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Happy Day layering flowers

Hi Dawn here to share my watercoloured card today.    Watercolouiring is a favourite technique of mine… so many ways to use inks, paints, markers etc.


I used CL864 Happy Days Layering Flowers set (Note:  This popular Stamp set is currently Out of Stock at a2z Scrapbooking, however you can CUSTOM Order it in the Store. Just click on the REQUEST CUSTOM ORDER form on the store HOME Page!)   This goes for pretty much ANY Hero Arts products that is still available.  If you can’t find it in the store, please feel free to ask!) together with Hero Arts inks – Fresh Peach, Neon Pink, Green Hills,    Ombre ink (Lime to Forever Green) and Charcoal.

For more details hop over to my blog – Dawn’s World NZ

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!

p.s. We’re a little short-staffed this week and shipping orders may be delayed by a day. Thanks for your patience!





Christmas Trees

Hi Dawn back to share a couple of Christmas Tree cards

IMG_1061WThis card was CASE’d from one I saw Sandy Allnock do on her blog.  I used Hero Arts Layering Christmas Trees set. I used a variety of distress inks and a waterbrush to color the trees.  I chose one to turn into a Christmas Tree by adding some dots of Liquid Pearls and Stickles.  I finished with a die cut sentiment.

My second cards using the same technique.


I used a Spellbinders die to make my oval frame and outlined it with Liquid Pearls.

There’s still plenty of time to join our Fall challenge… we’d love to see your Fall inspired cards.

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!




Hello dear friends, Martha Lucia here to share with you my most recent creation using our great products. As you may notice, I fell in love with the Hero Arts Flutterbies Printable/ Butterfly Digital Kit so for this creation, I decided to use one of these beautiful butterflies combined with the Glorious Petal Stencil, the Studio 490 Metallic Gold Embossing Paste, the Hero Arts Pool to Navy Ombre Ink and the Happy stamp & cut set.



The first thing I created was the decorated layer using the Glorious Petal Stencil and the Studio 490 Metallic Gold Embossing Paste over metallic dark gray cardstock. I love the strong contrast between the colors. I let the paste dry, then I colored the butterfly using color pencils and sansodor, but I used white liquid pearls to highlight some details.


I stamped the Happy sentiment over very vanilla cardstock using the Hero Arts Pool to Navy Ombre Ink, and since it comes with the correspondent die cut, I aligned and cut my word. I also cut the same word five times in cardstock to add dimension by pasting one over the other.



As a final touch i added a little banner to complete my sentiment and I decorated it with three sequins using the same ombre effect.


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If you want to see or buy the products that I used, they are available in the a2z Scrapbooking Store You can get these using the discount code MARTHA15. Remember, if  your selection is out of stock, just click the “Request Custom Order” button and they’ll get it to you in no time!

Now I have the inside scoop! a2z Scrapbooking will be releasing a variety of new products on Tuesday, which are perfect for Christmas and the Holidays! Would you like a sneak peek? Shhhhhh

Navidad Hero Arts

Some of the new products are Ombre Ink Pads, with new colors!!! Light to Royal Red and Lime to Forever Green, they are amazing!!! But wait , there is more… we have three more new stamps, Peace and Joy in wood, and Color Layering Fall Tree and Color Layering Christmas Tree in clear!!! Remember all of this will be available starting on Tuesday… I can’t wait, how about you?

I hope my project inspired you and thank you for stopping by today!

Have a great week.

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OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop

Hello Crafters!


Even though Memorial Day isn’t until Monday w are kicking off the weekend with Operation Write Home’s Memorial Day blog hop! Unfortunately, this is also their last one. Thankfully, our troops are coming home and the demand for cards just isn’t there anymore. Need some guidance regarding their closing . . .In Sandy’s own words

“Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year. All cards need to be sent in by August 1st, so I’m helping to get the word out!”

If you’d like to spread the word or view those projects that are you can link up at the Operation Write Home blog. As an added bonus we will be giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to one random commentor from this post so be sure to leave some love! You have until 11:59pm on May 25th to leave your comment!

They were looking for Red White and Blue cards in specific themes. I chose thank you because it’s Memorial day and I am thankful to all those who have served especially those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

I decided to do a bit of emboss resist with watercoloring.


I started by stamping the stars included in the Thanks Stamp and Cut set.  I mounted all three onto one block and it actually went pretty quick. They were stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in white. I added distress inks in a red, white, and blue gradient. I used distress inks and love the way it turned out. I die cut a star out of my background then added some vellum with my white heat embossed sentiment.

The great thing about die cutting is it always leaves you with two pieces 🙂


Same idea just much simpler. I think they’ll make pretty awesome any Hero cards!

Feeling inspired to pick up some OWH goods? You know they have the cutest stamps. We have several in stock and you can get 15% off your order of $25.00 or more with the coupon code KELLYL15. Happy shopping 🙂

Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the store!

Thanks for visiting!


Stylish Stars Frame cuts

Thanks Stamp & Cut (This super popular set is out of stock right now however you can CUSTOM Order it in the Store. Just click on the REQUEST CUSTOM ORDER form on the store HOME Page!)

White Embossing Powder


Distress Ink: Chipped SapphireSalty Ocean, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany

Copic Multiliner


Stenciled Birthday

For today’s card I used two types of embossing to create a cheery birthday card.

I started by dry embossing Hero Arts Tile Works Stencil onto watercolor paper.  I left my stencil attached to the paper and then applied two colors of orange watercolor paint to the raised areas.  I used a paper towel to dab away the excess paint before drying with my heat gun.

az022015wmI painted a scrap of watercolor paper using the same orange watercolor paint (but did not dab it this time for a more vibrant hue).  After it dried, I stamped Hero Arts Messages with Flourish in Black Ink, which I then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder, so it would have more pop against the watercolored background.  I attached the banner with adhesive foam for dimension

To decorate my background, I added the tiny flour from Messages with Flourish (flowers are perfect for the Nature Challenge at the Hero Arts Blog), as well as three sizes of Sunshine Hero Arts Pearls.

I hope you’ll join us for our Embossing Challenge this month … and remember, you can use Coupon Code STEPH15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store … and the a2z Store has all of the 2015 Hero Arts release in stock (I can’t wait to play with those fun stamps).

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Watercolor Valentine

Hello Crafters!

Today I wanted to create a card that went along with our current challenge, using something new to you. I decided to make a valentine of sorts. While I love the newest Hero Valentine release I haven’t gotten my hands on any of it yet. I super love the tiny heart background. Can you say versatile?! My favorite kind of stamp. Emboss resist, tone on tone background, add texture to a die cut. I could go on and on. 🙂 Aren’t stamps like that awesome?!

However, I don’t have it yet so let’s talk about what I do have. The Good Luck Cling set. I’ve had it for a while now but just couldn’t find a way to use those bold sentiments in a way I *loved* I mean we’ve all made a card where we think “this sad little sentiment isn’t enough to balance my design.” This set is perfect in those times. I decided I was going to use it. No ifs, ands, or buts.

Here we go 🙂


I’m actually pretty happy with it. I did a bit of abstract watercoloring on my watercolor paper using Peerless. That pink is so vibrant. I die. I stamped the love sentiment in black, because well, I love black and brights colors together. The butterfly is from an older set that is timeless. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used it. I watercolored the butterfly too then trimmed it out. I did add just a bit of detail with my white gel pen and some shimmer with the clear Wink of Stella. Both the sentiment and butterfly were added with dimensional adhesive.

Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you find something new to you to play along with 🙂


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Good Luck Cling Set

Antique Engravings

Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper

Clear Wink of Stella

Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink

Peerless Watercolors

Sakura White Gel Pen


I Love You to the Moon and Back

Hello Crafters!

It’s Kelly here with my first post of the new year. I’ll be honest this time of year is hard for me. It’s the time when my mojo runs lowest. I think it’s because I love all things brightly colored, flowers, butterflies, what have you. Here in Ohio the weather is anything but bright. In fact it’s 6 degree outside. I realize that it is much colder in other places but it is still awful.

Whenever I struggle with creating I go back to something that made it fun for me when I started. Sometimes it’s coloring other times it’s techniques. Whatever takes the pressure off me to create a completed card and allows me to just play. 🙂

Today’s card was created with a background that allowed me to play.


It’s a pretty simple watercolor background using distress inks. I tried the salt technique but I definitely did not get the look I was trying for. I mean it IS mottled but not near as interesting as how I saw it in my head.  Since that was a no-go I  flicked on some droplets of water mixed with Perfect Pearls to add some shimmery pieces parts. I also added a few little white gels pen dots.

The star adds more glittery goodness. Even though you can’t see it really well. Okay, you can’t see it at all but I promise it’s there. A simple sentiment banner, die cut, and twine pull the card together while letting the background be the star of the show.

Pretty simple card today 🙂

Before you head out don’t forget we have our current challenge going on. The theme is “New to You.” and we sure do hope you’ll join us!!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Hero Arts Stylish Stars Frame Cut Dies

Hero Arts Shoot for the Moon Stamp Set

Ranger Watercolor Paper

Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

Perfect Pearls

Doodlebug Twine 

Glitter Ritz

Distress ink: Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry


Christmas Tree Holiday Decor

Hello there everyone; Jennifer here from Caffeinated Papercuts with a fun watercolor project for you! Since our challenge theme this month is Watercolors, I just couldn’t resist pulling out the big, beautiful Hero Arts Circle Christmas Tree Stencil to make some wall art.

JL-Watercolor Tree

To create it, I started with a piece of the Tim Holtz Watercolor paper and used my stencil as a template to rub on some Versamark ink, then heat embossed it with the Hero Arts Sparkle Embossing Powder. I let it cool a little, then rubbed on three different green Distress Inks; Forest Moss, Crushed Olive, and Peeled Paint. After I had the tree covered with ink, I spritzed the bejeebers out of it with Perfect Pearls and let the colors all run together. I’ll warn you, though; they looked kind of icky for a bit, but when they dried…oh my!

The trick is that the heat embossing resists the ink, so you still see your tree and can add some luscious color. I could have also used water instead of Perfect Pearls, but it really adds some shine when you do!

To finish it off I cut a piece of black chipboard slightly bigger than the watercolor paper, added some holes for my ribbon, and glued everything together. All done! A pretty, shimmery holiday decoration in just a few hours.

I hope I’ve inspired you to grab your stencils and join us for our Watercolor Challenge. See you soon, and Happy Crafting!



Watercolor + Embossing = Pretty

Hello crafters!

I feel like it’s been forever since I had a post here! Today I decided to get some technique going for you guys.

Water coloring has been everywhere for months now but I’m just getting comfortable with it. I also really wanted to keep the cards one layer. There is just something about a one layer card that makes my heart smile. I hope it does for you too 🙂


Water coloring was such a hard sell for me because everything was so  . . well watered down (ha!). I love bright colors and water coloring seemed like the antithesis of my beloved bright colors. Then I found Inktense water color pencils and my world changed. It’s still water coloring but BOLDER and I love it! I stamped my flowers and embossed them in white before coloring. Everyone has their preferred method but I just color right on the paper and then use my paint brush to blend.


I did have to mask the flowers for this card and it was a bit time consuming because the petals don’t touch. With that said It was worth it. I love the bouquet I was able to create. I should note though this card is 4 x 5.25. I didn’t realize it was a smidge smaller until after I started stamping and by that time I was committed 🙂


Even though this one is softer it’s probably my favorite. Maybe because it’s different to have the color in the background?

I don’t know I just dig it and that’s enough for me 🙂

If you’d like to pick either of the stamp sets I used or anything else from the store feel free to use the coupon code KELLYL15 to get 15% off.

Don’t forget to join our current challenge too! The theme is encouragement and it just started yesterday so you still have a whole month to play along!

Thanks for visiting


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