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Wrap It Up

When it’s time to wrap all those gifts you bought on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, why not try dressing up a plain white bag from the dollar store? It’s Chark here today to show you what I did with a small gift bag I found at the dollar store as a set of three. I broke out some of my favorite Hero Arts supplies to make a festive one-of-a-kind package.


To mimic a snowflake, I used the Flower Die to cut a blue cardstock and a white vellum snowflake and also used it to emboss a snowflake on the same blue cardstock. Then I applied Diamond Stickles to the vellum snowflake and let dry. I layered them and added some silver bling.

For the background, I used my favorite triangle die—I can tell you, it gets the most use out of all of my dies. I love it because it fits a card perfectly and you can get such different looks depending on the color of cardstock and the paper behind the die cut that you use. You can see I used silver foil cardstock for the triangle die.


Behind the die, I used heavy-duty watercolor paper and rubbed on three colors of gelatos, blending them with a wet brush. It was so easy to get bright colors, which is sometimes difficult to achieve with regular watercolor paints.

I tried adding a sentiment, but it seemed too busy, so I left it off. I really like how the gelatos reacted with water to give me such vibrant colors for the background of this bold die. I think the softness of the vellum and the openness of the die work well with a strong background.

Don’t forget—our challenge this month is to use watercolor in some way with your Hero Arts stamps, stencils or die cuts. Check it out here! You could win $25 to the a2z Scrapbooking store!

Hope you have a lot of time to get your wrapping finished—we’re having our big family Christmas on Sunday! At my house! Ack! Off to finish wrapping…and cleaning…and baking…see you next time!

CharkSupplies Used:

Hero Arts Triangle Background, Blooming Flower Die, Watercolor Paper, Pick Me Up Tool, Diamond Stickles, Gelatos, Silver Foil Paper, Blue Cardstock, Silver Bling


Packaging with Zoey

Hello lovelies,

guess who is back?! Meee  Zoey of course! Missed me?! I hope so because I surely miss you all so much!

Today I will show you a quick and easy way to package gifts – or anything in general! It really takes little time to make pretty little packaging and I really spent a lot of time on Pinterest before finding the one that filled my needs…and my primary need is: IT HAS TO BE QUICK! Yes I needed to scream that!

I love making little gift for the people that takes my class or simple gifts for when we meet with friends or even some RAK. It makes everyone happy, especially me!

I used for both packaging the same supplies :

Paper (I used pages from an old book) , Written in the Stars stamp set , Hero Arts watercolor wheel, Hero Arts India Ink Black and Hero Arts Twine. (Optional : sewing machine , washi tape)


I cut two pages from the old book and with my water color wheel I added some blue color to mimic the sky.

NOTE: Since the book paper is really thin you might want to be extra careful when applying the watercolor (unless you add gesso first).
When the paper was completely dry, I stamped the star image, which is one of my favorite, using the India Black ink. I also added some second generation stamp to fill the background without making it too busy.

I stitched the two pages together around the border and I made a small folder. If you do not have the sewing machine, you can use washi tape or you can glue the sides together and then with a pen add some faux stitching.
The sentiment is from the same stamp set and then I closed the little folder with some twine.
Time to make this package: 8 minutes 




I cut two pages from the book and again I added some watercolor from the watercolor wheel. I stamped my background Image and then I taped the sides of the two pages together with some washi tape. I folded my bottom part to form a bag and glued two pieces of twine to make the handle.
I made the little cluster and again as my sentiment I used a stamp from the same stamp collection.

Time to make this package: 5 minutes

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I really took the time while making it because before I start a mass production I want to be sure 100% that it will not take me too much time!

What do you think!? I hope you will give it a try! Stamps are not only for cards!


Before I go let me just quickly remind you few things…

First, don’t forget that we have a monthly challenge going on! This month’s theme is Autumn and Christmas and we would really love for you to play along with us!  Click HERE to submit your entry ( Please remember that 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 )
Last but not least…..A2ZScrapbooking is looking for new awesome people to join our Design Team — so you and your friends can apply for our call. To learn more about it and to read about requirements you can easily click HERE !
We really hope you will take part of this… we do not eat people…yet! (LOL I’m the silly one from the team if you haven’t noticed by now!) — Jokes aside, this is a great team to be in so I strongly recommend you to give it a try! You will LOVE it here!
Stay happy, stay creative!
Till next time, xoxo




Altered packaging

Happy Thursday every one!

It’s Ria here today and it feels great to do my first blog post at a2Z Scrapbooking.

For today, I’m sharing an altered pouch to hold some items to brighten someone’s day.

I have a number of white pouch packaging that I used before to hold my cards but decided to do something on it rather than keeping just the plain base. My supplies I think are readily available to everyone’s craft stash. Some can even be altered to whatever supplies you already have on hand.

First up is to inked a background stamp to decorate the front pouch. I find the Leafy Vines stamp to work perfectly on this but you can also use small stamps that you can randomly stamped over the panel.

You can use any ink pad, mine uses distress inks which give this touch of watercolor-look to the vine leaves although I didn’t spray them with water. The smaller pouch however  was inked up with Hero Arts dye ink.

You can build the ink coloring too from darkest to lightest or vise versa. You can experiment and try out things along the way. It’s fun working on colors and stamping so there should be no hard and fast rules on how you do alterations.

I then diecut a shape to put my sentiment which I heat embossed with silver as you see here


I also stamped some colored hearts to give the pack more bright colors to it. The hearts were fussy cut after stamping and was adhered with foam dimensional, and the other one was adhered with liquid glue.

A fabric tape or a lace can also be used to add some texture to a flat base. Some pearls will also add some touch of prettiness to it 🙂

To enclose the pouch, I used a ribbon to tie the ends while the smaller pouch was closed using washi tapes instead since it is made of a lighter weight paper.

So what’s inside my pack? I have a card to make someone smile and I also have a pack of chocolates to put in which I think will be appreciated by my recipient.


And here is my stamped pouch ready to give given away to a friend. This can easily be mass produced and can be used to hold party favors for birthdays, anniversary or other occasions. You can change the stamp theme to whatever occasion you will be using them for.

Aug 1 packaging

Until then and I’ll catch up again with you soon 🙂


Supplies used