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Hero Arts Floral Stencil tag

Hi, it’s Sue here with a card which could be submitted for the current monthly challenge here at a2z Scrapbooking – Make It A Tag

We’d love for you to join in the fun! The fine print – you need to use a Hero Arts product to create the focal point.

Here’s my card

Lucy's Floral Favorites ink cubes

To create my card, I started by making the tag.  Starting with the ink cubes from Hero Arts Lucy’s Floral Favorites, I randomly added them to a piece of watercolour paper and moved the color around with a water brush. I LOVE these colors – so happy! When the paper dried completely, I mixed up some soft cantaloupe from the same set of ink cubes with texture paste – opaque matte and applied it to Hero Arts Floral stencil with a palette knife to add some texture. I made sure to wash the stencil and palette knife right away before the texture paste dried.

Using a piece of vellum, I heat embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder. I felt that the card needed something else, so I embossed the yellow background to add some interest. I little gold twine completes the card.

Here’s a close-up

Lucy's Floral Favorites ink cubes

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Hero Arts Lucy’s Floral Favorites

Hero Arts Floral Stencil pair

texture paste opaque matte






Witch Feet Tags with Hero Arts

Aloha friends!  I’m a huge fan of Halloween because it kick starts all the holidays for the rest of the year in our household.  I love the sweet costumes and fun decorations…the scary part I can do without!

I’ve been playing around with the Hero Arts Witch Feet Stamp and Cuts and decided to make some fun tags perfect for this month’s challenge!


To create the tags I folded up some cardstock and lined the matching die slightly over the fold on the cardstock.  Once die cut I stamped the image and colored.  The die is so detailed and fun!  I added some twine and now I have sweet little witch feet tags to add to hand sanitizers to pass out in the office during Halloween!


On the inside I wrote out the sentiment and added a little spider web from the set for fun.


I hope you’ll join our challenge this month for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store!

Mahalo for stopping by!!




Hero Arts Layering Bird

Hey crafty peeps… Dawn here with a little tag for you today.  Our monthly challenge for September is all about TAGS.   This was quite good for me as I needed a tag to add to a little gift bag.


This little gift is for a friend who is not feeling the best at the moment.  I used WAMK’s gift bag punch board to make my bag and made the the little tag to go on it.   I used a CAS-ual Fridays die to make my tag and with the help of MISTI, I inked up the bird from Hero Arts CL866 Color Layering Bird and Branch.   I used my favourite stencil Asian Flower (not in store at the moment, but there are lots of amazing stencils  HERE) to make a soft background.  Finished with the sentiment from the set

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Remember if you are in need of any items from the a2z Scrapbooking store  you can use code Dawn15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. (before tax and shipping)  And don’t forget that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions! And the new catalogue items are in stock..  There are some awesome stamps and dies for Christmas.

Hero Arts Coffee Tag Tags & Frames


Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tags

Are you making tags?  This is only the fourth day of the Tag Challenge for September.  Come along and join us.  I’m making Christmas tags because I couldn’t resist the new Coffee Cup Tags.  Honestly, WHO COULD? I didn’t realize these were meant to be tags because in the Hero Arts Winter catalog, I see these on cards.  Imagine my surprise when I actually realized the name.  I thought, how unoriginal I was to use these as tags.  But, they’re very nice tags.  Even though the dies come separate for the cup and the whipped cream on top, these are one piece tags.  I’ve made 11 tags in all.

  1. I stamped the cups first, leaving room enough to stamp the cream on top on lots of tags (twice as many stamped as tags shown here)
  2. I cut the paper in coffee cup sizes.
  3. I die cut the cup, leaving the top of the die cut over the edge of the plate on my Cuttlebug, so the outline was cut, but not the top rim.
  4. I then turned the image around so the cream die (long edge) bottom hung off the plate on my Cuttlebug, so the cream was cut, but not the rim sitting on top of the cup.

And there you have the simple story of using two dies on one image for one die cut image.  I haven’t use my NEON Hero Arts Inks in awhile, so I had a go with them.
Hero Arts Coffee Tag Tags & Frames


a2z picmonkey Pink Coffee Tag Sep 2016

a2z Coffee PicmonkeyTags Sep 2016

List of supplies:

Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tags available at a2z Scrapbooking (these may be sold out, check for them.  They also come in a set with the die cuts.

Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag Frame Cuts available at a2z Scrapbooking

Hero Arts Neon inks Neon Green, Neon Blue, Neon Pink and Neon Purple

Misti – made it so easy to make multiples (first stamp all cups, then stamp all tops)

Nuvo Crystal Drops  (Glitter Drops Ruby Slippers) – I bought these through the a2z store.



You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  If you need craft items that you don’t see in the store, don’t forget you can special order them here at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.  You can find me at A Bit of This and That

 Hope you’ll join in our September Challenge of “Make It a Tag” with your Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils. And, if you need some new supplies, don’t forget to shop at a2z Scrapbooking.



a2z Scrapbooking September 2016 Challenge

Hello everyone!!  September has finally come back!!   I can’t believe it.  Wasn’t it just yesterday, that I said thank goodness for the summertime. I guess I have to say, “nice to see you fall”!

Our new challenge this month is “Make It A Tag”!!! You can use any Hero Arts product for this challenge. You can create a tag by itself or a tag on a card or on any project you like.  You can stretch your imagination for this challenge. 

Please be sure that your project contains at least ONE main HERO ART Product as the focal element! 

This challenge will be pretty interesting.  The DT has creating some awesome projects to inspire you to play along with us.

Take a look:

Martha's tag


Angie's tagsAngie





Sept tag1




Hello Tag (a2z)


Tags full


Amazing isn’t it!!   I hope you love what you see and that it inspires you to join us this month.  You have the entire month to create a new project and enter it into Mr. Linky below.  By entering you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. One lucky winner will be announced on the 7th of October!!

Good Luck!

Supplies used:

Spring Hello by Lia from Hero Arts
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts Libby’s Purple Garden AF358
Rose Red and Crumb Cake Card Stock
Decorated Paper


Hero Arts SA054 Confetti Stencil Pair
Hero Arts SA073 Asian Flower Pattern Stencil
Hero Arts AF247 Fresh Peach Midtown Shadow Ink
Hero Arts AF310 Ombre Mint to Green Ink


Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Ink Cubes (Red and Green)
Doodble Bug Christmas Twines
Sizzix Tag die
Paper Studio Holly Leave Embossing Folder
White Cardstock
Adhesive runner and 3d foam tape
Cup o’Joe Ink
Distress inks:  Abandoned Coral, Frayed Burlap, Crushed Olive, Wilted Violet, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Gathered Twigs
Hero Arts Lucy’s Floral Favorites ink cubes
Hero Arts Floral Filigree stencil
Hero Arts Dare to Dream stamp set
Texture Paste opaque matte
water brush
gold embossing powder
clear embossing ink
embroidery floss
Hero Arts Long and Cute Tags Frame
Hero Arts Destination San Francisco
Distress inks
Copic white pigment
A couple Copic markers for buildings and grass & trees
Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door
Strathmore Bristol Smooth White
Recollections Heavyweight Black Cardstock


Thank you for stopping by!


Stenciling Is Fun For Everyone

Hi, friends, Chark here today to show you four different ways to use a stencil. If you’ve experimented with stenciling, you’re probably like me and found some techniques more to your liking than others. Here’s a peek at four tags I made with this Small Square Grid stencil.


In this tag, I used white embossing paste and then sprinkled on two colors of fine glitter while it was wet. Then I added a gold heart and gold paper at the bottom.


For the second tag, I used white embossing paste and some Picked Raspberry Distress in mixed in. I didn’t make the paste uniformly pink before applying it to the stencil. You can see there are some darker and lighter spots. I applied it to silver paper, and really love the peek of shiny behind the matte white paste.


For the third tag, I just used white embossing paste and watercolored behind it once it dried.


For the last tag, I applied the clear embossing paste and then sprinkled on tiny beads. I didn’t think they’d stay put, so I added some glossy accents to the beaded areas after it dried. That made the paste shiny and held the beads on. Note–cut this one to size before the beads–it’s almost impossible to get a good cut afterward.


Pssst! I have a little secret…this stencil is in on sale for the crazy low price of $3.50! It’s one of my faves because of the graphic look. It works on any style of project.

Hope you’ll join in our November “One Layer Holiday Card” challenge here. And don’t forget that we are on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

Happy Stenciling!

Hero Arts Small Square Grid Stencil

White Embossing Paste

Translucent Embossing Paste

White Paper Flowers

Hero Arts It’s Your Day Stamps

Hero Arts Flower and Butterfly Dies



Heart Metal Die

Micro beads



One Layer Tags

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today and I’ve got some one layer tags for the holidays. I love gingerbread men and these Hero Arts stamps are my current favorites so I put them to use for today’s post.

IMG_8904For this tag, I stamped on watercolor paper with Black Staz-on and then painted the background with blues and purples. I stamped the heart with pink paint and wrote the Christmas greeting with a pen.

IMG_8879For this tag, I watercolored again but in green and punched it out with a scallop. I should have checked before I started, because I cut off their little utensils, but it’s still okay, since no one really keeps tags like they do with cards sometimes.

IMG_8871This little tag is just stamped onto kraft paper and then I filled in some lines with my black pen so I could give them clothes with my Prismacolor pencils.

IMG_8883This last tag took the most time, but it’s still one layer and therefore, pretty quick. I cut out the spoon and heart and used them as stencils on the kraft paper and sponged White Unicorn Ink over them. I also used a stencil and the white ink to do the corners. I wrote on it with a very fine tip and love how it turned out.

IMG_8891 If you like kraft and white together, these little gingerbread stamps are perfect and at $5.95, they’ll even save you some money on your tags this Christmas!

gingHope you’ll join in the November One Layer Holiday card challenge for the chance to win $25 to the store!

Have a great Monday!

charkHome-Baked by Lia stamps

Black pen

White Unicorn Ink

Prismacolor pens


Small Square Grid stencil


Easy Tags and Easy Cards

I know I have to start early on my holiday tags and cards.  I give away 12 to 16 bags of cards for the holidays to staff I work with and friends I just want to show I care.  That’s a lot of cards, so I save almost everything I make to give away as gifts.  Now I have to make the cards and tags that go with the gifts.  I found a new Hero Arts set, Winter Scene, that makes my tags and cards fun.  I started with patterned papers to see how those turned out.  They were fun and I made about 15 so I have my tags all ready to go for my staff at work.

a2z Scrap Winter Scen mixed paper Oct 2015

You can see that you can even use the patterned paper as part of the design.  I also have the matching jar die, Hero Arts Frame Cuts.  You can see how these would be quick and easy. I used Hero Arts Shadow Ink Wet Cement for the pebbles and land on the tags.

a2z Winter Scene 2015


Now for some cards.  Where I used black ink on my patterned paper for my elements, on the white paper, you can mix up your colors.  Just stamping the large jar in the set and placing your elements from the set inside creates a fun and easy card.  I used the Hero Arts Shadow Ink, soft sky, for the ground element as well as the snow.  I really like the way these turned out.

Supplies for Tags: Hero Arts Frame Cuts Jar Frame Cut, Hero Arts Winter Scene, Hero Arts Shadow Ink, Wet Cement Mid-Tone, Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Tuxedo Black Hero Arts Forever Green and Green Hills.  On the patterned tags, I used Memento Tuxedo Black only.  They look more like silhouettes and have a kind of old fashioned feel to them.

a2Z Winter Scene on White Cards Oct 2015

Close-up of two cards below. You can see the snow and ground.  I know the grounds blue, but it seems to fit for me.  I used Memento Rich Cocoa to stamp the deer, Memento Tuxedo Black, Hero Arts Shadow Ink, soft sky, for the sentiment, Hero Arts Forever Green and Green Hills for the trees below.


I used Memento Tuxedo Black to stamp the jar and sentiment, Hero Arts Soft Sky Hero Arts Shadow Ink and Hero Arts Forever Green, Green Hills for the trees and Red Royal for the house.


Supplies: Winter Tree SceneHero Arts Frame Cuts Jar Frame Cut, Hero Arts Winter Scene, Hero Arts Shadow Ink, Wet Cement Mid-Tone, Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Tuxedo Black Hero Arts Forever Green and Green HillsYou can visit me at A Bit of This and That

Hope you’ll join in our October Challenge which is all about All Things Fall. card with your Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils. And, if you need some new supplies, don’t forget to shop at a2z Scrapbooking..  Don’t forget that we are on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  Don’t forget that we are on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!Arlene


Flower Tags

Hi everyone, it’s mid-week already, are you looking forward to the weekend?

We seems to have more gatherings in the summer, bar-b-q, and pot-lucks … etc.  Today I want to share some CAS tags (or cupcake/muffin toppers) with you.  They are very fun to make, and you could prepare a whole bunch and have them on standby.

Let’s take a look:


Here’s a shot of the Blueberry one at work!  😛


My process:

  • Punch scalloped oval using various colour card stock.  The size I used is 3 inches in width.
  • Punch oval using with card stock (2 ½ inches in width).
  • Stamp with various images on white ovals, adhere onto colour scalloped oval.
  • To use as cupcake topper, attach tag to toothpick, punch and stamp another plain oval tag and adhere to the backside to conceal toothpick.

The Garden Flowers by Lia set is perfect my project.  The images are really pretty, and the sizes are great for tags and the alike.  And you could build a large bouquet or wreath, or use the entire set for the background.  If you like small pretty flower stamps, this set is a must have!!  In my opinion of course!!!

Use the promote code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more before shipping at the store should you decide to purchase the stamp set I used or your other favorite Hero Arts products.

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Hero Arts Garden Flowers by Lia

Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (Butter Bar)

Ranger Distress Ink (Barn Door, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Chipped Sapphire)


Butterfly foreground and back

Happy Friday everyone!
I am sharing another project here at a2z Scrapbooking. This month’s challenge theme is Anything Goes. And I’ve made for you a tag today, and I am using the Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy Die.
I used it for both the background of my tag as well as the focal point. The die is available at the a2z store along with many other wonderful die sets including the latest Lia Griffith Collection. Use the discount code Cindy15 to obtain 15% off any purchase of 25$ and up before shipping!

Here’s my tag:





Closer look of the embossed die cut.

My process:

  • Die cut butterfly using a heavier weight paper (such as 80 lbs card stock).
  • Place die cut piece randomly on tag (I used a Basic Grey pattern tag) and apply Vintage Photo distress ink, use it like a stencil.  When done, add more ink to the die cut piece, and heat emboss with clear powder.
  • Stamp sentiment on tag using Walnut Stain distress ink.
  • Mount embossed butterfly onto tag with foam adhesive.
  • Add rolled flower (I hand cut mine, rolled up and distress with Vintage Photo), adhere to center of butterfly.  Add pearl in flower center.
  • Add twine.  The tag measures 3 5/8 by 6 3/8 inches.

I hope I’ve inspired you to play along this month’s challenge. You could win a 25$ gift card to the store by entering.
Remember we are also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets. You don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions!
Thanks for stopping by. I wish you a lovely day!



Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy Die

Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages

Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain