Thursday, January 28, 2010

How to make your own embossing plate

How do you like the embossed heart background??? It is so easy. All that was needed was the Heart to Heart punch, cardstock and glue. To make your embossing plate, punch (all three hearts) approximately 6 times and glue to a piece of cardstock. Now punch again until you have all your hearts with four layers. (I found the fourth layer made the impression more defined) The Big Shot sandwich I used was: (from bottom to top) Multrpurpose Platform on tab 2, Cutting pad, cardstock shim, Heart to Heart embossing plate (face up), cardstock you want to be embossed, another cardstock shim, Impressions Pad. Can you imagine the embossing plates you can make, butterflies, flowers, birds, snowflakes (you get the picture). Try it and let me know what you think. I want to thank Elaine at for the great idea of making your own embossing folder.
Card by Denise Spanos

All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamp Sets: French Filigree background
Ink: Pretty in Pink and Rose Red
Paper, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red and Whisper White
Accessories: Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Pretty in Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

This is what the embossing folder looks like

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Paper Lace card using Pinking Hearts Border Punch

I don't know if this technique is out there in cyber-land. I know I have not seen it. My friend Denise and I came up with it. We used a 1 1/2" x 5 1/4"  piece of card stock and punched all the way down both sides using the Pinking Hearts Border punch. This left an open area just big enough for the new Pretty in Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon. If I have time tomorrow I am going to make this card again this time stamping the French Filigree stamp in Pretty in Pink instead of the Rose Red. That will give a more subtle design. I like this card, but am not sure if I would like it better with a softer background. We will be making this card at my next stamp camp, and actually I am giving the choice of this filigree background or the embossed hearts background on the second card. This is a fun technique, where you make your own embossing template. What do you think? Can you imagine how many different embossed backgrounds you can make using any punch or die you already own??? The awesome sentiment is in one of our Sale-A-Bration stamp sets you can earn for free, (offer available only through March 31, 2010) contact me for more information or visit my Stampin' Up! web site for more information at

Here is the inside of the card. Using the solid heart stamp from the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set inked with Pretty In Pink, I used the kissing technique applied the French Filagree background stamp (inked in Rose Red) to the inked solid heart stamp, transfering the design from the French Filigree to the heart. The heart was then stamped on Whisper White and sponged using Rose Red ink. I thought it would be fun to bring a little taste of the front of the card to the inside. Looking back I wish I had put the hearts in the center and stamped the Love you in the lower of the two hearts. (maybe I'll try that tomorrow). I hope you enjoyed my creation.
All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamp Sets: French Filigree background, Whimsical Words and Short and Sweet
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red and Chocolate Chip
Paper, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red and Whisper White
Accessories: Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Pretty in Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Full Heart punch, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for looking and happy stampin'
Love Banner

This banner is so fast and easy to make with your Big Shot Die Cut Machine.
I used the Bride Designer Series Paper, that has a really nice shine to it. Then I sprayed the brown scallop, red mat, letters, heart and Scallop with Champagne Simmer Paint mixed with Alcohol. The result is really nice. I wish you could see the shimmer in the picture. Althought we are making this in my Valentine stamp camp, it could hang up all year long. I will be adding a metal key ring or a sprial paper clip o the ribbon, so that you can hang it from a nail, or picture hook.

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Love you Much
Paper: Bride Designer Series Paper, Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft, Real Red Stampin' Write Marker
Accessories:  Big Shot Die Cut Machine, Stampin' Up! exclusive Scallop Square Bigz clear die, Serif Essentials Alphabet Bigz die, Trio Flower Punch, Chocolate Chip 1/4" Epoxy brad, Clear Embossing Powder, Embossing buddy, Small Heart punch, Scallop Circle punch, Real Red 1" Double-Stitched grosgrain ribbon. Stampin' Dimensionals

I cased this project from the pink and black banner (on the right) that I made when I was in a Late Night Stampers shoe box swap in Phoenix earlier this month. I do not know the name of the Demonstrator that brought this project, so if you know who it is let me know, so I can thank her by name in this post.

Love Bandit Tri-Shutter Card

This is another card we will be making in my next stamp camp. You can easily just change the sentiments from Valentine to birthday, thank you, get well or whatever you need. I love this card fold. Denise and I modified it so that we could use a 8 1/2" x 11" instead of a 12 x 12 piece of card stock. The card is still 5 1/2" tall, it is just not the full 4 1/4" when closed, but still fits into the A-2 (medium) envelope. The sparkle of the new "Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper doesn't show well in this scan. You really need to see this paper. It is a must have! You need to order this paper right away, as it is only available until April 30, 2010. I tried to, but obviously failed, to resist the Love Bandit stamp set. They are sooooo cute, I just love them, and I am now so glad I did get them. They are also in the Occasions Mini Catalog, so only available until April 30, 2010. You have the option of a wood mount or clear mount set. If you have note tried the Stampin' Up! clear mount blocks you are in for a real treat. I just love them. They are 3/4" grooved, making it so easy and comfortable to use. You can order our clear- mount blocks separately or as a bundle with over a 10% savings. For more check out the 2010 Occasions mini catalog at:

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: Love Bandit, I {Heart} Hearts and A Happy Heart
Paper: Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla cardstock
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive classic, Basic Black and Chocolate Chip Craft, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Real Red Stampin' Write markers
Accessories: Scallop Circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Stampin dimensionals, Paper cutter with scoring and cutting blade, Earth Elements and Neutrals Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Clear Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy

Here is a diagram showing the measurements. The Base card is 5 1/2" x 10 1/2". Score at each end 1 3/4" and 3 1/2". Cut 1 1/2" from top and bottom of card base. Your score line should extend your 1 3/4" score line. Do Not Score past the 1 3/4" score line. I have also given you the measurements for the Designer Paper and card stock. Hope you enjoy making this card. I'm sure it will wow your friends!!!

I {Heart} Hearts friend or Valentines Day card

This is one of the cards we will be making at my next stamp camps on January 28th and January 30th. You cannot tell in the picture, but this card has a wonderful shimmer to it. I put a few drops of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint in a Spritzer bottle (and old Stampin' Mist bottle works great) and added alcohol, shake and spritz. Now my embossed panel has Shimmmer!. I  put a drop of Frost White Shimmer paint and a drop of Rich Razzleberry classic reinker onto an paint pallette, mixed using a spong dauber, then using the dauber, I inked my heart stamp. That gives my heart a really nice shimmer also. Oh, how I love my Shimmer Paint!!!  On the inside of the card, I inked my heart in Rich Razzleberry, then stamped off twice, before stamping in my card, to give me a faint heart, that I could add my sentiment to. I also sponged my Scallop Border. The Scallop Border punch has become my favorite punch. I love using it with and without the Scallop Corner punch
All supplies Stampin' Up! (unless noted)
Stamp Sets: I {Heart} Hearts, With all my Heart, Three Little Words
Paper: Rich Razzleberry and Very Vanilla cardstock
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories:  Razzleberr Polka Dot gorosgrain ribbon, Rich Razzleberry reinker, Frost White shimmer paint, Sponge dauber, Scallop Border punch, Finial Press embossing folder, Big Shot die cutting machine, Champagne Mist shimmer paint, empty Stampin' Mist bottle, paint palette or styrofoam plate, non su, and alcohol - non SU
If you are not in the need for a Valentine or Love card, you can take this same card and just by changing the sentiment make a wonderful birthday card for a friend. Denise made this card the same as I did my above, but replaced the 3 Little words stamp sets, with Well Scripted. She used the friend stamp from the With All My Heart stamp set. You could also replace the heart with one of the images from With All My Heart and have a great card.

I want to Thank Jaycene Morgan for the inspiration for this card. Here is the swap card I received from here while we were at Leadership training.
Jaycene used Soft Suede cardstock and ribbon and a sentiment from the Baroque Motifs stamp set. She also used the Pinking Hearts border punch. I love her card, it is so elegant. I added the shimmer paint to my card, which she did not use. This card looks great both ways, don't you agree?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Make a difference

disaster relief
for the people of Haiti

I {Heart} Hearts,  set of 8 
wood mount 117010 $26.95
clear mount 118571 $18.95 (block D recommended)

Help make a difference in the lives of those who continue to suffer from the effects of the devasting earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12. From now until February 28, 2010 Stampin' Up! will set aside $2.00 from the sale of every I {Heart} Hearts stamp set and donate it to the American Red Cross' Haiti Refief and Development Fund. The Red Cross is already well-established in Haiti, and this money will be used to provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.

Contact me today to order you I {Heart} Hearts stamp set, and make a difference in the lives of the Haitian people.

Contact information:
call me at 843-873-7471 home or 843-810-7430
or order at

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Medallion Background Smoosh Resist technique

I am in a tech-nique swap and I made this card. I cannot decide if I like it best with or without the ribbon. What do you think?

You cannot tell in the pictures, but the circle in the center of the medallion is cut out and popped with dimensionals.

All Supplies Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Medallion background
Paper: Glossy white, Whisper White, Close to Cocoa and Real Red
Ink: Close to cocoa classic, VersaMark
Accessories: Real Red, Close to Cocoa and Pretty in Pink reinkers, Clear embossing powder, Heat tool, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Scallop Trim border punch, Fire circles rhinestone brads, window sheets, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' sponges, Kraft taffeta ribbon (on second card), empty Stampin' Mist bottle (for water)

Technique: Stamp medallion twice with VersaMark on Glossy white paper. Emboss with Clear embossing powder. Put several drops of the reinkers on the window sheet and spritz with water. Lay second window sheet on top and smooch color together. Do not over smooch as the colors will get muddy. Lay stamped glossy papers, back to back between the two window sheets, and gently rub. Heat dry or allow to dry overnight.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Valentines Day Card featuring the Heart of Hearts embosslit die and Sending Love Speciality Designer Series Paper

This is the front of the card. The top version has been sprayed with a mixture of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint and Alcohol. The bottom was inked with VersaMark and then embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing power. You cannot tell the in the scan, but the Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper has a glittery design. I haven't figured out which heart I like best, probably the top, more subtle shimmer. What do you think?

This is what the card looks like once it is opened.
All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Well- Scripted (Occasions Mini Catalog)
Paper: Sending Love Specialty Designer Series paper (Occasions Mini Catalog), Close to Cocoa and Very Vanilla cardstock
Ink: Real Red classic
Accessories: Big Shot, Heart of Hearts Stampin' Up! exclusive emboslit die, Finial Press Stampin' Up! exclusive Textured Impressions embossing folder, Gold Brads, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Bone folder,  Paper cutter and scoring blade

Happy Stampin'

Valentine Day Cards
This is one of the Valentines Day cards we are making at stamp camp. The pictures show both the front and inside of the card.  This cards features the new I {Heart} Hearts and Whimsical Words stamp sets, also the  Heart of Hearts Stampin' Up! exclusive Embosslit Die, and our new Scallop Trim Corner and Border punches. The Whimsical Words stamps set and the Scallop Trim Border punch  are two the the free products you can get with a $50.00 purchase during our Sale-a-bration promotion. This promotion ends March 31, 2010, so get your soon! The I {Heart} Hearts stamp set along with with Heart of Hearts Embosslit die and Scallop Trim corner punch are featured in our Occasions Mini Catalog. These products are available throught April 30, 2010.

All Supplies Stampin' Up!.
Stamps: I {Heart} Hearts and Whimsical Words
Paper: Melon Mambo Designer Series Paper, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Melon Mambo and Chocolate Chip Classic
Accessories: Heart of Heart Embosslit (Stampin' Up! exclusive) die, Scallop Trim corner and Scallop Trim Border punches, Choc 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' dimensionals, Stampin' Sponges

Thanks for lookin'
Happy Stampin'

2010 Top Note Calendar

This is one of the projects we will be making a Stamp Camp, Wednesday evening, January 13th, and Saturday morning, January 16th. Registration is required, so email or call me today.
This project will allow you to try our new clear mount stamps.
All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless noted

Stamp Sets: Tote-ally Tess, I {Heart} Hearts, Cheep Talk, Refuge and Strength, Messages for Mom, Totally Tool, Just Surfing, Natures Nest, Thoughts and Prayers, Autumn Harvest, Falling Leaves, Shellebrate
Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red Designer Series Paper (Tess pants), Regal Rose (Tess shirt)
Ink: Rose Red, Pixie Pink, Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel, Sage Shadow, Bashful Blue, Lavender Lace, Basic Gray, Basic Brown, Mellow Moss, Pumpkin Pie, Apricot Appeal, Real Red
Stampin' Write Markers: Bashful Blue, Apricot Appeal, Close to Cocoa, Mellow Moss
Accessories: Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Pastels, Blender Pen, Big Shot, Top Note Stampin' Up! exclusive Bigz  Die, Clear Mount Blocks, Zutter Bind-it-all (non SU), Chipboard from paper packs.

Monday, January 4, 2010

MDS- My Guys Scrapbook page 2

Top page is done in My Digital Studio.
It is really cool to play with the layout in MDS before you actually make the page, so you can make any changes without wasting paper, or having to rip apart and restamp. I could have just had the MDS version printed, but I need pages to take tomorrow to Leadership Training in Phoenix. I hope you enjoyed seeing the MDS and traditional scrapbooking layouts. I cannot believe how much I love using the MDS
MDS- My Guys Scrapbook page1

The page on top is the MDS version, below is the page I made the traditional way, I made the following a few changes: added the sanded background to the bottom panel and the Gable Green letters, added a library clip to the stamped image, made the green panel at the bottom four inches tall instead of three, and used Stampin' Dimensionals on the Gable Green letters and the Authentic label.
In the photo the sanded background does not show up well, I quess because of the flash, but you can see it good on the letters. Thanks for looking.

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Sanded background, Certified, Calendar alphabet and numbers, Jayne's Type alphabet and Jumble Alphabet
Ink: Gable Green and Night of Navy
Paper: Gable Green, Night of Navy and Ballet Blue
Accessories: Navy 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, mini library clips. Big Shot, Stampin' Up! exclusive alphabet simple letters, Stampin dimensionals