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Ornament Tile

Hello all, Monica here today to share a project I made to the December theme…

a2z monthly challenge

I decided to try something new (at least for me) and heat emboss on a ceramic tile. I could use a little more practice and work on the details,  but I still like the way it turned out. I wiped the surface and added some anti-static powder, even though powder stuck where I didn’t really want it too.


I tried to carefully wipe away as much powder as I could from where I didn’t want it. I then started to heat it up with my embossing gun. The heating portion did take longer than it does on paper, since I’m working on a tile. I finished it off by adding a piece of cork on the back to protect any surface that I may lay it on.


I tried to get  close up, so you could see the sparkle from the embossing powder. This is a lot of fun and I think I know what I’ll be making for some gifts in the future!

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                     Ornament stamps (Retired)
   Tile and VersaMark ink


Cardinal Stamping and Winner

Hi, friends! Today I have some color layering stamping to share. But this time, I’m stamping on wood and not paper. These wood tags are meant for mason jar labeling (I found them at the craft store) but I’ve used them to make a keychain and an ornament.

Distress Inks seem to work the best on the wood, with little feathering of the ink. I stamped both projects with the Color Layering Cardinal Stamp Set.


I used Distress Ink in Candy Apple and Mowed Lawn, Black Staz-On ink and Strawberry Hybrid Ink. Fast and easy and perfect for adding to a present or for an ornament exchange. You could add the year on the back or a name with stickers or marker.



I stamped the keychain with the mini flowers with this stamp set, using Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn, Candy Apple and Vintage Photo. Again, easy and fast to make and give. I think it’d be wise to spray a fixative on this if you’re worried about it getting wet. As you know, Distress Inks react with water.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…(drumroll here)…the winner from the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Rafflecopter Giveaway is…

Christi Steinbeck!!! You get $25 to the a2z store to spend as you like. 

Thanks to everyone for playing along!

layer-it-challenge-bannerDon’t forget to join in this month’s challenge, Layer It, to try to win your very own $25 gift code to the store.

Happy Sunday!

charkColor Layering Cardinal Stamps

Strawberry Hybrid Ink

Distress Inks

Ball Wooden Tags


Seeing Stars

Hi, crafty friends, it’s Chark here today to share my take on the August challenge to use embossing paste. I used one of my favorite stencils, Starry Night, to upcycle a CD case and CD envelope. We recently got a new computer and turns out, a lot of my CDs for software won’t work, everything is just downloaded now. Soooo, that means I have a lot of CDs and their cases for making art.

For this first project, I just dripped alcohol inks on the inside of the CD case lid after I used silver embossing paste on the outside of the lid with my stencil. My teen daughter still makes mix CDs for people (including me, with music she thinks I should be listening to), so this case would work great for a CD gift. I added a strip of silver glitter washi tape to the edge.


IMG_7493For my second CD packaging upcycle, I embossed silver stars again, this time on the acetate portion of the CD paper envelope. I painted the paper part with Dylusions blue paint, it’s so vibrant! Then I added a moon embossed in silver paste and then glittered with silver Stickles, the hello die cut from silver paper and a birthday greeting from another Hero Arts stamp set on silver paper. Inside, I filled it with a gift card wrapped in a mini doily and added sequin mix. It makes giving a gift card a little more festive than just tucking it in a birthday card.

IMG_7515IMG_7468I had fun playing with Hero Arts and embossing paste, hope you’ll join us at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies this month in our challenge. And don’t forget, you can join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!  If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets–you don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions. We recently gave away a gift certificate to the store on Facebook!

Happy August!

charkHero Arts Stars Pattern Stencil

Silver Embossing Paste

Alcohol Inks

Glitter Washi Tape

Dylusions paint

Hello Die and Stamp


Sequin Mix

Mini Doily


Packaging with Zoey

Hello lovelies,

guess who is back?! Meee  Zoey of course! Missed me?! I hope so because I surely miss you all so much!

Today I will show you a quick and easy way to package gifts – or anything in general! It really takes little time to make pretty little packaging and I really spent a lot of time on Pinterest before finding the one that filled my needs…and my primary need is: IT HAS TO BE QUICK! Yes I needed to scream that!

I love making little gift for the people that takes my class or simple gifts for when we meet with friends or even some RAK. It makes everyone happy, especially me!

I used for both packaging the same supplies :

Paper (I used pages from an old book) , Written in the Stars stamp set , Hero Arts watercolor wheel, Hero Arts India Ink Black and Hero Arts Twine. (Optional : sewing machine , washi tape)


I cut two pages from the old book and with my water color wheel I added some blue color to mimic the sky.

NOTE: Since the book paper is really thin you might want to be extra careful when applying the watercolor (unless you add gesso first).
When the paper was completely dry, I stamped the star image, which is one of my favorite, using the India Black ink. I also added some second generation stamp to fill the background without making it too busy.

I stitched the two pages together around the border and I made a small folder. If you do not have the sewing machine, you can use washi tape or you can glue the sides together and then with a pen add some faux stitching.
The sentiment is from the same stamp set and then I closed the little folder with some twine.
Time to make this package: 8 minutes 




I cut two pages from the book and again I added some watercolor from the watercolor wheel. I stamped my background Image and then I taped the sides of the two pages together with some washi tape. I folded my bottom part to form a bag and glued two pieces of twine to make the handle.
I made the little cluster and again as my sentiment I used a stamp from the same stamp collection.

Time to make this package: 5 minutes

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I really took the time while making it because before I start a mass production I want to be sure 100% that it will not take me too much time!

What do you think!? I hope you will give it a try! Stamps are not only for cards!


Before I go let me just quickly remind you few things…

First, don’t forget that we have a monthly challenge going on! This month’s theme is Autumn and Christmas and we would really love for you to play along with us!  Click HERE to submit your entry ( Please remember that you may enter up to 5 times and you will be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking store with each entry )
Last but not least…..A2ZScrapbooking is looking for new awesome people to join our Design Team — so you and your friends can apply for our call. To learn more about it and to read about requirements you can easily click HERE !
We really hope you will take part of this… we do not eat people…yet! (LOL I’m the silly one from the team if you haven’t noticed by now!) — Jokes aside, this is a great team to be in so I strongly recommend you to give it a try! You will LOVE it here!
Stay happy, stay creative!
Till next time, xoxo