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Hero Arts Purr(-fect) cat lovers cards

Hello, hello! How is everyone doing? I hope those affected by storms, hurricanes and floods are safe and sound as well as on your way of getting your lives back on track, houses and yards cleaned up and craft rooms re-organised.

I have now been in a new house for about 3 weeks and slowly but surely getting it to feel like a home rather than just a building with our stuff in it. My craft room is another story… I can’t seem to get the flow right or getting furniture to fit ‘just right’ and it’s very frustrating. I feel a good flowing craft room is good for the mojo, if the room doesn’t inspire me I’m out of luck.. Luckily for me I made the cards I’m going to show you today before we moved, in anticipation of not getting into the swing of things very quickly perhaps. Also, sadly the Hero Arts CM131 Purr stamp set is sold out in the A2Z Scrapbooking Store but you can use the ‘Request Custom Order’ button to contact the store owner who will happily order it for you. The coordinating Hero Arts DI366 Frame Cuts to the stamp set is still available in the shop though.

Right, well, it’s probably time to get down to the crafty side of things, isn’t it? For these two cards, I’ve coloured the kitty cats with both Copic and Zig Clean Color markers, one card is clean and simple and the other one has a bit of everything going on!

For card no1 I started out by die cutting a piece of Strathmore Bristol Vellum watercolour card stock, using a Mama Elephant creative cut called Femme Frames. It gives a lovely scalloped border and adds a subtle bit of interest. I also cut out a few masks as I was planning on piling a few cushions on top of each other for one of the kitties to stretch out on. Using MFT hybrid ink in Black Licorice, I stamped up my images with a bit of help from my Mini MISTI and the masks I had cut out. Above the cat I also stamped up the heart image and the sentiment ‘lazy days are the best’. It just fit perfectly with my lazy cat! I coloured the panel with my Zig Clean Color markers and kept the colours quite intense, there is hardly any water added to the colouring at all.

Once it was dry, I adhered the panel to a white card base using a piece of foam sheet I had cut to size as well as added a few clear sparkly sequins with glossy accents. With that, the first card was done!

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Onward to card no2! I coloured the cats with my Copic markers and used the coordinating frame cuts to cut them out. Setting these two aside, I got that Mama Elephant Femme Frame creative cut out again but this time I used pink card stock. My colour scheme for this card was going to be pink and grey, and the card base was cut out, scored and folded. I nearly added the pink card stock to it right away but thought it needed a little something to jazz it up. Grabbing an embossing folder with fish bones all over it, I ran the panel through my Big Shot with it and was happier with it. I still thought it needed a little something else though so with a mini ink blending tool I dabbed Distress Oxide ink in Picked Raspberry to highlight the fishbones.

In the same grey colour card stock as the card base, I cut out a fish tail banner using MFT Die-Namics Stitched Fishtail Flag. On this I again used the Distress Oxide inks and a homemade heart stencil to create a patterned paper. I also found a little stitched label in white card stock in my big pile of unused bits and bobs, it was the perfect size to stamp the sentiment ‘I’d spend all nine lives with you’ and I added one of the kitties to it using some foam tape. The other kitty was added directly to the heart stencilled banner, also with foam tape and this kitty responds with ‘I meow you’ which is cut out using the little speech bubble that comes with the coordinating frame cuts.

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Well, with that I will leave you to enjoy your day and I hope I have inspired you to get crafty soon!

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Happy crafting!

Erica

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts CASE a Designer Challenge

 

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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 ERICA15 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 within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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a2z Scrapbooking July 2017 Challenge

Hello everyone!!  We are back with another fabulous challenge this month.

Our new challenge this month is “Anything Goes”! All you have to do is use any Hero Arts product on your project and create what you love. Be creative with this challenge.

Please be sure that your project contains at least ONE main HERO ART Product as the focal element!

This challenge will be pretty interesting.  The DT has creating some awesome projects to inspire you to play along with us.

Take a look:

Angie

 

Dawn

Sue

Leslie

Arlene

Erica

Amazing isn’t it!!   I hope you love what you see and that it inspires you to join us this month.  You have the entire month to create a new project and enter it into Mr. Linky below.  By entering you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. One lucky winner will be announced on the 7th of August!!

Good Luck!

Supplies used:

Angie

Distress Oxide Inks with Ink Daubers
Fun foam
Hero Arts Bold Floral Stencil (out of stock but you can special order it)
Dawn
Color Layering Peacock Frame Cut DI351  (currently out of stock)
Distress Ink – Old Paper
Sue
Leslie

Arlene

Hero Arts Grey to Black Ombre Ink (Soft Granite to Black to substitute)
Copic Markers
Vagabond Die Cut Machine
Erica
Hero Arts Happy Stamp & Cut (you can custom order this stamp/die set at no additional cost)
Thank you so much for stopping by!!
Love by Lia Hero Arts Stamp Set


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Love by Lia Hero Arts Stamp Set

You Make my Heart Smile with Hero Arts. This is the sentiment that I selected to create my card. It is part of the stamp set Love by Lia and I used a non traditional form in my creations. Welcome to another “Take Shape” inspiration sample.

Love by Lia Hero Arts Stamp Set

Hello crafty friends, Martha Lucia here with you to share a card with banner or tail fish shape. I really love to receive cards with different shapes and this is sample that you can use and put easily in an envelope because it is a regular size. To cut this I used a double stitched banner from Peek a Boo Designs and I kept my card stock folded on top and below the die border to give my card form.

Then I cut a stitched rectangle on whisper white card stock and stamped over the right side one of the sentiments that came included on the stamp set Love by Lia. I love this set because the sentiments and fonts that are included on it are a great size and very useful. I pasted the stitched rectangle directly over the top of the banner.

Love by Lia Hero Arts Stamp Set

To complete the card, I stamped four little envelopes over decorated paper and fussy cut them with my scissors to paste over the card using dimensionals and snail adhesive. The final touch, two loops of red and white bakers twine.

All the images from the stamp set Love by Lia were stamped with Hero Arts Intensive Black Ink.

What do you think?  Please let know below.

I can’t wait to see how you interpret our challenge theme this month.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

Please join us in this months “Take Shape” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to our Hero Arts 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! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code insert your code here 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 within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Love Stamp & cut with Hero Arts Deco Pattern Stencil

There is still just a little time to enter this months a2zscrapbooking challenge for May:  

Sentiment Focus

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Here I’ve used the Love Stamp and Die set DC175 for my sentiment and the Hero Arts Deco Pattern Stencil SA105 with some embossing paste.  I die cut the 6 love dies, 3 from watercolored paper that I used Distress Oxide Inks on, and 3 black ones for shadows.  I’ve also used Hero Arts white embossing powder and a strip of pattern paper from my stash.  I added some shimmer to the die cuts with Spectrum Noir glitter pen.

I hope you will have time to join the challenge – just remember to use one main Hero Arts product! You could win a $25 gift card to the a2z store!

And remember to use code Angie15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more!

Here’s my list of supplies:

Love Stamp and Cut set DC175

Hero Arts Deco Stencil SA105

Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

Embossing Paste

Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen

Distress Oxide Inks

Patterned paper from my stash

Here are a few more views:

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a2z Scrapbooking May 2017 Challenge

Hello everyone!!  We are back with another fabulous challenge this month.

Our new challenge this month is “Sentiment Focus”! All you have to do is use any Hero Arts product on your project and create a card where the sentiment is the main focus of the card. Be creative with this challenge.

Please be sure that your project contains at least ONE main HERO ART Product as the focal element! 

This challenge will be pretty interesting.  The DT has creating some awesome projects to inspire you to play along with us.

Take a look:

Martha

Monica

Michelle

Angie

Dawn

Arlene

Amazing isn’t it!!   I hope you love what you see and that it inspires you to join us this month.  You have the entire month to create a new project and enter it into Mr. Linky below.  By entering you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. One lucky winner will be announced on the 7th of June!!

Good Luck!

Supplies used:

Martha
Love by Lia from Hero Arts
Ombre Ink – Pool to Navy by Hero Arts
Whisper White and Pool Party Card Stock

Monica
Cornflower Ink
Butter Bar Ink
Black Ink
Irreverant Birthdays
Birthday Messages
Michelle
Ranger Watercolor paper
Peacock Feathers
Mermaid Lagoon
Tumbled Glass
Versamark
White gel pen
Sharpie
MFT Blueprints
Copics
Black Enamel Accents
White Enamel Accents
Angie
Hero Arts Love Stamp and Cut set
Patterned paper & flower from stash
MFT Scalloped edge border
Made with Love
Sizzix/Hero Arts Stamps and Die
Thanks for stopping by!!


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Love Swirls You and Me

Happy Sunday everyone,

 

I have created a card using the Hero Arts Love Swirls Stencil today.  The pattern on the stencil is already very vibrant and I don’t want to hide it too much, so just added a sentiment on vellum.  Let’s take a look.

My process:

  • Place 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch white card stock on stencil, centering it and secure with washi tape.  (Note that the stencil is 5 1/4 by 6 1/2, larger than the quarter fold size.  So this stencil would be great for a larger layout.)
  • Flip the stencil over, use inking tool and sponge Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon onto paper as shown.
  • Remove stencil.  Heat emboss the image with clear EP.
  • Stamp and heat emboss in white the sentiment from the Hero Arts Love by Lia clear stamp set on vellum strip longer than 4 1/4 in.
  • Draw lines on edges of vellum using white gel pen.
  • Fold both ends of vellum and tuck behind the stenciled panel, secure with tape.
  • Round corner of stenciled panel and adhere to white card base.
  • Embellish with sequins.

 

Isn’t this stencil gorgeous?!  I hope I’ve inspired you to join in our March challenge – Playing With Stencils.  You could win a $25 gift card to the store.

For the month of March there is a second way to enter to win a $25 gift card to the store.  That is by comment on any of the March blog post.  One comment on each post, the more post you comment on the more chances to win.  

Remember when shopping at the a2z store, use my code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.  If you don’t find the item in the store, just click the blue Request Custom Order button on the left side bar.

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Supplies:

Hero Arts Clear Stamp – Love by Lia

Hero Arts Stencil – Love Swirls

Hero Arts Pigment Ink – Unicorn

Ranger Distress Ink – Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon

White embossing powder

Clear embossing powder

white gen pen

Little Things from Lucy’s Cards sequin mix – Fruit Sorbet


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Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkles Bold Print duet

Hi,

 

Cindy here to share a couple cards featuring the Hero Art Sweet Sprinkles Bold Print stamp.  This stamp is great for any celebration theme card.

 

First up is a card that could be both an invitation or birthday, depends on how you write up the inside.

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My process:

  • On white card base, use inking tool and sponge edges and center of card with Barn Door.
  • Ink Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkles Bold Print cling stamp using various ColorBox Pigment Ink randomly, stamp on white card stock slightly smaller than card base in length, and clear heat emboss.
  • Position ‘party’ (from the 2016 Dec My Monthy Hero Kit) die cut in center of stamped panel, die cut.  *Remember to keep the small piece of the letter ‘a’.
  • Stamp with black and clear heat emboss “let’s” on ‘sprinkle’ panel.
  • Use foam adhesive and mount ‘sprinkle’ panel onto card base, along with the small piece of the letter ‘a’.
  • On white card stock stamp, color, and die cut cake, candle, and mask.  Clear heat emboss all three pieces.
  • Adhere to card front as shown.

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I really like how it turned out.  You may notice some parts of the image is not well coated with ink, but that’s okay because it adds a little visual dimension.  After all when you throw a bunch of sprinkles up in the air, you don’t see each pieces clearly right?!  🙂

My second card is a CASE of Jennifer McGuire’s Easy Ombre Backgrounds card except I added silver glitter tape on both edge of card base.  To conform to this month’s challenge: Any Shades of Reds, both my cards has Barn Door as a predominate color.

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The Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkle Bold Print stamp is available at the a2z store, get yours today.  Use code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.

Remember we are also on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets to get the latest news!!  And I hope you’d join in this month’s challenge!

cindya2zscrapbooking

Supplies:

Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkle Bold Print

Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages Clear Stamp

My Monthly Hero Kit (Dec 2016)

Ranger Distress Ink (Barn Door)

ColorBox Pigment Ink – Cat’s Eye Queue Jelly Bean

coloring pencils

Clear embossing ink

Clear embossing powder

 


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Red Royal Shaker Heart with Hero Arts

Aloha and happy Wednesday friends!  Our challenge this month is Any Shade of Red so today I decided to go with a tone on tone look inspired by the challenge.

Hero Arts Valentine Shaker

I used some red cardstock and inked up Hero Arts Candy Stripe Bold Print in Hero Arts Red Royal Shadow ink.  I stamped it out twice turning my card to get that plaid look.

Hero Arts Valentine Shaker

I then die cut a heart using Hero Arts So Sorry Stamp and Cut to create my heart shaped window, backed it with Hero Arts Acetate Sheets and filled with some red sequins and silver stars from my stash.  I didn’t want a bulky shaker card, so I just sandwiched the window with some white cardstock and adhered the edges.  This also allows most of the sequins to stay put.

Hero Arts Valentine Shaker

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope to see you join our challenge this month for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store.  Stay tuned because Hero Arts new release will soon be available at a2z Scrapbooking!!

nikia2zscrapbooking

 


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a2z Scrapbooking February 2017 Challenge

Hello everyone!!  February appeared out of no where!! I love it. That means the summer will be here soon.  Oh how I love the warm weather!!

Our new challenge this month is “Any Shade of Red”! All you have to do is use any Hero Arts product on your project and use some shade/shades of red. Be creative with this challenge.

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Please be sure that your project contains at least ONE main HERO ART Product as the focal element! 

This challenge will be pretty interesting.  The DT has creating some awesome projects to inspire you to play along with us.

Take a look:

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Arlene

a2z_hero_arts_stamp_and_cut_red_trio

Cindy

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Martha

hero-arts-cl980-happy-mothers-day-vellum-card

Sue

sending-love-a2z

Kymona

bold-floral-red-side

Michele

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Helen

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Niki

Amazing isn’t it!!   I hope you love what you see and that it inspires you to join us this month.  You have the entire month to create a new project and enter it into Mr. Linky below.  By entering you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. One lucky winner will be announced on the 7th of March!!

Good Luck!

Supplies used:

Arlene

Gem stickers
Spellbinders die cuts
Cindy

Hero Arts Stamp and Cut – Love
Hero Arts Mid-tone Shadow Ink – Red Royal
Ranger Distress Ink – Barn Door

Martha

Love is by Lia
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Scraps of Designer Paper
Square and Circle Die Cuts

Sue

Hero Arts Bold Ink Strawberry
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Sequins
Vellum

Kymona

Sending Love
Bristol Smooth White Paper
Distress Ink Abandon Coral, Barn Door, Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry

Michele

Hero Arts Thanks
PTI Dark Chocolate, Hero Arts Kraft
Versamark, Fired Brick, Barn Door and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks
Hero Arts Bold Floral stencil, Hero Arts white embossing powder, fun foam, Tattered Angels mist, MFT Blueprints
Helen
Tombow Dual Brush Pens: 847, 800, 755, 772
Canson watercolor paper
 Acetate plastic
 water spray
 Tim Holtz Distress Crayons – Candid Apple
 Versamark ink pad
 WOW Bonding Embossing Powder
 CTMH White Embossing Powder
 iCraft DecoFoil Fold transfer sheet
 Versafine Onyx Black ink pad
 CTMH Archival Ink Pad
 CTMH White Daisy Cardstock p
 CTMH Black Cardstock
 WRMK craft knife
 WRMK mini magnetic craft board
 Fiskar paper trimmer
 CTMH craft heater
 ekTool nonstick micro tip scissors
 Tombow mono permanent adhesive runner
 3D foam tape
 GlueDots
 CTMH Liquid Glass glue
Niki
Thank you so much for stopping by!!

kymona


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Shaker Card with Hero Arts Stamp and Cut – Love

Hello,

 

Cindy here to share a shaker card for January’s Challenge  Anything Goes.

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Believe it or not, I got some very pretty sequins mixes sitting on my desk since November.  I don’t know why I didn’t use it earlier!!  LOL

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My process:

  • Arrange all the stamps from the Hero Arts You Are My Happy clear set to fit a 4 1/8 by 5 3/8 inch purple panel.  Stamp and heat emboss in white.
  • Die cut using the large heart die from the Hero Arts Stamp and Cut So Sorry set.
  • Adhere acetate on back side of purple panel.  Please foam tape all around.
  • Trim white card stock slight smaller than purple panel.  Use inking tool and sponge Spun Sugar over Hero Arts Delicate Petals Stencil onto it to create soft background.
  • Place purple panel upside down, fill with sequins mix, peel off backing paper from foam tape; adhere stenciled panel pattern side down.  Press to ensure all sides are sealed.
  • Adhere shaker panel onto white card base.
  • Die cut Love from the Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Love set using each purple card stock and pale mauve card stock.
  • Glue pale mauve panel slightly offset onto the purple one.  Adhere on top of card.

 

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You may not see all of the products I used in the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies store, but you could always make a Custom Order, just click the Request Custom Order on the left side bar.  Use code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.

Remember we are also on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets to get the latest news!!

cindya2zscrapbooking

Supplies:

 

Hero Arts Stamp and Cut So Sorry

Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Love

Hero Arts Clear Stamp You Are My Happy

Hero Arts Stencil Delicate Petals

Ranger Distress Ink (Spun Sugar)

Hero Arts Pigment Ink (Unicorn)

white embossing powder

Little Things from Lucy’s Card sequins (Lucky Dip Mix)