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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! ūüėÄ I still think it’s cool. LOL

Prayers closed

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!

Hero Arts Take Shape Challenge

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.


Prayers oxide lower right

Prayers dimension

Prayers Inside

Prayers Oxide upper left

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!


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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


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!!



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!


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! ūüėČ 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 Рreally Рit was just in my stash from a kit I received a few months ago. I then sponged on 3 distress inks РWorn 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.




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!



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


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! ūüėČ 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!


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.


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 Рlove 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!


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


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

Ink: Old Paper, Tea Dye, Black Soot, Antique Linen distress inks, VersaMark

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


Hero Arts Thanks & Stencil Love!

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Hi friends – welcome back! I had so much fun making this carD and it came together very quickly – even better! First the ‘official schtuff’!

If you don’t see some of the products I used in the Etsy shop; don’t hesitate to create a special order, they do those ALL. THE. TIME! ūüėÄ I think a couple items may be sold out but there are lots of other alternatives too.

Also, don’t forget to use coupon code MicheleG15 to receive 15% off your order of $25 or more! ūüėÄ Happy shopping!

And last, don’t forget to join our TAG challenge this month – we love seeing you creations!

OK, now down to b’ness! I took a piece of ranger water color paper and sponged heavily with spun sugar, the added the Bold Floral Stencil and sponged on abandoned coral distress ink. Before removing the stencil, I sprayed with shimmer mist; I knew the colors¬†would run somewhat but that’s okay. (If you follow me on snapchat. I peeked a couple quick videos of the sponging and shimmer mist – username: whimsycreation).



I sat the main panel¬†aside to dry and worked on the ‘thanks’ and vellum piece. The ‘thanks’ was cut ¬†4 times from black card stock¬†and glued together; once dry I sponged with VersaMark and added clear sparkle embossing powder…three different times. I embossed a sentiment on vellum and although the sentiment is normally in a straight line, I decided to curve it to match the ‘thanks’ a bit more. Some striped paper, thread and enamel dots finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by; don’t forget to join this month’s challenge – TAGS! Thanks for stopping by!



Stamps: HA Thanks Stamp and Cut, HA Hello Stamp and Cut

Papers: Misc black stripes DP, Ranger water color, Meenah 110 lb. white, vellum, We R Memory aetate striped paper

Ink: VersaMark, Spun Sugar and Abandoned Coral distress inks

Accessories: HA sparkle embossing powder, Doodlebug enamel dots, silver thread. HA black embossing powder, HA Bold Flower stencil, Shimmer Mist



Just Breathe Plaid and Denim

Hi, Angie here with another card to hopefully inspire you to join the “watercolor”¬†challenge over at a2zscrapbooking blog! ¬†April is almost over but you still have a little time left to join in the fun!

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I used watercolor paper to ink with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. ¬†I put it on direct to paper and even added more with a dauber to get it really dark. ¬†Then I heat embossed in HA clear powder, leaves stamps from HA You’re So Lovely set. ¬†After heat embossing them, I added water with a paint brush and then wiped off the excess. ¬†(This is the Distress Ink Lifting method with water that Jennifer McGuire recently showed on her blog.) ¬†It lightened up the background and left the leaves really dark. ¬†I think it made the background look like blue jeans or denim!

I cut the HA Swallowtail Fancy Butterfly from plaid patterned paper and inked it with the same Distress Ink, then added Wink of Stella on the top. ¬†I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment in Versamark Ink and used HA white embossing powder to heat emboss the sentiment “Just Breathe” from the HA Hello Gorgeous set. ¬†The background is more plaid paper that I inked the edges of to match. ¬†I die cut the watercolor panel with a scalloped die before adhering it to the plaid paper, then the white card base. ¬†Lastly I added some fun black pearl gems from Hero Arts!

My list of supplies is below:

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 use the code Angie15 to receive a discount of 15% off your total order of $25 or more excluding shipping.

Here are a few more views.  It looks different from each angle!

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The Butterfly Effect

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.

March is flitting by with butterflies. ¬†I love my new butterflies and matching die-cuts. ¬†I did’t know I was butterfly enabled, but I guess I love those butterflies as I seem to keep buying them. ¬†I had this urge to use this background, don’t know why but just thinking night sky here.

A2z Butterfly on Night Sky Mar 2016

You don’t have to emboss everything, just some specific items like the butterfly dots on the wings and the sentiment. ¬†Close-up of the embossing which is not evident from the card photo.

A2z Butterfly close-up Night Sky Mar 2016

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  • Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies¬†at a2z Scrapbooking
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies Frame Cuts at a2Z Scrapbooking¬† ¬†(DI135 dies match CL867)
  • Distress Inks Worn Lipstick & Ripe Persimmon
  • Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Clear Embossing powder
  • clear gems
  • Die-namics stitched rec STAX die-cut

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Hope you’ll join in our February Challenge of Masking with your Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils. And, if you need some new supplies, don’t forget to shop at a2z Scrapbooking..

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Birds on a Branch

Hi all.  Dawn here with my first post as a designer for A2Z Scrapbooking.  I am super excited to be here and hope over the course of my time here, I inspire you.  Hero Arts products were amongst the first I used when I started stamping years ago.

This month our challenge is nice and easy.. “Anything Goes”¬†¬† I am still waiting for my new Hero Arts goodies to arrive so I’m inspiring you with some older Hero Arts stamps mixed with some newer items too.

Birds on a branch

I started by trying a monoprint technique with my stencil (Leaf and Flourish)  I added Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves directly to the stencil, spritz with water and then press onto the watercolour paper.  Blotted with a cloth to take off the excess watery bits.  Once it dried, I stamped it with the Post Card background and the sentiment from an older Hero Arts set.  Next was to cut a branch with Spring Branch die.  I then stamped the birds.  I coloured these with Distress Markers (Barn Door, Wild Honey and Seedless Preserves) and fussy cut them

close up

Added a few sequins and popped it up onto the pink card base that was embossed with Swiss Dot folder.

I encourage you to pull out your old Hero Arts stamps and give them some love, while you are waiting for your new goodies to arrive!

Hero Arts Leaf and Flourish stencil
Hero Arts Spring Branch Die

Hero Arts CG 152

Hero Arts Big Post Card

Hero Arts Sending Smiles Message

Distress Inks – Seedless Preserves, Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry

Distress Markers  РSeedless Preserves, Wild Honey, Fired Brick

Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins

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