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Cut-Out Holidays Fancy Die


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Hero Arts Happy Holidays

Howdy, it’s Karen Happy December to you! Here we go with the countdown to Christmas. I started a couple years ago making my cards all year to avoid the craziness right before Christmas. It sure helps to ease the stress. But there is still plenty of time to make some cards. So here is one using the Hero Arts Cut-Out Holidays Fancy Die.

Cut-Out Holidays Fancy Die

Here’s how it comes together. I glued a piece of the gold glitter paper on the card base to just go down far enough to be behind the sentiment. So it is not a full panel. Then I used the Cut-Out Holidays die to cut out that sentiment at the top of the red panel. That gets glued to the card base. I used a die from Memory Box to cut out the poinsettia. I have either never or next to never used this poinsettia die so it was good to get it out. I have had it probably a couple years. On each layer of petals I went over them lightly with a gold pigment ink pad. And that is it!

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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 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.

 

 

 

Home for the Holidays


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Hero Arts Home for the Holidays

Howdy! It is time to get some Christmas cards done. The Home for the Holidays stamp set has so many cute things to make up a scene and dies to match. There is one more house, a few more trees, several sentiments and a few other fun things in this set.

Home for the Holidays

To create this little scene I started by doing some ink blending with Distress inks on an oval, that I cut out, using two different colors of blue.  I cut a hill using a die and glued that over the ink blended oval. There is a little bit of glitter along the top of hill which might be kind of hard to see.

For the houses I stamped them and colored them using Copic pens. For all of the snow I used a Quickie glue pen and then sprinkled on ultra fine glitter. The glue pen worked really nice to get in the small areas and cover the roof of the brown house. I stamped the smoke for the chimneys with Oxide Distress ink in gray. I really like that smoke stamp in this set.

I stamped the trees and die cut them along with the snowman. On the snowman I also used the Quickie glue pen and he got some glitter too. For his hat I colored it with a black Glaze pen. For his scarf I used a Copic pen.

The sentiment is also from the Home for the Holidays set but I did a little altering. It is actually We wish you a Merry Christmas. I like that sentiment but it was a bit to long so when I inked up the stamp I just  covered the first part with paper so there wasn’t any ink on that part.

To frame it I used an oval die from the Hero Arts Nesting Oval Infinity Dies to cut an opening in a panel.

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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 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.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Christmas Mice and Binders

I was happy with my old system of keeping my dies in a long plastic container with most of my dies where I knew they should be until my system broke down, TOO MANY DIES.  Yes, I actually said that.  BUT I did NOT toss any dies. NO DIES WERE HARMED IN THIS PROCESS.   I JUST changed the way I kept them.

I figured I wanted something about 5 inches by 7 inches because most of the dies came in packages about that size, but not anything too much bigger.  And I found something at one of our local paper stores.  First I found the sleeves which are 8 1/2″ tall by 5 1/2″ wide.  After looking at several different binders that would accommodate that size sleeve,  I ended up with ten (10) binders in all.

  • TIP: Decide what you want in a binder
  • Binder Spine – Tab in a sleeve or use a label to tape onto the binder spine  (I went with the Tab in a sleeve)
  • Front of Binder – Sleeve with room for paper to identify what is in the binder or not sleeve, but you can tape some paper on top of the binder (I went with the sleeve on the front so I could easily change when I add or remove or change dies to another binder.)

I purchased a binder that was cheaper without a spine tab or sleeve on the front, but realized it wasn’t really what I wanted.   I will use the two binders for something else in the future, but went back and picked up 10 binders at about $1.50 more each and found they were also made better and would last longer.  That’s just my two cents, as they say.

I don’t have my Dies sorted by brand, but by type from Christmas and Holidays to Scenes and Letters & #s.  I have ten (10) binders in all.   If I change a die or dies to another binder, it’s easy to change the front cover because I can take it out and put a new typed sheet in the front sleeve.

Here are a couple of my stamp and die combination sets.  I keep the stamps and dies in one sleeve so they are together and easy to find.

Below are the new Christmas Mice dies on the back side of the stamp set . When I stamp and die-cut images, I put them into a small plastic bag that closes which goes into the same sleeve as the stamp and die set.

The new Holiday Greenery Edge Fancy Die has its own place of honor in my Christmas Binder with some die-cuts already to go..

I don’t have every die listed on the front unless there is room to do so.  I based binder names on the length of the name I could fit on the exposed binder side when stored and placed all brands in that binder.  I made a list of all dies in each binder and put those lists in sheet protectors with a metal ring to keep them together.  Anytime I’m not sure of what is in a binder, I pick up my lists.  Now that I’m thinking about it, I just may put that list into alphabetical order with the name of the book so I can just look something up alphabetically.  See, there’s always another way of doing things.

The card below published November 3rd is the result of using my binders to hold dies and die-cuts.

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Please join us in this month’s “Give Thanks” 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 Arlene15 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.

 

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice stamps and dies set on A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Hero Arts  Holiday Greenery Edge Fancy Die
  • Hero Arts   Coffee Cup Tags Stamp & Cut (discontinued stamps and dies)
  • Assorted alphabet & Number sets
  • Binders big enough to use hold 51/2  inch X 81/2 inch sheet proctors
  • 51/2  inch X 81/2 inch sheet proctors
  • Vagabond die cut machine
Home for the Holidays


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Gold Embossing with Hero Arts Stamps

Howdy to you all! Today I have a Thanksgiving card for you. I hope you are having some decent Fall weather. Here in Northern California I will just say I am not a fan of 80 degrees plus weather at this time of the year. At least the nights are nice and cool.

Home for the Holidays

When I started out to make my card I was looking forward to using the Home for the Holidays stamp set by Hero Arts and I wanted to use the fun leaf paper.

I began my card by ink blending some Quick Quotes inks to create a Fall look to the sky. I then cut a piece of the leaf paper and adhered that to the card. I got this paper from a fun inexpensive store called Daiso. Anyway as you can see it says Fall.

Next I stamped the two houses with Versamark and used a gold embossing powder to heat emboss them. I colored them in using Copic pens. Next I cut them out using the Home for the Holidays dies that match the stamp set. For the snow on top of the one house I used some Nuvo drops for a little dimension. The Home for the Holidays stamp set leans more towards Christmas but you can use a different color scheme and not put to much snow in and you have Fall.

I found a nice piece of crocheted ribbon (not sure of the actual name) in my stash. I used Hero Arts pretty red brown liquid watercolor to color it. It is a little darker in the photo than it is in real life. I stuck that down using the red line tape.

I adhered my houses to the card and stamped the trees around them. I also stamped some smoke coming out of the chimneys. I think that is a nice little addition to this stamp set.

Then I added the sentiment.

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Please join us in this month’s “Give Thanks” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our 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 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.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Christmas Mice Say Thank You

I know you’re wondering why I’m making a Thanks card with Christmas Mice.  Me TOO.   The background copper color reminds me of rich Thanksgiving decorations and I think it works.  Thos mice are so cute and take little time to color.  I am rather fond of that cheese which was definitely fun to color.  I cut off the tag on the bottom of the cheese with the “Merry Christmas” message.

I used a tree die and rectangular die with in the middle of the squares,, cut the border between the bottom set of squares and went on from there.  I had seen something similar with the mice, but cannot locate that card.  If I do, I will give her credit for her inspiration card.

Close-up below

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Please join us in this month’s “Give Thanks” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our 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 Arlene15 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.

 

 

 

 

National Parks


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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.

 

 

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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 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.

 

Sugar Tree Hug in a Mug


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Halloween Hug in a Mug

Howdy! We are now into fall which brings thoughts of Halloween, leaves turning colors and Thanksgiving. I love to decorate for Halloween and I am still thinking about all the fun coffee cards from last weekend so I combine the two. Here is a Halloween coffee card for you.

Sugar Tree Hug in a Mug

I started out making the mugs which are digital images by Sugartree stamps. I used the mug outlines for these. There are 11 different cups of coffee in this set, some with sayings, some blank and some with designs on them. I used Paint 3D and sized the mugs. I used words from the Hero Arts Spooky Labels digital kit and the little pumpkin from the Hero Arts Haunted digital kit to decorate the mugs. I printed the images on Neenah paper colored them using Copic pens. I cut them out by hand.

The panel right behind the mugs was fun to create. I used the Hero Arts Wood Floor bold print stamp to create the pattern in orange, purple and green inks. I used my Misti and stamped horizontal with the first color. I turned the paper so that the next stamp ended up vertical with the second color of ink. I turned the paper one more time for the third color for a diagonal. I like the pattern it made and it would work for many different situations by just using different ink colors.

The orange and purple layers are patterned paper from my stash. The green background paper is from my stash. I rounded the corners and cut the shapes using a Bo Bunny die.

The middle coffee cup is glued flat on the pattern panel. The other two mugs are raised with Glue Dots.

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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.

 

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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 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.


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Hero Arts Flowers For Coloring

Howdy! I have a card full of flowers for you today. Who doesn’t love flowers, I know I do. The Hero Arts Flowers For Coloring stamp set has so many fun flowers and there are so many things you can do with it.

Hero Arts Flowers To Color

To start off I took the entire set and left all the stamps from the Flowers For Coloring set right on the sheet they come on. I inked them up with some Memento Tuxedo black ink and stamped them on to some Neenah paper. Then I had fun coloring all the flowers and leaves with some fun colors. They are a little brighter in person. I used only two different color Copics for every one of the flower centers. Also for the flower centers I added Nuvo Crystal Clear Drops. I mounted the panel onto a black background.

For the sentiment I stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed it using Hero Arts white embossing powder. The sentiment is part of Hero Arts set It’s Your Day. The banner was cut using a Lawn Fawn die.

For another idea using this flower stamp set take a look at my blog.

 

 

 

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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 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.

 

 

 

Reef Border Die


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Hero Arts Reef Border Die

Howdy! How’s your summer going? I am here today with a tropical card. This is my first time using this fun Reef Border die. I have had my eye on it for quite some time. My thoughts went to rainbow fish when starting this card. Does anyone remember that book? I decided many fish in rainbow colors.

To start my card I put some Distress inks down on my craft mat and sprayed them with water. Then I took some watercolor paper and put that down on the watered down ink. I did a second round of that after my background was dry.

I stamped the octopus and the jelly fish using Oxide Distress inks. The octopus and jelly fish are from a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit. I used the dies from the kit to die cut them. I stamped the seahorse with a stamp from the Hero Arts set Color Layering Seahorse also using Oxide ink and die cut it with the matching die. The My Monthly Hero kit is no longer available but there is a Color Layering Octopus set in the a2z Scrapbooking store.

Next I used the Hero Arts Reef Border die to cut out the border. I went all around the die cut and colored the sea creatures using Copic pens. You could leave the center open and stamp a sentiment in there but I wanted a few sea creatures there. I also did not want a sentiment on the border so I will stamp that on the inside later.

 

 

 

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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 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.

 

 

 

Vintage Travel Digital Kit


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Hero Arts Vintage Travel Birthday Card

Hello again, I am here with another card and it goes along with the monthly challenge Birthday Bash.

Vintage Travel Digital Kit

I was taking a look at the digital images at a2z Scrapbooking and I really liked the images in the Vintage Travel Digital Kit. They are really good ones for masculine cards. Those are the hard ones to make for me. My inspiration for my card was a very similar one I made for my Dad.

For the background I first did a wash of blue watercolor on some watercolor paper. I decided it needed just a little bit more so the second time I put some Oxide Distress ink down on my craft mat and spritzed it with water and laid the panel over it. Then set that aside to dry and I don’t like to waste ink so I made another panel for another time.

For the billboard I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it out. I had to resize it to fit a 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 size card. For the “sign” part I first printed the map image, which is included in the Vintage Travel Digital Kit. I then loaded the map paper into my Cameo and cut out the “sign”. I stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts set It’s Your Day. The balloon is from a set by Avocado Arts. I colored the balloon with Copics and accented it with a white pen.

The ribbon is glued down with red line tape.

The car is also from the Vintage Travel Digital Kit. I sized it to fit my card and printed it on Neenah cardstock and cut it out by hand.

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Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” 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

 

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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 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.