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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.

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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

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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.

 

 

  • 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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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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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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Sugartree Stamps Mothers KN003 Digital Kit Mother’s Day Card

Have you seen the new digital stamps by Sugartree Stamps available only at the a2z Scrapbooking etsy store? Well, I’m using one for my card today and it’s just in time for Mothers’ Day, which is quickly approaching on Sunday, May 13th. Here’s my card

I started by printing out the Floral Border 2 image onto cardstock, using my inkjet printer. I sized it so that it would be the front panel of an A2 card. I added color with Copic markers. For the sentiment, I printed out the “Happy Mothers Day” stamp onto cardstock, again with my inkjet printer. I made two tags, using Stampin’ Up’s Ornate Tag Topper punch. I added the sentiment, matted with purple, to the green tag. I matted the entire card panel onto black cardstock make the card panel “pop”.

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Please join us in this month’s “Flower Power” 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 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.

 

 

 

 


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Sparkly Tags with Hero Arts

Aloha and happy Tuesday friends!  With the holidays right around the corner, I need to start making tags for my stash.  Today’s post is using the Hero Arts Nesting Tag Dies  and those scraps of glittery paper lying around.

Sparkly Tags with Hero Arts

For the sentiment I used a variety of Distress Oxide inks in Salty Ocean, Candied Apple, Wild Honey and Lucky Clover from the stamp set Hero Arts Christmas Messages.  The best part…the stamp set is on SALE!!  It has a variety of great sentiments for all your holiday needs.  The scalloped edge is from Lawn Fawn’s Valentine Border dies.

Sparkly Tags with Hero Arts

I hope you’ll join in on our fun Winter Challenge for a chance to win!  Mahalo for stopping by!!

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Please join us in this months “Winter” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking Supplies 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 NICKI15 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 Christmas Messages

Hero Arts Nesting Tag Dies

Distress Oxide inks: Salty Ocean, Candied Apple, Wild Honey and Lucky Clover

Lawn Fawn’s Valentine Border die

Hero Arts Holiday Houses


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Winter Holiday Houses Tags

We’ve changed things up for our monthly challenge here at a2z and our challenge winner for November’s challenge will win the digital kit of the month.  If our random winner is also using Hero Arts products, we will add a $20 gift card to the store!

I so enjoy using the tags I make for gift giving.  You can make them any size and not have to squeeze your writing into a limited space.  This is the largest tag of the Hero Arts Tag dies.  I darkened the roof with a dark red marker and added some other colors to the house.  I thought that even I, could doodle some pavement outside the house.   There’s enough room at the top of the tag to write the name of the person to whom you are giving your gift.

Hero Arts Holiday Houses

Hero Arts Holiday Houses

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Hope you’ll join in our monthly challenge so you can have a shot at the digital stamp of the month set. Remember you no longer have to use Hero Arts to participate in our monthly challenges, the winner is randomly drawn for the digi prize…and if you do use Hero Arts products on your project, you could win the digi set AND $20 to the store! The Design Team will also be choosing their top three favorite projects from the challenge each month and award them a cool TOP 3 blog badge.

 

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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.

 

 

 

  • Supplies:
  • Hero Arts Holiday Houses
  • Hero Arts Nesting Tag Dies D1197
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Silver Moondust
  • Hero Arts sentiment (wood block out of stock for a couple years)
  • Copic markers
  • Vagabond die cut machine
Hero Arts Tags


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Hero Arts Butterfly with Hero Arts Tags

When I saw Cindy’s card here, I knew I had to try it with just plain ol’ nesting dies, not that anything Hero Arts is plain.  But I just got my new Hero Arts stencil in and I couldn’t wait to try it out.  And you won’t believe what distress ink color I used – WILD HONEY.  I popped the orange tag up and put some sequins in.  Then I thought the tag hole was a bit big, so I copied another DT, Monica, with her neon  butterfly from August 12th. I added the smallest tags with a sentiment.

Here’s Cindy’s card of wonderful cups.  You can see those wonderful dies nesting below her cups in the first photo.

 

Here’s Monica’s card.

My results are below.  It’s a tag card   The sequins can move around to their heart’s desire.

 

Spiral Stencil

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Hero Arts CASE a Designer Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this months “CASE a Designer” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z 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 within the shop.

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts Tags
  • Hero Arts Spiral Stencil
  • Hero Arts Butterfly stamps (I had the matching dies and didn’t cut out the shape, however, I have used just the stamps in many other projects without die-cutting)
  • Hero Arts Neon Orange Ink
  • Hero Arts Ombre Light Ruby to Royal Red (Used the darkest color for the pops of dark red color on the orange body) – you could use any neon ink too
  • Old Hero Arts sentiment
  • Vagabond die cut machine
  • scrap papers

 

 


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Hero Arts Vintage Travel

I didn’t have any mojo for working on my journal for awhile and all of a sudden two pages came together for me. The first page uses a double sided paper, one a map and the other is black with light circles.  I printed out some ships from the Hero Arts Vintage Travel digital kit and adhered a group of three to the bottom of a pockent on one side.  The digital butterfly is beautiful when cut out.  A cut piece of card stock is tucked into the pocket and now has some nifty things in it for the next six months.

 

I adhered a larger ship on top of a glittery green HA tag die-cut.  I colored a bit of the land masses a light to mid green color.

You can see what I’m using as tags here with the tags pulled out.  Yes I’m using white ink to write on these.

I’ve put the new journal page on rings and have a lot of my notes in here for A7Z Scrapbooking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hero Arts Bright and Beautiful Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Bright & Beautiful” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z 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 within the shop.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hero Arts Tags and Destinations

I’ve always liked the Hero Arts Tags dies.  You can let your creative juices go.  If you’ve never seen the National parks in the U.S., you really should.  My family traveled in the summer to different natural places.  Memories of the colored pools and geysers in Yellowstone will last the rest of my life.  Incredible views and experiences.  I used some Oxide distress inks here with a sentiment and a couple Destination wood stamps.

Have fun creating.

Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Broken China oxide inks spritzed with water.  Hero Arts sentiment out of stock.

Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio and Broken China Oxide Inks spritzed with a homemade colored water.  Two very old cheap moon and clouds stamps were added.        Sentiment from an old Hero Arts stamp set.

Iced Spruce, Cracked Pistachio, Fired Brick and Fossilized Amber Oxide Inks were spritzed with water and an 1992 Stampin Up postmark added.  Buffalo colored with Copic marker W3 and trees colored with G03.  Sentiment from an old Hero Arts stamp set.

My samples are at A Bit of This and That.

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Please join us in this months “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a $25 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 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 within the shop.

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Purr CM131 Kitty cat card

Hero Arts Purr card

Hero Arts Purr tangled kitty card

Hi there!

Erica back on the blog today with a “purrfect” card for cat lovers. I think almost of us know at least one ‘crazy cat lady’, don’t we? I know several myself and I had the most amazing cat when I was a kid. He was such a big softie with a huge personality and I still miss him today, some 17 years after loosing him. He used to walk me to the school bus and wait for me when I got home. Almost all my school peers knew him from seeing him hanging around the bus stop and walking off with me. He really was so special and lovely. Pets have this amazing ability to take up so much space in your heart and still, there is always room for more, isn’t there? I can’t see myself ever not having a pet now, although I have had doggies since 2004.

Right, enough sentimental babbling now (although I could talk about my fur babies all day long) and let’s get down to crafting business!

I got the Hero Arts Purr stamp set out and decided to use my Zig markers for colouring these. Which meant also getting some Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock and MFT hybrid ink in Black Licorice out. This is my favourite combination when I use Zig markers as the card stock is smooth, the markers blend well and the ink doesn’t bleed.

As I always do when I have a new stamp set I stamped up almost all of the images and coloured away, happy as a kid in a candy store minus the sugar high! I didn’t have a card design in mind right away, I tend to wing it a lot and try different things before settling on an idea. It’s probably fair to say I’m a bit willy-nilly in my design process at times. Or most of the times actually. It’s is not very often that my finished card looks anything like what I meant it to at the beginning. I’m not sure this is a strength or a flaw.

Well, anyway, after I had coloured all my little kitty cats I used the coordinating frame cuts to cut them out. At this point I had a small herd of cats in different colours and shapes, they are all so cute but I picked out one that looks a bit mischievous as I had this idea to use sting on the card and make him look like he was all tussled up in it. The card came together relatively quickly after deciding this. A purple linen textured card base got chosen and I also picked out a Lawn Fawn plaid card stock (I used Lollipop ) which had a lot of purple in it to tie in the colour scheme.

To incorporate the string I also cut out a scalloped border and a hole in the middle using a Mama Elephant creative cut called All Prettied Up. To add some height and dimension to the card I used the same creative cuts to cut out some double sided foam and then I layered these directly onto each other. The string, which is just from a local shop where I live, has a little bit of silver in it which adds a nice little touch. I wrapped this around and around the scalloped edges and the hole to make a mess for my kitty to get tangled up in.

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The great, and also annoying thing about this double sided foam is that it sticks. And not alway to the thing you meant it to stick to.. or straight either… Luckily I managed to save this card before it was totally messed up but I have not always been so fortunate in the past. Well, nothing says handmade as a wonky card, eh?

Once the crisis was averted, I added the kitty to the middle of the tangled string mess with a bit of foam tape to make him look like he’s really wrapped up in it and hovering in the air. Which cat owner hasn’t found their cat hanging from either blinds, curtains or cables at least once, right??

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For the sentiment I used the one that says ‘you & me are purrfect together’ and I stamped this in black ink on a small white, stitched label that I had die cut using a Pretty Pink Posh die. You can find similar tag dies here . A small bow was added to the label before being adhered to the card to look like it is also tangled up in the string mess. The last touch I added was a few purple sequins in different sizes to the card base what shows through the die cut hole. They are almost perfectly colour matched to the card stock so it’s quite subtle but just enough to add some interest. I resisted the urge to add more sequins, which is no small feat as I love them! They are without a doubt my go-to embellishment.

Well, that’s it from me today but I hope I have inspired you to have some fun with this stamp set. It really is the cat’s pajamas and purrfect for cat lovers!

Erica

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Anything Goes Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z 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 Erica15 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 within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Color Layering Peacock Tags

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to play with the Color Layering Peacock stamp set. It’s just so pretty and you can see some beautiful work here on this blog this month with the stamp set. When I saw it, I couldn’t resist trying some foiling with the stamp.

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On this first tag, I used the single peacock feather stamp to make his tail. I stamped his body (just one stamp, not layered) in glue and added gold foil. Then I used rainbow foil on several feathers. The background is the Wallpaper Pattern cling stamp in the Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick. I didn’t heat or use water, just stamped with the ink. It’s a lot crisper than the Distress Inks and stamps beautifully.

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On the second tag, I used the matching Peacock Ink cubes to stamp the Peacock and then trimmed it out. On the tag itself, I painted with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise acrylic paint, let it dry, and then used glue to dab through the stencil. Once that dried, I added the foils. You need a glue that stays tacky after drying, like Duo, to use the foils. You just rub them on the sticky (but dry) glue. You won’t get perfect coverage or stamping/stenciling, but it is so pretty!

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Hope you join in our monthly card challenge, using Hero Arts and the theme Playing with Stencils…you could win $25 to the a2z store!

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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 Happy Thursday!

chark

If any of the supplies below are out of stock in the a2z store, just hit the custom order button and request it at no cost!

Peacock Stamps

Peacock Ink Cubes

Ranger Foil Sheets

Duo Adhesive

Chevron Stencil Pair