PPA82 and Heat Embossing WOW! Video

Stampin up pals paper arts sweet summer saleabration
It's time for a new PPA inspiration challenge!  This week's Pals Paper Arts Challenge (PPA82) is to use scallops in your paper crafting project.  Easy, no?  To see scallops galore and the Pals Paper Arts Design Team's inspiration samples, CLICK HERE!  Make this THE WEEK to challenge yourself and play along! 

I loved the PPA "scallops" inspiration photo above.  You can certainly use it as a starting point (stunning colors, ocean theme) or simply think of it as a reminder to toss in some paper scallops on your project.  That's what I opted to do with the Stampin' Up! Pinking Hearts Border Punch!  I hope they qualify as scallops 🙂

Stampin up sweet summer saleabration pinking hearts border punch
Heat embossing was the first stamping technique that really "wowed" me.  I love witnessing how the heat turns the matte powder to a raised and shiny finish.  I have had numerous reader requests to do a video on heat embossing basics.  Today's three minute video shares tips that will help you emboss with confidence!




  • Stampin up stampin pretty video tutorial pink hearts border punch Keep ribbon in it's place.  Learn how with my "No Slide Ribbon Tutorial."
  • Paper Snips give the butterfly it's independence.  A tidbit of Stampin' Dimensionals gives it a lift.  I also used my "snips" to create the flag accent on the sentiment.
  • Want to see more samples using the Sale-A-Bration Sweet Summer stamp set?  Click here to search my blog for samples using Stampin' Up! stamps, accessories or tools.  The Search Tool is always available for your convenience on the left bar.

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Stampin up pals paper arts sweet summer saleabration sneak peek Stamp Sets:  Sweet Summer (Sale-A-Bration:  W121849, C123214), So Happy for You (Sale-A-Bration: W121853, C123220)
Paper:  Crumb Cake (120953), Real Red (102482), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  VersaMark (102283), Jet Black Stazon (101406)
Cool Tools:  Pinking Hearts Border Punch (117649), Crop-A-Dile (No Slide Ribbon, 108362), Heat Tool (100005), Paper Snips (103579), Embossing Buddy (103083), Powder Pals (102197)
The Perfect Touch:  Whisper White Embossing Powder (109132), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119261), Brights Brads (119740)

To see all images for the exclusive Sale-A-Bration stamp sets (including Sweet Summer and So Happy for You), click to download the Sale-A-Bration brochure or email me to receive a free print copy.



  1. The think i like best about this card is the white powder. For some reason it just wouldn’t have occured to me to use white. Sure will now though 🙂

  2. Beautiful! I love your work!

    I’ve left you an award on my blog, feel free to pick it up or no biggie if you don’t have time. (Boy are they time consuming!)


  3. Great choice of colors! Love the contrast!

  4. I LOVE this! The color combo, layout, and well, everything, is wonderful! I am also loving your new banner!

  5. Really beautiful card. Love the embossing and the tips are brilliant as usual. TFS!

  6. Mary , Simply beautiful -Love the colors and the simple little knot for the ribbon embellishment .

  7. Gosh I wasn’t sure if I wanted this stamp set or not, but seeing what you’ve done with it has totally changed my mind! Thanks for the inspiration! This puppy is going on my wish list!

  8. Hi Mary! I haven’t commented on your posts in awhile, so just thought I’d chime in. This is a very stunning card!! I just love the colors and the layout and the stamps used. I don’t have either of those sets yet, so they may go on my list.

  9. Very nice, Mary! Stunning yet simple: love it!

  10. kathyc/NorthCarolina

    This is a great card! Love the use of kraft, and the pop of color.

  11. Mary, beautiful card ! I love it! You absolutely sold me on getting “Sweet Summer” as my salebration stamp.

  12. Was going to ask the same question, Mary! Had hoped you would say something or to see you frantically stamping that many images before it dried HAHA

    Hi Heather . . . clear mount stamps make a huge difference in getting the images stamped pronto! Hugs, M

  13. Mary so pretty. Love the white embossing and the sentiment font is super.

  14. I love this card! Love the stamped flowers and the red, white, black and kraft combo is fantastic!

  15. Love the card. The white on the crumb cake looks great!

  16. The white embossing on Crumb Cake is fab! u! lous! A definite wowzer card (which is the total opposite of a bowzer card 🙂

  17. Ohhhhh……Mary you did it again. Another beautiful card. Just love it!

  18. Beautiful effect with the white on kraft! It is amazing how that the little red butterfly adds so much ahhhh to your card. You’re the queen of kicking up your card a notch with something so simple but adds so much!

  19. So beautiful as always! I am bringing my embossing buddy and my heat tool with me on a weekend crop this weekend! I’ll be sure to get something posted on my blog after this weekend…so much inspiration here I’m sure to have plenty to share! 🙂

  20. Hi Susan: I just checked and the video is working from my page. As an alternative, try this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9rBXHmgwx8

    Hugs, M

  21. Love the white embossing on Kraft! Crisp, C&S card! I also love how you’re geared up for St. Patty’s Day on your blog!!! Very informative tutorial. You’ve been busy….

  22. help….I can’t view the WOW video; I read others are viewing it, but I want to & can’t…..any suggestions? I double click on the x or right click & nothing! Oh, I’m getting depressed, as I can’t have my “Mary WOW video” fix for the day!!

  23. Love the pop of color! The white embossing is the perfect touch!

  24. To Stephanie and Maria: The VersaMark can dry out so you should be ready to add the powder and heat shortly after you stamp. However, there was about a 10 minute delay to set up today’s video from the time I stamped the images in VersaMark to the time I embossed and it worked fine (still plenty sticky to hold the embossing powder). So it’s not like you have to race to get the heat rolling! Hugs, Mary

  25. Great card Mary! I love the colors (Crumb Cake is my favorite).

  26. Good morning Mary: WOW!!!!! This card is just great!!
    I have to give the Versa Mark ink a try. I’m always afraid that it will dry to soon. Thanks for the tip on letting your heat gun get hot.

  27. Connie Haselrick

    Wow! Why wasn’t I born with just a fraction of your talent!!! I cannot begin to tell you how many times you’ve inspired me with your work and today is just another one of those days! Crisp, clean, top shelf style!! Puhleez!! Don’t ever go away! TFS, Mary!

  28. Beautiful beautiful. Thanks for the video. Have a great day. Hugs.

  29. This card is so pretty. I love the elements combined with your color combo.

  30. Paper Art Diva Stephanie Daughtrey

    Yay! Thanks Mary, I love this video. Question? Do you have to hurry fast to put the powder on the Versa mark? Does it dry really fast or will it stay sticky long enough to put the powder on? Thanks again for the video.

  31. Mary, I love this card! So simple and striking. Embossing is so much fun and I love the look you achieved with the white. This pinking hearts border keeps popping up on things…I think it just moved up on my wish list!

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