I was born in the city of Johannesburg, which on a global scale is a very young city and one which my family has lived in for 3 generations.
It’s a city of contrasts and always has been. While it’s a buzzing metropolis filled with modern buildings and expansive highways, it’s also filled with tree-lined streets and parkways. Johannesburg is in fact the world largest man-made forest.

My Grandparents owned a beautiful home in Illovo, an old suburb in Johannesburg. My mother recalls the road being paved and watching my grandmother take her drivers test on the road outside her house.

The gardens were lush and surrounded by towering trees.  I loved visiting my Grandmothers home as the expansive gardens made for wonderful games of hide and seek or secret Fairy games beneath the Weeping Willow. The garden was perfect for Easter egg hunts and Easter continues to be a favorite holiday as I remember the hunt through the gardens with all my cousins.

My Grandmother loved her garden and her greatest pride lay in her roses.
She had two immense rose gardens which filled the garden with their heady scent on hot summer nights. They were of every colour, single stemmed and double-headed. Truly beautiful. When we stayed over we were allowed to travel through the garden and choose the flowers for the vases placed throughout the house. It was a special time we treasured with my grandmother.

This week I took some time to play with the Manhattan Flower embossing folder (pg 157 for $14,95) and the complimentary stamp set of Fifth Avenue Floral (pg 74 for $45,95)
For the month of November the Embossing folder is part of the Big Shot Bundle includes the Big Shot die cutting machine as well as the Manhattan Flower embossing folder and the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits die for $168.16 – 10% off a fantastic little bundle.

This card was created by inking the inside of the embossing folder and running through coloured cardstock (Baja Breeze) to create the two-tone blue.
The Love label is from a new set released in the summer mini!

The pink embossing was done by inking the embossing folder and passing through Whisper White cardstock. The pink is Blushing Bride from the new In Colours and the sentiment is also from the new Summer mini. The ribbon is satin ribbon in Pretty in Pink. It’s more pink than I usually have in my life but I love the softness created by the embossed ink.

The stampset used for this card is Fifth Avenue floral and fast becoming a favorite! I love the effect gained by overlaying the large rose in different colours. So pretty! The ink colours are Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede.
The cardstock is Crumb cake and Naturals Ivory with the embossed rose cut from Pear Pizzazz. This colour combination is popular on my craft table at the moment.

This final card is created using the embossing folder on Blushing bride and then picking out the highlights of the rose in Stampin’ Pastels!
Its been awhile since I played with pastels and I had forgotten how much fun they are. Will have to dig them out again. The Stampin’ Up! Pastels come in a set of 40 colours for $46.95 (pg 146). They look like a little box of eyeshadow and really last for years.

I hope this inspires you to try something different with embossing folders.
If you don’t have a Die cutting machine and have had one on your list for ages than November is the time to buy one as Stampin’ Up! is offering you a 10% discount on the Big Shot Bundle.
If you do have an embossing/die cut machine then November is time to get your hands on some exclusive Stampin’ Up! designs!

Follow this link to get a clearer shot of the November “To Die For” promotion price list.

Happy crafting

Miss Fox