Stamplorations Framed Roses and Coffee Digital Image

Hello again so soon! I have another coffee card that I created for the 2019 Spring | Summer Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop.  I worked with a digital image this time that Stamplorations was so nice to give away. You can check out this image here. It is part of a set called Love/Spring Themed A2 Card Front Digital Images. There are 2 other images in the set. They are also having a sale on the coffee/tea items.

Now for my card…

Love/Spring Digital Stamps Set

I got this image awhile back and I finally got to use it. I enlarged it just a bit before printing on bristol paper. I found out that inkjet printing and Zig Clean Color pens don’t work well together. Printing on bristol ok, coloring with Zigs on bristol ok, together not ok. So I switched over to my Copic markers. They worked just fine.

After coloring everything including the background I added a few things. I put clear orange Nuvo in the middle of some of the flowers which is hard to see. Then on the coffee I added some Hero Arts puff embossing powder to look like a bit of frothy milk. Note the color of the coffee and see that there is milk in it. Ha.

Then I tried several different colors to put behind the image and finally chose this one. The image is raised using a foam sheet cut to size.




Hero Arts Pretty Blossoms Printable Digital Kit

Howdy, here we are and it is a new month. Over at a2z Scrapbooking our challenge for May is flowers. Join us for some flower fun!

For my card I used the Hero Arts Pretty Blossoms Printable Digital Kit. The pdf has 4 flowers. You print all 4 flowers at once. If you print them the original size one flower will fill a good portion of an A2 card.

Hero Arts Pretty Blossoms Printable Digital Kit

I printed the flowers out in two different sizes smaller than the original size.  To print in different sizes you just tell the printer that you want to print on 4 X 6 paper or 3.5 X 3.5 paper. I can’t remember the exact ones that I chose but I selected 2 different sizes. The printer then shrinks the images to fit the size of the paper which makes the flowers smaller. You can still feed in a full size piece of paper. If you have any questions about this please don’t hesitate to ask. I use Neenah Solar White 8 1/2 X 11 paper. I printed out the larger size flowers twice.

I cut out most of the flowers and glued them on the white paper. The pink flower is one of the larger ones that I printed. I colored it with Copics as you can see. Underneath the pink flower is a black and white one glued down to the background. The pink flower has foam tape under it to add some dimension.

The sentiment is black paper die cut and white heat embossing.



Hero Arts Birthday Bash Digital Image

Howdy, I’m over at a2z Scrapbooking with a fun card for a birthday.

Hero Arts Digital Birthday Bash

This card was really fun to make. I got on a roll and made several in this style. The other ones are Easter cards in another post here on my blog. The style is an image that looks like it’s floating. I got this idea from a couple of cards that Jennifer McGuire made in the OCC class Stamp Happy. Unfortunately I didn’t have to much extra time to really participate in the class each day. There are two things about the card that Jennifer did. The first is the background which is about a different way to use your background stamps. I used the Hero Arts Lattice background stamp and first stamped with white then I shifted the paper over slightly and stamped with a dark blue ink using my Misti.

I then sized, changed the color and printed out this fun birthday cake that is in the Hero Arts Digital Birthday Bash Kit in the a2z Etsy store. The blue color is what printed. I did a little coloring with Copics which are the teal parts of the cake and the candle flames. On the squiggly icing I added a little Nuvo drops.

Here comes the fun part and the second thing I got from Jennifer. In the front part of the base of the card you cut an oval. Then on the teal panel you also cut an oval. In between those two you glue a piece of tulle. You use a smaller oval die and cut around your image. You glue this to the tulle. This creates a look of a floating image. You then cut another, white in this case, smaller oval and glue it on the inside of the card also on the tulle to cover the back of the birthday cake image. Here is a photo so you can see the inside of the card.

The sentiment is die cut and glued on.

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Hero Arts City Adventures

Howdy! Today I have a card over at a2z Scrapbooking about getting out there and checking out a big city near you.

Hero Arts City Adventure Digital Kit


Hero Arts City Adventures Digital Kit

San Francisco is about 45 minutes away when the traffic is decent. Of course I have been there many times. I am lucky almost all the time we go we get nice weather instead of a foggy day. My husband works in San Francisco so he sees it every week day.

To start off I did some ink blending on the background. That is after I adjusted the size of the bridge and printed it on the cardstock. I even looked up the hex code for the color of the Golden Gate. I don’t remember the code but the color is called international orange.

I then sized the scooter and the car and printed those. I colored with Copics, a metallic pen in silver and a Pen-touch pen. On the windows of the car I used Nuvo Glaze. The first time I did the windows on the car it looked all ripply like old house windows. So I just printed it again, colored again and added the Nuvo Glaze.  The first time I used the drops and the glaze to fix it and it just did not work. You can’t really see it on the scooter but I put a touch of Nuvo on the headlight. I hand cut the car and scooter. I put some foam tape under the car and the scooter when attaching them. As far as the car I had to have that VW on there and it had to be orange. My first car.

I die cut a little bird and colored it gray with a Copic.

I stamped the sun and since it was more of an outline sun I did some ink blending on it.

Then there is the sentiment stamped with Versafine ink.

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Hero Arts Digital Kit Kitchen Silhouettes

Howdy! Today I have a fun little coffee card over at a2z Scrapbooking that I made using several Hero Arts sets. The main one is a digital image kit called Kitchen Silhouettes.

Hero Arts Kitchen Silhouettes Digital Kit

I saw those coffee related images in that set and had to make a card with them. How about that old school coffee pot? I thought it really looked like a camping coffee pot so there you have it.

The coffee pot and the cup – I took the coffee pot image and the cup image and used my Cameo Silhouette to size them and have just the outline so they could then be cut out with the Silhouette. There was a few steps involved. I looked it up and fairly quickly altered the images. I colored them with Copics. I stamped over the mug using the Hero Arts background stamp Lattice. On the coffee pot I used a white pen to make the dots. It is hard to see in the photo but I put clear glaze over the top of the pot to make it look like a glass top. For the steam I used a die from a Hero Arts monthly kit to cut that out of watercolor paper.

The coffee beans were printed from a Hero Arts digital kit Caffeine Fix. I resized them, colored with Copics and hand cut them out.

The sentiment is from the same Hero Arts monthly kit.

The background I made by dropping Hero Arts liquid watercolor on a fairly wet piece of watercolor paper. It kind of has that oops I spilled the coffee look.

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Coloring with Hero Arts Winged Friends Digital Kit

Hello there! I have a card today using some images from the Hero Arts Winged Friends Digital Kit available at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Once you learn a few tricks working with the digital images you can do all sorts of things. One of the best things is being able to make the images any size you want to fit your project.

Hero Arts Winged Friends Digital Kit

I wanted to have some fun with the dragonflies. There are also two butterflies in this digital kit. I opened Word and inserted each of the two dragonflies. I selected layout and changed the size to 4X6 instead of letter size. That way I could work in a space close to my card size. I sized each butterfly, gave them a bit of a tilt/turn and then copied and pasted them 3 to a row. I  also copied one of each dragonfly to the next 4X6 page and made those ones bigger. I printed all of them out using an inkjet printer.

I colored all of the butterflies with Copic markers in purple, blue green, and a yellow brown color for the body. I did not have any ink smearing while coloring. I went over the wings with a sparkle pen.

I heat embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder on a strip of white paper. Underneath the sentiment strip is a piece of fun foam. I hand cut one of the larger dragonflies and added that and the gems to the sentiment strip. I had the sentiment looking different at first but it didn’t look right to me so I was lucky to get that part off without ruining anything and changed it to how it looks now.

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  • Hero Arts Winged Friends Digital Kit
  • Hero Arts Thanks A Bunch stamp set
  • Copic Markers
  • Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss
  • PSX Silver Embossing Powder
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid paper pad – Rainbow


Hero Arts Winter Hearth Stamp & Cut

Howdy! Today I have a Thank You card that I made for my Secret Santa. She gave me the Winter Hearth set you see used below. Kind of took awhile to get it done and sent but here it is.

What I was trying to with this stamp set is create a card for something other than Christmas which what the stamp set is about.

I die cut the fireplace out and inked that with Fired Brick Oxide Distress ink. I cut a couple extra mantel pieces out, glued them together and inked with one of the brown Oxide Distress inks.

For the fire I stamped the grate, the log and the flame. The log I colored with Copics. For the flame I may have colored with Copics but I went over it with Glaze pens to give a more interesting look which is hard to see in the photo. I colored the wall inside with some orange ink to give the look of a warm fire.

The Thank You is die cut a couple times, glued together and then colored. I went around the edges with a darker orange.


  • Hero Arts Winter Hearth Stamp & Cut set – DC221
  • Spellbinders Thank You Die set – S1-020
  • Copic Pens
  • Jelly Roll Glaze Pens

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

Heat Embossing with Pink & Main Pumpkin Spice Stamps

Howdy! Today I am having some fun creating a card for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  There is still a few hours to link up a coffee/cocoa/tea card.

I finally got to use the so darn cute Pink & Main set Pumpkin Spice. I just had to have the stamps and dies but did not get to use them until now. Almost to late for fall.

Pumpkin Spice

So for my card I heat embossed all the images on the card using rose gold embossing powder. I colored them in almost a monochromatic way with Copics. It is hard to see but I used a Glaze pen for the green, a white Glaze pen on the rim of the cup on the left and the skull, and clear Nuvo drops on the lid for the cup on the right. I used the matching dies to cut them out.

For the brick background I used a stencil by My Favorite Things and Gathered Twigs Oxide Distress Ink. The grout was to white so I went over the whole thing with Antique Linen Oxide Distress Ink. The brick panel is cut out using a Cottage Cutz die.

The background paper is from a Perfectly Plaid Lawn Fawn paper pad.


  • Pink & Main Pumpkin Spice Stamps and Dies
  • Copic Markers
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops
  • Glaze Pens – green and white
  • Oxide Distress Inks
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid paper pad
  • Stampendous Rose Gold embossing powder
  • My Favorite Things Small Brick Wall stencil

Hero Arts Home for the Holidays

Howdy! It is time to get some Christmas cards done. For my card today I used the Hero Arts Home for the Holidays stamp and die sets. There are so many cute things to make up a scene.

Home for the Holidays

To create this little scene I started by doing some ink blending with Distress inks on an oval, that I cut out, using two different colors of blue.  I cut a hill using a die and glued that over the ink blended oval. There is a little bit of glitter along the top of hill which might be kind of hard to see.

For the houses I stamped them and colored them using Copic pens. For all of the snow I used a Quickie glue pen and then sprinkled on ultra fine glitter. The glue pen worked really nice to get in the small areas and cover the roof of the brown house. I stamped the smoke for the chimneys with Oxide Distress ink in gray. I really like that smoke stamp in this set.

I stamped the trees and die cut them along with the snowman. On the snowman I also used the Quickie glue pen and he got some glitter too. For his hat I colored it with a black Glaze pen. For his scarf I used a Copic pen.

The sentiment is also from the Home for the Holidays set but I did a little altering. It is actually We wish you a Merry Christmas. I like that sentiment but it was a bit to long so when I inked up the stamp I just  covered the first part with paper so there wasn’t any ink on that part.

To frame it I used an oval die from the Hero Arts Nesting Oval Infinity Dies to cut an opening in a panel.

Entered in the Die Cut Divas November Challenge Anything Goes.


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