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Sea Turtle for Baby Boy with Hero Arts

Aloha and Happy Sunday friends!  Taking a break from the holiday card making as I needed a large card for coworkers to sign for our dear pharmacist who gave birth to a sweet baby boy!  The card measures at 8.5in x 5.5in (basically an 8.5in x11in cardstock folded in half).  She has an ocean theme for his nursery so I got out my very fun and beautiful Hero Arts Color Layering Sea Turtle set.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Congrats Stamp and Cut (which you could special order).

To add the ocean effect I decided to make a shaker with Hero Arts Ombre Ocean sequins.

Hero Arts Color Layering Sea Turtle

I used my Silhouette to cut out a 4in circle frame and a 4in blue circle for the back.  I stamped out some fun kelp and star fish (Hero Arts Hybrid ink in Green Apple and Hero Arts Hybrid ink in Caramel). To get the lighter version I used 2nd generation stamping.

Hero Arts Color Layering Sea Turtle

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Congrats Stamp and Cut (which you could special order) inked in Hero Arts Hybrid ink Deep Ocean.  The 4in letters were cut with my Silhouette and embossed with a wavy embossing folder.  The sea turtle was inked in Hero Arts Hybrid ink in Green Apple, Moss and Pine.

Hero Arts Color Layering Sea Turtle

I hope you enjoyed this break from holiday projects…hehe.  Mahalo for stopping by!


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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge




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Please join us in this months “Make it Pop” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 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


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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 NICKI15 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 Color Layering Sea Turtle

Hero Arts Congrats Stamp and Cut (which you could special order)

Hero Arts Hybrid ink in Green AppleMoss, Pine, Caramel and Deep Ocean

Hero Arts Ombre Ocean sequins


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!!




Winter Wonderland

Hi all,

Ilina’s here today with a snowy card for you. This month’s challenge is layering, so I decided to do a image layering to reflect the theme. And while I was creating my scene I decided to turn it into a shaker card. I LOVE how it turned out. The background is sprayed with shimmer mist and I applies clear Wink of Stella on the images, but I couldn’t really capture it with my camera.

To start I stamped my images onto white cardstock and then die cut them with the coordinating dies. For the snowman I first stamped it with Soft Sky shadow ink, then I colored each individual part with Winsor and Newton watercolor markers and stamped on top using the MISTI tool.

For the background I used Navy card stock and stamped the background with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder, then spritzed with sparkle shimmer spray. Using versamark pen, I colored some parts of the trees and then added some white puff embossing powder and heat set it.

To finish up my card I cut the top frame from 110lb Neenah white card stock and cut it using the Hero Arts rectangle infinity dies. I used some grid paper to line up both layers. . I laid fir the large die, with the cutting side up, and then secured it with some washi or microspore tape, next I lined the smaller die and did the same.

I arranged all elements and created the shaker card. I LOVE how it turned out.

You can purchase all the Hero Arts supplies in the A2Z store, and use code “Ilina15” in order to receive 15% discount on your order of $25 and there are bunch of new inventory that was added yesterday, so go check it out!


Vintage Christmas Wishes


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Boo Stamp and Cut

Hi, friends, it’s Chark today. I’m so excited that Halloween is on its way that I had to share my Boo Stamp and Cut tag that I made. Love this new stamp and die set, as you can see, I only used the die and the word Boo and didn’t use the faces or ghost stamps. That’ll be another project!


I die cut the large ghost from black cardstock, stamped the word “boo” on it in Unicorn White ink and added some craft foam (also die cut) to make a shaker card.


The acetate was from an acetate notecard trimmed down and some of the sequins are actually nail art glitters from the dollar store. They came in cute little bottles and I knew they’d make good confetti for shaker cards…plus they were $1!


I added bright green paper behind the tag and the striped ribbon to finish it off. This will be cute on a little Halloween gift bag I think.

Hope you’ll join us for the new September Challenge, Make it a Tag, with your Hero Arts stamps, dies, stencils or digis (there are great Halloween digis in the store) because you could win a $25 gift code to the store!

Happy Friday!


Boo Stamp and Cut (if it’s out of stock, just hit the special request custom order and order it at no additional charge)

White Unicorn Ink

Black Cardstock

Nail Glitter 

Clear Acetate Cards

Black Sequins


LOL! Shaker Card

NOTICE: It looks like we’re having a bit of trouble with our InLinkz Link-up on our blog. It seems to have a mind of its own and disappeared from the side-bar. However, it found a home on the first day of March here. The DT are trying to put it back where it came from, but until you see it in the usual place on the top right side, you’ll be able to enter here.

Good morning crafty Friends!

I’m here to share a lil’ shaker card using Hero Arts CL737 “LOL” Stamp set.  Just love this set! Seems everyone has a cell phone these days…even taught my mom to text last year…fun experience! LOL! Got easier once she learned to use the space button. hehehe. Now I just get a bunch of emoji’s. LOL!

March 10 Cell phone card

I started by embossing the cell phone with black embossing powder and Versamark and heat setting. I then cut it out and cut out the window inside…as this will be for my  shaker portion. Then using Hero Arts Ombre Inks I stamped sentiments and emoji’s from the set.

Then I assembled my base card with DP as I wanted it then got to assembling the Shaker portion. I used foam tape to give it the dimension and keep the sequins inside.

March 10 assembly

And here’s it is all put together

March 10 Side

Here’s the inside using a sentiment from Hero Arts “Everyday Sayings” (retired) with some “Pool to Navy” Ombre Ink

March 10 cell

Hero Arts CL737 “LOL” Stamp set
Hero Arts Cl342- Everyday Sayings (retired)
Hero Arts Ombre Inks- Lilac to Grape Purple & Pool to Navy
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Wow! Embossing Powder- Ebony
White Cardstock
DP from Pink Paislee “Hello Sunshine” Collection
acetate sheet
Foam Tape
Enamel dots and sequins from my stash

If you are in need of any crafty items from the a2z Scrapbooking store, feel free to use promo code Amy15 at the checkout to obtain 15% off any purchase of $25 or more (excluding shipping)

Don’t forget to enter this month’s challenge: EMBOSSING

Happy Craftin’!



You Are Grrreat!

Today one of our favorite people, Lisa Haines, has agreed to guest design for us. Lisa used the Lia Clear & Cut Out set, which is for sale in the store right now. It’s only $19.95 for both the stamps and the dies that match, and that is definitely a great deal.

Who would’ve thought this little tiger could be so cute in blue and with a little glitter shirt? Lisa did, of course. And cute he is!

a2z Guest Spot

For more information on how Lisa made this adorable card, head over to her blog, The Purple Place, today and leave her some love. Thanks for the inspiration, Lisa!


And remember, today is the last day to enter the a2z Scrapbooking January challenge to try for the $25 gift certificate, so ink up those Hero Arts stamps, add your Fireworks of bling or glitter and link up your projects here.

Happy Sunday!




A Butterfly Shaker Card

Aloha Friends!

NIki G. here to share another shaker card since this month’s challenge is all about them!

Have you been enjoying all of the many different and fun ways to create a shaker?

I know I have, so today’s card is using the super versatile Stamp and Cut Butterflies.

(Which by the way is on sale in the store!)

Butterflies are not just for spring and summer, but with some simple color changes

can be used all year long!

Here’s today’s card…


I die cut the butterflies using Hero Arts Floral Layering Paper.  The best part about their

cardstock is that it coordinates so well with the Lilac to Grape Purple Ombre ink pad.

I lined the back of the card front panel with acetate paper and then used StazOn

ink (a solvent ink used on all kinds of nonporous surfaces) to stamp out the

detail of the butterflies on the acetate paper.

I added a few more stamped butterflies and stamped out the sentiment still using the

Hero Arts Ombre ink in Lilac to Grape Purple.

I doubled up on foam tape to allow the sequins to really move around and made 2 foam tape frames around

the individual butterflies so that one butterfly could have gold sequins and the other silver sequins.


That’s it for me today!  I hope you’ll join our challenge…there’s still some time left!

Don’t forget there’s a chance to win $25 to the store…who doesn’t need a little retail therapy?!




Vellum Shaker Flower


Hi everyone,

Cindy here to share another shaker card.  Now that I’ve got a few under my belt I want to try something different.  I brought the shaker element out in front, and I didn’t fill it with sequins or seed beads or party favors or punch out bits.  Want to take a guess?!  🙂

You must see the card first:


Any idea?  Read on and you will find the answer.

My process:

  • Stamp Hero Arts Small Striped Flower with Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment ink on vellum and heat emboss with white EP.  Stamp once more.
  • Stack the vellum piece matching the pattern with emboss piece on top, sew around flower leaving an opening about an inch long.
  • Pry open the vellum pocket and fill with some Forget-Me-Not flower seeds.
  • Sew up opening to seal.  Trim the excess vellum keeping just the flower.  This now becomes the shaker element.
  • Die cut two leaves using the leaf die from the Hero Arts Frame Cut Scallop set from green CS.  Use paper trimmer to cut thin strip for stem.  Distress with distress ink Broken China.
  • Die cut stitch label, use a white gen pen to trace over the stitched line.
  • Die cut “thanks” using Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Thanks from deep blue CS.
  • Cut two panels from deep blue CS and pattern paper.
  • Assemble all elements as shown.
  • Add Wink of Stella Clear to vellum flower.

Here are a few close up shots, unfortunately I couldn’t get the Wink of Stella to show up.  It’s quite delicate.






I assure you even you don’t see the flower seeds very clearly, I hear the ‘chic chic’ sound when I shake it!  That’s part of shaker fun right?  🙂   I hope I’ve inspired you to come play the September challenge – Shake It Up with us.  If you need some supplies for you project visit the a2z store, and while you’re there you’d want to check out the Sale section, lots of great deals there.  Feel free to use promote code Cindy15 at check out to obtain 15% off any purchase of $25 or more (shipping not included).

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Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Thanks

Hero Arts Pigment Ink (Unicorn)

White Embossing Powder

Ranger Distress Ink (Broken China)

Lawn Fawn Die Three Stitched Label

Wink of Stella (Clear)

White Gel Pen



I Like You a Latte

Hey everyone – it’s Jen from Caffeinated Papercuts, and I still have coffee on the brain! The Fall Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop starts next week and rumor has it a2z Scrapbooking is one of the new Super Sponsors…but you didn’t hear it from me…so today I have a coffee shaker card to help you get ready for the hop and join in the September Shaker Card Challenge!

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I just loooove that coffee stamp set! And yes, I totally used my brown ombre ink on the mug again, as it is just awesome. I also made my own background papers again; the Punch note card is stamped with Cup O’Joe and the older Basic Grey Amore background stamp.

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The Wet Cement note card that forms the base card I stamped with Wet Cement ink and the gorgeous new Branches Bold Prints background stamp. To give my card front lift I used some Fun Foam that I also die cut with the heart to make my shaker container. Overall pretty quick & easy!

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I used some chunky glitter and deep brown seed beads for my shaker filling – looks like sprinkles on top of a latte!

Now’s the time to stock up on your supplies for our Shaker Challenge and the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop. Be sure to request any out-of-stock items in the store and take 15% off your order of $25 or more with coupon code JENNIFER15.

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Supply List:

Happy Crafting!



Inchie shakers


Happy Monday and Happy Labour Day!!

Today I have a fun card to share, an inchie shaker card!  It is also for my youngest’s birthday.  He turned 17 yesterday!!

Alright let’s take a look:



My process:

  • Ink Hero Arts Birthday Blackboard with distress ink (Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, and Ripe Persimmon) in ombre fashion.  Mist with water and stamp on water colour paper.  Let dry.
  • Trim and cut the stamp images into 12 inchies.
  • On a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch card stock, measure and mark where the inches are going to be.  Cut out three sqaures for the shaker elements.
  • On aother same size card stock glue the corresponding inchie (for the background of the shakers).  Add foam adhesive around, fill and cover with acetate pieces.
  • Add foam adhesive all around, adhere the top panel (the one with the windows).  Adhere the rest of the inchies.
  • Add strips of musical note Washi tape as shown.

Here are a few close up of the shaker elements:





Shaker cards are lots of fun to make.  I hope I’ve given you another idea to try.  Come to play the September challenge with us.  You could win a $25 gift card to the store.  Although I used an older Hero Arts stamps, there’s lot of new stamps in the store.  Birthday and Christmas are great ocassions to make shaker cards for.  When you go shopping, feel free to use promote code Cindy15 to obtain 15% off any purchase of $25 or more (shipping not included) at the store.

Please note that we are also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these social media outlet if you have not already done so.  You don’t want to miss out on any future promotion!





Hero Arts Birthday Blackboard

Hero Arts Acetate Notecards

Ranger Distress Ink (Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey)

Washi tape