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Birthday Bling

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today on the blog and I have a birthday card that I blinged out to show you.


I used my HA Small Square Grid stencil and used a Prismacolor white pencil to outline some of the stencil, then I added some Diamond Stickles to those white lines. I added the Stickles after removing the stencil, but you can do it while the stencil is in place, just be sure to immediately clean the stencil after removing it from your card. Stickles is a glitter glue and you don’t want the glue to dry on the stencil.

After it dried, I adhered a digi heart in black from the Special Birthday Digital Stamps and some Teresa Collins die cut numbers. To the numbers, I added my Hero Arts rhinestones for just a touch more bling. Then a tiny strip of black cardstock to finish the card.

Here’s a close-up of the sparkle.


I hope you’ll join in January’s challenge here and add a lot of bling to your Hero Arts stamps and stencils!

Pssst! Just to let you know, this Hero Arts/Basic Grey stencil is just $3.50 in the store right now–that’s more than half off the original price! And if you check out the sale section, you’ll find lots of stencils are on sale right now, along with holiday stamps and more!

Happy Saturday!


HA/BG Small Square Grid Stencil

Hero Arts Special Birthday Digi Stamps

Diamond Stickles

Teresa Collins Numbers

Hero Arts Rhinestones




Bear Hugs

Hi, friends, Chark here today with a card that would fit right in with this month’s challenge of Make It Pop. I used some bumpy paper for the texture and added embossed star strips to the corner.



Inside, I made a very simple pop-up card by cutting two slits in a piece of cardstock and folding it outward. You can see in this picture what I mean.

pop up

I used dark blue cardstock and attached my greeting to the front piece.

It was pretty simple to make and adds a fun element to a card for kids…or for anyone!

Hope you’ll join in our December challenge here by Making it Pop and using a main Hero Arts product on your project!

Happy Wednesday!


Star Stencil

Lil Hoot Stamps

Special Birthday Digi sentiments

Silver Embossing Paste

Tide Pool Ink Dauber

Silver Stickles

Silver Line Stickers

Vellum Paper

Blue Lizard Paper

Silver Paper for sentiment

Mermaid Lagoon ink




Winter Holiday Houses

Hello everyone! Its Ria here today.

I have shared a card project previously using the Hero Arts Holiday Houses digi kit and this project share today will continue my love on using the kit.

Aside from the card, I also did a  tag using one of the houses and tree.

First off, I printed several houses and colored them with markers using Promarker. I also printed a card base with trees on them, these served as backdrop also for the homes later when I arranged them in the card.

I then fussy cut the homes and added details on, some white dots and small lines to mimic a snow.

I also added glitz by putting Wink of Stella clear glitter on the snow caps above the roof. I also added some silver sequins on top of the card for some added shine.


Christmas means festive so I also added silver ribbons below the card base. This just complements the silver glitter on top of the card.

silver ribbon

Here’s the full card

full card only

For the tag, I printed one of the pattern paper in the kit then die cut that using the tag die.

I then added another bigger size tree that I colored with green marker and added a gem on top of the tree. The house is also colored with markers and I added some texture and shine to it too, this time with silver distress glitter.

tag lay

both sentiment in the card and tag are part of the digi kit.

and the tag in full view

tag full

I love the flexibility of using digi kits. I can re-size them to the size I want and colored them the way I want using markers. You can also use colored pencils but not watercolors. The water will react to the ink and will sure make the ink bleed during coloring.

Here are both projects I did.  I always have fun doing sets like this.

houses full

Don’t forget to check this month’s challenge with the theme Autumn & Christmas. You can enter the challenge and have the chance to win a $25 gift certificate that you can use at the a2z Scrapbooking store.

If you interested to the products I used on today’s project, you can see the supplies int he Inlinkz below.


You can avail 15% discount at the a2z Scrapbooking store by using the code RIA15 at checkout.

That’s it for now and I’ll catch up again soon.


Supplies used


Merry & Bright

Happy Sunday everyone! Ria here today.

I’ve been loving coloring with markers lately and today I’m sharing colored digi images from Hero Arts Holiday Houses. A perfect digi kit to create a Christmas winter scene.


I printed the digi houses in white card stock then colored them using markers from Letraset, Promarker. I also printed the digital paper that comes along with the kit. I used this paper as the background for my card. The snowflakes design on the paper just  gives this feel of falling snow over these mini houses.

Then, I fussy cut the houses and arranged them in my card base.

For details, I put some white dots and very small lines in the houses to mimic snow building in-front of these homes.

I then added some gems, randomly scattered from the top going down, like  snow falling from above 🙂    I also added Wink of Stella clear glitter in the snows on top of the roof. It looks so nice in real life.

Here’s a closer look at the small details



The kit has sentiments too that you can use, a selection of digi paper and some more other elements that you can use in your card project, scrapbook page or other digi projects.

For some more fun, I made a scallop edge using a die cut at the bottom of the digi pattern paper for added texture.


and here’s my finish card 🙂

full hse

If you’re interested in the products that I used on this project, you can check them at inLinkz below this post 🙂

A2Z Scrapbooking store is offering a 15% discount on your purchase at the A2Z store. You can use the code RIA15 at checkout, a great time to grab the new  Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas 2014 release and some more great products on Sale!

Don’t forget to check the challenge for this month too with the theme Autumn & Christmas. The time is now to prepare those cards for the coming season. Better yet come and and join in the challenge for a chance to win.

Supplies used


Three cards = one digi kit: Artistic Circles

Hello everyone!

It’s Ria here and today I’m sharing three cards using Hero Arts Artistic Circles digital kit.

Just to warn you that I have lots of photos to show so expect longer scrolls in this post 🙂

Once you ordered the kit, its instantly downloadable so you can prepare your project layout right away. One thing I love about digital kits is that you can select the images as you like, resize them as you need to for the project and easily printable. Note that you cannot however alter the original design image as part of its policy. This applies to other digis in other kits you may purchase.

So now, a quick look in the supplies I used for the cards.

The printed two panels of the circles, one in black & white and the other the bluish gray colored that is already included in the kit. I just need to reduce the size a little smaller than the standard A2 card.


For Card # 1, I arranged the circles in random. I’m using the graphic software called Illustrator but you can use Word Document to resize and open the files to design and arrange these circles.

Remember, you don’t necessarily need a graphic software like Illustrator to use digi kits. Its just that I have these in my computer as I also use them at work.

by coloring

For the layout, I arranged them in a way that the circles are bigger in the middle then filling in the spaces around it. I thought that’s nice. I then colored the circle parts with markers. You can also color the other areas of the circles like the one in the middle but in my case I want to keep more white spaces. My color inspiration are the same buttons I’m using as embellishments.

bw after coloring

This is the piece after I colored the circles. I then stamped the sentiment in a patterned paper and arranged them in the panel to see how everything will fit. I used those bright buttons to add texture and color to the piece.

bw colored detail

Here’s a closer look at the coloring. I also added buttons and gray shadow over the circles to pop them a bit in the white base. I also added some faux stitching for a finish look.

For Card # 2, I used the bluish gray background and also printed the tags that comes along with the kit. Here I put the buttons and gems in the areas I wanted them to be.

tag details

I punched a silver eyelet in the tags and added twine since it will be too flat without any detail on it. My intention is to give more focus on the circle digi so I still keep minimal embellishments. I colored the blue circle on the tag through Photoshop but you can also print them in black & white and colored them with markers or colored pencils.


A closer look at the gems. I selected some areas mostly the mid ones to put them in.

tag bg details

For Card # 3, I also colored the circles in Photoshop and arranged the circles similar to Card # 1.  I just cut them in a tilted shape for some variety.


I also stamped the card base with Woodgrain background. It will be nice too to have some designed stamp peeking behind.

I also stamped the sentiment on top of the circle design.

card 3 wdgrain

I added Wink of Stella for some subtle glitz to this card. That luster looks really good in real life 🙂 Love that

wink detail


A look into each card:

white colored

blu bg

orange lay2

And here’s the three cards altogether. Which one do you like best?

If you interested in any of the supplies I used on these projects, you can check them out at the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post.

Also remember that  a2Z Scrapbooking’s current challenge this month (Encouragement theme) is on-going, get inspirations from the team here and better yet join in the fun 🙂


This is it for now and I’ll catch up with you again soon.