Spellbinder Coffee Brewing Die Cut

Here we go with another one of my thank you cards…

The people I made this for have a coffee business and gave me coffee related gifts for Christmas. You might be starting to see where this is going.

Hero Arts August 2018 MMH kit

I recently joined the Tim Holtz Fanatics Facebook group so I was enjoying seeing all the Tim Holtz inspiration. That made me want to do an Oxide Distress Ink background. Not a stretch for me to pull these out though. So I did some smooshing for the background with the Oxide inks. Then I used a stencil to add the coffee rings and bits of pattern here and there.

The french press coffee maker was die cut from gold metallic paper. To make it look like it had coffee in it I took a little piece of brown paper and put Nuvo on it so it would be shiny. Then I glued that to the back side of the french press. There is Nuvo on the little knob on top of the lid also.

The cups were die cut using a Hero Arts MMH kit. They needed a little something so I used a stencil to put a pattern on them using a little bit lighter color of Oxide Distress ink than the paper was. I also went around the edges of the cups with some gold pigment ink.

The beans were die cut and have a little guess what… Oxide ink on them.

The sentiment die cut also with a little Oxide ink on it.


  • Spellbinders Cup and Beans die set – coffee beans
  • Spellbinders Coffee Brewing die set – french press
  • Hero Arts August 2018 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts Thanks Stamp & Cut set
  • Oxide Distress Ink
  • TCW Stencil Mini Butterfly Collage
  • Delicata Golden Glitz Pigment Ink
  • Tim Holtz Kraft-Stock Gold Metallic Paper
  • Nuvo Crystal Glaze

Hero Arts Designer Snowflakes Thank You Card

Hello! As usual I am trying to catch up posting. I made a few thank you cards for people that I got Christmas gifts from. I know it is a bit past Christmas.

Hero Arts Thank You Pair die

When I thought about making some thank you cards I decided I wanted to use the purple and blue Hero Arts metallic inks together. I dropped the ink on my kraft mat and spritzed it with water. I then did the smooshing technique to make my background. I really like the way the background looks but when you use the ink this way you lose a little of the cool metallic shimmer that these inks have.

Then I heat embossed the snowflakes using silver sparkle embossing powder.

The sentiment is die cut from white paper.


  • Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Ink – blue and purple
  • Hero Arts Designer Snowflakes stamp set
  • Hero Arts Thank You Pair die set
  • Hero Arts Embossing Powder – silver sparkle

Heartfelt Creations Create a ‘Scape Backcountry Stamp

Hello to you all! I got these new stamps recently and they very cool. There are several sets that go with the create a ‘scape theme. What is cool about them is that you build a scene and the outdoor mountain vibe.

So to create this I used three different stamps pieced/stamped together to make the whole scene. Also a few things are die cut.

The first step was to stamp the three scene pieces and line them up to make the whole scene. Below is the stamp set and die set so you can see what I mean. You don’t have to do it this way but this is what I did. Then do some masking and color blending on the background. Then I die cut the canoe and a few things around it, the wolf, the big tree and the cabin. I colored everything and glued the pieces on to the scene. I used Oxide Distress inks and Copics to color the scene. There is a few rough spots but not bad for my first time doing this. I sent this to my brother for his birthday.

Here is the stamp set and dies since it is kind of hard to explain and the links so that you can see more examples and the rest of the stamps and dies if you are interested. I have nothing to do with Heartfelt Creations but I like the company and these stamps are really cool to me. They are part of the Wilderness Retreat Collection.





  • Heartfelt Creations Create a ‘scape Backcountry Stamps
  • Heartfelt Creations Create a ‘scape Backcountry Dies
  • Copic Markers
  • Oxide Distress Ink

Die Cutting with Echo Park Snowman

Hello! Today I have a snowman card I made a few weeks ago.Darice Snowflake Embossing Folder


Let’s start with the background.. That is embossed with an embossing folder. I used some glitter paper which always make for challenging photos.

All the pieces of the snowman are die cut from a few colors of paper (white, black, brown). I colored some of the pieces with Copics.

The sentiment is die cut and probably colored with Copics.


  • Echo Park Snowman die set
  • Darice Snowflake embossing folder
  • Casual Fridays/Catherine Pooler sentiment dies

Hero Arts January 2020 My Monthly Hero

Howdy! I was lucky to get a My Monthly Hero Kit for January 2020. I am not a subscriber but I try to get in there right away and order one if I like it. Here we go with the first card I made with it.

My Monthly Hero

So much fun to make this! In case you haven’t seen it this kit has many flower dies, leaf dies and a couple of butterflies along with the paper wrap and envelope.

I cut several of the flowers out of different colors of paper. I cut out the flowers again using green paper to use for the stems. I used a different green paper to cut out some leaves. I used Jennifer McGuire’s idea of adding to the die cuts using Oxide Distress ink, Copics and white chalking ink. I cut the stems away from the green flower die cuts and just glued them on top of the stems on the colored flowers.

For the paper wrap I started with off white Neenah paper. I ink blended over it with Old Paper Oxide Distress ink. I then stamped the text from the set a couple times on the wrap. I glued the wrap open to the green panel and then added in the flowers and leaves. I also added the twine bow.

The sentiment is from the set. It is also Old Paper Oxide Distress ink on off white paper and then the sentiment stamped over that.  I cut out the strip using a die from the set. It is has the tails only on one end so I just put it back in the die to cut the other end. I was kind of going for the old newspaper look with the wrap and sentiment strip.

The background is a Oxide Distress ink over a stencil.

Entered over at Die Cut Divas for their January Challenge.

Also entered in the Flickr Group Love Handmade Cards for the January Challenge.


  • Hero Arts January 2020 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts Honeycomb Stencil
  • Oxide Distress Ink
  • Copic Markers
  • Quick Quotes Chalk Ink

Special Christmas Gift

Here is a set of really special mugs my hub and me got for Christmas. They are from someone he works with that doesn’t know me very well but she knows a few things about me. We have met also.

Here are the mugs. First of all they are Yeti mugs which are very nice and hold temperature a long time with the lid on. Secondly they are engraved.

My husbands is the rusty orange one and his engraving is because he loves Wild West stuff and he loves Lake Tahoe. If you see something odd laying on the top of his mug it is a tag or something. It looks like it might be a bear.

Take a look at my mug. Note the words and the name of my blog and note the color of the mug and my blog. Super cool that she took a moment to look at my blog and that she took the time to get this! I just love it. She does some crafty stuff but I don’t think she is a card maker.


Mine with my favorite tea steeping. Every night I drink relaxing no caffeine tea and this is my favorite. Chamomile Citrus by Might Leaf. My tea always gets too cool so I love that it stays warm in this mug.

The Ton Rose Terrace & Heat Embossing

Hellooo! Here is another card I made with a background I colored many moons ago and just didn’t know what I wanted to do with it. I think for me when I have a cool background I don’t want to cover it up or cut it up. So I struggle a bit. Now it is a card!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday

So after having this sit for so long I am really happy with the way it turned out.

I heat embossed the image I think using rose gold embossing powder. I colored with Copics. I made one little boo boo on the coloring but luckily it was on the edge and when I cut the panel down it got cut off. The sentiment was die cut using the same paper as the mat behind the panel.


  • The Ton Rose Terrace background stamp
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday Die
  • Copic Pens
  • Stampendous Rose Gold Embossing Enamel

Embossing with Hero Arts Paper Layering Snowflakes

Howdy it’s been a little while. I hope you all had a nice Christmas and New Years. I just started creating a few thank you notes. Here is one using some sparkly embossing powder.

Hero Arts Embossing Powder

Let’s start off with the background. Not much to say because I can’t remember how I got that silver on the blue paper. It was laying around and I liked the look of it. Possibly some pigment ink or glimmer metallic ink but I am just not sure. I would say there is a possibility of using a roller to get that ink on.

I can tell you about the snowflakes and sentiment. The snowflakes are paper layering snowflakes and I die cut them. I used embossing powder on them called sparkle but it is hard to see in the photo. I heat embossed them twice. Then I pushed up all the sections on each snowflake for some dimension and glued them to the background.

The sentiment is die cut and I heat embossed it twice also using a silver sparkle embossing powder. I really like the way that looks.

Entering in the December challenge over at A Blog Named Hero.


  • Hero Arts Paper Layering Snowflakes die set
  • Hero Arts Thank You Pair die set
  • Hero Arts Sparkle embossing powder
  • Hero Arts Silver Sparkle embossing powder


Delivery Folks Goodies

One day I was reading the different things in Nextdoor for my town of Dublin. Someone showed their set up for leaving out some goodies this time of year for all the folks delivering the mail and packages. I really liked that idea. I guess it’s a thing but I did not hear about it until this year. I made a sign on my computer and the fun part was using my stamps to decorate it. It makes me happy to use my stamps for something other than cards. Here is the sign I made.

I used a couple Hero Arts stamp sets. Those pinecones have super great detail and look nice when stamped with Versafine Clair ink. Just sayin’!

Supplies: Hero Arts Designer Snowflakes, Hero Arts Swirl Christmas, Hero Arts Happy Holly Days, Versafine Clair ink, Other ink

Here is the whole set up on my porch. I got the trays and the “tablecloth” from the dollar store. The tablecloth is a tree skirt that I draped over a plant table from my patio. Since it has been outside for several weeks I can just toss it when I’m done. I put out popcorn, chips, pretzels, cheese & peanut butter crackers, granola bars, and cookies.

Quick Thank You Tags

Howdy! Here’s some really quick thank you tags I made. I put them on bags when I sell something and the person is doing a porch pick up. I add their name to them also. Easy, fun and a special little touch. I think I will just add them when I make them.

Supplies: Holiday Seals stamp set by The Stamping Village, Hero Arts Everyday Messages, Hero Arts Happy Holly Days, Copic pens, Gelly Roll Metallic Gold pen, Gelly Roll Glaze pen

Supplies: Hero Arts Happy Holly Days, Hero Arts Everyday Messages

Supplies: Magazine Freebie stamp set Winter Wonderland, Lawn Fawn Thankful Mice stamp set

Supplies: Rubbernecker Stamps Cobblestone Background heat embossed, Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves die set