Halloween Cards

This year I made several Halloween cards. I am going to post them all together. A few are similar and some are not. Hang on tight… here we go. I am going to do quick descriptions for all of these.

First off we have the Tim Holtz Skull card. Distress Oxide Ink background. Tim Holtz Mini Halloween 3 and Tim Holtz Crazy Things stamps sets.

Distress Oxide Ink

I used some Authentique papers from the Enchantments line and the sentiment from a Hampton Arts Halloween stamp set.

Hampton Art Halloween

The stamp I used on this card is the Stamptember 2019 Simon Says Stamp/Brutus Monroe collaboration. Love it! I colored with Copics and put some Distress Glaze over the globe “glass”. For the background I ink blended with Distress Oxide inks on a piece of paper from my stash and sprinkled with water.

Simon Says Stamp Brutus Monroe Autumn Greetings

I stamped both of the pumpkins on some panels I made by ink smooshing that I did some time ago. The pumpkin is a woodblock stamp called Giant Pumpkin by Hero Arts. I hand cut those out.

The first card – Distress ink blending on the background. Inkadinkado Spiderwebs stamp set. Hero Arts die cuts (spider, bat, sentiment) created using the Halloween Trimmings stamp & cut set.

Second card – Distress ink smooshing for the card base. Sizzix Tim Holtz Tangled Twigs die. Hero Arts sentiment die cut using Halloween Trimmings stamp & cut set. It was colored with Distress ink and sprayed with shimmer spray.

Tim Holtz Tangled Twigs die

For both of the cards below I used the Stamptember 2020 Simon Says Stamp Brutus Monroe collaboration stamp set Bounty of Wreaths. For the backgrounds on both I used the Rubbernecker Distress Dotted Lines stamp. The sentiment for both cards is from a Hampton Art Halloween set.

For the first one the background is heat embossed with clear embossing powder and the wreath is stamped and colored with Copics.

For the second card the background is stamped with Versamark. The wreath is colored with Copics and then die cut.

Simon Says Stamp Brutus Monroe Bounty of Wreaths

Random Tim Holtz Pieces and Projects

Random Tim Holtz projects and pieces.

I had to try some collage medium to see if I wanted to order the “tub”. I just have a little bottle. Yes I ordered it.
I grabbed some Field Notes Ephemera.
Glued on with Collage Medium. Then Collage Medium over top.
Then mostly Oxide spray and 1 Distress spray over it all.

Special Christmas Gift

Here is a set of really special mugs my hub and me got for Christmas. They are from someone he works with that doesn’t know me very well but she knows a few things about me. We have met also.

Here are the mugs. First of all they are Yeti mugs which are very nice and hold temperature a long time with the lid on. Secondly they are engraved.

My husbands is the rusty orange one and his engraving is because he loves Wild West stuff and he loves Lake Tahoe. If you see something odd laying on the top of his mug it is a tag or something. It looks like it might be a bear.

Take a look at my mug. Note the words and the name of my blog and note the color of the mug and my blog. Super cool that she took a moment to look at my blog and that she took the time to get this! I just love it. She does some crafty stuff but I don’t think she is a card maker.


Mine with my favorite tea steeping. Every night I drink relaxing no caffeine tea and this is my favorite. Chamomile Citrus by Might Leaf. My tea always gets too cool so I love that it stays warm in this mug.

National Coffee Day Blog Hop Winner

Thanks everyone for stopping by my blog during the Coffee Loving Papercrafters blog hop! Thanks to all for checking out the a2z Scrapbooking blog too! It was a fun hop with so much great inspiration.

The winner from my blog is Cynthia Cole! Congratulations Cynthia!

I have advised A2Z Scrapbooking of your name. To claim your prize email a2zscrapbookingtech@gmail.com with subject line: National Coffee Hop A2Z Karen.

Hero Arts Cardmaking Fun Day

One day I was going to the Hero Arts website for something and up popped a cardmaking event. I live about 40 minutes from Hero Arts and thought I am not passing this one up. It was very reasonably priced. Hero Arts is one of my very favorite stamping companies and they are really what got me going on cardmaking in a big way. You could also order ahead of time so your order was ready for you.

They had lots of nice cards on display.

The first thing we did was make 4 cards. Just a few notes about each one.

We cut strips of colored paper, glued them to the black and stamped over that with a background stamp. The sentiment and the paint tray are raised with foam tape. A bit of coloring with Copics.

Ink blending on the background with reactive ink. We used the new poinsettia stencil over the background and spritzed with water and then dabbed it off. The happy has some of the new Icicle Pure White glitter on it and the other part of the sentiment is heat embossed.

For this card we used a From the Vault stamp. We colored with water based pens onto the stamp and then stamped. Water down some ink and splatter it on the card. Stamp the sentiment.

This is a fun little card. You stamp the scene on the circle. I added some Nuvo Glitter Drops at home to the rooftops. I also stamped all the snowflakes in Frost Versamark on the gray panel. It was too much “white” space for me.

The fun part is here in the inside of the card. A pop up type thing which I have never done. So we stamped the cobblestone pattern using the Cobblestone Bold Prints stamp on the house shape. Color the critters, stamp the sentiment. You folded up some paper to make the pop up part behind the house.

It was fun to be able to talk about card making with all the other card makers too!

After that they brought in lunch. Sandwiches, chips, pasta salad, drinks and a cookie. Generous for sure.

After lunch they did a giveaway. You got a ticket with something stamped on it. First was the gingerbread stamped tickets. That was me. Here is what I got. This is the set we used to make that last card. Such cute critters. So there were other things given to folks and everyone got something. Nice!

Then you could shop, tour the factory and/or work on projects or finish your cards.  I’ve been wanting to tour their facility so it was fun to learn about some things that go on behind the scenes and the tour was given by the owner of Hero Arts. When I went to pick up my goodies I ordered I managed to find a few things in the little shop they have also.

Here are a couple extra goodies that were in my bag of things I purchased.

I already love Hero Arts but this just added to it. Such a fun day.

To finish off the day my hub and me took out our boat and cruised around San Francisco Bay.

In the evening we listened to our favorite band The Mark Banning Band at Taste of Rome in Sausalito.

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Doggie Birthday

This is a card I made for my cousin who has two dogs and loves her pups. Lately I have been trying to use some of the panels and images/pieces I have saved. The background I made fairly recently. I have a ton of panels that didn’t work for something else or I just had to use up the ink on my craft sheet so panels get smooched on the ink. Or maybe I was playing around with something. I do that way more than I used to these days and I think that is good for learning. Now on to the card…

Doggie Birthday

The background as I said I made somewhat recently. I turned the bricks vertical which is not a common way to see them but I like that background for the dogs. For the bricks I used an embossing folder. I then blended some Distress Ink over the bricks.

The crazy dog I colored some time ago and it was just waiting for the right place and card. I think that is colored pencils that I used on the pup. The balloons are from the accessory set for the dogs and I colored them for this card with colored pencils.

The sentiment is stamped onto the bricks.

Background – The Paper Studio embossing folder Brick

Dog – From Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz set Crazy Dogs (CMS271)

Balloons – Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz set Crazy Things (CMS237)

Prismacolor Pencils

Sentiment – Hero Arts set It’s Your Day (CL661)

Special Creative Young Man

I would just like to talk about a very special and creative young guy that I ran across yesterday. This guy designs greeting cards and sells them to raise money for Stanford’s Children’s Hospital.

I went to the Farmers Market just like I do many Saturdays in a town next to mine. When I saw greeting cards on a table I had to check it out since I love making cards. This young man told how he designed all of his cards. They appear to be drawn and water colored or pen colored. He does reproduce them by scanning them and printing them out but they are all his designs. He explained how he had collected some money from his cards to donate and he wanted to help kids that were ill. Many places he called said just send the money to us. Stanford Children’s Hospital said come on down and visit us. That is so nice of them to be personally involved. So after he saw the kids he decided that was where he wanted all of his donations to go. I was so impressed by him and it is super cool that he keeps doing this to help these kids. He has a goal for money to raise during the summer and money to raise by the time he gets done with high school which is four years from now.

I hope that I have the story details correct but you can check this out on his website. You can order cards from him on his website or locals can go to the San Ramon Farmer Market and get cards there on Saturday until about 1 pm.


Aloha Pineapples


I had some fun today making this at my local paper crafting store. We are so lucky to have this great store. They have the latest and greatest stamps, dies and paper. Many other crafty things too. It is called Live Happy Paper Crafts in Danville, California. On some Mondays they have free make n takes. This was so cute I had to go up and make one.

This was made with a Hero Arts color layering pineapple set. The background is just one layer of the top leaves of the pineapple stamped randomly or in lines (depending on how your mind works) with Hero Arts ink. The pineapples were cut out with dies and then stamped with a Misti type tool. The hints I got today from Veronica was to cut the pineapple out from your white paper then cut it out again with a different color like kraft. Use that negative piece to line things up. So put the negative piece in your Misti or similar tool then put the stamp piece in the negative piece and shut the lid and pick up the stamp. Then put your diecut in the negative space and stamp. I just never thought of doing that and it helps make things easier. So away I went stamping the layers this way. One pineapple is glued down on the background and the other has foam tape under it. The sentiment I think is also from that stamp set which I do not have. All the inks were Hero Arts too. Fun!

Merry Monday Holly Wreath

Merry Monday #244 - Wreath

I created this for the Merry Monday challenge this week with the theme of wreath.
You can check out Merry Monday here. This was fun to create.

  •  I created the background bricks using a stencil from My Favorite Things called Small Brick Wall (ST-46). I mixed the embossing paste with Fired Brick Oxide ink.
  • The wreath and holly are from an Impression Obsession die set (DIE23-X). The wreath and leaves are cut from colored cardstock. I layered 2 wreaths. The lower wreath has a bit of Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine sprayed on it but I didn’t love it so I kind of tucked it underneath.
  • The holly leaves were a bit tedious to cut since there are only the two leaves connected together. I put some Nuvo clear drop on them to create a bit of shine. I spread it with my finger to not have it be to thick. I am not crazy about the look but there it is.
  • The berries I created with Nuvo drops. I think I need a bit of practice. Some of them kind of ran together. One bunch of them I completely removed and redid them.
  • The sentiment is cut with a die from Find It Trading which you will see on many of my cards. I love the way it looks and the size too. I used a Xyron sticker maker to add adhesive to the sentiment. I got the sticker maker in a package from a thrift store and it didn’t work to well on getting the adhesive removed from around the word so I may be dumping that roll of adhesive. I sprayed the sentiment with a little bit of the gold Color Shine.
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