Hero Arts Pretty Blossoms Printable Digital Kit

Howdy, here we are and it is a new month. Over at a2z Scrapbooking our challenge for May is flowers. Join us for some flower fun!

For my card I used the Hero Arts Pretty Blossoms Printable Digital Kit. The pdf has 4 flowers. You print all 4 flowers at once. If you print them the original size one flower will fill a good portion of an A2 card.

Hero Arts Pretty Blossoms Printable Digital Kit

I printed the flowers out in two different sizes smaller than the original size.  To print in different sizes you just tell the printer that you want to print on 4 X 6 paper or 3.5 X 3.5 paper. I can’t remember the exact ones that I chose but I selected 2 different sizes. The printer then shrinks the images to fit the size of the paper which makes the flowers smaller. You can still feed in a full size piece of paper. If you have any questions about this please don’t hesitate to ask. I use Neenah Solar White 8 1/2 X 11 paper. I printed out the larger size flowers twice.

I cut out most of the flowers and glued them on the white paper. The pink flower is one of the larger ones that I printed. I colored it with Copics as you can see. Underneath the pink flower is a black and white one glued down to the background. The pink flower has foam tape under it to add some dimension.

The sentiment is black paper die cut and white heat embossing.

 

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Hero Arts Birthday Bash Digital Image

Howdy, I’m over at a2z Scrapbooking with a fun card for a birthday.

Hero Arts Digital Birthday Bash

This card was really fun to make. I got on a roll and made several in this style. The other ones are Easter cards in another post here on my blog. The style is an image that looks like it’s floating. I got this idea from a couple of cards that Jennifer McGuire made in the OCC class Stamp Happy. Unfortunately I didn’t have to much extra time to really participate in the class each day. There are two things about the card that Jennifer did. The first is the background which is about a different way to use your background stamps. I used the Hero Arts Lattice background stamp and first stamped with white then I shifted the paper over slightly and stamped with a dark blue ink using my Misti.

I then sized, changed the color and printed out this fun birthday cake that is in the Hero Arts Digital Birthday Bash Kit in the a2z Etsy store. The blue color is what printed. I did a little coloring with Copics which are the teal parts of the cake and the candle flames. On the squiggly icing I added a little Nuvo drops.

Here comes the fun part and the second thing I got from Jennifer. In the front part of the base of the card you cut an oval. Then on the teal panel you also cut an oval. In between those two you glue a piece of tulle. You use a smaller oval die and cut around your image. You glue this to the tulle. This creates a look of a floating image. You then cut another, white in this case, smaller oval and glue it on the inside of the card also on the tulle to cover the back of the birthday cake image. Here is a photo so you can see the inside of the card.

The sentiment is die cut and glued on.

Feel free to use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more at the a2z Etsy store.

a2z scrapbooking april challenge

 

Join us in this month’s “Fun Folds” challenge.

 

 

 

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Coloring with Hero Arts Winged Friends Digital Kit

Hello there! I have a card today using some images from the Hero Arts Winged Friends Digital Kit available at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Once you learn a few tricks working with the digital images you can do all sorts of things. One of the best things is being able to make the images any size you want to fit your project.

Hero Arts Winged Friends Digital Kit

I wanted to have some fun with the dragonflies. There are also two butterflies in this digital kit. I opened Word and inserted each of the two dragonflies. I selected layout and changed the size to 4X6 instead of letter size. That way I could work in a space close to my card size. I sized each butterfly, gave them a bit of a tilt/turn and then copied and pasted them 3 to a row. I  also copied one of each dragonfly to the next 4X6 page and made those ones bigger. I printed all of them out using an inkjet printer.

I colored all of the butterflies with Copic markers in purple, blue green, and a yellow brown color for the body. I did not have any ink smearing while coloring. I went over the wings with a sparkle pen.

I heat embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder on a strip of white paper. Underneath the sentiment strip is a piece of fun foam. I hand cut one of the larger dragonflies and added that and the gems to the sentiment strip. I had the sentiment looking different at first but it didn’t look right to me so I was lucky to get that part off without ruining anything and changed it to how it looks now.

a2z scrapbooking march challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Color It In” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our Etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

 

Take a look at the Winged Friends digital kit and many more at the a2z scrapbooking store. Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Supplies:

  • Hero Arts Winged Friends Digital Kit
  • Hero Arts Thanks A Bunch stamp set
  • Copic Markers
  • Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss
  • PSX Silver Embossing Powder
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid paper pad – Rainbow

 

Hero Arts Flutterbies Printable

Howdy! Such a cold winter this year. I hope you all are keeping warm in your crafty spaces. I have a card today using digital images, colored pencils and a stencil. I was inspired by the mood board for the a2z Scrapbooking monthly challenge. For the details about my card check out my post over at a2z Scrapbooking.

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Halloween Hug in a Mug

Howdy! We are now into fall which brings thoughts of Halloween, leaves turning colors and Thanksgiving. I love to decorate for Halloween (fun not gory) and I am still thinking about all the fun coffee cards from last weekend so I combine the two. Here is a Halloween coffee card for you.

I started out making the mugs which are digital images by Sugartree stamps. I used the mug outlines for these. There are 11 different cups of coffee in this set, some with sayings, some blank and some with designs on them. I used Paint 3D and sized the mugs. I used words from the Hero Arts Spooky Labels digital kit and the little pumpkin from the Hero Arts Haunted digital kit to decorate the mugs. I printed the images on Neenah paper colored them using Copic pens. I cut them out by hand.

The panel right behind the mugs was fun to create. I used the Hero Arts Wood Floor bold print stamp to create the pattern in orange, purple and green inks. I used my Misti and stamped horizontal with the first color. I turned the paper so that the next stamp ended up vertical with the second color of ink. I turned the paper one more time for the third color for a diagonal. I like the pattern it made and it would work for many different situations by just using different ink colors.

The orange and purple layers are patterned paper from my stash. The green background paper is from my stash. I rounded the corners and cut the shapes using a Bo Bunny die.

The middle coffee cup is glued flat on the pattern panel. The other two mugs are raised with Glue Dots.

Entered in the Love Handmade Cards Challenge for October. The theme is Anything Goes.

a2z scrapbooking october 2018 challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Frightfully Fun” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, 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! Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

2018 National Coffee Day Blog Hop

Ah what fun, a National Coffee Day blog hop. I’m excited to be part of this for the first time! I can’t wait to see all the coffee cards.

I created a coffee card using a Hero Arts digital image from the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. The images are from the digital kit Caffeine Fix DK114.

Hero Arts Caffeine Fix Digital Kit

To start off my card I used Paint 3D to arrange and alter the images. I changed the shape and color of one mug image to create the two. That is the beauty of working with digital images you can change so many things to make it your own. I printed the coffee “scene” on Neenah paper.

I cut out my coffee “scene” using a Spellbinders die along with the mat. I inked around the edges of each layer using some Quick Quotes ink.

To add a little more interest I went over a couple of the words with Nuvo Crystal Drops. It pulled in a bit of the printed ink which I like. I went over the coffee steam with a Copic pen to make it stand out a bit more. Then I splattered some Hero Arts liquid watercolor over it all.

The two top layers have a piece of fun foam under them to add some dimension.

Check out the cards made by my team mates on their blogs!

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Arlene

Annie

Cindy

Giveaway

A2z Scrapbooking is giving away one $25 gift card to the store. Leave a comment on the a2z Scrapbooking National Coffee Day blog post, on this post and/or any of my team mate’s blog posts by October 7, 2018 11:59 pm Pacific time. Winner will be announced October 8, 2018 on the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies blog.

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking challenge september 2018

 

Please join us in this month’s “Clean and Simple” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, 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 KAREN15 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.

 

 

 

Hero Arts Vintage Car Birthday Cards

I am over at a2z Scrapbooking today with another card and it goes along with the monthly challenge Birthday Bash.

Vintage Travel Digital Kit

I was taking a look at the digital images at a2z Scrapbooking and I really liked the images in the Vintage Travel Digital Kit. They are really good ones for masculine cards. Those are the hard ones to make for me. My inspiration for my card was a very similar one I made for my Dad which you can see below along with a story.

For the background I first did a wash of blue watercolor on some watercolor paper. I decided it needed just a little bit more so the second time I put some Oxide Distress ink down on my craft mat and spritzed it with water and laid the panel over it. Then set that aside to dry and I don’t like to waste ink so I made another panel for another time.

For the billboard I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it out. I had to resize it to fit a 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 size card. For the “sign” part I first printed the map image, which is included in the Vintage Travel Digital Kit. I then loaded the map paper into my Cameo and cut out the “sign”. I stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts set It’s Your Day. The balloon is from a set by Avocado Arts. I colored the balloon with Copics and accented it with a white pen.

The ribbon is glued down with red line tape.

The car is also from the Vintage Travel Digital Kit. I sized it to fit my card and printed it on Neenah cardstock and cut it out by hand.

Supplies:

Take a look at the a2z scrapbooking store they carry a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Use my discount code Karen15 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 in the shop.

Birthday Card for my Dad

I made this card for my Dad after seeing this car in the Hero Arts Vintage Travel Digital Kit. The details about making the card are above. The difference is the “sign” on the billboard. I put that together using an old photo of my Dad, text and the hitchhiking symbol.

There is a story behind all of this. It’s about a time when my Dad was young when he and a friend were hitchhiking from Oklahoma to St. Louis to watch a baseball game. This is the story in my Dad’s words.

“Along the way darkness crept up on us. In the darkness we couldn’t get a ride and also needed to sleep.  We had never thought about having to sleep on our journey and weren’t prepared for the circumstance. We found a large billboard sign.  It was raised well above the ground and there was a service platform across the front of the sign.  It was six feet up and about two feet wide.  We climbed up the ladder to the platform and laid down to sleep.  We quickly found that it was too cold and we couldn’t sleep.  We climbed down and returned to the side of the highway to await sunrise.  We discovered that the blacktop highway had absorbed heat during the day.  We hadn’t seen any traffic for quite a while. We decided to lie on the edge of the roadway, on the blacktop, which had retained heat from the sun during the day.  It was hard and uncomfortable, however, the warmth was a welcome change from the cold sign platform. We both fell asleep and sometime during the night were awakened to the sound of a car horn.  We were momentarily blinded by the car headlights.  We scrambled to our feet and moved off the road as we watched the tail lights of the car fade into the darkness.”

 

 

Entered over at A Blog Named Hero for the July/August Challenge Birthday Cards.