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.

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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.


Close-up

Supplies:
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.

Are you on social media? A2Z is! Please join A2Z Scrapbooking on TwitterInstagram and Facebook? so you don't miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!
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.

Supplies:
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.

Supplies:
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. 
Supplies:
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

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Happy Road Trip 50th Birthday

A2Z Scrapbooking has a monthly challenge of "May Flowers".  Please join in and even though I didn't make a flower card, I've got my Birthday card ready. 

Definitely a guy card.  The sun was shining so brightly that  the white and black seemed to glare back at me.  The Route 50 sign is inside a balloon with a silver bow popped where the string is tied to the balloon.  I was at a loss on the kind of card I wanted to make until I went searching through my printed images from the A2Z digital kits for something entirely unrelated and BOOM, I had my idea.  It's simple and to the point for a guy who is turning the BIG 50.


Supplies:
A2Z Digital Road Trip kit
Balloons cut from my Cameo
Voila mini bow from stash
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Vagabond die cut and embossing machine for balloons




Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Bugaboo's Spring Window

There is still time to join in the Die Cut Divas' challenge to use flowers in your project.  May has 31 days, so you still have days to create and enter.  Die Cut Divas has a great challenge every month!

I created a black and white brick background to set this window in.  I can't even make a straight line or anything looking like brick, but I think with the sassy cat in the window, it sort of works.  It was fun to say the least. 

The reason I wanted to add brick was because I had first colored the inside of the house with the cat looking back out the window as an outside view with floating clouds.  Then I realized that the cat was indoors and the flowers were outdoors, so coloring clouds on the inside was NOT ideal.  I am hoping the inside represents wall paper now.  Oh well.



Close-up below

Supplies:
Bugaboo Spring Window
Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Notes Stitched Rectangles
Copic markers
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss - Red Berry & Ebony Black
Vagabond die cut machine


Friday, May 24, 2019

Card Chain Challenge May Fast Food Fun

This is my first card using this fun stamp set that I couldn't resist at Sunny Studio and what's a stamp without a die?   I went for a simple design that was crisp and fun.  The sentiments in this set are lots of fun.  I used two of these sentiments for my Card Chain Challenge partner, Greta and I think she will find the card fun too.

I used R24, R,25 and R29 on the ketchup bottle and outside of the cola cup.  I found R59 to be great for the actual cola color.   I had to move my markers and I don't have all the colors I used, but E01 was a basic color with which to start on the bun and other brown items.


Close-up below


Supplies:
Sunny Studio Fast Food Fun Stamps
Sunny Studio Fast Food Fun  Dies
Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Patch 1 1/2in
Copic markers
Nuvo Red Berry (ketchup on hot dog)
Nuvo Dandelion Yellow (mustard on burger)
Glue Dots to give a lift to all the food goodies
Vagabond





Sunday, May 19, 2019

Smile, It's a May full of Flowers for A2Z Scrapbooking

I thought this yellow flower would be perfect for the month of May and just a nice way to say "hi" to a friend who might need a smile.  It's bright and sunny which I feel should bring the sun to anyone.  The die cut piece on the left side of the flower reminds me of a vine growing up a trellis.  I hope you like this little creation.

Close-up below.


Be sure to visit A2Z Scrapbooking to join in the monthly challenge for May.  My post for A2Z is right here.
   Hero Arts Monthly Challenge       a2z scrapbooking may challenge

Please join in this month’s "May Flowers" challenge 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 etsy store
          
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. 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.
  • Hero Arts Magnolia
  • Hero Arts Magnolia die cut at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Copic markers Y00, Y02, Y04, Y19, YG00, YG03, YG05 & YG09
  • The Stamp Doctor Spellbinders Side Step Card Die
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs sentiment (Smile)
  • Leafy die unknown 
  • Vagabond die cut machine


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Bugaboo Floral Trio Times 3

Check out Die Cut Divas to enter the Flower Challenge this month.  I printed this trio three times and colored one of each flower while leaving the others black and white.  I thought a scallop edge would work with the squares.  I used the same Copic colors on the sentiments that I used on the flowers and added Nuvo Crystal Drops.


Close-up below
Supplies:
Bugaboo Floral Trio Frame 1
QuicKutz Scalloped Squares Nested dies
Die-Namics Blueprints 11 (smile & TODAY)
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Red Berry and Nuvo Crystal Drops Violet Galaxy
Vagabond die cut machine


Monday, May 13, 2019

Magnolia in Purple for A2Z Scrapbooking

While I was looking for magnolias on Pinterest, I saw some purple, YES Purple, magnolias.  Mine did not turn out quite like the ones I saw, but I'll claim artistic license.  I ran some Washi tape diagonally  and added a sentiment.  Have fun with your flower entries for this month.


Close-up below



  Hero Arts Monthly Challenge       a2z scrapbooking may challenge
 Please join in this month’s "May Flowers" 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 etsy store.     
 a2z scrapbooking store hero arts    

  Use my discount code Arlene15t o get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

 
  • Hero Arts Magnolia (wood or clear)
  • Hero Arts Magnolia die-cut at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Copic markers
  • Washi tape
  • Hero Arts sentiment (I put the stamp set away too soon and now I can't find which set it is)
  • Vagabond die cut machine

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Bugaboo Flower Shelf

I've been practicing coloring to show light shining on different shaped surfaces and I had a lot of fun with this particular image with lots of shapes to practice coloring.  First I made the card without a sentiment, but felt it was missing something and it was.  This would work for a Mother's Day card for a friend. 

First card without sentiment

Card with sentiment below


Supplies:
Bugaboo Flower Shelf
Art Impressions Live Laugh Love (sentiment)
Copic markers
Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Notes Stitched Rectangles
QuicKutz Nesting Rectangles
Vagabond die cut machine
Paper in my stash

Friday, May 3, 2019

Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop And A2Z Scrapbooking



The Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!
When:  Friday, May 3, 2019  – Friday, May 10, 2019

Starts at 6:00 am pacific
Theme:  Spring or Summer



One of the sponsors for this great blog hop is none other than A2Z Scrapbooking, so head on over to A2Z to see what the gals at A2Z have been cooking up and be sure to enter the Sprint/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop at Coffee Loving Card Makers.

I made a masculine card with a somewhat feminine sentiment, but guys need hugs too.


Close-up below

Supplies:
Sugartree Hug in a Mug digital stamp set
Elizabeth Craft Designs paper - wood - scrap from another card
Old Hero Arts tag die
Vagabond die cut machine



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A2Z Scrapbooking Flower Frame


I was in the mood for something simple and fun to color.   May is usually associated with flowers after April showers and A2Z Scrapbooking has a challenge this month in tune with May flowers.  I used light touches of color and used Y00 to shade in the framing.  I really like the simplicity of this card.

Have fun and color in your flowers at the A2Z Scrapbooking challenge.


 Hero Arts Monthly Challenge       a2z scrapbooking may challenge   Please join in this month’s "May Flowers" 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 etsy store.
a2z scrapbooking store hero arts       Proceeds from the A2Z 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.
 
Supplies:
Sugartree Stamps - Mother's Day stamps at A2Z Scrapbooking
Die-namics Stitched Square STAX
Heidi Swapp Washi tape
Copic markers
Olive cardstock from stash
Vagabond die cut machine



A Bugaboo Flower Challenge at Die Cut Divas

It's all Flowers for the May Challenge at Die Cut Divas this month, so please visit Die Cut Divas to enter the challenge right here.

I've used a digital stamp from Bugaboo Digi Stamps for my card.  I just love the hats on these Sunbonnet images and have such fun selecting colors.


Supplies:
Bugaboo Digi Stamp Sunbonnet Flowers
Kaisercraft Best Friends sentiment stamp
Die-namic Stitched square dies
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

May Inspiration for Morgan's Artworld

I chose a Morgan's Artworld image to color and just couldn't get the yellow green colors out of my mind, so you're stuck with them too.  Because of the randomness of the surrounding colors on this card, it has a feel of water colors, but it's Copic markers, for sure.  I used this arch die to highlight the eyes and added the lines from an Altenew set.

Close-up

There's a beauty about her and I'm happy with the results. 

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. 
Supplies:
Morgan's Artworld Cameo 5
Intricutz die BE MERRY COLLECTION High Arched Window
If I find the stamp set I used for the lines on the left side, I will post the name  
Copic markers YG00, YG61, G82, and I think G40; Not sure of the skin & exact Warm gray colors
Vagabond die cut machine

I will be participating in the following challenges:
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Week 16 Anything Goes
Double Trouble #27  Something, Anything and Everything
Crafting From The Heart Challenge - “Anything Goes” (weekly UK)
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes