Technique – dry embossing

Featuring dry embossing

Birthday Star

Hi Everyone!

I need to rebuild my supply of birthday cards, so I turned to the current Case This Sketch Challenge for inspiration for today’s card.

I used a range of supplies/techniques – inlaid die cutting (with a Poppystamps die), dry embossing (with a Tim Holtz/Sizzix folder) and a tiny bit of stamping courtesy of Clearly Besotted!

ETA: With the encouragement of the lovely Trina, I am also posting this to the current Less Is More challenge (dry embossing). I was reluctant to do so after my last entry into that challenge (I was not aware of their rule change about dry embossing), but I am grateful to Trina for her support and encouragement.

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Yes – a lyre on one of my cards!

Happy Friyay everyone!

Well, I can honestly say that I never thought that I would make a card with a lyre on it, but here it is! I was using the Waffle Flower ‘Currently Listening’ stamp set and spotted the lyre and just had to include it on this card, even thought I don’t know anyone who plays it!! Such an unusual instrument to include in the set!

I embossed the images and a sentiment stamp by Hero Arts and then stuck them in the frame that I cut from glitter paper using a Memory Box die. I added black glitter paper where the sections were too small for an image.

I adhered the die cut to a panel that I embossed with a Darice folder.

I’m entering this into the current Less is More challenge – music.

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Be my Valentine

Another day, another Valentine card. Just can’t stop. In fact I have so many heart dies and stamps I could probably do a Valentine/love/friendship card every day for the next month before using them all!

Today’s card uses the Simon Says Stamp Heart Parade Die, which I think was one of my first SSS dies. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted.

As part of my crafty goal to use all my embossing folders this year, I used four folders by four different companies – Sizzix, Carabelle Studio, Crafts-Too and the company that sparked my interest in embossing and die cutting – Cuttlebug!

I’m entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – it must be love and the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge – love/hearts.

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Love You

Happy Friyay everyone!


Ah… embossing folders. I love them. I can’t stop buying them. I just don’t use them enough! So one of my crafty goals this year is to use all of my embossing folders – even my old cuttlebug ones!


I used a relatively new addition to my embossing folder mountain – a heart embossing folder from Carabelle Studio. I created the background using ink from My Favorite Things and then swiped some Altenew grey ink over the raised image.

The sentiment and banner dies are from Simon Says Stamp. I embossed the ‘love’ die cut with clear embossing powder a couple of time – love that glossy effect!

I’m entering this into the current Color Throwdown challenge (red, pink, grey), the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge (love is in the air), Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (it must be love) and the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge (love/hearts).

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Wonderful Friend

Hi there!

So today’s card is a bit different for me – I broke into my vast supply of Prima paper flowers that I’ve had for MANY years! They are so pretty, but not very ‘trendy’ at the moment. Maybe they’ll make a comeback at some point?

Anyway, I created this card using the sketch for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge. Unfortunately, I am posting this too late to submit it, but I still wanted to share it here as I am also entering it into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge, which had a theme of ‘friendship’.

The dies and stamp are by Simon Says Stamp and the embossing folder is from Spellbinders.

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Australia Day

Happy Australia Day to all my Australian friends!

I was finally able to get down to a bit of colouring this afternoon! Of course, I had to choose something with an Australian theme for today and pulled out the wonderful Avery Elle/Ellen Hutson United we Flourish ‘G’day Mate’ set. And found a way to use EVERY SINGLE MAIN IMAGE on one card!!!!

I wanted to choose non-traditional colours and so used the Ellen Hutson Pinsights challenge mood board. Isn’t this month’s board fabulous! I may have to use this again.

Anyway, after colouring the images with my Twinkling H2Os, I turned my attention to the card base. I created a background using a couple of Distress Oxide inks. I then used an Ellen Hutson heart die to cut a piece of white card stock before embossing it with a Couture Creations embossing folder.

The sentiment die is also by Avery Elle.

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