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The 2020 annual catalogue is now live! Before I dive into sharing my top picks with you, I want to bring your attention to the indexes, which will make it easier for you to enjoy your catalogue and quickly find what you’re looking for. Last year’s annual catalogue had a full bundle index in the front, but this year’s catalogue features two separate bundle indexes: Punch Bundles start on page 168, and Die Bundles start on page 173. As you look through these pages, you might notice that some of the bundles from the 2020 Spring Mini Catalogue carried over into this catalogue – a fantastic deal that allows you to keep saving 10% on those awesome products!

There is also a Stamp Set index that starts on page 189 and lists all the current stamp sets alphabetically – a huge help when you know what you’re looking for but can’t remember where you saw it.

Now, 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 BeginnersFancy Phrases bundle
Looking for a bundle that will get you stamping right away? The Fancy Phrases bundle is here for you! With a collection of charming sentiments (including Birthday Wishes, which must be the most in-demand sentiment in any crafter’s collection) and some sweet floral images, this stamp set is wonderfully versatile for a range of occasions. Pair it with the Fancy Tag Topper punch to create gift tags, cards, and other projects! Remember, when you purchase the two items together as a bundle, you save 10%!

Best Sentiment Stamp SetRidiculously Awesome
Did you know that when a demonstrator reaches one million dollars in sales, they get to work with a designer at the Stampin’ Up! head office to design a stamp set based on their own style and interests? This is one of those stamp sets! Ronda Wade (US) inspired this terrific stamp set with a range of fun, splashy sentiments. Big bold sentiments like this are a quick and effective way to finish off a card – and don’t you just love the fun fonts in this set? It really is ‘ridiculously awesome’!

Best Graphic Stamp SetSending Sunshine
The Distinktive images in this stamp set are simply stunning. Just imagine the amazing sunrise and sunset images you’ll be able to create! The sentiments included in the stamp set complement it perfectly, and quite frankly, just looking at these images makes me feel calm … and couldn’t we all use a bit of extra calm these days?!

Best EmbellishmentAntiqued Corners & Slides
Full disclosure: I ordered the entire World of Good suite the minute the demonstrator preorder period began 😊 I love the sentiments, the images, the stunning specialty DSP, the embossing folder – all of it!! I love that it is suitable for the Dads and Grads we are often creating for at this time of year, as well as so many other occasions throughout the rest of the year. Truly, there are so many people to whom I’d love to say “You Make the World a Better Place” and now I CAN. I wasn’t sure about the co-ordinating embellishments until I received them – and then I realized they are not only beautifully styled to fit this suite, but a lovely and unique addition to our embellishment collection. The slides can be used with any 1/4″ ribbon, and the corners can add dimension and interest to any layer of a project. I really like how different these embellishments are from the rest of our collection!

Best Designer Series PaperForever Greenery
Featuring elegant greenery with a watercolour look, this paper is absolutely stunning. The addition of Pretty Peacock to the rich array of greens (Garden Green, Just Jade, Pear Pizzazz, Shaded Spruce, and Soft Sea Foam) is a stroke of genius! Some of the foliage designs can even be cut out with the co-ordinating Forever Flourishing dies. I love that the images are not overly flowery – meaning, they can be used for masculine projects – but are also soft enough for feminine cards. I can’t wait to create with this gorgeous paper!

Honourable Mentions: World of Good and Ornate Garden
Each of these papers are absolutely gorgeous as well! I had to put them in a separate category as they are Specialty Designer Series Papers, meaning they include foil accents (brass foil and gold foil, respectively).

Best Punch BundleLovely You bundle
This bundle could easily swap places with the Fancy Phrases bundle as the Best Item for Beginners. A terrific collection of beautiful sentiments, a fantastic selection of foliage images – many of which are neutral enough for masculine or feminine projects – and a thoroughly customizable punch that helps you create layered shapes with one single tool. This is an absolute winner! I’ll be demonstrating this bundle, particularly this incredibly versatile punch, in an upcoming video – so stay tuned!

Best Die BundleOrnate Thanks
The sentiments in this stamp set simply can’t be beat. I love the fonts, particularly the small scripted phrases that perfectly complement the bold, stylish lettering of the larger sentiments and allowing you to create a completely customized collection of cards. And then the co-ordinating border dies, beautifully designed to make a huge impact on your project. And let’s face it – we all have so many people we want to thank, don’t we?

(PS If you love this bundle as much as I do, see the bottom of this post for info about my upcoming Ornate Garden Online Retreat! It’s a full day of crafting fun!)

Honorable Mentions: Forever Fern or Tasteful Touches
What do you love to do with your dies? Do you love to stamp detailed images and cut them out with perfectly coordinating dies? The best bundle for that is Forever Fern, with its richly textured Distinktive stamps and detailed co-ordinating dies. Do you love to stamp sentiments and images on layered shapes that add surprise and interest to your card? Then Tasteful Touches is the best bundle for you! (Maybe you’re like me and you just have to have them both!)

Best New Tool – Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machines
Count them – TWO beautiful new Cut and Emboss Machines! For those of you who’ve longed to get one of these awesome machines but bemoaned the lack of crafting space, you now have options – you can choose to buy the Mini Cut and Emboss machine, which is specially sized to fit many of our embossing folders and die sets. You’ll notice that all the products that are compatible with the Mini machine are marked with a purple “Mini” logo. The full-size machine, of course, can be used with any of the folders or dies in the catalogue. More great features to note:
– Both machines include the Base Plate and Cutting Plates you’ll need to get started
– The instructions are printed directly on the plates, so you’ll always know what layers you need
– Both machines feature platforms that fold, for space-saving storage
– Both machines are portable and have a comfortable carrying handle

Stampin’ Up! is still working with the manufacturing facilities to get these machines produced and into our warehouses, so unfortunately, they are not available yet – but they’re coming! Stay tuned as you know that I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops as soon as they are ready!

Best Deal in the CatalogueThe Starter Kit on page 188 (especially before June 30!!)
The Starter Kit is always the best deal in the catalogue, and this month, it’s even more awesome! Until June 30th, join Stampin’ Up! and choose any stamp-and-tool bundle from the 2020 Annual Catalogue *absolutely free*. That’s on top of the already amazing Starter Kit deal, which includes $165 in product for only $135, AND free shipping, AND free business supplies, AND access to amazing online resources to help you succeed and build your business your way. You can learn more about becoming a demonstrator by reading my Starter Kit FAQ, and if you still have questions, please email me! I’m excited to help you learn about this opportunity!

Kits, Kits, Kits!
This catalogue offers three card kits and a stunning product medley. Remember, during my 100 Card Challenge I am donating 100% of my proceeds on all kits to the Nanaimo Foodshare! Find all the kits here!

In Case You Missed It:

Playful Alphabet – Yes! Stampin’ Up! now offers a full set of dies that includes numbers, letters, and punctuation – all in one set. The dies themselves are only $46; bundle with the co-ordinating stamp set for $61!

Crafting’s Unsung Heroes – See page 159 for a perfect summary of all the tools you’ll want to keep handy on your craft desk. They truly are the unsung heroes – they may not be exciting or colourful, but you’ll be reaching for them over and over as you create!

The Hostess stamp sets can be found on page 186. These stamp sets, Summer Days and Touched My Heart, are exclusively available to those who host a qualifying party during the catalogue sales period. By the way, check out the back of your annual catalogue to see exactly what that sales period is: June 3, 2020 – May 3, 2021.

Thanks for reading today! Do you agree with my picks? I’d love to know what’s on your must-have list – drop me a comment below!

Ornate Garden Online Retreat – Saturday, July 25*
Registration Deadline: Saturday, June 20

Is it time to treat yourself to some dedicated crafting time? How about attending a full day of virtual crafting sessions where you’ll get a chance to socialize with others, craft and learn together, and show off your beautiful creations – all from the comfort of your own home! Did I mention there are games, gifts, and prizes as well? I can’t wait to see you at the Ornate Garden Online Retreat, happening Saturday July 25th. *Don’t worry if the date doesn’t work for you – registering for the retreat means you’ll have access to the exclusive videos and tutorials even after the event is over, so you can watch them at your convenience and at your own pace.

Cost: $199 includes the Ornate Style bundle, Ornate Thanks bundle, prepared supplies to make 12 cards (2 each of 6 designs), and attendance at an exclusive online retreat.

Retreat Includes:

  • Video Presentations to watch at your own pace
  • Tutorials for download
  • Gifts and Prizes
  • Exclusive Interactive Crafting Sessions via Zoom
  • Access to Exclusive Facebook group to share your projects

Learn more here!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to do the reverse masking technique, a lovely way to make a striking #SimpleStamping card!

You’ll need:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5”
2 pieces of white cardstock measuring 4 x 5.25”
Strip of cardstock .75 x 5.25”

If your device/browser doesn’t allow videos, click here to watch on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like and subscribe while you are there!

Once you’ve made your own card with the reverse masking technique, share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen my big announcement recently (I even posted a live video to announce it, which I NEVER do!!). I decided to honour Stampin’ Up!’s annual Day of Service (May 21) by giving back in a big way and starting a 100 Card Challenge!


My pledge: I’m going to send out 100 cards to send joy to those in my community, and I kicked it all off with a donation of $100 to Nanaimo FoodShare. And that’s not all …. for however long it takes me to send those 100 cards, I’ll be donating 50-100% of my proceeds from every Stampin’ Up! order to the Nananimo Foodshare, as well! For every kit sold, including Paper Pumpkin subscriptions, I’ll be donating 100% of my proceeds. For all other orders, I’ll be donating 50% of my proceeds!

Nanaimo Foodshare is an amazing local non-profit that connects the community with resources, skills, and knowledge to create change that increases healthy food for everyone. They have a huge variety of programs for a wide range of community members, and work to support sustainable food sources, food security, and so much more. You can learn all about them here on their website.

The 100 Card Challenge wouldn’t be complete without me inviting all of my customers, friends, and followers to get involved, so here’s how you can participate along with me:

  • Send cards to the people in your life – people need joy!
  • Donate to Nanaimo Foodshare or any charity of your choice
  • Help me raise more money by placing Stampin’ Up! orders (I’m donating 50-100% of my proceeds to the cause, until I complete the challenge)
  • And of course …. win prizes! I’m doing two draws every week for people who join the fun on my Facebook page. So make sure you Like and Follow that page today to play along!

Happy Stampin’!

 

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This week I’m featuring the beautiful new Ornate Style bundle. This bundle is part of the Ornate Garden Suite, which is in the new annual catalogue coming out on June 3rd – but this whole suite is available right now, you don’t have to wait! The suite includes two gorgeous stamp-and-die bundles, one of which we’re going to use today, stunning specialty designer series paper with gold foil accents, an embossing folder, ribbon pack, and gold gilded gem embellishments.

You’ll need:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5”
DSP: 4 x 2”
Cardstock: 4 x 4”
White: 1 x 2.5″

If your device/browser doesn’t allow videos, click here to watch on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like and subscribe while you are there!

If you love the Ornate Garden Suite, don’t forget to sign up for my Ornate Garden Online Retreat, happening July 25th! Get all the details here!

Happy Stampin’!

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I really love the So Sentimental stamp set from the Spring Mini catalogue, and the co-ordinating Stitched So Sweetly dies that go with them. So, it was terrific fun to design my most recent Class by Mail around these products!

Customers who ordered this stamp set in May received the supply kits and tutorials to make five cards with their beautiful new stamp set, using it in a variety of ways. All the pieces were cut, embossed, and punched for them so all they needed to do was stamp and assemble.

I really love the range of sentiments available in this set – from lighthearted to serious, and with gorgeous fonts that are perfect for masculine and feminine cards. Using the co-ordinating dies to layer in a variety of ways means that putting together a card for any occasion is quick and easy, with bold sentiments that are sure to make a big impression on the recipient.

Happily, both the So Sentimental stamp set and the Stitched So Sweetly dies are continuing into the new annual catalogue, so if you don’t have them yet, don’t worry! You’ll still be able to buy them after June 3rd when the new catalogue starts. In fact, Stampin’ Up! has even extended the discounted bundle price into the new catalogue! If you buy the stamps and dies together, you’ll save 10%.

Here are some close ups of the beautiful cards I made with So Sentimental. Which one is your favourite?

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Next month’s Class by Mail is going to feature a brand new bundle from the new annual catalogue, Jar of Flowers. Here are the first few cards I have made with the new bundle – with lots more fun projects to come! You can learn all about the Jar of Flowers class on the Class by Mail page!

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

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a beautiful card with the Timeless Tulips bundle, one of the five cards featured in the Timeless Tulips Class by Mail.

You’ll need:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5”
Mat layer: 4 x 5.25”
White: 3.75 x 5”
DSP: 2 x 3.75”

If your device/browser doesn’t allow videos, click here to watch on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like and subscribe while you are there!

Once you’ve made your own Timeless Tulips card, share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Good morning everyone and welcome to my blog! It’s time for another blog hop, this time to celebrate Father’s Day with some masculine cards.

My card uses products from the World of Good suite, which is in the new annual catalogue. If you’re one of my customers, you’ll be receiving this catalogue in the mail soon; if not, please contact me and I can get one to you. The new catalogue is jam-packed with awesome products for a wide variety of occasions, and there are so many wonderful items that you’re going to fall in love with! You’ll be able to order from it starting June 3rd, but if you can’t wait till then – and you want to take advantage of the best deal in the catalogue – you can join my team to get $165 in product for $135, and yes, you can include items from the new catalogue in your starter kit! You can learn more about this amazing deal right here.

This is the very first card I’ve created with this suite and I know I will be making many, many more. I think it is absolutely stunning with its old world aesthetic and elegant charm. Plus, do you remember the Stone 3D embossing folder from the Power of Hope bundle during Sale-a-Bration … and how much I loved the intense texture and hoped they’d have something similar in the new annual catalogue? My wish came true with the Old World Paper embossing folder. Just look at this amazing texture …. and just like with the Stone folder, both sides of this paper are so lush!

On a more personal note, I am looking forward to honouring my husband this Father’s Day. He has been working so hard to keep our family safe and cared-for during the pandemic, in addition to working long and difficult hours (at home) for his IT Helpdesk job. And he does it all without a word of complaint. We are so lucky to have him!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend, and that you are safe, healthy, and comforted in these challenging times.

Now don’t forget to click on the buttons below to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other masculine cards. Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

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In last week’s post about Stashbuster cards, I promised I’d show you how to do the Scrappy Strips technique to use up those last little pieces of your DSP. This technique was created by Bruno Bertucci in Australia; he was inspired by a piece of Aboriginal art and wanted to create a card based on it.

And so the Scrappy Strips technique was born! It’s a fun and easy technique that is perfect for using up your scraps. Read on to learn how it’s done!

You will need:
A cardbase of 5.5 x 8.5″
2 pieces of cardstock 4 x 5.25″ (same colour)
DSP scraps, about 4-5″ in length, and any width

 

 

 

 

 

Cut your DSP scraps at random angles. Don’t overthink it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attach one piece of DSP with a straight edge right up against the straight edge of the cardstock. The DSP may hang over at the top and bottom of the cardstock, but it shouldn’t hang over the side.

 

 

 

 

Continue attaching scraps, arranging them so that a thin border of the cardstock shows in between the scraps. Again, the scraps will hang over the top and bottom of the cardstock.

Keep going until you have covered your cardstock. It’s fine if your DSP hangs over the edge on this side, too.

 

 

 

 


Here’s the view from the back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it’s time to trim down this cardstock. Remember that we started with one piece of DSP that lined up straight on the cardstock – this gives us a straight edge to line up in the paper trimmer and cut off the DSP scraps that hang over the edge.

Then, make two more cuts to trim your cardstock piece down to 3.75 x 5″.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your other piece of cardstock – the one that still measures 5 x 4.25″ – is going to layer behind your DSP scraps piece. If you’re like me, you might want to do some die-cutting out from the middle before you attach these two together.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, assemble your card and decorate as desired.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been using up all my scraps of retired and about-to-retire DSP with this technique!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you’ve made a Scrappy Strips card, be sure to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Learn how to make a beautiful card with the Forever Blossoms stamp set and co-ordinating Cherry Blossoms dies, along with the stunning Specialty DSP Parisian Blossoms. Both products from this stamp-and-die bundle are continuing into the new annual catalogue (starts June 3rd), but the discounted bundle price is not – so if you know you’re going to buy these products, get them now before the price goes up!

You’ll need:
Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5”
Contrasting layer cardstock: 4 x 5.25”
DSP: 3.75 x 5”
Cardstock: 3-5/8 x 4-7/8”

And some additional white cardstock pieces for stamping.

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Once you’ve made your own card with the Forever Blossoms bundle, 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 that time of year … the new annual catalogue is coming, and it’s time to say goodbye to some of our favourite products. One product that consistently retires with the end of each catalogue is also a product that I find completely irresistible …. Designer Series Paper! I’ve been working on using up my stash of retired paper since the summer of 2017, and believe it or not … the end is finally in sight!! To keep me on top of this goal, I am currently crafting to use up all my about-to-retire paper from the 2019 annual catalogue and the 2020 spring mini catalogue.

Do you have stacks of paper taking up space in your craft room? Here’s a collection of my favourite layouts, which I hope will inspire you to use up some of that beautiful paper! It will bring so much more joy when it’s attached to a card and sent to a person instead of sitting on a shelf in your craft room, I promise you!

Simple DSP Layout: I’ve made HUNDREDS of cards with variations of this layout. Read all about it in this post!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Z-fold Card: Once you’re in the “use it up” frame of mind, you will LOVE the z-fold card, because it’s a fancy-fold card with huge impact AND it uses more than a cardfront’s worth of DSP. Quick and easy to put together, wonderful fun for a loved one to receive! Learn how to make them here!

Simple DSP Square: This is a great way to ‘let your DSP do the talking’. You can decorate as much or as little as you’d like! Learn how to make this card here!

Double Framed Panel: I discovered this layout recently and I love it. It’s quick, it’s simple, and you get to show off two different pieces of our beautiful DSP!

Split Panel Card: Another way to show off two different pieces of DSP is to create a split panel card, where both panels are 4″ wide and overlap to create a card front 5.25″ in height. This design gives you flexibility as the pieces don’t need to all be the same size. Use a piece of cardstock, DSP, or ribbon to cover the seam between the two pieces.

Sampler Card: If you’ve made batches of all the layouts above, you might be getting down to the small pieces of DSP … so it’s time for a sampler card! There are lots of variations, including the one in this post!

Scrappy Strips: And now you’re down to the tiniest bits and pieces left … so it’s time for a scrappy strips card! If you are on my newsletter list, you would have received this tutorial in the newsletter recently. I’ll be publishing it here in an upcoming blog post, so watch this space …. and in the meantime, click here to subscribe!

Woohoo! Now I’ve got a whole stack of cards instead of a whole stack of paper. I can add any sentiments and embellishments I want, and then pop them in the mail to send some joy!

If you loooooove paper like I do, you might want to think about doing a paper share with me. Everyone who goes in on a paper share will get a portion (either 1/2 or 1/4) of a pack of paper, instead of a whole pack. That way you get to try out lots of beautiful papers, without buying way more than you need! If you’re interested in doing a paper share with papers from the new annual catalogue, drop me a line!

What’s your favourite layout to show off Designer Series Paper? Share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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