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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!

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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!

WHAT’S IT TAKE?

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)

Butterfly Fancy Caffeine Fix


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My Favorite Things – Butterfly Fancy

I know I’m doing things a little backwards, but it will all work out.  I’ve completed my cover for the Note/Thoughts/Artsy things I want or need to remember. I finished my first page on March 20th here.   I like the bright and cheeriness of the cover – makes me want to open it and see what else there might be.  I really only have one page finished, so I have a whole lot more to do.  It might be nice to make the back to keep the pages all neat and safe too   I am very pleased with the cover to “Arlene’s Notes”.   I like the way the new Ranger Oxide inks worked on this cover.  The cover is made out of chip board and coated with white acrylic paint as a base to work with.  I taped the stencil on at the bottom and inked away with a blender tool. I pulled the tape off and blended some more.  I printed the cup in light blue, but it was too light in color so I colored it with a copic marker.  A bright idea occurred to me to use hearts instead of lines for steam.

Butterfly Fancy Caffeine Fix

I opened the cover and caught a peek of the page I finished last month.

Close-up of cup with Wink of Stella

Supplies:

  • Hero Arts Die Butterfly Fancy
  • Hero Arts Digital Caffeine Fix
  • Hero Arts Stencil – crossing wave – may be out of stock
  • My Momenta dies – alphabet purchased at Hobby Lobby
  • Die-namics coffee cup
  • Copic marker B37 to color the cup
  • Distress Ink – Chipped Sapphire
  • Oxide Inks – Cracked Pistachio, Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, Brokern China and Faded Jeans in order of use from top to bottom of Note Cover
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Ranger Blender Tool
  • Vagabond

You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  If you need craft items that you don’t see in the store, don’t forget you can special order them here at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.  You can see this post at A Bit of This and That.

Free Shipping on Domestic Orders $50.00 or More.  Be sure to check out our sales/ retired section for 50%- and more off.


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Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy Die

Hello everyone!

It’s Donna here with a2z Scrapbooking to share with you another card.  This month’s challenge with a2z is “Getting to Know You.  If you would like to join in on the fun, you can link your project up here.   All you have to do is use any Hero Arts product which should be your favorite Hero Art Stamp Set, Ink, etc since this is “getting to know you” challenge and tell us why. 

Here is my card, I really had a hard time figuring out what was my favorite stamp set from Hero Arts.  I have so many sets and could not just pick one.  I am using the Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy die and the sentiment is from the Hero Arts stamp set Hello Gorgeous.  Why did I pick these two, I wanted to use this butterfly die and I wanted to do something different.  I decide to use the die as a mask for the backgound of my card. 

Here is how I put it together:

I die cut the butterfly in 80 lbs white cardstock, I used the die cut butterfly as a stencil and inked around it with Hero Arts Passion Flower.  I then used the butterfly that I used for masking and inked it up and used it for my card.  I die cut another butterfly from some solid cardstock and glued it on my card.  I added some adhesive in the middle of the butterfly and adhered it to my card. I added the sentiment with Hero Arts ink Grape Juice.  I used some Tsukineko Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz to give the card some shimmer and added some Hero Art Crystal Gemstones in the middle of the butterfly.   

Closer look at the butterfly….do you see the shimmer?

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 “Donna15” to receive 15% off of a $25.00 order.

a2z Scrapbooking has a Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages. Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any of the promotions!

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!

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Nesting Oval Dies Make Great Easter Eggs

Hi, friends, Chark here today and I’m sharing this Easter Birthday card I made with a digital stamp and the Nesting Oval Infinity Dies for the eggs. I have four of the Distress Oxide inks and I spent the whole day and part of the next playing with them.

First I used Squeezed Lemonade smooshed on the nonstick craft sheet and spritzed with water and dragged the card through it. Then I did the same technique using Mermaid Lagoon and a little Faded Jeans and cut a large oval. Then I added the sentiment in Faded Jeans oxide ink. They stamp beautifully too.

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I created the Easter eggs by laying the stencil down and then pressing the Oxide inks (Worn Lipstick and Faded Jeans) through the stencil with a makeup sponge. Then I spritzed with water while the stencil was still in place.

I removed the stencil and let them dry. Then I used the regular Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade and Cracked Pistachio to paint the white parts the stencil left. I just put the ink on the nonstick mat and used a wet brush to apply.

I cut them out with the smaller ovals in the Infinity Die set to seem egg-sized.

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Lastly, I printed the butterflies out and then dragged them through Oxide inks on the nonstick mat to color. I didn’t spritz them with water afterward like I did the eggs.

That’s it! I had fun making paper Easter Eggs for this card and trying out the Oxide inks with the regular Distress Inks…they play well together!

Hope you join in our new monthly challenge here.

Happy Sunday!

chark!

Nesting Oval Infinity Dies

Winged Friends Digi Stamps

Distress Inks (mermaid lagoon, squeezed lemonade, cracked pistachio)

Distress Oxide Inks (cracked pistachio, worn lipstick, faded jeans, fossilized amber)

Chevron Stencil Pair

Birthday Messages Clear Set

(you can special order any Hero Arts item that is sold out in the store at no extra cost, just click the custom order button)

HERO ARTS YOU MAKE ME SO HAPPY


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HERO ARTS, YOU MAKE ME SO HAPPY

Hero Arts, You Make me so happy! This is my statement today and it’s on my card too. You can’t image how happy I was with all your comments about my last card using one of the Hero Arts stencils with creative medium, but for me, and I think for you too, the most important thing is that all of us really enjoy and love the Hero Arts products and the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies! Based on this I got my inspiration to create today’s card. Take a look at my card:

HERO ARTS YOU MAKE ME SO HAPPY

This is a very clear and simple card. I used the Very Vanilla card stock for the base and the Glorious Petal Stencil from Hero Arts. I applied the ink with a brush to have soft look and obtain a delicate touch over the free areas of the stencil. I used two different tones of Distress Ink, the Blueprint Sketch for the center and the Seedless Preserves for the borders. On the middle part I mixed the colors.

HERO ARTS YOU MAKE ME SO HAPPY

Then I used Hero Arts Intense Black Ink to stamp the word happy from the Happy Stamp & Cut Set from Hero Arts directly over the same layer and also stamped the sentiment ‘you make me so’ in a separate piece of card stock with the same ink to finalize the card. I added some blue sequins from the Hero Arts Ombre Blue collection.

The process was very simple and card is very clear. You can explore this technique using different colors or creating this in series or simply changing the sentiments. a2z Scrapbooking Store has many options of stencils and stamps that you can combine and use to create your own version.

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.

a2z Scrapbooking has a Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages. Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any of the promotions!

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!

HERO ARTS YOU MAKE ME SO HAPPY

 


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Lovely Peacock

Hello lovely crafters! Monica here to share a card I made for the Stencil challenge.

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I started with stamping and die cutting the peacock image. I layed the stencil down and added some ink, then moved it slightly to ink with another color. To finish the card I stamped the sentiment, adhered my peacock, sequins and clear dots.

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!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!Monica Badge
Supplies:
Hero Arts- Color Layering Peacock and Dies, Spiral Petal Stencil, AF394 (Navy, Lemon Yellow, Deep Ocean, Emerald Green)
Distress Inks- Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron


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Hero Arts Caffeine Fix Digital Kit – Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hello everyone!

I am here playing along with the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  a2z Scrapbooking is one of the sponsors for the hop, among lots of other sponsors. a2z is giving away two prizes, which is a gift certificate for the store and the winner’s choice of a digital stamp set. If you have not figured it out, the theme is Spring and you need to use coffee, tea or cocoa image on your project. The hop will run from March 24-31.

On my card I am featuring the Hero Arts stamp digital kit called  “Caffeine Fix”.  This is a great set to have, it has many coffee, tea and cocoa images and lots of sentiments. On my card, I used the coffee cup image and resized them and put lots of cups on my card.  I colored each one with copic markers – B2, 4, 6, YG21, 03, 17, 67, Y17, 38, YR68, R81, 83, 85 and V20, 22, 25.  I wanted to use bright colors since the Coffee Lovers Hop is all about Spring.  I also wanted to use a stencil since the challenge this month with a2z is “Playing with Stencils”.   The stencil I used is called Confetti, which I sponged Hero Arts Soft Pool on the background.  The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Stamp Set Thank You Messages.

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 “Donna15” to receive 15% off of a $25.00 order.

a2z Scrapbooking has a Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages. Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any of the promotions!

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.

SECOND CHANCE TO WIN: 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!

Great news! The a2z Scrapbooking Design Team is hopping this week too. Here are their blogs for more coffee inspiration!

Angie

Arlene

Cindy

Ilina

Martha Lucia

 

 

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Waterlilies from the Color Layering Koi set

Hello crafty friends,

 

Today I made a tag featuring the Waterlilies from the Hero Arts Color Layering Koi stamp set.  At first I thought the flowers may be too small, but in the end it turned out just fine.

 

My process:

  • Trim white card stock into 3 1/4 by 5 1/5 in tag.  Use inking tool and sponge Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, and Milled Lavender to create a soft background.
  • Layer Hero Arts Delicate Petals Stencil on top of inked tag.  Spread thin layer of white embossing paste, remove stencil and let dry.
  • On white card stock, ink and stamp waterlilies, and lily pads.  Die cut using Hero Arts Color Layering Koi Frame Cuts.
  • Color flower center using Copic markers.
  • Stamp sentiment from same set on vellum strips using Jet Black StazOn ink.
  • Adhere waterlilies, lily pads, and sentiment on tag as shown.
  • Tie bow using strip of white soft tulle.

 

I think the embossed background provides a nice backdrop of the waterlilies.

There is still plenty time to play, pull out your favorite stencils and join in the March challenge – Playing With Stencils.  You could win a $25 gift card to the store.  Just remember to use some Hero Arts products such as stamps, stencil, die cut, digi stamps on your project.

For the month of March there is a second way to enter to win a $25 gift card to the store.  That is by comment on any of the March blog post.  One comment on each post, the more post you comment on the more chances to win.  

Remember when shopping at the a2z store, use my code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.  If you don’t find the item in the store, just click the blue Request Custom Order button on the left side bar.

Follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook and be the first to know about our special news and promotions.

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Supplies:

Hero Arts Color Layering Koi

Hero Arts Color Layering Koi Frame Cuts

Hero Arts Stencil – Delicate Petals

Hero Arts Ombre Ink – Light to Dark Purple, Pink and Red

Ranger Distress Ink – Broken China, Chipped Saphhire, Milled Lavender, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive

Copic Marker – Y15,Y17

White embossing powder

Clear embossing powder

StazOn Ink – Jet Black

White embossing paste


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Hero Arts Black Butterfly

It’s my day to share with you again… some more stenciled inspiration.    Our challenge this month is to use a stencil on your project.

The other day I saw a video by Ingrid Blackburn where she used embossing paste with a stencil, shook on some Colourbursts/Brusho’s and spritzed with water.  I have something called Pixie Powder which is similar to these with lots of mica powder in them.   I thought I’d give it a go.

It has produced such a pretty pale pastel background as I went lightly with the powders.  Did get a bit of seepage but it adds to the whole look.    I have used Hero Arts Swirl Stencil (currently out of stock but you can do a special order – check out the store HERE)

Once my panel had dried, I die cut it with a rectangle die from DieNamics (MFT) and layered onto black then onto a white base.  I die cut the Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy Die from black card.  The sentiment is from THIS Hero Arts stamp and die set.  (currently on sale in the A2Z store!)

Remember if you go shopping to 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 TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

Plus 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 here 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!

 

Supplies:
Stencil: Hero Arts Swirl Stencil
Stamp: Hello Stamp & Cut
Embossing Paste: Liquitex Light Modeling Paste
Dies: Rounded Rectangles by DieNamics
Pixie Powders: Cosmic Shimmer

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Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies Frame Cuts

Stenciling is this month’s challenge.  I made my own stencil here.

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The second page to my notebook (still not sure what I’m calling it) has a patterned base and two pockets.  On top of the top layer, I stamped different words and phrases over a homemade stenciled background, while on the base I used a couple of the images in my home made stencil   If you don’t have a stencil you want to use, you can make one to your liking by using your dies.   The first image is my page without the tabbed notes inserted in the pockets.  The top pocket is on tape.

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I added my tabbed notccards into the pockets so I know what I’ve worked on and ideas for the future.

Color Layering Butterfly Frame Cuts Dies

Color Layering Butterfly Frame Cuts Dies

Supplies:

  • Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies Frame Cuts dies
  • Hero Arts My Words (older word set)

 

 

You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  If you need craft items that you don’t see in the store, don’t forget you can special order them here at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.

Free Shipping on Domestic Orders $50.00 or More.  Be sure to check out our sales/ retired section for 50%- and more off.

2nd Chance to Win: During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! 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!

The inside is simple and I did photograph the inside on my blog.  You can catch me at A Bit of This and That.