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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.

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A2Z Christmas Mice

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  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice stamps at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice dies
  • Hero Arts Happy Holidays die cut at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • 6″ X 6″ paper from Printery Collection (probably 5 or more years old)
  • Vagabond die cut machine
                • Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss – Ebony Black
Hero Arts Christmas Mice

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Hero Arts Christmas Mice All Through The House

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We must thank Kristina for the wonderful farewell graphic for our last challenge.  Be sure to visit the shop for big discounts.

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.  I don’t know if anyone else has to step back and look with new eyes at their creations, but sometimes I do.  I wasn’t sure if the tree scene would work.

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  • 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
Home for the Holidays

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Gold Embossing with Hero Arts Stamps

Howdy to you all! Today I have a Thanksgiving card for you. I hope you are having some decent Fall weather. Here in Northern California I will just say I am not a fan of 80 degrees plus weather at this time of the year. At least the nights are nice and cool.

Home for the Holidays

When I started out to make my card I was looking forward to using the Home for the Holidays stamp set by Hero Arts and I wanted to use the fun leaf paper.

I began my card by ink blending some Quick Quotes inks to create a Fall look to the sky. I then cut a piece of the leaf paper and adhered that to the card. I got this paper from a fun inexpensive store called Daiso. Anyway as you can see it says Fall.

Next I stamped the two houses with Versamark and used a gold embossing powder to heat emboss them. I colored them in using Copic pens. Next I cut them out using the Home for the Holidays dies that match the stamp set. For the snow on top of the one house I used some Nuvo drops for a little dimension. The Home for the Holidays stamp set leans more towards Christmas but you can use a different color scheme and not put to much snow in and you have Fall.

I found a nice piece of crocheted ribbon (not sure of the actual name) in my stash. I used Hero Arts pretty red brown liquid watercolor to color it. It is a little darker in the photo than it is in real life. I stuck that down using the red line tape.

I adhered my houses to the card and stamped the trees around them. I also stamped some smoke coming out of the chimneys. I think that is a nice little addition to this stamp set.

Then I added the sentiment.

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Coffee Cup Tags


Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tags With a Hint of Embellishment

I thought some detailing might be nice to bring out an elegance to this set and I’m really amazed that I think I succeeded.  A little embellishment is sometimes all you need.  I made two cards with two different colored coffee cups, but the same embossing folder, stamps and stickers.  I hope you like these as much as I do.  I put Wink of Stella – GL White on both cups on the foam part.  The bronze seems to have pulled the white around and it looks like a foamy or creamy froth mixed with strawberry.

Coffee Cup Tags

Close-up of the cup  – this could be whipped cream on a hot chocolate  –  YUM

I guess it could be foam on a coffee – obviously, I know nothing about coffee.

Coffee Cup Tags

I know this seems dark and strange.  If I can get a better photo, I will.  The coffee cup paper is a shinny bronze with Cup O”Joe inked on the stamp.

It reminds me of a creamy strawberry cream on top.

Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tags


Coffee Cup Stamp and Die at A2Z

A Cuttlebug embossing folder a frame style

Starfoam Glitter Stickers – gold

One of the cups has glass gems.

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Hero Arts: Happy Thanksgiving Mixed Media Card

Hello crafty friends, Helen is here 🙂 It is November and Thanksgiving is almost here. Today, I would like to share with you a Thanksgiving card.

Hero Arts: Happy Thanksgiving Mixed Media Card

I am using the Hero Arts – Color Layering Grateful Leaves stamp set. This stamp set is beautiful and I cannot stop making cards with them 🙂

I did some experiment with alcohol inks and glossy paper. After mixing colors, I ended up with some fun background. I used one of them as my background today.

I stamped the maple leaf randomly on the background panel with archival black ink. Archival works the best on non-porous and glossy paper. After that, I used my craft heater to dry the panel well and then added it on the white A2 cardbase with a lot of adhesive runner.

For the sentiment, I cut a strip out of watercolor paper, added some color wash with Spectrum Noi Aqua markers, and stamped the sentiment from the same staml set with Archival black ink. I embellished the sentiment strip with some natural twine and added it on the card with 3D foam tape.

I finished the card with some orange gems to match the Fall color combo on this card.

I hope this card inspire you to create today. When you create a card or any project with embellishments,  link it up with our November Challenge – Embellish It. By linking up, you have a chance to win a $25 gift card to the a2z store!

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THANK YOU for visiting today and have a fabulous day!



Grateful Leaves

Hello all Monica here today to share a card I made for our layer challenge. I started by stamping my leaf with distress inks and and spritzing before I stamped on my watercolor paper. I repeated the steps with all three inks. Then using the same inks I used the same process with some ink blot stamp images.


I then stamped the veins in versa mark so that I could emboss them in gold. I used the same method of embossing for my sentiment on the vellum piece. I layered the vellum on the panel, wrapped it with twine and added a bow.


I adhered the panel to my card and added some sequins for a little more glitz! Just in case the gold embossing wasn’t enough. Below is another picture so you can see the embossing a little better.


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HeroArts- Coloring Layering Grateful leaves CL987

Gold embossing powder

Distress ink- brushed corduroy, carved pupkin, fossilized amber

Misc- twine, cardstock




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Hello crafty friends, Martha Lucia here to share with you another Fall Coffee Lovers Project that I made using our fabulous Coffee Cut Frames combined with the new stamp set Vintage Christmas Wishes. I know that this kit is originally created for Christmas but with a little bit of creativity, you can use it the entire of year. Take a look at my card:


Creating this card was very simple:

  1. Cut the base using Very Vanilla card stock.
  2. Cut a second layer using a decorated paper. I used the same pattern to cut the base of the cup.
  3. Cut a third layer of very vanilla card stock using a decorated frame.
  4. Stamp on the upper part of the frame the background image included on the stamp set Vintage Christmas Wishes. I inked this with different colors to create a fall look.
  5. Cut the Coffee Cup using decorated paper and very vanilla card stock.
  6. Sponge the cap of the cup with Hero Arts Soft Sand Ink
  7. Stamp the little fall images included on the stamp set Autumn by Hero Arts on the accent part of the cut.
  8. Assemble the cup and paste over the background using dimensionals.
  9. Stamp your sentiment using the words included in the Autumn stamp set by Hero Arts.
  10. Finalize the decoration by adding some sequins in an aqua color.


Simple and fun to make!

I hope you enjoy my project and it inspires you to use the Hero Arts stamps combined with die cuts. On the a2z Scrapbooking Store you will find a lot stamps &  cut stamp sets or die cut options that you can use with your stamps. And if you’re shopping, be sure to use the code Martha15 to receive 15% off your purchase!

See you again soon, take care!




Hello everyone, Monica here today sharing a card I made using the partial die cut method and some new Hero Arts products. Be sure to check out the a2z store for some new goodies.


I started by stamping my leaves in a line and then ran the panel through the machine to cute the top portion. Once all four were cut I used my scissors to trim off any access cardstock that I didn’t want sticking around. I then stamped the sentiment, wrapped some ribbon around the panel and added a bow. For the card base I stamped in a similar color for a light background

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CL987 & DI315: Color Layering leaves stamps and dies

CM102- Vintage Christmas (background only)

HA inks- Ombre Autumn, Cup O Joe and Sea Glass

Misc- Cardstock, cardbase and jute ribbon

Hero Arts Color Layering Grateful For You Leaves


Thanksgiving Card w/ Color Layering Leaves & Giveaway Winner

Hero Arts Color Layering Grateful For You Leaves

Happy Sunday friends, Kristina here playing with the new Hero Arts Color Layering Grateful for You leaves!

After seeing fellow DT member Iliana do some amazing things with this set here and here I knew I had to get my hands on it, I don’t think there is anything quite like it out there!

To start my card I stamped and die cut a ton of the leaves using the Hero Arts “Fall” Color Layering Ink Cube set and diet cut them all out before arranging and assembling them onto my card front. A fairly quick and simple card.

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Hero Arts Paper Layering Hedgehog

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One Layer Thanksgiving Cards

Good Morning! It’s Helen 🙂 Today I would like to share with you quick and simple to make Thanksgiving/Fall cards.


They are One-Layer cards. It is a very simple and quick technique to mass-produce Holiday cards. And with Hero Arts new Ombre Ink Pads, even easier.

On my cards, I just ink the leaves from the Layering Grateful stamp set with the Autumn Ombre ink pad and stamp them on the white card. And I embelished couple of them with some accent pearls.

I made these 4 cards in only 15 minutes. And I love making Holiday cards these days 🙂

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