Hero Arts February 2020 My Monthly Hero

Last card post for the month of October catch up. This was a card I made for the Hero Arts Kit Fanatics group in Facebook. They had an anniversary celebration with some fun things going on. The challenge was complimentary colors. I am not sure what happened but I did not actually enter this card in the challenge. I like how this card came out but there is a little ink running on it which kind of bugs me.

The background was created using an embossing folder.

Then I heat embossed the image and sentiment using white embossing powder. I colored it some metallic something. I like the colors a lot. I am not remembering how I did the blue behind the image but it is shimmery. The panel is raised up the fun foam.


  • Hero Arts February 2020 My Monthly Hero
  • White embossing powder

Hero Holiday Stamp-Along 2022

Here we go with the many cards I created for the Hero Holiday Stamp-Along. I just love their events and I am always happy with the cards I make. Their teachers are great and I always learn some new ways to use my supplies. Thanks to Hero Arts!

For these Hero Arts events they use the most current stamps, dies and supplies. You don’t have to have them. If you are like me you probably have lots of things in your stash that you can use. I substituted a bunch on these cards. And… after I ended up buying some of the stamps and dies and won a stamp and die set.

Class 1 -Love this pretty card designed by Daniel. Heat embossing, fussy cutting.

Class 2 – Pretty card designed by Mindy. Above is my original and below I added a couple sprigs that are foiled. The rest is heat embossing on the card.

Class 3 – A sweet forest critter scene designed by Jessica. A glittery snow bank and some embossing paste thru a stencil. Heat embossed sentiment.

Class 4 – A swinging card by Jennifer. The background is embossed with a cover plate die. The fun is the whole circle with the sprigs and sentiment swings back and forth and it is not hard to make.

Class 5 – Card design by Nichol. Heat embossing, ink blending and stamping with white ink for a nice background.

Class 6 – Such a pretty card by Libby. We painted with Hero Arts wax, glittered and die cut. I did not have the red wax so I colored gold wax with red reinker. For the sentiment it is also wax applied to paper then die cut and glittered. Again I had gold wax and colored it with Distress red paint.

Class 7 – A cool card by Lydia. She showed us a shadow trick. Just take the moose from where it will be and turn it upside down right under it’s spot. Then draw a light trace line and color with a gray pen. Another snowy hill, this time I applied Hero Arts Glitter Paste to the hill. I already covered up something with the hill and it’s fairly textured so I did not try to do the shadow but I have that in my little brain to try soon. I like the black and white moose on this. I also used some texture paste and a stencil.

Class 8 – A fun sparkly card by Robin. Heat embossing and the pretty background spritzed with shimmer spray. I put kind of a heavy spray on it but the shimmer is hard to see in the photo.

Class 9 – This card was done by the always entertaining Laura. Some ink blending, die cutting vellum and heat embossing.

Class 10 – A colorful card by Channin. I enjoy Channin’s ideas because they often have some multi colors involved. Heat embossing and some water spritzing were part of this too. Since I did not have the new cool star stamps for this card I used 3-4 Hero Arts background stamps to make the patterns and then cut the stars out.

These last 3 cards are kind of bonus cards. Hero Arts was selling a digital image set to raise money. I bought it and Jenn Shurkus did an evening coloring session that I really enjoyed. I am not sure if I have been in a class by her and I like her teaching style. Kind of a calming coloring session with lots of coloring tips for Copics. I am very happy with these cards. And can I also say she had us getting out prisma glitter and that stuff is super cool. Don’t ask how long that has been in my stash or how long since I have used it. It needs to stay out and get used more.

Just a little note on printing the digital images. Sometimes printing with an ink jet printer and coloring causes some running of the black printing. But.. I printed mine a few hours before coloring and then used my heat tool to dry it more and I had no black ink run into the coloring I was doing.


  • Hero Arts Poinsettia Flowers stamp
  • Background stamp from the Hero Arts September 2022 My Monthly Hero Kit
  • Hero Arts Snowflakes and Ornament die
  • Hero Arts Woodland Forest stencil
  • Dreamweaver Glossy White embossing paste (don’t ask how old this is)
  • Hero Arts Fuzzy Winter Animals
  • Hero Arts White Glitter Paper
  • Gold Glitter embossing powder
  • Copic pens
  • Hero Arts Christmas Holidays Stamp & Cut set
  • Kat Scrappiness Peacock Backdrop die
  • Hero Arts Ornament Peek-A-Boo stamp set
  • Tim Holtz foliage die set (can’t remember which one)
  • My Favorite Things Merry Christmas die
  • Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Matte
  • Hero Arts Glitter Paste
  • Hero Arts November 2017 My Monthly Hero set
  • Spellbinders Stars Five die set
  • Bo Bunny Christmas Card die set
  • Silver embossing powder
  • Hero Arts White Iridescent Shimmer spray
  • Holly die from Elizabeth Craft Designs December Day by Day kit
  • Several Hero Arts background stamps for card #10 (Snowflake Pattern, Spice Market Large Petal, Lattice, Flourish Background)
  • Black embossing powder
  • Hero Arts digital image to help with Hurricane Ian buy it here
  • Hero Arts Reactive Inks
  • Probably a few things I forgot…


Fall Coffee Mug Card Fun

I have a card today that I made for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Fall/Winter 2022 Hop with a fall theme. I got in a big old hurry (what’s new) so my photo isn’t the best one. I will post another one too. Take a look below the photo is a lot better.

Here is some info about the hop and the link to join in the Coffee Lovers Fall Winter Hop. I am looking at this image in more detail and it is a very cool image.

Here it the photo that is better than the one above. Sometimes you have to change up your usual (using the photo box) and go with a different background for the card and I actually went outside in the sunlight.

The background is obviously paper from paper pads.

I die cut the mug and then put it in a 3-D embossing folder to get the weave on it. I didn’t like the original paper color so I ink blended over it and then used Distress crayon to add detail.

For the flowers and leaves I die cut them and then colored them using Distress Watercolor Pencils.


  • Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Mug die set
  • Hero Arts Autumn Bouquet die set
  • Distress Oxide ink
  • Distress Watercolor Pencils
  • Distress Crayons

Coffee Mug Card Fun

I have another card today that I made for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Fall/Winter 2022 Hop. This time a Christmas card. I got in a big old hurry (what’s new) so my photo isn’t the best one. I will post another one too.

Here is the info about the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. You have the rest of today 11/18 to join in on the fun.

Here is a bit better photo of my card.

For the background I used Tim Holtz woodgrain paper with Oxide ink and Distress Crayon.

The mug is die cut and ink blended with Oxide ink.

The scene on the mug and the sentiment is from the same Tim Holtz die set. I colored all of those using the Tim Holtz watercolor pencils.

The snow is watered down Distress paint and of course splattered.


  • Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Mug die set
  • Tim Holtz Christmas Cutouts die set
  • Distress Oxide ink
  • Distress Watercolor Pencils
  • Distress Crayons

Hero Arts November My Monthly Hero 2020

Today I have a card I made for one of the Hero Arts Fanatics challenges in the Facebook group.  The fanatics group is having their 5 year anniversary celebration this month. This was a sketch challenge.

I made this using the monthly kit and a background stamp along with Hero Arts glitter paper.

I stamped the blue paper with the Wooden Floor background stamp. I cut the 3 strips and the sentiment piece from that. I heat embossed the snowflakes from that same set. The sentiment is also from the set and just stamped. I like the sentiments font in this set alot.

Then I just stamped the windy/snowy background for the snowman using Dusty Blue Hero Arts ink. The snowman was also stamped and die cut with the matching die. I colored the snowman with Copics.

I also joined in the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers Falling For the Holidays Linky Party.


  • Hero Arts November 2020 My Monthly Hero Kit
  • Hero Arts Wooden Floor Bold Prints stamp
  • Hero Arts glitter paper
  • Hero Arts Dusty Blue ink
  • Copic Markers
  • White Sparkle embossing powder (I think it’s Hero Arts)

Rubber Stampede Santa Christmas Card

Finally getting a couple cards done for the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers group in Facebook and in general getting Christmas cards done. Yeah. I love to use the sketches and it is really helping me get out my Christmas paper pads and use them.

I stamped the Santa using an older wood block stamp by Rubber Stampede. It is a really great detailed stamp. I cut out Santa with a die.

It is hard to see in the photo but in the background on the right side of the card is gold Tim Holtz kraft-stock with a piece of dark green paper over it. They kind of blend together.

The sentiment I think is from a Hero Arts set and heat embossed in white.


  • Rubber Stampede Santa
  • Hero Arts Happy Holly Days – sentiment
  • White embossing powder
  • Tim Holtz Distress Kraft-Stock paper
  • Crafters Companion Stitch Edge Hexagon

Elizabeth Craft Designs Planner Page

For quite some time I have wanted to start creating planner page just for the fun and just for me. Since cards get sent out… these I get to keep.

So the day before my birthday in June I decided just dive in. I happened to find a piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs paper with June 17 so it was perfect. I was also excited the next day to get my ebike from my husband and son. I love it so what a nice first thing to add to my first journal page.

I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs Planner Essentials 10 set to cut out the page. Then stamps, ephemera, die cuts, heat embossing and crackle paste from all different companies on it. I included all my favorite companies which are Hero Arts, Tim Holtz, Elizabeth Craft Designs. Of course I like many more but these are at the top of the list for me.

Hero Arts Warm Animals Christmas Card

And here we go with another Christmas card. I also created this for Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers Christmas in July 2022 Linky Party.

I finally used the Newton’s Nook die set I got with some prize money on this. I don’t create a lot of slimline cards but I really like this die set.

Newton's Nook Slimline Frames & Portholes

Here is where the party is.. It’s about over but you can join the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers group in Facebook to create Christmas cards and share them every day.

I found some nice snowflake paper in my stash and die cut it using the Newton’s Nook die set. I found a cool shimmery purple paper to cut the panel with the portholes. You can’t really see the shimmer in the photo but it is there.

The animals are from a Hero Arts set and I colored them with Copics. Then die cut them out.

The sentiment is a new to me die I got about a week ago. I am using it so soon after purchase. Ha! It was actually all connected together but I used my tiny Elizabeth Craft Designs scissors (they rock) to trim it up.

I also entered this over at Die Cut Divas July Challenge located here.


  • Hero Arts Warm Animals stamp & die set
  • Newton’s Nook Slimline Frames & Portholes die
  • Copic Markers
  • Creative Expressions Festive Collection – Seasons Greetings die

Elizabeth Craft Designs Deer Christmas Card

Howdy! I am cruising along on some Christmas cards and that makes me happy! I am creating them for Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers Christmas in July 2022 Linky Party. It is lots of fun and there are so many nice companies throwing in prizes! And boy do I need to get the hustle on making more Christmas cards. The fun is making all year long! I can no longer jam along in late November like I used to.

Xmas Winter Insert

This card is pretty straight forward with a few fun touches.

I used a DCWV paper pad for all the paper. I like this paper pad but have trouble using it with other papers but BYS has helped me get in there and use it.

The deer head was cut out using the deer die from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Planner Essentials 13 die set.

I used a Spellbinders die to cut out the backing for the deer.

The fun touches are the deer and the wood grain behind it are raised up with foam.

And the most fun is I finally used the Hero Arts Gold Hero Wax. It is a good one. I have to say there are some waxes out there I am not crazy about but this is a really nice one. First I dry brushed it on the woodgrain die cut behind the deer. For the rest of the pieces on the card I edged all of the them with the gold wax.

Here is where all the fun is happening.

I have to say being in the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers group in Facebook has been fun and it has me using my patterned paper much more than I did. In addition I come up with different card designs than I normally do. Thanks to all who help out keeping that going.


  • DCWV Paper Pad
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Planner Essentials 13 – Xmas Winter Insert die set
  • Hero Arts Gold Hero Wax
  • Spellbinders Labels Twenty Five die set

Hero Arts April 2022 My Monthly Hero Card

Hello! I am trying to get back to my card making and posting. It has been a busy couple of months. Here is a card I created for the Hero Arts Stay Crafty with A Blog Named Hero May Challenge. The theme is use scraps.

Hero Arts September 2021 My Monthly Hero

For my “scraps” I made a panel for another card using the April 2022 MMH kit and cut that colorful yellow flower strip off. Of course I didn’t just toss it. So here it is! I used the background stamp and the stencils to color the flowers.

For the background I used the background flower stamp from the April 2022 MMH kit and stamped with gold pigment ink.

I cut the sentiment out using the September 2021 MMH kit using gold and black paper.

I like how it turned out and I was struggling to come up with something that worked with my scraps.

Entered in the Hero Arts Stay Crafty with A Blog Named Hero May challenge.


  • Hero Arts April 2022 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts September 2021 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft-Stock paper
  • Delicata Golden Glitz ink
  • Hero Arts ink
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