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Hero Arts Hummingbird Twins

Hello there,

My Sentiment Focus inspired card measure 4 by 6 inches.  Why deviate from the usual A2 size card you ask, well just take a look and you will see.



The A2 card just won’t fit the two hummingbirds holding the banner.   That’s why.   Hehe!

My process:

  • Cut white card stock into 4 by 6 inches card base.
  • Lay Large Lotus Pattern stencil on card front, secure with washi tape and apply a light coat of Wild Honey using inking tool.
  • Die cut hummingbirds (Hero Arts Paper Layering Hummingbird Pair) twice using watercolor paper.
  • Paint hummingbirds with watercolors.  Let dry.  Use black marker to draw eyes and use white gel pen to add white of eye.
  • Apply Clear Wink of Stella to hummingbirds die cuts.
  • Stamp birthday banner (Hero Arts Papel Picado Banners) with Ombre Ink – Light to Dark Purple on white card stock.  Closely trim.
  • Adhere trimmed banner on purple glitter paper with glue.  Let dry, trim.
  • Adhere banner and hummingbird dies onto card base with foam adhesive as shown.

Here’s a close up so you could see the shimmers on the birds.



There is still plenty time to join in the fun and play our May challenge – Sentiment Focus.  Click the Current Monthly Challenge tab to get the details and link up.

The hummingbird dies are really cute, aren’t they?  Get your own at the a2z store, use my code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.  If you don’t find the item in the store, just click the blue Request Custom Order button on the left side bar.

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Hero Arts Paper Layering Cutting Die – Hummingbird Pair

Hero Arts Clear Stamp – Papel Picado Banners

Hero Arts Stencil – Large Lotus Pattern

Hero Arts Ombre Ink – Light to Dark Purple

Ranger Distress Ink  – Wild Honey

Daniel Smith Watercolor sheet Hero Arts Palette

Wing of Stella – Clear



Watercolor butterfiles

Hello everyone, Monica here to share my last card for the April Challenge. Use you favorite Hero Arts products. For this card I kept with my theme of the embossing powders, I can’t seem to get enough of the pearl and black glitter!

butterfly watercolor 2

I started by inking the butterfly stamp with some Tombow markers and spritzing with water before stamping. Once I had all the butterflies stamped I sprayed the card with more water to get the color to drip a little down the card. After the water was dry I used the layer of the butterfly to emboss in the pearl powder. Then I added the sentiment embossed with the black sparkle powder.

butterfly watercolor

I’m happy with how the card turned out even with the splatter of orange by the green!

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Hero Arts- CL867  (medium butterfly), CM136 (sentiment), PW118 and PW120

Misc- Watercolor paper, Tombow markers, Versa mark Ink


Hero Arts Sky Stencil Pair Birthday Cupcake


How are you enjoying the new year?  It’s the beginning of a brand new year, do you have any particular cards you’d want to make first?  I do, birthday cards.  One could never have too many birthday cards on hand right?

I used the Hero Arts Sky Stencil Pair on my card today.  The Star stencil for the background, and the Cloud stencil for the frosting of my cupcake.


My process:

  • Place Star stencil over white CS and secure; press clear embossing ink all over.  Remove stencil and heat emboss with Gold Glitter EP.
  • Place Cloud stencil over white CS and secure; spread embossing paste over, lift stencil and sprinkle Diamond Glitter powder over embossing paste.  Shake off excess, let dry.  Furbish using bone folder.  Trim closely.
  • Die cut cake stand (from Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Birthday set) using Gold Foil paper.  Stamp and cut candle from same set.
  • Die cup cake (coffee cup sleeve from Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag Frame Cut) using recycle coffee cup.
  • Stamp birthday day banner (from Happy Birthday Calendar) and trim banner with scissors.
  • Assemble and adhere all elements as shown, then onto yellow card base.



The Hero Arts Sky Stencil Pair is great for both background and focal point, don’t you think?  Get yours at the store today.  Use code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.

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Hero Arts Sky Stencil Pair

Hero Arts Amy’s Shades of Green Ink Cubes

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit – MH1216

Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag Frame Cuts

Hero Arts Stamp And Cut Birthday

Hero Arts Wooden Stamp – Happy Birthday Calendar

Memento Dye Ink – Tuxedo Black

Clear embossing powder



Sweet Birthday

Hello everybody, Monica here with a card for our July challenge of anything goes! It’s been really hot here in the mid west lately, so I thought an ice cream themed card would be perfect for the challenge. I’m looking forward to fall ( it’s my favorite time of year anyway)!

sweet birthday

I used the cute ice cream images to make my background and colored them in with copics. I die cut the circle out and added a piece of vellum behind it. I then stamped my sentiment on a smaller die cut circle and gave it color with ink blending, before adhering it to the center of the vellum opening.

Here is a closer look at an angle so you can slightly see some light peeking through the vellum.

sweet birthday close up

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) If you don’t see something you are looking for please use the request custom order button! 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!



Oh happy Day (CL931)– images

Mint Chip ink cubes (AF362)- Tide pool and Sea Glass

Color Layering Ice Cream (CL963)– sentiment


Monochromatic with Hero Arts Balloon Animal Birthday

Happy Aloha Friday friends!  Niki G. here trying out Jennifer McGuire’s fun technique using Hero Arts Balloon Animal Birthday .  When it comes to new techniques I always start with a small piece of scrap paper just to see if I can get the effect.


I started with those square pieces coated in Hero Arts Shadow ink Tide Pool, then stamped the confetti and dots in Versamark and heat set.  Then I used Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink for the sentiment and thought it came out kinda cool!


Then I went with the larger rectangle pieces and coated in Hero Arts Shadow ink in Pool and Stone Wash and repeated the process with the different balloon images and using the outline of the images inked in Unicorn pigment.

I was gonna make each panel on a different card and keep things simple, but then thought why not just throw them all on one card!  I thought the colors were perfect for a masculine card so I decided not to add any sparkle or bling.

I hope you’ll join us for our ANYTHING GOES challenge this month!  You’ll have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store!  Have a great day and an awesome weekend!!



Inlaid die cutting with Hero Arts Frame Cut

Hello hello,


June’s challenge theme here at a2z is “To Die For”, so I am trying different ways to use my cutting dies.  And I am inspired to use the Inlaid Die Cutting technique.  For my card today, I’ve also decorated the inside.







My process:

  • On a pink (with stripe) pattern paper same size as card base, use pencil to lightly mark where the three butterfly die should go.
  • Die cut three butterflies (from the Flower and Butterfly Frame Cut) using green pattern paper, put aside.
  • Die cut butterfly on left edge and right edge first, set the cut outs aside.  Secure corresponding green butterflies in place.
  • Die cut the center butterfly.  Secure the green pattern die cut in place.
  • Die cut with stitched rectangle.
  • Adhere all pieces to card front.
  • Stamps sentiment (from the Flower and Butterfly Frame Cut) and sequins (from the Stamp and Cut Congrats set) to card front.
  • Use clear glaze pen to highlight the stamped sequins.
  • Glue the pink butterfly cut out inside the card along the center fold.  Stamp the body of the butterfly from the Color Layering Butterfly set.
  • Stamp greeting inside card.

Hop over to my blog to see who inspired me and check out a second card I did using this technique.

I hope I’ve inspired you to join in the challenge, you could win a $25 gift card to the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies Store.

The Flower and Butterfly Frame Cut I used for this card is on sale right now for half price (reg. $15 sale $7.50).  Use code Cindy15 at check out to get 15% off your purchase $25 or over (shipping excluded).

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Hero Arts Flower and Butterfly Frame Cut

Hero Arts stamp and Cut Congrats set

Hero Arts Color Layering Butterfly set

Hero Arts Ombre Ink: Mint to Green

Memento Dye Ink: Tuxedo Black

Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages

My Favorite Things cutting die: Stitched Rec Stax



Happy Birthday stamp & cut


Hi everyone, Angie here – I hope you can join in the June “To Die For” challenge over at a2zscrapbooking!  Just remember to use one main Hero Arts product to be eligible to win the $25 gift certificate to the a2zscrapbooking store!

After inking card stock with ink/stencil and a stencil brush, I cut the word die from the top panel and again from dark brown fun foam.  I stacked the two dies, slightly off center and inlaid them into the cut on the top panel.  I mounted it all on a brown panel and then a white card base.  I stamped “birthday” from the set in brown ink.  Lastly, I added a little shimmer to the word die with a glitter pen and a few sequins.

Here’s a list of the supplies I used:

Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Cut set DC150 (Out of stock is on it’s way!)  You can also use Hero Arts Congrats Stamp and Cut set DC149 or Hero Arts Hello Stamp and Cut set DC151, Hero Arts Bold Floral Stencil SA067 (and if you’d like look here for lots of other stencils in stock, Hero Arts Summer Sky AF338 ink , Hero Arts Dark Brown Ink AF245, Hero Arts Ultra Clean Stamp Cleaner NK202.

Don’t forget to use the code Angie15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (excluding shipping.)  And remember if you need other supplies not in the store, you can special order them, just let a2zscrapbooking store know what you need and they can get it for you!

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Butterfly Pair from Hero Arts


Butterfly Pair from Hero Arts

Hello dear friends, Martha Lucia here to share with you a summer card that I made using the Butterfly Pair Stamp & Cut set from Hero Arts. A great combination of stamps and die cuts in one package! Take a look at my card:

Butterfly Pair from Hero Arts

To make this card I used one of the easiest and most classic techniques, masking. And I only used the big butterfly included on the stamp set and some of the sentiments because this set is really for all occasions.

  1. I cut the base using Whisper White card stock. The size is 4-1/4″x11″ with score in 5-1/2″.
  2. Then I cut the second layer using the same card stock. The size is 4-1/4″x5-1/2″
  3. Using one of the Stitched Hillside Borders of Lawn Fawn I cut the lower part of the second layer.
  4. I stamped the bigger butterfly over both pieces using the masking technique and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
  5. Then I colored each butterfly using different colors of Copic Markers.
  6. With the big die cut included on the Butterfly Pair Stamp & Cut Set I cut partially two of the butterflies to create dimension.
  7. Then I pasted both parts of the layers over the card base using zapdots or dimensionals.
  8. I stamped a message using a combination of words included on the Butterfly Pair Stamp & Cut Set.

Butterfly Pair from Hero Arts

Creating this card was very easy. And the colors are perfect for this summer!

I hope my project inspired you and that you come back with your project to participate in our To Die For Challenge. Remember that you can find all the materials that I used in this card in a2z Scrapbooking Supplies Storeand if for some reason you didn’t find what you are looking you have the possibility to make a special order. Don’t forget to use my code Martha15, to get your 15% off in your orders over $25 with out shipping and tax.

See you soon!



Hero Arts Layering Goldfish in Pink

Hello there,

I am back sharing a CAS one layer card today.




My process:

  • Ink the detail stamp of the larger fish from the Hero Arts Color Layering Goldfish set using the darkest shade of the Hero Arts Ombre Ink – Light to Dark Purple on white card base.
  • Ink the solid stamp of the matching fish using the Hero Arts Ombre Ink – Pink to Red.
  • Stamp the head detail with Memento Dye Ink – Tuxedo Black.
  • Mask fish.  Use a scallope border scrap, place it at half inch interval and sponge Ranger Distress Ink – Broken China and Chipped Sapphire alternately to create the waves.
  • Stamp bubble in Chipped Sapphire.
  • Stamp sentiment once in Broken China, then in Chipped Sapphire a little offset to create shadow.
  • Use a black glaze pen to intensify the fish eye.
  • Add Stickles – Diamond onto the fish body and Sprinkled Sugar on the bubbles.

a2z’s May challenge theme is CAS.  Just click the Current Montly Challenge tab on top of the page or this link to get all the details.  Not sure about the rules?  No problem, click the Challenge Rules tab or this link.   You like the supplies I used on my card, they are available in the store.  Use code Cindy15 at check out to obtain15% off your purchase of $25 or more (excluding shipping).

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Hero Arts Color Layering Goldfish

Hero Arts Ombre Ink – Light to Dark Purple

Hero Arts Ombre Ink – Pink to Red

Hero Arts Clear Stamp – Say It All

Ranger Distress Ink – Broken China, Chipped Sapphire

Memento Dye Ink – Tuxedo Black

Ranger Stickles – Diamond, Sprinkled Sugar


Use those dies!

Aloha friends and happy Saturday!  I hope your weekend is off to a great start!!  Today I wanted to show off the Balloon Animal Birthday Frame Cuts by itself for a fun birthday card.


I took the single balloon die and cut 13 balloons on white cardstock and colored them up using a sponge dauber (concentrating more color on the left side) and Hero Arts Bold Hybrid inks in Strawberry, Tangerine, Dandelion, Green AppleSummer Sky, and Orchid.


I laid the colored balloons out on some pattern paper to make sure they were exactly where I wanted them, then used some washi to pick them up, add glue to the backside and lay them back down.


Once the balloons were adhered, I used Kelly’s Outline Letters to create my sentiment and added some hand drawn strings.


I traced the letters with a black marker for a bolder look, then mounted the card front to my cardbase.

Thanks so much for stopping by and don’t forget to join our latest monthly challenge HERE.