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Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly Home Decor

Hello! I am here today with a home decor project I made for my craft room. Our monthly challenge is all about Anything But a Card so here we have it. I tell you I am happy to get nudged to make a fun project that is not a card. I used two Hero Arts sets for this which are Color Layering Monarch Butterfly and Flowers for Coloring. Both are available for purchase in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly

I bought this little box at Michaels with a coupon. I got it to put my dies in after using them so they don’t get lost in the piles.

The first thing was get out the book pages and cut them to fit on each side of the box. I could not get my Mod Podge open so I used 3 in 1 glue which worked better than I thought.

Second stamp the color layering butterfly. This layering butterfly is pretty darn easy to line up. I did use my Misti but it was easier than some of them can be. Tip: I stamp the bottom (largest amount of color) first and then end with the detailed stamp. On the lighter one I used 2 Avery Elle inks and Versafine Onyx Black ink. On the darker one I used 2 Oxide inks and the Versafine. I stamped these on some off white paper and hand cut them out. You can get the matching die in the Etsy shop also. Since you can’t really hand cut the antennae I just stamped the antennae on the book page where I was going to put the butterflies.

And now about the flowers and leaves. I used the Flowers for Coloring for that. I have enjoyed using this set and I think is one to check out. After stamping the flowers on the box I made a mask for each flower. I covered each one with the mask and then stamped the leaves. I colored all of them with colored pencils.

Then I glued the butterflies to the box. It is probably hard to see but I arched the top wings just a bit to give a tiny bit of dimension.

Then I inked around the edges with Oxide Distress ink and lightly here and there on the rest of the book page. I am very happy how it came out.

Here is a few more photos of each side.


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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge




a2z scrapbooking june challenge

Please join us in this month’s “Anything but a Card” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our Etsy 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code karen15 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.






Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy Die

Hello everyone!

It’s Donna here with a2z Scrapbooking to share with you another card.  This month’s challenge with a2z is “Getting to Know You.  If you would like to join in on the fun, you can link your project up here.   All you have to do is use any Hero Arts product which should be your favorite Hero Art Stamp Set, Ink, etc since this is “getting to know you” challenge and tell us why. 

Here is my card, I really had a hard time figuring out what was my favorite stamp set from Hero Arts.  I have so many sets and could not just pick one.  I am using the Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy die and the sentiment is from the Hero Arts stamp set Hello Gorgeous.  Why did I pick these two, I wanted to use this butterfly die and I wanted to do something different.  I decide to use the die as a mask for the backgound of my card. 

Here is how I put it together:

I die cut the butterfly in 80 lbs white cardstock, I used the die cut butterfly as a stencil and inked around it with Hero Arts Passion Flower.  I then used the butterfly that I used for masking and inked it up and used it for my card.  I die cut another butterfly from some solid cardstock and glued it on my card.  I added some adhesive in the middle of the butterfly and adhered it to my card. I added the sentiment with Hero Arts ink Grape Juice.  I used some Tsukineko Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz to give the card some shimmer and added some Hero Art Crystal Gemstones in the middle of the butterfly.   

Closer look at the butterfly….do you see the shimmer?

If you like any of the products I used on my card, please stop over at the a2z Scrapbooking Esty store. You can also use the code “Donna15” to receive 15% off of a $25.00 order.

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I hope I have inspired you to join the challenge this month! You will have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store! One lucky winner will be announced on May 7th.

Good luck and please come back again soon!

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Winning Wednesday

Scroll down to see today’s regular post by Kimberly. Her amazing gift bag just right for the guy in your life…or for anyone who loves the sea!

So happy to be able to finally announce the February Challenge Winner from the Masking Challenge. We’ve been having some minor issues with the challenge link, so we extended the deadline for February’s challenge. But today’s the day to announce the winners!

So many beautiful entries made the decision very tough for the team, but I think you’ll agree that Zelda’s masked card is perfect for spring! It was the lovely stamping, beautiful coloring and a fun design that made this one our February Winner.

Congratulations, Zelda, you’ve won a $25 gift certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies store!


The honorable mentions were voted on by the Design Team and we had a hard time deciding this month on the three who will receive a blog badge for their beautiful work. But here they are!

Andrea’s Paper Antics–that woodgrain background is perfect for this gorgeous butterfly.


Greta H–what a great colorful card perfect for men, teens, and anyone celebrating a big numbered birthday!


Monika Reeck–look at this fun scene…I could see this as the perfect card for a 16-year-old who is now permitted to drive. Love those clouds!


Congratulations, ladies! Thanks to everyone who played along in February! You can join in our March Hero Arts Embossing Challenge this month here if you’re feeling up to the challenge 🙂

To claim your badges (and your prize, Zelda) please email a2zscrapbooking@comcast.net

Please add “February Winner” in your email, thank you!

Congratulations to all of you and thank you again for entering!



Simple masking with mini stamps

Hi Dawn here, with a simple masking technique using some of those little stamps that are on many of the Hero Arts sets


I started by using some Post-It tape to mask off a stripe on my card.  I then sponged with some Tumbled Glass distress ink to define the masked area.   I then stamped some of those little stamps in a variety of distress colours.  I used Hero Arts set CL864 (currently Out of Stock at a2z Scrapbooking, however you can CUSTOM Order it in the Store. Just click on the REQUEST CUSTOM ORDER form on the store HOME Page)


The bigger flower was stamped, coloured with distress ink and Wink of Stella and then fussy cut and used as a focal image. I finished with a sentiment from an older set.

Hero Arts latest stamps are now available in store  and you can use code Dawn15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. (before tax and shipping)  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!



Mask That Stencil

Hi, crafty friends, it’s Chark here today with some easy masking. I used my fave star stencil and a digi star with sentiment to create this card. I wanted it to look like the big star was trailing some smaller stars, so I just placed my stencil where I wanted it and added some paper that I cut and adhered to the stencil (I used dot roller adhesive).


After that, I used an ink dauber to quickly color the stencil…love those daubers!

photo 3

Then I placed the digi stamp (that I trimmed) into place and inked the edges.


I decided to use a die cut as a stencil for this card and just laid the white die cut in place and inked with Salted Ocean Distress Ink on the edges of the card. I didn’t measure or anything and wasn’t going for perfectly placed background images. Then the die cut was all blue, so I popped in the center and added a “Thanks” die cut. I masked the “stencil/die cut” I made so just parts would be inked on the background.


These took so little time (considering I was a little afraid of masking, because I figured you had to be really neat and precise, which I am not at all!) that I will be doing this technique again for fast cards.

Don’t forget to enter your Hero Arts projects in this month’s challenge: Masking.

aAnd a little birdie told me the ink daubers (including the neon colors) are on sale at the store. The yellow one I used is just $3.50! Wait, there’s more… A2Z Scrapbooking is also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these social media sites, so you don’t  miss out on any future promotions, challenges and inspiration!

Happy Wednesday!


Remember, you can Special Order any of these supplies if the store is temporarily out of the item at no extra charge! Just request it and a2z will make sure you get it!

Astral Digital Stamps

Yellow Ink Dauber

Sky Stencil Pair 

Dot Paper from Echo Park

Star Dust Stickles

Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Thanks Stamp and Cut

Winter Cheer Tag Set





Simple Masking for the February Challenge

Hero Arts Layering Florals
This months challenge theme is masking so I thought I’d share some super simple masking techniques that DON’T require masking paper or any special supplies. You can use simple copy paper or post-it notes!

All you need is some standard shape dies and something to create the mask.
For the card on the right I die cut a small oval out of a full adhesive post-it, placed in on the card front, did a little ink blending before repeat stamping floral images around the mask!

PicMonkey Collage2
For the 2nd card, I cut a piece of copy paper to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and cut an oval out of the center to create a mask, and repeat stamped floral images on the inside the time, creating a background.

Now, I’d love to see what you come up with! Link it up into our February challenge for
your chance at a $25 gift card to the store!

All supplies linked below 🙂 Looking for new release Hero Arts? The a2z store has it!
How about 15% off? Use my code KRISTINA15 on your $25+ purchase.





I have a cheery Sunflower Hello Beautiful card for you!  It’s also my first post as a Design Team member here at A2ZScrapbooking. I’m so excited to be here!

I did a little masking in honor of our A2ZScrapbooking February Challenge.  Hope you can play along with us this month – winner of the challenge gets a $25 gift certificate to the A2ZScrapbooking Etsy Store .  

Just be sure your project contains one main HERO ARTS product!

Hello Sunflower 1

I used the sunflower from the Hero Arts Digital set Poetic Petals DT004 printed it out twice, once for the card-one for a mask.

I sponged Hero Arts Ombre Inks on the stamp.   ( Mint to Green and Butter to Orange).  I fussy cut the 2nd flower, used as a mask and stamped the “Hello” stamp from Hero Arts Hello Stamp and Die set, to peek out from behind the flower.

Hello Sunflower 3

I made matching paper by dragging the ink pads on cardstock.   I cut 3 “Hello’s” with “Stick It” paper on the back, making it quick to  stack them.  I stacked fun foam, green, and black for dimension.

Hello Sunflower 2

I stamped “beautiful” on the banner, added a mini black brad on one end and popped it up.   I used some stiched rectangle dies from my stash to make the different layers.

Lastly I put Wink of Stella on the flower for extra shimmer.

Hello Sunflower 4

Maybe someone you know needs a “pick-me-up” card – the Hello Stamp and Die set has many different sentiments to chose from and make the perfect card to lift their spirits!

Supplies used are available at the A2ZScrapbooking Etsy Store    

I have a special Etsy COUPON CODE for you to save 15% off any purchase of $25 or more (excluding shipping).  

Use:  Angie15

 to get your 15% discount!  Also if there is something special from Hero Arts and you don’t see it in the Etsy shop, just let them know and they can special order it for you!

Happy Crafting everyone!

Hero Arts Ombre Mint to Green Ink Pad AF310

Hero Arts Ombre Butter to Orange Ink AF309

Instant download Hero Arts Poetic Petals Printable PT004 Digital Kit

Stick It Adhesive Sheets Large

Hello Stamp and Die set is on backorder – it will be back in the A2ZScrapbooking Etsy Store    soon

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Flowers with Love

This is not a tag, but a tag card (A2 size).  I masked the flowers and decided to use some flower colors I don’t normally use, such as brown on the tips of the flowers.  I didn’t want an ombre background, but used a piece of torn paper to mask the background on each layer.  I was going for a mountain, wild type of background and I like this.  I plucked a ladybug and put it on one of the petals.   A2Z Masked Flowers FEb 2016

  • Supplies:
  • Hero Arts Hello Flowers CL774
  • Copic markers E57, Y08,YR07, YR14
  • Distress inks Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amer and I put the inks away and I don’t remember the exact color of green at the bottom
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Ladybug
  • Cuttlebug

You can check out my blog at A Bit of This and That

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Hope you’ll join in our January Challenge of Fireworks  with your Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils. And, if you need some new supplies, don’t forget to shop at a2z Scrapbooking..  Happy Holidays to you and yours from Arlene at A Bit of This and That.

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a2z Scrapbooking February 2016 Challenge

Hello everyone!!  Happy February!!  I can’t believe we are here already!!

Our new challenge is all about Masking!!!!!  What is masking you ask? Masking is a basic stamping technique where you cover a stamped image so that other images could be placed over it.  The images stamped over the mask will be behind the covered up image.  

Our challenge this month is Masking!!  

Please be sure that your project contains at least ONE main HERO ART Product!  This will be fun and interesting.

This challenge will be fun and interesting at the same time.  The DT has creating some awesome projects to inspire you to play along with us.

Take a look:







You're Pretty SweetKymona


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!!

We can’t wait to see what you create!!


Hero Arts Baby Animals Stamp and Cut (sentiments put together)
Distress Ink Lucky Clover
Glossy Accents
Memory Box Loopy Rings

Stencil  SA060 Swirl Stencil
Die and stamp:  DC151 Hello Stamp & Cut
Distress Inks
Lawn Fawn Stitched Heart Stackables
Doodlebug Design Beetle Black sequins
Thanks for stopping by!!


Happy Thanksgiving to You

We’ll all be celebrating Thanksgiving Day this month in the United States.  Our family might risk the addition of a ham to the feast, but that was just once, not that it wasn’t good, but we all love our turkey.  It’s a big Turkey meal with mashed potatoes and gravy plus some veggies and of course crescent rolls, which are not to be confused with French croissants. My boys do not like cranberries, most pies, cakes, stuffing or croissants – ME, I LOVE IT ALL.  I don’t know what I did wrong, but there you have it.  I’ll be enjoying a good Thanksgiving and hope you do too.

I made several cards and I hope you enjoy them and how I put them together.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours this month.


a2z HA Large Thankful Nov 2015

I used the same masking technique I used on the first card above to stamp the pumpkins and leaves.  The background from the green up is done in Distress inks, Fosslilzed Amber and then Mustard Seed and and Spiced Marmalade upper right.   The sentiment is stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa.

a2z Scrapbooking Hero Arts “Thankful for You

SECOND ONE LAYER CARD – See tutorial below.

A Thank you card for Thanksgiving and it’s all one layer.  I used the masking technique to build this card plus a Hero Arts Jar die.a2z HA Thankful for yuo Nov 2015

  •  Die Cut the jar
  • I did not use the Winter Scene stamp, as I didn’t have it at the time.  It would certainly have made this so much easier to just stamp the jar top.
  • Use the bottle top of the die to create the label.  Place the “THANK YOU”  or your choice of stamp to judge width & length of label.  Then die cut the bottom of the label.  I had to shave the sides on the label to fit the label inside the jar.
  • Use the die-cut label you just made to trace your label onto the jar.
  • The jar top is drawn by using the bottom of the die itself.  Die cut a piece of paper using the bottom of the die so you can use the shape to draw the jar top.   It really was perfect, however, you can see my drawing skills are not.
  • You now have the jar top and label drawn on the jar.
  • Choose your stamps to decorate the inside of the jar.  I chose the Hero Arts “Thankful for You”
  • To do a bit of masking, you have to think ahead and plan your design.  What do you want to see first?  Since there are matching dies with these, I just cut copy paper and started layering to see what I wanted to go where.  I also used the “THANK YOU” label I had cut first.
  • Here’s the order I stamped each item.  Stamp the leaf down the center first.
  • Tape your paper masks to avoid stamping over your previously stamped images.  I used Washi tape to hold down the masks.  Stamp the two pumpkins (I stamped the left first).  Stamp all the leaves wherever you think they should go.
  • If you want to stamp leaves over the “label”, make sure you mask around the “label”

a2z Scrapbooking Hero Arts “Thankful for You” and Hero Arts Jar Frame Cut die.

This photo is for the comparison of card sizes.  Funny, is it not?a2z HA Large & Small Thankful Nov 2015

An additional card, background made with “Autumn” clear stamps and lots of Distress inking.   To order anything not in stock at the moment, please use the email on the a2z Scrapbooking store.

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a2z HA Autumn Nov 2015

Hope you’ll join in our November Challenge and make a “One Layer” card with your Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils.

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!  You can see me at A Bit of This and That.

You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  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!Arlene