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a2z Scrapbooking March 2017 Challenge

Hello everyone!!  We are back with another fabulous challenge this month.

Our new challenge this month is “Playing with Stencils”! All you have to do is use any Hero Arts product on your project and along with a stencil or stencils. Be creative with 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:











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 April!!

2nd Chance to Win: During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!

Good Luck!

An InLinkz Link-up

Supplies used:

Hero Arts Ombre Spring Brights Ink AF384
Hero Arts Intense Black Dye Ink AF345
Hero Arts Spiral Petals Stencil SA095
Hero Arts Paper Layering Hummingbirds DI335
Hero Arts Diamond gems
Hero Arts Color Layering Bird CL866
Hero Arts Messages With Flourish CL738 and older set

Tropical Background Stencil by Hero Arts
India Ink Black by Hero Arts
Butterfly Pair Stamp & Cut
Creative Medium Metallic Silver by Imagine
Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
Various distress inks
Jane Davenport Acrylic Paint
Bristol Smooth Cardstock
Gel Press Plate
Thank you so much for stopping by!!


Stamping on Cork

Aloha friends!

Niki G. back with more ideas on how to create texture for our latest challenge!

I had the idea of stamping on cork to create a textured scene.

The Hero Arts in India Ink black (a very solid black ink) worked perfectly on the cork.

I stamped out that sweet fox from Hero Arts Playful Animals, colored in a white tail using a Signo Uniball gel ink pen and

added some pink cheeks with a copic marker.  To create a solid black edge I used a black copic and ran

the tip of the copic marker around the edges of the image.  You can see the difference in the outter edge

of the fox tail vs. the rest of the fox.  I thought it gave it a more finished look.


For even more texture I  used the Hero Arts Forest Floor Bold Background stamp

heat embossed with Hero Arts clear embossing powder.


To put the scene together I die cut some blue colored cork from the DCWV Brights Cork Stack

using Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Journaling die.  Of course the fox needed some grass to stand in

and that was die cut from Lawn Fawn’s Grassy Border.


I found that glossy accents worked best to adhere cork to the card panel and each other.

For added dimension foam tape was used on the box and balloon sentiment.

The balloon was created from the Hero Arts Friends by Lia.  The image is just a circle

inked in Hero Arts Ruby to Royal Red ombre ink and I added the word

“friend” from the Hero Arts Color Layering Graphic Flowers.  Some black twine tied in a bow and then

tied to the fox’s tail completes the scene.

Here’s a side view to see all the added texture to this card…


I hope this inspires you to play along with us!

For any of the supplies check out the A2Z Scrapbooking store, they even take special requests

if you’re looking for something specific!

Mahalo for stopping by!



Three flowers and a bird

Hello, Cindy here today to share my project for this month challenge theme: Texture.


I use dry embossing to create texture on my background.  And did some simple stamping and a little fussy cutting.



My process:

  • Dry emboss sheet music pattern onto white card panel.
  • Stamp flowers and leaves from Hero Arts Garden Flowers by Lia set on the embossed panel.
  • Stamp branch from Hero Arts Forever set once onto embossed panel, then twice on white CS.
  • Cut branch and bird out.
  • Stamp small flowers on white CS and cut out.
  • Assemble all pieces as shown on card.

There is still time to join the challenge.   Feel free to use promote code Cindy15 to obtain 15% off any purchase of $25 or more (shipping not included) when you go shopping at the store.

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Hero Arts Garden Flowers by Lia

Hero Arts Forever

Darice Embossing Folder – Sheet Music

Ranger Distress Ink (Peeled Paint,  Crushed Olive, Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, Wild Honey)


Texture with Dry Embossing

Hi crafting friends… Dawn here for another textured card or two!   You can get awesome texture using embossing folders.  I have two cards to share with you today.

First up

Metallic textured card

This card uses a technique I saw over on Jennifer McGuire’s blog.  It used distress inks and Perfect Pearls.  I used Fossilised Amber and Bronze Perfect Pearls to do the metallic panel after adding masking around the edge.  Once it dried, I used my trusty Cuttlebug to emboss with a We Are Memory Keepers 3D folder.  It really adds a heap of texture to the panel.  I finished off with a die and sentiment from the Hello Stamp and die set and a few black pearls.  Matted onto black and white card before adding to a black card.

My second card uses a stamp and die from last Christmas.

Christmas Holly

This time I used Hero Arts Ombre Ink (Greens) to make my metallic panel together with Perfect Pearls. Embossed with another WRMK 3D folders.  Stamped the Hero Arts Holly Leaves in black and clear embossed onto green card.  Added some additional colour with a Zig marker.   Then die cut it out.  Stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx black ink.  Coloured some gems with a Copic marker to get my red berries.   Trimmed the panel and matted with some gold foil card and onto a dark green base.

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 TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!   Also, the a2z Store now has the 2015 Hero Arts  Christmas release in stock. So now there’s even more reason to go shopping!!!!!!



Mini Dressed-Up Jar

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here again to share a little glass jar I found at the craft store and then fancied up a bit. I found these awesome tags made of copper metal at the Dollar Spot at Target and scooped them up. If your Target doesn’t carry them, you can use copper paper and cut it in a tag shape to mimic the effect.


il_570xN.603309508_km12I wanted to add some glam to the tag, so I heat embossed with my star stencil and glass bead embossing paste. It dries clear and sparkly and it has more texture than regular embossing paste, thanks to the glittery bits.

Here’s a close-up view of the embossing.


For the paper label, I mixed clear embossing paste with Copper Pearl Ex, which I love but don’t use often enough. Then I used an old gift card to smooth it through the star stencil and let it dry. As it dries, it becomes a lovely shimmery copper color. I just trimmed the paper and used roller adhesive to affix it to the jar. Now it’s ready to fill with a little candy or money. I think filling it with copper pennies would be fab. I also thought of filling it with sequins—wouldn’t that be fancy?!

Hope you’ll join in our August Challenge here for a chance to win $25 to the store! Break out your Hero Arts products (or get some new goodies at the store, including exclusive Hero Arts digital stamps) and think “texture.”

p.s. did you know that we are 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!!

Have a good day!

charkStars Pattern Stencil

Clear Embossing Paste

Copper Foil Paper

Glass Bead Embossing Paste

Pearl Ex Powder

Mini Glass Jars



A Little Hello

Hello there everyone! Jennifer here from Caffeinated Papercuts and I love this month’s challenge of Texture!

Now, you’re probably expecting that I broke out the texture paste and whipped up something awesome, and you would be half right – it’s awesome. I had a stencil in my hand when I remembered that the town was flushing the hydrants and, therefore, I had no water to clean my supplies with! Oops…so plan b was created, and for those of you who don’t have texture paste or the like, this card is for you!

2015-08-15 Jen Hello Card

Embossing powder to the rescue! Between the heat embossing and the twine, this card is full of texture and less messy than paste. Well, except when you spill powder all over…so I hear…

Now, a small disclaimer – both stamp sets I used are out of stock in the shop. I know, I know…I always manage to do that to you guys! But fear not, just hit the little ‘request custom order’ button in the shop and they’ll hook you up. Ok? Ok. Be sure to check out the new holiday stamps while you’re there, too, because OMG are they amazing! JENNIFER15 gets you 15% off your order of $25 or more, remember…all right, back to the card! **Update – the gorgeous background stamp is back in stock! Woohoo**

I started with some Pool layering paper and scored it at 5.5″ to create my top-folding card. The BasicGrey Bold Flower Pattern background stamped was inked up with VersaMark and heat embossed with the Hero Arts White embossing powder, which is truly my favorite white powder ever. While my powder was out, I stamped the ‘hello’ tag from the Little Tags set onto a scrap of gray cardstock and heat embossed it as well.

So all the white you see here is embossing powder, and the blue peeking through is the Pool cardstock. I wish you could feel this, it’s really amazing. You’ll just have to make one yourself and see. 😉

2015-08-15 Jennifer embossing

Once I had everything heat embossed, my card was nearly done! I trimmed out the tag and used a small hole punch to use it as an actual tag, then wrapped the hemp cord around the card and knotted it. To attach the tag, I looped more cording through the opening and then tied it around my string bundle, giving it that cool double-knot look. A bit of dimensional tape behind the card and it was done!

2015-08-15 Jen embossed hello card

Honestly, it took no time at all to make. Like I’m off to make a full set of these cuties to have on hand! I hope this gave you a different idea of how to add texture to your card – I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Supply List:


Happy Crafting!



Texture Garden

Hello, Cindy here today to share my adventurous project! 😉

This month challenge theme is Texture. Now you know there are many ways to add texture to your project, from the plain old crumbling your paper to heat & dry emboss to adding embossing paste, it is a lot of fun to make a textured surface. I kid you not!!! And I made the texture the star of my card today.

Are you ready?

Now I must tell you that I had plenty fun during the process!

Because (I properly shouldn’t tell you this, but being the honest person that I am, I must) I didn’t know where I was going with it.  LOL!

I wanted the texture to lead me to my stamping.

Hence the sentiment I put.

Okay here goes…


My process:

  • Tape down watercolour paper use masking tape and mask off 3/5 inches to create a border at the same time.
  • Spread a thin layer of embossing paste all over trying to keep it level.
  • Press a solid stamp on top of embossing paste, and then lift the stamp. (Quickly wash off the paste from the stamp). Alternatively use the back of a wood mount stamp. Then remove the masking tape and let that piece dry completely. (I was impatient and used a heat gun.)


  • Some area looked like the veins of leaves, so I stamped Garden Flowers by Lia and Stamped My Own Succulents with distress ink on the textured area.


  • Trim watercolour paper panel and adhere to colour card stock then onto card base.

I hope I have sparked some ideas for you to join this month challenge. Feel free to use promote code Cindy15 to obtain 15% off any purchase of $25 and up (shipping not included) when you go shopping at the store.

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Hero Arts Garden Flowers by Lia

Hero Arys Stamp Your Own Succulents

Embossing Paste

Hero Arts Travel Journal

Ranger Distress Ink (Walnut Stain, Wild Honey, Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Milled Lavender, Crushed Olive)


August 2015 Challenge

Hello everyone!!!  Welcome to the month of August!!  I can’t believe we are back to school in a little while.  Didn’t school just end? Time isn’t waiting on anyone.  Don’t blink to long, you might miss the month!

Our new challenge will be so much fun and it might get messy!!  Our challenge this month is all about Texture!!  Adding texture to your cards gives them such great dimension.  The feel of the card is amazing too.

So what can you used to added texture?   You can use texture paste or embossing paste on your project, or using a technique such as embossing (either embossing powder or embossing folders). Textured card, papers or stitching could be used. Basically, anything that gives your project a ‘touchy- feely’ style!

Please be sure that your project contains at least ONE main HERO ART Product!  This will be fun and interesting.

The Design Team has created some great inspiration pieces for you.  Take a look:


A2z 8-2015bCornelia


inky helloChar

PicMonkey PhotoMonica


Hello (a2z)Kymona

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 September!!

Good Luck!!

We cant wait to see what you create!!

Supplies used:


Birds and Leaves stencil
Message with Flourish
Ranger Texture Paste
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers


Hero Arts Stencil Deco Design
Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments
Hero Arts Hello Sunshine
Wendy Vecchi Gold Embossing Paste


Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Cut Set
Ranger Textured Paste
Hero Arts Swirl Stencil
Stampin’ Up! Cardstock colors Whisper White, Island Indigo and Basic Black
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Snail Adhesive and Dimensionals
Black Rhinestone
Fun Foam
Big Shot


Stars Pattern Stencil
Hero Arts Flower and Butterfly Dies
Hero Arts/Basic Grey Anchors Aweigh
Yellow Ink Dauber
Pool Ink Dauber
Ultra Pink Ink Dauber
Silver Embossing Paste
Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder
Neon Yellow Ink


Hero Arts Holiday Houses Digital Kit
Hero Arts Four Snowflakes Stencil
Iridescent paste (Artist Loft)
Pattern paper (Recollections)
Sentiment (Lawn Fawn) 


Hero Arts Glorious Petal Stencil SA064
Hero Arts Happy Stamp & Cut DC150


Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Fruit Stamp Set
Hero Arts Hello Stamp and Cut Stamp Set
Stampin’ Up Brick Wall Embossing Folder
Copic Markers: R35, R37, R89, G07
Glossy Accents
Clear Wink of Stella

Thanks for stopping by!!