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April Showers Digi Duel

En garde! It’s that time again, when two team members use the same digital stamp set to create two different projects. This month, the team members are me, Chark, and Arlene and the prize for this month’s challenge is April Showers.

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Arlene has this adorable, perfect-for-spring boot card. She kept the colors all in blues, which totally matches the “miss you” sentiment. A fun but still sincere way to tell someone you wish you could see them.

  • Hero Arts digital kit April Showers at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Little B Handwritten
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles & alphabet 2 – lower case
  • Vagabond die cut machine

On my card, I’ve used the rainbow image, along with the sun and a sentiment from the set. I wanted to use the rainbow order, so I added some black marker lines to make room for more colors on the stamp, and I think my wonky lines look okay with this whimsical rainbow. I trimmed the sun so it could peek from behind the rainbow and glued on the aptly named Sunshine Ombre Sequins after coloring with yellow-orange Tombow marker.

 

April Showers Digital Stamps

Tombow Markers

Sunshine Ombre Sequins

Thanks for stopping by, that’s it for the digital duel for this month…we’ll see you again with two DT members and the digital of the month on May 11th.

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Please join us in this month’s “Flower Power” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 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

 

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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 DLT15 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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Dragonfly Fancy Die by Hero Arts

I am so in love with this Dragonfly Fancy Die from Hero Arts—it’s detailed but not crazy detailed so you don’t have to baby it when you die cut it from your machine, and it looks good just about every way you try.

I’ve cut it from black paper, white cardstock, glitter paper, metallic paper, vellum, sticker paper, patterned paper, watercolor paper and more. It’s so versatile and you can get a lot of uses from it. I think it’s a beautiful way to do Sympathy, Thinking of You, Birthday and Hello cards. To make this dragonfly, I die cut the insect from gold metallic paper and used acetate (dripped with alcohol inks) as the wings.

For my cards, I’ve left off the sentiment to be stamped inside later. I think the gold glitter paste with the stencil and the dragonfly is all the card front needs. It’s pretty striking on its own. I love how the acetate/alcohol inks give it a stained glass look.

For this card, I die cut the dragonfly from black paper and used some Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors dripped onto watercolor paper for the wing backing. It’s definitely a different look, but still striking in a different way. The pool card and gold stenciling is the same as the first card.

A Blog Named Hero is back! They have a new challenge up and two prizes available…the theme is Use Your Fave Hero Arts and since this Dragonfly die is now officially my fave, I’m entering the top card with the gold dragonfly in the challenge. You can join me here.

Pop over to my blog to see more dragonflies with different papers and wings on this post at Glitter in my Kitchen.

Happy Wednesday!

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Please join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 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

 

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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 DLT15 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.

 

 

 

 


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One-of-a-Kind Digi Duel

Hi, friends, today’s digi duel is brought to you by Arlene and me, Chark. On the 11th of each month, two design team members use that month’s digital prize to create cards and duel to see who uses the digi better…we fight to the death!

Well, maybe I overstate it a bit…but it IS fun to see two designers use the same kit and see what they come up with. (No design team members were injured in the making of this post.)

Here’s the One-of-a-Kind stamp set we used.

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Here’s Arlene’s take on the One-of-a-Kind digi kit (the prize for March’s Anything Goes Challenge). These cutie birds are missing you! Clean and simple, this design cleverly uses colored paper and digi stamps to make a fast no-color card that you can pop in the mail to a long-distance buddy in no time!

Arlene’s Supplies:

My (Chark’s) card uses a sentiment and two different flower stamps included in the digi set. I tried to make the different flower stand out by making it black in a sea of pink. I added Silver Chrome marker and white highlights to the flower and added glitter gumdrops that match the pink. The dotted paper was a little scrap I had. I’m trying to organize and use those scraps!

Chark’s Supplies:

One-of-a-Kind Hero Arts digi set

•Pink card stock

Chrome marker

White Uniball pen

Glitter gumdrops

Happy Sunday!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 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

 

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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 DLT15 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.

 

 


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Mermaids with Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to share not one, not two, but three mermaid cards made with the new Mermaid Stamp & Cut. It’s a smaller set of stamps that comes with two dies for $14.99 and is just so much fun to color.

The first thing I did was to break out the new liquid watercolors from Hero Arts. I have the Deep Ocean, Strawberry and Dandelion colors. I saw this video from Jennifer McGuire and decided to give her technique a go. I used both watercolor paper and Bristol smooth paper.

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I watercolored a base blue on the Bristol paper and then dotted the yellow and blue paints directly onto the dried paper. I sprayed with water from above until it moved around just a little and let it air dry. That background became this card below. I used a new branch die and the Mermaid Ombre sequins to make a kind of coral reef thing for her to rest on. I used Prismacolor pencils to color all the mermaids.

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For this next card, I used watercolor paper and wet the whole paper a ton and then used the blue and yellow droppers to drop color in puddles onto the paper.  I tipped the paper and let the colors run together. After it dried, I spritzed with water and then soaked up the color. I added some Mermaid Ombre sequins and clear Nuvo drops as bubbles.

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For my last card, I used smooth Bristol paper and sprayed it with water until it was saturatedand then dropped color onto it, still using the blue and yellow. I did move the paper a little to get some variation in color (where the pigment runs a bit) but not too much. I added Diamond Stickles as bubbles on this one and added a strip of washi tape at the top.

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I still have tons of papers left to use as backgrounds or for die cutting and still have plenty of watercolor left in the bottles for using as regular watercolors if I choose.

Hop on over to the store if you’d like to try the new watercolors or this cute Mermaid Stamp and Cut set. If anything is sold out, just hit the Custom Order button and order any of the new Hero Arts products at no additional cost!

Happy Wednesday!

chark!
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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “It’s a Love Thing” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 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

 

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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 CHARK15 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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Masculine Card with Vintage Travel

A friend’s dad recently had a card shower for his 90th birthday—and he looks fab! I decided to make a vintage car card…love this image, it’s detailed and shaded but you can still hand-color parts of it. So I broke out the Prismacolor pencils and went to town…then I fussy cut the car.

I layered maroon cardstock with the woodgrain vellum and gold washi and gold paper for the sentiment. I die cut the vellum with a stitched rectangle die for a little extra texture. The woodgrain vellum is nice and thick for vellum, with a ton of texture and it takes color from inks well too. I’ve stenciled on top with Distress inks and it works great!

The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Birthday Messages set. It’s a great versatile stamp set and you can custom order it at no extra cost…and also get 15% off your cart of $25 or more when you use my coupon code below!

Here’s a close-up so you can see the vellum texture…yummy, huh? And it comes out the package all ready to use.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

 

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Please join us in this month’s “New to Me” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 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

 

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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 CHARK15 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.

 

 

 


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Infinity Dies Are Versatile

Hi, friends, Chark here today. I needed a baby shower card so after checking Pinterest for ideas, I decided to make a baby carriage circle-shaped card. You can use the Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies to make this card. I used the smaller circles for the wheels and the Ornaments Infinity dies for the large circle.

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If you use the circles, when you die cut your folded cardstock, make sure the edge of the die is offset from the paper when you run it through your die cut machine. You’ll see the folded edge of the paper doesn’t come all the way to the edge of the die, so it won’t get cut through right there and you’ll have a card that opens. But only do a small bit (unlike the picture) so your card is mostly round.

If you use the largest of the Ornaments Infinity dies, all you do is leave the hanger of the ornament die off the edge and your card will be attached there.

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  1. I die cut one folded piece for the card and then ran it through with an embossing folder. I die cut another one and used that for the inside of the card for writing that wasn’t embossed. You’ll need to cut a shape out to make the carriage opening. It’ll look like Pac Man at this point 🙂
  2. I die cut 4 smaller circles for the wheels and attached 2 to the front of the card and 2 to the back of the card, now it stands up on the wheels when opened.
  3. To the front, I added pink buttons and pink border punched paper and added flowers and a bow and pearls. You can decorate this however you want.

The infinity dies are so versatile, especially the round ones. I made some snowman cards here if you want to see those.

Happy Sunday!

chark!
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Please join us in this month’s “New to Me” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 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

 

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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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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City Adventures Valentine

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to show you some digital stamps I turned into cards. I took the City Adventures digital stamps and printed the city silhouette onto dull (not glossy) coated paper twice. After that, I used Distress Oxides to color the backgrounds. I used a lots of water to mix and swirl the colors. When I was happy with them, I let them dry.

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I did wipe down the silhouette with a paper towel to get the Oxide inks off the black images, but it worked fine. You’ll notice I moved the cityscape to one side for the Valentine so I could put in the sentiment and hearts.

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For one of the cards, I added a birthday sentiment to one card and to the other one, I added a digital sentiment and digital hearts from The Firmament digi kit. In this close-up you can see the Silver Stickles I used for the stars.

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

chark!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “New to Me” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking Supplies 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! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Chark15 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.

 

 

 

 

 


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Make Snowmen from Ornaments Dies

Hi, friends, Chark here today with you on Christmas Eve! Such an exciting day of the year, with lots of anticipation. I remember never being able to sleep on Christmas Eve. One night, my oldest sister got us up to see Rudolph in the sky…our middle sister didn’t believe it was Rudolph, but I saw the glowing red light, so I knew she was right 🙂

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Today I’ve taken the Ornaments Infinity Dies and turned them into something new…snowmen! I’ve used these dies in a variety of ways (including Santa and Rudolph here) and I’m really enjoying creating something new with them and getting my money’s worth, lol!

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This guy just uses the large ornament die for the head and hat and one of smaller ornaments for his nose. I used a scrap of red cardstock and the Hero Arts Circle Infinity dies for the eyes and pompon.

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This guy uses the same circles and ornaments for his features and hat. I just cut one circle in half for his laughing eyes.

These came together super quick and can be used as ornaments, tags or cards.

Wishing you a lovely day and holiday season!

chark!

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Please join us in this month’s “Make it Pop” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 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

 

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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 CHARK15 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.

 

 

 

 


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Ornaments Infinity Dies in a New Way

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today sharing a Santa card I made with my Hero Arts Ornaments Infinity Dies. I think he turned out pretty cute!

  1. I used the dies shown below for the deer and for Santa (he has two dies…one red and one white).
  2.  I cut a rounded slit in the white paper ornament and slid in a kraft circle.
  3.  I added a little kraft lip to the top of the white piece.
  4. On the face, I cut two black ornament hangers for Santa’s eyes. I used the inside of the black ornament hangers for Rudolph’s eyes.
  5. I cut circles from dies for Rudolph’s nose and Santa’s pompon.
  6. I took the black circles from the ornament hangers and use as Rudolph’s eyes.
  7. I added clear Nuvo Clear Crystal Drops to both character’s eyes and Rudolph’s nose.

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For the background piece, I first watercolored the card and after it dried, I placed the stencil down and used a slightly different watercolor. After that dried, I used Nuvo Aquamarine Mousse (love this stuff!) with the same stencil on top. I had a lot of fun finding new uses for my Ornaments Infinity Dies!

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I’m entering this one over at A Blog Named Hero for their Winter Holiday Challenge…join me here if you love your Hero Arts!

Happy Monday!

chark!
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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking make it pop challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Make it Pop” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 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

 

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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 CHARK15 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.

 

 

 

 


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Coffee Hopping with Santa Snacks

Hi, it’s Chark here today sharing the cutest gingerbread boy and cocoa mug stamps from Hero Arts. I love anything gingerbread, from the cake to cookies to the adorable stamps this time of year and the wallpaper on my phone! So, of course I had to have the Santa Snacks Stamp & Cut set when I saw it. While I didn’t use the “mad” gingerbread boy with the bite out of him, I love him and will be using him in some fashion this holiday season…probably on a tag of baked goodies.

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With this stamp and cut set, I made a large tag for the holiday and a shaped card. I cut out the largest ornament in white and kraft with the Hero Arts Ornaments Infinity dies and then stamped with Distress Oxides. They give a cleaner stamped image than the Distress Inks and you can use water on them too to color the image like I did on the white ornament card.

Here’s a closer look at each ornament.

 

I used a white Prismacolor pencil and a white Uniball pen, along with a couple other Prismacolor pencils. Happy Coffee Hopping, my caffeinated friends! Enter your coffee/tea/cocoa project to try to win from a2z Scrapbooking and LOTS of other companies! And if you want to see another project using this stamp set, check out Cindy’s adorable gingerbread step card here.

Come see what the DT has on their blogs for the Coffee Hop:

Arlene

Angie

Chark (giveaway)


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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking make it pop challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Make it Pop” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 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

 

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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 CHARK15 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.