Stamped embossing technique with the pretty new Mint Macaron

Hey there crafty folks,

As usual, I have been to busy to post much lately. I will always try to share goodies with you when I can! I tried something new by stamping with my embossing folder!  I will admit it is a little tricky, but once you get it the result is quite pretty.

Stampin UP Chevron Embossing folder with Mint Macaron


To make this card I used the Chevron embossing folder and then inked it up with the Mint Macaron ink. I actually took the pad and inked right on the folder!  Now, if you want to try this I would suggest you don’t use an emobssing folder with lots of intricate details.  It seems to work better with the folders that have some open space.  It looks great with the Chevron folder, but I found it is really adorable with the Star embossing folder too.  When doing this technique you have to be sure you don’t mind that it won’t come out perfect.  You are going to get some ink outside of the embossed area.  You can see that happened along some of the lines in this card.  Another good hint I found is that it really works better if you ink folder on the side that does the debossing. I would consider this the front of the folder.  For most of the folders I think this is the side with the manufacture name written on it, but I am not positive. Truly, trial and error will get you the results you want, eventually.  😉 One final hint I found that helps make this come out the best is to use the least amount of layers possible in your big shot sandwich.  That way you still get the impression, but there is a little less chance for ink in places you don’t want it.

Beyond the inking of this card, the rest is really quite simple.  I used the new 3 way banner punch to make the white layer.   I did not cut it the exact size for one of the slots of the banner punch because it looked better being only slightly smaller than the base layer tag.  Just turn you punch over so you can see exactly where you are punching the banner and then you will be sure it will be centered.  The base layer tag  was made using the Ornate Tag Topper. For the pretty dotted lace trim, I simply pulled both ends through the hole that was punched out in the Ornate Tag Punch. It was a tight fit so I really did not need to even adhere the tag to the card at all!  I tied a simple knot to finish it off.

Hope you give this technique a try!

I found some inspiration for the layers over at RetroSketches. I have never participated in one of their challenges before so I thought it would be fun to try it.  Here is the sketch to be followed:

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Happy Crafting Everyone!


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Fun with Watercolor and the Stampin’ Up! Big News stamp set

Good Morning Crafty folks!

I finally got in a little bit of craft time yesterday after a hectic work week.  I received a new shipment of Stampin’ Up goodies not too long ago, but I didn’t have time to play until this weekend!  I was excited to try the new Brushstrokes stamp because it looks so versatile.  I even plan to use this one in my scrapbooking too.

Stampin Up Brushstrokes and Big News stamp sets

To make this card I stamped So Saffron on the top part of the stamp and Soft Sky on the bottom letting them slightly overlap in the middle. Now, I did get a little bit of ink from one stamp pad to another, but I chose to do the So Saffron first and then only a tiny bit of that got on my Soft Sky pad. I quickly wiped the top area of the pad where the So Saffron was on it and it turned out to be no problem.  This stamp already has a watercolor appearance to it, but I wanted to take it a step further so I lightly sprayed two spritz of water on each color area.  Since I used such a small amount of water, I did not even need to use watercolor paper.  I cut out the frame in So Saffron using the Deco Labels framelits and then sponged So Saffron ink around the edges.  For the sentiment, I simply cut it out to fit the words and then corner rounded it to make it fit better.  The cute little star, flower and heart stamps are from the Something To Say stamp set and are punched out using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  I then finished it off with the Painted Blooms Cotton Twine in Soft Sky. This was in the Occasions Catalog that just ended and is no longer available. A good substitute would be to just use the Whisper White Baker’s Twine.

I got some inspiration for this card over at Sunday Stamps as they have a sketch I followed. Here is the the sketch:

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I loosely followed it since I decided to turn my card to be in the portrait position.

I hope you have a wonderful week and, as always, find some time to be crafty!


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Father’s Day Wishes!

Happy Sunday and Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads!!

I have a little Father’s Day card to share with you today. If I am being honest, I must mention that this card has not yet been sent to my father! He is on a vacation right now though, so I thought I would wait to send it for when he gets home and that way it would not add to the pile of mail he will already have.



This is actually another card that I CASEd from watching videos over at Stamping School.  It is a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 card,  but still fits in a regular A2 size envelope.  I used a few retired items here, but they went so well together I just had too.  The sentiment is from last years paper pumpkin set called Hey Man. I figured out it fit perfectly in the word bubble die so it was Just Right for Mr. Owl to send my wishes! The hole Mr. Owl is peeking out from was made using the 1 3/4 inch circle punch and then it was sponged around the opening to look a bit more worn.  To make his little beak, I used the tiny star punch that is part of the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

I hope you are getting to spend some time with your father today!  I am so glad I still have my dad with me and I am happy he is getting to enjoy sun and fun with my brother in California on his special day.



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I’m back, with a cute and easy thank you card!

Did you think I was lost?  Nope. Just SUPER busy for almost two weeks straight. Crazy time at work, not feeling well and even having a Stampin’ Up! Open house all got in the way of my posting on the blog.  Things are getting back to normal so I thought I would share with you the cute card we made at my Stampin’ Up Open House!



Cute right? This card includes two new In Colors:  Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron.  I played around a bit to see what I would like with those colors and Pool Party was the winner!  The dots are stamped in all three colors. Then I used the Work of Art Stamp Set and Gorgeous Grunge to make the image and sentiment on the banner.  Using the new Banner punch made this card a snap to create.  I wanted to use the pretty new Dotted Lace Trim but it was a little thick so I actually folded it over when I wrapped it and tied it around the banner.  It still looks great!

Now, I have to give credit where credit is due because I totally CASEd this card.   Here is the original:

CASED dot card

Thank you to Stampin’ With Liz for the great idea! Just click on the picture if you want to go see more about how she made the card.

I can’t forget to post the Weekly Deals ( you know, kind like I did last week….OOPS!) Here are the current ones that just started today!

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Weekly Deals 6-16 through 6-22 2015

Have a great week and go get crafty!!


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The New Stampin’ Up! catalog is here!


Woohoo!  I am pretty excited today because now we can order from the new catalog!  I was at work all day fidgeting wanting to get home and put my order in!!   If you don’t have a copy of the new catalog yet, let me know and I can send you one!

I have a card that showcases a popular stamp set and color available in the new catalog.  This card is not quite like many of the others I make. I wanted a little bit of a antique feel so I tried something new!

Here for you sympathy card

To make this card I used the new Mint Macaron color that is part of the In colors Stampin’ Up is offering from 2015-2017.  It is really pretty color and I do see it quite often now in clothing and home decor.  I thought it would like very nice with Very Vanilla and the new Tip Top Taupe that is also part of the new In color group.  I also used the Typeset Speciality DSP. I stamped the pretty flower from the new You’ve Got This stamp set in Mint Macaron and then again in Versamark and embossed that in gold.   I did some distressing and ripping on the edges of the paper, as well as sponging with the Tip Top Taupe to give it a slightly worn look.  Then I added some 7/8 inch Natural Cotton Ribbon (now retired but still available as of today and at half price!), Linen Thread and the cute new In color Blossom Accents in Mint Macaron.  The sentiment used is also part of the You’ve Got This stamp set.  I believe this will make a great thinking of you card in a tough time or even a sympathy card.

Now we have plenty of excitement with a new catalog starting today but it is Tuesday so that means new Weekly deals too!  Here they are:

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weekly deals june 2 2015 through June 8 2015

I hope you have a catalog to look through so you can see all the new goodies! If not, and you don’t want to wait for me to send you one, you can still see what is in it by clicking here.

Have a wonderful week!!


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