Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hero Arts Scramble - remember it's 24 hours long

Here is my entry to the Hero Arts Scramble today on Flickr.  I use this set whenever I get the chance.  I love all of the extras that go with the set.  All of the stamps and dies on this card are from this one set and there are so many more.


Close-up below


The stamp and die set are still available at A2Z Scrapbooking.

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 within the shop.

Enjoy the Journey Stamps and Dies sets at A2Z Scrapbooking
Gold Foil Paper - Goldie Lox - 2014 Chickaniddy Crafts
Vagabond Die Cut machine

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hero Arts Tags and National Parks







I've always liked the Hero Arts Tags dies.  You can let your creative juices go.  If you've never seen the National parks in the U.S., you really should.  My family traveled in the summer to different natural places.  Memories of the colored pools and geysers in Yellowstone will last the rest of my life.  Incredible views and experiences.

I used some Oxide distress inks here with a sentiment and a couple Destination wood stamps.


Have fun creating.

Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio and Broken China Oxide Inks spritzed with a homemade colored water.  Two very old cheap moon and clouds stamps were added. 

Iced Spruce, Cracked Pistachio, Fired Brick and Fossilized Amber Oxide Inks were spritzed with water and an 1992 Stampin Up postmark added.  Buffalo colored with Copic marker W3 and trees colored with G03.  Sentiment from an old Hero Arts stamp set.

Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Broken China oxide inks spritzed with water.  Hero Arts sentiment out of stock.

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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 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 within the shop.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Bear of a Card

The new releases came out on July 10th. You should check them out.

I used one of the releases and wanted to show you want i did.  I'm sure you can do so much more with it than I did too.

New Release here

Other supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Design Rectangle Stitched Dies
Copic marker
Little B Handwritten dies for sentiments
Vagabond die cut machine

Friday, July 7, 2017

Christmas in July at Die Cut DIvas this Month

The Frantic Stamper is Die Cut DIvas' sponsor and the challenge is 
Christmas in July

I'm ready to make cards and tags, OH MY.

I decided to play with one of my favorite tag dies for the holiday seasons.  As you can see I made quite a few.  You can take just about any piece of scrap paper and us it as a tag.  You can see I was not choosy in my paper choices. But I am happy with all my tags. 

I did make some of the cards more elaborate than others.  

EASY PEASY way to use this set it  to die-cut two pieces of paper at one time on both the tree and the sentiment.  Next, lay the sentiment stamp with image up, ink image and set die-cut on top, pressing firmly all the way around.  Then to to either pop dot or glue the sentiment directly onto the tree.  You are finished making the tags., 
Even flower paper works for a tree.

Patterned paper is swell too. 

 Yikes, Stripes?  Yes. 

Christmas Blues

 This tree has stamping and die cuts all over the tree. 
Supplies:
Hero Arts Merry Christmas Tree at The Frantic Stamper
Vagabond die-cut machine
Scrap pieces of patterned cardstock
Hole punch for tag hole at top of tree

Have fun starting those Christmas cards now. and head on over to Die Cut Divas.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

My A2Z Calendar for 2017 and HAPPY JULY 4th



This is a continuation of my calendar that I posted on June 4th.  And here it is July 4th, time to celebrate for Americans.  
Happy July 4th!

I think the Destination stamps are great stamps to use if you are journeying to one of these destinations.  Sending a "Wish you were here" note might be kind of sappy, but you can certainly stamp any Destination stamp on a post card and write a little something.

I liked the National Parks for September and October because those are end of summer travels where you can still enjoy the parks.  Some light touches of markers and you're ready to go.  Remember that the calendars are double-sided, so you don't want to use inks or markers that will show on the back of your coloring.



You can see I'm not quite straight on the stamping, but it's not so noticeable on the actual calendar.  
I used some older markers that don't bleed through the papers.

Very simple coloring kept the calendar pages pretty neat and clean.


But November sports a nautical scene while December is sparkly and wintery.

The panel of wood the calendar page is resting on is a thin wood, pre-sticky piece which I won (EK TOOLS).  I thought it would suit the "wooden" ships.  I stamped and die cut the wood panels and only colored some of the sails.  A close-up will show you what I mean.



Close-up of November's scene.  
All of the details you see are from one stamp set and one Die set, even the waves. 
Say hello to Enjoy the Journey.



End of the 2017 year for the first year of my calendar.  The Hero Arts Layering Christmas Tree looks great for a forest of trees.  I wanted a bright season so I die cut some gold paper (unknown brand) with an Elizabeth Craft Designs die.

I wasn't going to stamp a tree directly on the calendar, only the top, but the mini stamp pad landed directly on the calendar.  Oops - save the page by using the green stamp mark as a base for the tree.



My post is on A2Z Scrapbooking's blog here.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

A2Z Anything Goes Challenge for July 2017

How can you bean an "Anything Goes" challenge.

Her's my Anything Goes card.  This is my all around favorite stamp set for the summer.  I happen to love ships and this schooner is fantastic.

A schooner is a sailing ship with two or more masts, typically with the foremast smaller than the mainmast, and having gaff-rigged lower masts.  

Gaff rig is a sailing rig (configuration of sails, mast and stays) in which the sail is four-cornered, fore-and-aft rigged, controlled at its peak and, usually, its entire head by a spar (pole) called the gaff. Because of the size and shape of the sail, a gaff rig will have running backstays rather than permanent backstays.

The gaff enables a fore and aft sail to be four sided, rather than triangular.


 Not that I know for sure that this ship has running backstays 
or what that means.

Close-up of ship and sentiment

REMEMBER:  If you use Arlene15 at checkout , you will receive a 15% discount.

Supplies:
Hero Arts Enjoy the Journey stamps and dies at A2Z Scrapbooking
Hero Arts Grey to Black Ombre ink is out of stock, however Soft Granite to Black would be a likely substitute.
Copic Markers (two blues and a brown - too many markers on my desk, sorry.
Vagabond die cut machine at your local craft store 

Christmas In July at Die Cut Divas

Sponsor of The Die Cut Divas



Would you believe I am READY to make Christmas cards?  Yes and yes.

My first card is a sample card at Die Cut Divas.  A great 12" X 12" sheet of paper (no idea from what company) gave me a great background.  Who wouldn't want a sled under their tree?  Some stars and a sentiment finish up the card.



 A scrap piece of Christmas paper yielded another background for the sled.  A snowflake set it off with some stars dotting the galaxy. 

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Sled
Elizabeth Craft Designs Season:s Greetings Stand Up Helper
Memory Box Rizza Snowflake on the second card
EK tools Wood Punch Material Pack - adhesive on the back of a wood grained lightweight paper

Friday, June 30, 2017

Bugaboo Thank You

Thank you to Bugaboo Digi Stamps for sponsorship of Die Cut Divas for the month of June.  There is still time to play, up to 9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

The Bugaboo prize pack will be for 4 images June's drawing will be announced on July 2nd.

Arlene wants to say Thank You with some summer ice cream.



All the glasses have Glossy Accents, which makes for a fun card with fun texture.  A little goes a long way.  I used a circle die to cut the little circles.

This Bugaboo image (JJ Beach) can be found at Bugaboo Stamps here..

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fae 12 just for You

Morgan's challenge is to use patterned paper.
Visit the challenge blog here.

Morgan's Artworld has so many truly beautiful images.  Sometimes colors just seem to pick themselves. I hope you enjoy my sample.

I love this image and have used two panels of patterned paper.  The dark blue has an irregular pattern and the light cream is a Christmasy pattern.


Morgan's Artworld Fae 12
Elizabeth Craft Designs dies - stitched rectangles
Copics - the darker color under the eyes is not so defined as shown above.
Vagabond

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June's reveal for the Card Chain Challenge

My Card Chain Challenge card is one I made with a cute Bugaboo digital image.  It has some Nuvo Glitter Drops called Ruby Slippers.  Wouldn't Ruby Slippers be a great name for an ice cream too?

There's quite a bit of texture to this girl.  The ice cram has Glossy Accents and the dress and bow have Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops with a pop of Ruby Slippers Nuvo Crystal Drops.  I thought she would be perfect for the Card Chain Challenge here.  One of the challenges was using Glitter.  I thought the pop of glitter on the top ice cream scoop was perfect.

I do hope my partner likes it.  I really think it says, "join me in some summer fun".

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Penguin, you say?



The sponsor for Die Cut Divas this month is Bugaboo Stamps.


I've already mailed this card to a friend to cheer him up.  The inside says "We couldn't get you a Rubber Duckie, so we got you a Floating Penguin".  I know it's rather nonsensical, but, sometimes my brain just goes in that direction.  


The sun glasses are filled with Glossy Accents, making for a mirror finish.  This really did turn out cute and ok, even for a guy. 

My sample card at Die Cut Divas is here.

Enter the Die Cut Divas challenge of Summer Fun for June.  

Friday, June 23, 2017

Coffee Lovers' Blog Hop is time to show off your coffee/tea/chocolate creations

Welcome to your caffeine fix and my entry into the 

This Caffeine Fix measures from top to bottom a little more than 5 inches.  The narrowest measurement at the bottom width is 2 inches to the top at about 3 1/2 inches.  I don't know why I never thought to do this before.  Also, I thought a scene would make this a fun card.  That liquid coffee swirling around in the cup is that wonderful Glossy Accents which is always fun to use and adds so much depth to a project.

Caffeine Fix
Caffeine Fix
  • Supplies:
  • Hero Arts Digital Stamp set "Caffeine FIx" (coffee cup) at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Hero Arts "Destination Paris" wood stamp at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Die-namics Coffee Cup die set (the word coffee)
  • Ranger Distress Oxide inks (rim of cup is a combination of Vintage Photo and Worn Lipstick)  
  • Cup is a combination of Fossilized amber and Vintage Photo, Scene is lots of colors sponged on
You can use code Arlene15 at checkout at A2Z to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  If you need craft items that you don’t see in the store, don’t forget you can special order them here at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Enjoy the Journey in a Bottle

I love the new "Enjoy the Journey" stamp set and dies.  Fantastic dies and stamp images await you in the stamp and die set.  Remember that it's all about shaped cards this month at A2Z Scrapbooking.   I've used some great Hero Arts Ombre inks too.  Think Ship in a Bottle and you have it.

Close-up of the ship, which I LOVE.
  • Supplies:
  • Enjoy the Journey stamp and die set at A2Z Scrapbooking.
  • Hero Arts Ombre ink pads Vintage Metallic Rust on the ship and Pool to Navy on the bottle.
  • The base panel is sponged in Navy and the panel under the bottle is sponged in Mint Julep.
You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  If you need craft items that you don’t see in the store, don’t forget you can special order them here at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.

Free Shipping on Domestic Orders $50.00 or More.  Be sure to check out our sales/ retired section for 50%- and more off.  This is my sample card at A2Z Scrapbooking.

Friday, June 16, 2017

City Adventure at A2Z Scrapbooking

This car is over 5 inches long and the height is almost 3 inches.  It opens from the bottom.  I took some Ranger Markers and water to color the car.  This digital car is easy to cut out by hand and I just cut the inside paper in the general shape of the car by holding the car and cutting the paper under the car.  You just crease the line on the blank car with a Score-pad and glue the top car onto the bottom shape.  I always wanted to make this car bigger and NOW it is bigger!    The cool thing about digitals is that they can be made any size.  I colored the car with the marker and then ran my water pen over the colors.  I think one of my pens was low on color and that is why the door looks a different color.

I hope you like my "News" car.
City Adventure
City Adventure
  • Supplies:
  • Hero Arts City Adventure (digital at A2Z Scrapbooking)
  • Hero Arts stamp (NEWS - stamp came with a Hero Arts cards set a couple years ago)
  • Tim Holtz Distress markers Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade and I think Blueprint Sketch.
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Free Shipping on Domestic Orders $50.00 or More.  Be sure to check out our sales/ retired section for 50%- and more off.   This sample is at A2Z here.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Hero Arts 90 Minute Scramble # 154 running 24 hours

Hero Arts 90 Minute Scramble # 154 running 24 hours
And here's the link to the Hero Arts group on Flickr.
A BIG AND - It is a Shape Challenge at 


I made this card  in one hour and uploaded information about it in less than the 90 minutes allotted.  SCORE.  I can hardly believe I actually got this done so quickly.  


Oh, I DO LOVE this new set and can't get enough of it.  This photo does not show the dark grey at the top of the bottle very well, but the actual shade is the same as the whale at the end of the sentiment.  There are so many dies and stamps with this set that I think it is well worth the purchase of both.  Isn't this great for a guy card or change the colors up and I think it would look cute for a fellow gal.

Supplies:
HA Enjoy the Journey at A2Z Scrapbooking - both stamps and dies
HA Ombre Grey to black (you can request a custom order)
Vagabond
Copic markers B24 for sails, YR14 on ship hull, W3 around the OH SHIP tag to bring out the tag

Friday, June 9, 2017

Morgan's ArtWorld - New Release for June

There's a new release at Morgan's ArtWorld and it's pretty fabulous.  Morgan has a way with dragons and I chose one of the new releases to color and make into a card.  The coloring is what I love.  You can be free in color choices, techniques and  styles.

My sample for the new release below, plus a close-up.


I can see coloring this in so many different color combinations.  I have been tending to the blues and greens lately and no surprise here.  I added small blue gemstones to the dress and dragon scales, with three pink gems added to the panel.  I took Copic colors I thought might work and then made them work.


Copics:
Eyes and woman's hair Y13, Y19
Eye Liner B79
Dragon skin BV0000, BV000, B10, V93
Dragon scales and woman's dress BG13, BG15
Woman's skin E00, E01 
Woman's dress V93

Hero Arts Mint Julep to Emerald Green (used the Mint Julep Ink on panel under image panel
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Some Pup Summer Fun




Let's have some SUMMER FUN!  This month, it's all about summer fun at Die Cut Divas and the sponsor is none other than Bugaboo Stamps.


It's just a Bug Pup Summer and I couldn't resist these pups.  I used a colored image for the card on the right and an uncolored image on the left card, which I colored with Copic markers.  I love a TWO FOR ONE.  I did have similar colors in mind, so it was very easy to color and have fun with this pup.


I used some Novu black dots on the floaters on the hands on both cards.  Fun and cute.  


I put a bit of Blue Midnight Nuvo on the tire and swirled it a bit, giving the tire a tire-type shine.

Bugaboo images come in such a fun range and I couldn't resist our team's selections this month.  Have fun and join in the challenge of Summer Fun.

This cute little pup is found at Bugaboo Stamps right here.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

My Calendar

Home made calendar.  The first photo shows the front and back covers of my calendar.  They are cut from a Graphics 45 paper pad (12" X 12").  I just fell in love the the cover and it's perfect for my calendar.  No stamping yet.  March through August 2017 is my start of the calendar.  I could place more pages here, but it's picture heavy as it is.

The poinsettia is die cut from a Elizabeth Craft Designs die.  I had made it and not used it.  It's the perfect color and I just had to use it on the cover.

I
 chose double-sided papers to go into the calendar and stamped front and back of each page with the Hero Arts Calendar Bold Prints stamp.  I was wondering if some of the patterns would obscure the stamp, but it didn't.  I have no trouble making notes and printing and using digital stamps and regular stamping on the pages.

The umbrellas are from a Hero Arts cut file at A2Z   I started my calendar mid-March and April is on the back of March.  June is on the back of the May Calendar page.  I have all kinds of notes and love the page.  A key die-cut from a soda can is covered with a silver pen.

May is a celebration of Carnaval in San Francisco on May 27 and 28.  That's why I chose the paper and San Francisco Designation stamp.


You can see the calendar below the "APRIL" die cut letters.   I can still write dates and info in the squares.  I stamped the umbrella with the wood block Paris stamp on the umbrella.  The umbrellas are from a cut files available at A2Z, called Weather Cuts Digital File.
[caption id="attachment_39995" align="aligncenter" width="515"]Calendar Bold Prints Calendar Bold

The butterflies are from a stamp set available at A2Z Scrapbooking called Color Layering Butterflies.


July is bright and cherry with flowers as the background.   I thought the new stamp set of Enjoy the Journey was perfect for this enchanting background.  A bottle with some nautical images is perfect for this calendar.  I know I will enjoy this so much.


The pattern for August may not be as imposing or enchanting as other patterns, but I would love to travel out of the hot valley here in Sacramento.
The ships from Enjoy the Journey work for me.


Each calendar uses the Calendar Bold Prints stamp from Hero Arts.  Remember, if you can't find it at A2Z, you can custom order it.

You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  If you need craft items that you don’t see in the store, don’t forget you can special order them here at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.

Free Shipping on Domestic Orders $50.00 or More.  Be sure to check out our sales/ retired section for 50%- and more off.   My sample is at A2Z Scrapbooking here.