Die Cutting with Simon Says Stamp Thank You Die

Howdy! I have a little sparkle for you today! Maybe a lot of sparkle.

Impression Obsession Batik Pattern

This card started with a pretty alcohol ink background. I love copper and blue together so I heat embossed with sparkly copper embossing powder over the alcohol ink.

For the sentiment I used a die to cut out the shadow and the words. I used Tim Holtz metallic paper for the thank you.

Entered in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #155.

Entered in the Love Handmade Cards August challenge in Flickr.


  • Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Thank You die
  • Impression Obsession Batik Pattern background stamp
  • Judikins Metallic Copper embossing powder
  • Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft-Stock in copper

Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia

Howdy! I have a sparkly dahlia card for you today. I really like this stamp!

So here we go on the card creation. I am far behind so I hope I can remember a few details. I used some Distress inks on the background. I then stamped and heat embossed in silver over the Distress inks.

I also heat embossed the dahlia over a Distress ink panel and used the matching die to cut it out.

The sentiment is also heat embossed.

Here is one other look at the card. The above colors are more true but this photo shows the detail better.


  • Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia die and matching die
  • Clearly Besotted Say What? stamp set
  • Impression Obsession Batik Pattern background stamp
  • Silver Embossing Powder
  • Distress Inks

Watercolor Sympathy Cards

Recently my aunt passed away so I wanted to make a card for each of my cousins. I spent a lot of time growing up at their house. My cousin Susie and I were born 18 days apart. My aunt had  alzheimers. I mention this because one time I went to visit and they had her at my cousin’s house for Thanksgiving day. It happened to be my aunt’s birthday. She did not talk rationally but was helping dry dishes. We decided to sing Happy Birthday to her and she piped right in singing it perfectly. Music is pretty amazing even when the mind is not what it used to be.

Here is the three cards I made for my cousins.

Sympathy in Blue

For this one I made the flower panel some time ago and thought it was nice for a sympathy card. I watercolored the background on watercolor paper. I heat embossed the flowers in white over that with a Rubbernecker stamp. I cut around the image using a Spellbinders die. The sentiment is stamped using a Paper Smooches set.

When I made this panel I was trying out Jennifer McGuire’s block watercolor stamping techinque.


  • Rubbernecker Stamps – Petunias
  • Paper Smooches Set – Sympathy Sampler
  • Spellbinder Die – Marvelous Squares

Sympathy Watercolor Flowers

The technique for this card was a fun one. I colored on a Hero Arts stamp and misted it just a bit and then stamped. I really like the look. Then I decided to make a frame for those flowers.  I die cut a deckled rectangle from a watercolor panel. I used the same green as the flowers to color the frame. The sentiment is simply stamped on the frame.


  • Hero Arts Flower Stamp – Exotic Bloom (H5424)
  • Spellbinder Die – Large Deckled Rectangles
  • Hero Arts Sentiment Stamp Set – Everyday Sayings (CL432)


And the third one.. I stamped these pretty flowers on some watercolor paper. I colored them using Zig Clean Color Pens. I stamped over that with a really light ink using a text background stamp. Then I realized the text was not going the direction I wanted it to. So you turn the card and it is all good. I think this image would look better going horitzontal but it would bug me way more to have text going sideways so here it is.  The sentiment is stamped using some nice bold black ink (probably Versafine onyx black).

One time when my hub saw a card I made with text he said you can’t read it. Yes I use text from another language on purpose . That’s the way, uh-huh uh-huh I like it, uh-huh, uh-huh!


  • Flower – Magenta Azalea
  • Text – Impression Obsession French Text
  • Sentiment – Hero Arts Everyday Sayings (CL432)
  • Zig Clean Color Pens

Noel Christmas on Kraft

I was inspired by Merry Monday Challenge #230 which I did not end up entereing but I created 2 Christmas cards. These are my first two for this year. Here we go..

Here is the theme right from the Merry Monday blog: Hey Merry Monday fans…Marcia here and this week I would love to see the word “Noel” and/or a Scandinavian feel to your cards.



So as you can see I went with Noel. For the background on the left I stamped on kraft using the Impression Obsession background stamp Swirl Background (L2025). The ink was Delicata Golden Glitz pigment ink. On the other background I heat embossed with gold powder and the same background stamp. The two ornaments and the sentiments are from Hero Arts set Joyful Tidings Tag Set by Lia (DC167). I love this ornament die! Both sentiments are heat embossed with gold powder.


Sympathy Tag


I created this for my next door neighbors. He recently lost his mother. The inspiration for my card was this one. I knew I wanted to stamp those flowers on a tag but then what. I entered this in the challenge at a2z Scrapbooking for their monthly challenge located here. For September it was Make it a Tag was their theme.

The background is stamped with an Impression Obsession stamp called Swirl Background with Quick Quotes ink Peach Tree. The purple flowers on the background were stamped with Hero Arts Shadow Ink Passion Flower. The stamps used on the background were from Hero Arts set Earth Flowers (CL428), Impression Obsession set Flower Power, and Hero Arts set Luscious Frames (CL509). The watercolored tag was cut with Spellbinders die SCD-011. The flowers on the tag and the sentiment are from Hero Arts set With Sympathy (CL476) and stamped with Hero Arts inks Grape Juice and Passion Flower.

Linda’s Merry Monday Tree


Linda is having her own Merry Monday Challenges while the other group is taking a little time off in July and August. How nice of her to do that. So this weeks was include a tree.

  • The background was stamped with an Impression Obsession background stamp called Wooden Plank.
  • I cut the tree out with a Spellbinder die Nested Pine Trees (S4-220). All the flowers on the tree are from Hero Arts set Holiday Petals & Leaves (CL787). I used several different red inks including some from a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit. It is hard to see but in the middle of the flowers there are some little tiny champagne colored ball things. They are kind of crazy to work with because they go everywhere. I used some glue by Art Glitter which has a nice tiny tip for the bottle which really helps putting down tiny dots of glue.
  • The greeting is a from Hero Arts set Peace & Joy (CL880). It is embossed using brown powder.

Heartfelt Creations Aster Thank You


I created this card for my sister thanking her for my birthday surprise and gift. My hub had her fly up and meet us and I had no idea she was coming. Super nice!

The background is stamped with an Impression Obsession background stamp called Wooden Plank and some Distress Ink.

The green layer was patterened paper cut out with a Spellbinders die called Romantic Rectangles (S5-090). The image was stamped with a Heartfelt Creations stamp from the Delicate Asters and Butterflies PreCut Set (HCPC 3499). I inked over the image with some Distress Ink. I colored the leaves and tiny flowers with Copics. I stamped some of the asters from the Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters PreCut Set (HCPC 3494) and then cut out a couple layers of different asters using their dies Delicate Asters (HCD 726). I colored the asters with Copics. The sentiment and banner die is from Hero Arts My Monthly Hero set from March 2016.

Merry Monday Challenge 204 Card 2

Merry Monday Challenge 204



I really liked the theme for this week so I decided to make another card. For the background I used an Impression Obsession stamp called Wooden Plank. The ornament was cut out with a Hero Arts die from the Joyful Tidings set (DC167). I really like the ornaments Hero Arts has and I need to get some more of them. They have some that are for other sentiments and times other than Christmas. I stamped the greeting from Hero Arts set Season’s Greetings (CG223) with a “kraft” colored pigment ink and embossed with clear powder. The hanger and bow are upcycled ribbon from a pack of glow sticks.

Valentines Cards

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The first card I made two of them. One for my son and one for my Dad. The second I made for my hub during Hero Arts Scramble 126.

Card on the left..

For the background I used an Impression Obsession stamp Wooden Plank. I put two different colors of Distress Ink on the stamp and stamped that on white paper. The heart is a prize from Heather from one of the Hero Arts Scrambles. It is an Xcut die. The greeting is stamped on kraft either embossed or in Hero Arts Royal Red ink and from Hero Arts set Celebrate Every Day (CL498).

Card on the right… 

This was for Betty’s Scramble and the theme was an inspiration photo. SCRAMBLE #126 INSPIRATION by bettijo (Betty)

I did hearts, branches and xoxo for my card.
Hero Arts stamps – Love Jar (CL673) & Everyday Sayings (CL342).
I stamped the jar with silver pigment ink and then created a mask to cover most of the lid so I could stamp the branches with Memento Rich Cocoa.
I used a Simon Says Stamp stencil called Balloon & Patterns to add the hearts. I used some white paste and added alcohol ink to color it. It was taking awhile to dry!
The sentiment is stamped with Hero Arts Royal Red ink which is probably my favorite ink color.
The background paper is from a 6X6 pad.

I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #38.


Hubby Birthday Card


This is a card I made for my hubby for his birthday. The background is stamped with an Impression Obsession stamp called Wooden Plank and some Quick Quotes ink if I remember correctly. The scallop circle is cut out with Spellbinders die Classic Scalloped Circles from kraft paper. The edges of the card base, the background, the circle and the owl are inked. The cute owl is cut out with a Tattered Lace die called Baby Owls. There are 3 owls in the set and they are super cute. The owl is also inked. His eyes and the squiggly’s on his chest are highlighted with a gold Wink of Stella pen. The greeting is cut with an Elizabeth Crafts die and is dark blue which is kind of hard to tell in the photo.

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