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Hero Arts CM131 Purr Cat’s Pajamas card

I had heard the expression “cat’s pajamas” before but I wasn’t sure if it was a good thing or a bad thing! I looked it up – according to google it means “an excellent person or thing”. So, I guess it’s a good thing, a nice compliment to pay someone. Keeping that in mind, I used this sentiment for my card.

I’m a cat person and love this stamp set. I was trying to think of ways to use this set to create a card. I started with a tri-square die to cut out the “windows” from a piece of kraft cardstock. To add a bit of interest, I used Cuttlebug’s Oxford embossing folder. On the cardbase, I lightly marked with a pencil the outlines of the “windows” and stamped three adorable kitties in the “windows”. I coloured them with Copics. To complete the card, I stamped the sentiment and punched it out using an oval punch. I used a scalloped oval punch to mat the sentiment and popped the sentiment up with dimensionals.

If you’re quick, there is still some time for you to join us at the current challenge at a2z Scrapbooking. Be sure that your focal image showcases a Hero Arts product.


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Hero Arts CM131 Purr stamp set

Cuttlebug Oxford embossing folder

Copics – E43, W2, W3, C5

Oval punch

Scalloped oval punch





Hello crafty friends, Martha Lucia here with you. April is almost over and I want to finish my creative month using another color layering stamp, the Color Layering Butterflies by Hero Arts. This is a very unique set of stamps that you can use for all occasions. Let me show you my card:


I love to create CAS (or Clear and Simple cards) and with the Color Layering stamps this is a real passion because you can use a lot of color combos and different layers to create different types of combinations on your images. If you notice on my card, the small butterflies have only one image in common, the detailed layer, but the bases are totally different.  The set Color Layering Butterflies is composed by 10 different images that you can combine and integrate to obtain different looks.


The base of my card is Whisper White and I pasted a piece of decorated paper on the left border. Then I stamped the solid butterflies and the detailed images with three different colors of ink: Green Hills, Tide Pool and Orange Soda Shadow Ink Mid-Tone by Hero Arts. I only kept the body of the butterflies with a single color, Tangerine Bold Ink by Hero Arts – the same color that I used to create a splatter. The sentiment was stamped with Hero Arts Intense Black Ink.

If you like any of the products I used on my card, please stop over at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy 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! See you soon!



I Miss You – Hero Arts You’re So Lovely

Hero Arts Miss You Card

Hi Friends! Kristina here today with my favorite card style ‘Clean and Simple’!
I used the Hero Arts “You’re So Lovely” stamp set to create this quick and easily reproducible notecard.
Just switch out the sentiment and you could have a set of versitile cards ready to go.
I love this stamp set because its perfect for all occasions, and has a few different sentiments, but could easily be paired with others.

Don’t forget to share your favorite things via our April Challenge “Getting to Know You”.
Create a project using your favorite Hero Arts projects and link it up by months end for you change to win a $25 gift card!!



Many of the products used here can be found in the a2z scrapbooking store AND hows about 15% off?
Use my discount code KRISTINA15 for 15% off your order of $25+.
Psst…. The Hero Arts You’re So Lovely Set is on sale right now!!!!




Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia

Hi friends! This month we are celebrating “getting to know you”…well, really me! I’ve definitely been MIA but I’m back with this absolutely gorgeous flower, Artistic Dahlia from Hero Arts. I LOVE flowers AND stencils, so a match made in heaven!

Have you joined our challenge this month? If not, show us your creations HERE!


I stamped the image on Ranger water-color paper then colored with Copics and colored pencils, once complete, I outlined the entire image with a Sharpie.

The background was created with Wilted Violet Oxide Ink and Hero Arts Moss; I shifted the stencil just slightly before adding the green. Once complete, I spritzed the panel with glimmer mist and splattered on some watered down Ranger black enamel accents. The stencil is Crossing Waves from Hero Arts.

Artistic Dahlia Flat

Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia

Artistic Dahlia Full

Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia

Artistic Dahlia Up Close

Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia

Don’t forget, you can purchase any of the Hero Arts items as well as many other items at the a2z Etsy store; if you don’t see something in stock; remember, they do custom orders. Be sure to use code: MicheleG15 to save 15% on your order!


Stamps: Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15)

Papers: Ranger Water Color, Reverse Confetti True Love, misc. green, purple scraps

InkHero Arts Intense Black, Moss (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15), Wilted Violet Oxide Ink 

Accessories: white gel pen, sharpie, Hero Arts Unicorn Mist, MFT Blueprints, Copics, Hero Arts Crossing Waves stencil, Glimmer Mist, Black Enamel Accents (watered down), Prismacolor Pencils, Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia die (you can custom request this through a2z Etsy store and save 15% using code: MicheleG15)


Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia So Lovely

Hi there, Angie here with a card using two of my favorite Hero Arts stamps!  I used the new Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia and colored it with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol, then fussy cut it before adding it to a striped background.  (There are matching dies available and they are really cool!)  The sentiment is from Hero Arts “Your So Lovely” stamp set, heat embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder and cut with a scalloped rectangle die.  I popped it up for a little dimension.

I hope you will be able to enter the a2z scrapbooking “Use you Favorite Hero Arts” product Challenge for April and be eligible to win the $25 gift certificate.

If you need Hero Arts supplies or any craft supplies (you can special order them through the a2z store) and use “Angie15” to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (excluding shipping.)

Here’s a few close ups of the card:

Thank so much for stopping by!


A Butterfly Birthday with Hero Arts

Happy Sunday friends!  I pulled out a rainbow of Hero Arts Hybrid Inks (Strawberry, Tangerine, Dandelion, Green Apple, Aquatic and Orchid) and decided to play with the fun Hero Arts Origami Animals stamp set.  Rainbow is another favorite of mine which is perfect for this month’s challenge Getting To Know You.

Hero Arts Origami Butterflies

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamped with the newest Tsukineko Delicata ink in Black Shimmer.

To get the solid butterfly colored stamps I used the backside of the origami butterfly as seen below.


Then turned the stamp around for the details using Hero Arts Intense Black ink for a really crisp image.

Hero Arts Origami Butterfly

I mounted the panel on some Lawn Fawn patterned paper called Perfectly Plaid Rainbow and added some Nuvo Crystal drops in Ebony Black.  I really wanted a more irregular/splatter type look, but they tend to just make round dots no matter how hard you try!

Mahalo for stopping by!  Don’t forget to join our latest challenge for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store!!



Hero Arts Large Hydrangea

Hi everyone!

Ilina’s here today! Today I am using the Large Hydrangea stamp with the layering dies. This is one of the designs that we made at the Hero Arts party at CHA.  I really LOVE the hydrangea that I had to use it again.

The elements were cut from watercolor paper, and stamped with versamark, then embossed with gold embossing powder. Then die cut using the coordinating dies.

I colored using the Daniel Smith Hero Arts dot card and an watercolor brush. I assembled everything onto blue folded card. And voila 😉

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Hero Arts Large Hydrangea


Hero Arts Large Hydrangea – close up


Floral Border Silhouette

Hi, friends, Chark here today to share one of my favorites right now, the Hero Arts Floral Border Die. It’s delicate and spring-like and makes a gorgeous silhouette when cut from black cardstock.


For the background, I used Distress Inks and applied the ink pads to a nonstick craft sheet. Then I spritzed with a lot of water and ran the cardstock through the ink. I let the panel dry and then trimmed it to fit behind the die cut.

I stamped the sentiment and swirl from the Color Layering Peacock Stamp set and adhered the whole panel to a card base. It was easy to do and pretty quick. If you want to speed up your ink drying time, you can use a heat gun and it would be even quicker. It looks like you took a lot of time and effort but it really is a fast and easy card.

Hope you’ll join in our monthly challenge Getting to Know You (using your favorite Hero Arts products). You can win $25 to the store! I think my favorite die says I’m fond of flowers and sunsets. Do you think the black against the color looks a little like the trees against the setting sun? I do!

Get To Know You


Happy Monday!


HA Floral Border Die

HA Color Layering Peacock Stamps

Distress Inks (Abandoned Coral, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio)

Archival Jet Black Ink




Hero Arts CL949 You’re So Lovely Card

Hi! It’s Sue with a new card for you. This card is totally out of my comfort zone. I typically prefer clean and simple cards, with lots of white space. This card – no “white space”.

I started by stamping all over a card panel with Versamark; added white embossing powder and heat set with my heat tool. I smooshed some ink on an acrylic sheet and picked up some ink with a water brush. I added colour somewhat deliberately to the flowers and a bit more randomly for the remainder of the card front.  I tried to keep the colours somewhat separate as I was a bit worried that some colours blended together might not result in a “pretty” colour. I matted the card with a nice blue and added some sequins for a bit of shine and sparkle.

Here’s a close-up

We’d love for you to join us at our current monthly challenge where we challenge you to use your favourite Hero Arts stamp or die or ink or stencil.

Do you need some Hero Arts products? Check out the a2z Scrapbooking etsy store. When your cart exceeds $25, use my code sue15 for 15% off.


Hero Arts CL949 You’re So Lovely

Hero Arts Libby’s Purple Garden ink cubes (orchid, passion flower)

Hero Arts Lucy’s Floral Favorites (butter bar, green hills)

Hero Arts Poppy Layering ink cubes (pale tomato)

Hero Arts Kelly’s Flowers ink cubes (ultra pink, emerald green, tide pool)

Hero Arts Desert Sun Bold ink cubes (tangerine)

Hero Arts Sky Blue Dye ink cubes (soft pool)

Versamark ink

white embossing powder






Hero Arts Paper Layering Favorites

Hi everyone, it’s Angie with this post for our April Challenge “Getting to Know You” where you use some of your favorite Hero Arts products.  I love the paper layering dies that Hero Arts makes and I was thinking of other ways to use them to get more bang for your buck!  I decided to use them to dry emboss card stock!

I was experimenting with some of my favorite paper layering dies from Hero Arts.  I used them with an embossing mat in my Big Shot to make impressions on the card stock.  Then I swiped ink pads across the impressions.  Then I actually did die cut them after they were inked and they turned out pretty cool looking!  Here’s the hummingbirds I embossed.  I ended up not using them but did use the paper layering mum die with the ombre spring brights ink.  After I cut the layering part, I cut the whole flower out with a larger circle die.

I mounted it on a black circle die cut then popped up the layers.

Then I inked some woodgrain vellum with black ink and put it on a black card panel.  I added the mum offset and then mounted it all on a white card base.  I trimmed the edges of the mum and added the black paper layering hummingbirds and the sentiment (from Happy stamp set) heat embossed in white.  If you look at the picture on the bottom right below, you can see how the swallowtail butterfly paper layering die looks embossed with the die and inked, before I cut them out.  I really like the way embossing, then inking, then cutting makes the die have little white edges on the cuts.  Lastly I added diamond gems for their eyes and the flower center.

If you like any of the products I used on my card, please stop over at the a2z Scrapbooking Esty store. You can also use the code “Angie15” 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 May 7th.

Good luck and please come back again soon!

Here is my list of supplies: