Die Cutting with Simon Says Stamp Thank You Die

Howdy! I have a little sparkle for you today! Maybe a lot of sparkle.

Impression Obsession Batik Pattern

This card started with a pretty alcohol ink background. I love copper and blue together so I heat embossed with sparkly copper embossing powder over the alcohol ink.

For the sentiment I used a die to cut out the shadow and the words. I used Tim Holtz metallic paper for the thank you.

Entered in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #155.

Entered in the Love Handmade Cards August challenge in Flickr.


  • Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Thank You die
  • Impression Obsession Batik Pattern background stamp
  • Judikins Metallic Copper embossing powder
  • Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft-Stock in copper

Die Cutting with Simon Says Stamp Flower Cluster

Howdy! I was having some fun making backgrounds which usually means I made many of them. You know you can’t waste any of that ink on the kraft mat or that wasn’t quite the look I wanted or I’ll try this combo.

For both of these cards I used Hero Arts Reactive inks. For the backgrounds I put the ink pads directly to my kraft mat and then spritzed with water.  For the first one I think I used mixed media paper and the second some watercolor paper. What I really like about these inks is they are really nice vibrant colors and of course there is the reactive properties.

Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday

For this background I used Hero Arts Reactive inks Lemon Drop, Key Lime Fizz and maybe some Pool Party. For the sentiment and the flower die cut I put the Grape Slush Reactive ink direct to paper. Then I die cut the sentiment and flower. The purple in the photo is a bit darker than it is in reality.

I entered the card above in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #144.

This background has the colors Creamsicle, Pool Party and Key Lime Fizz. Again these are the Hero Arts Reactive inks. For the die cut flowers and sentiment I put the Berry Smoothie Reactive ink direct to paper and then did the die cutting.

Entered in the March Challenge over at Die Cut Divas.

If you wouldn’t mind please let me know which is your favorite. I asked my hubby, my son and of course myself too.


  • Hero Arts Reactive Inks – Key Lime Fizz, Pool Party, Creamsicle, Lemon Drop, Grape Slush and Berry Smoothie
  • Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday die
  • Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday Script die
  • Simon Says Stamp Flower Cluster die

Simon Says Stamp Gnome Thank You

Hello! I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. We did and I may not need to eat for a day or two. Ha. Now it’s time to catch up on some cards. I have a thank you card for a friend using the super cute Simon Says Stamp Gnome.

Papertrey Ink Cover Plate

I love this little gnome die! This was an easy card to make but such fun with that gnome. The colors on the background look pink but they are a red/purple.

The background is made with a cover plate die.

The gnome cut out a few times to get the different sections cut from different papers. It is all one piece. For the nose on the gnome I just colored it with a Copic pen.

The thanks is die cut.

Entered in the November Challenge over at Love Handmade Cards in Flickr.

Entered in the November Challenge over at Die Cut Divas.


  • Simon Says Stamp die – Gnome
  • Papertrey Ink Cover Plate die – Horizontal Stripes
  • Hero Arts Die – Thanks Stamp & Cut
  • Copic pen



Oxide Floral Birthday Cards

Oxide Floral Birthday

I had a lot of fun making this using a technique I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s blog. I created two cards using this technique she calls Distress Oxide water painting. And there is also just the fact that you use Oxide Distress ink which is enough to catch my attention right out of the shoot.

First I stamped the flowers and leaves and heat embossed them with white powder.

Next I ink blended three Oxide Distress inks on the panel.

Then you wipe the ink off the embossing.

After that I took a water brush and “painted” over the flowers and immediately dab them with a cloth. This removes some of the ink and puts the Oxide ink to work to get the oxide look. I did the leaves also but it is hard to see because of all the embossing.

I die cut the sentiment once out of 110 pound Neenah paper and glued a 80 pound Neenah layer over that to give some dimension. I love the look of layered up thicker die cut sentiments but sometimes it is a bit tedious to get them lined up and stuck together especially if they are small.

I went over the flowers with a sparkle pen also and dabbed it off with a cloth. It still leaves plenty of sparkle.

Flowers & Leaves Stamp – Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden
Embossing Powder – Hero Arts white
Oxide Distress Inks – Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalde, Picked Raspberry
Sentiment – Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday die
Sparkle Pen – Spectrum Noir
Water Pen – Kuretake – small brush

Entered both in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge 94, with a theme of ink blending, located here.

I also entered this orange/pink card in the Love! Handmade Cards April challenge in Flickr with the theme of Spring.

Here is another card using the same water painting technique. I actually made this one first.

Oxide Dragonfly Floral Birthday

So I ink blended on this one too. This also has a layered sentiment. The dragonfly wings and the sentiment are colored over with the sparkle pen.

Flowers & Dragonflies – Hero Arts My Monthly Hero March 2016
Embossing Powder – Hero Arts white
Oxide Distress Inks – Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Picked Raspberry
Sentiment – Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday die
Sparkle Pen – Spectrum Noir
Water Pen – Kuretake – small brush

Blue Snowflakes Christmas

Blue Snowflakes Christmas

For the background I used Hero Arts stamp Snowflake Circle (CG100). It is kind of challenging to stamp the circle shape of snowflakes all over a rectangle but I made it work. Of course I remember another stamp set I could of used after. Anyway.. The background snowflakes were stamped with Versamark.

The frame – Simon Says Stamp die Holiday Frames (SSSD111393).

The lighter blue snowflakes were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Judikins Aegean Silver embossing powder. The stamps are from Hero Arts set Designer Snowflakes (CL622). I hand cut around the snowflakes.

Blue Snowflakes - More Versions

These are additional cards I made fairly close to the first.

The differences – For the background snowflakes I used a Hero Arts set called Snowflakes by Lia (CL901) stamped with Versamark ink. The glittery snowflakes are die cut using a set by Tattered Lace called Snowflakes (D111) cut from glitter paper. I think I like these die cut snowflakes better than the heat embossed ones on the first card.


Almost Merry Monday Blue Bird

Christmas Red Bird

After making the blue card I liked it a lot and decided to make a red version. I used a different stencil for the background and added red glitter to the embossing paste. The stencil is a Memory Box stencil called Tiny Snowflakes (88583).

Almost Merry Monday Blue Bird

Merry Monday’s theme this week was a tag on a card with texture, bling and die cuts.

Well I finally got it together to make a card for Merry Monday at the last hour, which I haven’t done in quite awhile. That was all great and I was running on time. But then.. when I went to post it I remembered I forgot one element of the theme. Um where’s the tag on my card? Does that ever happen to you? Darn it. The good news is I really like the card and I got a Christmas card done. So the inspiration for this card was the Merry Monday Challenge for this past week.

The background – A Memory Box stencil called Large Snowflakes (88586). Embossing paste with ink added.

Frame – Simon Says Stamp die Holiday Frames (SSSD111393) cut out of the nice DCWV Glitzy Glitter paper. I love the smooth texture of this paper. It is a challenge somewhat though to cut out things with dies. The backing is thick so you have to work to get the small pieces out. I even rolled it through the Grand Calibur more than once and added a paper shim. I did get there though.

The bird is a stamp by Judikins called Whats Up Chickadee that I got a few months ago and finally used. I colored it with Copics and went over that with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.

So as you can see I have the bling, a die cut and the texture on the background. Oops no tag…

OCC Foiling

These cards were done during the OCC class Sparkle and Shine. They are the technique of foiling. It was fun and I had never done it before.

OCC Sparkle and Shine - Golden Owls

OCC Sparkle and Shine - Rainbow Foil Birthday

I do not have a machine for this so the technique I used was double sided adhesive. For the owls I think I used Stick It and for the large Happy Birthday I used Sookwang sheets. I think they both worked pretty well and I like how they turned out. I was pretty pleased also that they came out pretty decent the first time. If you have little spots where the foil isn’t there it is easy to fix.

The owls have rose gold Deco Foil on them and the greeting has the same. The washi tape is from Hobby Lobby I think and I really wish it was rose gold also. This card was so darn hard to photograph and it looks much better in person. I must of taken 10 shots of it. The owls are cut with a Tattered Lace die called Baby Owls. The sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp die.

For the large Happy Birthday I used the rainbow Deco Foil. There is some gold spray splatters on the white paper which is hard to see in the photo. Under the white background panel is a black mat and then the shiny gold mat/base of the card. The sentiment was cut out using an Elizabeth Crafts die Happy Birthday. The gold splatters are most likely Heidi Swapp Color Shine Gold. Fairly simple card design but I really like it.

County Fair Entries & The Results

This is the results of the four cards I entered at this years Alameda County Fair. I did win some money but it is all really for the fun of doing it.











It is that time of year again for our county fair. It is the Alameda County Fair and it starts in just under a month. Kind of fun this year they are having a cattle drive down the main street of the town where the fairgrounds are. Let me just say I do not live in a rural area. This is the first time they are doing this and I want to go check this out.

So last year my son suggested that I enter some of my cards at the fair so I entered two last year. This year I got more ambitious and entered four. I picked 4th of July, Sympathy, Birthday, and a Thank You card. At the same time as I was creating the cards starting about 2 weeks ahead of time the OCC Sparkle and Shine class was going on so there was a tiny bit of overlap but also it took a lot of my time to come up with so many cards in a short period of time. And.. I only did 2 days of the 6 days of classes. You know when they are going to be on display at the fair you have to be more picky. So you know how that goes. Try something it doesn’t look right, sleep on it, try another combination of things and on it goes. Finally you get them done.

Here they are all together.

And here we go with the details on each card.

I created the watercolor background some time back and finally put it to use. I stamped the flowers using Hero Arts stamp Blooming Meadow (CG171). I die cut the scalloped oval with a Spellbinders die Big Scalloped Ovals (S4-251). The tree is cut with Memory Box die Small Alder Tree (98792). The greeting is from a somewhat new set to me by Altenew called Painted Greetings.

This one took several passes before I got the look I liked. Seems like a simple card but it took a bit to get there. The background is Neenah Desert Storm paper which I was waiting for from a recent order from Simon Says Stamp. I have not had any of it before. The fireworks are stamped and heat embossed with Hero Arts stamp Fireworks (D5999)(strange name ha). I used Ranger Red Tinsel embossing powder which has some glitter in it but it doesn’t show to much in the photo. The sentiment is heat embossed using a Hero Arts stamp from the set Celebrate Everyday (CL498). The stars is a die from Simon Says Stamp called Star Parade (S227). I cut it out three times from a paper pad by Authentique. The die cuts the outline and the stars/partial stars. So I laid them all out and put various patterns back in.

This was a fun one! I just got this die set that cuts the card back and front, the heart panel and hearts and the thank you. This is a card that worked for the OCC class Sparkle and Shine and for the fair. So you cut out the back and front at once from a long piece of paper. The die is by Sizzix/Stephanie Bardnard called Thank You Drop-in. Then I cut out the white panel with the hearts. I also used that panel part to cut out some colorful hearts from the Lawn Fawn plaid paper pad. I glued the hearts back in some of the open spots. The Thank You is where the OCC Sparkle and Shine came in.  The first day was all about glitter. I used some glitter paper with the ultra fine glitter on it already. It was white so I colored with Copics to match my card and cut the Thank You out with the die that comes with the set.

And here is the last but not least. As you can see it’s a floral birthday card which is one of my favorites to make. For the background I used an embossed white piece of paper from a DCWV paper pad I got on sale. I inked over it with some Quick Quotes ink. I love this ink for when you are looking for a more subtle chalky look. The panel behind the flowers is cut with a Lawn Fawn die Stitched Journaling Card.  The flowers and leaves are from a brand new set to me from WPlus9. Actually they are from 2 sets Modern Peonies and Modern Anemones. I heat embossed all the leaves and flowers on watercolor paper using brass embossing powder. I then painted them in with Oxide inks that I put down on my mat and watered down and also did some mixing them together. I used Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint. I also did fussy cutting and the largest flower is raised using foam tape. The sentiment is from a somewhat new set to me also by Altenew called Painted Greetings using the same brass embossing powder and heat embossing.

This is a pretty lengthy post wouldn’t you say. If you read all the way to the bottom or skimmed to the bottom.. let me know which card you like best.

OCC Sparkle & Shine Day 1

OCC Sparkle & Shine - Copper Birthday

This was really fun to make and I am happy with the way it turned out. I had a blue watercolor panel already done. I stuck some Sookwang double sided adhesive to the back of the panel. I cut the butterfly out and put the detail part of the butterfly back in the die cut area.  I dumped on some Elizabeth Craft Designs copper glitter and kind of pushed it down onto the adhesive. Then I kind of burnished it with my finger. I used the Swiffer Sweeper pieces to clean up the glitter and they worked great. I cut out the panel using Spellbinders die Marvelous Squares (S4-383). The sentiment is heat embossed with PSX copper embossing powder with a Hero Arts stamp from the It’s Your Day set (CL661). The copper background paper kind of looks glittery but it is not. It is more shimmery.

OCC Sparkle & Shine - Glitter 4th

Here’s another watercolored background. The stars I created using a Simon Says Stamp die called Star Parade. I adhered Sookwang  to white card stock. I die cut it and then took the adhesive release paper off. I sprinkled blue extra fine glitter all over and used the same technique as above. The fireworks are stamped with a Hero Arts stamp called strangely enough Fireworks (D5999). My intention was to stamp with Versamark and emboss with silver glitter powder. Well I had a bunch of stuff out and grabbed the wrong thing. So I did stamp with Versamark. I thought I was grabbing the silver glitter powder but it was actually Judikins Sticky Stuff embossing powder. Oh no for just a second, then wait this is an opportunity. So I heated it up with heat gun like Kristina mentioned in class and then sprinkled extra fine glitter on it. BONUS! I got to try another one of the techniques from Day 1 of Sparkle & Sprinkle. The greeting is from Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday (CL498).

Lotus Stencil & Oxide Distress Inks

Lotus Birthday

For the background on this I used some of the new Oxide Distress Inks. Love them. This is Broken China, Spiced Marmalade and Cracked Pistachio applied with the round blending tool.

Then I laid the Hero Arts Large Lotus stencil over the background and sprayed with Perfect Pearls.

The sentiment is a die from Simon Says Stamp (SSSD111559) and it is hard to see but it is sprayed with Mint Perfect Pearls.

And.. some random bling.

Entered the challenge for March at A Blog Named Hero





Also entered for March challenge at a2z Scrapbooking.

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