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Hero Arts CM131 Purr Card

Hi! Happy Tuesday! I can’t believe that we’re almost halfway through March. Where is the time going? I’m grateful that I still manage to find some time to sit at my craft table. Here’s my latest card

When I saw this Hero Arts stamp set, I knew that I had to have it. I love kitties … I miss my last kitty, Bayley. She was quite a character. You definitely knew who was the boss – not me! I had a difficult time picking out my favourite one or two kitties, so I decided to use the sentiment related to 9 lives so that I could include 9 kitties. I stamped them with black pigment ink and then added colour with copics.

Our current challenge here at a2z Scrapbooking is

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Please remember to use a Hero Arts product as the main image. If you’re looking for more Hero Arts products, consider a2z Scrapbooking etsy store. When your cart exceeds $25, use my code sue15 for 15% off.

Supplies

Hero Arts CM131 Purr

Black pigment ink

Assorted copic markers

 

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BOLD FLORAL STENCIL FROM HERO ARTS


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BOLD FLORAL STENCIL FROM HERO ARTS

Bold Floral Stencil of Hero Arts is one of my favorites and today I am happy to share this card with you. Hello crafty friends, Martha Lucia here with a colorful textured card created with one of the most beautiful stencils from Hero Arts, the Bold Floral. Take a look at my card:

BOLD FLORAL STENCIL FROM HERO ARTS

Working with stencils is very fun and you can explore different techniques with them. On this opportunity I used Creative Medium Iridescent to create this effect that is more evident over dark card stocks.  The base of my card is Whisper White and the second layer, the one I worked over with the stencil, is Always Artichoke.

I secured the stencil with masking tape and I start by applying the creative medium with a palette knife over the free areas of the stencil using three different colors. I used Purple, Green and Pink of creative medium. I removed the stencil and washed with warm water and let the card stock dry naturally.

Using the die cut included on the set Happy Stamp & Cut from Hero Arts and whisper white card stock, I cut several times the word happy and pasted these to create a bold word. Then I assembled my card leaving a tiny border on the left and top parts and and pasting the word on the center of the card to create a big contrast.

BOLD FLORAL STENCIL FROM HERO ARTS

The process was very easy and the effect is amazing! You can explore this technique using embossing paste and to give color to it simply by adding a few drops of ink. Also if you don’t have Creative Medium Iridescent, you can use Pearlescent Embossing Paste and mix it with the inks.

If you like any of the products I used on my card, please stop over at the a2z Scrapbooking Esty store. You can use the code Martha15 to receive 15% off of a $25.00 order.

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I hope I have inspired you to join the challenge this month! You will have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store! One lucky winner will be announced on April 7th.

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 please come back again soon!

BOLD FLORAL STENCIL FROM HERO ARTS

POETIC PETALS DIGITAL FILE HERO ARTS


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POETIC PETALS DIGITAL FILE HERO ARTS

Hello crafty friends, Martha Lucia with you! The spring is almost here but our challenge is not ending so I decided combine these two elements in one card for you today using Poetic Petals a Digital File from Hero Arts, maybe one of my favorites from the entire collection. Take a look at my card:

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To create this card I used Cherry Cobbler card stock for the base and a decorated piece of paper for the second layer. I simply decorated this layer with a few loops of natural hemp twine that I finished with a tiny bow on the left side.

I printed the Blossom C from the Poetic Petals Digital File over whisper white card stock, colored it with Copic Markers and then fussy cut with my scissors. I cut an oval with a die cut and pasted the Blossom C over the left side of the oval. Then I stamped word by word a sentiment from the stamp set Celebrate Tag Stamp & Cut by Lia from Hero Arts using Hero Arts Intense Black Ink. Finally I pasted the decorated piece over the base using dimensionals and added some black heart sequins.

POETIC PETALS DIGITAL FILE HERO ARTS

You can find Poetic Petals Digital File  and more digital files like this in the a2z scrapbooking store where you can enjoy 15% off with my discount code MARTHA15. If there’s ever something you want that you don’t see in store, use the custom order button. It’s easy, quick and you won’t pay more!

I hope you will join us in the challenge this month. You have until the end of the month to submit your project for a chance at a $25 Gift Card, and the theme of February is Any Shade of Red!!!

See you soon with more inspiration!

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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


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Guest Designer Amy Tsuruta

We’re so excited to have Amy Tsuruta design for us today! Amy is working on her stash of holiday cards for next year—this woman is on top of things!

You may know Amy from her amazing Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hops, her blog Tsuruta Designs or perhaps from Hero Arts Creative Team, The Confetti Crew at Reverse Confetti, or any number of design teams. Amy has talent galore and we’re so happy she stopped by today to share that talent with us.

Take a look at this gorgeous watercolor card using the Hero Arts Origami Happy Holidays set as her focal point.

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I think the background of this card is beautiful in its subtlety…just the right amount of interest. Wouldn’t you love to get this holiday card in the mail? I would, and I’m pretty sure you could add a birthday message or hello message and use this one all year around.

Here’s a little close-up to admire.

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Thanks so much, Amy, for designing for us today and for sharing your beautiful card with all of us! Hop over to Amy’s blog to check out more about this card and for more inspiration.

You can check out the a2z store for these products and more, including our sale section.

Don’t forget you have just hours left to enter this month’s a2z Scrapbooking Anything Goes with your Hero Arts products. Hop here to look at the specifics…and I hope you win the $25 gift card to the store!

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Happy Tuesday!
chark

 

Shades of Green Ink Cubes

Blush Folded Cards

Origami Happy Holidays

Floral Bold Prints Cling Stamp

Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

 

 


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Hero Arts Hello butterfly

Hello there.  Dawn here.  I’ve been playing with some pretty soft colours this week.

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I used water colours to make a the card from which I die cut the Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy dies DI078.  I used pinks, purples and blues in lighter tones.   For the background, I used a Hero Arts Stencil (SA026 BG Leaf and Flourish- currently out of stock but you can custom order on the A2Z site )  with some pale inks.  I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment from Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Cut DC151 with Versafine Onyx black ink, a couple of times to get a nice dark sentiment.

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Remember if you are in need of any items from the a2z Scrapbooking store  you can use code Dawn15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. (before tax and shipping)  And don’t forget that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!  And check out our sale page… lots of great bargains

Supplies:

Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy Die DI078

Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Cut DC151

Hero Arts BG Leaf & Flourish Stencil

Gems from my stash.

 

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Hero Arts You’re So Lovely Coloured In with Copics

It’s Sue here with a new card.

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I thought that I’d try something different. Instead of using ink and the stamps to create my card, I added additional colour using copic markers. It changed the look of the stamps and seemed to add a bit of dimension and shading to the images. I chose to cluster the blooms and leaves towards the top of the card and balance it out with the sentiment near the bottom of the card. I completed the cards with a few sequins to add a bit of shine and sparkle.

We’d love for you to join our challenge here at a2z Scrapbooking. Please be sure to use at least ONE main Hero Arts product as the focal element.

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Need some Hero Arts products, come to the a2z Scrapbooking at Etsy shop. When you’re cart is over $25, use my code Sue15 for a 15% discount.

Supplies

Hero Arts CL949 You’re So Lovely

Hero Arts CL943 Color Layering Bouquet

Hero Arts Tide Pool Shadow Ink

Hero Arts Lime Green Shadow Ink

Hero Arts Charcoal Shadow Ink

assorted Copic markers

assorted sequins

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VALENTINE CARD WITH LOVE IS BY LIA


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VALENTINE CARD WITH LOVE IS BY LIA

Hello crafty friends, Martha Lucia here to share with you a Valentine card with Love is by Lia is a card that I made using one of the new stamp sets from Hero Arts. Valentine is around the corner and I am sure you have a lot of friends to celebrate this day or to send Valentine cards, and I decided dedicate this month to Love. Take a look at my card:

VALENTINE CARD WITH LOVE IS BY LIA

 

The base of my card is Rose Red and the second layer is Whisper White. I stamped the envelope and the heart using different colors of ink, Rose Red for the hearts and Sahara Sand for the envelope. For the word LOVE, I used the double stamping technique, first I stamped the image with Rose Red Ink and then I moved a little the image and stamped again the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

VALENTINE CARD WITH LOVE IS BY LIA

 

As final touch I added some black heart sequins on the envelopes. The original images has the hearts included but I wanted to add more bling with the sequins.

You can find Love is by Lia from Hero Arts and more sets like this in the a2z scrapbooking store where you can enjoy 15% off with my discount code MARTHA15. If there’s ever something you want that you don’t see in store, use the custom order button. It’s easy, quick and you don’t pay more!

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I hope you too will join us in the challenge this month. You have until the end of the month to submit your project for a chance at a $25 Gift Card, and the theme of January is one of my favorites: Anything Goes!!!

See you soon with more inspiration!

VALENTINE CARD WITH LOVE IS BY LIA


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Valentine

Hello hello hello! Hope everyone is doing well and ready start the second month of 2017. I can’t believe January is already almost over. I’m working on Valentine’s Day cards since it’s a few short weeks away.

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I used some distress inks to color my background and then made a stencil using the die. I placed is randomly on the watercolor base and used some distress glaze to create a barrier. I then sprayed the panel heavily with water and took it paper towels to soak up the water to lighten up the color.

I used my scraps from the the original panel to die cut some smaller heart to scatter on the card. I heat embossed part of my sentiment and die cut the other with black card stock. Once all my elements were on the panel, I adhered it to a glittered cardbase and added Wink of Stella to the die cut word.

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If you are in need of any items from the a2z Scrapbooking store you can use code Monica15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. (before tax and shipping)  And don’t forget that we are on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

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Supplies:

Hero Arts- DI179, PW120, DC132

Distress ink- Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries and Seedless Preserves

Black Wink of Stella

Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflu


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Stretch your Hero Arts Color Layering Stamps

Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflu

Hi Friends! Kristina here playing with my new set of Hero Arts Color Layering Butterfly Stamps. I decided instead of layering I wanted something a little more bold, but simple, so I only used the background layer of one of the butterflies to repeatedly stamp assorted color butterflies in Hero Arts Dye Inks. I used the same ink colors and my new Clarity Brushes to color a strip of trimmed off paper the same colors as the butterflies, and used that to line the edge of the card after mounting on some glitter paper. Popped on a sentiment, and there you have it!

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If you haven’t already, don’t forget to link up with this months challenge ANYTHING GOES for you change at $25 gift card to the a2z scrapbooking store!! While there, use my discount KRISTINA15 for 15% off your order of $25+

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