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Hug in a Mug

Hi everyone. I’m back today to share a card I made with a digital stamp from Sugartree Stamps called “Hug in a Mug” This is a set of 13 individual stamps consisting of 5 images and 8 different sentiments to mix and match as you wish. I don’t use digital stamps very often but I’m beginning to like them more and more as I can change the size of the stamps to whichever size I like. These stamps even come in a second variation for no-line water-colouring with grey outlines instead of black.

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I started off by inserting & arranging my image and sentiment stamps using the Pages application as I have a Mac. I then did a print test on scrap copy paper to make sure the images were where I wanted them to be, before printing them again on Multi-technique paper as I wasn’t yet sure how I wanted to colour my mugs. I finally decided to use my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers to colour them. I then added clear gel from Lukas, to some parts the mugs, except for the blue part on the bottom mug, to which I added Nuvo’s Caribbean Ocean crystal drops gel instead.  I also added Nuvo gloss white crystal drops to the dots in the green cup.

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It’s hard to see the shine & the 3D effect in the photographs, but in real life they look like porcelain mugs! I cut out this panel with Stamplorations “Crazy double running stitched” rectangle die and adhered it to a card base which I had surrounded with little dots using my Nuvo drops again.

So all in all a very simple card to make although you do have to let the gel dry, but I just made other cards with the other stamps in the meantime, and I’ll share them in my next post on the 25th of August!

 

Well I hope you like my card and I would love to know what you think of it. Have a great day!

Gwendolyn

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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 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

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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 Gwendolyn15 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.

 

  • Sugartree Stamps “Hug in a Mug”
  • Spectrum Noir Illustrator Alcohol markers PP1 & FS1, CG1, GT1, DR1 & CT2, B01.
  • Stamplorations Crazy double running stitched die
  • Lukas Crystal Gel
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops gloss – Caribbean Ocean & Gloss White
  • Clairefontaine 250gm multi technique paper


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Digi Dueling with Constellations

Hi, friends, it’s time for two Design Team members to duel it out with the same digi kit. This month, though, you can win two star-themed digi stamps and so we had the choice of two different kits. So this month, Arlene chose the Constellation set and I went for The Firmament set. They’re very similar and work well together too!

I used a few of the stamps from the set to make this card front and then used a glue pen that stays sticky to add silver foil (not heat-set foil) the purple stripes are foil on thin tape. I added a few doodles with the glue pen to add more purple foil.

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You can see the shininess in this close-up.

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Chark’s Supplies:

The Firmament Digi Stamp

Foil Sheets by Ranger

Silver Shimmer Cardstock

 

Arlene printed out the Constellation page (intended for pocket scrapbooking) and added it to the front of her card here.

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Supplies: Constellation Digi Kit

Ribbon

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Hope you’ll play along with our challenge this month and try to win both of these digi sets and maybe even $20 to the store! Check the challenge link at the top of the page for all the details.

 

 


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Poetic Petals digital stamp – Part 2

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Hi everyone! Today I’m using Hero Arts Poetic Petals digital stamp again, to show you an easy way to colour this stamp, with shining results! This stamp set comes with 4 beautifully drawn flowers and in my last post here, I showed you how to do a no line water-colouring with one of them. Today, I just coloured them in with pencils and markers, directly on the copy paper I printed them on!

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The actual reason I did this was that I’m still on holiday at my Mother in law’s in Madrid and I thought she would have a printer here so I didn’t bring another printed image on proper colouring paper. Fortunately she doesn’t have a printer as this led me to discover that cheap printer paper works just as well for colour pencils and markers! I started colouring in the printed image with dark blue Prismacolor pencils but then decided I wanted a more vibrant look. As I didn’t bring any other colouring medium with me, apart from my watercolours which would not work on copy paper, I searched around my mil’s stationary and found some blue and gold uni ball glitter gel pens & used those.

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Once I finished colouring my flower, I cut it out, put it aside and started on the card base. I used the lightest colour card from Hero Arts Floral Mix folded card & cut it into strips with a scissors. I then glued only the broad strips back onto the card. As the copy paper was very thin, I added a thick scrap paper under it and glued the flower onto my prepared card base. This whole panel was then glued onto the darkest blue card from Hero Arts sea mix folded cards.

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Can you see the shine the uni ball pens give, i just love it! The typewritten sentiment comes from a… typewriter! I didn’t bring appropriate sentiment that would fit into the small space so I typed it in myself!

Well I hope you like my card and I would love to know what you think of it. Have a great day!

Gwendolyn

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

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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

 

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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 Gwendolyn15 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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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

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

 

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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 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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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

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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No Line water-colouring with Hero Arts Poetic Petals digital stamp

Hi everyone! My name is Gwendolyn Goh and this is my very first post as a design team member at a2z Scrapbooking and I’m thrilled to be in such a talented team! For my first creation here, I decided to make a framable watercolour piece using one of the flowers from Hero Arts “Poetic Petals” digital stamp set & colouring it using the no line water-colouring method.

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I created a video to show you exactly how I did it, but essentially I just printed the flowers onto normal printer paper and shaded the back of the flower I wanted to trace, with a large graphite stick. You can also use an ordinary pencil as that will work very well too. Once the back of the flower was all covered, I traced the flower with a normal pencil. The shading behind the flower acted like carbon paper and I ended up with the outline of the flower on my watercolour paper.

I then started water-colouring by adding the base colour and when that was thoroughly dry, added the fine lines you can find on the digi stamp, which I used as my template, with a thin brush. To finish, I flicked some paint on it (great way to use up your leftover paints) & added a frame with a black marker. I’m quite pleased with the result, especially since it is the first time I’ve done this with a digi stamp, so its really quite easy and I hope you’ll try it. Let me know if you do!

As promised, here’s the video I made to show you how I water-coloured this beautiful “Poetic Petals” digital stamp.

I hope you enjoyed my first post here. Thanks for stopping by & have a great end of the week!

Gwendolyn

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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

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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 Gwendolyn15 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’ Silly Scape Digi Duel

Hi, friends, Chark here today to share the latest digi duel with Arlene and myself. We got to play with the Silly Scape digital stamp that is all kinds of fun. Without further ado, en garde!

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Here’s Arlene’s card. She printed the image small and used the cloud background. She also die cut the word Friend from the die paper included in this digi set. What a sweet card you could send to a faraway friend!

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  • Hero Arts Digital Kit Silly Scape at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Sizzix “friend”
  • Copic markers
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
  • Vagabond die cut machine

For my card, I used the image larger and colored it with Tombow markers, which are vibrant. I added little hand-drawn clouds and left off the sentiment. I figured I could add a thank you or hello if I need to later. You can see Arlene colored her tiny windows yellow, while I just used the same marker as the building.

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Supplies

What would you do with this fun digi set? If you win our July monthly challenge, you could win this set for your very own collection and maybe even $20 to the store. Check out all the details in the challenge link in the blog header. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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Digi Duel with Summer Travel Words

Hi, friends, it’s time for our monthly digi duel when two team members use the same digital stamp set and see what they can come up with. Our digi set this month is Hero Arts Summer Travel Words and our duelists are Cindy and Arlene. Let’s see how they do!

Here’s Arlene’s take using the Summer Travel Words. I love how she repeated the stamps to get a fun, graphic look to this card. This would be a great postcard to send back home too if you’re lucky enough to get to play in the sunshine.

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And here is Cindy’s take with the same stamp set. Instead of a card, Cindy has put together a scrapbook page that’s all ready for the photo! Love this idea, since there are a million vacation photos on my phone right now…wish I had worked ahead a bit!

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Supply List:

Hero Arts Digital Stamp Summer Travel Words

Hero Arts Classic Number Fancy Dies

Hero Arts Nesting Postage Stamp Infinity Dies

So, what would you do with this set? Think about it and then enter our challenge this month to try to win it and a $20 gift card to the store! (See this post for details on how to enter.)

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Thanks for stopping by to see the duel!

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Please join us in this month’s “Monochrome” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, 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

 

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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 DLT15 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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Sugartree Sweet Tea or Lemonade?

I really like the latest release of Sugartree stamps.  You can choose the mini stamp set of jar and sentiment “You’re sweeter than sweet tea” or add lots of other digital stamps to this cute iced jar with the full set of stamps and make lemonade..  I made my own background with the sweet jar, spread distress inks with a brush on the bottom panel and die cut.  Visit A2Z Scrapbooking to join the challenge.

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I’m at A Bit of This and That.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Monochrome” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, 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

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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 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.

 

 

 

  • Sugartree Stamps at A2Z Scrapbookgin (Sweet Tea)
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Tags and More 8 – Lattice
  • Hero Arts infinity Dies – Nested Tag Dies – no longer available at Hero Arts
  • Hero Arts small tag die (older die no longer available)
  • Tim Holtz embossing folder
  • Copic markers
  • Vagabond die cut machine

 

 


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Cheers using Sugartree Stamps Mr & Mrs digital kit

Hi! It’s Sue. I have a new card for you. Its a card that could be used for a variety of occasions – celebrations, anniversaries, weddings, new homes, new boat. I kept the colors monochromatic, in line with the current challenge here at a2z Scrapbooking.

Here’s my card

I printed the “cups” digital stamp and the “cheers” sentiment digital stamp from Sugartree Stamps KN005 Mr & Mrs digital kit with my inkjet printer onto cardstock. Sugartree Stamps digital kits are available exclusively at a2z Scrapbooking etsy store. I trimmed the panel to just smaller than an A2 card. I added color to the champagne flutes using Copic markers C2 and C3. I had watched people use the “flick” technique with Copics and gave that a try. I flicked from the edges of the flutes, towards the centers. I started with C2, added C3 and went over that again with C2. I think it looks like the light is shining through the champagne.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Monochrome” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, 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 Sue15 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.