Enamel Dots

Trend Watch – Enamel Dots

I must have missed the first round of these yummy candy like embellishments because only recently I have discovered them for myself and can’t seem to get enough of them.  Then, when I realized I could make my own, there was no stopping me.  Let me show you some of the cool ways crafty ladies have been incorporating them in their projects.

The color and layers on layers really stood out on this card.  There is so much fun going on in this card.  The enamel dots are just perfect for adding more color.


Card by Kathy Martin photo courtesy of Card-Blanc

The little splashes of color in this mostly monochromatic card are just perfect.  They can set off splatter marks as well as add extra texture.

you make me laugh

card by Suzanne Dahlberg photo courtesy of Freshly Noted

Kimberly made her own “enamel dots” in this next card, out of paper.  I just love the creativity and the color pop is awesome.  If you look closely, you can also see the texture she created with them as well.

grateful for you

card by Kimberly Crawford photo courtesy of For the Love of Paper

The contrasting color and texture in this card is just awesome.  It looks like the perfect card for a birthday girl party.


card by Pearl Gateway photo courtesy of Pearl Gateway

This next card is super sophisticated as it uses so many cool trends in one.  Between the letter shadowing, triangles, die cuts and enamel dots and sequins, Jeanne hits all of the trendy points perfectly.

birthday wishes

card by Jeanne Jachna photo courtesy of A Kept Life

The soft pastel colors of some of the enamel dots are perfect for traditional baby cards.  This one is just adorable.

grandma  bear

card by Laurel Beard photo courtesy of Papercrafts by Laurel

I just love how Lindsay used the coordinating dots to match her watercolor strokes.  Beautiful work.


card by Lindsay Amrhein photo courtesy of Note to Self

I was also floored with her use of the black dots too.  I have to remind myself that back looks awesome beyond a background color.

hello cityscape

card by Lindsay Amrhein photo courtesy of Note to Self

Enamel dots are awesome as an accent but also look great incorporated into designs too.  I love them at the center of these pinwheels.


card by Rebecca Deeprose photo courtesy of Paper Primrose

I just adore the sunflowers that Kim created using multiple sized enamel dots in the center of the flowers.

sunflower hello

card by Kim Hughes photo courtesy of Paper Smooches

This tag art is just fabulous.  The multicolored rain is so awesome.  Ronda uses the dots as central elements for her designs as well as accents throughout these pieces.


3 tags

tags by Ronda Palazzari photo courtesy of My Mind’s Eye Blog

This bubblegum machine was just the sweetest thing I have ever seen.  The gumballs look almost edible.

bubble gum

card by Karolyn Loncon photo courtesy of Paper Therapy


Hero Arts and Paper Crafters Library

Today we welcome Kelly Rasmussen. We are so excited to have her showcase her work today on Paper Crafter’s Library. You can see Kelly’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about her:

KellyRasmussen-04022014-250WKelly began making cards when she was in college and has been addicted ever since. She quit her day job as a graphic designer to become a stay-at-home mom and has been working with Hero Arts since 2009. Besides making cards she also enjoys shopping, photography, graphic design, baking and spending time with her family and friends. Kelly lives in a small town in Nebraska with her husband Lee and three children Halle, Gage and Lexi.





Designer Project

Watercolor is such a popular trend in the crafting world right now and one of my favorite ways to create the look is by using Hero Arts Daubers.


To create this card I first heat embossed the Happy Birthday Grid stamp (K5924) onto some watercolor paper. Then I used various colors of Hero Arts Daubers mixed with some water to color in the image. The embossing traps the color, making it easy to stay in the lines.

Once this piece completely dried I used the “iron-off technique” to iron off the embossed area resulting in a completely smooth image on the watercolor paper. Just place a piece of copy paper over your stamped image and rub a hot iron over the embossed image. Make sure to use a new piece of copy paper each time you lift up your paper — it will probably take 3 or 4 times to completely remove the embossing.

To finish off the card I used the White Dauber on a Charcoal card base to create the polka dot background. Then I added a strip of Pool paper along the left side, a scattering of sequins and that’s all there is to it!

Faber-Castell gelatos – inspiration and instruction from Paper-Crafter’s Library

Double Scoop of Inspiration

Hi, my crafty friends! Jill here with a double scoop of inspiration. These artsy tags allowed me to play and with my favorite thing… COLOR!



This is a look at each background before I added my embellishments.


I first painted both tags with Gesso.  For the yellow tag, I colored directly onto the tag using the Double Scoop Gelatos® in the colors of Lemon and Butterscotch.  I then blended the colors using my fingertips.  For the multi-colored tag, I colored with my Double Scoop Gelatos® (Lemon, Snow Cone, Blueberry, Red Cherry, Mango) onto a large acrylic block, spritzed with water, and then pressed my tag onto the acrylic block.  I applied several layers to deepen the colors, drying the tag with my heat tool between each layer.

To finish coloring/stamping the remaining embellishments, I mixed and matched with other Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® mediums including the Nougat Stamper’s Big Brush Pen and Gelatos (Blood Orange, Aqua Dolce).



Hugs and Happy Stamping!

(All stamps by Penny Black, dies by Penny Black and Spellbinders, ribbon by May Arts and Ribbons Unlimited)

We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Jill Foster for her fabulous project and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft for sharing their company with us. Be sure to visit Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft’s blog to see more of their great products.

Pinterest anyone?

As winter is Florida time for us I have leisure to reflect, philosophize, and plan.  I’ve been on Pinterest recently.  My goodness it seems huge.    People have taken a larger interest in it as a possible idea cache than I have in the past.  I looked at other’s boards, re pinned a few from time to time, and then promptly forgot about them.  My sister, Jackie, who is a Stampin’Up! demonstrator, always  uses it to cache idea for cards she likes and refers to her boards when she needs an idea for a card.   She really uses Pinterest as her personal reference library for many areas.  Studying her Pinterest boards is a look into her life, her dreams, almost a mini reference to her sum total.  From her boards I see she’s become an organized woman who creates each board by idea and technique. A look at her collection of boards shows a wide variety of ideas she’s stored for future use in her life.  A look at my boards( all 5 of them) show Stampin’Up! cards I’ve designed and cards designed by others, some recipes I thought looked good and reveals my love of travel to exotic off shore places.

Sigh.  How did I get so private that I haven’t posted a board of dragon boat racing or choir singing; or posted about ocean cruises we want to take?   Retirement seems to have relaxed my need to keep everything private but sharing all my new interests with the world is going to require me to stretch a little.  Hmmm.  I’ll start with Pinterest.

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Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

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It travels well.  It can handle all your embossing folders just like the Big Shot.  The price is VERY, VERY affordable.  You can order it through your favorite demonstrator at



Time moves so fast at the end of a year. It’s only 24 days to Christmas eve. Then I’ll get to see the generations come together at my sister’s house and we’ll enjoy each other one more time before we part to lead our separate lives for another year. I love this time of year. It’s an ending time; time to mentally wrap up 2013, time to look out of windows and reminisce.  Time to research my father’s family genealogy (why didn’t you care about this dad?)

It’s a current time; time to party, cook pots of soup, make Christmas cards, browse catalogs and order Christmas gifts, carol at the local hospital and senior residences, rehearse for the Christmas program at church, decorate the house.

It’s a futurizing time; make plans for the BIG vacation to Germany next spring, collect information about the sites we’ll see, buy a German phrase book, plan gifts for the houses where we are guests in Hermann’s sister city, Bad Arolson.

Sent With A Whole lot of Love

A Whole Lot of Love

We love Valentine’s Day! And why wouldn’t we? It’s a chance for us to say “I love you.” And it doesn’t just have to be about romantic love. This holiday is a time to share the love with anyone and everyone. We’re here to help you prepare with the A Whole Lot of Love products.

Dates: Available December 1-January 27 or while supplies last.

The fine print: These are exclusive products that will not be available after the promotion. No limits on this promotion.

 Item  Description  Price
 131850  Love You More Stamp Set (Wood)  $21.95
 131853  Love You More Stamp Set (Clear)  $16.95
 134611  Follow My Heart Stamp Set (Wood)  $15.95
 134614  Follow My Heart Stamp Set (Clear)  $11.95
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 134610  Sweetheart Treat Bags  $4.95  12 heart sacks, 12 die-cut labels, 12 pre-cut pieces of  Pool Party Baker’s Twine
 132162  Monster Hugs Boy  $5.95  18 boy monsters, 18 googly eyes, 18 adhesive hearts
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Stampin’Up! Holiday Sale is in full swing – did you order your goodies yet?

Happy Thanksgiving!

I love this time of year.  Really.

Mall Shopping…not so much.

 I enjoy knowing what’s current and knowing I can browse, order, receive and return gifts from my home.  Problem solved.  That gives me more time for what I love to do – papercraft.

Especially this time of year I like  making and sending cards (I suffer withdrawal if I can’t paper craft almost every day).   If you have similar feelings,  I don’t think we’re alone.  I’ve read that online shopping represents over 42 billion dollars of holiday shopping. 

I’ve done my part and ordered online for my gift giving.  As far as paper crafts, I’m a Stampin’Up! demonstrator and order my papercrafts online too.
If you haven’t done your part yet, here’s the website for gift giving for paper crafters.


Over 70 Gift Tags!

I haven’t ordered – I like to make my own tags from scraps – but if you don’t have any scraps (really?) may I suggest you order this from my website http://www.angelswhostamp.stampinup.net
and start stamping!


Stampin’ Up has a new product called Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags! They come in a booklet of 70+ tags in five designs–created from our existing punch and die shapes. These tags (which coordinate with the Season of Style products in the 2013 holiday catalog) are easy to put together quickly.

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There are a few different ways to purchase elements of the kit or buy the whole Starter Bundle:

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Stamp set below (to see the true size, print the PDF HERE)

pop tags
While I’m here and you are here, SU released the next Best Of 25 years stamp set:

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134384  Best of Christmas
(English;clear-mount only)

To see the true sizes, print PDF HERE

If you’d like to order any of these, call or email me or you can order online at www.lindaheller.stampinup.net 

Call local 407-435-3135 or toll free 866-460-4902

or email me at lindastamps@cfl.rr.com

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Thinlit Tips Video & Samples

I’ve tried this – it works for me if I cut the cardstock a tad smaller widthwise to insert it through the die

I’ve had quite a few of you purchase one or both of these Stampin’ Up flip card Dies so I thought I’m make a tip video for how to add layers as well as extend the card to create a flap and writing area. (I’m not sure who came up with that original idea to add the flap but well done!)

If you are viewing from your email, click HERE to see video on my blog.

I received many great swaps using the new thinlits and as promised in the video, here are a few of my favorites!


This cute little guy was a swap created by Jill Hilliard. The reindeer is from the SU Holiday catalog called Color Me Christmas


This pretty snowflake card was created by April Lopez.  The scallop comes with the circle card thinlits and April used it with SU Silver Foil Sheets.


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