Perfectly Plaid & Heirloom Frames

This was one of the cards we made at our monthly stamping class.  It uses two of my favorite products in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog and the Holiday Catalog.

First of all, let’s talk about that gorgeous frame around the sentiment.  It was made using the Heirloom Dies and 3D Embossing Folders.  One comes in the rectangle we used and there is also an oval frame.  Both are just beautiful and really add a wow to your cards or projects.  When I first tried these frames, I had a hard time lining them up.  Then I saw a blog post by Patty Bennett that showed how easy it was.  You first cut the shape out.  Then take the middle piece and adhere it to the center of the embossing folder.  I used Tear & Tape to adhere it.   That way you can line it up perfectly every time.  So easy!  It looks like this.

Then all you do it have to line up the cut out frame with the inside, close the folder and run it through your die cutting or embossing machine.

It works perfectly every time.

After I cut out the frame I stamped the sentiment in Versamark on a piece of Whisper White cardstock that was a little big bitter than the inside of the frame and embossed it using Gold Embossing Powder.  Then I stamped the pine cone in Shaded Spruce Ink.  I layered the frame on top using Stampin Dimensionals. I stamped the trees from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set in Shaded Spruce Ink and cut them out using the matching Pine Tree Punch.  You can buy the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and the Pine Tree Punch as a bundle and save 10%.

The background is a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock that I embossed using the Subtle Embossing Folder.

The ribbon is called Shaded Spruce/Gold 3/8″ Striped Ribbon.  The little sparkle of gold is gorgeous in person.

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Beautiful Day

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  It uses the stamp set in the 2018 Occasions Catalog called Beautiful Day.  This stamp set is perfect to use with the new Brusho Crystal Colour.  Yes, even though I am from the United States I spelled that correctly.  It is kind of an ongoing joke with my fellow Canadian demonstrators.  We claim they don’t know how to spell color or neighbor and they claim we always forget the u.  Brusho actually spells it with a u which made my Canadian friends happy.

First I stamped the butterfly with Versamark and then embossed it with White Embossing Powder on Whisper White cardstock.  Then I used my Aqua Painter to lay water down and sprinkled Yellow and Gamboge (orange) Brusho on top.  The water makes the crystals melt and spread.  After the yellow and gamboge covered the entire butterfly I sprinkled the Gamboge (orange) on top and spritzed it lightly with my Stampin’ Spritzer.  I wanted it to look spotted so I didn’t use a lot of water.  Then we cut out the butterfly by hand.

Lastly, we sprinkled some blue Brusho onto white cardstock and again, lightly spritzed it, stamped the sentiment and added the Tutti-fruitti Adhesive Backed Sequins.

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Tags & Luminaries For Friends

Last weekend I went to New Jersey to go to Stampin Up! OnStage Local.  Every April and November Stampin’ Up! has a convention called OnStage somewhere in the world for their Demonstrators.  It rotates between The United States, Europe and Australia.  This time it was held in Australia.  When it is not in the US, Stampin’ Up! holds what is called OnStage Local.  They rent our various venues all over the US where Demonstrators got for a day, watch videos from OnStage (wherever it was held), do make ‘n takes and learn about new products.

A lot of demos swap cards with each other.  This is where you make so many cards (whatever number you are comfortable with), usually all the same, and swap them for cards that other demos made.  It is a great way to meet other demos and get ideas for cards at the same time.  In addition to this, some demos make special little things for their friends.  This year I decided to make luminaries and bag tags for my friends using the Copper Foil Paper and Copper Embossing Powder.

This is the bag tags I made this year.

Copper Foil, #OnStage, Luminaries, Bag Tags, Stampin Up,

This is one of the luminaries.

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A Copper Celebration

Confetti Celebration

This year Stampin’ Up! came out with some Copper Embossing Powder.  It is really hard to see it in this picture, but this Embossing Powder is gorgeous.  A few years ago I did an embossing powder comparison.  I took and embossing powder I purchased at the local craft store and compared it to Stampin’ Up! embossing powder.  There is quite a difference.  You can see this post HERE.  This Copper Embossing Powder is no exception.

The sentiments on this card are from the stamp set called Confetti Celebration.  The lines are from Mixed Borders.  I stamped the border twice and then embossed it.

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Watercooler Wednesday WWC33



Today’s Watercooler Wednesday Challenge is brought to you by Bev.  Bev gave us a photo to use as inspiration.  Here is the photo:

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As you can see, there is a lot of purple in this photo.  If you search through my blog you might notice that I don’t use a lot of purple.  I once worked for someone who was not the nicest person and she wore purple all the time.  In any case, these colors did match a lot of the colors that Stampin’ Up offers.  I saw Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, Rose Red and Pink Pirouette in this photo so I decided to use those colors.


First I stamped all the leaves in Versamark, sprinkled Clear Embossing Powder over the leaves and heat embossed them.  Then I sponged Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, Rose Red and Pink Pirouette all over the cardstock and blended them together.  I colored some Candy Dots using a silver Sharpie (this works really well if you don’t have the correct color of candy dots) and stamped the sentiment using the One Big Meaning stamp set.

Now it is your turn to make a card using this photo inspiration!  Link it to our Watercooler Wednesday web site (HERE) to enter it and see if you can be chosen to be the next Watercooler  Wednesday Challenge Winner!

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Watercooler Challenge Card

This week’s Watercooler Challenge Card is a color challenge designed by me!  It is a lot of fun to share in this challenge.  Each time we do it, another member gives the challenge for the rest of the group.  Some do sketch challenges (like last time), others do color challenges, picture challenges and stamp set challenges.  It is great because it mixes it all up.

Below is the color challenge we had to use.  It uses Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Calypso Coral and Sahara Sand.

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Here is the card I made using these colors.

Bravo, Watercooler Challenge

The sentiments are from the stamp set called Bravo.  It is a great set to use for graduations, obtaining employment (You know.  When your kids finally gets a job with benefits!) or other celebrations.   I embossed them with Calypso Coral Embossing Powder.  Embossing is a great way to make your sentiments pop with a little shine.

To see what the other Watercooler artists made using this color challenge click HERE.

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Celebrate Today Embossed Balloons

Celebrate Today, Balloon Framelits

Here is a fun birthday card I made using the stamp set called Celebrate Today.  It has a set of matching Framelits called Balloon Framelits.  You can save 15% by buying them in a Bundle!  Both of these items are in the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.  I embossed the balloons using Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral Embossing Powder.  First you stamp the polka dots with Versamark and then sprinkle the embossing powder over it.  Tap off the excess and heat with your Heat Tool.  Then I cut them out using the Balloon Framelits.

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A Moonlit White Christmas

White Christmas

I think Stampin’ Up! has really offered a terrific holiday collection of stamps in their Holiday Catalog.  I had a really hard time picking a few of them out and every time I open the catalog I end up buying something else.  One of my favorites is the stamp set called White Christmas.  I have shown you a few different cards using this set.  The thing I like about it is it can be a fun set with the snowman and the bear but it can also be a beautiful and soft set with the snow falling and the deer.

I embossed the trees on this card using Versamark and White Embossing Powder.  Then I just punched a circle out of a piece of paper and then sponged the moon using Hello Honey.

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Emboss Resist Technique


I used an old/new technique while making this card.  It is called Emboss Resist and has been around for a long time (hence the old) but I have never done it before (which is the new part).  I used a Photopolymer Stamp Set called Another Thank You.  I stamped it in Versamark and then used Clear Embossing Powder over the top.  Then I put a couple of drops of ink using the ink refills (Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana & Bermuda Bay) on a plastic container and used my Aqua Painter to paint over the embossed sentiment.  The ink will not stick to the embossed part so the words show through.  I made the frame using our Oval Collection Framelits and just tied a bow of Linen Thread on the side.

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Embossed Peaceful Petals


At the Leadership Conference in Houston last January, Stampin Up! announced they were going to start carrying their own brand of alcohol markers called Blendabilities.  Alcohol markers are great for coloring on cardstock because you can blend them to make them look terrific.  I am hoping these markers will come out soon!

This stamp set, called Peaceful Petals, is going to be a perfect set to color with Blendabilities.  This set is also great for embossing with because all the stamps are outline stamps.  I embossed this card using White Embossing Powder and then placed the medium pearls from our Basic Jewels in the middle of each flower.  The sentiment is from Apothecary Art.

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