#StampinUp, Embossing, Handmade Cards

Heat embossed cards… Stampin’ Up! “Crazy About You” & “Crazy Wishes” Stamp Sets

Hello my lovlies,

Well, I really love my latest Project Makes which are a birthday card and a friendship card using heat embossing on velum.  This was my first attempt following a lovely youtube video from Natasha Foote of New Zealand and I have included the link to her video at the end of this blog.

And here are the cards:


Materials Required:

  • Blank Card – I used a 5 x 7″ plain white card
  • Slate Grey cardstock for bottom layer
  • White cards stock
  • Grey cardstock strip for top layer
  • Velum
  • Floral Stamps – I used both the Stampin’ Up! “Crazy About You” and “Happy Wishes” Sets
  • Embossing Clear Stamp Pad
  • Bright / Ultra White Wow Embossing Powder for die cuts
  • Silver Wow Embossing Powder for Sentiment Stamped Images
  • Double sided sticky pads
  • Glue
  • Co-ordinating silver gems / embellesments

Equipment Required: 

  • Die Cutting Machine – I used my new Gemini Electronic Die Cutter
  • Heat Gun
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Stamping Platform or Stamping Block
  • Scissors
  • Anti-static pouch / bag


Step 1: Mat and Layer your card with the Slate Grey Cardstock / Grey strip ensuring you leave about 1/4″ border so that the white card stands out as another dimension to your card.  (Sorry I forgot to take a photograph of the plain layered card!).


Step 2:

a) Apply your anti-static powder to both the velum and the white card stock that you will be stamping on.

b) In stages, apply your embossing ink to 1) your sentiments and 2) your floral stamps.

c) Apply relevant colour of embossing powder and tap to release any excess (scoop up the powder that is left and put back into your embossing tub before you spill it!).

d) Ensure your heat gun is nice and hot (I give mine about 30 seconds) before you heat emboss the powder to a marvellous finish.


Step 3:

Adhere and layer your stamped sentiments to the grey cardstock.

Step 4:

Fussy cut your floral embossed images.


Step 5:

a) Position and adhere your layered sentiment(s).

b) Position and adhere some of your images to your card (flush) and leave one or two to be adhered with your dimentional foam pads.

(HINT: Have a play around with the positioning of your embelleshments first till you are happy with the layout.)


Step 6:

Take a photograph of your gorgeous finished card – ain’t it lovely 🙂

Do you still have lots of fussy cut die pieces?

You can opt to make a second card using an alternative sentiment and left over die cuts like I have here.


You can see in the photo above/below I played around a little with positioning.


I finally opted for this design which I love!


And here are both finished projects.



Thank you for reading and I hope I have inspired you to make a similar card 🙂

Love Tx
Credit and Thank you Natasha Foote for the inspiration 🙂  You can view Natasha’s technique in the video below.


Christmas, Handmade Cards

Feeling Festive? Project Make

Welcome to my first Festive Project Make! Yeaaahh! I know it is a tad early for the “C” word but seeing as most of the Crafty Magazines have issued their festive editions – why not?

This is my first attempt at making a home made Christmas Card and I wanted to keep it as simple as possible.

Time:  15 mins


Materials Required:

  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (or alternative)
  • A6 White Blank Greeting Card (15×10.5cm) / Envelope
  • Co-ordinating Coloured Card Stock for Background (14 cm x 9.5 cm)
  • White Card Stock (13.5 cm x 9 cm)
  • Christmas Themed Embossing Folder (freebie from issue 181 of #SimplyCardsandPapercraftMagazine)
  • Christmas Themed Dies (freebie from #PapercrafterMagazine October 2018 edition)
  • Sparkly / Holographic or Colour Co-ordinating with your background Card Stock
  • Adhesive
  • Double sided sticky foam pads
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen (or embossing glue / powder)

Step 1: Using your die cutting machine (with relevant plates used to emboss) emboss your piece of white card stock using the Christmas themed embossing folder. This embossing will give a 3-d effect to your card.




Step 2:  Apply your Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle to the raised areas of the embossed card.



Step 3:  Apply your embossed card centrally to the background coloured card stock using either glue or adhesive tape (it is easier to manover into position if you use wet glue).



Step 4:  Again, using your die cutting machine, die cut your Christmas Sentiment and deer embelleshment using your chosen fancier card stock.


Step 5:  Carefully adhere your sentiment (only the sentiment) to the card front, using wet glue, very carefully so as not to get glue on the front of the die cut.

Step 6:  Adhere your dee die cut to the card also, but this time using double sided sticky foam pads to give it a further 3-d effect.


Step 7:  Adhere the whole lot to the front of your A6 card.


Step 8:  Add a stamped Christmas sentiment image to the inside of your card if you wish.  I chose to leave mine blank for now.


You are finished! Well done!

I made another three of these cards using different coloured background card stock and they all look effective in their simplistic form 🙂


Tips:  Allow for your glitter pen ink and glue to dry at each stage of the project!

Altnerative options:

  • Round off the corners of your front and background card stock to give a slighty softer look (I like sharp lines!)
  • Instead of using the glitter ink, you may want to use embossing powder. Simply apply your embossing glue to raised areas of card front, apply your embossing powder, heat using your heat gun and ta da! (I’m not confident enough with embossing as yet!)
  • Mix it up by using different die cut embellishment(s) / position of sentiment, etc.  You could also colour the raised embossed areas with watercolour pens / paint / the possibilities are endless.
  • How about attaching a ribbon in between the front and background card sections and tie to give a lovely bow too?  Remember to use tape rather than glue for this or it may seep through your material!

Here is another variations of card I made on the same night 🙂  (Stamp set from Crafts Beautiful Magazine Oct 2018 issue.)


Well, I hope this has helped inspire you to try out your first hand crafted Christmas card!

T x



Handmade Cards, Very Vintage

Very Vintage…Project Makes

I made these lovely vintage cards a while back using cardstock from a very vintage buy from Create and Craft TV.  I prefer to make my own embellishments rather than use the standard printed elements that came with this set.

Card 1:

I added some ink to a white doily to give it that rustic, vintage look and glued to the card. I then added some co-ordinating die cut card stock for the centre piece and added some lovely #TimHoltzIdeaology sentiment stickers. Looking through my vintage scraps I found this beautiful lady’s head die cut and added this to the bottom right side of my card. I then added a ribbon flower embeleshment to her hair for added dimension.

The most fun part was adding some dried press flowers and a gorgeous die cut sentiment of the word “believe”.


Card 2:

After adding three (ink stained card, co-ordinating card, piece of velum) layers to my card I added some ink to a white  die cut border frame to give it that rustic, vintage look and glued it to my the velum piece. to the card.

The most fun part was adding some dried press flowers and a gorgeous die cut sentiment of the word “love” and finishing off with a lovely ribbon bow to give the flowers the look of being tied.

Card 3:

Similar to Card 1 except I used the celebrate pre-cut sentiment / flower on this card as well as my own gorgeous insect die cut, cut from the most gorgeous of gold card.



Thanks for looking and #happycrafting!


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Creative Stamping Magazine inspired Project Makes, Handmade Cards

Autumnal Project Makes – Greeting Cards, inspired by Christina Griffiths, Creative Stamping Magazine Issue 60

Project Make: Autumnal themed greeting cards

Thank you for visiting my blog – this weekend I made some Autumnal themed greeting cards.  Today’s project makes will centre around the bottom card.  Creative Stamping designer Christina Griffiths recent vlogs inspired me to make these.



What you will need for this card:

6″ x 6″ Brown greeting cards and envelopes
Cardstock – white and orange
Stamping set from Creative Stamping Magazine issue 60 (leaf stamp and sentiment stamp)
Autumnal coloured inks – greens, orange, browns, reds or purples for the berries stamp
Adhesives – Glue tape / sticky pads / glue gun
Embellishments – brown / gold sequins / gems

Step 1:

Cut and round the corners of a piece of white card stock smaller than your actual card. I cut this piece at 4 1/2″ square.

Step 2:

Using autumnal colour inks and leaf stamp of your choice, stamp four images on the card in alternative colours.


Step 3:

Cut another piece of card (3″ x 2″ approximately) and round corners, in orange, and stamp with sentiment of your choice in a dark coloured ink so that it stands out from the background.  My sentiment reads “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree” (Quote by Emily Bronte).  I also used memento ink for my sentiment in the shade rich cocoa.

Step 4:

Using a blending brush / sponge blend one of the lighter shades of ink around your sentiment layer (be careful not to add too much ink – try blotting some on your mat first of all).

Step 5:

Apply foam pads to back of sentiment layer and attach to stamped card layer.


Step 6:

Add colour coordinated embellishments to both the sentiment and stamped layers.

(Tip:  smear some wet glue on to your desk mat, use tweezers to lift your embellishment and gently apply on top of glued area on mat to achieve just the right amount of adhesive)



Step 7:

Using double-sided tape roller / glue apply to blank card.

Step 8:

Take a photo of your gorgeous creation before gifting / sending your card to friends / family / co-workers, etc.


Here are three other cards I made using same colour schemes, I just alternated the stamps and design.  I also upcycled a broken photo frame (no glass) to display a lovely autumnal motivational design which now sits on my craft desk 🙂




Thank you for reading and happy crafting.  Feel free to share #supportlocalcrafters



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Autumnal Project Makes – Greeting Cards:  Inspired by #ChristinaGriffiths #CreativeStampingMagazine Issue 60

#RAKS Random Acts of Kindness & Friendship

When crafting makes you smile :)


Hello! and welcome to my first blog post (teeth clenching times!)

I’ve been stuck on what topic to base my first blog post on when… I came across this lovely post on Facebook that I was tagged in. It’s from  lady that is on the same card swap group that I am part of.

After receiving a lovely get well wishes card from her, I decided to return the #rak by making her an A5 craft folder fully loaded with #tags #embelleshments #sentiments and a dried flower bookmark.  Nothing was rehearsed, I simply “winged” everything that I made (haha).

It is lovely to hear that my crafty work made someone smile and gave them some of my creativity and ideas.

Let me know what you think? Comments welcome 🙂

Floral Stamps: Papercrafting and Card Making Magazine freebie!
DSP:  A simple lilac collection purchased from #homebargains
Dried Flowers: Courtesy of a random garden in the village!