Simply Cards Magazine – Altenew

Just a quick post. It was fun to finally find a copy of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine with the Altenew layering rose in the package!



Birthday Card for My Son


I created this card for my son who just turned 25. Wow where has the time gone! I made this with some Spellbinders dies and a stamp set from Avocado Arts.

Avocado Arts set – Bold Celebrations

Spellbinders die – Curved Rectangles (S5-006)

I cut the two rectangles out with different size dies. You can’t really see it in the photo but I stamped 25 twice on the bottom of the black rectangle in Versamark. The cake is colored with Copics. The black ink all over the card is Memento Tuxedo Black. The cake, banner, banner line, the cake stand and the greeting are all part of the Avocado Arts stamp set.

County Fair Cards

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My son mentioned quite awhile back that I should enter some cards at our local county fair. He brought it up again recently since our fair is coming up next month. I decided why not try it out. So I registered for the birthday category and the holiday category. This would be my first time doing this. The floral card I made for entering at the fair specifically. The Christmas card I made recently for Merry Monday and for just making Christmas cards ahead of time. It was some pressure for me since I think I need to make the perfect card. I had plenty of time but I am particular about what I make for something like that. So I finally got it done and got it turned in with plenty of time to spare (not last minute like usual).  We will see how I do when I actually go to the fair.

So for the birthday card I embossed the background with a Cuttlebug embossing folder called divine swirl. The purple strip is watercolor painted on watercolor paper using Gansai Tambi paint. It took me a few times and colors to get it looking how I wanted. The flowers are stamped with a Hero Arts stamp called Small Striped Flower (CG256) and embossed with Ranger Queen’s Gold powder, which seems to be the gold I use the most. I colored the flowers with Copics. The centers of the flowers is done with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Dandelion Yellow. The greeting is embossed with the same gold powder and is from a Hero Arts set Many Everyday Messages (CL954).

For details on the Christmas card see this post.

Hero Arts Scramble 133

Today’s theme for the Scramble 133, which was a 24 hour Scramble, was to create some journaling cards. Thanks so much to Cindy for stepping up since nobody signed up for hosting the challenge. I appreciate that a lot because I love to do these.

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I decided to create some journaling cards for a scrapbook type thing that I am going to create for my bird and butterfly photos. I love seeing them and I love taking pictures of them. I also like finding out what they are.

I used many different Hero Arts sets to create my journaling cards.
Hero Arts Stamps
Travel (AC031) – The lines for journaling
Antique Engravings (CL383) – birds
Delicate Leaf Clusters (CL477) – leaves & tiny dragonfly
Antique Flowers & Butterflies – (657773) – butterflies

Technique Tuesday – For the Record set – journaling lines on watercolor journal card

Ink for leaves and birds Quick Quotes because I wanted a lighter stamped look.
For the butterflies I colored them with Memento pens and then stamped.

I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paints for the one background.

All of the journaling lines were stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink.

After I made these I decided the two white ones needed to be a little less white so I used some chalk type ink and lightly went over them directly with the ink pad.

I realized today that putting up a rust colored sail shade on my patio messed up my card photo area. The light that comes in the patio window now has a reddish tint. Time to find a new photo spot.

Merry Monday Challenge 204 Card 1


Merry Monday’s Challenge #204


For my card I used kraft paper and a Sizzix/Tim Holtz embossing folder for the wood grain background . I went over the embossing with Quick Quotes inks Mocha Mama and Amaretto. For the ornaments I used a Hero Arts set called Decorate Your Holidays and embossed with white powder on the same kraft paper. For the hangers I upcycled some white ribbon that was from a glow stick package. The sentiment is from a Sizzix/Tim Holtz die set.


Online Card Classes – Backgrounds

I am finally getting back to one of the OCC classes called Backgrounds. They are always really good classes and you can access them forever. I don’t finish most of them so I am trying to go back and learn and do the projects. Here are  some backgrounds I just did.


The first panel on the left was an interesting one. You take patterned paper and stamp an image (the flowers) and emboss with clear embossing powder. You then go over the whole piece with dark ink which in this case is dark blue. You then wipe the ink off the embossed areas and this is what you have. I like it! I need to get a few more background stamps with bigger stamped areas. Ok maybe that is just an excuse to buy more stamps. The flowers are a The Ton background stamp called Rose Terrace and Hero Arts ink Navy.

The middle panel is inking with Distress ink medium to light. Then you clear emboss over that. Then you ink again and wipe the ink off the embossing so the lighter ink from the first inking shows under the clear embossing. I still kind of struggle to blend Distress Inks. The background stamp is a Stampin Up stamp. The ink is Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn Distress inks.

The panel on the right is stamped very light with a background stamp.  Then you repeat stamp with several different colors of in to end up with a ombre look. The misti was very helpful for this card. It kept the panel in one place and it was a must for lining up all that text. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set YAY! (CL752). I used Hero Arts purple inks and maybe one from another company.


These two are the same technique. You stamp in white pigment first and then stamp over that with dye ink moving the stamp over just a bit on the second layer. It looks pretty cool when you get the right paper. I really like the hearts panel. On the arrows panel it is hard to see the white. The hearts are an Inkadinkadoo set Hearts (97637). The white ink is Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink and the red is a Hero Arts red from a My Monthly Hero set. The arrows I am not sure what company they are from.

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These are all the same technique and the opposite of the panels above. You stamp the first layer with dye ink and then stamp over it with white pigment ink. The doilies are from a Papertrey Ink set Delightful Doilies. The shapes on the second panel are from a Hero Arts set Not Perfect (CL698). For all the blues I used Hero Arts inks and the white is most likely Hero Arts Unicorn. I like the way the two gray panels turned out but I am not to crazy about the kraft panel. I don’t think the kraft panel is the right color for this or I should have used different inks.


I found two more panels I forgot. That’s what happens when you clean off your desk. The one on the right is ink blending over pattern. Laura Bassen did ink blending over plaid but I did not have stamps like she used so I did ink over another pattern which is from Avery Elle set All Squared Up.  I used a gray colored ink to stamp the pattern and then used Distress Ink over that. The background on the left is one I just came up with after using that Avery Elle pattern stamp. I am not sure of the inks I used for it.

All of these were fun to try!

Hero Arts Scramble 132

Janet was the host of Scramble 132 and her theme for us was silhouette. I really liked her theme. She recently went to Africa and mentioned the skies were nice with the animals in silhouette. So cool. I would like to see that some day.

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For this Scramble I managed to make 2 cards. Miracles do happen once in a great while.

For the first card I created the background with Distress Inks and a blending tool to color the watercolor paper. The flowers are Hero Arts stamp Newspaper Tulips (K5576). The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Good Friends (CL578). The ink for the flowers and sentiment is the Intense Black ink from one of the My Monthly Hero kits. The enamel dots I recently found at a thrift store. I got several packages with some gone for only $1.

For the second card I painted with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paints on watercolor paper using a wet on wet technique. I used the Hero Arts stencil Night Flower (SA012) and inked over it with Black Soot Distress Ink. I liked the blue and black a lot and I wanted the watercolor a bit more bold so I made two more panels that will become very similar cards.


DCWV Color & Create Travel

I recently was sent this book of images for travel from DCWV. It is called Color & Create and it about travel. There are 65 images in the book. What is cool about it is you can color the images how ever you want and use it for travel scrapbook pages and several other things. The globe type image shown below would be good for the cover of a travel journal or first page of a scrapbook about a trip. Joann Fabric & Craft Stores carry them.

Some cool things inside:

  • Many pages of maps of all different countries
  • Fun 6X8 images including some landmarks from around the world
  • Some greetings you could use for cards
  • Some pages with two images so they become 4X6
  • Some pages have 4 images that become 3X4 and some can be made into luggage tags. I like the idea of coloring your own luggage tag. You will never see another one like it.


Merry Monday Challenge 202

Merry Monday’s Challenge this week was to create a card that is snowy.

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I felt like doing something other than snowman for snowy so here we go with a tree. I just got the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Tree Blueprint stamp die set from a store unfortunately closing which means there is nothing but box stores close now. I do shop at them but I would rather support the small mom and pop stores. Anyway..

For the background I used Memory Box stencil Tiny Snowflakes and Hero Arts white pigment ink on kraft.

The tag I had in my stash and I used a Tim Holtz Burlap stencil and sprayed it with Glimmer Mist.

The tree and sentiment is from the Blueprint set. I stamped the tree with brown Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I “painted” the tree with Distress Inks. I cut it out using the die in the set and popped it up with pop dots which is hard to see in the photo.

The sentiment I stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and cut it out with the die in the set. The sentiment is stamped with Distress Ink.