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Hero Arts ‘Nicest Thoughts’ and My first post!

Hello, hello, everyone! Erica here with my first post as a DT for a2z Scrapbooking Blog!!  In case it isn’t abundantly clear, I’m very, very excited to be here! If you know me from my other design team blog posts for Krumspring Stamps, Studio Katia and Kennedy Grace Creations, you already know this isn’t going to be a short and sweet post. Oh no, I’m a jibber-jabbering kind of gal (that’s ‘going into lots of detail’ in Erica speak and ‘talking non-stop about everything and nothing’ in The Husband speak) however I will try and curb the enthusiasm enough to actually get to the cards I made for this, ‘my very first, in case I didn’t mention it’,  post.

Unfortunately I didn’t get my DT package in time to make these cards so I had to improvise with some of my other Hero Arts products but anything you see in this post can be ordered from the shop. Just pop an email across and if it can be obtained, it will. Like magic! That’s the kind of shopping I like!

Anyway, I have this stamp that says ‘You are one of my nicest thoughts’ (which sadly isn’t available from neither the main Hero Arts store or the a2zScrapbooking Supplies shop) but I decided to use that for two cards anyway because the sentiment is so lovely. For the first one I dusted a rectangular panel with anti-static powder before stamping it with VersaMark ink and sprinkling generously with Hero Arts white embossing powder. I set it with my heat tool, which isn’t as fancy as this one but does the job.

For the second card I stamped the image with black ink first and then added clear embossing powder over it as I planned on colouring this one with my Zig markers to add some colour to the image. I always use Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock when I colour with the Zigs by the way. As I was planning doing some ink blending and using the Peacock Feather Stencil (If you don’t fancy a Peacock theme, find other similar stencils here)for the background, I kept the colour scheme for the image in the same colours. Does that qualify as ombré or rainbow? Something to ponder…

When I had added the colours to the word ‘NICEST’ on the image I thought it didn’t really show so much so I blended the colours out around the word, kind of like a colour shadow and was much happier with that. While I was at it, I also coloured the circle around the sentiment in a rich blue colour. While that was drying I got my Distress Inks out and decided to go hot pink for the white embossed panel. Picked Raspberry is one of my favourite colours in the Distress Ink family and I’m so excited to hear that it is going to be part of the second release of the Distress Oxide inks! Ah, but I digress… Right, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out where I was going to go next though: I blended away on the panel and kept it lighter in the middle and rich and vibrant around the edges.

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For my Peacock Feather Stencil background I used turquoise, lime green and teal colours, again Distress Inks, and simply blended away until the colours very nicely… erm… blended? I use painters tape when I do ink blending and water colouring to hold the paper down, it’s so cheap at hardware stores it seems crazy to splash out on ‘crafting tape’ when I use it only for this purpose.

As pretty as the background was I felt it needed a little something else so I die cut the second biggest of the Outside In Stitched Rectangle stackable dies from Lawn Fawn and popped it up with foam tape (I love this stuff and can’t live without it!) After that was done it was a simple case of adding some more foam to the back of the sentiment and pop that on. I also added a healthy dose of teal sequins and gemstones for sparkles. A card with a peacock theme can’t be bland, can it now?

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To finish off my pink card I die cut a scalloped panel (both the die cut bits I used for this card are from Mama Elephant) in a pretty polka dot card stock and adhered that to a white card base. The embossed and ink blended panel I adhered with foam tape to raise it up and add some dimension. This card also got a serious sprinkling of sequins and gemstones, because why not?

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With one last picture of the Peacock card, that’s pretty much it from me for this first post. If you are still here, you deserve a big cookie! I will be back on the blog later this month with another project or two, and of course lots more jibber-jabbering. There is no getting around that, I’m afraid, lol!

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I hope I have inspired you to try one of these techniques or colour schemes for your next card. Don’t forget that this months challenge blog theme is ‘Anything Goes’ so go to town and let your imagination run wild! If you add your card to the InLinkz before the end of the month, you can win a $25 gift voucher to the a2z Scrapbooking shop! If you can’t wait to shop, you can get 15% off by using the discount code ‘Erica15’ at checkout.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts clear embossing powder
  • Hero Arts white embossing powder
  • Hero Arts ‘Nicest Thoughts’ wood stamp
  • Hero Arts Peacock Feather Stencil
  • Hero Arts clear gemstones
  • MFT Hybrid ink in Black Licorice
  • Mama Elephant Femme Frames
  • Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle die
  • Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Picked Raspberry

    Right, that really is it from me for today.

    See you soon and happy crafting!

    Erica

 


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Design Team Call and Birthday Messages Candles

Hi, friends, it’s Chark again today with a card and details on our Design Team Call.

The birthday card I made uses washi tape and sentiment stamps. I used a white panel of cardstock and stamped the small Happy Birthday sentiment sideways to mimic candles. I added some flames with markers.

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I used the larger Happy Birthday sentiment as the focal point and then used three different washi tapes to add a colorful line at the top of the panel. I inked the edges of a white card with the same Strawberry ink as I used to stamp the candles. And that was it!

aLove this Birthday Messages stamp set, it’s got a lot of great stamps you’re sure to use.

Hope you’ll join in our May Challenge Sentiment Focus and use your Hero Arts sentiment stamps as the focus of your card.

Please stop by my blog Glitter In My Kitchen for some more ideas.

And now, onto the Design Team Call…we’re looking for team members for the July-December 2017 term. Here are the details. Email me at a2zscrapping@gmx.com by May 31, 11:50pm EDT to be considered for the new term.

Our DT Requirements

  1. To submit two projects per month showcasing Hero Arts or any other products for sale in the store. This usually includes the newer items, but can also include any of the sale items, digital items or anything a2z Scrapbooking sells.
  2. To participate in the monthly challenge on the first day of the month  2-3 times in a 6 month period, to showcase the challenge with a project that meets the requirements of the challenge.
  3. To commit to a six-month term.
  4. To comment on challenge entries monthly.
  5. To post your project (or a sneak peek) on your own blog/flickr/Instagram/facebook (if you have one) on the day your project appears and the link to the a2z blog.

What We Offer You                                    

  1. 25% discount to both the a2z Scrapbooking store and on craft items (stamps, dies, paper, tools, embellishments, adhesive) from many other manufacturers (any that are available to the owner for purchase) and a 15% discount for your followers/readers to use at the a2z store.
  2. You can also earn freebies each month if you earn the top points by doing your “regular” jobs of commenting and posting, as well as by going above and beyond the basics and posting on IG, tweeting, etc. Three top team members get a fun package each month.
  3. Promotion of your blog and art and a DT blog badge.
  4. Free Hero Arts digital stamps We’re the exclusive retailer of  HA digi stamps/cut files.
  5. The chance to support charities and do good in the world by creating art. A2Z is run by volunteers and was founded to aid charities that support those with Celiac and Behcet’s  This business is in the business of helping people, not making a buck.To be active in promoting a2z Scrapbooking Supplies on social media sites, such as our Facebook page, flickr page, twitter etc.

Cardmakers, scrapbookers, mini-album makers, mixed media artists, etc. are encouraged to apply. We welcome video or photo tutorials, and anyone from any country can apply, as long as you can write your post in English. We can look over your posts and fix anything needed, but a strong knowledge of English is required.

If you’re interested in applying, you should know this team is very supportive and helpful and if life gets in your way, someone is always there to help. We do use Facebook for our team page to communicate with each other, so having a FB account is important. There is no drama in this group and a lot of talented, friendly people.

To apply, send me a link to any of your social media sites (FB, IG, Twitter, flickr, blog, etc) where you post projects so we can see your style. You can also add an attachment of one or two of your favorite projects to a2zscrapping@gmx.com  This is a great team to be on and a great way to build your supplies at a discount.  Hope to hear from you soon!

 

chark!

White Unicorn Ink, Strawberry Hybrid Ink 

Birthday Messages stamps

White Note Cards

Washi Tapes

HERO ARTS YOU MAKE ME SO HAPPY


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HERO ARTS, YOU MAKE ME SO HAPPY

Hero Arts, You Make me so happy! This is my statement today and it’s on my card too. You can’t image how happy I was with all your comments about my last card using one of the Hero Arts stencils with creative medium, but for me, and I think for you too, the most important thing is that all of us really enjoy and love the Hero Arts products and the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies! Based on this I got my inspiration to create today’s card. Take a look at my card:

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This is a very clear and simple card. I used the Very Vanilla card stock for the base and the Glorious Petal Stencil from Hero Arts. I applied the ink with a brush to have soft look and obtain a delicate touch over the free areas of the stencil. I used two different tones of Distress Ink, the Blueprint Sketch for the center and the Seedless Preserves for the borders. On the middle part I mixed the colors.

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Then I used Hero Arts Intense Black Ink to stamp the word happy from the Happy Stamp & Cut Set from Hero Arts directly over the same layer and also stamped the sentiment ‘you make me so’ in a separate piece of card stock with the same ink to finalize the card. I added some blue sequins from the Hero Arts Ombre Blue collection.

The process was very simple and card is very clear. You can explore this technique using different colors or creating this in series or simply changing the sentiments. a2z Scrapbooking Store has many options of stencils and stamps that you can combine and use to create your own version.

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

a2z Scrapbooking has a Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages. Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any of the promotions!

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!

HERO ARTS YOU MAKE ME SO HAPPY

 


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Grateful Paper Layering Hummingbird

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Hi there, it’s Angie here with a card featuring the new Hero Arts Paper Layering Hummingbird die.  I love hummingbirds so when I saw this new die set, I just had to get it and I’m so glad I did!

This card was quick to make, just stamped some flowers and leaves from the Hero Arts “Let Love Grow” set (in Distress Oxide inks) and cut a strip of black to mount the strip on.  I die cut the bird and used the same inks on him, added some black with a black marker, and added the Hero Arts “Grateful” rubber stamp sentiment on a scalloped oval die cut that was inked with the same inks.  I put it all on the card base and was done in no time!

Hope you will take the time to enter the 2 ways to win a $25 gift card to the a2z scrapbooking store!  Here’s the scoop:

1st Chance to Win:  Enter our monthly Challenge here!

2nd 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! 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! I

f 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!

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Here’s my list of supplies from the a2z store:

Here are a few more views:

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Hello Gorgeous Swallowtail Butterfly

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Hi there, it’s Angie here with a super quick and fun card for you!  I bought some plaid paper recently and have had a lot of fun playing with it!  I cut the Hero Arts Swallowtail Fancy Butterfly die out of the plaid and cut a few curved stitched edges from it too.  I stamped the sentiment in Hero Arts black ink from the Hero Arts Hello Gorgeous set heat embossed in Hero Arts clear embossing powder.   I added some Nuvo white drops on the back of the butterfly.

Here’s a list of the supplies I used:

I hope you will have time to join in the fun for this month’s  challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2zscrapbooking store.

2nd 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! 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!

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Swallowtail Butterfly with Ombre Spring Brights

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I had so much fun making this card using a new Hero Arts Ink Ombre Spring Brights on kraft card stock.   I swiped it down a piece, then die cut the Swallowtail Butterfly and also used it to stamp the flowers and leaves from the Let Love Grow stamp set.   I also used a little white ink for accents, black ink and some circle dies to frame the sentiment which is also from that same step set.  I finished it off with some diamond gems on the butterfly.  Here’s a list of the supplies I used:

I hope you will have time to join in the fun for this month’s  challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2zscrapbooking store.

And guess what?   There’s another way to win this month!

2nd 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! 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!

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Don’t forget, you can use code Angie15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (excluding shipping) at the a2zscrapbooking store.

Here’s a few more views of my card!

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Paper Layering Daisy Hello

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Angie here today with a fun card with lots of red on it for our February Challenge!

I copied the technique Jennifer McGuire recently showed in a video.  I varied it a little by cutting the daisy out of the center, and popped the daisy and the sentiments  up on fun foam.  The little black notes are a tiny punch I have in my stash.

I used Hero Arts DI181 Paper Layering Daisy, Hero Arts Hello stamp and die set, Hero Arts CG691 Garden Bold Prints background stamp (out of stock but you can special order it), Hero Arts White Embossing powder, white and black card stock, Hero Arts Red Ink.

I hope you will have time to join in the fun for this month’s  challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2zscrapbooking store.

Don’t forget, you can use code Angie15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (excluding shipping) at the a2zscrapbooking store.

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Hero Arts Sunshine Flowers and Prayers

Hi there,  Angie here today with a card for our Anything Goes Challenge!  Hope you can join in the fun and be eligible to win a $25 gift card to the a2z store!  Just make sure you use one main Hero Arts product on your creation!

I made this with the Hero Arts Digital set called Sunshine Flowers, the image is called Flower Face.

Did you know that a2z is the exclusive retailer of Hero Arts digital stamps!  They have a great selection to choose from HERE!  Not only are they affordable (starting at $2.49), you get them within an instant as a download, ready to use!

I printed the images with a toner printer and cut them out then foiled them in rainbow foil in my foiling machine.  I also foiled the sentiment in the same rainbow foil.  I attached the flowers to the card base, some with pop dots for dimension.  The center of the flowers are gems from my stash. I cut the top panel with a stitched scalloped rectangle die and another panel for the inside.  (There are two more flowers on the inside.)  The card base is kraft card stock.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies used for my card were:

Hero Arts Prayers Stamp and Cut DC183

(out of stock but you can special order)

Gems from my stash

I took extra pictures from many angles because the colors change depending on the angle of the light!

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Hero Arts Thank You Die & More

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We are coming to the end of December and that means you still have time to enter our “Anything but a Card” Challenge!  I hope you will join us for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2zscrapbooking store.

Today I have a few gift card holders I made for my stash.  These are easy to make and they make the gift of a giftcard a little more special!  The red and green ones were made with big Hero Arts background stamp, one was stamped and the other heat embossed in clear to give a tone on tone look.  The third background was made by swiping a Hero Art’s ombre ink pad straight down the card stock!  I had a lot of fun decorating these with Hero Arts flowers, and stamps and die cuts.

 These are the supplies I used from the store:

Don’t forget, you can use code Angie15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (excluding shipping) at the a2zscrapbooking store.

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Embellished Hero Arts Paper Layering Daisy Card – Hello Stamp and Cut

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I had so much fun making this embellished card!  I used the Hero Arts DI181 Paper Layering Daisy die set to cut the flower out of plaid patterned paper, then used the outside die that comes with the set to give the dark brown background under the petals.  I used patterned paper from my stash in oranges and browns and yellow to create the layers on this card.  The sentiment is a die from the Hero Arts Hello Stamp and Die set DC151 cut from brown card stock and then sparkled up with some Wink of Stella.  I used circle and rectangle dies from my stash to cut the layers.  I added the layers to a Hero Arts White Card base PS566 and added tons of gems.  Some were Hero Arts and other were from my stash.  You can find great gems in many colors in the store click HERE!

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:

Thanks for stopping by!

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