Gilding Flakes Die Cut Birthday Card

Howdy! Today’s card has a few things on it that I have been wanting to include on a card. One is a doily and to use gilding flakes.

Darice Bird on a Branch Die

For the background I used an embossing folder.

I think I probably used some Oxide Distress ink to color the doily.

I die cut the branch and the bird. I put a double stick sheet on the front of the bird. Then I put the gilding flakes on it and burnished them.

For the greeting I die cut it also and did the same as the bird.


  • Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes – Summer Meadow
  • Darice Die Set – Bird on a Branch
  • Oxide Distress Ink
  • Spellbinders Sentiment Die – Sentiments Three

Birthday Card Revamp

Today I have a card that I revamped. I made the card at Stamp and Scrapbook Expo. It was just a little to much black for me. Here is the original card. The image and glitter film is by Stamp On It.

Stamponit Image and Film

Here is the revamped version. To quickly describe the process you put a glitter film over a cool image. The rest is just cut out a window, put on the stickers for the sentiment and corner pieces. I happened to have some of the peel off stickers similar to the original card.

Stamp On It image and glitter film

If you attend an Stamp and Scrapbook Expo check out Stamp On It. They have images and the glitter film which is unique and different which I really like to see. If you would like to see their stuff online go see it here.  I am not involved with them at all but I like that they offer something different. The Glitter Film package even has some ideas and instructions on it which is really nice.

Fathers Day Cards

Howdy! Here’s the two Fathers Day Cards I made. One for my Dad who just turned 90 and one for my hubby. My hubby has been a great Dad to my son.

The first one is the one I made for my Dad. He liked to sail so I thought the ocean scene would be nice.

Hero Arts Reef Border DieHero Arts My Monthly Hero March 2019






For the background I did a few layers of Oxide Distress ink letting them dry in between on watercolor paper. I cut out the reef border using a Hero Arts die.

The fish were fun… I used a piece of Ranger Silver Sparkle Alcohol Ink Cardstock and put some alcohol ink on it. It comes out so cool with such a nice shimmer. Then I die cut a couple of the fish from one of the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero sets.

For the sentiment I used a Hero Arts stamp set and a Hero Arts Ombre ink pad.


  • Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday – sentiment
  • Ranger Silver Sparkle Alcohol Ink Cardstock
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit March 2019
  • Hero Arts Reef Border Die

Here is the card I made for my hubby. He uses the two coffee makers on the card to make coffee. One is a french press and the other is a moka pot. We love Tahoe and he has a black mug with a bit of a scene on it and it says Lake Tahoe. I tried drawing the scene on there but it just wasn’t working so I just decided to write the Lake Tahoe part.

Janes Doodles Coffee Time

For this card I made the background somehow. Ha. It’s probably just some watercolor put on simply or Distress ink.  I added the coffee rings using a stencil.

I die cut a couple of rectangles with a die with double stitching.

The mug, french press and moka pot are stamped and heat embossed. I colored them with Copics. The mug sits up a little higher with foam tape under it.

The sentiment is heat embossed using brown embossing powder.


  • TCW Mini Butterfly Collage stencil
  • Sentiment stamp by the Artful Stamper
  • Jane’s Doodles Coffee Time stamp
  • Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle die set
  • Copic Pens






Picket Fence Need More Caffeine Thank You Card

Howdy! I have a coffee card for you today. It’s been a busy couple months. I was doing many things, going several places and making many cards. Slowly but surely I am posting them.

Picket Fence Need More Caffeine

Here’s a brief description of my card since I made it a ways back. I stamped the coffee cups on possibly watercolor paper. The stamp is by Picket Fence called Need More Caffeine. I think I used Zig Clean Color pens to color everything. Possibly Copics on the cups. I am pretty sure that the background is blended Oxide Distress Ink. The sentiment is die cut.



Hero Arts Reef Border Die Cut

Howdy! I have a sparkle and shine project for you today. Wow it’s a new month (time is always flying by) and a new challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking. It is Sparkle and Shine.

Hero Arts Reef Border Die


For the background of my card it’s about shimmer. I put some alcohol ink on Silver Sparkle Alcohol Ink Cardstock. Let me just say it is a great look.

I then used just the center part of the Hero Arts Reef Border die to cut the fun window out of the Neenah white paper.

For the turtle and seahorse I stamped those and die cut them. They are from two different Hero Arts sets. After die cutting them I added Stickles to the turtle and down the seahorse (a little hard to see in the photo). I used Hero Arts cube inks for the turtle and seahorse. The seahorse ink is Hero Arts new reactive ink.

For the sentiment I die cut that out of the same shimmer panel used for the background.



Join in the fun challenge for July “Sparkle & Shine“!




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Hero Arts My Monthly Hero March 2019

Greetings! I’m stopping in today trying to catch up on the many cards I made recently. To many things going on.

Here is a card I made using the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit from March 2019. It is an aquarium theme. It is a good one to mix with an under the sea kit by Hero Arts from July of 2016.

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero March 2019

My two favorite things are going on with this card. Oxide Distress ink and a really nice Hero Arts kit. I love the underwater theme and also have another kit with fish and such.

This card is pretty straight forward. I put down some Oxide Distress ink on my kraft mat. I sprayed with water and then dipped my watercolor paper in it creating the background.

Then I just die cut all of the things I wanted on the card. First was the aquarium frame which includes under water plants. Then I just picked various sea creatures and the diver and die cut them. Those who have been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California has probably seen when they have the diver go in the very tall tank with lot’s of seaweed and of course the fish.

Then it was just a matter of stamping the greeting.

Hero Arts Color Layering Stamping

Howdy, here I am again with a home decor project. Sometimes you think what the heck am I going to make instead of a card then you get rolling and dive in. I have really enjoyed the projects I have made for the June challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking. I made another thing for my craft room. It is going to sit in my craft room next to my computer to hold my birthday lists. I like them right in front of me so I can quickly see the birthdays coming up. That is not a guarantee of timeliness though….

Hero Arts Color Layering Stamping



To start off my project I got this wood stand at Michaels craft store. I used Distress paint in a few different colors of brown to paint the wood.

For the butterflies I used the Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly stamp set and the Flutterbies Printable digital set. Both of these are available in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. First I used my Misti to stamp the 3 layers of the larger monarch butterfly. For the 2 smaller butterflies I used the Flutterbies Printable kit to print the pdf with 6 butterflies on it. I just told the printer I was printing on a 4X6 piece of paper which in reality I used an 8 1/2 X 11 piece of Neenah paper. This makes all of the butterflies print smaller. I colored the 2 purple ones with Copic pens. I hand cut all of the butterflies but the Monarch Butterfly matching die is available in the a2z Etsy store. I glued these down over the branches. There are little strips of foam under part of the wings of the orange butterfly and under the purple butterfly on the right to give them some dimension.

Check out the a2z Etsy store and use my discount code karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Here comes the tricky part…. I decided I wanted to die cut the branches out of Tim Holtz plain tissue paper. You need to make it more stable to run it through a die cut machine. I put some 2 sided adhesive on the tissue and die cut 2 of the branches. The trickiest part is after you take off the backing paper you have a very delicate branch that you have to keep from sticking to itself and get it on to that wood without ripping it. The first one, all good. The second one I had to fight with it.

The clasp that holds the paper at the top is colored with Alcohol Ink.

Here is a look without the list. I am going to have to redo the lists so the color ink on the lists match the butterflies. I just mean any orange and purple. It’s going to bug me if I don’t. Ha!

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly


Please join us in this month’s “Anything but a Card”.


Did You Ever?

Hello Crafty Friends! I am wondering have you ever done this before? Here is a project I was working on slowly filling in the background with watercolor. It once was one piece of watercolor paper.

I love the way it is looking. It gets moved around many times while I am making other things. At some point it gets turned upside down. I grab it thinking it is a blank piece of watercolor paper. I cut it in half. I decide I want to try something with a flower stamp. I ink it up. I use the piece of water color paper I just cut to stamp on.  Here is the back side of the lovely jelly fish. Oops!! Darn it!

Fundraiser Thank You Cards

Howdy! For many years now I have been participating in a walk to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. The past several years my friend Julie and I have had some fun creating outfits to wear for the walk. The thing about the walk is folks decorate bras. We go a little further with it. Sometimes we go with the theme for the year and sometimes something random. This year the theme was Quest for a Cure and they mentioned what an elephant symbolizes when thinking about fighting breast cancer. We ended up making elephant costumes. I really like helping with this fundraiser and I really appreciate all my friends and family who donate. Many of them year after year. Here we are in our costumes.

Here are several pictures of the cards I made to thank those who donated and Julie who I walk with and another friend who helped with the outfits but could not join us on the walk.

I got the logo for this years walk from the organization and we used it as part of our outfits and I used it for the thank yous. There is a bunch of card photos. Most are slightly different. I made 11 of them and I am not one to keep making the exact same card. Small changes make it different enough for me most of the time. Besides the patterned paper I used a rectangular die, glimmer pen, pink glitter, maybe some clear Nuvo, a sentiment stamp (I stamped the first two with the sentiment after the photo) and Glossy Accents.


For my son and hubby. I didn’t use any glitter just shimmer which looks like to much in the photo but wasn’t that shimmery.
The two girl card was for the girl that actually created the costumes and walked with me. There is a bit more glimmer on these two. The other card was for our helper.

Picket Fence Studios Class Cards

Howdy! Way back in March I took a class with the owner of Picket Fence Studios at Expo. I enjoyed it and it was very helpful to me to learn how to better use my Zig Clean Color pens. I like them but wasn’t using them to much. The big trick is using Bristol paper with them.

Here are two of the cards I finished up just recently from the class. I will add the third card when I finish it.

Picket Fence Studios Lily


Basically we learned about the Bristol paper, how to color with Zigs and she provided the card designs and paper. We also got the stamp set with this pretty flower. She has a nice black hybrid ink that worked well for this coloring. The three different things we did was two, three and five colors and blending them. This is a nice flower image and they were fun to color. I have one more to finish up. You know I wouldn’t want to rush into it. Ha.

Just one little thought on these cards. The Bristol paper is not a white white so when it is next to white you can see that more.