Antique Engravings
Hero Arts Happy Birthday Scroll–ON SALE
White cardstock
White pigment ink
Black dye ink
Distress Inks pumice stone, evergreen bough & picked raspberry
White embossing powder
Water brush
Glitter Dust, Silver
Embossing folder, Geometric Rings
Foam tape


Springtime Hello

Greta here with a card to hopefully brighten your day & inspire you to make something for our embossing challenge.  I know many of you are in the midst of a pretty severe winter, so how about thinking Spring?! My card uses two of the wonderful stamp sets in the a2z store’s SALES/RETIRED section.

a2z Feb 2

I started by inking the little flower using another sale item–Pale Yellow ink dauber–& randomly stamped it around the card front.  The frame was white embossed twice with one frame completely trimmed out & just the inside of the other one.  After stamping “Hello” in Cup O’ Joe on the partial frame, it was attached with foam tape & mounted to the center of the card.  One additional flower was trimmed out & popped up.  The frame & added flower were coated with Stickles & pale yellow pearls decorate the flowers.  Now it’s your turn–use at least ONE HERO ARTS STAMP, HERO ARTS DIGITAL IMAGE OR HERO ARTS DIE CUT (Hero Arts Silhouette shapes are allowed too) along with any type of embossing & enter the February challenge.  Remember, you can use GRETA15 to get 15% off a minimum $25 purchase in the a2z store.

One more thing before I go, did you know that we are on Twitter, Instagramand Facebook?. If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets! You don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions!


Hero Arts Happy Birthday Scroll
Hero Arts BasicGrey Spice Market
White cardstock
Foam tape
Hero Arts Pastel Yellow Ink Dauber
Hero Arts Cup O’ Joe Mid-tone Shadow Ink
Stickles Frosted Lace Glitter Glue
Hero Arts yellow pearls


Warm Winter Wishes

Hello everyone. Greta here hoping to inspire you to enter our February embossing challenge. The winner gets a $25 gift certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking store!  My card also shows how a Christmas stamp set can be used for a non-holiday card & it’s available in the SALE SECTION for 50% OFF!  The effect from heat embossing hooked me on stamping years ago & dry embossing is actually why I bought my Big Shot.  I used both techniques today.

a2z Feb 1 stencil

This is the card front after embossing it with the stencil.  I actually used the debossed side which is a bit less texture.  You can see my first card made with embossing a stencil HERE.

The branch is stamped 3 times & heat embossed in white.  I sponged on some Wet Cement ink to make the white pop a little more.  After stamping the sentiment I added white paint to the edges & used it for some splotches.

a2z Feb 1

To make my card more cheerful, I covered the branches with Stickles.

a2z Feb 1 close up

The panel could have been mounted with foam tape, but I decided just to glue it flat since there was texture from the dry embossing.  No extra postage needed for this card that I’ll be sending to a friend dealing with wintry weather.  Remember, you can use GRETA15 to get 15% off a minimum $25 purchase in the a2z store.

One more thing before I go, did you know that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook?. If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets! You don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions!



Kraft Cardstock
Hero Arts Bird & Branch Christmas
Hero Arts Zig Zag Pattern Stencil
Hero Hues White Pigment Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts Cup O’ Joe Ink
Hero Arts Wet Cement Ink
Distress Paint Picket Fence
Stickles Star Dust


You & Me

Valentines are so much fun to make & you’ll need to get them in the mail before you know it! For this card I decided to go with more of a vintage style by inking & distressing edges.  I started by pulling a panel of watercolor paper through Wet Cement ink spritzed with water on an acrylic block.  I dried it with my heat gun & then repeated the process with some Soft Pool ink.

Jan a2z 2

The beautiful Hero Arts heart was stamped 4 times in Pale Tomato overlapping the points in the middle of the panel.  I sponged more ink around the edges & distressed them with my scissors.  I added a bit of Stickles for some sparkle.  The sentiment was stamped in Wet Cement, die cut into a circle, sponged with the inks & again distressed with scissors.  The panel was attached to a card sponged with Wet Cement & Soft Pool.  The sentiment was matted with another die cut circle inked in Wet Cement before mounting it to the center with foam tape.  “Big Hugs” is another sentiment in the set & would work great to make a card for a friend.  Both stamps are new to me. Why not grab some of your new stamps or try a new technique & join our January challenge?  You can use my discount code, GRETA15, to get 15% off a minimum $25 purchase in the a2z store.  The sentiment is from a great set on sale for only $8.

Supply List:
Ivory Heavyweight Cardstock
Watercolor paper
Hero Arts Love from the Garden
Hero Arts Happy Birthday Scroll
Hero Arts Inks Wet Cement, Pale Tomato, Soft Pool
Star Dust Stickles
Foam Tape
Circle Dies
Sponge Daubers

One more thing before I go, did you know that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook?. If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets!! You don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions!!



Ladybug Birthday Card

Hello everyone!  Greta here with a card I hope inspires you to join our January challenge–NEW.  I’ve used a stamp, stencil & technique for the first time.  I knew stencils could be used to emboss & finally got around to trying it.  My Big Shot sandwich was Tab 1, embossing pad, cutting plate, stencil, cardstock, embossing pad, cutting plate. Worked great my first try!  Aren’t these funky squares fun?!  The little ladybug is stamped in Neon Red & Wink Of Stella is brushed on the wings.  I used a craft knife to cut out an area for my sentiment which is heat embossed. The panel is mounted with foam tape & little black dots or pearls finish it off.  Pretty flat card for mailing which is always a plus.  This is a good time to use a technique you’ve been wanting to try & enter our challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate.

The STORE has lots of sale items right now including the Neon Red ink pad & lots of stamp sets. You can use my discount code, GRETA15, to get 15% off your $25 minimum purchase.

a2z Jan 1



White cardstock
Hero Arts Neon Red ink
Hero Arts Antique Engravings stamp set
Hero Arts You’re so Kind or For Your Kindness or other sentiment (mine is retired)
Hero Arts Irregular Checkerboard Stencil
Black Pigment Ink
Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder
Wink of Stella, clear
Craft Knife
Foam Tape
Hero Arts black pearls or Enamel Dots



Hello everyone.  I generally avoid coloring images, but watercoloring is fun & forgiving.  That’s the theme for this month’s challenge & I have a card to show you what I mean.  The flowers were stamped & embossed in black. Next I used a water brush to wet one of the flowers.  Then I touched the brush on a Distress Ink pad & touched the flower. The ink moves because the flower is wet, making it easier to color.  More ink was added as needed to get the intensity I wanted.  I continued this process until all the flowers were colored.  After fussy cutting, I fit the image inside the frame & attached it to a dry embossed vellum panel.  The sentiment was stamped, fussy cut & attached with foam tape.  I finished off the card with some little pearls.  Hope I’ve inspired you to try some watercoloring & enter our December challenge.


Feel free to use my discount code, GRETA15, to pick up some goodies from The Store at 15% off a $25 minimum purchase.

Tall Flowers

Live Life

Heavyweight Cardstock


Black Cardstock

Adhesive Backed Pearls

Foam Adhesive

Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large & Classic Scalloped Ovals Large

Embossing Folder Polka Dots

Distress Ink worn lipstick & seedless preserves

StazOn Jet Black

Water Brush





Seasons Greetings

Hello everyone.  Greta here with a Christmas card that won’t need extra postage. Our challenge this month is to use watercoloring on your project.  I began by stamping & heat embossing the background in gold on watercolor paper.  Then I used a dark red watercolor paint with a wet brush using more paint at the top & more water moving down to create an ombre look.  I added a piece of vellum down the center with a stamped sentiment at the bottom.  The tree was also heat embossed in gold on another piece of watercolor paper brushed with the same paint.  I trimmed it very close, eliminating the stars.  The dots were colored with the paint nearly full strength & I added Stickles to the stars.  When everything dried I mounted it with foam tape & added gold dots at the top. Hope I’ve inspired you to join our challenge. You can use my discount code, GRETA15, to get 15% off a minimum $25 purchase in The Store.

a2z Dec


Supply List:
Highline Geometric Background
Designer Star Tree or you could use Sparkling Holidays ON SALE!
Merriest Christmas Wishes
Watercolor Paint or you could use Watercolor Wheel
Star Dust Stickles
Gold Metallic Decor or other gold embellishments like Enamel Gold Dots (the stickers I used are no longer available)
Versafine Onyx Black
Heavyweight Cardstock
Watercolor paper