Picket Fence Schools of Fish with Heat Embossing

Whew I think this will catch me up for October. This time I have an anniversary card I created for my hubby.

To start my card I grabbed a panel I had in my stash. I then created the ocean scene by stamping and heat embossing with copper embossing powder. The sentiment says “Of all the fish in the sea I’m glad you came to me”. I stamped two different looking fish and said although we are different there are many things we like together or something like that.

I had this cool looking copper paper that I embossed with an embossing folder. Well funny thing not just one embossing folder. I tried one and thought not quite it, then another and maybe a third. I just embossed over each one for a unique look and to get the look I wanted. It looks pretty cool in person.


  • Picket Fence Schools of Fish stamp set
  • Copper Embossing Powder
  • A couple of Embossing Folders

Hero Arts Snowflake Confetti Die

Here’s a little Christmas card I created. I have a large stash of Christmas cards so I don’t need much more for this year. So the ones I have been creating are more for fun than oh no I need more Christmas cards. I like it that way.

First off I used the Hero Arts Snowflake Confetti die to cut out the background. I then backed that with some pretty dark blue paper. I sprayed over that with some shimmer spray.

I die cut the two smaller paper layering snowflakes and sprayed them with shimmer spray too. Then I glued on the snowflakes carefully so I could pop all the pieces.

I die cut a banner and heat embossed with silver for the sentiment.

You see that little white snowflake? That is two of the snowflakes from the panel die cutting (confetti). Unfortunately something got on the front of the card and that covers it up.


  • Hero Arts Snowflake Confetti Die
  • Hero Arts Paper Layering Snowflakes die set
  • Hero Arts Warm Animals stamp set – sentiment
  • Silver Embossing Powder
  • Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners die set
  • Shimmer Spray

Hero Arts Everything Flowers & Colored Pencils

Here we go with a birthday card for my sister-in-law.

Here is another case of using something you have in your stash. I stamped the flowers with white pigment ink on kraft paper. I colored them with Prismacolor pencils. I have had this around for quite awhile. What I added to it when I just put it together is the die cut sentiment which is and nice deep purple.


  • Hero Arts Everything Flowers background stamp
  • White pigment ink
  • Prismacolor pencils
  • Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday die


Rubbernecker Stamps Stokes Coffee Card

Hello! Here I am with another coffee card. I started it for the 2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers blog hop but I started it way to late so it didn’t make it to the hop. The cool thing is I made another card which is always fun.

I love the coffee owls by Rubbernecker Stamps. I was lucky to win 3 of them from one of the Coffee Loving Cardmakers hops.

This owl is Stokes and I stamped him on the die cut rectangle and colored him with Copics. One of the mats is cut with a die and the other just with the paper trimmer and then I used a corner rounder.  Sometimes what looks like a simple card takes some time when you have to find the perfect papers! The background paper is something I have had around for quite awhile in a coffee paper folder. You can’t really tell but there is a large steam pattern all over it.

The sentiment is stamped with Versafine Onyx black which is one of my very favorite black inks when you want nice and bold.


  • Rubbernecker Stamps – Stokes
  • Catherine Pooler/Cas-ual Fridays Stamps die – Merry Labels
  • Heartfelt Creations die – Cut Mat 2B
  • Copic pens
  • Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
  • Jane’s Doodles stamp set – Coffee Time – sentiment

Stamplorations Digital Image A Cup for the Holidays

Howdy! I made this card for the 2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Unfortunately the clock ended early so this did not make it in.

I used a digital image from Stamplorations which I think was a freebie from them which is so nice of them. I love that it is a nice festive Christmas coffee image.

I opened the digital image in Word and sized it for the card. I like using Word if I can since there is a ruler. I like all the things around the cup! I colored everything with Copics. I added a bit of puff embossing powder on the coffee. The snowflakes have some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer on them which doesn’t really show in the photo. I added the snowflakes to the cup using white pigment ink.

The sentiment is from a Papertrey Ink stamp set.

The two patterned papers are from the same paper pad.

There is a layer of fun foam under the die cut mats.


  • Papertrey Ink stamp set – Deck the Halls – sentiment
  • Stamplorations Digital Image – A Cup for the Holidays
  • Freebie in a Crafty Magazine – Winter Wonderland stamp set – snowflakes
  • Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen
  • Copic pens
  • Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink
  • Hero Arts Puff embossing powder
  • Spellbinders Curved Rectangles die set

Crafty Garage Sale Haul

Howdy! I just had to share this with the crafty folks out there. I went to a garage sale that was a card makers craft room clean out. Not just clean out but a get rid of it all sale. The lady stopped making cards and the husband spent two long days in the garage selling it all. I went over there twice and never saw the lady. It took him 3 weeks to organize everything. He did a great job, had it priced nice and could talk about some of the stuff. This is a once in a life time haul for sure.

I know this may not be that exciting for you all but it was very cool for me so I am sharing. Also I wanted to write up some of the fun things that I won’t remember later. And yes… I took a lot of time to look stuff up, price it and put it on a spreadsheet. That is how I roll. For some reason I like to track stuff. I already have spreadsheets going for my craft supplies. There are many stamps that are not even on my spreadsheets yet.

  • If I bought all of this new it is worth about $544. That doesn’t count the 8 bottle of embossing powder he just gave me.
  • It cost me $62
  • Many of the things are not even used or in very good condition.
  • I got 26 dies, 10 stamps, 3 stencils, a set of 6 Ken Oliver Color Burst powders, an unused pack of adhesive sheets, 8 embossing powders.

The surprising thing was the 2 Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz stamp sets. They were obviously in older packaging and pretty much not used. One set was $19 back in the day and it is still sold and now costs $30.

Someone before me made a huge Tim Holtz haul. He had that stuff all together. There was tons of inks and refills. She called talked to him about it. She took it all and got a bundle price. She never went there but her husband went and got it. Pretty darn cool.


There are 4 word dies in one of those baggies. 3 are from 1 set the other not sure. I cannot figure out who makes the snowflake dies in a baggie.


These cover plates are where I scored big time. They still sell them and they are $16 each. I think I paid $3 each.


He gave me all the embossing powders for nothing. A couple were half full but the rest pretty much full. That gold is a huge thing of powder. The Color Burst were $1 for all of them. They are at least $20 new.


Funny thing with all these.. I went back the second day just to see if there was a die to match a stamp set I got. Nope. But I brought all these home. He took $6 for all of this. So darn nice!



Halloween Cards… Lot’s of them

Happy Halloween…. almost! I got a new stamp set if you saw my Halloween Thank You post and that just got me rolling on making Halloween cards. I love Halloween and I intend to send cards every year but it doesn’t always happen. So hang on tight because here I go.

Uh oh I am kind of forgetting how I did this. I think I stamped the two pumpkins and the things with them first along with the spider web. I colored the pumpkins with Copics.

Then I made masks to cover them up so I could ink blend the background using Oxide Distress ink. I then ended up tracing over the outlines to make them a little more bold.

I stamped the sentiment and wasn’t happy with it but moved things around so I tried to line up the sentiment again to stamp it again. I was close but not quite but I think you can get away with a shadow look for a Halloween card. Then I ink blended around the sentiment with yellow to help make it stand out.

Supplies: Hampton Art Halloween stamp set, Oxide Distress Ink, Copic markers

This one was fun once I got the background figured out. Cutesy doesn’t go with this pumpkins. The background is ink blended with Oxide Distress inks. Then I stamped on it with a text stamp, the spider webs, spider and sentiment.

Probably the most fun was making that fence. I had a fence die cut but I wanted more to it. First I used some Chunky Metallic embossing powder on it. Then I wanted more black to it so I put on another layer of the metallic embossing powder and sprinkled some black embossing powder on it too. It came out pretty cool. A bit more shiny than I would like but I still really like it.

The pumpkins are stamped and then colored with Copic pens. I cut them out by hand. I actually have dies for them but I don’t always want to white edge.

Supplies: Sizzix/Tim Holtz Mini Halloween 3 (webs, spider, 2 other images), Sizzix/Tim Holtz Jack-O-Lantern stamp set, Stampendous Chunky Metallic Embossing Enamel, Copic pens, Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday stamp set (sentiment), Hero Arts La Letter text stamp

This one is a lot like my Halloween Thank You card posted here.  The background is ink blended and splattered with water. I inked around the edges of the card with the purple ink.

All the stamps are from the Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Mini Halloween 3 stamp set.

Supplies: Oxide Distress ink most likely, Stampers Anonymous set mentioned above.

Here’s a card with Hero Arts Reactive ink blending for the background. I stamped the spider web over the ink blending. I stamped a Crazy Bird and the accessories and colored them with Copics. I die cut two layers for the sentiment.

Supplies: Inkadinkado Spiderwebs stamp set, Hero Arts Reactive Ink, Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy stamp set, Hero Arts Halloween Trimmings stamp & die set Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Crazy Things stamp set (pumpkin & witches hat)

This image is so cute and I colored it some time ago with Copics. Another one I am finally using from my stash. The background is Lawn Fawn plaid paper. The sentiment is die cut maybe two times and glued together. The hen and the mat are cut out with Spellbinders dies.

Supplies: Lawn Fawn Fall Plaid Paper, La-La Land Crafts Clover on Pumpkins stamp, Copic Markers, Spellbinders Circle dies, Hero Arts Halloween Trimmings stamp & die set

This cute little image is by La-La Land Crafts and I got this when I took a class with Irina the owner of La-La Land at a local store. It was a Copics class and I didn’t think I liked coloring with them because it was to hard to do. Well fast forward and don’t ask how many Copics I have and how often I use them. Lots! I am not that big of a fan of what I call dolly kind of images but I love this one and I think Irina is very talented. So on to the card…. I colored Marci with Copics. I cut her and the mat out with a die. I stamped the sentiment.

Suuplies: Basic Grey Patterned Paper, Hampton Art Halloween set (sentiment), La-La Land Crafts Witch Marci, Copic Pens, My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangles Dies

An easy one with no stamping or die cutting. What? I love this Authentique paper and this image is perfect to send to my sister-in-law. It took me longer to figure out how to lay it out than to put it together. My brain wants to center everything which can get kind of boring. I inked around the edge of the orange paper.

Supplies: Authentique Enchanted Halloween Patterned Paper, Black Ink, Twine

I found this stamp in Southern California in a store that was closing. I live in Northern California and I was down visiting my Dad and his girlfriend. Such a cute scene. I colored the scene with Copics. I heat embossed the sentiment. I forgot to powder before embossing which I do about half the time. I figure with Halloween designs they can get away with things being a little off.

Supplies: Northwoods Rubber Stamp Halloween Scene, Copic Pens, Hampton Arts Halloween stamp set (sentiment), Sparkle and Sprinkle Tuscan Star Embossing Powder.

For this card I found that spider web die cut in my stash so I found papers that go with it to make the card. The sentiment has 3 layers of paper layered together the bottom two are black. I stamped Mr. Bones, his tie and hat on paper that was part of the same line. I glued black paper on the back of the skull, tie, hat to give a bit more dimension. I cut all of those out by hand. I added gold and the black Glaze (Jelly Roll pens) to the hat.

Supplies: Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Mini Halloween stamp set, Jelly Roll Metallic Gold and Black Glaze pens, Hero Arts Halloween Trimmings stamp & cut set (sentiment), Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Crazy Things stamp set (hat & bow tie) 

I guess I liked Mr. Bones.. At first I was thinking what am I going to do with this stamp. I like how both of my Mr. Bones cards turned out. The spider web I made some time ago with an embossing folder and it looks like I inked the folder. This is the debossed side. I stamped Mr. Bones and die cut around him. I colored the hat and bow tie with Copics and cut them out by hand. The sentiment is die cut from white paper and colored with a Copic pen. There is a bit of gold from a metallic Jelly Roll pen on the hat.

Supplies: Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Mini Halloween stamp set, Jelly Roll Metallic Gold pen, Hero Arts Halloween Trimmings stamp & cut set (sentiment), Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Crazy Things stamp set (hat & bow tie), Sizzix Spider Web embossing folder, Spellbinders Oval die

Ok if you are still with me this is the last one.

This is a stamp from Stamptember at Simon Says Stamp. It is a SSS/Brutus Monroe stamp set called Autumn Greetings. I pretty closely copied Nichol Spohr’s card because I love her card so much and the other one that she created. That is what made me hit the button and get this stamp. Take a look here to see her cards! The scene is colored with Copic pens and I used a black Glaze pen on the bats on the moon and the pumpkin face. The base of the globe is also colored with Copics. The sentiment is heat embossed from the same set. Over the scene I put Hero Arts Crystal Clear Lacquer. I need to practice that some more..  The background is ink blended with Oxide Distress inks. I splattered a little shimmer spray on the background by spraying a bit on my craft mat and using a little paint brush. The stars.. I added them but I am not crazy about them.

Supplies: Simon Says Stamp/Brutus Monroe Autumn Greetings stamp set, Copic Pens, Jelly Roll Black Glaze pen, Hero Arts Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen, Oxide Distress Ink, Judikins Black Detail Embossing Powder, Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz

***If you made it to the end can you answer two questions in the comments?

Which card do you like best?

Is there too many cards in this post and would it be better to put maybe 3 in a post?***

Thanks so much for looking! I had lot’s of fun and somehow lot’s of ideas came to me.






Reverse Confetti Thanks Die

Just a quick post for a very quick card.

Here is another use up your stash card. It makes me happy to be using stuff because I have so much! So this is a panel I had laying around after playing with Ken Oliver Color Burst. I just die cut the thanks frame out of some burgundy paper and attached it. This was for the next door neighbor kid in middle school who took care of our mail and fed our fish while we were gone. I wrote him a little note and put some cash in there.


  • Reverse Confetti Thanks die
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Watercolor Powder

Impression Obsession Night Owl

Here I am now with a birthday card for my hubby. He picked this stamp out for me when he went to The Ink Pad store in New York. We both love bird watching and my hub really enjoys seeing hawks.

I started my card with a panel I had in my stash. It was ink on water color paper. Probably Distress ink. I loved the colors and I thought it would go well with the stamp. I stamped over the colored panel with brown ink, then I cut the panel to have a border around the actual image. One thing that adds to this also is watercolor paper has lots of texture!

Then I heat embossed the sentiment.

Fairly simple and I love the way it turned out.


  • Impression Obsession Night Owl
  • Hero Arts Everyday Messages
  • Ranger Embossing Powder – Potting Soil
  • Versafine Clair ink – Pinecone