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Wednesday’s Card: Tone-on-Tone Heat Embossing

Tone on Tone Embossing

Tone on Tone Embossing

Hi All!

This week’s card is really easy to make. I used the (retiring!) set called Inspired by Nature. I’ve used this set quite a bit – especially the grass, which is a great subtle background – so, I’m sad it is retiring. But on that note… I have seen the new catalog! I’m already planning my first order. There is a new butterfly punch – it is gorgeous!!

Anyway, for this card… I used the ink, emboss, ink technique to get the light and dark diamonds. I was pleasantly surprised that the Memento ink I used on the flowers actually stayed wet enough to grab some of the embossing powder. It’s a really cool texture because it has the flowers and diamonds raised, but the diamonds are a bit thicker. Anyway, try it yourself to see!

I used the Modern Label punch twice in black (one to layer up and one to layer down) to get the border on the sentiment. Much easier and cleaner than trying to cut around it yourself! Scroll down for the video, or read on for a sweet story.

On a personal note, here is my 11-year-old daughter, Alaina, with Rosie:
Alaina and Rosie

Alaina is very passionate about rescuing dogs. This girl has lemonade stands to raise money for the SPCA, and she donates her own money as well. She’s always asking if we can drive around and “look for lost dogs”. She’s working on a Web site to raise awareness for dog rescue. She is counting down the days till she turns 12, when she will be old enough to volunteer at the SPCA. She wrote a letter to our congressman about banning puppy mills. And, she has prepared a speech to deliver to the entire 5th grade about the plight of abandoned dogs.

Four weeks ago, she was at soccer practice and noticed a dog running loose in a nearby overgrown field. After practice, she spent about an hour, at dusk, trying to corner this dog and capture it. Alaina was getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, but she didn’t care. There was no way she was going home without this dog. Let me tell you – this dog was not happy. It would growl every time you reached a hand toward it. Alaina finally got it on a leash and into a crate (thanks to my husband, who brought the crate and leash from home). I was so proud of her! It took a lot of courage to force this mean dog into the crate. We took it home, and the dog spent the rest of the night balled up in the corner of this crate, growling.

When I came downstairs the next morning, I was surprised to see the dog sitting on Alaina’s lap, tentatively licking her face. As a mom, I was more worried about this dog attacking her face – it had been so hostile the night before! On the contrary, Alaina was beyond excited. When she went to school, the dog immediately retreated to the crate, where it spent the entire day. It would growl at me if I even looked at it.

I will never forget the moment Alaina got home that day. As soon as the dog saw her, it bounded out of the crate and leaped into Alaina’s arms, licking her face frantically and yelping cries of joy – seriously, uncontrollably yelping cries of joy. It was unbelieveable. It made me cry just watching the scene. The picture above was taken that night. From that moment on, this dog would not be more than 2 inches away from Alaina. She sleeps snuggled up against Alaina every night and follows her everywhere.

I put up “lost dog” signs in the surrounding neighborhoods, just in case. But, no one called. I also checked to see if she was microchipped. Nope. So… Rosie is now a permanent member of our family. She is a 1 year old chihuahua. She has since warmed up to the entire family and is the sweetest, most amazing snuggle bunny dog I’ve ever met!! In fact, she’s in my lap right now! And yes, we already have two other rescue dogs, so now we officially have a pack!

Okay, just wanted to share that story to hopefully make you smile today. 🙂

Next week’s card is going to be really fun – I made it but haven’t recorded the video. It’s a double slider card! Stay tuned and have a GREAT week! Oh, and of course, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all you moms out there! Hope you get lots of hugs on Sunday. 🙂






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  1. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Kari Webster

    awww, what a great story about your daughter. How wonderful that she is so passionate about rescue animals. I know you are so proud of her. Good for her!! As far as your card – it is “beautimous” as always. I love that harlequin stamp!!! I am ready for next week’s card, since you’ve given us a hint! On the SU! front – I am so anxious for my new catalog!! Have a great rest of your week, Darlene.

  2. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    June K

    Lovely card. I don’t heat emboss as much as I should (I say “should” because I have lots of pads and powder for embossing). Your story of Alaina and Rosie is so heartwarming. It certainly did make me smile this morning and I am touched by her kindness and caring for dogs. It truly takes lots of love for animals to spend an hour chasing a mean dog to care for it. I’m so glad to hear Rosie decided she loves the entire family although Alaina is her favorite.

  3. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 9:29 am


    Tell your daughter that there are adults out here who really and sincerely respect and admire what she is doing. Already she seems to be an inspriational person. And thank you for the artistic inspiration you always provide.

  4. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 9:30 am


    I just had to comment – my 87 y/o Aunt lost her beloved pet a while back and ended up going to the rescue shelter with her daughters-in-law. Walking past the office, she spotted a wee chihuahua that took to her immediately. Rosie, is a black and white chihuahua that now adores my aunt and anyone that will give her notice. Your sweet story reminded me of this – thought I would share.

  5. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Vicki Mitchell

    I LOVE your new pup, how adorable!!! I have a chihuahua named Leesa, and she is the absolute best, she is my baby girl! Enjoy your new little princess!

  6. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Margaret in WI

    What a sweet story about Alaina and Rosie! Thank you for sharing it with us. I can just feel the pride you (and Mr. Darlene!) have for Alaina as you typed! She is an amazing girl with limitless compassion for others!

  7. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 10:58 am


    As an official animal sucker, I can’t tell you how inspiring it is to know that there’s a younger generation that cares as much as I do about animal rescue. Never had an animal we didn’t rescue. Most of the time, they just has to find their perfect human pack. Sounds like Rosie has. You must be so proud and such a special Mother to have spawned this wonderful girl. Not many would be this determined to help a lost little soul. Kudos and tell Alaina a lot of other people are proud of her too. BTW, this card is simply beautiful. I will definitely use this technique.

  8. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 11:20 am


    Wonderful story! Thanks for sharing.

  9. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Kimberli Sarsfield

    This card is so neat! I loved the video, but even more, loved the touching story about Alaina and her puppy. You have raised one conscientious little gal!

  10. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 12:22 pm


    Thank you for sharing the heartwarming story about Alaina and Rosie. You must be very proud of the dedication she has shown toward these poor animals. We have two rescue dogs at our house and love them both.

    Today’s card is great. You give me so much inspiration!

  11. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Judith J Jung

    You are blessed to have a daughter who is compassionate and caring! I’m sure Rosie knew that right away! We, too, rescued a dog last September; he’d been a “breeder” dog, no socialization, no love! He has blossomed into a real love bug! We don’t know how we managed without him!! Thanks for sharing the story.

  12. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Tonya Denton

    I got all teary eyed reading this story of how Alaina rescued little “Rosie”! I’m so proud of her for being such a loving, caring human being towards our little furry friends! It’s very heart warming and touching to say the least! You must be very proud of her as I am! Tell her thank you for being such an awesome little person who will indeed grow up to be an awesome big person one day! 🙂

  13. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 1:43 pm


    So pretty! Do you have a video that shows how you put color on your white cardstock? Do you “swirl” your applicator…or rub the ink…or what? It goes so fast! 🙂 I’d like a video in slow motion…or a reference to one. Thanks so much!

    • wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Marla – I have a tutorial on how to apply the ink here. Scroll down to the second video.

  14. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Brenda B

    Wonderful video and card. I love the texture on the card.
    Thanks for sharing your story about your daughter. Wow! She sounds like such a compassionate person.

  15. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Hannah Means

    I am so impressed with your daughter. It is heartwarming to know that there are children out there who have a passion to help. You are, I can tell, so proud of her as well you should be! God bless you all. Oh yeah, I loved the video too. Gonna try that technique!

  16. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Holly Saveur

    GREAT card and LOVED the story !
    So good of your daughter!

  17. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Maureen Jones

    Was I supposed to get all choked up over that story? Cuz I did! How sweet. We have two rescue cats and I had a rescued dogs for 15 years. Kudos to Alaina.

  18. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Tamara Killick

    Alaina is so special! What a beautiful story. Bless you all for hanging in there that night after soccer. What a special young lady and what a wonderful family you are. xoxo

  19. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Tamara Killick

    Sniff…sniff. 🙂

  20. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 6:30 pm


    Darlene – lovely card. That stamp is one of my favorites. Thank you! And what a wonderful daughter you have. A dog “whisperer” for certain! Her interest in making people aware of the plight of unwanted and abused dogs is commendable. She should be very proud of her successes.

    Have a lovely Sunday. Enjoy your day.

  21. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Carol B

    You should be so proud, Alaina sounds like a real smart and sweet young lady. Rescue dogs are the best. I must say she sure looks like her Mom! Loved your card, will have to try making one like that.

  22. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 8:24 pm


    Beautiful card & BEAUTIFUL story. Our 14-year old shelter “kitten” has brought such joy to our lives . . . may Rosie bring years of joy to you as well!

  23. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Melissa D

    Well done to your daughter for her care and compassion with the dog. It is lovely in this day and age to hear of children who have found a passion and run with it at such a young age.

    Love the simplicity of the card and the clever use of the punch double to create your matte for your greeting.

  24. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Valerie Martin

    Hi Darlene!
    Hi Alaina!

    I too have ALWAYS been passionate about animals my whole life. One of my 1st jobs was cleaning kennels at a Vet office, then I helped answering phone and helping in exam room and helping doctors do dentals, bloodwork, even surgery! I just loved it.

    I have always had no less than 4 dogs at a time. I was watching Ch4 news about 6months ago and Evan the Meteorologist (I live in Bedford, TX in the Mid-Cities) was on featuring the “Pet of the Week” where the SPCA bring in one (usually puppy/kitten) oh so adorable cutie to feature for adoption. Well 6 months ago, Evan had an older female Chinese Crested (Ugliest thing) on saying that she was rescued from a Puppy Mill along w/ about 60 others. All the other had been successfully adopted out but she was NEEDING a forever home. My heart just broke and I KNEW she NEEDED me.

    We my youngest daughter and I marched down to Downtown Dallas to the SPCA and brought her home! She was so timed and freaked out about everything…She spent a decade locked up in a cage being bred cycle after cycle! How horrible. No love, no sofa to curl up on, no master’s bed to sleep in, no walks to a park or around the block, no car rides! SO SAD!!!

    Well, we named her after a Chinese Root (after all she is a ‘Chinese’ Crested”) Ginger. I ALWAYS call her “Pretty Girl” and she has SLOWLY adjusted to our busy family of 5! She finally jumps up and curls at the foot of my bed now. She willing go out to potty with the others b/c she knows she will get on organic yummy treat!

    I am a SAHM so I am usually at home, but with 3 girls in 3 different school I do run a ton of short errands….BUT…when I come home…OH MY WORD!!!! The screeching of JOYFUL whimpers and whines…just like you described! I know she is happy and I know she know she is safe…She has just been ABUSED for so long I don’t know if she will ever fully trust us. We pray everyday for that!

    Alaina, I am very proud of you for having such a tender and compassionate heart! You remind me of me! You are VERY LUCKY to have a mommy and a daddy who support you and allowed you to keep Rosie! By the way…I have 2 rescue dogs myself, PLUS an Italian Greyhound Plus the most ADORABLE 4lb Chocolate Brown Chihuahua, named Snickers. Let me tell you that she is as sweet as her name! She loves car rides, loves people and is very “kissy-kissy” if you know what I mean? (wink-wink)

    Thanks for sharing your story and I am SO very happy for you guys and for Rosie!


  25. wrote on May 9th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Terri (blindstamper)

    How great is your daughter?! So compassionaate and brave…the small dogs can be quite fierce. I volunteer at our animal shelter twice a week…so heartbreaking to see mistreated, unwanted animals (and to witness the crueltry of some in the human race), yet so very heartwarming to watch the animals flourish and meet the incredible humans that will give them a forever home. The world needs more people like Alaina.

  26. wrote on May 10th, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Peggy K

    So beautiful that your daughter is a rescue person! My heart is happy today. And such a wonderful “life” lesson she’s learned with getting to know Rosie. She now knows with persistence and love, she can turn people’s ugly moods and attitudes into something loving! She’s definitely more of what our world needs!

  27. wrote on May 10th, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Janice Repass

    Hi Darlene….Great card ~ a really unique look for something so simple. Congratulations to your daughter, too! It’s great to be so passionate about something at such a young age. As the mother of three grown women, I would encourage you to keep track of all she does on behalf of lost/abandoned/orphaned dogs. While she’s doing it for all the right reasons, it will also be a great thing for her to put on scholarship applications someday. It’s really impressive when someone so young makes such an organized effort for a worthy cause! Best of all, though, is the happy-ending love story with her and your dog, Rosie!

  28. wrote on May 10th, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Jane White

    Thanks for this story, Darlene! Alaina–one person really can make a difference and you did! Thank you!

  29. wrote on May 10th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Wendy Carr

    I cried through the whole story of Alaina rescuing Rosie. She is an awesome little girl and we are all so proud of her! Thank you also, for checking to see if she had a microchip as a lot of people don’t know about that. Good luck to you all 🙂

  30. wrote on May 10th, 2012 at 4:54 pm


    G’day Darlene (& Alaina!),
    Thank you for the heartwarming story – you have a lovely compassionate growing young lady there Darlene – and one busy household now! Have rescued dogs from time to time in my past but have managed to always find the owners which has been great seeing the reunion…..dogs just wear their hearts all over their bodies don’t they! Gorgeous to see. AND thanks for sharing another great card. Have a Stampin’ Up party to go to this weekend and have my shopping list done already!! You have a wonderful Mothers Day too.

  31. wrote on May 10th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Melissa Shea

    What an amazing little girl you have! So proactive, so confident! Big kudos for rescuing that little puppy! Such a moving story. I hope she goes far with her passion for animals! We rescued a chihuahua from our local humane society 9 years ago and just ADORE her to pieces!

  32. wrote on May 11th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Embossing Queen

    Another gorgeous card Darlene. You must be so proud of Alaina. She is a genuinely kind person and obviously has a gentle nature. Animals know when people are genuine and only share their love and affection with someone they trust and feel comfortable with. I am sure Rosie will enjoy living with your family!

  33. wrote on May 12th, 2012 at 10:16 am


    Beautiful story, so happy to see kids loving and helping animals, Thank your daughter for being so caring with animals <3

  34. wrote on May 12th, 2012 at 7:52 pm


    I’m just getting to your post! Congrats to your beautiful daughter on her rescue! Thankfully she has kindhearted parents to nurture her caring spirit! As an avid volunteer at my Humane Society, we need more people like your family!

    Congrats on your new family member 🙂

  35. wrote on May 16th, 2012 at 6:16 pm


    Love all your cards, Darlene!
    TFS the story of your beautifull daughter and your new edition to your family. I grew up in country Australia, when I was 7yo I used to wait for the school bus to pick me up and while waiting I would raid my lunchbox. I had just gotten some bikkies out when a rustling through tall grasses scared me, out popped a golden Labrador, it was starving, you could see each indiviual rib and it’s bony hips, as it walked towards me it left bloody paw prints on the bitumen and still it could wag its tail…just. I fed it my bickkies, I fed it my lunch and I gave it a drink of my cordial. My bus turned up and off I went waving to the dog who sat in the shade to the side of my driveway. When I got home the dog was still in the same place but the shade had moved, it hadn’t. When it saw me it got up and followed me home, my mum loved her and we called her Cinders short for Cinderella… she was my best friend!

  36. wrote on May 28th, 2012 at 11:12 am


    Hi Darlene, I’m so glad you shared your daughter’s story; she’s a girl after my own heart. As I type this I have my own little formerly homeless Chihuahua sitting on my lap, we found her living in the bushes at our church. My tiny little Tia looks so much like Rosie with the same black, white and tan tri-color. Alaina is a remarkable girl, she’s doing a wonderful job and my hat is off to her!
    I just love your videos, your instruction is so clear and easy to follow. Your designs are incredibly gorgeous too.

  37. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Pam Z

    I love this card! Yes, this is my third comment on your cards today! I am going back thru your gallery! Thank you for the reminder of this card…LOVE it!!

  38. wrote on April 2nd, 2015 at 1:29 pm


    I’ve been checking out some of your older card ideas. I haven’t viewed the card yet, but I have to comment on how touched I was with Alaina and Rosie.

    We have a now 13 year old rescue dog we’ve had since he was 9. That people can discard pets is heart breaking. Thank god for kind soles like Alaina (and her family :)) Now back to your wonderful cards.

    • wrote on April 5th, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you – I will pass your kind words onto Alaina. 🙂

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