Christmas Cards Using Dies and Paper Pad

Today I have a couple more cards I made in January. For these I used a paper pad and die cut. No stamping or ink. It’s nice to do something a little different for me.

I used the sketch for January from the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers group in Facebook. I am loving that it is opening my mind to using my paper pads way more.

So for both of these, as you can see, I just used the designs on the paper and cut out various areas to make up the cards.


  • DCWV Winter in the Woods paper stack
  • Spellbinders Labels Seventeen die set
  • Spellbinders Large Deckled Rectangles
  • Spellbinders Standard Circles die set
  • Avery Elle Dotted Die set
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes

Rubbernecker Stamps Coffee Blanket Birthday Card

Howdy, it is that fun time again. That would be the Coffee Lovers Hop!

I created this card for the hop using a Rubbernecker Stamps set, Gina Marie Designs stencil and a Spellbinders die.

For the background I used a stencil and did some ink blending thru it.

The stack of cups was stamped and colored with Copic Markers. The funny thing is I had a completely different stack of cups as far as coloring and it was just to much so I stamped again and colored these to match the background. This panel and mat is raised using fun foam.

The sentiment was die cut twice for some dimension. I took an ink pad direct to paper before die cutting and I also went over it ink pad direct to paper after to make it darker in color.


  • Rubbernecker Stamps Coffee Blanket stamp set
  • Gina Marie Designs Coffee Bean stencil
  • Spellbinders Sentiments Three die set
  • Oxide Distress Ink
  • Hero Arts Reactive Ink

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

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 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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Watercolor Sympathy Cards

Recently my aunt passed away so I wanted to make a card for each of my cousins. I spent a lot of time growing up at their house. My cousin Susie and I were born 18 days apart. My aunt had  alzheimers. I mention this because one time I went to visit and they had her at my cousin’s house for Thanksgiving day. It happened to be my aunt’s birthday. She did not talk rationally but was helping dry dishes. We decided to sing Happy Birthday to her and she piped right in singing it perfectly. Music is pretty amazing even when the mind is not what it used to be.

Here is the three cards I made for my cousins.

Sympathy in Blue

For this one I made the flower panel some time ago and thought it was nice for a sympathy card. I watercolored the background on watercolor paper. I heat embossed the flowers in white over that with a Rubbernecker stamp. I cut around the image using a Spellbinders die. The sentiment is stamped using a Paper Smooches set.

When I made this panel I was trying out Jennifer McGuire’s block watercolor stamping techinque.


  • Rubbernecker Stamps – Petunias
  • Paper Smooches Set – Sympathy Sampler
  • Spellbinder Die – Marvelous Squares

Sympathy Watercolor Flowers

The technique for this card was a fun one. I colored on a Hero Arts stamp and misted it just a bit and then stamped. I really like the look. Then I decided to make a frame for those flowers.  I die cut a deckled rectangle from a watercolor panel. I used the same green as the flowers to color the frame. The sentiment is simply stamped on the frame.


  • Hero Arts Flower Stamp – Exotic Bloom (H5424)
  • Spellbinder Die – Large Deckled Rectangles
  • Hero Arts Sentiment Stamp Set – Everyday Sayings (CL432)

Magenta Azalea Sympathy Card

And the third one.. I stamped these pretty flowers on some watercolor paper. I colored them using Zig Clean Color Pens. I stamped over that with a really light ink using a text background stamp. Then I realized the text was not going the direction I wanted it to. So you turn the card and it is all good. I think this image would look better going horitzontal but it would bug me way more to have text going sideways so here it is.  The sentiment is stamped using some nice bold black ink (probably Versafine onyx black).

One time when my hub saw a card I made with text he said you can’t read it. Yes I use text from another language on purpose . That’s the way, uh-huh uh-huh I like it, uh-huh, uh-huh!


  • Flower – Magenta Azalea
  • Text – Impression Obsession French Text
  • Sentiment – Hero Arts Everyday Sayings (CL432)
  • Zig Clean Color Pens

Iris Sympathy

Iris Sympathy

I made this for a friend who recently lost her father. I remember many years ago she had a sweatshirt that she would wear often with irises on it and I recall seeing purple on her often so this was just right for her.

The flower I had colored some time ago and it was waiting to find it’s way to a card. The background is some nice paper from a paper pad I got awhile back by. I colored the irises with Copics and cut them out with a Spellbinders die.

Background paper – DCWV Brights 6X6 pad
Floral image – My oldest Hero Arts stamp Two Irises (F213) from 1990
Spellbinder Die – Labels Four (S4-190)
Sentiment – Clearly Besotted Say What (CBSSA421) stamped with Versafine Onyx Black (love this ink)

Entered in the Die Cut Divas challenge for April with a theme of Anything Goes.


Easter Bunnies

Here we go with some Easter cards.. A few close ups and then the group of them.

White Bunny Easter

Brown Bunny Easter

Easter Cards 2018

I love this image, obviously. I made all of my Easter cards using this one stamp for the main image. I usually don’t make so many so similar but I really enjoyed coloring this image. I made one more card that I did not photograph and I am going to make my hubby and my son a tag thing with this image for their Easter treats.

The bunny stamp is by PSX (G-1946). I couldn’t remember where I got it but it made me very happy to see I found it at a thrift store recently and it is getting lot’s of use. It is in great condition. I keep notes on a spreadsheet for my stamps and many other crafting supplies. Mostly so I can keep track of what I have and look things up while writing up a description of how I made a card. I colored the image with Copics. I used a glaze pen on one of the cards for the center of the purple flowers but it didn’t show up that well. I also added a little sparkle to the eggs with a Gelly Roll pen which you probably cannot see in the photos. I cut all the images and the mats out with Spellbinders dies.

All the backgrounds are the fab Lawn Fawn plaids. Ok not all.. The upper two on the right in the group photo I used a piece of Authentique paper.

I rounded many of the corners but not all of them. On two of them I cut fun foam to pop up the image and it’s mat.

The sentiments – The bigger Happy Easter is a Hero Arts stamp from the Celebrate Everyday set (CL498). I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink which always leaves a nice sharp image. For the smaller Happy Easter greeting I used a wood mount stamp from savvystamps. The greeting is a bit crooked and not glued on tight so I had to keep adjusting it. I am tempted to just take it off the wood. I think the first time I stamped with black ink with the smaller greeting I used black ink and clear powder and heat embossed but then decided just straight stamping would work better.

Merry Monday #274

The theme for Merry Monday Challenge #274 was Let it Snow.

The inspiration photo.

Merry Monday #274

I am very slowly catching up on posting my cards that I have already posted in Flickr. I was way behind.

The image was stamped using a Stampendous stamp called Christmas Cottage. I colored it with colored pencils. I went over the snow on the fence and on top of the house with a white glaze pen. I cut it out with a Spellbinders die Curved Rectangles. The background is some Christmas paper I had around. I am not real pleased with the image just on top of the patterned paper but I was struggling and just went with it.

Tulle Shaker Peony Card

Tulle Shaker Flowers

I have been wanting to try this tulle shaker technique for quite some time. I saw this on Jennifer McGuire’s website. My card looks a lot like hers but I was not trying to copy her exact card. It was the technique I wanted to try and I happened to use similar flowers because I had them colored and liked them. My sequins don’t show that much but they are in there.  It is a fun and fairly easy way to make a shaker card. I am not a fan of cutting all the little pieces of foam tape to keep the sequins from escaping so this was a nice solution.

For the hole where the tulle and sequins go I cut that with a Spellbinders die Peony (S4-193). You glue down some tulle over the hole on the backside, drop in some sequins, glue another piece of tulle on then glue it to the base of the card. Some of the sequins in there looked clear but when I added them they were kind of iridescent and kind of didn’t go with the card but I let it be.

The flowers, leaves and sentiment is stamped in Rose Gold embossing powder on watercolor paper and colored with either Copics or Zig Clean Color pens. The stamp set is a nice one from WPlus9 called Modern Peonies. I also sprayed the flowers and leaves with Shimmer Spritz or Perfect Pearls. Whichever it is the shimmer is really nice. I guess that’s what happens when you wait so long to post, you forget what you used sometimes. I also don’t ever think to write it down.

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