Stenciling With the Hero Arts Poinsettia Stencil

Hello! During Christmas I was wanting to make some Christmas cards but I was busy doing other things and I had enough cards. So now it is time to start building up the stash. Out came the Hero Arts Poinsettia stencil which I have had quite awhile.

Poppy Stamps Blooming Poinsettia Die

When I finally got this stencil out I made several panels with different combinations of ink and paper. Here is the first completed card. I used the stencil and white pigment ink to make the background.

The poinsettia is die cut and enhanced with Copics. In the middle of the flowers is little tiny gold balls.

The sentiment is die cut twice and glued together for a bit more dimension.


  • Poppy Stamps Blooming Poinsettia die set
  • Hero Arts Poinsettia Stencil
  • Hero Art Unicorn Pigment ink
  • Copic Pens
  • Bo Bunny Christmas Cards Die Set

Die Cutting With Hero Arts Autumn Wreath Set

Howdy! What’s going on out there crafty folks? I have made several cards this month which is nice after the Christmas hustle bustle. I made my card today using a Hero Arts set I got recently and finally got to use. It is an Autumn theme but I feel like my card is maybe a summer look. The purple is a bit dark for summer but to me it does not look like Fall either.

Hero Arts Autumn Wreath Die Set

I started out stamping the wreath and flowers. I die cut them. I colored them with Copics. In the center of the flowers I glued some prills.

I cut the rectangle out using a deckled die.

The sentiment is two die cut layers and colored with a Copic.

Entered over at Die Cut Divas for their monthly challenge of use something new.

Entered in the January Challenge over at A Blog Named Hero. It is an Anything Goes theme.



  • Hero Arts Autumn Wreath Stamp Set
  • Hero Arts Autumn Wreath Die Set
  • Copic Pens
  • Spellbinders Deckles Rectangles Die Set
  • Hero Arts Thanks Stamp and Cut Set
  • Prills

Watercolored Rubbernecker Stamps Petunias

Here we are cruising along and it is almost a month since Christmas. Where does the time go?

For my card I used some petunias that I colored some time ago. I stamped the image on watercolor paper. I think I used Zig Clean Color pens to color the flowers and that gray surrounding them. I haven’t done much of the shading around images because I am afraid it will mess everything up. I just layered everything up as you can see. The flower panel is raised with a piece of fun foam. The sentiment is die cut. This is a different color combo for me including the gray card base. I like how it turned out.


  • Rubbernecker Stamps Petunias
  • Cas-ual Fridays/Catherine Pooler Die
  • Zig Clean Color pens


Echo Park Snowman Die Thanks Card

Here we are with another one of my Christmas gift thank you cards. Someone got me going on “painting” on Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic inks so now I have several backgrounds and this was one of them. It may have been in the Hero Arts Kit Fanatics group where I folks were talking and showing their panels.

Hero Arts Thanks Stamp & Cut

For this background I dropped some blue and white glimmer metallic ink on my craft mat. I mixed the colors and watered it down. Then I painted it over my embossed panel. The shimmer looks really nice on this one.

The snowman was cut out of a couple colors of paper. The nose, band on the hat and the top of the hat were colored with Copics.

The sentiment was die cut and colored with a Copic pen.


  • Darice Snowflake Embossing Folder
  • Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic ink
  • Echo Park Snowman die set
  • Hero Arts Thanks Stamp and Cut set
  • Copic Pens

Spellbinder Coffee Brewing Die Cut

Here we go with another one of my thank you cards…

The people I made this for have a coffee business and gave me coffee related gifts for Christmas. You might be starting to see where this is going.

Hero Arts August 2018 MMH kit

I recently joined the Tim Holtz Fanatics Facebook group so I was enjoying seeing all the Tim Holtz inspiration. That made me want to do an Oxide Distress Ink background. Not a stretch for me to pull these out though. So I did some smooshing for the background with the Oxide inks. Then I used a stencil to add the coffee rings and bits of pattern here and there.

The french press coffee maker was die cut from gold metallic paper. To make it look like it had coffee in it I took a little piece of brown paper and put Nuvo on it so it would be shiny. Then I glued that to the back side of the french press. There is Nuvo on the little knob on top of the lid also.

The cups were die cut using a Hero Arts MMH kit. They needed a little something so I used a stencil to put a pattern on them using a little bit lighter color of Oxide Distress ink than the paper was. I also went around the edges of the cups with some gold pigment ink.

The beans were die cut and have a little guess what… Oxide ink on them.

The sentiment die cut also with a little Oxide ink on it.


  • Spellbinders Cup and Beans die set – coffee beans
  • Spellbinders Coffee Brewing die set – french press
  • Hero Arts August 2018 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts Thanks Stamp & Cut set
  • Oxide Distress Ink
  • TCW Stencil Mini Butterfly Collage
  • Delicata Golden Glitz Pigment Ink
  • Tim Holtz Kraft-Stock Gold Metallic Paper
  • Nuvo Crystal Glaze

Hero Arts Designer Snowflakes Thank You Card

Hello! As usual I am trying to catch up posting. I made a few thank you cards for people that I got Christmas gifts from. I know it is a bit past Christmas.

Hero Arts Thank You Pair die

When I thought about making some thank you cards I decided I wanted to use the purple and blue Hero Arts metallic inks together. I dropped the ink on my kraft mat and spritzed it with water. I then did the smooshing technique to make my background. I really like the way the background looks but when you use the ink this way you lose a little of the cool metallic shimmer that these inks have.

Then I heat embossed the snowflakes using silver sparkle embossing powder.

The sentiment is die cut from white paper.


  • Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Ink – blue and purple
  • Hero Arts Designer Snowflakes stamp set
  • Hero Arts Thank You Pair die set
  • Hero Arts Embossing Powder – silver sparkle

Heartfelt Creations Create a ‘Scape Backcountry Stamp

Hello to you all! I got these new stamps recently and they very cool. There are several sets that go with the create a ‘scape theme. What is cool about them is that you build a scene and the outdoor mountain vibe.

So to create this I used three different stamps pieced/stamped together to make the whole scene. Also a few things are die cut.

The first step was to stamp the three scene pieces and line them up to make the whole scene. Below is the stamp set and die set so you can see what I mean. You don’t have to do it this way but this is what I did. Then do some masking and color blending on the background. Then I die cut the canoe and a few things around it, the wolf, the big tree and the cabin. I colored everything and glued the pieces on to the scene. I used Oxide Distress inks and Copics to color the scene. There is a few rough spots but not bad for my first time doing this. I sent this to my brother for his birthday.

Here is the stamp set and dies since it is kind of hard to explain and the links so that you can see more examples and the rest of the stamps and dies if you are interested. I have nothing to do with Heartfelt Creations but I like the company and these stamps are really cool to me. They are part of the Wilderness Retreat Collection.


  • Heartfelt Creations Create a ‘scape Backcountry Stamps
  • Heartfelt Creations Create a ‘scape Backcountry Dies
  • Copic Markers
  • Oxide Distress Ink

Die Cutting with Echo Park Snowman

Hello! Today I have a snowman card I made a few weeks ago.Darice Snowflake Embossing Folder


Let’s start with the background.. That is embossed with an embossing folder. I used some glitter paper which always make for challenging photos.

All the pieces of the snowman are die cut from a few colors of paper (white, black, brown). I colored some of the pieces with Copics.

The sentiment is die cut and probably colored with Copics.


  • Echo Park Snowman die set
  • Darice Snowflake embossing folder
  • Casual Fridays/Catherine Pooler sentiment dies

The Ton Rose Terrace & Heat Embossing

Hellooo! Here is another card I made with a background I colored many moons ago and just didn’t know what I wanted to do with it. I think for me when I have a cool background I don’t want to cover it up or cut it up. So I struggle a bit. Now it is a card!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday

So after having this sit for so long I am really happy with the way it turned out.

I heat embossed the image I think using rose gold embossing powder. I colored with Copics. I made one little boo boo on the coloring but luckily it was on the edge and when I cut the panel down it got cut off. The sentiment was die cut using the same paper as the mat behind the panel.


  • The Ton Rose Terrace background stamp
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday Die
  • Copic Pens
  • Stampendous Rose Gold Embossing Enamel

Embossing with Hero Arts Paper Layering Snowflakes

Howdy it’s been a little while. I hope you all had a nice Christmas and New Years. I just started creating a few thank you notes. Here is one using some sparkly embossing powder.

Hero Arts Embossing Powder

Let’s start off with the background. Not much to say because I can’t remember how I got that silver on the blue paper. It was laying around and I liked the look of it. Possibly some pigment ink or glimmer metallic ink but I am just not sure. I would say there is a possibility of using a roller to get that ink on.

I can tell you about the snowflakes and sentiment. The snowflakes are paper layering snowflakes and I die cut them. I used embossing powder on them called sparkle but it is hard to see in the photo. I heat embossed them twice. Then I pushed up all the sections on each snowflake for some dimension and glued them to the background.

The sentiment is die cut and I heat embossed it twice also using a silver sparkle embossing powder. I really like the way that looks.

Entering in the December challenge over at A Blog Named Hero.


  • Hero Arts Paper Layering Snowflakes die set
  • Hero Arts Thank You Pair die set
  • Hero Arts Sparkle embossing powder
  • Hero Arts Silver Sparkle embossing powder