Christmas Blessings | Stenciled Embossing Paste

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I have a card to share that uses the Festive holiday stencil from Tim Holtz with some various products to create a dimensional, shiny and glittery design. I love how easy it is to combine lots of different products with stencils for fun card designs.

For this card, I adhered the stencil onto a piece of white cardstock and added the red, green and brown colour with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I used the Tsukineko sponge daubers so I could easily control where the ink was going and I used post-it tape to mask off areas as I went so I could help to prevent the colours from mixing.

My original plan - I added glitter with a clear Wink of Stella marker to all the inked areas and then applied translucent embossing paste over the top, so that everything would be glittery when it dried. But when it dried, there was no glitter. You couldn't see the glitter at all lol!

So I went on to plan b - I added Star Dust Stickles with a paint brush to all of the dried embossing paste and that worked awesome! When it dried, it left all of the leaves, berries and pine cones with an awesome texture and sparkle! ;)

It's so hard to capture all of the amazing shine and glitter in a photo, but hopefully you can get an idea from the photo above. To make the finished piece pop off the card, I added two strips of glitter paper with the Cosmo Cricket Tinseltown silver paper. I love this stuff... the glitter is super bright and when it catches in the light, it looks amazing!

To complete the card I added the sentiment in black ink from the Simon Says Stamp Peace on Earth stamp set and also add some dots of Silver Stickles in the open areas of the stenciled design. I have been loving using Silver Stickles to create little accents on my cards lately... so quick and easy and looks great! ;)



Thanks A Latte | Happy National Coffee Day!

Hello! Today is National Coffee Day and since I really really love coffee, I wanted to share a card that uses the Simon Says Stamp October card kit, which happens to be perfect for this awesome holiday!! ;)

I paired the Coffee Cup die and the What's Brewing stamp set that come in the kit with the Simon Says Stamp Thanks Card die to create a one-of-a-kind thank you card. I love how it all came together! ;)

I cut the Thanks Card out of white cardstock and then adhered my coffee cups that I had diecut from the BasicGrey Grand Bazaar patterned paper, in a stack on top. I added the hearts back into the centers (different colours in different mugs) and then covered them with glitter and glossy accents. (I think the glossy accents was still wet when I photographed this card lol!)

To finish the card I stamped the 'a Latte' to go with the Thanks and added some of the mocha sequins that came in the kit, to the centers of the hearts. I adhered the finished piece to a slightly larger piece of Doll Pink cardstock with foam adhesive for added dimension.


Happy National Coffee Day!! ;)


Strong Together | Making a Scene 'Pop!'

Today I have a card showcasing the Simon Says Stamp and Mama Elephant exclusive STAMPtember® stamp and die set called Crusader Kids. This is available only during the month of September, while supplies last. The dies are sold out, but you can still get the stamp set here as I'm writing this post.

I love the adorable super kids on this and had so much fun colouring them! I used non-traditional super hero colours and dressed them both in green and pink! I also decided to not put the boy in tights, and instead let him wear a bodysuit (aka speedo)... I think it's adorable and kinda funny lol! ;)

I wanted to create a polaroid picture with the characters and a little city scene behind them and decided to take it a step further and really make the scene stand out and 'pop' off the card!

I first assembled my photo by die cutting the frame from the Lil' Inkers Instant Camera die and then adding in the cityscape and grass with the Mama Elephant Landscape Trio dies. I used Avery Elle and Echo Park patterned papers for the sky and grass and Simon Says Stamp Slate Gray cardstock for the buildings.

I then cut a rectangle piece out of the Femme Frames dies and recreated the same scene using the same dies and papers. Before I adhered everything down, I placed the polaroid on top and decided how I wanted to position it so the scenes lined up when it was all adhered together.

I stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the frame and adhered the polaroid onto the background scene with foam adhesive to make it stand out even more. Then I added the super hero kids that I stamped and diecut, onto the scene with more foam adhesive.

I completed the card with some glitter accents and sequins and gems in the sky. I love the added detail and dimension that the sequins add... I have a hard time not using them on cards lately lol!


I also want to announce the winner of the Studio L2E stamp set from this post here. Huge congrats to Heather Sebastian! Heather please email me with your contact info and the stamp set you would like, and I'll get it sent out to you!! ;)