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a2z Scrapbooking December 2016 Challenge

Hello everyone!!  Happy December!! I love this time of year.  Family and Friends celebrating together!!  Are you ready for all of the gift giving?  If not our new challenge, should help with that.

Our new challenge this month is “Anything but a Card”! All you have to do is use any Hero Arts product on your project. Be creative with this challenge. 


Please be sure that your project contains at least ONE main HERO ART Product as the focal element! 

This challenge will be pretty interesting.  The DT has creating some awesome projects to inspire you to play along with us.

Take a look:











For the full photo tutorial on how to create this shaker tag, please head on over to my blog for that info.

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 January!!

Good Luck!

Supplies used:

Hero Arts Vintage Christmas Post Clear Stamp
Hero Arts Vintage Post Frame Cut
Hero Arts gems (Red Blossoms)
Die-Namics cutting die – Stitched Sq Scallop Frame
Range Distress ink (Peeled Paint)
Memento Dye ink (Tuxedo Black)
Coloring Pencils
Clear embossing ink
Clear embossing powder



– Hero Arts mini inks (Oct 2015 My Monthly Hero Kit)
– Versafine Onyx Black ink pad
– Versamark ink pad
– Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder
– Ranger Stardust Stickles (August 2016 My Monthly Hero Kit)
– Holiday colors heavy weight cardstocks (Hobby Lobby)
– White heavy weight cardstock (Darice)
– Snowhaven papers (CTMH, retired)
– Bags & Tags Dies (Concord & 9th)
– Other: red gems, gold star sequins, silver thread, natural twines
– Adhesive: Liquid glass glue (CTMH), 3D foam tape (Scotch), Glue Dots, Scor-pal Tape
– WRMK die-cutting machine
– WRMK 1-2-3 punch board
– Canon Printer & copy papers

Ornaments Stamp & Cut by Hero Arts
Gemstones by Hero Arts
Hero Arts Deep Ocean Hybrid Ink
Canvas Corp Mini Bags
Decorated Paper
Thick Baker’s Twine

Thank you so much for stopping by!!



Ornaments Card and Mini Tags

Good morning crafty friends… Helen is here today. I’d like to share with you an ornament card and some mini tags that I created using Ornaments Stamp and Cut set.

This stamp and cut set is not only for cardmaking, but also for other paper-crafting projects. You can stretch your stamps and die sets for different projects. The sky’s the limit!


To make the mini tags, first, I cut out the cardstock in 1.5″ wide and 5″ long and then folded it in half. Then I added the dies slightly off the folded edge.


Then I ran it through the die cutting machine. I did these steps for green and red cardstock.


This is how they look after cutting. You will have the folded edge uncut.


After all the cardstock was cut, I started stamping the matching the stamp on each shape with VersaMark ink pad. Then I added some Gold Embossing Powder and heat set them with a craft heater.

You also can reverse the steps if you feel more comfortable with stamping the images first then cutting them out.

I used my WRMK hole puncher to add the hole for strings. I used some of the ornaments on the card with natural twine for the string on the card. Then I embellished them with some gems. I cut out a couple labels out of the matching cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment that comes from the the same stamp set.


Some of them I use as mini tags. They are super cute 🙂 I hope this projects can give you some inspirations to play along with our monthy challenge: Make It A Tag. By linking up your projects, you have a chance to win $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store.

And, whenever you shop for Hero Arts products and crafting supplies at a2z Scrapbooking store, you can use this code Helen15 , to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (exclude shipping).

THANK YOU for visiting today and have a fabulous day!



Digital Kit: Holiday House Tags

Hello crafty friends! It’s Helen here 🙂 Today I am sharing a Christmas project. I know Christmas is about 16 more weeks but I have been working on cards, tags and gifts.

This morning, I would like to share with you tags I made with Digital Kit – Holiday Houses. It is digital download including digital brush stamps, papers and sentiment in colors and black.


I printed them in Letter size white cardstock. In order to get all the images and sentiments in one page, I used Photoshop to do it. I created new file with Letter size (8 inch x 11 inch). Then I opened all the PNG files. After that, I copied and pasted the images one by one and resized them to fit in the page.

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With all images in one place, I printed it. I used micro-tip scissors to cut out the houses and paper trimmer to cut out the sentiments.

I put them together on the tags that I cut out with my diecutting machine. I used liquid adhesive to adhere the sentiment first, then I used 3D foam tape to add the houses to give them some dimension.

I saw that they need some extra blings 🙂 So, I added some of the Stickles glitter all over the tag to create snowflake look background and also on the roof.




I love how they turned out and the best thing about using Hero Arts digital kit one of the quick way to mass produce tags and cards.

I hope you are inspired today to create projects with Hero Arts digital kits. You can find various gorgeous Hero Arts digital Kits at a2z Scrapbooking Store. You can save 15% of your $25 order or more when you use this code: Helen15 when you check out.

Don’t forget to join our challenge this month, Make It A Tag. By linking up you have a chance to win the gift certificate to spend at the store. Can’t wait to see your projects there!

THANK YOU so much for stopping by today and have a fabulous day!



a2z Scrapbooking August 2016 Challenge

Hello everyone!!  August is here!!  That means we only have a couple of weeks left of the summer.  That makes me sad.  I love the summer and all that comes with it.  I wish we could keep it just a little bit longer.  Don’t you?

Our new challenge this month is “Color In”!!!!! You can use any Hero Arts stamp that allows you to color it in, on your project this month. This should be a very interesting challenge!!  I can’t wait to see your coloring skills. 

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

This challenge will be fun and interesting at the same time.  The DT has creating some awesome projects to inspire you to play along with us.

Take a look:

Dawn card




hello gorgeous butterflies


YSL full in purple




Joy to the World Gold (a2z)


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 September!!

Good Luck!

Supplies used:

K6136 Antique Rose Stem
DC151 Hello Stamp and Cut

Hero Arts Winged Friends DK033 Butterfly Digital Kit
Hero Arts Floral Filigree Stencil Pair SA051
Hero Arts Notes of Thanks (Retired)
Hero Arts Lavender Pearls
Spectrum Noir Primaries Colored Pencils
Dina Wakley White Gesso
Co0dinations White Cardstock 110lbs
HP Inkjet Printer
CTMH Exclusive Ink Stamp Pads: Gypsy, Black
Adhesive: ScrapbookAdhesive runner, 3D foam tape

Hello Gorgeous CL924
Flutterbies Printable PT006

Stamps: Hero Arts You’re So Lovely, Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages
Papers: Hero Arts Snow Layering Paper
Ink: SSS Willow, SSS Wisteria
Accessories: Lawn Fawn Party Banner, Copics: BV02BV08BV13YG03YG63G99Clear Wink of StellaWhite Gel Pen


Hero Arts To the World
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper
Gansai Tambi Starry Colors
Clearsnap ColorBox Archival Wicked Black Ink

Thanks for stopping by!
One Layer, Watercolored Card


One Layer, Watercolored Card

Hello… It’s Helen! Today I am sharing my first project with you, a2z Scrapbooking crafty friends! I have a simple tutorial how to create one layer card with a stamp and watercolor paint.

I used the Hero Arts Antique Rose. It is one of my favorite stamps from Hero Arts 🙂

One Layer Watercolor Card 01

First, stamp the image on a watercolor paper with Archival Ink. Make sure your archival ink is permanent and water-resistant.

One Layer Watercolor Card 02

I love coloring with any medium. This time, I used Distress Mini Inks to color the flowers and the background. I dabbed some of the ink on a craft mat and picked them up with watercolor brush. For better results, let the first layer dry before you add the darker color for shadowing. I used a heat gun to speed the drying.

I used 2 shades of pink for the petals so I added colors over and over to create the depth and shadows. Make sure your brush is not too wet when you work with Distress Inks. That is why a paper towel is great to have nearby 🙂

One Layer Watercolor Card 03

Once I was done with my flowers, I added the lightest blue all over the background. I let the first layer dry completely then I added more blue around the flowers for the shadowing. A small round brush works best for this because you work close to the border line of the image and since it is Distress Ink which easily activated by water, you do not want the colors of the flowers blend with the background color.

One Layer Watercolor Card 04

Final step is to add the sentiment. I used the Hero Art – Prayer stamp and die set. I die cut the prayer and added it on the card then I stamped the other sentiment on top and at the bottom of it with archival ink.

Here the close up of the layer-watercoloring.

One Layer Watercolor Card 05

I hope you are inspired today and join our July Challenge – Anything Goes!

THANK YOU so much for visiting today. Have a fabulous day!