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Distress Stripes and Hero Arts Peacock Stencil

Aloha and Happy Wednesday friends!  This month’s challenge is playing with stencils and there are so many techniques to use.  The best part about stencils is they’re inexpensive and super versatile!  Here’s my card for today…

Hero Arts Peacock Feather Stencil and Distress Stripes

I first created some stripes using Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch on Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  Then I took the Hero Arts Peacock Feathers Stencil  and layed it over and gave it a quick mist of water, blotting away the excess.  This technique gives you a bit of a “bleached look.”  Extra tips: fine mist works best and blotting right after.  Also placing a darker layer of Distress Inks makes the “bleaching effect” more prominent.

Hero Arts Peacock Feather Stencil and Distress Stripes

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Birthday Messages and is inked in Hero Arts Intense Black ink and added a couple of thin black strips of cardstock to bring out the black ink.  To complete the look I added the new Hero Arts Ombre Ocean sequins.  These sequins are gorgeous and I love that there are different shades and 2 different sizes!

I hope this inspires you to join our monthly challenge for your chance to win $25 to the a2z Scrapbooking store!  We also have ANOTHER chance for you to get a $25 gift certificate by simply commenting on each blog post throughout March!

Mahalo for stopping by and good luck!!

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Watercolor and Floral Hero Arts Die

Aloha and happy Thursday friends!  Have you got your hands on the latest Hero Arts products for 2017?  You can find most of them in the a2z Scrapbooking store!  I snagged the fabulous Hero Arts Floral Border with Frame Fancy Die  which die cuts a BEAUTIFUL oval shaped border with pretty leaves, flowers, and even sweet little butterflies!  Check it out…

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I was going to keep it simple and just die cut from white cardstock, but I had my Derwent Watercolor Pencils out and was in the mood to color!

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The blue background was created with Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon.  I then stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Birthday Messages in Hero Arts White Embossing Powder.  I wanted a little more dimension and used a coat of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White to accentuate the handwritten look.

Hero Arts Floral Border die, Watercolored

For the final touch I decided to get fancy and flicked on some Finetec Gold paint for a touch of shimmer.

The die is really gorgeous and you can check out my Instagram @stampnhi for a different look using the die.  I can definitely see myself using this one a lot!  Perfect for any occasion!!

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Red Royal Shaker Heart with Hero Arts

Aloha and happy Wednesday friends!  Our challenge this month is Any Shade of Red so today I decided to go with a tone on tone look inspired by the challenge.

Hero Arts Valentine Shaker

I used some red cardstock and inked up Hero Arts Candy Stripe Bold Print in Hero Arts Red Royal Shadow ink.  I stamped it out twice turning my card to get that plaid look.

Hero Arts Valentine Shaker

I then die cut a heart using Hero Arts So Sorry Stamp and Cut to create my heart shaped window, backed it with Hero Arts Acetate Sheets and filled with some red sequins and silver stars from my stash.  I didn’t want a bulky shaker card, so I just sandwiched the window with some white cardstock and adhered the edges.  This also allows most of the sequins to stay put.

Hero Arts Valentine Shaker

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope to see you join our challenge this month for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store.  Stay tuned because Hero Arts new release will soon be available at a2z Scrapbooking!!

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Valentine Grams with Hero Arts Dies

Happy Monday friends!  We’re getting closer to Valentine’s Day which means I’ve got 46 Valentine grams that need to be done for both my kids’ classes.  The kids love to get involved, so I thought it would be fun to use the heart dies from Hero Arts So Sorry Stamp and Cut.

Hero Arts Heart Die Cuts

I ended up using scraps of cardstock to die cut a bunch of hearts, and had the kids sponge the edges for some inky fun on the smaller hearts.  I used coordinating colors from the Hero Arts Ombre inks in Lilac to Grape, Pink to Red, Pool to Navy, and Lime to Forever Green.

Hero Arts Heart Die Flowers

I made little 3×3 cards out of Hero Arts Kraft Layering Paper and used a corner punch to round the edges.  The centers were finished with Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Hero Arts Heart Die Flowers

I was thinking of just gluing a piece of chocolate on the inside or using them as lollipop covers, but the daughter asked for baked cookies with a stick instead of a lollipop.  I tell ya…what we do for our kids!

Don’t forget there’s still time to join our monthly challenge using your favorite Hero Arts products and stamps!  This month is Anything Goes so link up your projects!  You could win a $25 gift certificate to a2z Scrapbooking store!

Mahalo for stopping by!

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Wedding Bloom with Hero Arts

Happy Sunday friends!  Everyone recovered from the holiday season?  As for our household, the weekend continues to be filled with events to attend.  One of them was a beautiful wedding with a gorgeous color scheme…navy and coral!

Here’s my wedding bloom card using the Hero Arts Paper Layering Mum Flower die.

Hero Arts Wedding Mum

I used a coral colored cardstock for my card base and some navy blue card stock to die cut the mums.  I wanted a little more bling, since the bride loves sparkle, and used some stickles in pinks and oranges to enhance that coral color.

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The sentiment is Hero Arts Congrats Stamp and Cut, die cut from blue glitter paper and again in that coral cardstock.  I just layered them over each other for a shadow effect and used some clear Kool Tak Foam for some dimension.  The petals were curled first then the Stickles added.

Hero Arts Wedding Mum

I hope you’ll join us this month for our Anything Goes Challenge for your chance to win $25 to the a2z Scrapbooking store.

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Sparkly New Year with Hero Arts

Happy Aloha Friday friends!  Today’s card is a quickie for that last minute card you need.  Unfortunately I find myself every year missing someone at Christmas, and so New Year cards become something I need a stash of.

Hero Arts has some awesome cute New Year sentiment stamps, but not really any image ones.  I decided to turn some flowers into fireworks with using Hero Arts Color Layering Graphic Flowers and embossing them in Hero Arts Silver and Gold embossing powder.  I love the look of the embossing powders on dark colored cardstock!

Hero Arts New Year

I wanted to keep things a bit simple in case I have to give to a male recipient.  Added some dash lines using a metallic pen to mimic fireworks being shot into the night sky…hence the navy colored cardstock.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Christmas Messages.

Hero Arts New Year

I used a scalloped edge die cut to make a panel and mounted it on the card base just so it had a little more dimension.

Don’t forget there’s still time to join us for this month’s challenge: Anything but a card

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Hero Arts Christmas Messages


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Christmas Messages with Hero Arts on Gift Card Holders

Aloha friends!  The countdown is near for all those that celebrate Christmas.  During this time crunch, gift card/money holders become my go-to gift.

Hero Arts Christmas Messages

The Hero Arts Christmas Messages is perfect for the holiday season and best part yet…it’s on SALE!  The messages are perfect for cards, tags and my gift card/money holders!

Hero Arts Christmas Messages

A little Hero Arts Gold Embossing powder jazzes up the sentiment!

Hero Arts Christmas Messages

I hope you’ll join us for this month’s challenge Anything But a Card for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store!

Mahalo for stopping by!

 

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A Fishy Birthday with Hero Arts

Happy Wednesday friends!  Hope your week is going by well…I’m personally looking forward to the 4 day weekend for Thanksgiving!!

Today’s card was made for a friend that loves fishes.  I used the fun Hero Arts Color Layering Goldfish with matching dies and Hero Arts Inks in Pale Tomato and Strawberry Hybrid Ink then topped with Hero Arts Clear Embossing powder for a little shine.

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The confetti background and balloon is from Hero Arts Balloon Animal Birthday with matching dies.

For added fun I made the fish “swim” through the water using a slider die cut and a penny behind the fish.  There are tons of YouTube videos that you can watch to make a penny slider card.  I love interactive cards.

That’s it for me today!  Don’t forget about our monthly challenge for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store.

 

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Trim a Tree with Hero Arts Fancy Dies

Aloha!  Today I wanted to play with the fun Hero Arts Paper Layering Pine Tree with Frame. This month’s challenge is Embellishment so I went to town with this fun die!!

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I added Hero Arts White Embossing Powder to random edges of the die for a snow kissed looking tree.  Then added random sized Hero Arts gemstones in Yellow,  Citron, Pale Pink and Light Blue.

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The die cut was adhered to a simple pattern paper, die cut on the edges with a criss cross pattern for a subtle embellishment.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Holiday Greetings.

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A Square Christmas with Hero Arts

Aloha friends!  Hope your weekend is going well.  Today’s card was inspired by this month’s challenge “Layer It.”

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I love the size of the Hero Arts We Wish You a Merry Christmas wooden stamp!  Its approximately 3.25″x 3.25″ and perfect for mass production.  Today I just layered on some colored cardstock with the traditional green, red and a touch of gold.  The actual card is approximately 4.5in x 4.5in.  The ink I love is Hero Arts Intense Black which gave it a nice bold look.

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Mahalo for stopping by and hope you’ll join us for this month’s challenge for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to a2z Scrapbooking store!!

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