Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Birthday Card

I am here today with another card using the Hero Arts June 2019 My Monthly Hero kit. I think I kind of like this kit, ok I love this kit.

Hero Arts 2019 June My Monthly Hero kit

On the base of the card I used the Leaf Pattern stencil that came in the kit.

For the green background it is hard to see in the photo but I stamped some grasses and plants using Versamark ink.

All the critters and flower at the bottom of the card were stamped with brown ink and colored with Copics.

When putting together the branch I accidently used brown heat embossing on that because I thought my other images had the same. I like things kind of uniform. But as it turns out that worked out well to give that branch more dimension. It is also Copic colored.

All of the images were cut out using the dies that came with the kit.

The sentiment is from that kit also.


  • Hero Arts 2019 June My Monthly Hero kit – stamps, stencil and dies
  • Copic Pens
  • Versamark Ink

Hero Arts Die Cut Christmas Sentiment

Hello! Today I am over at a2z Scrapbooking with a Christmas Card.

Hero Arts Cut-Out Christmas Fancy Die
I started with this shiny red paper I had in my stash and thought it would work well for this card. It is cool paper with texture to it. I looks like shiny linen. I positioned the Hero Arts Cut-Out Christmas die so that I had a portion of red below the sentiment. I like that this die has a positive negative look. I also have the Happy Holidays die. These dies and a Tis The Season die are all available in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. Use my discount code karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

For the background I stamped some snowflakes and heat embossed them using Hero Arts Sparkle embossing powder. It gives a nice little shine with some glittery sparkle. I need to give this a try with some colored pigment ink instead of the Versamark. I glued the red sentiment piece to the background.

The house and trees are from a Hero Arts stamp set called Home For The Holidays. I heat embossed the house and the bare tree in brown and the full tree with green powder. I colored the house and the full tree with Copics. I used the matching die set to cut them out.



Lawn Fawn Oh Gnome! Thank You Card

Continuing with my stack of thank you cards…

Here we have a cute gnome card. I finally got a chance to work with this cute set and a set of dies (not matching).

Lawn Fawn Oh Gnome! Stamp

Another scene card that is fun when it all comes together. This set really caught my eye because well gnomes and mushrooms.

The background is Lawn Fawn paper.

The gnomes, smaller mushrooms, flowers and wheel barrow are from the Oh Gnome! stamp set and colored with Copics. I hand cut them out.

The mushroom house with the window, door and grass beside the door are all from the Mushroom House die set. I colored the window in the door and the upper window with Copics.

The larger grass piece at the bottom of the card is from another Lawn Fawn die called Grassy Border.

The sentiment is from the Oh Gnome! stamp set. Surprising huh!

Here is a close up of how the gnome house door opens. Fun!


  • Lawn Fawn Oh Gnome! stamp set
  • Lawn Fawn Mushroom House die set
  • Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die
  • Copic pens
  • Lawn Fawn patterned paper – Sphinx

Hero Arts Holiday Animals

Here we are in August and it’s time for a Christmas card. I used to create them all year long but I got out of that habit and I need to get that going again.

I created my card with the Hero Arts Holiday Animals stamp and matching die set. For the sentiment I used the Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday.

It’s a bit challenging for me to create a scene but when it comes out how you want it what fun it is.

For the background I stamped some snowflakes with VersaMark Frost. It is kind of hard to see in the photo.

For the little scene I cut out the oval using a die. On the oval I also stamped snowflakes using the VersaMark Frost ink.

I cut out the hills using a die. I used the left over piece from the hill die cut to mask the hill when I stamped the trees.

Once I had my animals where I wanted them but before I glued them down I stamped those trees which are in the Holiday Animals set.

For the animals, present and hat I colored all of them with Copics. For the silver I used a Pen-touch pen. I have clear Nuvo on the owl’s eyes. I also added white Nuvo to the owl’s santa hat.

Submitted to the following challenges:

A Blog Named Hero July Challenge

Love Handmade Cards August Challenge


  • Hero Arts Holiday Animals stamp set
  • Hero Arts Holiday Animals matching die set
  • Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday stamp set
  • Hero Arts Nesting Oval Infinity Dies
  • Taylored Expressions Rolling Hills die set
  • VersaMark Dazzle Frost ink
  • Copic pens
  • Pen-touch pen – silver
  • Vivid ink – Vintage Green
  • Memory Box Snow Flurry stamp
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops – white & clear


Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June 2019

Hello! I used the My Monthly Hero June 2019 kit on all of these cards. It is a jungle theme and I really like this kit. I made several cards around the same time. I needed a bunch of Thank You cards. If you have not seen the card kits by Hero Arts you should check them out. Such fun and such a good price for what you get.

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June 2019

I already posted this card for my Flickr Scramble post but wanted to include all of them in this post.

Supplies: Oxide Distress ink, Reverse Confetti Thanks die, Copic pens

For this card I smooshed some Oxide Distress inks on my kraft mat and spritzed with water. I then put some watercolor paper down on it. I let that dry. Then I stamped all these leaves on that watercolor paper and die cut them out with the dies in the MMH kit. I glued them all to the green paper. For the sentiment I used a two layer die to cut out the thanks, glued them together and then on to the card.

Supplies: Oxide Distress ink, Reverse Confetti Thanks die

This card was for a friend who decorated for my birthday party that had a tropical theme. I think this works well considering that. I clear embossed the animals and plants and then colored them in. Then I used the dies to cut them out. I will say it came out decent but I am not sure I would do that again for this set for images when I am thinking of coloring them and cutting them out. For the background that the critters are on I ink blended and then cut that rectangle out with a die. For the main background I stamped the leaves and then clear embossed them which I think works well for a background like this.

Supplies: Clear Embossing Powder, Copic pens, Simon Says Stamp Sketchy Banner Greetings stamp set, My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangles die set

And now for this last one for this post… I used the leaf pattern stencil that came with the MMH kit on the background. Since this is a long (about 9 inches) card I had to move the stencil over and continue inking. For the background under the animals I stamped grass using Versamark ink. It is hard to see in the photo. Then I stamped all the animals and actually looked up some of the animals to color them. I used the dies that came with the kit to cut them all out.

Supplies: Copic pens, Altenew Painted Greetings stamp set

I guess you could say I really like this kit!! I had fun creating all these.

Sugartree Stamps Party Animal

Hello to you all! Here we are cruising through summer and it is a new month and time for a new challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking. For the August challenge we have a birthday theme. Always a good one because we all need those. I pretty much never buy cards anymore.


Sugartree Stamps Party Animal Digital Image Stamp

For today’s card I decided to use a digital image. I was also trying to have it be something I could send to a guy. It’s so easy to do the girly stuff but not so easy to make the guy cards.

I created this card using the Party Animal Sugartree Stamps digital image in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. As you can see it has no animals on the card. This set is fun because there are a couple animals along with a cupcake, cake and several sentiments. I like the repeated image for the background so that is what I did for this. I got one cupcake to the size I wanted and then just did a copy and paste many times so that I had a background of cupcakes. I enlarged a cupcake which is the one I colored with Copic pens and cut out.

The sentiment is die cut from the same paper that is on the background. I colored over it with a Copic pen to minimize the circle pattern.

The vellum that covers the cupcake background worked out good to tone them down some.

This looks like a simple card and it is. But you crafty folks know how it goes.. I had a paper pad and was trying all these different pattern papers from it and it just wasn’t working. Finally I like this one and I think it helps with trying to have a more masculine look. The vellum was a last minute thing that just happened because I was cleaning up something and ran across the vellum and thought this would work on my card.


Hero Arts Scramble

One of the Flickr Hero Arts group members brought back the Scramble, at least a one time Scramble! Very nice of Cindy to do that. The thing about the Scrambles is you have to make a card in 90 minutes and get it posted in the Flickr group. I always enjoyed them even though sometimes it is a big scramble to get a card done. I had to practice with a few cards before I could get it down to 90 minutes. So now I have several in progress cards. That is a good thing because I need about 8 thank you cards right about now.

Here is my card that I made using the Hero Arts June 2019 My Monthly Hero kit. I noticed that the ones they are releasing around this time of year are the ones that really catch my eye.


Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June 2019

For the background on this card I smooshed a couple of colors of Oxide ink on my craft mat. I then sprayed some water on it. I took a piece of watercolor paper and put that on it. I let that layer dry and then did another round.

For the animals I stamped them using Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I colored them in with Copics and die cut them. The elephant has a touch of gold from a metallic Gelly Roll pen on his headress. I actually looked up some of the animals on the internet to see their coloring. Let me just say leopards have the most beautiful coats. This is such a fun set! Lot’s of animals and plants and fun sayings.

The sentiment is die cut from white paper and I colored it with a Copic pen to have it be one of the colors I used on the animals.


  • Oxide Distress Ink
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Copic Pens
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit – June 2019
  • Honey Bee Stamps sentiment die – Large Thanks
  • Memento ink – Rich Cocoa

Fathers Day Cards

Howdy! Here’s the two Fathers Day Cards I made. One for my Dad who just turned 90 and one for my hubby. My hubby has been a great Dad to my son.

The first one is the one I made for my Dad. He liked to sail so I thought the ocean scene would be nice.

Hero Arts Reef Border DieHero Arts My Monthly Hero March 2019






For the background I did a few layers of Oxide Distress ink letting them dry in between on watercolor paper. I cut out the reef border using a Hero Arts die.

The fish were fun… I used a piece of Ranger Silver Sparkle Alcohol Ink Cardstock and put some alcohol ink on it. It comes out so cool with such a nice shimmer. Then I die cut a couple of the fish from one of the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero sets.

For the sentiment I used a Hero Arts stamp set and a Hero Arts Ombre ink pad.


  • Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday – sentiment
  • Ranger Silver Sparkle Alcohol Ink Cardstock
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit March 2019
  • Hero Arts Reef Border Die

Here is the card I made for my hubby. He uses the two coffee makers on the card to make coffee. One is a french press and the other is a moka pot. We love Tahoe and he has a black mug with a bit of a scene on it and it says Lake Tahoe. I tried drawing the scene on there but it just wasn’t working so I just decided to write the Lake Tahoe part.

Janes Doodles Coffee Time

For this card I made the background somehow. Ha. It’s probably just some watercolor put on simply or Distress ink.  I added the coffee rings using a stencil.

I die cut a couple of rectangles with a die with double stitching.

The mug, french press and moka pot are stamped and heat embossed. I colored them with Copics. The mug sits up a little higher with foam tape under it.

The sentiment is heat embossed using brown embossing powder.


  • TCW Mini Butterfly Collage stencil
  • Sentiment stamp by the Artful Stamper
  • Jane’s Doodles Coffee Time stamp
  • Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle die set
  • Copic Pens






Hero Arts Color Layering Stamping

Howdy, here I am again with a home decor project. Sometimes you think what the heck am I going to make instead of a card then you get rolling and dive in. I have really enjoyed the projects I have made for the June challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking. I made another thing for my craft room. It is going to sit in my craft room next to my computer to hold my birthday lists. I like them right in front of me so I can quickly see the birthdays coming up. That is not a guarantee of timeliness though….

Hero Arts Color Layering Stamping



To start off my project I got this wood stand at Michaels craft store. I used Distress paint in a few different colors of brown to paint the wood.

For the butterflies I used the Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly stamp set and the Flutterbies Printable digital set. Both of these are available in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. First I used my Misti to stamp the 3 layers of the larger monarch butterfly. For the 2 smaller butterflies I used the Flutterbies Printable kit to print the pdf with 6 butterflies on it. I just told the printer I was printing on a 4X6 piece of paper which in reality I used an 8 1/2 X 11 piece of Neenah paper. This makes all of the butterflies print smaller. I colored the 2 purple ones with Copic pens. I hand cut all of the butterflies but the Monarch Butterfly matching die is available in the a2z Etsy store. I glued these down over the branches. There are little strips of foam under part of the wings of the orange butterfly and under the purple butterfly on the right to give them some dimension.

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Here comes the tricky part…. I decided I wanted to die cut the branches out of Tim Holtz plain tissue paper. You need to make it more stable to run it through a die cut machine. I put some 2 sided adhesive on the tissue and die cut 2 of the branches. The trickiest part is after you take off the backing paper you have a very delicate branch that you have to keep from sticking to itself and get it on to that wood without ripping it. The first one, all good. The second one I had to fight with it.

The clasp that holds the paper at the top is colored with Alcohol Ink.

Here is a look without the list. I am going to have to redo the lists so the color ink on the lists match the butterflies. I just mean any orange and purple. It’s going to bug me if I don’t. Ha!

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly


Please join us in this month’s “Anything but a Card”.


Stampin Up All I Have Seen

Howdy again.. Another post today this time with a thank you card. A friend was very nice to find many stamps at a thrift store that she got for me. This stamp set was in the bag.

This stamp is her. She likes to dress up, wear some bling and she likes colorful things. So of course this was the stamp to use for a thank you to her. I stamped the three mannequins (all one stamp) and heat embossed with gold. Here is where I used the translucent gold powder and it looks pretty cool on the mannequins and the background. I colored the dresses in a colorful way. There are a few gems on the dresses.

For the background I used 3 stamps that were in this set to stamp and heat emboss with the translucent gold powder.

The sentiment is die cut and stamped. I am pretty pleased with the stamping on this since I cut first and stamped second.

The mannequins and mats are cut with Spellbinders dies.


  • Stampin Up All I Have Seen stamp set
  • Judikins Translucent Gold embossing powder
  • Copic pens
  • Spellbinders Label One die set
  • Honey Bee Stamps Thanks stamp and die sets