Top Posts of 2020

I think we’re all pretty glad to be saying goodbye to this year …. but even with all the challenges 2020 offered, there were some wonderful memories and moments to be proud of, as well. For my last blog post of the year, I thought it would be fun to look back on some of my most popular blog posts. Is your favourite on the list?

Tutorial: Double Wonder

Tutorial: Double Fan Fold card

Tutorial: Split Card Technique

Tutorial: Bay Window Card

Video Tutorial: Paper Piecing

Video Tutorial: Teabag Fold Christmas Tree

Blog Hop: Pride 2020

StashBuster Cards!

Video Tutorial: Offset Triple Time Stamping

Video Tutorial: Double Easel Card

Tutorial: 6×6″ One Sheet Wonder

Video Tutorial: Painters Tape Technique

Tutorial: Double Gatefold Card

Video Tutorial: Triple Accordion Card

Tutorial: Scrappy Strips Technique

 

 

 

 

And my very most popular blog post of 2020: Blog Hop: Christmas in July!

Honourable Mentions:
These two blog posts weren’t written in 2020, but they sure got a lot of views this year!
Tutorial: Post-it Note Holder
Product Spotlight: Perfectly Plaid

Happy Stampin’… and Happy New Year!!

 

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Video Tutorial: Can Any Colour Be A Christmas Colour?

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video attempts to answer the question … can ANY colour be a Christmas colour?

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Mat layer: 4 x 5.25”
Border layer: 3.25 x 4.5”
White: 3-1/8 x 4-3/8”

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So, what do you think – can ANY colour be a Christmas colour? Be sure to let me know your opinion in the comments! And if you’ve made a Christmas card with untraditional colours, please share that too – I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Tutorial: Bay Window Card

Remember back in October when I asked you to vote on which tutorial I should include in my newsletter – the Double Fan Fold card or the Bay Window card?

Well, once I counted all the votes, the Double Fan Fold card won, and I shared that tutorial in the November newsletter (and later, here on the blog). But some of you were clever enough to guess that I might share the Bay Window card tutorial the following month, and you were correct – so here it is!

Here is the cardstock and paper you will need:
Card Base:  4.25 x 11”
White insert: 4 x 5.25″
Mat (contrasting colour): 4 x 6″ (see note below)
DSP: 3-7/8 x 5-7/8″

Note: Because I chose cardstock and DSP that matched so closely, I chose to put a layer of white in between to add contrast. If you are using DSP and cardstock that have a good amount of contrast, you could skip the middle layer and cut your DSP to 4 x 6″.

Score your cardbase along the long side at 3/8”, 1-7/8”, 3-5/8”, 5-1/8” and 5-1/2”. Burnish your folds and start to create the bay window shape.

With your DSP (or mat layer, if using), trim along the short side at 1-3/8”, 1-5/8” and 1-3/8”. You will be left with four pieces; if your DSP has a continuing pattern, keep your pieces in order as you cut, so you can attach them to the cardbase in order.

(If you’re using a mat layer, your DSP cuts will be 1.25″, 1.5″, and 1.25″. Go ahead and attach your DSP to your mat layers.)

Attach your white insert to the inside of your card.

Your fourth panel of DSP will attach on top of the white insert.

Put a strip of Tear and Tape adhesive in the smallest section between the score lines – just to the left of the white insert.

Peel the backing off the Tear and Tape, and close the card to adhere.

The step below is optional, and depends on what colour cardstock/DSP you are using. If you like, you can “trim” your window by attaching two small pieces of contrasting cardstock that measure 4-1/8 x 1/4″. Attach these to the small sections at either side of your bay window.

Now attach your three DSP panels, in order so that the pattern is continuous across the card.

Stamp your desired sentiment and punch out. Use dimensionals to attach. I found it helpful to attach the dimensionals on the right side and middle of the punched shape; that way, the front card flap could slide underneath the left side of the punched shape before stopping at the dimensionals in the centre.

Finally, decorate your card as desired!

Have you made any Bay Window cards? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Video Tutorial: Teabag Fold Christmas Tree

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to how to make a teabag fold Christmas tree card (and no, I have no idea why it’s called that!).

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
White layer: 4 x 5.25”
DSP (to contrast with green): 3.75 x 5”

And then several squares of green DSP. These could all be the same pattern, or a variety of them. You’ll need one of each of the following sizes:
1.5”
2”
2.5”
3”
3.5”

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

Happy Stampin’!

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How does she do it?! Tips for Mass Card Production

Earlier this week, I had my biggest Mailout Monday EVER, sending out over 130 handmade Christmas cards!

As you can imagine, it took a long time to gather everyone’s mailing addresses, sign all the cards, and get everything labelled and ready to mail. But believe it or not, it didn’t take all that long to make all the cards.

I know!! Shocking but true. I thought that this year, I’d take you behind the curtain and show you a little bit about how I manage these mass productions, and at the same time, bid a fond farewell to some of this year’s retiring holiday products. Even if your mailing list isn’t as enormous as mine – perhaps you only need to send 5 or 10 cards instead of 130  – I hope you will find these tips helpful!

Tip One: Never Make Just One Card
If you’re sitting down to make a birthday card for a friend, why not make two – or five or six? You’ve already designed the card and inked up the stamps, so make the most of those efforts and prep a few more to have on hand. You can always leave the sentiment off until you know what you’re using the card for, but that way you won’t be caught short if something comes up and you don’t have time to start from scratch.

Tip Two: Make the Most of the Christmas Spirit
At this time of year, you likely already have Christmas stamps, paper, embellishments, and cardstock on hand. Rather than putting it all on the shelf to gather dust until next year, spend some time this holiday season crafting, creating, and using up that stash. Choose your favourite designs from the cards you’ve made recently to get the most out of work you’ve already done – especially, choosing cards that were quick to mass-produce. Got half a pack of Snowflake Splendor DSP left? Choose a few favourite designs and spend a day getting a start on next year’s holiday cards. Your future self will thank you for it!

Tip Three: Shop the Sales
Moreover, if you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to that beautiful paper yet, get an extra pack of it at a discount! Many of the holiday papers are available at 10-50% off, only while supplies last. If there’s paper you love that you are already confident crafting with, pick up an extra pack and craft the wintry days away!

Tip Four: Embrace Versatility
When you get to the point where you’re sure you have WAY more Christmas cards than you’ll ever need – or maybe, you feel like if you see one more Christmas card, you’re going to sprout a red reindeer nose – consider other uses for your holiday paper and products. For example, you can use Brightly Gleaming to make a batch of masculine cards, and there are plenty of other uses for In the Pines stamp set, too.

Tip Five: Have Fun with Fussy
You know those cards that are a little bit fussier to make? Maybe they require a lot of die-cutting, or a stampin’ technique that’s several steps long. Sometimes those cards feel like they’re more “worth it” if you’re making twenty of them instead of two. Some good examples are heat embossing, watercolour backgrounds, baby wipe technique, double-stamping with Stamparatus … etc.  I feel way more motivated to haul out my specialty tools if I’m making a whole batch of cards instead of just a handful – and it’s nice to have some WOW cards in my stash!

Tip Six: Plan Your Die-Cutting
Speaking of die-cutting, I try to have two or more dies in place with every run-though on my machine. This might mean that I’m cutting white circles for sentiments on one batch of cards, and stamped flowers for another batch of cards, and red rectangles for a third batch of cards – all at the same time. Once I finish the die-cutting, I’ve got the shapes to finish all three batches of cards at once, in one-third the time.

Tip Seven: Use Those Scraps!
Once you get down to the itsy bitsy bits of your DSP, it’s time to make some scrappy strips cards! Be sure to check out all these other fun layouts for DSP, as well!

What’s your favourite tip for mass production? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Don’t forget that many of the products in today’s post are retiring soon and are only available while supplies lastContact me today to order yours, or shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

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Video Tutorial: Santa’s Suit

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a quick and simple “Santa’s Suit” card featuring the “Christmas Means More” stamp set.

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
White layer: 3.5 x 4”
Real Red: 3.25 x 3.75”

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

Happy Stampin’!

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Product Spotlight: In The Pines Bundle

In my most recent video, I showed you how to make a gorgeous Christmas card with the In the Pines bundle, a wonderful bundle from the August-December mini catalogue.

But I also told you that this bundle is marvelously versatile all throughout the year – for Father’s Day, masculine birthdays, retirement, graduation, thinking of you, and even sympathy cards. Here is a closer look at the cards I made with In the Pines (as well as various other products).

Remember that this bundle is retiring soon and is only available while supplies last. It’ll be gone for good after January 4th!

Contact me today to order yours, or shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

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Video Tutorial: In the Pines Bundle

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a simple, gorgeous Christmas card with the In The Pines bundle.

You’ll need:
Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Mat layer: 4 x 5.25”
Gold foil: 2 x 5.25”
scraps of white and Old Olive cardstock

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

Happy Stampin’!

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Month of Mysteries!!

Have you heard of Mystery Stamping? It’s one of the best ways we can create “together” while staying socially distanced. I’ve been holding Mystery Stamping Sessions once a month for the past few months. This month, as a gift to my customers and followers, I’ve decided to do Mystery Stamping EVERY MONDAY IN DECEMBER. That’s right – I’ll be holding Mystery Stamping sessions on December 7, 14, 21, and 28!! I hope you can join us for one or more of them – maybe even all four!

Here’s how it works: prepare the supplies as noted below, then meet on Zoom and we’ll assemble the cards together. It’s a ‘mystery’ because you don’t know yet what the finished project will be … and it’s extra fun because everyone will have different papers, stamps, etc. and we’ll get to see so many different interpretations of the same project. Hope you can join us!

Here are the supplies you’ll need for the December 7th session:

Here’s the live link to join the meeting: https://tinyurl.com/yyjpsyex  Be sure to watch my Facebook page or my website to see the info for the following weeks’ Mystery Stamping!

Hope to see you there!

 

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