Stenciling with Gourmet Rubber Stamps Butterflies

Here is a card I made for the owner of The Ink Pad in New York City. Sadly she is closing her shop. She was very nice to help my hubby many times getting things for me while he was there. I have never actually been in her shop. I have spoken with her on the phone and she has helped me out too. Best of luck to her in her new adventures. She sent me this butterfly stencil in one of my orders.

Lawn Fawn Scripty Hello die

A fairly simple card with some ink thru a stencil. I think I may have used Hero Arts ink but I did that part quite awhile ago.

The hello is die cut with a Lawn Fawn die. It is one of my favorites. It’s a nice font and I like the size of it. It is hard to see in the photo but I put Glossy Accents on it.

I think I put foam behind the panel.


  • Hero Arts Reactive Ink
  • Gourmet Rubber Stamps Flock of Butterflies stencil
  • Lawn Fawn Scripty Hello die
  • Glossy Accents

Rainbow Hello

I created this card for a card exchange in the Hero Arts Fans Scramble Group in Facebook. Such fun to exchange with people all over the world. Mine came from New Zealand and this one went to Australia.

I made some fun rainbow cards recently during the Hero Arts Summer 2021 Stamp-Along. So.. I was in a rainbow mood. I applied some ink to the background using Hero Arts inks. I then used a stencil and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

The butterfly and sentiment are die cut. The sentiment has multiple layers and is offset a little.

I added a little to the inside too which I don’t usually do. I needed the die cut rectangle to write on and I had to add a little fun too.

Entered over at the August Challenge at Die Cut Divas.


  • Hero Arts Reactive Ink
  • Hero Arts January 2020 My Monthly Hero set (butterfly)
  • Lawn Fawn Scripty Hello
  • Hero Arts Swirl Stencil

Hero Arts Love Jar Reactive Ink Stamping

For my card today I pulled out a fairly old Hero Arts set that I have hardly used but really like. It is called Love Jar.

Hero Arts Reactive Ink

The base panel is the Lawn Fawn plaid which is some of my favorite paper.

The Love Jar set comes with all of the images except the sentiment. I stamped the mason jar on vellum. I cut the jar out by hand. For the flowers I put Hero Arts Reactive inks on the stamps and stamped with them. I also put a bit of the ink on my craft mat and “painted” over the flowers and leaves to make them a bit more vibrant. I then went over them with a sparkle pen.

The rectangle sentiment piece is stamped using a stamp from the Love Jar set. I used a little of the ink on the mat to color in the rectangle. I might have added a little yellow in there with the orange. I cut out the rectangle by hand. The sentiment is stamped. The sentiment was in one long line but I cut it in pieces to fit the space. I am a little braver about cutting my stamps apart than I used to be.


  • Hero Arts Love Jar stamp set
  • Hero Arts Everyday Sayings stamp set
  • Hero Arts Reactive Inks
  • Archival Ink
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen

Hero Arts February 2020 My Monthly Hero

I made a little tag for the Facebook Hero Arts Fans Scramble Challenge. The theme this time was do a journal page or make a tag with something that represents the month of June for you. For me that would be my birthday, my Dad’s birthday and Fathers Day. So my tag is a birthday celebrate tag. You will see how it really makes you think 92 year old Dad. Ha!

Hero Arts Reactive ink

Lately I have been wanting to make a bright colored card. I haven’t quite got the look I wanted. This one is finally more like it. The shiny sparkly cards are always a challenge to photograph so you need perfect lighting.

To start I did smooshing on my craft mat. I love the bright fun Hero Arts Reactive inks. I used Pool, Taffy, Thistle and Creamsicle. I dipped the paper in the ink on my craft mat. Next I heat embossing the big image in the set with sparkly silver embossing powder. Then I cut out the tag which cuts off the outer parts of the big image.

I heat embossed the sentiment also from this set with the same embossing powder.

I also heat embossed the cake, present and balloons. For the coloring I put some color down on my craft mat and used a water brush to paint these for more vibrant colors. I used the dies in the set to cut them out.


  • Hero Arts February 2020 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts Reactive Inks
  • Hero Arts Nesting Tag Dies
  • Hero Arts Silver Sparkle Embossing Powder

Hero Arts February 2020 My Monthly Hero

Howdy, I am playing some more with my kit from Hero Arts.

Avery Elle Handwritten Notes

I also was playing with Hero Arts Reactive inks. Such fun bright colors! I put down several colors of the reactive ink on my kraft mat and spritzed. I then put some paper over and did the smooshing thing. I also dropped some water on the panel. I used the die from the MMH kit to cut the cake out. Nice and big to cover a good portion of an A2 card.

I used a die to cut out the purple panel. Underneath this panel is some fun foam for dimension.

For the green panel I trimmed up a rectangle and then rounded the corners using a corner chomper. The sentiment is heat embossed with white powder.

Entered over at A Blog Named Hero February Challenge.


  • Hero Arts February 2020 My Month Hero kit
  • Hero Arts Reactive Inks – Creamsicle, Key Lime Fizz, Grape Slush, Berry Smoothie
  • Sugar Pea Designs – die set (scallop rectangle)
  • We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
  • Avery Elle Handwritten Notes stamp set

Die Cutting with Simon Says Stamp Flower Cluster

Howdy! I was having some fun making backgrounds which usually means I made many of them. You know you can’t waste any of that ink on the kraft mat or that wasn’t quite the look I wanted or I’ll try this combo.

For both of these cards I used Hero Arts Reactive inks. For the backgrounds I put the ink pads directly to my kraft mat and then spritzed with water.  For the first one I think I used mixed media paper and the second some watercolor paper. What I really like about these inks is they are really nice vibrant colors and of course there is the reactive properties.

Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday

For this background I used Hero Arts Reactive inks Lemon Drop, Key Lime Fizz and maybe some Pool Party. For the sentiment and the flower die cut I put the Grape Slush Reactive ink direct to paper. Then I die cut the sentiment and flower. The purple in the photo is a bit darker than it is in reality.

I entered the card above in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #144.

This background has the colors Creamsicle, Pool Party and Key Lime Fizz. Again these are the Hero Arts Reactive inks. For the die cut flowers and sentiment I put the Berry Smoothie Reactive ink direct to paper and then did the die cutting.

Entered in the March Challenge over at Die Cut Divas.

If you wouldn’t mind please let me know which is your favorite. I asked my hubby, my son and of course myself too.


  • Hero Arts Reactive Inks – Key Lime Fizz, Pool Party, Creamsicle, Lemon Drop, Grape Slush and Berry Smoothie
  • Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday die
  • Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday Script die
  • Simon Says Stamp Flower Cluster die

Heat Embossing with Hero Arts February 2020 My Monthly Hero Kit

I am here today with a birthday card using the MMH kit for February. Such a fun kit.

Hero Arts Reactive Ink

I really like this kit because of all the fun birthday elements and dies. I have been wanting some balloons and a birthday cake. I also ordered a few more reactive inks when I ordered my kit. What I love about the Hero Arts Reactive Inks is the vibrant bright colors. And they are reactive…

For the background I ink blended several colors of the reactive ink. Then I heat embossed the frame image using white embossing powder. I love this embossed in white.

Next was heat embossing the sentiment.

For that cake.. I ink blended the pool ink on a piece of paper. I heat embossed with you guessed it white embossing powder. I used the die cut in the kit to cut it out. The cake has some foam tape under it for some dimension.

Submitted over at A Blog Named Hero February Challenge.

Also entered over at Love Handmade Cards in Flickr for the February Challenge.


  • Hero Arts February 2020 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts Reactive ink
  • Hero Arts White Embossing Powder


Halloween Cards… Lot’s of them

Happy Halloween…. almost! I got a new stamp set if you saw my Halloween Thank You post and that just got me rolling on making Halloween cards. I love Halloween and I intend to send cards every year but it doesn’t always happen. So hang on tight because here I go.

Uh oh I am kind of forgetting how I did this. I think I stamped the two pumpkins and the things with them first along with the spider web. I colored the pumpkins with Copics.

Then I made masks to cover them up so I could ink blend the background using Oxide Distress ink. I then ended up tracing over the outlines to make them a little more bold.

I stamped the sentiment and wasn’t happy with it but moved things around so I tried to line up the sentiment again to stamp it again. I was close but not quite but I think you can get away with a shadow look for a Halloween card. Then I ink blended around the sentiment with yellow to help make it stand out.

Supplies: Hampton Art Halloween stamp set, Oxide Distress Ink, Copic markers

This one was fun once I got the background figured out. Cutesy doesn’t go with this pumpkins. The background is ink blended with Oxide Distress inks. Then I stamped on it with a text stamp, the spider webs, spider and sentiment.

Probably the most fun was making that fence. I had a fence die cut but I wanted more to it. First I used some Chunky Metallic embossing powder on it. Then I wanted more black to it so I put on another layer of the metallic embossing powder and sprinkled some black embossing powder on it too. It came out pretty cool. A bit more shiny than I would like but I still really like it.

The pumpkins are stamped and then colored with Copic pens. I cut them out by hand. I actually have dies for them but I don’t always want to white edge.

Supplies: Sizzix/Tim Holtz Mini Halloween 3 (webs, spider, 2 other images), Sizzix/Tim Holtz Jack-O-Lantern stamp set, Stampendous Chunky Metallic Embossing Enamel, Copic pens, Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday stamp set (sentiment), Hero Arts La Letter text stamp

This one is a lot like my Halloween Thank You card posted here.  The background is ink blended and splattered with water. I inked around the edges of the card with the purple ink.

All the stamps are from the Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Mini Halloween 3 stamp set.

Supplies: Oxide Distress ink most likely, Stampers Anonymous set mentioned above.

Here’s a card with Hero Arts Reactive ink blending for the background. I stamped the spider web over the ink blending. I stamped a Crazy Bird and the accessories and colored them with Copics. I die cut two layers for the sentiment.

Supplies: Inkadinkado Spiderwebs stamp set, Hero Arts Reactive Ink, Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy stamp set, Hero Arts Halloween Trimmings stamp & die set Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Crazy Things stamp set (pumpkin & witches hat)

This image is so cute and I colored it some time ago with Copics. Another one I am finally using from my stash. The background is Lawn Fawn plaid paper. The sentiment is die cut maybe two times and glued together. The hen and the mat are cut out with Spellbinders dies.

Supplies: Lawn Fawn Fall Plaid Paper, La-La Land Crafts Clover on Pumpkins stamp, Copic Markers, Spellbinders Circle dies, Hero Arts Halloween Trimmings stamp & die set

This cute little image is by La-La Land Crafts and I got this when I took a class with Irina the owner of La-La Land at a local store. It was a Copics class and I didn’t think I liked coloring with them because it was to hard to do. Well fast forward and don’t ask how many Copics I have and how often I use them. Lots! I am not that big of a fan of what I call dolly kind of images but I love this one and I think Irina is very talented. So on to the card…. I colored Marci with Copics. I cut her and the mat out with a die. I stamped the sentiment.

Suuplies: Basic Grey Patterned Paper, Hampton Art Halloween set (sentiment), La-La Land Crafts Witch Marci, Copic Pens, My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangles Dies

An easy one with no stamping or die cutting. What? I love this Authentique paper and this image is perfect to send to my sister-in-law. It took me longer to figure out how to lay it out than to put it together. My brain wants to center everything which can get kind of boring. I inked around the edge of the orange paper.

Supplies: Authentique Enchanted Halloween Patterned Paper, Black Ink, Twine

I found this stamp in Southern California in a store that was closing. I live in Northern California and I was down visiting my Dad and his girlfriend. Such a cute scene. I colored the scene with Copics. I heat embossed the sentiment. I forgot to powder before embossing which I do about half the time. I figure with Halloween designs they can get away with things being a little off.

Supplies: Northwoods Rubber Stamp Halloween Scene, Copic Pens, Hampton Arts Halloween stamp set (sentiment), Sparkle and Sprinkle Tuscan Star Embossing Powder.

For this card I found that spider web die cut in my stash so I found papers that go with it to make the card. The sentiment has 3 layers of paper layered together the bottom two are black. I stamped Mr. Bones, his tie and hat on paper that was part of the same line. I glued black paper on the back of the skull, tie, hat to give a bit more dimension. I cut all of those out by hand. I added gold and the black Glaze (Jelly Roll pens) to the hat.

Supplies: Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Mini Halloween stamp set, Jelly Roll Metallic Gold and Black Glaze pens, Hero Arts Halloween Trimmings stamp & cut set (sentiment), Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Crazy Things stamp set (hat & bow tie) 

I guess I liked Mr. Bones.. At first I was thinking what am I going to do with this stamp. I like how both of my Mr. Bones cards turned out. The spider web I made some time ago with an embossing folder and it looks like I inked the folder. This is the debossed side. I stamped Mr. Bones and die cut around him. I colored the hat and bow tie with Copics and cut them out by hand. The sentiment is die cut from white paper and colored with a Copic pen. There is a bit of gold from a metallic Jelly Roll pen on the hat.

Supplies: Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Mini Halloween stamp set, Jelly Roll Metallic Gold pen, Hero Arts Halloween Trimmings stamp & cut set (sentiment), Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Crazy Things stamp set (hat & bow tie), Sizzix Spider Web embossing folder, Spellbinders Oval die

Ok if you are still with me this is the last one.

This is a stamp from Stamptember at Simon Says Stamp. It is a SSS/Brutus Monroe stamp set called Autumn Greetings. I pretty closely copied Nichol Spohr’s card because I love her card so much and the other one that she created. That is what made me hit the button and get this stamp. Take a look here to see her cards! The scene is colored with Copic pens and I used a black Glaze pen on the bats on the moon and the pumpkin face. The base of the globe is also colored with Copics. The sentiment is heat embossed from the same set. Over the scene I put Hero Arts Crystal Clear Lacquer. I need to practice that some more..  The background is ink blended with Oxide Distress inks. I splattered a little shimmer spray on the background by spraying a bit on my craft mat and using a little paint brush. The stars.. I added them but I am not crazy about them.

Supplies: Simon Says Stamp/Brutus Monroe Autumn Greetings stamp set, Copic Pens, Jelly Roll Black Glaze pen, Hero Arts Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen, Oxide Distress Ink, Judikins Black Detail Embossing Powder, Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz

***If you made it to the end can you answer two questions in the comments?

Which card do you like best?

Is there too many cards in this post and would it be better to put maybe 3 in a post?***

Thanks so much for looking! I had lot’s of fun and somehow lot’s of ideas came to me.






Stampers Anonymous Mini Halloween 3

Today I have something a little different for you. I created a thank you card using a Halloween stamp set.

The story behind it is my husband just got back from New York with some crafty goodies for me. He is very sweet to go to The Ink Pad in New York and they help him and talk to me on the phone and he gets a bunch of fun things for me. Funny thing is I have never been in the store but let me tell you if I go to New York I will go in there. Right after he got back we went to Lake Tahoe for a week. We always go this time of year and we stay in a house so I bring craft supplies. I brought the Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Mini Halloween 3 set he got there. I decided to send the store a thank you card since they spend so much time getting my stuff together. Of course the Halloween set didn’t have a thank you sentiment so that came from a different stamp set. We’ll see if I can figure out which one since they are put away now.

For the background I ink blended 3 Hero Arts Reactive inks and dribbled a little water on it.

The owl, kids, web and spider are stamped using the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Halloween 3 set.

The sentiment came from a Simon Says Stamp/Pink Fresh Studio set.

Craft Organization Idea – Ink Foam

Howdy! Today I have an organization idea that I just love. I will be honest with you… I did not come up with this idea. My teammate from a2z Scrapbooking posted this on her blog. Her blog post about this is located here. Thanks Arlene! It is a storage idea for ink blending foam.

I was storing mine in ziploc bags. Each color had it’s own foam in a bag by itself. It was annoying to have to dig through the whole box to find the one you need. This storage is for Oxide inks since they are what I use most. Maybe someday I will get to the original Distress inks. I also added a few Hero Arts Reactive ink to the case that had space.  So here we go…

Ranger Ink Blending Foam

The supplies needed are some sort of plastic container. I got mine at Daiso which is really inexpensive. It is a document case. It is about 12X9 and a tad over 1/4″ deep. I like efficient storage so I did not want a container really deep. They are not super sturdy but they don’t really need to be.

Then you need velcro circles with sticky backs. I got ones that are a little over 1/2″ wide. If you can find closer to an inch wide I would go with that.

Then some labels. I happened to have a brother label maker and I got narrow tape for it. Obviously you could do this different ways.

The velcro circles that are down the very center of the container I am not sure about those being there but I didn’t want to rearrange everything. Just think it out before sticking things down. I grouped the colors together as you can see kind of following the Ranger color chart. Yes I get that deep into it.

Just more of them…

With the lid closed….

The velcro dots and open container….

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