Simple Saturday. Simple Embellishing.


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I realize that with 450 sequins in the Stampin’ Up! Frosted Sequins assortment (a jazzy variety of white snowflakes and two sizes of silver sequins) it’s tempting to want to use as many as possible.  However, I’m a big fan of strategically placing (edit, edit) just a few embellishments for a little blast of bling vs. the “Las Vegas” showgirl effect!


  • On today’s Simply Saturday card, I added just three of the smallest silver sequins from the Frosted Sequins assortment.

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  • They fit perfectly within the centers of the “flowers” in this design from Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper.
  • Toss a dozen or so sequins inside the card for a little confetti surprise for the recipient.

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  • Don’t forget the tip I shared on Thursday’s post to emboss a piece of coordinating cardstock as a pretty way to cover and “protect” your embellishment “bumps” in the mail!
  • “Joy” is from Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies.  I layered one layer of Silver Foil on 4 layers of Real Red Cardstock.  My 1 Minute to WOW! Video for “how to” do this using adhesive sheets is below (previously shared).  If you are getting this post by email, click on the image below and it will take you to the active video.

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  1. What a great way to protect your embellishments, Mary! I have to admit that I never protect mine. Sometimes I just put a piece of tape on the outside of the envelope back where bump is located, but this makes so much more sense, and how pretty at the same time! Thank you for sharing~

  2. Stampin’ Up! stamps are made in the U.S. When they go on backorder, they are quickly replenished. Some items are too expensive to manufacturer in the U.S. and remain competitive and they are shipped from outside the U.S. (specifically tools, like dies). The items I shared that were affected by the dock strike are actually scheduled to start shipping next week. It’s slow (fewer workers at the dock until the issues are resolved) but there is movement.

  3. Thanks so much! Your comments and feedback mean so much. They keep me inspired!

  4. Good morning Mary! This card is beautiful! I would also like to CASE this creation. I love your idea for protecting embellishments. It’s so fun to read your blog each day. Happy Creating!

  5. I read on you blog yesterday that SU was having trouble getting supplies & some stamp sets are on backorder. Are not SU products made in the USA??

  6. Barbara Roberts

    Really pretty card! My sister and I have been using a similar technique for several years to protect our embellishments from ‘mail slaughter’! However since we are classic hoarders of all things SU, we use what we call ‘wally white’ (notice we even came up with an SU style name!)… plain white card stock from Walmart …. running it thru the crimper makes a nice cushion!

    Your tips and videos always so helpful….

  7. Kelly, it’s an honor when someone CASE’s my case. Please do!

  8. You have me thinking, Maria and Kelly. Brian might be the perfect candidate for the surprise factor (since he hates to be surprised and doesn’t like glitter–which I could add just to tease him). He’s a good sport.

  9. LOL!! Kelly, confetti mixed with GLITTER!!! Now this would make Brian’s day for sure. 😉

  10. I love the elegant simplicity of this card Mary, the gorgeous layered “JOY” sentiment really shines against the pretty DSP background. I watched the video again, what a fabulous way to give a lot of dimension to this awesome die cut sentiments.
    Thank you for sharing.

  11. Ooh Mary I love this! I need a simple card for an event next Saturday. This layout is simple to use but looks detailed enough to impress the recipient. I hope you don’tind me CASEing this layout. Oh and you might consider spending this to our mutual friend from Atlanta. He would love a confetti bomb in the mail! LOL

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