Tutorial: Unicorn Card

How much do you love the adorable new Magical Mates bundle in the Occasions catalogue? There are so many great projects out there using these products! Here is just one of them.

This charming card uses the co-ordinating Myths and Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but every piece of this paper has one side with sparkly accents (e.g. the unicorn panel above). The other side has a co-ordinating pattern (e.g. the cloud panel). I actually didn’t realize this paper had the sparkly accents until it arrived – I LOVE IT and can’t wait to create more projects with it!

Card base (Dapper Denim): 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″
Mat (Pool Party): 4 x 5 1/4″
DSP panels: 3 3/4 x 1 7/8″ (cut two or three to this size)*
Smaller mat (Pool Party): 2 1/2 x 3 1/2″
Whisper White: 2 3/8 x 3 3/8″

*In the card above, the middle panel is whisper white cardstock which I stamped with two stamps from the Magical Day stamp set in Dapper Denim and Pool Party ink. You could handstamp one panel as I have done, or cut three panels of DSP.

I also used the Glitter Enamel dots and Wink of Stella to embellish this card and add yet more sparkle.

Comment below and show me what you’ve created with this layout! I love to read your comments and see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

Eclipse Technique

The eclipse technique is very hot right now in papercrafting! Don’t believe me? Check out the Google results right here.

I decided to try my hand at it last weekend and was really pleased with the results. Using my Large Letter framelits and the Seaside Shore stamp set, as well as some retired Designer Series Paper, I created this beautiful piece.

The key to eclipse technique is to include a contrasting colour of cardstock behind the one you are punching your shapes from. This will create a shadow effect. If you look closely, you’ll see that while the letters are ‘bumped up’ using a dimensional, the inner pieces – the half-circles of the B and the triangle of the A – are attached with adhesive tape, meaning they are ‘behind’ the letters.

This piece will be perfect for Island-ish, a charming local boutique where staff and customers love all things beach-related! Island-ish stocks Inkyfingers cards and papercraft products, and I bet they will love this addition!

Tutorial: Sampler Card

After a lot of trial and error, I finally figured out a sampler card format that I like! The one pictured uses Christmas paper (because I’m trying to use up my stash), but you could use this layout with any designer series paper that you like.

Card base: 5 1/4 x 8 1/2″
Mat: 3 7/8 x 5 1/8″
Four cardstock rectangles: 1 7/8 x 2 1/2″
Four DSP rectangles: 1 3/4 x 2 3/8″

Embellish as desired.

 

Comment below and share what you’ve made with this layout!

Happy Stamping!

Product Spotlight: Sunshine Wishes

At this time of year, when we’re all very excited about the new Occasions products, I like to remind everyone that there are still some amazing products available in the annual catalogue.

One of my favourites is the Sunshine Wishes thinlits. You can pair these thinlits with the Sunshine Sayings stamp set for a stunning array of sentiments that will make creating multiple cards easy and fun – but as you can see with the card below, you can create a beautiful card using only the thinlits!

I used Fresh Fig and Berry Burst for this card, with a Crumb Cake mat. The whisper white layer is embossed with a retired embossing folder that I just can’t let go of – but the current Falling Petals embossing folder would work really well with this design too. It goes to show you, Valentines cards don’t have to be only red and pink!

Comment below and show me what you’ve created with Sunshine Sayings, or show me a Valentine you’ve made! I love to read your comments and see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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How to Make the Most of Sale-a-Bration …


Are you keen to earn lots of Sale-a-Bration rewards PLUS the extra perk of hostess rewards?

I’m looking for three people* willing to spend $60 a month for January, February, and March. Yes the commitment is high, but the time frame is short (just three months) and the bonus is that EVERYONE will get rewards, not just the hostess.

Here’s a card I made using two free SAB products – Party Pandas and Bubble Over DSP!

Every month, every member will get at least one Sale-a-Bration reward. And that month’s hostess would receive at least 10% Stampin’ Rewards (i.e. free product) in addition to her Sale-a-Bration reward.

If you’re interested, why not chat with your friends and fellow stampers and form a club of three? It will mean great rewards for all of you, and start your new year off with a ton of fun stamping!

Contact me if you’re interested, or have questions!

*Not available to those who are already members of a Stampers’ Ten club.

Occasions 2018 Catalogue – Laura’s Top Picks

The Occasions catalogue launches today! Here are some of the products I’m excited to get my hands on.

The Occasions catalogue launches today! Here are some of the products I’m excited to get my hands on. Will this help you narrow down your wish list, or perhaps add a few more items you hadn’t considered?

Best Item for Beginners – Beautiful Day

These big, gorgeous stamps can create a perfect focal point for your card, and you have so many options for colouring them: watercolour pencils, Stampin’ blends or markers, Brusho crystals, sponge brayer, or simply leave them be. Big stamps like this are a great way to create a gorgeous card (or multiples) in minutes!

Best Stamp Set – Waterfront

The assortment of greetings makes it appropriate for many occasions, and the simple and beautiful image stamps can create a variety of scenes, from a sunny beach to a serene mountainside forest.  This set easily wins my vote for most versatile!

Best Embellishment – Glitter and Clear Epoxy Shapes

These cunning little raindrop and circle shapes will add sparkle and dimension to any card or project!

Best Paper – True Gentleman Designer Series Paper

These rich colours and strong, striking designs will be perfect for all your masculine card-giving needs! Night of Navy and Tranquil Tide make an excellent combination, and I love the variety of designs, for Father’s Day and beyond.

Best Bundle – Magical Day Bundle

This bundle is absolutely irresistible. The charming unicorn, dragon, mermaid, and wizard will appeal not only to children, but anyone with a whimsical wish to believe in magic, and the wonderful sentiments – “You are one of a kind” and “Hope your day is magical” are perfect for a wide range of occasions. With designer series paper, glimmer paper, and washi tape to add to the fun, this bundle is sure to be pure delight to create with!

Best New Tool – Stampin’ Blends

For those who love to colour, you can create an artist-quality blending experience with these amazing new alcohol markers. You can buy just one, a pair, or the entire collection (which includes a colour lifter as well). The opportunities to use these amazing pens are everywhere!

Best Birthday product – Picture Perfect Birthday

With a beautiful collection of sentiments and a stunning array of iconic birthday imagery, this stamp set is sure to get lots of use throughout the year for your birthday giving! Pair it with the Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper and your projects will be flawless!

Did I leave your favourite product off my list? Comment and let me know!

Tutorial: Dutch Door Fold Card

I came across the Dutch Door fold in the spring when I was planning my June class, and decided to pair it with the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and Petal Garden DSP to create a teacher thank-you card. I really love this fun, simple fold, and have created several different cards with it since! Here are some of the cards I’ve created – you can see how easy it is to completely change the look of the design by using a different paper, sentiment, and shape on the front centre of the card. Read below for the tutorial so you can create your own Dutch Door card!

Start with two pieces of the same colour cardstock, one measuring 5.5 x 4.25” and one 8.5 x 2.75”.

Score the 8.5 x 2.75” piece in the centre (4.25”).

Cut two pieces of DSP, 2.5 x 4”. Cut one piece of Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock to the same size.

Attach the scored piece of cardstock to the bottom of the card base, with no border. This creates your “door”.

Attach one piece of DSP to the top of the card base, leaving a border around the top and sides. Attach the second piece of DSP to the front of the scored piece of cardstock.

Attach the White or Vanilla cardstock to the inside of the scored piece, leaving a small border around the bottom and sides.

Embellish as desired. Keep in mind that when attaching the embellished element to the front of your card, you will only use adhesive on the bottom part of the cardstock, so that the “door” will still open.

Lemon Lime Twist cardstock
Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper
Lovely Words Thinlit Dies
Sunshine Sayings Stamps
Night of Navy Inkpad

Happy Stampin’!