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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Fabulous Spring Cards with Feels Good stamp set

The flowers are finally blooming around town here in the Pacific Northwest and the sun is coming out more often than not… so how about some fun ideas for ways to bring the colors and feeling of the gardens outside into your craft room?  Its like a mailable garden!  🙂

Both of these cards are ones I received as swaps and they are the reason I decided I had to the the Feels Good stamp set.  Both also use the ribbon that I love – Ruffled In Color Ribbon.  Don’t forget – this ribbon is retiring at the end of the month, so if you love it like me, you might want to snag a roll or two before they sell out and are gone for good!

card by Lyssa Zwolanek

Love the ruffled ribbon and the use of the Pop Up Posies kit.  This kit is only available through the end of the month as well as part of the Spring Catalog!


card by Trina Kuriger

I thought this was so clever to cut out the oval from from the front of the card using the Oval Framelits and then add the flowers and leaves from the Secret Garden stamps & framelits.

And again… can we all shed a tear for that super cute ribbon going away?

Ok, I’m dabbing my eyes but I love these cards and am grateful for these talented demonstrators sharing these swaps!


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Feels Good Stampin' Up! stamp image

Smashed Bottle Cap/Soda Pop Top Spring Card

Ever since I went to Leadership in January, I have been dying to try out the technique of smashing the soda pop tops with your Big Shot to create these super cute embellishments.  For some reason I thought it was going to be super hard or complicated… or something that made me a little bit intimidated to give it a try.  But then one day I decided to just go for it and I was shocked at how easy it was!

So, I just had to put together a card to share with my group at my monthly team conference call/meeting.  I showed them how easy it was and then had supplies for everyone to make this card:

I just had to use some of my new favorites including Tea for Two designer paper and the Honeycomb embossing folder for the base of the card.

But check out this pop top… isn’t is awesome when smashed?!?

How to Smash Your Soda Pop Top in Your Big Shot

Ok, so if you want to do this yourself, this is what you need to do:

1.  Put your white multi-purpose platform on the Big Shot base with all of the tabs/shims flipped open

2.  Sandwich your bottle cap/pop top between the two clear cutting plates and place on top of the multi-purpose platform

3.  Run through your Big Shot

That’s it!  It smashes fast and like buttah!  I have way too much fun doing this. Smile

I just used the 1” Circle Punch after I stamped my image from the Collage Curious stamp set (stamped on River Rock cardstock) and adhered it to the inside of the pop top.  Then I filled the inside with Crystal Effects. 

I will warn you it takes a long time to dry!  Like seriously, it took probably about 45 min for mine to dry because I used soooo much Crystal Effects.  But it looks so awesome that I just had to do it.

So if you haven’t tried this smashed soda pop top technique yet, you totally should!  Give it a try and let me know what you think.


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Smashed Recipe:
Teeny Tiny Wishes, Collage Curious
Ink: Crumb Cake, Markers: Calypso Coral, Certainly Celery
Paper: Very Vanilla cs, Certainly Celery cs, Tea For Two designer paper
Accessories: Big Shot, Honeycomb embossing folder, Glue Dots, Crystal Effects, Paper Snips, Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Wishing You A Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve was the start of a wonderful few days with my family; and so I’ll be busy with family dinners, gift exchanges, and playing with the kids.  But I wanted to make sure to stop by and wish you all a very merry Christmas!

Here is a card for all of you that I didn’t get a card in the mail to (which is a lot of people since I barely got through family cards by Dec 24th! Smile)


Whether you are with family or celebrating in your own special way, I hope you have a wonderful day and are able to take some time this holiday month to relax and enjoy all the good things in your life.

And thank you too for being a part of my life and journey as well.  I am blessed to have so many friends, fans, and readers to make this creative stamping adventure I’m on, be the most inspiring and amazing one for me.  So, THANK YOU!


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Happy Birthday to my Baby Girl!

Its been a busy week all leading up to today which is my little girls 1 yr birthday. Smile  So, I hope you don’t mind if I share my proud mama moment with you!

I can’t believe how a year ago today, a cutie patootie joined our family…. see, isn’t she cute?

Caitlin Baby scrapbook layout

And over the last year she has grown to a cute and fun almost toddler!

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I am so grateful for today and for my husband and Stampin’ Up! for allowing me to stay home with my kids!

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Fluttering Hearts Wedding Card with Framelits

I love it when I find a great idea for a card that I can tweak and make my own (with so much amazing talent and inspiration out there… its nice to have some brilliant ideas to start from!)

Well, today’s card came from a mass-produced card I saw probably 9 months back.  I wish I had saved the original photo so I could say where exactly it was from – but since I took way longer to make my version than I expected, I’m totally drawing a blank.  So, let me describe what I saw – it was a simple white card with butterfly wings partially cut out of the white cardfront and a solid color showing through under the wings.  The wings were still attached to the cardfront, they just were bent up for dimension.

I thought it was one of the prettiest cards I had seen in a while!

However, I couldn’t figure out how to make a card with partial cut-outs on my cardfront, so I went with the next best thing – Framelits!


Yep! I placed my Hearts framelits in the middle of the page and cut out my hearts.  Then I adhered a piece of Island Indigo cardstock behind my Whisper White card front.  Crease the hearts and adhere the creased line to the Island Indigo paper to make the heart line back up.

I bent up the edges and added some Dazzling Details to the centers of each heart to add a little sparkle.  So you get the peek-a-boo effect with the Island Indigo below the hearts.


Add some ruffled ribbon and a tag made with the Jewelry Tag punch and Tiny Tags stamp set, and you have a pretty card that would be perfect for a wedding or anniversary.

It also looks like a lot of work, but actually, aside from waiting for the Dazzling Details to dry, it is pretty easy!

Oh, and if anyone figures out doing this with butterflies, please let me know because I’d love to try it!

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Peek-a-boo Hearts Wedding Card Recipe
Tiny Tags
Ink: Island Indigo
Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo
Accessories: Big Shot, Heart Framelits, Dazzling Details, Island Indigo ruffled ribbon, jewelry tag punch, glue dots, bone folder

Elegant Thank You Card using Emboss Resist

Ever have one of those days where your mojo is kicking in and you are able to make some projects that just make you smile?

I hope so!  Yesterday was one of those days for me and I was having such a blast finishing getting ready for my Awesome Embossing class this weekend.  I had such a hard time narrowing down what I wanted to showcase for the class since there are so many cool embossing techniques and so many variations on what you can do with many of them.  But I focused down to 4 different ideas that I loved.  However, my absolute favorite was the card I’m sharing today – the Emboss Resist card!

Emboss resist


I had just gotten my new Lacy and Lovely stamp set…so glad I got this set!…and I thought it would be perfect for this technique.  I tried to stick to a more monochromatic style card even though I added a few other hits of color; and so my focus was on the Calypso Coral elements around the white embossed doily image.

Seriously, this is so quick to do and such a pretty result!  I’ve decided I’m going to do this card for my swaps at the Stampin’ Up! regionals in Tacoma in a couple weeks.  So if you are going to Tacoma, find me and I’ll swap with you. 🙂

And this isn’t the best picture, but I thought I’d share a sneaky peek at my first Halloween card and another embossing card for the class:


I promise I’ll share the full card soon!

Well, I’m off to take my family to the Puyallup fair.  This will be Nicholas and Caitlin’s first time at a big fair and hopefully they love seeing the animals, displays, and other fair favorites while we are there!  Wish me luck that I don’t get sucked into too many “you’ve never seen a knife that cuts like this!” demos and displays.  🙂  I love all the too-good-to-be-true stuff that seems to always be offered at these events.

Now just ask me how many of the items like that that I’ve bought at fairs have actually gotten use after I’ve gotten home… no wait, maybe you better not. 😉


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