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


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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

Almost Made It Coffee Cards

I’m back with one more post for the 2019 Spring/Summer Coffee Blog Hop. It may be over officially but I am not quite done. Ha. If you want tons of great inspiration you can see all the cards submitted during the hop here. So nice of Amy to have this more than once a year. I know it is a huge amount of work. Also very nice that tons of companies provided prizes.

So here are the other two cards I made. One almost made it for the link up. Missed by maybe 5 minutes or so. Don’t let your self get distracted towards the end of the time. One thing I got side tracked on is ordering a few things from Kat Scrappiness. Amy made a card using a background die from there and I just had to have it. Anyway… on to the cards.

Hero Arts Stamp Sets

Here we are with the final version! There were several versions with me thinking how about this, no maybe this, ok this will work.  Since this was a Spring/Summer coffee hop I was trying to go with the theme. But.. coffee just has such a fall feel to it. I drink coffee all year round, seven days a week. I had a lighter brown background at one point but I felt it needed to be lightened up for the theme.

For the background I used a TCW stencil to make all the coffee rings. This required me putting paper pieces on the stencil to only get the coffee rings and not the other things on the stencil and so I did not get ink on the card in the wrong place. The image was on the edge of the stencil.

Next we have the coffee cups. I was thinking rainbow when I picked the colors. I painted some watercolors on watercolor paper and let that dry. Then I stamped the coffee cups over the colors and die cut them out. I used the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018 coffee kit for all the cups.

Then I found this dark ribbon to ground the cups. It went on a bit crooked which bugs me but it was red line tape so there was no taking it back up without destroying the background.

I used another Hero Arts set for the flowers. I also put down some watercolors on watercolor paper for those, stamped, hand cut.

So the background was different at one point, the cups are redone, the ribbon was something different. You all know how it goes.

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I had to pull this stamp out for this hop. In progress last night but not ready to submit. I won this guy and two other owls with coffee from Rubbernecker Stamps and they are so much fun. I happen to love owls and surprisingly coffee. Ha. This was a bit of a challenge at first also. How do you make an owl look more spring/summer instead of fall? I am really happy how it came out.

I stamped the cute owl and colored him with Copics. I cut around him using a Spellbinders die along with the mat behind him.

I used a couple of patterned papers from the same paper pad. The green is from a different paper pad.

I cut the greeting banner out with a Simon Says Stamp set. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero coffee set and it really fits with the image. The image and the greeting are both raised up with fun foam.


  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018 Kit
  • Hero Arts Flowers for Coloring stamp set
  • Rubbernecker Stamps Campbell
  • TCW Stencil Mini Butterfly Collage
  • Simon Says Stamp Sketchy Banners die set
  • Copic Markers
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors
  • Spellbinders Labels Nine Die Set
  • Adirondack Latte dye ink
  • Memento Rich Cocoa ink





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
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