Category Archives: General Cards

The Embossing Paste Discovery Continues

Birthday card using tinted embossing paste and Detailed Floral Thinlits

I have become addicted to the Embossing Paste. Stampin’ Up! sells a set of four Pattern Party Decorative Masks (144103) to use with the embossing paste and which I have purchased but not used yet. I have been creating masks using various thinlits and cutting the masks from cardstock. By using cardstock, I feel I can just throw the mask away after using it and not have to worry about washing it immediately before the paste dries on it. I also can create all kinds of masks this way.

For this card, I cut the mask from the larger Detailed Floral Thinlits. I tinted the embossing paste with a drop of Wisteria Wonder reinker to give it a light lavender tint. While the embossing paste was still wet, I sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on it. Unfortunately, the scan doesn’t show the subtle shimmer. I love the results but then went on to another idea.

Birthday card with sponged ink on embossing paste

I cut another mask with the Detailed Floral Thinlits, spread the white embossing paste, and allowed it to dry. Then I cut a second, clean mask and laid it over the embossing and sponged Rose Red, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, and Pear Pizzazz ink on the dry paste. I love this result even more!

I have another idea using embossing paste that I will share with you in another blog post so come back again soon! When you order embossing paste from my online shop, I suggest you order at least two jars of it so you don’t run out. Click on the images below to order the supplies I used for these cards.

Embossing Paste

handmade greeting card using O So Eclectic Bundle and embossing paste

The 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, introduces Embossing Paste to our arsenal of creative tools. We now have three ways to add embossing to our creations. There is the traditional heat embossing using a heat tool and embossing powder, dry embossing made easy with embossing folders and the Big Shot Die-Cutting machine, and now embossing paste.

With this paste, you temporarily stick a stencil onto your cardstock and smear the embossing paste onto the stencil. When you lift the stencil, sections of the paste are left on the cardstock. Over the next few posts, I will share different ways you can use this embossing paste. On pg. 201 of the catalog, Stampin’ Up! offers precut stencils, Pattern Party Decorative Masks (144103) and Palette Knives (142808) to use with the Embossing Paste (141979). The masks are very lovely but you don’t have to limit your creativity to what Stampin’ Up! offers. With the wide variety of dies offered, you can create your own masks.

In the card above, I used one of the dies from the O So Eclectic Bundle (wood – 145355, clear – 145356) to make a mask. I tinted the embossing paste with a drop or two of Lemon-Lime Twist reinker. I love how it came out! You can purchase the items I used for this card by clicking on the images below to find them in my online store or contact me by email.

Come back soon to see more ideas for using the new Embossing Paste.

What Is Your Favorite Bundle in the New Catalog?

What is your favorite bundle from the new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog? Mine is the Colorful Seasons Bundle (145348).

  • It is so very versatile with all four seasons represented,
  • The stamp set Colorful Seasons is a photopolymer set, my favorite type.
  • I love the greetings.
  • The Adirondack chair, leaf skeleton, and snowflake dies are wonderful!

You will be seeing many cards created with this bundle. The one at the top of this post is the first. You can order the supplies for this card by clicking on the images below.

Window Box Birthday Card

Handmade Birthday Card using the Window Box Thinlits Dies

Yesterday I shared a quick Birthday card I created with one of the dies in the Window Box Thinlits Dies collection. You can see that card here if you missed my post. Today I want to share another fairly quick Birthday card using the candles die from that collection of dies. This time I backed the die cut strip with a different design from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper. The greeting is from the Balloon Adventures stamp set. Both the Window Box Thinlits and the Ballomn Adventures stamp set are found in the new 2017 Occasions catalog.

Do you have one of these catalogs yet? Would you like to have one totally free to hold in your hands and pour over? It makes really good bedtime reading…wait…maybe it doesn’t because your mind will get filled with all the exciting creations you could make with the products in this catalog. Anyway, contact me if you would like me to send you a catalog. You can order the supplies I used for this card by clicking on the images below to be taken to where they are in my online store. Shopping is just as easy as that! And….for every $50 you spend during Sale-A-Bration, you can choose a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure! And…don’t forget that when you order $50 or more online, you can check off a box on my Customer Appreciation Tracker. When you have 8 checks, you can order from me $45 worth of product for free. Check this program out here and download your tracking sheet.

Hey Chick!

Wiper card using Hey Chick stamp set

When I first saw the Hey Chick stamp set in the Sale-A-Bration brochure, I knew I had to make a wiper card with the set. This SAB set is absolutely darling and the best part of it is that it is FREE when you purchase $50 in product from me before taxes and shipping.

Now the closed card is cute in and of itself but just see what happens when you pull the ends of the card!

Opened wiper card using Hey, Chick stamp set

Giggle! I just love that floppy-maned chicken popping up to wish you a happy day! There are several online tutorials and videos showing how to make a wiper card. I followed Dawn Olchefsky’s  directions on this video  but made the tag a little longer so more of it would stick up. Wiper cards are fun to make but do take a little fussing to get them right the first time you make one.

The new 2017 Occasions catalog became live Jan 4th and that also was the first day of Sale-A-Bration which runs through March 31st. Sale-A-Bration is the exciting time of year when you can choose one of the FREE items from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for each $50 you purchase in Stampin’ Up! products. Contact me if you would like a copy of the 2017 Occasions catalog and the Sale-A-Bration brochure. I love giving them away for just the agreement that I can periodically give you a call to see how I can help you with your creative needs.

Check out this blog and my facebook page frequently to see samples I’ve created with product from these catalogs.

Clicking on the images below will take you to that product in my online store so you can order them if needed.

Jar of Love Shaker Card

Jar of Love Shaker Card

When the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog first arrived, I did not think I would buy the Jar of Love/Everyday Jars Thinlits bundle. But my downline, Dina Merchant, helped me see the possibilities of this bundle. Thanks, Dina!

This bundle is perfect for shaker cards and the saying “Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti” inspired me to make this card. I had also purchased the Sprinkles punch at OnStage Live and was happy to use it finally. The Foam Adhesive Strips make shaker cardmaking a snap. Check out all the stamps you get with this Jar of Love stamp set:

Jar of Love stamp set

You can order the supplies I used to make this card by clicking on the images below. They are linked to the item number in my online store.

Have you received your copy of the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog? If not, contact me! I’d love to have a conversation on how I can give you one totally free.

Moroccan Nights Birthday Card

Moroccan Nights BD card

I recently took of the job of SUDSOL Design Challenge coordinator. SUDSOL is a Yahoo group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators designed to provide support, information, inspiration, and challenges to demonstrators. I particularly enjoy the group as I have no support from those demonstrators who are in my upline.

This week’s challenge is to create a card using the Moroccan Nights stamp set we were given at OnStage Live. I found very few samples of this set on Pinterest as this is a new set that is in the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.

This card was indeed a challenge! I started out with the bottom border in mind. I used a stamp aligner to stamp the border. The first two rows turned out well. The third one…not so great so I put a couple layers of  the copper dotted Affectionately Yours Designer Washi tape over it. Then I had planned to stamp one of the hanging lamps from the stamp set on the left side above the border. However, the greeting really needed something besides white space behind it. I stamped 1/4 of the medallion on each corner. Now the card was beginning to work. But…I got a ghost image from the rubber on one side and had to either start all over or figure out a way to cover the mistake up. That’s when I decided to stamp the medallion in the center as well. The colors used in this card are two of the new In Colors, Emerald Envy and Sweet Sugarplum. I used two new stamp sets as well, Moroccan Nights and Birthday Banners.

I love the way the medallion scallops turned out and will use this idea again on another card. There you have it…the evolution of this card.

There are only two more weeks before we can order from the new catalog. If you would like a free one, contact me! I love giving them away!

Best Thoughts Four Panel Card

I ordered the hostess stamp set Best Thoughts way last July because I saw a card posted by Joanne Mulligan on Pinterest and wanted to CASE her card. Now almost 9 months later I have finally gotten around to making my card!

handmade greeting card using the Best Thoughts stamp set

This flower reminds me so much of the purple rhododendrons that are now blooming here in Mount Vernon. I watercolored the image with an aqua painter and Blackberry Bliss ink, then added highlights with the gold Wink of Stella. The butterfly was stamped on a separate piece of Whisper White cardstock, watercolored with Blue Lagoon ink, and then painted with clear Wink of Stella. I cut it out and popped it up with a Stampin’ Dimensional. I like this four panel layout with the corners rounded with the Project Life corner rounder and will definitely make this card again. This particular one is going to a friend who just lost her husband.

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Rose Garden Thinlit Card

A fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Patty Bennett, posted this video on how she made a beautiful card using the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies.

I am totally in love with Wink of Stella and had to try this technique for myself. I ordered just the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies, not the whole bundle…bummer! Here is my feeble attempt at this technique.

handmade card using Rose Garden Thinlits Dies

Some things did not work out as well for me as they did for Patty. I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the diecut to Whisper White cardstock. When I wet the cardstock to float the reinker/Wink of Stella mixture on the water, the diecut came unglued in places. I finally had to glue it back down using the Fine-Tipped Glue Pen. My coloring is a lot lighter than Patty’s because I forgot that when watercoloring, the color always dries lighter than when it is wet. Also, as you can see, the Whisper White cardstock would not lay flat even after it dried. So…I am really embarrassed to share this card. But…maybe you can learn from it like I have. Now I wish I had purchased the bundle because I would emboss the rose with gold embossing powder and then do the watercoloring technique. There would have been very little bleeding outside the lines. So note to self: Always order the bundle even if you don’t think you will use a part of it. You never know. This is the second time I didn’t order a bundle, just part of it and had to order the other half at full price.

You can order the supplies used for this card by clicking on the images below. Thanks for visiting my blog.