Perfect Pearls Backgrounds

Perfect Pearls aren’t something I use often, but I love to pull them out, especially around the time I start making holiday cards. They are such a subtle way to create a background with a bit of shine, without overdoing it. Today I want to share a few different perfect pearls backgrounds with you and a little trick I like to use to create some of my own additions! Watch the tutorial below for all the details!

Some supplies used in the video above were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only ever design for companies I can stand behind 100%. To see what companies I currently or have previously been associated with head HERE.


Perfect pearls are a pigment powder that stick to a clear sticky ink. There is an ink pad, Perfect Medium, that is made to be used with these powder, but I like to use my Versamark ink pad. Once you stamp your image, a soft brush is also essential to put the powder onto the stamped image. I also like to have a larger soft bristle brush that I use to dust away any excess powder.

I love to use perfect pearls on colored cardstock, so on my first card I started by stamping on kraft cardstock with the Pinecone Branch stamp. I used my Versamark ink pad, since I would be adding perfect pearls to this. I used the Bronze Perfect Pearls on this background for a tone on tone look!

On my second card I used the Solid Branch stamp and stamped on a dark red cardstock. For the perfect pearls, I used the Pearl color. But instead of just using my stamp to add details, I also pulled out my Versamarker to add a few details! This is such a great way to stretch your supplies and add the finest details to your backgrounds!


I hope I’ve inspired you to pull our your perfect pearls and play around with them to create some fun backgrounds! And if you don’t have any yet, I’ve listed and linked everything I used down below. So if you’re interested, head down there! Until next time, happy crafting!!


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Gilding Flakes with Stencils

I love finding ways to use products I already have with stencils. Foiling with stencils is one of my favorite things to do, but another great way to add shine and interest to your stenciled areas is with gilding flakes. Gilding flakes come in so many fun colors and varieties and they’re super easy to use! Be sure to watch the video below for all the details on how easy it is to gild with your stencils!

Some supplies used in the video tutorial were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only ever design for companies I can stand behind 100%. If you would like to see who I currently or have previously designed for you can head HERE.


Gilding flakes are beautiful and easy to use, but they can be a mess! I have a few tips and tricks that I like to use to keep control of the mess. First, no ceiling fans, fans, open windows, or heavy breathing allowed! If I ever feel the need to sneeze, I step away from the gilding flakes. These can move with the slightest bit of air, so just keep that in mind and be aware!

Gilding Flakes with Stencils

Also, while I’m working with gilding flakes, I like to work in a shallow box. This not only keeps the mess contains, but it also makes reusing the flakes super easy! You can return any flakes that don’t stick to your project right back into the jar for furture use.

Leaf Collection Stencils with Gilding Flakes

Inevitably, some gilding flakes will end up on your work surface. I like to keep a sticky lint/pet hair roller in my craft room to clean these up. Just like with embossing powder and glitter, this cheap little tool is a lifesaver with clean up!! You can watch my Deal With It video that is all about this tip HERE.

Fir Branch Stencil with Distressed  Gilding Flakes

Using different products with your stencils is super easy, as long as you have the right mediums. One of my favorites, that I used in today’s tutorial, is the Tacky-When-Dry Gel Medium from TCW. I will leave a few more instances where I’ve used this medium below!

If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, I’ve listed and linked them all down below! Until next time, happy crafting!!


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Layered Stamping with Heat Embossing



Today, I have a new tutorial over on the Imagine Channel all about adding heat embossing to your layered stamping! This month, Imagine and Waffle Flower are partnering up to bring you a ton of inspiration. I was super excited when I learned about this collab, because I LOVE Waffle Flower. One of my favorite EVER stamp sets (Plaid Play) comes from them! But aside from that, Waffle Flower has some really unique layering stamp sets. Not just your typical flower or animals, which are great, but REALLY unique layering stamps and that’s what I’m sharing today, plus how to add a bit of heat embossing with Imagine’s AMAZING new MBoss powders! Be sure to watch the video tutorial below!

Some supplies used in the video above were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. To find out what design teams I am currently on or have been on in the past head HERE.


The set I am using today is the Biking Girls and it is unlike any stamp layering set I’ve seen before. You build up the layers to create these adorable little girls riding their bikes. And while I’m on the subject, these sets are set up really well. Each girl’s layers are grouped together, there is a guide to follow of the order of which to stamp them, and there are even suggestions for color choices! Be sure to watch the video tutorial above for a better break down!

For stamp layering I really like to use dye inks, so I pulled out my Memento Dew Drops for stamping. I followed the color suggestions on the stamp set and love the way it turnedout! For my heat embossing I used the new MBoss embossing powder from Imagine from in Violet.

One tip I will leave you with is, if you are taking the time to line up your stamps, especially when using a stamp positioner, you might as well make a few cards! It really makes the effort much more worth your time!


I can’t wait to use this set again. It is just so unique and cute and I definitely have more ideas for it!

If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all listed and linked down below! Until next time, happy crafting!!


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2 Panels 4 Cards

Hi everyone! Today I am joining a fun video hop over on YouTube with so many wonderful talented ladies! We are sharing some of our favorite fall color combinations and I can’t wait to see all the inspiration!! I will leave the entire linked list down below so you don’t miss anyone!

My color combo was so easy to come up with because I have a board on Pinterest dedicated specifically to color combinations. You can follow it HERE!! But with that color combo I created 2 different panels. But from those 2 panels, I created 4 cards and used up every scrap of those panels! Be sure to watch the video tutorial below for all the details!!

Some supplies used in this video tutorial were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only design for companies I can stand behind 100%. To see what companies I have and currently design for head HERE.


If you get lost along the way here’s the entire list!


Nicole Watt – https://youtu.be/N25QDNZc9xc
Teri Wilson – https://youtu.be/bIe01WdXjb8
Amber Rain Davis – https://youtu.be/Fry95crObos
Lindsay Adreon – https://youtu.be/I-GRaMBDtSI
EK Gorman – https://youtu.be/qty2ZwObLBY
Fairuz Fabiha – https://youtu.be/nPam-2YL1eQ
Tasha RJ – https://youtu.be/kGFDKX0k9XU
Karen Hasheck – https://youtu.be/Kn-aUjMXBcA
Betz Golden – https://youtu.be/XToiJM9t7wg
Amanda Stevens – https://youtu.be/4MopVFMh0CA
Gale A. Williams-Thompson – https://youtu.be/UiJlbBSMs5I
Becky Bac – https://youtu.be/d55aAUUKZXQ
Kari Allen VanNoy – https://youtu.be/qDjQL3F_o7s
Diane Warme – https://youtu.be/woRO-b4M9OA
Janet VanLone Trieschman – https://youtu.be/ekNxZ8bpjt4
Adrianne Galvin – https://youtu.be/pihoYeUCzeY
Fiona Stanton – https://youtu.be/_847xBOuAyQ
Deborah Jenkins – https://youtu.be/1NapFWQ0T_Y
Joanne Maree Soukup – https://youtu.be/Lqz_NFAda4A
Sladjana Donna Perisic – https://youtu.be/sqPXBkqzRr8
Tracy Shultz – https://youtu.be/9XAt5t7fPrU
Nicola Knobel – https://youtu.be/ya4c-F5vYnA
Jasmine Burgess – https://youtu.be/OxSXFpRIXrE
Jessica Francisco – https://youtu.be/9aqa2AKvFLQ


If you are interested in any of the products I used today, they are all listed and linked down below! Until next time, happy crafting!!


Foil Backgrounds

This month Joy Clair Stamps is partnering with Rinea Foil so I am having fun coming up with some fun new ways to use it! Today, I have a few backgrounds (surprise, surprise) to share with you that are fairly easy and oh so shiny! Be sure to watch the video tutorial below for all the details!!

Some products used in the video above were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only ever design for companies I can stand behind 100%. To see who I am currently and have previously designed for head HERE.


So here’s the run down on Rinea foil paper if you are unfamiliar with this product. It is a foil paper that has so much shine and there are a ton of different colors to choose from. It comes in packages of individual colors or you can purchase variety packs that are color coordinated. What makes this products different from other shiny foil paper is that it is moldable. It will hold it’s shape, so it’s perfect for any 3D projects you might want to make with it!!

To create my first background I started by die cutting each colors from the Pastel Variety pack of foil, plus silver, with a scalloped border die. I made sure to move the border slightly each time I cut, so not each piece was the exact same. Then, I adhered each of those strips on top of one another onto an A2 card base. To be the foil stuck really well, I used a tape adhesive.

DIY scales made with Rinea foil and a scallop border die.

When I had the right side completely covered with “scales” I started on the left side panel. I used the new Mermaid at Heart stamp set to add the perfect stamped images to complete the card!

Mermaid at Heart with Rinea Foil

My second background is a little more involved, but just take your time and lay everything out and it will come together. I started with the large foil sheets of the Floral Variety pack and cut the three colors down to A2 sized sheets. These are thin sheets so you can easily cut through three of them layered on top of one another. I cut all of the sheets at different angles, being sure to lay each piece off to the side so I could easily piece them back together. I then added the pieces back together, using all the different colors so I had a fun and colorful geometric background.

Be sure to watch the video above for tips and tricks, plus some things I learned while creating this background!

Colorful geometric background made with Rinea Foil.

To finish this card I cut down the background with a zig zag rectangle die. Then, I added a cluster of different gems from the You’re a Gem stamp set. Super simple!

Cluster of gems from the You're a Gem stamp set.

I LOVE these backgrounds. They were both fairly easy and add so much shine without a ton of work! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used on my projects today, you can find them all listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!


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