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Santa Snacks Step Card

It is almost Christmas time!!  What kind of cookies are you preparing for Santa?  🙂

This year I am a little busy so I didn’t actually make any cookies yet.  But I had stamped a lot of gingerbread cookies.  They are for my “mountain fold step card” inspired by this month’s challenge theme: Make It Pop.

The height of each fold from back to front (in inches) are: 3.5, 1.5 and 1.  Width of card is 5.5 inches.  The light bulbs are cut fron pattern paper and I added Sprinkled Sugar on top to give it some texture and shine.  Not sure if you notice, but the hollies on each end are glued onto the pattern paper, but the center one is attached with foam adhesive, and the other two are half on paper and half popped up. I wanted to create a gradual 3D effect, if this term exists.  🙂

Here’s a view from the front and center.

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Please join us in this months “Make it Pop” 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

 

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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.

 

 

 


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Watercolor Ornament Shaped Card

Hi everybody,

 

Ever since I got my Ornament Infinity Dies I wanted to use the largest die to make a shaped card.  Yup finally did it!!  I created a snowy sunset scene.

I use watercolor and painted the sunset and snowy ground first, then stamped the shrubs/trees.  Next I white heat emboss the snowflakes.  Stamped sentiment and added the adorable watercolored moose.  To ensure the ornament can stand I cut the back panel slightly on the bottom.  Like so.

 

I used many sets on my card, the round shrub is from the 3-D House Essential set, the slender shrub is actually the Thyme from the Fresh Herbs set, the snowflakes and moose are from the Woodland Set by Lia, the sentiment is from the Winter Cheer Tag Set by Lia, and the “made with love” words are from the Santa Snacks Stamp and Cut.   I really had fun creating this card.  Hope you would join me and play along this month’s challenge – Winter.  Remember there are new rules, be sure to check it by clicking the Challenge Rules button on the top.

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Please join us in this months “Winter” 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

 

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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.

 

 

 


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Hero Arts CM165 Color Layering Sea Turtle

Hi! It’s Sue. Surprise – not a Christmas card this time! I’m dreaming of my planned trip to Hawaii. Hence, my card for today.

This sea turtle stamp reminds me of the beautiful waters off Hawaii and all the sea critters in those waters. For this card, I started with the background panel. I used distress inks (salty ocean, peacock feathers) added with a water brush onto 96 lb bristol. I added the colours to try to mimic the oceans around Hawaii. I also inked up the turtle using my MISTI and distress inks (twisted citron, mowed lawn, forest moss). I spritzed each inked stamp with water for a watercolour effect. I fussy cut the turtle. I inked up the seaweed with Hero Arts field greens and stamped with both first and second generation stamping. I used a sentiment from a different stamp set.

 

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Please join us in this months “Watercolor” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts 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 Sue15 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.

 

 

 


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Postage Infinity Watercolor Shaker

Hello hello,

 

One thing I love playing with watercolors is that the result often surprise me.  For today’s project I started creating an ombre background.  And I wanted to add a subtle pattern on top.  So after the first layer dried, I place the stencil on top and paint with more watercolors thinking to have the stencil pattern.  Well well well the watercolors appears to have it’s own mind and I ended up with this.

Okay, the fact is some of the watecolors went underneath the stencil so I didn’t get a clear cut pattern.  But I absolutely love how it turned out.  It looks like a winter scene with a snowy mountain in the center.  Now the question is what to do next?!  I really don’t want to cut it up too much.  So my Postage Stamp Infinity Dies came to the rescue!!  😀

I die cut using two of the dies,  stamped sentiment and made a shaker element with the smaller die cut area.  So what do you think?

 

 

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a2z scrapbooking watercolor challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Watercolor” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking Supplies store if you use Hero Arts. 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.

 

 

 


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Water Color A City Adventure Digital Scooter

We’re changing things up for our monthly challenge here at a2z and our challenge winner for October’s Watercolor challenge will win the Go Wild digital set. If our random winner is also using Hero Arts products, we will add a $20 gift card to the store!

I made a little scene for a holiday trip on a scooter.  Very simple, but fun.  I combined two different techniques here.  For the ground (grass) and part of the blue sky layer above the grass, I used distress markers and a water color brush.  Then I just sponged on the distress ink on the sky and spattered with water.  A few beeps and the vacation sign from the same digital set were added.  Some Glossy Accents and Nuvo Crystal Drops completed the card.

Close-up of the scooter which I fussy cut.

Arlene at A Bit of This and That.

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a2z scrapbooking watercolor challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Watercolor” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts store if you use Hero Arts. 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 iArlene15 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.

 

 

 

  • List of Supplies:
  • Hero Arts City Adventure
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White , Midnight Blue and Woodland Green
  • Distress markers with a water brush in Festive Berries, Faded Jeans and Twisted Citron
  • Glossy Accents
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Rectangle Die Cut
  • Vagabond Die Cut machine


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We Wish you…

Hello everyone! Monica M here with a card for our October challenge. Today’s card was inspired by a video I was watching earlier. I liked the sketch she used and instantly thought I could use the silhouettes on it with a little watercolor.

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I heat embossed the images and cut the squares. Added a little black watercolor to make the images standout. I stamped the sentiment before die cutting it out with a circle die. I then mounted my stamped panels on some red pattern paper. Adhered all of my pieces on the cardbase.

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a2z scrapbooking watercolor challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Watercolor” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to our Hero Arts 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 Monica15 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.

 

 

 


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Remembrance Day card using Hero Arts Layering Poppy

Hello everyone, it’s Erica on the blog today with a card inspired by the British Remembrance Sunday’s red poppy. Remembrance Sunday is held on the closest Sunday to the 11th in the month of November and is the British Memorial Day. I’ve just realised I’m a month early but oh well, let’s call it ‘extra gratitude’ given the tumultuous events of the world recently.

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The Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy with the Poppy Layering Ink Cubes are a match made in heaven, which those Hero Arts peeps planned beautifully. Sneaky indeed!

The first thing I did, which is what I always do with a new layering stamp, is to go nuts with stamping. Over and over again! Usually I’m trying different ink colours but as these are perfectly matched there is no guessing game, leaving you with more stamping time.

I ended up with something like 15 poppies in different sizes after using the Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy Frame Cuts. I never have claimed to be able to rein myself in…. Anyway, setting all my poppies aside I started on a background and wanted to keep it quite simple to make sure the poppies are the focus. On an A2 card sized water card panel I swished some green water colours around, you can use Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Twisted Citron or Hero Arts Green Apple Hybrid Ink if you don’t have any water colours. I also added a few stems in green ink.

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On a small banner, I heat embossed one of the sentiment from the stamp set ‘heartfelt thanks’ in gold embossing powder. There is this one Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder  and if you don’t have a heat gun, here is a link to one in the shop. I thought the sentiment was pretty perfect as this is a card is for all those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice for all of us and our freedom.

With that and one last thank you to everyone who’s been or is in service, I am so grateful for all you do and have done!

Erica
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a2z scrapbooking watercolor challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Watercolor” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts 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 Erica15 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.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Digital Make Your Own

It’s all about watercolor for the month of October, so water color to your heart’s content.  We’re changing things up for our monthly challenge here at a2z and our challenge winner for October’s Watercolor challenge will win the Go Wild digital set. If our random winner is also using Hero Arts products, we will add a $20 gift card to the store!

I have a friend and she makes the most fabulous quilts, but not just quilts, handbags, totes and cute vests with all kinds of beads.  Amazing work.  I wanted to make her a card, JUST BECAUSE she is my friend.  You know how you go to work and have work friends and home friends.  We started working together MANY years ago and took our work relationships out on the road, literally; we went camping to Santa Cruz.  The stories I could tell about the trip down and our long weekend taking in the beach and barbecuing.  Fast forward and retirement is here and I wanted my friend to know how much she has meant to me.

Close-up below of water-coloring with Distress ink and water

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking watercolor challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Watercolor” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts 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 Arlene15 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.

 

 

 

  • Supplies:
  • Hero Arts Make Your Own kit at A2Z Scrapbooking (only place for HA digitals)
  • Hero Arts Spiral Stencil
  • Distress markers – I failed to write down the exact colors
  • Distress ink faded jeans for stencil work
  • Water color brush
  • Nuvo Drops – black and Red Berry
  • Spellbinder rectangle die
  • Vagabond die cut machine


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Hero Arts Mistletoe from Holiday Ornaments Stamp & Cut w/ You’re So Lovely

Hi, it’s Angie here today with some inspiration for this month’s Watercolor Challenge.  Hope you can join the fun – you might even be the lucky random winner!

 I used the mistletoe from the new Hero Arts Holiday Ornaments Stamp and Cut along with a sentiment from one of my favorite Hero Arts sets – You’re So Lovely stamp set to make this card for a family member.  I stamped the mistletoe with Distress Inks, then die cut them and stacked them on top of each other.  I added Nuvo drops and twine to finish that part off.  I used lots of Distress Inks and water to watercolor and splatter the Tim Holtz watercolor paper panel then when it dried I stamped a large older background stamp from Hero Arts called “Large Plaid Panel” across the top.     (I should have done that first, but since I forgot, I used post it notes to mask off the white edge so I didn’t get the plaid on the white edges!)  Then I trimmed it down just a little and adhered it to the card base after it dried.  I added the mistletoe bundle and stamped the sentiment with my Misti.

I usually stick to really clean and simple designs, and this was busy and out of my comfort zone, but I kind of like it.  It’s always good to try to step outside your comfort zone, you never know, you may discover something new that you really like!

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a2z scrapbooking watercolor challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Watercolor” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts 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 Angie15 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.

 

 

 

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a2z Scrapbooking October 2017 Challenge

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

Our new challenge this month is “Watercolor”!

New Challenge Rules:

Instead of just using Hero Arts products on your project you can use any products you have in your stash. Yayyyyyy!!  So for this new challenge create a project that showcase our challenge clue!  Be creative with this challenge.

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

Take a look:

Sue Nagata

Leslie Turner

Monica

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.

New Prizes:

One challenge winner will be randomly chosen and will receive the digi stamp of the month. This month’s digi is Go Wild. If the winner uses a Hero Arts product, they also receive a $20 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store.  The lucky winner will be announced on the 7th of November!!

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Supplies used:

Sue
Hero Arts CM180 Color Layering Holly
Hero Arts CM186 Color Layering Joy Message
Vellum
Distress Inks
Water spritzer
Adhesive faux pearls

Leslie
Hero Arts Irreverent Birthday Messages (special order at no extra cost)
Hero Arts Feathers Cut Files

Monica
Winter Silhouettes
Intense Black ink
Ganzai Tambi watercolors

Thank you so much for stopping by!