Inspired By Scramble 123


I started making this during Scramble 123 hosted by Kim. Her theme was use tiny stamps to make a Christmas background. I put 3 or 4 snowflakes on an acrylic block and stamped them all over. I embossed them using Hero Arts White Satin Pearl powder on watercolor paper. I stamped the snowmen which is an old Hero Arts stamp I found at a thrift store recently. It is Snowpeople Border (H099) from 1995. I painted the sky with watercolor paint. In my hurry to try and do this card during the Scramble I was working on the bathroom counter to do the water coloring. It was just quicker to grab some water and get it done that way. Ha! I colored the snowmen with Copics. The cheeks may be a bit to pink but they will have to be that way.

Hero Arts Scramble 123


This card was done for Kim’s Scramble 123. The theme was to use itty bitty stamps to make a Christmas background. This was a fun theme. It got me using my Misti which made things a whole lot easier. I have had my Misti since June and have pretty much not used it.  I watched a talented you man demo several different ways to use it recently and it reminded me to get that thing out and use it. All the stamps from the background and sentiment are from Hero Arts set Holiday Petals and Leaves (CL787). The ink for the greeting is Delicata Golden Glitz and for the background Color Box Frost White.  I discovered that Delicate Gold pigment ink does not hold on to embossing powder very well while making this. The shape for the sentiment was cut with Spellbinders die Fancy Label Tags One (S2-099).

This year has been fun so far making cards for Christmas because I started early and have lots of ideas. This Scramble just added to the fun. It was also a little easier since I had my stuff out and had my mind on card making for Christmas.

One Layer Poinsettias


Entering this in the A2Z Monthly Challenge.

Hero Arts Stamps – Chalkboard Messages (CG619), October Card Kit (CL912).

Ink – Red and green inks from Hero Arts October kit. Gold – Delicata Golden Glitz

a2z Scrapbooking November 2015 Challenge


Handmade Kindness



I made this card to go along with Handmade Kindness which I think is a such a great idea. This is for a woman who gave us great service at a deli and she told me she serves 150 seniors many days of the week. How awesome is that. I am away from home so I am doing this week’s challenge where I am.

My card is made with limited supplies but you find out you can come up with something. I have only white paper and a piece of orange paper. The brown paper is inked up white. All of the fall things stamped are from Hero Arts set Holiday Petals and Leaves (CL787). I cut the stitched rectangle at home and brought it with me.

I have learned a lot trying to post to Flickr & Jennifer’s blog all on mobile devices. It can be time consuming. I will not take my pc at home for granted.


Share Handmade Kindness Challenge Week 2: Community

Halloween Card #7


The last of the Halloween cards for this year. I made this for my sister-in-law. When I see this type of image I think of her. The image, which I think is really cute, is from some Authentique scrapbooking paper. I cut the edge of the black mat with a good old pair of scissors (Fiskars Stamp), you know the ones you bought to many of in the beginning of collecting supplies. The checkered paper is from Graphic 45 and the green paper is from the Eerie line by Basic Grey. The boo is from a My Mind’s Eye Halloween set of embellishments. Then there is the twine and button.

Halloween #6


Since I love Halloween I made several cards and most of them different than the others. The background I made from one of the lessons in the Back-Ground Check class from Online Card Classes. It is done on watercolor paper. The fence is a Jolee embellishment. The tree is cut with a Memory Box die called Small Alder Tree. The spider web is a Inkadinkadoo stamp and bats are from Hampton Art Halloween set (SC0658). The Hero Arts stamp is Scary Happy Halloween (D397) from 1993. The pumpkin is a Hippo Heart stamp. I must of stamped at least 10 pumpkins on various papers, with various inks and different pumpkins to finally get the one I liked. Some of you know how that goes.

Hero Arts Scramble 121 – Tags with Recycled Items

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I got up at 6:30 am this morning and watched the sun come up. This is a thing that only happens a few times a year. Actually I got up to participate in the Hero Arts Scramble. It is early for me but I love the Scrambles and there are only a few left until next year.

Heather hosted Scramble 121 and her theme was use some recycled items and make tags. What a great idea! Hero Arts is a green company and Heather noted that and I also appreciate that.

The reindeer tag is made from an envelope that a gift card came it that I have been saving. The brown twine I cut off from it and made the bow. I cut the whole back part off of the envelope. The red paper is Bazzill textured paper. The reindeer is Hero Arts stamp Reindeer (CG240) stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa. I colored the reindeer with Copics. The antlers have Wink of Stella on them which you probably can’t see in the photo. The snow hill is made with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. If you want a smoother glitter look don’t use 3-N-1 glue. On the one hand it makes it more textured but it just depends on the look you are after.
The sentiment is from the Hero Arts set Peace & Joy (CL880) and embossed.
The ink around the edges of the white card stock is VersaMagic Wheat chalk ink. Note to self this ink takes awhile to dry. I smeared it some while working on the other parts.

The peace & joy tag is cut and embossed with a Spellbinders die called Build a Tag Two (SCD-011). The sentiment is from a set I just got by Hero Arts called Peace & Joy (CL880) and embossed with Judikins Aegean Silver embossing powder. The recycled items are the ribbon and the poinsettia which came in the packaging with my Hero Arts order.

Halloween Cobwebs Card


For this card I embossed the background with a Sizzix Tim Holtz embossing folder called Cobwebs. I went over the embossing with Quick Quotes chalk ink Coconut. The strip of paper at the bottom is Basic Grey Eerie paper. The purple and white circles are cut with Spellbinders dies. The pumpkin is a Hero Arts stamp from the Faces for Halloween set (LP362) in Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. Then some ribbon was added.

Chemex and Coffee Card

Chemex coffee maker and a special kettle.

A little bit about the Chemex and the kettle. The Chemex is a great way to make your coffee if you really want a nice cup of coffee. It has a special multi layer paper filter that takes out a lot of the bitterness of the coffee. If you are really into your coffee I highly recommend it. It is not for those who drink half a pot a day but more for a person or two to have one really nice cup of coffee. The special kettle is called a goose neck kettle and really helps with control while pouring the water over the coffee which is important for this style of coffee making. The kettle is not absolutely necessary but does make a difference. My poor electric coffee maker is sad since I have not used it for several months since using the Chemex.


I made this card as a thank you for someone that gave us a great coffee maker.  As you can see above I love the Chemex. It took me making many different backgrounds to get to this one. So those are saved for other projects.

The background is “water colored” with Distress Ink Vintage Photo. I put the ink pad direct to my non-stick mat and sprayed water on it and then put the already misted watercolor paper down on it. That is also what I did for the blue strip. I used a stamp from the HA set called Not Perfect (CL698) to make the coffee rings. The sentiment is from the Stampin Up stamp set Regular Joe from a few years ago.

For the strip I water colored it as mentioned above with Broken China. I used a Stampin Up stamp called Regular Joe to stamp the coffee beans.

The circle I cut with a Spellbinders die called Big Scalloped Circles (S4-250). I seem to like the bigger scallops rather than the smaller ones. The coffee cup is heat embossed and also a stamp from the Stampin Up set. I colored the cup with Copics. The edge of the circle is inked with Quick Quotes ink called Mocha Mama.