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January 2015 Challenge

Hello again and HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to get back to crafting these cold winter days away.

Our challenge for this month is NEW TO YOU. Use any Hero Arts HARD PRODUCT (Stencils, stamps, dies, embossing folders) to create a card with a product that is New to you!  We can’t wait to see what you create.

We have some inspiration for you.








Aren’t they amazing? You have the whole month to create a new project and enter it into Mr. Linky below.  By entering you will be entered to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking store. Winners will be announced on the 16th of February.  Good Luck!  We can’t wait to see what you create!




Supplies used:




a2z Scrapbooking 2014 Favorites

Hello everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Can you believe that 2014 is over? This year flew by. I decided for today’s blog post that I wanted to go back over all the entries into the years challenges and upload some that really caught my eye. There were so many wonderful entries to our linky parties and challenges. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for YOU…our dedicated customers and readers.  So today we are going backwards from November until May when it all started here.

On behalf of the owners and staff of a2z Scrapbooking we would like to wish all a very happy New Year, full of peace, hope, joy, health and prosperity. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Without further ado here are some of the submissions from the past year.


Heather Maria

Heather Maria

Anita in France

Anita in France


Steph Severin

Steph Severin




Judy Tuck

Judy Tuck

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray


Heather Maria

Heather Maria






Crooked Stamper

Crooked Stamper




Karin Akesdotter

Karin Akesdotter


Betty Keefe

Betty Keefe



See you Next year with a brand new challenge.



Layers, layers, layers

“Hello, it’s Taru here still enjoying Christmas mood.

For me, relaxing and being with my family are the most important things about Christmas. This picture in my layout is perfect example about it.

To the background I used white modelling paste and a stencil. There is many layers of papers under my layout.
Some of the flowers are colored with mists, and I added enamel dots onto the flowers.









Remember to use my code TARU15 to get 15% off your total order of $25 if you plan to shop at the a2z Scrapbooking Store today.

You also have a couple more days to enter our monthly challenge. Each entry gives you a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2z Store too. You can enter HERE

Our Design Team Call ends at midnight tomorrow. If you would like to be part of a fun, creative team this is your chance to apply. Just click here and link up a favorite card that contains Hero Arts Stamps from you Flickr Stream or Blog.

I’m glad you visit here today, thank you!


Watercolor revisited

Good Morning everyone! It’s Michelle here and today I am going to do something different. I am going to share with you some watercolor cards that I have made throughout 2014. With 2015 coming upon us soon I need to clear out all my photos on my computer to get ready for the next year of pictures. I decided to share some of my favorite watercolor cards from 2014 with you before they head off to my Dropbox vault.

Be happy watercolor background

This is one of the first ones I did in 2014. I love bright and bold. I used Distress inks on this one and spritzed with water so the colors would blend together. The stamp set used on this card is HERE in the a2z Store

peacock feather

This one was a blog post for a2z. You can see the original post HERE and all the supplies are listed there too. I used a Hero Arts Digital Cut file for the feather. You can purchase that HERE in the a2z Scrapbooking store.

Watercolor with salt

This card was posted recently here on a2z Scrapbooking using the “Salt Technique” if you missed it or want to revisit it you can click HERE. All the instructions and products used are linked.
baby congrats 1 copy

For this card and the one below. I cased the AMAZING Lisa Spangler. Her post is HERE. I absolutely LOVE the softness of these cards. This is what watercolor is all about to me. I  THIS  and THIS stamp set, plus the Star Background die from Hero Arts

baby girl congrats 1

Watercolor flower someone special

For this card I used one of the Hero Arts watercolor flower stamps. You can find a similar one HERE.

I hope you enjoyed looking back at my year of watercolor. I have so many more that I created but too much for a blog post. You still have time to enter our challenge this month which is all about Watercolor.  You can find all the details here or link up your new creation using at least one Hero Arts stamp here

If you would like to purchase any of the items used in today’s post you can use the code MICHELLE15 and save 15% off of your purchase of at least $25.

If you are interested in joining our a2z Scrapbooking team we have a Design Team Call out right now. All the information is posted HERE.

I wish you all Peace, Joy and Love in the New Year. I can’t wait to see your new creations.





Black & White

Black & White

I love old photos. Lately I’ve found a lot of old photos from my parent’s stash and scanned them to my own use. This is one of them, my father is in the picture. The picture gave me an idea of black&white layout.

I started with white cardstock, stamped and used masks. Some patterns, texts and arrows to give a nice contrast.









I used some old bubble wrap pieces under the photo, there is also a straw as a decorative. Then lots of thread and buttons.
It feels like all my journaling is very short nowadays, how about you? Do you add long journaling to your layouts?


Have a happy day!

Please don’t forget about our monthly challenge going on. You can enter HERE. It’s all about Watercoloring this month.

Also, if you would like to purchase items from the a2z Scrapbooking store please use the code TARU15 for 15% off of your order of $25 or more.


supplies used:

Hero Arts Card Buttons Solid Black CH263

Hero Arts Happy Definition CG269

Hero Arts Tweed pattern stencil SA002

Hero Arts Charcoal AF236

Hero Arts Indian Ink AF248




Water coloring Playtime

Hello everyone! It’s Michelle here today. I am filling in for Lisa. Lisa has been dealing with some health issues and had to step down from the Design Team. We will miss her cheerful spirit and her amazing cards. We would like to wish Lisa all the best in the future.

Today I am showcasing a card with a technique that I just did for the very first time. While researching water color techniques the other night I came across quite a few videos on YouTube about using Salt with Watercolor. Sounds weird right? The results are anything but….

Here is my card:



I started with some watercolor paper and I soaked it pretty good with a brush and some water. I then used some Hero Arts Tide Pool dauber ink, Hero Arts Silver Spray and some, Hero Arts White Spray to make a big huge colored puddle on my paper. To control the situation I used a card board box lined with some Glad Press & Seal ( seriously a crafters best friend).

As the puddles started to form I moved them around and then when I had color everywhere I started sprinkling some COARSE Kosher Salt onto it. You can use Sea Salt too. Notice in the photo below you can see the spots where the coarse salt was.

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I didn’t stop there either. I added some regular every day table salt into the mix too. You can see where there is less defined detail and more of a marbled look in the photo above. That is where the table salt was.  I left both the coarse salt and the table salt on my paper over night. I came back the next morning and brushed it all away and was in awe of the resulting paper.

I stamped my sentiment, added some silver strips and attached it all to the front of a card. I did another card with just table salt and the effect was much less.

I urge you to try this technique. It’s really fun and so simple to do.

You can use the coupon code MICHELLE15 in the a2z Scrapbooking store to get 15% off of your order of $25 or more if you would like to pick up supplies to try this technique. I have linked them all below.

Also, don’t forget to enter our Monthly Challenge going on. It’s all about Watercolor this month. I can’t wait to see what you create.

Have a phenomenal Saturday!

MichelleSupplies used:

Ranger Watercolor Paper

Hero Arts Tide Pool Dauber

Hero Arts Silver Spray

Hero Arts White Spray

Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

Versamark ink

Hero Arts Be Happy Today Stamp Set CL729


December Challenge/Cyber Monday Coupon

Hello everyone!  We are so excited to be back with a new Challenge for December. This month is all about Watercolor.  Watercolor has been the rage for a while now.  You see it popping up everywhere.  So grab some watercolor paper, pencils, crayons, paints, stains, daubers or inks and play! Don’t forget there MUST be at LEAST ONE Hero Arts stamp, stencil or die on your project to qualify. We must be able to see the product. 😉

You have until December 31st to join in. Put some watercolor items on your Christmas Wish List!  If you need some inspiration our girls will be here all month to give you that.

Before I show you the inspiration for watercolor please remember we have a Scavenger Hung going on until Midnight tonight. You can find all the details in THIS POST (Scroll to bottom)

ALSO….today is CYBER MONDAY and we have a coupon code for you!  Just use the code CYBER20 and you will 20% off of your order of $25 or more.

Now here is our fabulous design team with some water coloring ideas to get you going:








a2z December WC






In case you haven’t played before or need a refresher of the rules here they are:

Every challenge must have rules. We ask that you please take the time to familiarize yourself with ours. We don’t want there to be any confusion and we don’t want you to have hurt feelings if your project gets deleted. It’s not personal.

  • You MUST use at least ONE HERO ARTS STAMP, HERO ARTS DIGITAL IMAGE OR HERO ARTS DIE CUT on your project. (Hero Arts Silhouette shapes are allowed too)
  • You can use any other product on your project ALONG with the Hero Arts Stamp.
  • Products don’t have to be bought from a2z Scrapbooking, but we would love it if they were.
  • You can make ANY paper crafting or altered item as long as it has a Hero Arts Stamp and fits within the theme of the challenge.
  • You can enter up to FIVE (5) times per person. Each entry must fit within the theme and each must have a Hero Arts Stamp on it.
  • You can enter your project into other challenges.
  • You are allowed to combine challenges, but we must be able to see the Hero Arts product in the project
  • There is NO BACKLINKING. You must create a NEW project. Backlinks will be deleted.
  • Children (over 3) and teens are Welcome
  • You must mention the challenge in your blog post and link back to a2z Scrapbooking’s Blog/Store. You may link from Flickr, Splitcoaststampers etc.
  • PLEASE respect copyright, do not use images that have been copied without the manufacturer or designer’s consent!! Any entries we find that breach copyright, will be deleted immediately.
  • A new challenge will post on the FIRST of every month.
  • You must link your project via the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the challenge post.
  • Projects must be posted by 11:59 p.m EST on the last day of the month. Winners will be Announced on the 15th of every month
  • Projects not meeting the challenge requirements will not be commented on by the Design Team and removed from the inklinz
  • Winners will be chosen based on design, color, and style. Give us your best!
  • A $25 gift certificate will go to the winner of each challenge
  • Most importantly HAVE FUN!!!!

We can’t wait to see your entries.  Be sure to visit the Design Team’s Blogs. They have special discount codes for you to use in the store for each challenge.

Now go CREATE!

Have a phenomenal day!!!!



Hero Arts White Adhesive Lace CH232

Hero Arts My Favorite AC030

Hero Arts Canvas Stripes CG196

Hero Arts Large Plaid Pattern S5447



Stylish Stars Frame Die Cuts: 

You’re So Kind:

Starry Night Stencil:

Hero Arts Black Dye Ink:

Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste:

Wow Glitter Embossing Clear Hologram Sparkle:

Sakura Black Gel Pen:

Peerless Watercolors:



Number Stencil Hero Arts Black NoteCards Pretty Pink Posh 6mm Sequins Pretty Pink Posh Sequins 4mmMini Distress inkHero Arts All Good Things Hero Arts White Embossing PowderVersaMarkRanger Watercolor Paper


Deco Design Stencil

HI everyone! Sorry about the late post today, there was  a mix up.  Anyhow, I am here with a one layer card and how it almost became pretty trash.  I had a lot of fun and frustrations with this card. I am showcasing the Hero Arts/Basic Grey Art Deco Stencil today.

Here is just one of many cards to come from this stencil:

Michelle Liimatainen

Michelle Liimatainen

I created the one layer card using an older Hero Arts flower stamp and leaves and the newer HA/BG Art Deco stencil. I started by masking off the the bottom of the card and then masking the flower to put the leaves in. The flower and leaves were colored with my Copics.

I used some new texture paste that I found at Michael’s. It says it is by ART. It comes pre-colored. I have to say that I was thrilled with how smooth it was and that I didn’t have to mix colors BUT…it dries super fast.  If you use this paste I suggest you work really fast. I had to do this one twice because the top row of green dried before I finished.  If you don’t want to use this paste then get the plain white we carry in the store and just use some ink to change the color of it. I think I will be doing that from now on. Live and learn. It’s art…it’s all about the process right?

Michelle Liimatainen 2

Michelle Liimatainen 2

See how the top of the stencil portion is kind of rough and blobby? That is the texture paste that dried. It dried the second time too, but it didn’t pull it all off.  It looks better as you go down.  Why am I showing you a pretty rough card? Well because we all have mishaps, we all make pretty trash once in a while.  Truth be told…I can send this to any one of my non card making friends and they aren’t even going to notice it.  They only see the card as a whole…they don’t have that “card-makers eye” like we do.  Embrace the “pretty trash”. Most of it is salvageable. 🙂

Take a closer look at stencil. I really love this stencil. I placed it on an angle and taped it down with some washi tape while I worked. I really love how well the stencil worked at an angle.  I love that you get a good vibe of the stencil without having to use the whole thing too. I am going to be playing with this stencil again with just inks. I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

If you would like to purchase this stencil it is in the store. If you order $25 or more you can use the code MICHELLE15 and get 15% off your total order.

We all have mishaps that happen when we make cards. Do you save some of your “mistakes”? I would love to know that I am not the only one that does.

Until next time…..Michelle


Supplies used:


Guest Desiger May Flaum

Hi Everyone! We are so excited to have a special Guest Designer here today. She is full of talent, tricks and is sweet as can be. Please welcome May Flaum.

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Hi there, May Flaum (www.craftwithmay.com) here, and I’m gearing up for some serious holiday crafting. One of the challenges I always face is finding fun ways to use my holiday stamps on cards and tags that doesn’t require a ton of time or supplies. Today I’ve got two cards to share with you.


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This first card is simple enough. You’re going to stamp a background stamp onto white cardstock and then blend in some subtle color.


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I used a fabulous Hero Arts stamp for this, and I love the results when I use distress ink! It allows for a soft watercolor effect, lets me play with my supplies, and is done in moments.


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Once dry I assembled my card along with a little flower, metal accent, and some leftover trim. You could substitute in a sticker, die cut, or any accents you’ve got for this design!


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For my next card, I stitched all around the edges (twice), and attached a metal word band with some brads, but again the real star is the stamp.


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While this stamp seemed easy, I’ve actually had a tough time using it! The thing is the design is so intricate, and so beautiful, it really does not need a lot of fuss! Color with one (or more) ink colors, clear emboss over to add some shine and dimension, and let it speak for itself!


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Sometimes simple really is best, and I had a lot of fun with these cards and stamps. I hope you’ve enjoyed my cards too! For more of my projects, blog, and more feel free to visit me at my website www.craftwithmay.com

Thank you so much May. We really appreciate you taking the time to come by and share you genius with us.