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Rustic Ornament – with Hero Arts Christmas Trimmings Stamp and Cut Set



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Hi there, thanks so much for stopping by!  I have a new project for our A2Z November Embellish It Challenge, using Hero Arts Christmas Trimmings  Stamp and Cut set!

I used blank wooden shapes and inked some with Distress Ink and added paper to others.  Then I punched a hole in the top.  I stacked several dies cuts of the Merry Christmas from the set on some of the ornament and added Wink of Stella for shine.  The embellishment flowers were from my stash, but there are some beautiful flowers in the shop right here and so reasonably priced!  I also used some snowflakes and reindeer from my stash to give them some pizazz!  If you don’t like all the extra embellishments you can just add one or two – see the ornaments at the bottom of this post.

I hope you will have time to join us this month for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2zscrapbooking store.  Just remember to use one main Hero Arts product and link up your card HERE.  Good Luck!

Don’t forget, you can use code Angie15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (excluding shipping) at the a2zscrapbooking store. And from now till Dec 24, you’ll get free shipping (US domestic) for any order $50 or more, use code FreeShipping16.  Check the Announcement section on the store.

 These are the supplies I used from the store:


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Here’s an ornament with just the two flowers-it’s very rustic!

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Cardinal Stamping and Winner

Hi, friends! Today I have some color layering stamping to share. But this time, I’m stamping on wood and not paper. These wood tags are meant for mason jar labeling (I found them at the craft store) but I’ve used them to make a keychain and an ornament.

Distress Inks seem to work the best on the wood, with little feathering of the ink. I stamped both projects with the Color Layering Cardinal Stamp Set.


I used Distress Ink in Candy Apple and Mowed Lawn, Black Staz-On ink and Strawberry Hybrid Ink. Fast and easy and perfect for adding to a present or for an ornament exchange. You could add the year on the back or a name with stickers or marker.



I stamped the keychain with the mini flowers with this stamp set, using Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn, Candy Apple and Vintage Photo. Again, easy and fast to make and give. I think it’d be wise to spray a fixative on this if you’re worried about it getting wet. As you know, Distress Inks react with water.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…(drumroll here)…the winner from the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Rafflecopter Giveaway is…

Christi Steinbeck!!! You get $25 to the a2z store to spend as you like. 

Thanks to everyone for playing along!

layer-it-challenge-bannerDon’t forget to join in this month’s challenge, Layer It, to try to win your very own $25 gift code to the store.

Happy Sunday!

charkColor Layering Cardinal Stamps

Strawberry Hybrid Ink

Distress Inks

Ball Wooden Tags


Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Whether or not it’s cold where you are, imagine snowflakes and maybe you’ll see them in this die like I did. It’s actually called Blooming Flower Die, but I thought “snowflake” when I bought it.

blooming flowerIt’s Chark here today with a simple winter project. The process is easy, but it does take a little time to put a 3-D snowflake together, just because it’s delicate. I used blue glitter paper, teal foiled paper and white cardstock. I liked white cardstock like Hero Arts layering paper the best—especially after I added the Diamond Stickles.

IMG_2970 IMG_2973 IMG_2979 The foil paper and the glitter papers worked fine, but the back of each is white, so when you fold and glue, you might see a bit of that white peeking through. You could always ink the back to match the color of your paper (though it won’t be shiny) if you don’t love the white.

To make your own snowflakes

1. Die cut 5 flower shapes and fold each one in half, with the glitter/foil side folded toward the inside.

2. Adhere the outside (the white side of the paper) of one shape to the outside (the white side) of the next shape.

3. Glue all 5 together and add an ornament hook, string or wire to attach the snowflake to a Christmas tree.

You could also string these to hang on a mantle or staircase banister. I used clear liquid glue, but white glue or a glue dot runner would work too. Tape runners won’t work, since the tape might show through the die cut holes. I added the Stickles to the all-white one by just squeezing some out and running my fingers along the snowflake to cover. You can see the glitter a little in this photo.

IMG_3036I love the look of these and plan to make some more white sparkly ones to hang on my dining room chandelier for the holiday season.

Please don’t forget that we have a monthly challenge going on.  We would love for you to play along with us. This month’s theme is Autumn and Christmas. You may enter up to 5 times and you will be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking store with each entry. Click HERE to submit your entry.
Also, we would like to invite you and your friends to apply for our Design Team. The link is over the to right if you are interested or you can click HERE for more details.  We really hope you will apply.

Happy Wednesday!