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.

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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.

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

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Hope you are having a great day. I will be posting again late this afternoon. Today/tomorrow in Australia is the Kylie Bertucci Blog Hop. If you subscribe to my blog, you will get an email.



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!

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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.

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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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Hope you are having a great day!



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.

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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.


Help for Hurricane Victims:

Houston Food Bank

Today is September 29. Tomorrow is the last day of September. For any order placed today or tomorrow,  I will donate 20% of the sale (before tax and shipping) to the Houston Food Bank. For information about the Food Bank, click here. I’d like a few more orders this month so that I can make a nice sized donation! Houston Food Bank received a score of 100 from the Charity Navigator.




Copper Fest with Daisy Delight

I pulled out just about everything I have that is copper for this card – Copper Foil, Copper Trim, Copper Heat Embossing Powder. There is one other copper item that I did not use. Do you know what it is? I paired all of this copper loveliness with the Daisy Delight stamp set.

Daisy Delight stamp set, Copper Foil, Thank you card, #gdp106

I’m making many of this card as a thank you for my customers who ordered in September.

I was inspired by this week’s Global Design Project sketch. Doesn’t it look like fun? Click on the logo and go over to the blog to see some other great cards using this layout.


Design Notes for Daisy Delight Thank You Card:

The daisy is clearly the focal point of this card. I just love that stamp set and the Daisy Punch. For this card, I first stamped the daisy twice using Pumpkin Pie ink. Next I used a Dauber and added some color to the leaves. For the center, I used Soft Suede ink applied with a Dauber. Finally, I punched out the daisy with the Daisy Punch. Oh, I used my Bone Folder to curl the petals just a bit. After than, it was all just adding the layers – Early Espresso circle, Copper Foil Scalloped Circle. The Thank You sentiment was heat embossed with Copper Powder. I like the decidedly fall look to this card.


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P.S. Copper Thread is the copper item I did not use.

Let’s Try Every Good Wish

Maybe you don’t need to know all my inner stamping thoughts. This is just a tidbit. The other day, I stood in front of my selection of stamp sets and said – out loud – “Let’s try Every Good Wish.” Like someone was going to argue with me about it! But, nonetheless, that’s what I did. No arguments here!

Every Good Wish stamp set, Mini Sequin Trim - gold, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, heat embossing, Christmas, Stampin' Up! Diannescards.com,

Well, because I was in a great mood, of course I heat embossed it. Why not?

Design Notes for Every Good Wish Card:

There are three bits of bling on this card. Can you see them?

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To be honest, I had just a bit of the Eastern Palace Paper left (I’ve since ordered more). I was doing this card for a swap and originally wanted to do a complete layer behind the “be merry” piece. Since I was making multiples, I didn’t have enough. As it happens, I think I like this better than my original idea! I love the Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon. It’s so nice to work with. After I added it, I felt it still needed something. Hard to imagine after gold heat embossing and the gold in the Designer Paper. A little snip of the Mini Sequin Trim finally made me happy.

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We are still driving around Scotland. Who knows, at this point we may be driving each other crazy.