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Your Smile Mountain Card

This card and my previous card for the A Blog Named Hero nature challenge were inspired by the mountain view right out my front door. Of course both times I was busy getting kids to school so I didn’t get a picture but I remembered the beauty of the pink sunrise.

To create this rather simple card, I began by blending reactive ink into 2/3 of the white Bristol cardstock measuring 4 1/4×5 1/2″. I then stamped the mountains on neenah cardstock. I cut the cardstock to four 4 1/4×5 1/2″. I placed to panel and the base layer of the mountain in the Misti stamping tool. I stamped it once and rotated the cardstock 180 degrees and stamped again. I stamped eight mountains total. I only have three gray inks so I used each color several times. I then repeated this for the detail layer except on the last two I stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I die cut all eight mountains and cut the excess cardstock from the bottom. I arranged the mountains with the heat embossed images at the back to represent the taller snow covered mountains. I used glad cling wrap to pick up all the images at once and added foam tape to only the far back images. Before adhering anything to the background I stamped and heat embossed the large “smile” word then stamped the other words in the same pink reactive ink as the background. I placed the mountains, added some liquid adhesive where necessary to the front ones and cut off any overhanging pieces.

I hope you like this card and will visit A Blog Named Hero for a new challenge starting soon. You should also visit and follow the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Page.


July 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit (sold out but similar stamps will be released early next year)

Hero Hues Taffy Reactive Ink

Dye inks in Wet Cement, Charcoal Soft Granite

Embossing and Watermark Ink

White Detail Embossing Powder

Papercraft Business Challenge

Papercraft Business Challenge: A gift Ornament

I’ve created this snowflake ornament as my gift for the Papercraft Business Challenge for November. And for the first time I have included step by step photos.

Ink up the wooden ornament with a navy dye ink by rubbing ink pad directly on wood. I let it dry overnight before moving on to the next step.

I removed the pad from the Misti and placed the ornament against one edge. I used the magnet to help keep it in place. I arranged the snowflake stamps on the ornament. The picked them up with the Misti door. I used an anti static powder tool but if I did this again I would be extremely generous with the powder. I still had to wipe away a lot of embossing powder. I stamped the snowflakes a few times with embossing ink.

Then I added white embossing powder and melted it with a heat gun. I was very careful not to leave the heat gun on the wood for too long so I didn’t burn it.

I used an acrylic block to stamp snowflakes in a few blank spots. I added embossing powder and heat set those as well.

I used a silver metallic pen to color in the ornament top.

I added dots with a white gel pen to fill up the empty space and help to disguise any stray embossing powder I couldn’t get off. Lastly I changed out the red ribbon for a silver that looked more appropriate.

Please let me know what you thought of my step by step photos. Don’t forget to enter your project in the Papercraft Business Challenge. You could win the stamps shown below! Thanks for visiting!


Wooden Ornament from Hobby Lobby

Hero Arts Navy Dye Ink from Sky Blues Dye Cubes

Stacking Snowflakes Stamp Set

Embossing and Watermark Ink

White Detail Embossing Powder

White gel pen

Silver Metallic Pen


Nature Snow Globe Card

This card is for the current Nature challenge at A Blog Named Hero. I combined three different dies to create this nature snow globe scene.

I first die cut the solid snow globe back and then the open front from plain white cardstock. I also die cut the deer and the snowflakes from Bristol smooth cardstock. I wanted to see if I could use the Forest Sunset Fancy Die for the snow globe. I was able to but the circle at the top holding the clouds on is as thin as a piece of thread so I adhered it to another open front snowglobe die cut. I also cut the mountain die from a previous My Monthly Hero Kit.

Before assembling the snow globe, I added very minimal dye ink from the lightest colors I own to all the pieces using blender brushes. Next I added shimmer pen to the bottom of the mountain die cut. I then added liquid glue to the adhesive of the trees, mountains and clouds. I also added some to the deer’s antlers and all over the snowflakes. I sprinkled some prisma glitter over the glue.

Once the glue was dry, I added foam tape behind the mountain layer and adhered this to the solid back snow globe layer. I added a single layer of foam tape to the trees and a double layer to the clouds and added those over the mountains. I added the deer with liquid glue and a very small piece of foam tape behind the upper body. I cut the snowflakes apart in a few spots and placed them in open areas. I added an open snow globe layer cut from ivory shimmer paper from my stash to finish it off. The label was cut from white paper. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I adhered the label with liquid glue then added shimmer pen over it.

I stamped the background stamp with embossing ink onto a light blue cardstock cut to 4×5 1/4″ and added it to an A2 card base. I adhered the finished snow globe with liquid glue.

Visit the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Page for more ideas and don’t forget to like the page while you’re there. You can enter your own project in the challenge here. I hope you like this card and thanks for visiting!


Layering Snow Globe Fancy Die

Forest Sunset Fancy Die

Mountain die from July 2019 My Monthly Hero

Sentiment from Color Layering Nordic Tree Stamp Set

Delicate Snowflake Bold Prints Stamp

Inks used came from various My Monthly Hero Kits: Sand Stone, Soft Granite, Lime Green, Dusty Blue, Soft Sky

Hero Hues Premium Cardstock in Arctic

Embossing and Watermark Ink

Silver Embossing Powder

Shimmer Pen

Prisma Glitter


AECP Level 1: Clean And Simple Boutique Card

This card was inspired by lesson three from Clean and Simple Boutique Cards at Altenew Academy. This blog post is for the Altenew Educator Certification Program.

I began with a 4 1/4×5 1/2″ panel of white cardstock. Using a Misti stamping tool, I stamped the most solid layer first in the lightest color from the Tea Party ink pack. I removed the stamp from the Misti then placed the outline layer of the leaf. It overlapped slightly with the image so after inking the stamp I used my finger to wipe away the ink from the overlapping area before stamping. I repeated this process twice more moving the stamp to a new location each time.

While I was stamping the leaves it gave the flower time to dry so I could move on to the second layer. I lined up the second layer following the layering guide on the back of the stamp package then stamped it in the second lightest color. While this layer dried I stamped the solid layer of the leaves. I then stamped the third layer of the flower. After this I set the panel aside to dry completely.

Before I began the next step I made sure the image was dry by pouring on some embossing powder. It fell right off so my image was dry and ready for the next step. I placed the outline image then stamped with clear embossing ink and added gold embossing powder and heat set it.

The last piece I added was the sentiment. I tried to use the “thank you” included in the stamp set. Normally I would have stamped and heat embossed it slightly overlapping the image but since the image was already heat embossed I couldn’t. I originally stamped the sentiment on black cardstock heat embossed with gold. I added foam tape and placed it overlapping the image.

I set the panel aside on my desk. Every time I looked at it I knew something was wrong. The black cardstock was too overwhelming for this card. I thought about using vellum for the sentiment but in the end I decided to find a smaller sentiment that sits snuggled up by the flower. I stamped it in the darkest ink color. You can’t miss the sentiment but it keeps the focus on the flower.

This card was very simple to create. It is the perfect card to make multiples of at one time. You could use different ink sets or stamp onto colored cardstock instead of white. You could use the same sentiment for all of them or use different sentiments of roughly the same size.


Majestic Bloom stamp set

Build-a-Flower: Fuchsia

Tea Party Mini Cube Set

Green Meadows Mini Cube Set

Embossing Ink

Antique Gold embossing powder

Classic Crest Solar White 110lb cardstock

A Blog Named Hero

Dragonfly Spinner Card

Today I’m sharing a clean and simple spinner card. I love interactive cards but sometimes they can take a lot of time. Not this one!

I began by stamping the background stamp onto a piece of 5×5″ lapis cardstock using an ombré ink pad. I held the ink pad so the dark was at the top then flipped it so the dark was coming in from the bottom. Once that was dry I die cut a circle from the center. I also stamped s as bd heat embossed the greeting in the bottom right corner.

I stamped the dragonfly twice and colored it in using Copic markers. I used purples, blues and blue greens but kept the second number close together to help them blend.

I cut a piece of white cardstock to 5×10″ and scored it at 5″. I lined up the blue piece, taped the circle die into place and die cut the circle from the card base. Make sure the card base is not folded. The circle only needs to be cut from the card front.

Make sure the card opens to the side and not the top. It will still spin when top folded but the image will be upside down. I adhered the circle cut from the blue cardstock to the inside of the card base. Then I adhered some clear thread to the front of the card base with strong adhesive tape. Next, I placed the stamped background on top to sandwich the thread between the two. I then used liquid glue to adhere the dragonfly together over the thread in the open hole.

That’s it! Twist the dragonfly around several times, close the card keeping it in place and place in an envelope. When the recipient opens the card the dragonfly will spin. What a wonderful surprise!

A new challenge will start in a few days but you can always visit A Blog Named Hero for inspiration. You should also like the A Blog Named Hero Facebook page!


Color Layering Dragonfly Combo set

Star Light Star Bright Bold Prints

Hero Hues Lapis cardstock

Neenah cardstock

Intens-ified Black Ink

Ombré Tide Pool to Navy Ink

Shimmer pen

Copic Markers: BG11, BG15, V09, B28, B26, C1, C3

Altenew Educator Certification Program

AECP Level 1: All About Layering

I’m excited to be a part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program and this is my first blog post. I started with the All About Layering Class as it seemed the best place to start. I’ve done some layering but not much.

The first card was inspired by the first and fourth lessons using the layering stamps as the background for the card. I was also inspired the fifth lesson for the focal point image placement.

To create the background I placed both outline stamps on a white panel in the Misti then stamped in the darkest gray ink. I rotated the panel 180 degrees and repeated the process. I stamped the entire panel like this until I couldn’t anymore. Then I filled in any blank spots. I placed the most solid stamp layers as best I could and stamped them in the second lightest ink. I repeated the same steps as the outline layer. I stamped the second layer stamp in the second darkest ink following the above steps. I stamped the flower centers in the darkest ink using an acrylic block.

To say that these first attempts were bad would be an understatement but it was great practice and they did get better. I wanted to still use the panel so I used the lightest ink to blend over the entire thing then added a darker shade just at the corners. It reminds me of wallpaper now.

I stamped the main flowers in coral colors and I stamped the teal and purple flowers at the same time. I learned not to judge the flowers until they are dry. I thought the larger flower looked terrible but once the ink dried back I was much happier. I did have to throw out a few attempts because they didn’t lineup at all but I kept at it and was pleased with the results in the end.

I die cut the flowers and added foam tape to the backs. Before adhering them I decided on placement and stamped the stems directly to the background in a dark black ink. I then adhered the flowers. I stamped and heat embossed the greeting on a scrap of gray cardstock and mounted it with foam tape as well.

My second card was much the same but the background is only the outline layer stamped on purple cardstock. I added dark purple ink to the edges. Everything else for this card was the same as the first.

For the final card I skipped the outline and center stamps and just used the two solid stamps. I stamped with teal inks onto teal cardstock and again inked the edges. I think this is my favorite background of all. It’s more subtle but it really makes an impression. Again the rest of the card is the same as the first two.

I love that these three simple cards provided many opportunities to practice stamp layering. I’m pleased with my first attempts for the All About Layering Class and look forward to sharing more from this class and many others. Have you tried stamp layering? Do you have any tips or suggestions for me?


United We Flourish, Stamp and Die Combo, Poppy Fields by Altenew

Altenew inks: Sea Shore Mini Cube set, Rock Collection Mini Cube Set, Tea PartyMini Cube Set, Shades of Purple Mini Cube Set

Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder

Embossing Ink

Permanent Black Crisp Ink

Neenah 110lb paper

Purple cardstock

Gray cardstock

Teal cardstock


Make a Tag: Papercraft Business Challenge

The October challenge at Papercraft Business Challenge is to use a tag! I’ll need a lot this holiday season so I thought I’d get started with this one.

I began by die cutting the pieces from the appropriate color cardstock. I cut the truck twice so I had a backer. The star and the brake lights were cut from white cardstock and colored with copic markers to give them a more glowing effect.

I added shading to the die cuts with copic markers as well. It’s subtle but it does give it a little more interest. I then heat embossed the “to, from” on the back truck piece. I used a combination of foam tape and liquid glue to assemble the truck. The tree was assembled with liquid glue. Be sure not to add any adhesive behind the tailgate until you have all your pieces in the truck bed!

I adhered the back piece with score tape but foam tape would make it even more dimensional. To finish up, I added white highlights. I also added shimmer pen on the star, brake lights and “Ho, Ho, Ho”. I tied some twine at the top to finish off the tag.

Please visit the Papercraft Business Challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team created and enter your own tag creations. You could win the stamp set shown above!


Spellbinders Truckin Through the Season die

Spellbinders So Many Sentiments etched dies

Hero Arts Holiday Badges stamp set

Cardstock in red, black, green, brown

Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock

White gel pen

tonic shimmer pen