Hero Arts November 2020 MMH Valentine Card

Hello! Today I have a Valentine card I made for my hubby using the November 2020 Hero Arts kit. One of my very favorites.

Altenew Treble Love Die

I am discovering after several years that my husband might prefer a more clean and simple card so here we go. Not my usual type but I love how this turned out.

For the heart I stamped the leafy circle that comes in the November 2020 kit and then die cut it to a heart shape.

I colored a piece of paper with the same red I used on the heart. I die cut the sentiment out from that.

I stamped the two owls and branch also using the November 2020 kit and die cut them using the dies from the set.

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


  • Hero Arts November 2020 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Altenew Treble Love die set
  • Sizzix Basic Shapes Bigz die

Miss Ink Stamps Pumpkin Pie Spice Gnomes


Here is a kind of Thanksgiving/Autumn card that probably arrived the day after Thanksgiving.

I made this card using a stamp set from Miss Ink Stamps. It is called Pumpkin Spice Gnomes. It is the cutest set of several images. I just discovered Miss Ink Stamps and right after I bought this set I was lucky to win a prize from them over at Coffee Loving Papercrafters so I got a few more fun things from them.

I stamped the pumpkin house and the pumpkin, mushrooms, leaves on the white panel. I colored them with Copics. Then I stamped the female gnome with the pie on another piece of paper and also colored with Copics. Then I cut her out by hand. She had foam pieces added when I put her on the card for some dimension.

The sentiment is stamped from a Hero Arts set.

Entered in the Love Handmade Cards Flickr Challenge for November.


  • Miss Ink Stamps Pumpkin Spice Gnomes
  • Copic markers
  • Hero Arts September 2017 My Monthly Hero kit


Hero Arts Tropical Flowers Hello Card


Howdy! How are you all out there? Some challenging times going on right now! I have a tropical flower card to bring a little brightness to your day.

Papertrey Ink Cover Plate Harlequin Die

For the background I die cut a cover plate. I decided for this card I would leave all the pieces in the die cut. A couple pieces fell out so I put them back in and then put a piece of Press’n Seal over the top. I then applied glue all over the back and glued it to a card front. I left the Press’n Seal on there for quite awhile.

The flowers and leaves I stamped, die cut and then sprayed Shimmer Spritz on them.

The hello is also die cut.


  • Papertrey Ink Cover Plate Harlequin Die
  • Hero Arts Tropical Flowers Stamp Set and Die Set
  • Sheer Shimmer Spritz
  • Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Cuts Die Set

Spellbinder Coffee Brewing Die Cut

Here we go with another one of my thank you cards…

The people I made this for have a coffee business and gave me coffee related gifts for Christmas. You might be starting to see where this is going.

Hero Arts August 2018 MMH kit

I recently joined the Tim Holtz Fanatics Facebook group so I was enjoying seeing all the Tim Holtz inspiration. That made me want to do an Oxide Distress Ink background. Not a stretch for me to pull these out though. So I did some smooshing for the background with the Oxide inks. Then I used a stencil to add the coffee rings and bits of pattern here and there.

The french press coffee maker was die cut from gold metallic paper. To make it look like it had coffee in it I took a little piece of brown paper and put Nuvo on it so it would be shiny. Then I glued that to the back side of the french press. There is Nuvo on the little knob on top of the lid also.

The cups were die cut using a Hero Arts MMH kit. They needed a little something so I used a stencil to put a pattern on them using a little bit lighter color of Oxide Distress ink than the paper was. I also went around the edges of the cups with some gold pigment ink.

The beans were die cut and have a little guess what… Oxide ink on them.

The sentiment die cut also with a little Oxide ink on it.


  • Spellbinders Cup and Beans die set – coffee beans
  • Spellbinders Coffee Brewing die set – french press
  • Hero Arts August 2018 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts Thanks Stamp & Cut set
  • Oxide Distress Ink
  • TCW Stencil Mini Butterfly Collage
  • Delicata Golden Glitz Pigment Ink
  • Tim Holtz Kraft-Stock Gold Metallic Paper
  • Nuvo Crystal Glaze

Hero Arts Designer Snowflakes Thank You Card

Hello! As usual I am trying to catch up posting. I made a few thank you cards for people that I got Christmas gifts from. I know it is a bit past Christmas.

Hero Arts Thank You Pair die

When I thought about making some thank you cards I decided I wanted to use the purple and blue Hero Arts metallic inks together. I dropped the ink on my kraft mat and spritzed it with water. I then did the smooshing technique to make my background. I really like the way the background looks but when you use the ink this way you lose a little of the cool metallic shimmer that these inks have.

Then I heat embossed the snowflakes using silver sparkle embossing powder.

The sentiment is die cut from white paper.


  • Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Ink – blue and purple
  • Hero Arts Designer Snowflakes stamp set
  • Hero Arts Thank You Pair die set
  • Hero Arts Embossing Powder – silver sparkle

Delivery Folks Goodies

One day I was reading the different things in Nextdoor for my town of Dublin. Someone showed their set up for leaving out some goodies this time of year for all the folks delivering the mail and packages. I really liked that idea. I guess it’s a thing but I did not hear about it until this year. I made a sign on my computer and the fun part was using my stamps to decorate it. It makes me happy to use my stamps for something other than cards. Here is the sign I made.

I used a couple Hero Arts stamp sets. Those pinecones have super great detail and look nice when stamped with Versafine Clair ink. Just sayin’!

Supplies: Hero Arts Designer Snowflakes, Hero Arts Swirl Christmas, Hero Arts Happy Holly Days, Versafine Clair ink, Other ink

Here is the whole set up on my porch. I got the trays and the “tablecloth” from the dollar store. The tablecloth is a tree skirt that I draped over a plant table from my patio. Since it has been outside for several weeks I can just toss it when I’m done. I put out popcorn, chips, pretzels, cheese & peanut butter crackers, granola bars, and cookies.

Quick Thank You Tags & Other Quick Projects

Howdy! Here’s some really quick thank you tags I made.

Some of them I put them on bags when I sell something and the person is doing a porch pick up. I add their name to them also. Easy, fun and a special little touch. I think I will just add them when I make them.

Back to my favorite butterflies. I used Distress Mica Stains to spray panels and then cut the butterfly out. The sentiment has mica stain on it too.

Simple.. stamped and colored with Copics.

Nothing real exciting but fun to make. I enjoyed coloring the barrel with Distress Oxide in and stamping with it. I used the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero July 2017 kit to do the stamping.

Tim Holtz Saying Stuff

I will just say I really like the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Brushstroke Butterflies die set!
I used Distress Oxide inks and the Tim Holtz Saying Stuff stamp set.
They both have gold splatters from the Metallic Inks by Hero Arts.
The first one has a little gold Distress Foundry wax.

Papertrey Wet Paint

I die cut the bus using Elizabeth Craft Designs On the Road Again set. Colored with Copics and Glossy Accents on the windows. The sentiment is die cut using Papertrey Ink Wet Paint die set.

I used the Tim Holtz Mini Detailed Butterfly die set for this one.

Distress Oxide ink

I used the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Sea Life stamp set and Distress Oxide inks on this one.

I used Simon Says Stamp Garden Greetings stamp set and Copic markers on this one.

I used the Tim Holtz Sizzix Flower Jar die for this. I just die cut a bunch of the flowers and sat and watercolored them. Then they were ready for making.

I used the Tim Holtz Sizzix Flower Jar die for this. I just die cut a bunch of the flowers and sat and watercolored them to have them ready for a quick card or tag. At the time of making the note card I cut out the jar and top for it.

Some tags I made for my hubby for gifts going to Wyoming. He kept one.

Supplies: Hero Arts July 2019My Monthly Hero set, Rubber Hedgehog Buffalo stamp, Distress Inks

Supplies: Holiday Seals stamp set by The Stamping Village, Hero Arts Everyday Messages, Hero Arts Happy Holly Days, Copic pens, Gelly Roll Metallic Gold pen, Gelly Roll Glaze pen

Supplies: Hero Arts Happy Holly Days, Hero Arts Everyday Messages

Supplies: Magazine Freebie stamp set Winter Wonderland, Lawn Fawn Thankful Mice stamp set

Supplies: Rubbernecker Stamps Cobblestone Background heat embossed, Cheery Lynn Designs Small Leaves die set

Supplies: Hero Arts My Monthly Hero February 2020 kit, Copic markers. It’s fun to do this really quick things and not worry about having everything just so.

Supplies: Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden, Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages

Supplies: Hero Arts My Monthly Hero October 2019 kit, Hero Arts Thanks Stamp & Cut set. A little messy on the stamping but it just a quick one for the stuff I sell on my porch. I put clear lacquer on the windows.

Tim Holtz Smudging

I used the Tim Holtz smudging technique on this one. Love the technique. In real life this is a little more vibrant than the photo.

Supplies: Oxide Distress Inks, Tim Holtz Mini Classics stamp set, Tim Holtz Dried Flower stamp, Archival Black ink, Hero Arts Thanks A Bunch stamp set

Supplies: Hero Arts Untitled Heart stamp set. Just using my stamps on something other than a card. This was a little goodie bag for my son.

Super quick card… ink smooshed background using Distress Oxide Ink or Distress Ink
Butterfly cut from Metallic Kraft-Stock using the TH Mini Detailed Butterflies die.
I give these to folks when I pick up free things in the neighborhood.

Simon Says Stamp Gnome Thank You

Hello! I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. We did and I may not need to eat for a day or two. Ha. Now it’s time to catch up on some cards. I have a thank you card for a friend using the super cute Simon Says Stamp Gnome.

Papertrey Ink Cover Plate

I love this little gnome die! This was an easy card to make but such fun with that gnome. The colors on the background look pink but they are a red/purple.

The background is made with a cover plate die.

The gnome cut out a few times to get the different sections cut from different papers. It is all one piece. For the nose on the gnome I just colored it with a Copic pen.

The thanks is die cut.

Entered in the November Challenge over at Love Handmade Cards in Flickr.

Entered in the November Challenge over at Die Cut Divas.


  • Simon Says Stamp die – Gnome
  • Papertrey Ink Cover Plate die – Horizontal Stripes
  • Hero Arts Die – Thanks Stamp & Cut
  • Copic pen



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.






Hero Arts Haunted Digital Kit With Oxide Ink

Halloween is a fun holiday for me. I like decorating around the house and the front yard. I like somewhat creepy but not gory. I created a card that goes with the a2z challenge this month of holiday. My card is a combination of using digital images, ink blending, die cutting and stamping.

Hero Arts Haunted

The first thing I did when creating my card was take the haunted house from the Hero Arts Haunted Digital kit and had my Cameo cut it out. I had to change the png image by using trace and then I resized it. It did take a while to cut because it has all this tiny holes in the house for a distressed look.

Then I did some ink blending with 1 Hero Arts Reactive Ink and 3 Oxide Distress Inks on the background. I sprayed the background a bit with a mini mister.

I used the pumpkin from the digital kit also. I resized it and duplicated it to make 3 pumpkins. I colored the stems with a brown Copic pen and the faces with yellow.  I hand cut them out. One of the pumpkins is raised with one of those really thick glue dots.

The sentiment I cut out with Hero Arts set Halloween Trimmings stamp and cut. I put some Versamark on the words and then sprinkled on some black embossing powder and heat embossed it. Keeping the words from flying away was a bit of a challenge during the heat embossing. There are several different embossing powders in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store including a detail black and a sparkle black.

The witch is a cute little stamp from my stash.

The a2z Scrapbooking store has great sales going on! Run don’t walk and check it out!


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