Tim Holtz The Poinsettia Note Card

Today I have a note panel that I put in a box to my sister. Not super quick but not something that takes awhile.

Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Cuts

For the background I used a 3-d Lumber embossing folder. Then I stamped on it with some of the stamps in the Tim Holtz set The Poinsettia.

The poinsettia was stamped on an ink smooshed panel that was made using Distress and Distress Oxide inks. I hand cut it out. It is hard to see in the photo but I painted on top of the Distress inks with Distress Mica Spray Stain. It looks very cool in person.

The sentiment was die cut from a Distress Ink panel.


  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous The Poinsettia
  • Tim Holtz 3-D Lumber Embossing Folder
  • Distress and Distress Oxide inks
  • Distress Mica Spray Stain
  • Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Cuts die set

Simon Says Stamp Gnome Die Valentine Card

Here we go today with a Valentines card. I try to make ones for my husband that aren’t girly looking. I just love this little gnome so I went with it. This gnome die came out around Christmas but I consider it an all season gnome!

Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script


Pretty straight forward stuff on my card. Just a matter of picking the right colors for the gnome. I cut out the outline/mat of the gnome in the red then glued the pieces on it. The sentiment is die cut along with the heart. I die cut the heart twice and glued them together for a bit more dimension.  The background is embossed using an embossing folder.  I didn’t take a photo but I put some die cut hearts on the inside of the card also.

Submitted over at Die Cut Divas February Challenge.


  • Simon Says Stamp Large Gnome die
  • Cricut Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Cross My Heart
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script die set
  • Memory Box Hearts and Stars die set

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

Die Cutting with Echo Park Snowman

Hello! Today I have a snowman card I made a few weeks ago.Darice Snowflake Embossing Folder


Let’s start with the background.. That is embossed with an embossing folder. I used some glitter paper which always make for challenging photos.

All the pieces of the snowman are die cut from a few colors of paper (white, black, brown). I colored some of the pieces with Copics.

The sentiment is die cut and probably colored with Copics.


  • Echo Park Snowman die set
  • Darice Snowflake embossing folder
  • Casual Fridays/Catherine Pooler sentiment dies

Honey Bee Stamps Large Thanks Die

Howdy once again! I got a couple thank you cards done for some Christmas gifts. I know I am pretty late on getting them done. This one is for my son.

Snowflake Embossing Folder

We’ll start with the top layer this time. I put some drops of liquid watercolors in purple and blue on some watercolor paper. I then spritzed with water. I added a few more drops and then let it dry. I like those nice deep colors. I used a die to cut out the sentiment. For the background I used an embossing folder with snowflakes then cut out the oval with a die. The blue panel is a piece of paper I had laying on my desk at the right time. I glued it to the card base and inked around the edges.


  • Honey Bee Stamps Large Thanks die
  • Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors – Indigo and Purple
  • Darice Embossing Folder – Snowflake background


Hero Arts Flowers for Coloring

Howdy! I have a card with some die cut flowers today to lighten up the cold, rainy and in some places snowy winter days.

Flowers for Coloring

I started out by putting down some watercolors on watercolor paper using a little set my husband gave me for Christmas. So this little watercolor set (Koi Watercolors) is a fun travel type set with 8 fluorescent, 4 metallic and 12 pearlescent colors. It’s a fun one! Most of the flowers have a pearly shimmer but it is hard to see in the photo.  Next I stamped several of the flowers and leaves from the Flowers for Coloring stamp set over the watercolor areas using Versamark ink & Hero Arts white embossing powder. I used the matching Flowers for Coloring die set to cut them out.

I then dry embossed a panel using a Sizzix embossing folder. That was glued to the card base.

The sentiment was stamped with Versamark & heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I die cut this out using the matching dies.

I layered up the flowers and leaves and glued them down along with the sentiment.

Another idea for these flowers, would be to stamp over patterned paper and die cut or hand cut them out.

There’s still time to create a card for the a2z Scrapbooking January challenge Anything Goes.

anything goes

Here’s a link to the a2z scrapbooking store where you can use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

I am entering this card in the Love Handmade Cards Flickr group January challenge.

Entered in the challenge over at A Blog Named Hero

Entered in the Die Cut Divas January challenge. The new part of my card is the Koi watercolors my hub gave me for Christmas.


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