Stamping with an Embossing Folder for a Scrapbook Sketch

Happy Monday!  Today over at the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration blog, we are sharing a fun scrapbook sketch idea. 

I didn’t create the sketch, but let me tell you how much I LOVE designing off of sketches.  It makes the scrapbooking process so much easier for me because I don’t have to think too hard about the set-up of the page (or card!) and instead can focus on things like which color do I want to use and what should I write in my journaling.


Oh, and did I mention that my layouts are typically like my cards…. I start from a sketch or design, pull in key elements, and then totally change everything else up.  But hey!  It’s the inspiration that is important – and the fact that I’m actually getting my photos in an album!

You may be wondering how I got that honeycomb look on my base paper for my scrapbook…. well, check this out… I used my embossing folder as a stamp!!!

Seriously, its totally cool!  First I wiped my ink pad across the raised side of the embossing folder to ink it up.

Then I just flipped over the embossing folder and pressed it down like I would a stamp!  I liked the distressed (didn’t get all the ink down on the paper) look, so I didn’t worry about evenly pressing and getting it all off on the base paper.

Then for my accents, I created my own layered ribbon banners in the upper corner.  I took some of the Strawberry Slush Ruffle Trim and the Natural Trim ribbons and layered them.  Then snipped the ends at an angle.  Then to soften it even more, I use the Flower Shop bundle to get the simple flower to go on top.

Finally, I needed a title and ended up actually cutting out my letters using the Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies in the same Wisteria Wonder as the background paper.  But that was a little too tone-on-tone and so I drew around the outside of the letters with my white gel pen to make them pop a bit more. 

I would say that it worked!  And look at that face… isn’t Sweet a good title too?  Smile  Ok, I really didn’t know what to title these too pictures but I loved them so much that I had to scrap them somehow!

So, I hope you got some inspiration!  Play along and create your own scrapbook page with this sketch and let me know what you think!

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It’s Stampin’ Up! Convention Time!!

I’ve been getting super excited over the last week as convention approached and I started getting exciting wondering what amazing ideas I’d see, what new products would be revealed, and have a chance to hang out and reconnect with some wonderful people.

As I do each year I’ll be posting live updates to my Facebook page (as long as my battery holds out each day) and I’ll give you the full scoop and pictures each night here on the blog.  So even if you can’t be here in person, you can still participate in the excitement and get a feel for it with me.

Travelling to Salt Lake City!

So, today was my traveling day and I was very lucky to have 4 members of my group plus a great stamping friend traveling with me from Seattle to Salt Lake City.  We hopped on our plane last night and were treated to the most amazing sunset as we came in to land in SLC.

salt lake city sunset

We got our bags and a shuttle and headed to our homebase for the weekend – the Radisson at the convention center.  Check out the cool wall art about the nice beds:

Convention 2013 Radisson hotel room

And while I should really be sleeping in that bed right now (since breakfast comes waaay to early in the morning), I thought I’d show you some of the other fun things I brought with me to kick things off. Smile

1.  My nametag & convention buttons!

My first year at convention, I saw people with their lanyards full of pins and buttons and I realized that many people collect their convention pins and acheivement pins on their lanyard and I set out to start collecting mine.  It’s taken me 5 years, but I love that it is getting more full.  I know… its silly, but sometimes the little things make it more fun!

convention 2013 name tag and lanyard

Plus with 6,000 demos in attendance, they are checking badges this year and so I got to make it fun to look at!

2.  Swaps!!

What would a Stampin’ Up! event be without swaps?  I started out with making a ton of this Flower/Doily card… it was fun and easy to make a bunch.  But when I was done, I had made 76 cards and I decided a few days ago that a few more wouldn’t hurt and so I made the Christmas cards as well.

Flower Shop Doily Card

stampin up convention 2013 flower shop swap

I used the new Flower Shop bundle to create the cute flowers and then just accented with one of the Whisper White doilies.

I decided I needed a few more swaps and I thought of this fun way to use the new Christmas Collectibles stamp set.
(psst – sneak peek alert!  New holiday catalog goodies including the new stamp set, punch, and embossing folder.)

Christmas Collectibles Ornament Card

stampin up convention 2013 christmas swap card


3.  Fun n’ Crafty group gifts!

And finally, I put together a little Convention Survival Kit for everyone in my group since it was the first convention for many of them.  Some people have the tradition of downline gifts and roommate gifts… I just was excited to have so many downline and friends going with me I wanted to put a little something together for them.

Stampin up convention 2013 survival kit

  • I figured a few emergency snacks and mints would be nice.
  • Wet wipes for cleaning up after snacks or when you are stamping during make & takes and need a little extra clean up power.
  • Some tissue, because there is always some touching story or presentation that gets the whole room crying!
  • Chapstick – I swear, I always forget this and buy a new stick every year when I am here!
  • Band-aids were supposed to be in the bag, especially for when you are walking all day and your shoes start rubbing
  • …and of course a cute bag they can reuse each day to easily find their essentials.

Today they get their handmade gift from me… but I’ll save that surprise for my next blog post!  Ooh, I can’t wait to give everyone theirs!

So, today will be a day full of Stampin’ Up! home office tours, swapping, opening session, and a big party afterwards!  I’ll post as I go on my Facebook page and then back here later for the full report.

I’m so excited!

Now for a few hours sleep while I can….7:15am comes too early!

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Elegant Embossed Vellum Card

Its been a busy week and I’m suddenly realizing how much I still need to catch up on!  I’ve been reorganizing my craft room to make space for all the new catalog goodies that just came in…of course in the process I’ve discovered items that I forgot I had and really need to use more!  One of those items is Vellum

I have had a pack sitting on my shelf for a while and had completely forgotten about it, so a few weeks ago, I ran a Terrific Techniques class all about Vellum.  This card was one of my favorites from the class:

You start out by running a piece of vellum through your Big Shot with an embossing folder (in this case I used the Flower Garden embossing folder).  Then on the back side of your vellum, I grabbed my Sponge Daubers and sponged my colors as if to color in the embossed image.

The cool thing is that by sponging the back side of your vellum, it gives a pretty, soft glow to the front of your image.  And when you think you have made it too dark on the back, it turns out to be just perfect on the front!

Adhere your vellum to the front of your card by glueing it to the front of a white cardbase and add a strip of patterned paper to the edge for an accent.

I finished it off by punching out a sentiment from the fabulous Petite Pairs stamp set and sponging it with the same Wisteria Wonder sponge dauber I used for coloring in the back of the flowers.  And if you don’t have this stamp set yet, don’t forget it is available for 25% off until June 30th!



Check out all the greeting stamp sets that are available in the June 25% off sale!

So grab your vellum and embossing folders and experiment with what fun designs you can create. Smile

Fun with Texture Thank You Card

As I was playing with ideas for thank you cards for February, I decided to get inspired by the Sycamore Street designer paper from the Sale-a-Bration flyer for my colors and then start adding texture as I went along.

The most obvious bit of texture was my chevron embossing folder that I used on the top half of the card.  Then I added some ribbon to get something different from paper in the lower half of the card.  And then my favorite – heat embossing!

I inked up my Thanks sentiment from the Vintage Verses stamp set with Versamark, and then before stamping I inked it up again with Rich Razzleberry ink.  Then, stamp, cover in clear embossing powder right away, and apply heat with your heat gun.  Ta da!  Embossed ink in whatever color you want!

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Vintage Verses Thank You Recipe:
Vintage Verses
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Versamark
Paper: Whisper White cs, Rich Razzleberry cs, Baja Breeze cs, Sycamore Street designer paper
Accessories: Sycamore Street Ribbon (Tangerine Tango), Clear embossing powder, Heat gun, sponge daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Super Simple Valentine’s Card

Alright, I’m back with another project using the stamp from the Happy Valentine Heart bundle.  I showed you yesterday a Valentine Treat idea but I wanted to play with the stamp for a card.  This was the first quick card idea I came up with:

And as always, it is super hard to see but I used my 2-way Glue Pen and some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to fill in the little cupid heart.  Maybe this picture will show it a bit better?

Or not… but you get the idea. Smile

I swear I always start getting into a stamp/paper/embellishment right as it is going away.  So, reminder today is the LAST day to order this bundle or the My Little Valentine/Simply Sent bundle.

See the details on these bundles in the online store

But I think this stamp is kind of adorable so you may see it pop back up in the next few weeks between now and Valentine’s Day.

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Happy Valentine Heart Card
Happy Valentine Heart
Ink: Raspberry Ripple
Paper: Twitterpated designer series paper, Crumb Cake cs, Whisper White cs, Raspberry Ripple cs
Accessories: Big Shot, Adorning Accent embossing folders, Full Heart punch, 2-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Details, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Snowman Snowglobe Holiday Card

My son keeps telling me that it isn’t wintertime because there is no snow.  Apparently to his 2 – going on 3- year old view of the world:

fall = leaves fall off the trees and winter = snow.

That a pretty close approximation!  Unfortunately we don’t get too much snow up here in Seattle.  So I thought I would make my own “dreaming of snow” card today! Smile

I stamped this cutie of a snowman from the No Peeking stamp set and then decided to punch him out and make him his own snowglobe!  I sponged the edge of the circle with Midnight Muse ink for a subtle edge and then made a base out of the Curly Label punch.  Finally, add some snow by using Dazzling Details glitter glue.


He looks so happy in his little globe, don’t you think?

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Snowman Snowglobe Card Recipe
No Peeking
Ink: Basic Black marker, Gumball Green marker, Real Red marker, Midnight Muse
Paper: Gumball Green, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, 2 1/2” Circle punch, Curly Label Punch, Dazzling Details, Stitched Satin Ribbon – Gumball Green, Stampin’ Dimentionals, Sponge Daubers

Birds of a Feather Thank You

Every year there is a pack of designer paper that I completely overlook until I get the paper in for my new catalog DSP paper share.  Then, as I pull out the sheets to cut it down to 6×6 pieces, I discover some hidden gem.  This year, Birds of a Feather is that paper pack!

So, I wanted to make some thank you cards for folks who ordered at a recent workshop, and so I pulled out this paper and started playing around.


And since I was so torn on which pattern of the paper I liked more for this card, I had to make a second version with a different pattern from the same pack.


I don’t know if it is the colors or the “cute” feel from these designs, but I’m totally digging this paper set!


Did you know? You can see a big picture of each pattern in a pattern pack online?  It took me a while to realize that even though the information page looks like this with tiny strips of samples from the pattern, you can still get to bigger pictures.  So start out on the product page like this:


If you click the “More Images” link under the picture, you can flip through bigger pictures of each of the patterns!


 I know it took me a while to figure that out so hopefully that helps someone else!


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Scrapbooking Sunday: Mixed Bunch Color-blocked Page

So, this is my last weekend to prep before the big Northwest Women’s Show here in Seattle.  I’m grateful to have the opportunity to present a crafting demonstration on their Home Style stage on each of the 3 days; so I’ve been trying to square away exactly what I’m going to demo.  Well, this is one of the projects I’m planning on showing on Sunday (please forgive the awful photo):

I saw a layout by a crafty friend of mine named Brettaney Q, who is a super talented scrapbooker, and was inspired to scraplift from it for the show this coming weekend.  She was so nice to give me permission and I love how my version turned out thanks to her inspiration.

I changed things up because I was using all Stampin’ Up! supplies and it was fun to get to pull out and play with all my tools!

This layout ended up being all about texture as I cut my strips for the color-blocked bottom of the layout and ran them through my Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  And on the top half of the layout I stamped with the Mixed Bunch stamp set with Versamark and embossed using clear embossing powder.  I added some Wisteria Wonder bakers twine along the middle which softens it all a bit.  And then I played with my Mixed Bunch stamp set and the matching Blossom punch to make the flower next to my photo.

Oh, and the last thing I did was add a simple title to my page.  I again reached for my Big Shot and grabbed my Timeless Type alphabet sizzlets, and cut it out of Rich Razzleberry cardstock.

I love how it turned out and I hope the visitors to the Women’s show enjoy it too!  I’ll be showing them this project on Sunday along with a matching card using the same layout for those of you who aren’t scrapbookers. 🙂
If you’d like to come visit me at the show – I’ll be presenting at the following times:

  • Friday 3/2 at 3:30pm on the Home Style Stage
  • Saturday 3/3 at 3:00pm on the Home Style Stage
  • Sunday 3/4 at 11:30am on the Home Style Stage

I’ll be demo’ing for about 30 minutes and have a display table next to the stage with more samples, information, and of course a show special!  I still have a lot to do but I think the show will be a lot of fun.  Hope you can come say hello if you are local!


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First Tooth Scrapbook Page Recipe:
Mixed Bunch
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder classic, So Saffron classic, Versamark
Paper: Chocolate Chip textured cardstock, Whisper White cs, Wisteria Wonder cs, Pink Pirouette cs, Rich Razzleberry cs, Lucky Limeade cs, So Saffron cs, Island Indigo cs, Crumb Cake cs, Concord Crush cs, Very Vanilla cs
Accessories:  Blossom punch, Scallop Trim border punch, Scallop edge punch, 1” circle punch, Wisteria Wonder bakers twine, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Heat gun, Clear embossing folder, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Mix & Matched Embossing Folders Wedding Card

Ever have those weeks where the mojo just isn’t flowing?   Sometimes I’m jazzed to get crafty but then I sit down at my craft table and just stare at everything and have no idea what to make.  That would be this week for me!

Thank goodness for swap cards!  Today I thought I’d share a card by Carolyn Dobie that I found inspiring for two different reasons.

  1. Combining two different embossing folders!  I don’t know why I always think that I can only use one textured pattern on a card at a time…this definitely proves otherwise. 
  2. Stamping with Vellum!!  I LOVE the look of vellum, so I don’t know why I never think to grab it.  I love how she stamped her image with Stazon ink and then colored them in with her Stampin’ Write markers.  So pretty and elegant. 

All together, I think this makes a very simple and sweet wedding card but with a change of a sentiment could be used for just about anything.  I hope you enjoyed it too.  Now I’m off to my craft room to start playing around!

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Red, White, and Blue!

In honor of the holiday weekend a few days ago, I issued a creative challenge to the folks on my SU team to create one or more cards using only Red, White, and Blue colors.  I figured since I was the one who created the challenge, I ought to put together something to get the ball rolling.  So, this weekend, I got into the holiday spirit and after playing around came up with this:

I decided to go simple and not blatent “4th of July” because I figured then there was a chance I could use this card on one of the other 364 days of the year. Smile  I think I like it better in person but am still a bit on the fence about it.  But either way, maybe it will be a jumping off point for someone out there to create a fabulous card of their own!  Oh, and since I was asked once already, the label on the right, I just stamped the “celebrate” sentiment on Whisper White cardstock and punched it out with the curly label punch.  Then I just drew on the dashes using a Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker.  Easy peasy!

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Celebrate red, white, and blue recipe:
Itty Bitty Bits, Fabulous Phrases
Ink:  Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White craft ink
Paper:  Whisper White cardstock, Real Red cardstock, Night of Navy cardstock
Accessories:  Curly Label punch, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Real Red marker, Stampin’ Dimensionals