Acorns and Quilt Autumn Birthday

Acorns and Quilt Autumn Birthday

This card features the “Oak Sprig” die from Tutti Designs and the “Quilt Block Die #1” from Gina Marie Designs. Both were cut from Cardstock Warehouse Copper card stock. The quilt block was cut again from sheets from the Gina K Designs “Give Thanks” and the “Casual Friday” patterned paper packs (no longer available).

The quilt was assembled on a panel of Recollections White Dove card stock that was embossed with a Stampin’ Up “Subtle” embossing folder (retired?).

The greeting was from the “MiniatureType” stamp set from Clearly Besotted and was heat embossed with Hero Arts Copper embossing powder.

Thanks for checking out my card project!

This content uses referral links as described in the disclosure policy on my sidebar.

Embossing Folder with Powders

Embossing Folder with Powders

I came across THIS VIDEO by Jennifer McGuire where she used Lindy’s Magical Powders and embossing folders to create a bunch of background panels for cards. I did not have those powders, but I did have Bisters and Color Burst powders so I thought I’d give it a try.

A few tips/comments: When she says a little powder goes a long way, listen to her! (I think I used way too much powder!!) And when she shows the sandwich she used for her embossing, pay attention. (I kind of ignored that thinking I knew how to emboss, but the watercolor paper is so thick that I struggled to get the folder through with the regular embossing plate. It eventually squeezed through but shot out the other end when done and wet ink went everywhere!) And finally, the next time I work with these powders, I may seriously consider wearing gloves. (My hands were a mess, and I struggled to get the ink off!) It was fun to experiment with all the different methods she showed in the video, though.

The greenish samples were made with blue and green Bisters. For the sample above and this one (below), I put the powders directly on the folder, spritzed with water, and embossed a piece of watercolor paper:

For the next one, I sprayed the embossing folder (with the leftover ink) with water and pressed the watercolor paper down on it as if I were stamping the image (and then smooshed parts with ink on mat).

I had tons of ink/water on my mat so I smooshed watercolor panels through it to pick up the color.

The blue and purple samples were made with Color Burst. In her video, she shows how to add white pigment ink to the embossed surface (once dry) to bring out the pattern better. (You can see this on the second and third samples below.)

Once the panels were completely dry, I added greetings with either the “Make A Wish” die from Elizabeth Craft Designs or the “Happy Cutaways” die from Walter & Winnie (no longer available) and either a printable sentiment strip or one stamped from the “Label Me Bold” set from Stampin’ Up (retired). The embossing folder I used was the 5×7 “Leaf Floral” from CGull.

Thanks for checking out my card projects!

This content uses referral links as described in the disclosure policy on my sidebar.

Blooming Branch Birthday Card and the HDSA fundraiser from Simon Says Stamp

Blooming Branch Birthday Card and the HDSA fundraiser from Simon Says Stamp

This card features the “Blooming Branch” stencil set and stamp from Pink Fresh Studio. The greeting die cuts and stamp are from the “Happy Thoughts Stamp and Die Set” from Gemini/Crafter’s Companion which came from the craft box I received from Simon Says Stamp with my donation to HDSA (*see below).

Gina K Designs inks (Tomato Soup, Coral Reef, Faded Brick, Honey Mustard, and Dark Sage) and card stock (Warm Glow, Faded Brick, and White) were used as well as Memento Tuxedo Black ink. After the image was stamped and stenciled, the panel was embossed with the “Subtle” embossing folder from Stampin’ Up.


Simon Says Stamp is sponsoring a fundraiser to raise money for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. The following is from Simon Says Stamp:

We are working to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the devastating illness, Huntington’s Disease.

Make a $50 donation through this purchase and the net proceeds will be donated to HDSA Central Ohio.  You will receive a box of craft supplies donated by our generous vendors to support this campaign [while supplies last]. The retail value of this box is at least $100 and includes random, exciting supplies… There is also a $150 box available.

100% of the net sales from the Donation Boxes will be going to help those in need.  For more information or to donate directly to HDSA Central Ohio, please visit:

(Thanks, Diana, for making me aware of this very worthy cause.)

Thanks for checking out my card project!

Bougainvillea Print with Foil

Bougainvillea Print with Foil

Here are a few more cards that I made with my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System.

I just LOVE Pinkfresh Studio’s Bougainvillea Print, and there are several coordinating products in this line that can be used to create a variety of card designs. For this one, I used the Bougainvillea Print Hot Foil Plate (and gold foil) along with the coordinating Bougainvillea Print Stencil Set. The greeting is from the Spellbinders Stylish Script Thank You & Happy Birthday glimmer plate set. I added color to the foiled panel with Bubblegum, Passionate Pink, Fresh Asparagus, and Deep Sage inks from Gina K Designs. White and Bubblegum card stock were also used.

And a purple one…

(GKD Lovely Lavender and Wild Lilac; Spellbinders Everyday Sentiments II glimmer plate set)


Here, I used the coordinating Bougainvillea Stamp and added color with the stencils to the stamped image and left the foiled background panel uncolored. The greeting on this one came from the Spellbinders Essential Glimmer Sentiments glimmer hot foil plate set.

The stamped center panel started out as a full stamped/inked panel, and I tried to add the greeting directly to that. As I mentioned in my last post, I was having trouble with perfect placement and the greeting ended up terribly crooked. I tried to trim it down with my trimmer, and it just kept getting smaller and smaller as I tried to get the panel square with the greeting – lol! I should have used a die to cut the panel!!

Anyway, I created another stamped and stenciled panel and just added a separate foiled greeting panel to that one. Leason learned!!!

Thanks for checking out my card projects!

This content uses referral links as described in the disclosure policy on my sidebar.

Foiled Birthday Candles

Foiled Birthday Candles

It’s amazing how a new “toy” can spark creativity that has been lacking (since June!). For Christmas, I received the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System along with several plates and some glimmer foil. This simple card design was one of my first attempts using it.

I needed a few masculine cards, so I switched up the colors and came up with this kraft, black and copper version.

Hopefully, it will get easier with practice, but the one thing I was struggling with was image placement – even when using the grid lines on the heating platform. Once the metal plate was down and covered with the foil, I found it difficult to place the paper just right. And then, once I placed everything down, it all moved ever so slightly when the spacer pad and shim were added or when trying to remove the heating panel from the base. I’ll keep practicing, but for now, I found the easiest way to do it was to foil on a larger “scrap” and then cut the panel with a die (or trimmer) later (instead of starting with a pre-cut panel).

Along these lines, I also tried to add a greeting directly to an already foiled panel – Ughh!! (I even taped the greeting plate to the paper exactly where I wanted it, but it was still tough because the plate was upside down and the foil between them blocked my view.) After MANY attempts and A LOT of wasted time and foil, I came up with this panel. Good, but not sure it was worth the trouble!! For now, I’ll stick to die cutting greetings or greeting panels to add to the card!

For these cards, I used the Spellbinders Birthday Candle Background glimmer plate along with one of the plates from the Spellbinders Everyday Sentiments II set and silver and copper glimmer foil. I cut the foiled panels with a die from the Pinkfresh Studio Slim Diagonal Stitched Rectangles set. I used white and Sea Glass card stock (and silver cord) from Gina K Designs for my first card and Recollections kraft and black for the others. My finished cards measure 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and fit in regular business size envelopes.

I found the Spellbinders Quick Trimmer Tool SUPER helpful with cutting pieces of foil off the rolls. So much easier than fighting with scissors!

Foiled cards have tremendous shine as the cards are moved around in the light. Below is a view of how they look when positioned with less light/shine…

Thanks for checking out my card projects!

This content uses referral links as described in the disclosure policy on my sidebar.