Aug 24, 2023

Hero Arts 2023 Oh Joy Winter Catalog Blog Hop


It's the Hero Arts 2023 Oh Joy Winter Catalog hop and I'm stoked to be part of it. It's full of amazing products, with styles to suit everyone. There's info on hop participants, a giveaway, and the Hero Arts Stamp-a-Long at the end of this post. Oh, and if you are looking for my on Instagram, you can find me here.

Speaking of different styles, I'm sharing a modern graphic card and a traditional one. 

Holiday Collage Hero Transfers

Haven't used transfers (or rub-ons as we used to call them) in years so I wanted to try these out. They come in a pack of 5 and I used 1 of the 5 designs. Verdict: so fun!

  • Swiped a piece of white cardstock with 5 colors of Distress Oxide inks (Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Wild Honey, and Twisted Citron). Let it dry for a few minutes.
  • Peeled the backing off the Holiday Collage Transfer sheet and lay it on top of the inked panel.
  • Took the stick that comes with the transfers and rubbed until I thought it was adhered. Slowly lifted the transfer and if there were any spots not adhered, rubbed that spot.
  • Voila! It took just a minute or two but transferred the entire sheet.
  • Die cut with one of the rectangle dies from Nesting Infinity Rectangle Dies and popped up on a card.
  • Then I was stumped. Leave as is? Add some flowers in the corners? I had no clue. So I took a break and came back to it the next day. 
  • Die cut some circles with Nesting Circle Infinity Dies as shown and added a few black dots and decided I was happy. It's colorful, bold, and fun. 

Christmas Foliage Stamp, Die & Stencils

Love all things holly and this Christmas Foliage set is no exception. Kept it traditional. Loved having the stencils to color for me. They are the best addition to any set of products. Die cut and added a few of the foliage pieces and some sparkles. Quintessential Christmas!


You can find info on this event here. And, you can find the optional Holiday Stamp-a-Long bundle to purchase here.


Hero Arts is giving away two $50 gift cards, drawn from the comments left along the hop. Comment on all the blogs for more chances to win. You have until Thursday, August 31 at 11:59 pm to enter. The winners will be announced on the Hero Arts Blog.

Hero Arts Creative Team: 

Hero Arts Global Team:

Special Guests:

MOOD WHEN DONE: Proud to be part of this hop. Hero Arts is such a fantastic company.

Aug 22, 2023

Cards, Cards, and More Cards









Questions? Let me know. Thanks!

MOOD WHEN DONE: Hot. It's hot. And there's not much else to say about that.

Jul 15, 2023

Spellbinders Blue Holly


Love seeing new Christmas products in July. I need to make Christmas cards over a long period of time and starting now just works for me. Remember how companies would release them in November and we wouldn't get them until Thanksgiving? That didn't work!! 

I hot foiled the new and beautiful Spellbinders Glimmer Holly Background Hot Foil Plate in silver foil and colored using the coordinating stencils and blue and purple inks from Pinkfresh Studio. Added a sentiment from A Merry Little Christmas sentiments, also by Spellbinders and a few blue gems. It was easy and I love how it came out. Yana Smakula designed all the products in this collection and I'm in love with all of them. Her talent is magical.

Speaking of new products, I love to get them (I got this collection from Spellbinders and will have a post on their blog sometime this month using the Be Joyful Glimmer plates. They are fabulous!) But I also love to use my older Christmas products. I don't have the space, time, or $$ to get everything I love and it's just a waste to use a product once or twice. You with me here?

MOOD WHEN DONE: Delighted. Just love the blue. Life is quiet and calm, which is good. I'm keeping to myself, trying to avoid all the anger out there and the heat! I hope you are doing well!

May 22, 2023

Pinkfresh Studio May 2023 Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release

Hello crafters! Today I'm joining Pinkfresh Studio for its May release blog hop. It's another delicious collection with something for everyone. I'm featuring two products: Delicate Foliage and Pretty Blossoms.

Delicate Foliage

The Delicate Foliage suite of products consists of a Hot Foil plate, Stamp set, Dies, and Stencils. You choose!

Hot foiled the Delicate Foliage Hot Foil plate with gold foil on Hammermill Cardstock, Premium Color Copy 100lb. It's inexpensive and I almost always get perfect results. Using the coordinating stencil, added a spring collection of Pinkfresh Studio ink colors to the leaves. If you look closely, you'll see that the stencil adds leaves outside of the foiled leaves. Love that. Cut the leaves using the Delicate Leaves coordinating die and set aside to work on my background.

Using the same Pinkfresh Studio inks, swiped the ink cubes directly onto another piece of Hammermill cardstock. Adhered the leaves and the inked panel to a white A2 card and added a few Pinkfresh Studio Essentials Jewels in coordinating colors.

Pinkfresh Ink colors: Sunshine, Sweet Mustard, Apricot, Passion Fruit, Candy Violet, and Blue Jay. 

Did a happy dance!

Pretty Blossoms

The Pretty Blossoms suite consists of a red rubber background stamp, hot foil plate, stencils, and a die. Again, choose what makes you happy.

Foiled the Pretty Blossoms plate onto melon cardstock using tangerine hot foil and stenciled using Pinkfresh inks. Die cut and popped up with foam tape onto an A2 card. Added a few white accents with a gel pen. 

Stamped a sentiment from Simplest Gestures and matted it onto a piece of cardstock that I hot foiled with the tangerine foil and the Pinkfresh Studio Solid Hot Foil Plate

Solid Pretty Blossoms

Speaking of the Solid Hot Foil Plate, I had to try it with the foil leftover from using the Pretty Blossoms Hot Foil plate and it was fun. If you are not familiar with this plate and how to use it check out this video. Basically, the solid plate lets you use the leftover foil from another project to create the opposite image. Genius

For this card, I used the leftover foil from the card above and hot foiled it onto a piece of Hammermill cardstock. To keep this shiny card simple, I die cut the image and added a foiled sentiment from Phrase Builder: Hello hot foil and its coordinating die


Pinkfresh Studio will give away the full release on the Pinkfresh Blog & YouTube channel.(I won the full release last February and it's an amazing prize.)

They will also be giving away a total of Ten $25 gift cards along the blog hp. Winners will be picked from the comments and will be posted May 31, 2023 on the Pinkfresh Studio Giveaway Page. Please check that page and claim your prize within 2 weeks.

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May 16, 2023

Playing with Playful Pieces


It's not very often that I see a product and set my alarm for the moment it is released. Concord & 9th came out with the Playful Pieces die and sentiment bundle and I knew they would be mine! 

I'll be sharing more with these products as I had a lot of fun making this card. Isn't that what it is all about?