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Hero Arts Large Hydrangea in a Mug

Coffee Lovers Bloghop

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today for the last day in the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I hope you’ll join in and link your coffee/tea/cocoa project over at the hop to try to win one of several great prizes, including $25 to the a2z Scrapbooking store!


Today I used my absolute favorite flower stamp right now, the Hero Arts Large Hydrangea Wood Stamp. I have two hydrangea bushes at my house and love when they bloom. One bloom fills the vase and that was my inspiration for this card.

I heat embossed the stamp in white and then used Twinkling H2O paints to paint the flower and leaves, love that these paints leave a little shimmer. I added some dark centers with a Zig Clean Color Violet Marker and added some water. I used a cocoa mug die from Gina Marie (that I won last hop!) to use as a vase and slid my trimmed hydrangea into the cup. Then I stamped on the greeting and added some shading to the coffee cup with a paintbrush and Mermaid Lagoon distress ink.


I used the Nesting Oval Infinity Dies from Hero Arts to cut out a large oval to frame the flower and cup. The frame was smooshed (learned from Jennifer McGuire) with Distress Inks before cutting. I also used some pinks to smoosh more paper and then die cut little Easter eggs from the same Infinity Oval Dies.

The Nesting Dies are so versatile and you get a million for $24.95. Okay, not a million, but 18 ovals and that’s a great deal! There are also other shapes of nesting infinity dies and we have the 10 Heart set on sale right now in the store…but there’s only one available, so if you’re thinking about, jump over here to get it first!

Of course, I had to break out some glitter and I went with Pink Stickles for the little eggs.

That’s it for me today, but don’t forget, we have 3 Ways to Win $25 to the a2z Scrapbooking store this month!

  1. You can enter a card at the Spring Coffee Hop and link it up and hope your name gets chosen by Amy and her crew.
  2. You can create a card with your Hero Arts products AND the theme “Playing with Stencils” and link it up here by midnight tonight.
  3. You can comment this month on March a2z Scrapbooking blog posts (including this one) for the random draw to be announced April 7. You can get 31 chances to enter! Comment by tonight at midnight!

Good Luck, my Crafty Friends!


Large Hydrangea Wood Stamp

White Embossing Powder

Heat Gun

Hero Arts Birthday Messages Clear (currently sold out, but just go to the store and custom order it at no extra charge)

Nesting Oval Infinity Dies

Gina Marie Reindeer Cocoa Die

Twinkling H2O Watercolors (purples/blues/greens)

Zig Clean Color Real Brush (Persian blue)

Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Mermaid Lagoon)

Stickles (Glam Pink)






Happy Birthday

Hello and happy almost end of February! I can’t believe it’s almost over already, but then I’m ready for spring. This card was made for a co-worker of mine. For about two weeks I she just kept saying ” OMG y’all, I’m going to be 24 on my birthday! I’m getting old…” (She’s the youngest in the office, so we gave her a hard time.) I used the sentiment “OMG you are so old” on the inside. Must be nice to just be turning 24… 😉


I stamped three of the images multiple times on the card and colored them with copics. Added my sentiment under the images and then used some stickles on the flames. This card is pretty quick and would be great to make a set to have on hand or to give as a gift.


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!

Black Ink
Heavy cardstock



Hello crafty friends, Martha Lucia here to share with you a Celebrate tag with Hero Arts that I made to decorate a pre-made box that I found in a craft store. I usually buy these boxes to decorate them and package little presents.


During these days  all of us are in crunch time with the holidays and gifts etc. If you are like me, these boxes are our salvation because we only need to use a few elements to create beautiful packages.

For this box I used a Celebrate Tag Stamp & Cut by Lia from Hero Arts. I cut the tag using metallic silver card stock and then I stamped the Celebrate sentiment with Versamark and Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder.

This beautiful tag doesn’t require a lot of decorations, so I just added a touch of color with a tiny bow that I made with green baker’s twine and pasted over a belt that I made to put around of the box.

You can find many sets like this –Stamp & Cut – in the a2z scrapbooking store where you can enjoy 15% off with my discount code MARTHA15. If there’s every something you want that you don’t see in store, use the custom order button.

I hope you too will join us in the challenge this month. You have until month end to submit your project for a chance at a $25 Gift Card.

a2z monthly challenge

You can find this stamp set on all holiday sets in the a2z scrapbooking store where you can enjoy 15% off with my discount code MARTHA15
Vintage Wishes and all the holiday stamps are selling out fast & wont be re-ordered until next year, so get it while they last! If there’s every something you want that you don’t see in store, use the custom order button.

a2z scrapbooking store

Thank you for stopping by and see you in a few days. Happy New Year!



Make cupcake with Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tags

Hello everyone,



How about a coffee cup cake?  Hehe.. that would be nice!  I used Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag clear stamp set and the matching frame cut to create a cup cake on a tag.  Let’s see it.


Here’s a close up:


Doesn’t the frosting look yummy?! 🙂

My process:

  • Trim white card stock into tag.  Stamp Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkles Bold Print with clear embossing ink.  Let dry.  Sponge Broken China all over tag, concentrate on edges.
  • On white card stock stamp the cup from Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag set with Broken China.  Use the coffee sleeve die from Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag Frame Cut and die cut the cup cake portion.  Distress with Broken China and Milled Lavender.
  • Stamp the foam from Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag set with Hero Arts mid-tone shadow ink Butter Bar on white card stock.  Die cut using the matching frame cut, use scissors and trim the cup (bottom) part.  Sponge and distress with Squeezed Lemonade.  Add clear Wink of Stella.
  • Stamp greetings using both Coffee Cup Tag set and Many Birthday Messages set with Tuxedo Black on tag.
  • Assemble and adhere cup cake to tag.  Add small die cut embellishments, thread and tie twine.

Check out the supplies I used in the store, if you don’t see it just click the Request Custom Order button on the left sidebar.  Use code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.

Remember to come back tomorrow to check out the projects my teammates and I created for the 2016 Fall Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop.  And there will be giveaway too!!

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Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkles Bold Print

Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag Frame Cut

Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag Clear Stamp

Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages Clear Stamp

Hero Arts mid-tone shadow ink – Butter Bar

Ranger Distress Ink – Broken China, Milled Lavender, Squeezed Lemonade

Memento Dye Ink – Tuxedo Black

Wink of Stella – Clear

Pretty Pink Posh cutting die – Stitched Labels 1



Hero Arts You’re So Lovely – Tag Challenge

Hello everyone,

It’s Donna here with the new challenge “Make It A Tag”!  Doesn’t that sound like fun!  I can’t remember ever making a tag on a card and this is fun….I hope you will join in on the fun challenge.  You have to use at least one Hero Arts image on your card.  You can add your project to the inlinkz  here.

I am using the Hero Arts You’re So Lovely stamp set.  The tag is the new Hero Arts Nesting Tag Dies.  I die cut the second tag out of white card stock, then backed it with black card stock.  I stamped two of the large flowers and one small one on my tag using the Hero Arts Raspberry Jam ink.  Oh my, how I love this color!  I then stamped the leaves using Hero Arts Pine and Moss inks.  I stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts black ink.  To finish the tag off I added some black splattered ink and rhinestones.  

Here is my take on the card.  

a2z_Sept 2016_You're So Lovly

If you like any of the products I used on my card, please stop over at the a2z Scrapbooking Esty store. You can also use the code “Donna15” to receive 15% off of a $25.00 order.

I hope I have inspired you to join the challenge this month! You will have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store! Good luck and please come back again soon!



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Happy Masking

I used a die-cut to mask off the white space on the front of my card.  Sponging the white card front with Distress Inks, Ground Espresso first, followed by Carved Pumpkin with a sponging of Broken China on top created this eye-catching frame.  I stamped a sentiment and now I have a birthday card for my son.

A2Z Happy BDay Feb 2016

I took the die-cut I used to cover the front of the card and moved it to the inside where I think it’s a surprise for the recipient.

A2Z Happy BDay inside Feb 2016


  • Hero Arts Enjoy Today clear set CL759 (front of card)
  • Hero Arts Happy Birthday to You wood stamp F6068 (stamp on die-cut)
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Katie Label Accordion Card die
  • Ground Espresso, Carved Pumpkin and Broken China
  • Cuttlebug

You can check out my blog at A Bit of This and That

You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  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!

Hope you’ll join in our February challenge of Masking with your Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils. And, if you need some new supplies, don’t forget to shop at a2z Scrapbooking..  Happy Holidays to you and yours from Arlene at A Bit of This and That.

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I’ll Take the Glittery Piece of Cake

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to share a glittery birthday cake card. I used a digi image and didn’t change the color, just printed it in black and then added colored Stickles for the icing and candles without coloring.

The background was created with the Dylusion Ink Sprays on watercolor paper. I love how the ink just soaked in and didn’t bleed too much on this paper. It looks pretty festive to me.


I painted the happy die cut with the same spray and when it adhered a little wonky, I left it alone, because it looks happy to me. I didn’t want to stamp on the front, so it says Birthday inside.


Here’s a little closer look at the glittery goodness.

Hope you’ll participate in our January challenge — Fireworks (Use a lot of Glitter and Bling)  (Hero Arts Products Required!)   This challenge runs though the end the month.   You have a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to the a2z Scrapbooking Store.

Happy Sunday!



Special Birthday Digital Stamps

Stamp and Cut Happy

Dylusions Spray Inks (Funky Fuchsia, Fresh Lime, Lemon Zest, London Blue)

Lawn Fawn Rectangle Stitched Die 

Watercolor paper

Stickles Glitter Glue (Crushed Pineapple, Firefly, Glam Pink)


Birthday flowers

Dawn here today.  Are you, like me, over doing Christmas cards?  I was really pleased to have a birthday card to make for a friend who’s birthday is later this month…..  A nice change from Christmas.


This month’s challenge theme is about adding dimension – so I’ve incorporated some dimension into my card.  I added some dry embossing with a folder and a Tim Holtz diffuser to leave the centre un-emmbossed.  I then stamped the flowers with a Memento Ink and used some Abandoned Coral distress ink to paint the colour in using an old Wink of Stella pen filled with water…. still gives a lot of glimmer to the flowers


I fussy cut the flowers and leaves (painted with Twisted Citron distress ink)   and used Dimensional 3M tape to pop up a couple of the flowers.  The sentiment is from an older Hero Arts set which underwent some stamp surgery to separate the woods.


CL 864 Color Layering Happy Days Flowers

CL738 Messages with Flourish

Cuttlebug embossing folder

Tim Holtz Diffuser

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Inchie shakers


Happy Monday and Happy Labour Day!!

Today I have a fun card to share, an inchie shaker card!  It is also for my youngest’s birthday.  He turned 17 yesterday!!

Alright let’s take a look:



My process:

  • Ink Hero Arts Birthday Blackboard with distress ink (Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, and Ripe Persimmon) in ombre fashion.  Mist with water and stamp on water colour paper.  Let dry.
  • Trim and cut the stamp images into 12 inchies.
  • On a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch card stock, measure and mark where the inches are going to be.  Cut out three sqaures for the shaker elements.
  • On aother same size card stock glue the corresponding inchie (for the background of the shakers).  Add foam adhesive around, fill and cover with acetate pieces.
  • Add foam adhesive all around, adhere the top panel (the one with the windows).  Adhere the rest of the inchies.
  • Add strips of musical note Washi tape as shown.

Here are a few close up of the shaker elements:





Shaker cards are lots of fun to make.  I hope I’ve given you another idea to try.  Come to play the September challenge with us.  You could win a $25 gift card to the store.  Although I used an older Hero Arts stamps, there’s lot of new stamps in the store.  Birthday and Christmas are great ocassions to make shaker cards for.  When you go shopping, feel free to use promote code Cindy15 to obtain 15% off any purchase of $25 or more (shipping not included) at the store.

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Hero Arts Birthday Blackboard

Hero Arts Acetate Notecards

Ranger Distress Ink (Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey)

Washi tape



Seeing Stars

Hi, crafty friends, it’s Chark here today to share my take on the August challenge to use embossing paste. I used one of my favorite stencils, Starry Night, to upcycle a CD case and CD envelope. We recently got a new computer and turns out, a lot of my CDs for software won’t work, everything is just downloaded now. Soooo, that means I have a lot of CDs and their cases for making art.

For this first project, I just dripped alcohol inks on the inside of the CD case lid after I used silver embossing paste on the outside of the lid with my stencil. My teen daughter still makes mix CDs for people (including me, with music she thinks I should be listening to), so this case would work great for a CD gift. I added a strip of silver glitter washi tape to the edge.


IMG_7493For my second CD packaging upcycle, I embossed silver stars again, this time on the acetate portion of the CD paper envelope. I painted the paper part with Dylusions blue paint, it’s so vibrant! Then I added a moon embossed in silver paste and then glittered with silver Stickles, the hello die cut from silver paper and a birthday greeting from another Hero Arts stamp set on silver paper. Inside, I filled it with a gift card wrapped in a mini doily and added sequin mix. It makes giving a gift card a little more festive than just tucking it in a birthday card.

IMG_7515IMG_7468I had fun playing with Hero Arts and embossing paste, hope you’ll join us at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies this month in our challenge. And don’t forget, you can join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!  If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets–you don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions. We recently gave away a gift certificate to the store on Facebook!

Happy August!

charkHero Arts Stars Pattern Stencil

Silver Embossing Paste

Alcohol Inks

Glitter Washi Tape

Dylusions paint

Hello Die and Stamp


Sequin Mix

Mini Doily