a2z Scrapbooking Supplies

A Hero Arts Retailer

National Parks


3 Comments

Hero Arts National Parks Birthday

Howdy! I am here today with a birthday card! I love the National Parks and really enjoy using the National Parks Poetic Prints stamp set.

National Parks

For this card I used all 4 of the stamps in the set. Hero Arts donates a little to the National Parks for each set sold. I really wanted to color these in using colored pencils on the Neenah Desert Storm kraft paper. It is a lighter color of kraft. I colored all of the scenes using Prismacolor pencils. I went back over the stamping with a Copic Multiliner after I finished all the coloring. It doesn’t really show since it is so small, but I used a clear glaze pen on the car and trailer windows. I cut out each one using a die by Poppy Stamps.

Each of the park scenes have foam tape under them for some dimension.

The sentiment is cut with a die and the paper had the 2 sided adhesive on it which makes it much easier to stick it on to the card.

 

 

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

a2z scrapbooking october 2018 challenge

Please join us in this month’s “Frightfully Fun” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, 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.

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

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 Karen15 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.

 


2 Comments

Getting into the Christmas spirit with Hero Arts

Hello!

Erica back on the blog today with a card to get into the Christmas spirit. I’m always stressing a little bit about my Christmas cards so I am trying to get ahead a little bit. Being European, we don’t do Thanksgiving so November is all about getting prepared and planning for Christmas. Not that I need an excuse to get crafty.

You might have noticed that I have used a lot of texture paste or embellishment mousse on my recent projects in the last month or so and I couldn’t help myself, I got it out again. Eh, what can I say? Once the texture paste beast has got you in its grips, it is hard to get away.

Before I added the texture paste, I made an ink smooched background using Distress Oxide in Twisted Citron and some Hero Arts Moss Hybrid ink

I also used one of the striped stamps from Hero Arts Happy Mail which I stamped along the side of the card panel. To keep with the colour scheme I used a Hero Arts dark green ink which came in one of the monthly kits, I think it was Hero Arts Thanksgiving Letter Layering ink cube set but don’t hold me to that.

To add some texture to the card, I got a stencil and some BoBunny Glitter paste (you could try Nuvo Golden Crystal Glimmer paste for a similar effect) and got to work. Instead of adding it all over the card, I kept it to one single line of leaves. Or well, I tried. I strayed a little and didn’t want to risk ruining the whole card by wiping it off so there are a few little rebellious bits there. Anyway, I thought it ended up looking a bit like a pine needles which is exactly what I wanted. Yay!

Untitled_Artwork 14

I found this really, really old HA Christmas tree stamp set (it’s so old it’s been retired but you could use Hero Arts Classic Christmas Tree and the coordinating frame cut ) and I stamped it up on Copic friendly paper and then got my markers out to colour it in. I used loads of different ones to give it a realistic look. I have a coordinating die for this but forgot where I put it so I used my scissors to fussy cut it out. I added the tree to the card using foam tape, it is my go-to adhesive. Then I stamped a ‘Merry Christmas’ sentiment on white card stock with VersaMark ink and I heat embossed it with Ranger Ink Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder before adhering it to the card too.

Untitled_Artwork 13

This card ended up very green and it’s not my favourite colour to be honest but it works very well with gold accents I think.

One Christmas card done, about 50 to go…

Happy crafting from

erica

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking winter challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Winter” 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

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

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 Erica15 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.

 

 

 

 


6 Comments

Peek-a-boo Hero Arts Purr Kitties card

Hi guys and hello August!

It’s Erica back on the blog today with another cat-i-licious card. I think it will be a safe bet to expect a few purrfect puns along the way, I ‘cat’ seem to help myself. The stamp set I’m talking about for todays card and post, is of course none other than the fur-tastic Hero Arts Purr.

For this card I wanted to make my own patterned paper and colour that with my Zig markers, which meant grabbing my Stathmore Bristol Vellum card stock and MFT hybrid ink in Black Licorice again. I selected the 🎶little balls of fur… sorry, yarn. Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory managed to hack into my account and add his little feline twist. Right, anyway, the little ball of yarn and the cute mouse got selected, mounted on small acrylic blocks and then it was just a case of going crazy like a kitty with catnip!

When all the images were stamped on the card stock, I got a green, yellow, blue, red and pink Zig marker out and proceeded to colour in the balls of yarn. Instead of going random here, I kept each line the same colour. The little mice got coloured in with a warm grey marker for the bodies and a slight pink for those big ears.

The kitties I had already coloured and ready to be cut out using the coordinating frame cut , from my first post which you can find here, and I selected a couple of them that looked like they were curious because which can’t isn’t curious?? Well, the idea was to cut out a hole in the panel, mount it on a card base and then pop the kitties inside the hole, like they are peeking out and can’t believe their luck to see so much yarn and mice. Sounds like a pawesome cat paradise, huh?

FullSizeRender 6

The card base I chose for this card is a mid dark grey card stock and I thought it would create a nice contrast for the kitties without washing them out (The one I have used here is from Simon Say Stamp but you can find a similar colour in this pack .) Black was too harsh and white was too bland. I like these different greys as they give a much softer look than black card stock. Plus I thought it tied in nicely with the yarn.. sorry, mice!

The peek-a-boo hole I cut out using a die-namic from MFT, called (unsurprisingly) Peek A Boo. Before I mounted the front panel to the card base, I covered the whole back of it with double sided foam tape. If you don’t have foam tape (excuse me while I go freak ooooooout! I am obsessed with foam tape!) you don’t need, I just like it to add a little bit of interest and dimension to a card without adding anything that shows if that makes sense?

To make sure the kitties showed the way I wanted them I added them to the front panel’s foam tape and once it was on the card, I added a little bit of adhesive behind them to make sure they didn’t run off.

This card doesn’t have a human language sentiment on it, just a feline one. I stamped up the ‘meow’ speech bubble and cut that out with the coordinating frame cut before adding it to the card with some more foam tape. (Hi, my name is Erica and I’m addicted to foam tape!)

As one last little flourish, I added some clear droplets from Studio Katia, in two different sizes. I thought they fitted better, being spheres, rather than sequins. The patterned paper is probably enough if you aren’t an ‘use all the embellishments’-kind of crafter. If you prefer gemstones you can find some clear ones here.

Here is the full card. I hope you will leave feeling inspired to make your own patterned paper or a card using these cutie kitties.

FullSizeRender 5

See you all soon and happy crafting!

Erica

 

 

 

 

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Bright and Beautiful Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Bright & Beautiful” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z 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! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Erica15 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.

 

 

 

 


16 Comments

Large Hydrangea Stamp Two Ways

Hi, friends, Chark here today. I am so in love with this Hero Arts Large Hydrangea Stamp…it’s fun to stamp and color and it’s a great size for filling a card. After I stamped it about a dozen times in different ways, on different papers and with different media, I put two cards together.


Both are stamped in Hero Arts White Unicorn Ink and then heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. One is on vellum and one is on red cardstock.

Here’s the red version. I used Prismacolor pencils to darken the centers with a plum color and then colored the tips of the flowers with an orange-red. I left the red cardstock in the center so it has three colors. Then I used a couple of greens on the leaves.

I added a strip of vellum with the sentiment (new Birthday Messages set) and rhinestones.

For this second card, I used the white ink and embossing powder on the vellum paper. Then I used Copics to color the blooms and stems. Don’t forget that Copics will color the white embossing and if you want the white lines to show, be careful! I have a few bits that are colored in the leaves, but enough of the veins are white. I finished with a torn red cardstock strip and red glitter enamel dots.

Which is your favorite? I think the flowers look cooler on the vellum, but I do think the red card is striking with the white embossing. Here’s the inside of the card—I’m trying to remember to pretty up the insides too—using Strawberry Ink.

If you want your own Hydrangea stamp from the new catalog, head to the store and pick one up…if your cart has more than $25 in it, you can use my friend code CHARK15 to get 15% off your whole cart!

Hope you’ll enter our monthly card challenge with your Hero Arts products to try to win the $25 gift code to the store.

playing-with-stencils

SECOND CHANCE TO WIN: During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! Just comment on any blog posts here in March.

We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!

Happy Thursday!

chark

Large Hydrangea Stamp

White Embossing Powder

Clear Rhinestones

White Notecards

Birthday Messages CM136 (you can custom order this at no additional cost if it’s sold out)

Vellum

Prismacolor Pencils

Candyland Gumdrops enamel dots

Copic Markers BG96, R83, R85, R89


3 Comments

Kelly’s S’mitten With You

smitten-30th-1

This month’s challenge over at a2zscrapbooking blog is:   “Layer It” Challenge!

oct-2016

There’s still a little time left till the linky closes at the end of the month, so I hope you can play along!!!

For this card I used a stencil to create layers and stamped the sentiment, gloves and hat in Hero Arts Black ink and colored them with my alcohol markers.

  I used Hero Arts DC193 Kelly’s S’Mitten Stamp and Cut set along with the Hero Arts SA078 Forest Scene Stencil  to make this quick and easy card.  I sprayed the whole card with shimmer spray – hard to see it in the pictures!  Lastly I added a tiny red bow!

I hope you will have time to join us this month for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2zscrapbooking store.  Just remember to use one main Hero Arts product and link up your card HERE.  Good Luck!

Don’t forget, you can use code Angie15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (excluding shipping) at the a2zscrapbooking store.  The new release products are in the store now so have fun shopping!

 These are the supplies I used from the store:

wm collage 30th.jpg

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!

angiea2zscrapbooking


3 Comments

You’re so lovely

Hi stampers!

Ilina’s here today and today I have more summery card for you. The last few times I was here I shared goodies from the new Winter catalog, but since it’s still HOT here in Georgia I decided to share more summery card. I used one of my favorite sets called You’re so Lovely and stamped the flower and stem with Lime Green and Soft Pool, then added dimension with Chameleon pens by coloring over the stamped images. I die cut my white panel and the flower and assembled my card. Scroll down for list of supplies!

Hope you like my non-conventional take of the coloring challenge this month. And hope I have inspired you to play along with us this month!

And don’t forget, use the code “Ilina15” in the A2ZScrapbooking store to receive 15% off your orders of $25+

IMG_8518

You’re so lovely Close Up

 

IMG_8516

You’re so lovely

 

IMG_8519

You’re so lovely close up

Ilina


2 Comments

Hero Arts – An Oldie but a Goodie

Hi Dawn here.  I am waiting for my new goodies from the latest catalogue to make their way to New Zealand, so today for our Color it Challenge, I am sharing an older Hero Arts stamp set (discontinued)  I am sure many of you will have this in your stash as it is an all time favourite butterfly set!

IMG_1934

I made this for the Hero Arts Flickr group Scramble.  I stamp the butterflies all over my background and added is some 2nd generation stamped dragonflies.   I coloured up the butterflies going up the page, with some vibrant Zig Clean Color brush markers in blues and grey.   The sentiment was white embossed onto black card.  It comes from the Hello Stamp and Cut set (available HERE  in our A2Z Scrapbooking Store).  Some Spectrum Noir sparkle pen, a simple blue mat and it’s all done.

Be sure to check out the Store…. there are LOTS of goodies there.  Remember  if you are in need of any items  you can use code Dawn15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. (before tax and shipping)  And don’t forget that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

Supplies:

DC 151 Hello Stamp and Cut

CL 383 Antique Engraving (discontinued, but available as digital stamps) Winged Friends  and Flutterbies

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Dawn


4 Comments

Primary Color Butterflies

Hello everyone!!  Kymona here with a super cute and easy card for you today.  Its all about the primary color butterflies!!

Take a look:

Primary Color Butterflies (a2z)

I stamped the butterflies and sentiment from Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Butterflies stamp set.  Then I used coloring pencils to color them in in the primary colors. Once that was done, I rounded the corner for a clean finish.

Super simple and easy! What do you think?

I can’t wait to see what you color in!!

I hope you love what you see and that it inspires you to join us this month. You have the entire month to create a new project and enter it into our challenge. By entering you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. Winner will be announced on the 7th of August.  Good Luck!

If you would like to purchase any Hero Arts products please head on over to the store and use the coupon code KYMONA15 to get 15% off your purchase.

Supplies used:

Stamp and Cut Butterflies

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

Kymona


4 Comments

Hero Arts Colourful butterfly

Hi , Dawn here for some more colour for August.   I love colour.  And I love my Hero Arts Stencils and distress inks to make a beautiful coloured background.

Colourful Butterfly

I used Asian Flowers sentiment (currently out of stock) but there are any number of fabulous stencils in the store that would work.  I sponged distress ink onto a Hero Arts Latte card.   I then cut a Die Cut Doily from MFT to use as a base for my Hero Arts Die-cut Butterfly.  I sponged the distress ink on the card before die cut and then added versamark over the colour and used some WOW Sparkle embossing powder to cover it.

 

IMG_1855C

I used Hero Arts Hello Stamp and Die to make my sentiment.  I die cut the Hello in black card and used some Glossy accents on it.  The rest of sentiment was stamped directly on the background.  I finished with some home-made enamel dots made with some 3D liquid.

Remember if you are in need of any items from the a2z Scrapbooking store  you can use code Dawn15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. (before tax and shipping)  And don’t forget that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

And the latest products from the newest catalogue will be in store soon, so kept a look out.  There are some awesome new products coming into stock.

Dawn

Supplies:

Hero Arts Stencil SA073

Hero Arts Hello Stamp and Cut

 

 

 

 

 


4 Comments

a2z Scrapbooking August 2016 Challenge

Hello everyone!!  August is here!!  That means we only have a couple of weeks left of the summer.  That makes me sad.  I love the summer and all that comes with it.  I wish we could keep it just a little bit longer.  Don’t you?

Our new challenge this month is “Color In”!!!!! You can use any Hero Arts stamp that allows you to color it in, on your project this month. This should be a very interesting challenge!!  I can’t wait to see your coloring skills. 

Please be sure that your project contains at least ONE main HERO ART Product as the focal element!  This will be fun and interesting.

This challenge will be fun and interesting at the same time.  The DT has creating some awesome projects to inspire you to play along with us.

Take a look:

Dawn card

Dawn

image

Helen

hello gorgeous butterflies

Monica

YSL full in purple

Michele

IMG_8532

Ilina

Joy to the World Gold (a2z)

Kymona

Amazing isn’t it!!   I hope you love what you see and that it inspires you to join us this month.  You have the entire month to create a new project and enter it into Mr. Linky below.  By entering you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. One lucky winner will be announced on the 7th of September!!

Good Luck!

Supplies used:

Dawn
K6136 Antique Rose Stem
DC151 Hello Stamp and Cut

Helen
Hero Arts Winged Friends DK033 Butterfly Digital Kit
Hero Arts Floral Filigree Stencil Pair SA051
Hero Arts Notes of Thanks (Retired)
Hero Arts Lavender Pearls
Spectrum Noir Primaries Colored Pencils
Dina Wakley White Gesso
Co0dinations White Cardstock 110lbs
HP Inkjet Printer
CTMH Exclusive Ink Stamp Pads: Gypsy, Black
Adhesive: ScrapbookAdhesive runner, 3D foam tape

Monica
Hello Gorgeous CL924
Flutterbies Printable PT006

Michele
Stamps: Hero Arts You’re So Lovely, Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages
Papers: Hero Arts Snow Layering Paper
Ink: SSS Willow, SSS Wisteria
Accessories: Lawn Fawn Party Banner, Copics: BV02BV08BV13YG03YG63G99Clear Wink of StellaWhite Gel Pen

Ilina

Kymona
Hero Arts To the World
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper
Gansai Tambi Starry Colors
Rhinestones
Clearsnap ColorBox Archival Wicked Black Ink

Thanks for stopping by!
Kymona