Category Archives: Embossing Folders

Happy birthday to our princess

Today our girl turns 14! How the heck did that happen?!

So I made a bright and cheery birthday card for her using the Stampin Up Birthday Bonanza designer series paper and the Happy Celebrations stamps.

Love how this came out. Lots of dimension and gorgeous colour and yet it was a simple card to make.

Loved adding the little extras like the twine and the gems… And of course personalizing the card for my princess.

It was nice to remember to use an embossing folder too… how long has it been since I used one of those?

So happy birthday to our gorgeous girl.

Happy crafting!


Happy birthday Lily!

It was one of the princess’ friends birthday this week and so I made a card especially for Lily.

I stamped and coloured the image using promarkers to look a little like Lily… this included researching her eye colour by following her on Instagram! Yes I was thorough in my research! Ha ha ha!

I decided that the phone image was perfect for Lily as I often see her via Snapchat videos on M’s phone!

Once I coloured her I found this patterned paper that colour matched nicely and some grey and tranquil tide cardstock.

I dry embossed the tranquil tide cardstock with an embossing folder and then used the star die to emboss in the grey card. I then also die cut it from a scrap to provide the star embellishments which I added the spectrum noir silver sparkle pen to.

I then did some stamp surgery so I could have the long banner type sentiment using this Eclectic Expressions stamp.

For the envelope I added splodges of Tranquil Tide and some letter stamps to add Lily’s name and more of the star die cuts.

Love how this turned out. Really enjoy creating for the girls in M’s life as I know how important they are to her.

Happy crafting!


Advent cardmaking: Gingerbread

Today I used three papers and a die to make this gingerbread themed card. Love this cute little die… perfect for making your own card embellishment.

Sorry the photo is a bit yellow … dark night’s mean it’s difficult to get photos in daylight as it’s neither light enough in the morning before work or when I get home!

Video is now uploaded… sorry for the delay… struggled the past two days to find the time to get these cards made.

Happy crafting!


One sheet wonder playtime

I decided to grab one of the many pieces of 12×12 papers that was reasonably neutral and make a one sheet wonder.

No idea where this paper came from originally but it is a marbled and mottled effect with blue, teal and pink tones. So I teamed it with aqua, pink and brown.

I will sort out the cut instructions and post these later.

I also grabbed some glimmer paper and foiled cardstock to add into the mix.

Then I started making the cards up. I decided to keep to a theme and used the Art deco style stamps which were a magazine freebie a long time ago.

So here are the seven cards I made.

Layered pieces with the different coloured cardstock and the silver glimmer paper and then fussy cut two of the stamped images. Coloured both of them using Inktense blocks and a waterbrush. Stamped the sentiment in versamark and used white embossing powder.

Heat embossed the main image onto the paper and also the same with the single rose image onto the back panel. Then added colour with the distress oxides to give more definition to the bird. Also stamped and embossed the sentiment and mounted that onto the brown card too. I love this bird image so much.

Most of the one sheet wonder templates have a diagonal cut in them. I balanced this one with the diecut in the background.

I love the copper foil background I added with the elegant embossing.

I edged the patterned paper with both the stamp and a line of white embossing, then added the sentiment in the same. Next I added the flower image with some copper thread to add texture.

I went with a brighter pink for this one and grabbed this hot pink doily. It worked with the colouring on the flowers.

This one I went with lots of edging in black pen to give each panel a distinct edge. I also embossed the white panel with the embossing folder.

This final one I embossed the patterned paper, adding versamark to the folder first and then adding some jade coloured powder and heating it. This created a fabulous texture.

I then coloured the cardstock underneath with the same embossing powder.

I am super happy with all of these. I still have a couple of pieces left but not quite worked out how to use them…

Happy crafting!


Making Cards magazine… seaside themed cards

So another day and another Making Cards magazine kit out to play… today’s kit is from the latest magazine and has loads of fab seaside and under the sea themed papers.

I spent an afternoon having lots of fun cutting out images and then papers to layer up some cards ready for when I had time to put them together and finish them off.

And so I ended up with a lot of cards to be made up (and rsi from the scissors!).

Today I have four cards to share that I have made from that massive stack.

I love the colour scheme of these papers … so pretty with the peach and aqua colours.

I added embossing to the peach panel on these two which I thought added some nice texture.

I also added some black enamel accents dots to add some gloss.

So only about another 25 cards to make… but for now this will do! I’ve packed the rest away in a poly bag all ready to grab and finish off at another time… or more than likely in stages!

Happy crafting!


Hug in a card on a gelli print background

Gelli prints make some interesting backgrounds and I had to use this one on book print to create the background for the scene.

I added the stamped image from Mediterranean Moments and then added some subtle colour using my promarkers.

Next I added the word “a hug” which was on one of the pieces of book paper I had … perfect.

I took a piece of Whisper White and used my new wood texture embossing folder to add some subtle texture. Then mounted the artwork onto the embossed card panel, added the twine and then added it to the kraft card blank.

Happy crafting!


Artful ATCS… the Beatles

So this month it was my choice of theme and for a reason I don’t really understand now, when I was asked to choose a theme, I chose the Beatles! Am I big fan? Nope not really. So not entirely sure what made me choose that. So I had to make two ATCs based on this theme.

I first went with a song I know my parents liked… Here comes the Sun.

I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder as a stamp using distress stain to create the impression in spiced marmelade onto the base I coloured with the fossilized amber stain.

I inked it again, this time with versamark and lined it up to stamp again. I used clear embossing powder and heat set it. I then did it again and used gold embossing powder. I love the faint impression this gave and all the texture.

Next I inked the edge with versamark and added the gold to give it a nice border.

I stamped the words onto book print and added them to the front and when dry I went in with some watercolour pencils to add some further definition.

Next I went for another song inspired by the dancers stamp.

I started with the splodges stamp from Happy Celebrations and stamped it with a few of the blue distress oxides until it was nice and solid. I then used the black soot oxide to stamp the dancers. I edged the card with black and stamped the song title.

Next I added versamark across the whole panel and clear embossed it. I did it a few times to end up with a lovely thick glossy card.

So why I chose this theme I will never know but happy with my creations none the less.

Happy crafting!


Postcard swap

Another gloriously sunny day… so I spent some of it inside crafting! Lol. Mainly because the princess and her friend were outside having a water fight so I retreated to the craft room.

So I made this postcard for the UK stampers forum swap.

I love all the texture I created using distress stains and an embossing folder, distress resist and foil and embossing powder and distress oxides.

Then the image I stamped, added embossing powder and then watercoloured with oxides. I then fussy cut it out.

I added some definition with pencils.

I added the whole piece to mountboard and then edged it with ink.

Love how it finished up and it was a really enjoyable play time for me.

Entering this into the swap at We love 2 create blog where there’s an anything goes mixed media challenge.

Happy crafting!


More Making Cards magazine cuties

Used some more of that fabulous bright fun paper in the latest Making Cards magazine to create some cards.

First I took an image and partially die cut this and then added layers of both mirror card and embossed vellum underneath at funky angles.

I added Wink of Stella and some glossy accents to the image to bring them to life and add texture. Of course I also added some sequins.

Next up one of the little flying unicorn images…

More mirror card and some white card to mat the main image.

Again out came wink of Stella and glossy accents to add the extra sparkle.

Again I love these cute and cheerful cards.

Happy crafting!