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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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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.

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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 Purr CM131 Kitty cat card

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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.

 

 

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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 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!

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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

 


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Anything Goes…a digital Valentine.

Can I still say Happy New Year?   It’s only the 6th and it’s my first post for 2017 – so Happy New Year!

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It’s also time to start thinking of those Valentine’s card as well…. today I have one to share that is made with a digital flower and sentiment.

 

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I used some Patterned Paper from a Grace Taylor pad to cover my card base.  I then printed the Pretty Blossoms Printable Digital Kit PT002 at 50% onto white card and coloured with Prismacolor Pencils and added some white gel pen dots.   I then printed the sentiment from Say it in Pieces DK030 set, before using an older Hero Arts die cut label to cut out a tag.   Added some metallic thread behind the flower.  How easy is that!  A2Z Scrapbooking has lots of Hero Arts Digital kits (see them all HERE)   Awesome for using on your projects.

Here’s a close up of the flower

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As usual if you are in need of any items from the a2z Scrapbooking store  you can use code Dawn15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. (before tax and shipping)  For every $50 spent on Hero Arts products we will send you a special gift! No special code needed. And don’t forget that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

Supplies:

Pretty Blossoms Printable Digital Kit PT002

Say it in Pieces DK030

Hero Arts Frame cut DI003 (No longer available)

Patterned Paper – Sherbert Sky by Grace Taylor

 

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CELEBRATE TAG WITH HERO ARTS


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CELEBRATE TAG WITH HERO ARTS

Hello crafty friends, Martha Lucia here to share with you a Celebrate tag with Hero Arts that I made to decorate a pre-made box that I found in a craft store. I usually buy these boxes to decorate them and package little presents.

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During these days  all of us are in crunch time with the holidays and gifts etc. If you are like me, these boxes are our salvation because we only need to use a few elements to create beautiful packages.

For this box I used a Celebrate Tag Stamp & Cut by Lia from Hero Arts. I cut the tag using metallic silver card stock and then I stamped the Celebrate sentiment with Versamark and Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder.

This beautiful tag doesn’t require a lot of decorations, so I just added a touch of color with a tiny bow that I made with green baker’s twine and pasted over a belt that I made to put around of the box.

You can find many sets like this –Stamp & Cut – in the a2z scrapbooking store where you can enjoy 15% off with my discount code MARTHA15. If there’s every something you want that you don’t see in store, use the custom order button.

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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Thank you for stopping by and see you in a few days. Happy New Year!

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Hero Arts Poinsettia & Happy Holly Days

SURPRISE…I have another tag for you, BUT I did step out and make something different this time – you know, to go along with the theme ‘ANYTHING BUT A CARD‘! 😀 Yay me!

Have you joined our challenge this month; we’d love to see your creations, you can link them up HERE. And don’t forget, you can receive 15% off your order of $25+ at our Etsy shop; just use code: MicheleG15! And if there is something not available, they do special orders, just ask!

So let’s go with the non-tag creation first! I stamped the huge Poinsettia stamp (looks like it might be out of stock, but the dies are available, just ask for a special order if you’d like the stamp) on some artist grade translucent shrink plastic in Hero Arts Intense Black; I knew that wasn’t going to dry for quite some, if at all, so I added some Hero Arts Sparkle embossing powder and hand cut the images after punching a hole in the shrink plastic. I used my heat gun to shrink the images and the embossing powder really made them sparkle. I wasn’t worried about them being perfectly flat, I like the dimension just as they are.

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Once cool, I painted on some Lindy’s magicals – the colors are really a hot pink and lime green but I barely added any water so the colors are a bit stronger and nope, I didn’t worry that they weren’t perfect, just wanted to have fun! I tied on some small jingle bells and silver twine to finish them off; they will be a perfect touch to a few of our Christmas gifts! I tied one on to a gift for our son’s girlfriend, just a cute little touch!

And yes, I created ANOTHER Hero Arts Happy Holly Days tag, I can’t help it, I am seriously in love with these images! I had bought a small gift set from Bath & Body Works for my personal trainer and kept it simple by adding the tag as the finishing touch.

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Above picture taken by my trainer; she LOVED her gift. 😀

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Thanks for stopping by; hope this holiday season allows you a bit of crafting time OR even some crafty treasures under the Christmas tree! Take care. hugs!

michele

Links supplied throughout the post or within the notes below.

Stamps: HA Wood Poinsettia, HA Happy Holly Days

Paper: Artist Grade Translucent Shrink Plastic, Hero Arts Snow White layering (tag), Bristol

Ink: Hero Arts Intense Black, VersaMark, Broken China

Accessories: silver twine, HA Sparkle embossing powder, Zig Clean Color Brushes, Lindy’s Magicals, winter snow stencil, Ranger texture paste, red/white twine, Copic

 


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Hero Arts Floral Heart Cookie List

Hello everyone,

 

Are you ready for Christmas/holiday season?   In many years past no matter how ready I think I am there’s always some last minute things that pop up or require my attention.  LOL.   So lately I’ve learn to take things easy and try not too hard to control everything.  However I do bake Christmas cookies every year (since many years), and when I give them away I’d like to include a little list or a tag to indicate what they are.  This year I’ve decided to use a non-holiday theme die cut to make that tag/list.

 

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My process:

  • Die cut floral hearts with red card stock using the cutting die from the Hero Arts Floral Heart Stamp and Cut set.
  • Use one of the die cut piece as guide/pattern, trace and fussy the backing using white card stock.
  • Stamp dotted line on white die cut pieces.
  • Cut half inch wide fishtail banners using white card stock.
  • Use gold gel pen and write sentiment on banners.
  • Stamp holly leaves from the Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag in Crush Olive and die cut.
  • Write cookie names on white backing pieces.
  • Score backing diagonally on left top corner.
  • Apply a tiny bit of glue on top of score line of white backing, place floral heart on top and glue together.
  • Glue fishtail banner on top of floral heart, add holly leave embellished with red art gem.
  • Use pierce tool and poke a hole on top left, thread gold color ribbon thru and tie.

Voila, it doesn’t take too long to make these and you could mass produced.  Also they could be used as place cards since they stand at an interesting angle!  🙂  Just write the person’s name on the banner, and leave the inside blank (or write a personal message).  You can still get the Floral Heart Stamp and Cut at the store.   Use code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.

There is still time to join in our December Challenge – Anything But a Card.  Click the “Current Monthly Challenge” button at the top bar to get details.

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Supplies:

Hero Arts Floral Heart Stamp and Cut

Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag

Hero Arts mid-tone shadow ink – Wet Cement

Gold gel pen

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OUT THE BOX WITH HERO ARTS VINTAGE WISHES

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:

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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.

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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!

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Tree Tag

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Hello friends! Monica here stopping in to share a little tag I made for our December challenge.

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I die cut my tree out of some scrap green paper I had  lying on my desk. I also used some scrap pieces of cardstock for the embellishments. Once everything was adhered to the tag I added some Nuvo for the accents.

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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! You can also chose to request a custom order if there is something you don’t see in the store.

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Supplies:

Hero Arts- Color Layering DI130

Nuvo drops