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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?

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

My friend Pat made Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up fun fold cards and shared them with me.  And it’s so pretty I knew you’d want to see it too.  She’s got all kinds of fun things going on with this card. 

  • dry AND heat embossing
  • a fun fold
  • a peek through opening
  • punches
  • framelits
  • Wink of Stella and
  • three-step stamping! 

Whew!  And they work together wonderfully.  See for yourself!

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

Isn’t it lovely?  Her colour combination is Night of Navy and Calypso Coral, with Pear Pizzazz for her tulip stems.  

Now although you may have seen a card like this before, what makes Pat’s so special is that front panel cutout to turn this into a peek through card!  She fully embossed her front panel with the Basket Weave dynamic embossing folder (which is available to purchase June 1st!).  The dynamic textured embossing folders are ONE-derful!  Such deep impressions you don’t really need any more embellishment to WOW up a card! 

Then she used the second largest layering oval to cut out the peek through with her Big Shot.

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

You might think Pat stamped the stems many times.  Nope.  That’s one stamp with spots for 11 different blooms.  Makes your bouquet SUPER easy!  

Now you might be thinking “I don’t need a-NU-ther flower set”.  But take a look at these gorgeous greetings!

beautiful bouquet stampin up fun fold cards

With 37 photopolymer stamps in the full set, there are 15(!) oh-so pretty sentiments and 22 pieces for creating gorgeous bouquets for only $33. So even if you NEVER use ONE flower, you get lovely script sayings you can mix and match for only just over $2 a stamp!

What’s even better?  You can save 10% with the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle and get 21 framleits (Pat’s sweet little bow is one of them)…but only until May 31st!  Here’s the whole kit’n caboodle!

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

The even MORE fabulous news? This set and framelits aren’t going anywhere – they’re sticking around for the new catalogue!  But you don’t want to miss out on the bundled savings.  (Ya know IF you decide the flowers are too pretty to pass up and you don’t want to fussy cut!😉)

Let’s take a closer look at Pat’s Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up fun fold cards.  Have you figured out where the fun fold is?

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

It’s the fun little card inside the card!  Take a gander at this shot, which shows it off much better.

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

The tulip bouquet card opens from the left for you to add your greeting and a handwritten message. And even with the smaller inside card, it stands up wonderfully.  

Make Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

Here are the measurements to make a card just like Pat’s.

  • Night of Navy – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White thick – 5” x 7”, scored at 3 1/2”

Fold and glue the inside “card” in the centre of the navy card.  Perfect placement to showcase a lovely bouquet.

What are some of the extra special touches Pat’s included in her design?

  • one of the banners from the Suet Banner punch used upside down to frame the oval cutout and popped up with Stampin’ dimensionals 
  • a navy embossed greeting (check out my video to see how to do this!)
  • Wink of Stella whisked over the cute navy bow on the bouquet and glueing the bow where you can see it through the peek through oval
  • two-step stamping for the tulips to create dimension and realism

You know, it never fails – unfortunately.  I have one or two customers who fall in love with a stamp set and see there’s a coordinating framelit – AFTER the bundle is retired and they miss out on the 10% savings☹️.  So get in on this one and save $7.50 before it’s gone for good in a week! 

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

Like the little surprise of the fun fold in Pat’s card?  Then this other bright and cheerful birthday card might be a fun way to send your wishes.  Or this unique twist fold one for the guys (with a video tutorial) could be up your alley too.

Pat will be the first one to tell you her favourite stamp sets are flowers.  Big ones, small ones, solid images or detailed, she’s like a magpie with a pretty set of flowers.  So this bundle was one she couldn’t pass up.  And I think you can see why.  Her Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up fun fold cards are gorgeous – and so easy to make yourself!


Send a Mothers Day Greeting Card Handmade By You

Send a Mothers Day Greeting Card Handmade By You

This year, send a Mothers Day greeting card handmade by you.  So many of us live far away from our moms and what better way to celebrate her special day than with a beautiful spring garden of flowers card?  

The Blooms & Wishes stamp set was my top pick as I was planning this card.  It has a lovely mix of flower sizes and shapes, with the most gorgeous cursive font for greetings.

And what mom wouldn’t absolutely LOVE to see this card, and envelope, in her mailbox?

mothers day greeting card handmade by you

Does it make you feel like you’re looking through a pretty flower trellis or a garden window?  Even though the Blooms & Wishes are all solid stamp images, with soft subtles colours and textured watercolour paper, they can be delicate too. 

I chose watercolour paper so I could get some variation in colour.  Since this paper has an uneven , sorta bumpy surface, your stamps will seem to “hit and miss” in some places.  

Some tips for stamping solid images onto watercolour paper?

  • stamp with a Stampin’ Pierce mat under your card panel to get good coverage, especially as this is a photopolymer stamp set
  • apply firm, even pressure as you are stamping
  • do not “rock” the stamp from side to side
  • once you place your stamp onto your paper, let it sit for a few seconds.  You will see the ink “flow” into all the areas of the stamp.

mothers day greeting card handmade by you

I’ve used four different colours from the Subtles colour family and the “stamping off” technique to achieve different intensity of colour around the edge of my card panel.

Don’t know what “stamping off” is?  This happens when you ink up your stamp with your chosen colour and stamp it completely onto a piece of scrap paper (I use my grid paper) first.  Then, without inking it up again, stamp it where you want on your card panel. You will see a lighter impression, but still with lots of colour.  

This might also be referred to as “second impression” stamping since you are stamping the first impression onto the grid paper and the second one onto your card.

To instantly create depth, I’ve used a mix of first, second and third impression stamping here.  See if you can tell which ones are which.

mothers day greeting card handmade by you

Another trick to creating a balanced and beautiful card?  Stamp off the edges like I’ve done here.  Every single stamp goes off the edge of my card.  It actually makes the card front seem a bit bigger than it is.  

That ribbon embellishment is super easy to make.

  1. fI irst attached the leaf from the Petal Passion embellishments with a glue dot to the left of my words.
  2. I put a mini dimensional on top (if I were to do this again, I might leave the dimensional off and try just a glue dot)
  3. Then I folded about a 6″ piece of the Pear Pizzazz Shimmer ribbon over top of another glue dot so it would stay folded in place.
  4. I attached this onto the mini dimensional.
  5. Lastly I put the metal flower embellishment onto a third glue dot and put it onto my ribbon.

Want another lovely detail to send a Mothers Day greeting card handmade by you?  Mirror the card front on the inside!  Look how pretty it is.

mothers day greeting card handmade by you

The hardest part to using colourful images to build up your “picture”?  Making sure you don’t stamp the green leaf into the pink stamp pad (ask me how I know this!🤓)  Try not to get stamping so quickly you’re not looking at your stamp pad!

To create a pretty card just like this for mom, the stamp set is key.  You need one with solid images.  You also need one with varied sizes of images.  The Blooms & Wishes scores top marks in both categories. 

If you need to pick it up to add to your collection, I would really appreciate for you to order it from me.  Your orders help keep me doing what I love, which is bring lovely ideas like this one to you.  Thank you.

mothers day greeting card handmade by you

Do you need another Mom’s Day card idea that’s totally different?  How about this embossed one I showed you last year?  

And if you think that ribbon effect is nifty, you might like this thank you one also showcasing another beautiful flower embellishment.

Mom’s special day is really just around the corner.  And if, like me, you need to get your greeting into the mail, I have to start early to design something extra pretty. 

Give the tips above a try and create a garden of flowers in pretty spring colours.  Then send a Mothers Day greeting card handmade by you this year she will absolutely adore.


Just When Does Spring Start Anyway?

Just When Does Spring Start Anyway?

At this time of year, you might be asking yourself just when does spring start anyway? At least that’s what’s been on everybody’s lips north of the 49th parallel! It keeps snowing, and we keep shovelling and scraping.  And I’m getting just a tad tired of my heavy coat and scarf! How about you?

Well, with Janine’s project I’m showcasing for Front & Centre Friday, spring might just start…TODAY!

Once again my favourite bundle Colourful Seasons, comes to life in her pretty pastel coloured card. Now if you haven’t picked up this bundle yet, a word of caution. You want to make sure you get it today so you can save 10%. (I sure hope it sticks around in the next catalogue and if it does, the set and thinlits will be full price!)

See if you think SPRING when you see it!

just when does spring start anyway

When this bundle first debuted last June, I snapped it up. When I asked myself my 10 questions for making a smart craft purchase, there really WAS no question. I KNEW this was a versatile, all-round set I would get TONS of use out of.

Take a peek at just some of the cards I’ve shared:

Really, if you make only one bundle purchase this catalogue, make it this one!

just when does spring start anyway

Well, just when does spring start anyway?

NOW! (I’ll step down from my Colorful Seasons soapbox (😁) and get back to Janine’s beautiful card.) There’s a couple cool techniques here I want to make sure you notice.

Take a close look at the branch. Can you see it? Rather than cut out a branch and lay it on top of the card, Janine cut out the Whisper White and laid a piece of the Wood Textures designer series paper stack in behind it. Pretty fun and smart! (TIP: She stamped her small Blushing Bride petals on her card FIRST before cutting out the branch.)

Lastly she added the three cut out blossoms on top with liquid glue.

And for her second technique. Do you remember paper piercing? How it used to be all the rage? Then, like lots of great – and simple – finishing touches, it got edged out (no pun intended ☺️). Look how pretty it is here along the bottom edge of the card.

just when does spring start anyway

And there’s a third technique here too we seldom see much anymore.  Sponging the edge of the Whisper White in a colour to match the matting.  So simple and so effective to add a softness to your card!  (TIP: Sponge BEFORE you glue to the matting.)

How’d she do that? I think most of us have what we affectionately refer to as a “pokey tool” (aka paper-piercing tool and you can find it on page 204 of the annual catalogue). And it’s fabulous for picking up small items to adhere to our cards (think rhinestones, glue dots, enamel shapes). But pair it with the Stampin’ Pierce Mat and it really does become a paper piercing tool! Go figure!

Janine lined the scalloped die from the thinlits along the edge of her card and poked the tool through the cardstock next to it. (TIP1: Place the mat under your card so your tool will pierce into it. TIP2: Make sure you open your card and lie it flat to do this or you’ll pierce the inside too. And TIP3: Hold the die in place with a couple small pieces of washi tape so both hands are free to work.)

Now it’s up to you!

Get out your Colorful Seasons bundle and get busy creating spring cards just like Janine’s. And if you held off purchasing it this long, don’t wait any longer! I don’t want you to miss out on saving 10% when you click on the image below and order it from me! I really appreciate it!

just when does spring start anyway

Know what I’m going to do?  I absolutely guarantee you can’t go wrong with this bundle.  In fact, I’m so sure of it, if you bring it back to me even a year after you buy it and it hasn’t seen an ink pad or the framelits are still attached to the tape, I’ll buy it back from you!  No questions asked!

Every single season – and holiday – can be covered with this one bundle. Summer, fall, winter and now spring. So pull it out, grab your subtles stamp pads and paper and see if you can conjure up some warm and breezy weather in your craft space. And then really does it matter what the answer is to your question just when does spring start anyway?


Stampin Up Beautiful Peacock Sale-a-bration 2018

Stampin Up Beautiful Peacock Sale-a-bration 2018

The 2018 Sale-a-bration Stampin Up Beautiful Peacock is one gorgeous set – and you can earn it FREE right now! I bet you won’t be able to resist two-step stamping in green, teal and turquoise to show off this lovely design once it’s in your collection. (You might also be like me and won’t be able to pass up matching the light green glimmer paper for some extra special dazzle!) See what I mean…

stampin up beautiful peacock

Just like this lighthouse, you create your design one stamp at a time with two-step stamping. The watchwords are colour coordination for fabulous results! In this case the peacock body in Tranquil Tide is separate from the two different kinds of tail feather images in Lemon-Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay. See which stamps I used and in what order here.

stampin up beautiful peacock

Just think what you can do with those swirls and swashes. Designer backgrounds might be the first thing to pop to mind, but what about trellises or jungle-like scenes? Maybe even decorated letters and numbers? Once you start playing, there’s unlimited possibilities!

stampin up beautiful peacock

Do you love glimmer paper? Do you tend to covet your sheets, only using small bits at a time? Maybe for balloons, or flowers or a Christmas star like on this card.

Well today I went BOLD! Practically a whole sheet! I can hear you gasping, but before you hyperventilate, it’s all good. Since the middle of the paper is covered by my stamped panel, I cut out the middle of the glimmer paper first much like the frame on this card so feel free to use it for another project.  Whew hope your heart rate is back to normal now!

My sweet little greeting banner I cut with the die from the Petals & More thinlits which was the perfect size. Once I glued it to a scrap of Lemon-Lime Twist, I fussy cut to create a border around it in Lemon Lime-Twist.

So before I go any further, I’m going to say, I’m a bit washi challenged. Call it my perfectionist tendencies (that’s the KIND way to phrase it), but having a ripped edge on my cards just goes against the grain.

So I’m especially proud I

  1. ripped off a hunk to underline the banner and
  2. didn’t pull it off before I took these pictures!

stampin up beautiful peacock

Don’t get me wrong. Washi tape is one of my favourite ways to add a nice clean border to a card front or inside, as long as the ends are hidden in behind! It’s just that ripped edge thing that gets me all jittery. (So maybe I’m on my way to recovery now I’ve shared this with all of you!)

You may have noticed my card isn’t a “normal” size. I wanted a square one and this guy is 4 1/2” square. So I needed an envelope. Envelope Punch board to the rescue!

I used a piece of the Fresh Florals DSP in Tranquil Tide to match the card, cut it to 7 1/2” x 7 1/2” and whipped up the envelope in a jiffy. (TIP: To have this envelope go through the postal service, simple use your SNAIL to tape down the top flap and add a square of Whisper White cardstock to the front for your address.)

All the supplies you need are here to copy this card including the Sale-a-bration Stampin Up Beautiful Peacock stamp set you can earn for FREE. Simply click on each image to get your supplies delivered directly to you and avoid the middle man (that would be me – although it is always nice to have a visit!)

stampin up beautiful peacock

Who would you send this card to? A friend for her birthday? Mother’s Day? A sister celebrating an accomplishment? All of those would be more than perfect! (And I’ll bet they’ll absolutely LOVE the ripped edges of the washi tape 😍!)

So go ahead, grab the Sale-a-bration set for FREE, get out your washi tape, stamp pads and glimmer paper and create your own Stampin Up Beautiful Peacock greeting.



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