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Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards | VIDEO

Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards | VIDEO

Is it time to start rubber stamping & embossing Christmas cards?  It just might be if you like to get them well done ahead of time.  And if a super short video with all the how to’s is right up your alley, you’re in the right place!

Spectacular cards don’t need to take forever to make.  And rubber stamping mixed with heat embossing makes spectacular cards. 

Let’s have a little lookey-see.

Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

This Stylish Christmas stamp set is from the Annual Catalogue and it caught my eye way back in May.  As one of the Distinktive stamp sets developed by Stampin’ Up! it’s bold yet soft at the same time.  They call it photo-realistic and it really is unique. 

Let’s see why I’m enjoying using it with my copper embossing powder.


Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards   



Do you like that pebbly kind of texture too you get with embossing the Distinktive stamps too?  If you do, you might also think this one on vellum and designer series paper I did as a Facebook Live is pretty.

Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

OK, here’s everything you need for rubber stamping & embossing Christmas cards just like this!


  • Whisper White 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Old Olive – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Real Red – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Real Red cotton ribbon – about 10”



The video has it all for you!

Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

So now it’s your turn to get busy with your embossing powder and heat tool.  If they haven’t seen the light of day for a bit, take ‘em out and dust ‘em off!  

And if you need any of the supplies I used, here they are.  Remember, when you place a $75 order now until September 13th, I’ll enter your name in my Holiday Catalogue Raffle.  Plus I’ll automatically send you my Santa’s Workshop Bonus Gift too!  Just my way of thanking you for choosing to shop with me.

Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

Do you remember the first time you saw heat embossing?  How those teeny dots of plastic melted into a glorious shine and glossy finish?  Almost like magic wasn’t it? 

Well, why not recreate some magic all on your own and get a jump start on rubber stamping & embossing Christmas cards today?

Varied Vases Watercoloured Gift Bag Tags

Varied Vases Watercoloured Gift Bag Tags

How about some quick and easy Varied Vases watercoloured gift bag tags?  Just like I do every Sunday, this project is a fast and fun one.   

Not a ton of supplies or techniques.  Just simple designs.  

So whether you’re just starting out or need a handmade item as you are running out the door, I give you all the measurements, design and my top tips to make it yourself! 

Take a peek at today’s design.

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags

Everyone needs cute gift bags for small gifts.  A gift card, some lip balm or hand cream, a pair of socks.  This one is lightweight, made with the Tea Room Specialty paper so there’s no extra bulk.

With all these pretty designs, it was hard for me to decide which one I should use!

Varied Vases Watercoloured Bag Tags

Not to mention a great deal.  With 24 12”x12” sheets in one package, this bag clocks in at only 40 cents! Pop on your own Varied Vases watercoloured gift bag tags, and you’ll have time to spare…and excited gift recipients too!

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags

OK, while this one’s maybe not quite a five-minute project, it IS speedy to put together.  What makes it quick and easy?

  • two step stamping with the pretty Varied Vases set
  • Aqua painters and stamp pads to watercolour
  • A punched banner edge
  • The gift bag punch board for our bag

Let’s make it!

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags


Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags


  • Coastal Cabana card stock – 2” x 5 1/2”
  • Mango Melody card stock – 1 1/4” x 5 1/4”
  • Watercolour paper – 1 3/4” x 3 1/2”
  • Dotted tulle ribbon – piece your 12” long

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags


  1. Stamp vases and greeting in Memento ink onto watercolour paper.  TIP1:  Use your Stamparatus [if you want to make more than one] for perfect stamp placement.
  2. Pick up ink from the lid of your stamp pad and add a light wash of colour to the flowers and vases.  I used Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade and Coastal Cabana.  TIP2: No need to clean your Aqua painter when using the yellows and erd.  But do clean it by wiping onto a piece of paper towel before moving into the blue for the vase water.
  3. Insert one end of your cardstock pieces into the triple banner punch.  TIP3:  Turn your punch over to make sure your pieces are centred before punching out.
  4. Glue Mango Melody on top of Coastal Cabana, then glue watercolour paper on top.  TIP4: Use liquid glue to adhere for the best hold.
  5. Punch a hole with 1/8” hole punch on straight edge and insert ribbon.

Want to make the bag too?

  1. Cut Designer Series Paper to 6” x 12”
  2. Make bag according to instructions on your gift bag punch board
  3. Adhere together with Tear and Tape adhesive
  4. Add one gold library clip to hold the bag together and the tag on

So who needs a gift bag tag In your life right now?  Give this quick and cute one a try.  Here are all the supplies if you need anything.

I do really appreciate your shopping with me.  Thanks!😊

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags

Like quick and easy projects?  How about this five-minute watercoloured Christmas one?

Or a special occasion three-panel card?

There are so many different options for fast and fun projects you can get crafting today.  And when you do, this Varied Vases watercolored gift bag tags can be at the top of your list – think how fun you’ll have and how special the recipient will feel.

Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers

Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers

Let’s get started on some handmade Christmas cards with Stampin Blends markers! And why not use the limited edition Blended Season stamp set which is so versatile? 

Have you got yours ordered – and delivered yet?  You don’t want to wait.  These beautiful stamps and dies are only available in August, and only while supplies last.  

I introduced you to the Blended Season stamp set with this pretty flower greeting a couple weeks ago, which incidentally was also made with our alcohol markers.  But now I want to show you how awesome this set is.  All by itself.  And even though I LUV me those label dies, this time they stayed in the package!  

Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers

This is one quick and easy card.  And even though it’s August right now, if you happen to run out of time nearer the holidays (like I ALWAYS do), no worries. 

It’s one you can pull out of your hat in a wink to impress your friends and family.

Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers

Traditional festive colours of red, green and white with a touch of yellow.  They’re my favourite seasonal colours.  Just like you see on this other fast and fun patterned paper holiday greeting, nothing says Christmas quite like it.

Add our new Red Rhinestones for a cheery match to our Real Red I know you’re going to love!

So let’s get to the details so you can make it yourself!

Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers


  • Thick Whisper White cardstock – 5 1.2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Under the Mistletoe designer series paper – 2” x 5 1/2”
  • Old Olive sheer ribbon 18”


Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers


  1. Stamp holly into top middle of folded Whisper White card with Memento ink.  Let dry.  (TIP1: Speed up your drying time with a little shot of your heat tool.)
  2. Stamp greeting in Real Red Ink under holly.
  3. Colour leaves with light, then dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  Add Dark Daffodil Delight to the fronds.  (TIP2: Check out my video for a quick introduction to the Blends.)
  4. Glue piece of patterned paper to bottom of card.  (TIP4: If you happen to have any patterned paper overlapping your card edges, turn your card over and cut off any excess with a pair of Paper Snips.  It’s easier to see where you need to cut.)
  5. Wrap ribbon around card aligning with the top of the patterned paper and tie a bow.  Add a glue dot to the back middle to affix to the paper.  (TIP5: Add two more glue dots at the left and right side under the ribbon to hold in place if desired.)
  6. Add red rhinestones in the middle of holly berries. (TIP6: You could also just colour the berries with your Cherry Cobbler Stampin Blends if you wish.)

How about we ALL get to our stamped Christmas cards well before the stroke of midnight on December 24th?  It’s easy to do with these supplies all available in the Annual Catalogue.  

Pick yours up now by simply clicking on the image to take you to my 24-7 online store to get holiday crafting now.



Handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin Blends Markers

There are fewer ways I know of to make quick cards than with some patterned paper and my Stampin Blends. 

So now you’d better start planning.  Planning what you ask What you’re going to do with all that time left over after you’ve got your handmade Christmas cards with Stampin Blends markers done and in the bag!

Whats Your Reason to Send a Thank You Card?

Whats Your Reason to Send a Thank You Card?

Whats Your Reason to Send a Thank You Card?

It’s always a good time to express gratitude to someone.  Gratitude for a kindness shared, a gift received, a helping hand.  As card makers, we always have the perfect opportunity to make quick and simple thank you’s just like this one.

Whats Your Reason to Send a Thank You Card?

Isn’t it sweet?  The Varied Vases stamp set with the Vases Builder punch have become staples in my paper crafting.  Not only because they’re beautiful, but also because they’re so easy to use.  The adorable little vase takes just a few minutes to whip up and no scissors are required!  How easy is that?

The greeting itself is from a lovely new set called Kindness and Compassion.  If you find yourself sending more sympathy and thank you’s, this set is a must-have in your supplies.  The script is just beautiful.  Take a peek.

What's Your Reason to Send a Thank You Card?

If you’ve got a long list of folks who are due thanks from you, quick and easy is where it’s at.  You also want low cost so you’re going to LOVE this!

  • Pre-folded and scored notecards, with matching envelopes.  (This is ultra LOW COST. Only 28 cents for card AND envelope.)
  • Designer series paper – this is the Tea Room Specialty paper.  (For this size [1 1/2” x 3 1/2”] it’s only about 4 cents a card.  That includes the strip for the envelope!)
  • A punch makes short work of the two banners. (With a cost of only about 2 cents.)
  • Builder punch for the flower.  (You can make this vase and flower for about 2 cents each.)
  • Watercolouring with your Aqua Painter.  (This is practically free for the amount of ink you will use to colour your water.)

So total cost to make these cards?  About 36 cents!  There is no way you can get thank you cards as pretty or inexpensive ANYwhere else.  

And the fun you will have in your craft room playing?  Priceless!

Let’s Get Creative



  • Designer Series Paper 1 1/2” x 3 1/2” for the card and 1/2” x 5 1/8” for the envelope
  • Coastal Cabana cardstock – 1” x 3 3/4”
  • Scraps – Shimmery White, Granny Apple Green and Poppy Parade cardstock


  1. Stamp greeting in Coastal Cabana ink in the top middle of the card. (TIP1: For a more whimsical look like on mine, stamp your greeting slightly on a diagonal.  Or if you wish to aim for a straighter placement.)
  2. Insert one end of designer paper into Banner Triple punch and punch.  Repeat for the strip of Coastal Cabana.  Starting with the Coastal Cabana banner, align and glue both banners to bottom left of the card leaving about 1/2” white showing along the bottom. (TIP2: The points of the Coastal Cabana banner will go beyond the edge of the card very slightly.  It will still fit in the envelope.)
  3. Stamp vase onto Shimmery White cardstock with Memento ink.  Let dry.  (TIP3: Dry it with a heat tool to “set” the ink a bit more since we are watercolouring.)Whats Your Reason to Send a Thank You Card?
  4. Pick up a small amount of Coastal Cabana ink with your Aqua Painter and watercolour your vase, filling the vase as high as you wish.  (TIP4:  Leave some white space at the top for more realism.)
  5. Punch out the vase with the Vase Builder punch, then punch out the tulip form Poppy Parade and three leaves from Granny Apple Green cardstock.
  6. Assemble vase: Turn vase over and apply a little liquid glue to back.  Arrange leaves so they extend to the left, top and right of the vase top.  (TIP5: Make sure leaves extend from the top and not sides of the vase.)
  7. Then attach mini dimensionals to the back of vase and adhere on top of the banner.
  8. Add tulip with one mini dimensional.  (TIP6: The dimensional will adhere to the leaves, rather than the card for a 3D look.)

Whats Your Reason to Send a Thank You Card?

So whats your reason to send a thank you card? 

Were you away on vacation and had a house or dog sitter? 

Did your hair stylist create an especially gorgeous “do” for you for your daughter’s wedding?

Or just maybe your friendly UPS driver would love a handmade thank you card when he delivers your new stamping supplies directly to your house!  Whichever your reason is, here is everything I used when you want to send your thanks.

And remember it’s Bonus Days so for every $60 you spend, you’ll get a $6 coupon emailed directly from Stampin’ Up! to use in September!  

Whats Your Reason to Send a Thank You Card?

For another simple thank you card idea, you may also like this pretty watercoloured one. 

When you use notecards to make sweet little cards, your words of gratitude are especially welcome.  And you don’t have to break the bank. 

I bet it won’t take you long to think up lots of people who you could send your thanks to.  Why not take a moment and ask yourself, whats your reason to send a thank you card? – then get busy crafting!

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Rubber Stamps

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Rubber Stamps

Today’s the day – it’s time to use Stampin Write markers to colour rubber stamps.  No more putting it off, let’s pull off them caps.  Now admittedly it may not be the sexiest stamping technique on the planet, but boy-oh-boy does it give you colouring power and flexibility!

But can we get personal for just a moment?  

  • Are you in luhv with all the new Stampin’ Up! colours?  
  • Do you have colour envy when you see someone else flaunting Mango Melody, Merry Merlot or Mossy Meadow? 
  • But is your budget stretched a teensy too thin to get all the stamp pads right now?  

Well here’s how you can flaunt a Shaded Spruce, Poppy Parade or a Granny Apple Green right back at ’em!  Grab a set of Stampin Write markers for colouring directly onto your rubber stamps.  Then get ready to get more from your crafting tools!  

Take a peek at today’s project (which has a bit of a surprise element 😉) and uses the pretty Tropical Escapes designer series paper.

use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps

Doesn’t that feel like a breath of fresh – tropical – air?  Crisp and cool with three colours of green. Soft Seafood, Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce.  Plus one sparkly little Petal Pink rhinestone gem for a bit of pizzazz.  And there’s still time to get this lovely Tropical Escape 6”x6” pack free when you buy three others. Isn’t it pretty?


use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps


Use Stampin Write markers to colour rubber stamps

I firmly believe this simple little colouring technique gets overlooked. A lot!  And it’s so gosh-darn simple.  

Here ’s all you need to do.

  1. Make sure to use the brush marker tip end
  2. Colour directly onto the stamp using the SIDE of the marker (TIP1: colour some parts one colour and other parts another if you like)
  3. “Huff” (don’t spit or blow, just a huff like you’ve been running and are out of breath 😉) directly onto the stamp (TIP2: the “huffing” remoistens the ink in case it dried while you were colouring)
  4. Stamp onto your paper – instant presto, multiple colours!

use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps

That’s exactly what I did for both the greetings on this card.  (And that’s the ONLY stamping so this card is ultra fast.)  I first inked the “Thinking of” in Granny Apple Green marker, then the “you” in Shaded Spruce.  I huffed and stamped and it was all over in a flash.

But wait just a minute.  “Both” greetings?  Where’s the second one?  Wanna see the surprise part?

let's use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps


Did you think it was a gatefold card?  I just used a long piece of cardstock and folded it into the middle.  I have a second greeting from the Another Wonderful Year set on the inside too.

use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps

why not use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps

Make this card today


  • Granny Apple Green cardstock – 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 2 3/4” and 8 1/4”
  • Soft Seafoam cardstock – two pieces 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Tropical Escape designer series paper – one piece 3 7/8” x 5 1/8” and second piece 7/8” x 3 7/8”  (TIP3: you will have enough left over from the 6” x 6” piece for the flap of your envelope.)
  • Whisper White thick cardstock – one 1 1/2” x 4 1/4” and one 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Shaded Spruce cardstock – 1” x 4 1/2”
  • Granny Apple Green 1/2” ribbon – about 6”

how easy is it to use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps



  1. Glue DSP to one piece of Soft Seafoam then to the left-hand panel of folded Granny Apple Green card.  (TIP4: put glue onto the card front rather than the back of the Soft Seafood panel.)
  2. Stamp greeting onto the strip of Whisper White using steps above.
  3. Insert end into the Triple Banner punch and cut end.  Do the same with the strip of Shaded Spruce and glue it underneath the white strip.
  4. Wrap ribbon around left side and knot.  Trim ends.
  5. Attach to left side of the card with dimensionals.  Add Petal Pink rhinestone gem to the right-hand side.
  6. Adhere a small strip of DSP to piece of large Whisper White on the left-hand side.
  7. Stamp second greeting using same technique onto Whisper White for the inside.
  8. Glue to piece of Soft Seafoam then to the inside of the card.

Decorate envelope with the remaining piece of DSP.  Glue to back flap with SNAIL then cut around the flap.

Have you already got some Stampin’ Writes and they’re gathering dust?  If you do, it’s time to get them out and get busy!  And if you want to add instant colouring options for your rubber stamping, pick up one or two now simply by clicking on the image.  Thanks so much.

it's easy to use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps

There are lots more you can do with your Stampin’ Writes.  Simple colouring in of images is another awesome way to get realistic images. Check out this pretty lady card or this cute puppy card coloured this way.  

No matter which way you use your markers, you can immediately add more variety to your card making with this simple, versatile and inexpensive tool. 

So remember, today’s the day!  Go grab ‘em and use Stampin Write markers to colour rubber stamps and get some cards ready for the mail.

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