Swap Cards Occasions 2019

On the weekend I had the most amazing day attending a meeting with the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group. We listened to some business presentations, did a HUGE number of Make and Take projects, enjoyed a delicious potluck lunch, and even received some door prizes (I won a stamp set!). And of course no demonstrator get-together is complete without swaps! I participated in only one of the three swaps available, and came home with 16 beautiful and unique cards. I had to share them with you right away! Most of the products used are from the Occasions catalogue, though you will also see some annual and Sale-a-Bration products. I’ve labeled the photos with the main products used and the names of the makers – except for two of the cards, which were not labeled when I received them, so I don’t know who made them!

The demonstrators I met at this event were warm, welcoming, and supportive and I can’t wait to see them again at our next get-together. If you’d like to join in at events like this, join my team and we can go to the next meeting together! Being a demonstrator is awesome – you get to work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out. If you’re interested or have questions, let me know!

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Hope you enjoy the slideshow! If these fabulous cards inspire you to order any of the products shown, you can shop 24/7 at my online store. Don’t forget to use the current hostess code (over on the right-hand side of my website) to get a free gift from me as well! Happy Stampin’!

 

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Tutorial: Four-Way Fold Card

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(If you prefer video tutorials, click here! If you prefer written tutorials, read on!)

Cardstock, 2 pieces of the same colour:
1 piece 4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, score score along long side @ 4-1/4″
1 piece 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, score @ 2-1/8″, 4-1/4″, & 6-3/8″

(Since I can’t see the 6-3/8” mark on my trimmer, I find it easier to rotate the cardstock and score it at 2-1/8” from the other side.)

DSP:
2 pieces 2″ x 5.25″
2 pieces 2″ x 2-7/8″
4 pieces 1-1/8″ x 2″
1 piece 4 x 5.25”

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Score your larger piece of cardstock at 2-1/8″, 4-1/4″, & 6-3/8″. Then, as below, make two cuts between the outer score lines at 1-1/4″ from each long edge.

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Crease all your folds. Your card base now looks like this:

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And from above:

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Attach the other piece of cardstock by applying one piece of tear and tape on the scored section. The tear and tape is slightly wider than the scored piece, so after you remove the backing from the tape, run your fingertip along the tape to pull down the bit of tape that overhangs the cardstock and stick it to the tape on the cardstock.

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When you stand your card up, it will look like this:

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Now add your Designer Series Paper!
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Here’s what the card looks like now:

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Finally, embellish as desired.

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Have you made any projects with this fold? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Recent Creations: January 2019

I’ve been really busy in the craft studio lately, creating lots of different projects to showcase the beautiful new products in the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogues. I’ll share some of those creations – along with what I hope is a useful insight – with you today!

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I created this card for a sketch challenge I found on another demonstrator’s page. I admit, the end result is not as awesome as I was hoping – but experimenting and trying different things is part of living a rich creative life, and I can learn from creations I don’t like as much as I learn from creations I’m proud of. In any case, this card prompted me to notice how little of the Broadway Bound paper I had left, and I decided to go ahead and use it all up….

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… which led me to the creation of this card! I like the way the gold glimmer paper coordinates with the gold foil numbers on the DSP, and the two-step stamping from the Broadway Birthday stamp set matches the stylistic dots on the numbers as well!

butterflies squares

Butterfly Gala is one of my favourites, and I loved creating this card as my swap for this month’s team meeting. I’m really pleased with how it came together! Although cutting out all those squares took some time, the result is well worth it. I hope my teammates enjoy the cards!

hoppy

Inspired by Stampin’ Up!’s recent #simplestampin campaign, I wanted to create a card that showcased simple tools and techniques, featuring the “Hoppy for You” stamp set. You can earn this adorable stamp set free when you spend $60 during Sale-a-Bration! This card, along with the next two, are for next month’s workshops.

roost

Home to Roost” is the style of stamp set that is totally out of my comfort zone, but once in a while it’s good to try new things, right? I love the sentiment stamps (including the font!) and the grass, and that rooster looks good no matter what colours are used. This stamp set can also be earned free with a $60 purchase!

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I can’t believe how long it took me to play with Pop of Petals from the annual catalogue – especially considering it was one of the very first things I ordered! I’m glad I finally got around to it, and I think the Gingham Gala DSP makes a perfect match for it. The sentiment stamp is from “Part of My Story“, a free Sale-a-Bration item.

And here’s the useful (I hope) insight. We’re often reminded that social media is a “highlight reel”, while we may be living a life that feels more like a collection of bloopers. Crafting is no different. When I post my creations online, or demonstrate them at a class, readers and attendees see the end results – the card I’m proud of – and may not be aware that I had to work through several versions I tried and hated, before figuring out how to make something I love. So, the beautiful Pop of Petals card above? Here’s what the first version looked like (I’m cringing, but sharing anyway!)

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So next time you sit down to create something, and then find out that you’re unhappy with the results – YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Don’t give up – you’re at the first stage of the creative process, and you might have to try a few more times before your disappointment turns into satisfaction and then pride.

Lesson over – moving on! 😉

octopus

After using up the last of my Broadway Bound DSP, it was time to dive in (heh) to Tranquil Textures DSP! I made a big batch of these charming octopus cards last summer and they were very popular, so I decided to stick with the same design to use up the last pieces of this wonderful paper. I really love the rich colours and the textures in the paper – it has a hand-painted look to it, and is perfect for masculine cards.

twin girls

And finally, this is one of my very favourite cards that I’ve created lately, using a mix of old and new products. The paper, stamps, and thinlits are retired, but the ribbon is new (another free Sale-a-Bration item), as well as the “Congratulations” stamp which is from Hand-Delivered. I’ve had the Twinkle Twinkle bundle on my list for a while, but hadn’t gotten around to buying it … meanwhile, a customer contacted me for a custom job, needing a card for the birth of twin girls. She and I were both very pleased with the result!

Leave me a comment and show me one of your recent creations! I’d love to see what you’re up to! If you’re inspired by any of the above, remember you can shop 24/7 at my online store – and if you’re local to Nanaimo, you can sign up for a workshop on my events page.

Happy Stampin’!

 

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Tutorial: Easel Card

The Easel Card fold is one I think of as a “simple” fun fold card. Unlike the waterfall card or the infinity card, this is a fun fold that even a beginner can master. That’s why I decided to feature it in last October’s card class, where the theme was “Simple Fun Folds”.

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Supplies Used (clockwise from bottom left):

– Beautiful You stamp set
– Pearls
– Inkpads (Berry Burst, Blackberry Bliss, and Basic Black)
– Blender Pen
– Tufted embossing folder

Cardstock sizes:
Blackberry Bliss cardstock: 4.25 x 11″
Berry Burst cardstock: 4 x 5.25″
Whisper White cardstock (3 pieces): 4 x 2.25″, 2.25 x 3.25″, 5 x 2″
Blackberry Bliss cardstock to frame white pieces: 5 1/8 x 2 1/8″, 2 3/8 x 3 3/8″

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Stamp your tallest white piece with the swirly dress pattern to create a background.

Stamp the classy lady in black ink on the smallest white piece. Stamp her dress in Blackberry Bliss ink. Colour her hat with the blender pen.

Attach these two white pieces to the appropriate frames and set aside.

Emboss the Berry Burst layer with the Tufted embossing folder.

Fold along the score lines of your card base so that it looks like the shape below:

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Using adhesive only on the bottom, attach the Berry Burst layer to your cardbase, leaving a small border showing around the edges.

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Here’s a side view:

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Attach your two framed and stamped pieces to the Berry Burst layer.

The final white piece goes at the bottom of the cardbase, with a small border around the edges. You can stamp a sentiment here if you wish. Add a pearl at the top centre of the white piece; this will hold up the easel portion of the card.

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If you want more space to write on in your card, you can add a full-size white card insert (4 x 5.25”) to the back of the card.

Have you made any projects with the easel fold? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

 

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