Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I can’t wait to see what 2019 will bring not only in my personal life but in my Stampin’ Up! life.  I have plans to try some new things so be sure to stay in touch through my blog, my Facebook page and other social media platforms and in person at my events and classes.

For this card I used Embossing Paste.  I want to share a tip with you about storing your paste.  When the paste is new the container is sealed with foil, but when you open it up you have to break that seal.  In order to keep the paste moist you want to store it sealed AND I add back a piece of foil.  Just cut a piece and place it over the top of the jar and then screw the lid back on.  I also put mine back in the little plastic bag but I think its the foil that makes the difference. This jar was originally opened in the spring and then I used it again these past couple of months and it was perfect.  So if you have trouble with yours drying out then add the foil back to seal it up.  It also helps while using the jar on a project – the foil just rests over the top and you don’t have to take the lid on and off while working.

Supply List

  • Timeless Tidings Stamp set
  • Shimmery White Embossing Paste
  • Smoky Slate card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Basic Gray ink
  • Silver Glimmer Paper
  • Twinkle Adhesive backed Sequins
  • Pattern Party Decorative Masks
  • Palette Knives

One more little trick on this card.  I used the Timeless Tidings Stamp set and if you look at the sentiment it also includes the words ” And A” as part of the stamp.  Well I cut that part off of my stamp so I had just the Happy New Year.  The Holiday catalog will end on January 2nd so you have a little bit more time to order anything you didn’t already get.

Be safe and enjoy the New Year!!

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The perfect birthday card

If you are like me the number on your birthday keeps getting higher!  The Number of Years stamp set and Large Numbers Framelits are perfect for making the “perfect” birthday card.  Because you can celebrate 29 again!  and again! and again!


For this card I also used the Embossing Paste to create the background.  But this time I created a mask using a die to cut through a Window Sheet.  The Window Box Thinlits has the die with the birthday candles.  I cut a piece of window sheet that would cover the front of the card.  Then ran the die through cutting multiple images of the candles over and over.

The paste was colored with the Lemon Lime Twist ink refill.  Then use the mask to apply the paste to the Pool Party layer.  While that dries, stamp and cut the 29.  The Lemon Lime Twist cotton ribbon is wrapped around the layer and tied with the Whisper White Baker’s Twine.  If you pull the ends between your finger nails you can give them a curl – it’s like curling ribbon that you use for wrapping presents!

Tangerine Tango, Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist are a fun and bright combination!  I finished the card with some Tangerine Tango star Enamel Shapes.

Enjoy being 29 again! and again!  and again!


Decorative Masks

The new Decorative Masks are a versatile item in our catalog.  We have had some others in the past so if you still have those try them for various techniques too.  These new masks have some smaller designs than our retired masks.

For this card I used one of the new masks – it actually coordinates with the Eastern Palace Suite.  The large medallion mask is perfect for this technique using the sponge daubers.  Use multiple colors and blend them together from light to dark or dark to light using the mask.


My Thailand swap was the same concept – I posted it earlier.  The colors on this card are Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach and Berry Burst.  This particular card idea came from one I saw online.  I used it for a team meeting where we learned about the embossing paste and masks.

The hardest part of this card is just making sure your panel and your mask stay still while you are doing the sponging.  So I use washi tape to help with that.  First roll up a small piece on the back of your panel and stick that to your work surface.  Then place your mask where you want it.  Then use washi tape to hold the mask in place.  Now use your ink and your sponge daubers to add color.  Once you are done lift the mask and “tada” – you have a new creation.  Each one will look a bit different as the colors blend in various places.

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Embossing Paste Butterfly

Have you tried the new Embossing Paste from Stampin’ Up!?

It is my favorite new accessory product in the catalog.  So easy and fun to use.  I posted earlier a card where I colored the paste.  This one today just uses it as is – white.


The brick mask is a fun one too – it’s perfect for backgrounds.  I used just a small amount of paste through the mask to create the brick back ground that is just partially filled in and not a solid wall, like a crumbling wall in an old garden.

The butterfly is just fluttering by.  It’s the Watercolor Wings stamp set.  Two-step stamping – but really this butterfly is a three-step on the wings.  The base layer – the most solid layer is in Soft Sky ink.  The second layer – the other edges – is Pool Party ink.  The third layer – the details – is Bermuda Bay ink.  Then a fourth one is the body in Soft Suede ink.  The Bold Butterfly Framelits cut out this butterfly for you so you don’t have to fussy cut.

TIP!!! Here is a tip for you – stamp the wings – all three layers and then cut it out.  Stamp the body after you cut it so you get it in the right spot.  The stamps are photopolymer so you can see through.  I find it best if you can stand while stamping and look directly over the top of it.

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my youngest son Ryan today!  He is 21.  Oh my – the baby is 21.  While we aren’t with him to celebrate we will do that once we get back together in August for a family vacation.  I did make a card for him that I sent to his girlfriend early so she could give it to him.  He will go visit her for his birthday.


I love this card!  And it is so easy and fun to make.  I used the brand new Embossing Paste to create the background.  So if you could touch the card you can feel and see the texture from the embossing paste.  To make this background I used the diamond patterned mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Mask set.  I colored my embossing paste (which is white) with the Lemon Lime Twist Reinker.  I put just a little bit of paste in an empty embellishment container and added a drop of reinker and used one of the palette knives to mix it up.

Put the card base on the table, place the mask over the top and secure with some old washi tape.  Then use the Palette Knife to spread the colored paste onto the card base.  I did a very thin layer and then put the lid on my container so I could make some more cards with what I had mixed.

You do need to clean the mask and the palette knifes right away – or drop them into a container of water until you can clean them.  The paste dries very quickly so make sure you keep the lid on your jar.

I used the Milestone Moments stamp set – it’s a perfect set for making all kinds of birthday cards.  I also needed one for a 70th birthday but that wasn’t one of the stamp in the set.  But don’t worry – if you are careful you can create what you need – I inked up the SEVENT – part of the Seventy-fifth stamp and then the IETH part of one of the other stamps (there are several) and made one that said SEVENTIETH.


I also used a little bit of paste that I had left for the envelope.  And I added the card to a bottle of wine that was wrapped up in 6″ x 17″ Gusseted Cellophane Bag and tied with Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon.


All ready for a masculine birthday!

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A Little Wild with Embossing Paste

One of my favorite items in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog is the A Little Wild stamp set.  I just love the little elephant and I love that the animals have fronts and backs and the dies cut out both into a little tag.  You can use them like that or cut them apart.

And another one of my favorites is the new Embossing Paste.  That along with the dies and palette knives make it easy and fun to create interesting textured backgrounds.

For my card I paired them together – I created this for a swap card – so I’ve already made a whole stack of these.


I used the brick mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and a small amount of the Embossing Paste.  I didn’t want full coverage on my card stock so I just smeared it through the mask where I wanted it.  Every card turns out just a little different.  The paste dries quickly if you are using a thin layer.  I wish you could feel the texture!

The little elephant was stamped on Shimmery White card stock and then I watercolored with Soft Sky ink using my Aquapainter.  I also lightly watercolored on the cloud – which is really the Pretty Label punch.  I finished the card with some Pool Party Baker’s Twine around the Crumb Cake Layer.

You can get the A Little Wild stamp set as part of a bundle with the Little Loves Framelit Dies.  Be sure to look for bundles throughout the catalog – they save you 10%.

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