Did you know? I didn't.

I can't believe that I just figured this out ~ or, rather, read about it on SUDSOL.  It is a website that I have belonged to forever ~ at least since I signed up to be a demonstrator all those years ago.  SUDSOL stands for Simply Unique Demonstrators Sharing Online.  It is a wonderful resource for sharing ideas, tips, experience and creativity.  Today a member mentioned that she used the old MAGNETIC PLATE (the one we used with the BIG SHOT) with the new embossing machine.  Duh!  Why didn't I think of that!!!  So, sorting through the old to find my ancient magnetic  plate, I tried it and it worked!!!  I am so happy and wanted to share in case you have an old one too!!

Magnetic Plate
Use the platform and #3 and #3.

Tool Kit

There is a TOOL KIT in the mini catalog that you should order if you don't already have it in your craft room.  Believe me it will save you a lot to trouble (as in mess) when you are embossing.  Katy (pictured) and I were talking about it in my Christmas Card class on Monday afternoon.  I wanted to make sure to reinforce how practical this tool is.  

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The EMBOSSING ADDITIONS TOOL KIT is on page 49 in the mini catalog and includes the embossing buddy, crafting tweezers, crafting brush and the tray.  You can see the tray above ~ mine is old and well used because whenever I am embossing I use it ~ often.  The Kit (#159971) is $27 and well worth it as it lasts forever and keeps your craft space much more tidy!!!



Embossing TIP ~

Online TIP from demonstrator ~ Laura Seki

This is a Tuesday Tip that I posted on my fb page. I use one of the Mini Cutting Plates (Plate 2) for my top cutting plate on my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine when I am die cutting smaller shapes. Not only is it more cost efficient to replace but I find that the dies don’t move around as much when I am assembling the sandwich. It’s quick and easy to feed through the mouth of the machine as you aren’t lining up two plates of the same size and I rarely need to use tape to hold the dies in place! Anyone else do this? 💗

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Technique You May Want to Try



Packing Tape Technique

Here’s a quick and easy way to add more texture to your cards using a household staple – packing tape!

I’m using the Sweet Candy Canes Bundle and the Sweetest Christmas DSP for my project.

Sweet Candy Canes Bundle Sweetest Christmas DSP

Did you know the Sweetest Christmas DSP has candy canes that can be cut out with the Candy Canes Dies? I’ll be using one of those candy canes, although this technique works just as well with stamped images. I’m also using regular clear packing tape from the office supply store. You will need to choose an image that is smaller than your packing tape.

Packing Tape Technique 1

Pull out enough packing tape to cover your image. It should be sticky side up. I use a large paper clip to keep the roll in place.

Packing Tape Technique 3

Place your image face down on the packing tape and rub well to get out any air bubbles.

Trim off any excess packing tape around the cardstock or DSP. Use your die to cut out the image. The image will be slick, so use plenty of washi tape to keep the die in place.

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How easy is that?! And now I have a nice shiny candy cane. Just think of the possibilities! Ornaments, drink glasses, windows, snow globes, fish bowls……. I’m sure you’ll think of many more ideas.

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I used my candy cane to create the simple card below.

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Space for a Sentiment

I found this great idea on FB ~ a post from Stampin' Up!'s #ArtisanDesignTeam member Brenda Nelson.  "Use your embossing folders in a unique way by creating a split or channel (blank space) that allows you to stamp a sentiment in the empty space."  Love this card idea using our favorite October stamp set ~ FOND OF AUTUMN.


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PS:  The second picture (with a number 2) wouldn't load into my blog for some reason.  The instructions read "On the back of the cardstock use a paper trimmer and bone folder to score along the edge left by the embossing folder creating an embossed line to finish the look."  This would create the line on each side of the design above.

Perfect Partners

Paul on Stampin' Up!'s staff at headquarters in Riverton, UT tells us all about the current promotion, PERFECT PARTNERS, that ends on September 30.  Let me know if you have questions or if you want to purchase any of the dies that are available now.




Clear Block Technique


Did you know that you can create a beautiful card using your clear blocks and ink pads? This ‘Clear Block Stampin’ technique is easy to learn and can be applied using your favorite stamp sets and ink colors. Each time you try this technique you will get a different clear block result!

This card idea uses the Bamboo Beauty stamp set, page 86 AC.

Bamboo Beauty Stamp Set

· Stamp SetsBamboo Beauty (155478); Color & Contour (154994)

· Cardstock – Pear Pizzazz (131201); Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper (149612)

· Stamp Pads – Pear Pizzazz (147104); Soft Succulent (155778); Garden Green (147089); Night of Navy (147110)

· Misc. – Stampin’ Seal (152813); Clear Block (117147); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Water Painters (151298)


· Pear Pizzazz 8 ½” x 5 ½”

· Fluid 100 3” x 5 ½”

· Night of Navy (2) ¼” x 5 ½”


1. Fold Pear Pizzazz cardstock in half and score to create card base.

2. Add water to barrel of Medium Water Painter.

3. Ink Clear Block B using Soft Succulent Ink. Add a drop of water from Water Painter and swish water around on block. Stamp into Fluid 100 layer. 

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4. Repeat step 2 using Pear Pizzazz and Garden Green ink, stamping each block to the right (create a row). 

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5. Ink Bamboo stamp using Night of Navy ink and stamp 1 image onto each ink color.

6. Ink splatter stamp from Color & Contour stamp set using Night of Navy ink, stamp off onto scrap paper first, then stamp onto bamboo images. 

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7. Ink phrase using Night of Navy ink and stamp to the right of the bamboo images.

8. Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue, adhere Night of Navy strips to back of Fluid 100 layer.

9. Using Stampin’ Seal, adhere Fluid 100 layer to card front to complete card.

Bamboo Beauty Card


World Watercolor Month ~ again

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I used Wink of Stella with my Watercolor Pencils to color in the bouquet above.  I hope you'll give it a try ~ it's easy peasy!

  • Stamp the image using Stazon ink.  Let dry completely.
  • Outline the flowers with the watercolor pencil.
  • Blend the watercolor using the Wink of Stella brush.
  • An alternative is to use the side of the watercolor pencil to add color directly to the Wink of Stella brush.  Clean the brush by wiping it on paper towel until it is clear.  Repeat for a darker color.

    PS:  I know you can't tell by the picture but the flowers and leaves     SPARKLE because of the Wink of Stella!  Try it!

    PSS:  The stamp set is AMAZING YEAR on page 28 in the annual catty.


Emboss Resist


The card I posted yesterday and this card use the same stamp set, PRETTY MEDALLION, and the same technique, EMBOSS RESIST.  

            1.  Stamp using Versamark on Watercolor Paper (page 140 AC).  You might   want to use your Stamparatus for perfect placement because this paper is  thick and slightly textured.  You may need to stamp twice to get good coverage.

            2.  Cover the image with White Embossing Powder (page 128 AC) and heat with your heat tool until the entire design is shiny and set.

            3.  Lightly spritz the watercolor paper with water using Stampin' Spritzers (page 129 AC).  This allows the color to flow.

            4.  Add refill ink to a small shallow bowl.  Press on the cartridge of the Water Painter (page 129 AC) so that the brush tip is wet.  Pick up the refill ink with one of the Water  Painters and quickly brush over a section of the embossed image.  I used each of the five new In Color refill colors on my card above.

            5.  The embossed design resists the color allowing the medallion to show.  I  fussy cut the medallion and added it to the Starry Sky base card.  Remember when you fussy cut to move the paper not your scissors, it is easier that way.  Want more tips on watercoloring?  Come by The Cat/Art Studio Tuesday afternoon from 4 to 6 ~ email me to let me know you will be coming please.

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