Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Stitched HI - Inked 3D embossing folder

 Hi everyone! I've really been enjoying the new 3D embossing folder collection from Spellbinders June release. My card today pairs the Beautiful Blooms folder and the new Stitched HI die set.

Products used on this card:
Be Bold Blooms die set (largest accent flower and leaves)
Wreath Builder die set (smallest accent flower)
Minted ink from Catherine Pooler 
Cardstock: SU Berry Burst; Spellbinders Silver Fox, Graphite, Snowdrift; Gink K Designs Bubblegum Pink 
Embroidery Floss (see below for details and links)

 I used 3 colors of pink/berry colored embroidery floss and stitched them in an ombre progression light to dark, top to bottom.
Awhile back I was deciding between buying less expensive mid-grade floss or the more expensive premium DMC floss. I ended up getting the mid-grade floss off Amazon and while it's not as smooth as DMC, the color selection can't be beat and it's VERY usable. I purchased this set from the brand Inscraft and since half came pre-wrapped on bobbins (a total bonus!), I bought these bobbin cards to wrap the rest.
To get that soft mint look in the background, I inked the folder on the floral RECESSED side. If you're unsure which side to ink, run your hand along the inside and ink the side that does NOT have the floral parts raised. Here is a close up of the inked panel.
TIP: give your cardstock a light spritz with water before embossing. The 3D folders stretch the cardstock fibers more than the normal folders and this will reduce the amount of cracking.

If you want to see a video of the card closeup, head over to my Instagram page and check out my reel! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Spellbinders My Sweet Friend

 Hi everyone! I went a little out of my comfort zone and made a 5x7 card! I used the new My Sweet Friend set from the Right Words collection designed by Becca Feeken and it fit PERFECTLY on this peek-a-boo frame card base.

Products used on this card:
Deco Bloom (for the card base)
Cardstock: SU Blackberry Bliss; Concord & 9th Evergreen; Bazzill Cotton Candy
5x7 envelopes for mailing

Here is a short video showing how I adhered the open frame to create the card base:

If you can't view the video, essentially I scored the bottom panel about 1" in from the left and adhered that 1" portion to the top panel. This creates a way to open the card without having a score line on the front. You can also head over to my Instagram Reels page and watch it there.

 You'll notice I cut up my green leafy vines to fit the card areas. Don't be shy to cut up your die cuts. Using them in other ways gives them much more versatility!

I also wanted to pass on that going on NOW Spellbinders will take off $20 on all purchases over $100. So if something big is on your list, now is the time!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, June 17, 2022

Spellbinders Just Wanted to Say collection

 Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a few more cards I made with Spellbinders new Just Wanted to Say collection. This collection is party of their 20th birthday celebration! Among other collections, they also launched a NEW Universal Plate System that will accommodate all your die cutting and embossing needs. 
If you missed my blog post talking about it, check it out here.
My first card features one of the new cutie birdie die sets, one of the new 3D Embossing folders and a Stitched hi die. This time I left the die cut without any stitching, I think it looks great with or without! 
Products used on this card:
perennial favorite Be Bold Blooms die set
I just love the birdie dies in this collection. I added some white gel pen to the wings and tail for a little bit of dimension.

Next up is a card that uses BOTH of the birdie dies. I love how 1 is right facing and the other is left, so they face each other. Adorable!

Products used on this card:
Sweet Birdie die set (left facing)
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Gina K Designs June release

Hi everyone! Tonight is the June release for Gina K Designs and I am SO EXCITED to share a few projects using 2 new sets. There are many other fabulous stamp and die sets in this release (including A NEW KIT called Feathers and Flora), so be sure to check them all out!!
The 2 sets I will be working with are:
First up I have a trio of sympathy cards using the Sympathy and Love Stamps and dies. I made 3 so I would have them ready in my stash because these can be challenging to make in the moment. Each card uses a different sentiment, embossing folder and color for the butterflies. I used a piece of organdy ribbon from my stash on each and coordinated the colors to match.

I used the oval dies from the Master Layouts 01 die set for the sentiments.
The colors and folders I used are:
 Embossed Gold and White with the Lovely Lattice folder
Christmas Pine with the Swiss Dot folder
Lovely Lavender and embossed Silver with the Tapestry folder


Last is a simple and easy retirement card using the Let's Camp stamp set, Master Layouts 2 dies and my Zig markers. I'm discovering that coloring with Zigs is way faster than with Copics. Last week I was crazy busy with my son's graduation and award ceremonies, so I barely had time to craft. Coloring this cute camper image with Zigs was quick and easy and turned out pretty cute.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great evening!!

Spellbinders June release - NEW Universal plate system, 3D embossing folders and more!

Hi everyone! Today Spellbinders is launching their NEW Universal plate system.
This is from the website:

The Universal Plate System is a set of seven plates that work in manual die-cutting machines such as the Platinum™ ®, Platinum 6™ ® and Big Shot™ ® Machines. The new longer size allows versatility when die-cutting and embossing. It will accommodate slimline dies and larger embossing folders. It will also work with most brands of thin metal cutting dies, steel rule dies, 2D and 3D Embossing Folders by layering the plates. It will be the only plate system you will need!

Essentially, this new set of plates will handle all your die cutting and embossing needs. I've had the pleasure of testing these out for a few months and gotta say I love them! They have the sandwich printed on the plates for easy reference!

AND the best thing I have found with these plates is I can die cut Slimline dies and it is much easier to run through. The longer thinner plates really does somehow make it easier than the 12" plates. It's magic.
If you're in the market for replacement plates, consider giving these a try!!
This month is also the release of 9 amazing 3D Embossing Folders AND an adorable collection called Just Wanted to Say. I have 2 cards to share today and a few more in the next few days!
First up is a fun wreath card. The elements of this die set are versatile and not just limited to making wreaths. Cute little flowers, which are always a fav of mine!!
Products used on this card:
The puffy dots are fairly large and make a nice background for this cute wreath which fits perfectly over the outside of the Fluted Classic Circle frame. The flower details in this die set are pretty extensive, even down to the tiny buds on the stems. I kept the colors to one of my favorite combos, aqua and yellow and I added pops of white and silver (with the foil and gems). I love how it turned out.
Next I have a card using 2 of the new 3D folders, the Leafy Sprig cut 3 times and layered and the sentiment stamp set that comes in the collection. I gotta say, this sprig makes me happy! AND it comes with detached leaf options, so you can mix and match colors easily!

So, are you intrigued about the Universal Plate system? Have any questions? Ask me here and be sure to check the box that you want to be notified of any replies!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day!