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Hero Arts Lunch Box Notes Mini Cards

I think that the idea of adding a mini card to a child’s lunch box or even a significant other’s lunch would let them know that you care and love them. So this is what I created


I used Hero Arts Lunch Box Notes stamp set and two colours of Hero Arts inks to add some dimension to the critters. The sentiments, also from the same stamp set used black ink. To focus on the main panel, I matted them with black. I looked around for some scraps of printed paper that coordinated with the stamped image to complete the 3″ x 3″ cards. Wouldn’t your kids or your partner love to find one of these in their lunches?


We’d love for you to join us at this month’s challenge here at a2z Scrapbooking.


Reminder that the focal image of your card needs to be a Hero Arts product.  The a2z Scrapbooking shop at Etsy is a great place to purchase Hero Arts products. When your cart is over $25, use my code Sue15 for a 15% discount.


Hero Arts CL939 Lunch Box Notes

Hero Arts AF358 Libby’s Purple Garden

Hero Arts AF355 Lucy’s Floral Favorites

Hero Arts AF362 Tami’s Mint Chip

black ink

scraps of printed paper





Hero Arts Fight Like A Girl Card

Hi. It’s Sue. Yes, I know, Breast Cancer Awareness month was October. It’s now November! However, as more and more women are being diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s not just something that we remember one month a year. A co-worker’s mom was just diagnosed. I thought of her as I created this card.

Uses Hero Arts Happy Mother's Day and Dare to Dream stamp sets.

I started by gold embossing flowers on vellum from Hero Arts Happy Mother’s Day stamp set. I then fussy cut them and added color with Copic markers.

I found a patterned paper that complemented the flowers and cut a 2.25″ strip. I used gold embossing for the sentiment from Hero Arts Dare to Dream stamp set.

When I adhered the flowers – two are directly adhered to the card and one is popped up with dimensionals.

I added a few sequins to add a bit of sparkle.


We’d love for you to join us at this month’s challenge here at a2z Scrapbooking.


Reminder that the focal image of your card needs to be a Hero Arts product.  The a2z Scrapbooking shop at Etsy is a great place to purchase Hero Arts products. When your cart is over $25, use my code Sue15 for a 15% discount.


Hero Arts CL980 Happy Mother’s Day

Hero Arts CL925 Dare to Dream

gold embossing powder

watermark ink






Hero Arts – Dare to Dream

I’m happy to see stamp sets designed to support our girlfriends. The Hero Arts CL 925 Dare to Dream is one such set. I’m seeing cards with word clusters and thought that the Dare to Dream stamp set would be a good set to use to create a word cluster card.

My mini MISTI was a great tool to use to create this card.  It helped with stamp positioning and on the occasions when I didn’t get a good impression, it was so easy to re-ink and stamp again.

Aug 14A

I re-inked and re-stamped a variety of stamps from the stamp set.

Aug 14B

Aug 14C

Aug 14E

I continued until I covered the card front.

To complete the card, I added a small bright pink border and a few sequins for a bit of bling!

Aug 14F

Please join us at the a2z Scrapbooking August 2016 Challenge .  Please be sure that your project uses at least one Hero Arts product.

How would you like a 15% discount off of purchases of more than $25 at a2z Scrapbooking store? Use my code Sue15 for that 15% discount.


Hero Arts CL925 Dare to Dream

Hero Arts Kelly’s Flowers

Hero Arts Shadow Inks – Bubble Gum, Passion Flower



To The Best Kid Ever

Hello dear friends, Martha Lucia here. I hope you are having a wonderful time during this season. This really was a great and creative year for me and I want to thank you  for giving me the opportunity to share with you here and in my blog all my inspiration. For today I have a special card that I created using  mixed sentiments of the same stamp set, Lil Hoot.

To The Best Kid Ever

To create this card I decided to use a card base Pool Party and I decorated the right side border with a Glorious Petal Stencil and Gold Embossing Paste both from Hero Arts. Then over Whisper White card stock, I randomly stamped all the sentiments included in the Lil Hoot stamp set using different colors of ink. I used Hello Honey, Watermelon Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  To finalize the decoration I added a thin line of basic black card stock and a few black star sequins.

To The Best Kid Ever

If you would like to purchase any of the supplies that I used, please head on over to the store and use the coupon code MARTHA15,  which will save you 15% off any purchase of $25 and up excluding shipping.

I hope my card will provide you with some inspiration to participate in our December Challenge   (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. Good Luck to all!

See you on January with more inspiration. Happy New Year and a lot of God Blessings to you and your families!

To The Best Kid Ever



Sunset or Sunrise?

Aloha Friends!

Niki G. back with another CAS card to inspire you to jump in on our latest challenge

Clean and Simple!!

Today I’m using a couple of Hero Arts stamp sets from the shop

Color Layering Graphic Flowers and Shine Bright

Here’s the card…


I love the Color Layering Flowers stamp set but wanted to do something a little different.

I decided to mask off a portion of the flower and create a sunset or sunrise…depending

on how you want to look at it!  The flower/sun was stamped in

Hero Arts Ombre inks in Butter to Orange.

Then I took some typing paper and used a sponge dauber to create a crisp line to shade the waters

with the Hero Arts Ombre inks in Pool to Navy.  Keep in mind inking with the sponge dauber may look

uneven, but once dry, the colors blend and smooth out so beautifully!

Lastly I stamped the sentiment in the cebter of the sunrise/sunset using

Hero Hues India Ink Black.

To create a more CAS look I decided to die cut the panel a little smaller using a stitched border die

to create more white space.

Here’s another look…


I hope this inspires you to get creative with your Hero Arts products and make something

Clean and Simple!!

Be sure to check out the A2ZScrapbooking Store for lots of great products and if you purchase

$25 or more use code SummerFun for 15% off your entire order…such a STEAL!

MAHALO for stopping by!!



Deco Design Stencil

HI everyone! Sorry about the late post today, there was  a mix up.  Anyhow, I am here with a one layer card and how it almost became pretty trash.  I had a lot of fun and frustrations with this card. I am showcasing the Hero Arts/Basic Grey Art Deco Stencil today.

Here is just one of many cards to come from this stencil:

Michelle Liimatainen

Michelle Liimatainen

I created the one layer card using an older Hero Arts flower stamp and leaves and the newer HA/BG Art Deco stencil. I started by masking off the the bottom of the card and then masking the flower to put the leaves in. The flower and leaves were colored with my Copics.

I used some new texture paste that I found at Michael’s. It says it is by ART. It comes pre-colored. I have to say that I was thrilled with how smooth it was and that I didn’t have to mix colors BUT…it dries super fast.  If you use this paste I suggest you work really fast. I had to do this one twice because the top row of green dried before I finished.  If you don’t want to use this paste then get the plain white we carry in the store and just use some ink to change the color of it. I think I will be doing that from now on. Live and learn. It’s art…it’s all about the process right?

Michelle Liimatainen 2

Michelle Liimatainen 2

See how the top of the stencil portion is kind of rough and blobby? That is the texture paste that dried. It dried the second time too, but it didn’t pull it all off.  It looks better as you go down.  Why am I showing you a pretty rough card? Well because we all have mishaps, we all make pretty trash once in a while.  Truth be told…I can send this to any one of my non card making friends and they aren’t even going to notice it.  They only see the card as a whole…they don’t have that “card-makers eye” like we do.  Embrace the “pretty trash”. Most of it is salvageable. 🙂

Take a closer look at stencil. I really love this stencil. I placed it on an angle and taped it down with some washi tape while I worked. I really love how well the stencil worked at an angle.  I love that you get a good vibe of the stencil without having to use the whole thing too. I am going to be playing with this stencil again with just inks. I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

If you would like to purchase this stencil it is in the store. If you order $25 or more you can use the code MICHELLE15 and get 15% off your total order.

We all have mishaps that happen when we make cards. Do you save some of your “mistakes”? I would love to know that I am not the only one that does.

Until next time…..Michelle


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Heartfelt Wishes….

Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

It’s Lisa, aka (ThePurplePlace), and I am very happy to be sharing another card that I hope will inspire you to take part in our “Encouragement” themed challenge. for your chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store!   For all the details, please click on the August Monthly Challenge link over the side-bar!   To enter your card, you’ll need to scroll down the page and look for that cute little Blue Inlinkz Frog!    It’s also hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day of August and for many that means the kiddos are already back in school or will be very soon!  I’m  one who loves Summer so it’s hard for me to see it end, but I know many of you love Fall and that change of seasons.

For my card today, I’m still very much still creating with my favorite colors and also colors that very much remind me of Summer, especially the beautiful “Pool” color I used for my card base, which I created with Hero’s fabulous layering papers.    I started this card by picking out my stamp set and it’s one that I have loved since the day I first saw it.   It’s called “Making the World a Better Place” and that alone makes me think it’s perfect for this challenge.  I also wanted to doing something fun and different so today I decided to paper-piece my flower and did that by stamping the image several times onto a variety of patterned papers, all in the teal and purple color combo.    I also used those same two patterned papers for as part of my background which always turned out to be a great way to tie all the elements together.   I matched the papers to the inks I had used on my water-colored background which was I created using Distress Inks, an acrylic block, some watercolor paper and a water mister.  I simply took the inks pads, and stamped the color directly onto my block and then misted it with water before stamping it onto watercolor paper.  The colors I used for this card are Shaded Lilac, Broken China and Evergreen Bough.   Once I had my background stamped I dried it with my heat gun and then quickly applied a second layer, using the same colors, but in a slightly different pattern.   After it was nice and dry, I stamped the flower image directly on top using Hero’s Black Ink.  I then slowly cut the pieces from the patterned papers and paper-pieced the onto my card.

Next, I started my card base which I quickly created using Hero’s gorgeous “Pool” layering paper.  Then I worked on my background, using the same “Patterned Papers” I had used on my flowers.  These just happen to be two of my all time favorites and sadly are both now retired.  The purple was from Memory Box and the lovely Teal was from Stampin’ UP. Luckily, I stocked up, when I first bought them and still have my own little special stash.    I used the “Avery Elle-ments” custom Panel die set to cut the papers into these fun geometrical shapes and adhered them to my Pool card base.  The next step was adding my stamped flowere, which I first cut down a bit, using one of the fabulous Stitched Dies, from Lil’ Inker Designs.  I used foam tape to pop the image up off the card and then using another die from the Avery Elle set, I cut out a white label for my Sentiment.  I chose “Heartfelt Wishes”, which is from one of my older Hero Arts Sets, called All Occasion Messages.   I stamped it in Hero’s Grape Juice Shadow Ink, and then added under the flower to complete this card.   I really loved how using both of these colors together turned out and I’m sure it’s a combination I will use again!

I hope that I have inspired you to create an “Encouragement” themed project and submit it to the challenge before it ends at midnight tomorrow.   Be sure that your entry includes at least ONE Hero Arts product.   One lucky winner will win a $25.00 gift certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Supply Store!  Woohoo!  In the meantime, if you are interested in doing some shopping now, please feel free to use my Design Team Promo Code – LISAH15 – which will save you 15% on your entire order of $25.00 and up (excluding shipping).   We are very happy to have several new Christmas products in from the latest release and will continue to add more and re-stock, what has already sold out.

We are also continuing to add new Digital Kits to the store and are very excited about now selling these “Exclusively” for Hero Arts!   I’m loving all the Hybrid cards I have already created with some of my digital kits.   I hope you all had a chance to take part and see the fabulous inspiration in the “Digital Blog Hop“, that was hosted by Hero Arts and a2z Scrapbooking this past Monday!   If not, I highly recommend you check it out today, it’s awesome.


Taking part in the Blog Hop will also give you a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate to our store!   How cool would that be!   You can find the blog hop post HERE on our blog, or start HERE on Hero’s Blog.   Have fun and good luck and be sure to enter our “Encouragement” Challenge quickly, both contests close tomorrow, Sunday August 31st at 11:59 PM EDT!!  Hope you all enjoy your weekend and for those of you here in the U.S. a nice long weekend, as we celebrate Labor Day on Monday!!

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Look on the Bright Side

Happy Friday! It’s Kathy here again. Today I’m sharing a card that I have created using a Hero Arts digital cutting file as well as some stamps. I used my Silhouette to cut the umbrella from patterned paper. This umbrella is one of the images in the Weather digital cutting set. I then colored the handle with a Copic marker. I also used a stamp from the Brush Strokes stamp set with three different colors of mid-tone inks to make the background. My sun was made from the Hero Arts Bold Pop Designs set.

I added the greeting and a few hearts on the umbrella, coated them with Glossy Accents and assembled the card. The umbrella is adhered with foam squares to give the card some dimension.




Well that’s all I have for today. You still have a few days to join our monthly challenge. The theme is Encouragement and you have a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to the store.

Also, if you are interested in any of the products I used on my cards today, please see the InLinkz at the bottom of this post. When you click on them, you will be taken to the store and you can use the coupon code KATHY15 to get 15% off.

Have a great day and weekend!



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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!



Simple Cards

Hello! It’s Kathy here today and I’m so excited to share some simple cards with you for my first post as a Design Team member.

For my first card, I used the Missing You set. This is one of my all time favorite Hero Arts sets. I stamped the sheep and moose on white cardstock, colored them with Copic markers and then cut them out. I don’t have the dies for this set yet, but I’m hoping to get them soon. That will save me some time because I won’t have to do any fussy cutting. I added Glossy Accents to their eyes to give them some dimension. I also stamped the sun on patterned paper and cut it out. The sun is from the You’re A Rainbow stamp set. I stamped the balloons on patterned paper and the star on glitter paper and then paper pieced them on the card base. The grass was cut with a Fiskars border punch.

I decided not to put a greeting on the front of the card, but to stamp it on the inside instead.



My second card uses the Hero Arts LOL stamp set and the Missing You set. I stamped the iPhone in black ink. I then used one of the sentiments from the Missing You set and stamped them inside the texting bubbles. I had to mask off parts of the sentiment so I could stamp it in two separate text bubbles. I then stamped the heart using the Pale Tomato mid-tone ink and cut out the phone. I also put a layer of Glossy Accents all over the image so it looks shiny like a real cell phone. I stamped the squirrel, colored him with Copic markers and then cut him out.

The background layer of the card is an older Hero Arts stamp, called Large Canvas Stripes, stamped with white ink on kraft paper.



Well that’s all I have for today. When you get a chance, don’t forget to join our monthly challenge. The theme is Encouragement and you have a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to the store.

Also, if you are interested in any of the products I used on my cards today, please see the InLinkz at the bottom of this post.  It will take you to  the store and you can use the coupon code KATHY15 to get 15% off.  Can’t beat that, right?

Have a great day!

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