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Digital Duel with Birthday Bash

Today’s digital duel is starring Arlene and me, Chark, along with the Hero Arts Birthday Bash digital kit. This is the prize for the winner this month of our Make It Pop challenge. You can use any products to win this digi kit…and if you use Hero Arts products on your project, you could also win $20 to the a2z store!

Here’s Arlene’s darling card for her darling granddaughter. She used shades of purple for the cupcake and a large sentiment from the kit inside. You can see more on Arlene’s blog here.

And here’s my take for a masculine birthday. I used washi tape in gold chevron for stripes, printed the sentiment the color it already is (teal) and added a candle from the kit for the letter i.

I used a white Uniball gel pen to make stripes and dots on the candle and letters and Stickles for the flame. I mounted the sentiment on some teal cardstock, then white then a pool notecard. So fast and easy!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

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Please join us in this month’s “Make it Pop” 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 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.

 

 

 


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World Cardmaking Day Fun with Go Wild Digis

Hi, cardmaking buddies! So excited for World Cardmaking Day! For the first time here at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies, we’re celebrating with some blog fun.

First, take a look at this z-folded card I made…it’s my first fun-fold card. I love watching videos of how talented people create crazy fun-fold cards like those box cards that open into a 3-D project, but they seem too complicated for me, so I stay away from fancy stuff 🙂 This was super easy, though, all I had to do was cut an 5.5″x11″ piece of cardstock, score it in the middle and then score and fold back the front piece.

I printed the zebra stripes and then colored them with Tombow markers in pink and yellow, trimmed and adhered it to the card. I printed out the sentiment and colored it with purple and blue Tombows (using a waterbrush to pull the color up for an ombre look). I mounted that sentiment on cardstock and then adhered the little panel to the front fold of the card. Easy!! I couldn’t decide if I should add embellies, but the paper and multi-colored words seem like enough pizazz 🙂

And just for World Cardmaking Day, only our favorite readers and customers (that’s you!) get a 25% discount on the store! From October 7 (8am EDT) until October 8 (11:59pm EDT) you can pile whatever you want into your cart and then enter the code WorldDay25 and bam! you get your discount (except the clearance items, which are already priced crazy low).

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. That means you get your discount on brand-new holiday stamps and dies like this adorable Color Layering Baby Penguin set or Winter Silhouette set from Hero Arts.

 

You also get the 25% off for your supplies, like Nuvo Gilding Flakes and Glitter Paste, Chibi Lights, and the Wagner Heat Gun.

 

And you get 25% off your basics, like Gina K 120 lb Premium cardstock, Hero Arts cards/envelopes and adhesives! Who can’t use a discount on more glue pens and Stick-it sheets?

This weekend only, we have a flash challenge and giveaway to celebrate World Cardmaking Day. To enter create any card with a fun fold beyond the basic fold…a gateway fold, a z fold, or whatever fun way you think of to make your card just a little different from an ordinary card. Be sure to link back to us on your post, and enter your post in the rafflecopter directly below. If you do that by Sunday, October 8th at 11:59pm EDT, you’ll be entered to win $20 to the a2z Scrapbooking store. The Rafflecopter giveaway directly below has even more chances to win if you don’t have the time to create a card! Have fun, enjoy the creative weekend and stock up on some goodies to celebrate.

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Everyone who enters a card in this challenge this weekend will receive the free Hero Arts digital stamp, Spooky Labels. Perfect for Halloween treat bags, invitations or cards and scrapbook layouts—this set is exclusive to a2z Scrapbooking. We have the exclusive rights to all of the Hero Arts digital stamps, so if you want them, you can only find them here! Provide a way for us to reach you (through your blog or in the comments) and we’ll email the digital set to all our entrants. DT Member Donna used them for her classy treat bags.

 

If you’re looking for some tips on how to use our Hero Arts digital stamps, Kristina has a video post here to walk you through some of the basics. They’re fun to use and easy and you can size them however you want. Often, I don’t even manipulate the stamp, I just print and color and add to my cards…but there are a lot of ways to use them.

For more inspiration, check out DT member Leslie’s fun-fold card here  and Cindy’s fun-fold card here.  They’re amazing!

Happy World Cardmaking Day! Oh, and check back on Monday, October 9th, to see the September Challenge Winners!

 

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

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Please join us in this month’s “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 CHARK15 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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Go Wild with Hero Arts Digis

Hi, Friends, it’s Chark here today with a fun “Dueling Design Team Members” post. If you saw yesterday’s post, you know we’re changing things up for our monthly challenge here at a2z and our challenge winner for October’s Watercolor challenge will win the Go Wild digital set. If our random winner is also using Hero Arts products, we will add a $20 gift card to the store!

Today, Leslie and I decided to duel each other and each use the Go Wild digi to see if we can come up with something fun to share. I have to admit, I brought my A-game to this challenge, since Leslie is top-notch. First is Leslie’s card and how she made it.

I created the background using the Go Wild Digital Kit, re-sizing and re-coloring the images as I applied them to my layout. I also used digital buttons from the Hero Arts Say It in Pieces Digital Greetings, re-sizing and re-coloring them as I applied them to the layout.

I printed the layout and trimmed it down, then layered the panel on black cardstock and again on blue cardstock, then adhered it to the card base. I applied Morning Dew Crystal Drops to the buttons and a few random places on the card front. I also used a sentiment on the inside from the Say It in Pieces Digital Greetings. For more details and additional photos, please see my blog post at Love To Scrap 2.

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And here’s mine. I printed the cheetah pattern on gold matte paper (hammered) and printed the same greeting Leslie used onto white cardstock. I colored the words with a Tombow red marker and then colored a white card on the edge to match. I adhered the greeting to the cheetah paper. Note—I tried printing from my laser (black and white) printer onto shiny metallic paper and it didn’t work well. Another kind of printer might do better but the matte paper was key to good quality printing for me. I used Nuvo Glossy Black Drops for the corners. This one was super fast.

One of my favorite things about digi stamps is the instant download. I’m often making cards at the last minute, even for birthdays that I know are coming(!), so digital stamps make things faster and easier than stamping. I just print the stamp on colored paper and add the greeting or print and color while I watch tv. I don’t do anything fancy on the computer with digitals, though you can create the entire card as digital and just print it too.

I like the fact that Leslie and I both used the same sentiment but that we each went a different way with color schemes. It just goes to show you how versatile digital stamps are.

Hope you’ll join in our monthly challenge so you can have a shot at this stamp set. Remember you no longer have to use Hero Arts to participate in our monthly challenges, the winner is randomly drawn for the digi prize…and if you do use Hero Arts products on your project, you could win this digi set AND $20 to the store! The Design Team will also be choosing their top three favorite projects from the challenge each month and award them a cool TOP 3 blog badge.

Happy Monday!


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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking watercolor challenge

 

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 the discount code CHARK15 or Leslie15 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.

 

 

 

Leslie’s Card

Hero Arts Go Wild Digital Kit
Hero Arts Say It (in Pieces) Digital Greetings
White, black and blue cardstock
Morning Dew Crystal Drops
Chark’s Card


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Hero Arts Winged Friends

Hi, friends, Chark here today with my favorite flower stamp, the Hero Arts Large Hydrangea as a background stamp instead of the focus image. It’s still beautiful and fun to color, but it’s only a supporting player for the main image from the digital collection, Winged Friends (just $2.99 for four beautiful images.)

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I used Prismacolor pencils on the butterfly and Tombow markers on the flowers and leaves.

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I used white embossing powder after I stamped the flowers in Versamark ink and the white lines help keep the watercolor effects of the Tombow markers right where I wanted them. The bleeding and mixing of colors was controlled in each flower this way. Couldn’t love this flower stamp more and there’s just one in stock in the store! If it sells out, you can always special order it at a2z Scrapbooking at no additional cost!

To finish this project, I cut out the stamped panel, adhered it to a white gift bag and added silver border stickers and some ribbon from my stash. It’s ready to go to a birthday party now!

Happy Saturday!

chark!

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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 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.

 

 

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 chark15 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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New Orleans Mardi Gras Cards

Hi, friends, it’s Chark today with a couple of cards using the New Orleans wooden stamp from Hero Arts. I had to have this stamp because New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the U.S. (Never been out of the country, so I can’t say the world, but I imagine it’d still be at the top of the list.)

I first visited in high school when I unexpectedly got to take the French class trip to New Orleans…it’s where a friend of mine actually became my boyfriend, so you can see why the city is a favorite of mine, not to mention the food, the music, the feel of the French Quarter, the shops, the architecture, the very essence of just being on Bourbon Street. I’ve been back twice and never at Mardi Gras, but I always think of New Orleans at this time of year.

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Both cards here use the Mermaid Ombre ink, which is gorgeous, for the backgrounds. The first card I wiped the pad onto vellum and then rubbed off some extra and let it dry. Be aware it takes awhile (read hours) to air dry on vellum. I used the ink to stamp the city skyline as well. I thought it looked like Mardi Gras colors (though the green is more teal), so I added some gold glitter washi and sequins.

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This next card is a bit different and I used a white card for the background panel. I simply laid the ink pad onto the paper several times and then turned the pad sideways and patted the ink pad onto the previous inking, to make a plaid pattern. I added a white strip of paper with heart die cuts and added sequins and a digital sentiment (birthday is inside).

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Please join us in our February Any Shade of Red With Hero Arts Challenge to try to win the $25 gift code to the store. Go here for the details.

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Hope you have a great day and Mardi Gras (February 28 this year)! Oh, and that boyfriend I dated in New Orleans? I married him and took him to New Orleans for our honeymoon 🙂

chark

Hero Arts Special Birthday digital stamps

So Sorry Stamp & Cut

New Orleans City stamp (custom order this at no extra cost by clicking the aqua custom order button)

Mermaid Ombre ink

Sequins

White Cards

Vellum

Gold Glitter Washi

 


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Vintage Travel Card

Hi, friends, Chark here today with a Vintage Travel digi card. I downloaded the instant stamps and then printed out this fantastic vintage car on kraft paper. I colored it with white, red and black Prismacolor pencils. Then I added a die cut hello in red and outlined it in white gel pen. I die cut it with a stitched frame and adhered it to a white card base.

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Easy, fast and fun to make. Now I’m ready for my next nephew’s birthday…and yes, most of my nephews are actually adults, which I do not care for–if they are old, what does that make me?! 🙂

Have you tried a digi kit? We have the exclusive rights to the Hero Arts digital catalog at a2z and it’s so easy to open and print them, you ought to take a look here if you haven’t yet. The other great thing? Instant access! No shipping!

Hope you’ll join in our monthly challenge and that you’ll check us out on TwitterInstagramPinterest, and Facebook so you won’t miss out on any special sales, etc!

Happy Tuesday!

Chark

 

Vintage Travel Digi Stamps

Notecards

Kraft paper

Prismacolor pencils

Hello Die

Stitched Rectangle Die

Fancy Pants Circus Paper

 

 


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Dressing Up a Gift Bag

Hi, friends, Chark here today to show you an easy and CAS way to dress up a plain gift bag. It’s one of my favorite things to do, because you can personalize any gift bag for any occasion. For this one, I made a pretty generic bag for any occasion but of course, I added some sparkle!

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I stenciled with the Hero Arts/Basic Grey Heart Pattern stencil and some Candy Apple Red Distress Ink. Then I printed out the digi “Enjoy” sentiment and adhered it to the stenciled panel. I added strips of red glitter paper to match the hearts and some white tissue paper. Ready to go!

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And just a little hint, this fab and versatile stencil (I can see this on a scrapbook page, baby card, wedding tag, and all kinds of projects) is just $3.50 right now at the a2z Scrapbooking store!

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Hope you’ll participate in our Maychallenge Clean and Simple  (Hero Arts Products Required!)   This challenge runs though the end the month.   You have a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to the a2z Scrapbooking Store.

Happy Weekend!

chark

Heart Pattern Stencil

Caffeine Fix Digital Stamps

Candy Apple Ink

Red Glitter Paper

 

 


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I’ll Take the Glittery Piece of Cake

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to share a glittery birthday cake card. I used a digi image and didn’t change the color, just printed it in black and then added colored Stickles for the icing and candles without coloring.

The background was created with the Dylusion Ink Sprays on watercolor paper. I love how the ink just soaked in and didn’t bleed too much on this paper. It looks pretty festive to me.

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I painted the happy die cut with the same spray and when it adhered a little wonky, I left it alone, because it looks happy to me. I didn’t want to stamp on the front, so it says Birthday inside.

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Here’s a little closer look at the glittery goodness.

Hope you’ll participate in our January challenge — Fireworks (Use a lot of Glitter and Bling)  (Hero Arts Products Required!)   This challenge runs though the end the month.   You have a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to the a2z Scrapbooking Store.

Happy Sunday!

chark

 

Special Birthday Digital Stamps

Stamp and Cut Happy

Dylusions Spray Inks (Funky Fuchsia, Fresh Lime, Lemon Zest, London Blue)

Lawn Fawn Rectangle Stitched Die 

Watercolor paper

Stickles Glitter Glue (Crushed Pineapple, Firefly, Glam Pink)


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Birthday Bling

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today on the blog and I have a birthday card that I blinged out to show you.

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I used my HA Small Square Grid stencil and used a Prismacolor white pencil to outline some of the stencil, then I added some Diamond Stickles to those white lines. I added the Stickles after removing the stencil, but you can do it while the stencil is in place, just be sure to immediately clean the stencil after removing it from your card. Stickles is a glitter glue and you don’t want the glue to dry on the stencil.

After it dried, I adhered a digi heart in black from the Special Birthday Digital Stamps and some Teresa Collins die cut numbers. To the numbers, I added my Hero Arts rhinestones for just a touch more bling. Then a tiny strip of black cardstock to finish the card.

Here’s a close-up of the sparkle.

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I hope you’ll join in January’s challenge here and add a lot of bling to your Hero Arts stamps and stencils!

Pssst! Just to let you know, this Hero Arts/Basic Grey stencil is just $3.50 in the store right now–that’s more than half off the original price! And if you check out the sale section, you’ll find lots of stencils are on sale right now, along with holiday stamps and more!

Happy Saturday!

chark

HA/BG Small Square Grid Stencil

Hero Arts Special Birthday Digi Stamps

Diamond Stickles

Teresa Collins Numbers

Hero Arts Rhinestones

 

 


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Bear Hugs

Hi, friends, Chark here today with a card that would fit right in with this month’s challenge of Make It Pop. I used some bumpy paper for the texture and added embossed star strips to the corner.

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Inside, I made a very simple pop-up card by cutting two slits in a piece of cardstock and folding it outward. You can see in this picture what I mean.

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I used dark blue cardstock and attached my greeting to the front piece.

It was pretty simple to make and adds a fun element to a card for kids…or for anyone!

Hope you’ll join in our December challenge here by Making it Pop and using a main Hero Arts product on your project!

Happy Wednesday!

chark

Star Stencil

Lil Hoot Stamps

Special Birthday Digi sentiments

Silver Embossing Paste

Tide Pool Ink Dauber

Silver Stickles

Silver Line Stickers

Vellum Paper

Blue Lizard Paper

Silver Paper for sentiment

Mermaid Lagoon ink