Friday, November 16, 2012


Yey!  It's time for another Fred She Said BLOG HOP Woohoo!  The Fred She Said DT are showcasing the theme of CHRISTMAS!   I can't wait to see what they have come up with :D  While you are hopping please leave some love on the DT's post.  They love to hear your comments!

Thanks to Donna Smith of Bearly Mine Designs for sponsoring us!  She sells the most wonderful paper sets!  Donna is also a guest DT on this hop :) 

Bearly Mine Designs

Collect a secret word on each blog along the way  to make up a Secret Phrase and follow the directions at the end of the hop for your chance to win this FABULOUS PRIZE!
One winner will receive ALL of this:
Bearly Mine Designs - £15 gift voucher
$25 GC to CropStop  (provided by Fred She Said)
$25 GC to Fred She Said Store
Entries will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 23rd Midnight EST and the winner will be announced Nov. 24th.
Here  we go!   ( if you get lost, you can refer back to this blog for the BLOG HOP participant LIST below.  **The instructions on how to enter will be at  the FSS CHALLENGE BLOG.**
Our wonderful DT and Blog Hop Coordinator Michelle let me play so I get to share a project Yey!!

This card uses the Pointy Poinsettia digital cutting files which were coloured by sponging on distress inks and pencilling in veins.  I also scored the veins.  
The backdrop was made with the Fancy Doily Snowflake cutting files I made my own embossing plate from cereal boxboard and podge glue.  I got the instructions from the oh so awesome Melissa McCarthy ( Melstampz ) HERE.  The recipe I used was one boxboard layer for base and 2 layers of the cut snowflake although I would try this technique with one layer first and see how it works for you.  The cuttlebug sandwich was A plate +B plate + embossing plate + thick paper( or thin CS) + embossing mat + B plate and see how it goes through.  For deeper embossing you can try a CS shim but test and DON'T force anything through your diecut machines or you could break your machine!  

MY SECRET WORD is  " WINTER"  Now please go to NANCY's blog for your next stop :)
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Have fun & Good Luck!
:)*   Fred and the TEAM


Box Designers said...

It looks so beautiful i am waiting for this.

Nancy said...

What a gorgeous card & fabulous technique. Thanks for explaining everything in such detail!!!

Mary Lou said...

Cool card and thanks for idea on creating embossing folders!!! Very pretty christmas card!!

SiskiyouSue said...

Very pretty, love that you made your own embossing folder. Guess I'll have to try it.

Jan Castle said...

Good for you!!! This is a lovely card to be sure!
Paper Hugs,

CarlavdM said...

Hello Tracey,

I like the card you made toooo.
Also tried out the 'home-made' embossing and it works great.
Greetings from the Netherlands

Crystal said...

Love the idea of making your own embossing folder. I can't wait to try it!

Donna said...

Great embossing job there Tracey, must try out this technique and I love your card, very Christmasy.
Donna xx

Debbie W said...

Beautiful card! Can't wait to make my own embossing folders. Thanks for the explanation.

Edwina said...

Beautiful card! Love the snowflake with the poinsettia in front of it. It is very elegant looking. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

Elaine coustley said...

Your card is just sweet ,love your snow flake idea,x

Jayne said...

Lovely card and thanks for the link on how to make your own embossing folder.

Jayne said...

Lovely card and thanks for the link on how to make your own embossing folder.

Janeen said...

Very pretty, it looks cut out it impressed so nicely

Janeen said...

Very pretty, it looks cut out it impressed so nicely

Denise Goeldner said...

What a wonderful technique thanks so much for sharing ,love the card too Hugs Denise xx

Patricia Chalas said...

your card is adorable!!!
great idea creating you embossing folders!

Debi said...

I like the way you did the inking on the top and bottom embossed edges of your card. Very nice.

Jenn Zeeb said...

Super cute, what a great idea!

KristiDaroci said...

very creative

Carol Hurlock said...

Tracy you are so creative making your own embossing folder. Your card is gorgeous. I love how you shaded your borders. Beautiful.
Bear Hugs,
Carol said...

Tracy I do so love your cutting files-wish I had a machine to use them because they are so delicate! Amazing!
Carolyn, DT

Sharon said...

Beautiful card, thanks for the great link to see hoiw to do this our self. Have been waiting for this blog hop.

zehra said...

Wow love this thanks for sharing will definitely try it

crafty lady said...

Will need to try making embossing folder thanks for passing on tip, lovely card, hugs Fiona xx