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Hello Orchids

Hi there!

I’m here with my first ‘official’ post as an a2z teamie, and I couldn’t be happier.

It’s officially winter here so I’ve been huddled in my track pants thinking of flowers blooming, but honestly enjoying the cold (I’m one of those weirdos who loves the cold).

Today’s card has a bit of a story behind it, let me tell you my mini-saga.
So I bought this set several months ago, maybe even a couple of years, when it first came out. I coveted it for what felt like, an age. I stalked other people’s use of it, pinned a thousand cards, got excited when it finally arrived, then could never make it work. I tried multiple times, I stamped and I stamped….

Yesterday, at my wit’s end, I created this, and again, had to fight with it. Until suddenly the proverbial lightbulb appeared over my head.

I’d been stamping the leaves instead of the flowers. Pink leaves. For months. For MONTHS I’d been stamping the leaves thinking they were long petals, and couldn’t for the LIFE of me figure out what the heck I was doing wrong. Seriously. I wonder how I tie my shoelaces some days.


see anything wrong with this picture?!

Anyhoo, once my brain cells actually started to work, I managed to make this, which I’m actually pretty darn happy with


I took a piece of Neenah cardstock cut to size, and ran it through my die-cutting machine with the mini triangles die from Hero Arts, then adhered the entire thing onto my cardbase of pink cardstock. Next I took some Cotton Candy ink, and sponged it over the panel, in the bottom right corner, fading upwards.

I stamped my Orchids using Cotton Candy ink (base level), Pale Tomato Ink (middle layer) and Raspberry Jam ink for the darkest. The leaves used Pastel Green, Soft Olive and Evergreen inks (all Hero Arts).

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the same set, using white embossing powder and black cardstock and fussy cut it out before adhering it. I finished the card with some pale pink sequins from Neat and Tangled (but you could definitely use one of the Hero sets)

It was super simple to make and came together quickly (once I got over that pesky stamping the leaves as petals thing LOL)

I hope you enjoy this card!

See you again soon–Happy Crafting!

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Linda xo


Guest Designer Linda Trace

Join us in welcoming our Guest Designer for May, Linda Trace! You may know Linda from a lot of places, including co-founding A Blog Named Hero. Linda’s love of Hero Arts and her amazing talent maker her an ideal designer here at a2z Scrapbooking. Thanks, Linda, for sharing this cool card and teaching us to use Distress Oxides in a different way!                              
Hi everyone!

It’s Linda, I’m super SUPER excited to be here today as guest designer for this month!

I created a card that is simple, but really shows off the amazing products I used.  Distress Oxides. Have you tried them yet?! I only needed to see one video of them in use and I was smitten. I’ve had them for a few weeks now and I’ve barely stopped playing with them–seriously amazing!!

I wanted to really show how they stand ‘up’ off dark cardstock.

Here is my card:

To start, I created a top folding horizontal notecard using kraft cardstock, then I cut a panel of black cardstock to 5.5″ wide by 3 3/4″ tall.

I took Broken China, Vintage Photo and Wilted Violet, and one by one, swiped them onto the black cardstock, pressing firmly, then lifting up off the cardstock, before I reached the bottom.

For stamps, I used the delightful Hero Arts set Road Trip (https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/277077318/hero-arts-road-trip-cl973-clear-stamps?ga_search_query=road+trip&ref=shop_items_search_2)

I coloured the images in with Copic markers, that I matched to the swipes of Oxide.  I then fussy cut around them, leaving a small white border.  I added some white detail to the caravan and tent using a Molotow Paint Pen (but you could use these https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/Uni-Ball-Pen-Signo-Gel-WHITE-Two-Pack-1919994-1919994U?currency=USD).

The sentiment, I stamped in Versamark ink, then heatset using Hero Arts White embossing powder.

That’s it! Super quick and easy, but thanks to the oxides, it turned out so effectively.

Thanks for joining me! I hope you’ll come back again soon