Double Embossing Technique for Paper Crafts


Phooey…I was working on things in the car yesterday while we were traveling (no, I wasn’t driving LOL), and just realized that the pic is a bit blurry, but hopefully you can still see the idea. I stamped and embossed a design in gold on the red cardstock first, then I embossed it with an embossing folder afterwards. I like the look because it gives the card extra texture and interest. I finished off the design with peel-off corner and word stickers. You can see the video below for details. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Confetti Border Handmade Card


How about a totally different look for your cards and scrapbook pages? I used a bunch of scraps and punched lots of circles to make my own confetti. You could use an office punch or smaller circle punches too, to get the same type of confetti I made. But don’t stop there! Think of all the little punches you have, and even the negative spaces from die cuts, and all of those make great confetti too! I used a tombow adhesive runner to attach my confetti, but scor-tape works perfectly too.

Follow along below with the video and make your own confetti border!

Happy Clear Embossed Card


This is a super simple clear embossed card. The paper needs to be smooth cardstock, and I used clear embossing ink and clear embossing powder. It almost looks like the flowers are  clear plastic, but the clear embossing powder just enhances the color of the paper that you stamp on. I used the open almond petals stamp for these flowers, and adhesive pearls for accents. The video below will give more details. Thanks for stopping by!

Wedding or Special Occasion Handmade Card

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I made this multi-layered card for a wedding. It was brown, beige, then 2 layers of pearl paper. I printed the verse for the inside of the card right onto my cardstock with my inkjet printer.

The butterfly was from the Cricut Picturesque cartridge, and I cut both the brown & cream layer at 1.5″. The cream top layer of the butterfly was sprayed with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist, and I put ribbon corners on the front top layer and the inside verse layer and then added white adhesive pearls on each corner & the center of the butterfly. You can follow along in the video below for all the details :).

This is the verse inside the card:

The blessings of the Lord
We pray will not depart
But remain forever more
In both your tender hearts
The Lord will bless you
And He will keep you safe
He will watch over you
And guard you in your ways
His face will shine upon you
And His blessings will increase
His love will see you through
And give you perfect peace

© By M.S.Lowndes

Fast & Easy Handmade Christmas Card

This card is super simple and fast to make! I used a 3″ x 4″ red piece of cardstock, then cut a piece of Christmas patterned paper slightly smaller to mat onto the red. Then used ribbon, a Christmas greeting stamp with red ink and adhesive pearls to finish this card.

Christmas Wreath Handmade Card


My friend Beci, forever creative :), made a card last year with a cute Christmas wreath made from flowers that she punched from glitter paper. So I did my own take on her project this week. She actually used the Flower Power Punch, which has a bit of a more rounded petal on the flowers, and with the glitter paper she used, it didn’t need any extras to brighten it up.

Since my punchies were made from pearl paper, I added a few extras like Silver Stickles in the centers of my flowers, but it would look neat too with little gemstones like crystals or pearls in the centers. The greeting can of course be stamped and embossed, but if you were making a whole bunch, sometimes it’s easier to use a peel-off sticker greeting to speed up your cardmaking. This card took just a few minutes to make, so it works well if you’re late getting started on cards this year (ahem….like me!!).

Double Flower and Pearls Handmade Card

This fun card was made with 3 different stamps: a flourish from Autumn Leaves, a small flower and a Thinking of You stamp. There are a lot of plain stamped cards out there when you go for a look around the net, but why not spend an extra minute and make your card exciting?

I stamped the small flowers on the card and then again on the patterned cardstock, cut them out, and used foam dots to place them above the flowers already stamped on the card. Then I added a few adhesive pearls to jazz it up a bit. I also added a little matching decorative flap to the envelope to make a fun matching duo :).

Shabby Window Handmade Birthday Card

I wanted to make a window card, and ended up getting a little bit destructive this week :). I used some nice bright cardstock from a kid’s collection. If I’m correct (since I’ve ripped most of my cardstock pads apart making various projects), this paper is from DCWV Nana’s Kids Stack. I chose a huge polka dot pattern and a striped pattern.

I used various stamps, a small swirl, a Happy Birthday and a Celebrate! stamp and also some Ranger Distress Ink Pads, Shabby Shutters & Dried Marigold, along with Tim Holtz’ paper distresser to add that nice rough edge to the window, corner, and mat for the Happy Birthday panel on the front.

View the video below for all the instructions:

Card With Handmade Paper Beads

Sometimes it’s kind of fun to mix elements from another craft into a current craft you’re working on. There are so many uses for paper, and a fun one is to make beads from it! There are so many beautiful scrapbook paper designs that your options are fairly limitless.

The beads on this card are made from cardstock, so you can use about any thickness of paper for your beads. If you use a cardstock weight paper, you will of course have thicker beads than if you use a scrapbook paper.  I used the Bead Maker Template from Hot off the Press, but if you can make a long thin triangle, you will be able to make your own beads. The template includes other shapes of beads too, but a long, thin triangle will get you  a basic bead.

You can see just how easy it is to make your own beads by watching my video below. Enjoy :).

P.S.: Kids love to make these beads and you can coat them in Mod Podge and use them for jewelry!  The Mod Podge will give them a glass-like appearance and add to their durability.

Floral Friendship Handmade Card

It’s fun to add an unexpected twist to a card. For this one, I decided to add a handy closure with a heritage photo turn mount and tropical glimmer brad. I also picked a paper with a design large enough to cut out extra pieces. This one happened to have flowers, so I cut out an extra pink and blue flower to layer on top of the design with zots. The greeting is actually stamped on the inside of the card, which is visible from the outside —– clear as mud? 🙂

You can watch the video below for complete instructions. Thanks so much for stopping by!