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CAS Greenery Hugs


Cindy here to share a CAS sympathy/friendship card.  Today’s card features the Hero Arts Holiday Greenery Edge Fancy Die.  This die is so pretty and so delicate.


On white card stock (trimmed to fit a A2 card) I did dry embossing on the top and lower edge using the Fancy Die and an embossing mat.   I mount this onto a white A2 card base.  Next I adhere the heart die cut (with white heat embossed sentiment and faux stitches) in the center of the card with foam adhesive.  Then I die cut using a different color card stock, trim part of the die cut (with coat of Perfect Pearl) and use to embellish the heart die cut.

Have you  join in our CAS challenge yet?  I hope I’ve inspired you to play along!  Scroll down to find more details.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge




a2z scrapbooking challenge september 2018


Please join us in this month’s “Clean and Simple” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking Supplies 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 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.





A Leafy Heart Sympathy with Hero Arts

Happy Aloha Friday friends!  I’ve had a few coworkers asking for sympathy cards and I find these cards the hardest to make.  The Hero Arts With Deepest Sympathy Wood Stamp is perfect with its beautiful font and is a nice size sentiment to add to a card front.

On today’s card I wanted to use the topiary heart from Hero Arts Layered Topiary Stamp and Cut as a background.  I used Hero Arts Hybrid inks in Green Apple, Moss and Pine to create the layered look.

Hero Arts With Deepest Sympathy Wood Stamp

I love the size of the Hero Arts With Deepest Sympathy Wood Stamp which is approximately 3.5in x 1.25in and decided to heat emboss on vellum using Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder.  I strategically placed Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue behind the embossed sentiment to adhere to the card front.

Hero Arts With Deepest Sympathy Wood Stamp

I hope you’ll join us for our monthly challenge.  Mahalo for stopping by!



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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge




Please join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month


a2z scrapbooking store hero arts




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 With Deepest Sympathy Wood Stamp

Hero Arts Layered Topiary Stamp and Cut

Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder

Hero Arts Hybrid inks in Green Apple, Moss and Pine

One Layer, Watercolored Card


One Layer, Watercolored Card

Hello… It’s Helen! Today I am sharing my first project with you, a2z Scrapbooking crafty friends! I have a simple tutorial how to create one layer card with a stamp and watercolor paint.

I used the Hero Arts Antique Rose. It is one of my favorite stamps from Hero Arts 🙂

One Layer Watercolor Card 01

First, stamp the image on a watercolor paper with Archival Ink. Make sure your archival ink is permanent and water-resistant.

One Layer Watercolor Card 02

I love coloring with any medium. This time, I used Distress Mini Inks to color the flowers and the background. I dabbed some of the ink on a craft mat and picked them up with watercolor brush. For better results, let the first layer dry before you add the darker color for shadowing. I used a heat gun to speed the drying.

I used 2 shades of pink for the petals so I added colors over and over to create the depth and shadows. Make sure your brush is not too wet when you work with Distress Inks. That is why a paper towel is great to have nearby 🙂

One Layer Watercolor Card 03

Once I was done with my flowers, I added the lightest blue all over the background. I let the first layer dry completely then I added more blue around the flowers for the shadowing. A small round brush works best for this because you work close to the border line of the image and since it is Distress Ink which easily activated by water, you do not want the colors of the flowers blend with the background color.

One Layer Watercolor Card 04

Final step is to add the sentiment. I used the Hero Art – Prayer stamp and die set. I die cut the prayer and added it on the card then I stamped the other sentiment on top and at the bottom of it with archival ink.

Here the close up of the layer-watercoloring.

One Layer Watercolor Card 05

I hope you are inspired today and join our July Challenge – Anything Goes!

THANK YOU so much for visiting today. Have a fabulous day!



CAS design using Hero Arts’ So Sorry Stamp and Cut

Hi, Cindy here to share a CAS design using Hero Arts’ So Sorry Stamp and Cut set.  Even though this set was design for the Lasting Hearts effort, it is really versatile and you could use it for many occasions.  I did a card that could fit any of the following categories:  friendship/sympathy/everyday hello.




My process:

  • Use pencil and lightly mark the vertical center line and a horizontal line 1 inch about the bottom edge of white card base.
  • Stamp the small string of hearts from the So Sorry Stamp and Cut set using Hero Art Ombre Ink: Butter to Orange along the horizontal line.
  • Stamp the rest of the pattern above the first stamped line.  Let ink dry.  Gently remove the pencil mark with an eraser.
  • On water colour paper, dab Pale Tomato, Neon Pink, Neon Orange ink randomly and spritz with Perfect Pearl solution to create a watercolour look.  Once it’s dried, add Pearl acrylic paint on selected parts, let dry.  Press Ombre Ink (Butter to Orange) ink pad all over and let dry.  Die cut using the large heart shape die from the So Sorry Stamp and Cut set, then use one of the smaller heart shape dies  from the same set to create the negative space as shown.
  • Stamp sentiment using Hero Art Ombre Ink: Butter to Orange, heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  • Adhere die cut heart with form adhesive.

Here’s a closer look:



a2z’s May challenge theme is CAS.  Just click the Current Montly Challenge tab on top of the page or this link to get all the details.  Not sure about the rules?  No problem, click the Challenge Rules tab or this link.   You like the supplies I used on my card, they are available in the store.  Use code Cindy15 at check out to knock 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (excluding shipping).


Hero Arts So Sorry Stamp and Cut

Hero Arts Ombre Ink: Butter to Orange

Hero Arts Ink Daubers (Pale Tomato, Neon Pink, Neon Orange)

Clear embossing powder

Ranger Acrylic Paint Dabber (Pearl)


Stenciled Sympathy

The April Challenge at a2z is Stenciling.  When I play with stencils, it’s usually messy, so I make quite a few before I clean up.

Today’s card was made with several of my stencil leftovers using Hero Arts Gold Shimmer Spray & Hero Arts / BasicGrey Two Way Arrows Stencil.  I cut one of the stencil designs into 1/2″ strips and wove together a paper mat.  I used another leftover to frame the card base (the gold splatters are the overspill on the outside of the stencil).

az040515wmI added a new wood block stamp With Deepest Sympathy together with some paper flowers.  I punched leaves from the new Kelly Purkey Designer papers and used Hero Arts Grass Chalk ink on the edges to cover up the bits of white that show-up when you punch into white-cored paper.

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So Sorry….!!

   Happy Saturday —  It’s Lisa here this morning with a new project to share !  Today, I have one of those cards that tend to be a bit difficult for many of us to create, but are cards that mean so much to those who receive them!   Today, I am sharing a Sympathy card and hope that it’s one I don’t have to use for a very long time.    In my own life, I have been greatly touched with some of the very loving and encouraging cards that have been sent to me, when I have experienced a loss in my family.   To me, it’s always been very bittersweet to receive a card like this, especially one that also includes a person handwritten note, or some words that will help me to smile and cherish the memories of those we have lost from our lives!   This card was also created to fit into our theme and to provide you with more inspiration for our October Challenge.

In following with the challenge requirements, (use TWO “main” Hero Arts” products — i.e. Stamps, Stencils, Dies etc.) — the first thing I did was to pick out my products –and for this card, I chose two of Hero’s Stamp Sets – “Night and Day Flowers” along with another clear set, “Remember” which is a wonderful set of sentiments designed exactly for these type card cards.

So Sorry for a2z

    Next, was to choose my colors and I chose “Purple” which I’m sure many of you already know, is my “Signature Color” — I love it and I also love that Hero Arts has an amazing array of Purple in their line!  Everything from Inks, Papers, Sprays, and Embellishments all perfect for me!     I began by stamping my floral image, directly onto some “Snow” laying paper, using my favorite of Hero’s Purple Ink – Grape Juice.  I also picked out my sentiment and stamped that on the same piece, also in the same rich purple shade.   I created my case base with more of the Snow paper and cut or a large “window” area using a Spellbinder’s Rectangle die.   I then added a piece of “deep” purple cardstock (from My Favorite Things) to the inside of my window.   The next step was to add some texture and I did that using a Panel of Vellum that I embossed with a Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folder.  I adhered that directly to the purple base and them die cut my floral image with a Lil Inker Designs -Stitched Rectangle Die and using foam tape, added that on top of my embossed panel.  I them added purple gems to each of the flower centers and highlighted the image with a fine layer of white sparkling Glitter, by Ranger. To complete me my card, I used the “Dotted Ellements” die set to cut out my sentiment, which I added on top of my flowers.

I was very pleased with how this card turned out and especially love the wonderful flowers in the Night and Days Flowers Stamp Set.  It’s a set I have used in many ways and I like that this card is one I could re-create in a variety of colors!   I could also change it a bit by adding another of the many touching sentiments from the Remember set.   I could also easily change this to be a friendship or feminine birthday card, by simply choosing one of the many other Hero Arts Stamp sets — currently have available over at the a2z Store!

If you would like to purchase any  Hero Arts products, please head on over to the a2z Scrapbooking Store, where you can save 15% off your shopping with my special Promo Code.  All you need to do is add $25 in products to your shopping cart -(excluding shipping)- and then enter my code – LISAH15 – Once the code is entered you will automatically see the savings reflected in your  total.    Have fun shopping and don’t forget to check out the newest Hero Arts releases, as well as the latest additions to the digital line!

Thanks for stopping by today !  Wishing you all a fabulous Saturday and a wonderful weekend!

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Thinking of you!!

Hi, it’s Lisa, (ThePurplePlace), here today to provide you with some more inspiration for this month’s challenge here on the a2z Scrapbooking Blog.   Our theme for the month of August is “Encouragement” and those are the wonderful type of cards that really help to make someone smile, share a hug or even to say hello and let them know you are thinking of them, which is what I chose to so for my card today.

For my card I started with a snow card-base and created a a background, using Hero’s “Everything Flowers” Background Stamp, which I inked up with Versamark and then stamped directly onto a piece of Pool Layering Paper.  I then heat embossed that with Hero’s White embossing powder and using a stitched die to cut it down to the size I wanted for my card.  I then chose another of my favorite Hero stamps, “Night and Day Flowers” and also stamped that one in Versamark and again heat embossed it in white.  I then used the same Stitched dies, and cut out that layer, from the same color layering paper and created a matching mat from more Snow Layering paper.   I added white pearls to the center of each flower and adhered that onto the white mat.  That piece was then added with foam take to the background to give it extra dimension. For my sentiment if chose the “All Occasions Messages” set and stamped my message in Hero’s Mid-tone Soft Pool shadow ink, which matches perfectly with the layering paper.  I added my Sentiment, again using foam tape and had my card completed.



I hope that will help inspire you to create a card for our challenge and your chance to win a $25 Gift Card to the a2z Scrapbooking Store.   In the meantime, when you do head over to the store to do some shopping, please feel free to use my Design Team Promo CodeLISAH15 – which will take 15% off of any order of $25+ (Excluding shipping).   All you need to do is add it during the check out process!  You may use it more than once, as long as each order is $25 and up! And while you are over at the store, don’t forget to check our the “SALE” section and well as our Brand New Digital section, which we will be adding to daily.   Hero Arts currently has over 400 digital/printable files and a2z is very happy and proud to be offering them “Exclusively” in our store!   How cool is that!!   I’m a big fan of combining digital with traditional stamping and will be sharing more cards of that style, over the next couple of weeks.  Stop by my blog at any time for every more inspiration and ideas, I am always happy to have new followers.   Thank you!

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