Heat Embossing with Michael Strong Cloisonne Butterfly

I had some fun heat embossing using an older stamp I have. I also used my Color Burst which has not been out in quite awhile.

Tim Holtz Alphanumeric Bold

Let’s see if I can remember what I did on this card. For the background I used a Cover Plate die to cut out the shapes from a ink smooshed panel. I die cut and then used Press N Seal to keep all the pieces aligned. While the pieces are still on the Press N Seal I put glue on the pieces and glued them to the white panel. A few fell off but it is easy enough to get them back in the pattern.

The butterfly is heat embossed on a piece of paper colored using Color Burst. There is also some shimmer on the butterfly. I cut the butterfly out by hand.

The Hello is die cut.


  • Michael Strong Cloisonne Butterfly cling stamp
  • Color Burst
  • Distress Ink
  • Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alphanumeric Bold die set
  • Papertrey Ink Quatre Foil Cover Plate die

Crafty Garage Sale Haul

Howdy! I just had to share this with the crafty folks out there. I went to a garage sale that was a card makers craft room clean out. Not just clean out but a get rid of it all sale. The lady stopped making cards and the husband spent two long days in the garage selling it all. I went over there twice and never saw the lady. It took him 3 weeks to organize everything. He did a great job, had it priced nice and could talk about some of the stuff. This is a once in a life time haul for sure.

I know this may not be that exciting for you all but it was very cool for me so I am sharing. Also I wanted to write up some of the fun things that I won’t remember later. And yes… I took a lot of time to look stuff up, price it and put it on a spreadsheet. That is how I roll. For some reason I like to track stuff. I already have spreadsheets going for my craft supplies. There are many stamps that are not even on my spreadsheets yet.

  • If I bought all of this new it is worth about $544. That doesn’t count the 8 bottle of embossing powder he just gave me.
  • It cost me $62
  • Many of the things are not even used or in very good condition.
  • I got 26 dies, 10 stamps, 3 stencils, a set of 6 Ken Oliver Color Burst powders, an unused pack of adhesive sheets, 8 embossing powders.

The surprising thing was the 2 Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz stamp sets. They were obviously in older packaging and pretty much not used. One set was $19 back in the day and it is still sold and now costs $30.

Someone before me made a huge Tim Holtz haul. He had that stuff all together. There was tons of inks and refills. She called talked to him about it. She took it all and got a bundle price. She never went there but her husband went and got it. Pretty darn cool.


There are 4 word dies in one of those baggies. 3 are from 1 set the other not sure. I cannot figure out who makes the snowflake dies in a baggie.


These cover plates are where I scored big time. They still sell them and they are $16 each. I think I paid $3 each.


He gave me all the embossing powders for nothing. A couple were half full but the rest pretty much full. That gold is a huge thing of powder. The Color Burst were $1 for all of them. They are at least $20 new.


Funny thing with all these.. I went back the second day just to see if there was a die to match a stamp set I got. Nope. But I brought all these home. He took $6 for all of this. So darn nice!



Reverse Confetti Thanks Die

Just a quick post for a very quick card.

Here is another use up your stash card. It makes me happy to be using stuff because I have so much! So this is a panel I had laying around after playing with Ken Oliver Color Burst. I just die cut the thanks frame out of some burgundy paper and attached it. This was for the next door neighbor kid in middle school who took care of our mail and fed our fish while we were gone. I wrote him a little note and put some cash in there.


  • Reverse Confetti Thanks die
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Watercolor Powder

Hero Arts Safari

Howdy! It’s time for a safari!

I am over at a2z Scrapbooking with a card for you today. I love the Hero Arts safari stamps and dies! You can get the Hero Arts Safari Wild About You stamp set at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.


Hero Arts Safari Wild About You

To start off my card I got out a couple of pieces of watercolor paper and a couple Ken Oliver Color Burst colors. For the sunset I used an orange and a yellow. The yellow has a bit of a blue here and there which I wanted in there. I mixed it with water and painted that on and did a little sprinkling of the powder which I blended in with a brush. After that panel dried I cut out the sunset with a die.

Next came the background. I also used a couple Ken Oliver Color Burst colors. I got it watered down and blended a darker blue and a purple on watercolor paper. I am learning different ways to work with them and about different looks.

For the animals and the hunter I stamped them with Versamark, sprinkled on some copper embossing powder and heat embossed them. On the giraffe I added a bit of a yellow/gold embossing powder to add a little different color. I then die cut them out. I got the idea early on in the planning that I wanted to do the animals in copper. The bird above the tree is stamped with a copper pigment ink.

The tree is cut out of a cool looking copper paper that has some shimmer to it. I’ve had the paper quite awhile. It’s one of those “I don’t want to cut that up” pieces I have.

The sentiment comes from another safari set. I really need a bunch of thank you cards so that is the sentiment I picked.


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