Number of Years – 70!

One of neighbors is celebrating a big birthday this week. He is turning 70. I loved being able to use the Number of Years stamp set to create a unique birthday card for him.

Number of Years stamp set, 70th birthday, masculine, Stampin' Up!,

Don’t you love the color combination? Well, gold is never a mistake.

Design Notes for Number of Years Card:

When this year’s In-Colors first came out, I think that Lemon Lime Twist was my least favorite. Now, I use it all the time and love it! The Foil Frenzy paper I selected for the background layer has some Lemon Lime Twist dots so I went with that! I heat embossed the “Happy 70th Birthday” part. (You know how I love heat embossing!) I’m not sure why I moved the sentiment piece to the left but I really  liked it after I added some Glitter Enamel Dots. A piece of Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon pulled it all together.

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By the way, I did not use them but the Number of Years stamp set goes so well with the Large Number Framelits Dies.

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Heart Happiness, Not Just for Valentines

When I first looked at the new Occasions Catalog, I spied the Heart Happiness stamp set and thought, “What a great set for Valentines day!” It has lots of great heart images. But the other day, I went looking for something to use for an anniversary card and BOOM! Why not use that!

Heart Happiness stamp set, anniversary, Brusho, Stampin' Up!,

This card is also the first one where I played with another new product, Brusho Crystal Colour. OH MY! I’ll be sharing lots about that soon. As I said, this was my first time playing with that. I love it already!

Design Notes for Heart Happiness Anniversary Card:

I started with using some Shimmery White Card Stock since I knew I would need something a bit sturdy. Shimmery White is really a beautiful card stock and a great one to use when working with water. After I heat embossed the two hearts with White Embossing Powder, I covered the image and surrounding area with water using one of my Aqua Painters. Then the fun! I sprinkled some of the red and some of the blue Brusho Powders and let the water do its work! I pushed the color some with the Aqua Painter then let it all dry. The sentiment is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, stamped in NIght of Navy ink.

A few solid color layers – Silver Foil and Night of Navy – seemed to set it off nicely.

Heart Happiness stamp set, Brusho, anniversary, Stampin' Up!,

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Our friends Mark and Tricia had one of the best weddings ever! We’ve been friends for a long time so each anniversary is special. I hope they think this card is special!

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Flurry of Wishes – Flurry of Heat Embossing

Be warned, I’m going to be featuring more Christmas cards in the next few weeks. Be assured, I will definitely give Thanksgiving its due but I just love all the new stamp sets and accessories. With that said,  Flurry of Wishes is actually a hold over from last year and a beautiful set it is.

Flurry of Wishes, Christmas card, heat embossing, vellum, Stampin' Up!,

This card was really inspired by this weeks challenge over at Global Design Project. This was a CASE the Designer project and I used the repeated objects as my inspiration. Make sure to hop on over there to see all the great projects.



Design Notes for Flurry of Wishes Card:

Let’s just say that I had a good time with heat embossing! I was practicing and tried white snowflakes, then silver. They were both nice. Then I combined a little Silver Embossing Powder with some White Embossing Powder and I thought it was interesting! What do you think? After embossing the snowflakes, I still thought it needed something. So I added some Faceted Gems to the larger snowflakes and some Glitter Enamel Dots to the small ones. While I was heat embossing, I used White Embossing Powder for the sentiment.

When you use vellum, as I did on this card, you need to be careful about where you add the adhesive. It will show on the other side. Unsightly! So, that was an additional reason to add the Gems and Dots. That gave me some places to hide adhesive. I used Glue Dots.

Flurry of Wishes, Christmas card, heat embossing, vellum, Stampin' Up!,

For each place where there is a Gem, Dot or Dimensional, I added a Glue Dot.

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Stampin’ Blends Meets Birthday Blooms

Well today’s card combines at least two of my favorite things… heat embossing and the new Stampin’ Blends. I ended up making three of these Birthday Blooms cards, I was having so much fun!

Stampin' Blends, Sirthday Blooms stamp set, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

The flower is beautiful in any color but I especially like the fall Pumpkin Pie color.

Design Notes for Birthday Blooms Card:

The pretty border on the right hand side was made with the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch and some Copper Foil. Don’t you love the look?

Generally, when using alcohol markers like Stamin’ Blends you would use Memento Ink. That way the color will not bleed from the alcohol markers. However, for this card, I decided to use heat embossing to outline the flower parts. The petals were colored with Pumpkin Pie Light and then highlighted with the dark Pumpkin Pie Blends. I used Old Olive for the leaves and just a touch of Smoky Slate in the middle of the flower.

Stampin' Blends, Sirthday Blooms stamp set, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,


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Stampin’ Blends:

Don’t you just want them all?! I had to! Here is a picture of all of the Blends in my very cool holder. I purchased that holder from Stamp n’ Storage.

stampin' blends, Stamp 'n Storage

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Glossy White Meets Aqua Painter!

My high school and college friend, Rose, has a birthday coming up soon. I’m embarrassed to say, I sometimes get her card in the mail a bit late. So, this year I am determined to have it to her before the date! I’ve been playing around a bit with the Glossy White Card Stock and decided to pair it with some heat embossing and aqua painting. What a fun way to spend an afternoon. Here’s the result.

Watercolor Words stamp set, Aqua Painters, Glossy White Cardstock, Stampin' Up!,

I love the Watercolor Words stamp set and think it was a good choice with the heat embossing.

Design Notes for Glossy White Birthday Card:

First, I heat embossed the flowers, leaves and happy birthday sentiment with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Then – bring on the Aqua Painters! I wanted the stamping to have a watercolor effect so it was easy to just brush the color on with the Aqua Painter. It’s perfect on the Glossy White Card Stock – no buckling or pilling of the paper. Once the ink had dried a bit, I went over it with a paper towel to remove any extra color that was on the embossing. That made the embossed areas pop a bit more.

Some ribbons on the bottom, a mat of Island Indigo and done!

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When you are using the Aqua Painters, just squeeze some color from the ink pad onto the lid before you open the ink pad. I often just add a drop or two of ink onto the lid from my refill.


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