Rainbow Hello

I created this card for a card exchange in the Hero Arts Fans Scramble Group in Facebook. Such fun to exchange with people all over the world. Mine came from New Zealand and this one went to Australia.

I made some fun rainbow cards recently during the Hero Arts Summer 2021 Stamp-Along. So.. I was in a rainbow mood. I applied some ink to the background using Hero Arts inks. I then used a stencil and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

The butterfly and sentiment are die cut. The sentiment has multiple layers and is offset a little.

I added a little to the inside too which I don’t usually do. I needed the die cut rectangle to write on and I had to add a little fun too.

Entered over at the August Challenge at Die Cut Divas.


  • Hero Arts Reactive Ink
  • Hero Arts January 2020 My Monthly Hero set (butterfly)
  • Lawn Fawn Scripty Hello
  • Hero Arts Swirl Stencil

Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves

Here is one of the Thanksgiving cards I made.

To start the card I die cut the leaves from Tim Holtz Kraft-Stock Metallic paper.

I created the background by creating a panel with a woodgrain embossing folder and then lightly inked over top.

I then glued the leaves on and heat embossed the sentiment.

I entered this in the Die Cut Divas November Challenge. The theme is Thanks or Thanksgiving.


  • Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves die set
  • Tim Holtz Woodgrain embossing folder
  • Tim Holtz Kraft-Stock Metallic paper
  • Distress ink
  • Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday stamp set

Stay Crafty With Hero Arts Challenge Card

Howdy! I have a card today that I created for the Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge. The theme for the challenge is Creative Bug Inspiration.

Here is another couple pictures to show more details about the card. The second picture you will see a slight difference. I kept looking and decided the ornaments needed something to hang by.

Hero Arts Decorate Your Holidays
In this one you can see the glitter paper behind the snowflakes (kind of). And there is some glare on the acetate so you know its there.
The added hangers.

So over at Creative Bug Libby did a series using Hero Arts products. For the theme you were to get some inspiration from her cards. I choose Day 17 where she made a card base using acetate and card stock. I hardly ever use acetate so I thought this was a good one.

For the card base you attach an acetate panel and a cardstock panel to the white paper that is the hinge for your card. Then you glue a die cut panel to the back of the acetate. For the inside/back of my card I used silver glitter paper. Libby does a good job of explaining it and it is much better to see what she does.

The ornaments are stamped and heat embossed on silver glitter paper. I wasn’t sure how the embossing would work on the glitter paper. It came out curled but fine. I then cut them out by hand.

The sentiment is stamped with silver pigment ink.


  • Hero Arts Snowflake Confetti Fancy Die
  • Hero Arts Decorate Your Holidays Stamp Set
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Dimensional Bird Stamp Set
  • Silver Glitter Paper
  • Hero Arts Acetate

Here is another card I made that is similar because I like that card design and I wasn’t crazy about the card above.

Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil Die

For this card I did a few things differently. Since the cover plate die cut was so open I lined the inside of the front of the card with a red panel. This was done to cover glue that was showing. There is acetate at the bottom half of the card with the cover die cut and red panel under it.

For the ornament I die cut it once from kraft paper and once from green paper and as you can see inlaid the green pieces back into the ornament.

There is a piece of gold washi tape across the middle and the sentiment is heat embossed using white embossing powder.


  • Papertrey Ink Cover Plate Quatrefoil die
  • Hero Arts Joyful Tidings Tag Set stamp and die
  • Acetate panel
  • Gold Washi Tape
  • Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

Hero Arts Dragonfly Die Card Series

Hello! I have a card today that I created for the Hero Arts Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge. The theme this time is friendship.

Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages

To  make this card I selected a few panel pieces that I made some time ago. The background and the dragonfly are from these panels.

The background is ink smooshing on watercolor paper. I’m not sure what inks I used.

The dragonfly shadow is die cut from black paper. The details of the butterfly is die cut from a Yupo alcohol ink panel where I used a couple Pearl Alcohol inks.

The sentiment is stamped using a Hero Arts set called Everyday Messages.

After I made the first card I kept rolling. I saved all the little bits from the dragonfly that were die cut. I decided to use those for an inlaid look.

Hero Arts Honeycomb Stencil

I entered this one over at the August Challenge at Love Handmade Cards in Flickr.

The background panel was one that I had laying around.  I inked thru a stencil for this.

Like I mentioned I saved all the pieces and cut out a black dragonfly to put all the pieces back into. Of course I lost a couple of pieces but I still had the alcohol ink paper so I cut those out again.

The sentiment is die cut.

And here is one more. I usually don’t really work this way but I got the ideas and went with it. I got a lot of mileage out of that one alcohol ink panel.

This background I also did some time ago. It looks like what I did is have some ink on the stencil and spritzed it and then printed with the stencil.

This time for the dragonfly I cut the shadow from that alcohol ink panel and as you can see the detailed part from black paper.

The sentiment is die cut.


  • Hero Arts Dragonfly Fancy Die
  • Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages
  • Hero Arts INTENS-ified Black ink
  • Ranger Pearl Alcohol Ink
  • Hero Arts Honeycomb Stencil
  • Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday die
  • Heidi Swapp Doily Flower Stencil
  • Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Cut set


Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018 Coffee Cafe

Hello I still have coffee on my mind. Lets face it I do every morning. I enjoy my cup! Here is one I was making for the Coffee Lovers Hop but I lollygagged to much and didn’t get to post it. I am really pleased with how it came out.

First I die cut the cafe from watercolor paper. I watercolor painted everything using Distress Oxide ink. There is a tiny bit of white shimmer ink on the coffee steam.

Then I created the blue background using Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink. I smooshed watercolor paper on my mat where the watered down ink was. For the awning I painted the sections red then glued a strip of watercolor paper on the underside of the die cut for the other awning stripes. I cut a piece of the blue background and glued it behind the window above the awning. For the gray above the awning I painted pieces of watercolor paper with gray and a tiny bit of black Distress Oxide ink. The heart on the sign in the kit is an outline heart but I painted it in solid.

The sentiment is just stamped.

I also entered this over at the Die Cut Divas May challenge of make it a beverage.


  • Hero Arts August 2018 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Distress Oxide inks
  • Hero Arts White Metallic ink
  • Distress Watercolor Paper

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

Heat Embossing With Hero Arts Happy Holly Days

Here’s a card I made at the last minute, ok past the last minute, for the Hero Arts Stay Crafty With Hero Challenge. I am a little annoyed with myself since I was so close but didn’t make it. When will I learn.

Anyway… on the positive side I got a Christmas card done which helps with the holiday scramble in December. I also have a couple other ideas using this same set.

I like to participate in Hero Arts challenges since they are one of my very favorite stamp companies. They are nice to come up with challenges to keep us in touch with making cards during this crazy time.

I have had this set for quite some time and have not used it that much. The images in this set stamp with really nice detail. For this card I heat embossed all the images with gold embossing powder. I die cut them with the matching die set. I colored them in with Copic markers except the berries which I did with a red Glaze pen. The sentiment is from this set also stamped with a dark brown ink.


  • Hero Arts Happy Holly Days stamp set
  • Hero Arts Happy Holly Days die set
  • Judikins Gold Detail Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers
  • Red Glaze Pen
  • Versafine Clair Ink – Pinecone

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero January 2020

Howdy! I am playing along with Hero Arts.

The theme this week is create a card inspired by something in your home.

Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain

To make my card I started with a thick piece of kraft paper. I stamped a woodgrain pattern on it with white pigment ink. Then I cut it out using a die.

The watering can was stamped with white pigment ink also and then die cut. The watering can was attached with very thick pop dots so it sits up off the background. The flowers were die cut. Then I sponged on some white pigment ink along with some yellow pigment ink. I used a Copic pen to highlight the flower petal edges. I also used some chalk ink around the edges of the flowers in a kraft color.

For the sentiment I put an ink pad direct to paper and then die cut it two times. I glued those together for some dimension.

The colors on my card in real life are lighter than the photo.  I took another photo in the daylight and this much closer to the true color.

Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain

Here is what inspired me. It is hanging in my bathroom.


  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero January 2020 Kit
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero July 2017 Kit
  • Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain Stamp
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangles Die Set
  • Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Die Set
  • Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink
  • Quick Quotes Powder Puff Ink
  • Avery Elle Mimosa Pigment Ink

Rubbernecker Stamps Coffee Blanket

Howdy! The fun is happening again! It is the 2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Check it out and join in. Today is the last day.

When thinking about what I could create I pulled out this fun Rubbernecker Stamp set. When I saw the cat I decided to create a card for a friend who has two cats. I love it when you start out not really knowing what to make and then the ideas start flowing.

I die cut the tag and stamped the cats and colored them with Copics. One has silver on the scarf fringe and the coffee cup and the other gold. I added the washi tape to ground the cats. Then sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set.

Then I dug around in my stash to find some fun papers. The red is a sparkly paper not glitter paper really. The plaid is from a paper pad.


  • Rubbernecker Stamps – Coffee Blanket stamp set
  • Copic Pens
  • Simon Says Stamp – Retro Christmas stamp set
  • Wink of Stella Pens – gold and silver
  • Washi Tape
  • DCWV Mat Stack – Very Merry
  • Bakers Twine
  • Stamp of Approval – Tags, Etc. Dies set

Merry Monday Challenge 204 Card 2

Merry Monday Challenge 204



I really liked the theme for this week so I decided to make another card. For the background I used an Impression Obsession stamp called Wooden Plank. The ornament was cut out with a Hero Arts die from the Joyful Tidings set (DC167). I really like the ornaments Hero Arts has and I need to get some more of them. They have some that are for other sentiments and times other than Christmas. I stamped the greeting from Hero Arts set Season’s Greetings (CG223) with a “kraft” colored pigment ink and embossed with clear powder. The hanger and bow are upcycled ribbon from a pack of glow sticks.