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Post Thanksgiving Coma and Falling Flowers

Post Thanksgiving Coma and Falling Flowers

Thanksgiving has passed but my food coma hasn’t.

The day was incredible with a house full of family, a ton of food and then mapping my Black Friday shopping.

Friday started my whirlwind weekend.  I thought Thanksgiving prep was tough… ha!

We ran hard on Friday morning all the way to the afternoon and then headed downtown to watch Alexis participate in a parade.

She was an awesome snowflake tumbler and the parade was fantastic.  We watched the city lights turn on downtown and it was  quite magical!

While the weekend was filled with amazing adventures, my office is calling my name and I’m excited to share a bundle of beautiful cards today.

Hope you bare with me as I take a small break from the Christmas cards and share a load of florals that I’ve fallen in love with.


Falling Flowers

While I was in Atlanta I was honored to present at Brian Kings local demonstrator event.  I shared two sets of cards both using some of my favorite accessories to embellish cards.

Today I’m sharing the first bundle using the Falling Flowers stamp set.

A couple of things you will notice about these cards…

  • All of them have the same color combinations with a few added colors here and there.
  • Each card has a technique.  You will see the technique name under each card.
  • You will notice my love for embellishments.  These are simple, inexpensive ways to add layers to a card.


Decorative Masks

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This card uses two techniques:

  • Decorative Masks – simply lay the decorative mask over a piece of Watercolor Paper, use an Aqua Painter to add color only in the area of the Decorative mask.  Notice it’s not perfectly colored, it’s more of a splash of colors creating a fun background.
  • Reverse Embossing- emboss a flower onto Vellum Cardstock, die cut using the May Flowers Framelits. Then on the reverse side, lay the Vellum onto a mouse pad, use a stylus to press into the open areas of the floral image.  When you turn it over you will notice the area turns white and looks 3D.

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Other embellishments that I loved to use on this card:

  • The scallops were die cut using the Layering Squares Framelits.  I simply cut an edge and use it to layer on a card.
  • Delicate White Doilies
  • Pearls… they make any card delicate and pretty.

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Emboss Resist

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Emboss resist is a technique that I’ve always loved.  I love how it looks on Watercolor Paper.  I embossed the beautiful filigree image onto the Watercolor Paper using White Embossing Powder, then watercoloring over the embossing using Sweet Sugarplum.

Because Falling Flowers does not have greetings with this stamp set, I used the Perfectly Wrapped Photopolymer stamp set.  It was perfect for these cards.

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Another fun product I love to use-Enamel Shapes.  They come in a ton of colors and always a perfect addition for any project.


Splatter & Twine

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Two ways I layer my cards LOTS… splatter created using my Aqua Painter and any color from my ink pads and my favorite thread from the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.  Oh my word I love this ribbon when you separate the threads.  It’s a must try.

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Other things I love to add to my cards- Sequins.  I have them in little saucers on my table always ready to use.  The Fine-Tip Glue Pen is the perfect adhesive to adding these sequins.


Tone on Tone Embossing

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If you are looking to create quick elegance on a card, try stamping and embossing with clear embossing powder for a tone on tone look.  I love how this looks on the Whisper White.  Pure elegance when you see it and super simple to create.

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I love how these tiny pearls add to the elegance of the card.


Overall, each of the cards have fun layers and embellishments added to each one.

A Few Secrets… 

Can I tell you a little secret when it comes to creating cards with layers?  It’s not hard, and it’s not time consuming.

Another secret…. many times my cardstock layers are attached with a stapler.  This always saves me time and my layers always stay in place.

I realize that Stampin’ Up! will not carry our beloved stapler anymore, but friends… you can still use it.  It’s a GREAT tool and by far one that I use almost every single day.


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Clickable links to all the products used at the end of this post.  

Falling Flowers is a timeless stamp set that you can create gorgeous cards and projects with.

Here is the color combinations I tried to stick with for all of the cards.



Give some of these techniques a try and if you have questions or need assistance, leave me a comment.

I love to help spark your creativity.

Document Your December 

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Are you ready to document the most wonderful time of year through memory keeping?

You may remember last year I offered a Hello December Online Class sharing daily photo, journaling and title prompts to help you create a magical keepsake for years to come.

I’m excited to offer this class again. YAY YAY YAY!!!

Before you click the link to read more about it… I want to tell you a few things….

If you purchase the following products from my Online Store you can receive the tutorial FREE.

A few products are on sale- ENDS TODAY!

Click HERE to learn more about the Hello December Online Class and the offerings available.  

New Exclusive Tutorial Available

Its time for the November Exclusive Tutorial Release.  YAY!

I have enjoyed these tutorials and all of the creativity packed into each one.

If you an Online Order of $50 you will receive this tutorial for FREE.  

You can also purchase the tutorial for $15 HERE.  

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I hope you had a magical Thanksgiving.  I’m still counting my blessings.

Decorative Masks- Do You Use Them?

Using Decorative Masks

Decorative Masks are a fun way to alter any project and especially easy when using the new Seasonal Decorative Masks.

I pulled out a super cute stamp set to try this out on today, Cookie Cutter Christmas.

Oh my word, this reindeer was love at first sight.


Simple Use of Decorative Masks

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The Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle is one of the easiest stamp sets to create with and seems to be one of the most popular.

With all of the cute images, it makes your paper crafting quick and simple.  I love my punches and even better when they coordinate with a stamp set or two.

Now add the addition of Decorative Masks and you create a fun way to add interest or texture to a card. Remember, you are not limited to using Decorative Masks on only paper.


Products to Use with Decorative Masks

Here are a few products you can use with Decorative Masks:

  • Ink
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Markers
  • Modeling Paste

These are the following tools I use when adding ink, paint or any paste when using the Decorative Masks:

  • Sponge Dauber
  • Sponge Brayers
  • Spritzer Tools
  • Sponges
  • Aqua Painter

Decorative Masks can be used on fabric and canvas as well.

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For this card I used the new Decorative Masks with a sponge dauber and White Craft ink.  I loved the polka Dots and by using the Sponge Dauber I softly sponged the ink to create a look of softly falling snow.

Tips & Tricks for Decorative Masks

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  • Keep Decorative Masks from moving by using Washi Tape.  Washi Tape when carefully removed will not rip your cardstock.
  • Use an Aqua Painter loaded with ink and gently wash a small amount of color in the open masked areas.  This creates a fun decorative look from the Decorative Mask and a watercolored look.
  • Try creating a patterned splatter technique with an Aqua Painter.  Simply load Aqua Painter with ink, then tap over the Decorative Mask heavily.
  • Using a sponge dauber will create a fully inked look within the masked area, while the Sponge Brayer will create a softer fully inked look.  Both have a fun distinctive look and you can change the look by the amount of pressure you add when using.
  • Clean your Decorative Masks by running under water and washing with dish soap gently.  Pat dry with a paper towel.


Four New Decorative Masks 

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Stampin’ Up!’s newest edition of Masks includes the Seasonal Decorative Masks.  These are filled with great patterns to use for Fall and Christmas Themes.  These make the perfect back drop for any project.  You can order your Seasonal Decorative Masks HERE.


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Tips & Tricks for the Reindeer

  • Stamp the reindeer onto Crumb Cake cardstock using Soft Suede ink.  Using a Blender Pen, add a slight shade to the edge of the nose, ears and antlers.  Color the nose using Real Red.  Punch the image out using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  SO fun and easy.

Be Creative and Mask!

As you can see there are so many great uses for Decorative Masks.  If you haven’t tried them go back over the tips and uses and give it a try.  Let your creativity soar and enjoy the creative process.  This inexpensive product can be a game changer for you when creating and definitely add a fun twist to your paper crafting.





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Here is a sneak peek!


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NEW Stamps in the Mail!

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