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Feathered Friends and Pine

Hi, Cindy here with my first post of November here on a2z Scrapbooking Supplies.   This month’s challenge theme is Winter.  And when I think of Winter, first thing comes to mind is Christmas and Pine tree.

I used images from two Hero Arts Digital stamps, Feathered Friends and Holiday Houses to create this set of cards.

First I calculated the pixel sizes of each of the images, then resized and copied them onto a new file size 8 1/2 by 11 inches (with same pixel measure of course).  I got four similar images so I could make multiple cards.  I printed it on white card stock.  You will notice there are some subtle differences, such as snow background on two, one of the pines are black.

I experimented with different mediums.  First I used the good old coloring pencils.  The larger ornament from an older set were stamped, colored and hand cut.

 

Next I used an inking stylus to ink my tree and paper pieced the birds, and embellished with sequins.

 

The third one I used Copic markers, and embellished the tree with twine and pearls.

 

I had lots of fun making these cards.  I hope you would try it too.  Here’s a group shot.

 

 

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Please join us in this months “Winter” 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 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.

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Purr(-fect) cat lovers cards

Hello, hello! How is everyone doing? I hope those affected by storms, hurricanes and floods are safe and sound as well as on your way of getting your lives back on track, houses and yards cleaned up and craft rooms re-organised.

I have now been in a new house for about 3 weeks and slowly but surely getting it to feel like a home rather than just a building with our stuff in it. My craft room is another story… I can’t seem to get the flow right or getting furniture to fit ‘just right’ and it’s very frustrating. I feel a good flowing craft room is good for the mojo, if the room doesn’t inspire me I’m out of luck.. Luckily for me I made the cards I’m going to show you today before we moved, in anticipation of not getting into the swing of things very quickly perhaps. Also, sadly the Hero Arts CM131 Purr stamp set is sold out in the A2Z Scrapbooking Store but you can use the ‘Request Custom Order’ button to contact the store owner who will happily order it for you. The coordinating Hero Arts DI366 Frame Cuts to the stamp set is still available in the shop though.

Right, well, it’s probably time to get down to the crafty side of things, isn’t it? For these two cards, I’ve coloured the kitty cats with both Copic and Zig Clean Color markers, one card is clean and simple and the other one has a bit of everything going on!

For card no1 I started out by die cutting a piece of Strathmore Bristol Vellum watercolour card stock, using a Mama Elephant creative cut called Femme Frames. It gives a lovely scalloped border and adds a subtle bit of interest. I also cut out a few masks as I was planning on piling a few cushions on top of each other for one of the kitties to stretch out on. Using MFT hybrid ink in Black Licorice, I stamped up my images with a bit of help from my Mini MISTI and the masks I had cut out. Above the cat I also stamped up the heart image and the sentiment ‘lazy days are the best’. It just fit perfectly with my lazy cat! I coloured the panel with my Zig Clean Color markers and kept the colours quite intense, there is hardly any water added to the colouring at all.

Once it was dry, I adhered the panel to a white card base using a piece of foam sheet I had cut to size as well as added a few clear sparkly sequins with glossy accents. With that, the first card was done!

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Onward to card no2! I coloured the cats with my Copic markers and used the coordinating frame cuts to cut them out. Setting these two aside, I got that Mama Elephant Femme Frame creative cut out again but this time I used pink card stock. My colour scheme for this card was going to be pink and grey, and the card base was cut out, scored and folded. I nearly added the pink card stock to it right away but thought it needed a little something to jazz it up. Grabbing an embossing folder with fish bones all over it, I ran the panel through my Big Shot with it and was happier with it. I still thought it needed a little something else though so with a mini ink blending tool I dabbed Distress Oxide ink in Picked Raspberry to highlight the fishbones.

In the same grey colour card stock as the card base, I cut out a fish tail banner using MFT Die-Namics Stitched Fishtail Flag. On this I again used the Distress Oxide inks and a homemade heart stencil to create a patterned paper. I also found a little stitched label in white card stock in my big pile of unused bits and bobs, it was the perfect size to stamp the sentiment ‘I’d spend all nine lives with you’ and I added one of the kitties to it using some foam tape. The other kitty was added directly to the heart stencilled banner, also with foam tape and this kitty responds with ‘I meow you’ which is cut out using the little speech bubble that comes with the coordinating frame cuts.

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Well, with that I will leave you to enjoy your day and I hope I have inspired you to get crafty soon!

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Happy crafting!

Erica

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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 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.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts CM172 Mix And Match Monsters

Hi everyone. It’s Sue here with a new card.

When I saw this Hero Arts stamp set, I knew that I just had to have it. The monsters are so cute and the parts can be mixed and matched. I’ll admit, it’s a bit fiddly – lots of small pieces. What I did, I started by stamping the three monster bodies, then the arms, legs and antennae, then the eyes and mouths on some 96 lb bristol. I added colour with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush. I added glossy accents to the eyes for a bit of dimension and shine. I added shading with a copic. I trimmed the panel and matted with black. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set.

 

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Hero Arts Anything Goes Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Anything Goes” 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 Sue15 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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Hero Arts Purring Kitty E6217 card

Hi! It’s Sue. It’s sunny here in Vancouver and it’s getting more difficult to stay inside to craft. I guess I need to find things that I could do outside. I love cats. So when, Hero Arts came out with some cat stamps, I knew that I just had to have them. Today’s card, uses a Hero Arts wood stamp, E6217, Purring Kitty.

Here’s my card

Isn’t the kitty the cutest? I stamped the kitty and coloured it with Copics. I was a bit stuck with what to do next. I created the background adding distress inks with ink blending tools, incorporating pale blues, grey and purple. It created the added interest I was looking for (so much better, in my opinion) than a plain white background. I found a complementary scrap piece of cardstock for the horizontal piece. I decided to add a die cut label to mat the kitty panel and popped it up with dimensionals. I decided to leave the card without a sentiment, so that I could use it for one of my cat friends – maybe as a hello, or get well or happy birthday.

My card is pretty much the opposite of the current challenge here at a2z Scrapbooking where the challenge is

 

We’d love for you to join us at our challenge. There are a few days left. Please remember that you need to use a Hero Arts product as your focus. If you’re looking for a place for Hero Arts products, check out the a2z Scrapbooking etsy store. When your cart reaches $25, use my code sue15 for 15% off your purchase.

Supplies

Hero Arts E6217 Purring Kitty

Copics R22, R35, W2, W3

Distress inks (shaded lilac, hickory smoke, tumbled glass, stormy sky)

Spellbinders Nestabilities – Labels 8

Dimensional dots

 

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BOLD FLORAL STENCIL FROM HERO ARTS


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BOLD FLORAL STENCIL FROM HERO ARTS

Bold Floral Stencil of Hero Arts is one of my favorites and today I am happy to share this card with you. Hello crafty friends, Martha Lucia here with a colorful textured card created with one of the most beautiful stencils from Hero Arts, the Bold Floral. Take a look at my card:

BOLD FLORAL STENCIL FROM HERO ARTS

Working with stencils is very fun and you can explore different techniques with them. On this opportunity I used Creative Medium Iridescent to create this effect that is more evident over dark card stocks.  The base of my card is Whisper White and the second layer, the one I worked over with the stencil, is Always Artichoke.

I secured the stencil with masking tape and I start by applying the creative medium with a palette knife over the free areas of the stencil using three different colors. I used Purple, Green and Pink of creative medium. I removed the stencil and washed with warm water and let the card stock dry naturally.

Using the die cut included on the set Happy Stamp & Cut from Hero Arts and whisper white card stock, I cut several times the word happy and pasted these to create a bold word. Then I assembled my card leaving a tiny border on the left and top parts and and pasting the word on the center of the card to create a big contrast.

BOLD FLORAL STENCIL FROM HERO ARTS

The process was very easy and the effect is amazing! You can explore this technique using embossing paste and to give color to it simply by adding a few drops of ink. Also if you don’t have Creative Medium Iridescent, you can use Pearlescent Embossing Paste and mix it with the inks.

If you like any of the products I used on my card, please stop over at the a2z Scrapbooking Esty store. You can use the code Martha15 to receive 15% off of a $25.00 order.

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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! One lucky winner will be announced on April 7th.

MORE PRIZES THIS MONTH!!!

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 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!

Good luck and please come back again soon!

BOLD FLORAL STENCIL FROM HERO ARTS

POETIC PETALS DIGITAL FILE HERO ARTS


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POETIC PETALS DIGITAL FILE HERO ARTS

Hello crafty friends, Martha Lucia with you! The spring is almost here but our challenge is not ending so I decided combine these two elements in one card for you today using Poetic Petals a Digital File from Hero Arts, maybe one of my favorites from the entire collection. Take a look at my card:

POETIC PETALS DIGITAL FILE HERO ARTS

To create this card I used Cherry Cobbler card stock for the base and a decorated piece of paper for the second layer. I simply decorated this layer with a few loops of natural hemp twine that I finished with a tiny bow on the left side.

I printed the Blossom C from the Poetic Petals Digital File over whisper white card stock, colored it with Copic Markers and then fussy cut with my scissors. I cut an oval with a die cut and pasted the Blossom C over the left side of the oval. Then I stamped word by word a sentiment from the stamp set Celebrate Tag Stamp & Cut by Lia from Hero Arts using Hero Arts Intense Black Ink. Finally I pasted the decorated piece over the base using dimensionals and added some black heart sequins.

POETIC PETALS DIGITAL FILE HERO ARTS

You can find Poetic Petals Digital File  and more digital files like this in the a2z scrapbooking store where you can enjoy 15% off with my discount code MARTHA15. If there’s ever something you want that you don’t see in store, use the custom order button. It’s easy, quick and you won’t pay more!

I hope you will join us in the challenge this month. You have until the end of the month to submit your project for a chance at a $25 Gift Card, and the theme of February is Any Shade of Red!!!

See you soon with more inspiration!

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Hero Arts Flutterbies


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Hero Arts Flutterbies

Sometimes it’s just nice to color something that you can see the results almost immediately – instant gratification, so to speak.  I was in that mood today.  Some flutterbies were fluttering and flitting around my table, so I grabbed them and colored them.  I’ve been feeling better and better about leaving “white space” on my cards.  If you see little hairlike things at the bottom of my card, that’s my green grass going brown.  Trying to conserve water during our dry summer here in California.  I hope you enjoy these butterflies and use some too – before the summer flits by.  I don’t think I’ve ever colored the butterflies with such deep colors before.  Happy Summer Days!

Hero Arts Flutterbies

Supplies:

Hero Arts Flutterbies (printable Butterfly Digital Kit)

Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies (sentiment)

Copic markers (Y08 background for both butterflies, then YR 24 plus some other colors.

Bright yellow note card

You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  If you need craft items that you don’t see in the store, don’t forget you can special order them here at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.  You can find me at A Bit of This and That

 Hope you’ll join in our August Challenge of “Color It In” with your Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils. And, if you need some new supplies, don’t forget to shop at a2z Scrapbooking.

 

 


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Hero Arts You’re So Lovely in Blue

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It’s me again and YES, I’m using this gorgeous You’re So Lovely stamp set A-G-A-I-N; can’t help myself – sometimes it’s like an addiction, gotta get it out of my system. 😉 And although our challenge is COLOR IT IN; I still love using this graphic floral image and doing just that – coloring it in!

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Last time, HERE, you can see I colored the flowers in purple, this time I went with soft blues. I was super inspired by THIS card and basically CASE’d the card. All the images were stamped on Hero Arts white paper. The small ‘reddish’ type buds were stamped with Hero Arts ombre ink.The leaves were stamped 2nd generation with MFT Limelight and then colored with Copics and intense shadows. I added some scraps of polka dot vellum flowers, some sponging of Twisted Citron to ground the image. I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages in Hero Arts Intense Black ink.

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Thanks for popping in; hope you’ll join us with your COLOR IT IN card featuring a Hero Arts product; we love seeing your creations!

Hugs,

Michele

 

 

 

WHAT’S IT TAKE:

Stamps: Hero Arts You’re So Lovely, Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages

Papers: Hero Arts Snow Layering Paper, SSS Miscellaneous (literally a half scrap I found), polka dot vellum scrap

InkBroken China (2nd generation), Twisted Citron Distress Inks, Hero Arts Ombre , Hero Arts Intense Black

Accessories: Nuvo Morning Dew,  clear Wink of Stella, You’re So Lovely dies, 

Celebrate Tag Stamp Set and Flutterbies Butterfly Digital by Hero Arts


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Celebrate Tag Stamp Set and Flutterbies Butterfly Digital by Hero Arts

Hello dear friends, Martha Lucia here to share with you a beautiful butterfly! This is one of my favorites butterflies and I said favorites because it come in a kit. This is a digital Kit called Hero Arts Flutterbies Printable/ Butterfly Digital Kit and it is simply amazing. Take a look at my card:

Celebrate Tag Stamp Set and Flutterbies Butterfly Digital by Hero Arts

Creating this card was very fun and easy, because I printed the Hero Arts Flutterbies Printable/ Butterfly Digital Kit in Very Vanilla and Whisper White card stock so I have it ready to use whenever I want. I just have to paint the butterfly that I want to use and fussy cut with my scissors.

  1. Cut the base of the card using Very Vanilla card stock. The size is 4-1/4″x11″ with score in 5-1/2″
  2. Using a decorated die cut to create a frame and paste over the card base using dimensionals or zapdots.
  3. Print the Hero Arts Flutterbies Printable/ Butterfly Digital Kit and choose your favorite. I used one of the small size
  4. Paint the butterfly using Copic Markers and fussy cut with your scissors.
  5. Stamp your sentiment using a message from the set Celebrate Tag Stamp & Cut by Lia using Hero Arts Memories Black Dye Ink
  6. Paste the butterfly over the card base using dimensionals or zapdots.

Celebrate Tag Stamp Set and Flutterbies Butterfly Digital by Hero Arts

I hope my project inspired you and share your creations with us in our monthlyChallenge. Remember that you will find amazing stamps, inks, embellishments, stencils and die cuts in a2z Scrapbooking Store and you can use my discount code MARTHA15 to buy your products and get the 15% off in everything when you spend $25 dollars or more without shipping and taxes. Believe me this is a great deal!

See you soon!!!

Celebrate Tag Stamp Set and Flutterbies Butterfly Digital by Hero Arts


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Sweet Birthday

Hello everybody, Monica here with a card for our July challenge of anything goes! It’s been really hot here in the mid west lately, so I thought an ice cream themed card would be perfect for the challenge. I’m looking forward to fall ( it’s my favorite time of year anyway)!

sweet birthday

I used the cute ice cream images to make my background and colored them in with copics. I die cut the circle out and added a piece of vellum behind it. I then stamped my sentiment on a smaller die cut circle and gave it color with ink blending, before adhering it to the center of the vellum opening.

Here is a closer look at an angle so you can slightly see some light peeking through the vellum.

sweet birthday close up

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) If you don’t see something you are looking for please use the request custom order button! 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!

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Supplies: 

Oh happy Day (CL931)– images

Mint Chip ink cubes (AF362)- Tide pool and Sea Glass

Color Layering Ice Cream (CL963)– sentiment