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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Whipper Snapper Designs Halloween Card

Howdy! I am not quite done with Halloween.. Here is a card I made using a Whipper Snapper Designs stamp. I don’t remember where I got it. I went to their website and they have some really fun Halloween stamps.

Pumpkin Fence Stamp

Cutesy type stamps are not my norm but this is such a cute little scene.

I stamped the image and colored everything in with Copics even the background. The pumpkin cut out spots, the bat and the moon all have Glaze pens or Nuvo Crystal Drops on them which is hard to see in this photo except for maybe the moon. I then cut out the scene and the black layer using a die and glued them all together.


  • Whipper Snapper Designs Pumpkin Fence stamp
  • Copic markers
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangles die set


Birthday Cards – Flowers and Fun Birds

Just a fun little card for my son’s sister who is a teenager. She is kind of artsy. I thought these two quirky birds were kind of fun. They were in a package of things to color so color I did. Not the greatest coloring but it was more about the fun. As you can see I added clear Nuvo drops here and there. I think the black shiny parts were a glaze pen. For the background I used a stencil and Oxide Distress ink. The sentiment is die cut.

Simon Says Stamp Marilyn Full Card Die

This I sent to a friend. I die cut the background piece. For the flowers I stamped over some paper that I created awhile back by putting the paper down on some ink on my craft mat. The flowers are heat embossed using black embossing powder. The sentiment is die cut.


  • Dyslusions Diamond in the Round stencil
  • Spellbinders Sentiments One die – bird card
  • Distress Oxide ink
  • Copic Pens
  • Nuvo Crystal Clear Drops
  • Glaze pen
  • Simon Says Stamp Marilyn Full Card die
  • Stampendous Fresh Bloom stamp
  • Black embossing powder
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script die

Gold Embossing with Hero Arts Stamps

Howdy to you all! Today I have a Thanksgiving card for you. I hope you are having some decent Fall weather. Here in Northern California I will just say I am not a fan of 80 degrees plus weather at this time of the year. At least the nights are nice and cool.


Home for the Holidays


When I started out to make my card I was looking forward to using the Home for the Holidays stamp set by Hero Arts and I wanted to use the fun leaf paper.

I began my card by ink blending some Quick Quotes inks to create a Fall look to the sky. I then cut a piece of the leaf paper and adhered that to the card. I got this paper from a fun inexpensive store called Daiso. You get several different patterns of 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 paper. One pack is handmade kind of tissue paper type paper. They are only $1.50 per pack. Anyway as you can see it says Fall.

Next I stamped the two houses with Versamark and used a gold embossing powder to heat emboss them. I colored them in using Copic pens. Next I cut them out using the Home for the Holidays dies that match the stamp set. For the snow on top of the one house I used some Nuvo drops for a little dimension. The Home for the Holidays stamp set leans more towards Christmas but you can use a different color scheme and not put to much snow in and you have Fall.

I found a nice piece of crocheted ribbon (not sure of the actual name) in my stash. I used Hero Arts pretty red brown liquid watercolor to color it. It is a little darker in the photo than it is in real life. I stuck that down using the red line tape.

I adhered my houses to the card and stamped the trees around them. I cut out some masks with the dies to that I could stamp the trees to look like they were behind the houses. I also stamped some smoke coming out of the chimneys. I think that is a nice little addition to this stamp set.

Then I added the sentiment.

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OCC Introduction to Color Theory

Another nice class from Online Card Classes. Always informative and just all around great classes for a good price. Here are a few things I made from the class. And like usual I did not finish it. To many things going on at the moment.

For the first part of class Debby talked about Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colors. She recommended making a color wheel with paints, pens, or paper. I like watercolors and I thought it would be fun to mix the colors and it does teach you more about the colors you combine to make another color. Also for me it is nice to just make something useful and not worry about making the perfect card. I have since labeled this with primary etc.

Color Theory Class Color Wheel

Here is a card I made using primary colors. I would not really think of using these together but that is the beauty of these classes is you try the lessons and come up with nice things. I added in a little white and as you can see this is gray paper which is from Simon Says Stamp. I also used Laura Bassen’s suggestion of Scandinavian Folk Art style of card. This is a good use for smaller stamp images which I struggle with.  The sentiment doesn’t look it in the photo but it is dark blue. I wish it was closer to the butterfly color of blue. I layered a couple of dies together for the sentiment which Jennifer McGuire talked about with her card. I love that look and need to do that more often.

Primary Colors OCC Color Theory Class


  • Just Rite set – Lilies and Butterflies
  • Spellbinders Die – Labels One
  • Hero Arts Die – Thanks Stamp & Cut
  • Pigment ink

Here is a tertiary color card which as you can see is orange, purple and green. Details on this card can be found at the a2z Scrapbooking blog.

Halloween Coffee

And now for a monochromatic card. I used a background die from Simon Says Stamp. The flowers I white heat embossed on watercolor paper panel that had the teal colors on it. I hand cut those out. The sentiment is die cut and this time only one layer.  Entered in the challenge over at A Blog Named Hero.

Simon Says Stamp Marilyn Die


  • Simon Says Stamp Full Card die – Marilyn
  • Elizabeth Crafts Designs die – Happy Birthday
  • Hero Arts stamp – My Monthly Hero March 2016 Kit
  • Gansai Tambi watercolor paints

Halloween Hug in a Mug

Howdy! We are now into fall which brings thoughts of Halloween, leaves turning colors and Thanksgiving. I love to decorate for Halloween (fun not gory) and I am still thinking about all the fun coffee cards from last weekend so I combine the two. Here is a Halloween coffee card for you.

I started out making the mugs which are digital images by Sugartree stamps. I used the mug outlines for these. There are 11 different cups of coffee in this set, some with sayings, some blank and some with designs on them. I used Paint 3D and sized the mugs. I used words from the Hero Arts Spooky Labels digital kit and the little pumpkin from the Hero Arts Haunted digital kit to decorate the mugs. I printed the images on Neenah paper colored them using Copic pens. I cut them out by hand.

The panel right behind the mugs was fun to create. I used the Hero Arts Wood Floor bold print stamp to create the pattern in orange, purple and green inks. I used my Misti and stamped horizontal with the first color. I turned the paper so that the next stamp ended up vertical with the second color of ink. I turned the paper one more time for the third color for a diagonal. I like the pattern it made and it would work for many different situations by just using different ink colors.

The orange and purple layers are patterned paper from my stash. The green background paper is from my stash. I rounded the corners and cut the shapes using a Bo Bunny die.

The middle coffee cup is glued flat on the pattern panel. The other two mugs are raised with Glue Dots.

Entered in the Love Handmade Cards Challenge for October. The theme is Anything Goes.

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Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Coffee

The My Monthly Hero card kit for August 2018 is so much fun with the coffee theme. I don’t have very many people I know to send coffee cards to but I like making them.

Hero Arts Coffee MMH August


I stamped the coffee cups in the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero card kit for August 2018 on Neenah paper. I colored them in using Copic pens. I colored some of the coffee like black coffee and some like coffee with milk since that is how I like mine. The coffee rings are stamped with a Hero Arts stamp called Painted Circle (E5784). The sentiment is also from the Hero Arts kit. The panel is watercolor paper that is glued to a kraft card.

I happen to love coffee. I only drink one cup a day but I consider kind of a treat. Once in awhile I will drink an afternoon decaf. I roast green coffee beans for us also.

I entered my card in the Love Handmade Cards challenge in Flickr.


  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit – August 2018
  • Hero Arts Painted Circle (E5784)
  • Copic pens

Hero Arts Flowers For Coloring

Howdy! I have a couple of cards full of flowers for you today. Who doesn’t love flowers, I know I do. The Hero Arts stamp set Flowers for Coloring has so many fun flowers and there are so many things you can do with it. I have one card I colored with Copics and one I used watercolor pencils.

Hero Arts Flowers To Color

To start off I took the entire set and left all the stamps from the Flowers For Coloring set right on the sheet they come on. I inked them up with some Memento Tuxedo black ink and stamped them on to some Neenah paper. Then I had fun coloring all the flowers and leaves with some fun colors. They are a little brighter in person. I used only two different color Copics for every one of the flower centers. Also for the flower centers I added Nuvo Crystal Clear Drops. I mounted the panel onto a black background.

For the sentiment I stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed it using Hero Arts white embossing powder. The sentiment is part of Hero Arts set It’s Your Day. The banner was cut using a Lawn Fawn die. The sentiment is popped up with foam tape.

I entered this over in Flickr in the Love Handmade Cards August Challenge of Anything Goes.

Here is the other card I made using this fun flower stamp set.

The background is a wash of watercolor on watercolor paper.

I stamped all the flowers and leaves on a piece of watercolor paper. I colored them using Derwent Intense pencils and a water pen. I cut out all of the flowers and leaves by hand and glued them to the background. The thick watercolor paper adds a nice dimension to it but it is hard to see in the photo. Maybe you can see the dimension in the photo below.

The sentiment is stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder. The stamp used for the sentiment is Hero Arts set It’s Your Day.


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