Rose Gold Embossing with a Penny Black Stamp

Howdy once again.. I’m about caught up with my card posting finally. This card I made very recently.

Fragrant Flowers

When I picked out this image to use for my card my first thought was using rose gold embossing powder. Love it! So I stamped on some watercolor paper and heat embossed with the rose gold powder. I colored the birds, branch and flowers using my Zig watercolor pens. For the the background I also used a Zig watercolor pen but I scribbled it on my craft mat so I could water it down.  Background coloring is new for me so I am getting used to it and need more practice. On the images I went with pen direct to paper along with my water pen.

For the sentiment I heat embossed with the same rose gold embossing powder.

The background is some fun paper I got at Daiso which is a Japanese store so this may be for origami but I got several different prints and tissue type paper and it was very reasonably priced.


  • Penny Black Fragrant Flowers stamp set
  • Hero Arts It’s Your Day stamp set – sentiment
  • Zig Watercolor Pens

Whipper Snapper Designs Halloween Card

Howdy! I am not quite done with Halloween.. Here is a card I made using a Whipper Snapper Designs stamp. I don’t remember where I got it. I went to their website and they have some really fun Halloween stamps.

Pumpkin Fence Stamp

Cutesy type stamps are not my norm but this is such a cute little scene.

I stamped the image and colored everything in with Copics even the background. The pumpkin cut out spots, the bat and the moon all have Glaze pens or Nuvo Crystal Drops on them which is hard to see in this photo except for maybe the moon. I then cut out the scene and the black layer using a die and glued them all together.


  • Whipper Snapper Designs Pumpkin Fence stamp
  • Copic markers
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangles die set


Inkadinkado Meadow Sympathy Card

More catching up.. October was a busy month.

Hero Arts Sympathy Card

Here is a sympathy card for my son’s friend, whose father passed away unexpectedly. So shocking and we have known them for many many years.

The background I had around from a time playing around with ink on my craft sheet (this story is sounding more and more familiar). I think for this one I put some ink down spritzed it and let a couple different layers dry and added ink several times. I really like the look of it. My mind is kind of linear and even when doing cards but this looks organic and I like it.

I used a Inkadinkado stamp set to stamp the plants first and second generation stamping. Plants and kind of mellow looking backgrounds have a calming feel to them which I think is good especially for sympathy cards.

The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set.


  • Inkadinkado Meadow stamp set
  • Hero Arts With Sympathy stamp set

Alcohol Ink Background Thanks Card

Howdy! Here’s a little card I made trying Jennifer McGuire’s Alcohol Ink Marbling technique. I made this card awhile ago also. Just trying to catch up…


Concord & 9th By Your Side Bird

So the quick note on this technique is you float alcohol ink in water and then put your paper over it and the alcohol ink sticks to the paper. I made a bunch of them when I tried it.

I layered up some papers on the white card. I used a die to cut out the birds and sentiment. Pretty straight forward after you make the background.


  • alcohol ink
  • Concord & 9th By Your Side die
  • Paper Smooches Thanks die

Art Impressions Tree Birthday

Howdy! I have a couple cards that I did not post a ways back when I made them but here they are now. I bought some book pages from a fun Scrapbooking store in Wyoming a few years back. I made a couple backgrounds with them. They were reasonably priced and I can’t bring myself to rip apart a book.

book page card

For the background I put some Oxide Distress ink on my craft mat and sprayed it with some water. I then put the book page down on that. You have to be a little careful with this paper since it’s a bit delicate. Cutting with a paper trimmer doesn’t work that well. However, I got the ink on it with no problems.

I stamped the tree over the book page and added the die cut sentiment.


  • Oxide Distress ink
  • Art Impressions tree stamp
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script die set



Birthday Cards – Flowers and Fun Birds

Just a fun little card for my son’s sister who is a teenager. She is kind of artsy. I thought these two quirky birds were kind of fun. They were in a package of things to color so color I did. Not the greatest coloring but it was more about the fun. As you can see I added clear Nuvo drops here and there. I think the black shiny parts were a glaze pen. For the background I used a stencil and Oxide Distress ink. The sentiment is die cut.

Simon Says Stamp Marilyn Full Card Die

This I sent to a friend. I die cut the background piece. For the flowers I stamped over some paper that I created awhile back by putting the paper down on some ink on my craft mat. The flowers are heat embossed using black embossing powder. The sentiment is die cut.


  • Dyslusions Diamond in the Round stencil
  • Spellbinders Sentiments One die – bird card
  • Distress Oxide ink
  • Copic Pens
  • Nuvo Crystal Clear Drops
  • Glaze pen
  • Simon Says Stamp Marilyn Full Card die
  • Stampendous Fresh Bloom stamp
  • Black embossing powder
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script die

Hero Arts Factory Store

Howdy! I was very fortunate today to visit the Hero Arts Factory Store. My hubby was so nice to take me and wait for me to look around. No tapping his feet but just reading in the car letting me look. Very nice! For the several years that Hero Arts has had the Factory Store open this is the first time I went to it. With no traffic it is about 30 minutes or so from my house. Lucky me! We went by one other time but the store was not open so I just saw Hero Arts on the side of the building.

This is the actual factory so you drive to an industrial area and walk into the building and here is the door to the store.

I had to take a photo of the sign on the door you go in.

These are some items with good prices on them.

On this display wall there are all the infinity dies which is the colorful part and below them are monthly kits they have available. This is where you pay.  There are a few people right back behind the store area that come up when you ring the bell or let them know you are ready.

Over by the wall they have some things out that you can play around with.

Proof I was there!

Gold Embossing with Hero Arts Stamps

Howdy to you all! Today I have a Thanksgiving card for you. I hope you are having some decent Fall weather. Here in Northern California I will just say I am not a fan of 80 degrees plus weather at this time of the year. At least the nights are nice and cool.


Home for the Holidays


When I started out to make my card I was looking forward to using the Home for the Holidays stamp set by Hero Arts and I wanted to use the fun leaf paper.

I began my card by ink blending some Quick Quotes inks to create a Fall look to the sky. I then cut a piece of the leaf paper and adhered that to the card. I got this paper from a fun inexpensive store called Daiso. You get several different patterns of 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 paper. One pack is handmade kind of tissue paper type paper. They are only $1.50 per pack. Anyway as you can see it says Fall.

Next I stamped the two houses with Versamark and used a gold embossing powder to heat emboss them. I colored them in using Copic pens. Next I cut them out using the Home for the Holidays dies that match the stamp set. For the snow on top of the one house I used some Nuvo drops for a little dimension. The Home for the Holidays stamp set leans more towards Christmas but you can use a different color scheme and not put to much snow in and you have Fall.

I found a nice piece of crocheted ribbon (not sure of the actual name) in my stash. I used Hero Arts pretty red brown liquid watercolor to color it. It is a little darker in the photo than it is in real life. I stuck that down using the red line tape.

I adhered my houses to the card and stamped the trees around them. I cut out some masks with the dies to that I could stamp the trees to look like they were behind the houses. I also stamped some smoke coming out of the chimneys. I think that is a nice little addition to this stamp set.

Then I added the sentiment.

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Sugartree Farmhouse Thankful Card

Howdy! Today is a new month and I am over at the a2z Scrapbbooking blog with my fall thankful card for the November Challenge. The details for the challenge Give Thanks and more card inspiration are on the blog. I decided some plaid and farm animals were the way to go.

a2z Sugartree Farmhouse digital set

The Sugartree Farmhouse digital kit worked really well for what I had in mind. You can get this digital kit at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. There are so many things you could use this for from Spring to Fall.


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To start out I brought the 3 animals into the Cameo Silhouette software to create cut files so I could cut them out using one of my favorite papers ever from the Lawn Fawn paper pad Perfectly Plaid Fall. I just saw them in plaid right when I started looking at this digital kit. After I cut them out I inked the edges using Quick Quotes ink. The cool thing about the Quick Quotes ink is they have points on the ink pad to make it much easier to get in the small areas.

Next I used a pierced die to cut out the rectangle from a darker kraft paper. The orange plaid rectangle is cut with a die also called Wonky Stitched Rectangles. And then an A2 size panel out of the same darker kraft paper. All of these were inked around the edges. The top most rectangle is popped up by using a slightly smaller piece of fun foam.

I printed the sentiment on a piece of Neenah cardstock changing the font color to a brown. I cut the sentiment out using a banner die. I used Quick Quotes ink again to ink over the banner.

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Hero Arts National Park Birthday

Howdy! I am here today with a birthday card! I love the National Parks and really enjoy using the National Parks Poetic Prints stamp set.

National Parks

For this card I used all 4 of the stamps in the set. Hero Arts donates a little to the National Parks for each set sold. I really wanted to color these in using colored pencils on the Neenah Desert Storm kraft paper. It is a lighter color of kraft. I colored all of the scenes using Prismacolor pencils. I went back over the stamping with a Copic Multiliner after I finished all the coloring. It doesn’t really show since it is so small, but I used a clear glaze pen on the car and trailer windows. I cut out each one using a die by Poppy Stamps.

Each of the park scenes have foam tape under them for some dimension.

The sentiment is cut with a die and the paper had the 2 sided adhesive on it which makes it much easier to stick it on to the card.

a2z scrapbooking october 2018 challenge


Please join us in this month’s “Frightfully Fun” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, 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.

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.