Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Tags Make it Big with Digis

It's Anything but a Card Month here at A2Z Scrapbooking.  I rarely make tags for any occasion but Christmas, but my mind went wondering into the gray world of stencils and inks. I couldn't make just one since I cut two dies, could I?
Since I used white cardstock for my tags, I wanted to give some depth to the card and chose the Spiral Stencil die with one of Hero Arts Ombre inks.  Yes, I do have pages of pre-printed images from the Hero Arts kits and that's how I created these cards, matching size and shape, images and sentiments.

Sometime things just turn out better than you planned and these did.  I need something on my desk to click me into creativity and I know some people need that clean desk to open their vision.  That's not me.  As soon as I clean up my desk, I am blank, but put a couple images or dies on the table and my mind starts working again.

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge
a2z scrapbooking june challenge
Please join in this month’s "Anything but a Card" challenge at A2Z Scrapbooking for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to the A2Z Scrapbooking 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

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! 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 with-in the shop.

 Both tags were stamped:
  • Hero Arts Tag Infinity Dies
  • Hero Arts digital kits Grey to Black Ombre ink (any ombre ink would work depenting on your color choice
  • Copic markers in shades of Cool grays and .BV 000 and BV31
  • Pilot Silver Marker
Left Tag:
Right Tag

Monday, June 10, 2019

Ice Cream and Birthdays

It's all about birthdays and I have a cute birthday card to show you today.  Be sure to visit Die Cut Divas for the Birthday challenge this month.  Just a little sparkle and gems.  I feel like I'm entering an old style ice cream parlor.


Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday - 1  available at Cheapo Dies
Elizabeth Craft Designs Ice Cream Cone   available at Cheapo Dies
Little B Handwritten
Glitter papers and scraps of paper
Vagabond die cut machine
No coloring

Monday, June 3, 2019

Hero Arts Gingerbread House With Words of Love

I finished the other side of my scheduler and am sharing it today  The monthly theme is "Anything But A Card".    I used the color Mood Board for February, but brought Xmas, houses, loops and trees together, some dissimilar items that seem to fit perfectly well on my scheduler.  I have a lot to keep track of.

Have fun with the challenge this month and read my post at A2Z Scrapbooking.

Page with the insert peeking up listing my dates, themes & images below.

I used two digi kits, one stamp & die set and copic markers in grays and RV shades.  The Christmas tree and words (LOVE) are colored in grays and RV, a strange combination for a tree, but it works.

 Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.  My post on A2Z Scrapbooking is here.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

Please join in on this month’s "Anything But a Card" challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to A2Z Scrapbooking etsy store.

The dark color is a gray, but this is a mood board, not a color board.  I couldn't tell for sure because the box looks navy blue to me.


Hero Arts digital "Words of Love" and Tree-Mendous" at A2Z Scrapbooking
Hero Arts Gingerbread House Stamp and Cut clear stamps & Cut Die
Memory Box Loopy Rings die
Scrap paper
Vagabond die cut machine


Saturday, June 1, 2019

A2Z Scrapbooking Anything But A Card

A2Z Scrapbooking has started another challenge, so let's get ready for something different, "ANYTHING BUT A CARD".

To accompany a present, I made a tag for a birthday boy (well, not quite a boy at 50).  This tag is a natural guy kind of tag, to the point and highway involved. 

I never thought to make a tag with a highway sign from highway 50 or any highway.  So simple and easy.  I cut the printed sign and die cut the "happy" and "th" to put on the Hero Arts tag.  A bit of twine and it's done, fast and easy. 


Please join A2Z in this month’s "Anything but a Card" challenge for your chance to win a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to the A2Z etsy store. The current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Hero Arts Digital Road Trip at A2Z Scrapbooking
Hero Arts Tags Dies - no longer sold at Hero Arts or A2Z Scrapbooking
Intricutz dies (th)
Little B dies Handwritten (happy)
Vagabond die cut machine

A Happy Birthday Flying Right By

Die Cut Divas has a new challenge for you and it's all about birthdays.  I took it to mean flying birthdays because they do seem to keep flying by.   I think this would be a great masculine card for one of the guys in my family.

Cheapo dies is the sponsor and you can find their dies right here.

Elizabeth Craft Designs (ECD) Hot Air Balloons at Cheapo Dies
Little B Happy Birthday
Elizabeth Craft Designs Beach Edges
(you could use ECD Adventure Edges also at Cheapo Dies
Elizabeth Craft Designs July 4 (background stars) at Cheapo Dies
Vagabond die cut machine

Cheapo Dies has expanded their die selection with Elizabeth Craft Designs, Hero Arts, Die-Namics, Die-versions, Memory Box and a whole lot more.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Morgan's Artworld Tiger

Time to let the wild side show at Morgan's Artworld!  I used so many different colors that I couldn't keep track.  I wanted to give this animal enough variation in color and shading to make it come alive and I am happy with the result.  I was afraid to add too much that would muddle the colors, but just enough to look decently realistic.

Another look 

The Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge is always "Anything Goes" 
Challenge dates are May 1st through May 27th, 2019 
on Australian Eastern time (Sydney).  
Morgan's ArtWorld
You can use any image or project you have created and enter up to three (3) times.
cover photo, Image may contain: 1 person, text
Be sure to check out and join the Morgan’s Artworld Facebook Group too. 
Morgan's Artworld Wild 3

I'm entering the following challenges:
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Week 21 - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart Challenge - “Anything Goes” (weekly UK)
Creative Moments - #169 - Anything Goes

Flowers for May and Mothers

I did make a Mother's Day Card and wanted to show it off after I gave it away.  It was quite sunny when I took the photo so it's a bit, well, a lot of yellow and sunshine yellow to deal with in the photo.  In real life, it's NOT as  bright as it looks here.

This first photo shows the finished card and the second photo shows how I worked from oranges and yellows to black, oranges and yellows.

This second card shows the actual shade of yellows so you can see how the addition of the edging made this card fell more complete.

Spellbinders edges (no idea of the name)
Copic markers
Washi tape
Vagabond die cut machine