Carolyn’s 5 Favourite new things

Only 2 days to go before the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue goes LIVE!!  *happy dance* *happy dance* * HAPPY DAAAAANNNNCCCE*

One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is that you get to order out of new Catalogues a month before everyone else. So I’ve been ordering up a storm and I have fun new projects to show you. I thought I’d let you in on my top 5 Favourite new things.

Number 1 of Carolyn’s Favourite new things is the Woodlands Embossing Folder. It’s a different style to the normal embossing folder I go for (vintage or patterned) but I LOVE it. It’s a little magical… perhaps I spent to many hours reading Enid Blyton books when I was little.

Home for Christmas & Woodlands Embossing Folder Carolyn Bennie Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


In making this card I actually influenced by 2 cards I’ve seen in the world of Pinterest last week. Firstly one by the uber creative  Kimberly VanDiepen and another from the site Scrapperia.  Once I see these cards I try not to look at them again when I go to make my own. I like the idea of being creatively influenced but I don’t want an exact copy.

It’s alway interesting to go back after and look at the cards I was influenced by … to see where my creative journey took me.

Home for Christmas & Woodlands Embossing Folder Carolyn Bennie Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Number 2 of Carolyn’s favourite new things is the Designer Series Paper (patterned paper) called Home for Christmas. How cute is that little deer??? I’ve simply fussy cut it out with my paper snips. This is a really lovely  paper and has lots of vintage style images that take me back to Christmas of my childhood in the 70’s.

Home for Christmas & Woodlands Embossing Folder Carolyn Bennie Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Number 3 of Carolyn’s favourite things is the Metallic Thread from the new Annual Catalogue. I’m still calling this new as the Annual Catalogue has only been out for a few months. If you don’t have the Metallic Thread in either gold or silver you are missing OUT!!

Here I’ve stitched it into the vellum. This has two purposes.. it’s look lovely and it also is a way of me adhering the vellum to the card stock without out nasty looking adhesive showing through the vellum. Creative challenges sometimes lead to the most perfect outcomes.

Home for Christmas & Woodlands Embossing Folder Carolyn Bennie Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Number 4 of Carolyn’s Favourite new thing is the Gold and White Glitter Ribbon. Be-still my heart, it’s better then I imagined it would be. It’s soft and the ‘glitter’ is woven into the ribbon rather then stuck on.. so it doesn’t rub off. It also comes in a pack of both the gold and white.. 4.6m of each.

Number 5 of Carolyn’s Favourite new things is the Into the Woods Elements. 30 pieces (10 of 3 designs) of  little wood elements all etched with images.  *Squeal* Are you feeling it???

Home for Christmas & Woodlands Embossing Folder Carolyn Bennie Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Have you been wondering how I did the background? So this is fun. Open up your embossing folder and directly wipe the ink of a stamp pad (I’ve used my favourite colour Crumb Cake) to the inside of the folder.

**Updated – as lots of people have been asking** 

  • You need to swipe the inside side of the folder that DOESN’T have Sizzix written on it.
  • This is the side that the trees are raised on. 
  • The swiping effect of the ink pad direct to embossing folder lets the ink fall into the deeper grooves and settle but also swipes off the ink on the raised trees at the same time. 
  • Do not tap or squelch your ink pad on to the embossing folder. You must swipe from top to bottom in one movement. with your ink pad. 

**Updated** 27th November – I’ve added a new Youtube tutorial.. enjoy. 🙂

Then put in your sheet of Card Stock – Very Vanilla in this case into the embossing folder and roll through the Big Shot. The ink washes easily off of the embossing folder as all our inks are mostly water based. Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

**Updated** So the trees here are recessed and background is raised and can be easily stamped on. I hope that helps. 🙂 

I’ve then lightly stamped with the retired stamp set Dictionary in Early Espresso.  Isn’t the effect magical?

Call to Action. Are you digging what I’m putting down? Then tell me in the comments section at the top of this post:

1. Do you use Pinterest to get creatively inspired? 

2. What’s your favourite new product out of the Holiday Catalogue?

Don’t have a copy of the new Holiday Catalogue? You NEED to have one.. trust me. 😉

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To make things fair on me (and Fudge!), to be eligible for your free catalogue you simply have to meet the following criteria: be an Australian resident, not currently a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator yourself and choose me as your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator for future purchases.

Happy Stamping my friend, 

x Carolyn 

76 thoughts on “Carolyn’s 5 Favourite new things

  1. Wow!! that was Awesome. Thank you so much for showing us how you did the stamping. I really am just starting all this. Thanks Again Carolyn 🙂 🙂

  2. Thank you Carolyn for the video showing how to do this technique.. I love how it has turned out and will definitely give it a try.. I also your dog.. so cute.. 🙂
    thanks for sharing kind regards Hanny – Western Australia

  3. Love this technique. Have a similar folder (don’t have any SU reps/products easily available in my part of UK) and will try this technique ASAP. I do wish SU was available to buy online like all other companies.
    LOVE Pinterest and get lost there for hours if I’m not careful
    Thanks for sharing your technique -mush appreciated.

  4. I absolutely love this technique! Thank you for sharing this and I look forward to trying it myself.

    Love your blog!!!!

  5. You are so right – I couldn’t quite figure out how you could stamp on top of this embossed paper, but your video clarified it all! Thank you so much for sharing this technique in your beautiful Australian accent!

  6. Thank you so much! You answered so many questions I’ve had about how to get the color and words and do it right. I love trees so much and thought it was just those of us with snow for Christmas that loved them too. This will be one of my cards this year for sure. Can’t wait to make it! Greetings from the Northern Great Lakes – USA!

  7. Hello Caroline. I am so pleassed I vam4e accross your tutorial on Piinterest! Such a beautiful card and a great tecnique to usee aggain and again. very well done! Thanks fo much for sharing!

  8. Thank you for your most informative tutorial on how to get a great effect using this tief. Can’t wait to try it.

  9. Excellant! Thank you, so much. I was doing it ALL wrong! Can’t wait to do my Christmas cards now. Wonderful video!

  10. well, so fun because it looks as if the trees are raised and so 3D. what a great technique and thanks for sharing.

  11. My friend and I had a stamping day yesterday. We were comparing Pinterest favorites we had saved before starting. We saw something similar, not half as beautiful. We both couldn’t figure it out (30 yrs stamping between us!). Now, today, I was able to see your card and watch your video. Thank you so much for sharing the technique and the inspiration. Trust that your efforts are for a reason. You are reaching people all over the world and it is having the direct results you were hoping for! Thank you. – Judy

  12. Just found your site through Pinterest today. I have a woodland folder and will definitely be trying this tq. I’m going to try it with Distress Inks and see what happens. I’m enjoying many posts on your blog. Thanks.

  13. hello from france!
    really love your card found on pinterest.
    i try to do the same, but something doesn’t work….i tried to ink the both sides of the folder to be sure of the results, but no way….if i stamp the cards, the trees are stamped and not the background…..

    1. Hello,

      I’ve updated my post today with a bit more information. I’ve also a video tutorial on it’s way. Thanks so much for your comment. xxx C

  14. THANK YOU for explaining how you did that!!! I looove the embossing folder and I have used it many times already but I cannot figure this technique out- and you added another stamp too, lol! So THANK YOU!!! 🙂

  15. Love your card! (I was very drawn in by it, specially since I am from northern Minnesota, where birch trees are abundant!) I’ve tried several times to get this to work for me, but am obviously not understanding something. I inked the recessed trees side of the folder and ran it through. Lovely. But, can’t figure out how to get the text on the background (which is now the recessed, colored part!). Help?

  16. Such a gorgeous card! The background is inspired! Thank you so much for sharing- this technique is going to be “cased” at my next workshop! Xo

  17. Thank you for sharing how to do that background, I was trying to figure it out until I found it in the comments. This card is lovely and you are so creative. I am not ;( Sadly I have to case most cards and only accidently add my own touches when I don’t have the stamp, ink or embellishment!

    1. Creative accidents are the best kind. Sometimes what seems obvious to me in the posts aren’t to everyone else. It’s a learning process. Thanks of your comment. xx C

  18. So sweet is this card and very nice that you shared it. Question if not dumb—not stamping very long and wondered how after embossing in folder and not versa mark and eb powder and heat set, how when you put the word stamp on it did the words not come on your embossed tree and only on background—still learning here—thanks so much and keep up the great card making and sharing.–Donna

    1. Hi Donna,
      We’re not heat embossing this one. We’re ‘dry’ embossing using the Woodlands Textured Embossing Folder and running it through the Big Shot. The trees are recessed into the card stock.
      I might have to do a further photo tutorial I think when I can.
      x C

      1. Please do more photos! 🙂 it’s such a beautiful card but I am definitely confusing one of the steps. I understand the first step because the crumb cake ink transfers perfectly to the background (such a neat technique by the way – thanks for sharing that!) but my trees are embossed (they don’t have ink, just like your picture, but they are embossed not recessed). Could you please include a couple of pictures on how you are getting the recessed trees with the crumb cake background? Thanks so much!

        1. Hi Stephanie,

          Thanks for your comment. I’ve updated my post today with a little more information that I hope will clarify can confusion. Thanks so much for commenting. I also have a video tutorial coming. X C

  19. Love love love your card. Did you stamp the Dictionary stamp on the embossing folder? I was trying to figure out how you god it as a background, but not on the trees. That little deer is adorable!

    1. It’s actually the trees that are recessed.
      I inked up one side of the embossing folder (the side that colours everything BUT the trees), run it through the Big Shot and stamp over the whole piece of card stock with the Dictionary stamp. I hope that helps??

  20. Love the creative background. That is a delightful embossing folder. Also love the new stamp set Cheer All Year. So many options for the fall and the feather will go throughout the year. Thanks for your inspiration

  21. this is a lovely card and a great use of your embossing folders. I do a lot of mixed media so I’m going to have a go at the same technique only with paint. Thank you for sharing xx

  22. I love this card! I do use Pinterest to get creatively inspired. I predict this wonderful new embossing fold will be the source of much inspiration to come!

  23. I love your card. It is magical. The beautiful EF is on my next order and I can’t wait to use your card as my inspiration. Oh, my kids loved Enid Blyten. 😀

  24. i’m wondering ,like Deb, how did you stamp? Embossed side or the debossed side. Love the feel of this card and would try to make one similar. I have a stencil with just birch trees.. But very interested in your card. It’s sharp.

    1. Oh wow. I love that phrase – “It’s sharp”… I’m adopting that!

      Patricia – this is what I told Deb :
      It’s actually the trees that are recessed.
      I ink up one side of the embossing folder (the side that colours everything BUT the trees), run it through the Big Shot and stamp over the whole piece with the Dictionary stamp. I hope that helps??
      I hope you get to try out this technique.. it’s really simple and easy once you’ve tried it. Of course then you’ll know I’m not that cleaver – lol. Happy stamping Hon. x

      1. Hello!

        Fabulous card but I am still not understanding your process – I inked up the side of the embossing folder that has the Sizzix symbol, folded up the embossing folder, ran it through the Bigshot which results in the trees not having ink but they are not recessed, they are sticking up and the background is the same as yours with the crumb cake ink. At that point, if I try and stamp the dictionary stamp, it will only stamp on the trees because they are embossed! Help! Haha. It’s such a beautiful card but I am getting incredibly lost at this step.
        I have read and re-read your responses when people ask this question but it is just not making sense 🙁 Can you give any further insight?

          1. Hi Debbie,

            Thanks for your comment. I’ve updated my post today with a little more information that I hope will clarify can confusion. Thanks so much for commenting. I also have a video tutorial coming. X C

  25. Love, love this card! But am not grasping how you got dictionary lettering on the RECESSED background between trees. Did you stamp the dictionary stamp inside the embossing folder and re-run it through the Big Shot? Or are the trees actually the recessed image? Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful work!

    1. Hi Deb,
      Thanks for your question. It’s actually the trees that are recessed.
      So I ink up one side of the embossing folder (the side that colours everything BUT the trees), run it through the Big Shot and stamp over the whole piece with the Dictionary stamp. I hope that helps??
      Give it a go – it’s really easy. 😉 Thanks for your lovely comment. xxx C

  26. Love your card! Like you, I’m inspired by the crafty folks who post on Pintrest.i plan on fussy cutting several of the cute little deer to use. I may add them to a card with the sweet Santa paper. Thanks for your inspiration!

    1. Oh wow. It’s so wonderful to meet a fellow lover of Enid Blyton. Such beautiful stories… made childhood just that little bit more magical. Thanks so much for your sweet comment. xx

      1. I was procrastinating about going to bed and decided to take a random look at Pinterest where I saw your “inking the Woodland embossing folder” photo…that took me here to your post and the LOVELY completed card…and then I was skimming thru and saw your reference to Enid Blyton and Joan’s comment…what could be a more perfect way to end my slumpy, uninspired and non-productive day than to be inspired to play with my Woodland folder tomorrow AND connect with not one but TWO fellow Enid Blyton fans! I was born and raised in California, and discovered the Blyton “Adventure” series at the library when I was in I think the fifth grade. In approximately 2007, I was assisting in a fourth grade class and read the first in the series (“Island of Adventure” aka “Mysterious Island”) to them hoping to create some fans in this generation. Oh, I could go on and on about why Blyton is still one of my favorite authors even though I’m now in my 60s!

        1. Hi Suzanne! I’m so glad you took the time to tell me about your Enid Blyton adventures. My big sister bought all the series available to me at that time (from her after school job money) and read them on the weekends. It was a huge part of my childhood and has so many wonderful memories attached to them. xxx

  27. this is definitely one of my favorite
    cards using items from the catalog. Magical sums it up for me. I really wish I had the dictionary background stamp. I must try something similar!

    1. So sweet of you to leave such a lovely comment Elizabeth. Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment and stopping by. xx

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