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Three Months Until Christmas!

Can you believe it’s only 3 months until Christmas? Wait, what? I’m asking myself, are you sure? Yes, I’m sure. Yikes! It’s a good thing I’ve already started making some of my Christmas cards!

This first card was super simple. I stamped the snowflakes and the greeting with Versamark ink and then heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I then stamped the ornaments, one with Red Royal mid-tone ink and the other two with the Soft Granite mid-tone ink. Then I added a little color with a green gel pen. I also brushed on the Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to add shimmer to all three ornaments. I used the die to cut them all out and then I strung silver and white string/thread so they look like they are hanging. The ornaments are adhered with dimensional foam squares to add some depth.



On this second card, I first added distress inks to the background with an ink blending tool. Then I put the Leaf & Floral stencil over the background paper and used the ink blending tool to apply the Soft Granite ink for a tone-on-tone effect. I then stamped the trees with Forever Green and Green Hills mid-tone inks and used the die to cut them out. I stamped the greeting with Forever Green ink as well, and then adhered all the trees. The middle tree is adhered with dimensional foam squares. I also added a little bit of color to the middle tree with a red gel pen. I finished it off my adhering the panel to a white notecard and adding a few gems.



On my last card, I once again used the Leaf & Floral stencil with Soft Granite ink on white cardstock – I used the same technique as I mentioned above. I purposely used less ink when pouncing in the center of the stencil. I then used the Hero Arts Alphabet die to cut out the letters from red cardstock. I added a layer of Glossy Accents to make them shine. I also cut the stars from gold and silver glitter paper. I assembled the card and called it done. 🙂



Don’t forget that if you use the coupon code Kathy15 in the store, you will receive 15% off your order. How cool is that?!

Also, there’s still time to join the monthly challenge. We would love for you to play along with us. This month’s theme is Autumn and Christmas. You may enter up to 5 times and you will be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking store with each entry. We have lots of great Hero Arts holiday stamps in the store (see the supplies below to be linked directly to them). And click HERE to submit your entry.
Also, we would like to invite you and your friends to apply for our Design Team. The link is over to the right if you are interested or you can click HERE for more details.  We really hope you will apply.

So, tell me, have you started making Christmas or holiday cards yet? 🙂  Have a great day and weekend!

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NEW CHALLENGE: Autumn & Christmas

Hello everyone! WELCOME! This month kicks off our 2nd Monthly Challenge. You blew us away with last months entries and we know this month will be just as great, if not better!!! Remember to check back on the 15th to see who won the $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking store for the month of August.

This month is all about Fall & Christmas. With an inspiring new Holiday Catalog from Hero Arts we couldn’t resist. There is so much goodness to be found in the pages of the newest catalog. You can see it HERE

inspiration board for September

If that wasn’t enough to inspire you, we have some wonderful inspiration from our talented Design Team:








Seasons Greetings





Are you inspired yet? We certainly hope so.  You have until September 30, 2014 at 11:59 EST to enter. We can’t wait to see what you create! 🙂



Every challenge must have rules. We ask that you please take the time to familiarize yourself with ours. We don’t want there to be any confusion and we don’t want you to have hurt feelings if your project gets deleted. It’s not personal.

  • You MUST use at least ONE HERO ARTS STAMP, HERO ARTS DIGITAL IMAGE OR HERO ARTS DIE CUT on your project. (Hero Arts Silhouette shapes are allowed too)
  • You can use any other product on your project ALONG with the Hero Arts Stamp.
  • Products don’t have to be bought from a2z Scrapbooking, but we would love it if they were.
  • You can make ANY paper crafting or altered item as long as it has a Hero Arts Stamp and fits within the theme of the challenge.
  • You can enter up to FIVE (5) times per person. Each entry must fit within the theme and each must have a Hero Arts Stamp on it.
  • You can enter your project into other challenges.
  • You are allowed to combine challenges, but we must be able to see the Hero Arts product in the project
  • There is NO BACKLINKING. You must create a NEW project. Backlinks will be deleted.
  • Children (over 3) and teens are Welcome
  • You must mention the challenge in your blog post and link back to a2z Scrapbooking’s Blog/Store. You may link from Flickr, Splitcoaststampers etc.
  • PLEASE respect copyright, do not use images that have been copied without the manufacturer or designer’s consent!! Any entries we find that breach copyright, will be deleted immediately.
  • A new challenge will post on the FIRST of every month.
  • You must link your project via the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the challenge post.
  • Projects must be posted by 11:59 p.m EST on the last day of the month. Winners will be Announced on the 15th of every month
  • Projects not meeting the challenge requirements will not be commented on by the Design Team and removed from the inklinz
  • Winners will be chosen based on design, color, and style. Give us your best!
  • A $25 gift certificate will go to the winner of each challenge
  • Most importantly HAVE FUN!!!!

We can’t wait to see your entries.  Be sure to visit the Design Team’s Blogs. They have special discount codes for you to use in the store for each challenge.




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