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Butterfly Fancy Caffeine Fix


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My Favorite Things – Butterfly Fancy

I know I’m doing things a little backwards, but it will all work out.  I’ve completed my cover for the Note/Thoughts/Artsy things I want or need to remember. I finished my first page on March 20th here.   I like the bright and cheeriness of the cover – makes me want to open it and see what else there might be.  I really only have one page finished, so I have a whole lot more to do.  It might be nice to make the back to keep the pages all neat and safe too   I am very pleased with the cover to “Arlene’s Notes”.   I like the way the new Ranger Oxide inks worked on this cover.  The cover is made out of chip board and coated with white acrylic paint as a base to work with.  I taped the stencil on at the bottom and inked away with a blender tool. I pulled the tape off and blended some more.  I printed the cup in light blue, but it was too light in color so I colored it with a copic marker.  A bright idea occurred to me to use hearts instead of lines for steam.

Butterfly Fancy Caffeine Fix

I opened the cover and caught a peek of the page I finished last month.

Close-up of cup with Wink of Stella

Supplies:

  • Hero Arts Die Butterfly Fancy
  • Hero Arts Digital Caffeine Fix
  • Hero Arts Stencil – crossing wave – may be out of stock
  • My Momenta dies – alphabet purchased at Hobby Lobby
  • Die-namics coffee cup
  • Copic marker B37 to color the cup
  • Distress Ink – Chipped Sapphire
  • Oxide Inks – Cracked Pistachio, Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, Brokern China and Faded Jeans in order of use from top to bottom of Note Cover
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Ranger Blender Tool
  • Vagabond

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 see this post at A Bit of This and That.

Free Shipping on Domestic Orders $50.00 or More.  Be sure to check out our sales/ retired section for 50%- and more off.

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Hero Arts Weather – A Fave

If you like to use Cut Files, have fun with the Weather, I say.

I always loved seeing umbrellas in the old English movies, tons of umbrellas keeping off the rain.  Now I love the colors that you can purchase and all sizes.   Isn’t the saying “April Showers Bring May Flowers?”  And you can’t do anything about whether it rains or snows, so why not appreciate it.  That’s why I made a card with umbrellas over a map.

A2Z Weather Umbrellas

A2Z Weather Umbrellas

 

A2Z Weather Close-up

A2Z Weather Close-up

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.

Free Shipping on Domestic Orders $50.00 or More.  Be sure to check out our sales/ retired section for 50%- and more off.  You can catch me at A Bit of This and That.


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Hero Arts Road Trip – Favorite

Getting to know YOU. I have always loved this little deer, which came out as a wood block stamp and is in the digital Hero Arts Road Trip in addition to a wonderful mountain range for my background.

Digital Road Trip
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Supplies:

  • Hero Arts Road Trip  deer and mountains
  • Hero Arts Enjoy Today clear set (older set)

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.

Free Shipping on Domestic Orders $50.00 or More.  Be sure to check out our sales/ retired section for 50%- and more off.  You can catch me at A Bit of This and That.


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Hero Arts Black Butterfly

It’s my day to share with you again… some more stenciled inspiration.    Our challenge this month is to use a stencil on your project.

The other day I saw a video by Ingrid Blackburn where she used embossing paste with a stencil, shook on some Colourbursts/Brusho’s and spritzed with water.  I have something called Pixie Powder which is similar to these with lots of mica powder in them.   I thought I’d give it a go.

It has produced such a pretty pale pastel background as I went lightly with the powders.  Did get a bit of seepage but it adds to the whole look.    I have used Hero Arts Swirl Stencil (currently out of stock but you can do a special order – check out the store HERE)

Once my panel had dried, I die cut it with a rectangle die from DieNamics (MFT) and layered onto black then onto a white base.  I die cut the Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy Die from black card.  The sentiment is from THIS Hero Arts stamp and die set.  (currently on sale in the A2Z store!)

Remember if you go shopping to 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 TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

Plus 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!

 

Supplies:
Stencil: Hero Arts Swirl Stencil
Stamp: Hello Stamp & Cut
Embossing Paste: Liquitex Light Modeling Paste
Dies: Rounded Rectangles by DieNamics
Pixie Powders: Cosmic Shimmer

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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.

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!

BOLD FLORAL STENCIL FROM HERO ARTS


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Hero Arts Orchid Branches Red

Hello everyone,

 

It’s Cindy.  I use this month’s challenge theme: Any Shade of Red as my inspiration of today’s card.  It’s a fairly simple card, except I use partial die cutting to add dimension.  You could consider it a one layer card with an attitude!  😀

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My process:

  • On white card stock, ink and stamp the orchid branch from Hero Arts Color Layering Orchid in a Pot set in a pleasing composition in various shades of Red.
  • Stamp sentiment in black.
  • Distress with Spun Sugar all around.
  • Use matching frame cut and partial die cut at various length of the branches.
  • Layer and adhere red color paper on card base.
  • Add foam adhesive behind partial die cut branches with various thickness, the most thick at the tip of the branch, less closer to the base.
  • Adhere orchid panel to card.  Remove backing of foam tape from branches and adhere to card.  Slightly curl the flower petal to create more dimension.

Here’s a closer look.

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The Orchid in a Pot stamp set is still available at the a2z store.  Also new items from the 2017 Catalog are available.  Go shopping and use code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.

And come join in this month’s challenge:  Any Shade of Reds.  Use some shade of red and Hero Arts products such as stamp, stencil, digital stamps, die cut as main focal point.   And you could win a $25 gift card to the store.

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Remember we are also on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets to get the latest news!!

 

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Supplies:

Hero Arts Color Layering Orchid in a Pot

Hero Arts Orchid in a Pot Frame Cuts

Hero Arts Amy’s Shades of Green Ink Cubes

Hero Arts Jayne’s Fall Colors Ink Cubes

Hero Arts Ombre Ink Pink to Red

Hero Arts Mid-tone Shadow Ink Red Royal

Memento Dye Ink Tuxedo Black

SSS Dye Ink Teeny Bikini

Ranger Distress Ink (Barn Door, Spun Sugar)


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Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkles Bold Print duet

Hi,

 

Cindy here to share a couple cards featuring the Hero Art Sweet Sprinkles Bold Print stamp.  This stamp is great for any celebration theme card.

 

First up is a card that could be both an invitation or birthday, depends on how you write up the inside.

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My process:

  • On white card base, use inking tool and sponge edges and center of card with Barn Door.
  • Ink Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkles Bold Print cling stamp using various ColorBox Pigment Ink randomly, stamp on white card stock slightly smaller than card base in length, and clear heat emboss.
  • Position ‘party’ (from the 2016 Dec My Monthy Hero Kit) die cut in center of stamped panel, die cut.  *Remember to keep the small piece of the letter ‘a’.
  • Stamp with black and clear heat emboss “let’s” on ‘sprinkle’ panel.
  • Use foam adhesive and mount ‘sprinkle’ panel onto card base, along with the small piece of the letter ‘a’.
  • On white card stock stamp, color, and die cut cake, candle, and mask.  Clear heat emboss all three pieces.
  • Adhere to card front as shown.

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I really like how it turned out.  You may notice some parts of the image is not well coated with ink, but that’s okay because it adds a little visual dimension.  After all when you throw a bunch of sprinkles up in the air, you don’t see each pieces clearly right?!  🙂

My second card is a CASE of Jennifer McGuire’s Easy Ombre Backgrounds card except I added silver glitter tape on both edge of card base.  To conform to this month’s challenge: Any Shades of Reds, both my cards has Barn Door as a predominate color.

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The Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkle Bold Print stamp is available at the a2z store, get yours today.  Use code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.

Remember we are also on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets to get the latest news!!  And I hope you’d join in this month’s challenge!

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Supplies:

Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkle Bold Print

Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages Clear Stamp

My Monthly Hero Kit (Dec 2016)

Ranger Distress Ink (Barn Door)

ColorBox Pigment Ink – Cat’s Eye Queue Jelly Bean

coloring pencils

Clear embossing ink

Clear embossing powder

 

Happy Stamp & Cut with Digital Hero Arts


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Happy Stamp & Cut with Digital Hero Arts

Hello crafty friends, Martha Lucia here to share with you a hybrid combination that I made for my valentine, my dear husband! This is a hybrid card because I used a the Happy Stamp & Cut set and the Digital File Brush and Splatter on it, both from Hero Arts. Take a look at my card:

Happy Stamp & Cut with Digital Hero Arts

Red is definitely the color of love and following the challenge theme I used it for the base of my card and the die cut of word happy that comes include on the Happy Stamp & Cut set.

  1. Cut the base of the card. The size is 4-1/4″x11′ with score in 5-1/2″
  2. Open the digital file Brush and Splatters and select the image that you want to use. I used the Paint Brush Heart that is perfect for Valentine’s day and I resized it in 3 different sizes. I organized all the images on the right side of my card stock and printed this on my regular printer over whisper white card stock.
  3. Cut the second layer using  the printed Whisper White card stock. If you want you can use a decorated frame to create this layer.
  4. Give a few colors inside of the hearts. For this you can use ink, colors or perfect pearls, I used perfect pearls in Gold color.
  5. Cut the word happy included on the set using Cherry Cobbler card stock and white fun foam.
  6. Paste the word over the big heart and stamp the complement word using Hero Arts Intensive Black Ink.
  7. Paste the decorated layer over the card base using dimensionals.

Happy Stamp & Cut with Digital Hero Arts

Find these and other Hero Arts Digital Stamps in the a2z scrapbooking store AND enjoy 15% off your purchase of $25 or more using my discount code MARTHA15 – Also, be sure to enter our monthly challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card!! This month it is all things Red!! Any Shade of Red!

See you soon with more inspiration!

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Shaker Card with Hero Arts Stamp and Cut – Love

Hello,

 

Cindy here to share a shaker card for January’s Challenge  Anything Goes.

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Believe it or not, I got some very pretty sequins mixes sitting on my desk since November.  I don’t know why I didn’t use it earlier!!  LOL

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My process:

  • Arrange all the stamps from the Hero Arts You Are My Happy clear set to fit a 4 1/8 by 5 3/8 inch purple panel.  Stamp and heat emboss in white.
  • Die cut using the large heart die from the Hero Arts Stamp and Cut So Sorry set.
  • Adhere acetate on back side of purple panel.  Please foam tape all around.
  • Trim white card stock slight smaller than purple panel.  Use inking tool and sponge Spun Sugar over Hero Arts Delicate Petals Stencil onto it to create soft background.
  • Place purple panel upside down, fill with sequins mix, peel off backing paper from foam tape; adhere stenciled panel pattern side down.  Press to ensure all sides are sealed.
  • Adhere shaker panel onto white card base.
  • Die cut Love from the Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Love set using each purple card stock and pale mauve card stock.
  • Glue pale mauve panel slightly offset onto the purple one.  Adhere on top of card.

 

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You may not see all of the products I used in the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies store, but you could always make a Custom Order, just click the Request Custom Order on the left side bar.  Use code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.

Remember we are also on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets to get the latest news!!

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Supplies:

 

Hero Arts Stamp and Cut So Sorry

Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Love

Hero Arts Clear Stamp You Are My Happy

Hero Arts Stencil Delicate Petals

Ranger Distress Ink (Spun Sugar)

Hero Arts Pigment Ink (Unicorn)

white embossing powder

Little Things from Lucy’s Card sequins (Lucky Dip Mix)

 

 


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Hero Arts Sky Stencil Pair Birthday Cupcake

Hello,

How are you enjoying the new year?  It’s the beginning of a brand new year, do you have any particular cards you’d want to make first?  I do, birthday cards.  One could never have too many birthday cards on hand right?

I used the Hero Arts Sky Stencil Pair on my card today.  The Star stencil for the background, and the Cloud stencil for the frosting of my cupcake.

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My process:

  • Place Star stencil over white CS and secure; press clear embossing ink all over.  Remove stencil and heat emboss with Gold Glitter EP.
  • Place Cloud stencil over white CS and secure; spread embossing paste over, lift stencil and sprinkle Diamond Glitter powder over embossing paste.  Shake off excess, let dry.  Furbish using bone folder.  Trim closely.
  • Die cut cake stand (from Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Birthday set) using Gold Foil paper.  Stamp and cut candle from same set.
  • Die cup cake (coffee cup sleeve from Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag Frame Cut) using recycle coffee cup.
  • Stamp birthday day banner (from Happy Birthday Calendar) and trim banner with scissors.
  • Assemble and adhere all elements as shown, then onto yellow card base.

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The Hero Arts Sky Stencil Pair is great for both background and focal point, don’t you think?  Get yours at the store today.  Use code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.

Remember we are also on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets to get the latest news!!  And I hope you’d join in this month’s challenge!

anything-goes

 

Supplies:

Hero Arts Sky Stencil Pair

Hero Arts Amy’s Shades of Green Ink Cubes

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit – MH1216

Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag Frame Cuts

Hero Arts Stamp And Cut Birthday

Hero Arts Wooden Stamp – Happy Birthday Calendar

Memento Dye Ink – Tuxedo Black

Clear embossing powder

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