Teach Me Tuesday: Embossing Paste TWO ways

Hello there my crafty friends! It’s Tuesday! That means I have a new video for you in my Teach Me Tuesday series. Last week after my 12 days of Fall for Holiday Catalog Countdown I held an online party on Facebook that had two live demos as part of the party. However, my first one went a little wonky because the video came out sideways! Darn. So, I decided I needed to recreate that video and load it to my YouTube channel. I didn’t just want to re-do the card I made last week, though. I wanted to give you something NEW, too. So I created this little beauty: This is SO not my usual style! I knew I wanted to use the embossing paste in two different ways, though. One showing the way I used it in last week’s Facebook Live video (the snow on the tree) and then the second way as the “traditional use.” I figured I’d show that again as I think I’ve gotten better at it then my first time playing with it (You can see that video HERE.)  Check out today’s Teach Me Tuesday video below… there I show you how to get that

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Fall for Holiday Countdown #12: Quick & Easy Cards

Can you believe it… we’ve made it to day 12! Maybe I’m just surprised that I made it! Ha Ha… I hope you enjoyed are little “tour” of the new Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog. If you’re just joining us, you can go back through my blog posts from September 1st through today to see my “countdown” of 12 projects featuring new product from the holiday catalog.  If you’d like to check out the new goodies, you can view them in my online store HERE or in a downloadable PDF format HERE. One of the things I hear most often at my card classes is that you love to just come and have everything prepped so you can just get to the actual craftin’. Well, today’s projects are like having me – or more specifically, a pre-designed class – delivered to your door! The Watercolor Christmas card kit has enough supplies for you to make 20 cards! And today’s video shows you just how easy and fast they come together (while still looking adorable!). I created all four designs in the kit in under 10 minutes! That means you could make all 20 of these cards in less than an hour.

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Fall for Holiday Countdown #11: Did Someone Say Pizza?

It’s day #11! Can you believe it? I’m a bit late again today, but we had a Creative Escape planning meeting tonight! Yay! And between writing press releases for the Symphony this morning and designing potential make and takes and pillow gifts for Creative Escape this afternoon, I just plain ran out of time to get this project finished and emailed out! But here I am, for the 11th project featuring new product from the brand new Stampin’ Up holiday catalog released on September 1. You can shop the new goodies in my online store HERE or view it in a PDF format HERE. Okay, let’s talk about today’s project. It’s actually a continuation of yesterday’s project(s) in that it still uses primarily the same products from the “You Can Make It” box on page 4 of the Holiday catalog, except that I added the adorable little pizza boxes to the mix. Here’s a sneak peek of my project: I envision this being the perfect little hostess gift — maybe for Thanksgiving as then they’d have the whole holiday season to use the Christmas themed cards? But you could easily change up the paper and theme so you could gift

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Fall for Holiday Countdown #10: Quilted Christmas

Hey there friends… It’s Sunday night and I am pooped! Had a fun weekend at the Ready Set Crop event. It was great to see so many of you in person again. I love the summer, but I certainly miss all my scrappers for those few months! We’re on day #10 of my Fall for Holiday Countdown where I’m counting down some fun, fall (and holiday) projects to celebrate the release of the new Stampin’ Up Holiday Catalog on September 1st. You can shop the new catalog HERE and download a PDF copy of it HERE. Don’t forget to join me on Facebook Tuesday night for an online party to celebrate the 12 days of creative inspiration! For day #10 I have more of a tip for you rather than a technique or fancy project. But I do have several projects today — two of them are straight out of the holiday catalog (page 4) and two are super simple, which I promised you the other day. These would all be great cards to copy for “mass producing” if you have a lot of cards to make this year. Here are three of the projects… some cute little 3×3 cards:

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Fall for Holiday Countdown # 9: Smitten Mittens

It’s weekend, my friends. Yay! I’m all set up at the Ready Set Crop event, spending the weekend with some of my favorite crafty friends. I hope you’re doing something fun (and not waiting for one of the beastly hurricanes to arrive… prayers to those of you in the path of Irma.) If you’re visiting my blog for the first time today, welcome! I’ve been counting down some of my favorite products in the new Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog with 12 days of fun, fall projects. We’re on day #9. And I’m pulling out one of the stamp sets that first caught my eye when I looked through the catalog. It’s called Smitten Mittens and it is adorable. Great for holiday, but also winter and even Valentine’s day — I can’t wait to use that “Smitten” greeting! Fun, right? I can see so many different color schemes with this one, too, but I took my inspiration from the cover of the new holiday catalog… Here’s the cover: I loved the reds and blues together so I decided to pair Real Red, Pool Party, Powder Pink and Garden Green. Here’s a look at my finished project: I also used the new

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Fall for Holiday Countdown #8: A Beachy Little Christmas

Hi there friends! Happy Friday! I’m running around frantically today trying to get prepped ahead, and then load my car so I can hit the road! I’ve been so busy this morning, I almost forgot to post this! Anyway, we’re on day #8 of my countdown of fun, fall projects featuring product from the new Stampin’ Up Holiday Catalog, which was released September 1st. You can find the new holiday items in my online store HERE and as a downloadable PDF HERE.  So when I first saw “A Beachy Little Christmas” stamp set, I knew it would find a home in my craft room. I mean with a name like By the Shore Stamping, it’s kind of a must-have, right? For this countdown, I’ve been trying to come up with ideas, techniques and tricks to share with you that might also help you learn something new. So It’s kind of funny that as I was prepping for my card class at Ready Set Crop this weekend, I was having the hardest time thinking “simple” now that I’ve been making these “stepped up” cards for you over the past few days! An occupation hazard I guess this week! Anyway, I did

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Fall for Holiday Countdown #7: For the Hostess with the Mostess

First, let me start my Countdown post today with a great big thank you for all of your kind words yesterday. I really do appreciate it… and there are so many of you that struggle with the same issue. So I’m glad I shared. So often we feel isolated in our grief, and sharing, communicating and creating can be such a valuable tool in healing. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can read THIS post to get caught up. If you’re ready to see the next project in my Fall for Holiday countdown, well you’re in the right place. I’m kind of excited about today’s projects – yes, plural! You get a two for one today because I designed a fun, vintage-y card for you and then decided it needed a “companion.” So I added a wine tag as well. I explain how the combo came about in my video today.  And if you’re just joining me, be sure to jump back a few days here on the blog because I’ve been sharing a new project each day since September 1st (the launch of the new Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up). We’ve covered fall, Halloween and

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Fall for Holiday Countdown #6: Scrapping as Therapy

Can you believe we are already half way through our 12 days of Fall for Holiday Countdown? Time really does fly when you’re having fun (and you can be super productive when you’ve promised a new project every day! lol) If you’ve just stopped in today for the first time, I am counting down some fun, fall projects featuring new product from the Stampin’ Up holiday catalog that was released on September 1. You can view the products online HERE or download a PDF copy of the catalog to look at HERE. If you decide you “need” any products from the holiday catalog, please be sure to use the hostess code WK7DFWJ7 and I’ll select one winner at the end of the countdown to one of each of the projects I make over the 12 days (but you must use the code). Today’s project is a bit personal. To be honest, I was in a bit of a funk the past few days. I couldn’t get myself off the couch. I was turning down offers to go hang out with friends, and I was just not interested in life in general. I was doing just the minimum each day to

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Fall for Holiday Countdown Day #5: Pumpkin Cocoa Pouch

Welcome back for day #5 of my Fall for Holiday Countdown – where I’m counting down some fun, fall projects featuring new product from the Stampin’ Up holiday catalog that was released on September 1. You can view the products online HERE or download a PDF copy of the catalog to look at HERE. Are you ready for the fifth project? I had a very specific mission in mind with this one. I’ve been hunting around for a fall-themed cocoa flavor and finally found a Pumpkin Spice flavored hot cocoa at Target yesterday. I wanted something that wasn’t too big and bulky to mail, but that would make a fun little treat for my Paper Pumpkin subscribers. Don’t know what Paper Pumpkin is? It’s a fun monthly crafting subscription that includes all the supplies you need to make 6 to 10 adorable projects – cut, prepped and ready for you to stamp and assemble. Best part is you get mini ink pads and an exclusive stamp set with each new kit! It’s a great way to either start crafting or to build your stash in an inexpensive way. As a bonus, if you join by September 10, you can save

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Fall for Holiday Countdown Day #4: Clear Embossed Just for You

Happy Labor Day! I’m glad the sun is back out — at least for us here on the Cape. Hope it is for you, too! I’m just doing a little bit of work this morning and then I’m going to play for the rest of the day. It will likely be my last “play” day for a while! Of course I wanted to pop back in here today to share with you the next project in my Fall for Holiday Catalog Countdown! Today I’m playing with the Merry Little Christmas “mega” suite. It takes up two full pages in the new holiday catalog (pages 10-13). Specifically, I played with the Merry Little Labels bundle. I wanted to show how, while this suite — and this stamp set — are designed to be used for the holidays, it can most certainly be used all year long! Here is my card for today: This is a fairly straight forward card, but the part that was really fun and different (and what I really wanted to show you!) is the ombre stamping and clear embossing I did on the sentiment. Here is a close-up of that so you can see a bit more

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