AAA Birthday – Game #27 – Use an Embossing folder

The much forgotten about embossing folder is our theme this month and we’d love to see what you come up with. Welcome to Debbie Mageed who was the winner of our #23 Patterned Paper Challenge and guest designs for us this month.


  • Park Lane Paw Prints embossing folder
  • Poppy Stamps Kitty Paw Prints die
  • Technique Tuesday Kyle the Cool Cat stamp set
  • Lawn Fawn Speech Bubbles die
  • My Favourite Things Denim background stamp



I used the direct inking of the embossing folder technique to make the background and after trying out many types of inks I decided that I liked the pigment inks best. I pulled out my Delicata Rose Gold metallic Ink pad and inked the folder then ran it through my Big Shot. The ink transfers to the cardstock. Depending which side of the folder you ink determines whether you get the embossed or debossed look. I ended up inking twice to get good coverage.

Paw prints

I ink blended cardstock with Distress Oxide faded jeans and then stamped over this with Hero Arts Unicorn white ink and the Denim background stamp. It gives a very subtle texture. Then I die cut the paw prints out of the blue cardstock.


The sentiment was my inspiration for this card. I love the pun. I stamped it onto a slightly shimmery vellum and heat set white embossing powder over that. I was going to just add the sentiment as a strip but decided to use a speech bubble die to give a bit of extra interest.


I cut down the paw print because the size of the embossing folder is smaller than my usual card base. I mulled over a few ideas for the edges of the card base but decided to stamp this with the same background stamp as the die cut paw prints and a matching ink to the Rose Gold – I ended up using Distress Oxide Tattered Rose.

The embossed background was popped up with craft foam and I used different thicknesses of foam tape to adhere the paws and the sentiment to give dimension to the card.

Note: To tie in the elements on your card try repeating some things – same stamp, same colours.

I love how this card turned out and I hope you’ve been inspired to join us in this months challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip

AAA Birthday – Game #25 – Anything Birthday Goes

How can it be 2 years since the AAA Birthday challenge blog was first launched? I’m so grateful to have been given the chance to be on this design team with the wonderful Jane at our helm. We wouldn’t still be here two years on without the support of all of you…the amazing creative community who enter the challenges.

This months challenge is simply HAPPY BIRTHDAY and we would love to give you all the opportunity to win some crafty goodness. We have 9 amazing companies who have graciously sponsored this special month. See further down for all the details of how to win.

We also welcome Kuni as our guest designer for this special month.

For my DT card I’ve used My Favourite Things stamps and dies.

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A Pug with flowers

This is such a cute stamp set and I love the bright colours against the white of the card base. There is a new online craft supply shop that has opened recently – Loose Lemon Crafts – and they have such fabulous products to use in your crafting and embellishments I haven’t seen locally before. They are New Zealand based and only posting within NZ at this stage. I used their Neon Flowers Clay Sprinkles in this card.

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