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One Layer Ornament

Good morning everyone – it’s Jennifer from Caffeinated Papercuts here to share a fun one layer card with you. You know how some stamp sets come with adorable little accent stamps? Me, I enjoy adding the accessories or decorating the tree with the ornaments, but usually don’t know what else to do with those tiny stamps. Well thanks to a healthy Instagram feed one day, I came up with this pretty one-layer idea for you:

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An ornament out of ornaments! I simply created a circle mask to stay inside of my desired lines and then went to town stamping ornaments, stars, and polka dots from several different stamp sets. I love the non-traditional colors of blues and greens.

A bit of shimmer, some rounded corners, and this card was all set. I do hope I’ve inspired you to stretch your tiny stamps and join in our November One Layer Challenge.

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Supplies used: Hero Arts Family and Friends, Hero Arts Under the Mistletoe, Soft Navy Shadow Ink, Soft Pool Shadow Ink, Green Hills Shadow Ink, and Lime Green Shadow Ink.

Nearly all of the supplies I used are available in the a2z Scrapbooking shop – if something is missing, just hit ‘request a custom order’ and they’ll hook you up! Be sure to use coupon code JENNIFER15 to save 15% on your purchase of $25 or more while you’re there, 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!

Before I go, we at a2z Scrapbooking wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to our friends in France.

À tous nos clients français, nous voulons partager nos sentiments les plus sincère suite à cette tragédie insensée. Tous nos pensés sont avec le peuple français dans ces moments difficiles.

“Liberté, égalité, fraternité”

Jennifer


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Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop

Welcome to our stop on this Coffee Lovers Bloghop! I’m so excited to be posting for a2z Scrapbooking today. For those of you not familiar with the shop, it is a fantastic Etsy store that carries a huge variety of Hero Arts products – brown ombre ink and coffee stamps, anyone? 🙂

In the fantastic owner’s own words: a2z Scrapbooking is proud to be a premier Hero Arts Retailer. Our Etsy store carries an extensive array of Hero Arts  products and we love special orders. Our company, which is run by volunteers, was founded in 2007 in an effort to raise funds for Celiac and Behcets awareness.

Better still, we’re offering up a $25 gift card to the shop and $25 worth of digital images as prizes this hop! Two of you are going to be very happy crafters indeed!!

Me? I’m Jen from Caffeinated Papercuts and a very proud Design Team member of a2z Scrapbooking. Oh hey, be sure to check out our monthly challenge while you’re here; it’s all about shaker cards this month! Mmm, coffee shaker cards…speaking of cards, I have a fun one for you today, something we’ve all probably done; texted for coffee!

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I know I easily have those days where nothing but coffee will make it better…LOL I stamped up the fun cell phone image from the LOL stamp set and added in my text bubbles with Cornflower Blue and Tide Pool Hero Arts Shadow Inks. For my coffee images I used the Hero Arts Coffee and Latte kit and then made the ‘screen’ by coating the white section with Glossy Accents. Then I let it dry for a few hours…it was worth it!

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Just look at the shine! I can see tucking a gift card in here and sending it to a friend having a bad day. From there assembly was simple; some pretty paper layered on top of a Wet Cement note card and this card was done!

Nearly all of the supplies I used are available in the a2z Scrapbooking shop – if something is missing, just hit ‘request a custom order’ and they’ll hook you up! While you’re at it, feel free to take 15% off your order of $25 or more with coupon code JENNIFER15. 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!

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Thanks for stopping by today, and have fun at the hop! You can find the full, and ever-growing, list of participants here.

Jennifer


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I Like You a Latte

Hey everyone – it’s Jen from Caffeinated Papercuts, and I still have coffee on the brain! The Fall Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop starts next week and rumor has it a2z Scrapbooking is one of the new Super Sponsors…but you didn’t hear it from me…so today I have a coffee shaker card to help you get ready for the hop and join in the September Shaker Card Challenge!

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I just loooove that coffee stamp set! And yes, I totally used my brown ombre ink on the mug again, as it is just awesome. I also made my own background papers again; the Punch note card is stamped with Cup O’Joe and the older Basic Grey Amore background stamp.

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The Wet Cement note card that forms the base card I stamped with Wet Cement ink and the gorgeous new Branches Bold Prints background stamp. To give my card front lift I used some Fun Foam that I also die cut with the heart to make my shaker container. Overall pretty quick & easy!

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I used some chunky glitter and deep brown seed beads for my shaker filling – looks like sprinkles on top of a latte!

Now’s the time to stock up on your supplies for our Shaker Challenge and the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop. Be sure to request any out-of-stock items in the store and take 15% off your order of $25 or more with coupon code JENNIFER15.

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Happy Crafting!

Jennifer


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A Little Hello

Hello there everyone! Jennifer here from Caffeinated Papercuts and I love this month’s challenge of Texture!

Now, you’re probably expecting that I broke out the texture paste and whipped up something awesome, and you would be half right – it’s awesome. I had a stencil in my hand when I remembered that the town was flushing the hydrants and, therefore, I had no water to clean my supplies with! Oops…so plan b was created, and for those of you who don’t have texture paste or the like, this card is for you!

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Embossing powder to the rescue! Between the heat embossing and the twine, this card is full of texture and less messy than paste. Well, except when you spill powder all over…so I hear…

Now, a small disclaimer – both stamp sets I used are out of stock in the shop. I know, I know…I always manage to do that to you guys! But fear not, just hit the little ‘request custom order’ button in the shop and they’ll hook you up. Ok? Ok. Be sure to check out the new holiday stamps while you’re there, too, because OMG are they amazing! JENNIFER15 gets you 15% off your order of $25 or more, remember…all right, back to the card! **Update – the gorgeous background stamp is back in stock! Woohoo**

I started with some Pool layering paper and scored it at 5.5″ to create my top-folding card. The BasicGrey Bold Flower Pattern background stamped was inked up with VersaMark and heat embossed with the Hero Arts White embossing powder, which is truly my favorite white powder ever. While my powder was out, I stamped the ‘hello’ tag from the Little Tags set onto a scrap of gray cardstock and heat embossed it as well.

So all the white you see here is embossing powder, and the blue peeking through is the Pool cardstock. I wish you could feel this, it’s really amazing. You’ll just have to make one yourself and see. 😉

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Once I had everything heat embossed, my card was nearly done! I trimmed out the tag and used a small hole punch to use it as an actual tag, then wrapped the hemp cord around the card and knotted it. To attach the tag, I looped more cording through the opening and then tied it around my string bundle, giving it that cool double-knot look. A bit of dimensional tape behind the card and it was done!

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Honestly, it took no time at all to make. Like I’m off to make a full set of these cuties to have on hand! I hope this gave you a different idea of how to add texture to your card – I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

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Happy Crafting!

Jennifer


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Holiday Wishes

Good morning everyone! Jennifer here from Caffeinated Papercuts to wax poetic about the new Lime to Forever Green Ombre ink and the lovely new layered Christmas tree stamp set. Oh stop the groaning and humor me with a little Christmas in July, hmm? It’ll be worth it!

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Yeah, I heard those “oooo”s – shaped card ombre happiness! There is a tutorial video coming, too, but my editing department fell asleep last night before a voice-over could be recorded. Good help is so hard to find these days…

I used all (4) tree pieces to create the card and my Misti stamp tool to help me line up all the layers. The very bottom, solid layer is stamped with the ombre ink and looks amazing just on its own. From there I added more dimension with Field Greens, a deeper green, and then I added snow with the Unicorn White ink and some clear embossing powder.

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Ok, sad little secret – I don’t have a Hero Arts ink dark enough for the last layer so I used a different company. Turns out my green ink choices are pretty sparse! Must be time to shop…LOL

Once my tree was done I used the little snowflakes from the set and heat embossed a snow storm with white embossing powder. The sentiment in Cup O Joe finished the card front which measures 4″ in diameter. I mounted that with foam tape onto a 4.25″ diameter card base I created and this little card was done!

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Remember that this month’s challenge is Clean and Simple! You have until July 31st to link up a new project using your favorite Hero Arts supplies. If you need some more, be sure to use code JENNIFER15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Oh, and did you see our new bundle we posted on our Facebook page?? Be sure to use the code ChristmasSpecial5 to get an additional $5 off of it! Cannot be combined with any other coupon codes.

Don’t forget that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions! Thanks for stopping by today, and happy crafting!

Jennifer


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Bluebird of Happiness

Hey everyone – Jennifer here and I am in love with the layering stamp trend right now! Hero Arts has some fabulous layering sets and I couldn’t resist scooping up the bird on a branch – no one else has one like this that I’ve seen.

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Better still, they give you the layering directions right on the package! Yay!

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Now my first attempt did wind up in the trash as I totally did not think my color choices through before I stamped them. Turns out Passion Fruit+Cornflower Blue+Pool=one ugly bird. Oops. I also mis-stamped the second layer, so for this attempt I found which box had my Misti in it and chose lighter colors – much better!

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There’s a pretty birdy! I love the detail you get from the stamps, it’s truly amazing.

Colors used:
Bird – Soft Vanilla, Pool, Navy, Cup O’ Joe, Charcoal
Branch – Wet Cement, Bubble Gum, Green Hills, Forever Green

The background seemed like it was missing something, so I grabbed my Pool Dauber, some water, and a paint brush to add in some ink splatters.

Dab the dauber onto a non-stick surface (my craft sheet in this case) and then spritz in some water. Drag your brush through it and then tap-tap-tap over your panel.

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The result when dry are soft, coordinating paint splats. Love them! You could also use the Spray Mists or your reinkers.

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I wanted simple, so I trimmed the panel slightly to measure 4″x4″ and then mounted it to a 4.25″ square card base made from Mocha layering paper with foam tape. All done!

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Now, the Color Layering Bird stamps have been such a hit that they are currently out of stock, but never fear – to get your own set, just hit the “request custom order” button on the left side of the shop and let us know you simply have to have one. Easy peasy! 🙂

While you’re shopping, be sure to use code Jennifer15 for 15% off your total purchase of $25 or more…and if you’re not a fan of fussy-cutting, grab the matching dies as well! And be sure to enter into our June Challenge, ‘New Beginnings’, for a chance to win some store spending money.

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Don’t forget that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer


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Thank You and You and You!

Hi everyone – Jennifer from Caffeinated Papercuts here with a whole set of cards for you today. Yes, it was one of those times when I started stamping and just couldn’t stop!

2015-05-14 09.02.46These came together so, so fast. Honestly the hardest part was me messing with the silver thread! You can easily create these assembly-line style and have a lovely stack of thank you notes (or anything else from the Stamp & Cuts line) in no time at all.

The layers are simple:
-start with a top-folding, A2 card base
-stamp your background stamp (in this case, the big Thanks stamp) onto a piece of 4.25″x5.5″ white cardstock, then trim 1/8″ off each side to make it 4″ wide
-die cut the lovely ‘thanks’ sentiment out of foil paper
-die cut some vellum circles, big enough to fit most of the sentiment and hide the glue for the thread
-assemble: base card, stamped cardstock, silver thread, vellum circle, ‘thanks’ die cut

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That’s it! You now have a handful of beautiful cards ready for giving. Here’s a close-up of the colors I used:

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Butter Bar and Tide Pool inks

Soft Green and Bubble Gum inks

Soft Green and Bubble Gum inks

Cup O' Joe and Soft Purple inks

Cup O’ Joe and Soft Purple inks

These would work great for our current May Challenge – Anything Goes! Just be sure to use a ‘hard’ Hero Arts product (stencil, stamp, die cut, etc.)

Supplies Used:
Hero Arts Shadow Inks – Soft Green, Butter Bar, Cup O’ Joe, Bubble Gum, Tide Pool, Soft Purple
Hero Arts Thank You/Thanks Wood Mounted stamp
Hero Arts Stamp & Cuts Thanks
Paper – Bazzill Vellum, Bazzill Chocolate Malt, Neenah Solar White cardstock, DCWV Foiled Solid paper pad
DMC Metallic Light Silver Embroidery Thread

Remember if you go shopping to use code Jennifer15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. And don’t forget that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer


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Thanks for Being Awesome

Hey everyone – Jennifer here with one last stenciling idea for you before the challenge closes tonight! I’m rediscovering my love of vellum and decided to use it as a means to soften my stenciled image. I love bright, bold colors on a card but sometimes they make it hard to read or see your sentiment…vellum to the rescue!

I started by using my Deco Pattern stencil to jazz up some white cardstock with three colors of ink – Butter Bar, Cornflower Blue, and Green Hills.

2015-04-28 21.47.59While that dried a little (it doesn’t take long), I cut a piece of vellum the same size as my stenciled piece, 4″x5.25″, and heat embossed a sentiment in gold using the Thanks Stamp & Cuts set.

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See how you can read the sentiment and still see the stenciled pattern? Perfect! I used a bit of vellum adhesive on just the top of the panel so you can still flip it up and see the stenciling if you wish.

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Some adhesive to stick the whole panel down to some Candy Apple Bazzil cardstock and this fun card was done! Super quick and easy with stunning results.

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Supply List:
Hero Arts Shadow Inks – Butter Bar, Cornflower Blue, Green Hills
Sponge Daubers
Hero Arts Basic Grey Deco Pattern Stencil
Hero Arts Stamp & Cuts ‘Thanks’
Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder

Remember if you go shopping to use code Jennifer15 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!

Jennifer


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Stenciled Flowers Mother’s Day Card

Hi everyone – Jennifer here, and I’m so excited about this month’s challenge! If you’ve followed the site for a while now, you’ve seen just how much I love my stencils, so having an entire month dedicated to them is just awesome!!

I pulled out one of my older stencils, the Large Lotus Pattern, and taped it down to some white cardstock with painter’s tape leaving a bit of a border around the edges. Deciding to try something a little different, I grabbed my sponge daubers and colored in the flowers with a variety of colors.

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After I had my color down, I cleaned off my stencil and then placed it back down to add some of the new clear embossing paste. My oh my does it come out pretty! A word of warning – it’s thinner than the standard embossing paste and smells a little bit. If you’re sensitive to such things, I’d just open a window. 😉 I then got distracted by other things, so I let it dry overnight.

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One problem with that was I left it taped down, and the painter’s tape did not want to come up without a fight. Sooo I trimmed off the now ripped white border which made it the perfect size for a standard A2 card. I grabbed some of my favorite mocha layering paper for that (wait, it’s on SALE?!? I might need more…LOL).

I wanted a butterfly frolicking in my flower garden, so I pulled out one of the die cuts I had leftover from this card, added a bit of Wink of Stella to the body, and glued it down. To give it some dimension I fluffed up the wings to make it soar.

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I wanted to add a sentiment but didn’t want to cover up all that lovely stenciling, so I die cut a piece of vellum and heat embossed the Happy Mother’s Day sentiment from the Celebrate Everything set. That stamp set is still one of my favorites – it has everything! I hid my glue by applying liquid adhesive behind the heat embossed letters, then folded the top of the die cut piece to the back of the card panel. I adhered the whole panel to the card base and added some bling to trace the butterfly’s flight. All done!

stenciled embossed mothers day card jenniferI hope I’ve inspired you to pull out your stencils (or snag some new ones) and play along with us this month! The Stencil It challenge lasts all of April so get out your favorite Hero Arts stencils and enter – you could win a $25 gift certificate to get some goodies from a2z Scrapbooking.

Supply List:
Hero Arts Large Lotus Pattern stencil
Hero Arts Shadow Inks – Field Greens, Passion Flower, Butter Bar, Grape Juice, Ultra Pink, Orange Soda
Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday stamp set
Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy dies
Ranger Transparent Matte Texture Paste
Sponge Daubers
Hero Arts Assorted Gemstones
Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder
Hero Arts Mocha Layering paper (and it’s on sale!!)
Zig Wink of Stella Clear

Remember if you go shopping to use code Jennifer15 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! I cannot wait to see what you all create with your stencils!

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Jennifer


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Miss You

Good morning everyone – Jennifer here with a CAS card that is sure to make you go “awwww”. I picked up the new Hero Arts Baby Animals Stamp & Cut set and simply died of cuteness overload. The critters are so adorable!! I’m a sucker for bunnies, so I just had to play with that little cutie first.

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You just went “awww”, didn’t you? It’s ok, I keep doing that myself. 😉 I tried out some no-line coloring and I have to say, it’s a bit challenging at first but really fun.

– I stamped the bunny in Soft Pink ink. The idea here is the lighter, the better!

– Coloring time! I pulled out my Spectrum Noir markers and decided on a gray bunny with a pink nose and coral ears.

– I wanted to add the stitching details back in, so I used a .01 multiliner pen to add them back and draw in his whiskers.

– To add a little definition, I used a drop of Ranger Black Enamel for the eye and let it dry.

– For the shading around bunny, I cut a mask out of the Stick It paper and covered her up (after the eye was dry). I then used a small sponge and Soft Yellow to add the background color. The nice thing about the paper is that I was able to just tuck it in the stamp set when I was done for next time.

– I stamped the ‘miss you’ sentiment from the set in Charcoal ink and the little heart in Ultra Pink. A bit of Glossy Accents on the heart and a quick corner round up top and this card was done!

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You have two more days to join us in our March challenge – Color it In. I’d love to see more baby animals!

Supply list:
Hero Arts Shadow Inks – Charcoal, Soft Pink, Ultra Pink, Soft Yellow
Hero Arts Baby Animals Stamp & Cuts
Stick-it Adhesive Sheets
Hero Arts Snow Layering paper
Spectrum Noir markers, Glossy Accents, Multiliner .01 pen
Remember to use coupon code Jennifer15 for 15% off your purchase of $25 or more when shopping!

Baby Animals stamp bunny Jennifer

One more thing before I go, did you know that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets. You don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions! We also have our current Design Team call going on – we’d love to have you join us!

Happy Crafting!

Jennifer