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Hero Arts Holidays Die Snowflake Edge


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Non-Traditional Holiday Card with Hero Arts

Hero Arts Holidays Die Snowflake Edge

Hi Everyone! Kristina here with my first of the years Holiday cards. If you don’t already know we have the new 2018 Hero Arts holiday release in store now and ready to get inky. I went a little die crazy with this release buying a bunch of the new fancy dies and had to get ahold of this “Holidays” sentiment. I like to do “Happy Holidays” cards more frequently for the ones I’m going to mail, because chances are they aren’t getting sent on time. So if they get there by New Years I’m still in the clear!

For this card I started by just ink blending a background panel with some distress oxide inks, I knew I wanted to do something utilizing the snowflake fancy edge as a frame/border. The die is 5.5″ long, but I decided to trim it down to use horizontally on a top fold card.

When I started playing with the sentiment die I decided to do an inlay, and I really wanted it to pop. So I cut the die first out of the ink blended background and then out of some black card stock and pieced the two together onto an a2 card base. To complete the sentiment I pulled the word Happy off of another sentiment sent and stamped it above. To pull it all together and give it a real pop, I added glossy accents overtop the sentiment.

 

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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 KRISTINA15 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.

 

 

 

Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade
Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade
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Distress Oxide Wilted Violet
Distress Oxide Wilted Violet
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Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry
Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry
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SA 3L Tape Runner
SA 3L Tape Runner
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Ranger Glossy Accents
Ranger Glossy Accents
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SSS | AMZ
Sizzix Metal Adapter
Sizzix Metal Adapter
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Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix Big Shot
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Martha Stewart Stamp Block
Martha Stewart Stamp Block
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SSS | AMZ
Cutterpillar Pro
Cutterpillar Pro
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Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
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Scor Pal
Scor Pal
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MISTI
MISTI
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Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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Hero Arts Holidays Die
Hero Arts Holidays Die
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Hero Arts Snowflake Edge Die
Hero Arts Snowflake Edge Die
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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.

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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!

CELEBRATE TAG WITH HERO ARTS

OSCAR CUT-OUTS BY LIA FROM HERO ARTS


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OSCAR CUT-OUTS BY LIA FROM HERO ARTS

Hello crafty friends, Martha Lucia here to share with you a very cute card that I made using the Oscar Cut-Outs By Lia stamp set. This is not a Christmas set but I decided to use it during this season because I can’t wait to show you how I can combine it with some details from other stamp sets. Take a look at my card:

OSCAR CUT-OUTS BY LIA FROM HERO ARTS

The base of my card is Real Red card stock and the stamped layer is Very Vanilla. The first thing I did was stamp the bear randomly over the very vanilla layer using Hero Arts Cup O’Joe Mid-tone Shadow Ink , then I dressed each bear with different colored vests. I used Hero Arts Red Royal Shadow Ink and Hero Arts Lime Green. I also used the Bear Hugs sentiment included on the same stamp set to fill some of the spaces.

OSCAR CUT-OUTS BY LIA FROM HERO ARTS

To add a Christmas touch to my card I used the holly leaves included on the stamp set Coffee Cup Tags from Hero Arts. I stamped them with Hero Arts Forever Green Shadow Ink and complemented the design with a sentiment from Happy Holly Days stamp set that I die cut using a rectangle stitched frame.

As you may have noticed I embellished my card with gold metallic thread. It was easy and you can do the same using other materials like gemstones or pearls, and the best part is that you can use my discount code in a2z Scrapbooking Store to buy these or any other Hero Arts product with the 15% off and now they are also offering free shipping until Christmas, you only need to use my discount code MARTHA15 and enjoy your shopping! Only one thing, if you don’t find what you are looking, don’t get upset, just request the product and they will help you!

I hope my project inspires you and come back soon for my ideas. Leave me your comments, I would love to know what you think!

See you soon and happy week!

OSCAR CUT-OUTS BY LIA FROM HERO ARTS

HERO ARTS COFFEE CUP FOR CHRISTMAS CARD


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HERO ARTS COFFEE CUP FOR CHRISTMAS CARD

Hello crafty friends, are you ready for the season? Today I have a Hero Arts Coffee Cup Christmas Card to share with you and I wish to share the coffee too but it is not possible yet! Welcome to my day on our blog and let me show my card and tell you how I made it. Take a look:

HERO ARTS COFFEE CUP FOR CHRISTMAS CARD

Creating this card was very easy! I used two different stamp sets and the corresponding die cuts from Hero Arts, the Coffee Cut Tags and Die Cuts and the Happy Holly Days and Frame Cuts.

  1. Cut the base of the card using Whisper White card stock. The size is 5-1/2″x8-1/2″ with score in 4-1/4″
  2. Cut a second layer of decorated paper and place in diagonal angle over the card base. Cut the excess and paste directly over the base.
  3. On a separate piece of card stock stamp the leaves from the stamp set Happy Holly Days using VersaMark and Hero Arst Gold Embossing Powder.
  4. Melt the powder with the heat tool and cut the with the corresponding die cuts.
  5. Decorate the center of the fruits with Red Berry Crystal Drops.
  6. On a separate piece of card stock stamp one of the designs of the cups using Red Royal Shadow Ink for the cup and Forever Green Shadow Ink for the Cap and tag. Both inks are from Hero Arts.
  7. Cut all the stamped pieces using the corresponding die cuts.
  8. Paste the leaves on the left side of the cup using glue dots and the cup on the right side of the card using dimensionals.
  9. If you want you can add some dots of green crystal drops.

HERO ARTS COFFEE CUP FOR CHRISTMAS CARD

Do you remember the theme of November’s Challenge? It is embellishment! And as you noticed I embellished my card with gold embossing powder, crystal drops and different layers. It was easy and you can do the same. And the best part is that you can use my discount code in a2z Scrapbooking Store to buy these or any other Hero Arts product with the 15% off and now they are also offering free shipping until Christmas, you only need to use my discount code MARTHA15 and enjoy your shopping! Only one thing, if you don’t find what you are looking, don’t get upset, just request the product and they will help you!

I hope my project inspires you and come back soon for my ideas. Leave me your comments, I would love to know what you think!

See you soon and happy week!

HERO ARTS COFFEE CUP FOR CHRISTMAS CARD


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Hero Arts Rings and Coffee Cup Tags

Hi friends – have you had time to play along with our EMBELLISH IT challenge? We love stopping by to leave you some love on your creations – join us!

Remember, you can shop our Etsy store any time and save 15% by using code: MicheleG15; and if I’ve used something you don’t see in the store, just ask, they happily do custom orders!

Now, let’s get to creating shall we? Funny how you start with an idea in your head and in the end, it takes a 180! 😉 I totally CASE’d (copy and share everything) THIS card from MFT Stamps but used the Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tags, Rings Bold Prints background stamp (as coffee rings in my eyes) and the Infinity Tags for a fun little gift card tag holder!

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I originally thought I would make a full size A2 card but after all the water coloring, die cutting and stamping was done I sat there for a solid 10 minutes staring at everything and it just wasn’t working. HA! Voila – a gift card tag holder was born. Not original, but it worked for the size ratio I felt I needed for the coffee cup.

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I started off with some water color paper I received a few months ago in a Hero Arts Monthly kit; stamped the Rings Bold Prints background stamp in VersaMark and covered with Hero Arts clear embossing powder. I then used various distress inks to lay down some watercolor; I kinda liked the red hue from the Tea Dye distress ink so gravitated towards those colors. The coffee cup, the sleeve and the lid were all cut from designer paper and sponged with various distress inks. The coffee cup was rather plain,  so I used the leaves and berries in the stamp set to clear emboss over the cup – love how this added just the right texture! I embelished the cup with a little wooden heart from my stash.

I cut another tag from Hero Arts Earth paper to place on the back, then cut the bottom portion of the tag again from designer paper cutting across the top with some decorative scissors and adhered this piece just around the edges so I could slip in a gift card. Finished it off with some twine colored with a burgundy copic so you can add it to a package or hang it on a tree!

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Thanks for stopping by; hope you’ll share your creations with us this month!

WHAT’S IT TAKE?

Stamps: HA Rings Bold Prints, HA Coffee Cup Tags

Papers: unknown water color (from a prior HA monthly kit), MME designer paper, HA Earth paper pack

InkOld Paper, Tea Dye, Black Soot, Antique Linen distress inks, VersaMark

Accessories: HA clear embossing powder, HA Infinity Tags, misc. decorative scissors, misc. wooden heart


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The Coming Year

Welcome back everybody.

Just a few more days before Christmas, I bet you’re busy preparing for your holiday activities!  And then the New Year would soon arrive!!

Do you stay up on New Year’s Eve and ring in the New Year with your loved ones?  Do I hear Yes?  Well me too, well I used to, now my DH and I are both too tired and fall asleep way before the “ball drop”!!  Oups just gave away my age!!!  Hahaha!!

So I am welcoming the New Year way ahead of time!

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My process:

  • Stamp leaves from Hero Arts Garden Flowers by Lia with distress ink on white card stock and heat emboss with clear EP.  Closely trim.
  • Punch a 2 inch circle using white card stock.  Stamp ‘Hello’ from Hero Arts Say it All set in black and heat emboss with clear EP.
  • Glue trimmed leaves on edge of circle.
  • Add number sticker on from, and foam adhesive on the back.  Set aside.
  • On white card stock lay Hero Arts BasicGrey Flag Pattern Stencil on top and secure in place.
  • Press clear embossing ink on desire areas, remove stencil, heat emboss with Brass EP.
  • Trim the emboss piece to fit light green card base, adhere.
  • Glue prepared circle on top.

 

 

I hope I’ve inspired you to join in the fun of this month’s challenge – Make it Pop.  There still plenty time to enter, see the full detail Here.   Do you like the stencil I used, it’s 50% off right now!   Visit the a2z store to see more.  Feel free to use promote code Cindy15 at check out to obtain 15% off any purchase of $25 or more (shipping not included).

Please note that we are also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these social media outlet if you have not already done so.  You don’t want to miss out on any future promotion!

This will be my last post of the year, so I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a magical holiday season!!  See you in the 2016!

Cindy

Supplies:

 

Hero Arts BasicGrey Flag Pattern Stencil (SA038)

Hero Arts Garden Flowers by Lia (CL874)

Hero Arts Say It All (CL574)

Hero Arts Brass Embossing Powder

Clear embossing powder

Ranger Distress Ink (Peeled Paint, Crush Olive)

Memento Dye Ink (Tuxedo Black)

 


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Pop up Joy

Hello and Happy Monday,

Cindy here to share a “Make it Pop” card.  You know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.  So let’ get right to it:

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The advantage of any easel card is that it won’t fall down since it’s has a flat base.  🙂

My process:

  • Measure and cut both white cardstock and Sookwang double-stick sheet approx. 3 1/4 by 3 1/4 inch.
  • Peel off backing of Sookwang and adhere to white cardstock, die cut ornament from Hero Arts Winter Cheer Tag by Lia with this piece.
  • Peel off release paper from the die cut ornament, sprinkle glitter powder such as Hero Arts Prisma Glitter all over, shake off excess and burnish it.  Glue small ribbon bow on top.  Set aside.
  • Repeat process using leaf die to create two glittery leave cluster.  Set aside.
  • Score and fold the front of a white card down the middle horizontally creating two planes.  Measure designer paper to fit, distress edges, and glue to card.
  • Die cut “Joy” using Hero Arts Alphabet Uppercase Fancy Die from same designer paper.  Glue onto ornament using glossy accent.
  • Add strip of gold glitter tape to inside edge of card.
  • Score small tag in the middle, apply glue to lower half of tag,  adhere to inside of card just above the glitter tape.
  • Adhere ornament, art flower, and leaves onto lower portion of the card front as shown.

 

Here’s a close up look at the glittered ornament:

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You would see that there is a subtle difference in colours between the ornament and leaves even though I used the same glitter.  The cause is the paper. I used white cardstock for the ornament, but off white for the leaves, I want to match the flower center which is cream coloured.

I hope I’ve inspired you to join in the fun of this month’s challenge -Make it Pop, and it does not have to be a holiday card, any theme as long as it pops!!  Check full detail Here.   Are you tired of making holiday card already?  Well how about get a head start on Valentine card, there is a wonderful selection of new Valentine theme stamps and dies in the store, check them out Here. Feel free to use promote code Cindy15 at check out to obtain 15% off any purchase of $25 or more (shipping not included).

Please note that a2z is also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these social media outlet if you have not already done so.  You don’t want to miss out on any future promotion!

I am linking up this project to the Addicted to CAS: Challenge #78 – Joy.

 

Cindy

Supplies:

 

Hero Arts Winter Cheer Tag by Lia

Hero Arts Prisma Glitter

Ranger Distress ink (Barn Door)

Glitter tape

Ribbon

Petaloo Art Flower

 


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Flag Pattern Holiday

Hello everyone,

Cindy here to share another One Layer Holiday card.  I thought I take myself out of my comfort zone and use a stencil with geometric design instead of the usual holiday icons for today’s card.

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My process:

  • Stamp sentiment from Stamp & Cut frame with Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (Royal Red) on white card front, and another time on scrap paper.
  • Cut the stamped image from scrap paper and use it to mask the stamped area on card front.
  • Mask off 1/4 inch all around card front, lay Hero Arts BasicGrey Flag Pattern Stencil on top and secure in place.
  • Use inking tool and apply Hero Arts Ombre Ink Pink to Red as desired.  Remove all masks.
  • Add Candy Cane Stickles on outer edge of stamped image.
  • Draw outline with Silver gel pen.
  • Embellish with assorted colour pearls.

 

Here’s a look at it next to my blooming Christmas cactus:

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I hope I’ve inspired you to join in the fun of this month’s challenge – One Layered Holiday card.  There still plenty time to enter, see the full detail Here.   Do you like the stencil I used, it’s on sale now for only 4$, what a deal!  And the ombre ink is really yummy isn’t it?  Visit the a2z store to see more.  Feel free to use promote code Cindy15 at check out to obtain 15% off any purchase of $25 or more (shipping not included).

Please note that we are also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these social media outlet if you have not already done so.  You don’t want to miss out on any future promotion!

 

Cindy

Supplies:

 

Hero Arts BasicGrey Flag Pattern Stencil (SA038)

Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Frame (DC115)

Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (Royal Red)

Hero Arts Ombre Ink Pink to Red

Ranger Stickles (Candy Cane)

Silver Gen Pen

Assorted Pearls

 


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Stencil Tree Trio

 

Happy Saturday everyone,

Cindy here to share a One Layer Holiday card.  How do you like my post title?  It’s like a little tongue twister right?  😀

Most of the time when I made an One Layer card, I like doing a little masking and inking.  Today’s card is no exception.   But I am not masking stamped images, I masked a stencil to achieve what I wanted.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

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My process:

  • Masked area off for sentiment on white card front.
  • Masked desired area of Hero Arts Long Leaves Stencil, lay stencil on top of masked card front.
  • Use inking tool and sponge Broken China, Peeled Paint, and Crushed Olive to create ombre effect.
  • Remove mask.  Stamp star from the Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Thanks set with clear embossing ink, and heat emboss with gold EP.
  • Stamp “MERRY” from Hero Arts Winter Cheer Tag Set by Lia with Tuxedo Black dye ink, and heat emboss with clear EP.
  • Draw lines to frame sentiment and tiny circles around stars with black marker.
  • Fill in the embossed sentiment and tiny circles with red gel pen.
  • Stamp, heat emboss and use gel pen inside of card as shown.

 

Here’s the inside of the card:

 

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I hope I’ve inspired you to join in the fun of this month’s challenge.  See the full detail Here.   Need some supplies?  Visit the a2z store.  Feel free to use promote code Cindy15 at check out to obtain 15% off any purchase of $25 or more (shipping not included).

Please note that we are also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these social media outlet if you have not already done so.  You don’t want to miss out on any future promotion!

 

Cindy

Supplies:

 

Hero Arts Winter Cheer Tag Set by Lia

Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Thanks

Hero Arts Long Leave Stencil

Ranger Distress Ink (Broken China, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive)

Memento Dye Ink (Tuxedo Black)

Clear Embossing Ink

Clear Embossing Powder


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Mini 3D Village

 

Hello hello,

Here we are well into the second half of October, have you started your holiday projects yet?  To be honest I have not make too many holiday cards yet, but I did play with Hero Arts 3-D House die.

 

It is a decoration I am calling Mini 3D Village.  I am not good baking real ginger bread to make houses, so instead I made a paper version.

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I use the Hero Arts 3-D House Essentials stamps for the stamping.

My process:

  • Die cut 3D house using white CS, caramel CS, and chocolate CS.
  • Stamp door, windows and fence with Antique Linen ink, add Diamond Stickle on white piece.
  • Adhere vellum in the inside to cover window.  Assemble house.
  • Stamp door, windows and wreath on cream CS with Vintage Photo ink, cut out and adhere onto to caramel piece.
  • Assemble house, add  extra piece chocolate CS on roof and add Platinum Stickle on roof.
  • Stamp door, windows, wreath and strings of light on chocolate house die cut with Unicorn ink, use white gel pen to highlite areas as shown.  (Note that the pattern on the chocolate house roof is from another stamp set).
  • Stamp Christmas tree from the 3D House Essential set multiple times on various CS, cut out, add extra doodle, score and glue together as shown.
  • Stamp Snowman three time on white CS, cut and glue together, add tiny tree branch shape and top hat.

Here’s some close ups:

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I added a bottom layer to the houses including door mat.  I thought that makes it a little more realistic.  For a 360 degree view, please hop over to my blog Here.

 

I made a second project with 3D House die and glitter paper.

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Do you make any holiday decor?  Or may be home made gifts?  Need some supplies?  Visit the a2z store.  Feel free to use promote code Cindy15 at check out to obtain 15% off any purchase of $25 or more (shipping not included).  And if you do make a “Fall” card, get all the details and link up to our October Challenge Here.

Please note that we are also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these social media outlet if you have not already done so.  You don’t want to miss out on any future promotion!

 

Cindy

Supplies:

Hero Arts 3D Fancy House Die

Hero Arts House Essentials

Hero Arts Pigment Ink (Unicorn)

Ranger Distress Ink (Antique Linen, Vintage Photo)

Ranger Stickles (Diamond, Platinum)

Other stamp: SSS Flower Friends