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Waterlilies from the Color Layering Koi set

Hello crafty friends,

 

Today I made a tag featuring the Waterlilies from the Hero Arts Color Layering Koi stamp set.  At first I thought the flowers may be too small, but in the end it turned out just fine.

 

My process:

  • Trim white card stock into 3 1/4 by 5 1/5 in tag.  Use inking tool and sponge Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, and Milled Lavender to create a soft background.
  • Layer Hero Arts Delicate Petals Stencil on top of inked tag.  Spread thin layer of white embossing paste, remove stencil and let dry.
  • On white card stock, ink and stamp waterlilies, and lily pads.  Die cut using Hero Arts Color Layering Koi Frame Cuts.
  • Color flower center using Copic markers.
  • Stamp sentiment from same set on vellum strips using Jet Black StazOn ink.
  • Adhere waterlilies, lily pads, and sentiment on tag as shown.
  • Tie bow using strip of white soft tulle.

 

I think the embossed background provides a nice backdrop of the waterlilies.

There is still plenty time to play, pull out your favorite stencils and join in the March challenge – Playing With Stencils.  You could win a $25 gift card to the store.  Just remember to use some Hero Arts products such as stamps, stencil, die cut, digi stamps on your project.

For the month of March there is a second way to enter to win a $25 gift card to the store.  That is by comment on any of the March blog post.  One comment on each post, the more post you comment on the more chances to win.  

Remember when shopping at the a2z store, use my code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.  If you don’t find the item in the store, just click the blue Request Custom Order button on the left side bar.

Follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook and be the first to know about our special news and promotions.

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Supplies:

Hero Arts Color Layering Koi

Hero Arts Color Layering Koi Frame Cuts

Hero Arts Stencil – Delicate Petals

Hero Arts Ombre Ink – Light to Dark Purple, Pink and Red

Ranger Distress Ink – Broken China, Chipped Saphhire, Milled Lavender, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive

Copic Marker – Y15,Y17

White embossing powder

Clear embossing powder

StazOn Ink – Jet Black

White embossing paste


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Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies Frame Cuts

Stenciling is this month’s challenge.  I made my own stencil here.

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The second page to my notebook (still not sure what I’m calling it) has a patterned base and two pockets.  On top of the top layer, I stamped different words and phrases over a homemade stenciled background, while on the base I used a couple of the images in my home made stencil   If you don’t have a stencil you want to use, you can make one to your liking by using your dies.   The first image is my page without the tabbed notes inserted in the pockets.  The top pocket is on tape.

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I added my tabbed notccards into the pockets so I know what I’ve worked on and ideas for the future.

Color Layering Butterfly Frame Cuts Dies

Color Layering Butterfly Frame Cuts Dies

Supplies:

  • Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies Frame Cuts dies
  • Hero Arts My Words (older word set)

 

 

You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  If you need craft items that you don’t see in the store, don’t forget you can special order them here at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.

Free Shipping on Domestic Orders $50.00 or More.  Be sure to check out our sales/ retired section for 50%- and more off.

2nd Chance to Win: During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!

The inside is simple and I did photograph the inside on my blog.  You can catch me at A Bit of This and That.

 


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Love Swirls You and Me

Happy Sunday everyone,

 

I have created a card using the Hero Arts Love Swirls Stencil today.  The pattern on the stencil is already very vibrant and I don’t want to hide it too much, so just added a sentiment on vellum.  Let’s take a look.

My process:

  • Place 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch white card stock on stencil, centering it and secure with washi tape.  (Note that the stencil is 5 1/4 by 6 1/2, larger than the quarter fold size.  So this stencil would be great for a larger layout.)
  • Flip the stencil over, use inking tool and sponge Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon onto paper as shown.
  • Remove stencil.  Heat emboss the image with clear EP.
  • Stamp and heat emboss in white the sentiment from the Hero Arts Love by Lia clear stamp set on vellum strip longer than 4 1/4 in.
  • Draw lines on edges of vellum using white gel pen.
  • Fold both ends of vellum and tuck behind the stenciled panel, secure with tape.
  • Round corner of stenciled panel and adhere to white card base.
  • Embellish with sequins.

 

Isn’t this stencil gorgeous?!  I hope I’ve inspired you to join in our March challenge – Playing With Stencils.  You could win a $25 gift card to the store.

For the month of March there is a second way to enter to win a $25 gift card to the store.  That is by comment on any of the March blog post.  One comment on each post, the more post you comment on the more chances to win.  

Remember when shopping at the a2z store, use my code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.  If you don’t find the item in the store, just click the blue Request Custom Order button on the left side bar.

Follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook and be the first to know about our special news and promotions.

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Supplies:

Hero Arts Clear Stamp – Love by Lia

Hero Arts Stencil – Love Swirls

Hero Arts Pigment Ink – Unicorn

Ranger Distress Ink – Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon

White embossing powder

Clear embossing powder

white gen pen

Little Things from Lucy’s Cards sequin mix – Fruit Sorbet


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Hero Arts CM131 Purr Card

Hi! Happy Tuesday! I can’t believe that we’re almost halfway through March. Where is the time going? I’m grateful that I still manage to find some time to sit at my craft table. Here’s my latest card

When I saw this Hero Arts stamp set, I knew that I had to have it. I love kitties … I miss my last kitty, Bayley. She was quite a character. You definitely knew who was the boss – not me! I had a difficult time picking out my favourite one or two kitties, so I decided to use the sentiment related to 9 lives so that I could include 9 kitties. I stamped them with black pigment ink and then added colour with copics.

Our current challenge here at a2z Scrapbooking is

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Please remember to use a Hero Arts product as the main image. If you’re looking for more Hero Arts products, consider a2z Scrapbooking etsy store. When your cart exceeds $25, use my code sue15 for 15% off.

Supplies

Hero Arts CM131 Purr

Black pigment ink

Assorted copic markers

 

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BOLD FLORAL STENCIL FROM HERO ARTS


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BOLD FLORAL STENCIL FROM HERO ARTS

Bold Floral Stencil of Hero Arts is one of my favorites and today I am happy to share this card with you. Hello crafty friends, Martha Lucia here with a colorful textured card created with one of the most beautiful stencils from Hero Arts, the Bold Floral. Take a look at my card:

BOLD FLORAL STENCIL FROM HERO ARTS

Working with stencils is very fun and you can explore different techniques with them. On this opportunity I used Creative Medium Iridescent to create this effect that is more evident over dark card stocks.  The base of my card is Whisper White and the second layer, the one I worked over with the stencil, is Always Artichoke.

I secured the stencil with masking tape and I start by applying the creative medium with a palette knife over the free areas of the stencil using three different colors. I used Purple, Green and Pink of creative medium. I removed the stencil and washed with warm water and let the card stock dry naturally.

Using the die cut included on the set Happy Stamp & Cut from Hero Arts and whisper white card stock, I cut several times the word happy and pasted these to create a bold word. Then I assembled my card leaving a tiny border on the left and top parts and and pasting the word on the center of the card to create a big contrast.

BOLD FLORAL STENCIL FROM HERO ARTS

The process was very easy and the effect is amazing! You can explore this technique using embossing paste and to give color to it simply by adding a few drops of ink. Also if you don’t have Creative Medium Iridescent, you can use Pearlescent Embossing Paste and mix it with the inks.

If you like any of the products I used on my card, please stop over at the a2z Scrapbooking Esty store. You can use the code Martha15 to receive 15% off of a $25.00 order.

a2z Scrapbooking has a Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages. Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any of the promotions!

I hope I have inspired you to join the challenge this month! You will have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store! One lucky winner will be announced on April 7th.

MORE PRIZES THIS MONTH!!!

During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! Just comment on any blog posts in March.

We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!

Good luck and please come back again soon!

BOLD FLORAL STENCIL FROM HERO ARTS


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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.

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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.

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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!

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Supplies:

Hero Arts- Irreverent Birthday, black ink

Copics, cardstock, glitter pen


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Hero Arts CM124 Color Layering Fuchsia Thank You Card

Hi, it’s Sue here today with a new card. For this card, I used Hero Arts CM124 Color Layering Fuchsia stamp set. These Hero Arts color layering stamp sets are so easy to use, especially with a MISTI. I was hesitant to try them because I haven’t had the best results with other layering stamps. However, it’s really quite simple and the results are stunning – almost like I know what I’m doing!

Here’s my card

We’d love for you to join our Monthly Challenge, here at a2z Scrapbooking. Please be sure that a focal image makes use of a Hero Arts product. If you’re looking to add to your Hero Arts stash, check out the a2z Scrapbooking etsy store. When your cart exceeds $25, use my code sue15 for 15% off.

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Supplies

Hero Arts CM124 Color Layering Fuchsia

Hero Arts AF358 Libby’s Purple Garden ink cubes

Hero Arts AF355 Lucy’s Floral Favorites ink cubes

Of course, Hero Arts has created a specific ink cube collection, just for this stamp set – Hero Arts AF392 Fuchsia Layering ink cubes

Sequins

 

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Hero Arts Poinsetta plus a fun way to use a stencil

Hi Dawn here to share a couple of cards to you.   Our challenge this month is to use a stencil on your project.   My first card is a Christmas card.

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I used a stencil I had in my stash that is a splatter one.  I stamped HA K6176 Antique Poinsettia in some red and green inks and used an aqua brush to move the ink around.  I then used the matching die to cut it out.  (You can get it here on sale!)  The sentiment is from a Digi kit called Chalkboard Christmas  I love that I can use Digi kits together with my stamps  Did you know that A2Z stock all Hero Arts digital kits.

 

And today I am sharing another way to use your stencils…. Making you own colouring pages

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I took a Hero Arts stencil (SA0260 Leaf and Flourish Background) – this one is no longer available but you can get it  together with one other (as it’s not currently in stock, you can do a special order over at our shop)  I traced around the stencil with a fine line black pen and then coloured it in with some Faber Castell pencils.  Just like a colouring book page!

Remember if you go shopping to use code Dawn15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. 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!

And another chance to win – During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both.

 

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Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy


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Stencil with a Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy Die

Welcome to the A2Z challenge of stenciling.  You can use your stencils to create depth and and shape.

stencil-a2z-logo-challengeIf you don’t have a stencil, you can create your own, which is what I’ve done here.  I am not exactly creating a journal, nor a notebook or a book of images or designs.  I’m not sure yet, what it will end up being, but one has to make a start at least.  I needed something to keep track of challenges and designs as well as being fun.   I made a page to fit a grunge book which I am painting white.  This will be a page inside the book.  I chose a patterned paper and used a stencil of various sized dots, then die cut the butterfly to use it as a stencil.  I sponged white Unicorn ink into the holes and along the border of the butterfly stencil.   I would not have used the white inked butterfly except that it brought out the outlines of inked butterfly image that I stenciled.

I added some words and small gems, white reinforcements and a digital image for color.

Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy

Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy

Supplies:

  • Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy Die
  • Hero Arts Digital Road Trip (Route 66)
  • Hero Arts White Unicorn ink
  • Hero Arts Nesting Tag Dies (reinforcements)
  • Hero Arts My Words – old HA clear set
  • Elizabeth Craft Design stickers –
  • Ranger Distress ink

You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  If you need craft items that you don’t see in the store, don’t forget you can special order them here at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.

Free Shipping on Domestic Orders $50.00 or More.  Be sure to check out our sales/ retired section for 50%- and more off.

2nd Chance to Win: During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!

The inside is simple and I did photograph the inside on my blog.  You can catch me at A Bit of This and That.


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Hero Arts Woof and Purr meet Honeycomb stencil

Hi everyone!

Ilina’s here today with a playful and simple card. This month’s challenge is to use stencils, so for my card I used the Honeycomb stencil. I used the new Purr and Woof stamp sets along with the oldie but goodies Hello Stamp and Cut set (and this set is on sale in the shop- links are at the bottom of this post)

I used the new Honeycomb stencil to add some dimension to the background. For the cat I used mirror image stamp in order to turn its tale to the opposite side.

Scroll down for full list of supplies. And don’t forget to use the code “Ilina15” in order to get 15% on your next order

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Hero Arts Woof and Purr 

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Hero Arts Woof and Purr close up

I hope you will have time to join in the fun for this month’s  challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2zscrapbooking store.

And guess what?   There’s another way to win this month!

2nd Chance to Win: During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!