Watercoloring with Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia

I am on a roll again in June. Several birthdays to make cards for.

Papertrey Ink Harlequin Cover Plate Die

For the background I used a cover plate die and then glued the die cut over a white card base.

I stamped the dahlia on watercolor paper and used Hero Arts liquid watercolors to color it. Then used the die to cut it out. Next time I want to try stamping the flower several times and coloring since the die has several pieces so you can layer the flower.

The sentiment is die cut.


  • Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia wood block stamp
  • Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia die set
  • Cas-ual Fridays Catherine Pooler die set
  • Papertrey Ink Cover Plate Harlequin die
  • Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors


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

Orange Butterfly Birthday Card

Hello to you all! I had quite a few birthday cards to send out in January so here is another one I made.

Lately while making cards I have been trying to use up some of the many many pieces I have made in the past. In this case I had the orange background without the stamping and I had the butterflies. The butterflies were even already cut out! I make all these various things sometimes for the fun of making them like the background and sometimes they don’t work for a previous card. So finally I put these together.

If I remember right both the butterflies and the background was ink on the craft mat, spritz and smoosh with watercolor or cardstock. Then I stamped the butterflies on one of the panels and hand cut them out.

I felt like the background needed something more so I stamped with a text stamp and a flower stamp in a brown ink that was not to dark.

The sentiment was die cut.


  • PSX stamp – Large butterfly
  • Hero Arts Graceful Butterfly (from 1993) stamp – Small butterfly
  • Elizabeth Craft Happy Birthday die
  • Inkadinkado Text stamp
  • Hero Arts Wildflower Garden stamp

Hubby’s 60th Birthday Card

Howdy! I am finally doing some catch up on my card posting. In October my hubby turned 60. We stayed in Lake Tahoe in a house for about 10 days. We love Tahoe and have stayed there many times. We had our two dogs with us and my son was with us for the first time for most of the time. We did dog walks to the river, hiking, bike riding and just hanging out. It was a great trip.

Here is the card I made for him. I made most of it there except the die cutting because I can’t take my die cutting machine with. He has 3 guitars. I have one guitar stamp. The one on the right is an electric guitar and the style of the guitar doesn’t look much like his but I colored it like his. I was sneaky and took pictures of all of them for reference.

Guitar Birthday Card

The background is stamped with a music background stamp.

The guitars are stamped with a random guitar stamp I have. I stamped in brown and black and colored with Copics. I used a white glaze pen to put accents (not sure what you call all those things) on. The sentiment and 60 are die cut. I got a long Tim Holtz die that wouldn’t have worked that well in my old die cutting machine but works great with the Big Shot. It has numbers and letters.

Here is a little something else I colored for him. We both like to watch hawks him even more so. He bought this hawk stamp online to make something. He gave it to me after so I decided to stamp and color this for his birthday. It’s just a panel not a card.

Here’s a few photos from our Tahoe trip. We also had a family and friends dinner when we got back home.

My family at Fallen Leaf Lake. Aspen, Jeff, Lucy, Me, Scott
Bear having a feast on the salmon at Taylor Creek.
The birthday boy Scott on his birthday eating his favorite food.
A birthday toast with Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. I normally don’t drink bourbon but it was a special birthday and special bourbon.

Supply List:

  • Stampington & Company – Large Sheet Music
  • Rubber Hedgehog – Hawk
  • Random Guitar stamp (can’t read company name on stamp)
  • Spellbinders Die – Sentiments One
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Die – Wanted Alphabet
  • Copic Pens

My Brothers Crazy Dog Birthday


This is a card for my brother who has 4 dogs. He tells me the jump from 1 dog to 2 is the hard one. We had only one before that we lost ealier this year and we just adopted 2. He also said the jump from 2 to 4 is a piece of cake. Uh no I don’t think that is going to happen. He has 2 medium dogs and 2 small ones. We got 2┬álarge ones and they are enough for me to handle and then some. They are sweet girls and get along great.

Now on to the card..

For the background I used a reverse stamp by Tim Holtz to text stamp on the embossing folder before putting the paper in. The embossing folder is Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Fancy. I did some ink blending with a red, orange and yellow Distress Inks. I don’t remember the exact colors. For some reason on this card my ink blending was working really nice for me. I struggle with getting the smooth look without the circular marks from the blending tool. I colored the Tim Holtz Crazy Dog with Copics along with the accessory hat. I cut both out by hand. I tend to prefer images without a white border. The greeting is also Tim Holtz from a set called Saying Stuff. The outline and the actual greeting are both from that set. I hand cut that out also. I have the die for it but it is a simple shape to cut by hand.

Cosmo Birthday Card


This card I made for a friend who has the cutest yorkie named Cosmo. I colored the dog to look like her dog.

For the background I used some more of the fun Lawn Fawn plaid paper for fall. I love the colors. I actually colored the balloons before I even decided to use the plain paper. The colorful layer and the brown layer are both from that paper pad. So the dog and the balloon stamps are from Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz sets Crazy Things and Crazy Dogs. I stamped the dog and then did some masking to have the balloon strings come up kind of from the dogs tail. I also masked the balloons to have the big balloon be in the back. I usually don’t do masking to much. It was fun and had me planning carefully to get the right look. I colored the dog with Copics to look like my friends dog Cosmo. He is so cute. It was hard to blend the black and tan but it came out pretty good. The balloons are colored with Copics too. The sentiment is a random wood stamp I had. Then at the very end I decided to sprinkle some Color Shine ink sprays on the background and I happen to have colors that went with everything pretty well. So one more round of masking so that the speckles didn’t get all over everything. I was pleased with a different type look than I usually do. Fun for me.

Birthday Card for My Son


I created this card for my son who just turned 25. Wow where has the time gone! I made this with some Spellbinders dies and a stamp set from Avocado Arts.

Avocado Arts set – Bold Celebrations

Spellbinders die – Curved Rectangles (S5-006)

I cut the two rectangles out with different size dies. You can’t really see it in the photo but I stamped 25 twice on the bottom of the black rectangle in Versamark. The cake is colored with Copics. The black ink all over the card is Memento Tuxedo Black. The cake, banner, banner line, the cake stand and the greeting are all part of the Avocado Arts stamp set.

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