(2021 c041) Watercolor Sympathy


The background was painted with soppy wet watercolors and dried. The Hex Kaleidoscope Tile from Spellbinders Small Kit of the Month August 2021. I love the triple design. The sentiment was cut using: Sugar Pea Designs – Sugar Cut SYMPATHY Word.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp: (Wed.) Add a Sentiment

Die Cut Divas: Watercolor – Real or Faux

Frilly & Funky: Tripple

Word Art WednesdayChal #505 – 506 Anything Goes

(2021 c040) Birthday – Sweet or Catty?

The front is the SWEET side of this card

Sweet side

I cut the die: 2327 Adriana Oval Frame Craft Die out of both dark & light green. Green Vellum was used for the shadow for cuttting out Pink & Main Happy Birthday PNM200. The inside turns CATTY!!


The inside however is very CATTY!!!!! I stamped the sentiments and cat with Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps Snarky Cat CMS392  . The cat was colored with

The inside however is very CATTY!!!!! I stamped the sentiments and cat with Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps Snarky Cat CMS392  . The cat was colored with Copics.

I followed Jennifer McGuire’s Technique Video: Easy Surprise Window showing how to make the Pop out on the inside of a card.  If the inside looks a little odd it’s because I totally misjudged the size for my original White card base and had to cut a larger green card face and extended another green card piece on the back from the fold of the white base to match the front.  I was so bummed when the cat head and leaves extended beyond the white cardbase when it was folded shut. But thank goodness I found a FIX!

Inside Easy Surprise Window

The background inside the Pop-Out Window was created by smooshing  Distress Inks by Ranger and sptitzing with water then smooshing mixed media paper onto the wet ink to create the colorful mottled background.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp: (mon.) Fun & Quirky

Poppy Stamps Challenge: PSC#82 Just Add Water (in my window background)

Hero Arts: Stay Crafty with Hero #25

Dies R Us: Challenge # 172 – Anything Goes

Die Cut Divas: Tone on Tone

(2021 c039)KS DIY Letterpress, HA Deer, Monochrome, Pink & Main Birthday

I had fun following Jennifer McGuire’s Die Cut Letterpress Technique video to create the background using Kat Scrappiness Star Fusion  and inking up with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Inks by Ranger .  The deer were stamped using Hero Arts Layering Deer.

Repeat Stamping for trees

Sentiments on inside were cut with Pink & Main Happy Birthday PNM200 . On the center card I gently rubbed Vintage Photo Ranger Archival Ink  across the embossed Kat Scrappiness Star Fusion raised texture.


Challenges Entered:

A Blog Named Hero Challenge Blog Repeat Yourself Repeated trees)

Kat Scrappiness Monochrome

Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes

Die Cut Divas Tone on Tone

Hero Arts Stay Crafty #24 – For The Guys

Dies-R-Us: Chal. #172 Anything Goes (On inside – Birthday)

(2021 c038) LF Summer Swan

The background was created with the Heat Embossed Resist Inking Technique using Hero Arts CG799 Circle Pattern BElphie Selfieold Prints. Stampsets used for the scene: Lawn Fawn LF2219 Swan Soiree, Lawn Fawn LF2228 Say What: Spring Critters. Other supplies: Distress Oxide Ink by Ranger, Copics, Ranger Embossing Powder, Hero Arts Intense Black Ink, Lawn Fawn LF17setes Elphie Selfie stamps & Dies.

The oval panel and the 3 expanding water strips were cut with a discontinued die cut set called Inside Out Stitched Ovals from My Favorite Things.

Challenges Entered:

My Favorite Things: MFTWSC547 Sketch

Lawnfawnatics: Chal #103 Little Things

(2021 c037) Poppy Stamps Birdhouse

I used Poppy Stamps – 2396 Birdhouse Pop Up Easel Set, Poppy Stamps – 2355 Adriana Small Curve Boarder Die ,

 Cross Stitched Nesting Slimline Dies by Kat Scrappiness, Taylored Expressions Woodgrain Background Stamp , Sentiment:  Little B – Handwritten Expressions Die Set, Distress Oxide Ink by Ranger

Challenges Entered:

My Favorite ThingsSlimline – Things With Wings

Word Art WednesdayChal # 497-498

Poppy Stamps: Summer Solstice

Dies R Us Challenge: Birthdays

Die Cut Divas: Birthdays

Kat ScrappinessSummer

(2021 c036) Monochrome Fly High

For my Monochrome card I used shades of blue in Distress Inks by Ranger  to stamp Hero Arts CM411 Sunflower Field Heroscape . For the windmill, barn, clouds, birds and plane I used Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide Ink by Ranger and then heat embossed with Clear WOW Embossing Powder. On the inside I stamped the sentiment from Inkadinkado Special Birthdays. the frame was cut with Cross Stitched Nesting Slimline Dies by Kat Scrappiness.

Challenges Entered:

Kat Scrappiness: Summer

Mod Squad Challenge: Masculine

My Favorite Things: Slimline – Things With Wings

A Blog Named Hero: Monochrome

Word Art Wednesday: Chal # 497-498

(2021 c035) Father’s Day


Father’s Day cards for my Husband and boys.


I stamped the tree from Altenew In My Thoughts  with my Misti using Distress Inks by Ranger , then I stamped again with Versamark Ink   and heat embossed with Clear  Ranger Embossing Powder in order to resist ink when coloring the backgrounds.

I used the  Gel Press 5×7 from Hobby Lobby and Distress Inks by Ranger to create the land and sky. For the sky I used Hero Arts Starry Night Brushstroke Bold Print  to stamp off ink from the press on the first and last cards. On the 2nd & 3rd card I then used the ink on the stamp to stamp on the background. Jennifer McGuire has a great video on this technique using the Gel Press to create backgrounds, check it out.

The window frame was cut with Mama Elephant Window Cover Creative Cuts then I stamped with Taylored Expressions Woodgrain Background Stamp .

Challenges Entered:

My Favorite Things: Color Challenge #167

Altenew: June Inspiration Challenge

Simon Says Stamp: (Wed.) Create A Scene

Word Art Wednesday: Anything Goes

Dies R Us Challenge: Challenge #170 Anything goes (I used Mama Elephant die)

(2021 c034) Under The Sea

Background was created with Echo Park 6×6 Swirling Snowflake Stencil which sadly seems to be discontinued, but they have many others to choose from. I used Distress Oxide Inks by Ranger, Gel Press 5×7 from Hobby Lobby. The waves were cut in the background panel with Making Waves Cover Die by MAMA ELEPHANT . I stamped and heat embossed the dolphins on gray cardstock using Mama Elephant Marine Friends and cut with co-ordinating dies and stamped the rest of the sea creatures on yellow cardstock and colored all with Copics.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp: (Wed.) Anything Goes

Mod Squad Challenge: Under The Sea

Die-Cut-Divas: Tic Tac Toe (Emboss, Friendship, Blue)

Dies R Us Challenge: Anything Goes Chal #169

(2021 c033) Circle of Joy Spring Card

The front of the circle card is made with Hero Arts DI791 Joy Ornament Fancy Die layered with My Favorite Things Inside & Our Stitched Circle Stax Die-namics and Standard Circles Large by Spellbinders to create the frame so that this frame can be opened to stand the card up. The back of the card was utilized to write to the recipient.


The flowers and butterfly were cut with Hero Arts D1856 Bouquet Accessories Fancy Dies (E), Hero Arts D1857 Envelope Accessories Fancy Dies (E) and colored with Copics.

Challenges Entered:

A Blog Named Hero: Shape It Up

Word Art WednesdayAnything Goes – Chal #491-492

Simon Says Stamp(Mon.) Things with Wings

(2021 c032) Butterfly & Flower Blessings

Disclaimer, Color of band and Blessings are the same red, not sure about my camera settings, colors seem to be off.

Sentiment was cut 3 times & stacked with Blessings stamp & Cut set by Hero Arts. Flower from Sugar Pea Designs Pretty Peonies was stamped with  Versamark Ink   and heat embossed with Gold Tinsel Ranger Embossing Powder and then colored with Copics.  The green cardstock greenery frame was cut with Poppy Stamps 2327 Adriana Oval Frame. The butterfly from Hero Arts Color Layering Swallowtail CM225   was stamped with Versamark & heat embossed then colored with Copics.

Challenges Entered:

Sugar Pea Designs: Mix it up Challenge #79

Poppy Stamps: PSC #80 – Flowers & Butterflies

Die-Cut-Divas: Tic-Tac-Toe (I used Red. Glitter(EP), Flowers

Simon Says Stamp: (Mon.) Feminine

Word Art WednesdayAnything Goes – Chal #489-490