Hero Arts September 2016 & 2017 Fall Card

So here we go with the actual card entered in the Hero Arts Scramble with the theme of use two or more kits. At the last moment I got ink on the edge of the card so I will post another photo below of how I fixed it. I posted this ink boo boo card to the Scramble.

Hero Arts September 2017 My Monthly Hero

For the background I stamped the Hero Arts Cobblestone background stamp on kraft cardstock.

The pumpkins are stamped using the MMH kit from September 2017 and they are color layering stamps. I really like how they turned out. The leaves, gourds, pine cone and acorn are all die cut using the MMH kit from September 2016. I enhanced them with Copics.  The pumpkins were also die cut.

The sentiment is from the 2017 kit.

Here is the fix that I did to cover that ink spot. Whew! I just die cut a leaf that covered it.

Hero Arts September 2017 My Monthly Hero


  • Hero Arts September 2016 My Monthly Hero
  • Hero Arts September 2017 My Monthly Hero
  • Hero Arts Cobblestone Bold Prints background stamp

Die Cutting with Spellbinders Hip Llama

Howdy! There is another big birthday this month. My sister turned 50. I wanted to create a critter fun type card for her.

Memory Box Brilliant Stencil

I used a stencil and Oxide inks to make the background.  I used 3 different colors of ink. Then I cut the oval shape from the panel I created.

Next I cut out this fun llama. It has some embossing to it which really adds to it. For the llama I used a Copic pen to highlight and color the hooves. Then I ink blended over the whole llama kind of here and there. For his blanket I made sure the embossing was done well by running it through my die cut machine a second time. I then sanded it a bit and went over it with an ink blending tool. On the shades I used a clear Glaze pen which doesn’t show in the photo.

The sentiment is stamped with some pigment ink.

Entered over at Die Cut Divas for their March Challenge.


  • Spellbinders Hip Llama Die Set
  • Memory Box Brilliant Stencil
  • Simon Says Stamp More Sketchy Banner Greetings Stamp Set
  • Hero Arts Nesting Oval Infinity Dies
  • Oxide Distress Inks
  • Copic Markers

Echo Park Snowman Die Thanks Card

Here we are with another one of my Christmas gift thank you cards. Someone got me going on “painting” on Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic inks so now I have several backgrounds and this was one of them. It may have been in the Hero Arts Kit Fanatics group where I folks were talking and showing their panels.

Hero Arts Thanks Stamp & Cut

For this background I dropped some blue and white glimmer metallic ink on my craft mat. I mixed the colors and watered it down. Then I painted it over my embossed panel. The shimmer looks really nice on this one.

The snowman was cut out of a couple colors of paper. The nose, band on the hat and the top of the hat were colored with Copics.

The sentiment was die cut and colored with a Copic pen.


  • Darice Snowflake Embossing Folder
  • Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic ink
  • Echo Park Snowman die set
  • Hero Arts Thanks Stamp and Cut set
  • Copic Pens

Hero Arts January 2020 My Monthly Hero

Howdy! I was lucky to get a My Monthly Hero Kit for January 2020. I am not a subscriber but I try to get in there right away and order one if I like it. Here we go with the first card I made with it.

My Monthly Hero

So much fun to make this! In case you haven’t seen it this kit has many flower dies, leaf dies and a couple of butterflies along with the paper wrap and envelope.

I cut several of the flowers out of different colors of paper. I cut out the flowers again using green paper to use for the stems. I used a different green paper to cut out some leaves. I used Jennifer McGuire’s idea of adding to the die cuts using Oxide Distress ink, Copics and white chalking ink. I cut the stems away from the green flower die cuts and just glued them on top of the stems on the colored flowers.

For the paper wrap I started with off white Neenah paper. I ink blended over it with Old Paper Oxide Distress ink. I then stamped the text from the set a couple times on the wrap. I glued the wrap open to the green panel and then added in the flowers and leaves. I also added the twine bow.

The sentiment is from the set. It is also Old Paper Oxide Distress ink on off white paper and then the sentiment stamped over that.  I cut out the strip using a die from the set. It is has the tails only on one end so I just put it back in the die to cut the other end. I was kind of going for the old newspaper look with the wrap and sentiment strip.

The background is a Oxide Distress ink over a stencil.

Entered over at Die Cut Divas for their January Challenge.

Also entered in the Flickr Group Love Handmade Cards for the January Challenge.

Entered in the January Challenge over at A Blog Named Hero.




  • Hero Arts January 2020 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts Honeycomb Stencil
  • Oxide Distress Ink
  • Copic Markers
  • Quick Quotes Chalk Ink

Hero Arts Feathered Friends Christmas

Howdy! It’s almost Fall! When fall comes around it’s just that much closer to Christmas. So I made a Christmas card using the, oh so cute, digital birds from the Hero Arts Feathered Friends Digital kit. The really nice thing about the digital images is that you can make them any size to fit your project.

Hero Arts Feathered Friends Digital Kit

The first thing I did to start my card was put 4 of the 5 bird images from the Feathered Friends kit into a Word document. Then I sized them to fit my card design. I printed them out on some off white Neenah paper. I colored them with Copics. I cut them out by hand.

For the background I stamped, on the same color of Neenah paper, using Hero Arts background stamp Wooden Floor Bold Prints. I used Antique Linen Oxide Distress ink. I used my Misti to keep things lined up nice.

The tree was stamped using Oxide Distress inks Vintage Photo and Lucky Clover on kraft paper. I cut out the tree by hand. I used to say I don’t really do fussy cutting but I don’t mind if it is not to “fussy”. The star was also stamped on kraft paper using Fossilized Amber ink. I colored over that with a gold Gelly Roll metallic pen and cut the star out a little smaller than it’s actual size. The star is popped up with foam tape. The star and tree are from Hero Arts stamp set Swirl Christmas. I added the red ornaments or lights on the tree using Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Back to those cute birds… I drew the legs on the background and then popped up the birds a little bit with a couple layers of Glue Dots.  Sometimes I want things just a little raised up and this did the trick.

The sentiment is also from Hero Arts set Swirl Christmas and is stamped with Oxide Distress ink in Fired Brick.


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Check out this month’s “Clean and Simple” challenge.




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Hero Arts Reef With Rainbow Sea Creatures

Howdy! I have a couple of tropical cards to show you. This first card is over on the a2z Scrapbooking blog. This is my first time using this fun Reef Border die. I have had my eye on it for quite some time. My thoughts went to rainbow fish when starting this card. Does anyone remember that book? I decided many fish in rainbow colors.

Reef Border Die


To start my card I put some Distress inks down on my craft mat and sprayed them with water. Then I took some watercolor paper and put that down on the watered down ink. I did a second round of that after my background was dry.

I stamped the octopus and the jelly fish using Oxide Distress inks. The octopus and jelly fish are from a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit. I used the dies from the kit to die cut them. I stamped the seahorse with a stamp from the Hero Arts set Color Layering Seahorse also using Oxide ink and die cut it with the matching die. The My Monthly Hero kit is no longer available but there is a Color Layering Octopus set in the a2z Scrapbooking store.

Next I used the Hero Arts Reef Border die to cut out the border. I went all around the die cut and colored the sea creatures using Copic pens. You could leave the center open and stamp a sentiment in there but I wanted a few sea creatures there. I also did not want a sentiment on the border so I will stamp that on the inside later.

Here is a slightly different version of the card above. It’s made the same way except I stamped a bunch of fish from the My Monthly Hero set and hand cut them. They are stamped using Oxide Distress inks. I colored over only the fish with a sparkle pen.

Reef Border Die


Art Impressions Birthday Owl Whoots

This was a fun one since I love owls. I had the background done awhile ago and picked it up recently and thought I need to use it soon. So it was a good one for this cute owl.

Art Impressions Owl

The background is done using a stencil and ink blending over it with Oxide Distress inks.

The owl was stamped, colored with Copics and cut out by hand.

The sentiment is die cut and I colored it with Copics using the same colors that are on the birthday hat.


  • Background sun – Memory Box stencil Brilliant
  • Owl – Birthday Whoots by Art Impressions
  • Sentiment – Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday die
  • Copic Pens

Entered in the July challenge Anything Goes at Love! – Handmade Cards in Flickr.

Also entered in the Simon Says Stamp challenge in Flickr of favorite technique. As far as my favorite technique there is a lot I like to do. On this card I did some favorites using a stencil and coloring with Copics. Funny thing is I did not like Copics when I first used them and now I have a bunch.

Entered over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge Anything Goes on their blog.


Clearly Besotted Miniature Florals

Howdy! I hope you are having some crafty time today. I have a card here that has some things included that I made some time ago and they were patiently waiting to be on a card. Ha

Miniature Florals Thanks

For the background I used an embossing folder to create that nice texture. I just ran it through the machine and the piece sat around waiting.

These flowers are so pretty but I have a little trouble working with smaller images. I colored the flower on the left and in the middle way back. Since I am trying to use my stash I pulled them out. I am not going to say use up my stash because that will probably never happen. I decided the card needed 3 flowers so I colored one more from the same set. As you can see I put them on a black panel to put the focus on them.

The sentiment is a die cut.


  • Embossing Folder – Elizabeth Crafts Swirly Curves
  • Sentiment – Hero Arts Thanks Stamp & Cut (DC152)
  • Flowers – Clearly Besotted Miniature Florals Collection (CLBT176)
  • Copic Pens

Book Page Floral Thank You Card

Book Page Floral Thank You

Here’s a card I finally put together using a piece I had around for quite some time. I have so many boxes of different things, time to use them.

The background I just stamped with the flower image using Versamark ink.

The book page is from a little stack of book pages that I got at the coolest Scrapbooking shop in Laramie, Wyoming called Scrap Tree. I ran into it on a vacation. I don’t have the heart to rip apart a book so this was a good find for me. The paper is older so it is a bit delicate. You cannot use a paper trimmer because the paper rips. So slowly cut it with scissors. Anyway I stamped this flower and colored it a long time ago. I always liked it so I pulled it out and here it is. The sentiment is stamped with Versafine Onyx black which is such a nice bold black ink.


  • Flower & Stem – Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Flower Garden
  • Flower on Background – Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Mini Bouquet
  • Sentiment – Clearly Besotted Say What?
  • Copic Pens
  • Versamark ink
  • Versafine Onyx Black ink

Brring On The Joy Avery Elle Penguins

Brring On The Joy Avery Elle Penguins

These little penguins are so cute and this card was lot’s of fun to make.

The background is the dotted paper with snowflakes heat embossed with sparkly clear powder. I cut out the rectangle panel with a die.

The penguins are stamped and colored with Copics. The tricky part about putting them on the ice was getting the skates stamped on the ice because I was not going to try and cut that out by hand. I think I stamped the feet and parts of the penguins on the ice before I cut it out. I cut out the ice and colored it with Copics. Then I put Nuvo Glaze over the ice to make it look shiny. You can’t really see it in the photo but it looks cool in person. On the wreath I used Nuvo or something to give dimension to the berries. I tucked the wreath under the penguins flipper when I glued it down.


  • My Favorite Things – Pierced Rectangles Stax
  • Avery Elle – Brring on the Joy
  • Snowflake Stamp – not sure
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