Be Joyful


Continuing my Christmas card creations.  Today, I’m sharing a card using several products form Hero Arts, Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp.

To begin, I decided to use a background stamp on a kraft paper card panel.  I dug into my older set of stamps and decided to use this Basic Grey/Hero Arts background stamp, Stitched Greetings.  I stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

On white cardstock, I stamped the wreath image from Memory Box’s Christmas Botanicals with black ink.  I watercolored and fussy cut the image.

Finally, I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamps Big Scripty Greetings on a strip of black cardstock.

I assembled the card adhering the wreath with dimensional foam towards the top of my panel.  I adhered the panel to a white cardstock base.  I then added my sentiment and added iridescent sequins to finish it.

I have a quite a few more Christmas cards to share so stay tuned!



Joyful Tidings


Today I’m sharing the last of my cards using Hero Arts clear set Holly Days.  The images may not be the focal point of my cards but they certainly add a dramatic touch.

I thought I’d add a little gold to the last of my cards.  Using gold Delicata ink, I stamped the 2 pinecones in the set interchanging each image on my card base.  On a black card stock oval die cut,  I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder a sentiment from Hero Arts Under the Mistletoe.  The die cut oval was adhered to the card base with foam tape.  I then added a watercolored berry image from Holly Days above the oval.  Finally, I added a few clear sequins for interest.

I’ve got a number of Christmas cards to share in the following weeks.  Until then.




Peace & Love


I’m sharing a more classical style of Christmas card.  Again, I’ve been highlighting the images from the Hero Arts clear set, Holly Days.

I decided to pull out a old (and I believe retired) Hero Arts cling – Magical Background.  I stamped the image on my card panel.  On a stitched die cut circle, I stamped a sentiment from Holly Days and adhered a watercolored image of a holly branch.  I added red cardstock to fit the card base and then attached my card panel.  Finally, I added green sequins to finish the card.

Until tomorrow.







Holiday Cheer

Hi there!

I am continuing to showcase the very versatile set, Holly Days, by Hero Arts.  As mentioned in my previous post, I stamped, watercolored and die cut several of the holly and berry images to create several clean and simple cards.

For this card, I decided to add texture to my card panel.   One of my favorite ways is to use impression plates as they give just a subtle texture to the paper.  For this card, I used one of my favorites, Papertrey Ink’s Aida Impression Plate.  I simply LOVE it!

I then die cut an oval from black cardstock using (no longer available) Avery Elle’s Modern Leaves die set.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Hero Arts Under the Mistletoe using gold EP.

I added a holly cluster image from Holly Days on the top pointed side of my die cut and then added red sequins to finish it off.  The panel was then attached to my card base.

Until next time!



Happy World Cardmaking Day!

Here’s one of 4 Christmas cards I plan to share over the course of the week.

I love simple designs.  No need to overthink and how to color them.  And, Voila!, you have a pretty card.

I plan on highlighting Hero ArtsHolly Days Stamp (and dies) set which was released last year.  I stamped several the holly and berry images and watercolored them with Kuretake Clean Color Waterbrush Markers as well as Derwent Inktense Pencils.  I then die cut all the images and set the aside.

A few years ago, Amber had released the very lovely Christmas sentiment set, Over the Edge: Joy.  It’s one of my favorite holiday sets.

The image Joy was used as my focal point.  On my card panel, I stamped the image with Versamark and then heat embossed with gold glitter EP.  I then added a secondary sentiment and then adhered one of the Hero Arts berry images on the top of the panel with dimensional tape.  To finish the card, I added red enamel dots and adhered the panel to my card base.

I’ll be sharing another Christmas card tomorrow!








Find Joy Every Day


Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

I sent a birthday present (a framed family portrait) to my mother-in-law recently.  Of course I included a hand made card using MFT’s Birdie Brown creations.  I love her adorable stamps!

SUPPLIES Stamps: Adorable Elephants (MFT) Dies: Scallop Stitches Wafer (SSS) Color: Clean Color Watercolor Brush Markers (Kuretake), Black Licorice Hybrid Ink (MFT), Distress Ink (Ranger)

To create this card, I colored one of the cute little elephants with watercolor markers and then fussy cuts.  I die cut the “grass” mound from cardstock using SSS’s Scallop Stitches Wafer set.  The paper was then colored with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.  The card panel was lightly colored with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  I stamped and colored several butterflies on my card panel.  The mound was adhered to the panel followed by the cute little elephant.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  Finally, I mounted the panel to my card base using foam tape.

Until next time.



Hello Tag


It’s Day 1 of Kathy Racoosin’s Daily Marker Coloring Challenge.  I’ve never participated and I thought I will attempt to do it this time around.  I’ve had a little more time and thought, why not?!

Here’s a little tag I created (decided to also participated with the Wednesday SSS challenge as well) where I stamped a few sketchy roses from Altenew with a simple Hello sentiment from Hero Arts.


I stamped and embossed the roses as well as my sentiment.  The roses and leaves were colored with Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils with a watercolor pen.  The tag die is Avery Elle.

That’s it!

Until next time!


Dare to Dream


I made this card back in May to celebrate my daughter’s graduation.  She’ll be a high school freshman next week (eek!)


I LOVE Mama Elephant and particularly their character stamps.  This card uses an image using the Tiny Heroes stamp and die set on a background using a die from Landscape Trio. The background was created using shades of blue Distress Inks.  I then splattered water and added a little sparkle using a gold glitter pen. The heat and embossed sentiment is from the Hero Arts set, Dare to Dream.

Enjoy the weekend!


Christmas Tag


I’m a little late in sharing this.

I created this tag a few weeks back for a gift my daughter planned to give to her 1st grade buddy.  I wanted it to fun and colorful….


SUPPLIES Stamps: Silly Scape (Hero Arts); Jingle All the Way (MFT) Die:  Pierced Traditional Tag STAX (MFT) Color: Prismacolor Pencils; Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT); Black Archival Ink (Ranger); Tumbled Glass, Broken China Distress Ink (Ranger) Other: Sparkling Clear Pearl Pen (Viva)

I used a few stamps that hadn’t seen ink in a long time.  I simply stamped the cityscape with black ink.  The MFT Santa was stamped and colored with Prismacolor Pencils.  I fussy cut them and placed it on the tag with foam adhesive.  The tag was colored with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Ink to create a ombre effect.  I also used a sparkling pearl pen to create snow.  I eventually punched a hole in the tag and added a red tag hole reinforcement before I placed it on the Christmas gift.

One more day ’til Christmas!






My daughter’s birthday was a few weeks ago.  We’ve got a teenager in the house!

I always try to make a fun card for her to include in her presents.  Shaker cards were all the rage last year, that I decided to try it myself.  Quite honestly, I found it more difficult to center it properly.  But I managed to adhere the acetate correctly with the rest of the card!

Here it is:


SUPPLIES  Stamps: Super Duo (SSS/ME), It's Your Dies (HA), Kapow (TT) Dies: Crusader Kids (SSS), Stitched Circles (SSS) Color:  Prismacolor Pencils, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink (Ranger), Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukinkeo), Red Royal Midtone (HA), Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT) Other: Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger), Confetti Glitter (Martha Stewart)

SUPPLIES Stamps: Super Duo (SSS/ME), It’s Your Day (HA), Kapow (TT) Dies: Crusader Kids (SSS), Stitched Circles (SSS) Color: Prismacolor Pencils, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink (Ranger), Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukinkeo), Red Royal Midtone (HA), Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT) Other: Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger), Confetti Glitter (Martha Stewart)

It was super fun to make.  I love this collaboration set by Simon Says Stamp and Mama Elephant.  The sentiments were both from Technique Tuesday and Hero Arts.  And I just love the stitched die sets from Simon Says Stamp.  The stitching just adds something to the card and I love it!

Until next time!