Thanksgiving Cards Using Stamplistic The Great Pumpkin

Now for a few Thanksgiving cards on this post. Playing catch up still…

I stamped this interesting pumpkin a few times and did different things with it. Which one is your favorite?

For this one I colored it with Copic markers and cut it out by hand. I think I put some foam tape under it for some dimension. The background is Tim Holtz woodgrain paper with Distress ink and maybe some Distress Crayon. The sentiment is stamped.

The background for this is smooshed inks and then I used a few Tim Holtz stamps on it.  The crooked sentiment is stamped. For this pumpkin I stamped different sections on different colors of ink smooshed papers and cut them out by hand. The stem, vine and leaves are all paper pieced on the pumpkin.

And last but not least.. This pumpkin was stamped on kraft paper and then colored with pencils. As you can probably see I did not cut this one out but just layered up the panels.


  • Stamplistic The Great Pumpkin stamp
  • Tim Holtz Woodgrain paper
  • Distress Inks
  • Distress Oxide Inks
  • Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz The Poinsettia stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Faded Type stamp set
  • Prismacolor Pencils

Coffee BEE 2 with Colored Pencils

Here I am with another card for the fun Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop put on by Coffee Loving Cardmakers.

For this card I used a digital image. The image is called CoffeeBEE2. Unfortunately I did not label it with the company or person who designed it so if anyone knows please let me know.

First of all I sized the image and printed it on Neenah Desert Storm paper. I recently saw a nice card colored with pencils on kraft and it reminded me to get out my pencils since I really like the look. So this is colored with Prismacolor pencils. When I get done coloring I usually go back over the black lines since I like them vibrant.

The sentiment is stamped.


  • CoffeeBEE2 digital stamp
  • The Ton Hug in a Mug stamp set
  • Prismacolor Pencils
  • Versafine Oynx Black Ink

Hero Arts Everything Flowers & Colored Pencils

Here we go with a birthday card for my sister-in-law.

Here is another case of using something you have in your stash. I stamped the flowers with white pigment ink on kraft paper. I colored them with Prismacolor pencils. I have had this around for quite awhile. What I added to it when I just put it together is the die cut sentiment which is and nice deep purple.


  • Hero Arts Everything Flowers background stamp
  • White pigment ink
  • Prismacolor pencils
  • Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday die


Hero Arts Nasturtium – Colored Pencils on Kraft

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I created card with colored pencil coloring on kraft paper, some heat embossing and die cutting.

Hero Florals Nasturtium

When I was thinking about creating my card I wanted to use this pretty Hero Arts Nasturtium stamp, use kraft and color with colored pencils. It’s been awhile since I colored with pencils and I just want to be doing that more often.

The first step was to stamp the image in each corner and heat emboss using copper embossing powder. You can find some copper embossing powder in the a2z Etsy store. I then used Prismacolor Pencils to color in the images. I used oranges, yellow, two greens, a couple reds. Then I watered down some liquid watercolors and covered my flowers and splattered it on the card. It was a bit bold so I just took a cloth and kind of dabbed it off a bit. That is one of those things that can be to much if you don’t do it right and that is why sometimes I hesitate doing it.

The sentiment was die cut and heat embossed with the same copper embossing powder. I then cut one more sentiment out of the kraft paper and glued it with the embossed one for some dimension.

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Hero Arts Monarch Butterfly Home Decor

Hello! I am over at a2z Scrapbooking with a home decor project I made for my craft room. The monthly challenge is Anything But a Card. I tell you I am happy to get nudged to make a fun project that is not a card. I love making cards but a different kind of project is nice and really enjoyed making this. I used two Hero Arts sets for this which are Color Layering Monarch Butterfly and Flowers for Coloring. Both are available for purchase in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly

I bought this little box at Michaels and used a coupon so it was not very much. I got it to put my dies in after using them so they don’t get lost in the piles.

The first thing I did was get out the book pages and cut them to fit on each side of the box. I bought a few book pages at a Scrapbooking store in Wyoming while on vacation. It was a really nice store. If you are near Laramie Wyoming check out Scraptree. They did not cost that much and it made me happy to not have to tear pages out of a book myself. Win Win. I could not get my Mod Podge open so I used 3 in 1 glue which worked better than I thought.

Second make a butterfly to see how the layered stamping goes and which ink I will use. This layering butterfly is pretty darn easy to line up. I did use my Misti but it was easier than some of them can be. Tip: I stamp the bottom (largest amount of color) first and then end with the detailed stamp. On the lighter one I used 2 Avery Elle inks and Versafine Onyx Black ink. On the darker one I used 2 Oxide inks and the Versafine. I stamped these on some off white paper and hand cut them out. I just stamped the antennae on the book page where I was going to put the butterflies.

And now about the flowers and leaves. I used the Flowers for Coloring for that. I have enjoyed using this set. After stamping the flowers on the box I made a mask for each flower. I covered each one with the mask and then stamped the leaves. I wanted the look of the leaves and flowers stamped right on the book page. I colored all of them with colored pencils.

Then I glued the butterflies to the box. It is probably hard to see but I arched the top wings just a bit to give a tiny bit of dimension.

Then I inked around the edges with Oxide Distress ink and lightly here and there on the rest of the book page. I am very happy how it came out.

Here is a few more photos of each side.



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Sugartree Stamps Z Fold Card

Howdy! I am over at a2z Scrapbooking with a Z fold card. Fold cards are very new to me and they are the theme of our April Monthly Challenge. I used the Sugartree Stamps Mothers Digital Stamp to create my card. It is available in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store.  Feel free to use my discount code karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more at the a2z Scrapbooking store.

Sugartree Stamps Mothers KN003 Digital Stamps

Sugartree Stamps Mothers Digital Stamp

Here we go with possibly my first fold card. I was excited about doing this so that I could learn something new. There will be more photos making the fold much more clear. I got the idea from Jennifer McGuire’s post. And here is her card. Nice as always.

Back to my card.. I cut a piece of Neenah paper down the center vertically. I used a Hero Arts background stamp and stamped it 3 times with 3 different Distress ink colors. 2 times I shifted it but kept it in the same direction and 1 time I turned it a quarter turn and stamped across the card.

The watering can and flowers image is from the Sugartree Stamps Mothers digital set. I sized it and then printed it on some Neenah paper. I did all the coloring with Prismacolor pencils. I need to bring them out more often. I used a Spellbinder die to cut out the watering can and the mat under it.

Now for the fold part and the gotcha part. So that long stamped piece of paper gets folded in half with the stamping inside. Then the front piece gets folded again downwards.

I cut out a duplicate of the two scalloped ovals. One is with the image and the other on the “inside” of the card to write a message.

And the gotcha is when you are gluing down the oval with the image on it. Do not apply glue to the entire back of the oval since part of it hangs off the card. You will never guess who did that and as soon as I closed the card… oh no! I quickly pulled it apart. I cut out one more purple oval and glued it to the back of the image oval to cover all the darn glue. Then I glued it on correctly. I am not used to have things hang off a card. Now I also have a bit of glue on the “inside” oval. Us card makers have our tools and I have a gum eraser that removes glue thank goodness. Problem solved!

One more look at the card..

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Hero Arts Flutterbies Printable

Howdy! Such a cold winter this year. I hope you all are keeping warm in your crafty spaces. I have a card today using digital images, colored pencils and a stencil. I was inspired by the mood board for the a2z Scrapbooking monthly challenge. For the details about my card check out my post over at a2z Scrapbooking.



Hero Arts National Park Birthday

Howdy! I am here today with a birthday card! I love the National Parks and really enjoy using the National Parks Poetic Prints stamp set.

National Parks

For this card I used all 4 of the stamps in the set. Hero Arts donates a little to the National Parks for each set sold. I really wanted to color these in using colored pencils on the Neenah Desert Storm kraft paper. It is a lighter color of kraft. I colored all of the scenes using Prismacolor pencils. I went back over the stamping with a Copic Multiliner after I finished all the coloring. It doesn’t really show since it is so small, but I used a clear glaze pen on the car and trailer windows. I cut out each one using a die by Poppy Stamps.

Each of the park scenes have foam tape under them for some dimension.

The sentiment is cut with a die and the paper had the 2 sided adhesive on it which makes it much easier to stick it on to the card.

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Hero Arts National Parks

Howdy! Today I have a card using the Hero Arts National Parks Poetic Prints stamp set. I don’t know about you but I love the National Parks. It is on my list to see as many as possible. The inspiration for this card was a card we got from someone with just kraft, black and white. I also decided to go with the Clean & Simple look which is this month’s challenge at a2z Scrapbooking.


Hero Arts National Parks Poetic Prints


In the National Park stamp set there are 4 stamps. I chose these two because I have been to both of them. Also included in the set is the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley.

I started out by stamping the 2 images on kraft paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I then colored the images using a white Prismacolor pencil sometimes heavy sometimes light coloring. After you color with the pencil it covers up the black some. I took a Copic Multiliner pen and a Memento Tuxedo Black pen and went over the stamped black lines to make them stand out. The Memento pen is a great one to have around to touch up spots that maybe don’t stamp all the way or over the pencil as I did on this card.

As you can see I put some mats behind the images and attached that panel to the card.

For the sentiment I used a stamp from Hero Arts set Set Sail and stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

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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!