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Lots of Sparkle and Shine with Hero Arts Garden Fancy Die

Lots of sparkle and shine here.  The background is from shiny paper covered with Distress Inks with some sprinkles of water. I thought there was so much glitter and sparkle, that I didn’t want to add anything but a sentiment.  I sponged on several Distress inks on the card stock to make a more earthy card.

Close-up below:

On my last post of July 3rd, I showed you what I stored my Stickles in and now onward to how I store my Distress ink sponges.   Several months ago I was watching Els of Elizabeth Craft Designs do some sponging on die pieces and replayed the video to see what she used to hold the sponges.  I saw a plastic box and thought “that’s what I’m looking for!”  I checked out grocery store plastics for different baked goods and paper stores for plastic containers.  Finally, after picking up something at Michael’s I found a plastic box about 7 1/2 by 5 1/4 inches and an inch deep.  I figured I could fit 4 sponges across and 5 down for 20 on each side of the box.  Depending on how many distress inks you have, you may want something larger.  This seemed like a good size for me, one container for my distress inks (35) and one container for my Oxide inks.  I think if you could find a container 3/4 inches deep, that would work out really well too.

This container holds my distress oxide inks.  I labeled the names on the outside of the containers so I don’t have to guess.

 

 

Be sure to use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

July

Please join us in this month’s “Sparkle & Shine” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts Garden Fancy Die at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Stickles (reds, blues and greens)
  • Distress inks – multiple colors
  • Vagabond die cut machine


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Guest Designer July 2019

Hello,

Cindy here to introduce you this July’s Guest Designer – Char Kochensparger, one of our former design team member !  I’d bet you’re familiar with her Digi Duel posts in the past, a talented lady indeed!!  Let’s see what she has installed for us.


 

Hey, friends, so happy to be guesting today at a2z! I love that this month’s challenge is Sparkle & Shine, because I’m all about the glitter!

I decided to make a card with a technique I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s blog and I wanted to try something a little different, so I cut the front off the card edge so my large die cut would jut off the edge. Keep in mind that I tried this technique on the pearl alcohol inks and the original inks. I couldn’t get good results with the pearl inks, though your results might be different. So I stuck with the original alcohol inks. Here’s how I created this one.

 

 

Supplies used:

I used Hero Arts Nesting Infinity Heart Dies but if you don’t have it, other dies such as Hero Arts Nesting Circle Infinity Dies works just as well.

 

You can check out some of my social media for more projects. I’m @chark99 on IG and my blog is Glitter In My Kitchen


 

Awesome!!  Thank you so much Char for guest designing for a2z this month!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

July

 

Please join us in this month’s “Sparkle & Shine” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use discount code a2z15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.


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Hero Arts Sparkle and Shine Astral Digital

I wanted to add sparkle and shine to my card and celebrate the USA’s July 4th.  Unfortunately, you cannot see the Stickles smeared across the blue stripes of the larges star in this photo.  I may try to take another for all the sparkle.  The round dots are all Nuvo Midhnight Blue pops of shine..  I thought a bike would throw a bit of old fashioned fun into the mix.  The bike is cut from a Cola can, so the tin is very shiny.  I guess that this could be a cool masculine card, looking at the boy’s bike.

Have fun with our theme this month and let your creations sparkle and shine.

I’m finding it very difficult to photograph the sparkle on this star.  I added some Crystal stickles to the Blue for more sparkle and it really sparkles in real life, but doesn’t really show up here. 

I do have one additional photo and it’s my new storage solution for all (ALL) my stickles and some re-inkers.  You can fit 20 Stickles in this case and some re-inkers will fit double, just not my Distress re-inkers.  But I can fit 10 of those and can SEE them without picking them up one at a time.  Yeah for me.  I am in an organizing mood and on my next post, I’ll be showing you how I store my distress ink sponges.

Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more..  I am home at A Bit of This and That.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

July

 

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Sparkle & Shine” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts Astral Digital Printable File only at A2Z Scrapbooking store
  • Little B Handwritten (celebrate)
  • Tessler Crafts dies (bicycle)
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Midnight Blue
  • Silver glittered tape
  • Vagabond die cut machine
  • Scrap paper
  • Crystal & Faded Jeans stickles
  • Pixiss Alcohol Ink Hard Plastic Storage Carrying Case Organizer


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Hero Arts Love Stamp & Cut Celebration

Happy Sunday!!

 

The sun is shining and that’s all the reason I need to celebrate!!  😀

I bake a cake and I want to make it festive when I serve it.  So I created a tiny banner using several small images from Hero Arts Love Stamp & Cut set.

 

 

I think this project is really self explanatory, so I will skip the details.

Next up I used the same idea and add a banner to my very festive journal pages.  The page is stamp with Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkles Cling stamp.  I inked it with various distress ink and spritz with Perfect Pearl solution, then stamp in my journaling book.  After everything dried, I adhere my banner on top.  Such a festive and colorful page, don’t you think?

 

Now it’s your turn, grab your stamps and bring it “outside the box”!  *wink wink!

Enjoy the rest of the day and hope you’d find time to craft.  Looking forward to seeing your creations that’s not a card in the June Challenge gallery!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking june challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Anything but a Card” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! 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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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Product Spotlight – Hero Arts Swans and Cattails & Layering Swan

Hi everyone!

Cindy here back with another Product Spotlight post.  Today let’s take a look of these two lovely sets.

Swans and Cattails                                                           Color Layering Swan

Here’s some gorgeous projects with these two sets.

 

 

 

 

 

I also think these sets would be great for a summer layout, or wedding cards, or theme party invitations.  Do you have a special project in mind with them.  Get them soon.  Grab the discount code below!  🙂

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking june challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Anything but a Card” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code a2z15 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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly


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Hero Arts Color Layering Stamping

Howdy, here I am again with a project for you that is home decor rather than a card. Sometimes you think what the heck am I going to make then you get rolling and dive in. I have really enjoyed the projects I have made for this months challenge. I made another thing for my craft room. It is not really craft related but sits in my craft room next to my computer. I am going to use the stand I made to hold my birthday lists. I like them right in front of me so I can quickly see the birthdays coming up.

So here we go.

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly

To start off my project I got this wood stand at Michaels craft store. I used Distress paint in a few different colors of brown to paint the wood.

For the butterflies I used the Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly stamp set and the Flutterbies Printable digital set. Both of these are available in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. First I used my Misti to stamp the 3 layers of the larger monarch butterfly. For the 2 smaller butterflies I used the Flutterbies Printable kit to print the pdf with 6 butterflies on it. I just told the printer I was printing on a 4X6 piece of paper which in reality I used an 8 1/2 X 11 piece of Neenah paper. This makes all of the butterflies print smaller. I colored the 2 purple ones with Copic pens. I hand cut all of the butterflies but the Monarch Butterfly matching die is available in the a2z Etsy store. I glued these down over the branches. There are little strips of foam under part of the wings of the orange butterfly and under the purple butterfly on the right to give them some dimension.

Here comes the tricky part…. I decided I wanted to die cut the branches out of Tim Holtz plain tissue paper. You need to make it more stable to run it through a die cut machine. I put some 2 sided adhesive on the tissue and die cut 2 of the branches. The trickiest part is after you take off the backing paper you have a very delicate branch that you have to keep from sticking to itself and get it on to that wood without ripping it. The first one, all good. The second one I had to fight with it.

The clasp that holds the paper at the top is colored with Alcohol Ink.

Here is a look without the list.

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking june challenge

Please join us in this month’s “Anything but a Card” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our Etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code karen15 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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Everything Smiles Color Swatches

Hello,

 

Cindy here to share a few fun projects, color swatches, skinny bookmarks and lunch box message tags.  I am inspired by this month’s challenge – Anything But a Card.

It’s been a while since I last documented my inks.  So I decided it’s time, but instead of using one stamp, I used Hero Arts Everything Smile Stamp and Cut set.

 

The small stamps are perfect for the ombre ink pads, they fit onto the different strip of ink.  Here’s look of all the swatches before I put them in the book ring.

 

For my next project, I made skinny bookmarks?  Okay I know lots of people are reading on-line, but still books are all around us, and I’d bet some of you want book mark your favorite chapter!  Also I personally like to bookmark my ‘go-to’ recipes in my cook books and magazines.  (Yes I admit I have a tough time parting with my magazines).  Alright, enough babbling, here they are:

Btw why skinny bookmarks you ask?  Well it’s less likely to fall out (in my opinion)!!  The two on the left I stamped in black and colored with watercolors and coloring pencils.  The last one I stamped in color and left it CAS.

Do you see the green light bulb?  Yeah my paper moved and the second stamping is off set.  So I added hand drew some lines and wrote the word ‘ding’ to made it a ‘light bulb’ moment.   😀

For the last project I made some small lunch box message tags.  The larger speech bubble die from the Everything Smile Stamp and Cut set (I think) is perfect for this purpose.  Imagine what a delight to find a speech bubble tag that says ‘Enjoy’ in your lunch box/bag?!  🙂

 

I added a little special touch on each of the tags, the apples got glittered cheeks.  The cup cake frosting is coated with Sprinkle Sugar and extra sprinkle of diamond glitter powder.  The heart is coated with glossy accept so it’s more ‘puffy’ (if you would).

You made all the way to the end!!  Thanks for reading this far.  I hope I’ve inspired you to pick up your favorite stamps and join in our June challenge.  Scroll down to get the details.  Happy crafting!!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking june challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Anything but a Card” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! 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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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Product Spotlight – Hero Arts Color Layering Rooster

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Just a reminder that many items are back into the a2z store.  For example this wonderful set, Color Layering Rooster.

Want some inspiration?  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

examples from 2017 Hero Arts Catalog

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking june challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Anything but a Card” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code a2z15 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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Tags With A Spiral Stencil Twist

It’s Arlene here with a second post this month.

It’s Anything but a Card Month here at A2Z Scrapbooking.  I rarely make tags for any occasion but Christmas, but my mind went wondering into the gray world of stencils and inks. I couldn’t make just one since I cut two dies, could I?

Since I used white cardstock for my tags, I wanted to give some depth to the tag and chose the Spiral Stencil die with one of Hero Arts Ombre inks.  Yes, I do have pages of pre-printed images from the Hero Arts kits and that’s how I created these cards, matching size and shape, images and sentiments.

Sometime things just turn out better than you planned and these did.  I need something on my desk to click me into creativity and I know some people need that clean desk to open their vision.  That’s not me.  As soon as I clean up my desk, I am blank, but put a couple images or dies on the table and my mind starts working again.

 

Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more..  I am home at A Bit of This and That.

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

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking june challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Anything but a Card” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

 

 

Both tags were stamped: and cut with:

  • Hero Arts Tag Infinity Dies
  • Hero Arts digital kits Grey to Black Ombre ink (any of the ombre inks would work depending on your choice of colors)
  • Copic markers in shades of Cool grays and .BV 000 and BV31
  • Pilot Silver Marker

Left Tag:

Right Tag


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Hero Arts Gingerbread House With Words of Love

I finished the other side of my scheduler and am sharing it today  The monthly theme is “Anything But A Card”.    I used the color Mood Board for February, but brought Xmas, houses, loops and trees together, some dissimilar items that seem to fit perfectly well on my scheduler.  I have a lot to keep track of.

Page with the insert peeking up listing my dates, themes & images below.

I used two digi kits, one stamp & die set and copic markers in grays and RV shades.  The Christmas tree and words (LOVE) are colored in grays and RV, a strange combination for a tree, but it works.

 Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking june challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Anything but a Card” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.