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Hero Arts National Parks Birthday

Howdy! I am here today with a birthday card! I love the National Parks and really enjoy using the National Parks Poetic Prints stamp set.

National Parks

For this card I used all 4 of the stamps in the set. Hero Arts donates a little to the National Parks for each set sold. I really wanted to color these in using colored pencils on the Neenah Desert Storm kraft paper. It is a lighter color of kraft. I colored all of the scenes using Prismacolor pencils. I went back over the stamping with a Copic Multiliner after I finished all the coloring. It doesn’t really show since it is so small, but I used a clear glaze pen on the car and trailer windows. I cut out each one using a die by Poppy Stamps.

Each of the park scenes have foam tape under them for some dimension.

The sentiment is cut with a die and the paper had the 2 sided adhesive on it which makes it much easier to stick it on to the card.

 

 

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a2z scrapbooking october 2018 challenge

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 


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August Guest Designer Post with Angie C.

Hi everybody,  please join me and welcome our August Guest Designer Angie C.   Angie is a former a2z DT member, and are currently on several other design teams.  You could visit her at her Blog:  cimbacreativefun,  her Instagram page,  her Pinterest page, and her Facebook page. I personally have always enjoy Angie’s beautiful creations, and today’s card is definitely going onto that long list.

Now let’s hear from Angie.

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Hello everyone – Angie here – so happy to be guesting today with a2zscrapbooking!  Today is the last day of the “Anything Goes” challenge so you still have time to enter!  
 
A2Zscrapbooking has such a special place in my heart as not only do they have a great store with super fast shipping and amazing service, they are run completely by volunteers so they can raise funds for Celiac and Behcets awareness!  (I have a dear family member with Celiac’s disease so their cause is dear to my heart!)  In addition, a2z was the very first design team I was on.  They have such a super supportive team and I learned a lot from these wonderfully talented ladies and made some amazing friends too!  So thank you for the invite to guest with you today!

 

I used some of my favorite Hero Arts products today on my card:
and a few other products:
Versafine ink
Dotted curved border die from Poppy Stamps
 
The dahlia comes as a wood rubber stamp and there are additional dies you can buy, called Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia frame cuts   I didn’t use the dies for this project as I wanted to work on my coloring to see if I could get dimension, coloring with Zig Clean Color markers on kraft card stock and I need to mail this card, so the flatter the better!   But the frame cuts, when you use them, are amazing because it cuts the flower into 3 parts so you can use foam tape or squares to pop them up!  Or you can just use one or 2 of the dies, so many possibilities.  The Hero Arts Wonderful “Stamp & Cut” dies cut out both different sizes of the word stamps, however, I wanted a white border, so I cut out around the larger word die to get an even bigger “wonderful” word die. 
 
Thanks so much to the a2z crew for inviting me to guest design today!  I’m so honored!
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Thank you Angie for guest designing for us.  It’s a pleasure to have you!
Like Angie said, there is still time to enter this month’s Anything Goes challenge.  Looking forward to seeing your creations in our challenge gallery.

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Please join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” challenge.   As you know, we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner from our a2z Scrapbooking store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code  Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 


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Hero Arts Peonies Pop-up Card

Hello there.

You know owning floral stamps is great.  Cause you could stamp a pretty flower anytime and make beautiful floral cards .   Today I tried a new technique I learnt by watching Jennifer McGuire’s video here.  And made a milestone birthday card.

In Jennifer’s video the pop up image is flushed with the window, but I didn’t want to cut my pretty bloom so I decide to let part of it extend outside the window.

    

I have to cover up the upper right corner inside of the card (forgot to take photos before writing it, haha).

The Peony bloom, leaves and buds are all gold heat embossed and watercolored.  On some of the petals I added a coat of Perfect Pearl solution.  The sentiment is also gold heat embossed.

I had lots of fun making this card, and I can promise you this is not the last one I would make!  😀

Have you seen all the goodies from the Hero Arts 2018 Season of Wonder Catalog in the a2z store?  Go check it out and have some shopping fun.  Remember to click Request Custom Order if you don’t see the items you want in the store.  Scroll down to get my discount code.

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” challenge.   As you know, we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner from our a2z Scrapbooking store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code  Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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Guest Designer Post with Linda W.

Hi everyone,

We are so happy to have Linda W. as our Guest Designer today.  Linda is a long time Hero Arts Flickr group member, she was a Hero Arts Hostess, and she is a super talented lady.  You can find her on her blog: Scrappin, Stampin, & Singin and her flickr photo stream here.  Now let’s hear from Linda.

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Hey everyone – Linda W. here – I’m excited to Guest Designing on a2z today!! It’s the final day of this month’s Birthday Bash Challenge and I have a fun floral birthday card to share with you.

 

Steps: 
  • Dry emboss the stencil on white panel using any diecutting machine and rubber mat. 
  • Brayer ink over the embossing and then blend with more inks, spritzing with water as needed, to create background. 
  • After it dries, mat panel to a yellow layer and add to a turquoise top-fold horizontal A2 card.
  • Die cut a bunch of Flowers for Coloring from white Copic friendly cardstock.
  • Stamp the diecuts with the matching flower and leaf stamps (I popped them into the diecut negatives and used a MISTI). 
  • Color flowers and leaves with Copic Markers and add details (white gel pen, Glossy Accents) as desired. 
  • Stamp sentiment onto a white doily and adhere it to the card. 
  • Arrange the flowers and leaves as desired and adhere using glue dots and varying heights of foam.
I didn’t add gems or other embellishments, choosing to keep it simple. The background seems ornate enough to me but you could certainly add your favorite accents. 
Done!
Thanks to a2z for inviting me to Guest Design for you!! Hope to see your birthday creation submitted to the challenge!

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Wow isn’t that a stunning card!!  Thank you Linda, for designing for us.   To see more from Linda, visit her blog post, and leave her some comment love!

And to all our readers there is still time to enter our July Challenge – Birthday Bash.  Looking for forward to seeing your creations in our challenge gallery.

 

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a2z scrapbooking july 2018 challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Monthly Circles Interactive Birthday Card

Hello, Cindy here to share an interactive card.  I used Hero Arts Monthly Circle Digi Stamp as the background and add a DIY wobbler element.

I chose the month of July image from the digi stamp set, copy, rotate and paste to create a random pattern background.  I printed it on white card stock.  Then I stamped the curly ribbon bits images (from Monthly Hero Kit December 2016) with a few colors.  Next I added the birthday banner (stamped in black, colored, hand cut, mounted on yellow card stock and trimmed again).  Next I stamped and colored the gift and made it into a DIY wobbler and adhere to the card.  I took a few photos while making it, it really is not complicated.  The wire I used is a light weight fine wire for jewelry making.

Here is a very short video clip to show it in action.  🙂

 

The DIY wobbler sure adds some fun to an ordinary card.  I hope you would try it too.

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a2z scrapbooking july 2018 challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Travel Digital Kit


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Hero Arts Vintage Travel Birthday Card

Hello again, I am here with another card and it goes along with the monthly challenge Birthday Bash.

Vintage Travel Digital Kit

I was taking a look at the digital images at a2z Scrapbooking and I really liked the images in the Vintage Travel Digital Kit. They are really good ones for masculine cards. Those are the hard ones to make for me. My inspiration for my card was a very similar one I made for my Dad.

For the background I first did a wash of blue watercolor on some watercolor paper. I decided it needed just a little bit more so the second time I put some Oxide Distress ink down on my craft mat and spritzed it with water and laid the panel over it. Then set that aside to dry and I don’t like to waste ink so I made another panel for another time.

For the billboard I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it out. I had to resize it to fit a 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 size card. For the “sign” part I first printed the map image, which is included in the Vintage Travel Digital Kit. I then loaded the map paper into my Cameo and cut out the “sign”. I stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts set It’s Your Day. The balloon is from a set by Avocado Arts. I colored the balloon with Copics and accented it with a white pen.

The ribbon is glued down with red line tape.

The car is also from the Vintage Travel Digital Kit. I sized it to fit my card and printed it on Neenah cardstock and cut it out by hand.

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a2z scrapbooking july 2018 challenge

Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 


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Hero Arts Flowering Magnolia in White

This month the A2Z Scrapbooking challenge is “Birthday Bash”.  I switched from silver embossing powder to white for this card and tag.  I have seen so many cards in silvers and white, that I couldn’t pass up trying the white embossing and I’m calling this the “white edition”. I decided a nice tag would be perfect to accompany the card and birthday gift.

 

Even though the distress color looks different on the tag, the same distress ink was used and the tag is the more realistic color shown.

To see close-ups, you can visit A Bit of This and That.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge    Image may contain: flower and text

Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” challenge.   As you know, we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner from our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

  • Hero Arts Flowering Magnolia at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Hero Arts Infinity Dies (Nesting Tag Dies)
  • Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
  • Little B sentiment on card
  • Hero Arts clear stamp set My Words (no longer manufactured) – friends
  • Distress inks listed above card with distress inked background


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Hero Florals Peonies Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone,

I am so excited to be using a stamp of one of my favorite flowers, the Peonies on my card today.  The Hero Florals Peonies stamp is a new addition to my stash and I have experiment with using different papers and techniques.

First up I used rice paper (also know as mulberry paper or Xuan paper) and did a faux Chinese painting.  Some of the characteristics of Chinese Paintings may include “watercolor without lines”, one brush stroke for a single petal, writing (a poem, or title, and/or date) and a seal (artist’s name).  Now I must disclaim here that I am no expert in Chinese painting, just some observations from looking at them.  🙂

I stamped the floral and leaves images using Hero Arts Shadow Ink Soft Granite, and watercolor the images.  My Chinese writing skill using a brush is not good enough so I just used a black marker to write Happy Birthday (top right corner), and the date (lower portion), and added my seal.  Then my rice paper panel is adhere to a dark gray card base.

Next up I used the same kind of paper and I gold heat embossed the images before watercoloring it.

 

This last project I made a place card, for a birthday party of course!!  🙂  I used Strathmore 140 lb watercolor paper, stamped in Archival Ink and watercolored both flower and leaves.  Then I die cut using the matching Frame Cut.  I adhere it to a cup shape place card holder die cut using Hero Arts Nesting Teacups Infinity Dies.  I die cut an extra plain leave to write the name.

Here’s the back view, you could see how easy it is to have it done.

 

I sure had fun with this stamp.  It’s in the store, get yours today.  Scroll down to get my promote code and save some money shopping.  🙂

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a2z scrapbooking july 2018 challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 

 

Safari Huge Thanks Clear Stamp


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Hero Arts Safari Birthday

Howdy it’s Karen with my first post as an a2z Scrapbooking design team member. This is also my first time being on a design team. I am excited to be part of the team and share some cards with you.

Safari Huge Thanks Clear Stamp

 

For the background of my card I did some ink blending with Distress Oxide inks in Wild Honey and Squeezed Lemonade.

The grass is stamped many times with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink. The grass stamp is from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June 2017 set along with the safari animals. This set is no longer available but you can get the Safari Huge Thanks clear stamp set in the a2z Scrapbooking Store that has all the animals and the tree that are on my card. The animals, birds and tree are all stamped using Distress Oxide ink Gathered Twigs.

For the frames I used Hero Arts Nested Frame Cuts Ovals to cut them. The inner frame is just some brown paper. For the top frame I first stamped the sentiment on a piece of yellow paper using Hero Arts set It’s Your Day and heat embossed it with brown embossing powder. I had to go over that at the end with a black Copic marker to make it stand out a little more. Then I stamped with the Hero Arts background stamp Mud Cloth Bold Prints using Distress Oxide ink in Gathered Twigs. It needed a bit of fixing so I ink blended over it with Distress Oxide Spiced Marmalade ink. I liked the look and went with it.

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a2z scrapbooking july 2018 challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Flowering Magnolia in Silver

This month the A2Z Scrapbooking challenge is “Birthday Bash”.  I was in the mood for flowers.  If I have to get something special out, I usually will do more than one project or card.  I have seen so many cards in silvers and white, that I couldn’t pass up trying this myself.  I’ll call this the “silver edition”.

I used a digital sentiment and stamped the panels with the Flowering Magnolia, (matching die is available) and I love being able to die cut these flowers too.

I stamped bot cards with VersaMark ink and then embossed the images with a very old Silver embossing powder (but it still works beautifully).  On the card below, I sponged distress inks, shabby shutters, twisted citron and ripe persimmon after embossing.  I dropped and spritzed water on the background and die cut the panels to adhere to a card.

Rather than create a background as in the first card, I chose a red ombre panel and stamped a background, embossed it in silver and added a digital “Happy Birthday” across the bottom.

 

For close-ups, I am at A Bit of This and That.

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Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” challenge.   As you know, we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner from our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

Please join us in this month’s Frightfully Fun challenge.   As you know, we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner from our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts Flowering Magnolia at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Hero Arts digital kit Birthday Bash at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
  • Silver embossing powder by Rubberman Stamp Co (see, I told you this was OLD)
  • Distress inks listed above card with distress inked background