Hero Holiday 2021 Stamp-Along

I did the Hero Arts second stamp-along and really enjoyed it. So many great looking cards. They use current/newly released stamps but you can always substitute.

You pay a small fee for all the classes but get/use your own supplies. There was 10 cards made by 10 different people and all were such fun and great looking cards.

Most of the supplies needed are pulled and ready to go.

The red basket is nice to keep all the stamps sets and different papers that you cut ahead of time.  I also have supplies in the little trays by my glass mat. It is really a good idea to get most everything pulled and on your table and get the homework done.

So nice of Hero Arts to give away prizes too! I happened to win one and this is it. I really like their Reactive Inks so I was happy to fill out my collection.

I will write just a brief little bit about the fun things on each card or other tidbits of info..

This was just a cool design and great color scheme. The holly wrapped to the front which is a unique design. I wasn’t going to do it exactly like the teacher made it but that is the point that I thought try all the things. And I love this card!

With the flap open.

On this one the technique is to ink each stamp using 3 colors and a couple times stamping over to get down plenty of ink. Then spritz and use a air blower to move the ink around.

I got a little to ambitious with the die cut card panel part. I cut it out with fun foam that had paper over it to give it dimension. So much for any kind of short cut. It took me forever to get it all apart and I had to do a little altering. This was not part of the original card from the class.

For this one I did a substitution since I didn’t have the ornament set by Hero Arts. I die cut the ornaments instead of stenciling. The die is not by Hero Arts and I decided I am not that crazy about the huge ornaments so I am going to pass on this die. I substituted the pine bough using an older Hero Arts woodblock stamp that I had.

Another one that I just love the overall look a lot. Again the holly is a great image. The color combo is so nice. The stamping of the sentiment is supposed to be a second shadow stamp. I may need to practice that one.

This is a shaker card and came out so pretty. I substituted the whole card panel on this one too. The background is ink blended and has some clear embossed snowflakes over it.

This is an extra card where I substituted the ornaments they used with other Hero Arts ornaments. The silver poinsettias are done with a stencil.

This was a fun one creating the blustery day look. The things I learned on this one is how to bend the light post to get the bent look, the swirls that create movement on the background and the wind lines created with a white gel pen. So cute!

For this cool background I learned about the bokeh look. So very cool.

One more ornament substitution card. For this one I used some Hero Arts dies from awhile back to make stencils and then inked thru them to create the solid ornament background. Then I used mostly background stamps to add the patterns on the ornaments. As you can see this is a z-fold card.

This is an overall love the look card. Layers of stamping, splattering and ink around the edges for the background. The holly is watercolored and just a great image. I am glad I got the holly stamp and matching die sets.

What a super cool technique for this one! It is all about the trapped ice pond. You use two pieces of acetate and use either a lacquer pen with glitter or clear glue and add glitter in between them. Such a great look!


  • Hero Arts Holly Berries stamp and matching die sets
  • Hero Arts Merry Snowmen and matching die sets
  • Hero Arts Buffalo Check Bold Prints stamp (love this)
  • Hero Arts Reactive Ink
  • Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment ink
  • Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic ink
  • Hero Arts Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers
  • Hero Arts Merry Christmas Cover Plate die
  • Hero Arts Big Pine Bough wood block stamp
  • Hero Arts October 2020 My Monthly Hero set
  • Hero Arts various snowflakes
  • Older Hero Arts Background Stamps
  • Impression Obsession French Text stamp
  • Hero Arts Sparkle Clear Lacquer Pen

Tim Holtz Mr. Snowman

I finally used the Mr. Snowman die set and put together this cute snowman. I like the Colorize dies. It’s like working on a puzzle to me.


Hero Arts Snowflake Confetti die

For Mr. Snowman I selected a bunch of different papers. Some of them are the older textured Tim Holtz paper that I wish they would bring back. I die cut all the pieces and put him together. For the hat I sanded the paper a little to have the kraft color show through.

The background is Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide and Distress ink. Smooshed of course! The snowflakes are cut from glitter paper using a Hero Arts snowflake die.


  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Mr. Snowman Colorize die
  • Hero Arts Snowflake Confetti die
  • Tim Holtz Distress and Distress Oxide inks
  • Tim Holtz textured paper
  • Tim Holtz Metallic Paper

Glittery Tim Holtz Toil and Trouble

I had lots of fun creating a Halloween card. So early for me. Sometimes you get the new stuff and you have to jump right in.

Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Harlequin

Where do I start with this… Ok maybe as usual with the background. I started with patterned paper but stamped on it to. I used the Harlequin stencil and sponged on some Halloween Mica Stain. I stamped with two different Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz sets.

For the moon I used the new Tim Holtz Halloween Mica Stain which I sprayed and then cut out the circle. Then I used the Tim Holtz Moon Mask and Distress Oxide ink to create the moon.

The bats are die cut using two different sets.

The cat, the witch, the mouse and the cauldron were all die cut using the Tim Holtz Toil and Trouble die set. The really fun part was creating the look of the cauldron and the glittery witch. The witch I just put Glossy Accents on her and then added the fun glitter. The cauldron is silver Metallic Kraft-Stock covered with grit paste and then antiqued bronze & black paint. I backed the pot with paper sprayed with the Flickering Candle Mica Stain.


  • Tim Holtz Layering Mask: Moon Mask
  • Tim Holtz Faded Type stamp set
  • Tim Holtz Harlequin Shifter stencil
  • Distress Mica Stain – Flickering Candle
  • Distress Oxide ink
  • Tim Holtz Mini Classics stamp set
  • Tim Holtz Toil & Trouble die set
  • Tim Holtz Vault Series Halloween 2021 die set
  • Distress Glitter – Nightfall
  • Distress Paint
  • Glossy Accents

Simon Says Stamp Dahlia Corner Frame Die

Howdy! I got another card done for a challenge. This was for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge with a theme of Fall Colors. I know where I wanted to start this one. I smooshed some panels using the very cool Tim Holtz Distress Mica Stain Sprays for Halloween.

Tim Holtz Distress Mica Stain Sprays

To start my card I sprayed the Mica Stain colors Flickering Candle, Jack-O-Lantern and Crooked Broomstick on my craft mat. Then I did smooshing on a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. I think I let out a gasp when I saw it. They are just so cool together and cool in general.

For the flower I used a die from Simon Says Stamp and decided to leave the pieces in when I glued it down.

The sentiment is stamped in a dark brown ink.

This was one of those hard to photograph cards. Getting some of the glimmer from the mica and having the dark sentiment show up was a bit challenging.


  • Tim Holtz Distress Mica Stain Sprays
  • Simon Says Stamp Birthday Messages 3×4 stamp set
  • Simon Says Stamp Dahlia Corner Frame die
  • Versafine Clair Ink
  • Tim Holtz Kraft-Stock Cool

Hero Arts February 2020 My Monthly Hero

Hello! I am having some rainbow fun today. I created a card for the Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge #26.  I am enjoying the rainbow look ever since the Hero Summer 2021 Stamp-Along.

Hero Arts Birthday Stamp & Cut XL

Such a fun one to create mostly because of the bright colors.

For the background I stamped the big image in the MMH February 2020 set. I heat embossed using white sparkle embossing powder. Kind of hard to see the sparkle but it is there.

For the cake I colored the rainbow using water based pens. I then misted with water to blend the colors a little and smooth out the coloring. I used the die in the MMH February 2020 set to cut out the cake. I have foam under the cake for some dimension.

The sentiment is done with coloring with two of the water based pens. I misted it also. It is die cut and I went over it with a shimmer pen. The HA Birthday stamp & cut set has one of my most favorite fonts!


  • Hero Arts February 2020 My Monthly Hero set
  • Hero Arts Birthday Stamp & Cut XL set
  • Local King Rubber Stamp marker set
  • Hero Arts White Sparkle embossing powder

Rainbow Hello

I created this card for a card exchange in the Hero Arts Fans Scramble Group in Facebook. Such fun to exchange with people all over the world. Mine came from New Zealand and this one went to Australia.

I made some fun rainbow cards recently during the Hero Arts Summer 2021 Stamp-Along. So.. I was in a rainbow mood. I applied some ink to the background using Hero Arts inks. I then used a stencil and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

The butterfly and sentiment are die cut. The sentiment has multiple layers and is offset a little.

I added a little to the inside too which I don’t usually do. I needed the die cut rectangle to write on and I had to add a little fun too.

Entered over at the August Challenge at Die Cut Divas.


  • Hero Arts Reactive Ink
  • Hero Arts January 2020 My Monthly Hero set (butterfly)
  • Lawn Fawn Scripty Hello
  • Hero Arts Swirl Stencil

Paper Layering Christmas Card

And one more Christmas card for now.. Happy to be getting some done.

I got this paper layering scene maybe 4-5 years ago. It is a European product. I have one more set to put together.

I die cut a couple rectangles for the background. For the snowflakes on the white mat I used a stencil and did some heat embossing. The fancy mat is ink blended with Iced Spruce Distress Ink.

The scene has several layers which are kind of hard to see in the photo. I used foam to pop up about 3 layers beyond the base. I added some glitter to the rooftops and trees.

The sentiment is stamped.


  • European paper layering set
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Christmas Tree (sentiment)
  • Art Impressions Rectangle A2 Double Stitched die set
  • Memory Box Tiny Snowflakes Stencil
  • Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles die set
  • Distress Oxide Ink – Iced Spruce

Hero Arts Color Layering Christmas Tree

I have another Christmas card for you using the sketch in the Facebook group Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers. This is a mini slim line size card.

I used a paper pad for all the layers. For the tree I ink blended the background then then stamped the different layers of the tree.  The red “lights” on the tree are shiny and I cannot remember how I did them. They look to perfect so I would not have used a pen.

I was lucky to win this Hero Arts stamp set from Crystal who runs the Build Your Holiday Stash challenge. How did she know Hero Arts is one of my very favorite companies.


  • Hero Arts Color Layering Christmas Tree stamp set



Close to My Heart Yuletide Joy

I finally took some time to create a few Christmas cards. I made this using a stamp set that I got from the local free group. This lady let me come to her house and go thru a bunch of stuff she was getting rid of and let me take whatever I wanted. So very cool.

The snowflake background is stamped. It is a reverse type stamp so it did not stamp the snowflakes.

The bell is heat embossed along with the sentiment. The sentiment is in the Close to My Heart set.


  • Close to My Heart Yuldtide Joy
  • Hero Arts Snowflake Swirl Bold Prints

Elizabeth Crafts Mason Jar/Snow Globe

Howdy! It is time to get started or keep making a few Christmas cards. It creeps up and it so nice to have a bunch of cards made ahead. So here is one I made recently.

I recently took a class given by Els of Elizabeth Craft Designs and Crafters Home. Really fun one. There was a stamp and die set as part of it along with some other supplies. The penguin and the tree are from the die set. For the tree I colored the trunk brown. I also did a little coloring on the branches to give it a little dimension. The penguin is one of the two that are in the die set. So cute!

The sentiment is die cut from Tim Holtz metallic Kraft-Stock.

The patterned papers are all from the same pad.


  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Mason Jar / Snow Globe Essential Planner kit
  • Scrapbook.com Merry Christmas die – free with purchase