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Ornate Style Embossed Watercolor

Hello friends.  I am super excited to share these with you today.  Each card features the floral image from Ornate Style stamp set along with Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape and Shimmer White card stock.  If you have not noticed, I am on a bit of a watercolor kick lately. 

Make sure to watch my YouTube Video where I water colored with Stampin' UP! Colored Pencils. 

So my projects I am sharing today were done with Aqua Painters.  I picked up color from the lid of my ink pad.  With the ink pad closed, press the center of the lid... give it a little squeeze and when you open your ink pad, there will be ink on the inside lid.  

I wanted to show 3 Different Effects when you use different embossing powders.  Even though Stampin' Up! is retiring black, I went ahead and did anyways.  As an alternative, you can use Stazon Ink!  It is permanent and great for water-coloring. 

You watch how I colored these cards on the Reply of my Facebook Live by clicking HERE

NO LINE WATER-COLORING... with Clear Embossing Power. 

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  • Gorgeous Grape card base is 8-1/2 x 5-1/2.  Scored at 4-1/4 on the long side.  
  • Highland Heather mat is 5-1/4 x 4.  You can also use this piece to die cut your word die three times
  • Shimmer White layer is 5 x 3-3/4
  • Heat Emboss with Clear Embossing Powder
  • Use Aqua Painter to paint on Daffodil Delight, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green and Melon Mambo
  • Friend die cut out of Highland Heather CS three times.  Adhere the 3 together and glue on Shimmer White
  • Fussy cut the Shimmer White around the word Friend



  • Gorgeous Grape case base is 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 scored at 4-1/2 on the long side
  • Highland Heather mat is 5-1/4 x 4 and embossed with the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder
  • Shimmer White top layer is 4-3/8 x 3-1/8
  • Heat Emboss using Gold Embossing Powder
  • Use Aqua Painter to paint on Daffodil Delight, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green and Melon Mambo
  • Thanks die cut with Gorgeous grape card stock.  3 layers glued together and glued to Shimmer White and fussy cut

Next... BLACK EMBOSSING POWDER (alt. use Stazon Black ink)


  • Gorgeous Grape card base is 8-1/2 x 5-1/2.  Scored at 4-1/4 on the long side.  
  • Highland Heather mat is 5-1/4 x 4. 
  • Shimmer White layer is 5 x 3-3/4
  • Heat Emboss with Black Embossing Powder (or stamp with Black Stazon ink).
  • Use Aqua Painter to paint on Daffodil Delight, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green and Melon Mambo
  • Happy die cut out of Black CS three times.  Adhere the 3 together, glue on Shimmer White & fussy cut, then layer on Highland Heather and fussy cut around word.

I hope you likes these three examples and you can see what a difference the embossing powder color makes!

Watch my SAVI SUNDAY video #16 where I share 3 TIPS... 

  1. building word die layers and shadow
  2. how I glue them together
  3. how I clean up the paper shards (hair, fine, loose pieces of paper on edges of your die cuts)

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May 2020 Paper Pumpkin with Alternatives

May 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit cards:


Don't you love these cards made from the May 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit.  They are fun, bright and colorful.  Brings a smile to your face, well at least to mine.  The May kit included supplies to make 12 cards in three designs.  But one of the best features of the May kit is the reveal of the New 2020-2022 In-Colors which are:

  • Magenta Madness
  • Just Jade
  • Bumble Bee
  • Cinnamon Cider
  • Misty Moonlight

There are definitely a few favorites for me!  I cannot wait to get creating with these colors even more. Available to everyone on June 3, 2020 are the release of the New 2020-2021 Annual Stampin' Up! catalog.  

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I made 2 alternative cards with my Paper Pumpkin kit.  Don't ask me why I did not do all three...LOL!


Alternative 1:  "oh, happy day!"

  • Turn card so short sides are at top and bottom
  • Add a mat of Magenta Madness that is 3" x 4-5/8"
  • Turn the label and stamp "oh, happy day!" in Misty Moonlight
  • Adhere label with Dimensionals and add bakers twine bow

Alternative 2:  "You're amazing"

  • Run rectangle vellum piece through embossing machine with Subtle 3D embossing folder
  • Adhere vellum at an angle
  • Using the 'plus sign' stamp and Misty Moonlight ink spot, stamp on small & medium clouds
  • Use Sponge Dauber and Misty Moonlight ink to edge all three clouds
  • Stamp "You're amazing" in Misty Moonlight
  • Stamp the 'shine' symbol stamp 3 times in Mango Melody
  • Adhere small and large cloud flat and use Dimensionals for the medium cloud
  • Wrap a piece of bakers twin from kit around card front and tie a knot

I hope you like my two alternative cards.  Just slight variations from the original but I do like them.  Remember to shop at: for all your Stampin' Up! needs.  And let me know if you have any questions. 

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Ornate Garden Suite - Bonus Die

Welcome back!  I hope you have been enjoying my Ornate Garden posts, examples and videos!

It is such an awesome product suite.  Not to mention, I have been waiting for Stampin' Up! to come out with beautiful layering dies like this.  (hint:  there is more to come).  Like I said in my previous post, the possibilities are endless. 

So in this card project, the focus is on the Gold Foil strip on the left.

That is a die cut within a die cut!  But wait... there's more so keep reading.


Card specs:

  • Blushing Bride card stock base cut 5-1/2 x 8-1/2
  • Ornate Garden DSP cut 5-1/2 x 4
  • Gold Foil piece die cut with TWO of the Ornate Layers Dies
    • cut the stitched retangle first
    • then die cut with decorative die


I put those TWO HEARTS on the inside of my card!  How neat is that.  I just love those hearts as an extra "bonus" from that decorative die. 


Here is my YouTube video showing you all my projects thus far.  Hope you enjoy!

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Ornate Garden Suite - Part 2

Just a bit ago, I shared three projects with you using the Ornate Garden Suite of products.  If you missed that post, CLICK HERE to catch my "Introduction" to the suite.  I show you everything that is included in the entire suite in my video, and there are a ton of goodies. 

I have to tell you, when I first received my suite of products, I thought to myself, "man.... there is a lot going on in here!".  Detailed dies, stamp sets, paper, ribbon, and more.  And that is why I have decided to break this down into a few posts.  So again, be sure to catch my introduction by going to the above link. 

In my first project below, I love how Mint Macaron and Soft Sea Foam compliment each other.    The details from the Ornate Layers Dies add such an elegance.  I added a layer of Whisper White in the middle to add some interest by breaking up the colors.   Oh Darn!  I should have ran that white through the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing folder (included in product suite)...  Or even the bottom layer of Soft Sea Foam.

Look.... the possibilities are endless and I am still designing in my head! 


Mint Macaron is the card base (5-1/2 x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4) and then I just alternated the colored layers using Ornate Layers Dies.  The piece of Whisper White in between the layers measures 3-3/8 x 2-1/8.  The 'Thanks' is from Ornate Thanks stamp set and stamped in Mint Macaron on Whisper White that is 2-1/4 x 1" with rounded corners.

In order not to bog down my blog, the following pictures are just shown smaller in size.  Click on them and they will POP Open so you see better


Above:  Soft Sea Foam card base. Ornate Garden DSP cut 5-1/4 x 4.  The Gold Foil, Soft Sea Foam and Whisper White pieces are all cut with dies from the Ornate Layers Die. "So Grateful" is from Orante Thanks stamp set and inked in Soft Sea Foam.

Sorry about the 'shine' or light reflection in some pictures.  I want to make sure you can see the Gold Foil in the Ornate Garden Designer Series Paper


Above card (don't forget to click the image to see better):

  • Mint Marcaron card base and layer dies
  • Ornate Garden DSP cut 5-1/4 x 4
  • two pieces Gold Foil cut to 4-3/4 x 3-1/2 and 3-7/16 x 2-1/16
  • ALT IDEA:  could have ran both Gold Foil pieces through with Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder (included in product suite)


So Grateful card:

  • I used Thick Very Vanilla card base on this one... I don't mind it. (DSP is white based but this design has so much color)
  • Layer of Ornate Garden DSP is 5-1/4 x 4
  • Terracotta Tile card stock die cut and popped up with dimensionals
  • Top piece of Very Vanilla is 3-7/16 x 2-1/16
  • Words stamped in Terracotta Tile
  • New Gilded Gems for bling (included in Ornate Garden Suite)

Well, I know my samples are just the tip of the iceberg!  I am going to continue to play and creating with this product suite for a long time.  Check out my video as I walk you through these cards. 

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