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Hug in a Mug

Hi everyone. I’m back today to share a card I made with a digital stamp from Sugartree Stamps called “Hug in a Mug” This is a set of 13 individual stamps consisting of 5 images and 8 different sentiments to mix and match as you wish. I don’t use digital stamps very often but I’m beginning to like them more and more as I can change the size of the stamps to whichever size I like. These stamps even come in a second variation for no-line water-colouring with grey outlines instead of black.

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I started off by inserting & arranging my image and sentiment stamps using the Pages application as I have a Mac. I then did a print test on scrap copy paper to make sure the images were where I wanted them to be, before printing them again on Multi-technique paper as I wasn’t yet sure how I wanted to colour my mugs. I finally decided to use my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers to colour them. I then added clear gel from Lukas, to some parts the mugs, except for the blue part on the bottom mug, to which I added Nuvo’s Caribbean Ocean crystal drops gel instead.  I also added Nuvo gloss white crystal drops to the dots in the green cup.

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It’s hard to see the shine & the 3D effect in the photographs, but in real life they look like porcelain mugs! I cut out this panel with Stamplorations “Crazy double running stitched” rectangle die and adhered it to a card base which I had surrounded with little dots using my Nuvo drops again.

So all in all a very simple card to make although you do have to let the gel dry, but I just made other cards with the other stamps in the meantime, and I’ll share them in my next post on the 25th of August!

 

Well I hope you like my card and I would love to know what you think of it. Have a great day!

Gwendolyn

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Please join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” challenge.   As you know, we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner from 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 Gwendolyn15 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”
  • Spectrum Noir Illustrator Alcohol markers PP1 & FS1, CG1, GT1, DR1 & CT2, B01.
  • Stamplorations Crazy double running stitched die
  • Lukas Crystal Gel
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops gloss – Caribbean Ocean & Gloss White
  • Clairefontaine 250gm multi technique paper


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Blog Hopping with the Coffee Lovers

15056282_10211448787485939_3706678243132598393_nHi, friends, hope you’re properly caffeinated with your favorite beverage so you can hit all the amazing stops along this hop…because there will be hundreds! a2z Scrapbooking is happy to offer two prizes again for winners who link up, a $25 gift code to the store and a flash prize of a free digi kit of choice. This is a fun time, an inspiring hop and a group full of creative people who like their warm beverages.

Today, our DT member, Donna, is sharing her winter coffee-themed card. I love how the plaid really sets off the red cup!

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Hope you’ll stop by the other DT blogs participating in the hop, there’s a lot to see! Click on the name to check out more Hero Arts coffee/tea/cocoa projects.

Arlene

Cindy

Helen

Ilina

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a2z Scrapbooking was started to help out with charities that support people with celiac disease and those who have Behcet’s disease. The store employees are volunteers and every purchase you make through a2z helps others. One way we use the proceeds from the shop is to fund a camp experience at Flat Rock River YMCA for kids with celiac disease. Nothing makes me happier than supporting charities with my crafty purchases…it’s such a win/win, doncha think?

Hope you have fun with the Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop, that you stop by the store to have a look around and that you win something cool! And if you’re inspired to join in our December “Anything But A Card” challenge with your Hero Arts products, you could win a $25 gift code to the store!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tags

Hero Arts Crimson Ink

Hero Arts Blackboard Ink

Kelly’s Palm Springs Ink

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Coffee Loving Fall Hop & Giveaway

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Giveaway

Heeyyy, yooouuu guyyyys! Chark here today to join in the wonderful Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. What a great community of caffeinated, creative people this is! a2z Scrapbooking is happy to be a sponsor and offer prizes for the Fall Hop. And I get to join in today with this project.

I used my Boo Stamp and Cut for the little black ghost die cut, and colored him with a dark purple Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen…love the shine of these! The cup is from the digital Caffeine Fix set, and when I saw how the ghosts looked in vellum, they reminded me of steam, so I had to add them!

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The sentiments are also from the Boo Stamp and Cut set. It’s pretty popular, so if it’s sold out in the store, all you have to do is hit the aqua Request Custom Order button and ask for it or anything from the Hero Arts catalogs! We can get it for you at no additional cost for requested items.

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Our fabulous Design Team is joining in with the hop and you can check out their blogs here. Thanks for stopping by!

Angie

Arlene

Sue

Helen

Donna

Ilina

Martha Lucia 

Niki

Cindy

Chark

 

And guess what? a2z is offering another prize here on our blog if you enter below. You have 8 chances to put your name in the hat (or is that in the rafflecopter?) for a $25 gift code to the a2z store.

Why shop at a2z Scrapbooking?

  1. You can get your Hero Arts supplies and get a discount as well if you put $25 or over of products in your cart…just use the code FALL10 to get 10% off or you can visit any one of our DT members to get their 15% off code (Shhh! you didn’t hear that from me!)
  2. a2z Scrapbooking is run by volunteers so that the store can support great charities benefiting those with Behchet’s Disease and Celiac Disease. Every purchase you make helps someone with auto-immune disease!
  3. Hero Arts is a Certified Green Business, which means they do an award-winning job of helping the Earth (read more here at Hero Arts).
  4. Lastly, you and I both know you deserve a little treat and you still have a little space somewhere for that cool ombre ink, fun holiday stamp set or those great stencils and dies…amiright? lol…have fun hopping!

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It’s Time for a Hero Arts Caffeine Fix

Yay, it’s time for the Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop! a2z Scrapbooking is excited to be a sponsor again for all you talented, prolific coffee/tea/cocoa loving cardmakers!summerclh

My card today uses some digi stamps. a2z Scrapbooking Supplies is the official Hero Arts digital stamp retailer and one of the most popular sets is Caffeine Fix. There are several fun stamps that you can play with to make exactly whatever size you want. I used the coffee cup and layered the stamp in different sizes in my Corel Draw program (like Adobe Photoshop), added the sentiment and then printed.

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But sometimes, I just open the stamp in Windows and print straight from there and then trim it to add to a card later.

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I used my Tombow markers to watercolor the card base (by smooshing) and the cups (with a brush) and added my own steam and the counter top. I think the sentiments look so cool. I added a fun cut on the card side with a new stitched die I just bought.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to link up at the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop so you can try to win your choice of digital stamp sets or $25 gift certificate from a2z Scrapbooking!

Will you pick inks, stencils or these cute stamps if  you win?

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The a2z Scrapbooking store was founded to aid charities (Camp Gluten Freedom for kids with Celiac, and to help end Behcet’s Disease) and is run by volunteers so that your purchase can give the most money to charity. Here are some of our talented Design Team members who are hopping along with the Summer Hop.

Martha Lucia

Arlene

Angie

Chark

Ilina

Niki

Cindy

Donna

Good luck and Happy Hopping!

Chark

Caffeine Fix

Stitched Border Dies

Tombow Markers

White Note Cards

 


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Mmmmm…Coffee

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Hi, crafty friends! It’s Chark here today to show you a project I made for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. When I think coffee, I think caffeine and when I think caffeine, I think of being a parent with a young kid. Where DO they get their energy?! I made up a little gift bag but this could also be turned into a card. You could fill this for new parents with a coffee gift card, caffeinated chocolate bars (my college-age daughter loves them), or any kind of fun new-parent gifts.

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I stamped the Lil Hoot owl stamps first and colored them with Prismacolors. Then I added eyelids with a thin marker to make the big owl look sleepy. I mounted them on a copper colored stenciled background and added the digi sentiment below their branch. Then I just layered the panel on corrugated cardboard from some packaging and some blue pearl paper.

I think this would be a hit at a baby shower.

Here’s a close-up.

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If you want to see more coffee goodness, hop over to the personal blogs of our talented Design Team at these links. Hope you’ll join in the Spring Hop and link up your project! I’m wishing you good luck on the plethora of prizes to be had on the hop, including the $25 gift code to a2z Scrapbooking Supplies!

Angie

Arlene

Cindy

Ilina

Kimberly

Martha Lucia

Chark

And check out this month’s Embossing Challenge using your Hero Arts stencils, stamps or dies to try to win another $25 gift card to the store. You can go browse the pretty things at the store here if you want to plan ahead for your wins 🙂

Here are some coffee products you might want to check out available from Hero Arts. And if you visit the design team blogs, you’ll find a 15% discount available for orders of $25 or more before shipping.

So it’s like you’re losing money if you don’t order and, really, no one wants that. You’re welcome. emoticonblog

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Kelly’s Coffee and Donuts Inks

 

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Caffeine Fix Digital Stamps

Kelly’s Coffee and Donuts Mini Stamps

Coffee and Cake Ink Cube

Thanks for stopping by! The items I used are below. If it’s sold out in the store, just click the aqua Request Button on the store site and ask for it. We’ll get it to you asap at no extra charge! And that goes for ANY Hero Arts product you’re interested in.

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Lil Hoot stamps and dies

Caffeine Fix digi stamps

Stencil Stars

Copper Embossing Paste

Pearlescent Paper

Striped Ribbon