a2z Scrapbooking October Challenge

Unfortunately this is our last challenge but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a good time.  So let’s make this a fun one. I hope you all can join us so we can see your nice holiday creations. I made a Christmas card. Hero Arts Home for the Holidays

To start off my card I stamped all of the images using the Hero Arts Home for the Holidays stamp set. I colored most of them with Copics except 3 of the trees. On the bottom house it is hard to see but I used a Glaze pen for the snowy roof. I also did that for the snowy parts on the top house. I cut them out using the matching dies. This is a fun set and could be used for other things.

I heat embossed the greeting with red embossing powder before gluing things down.

My original thought was just randomly put the images on the card but I don’t think this assortment of images works great for that. And my linear thinking mind took over and they got lined up. What I was trying not to do is make a scene but just images on the card.

Also before gluing things down I stamped most of the snowflakes with Frost Versamark ink. After I glued everything down I stamped a few more snowflakes.

The layered snowflakes by the sentiment are die cuts. I used the Hero Arts Snowflake Confetti die to cut them out. I have a whole bunch more to use for something else. Truth be told they are hiding something I put on the card that I did not like. You know we all figure out little tricks.

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National Coffee Day Blog Hop & Giveaway

National Coffee Day Blog Hop

Guess what day it is! Yes it is National Coffee Day and there is a hop to go along with it. The hop begins at the a2z Scrapbooking blog. The design team has cards for you to check out and there are several giveaways. There is also some great bargains over at a2z.

Here are the links to the a2z Design Team cards for some inspiration and if you comment another chance to win a prize.




Karen – You are here!


Here is the coffee card I made for this fun hop. And me.. yes I love coffee. I have a coffee bean roaster and a grinder. Sometimes I roast my own beans. I only drink one cup a day and I want some good coffee. I think there will be an afternoon decaf going on today!

To create the background I used the Hero Arts Holiday Petals & Leaves stamp set. I took all the little leaves and put them on one block and stamped on the kraft paper with Versamark.

The coffee cups are from a couple different digital sets that are available in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. The digital kits that I used are Hero Arts Kitchen Silhouettes, Hero Arts Caffeine Fix and Sugartree Stamps Hug In a Mug. I listed these as they go across the card from left to right. I colored the mugs with Copics. The leaf on the one mug is from the background stamp that I colored with a Gelly Roll pen and cut out. The sleeve and the heart on the other mugs were part of the images. I did all of the gold accenting with a gold metallic Gelly Roll pen and I love that thing.

The multi color strip is alcohol ink on regular paper. Kind of funny, it is some piece of paper my husband grabbed at a hotel and gave to me. It is thick and has a nice texture. It is hard to see in the photo but there is some gold alcohol ink on there too.

The sentiment is die cut twice for a bit of dimension.

a2z Scrapbooking is giving away a $20 prize to a randomly selected winner from those who commented on the a2z Scrapbooking blog.
Visit each of the Design Team blog posts and comment. One randomly selected winner from each Design Team blog post will win two coffee themed digital prizes.
Deadline to comment is Oct 5, 11:59 pm EDT. Winner will be announced on Oct 7th.
 To claim your prize email a2zscrapbookingtech@gmail.com with subject line: National Coffee Hop a2z Karen

Enjoy the hop!







Hero Arts Holiday Animals

Here we are in August and it’s time for a Christmas card. I used to create them all year long but I got out of that habit and I need to get that going again.

I created my card with the Hero Arts Holiday Animals stamp and matching die set. For the sentiment I used the Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday.

It’s a bit challenging for me to create a scene but when it comes out how you want it what fun it is.

For the background I stamped some snowflakes with VersaMark Frost. It is kind of hard to see in the photo.

For the little scene I cut out the oval using a die. On the oval I also stamped snowflakes using the VersaMark Frost ink.

I cut out the hills using a die. I used the left over piece from the hill die cut to mask the hill when I stamped the trees.

Once I had my animals where I wanted them but before I glued them down I stamped those trees which are in the Holiday Animals set.

For the animals, present and hat I colored all of them with Copics. For the silver I used a Pen-touch pen. I have clear Nuvo on the owl’s eyes. I also added white Nuvo to the owl’s santa hat.

Submitted to the following challenges:

A Blog Named Hero July Challenge

Love Handmade Cards August Challenge


  • Hero Arts Holiday Animals stamp set
  • Hero Arts Holiday Animals matching die set
  • Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday stamp set
  • Hero Arts Nesting Oval Infinity Dies
  • Taylored Expressions Rolling Hills die set
  • VersaMark Dazzle Frost ink
  • Copic pens
  • Pen-touch pen – silver
  • Vivid ink – Vintage Green
  • Memory Box Snow Flurry stamp
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops – white & clear


Book Page Floral Thank You Card

Book Page Floral Thank You

Here’s a card I finally put together using a piece I had around for quite some time. I have so many boxes of different things, time to use them.

The background I just stamped with the flower image using Versamark ink.

The book page is from a little stack of book pages that I got at the coolest Scrapbooking shop in Laramie, Wyoming called Scrap Tree. I ran into it on a vacation. I don’t have the heart to rip apart a book so this was a good find for me. The paper is older so it is a bit delicate. You cannot use a paper trimmer because the paper rips. So slowly cut it with scissors. Anyway I stamped this flower and colored it a long time ago. I always liked it so I pulled it out and here it is. The sentiment is stamped with Versafine Onyx black which is such a nice bold black ink.


  • Flower & Stem – Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Flower Garden
  • Flower on Background – Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Mini Bouquet
  • Sentiment – Clearly Besotted Say What?
  • Copic Pens
  • Versamark ink
  • Versafine Onyx Black ink

Christmas Layering Bird

Here is the card that started it all. That is multiple slightly different versions of this. I made this for Hero Arts Scramble 161 10/14/17. I made several of these and never described them or blogged them. Oh no how could that be? I thought I blogged about every card since I created my blog. I wonder how many others I forgot to do? Ha! Anyway on to the card.

Hero Arts Scramble 161

  • 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 stamps 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.


Christmas Bird - County Fair Entry

This is the version that I put aside and entered at our county fair.


Which One is Different?

These are all the versions I made with very slight differences. If you would like to comment on which one you like best that would be nice. Just use a number for reference for example card 3.

Rockin Fathers Day

Rockin Father's Day

Here we have a Father’s Day card I made for my hub. He feels kind of funny about Father’s Day because he is my son’s step dad. To me he deserves the title dad for sure. He has helped raise my son since he was about 6 years old and now he is 27. He has lived with us the whole time with visits to his dad. So the fun and the challenges all happened over the years. Anyway he has been a good influence on my son Jeff. My hub and I love to go hear music and he also plays the guitar.

The background and guitar are from a stamp set that came in a card making magazine.

The background is stamped with Versamark. The guitar is heat embossed with black embossing powder and hand cut.

The happy is cut out of black paper with a die and I added some Nuvo clear to make it shiny like the guitar.

The Father’s Day is a stamp I cut apart by Hero Arts. Obviously I cut the Happy part off. I don’t like cutting them apart but sometimes that is what you need to do.

I went around the base and the background panel with some black ink to give it a little more interest.


MFT Die – Dienamics Happy Trio (MFT-613)
Hero Arts set – Celebrate Everyday (CL498)
Guitar and Notes – Free stamp set Music and Dance Collection that came with Creative Stamping magazine

Starry Christmas

The inspiration for this card was Merry Monday Challenge #289. The theme is add a star.


Starry Christmas

For my card I had in mind to use this star from a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero set. Then I thought why don’t I use something other than the traditional colors. I did a search on the internet and decided on a color scheme. I used several of the colors but not all.

Christmas color inspiration- bright blue, bright red, burgundy, christmas palette, deep red, gray, new year color palette, New Year color schemes, New Year colors, red color, scarlet color, silver, wine.
Photo credit: http://colorpalettes.net/color-palette-2543

I started out with a few different things and as we all do at times you make several different pieces until they all work together. It is kind of different from my norm but you have to try different things occasionally. I have a white panel with the background pattern stamped in Aged Mahogany Distress ink and that was too busy with the stars over it. I won’t go on about all the different pieces but I will say that if someone took apart the card there is clear embossing on the back side of the burgundy panel. I decided that the Versamark stamping of the background was the best.

The stars I heat embossed on blue paper with gold powder and the same on red paper. I hand cut those and then decided they needed a little border so I used the die to cut the stars out so they are layered which I think adds a nice touch.

For the sentiment I heat embossed using the same gold embossing powder on a white piece of paper. I then cut out the sentiment with dies.

Background – Hero Arts Snowflake Pattern Bold Print (CG723)

Stars – Hero Arts My Monthly Hero November 2017 kit, Queen’s Gold embossing powder by Ranger

Sentiment – Sizzix/Tim Holtz holiday words, Queen’s Gold embossing powder by Ranger




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.