Distress Crayon Watercoloring on a Simon Says Stamp Suzy’s Winter Birds Watercolor Print

Hello! I had some fun watercoloring with Distress Crayons on this nice scene.

Tim Holtz Distress Crayons

This is a watercolor print from Simon Says Stamp created by Suzy Plantamura. This is just one of the 12 very cool bird prints that come in the pack.

I took an acrylic block and put some color down using Distress Crayons on the block. Then I used a water brush to pick up the color and painted with it. I also used some Nuvo drops for the berries and snow. I stamped the sentiment on it.


  • Simon Says Stamp Suzy’s WINTER BIRDS Watercolor Prints
  • Tim Holtz Distress Crayons
  • Nuvo Drops

Hero Arts Merry Christmas Cover Plate with Glitter

Howdy! Today I am over at a2z Scrapbooking with some glitter and shine for Christmas. I created two cards with the Hero Arts Merry Christmas Cover Plate Die. This is such a cool die and there is so much to it you can just cut it out and glue it on a card base and call it a day.


The first one here is all glittery.  The first thing I did was stick a double sided adhesive sheet to a piece of Neenah paper. I placed my die on the paper so that the adhesive would end up on the top of the design. That way I could get that glitter to stick to it. I used microfine glitter and dumped that all over the design over a coffee filter. Then I burnished it using a bone folder handle. Thanks to Jennifer McGuire for that tip! Then I just glued that scene on to a piece of white glitter paper. Glitter cards are hard to photograph and the light was kind of diminishing on me so the photo isn’t the best. It is pretty and very sparkly in real life.

Here is a daytime sunlight photo of my card. Submitted to the October Challenge for Love Handmade Cards in Flickr.

After watching Jennifer’s post and video where she was doing a similar technique with stencils I decided to use the glitter on a die cut.

If you want some good tips on using especially the microfine glitter watch this video by Els from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Watch for the part about her box set up she uses for working with glitter. I saw her do this in person and it really stuck with me. Those Swifter’s really make clean up nice.

This one was very straight forward and quick. I cut the scene out using the die and some shiny red paper I had in my stash. For this one I left some of the pieces in with the die cut. So the ornaments, 2 trees, and the star on the tree all have their center pieces remaining instead of pushing them out. I then glued the scene on a kraft card base. Pretty simple. There is so much to the cover plate you don’t need to do much.

I have another card in progress that I got kind of carried away on so we’ll see how that turns out and maybe I will post that too. Here we are with card 3.

I started out with the idea I would color most of the little things all over this die cut. That led to more and more “doing”. So many things are colored with Copics. The hanging ornaments were colored then I decided to add clear glitter Nuvo to them and the color showed through which is good. The star on the tree also has gold glitter Nuvo on it. Somewhere along the line I colored the very outer edge/frame with a blue Copic. Then the hills got clear glitter Nuvo and the swirls got some silver glitter Nuvo. The background paper is from an origami set of papers I got at Daiso. I would say it came out decent considering all the fumbling around and kind of different.

The a2z Scrapbooking store has great sales going on! I took a peek at the store and there are still some stamps, ink, liquid watercolor (this stuff is fun to work with),  embossing powders and a few other things. Get them before they are gone.

There is still time to enter the a2z Scrapbooking last challenge! It’s always good to get a few cards done well before the holiday rush.



Hero Arts Fancy Birthday Cake Galaxy Background

Hello, here I am today with a card I made for my son for his 28th birthday. I think his birthdays make me feel older than my own birthday.

Hero Arts Fancy Birthday Cake

So unless I don’t remember right this is my first galaxy card. When I first saw it I thought that’s cool but I wasn’t in a hurry to try it. Fast forward. Some time ago I was showing my son something about cards which I do sometimes. He doesn’t make any but he is lucky to hear me go on about card making. Or not! He said what’s that called and I said a galaxy background. Then here comes May and time for his birthday. I was going to do a coffee card for him. You see how that worked out. I remembered he like the galaxy look.

So the background is made from Oxide Distress inks and watercolor paper. I splattered a bit of watered down Distress dauber paint over it.

The cake is a Hero Arts stamp and I stamped it on watercolor paper. Then I painted it with Oxide Distress inks. The one icing area is done with Nuvo drops.  I hand cut this out.

Then the sentiment, simply die cut.

I am going to say I am very happy with the way it turned out and it looks better in person.

Here’s my son Jeff.


  • Hero Arts Fancy Birthday Cake stamp
  • Oxide Distress inks
  • Distress Paint Picket Fence color
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Simply White
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday die

Stamplorations Framed Roses and Coffee Digital Image

Hello again so soon! I have another coffee card that I created for the 2019 Spring | Summer Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop.  I worked with a digital image this time that Stamplorations was so nice to give away. You can check out this image here. It is part of a set called Love/Spring Themed A2 Card Front Digital Images. There are 2 other images in the set. They are also having a sale on the coffee/tea items.

Now for my card…

Love/Spring Digital Stamps Set

I got this image awhile back and I finally got to use it. I enlarged it just a bit before printing on bristol paper. I found out that inkjet printing and Zig Clean Color pens don’t work well together. Printing on bristol ok, coloring with Zigs on bristol ok, together not ok. So I switched over to my Copic markers. They worked just fine.

After coloring everything including the background I added a few things. I put clear orange Nuvo in the middle of some of the flowers which is hard to see. Then on the coffee I added some Hero Arts puff embossing powder to look like a bit of frothy milk. Note the color of the coffee and see that there is milk in it. Ha.

Then I tried several different colors to put behind the image and finally chose this one. The image is raised using a foam sheet cut to size.




Hero Arts Birthday Bash Digital Image

Howdy, I’m over at a2z Scrapbooking with a fun card for a birthday.

Hero Arts Digital Birthday Bash

This card was really fun to make. I got on a roll and made several in this style. The other ones are Easter cards in another post here on my blog. The style is an image that looks like it’s floating. I got this idea from a couple of cards that Jennifer McGuire made in the OCC class Stamp Happy. Unfortunately I didn’t have to much extra time to really participate in the class each day. There are two things about the card that Jennifer did. The first is the background which is about a different way to use your background stamps. I used the Hero Arts Lattice background stamp and first stamped with white then I shifted the paper over slightly and stamped with a dark blue ink using my Misti.

I then sized, changed the color and printed out this fun birthday cake that is in the Hero Arts Digital Birthday Bash Kit in the a2z Etsy store. The blue color is what printed. I did a little coloring with Copics which are the teal parts of the cake and the candle flames. On the squiggly icing I added a little Nuvo drops.

Here comes the fun part and the second thing I got from Jennifer. In the front part of the base of the card you cut an oval. Then on the teal panel you also cut an oval. In between those two you glue a piece of tulle. You use a smaller oval die and cut around your image. You glue this to the tulle. This creates a look of a floating image. You then cut another, white in this case, smaller oval and glue it on the inside of the card also on the tulle to cover the back of the birthday cake image. Here is a photo so you can see the inside of the card.

The sentiment is die cut and glued on.

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Hero Arts A Natural Christmas

Howdy! Merry Christmas to you all. It is just about here and we are winding down 2018. Boy does time fly. Today I have a card I made using digital images from the a2z Etsy shop. I had this on my mind after another fun coffee blog hop.

A Natural Christmas


I started out by printing the background trees from the Hero Arts A Natural Christmas Digital Cut File on some Neenah cardstock. Then I sized a mug from the Sugartree Stamps Hug in a Mug digital kit.  I put the tree background paper back in the printer and printed the mug right over it. I cut out the mug by hand.

Then on to creating the scene. I sized the deer, the tree, and bird to fit on my mug and cut them out using my Silhouette Cameo. All of these are in the Hero Arts A Natural Christmas Digital Cut File along with a couple more deer, a sentiment, another bird and a branch. I really like the look of this kit because it has a rustic feel. You can cut all of the images out of fun paper or color them. The deer is cut from a wood grain paper and the tree from a green paper with a very subtle pattern. The bird I colored with a Copic pen. The star is colored with a Gelly Roll metallic pen and the lights on the tree are done with Nuvo drops.

I almost forgot to mention… I popped up the mug using fun foam.

While getting ready to post this my darn camera was acting up and saying communication error when I tried to move the photos from the camera to my camera. Very frustrating when you need to get it done. I ended up getting a decent picture with my phone which was surprising. In case this happens to you it may be that your camera memory card is to full. Once I moved some photos off the memory card it all starting working as normal again.

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Whipper Snapper Designs Halloween Card

Howdy! I am not quite done with Halloween.. Here is a card I made using a Whipper Snapper Designs stamp. I don’t remember where I got it. I went to their website and they have some really fun Halloween stamps.

Pumpkin Fence Stamp

Cutesy type stamps are not my norm but this is such a cute little scene.

I stamped the image and colored everything in with Copics even the background. The pumpkin cut out spots, the bat and the moon all have Glaze pens or Nuvo Crystal Drops on them which is hard to see in this photo except for maybe the moon. I then cut out the scene and the black layer using a die and glued them all together.


  • Whipper Snapper Designs Pumpkin Fence stamp
  • Copic markers
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangles die set


Birthday Cards – Flowers and Fun Birds

Just a fun little card for my son’s sister who is a teenager. She is kind of artsy. I thought these two quirky birds were kind of fun. They were in a package of things to color so color I did. Not the greatest coloring but it was more about the fun. As you can see I added clear Nuvo drops here and there. I think the black shiny parts were a glaze pen. For the background I used a stencil and Oxide Distress ink. The sentiment is die cut.

Simon Says Stamp Marilyn Full Card Die

This I sent to a friend. I die cut the background piece. For the flowers I stamped over some paper that I created awhile back by putting the paper down on some ink on my craft mat. The flowers are heat embossed using black embossing powder. The sentiment is die cut.


  • Dyslusions Diamond in the Round stencil
  • Spellbinders Sentiments One die – bird card
  • Distress Oxide ink
  • Copic Pens
  • Nuvo Crystal Clear Drops
  • Glaze pen
  • Simon Says Stamp Marilyn Full Card die
  • Stampendous Fresh Bloom stamp
  • Black embossing powder
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script die

Hero Arts Haunted Digital Kit

Hello! Halloween is right around the corner so here is a little spooky fun for you. I had fun working with these Hero Arts digital images from the Haunted Kit. You can get these images along with several others in the Haunted kit at the a2z Scrapbooking’s Etsy store.

Hero Arts Haunted Digital Kit

What I did first is use a ink blending tool to apply Oxide Distress ink in Shaded Lilac on some Neenah white paper. I let it dry good overnight. Not that it takes anywhere near that long but I just wanted to be sure since I was going to send it thru the printer. Using Word I arranged the haunted house, bats and pumpkins to print them out. The pumpkins were not part of the scene since I wanted to cut them out. I put the inked paper in my printer and printed the house and bats right on the Neenah paper. I printed the pumpkins on another area of the paper that was not inked.

When I got to working more with my design I didn’t really like the background color. Again using a ink blending tool I went over the lighter purple with Oxide Distress ink in Wilted Violet. You have to be careful and not go over the printed areas to much. I think the double inking made the sky look more blustery like a Halloween night.

For the house I used a glaze pen to color in all the windows. It leaves a shiny slightly raised look.

For the pumpkins I cut them out and colored over the stem with a Copic marker to make it more brown. For the face I filled in those areas with Nuvo drops in Dandelion Yellow. It’s a little more raised than the glaze pen windows. I had a cat cut out too but it just wasn’t working for me so the cat did not make it on to the card.

For the sentiment I was trying something that worked out really nice. First of all I want to mention that this sentiment is in the Spooky Labels digital kit but I used the exact same stamp in the wood block version. So… I first stamped Happy Halloween using a yellow/orange Oxide ink. Well it did not show up that well. So I thought I will try to stamp over it using my wood block stamp using black ink. We all know lining up with wood block stamps is not going to happen. I was lucky to land very evenly with the stamp and what happened is I ended up with a shadow around the sentiment that I think looks pretty cool. Love those oh wow moments.


2018 National Coffee Day Blog Hop

Ah what fun, a National Coffee Day blog hop. I’m excited to be part of this for the first time! I can’t wait to see all the coffee cards.

I created a coffee card using a Hero Arts digital image from the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. The images are from the digital kit Caffeine Fix DK114.

Hero Arts Caffeine Fix Digital Kit

To start off my card I used Paint 3D to arrange and alter the images. I changed the shape and color of one mug image to create the two. That is the beauty of working with digital images you can change so many things to make it your own. I printed the coffee “scene” on Neenah paper.

I cut out my coffee “scene” using a Spellbinders die along with the mat. I inked around the edges of each layer using some Quick Quotes ink.

To add a little more interest I went over a couple of the words with Nuvo Crystal Drops. It pulled in a bit of the printed ink which I like. I went over the coffee steam with a Copic pen to make it stand out a bit more. Then I splattered some Hero Arts liquid watercolor over it all.

The two top layers have a piece of fun foam under them to add some dimension.

Check out the cards made by my team mates on their blogs!

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A2z Scrapbooking is giving away one $25 gift card to the store. Leave a comment on the a2z Scrapbooking National Coffee Day blog post, on this post and/or any of my team mate’s blog posts by October 7, 2018 11:59 pm Pacific time. Winner will be announced October 8, 2018 on the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies blog.

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