Time for Cocoa


Photo Credit

Time for Cocoa

The inspiration for this card was Merry Monday Challenge #263.
I did not enter this card but the cocoa in the jar, the wood grain, plaid and branches were the things I pulled from the inspiration photo seen above that was the theme for the challenge. It is a very cool cocoa bar scene.

The background is stamped with a woodgrain background stamp on kraft.

The branches are cut using my Silhouette Cameo. I inked them up with some Oxide Distress ink.

The cocoa jar was stamped and embossed with gold on vellum. I hand cut out the jar. I colored the back of the vellum with a brown Copic to look like cocoa powder. I hand wrote cocoa. I then cut another jar out of white paper to back the jar so the dots on the background didn’t show through. It doesn’t quite look how I thought it would but here it is.

The cup was heat embossed on patterned paper and hand cut. I colored the top part to look like there was cocoa in the cup.

Background stamp – Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain (S5208)

Cocoa jar – Avocado Arts Sweet Treat Sweetie.

Branches – Silhouette Cameo cut file

The cocoa cup – from a set by The Ton called Tea Party.

Patterned paper – Pink Paislee 6X6 paper pad.


Tim Holtz Christmas Trees

Wow I got one in for Merry Monday Challenge #259! The first one is the one I submitted for Merry Monday and I had some more trees so I created another one.

Merry Monday #259

Tim Holtz Trees #2

For each card I used a stencil and embossing paste on the background. I die cut the trees from watercolor paper that I put Oxide Distress ink on. Then I die cut the sentiments. On the joy card I wish I would have put the sentiment a little closer to the trees. It looks like it is floating.

Stencil – Memory Box Tiny Snowflakes

Tree Die – Sizzix Tim Holtz Woodlands

Sentiment dies – Joy is from a Sizzix Tim Holtz set called Holiday Words. Merry Christmas is a die by Find it Trading called strangely enough Merry Christmas.



My inspiration was Merry Monday Challenge #266 which was Santa. When will I learn not to wait to the last minute. While trying to post Inlinkz was hung up so it did not make it. I am trying to just let it go and remember I made another Christmas card. The washi tape in the middle is two narrow pieces side by side. It is gold but kind of hard to see that in the photo. Santa is colored with Copics. I went over Santas’s cuffs and trim areas with Wink of Stella.

Background papers – Graphic 45 paper pad

Washi Tape – probably from Hobby Lobby

Spellbinders dies – Classic Scalloped Ovals (S4-111) and Classic Ovals Large (S4-110)

Santa – Art Impressions set Holly Jolly set.

Marci the Witch


Marci Halloween

Not a scary witch here. I like the cute Halloween too. I die cut a mat and the image with Spellbinders dies. Marci was colored with Copics and for the first time I tried doing a little coloring to create a grounding area for her. I always just want the image colored but I am branching out. I am generally not big on these types of stamps but the La-Land Crafts images are really nice in my book. I bought this many years ago after taking a class on coloring with Copics with Irina who designs the La-Land stamps. At the time I was thinking this is too hard and I am not sure I like these pens. Don’t ask how many Copics I have now. Maybe about 90. Yikes. I am really happy about how this came out.

Patterned paper – from my stash

Spellbinders Die – Curved Rectangles (S5-006)

Stamps – La-Land Crafts Witch Marci. Spider Web from Hero Arts set Halloween Trimmings (DC197).

Halloween Chicken

Clover Halloween 2

Clover Halloween 1

My two Halloween chicken cards.. Even just two and I don’t do them exactly the same. So I’m just saying mass producing is not for me.

The background papers are from my stash. I die cut the sentiment and the two ovals and the oval shape for the image. I stamped the images using a stamp from La-Land Crafts. On the first card I think I colored with Copics and the second card I think I watercolored. I am thinking of a way to take notes on what I did so I can describe it better later.

Patterned Paper – From my stash. Some from Basic Grey way back.
Sentiment Die Cut – Hero Arts Halloween Trimmings Stamp & Cut set (DC197).
Oval Dies – Spellbinders Lacey Ovals (S4-314). Spellbinders Grand Decorative Ovals One (LF-016).  The oval die used to cut out the image was a Hero Arts Infinity Die (DI337).
Stamped Image – La-Land Crafts Clover on Pumpkins (03007).

Shimmery Owl

Shimmery Owl

This owl was done quite some time ago with a product new to me. First of all the owl stamp is pretty darn cool. I heat embossed the owl using brown powder. I embossed on a panel that I created using Judikins Mica Gloss on some slick paper. It looks so shimmery and pretty in real life. I guess this has been out several years but I never heard about it until this past summer.

The background with the leaves is embossing with an embossing folder. Then I went over it with some orange water color just kind of a wash real quick. I decided it needed to have some brown added so I went over it with Oxide ink. It looks not so dark brown in real life. Another night time photo.

The branch is cut with a Hero Arts die.

The background is the Lawn Fawn plaid again. Can you tell I love this?

The sentiment is from Hero Arts and heat embossed using brown powder.

Supplies Used:

Lost Coast Designs Stamp – Linda Owl
Hero Arts Sentiment – My Monthly Hero kit September 2017 (MH0917C)
Hero Arts Die – Color Layering Dimensional Bird (DI153)
Carta Bella Embossing Folder – Crisp Autumn
Oxide Distress Ink – One of the browns
Judikins Mica Gloss – Lime, Copper and Gold


Oxide Leaves Thanksgiving

Oxide Leaves Thanksgiving

I had these lovely leaves made for quite some time and finally got them on a card. They are cut with Hero Arts dies Autumn Icons Fancy Dies (DI431). After I cut them out I inked them with Oxide ink and love the look. The background right behind them is a piece of watercolor paper that I colored by putting down you guessed it Oxide ink on my craft mat. I spritzed it with water and put the paper down over it. I think I got the paper wet before putting it on the ink. In real life the colors on the leaves and background look really nice but I had to take the photos at night with my Ott light which is supposed to be true color but it doesn’t quite look the same. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday (CL498). I cut the banner with a die and heat embossed with brown powder. The plaid is the lovely Lawn Fawn paper. And then I added a few gems/bling/dots.

Merry Monday #264

I got another one just barely done for Merry Monday. Challenge #264 was to use kraft and red with only just a bit of neutral colors. I love this combination and I wish I would have made a couple different ones but one is better than none.

Merry Monday #264

So here we are with a fairly simple card. Red patterned paper in the background. I decided to be different and die cut kraft snowflakes. I used snowflake dies by Tattered Lace (D111). You can’t really see it in the photo but I used a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to give them just a little sparkle. The greeting also has Spectrum Noir on it. The greeting is die cut using a Sizzix Tim Holtz set Holiday Words (660058). As usual I was putting this together at the last minute. Literally I posted it at the last minute. The greeting is not actually stuck down because the Spectrum Noir pen was dumping lot’s of liquid so I could not get the backing paper off the back or I would have messed up my die cuts. As I was writing this up I realized there is no stamping on this card which is unusual for me.

Halloween Shaker Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin Shaker

I got a few Halloween cards done and sent but not as many as I wanted to. I really like this Hero Arts pumpkin die! It is from Hero Arts die set Autumn Icons Fancy Dies (DI431).

The background – I just created a watercolor panel.

The greeting and images by the greeting – for the greeting I cut it out with double sticky or put glue on the words and sprinkled Martha Stewart fine glitter on it. I tried cutting it out of glitter paper but I just couldn’t get to cut thru and didn’t want the hassle so went another route.The bat and spider web are stamped using images from Hero Arts set Halloween Trimmings Stamp & Cut (DC197). I used Versafine black ink for these because it is nice and bold especially when stamping on watercolor paper over a somewhat dark color. The greeting is also from the same set.

The pumpkin – kind of an interesting process. I had to think ahead to get this how I wanted it. For the most part it all worked. Except… the shaker doesn’t actually shake. So I made a watercolor background for the pumpkin. I cut a pumpkin out of the purple panel and added the orange background to the back of it. I cut the pumpkin out again and watercolored it. I left out all the sections as you can see. I wanted an inlaid pumpkin. Then comes the tulle and the fun shaker sequins. Then the next part is where I didn’t think ahead. I glued the tulle and shakers stuff down then glued the pumpkin over top which had glue all over the back. Between the glue and maybe a bit to tight on the tulle the shaker sequins are all kept in place. It still looks fun but wasn’t quite what I was trying to do.

Raccoon Christmas

Raccoon Christmas

Raccoon Christmas - Version 2

These were fun to create and the fun started with the Merry Monday Challenge. This challenge was last weeks challenge of include gifts on your card. I created the first card for that challenge and decided I wanted to make another another one. I don’t do well with mass producing so even the second card has small differences. Can you spot them?

The background – I used the Memory Box Snow Flurry stamp and used the Distress ink Picket Fence or possibly Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink.

The hill I cut from glitter paper using a die from Simon Says Stamp called Stitched Slopes and Hills (SSSD111400).

The raccoon, hat and presents are from a Lawn Fawn set called Holiday Party Animal. I colored them with Copics, a Pen-touch silver pen, a white glaze pen. I have the dies for these but I hand cut them.

The tree and the sentiment are from Hero Arts Swirl Christmas set (CL469).  I used the Distress ink Picket Fence or possibly Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink to stamp the tree. I colored over the trunk with a brown marker and then hand cut the tree. The sentiment is embossed with white on the first card, silver on the second card.