Beachy Little Christmas

Do you have friends who don’t like cold winters? Do you flee to warmer countries during the holiday season? Or do you live in an area that couldn’t be more different from the snow-covered landscapes that you usually find on Christmas cards? Then Beachy Little Christmas stamp set is for you—and also for people who love warm breezes, palm trees and sea shells!

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This card is gorgeous in real life.  The background paper was created stamping the sea shell images on Crumb Cake cardstock using Crumb cake ink.  The sentiment and tree were first stamped in VersaMark ink, sprinkled with Gold Embossing Powder and heat set.  

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Gold embossing is one of my favorite stamping techniques.   The glossy raised image from the Gold embossing powder adds that WOW factor to any project.  

After allowing to cool, the image was colored with blender pens for a lighter, softer coloring.  Simply scribble a marker on an acrylic block, touch the tip of the blender pen to the marker ink and apply the color to the image.  Note:  avoid coloring too hard or too long in the same spot, as the wetness may begin to breakdown the smooth paper surface.

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Use Colored Snowflakes Year-Round

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Did you see the Foil Snowflakes embellishments on page 37 of the holiday catalog?  You will receive 24 metallic foil snowflakes – 12 gold and 12 silver – in the package.  As an embellishment, they will add some bling and sophistication to your crafting project.  

Do you need a different color option to embellish your project?  Good news, the white paper backing (non-foil side) that may be inked with any color you desire!  So instead of being just a seasonal item, they can be used year-round!

Here, I used my Real Red ink pad to color the backing.  For really quick coloring, first refresh the ink in your ink pad.  Then put the foil side face-down and smash the ink pad on the white paper backing.  Allow a little time for the ink to dry or carefully heat set with your heat gun.  

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For more precise coloring, use a sponge dauber Here, I blended Crush Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze to create a tri-colored embellishment.

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Need a matte black, shiny black or shiny white???  Well, to create a matte finish, simply ink the white paper backing with Memento Black ink or Archival Basic Black ink and allow to air dry. 

And yes, you can use VermaMark ink and your favorite embossing powder!  It will take a couple of applications and heat cycles, but it is so worth it!  Just be careful not to burn your fingers. 

For shine, ink the white paper backing and clear embossing powder.  For shiny white, simply ink the white paper backing with VersaMark and use white embossing powder.  Easy Peasy.  Here is matte black, black with clear embossing powder and just VersaMark with white embossing powder.

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Look at this gorgeous embellishment with Copper Embossing Powder.  The embossing powder provides much more dimension and gloss.

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For more creative design options, simply cut them into smaller pieces!

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So what will you do with these foil snowflakes???  I can’t wait to see!

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Technique: Layered Images

Recently I participated in a bi-monthly swap with other demonstrators.  Here is one of the awesome cards that I received from Lisa Freeman using the Painted Harvest stamp set in Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry and Early Espresso.

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To re-create this card,  you will need to three pieces of Very Vanilla cardstock:  2″x 3-1/4″, 2-1/2″x4″ and 4″x5-1/4″.  


Step 1:  Use just a little bit of snail adhesive to temporarily stack and keep the three pieces from moving.  To help you see the three pieces of Very Vanilla, I ran the edges of the small and medium pieces across an ink pad.  

Step 2:  Stamp as you normally would.  Don’t worry about how the image gaps near the edges of cardstock — when the pieces are matted, the gaps will be hidden.

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Step 3:  Carefully remove the pieces as to not tear the cardstock.

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Step 4:  Matt the three pieces of Very Vanilla with coordinating colors of cardstock:  2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″, 2-3/4 x 4-1/4″ and 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  

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Step 5:  Assemble and embellish.

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Technique Video : More Heat Embossing

Embossing is one of my favorite techniques! But did you know there are many ways to emboss? Watch this 7-minute video from Stampin’ Up! in which Andrea demonstrates several additional embossing techniques: water embossing, embossing in any color ink pad, embossing on vellum and another faux metal embossing

Now the other day, I taught how to heat embossing by first inking your stamp with versamark and them inking your stamp with another ink color.  However, this video taught me a new trick.  With our new ink pads, if your stamp pad is freshly inked, you can skip the versamark because the fresh ink will be juicy enough to hold the embossing powder.  

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Creep it Real

Capture the fun-filled spirit of Halloween with this Creep it Real stamp set and create terrific treats for all the big and little monsters, vampires, skeletons, witches and pumpkins in your life!

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With so many exciting holidays represented in our new catalog, there’s only a short amount of time to create fun-filled Halloween projects—and that time is now! Halloween is just a 6 weeks away!  Eek!

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These treats were created with Treat Tubes,  Clear Tiny Treat Boxes and Gussetted Cellophane Bags, and embellished with Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon, Vintage Crochet Trim and Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine.

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Here, Mini Treat Bag ThinlitsGussetted Cellophane Bags and Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine were used to create these cute treats.  And, this Halloween themed designer paper was created using the Creep it Real stamp set and markers.  You don’t need to worry about coloring in the lines, because the little extra coloring gives it a fun eclectic look!

All of these products are available for purchase from my on-line store.  Just click on the links provided or use the shop tab above.  And, remember to brush your fangs after enjoying these delicious Halloween treats!

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Technique: Fussy Cutting

Fussy cutting is a quick and an affordable way to create your own pretty embellishments and to add simple depth and dimension in your craft project. 

But, what is Fussy Cutting? 

It was originally a quilting term to cut pieces of fabric to center and feature a particular section of the design.  In paper crafting, this term is applied when using a good pair of scissors to trim a stamped image from cardstock or printed motifs from designer paper.

It just takes a little patience and a little practice to perfect this technique.  To learn this technique, first start with a simple, straightforward pattern.  Before you know it, you’ll have the confidence to try a more intricate and detailed pattern.

Here are a few tricks for incorporating fussy cutting in your stamped projects:

  1. Relax your hands and take a deep breath.  You’ve been using scissors since kindergarten.  Try not to over think this.  Yes, it really is that simple!
  2. Use Stampin’ Up! paper snips. These are very sharp, micro-tip scissors. The shorter the blade, the easier it is to maneuver the paper.  The smaller the tip, the easier it is to snip out those tight corners.
  3. Begin with a rough cut of the image you wish to fussy cut.  This will give you a smaller piece of paper to handle and the ribbon of trimmed paper won’t get in the way while you cut out the details of your image.
  4. Use the fulcrum of your scissors, not the tips!  This will improve your maneuverability and it will result in clean-cut edges while you trim the image.
  5. Make long, slow cuts rather than quick snips. Quick snips result in choppy edges.
  6. If you encounter tight corners, pass by it during the long slow cut. Then go back later and snip those pieces out using the tip of your scissors.
  7. Always move and turn the paper, not the scissors, as you cut.  Keep your scissors pointed straight ahead.
  8. Always cut the piece of paper all the way to the paper edge, instead of ending your scissor cut too soon and having to tear the paper and possibly ruining your cut.
  9. For a finished look, sponge the trimmed edge or run the brush tip of a color marker around the trimmed edges to hide any rough cuts or untrimmed bits of paper.
  10. For depth and dimension use Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Mini Dimensionals and pieces of Foam Adhesive Strips to pop up your fussy cut images.  If you want less height, try stacking two Mini Glue Dots.  If you want more height, add more layers of images and dimensionals.

Fussy cutting is a great technique to have in your back pocket especially since most stamps sets do not have a coordinating die.  And, there are times when your design calls for a cleaner edge than the white border obtained with die cutting.

Here is a card that I made using the fussy card technique by cutting sea shells from the So Many Shells stamp set. 

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Garden Trellis Embossing Folder

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It is easy to make a great impression especially when using Stampin’ Up! embossing folders.  Just place a flat piece of cardstock in this embossing folder, run it through the Big Shot, and out comes cardstock with a subtle textured design.  

For this card, I used the Garden Trellis embossing folder to create texture and interest using Lemon Lime Twist, one of the new 2017-2019 In-Colors.  I used my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to add a shimmer to the Lemon Lime Twist piece of the butterfly. Some Finely Woven Ribbon and new Black Rhinestones (#144639, available September 1st in the holiday catalog) completed this elegant, yet simple design.  

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Textured Impressions Embossing Folders make clear, crisp impressions—great for card fronts and accent pieces.  Check out pages 210-211 in the annual catalog to see the many different designs of embossing folders –the “regular” textured and the “deeper” 3D Dynamic textured impression embossing folders.

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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.

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Monochromatic Card using First and Second Generation Stamping Techniques

Welcome and thank you for stopping by!  Today, I’m going to show you a simple and elegant technique for making monochromatic cards using first and second generation stamping technique and one color of ink to create depth and lighter tones of color.  In this case, I’m going to use Pacific Point classic ink pad but I could have just as easily created this card using Marina Mist or Night of Navy.  

Generation stamping is a technique wherein a single ink is used to create different shaded images by stamping it multiple times without re-inking.  

  • First generation stamping is inking your stamp and applying the inked stamp directly on your project.
  • Second generation stamping is inking your stamp, stamping the image on a scrap piece of paper and then stamping the image on your project without re-inking the stamp. The result is a lighter image.  
  • You can even do third and fourth generation stamping, depending on how juicy your ink pad is and the richness of the ink color.


This project features High Tide stamp set and uses Pacific Point classic ink pad, Pacific Point and Whisper White cardstock and sponges. You will also need grid paper for easy alignment, some large and regular sized post-it notes and painter’s tape.  And, the sentiment is borrowed from So Many Shells stamp set but this card can be used for any occasion.  

First you will need to align your piece of Whisper White cardstock 5-1/4″ x 4″ on your grid paper, and secure first with large post-it notes and add a bit of painter’s tape to secure the post-it note to the grid paper.  (Note:  if you apply painter’s tape directly to the whisper white piece, it could tear the cardstock when it is removed.).  

On the left side, the large post-it note overs up 3/4″; on the right side, it covers up 1″ — leaving 2-1/4″ whisper white cardstock exposed.  

With an inked sponge, start sponging using a swirling motion first on the post-it note and shifting on to the exposed cardstock near the edges of the post-it note.  Sponge more ink to the top of the piece to create a darker sky.  Sponge ink about one-third down from the top to create two white spaces for interest.  Next, use second generation stamping and add the sand image near the bottom of the piece.

Using second generation stamping, add the Outlined Lighthouse image.  Next, use first generation stamping and add the Solid Lighthouse image directly over the outlined image.  

Next, use first, second and third generation stamping to add the grass at the base of the light house.  Stamp some grass directly on the base of the lighthouse to create depth.  Use second generation stamping to add the beacon of light.

For the water, add a post it note (yellow) to ensure you have a straight horizon, then add another post-it note (green) to protect the left side of the light house.  Use second, third and fourth generation stamping to add the water, slightly moving the stamp each time. Relocate the green post-it note to protect the right side of the lighthouse, and use second, third and fourth generation stamping to add the water on that side.


Carefully remove all the post-it notes and masking tape.  Using first generation stamping, add the seagulls and sentiment.  Mat your piece with 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Pacific Point cardstock.

When complete, your finished card should look like this…


You may purchase any of the supplies used in this project using my on-line store.  Just click on the links or the SHOP tab above.  Remember the Bonus Days promotion, for every $50 you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you will receive $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31. There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so shop all month!

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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!