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Grateful Leaves

Hello all Monica here today to share a card I made for our layer challenge. I started by stamping my leaf with distress inks and and spritzing before I stamped on my watercolor paper. I repeated the steps with all three inks. Then using the same inks I used the same process with some ink blot stamp images.

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I then stamped the veins in versa mark so that I could emboss them in gold. I used the same method of embossing for my sentiment on the vellum piece. I layered the vellum on the panel, wrapped it with twine and added a bow.

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I adhered the panel to my card and added some sequins for a little more glitz! Just in case the gold embossing wasn’t enough. Below is another picture so you can see the embossing a little better.

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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!

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HeroArts- Coloring Layering Grateful leaves CL987

Gold embossing powder

Distress ink- brushed corduroy, carved pupkin, fossilized amber

Misc- twine, cardstock


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It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Autumn

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today and the leaves are turning here in Ohio and some are drifting to the ground. And, although that means raking, it’ll be quite some time before our trees are finished dropping those leaves. In the meantime, I’m thinking Thanksgiving, so I made a card to share with you today that’s all about fall.

IMG_8481 I used Peacock Feathers Distress Inks for the stamp, Carta Bella leaf paper and a watercolor (with Distress Inks) piece stamped with a tiny leaf from this Christmas Elf set. I love using stamps from one set for a whole different holiday…makes me feel like I’m getting my money’s worth!

laiHere’s a close-up. Can you see the faint leaves on the watercolor? I inked the stamp and then stamped off onto scrap paper so it was lighter when I stamped on the card. Subtle but festive.

IMG_8520I hope you’ll join in for the October All Things Fall challenge to try to win the $25 gift certificate. Break out your Hero Arts stamps and stencils and get to work! Link it up here by the end of the month to be entered.

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!

Happy Fall, Y’all!

chark

Happy Thanksgiving stamp

Elves by Lia stamp (click the contact the shop owner and request this one if it’s popular and out of stock)

Distress Inks (peacock feather, lemonade, broken china)

Carta Bella Fall Blessings paper

Twine by the Twinery

Gold Line stickers by Dazzles

Rust cardstock


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Dream Big….

Hi Everyone,

Happy to be here today to share a new card that I hope you’ll enjoy and one that I also hope will inspire you to join in our current FALL-Themed Challenge which started on October 1st.   It’s hard to believe we are already halfway through October, but the good news is that you still have plenty of time to play along.  Please be sure that your project includes at least ONE major HERO ARTS element and that you submit it to the Inlinkz Gallery, which you can link to directly from the my the right hand side bar.Dream Big

My card features one of my favorite new Stamp ‘n Cut Dies, called – Pierre Cut-Outs and is one of the super cute new designs by Lia.   You’ll also find a link to this sweet little Monkey shown in my Inlinkz product list.  I really love these combo sets and we have several varieties and styles all in the Store now, including some of the older sets which we already have on Sale, please be sure to stop by the SALE section for some great deals on those sets as well as some of Hero’s newly “Retired” products.

I also want to once again note that you can find us many of the most popular social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, all the links are shown below my post and on our sidebar.

If you are shopping, please feel free to use my DT Promo code LISAH15, whcih will save you 15% off any and ALL a2z Store Sales, (of $25 and up excluding shipping) in our ETSY Store! Happy Shopping and Happy Fall!!

Lisa A2z

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Here Kitty Kitty!!

Hi Everyone  – It’s Lisa here today and I have a fun little Hybrid card to share that was created to inspire you with a sneak peak to join our October Challenge, which is all about FALL!  You cn create any type of Fall Project you like, just be sure that it contains at lest one main HERO Arts Product to be eligible to win our monthly prize which is  $25 gift card to the a2z Scrapbooking  Store on Etsy.

If you are not familiar with the term Hybrid Cards, they are basically a card that contains both Digital and traditional card making elements.  I started this one using one of the Hero Arts Digital kits, that are Exclusively sold t the a2z Scrapbooking Store.  This kit if call Hero Arts Haunted Digital Set (DC018) and is shown and linked in my Supply list below.  I use Microsoft W[rd to create all my digital cards and  find it very easy.  I simply Insert the “images” onto a blank page and then edit the sizes and such until I have a design I am happy with.l  Once I have that done, I printed it directly onto what will be my card front.  For this card I printed it onto a piece of Hero layering Paper as well as another layer that was created/printed from another Hero Arts Paper set, (see my supply ist below for the name and link).r.  I then cut it to the size I wanted and layered it onto two other matching pieces of Layering paper.  I added Hero Arts Gems to create my Kitty’s eyes and used a Wink of Stella Clear Marker to add sprinkle to the little Pumpkin as well as the Kitty’s eyes.

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This style of card is very fun and easy to create and can easily be duplicated and printed to make a lot of cards super fast. You can also add i digital sentiments or even stamp on a sentiment from you Hero Arts stamp collection!

Before I go I want to remind you to enter your cards into the challenge no later than the 31st of October for this challenge and don’t forget our Current Challenge — Shaker Cards, which need to be submitted by September 30th!    And,  and as always, PLEASE be certain that you are including at least one main Hero Arts products.   We love to browse the Galley and are always excited to see the new entries.

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As always have fun creating and feel free to to visit us on any of the Social Media sites.  We are on Facebook,, Twitter and Instagram and love to have new followers!   Happy Creating and Have FUN!!  If you are heading to the store to shop, you may use my DT Promo code LISAH15, to save 25% off any orders of $25 and up (excluding shipping).  SImply enter the promo code during the check out process and the 15% will automatically be deducted.   Looking fo a Hero Products you an’t find in the store…then PLEASE ask us about it or place a CUSTOM order. Ne items are added back to stock every week and we can always order something special for you!!  We will be happy to do that at any time, as long as the product is still available from Hero Arts.  Thanks for visiting and come by anytime!!

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Hello Sunshine

Hi everyone ~ It’s Barb here sharing a card I created using Perfect Pearts to add shimmer to my card. Generally, I prefer a CAS card…the more white space, the better for me. But, I couldn’t resist jazzing up my card with a fall themed flower and some sparkle. Here is my card:

 

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I started by stamping my flower, then inking it with distress inks and water. I spritzed it with Perfect Pearls mixed with water, and set it aside. I stamped the pattern with Hero Arts/Basic Gray Highline Ironwork background stamp in Butter Bar ink, and arranged the layout of my card. I also used my black gel pen to add texture to the center of the flower, and added some white thread to place behind it.

Here is a close-up of the flower:

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I hope my card inspires you to step outside your comfort zone and create a card for this month’s challenge. Our theme for this month is ‘Anything Goes’. You may enter up to five times to be eligible to win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store with each entry.

As always, you are welcome to use Coupon Code BARB15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store! Have a wonderful day ~

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Fall Flowers Make Me Happy

Hi, everyone, it’s Chark here today to showcase a card I made with the digital Poetic Petals set from Hero Arts. It comes with four blooms but I went with this sunny-looking flower. I colored it to look like a Black-Eyed Susan or a Coneflower.

I’m not a huge digital designer, but I find digi stamps to be easy. I just open the file and print the image I want on my laser jet printer and get coloring. Plus, they’re instant downloads, so you can create within minutes of purchase—no waiting on that mail carrier!

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I love text paper in projects, so I inked the edges from a stash I have and added it here.

I chose watercolor paper for the left panel and used the Hero Arts borders stencil and silver embossing paste. Then I used the Hero Arts Neon red ink pad to swipe over the dried embossing, directly onto the paper. The silver took on some of the pigment and is a soft red/copper now…which I really like. The neon ink soaked into the watercolor paper and became very rich-looking.

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For the flower, I used Distress Inks in Barn Door, Marigold, Mustard Seed and a bit of Lemonade. The flower stem is Shabby Shutters and the center is Vintage Photo. I used a lot of ink to make it more intense. I didn’t use any water to dilute or spread the ink. Then I fussy cut the flower and popped it up with dots. The ribbon is from a friend and the gemstones are from Hero Arts.

I love the richness of the colors for fall and I love the ease of the digi stamps. This stencil is a nice one too, because you can get a lot of different looks from one stencil.

Hope you’ll join in the Anything Goes challenge this month…don’t you love an open challenge like this? Makes me want to make something crazy! 🙂 If I do, I’ll make sure I post it here first!

Happy Sunday!

Chark

Hero Arts Borders Stencil

Hero Arts Neon Red Ink

Hero Arts Poetic Petals Digital Download

Studio 490 Embossing Paste in Silver

Distress Ink Pads (marigold, barn door, shabby shutters, lemonade, and mustard seed)

Watercolor Paper

Red Gemstones


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Leave It To Me

Good Morning, it’s Chark with the post today and the colors of the leaves here in Ohio are becoming lovely shades of red, orange and yellow. They inspired me to create some Thanksgiving or Harvest gift bags. I found some mini burlap bags at the Dollar Spot at Target and thought they would make great gift-giving bags for teachers or favors for family dinners. So I broke out the acrylic paints and my new Arrow Pattern stencil. Here are the easy steps if you want to make your own burlap gift bags.

IMG_33221. Insert paper into the bag to keep the paint from leaking through.

IMG_33252. Tape down the stencil with washi tape and make sure the bag is secured to the table too.

IMG_33293. Use a fat brush to push the paint into the stencil (don’t use brushstrokes) by pouncing the brush up and down. And use an older brush in case the burlap is rough on the bristles.

IMG_33344. Let dry.

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5. Then stamp on the bag (and over the dry paint) with Staz-On black ink. Use markers to color in the leaves. I used Autumn Leaves stamps to make the tags. I secured the Felt Leaves and ‘Happy Autumn’ cardstock with glue dots.

And, just so you know, the felt leaves are just $1.50 and come in a pack of twelve for your crafting needs. And the Autumn Leaves stamp set is just $8.00 right now, so you gotta pick these up asap! No, seriously, right now! Thanksgiving is coming! 🙂

IMG_3367I filled mine with clear plastic bags of mini candy bars. You can use these at a place setting or on a favor tray at your fall gathering.

These were so fun to make! I liked how they looked when I didn’t use too much paint and just picked certain areas of the stencil to fill in.

Hope this inspires you to make something fun and then enter it into our October Challenge–just use two Hero Arts stamps, two Hero Arts stencils or one of each on your project like I did.

And if you wanna be a part of the Design Team, you have three more days to try out for the team. Check out the details here!

Happy Friday!!

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Thanksgiving Blessings

Hi there! It’s Kathy here. I hope you’re week is going well!  Today I’m sharing a card that I have created using one of the new Hero Arts Thanksgiving/Fall stamp sets. I love pumpkins. Any time I see them, it puts me in an autumn mood. How about you?

Ok, on to the card. I stamped an older Hero Arts cloud background stamp with Pumpkin Pie mid-tone ink on kraft paper. You can also use a stencil for this. Then I used the greeting from the new Thankful for You set and stamped it over the clouds (also using the Pumpkin Pie mid-tone ink). It’s very subtle. The Hero Arts mid-tone inks are some of my very favorite inks. I then stamped the pumpkins and used distressed inks with an ink blending tool to add different colors and shading to them. I also used a distress marker to color in the patterned lines on the pumpkins and then used the Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to add a bit of shine.  After the pumpkins were done, I cut the grass using a Fiskars border punch and then I adhered the card together. I then stamped the “Thanksgiving Blessings” greeting on patterned paper and cut it into a banner shape. I added the banner to the card with foam squares, along with a few gems, and voila, it’s finished!

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We would love it if you played along with our monthly challenge.  Just click on the challenge link on the right. The theme this month is Autumn and Christmas and you have a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to the store.

Also, if you are interested in any of the products I used on my cards today, please see the InLinkz at the bottom of this post. When you click on them, you will be taken to the store and you can use the coupon code KATHY15 to get 15% off.

Have a great day and go buy some pumpkins! 🙂

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Please Use Your Napkin

Hey it’s Chark again with a post about being polite and using your napkin…well, okay, it’s really about making your own fall napkin rings. I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year, but when we do, I like to dress up the table without spending lots of cash. These napkin rings are made from paper towel tubes (you can get about four from one tube) and scraps of paper and ribbon I had. First up are my blingy napkin rings. I used black and ivory paper, black grosgrain ribbon and some thin gold string I had. I kept it from some packaging for another product. Do you do that too? Say, “oh, pretty,” and rescue it?

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I looovvvee these Fall Felt Flowers from Hero Arts. They are on sale in the store right now and they are just the perfect touch. You get a variety of colors and shapes in each package, so they’re versatile.

I made another version in more typical fall colors with natural-colored string and matte silver brads I received in a card kit. I bet you have a million brads you haven’t used yet—just like me. These felt leaves are great for that because they have a little hole for tying or attaching a brad. You can trim it off too, if you don’t need it.

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Here’s a last close-up of the leaves. And if you’re interested in getting your own felt leaves for place cards, napkin rings or making the perfect fall card (maybe a wreath of leaves?) head on over to store, while they are on sale for $1.50 for a pack of 12! Oh, and try some Stickles on the leaves if you’re looking for sparkle!

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Enter your own projects for the monthly challenge theme, Autumn & Christmas,and enter to win $25 to the store! If you want to buy your own, spend $25 at a2z and enter Chark15 to get 15% off your whole purchase!

Happy Fall, y’all!

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