Hero Arts February 2020 My Monthly Hero

Last card post for the month of October catch up. This was a card I made for the Hero Arts Kit Fanatics group in Facebook. They had an anniversary celebration with some fun things going on. The challenge was complimentary colors. I am not sure what happened but I did not actually enter this card in the challenge. I like how this card came out but there is a little ink running on it which kind of bugs me.

The background was created using an embossing folder.

Then I heat embossed the image and sentiment using white embossing powder. I colored it some metallic something. I like the colors a lot. I am not remembering how I did the blue behind the image but it is shimmery. The panel is raised up the fun foam.


  • Hero Arts February 2020 My Monthly Hero
  • White embossing powder

Hero Arts August 2022 My Monthly Hero Cards

Two more cards for you.. Made in October. I made them for the My Monthly Hero Make-Along live in Facebook using the August 2022 Kit. Channin and Seeka designed and made the cards during the live.

This kit has stencils for layering and dies along with some nice ink colors. So we did ink blending with the stencils.

Local King Rubber Stamp Under the Sea

Here’s another card that was made a couple months ago. I created it for the challenges over at Scrapbook & Cards Today for World Cardmaking Day 2022. This was for Challenge 2 One Stamp.

A little challenging to photograph cards with shiny on them.

For the background I stamped with Archival ink on glossy paper and then ink blended over it.

The silver shape was die cut along with the sentiment.

The jelly fish were stamped by coloring on the stamp with the Local King Rubber Stamp markers then stamped on glossy paper. I used the matching die to cut out the jelly fish. They both stamp from one stamp.


  • Local King Rubber Stamp Under the Sea stamp set
  • Distress ink
  • Local King Rubber Stamp markers

Elizabeth Craft Designs Bird Song

Some more catch up.. For this card I was trying some different things using Elizabeth Craft Designs stamps. Kind of out of my comfort zone but I like the look and just need to try doing similar more often. I made it for World Cardmaking Day.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Earth Patterns

I started with some ECD patterned paper stamping on it using the Fun Flourishes ECD set. I also used some grit paste and one of the ECD Earth Patterns stencils for some texture on the background. The branches/leaves are die cut using the ECD Leaves 1 die set. The owl is from the ECD set Bird Song. The owl and the bird in the set are lovely images.


  • Fun Flourishes stamp set
  • Earth Patterns stencil
  • ECD Leaves 1 die set
  • ECD set Bird Song stamp set
  • Distress Grit Paste

Halloween Cards 2022

I have a few Halloween cards for you today. I got behind in October/November so here they are.

Brutus Monroe Seasonal Gnomes

I used the Tim Holtz The Scarecrow stamp set. I colored the scarecrow, moon and background using the Distress Watercolor Pencils. The scarecrow is colored without watering the color down. The moon and background is water washed to spread the color. The stalks and bats are stamped with Distress Oxide inks.

I used the Brutus Monroe/Simon Says Seasonal Gnomes Stamp set for the gnome. For the background I used Tim Holtz stamps The Scarecrow and Mini Halloween 3. Some ink blending on the background and I think I colored the gnome stuff using Distress watercolor crayons.

For this card I attached some Tim Holtz Halloween Collage paper to white card stock using Collage Medium. Then I stamped a bunch of spiders and the skull. Then came the die cut kids wondering what is going on behind that gate/fence. I have 3 layers of the black kraft stock for the die cut.
Halloween Collage Paper
Black Kraft-stock paper
Vault Series Halloween 2021 die set
Mini Halloween 3 stamp set

This is one of my favorites. The witches are fun…
Idea-ology HALLOWEEN Deco Sheets (glitter paper)
Tim Holtz Toil & Trouble die set
Tim Holtz Spider Web die set
Idea-ology Curiosities sticker book
Tim Holtz The Scarecrow stamp set
Distress Oxide ink
The background was paper in my stash that I stamped on and added the moon.

Hero Arts Ornament Peek A Boo Card

Here is another card I never posted and again I think I made if for some challenge or something. Who knows what for. I guess I have a little memory in the back of my mind. This was for a challenge. It was for the challenges over at Scrapbook & Cards Today for World Cardmaking Day 2022. This was for Challenge 2 Colour.

Tim Holtz Woodgrain paper

For the background I used Tim Holtz wood grain paper. I inked the background and then enhanced the wood using Distress Crayons.

The ornaments and sentiment are heat embossed and then ink blended.


  • Tim Holtz Distress Woodgrain paper
  • Hero Arts Reactive ink
  • Hero Arts Ornament Peek A Boo stamp set
  • Embossing powder

Tim Holtz Large Funky Festive Christmas Card

Today I have a card I made about 2 months ago and never posted. So.. this will be short. I made this because of a class or challenge or something but for the life of me I can’t remember what it was. Ok I got it now… It was for the challenges over at Scrapbook & Cards Today for World Cardmaking Day 2022. This was for Challenge 2 Layers.

Holiday Words Script

The flower is die cut from Tim Holtz and other papers.

The background scallop edges are die cut from a Tim Holtz paper pad.

The sentiments… also die cut using a Tim Holtz die set and kraft-stock.


  • Tim Holtz Large Funky Festive
  • Tim Holtz Holiday Words Script
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Borders
  • Distress Kraft-stock paper
  • Tim Holtz paper pad

Hero Holiday Stamp-Along 2022

Here we go with the many cards I created for the Hero Holiday Stamp-Along. I just love their events and I am always happy with the cards I make. Their teachers are great and I always learn some new ways to use my supplies. Thanks to Hero Arts!

For these Hero Arts events they use the most current stamps, dies and supplies. You don’t have to have them. If you are like me you probably have lots of things in your stash that you can use. I substituted a bunch on these cards. And… after I ended up buying some of the stamps and dies and won a stamp and die set.

Class 1 -Love this pretty card designed by Daniel. Heat embossing, fussy cutting.

Class 2 – Pretty card designed by Mindy. Above is my original and below I added a couple sprigs that are foiled. The rest is heat embossing on the card.

Class 3 – A sweet forest critter scene designed by Jessica. A glittery snow bank and some embossing paste thru a stencil. Heat embossed sentiment.

Class 4 – A swinging card by Jennifer. The background is embossed with a cover plate die. The fun is the whole circle with the sprigs and sentiment swings back and forth and it is not hard to make.

Class 5 – Card design by Nichol. Heat embossing, ink blending and stamping with white ink for a nice background.

Class 6 – Such a pretty card by Libby. We painted with Hero Arts wax, glittered and die cut. I did not have the red wax so I colored gold wax with red reinker. For the sentiment it is also wax applied to paper then die cut and glittered. Again I had gold wax and colored it with Distress red paint.

Class 7 – A cool card by Lydia. She showed us a shadow trick. Just take the moose from where it will be and turn it upside down right under it’s spot. Then draw a light trace line and color with a gray pen. Another snowy hill, this time I applied Hero Arts Glitter Paste to the hill. I already covered up something with the hill and it’s fairly textured so I did not try to do the shadow but I have that in my little brain to try soon. I like the black and white moose on this. I also used some texture paste and a stencil.

Class 8 – A fun sparkly card by Robin. Heat embossing and the pretty background spritzed with shimmer spray. I put kind of a heavy spray on it but the shimmer is hard to see in the photo.

Class 9 – This card was done by the always entertaining Laura. Some ink blending, die cutting vellum and heat embossing.

Class 10 – A colorful card by Channin. I enjoy Channin’s ideas because they often have some multi colors involved. Heat embossing and some water spritzing were part of this too. Since I did not have the new cool star stamps for this card I used 3-4 Hero Arts background stamps to make the patterns and then cut the stars out.

These last 3 cards are kind of bonus cards. Hero Arts was selling a digital image set to raise money. I bought it and Jenn Shurkus did an evening coloring session that I really enjoyed. I am not sure if I have been in a class by her and I like her teaching style. Kind of a calming coloring session with lots of coloring tips for Copics. I am very happy with these cards. And can I also say she had us getting out prisma glitter and that stuff is super cool. Don’t ask how long that has been in my stash or how long since I have used it. It needs to stay out and get used more.

Just a little note on printing the digital images. Sometimes printing with an ink jet printer and coloring causes some running of the black printing. But.. I printed mine a few hours before coloring and then used my heat tool to dry it more and I had no black ink run into the coloring I was doing.


  • Hero Arts Poinsettia Flowers stamp
  • Background stamp from the Hero Arts September 2022 My Monthly Hero Kit
  • Hero Arts Snowflakes and Ornament die
  • Hero Arts Woodland Forest stencil
  • Dreamweaver Glossy White embossing paste (don’t ask how old this is)
  • Hero Arts Fuzzy Winter Animals
  • Hero Arts White Glitter Paper
  • Gold Glitter embossing powder
  • Copic pens
  • Hero Arts Christmas Holidays Stamp & Cut set
  • Kat Scrappiness Peacock Backdrop die
  • Hero Arts Ornament Peek-A-Boo stamp set
  • Tim Holtz foliage die set (can’t remember which one)
  • My Favorite Things Merry Christmas die
  • Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Matte
  • Hero Arts Glitter Paste
  • Hero Arts November 2017 My Monthly Hero set
  • Spellbinders Stars Five die set
  • Bo Bunny Christmas Card die set
  • Silver embossing powder
  • Hero Arts White Iridescent Shimmer spray
  • Holly die from Elizabeth Craft Designs December Day by Day kit
  • Several Hero Arts background stamps for card #10 (Snowflake Pattern, Spice Market Large Petal, Lattice, Flourish Background)
  • Black embossing powder
  • Hero Arts digital image to help with Hurricane Ian buy it here
  • Hero Arts Reactive Inks
  • Probably a few things I forgot…


Honey Bee Stamps Mugs & Kisses Christmas Card

Here is a card that I was making for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers hop. It didn’t quite make it but I also had the Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge #11 in mind too.

Penny Black Happy Holly Days

So… about the background on my card. It was an interesting and kind of accidental thing. First I sprayed several colors of green Distress Mica Stains on some paper. I will say this about the Mica Stains…. I love the colors and the mica shimmer. However I am not a fan of the splotchy sprayed look. So my panel looked awesome but a bit to much of the splotchy look so I inked over it using some Distress Oxide inks. It still was not looking how I wanted. I took a wet wipe and wiped over it. You can tell that now that you know. The shimmer doesn’t show in the photo but it is there and I love how it turned out. Know that there are many ways to use the Mica Stains and they are awesome. I like smooshing and you can paint with them.

Are you still with me? Ha. The rest is straight forward. I die cut the mugs (a very cool set with the two mugs with the handles in different directions) from some really pretty holly paper and then die cut the whipped cream, coffee and steam. Also the sentiment is die cut.

I am super pleased with how this card came out and that background looks pretty darn cool in person. We know sometimes the photos just don’t say it all.

Entered over at the Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge. You still have a few days to enter this challenge.


  • Distress Mica Stains
  • Distress Oxide ink
  • Honey Bee Stamps Mugs & Kisses die set
  • Penny Black Happy Holly Days die set

Fall Coffee Mug Card Fun

I have a card today that I made for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Fall/Winter 2022 Hop with a fall theme. I got in a big old hurry (what’s new) so my photo isn’t the best one. I will post another one too. Take a look below the photo is a lot better.

Here is some info about the hop and the link to join in the Coffee Lovers Fall Winter Hop. I am looking at this image in more detail and it is a very cool image.

Here it the photo that is better than the one above. Sometimes you have to change up your usual (using the photo box) and go with a different background for the card and I actually went outside in the sunlight.

The background is obviously paper from paper pads.

I die cut the mug and then put it in a 3-D embossing folder to get the weave on it. I didn’t like the original paper color so I ink blended over it and then used Distress crayon to add detail.

For the flowers and leaves I die cut them and then colored them using Distress Watercolor Pencils.


  • Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Mug die set
  • Hero Arts Autumn Bouquet die set
  • Distress Oxide ink
  • Distress Watercolor Pencils
  • Distress Crayons
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