a2z Scrapbooking Supplies

A Hero Arts Retailer


14 Comments

Corner Birthdays

Today I’m sharing 2 cards I made. I am on the hospitality committee for the PTA at my boys school. We provide a meal once a month for the staff and like to celebrate the staff birthdays too. I’m in charge of making the cards and someone else brings the birthday treats. We only have 2 birthdays this month, but I still kept it super simple.

corner birthday

I stamped the images on both cards then colored. I used the same yellow, green and brown shades on both cards. Adding pink and purple for a more feminine feel on one and keeping the other in more primary tones.I also traced the birthday sentiment in a pink glitter pen for a little sparkle.

corner birthday 2

There is still plenty of time to join our stencil challenge this month for a chance to win! If you’ve messed our special incentive this month, we are also offering a gift card for the blog comments! You will be entered for each days comment you leave and we will have a random drawing for our luck winner!

If you are in need of any items from the a2z Scrapbooking store you can use code Monica15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. (before tax and shipping)  And don’t forget that we are on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

Good Luck and thanks for stopping by!

Monica Badge

Supplies:

Hero Arts- Irreverent Birthday, black ink

Copics, cardstock, glitter pen


14 Comments

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


6 Comments

A Fishy Birthday with Hero Arts

Happy Wednesday friends!  Hope your week is going by well…I’m personally looking forward to the 4 day weekend for Thanksgiving!!

Today’s card was made for a friend that loves fishes.  I used the fun Hero Arts Color Layering Goldfish with matching dies and Hero Arts Inks in Pale Tomato and Strawberry Hybrid Ink then topped with Hero Arts Clear Embossing powder for a little shine.

haA2Zbdayfish.gif

The confetti background and balloon is from Hero Arts Balloon Animal Birthday with matching dies.

For added fun I made the fish “swim” through the water using a slider die cut and a penny behind the fish.  There are tons of YouTube videos that you can watch to make a penny slider card.  I love interactive cards.

That’s it for me today!  Don’t forget about our monthly challenge for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store.

 

nikia2zscrapbooking


2 Comments

Easy Masking, Neon Ombre and a Deal

Aloha friends!  Niki G. here with a super easy way to do some quick masking.  Have you seen our latest challenge?  You could win a $25 gift certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store just by sharing your project with masking!

Ok on to today’s card…

HAA2ZHappyHappyBirthdayOmbre

To create the background I quickly inked up the Tiny Flowers and Dots using the newest Hero Arts neon ombre ink (neon chartreuse to blue).  This background stamp is currently a whopping $5!  It’s pretty, and fun, and for $5 it’s a deal!!  Hurry cause there’s only 1 left…good luck!

Then I swiped the neon ombre ink pad on a separate piece of cardstock that was die cut with a stitched rectangle die.  You’ll need to allow this to dry completely before doing this next step! I took the sentiment from the Hero Arts You’re So Kind set and stamped it with Versamark ink at the bottom of the swipes, then covered in Hero Arts White Embossing powder and heat set.  I then masked off the bottom of the stamp using painter’s tape to be able to just ink up the happy part.

HAA2Zmasking

I pressed the Versamark inkpad over and removed the tape.  Now only the word “happy” is inked and I can continue the process to make a Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday card!  A MISTI tool helps keep everything aligned.

Here’s a closeup…

HAA2ZHappyHappyBirthdayOmbre2

I used fun foam to give that swiped panel some dimension from the card base.

So there ya have it!  Masking can be simple and fun!!  Hope you’ll join us.

Mahalo for stopping by!

Niki


3 Comments

a2z September 2015 Challenge

Hello everyone!!!  Welcome to the month of September!!  I can’t believe we are back to school all ready.  In NY, my niece starts today and my daughter tomorrow.  The rest of the city starts next week. We usually start after Labor day too, but the school district pushed those days up.   I guess we are still lucky, because some areas have started already!!

Our new challenge will be so much fun and full of sequin and/or other shaker items!!  Our challenge this month is all about Shake It Up!!  Shaker cards are my favorite type of card these days.  I love the added look they give to cards and the way the receiver looks when they get them.

So how do you create a shaker card?   A couple of the DT’s have a tutorial on their blog for you to review!

Please be sure that your project contains at least ONE main HERO ART Product!  This will be fun and interesting.

The Design Team has created some great inspiration pieces for you.  Take a look:

Birthday Shaker 2Kristina

HAA2ZShakerSeptNiki

IMG_6847Cindy

Joy to the World (a2z)Kymona

a2z Shaker Xmas Sept 2015Arlene

2015-08-30 11.33.50Jennifer

Amazing isn’t it!!   I hope you love what you see and that it inspires you to join us this month.  You have the entire month to create a new project and enter it into Mr. Linky below.  By entering you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. One lucky winner will be announced on the 7th of October!!

Good Luck!!

We cant wait to see what you create!!

Supplies used:

Kristina:

Cindy:

Hero Arts Garden Flowers By Lia
Hero Arts Congrats Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts Frame Cut Scallop Frame
Hero Arts Frame Cut Scallop Frame
Hero Arts Ombre Ink Pink to Red
Ranger Distress Inks:
Spun Sugar
Crushed Olive
Peeled Paint,
Clear embossing powder
Various Sequins

Niki

Hero Arts Playful Animals
Hero Arts Friends by Lia
Hero Arts Ombre Ink Gray to Black Ink
Hero Arts Pool Mixed Layering Paper
Doodlebug Design Sequins in Bumblebee and Bubblegum
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Square Die
Glossy Accents
Acetate Paper

Kymona

Hero Arts Joy To The World Clear Stamp Set
Bo Bunny Altitude 6×6 pattern paper
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards Iridescent White Sequin
We R Memory Keeper Fuse Tool and Sleeves
Hero Arts Memories Black Dy Ink
3M Foam Tape
Misti
Plus Glue Tape

Arlene

Merry and Bright Digital Kit
Hero Arts Tag Frame Cut
Circle Die Cuts
Acrylic Sheet
Sequins
Copic Marker BG0000
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing

Jennifer

 

Thanks for stopping by!!

Kymona


2 Comments

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_7496

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

Stickles

Sequin Mix

Mini Doily

Hello!  It’s great to be here with my first solo post for a2z 🙂

I have a simple card to share with you featuring a lovely Hero Arts stencil which is new to me – Leaf and Flourish.  There are lots of things you can do with stencils but when I am first trying them out I like to ink through them to get a feel for the design.  I inked through this stencil with Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Shabby Shutters and Crushed Olive Distress Inks to provide some interest.  The stencil makes a great focal point and I didn’t want to cover it up so I die cut a panel in vellum and adhered a sentiment by Altenew over the top.  This leaves the stencil as the star of the show!

Featured image

Here are the supplies I used:

Hero Arts BasicGrey Leaf and Flourish Stencil

Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder

Tumbled Glass Distress Ink

Peacock Feathers Distress Ink

Shabby Shutters Distress Ink

Crushed Olive Distress Ink

Altenew Label Love Clear Stamps

Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Dies

Remember that you can get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more in the a2z Scrapbooking store by using the code SARAH15.

One more thing before I go, did you know that we are 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!

sarah


5 Comments

Bold and Bright Birthday

Hello, hello everyone! Jen here from Caffeinated Papercuts with my very first design team post! Woo! 😀

They did warn you that I’m the silly and extremely caffeinated one, right?

I love the versatility of this month’s challenge, Anything Goes. I gathered together all of my Hero Arts goodies and decided what I wanted to play with…and the Daubers jumped up and down saying ‘me me me!!!’ You just cannot ignore those Daubers when they want something, so it was time to make some splats!

Wait, you’ve never made splats?!? They are so. much. FUN!

I started with a top-folding, A2 kraft card base and taped off the seam with some poster tape. That just keeps the splats from getting on the back of the card, too. If you don’t mind the splat-overlap, then you can skip that step. Washi tape, painters tape, and scrap paper work as well. Gather the Daubers you want to use together, line them up all cute in a row, then starting about 3″ above your card base…SPLAT! Right onto the paper!

I used (4) different Daubers for my card; Orange Soda, Tide Pool, Butter Cup, and White. I started with the lightest color, Butter Cup, and then kept layering from there with the Orange Soda, Tide Pool, and finished with the White. Once you’ve happily splatted the front of your card, walk away and let it dry. You might be able to use a heat tool, but I was afraid of messing up my splats…ok, and dinner was ready. Hey, splatting is hard work!

CP-drying splats

When the card was dry, I pulled out my Glow Girl stamp set from Hero Arts and stamped it right in the middle with Versamark ink. To keep the neon theme going, I pulled out some neon orange Zing embossing powder to finish it off.

Dauber Birthday Card

If I hadn’t added in the white splats, I would have used the Hero Arts White embossing powder instead for a fun contrast. Next time!

sentiment close-up

Thank you so much for stopping by today – I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your Daubers and play, or to run out and grab some to splat with me! Be sure to swing by the a2z Scrapbooking Store and use coupon code Jennifer15 to get 15% off your next Dauber order (ok, or anything really…but come on, splats!)

Supplies Used:

Hero Arts Kraft Layering Paper
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
Hero Arts White Ink Dauber
Hero Arts Tide Pool Ink Dauber
Hero Arts Orange Soda Ink Dauber
Hero Arts Butter Cup Ink Dauber
Hero Arts Glow Girl Stamp Set

Jennifer