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Poppies, Poppies, Poppies!

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today and if you know me, you know I like all things Wizard of Oz...Including poppies, like this digital stamp from Hero Arts. There are actually four different types of flowers, but this one called to me. So, of course, I colored it red to match the poppy field in Oz. I did not fall asleep like Dorothy, though. (wink!)

I picked a red scalloped card I had from a bargain bin somewhere and added my stenciled piece. I used red Distress Ink with my Starry Night stencil in a portion of the cardstock. And I used blue Distress Ink with the Arrow Pattern stencil in another area. I just love this Arrow stencil…I find myself going back to it again and again.

IMG_5893I used my Prismacolor pencils for the flower and then added a striped ribbon at the stem. Oh, and I added some fun enamel stars to the star-stenciled area. I only used some of each stencil and faded some areas out by using less pressure when applying the ink.


Hope you’ve been enjoying the stenciled projects all month. I know I’m learning a lot from the design team. If you feel inspired, why don’t you enter our April Challenge here and try to win the $25 gift certificate to the store? Hope to see your projects soon!

Happy Friday!


Starry Night Stencil

Arrow Pattern Stencil

Digital Poetic Petals

Barn Door Distress Ink

Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Striped Ribbon

Prismacolor Pencils

Enamel Star Stickers

Scallop Die Cut (for similar look to my shaped card)


Encouraging Tags

Hello crafters!

It has been such a busy week here on the blog! Inspiration every where!

Our current challenge is Encouragement and I decided nothing could be more encouraging than the sweet characters in the Lil Hoot set from Hero Arts and Operation Write Home. I also really wanted to play around with some backgrounds so I decided to create some tags. Often times I feel a little overwhelmed when trying to use large backgrounds on a card. A tag is a perfect way to use a little bit of a busy background!

I should note that these tags were created by me. I know I should get a die but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I cut my paper and then traced the edge of a large circle die. Trimmed off the top and punched a whole it in. BOOM! Tag 🙂

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For my first tag I smooshed distress inks onto my craft mat and sprayed it with water. I kept dipping my tag in until I like the background. after it was dry I laid down the arrow stencil and put even more distress ink on. Finally I shifted the die over to the right and used my white embossing paste. I like how just bits of the darker color are peaking out. I added a bit of stickles to the tips of the arrows. The elephant was colored with copics, fussy cut, and added with dimensional adhesive.

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For this background I used the Tweed stencil and more distress ink. I just kept shifting the stencil up to get the ombre chevrons. I love the blended look it gives. I flipped the stencil horizontal and added embossing paste creating a subtle cross hatch. I outlined one side of the embossing paste with stardust stickles. Again I colored the bears with copics, fussy cut, and added dimensional adhesive.


This last one was the most fun to create! I love how the starry sky turned out! I added several colors of distress ink keeping it lighter where I knew my moon would be. I flicked on some water and let it dry. I added the stars using the Starry Night stencil then used a silver pen and stardust stickles to add some dots. Copics, Fussy, Dimension. All done!

These guys couldn’t be any cuter! I just love this set 🙂

Don’t forget you still have three days to play along with the challenge and get your comments in on the Hero Arts Digital Blog hop!! Don’t miss your chance to win gift certificates to the store. If you do decide to do a little shopping feel free to use the code KELLYL15  to get 15% off 🙂

Thanks for stopping by


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Stars In My Eyes

Hi, it’s Chark again with projects made with the Astral Digital Stamp set. I’m enjoying my new Hero Arts digi stamps that I used to make Halloween favors for the Digi Blog Hop. And I’m still printing out the Astral stamps and using them. Today I’ve made two simple cards using the various stamps from the set.


IMG_2449In this first one, I printed out the sky, moon and sentiment. I set the moon inside the card and surrounded it with silver sequins and Hero Arts Hues rhinestones. I used a large hole punch to make the window in the card.

IMG_2437For my second card, I used the Starry Night stencil and Silver Staz-On ink to make the sky on black cardstock. I added the star with the sentiment, used Stickles on the word “You” and added rhinestones from Hero Arts. I used silver glitter tape to make a shooting star.

IMG_2430I had fun with these stars, and I hope you try out the new digital stamps as accents for your projects too! If you visit the store, tell them Chark sent you and enter Chark15 to get your 15% discount on your order of $25 or more—including these stars in digital and stencil or anything else your heart desires!

Happy Wednesday!

p.s. Don’t forget to join us for the August challenge here to win a gift certificate! You can also comment on the blogs in the a2z and Hero Arts Digi Blog Hop to win a gift certificate, you lucky thing, you!


Hi, it’s Chark (pronounced just like the fish but I’m less dangerous) with my first post here at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies and I’m so excited to be here saying Hello! I’m not sure where the phrase “tickled pink” came from, but since it means happy and I’m posting with the detailed and delicate feather stamps from Hero Arts, it seemed to fit.

For both of these projects, I used a technique of dripping Tim Holtz Adirondack inks on glossy photo paper. On glossy paper, the inks kind of float on top and you can tip the paper to move the ink and get some fun looks. You can also use a felt applicator to move the ink around.


For the card, using the bright colors of Sailboat Blue, Stream and Picked Raspberry, I dripped the inks onto the paper and let dry. The inks react with each other when they touch, so they create cool patterns. Then I stamped the  feather shapes with Stazon black ink, using the Hero Arts Feather stamps. I cut out the feathers by hand, but the matching feathers die  would certainly make things easier! I used the Blooming Flower die with the same paper. Putting them together, I tried to mimic the look of a dream catcher. The background of the card uses the Starry Night stencil and Salty Ocean Distress Ink, along with the fingertip daubers to pounce the ink into the stencil. Finally, I added Silver Stickles and a little washi tape and sentiment from SRM stickers.IMG_1419For the scrapbook page, I started with Authentique paper with aqua stars, and added Broken China Distress Ink, along with Unicorn White ink and swiped the inks with a damp baby wipe. I added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges and let the paper dry. I used the earthy colors of alcohol inks (Caramel, Cranberry, Rust, Ginger and Gold Metalllic) to create more realistic feathers. I fussy cut them and popped up the top feather with adhesive circles.

If you’ll notice, I also stamped a smaller feather from the set on vellum with white ink and tucked it into the top left of the layers by the photo. I love white on vellum! Subtly and lovely, just right for these feathers. I used the Field of Greens ink cube to stamp the Wonderland Alphabet letters for my title and a green marker to journal.IMG_1445You should have seen my fingers after this project—all kinds of colorful! But now I have about a thousand feathers in different color combinations to use on future projects.

If you’re dying to get your hands on these stamps, pop over to the a2z store, tell them Chark sent you (enter CHARK15) and get 15% off your order. See ya next time!

And don’t forget to join the Linky party for June for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2z store!