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Christmas Mice


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Hero Arts Happy Holidays Christmas Mice

I’d say these Christmas Mice were saying Happy Holidays to you.  I grabbed a piece of 6″ X 6″ paper and cut it down to fit on the A2 size card for a different look to a holiday card.  I had a “Happy Holidays” panel cut a bit short in my stash that I wanted to use, so this is how I arrived at the design.  Add two mice and a couple dots of Nuvo and we’re done.  This looks great in real life.

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A2Z Christmas Mice

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

Please join us in this month’s “holidays”, any holidays – Halloween, thanksgiving, Christmas particularly.” challenge. f

 

 

  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice stamps at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice dies
  • Hero Arts Happy Holidays die cut at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • 6″ X 6″ paper from Printery Collection (probably 5 or more years old)
  • Vagabond die cut machine
                • Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss – Ebony Black
Hero Arts Christmas Mice


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Hero Arts Christmas Mice All Through The House

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We must thank Kristina for the wonderful farewell graphic for our last challenge.  Be sure to visit the shop for big discounts.

Again, I’m using non-traditional colors to make a Christmas card.  I couldn’t help it, the “mice” made me do it!  In this case, it was one mouse, but I’m holding her responsible.  I cut the sentiment in two.  I know, I lose small stuff too, but I had to do it.  I think this is a fun card and I still think it’s cute after letting it sit overnight on my desk.  I don’t know if anyone else has to step back and look with new eyes at their creations, but sometimes I do.  I wasn’t sure if the tree scene would work.

Be sure to enter our challenge.  Remember, it is our last challenge forever.

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “holidays”, any holidays – Halloween, thanksgiving, Christmas particularly.” challenge.

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice stamps at A2Z
  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice dies
  • Gina Marie Designs Block Style Quilt Die #6
  • Scrap paper I had inked up with distress inks when I created my box of sponges so I could see the colors
  • Vagabond die cut machine


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National Coffee Day Bloghop & GIVEAWAY

 

Welcome to a2z Scrapbooking and Happy National Coffee Day!!  We are so happy to be part of the National Coffee Day Blog Hop orgainized by the amazing Amy Tsuruta.

Before we get to the fun, we have an announcement to make. If you are a regular blog ready you’ve already heard that a2z scrapbooking co-founder and store director Linda Crissman passed away earlier this month following a long fought battle with Behcets disease. That being said, our store will be closing and sadly our blog will as well.

So here’s what you need to know

  • Store will close October 31 or while inventory remains. Store closing sale starts today, All merchandise is at least 50% off regular retail. Now’s the time to stock up on inks, embossing powders, etc. If you have a stamp set you need a matching die for, grab it while they last! Digital Stamps are also marked down!
  • Final Blog Challenge will be October 1st and run through October 31st with a special prize(s) for winners.
  • Lastly THANK YOU for you support and patronage over all of these years!

Blog Hop & Giveaway

Now onto the coffee! We have several prize opportunities for you today!

  • One winner will be randomly chosen from the comments on this blog to win a $20 gift card to our store to be used during our store closing sale!
  • Another winner will be randomly chosen from the comments on EACH participating design team member blog (listed below) to win both of our coffee related digital stamp sets!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • You have until Oct 5th, 11:59pm EDT to comment.  Winners will be announced on Oct 7th.

 

Some of our design team members have created coffee projects today too! Check them out on their blogs:

Annie

Arlene

Cindy

Karen

LeeAnn

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

SeptPlease join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code a2z15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

 


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Hero Arts Poetic Petals for Autumn

I don’t know if you’re like me, but sometimes I’ll go through older cards and pull them apart, toss something I’m not happy with, and make a new card with part of an older card.   Whatever was on the front is long gone and I thought this would make a good Fall card.  I printed the petals out, colored this goodie here and decided to fussy cut the petal to put against the black and brown panel so the petals would pop.

Close-up below

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

Sept

 

Please join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Tiger Lily Closeup


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Hero Arts Tiger Lily For You

Arlene here.

I think I sponged Mustard Seed distress ink through the stencil on the entire background panel.  I had created this flower more than a year ago and knew I wanted to use it this month with my newly created lilies for this month.  I wanted a more CAS style card, but with the flower popping off the page.  I quite like the style which is entirely different from my other tiger lily cards this month.  My first card was posted on our A2Z September 1st post and the second card on the September 3rd post.

I think most stencils such as the Hero Arts Scrollwork stencil would work well with this flower.  It’s a simple design that can be repeated over and over again.

Tiger Lily 9-19-19

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I used a similar design and background on the card below September 1, 2018.

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

Sept

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! 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.

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts Tiger Lily at A2Z Scrapbooking Stamp and Die Set here
  • Hero Arts Tiger Lily Die-Cut at A2Z Scrapbooking here
  • Hero Arts Spiral Stencil at Hero Arts
  • Hero Arts stamp set Everyday Sayings – sentiment
  • Flower – unsure which Hero Arts inks I used
  • Vagabond die cut machine


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Poetic Petals is One of a Kind

I used a similar written background on a card here.   You can see that card right after my inspiration card below, however, I had printed everything right side up on that card.  You can see that I somehow copied the “Play in the Sunshine” and turned it upside down, not realizing it until I printed it.  I still saved it and I’m using it now.  I think the flower helps cover that part of the message enough that it won’t be noticeable when I give the card to a “one of a kind” friend.  That’s my reasoning, anyway, and I’m going to stick with it!

Come have some fun with us and enter the challenge of Anything Goes this month.  I’m at A Bit of This and That all the time!

Previous card on June 11, 2018 where I printed everything right side up and also printed the background above.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

SeptPlease join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code a2z15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

 

 

 

 

 

Tiger Lily


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Hero Arts Tiger Lily Appreciate What Is

I really like heat embossing the last layer on this tiger lily in white.  I know it’s not a natural look, but it’s quite riveting in real life.  The flower becomes the stunning focus on the card.  So happy to share this flower with you.  You can find me at A Bit of This and That.

Tiger Lily

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

SeptPlease join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! 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.

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts Tiger Lily at A2Z Scrapbooking Stamp and Die Set here
  • Hero Arts Tiger Lily Die-Cut at A2Z Scrapbooking here
  • Hero Arts Anytime sentiments – old set
  • Kat Scrappiness Background Die here
  • Distress inks Mermaid Lagoon & Blueprint Sketch
  • Hero Hues Unicorn pigment ink
  • JudiKins Embossing Powder Opaque White
  • Papers – Navy Blue scrap paper & distressed background in broken china to lighter colors
  • Vagabond die cut machine

 


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It’s a Birthday Bash Month

I think this is my favorite birthday card I made this month.  I had sponged all different colors of distress inks on 8″ X 18″ paper from 20 years ago so I could put all my sponges in one place and see the colors.  Using the paper here was definitely the best thing ever.  The colors are fun and summery.  I sent this card to my daughter-in-law as it’s a feminine cheery card.  I kept the images in black and white for balance.  I  hope you like it too. 

Be sure to use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Birthday” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! 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.

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts Digital BIrthday Bash – digital heart balloon & candles
  • Sentiment “Happy Birthday to you” is from my stash (I thought it was Sugartree Digital, but it’s unknown now)
  • Gina Marie Designs Block Style Quilt Die # 6
  • QuicKutz Nesting Scallop Squares
  • Distress Inks
  • Kat-Scrappiness White Snowflake Sprinkles
  • Vagabond die cut machine


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It’s a Birthday Bash This Month

This card seemed to flow from the colors.  I colored the cake in, set aside and looked for a stencil.  I think I used Tattered Rose distress ink to color in the stencil.  I believe I colored the cake in RV colors and used the same color for the flames as the “Happy” die-cut.  I know flames are usually yellow, but I just couldn’t use yellow here.  Using the cake as a backdrop, I die-cut “Birthday” in white.  The background makes this card feel and look so feminine.  This turned out better than I thought when I first started with its creation.

Close-up below

 

Be sure to use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Birthday” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! 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.

 

 

 


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Lots of Sparkle and Shine with Hero Arts Garden Fancy Die

Lots of sparkle and shine here.  The background is from shiny paper covered with Distress Inks with some sprinkles of water. I thought there was so much glitter and sparkle, that I didn’t want to add anything but a sentiment.  I sponged on several Distress inks on the card stock to make a more earthy card.

Close-up below:

On my last post of July 3rd, I showed you what I stored my Stickles in and now onward to how I store my Distress ink sponges.   Several months ago I was watching Els of Elizabeth Craft Designs do some sponging on die pieces and replayed the video to see what she used to hold the sponges.  I saw a plastic box and thought “that’s what I’m looking for!”  I checked out grocery store plastics for different baked goods and paper stores for plastic containers.  Finally, after picking up something at Michael’s I found a plastic box about 7 1/2 by 5 1/4 inches and an inch deep.  I figured I could fit 4 sponges across and 5 down for 20 on each side of the box.  Depending on how many distress inks you have, you may want something larger.  This seemed like a good size for me, one container for my distress inks (35) and one container for my Oxide inks.  I think if you could find a container 3/4 inches deep, that would work out really well too.

This container holds my distress oxide inks.  I labeled the names on the outside of the containers so I don’t have to guess.

 

 

Be sure to use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

July

Please join us in this month’s “Sparkle & Shine” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! 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.

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts Garden Fancy Die at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Stickles (reds, blues and greens)
  • Distress inks – multiple colors
  • Vagabond die cut machine