Golden Christmas Tree


Another card in my black, white and gold series. My inspiration was from a challenge at Merry Monday. I did not enter this one in the challenge but I got on a roll. You never know once you get going. I thought this color combo would be kind of difficult but I really enjoyed it.

The cool textured gold paper is from Michaels.

The tree stamp is by Rubber Stampede and is called Traditional Tree. This was an awesome find at a thrift store and it was in barely to never used condition. It is stamped with gold pigment ink Delicata Golden Glitz which I love. Then I added some rhinestones in gold.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Family & Friends (CL803). The edges of the sentiment paper are touched with gold pigment ink Delicata Golden Glitz.


Warm Wishes Christmas


I was inspired to make this card from challenge #214 on Merry Monday located here. I didn’t quite make it for the challenge since I was getting ready to go out of town and got sidetracked by other things. The challenge was to create a card using something warm.

The background paper and the red strip are from my stash.

The pattern on the coffee cup was created by stamping a few flowers from Hero Arts set Holiday Petals & Leaves (CL787) and embossing with gold and red powder. The steam was stamped with an Avocado Arts stamp from the Perfect Blend set. The cup was a stamp from The Ton set Tea Party but that is coffee in that cup.

The sentiment is from an Art Impressions set called Holly Jolly (4667) and embossed in gold.

I spattered some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in gold on the green paper around the coffee cup.

Sympathy Tag


I created this for my next door neighbors. He recently lost his mother. The inspiration for my card was this one. I knew I wanted to stamp those flowers on a tag but then what. I entered this in the challenge at a2z Scrapbooking for their monthly challenge located here. For September it was Make it a Tag was their theme.

The background is stamped with an Impression Obsession stamp called Swirl Background with Quick Quotes ink Peach Tree. The purple flowers on the background were stamped with Hero Arts Shadow Ink Passion Flower. The stamps used on the background were from Hero Arts set Earth Flowers (CL428), Impression Obsession set Flower Power, and Hero Arts set Luscious Frames (CL509). The watercolored tag was cut with Spellbinders die SCD-011. The flowers on the tag and the sentiment are from Hero Arts set With Sympathy (CL476) and stamped with Hero Arts inks Grape Juice and Passion Flower.

Merry Monday Challenge 213 – 2 Cards


I finally got two cards entered for the Merry Monday #213 Challenge.

My first card for Merry Monday
The second Merry Monday card

The first card. I used several snowflakes and stars from Hero Arts stamp sets (CL803, CL469, CL622, CL540, CL880). I heat embossed the snowflakes with white powder and the stars with silver powder. I glued down a piece of white ribbon over the back ground. I stamped the sentiment on a Heidi Swapp die cut and heat embossed it with silver powder. The sentiment is a Hampton Art stamp from many years back called Merry Christmas Circle.

The second card. I had red snowflakes on my mind when I started working on this challenge. So I kind of reversed the design. I thought I would stamp the background with a little less. These snowflakes are heat embossed with red powder. No stars this time. Instead of ribbon I remembered my silver washi tape. It is good to use it since I don’t very often. For the sentiment I cut the shape with Spellbinders die Blossom Two. It is also heat embossed with silver powder.


Hero Arts Scramble 140


Kanan was the host for today’s Scramble and her theme was use a geometric shape. This is a good challenge for me since using them is challenging for me.

I started out with an additional color involved and a different orange but you know how it goes it didn’t look right to me. So I stamped a few more images and got to this combination. The paper for the flags and butterfly looks blue in the photo but it is kind of a teal leaning on the blue side.

The butterfly is from Hero Arts set Antique Flowers and Butterflies (657773) it is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink which is a real nice intense black ink.

The flags are from Hero Arts set Friendly Flags (CL475). The twine for the flags was a bit of a challenge to glue down but I worked that out.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts set It’s Your Day (CL661).

The paper for the flags and butterfly looks blue in the photo but it is kind of a teal leaning on the blue side.

Almost Merry Monday #212 Gold Tree


I had the tree stamped days ago intending to get this done for Merry Monday #212 and of course I waited until the last minute which became too late. But.. the important thing is I got a Christmas card done. The theme was black, white and gold.
The tree – a stamp I just got at a thrift store and it is by Rubber Stampede and called Traditional Tree. It was next brand new.
The shapes for the mats is Spellbinders die Curved Rectangles (S5-006).
The gold ink is Delicata Golden Glitz.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Peace & Joy (CL880). It is embossed with HA white powder. I cut the sentiment in two so it was stacked instead of across. It is a small sentiment so hopefully I don’t lose pieces.
The greeting shape is cut with a Bo Bunny die called Nested Fancy Frames.
The gold background paper is from Michaels. It is pretty cool paper that is embossed. I like the pattern it has.

Hero Arts Scramble 139


Kim’s Scramble Theme was GIFT SET TRIO
The challenge is to make a card, tag and a matching envelope!!

I used Hero Arts set Peace & Joy (CL880) to make the background and all the dots on each item.
The card – I embossed the dots, used two colors of Distress ink, which I still cannot quite get a smooth blending look. For the sentiment I used Hero Art set Chalkboard Messages (CG619). I inked the paper with one of the green Distress inks then embossed with gold powder.
The tag – I used the Peace & Joy set to create the tag outline and hole area and some Red Royal ink from Hero Arts. For the dots I used some Quick Quotes ink so that the dots were lighter. The to and from is also from the Peach & Joy set and embossed with gold.
The envelope – just simple stamping of the dots.
I almost forgot to mention I liked Kim’s idea of a Christmas set and I used one of Heather’s challenges (emboss resist) to Linda for my card idea.

Creative Scrapbooker Magazine

The current issue of their magazine. Photo from the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog.

This magazine is a great magazine. Very high quality. It may sound weird but I was even impressed by the paper used for the pages. It is a much better option to be able to buy it here than to have it sent from Canada. Here is a link where you can find it.

Sympathy in Blue


For the background I used a Rubbernecker stamp called Distress Dotted Lines. For the blue background I think I used some Distress inks. The flowers are stamped with Hero Arts stamp Exotic Bloom (H5424) also with Distress inks. The sentiment is embossed using a stamp set called Bright Blossoms Vol 2 from darkroom door.

49er Birthday Card


I call this a 49er card because my hairdresser/friend is a big Niner fan so I decided to use the team colors for her birthday card.

I had been doing some alcohol ink projects lately so I thought it would work well for this.
I used gold and red alcohol ink on glossy paper using a felt applicator to apply the ink.
I stamped the sentiment and flowers with Archival ink. The flowers is Hero Arts stamp Exotic Bloom (H5424). The sentiment some random stamp I have had around for awhile.
I took the photo in a big hurry so it was on the floor with the envelope holding down the card.  So not the greatest photo but sometimes you have to very quickly snap the shot.