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Hero Arts Happy Holidays Christmas Mice

I’d say these Christmas Mice were saying Happy Holidays to you.  I grabbed a piece of 6″ X 6″ paper and cut it down to fit on the A2 size card for a different look to a holiday card.  I had a “Happy Holidays” panel cut a bit short in my stash that I wanted to use, so this is how I arrived at the design.  Add two mice and a couple dots of Nuvo and we’re done.  This looks great in real life.

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A2Z Christmas Mice

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

Please join us in this month’s “holidays”, any holidays – Halloween, thanksgiving, Christmas particularly.” challenge. f

 

 

  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice stamps at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice dies
  • Hero Arts Happy Holidays die cut at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • 6″ X 6″ paper from Printery Collection (probably 5 or more years old)
  • Vagabond die cut machine
                • Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss – Ebony Black


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National Coffee Day Bloghop & GIVEAWAY

 

Welcome to a2z Scrapbooking and Happy National Coffee Day!!  We are so happy to be part of the National Coffee Day Blog Hop orgainized by the amazing Amy Tsuruta.

Before we get to the fun, we have an announcement to make. If you are a regular blog ready you’ve already heard that a2z scrapbooking co-founder and store director Linda Crissman passed away earlier this month following a long fought battle with Behcets disease. That being said, our store will be closing and sadly our blog will as well.

So here’s what you need to know

  • Store will close October 31 or while inventory remains. Store closing sale starts today, All merchandise is at least 50% off regular retail. Now’s the time to stock up on inks, embossing powders, etc. If you have a stamp set you need a matching die for, grab it while they last! Digital Stamps are also marked down!
  • Final Blog Challenge will be October 1st and run through October 31st with a special prize(s) for winners.
  • Lastly THANK YOU for you support and patronage over all of these years!

Blog Hop & Giveaway

Now onto the coffee! We have several prize opportunities for you today!

  • One winner will be randomly chosen from the comments on this blog to win a $20 gift card to our store to be used during our store closing sale!
  • Another winner will be randomly chosen from the comments on EACH participating design team member blog (listed below) to win both of our coffee related digital stamp sets!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • You have until Oct 5th, 11:59pm EDT to comment.  Winners will be announced on Oct 7th.

 

Some of our design team members have created coffee projects today too! Check them out on their blogs:

Annie

Arlene

Cindy

Karen

LeeAnn

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

SeptPlease join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” 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.

 

Tiger Lily Closeup


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Hero Arts Tiger Lily For You

Arlene here.

I think I sponged Mustard Seed distress ink through the stencil on the entire background panel.  I had created this flower more than a year ago and knew I wanted to use it this month with my newly created lilies for this month.  I wanted a more CAS style card, but with the flower popping off the page.  I quite like the style which is entirely different from my other tiger lily cards this month.  My first card was posted on our A2Z September 1st post and the second card on the September 3rd post.

I think most stencils such as the Hero Arts Scrollwork stencil would work well with this flower.  It’s a simple design that can be repeated over and over again.

Tiger Lily 9-19-19

Close-up belowTiger Lily Closeup

I used a similar design and background on the card below September 1, 2018.

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

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Please join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” 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

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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 Tiger Lily at A2Z Scrapbooking Stamp and Die Set here
  • Hero Arts Tiger Lily Die-Cut at A2Z Scrapbooking here
  • Hero Arts Spiral Stencil at Hero Arts
  • Hero Arts stamp set Everyday Sayings – sentiment
  • Flower – unsure which Hero Arts inks I used
  • Vagabond die cut machine


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Poetic Petals is One of a Kind

I used a similar written background on a card here.   You can see that card right after my inspiration card below, however, I had printed everything right side up on that card.  You can see that I somehow copied the “Play in the Sunshine” and turned it upside down, not realizing it until I printed it.  I still saved it and I’m using it now.  I think the flower helps cover that part of the message enough that it won’t be noticeable when I give the card to a “one of a kind” friend.  That’s my reasoning, anyway, and I’m going to stick with it!

Come have some fun with us and enter the challenge of Anything Goes this month.  I’m at A Bit of This and That all the time!

Previous card on June 11, 2018 where I printed everything right side up and also printed the background above.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

SeptPlease join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” 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.

 

 

 

 

 


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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 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 Yellow

I thought this yellow flower would be perfect for the month of May and just a nice way to say “hi” to a friend who might need a smile.  It’s bright and sunny which I feel should bring the sun to anyone.

The die cut piece on the left side of the flower reminds me of a vine growing up a trellis.  I hope you like this little creation.

Close-up below

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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.

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts Magnolia
  • Hero Arts Magnolia die cut at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Copic markers Y00, Y02, Y04, Y19, YG00, YG03, YG05 & YG09
  • The Stamp Doctor Spellbinders Side Step Card Die
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs sentiment (Smile)
  • Leafy die unknown
  • Vagabond die cut machine


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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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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.

 

 

 

  • 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


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Hero Arts Kitchen Silhouettes Welcome Home

Hello everyone,

I actually don’t have any scientific proof on this, but I truly believe the kitchen is the heart of a home.  So for my ‘Welcome Home’ card I chose to use the Kitchen Silhouettes Digi Kit.

 

To create this card, I printed the “background reverse” on white card stock multiple times and trimmed a 4 1/4 by 5 inch panel, then colored it with coloring pencils.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on a vellum band and wrapped it around the colored panel.  Adhered the colored panel to a hot pink card base.  From a separate non colored area, I hand cut the uncolored coffee pot and cup, stamped the heart and dots and attached to vellum band with foam adhesive.

This month’s challenge theme is to Color It In.   Have you play along yet?

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a2z scrapbooking march challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Color It In” 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

 

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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 Cindy15 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.