Friday, August 23, 2019

Card Chain Challenge Reveal

I sent my CCC partner, Greta, a card on our Card Chain Challenge (CCC) and I love the sunset, made just from sponging distress inks across some card stock starting with blues on the bottom.  I already sent the card off so I'm afraid I can't take another photo, but the sentiment looks great in real life.  A friend traded some die-cuts with me and I love this scene.   Just not happy with my photo.

Supplies:
Hero Arts Beach Frame Fancy Die
Hero Arts Stamp set "Friends"
Distress inks broken china, spiced marmalade & ripe persimmon
Vagabond die cut machine

Thursday, August 22, 2019

I love the new Christmas Critters from ECD

I purchased the whole set of Elizabeth Craft Designs (ECD) christmas critters and was busy die-cutting for the season.  I haven't made any cards yet, but wanted to get familiar with the dies and how to put them together.  They are now waiting for their turn to be made into cards.

These reindeer are quite adorable.  Be sure to put the wreath around the neck before putting adhering the head.


This is the cutest raccoon and the closest I want to come to one.

Next on my list are the owl, birds and fox.  I love the eyes on that owl.  The birds are without legs as I am going to pop them onto tree limbs.

These birdhouses are fun and I can't wait to make a card with them.

Even though the sleigh and trees are not critters, they are included in the entire critter set of dies.  Happy card making for me.

I had already made a card with the door dies here.  Have a wonderful time crafting and enjoying the time.   Arlene

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Happy Birthday on the Feminine Side

I think this is my favorite birthday card I made this month.  I had sponged all different colors of distress inks on 8" X 18" paper from 20 years ago so I could put all my sponges in one place and see the colors.  Using the paper here was definitely the best thing ever.  The colors are fun and summery.  I sent this card to my daughter-in-law as it's a feminine cheery card.  I kept the images in black and white for balance.  I  hope you like it too. 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge



Please join us in this month’s "Birthday" 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 our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Supplies:
  • Hero Arts Digital BIrthday Bash - digital heart balloon & candles
  • Sentiment "Happy Birthday to you" is from my stash (I thought it was Sugartree Digital, but it's unknown now)
  • Gina Marie Designs Block Style Quilt Die # 6
  • QuicKutz Nesting Scallop Squares
  • Distress Inks
  • Kat-Scrappiness White Snowflake Sprinkles
  • Vagabond die cut machine

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Swim Party Thank You Parrot

This parrot is really so very cute that's I've had to make cards using this cutie, not just for inspiration for our Die Cut Divas' challenge this month, but to send a cute hello for the summer.  Be sure to visit Die Cut Divas challenge of "hot" and enter your"hot" card in a "hot" challenge

You have to love this parrot.  Any color and he's just adorable.  I wanted to use the new door die because a friend opened up her house for swimming to a small group of us who work/worked in the same offices.  I wanted to be sure we had a thank you that was fun and summery.  I think this filled the bill.

I used a black striped card for the background and used the door frame the new Christmas Door die set, (which I personally think looks great against the stripes) and a limb from the new Winter Bird die set with my fun parrot die.  The sentiment is perfect as a description of our day floating and relaxing.


Close-up

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs  Parrot
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Safari Words stamp set
Elizabeth Craft Designs  Winter Bird
Sizzix Framlits Banners #3
Distress  inks spiced marmalade and wild honey (I think these were the colors)
Scrap papers
Diamond Stickers
Vagabond die cut machine



Saturday, August 3, 2019

Let's Have A Birthday Party At A2Z

This card flowed from the colors.  I colored the cake in, set aside and looked for a stencil.  I think I used Tattered Rose distress ink to color in the stencil.  I believe I colored the cake in RV colors and used the same color for the flames as the "Happy" die-cut.  I know flames are usually yellow, but I just couldn't use yellow here.  Using the cake as a backdrop, I die-cut "Birthday" in white.  The background makes this card feel and look so feminine.  This turned out better than I thought when I first started with its creation.




Close-up below

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 Please join in this month’s "Birthday" 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 Scrapping etsy store

Supplies:

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Happy Birthday Month at A2Z Scrapbooking

When I have scraps on my desk, my mind creates and puts things together, things I would never have thought of, if not glimpsing the little bits and pieces that may litter my desk after a day of card making, die-cutting and stamping.  That's exactly what happened with this card.  You can give this to someone you want to tease about their age (black and white card) or a guy card.

For A2Z Scrapbooking's challenge of Birthdays, please join in and have fun, make a card, have fun, create, have fun...


If you go shopping be sure to use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% 
off your purchase of $25 or more.

Supplies:
Hero Arts Digital Birthday Bash at A2Z Scrapbooking (candle & sentiment)
Film strip and leaves from my Silhouette Studio images (not sure of artist
Nuvo Crystal Drops Dandelion Yellow
Black cardstock


Hakuna Matata

Hakuna matata roughly translates to "there are no troubles" in Swahili. The phrase was popularized in English by the 1994 Disney movie The Lion King, where it's translated as "no worries."

Join the Die Cut Divas' for their "hot" challenge this month here.


This is a birthday card for a friend at work.  Inside the card, I stamped the sentiment "Wishing you many happy moments of discovering new things in life.  Have a Wonderful Birthday!"

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Parrot
Elizabeth Craft Designs Wheelbarrow (may be sold out, however there is another one https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/garden-notes-garden-wheelbarrow.
Elizabeth Craft Designs Safari Sayings
1997 Stampdous sentiment stamp
Distress Inks Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin,  Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover
Black Enamel Accents for the eyes
Wood grain paper for the wheel borrow
Vagabond die cut machine

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Morgan's Artworld Candlestick Phone

Hi there, Arlene here with a card for Morgan's ArtWorld.  I don't know if you remember this kind of phone, but I sure remember seeing those old black and white movies where the actors would hold one of these phones and speak into this NEW-FANGLED devise.

The theme is always "Anything Goes" at Morgan's ArtWorld.  
Challenge dates are August 1 to August 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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I know there's not much color, but most of the phones I've seen on Pinterest are black and white, so that's what I made with a background of smaller candlestick phones on all the white panels.  Even black and white phones have a certain style.

I think the sentiment is fun with the old-fashioned phone with a "hello" too.



Inside of card.
The die-cut on the front of the card extended just a bit on the inside, so I cute the same die and stamped it with a wood block stamp, "You're old school and cool".



Supplies:
Morgan's Artworld Vintage Phone No. 3  
Spellbinders "The Stamp Doctor"  Side Step Card Die (card base)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Hero Arts wood block stamp "tired of texting"
Hero Arts cling stamp from "My Type"
Little B Handwritten (hello die)
Vagabond die cut machine

I am entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge - 
Creative Moments - anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - anything goes
Scrapy Land - anything goes using any die that Scrapy Land sells
Corrosive Challenge Blog - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs - anything goes


A Thank You to Cas-ual Fridays Stamps - See Die Cut Divas

Sharing some end of the month inspiration with you and Die Cut Divas.  I used the same sentiment in my first card of the month, but with different dies and background colors, I think it makes a unique statement all on its own.

I cut one treble clef out of a pearly white paper and one out of a navy blue, both left-over papers.  I also used only a heart from cutting the heart at the bottom of the treble clef.  Offsetting the pearly white paper over the navy paper gave me a nice depth and color combo.   I'm very happy with this card and sentiment. 

A Big Thank You to Cas-ual Fridays Stamps for their sponsorship of Die Cut Divas.  The challenge at Die Cut Divas ends today and this card is my way of saying Thank you.  The challenge is here ending at 9:00 p.m. Pacific time.

Supplies:
Cas-ual Fridays Stamps Big Treble 
Cas-ual Fridays Stamps die Treble Clef Fri-Die
Poppy Stamps dies (both Photo Cuts dies)
Distress Inks Chipped Sapphire & Victorian Velvet
White and red card stock
Vagabond die cut machine




Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Hero Arts Flickr Scramble

I entered the Hero Arts Flickr group scramble and below is my card.  I had fun putting together odds and ends of my pre-cut, colored Hero Arts images.  I didn't even realize I had these because they kept getting buried under other stamped and cut stamped images.

Some of the guidelines follow:
-  Use at least one Hero Arts stamp (digital included and not just a sentiment), stencil, die cut as focal point.
- Tag your card as quickcard162 (all in one word without spacing)
- Add your card to the Hero Arts flickr group pool (you will have to join the group)

Check out the challenge here.  This challenge ends July 19, 2019 12:00pm PDT (3:00 pm EDT

I took this picture around midnight and used a green folder for the backdrop because I was getting sleepy.  It's a bit whimsical and was fun to make.


Monday, July 15, 2019

Using A Negative to Make a Positive

I used the negative of the Treble clef die here.  First, I die-cut the small photo cut, distressed with distress inks and then die-cut the treble clef, so only the negative of the clef was on the photo cut.  Next I adhered  the photo cut panel to the white card and used a corner rounder to round the bottom of the white card.  I really like how this turned out.

My first card of the month used the actual die-cut from this card.  I was able to make two cards from this one cut.  Yeah for me.  I also used this post on Die Cut Divas here.

Visit Die Cut Divas to enter the challenge of "Anything Goes With an Optional Twist: Patriotic".


Supplies:
Cas-ual Fridays Stamps Big Treble 
Cas-ual Fridays Stamps die Treble Clef Fri-Die
Poppy Stamps die (Photo Cuts)
Distress Inks Chipped Sapphire & Fired Brick
White card stock
Corner Rounder
Vagabond die cut machine

Saturday, July 13, 2019

A2Z Scrapbooking Sparkle and Shine

Please join A2Z Scrapbooking in this month’s "Sparkle & Shine" 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 Scrapbooking etsy store

Lots of sparkle and shine here.  The background is from shiny paper covered with Distress Inks and some sprinkles of water. I thought there was so much glitter and sparkle, that I didn't want to add anything but a sentiment.  I did sponge on several distress inks on the card stock to make a more earthy card.

Close-up below:
On my last post of July 3rd, I showed you what I stored my Stickles in and now onward to how I store my Distress ink sponges.   Several months ago I was watching Els of Elizabeth Craft Designs do some sponging on die pieces and replayed the video to see what she used to hold the sponges.  I saw a plastic box and thought "that's what I'm looking for!"  I checked out grocery store plastics for different baked goods and paper stores for plastic containers.  Finally, after picking up something at Michael's I found a plastic box about 7 1/2 by 5 1/4 inches and an inch deep.  I figured I could fit 4 sponges across and 5 down for 20 on each side of the box.  Depending on how many distress inks you have, you may want something larger.  This seemed like a good size for me, one container for my distress inks (35) and one container for my Oxide inks.  I think if you could find a container 3/4 inches deep, that would work out really well too.

This container holds my distress oxide inks.  I labeled the names on the outside of the containers so I don't have to guess.

  

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge
July
Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month
a2z scrapbooking store hero arts
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.


  • Hero Arts Garden Fancy Die at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Stickles (reds, blues and greens)
  • Distress inks - multiple colors
  • Vagabond die cut machine

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

A2Z Birthday Challenge - August

Be sure to visit A2Z Scrapbooking to join in the "Birthday" challenge this month.

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

This card seemed to flow from the colors.  I colored the cake in, set aside and looked for a stencil.  I think I used Tattered Rose distress ink to color in the stencil.  I believe I colored the cake in RV colors and used the same color for the flames as the "Happy" die-cut.  I know flames are usually yellow, but I just couldn't use yellow here.  Using the cake as a backdrop, I die-cut "Birthday" in white.  The background makes this card feel and look so feminine.  This turned out better than I thought when I first started with its creation.


Close-up below



Hero Arts Sparkle and Shine Challenge with a July 4th flair

I wanted to add sparkle and shine to my card and celebrate the USA's July 4th.  Unfortunately, you cannot see the Stickles smeared across the blue stripes of the larges star in this photo.  Even a second try doesn't help.

The round dots are all Nuvo Midhnight Blue pops of shine..  I thought a bike would throw a bit of old fashioned fun into the mix.  The bike is cut from a Cola can, so the tin is very shiny.  I guess that this could be a cool masculine card, looking at the boy's bike.

Have fun with the A2Z Scrapbooking theme of "Sparkle and Shine" this month and let your creations sparkle and shine.
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Close-up, but not much sparkle.  I added Crystal stickles on top of the blue and it sparkles quite well in real life, sadly, not so much in the picture.

I do have one additional photo and it's my new storage solution for all (ALL) my stickles and some re-inkers.  You can fit 20 Stickles in this case and some re-inkers will fit double, just not my Distress re-inkers.  But I can fit 10 of those and can SEE them without picking them up one at a time.  Yeah for me.  I am in an organizing mood and on my next post, I'll be showing you how I store my distress ink sponges.


Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more..  I am home at A Bit of This and That.

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

 Please join in this month’s "Sparkle & Shine" 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 our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Supplies:
  • Hero Arts Astral Digital Printable File only at A2Z Scrapbooking store
  • Little B Handwritten (celebrate)
  • Tessler Crafts dies (bicycle)
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Midnight Blue
  • Silver glittered tape
  • Vagabond die cut machine
  • Scrap paper
  • Crystal and Faded Jeans stickles
  • Pixiss Alcohol Ink Hard Plastic Storage Carrying Case Organizer

Monday, July 1, 2019

A Hero Arts Garden With Sparkle and Shine

Can you believe I have a Hero Arts die I never used?  I bought it because I wanted a wonderful see-through window either into the interior of my card or into a sunset, sunrise lake, ocean or wherever my creativity took me. 

Be sure to enter the A2Z Scrapbooking challenge for July and make your card sparkle and shine!

I created a sparkly card that was very simple, using glitter paper  It just took choosing the right colors and putting them together.  I used a circle die slightly larger than the circle for the Garden Fancy die, glued it to the back of the Garden die cut panel.  The whole panel is raised up from the card stock on foam tape for a rather impressive card in real life.


Close-up below

Be sure to use my code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge
July
Please join in this month’s "Sparkle & Shine" 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 etsy store. The monthly challenge 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.

  •  Hero Arts Garden Fancy Die at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Little B Handwritten die (sentiment)
  • Glitter Paper
  • Vagabond die cut machine

New Challenge at Die Cut Divas with Cas-ual Fridays Stamps

I love the music related stamp sets and dies at Cas-ual Fridays Stamps.  I couldn't help but purchase this stamp set and die so I could play.  Even if you are not musically talented, like me, this set says all I need it to.

The challenge at Die Cut Divas begins today and this card is an inspiration card for the challenge here.  Since the challenge is Anything Goes with an optional twist (patriotic), I twisted my card to include the U.S. colors of the flag (red, white and blue).  To create the extra hearts, I just cut the hearts from the Treble Clef die.


Supplies:
Cas-ual Fridays Stamps Big Treble 
Cas-ual Fridays Stamps die Treble Clef Fri-Die
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Distress Inks Chipped Sapphire & Fired Brick
Red card stock
Vagabond die cut machine


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Roses In Yellow

I used the "My Rose" image from Morgan's Artworld and I can see this image being used for so many different events from weddings to sympathy cards.  They really are beautiful roses.


The Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge is always "Anything Goes" 
Challenge dates are July 1st through July 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 My Rose
Spellbinders Scalloped Circle
Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circle Dies
Copic markers 
Nuvo Crystal Drops Woodland Green
Vagabond die cut machine

I am entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge - must have coloring
Crafting From The Heart challenge - anything goes
Digi Choosday - anything goes
Creative Moments - anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs - anything goes











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It's A Birthday Card

A card for Die Cut Divas on this last day of June.  We always need birthday cards and this is more of a masculine birthday card.  I had three boys, so this will be needed.  Please visit Die Cut Divas to enter the Birthday challenge here.

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday at Cheapo Dies
Cameo die cut balloons
Embossing folders (I wish I had marked them when I took them out of the packages)  Unknown 
Vagabond die cut machine (used for embossing)

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