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Topiary Thank You with Hero Arts

Aloha and happy Friday friends!  I’ve been loving the latest Stamp and Cut sets with Hero Arts and wanted to play with the Hero Arts Layered Topiary Stamp and Cut.  Such a fun, easy and versatile stamp set.  I’ve made a bunch of thank you cards, but definitely thinking of adding a birthday sentiment instead or an “I love you” sentiment perfect for this month’s challenge!

Topiary Thank You with Hero Arts

I initially started with the center topiary using Distress Oxide inks in Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Lucky Clover for the leaves and Vintage Photo for the trunk.  I wanted to play around with just using a single ink color and it still looked cool so I decided to stamp out a couple more topiaries on each side.

Topiary Thank You with Hero Arts

For more dimension I die cut the topiary to pop it up and added some score lines to ground my topiaries.  The beautiful font on the sentiment is also from the same set!

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!  Mahalo for stopping by!!


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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge





Please join us in this month’s “It’s a Love Thing” 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 NICKI15 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.




Hero Arts Layered Topiary Stamp and Cut

Distress Oxide inks: wisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover and Vintage Photo


Bold Floral Stencil Love

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Hi there, it’s Angie here with a card for our December Challenge!

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I think I really have a thing for stencils and this is one of my favs ever!

Hero Arts Bold Floral Stencil, used with Distress Oxide inks, Hero Arts Acetate for see through window, white embossing powder with Versamark ink, Gina K heavyweight card stock, and black fun foam.  I made this background some time ago but didn’t do anything with it….then I decided to make a card similar to one I had made a few months ago for a DT post on a2zscrapbooking. (It was more CAS.)  I usually prefer CAS designs, but I like the busy-ness of this stencil with the oxides and black contrast.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge




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Please join us in this months “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 my discount code Angie15 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 Prayers

Hi friends – welcome back to a super simple card – TOTALLY CAS (clean and simple)! I recently received some 4 bar note cards and have LOVED using them for quick cards. And since we are focusing on sentiments this month, I thought this was the perfect size for a card truly focusing on the sentiment! And don’t forget to play for your chance to win; link up your card HERE!

And don’t forget, you can save 15% off your order when shopping the Etsy store, just use code: MicheleG15!


I used the Hero Arts You’re So Lovely stamp set and only embossed the foilage with white embossing powder. I had seen something very similar on Jennifer McGuire’s Instagram account and knew it would be fun to try!

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Hero Arts Prayers Stamp & Cut

Embossed prayers

Hero Arts Prayers Stamp & Cut

Once embossed, I die cut ‘prayers’ from the center (uh…should have saved those inside pieces, WHOOPS) and sponged on Worn Lipstick oxide ink and Fired Brick distress ink. I embossed the rest of the sentiment on black card stock and mounted with dimensional tape, added more black cardstock behind the sentiment, swiped the top and bottom of the 4 bar card with Worn Lipstick oxide ink and that’s it! Super simple yet very striking.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you will join our challenge this month; you can link up YOUR projects HERE!


Stamps: You’re So Lovely, Prayers Stamp and Cut

Ink: Versamark, Worn Lipstick Oxide Ink, Fired Brick Distress Ink

Paper: Hero Arts white, Hero Arts black note card,

Accessories: Hero Arts white embossing powder


Grateful Paper Layering Hummingbird

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Hi there, it’s Angie here with a card featuring the new Hero Arts Paper Layering Hummingbird die.  I love hummingbirds so when I saw this new die set, I just had to get it and I’m so glad I did!

This card was quick to make, just stamped some flowers and leaves from the Hero Arts “Let Love Grow” set (in Distress Oxide inks) and cut a strip of black to mount the strip on.  I die cut the bird and used the same inks on him, added some black with a black marker, and added the Hero Arts “Grateful” rubber stamp sentiment on a scalloped oval die cut that was inked with the same inks.  I put it all on the card base and was done in no time!

Hope you will take the time to enter the 2 ways to win a $25 gift card to the a2z scrapbooking store!  Here’s the scoop:

1st Chance to Win:  Enter our monthly Challenge here!

2nd Chance to Win: During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! 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! I

f 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!


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Hero Arts Coffee Cup tag & Mini Succulent cards

Hi friends – WELCOME TO THE WEEKEND! Hope you are doing great! This month, we are focusing on tags – such a fun and simple challenge. Be sure to share your creations with us HERE, we love seeing what you create, just be sure to have a Hero Arts item as your main focus to qualify for the monthly prize!

I made a couple succulent mini cards (eekkk…see that dirty spot on my acrylic block – UGH, not attractive for the pictures eh?) and a coffee cup tag too. But seriously, those mini cards are pretty stinking cute I think; just perfect for a quick note to tuck into a lunch box, stick on a gift card, or a gift bag! And that coffee cup tag, look at those faux coffee circle stains, I love the dimension they add to the tag! I made them using THIS stencil and the matte transparent texture paste, and since it’s transparent, the sponging of distress inks really made them pop off the tag. cup-of-cheer-full-blog

I added some ink smooshing behind the cup!





The succulents were colored with Distress Crayons; I die cut each succulent shape from a folded piece of card stock allowing the hinge (opening) at the bottom, then cut the front panel from a separate piece of water color paper, stamped the image in Hero Arts Intense Black, colored and adhered to the front of the die cut. Quick and easy – can’t beat that!mini-succulents-open-blog

The coffee cup was stamped with two colors of red ink, I used a wink of stella for some shimmer; the reds ran a bit but that’s okay, I didn’t mind. I colored the top with Copics and added some white enamel accents for faux sprinkles. I used the largest Hero Arts Infinity tag for the base, added the stencil and texture paste, sponged on some distress inks, mounted the focal piece with fun foam on top of some scrap die cut circles. Easy peasy – I added another tag to the back, stamped a sentiment and left lots of room to include a message. I colored some red and white twine with a Copic to make the white a brown.

Thanks for popping in; can’t wait to see your creations and don’t miss your chance to win a $25 gift card! And don’t forget to check out all the specials at our Etsy shop, a2z Scrapbooking; be sure to use code MicheleG15 to receive 15% off your order of $25+. See you again soon!

PS – they do special orders at the Etsy store, so if you don’t see what you are looking for, please inquire!!



PAPER: Canson Water Color Paper, Kraft card stock

INKS: Hero Arts Intense Black, MFT Electric Red, MFT Brick Red, Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Inks

STAMPS: Coffee Cup Tags, Potted Succulent

OTHER: Coffee Cup Matching Dies, Succulent Matching Dies, Distress Crayons, Stencil Girl Stencil, transparent texture paste, enamel accents, clear Wink of Stella, HA Infinity Tags


Rainbows and Goodbyes

Hello Crafters!

It’s Kelly here and sadly this will be my last post for A2ZScrapbooking.

While I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I have had here I feel like it’s time to move on. Thank you so much for visiting me here at the blog and an even bigger thank you to all the girls.

You’re lovely and I adore each and everyone of your talented  little souls.

I decided to do a video for my last post.


This is a technique I’ve been asked about quite a few times. I hope you enjoy!

I did add a bit of white gel pen after I had turned off the camera to fill in the black space.

Thank you so much!


Butterfly and Flower Stamp set

Stamp and Cut Thanks

Distress Ink

White Embossing Powder

Sakura White Pen


Strike A Balance

Hello crafters!

Congratulations you are halfway through the week! Friday is just around the corner 🙂

Today I wanted to talk about balance. I’m sure you’ve heard in card making there are rules.

The rule of thirds. The gallon, pint, quart rule. The odd number rule.

Sometimes you can throw all the rules out and still end up with an amazing project. Other times when it seems like your elements just aren’t coming together those rules can be quite helpful. This includes finding a balance in your design. Before I get to the cards I want to talk about how I created my rainbow patterns. I recently got the Hero Arts Stylish Borders Stencil and there are so many awesome options with it.

Stylish Borders

I embraced my love of the rainbow and made a few backgrounds.

I just masked with two large pieces of copy paper and moved the stencil around until the whole piece was covered. I did wipe the stencil off with a dry cloth in between colors to prevent mixing. I ended up only using pieces of each background because, well, CAS is just my style 🙂 But I still have large pieces of each background to use again 🙂

Okay. First up: Super simple


I did some inlay die cutting with this one. I decided to die cut the butterfly because it is a softer shape and balances the hardness of the triangles. The simple black sentiment provides contrast and doesn’t compete with the busy pattern.

Second: Middle of the Road


I really loved the chevron pattern but it seemed a little big so I only used a portion of it. Since the top left is so busy I placed my sentiment in the bottom right to balance it. The addition of the stars and enamel dots draws the eye to the sentiment. It also grounds it so it isn’t just floating all by it’s lonesome 🙂 I used an odd number of embellishments since it’s more pleasing to the eye. If you use even numbers your brain automatically tries to pair them. Weird huh? The stars were stamped in black but felt too dark to me so I outlined with a gel pen. I love how they pop!

Finally: Busy Bee


Cut me a break,  this is busy for me ha! I loved the swirls on the stencil they looked like party streamers to me! I can also see them being water for an underwater card or wind for some fall leaves. So many possibilities! I wanted my streamers to look a little dreamy so I added a few with embossing paste and a few more tracing the stencil with my stickles. Since the streamers are so soft I kept the shape of panel and the sentiment banner hard. I let the balloons over hang the edge to add some interest and put the sentiment in the “sweet spot” according to the rule of thirds.

If you love this stencil as much as I do you’re in luck because it’s currently on sale for only $4.00! What a steal!!

Don’t forget we have a current challenge to play along with. Create a project for either Autumn or Christmas and you could win $25.00 gift certificate to the store.

So now that I’ve shown you how I find my balance how do you find yours? I’d love to see how you do 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!


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Encouraging Tags

Hello crafters!

It has been such a busy week here on the blog! Inspiration every where!

Our current challenge is Encouragement and I decided nothing could be more encouraging than the sweet characters in the Lil Hoot set from Hero Arts and Operation Write Home. I also really wanted to play around with some backgrounds so I decided to create some tags. Often times I feel a little overwhelmed when trying to use large backgrounds on a card. A tag is a perfect way to use a little bit of a busy background!

I should note that these tags were created by me. I know I should get a die but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I cut my paper and then traced the edge of a large circle die. Trimmed off the top and punched a whole it in. BOOM! Tag 🙂

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For my first tag I smooshed distress inks onto my craft mat and sprayed it with water. I kept dipping my tag in until I like the background. after it was dry I laid down the arrow stencil and put even more distress ink on. Finally I shifted the die over to the right and used my white embossing paste. I like how just bits of the darker color are peaking out. I added a bit of stickles to the tips of the arrows. The elephant was colored with copics, fussy cut, and added with dimensional adhesive.

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For this background I used the Tweed stencil and more distress ink. I just kept shifting the stencil up to get the ombre chevrons. I love the blended look it gives. I flipped the stencil horizontal and added embossing paste creating a subtle cross hatch. I outlined one side of the embossing paste with stardust stickles. Again I colored the bears with copics, fussy cut, and added dimensional adhesive.


This last one was the most fun to create! I love how the starry sky turned out! I added several colors of distress ink keeping it lighter where I knew my moon would be. I flicked on some water and let it dry. I added the stars using the Starry Night stencil then used a silver pen and stardust stickles to add some dots. Copics, Fussy, Dimension. All done!

These guys couldn’t be any cuter! I just love this set 🙂

Don’t forget you still have three days to play along with the challenge and get your comments in on the Hero Arts Digital Blog hop!! Don’t miss your chance to win gift certificates to the store. If you do decide to do a little shopping feel free to use the code KELLYL15  to get 15% off 🙂

Thanks for stopping by


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