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Hero Arts Road Trip – Favorite

Getting to know YOU. I have always loved this little deer, which came out as a wood block stamp and is in the digital Hero Arts Road Trip in addition to a wonderful mountain range for my background.

Digital Road Trip


  • Hero Arts Road Trip  deer and mountains
  • Hero Arts Enjoy Today clear set (older set)

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Ornament Tile

Hello all, Monica here today to share a project I made to the December theme…

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I decided to try something new (at least for me) and heat emboss on a ceramic tile. I could use a little more practice and work on the details,  but I still like the way it turned out. I wiped the surface and added some anti-static powder, even though powder stuck where I didn’t really want it too.


I tried to carefully wipe away as much powder as I could from where I didn’t want it. I then started to heat it up with my embossing gun. The heating portion did take longer than it does on paper, since I’m working on a tile. I finished it off by adding a piece of cork on the back to protect any surface that I may lay it on.


I tried to get  close up, so you could see the sparkle from the embossing powder. This is a lot of fun and I think I know what I’ll be making for some gifts in the future!

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                     Ornament stamps (Retired)
   Tile and VersaMark ink



Hello crafty friends, Martha Lucia here to share with you cute boxes that I made using the stamp set Vintage Wishes from Hero Arts.  Create these boxes was very easy and I used the some papers from the Winter Bliss Collection of Quick Quotes Scrapbook  and the envelope punch board. During Christmas season it is very common to prepare small presents for our family and friends, and this kind of package is very easy to make and decorate:


To create this you only need a 6″x6″ piece of decorated paper. You need to punch and score in 2″ and 4″ on all four sides of the squares using the Envelope Punch Board. Then you fold the score lines and cut the corners in same way to build the box. Before you build the box, don’t forget to round the corners and punch a tiny hole on each point to tie the box after building it.


I put chocolates inside each box and then I tied with thick baker’s twine.

To finalize the decoration I cut a small stitched die cut using a coordinated paper and a second using a piece of card stock. Over the die cut of card stock I stamped a sentiment and the cute snowman from the stamp set Vintage Wishes from Hero Arts using different colors of ink to coordinate with the colors of my boxes. I tied each mini tag to the box using gold metallic thread.

I hope you too will join us in the challenge this month. You have until month end to submit your project for a chance at a $25 Gift Card.

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You can find this stamp set on all holiday sets in the a2z scrapbooking store where you can enjoy 15% off with my discount code MARTHA15
Vintage Wishes and all the holiday stamps are selling out fast & wont be re-ordered until next year, so get it while they last! If there’s every something you want that you don’t see in store, use the custom order button.

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I hope my project inspires you and come back soon for my ideas. Leave me your comments, I would love to know what you think!

See you soon and happy week!



Pineapple picks

Hello everyone Monica here to share a project I made for a recent gathering at my house. I made some Pina Colada cupcakes and wanted to make some decorative picks for them. I decided to use some new layering stamps and inks to create the picks.

Pineapple pick

I started by die cutting the shapes then stamping them one layer at a time. Once the stamping was done I added the flowers and adhered the pineapples to toothpicks.

pineapple pick collage

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to join us in this months challenge.

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Pineapple layering stamps, dies and inks


Mini 3D Village


Hello hello,

Here we are well into the second half of October, have you started your holiday projects yet?  To be honest I have not make too many holiday cards yet, but I did play with Hero Arts 3-D House die.


It is a decoration I am calling Mini 3D Village.  I am not good baking real ginger bread to make houses, so instead I made a paper version.




I use the Hero Arts 3-D House Essentials stamps for the stamping.

My process:

  • Die cut 3D house using white CS, caramel CS, and chocolate CS.
  • Stamp door, windows and fence with Antique Linen ink, add Diamond Stickle on white piece.
  • Adhere vellum in the inside to cover window.  Assemble house.
  • Stamp door, windows and wreath on cream CS with Vintage Photo ink, cut out and adhere onto to caramel piece.
  • Assemble house, add  extra piece chocolate CS on roof and add Platinum Stickle on roof.
  • Stamp door, windows, wreath and strings of light on chocolate house die cut with Unicorn ink, use white gel pen to highlite areas as shown.  (Note that the pattern on the chocolate house roof is from another stamp set).
  • Stamp Christmas tree from the 3D House Essential set multiple times on various CS, cut out, add extra doodle, score and glue together as shown.
  • Stamp Snowman three time on white CS, cut and glue together, add tiny tree branch shape and top hat.

Here’s some close ups:






I added a bottom layer to the houses including door mat.  I thought that makes it a little more realistic.  For a 360 degree view, please hop over to my blog Here.


I made a second project with 3D House die and glitter paper.



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Hero Arts 3D Fancy House Die

Hero Arts House Essentials

Hero Arts Pigment Ink (Unicorn)

Ranger Distress Ink (Antique Linen, Vintage Photo)

Ranger Stickles (Diamond, Platinum)

Other stamp: SSS Flower Friends


Mini Dressed-Up Jar

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here again to share a little glass jar I found at the craft store and then fancied up a bit. I found these awesome tags made of copper metal at the Dollar Spot at Target and scooped them up. If your Target doesn’t carry them, you can use copper paper and cut it in a tag shape to mimic the effect.


il_570xN.603309508_km12I wanted to add some glam to the tag, so I heat embossed with my star stencil and glass bead embossing paste. It dries clear and sparkly and it has more texture than regular embossing paste, thanks to the glittery bits.

Here’s a close-up view of the embossing.


For the paper label, I mixed clear embossing paste with Copper Pearl Ex, which I love but don’t use often enough. Then I used an old gift card to smooth it through the star stencil and let it dry. As it dries, it becomes a lovely shimmery copper color. I just trimmed the paper and used roller adhesive to affix it to the jar. Now it’s ready to fill with a little candy or money. I think filling it with copper pennies would be fab. I also thought of filling it with sequins—wouldn’t that be fancy?!

Hope you’ll join in our August Challenge here for a chance to win $25 to the store! Break out your Hero Arts products (or get some new goodies at the store, including exclusive Hero Arts digital stamps) and think “texture.”

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Have a good day!

charkStars Pattern Stencil

Clear Embossing Paste

Copper Foil Paper

Glass Bead Embossing Paste

Pearl Ex Powder

Mini Glass Jars



Halloween Home Decor

Hello Everyone! It’s Michelle here and today I am going to show you something other than a card….and it only has one itty bitty piece of paper on it! I know right? We are papercrafters….what was I thinking? Well, I love all kinds of crafts and I love to incorporate my Hero Arts love into all aspects of crafting. Today, I have used a digital kit from Hero Arts, my Silhouette machine and some stamping with paint. Yes! Paint! Here is the project:

hanging view 2


So you are probably looking at this saying….”wait…what? I thought she said she didn’t use paper?” Well I didn’t. What you are looking at is HEAT TRANSFER VINYL…otherwise known as HTV.  This stuff is fun, fun, fun!

Here’s a close up of the process:

First you must pick a design. I decided to use the Haunted Halloween Digital Kit from Hero Arts (all products are linked below).  I turned it into a digital cut file just like I showed you how to do on the blog hop. Need a refresher? Click HERE

So instead of cutting it out of paper I decided that I wanted to use the HTV on my project instead. It will hold up longer, resist dust better and I have no worries about getting adhesive to stick to the burlap. HTV is iron-on material. No glue necessary…just an iron.  FYI….I don’t iron…unless I am doing HTV. My husband does all our ironing. The military taught him well. 😉

So, you put a sheet of HTV on your cutting mat just like you would cardstock, the only difference is you want it shiny side down.  Once you have set your settings on your cutter for HTV, cut and then you want to peel off the entire sheet. Here is where the magic happens. You separate the shiny part from the HTV. It’s kind of like pulling off a sheet of rubbery glue.

Here is what you are left with:

Before weeding


If you look carefully you can see where I didn’t “weed” out the all the windows yet.  When you pull the large sheet off you are left with what is going to be your iron-on. You have to “weed it”. Basically you are removing all the little pieces that have been cut but didn’t peel away.  If you have the hook tool from Silhouette it will be the perfect tool for this job.



After I weeded out the windows, I decided I did’t wan the burlap to show through. I decided to cut just the windows out of some Neon Yellow HTV. You don’t have to waste a whole sheet of HTV either. The stuff is expensive. Cut down just what you need and make the adjustments in your machine.  Then just put on the exact amount you need cut.



That little rectangle I circled in the back is just enough to cut the windows out. The grid in your Silhouette Studio is great for getting exact measurements.  Adding the windows to the haunted house was a bit tedious but I thought it added so much to the house. It’s worth the extra time if you have it. 🙂

After you have weeded your image you can now iron it on. You take the plastic sheet and flip it onto your project, cover it with a cloth and PRESS the iron for 60 seconds. No steam, just heat. Do not move the iron around. Go over the entire sheet until it peels up. If the HTV comes with the plastic sheet repeat the heating process again. It takes some time but the results are worth it.

flocking HTV


Heat transfer comes in flocked material too. I used the flocked material for the Happy Halloween and the moon. Both of those came from the Silhouette store. They are both Hero Arts products. When you are cutting words or images you have to remember to “Mirror” them before cutting them or when you flip the plastic over to iron it on your words will be backwards. My haunted house is actually backwards from the way I designed it. I forgot to mirror it before I cut it. I am lucky that is worked either way for my project or I would have lost a whole sheet of HTV.

right side


The ghosts were done in white flocked HTV.  The crow on the tombstone is a Hero Arts stamp. I used Distress Paints to “ink” it up and stamp it onto the burlap. Don’t worry if the colors overlap a little. I think it gives it character. I used Chipped Sapphire and Silver on the tombstone, Pine Needles for the grass and a little black acrylic paint for the crow. Then just stamp like you would with ink. Just remember to wash your stamp really well as soon as you are done so the paint doesn’t dry on your stamp.

paint on stamp


My skeleton was done in 3 ways. First I covered him really well in a Hero Arts Dauber in Unicorn White, I stamped him on the burlap but I didn’t get the best impression, I then painted the stamp with white and black acrylic paint to give me a shadow.

Left side


Lastly, I bought the same exact cut file from the Silhouette store and cut it with the white flocked htv. Did you know that a lot of Hero Arts stamps are in the Silhouette store? It’s kind of hard to get them to size identically but with a little help from my scissors I got the flocked skeleton to work over the stamped skeleton and it really helped bring him to life.    The cat is the only thing made out of paper on this project.


close up


And there you have it. A simple home decor item made from a Hero Arts digital kit.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

If you would like to purchase any of the products used today in the a2z Scrapbooking store please feel free to use the Code: MICHELLE15 and receive 15% off your order. Even if you don’t want to buy products used today, you can still use the code. 😉

Don’t forget to join us for our fun monthly challenge too. This month is all about Autumn and Christmas. You can enter HERE. I can’t wait to see what you create.

Until next time….Keep smiling!

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