Delivery Folks Goodies

One day I was reading the different things in Nextdoor for my town of Dublin. Someone showed their set up for leaving out some goodies this time of year for all the folks delivering the mail and packages. I really liked that idea. I guess it’s a thing but I did not hear about it until this year. I made a sign on my computer and the fun part was using my stamps to decorate it. It makes me happy to use my stamps for something other than cards. Here is the sign I made.

I used a couple Hero Arts stamp sets. Those pinecones have super great detail and look nice when stamped with Versafine Clair ink. Just sayin’!

Supplies: Hero Arts Designer Snowflakes, Hero Arts Swirl Christmas, Hero Arts Happy Holly Days, Versafine Clair ink, Other ink

Here is the whole set up on my porch. I got the trays and the “tablecloth” from the dollar store. The tablecloth is a tree skirt that I draped over a plant table from my patio. Since it has been outside for several weeks I can just toss it when I’m done. I put out popcorn, chips, pretzels, cheese & peanut butter crackers, granola bars, and cookies.

Online Card Classes – Creative Chemistry 101

Howdy! I am finally getting back to the Online Card Classes I signed up for many moons ago. I have a few things to share from the Creative Chemistry 101 class. I noticed that it came out 7 years ago. I did not sign up for it when it first came out. The cool thing is you can participate when they are “live” and you can go back forever. I got a few days done and then got busy and forgot about it. Now I am going back. They are a great deal considering the price and the content. I would even recommend signing up at any point even after the “live” part is done.

Tim Holtz created everything on tags so I am doing the same. I am putting them on a ring as examples of each thing taught.

Day 4 – Re-inkers & Maintenance

It is about using Distress re-inkers in different ways.

Creative Chemistry 101

This is a technique where you spray with a few colors and let it dry. Then lay a stencil over and spray with a darker color. He made the sprays using re-inkers and mini misters. I used some spray stains and did the orange with the re-inker and water.

This one is watercoloring with Distress re-inkers. Just stamp on watercolor paper and paint. I don’t have very many re-inkers so I just rubbed Distress ink pads for the background colors on my mat and used a water brush to “paint”.


Here was the extra fun one! Basically you create your own ink pad for a specific stamp. I stamped my image on Neenah paper and a Tim Holtz tag to put on my example ring. I was pretty excited about this. As long as you keep the pad in an airtight type container/ziploc it will work for quite awhile. Would I do this a lot probably not but a few times would be cool. I have a few stamps in mind for it. I am not sure but it might work better with rubber stamps which is what I used.

It took me a minute to see how it all works so it this is sort of confusing I am sure there are videos out there about this.


  • Pick a stamp and stamp on the cut-n-dry stamp pad felt with black archival ink.
  • Drop Distress re-inker on the black (stamped parts) – it looks like a big mess of ink but look how it stamps. The ink flows on the pad but when it hits another ink it stops. So I only put the ink on the black stamped parts and it drifts all over the pad.
  • Then use that as a stamp pad for your selected stamp.

Day 5 – Spray Inks & Stains

So obviously this class was about using the stains. I only have 4 colors and 2 are red so not to much variety.

Left side tag – It came out a bit dark for my taste but it was about doing what you learned. This one used the kraft resist paper from a paper pad which is no longer available and I do not have so I made my own. I stamped some text using archival ink. Then I used clear embossing powder to have a design on it. Then the class part starts. Swipe the stain over the “kraft resist” paper. Blend some areas with Distress Ink. Spritz/drop water on it. Stamp an image with black archival ink. All the light areas are the heat embossed images.

Middle tag – Wet tag and add stains directly to tag. Add water droplets. Ink edges with Distress Ink. Put some Picket Fence stain on a stamp and stamp with it. Stamp image with black archival ink.

Right side tag – You are going for a marble look on this one. Put Picket fence stain on kraft mat. Around it put some colors but don’t get the white on your other stain containers. Drag your tag through it to get the look you like. Add water drops. Ink edges of tag with Distress inks. Stamp images with black archival ink.

Day 6 – Distress Markers

Day 7 – Embossing Basics



Creative Chemistry 101

This was the Distress Powder Resist technique. This is where I learned how the Distress Embossing powder works and this was very recently. I didn’t know that there are different things you do when using it.

This is called Nostalgic Batik technique. I love how this came out and I need to remember this and use it again. Sometimes you learn things but then forget. The key is to repeat the ones you liked best so they stay fresh in your mind.

This is also a cool look I need to remember. It is called Rusted Enamel. I am working on these classes long after I signed up for them. I have much more interest in all things TH now and many more supplies than I had many years ago. I love the Tim Holtz looks but didn’t quite know how to pull them off.


  • Tim Holtz Distress Tags
  • Distress Re-inkers
  • Distress Spray Stain
  • Distress Ink Pads
  • Inkssentials Cut-n-Dry stamp pad felt
  • Water brush
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stencil – Gothic
  • Ranger Archival Ink
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stains

Hero Arts Color Layering Stamping

Howdy, here I am again with a home decor project. Sometimes you think what the heck am I going to make instead of a card then you get rolling and dive in. I have really enjoyed the projects I have made for the June challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking. I made another thing for my craft room. It is going to sit in my craft room next to my computer to hold my birthday lists. I like them right in front of me so I can quickly see the birthdays coming up. That is not a guarantee of timeliness though….

Hero Arts Color Layering Stamping



To start off my project I got this wood stand at Michaels craft store. I used Distress paint in a few different colors of brown to paint the wood.

For the butterflies I used the Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly stamp set and the Flutterbies Printable digital set. Both of these are available in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. First I used my Misti to stamp the 3 layers of the larger monarch butterfly. For the 2 smaller butterflies I used the Flutterbies Printable kit to print the pdf with 6 butterflies on it. I just told the printer I was printing on a 4X6 piece of paper which in reality I used an 8 1/2 X 11 piece of Neenah paper. This makes all of the butterflies print smaller. I colored the 2 purple ones with Copic pens. I hand cut all of the butterflies but the Monarch Butterfly matching die is available in the a2z Etsy store. I glued these down over the branches. There are little strips of foam under part of the wings of the orange butterfly and under the purple butterfly on the right to give them some dimension.

Check out the a2z Etsy store and use my discount code karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Here comes the tricky part…. I decided I wanted to die cut the branches out of Tim Holtz plain tissue paper. You need to make it more stable to run it through a die cut machine. I put some 2 sided adhesive on the tissue and die cut 2 of the branches. The trickiest part is after you take off the backing paper you have a very delicate branch that you have to keep from sticking to itself and get it on to that wood without ripping it. The first one, all good. The second one I had to fight with it.

The clasp that holds the paper at the top is colored with Alcohol Ink.

Here is a look without the list. I am going to have to redo the lists so the color ink on the lists match the butterflies. I just mean any orange and purple. It’s going to bug me if I don’t. Ha!

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly


Please join us in this month’s “Anything but a Card”.


Did You Ever?

Hello Crafty Friends! I am wondering have you ever done this before? Here is a project I was working on slowly filling in the background with watercolor. It once was one piece of watercolor paper.

I love the way it is looking. It gets moved around many times while I am making other things. At some point it gets turned upside down. I grab it thinking it is a blank piece of watercolor paper. I cut it in half. I decide I want to try something with a flower stamp. I ink it up. I use the piece of water color paper I just cut to stamp on.  Here is the back side of the lovely jelly fish. Oops!! Darn it!

Hero Arts Monarch Butterfly Home Decor

Hello! I am over at a2z Scrapbooking with a home decor project I made for my craft room. The monthly challenge is Anything But a Card. I tell you I am happy to get nudged to make a fun project that is not a card. I love making cards but a different kind of project is nice and really enjoyed making this. I used two Hero Arts sets for this which are Color Layering Monarch Butterfly and Flowers for Coloring. Both are available for purchase in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly

I bought this little box at Michaels and used a coupon so it was not very much. I got it to put my dies in after using them so they don’t get lost in the piles.

The first thing I did was get out the book pages and cut them to fit on each side of the box. I bought a few book pages at a Scrapbooking store in Wyoming while on vacation. It was a really nice store. If you are near Laramie Wyoming check out Scraptree. They did not cost that much and it made me happy to not have to tear pages out of a book myself. Win Win. I could not get my Mod Podge open so I used 3 in 1 glue which worked better than I thought.

Second make a butterfly to see how the layered stamping goes and which ink I will use. This layering butterfly is pretty darn easy to line up. I did use my Misti but it was easier than some of them can be. Tip: I stamp the bottom (largest amount of color) first and then end with the detailed stamp. On the lighter one I used 2 Avery Elle inks and Versafine Onyx Black ink. On the darker one I used 2 Oxide inks and the Versafine. I stamped these on some off white paper and hand cut them out. I just stamped the antennae on the book page where I was going to put the butterflies.

And now about the flowers and leaves. I used the Flowers for Coloring for that. I have enjoyed using this set. After stamping the flowers on the box I made a mask for each flower. I covered each one with the mask and then stamped the leaves. I wanted the look of the leaves and flowers stamped right on the book page. I colored all of them with colored pencils.

Then I glued the butterflies to the box. It is probably hard to see but I arched the top wings just a bit to give a tiny bit of dimension.

Then I inked around the edges with Oxide Distress ink and lightly here and there on the rest of the book page. I am very happy how it came out.

Here is a few more photos of each side.



a2z scrapbooking june challenge
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Hero Arts Safari Wild About You Home Decor

Howdy! I am here today with a home decor item I made using a couple of Hero Arts sets that have a whole bunch of safari images. Most of the images are from the Hero Arts Safari Wild About You set which you can get at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store.  There is lot’s of fun stamps, dies, stencils and digital images in the shop. There are some bargains too! Check it out! Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

This goes with the theme for our monthly challenge which is Anything but a Card.  You can see the details about the challenge here.

Hero Arts Safari Wild About You

I found this mixed media paper artboard marked down at Tuesday Morning. I decided to make a home decor type thing with one of my all time favorites from Hero Arts which is the Safari images and dies. Pair that with Oxide Distress inks and you have my favorites. This way instead of giving away the safari cards I have made I get to keep this! I had fun making this and it is fun to make something other than a card once in awhile.

All of the images stamped on this are from the Hero Arts Wild About You set except for Hakuna Matata. The tree and the grass are from a die set. Hakuna Matata is from the Hero Arts Safari Huge Thanks set.

The artboard worked out very nice. Sometimes you don’t know how materials will do with inks and such. I ink blended 4 Oxide Distress inks on the background.

I die cut the grass strip 3 times. I also die cut the largest tree.

Then I laid things on the artboard to get an idea of where I was going to place things. Before gluing anything down I stamped the one tree, the animals and the warrior. I used some Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp since it is a nice rich black ink.

Then I started gluing things down. I did the tree first, then the grass strips. It is hard to see in the photo but there are two rows of grass overlapping. One strip is cut in half for the right side of the artboard because the strip wasn’t long enough to cover all the way across. After that I stamped a few more birds (some are second generation stamping) and Hakuna Matata.

I got the black easel at Michaels just for displaying my project.


Random Papercrafting Projects

Here’s a couple things I created around Christmas mostly for gift giving. The Thank You I forgot what that was for. They are all kind of quick and sometimes these are the most fun since you can just make them any old way and are not that worried about how great it comes out or that you are creating for many to see.

So this one was for a gift to my son. We have a great park system called East Bay Regional Park District. It is actually the model for many park systems around the country. Anyway.. we love them all. Nice hiking at pretty much all of them. A few have lakes or creeks and just all around fun to be in. So we got my son a membership for Christmas. It helps the parks and gets him in the ones that charge without having to pay. He just got a mountain bike so we had one place in mind he might like to take his mountain bike to start getting used to it. I printed the map of all the parks from their website along with the logo type thing. I think that leaf is a Hero Arts stamp that is similar to their logo leaf. I inked around the edges with the same green ink as the leaf.

This was for my Dad and his girlfriend. My husband found some tickets to a musical near where they live. I had to dress it up so I used snowflake stamp set (Penny Black Snowbursts) and stamped with silver pigment ink and a blue ink. For the sentiment (Hero Arts Chalkboard Messages CG619) I heat embossed white over a pretty blue paper. All this was the envelope which also said do not open until Christmas. For the information about the musical I cut and paste information from an email and printed that. Then I stamped all over the background with Versamark ink and a snowflake stamp. After that I dusted over it with Perfect Pearls. Then I added a few die cut snowflakes.

For this I had stamped these tulips (Hero Arts Newspaper Tulips K5576) some time ago by coloring with markers on the stamp I think and maybe spritzing it a bit before stamping. I think it was on watercolor paper. Then I just finished it off by stamping the sentiment.


Bleach Pen Shirts

Here’s a couple shirts I made using a bleach pen. I have a couple more planned and I will add them when I get done with them. Funny thing is I bought some bleach pens to clean my hub’s white dress shirts and the idea hit me to decorate a shirt with it. Of course I am not the only one who thought about this.

I went to the craft store and picked up a cotton tshirt. I had this stencil that I bought some time ago not realizing it was so big so it doesn’t work for card making. Ah ha I can use it to make a shirt. One important part I almost forgot is you need something between the front and back of the shirt so the bleach doesn’t soak through. I used a piece of cardboard that I just slipped the shirt over. I used painters tape to keep the stencil down.

One tip is make sure you shake up the bleach pen and do a bit of a test to make sure it is coming out gel like and not to runny. You want the bleach to kind of sit on the shirt and not seep around under the stencil.

You have to work kind of fast and you need to kind of think it out a bit ahead of time. So wherever you put the bleach first is where it will bleach out the most. You can use this to help make your design.

I just colored in the stencil with a bleach pen fairly quickly and removed it right away when I was done with the bleach pen. I washed off the stencil right away. Then I just kept checking the shirt to see how it was looking. You don’t know for sure what color it will bleach to. Once it got to a color I liked I rinsed it out with cold water and it is probably a good idea to wash it in cold water as soon as you can. I was pretty pleased with my first attempt.


Here is the second two I made. I was going to see my sister so I made her a couple. The butterfly has a bit of a smudge because the bleach came out to thin but I am pretty pleased with these two also. I have more stencils to try and a different bleach pen kind of thing to do.

Alcohol Ink Fun

As I said in Flickr I watched Jennifer McGuire’s video on creating panels using water and alcohol inks. If you would like to check this out here is the link.  It is fun and once you get that all going you have to make a few or more. You basically get a little pan of water and drip a few colors of alcohol ink in the water and do different things with it. You can just leave it how it lands, swirl it around with a stick, add blending solution which I did not do. Then just kind of stick your paper down in the water one end first pushing it forward kind of slowly while doing that so all of the paper goes under the water and collects some alcohol ink on it. Also she mentions check the back side of the paper and sometimes those look better. So now I have a pile of them to have fun with.

Alcohol Ink Fun

As you can see I went with orange, yellow, and red which I tried first. Kind of funny the first one is one of my very favorites. I changed the water and then I tried some blues and greens. At the end of the blue green batch I dropped some purple and blue in. She used Neenah 110 paper which I mostly did also. There are a couple pieces of random white paper in there. The big round drops was just dropping the alcohol ink right on the wet paper after I pulled it out of the water. The one with just a few dots I wish I would have let it be since I really like the way it came out before the dots.

Mixed Media Frame – For Hubby

Mixed Media Frame for Hubby

I was struggling to figure out what to get my hub for his birthday. It finally hit me, make a fun frame with a photo from our recent Tahoe trip.

I started out with a plain light wood frame. I used several different colors of Distress paints on the frame to create the streaky wood look. I was very happy how that came out.

The trees were die cut from water color paper that I had water colored with a couple different greens. The die is Sizzix/Tim Holtz Woodlands (660978). I ended up cutting a couple more trees out and glued them together so the trees were thicker. I also put some inks over the original watercolor. Then I was having trouble with white showing from the bottom layers of trees so I ended up spraying the trees with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. So let’s just say those trees have many layers. Note to self go around at least the edges of the paper layers underneath with some ink or spray.

The letters I had and inked them up with some Distress Oxide inks.

All the wood pieces I had and I just colored them with different inks or Copics. The bird is supposed to be a blue jay which are very common at Lake Tahoe.

The photo is of my hub and our two dogs Aspen and Lucy at Fallen Leaf Lake. The brown and black dog is Aspen and Lucy is the black and white dog.

This was a fun project and I am really happy with how it turned out.

Here is a few more photos of our dogs in Tahoe.