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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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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 Tiger Lily

Guess what’s in the store?   The NEW CHRISTMAS Hero Arts products are in the A2Z Scrapbooking store.  Go shopping NOW!

I made a tag to say hello, but then I wanted to experiment with colors, some were successful and some not so much.

First up is my hello tag.  With the tiger Lily stamp set, I like all the sentiments in this stamp set and I think they will be well used.  .  I also ordered the suggested ink cube pack, Desert Sun for stamping the flower.  I used Dandelion for the bottom stamp, Tangerine for the middle and Strawberry for the top stamp.

  • Order of stamping:
  • Lay the Spiral Stencil over the tag and sponge with Dandelion ink.
  • No masking because the same color ink is used on the bottom flower layer.
  • Stamp in order (stamping order on back of stamp set packaging.
  • Stamp sentiment.

You can use any stencil with the same color as the bottom layer of the flower without masking.

I put together some color combinations on my personal blog with the Color Layering Tiger Lily in various distress ink colors.  Be sure to go down to the very bottom of my post at A Bit of This and That. .  I was surprised how the white embossing looked on the final top stamp of this set.

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Please join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” 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 color layering Tiger Lily stamp set at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Hero Arts ink cube set Desert Sun – you can custom order this set through A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Hero Arts Infinity dies – Nesting Tag Dies (you can custom order through A2Z)
  • Distress Inks – specific inks under each tag
  • Hammermill paper
  • Vagabond die cut machine
  • Matching Hero Arts Color Layering Tiger Lily Frame Cuts die is available at A2Z


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Blessings Stamp n Cut with Hero Arts

Aloha and happy Monday friends!  There’s a great selection of sale items in the a2z Scrapbooking store and today I’m featuring a few of them including the Tim Holtz Distress inks!  So many good deals…definitely head on over!

You know how I love a versatile stamp set that can be used for all kinds of occasions?  This one is it!

Blessings Stamp n Cut

I’ve been in love with this Hero Arts Blessings Stamp and Cut! I love the font of the die cut, I love that you can just stamp it out, and the supporting sentiments are perfect for the upcoming holiday season as well!  Let’s take a look at my first card…

Hero Arts Blessings w/ Distress Inks

I stamped out the sentiment with Versamark ink and covered in Hero Arts White Embossing Powder on white cardstock.  Then I used an ink  blending tool to add Distress inks in Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, and Peacock Feathers. I wanted the “blessings” to be bright and with dimension, so I die cut the word twice and layered.  For a fun edge, I used Lawn Fawn’s Valentine Borders die.

Ombre Blessings Stamp n Cut with Hero Arts

You can tell I was having way too much fun, so I made a second card adding the ombre hearts (also a part of the Blessings Stamp n Cuts) using Hero Arts Lilac to Grape Purple ombre ink.  I changed up the design of the inking to follow the ombre hearts for fun and added some water droplets.

Hero Arts Blessings Stamp n Cuts

That’s it for me today!  I wish you all an awesome and creative week ahead!

Mahalo for stopping by!

nikia2zscrapbooking

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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 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 with-in the shop.

 

 

Hero Arts Blessings Stamp and Cut

Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

Hero Arts Lilac to Grape Purple ombre ink

Versamark ink

Tim Holtz Distress inks in: Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, and Peacock Feathers

Lawn Fawn’s Valentine Borders die


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You are Wonderful – Stamp & Cut w/ Poetic Petals

 

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Hello, Angie here with some last minute inspiration for our soon to be concluded August Challenge “Bright and Beautiful”.  I hope you will find the time to join us and enter for a chance to win $25 gift card to the a2z store!

I used Hero Arts digital set Poetic Petals (see links below in supplies list) along with the Wonderful Stamp and Cut set to make this bright card.  After printing and coloring the flower, I fussy cut it out and added it to a card base that I had stenciled with Distress Oxide inks using a Tim Holtz Rays stencil.  The word die was cut from white and I cut an additional black border around it to help it pop.  I added some sparkle to the word and I was done!  Quick and easy!  (See my list of supplies below.)

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

Hero Arts Bright and Beautiful Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Bright & Beautiful” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z 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 Angie 15 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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Asian Flower Stencil, Love Little Heart & You’re So Lovely from Hero Arts

     

Hi there, it’s Angie here today with a couple of fun cards for you!

I think I really have a thing for stencils so today I used a stencil and stamp combination technique.

I used the stencil with some inks and then moved it over slightly and inked it again in different colors, to give it a different look.  Then I stamped the tiny stars and hearts in the center of each Asian flower.

I used:  Hero Arts Bold Asian Flower Stencil, Distress inks, Gina K heavyweight card stock,  Hero Arts You’re So Lovely stamp set (for the hello), and the Hero Arts Love Little Heart stamp (Love sentiment),  From my stash I used some star dies, a scalloped stitched rectangle die,  and a few tiny heart and star stamps.

Hope you enter a project in the Anything Goes Challenge this month at a2zscrapbooking!

There’s one day left!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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 the a2z 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 within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Colorful Reef with Hero Arts

Happy Sunday friends!  Weekends go by so quickly around this household and we’re trying to cherish every last bit of summer before school starts which inspired me to use the BEAUTIFUL Hero Arts Reef Border and Frame Die.

I wanted to play with the latest Distress Oxide inks that are super easy to blend and give a gorgeous background to the Reef Border die.  The card below uses Distress Oxide inks in Broken China, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans, then sprinkled with water for more effect.

Hero Arts Reef Border Die

I loved the blue combination for traditional ocean hues, but I wanted to play with some sunset colors as well!

Hero Arts Reef Border die

I used Distress Oxide inks in Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry and Abandoned Coral and then again sprinkled with water.

Hero Arts Reef Border Die

The Hero Arts Reef Border Die makes for quick cards that can be used for just about any occasion!

 

In case you didn’t know, a2z is also on Ebay; and there is a major Summer Clearance in our Ebay Store right now. Clearance items are 40% off and include Scor Pal, many Hero arts inks, stamps, dies, paper, stencils, buttons and embellishments!  Hurry in and check it out!  Click here.

 

Mahalo for stopping by!

nikia2zscrapbooking

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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 the a2z 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 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.

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia with Press & Seal

Hi friends – this month we are focusing on shaped cards; sorry, mine isn’t shaped, #fail, but it’s a tri-fold card! 😀 I still think it’s cool. LOL

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Don’t forget, if you see something you like, you can purchase items at the a2z Etsy store for 15% off, code: MicheleG15! And if something is out of stock, please request a custom order!

Also, take some time this montn and join our challenge, we love seeing your creations! Link them up HERE!

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I made the ‘cover’ of the tri-fold card with Distress Oxide inks, then stamped the Artistic Dahlia in Hero Arts intense black ink. Since it’s watercolor paper and a bit textured, I outlined the image with a sharpie once I finished coloring the image.

I actually used Press & Seal to color the image; LOVE doing this – adds to the artistic flair I think. Literally, cut a small piece of press and seal, crinkle it up, dip it in ink and ‘sponge’ all over the flowers and leaves.

 

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Prayers dimension

Prayers Inside

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Prayers tri-fold

I die cut the word ‘prayers’ from the center, then also cut it a 2nd time with black foam. I added gold foil to the bottom of the word, mounted it into the negative space onto some black and white striped paper; love how it looks all closed up. Oh yes, I splattered on some gold paint too.

I added a piece of pink paper to the inside, finished out the sentiment and added some hearts.

Thanks for stopping by; can wait to see what YOU create this month!

michele

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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 MicheleG15 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.

 

 

 

Stamps: Artistic Dahlia, Prayers Stamp and Cut

Ink: Hero Arts Intense Black, Distress Oxide Inks (Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber), Distress Inks: Abandoned Coral, Broken China

Paper: HA Blush layering papers, Snow White folder cards, Ranger watercolor paper

Misc: Sharpie, black fun foam, gold foil


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Distress Stripes and Hero Arts Peacock Stencil

Aloha and Happy Wednesday friends!  This month’s challenge is playing with stencils and there are so many techniques to use.  The best part about stencils is they’re inexpensive and super versatile!  Here’s my card for today…

Hero Arts Peacock Feather Stencil and Distress Stripes

I first created some stripes using Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch on Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  Then I took the Hero Arts Peacock Feathers Stencil  and layed it over and gave it a quick mist of water, blotting away the excess.  This technique gives you a bit of a “bleached look.”  Extra tips: fine mist works best and blotting right after.  Also placing a darker layer of Distress Inks makes the “bleaching effect” more prominent.

Hero Arts Peacock Feather Stencil and Distress Stripes

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Birthday Messages and is inked in Hero Arts Intense Black ink and added a couple of thin black strips of cardstock to bring out the black ink.  To complete the look I added the new Hero Arts Ombre Ocean sequins.  These sequins are gorgeous and I love that there are different shades and 2 different sizes!

I hope this inspires you to join our monthly challenge for your chance to win $25 to the a2z Scrapbooking store!  We also have ANOTHER chance for you to get a $25 gift certificate by simply commenting on each blog post throughout March!

Mahalo for stopping by and good luck!!

nikia2zscrapbooking


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Hero Arts Ring Bold Prints + Thanks

Hi friends! Hope you are doing well and thanks for stopping by! Have you had time to join our challenge this month – ANYTHING GOES? If not, you can link up here!

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Don’t forget, you can save 15% at our Etsy store by using the code: MicheleG15! Don’t hesitate to snag some new goodies to celebrate the new year! 😉 Don’t see what you are looking for? Just ask, they do special orders!

I embossed this super fun Hero Arts background stamp with Hero Arts white embossing powder on some miscellaneous watercolor paper – really – it was just in my stash from a kit I received a few months ago. I then sponged on 3 distress inks – Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, and Dusty Concord. I used the Distress Sprayer to add some water, let it sit for a bit then mopped up any excess with a dry paper towel.

I already had this THANKS die cut sponged and tipped with gold and I was bound and determined to put it to use! I embossed the additional sentiment on vellum from the Hero Arts Thanks stamp and cut set.

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I recently purchased these 4 Tim Holtz dies; I cut one from cardstock and used it as a stencil to apply gold paint and texture paste mixed together. The corner piece is another one of the dies cut from vellum.

I finished it off with some black and white striped paper from my stash, gold glitter paper, a cute little pre-cut doily already colored in purple and layered it all up and mounted with fun foam.

Thanks for visiting, we can’t wait to see your creations!

michele

LINKS ABOVE

Stamps: Hero Arts Rings Bold Prints, Thanks Stamp and Cut

Inks: Dusty Concord, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick distress ink, Versamark

Paper: gold glitter paper, misc. black/white striped paper, watercolor paper, vellum

Misc.: Hero Arts Black and White embossing powder, tiny attacher, washi tape (inside), gold paint, texture paste, Tim Holtz mixed media dies


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Hero Arts Rings and Coffee Cup Tags

Hi friends – have you had time to play along with our EMBELLISH IT challenge? We love stopping by to leave you some love on your creations – join us!

Remember, you can shop our Etsy store any time and save 15% by using code: MicheleG15; and if I’ve used something you don’t see in the store, just ask, they happily do custom orders!

Now, let’s get to creating shall we? Funny how you start with an idea in your head and in the end, it takes a 180! 😉 I totally CASE’d (copy and share everything) THIS card from MFT Stamps but used the Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tags, Rings Bold Prints background stamp (as coffee rings in my eyes) and the Infinity Tags for a fun little gift card tag holder!

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I originally thought I would make a full size A2 card but after all the water coloring, die cutting and stamping was done I sat there for a solid 10 minutes staring at everything and it just wasn’t working. HA! Voila – a gift card tag holder was born. Not original, but it worked for the size ratio I felt I needed for the coffee cup.

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I started off with some water color paper I received a few months ago in a Hero Arts Monthly kit; stamped the Rings Bold Prints background stamp in VersaMark and covered with Hero Arts clear embossing powder. I then used various distress inks to lay down some watercolor; I kinda liked the red hue from the Tea Dye distress ink so gravitated towards those colors. The coffee cup, the sleeve and the lid were all cut from designer paper and sponged with various distress inks. The coffee cup was rather plain,  so I used the leaves and berries in the stamp set to clear emboss over the cup – love how this added just the right texture! I embelished the cup with a little wooden heart from my stash.

I cut another tag from Hero Arts Earth paper to place on the back, then cut the bottom portion of the tag again from designer paper cutting across the top with some decorative scissors and adhered this piece just around the edges so I could slip in a gift card. Finished it off with some twine colored with a burgundy copic so you can add it to a package or hang it on a tree!

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Thanks for stopping by; hope you’ll share your creations with us this month!

WHAT’S IT TAKE?

Stamps: HA Rings Bold Prints, HA Coffee Cup Tags

Papers: unknown water color (from a prior HA monthly kit), MME designer paper, HA Earth paper pack

InkOld Paper, Tea Dye, Black Soot, Antique Linen distress inks, VersaMark

Accessories: HA clear embossing powder, HA Infinity Tags, misc. decorative scissors, misc. wooden heart