Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Butterfly Silk Kimono

Die Cut Divas' August challenge is Fall and Fall Holidays. 


Here is my sample.for September.27th at Die Cut Divas.You can couple the stamped image with Stitched Rectangle dies from the Frantic Stamper.  I thought the lavender/purple and the orange/red colors were perfect for an Autumn challenge. That wonderful bird is part of the same set.


Crafter's Companion - Kimono Collection Cling EZMount Stamp - Butterfly Silk
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Check out all the stitched frames at The Frantic Stamper here
Copic markers 
Cuttlebug


Friday, September 23, 2016

Coffee Lovers Bloghop - Yes, I'm Joining



Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop
See the news here!  And this is my entry.


I distressed the shiny bronze note card with Cup O'Joe and distress ink Carved Pumpkin which made a more metallic looking paper. What other color would you use for the cup itself, but Cup O'Joe?  

I don't have that many coffee stamps, but I bought the new Coffee Cup Tags with matching dies and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the set.  The cream looks like it's perfect for a hot cocoa.  I guess it's supposed to be foam.  Obviously, I don't drink coffee, because I can't think of foam that tall.  You know how they say "stretch your stamps"?  Well, I'm stretching them.  The design on the cup is for winter, but with that DARK deep ink, it's as autumn as you can get.

On September 23rd only, A2Z Scrapbooking will be doing a rafflecopter giveaway on the a2z blog for a $25 gift code to the store. 

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.

Supplies:
Hero Arts Coffee Cup Stamp and Die at a2z Scrapbooking
Hero Arts Ink Cup O'Joe ink here and here at a2z Scrapbooking (lartge pad or ink cube set)
Shiny Bronze colored card stock for a note-card 
Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink
Artistic Wire Wire Swirls in Earth Tones
Embossing Folder
arlenea2zscrapbooking

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A2Z Scrapbooking Tag Day

It's time to think of tags and well, I thought of silver butterflies; I don't know why.  But I went with it and I was happily surprised at the results.  The silver embossing just shines and after a number of tries, I finally was able to pick up some of the silver shine.   I hope you enjoy the butterflies just flitting by on these tags.


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.  You can find this sample here.
 Hope you’ll join in our September Challenge of "Make It a Tag" with your Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils. And, if you need some new supplies, don’t forget to shop at a2z Scrapbooking.

Arlene


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Antique Poinsettia with a Distress Look

The new Hero Arts Antique Poinsettia wood block stamp is so perfect for tags, cards and so much more.  I embossed the first tag in gold and the second in silver.  Some distress inks and you're done!  Using one large image or two partial images make a tag a beauty.  You can use just about any sentiment.




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.  

 Hope you’ll join in our October Challenge of "Layer It" with your Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils. And, if you need some new supplies, don’t forget to shop at a2z Scrapbooking.
Arlene

Thursday, September 15, 2016

More Thank One Fold

More than One Fold - that's the challenge at Morgans ArtWorld.  I wondered what I'd be making for this challenge and decided to stretch myself beyond two folds by creating an accordion card.  The center of attention is a dragon. See my sample along with our team here.

To purchase your images please visit Fae Entertainment.

I took two images to my monthly Copic coloring class/get together and colored them both at the same time, laying down colors in a spot on one and moving to the other image to do the same colors and they are very similar, even when shading with two to three different colors.  I used lavenders and blues, intermixing them.  I really like this, one of my favorites.

One of the main panels

The card itself is below.

 Supplies:
Morgans ArtWorld Silvertrace Baby Dragon in Egg
Elizabeth Craft Designs Ring Accordion die cuts
Die-Namics Stiitched Circles STAX
Copic markers

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

Die Cut Divas' challenge is Fall and Fall Holidays

Would you believe:
A collective name for a group of butterflies is called a 'Kaleidoscope'. However others have called it a 'Swarm' or 'Rabble'. In addition, the collective name for a group of caterpillars is 'an army'.

Here is my sample.for September7th at Die Cut Divas.You can couple the stamped image with Stitched Rectangle dies from the Frantic Stamper. Yes, here is my kaleidoscope of butterflies.



This is my sample for a post at Die Cut Divas.

Even though I have a lot of yellow in the swarm of butterflies, I'm ok with it.  
As they say, you learn something new everyday.
Supplies:
The Frantic Stamper Crafter's Companion Kimono Collection Cling EZMount Stamp Paper Moon
Elizabeth Craft Designs Rectangal Stitched dies - The Frantic Stamper has lots of Stitched dies for you also.
Cuttlebug
Copic markers
Versafine Ink pad

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Coffee Cup Tags

Are you making tags?  This is only the fourth day of the a2z Scrapbooking Tag Challenge for September.  Come along and join us.  I'm making Christmas tags because I couldn't resist the new Coffee Cup Tags.  Honestly, WHO COULD? I didn't realize these were meant to be tags because in the Hero Arts Winter catalog, I see these on cards.  Imagine my surprise when I actually realized the name.  I thought, how unoriginal I was to use these as tags.   Even though the dies come separate for the cup and the whipped cream on top, these are one piece tags.  I've made 11 tags in all.
Hero Arts Coffee Tag Tags & Frames

a2z picmonkey Pink Coffee Tag Sep 2016

a2z Coffee PicmonkeyTags Sep 2016
  1. I stamped the cups first, leaving room enough to stamp the cream on top on lots of tags (twice as many stamped as tags shown here)  MISTI is wonderful for this.
  2. I cut the paper in coffee cup sizes.  
  3. I die cut the cup, leaving the top of the die cut over the edge of the plate on my Cuttlebug, so the outline was cut, but not the top rim.
  4. I then turned the image around so the cream die (long edge) bottom hung off the plate on my Cuttlebug, so the cream was cut, but not the rim sitting on top of the cup.
  5. I just only had to cut a small piece where the dies didn't overlap.
And there you have the simple story of using two dies on one image for one die cut image.  I haven't use my NEON Hero Arts Inks in awhile, so I had a go with them.

List of supplies:
Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tags available at a2z Scrapbooking (these may be sold out, check for them.  They also come in a set with the die cuts.
Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag Frame Cuts available at a2z Scrapbooking
Hero Arts Neon inks Neon Green, Neon Blue, Neon Pink and Neon Purple
Misti - stamp all the cups, then set the cream on top stamp and just move the paper to get perfect images
Nuvo Crystal Drops  (Glitter Drops Ruby Slippers) - I bought these through the a2z store.
Cuttlebug
Ribbons

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.  You can find my sample at A2Z

 Hope you’ll join in the September Challenge of "Make It a Tag" with your Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils. And, if you need some new supplies, don’t forget to shop at a2z Scrapbooking.