Here Comes the Sun: Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Here Comes the Sun blog hop! This month our team is going to show you a variety of ways to use Sunbursts on your paper crafting projects. 

Whether you are starting here or have come from Kim Loewen’s blog, you are in the right place.  When you are finished taking a look at how I used Cricut images to create a 4th of July Sunburst layout, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


For Memorial Day, I created a set of military cards with some red, white, and blue backgrounds using our Sunburst Background die. I enjoyed the look of all those Stars & Sparklers patterns so much, that I decided to replicate the design on a scrapbook page.

The background for this page was created using a Cricut cut from the Artbooking collection. I used my Contour tool to remove the unwanted images and cut out each of the “sun rays” from my Stars & Sparklers patterns. Later in the week, I will be adding a video tutorial to my YouTube channel showing you how to create a sunburst background like this.

After designing and cutting out the background pieces, I added my photo to the page onto some layers of pattern paper and PML cards.

Around the photo, I added all sorts of iconic images to reflect my little firecrackers . Aren’t they just too funny?

To be honest, I struggled to get the photo to stand out on the page. With such a busy background, I wanted to make sure that I had a focal point. To prevent the photo from disappearing in the background, I made sure that the frames behind the photo were dark and bold and I placed the photo so that the sunburst pattern draws your eyes to the center of the page.

I also framed the photo with stickers using images to mimic items in the photo. This page has a firecracker theme, so many of the images look like they are exploding off the layout.

To create the title, I cut a 4th of July SVG image I uploaded into Cricut Design Space and layered the cardstock onto some star images from the sticker sheet. I also attached a small wooden arrow to match the other wooden elements on the page.

There will be a process video later this week showing you how to create this sunburst background and all the elements on the page. Make sure that you are subscribed to my channel so that you are notified when that video is added. 


I hope that this project inspired you and gave you a few new ideas for adding sunbursts to your projects. Now hop on over to Brenda Lapp’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Maker blogs to get some great crafting tips and other sunburst ideas. Don’t forget, a few of the products shown here will be retiring on June 30th. If you wish to recreate this design, stop by my website and grab yourself a few supplies before they are gone. 

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It’s A Dazzling Dimension Technique Blog Hop!

Lovely layers of Dazzling Dimension. This month’s Technique blog hop will be full of projects showing you methods of adding dimension to your projects. Whether you are starting here or have come from Maz Wood’s blog, you are in the right place. When you are finished taking a look at how I used embossing folders to add dimension, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


I enjoy adding dimension to my projects with texture paste, foam tape, embellishments, and, my favorite, embossing folders. There are so many fun ways to use embossing folders on your projects. Today, I am going to show you how I used some embossing folder techniques on my two Life is Cherry cards.

After I share my cardmaking techniques, I have a little Five Minute video for you. In this video, I will show you three fun ways that you can use your embossing folders to add some interesting dimension to your projects.

On my first card, I used watercolors to shade the debossed side of a piece of cardstock that had been embossed with our Spring Blossoms embossing folder. Each embossing folder has an embossed side and a debossed side, or inset image. On this card, I applied paint to the inset images and shaded them to match the paper patterns I chose.

After shading the images, I used a pattern from our new Make It From Your Heart idea book to create the card using papers from our Mix-In collection and Eat, Play, Love paper pack. One of the patterns in this paper pack is a Lagoon and white mix of stripes, dots, and lace. I cut and trimmed the lace strip and tucked it under the embossed piece of cardstock. How cute is that??

I also used some Stickers and Wood Shapes from the Eat, Play, Love collection to embellish my card. I added more dimension on my project with foam tape and wooden hearts.

This type of card will have to be hand-delivered or hand-canceled because of the additional elements, but they are just too cute and I can’t help myself.

I also used the elements from the Eat, Play, Love collection to create my second card. On this card, I used a piece of embossed cardstock that had been heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

In the video, I show how to add ink to your embossing folder using a brayer. To create the glossy look on this card, I applied VersaMark Ink to the Floral Lace embossing folder instead of dye ink.

Before placing my cardstock in the folder, I wiped it down with an anti-static pouch. After embossing my image, I sprinkled on some Clear Embossing Powder and heat set the powder using a heat tool. This gives your cardstock a beautiful three-dimensional look with a glossy background and raised matte design.

The pattern for this card also comes from the Make It From Your Heart book. I cut the embossed cardstock into squares to fit the stitched pattern on the Cherry paper, then added some fun little Eat, Play, Love elements. When I saw the little “Roll with It” sticker, I knew that I need to add the wooden rolling pin. Punny cards are my favorite to send.

Now that you have seen how I used embossing folder techniques to add dimension to my cards, you can view how to recreate these three-dimensional looks in my Five Minute Find video.

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I hope that today’s project inspired you and gave you a few new ideas for adding Dazzling Dimension to your projects using embossing folders. Now hop on over to Tamara Sandwisch’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other Dazzling Dimensional ideas.

Don’t forget, a few of the products shown here will be retiring on April 30th. If you wish to recreate this design, stop by my website and grab yourself a few supplies before they are gone. 

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Welcome to the Plastic Patterns Technique Hop

These past few weeks, I have been learning a variety of new ways to use stencils, which is why I am so excited for this month’s technique hop.  118348271_10157701360272934_5253391408661344276_nI can’t wait to learn a few new methods to try on my projects.  If you have come here from Alyson Mayo’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my Vintage Rose Lace card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


As with most of my experiments, this one didn’t quite start out well as I had hoped, but it lead to a very wonderful outcome.  Before I tell you the story behind the process and share my video tutorial, let’s take a look at my project. 

This simple thank you card was created using Diamond Stickles and Transparent Gloss Texture paste with one of our new 12-inch stencils. Don’t you just love that Tattered Rose background? It reminds me of old world tiles. 

Like I said, the project didn’t start out well. I knew that I wanted a thick sparkle background, so I experimented with Stickles Gel, but soon realized that the stencil I chose had too many details for that medium, so, I decided to try a bottle of Diamond Stickles instead. 

After adding the stenciled stickles (say that fast five times),  I built up the background using Transparent Gloss texture paste to create the look of etched tiles. When I first applied the paste, it appeared as if all the glitter from the Stickles was going to disappear, but once it dried, I had a beautiful sparkling background. 

To bring out the lace image, I grabbed some Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink and used a blending tool to add ink to the card front. I then used a paper towel to remove the ink from the texture paste and the result was a stunning etched lace background.

After spending so much time on this little experiment, I decided that the sentiment needed to be very simple and sweet.  I had debated on stamping on some vellum or even adding a little flower, but, in the end, chose to use some Blue Belle to create a little thank you card. 

The sentiment was cut out of both Blue Belle glitter paper and Blue Belle cardstock using the Thanks Thin Cuts. These two dies are designed to layer atop each other to create the sentiment and a shadow layer. 

I just loved how that glitter paper sparkled along with the Stickles on this card, so I decided that I needed to add a few more sparkles and placed  Blue Belle Glitter gems around the sentiment. How precious is that?

For those of you who have been enjoying my cardmaking video tutorials, I decided to squeak one more in this week.  This one is very short, simple, and to the point, but I hope it still helps you to learn some new techniques. 

I hope that this project inspired you to try something new and that you are encouraged to experiment with some stencils in your collection.  If you don’t own any, you can purchase a few on my website, or make a few of your own using our Stencil Sheets

Now ‘Hop” on over to Michelle Loncar’s Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using stencils on your projects.  

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Here is a List of the Supplies Shown Today (view all my supplies)