You’re Invited – Tutorial #269


The Holidays are approaching fast, once again.  Didn’t we just have Christmas, lol.

I have a card for you today that will help you invite friends and family to one of your holiday feasts.  Don’t forget to invite me, lol.

Let’s get started. . . .  .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Compliments to the Chef, Christmas Classics & Bella Toile Background
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Bravo Burgundy & Always Artichoke
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Old Olive and Sahara Sand
Accessories: Stampin’ Up markers Certainly Celery, Sahara Sand, Real Red & Basic Black, Versamark marker & pad, Clear embossing powder, heat gun, Sponge, piercing tool, silver brads, Circle Scissors, Bravo Burgundy ribbon

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Sometimes I can be stubborn, now if you know me well like friends and family do, you are snorting and exclaiming SOMETIMES!  Anyway, I have had an Embossing Buddy for a long time now and it is still new and in the package, at least, until today.  This morning I got my Embossing Buddy out and actually used it.  I have to omit it is a handy little tool.  What you do is rub the little Embossing Buddy bag over your card stock before you stamp on it when you want to heat emboss an image.  What this does is help keep your card stock from attracting stray embossing powder.  Check it out, like Martha says “it’s a good thing”.


After using my Embossing Buddy on the card stock, I loaded my silverware stamp from the Stampin’ Up set Compliments to the Chef with Versamark and then with Basic Gray ink before stamping it on a 4.75″ square piece of Whisper White card stock.


Heat embossed the image using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Colored the darker parts of the silverware image with a Sahara Sand marker.


Colored over the entire image with a Versamark marker being careful to stay within the embossed lines.


Heat embossed the image again with clear embossing powder and a heat gun.  Now my image is protected and will resist any ink put over it.


Brayered Old Olive ink on the card stock, working from each side.


Stamped the Stampin’ Up background stamp with Old Olive ink.


Took and old cloth and wiped off the Old Olive ink from my embossed image.


Cut a 4.25″ circle out of Whisper White card stock with my Stampin’ Up Circle Scissors.

Cut another circle that is 2.5″ out of a scrap piece of card stock.


Put the small circle in the center of the large circle and sponged Sahara Sand ink around the edge of the small circle to create the look of a plate.  Also sponged some Sahara Sand ink around the outside edge of the large circle.


Glued the plate on the main image panel and then trimmed the excess plate off of the left and bottom sides.


Stamped the You’re Invited stamp from the Stampin’ Up set Compliments to the Chef with Sahara Sand ink. 

Note:  I did use a Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement of the sentiment.


Stamped the Holly leaf from the Stampin’ Up set Christmas Classics with Old Olive ink.

Sponged around the outside edge of the main image panel with Old Olive ink, omitting the area that has the plate on it.


Colored in the berries on the image with a Real Red marker.


Colored in the holly leaves with a Certainly Celery marker.


Added two panels of Bravo Burgundy and an Always Artichoke panel, Bravo Burgundy ribbon and 4 silver brads.  I started my brads with a piercing tool.


Added a shadow on the right side of the plate by outlining it with the brush end of the Sahara sand marker and the fine line end of a Basic Black marker.


Here is the finished card measuring 5 3/8″ square.


Before I close today, I have to pass on something that my Aunt sent to me.


Sorry folks, that just cracked me up. May your day be full of grins and giggles.Until my next post. . . . . .  . . . . Hugs, Michelle

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46 responses to “You’re Invited – Tutorial #269

  1. Shelly Schmidt

    Oh you are so bad- that story is a stitch!!! What a cool card- lovely invite. I love your tutorials!

  2. The card is awesome, as always.

    The joke…..well, my friend….it was funny as heck. Unexpected, because your postings are formal for the most part, but funny nonetheless! It made me smile this morning.

    Keep up the good work.

    Brenda Cook

  3. I’ve been waiting for you to use this set! I just KNEW you’d do something beautiful with it! :-)

  4. WOW that plate looks so real!!!!

  5. Oh my gosh, this is wonderful. Love the joke, got to run upstairs and tell DH before I forget.

    Have a good day!


  6. This card is just incredible! …and the joke put a smile on my face!

  7. OMGosh! This looks so real! I looked at that set…wanted it…figured I’d never use it. Oh my! You might have just changed my mind.

    Got a question…color the darker parts with the sahara sand, then use versamarker on it. In the versamarker pic…it looks like the silverware was colored again with sahara sand? So sahara sand was “doubled” in the darker parts?

  8. Or is the sliverware white?

    That occurred to me after I hit submit. {sigh}

    Beautiful card Michelle!

  9. What a clever idea you did for the plate.

  10. Absolutely beautiful and elegant!

  11. Awesome card Michelle. Love the joke LOL!

  12. This invite is stunning!! :)

  13. Oh Michelle, I am such a dud I really thought you were making a literal about the desoderant (sp) and was going to ask you what kind! hahaha (i’m slow) and thought “atta girl Michelle – I loved ya before but now you are the cat’s meow girl! Then, duh, I got it and you just went up to the top with me!!! You are an absolute panic, aside from being one of the best artists with the brayer shmayer I’ve run into! Brilliant picasso I tell you. I love your work and if I could kidnap you and bring you to Canada to teach for a month, I would!!!! xox

  14. Cracked you up? Bad, bad, bad. Or was it an unintentional pun? :-)

  15. Wonderful card. Thought the plate must be clipart until I read the instructions. That’s really neat! You are such a clever artist. Loved the joke too!

  16. This card is awesome, can’t wait to do it!!!!!!!!! Bravo, I’m applauding!!!!
    You just gotta love an Aunt that would send you this joke!

  17. Baahahaha, that is the funniest thing I have read in a long while!!!!! Got me chuckling. Thanks for the laugh. Your card is just awsome. I was wondering how you did that plate when I first opened this. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy your tutorials and how much I have learned. Thanks so much. Hugs–Gloria

  18. Michele, what a fabulous card. What a mind’s eye you have. I really admire such creativity. I must thank you again for the tutorials, and all that you share. Take care.

  19. Bessey/Southport

    Love the card. Will have to try this for sure. Wish you were closer to Me. I’d invite you and Russ for a meal. Or course, you and I would stamp. lol

  20. This card is beautiful!

  21. Oh MY GOSH! You are so so clever!

  22. COOL invitation. Now I NEED this set! Again , you are such an denabler L.O.L.
    My siblings and I take turns hosting the holiday meals. I have Thanksgiving. My mind sees this done in earth tones and an autumn leaf instead of holly. That may be as far as I get … oh well. And Thank your funny Aunt for today’s LAUGH. Too Funny. 😉

  23. The card is beautiful. I didn’t expect the joke at the end. I had a good laugh.
    I will share this joke with other. Too funny!

  24. How adorable is that!! You have the most interesting ‘scene’ ideas pop into your head. I’m so glad that you share with us. :) And the flatware stamps are awesome.

  25. Michelle,
    What a beautiful card … all I can say is WOW- – – almost makes me want to put on a holiday dinner party just to make the card… but then, that means I would have to cook… What a dilemma… I’ll have to give that some thought…
    Loved it,
    Sandy C

  26. this card is amazing!!! makes me want to throw a dinner party just so i can make a bunch! you’re so talented… and hillarious! love the joke :O)

  27. What a wonderful invitation! I wondered what could be done with that stamp set and there you go ‘hitting one out of the ballpark”! Love your creativity.

  28. Hollie Dennis

    Ahhhhh. It is amazing!!!! I love it. My mom, my sister, and I love your blog. We talk about every week. I look forward to your emails every week. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

    Hollie D.

  29. Becki Flanagan

    Hey there friend – when I saw this card on SCS I didn’t see that it was you, just that it was an AWESOME creation… then I wasn’t a bit surprised to see the creator!! I love it.

    James and I both loved your joke too!!

    HUGS to you!

  30. Hi Michelle! Love the card – but the joke kinda stinks….hahahahah… so funny, huh? NOT!!!

    I love the cool way to make a plate and I can see these designed as an invitation also!

  31. Fantastic artwork! Your joke was a hoot!!

  32. Hmmm….I didn’t think I needed that set…….Oh, well. I just I hope I can make it look something like you did. Thanks! BTW, I live in a house full of guys, so if only they could do that with the deodorant, my world would be a much more pleasant place to live! TTFN!

  33. Tee Hee, your Aunt is a naughty girl!!! But I love a gal with a sense of humor!!!! Michelle you are such an enabler. Now I must have this stamp set too! Aggghhhh! Great job, beautiful invitation.

  34. Evelyn----Ks.stamper

    You just amaze me with you creativity, wow is this a gorgeous card I love it. I would never in a million years wanted this stamp set, then guess who comes along and changes my mind. You are not kind to my pocket book…….HA What a cute joke almost fell off my chair laughing, way to funny……….

  35. simply amazing!

  36. What a way to start the day…I laughed out loud!!! I’ll give my sister another half hour to sleep then I will call her with that joke and make her day too. The invitation is awesome, just like you~

  37. Well I laughed right out loud at that joke too!!!! 😀 Your Aunt sounds like lots of fun. Your card is gorgeous and the tutorial is excellent. Thanks for all your hard work in sharing your creativity.

  38. Not sure which I like better – the joke or the card! :) I’ll tell ya, tho’, my hubby’s gonna love that joke. And that plate? That is SOOOO clever! That’s why you’re the blogger and I’m the reader ‘cuz I would NEVER have thought that one up.

  39. LOL!! Beautiful card Michelle! Very creative.

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  40. Wow!!!!!!!! This is so amazing! looks beautiful!

  41. Elaine Mauldin

    This is so creative – love it!

  42. Beautiful card, and Oh that joke! I’m sitting here all by myself, laughing like a fool.

  43. Gorgeous card Michelle!! But I have to say, after the lousy week I had, I appreciated that joke more!!! I needed a good laugh – thanks!!

  44. Hello. From Danmark.
    I took a look of all your cards. and I think they are beatuful all of them.
    I make cards but not like yours, now I just startet to make cards of tebags
    and its funn.
    I hope you can read my English, and you will visit my homepage.
    Love Jeanette

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  46. Hello! I just wanted to thank you for this wonderful, inspiring card, and for the great tutorial. I loved your card as soon as I saw it and knew that I would eventually try it. Here’s my effort:

    I wanted a thank you card for a hostess who had us to dinner this weekend and this is the perfect card for that. So thank you again for the inspiration and the great instructions.

    Happy stamping!