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Hero Arts CM179 Winter Silhouettes

Hi there! It’s Sue here with a new card. I love working on Christmas cards because  I love reflecting on my favorite Christmas memories. Here’s my card

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I stamped the trees in pink – not really a traditional Christmas color. However, it reminded me of my Aunt’s pink Christmas tree from the 70s. I think that she was ahead of her time – pink trees seem pretty trendy today. I then stamped the child, sled and dog. For the sentiment, I used silver embossing powder and heat set it. I matted the entire panel on bright pink to draw out the pink color, even more! To add a bit of sparkle, I added some Nuvo drops White Blizzard glitter drops on the trees.

 

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Hero Arts CASE a Designer Challenge

 

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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 Sue15 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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Holiday projects with Ornament Infinity Dies

Hi everybody, I must tell you I am very eager to share my holiday projects with you!  I got my new Hero Arts Ornament Infinity Dies last Friday and I am like a child whom just received a new toy!!  Of course I played with it right away!!  LOL

A couple days ago my design team mate Char created some beautiful ornamentd using the same die and washi tapes.  See it here.  I reached for my glitter powders and glitter paper, and experimented.

  1. die cut using glitter paper
  2. adhere fine glitter powder using Stick It
  3. adhere glitter using Stick It
  4. die cut using gold foil card stock and metallic card stock from the Hero Arts December 2016 My Monthly Hero Kit

Each product gave me a different look.    I selected some of the pieces from my experiment to put on my card.

On my white postage stamp shape panel (die cut using Hero Arts Postage Stamp Infinity Dies) I stamp the pine branches from the Hero Arts Vintage Christmas Post set, and add faux snow (mixture of glossy embossing paste and glitter) and gold heat emboss the sentiment from the same set.  I adhere the ornaments (thread with sliver cord) using foam adhesive.  I cut a tiny slit underneath the branch and tug the end of the sliver cord in under the white panel, secure with tape.  Then adhere the white panel onto red card base with foam adhesive.  To make the smaller ornaments, I first peel off the backing of the Stick It and place it on white card stock.  Then I die cut the ornaments.  Next I peeled off the remainding backing and sprinkle the glitter over it.

While I was waiting the faux snow for my card to dry I decide to play some more with the dies and made ornaments.  First a 2D version, then a 3D version, then I got carried away and made another combining the two techniqes!  Hehe!!

If you don’t mind the long post read on!  I think everything is pretty much self explanatory.  I included some snap shots taken while making them.   This first one has an inner piece suspended using fishing wire.

These two are not complicate to make, just cut multiples (same color or multiple colors), score down the middle, fold and glue together.  Just remember to add cord before gluing the last piece.  Right now they could be considered the ‘vanilla’ version, but one could always embellish further using bling, button, and the alike.

The last one is a combination of the first two.  And I needed some help to hold things while I glue, so I used a clip.

 

Whew!  Finally done (for this post).  But I am not done playing with the dies.  😀  This set of dies has different size and shape ornament, so imagine the combination you could have!  Get yours first, right now.  It’s available at the a2z Etsy store, use my promote code Cindy15 to get a discount, scroll down for more details.  Check it out.

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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 Cindy15 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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Color Layering Goldfish We’re Here

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One of the fun things about Hero Arts Color Layering Stamps is that you could play with individual layer to obtain a different look.  The Color Layering Goldfish have two layers.  On today’s card I only used the detail one on my card.  And I took some photos while making this card.

I started of with a strip of watercolor paper, I wet it completely and lay it on a cutting mat (could have done it on craft sheet but was too lazy to fish it out.  LOL  I let it dry slightly but still quite wet then dropped some water colors in places when I would stamp the goldfish.

After the watercolor panel dried, I stamped the top layer of the goldfishes trying out two different inks, Hero Arts Mid-tone Shadow – Wet Cement and Ranger Archival – Jet Black.  I like the version with the Wet Cement more, so I did the rest using that ink.  Next I added some extra watercolor in the areas where there is very little ink.

Next I stamped the base layer onto scrap paper, cut out and use it as a guide/template to draw the outline of the fishes.

Yes it was a big mistake not to get the matching die!  So advise to you, buy the matching die if you could!  Back to my card, next I cut the fishes out using scissors.

 

For the home of my fishes, I used a dark green pattern paper panel and stamped the seaweed from the Color Layering Goldfish set with Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink.  I wanted to add more interest, so I used the detail layer of the waterlily leaf from the Color Layering Koi set to create an “under-water plant look alike”.  I added the air bubbles from that same set as well.

For the sentiment, I composed using part of the sentiment from both Stamp & Cut Congrats and Stamp & Cut So Sorry.  I stamped with Unicorn Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Pssst I’ll let you in on a secret, I took the Clear embossing powder by mistake and only realized that is was clear after I heated it.  OMG I don’t to start over!?  Then I remember that the embossing is still sticky while it is hot, so I took out the real white embossing powder, heat up the stamped sentiment and quickly added the white EP on top.  And heat again.  Phew!!  It worked!!

To add some shine (goldfish has shining scale right?), I added Stickles on the body of the goldfish.  And now for the grand finale.

 

 

I hope I have inspired you to play along our July challenge – Anything Goes.   Feel free to use your creative license to make something fun by mixing things up.

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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 Cindy15 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 ‘Nicest Thoughts’ and My first post!

Hello, hello, everyone! Erica here with my first post as a DT for a2z Scrapbooking Blog!!  In case it isn’t abundantly clear, I’m very, very excited to be here! If you know me from my other design team blog posts for Krumspring Stamps, Studio Katia and Kennedy Grace Creations, you already know this isn’t going to be a short and sweet post. Oh no, I’m a jibber-jabbering kind of gal (that’s ‘going into lots of detail’ in Erica speak and ‘talking non-stop about everything and nothing’ in The Husband speak) however I will try and curb the enthusiasm enough to actually get to the cards I made for this, ‘my very first, in case I didn’t mention it’,  post.

Unfortunately I didn’t get my DT package in time to make these cards so I had to improvise with some of my other Hero Arts products but anything you see in this post can be ordered from the shop. Just pop an email across and if it can be obtained, it will. Like magic! That’s the kind of shopping I like!

Anyway, I have this stamp that says ‘You are one of my nicest thoughts’ (which sadly isn’t available from neither the main Hero Arts store or the a2zScrapbooking Supplies shop) but I decided to use that for two cards anyway because the sentiment is so lovely. For the first one I dusted a rectangular panel with anti-static powder before stamping it with VersaMark ink and sprinkling generously with Hero Arts white embossing powder. I set it with my heat tool, which isn’t as fancy as this one but does the job.

For the second card I stamped the image with black ink first and then added clear embossing powder over it as I planned on colouring this one with my Zig markers to add some colour to the image. I always use Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock when I colour with the Zigs by the way. As I was planning doing some ink blending and using the Peacock Feather Stencil (If you don’t fancy a Peacock theme, find other similar stencils here)for the background, I kept the colour scheme for the image in the same colours. Does that qualify as ombré or rainbow? Something to ponder…

When I had added the colours to the word ‘NICEST’ on the image I thought it didn’t really show so much so I blended the colours out around the word, kind of like a colour shadow and was much happier with that. While I was at it, I also coloured the circle around the sentiment in a rich blue colour. While that was drying I got my Distress Inks out and decided to go hot pink for the white embossed panel. Picked Raspberry is one of my favourite colours in the Distress Ink family and I’m so excited to hear that it is going to be part of the second release of the Distress Oxide inks! Ah, but I digress… Right, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out where I was going to go next though: I blended away on the panel and kept it lighter in the middle and rich and vibrant around the edges.

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For my Peacock Feather Stencil background I used turquoise, lime green and teal colours, again Distress Inks, and simply blended away until the colours very nicely… erm… blended? I use painters tape when I do ink blending and water colouring to hold the paper down, it’s so cheap at hardware stores it seems crazy to splash out on ‘crafting tape’ when I use it only for this purpose.

As pretty as the background was I felt it needed a little something else so I die cut the second biggest of the Outside In Stitched Rectangle stackable dies from Lawn Fawn and popped it up with foam tape (I love this stuff and can’t live without it!) After that was done it was a simple case of adding some more foam to the back of the sentiment and pop that on. I also added a healthy dose of teal sequins and gemstones for sparkles. A card with a peacock theme can’t be bland, can it now?

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To finish off my pink card I die cut a scalloped panel (both the die cut bits I used for this card are from Mama Elephant) in a pretty polka dot card stock and adhered that to a white card base. The embossed and ink blended panel I adhered with foam tape to raise it up and add some dimension. This card also got a serious sprinkling of sequins and gemstones, because why not?

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With one last picture of the Peacock card, that’s pretty much it from me for this first post. If you are still here, you deserve a big cookie! I will be back on the blog later this month with another project or two, and of course lots more jibber-jabbering. There is no getting around that, I’m afraid, lol!

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I hope I have inspired you to try one of these techniques or colour schemes for your next card. Don’t forget that this months challenge blog theme is ‘Anything Goes’ so go to town and let your imagination run wild! If you add your card to the InLinkz before the end of the month, you can win a $25 gift voucher to the a2z Scrapbooking shop! If you can’t wait to shop, you can get 15% off by using the discount code ‘Erica15’ at checkout.

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

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 Erica15 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.

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts clear embossing powder
  • Hero Arts white embossing powder
  • Hero Arts ‘Nicest Thoughts’ wood stamp
  • Hero Arts Peacock Feather Stencil
  • Hero Arts clear gemstones
  • MFT Hybrid ink in Black Licorice
  • Mama Elephant Femme Frames
  • Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle die
  • Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Picked Raspberry

    Right, that really is it from me for today.

    See you soon and happy crafting!

    Erica

 


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Hero Arts CL949 You’re So Lovely Card

Hi! It’s Sue with a new card for you. This card is totally out of my comfort zone. I typically prefer clean and simple cards, with lots of white space. This card – no “white space”.

I started by stamping all over a card panel with Versamark; added white embossing powder and heat set with my heat tool. I smooshed some ink on an acrylic sheet and picked up some ink with a water brush. I added colour somewhat deliberately to the flowers and a bit more randomly for the remainder of the card front.  I tried to keep the colours somewhat separate as I was a bit worried that some colours blended together might not result in a “pretty” colour. I matted the card with a nice blue and added some sequins for a bit of shine and sparkle.

Here’s a close-up

We’d love for you to join us at our current monthly challenge where we challenge you to use your favourite Hero Arts stamp or die or ink or stencil.

Do you need some Hero Arts products? Check out the a2z Scrapbooking etsy store. When your cart exceeds $25, use my code sue15 for 15% off.

Supplies

Hero Arts CL949 You’re So Lovely

Hero Arts Libby’s Purple Garden ink cubes (orchid, passion flower)

Hero Arts Lucy’s Floral Favorites (butter bar, green hills)

Hero Arts Poppy Layering ink cubes (pale tomato)

Hero Arts Kelly’s Flowers ink cubes (ultra pink, emerald green, tide pool)

Hero Arts Desert Sun Bold ink cubes (tangerine)

Hero Arts Sky Blue Dye ink cubes (soft pool)

Versamark ink

white embossing powder

sequins

 

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Hero Arts Happy Mother’s Day Emboss Resist Card

This month at a2z Scrapbooking our monthly challenge is

anything-goes

Sometimes I love having a theme or sketch before starting a card and sometimes I just like creating without a prompt. Which do you prefer? This month, I had an idea that of course, fits with this month’s challenge of Anything Goes. What often happens, is I have an idea and it doesn’t fit with a specific challenge and by the time an appropriate prompt comes along, I’ve forgotten what I was going to do!

I knew that I wanted to try an emboss resist card. I’ve seen a lot of them recently and was inspired by them.

Here’s my card

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I started by using the largest flower, stamping with Versamark ink, sprinkling on clear embossing powder and heat setting. I find that if I’m trying to stamp multiple images on my card, that I stamp, sprinkle on the embossing powder so that I can see where each image is stamped and can better place the next stamped image. I used distress inks (picked raspberry, blueprint sketch and mermaid lagoon) applied with ink blending tools to add the colour. After I gave the ink plenty of time to dry, I added the sentiment with silver embossing powder.

Here’s a close-up

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I trimmed the panel down slightly, so that when applied to an A2 card, the panel had a narrow border. I added some sequins for a bit of sparkle.

We’d love for you to join us this month for our Anything Goes challenge. Please remember to use a Hero Arts product as the main focus.

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.

Supplies

Hero Arts CL980 Happy Mother’s Day

Versamark ink

Clear embossing powder

Silver embossing powder

Sequins

 

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Hero Arts You’re So Lovely card

Now that Christmas has past, I am in the mood for a sparkle and shine kind of card today.

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I started with gold heat embossing the blooms and the sentiment. The leaves were stamped with one of Hero Arts ombre ink pads. It’s so easy to achieve dimension and interest with the ombre inks. Sure one could achieve similar results by stamping the image multiple time with different colour inks. However, with the ombre inks, you get different shades of a colour, all at once. Finished the card by matting with gold cardstock.

We’d love for you to join the current challenge here at a2z Scrapbooking

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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 or from now till Dec 24, you’ll get free shipping (US domestic) for any order $50 or more, use code FreeShipping16.

Supplies

Hero Arts CL949 You’re So Lovely

Hero Arts Ombre Mint to Green Ink Pad

gold embossing powder

gold cardstock

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CELEBRATE TAG WITH HERO ARTS


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CELEBRATE TAG WITH HERO ARTS

Hello crafty friends, Martha Lucia here to share with you a Celebrate tag with Hero Arts that I made to decorate a pre-made box that I found in a craft store. I usually buy these boxes to decorate them and package little presents.

CELEBRATE TAG WITH HERO ARTS

During these days  all of us are in crunch time with the holidays and gifts etc. If you are like me, these boxes are our salvation because we only need to use a few elements to create beautiful packages.

For this box I used a Celebrate Tag Stamp & Cut by Lia from Hero Arts. I cut the tag using metallic silver card stock and then I stamped the Celebrate sentiment with Versamark and Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder.

This beautiful tag doesn’t require a lot of decorations, so I just added a touch of color with a tiny bow that I made with green baker’s twine and pasted over a belt that I made to put around of the box.

You can find many sets like this –Stamp & Cut – in the a2z scrapbooking store where you can enjoy 15% off with my discount code MARTHA15. If there’s every something you want that you don’t see in store, use the custom order button.

I hope you too will join us in the challenge this month. You have until month end to submit your project for a chance at a $25 Gift Card.

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You can find this stamp set on all holiday sets in the a2z scrapbooking store where you can enjoy 15% off with my discount code MARTHA15
Vintage Wishes and all the holiday stamps are selling out fast & wont be re-ordered until next year, so get it while they last! If there’s every something you want that you don’t see in store, use the custom order button.

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Thank you for stopping by and see you in a few days. Happy New Year!

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Hero Arts Happy Holly Days

Hi friends – welcome back to another ANYTHING BUT A CARD post and you probably guessed I created tags, we all know my love for tags!! Have you joined our challenge this month? We love seeing your creations, you can link them up HERE!

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Hands down, this is one of my most favorite Hero Arts sets to date! You can purchase this set, the matching dies and tons of other products at our Etsy store HERE. If you don’t see something you like (or need), they do custom orders, please ask, and don’t forget, you can save 15% off your order of $25+ by using code: MicheleG15!

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OK; now that we have the details out-of-the-way, let’s get down to creating. I stamped and die cut SO MANY IMAGES for these tags, thankfully I have some extras left over that are going to end up on another large project I am doing. 😉

Prepare for photo overload – you’ve been warned.

Hero Arts Happy Holly Days

Hero Arts Happy Holly Days Stamps and Dies

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Hero Arts Happy Holly Days Stamps and Dies

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Hero Arts Happy Holly Days Stamps and Dies

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Hero Arts Happy Holly Days Stamps and Dies

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Hero Arts Happy Holly Days Stamps and Dies

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Hero Arts Happy Holly Days Stamps and Dies

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Hero Arts Happy Holly Days Stamps and Dies

If you follow me on Instagram (Whimsical_Creations) you can see all the pieces I created as well as the Nuvo Mousse in action. 😀 So I stamped a ton of images and embossed with Hero Arts white (another fave) and colored with Zig Clean Clear brushes. I then die cut all my images as well as a base tag from water color paper.

I applied embossing paste through a stencil to parts of the tags and once dry smooshed on some distress ink. For one tag, I added some Nuvo Mousse to the distress ink and it really changed it to a teal color – lots of sparkle – but once it was dry, I added more of the distress ink without the mousse. Once completely dry, I adhered the various images, embossed some sentiments on black paper, sprayed with shimmer mist and adhered with dimensionals. I die cut a blank tag and adhered to the back for a clean place to write your message. I finished it off with some misc. ribbon and twine from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you’ll take the time to join our challenge and while you’re at it, shop our Etsy store for some holiday cheer for yourself!

michele

Stamps: Hero Arts Happy Holly Days

Paper: Hero Arts black and white, Ranger water color

Ink: VersaMark, Broken China

Accessories: Hero Arts Happy Holly Days dies, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Zig Clean Color Brushes, Nuvo Mousse, Texture Paste, Shimmer Mist, misc. ribbon/twine, white gel pen, Copics, Houndstooth Stencil, dimensionals


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Hero Arts Peace Stamp & Cut Die Two Ways

Hi everyone! Helen is here today would like to share with you a quick and fun way creating more than 1 cards with just 1 stamp & cut die set. On my cards today, I used the Hero Arts – Peace Stamp & Cut Die set.

Hero Arts Two Way With Peace Stamp and Cuts Set

I used A2 white cards for the base. First I cut out a piece of patterned paper that will fit on 1 card. I added the die at one the patterned paper where I wanted it to be on this card, then run it through my die cutting machine. With this technique, I had a positive die cut and negative die cut from that patterned paper.

Next step is to create the card using the positive and negative die cuts. I often go with clean-and-simple when it comes to mass-producing cards. So after I added the die cuts, stamping and embossing the sentiments, I simply added some embellishments on the cards. You can use any gems an/or twines on cards to embellish them.

During this season, I am making lots of Holiday cards for friends and families. And for me, I make batch of cards from 1 stamp set, or/and with matching die cut set. One of my favorite sets are Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Die sets. They are sets that including stamps and matching dies. You find them here at the a2z Store. And get 15% OFF for your order of $25 or more by adding this code Helen15 when you checkout. If you do not see any Hero Arts products that you’d like to buy, you can custom order it through a2z Store!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

Our November Challenge is all about Embellishments, so I hope these cards today can be an inspiration for you to create projects and link up at our challenge. By linking up, you can win a $25 gift card to the a2z Store.

THANK YOU for visiting today and have a fabulous day!

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