Video: Embossing Paste + Embossing Powder

Hello, everyone! Today I have a video for you showing embossing paste + embossing powder. I love using the two together!

I had such fun with the Stenciled class so I am continuing the fun here. Adding powder to paste gives such great texture and shine.

Drats – I so wish that I could capture the sparkle in these photos. So gorgeous.

I applied embossing paste over The Crafter’s Workshop Flower Frenzy stencil and added sparkle embossing powder. I let the paste dry and then heat set the powder. I love the resulting dimension and shine…

The greetings on these cards is from a Studio Calico Card Kit and the cute little enamel dots are from BasicGrey. For this next card, I used the same technique but with the Judikins Splash stencil

For the next two cards (which are cut to be narrow), I used verdigris embossing powder over the paste. This powder in one of my top faves.

This stencil is the Texture Rhapsody – one of the new ones from Memory Box. So classy…

Here is a peek at the dimension and texture. For this card I used the Memory Box Flourish stencil, a strip of glitter paper and adorable glitter enamel dots

These techniques are so fun, fast and easy!

By the way – it is not too late to take the Stenciled class. The material (videos, pdf, etc) will always be there for you to go see.



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Free Valentine Download and Video

Colin loves to exchange cards in his class on Valentine’s Day every year. But I wanted him to be able to give something else besides candy or sweets with it. (I have shared our past valentines here, including mini notebooks, fun DIYs, cake pop holders and Star Wars lightsabers.)

This year we decided on using playing cards. This is awesome because it is useful but inexpensive! I have a free download for you below, and a video showing how we put them together…

Here is a free download for you to create your own playing cards valentines. Just download and print you you are ready to go!

I love the idea of giving the kids something useful. And these are so fast to put together!

You can find great deals on playing cards – as low as ~$.50 each. You can find many at your local drug or dollar store.

I also added a bit of Wink of Stella shimmer and Glossy Accents shine to the hearts…

(A big thanks to Kelly Adams for giving me the idea of using the “you are the real deal” when I put out a request on Twitter.)

Have a great day!


Class Starts Tomorrow!

So the newest mini Online Card Class starts tomorrow… Stenciled. You can join anytime or even take the class later. You will always be able to get the content.

There are over 20 videos in this class. Love the projects. Here are some sneaks…

You can join whenever you want. Just head over HERE for more info.

Are you signed up? Hope to see you there!

(PS: I will be back to announce some winners soon – I am just catching up on some things around here. XO)

Studio Calico Card Kit Giveaway!

Hello! I have had some things pop up in life so I haven’t been able to create as much lately. But I did want to share a card I made with the most recent Studio Calico Card Kit.

I will admit, I love the SC Card kits more and more each month. They have recently made some changes and they just seem to be more and more traditional-card-maker-friendly. I like that.

I used the Copper Mountain kit for this card. (This one is already sold out, but be sure to take a look at it. It will give you an idea of how their kits are looking these days. Love it!) This baby was quick and easy to make and that makes me happy. (BTW… this is a narrow card.)

After stamping the cloud and rain with Soft Pool Ink, I covered it with lots of Wink of Stella shimmer. The hearts were die cut and covered with the same… along with Glossy Accents.

The white and dark grey pieces were die cut with one of my new favorite die sets – the My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangular Die Set. These dies create that pierced edge… which offers a bit of interest and fun. I will be using these a lot.

All of these goodies are from the Studio Calico Copper Mountain kit. It is a fun one!


While cleaning my office, I found an extra and unused Studio Calico Card Kit from the fall that needs a new home! Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 1/25/14 for your chance. Good luck!


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH and for Studio Calico, click on SC…


Video: Making the Most of Your Dies


Today I am a guest over on the Simon Says Stamp blog… showing some fun ways to make the most of wafer thin dies

I shared two cards in the video. Here is the first…

For this card, I used the outline of the hearts from the Heart Parade die just as a guide for where all the floating hearts were to be placed. Worked perfectly! This works with any die that has lots of inside space, such as doilies, etc.

This is also a great way to use up scraps. For shimmer and shine, I covered the pieces with a few layers of Wink of Stella shimmer and finally Glossy Accents.

Oh, and that greeting? It is from Kelly Purkey and I love it.

Here is another card using the same Heart Parade die

This card shows two techniques. One is to use the die to create impressions on watercolor paper (because I love it’s texture and thickness) using an embossing pad. The other technique is to paper piece the die cuts and pop them up… and cover them with Wink of Stella shimmer.

Oh, and I used the same awesome Kelly Purkey stamp set.

Here is a look at the Heart Parade die and Kelly Purkey stamp set I used – both from Simon Says Stamp. Look closely – that stamp set has lots of good and unique messages in it.

Be sure to head over to the Simon Says Stamp blog for more projects! Also, check out THIS card my friend Lucy did with the same die just yesterday. Great minds think alike! Love hers.

As always, thanks for visiting my little stamping world.



Video: Project Life Organization.

Hello! Today I have something a bit different.

I have decided I am going to take on Project Life memory keeping… but do it my own low-pressure, stamping-filled way. I promise I (and my blog) will remain very focused on cardmaking, but I hope to share Project Life scrapbooking once in awhile.

I recently posted on Instagram a photo of one of my Project Life storage pieces and got a lot of questions. So I decided to throw together a quick video showing some Project Life storage pieces.

The first piece wins the award for “cutest storage”…

This piece is the “I Could’ve Been a Container” Desk Storage piece from The Land of Nod. (I LOVE LOVE LOVE this store and the playfulness.) It is adorable and comes in several colors. It measures approximately 10.5″ wide x 7″ deep x 6″ tall. You can find it HERE – just search on “container” and it will pop up.

This next option is my favorite. I will use the cute one above for my desktop, but this is the one I will likely use for all the basic storage and store it in my Alex drawers from Ikea

This storage piece is divided into three compartments. The back two are great for 3×4 cards and the front is good for 4×6 cards or photos. Note that I don’t have enough cards yet to fill this. It has a lot of room! Here is a better look…

This container is incredibly durable and so very awesome. I use the same one for many things in my office… and the same brand for my stamp storage (which you can see HERE). You can find this piece HERE and it measures approximately 8″ wide x 11.5″ deep x 3.5″ tall.

Next up is a long and narrow option. This would be great if you want to have something good to line up one by one…

I use this long and narrow container for many things in my craft room… and it works perfectly for PL cards. You can get the updated version on this container HERE (which I think would be better) or the same one I used HERE. This one measures approximately 4″ wide x 14″ deep x 4″ tall.

The last option is this smallest one

This container allows the PL cards to be stored sideways and would be a good option if you have a shelf with limited height. (Note that my dividers are too tall – I just used the ones from the other containers.) You can get this smaller container HERE and it measures approximately 5″ wide x 12″ deep X 3″ tall.

If you are wondering about those yellow dividers, here is a bit more info…

I bought several inexpensive yellow plastic folders from Office Depot and cut them to 3″ x 4.5″. After rounding the corners, I added my label with my handy Brother Label Maker. (You can see how I use this label maker at the 8:09 mark in the video HERE.) This works great!

Again, this Project Life storage is much like my stamp storage, which you can find out more about HERE.

Note: Please visit each site for exact measurements, etc.

Hope this helps! Are you a Project Lifer? Would love to hear your tips!