Hero Arts Monarch Butterfly with Nuvo Glimmer Paste

Howdy! I am over at a2z Scrapbooking with a glittery butterfly. So pretty in real life and very hard to capture it well in a photograph. Later today I will be adding a photo taken in natural light.  I have added two photos I took outside at different times today. The conclusion is that glitter like this just looks way better in person.

For my card I really wanted to use some of the Nuvo Glimmer Paste. You can get the pretty Sapphire Blue Glimmer Paste in the a2z Etsy shop. I tried a couple different things but some were not working to well. But then this happened. The Nuvo Glimmer Paste is the “background” of the butterfly.

I created the blue part of the butterfly by cutting a butterfly out using the Hero Arts Monarch Butterfly die also available in the a2z Etsy shop. I took out the pretty butterfly and used that open space as a stencil.

I centered it nice over my paper and used temporary adhesive to keep all the edges down. I filled it in with the Nuvo Glimmer Paste. Then I removed the stencil and washed my tools immediately. That stuff sticks very well.

On the butterfly die cut I put an adhesive sheet on the front of the paper before die cutting. I removed the release paper and now there is adhesive on the front of the butterfly. I used some Elizabeth Craft Designs microfine glitter all over it. You should rub it in good to make it shine and stick well. There is a mostly purple and a bit of pink glitter. I am not the biggest glitter fan but using it this way I really like it. If you need some tips on glitter handling El at Elizabeth Craft Designs has some great video’s that really help with keeping the glitter under control. I saw her demo at Scrapbook Expo one year and I still remember that. She has some great tips and some great looks with her fab glitter.

Then I glued the butterfly outline over the Glitter Paste background I created. I cut around the butterfly with a rectangle die. I put that on a pretty purple patterned paper and added a die cut sentiment.

The two outdoor shots. Let me know if you like one over the other. I did not resize them as low as my first photo above in the post.




Hero Arts Die Cut Christmas Sentiment

Hello! Today I am over at a2z Scrapbooking with a Christmas Card.

Hero Arts Cut-Out Christmas Fancy Die
I started with this shiny red paper I had in my stash and thought it would work well for this card. It is cool paper with texture to it. I looks like shiny linen. I positioned the Hero Arts Cut-Out Christmas die so that I had a portion of red below the sentiment. I like that this die has a positive negative look. I also have the Happy Holidays die. These dies and a Tis The Season die are all available in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. Use my discount code karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

For the background I stamped some snowflakes and heat embossed them using Hero Arts Sparkle embossing powder. It gives a nice little shine with some glittery sparkle. I need to give this a try with some colored pigment ink instead of the Versamark. I glued the red sentiment piece to the background.

The house and trees are from a Hero Arts stamp set called Home For The Holidays. I heat embossed the house and the bare tree in brown and the full tree with green powder. I colored the house and the full tree with Copics. I used the matching die set to cut them out.



Hero Arts Cardmaking Fun Day

One day I was going to the Hero Arts website for something and up popped a cardmaking event. I live about 40 minutes from Hero Arts and thought I am not passing this one up. It was very reasonably priced. Hero Arts is one of my very favorite stamping companies and they are really what got me going on cardmaking in a big way. You could also order ahead of time so your order was ready for you.

They had lots of nice cards on display.

The first thing we did was make 4 cards. Just a few notes about each one.

We cut strips of colored paper, glued them to the black and stamped over that with a background stamp. The sentiment and the paint tray are raised with foam tape. A bit of coloring with Copics.

Ink blending on the background with reactive ink. We used the new poinsettia stencil over the background and spritzed with water and then dabbed it off. The happy has some of the new Icicle Pure White glitter on it and the other part of the sentiment is heat embossed.

For this card we used a From the Vault stamp. We colored with water based pens onto the stamp and then stamped. Water down some ink and splatter it on the card. Stamp the sentiment.

This is a fun little card. You stamp the scene on the circle. I added some Nuvo Glitter Drops at home to the rooftops. I also stamped all the snowflakes in Frost Versamark on the gray panel. It was too much “white” space for me.

The fun part is here in the inside of the card. A pop up type thing which I have never done. So we stamped the cobblestone pattern using the Cobblestone Bold Prints stamp on the house shape. Color the critters, stamp the sentiment. You folded up some paper to make the pop up part behind the house.

It was fun to be able to talk about card making with all the other card makers too!

After that they brought in lunch. Sandwiches, chips, pasta salad, drinks and a cookie. Generous for sure.

After lunch they did a giveaway. You got a ticket with something stamped on it. First was the gingerbread stamped tickets. That was me. Here is what I got. This is the set we used to make that last card. Such cute critters. So there were other things given to folks and everyone got something. Nice!

Then you could shop, tour the factory and/or work on projects or finish your cards.  I’ve been wanting to tour their facility so it was fun to learn about some things that go on behind the scenes and the tour was given by the owner of Hero Arts. When I went to pick up my goodies I ordered I managed to find a few things in the little shop they have also.

Here are a couple extra goodies that were in my bag of things I purchased.

I already love Hero Arts but this just added to it. Such a fun day.

To finish off the day my hub and me took out our boat and cruised around San Francisco Bay.

In the evening we listened to our favorite band The Mark Banning Band at Taste of Rome in Sausalito.

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Hero Arts Nasturtium – Colored Pencils on Kraft

Hello! It’s September already, cruising along in 2019. For September the theme over at a2z Scrapbooking is Anything Goes.


Check it out and join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” challenge. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

I created card with colored pencil coloring on kraft paper, some heat embossing and die cutting.

Hero Florals Nasturtium

When I was thinking about creating my card I wanted to use this pretty Hero Arts Nasturtium stamp, use kraft and color with colored pencils. It’s been awhile since I colored with pencils and I just want to be doing that more often.

The first step was to stamp the image in each corner and heat emboss using copper embossing powder. You can find some copper embossing powder in the a2z Etsy store. I then used Prismacolor Pencils to color in the images. I used oranges, yellow, two greens, a couple reds. Then I watered down some liquid watercolors and covered my flowers and splattered it on the card. It was a bit bold so I just took a cloth and kind of dabbed it off a bit. That is one of those things that can be to much if you don’t do it right and that is why sometimes I hesitate doing it.

The sentiment was die cut and heat embossed with the same copper embossing powder. I then cut one more sentiment out of the kraft paper and glued it with the embossed one for some dimension.












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Inlaid Die Cutting with Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch

Howdy! I’m over at a2z Scrapbooking with some shimmery butterflies. Oh wait that was last month. I created a birthday card that happens to have shimmery butterflies for this month’s challenge theme of Birthday . When I thought about making this card the inlay technique and using some of the Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Ink came to mind. So here we are.

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly


For the butterflies I put some drops of the purple and the blue Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Ink on a kraft sheet along with a tiny bit of gold. I spritzed the inks with water. I brushed the ink on paper and let it dry. Then I stamped the Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch on the metallic inks using just the detailed layer. I cut those out with the Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch matching die. Two butterflies were cut out of the white background paper so that I could inlay the purple and blue butterflies in those spaces. I just love the shimmery look of the metallic ink and it is my favorite look in the glitter/shiny/shimmer category. The purple and blue come together in the pack.

For the flowers I mixed a little gold Glimmer Metallic ink with some Hero Arts Dandelion and Orange Liquid Watercolors. I love this combination. I painted that on paper and when it dried I stamped the flowers from the Color Layering Monarch stamp set. Then they were die cut.

The sentiment was die cut.

Entered in the Love! Handmade Cards August Challenge in Flickr.

You can get most of the supplies used on my card at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store and they are having a sale this month. Use my discount code karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.


Please join us in this month’s “Birthday” challenge.


Rubbernecker Petunias Layered Stamping

Wow I finally am getting to the last card post for now and I am caught up. Here is a birthday card I made with the image done way back and I finally put it together on a card.


Rubbernecker Freehand Frame

This flower is a two part stamp by Rubbernecker Stamps. They have some nice techniques to use with their stamps on their website and I just saw something I had not seen before on using this stamp. They inked the solid flower parts and then added Colorburst to the image. I need to try that. Back to what I did… I think I put some Oxide ink on the solid flower and then spritzed and stamped. Then I stamped the outline part probably with some Versafine ink.

The outline is also a stamp by Rubbernecker.

The sentiment is die cut.

Then just a couple layers of paper and it is put together.


  • Rubbernecker Stamps – Petunias
  • Rubbernecker Stamps – Freehand Frame
  • Spellbinders Die – Sentiments Three

Lawn Fawn Oh Gnome! Thank You Card

Continuing with my stack of thank you cards…

Here we have a cute gnome card. I finally got a chance to work with this cute set and a set of dies (not matching).

Lawn Fawn Oh Gnome! Stamp

Another scene card that is fun when it all comes together. This set really caught my eye because well gnomes and mushrooms.

The background is Lawn Fawn paper.

The gnomes, smaller mushrooms, flowers and wheel barrow are from the Oh Gnome! stamp set and colored with Copics. I hand cut them out.

The mushroom house with the window, door and grass beside the door are all from the Mushroom House die set. I colored the window in the door and the upper window with Copics.

The larger grass piece at the bottom of the card is from another Lawn Fawn die called Grassy Border.

The sentiment is from the Oh Gnome! stamp set. Surprising huh!

Here is a close up of how the gnome house door opens. Fun!


  • Lawn Fawn Oh Gnome! stamp set
  • Lawn Fawn Mushroom House die set
  • Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die
  • Copic pens
  • Lawn Fawn patterned paper – Sphinx

Many Thrift Store Rubber Stamps

I love making cards and I also like going to thrift stores to find stamps in good condition. One place marks them very low, like $1 for each for several of these. They don’t really know much about them which is good for me. So all of these stamps are in really good shape and about $15 for all of them. I usually won’t buy them unless I am familiar with the stamp company so I know the image will be a good one.

This is from one trip to the really nicely priced place. There are 2 botanical PSX stamps ($1 each) , I found the embossing powder (50 cents and pretty much not used), 2 Stampendous stamps (1 was $1 the other $3), the Easter egg one is by Hero Arts(50 cents).

These all came in a bag together for about $4.50. Two are Hero Arts stamps, 1 All Night Media, 1 Rubber Stampede. I saw the exact same bunny stamp at the store above for $1. Kind of random that I would see the same one in two different stores within about a week.

These came in a bag together also for about $4.00. 1 is a PSX stamp (bird house) and the other two are Penny Black stamps. The flowers on the chair is the one that really caught my eye in this bag of stamps.

Sometimes you get a few things you don’t really want and they go right back to the thrift store.  Good luck to you if you like to go on thrift store adventures too!

Hero Arts Holiday Animals

Here we are in August and it’s time for a Christmas card. I used to create them all year long but I got out of that habit and I need to get that going again.

I created my card with the Hero Arts Holiday Animals stamp and matching die set. For the sentiment I used the Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday.

It’s a bit challenging for me to create a scene but when it comes out how you want it what fun it is.

For the background I stamped some snowflakes with VersaMark Frost. It is kind of hard to see in the photo.

For the little scene I cut out the oval using a die. On the oval I also stamped snowflakes using the VersaMark Frost ink.

I cut out the hills using a die. I used the left over piece from the hill die cut to mask the hill when I stamped the trees.

Once I had my animals where I wanted them but before I glued them down I stamped those trees which are in the Holiday Animals set.

For the animals, present and hat I colored all of them with Copics. For the silver I used a Pen-touch pen. I have clear Nuvo on the owl’s eyes. I also added white Nuvo to the owl’s santa hat.

Submitted to the following challenges:

A Blog Named Hero July Challenge

Love Handmade Cards August Challenge


  • Hero Arts Holiday Animals stamp set
  • Hero Arts Holiday Animals matching die set
  • Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday stamp set
  • Hero Arts Nesting Oval Infinity Dies
  • Taylored Expressions Rolling Hills die set
  • VersaMark Dazzle Frost ink
  • Copic pens
  • Pen-touch pen – silver
  • Vivid ink – Vintage Green
  • Memory Box Snow Flurry stamp
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops – white & clear