Ribbon of Courage

Does this card look familiar? Well if you have been following along with my posts then you might recognize the layout of this card from a project I shared few weeks ago showcasing the Climbing Orchids. You can view that project by following this link http://stamptasticdesigns.com/2017/07/30/beautiful-climbing-orchids/   I loved the technique and layout of the card so much that I decided to showcase it using a different stamp set…the Ribbon of Courage. One of the things I love most about creating cards is that you can use your layouts over and over again to create a variety of cards for different occasions or reasons. Simply change out the stamp set and embellishments.

To make this card, start with a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. I cut out a larger sized oval from the center (using oval framelits)…this is an optional step. The project will be beautiful even if you don’t cut out an oval in the center. Next, grab one of your favorite embossing folders….my choice was the new Garden Trellis folder. Take the Powder Pink stamping pad, open up your embossing folder, and ink up the top part of the folder. You want to ink up the “smoother” part of the embossing folder (typically the top part) so that when you put your paper in the folder it “pushes” the ink in the background of the embossed images. So you will notice the trellis design stays white but there is pink ink in the background. I just open up my ink pad and tap it right onto the embossing folder as shown.

Once you have finished inking up the embossing folder, lay your 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of paper on the bottom part of the folder and close it. Run it through your embossing machine. Take the embossing folder to your sink and rinse off the ink with cool water. It’s a super simple technique that really has a WOW factor to it!

Then just embellish your project! For this particular project I used the Ribbon of Courage Bundle (Stamp set and Framelit Die Cuts). I embossed the flowery ribbon design on a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock. Simply ink up the ribbon image with versa mark, stamp it on the pink pirouette cardstock, sprinkle it with white embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat to set. Once the image is set, cut out the ribbon with the coordinating die cut. For the finishing touch, I embellished it with a little bitty bow.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Have a wonderful day!

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Watercolor Embossed Images

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Today I have a quick and simple watercoloring technique to share. This particular technique was inspired by the April 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit!  It involves watercoloring over embossed images. You can use specialty paper, like the Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper, or simply stamp and emboss your own images! So many possibilities! Watch this video tutorial to see how quick and simple it is!





Christmas Gift Bags

Good Morning Stampin’ Friends!  Today I am at a Stampin’ Up! event called On Stage.  It’s a day and half long event that is super fun!  We swap cards, learn new techniques, get a sneak peek of the new catalog coming out in January (WAHOO!) and, most of all, we enjoy each other’s company! I will have lots to share with you when I return!

So for today, I want to share a fun little Christmas gift bag idea!  You might have seen the “blah” looking brown paper bags in the annual catalog. They are “blah” until you start to dress them up, of course!  I decided to make a few gift bags, filled with goodies, for my team members that were attending On Stage with me.  They are super simple and so pretty!


Here’s what you need to do! Take one of your favorite embossing folders, I used the Holly Textured Embossing Folder, then fold over the top of the bag, place it inside your embossing folder and, voila, you have a pretty embossed bag!  To decorate the bag, I simply cut a 2 x 12 inch piece of the Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper and wrapped it around the top part of the bag (to keep the bag closed). It serves as a belly band so you can easily slide it off and on the bag. Then tie a bit of ribbon on the belly band and add a cute little tag!  Simple, hey? Now you can use any embossing folder and designer paper, not just Christmas. Get creative with it!  Enjoy!

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Floral Affection

Love Blossoms

Good Morning!  Happy Tuesday! Did you get any crafting done this weekend?  It was so gorgeous outside that it I just couldn’t do any crafting during the day…but, of course, there was plenty of time in the evenings to get busy crafting! I have been playing around with some of the new catalog products while also using up some of the retiring ones.  This particular card has a mix of new catalog products and some of the retiring ones…can you guess which product is new? If you guessed the embossed flower, you were right!  The new embossing folder is called Floral Affection and it has two different embossing folders in it. And, of course, they are gorgeous! Let’s take a look at how to make this card…

Start with a piece of rose red cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and punch out the top two corners using the curvy corner trio punch. Emboss the center of the cardstock with one of the Floral Affection embossing folders…I know, I am teasing you a bit since you can’t order from the new catalog yet. But you will be able to on June 1, 2016! Sponge some blushing bride ink all over the embossed image and adhere the entire white piece to your card front. Grab a few scrap pieces of the love blossoms designer series paper and cut them to 1 x 4 inches (pretty flower pattern) and 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 x 4 inches (rose red pattern). You can cut the rose red pattern a little bigger if you want more of the pattern to show behind the flowers.  Adhere the two pieces together and then adhere them to the bottom of your white cardstock as shown.  Stamp a little sentiment on the top of the white cardstock using sahara sand ink. For the finishing touch, add an elegant butterfly embellished with some pearls. Enjoy!

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World of Dreams

world of dreams casedGood Morning!  Today I have a beautiful card to share with you that was inspired by a project showcased in the Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog. I was drawn to the gold accents on this card and, of course, the beautiful images in the World of Dreams stamp set. Let’s take a closer look at how to make this card.

Start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of the striped gold vellum and adhere to your card front. Tip: Put your adhesive in spots on the vellum where it won’t be seen (toward the middle of the vellum). Cut a 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Randomly stamp the beautiful nature images along the outer edges of the card, as shown, using the 2014-2016 In Colors: Blackberry bliss, Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow. Grab 2 paper doilies and heat emboss one of the sentiments onto the center of the doily using gold embossing powder. Punch out a 2 1/2 inch whisper white circle and adhere it behind the doilies. Secure the doily to the card as shown (fold the doily over to the back side of the white cardstock. Add a bit of Venetian trim to the top part of the doily and tie some gold baker’s twine around the white piece. Secure the entire piece over the gold striped vellum using dimensionals. Enjoy!

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Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Gold Fancy Designer Vellum Foil

World Of Dreams Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' Pad

Hello Honey Classic Stampin' Pad

Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad

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Versamark Pad

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Venetian Crochet Trim

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Embossed Petite Petals

petite petalsGood Morning!  Today I thought I would share a fun little card showcasing the petite petals stamp set.  I actually put this card together, by request, for one of my hostesses in Michigan. It’s very similar to a card I put together over a year ago…I just changed out the colors. You can view it here >> 2014 Petite Petals. Yes, you can use these designs over and over again just by changing out the colors or patterned papers you are using.

To make this card, start with a piece of calypso coral cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Randomly stamp the petite petals images diagonally using calypso coral, so saffron and sahara sand ink. Once you finished stamping the images, emboss the entire piece with the decorative dots embossing folder. Cut a 2 x 3 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and punch out the 2 inch side with the scalloped tag topper.  Stamp a little sentiment on the bottom part of the tag and embellish the top with a few petite petals and some pearls.  For the finishing touch, tie a bit of ribbon through the top of the tag and adhere to your card with dimensionals. Enjoy!

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Lovely Lace ~ Embossing Technique

sponged dry embossingLooking for different ways to use your pretty patterned embossing folders? Well I have a quick and simple project idea to share with all of you today! There are so many fun patterned embossing folders that it just makes sense to highlight them, right? Right! This fun project idea was inspired by one of my team members, Julie Lulich! Thanks Julie! So let’s take a closer look at how to put together this project.

Start with a piece of blushing bride cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and emboss it with the Lovely Lace embossing folder. Grab some of your sponge daubers, a few different ink colors and start sponging color onto the raised images. Daubers work the best for this project because you can be a bit more precise with your sponging. The colors showcased on this card are wisteria wonder, pistachio pudding, blushing bride and so saffron. For the finishing touch, I added a little sentiment punched out with the 1 1/4 inch scalloped circle. Oh…and I did a little paper piercing around the scallops. Quick, simple and beautiful! Enjoy!

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Ornamental Pine

050Beautiful card designed by Cristy, one of my stampin’ colleagues. This was one of my favorite cards to put together this holiday season.  I love using nature images in my stamping so the pine needles and pinecones are right up my alley!  The card may look more difficult than it is….so if you want to re-create it, here are some instructions.
Cut a piece of soft sky cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Ink up the pine needles image with some mossy meadow ink, stamp once and then stamp again in a different spot without re-inking (that’s how you get the 2 different shades of green). Run a piece of All is Calm washi tape down the left side of the card, across the pine needs. Heat emboss the pine cones on a piece of sahara sand cardstock using early espresso embossing powder. Cut the pine cones out by hand and secure them to the card using dimensionals. Stamp your favorite Christmas sentiment on the bottom of the card (or the one that comes with the stamp set) using coastal cabana ink. Tie 2 pieces of linen thread together in a bow and secure to the pine cones using a glue dot! Enjoy!


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Seasonally Scattered Thanks

sesonally scattered emboss resistSeasonally scattered seems to be a pretty popular stamp set this holiday season. If you are on Pinterest, then you have probably seen oodles of projects showcasing this set! Well here is another one to add to your collection! For this particular card, I decided to do a bit of heat embossing with some silver embossing powder and a bit of sponging with coastal cabana ink. I thought the silver and blue would look fabulous together, what do you think?

For those of you that are looking to recreate this card, here are the instructions…start with a piece of coastal cabana cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Emboss the “thanks” image, from the seasonally scattered stamp set, using silver embossing powder.  If you haven’t tried heating embossing, it’s pretty simple. You will “ink” up your image with versa mark, sprinkle the image with silver embossing powder (tap off the excess) and then heat to set the image. 🙂 Once you have embossed your image, simply sponge some coastal cabana ink in and around the image. For the finishing touch, add a bit of silver baker’s twine. Enjoy!

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