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Hero Arts Large Flower Stencil card with texture paste

Hello! Yes, it’s the one-trick-pony Erica back on the blog, with… *drumroll*… another card using texture paste and Hero Arts stencils! Ta-Da!


After this post, I promise I will do something different. Absolutely. Most definitely. Almost positively sure. Maybe… just one or two more? It is just so much fun!!

For this card I thought I combine ink blending and texture paste to add lots of dimension and interest to a rather simple design. I started out by getting some water colour card stock out and I taped it down to a sheet of clear acetate. This is to use both as a mop-up of any ink blending messes and also as a sort of palette for my mixing of the texture paste and ink.

I used the Hero Arts Large Flower Stencil (which is sold out in the shop but if you want to order it, use the ‘request custom order’) but the Hero Arts Spiral Stencil would look fab too. Starting out, I dotted Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide  ink in the middle and for the petals I used Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink. I didn’t make it very vivid as the idea was to have a light colour underneath and then mix the texture paste with some ink for highlights on some of the petals.


To mix the colour and the paste, I simply dabbed my ink pad on the acetate and then mixed a bit of Ranger Ink White Texture Paste with my spatula. I didn’t mix it overly well as I wanted both the white and the pink to show. Using the spatula I spread the paste on selected petals, going from the middle and outwards. For the middle, I did the same thing with the yellow ink and the paste but this I mixed up very well before I dabbed it on rather than spreading, to get LOTS of texture.

Lifting the stencil is alway the most fun part, as although you have a general idea of how it is going to look, it’s still a revelation!

As the flower was looking rather spectacular I didn’t want to cover up too much of it so sentiment wise I went really simple. A single word stamp and die set from The Ton Stamps that says ‘hugs’, which I cut out from yellow card stock and stamped the sentiment in Picked Raspberry Oxide Ink. I also added a few of the circles and some sequins that matched the pink ink almost perfectly.


When I was looking for the perfect card base for this card I almost went with white, but then I spotted some Lawn Fawn card stock in Guava and thought it would be perfect to add just a tiny bit of accent to the card. I chopped off a thin sliver of the card panel and added it to the card base using double sided foam sheet (cut to perfect size) for a bit of dimension and to add some subtle detailing.


And that my friends, concludes this months third texture paste/embellishment mousse cards! I’ve tried to show different techniques to lure you into the wonderfully messy world of texture paste and I’d love to see what you come up with. Pop a picture in the comment section if you want, sharing is caring after all.


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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge




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Please join us in this months “Watercolor” 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


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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 with-in the shop.





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Lapel Pin with Hero Arts Butterfly Dies

Hi, Friends, it’s Chark today with a felt project. I needed a new pin for my coat after the Santa pin came off so I decided to try making a butterfly pin. After die cutting butterflies from felt in different colors, I put two together and added some rhinestones.

You can sew or use fabric glue to adhere the butterflies together for these pins. I suggest hot glue to attach the pin back, since it just needs to be strong and not pretty.



I love trying different materials with the dies and have used wood paper, acetate, felt and cork. So far, they all cut beautifully with the Big Shot.


Hope you’ll try some fun die cutting soon and remember, you can enter that or any other Hero Arts project in our January Anything Goes challenge here.


Happy Tuesday!

Color Layering Butterfly dies (I used these older ones)

Assorted Gemstones (I colored mine black with Sharpie)

Teardrop rhinestones

Felt and wire from stash



Tree Tag

a2z monthly challenge

Hello friends! Monica here stopping in to share a little tag I made for our December challenge.


I die cut my tree out of some scrap green paper I had  lying on my desk. I also used some scrap pieces of cardstock for the embellishments. Once everything was adhered to the tag I added some Nuvo for the accents.


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)  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! You can also chose to request a custom order if there is something you don’t see in the store.



Hero Arts- Color Layering DI130

Nuvo drops

Coffee Cup Tags


Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tags With a Hint of Embellishment

I thought some detailing might be nice to bring out an elegance to this set and I’m really amazed that I think I succeeded.  A little embellishment is sometimes all you need.  I made two cards with two different colored coffee cups, but the same embossing folder, stamps and stickers.  I hope you like these as much as I do.  I put Wink of Stella – GL White on both cups on the foam part.  The bronze seems to have pulled the white around and it looks like a foamy or creamy froth mixed with strawberry.

Coffee Cup Tags

Close-up of the cup  – this could be whipped cream on a hot chocolate  –  YUM

I guess it could be foam on a coffee – obviously, I know nothing about coffee.

Coffee Cup Tags

I know this seems dark and strange.  If I can get a better photo, I will.  The coffee cup paper is a shinny bronze with Cup O”Joe inked on the stamp.

It reminds me of a creamy strawberry cream on top.

Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tags


Coffee Cup Stamp and Die at A2Z

A Cuttlebug embossing folder a frame style

Starfoam Glitter Stickers – gold

One of the cups has glass gems.

For every $50 spent on Hero Arts products we will send you a special gift! No special code needed.Free Shipping on Domestic Orders $50.00 or More. Use Code FreeShipping16

Be sure to check out our sales/ retired section for 50%- and more off! You can use the discount code or the Free Shipping Code for extra savings!

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 November Challenge of “Embellish It” with your Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils. And, if you need some new supplies, don’t forget to shop at a2z Scrapbooking.


Hero Arts You’re So Lovely Circular Card

Hi friends – welcome back to another fun layered card. Once again, I didn’t do the ‘typical’ layering with lots of different papers and such; instead, I made this fun circular card using different heights/layers. 😀 Does that count?

I used the gorgeous Hero Arts You’re So Lovely flowers which I adore, stamped 2nd generation in red and purple, then colored with Copics. I die cut all the circles at once then mounted the 2 and 4th (from the outside) circles with foam tape for fun dimension. I then added some tiny glue dots and once dry, used rose gold foil for accents. The main panel is adhered to a circular card base which opens so you can include your message.




And don’t forget, you can use code: MicheleG15 at checkout of the Etsy store and receive 15% off your purchase of $25+. AND PLEASE, if you don’t see what you are looking for, leave a message, they do custom orders all the time and almost always can get what you would like…at a great price too. 😉

Thanks for peeking in; hope you’ll join our LAYER IT challenge this month!


Stamps: Hero Arts You’re So Lovely, Hero Arts Friends sentiments

Ink: MFT Wild Cherry and Grape Jelly, Hero Arts Intense Black

Paper: Hero Arts Snow White

Other: MFT Pierced Circle dies, rose gold foil, two way glue pen, foam tape


June Winners Announced

Hi, all, just a quick post to announce our June To Die For Challenge Winners. First, thanks to all who entered, we had such beautiful work this month!

Our winner of the $25 gift certificate to the store this month is Maura with this beauty!


The colors are striking and the fun stamping and distressing make the butterflies really stand out–and did you notice the glitter on the wings? Perfect touch! Please email  a2zscrapbooking@comcast.net  to claim your gift code.

Our runners-up win a blog badge and bragging rights to tell everyone how much our DT loved their entries! Just email the above address to ask for your blog buttons.

Helen, who is now on the design team, entered the June contest before being chosen for the team and made this lovely card. It has the right touch of red to really stand out with the kraft and white, always a great combination!



Our next runner-up is Cecilia, with this amazing mix of brick wall and vellum butterfly, both embossed in platinum. What a unique combo she made–the brick texture with the softness of the butterfly is really well done!


Our third runner-up is Kim H. with a different butterfly die and a wonderful shaped card– this is a lovely color combination and the sentiment matches the lighthearted feel of this card perfectly!


We’re so happy to see the entries each month and see what Hero Arts-inspired projects you make. Also, thanks for visiting the blog and shopping the store, we appreciate your support of the charities that every purchase at a2z Scrapbooking helps! You rock! And Congrats to our winners! Don’t forget, we have a July challenge you might want to break out your HA products and enter and maybe you’ll see your name announced next month!

Happy Thursday!


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Share Kindness Mum

NOTICE: It looks like we’re having a bit of trouble with our InLinkz Link-up on our blog. It seems to have a mind of its own and disappeared from the side-bar. However, it found a home on the first day of March here. The DT are trying to put it back where it came from, but until you see it in the usual place on the top right side, you’ll be able to enter here

Hi everyone, Angie here with another card made with some of my favorite Hero Arts products!  I hope you will have a chance to join in our March Embossing Challenge:  HERE

I used the Hero Arts D1159 Paper Layering Mum to make a mask and used the negative to sponge yellow ink, then lightly stamped a script stamp from my stash on the petals within the negative mask.

 I then masked the flower and added leaves from the Hero Arts Cl949 You’re So Lovely stamp set in green ink.  I highlighted the center veins with darker green marker and added a gem in the center.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts CL922 Acts of Kindness set from Jennifer McGuire, stamped in Hero Arts black ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder.

Lastly I added a strip of black and white washi tape down the left side.

If you need craft items, don’t forget you can just special order from the         A2ZScrapbooking Store.

You can use the code Angie15 to receive a discount of 15% of your total order of $25 or more excluding shipping at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.

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Supplies used: (Links are above)

share kindnessYour So Lovelylayering mum dieClear embossoing powder


Mask That Stencil

Hi, crafty friends, it’s Chark here today with some easy masking. I used my fave star stencil and a digi star with sentiment to create this card. I wanted it to look like the big star was trailing some smaller stars, so I just placed my stencil where I wanted it and added some paper that I cut and adhered to the stencil (I used dot roller adhesive).


After that, I used an ink dauber to quickly color the stencil…love those daubers!

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Then I placed the digi stamp (that I trimmed) into place and inked the edges.


I decided to use a die cut as a stencil for this card and just laid the white die cut in place and inked with Salted Ocean Distress Ink on the edges of the card. I didn’t measure or anything and wasn’t going for perfectly placed background images. Then the die cut was all blue, so I popped in the center and added a “Thanks” die cut. I masked the “stencil/die cut” I made so just parts would be inked on the background.


These took so little time (considering I was a little afraid of masking, because I figured you had to be really neat and precise, which I am not at all!) that I will be doing this technique again for fast cards.

Don’t forget to enter your Hero Arts projects in this month’s challenge: Masking.

aAnd a little birdie told me the ink daubers (including the neon colors) are on sale at the store. The yellow one I used is just $3.50! Wait, there’s more… A2Z Scrapbooking is also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these social media sites, so you don’t  miss out on any future promotions, challenges and inspiration!

Happy Wednesday!


Remember, you can Special Order any of these supplies if the store is temporarily out of the item at no extra charge! Just request it and a2z will make sure you get it!

Astral Digital Stamps

Yellow Ink Dauber

Sky Stencil Pair 

Dot Paper from Echo Park

Star Dust Stickles

Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Thanks Stamp and Cut

Winter Cheer Tag Set





Thankful Thanksgiving…

Hello everyone!! Kymona here from Kreative Kymona, with some cute tags for Thanksgiving.  Our current challenge is “Anything Goes” so I decided to go with Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is that day where we gather with family and friends to show how grateful we are to them. Big dinners are cook, tables are set and everyone is waiting for the turkey!!

My family is the most important part of who I am. I am grateful for each and everyone of them. I have two children, five brothers and sister, my mom and day, 5 nieces and nephews and so many aunts, uncles and my grandparents. When we get together we have a blast.

Before we have dinner, we gather together, hold hands and go around the room and say what we are thankful for this year. I love doing that because our lives are so busy sometimes we forget to tell each other that we are grateful for them. Once the last person speaks, my grandmother says a prayer and then we sit and eat together as a family.

This year, I wanted to do something extra. I wanted to give my brother and sister something to take with them.

So I create a couple of Thanksgiving tags that have a special note on the back for each of my sibling.

Take a look at my tags:

Thanksgiving Tag set

Take a look at the stamp set and die that I used to create these tags:

Hero Arts Harvest Die Cuts         Thankful for You

I love this set.  You can use it for Fall cards, Halloween cards and Thanksgiving cards!!  Such a versatile stamp set and the matching die is amazing.  This set allows you the opportunity to mass produce tags if need be.

Take a look at the tags individual:

This first one is my easy tag:

Thank You tag

I die cut the tag die. Then I stamped the sentiment and the small pumpkin.  I colored my pumpkin YR02, YR04, YR07, E37. After that, I added some embellishments and tied my string.

This second tag is the medium tag:

Thanksgiving Blessing tag

I die cut the tag die.  I sponged the tag with ink to give it some depth.  I stamped my sentiment and masked my pumpkins.  I colored the pumpkin in, added some embellishments and tied my string.

This third tag is the harder tag:

Happy Thanksgiving

I die cut the tag, pumpkin and leaves.  Then I sponged my tag again for depth.  Next I colored my images and stamped my sentiment.  I adhered my die cuts to the tag.  Finally I added some embellishments and tied the string.

On the back of each tag I will write a private message to each of my sibling.

So what do you think?  Do you think my siblings will like their tags?

All but three of the items I used for my tags can all be found at the a2z Scrapbooking Store. If you would like to purchase any of the supplies I used please head on over to the store and use the coupon code KYMONA15 to get 15% off your purchase.

I hope my tags gives you some inspiration to participate in our Current Challenge. It runs to the end of the month, which ends in two weeks. So hurry and create!

You have a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. Hope to see you there!

One more thing before I go, did you know that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets!! You don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions!!

Supplies used:

Thankful for You Hero Arts Harvest Die Cuts Diamond Gems 5mm Snow Layering Paper Copic Markers Kraft CS Large Tag Frame CutStitched Duo 1 Dies Rounded Tag Die