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Hello Stampers!
For my regular readers, you may recall that a few weeks ago, I asked you to vote for my card in Kylie’s International Highlights competition. Well, I’m absolutely tickled to say that I placed in the top ten! Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me. If you missed it, here is the link to the card I used for the entry.

As a Top Ten winner, we are invited to participate in a separate blog hop and that is what I am sharing with you today. I am honored to participate in this blog hop with so many creative and dedicated Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, and grateful to Kylie Bertucci for hosting this monthly event!

If you’ve come to this post by way of the blog hop, Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to visit my site. There is a link at the bottom of this post to view all of the other winners – I just know you’ll want to see what they’ve been creating too.

The card I’m sharing today uses the beautiful Come Sail Away suite, and one of my favourite things – a fancy fold. This fold is called a centre panel easel. It’s quite easy and fun to create! Start by creating your cardbase as usual, measuring 8.5 x 5.5″. Score in the centre, then line up your cardstock in your trimmer at 1.5″ and cut from the edge of the card only to that centre score line. Do the same on the other side; now you have created three flaps on the front of your card.

To add the scoreline on your centre flap, line up your cardstock with the centre score line at 2″ and score only the centre flap. Here’s the visual:

Use adhesive to attach the side flaps to your cardbase – these panels don’t need to open.

Here’s how the card looks when it’s closed.

I have decorated the side panels with 4-1/8 x 1-3/8″ strips of the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper, while the two centre panels have pieces measuring 2-3/8 x 2-1/8″ and 2-3/8 x 1-7/8″. Then I stamped and die-cut some images with the Sailing Home bundle to embellish the card. I even added the Sail Away trinkets and the Baker’s Twine that co-ordinates with this suite. I don’t know why, but I just love using the Take Your Pick tool to fray the ends of that twine – to me, it looks so much more like old, worn rope when I do that!

On the bottom, I used Dimensionals to raise the sentiment so that the easel would stay in place. I really love the look of the finished card, especially the stamped images. The Sailing Home stamp set uses the Distinktive texture, which really adds dimension and realism to the images.

I sure hope you enjoyed my card. Thanks again for stopping by today! Leave a comment below to let me know what you think, and how you found me. If you’re in Canada and feel inspired by this project, you can visit my online store to buy any of the products I used – just check out the product list below.

And be sure to check out the other amazing projects in today’s blog hop!

 

Happy Stampin’!

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Today I’m going to show you how to make a really simple card using some of the beautiful Designer Series Paper which is on sale for the month of September. This card is a great way to let your DSP do the talking!

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Same colour cardstock: 4 x 5.25”
DSP: 3.25 x 3.25”
Cardstock frame: 3.5 x 3.5”
scrap coloured and white cardstock for sentiment

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Once you’ve made your own simple DSP card, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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It’s the last Saturday of the month, and that means the Seashore Stampers are blog-hopping! This month’s theme is Halloween or Thanksgiving. I knew right away that I wanted to use the fun new Harvest Hellos bundle for my project.

You can find this bundle on page 49 of the new holiday catalogue, and see a few charming samples. The versatility of this bundle is really clever – you can create either apples or pumpkins, making it suitable for a wide range of projects, including teacher gifts which at this time of year are very much on my mind! The stamp set also includes a great collection of sentiments, including “Welcome Back”, “Feel Better Soon”, “You Make Me Smile” and my favourite – “Hey There, Pumpkin!”

I’ve seen a few projects created with this bundle in non-traditional Halloween colours, and I wanted to try that myself, so I used Pretty Peacock, Grapefruit Grove, and Soft Suede to create my pumpkins. I like this card because although it is very clearly autumn-themed, it could be used for any occasion, from birthday to thanks to thinking of you and more.

In this picture, you can really see the gleam of the Copper Embossing Powder and the Copper Foil. These are both great accents to your project at this time of year! To see a full list of the products I used to create this fun card, see below!

I hope you enjoyed my project! Now don’t forget to click on the buttons below to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other autumn-themed creations! Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

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I’ve seen this “Bridge Fold” card several times, and had to try it myself. I even got to learn the partial die-cutting technique along the way! Here’s how it’s done!

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Cardstock: 5.5 x 9″ (I used Pear Pizzazz)
DSP: 3 x 4.75″ (3 pieces – I used Noble Peacock)

Score your cardstock at 3″ on either side. Fold into a Z-shape and burnish your folds.

Centre a large die over the folded piece of cardstock. Hold die in place with post-it notes or washi tape.

Line up the edge of the cutting plate so that the die won’t cut the entire shape – the sides and top, but not the bottom.

Run the sandwich through the machine three or four times until all three layers of cardstock are cut through. Be very careful when removing your washi tape! Trim the cardstock as needed.

Use the next-smallest nesting die to cut the Designer Series Paper along the top edge. As before, line up your cutting plate so that the die won’t cut the entire shape. Repeat this step for your other pieces of DSP.

Use a trimmer to finish the straight cuts to the bottom of each piece of DSP.

Score down the centre of the outside two panels of your cardstock, and two pieces of your DSP. Refold your card base so the outside panels are mountain folds.

Attach your DSP to your cardbase.

To create the bridge, cut a piece of cardstock to 6″ in length (the width will vary depending on the design of your card). Use strong adhesive to attach the bridge piece to the two outside panels of the card base. I used the edge die from Magnolia Memory – it didn’t turn out quite how I envisioned, but I still like it!

Embellish as desired. I used the Royal Peacock bundle and foil sheets.

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

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to do triple-time stamping, which is a fun way to create a really textured effect on your card.

You will need three pieces of cardstock, all the same colour:
8.5 x 5.5″ (card base)
3.25 x 4.5″
2.25 x 3.5″

And three pieces of White or Vanilla cardstock:
4 x 5.25″
3 x 4.25″
2 x 3.25″

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If you try this technique, remember to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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After receiving an inquiry from a customer about how to remove cling stamps from blocks after having been left on for a week, I did some investigating in the Demonstrators’ Facebook group. My post received hundreds of comments from helpful demonstrators with all kinds of advice! The summary is below; most of these tips were repeated dozens of times!

Before Using Stamps …. Some tips to de-stickify
“I always place a little piece of the nonstick paper from the glue dots on the corner of the stamp.”
“I put a little piece of washi tape under one corner of the cling so that it is easier to remove them from the blocks.”
“I put a small piece of scotch tape on one end. Stamps come off easy peasy!”
“I always press a corner of my cling stamp on my embossing buddy. That part will be less sticky than the rest of the stamp and it makes the image easier to come off of the block. If a stamp gets left on the block, this area is always easy to lift.”
“Use a piece of sticky tape doubled over to make a tab to lift the stamp off the block.”

“I save a bit of the backing and use it as a pull tab by putting it between the stamp and the block. Works for me.”
“When I put the sticker on the stamp, I press it onto my clothing a few times to destickify it.”
“I place a small piece of cellophane tape in the corner of the stamp. This way there is always a free edge to grab to remove the stamp from the block.”
“Use washi tape to create a pull tab.”
“De-stick by placing them on the back of your hand before putting them on the block, especially if it’s the first time using them.”

When Using Stamps …. Put Away After Each Use
“Cling stamps need to be removed once stamping is completed, and never left on the blocks overnight.”

When Removing Stamps:
“You need to use a bit more caution when removing them; make sure you have a hold on all three layers before lifting.”
“Use spatula or paper piercer – be gentle and slow – break the seal.”
“It is important to stress that they get under the label when removing stamps. The take your pick tool is a great help to those without nails.”
“Make sure to peel up under the sticker and don’t pull on the rubber or foam. The spatula end of the take your pick tool works wonders!”
“You must be careful when removing them to prevent damage to the foam. I used a paper piercing tool to slide between the block and the cling stamp to help it release and then you can lift it off without damage.”
“To ‘break the seal’ between the stamp and the block, gently insert your piercing tool under a corner of the stamp and then gently pull the stamp off. Works like a charm!”
“The trick is to make sure you’re getting the label to come up with the foam and rubber when taking the stamp off the block. I peel the stamp off starting at a corner and have not (knock on wood) had a problem.”

If Your Stamps Get Stuck:
Suppose life gets in the way and you just didn’t manage to get your stamps off the blocks in a reasonable timeframe. What now?

“Sometimes a warm rag is needed to remove them from blocks or Stamparatus.”
“I left some on the block for a month, then found them in a box. I applied a wet rag for a few minutes, maybe 30.”
“I was able to slide a credit card under it.”
“One of my customers had a mishap with getting the sticker on the back of the large magnolia stamp. I suggested putting it in the microwave in 5 second increments until the adhesive was softened, then slowly and carefully (very carefully) peel the sticker off of the foam. It worked!! And she was able to reapply the sticker! I wonder if that would help when a stamp is left on a block too.” (NOTE: Be VERY careful with this approach!)

Keep in Mind:

  • Cling stamps need to be removed once stamping is completed, and never left on the blocks overnight.
  • Sometimes the stamp is clingiest the first time it is used. After that they come off fairly easily.
  • You need to use caution when removing them; make sure you have a hold on all three layers before lifting.

If you haven’t already watched it (or if you need a refresher), please check out the Stampin’ Up! video about Cling Stamps! We’ll be using lots of cling stamps at our Fall workshops, so it’s important that you comfortable using them properly! Click the image below to watch the video.

I hope this post has made you feel more comfortable about using your cling stamps! Let me know if you have any questions that aren’t covered here!

Happy Stampin’!

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The holiday catalogue is now live! 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 prompt you to add a few more items you hadn’t considered?

Best Item for Beginners – the Perfectly Plaid bundle
If you want to buy only ONE product from the holiday catalogue and still be able to make a stack of Christmas cards – Perfectly Plaid is your perfect pick! With several charming tree images, a co-ordinating punch, and a collection of holiday sentiments, this bundle will have you crafting in no time.

Best Sentiment Stamp Set – Itty Bitty Christmas
What a terrific collection of all the holiday sentiments you might need – for gift packaging and tags, for handmade cards, for hostess gifts and table favours, for home decor items and tree ornaments – this enormously versatile collection features sentiments from whimsical to elegant and everything in between. It’s on my must-have list for sure!

Best Graphic Stamp Set – Snow Front
If you adore the Waterfront stamp set, you’ll love Snow Front, which features sparse trees and wintry scenes. You can use the stamp sets alone or together to create any scene you can imagine. Moreover, these stamps can be used throughout the year for so many occasions other than Christmas – birthday, thank you, sympathy, thinking of you, and more!

Best Embellishment –Star Designer Elements
These gorgeous copper-coloured stars are self-adhesive and faceted for extra sparkle. At just $12.25 for a pack of 40, they are a terrific value, as well! They are sure to get a lot of use on a wide variety of holiday projects!

Best Paper –Brightly Gleaming
The minute I saw this stunning Specialty Designer Series Paper, I had to have it!! Every sheet of this 12 x 12″ paper features copper foil accents on one side, along with seasonal images and all-purpose patterns on the other. Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, and Pretty Peacock make a GORGEOUS colour combination that is suitable not just for holidays but for masculine cards and gift-packaging throughout the year. It’s irresistible!

Best Punch Bundle – Merry Moose (runner up: Snowman Season)

This was a tough one to decide – charming snowman, or serene moose? Well, if I have to choose just one (and I do, at least for this blog post), it’s Merry Moose, again because it will be useful long after the holidays are over. Can’t you just see this handsome fella decorating a masculine birthday card? Or the sweet little raccoon on a child’s card? Even the tree images are going to come in handy all year round, making this one a winner for me.

(Shoutout to that adorable collection of snowmen, though!!)

Best Die Bundle – So Many Stars
Stitched dies have proven to be one of the most popular design elements of the last few years, and there’s no doubt that this bundle will be a huge hit. You’ll be able to create various custom die-cut stars with faux stitching and more in record time, and guess what (are you tired of hearing me say this?!) – stars are useful for so much more than holidays! They’ll be great for graduation cards, birthdays, congratulations, and so much more.

Best New Tool – Snow Globe Shaker Domes
Stampin’ Up! knows that we love making shaker cards, so they have given us a custom-built collection of products to help us do just that. Cut the shape into the cardstock using the Snow Globe Scenes dies; stamp images with Still Scenes stamp set; add a Snow Globe Shaker Dome, and fill with Snowflake Sequins. What a beautiful and unique holiday card, that anyone would love to receive!

Best Bling – Ice Stampin’ Glitter + Shimmery Crystal Effects
Every holiday project needs a little bling! You can use these products on their own, but when they are combined they create an amazing effect to rival Jack Frost – and you can get both for only $17. Simply gorgeous!

Best Halloween product – Ornate Frames Dies + Coffin Treat Boxes

Not much of a Halloween person? Fair enough, but I’m pretty sure you’ll find lots of uses for this terrific collection of frame dies. They’d be at home on any project (say it with me now) all year round!

And if, like me, you ARE into Halloween – well, chances are you’ll find these coffin-shaped treat boxes just as charming as I do! Use them as-is, or decorate them to suit your tastes – either way, they’ll be a fun addition to your Halloween celebrations!

ICYMI:

Mercury Sheets: Acetate sheets with a faux mercury finish allow for stunning effects.

Christmas Countdown Project Kit: Create your own handcrafted Advent keepsake.

And don’t forget these two awesome hostess sets, which you can only order if you host a qualifying party between September 4th and January 2nd!

Greatest Part of Christmas:

Holiday Haul:

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

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I am an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Nanaimo, BC. I love creating cards and other handmade projects, and I love showing others how they can make their own creations! I hope you can find creative inspiration through my blog and my classes. Thanks for stopping by!

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