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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!





Martha Lucia



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Hero Arts CM124 Color Layering Fuchsia Thank You Card

Hi, it’s Sue here today with a new card. For this card, I used Hero Arts CM124 Color Layering Fuchsia stamp set. These Hero Arts color layering stamp sets are so easy to use, especially with a MISTI. I was hesitant to try them because I haven’t had the best results with other layering stamps. However, it’s really quite simple and the results are stunning – almost like I know what I’m doing!

Here’s my card

We’d love for you to join our Monthly Challenge, here at a2z Scrapbooking. Please be sure that a focal image makes use of a Hero Arts product. If you’re looking to add to your Hero Arts stash, check out the a2z Scrapbooking etsy store. When your cart exceeds $25, use my code sue15 for 15% off.



Hero Arts CM124 Color Layering Fuchsia

Hero Arts AF358 Libby’s Purple Garden ink cubes

Hero Arts AF355 Lucy’s Floral Favorites ink cubes

Of course, Hero Arts has created a specific ink cube collection, just for this stamp set – Hero Arts AF392 Fuchsia Layering ink cubes







Hello crafty friends, Martha Lucia with you! The spring is almost here but our challenge is not ending so I decided combine these two elements in one card for you today using Poetic Petals a Digital File from Hero Arts, maybe one of my favorites from the entire collection. Take a look at my card:


To create this card I used Cherry Cobbler card stock for the base and a decorated piece of paper for the second layer. I simply decorated this layer with a few loops of natural hemp twine that I finished with a tiny bow on the left side.

I printed the Blossom C from the Poetic Petals Digital File over whisper white card stock, colored it with Copic Markers and then fussy cut with my scissors. I cut an oval with a die cut and pasted the Blossom C over the left side of the oval. Then I stamped word by word a sentiment from the stamp set Celebrate Tag Stamp & Cut by Lia from Hero Arts using Hero Arts Intense Black Ink. Finally I pasted the decorated piece over the base using dimensionals and added some black heart sequins.


You can find Poetic Petals Digital File  and more digital files like this in the a2z scrapbooking store where you can enjoy 15% off with my discount code MARTHA15. If there’s ever something you want that you don’t see in store, use the custom order button. It’s easy, quick and you won’t pay more!

I hope you will join us in the challenge this month. You have until the end of the month to submit your project for a chance at a $25 Gift Card, and the theme of February is Any Shade of Red!!!

See you soon with more inspiration!



Hero Arts K6214 Artistic Dahlia Thank You Card

Hi – it’s Sue here with a new card for today. This card was created with the current challenge at a2z Scrapbooking in mind. The current challenge is


Won’t you join us for this challenge? Just remember, you need to feature a Hero Arts product on your card.

Here’s my card


I tried a “new to me” technique using alcohol inks on vellum. I started by adding red alcohol ink with a little blending solution randomly with an applicator onto vellum. The varying intensities of colour add some “cool” shading. I initally used the Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia stamp, white embossing powder on the reverse side of the vellum isn’t happy because the red colour seems quite muted. I was looking for a more vibrant red! So, I inked up another piece of vellum and heat embossed on top of the alcohol inked side of the vellum – much better. I fussy cut the flowers, removing the leaves. Here’s a close-up.


I cut some leaves freehand from a grey/green scrap of cardstock. I felt that the card needed a bit more dimension, so I used an embossing folder with vertical stripes for the background. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Color Layering Fuchsia stamp set.

The a2z Scrapbooking etsy store is a great place for you to purchase Hero Arts supplies. When your cart reaches $25, use my code Sue15 for 15% off.


Hero Arts K6214 Artistic Dahlia

Hero Arts CM124 Color Layering Fuchsia

red alcohol ink


white embossing powder




Hero Arts – Destination Paris

Hello everyone,

It’s Donna here and the challenge for this month is “Shades of Red”. You can link your project here. Please be sure that your project contains at least ONE main HERO ART Product as the focal element!

Here is my card, I am using the new stamp set “Oh La La”,  I used Hero Arts Crimson to stamp the words for the background of the card.  I stamp the little poodle from the “Oh La La” stamp set, fuzzy cut it out and colored it with copics.  I then stamp the Destination Paris stamp with Hero Arts Soft Sand and die cut it out with the Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity Dies.  I finished the card off by adding some of the new Hero Arts Ombre Blush Sequins.


Closer look at the Paris Imagedestination-paris-shades-of-red2

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 March 7th. Good luck and please come back again soon!

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One Layer Card With Hero Arts Color Layering Cardinal

Hello everyone… Helen is here. Today I am sharing a quick way to create CAS – One Layer Card.

Color Layering stamp sets are my favorite from Hero Arts. I often stretch the use of these stamp sets, like the Color Layering Cardinal stamp set. It is a Holiday stamp set, but I use this set for everyday card, such as thank you card.


I pair the Cardinal Color Layering stamp set with Thanks Stamp & Cut set to create this CAS – One Layer Thank You Card.

I stamped the all the image on a watercolor paper with archival ink pads and then I added some soft light blue to create a sky background. Then I decided to add some glitter with my glitter brush on all over the surface.

Check out the glitter and shiny on the card… don’t you love it? 🙂


Have you played along with the February Challenge? Our new challenge this month is “Any Shade of Red”! All you have to do is use any Hero Arts product on your project and use some shade/shades of red. By linking up you project here, you have chances to win the $25 gift certificate to the store.


a2z Scrapbooking store just added lots of new Hero Arts products! Check them all at the store and if you do not see something that you look for, you can put a custom order. And get extra 15% OFF by using this code: Helen15 for every $25 or more order!

I hope you all can enjoy a taste of Spring from my card today. THANK YOU so much for visiting today.



Hero Arts You’re So Lovely Coloured In with Copics

It’s Sue here with a new card.


I thought that I’d try something different. Instead of using ink and the stamps to create my card, I added additional colour using copic markers. It changed the look of the stamps and seemed to add a bit of dimension and shading to the images. I chose to cluster the blooms and leaves towards the top of the card and balance it out with the sentiment near the bottom of the card. I completed the cards with a few sequins to add a bit of shine and sparkle.

We’d love for you to join our challenge here at a2z Scrapbooking. Please be sure to use at least ONE main Hero Arts product as the focal element.


Need some Hero Arts products, come to the a2z Scrapbooking at Etsy shop. When you’re cart is over $25, use my code Sue15 for a 15% discount.


Hero Arts CL949 You’re So Lovely

Hero Arts CL943 Color Layering Bouquet

Hero Arts Tide Pool Shadow Ink

Hero Arts Lime Green Shadow Ink

Hero Arts Charcoal Shadow Ink

assorted Copic markers

assorted sequins



Hero Arts Ring Bold Prints + Thanks

Hi friends! Hope you are doing well and thanks for stopping by! Have you had time to join our challenge this month – ANYTHING GOES? If not, you can link up here!


Don’t forget, you can save 15% at our Etsy store by using the code: MicheleG15! Don’t hesitate to snag some new goodies to celebrate the new year! 😉 Don’t see what you are looking for? Just ask, they do special orders!

I embossed this super fun Hero Arts background stamp with Hero Arts white embossing powder on some miscellaneous watercolor paper – really – it was just in my stash from a kit I received a few months ago. I then sponged on 3 distress inks – Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, and Dusty Concord. I used the Distress Sprayer to add some water, let it sit for a bit then mopped up any excess with a dry paper towel.

I already had this THANKS die cut sponged and tipped with gold and I was bound and determined to put it to use! I embossed the additional sentiment on vellum from the Hero Arts Thanks stamp and cut set.




I recently purchased these 4 Tim Holtz dies; I cut one from cardstock and used it as a stencil to apply gold paint and texture paste mixed together. The corner piece is another one of the dies cut from vellum.

I finished it off with some black and white striped paper from my stash, gold glitter paper, a cute little pre-cut doily already colored in purple and layered it all up and mounted with fun foam.

Thanks for visiting, we can’t wait to see your creations!



Stamps: Hero Arts Rings Bold Prints, Thanks Stamp and Cut

Inks: Dusty Concord, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick distress ink, Versamark

Paper: gold glitter paper, misc. black/white striped paper, watercolor paper, vellum

Misc.: Hero Arts Black and White embossing powder, tiny attacher, washi tape (inside), gold paint, texture paste, Tim Holtz mixed media dies


Hero Arts Digital Kit: Clean and Simple Thank You Cards

Good morning everyone! Helen is here today would like to share with you some clean and simple thank you cards.

Beside Birthday Cards, Thank You cards are the most needed to be in my stash. There is always a need for thank you card. So creating a batch of cards, the Clean-and-Simple is my to-go style 🙂

I created these 4 Thank You cards with the Hero Arts Bright Blossoms Printable Digital Kit (PT003).

To create this card is very simple. Here are the steps that I did:

  1. Open the digital images on any software you have that can upen JPEG format.
  2. Resize the images to what you like. I did the images in between 3.5″ – 4″ wide.
  3. Print the images on White Cardstock. I arranged them to be fit in A2 size cards.
  4. Then Cut them out as you desire.
  5. Color them with any coloring medium. You need to let them dry completely if you want to use Watercolor paint, or any Alcohol Markers.

I printed the pictures a day before and let them dried over night. And I colored my cards with Watercolor paints, Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils, and ShinHan Alcohol Markers.

I added some splatters on the card with some Black Pearlescents paint.





For the sentiment, I stamped and heat-embossed the sentiments from Hero Arts Thanks – Stamp & Cuts set on the vellum paper strips and added them on the card by wrapping it around the white panel. Then I added the white panel on the black card base.

That’s my CAS cards today. I hope you all are inspired to create more handmade cards and send them out to spread the love and joy!


Do not forget you still have time to join our January Challenge – Anything Goes with Hero Arts stamps and dies! You can link up your projects here to enter to win the prize! Please read the challenge rules here so your project will be eligible to enter.

Check out a2z Scrapbooking stores for Hero Arts products, your crafting supplies and even SALE items. And get 15% OFF on your purchases of $25 or more (excluded shipping) by using this code: Helen15

THANK YOU so much for visiting me today and have fabulous day!


Hero Arts Acts of Kindness

Hi friends and Happy New Year! This month is an easy one – ANYTHING GOES; hope you’ll join our challenge for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate!

I made two super quick and easy Thank You cards; I still needed a few more for Christmas gifts but I’m ready to move on to bright and cheery colors!

Don’t forget, shop the Etsy store and save 15% using code: MicheleG15! Don’t see something you want/need/like? Just ask, they do special orders!

For one card, I stamped and embossed the little envelope with Hero
Arts white embossing powder, spritzed the paper and sprinkled on Lindy’s magicals, then spritzed some more – WOW, those are some vibrant colors. I dabbed them off a bit so they wouldn’t mix and become muddy.


Hero Arts Acts of Kindess


Hero Arts Acts of Kindness


Hero Arts Acts of Kindness


Hero Arts Acts of Kindness


Hero Arts Acts of Kindness


Hero Arts Acts of Kindness

The other card was sponged with distress inks, dripped on some water and once dry the envelopes were stamped 2nd generation in the same colors. For both cards, I used the Misti to stamp the sentiment multiple times in Hero Arts Intense Black.

Mounted to a scalloped square card base. I finished them off with the little envelope stamped on some Doodlebug designer paper, the heart was colored with copics and stitched to the water color panel.

Thanks for stopping by; we can wait to see your creations!



Stamps: Hero Arts Acts of Kindness

Papers: Strathmore Water Color, Doodlebug designer paper (little 3D envelope)

Ink: Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon distress Inks, Hero Arts Intense Black

Accessories: Lindy’s Stamp Gang, white gel pen, Copics, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Nestability Scalloped Square, MFT Stitched Square die