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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.)


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


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!


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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.



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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 within the shop.








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.


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.


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).


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.


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 🙂


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


White Cards


Gold Glitter Washi



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.


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!



Vintage Travel Digi Stamps


Kraft paper

Prismacolor pencils

Hello Die

Stitched Rectangle Die

Fancy Pants Circus Paper




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!


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!


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!


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!


Heart Pattern Stencil

Caffeine Fix Digital Stamps

Candy Apple Ink

Red Glitter Paper




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.


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.


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!



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)


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.


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.


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!


HA/BG Small Square Grid Stencil

Hero Arts Special Birthday Digi Stamps

Diamond Stickles

Teresa Collins Numbers

Hero Arts Rhinestones




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.



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.

pop up

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!


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




Stars In My Eyes

Hi, it’s Chark again with projects made with the Astral Digital Stamp set. I’m enjoying my new Hero Arts digi stamps that I used to make Halloween favors for the Digi Blog Hop. And I’m still printing out the Astral stamps and using them. Today I’ve made two simple cards using the various stamps from the set.


IMG_2449In this first one, I printed out the sky, moon and sentiment. I set the moon inside the card and surrounded it with silver sequins and Hero Arts Hues rhinestones. I used a large hole punch to make the window in the card.

IMG_2437For my second card, I used the Starry Night stencil and Silver Staz-On ink to make the sky on black cardstock. I added the star with the sentiment, used Stickles on the word “You” and added rhinestones from Hero Arts. I used silver glitter tape to make a shooting star.

IMG_2430I had fun with these stars, and I hope you try out the new digital stamps as accents for your projects too! If you visit the store, tell them Chark sent you and enter Chark15 to get your 15% discount on your order of $25 or more—including these stars in digital and stencil or anything else your heart desires!

Happy Wednesday!

p.s. Don’t forget to join us for the August challenge here to win a gift certificate! You can also comment on the blogs in the a2z and Hero Arts Digi Blog Hop to win a gift certificate, you lucky thing, you!