Sunday, October 13, 2019

Hero Arts Happy Holidays Christmas Mice

I'd say these Christmas Mice were saying Happy Holidays to you.  I grabbed a piece of 6" X 6" paper and cut it down to fit on the A2 size card for a different look to a holiday card.  I had a "Happy Holidays" panel cut a bit short in my stash that I wanted to use, so this is how I arrived at the design.  Add two mice and a couple dots of Nuvo and we're done.  This looks great in real life.

Be sure to join in the challenge and visit the store for some outrageous sales at A2Z Scrapbooking.

A2Z Christmas Mice

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Please join us in this month’s “holidays”, any holidays - Halloween, thanksgiving, Christmas particularly.” challenge.


  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice stamps 
  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice dies
  • Hero Arts Happy Holidays die
  • 6" X 6" paper from Printery Collection (probably 5 or more years old)
  • Vagabond die cut machine
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss - Ebony Black

Monday, October 7, 2019

A2Z Scrapbooking Winner of TWO Coffee Themed Digis

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September 29th was National Coffee Lovers Day for the U.S.  I am now announcing the Winner of Two Coffee themed digitals from A2Z.  You can't get these anywhere else but A2Z Scrapbooking.


WINNER is Commenter:  # 10, Karen Letchworth at My Cup Runneth Over.   

Congratulations.   
I have advised A2Z Scrapbooking of your name.  To claim your prize email a2zscrapbookingtech@gmail.com with subject line: National Coffee Hop A2Z Arlene

I think you will have a lot of use from your prize.

Hugs, Arlene

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Bat Eared Elephant - BOOOOO

Bat Eared Elephant - BOOOOO

When I saw the challenge to make a Halloween-themed project, I thought about what I had
and then what I didn't have.  I don't do Halloween cards much, not because I don't like
them,  I just haven't given any out in a very LONG time.

I couldn't turn down this challenge at Elizabeth Craft Designs, right here.   I love using dies
in different ways and had made an elephant, which was dark in color and I really didn't
care for it, but waste not, want not.  My imagination went wild and I drew a mask on him,
(having the raccoon in mind) with the tuft of hair also colored in black.  I left him overnight
and work up to thinking of him driving in a spooky jeep and added more black Copic marker
to the ears and trunk.    I found some wonderful ghosts, spider and web in an envelope from
 a friend sent a year or so ago.  The eyes glisten with Nuvo black and are outlined with a
uniball pen. Here is my vision come to life.


Close-up below


I had a ball with this.  Even if you don't have many Halloween characters, you can make
something a bit spooky.

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Safari Jeep
Elizabeth Craft Designs Elephant
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectagles
Elizabeth Craft Designs Through The Lens 6" X 6" Metal paper
Black Copic marker
Uni-ball Signo broad tip
Crystal Stickles on the headlights
various ghosts, spider & web - gifted from an online friend
Vagabond die cut machine

Thursday, October 3, 2019

A2Z Scrapbooking Holiday Challenge Inspiration

Again, I'm using non-traditional colors to make a Christmas card.  I couldn't help it, the "mice" made me do it!  In this case, it was one mouse, but I'm holding her responsible.  I cut the sentiment in two.  I know, I lose small stuff too, but I had to do it.  I think this is a fun card and I still think it's cute after letting it sit overnight on my desk.

Be sure to check out the sales and enter the challenge at A2Z Scrapbooking   .
Remember, it is our last challenge forever.



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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

Please join us in this month’s “holidays”, any holidays - Halloween, thanksgiving, Christmas particularly.” challenge.



  •  Hero Arts Christmas Mice stamps at A2Z
  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice dies
  • Gina Marie Designs Block Style Quilt Die #6
  • Scrap paper I had inked up with distress inks when I created my box of sponges so I could see the colors
  • Vagabond die cut machine

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Holiday Challenge at A2Z Scrapbooking


A2Z Scrapbooking will be hosting their last challenge this month, October, 2019.  The theme is Holidays, any holidays.    Be sure to pop over for our last monthly challenge and there is a sale going on, so be sure to check the store.Image may contain: text
I know these are strange colors for a Christmas card, but I couldn't resist using this distress colored paper die-cut left over from another card I made.  These mice are cute as a button and I had already die-cut about 20 of these little goodies to use on cards, so I am raring to go for the holidays.


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It has been wonderful working with our Linda Crissman and we will miss her.  


Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

Please join us in this month’s “holidays”, any holidays - Halloween, thanksgiving, Christmas particularly.” challenge.


  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice stamps at A2Z
  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice dies
  • Kat Scrappiness Backdrop Die
  • Scrap paper I had inked up with distress inks when I created my box of sponges so I could see the colors
  • Vagabond die cut machine

My Card Chain Challenge Reveal for September

I joined the Card Chain Challenge during the month of September and sent my partner this card.  I chose die cuts as the product/technique option in the challenge.  I hope Linda likes it.  This was fun to color.  I hope you join in for the October challenge and make a card for someone in the world to enjoy.


Supplies:
Digi stamp from Di's Digis
Die cut  - I think this is made by Becca Feecen
Copic markers dress G05, G07, G17, background G0000, G00, G03
Eyes G07, G17, hair E19, E35, E37, E44, E57, face E00, E01, E11, R11, lips E04, R29, shoulders E01, E13

Frantic Stamper and Fall

Frantic Stamper is the sponsor for Die Cut Divas for the month of October.  Frantic Stamper has so much to offer, stencils, stamps and dies.  Frantic Stamper carries their own brand as well as many other well known brands, such as Altenew and Elizabeth Craft Designs.  What a great prize too, priced at $25.99.

The challenge for October is Fall or Fall Colors.  You can work with the wonderful Fall colors or any holidays in October - for Americans, it's Halloween, so work your FALL MAGIC for us.

I had to use this raccoon and bushes for my post because he's adorable and I thought the mushroom and colors added to a Fall appeal.  That raccoon is really just adorable, but I have more animals and will have to use them this month to show you how cute they are.  I know, either promises or threats!



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Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Raccoon at Frantic Stampers
Elizabeth Craft Designs Forest Accessories at Frantic Stampers
Elizabeth Craft Designs Through The Lens Wood paper at Frantic Stamper
Distress ink Mustard Seed was sponged on green paper for the bushes.
Distress ink Ground Espresso was sponged on the tree stump
Copic multiliner brown used to mark the detailing on the tree stump
Vagabond die cut machine

Monday, September 30, 2019

Morgan's Artworld Christmas Cameo Turned Autumn

The theme is always "Anything Goes" at Morgan's ArtWorld.  
Challenge dates are September 1 to September 27th on Australian Eastern time (Sydney).  
You can use any image or project you have created and enter up to three (3) times.

For purchasing Morgan's ArtWorld Images please visit the Facebook Digi shop 
(you will need to join the Facebook Group to view the Images in Albums) 
Morgan's Artworld (Facebook) Shop HERE!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/163615714504851/

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We would like to invite you to our Morgan's ArtWorld Facebook Group. 
Please come and join our Group HERE!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/848616968526756/

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Morgan's ArtWorld Pinterest Link: HERE
https://www.pinterest.com.au/MorgansArtworld/
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Would you believe this is a Christmas image?

I have several favorites, but this beautiful lady is, I think, my very favorite of all time.  She is timeless.  I've used many color combinations, but had never tried yellows, browns and oranges, wonderful warm Autumn colors.  The more I colored, the more the colors seemed to lead me to the next.  I'm sure many of you can relate.  My marvelous Christmas Lady is a natural Autumn Lady too.


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Supply:
Morgan's Artworld Christmas Cameo
Copic markers:Face - E000, E00, E01, E11, E30; Yellow Flower - Y08, Y13, Small flowers - YR1, Y13, Bow - YR07, YR09, YR12, Feathers = YR09, YR24, Gloves - Y21, Y23, Collar - YR12, Fur - E0000, Eyes - YR24 Fur - E000
Uniball Signo broad - white dots in eyes
Darice embossing folder
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 18
Vagabond die cut machine

I will be entering the following challenges:
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Week 38 Anything Goes
Digi Choosday - Wk 39 Anything Goes Crafting Challenge  - ends Oct 3.
Creative Moments - Anything Goes with option of masculine
The Corrosive Challenge - “Anything Goes” ends October 3
Crafting By Designs - "Anything Goes" ends Sept 30, 11:59 EST
Simon Says Anything Goes ends in one day


How I colored This Image

Last day of September and Die's Digis stamps sponsorship of Die Cut Divas.  You still have time to join in the challenge right here

I thought I'd show you how I color and how things change from the beginning to the end.  I'm going to share a set of pictures where I started coloring an image and took photos at different stages of development of the entire card.

I kept a list of all the colors, but after getting organized with my new cabinet, I have unfortunately lost my list of colors.  I am part of a Toastmaster's club and made a Powerpoint to show how I make my cards and color in the images, so I was not as intent on tracking the colors.  Sorry, guys.  But I'll show you the progression from black and white to final card.


I started coloring the second mouse.

I moved from mice to a tube of paint and the paint hanging off the brush.

I'm just about finished here.

I thought an ombre sky effect would give an appearance of watercolor just to make this fun.

Finally, my finished card.

Supplies:
Di's Digi stamps Modern Art Mice
QuicKutz Nesting Scallop Squares
Elizabeth Craft Designs Postage Stamp Squares dies
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine



Sunday, September 29, 2019

It's National Coffee Day in the US

National coffee day in the United States of America is always celebrated each year on the 29th September

 A2Z Scrapbooking is giving away a $20 prize to a randomly selected winner from those who comment on the A2Z Scrapbooking blog.


Visit each of the Design Team blog posts and comment. One randomly selected winner from each Design Team blog post will win two coffee themed digital prizes.

Deadline to comment is Oct 5, 11:59 pm EDT. Winners will be announced on Oct 7th on each of the Design Team blogs.
After I post the winner commenters here, I will advise A2Z Scrapbooking of your name.  To claim your prize email a2zscrapbookingtech@gmail.com with subject line: National Coffee Hop A2Z Arlene


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Check out the National Coffee Day Bloghop at Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog on September 29th.



A2Z  DT Blog Hop Order

Arlene (you are here)
Cindy  (next)

Supplies:
Hero Arts Caffeine Fix only at A2Z Scrapbooking
QuicKutz Nesting Rectangles dies
Copic markers:  cup-E81, W2, cup lable E00, E21, E33, rim E21 added to rim, area outside cup B0000, B000
Unibal Signo broad pen
Vagabond die cut machine

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Di's Monty Mouse

Die Cut Diva's challenge is "Free Time" and the sponsor for the September is Di's Digi Stamps.  Check out the challenge here.  


Arlene here. and I found the cutest little mouse at Di's Digis one day and have never used it until now.  I thought this mouse was so cute, really just adorable.  I like the extra flowers, but now that I'm looking at the Nuvo drops, I think fewer would have been better.  But the mouse is still adorable.  What do you think? 


Close-up below

Supplies:
Di's Digi's Monty Mouse
Die-namics Pierced Circles STAX
Little B Handwritten
Copic markers:mouse W2, W3, W5, R11, flower stems G03, G05 leaf G03, G05, G07, lips E04, flowers Y03, Y19, YR19, flower center R59, Y19 ribbon R22, R24, R27, multiliner (blck) to create floor
Glossy Accents on the eyes & nose
Hero Arts flowers (years old) colored with Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine

A2Z Scrapbooking and Poetic Petals

I don't know if you're like me, but sometimes I'll go through older cards and pull them apart, toss something I'm not happy with, and make a new card with part of an older card.   Whatever was on the front is long gone and I thought this would make a good Fall card.  I printed the petals out, colored this goodie here and decided to fussy cut the petal to put against the black and brown panel so the petals would pop.  Be sure to visit A2Z Scrapbooking here.


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Be sure to go shopping with my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Sept
 Please join in this month’s “Anything Goes” 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

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 the store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations.

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

  •  Hero Arts Poetic Petals only at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Sizzix thinlits "friend"
  • Scrap papers
  • Vagabond die cut machine

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Di's Digi's Free Time

The sponsor for the September Challenge is Di's Digi Stamps.  Check out the challenge here.  

I wanted to use two new dies with this wonderful digital image.  I used three different stamps, "a note to say hello, Good Times and an anchor on the top panel.  I cut the bear image out and adhered him on the bottom panel.  It was such fun coloring this bear and I thought he should have that "5 o-clock shadow" look since he's having a snooze.  That's how it feels to me.


Close-up below

Supplies:
Di's Digi Beer Bear
Kat Scrappiness Backdrop die
Your Next Die 
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine
Distress ink sponged background - not sure of colors as I sponged two entire sheets with all the distress inks I had.

I'm entering this card in:
Creative Knockouts - anything goes (first time I've seen their challenge blog)





Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thinking of Hero Arts Tiger Lily

Be sure to check A2Z Scrapbooking for the challenge this month.  You can't do better than an "Anything Goes" challenge, now, can you?

Tiger Lily 9-19-19



I think I sponged Mustard Seed distress ink through the stencil on the entire background panel.  I had created this flower more than a year ago and knew I wanted to use it this month with my newly created lilies for this month.  I wanted a more CAS style card, but with the flower popping off the page.  I quite like the style which is entirely different from my other tiger lily cards this month.  My first card was posted on our A2Z September 1st post and the second card on the September 3rd post.
I think most stencils such as the Hero Arts Scrollwork stencil would work well with this flower.  It's a simple design that can be repeated over and over again.

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Tiger Lily Closeup


I used a similar design and background on the card below September 1, 2018.



Be sure to go shopping with my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge
Sept
 Please join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” 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
. Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of 
$25 or more.



  • Hero Arts Tiger Lily at A2Z Scrapbooking Stamp and Die Set here
  • Hero Arts Tiger Lily Die-Cut at A2Z Scrapbooking here
  • Hero Arts Spiral Stencil at Hero Arts
  • Hero Arts stamp set Everyday Sayings - sentiment
  • Flower - unsure which Hero Arts inks I used
  • Vagabond die cut machine




Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Hero Arts Fans Scramble on Facebook

Cindy Chiu has instituted a Hero Arts Fans Scramble on Facebook.  Look for it and ask to be invited.  This is my card for the scramble that starts today and ends September 25, 10:00 EDT.

Here is my card for the 90 minute scramble (choose your 90 minutes and go for it).

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Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tags (sentiment)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Patch - 1-inch & Mini Daisy & Chrysanthemum
(I glued another row of the Garden Patch on to the 3 row die-cut in order to lengthen the panel)
Scrap papers from stash
Vagabond die cut machine




Friday, September 13, 2019

A2Z Scrapbooking Poetic Flower

Join the A2Z Scrapbooking challenge of Anything Goes.  That's the greatest thing since Stamping, almost.

I used a similar written background on a card here.   I had printed everything right side up on that card.  You can see that I somehow copied the "Play in the Sunshine" and turned it upside down, not realizing it until I printed it.  I still saved it and I'm using it now.  I think the flower helps cover that part of the message enough that it won't be noticeable when I give the card to a "one of a kind" friend.  That's my reasoning, anyway, and I'm going to stick with it!



Previous card on June 11, 2018 where I printed everything right side up.



Sept

Please join in this month’s "Anything Goes" 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.   Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.