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.

  

Be sure to use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more at the A2Z Scrapbooking store here.

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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



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.

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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.

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