Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems 2 Birthday Card

This one got by me… So here I am to get it posted. Some Tim Holtz flowers for my sister.

Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers

For the background I used some Tim Holtz woodgrain paper. It was already ink blended. Then I added to it using crayons Bundled Sage and Tea Dye to give it some highlights. I splattered some Antique Linen Distress paint on it also.

The flowers are die cut and water colored using reinkers.

The sentiment is made by die cutting a banner and ink blending Distress Oxide ink. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz set Saying Stuff stamp set.


  • Tim Holtz woodgrain paper
  • Distress Crayons
  • Distress Paint
  • Distress Reinkers
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems 2 die set
  • Spellbinders Ribbon Banners die set
  • Tim Holtz Saying Stuff stamp set
  • Versafine Clair ink

Hero Arts Nasturtium Mini Slim Line Card


I have a mini slimline card for you today. I haven’t made that many slimline cards so far. I made this for the Hero Arts Scramble group in Facebook. The theme this time is mini slimline 3 1/2 X 6.

Hero Arts It's Your Day

To begin my card I ink blended over a stencil.

I then stamped the flower image right on top of that. My intention was to just color everything in since the background green is kind of light. I tried that and decided the flowers weren’t looking right. You know the right and left turns of making a card. I colored all the leaves in with Copics right over the background. For the flowers I also colored with Copics but I stamped them on a separate paper and hand cut them out. Then I glued them over the stamped image on the card.

The sentiment is stamped.

Entered in the Love Handmade Cards challenge in Flickr for March.

Entered over at A Blog Named Hero for the March challenge.

  • Hero Arts Nasturtium
  • Hero Arts It’s Your Day
  • Copic Markers
  • Distress Oxide Shabby Shutters
  • Tim Holtz Latticework stencil
  • Versafine Black Onyx ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Sizzix Tim Holtz Feathered Friends Birthday Card

Howdy! I am happy to say I think this wraps up my January cards. I have another Tim Holtz bird card for you. I love how this one came out. It may just a bit brighter here in the photo than it is in person.

Sizzix Tim Holtz Wildflowers die set

For the background I used the Tim Holtz woodgrain paper. Below you can see the panel before I added all the die cuts on top. That is probably closer to the real color of it. I ink blended Peacock Feathers and Gathered Twigs on that woodgrain paper. I went over the knots with a Distress Crayon to highlight them. I inked around the edges of the panel also.

I die cut some things from the Wildflowers die set and colored them with Lucky Clover and inked a tad around the edges with a brown. I glued those to the background and over the pot.

I die cut the pot from some woodgrain patterned paper and ended up going over it with ink.  I added a few highlights with a dark brown Distress crayon. The band was also die cut and I used Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Oxide ink on it.

The birds were die cut from watercolor paper. I like using for it’s watercolor properties of course and it also gives some texture. I watercolored the birds using Rusty Hinge & Wild Honey inks for the bigger bird and Milled Lavender & Seedless Preserves for the smaller bird.

I just love how the woodgrain paper looks with whatever color on it and the knots highlighted. So here is a view before it got covered up.


  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Wildflowers die set
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Potted BigZ die
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Feathered Friends die set
  • Tim Holtz Woodgrain paper
  • Tim Holtz Watercolor paper
  • Distress Inks
  • Distress Crayons

Tim Holtz Feathered Cardinal Or Is It

Ha just having a little fun. Of course it is a cardinal but I created my first card with it and made it a blue jay. I am not sure why but that is the way it went. I actually love cardinals and wish I could see one in person. We do not have them where I live.



Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words ScriptI had some fun doing some different things with this card! The background… I will just say I love the Tim Holtz woodgrain paper! I ink blended over the woodgrain and then went over the knots in the wood with a Distress crayon.

The die cut wreaths have grit paste on them that is mixed with two different Distress brown reinker colors.

The green sprigs are die cut and colored with Distress ink.

The blue jay was die cut from watercolor paper using the Feathered Cardinal die. I used Black Soot, Speckled Egg, Chipped Sapphire and Faded Jeans Distress ink on it. There is a little drop of Nuvo Drops for the birds eye.

For something a little different than I usually do I die cut the sentiment for the inside of the card. It was die cut from the Tim Holtz woodgrain paper and I tapped it all over with two different Distress inks.


  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Cardinal die
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script die set
  • Tim Holtz woodgrain paper
  • Distress ink
  • Distress Crayon
  • Hero Arts September 2016 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Distress Grit Paste
  • Nuvo Drops

Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Papillon Birthday Card

Now for a butterfly birthday card.

Well here we go with the how to and I actually found some notes about creating the main panel on this one. They were helpful notes but needed a bit more detail. I made the panel probably about 6 months ago. I sprayed some Distress Spray Stain (maybe Oxide versions of the color) on mixed media paper. I stamped over that using a flower stamp and maybe white Distress paint. I used another stamp, I See Paris, to stamp in white also. The butterflies were stamped with Distress Oxide Ground Expresso and it was a second generation stamping.

The sentiment turned out a bit awkward. I am not sure that I like where it is located and the brown ink that looks black would have been better in a brown that was not so dark.

The background paper is from a Tim Holtz Christmas paper pad.


  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Papillon stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz I See Paris stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Bouquet stamp set
  • Distress Spray Stain (Oxide or Distress not sure)
  • Distress Paint Picket Fence
  • Distress Oxide Ink
  • Clearly Besotted Say What? stamp set
  • idea-ology Christmas/Noel paper pad


Hero Arts June 2020 My Monthly Hero Birthday Card

And off I go posting my January cards. First off a card for my brother for his birthday. You know the ones right after Christmas that kind of sneak up on you.

The theme of the June 2020 kit is Northern Lights. You can get some really great sky looks depending on how you do the inking. I used some Distress inks that I inked blended on the background. A little thing I do when ink blending the sky is have the stamp image that is on the plastic sheet in the kit and try to blend while looking at the pattern of the sky. I then heat embossed using clear embossing powder over it using the 6X6 stamp in the set.

I stamped the whale spout which is in the kit. I die cut the light house piece and the bird. The sentiment is stamped also.


  • Hero Arts June 2020 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts It’s Your Day – sentiment
  • Distress Inks

Hero Arts November 2020 My Monthly Hero Birthday Cards

I used the cool November kit to create two birthday cards. The look of carved wood in this set is one of my very favorites. I just took the one photo of both the cards together since they are fairly similar. These went to friends from high school whose birthdays are just a few days apart, same age and we were all close friends in school.

One friend that had a birthday lives in the mountains where it snows.  The other has a cabin so I thought these worked nice for them. The wood look strips are from a paper pad. The washi tape on the left card I think I colored with brown but it kind of looks red in the photo.

Oh boy now to remember what else… I think I did the two snow backgrounds differently. One is just stamped I think and the other I put clear embossing powder over the stamped image. I stamped the cabins, snowman and tree and colored them with Copics. Then they were die cut with the sets matching dies. The snowflakes are stamped and die cut.

The sentiment is stamped.


  • Hero Arts November 2020 My Monthly Hero Kit
  • Copic pens
  • Hero Arts Reactive Ink
  • Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder

Tim Holtz Crazy Cats Birthday Card

Recently I made a card for a friend that has two cats. Of course I had to use some Tim Holtz cats. I used Crazy Cats. I am really happy how this turned out.

Stampers Anonymous Crazy Things

The background for my card is a piece I created some time ago. I think I smooshed some Distress Oxide ink onto watercolor paper. I stamped the yarn balls and fish bones, from the Crazy Cats set, using a brown Distress Oxide ink. It is hard to see but I also stamped the numbers from the Faded Type stamp set in a light green Distress Oxide ink. They are kind of hard to spot.

The sentiment is stamped.

For the cats I ink blended Black Soot and Hickory Smoke. I then stamped the cats over the ink and heat embossed using black embossing powder. I stamped the eyes again and cut them out and glued them to the cats and added Glossy Accents. I cut the cats out by hand.

The present and the balloon is from the Crazy Things set. I smooshed some Distress Oxide on a mat and watercolored the present. For the balloon I used a glaze pen to make it shiny. The milk bottle is from Crazy Cats set and it has Glossy Accents on it and the label is colored in with a Copic pen. I cut all of these out by hand. The balloon string was drawn on.

Entered over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with the theme We’re On A Roll. I have a couple balls of yarn stamped on my background.


  • Stampers Anonymous Crazy Cats stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Sayin Stuff stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Crazy Things stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Faded Type stamp set
  • Sakura Glaze pen
  • Distress Oxide inks
  • Glossy Accents


Heat Embossing with Hero Arts Beautiful Day Agapanthus

I have a pretty birthday card for you with some heat embossing and Copic coloring.

This is fairly straight forward. I heat embossed these pretty flowers using copper embossing powder. I colored with Copic markers.

The sentiment is actually dark blue and it is die cut.


  • Hero Arts Beautiful Day Agapanthus stamp set
  • Karen Burniston Happy Birthday die
  • Copic markers

Hero Arts Color Layering Sea and Sky

Here’s a card I made for my sister-in-law who lives by the coast. I am really happy with how this came out. I got the Color Layering Sea & Sky set first  and then realized you really need the Color Layering Waves too and it took me a bit to finally got the second set. So I was happy to be using these. You could use the waves set by itself but I feel the Sea & Sky set needs the waves.

Hero Arts Color Layering Waves

For the background I did some masking on both sides of the ocean. The sky was just blocking the ocean with tape or paper. For the bottom part where the sand is I stamped the ocean on a post it note or something similar and then cut out the wavy part where the ocean ends and the sand starts.

So the sky is ink blending and if you look carefully I stamped some clouds with white ink. At first I was thinking that you can’t see the clouds but I kind of like how they are fairly subtle. The boat and birds are just stamped on.

The ocean uses the layering stamps and I think it looks pretty cool.

For the sand I used the masked mentioned above then took a embossing ink pad straight to the paper and sprinkled on the awesome sand embossing powder by Hero Arts and heat embossed.

The chair is stamped and die cut. I colored the background for the chair so it would blend in a little more with the sand.

The sentiment is die cut.


  • Hero Arts Color Layering Waves stamp set
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Sea & Sky stamp set
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Sea & Sky Frame Cuts die set
  • Hero Arts Sand embossing powder
  • Spellbinders Sentiments One die set