Papercraft

Hero Arts meow

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday – top of the week to you! Today is my post day on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m happy to share a DT inspiration project using the absolutely adorable Hero Arts Purr stamp setHero Arts Purr Frame CutsHero Arts Intense Black ink and Hero Arts Assorted Gemstones. I created a split closure tri-fold – a fancy fold that I’ve never tried before and thoroughly enjoyed! A huge thank you to my friend, Dawn, for the inspiration!

Before I get to my project details, we’ve had quite a few of the Hero Arts stamp sets and dies sell out recently and these were among them. I work ahead and had this card made prior to this stamp set selling out, but I have good news – you can special order the stamps and dies at no extra cost when you order your other Hero Arts supplies from a2Z Scrapbooking!

I created this card in neutrals, with a black base and brown cardstock layered beneath all the pieces of patterned paper. I embellished the panels with die cuts, stamping and gemstones.

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Here is a series of shots of the card opening up to expose the most inner panel.

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I’d love to enter this fun fold card into the following challenges:
Color It! Create It! Show It Off!: October Challenge – Anything Goes
Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge: Week #41 – Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams: Fully Loaded
Happy Little Stampers: October Anything Goes With Dies Challenge

a2z Scrapbooking products used:
Hero Arts Purr stamp set (special order at no extra cost)
Hero Arts Intense Black ink
Hero Arts Purr Frame Cuts (special order at no extra cost)
Hero Arts Assorted Gemstones

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: SU Basic Black and Soft Suede cardstock, SU Go Wild DSP
Ink: Spectrum Noir- TN3, TN4, BP1, FS6, Crystal Clear Sparkle overlay marker
Dies/Punches: SB Classic Circles die, MFT Mini Scallop Circle STAX
Accessories: Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, White Sakura Gelly Roll pen

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Remember, our challenge is Watercolor this month and we’d love to see your watercolor project! Please note that we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges.  Each month we will feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner. And to sweeten the pot, if you are the randomly-chosen winner and you have used Hero Arts products on your project, you’ll ALSO win a $20 gift certificate to the store! Be sure to check out all the amazing crafty goodies in the a2z Scrapbooking storeAND if you use the code Leslie15 you’ll get 15% off your order of $25 or more! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Papercraft

Hero Arts Caffeine Note Cards (set of 8)

** 10/15/17 Top 3 Winner at Createful Heart Digis & Design Challenges! **

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! I’m posting on the a2z Scrapbooking blog today and I’m excited to share a DT inspiration project using the Hero Arts Caffeine Fix Digital Kit. I created a fun set of 8 note cards that I splattered with water, distressed with ink, and in general made them look somewhat messy. Can you tell I had an inky good time?! ;)

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Despite the complex look, they really were pretty simple to create as all eight are the same. Working in assembly line fashion, I printed eight brown versions of the ‘low battery’ image from the digital kit and fussy them, and put them in a pile. I heavily distressed the edges of the card bases to make them look ‘dirty’ and put them in a pile. Using the Tweed Pattern stencil and dark brown ink, I stenciled several pieces of medium brown cardstock, cut them into smaller pieces and layered them on dark brown cardstock. I adhered those to the fronts of the card bases along with the ‘low battery’ images. I inked the bottom of a red solo cup and ‘stamped’ it onto each card front to resemble a sloppy coffee cup ring, splattered a little water and adhered a few brown sequins.

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I’d love to enter this set of cards into the following challenges:
Crafting By Designs: October Anything Goes
Createful Heart Digis and Design Challenges: #3 – Anything Goes
Di’s Digi Challenge: Add A Sentiment
Inkspirational Challenges: #145 – Designer’s Choice / One Layer Card

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Caffeine Fix Digital Kit
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Accessories:  Hero Arts Tweed Pattern Stencil, red Solo cup, Ranger Distress Sprayer, Pretty Pink Posh Espresso Sequins

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little set of cards and will link up a project with us! Remember, our challenge is Watercolor this month and we’d love to see your watercolor project! Please note that we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to play in our challenges. Each month we will feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner. And to sweeten the pot, if you are the randomly-chosen winner and you have used Hero Arts products on your project, you’ll ALSO win a $20 gift certificate to the store! Be sure to check out all the amazing crafty goodies in the a2z Scrapbooking storeAND if you use the code Leslie15 you’ll get 15% off your order of $25 or more! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Papercraft

Hero Arts Season’s Greetings

Hi everyone! As many of you know, October 7th is 2017 World Cardmaking Day!

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We’re having a whole lotta fun over at a2z this weekend! We’re having a mini FUN FOLD challenge over at the a2z Scrapbooking blog along with a 25% off SALE on everything in the a2z Scrapbooking store (except the stuff in the “Sale” section because it’s already on sale, lol)! PLUS everyone who enters a fun fold project (no regular folds this time) gets the adorable Hero Arts Spooky Labels Halloween Digital Kit! AND we’re doing a Rafflecopter Giveaway for entries to win a $20 gift certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking store! How cool is that?!

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I created a simple accordion card (thanks for the inspiration, Dawn! :) in the traditional Christmas colors of red and green, using the amazing Hero Arts Jingle All The Way Stamp & Cut and Hero Arts Christmas Messages stamp set.

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Here is a shot of the card completely open and then individual two-page shots. I’m really happy with how this turned out. So cute! :)

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Proud to enter this fun accordion card into the following challenges:
A Perfect Time To Craft: #10 – Anything Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge: U for Unlimited, V for Vibrant
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #190 – Use A Die Cut + A Sentiment
Craft-Dee BowZ – October Challenge – Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Crafty Friends Challenge Blog: #68 – Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra for October
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge for October
Emerald City Challenge Blog: #4 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers: October Christmas Challenge
Inky Chicks: #89 – Anything But Square
Inspiration Destination: #135 – Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenges: #173 – Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon: #173 – Anything Goes with Ribbon

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green cardstock, Stampin’ Up This Christmas DSP
Stamps: Hero Arts Jingle All The Way Stamp & Cut, Hero Arts Christmas Messages stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Spectrum Noir- DR2, LG5 EB5, EB6
Dies/Punches: My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Square STAX die, Cottage Cutz Double-Stitched Rectangles die, Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers die, CC Designs Baggie & Tag die set (used tag only), Stampin’ Up Scallop Edge Punch
Accessories:  Green Foamies foam, Stampin’ Up Old Olive thick baker’s twine, Pico Embellisher Shimmer and Silver, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen, Really Reasonable Ribbon Forest Green Stitched Satin Ribbon and Red Hemptique Cord

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a project with us this weekend to get your Hero Arts Spooky Labels Halloween Digital Kit and to get in on the chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the a2z Store! Speaking of which, be sure to check out all the amazing crafty goodies in the a2z Scrapbooking store and take advantage of the 25% off sale!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Papercraft

Hero Arts wild and crazy Birthday

Hello, crafty friends! Happy Monday to you all! I have some great news to share – participants playing in the a2z Scrapbooking challenges are no longer required to use Hero Arts products! Yay! Each month we will feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner. And to sweeten the pot, if you are the randomly-chosen winner and you have used Hero Arts products on your project, you’ll ALSO win a $20 gift certificate to the store! How cool is that?!

Our October Digi of the Month is the Hero Arts Go Wild Digital Kit.

I volunteered to create a sample using the the October Digi of the Month, and created a fun one-layer all-digital birthday card using almost all of the images in the kit. This was super fun and super easy!

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I created the background using the Hero Arts Go Wild Digital Kit, resizing and recoloring all the images I used. I also used digital buttons from the Hero Arts Say It (in Pieces) Digital Greetings, resizing and recoloring those, too, as I applied them to my layout. After creating the layout I wanted, I printed it and trimmed it, then layered it on black cardstock and again on blue cardstock, and adhered it to the card base. I applied Morning Dew Crystal Drops to the buttons and a few other random places on the card front.

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I printed a sentiment for the inside from the Say It (in Pieces) Digital Greetings, trimmed it and adhered it to the inside panel which was also layered in black and then blue cardstock. Really loving how this turned out!

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I’d love to enter this fun birthday card into the following challenges:
Createful Heart Digis and Design Challenges: #3 – Anything Goes
Digi Stamps 4 Joy: #141 – Happy Birthday + optional twist of Happy Birthday
Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog: #21 – Anything Goes

a2z Scrapbooking products used:
Hero Arts Go Wild Digital Kit
Hero Arts Say It (in Pieces) Digital Greetings

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Thick Whisper White, regular Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock, GKD Powder Blue cardstock
Accessories: Nuvo Morning Dew Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Remember, our challenge is Watercolor this month and we’d love to see what you create! Be sure to check out all the amazing crafty goodies in the a2z Scrapbooking storeAND if you use the code Leslie15 you’ll get 15% off your order of $25 or more! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

mixed media · Papercraft

Hero Arts vintage is totally cool

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! It’s October 1st and that means a new challenge over on the a2z Scrapbooking blog! I’ve been playing with the Hero Arts Irreverent Birthday Messages (again!) and the Hero Arts Feathers Cut File, and I’m super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for our October Watercolor challenge!

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I created a fun birthday card with a little ‘vintage’ humor. I chuckled mercilessly while I was putting this together, lol! As I mentioned the last time I used the Irreverent Birthday Messages stamp set, it is unfortunately sold out in the a2z Scrapbooking store. I always work ahead and had this card made when the set sold out, however, you can special order it at no extra cost when you order your other Hero Arts stamps from a2Z Scrapbooking!

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I created the background with several layers of distress oxides on water color paper. I then used the Hero Arts Leaf and Flourish stencil with Dreamweaver translucent embossing paste to get a subtle pattern over top of the distress background. when that was dry, I splattered slightly-watered-down walnut stain distress ink and Picket Fence distress stain over the background, inked the edges in walnut stain distress ink and adhered the panel to the card base.

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I cut the feathers using the Hero Arts Feathers Cut File from white cardstock and inked them with walnut stain and vintage photo distress inks. I carefully curled the edges a bit and affixed them to the water colored panel. I also stamped the front sentiment on a white cardstock scrap, cut it into a banner on one end and tucked it under the ends of the feathers. I inked a tiny pre-tied bow with worn lipstick distress oxide ink and when dried, adhered it to the bottom of the feathers and sentiment banner. I finished the front with a few scattered sequins.

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I stamped the inside sentiment in distress inks and embellished the panel with a leftover strip of brown cardstock.

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I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: October Challenge
Dragonfly Dreams: Fully Loaded
Happy Little Stampers: October Watercolor Challenge

a2z Scrapbooking products used:
Hero Arts Irreverent Birthday Messages (special order at no extra cost)
Hero Arts Feathers Cut Files

Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Paper, Stampin’ Up Early Espresso cardstock, GKD White cardstock
Ink: Ranger Distress Oxides- Fossilized Amber, Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, Fired Brick; Regular Distress Inks- Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo; Distress Stain- Picket Fence
Accessories:  Hero Arts Leaf & Flourish Stencil, Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste, tiny pre-tied bow, Pretty Pink Posh Espresso Sequins

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Remember, our challenge is Watercolor this month and we’d love to see your watercolor project! Please note that we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we will feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner. And to sweeten the pot, if you are the randomly-chosen winner and you have used Hero Arts products on your project, you’ll ALSO win a $20 gift certificate to the store! Be sure to check out all the amazing crafty goodies in the a2z Scrapbooking storeAND if you use the code Leslie15 you’ll get 15% off your order of $25 or more! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Papercraft

Hero Arts Peacock hello

Hi everyone! Happy Friday – hope you’ve had a good week! Today is my post day on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m happy to share a DT inspiration project using the Hero Arts Color Layering Peacock stamp set, Hero Arts Peacock Layering Inks and Versamark. I’ve created an all-occasion card in one of my (many) favorite color combos of blue and green, and this card could be used for birthday, encouragement or just because. These color layering stamps and accompanying sentiments are amazing!

Before I get to my project details, we’ve had quite a few of the Hero Arts color layering stamp sets sell out recently and this was one of them. I work ahead and had this card made prior to this stamp set selling out, but I have good news – you can special order it at no extra cost when you order your other Hero Arts stamps from a2Z Scrapbooking!

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I created the background by stamping a peacock feather and several swirl designs in Versamark randomly over a piece of green cardstock which I layered on silver mirror cardstock. It’s been a long while since I’ve used Versamark as a watermark and I really like the look! Next, for the focal image, I stamped the peacock and simple sentiment on white cardstock, trimmed it and layered it on silver mirror cardstock and then on a navy blue panel with a scallop border on each side. I centered this on the watermark background and then adhered the panel to the card base.

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I decorated the inside panel with two narrow strips of navy blue cardstock, stamped the sentiment and layered the panel on green cardstock. I’m really loving how this turned out!

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I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog: #162 – Fave Color Combo (blue and green)
Little Miss Muffet Challenges: #170 – Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenge Blog: #47 – Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #25 – Anything Goes

a2z Scrapbooking products used:
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Peacock stamp set (special order at no extra cost)
Ink: Hero Arts Peacock Layering Inks, Versamark

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Thick and regular Whisper White, Night of Navy and Garden Green cardstock, Marco’s Silver Mirror cardstock
Ink: Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle overlay marker
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up Scallop Border Punch

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Remember, our challenge is Bright and Beautiful this month and we’d love to see your project using Hero Arts products! Be sure to check out all the amazing crafty goodies in the a2z Scrapbooking store! AND if you use the code Leslie15 you’ll get 15% off your order of $25 or more! Woot-woot! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Papercraft

Hero Arts Butterflies just flitting by

** 8/20/17 Winner at Dragonfly Journeys! **

Hi everyone! Happy Hump Day! I’m posting today on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m excited to share a DT inspiration project using the Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies stamp set along with the Neon Ink Cubes (Blue, Green, Orange, Pink) and Intense Black ink. In keeping with our “Bright and Beautiful” challenge this month, I created a clean and simple note card. OMG, talk about some inky fun! These stamps and inks are amazing!

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I stamped the butterfly and sentiment on a die cut and layered it on white fun foam. I did manage to use all four of the Neon inks in the set on this card and got a bonus fifth color of purple on the butterfly by stamping blue over the pink. How cool is that?! Using the direct-to-paper technique, I inked three strips of cardstock in blue, green and orange, and trimmed them in varying widths to adhere diagonally across the bottom half of the card base. I finished the front with some drops of Morning New Crystal Drops which dries clear and gives some awesome texture. I left the inside blank since this is a note card.

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I’d love to enter this note card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge: #50 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Extra Challenge: August Anything Goes
CAS-ual Fridays: #180 – Friendship
City Crafter Challenge Blog: #375 – You Don’t Bring Me Flowers
Crafty Creations: #348 – Anything Goes
Crafty Friends Challenge Blog: #64 – Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges: #93 – Add A Butterfly/Butterflies
Daisy Chain Challenges: #11 – Anything Goes
Dragonfly Journeys: #98 – Keen on Neon
Fab ‘n’ Funky: #361 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers: August CAS Challenge
Happy Little Stampers: August Anything Goes With Dies
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #63 – Anything Goes
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenges: #1733 – Anything Goes
QKR Stampede: #256 – Anything Goes or Inspired by a Song
Simon Says Stamp Blog: Add A Sentiment
Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: #10 – Clean and Simple
Try It On Tuesday: In My Garden
Tuesday Throwdown: #356 – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: #296/297 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD White cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies stamp set
Ink: Hero Arts Neon Ink Cubes (Blue, Green, Orange, Pink); Hero Arts Intense Black ink, Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle overlay marker
Dies/Punches: Paper Smooches Notebook Basic die
Accessories:  White Fun Foam, Morning Dew Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this neon bright card and will link up a project with us! Remember, our challenge is “Bright and Beautiful” this month and we’d love to see your project using Hero Arts products! Be sure to check out all the amazing crafty goodies in the a2z Scrapbooking store! AND if you use the code Leslie15 you’ll get 15% off your order of $25 or more! Woot-woot! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig