Sugartree Farmhouse Thankful Card

Howdy! Today is a new month and I am over at the a2z Scrapbbooking blog with my fall thankful card for the November Challenge. The details for the challenge Give Thanks and more card inspiration are on the blog. I decided some plaid and farm animals were the way to go.

a2z Sugartree Farmhouse digital set

The Sugartree Farmhouse digital kit worked really well for what I had in mind. You can get this digital kit at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. There are so many things you could use this for from Spring to Fall.


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To start out I brought the 3 animals into the Cameo Silhouette software to create cut files so I could cut them out using one of my favorite papers ever from the Lawn Fawn paper pad Perfectly Plaid Fall. I just saw them in plaid right when I started looking at this digital kit. After I cut them out I inked the edges using Quick Quotes ink. The cool thing about the Quick Quotes ink is they have points on the ink pad to make it much easier to get in the small areas.

Next I used a pierced die to cut out the rectangle from a darker kraft paper. The orange plaid rectangle is cut with a die also called Wonky Stitched Rectangles. And then an A2 size panel out of the same darker kraft paper. All of these were inked around the edges. The top most rectangle is popped up by using a slightly smaller piece of fun foam.

I printed the sentiment on a piece of Neenah cardstock changing the font color to a brown. I cut the sentiment out using a banner die. I used Quick Quotes ink again to ink over the banner.

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Please join us in this month’s “Give Thanks” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.


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Hero Arts Vintage Car Birthday Cards

I am over at a2z Scrapbooking today with another card and it goes along with the monthly challenge Birthday Bash.

Vintage Travel Digital Kit

I was taking a look at the digital images at a2z Scrapbooking and I really liked the images in the Vintage Travel Digital Kit. They are really good ones for masculine cards. Those are the hard ones to make for me. My inspiration for my card was a very similar one I made for my Dad which you can see below along with a story.

For the background I first did a wash of blue watercolor on some watercolor paper. I decided it needed just a little bit more so the second time I put some Oxide Distress ink down on my craft mat and spritzed it with water and laid the panel over it. Then set that aside to dry and I don’t like to waste ink so I made another panel for another time.

For the billboard I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it out. I had to resize it to fit a 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 size card. For the “sign” part I first printed the map image, which is included in the Vintage Travel Digital Kit. I then loaded the map paper into my Cameo and cut out the “sign”. I stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts set It’s Your Day. The balloon is from a set by Avocado Arts. I colored the balloon with Copics and accented it with a white pen.

The ribbon is glued down with red line tape.

The car is also from the Vintage Travel Digital Kit. I sized it to fit my card and printed it on Neenah cardstock and cut it out by hand.


Take a look at the a2z scrapbooking store they carry a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button in the shop.

Birthday Card for my Dad

I made this card for my Dad after seeing this car in the Hero Arts Vintage Travel Digital Kit. The details about making the card are above. The difference is the “sign” on the billboard. I put that together using an old photo of my Dad, text and the hitchhiking symbol.

There is a story behind all of this. It’s about a time when my Dad was young when he and a friend were hitchhiking from Oklahoma to St. Louis to watch a baseball game. This is the story in my Dad’s words.

“Along the way darkness crept up on us. In the darkness we couldn’t get a ride and also needed to sleep.  We had never thought about having to sleep on our journey and weren’t prepared for the circumstance. We found a large billboard sign.  It was raised well above the ground and there was a service platform across the front of the sign.  It was six feet up and about two feet wide.  We climbed up the ladder to the platform and laid down to sleep.  We quickly found that it was too cold and we couldn’t sleep.  We climbed down and returned to the side of the highway to await sunrise.  We discovered that the blacktop highway had absorbed heat during the day.  We hadn’t seen any traffic for quite a while. We decided to lie on the edge of the roadway, on the blacktop, which had retained heat from the sun during the day.  It was hard and uncomfortable, however, the warmth was a welcome change from the cold sign platform. We both fell asleep and sometime during the night were awakened to the sound of a car horn.  We were momentarily blinded by the car headlights.  We scrambled to our feet and moved off the road as we watched the tail lights of the car fade into the darkness.”



Entered over at A Blog Named Hero for the July/August Challenge Birthday Cards.




Merry Monday #286

I created a card for Merry Monday #286 and got it in before the last minute. Yeah! The theme this week was use your Favorite Christmas Verse. I looked around and only had simple Christmas sentiments. The first thing I thought of for this was the last line from Twas The Night Before Christmas. This always reminds me of my Mom who loved to read it out loud at Christmas more when I went home to visit after moving out.

Merry Monday #286

The background – I created it by applying Distress Oxide ink to a craft mat and spraying it with water. I wet the watercolor paper also before putting it down on the ink. At the end I stamped some snowflakes, from Hero Arts set Snowflakes by Lia (CL901) using Versamark Frost ink, across the sky. They pretty much don’t show in the photo. After I took the photo I brushed some Perfect Pearls pearl powder over the snowflakes and went over it with a heat gun. If you tilt it or in the right light you can kind of see the snowflakes.

The houses and trees – I cut this with my Cameo and it is christmas house border design #52275. I was starting to think I would do a monochromatic color scheme at this point.

The santa and sleigh – I stamped with a Stampabilities stamp called Santa Sleigh Silhouette that I got at Hobby Lobby using Cobalt Archival ink. It didn’t stamp all the way so I colored in with a Copic marker.

Favorite Christmas verse – This was probably the most time consuming thing on the card. Hard to believe but true. My printer doesn’t seem to like thick cardstock. This wasn’t 110 lb. Neenah paper either. I was using the 80 lb. Neenah and every single time the ink smeared all over. I probably printed this at least 8 times trying to make it better by changing settings. I ended up using some thinner cardstock but it still has a few streaks. I had another one that I went over with Distress ink but decided I didn’t like the blue so I printed once again and smudgy once again just a little. I was running out of time so I just went with it. I ended up going over it with ink and then went over it with a Copic pen to get the “perfect” color.



Guitar Birthday

I made this card for my brother for his birthday in January.

My Brothers Birthday Card

To see the details and creator of this card check out her blog.

For my card I inked up the background with Distress Ink. I stamped the notes with a little wood mount note stamp I have. The greeting is from Hero Arts set Many Birthday Messages (CL611). The musical notes are cut out with a die from Memory Box called Fancy Music Border. The guitar I cut out with my Cameo once using black paper and once using white paper. I really like how it turned out.

Blue Bird Christmas

Bluebird Christmas

For this card I was inspired by Merry Monday #276.

The inspiration photo…

I did not make it to enter but I got the idea started and finished it after the challenge. I reversed it to the perspective of inside looking out.

The background panel is an embossing folder by Cuttlebug called Forest Branches.

The window frame was cut with my Cameo. I cut the the center frame type thing out of the window because I did not want it over the birds. I also cut the candles out with the Cameo. That was a bit fiddly because the dripping part and a very tiny piece in the middle of the flame cut out as separate pieces. I ended up gluing the candles to paper and cutting out just the outline so I could glue the pieces back in. The smaller candle is raised up so I couldn’t glue all the pieces down on the background. Anyway it took me a minute to figure out how to do it which is part of the problem when you wait until the last minute. I tried with the Cameo to just cut out the whole candle shape but I couldn’t get it to be one piece. Another words I don’t know how to use that thing really well and probably use about 20% or less of what it can do. Anyway I got some candles done.

For the very edge of the card base and the background behind the birds I used a blending tool to color it with Distress Oxide ink and misted it with water. It worked out great for the sky behind the birds because it made it look like it was snowing out.

The birds are cut using a Cottage Cutz die called Tweet. I just cut it out of white paper and then colored it with Copics.

The sentiment is cut with a Sizzix Tim Holtz die set 660058. I am not sure of the name. I think I tend to like the more simple writing best. I have another set by Sizzix Tim Holtz and it takes up too much room on the card. Once in awhile that works  but the set I used on this card is my favorite.

Time for Cocoa


Photo Credit

Time for Cocoa

The inspiration for this card was Merry Monday Challenge #263.
I did not enter this card but the cocoa in the jar, the wood grain, plaid and branches were the things I pulled from the inspiration photo seen above that was the theme for the challenge. It is a very cool cocoa bar scene.

The background is stamped with a woodgrain background stamp on kraft.

The branches are cut using my Silhouette Cameo. I inked them up with some Oxide Distress ink.

The cocoa jar was stamped and embossed with gold on vellum. I hand cut out the jar. I colored the back of the vellum with a brown Copic to look like cocoa powder. I hand wrote cocoa. I then cut another jar out of white paper to back the jar so the dots on the background didn’t show through. It doesn’t quite look how I thought it would but here it is.

The cup was heat embossed on patterned paper and hand cut. I colored the top part to look like there was cocoa in the cup.

Background stamp – Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain (S5208)

Cocoa jar – Avocado Arts Sweet Treat Sweetie.

Branches – Silhouette Cameo cut file

The cocoa cup – from a set by The Ton called Tea Party.

Patterned paper – Pink Paislee 6X6 paper pad.

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