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June 16, 2009

Sneak Peek


DSCN7315This card was made with mostly sneak peek items from the new Idea Book & Catalog that will be available to purchase from on July 1st.  I used a hostess Level III stamp set called Kind and Caring Thoughts to stamp the silhouette image in VersaMark, and then I embossed it with White embossing powder.  The paper that's so pretty is from the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP pack and the ribbon is some Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot grosgrain flipped over. 

I am not a purple person, but I am definitely gravitating towards Rich Razzleberry out of all of the new In Colors.  It does come off somewhat "marroon-ey" in pictures on blogs, but I think it's a little more purple than that.  It's a lovely color!! 

For the sentiment I used my Rich Razzleberryand my Oval All stamp set and I colored some of the flowers with my blender pen and Rich Razzleberryclassic ink.  I also pierced some holes on the Scallop Oval CS that I punched.  The close-up of it is above.  I would love to figure out how to get pictures so that they work like in TypePad and even Blogger, where when you click on it, it opens to it's full size.  Anyone know??????

Another question for ya.....Who else hyperventilates when they heat emboss?  Am I the only one?  After I use my embossing buddy, I usually still have a random speck or two (or a lot) that stick where I don't want them, so I get out something very pointy like my piercing tool, and I hold the piece of CS/DSP up after flicking it to get off as much "unwanted" embossing powder as possible, and I start blowing.  Why do I blow on it you ask?  Well, I blow, lightly, as I move my piercing tool gently around.  If you gently touch all of the unwanted embossing powder as you also gently blow on the CS/DSP, then the unwanted embossing powder just blows away.  It works really well.  I tried using a brush like the one that they sell with the little embossing Powder Pals set in the IB&C, and I find that it's way too easy for a stray bristle on the brush to swipe at your image and ruin it.  Usually, if the brush swipes the powder off of the embossing powder-covered image, it won't re-stick as well when you "dunk" it again in the powder (I store all of my ep in Ziploc sandwich containers so that I don't really even have to use my Powder Pal trays).  I find that lightly blowing and simply touching the stray grains of powder gently with my piercing tool makes it all just fly off the CS/DSP and it works SO WELL.  Anyway....that's why I hyperventilate (well, not really) when I emboss ;)  How do you get rid of stray powder?

Hope you like it!





  Kind and Caring Thoughts (Hostess Level III), Oval All
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White CS, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry classic ink and VersaMark
Accessories:  Scallop Oval  punch, Large Oval punch, Rich Razzleberry 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon, Winter White ep, Embossing Buddy and Heat Tool, Blender Pen, Piercing Tool, Stampin' Dimensionals


  1. Marie:

    I thought I wasn't going to like the new in colors, but the beautiful cards you're making is changing my mind.

  2. Oooh, very pretty!! I'll try your blowing technique! I usually just use the "cussing" technique! lol! It's not very effective!

  3. Blogger stuff stinks all right. I wonder if they would have better customer service if they had to see their millions of customers face to face! But your card is lovely!

  4. That is such a great card. I have been looking for ideas for that set. Thanks sooooo much

  5. Lovely card! Can't wait to get my supply! TFS!

  6. Lovely card and I do like that Razzleberry color!! Stray marks while embossing? It is those little imperfections that let everyone know their card is handmade and unique. (This excuse works for crooked sentiments and ribbons also!)


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