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Colouring Embossing Paste for Cardmaking | VIDEO

Colouring Embossing Paste for Cardmaking | VIDEO

Today I want to show you how colouring embossing paste for card making adds that little somethun’ extra to your handmade designs.  

Ya know, like how jam makes peanut butter just that teeny bit more scrumptious (well at least for me 😋!)?  Or how that extra layer of mascara makes your lashes almost 3D, but not quite Tammy Faye Bakker-ish?

And I’ve got a quick video to show you exactly how to create cool cards with backgrounds like this one.

see my video for colouring embossing paste for cardmaking

If you haven’t tried embossing paste before, you’re going to want to after you see how easy it is to work with.  Here are the top three things I love about it.

  1. A teeny bit goes a loooong way.  I’ve been using my jar for over a year now TIP1: close the jar right away after dishing it up for your project.  TIP2: Add a couple drops of distilled water if it gets a tad dry.)
  2. It dries super duper quick – almost before you get the template cleaned off!
  3. You can make it coloured or sparkly just by adding some ink refill or Dazzling DiamondsTIP3: Try barely mixing it for a marbled effect like I did with this simple medallion designTIP4: You can sprinkle it with the glitter or mix it right in.

So how about we see it in action?


Colouring Embossing Paste for Card Making

Were you surprised at how easy it is to use?  

I chose a quite subtle effect with my colour on this sympathy card.  But why not be bold and add colour to a plain white card for extra punch on your other projects.

I LOVE colouring embossing paste for cardmaking

A couple tips for embossing paste designs

  • A thinner layer of paste will dry quicker and be easier to layer on your cards.
  • An absolute MUST – wash your templates in a basin of warm water as soon as you are finished applying your paste to your project, even if you’re going to use that same template again right away.
  • Try leaving gaps in the template for a more “artsy” look.

colouring embossing paste for cardmaking

Now it’s your turn.  I’d love to know how you use embossing paste on your cards.  Leave me a comment.

And if you haven’t tried it before, here’s everything you need to start colouring embossing paste for card making just like you see here.

let me show you colouring embossing paste for cardmaking

You can never go wrong by adding subtle details to simple designs like this one, especially for sympathy or thinking of you cards. 

So how about pulling out your own favourite ink refills for colouring embossing paste for card making to see what fabulous projects you can design?


Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

Staying power – that’s just one more reason why I love Big Shot cutting dies. 

The Big Shot.  It’s got a pretty “big” name, but it’s really such a small thing. But boy does it pack plenty of power to bring your crafting to new levels.

Take a look at this beautiful card by my friend Eileen.

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

Eileen brought this card to my June Open House and it received rave reviews.  Although simple in design, her balanced layout and exact matting and alignment make it an unforgettable card.  The Artistically Asian stamp set is beautiful and she’s used it to perfection.

But how did she finish off the bottom like that?  With the Big Shot.

Do you remember the Top Note die?  It looks like this.

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

It was the very first die I ordered when I took the plunge and got my Big Shot.  In those days, our dies had a sturdy wood base and about 1 1/4” of foam with the blades encased inside.  This was to protect us from getting cut when we were using it.  

And you know I’ve used it again and again and again.

It’s hard to believe the Big Shot has only been around with Stampin’ Up! since 2009.  It became a can’t-live-without-it tool in a wink of an eye.  It was a big dollar decision to get one back then (and still a big decision now) but it’s one you will never regret.  I use mine every day I’m in my craft studio.

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

  • They never wear out.  (At least I haven’t had one yet!)
  • Precise cuts no matter how many times you run them through.  Use them lots like I do with my faves (below) the cost per cut dwindles to almost nothing!) 
  • Staying power.  Classic shapes you’ll use again and again (like I have with the Top Note)
  • Easy to use.  So quick and easy to run your die through.  No more time consuming fussy cutting!
  • Design options.  Cut into folded cards, like Eileen did, cut out shapes, make tags, boxes, treat holders.  You name it, you can pretty much make it.
  • Versatility.  Paper is only the beginning. Cut all kinds of materials like fabric, light balsa wood, foam, felt, leather, light magnet, plastic, chipboard…
  • Selection.  There are so many dies available for just about every occasion, holiday and hobby.  Every sport and passion.  From babies to toddlers, teens and adults, you’ll find a die perfect for anyone.
  • Coordination.  When dies perfectly fit my stamped images or my patterned paper designs, I’m in heaven!


Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies


Which dies do I use over and over?

And every time we have a new catalogue offering there’s always one that catches my eye and quickly goes into my “never-going-away” pile.


So if you’ve sat on the fence for a while about getting a Big Shot, sit no more.  I can’t imagine any greater investment to take your paper crafting to new heights than a Big Shot.  I’m so sure of it, if you find you never use it, I’ll buy it back from you.  Guaranteed.


Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

And don’t forget to pull out some of your old favourite dies like Eileen did.  I predict you’ll be singing their praises and telling everyone who’ll listen, “why I love Big Shot cutting dies.”

How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot | VIDEO

How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot | VIDEO

It’s video day – how to nest framelits with your Big Shot in less than ten minutes.  That’s how long it will take to view it – and make a gosh darn super cute card you could give to anyone.

But a warning.  We’re going minimalist today.  If you love bits and baubles, glitter and glam, ribbons and bows, you might go into shock!  (I did when I realized I didn’t have one itty bitty Stampin’ Dimensional on this card anywhere. Nada!😲)  And just wait until you see just how little paper we’re using!  

I’ve turned to my trusty Layering Squares framelits for this cheery peek through greeting.  But you could easily use any other nested framelit shapes once you see how easy it is! 

Let’s take a peek.


How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot

I love, love, love this stamp set.   I think it should have been called “Versatile” Varied Vases.  There’s so much you can do with it!  

Now I didn’t pull out the Vase Builder punch today like I did with this simple thank you. And in this adorable one, I combined the punch, the stamp and an embossing folder.  And just the other day, this sweet watercolour one was calling my name. 

But no matter what YOUR paper crafting style is, this bundle is one super duper way to get crafting – and producing – quickly.

Now before we get to the video, here’s everything you’re going to want to pull out so you can make it along with me.


Or if you’d rather a leisurely view, grab your popcorn and let’s get to it!


How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot

How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot

Did you get the – almost non-existent 😋 – measurements?

  • Thick Whisper White – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”, scrap about 2” x 3”
  • Basic Black – 2 1/2” x 5”

And yes, that’s it!  

How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot


Is your mind whirling?  Got all kinds of ideas clamouring to get out onto card stock?  

Why not shoot me an email or leave me a comment with your design ideas?  I’d love to hear – and see – your creations on how to nest framelits with YOUR Big Shot on your next card.

Making Alternative Paper Pumpkin Cards

Making Alternative Paper Pumpkin Cards

Making alternative Paper Pumpkin cards is a fun way to get more life out of your monthly papercrafting-in-a-box!  My friend Rhonda has been a Paper Pumpkin subscriber for awhile now and she’s always has a simple and lovely twist on the ideas in her box just like this one from a couple months ago.

making alternative paper pumpkin cards

Here was the photo Stampin’ Up! published for the February 2018 Paper Pumpkin projects.

making alternative paper pumpkin cards

Rhonda’s has a pretty different look, doesn’t it?  While she used the stamps that came with her box, she had fun with a couple different techniques.

How did she have fun making alternative Paper Pumpkin Cards?

let's try making alternative paper pumpkin cards

  1. She first masked off the strip on a 4” x 5 1/4” piece of Whisper White cardstock (strip about 2” x 4”) with scrap paper top and bottom (TIP1: a couple large Post-it notes work like a charm for this.)
  2. Then she pulled out her blue and green ink pads and sponged ink onto the exposed strip of white. (TIP2:  You can use a sponge or sponge dauber to do this or smoosh your stamp pad directly onto your paper.)
  3. Next, she repeatedly stamped two stamps “your awesomeness” and “big time” to create an all-over script with Old Olive ink. (TIP3: No need to get it exactly straight, although photopolymer stamps make this pretty easy to do.)
  4. To pull it all together, she stamped the flowers a few times in her green and blue so the stems extended down into the white area and up into the script background.
  5. Her final step was to stamp the bold “celebrate” in Memento ink below the panel and add a few black rhinestones to embellish.

I would say a darn classy card and not a thing like the ideas that came in her box.

let's have fun making alternative paper pumpkin cards

So what is Paper Pumpkin?  

It’s creativity in a box delivered right to your door every month.  It’s your “don’t-have-to-think-or-plan” crafting time you carve out just for you where you’ll have several projects completed at the end of about an hour!  When you don’t have time to come up with an idea on your own and you need a card quick, it’s Paper Pumpkin to the rescue!

  • Plus you get to save time and money while you build a collection of crafting supplies.
  • Just think, every month you’ll get a unique photopolymer stamp set with at least one smaller ink spot. And you won’t get a repeat colour in a 12-month period so it’s a fabulous way to get your colours a few at a time.
  • And with your first kit, you’ll get a free clear stamping block that you’ll use every month.
  • Every kit is complete with all the paper, embellishments, and even glue dots to get you crafting immediately.

Here was July’s kit.

It’s true not every single box you receive might be 100% up your alley.  And maybe you’re not like Rhonda and able to dream up something to create.  So feel free to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) ideas on my Pinterest board for inspiration. I know you’ll come up with one or two that take your fancy. 

And if you like other types of projects, you’ll get home decor and fun treatholders projects too.  I had fun making this alternative design with the totally cute stockings last November.

OK now we get to the BEST part.  Until August 10th, as a new subscriber, you can get your first month 50% off.  Just click here to get started and use code BLOOM0818

making alternative paper pumpkin cards is easy too


Sometimes we just want to paper craft right?  No thinking, planning or cutting.  Maybe you’re on vacation and can’t lug all your supplies with you.  Maybe they’re packed away because you’re moving.  


making alternative paper pumpkin cards

Wherever you’re at, that’s exactly when this box-in-the-mail is your go-to crafting inspiration.  And if you do have a little creative spark in you, making alternative Paper Pumpkin cards is another way you can express yourself – fabulously, like Rhonda did.

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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