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


Penny Black A Blizzard Dies

Hello! Well we are kind of winding down to Christmas. I have lot’s of cards made for this year and I need to be sending them out. There is many I want to make but I need to get things sent not made at the moment. I made what I thought would be a quick one to send something to my sister that did not end up in her box. I needed a long card.

Simon Says Stamp Season's Greetings Die

I thought this would be quick.. It was easy but not quick.

I picked 3 different colors of glitter paper. A blue, a light blue and silver. I got smart and stuck Sizzix adhesive sheets on the back of each piece. I then die cut out a bunch of snowflakes. What took some time was getting all the little pieces out of the snowflakes. Sometimes when doing these kinds of cards I get a little carried away on the amount of things I put on the card and maybe I did a bit with this one. Anyway I stuck down all the snowflakes since they had the adhesive on the back.

For the sentiment I used a really dark blue paper (not navy blue) and die cut it. I used a sparkle pen and went over it. Then glued that down.


  • Penny Black A Blizzard dies
  • Simon Says Stamp Season’s Greetings die
  • Glitter paper (smooth)
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen

Hero Arts Warm Animals

Hello! How is your December going? We are cruising right along to another year done. Since we had Thanksgiving so late this year things are sneaking up on me.

Today I have a cute little animal Christmas card. I made this to enter over at A Blog Named Hero for the November challenge. The theme is muted tones which is kind of a challenge I would say. Hopefully this is muted enough.

My Favorite Things Merry Christmas die

To start my card I stamped the cute animals and colored them with Copics. I was lucky to win the Hero Arts Warm Animals set at a Hero Arts crafty event. I stamped the present a bunch of times and colored with Wink of Stella gold and silver pens and then used a color from each of the animals for the bows. You don’t want to get the gifts mixed up.

I used a stencil to add snowflakes to the background using silver pigment ink.

The hill I had in my stash and it was die cut. I sprayed it with Shimmer spritz which is hard to see in the photo.

The sentiment was die cut and colored with a color that I used on the bear.

The presents have a thick glue dot under each one for some dimension which kind of makes them look like they are floating.


  • Hero Arts Warm Animals stamp set
  • Hero Arts Warm Animals die set
  • My Favorite Things Merry Christmas die
  • Memory Box Tiny Snowflakes stencil
  • Encore silver pigment ink
  • Copic Markers
  • Wink of Stella pens
  • Shimmer Spritz Frost spray

Thanksgiving Cards

Howdy! Today I have several Thanksgiving cards. Not tons like Halloween…

Hero Arts Autumn

For my first card I did the alcohol lift technique. This one came out very nice. I made the panel some time ago. If I remember right the lift technique works better with regular alcohol ink than it does with the pearl alcohol ink. I used clear stamps. For the sentiment I heat embossed it with maybe rose gold embossing powder.

Supplies – Alcohol ink, Alcohol lift ink, Hero Arts Autumn stamp set (leaves), Hero Arts Happy Thanksgiving (sentiment), embossing powder, corner rounder

Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves

This is the card that got me going on the Thanksgiving cards. I had stamped the pumpkin on the canvas some time ago and then colored it with Copics. I picked two patterned papers from the same pad. Then glued the pumpkin on those. I heat embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder. I die cut the leaves and then inked them with Oxide Distress ink and a bit of the Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic ink (love them). I am just going to say it this is not my favorite card.

Supplies – Hero Arts Happy Thanksgiving stamp set, gold embossing powder, Gold Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic ink, Oxide Distress ink, Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves die set, Copic pens

Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves Die Set

Here’s another one where I had the background done awhile ago. I stamped the leaves and acorns using Versamark ink on kraft paper. I highlighted them using a gold pen. I die cut several leaves and added Oxide Distress ink and some gold Glimmer Metallic ink with an ink blending tool. The sentiment is heat embossed.

Supplies – Hero Arts Holiday Petals & Leaves stamp set, Lawn Fawn Thankful Mice stamp set (sentiment), Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves die set, Jelly Roll Gold Metallic pen, gold embossing powder, Oxide Distress ink, Hero Arts Gold Glimmer Metallic ink

Hero Arts Autumn Stamp Set

I think I also had this background/panel done awhile back. These are such pretty leaves to heat emboss which is done on kraft paper. The label is die cut and the sentiment is heat embossed. Throw on a couple sequins and you are done.

Supplies – Hero Arts Autumn stamp set, embossing powder, Hero Arts Happy Thanksgiving stamp set (sentiment), sequins, Spellbinders Labels Four die set

Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves

Here we are with the last one. A note about the photo location… My hub made me a little shelf and attached it to the fence so I could take photos there of my cards. Super nice of him.

Now about the card. I picked some more patterned papers from the same paper pad for the background. The sentiment is heat embossed in gold. I die cut several leaves and added Oxide Distress ink and some gold Glimmer Metallic ink with an ink blending tool. I did a little inking around the edge of the card.

Supplies – Lawn Fawn Thankful Mice stamp set (sentiment), Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves die set, gold embossing powder, Oxide Distress ink, Hero Arts Gold Glimmer Metallic ink

Entered in the Die Cut Divas November Challenge.



Simon Says Stamp Gnome Thank You

Hello! I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. We did and I may not need to eat for a day or two. Ha. Now it’s time to catch up on some cards. I have a thank you card for a friend using the super cute Simon Says Stamp Gnome.

Papertrey Ink Cover Plate

I love this little gnome die! This was an easy card to make but such fun with that gnome. The colors on the background look pink but they are a red/purple.

The background is made with a cover plate die.

The gnome cut out a few times to get the different sections cut from different papers. It is all one piece. For the nose on the gnome I just colored it with a Copic pen.

The thanks is die cut.

Entered in the November Challenge over at Love Handmade Cards in Flickr.

Entered in the November Challenge over at Die Cut Divas.


  • Simon Says Stamp die – Gnome
  • Papertrey Ink Cover Plate die – Horizontal Stripes
  • Hero Arts Die – Thanks Stamp & Cut
  • Copic pen



Hero Arts Peacock Feather Stencil with Glimmer Paste

Hello, here I am once again trying to catch up posting my cards. I made this at the beginning of September.

Nuvo Glimmer Paste

I had this purple background in my stash. I used some Nuvo Glimmer Paste with the Hero Arts Peacock Feather stencil to make the pretty design on the card.

The sentiment is cut out possibly a few times for some dimension and glued together then added to the card.


  • Hero Arts Peacock Feather Stencil
  • Nuvo Glimmer Paste – Sapphire Blue
  • Hero Arts Thank You Pair Frame Fancy Die

Hero Arts Merry Christmas Cover Plate with Glitter

Howdy! Today I am over at a2z Scrapbooking with some glitter and shine for Christmas. I created two cards with the Hero Arts Merry Christmas Cover Plate Die. This is such a cool die and there is so much to it you can just cut it out and glue it on a card base and call it a day.


The first one here is all glittery.  The first thing I did was stick a double sided adhesive sheet to a piece of Neenah paper. I placed my die on the paper so that the adhesive would end up on the top of the design. That way I could get that glitter to stick to it. I used microfine glitter and dumped that all over the design over a coffee filter. Then I burnished it using a bone folder handle. Thanks to Jennifer McGuire for that tip! Then I just glued that scene on to a piece of white glitter paper. Glitter cards are hard to photograph and the light was kind of diminishing on me so the photo isn’t the best. It is pretty and very sparkly in real life.

Here is a daytime sunlight photo of my card. Submitted to the October Challenge for Love Handmade Cards in Flickr.

After watching Jennifer’s post and video where she was doing a similar technique with stencils I decided to use the glitter on a die cut.

If you want some good tips on using especially the microfine glitter watch this video by Els from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Watch for the part about her box set up she uses for working with glitter. I saw her do this in person and it really stuck with me. Those Swifter’s really make clean up nice.

This one was very straight forward and quick. I cut the scene out using the die and some shiny red paper I had in my stash. For this one I left some of the pieces in with the die cut. So the ornaments, 2 trees, and the star on the tree all have their center pieces remaining instead of pushing them out. I then glued the scene on a kraft card base. Pretty simple. There is so much to the cover plate you don’t need to do much.

I have another card in progress that I got kind of carried away on so we’ll see how that turns out and maybe I will post that too. Here we are with card 3.

I started out with the idea I would color most of the little things all over this die cut. That led to more and more “doing”. So many things are colored with Copics. The hanging ornaments were colored then I decided to add clear glitter Nuvo to them and the color showed through which is good. The star on the tree also has gold glitter Nuvo on it. Somewhere along the line I colored the very outer edge/frame with a blue Copic. Then the hills got clear glitter Nuvo and the swirls got some silver glitter Nuvo. The background paper is from an origami set of papers I got at Daiso. I would say it came out decent considering all the fumbling around and kind of different.

The a2z Scrapbooking store has great sales going on! I took a peek at the store and there are still some stamps, ink, liquid watercolor (this stuff is fun to work with),  embossing powders and a few other things. Get them before they are gone.

There is still time to enter the a2z Scrapbooking last challenge! It’s always good to get a few cards done well before the holiday rush.



National Coffee Day Blog Hop & Giveaway

National Coffee Day Blog Hop

Guess what day it is! Yes it is National Coffee Day and there is a hop to go along with it. The hop begins at the a2z Scrapbooking blog. The design team has cards for you to check out and there are several giveaways. There is also some great bargains over at a2z.

Here are the links to the a2z Design Team cards for some inspiration and if you comment another chance to win a prize.




Karen – You are here!


Here is the coffee card I made for this fun hop. And me.. yes I love coffee. I have a coffee bean roaster and a grinder. Sometimes I roast my own beans. I only drink one cup a day and I want some good coffee. I think there will be an afternoon decaf going on today!

To create the background I used the Hero Arts Holiday Petals & Leaves stamp set. I took all the little leaves and put them on one block and stamped on the kraft paper with Versamark.

The coffee cups are from a couple different digital sets that are available in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. The digital kits that I used are Hero Arts Kitchen Silhouettes, Hero Arts Caffeine Fix and Sugartree Stamps Hug In a Mug. I listed these as they go across the card from left to right. I colored the mugs with Copics. The leaf on the one mug is from the background stamp that I colored with a Gelly Roll pen and cut out. The sleeve and the heart on the other mugs were part of the images. I did all of the gold accenting with a gold metallic Gelly Roll pen and I love that thing.

The multi color strip is alcohol ink on regular paper. Kind of funny, it is some piece of paper my husband grabbed at a hotel and gave to me. It is thick and has a nice texture. It is hard to see in the photo but there is some gold alcohol ink on there too.

The sentiment is die cut twice for a bit of dimension.

a2z Scrapbooking is giving away a $20 prize to a randomly selected winner from those who commented on the a2z Scrapbooking blog.
Visit each of the Design Team blog posts and comment. One randomly selected winner from each Design Team blog post will win two coffee themed digital prizes.
Deadline to comment is Oct 5, 11:59 pm EDT. Winner will be announced on Oct 7th.
 To claim your prize email a2zscrapbookingtech@gmail.com with subject line: National Coffee Hop a2z Karen

Enjoy the hop!







Hero Arts Monarch Butterfly with Nuvo Glimmer Paste

Howdy! I am over at a2z Scrapbooking with a glittery butterfly. So pretty in real life and very hard to capture it well in a photograph. Later today I will be adding a photo taken in natural light.  I have added two photos I took outside at different times today. The conclusion is that glitter like this just looks way better in person.

For my card I really wanted to use some of the Nuvo Glimmer Paste. You can get the pretty Sapphire Blue Glimmer Paste in the a2z Etsy shop. I tried a couple different things but some were not working to well. But then this happened. The Nuvo Glimmer Paste is the “background” of the butterfly.

I created the blue part of the butterfly by cutting a butterfly out using the Hero Arts Monarch Butterfly die also available in the a2z Etsy shop. I took out the pretty butterfly and used that open space as a stencil.

I centered it nice over my paper and used temporary adhesive to keep all the edges down. I filled it in with the Nuvo Glimmer Paste. Then I removed the stencil and washed my tools immediately. That stuff sticks very well.

On the butterfly die cut I put an adhesive sheet on the front of the paper before die cutting. I removed the release paper and now there is adhesive on the front of the butterfly. I used some Elizabeth Craft Designs microfine glitter all over it. You should rub it in good to make it shine and stick well. There is a mostly purple and a bit of pink glitter. I am not the biggest glitter fan but using it this way I really like it. If you need some tips on glitter handling El at Elizabeth Craft Designs has some great video’s that really help with keeping the glitter under control. I saw her demo at Scrapbook Expo one year and I still remember that. She has some great tips and some great looks with her fab glitter.

Then I glued the butterfly outline over the Glitter Paste background I created. I cut around the butterfly with a rectangle die. I put that on a pretty purple patterned paper and added a die cut sentiment.

The two outdoor shots. Let me know if you like one over the other. I did not resize them as low as my first photo above in the post.



Inlaid Die Cutting with Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch

Howdy! I’m over at a2z Scrapbooking with some shimmery butterflies. Oh wait that was last month. I created a birthday card that happens to have shimmery butterflies for this month’s challenge theme of Birthday . When I thought about making this card the inlay technique and using some of the Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Ink came to mind. So here we are.

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly


For the butterflies I put some drops of the purple and the blue Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Ink on a kraft sheet along with a tiny bit of gold. I spritzed the inks with water. I brushed the ink on paper and let it dry. Then I stamped the Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch on the metallic inks using just the detailed layer. I cut those out with the Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch matching die. Two butterflies were cut out of the white background paper so that I could inlay the purple and blue butterflies in those spaces. I just love the shimmery look of the metallic ink and it is my favorite look in the glitter/shiny/shimmer category. The purple and blue come together in the pack.

For the flowers I mixed a little gold Glimmer Metallic ink with some Hero Arts Dandelion and Orange Liquid Watercolors. I love this combination. I painted that on paper and when it dried I stamped the flowers from the Color Layering Monarch stamp set. Then they were die cut.

The sentiment was die cut.

Entered in the Love! Handmade Cards August Challenge in Flickr.

You can get most of the supplies used on my card at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store and they are having a sale this month. Use my discount code karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.


Please join us in this month’s “Birthday” challenge.