Family Time!

Spending time with family is everything, isn’t it?  I returned a few days ago from a fun trip to Palm Springs with my daughters and grandchildren.  Several years ago we started the tradition of going on a mini vacation together and we called it our Girls Weekend.  This year we included my grandson and next year, we want the guys to join us too! It’s time for a new name!


The day we left was a busy one.  I was running around getting things done and I ran right into the highchair.  Since I’ve retired from teaching, I tend to go barefoot or wear sandals.  Not such a great idea.  I hit my toe and oh. my. gosh!  Painful!  I wish I could say this is the first time I’ve run into something with my foot but it isn’t.  My toe and the top of my foot are an ugly shade of black and blue.  It’s pretty sore to walk on and made our trip a bit more challenging but we still managed to have lots of fun!

Before we left for our trip, I made a quick card.  I saw the Striped Inlay technique on Jennifer McGuire’s blog and  I tried my hand at it with Stampin’ Up! products.


She did her card with solid cardstock (I’m trying that next) but I used our Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I cut the paper into different sized strips, no need to make them all the exact same size.  Then I used a non Stampin’ Up! product called Stick It.  It’s a full sized sheet of paper with adhesive (you certainly could use our Multipurpose glue).  I attached the full sheet of Stick It to our grid paper and then cut it down to a smaller size.  It was easy to then add the strips of paper, making sure to get them nice and close to each other.  After they’re all adhered to the paper, turn the piece over and just snip off all the excess paper!

This may be hard to see but I didn’t glue the word happy onto the top of the strips.  I actually cut the word out of the striped piece and made sure to save all of the little pieces too (inside each of the letters).  I cut another “happy” out of Whisper White cardstock.  I added another little strip of the Stick It adhesive on the back of my background so that I could then put the white “happy” into the space that was created in my striped background.  I carefully added all of the little pieces inside the letters.

I embossed the word Halloween using the stamp set Spooky Fun.  The word Happy is also part of the sentiment but I trimmed my paper so that it wouldn’t show.

I already have solid cardstock cut so that I can give this technique another try!  If you also try it, email me your creation!  I’d love to see it!

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Glitter Queens Blog Hop Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the Glitter Queens Blog Hop!  Thanks for joining us today! Either you’ve come from Sue Novick’s blog or this is your first stop. Be sure to continue through by clicking the button at the end of the post.  Our hop with continue until Wednesday so please be sure to come back each day!

Have you ever wished for an embossing folder that just doesn’t exist?  You can create the look of  an embossed background with the Faux Embossing Technique!

faux embossing

To make my card I used our Transfer Adhesive Sheets which have a protective coating over very sticky, strong adhesive.  Before running it through the Big Shot, I peeled the paper off of the Transfer Sheet and placed the sticky transfer sheet onto my Whisper White cardstock. You’ll run it through the Big Shot using this “sandwich”:

1.  Magnetic Platform

2.  Cutting Plate

3.  Adhesive Sheet/Whisper White cardstock with cardstock facing up

4.  A piece of waxed paper (this helps to remove the Thinlet)

5.  “Hello” Thinlit

6.  Cutting Plate

The word Hello easily peels off of the transfer sheet with a nice layer of adhesive on the back.  Another option would be to cut out the word using your Whisper White cardstock and then adding your own adhesive such as Tombow or the 2-way Glue pen.  For me, the adhesive sheet made it so easy to place the words down on my paper!

I started in the middle of my cardstock with the first hello.  I cut off the pieces that hung over the paper and was able to place some of the scraps onto my finished piece so don’t throw away those pieces until you are completely finished!  When you’re done, it looks as though you used an embossing folder!

I punched a few flowers using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, sponged Coastal Cabana ink around the edges, added a candy dot and adhered them around my words!

Here’s one more!

faux embossing butterfly hello_edited-1

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Here’s the list of Glitter Queens participating in the blog hop!

1.  Dawn Griffith

2.  Jennifer Kay

3.  Dee Slater

4.  Sue Novick

5.  Tracy Bradley  You are Here!

6. Kris Miller

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