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Hero Arts Ornaments Infinity Lantern

Hi everybody,

I am so excited to share my project with you today, I used my Ornaments Infinity Dies to make not ornament but a faux lantern.  I am inspired by the Chinese Lantern Festival (which falls on March 2nd this year).

We all want to stretch our craft supplies right?  Last year I made some 3D ornaments using this same set of die, you could see them in this post.  And I thought to improve the shape of my ornaments, such as this one.

So I use one of the medium dies and make a prototype like this.

Instead of just scoring and folding down the center, I scored two lines leaving some space in the center.  I think it does look a lot better.  To tie the twine, I used a flower die cut using a die from the Hero Arts Frame Cut – Scallop Frame set and glue it over the top.  Now I just need to choose some color card stock to make or do some stamping on the white Cs before die cutting the pieces.  And those would be my next holiday project!!  Yay.

Next I experimented with a different die, and while doing that I thought why not expand the scope and made faux lantern?

 

I die cut six times the ornament shape, mark and score a rectangle area (see photo below), folded and glue together the edges.  To cover the top for the twine, I die cut the large snowflake from Hero Arts Frame Cut – Small and Large Snowflake set.  And it fitted perfectly.

 

And then I went ahead with my faux lantern, I used the largest die from the Ornaments Infinity Dies set.  By now I think you got the idea of the basic steps so I will skip the ‘how to’ and go right ahead to show you the end result.

 

Here’s a little video to show how it looks all around.

 

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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 Cindy15 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 Ornaments Infinity Dies
  • Hero Arts Cling Stamp – Leaf and Floral Background, Small Strip Flower
  • Hero Arts Frame Cut – Small and Large Snowflakes, Scallop Frame
  • Hero Arts Paper Layering Hummingbird Pair
  • Hero Arts Orchid Cutting Set by Lia
  • Ranger Distress inks (Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey
  • Hero Arts Pigment Ink – Unicorn
  • white embossing powder
  • Ranger Liquid Pearl
  • watercolors
  • white gel pen


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Christmas Wrap with Hero Arts

Aloha and happy Saturday friends!  My apologies for the delay.  It’s been busy around here with baking and wrapping gifts.  There’s nothing like a homemade gift and having homemade wrapping paper can be a bonus too!

Hero Arts Christmas Wrap

I took white tissue paper and my Hero Arts Ombre inks and started stamping away using the Hero Arts Christmas Messages (which is on sale).  I made sure the pattern was stamped in a way that I didn’t have to worry about the sentiment being upside down.  When buying wrapping paper I’m always conscious of one way designs…drives me crazy…haha!  Another tip is having another paper to stamp on.  I learned this the hard way realizing my inks bled through the tissue paper on to my desk.

Hero Arts Christmas Wrap

Here’s the gift all wrapped up…see what I mean about having the sentiment stamped in various ways?  I think this would be a cool way to make a card set for friends and family and wrap it up for fun!

Hero Arts Christmas Wrap

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!  Mahalo for all of your comments and visits to the blog this past year.  Sending virtual hugs to you all for a blessed New Year!!

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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 Christmas Messages

Hero Arts Ombre Ink Light Ruby to Red Royal

Hero Arts Ombre Ink Lime to Forever Green

White tissue paper

 


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Hero Arts Color Layering Joy Message Christmas Card

Can you believe it? It’s almost Christmas. Yikes – I have so much to do before the man with the red suit visits. The one thing I seem to find time to do, is craft. Here’s another Christmas card.

I definitely needed to use my MISTI for this card. It helped to align the stamps and for the solid “JOY”, I was able to re-stamp to get good ink coverage. I stamped both the outline “JOY” and solid “JOY” and felt that the card needed a bit something more. So, I added the berry sprigs in some of the open spaces. Since Christmas is such a special time of year, I added some sparkle with a strip of silver glitter paper.

 

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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 Sue15 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.

 

 

 


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Hero Arts CM181 Bird Words Joy to the World Card

Hi! It’s Sue with another Christmas card. One can never have too many Christmas cards, made well in advance of the big holiday. Am I right? Here’s my card

I was captivated by the Hero Arts CM181 Bird Words stamp set. I love the little birds with the great messages. However, I found it difficult to highlight them in the way, I felt, they deserved. I’m happy with this card. I used the “joy” bird, stamped in red with the “to the world” sentiment from Hero Arts CM186 Color Layering Joy Message stamp set. I added a few faux pearls for a bit of shine. A clean and simple card – just what I like.

 

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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 Sue15 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.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts CM179 Winter Silhouettes Tis the Season card

It’s Sue here today. I have another Christmas card. I love Christmas. It’s a time to re-connect with family and friends. Here’s my card

Growing up in Canada, I loved winter and skating, especially on an outside rink or frozen pond. For this card, I stamped the trees, silhouetted skater and sentiment from Hero Arts’ CM179 Winter Silhouettes stamp set. I added some distress ink (tumbled glass) to give the card a frosty feeling. For a bit of sparkle, I added Nuvo drops to some of the branches on the tree.

 

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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 Sue15 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.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts CM165 Color Layering Sea Turtle

Hi! It’s Sue. Surprise – not a Christmas card this time! I’m dreaming of my planned trip to Hawaii. Hence, my card for today.

This sea turtle stamp reminds me of the beautiful waters off Hawaii and all the sea critters in those waters. For this card, I started with the background panel. I used distress inks (salty ocean, peacock feathers) added with a water brush onto 96 lb bristol. I added the colours to try to mimic the oceans around Hawaii. I also inked up the turtle using my MISTI and distress inks (twisted citron, mowed lawn, forest moss). I spritzed each inked stamp with water for a watercolour effect. I fussy cut the turtle. I inked up the seaweed with Hero Arts field greens and stamped with both first and second generation stamping. I used a sentiment from a different stamp set.

 

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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 Sue15 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.

 

 

 


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Nuvo Embellishment Mousse experiment

Hi!  We have a treat for you two posts today yay!!

If you are looking for Leslie’s project, please click Here.  

Now onto Erica’s post.

Hello, hello! Erica on the blog today with something rather out of my comfort zone. I tried Nuvo Embellishment mousse for the first time and yep, I know I’m late to the party because W-O-W! I’m loving it! Oh yes, I think you will be seeing a lot more of this from me from now on. Honestly, I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to try it. It’s so fun and adds fabulous texture to your projects. Oh, the possibilities!

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Today’s card isn’t necessarily my favorite by any means BUT I’m a firm believer of being real when it comes to crafting. Try something and it doesn’t work out? Someone will have made the same mistake and come up with a great solution. Don’t like how it looks? Someone will have an idea of how to make it work. Sharing is caring and sometimes a time-saver for someone else. And with that, I’m going to dive right in:

I started with an A2 sized card panel in water colour card stock and on this I blended a mixture of Distress Oxide ink Picked Raspberry  and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks. Next time I might use Abandoned Coral instead to create more of a contrast, it turned out a bit “same-y same-y”. I wish I had a vivid fuchsia texture paste for this (like this one called Pink Flambe) or maybe a Mother Of Pearl like this one but alas I had to use a Bronze coloured one from Nuvo. Combining this mousse with the Hero Arts Long Leaves Stencil  stencil I got to work with a spatula. I have been told to work quickly with this as it dries fast so I might have been a bit too hasty in my spreading but it came out ok-ish. Next time I think I will keep a damp cloth on hand so I can wipe it off as soon as I’m done. It does get into all the nooks and crannies on the stencils.

Whilst the mousse was drying, I stamped up a few images and sentiments from Hero Arts Happy Mail in Distress Oxide inks (Wild Honey, Fired Brick and Picked Raspberry) and cut these out. One of them I mounted on black card stock just a tiny bit bigger than the white card stock to create a nice frame for it. You can also use Hero Arts Love by Lia for similar sentiments.

Using foam tape I added these to the card base and then sat back and looked at it. I felt it was missing something and added a few little touches directly to the card base using the same Happy Mail stamp set.

It still looked like it needed a little something else and at this point I actually asked my husband for an opinion. Don’t laugh, he gives really good advice sometimes. Not every time mind you, but most of the time he will at least make me look at the card with new eyes and see a different way to finish it off. His advice was to add something white as it was all a bit too pink (I didn’t say he was always right, did I?? ) but I started out by filling in the word ‘hugs’ with a white gel pen. Then I drew a few lines in between the  leaves and all of a sudden they ended up looking like feathers!

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Like I said in the beginning, this card isn’t my favourite but I had fun making it and will definitely be using texture paste and embellishment mousse again very soon!

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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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts CM179 Winter Silhouettes Christmas Card

Well, it’s the 14th, so it’s my turn here at a2z Scrapbooking. I’m here with another Christmas card.

I’m using the same stamp set that I did here last month. This month, I chose another non-traditional Christmas color – tumbled glass (distress ink). I stamped the trees along the edges of my panel and stamped a deer, one lonely deer, between the trees. In retrospect, I probably should have stamped another deer, so the first one would have a friend. I matted the panel with teal cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set and added a few snowflakes. I added some Nuvo glitter drops – White Blizzard for a bit of sparkle.

 

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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 Sue15 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.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Color Layering Joy Message Christmas Card

Hi! It’s Sue with another Christmas card. I’m trying to building up my Christmas card collection so that I’m not scrambling in mid-December to try to complete enough cards for my mailing list.

Here’s my card

It’s a clean and simple card with lots of white space. I stamped the sentiment and positioned it in the lower right quadrant. I added some holly leaves in the upper left quadrant. I wasn’t fond of the holly berries that were with the holly leaves, so I added holly berries from another stamp set. I matted the panel on a piece of red cardstock.

Just a little note, a2z Scrapbooking Supplies will be donating two prizes to The Caring Hearts Card Drive over at Ling’s Studio…Vera began this card drive that collects handmade holiday cards for seniors in nursing homes 8 years ago. The first year, they collected 750 cards. And last year they received over 66,000 cards and distributed the cards to various nursing homes throughout the US, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom. Isn’t that amazing? Here’s the info on the card drive if you want to join in this year.

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Please join us in this months “Watercolor” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts store if you use Hero Arts. 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 Sue15 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.

 

 

 

 


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Remembrance Day card using Hero Arts Layering Poppy

Hello everyone, it’s Erica on the blog today with a card inspired by the British Remembrance Sunday’s red poppy. Remembrance Sunday is held on the closest Sunday to the 11th in the month of November and is the British Memorial Day. I’ve just realised I’m a month early but oh well, let’s call it ‘extra gratitude’ given the tumultuous events of the world recently.

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The Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy with the Poppy Layering Ink Cubes are a match made in heaven, which those Hero Arts peeps planned beautifully. Sneaky indeed!

The first thing I did, which is what I always do with a new layering stamp, is to go nuts with stamping. Over and over again! Usually I’m trying different ink colours but as these are perfectly matched there is no guessing game, leaving you with more stamping time.

I ended up with something like 15 poppies in different sizes after using the Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy Frame Cuts. I never have claimed to be able to rein myself in…. Anyway, setting all my poppies aside I started on a background and wanted to keep it quite simple to make sure the poppies are the focus. On an A2 card sized water card panel I swished some green water colours around, you can use Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Twisted Citron or Hero Arts Green Apple Hybrid Ink if you don’t have any water colours. I also added a few stems in green ink.

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On a small banner, I heat embossed one of the sentiment from the stamp set ‘heartfelt thanks’ in gold embossing powder. There is this one Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder  and if you don’t have a heat gun, here is a link to one in the shop. I thought the sentiment was pretty perfect as this is a card is for all those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice for all of us and our freedom.

With that and one last thank you to everyone who’s been or is in service, I am so grateful for all you do and have done!

Erica
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Please join us in this months “Watercolor” 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 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 with-in the shop.