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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. 

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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

 

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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.

 

 

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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


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Hero Arts Sparkle and Shine Astral Digital

I wanted to add sparkle and shine to my card and celebrate the USA’s July 4th.  Unfortunately, you cannot see the Stickles smeared across the blue stripes of the larges star in this photo.  I may try to take another for all the sparkle.  The round dots are all Nuvo Midhnight Blue pops of shine..  I thought a bike would throw a bit of old fashioned fun into the mix.  The bike is cut from a Cola can, so the tin is very shiny.  I guess that this could be a cool masculine card, looking at the boy’s bike.

Have fun with our theme this month and let your creations sparkle and shine.

I’m finding it very difficult to photograph the sparkle on this star.  I added some Crystal stickles to the Blue for more sparkle and it really sparkles in real life, but doesn’t really show up here. 

I do have one additional photo and it’s my new storage solution for all (ALL) my stickles and some re-inkers.  You can fit 20 Stickles in this case and some re-inkers will fit double, just not my Distress re-inkers.  But I can fit 10 of those and can SEE them without picking them up one at a time.  Yeah for me.  I am in an organizing mood and on my next post, I’ll be showing you how I store my distress ink sponges.

Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more..  I am home at A Bit of This and That.

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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 Astral Digital Printable File only at A2Z Scrapbooking store
  • Little B Handwritten (celebrate)
  • Tessler Crafts dies (bicycle)
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Midnight Blue
  • Silver glittered tape
  • Vagabond die cut machine
  • Scrap paper
  • Crystal & Faded Jeans stickles
  • Pixiss Alcohol Ink Hard Plastic Storage Carrying Case Organizer


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Hero Arts Gingerbread House With Words of Love

I finished the other side of my scheduler and am sharing it today  The monthly theme is “Anything But A Card”.    I used the color Mood Board for February, but brought Xmas, houses, loops and trees together, some dissimilar items that seem to fit perfectly well on my scheduler.  I have a lot to keep track of.

Page with the insert peeking up listing my dates, themes & images below.

I used two digi kits, one stamp & die set and copic markers in grays and RV shades.  The Christmas tree and words (LOVE) are colored in grays and RV, a strange combination for a tree, but it works.

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a2z scrapbooking june challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Anything but a Card” 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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Hero Arts Digital Road Trip

I made a birthday card for a guy who is turning the big 50.  Highway 50 winds its way up to Placerville, CA (original name was Hang Town), Apple Hill area in CA and Reno, Nevada.  On the inside of the card, I wrote, it’s not just a NUMBER anymore.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking may challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “May Flowers” 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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Hero Arts Magnolia in Purple

While I was looking for magnolias on Pinterest, I saw some purple, YES Purple, magnolias.  Mine did not turn out quite like the ones I saw, but I’ll claim artistic license.  I ran some Washi tape diagonally  and added a sentiment.  Have fun with your flower entries for this month.

Close-up below

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a2z scrapbooking may challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “May Flowers” 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 Magnolia (wood or clear)
  • Hero Arts Magnolia die-cut at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Copic markers
  • Washi tape
  • Hero Arts sentiment (I put the stamp set away too soon and now I can’t find which set it is)
  • Vagabond die cut machine


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Guest Designer May 2019

Hello there,

We are very please to present our May Guest Designer, Ilina Grouse.   She is a former a2z DT and is currently on several design teams including Hero Arts.  I bet you’ve been inspired by her work just like I have.  Let’s hear from her and see what she created for us today.


Hi everyone,

I am honored to be a guest designer for A2ZScrapbooking this month. This month’s challenge is flowers, so I used the Color Layering TIger Lily set and dies, Peonies stamp set and the new Flower Garden Fancy dies.

To make my card I started by stamping the Tiger Lilies using Soft Pink, Bubble Gum and Raspberry Jam ink pads, next I die cut them using the coordinating dies. Set them aside.
Die cut the Flower Garden fancy die using Pitch Black card stock. Stamp sentiment from Peonies set in Versamark on Pitch Black card stock and emboss in white. Cut to size.
Assemble the elements onto top folding note card made from Pitch black card stock. Once done add pink Nuvo Drops to finish off the card.


Thank you so much for taking time to create for us Ilina.  This card is just amazing.  To see more of Ilina’s beautiful work, hop over to her blog: Creativity Within.  Or connect with her on Facebook.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking may challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “May Flowers” 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.

 

 

 

  • Color Layering TIger Lily set and dies
  • Peonies stamp set
  • Flower Garden Fancy dies


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April Fold Card With Sugartree Hug in a Mug

Arlene here and I have a little (not so little) plastic folder with images in different sizes so that I can use them in the future and they sometimes prompt my creative brain (not the one usually in use) to go with the flow.  This is exactly what happened here.  I cut out the cup and chose the color of cardstock, cut it and went on from there.  I thought I’d sweeten the cup with sugar and saw red yet again.  I searched my ribbon box and came up with that great red and green plaid and added the other ribbon to liven up the design.  I wasn’t sure about lining up the top tag, but went with it on a slight diagonal.  It is pretty awesome in real life.  Hoping this inspires you to get your fold on!

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Please join us in this month’s “Fun Folds” 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. 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 Hug in a Mug digital kit at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Sugartree Farmhouse at A2Z Scrapbooking (sugar bowl)
  • Hero Arts Words of Love at A2Z Scrapbooking (Happy Valentine’s Day sentiment)
  • The Stamp Doctor Spellbinders Side Step Card Die
  • Die-namics Stitched Tred Tag STAX
  • Hero Arts small tag die (very old and out of stock)
  • Red cardstock (5 1/2 X 8 1/2)
  • Copic markers R20, R27 & R29
  • Ribbons in my stash (red and green plaid and red ribbon with red stitching look )
  • Vagabond die cut machine


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April Has A Fold with Tree-Mendous Digital Kit and Gingerbread Houses

I don’t usually make fold cards, but I might start making more of them since I finally got the hang of how to line up the die with my paper and how to FOLD it.  I’m glad A2Z made me try.

I have to tell you it came out so much better than I imaged it.  How did that happen?  On with the show.

Close-up of my fold card

I think it was the monotone blue on this deep black background that made this so special.  I will be leaving this on my desk for awhile to remind me to try new things and be an inspiration.  You can see Arlene at A Bit of This and That.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking april challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Fun Folds” 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. 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 Gingerbread House Stamp and Cut at A2Z Scrapbooking (houses & sentiment)
  • Hero Arts Tree-Mendous Digital Kit at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • The Stamp Doctor Spellbinders Side step Card Die
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Igloo die – the post with the sentiment sticking up from the snow
  • Elizabeth Craft  Designs Adventure Edges – snowy hills
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs 4th of July – stars
  • Copic markers B0000, B21, B91 & B95
  • Vagabond die cut machine