Hero Arts February 2020 My Monthly Hero

I made a little tag for the Facebook Hero Arts Fans Scramble Challenge. The theme this time was do a journal page or make a tag with something that represents the month of June for you. For me that would be my birthday, my Dad’s birthday and Fathers Day. So my tag is a birthday celebrate tag. You will see how it really makes you think 92 year old Dad. Ha!

Hero Arts Reactive ink

Lately I have been wanting to make a bright colored card. I haven’t quite got the look I wanted. This one is finally more like it. The shiny sparkly cards are always a challenge to photograph so you need perfect lighting.

To start I did smooshing on my craft mat. I love the bright fun Hero Arts Reactive inks. I used Pool, Taffy, Thistle and Creamsicle. I dipped the paper in the ink on my craft mat. Next I heat embossing the big image in the set with sparkly silver embossing powder. Then I cut out the tag which cuts off the outer parts of the big image.

I heat embossed the sentiment also from this set with the same embossing powder.

I also heat embossed the cake, present and balloons. For the coloring I put some color down on my craft mat and used a water brush to paint these for more vibrant colors. I used the dies in the set to cut them out.


  • Hero Arts February 2020 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts Reactive Inks
  • Hero Arts Nesting Tag Dies
  • Hero Arts Silver Sparkle Embossing Powder

Tim Holtz Mini Fresh Brewed Die Cutting

Howdy! Lately I have been watching the Tim Holtz demo’s on Saturday’s and decided to dig out some stuff to make a quick tag. I was kind of in a hurry (why during these days) to go pick up my coffee from my in-laws house and wanted to make a little thank you for them. They run a coffee business and were nice to leave it out for me so I could get it right away. So sometimes when you are in a hurry there is not overthinking the creating and you end up with something you are very happy about. Here it is!

Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script

I took regular and Oxide Distress ink pads in a couple colors of brown and put some ink down on my mat. I spritzed with water and dipped the tag in the inks. I did two layers of this drying them in between. I added the before assembly photo because I was very happy with my ink smooshing. I can’t remember if Tim calls it that but that is what I call it.

For the coffee cups I die cut them using Movers and Shapers magnetic dies. It took me a bit to remember how to use them and find all the things I needed. I love these cups so I was happy to get it all together. They are the only magnetic ones I have and I probably didn’t get how they worked when I bought them. I ink blended them with a couple blues and a bit of brown so it wasn’t so solid blue. Then I flicked some water on them. In the middle of the cold coffee drink cup I wrote the name of their coffee which is Zolo. It is good coffee. Today I tried their cold brew and it is super good!

For the sentiment I just die cut it out and ink blended over it.

For all the die cuts I used Mixed Media paper.

Entered over at Love Handmade Cards for the May challenge in Flickr.

Entered over at Die Cut Divas May Challenge Make it a Beverage.


  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Mini Fresh Brewed die set
  • Oxide Distress Ink
  • Distress Ink
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script die set

Quick Thank You Tags & Other Quick Projects

Howdy! Here’s some really quick thank you tags I made.

Some of them I put them on bags when I sell something and the person is doing a porch pick up. I add their name to them also. Easy, fun and a special little touch. I think I will just add them when I make them.

Some tags I made for my hubby for gifts going to Wyoming. He kept one.

Supplies: Hero Arts July 2019My Monthly Hero set, Rubber Hedgehog Buffalo stamp, Distress Inks

Supplies: Holiday Seals stamp set by The Stamping Village, Hero Arts Everyday Messages, Hero Arts Happy Holly Days, Copic pens, Gelly Roll Metallic Gold pen, Gelly Roll Glaze pen

Supplies: Hero Arts Happy Holly Days, Hero Arts Everyday Messages

Supplies: Magazine Freebie stamp set Winter Wonderland, Lawn Fawn Thankful Mice stamp set

Supplies: Rubbernecker Stamps Cobblestone Background heat embossed, Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves die set

Supplies: Hero Arts My Monthly Hero February 2020 kit, Copic markers. It’s fun to do this really quick things and not worry about having everything just so.

Supplies: Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden, Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages

Supplies: Hero Arts My Monthly Hero October 2019 kit, Hero Arts Thanks Stamp & Cut set. A little messy on the stamping but it just a quick one for the stuff I sell on my porch. I put clear lacquer on the windows.

Tim Holtz Smudging

I used the Tim Holtz smudging technique on this one. Love the technique. In real life this is a little more vibrant than the photo.

Supplies: Oxide Distress Inks, Tim Holtz Mini Classics stamp set, Tim Holtz Dried Flower stamp, Archival Black ink, Hero Arts Thanks A Bunch stamp set

Supplies: Hero Arts Untitled Heart stamp set. Just using my stamps on something other than a card. This was a little goodie bag for my son.

Super quick card… ink smooshed background using Distress Oxide Ink or Distress Ink
Butterfly cut from Metallic Kraft-Stock using the TH Mini Detailed Butterflies die.
I give these to folks when I pick up free things in the neighborhood.

Hero Arts Scramble 146

I was the hostess for Hero Arts Scramble 146 in Flickr. It was the first Scramble for 2017. For the Scrambles you have 90 minutes to create a card using the theme. Some Scrambles everyone is creating at the same time which mine was. Others go for 24 hours and you pick your 90 minutes when you have time during the 24 hours. This works well so that more people are able to participate.

Here is the description of  Scramble 146. Out with the Old, In with the New. In this case it doesn’t mean get out old stamps and get rid of them. It means get out old stamps and use them. So.. Get out your oldest stamp either the oldest you remember getting or the oldest by date. I have a few newer to me I found in a thrift store that are from 1995 and I got them in the last year. Anyway… if you should make a second card then use your newest stamp. The twist is create a background with something other than a stamp or stencil. I used a piece of lace and inked over it and on the other card I waded up a piece of foil and flattened it with an acrylic block.
• Use your oldest stamp.
• Create a background using something around your house.
• If you get to card two use your newest stamp.

Here are my examples.

For this I scrunched up a piece of foil and smashed it down with an acrylic block. Then inked it up.
For this background I inked over a piece of lace.
Back to the foil on this one.

For the first card there is the ink over lace background using Hero Arts Butter Bar ink. I wasn’t sure if it would seep through and kind of run all over but I think it made a nice pattern. The stamp is my oldest Hero Arts stamp called Two Irises (F213) from 1990. The text is Hero Arts stamp La Letter (K5344). The dies that I used are from Bo Bunny Nested Fancy Frame set.

The second card I started the night before my Scramble but my eye was having a problem that worried me so my mojo kind of went. I ended up posting it after the Scramble. The background is the waded up and then inked up piece of foil. The flowers and leaves are from a fairly new set to me Color Layering Hibiscus (CL868). The sentiment is from Spellbiinders die set Sentiments One (S2-082).

It is a lot of fun to host and watch the cards coming in and not having the stress. It is also a lot of fun to participate in the Scrambles. If you have not and have some Hero Arts stamps check it out. Here is the link to the Hero Arts group in Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/groups/heroarts/


There were only 4 people participating so I decided to send everyone something.  One reason is I just felt like it and another is I was participating a long while before hosting so it was time to throw out some prizes. In the package for each person I included these tags. It was alot of fun to make these.
Distress inks for the backgrounds.
Hero Arts Stamps – Newspaper Tulips (K5576), Background La Letter (K5344), Playful Animal (CL832), Exotic Bloom (H5424), Dandelion (G4917).
Sentiment – Not sure..

Hero Arts Scramble 121 – Tags with Recycled Items

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I got up at 6:30 am this morning and watched the sun come up. This is a thing that only happens a few times a year. Actually I got up to participate in the Hero Arts Scramble. It is early for me but I love the Scrambles and there are only a few left until next year.

Heather hosted Scramble 121 and her theme was use some recycled items and make tags. What a great idea! Hero Arts is a green company and Heather noted that and I also appreciate that.

The reindeer tag is made from an envelope that a gift card came it that I have been saving. The brown twine I cut off from it and made the bow. I cut the whole back part off of the envelope. The red paper is Bazzill textured paper. The reindeer is Hero Arts stamp Reindeer (CG240) stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa. I colored the reindeer with Copics. The antlers have Wink of Stella on them which you probably can’t see in the photo. The snow hill is made with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. If you want a smoother glitter look don’t use 3-N-1 glue. On the one hand it makes it more textured but it just depends on the look you are after.
The sentiment is from the Hero Arts set Peace & Joy (CL880) and embossed.
The ink around the edges of the white card stock is VersaMagic Wheat chalk ink. Note to self this ink takes awhile to dry. I smeared it some while working on the other parts.

The peace & joy tag is cut and embossed with a Spellbinders die called Build a Tag Two (SCD-011). The sentiment is from a set I just got by Hero Arts called Peace & Joy (CL880) and embossed with Judikins Aegean Silver embossing powder. The recycled items are the ribbon and the poinsettia which came in the packaging with my Hero Arts order.