World Cardmaking Day Specials and Designer Series Paper Sale!

If you’re starting to ramp up your crafting for the holidays, or if you love a bargain, you’re going to have a lot of fun in October! To celebrate World Cardmaking Day (October 7th), Stampin’ Up is offering some fabulous discounts on the products below. For ten days (October 1–10), you get 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and select stamp sets.

Check out the entire World Cardmaking Day Flyer!

And there’s more! Throughout the entire month of October, select packs of Designer Series Paper are Buy Three, Get One Free! Many of the discounted stamp sets above co-ordinate with the DSP below, so it’s a great time to stock up and save!

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You can shop at my online store using Hostess Code D6ZHEJVK. Remember, the stamp sets are only discounted until October 10th, but the DSP sale is on for the entire month of October.

Happy Stamping Saving!

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Getting Carried Away

I set a goal for myself to use up all my retired Designer Series Paper (DSP) over the summer. Well, I didn’t manage to do it by the end of summer (I kept finding more … and more … and more!), but I have made LOADS of cards and am continuing to use up beautiful retired paper. One of my strategies for doing this quickly and easily was to find a card design I like, and then make as many of that design as I can manage with my remaining paper. The latest paper to get that treatment in my craft studio was the lovely and whimsical “Carried Away” paper from the 2017 Sale-a-Bration catalogue.

I made over 50 of these cards in the past week or so. Once I chose the design, I just cut all the paper and cardstock to size, then assembled. I stamped different colours of balloons and used a variety of sentiments, so I got a whole assortment of different looks and occasions for the cards.

Here’s a handy tip: See that white square framing the balloon paper? I stamped the balloon on that cardstock square, then used the thinlit to cut it out. Because I covered the white square with another cardstock layer and then a DSP layer, you can’t see the cutout – and I saved cardstock 🙂

Here are the dimensions for the card, if you’d like to recreate the design with your favourite DSP:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5″
DSP: 4 x 5.25″
White square: 2.5 x 2.5″
Cardstock square: 2 3/8 x 2 3/8″
DSP square: 2.25 x 2.25″
White cardstock for sentiment: 2.5 x .75″

Lift Me Up Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Up and Away Thinlit Set
Stampin’ Trimmer
Designer Series Paper

Happy Stampin’!

Tutorial: Side Step Card

Supplies needed:

Cardstock: 8.5 x 5.5”

Coordinating Designer Series Paper:
2.75 x 4”
2.25 x 2.25”
2.25 x 1.5”

Whisper White cardstock for insert: 4 x 2.75”

Scraps and embellishments for decorating

 

Cut and score your Night of Navy cardbase as follows:

Line up the cardstock in your Stampin’ Trimmer with the long side lined up at 3”. Use the cutting blade to cut from 7.5” to 10”.

 

 

 

 

 

Rotate right 90 degrees. Score only from the cut line to the bottom of the card at 2.5, 3.25, and 5”.

 

Rotate 180 degrees. Score the opposite side of the card from the cut line to the edge at 4.25”.

Add the three pieces of DSP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorate as desired. 

Happy Stampin’!

Colour Co-ordination for the Beginning Stamper

If you’ve ever been to one of my Stampin’ parties, you’ve probably heard me say some variation of the following:

“One of my very favourite things about Stampin’ Up! is that they make colour co-ordination so easy.”

There are two ways Stampin’ Up! makes colour co-ordination the very easiest part of your craft project. First, their colours match across product lines, and they offer nearly every product in nearly every colour. So, if you choose Real Red cardstock as the base for your project, you can use Real Red ink, Real Red embellishments, and Designer Series Paper that contains Real Red, and your project will match flawlessly.

The second way is that you can use any set of Designer Series Paper as a basis for your colour choices – even if you don’t have the paper in question! When you look at DSP in the catalogue (or online), the product description will tell you what colours the paper co-ordinates with:

If you order the paper, these details will also appear on the packaging for the paper:

Now if you’re in your craft room and want to create a card or other project, you may not be sure of what colours will go well together. Look no further than these DSP colour co-ordination lists; you can be assured that any two or more colours from the same list will look well together, as they’ve been paired together to make the beautiful DSP pack that tempts you from the catalogue page.Even if you don’t use the actual DSP in your project, you can still take advantage of the colour list – and your project will look terrific!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What colour combinations are your favourites?

Happy Stampin’!

Send More Cards! (Part One of Two)

Many of us love to make cards, but may not give or send many of them. I find that giving my cards away only increases the joy – the recipient knows how special it is to receive a handmade card, and is so happy to be remembered and honoured in this way. Then, seeing their joy and appreciation makes me even happier! Sending cards is a great way to share your kindness with others. There are two things I do to ensure that I send out lots of joy in the mail each month – I’ll share one with you this month, and one next month.

My birthday list is neither pretty nor crafty, but it is practical. I’ve gathered people’s birthdays from Facebook, family calendars, and – when all else fails – just outright asking if I can add them to my birthday list! Everyone is grouped into their birthday month, and listed in date order.

On the last week of every month, I look at the birthdays for the following month and pull out birthday cards for all those people. (Yes – I always have that many birthday cards on hand. Yes – I recognize that I may have a crafting problem!) I fill them all out, stamp and address them if not delivering by hand, and then organize them by mail/delivery date.

The prepared cards then sit in this wee bin by my front door. I made tabs with my Large Numbers stamps so I can sort the cards and have them ready for their ‘go’ date. Every day when I leave the house, I see the next date on which I need to deliver or mail a card – when that day comes, I just have to pull the card(s) and go.

Sending birthday cards to friends, family, and customers has helped me stay in touch with them, and helped them feel appreciated and cared for. I’m really glad that I am able to share the joy of handmade with them all!

Watch for Part Two of Send More Cards coming soon!