Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Hello Honey

Hello Honey Honeycomb Hello Card - Visit

Hello Honey is a Tint in the Yellow-Orange Color Group and, as you saw with Crushed Curry, has a whole bunch of companions for a Monochromatic Color Scheme.

In this Friend card, I used Delightful Dijon for the contrasting color and So Saffron for the accents. I wanted a warm honey color combination that I wouldn’t quite get by using a Neutral in Delightful Dijon’s place.

The background, made with the Honeycomb Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, inspired me to make tiny bees as accents. I attached the large and medium Pearl Basic Jewels to a scrap of So Saffron and tried to draw wings with the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. They didn’t turn out that well, so I tried drawing the wings first, then placing the Pearls, but that didn’t work, either. So I snipped around the pearls and tried something else.

Two of the small heart punch outs from the Owl Builder Punch fit together to make wings. I glued them together with a drop of glue from the Fine-Tip Glue Pen and let them dry. It didn’t take very long. Then I applied Dazzling Details all over the wings and placed the bee in the center. I spread the glitter glue out to coat the wings. These took longer to dry. I allowed about an hour, then assembled the card.

This color combination is also good for Thank You, Appreciation and Just Because cards. It will also make a nice summertime scrapbook page.

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Note that the Sneak Peek item Fine-Tip Glue Pen isn’t available until September 1st.

Did you know I have the Real Life Color Coach Hotline at you may contact at any time? And I will answer you directly via e-mail as well as posting the answers here. The Hotline is perfect if you have questions about Hello Honey, Monochromatic Color Schemes, creating color combinations for other cards or pages, the content of any of the Real Life Color Coach articles, or other crafting color-related issues.

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Real Life Color Coach Color of the Week: Rose Red

Rose Red Floral Card - Visit

Rose Red is a Tone in the Red-Violet Color Group and has two fellows from the Stampin’ Up!® exclusive colors: Melon Mambo and Cherry Cobbler. For my introductory Monochromatic Color Scheme, I did not want to use any of the Neutrals if I didn’t have to. Basic Black, Early Espresso and Whisper White would work well, but since they go with anything and everything, I try to keep away from the obvious Monochrome combination.

What I bring you is a floral card in an on-the-edge-of-Autumn color combination that fits into the Monochromatic Color Scheme. With Rose Red, I’m using Blackberry Bliss from the Violet-Red Color Group and considering both colors as belonging to the Red-Violet Tertiary Colors. Therefore, the color scheme is Monochrome. Blackberry Bliss gives enough contrast to the Rose Red to be distinctive, but not sharply contrasting. (See more in-depth discussion in my Real Life Color Coach Fact Sheet.)

The floral card can be used for anything, but the color combination goes particularly well for friendship, thinking of you and Thanksgiving cards. It’s nice and rich!

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Note that the Sneak Peek item Iced Rhinestone Embellishments aren’t available until September 1st.

The ribbon-dying technique I gave in my Tempting Turquoise Color of the Week article won’t work as well on the Stitched Satin Ribbon. You can use the Marker Technique with the Seam Binding Ribbon, but to color the Stitched Satin Ribbon well, you’ll need the Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill. Mix a tablespoon or two of isopropyl alcohol and several drops of the Ink Refill until the ribbon turns into the color you need. Let dry and touch up with an iron if needed.

Did you know I have the Real Life Color Coach Hotline at you may contact at any time? And I will answer you directly via e-mail as well as posting the answers here. The Hotline is perfect if you have questions about Rose Red, Monochromatic Color Schemes, creating color combinations for other cards or pages, the content of any of the Real Life Color Coach articles, or other crafting color-related issues.

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How to Use 1/4” Cotton Ribbon

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I’ve been missing the 1/4” Grosgrain Ribbon that retired several years ago because its width and texture made it great for bow-tying, knotting and just plain striping! I was really pleased when Stampin’ Up!® brought out the 1/4” Cotton Ribbon last year because the width fills in an essential size we card-makers need. It’s a great replacement for my Good, Trusty, Old 1/4” Grosgrain!

The photo shows a stack of four of the colors of the twelve that come in the 1/4” Cotton Ribbon. From the top of the stack to the bottom: Pool Party (134568), Blushing Bride (134558), Daffodil Delight (134559) and Pumpkin Pie (134565).

One thing I’ve noticed is the Cotton Ribbon really grabs onto color. The best dying technique is to really soak it in an alcohol-Classic Ink Refill mixture, then let it dry. For an interesting effect, mix alcohol and Ink Refills in Stampin’ Spritzers (126185), then spray the Whisper White (134567) or a light color of the 1/4” Cotton Ribbon. Whether you’re dying or spritzing, allow time to dry, then set the color again with a hot, dry iron.

The Cotton Ribbon has a smooth, silky feel, but the texture and “matte-ness” of the cotton makes it really easy to work with. It’s really wonderful for bow-tying, knotting, weaving and striping. You can tie a knot before you tie the bow if you like, but it’s not always necessary. The Cotton Ribbon also lies flat when you need it.

Remember, if you have a spool of the Whisper White 1/4” Cotton Ribbon, your favorite colors of Classic Ink Refill and a bottle of isopropyl alcohol, you are all set to coordinate your ribbon however you like. Another idea occurred to me while I was writing this: you can stamp on the ribbon and also make multi-colored effects with your Stampin’ Write Markers! Dip the ribbon in alcohol and blot it so it’s still damp, then stamp or color on it. Let dry and iron it before you use the ribbon.

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What You Can Do With Embossing Folders-Part 2

Double Embossed Thanks Card-Visit http://www.3amstamper.comIn Part 1 of this series, we learned that you can get a lovely background without actually embossing. In Part 2 today, we’ll learn how to do the “double embossing” technique.

Start with your embossing folder open and laid flat. Pick a side to be the front, then coat the raised portion with pigment ink such as a VersaMark Ink Pad (102283) or a Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad (101731). This technique works best when the pads are nice and moist. If necessary, use a little of the VersaMark Ink Refill (102193) or Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Refill (101780) to add moisture. I always recommend massaging drops of the refill into foam pads with the tip of the closed bottle.

If you get ink in the lowered spaces, wipe it off with a wet wipe. Otherwise, you’ll need to dust off the powder with a soft bristle brush like a dry watercolor brush. Insert your paper or card stock into the folder, close it up and run it through your embossing machine. Carefully remove the material so you don’t smear the ink.

Sprinkle the embossing powder thoroughly over the whole piece of paper or card stock. Tap off the excess and brush it away from the raised pattern if needed. Return the excess to the jar so you don’t accidentally melt it and make it unusable. Emboss the material with your Heat Tool (129053) to melt the powder. Let it cool before you start working with it.

Other Supplies Used: Flower Patch (134207-photopolymer) and Crazy About You (138856-wood, 138859-clear, 137137-photopolymer) Stamp Sets; Blushing Bride (131198), Pear Pizzazz (131201) & Whisper White (100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Blushing Bride (131172), Calypso Coral (126983), Old Olive (126953) & Pear Pizzazz (131180) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658); Flower Fair (133731) and Banners (132173) Framelits™ Dies; Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (132657); Spring Flowers Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (137365); Calypso Coral Stampin’ Emboss Powder (133752); Sponge Daubers (133773); Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

This project is one example of part of the class material you may see as part of your Online Bonus Class when you join the 3am Stamper’s iClub.  Become a 3am Stamper’s iClub Member now and start with next month’s session.  Club orders are due the 10th of each month!  To find out more, just click on the preceding link or on the link in the drop-down menu on the navigation bar, “Events & Classes“.

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Why Do I Use Three Layers?

Gift Box with Foil Embossing-Visit

Why do I almost always use three layers on my card and page projects? My designs almost always include the base, a contrasting mat and a patterned top layer. Here are my top three reasons:

  1. I prefer a contrasting mat between my top layer and the card or page base. This adds dimension to the project whether you use mounting foam such as Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) or not.
  2. I want a stronger base for wrapping ribbon, twine or other strips of embellishments without it showing behind the card. The contrasting mat provides this.
  3. I love color and the contrasting mat can pick up a second color from the patterned top layer. The patterned layer can be created with embossed or stamped Craft Metal Sheets, Designer Series Paper, embossed or stamped card stock, etc.

I tend to start with the three layers, then use smaller layers for another image, a sentiment or a greeting. The additional layers can provide added support for heavy embellishments, too. So, these are my top three reasons for using three layers on card and page projects… and other projects, too, as shown in the photo.

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Die-Cutting & Fussy-Cutting Work Together

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You know I prefer die-cutting to fussy-cutting, as I wrote in my Stop Fussy Cutting! Post. However, the Holiday Home Photopolymer Stamp Set (#135095) and its coordinating Homemade Holiday Framelits™ Dies (#135857), are so fun together, I accept the need to fussy-cut to enhance the die-cuts.

One reason you may need to fussy-cut is that the images are so tiny, you’ll want to stamp them separately and cut them out so they don’t get lost. These images are perfect to cut out with Paper Snips (#103579). The Paper Snips have nice, thin, sharp blades so the tiny images are easier to cut with them. The only problem is keeping your fingers out of the way.

In my example, I made a Hallowe’en-themed card to congratulate my son on his new house. I’ll put the “happy Halloween” image on the inside! There are a full season’s worth of phrases and images in the Holiday Home Stamp Set! You can use it for Fall, Hallowe’en, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s.

The Holiday Home Set and Homemade Holiday Framelits™ come in a bundle at a 15% savings, by the way. You just order the Holiday Home Bundle (#137631) to get both of them.

Other Supplies Used: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Tangelo Twist (#133677), Basic Black (#121045), Wisteria Wonder (#122922) & Whisper White (#100730) 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock; Basic Black (#126980), Perfect Plum (#126963) & Tangelo Twist (#133646) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Basic Black 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon (#119261); SNAIL (#104332) or Fast Fuse (#129026) Adhesives; Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)

I used Stampin’ Dimensionals cut in quarters to raise the ghosts and pumpkins. I thought about using Glue Dots (#103683), but I wanted the images to stand out more. You can use both for graduated heights, but the cut-outs are really tiny, so be careful!

Would you like to try out Die-Cutting and Fussy-Cutting techniques yourself with a group of your friends? Let’s plan a PlayShop together (PlayShop stands for first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop!). You can earn free catalog merchandise (including exclusive hostess stamp sets and accessories) as well.   Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail Mary Varley at and let’s chat. I look forward to tailoring the project to you! If you’re out of town, don’t worry, I also do Online and Teleconference PlayShops.

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Plain Vanilla Scribble Card-Quick & Easy

Get-Well-Scribble-CardI needed a quick get well card for my grandson, who is having surgery in a few days, so I could send part of his birthday present along with get well wishes.  This card is made with the Scribble Technique – which is so quick to do, you’ll find yourself making a lot without any effort!!

Supplies Used:  Perfectly Penned Stamp Set (#128703, Wood-Mount; #122892, Clear-Mount); Very Vanilla 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock (#101650); Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper (#129310); Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad (#126974); 2013-2015 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (#131260); Sponge Daubers (#102892); Subtles Candy Dots (#130933); Essentials Hardware Clips (#129964); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332)

The Scribble Technique is exactly what you think it is!

  1. Take 3 to 5 brush-tip markers
  2. Scribble a patch of color
  3. Scribble the next patch of color beside the first
  4. Repeat as needed

Let the scribbling dry before you stamp your greeting or image.  The more silhouette-like the image is, the better.  You can also add the greeting or image on a separate layer that’s small enough so the scribbling shows.

The great thing about this card design is that it’s flat enough to mail without extra postage.  The Candy Dots embellishments don’t raise enough of a bump to worry about!

To order what you need to make your own Scribble Technique designs, just click the Order Online Button in the sidebar or any of the product links in this article.  You’ll receive Preferred Pricing and Stampin’ Rewards on qualifying orders!

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Any Occasion Card with Build-A-Blossom


Usually at this time of year, I focus on the list of retiring stamp sets and accessories.  However, I've been so busy playing with the new stuff I get to pre-order, I haven't tended to the retiring lists properly.  So this is a compromise: an Any Occasion Card made with the retiring Build A Blossom Stamp Set (#121923, Wood-Mount*; #121994, Clear-Mount*) and Blossom Petals Builder Punch* (#121808) plus the In Colors for 2013-2015: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding & Strawberry Slush!

My favorite thing about the Build a Blossom Stamp Set is that it coordinates with the Blossom Petals Builder Punch and I don't have to cut out anything!!!  There is a trick to punching out the petals and leaves individually.  I stamped the petals on a 2" strip of Whisper White 12" x 12" Card Stock (#124302) with Crisp Cantaloupe for the base and Strawberry Slush for the highlights.  I stamped them aligned vertically, with about 1/2" between the top of one petal and the base of the next.  You'll need to trim away the excess card stock between each punching so the petal will line up properly in the punch.  I stamped the leaves, with Pistachio Pudding for the base and Coastal Cabana for the accent, on another 2" strip, making sure to slant the leaves the same way as the punch.  You need to be careful to keep your images from getting punched in the wrong place, so start with the bottom petal for the blossom and the left-most leaf for the leaves.

To make the blossom: arrange the petals around the center circle, overlapping them slightly, and adhere with SNAIL Adhesive (#104332).  Punch a hole in the center of all layers with a long-reach or anywhere punch about 1/8" in diameter.  Tie a loose knot of Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon* (#119254) and pull both ends through the hole.  If the knot is too small, double it so it won't go through the hole.  Flatten the ends on the back and hold them in place with Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430).  You might want to stack two or three of them and put a stack on each side of the ribbon ends.  Attach the leaves to the backs of the petals with 3/16" Glue Dots (#103683).

Other Supplies Used: River Rock 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock* (#108640); 1" Circle Punch (#119868)

If you want to add a greeting or sentiment, there's room for one from my Go-To stamp set: Teeny Tiny Wishes (#115370, Wood-Mount; #127802, Clear-Mount).  The retiring Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin' Pad (#126971) will coordinate beautifully, while still making your words readable!

To order what you need to create your own Any Occasion Card with the Build A Blossom Stamp Set and Blossom Petals Builder Punch, click on the Order Online Button in the far right column or on any of the product links in this article.  I've marked the retiring products with an asterisk.  These are available through June 3rd or until supplies are exhausted.

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Color Of the Week: So Saffron Friends Forever Card


I used the Sweet Set Combination of So Saffron, Riding Hood Red and Soft Suede from the Color Coach (#120148, English only; #121046, Multi-language) Card to show off a quick and easy technique you can do with your Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439).

All you need to do is:

  1. Fold an 11" x 4-1/4" piece of So Saffron 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock (#105118) in half.
  2. Choose the card front and place only one-third of it face down in the Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder™ (#127749).  Use removable tape or Post-It™ Notes to hold it in place, if necessary, then emboss with the Big Shot.
  3. Wrap ribbon around the edge of the embossing and add embellishments and greeting!

It's ready to go!!

Other Supplies Used:  Hearts Aflutter Bundle (#131098, Wood-Mount; #131097, Clear-Mount; includes the Hearts a Flutter Stamp Set #129249, Wood-Mount; #129252, Clear-Mount & #130159 Hearts a Flutter Framelits™); Stacks of Wishes Stamp Set (#126430, Wood-Mount; #126432, Clear-Mount; exclusive for Host/Hostesses only); Beautiful Wings Embosslits™ (#118138); Riding Hood Red (#126968) & Soft Suede (#126978) Classic Stampin' Pads; Neutrals (#119703) & Regals (#119701) Stampin' Write Markers; Riding Hood Red 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (#122988); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246)

If you'd like to make this or a similar project and earn free catalog merchandise (including exclusive hostess stamp sets and accessories like one that I used), let's plan a PlayShop together.  (PlayShop stands for first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop!)  Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail Mary Varley at and let's chat.  I look forward to tailoring the project to you!

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Tea Lace Paper Doilies: Tips & Tricks

Tea Lace DoiliesSince I gave a lick-&-a-promise Tool Time yesterday, I thought I'd give you some Tips & Tricks with the Tea Lace Paper Doilies (#129399) to make up for it.  I've been playing with my Color Of the Week, Marina Mist, and the Tea Lace Paper Doilies to make a really cool, Quick & Easy Featured Project for my next Newsletter.  While I was working, I made a few discoveries:

  1. The Doilies are thinner than they look, so they stick together really easilyFluff an edge to make sure you've only got one.  If you use the Heat Tool (#129053) on Low, you'll be able to separate the layers pretty quickly.
  2. The paper the Doilies are made from has a slight glazed finish.  This makes it tricky to sponge with color.  To successfully sponge on color, moisten the sponge with water and dip it in a few drops of Classic Ink Refill.  Squeeze out the excess moisture and dab over the Doily.  You may need to use the Heat Tool (#129053) on Low to set the color.
  3. You can also watercolor stain the Doilies with the Aqua Painter (#103954) and Classic Ink Refills.  Put a few drops of Ink Refill on a non-porous surface and pick up color with the thickest brush.  Wash the color over the Doily, then grab the Heat Tool (#129053) and set it on Low to dry the Doily.

Try these Tips & Tricks and see what great effects you can achieve with Tea Lace Paper Doilies!

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Embossing Folder: Vine Street & Sale-A-Bration

My original plan for today didn't work out, so I'm putting it off.  Then I remembered that it's only one more month until Sale-A-Bration ends and the Vine Street Textured Impressions Embossing Folder™ (#130492) is available for FREE with a $50 order!  Take a look at a couple of the cute projects you can make with Embossing Folders in this video featuring Vine Street:

You can easily get the free Vine Street Embossing Folder and one other free Sale-A-Bration item by ordering the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439) and a package of card stock to emboss!  If you already have your Big Shot, browse my Online Store by clicking on any of the links in this article or on the Order Online Button in the far right column.  You may select a free item with every $50 in Stampin' Up!® products you order, no limit!  Just remember to place your order by March 22nd!

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Color Of the Week: Certainly Celery Anniversary Page


My wedding anniversary is coming up in a few days, so I've got my new page ready for the photo, using Certainly Celery, this week's Color Of the Week!  My studio space has been taken over temporarily, so this is an Anniversary Page Template created in My Digital Studio 2+ (#130647, Disc; #130646, Download), which you can easily recreate with traditional card stock and paper.  So let's do that!

Supplies to Use:  Subtles 12" x 12" Card Stock Assortment (#119708), Certainly Celery 6" x 6"; Neutrals 12" x 12" Card Stock Assortment (#119711), Soft Suede 2" x 12" & 3-3/4" x 5-1/4"; Subtles Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (#117152), Pink Pirouette 2" x 12" & 3-1/2" x 5" (2); Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad (#126978); Certainly Celery 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (#119963), 18"; Stamping Sponges (#101610); Full Heart Punch (#119883); Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439); Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die (#120893); Extended Cutting Pads (#113478); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

The woodcut heart shapes are only available as My Digital Studio Digital Downloads.  However, you can create a similar embellishment with Pink Pirouette heart punch-outs, Soft Suede Pad and a Stamping Sponge!  Here's how:

  1. Punch out two hearts from Pink Pirouette card stock
  2. Cut a sponge in quarters and sponge the edges with Soft Suede.
  3. Ink up the flat side of the sponge with Soft Suede and brush it across the hearts.

You can write in the anniversary by hand or print the words on the sponged card stock before you punch the hearts.  The Mr. & Mrs. image is from the Wedding Words Jumbo Wheel (#125433), which would be very tricky to ink up just those words, so you can use the Wedding Words Stamp Brush Set Digital Download (#129342).  You may need to re-size the phrase so it will fit within the border of the punch.

If you attach the "woodcut" hearts before you have the photo for your Anniversary Page, be sure to use Stampin' Dimensionals only on the left lobe of the upper heart and the point of the lower heart.  This leaves plenty of space to slide the photo in between the embellishments.

Other tips:  Cut both strips of Tasteful Trim at once.  Be sure to place the pattern you want face down on the die.  After cutting, all you need to do is slide the trim pieces slightly to get the "drop-shadow" effect.

Do you want to know what I'm getting my husband for his Anniversary?  (I may take a photo of it with him and put it on a facing page with the design flipped.  I kind of like Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette & Soft Suede colors for a wedding better than my own, but our wedding was very informal!)  Check back tomorrow and I'll tell you what his Anniversary gift is!

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Excellent Embossing, A How-To

You may remember that my all-time favorite artistic rubber stamping technique is heat embossing.  With the redesigned Heat Tool (#129053) from Stampin' Up!®, taking your embossing to the next level is a snap!  It's really easy to achieve Excellent Embossing, particularly when you use the tools shown in the photo!!Excellent-Embossing-Tools
The Heat Tool has two speeds: low and high.  The high setting is very hot – perfect to get that embossing powder melted!  The low speed works for heat setting, drying wet parts of your project or uncurling your embossed project.  You can also use it to start the enamel type of embossing powder by heating it from underneath.  Then switch to the high setting to finish melting.

Here's How To Make Your Embossing Excellent:

  1. Make sure your pigment ink pad, such as VersaMark (#102283) or Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad (#101731) is nice and moist.  Use an Ink Refill if you need to, to get it a little "juicy."
  2. Rub your card stock or paper with the Embossing Buddy (#103083) to get rid of static and keep bits of powder from sticking in the wrong place.
  3. Blow off the excess anti-static powder with the Heat Tool on low.
  4. Ink up your stamp well-a gentle tapping motion works best to get the most even coverage.
  5. Keep your card stock flat while you stamp your image.
  6. Sprinkle the stamped image with embossing powder.  Tap off excess onto a scrap sheet of paper and return the powder to the jar.  Be sure the jar is moved out of the way of the Heat Tool.
  7. Heat the powdered image with the Heat Tool set on high until it is melted evenly.
  8. Let cool before attaching your embossed image to your project.

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Inside Story: Flower Embellishment with Creped Filter Paper


As promised, here is the inside story on using the White Creped Filter Paper (#123913) to make the flower embellishment on this Bashful Blue Valentine's Day Card.

I used the rectangular filter paper sheet and cut it in half.  On one half, I sponged all over with the Bashful Blue Classic Stampin' Pad (#126961) and let it dry.  It takes just a minute or two.  Then I turned the sheet over and stamped one of the flowers from the Mixed Bunch Stamp Set (#125535, Wood-Mount; #125537, Clear-Mount) in each corner and the center, using a Rose Red Classic Stampin' Pad (#126954).  The ink bleeds nicely, but you may want to stamp off or use a lighter color or a different flower image from the stamp set, depending on how you want your flower to look.

I stacked the stamped half with the blank half and punched both layers carefully with the Blossom Punch (#125603) four times.  I used the 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch (#127811) to punch out a center.  Taking all the layers, I stacked them together and pierced a hole in the center with the Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189) on the Stampin' Pierce Mat (#126199).  One of the smaller Antique Brads (#117273) went through the hole.  Before spreading the prongs, I scrunched the blossoms as tight as I could, then spread them back out, twisting each layer slightly off line from the others and fluffing each layer.  I placed the flower and pierced another hole in the card front layer, inserted the brad and flattened the prongs on the back.  I wrapped and tied the ribbon around the layer, behind the flower embellishment, then attached it to the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430).

Other Supplies Used: Delightful Dozen Stamp Set (#122650, Wood Mount; #122652, Clear-Mount); Bashful Blue (#105120) Wild Wasabi (#108641) & Rose Red (#102544) 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock; Subtles Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (#117152); Rose Red Classic Stampin' Pad (#126954); Subtles 3/16" Brads (#119738); Dazzling Details (#124117); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Bird Builder (#117191) & Full Heart (#119883) Punches; Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (#109070) dyed with Bashful Blue Classic Stampin' Ink Refill (#105221)

So there you have the Inside Story on making a Flower Embellishment with Creped Filter Paper!  If you want your flower even fluffier, you can snip the petals deeper with Paper Snips (#103579).

Do you have a technique or product you'd like to know more about?  E-mail me at and I'll post about it, complete with sample.

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Petite Pinwheels-It’s A Party Anywhere!


I could not resist putting a bunch of petite Pinwheel Sizzlits™ (#129411) die-cuts on a background of pinwheels from the Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (#129311) package!  I stopped at three Pinwheels… the card looks ready for a party!  If I'd made a larger card or a scrapbook page, you can be sure I'd have several more!

The pattern of the DSP sheet is shaded around the edges for a vintage effect.  I picked Calypso Coral and Island Indigo to party it up!  I was tickled that Calypso Coral with Very Vanilla polka dots patterned the back… that's perfect for my Pinwheels!!  The other coordinating colors for the Tea for Two DSP collection are: Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Pretty in Pink and So Saffron.  The 7/16" Natural Trim Ribbon (#129287) really picked up the Early Espresso and Very Vanilla tones well and, as you can see, tied it all together!  (Yes, pun intended!)

When making the Pinwheel, be sure all the holes are poked out.  The Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189) takes care of that and also lets you stab through your DSP & card stock layer so you can secure the brad on the back.  Make sure to use the Stampin' Pierce Mat (#126199) to protect your work surface.

It makes it easy to line up the holes if you curl your Pinwheel vanes a little with the Bone Folder (#102300).  Pinch each blade as you curl it over the center hole to make it stay in place while your repeat for the next three vanes.  Fasten with a 1/8" Silver Mini Brad (#122941) on your background.  The Mini Brads work best because the prongs are thin enough to go through the holes without tearing the die-cut and long enough so you can attach the pinwheel to your project.  If you want, you can use a little SNAIL Adhesive (#104332) to hold the vanes in place, but I didn't want excess adhesive flattening my Pinwheels.

Other Supplies Used:  Petite Pairs Stamp Set (#122495, Wood; #122497, Clear); Calypso Coral (#122925) & Pacific Point (#111350) 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock; Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad (#126974); 3/16" Glue Dots (#103683); Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439)

The finished size of the petite Pinwheel is about 1-1/2"–and you can make four of them at once if you have four of the Pinwheel Sizzlits™!  You can only successfully use one layer of paper or card stock at a time on Sizzlits, but four to six Pinwheel Sizzlits™ will fit on the Mulitpurpose Platform that comes with your Big Shot.  That's a time saver when it comes to making a Pinwheel party!!

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Embossing: When You Don’t Want To Keep Cool

When you don't want to keep cool – when it's time to stay warm – there's nothing better than Embossing with a Heat Tool (#129053)!  Heat embossing is my favorite thing to do with artistic rubber stamps!  It's so easy to get absolutely WOW results!

All you need besides your stamp & card stock is a pigment ink pad, an embossing heat tool and some embossing powder. It's easy as 1 – 2 – 3!

  1. Stamp your image on your card stock with the pigment ink
  2. Sprinkle on some embossing powder (tap off the excess and return it to the jar)
  3. Heat the powder until it melts.

You get this wonderful raised image that is so impressive, your friends can't believe you did it yourself!

I used my Color Of the Week, Not Quite Navy, as the main color in this design because the delicate coral frond image from the By the Tide Stamp Set (#129117, Wood; #129120, Clear) looks so fantastic embossed on a dark background!  I used my Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad (#101731) for the pigment ink and Pool Party Stampin' Emboss Powder (#129398) for the embossing powder.  The white ink under the colored powder gives the image a little extra dimension.  It's also easier to see!

Today it's foggy and damp where I live, so I certainly did not want to keep cool!  That led me to get out my embossing tools and accessories and you can see the result!  And I stayed nice and warm!!

Other Supplies Used:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (#115370, Wood; #127802, Clear) & By the Seashore (#126530, Wood; #126532, Clear) Stamp Sets; Not Quite Navy (#101722), Calypso Coral (#122925), Whisper White (#100730) & Pool Party (#122924) 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock; Not Quite Navy (#126971), Calypso Coral (#126983) & Pool Party (#126982) Classic Stampin' Pads; Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon (#122976); Word Window (#119857) & Modern Label (#119849) Punches; SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430); Whisper White Medium Envelope (#107301)


  • I like to use the Embossing Buddy (#103083) before I start embossing as it keeps unwanted specks of embossing powder away from my card stock.
  • You can use the VersaMark Pad (#102283) or the Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin' Pad (#126857) instead of the Craft Pad if you don't want a little white undertone.  I used white to get the extra pastel tint.
  • Place a few sheets of scratch paper under your card stock and tap off the excess powder (one color at a time) onto one.  Pinch the edge to make a quick "funnel" for returning embossing powder to the jar.

So remember Embossing for when you don't want to keep coolTo order what you need to try embossing yourself, just click on any of the links in this article, or my Order Online Button in the far right column.  Embossing is a cool technique that keeps you warm!

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Shimmering Shell Card-Any Occasion

It's easy to add shimmer and a pearly shine to any image… especially when you emboss!  I photographed this card so you could see the shimmer.  My Facebook Fans will be getting a look at the view from another angle, which shows the embossed image more.  I was going for the undersea look here.

Here's how to add the Shimmer & Pearly Shine effect:

  1. Stamp your image and heat emboss it.  An outline or sketch image works best since you want to fill in the spaces with shimmer.  I've used the By the Tide Stamp Set (#129117, Wood; #129120, Clear) with the Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad (#101731); and embossed with Pool Party (#129398) & Tangerine Tango (#123106) Stampin' Emboss Powders.  Melt the embossing powder with the Heat Tool (#129053) set on high.
  2. Shake a bottle of Frost White Shimmer Paint (#116854) well.  This will leave paint in the cap when you open it.  You don't need much, so if it runs out, re-cap and shake again rather than pouring a little paint into the cap… or use a dropper.
  3. Dampen your Aqua Painter (#103954) tip and lift some paint from the cap.  Brush over your image.  If you want to stay inside the lines, the raised embossing will help!  I used the larger brush because I wanted a more diffused (fuzzier) look.  You can wipe off the excess with a paper towel if you got too much on the embossing.  But you need to be quick–Shimmer Paint dries pretty fast!

Let your card stock dry and you're ready to layer it on!  This card design is also part of my Night of Navy Color Of the Week.

Other Supplies Used: Pool Party (#122924) & Night of Navy (#100867) 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock; Night of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad (#126970); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Craft Scissors (#108360)

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Unpleating Pleated Ribbon

This tip was inspired by a project I saw: my colleague had a bow that exactly matched the 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon.Unpleated-Pleated-Ribbon
I knew that dying the 5/8" Satin Ribbon wouldn't work, since the edges wouldn't be finished when cut to size.  That left getting out my seam ripper and iron and doing my own straightening!

Rather than unbury my sewing basket, I used Paper Snips (#103579) and the fine end of a Simply Scored Stylus (#125624) to remove the thread from the Pleated Ribbon.  You want to gently lift the thread away from the ribbon, then snip.  This keeps the ribbon threads from pulling.   A Paper-Piercing Tool (#116631) will also work for lifting, but make sure you don't poke it through the ribbon.  Once the pleats are out, iron the ribbon flat with a medium dry iron.

Shown is Baja Breeze 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon (#125571) and its straightened length tied in a bow.  You'll be seeing my project with this soon!  To measure the length of pleated ribbon you'll need to convert to flat for a bow, use 1 or 2 pleats more than the total length of the tied bow.  In my illustration, 7 or 8 pleats would be ample for the bow with room left to trim the ends.  I have enough left for at least 1 more bow and a knot or two.

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St. Patrick’s Day Card How To

Yesterday, I posted a St. Patrick's Day Card, but I wrote a limerick instead of directions.  So here's the How-To Tutorial for you today:

St-Paddys-Day-Labels-CardI always put a little orange with my green when I celebrate St. Paddy.  I've got Irish from both sides.

Supplies Used:

Stamps & Wheels: Happy St. Patrick's Stamp (#125457)

Card Stock & Paper: Lucky Limeade 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock (#122926), 4-1/4" x 11" & 2" x 4"; Peach Parfait 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock (#119794), 4" x 5-1/4"; Very Vanilla 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock (#101650), 2" x 3"; Regals Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (#117154), 4" x 5" Garden Green

Ink & Color: Garden Green (#102272) and Crumb Cake (#121030) Classic Stampin' Pads; Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker (#120967)

Accessories & Tools: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439); Standard Texturz Impressions Pad (#114614); Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber (#114615); Backgrounds I Texturz Plates (#114512); Labels Collection Framelits Dies (#125598); Decorative Label Punch (#120907); Color Spritzer Tool (#107066); Stamping Sponges (#101610); Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim (#118480), 6" (2); Garden Green 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (#124321), 6" & 4" (2); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430); Mini Glue Dots (#103683); water in spray bottle


  1. Fold 11" strip of Lucky Limeade in half for card base.  Punch 2 Decorative Labels from remaining piece.
  2. Stamp greeting on Very Vanilla piece and punch out Decorative Label. Layer Lucky Limeade labels underneath for mat.
  3. Lightly spritz Peach Parfait piece with water.  Place face down on Texturz Plate and top with Silicone Rubber and Texturz Impressions Pad.  Place on Multipurpose Platform Tab 1 and run through Big Shot.  Sponge impressed card stock with Crumb Cake pad, then spritz with Crumb Cake Marker in Color Spritzer Tool.
  4. Center paper end on side of largest Label Framelit and cut with Big Shot.  Trim to square opposite end.  Adhere to Peach Parfait with SNAIL.
  5. Wrap strips of ribbon and trim around layer, securing on the back with SNAIL.  Tie knots in remaining grosgrain ribbon.
  6. Adhere greeting in center of ribbons with Dimensionals.  Attach knots at either side on the green strip with Mini Glue Dots.

The inside is ready for your message!

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Chevrons & Banners-It’s Easy!

This is an easy way to make Chevrons and Chevron-Tailed Banners for your cards, pages & other projects.  Chevron-Punch

Here's how:

  1. Take out your square punch (1" Square Punch #124094 used here) and measure the diagonal.
  2. Cut a strip of card stock or paper no wider than the diagonal measurement.
  3. Draw a line in the middle of the strip on the reverse with pencil.
  4. Line up the pencil mark with the square corner and the ends across the diagonal.
  5. Punch.

This gives you a nice end to the strip for a banner.  For chevrons, continue to:

  1. Move the paper down a little, keeping the alignment.
  2. Punch again.

You can continue punching to make chevrons!

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