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Posted on June 27, 2017

Tarnished Foil Technique – You MUST Try This!

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Oh my,  I am in love with the tarnished foil technique. I created this card over the weekend. My local and online July clubs will be making this card for one of our projects.

I didn't make it specifically as a masculine card, but I think it is perfect for any of our guys.

I recorded a video to show you the steps in the tarnished foil technique and also written instructions, supplies and measurements below.

If you need any of the supplies to make this project, just click on any picture below to order.


  • Stamp SetsGreat Big Greetings (143685), Sharing Sweet Thoughts (w-144048, c-144051)
  • Card Stock – Basic Black (121045), Cajun Craze (119684), Very Vanilla (101650)
  • Stamp Pads – Archival Black Ink (140931); Archival Gray Ink (140932), Versamark (102283)
  • Misc. – Layered Leaves Embossing Folder (143704), 1/4” Copper Trim (144179); Silver Metallic Thread (138402); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Sponges (141337), Copper Foil Sheets (142020), Copper (141636), Gold (109129), Silver (109131) Embossing Powder, Heat Tool (129053)


  • Cajun Craze:                8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, 4” x 2 ½”, 3” x ¼”
  • Basic Black:                 5 1/4” x 4″
  • Very Vanilla:                 3” x 1 1/4”
  • Copper Foil:                 4” x 2 ¼”


  1. Fold Cajun Craze Cardstock in half to create card base.
  2. Run Basic Black Cardstock through the Big Shot with the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder and attach to card base,
  3. Drag black ink across foil paper. Using Versamark, randomly stamp butterflies from Sharing Sweet Thoughts on top, pour Gold Embossing Powder on top and heat with Heat Tool. Stamp a few more butterflies with Versamark and heat using Silver Embossing Powder. Run through Big Shot using Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.
  4. Tap Versamark onto some of the raised leaves, pour copper embossing Powder on top and heat. Repeat using Silver Embossing Powder (tip: if you get too much powder in one area, just lightly brush off using your finger before you heat).
  5. On small Vanilla piece, stamp I Heart You sentiment from Great Big Greetings using Versamark. Pour Copper Embossing Powder on top and heat. Using sponge and black ink, distress vanilla piece and flag the right end.
  6. Attach the small Cajun Craze piece on the bottom of vanilla piece and then run several lines of SNAIL across the back. Using the Silver Metallic Thread and Copper Trim, create loops as desired and attach this piece to card front using Dimensionals.

Leave me a comment once you try this awesome tarnished foil technique! I'd also love to see your project if you'd like to email me a picture.



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Posted on June 13, 2017

NEW Dragonfly Dreams Online Class

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Today's the day I roll out my NEW Dragonfly Dreams Online Class to my newsletter subscribers:

I am so excited to offer this class! You'll find three amazing projects with a video tutorial and PDF for each, plus lots additional tips & techniques for using the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set/ Thinlit Dies. These are such versatile products allowing both the beginner and seasoned crafter many creative options. Your imagination will run wild; of course, there's always Pinterest! 🙂

If you haven't seen the stamp set or dies, here they are:

You can see these and other coordinating products at my shopping page by clicking on any picture below.

Knowing so many of my local customers absolutely love these products,  I wanted to offer an online class to share with everyone!

This class will be available to anyone, BUT I'm offering a 72 hour early-bird pricing special only to my newsletter subscribers. If you aren't yet a subscriber, just fill out the info in the right sidebar above. In addition to this new class offer, you'll receive a FREE project tutorial and other special gifts just for you!

If you missed yesterday's post, I feature another Dragonfly Dreams project…enjoy!

Stampin' Up! has so many other products; Our 2016-2017 Annual Catalog was just release June 1. If you haven't seen it yet and don't have your own Demonstrator I'd love to send you a catalog! Email me and I'll get back with you right away.


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Posted on June 6, 2017

In Color With Berry Burst and Label Me Pretty

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For today's project I am sharing an In Color with Berry Burst and Label Me Pretty Card.

I am seeing this new In Color used a lot. It pairs very nicely with so many Stampin' Up! colors.

In case you've missed seeing the new 2017-2019 In Color Collection, here are the five new colors:

With the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set, you'll get several sentiment choices, so you'll be ready for any occasion. The coordinating punch will make putting together your cards a breeze! This bundle comes in both wood and clear mount so whichever you prefer, we've got you covered!

Card instructions, including measurements, follow below. If you want to add this bundle to your collection (and I know you will!), just click on a picture below.

I'm using this bundle in my Online Stamp Club this month, so be sure you've subscribed to my email newsletter so you can get in on those projects, too! Just fill in your info up top. You'll even get a free project tutorial just for signing up!


  • Stamp SetsLabel Me Pretty Bundle (wood mount – 145304), Label Me Pretty Bundle (Clear Mount –  145305), Touches of Texture  (Wood Mount – 141934), Touches of Texture (Clear Mount – 143251)
  • Card Stock – Pool Party Cardstock (122924); Crushed Curry Cardstock (131199); Berry Burst Cardstock (144243)
  • Stamp Pads –Berry Burst (144083); Pool Party (126982)
  • Misc. –1-3/8” Circle Punch (119860); Big Shot (143263); Oh My Stars Embossing Folder (143710); Glitter Enamel Dots (144200); Crushed Curry 3/8” Mini Chevron Ribbon (144197); SNAIL Adhesive (104332) or Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)


  • Pool Party Cardstock: 11” x 4-1/4”; 3” x 2” Scrap
  • Berry Burst Cardstock: 4-1/4 x 1-3/4”
  • Crushed Curry Cardstock: 3” x 2” scrap
  • 14” Crushed Curry Mini Chevron Ribbon


  1. Fold 11” x 4-1/4” Pool Party Cardstock in half and crease with bone folder to form card base. Stamp the large paint spatter image from Touches of Texture stamp set with Pool Party ink at top left and bottom right of card base. Stamp inside bottom right card base as well.
  2. Run Berry Burst Cardstock through Big Shot with embossing folder and adhere to card base with SNAIL or Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Take length of ribbon and tie around the front of the card base in knot on left side of card. Trim ends.
  3. Stamp background label image on Pool Party scrap using Berry Burst Ink.   Punch out with Pretty Label. Stamp Thank You greeting on Crushed Curry scrap using Berry Burst ink and punch out with circle punch. Adhere together with SNAIL or Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
  4. Adhere label to front of card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Scatter some of the Glimmer Dots across front of card.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope this In Color With Berry Burst and Label Me Pretty card inspired you to get creative! 🙂

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Posted on May 30, 2017

May 31 is the LAST day to Order Retiring Stampin’ Up! Products!

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May 31 is the LAST day to Order Retiring Stampin' Up! Products! I've included the updated “sold out” list below.

Discontinued Items

Retiring products not on the above list should still be available for ordering. Click here to go right to my 24/7 Online store.

If you're like I am you are probably counting the minutes until the NEW catalog goes live on June 1…BUT I just wanted to remind you one more time just in case you still had retiring items on your list! 🙂


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Posted on May 23, 2017

2 Minute Tool Tip

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I know you may think I've lost my mind when I share this 2 Minute Tool Tip! It's so simple but something both I and many of my customers overlook from time to time. (and it really might only be a 1 minute tip, depends on how fast a reader you are…ha!)

Have you ever ended up with cardstock that looks like this after you cut it? I sure have…especially Stampin' Up!'s Whisper White.

Instead of changing my blade (so I can squeeze just a few more cuts out of it), I'll cut the cardstock and then use my fingernail to even out the rough edges. I know this sounds so silly, but my customers tell me they do it, too!

So here's the TIP: I'm all about saving money in my papercrafting and whenever I find a way I definitely pass on to my social media followers and local customers; but using your trimmer blades beyond their useful life will end up COSTING you money in ruined paper.

Do yourself a favor and invest in a couple of bags of these cutting blades, so you'll always have a spare when you start noticing the ragged edges on your projects.

The cost is only $6.00 for 2…plus a little for tax and shipping.

And once you have that new blade in your trimmer, here is a fun project for you to make…measurements and instructions at the end of the post.

This project is created with items that are in the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.

BUT…you can purchase one of two bundles right now that will give you the supplies AND some free products, but only until May 31.  Just click on either picture below to see what is included in each bundle…including the free products!

Here are the instructions so you'll be all ready to start creating when your bundle arrives!:


  • Stamp Sets – Eastern Beauty (143675)
  • Card Stock – Blushing Bride (101650); Very Vanilla (101650); Fresh Fig (144242)
  • Stamp Pads – Fresh Fig (144082); Lemon Lime Twist (144086)
  • Misc. – Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper (144147); 2017-2019 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (144033); Very Vanilla Lace Trim (141672)



  • Blushing Bride Card Stock                    8-1/2” x 5-1/2”
  • Fresh Fig Card Stock                           5” x 3-1/2”
  • Very Vanilla Card Stock                      4-3/4” x 3-1/4”
  • Designer Series Paper (lemon lime twist)   3-1/4” x 1”
  • Designer Series Paper (fresh fig)               3-1/4” x 1”
  • Designer Series Paper (gold foil)               4” x 1/2”


  1. Take 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 piece of Blushing Bride card stock, fold in half, and crease with bone folder to form card base.
  2. Take 4-3/4 x 3-1/4 Very Vanilla card stock and adhere DSP strips (3-1/4 x 1 each) to left side. Stamp greeting in Fresh Fig. Stamp circle and little accents in Lemon Lime Twist. Use Fresh Fig marker to place accent dot in center of little diamond shapes.
  3. Adhere to 5 x 3-1/2 Fresh Fig card stock and stick this entire panel to card front. Add specialty DSP (4 x 1/2) piece using Stampin’ Dimensionals on each end. Slip 4” piece of lace trim underneath and tie in knot.

Hope you enjoyed today's 2 Minute Tool Tip and fun project!

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Posted on February 28, 2017

Glimmer Paper Video – Sale-A-Bration Style

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Hey stampers! Today I wanted to share a video from the Home Office showing you lots of Glimmer Paper projects!

With any qualify order of $50 from any of our current catalogs you can get a pack of this yummy paper…for FREE!!!

You get four sheets of each color (Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, and Bermuda Bay) in the 6 x 6 paper stack and the colors coordinate with the Cupcakes and Carousels, Falling in Love, and Succulent Garden Product Suites in our Occasions Catalog.

There are so many fun things you can do with this paper and ! I know you'll want to have some of this in your crafting supplies!

Just go to my store, pick out at least $50 worth of your favorite Stampin' Up! products and add this item in (item #143831) at the end (if you forget, you will get a prompt telling you to choose a Sale-A-Bration item). Of course, you can choose any free item you'd like!


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Posted on February 21, 2017

Lovin’ My Watercolor Pencils!

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Well hello stampers! Today's post is all about Stampin' Up!'s Watercolor Pencils…I love them! My clubs and classes this month have featured cards with fun techniques using this great new product. I'm going to share my favorites with you today!

Our watercolor pencils (in a selection of our fabulous Stampin' Up! colors) can be used with both Blender Pens and Aqua Painters depending upon personal preference. My favorite paper to use is the Shimmery White Cardstock, but, of course, watercolor paper works well, too. Watercoloring takes a little time to “master” but the results are worth it! Here are some tips that I think will really help you and maybe give you some new ideas for using your pencils as well.

You will want to use Archival Black, Grey, or Staz-On Inks for watercoloring. This will prevent your image from bleeding. If you are going to emboss your image, any colored ink may be used.

When using watercolor pencils start with lighter colors first and add the darker shades. Try mixing colors and blend for interesting shades. It is more effective to apply several light coats of pencil shadings, adding more until the desired shade is reached, rather than one very heavy application. Try putting a dark line of color on one side of your stamped image and then “pulling” the color towards the center with your Blender Pen or Aqua Painter.

When using your Aqua Painter, a brush that is barely wet gives much brighter color. Adding more water will blend the colors more and “soften” the look. You don't want to saturate your image, as that will cause your paper to buckle.

Using a Blender Pen eliminates the need for water altogether. The blending solution is in the pen itself.


  • Use with a palette: rub a pencil tip on a piece of paper, building up pigment. Use a damp brush or blender pen to pick up pigment and then color your image. This is a great way to mix colors.
  • For bright bold colors, take the pigment directly from your pencil tip. Dip your brush in water and press to the tip of the pencil. This will give you undiluted pigment for strong colors. You can also use the Blender Pen directly on the pencil tip
  • A thick opaque look can be achieved by dipping the pencil tip in water and applying the color wet.
  • You can also use the pencil to color directly on your stamped image.

To see more about the watercolor pencils, click here. There are also THREE new Sale-A-Bration freebies starting today…my favorite is the 6″ x 6″ Gimmer Paper Stack!

SAB_2017_2nd Release_US

For every $50 in product merchandise you order, you can pick any of the Sale-A-Bration freebies!

Place your order anytime at my online store; questions? Please email me!

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Posted on February 7, 2017

High Tide Reverse Masking

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Hey stampers! It's Tuesday so I thought another “Technique Tuesday” is in order!

Today's sample uses the High Tide Stamp Set and features the “reverse masking” technique.If you've never used this particular technique, give it a try for some “pop” to your cards.

You can order any of the products, by just clicking on a picture below.


  • Stamp SetsHigh Tide (143006)
  • Card Stock – Whisper White (100730); Island Indigo (122923),
  • Stamp Pads – Crumb Cake (126975), Early Espresso (126974), Sahara Sand (126976), Pool Party (126982), Old Olive (126953), Island Indigo (126986)
  • Misc. – Stitched Shapes Thinlits (145372), Post-it Note, Dimensionals  (104430)


  • Whisper White:  4-1/4” x 11”, 4” x 5-1/4” scrap piece
  • Island Indigo: 4-1/8” x 5-3/8”


    1. Stamp light house image onto Post-it Note.  Trim around the image as close as possible.
    2. Place stamped Post-it Note onto Whisper White cardstock (4” x 5-1/4”) towards the left.
    3. Stamp scene over the Post-it note. Stamp the sand using Crumb Cake ink, the water image using Pool Party ink, both standing and flying birds using Early Espresso ink, and lastly the sea grass using Old Olive ink.
    4. Remove Post-it Note and stamp the lighthouse base image using Sahara Sand ink.  Stamp over this using the more detailed lighthouse image with Island Indigo ink.
    5. Stamp the greeting onto a piece of Whisper White scrap using Early Espresso ink.  Die cut using Stitched Shapes Thinlits square.  Place onto card front using dimensionals.
    6. Attach card front onto Island Indigo cardstock using adhesive, then onto card base using Dimensionals.

If there's a technique you'd like me to feature here on the blog…just ask. I'd be happy to oblige! 🙂

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Posted on January 31, 2017

Tool Tip – Silicone Craft Sheet

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Hey stampers! I have the best tool tip for you today…seriously!

On Page 182 of Stampin' Up!'s Annual Catalog lies something that will make one of your papercrafting “challenges” disappear…no really…no fooling!

It doesn't look like much, I'll give you that. But, this silicone craft sheet will help you get glue from your Multipurpose Liquid Glue and Fine-Tip Glue Pens onto your project but not onto your fingers and places on your project not meant for glue. Here's how:

Place those detailed images you've cut from your favorite framelits and thinlits dies face down onto the sheet. Squirt out a small bit of the glue onto one corner of the sheet. Take a piece of Stampin' Sponge and dab onto the glue. Then “pounce” the glue onto the back of the die-cut piece. Carefully slip a bone folder, paper piercer or your fingernail under the piece and then transfer it to your project. You won't have glue on your fingers,  the glue on the mat will dry and you'll brush it away…voila! No more sticky fingers and ruined glue-laden projects!

Have trouble when making flowers or other 3D embellishments? This little gem helps with that, too. You can easily assemble your embellishment–just put a dot of adhesive on the sheet, use both hands to assemble the embellishment, then pop it off the sheet when the glue is dry.

I know you are going to want to add one of these nifty little silicone craft sheets to your next order.


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Posted on January 16, 2017

Technique Tuesday – Ombre Pad Valentine’s Day Heart

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My friend Maggie won a Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry Ombre Pad at our local stampin' event this past weekend so I thought I would feature this awesome product for Technique Tuesday, and show you a stamped heart that is perfect for your Valentine cards. Let's get started with my info and tips; I think you'll learn something new.


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Posted on January 10, 2017

Glass Etching – Technique Tuesday

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Glass etching is such a fun technique and is a perfect way to make a great Valentine's Day gift!

One of my customers and good friend made this at a recent class.

Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I thought a “Glass Etching 101 Tutorial” would rock it on the blog!

Today I'll cover how to etch using vinyl or contact paper images. Tomorrow I'll discuss embossing with a rubber stamp and embossing powder.

A great way to start learning this technique is to go to Walmart or the Dollar Store and buy some inexpensive clear glass plates.  A flat surface is ALWAYS going to be easier to work on than a round surface; it's a lot easier to get your stencil to lay flat on a flat surface than it is on a round one.  When the stencil isn't completely flat the edges can buckle slightly and even the smallest little pucker can allow etching cream to bleed underneath and ruin the etched image.  For this reason, I tend to stay away from rounded mugs and much prefer something with a flat side such as a plate, flat baking dish, or a mason jar “mug”with a flat edge.

You will also need some “Etching Creme”. I prefer Armour Etch:

I've used this brand many times with excellent results, even when I was a “novice etcher”. No matter which brand you use, before you apply it, you need to make sure you shake the bottle well  Etching cream that's not well mixed will give poor results.

You'll need a few more things even before you apply etching cream to your glass piece: a sponge brush, rubber gloves (the etching creme will burn so gloves will help), rubbing alcohol, and a stencil.

If you own a machine (ie a Cricut) that will cut vinyl, or contact paper, you can purchase an image and cut out your image easily using your machine.

Amazon also has stencils to purchase that you can trace onto vinyl or contact paper:

 After an image is traced or printed on vinyl, you can manually cut the areas out with a hobby knife such as an Exacto knife.

Once you have your image, you are ready to begin the etching process. Remember:  the etching cream is an acid, and etches away at the surface of your glass, transforming the look of your glass permanently.  You cannot rub or wash the etching off.

  1. Take your glass piece (in this example we will assume you are using a flat, glass plate) and clean off the surface to be etched with rubbing alcohol. This will remove any oils that might prevent the stencil from sticking well. Let glass dry.
  2. Lay down your stencil on the glass, taking care to smooth it down well so no bubbles. Leave the excess vinyl on (as shown in next photo-notice the extra border around the word stencil) so you don't get any excess etching cream on an area of the plate that you don't want to be etched.

3. Put on your gloves and start applying the etching cream over the stencil using the sponge brush. Coat it well but don't be wasteful-the cream isn't cheap! Armor Etch's directions say to leave on for one minute minute, but I have found that a thick layer of etching cream left on for 4-5 minutes gives a better, more defined etch.

4. When the time is up, run the glass under warm, not hot, water to remove the etching cream.  Once all the cream is off, remove the stencil and re-wash and dry your glass well. Your piece is dishwasher safe, ready for gifting, maybe even with a batch of cookies. One note-some people prefer to etch the back of the plate if food will be on it. I've done the etching on the front several times and never had a problem; personal preference.

That's all there is to this type of etching. Why not give it a try and then you'll have a personalized gift for your Valentine cookies!

Please give me a shout if you need clarification on any of these steps and be sure to come back tomorrow to see Part B, etching using a rubber stamp and embossing powder.

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Posted on December 20, 2016

How I Stay SANE During the Week Before Christmas!

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I think we all can identify with this charming lady….we want to do it all, prepare the best meal, have THE perfect gift for everyone, have a spotless home,…..yada, yada, yada! Well, this year I vowed to step back and bring some sanity into the season. Maybe these tips just might help you, too, as you are rushing around to get everything done during the last week before Christmas!

  1. Right now, sit down and make a list of everything left to do; I'll wait! Got it? Now……read through it again and strike through anything that really doesn't have to be done. I mean really, do you HAVE to dust every light bulb in your home?
  2. Pick up the phone RIGHT NOW, call your best friend and set a time to meet her for coffee (or lunch, or whatever you girls do for fun) BEFORE the end of the week. You will be glad you did, and she will, too!
  3. Haven't finished your Christmas cards…me neither!! They probably won't get there on time now anyway so give yourself a break…who cares if they arrive late…it's the thought that counts!
  4. Haven't finished all your holiday baking…me neither!! I have gotten some cookie batches done but I'll head out to my favorite bakery to buy the rest and NO ONE will care. As long as there are sugar-coated delights to munch on, your family will be happy and you will be happy your fingers are flour-free!
  5. Take time each day this week to read some of your favorite book, an inspirational one would be great. For me…it's the Bible. If I plant some Scripture in my head before my day starts, it's better for me…AND everyone I meet.
  6. SMILE! Whether you are at home, work, the mall…wherever…a happy smile will make YOU feel better AND will brighten the day of everyone you see.
  7. SLEEP! This one is counter intuitive I know…we usually stay up into the wee hours getting everything done. Go to bed early…when momma is rested and happy, EVERYTHING else runs much more smoothly.

So…..I hope I've given you a few chuckles today AND some ideas to keep your sanity this last week before Christmas!!

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Posted on November 29, 2016

Technique Tuesday – Awesomely Artistic Dragonfiles

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Hey stampers, welcome back to my blog! Today I wanted to share a fun birthday card using some dragonflies from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set. The holiday season of craziness is in full swing around my house so having a stack of birthday cards ready to go makes my life easier!


The technique is “emboss resist” and is easier than it might look. It takes a tad bit more time but the results are so worth it! My card club ladies have really enjoyed this technique over the years and it is a fun one for new stampers…gives a great feeling of accomplishment!

Follow the instructions below and you'll be an “emboss resist” pro in no time! Experiment with other colors, too..that's half the fun!

Just click on a picture to order any needed supplies.


  • Stamp SetsAwesomely Artistic (139950); Birthday Blossoms (139471)
  • Card Stock – Early Espresso (119686); Bermuda Bay (131197); Melon Mambo (115320); Whisper White (100730)
  • Stamp Pads – Early Espresso (126974); Bermuda Bay (131171); Melon Mambo (126948); Daffodil Delight (126944); Versamark (102283)
  • Misc. – Layering Circles Framelits (141705); Stamping Sponges (141337); Embossing Buddy (103083); Clear Embossing Powder (109130); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246); Paper Snips (103579); Heat Tool (129053); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); SNAIL adhesive (104332)


  • Early Espresso:     4 1/4″ x 11
  • Bermuda Bay:                   3 1/4” x 5 1/4″              7/8” x 3 7/8”
  • Melon Mambo:      2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″
  • Whisper White      :           3 1/8” x 5 1/8”              3/4″ x 3 3/4″


  1. Score the Early Espresso card base at 5 1/2″ and fold.
  2. On the Whisper White piece, use Stamping Sponges to sponge on Bermuda Bay, Melon Membo and Daffodil Delight ink. You can overlap some of the colors to create orange and purple areas, but it is best to make small areas of each color. Cover the entire piece of Whisper White with color.
  3. Swipe the Embossing Buddy over the sponged cardstock.
  4. Using Versamark ink, stamp the dragonfly all over the sponged piece, being careful not to overlap.
  5. Sprinkle on Clear Embossing Powder and then heat emboss with the Heat Tool.
  6. Using Early Espresso ink and another Stamping Sponge, cover the entire art piece with ink.
  7. Use a tissue or soft cloth to wipe ink off the dragonflies to reveal the beautiful colors.
  8. Glue the art piece onto Bermuda Bay mat and attach to left side of card base.
  9. Use a 1 7/8” Circle Framelit to cut a Melon Mambo circle and stamp “Celebrate You” in Early Espresso. Glue this circle onto the right side of the card about 2/3 of the way down.
  10. Stamp “happy birthday” with Early Espresso onto the strip of Whisper White. Flag the end and glue onto the strip of Bermuda Bay and flag that also. Attach the sentiment strip with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  11. Complete card by adding Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Remember during this busy season to take time to enjoy your family and friends. It's all too easy to let our “busy-ness” overwhelm us and take away our ….





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Posted on November 8, 2016

Joseph’s Coat with an Artistically Asian Flair!

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I just love the Joseph's Coat technique, especially with this Artistically Asian Flair! If you've never experimented with this technique, I think you'll love it. It really isn't as hard as it may look!


Remember the Prodigal Son Joseph in the Bible? He wandered from home, squandered his fortune but his father welcomed him home with a beautiful “coat of many colors”; that's sort of the idea with this technique!

Here's the basic process for this technique: sponge different colors on your white background, then you stamp an image using Versamark ink, emboss using your choice of powder, heat set the ink, sponge or brayer over the image with black ink and then wipe off the image with a tissue. The Versamark stamped image will “resist” the black ink and…voila…you'll have a beautiful result! Detailed instructions for this Joseph's Coat technique follow below. If you want to purchase any of the items to make this stunning card, just click on any picture.


  • Stamp SetsArtistically Asian (141781); Timeless Textures (140517)
  • Card Stock – Thick Whisper White (140272); Basic Black (141045);
  • Stamp Pads – Melon Mambo (126948); Pumpkin Pie (126945); Garden Green ( 126973 ); Versamark (102283 ); Black Memento (132708)
  • Misc. – Gold Foil Sheets (132622); Circle Framelits (141705); Sponges (141337); Dimensionals (104430); Clear Embossing Powder (109130); Gold Embossing Powder (109129); Embossing Buddy (103083); Heat Tool (129053)


  • Thick Whisper White: 4 ¼” x 11”, White Mat- 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Basic Black: 4” x 5 ¼ ”, Strip 2” x 4 ¾”
  • Gold Circle: 4” x 4”
  • Image Piece White Circle: 3 ½” x 3 ½ :”


  1. Attach White Mat to Black Mat and Attach to Card Base
  2. Rub your Embossing Buddy over the bottom of the Black Strip. Stamp Saying at the bottom with Versamark. Pour Gold Embossing Powder over and heat set with your heat tool. Touch the bottom of that piece to the Versamark Pad leaving ink on the bottom and pour gold Embossing Powder over and heat set. Attach to card.
  3. Color your white circle using sponges. Sponge areas with Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Garden Green. I sort of blended the Pumpkin and Mambo in areas.
  4. Stamp the flower image using Versamark, also stamp the grid image in a few places using Versamark as well. Pour Clear Embossing Powder over all and heat set.
  5. Ink a sponge using Black ink and cover the whole circle.
  6. Wipe the image off with a tissue after it’s all been inked.
  7. Stamp the dots that come in Timeless Textures with Versamark in a few places. Pour Gold Embossing Powder over and heat set.
  8. Mount image piece to gold circle and then adhere to card with Dimensionals

I really hope you'll give this fun Joseph's Coat technique a try! I'd love to see your samples if you do! 🙂

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