Heat Embossing with Hero Arts Jelly Fish Party

Hello it is time for some jelly fish fun! I made two cards very similar just playing around with my supplies.


For the backgrounds I put some metallic liquid ink on my kraft mat and watered it down. I think the first one is on Neenah paper and the second on watercolor paper. I no longer have the second one so I can’t look at it. I probably was working on the second panel and soaked up the leftovers on the first panel. I like the purple and blue together. You lose some of the shimmer though doing it this way.

On the first card I heat embossed the jelly fish using PSX silver embossing powder. I like that it is very silver.

For the second card I decided I wanted a thicker line for the jelly fish. I used Stampendous Chunky Silver embossing powder. I like that it stands out more but the silver is kind of a tarnished silver and I would probably rather have a regular silver look. Does anyone know of a nice thicker silver embossing powder?

For the sentiments I cut them out of colored paper and put a glaze over them. One is blue and one is dark purple.


  • Hero Arts Jelly Fish Party Bold Prints stamp
  • PSX Silver Embossing Powder
  • Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Ink – blue and purple
  • Stampendous Chunky Silver ink
  • Lawn Fawn Scripty Hello die
  • Nuvo Crystal Glaze

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 City Adventures

Howdy! Today I have a card over at a2z Scrapbooking about getting out there and checking out a big city near you.

Hero Arts City Adventure Digital Kit


Hero Arts City Adventures Digital Kit

San Francisco is about 45 minutes away when the traffic is decent. Of course I have been there many times. I am lucky almost all the time we go we get nice weather instead of a foggy day. My husband works in San Francisco so he sees it every week day.

To start off I did some ink blending on the background. That is after I adjusted the size of the bridge and printed it on the cardstock. I even looked up the hex code for the color of the Golden Gate. I don’t remember the code but the color is called international orange.

I then sized the scooter and the car and printed those. I colored with Copics, a metallic pen in silver and a Pen-touch pen. On the windows of the car I used Nuvo Glaze. The first time I did the windows on the car it looked all ripply like old house windows. So I just printed it again, colored again and added the Nuvo Glaze.  The first time I used the drops and the glaze to fix it and it just did not work. You can’t really see it on the scooter but I put a touch of Nuvo on the headlight. I hand cut the car and scooter. I put some foam tape under the car and the scooter when attaching them. As far as the car I had to have that VW on there and it had to be orange. My first car.

I die cut a little bird and colored it gray with a Copic.

I stamped the sun and since it was more of an outline sun I did some ink blending on it.

Then there is the sentiment stamped with Versafine ink.

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Brring On The Joy Avery Elle Penguins

Brring On The Joy Avery Elle Penguins

These little penguins are so cute and this card was lot’s of fun to make.

The background is the dotted paper with snowflakes heat embossed with sparkly clear powder. I cut out the rectangle panel with a die.

The penguins are stamped and colored with Copics. The tricky part about putting them on the ice was getting the skates stamped on the ice because I was not going to try and cut that out by hand. I think I stamped the feet and parts of the penguins on the ice before I cut it out. I cut out the ice and colored it with Copics. Then I put Nuvo Glaze over the ice to make it look shiny. You can’t really see it in the photo but it looks cool in person. On the wreath I used Nuvo or something to give dimension to the berries. I tucked the wreath under the penguins flipper when I glued it down.


  • My Favorite Things – Pierced Rectangles Stax
  • Avery Elle – Brring on the Joy
  • Snowflake Stamp – not sure

County Fair Cards

Here is a look at the four cards I entered at the county fair. This is my third year entering.

The categories are:

  • Other
  • Birthday
  • Thank You
  • Holiday

Below I will describe how I made the cards and how I did at the fair. But first… Here’s a little question for you.


Card 1

Hello Happy Mail - County Fair Entry

Other Category – Hello

  • Background – ink blending
  • Background die – Memory Box Bengal Background
  • Butterflies – Hero Arts Antique Engravings (CL383). I heat embossed the butterflies, colored them and then sprayed them with Sheer Shimmer Spritz.
  • Sentiment – Lawn Fawn Die Scripty Hello. I cut out the Hello using black paper then put some Nuvo Crystal Glaze over it.

Card 2

Bouquet Birthday - County Fair Entry

Birthday Category

  • Background – Stamped with a Heidi Swapp Script stamp
  • Flowers – White heat embossed with WPlus9 Kind Soul set. Colored with Prismacolor pencils. Flower arrangement hand cut.
  • Sentiment – Die cut with an Elizabeth Crafts die called Happy Birthday strangely enough.

Card 3

Sunflower Thank You - County Fair Entry

Thank You Category

  • Background – Embossed with a Paper Studio embossing folder and inked.
  • Flower – Die cut using Hero Arts Paper Layering Sunflower (DI435). Colored added using Oxide Distress ink and on the leaf veins a copic pen.
  • Sentiment – Die cut with a Spellbinder die called Thank You (S1-020). Paper colored with  Oxide Distress ink.

Card 4

Christmas Bird - County Fair Entry

Holiday Category

Wow I made several of these and never wrote up and blogged about the making of this card.

  • Background – I stamped the poinsettia’s in Versamark using the Hero Arts set Color Layering Dimensional Bird (CL906). The berries are obviously red ink.
  • The branch – I stamped the branch then die cut it using the dies (DI153) that go with the set mentioned above. The branch stamp and die seem a bit miss matched so I fixed it up a bit by coloring it.
  • The bird – I stamped the bird using the same set. It is fun because all the different areas on the bird are seperate pieces so you can make it nice and colorful. I stamped a second top wing and die cut it for a little bit of layering. The feet also are cut out with a die.
  • The sentiment – Guess what? It is from the same set. Just stamped on the background.

So I got a little spoiled my first year and maybe a little my second year. This time I did not do as well but that is ok. You can’t win every time and there are some good cardmakers out there. It is a lot of fun to just share your cards.

Drum roll…. My flower Thank You card is the only winner. It got a 3rd place and Judges Favorite.

Thanks so much for participating in the poll if you did. Thanks for making it to the bottom if you hung in there. And thanks for being supportive!


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