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Painted Petals

Good Morning Everyone,

Just a quick post today showing an alternative to the February Paper Pumpkin.  The kit includes an eight panel accordion fold card base.  I cut this into four single cards and used the Painted Petals stamp set with Daffodil Delight and Strawberry Slush ink to simply 001
stamp the images and the greeting.  On two of the cards I cut a strip of DSP from the Painted Blooms pack.  I made envelopes for the note cards using the Envelope Punch board.

Have a safe and happy weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and happy stamping,   MB

Chipboard Dry Embossing

Hi Everyone,

Long before I joined Stampin' Up! I followed another guru named Jennifer McGuire.  Occasionally I still check out her blog because she has some off the wall techniques that I would never think of.  She is an engineer by profession but gave that job up a long time ago to devote her time to paper craft design. So she had this technique where she ran chipboard over cardstock through the Big Shot to provide a dry embossed background without using an embossing folder.  It took me a few days to get it right but this is what I finally came up with. 001

It is hard to see but the key is dry embossed into Bermuda Bay CS.  I used a watermark pen to fill in the key and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I inked the doily with Bermuda Bay ink.  The greeting stamped on Naturals Ivory with Bermuda Bay ink is from the Painted Petals stamp set.  I accented around the punched image with the Stampin Dazzle gold marker. The Decorative Label punch was used for the greeting background.  The top of the card was dry embossed using the Delicate Design border embossing folder.  You can use any Stampin' Up! punch or die to create a chipboard thickness piece to use as a dry embossing background.  The trick is playing around with thickness for both the chipboard piece and the shim to get the embossed image a depth you like.  If cardboard is too difficult to cut you can glue several thicknesses of cardstock together to get the desired thickness.  Give it a try.  If you have questions or comments give me a holler.

Thanks for looking.

Hugs and happy stamping,  MB

Vintage Good Thughts

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend.  My step son's birthday was Friday so we went out for pizza and a hockey game on Saturday with the whole family.  It wasn't a very exciting game and the home town Gamblers lost.  It was still fun to be with the whole group.

I have had this card working in thought for a few weeks and finally had the chance to materialize it.

The base card is Crumb Cake CS.  I embossed a piece of Very Vanilla CS 5 1/4  x  4 with the Spring Flowers embossing folder. Next I sponged Crumb Cake over it.  I then covered the sponged piece with Versamark ink and this is the fun part, I put gold embossing powder in an old salt shaker and shook it randomly over the Versamark.  I then heat embossed it. I covered the piece again with Versamark and sprinkled Pool Party embossing powder over it with the salt shaker.  I also heat embossed this. The flower was punched from Very Vanilla CS with the Flower Medallion punch and the Pansy punch.  I inked them with Coastal Cabana ink, spritzed them with water and crumpled them into a ball.  I opened the crumpled pieces and attached them together with an Antique Brad. I coiled Coastal Cabana Twine behind the flower.  The half paper doily was inked with crumb cake and the flower set was adhered with Tombow Liquid glue. 001

I hope you enjoyed looking as much as I enjoyed making this card.   Stay warm.

Hugs and happy stamping,  MB



Hi Everyone,

Sub zero temps with big time wind chills factored in here in Green Bay.  Hubby is in Houghton Michigan where it is usually colder.  On top of the cold now it's starting to snow.  When you look at the big picture we are fortunate not to be in New England.

My Paper Pumpkin arrived this week and I've already used one of the greetings from it on an earlier card but today I thought I would show you my version of the whole project.  This month's kit came with a large round circle stamp along with several other abstract designs.  I love the "kissing" technique and you need a blank stamp for some of those designs.  I inked the Spring Flowers embossing folder  with Bermuda Bay ink then I "kissed" the flat circle shaped stamp onto the folder. This is the fifth image with the butterfly from Papillion Potpourri stamp set in Crisp Cantaloupe.  I did the same technique with the Honeycomb embossing folder and the chick from the For Peep's Sake stamp set. It makes the honeycomb look like chicken wire.  This is the seventh image. When you fold this accordion mini card it fits into a little box that also comes as part of the kit.  There are eight sets in this kit so I'm anxious to see what I can come up with for the other seven.   Take a peek! 001 002 003

Have a safe and restful weekend,  MB


Good Morning everyone,

I know I have used this technique on my posts before but I just had this brain storm about the brick patterned paper from the Adventure Bound DSP stack with a floral stamp.  The dark background made spotlighting a fun choice.  I used Strawberry Slush as my base CS.  I stamped the image from the Indescribable Gift stamp set with Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder. I did this twice.  I used Old Olive and Melon Mambo Blendabilities to color the images.  Just as I was looking for a greeting my Paper Pumpkin arrived in the mail box.  I dug into that box right away and there was my greeting!  I also white heat embossed the greeting.  I used 1 3/4 and 2 inch circle punches to punch a portion of the second image I had stamped and Early Espresso CS then 001
lined it up with the first image and that's it.  I really like how this turned out.  You know sometimes you have this image in your head but when you turn it into reality it's not what you expected.  Well this is exactly how I imagined it.

Thanks for looking.  Have a happy day.

Hugs and happy stamping,  MB