Sympathy Flower


This sympathy card is very similar to a card I created recently. This flower is from The Ton from a set called Large Peony. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set Everyday Sayings (CL342).

  • I stamped the flower with Memento ink Danube Blue on watercolor paper. I colored it in with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints.
  • The leaves I did similar stamping them with Memento ink Bamboo Leaves.
  • I covered the watercolor panel with vellum and stamped over the flower with Versamark ink and embossed with white.
  • The greeting is from Hero Arts and stamped with the Danube Blue ink.
  • The flower panel is raised with foam tape.

I entered this in the April monthly challenge at A Blog Named Hero here. The theme this month is Clean & Simple.


Balloon Birthday


I was making a card for someone, trying to go away from feminine and trying to make this for the Simon Says Stamp challenge in Flickr. For challenge 43 the theme is ink blending. I got out the Simon Says Stamp stencils called Balloons & Patterns. I was trying to blend some inks and put a pattern over the balloons but that wasn’t looking right. So for the big balloon I blended 4 different Distress inks. For the other two balloons I used the blending tool to apply 2 of the 4 Distress inks on them. I hand cut all of the balloons. I added the little touch of white on the balloons with a white Wink of Stella pen. The strings are hand drawn. I had one background in mind but that wasn’t looking right so I happen to see this laying on my table and thought it worked nice for this card. For the sentiment I used the Simon Says Stamp stamp set and the matching die called More Sketchy Banner Greetings. I watercolored some watercolor paper, cut it out with the SSS die and then stamped the sentiment with Versafine ink in Onyx Black which I recently got and really like. For the watercolor background I embossed it first with an embossing folder called Quilted by Sizzix and then watercolored that.

I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge 53.

Hero Arts Scramble 131

Scramble 131 was hosted by Cat in Flickr. The theme for her Scramble was two different sketches and using your favorite stamp. Well picking a favorite of all my Hero Arts stamps is a challenge. I love many of them.


I have been wanting to try this technique that I recently saw on Jennifer McQuire’s blog. She made a nice card from vellum. I just put the vellum over my painted panel. For this card I started out by stamping the flower in blue ink on watercolor paper and I used green ink for the leaves. I painted in the flower and leaves using Gansai Tambi watercolor paints. I then stamped only the flower on some vellum and heat embossed with white embossing powder. What I did not realize is that the vellum was slightly yellow. I would have preferred that it was white. The flower is not colored in on the vellum. The leaves were only done on the panel under the vellum. The sentiment is stamped with the same blue ink as the flower. The stamps that I used are Hero Arts Stencil Flower (CG194) and the sentiment is from Many Everyday Messages (CL954). The leaves are from a set by The Ton called Large Peony. I attached the panel with foam tape to raise it a little bit.

I am entering this in the following challenges.

A Blog Named Hero April Challenge – Clean and Simple

a2z Scrapbooking April 2016 Challenge – Watercoloring

More Joy to the World

These two cards were also created while I was creating the Merry Monday card. The challenge is here.

The first card I stamped the background with a Stampington & Company stamp called Sheet Music using Versamark.   The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp from the set Chalkboard Messages (CG619) and embossed with silver embossing powder. The larger snowflake is a brad that I cut the posts off of and then there are the sequins.

The second card I created the background probably the end of last year or maybe the very beginning of this year. I think I probably used some Hero Arts snowflake stamps and glitter embossing powder. The sentiment is embossed with silver embossing powder.

Hero Arts Scramble 130

Today’s Scramble was hosted by Chark. The theme was mix it up, meaning use stamps and stencils from different sets and/or wood stamps. I managed to use 3 different sets and a stencil.


For the background I used the Hero Arts stencil Long Leaves (SA062) and sprayed over it with Heidi Swapp spray in teal.

I started out stamping the flowers first and then trying to watercolor paint with Gansi Tambi watercolor paints but the black ink wasn’t drying fast enough and I got mud color. So I wet the watercolor paper first then laid on the color. I helped the drying along with a heat gun. Then I stamped over the watercolor areas. I hand cut all of the flowers. The My Monthly Hero flowers have dies to match but I wasn’t sure if you get the border around the edge and I didn’t want that for this card. For the flowers I used the two different sets My Monthly Hero March 2016 and Color Me Flowers (CG133). The flowers are only glued in the middle and I tried to shape them some which is hard to see in the photo. The two smallest flowers have pop dots under them.

For the greeting I used Hero Arts Set It’s Your Day (CL661).

Merry Monday Challenge 198


The theme for this weeks challenge at Merry Monday #198 is Christmas Carols. I am entering this in the Merry Monday Challenge. I did not have to many stamps with the words for carols so this is it. The background is stamped with a Stampington & Company stamp called Sheet Music. I used Hero Arts white satin pearl embossing powder. The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp from the set Chalkboard Messages (CG619) and embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder.