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You’re truly…

Hello all! I’m here with another card for our anything goes challenge. Today I used the color layering Peacock set, but only used one layer of the image. Was hoping to show another possible way to use the set for those who may not like to do all the layers. Just because they are all there doesn’t mean you have to use them all! ūüėČ

you're truly

I started by stamping the top layer of the peacock multiple times in a diagonal and the trimmed the edges. Then I grabbed some Distress Oxide inks to ink the areas that would show under my panel and spritzed it with water. While that dried for a bit I  added some Wink of Stella to my peacocks. The sentiment is stamped and embossed on a scrap of black card stock that was trimmed down to a small strip. To add a little pizzazz to the strip I stamped and die cut a swirl from the set and added some Nuvo dots.

Here is a look at the shimmer on the peacocks!

you're truly shimmer

Thanks for stopping by as always! have a great day.

monicaa2zscrapbooking

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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 Monica15¬†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 Anything Goes Challenge

 

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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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Hello there!

Monica M here to share a card for this months Anything Goes Challenge. These challenges are always a fun favorite for those who love endless possibilities. I chose to use this fun layering parrot. Sad to say this was my first time using him, I just hate to admit it’s taken me this long to use him!

hello there parrot

I used my mini Misti to line up each layer for stamping. I love that face! I then trimmed down the stamped panel and added my sentiments. I loosely measured where the panel would set on the card front and stamped the three leaf images in the set with different shades of green. I used some fun foam to pop the panel up off the card before adding Nuvo drops for accents in a few places.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

monicaa2zscrapbooking

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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 insert your code here 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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Shark week- planner layout

Hello all, it’s Monica and today I’m sharing a planner layout I made for #SharkWeek. I don’t know how many of you use planners, but I love decorating mine before I add all of my to do’s for the week. I wanted to use the Killer Message ¬†for something other than card making and thought it would be a perfect for Shark Week next month!

shark week planner

I don’t usually plan this far in advance, but I couldn’t resist.

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I started by stamping the shells for a little decor behind the days of the week. I then found washi tape in the colors I wanted and stuck them down.

 

 

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Then I just stamped my images and sentiment to complete the layout. When I get closer to the week I will fill out my details and add my to do lists. Looks like I’ll be posting another A2Z post that Thursday! ūüėČ

 

 

As of writing this postI did notice the A2Z store is currently out of stock of Killer Messages. If you are interested in the images used you can always request a custom order on the A2Z site, by clicking the Request button on the left side of the shops screen.

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Please join us in this months “Take Shape” 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 monica15¬†to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you‚Äôre 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 – Killer Birthday

Hello everyone Monica here today with another shark card. ¬†I loved Kristina’s card with her beautifully blended background and I agree the sentiments with this set are great! I went with a little added dimension with my shark, water and clouds.

killer birthday

I used some distress oxide ink to color the middle layer of water. Then I used an old wave border punch on the distressed cardstock and vellum. The top layer of vellum is cut slightly larger than the cardstock, so that I could wrap the edges around to adhere in the back. I stamped my shark twice colored one layer gray and used an Exacto blade to cut the mouth out. Then only colored the mouth of the second shark.

I started putting the card together by adhering the fist layer of vellum wave and the shark layer with only the mouth. The top layer of waves and shark were adhered with foam tape. I added some die cut clouds to the sky to finish the card.

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It’s a little hard to see the depth in the card, but I think the 11 year old who will receive it will get a kick out of it. We hope he has a killer birthday!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

Please join us in this months “Take Shape” 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 monica15¬†to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you‚Äôre 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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Lovely Peacock

Hello lovely crafters! Monica here to share a card I made for the Stencil challenge.

peacock

I started with stamping and die cutting the peacock image. I layed the stencil down and added some ink, then moved it slightly to ink with another color. To finish the card I stamped the sentiment, adhered my peacock, sequins and clear dots.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!Monica Badge
Supplies:
Hero Arts- Color Layering Peacock and Dies, Spiral Petal Stencil, AF394 (Navy, Lemon Yellow, Deep Ocean, Emerald Green)
Distress Inks- Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron


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What’s the word, Bird?

Hello all, my card today is for the birds! ūüėČ I’m feeling a little springy lately with the change in weather here in central IL. Tuesday we hit 60, 3 inches of snow Wednesday and 60 again Saturday. The warmer weather inspired me with my card.

whats-the-word

First I stamped the bird and then lined the branch up with his foot. I wanted more a few more branches and then added the flowers and leaves. Added the sentiment at the bottom over lapped with some of the flowers. Once I had everything stamped I trimmed done the panel and adhered it to the cardbase with some pattern papers layered under it. Finished it with some sequins and Nuvo.

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Below is a closer look at my color layered bird. I attempted to make him look like a Robin… using caramel and soft brown for the first layer, soft granite for the second and black for the last layer.

whats-the-word-bird

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Supplies:

Hero Arts- CL866 Color Layering Bird, Caramel, Soft Brown, Soft Granite, Black, Cup O’Joe, Orange Soda, Butter Bar, and Forever Green

Misc- cardstock, pattern paper, Doodle Bug sequins, Nuvo drops


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Just for You Party Time Pup

Hi all, Angie here with another CAS card Рhoping to inspire you to join in the fun Clean and Simple CAS challenge at the a2zscrapbooking blog!  Just click HERE for the challenge link and remember to use one main Hero Arts product to be eligible to win the $25 gift certificate to the a2zscrapbooking store!

I used both Hero Arts Party Time by Lia (CL928) and Hero Arts Just for You by Lia (CL929) to stamp the sweet pup, the balloon and the hat on the card stock and also on a post-it note to fussy cut to make masks.  I covered the pup, balloon and hat then sponged on a few colors of Distress Inks, then splattered it with water.  I colored the images with Spectrum Noir markers, then stamped the sentiment and added Wink of Stella on the balloon and the hat for some shine!

Lastly I die cut the pup with a stitched circle, die cut a stitched circle frame in black and mounted that on fun foam and then to the card base.  I added a few rain drops from my stash.

Below are the products I used.

You can get a 15% discount on purchase of $25 (excluding shipping) if you use this code:  Angie15

Hero Arts CL928 Party Time by Lia

Hero Arts CL929 Just for You by Lia – out of stock but coming soon!

Hero Arts Midnight Mixed Layering Paper PS697

Hero Arts Snow Layering Paper PS610

Sponge Daubers – 3 pk with lids

Hero Arts Ultra Clean Stamp Cleaner NK202

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Cozy Foxes

Happy Sunday and Happy Superbowl!!

Now having that said, my card has nothing to do with Superbowl, okay if I push it, a tiny little bit may be!  LOL

 

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What does that has anything to do with football you ask? ¬†Well, DH and I could¬†cuddled up like the foxes to watch the game? ¬†(Insert laughter sound track here). ¬†ūüėÄ

My process:

  • Lay Hero Arts Long Leaves Stencil on white card stock and secure by masking tape. ¬†Use inking tool to apply distress ink Old Paper and Bundled Sage leaving an oval opening on¬†lower half of the card.
  • Move the stencil to the right by about half inch. ¬†Apply distress ink Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint. ¬†Remove stencil.
  • Stamp Hero Arts Sleeping Fox on scrap paper twice, closely trim.
  • Ink¬†Fox with distress ink Wild Honey and Vintage Photo, stamp on panel as shown. ¬†Mask with one fox stamped on scrap paper prepared in previous step.
  • Ink and stamp Fox with distress ink Vintage Photo and Barn Door as shown. ¬†Mask the second fox.
  • Stamp leaves branches and flowers from Hero Arts Garden Flowers by Lia under and above the foxes.
  • Add Stickles Orange Slice to flower center and small dots.
  • Remove masks, and use clear gel pen to highlight white spots on foxes.
  • Stamp sentiment from Hero Arts Love by Lia with black ink.
  • Trim card stock and mount on Charcoal Folded¬†Card.

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A2z carries many Hero Arts Layering Paper and Folded Cards.  They come in many pretty colours too!  Go take a look at the store Here.  Feel free to use promote code Cindy15 at check out to obtain 15% off any purchase of $25 or more (shipping not included) when you go shopping.

And I hope I’ve inspired you to enter this month’s challenge:¬† Masking. ¬†Find all the details here, and link up here.

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Cindy

Supplies:

Hero Arts Stamp Sleeping Fox

Hero Arts Stamp Love by Lia

Hero Arts Stencil Long Leaves

Hero Arts Stamp Garden Flowers by Lia

Hero Arts Charcoal Folded Card

Ranger Distress Ink (Barn Door, Vintage Photo, Wild Honey, Old Paper, Bundle Sage, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint)

Memento Dye Ink (Tuxedo Black)

 


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May 2015 Challenge

Hello everyone!!¬† Welcome to the month of Mayl!!¬† What is the saying, “April showers brings May flowers”, well I’ve seen some pretty flowers here in the city but not as much as we usually have this time of the year.¬† New York is still a bit on the cold side.¬† So, I hope May brings warmer weather.

Our new challenge is super duper easy this month!!  Our challenge this month is Anything Goes!!  Please be sure that your project contains at least ONE main HERO ART Product!   Have fun and create to your fancy!   This will be fun and interesting.  The possibilities are endless.

The Design Team has created some great inspiration pieces for you.  Take a look:

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Michele

Michele

Dawn

Dawn

Thanks for being my friend

Kymona

Amazing isn’t it!! ¬† I hope you love what you see and that it inspires you to join us this month.¬† You have the entire month to create a new project and enter it into Mr. Linky below.¬† By entering you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store–One lucky winner will be announced on the 7th of¬†June!!

Good Luck!

We can’t wait to see what you create!

Due to a family emergency, I haven’t been able to get the winners from our challenges put together yet.¬† I will have all of the winners from the March Challenge and the Blog Hop this weekend.¬† Sorry for the delay.¬† I hope all of you can understand.

Supplies used:

Martha

Hero Arts Flutterbies Printable/ Butterfly Digital Kit
Hero Arts Digital Cut File Feathers
Hero Arts Memories Black Dye Ink
Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush
The other products are from my personal stuff

Michele

Dawn

Spring Branch

Hero Arts Pattern Hearts and Flowers

Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch

Cherry Lynn Designs Fancy Flourish Die

Kymona
playful animals Decorative Dots Embossing Folder Feel Good Paper Pack Copic Markers Brights Candy DotsBasics Hodgepodge Clips Whisper White Baker's Twine

Thanks for stopping by!

Kymona