Well Worded Birthday Card



  • Two of my favorite techniques to use in card making are textured embossing and heat embossing! Textured embossing gives card stock subtle dimension, while heat embossing turns a stamped image into a glossy, raised design.
  • The Polka Dot textured embossing folder is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Who doesn’t love polka dots?
  • While Stampin’ Up! provides a number of heat emboss powders, I often want to use a color that isn’t available, so I adapt! Just use Versamark, the ink color of your choice, and Clear or Iridescent Ice emboss powder to heat and set your image. For this card, I inked the cake image in Versamark first and then immediately in the Blackberry Bliss ink before stamping on Whisper White card stock.  This allows me to heat emboss in any of fabulous ink colors Stampin’ Up! provides. I chose to use the Iridescent Ice emboss powder to give the card an extra shine, but the Clear powder would work as well.

Stampin’ Up! supplies used: For easy on-line shopping, please click on the images below!


Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for June 17-23!

Wisteria Wonder 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon Item # 130017
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN


Natural 7/8″ Cotton Ribbon Item # 127844
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN


Epic Day Designer Washi Tape Item # 131269
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Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad Item # 131181
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Vintage Faceted Buttons Item # 127555
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Delicate Designs Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 127023
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Large Scallop Edgelits Die Item # 127019
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Sunshine & Sprinkles Ensemble – Digital Download Item # 130668
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Happy Father’s Day!


This was such a fun card to make! I used the Photopolymer Draw the Line stamp set, Real Red and Night of Navy ink to make the plaid layer. Photopolymer stamps are so easy to use and because the stamp is clear, you can stamp precisely where you want…no need for a Stamp-a-ma-jig!

I “double” embossed the Night of Navy layer using the using the Stylish Stripes embossing folder.  Just emboss the paper once and flip the paper over so the stripes cross in opposite directions and emboss again. Here is a close up of the results:


The results are subtle, but interesting.

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

  • Stamps: And Many More (Wood 134273, Clear 134276)
  • Paper: Whisper White (100730), Real Red (102482), Night of Navy (100867)
  • Ink: Night of Navy (126970), Real Red (126949), VersaMark (102283)
  • Tools & More: Stylish Stripes embossing folder (132174), Mustache Framelits Die (133741), Hearts Collection Framelits Die (125599), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132) Heat Tool (129053)

Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

I am so excited to let you know Stampin’ Up! has partnered with the amazing Becky Higgins, creator of Project Life,  to bring you the real deal—authentic Project Life products, now in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors and designs. If you’ve somehow missed the Project Life craze and are wondering what it’s all about, I’ll fill you in: it’s a super simple, totally affordable way to get your photos into albums: you just slip your photos into Photo Pocket Pages and add designed cards. It’s a back-to-basics approach to documenting your life. In a nutshell, it’s all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them. You’ll be able to order a selection of Project Life products starting May 1! And with the launch of our new annual catalog on June 2, you’ll be able to buy from our complete line of Project Life products. Can’t wait that long? Stampin’ Up! demonstrators will be able to order the limited selection starting April 21. So if you’re a demonstrator make sure to check the demonstrator website that day; if you’re not a demonstrator, sign up and you can order the products early too! Here’s a quick peak at some of the exclusive items Stampin’ Up! will offer:

Have more questions? Please email me: susan@haddads.net

Stampin’ Up! Make A Wish Birthday Card


I needed a quick card for my son’s birthday, so I chose one of the cards from the Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Cards set currently available in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.  The cards are pre-printed with 4 each of 5 designs, measure 3 1/2″ x 5″, and come with 20 ivory envelopes. I CASED the design from Mary Fish, a fellow demonstrator. Thanks, Mary!

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

  • Stamps: Perfect Pennants (Wood-Mount 133227, Clear-Mount 133230)
  • Paper: Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper (132994), Watercolor Designer Note Cards & Envelopes (133362), Night of Navy (100867), Very Vanilla (101650), Gumball Green (126840)
  • Ink: Night of Navy (126970), Gumball Green ( 126861)
  • Tools & More: 1/2″ Circle Punch (119869), Bitty Banners Framelits Dies (129267), Banners Framelits Dies (132173), Envelope Liners Framelits Dies (132172), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Paper Snips 103579), (Silver Baker’s Twine (132976), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Hello, Lovely

IMG_4314The stamp set Hello, Lovely is quickly becoming one of my favorites! It’s one of the many sets given to the demonstrators who attended the Stampin’ Up! annual convention last July. The sentiment is from another favorite of mine, A Dozen Thoughts.


  • Stamp Sets: Hello, Lovely (Wood-Mount 130240, Clear-Mount 130243), A Dozen Thoughts (Wood-Mount 131056, Clear-Mount 131059)
  • Paper: Whisper White (100730), Bermuda Bay (131197)
  • Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe (131176), Coastal Cabana (131175), Bermuda Bay (131171), Old Olive (126953)
  • Tools & More: Postage Stamp Punch (122344), Squares Collection Framelits (130921), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Big Shot Magnetic Platform (130658), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), Stamp-ma-a jig (101049), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Quick & Easy Flower Shop Card


This is my 2013  Stampin’ Up! Convention swap card. Swapping cards at convention is the perfect way to meet new people and gather great ideas! Between the hundreds of swaps and thousands of Stamp’ Up! displays, the inspirations are endless!


  • Stamp Sets: Flower Shop (Wood-Mount 130939, Clear-Mount 130942), Regarding Dahlias (Wood-Mount 130324, Clear-Mount 130327), Papillon Potpourri (Wood-Mount 132058, Clear-Mount 123759)
  • Paper: Whisper White (100703), 2013-2015 In Color Designer Paper Stacks (130136)
  • Ink: Strawberry Slush (131178)
  • Tools & More: Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406), Blossom Punch (125603), Pansy Punch (130698), In Color Dahlias (127556), Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack (129387), Paper-Piercing Tool (126189), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
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