Simple Gold Sale-A-Bration Valentine


Sometimes simple is better.  At least it is if you are a CAS (Clean and Simple) stamper like me!  I like the clean look.  I also like the vintage look but just can’t manage to make it look right so I stick with what I know.

This white on white Valentine uses the stamp set called Delightful Dozen.  This is a great stamp set because it has a greeting for just about any holiday or theme you might need.  It includes a greeting for birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, Get Well and, of course, Valentine’s Day (and more!).  I always recommend this set, especially for a beginner stamper who doesn’t have much because it covers everything.

I embossed the sentiment and the banners with Gold Embossing Powder.  The banners are a stamp set from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  You can get it free with a $50 purchase.  It has the a matching punch too!
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The Twelve Days Of Christmas – Day 12


Welcome to Day 12 of the Twelve Days Of Christmas series.  This is the last card of the series.  Maybe I should have  made it the 25 days of Christmas so it didn’t have to end so soon.

This card was made with the snowflake from the stamp set called Festive Flurry.  The sentiment is from Greetings of the Season.  Both of these sets were used to make a few of the cards I have shown you, yet each card looked different.

To make this card, just stamp your snowflake and greeting in Versamark.  Then sprinkle Gold Embossing Powder and melt the powder with your Heat Tool.  Then just put the card stock layers together.  Easy!

I hope you have enjoyed my Christmas card series showing you how to make simple, yet beautiful Christmas cards.  There should be at least one in the series you liked (I hope!).

Have fun making your cards and don’t forget to send me one!

Best of Flowers Sympathy

Although I dislike making Sympathy Cards, I like to have some on hand just in case.  This became a Sympathy Card because I needed to use some kind of saying with it and the stamp set called Loving Thoughts seemed to work.  The first thing I did was take a flower stamp from the Best Of Flowers and ink with with Versamark.  Then I sprinkled White Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Heat Tool.  If you haven’t gotten the Stampin Up! Heat Tool, you should consider it.  It is so much quieter than my old one plus it has two settings – one for melting embossing powder and one for drying wet ink.  Love it!

Anyway, after I set the embossing powder I stamped the same set in Calypso Coral over the first set of flowers and then took a paper towel to wipe off the ink that was on the white flowers.  Ink does not dry on embossing powder so you would have mess if you didn’t wipe it off.

The card still looked a little plain so I sponged Calypso Coral Ink over everything.  I like the way it came out.

Best of Flowers Sympathy Card

Best of Flowers Sympathy Card

There Is A Difference

Last month I showed you a card that I made for a Christmas swap I was participating in.  It used the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set.  I had mentioned in that post about the differences in embossing powder.

I often talk about the quality of Stampin Up products and I truly believe there is a difference between companies.  I wanted to show you the difference even in something little like embossing powder.

The first picture I am going to show you was embossed using a different company’s gold embossing powder.  I stamped Peace in Versamark and then dumped almost the whole container of powder over the stamp.  I did it this way so that I was sure to get enough powder on the stamp.  I then used the new Stampin Up Heat Gun to heat up the powder.  Here is a close up picture of the other company’s powder.

Embossed with Other Company’s Powder

You can clearly see in this picture that the embossing looks pebbly or bumpy.

The next picture shows the same stamp with Stampin Up Embossing Powder.  I used the same Versamark pad and dumped practically the entire jar of the powder over the stamp.

Image using Stampin Up Embossing Powder

There is clearly a difference.  Stampin Up’s powder is smooth and thicker looking.  It is a much nicer result.  Which would you rather use?





More Christmas Swaps

Do you ever wish you had purchased a set of stamps, framelits or a punch and then have it be retired before you got around to it?  This is how I feel about the Sensational Season Stamp Set and the matching framelits called the Holiday Collection.  When I first saw it, I thought to myself I can live without it.  Now that I have participated in this Christmas swap  I wish I had purchased it.

Kathe Deck made this card for the swap.  It is so cute.  She used the new Core’dinations paper in Gumball Green as the background and cut the trees out of various other greens Stampin Up carries (Certainly Celery, Garden Green and Gumball Green).  She cut the stars out with the new Gold Glimmer Paper.  Love it!

Christmas Card from Kathe Deck

The next card I received is from my new found sister, Buffy Cooper.  You have seen a few items on my blog from her.  Each one is even better than the other, which you would think would be impossible to do.

Buffy used the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp set and matching Framelits from the Holiday catalog.  She embossed her background with the Holiday Frame Embossing Folder and cut that cute bow using two hearts and circle out of silver glimmer paper.  The prettiest part is she embossed a snowflake using Silver Embossing Powder.  Remind me to ask her where the snowflake came from because it is beautiful (maybe I can get her to tell us in the comments below).

Buffy Cooper’s Christmas Card

More Christmas Swaps

Here is another holiday swap from Kath who lives in Utah.  She used the stamp set from the holiday catalog called Heart of Christmas.  This set would also be perfect for the inside of your Christmas card.  Kath embossed the stamp set with White Embossing Powder.  It is hard to tell from the picture but Kath used Shimmer Paint on the background.

Kath Ricks Swap

Here is another card I received from Jackie Susnik.  Jackie used the stamp set from the Holiday Catalog called Scentsational Season.  Jackie said that Kath Ricks showed her how to use the Full Heart Punch to make the ends of the banner perfect every time.  What a terrific idea!  I will be posting how to do this on another day.

Jackie Susnik’s Swap

Christmas Swap

I am honored to belong to a group of fellow demonstrators who are so talented.  We share many thoughts and ideas together.  Most are stamp related but not everything.  A member of this group organized a swap amongst the rest of us.  I don’t usually participate in swaps but these ladies are so talented that I wanted to.  My card used a variety of stamps sets.  The wreath is from Daydream Medallions.  The ornament is from Ornament Keepsakes and the saying is from Greetings of the Season.  You can’t really tell by the picture but the ornament was put on with Dimensionals so it gives it a little depth.  I embossed everything in gold with Stampin Up’s embossing powder.  Remind me to show you the difference between SU’s embossing powder and another company’s powder.  I will have to get Rob to use his fancy camera for the close up picture.  You wouldn’t think something like embossing powder would make a difference but it was amazing how much better SU’s powder came out.

August 2012 Club Meeting

Last night we had our August Club meeting.  Although it was a small group we had a lot of fun.  The first card they made used Daydream Medallions and Floral Frames Framelits.  The colors were Crumbb Cake, Primrose Petals and So Saffron.  I love this color combination.

The next card I CASEd (Copy and Share Everything) from Joanne Do, a friend of mine who lives in Hawaii.  I never  even though of getting this set until I saw her card.  I did change mine just a little but the overall design is her’s.  It uses By The Seashore and Sweet Essentials stamp sets.  The colors are Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Not Quite Navy and More Mustard.  We spondged the outside of the card using Crumb Cake. 

Thanks Joanne!


The last card we made used the Perfectly Perserved stamp set and the Cannery Ser Framelits from the Holiday Mini.  We used the new Argyle Embossing Folder and the Small Oval Punch.  The colors are Real Red, Whisper White and Certainly Celery.  The jar is behind a window sheet.

July 2012 Club Projects


I had a great time playing with my merchandise from the new Stampin Up catalog.  This catalog is full of things I just have to own! 

The first card we did use the new Chevron Embossing Folder, the new In Colors called Summer Starfruit and Midnight Muse and the Reason to Smile stamp set you can purchase in the month of July for $5 with a $50 order.  You can even choose the set in wood or clear mount.


The second card we made used the new Large Scalloped Edgelit and the Paper Piercing Pack.  The colors were Early Expresso and Tempting Turquoise.  We used the Tempting Turquose Embossing Powder with a stamp from Fabulous Florets.



The last card we made used the new Layered Labels stamp set with the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  I love all the Framelits.  They are so easy to just stamp and cut out.  The colors we used were Rose Red, Regal Rose and Whisper White.  We finished it off with the Scallop Trim Border Punch and then cut two flowers using the Itty Bitty Punch Pack and then added bling using the Rhinestones.