Embossed Sympathy and Video!

Have you used Stampin’ Up!’s new Embossing Paste yet? Oh boy, I love it! It’s actually easy and quick with amazing results! Look at how much texture it adds to this sympathy card.

You use embossing paste with masks. A mask is like a stencil, lightweight plastic with holes in it in the form of a pattern. There are four different masks to use with the paste, and palette knives to use to spread the paste.

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Here’s a video that shows how to use this fun new product:

After you use the embossing paste there’s not too much else you have to do with your card. Here I added a circle of Tranquil Tide card stock punched with the Starburst Punch. A bit of Basic Black 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon and Fresh Florals dsp give a nice background to the sentiment.

I’d love to hear what you think of the embossing paste. Have you ever used it? Since it’s new to me, maybe you can give me some more ideas! Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Ombre Sympathy (GDP 069)

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Life happens during holidays; during the summer, at the beginning of a new year.  I have a friend whose mother passed away just after the new year started, and I wanted to make her a special card.

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The colors for this card are the ones in this week’s Global Design Project Color Challenge.  I like them for this card because they’re not pastel or bright.  Even the silver in this combination looks a bit muted alongside the Delightful Dijon.


For today’s card I used the new So In Love stamp set for the pretty background flower.  To get the ombre look, I just rolled the stamp a bit as I pressed down.  I fully pressed down on one side of the stamp, but only lightly pressed on the other side. That created a color from dark to light across the edges of the flower.

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The stamped panel is topped with a similar-sized sheet of Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate.  The acetate sheets come in several patterns and I used the polka dots.  Each sheet has the pattern in gold on the front and silver on the back, so I obviously used the silver side 🙂

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The Challenge calls for my “free choice” for the third color and I decided to use white.  As this is a sympathy card, it seemed more appropriate not to make it too bright.


Thanks for stopping by today!  Pop on over to globaldesignproject.com to see what everyone else has done with these colors!


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Stamps:  So In Love and Rose Wonder
Ink:  Delightful Dijon Classic Stampin’ Pad
Paper:  Whisper White and Delightful Dijon card stock and Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate
Embellishments:  Metallic Foil Doilies, Silver 1/8″ Ribbon

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Preview: So in Love!

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I wish I had a happier occasion to show you this beautiful new stamp set and dies.  But this is actually a sympathy card for a friend who just lost her adult son.  I’m so sad for her and wanted to create a pretty card to let her know I’m praying for her.

Sympathy envieFor this card I stamped some of the stamps from the new So In Love stamp set in a pretty pattern across the top portion of the card.  I blended the stamped images with an Aqua Painter.

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The So Detailed Thinlits are, let me say, GORGEOUS!!  For this card I just used a portion of one of the thinlits as a border along the bottom of the card.  Don’t you love the light detailed flowers?

Sympatjy holding R upThe sentiment here is from the Strength & Prayers stamp set and it’s stamped on a bit of one of the thinlits.

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This is a fabulous bundle.  Be sure to put it at the top of your list for when the new Occasions Catalog goes live in January of 2017!  You won’t be sorry!

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Stamps:  So In Love (available January 2017)
Ink:  Calypso Coral and Wild Wasabi
Paper:  Whisper White and Calypso Coral card stock and Watercolor Paper
Tools:  So Detailed Thinlits Dies (available January 2017), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Aqua Painter
Embellishments:  Subtles Enamel Shapes

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Are You Ready for Thoughtful Branches?

Thoughts straightIt’s almost here!  Thoughtful Branches, the beautiful newly-released stamp set and coordinating framelits, will be available for purchase beginning Tuesday, August 2nd!  I’ve shown you bits of this new set before, but today this entire card is created from this set/bundle!

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I love this new set.  You can use it year round for many different occasions.  And it’s so fun to use!!  In today’s card everything except the embossing folder (on the lower Pirouette Pink panel) is from this new set!

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You may have noticed my color choices 🙂  Well, I like the colors for this week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge so much, that I just went ahead and made another card while I had the colors out!  But, this card made in fall colors would be fabulous!!  Here is the bundle:

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Fabulous stamps, fabulous framelits!  Love!

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So what do you think of Thoughtful Branches?  Leave me a comment and let me know!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used on Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches
Ink:  Pink Pirouette and Marina Mist Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Marina Mist, Smoky Slate, Whisper White card stock and Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack
Tools:  Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies, Fancy Embossing Folder, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Other:  Delicate White Doilies

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Strength & Prayers

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This is such a beautiful verse.  So many times in my life God has stood with me and given me strength.  I’m glad Stampin’ Up! made this stamp ~ I’ll use it often.

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This can be an encouraging verse for difficult situations.  I’m going to make several of these cards to have on hand.  Maybe you need encouragement today…take this verse for your own and let it give you comfort.

Strength. angledjpgIf you’d like to duplicate this card, the Stampin’ Up! products I used are indicated above.  The Strength & Prayers stamp set has another lovely sentiment and a gorgeous dove stamp!  Here are the stamps included in the set:

Strength & Prayers 141856GDo you have this set or will you be buying it?  If so, I’d love to hear how you will use it!

Thank you for stopping by today!

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Floral Affection Sympathy

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I never seem to have enough sympathy cards on hand.  I guess I prefer to make happy cards, so I’m always surprised when I need a sympathy card and I don’t have one.  So, I made one in advance this time 🙂

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For this card I started out with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut to 5-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ and embossed on the lower left with one of the Floral Affection embossing folders.  I angled the paper a bit in the folder to get the flowers where I wanted them.

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The embossed areas were then colored with the fat side of a Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker.  I then went back in with the pointed side of the marker to make some areas a little darker.  The Very Vanilla panel was then stamped with various stamps from Timeless Textures and a sentiment from Rose Wonder. Then a 1″ x 5-1/4″ Rich Razzleberry panel was adhered to the Vanilla panel and glued onto the front of a Crumb Cake card base.

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The inside of the card uses another sentiment from the Rose Wonder set stamped on Very Vanilla and punched out with the Decorative Label Punch.  Behind it is a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock punched with the same punch, cut in half and glued to the first piece.

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Thank you for stopping by today!  Happy stamping!!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used on Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Rose Wonder, Tuscan Vineyard and Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad and Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, and Rich Razzleberry card stock
Tools:  Floral Affection Embossing Folder, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Decorative Label Punch, Curvy Corner Trio Punch (retired)


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Awesomely Artistic Open Heart!

Open Heart 2This sweet bird and sentiment on this card are from the stamp set called “An Open Heart.”  I wanted to show it to you today because it will be retiring on May 31st.

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Last week I went to a class taught by one of my downline, Cathy Ehlers.   I made this card at her class and I just love it!  It uses both An Open Heart set and the pretty flowers from the Awesomely Artistic set.  We used Stampin’ Write Markers and also did just a bit of watercoloring.

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You know when things are retiring that means new things are coming!  Yes, the new Stampin’ Up! catalog will be out soon!  I’ve had a chance to see it and you will not be disappointed!!  In a week or so I’m going to be able to show you some samples made from new colors and stamps.  But for now I’m just going to show you the fabulous cover!!

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I know, it’s a small picture, but there are big, big things inside 🙂  This is just a teaser…get ready!


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Pretty Pastel Watercolors!

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Watercoloring is fun and easy with the Stampin’ Up! Aqua Painter.  Seriously!  For today’s cards I used three pretty colors: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, and Melon Mambo.  They blend together beautifully.

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For this card, I squeezed the Aqua Painter just a bit so that one or two drops of water fell on one section of my piece of Shimmery White Card Stock.  (This is my favorite paper for watercoloring.)  Then I added just a tiny bit of the color ink I wanted and brushed it across one section of the paper.  I did the same for each of the other two colors.

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For this card I used a different technique.  I placed the drops of water and ink on a small piece of cellophane.  (I used the cellophane that comes on top of the photopolymer stamp sets.)  The drops blended together and then I pressed my card stock on top of the cellophane.  This gave a different look, kind of like puddles of ink.

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When my paper was dry I stamped my sentiments on with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  It makes a crisp image on the pastels.  I love the sentiments on these cards.  The Bible verse is from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  This card is going to a friend who recently lost her husband.  The other sentiment if from the Blessed by God stamp set.  I made several of these cards to have on hand.


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Beautiful Rose!

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Making and sending sympathy cards is a way we cardmakers can show our love and care for someone.  There’s a beautiful new stamp set debuting in the Occasions Catalog tomorrow (what, tomorrow?), and it’s called Rose Wonder.  It’s perfect for my card which is going to a friend who lost her mother.

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This rose is a beautiful stamp, and it has matching dies.  I decided to stamp the rose and leaves (which are all part of one stamp) and then watercolor them using an Aqua Pen.  It came out very vibrant! The raised leaves were cut with one of the dies.

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I can already tell that this is going to be one of my favorite stamp sets in the Occasions Catalog.  There are some beautiful sentiments in this set too!

So, get ready for tomorrow!  I’ll post the catalog here on my blog so that you can see EVERYTHING!

See you then!

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You’re In My Thoughts

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Today’s card is for a friend who is going through a hard time.  I wanted to make her something pretty to cheer her up, and this Best Thoughts stamp set seemed just the right thing.

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The flower was stamped in Rose Red ink on Watercolor Paper.  I used an Aqua Painter to very lightly pull the ink from the stamp into the petals.  Then I fussy cut the flower and put it on a background of English Garden DSP.

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The sweet little butterfly was stamped in Rose Red ink onto vellum, allowed to dry and then fussy cut.  I just love this whole stamp set, every single stamp is so pretty!

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