Hello Friend Embossing Project Kit

Recently, I taught a stamp camp using the Hello Friend Embossing Project Kit and Hello Friend stamp set.  This was a great way to step-up my cardmaking and share several different embossing techniques to make the cards in the kit.

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This kit contains all the supplies to make 15 cards – three of each design.  To make this kit, you need the following items:  Hello Friend stamp set plus have Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach and Powder Pink pads, VersaMark pad, aqua painters, dimensionals, glue dots, snail adhesive, stamp-a-ma-jig, heat tool, grid paper and strip of cardstock.

Tip #1:  Use the stamp-a-ma-jig tool to perfectly place sentiments on each of the punched label pieces by first temporarily holding the label punch in place with a tiny bit of snail adhesive.

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Tip #2:   Temporarily adhere the “hello die cut” to strip of cardstock before covering it with VersaMark – now, you’ll have something to hold so that you won’t smudge the embossing powder or burn your fingers while using the heat tool!

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Tip #3:  Hello Friend stamp set will make a lovely Christmas Card.  Versamark on Old Olive cardstock shows up darker.  With clear embossing powder, the stamped image looks like Always Artichoke, so I matted the piece with Always Artichoke cardstock and added some Natural Trim ribbon with gold metallic center.

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This stamp set has lots of possibilities, and the embossing kit will give you lots of supplies to make a bunch of cards to have on hand.  All of these items are available for purchase using my on-line store.

Until next time, sending your crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Touches of Texture

The Touches of Textures stamp set will add dimension and character to any of your cards with the many fun, eclectic and useful design images found in this stamp set.

This card features the floral sprig image and the bumble bee and the splatters plus the Delicate Doilies and Lots of Labels framelits dies.


Add some cardstock, designer paper and baker’s twine, and you have a finished card for any occasion!

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Watercolor Wings with Butterfly Basics

What can you do with this mix of organic images, backgrounds, and sentiments from Watercolor Wings and Butterfly Basics stamp sets?

Well, here is a lovely card that I received in Random Act of Kindness card swap from another talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Toni Campana from Greensboro NC.  Toni created this card using Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist and Sweet Sugarplum inks and matted the image with Soft Sky cardstock.  First, she created the background.  Next, she stamped and fussy cut the butterfly from scrap piece of cardstock, popped it up with dimensionals and added some gold thread for accents. 



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Vintage Leaves

Why wait for Mother Nature? You’re no longer at the mercy of the season — create your own leaves anytime, for any occasion and in the colors you want!  Here is a super quick card using the maple leaf image from Vintage Leaves stamp set.  

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For this card, I stamped images from light to dark.  First, I stamped in Pool Party and then cleaned my stamp well.  Then repeated the process with Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.  The sentiment from Work of Art stamp set is stamped in Archival Basic Black ink.  Next I splatter some Cajun Craze ink over the card using my aqua painter for a bit of interest, and matted the card with Basic Black cardstock.  

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Part 3: Remarkable You

Did I mention how much I love the Remarkable You stamp set?  I’ve had a great time designing cards with it.  These images are so easy to color and fussy cut — which adds that WOW factor!  The images of the two flower and branch of leaves were stamped on Whisper White cardstock, colored with watercolor pencils and a blender pen, and cut out separately.  Using the Layering Circles Framelits, I die cut two circles in Whisper White, and two slightly larger circles in Pacific Point.  The circles create focal points to highlight the flowers and the sentiment.

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For my next card, I stamping the leaf image on Emerald Envy before fussy cutting it.  I used the large oval from Stitched Shapes Framelits and some rhinestones as the focal point.  

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The stamp set and dies are carrying over into the new catalog.  So you’re sure to see more card designs in the future.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Adirondack chair of Colorful Seasons

Have you seen the Adirondack chair die from the Colorful Seasons Bundle? Nothing says sit back, relax and “just breathe” the fresh air like an Adirondack chair.  I love this die cut shape.  It makes me want to find a cool drink, some sun glasses and enjoy the sunshine!  

Actually, this Colorful Seasons Bundle is probably my favorite bundle in the catalog.  It is one that I know that I’ll be reaching for again and again.  There are so many fun shapes and seasonal images to craft year round — winter, spring, summer and fall.  And, the sentiments are just beautiful and timeless.

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Below is one of the cards from my June stamp camp – which was designed by the very talented Melissa Ellis, another Inky Angel.  It uses five different techniques – tearing, dry embossing, die cutting, sponging and masking – to create depth and interest. It features Tranquil Tide, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Whisper White and the Wood Textures Designer Series.  To make the background clouds, I created a mask using the cloud images from Up & Away Thinlits and sponged the clouds with Soft Sky.  After dry embossing the Crumb Cake piece using the Softy Falling embossing folder, I sponged Crumb Cake ink on the raised dots using a very light touch.

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The card was accessories with White Perfect Accents and a banner using Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I think it is a good time to sit in the sunshine and study the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Quick Sympathy Card

I often stockpile cards that can be easily modified by adding a quick sentiment.  I just love the simplicity of this card design!  This card also features:  Wild About Flowers, Teeny Tiny Wishes and Timeless Textures stamp sets.

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All three stamp sets are keepers!  

As I mentioned before, Teeny Tiny Wishes contains 24 greetings for almost every occasion.  And by changing out one of the greetings, this card can be used in so many different ways – as a sympathy card, a get-well card, happy birthday card or thinking of you card.  You’ll want to keep this stamp set handy because you’re going to be using it a lot!

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Wild about Flowers is a Two-Step Stampin’ set, which gives you so many creative options–combine individual stamps to build the final image  in the colors you want.  It also contains several more great sentiments for a retirement card — like “you’ll be missed” and “congratulations on your new adventure”.

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And finally, the Timeless Textures will add personality to your projects.  You’ll want to keep this one close by too! You can keep your design clean and simple with one image, or layer more images for more depth and character

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Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Part 2: High Tide Stamp Set

High Tide is a Two-Step Stampin’ set is terrific for combining several stamped images for capturing a beautiful beach scenes in the colors you want.  This is a photopolmer stamp set which is totally transparent to ensure perfect image placement every time!

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high tide card idea

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This stamp set is available from my on-line store; just click on this link or the SHOP tab above.

And if you need inspiration, would like to learn stamping techniques or craft with friends, I offer monthly workshops and stamp camps.  Just click on the CONTACT ME tab above.

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Card Making – Random Acts of Kindness

I have mixed feelings about social media posts.  It is wonderful for keeping up with friends and family.  The photographs of the crazy antics of kids, grandkids and cute puppy dogs make me smile.  And, I love seeing the photos that my good friends post of gorgeous sunsets on the water and beautiful flowers.  It can be a daily outpouring of love, laughter and encouragement.  It can also be a real downer with negativity!

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As a card maker, you have the ability to send sunshine through the mail.  Social media only provides the sunshine for a split second.  But, a card sends a powerful and lasting message that you really and truly care!  On a particularly bad day, an unexpected card in the mail can be a ray of sunshine!  On a good day, it is icing on the cake!  Finding a card unexpectedly in the mail box will make me do a happy dance!

Here are some cards that I received in the mail from some very talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrators — from left to right: Jacki Lawrence from Illinois, Toni Campana from North Carolina, and Narelle Fasulo from Australia.  Yes, that’s right — Australia.  These random act of kindness cards were sent by talented crafters in the Stampin’ Up! family and these are treasured gifts from ladies who know the joy of making and sending cards and who thought of me!

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So here is my challenge to you — MAKE a card and SEND a card, TODAY!  It will certainly put a smile on your face imaging the recipient doing a happy dance at the mailbox!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Part 2: Remarkable You

Here is another card that I stamped and colored using my watercolor pencils and a blender pen using the Remarkable You stamp set.

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Staring with 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped and masked the flower image on the right, then stamped the image on the left.  I used the brush tip of my Basic Black stampin’ write marker to extend the stem.  I added my sentiment in close, and matted this piece on a piece of Old Olive cut to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2.

Next I stamped the blossoms on scrap Whisper White cardstock and colored them using the Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight watercolor pencils and blender pen.  I then fussy cut the blossoms and adhered them with snail and some carefully placed dimensionals.  Notice how the fussy cut flower extends over the left edge of the card. This is an easy way to add instant wow factor to your handmade card.

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Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!