Elizabeth Craft Designs Retro Bus


I finally got to have some fun with the Elizabeth Craft Designs Retro Bus Special Kit. Such a fun die set. Besides the bus and it’s pieces there is a guitar, boots, flowers, glasses, suitcases, peace and love words, adventures word and road trip words. And some stamps!

This card I made for a friend. The silver parts are lightly sanded. In the window part there is acetate. This die is designed to go in an ECD planner so I will show my adaptions to make it a card below.

The back of the card.

Elizabeth Craft Designs On the Road Again

I made this one pretty similar. I added Glossy Accents to the headlights. Funny little story.. I was making this for my hubby while we were in Tahoe but on the sly. While there he gave me a sticker with a red vw bus on it.

The back of the bus. I changed the window and cut out the center divider thing.

Here is a look at how the die cuts look before altering.  I cut the the 3 hole section off the side of the one piece.

Here is how I connected the front and back. A hand cut connector piece. Then I just glued another layer of die cut bus over it to cover the piece.


  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Planner Essentials Retro Bus Kit
  • Glossy Accents
  • Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft-Stock paper

Hero Arts Monarch Butterfly with Nuvo Glimmer Paste

Howdy! I am over at a2z Scrapbooking with a glittery butterfly. So pretty in real life and very hard to capture it well in a photograph. Later today I will be adding a photo taken in natural light.  I have added two photos I took outside at different times today. The conclusion is that glitter like this just looks way better in person.

For my card I really wanted to use some of the Nuvo Glimmer Paste. You can get the pretty Sapphire Blue Glimmer Paste in the a2z Etsy shop. I tried a couple different things but some were not working to well. But then this happened. The Nuvo Glimmer Paste is the “background” of the butterfly.

I created the blue part of the butterfly by cutting a butterfly out using the Hero Arts Monarch Butterfly die also available in the a2z Etsy shop. I took out the pretty butterfly and used that open space as a stencil.

I centered it nice over my paper and used temporary adhesive to keep all the edges down. I filled it in with the Nuvo Glimmer Paste. Then I removed the stencil and washed my tools immediately. That stuff sticks very well.

On the butterfly die cut I put an adhesive sheet on the front of the paper before die cutting. I removed the release paper and now there is adhesive on the front of the butterfly. I used some Elizabeth Craft Designs microfine glitter all over it. You should rub it in good to make it shine and stick well. There is a mostly purple and a bit of pink glitter. I am not the biggest glitter fan but using it this way I really like it. If you need some tips on glitter handling El at Elizabeth Craft Designs has some great video’s that really help with keeping the glitter under control. I saw her demo at Scrapbook Expo one year and I still remember that. She has some great tips and some great looks with her fab glitter.

Then I glued the butterfly outline over the Glitter Paste background I created. I cut around the butterfly with a rectangle die. I put that on a pretty purple patterned paper and added a die cut sentiment.

The two outdoor shots. Let me know if you like one over the other. I did not resize them as low as my first photo above in the post.



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

Bright Birthday

Here’s a little card I made with no stamping. I was playing around with these dies and decided to make some flowers for a card for a friend who likes bright colors.

Bright Birthday

I die cut a bunch of these flowers out of white paper. I have had this die set for a couple years and I don’t think I’ve used it before. I put the color on the flowers using Distress inks and the ink pad direct to paper technique.

Funny thing about the scalloped panel and the stitched rectangle panel. I have both of those for years also possibly longer than the dies. Barb (I can’t remember her last name but not Barb Engler) sent me these die cut panels, with a prize from a Hero Arts Scramble I think, along with a hello die cut. They got put away and I ran into them recently and here they are. Thanks to Barb!

For the card base I blended Oxide Distress ink onto a white card.

The sentiment is die cut out of black paper and you can’t see it in the photo but I went over it with a Wink of Stella pen.

Oxide Distress Ink – Wild Honey

Distress Ink – Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade

Flower Dies – Top Dog Dies Pretty Petals #2

Sentiment – Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday, Wink of Stella pen in clear

Crazy Dogs Birthday Card for Hubby

This was a fun one to make. I colored these two Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs to look like our dogs.
Lucy on the left, Aspen on the right.

The background for the two dogs was created with an embossing folder Bricks by The Paper Studio. After embossing I painted over the bricks with a couple of red Distress Oxide inks.

The two dogs and the ball are from the Tim Holtz Crazy Dog set (CMS271).  I colored all of them with Copics and hand cut them out. On their eyes and noses I used a glaze pen. It took me awhile to find the glaze pen because the black was in the pencil cup upside down. My eyes just didn’t spot that for awhile. I had it up at Lake Tahoe so I was glad to see I did not leave it there. The ball by Lucy is there because she would play fetch for the entire day and night if you kept throwing for her. It’s kind of funny too sometimes if you throw an orange ball instead of her favorite yellow ones she will just watch it go and drop and not even go after it.

The sentiment was cut out with a die from Elizabeth Crafts.

Entered in the Love! – Handmade Cards October Challenge located here.









Sparkly Peacock Feathers

Sparkly Peacock Feathers

I made this for a friend. She recently got a very nice detailed feather tattoo so that was the idea for my card. The background is done with Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Blue Topaz and Tanzanite Lavender. I wouldn’t call myself a big glitter person but this stuff is really nice and looks super cool. Some colors have multiple colors of glitter in them like these two. The stencil I used is Hero Arts Peacock Feathers (SA094). The die for the sentiment is an Elizabeth Craft Designs die called surprisingly Happy Birthday.

OCC Foiling

These cards were done during the OCC class Sparkle and Shine. They are the technique of foiling. It was fun and I had never done it before.

OCC Sparkle and Shine - Golden Owls

OCC Sparkle and Shine - Rainbow Foil Birthday

I do not have a machine for this so the technique I used was double sided adhesive. For the owls I think I used Stick It and for the large Happy Birthday I used Sookwang sheets. I think they both worked pretty well and I like how they turned out. I was pretty pleased also that they came out pretty decent the first time. If you have little spots where the foil isn’t there it is easy to fix.

The owls have rose gold Deco Foil on them and the greeting has the same. The washi tape is from Hobby Lobby I think and I really wish it was rose gold also. This card was so darn hard to photograph and it looks much better in person. I must of taken 10 shots of it. The owls are cut with a Tattered Lace die called Baby Owls. The sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp die.

For the large Happy Birthday I used the rainbow Deco Foil. There is some gold spray splatters on the white paper which is hard to see in the photo. Under the white background panel is a black mat and then the shiny gold mat/base of the card. The sentiment was cut out using an Elizabeth Crafts die Happy Birthday. The gold splatters are most likely Heidi Swapp Color Shine Gold. Fairly simple card design but I really like it.

Rainbow Birthday

Here’s another card from the OCC class Sparkle and Shine. It is kind of funny I am not big on shiny sparkly but I love their classes so I signed up. It was great as usual and I am seeing that depending how you use it glitter can look great. It’s not that I don’t like it. I also don’t care about any glitter mess but if you don’t do it right well of course it doesn’t look right. So I will just say I was really pleased with this card especially the glittery part.

OCC Sparkle and Shine - Rainbow Birthday

I can’t remember if I made this glitter paper or used a pre-glittered piece. I think this one I actually added the Warm Diamond Elizabeth Craft Designs micro fine glitter to paper using Sookwang double sided adhesive. I then used my Copics to color the rainbow colors. I used a The Stamps of Life die called Happy Birthday Circle and an additional Spellbinders Circle to cut out the glittery rainbow sentiment. In real life it looks cool with the ultra fine glitter which I prefer. The background paper is from a DCWV paper pad.

Merry Monday Challenge #235

Merry Monday’s Challenge was to create a card with a snowman. Twist my arm. I love snowman cards.


So I got a card to the challenge again this week. Yeah! This was fun because I finally used an embossing diffuser that I have had sitting around forever. I have six of them and have never used any of them. Well now I know more about using them. I chose one that has a round circle in the middle. I used a snowflake embossing folder with the diffuser outer frame part. So there is a blank (no embossing) spot in the middle. I added some Nuvo Glitter Drops to the embossed snowflakes. I masked off the snowflake area and blended some blue ink for the snowman scene. I used an Altenew stamp with embossing powder to create snow falling in the scene. I hand cut the snow piece on the bottom. I covered it with glue and microfine glitter. The snowman is colored with Copics and hand cut. He is raised up with foam tape. I added some enamel accents in black to the hat. The buttons are colored with silver Wink of Stella and there is some Wink of Stella on the scarf. The sentiment is stamped with blue ink.

Background – Darice Snowflake embossing folder, Nuvo Silver Moondust Glitter Drops, Circle #1 Embossing Diffuser

Snowman Background – Altenew Snowing stamp with Versamark and Judikins Iridescent Sparkle powder, Hero Arts Pastel Blue ink, Elizabeth Crafts Cool Diamond Microfine Glitter, Hero Arts sentiment from Peace & Joy set (CL880), Hero Arts Navy ink

Snowman – colored with Copics, silver Wink of Stella, black enamel accents, clear Wink of Stella, Hero Arts stamp Let It Snow (CG233)

WHEW! I finally got all my cards on my blog. I have to hand it to all of you that do a lot of blogging. It is time consuming.

Halloween Cards

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I managed to make a few Halloween cards. The last one is just a panel not a card. The first three I made using Elizabeth Craft Designs peel-off stickers. I stuck them down on white paper and colored in all the images with Copics. The sentiment is a die from the September 2016 Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit. The shape behind the images is cut with a Spellbinders die. The patterned papers are from my huge stash. The last one was a little fun thing to put in a goodie bag that I gave to my neighbor. For that I stamped a web from an Inkadinkadoo set. The rest of the stamping was images from the September Hero Arts kit.

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