Embossing Paste – Two Stamp Club Cards

[In one of my last posts, I said I would be posting a video to show how I made the background for this card.  Well – I’m working on the video!!  Should be posted shortly!] 

As I have confessed, I am truly addicted to embossing paste! There is something magical about the process. It is just plain fun, and the results are spectacular.  Many stampers agree with me since the embossing paste, masks, and palette knives have been incredibly popular items!

At a recent stamp club, two of the projects featured embossing paste.  They were so much fun to make!  Pictures of the cards and tips/tricks for making them are below.

Happy Birthday Card:

Tips for the birthday card:

  • The daisies, from the Daisy Delight stamp set, were stamped in Daffodil Delight and then punched out with the Daisy Punch.  I wanted to add a little Peekaboo Peach to the flower petals to match the color of the “happy birthday, from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set.  To add the color to the flower petals, I used a the side of the larger end of the Peekaboo Peach Stampin’ Write Marker and randomly added color.
  • The middle of the daisy is made with embossing paste that has been colored in Daffodil Delight ink.  A toothpick was my tool of choice to add the colored embossing paste.
  • Stamp “happy birthday” on your card front before adding the colored embossing paste.  Use a Post-It note to mask the “happy birthday”.  I didn’t want a straight line mask and tore the Post-It note to get a jagged edge.
  • Rounding the opposite corners on the card base and additional layers adds fun interest to the card.

Dragonfly Card:

Tips for the dragonfly card:

  • Use complementary colors to make a multi-color embossing paste card base.  For this card, the three ink colors that were used are:  Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, and Powder Pink.
  • The framed colors on the front of the card are Berry Burst and Powder Pink cardstock.  Stamp the dragon fly stamp, from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, with Berry Burst ink onto the Powder Pink cardstock used for one of the framed layers.  Stamp the dragonfly in the middle of the Powder Pink cardstock and die cut the dragonfly with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits set.  Die cut the second dragonfly piece from the center of the Berry Burst cardstock piece.  When you layer the pieces together for the card front, no-one will ever know the Powder Pink and Berry Burst pieces have open holes in the center!  This is a great trick to conserve on paper!
  • To add a little shimmer to the dragonfly wings, add some bling with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels add a perfect finishing touch!

Happy stamping!



Paper Pumpkin – Amazing Deal

Subscribing to Paper Pumpkin is a great way to build your stamp stash, your ink pad inventory, and get a fun, monthly crafting fix.  If you haven’t given Paper Pumpkin a try, please consider the amazing offer that is available through September 10th.  If you have tried Paper Pumpkin in the past and let your subscription lapse, you can also take advantage of this offer (just use a different email that the one you’ve used in the past!).

I have subscribed to Paper Pumpkin since the program began.  September, October, and November are typically my favorites Paper Pumpkin kits.  For the past few years, those months have included amazing fall, Halloween, and Christmas projects.  I have a great set of unique Paper Pumpkin stamp sets that are used quite a bit.  And, my ink spot collection is amazing!  The ink colors don’t repeat for at least a year.

Paper Pumpkin subscribers can purchase past kits and kit refills, when available.  If past years are an indication, I will order additional November kit refills for some of our Christmas cards.  Last year’s cards were really unique.  Take a look:

To entice you even more, take a look at the video below.  It highlights the August kit, a wonderful project for a collection of cards to give as a gift.

Here’s the deal:

  • New month-to-month subscribers qualify for a 50% discount on the September kit. 
  • To participate in this promotion, you must join by Monday, September 10, 2017 at 11:50 PM (MT).
  • The 50% discount only applies to the September kit. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD.
  • Click here to go to the Paper Pumpkin website to subscribe.
  • Make sure you enter the promo code HALFOFF0917 when you subscribe.
  • There is absolutely no obligation!  After you receive your September kit, you are free to cancel.  You can also skip any month.  Just remember to update your account by the 10th of the month to make the change.
  • If you join Paper Pumpkin and subscribe for at least three months, I’ll send you two stamp cases.  The larger one will hold your ink spots, and the smaller one will be a great place to keep your stamp sets.

Now – What have you got to lose??  Give Paper Pumpkin a try.  You’ll be glad you did!

Happy stamping,


Painted Autumn – Happy 1st Anniversary!

Our younger daughter and son-in-law celebrated their first wedding anniversary last weekend.   I wanted to make a card that had sentimental meaning for them.  The soon-to-be-available Painted Autumn Suite did the trick.

Sunflowers have a special place in our daughter’s heart.  Steph has always loved their bright, bold color and warmth.  Well, the theme of the Painted Autumn Suite includes sunflowers.  Just perfect!  Here is the card that I made for them –

The background on the card front is a piece of watercolor paper that I made with a smooching technique.  I used a craft sheet, used ink pads to add ink to the craft sheet, spritzed some water onto the ink, and then dabbed the watercolor paper into the wet ink.  This technique is so much fun!  In my next post, I’ll share a video to show you how I designed the card front.

The Painted Harvest stamp set is the focal point of the design.  It is a two-step stamp set that has amazing depth.  I used two colors to stamp the sunflower.  The larger flower stamp was inked with Crumb Cake.  The smaller second flower stamp was inked with Early Espresso.  Remember – When you use two-step stamps, use a lighter color on the base stamp and a darker color on the top stamp.  To finish the sunflower, I used Crushed Curry to stamp the flower center.

The leaves were also stamped with two colors.  The base is Old Olive, and the second color is Garden Green.  I love the depth and detail in the leaves.

The sentiment was made with two stamps.  By masking the Stylized Birthday stamp, I was able to isolate “Happy” and stamp with Early Espresso Ink.  The “anniversary” is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set.  Again, by masking the “happy anniversary” stamp, I was able to just stamp “anniversary”.

The card base is Crumb Cake, and the second layer is Garden Green.  The Painted Autumn Cardstock Pack has both these colors and Early Espresso.  The coordinating cardstock packs take the guess work out of choosing paper colors that highlight the other products in the suites.

The final touch for the card is a bow made from the gorgeous new 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.  You will love it!

Below are the main products that I used to make the card.  The new Painted Autumn suite will be available for purchase beginning September 1 with the launch of the Holiday Catalog.

If you don’t have a demonstrator and would like to have a copy of the Holiday Catalog, please let me know.  I would love to be your demonstrator and will get a catalog in the mail to you.  Just leave a comment on this post.  I’ll follow-up with you to get your mailing address.

Happy stamping!


Clearance Rack – New Products Added

Don’t you love bargains??  If you do, check out the products pictured below.  They are the current products on the SU! Clearance Rack!  There are some amazing bargains.  The catch is the products are only available while supplies last.  If you are interested in any of the products, click on the picture and you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

By the way, I don’t know why the pictures are shown in reverse alphabetical order!

Happy Clearance Rack Shopping!


Holiday Catalog – Sneak Peek!!

There is something magical about a new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  Don’t you agree?  My annual catalog is looking a little worn since I have looked through it a bizzilion times!  In a few weeks, we will all have the new Holiday Catalog to peruse.  Here is a picture of the front page.  Take a good look.  You’ll be amazed at the number of products and projects that are shown.

As a demonstrator, I’ve been able to pre-order products from the Holiday Catalog during the month of August.  It has been so much fun to get my hands on new stamps, papers, embellishments, and more!  Below is a video of one of my favorite product suites, the Hearts Come Home Bundle.  It may remind you of the Paper Pumpkin holiday kit last year.

If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would love to be your demonstrator and make sure that you have a copy of the Holiday Catalog.  Just leave me a comment.  I’ll follow-up and get your mailing address.

Enjoy the sneak peek!!