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Nuvo Embellishment Mousse and Hero Arts stencils addiction notification

Hello! Erica back on the blog again with, you guessed it, another Nuvo Embellishment Mousse card. Or two. Yes, I’m battling a new addiction and I might (read absolutely) have gone nuts with stencilling and pasting…

Right after I finished my last card, you can find that post here, I just kept on going with different stencils and colours. It turned into a frenzy rather quickly! One of the projects I made was a slightly larger panel, which I have cut in half to make two cards with and those are the cards I’m going to talk about today.


So first off, I got a big piece of water colour card stock out and started blending Twisted Citron Distress Oxide and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide on it. This I wanted as a background for my stencilling. I sprinkled a bit of water on it and lifted some of the colours off too as I love that look. Once the panel was dry it was time to get creative with the Nuvo Mousse so I armed myself with my spatula and damp cloth for easy clean up after I was done. For this card I used Hero Arts SA105 Deco Pattern stencil along with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Gunmetal Grey.

Both those are out of stock at the moment but you can use the ‘Request Custom Order’ button and order it that way OR you could try another combination. I think the Blue Topaz Glimmer Paste would look amazing combined with the Hero Arts Peacock Feather Stencil! Or the Diamond stencil. Just saying.

After smearing the paste over the panel it’s important to clean off your stencil and tool quickly as it does dry rather rapidly. Don’t rush the drying of the paste on your project though, make sure it’s really dry before moving on to the next step as you risk ruining it otherwise.

To finish off my cards I decided to use a new-to-me stamp set from Neat & Tangled called You’re Pretty and it comes with lots of great sentiments like ‘pretty brave’, ‘pretty strong’ and ‘pretty much the best’ which you can mix and match for a variety of purposes.

As I mentioned in the beginning, I cut the panel in two to make two different cards so I did just that. For card no1 I decided to use a linen textured card base in a dark teal colour and I cut this about 1cm bigger than the panel itself was so that it would create a nice frame for it. I adhered the panel to the card base using foam tape to create dimension. Sentiment wise I decided to go with ‘You’re Pretty! Pretty brave’ and the large ‘you’re pretty’ I stamped with VersaMark on vellum and then heat embossed it in Silver embossing powder. Then I cut out the sentiment using the matching die. I also used the die to cut out a piece of foam to stick the vellum on for more dimension. These two I glued together with a glue pen. You can use this one from Nuvo. 

The ‘Pretty brave’ sentiment I stamped on white card stock using Distress Oxide ink in Iced Spruce (use the “Request Custom Order’ button to get ahold of this one) and then cut it out using a stitched banner die from My Favorite Things. This banner and the foam layered vellum piece I glued directly onto the panel with double sided tape. A few little white gem stones finished off card no1 nicely. IMG_1733

Card no2 was done very similarly, just using different colours for the sentiments and embellishments to create a new look whilst using pretty much the same stuff. Another piece of linen textured card stock came out, this time in black and I cut this one so it ended up showing almost a whole cm around the entire panel for a dramatic frame. This piece I adhered to a white card base, leaving a very thin bit of white show all around it to create a second frame.

The sentiments are both stamped in black, the ‘pretty kind’ bit is done directly onto the panel and the ‘You’re Pretty!’ is done on vellum and I also heat embossed some Hero Arts Clear embossing powder over it to make it shiny.

This card I kept reasonably flat, the vellum piece was adhered directly to the panel with some vellum friendly adhesive. It’s a pain to work with but does work, once it’s settled, it doesn’t show through the vellum hardly at all, which normal double sided tape tends to do. A healthy sprinkling of Hero Arts Black Gemstones in various sizes finished off card no2.


Well, there we have it. I hope I have inspired you to try texture paste/embellishment mousse if you haven’t tried it already, it really is a great deal of fun!

Happy crafting!


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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge




a2z scrapbooking watercolor challenge


Please join us in this months “Watercolor” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month


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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Erica15 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 Poinsetta plus a fun way to use a stencil

Hi Dawn here to share a couple of cards to you.   Our challenge this month is to use a stencil on your project.   My first card is a Christmas card.


I used a stencil I had in my stash that is a splatter one.  I stamped HA K6176 Antique Poinsettia in some red and green inks and used an aqua brush to move the ink around.  I then used the matching die to cut it out.  (You can get it here on sale!)  The sentiment is from a Digi kit called Chalkboard Christmas  I love that I can use Digi kits together with my stamps  Did you know that A2Z stock all Hero Arts digital kits.


And today I am sharing another way to use your stencils…. Making you own colouring pages


I took a Hero Arts stencil (SA0260 Leaf and Flourish Background) – this one is no longer available but you can get it  together with one other (as it’s not currently in stock, you can do a special order over at our shop)  I traced around the stencil with a fine line black pen and then coloured it in with some Faber Castell pencils.  Just like a colouring book page!

Remember if you go shopping to use code Dawn15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. And don’t forget that we are on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

And another chance to win – During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both.





Hero Arts Hello butterfly

Hello there.  Dawn here.  I’ve been playing with some pretty soft colours this week.



I used water colours to make a the card from which I die cut the Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy dies DI078.  I used pinks, purples and blues in lighter tones.   For the background, I used a Hero Arts Stencil (SA026 BG Leaf and Flourish- currently out of stock but you can custom order on the A2Z site )  with some pale inks.  I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment from Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Cut DC151 with Versafine Onyx black ink, a couple of times to get a nice dark sentiment.



Remember if you are in need of any items from the a2z Scrapbooking store  you can use code Dawn15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. (before tax and shipping)  And don’t forget that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!  And check out our sale page… lots of great bargains


Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy Die DI078

Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Cut DC151

Hero Arts BG Leaf & Flourish Stencil

Gems from my stash.









a2z Scrapbooking November 2016 Challenge

Hello everyone!!  Can you believe we are one month away from the end of 2016.  Time is flying and so are our challenges.  We are at a new one again.  Last month passed way too fast for me.

Our new challenge this month is “Embellishment”! As long as you have some embellishments on your project, you can use any Hero Arts product on your card. Be creative with this challenge. 


Please be sure that your project contains at least ONE main HERO ART Product as the focal element! 

This challenge will be pretty interesting.  The DT has creating some awesome projects to inspire you to play along with us.

Take a look:












Amazing isn’t it!!   I hope you love what you see and that it inspires you to join us this month.  You have the entire month to create a new project and enter it into Mr. Linky below.  By entering you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. One lucky winner will be announced on the 7th of December!!

Good Luck!

Supplies used:

Hero Arts DC195 Christmas Trimmings Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts Memories Black Dye Ink
Hero Arts Diamond Gems
Washi tape, Nuvo glitter drops, Wink of Stella

Very Vanilla card Stock
Copic Markers
Glimmer Mist Golden Orange and Pink Poodle by Tattered Angles
Hero Arts Tangerine Hybrid Ink
Hero Arts Pine Hybrid Ink
Hero Arts Coffee Cup Stamp and Die
Memory Box Loopy Rings
Die-Namics circle dies
Tissue Box die-cut from the coffee cup dies with sentiments from the coffee cup stamps
Hero Arts For You Color Layering Flowers
Hero Arts Thanks Stamp and Cut
Neenah 80 lb. and 110 lb. white
DP by Doodlebug
Distress Ink Worn Lipstick
Distress Ink Barn Door
Distress Ink Twisted Citron
Distress Ink Spun Sugar
Thank you so much for stopping by!!


Glittery stenciling with Hero Arts

Dawn here to share my creation to inspire you.  Our challenge this month is easy- Anything Goes with Hero Arts.



I used a Hero Arts Stencil – I used an older one called Swirl but you could use anyone of the stencils available here at A2Z Scrapbooking.  I used some Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium called Welsh Gold.  It makes a stunning background, so sparkly and glittery.  As the background is so amazing, I did not want to add too much in the way of embellishment.  I used Hello Stamp and Cut  to die cut Hello..  I added the black card to some self adhesive fun foam prior to die cutting to give it some dimension.  The sentiment part was embossed with Ranger platinum powder and trimmed.  The stenciled panel was die cut with a Lil’Inkers die and the Hero Arts  Note card was embossed with the largest die.

Remember if you are in need of any items from the a2z Scrapbooking store  you can use code Dawn15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. (before tax and shipping)  And don’t forget that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!


Swirl Stencil SA060

Hero Arts Hello Stamp and Cut

Imagination Craft Sparkle Medium – Welsh Gold




Clean and Simple Stenciling

Hello everyone!!  Kymona here today to show you how to create a clean and simple stenciling card!!

When you think of stenciling you don’t think clean and simple in the same sentence.  That’s because stenciling requires inks, brushes, blending tools, paste and other supplies that might be messy, but not always.

I’m going to show you!

Remember this formula when you think of Clean and Simple (CAS) cards:

Plenty of white space + a simple design that can be repeated with ease + little to no embellishment = Clean and Simple!

Take a look:

clean and simple stenciling

Gather all of your supplies.  I used the following:

Here is how I created my card:

Tape down the cardstock so that it doesn’t shift.

Then tape down the stencil where you want the design to appear on your cardstock.

taping down the stencil and inks used


Use the ink blending tool to add the ink color to the bottom portion of the card.  Blend the colors creates a great effect.

Do not ink up the entire card front.  Remember we want to create a Clean and Simple card!

Stamp your sentiment right above the stenciling leaving the top nice and white.

I have to confess, I wasn’t going to add any embellishments but some of the black ink from the sentiment must have been on my finger and it appeared on one of the flowers.  So I needed to cover it up.  I really didn’t want to make another card, so I used the sequin to cover up my smudge.

It all worked out!!

Take another look:

clean and simple stenciling

What do you think? Will you join us and challenge yourself and create a Clean and Simple card using a stencil?  Let me know below.  I would love to hear what you think about this technique.

The Hero Arts items I used for my cards are out of stock at this time but you can request a special order at the a2z Scrapbooking Store.  If you would like to purchase any of the Hero Arts supplies I used please head on over to the store and use the coupon code KYMONA15 to get 15% off your purchase.

Thank you so much for stopping by!



Stenciling Is Fun For Everyone

Hi, friends, Chark here today to show you four different ways to use a stencil. If you’ve experimented with stenciling, you’re probably like me and found some techniques more to your liking than others. Here’s a peek at four tags I made with this Small Square Grid stencil.


In this tag, I used white embossing paste and then sprinkled on two colors of fine glitter while it was wet. Then I added a gold heart and gold paper at the bottom.


For the second tag, I used white embossing paste and some Picked Raspberry Distress in mixed in. I didn’t make the paste uniformly pink before applying it to the stencil. You can see there are some darker and lighter spots. I applied it to silver paper, and really love the peek of shiny behind the matte white paste.


For the third tag, I just used white embossing paste and watercolored behind it once it dried.


For the last tag, I applied the clear embossing paste and then sprinkled on tiny beads. I didn’t think they’d stay put, so I added some glossy accents to the beaded areas after it dried. That made the paste shiny and held the beads on. Note–cut this one to size before the beads–it’s almost impossible to get a good cut afterward.


Pssst! I have a little secret…this stencil is in on sale for the crazy low price of $3.50! It’s one of my faves because of the graphic look. It works on any style of project.

Hope you’ll join in our November “One Layer Holiday Card” challenge here. And don’t forget that we are on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

Happy Stenciling!

Hero Arts Small Square Grid Stencil

White Embossing Paste

Translucent Embossing Paste

White Paper Flowers

Hero Arts It’s Your Day Stamps

Hero Arts Flower and Butterfly Dies



Heart Metal Die

Micro beads



A bit of Fall for Us All

I couldn’t wait to use this Forest Stencil for a Fall card, maybe lots of cards.  I couldn’t stop after one.  I hope you like these as much as I do. There was a lot of sponging, but once into the rhythm, I was happily sponging  8 of these beauties.  I am only showing you four, but you can pop over to catch the others at my blog.   As you can see, you can move the stencil to give the card a different design as you sponge, but you can turn the stencil over and have a different design, but I do caution you to FIRST CLEAN the stencil if you’ve just used the other side.  I know you would clean it, but just saying!

I gave all of the 8 cards away and have to make a ton more for the holidays because my staff want these in their gift bags for the holidays.  I started a simple gifting with my staff and I’m afraid that it’s become a bit more than my staff now, it’s my past staff, retirees who promise to bring goodies back for me if I can possibly do more cards for them… and on.  So had to make more than 8 cards.  You’ll have to scroll all the way to the bottom.to see tops for cards.

A TIP:  I did tape the stencil on top of each card by using REMOVABLE tape all along the inside of the stencil.  All the places where it might lift up if you sponged a bit heavier or rougher will stay down.   I have a rough sponge pad that helps get the tape off the back in soapy water as removable tape on plastic still likes to stick.  I can see sooooooooo many uses for this stencil.  Every season of the year could use a stencil like this.

a2z Fall Pal Fab Day Scene Stencil Oct 2015


a2z Fall Pal Lavender Scene Stencil Oct 2015


a2z Fall Pink to Lavender Scene Stencil Oct 2015


a2z Fall Yellow Scene Stencil Oct 2015

The card stock is cut from 12: X 12″ card stock I purchased from Michaels a couple months ago  NO SPONGING on the background, but lots of woodsy sponging of white.  I was so lucky to have found these backgrounds.  They look so natural and even a bit handmade.  I don’t think I’m that good.

I had to make 27 more tops to go on cards.  I sat one afternoon and sponged  the white unicorn ink onto as many pieces of cardstock as I had the patience to do.  It’s about that time when you don’t want to look at another card again.  But the results were well worth it.  I had so many compliments and requests for cards at Christmas that I needed to start on the rest now.  I totally LOVE this Hero Arts stencil and  Unicorn ink.

a2z Forest Stencil 2015

  • OWH Forest Stencil
  • Hero Arts Sentiments from various clear stamp sets.
  • Hero Arts Ombre Ink Light Ruby to Royal Red – used the middle section of the ink pad
  • Hero Arts Cup O’ Joe Ink
  • Hero Arts Hero Hues Pigment Ink – Unicorn (I LOVE this ink)

I have four different cards-up at A Bit of This and That.

Hope you’ll join in our Octoberr Challenge and make a “Fall” card with your Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils. And, if you need some new supplies, don’t forget to shop at a2z Scrapbooking..  Don’t forget that we are on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

 If you are in need of any items from the a2z Scrapbooking store  you can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  Don’t forget that we are on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!


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Very thankful for you!

It’s Lisa here today, and I am very happy to be back from my medical leave and to once again be sharing a new card – created with some to the wonderful new Hero Arts products.  Today, I am covering for Zoey is who taking some personal time off after losing a her dear Grandfather.  Our deepest sympathy to her and all of her family.

Today’s card was inspired by our April Challenge where our theme month is “Stencil It”.   I started this card using the “Two Ways Arrow” stencil, along with some of Hero’s Gold Spray and a piece of Watercolor paper.    I adhered the stencil over the Watercolor paper with some masking tape, and the simply sprayed away.  I used my heat gun to too speed up the drying process and that put that piece aside.  Next, I created my card base with some “Sunshine” layering paper —  a great color for Spring and Summer.

I cut a banner strip from some Black Layering  and adhered that to the front of the card.   The next step was to stamp my “Sentiment” which is a new stamp that I love.   I inked up the stamp with Hero’s Black Ink and stamped it onto the “Stenciled” piece I had completed earlier.  I then Die-cut that pieced and using foam tape, popped it up off my card after adding three black gems.



To complete this card I used my Lawn Fawn Heart dies and cute the larger heart from the “stenciled” piece and then added a second smaller heart, cut from the leftover black layering paper.

All of the products I used are linked below and most are available now over that the a2z Store.   As always I’m happy to share my DT Promo code with you, LISAH15 which will save you 15% off any and all orders of $25 and up (excluding shipping)!!

I hope you’ll break out some of your Stencils and get to work on a project to enter our challenge.   Please be certain that your entry includes at least ONE main Hero Arts product  – Stamps, Dies, Stencils etc.

And don’t forget that you can find us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.   Be sure to follow us on each of these social media sites.   Any special notices and events can easily be found through these links!   We encourage you all join the fun~


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April 2015 Challenge

Hello everyone!!  Welcome to the month of April!!  April is the best month out of all of the months in the calender!!  Why you ask?  For a couple of reasons.

One being a2z Scrapbooking blog is celebrating its One Year Anniversary!! Stay tune to some amazing things that will happen this month!

Second its my birthday month!! So its time to party!!

Our new challenge is sure to entice you!!  Our challenge this month is Stencil!!  Use any Hero Arts product to create a beautiful stenciled piece.  This will be fun and interesting.  There are so many things that you can use with your stencils.  The possibilities are endless.

The Design Team has created some great inspiration pieces for you. Take a look:









Thanks I appreciate all that you do


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Amazing isn’t it!!  I hope you love what you see and that it inspires you to join us this month.  You have the entire month to create a new project and enter it into Mr. Linky below.  By entering you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store.  Winner will be announced on the 7th of April.  Good Luck!

We can’t wait to see what you create!

Supplies used:




Starry Stencil
Arrow Pattern Stencil
Lil Hoot Stamps
Red Stickles
Yellow Stickles
Blue Glitter Tape
Mowed Grass Distress Ink
Prismacolor Pencils
White Cardstock
Salty Ocean Distress Ink



Hero Arts Swirl StencilHero arts stamp cuts thanksDistress Ink Evergreen BoughDistress Ink Peacock Feathers MFT Hybrid Black Ink