Maps Etc. Finds Its Way to Manly Monday!

I had so much fun with the Maps Etc. Dynamic Embossing Folder. It’s part of the Best Route Suite from the Annual Catalog. I actually made two different cards to show you today.

Maps, Etc. Dynamic Embossing Folder, Best Route Designer Series Paper, Masculine Card, Stampin' Up,

Look carefully at both cards. Do you notice something? Something missing? There is no stamping! Talk about quick cards!

Design Notes for Maps Etc. Cards:

Well, I used the Maps Etc. Dynamic Embossing Folder on both cards. One card shows the embossed (raised) side, one shows the debossed (depressed) side. I think that you can clearly see the difference between the two. The card on the right is the embossed side, the one you would typically use. The card on the left shows the debossed side, a side you likely overlook. You might also notice that I have some color on the Granite Gray embossed pieces. That’s because I used a Sponge Brayer and some Blueberry Bushel ink on the inside of the folder.

Maps Etc. Dynamic Embossing Folder, Best Route Designer Series Paper, Masculine Card, Stampin' Up,

This technique is pretty easy and adds quite a punch.

  • First, decide which side you want to use.
  • Next, ink up Sponge Brayer and add ink to one side of embossing folder.
  • Finally, carefully insert your paper and run through the Big Shot.

Easy, right?

When you are adhering embossed card stock to another layer, be sure to use a strong adhesive like Tear & Tape. Because the embossed surface is uneven, you need the extra strength.

Maps Etc. Dynamic Embossing Folder, Best Route Designer Series Paper, Masculine Card, Stampin' Up,


The sentiments on the cards are both from the Best Route Memories and More Card Pack. I punched out the sentiment with 2″ Circle punch then punched out a background piece with the Starburst Punch.  Both cards were finished off with some Best Route Washi Tape and Best Route Enamel Shapes. I also used some of the Washi on the envelopes.

Maps Etc. Dynamic Embossing Folder, Best Route Designer Series Paper, Masculine Card, Stampin' Up,


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Info For You:

Paper Pumpkin $5 deal

Yes, it’s true, you can get your first month of Paper Pumpkin kit for just $5. But, you need to hurry. This offer is just for 3 days and may not even last that long. Click here to go to my Paper Pumpkin page. Be sure to use the FLASH1018 code. You must be a first time subscriber. As a little extra enticement, I’ll send any new subscriber a piercing mat. All the stamps that come with Paper Pumpkin are photopolymer and work best with the mat.

Hope your week is off to a good start!



Bella and Friends for School Days

When I was a kid, we had a great dog, Josephine. When I went off to school, especially after a long, lazy summer, she seemed genuinely sad. I thought of that when I was making this card and pulled out the Bella and Friends stamp set.

Bella and Friends stamp set, #GDP155, back to school, Stampin' Up!,

I guess the “Oh happy day” is just a tad sarcastic.

Over at Global Design Project, the theme this week is School Days. I’m thinking this card goes along with that challenge. Just click on the banner to go to the website.

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Design Notes for School Days with Bella and Friends Card:

I just sort of pieced pieces of paper together till I got a look I liked for the school house. i did emboss the Cherry Cobbler paper with the Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder. Do you know how I made the school bell? It’s the flower from the Vases Builder Punch, turned upside down.

I stamped Bella with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then used Watercolor Pencils to color her in. I used a Blender Pen to smooth out the color before I snipped her out with my Paper Snips.

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Coupon Time:

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Don’t forget, if you earned a coupon (or coupons) during August, you have only until the end of the month to redeem those coupons.


Hope you are having a good day and staying safe and dry.


Daisy Delight for Baby Congrats

Is there any better reason to create a congratulations card than a new baby? I think not. I love making baby cards and to be honest, love making not traditional looking ones. Here’s my latest new baby card.

Daisy Delight stamp set, Kylie Bertucci Blog Highlights, Baby congrats, Stamparatus, Stampin' Up!,

I’ve entered this card into Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Highlights for this month. Can you vote for my card? There’s information about how to do that at the end of this post.

Design Notes for Daisy Delight Baby Card:


One of the fun things about this card is that I got to use my Stamparatus. I made the wreath by using a template and the Stamparatus. You can learn more about it by checking out my video tutorial on YouTube. Click here to go to the video.

Dying Ribbon

The other different thing is the ribbon. As I was making the card, I used the Dotted Ribbon. Something just didn’t look right. Then I realized I needed color! Sponge and some ink and VOILA!. Petal Pink ribbon. How easy is that!

Twisting My Words

Finally, I wanted to tell you about the sentiment from the Baby Bear stamp set. I stamped it with Night or Navy ink on Whisper White paper. Hummmm, how to cut it out? None of the punches or Framelits I have did what I wanted. I studied the stamp itself for a minute. It’s photopolymer. It bends. I bent it just a bit, inked it up and stamped. Then it fit perfected into one of the banners on the Duet Banner Punch.


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Itty Bitty Greetings for Get Well Wishes

Hello! It’s Monday! I have another masculine card for you. This one will make anyone feel better. The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.

Itty bitty Greetings, Get Well, Masculine, animals Expedition Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!,

Not sure why, but somehow, alligators make me smile. At least these do. (Or are they crocodiles?)

Design Notes for Itty Bitty Greetings Get Well:

Well, the terrific Animal Expeditions Designer Series Paper certainly takes center stage on this card. I just added a few layers behind in Basic Gray and Poppy Parade. Then, I echoed those colors in the tag on the front. It all needed some texture, so I did a bit of embossing with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder on the Basic Gray piece.

Itty bitty Greetings, Get Well, Masculine, animals Expedition Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!,

Finally, I stamped and punched. One more bit of texture was called for so I added the Basic Black Baker’s Twine.

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Just a Few More Days for August Special Promotions:

  1. There is a fun Paper Pumpkin kit in the wings for next month. If you are a fan of Halloween, you won’t want to miss this. Click on the image below to subscribe.

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2. Coupon Time… for every $50 you spend in August, you will receive a coupon for $5 to use in September. Do I have to talk you in to this? Really?

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3. Ink Pads! If I sell ten or more ink pads in August (I’m close) I will get a free ink pad. If you buy one or more from me this month, you have a chance to win the free one! No brainer.

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4. The Blended Seasons Bundle. I’ve shown you a few cards using the Blended Season Bundle. You’ll have to have it. I understand, trust me. You only have a few more days to order. To see the cards that I’ve made, look here and  here, and here and here.

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Hope you are having a great day. Thanks for stopping by.


Swirly Bird by the Sea

Over the years, my husband and I have taken lots of great vacations. It seems the ones that stand out are the ones by the sea. So it was easy to be inspired when I saw that the Global Design Project  challenge theme this week was “Take Me to the Sea”.  Swirly Bird was the perfect stamp set to carry out the challenge.

swirly Bird stamp set, Seaside Textured Embossing folder, Wink of Stella, #GDP151, Stampin' Up!,

Don’t those colorful little sail boats just carry you away?

Here’s the banner and link for Global Design Project. Be sure to go over and see all the samples.



Design Notes for Swirly Bird Card:

I had fun with the Seaside Embossing Folder! Some ink (Pool Party and Bermuda Bay) on the inside before embossing gave the random color to the background piece. And can anything be better than some Wink of Stella? One of the tips for using Wink is to go over the area two or three times.

swirly Bird stamp set, Seaside Textured Embossing folder, Wink of Stella, #GDP151, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for Swirly Bird Card:

Yep, lots of inks for this!


Some Special Things for August:

Want to Win a Free Stamp Pad?

Stampin’ Up! is rewarding demonstrators who sell 10 stamp pads or more during the month of August. I sell ten ink pads, I get a FREE ink pad. If I sell ten ink pads, I’m giving away the one I earn to someone who purchased an ink pad in August.

So, purchase a regular ink pad (not Versamark, Memento, Staz-On or uninked Craft Pads) and you have a chance to win another one!

August Bonus Days:

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In August, you will receive a coupon for $5 for each $50 you spend. The coupon will be good in September.

To order, all you need to do is to click on the logo below and that will take you to my 24-7 on-line store. Remember, your order needs to total $50 before tax and shipping to qualify for a Bonus coupon. ADD AN INK PAD OR TWO!


Hope you are having a splendid day!