Posts Tagged ‘dry embossing’

Thanks a Million

Happy Monday, all!  I finished up all of my Christmas cards over the weekend and I’m almost (but not quite!) burned out on Christmas stamps and paper for this year.  Sooo… my card share today is an all-season thank you card!

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The background is some thin foil paper – I believe it was meant for origami – that has been in my stash forever and a day.  I dry embossed it and was thrilled with how it came out, so I think I know what I’ll be doing with the rest of that stash!

To make the “Million” yellow, I colored it with a yellow Sharpie after heat embossing the sentiment in white.  Love that trick!  I used the same yellow Sharpie to color my white crochet thread yellow, too!

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The sentiment was stamped with the now-retired Stampin’ Up! Word Play stamp set.  Everything else is linked below!

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The Places You’ll Go…

Hello friends! Sorry for my absence! My day job has been extremely busy and I’ve been on some work-related travel, so unfortunately the fun stuff like cardmaking and blogging have fallen to the wayside for a bit. I do have a card share for today but I don’t know when the next one will be!

This card was a commission for a co-worker who wanted a card large enough for their group to sign for their supervisor. So this is card is about 5 x 7. It’s for a guy that loves books and reading. And hopefully he likes leaves and gold shimmer spray, lol!

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Forgive the picture quality here – I gave it to my co-worker then realized I hadn’t snapped a picture of it so I grabbed it back from her real quick and took one at her desk! Here’s a closer shot where you can see the leaves and shimmer spray.  I’m obsessed with this stuff for some reason – only in gold, I don’t like it in any other color!

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I also made the envelope peeking out from an old random bit of scrapbooking paper – source unknown. Much easier than finding the right size envelope for an odd-sized card like this one!

I used retired Stampin’ up! First Edition paper for the background, and stamped on it with retired SU! Autumn Leaf Prints stamps that I inked in a variety of fall colors, including retired colors SU Creamy Caramel, SU Summer Sun, and SU Handsome Hunter.   Everything else is listed below!

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Just Sitting Here

I got some new stamps! I needed them, right? LOL! I’ve had my eye on this cute set from Hero Arts for awhile and finally got it.

I decided to use it for this week’s Shopping Our Stash challenge. We were given this image for our inspiration to use woodgrain and/or this color story:


I decided to try to use both, and in the spirit of Shopping Our Stash I also used some scrap papers and an embossing folder that I’ve had for a long time and rarely used.

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I added a pop of pink to the color scheme and used a fun print for my chair.  The base is cut to 4″ wide to accomodate the pennant hanging off the side and still be an A2 card.  I inked the embossed base with a little Distress Ink Tumbled Glass to enhance the embossing.

I think this is a great card for Operation Write Home and I have a feeling I’ll be making more of these paper pieced chairs in a zillion different print patterns!

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Thinking of You Today & Smiling

I’ve been playing around in my scraps bin again – actually it’s no longer a bin, it’s an accordion file.  That’s part of the playing around :)

I found another challenge blog I hadn’t played in yet so I thought I’d give it a try – Hand Stamped Sentiments.  The current challenge is this great sketch:


Any geometric shape would work, I think, but I’ve been wanting to play around with the idea of an old fashioned hexagon quilt pattern so here’s what I ended up with…

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Sorry for the quality of the picture.  I moved my Ott Lite and apparently that was a bad idea! The patterned papers are all scraps as is the cardstock and ribbon.  The hexagons were cut on my Silhouette. Everything linkable is listed below!

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Love You

Happy rainy Thursday everyone :) Today I have a sweet little confection of a card to share. I decided to participate in the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger this week. If you aren’t familiar, they do a great inspiration photo challenge every week. This week’s photo was this beautiful bedroom….


Don’t you just want to jump on that bed? No? Just me?

My inspirations here were the sweet feminine bedding, specifically the floral coverlet and the little puff-dots on the comforter.   I also loved that the bed skirt is box-pleated.  I love a good box pleat! And finally, the chunky A on the bedside table was also an inspiration.

Here’s what I came up with…


The papers are from the Authentique Grace collection 6 x 6 pad.  The cardstock is some SU! Blush Blossom which I have been hoarding – still can’t believe they retired this color!  The LOVE letters were cut on my Silhouette and beefed up with some extras cut from cardstock (I will never have a baggie full of random unused chipboard alphabets again, thank you, Silhouette!)  I intentionally mussed the box pleated paper so it didn’t look too perfect and rigid.


Thanks for visiting today!

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Missing You

Hello friends! Back today with more scraps cards!

You’ll notice that these are fall themed, and that’s because my scraps bin is like a fossil record, and we have reached Fall 2012 in our excavation, lol.  I made these into “Missing You” cards for Operation Write Home to go in a box that will be sent later this year in time for the shippers to use for fall and Christmas cards.


I used three patterned paper strips and three die cut leaves, so this is an example of using odd numbers in design, which is this month’s Design Bootcamp from Paula!  I’ve always liked things in threes on cards, I just never knew why til now :)

Also please note that these dark card bases are lined with white liner paper since that is easier for our deployed troops  to use to write home.

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About these cards:  Leaves from scrap cardstock were die cut on my Big Shot using the Sizzix Originals Leaves #2 die.  I then dry embossed them with SU! embossing folders (Houndstooth and Square Lattice).  I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Right at Home with Versafine Sepia ink.  I used fall colored scraps to create my horizontal stripes and then accented that with embroidery thread.  

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Tags 2!

Last week we made six more tags at the Haughton House, and actually I made seven because there was a variation offered for one tag and I couldn’t decide so I made it both ways.

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I think the patriotic one might be my favorite!



This one made me remember why I love crackle paint!



Isn’t Frankie fun? Love him!



We used a cool metal tape technique to make this one.  Can’t wait to try some variations on it.



Here’s my twofer, love these fall colors.



This one got away from me a little bit…  the folded vellum wreath thing is about twice as big as I intended it to be.  I just could not get a handle on making that flower/wreath.  Still pretty though, right?


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O, Happy Day!

I made this bright and cheerful birthday card for my dear friend Kate, and I have been waiting for her to receive it in the mail so I could finally post it! (Ok, I haven’t had to wait that long, it just felt like it, lol!)

The rainbow was drawn by hand using Faber-Castell Gelatosthat were loaned by my friend Cindy (thanks, girl!) This was my first use of them and they were fun, like crayons for grown-ups!


 About this card:  The rainbow was hand drawn using Faber-Castell Gelatos and then sprayed with Radiant Rain Shimmer Mist in Ice to give it a subtle sparkle.  The clouds are dry embossed on my Big Shot using the SU! Cloudy Day embossing folder.  I trimmed it out by hand and popped the pieces on dimensionals to give the idea of a rainbow peeking out from behind the clouds.  The sentiment from BoBunny Sentiments stamp set was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and trimmed to a pennant shape by hand.  The red cardstock mat is DCWV.

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Notecard Set with Envelope Tutorial

Hello, friends!

Today I have a cute card set to show you, and a quick tutorial on making envelopes.

I made a set of ten notecards to give away as a door prize at my recent OWH Cardmaking event. These are square cards measuring 3.5″ x 3.5″ with coordinating envelopes. I did 2 each of 5 designs (one to keep, one to send!)

The technique here uses watercolor paper which holds up well for the abuse I put it through. I stamped a series of images in waterproof black ink, then dry embossed the panels, inked them, distressed the edges, and then sprayed them thoroughly with water mixed with Perfect Pearls powder.

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Aren’t these cute? The sparkle of the Perfect Pearls is hard to capture in pictures but it looks so pretty in person.

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To go along with these cards I created envelopes out of coordinating patterned paper.   I don’t know if you have gotten a chance to play with the new Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers but I am smitten with the thing.  So much so that I created a short tutorial on how I made these envelopes! Check it out here. 



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Sending Happy Thoughts

Recently I’ve been trying to use up some old stash, all the better to make room for new stash ;) .  One of the things I tend to hoard is pretty paper, so I pulled out some and made some quick and easy cards that featured the paper and used up some random sentiments I had previously stamped.

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About the cards:  The cardbases are dry embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder (SU).  The rest of the supplies are random from my stash. 

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