Video Tutorial: Lift & Reveal Treat Box

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a fabulous little gift box, perfect for table favours, stocking stuffers, or even as an ornament on the tree. I learned this design from Julie DiMatteo.

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Here’s the template I mention in the video, which you can download and print to help you assemble your own treat box!

How do you use gift boxes for your holiday giving … and what do you like to put inside them? Comment below and let me know!

Happy Stampin’!

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Tutorial: Triple Box Card

You know I am always on the lookout for fun new card folds to learn – and this one caught my eye, for sure! It’s a terrific way to show off lots and lots of our beautiful Designer Series Paper. You’ll have to cut a lot of pieces to get started, but it’s pretty easy to put together – I’ll walk you through every step!

Here are the measurements:
Cardbase: 10 x 6″


Cardstock: 7-1/4 x 3-5/8″
White cardstock: 3-3/4 x 3-3/4″


Cardstock: 3-7/8 x 3-7/8″ (3 pieces)
Cardstock: 1-7/8 x 1-7/8″ (7 pieces)

Designer Series Paper: 3-3/4 x 3-3/4″


Designer Series Paper: 3-1/2 x 3-1/2″ (3 pieces)


Designer Series Paper: 1-3/4 x 1-3/4″ (7 pieces)

You’ll also need about 16″ of ribbon or twine.

Let’s start with your piece of 7-1/4 x 3-5/8″ cardstock. Score this in half and burnish the fold to make it into a mini card. Add two of your DSP pieces (3.5 x 3.5″ to the two inside panels.

Wrap your ribbon around the left side of the closed card, so that both ends are on the right. Apply adhesive to the front and back of the card to secure ribbon.

Attach third piece of 3.5 x 3.5″ DSP to the front of this mini card (which will cover the ribbon). Set aside.

Now let’s work on the main cardbase. We have some cutting and scoring to do.

Put your cardstock into your trimmer at the top and line up the long side at 2″. Cut only from 4″ to 8″.

Do not flip your cardstock over, but rotate it (spin it like a record, baby) 180 degrees. Repeat the step above: put the cardstock into the trimmer at the top and line up the long side at 2″. Again, cut only from 4″ to 8″ (these cuts will not line up.) At this point, your cardstock looks like this:

Now time for some scoring. Rotate your cardstock so the short side is parallel to the scoring blade, and score as follows:

At 2″: From the top edge to the cut line
At 4″: Full length of card
At 6″: Full length of card
Rotate the cardstock 180 degrees again, and score the opposite side at 2″, from the top edge to the cut line.

Your cardstock should now look like this:

Start laying out all your cardstock and DSP pieces on the cardbase to see where they go and which sides you want to use. (The pieces shown at the top of the below photo will go on the back of the card.)

The mini card you completed earlier will go in the bottom left of the main cardbase.

Once you have everything lined up how you want it, attach all your pieces to the main cardbase.

Here is the back view, where you can stamp a sentiment and write a message.

Now you can burnish all your folds. Here’s a photo to show where all the different folds are going.

When the card is closed, it looks like this:


You can add extra stamps and embellishment to the card, but there really isn’t much needed in order to finish it off – it’s already pretty terrific!

Once you’ve tried out this fold, be sure to share a pic in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Video: Stampin’ Queens Christmas Cardmaking Mega-Class

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video is one of a kind! Yesterday I got to host an amazing day of cardmaking with fourteen crafters in attendance. It was truly special to be able to craft together again after such a long time apart -a perfect way to kick off the holiday season! Here are some of the highlights from the day!

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If you’d like to attend a class like this, be sure to check out my class schedule and register for the date(s) that work for you!

Happy Stampin’!

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Swap Card Show Off – OnStage

It’s time for another swap card show off! This swap was created to celebrate OnStage, an event for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that happens twice a year. This year, of course, the event was held virtually, with thousands of demonstrators attending from all over the world. I love having the option to attend virtually – it’s much more affordable and accessible to everyone. However, one thing we miss from the in-person events is the fun of swapping cards with others. So fellow demonstrator Stefanie decided to set up a swap-by-mail! Here are the beautiful cards I received!

If these cards have inspired you, be sure to check out the product list below to see all the items that were used to create them!

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Video Tutorial: Spinner Card

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make an adorable spinner card!

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

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UPDATE on Fun-Raiser to Benefit Healthcare Workers

On October 21 I told you all about the Fun-Raiser I am working on to thank our hardworking healthcare heroes. The project ends in just a few days, and I want to update you on the progress!

With just a few days left to go, we have raised enough money for 24 kits. Here are the generous donors who have contributed to the project:

Thanks to these wonderful people, 24 healthcare workers will get to enjoy a couple hours of fun, relaxation, joy, and creativity – an escape from the stress and frustration of their busy work life. They will receive a fully inclusive and easy-to-make crafting kit that will allow them to not only enjoy a fun crafting experience, but will also leave them with a collection of beautiful handmade cards for them, in turn, to pass on to friends and family members.

And here’s the plot twist! The info about these kits was sent out to health care workers all over the island, and they are SUPER excited!! How excited, you might ask? Here are some of the emails I received from them:

“What a great opportunity to carve out some time for ourselves to let our minds wander creatively. Thank you so much for facilitating this!”

“It sounds like a great way to unwind after a busy day.”

“We have a lot of folks who love to make things but are likely too weary to organize much and they would really love these as a morale boost.”

I received over 70 requests in 24 hours. I’m overjoyed to know that these hardworking heroes are so excited about the crafting kits – this project is on the right track, and I really don’t want to say no to any of them! I’m really hoping we can rise to the challenge and meet the original goal of being able to donate 100 kits.

Are you able to help? It’s almost gift-giving season … is there someone on your list who doesn’t really need a gift? Maybe you could consider donating to this project in their name. Please send your e-transfer to lauralyzer@gmail.com by Sunday, November 14th.

I’d also love it if you could share the word to others, via email, social media, or old-fashioned word of mouth. In these last few days of the project, it’s crucial that we get the message out to people who haven’t heard it yet!

And finally, if you know of any local businesses who might be interested in sponsoring five, ten, or even more kits – please let me know. I’m determined to make this project succeed, but I can’t do it alone!

Thanks for your support of our amazing health care workers, who have sacrificed so much in the past two years!

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Video Tutorial: Expressions in Ink

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a strikingly beautiful card with items from the Expressions in Ink suite.

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Once you’ve made your own card with this suite, 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: Tidings of Christmas

At this time of year, it’s easy to overlook the beautiful annual catalogue in favour of all the new, shiny excitement in the Autumn Mini catalogue. But there is still so much to love in the annual – including the elegant colours, rich imagery, and heartfelt sentiments of the Tidings of Christmas suite!

This suite includes a lovely 6 x 6″ pack of Designer Series Paper, with a colour palette I adore:

Take a look at the beautiful designs and imagery in this paper stack.

I really do love a 6 x 6″ stack of paper, too. For some reason, it feels way less intimidating to cut into.

Next, let’s take a look at the stamp set and co-ordinating dies. As always, when you buy these two products together, you save 10%!

I love the beautiful filigree imagery in the stamps and the dies! This bundle is such a perfect balance between bold, striking shapes and delicate, detailed overlays – it’s perfect for quick crafting AND for more complicated projects. And don’t you love those beautiful sentiments?

The Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave Ribbon is the final item in this suite. It adds a lovely stylish touch to finish off your projects!

Below are some of the cards and projects I’ve created with items from this suite.

Are you inspired to start creating with these items? Well, you’re in luck! The Tidings and Trimmings bundle is the featured product for November’s Creativity to Go. For $70 (including tax and shipping), you’ll receive the bundle PLUS prepared supplies and tutorials to make five cards – or, you can purchase additional sets of prepared supplies for $10 apiece, and make multiples of each card! Sign up here by November 10th!

Happy Stampin’!

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Video Tutorial: Halloween Treat Box

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a charming little treat holder for Halloween or any other occasion!

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

Happy Stampin’!

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Tutorial: Squash Card

My friend and fellow crafter Monika was kind enough to teach me this amazing fold recently. I think you’ll love it too! It has a huge impact but is actually not that hard to make, once you know the trick!

Start with three cardstock squares measuring 5×5″.

Score each one vertically and horizontally at 2.5″, and along *one* diagonal (not both!).

Burnish all your score lines and fold each square into the pop-out shape shown below.

Once you have folded all three of your squares, it’s time to attach them! The two squares shown below are in different orientations: one with the opening towards the camera (right) and one with the opening towards the desk (left). This is really the only trick to assembling the card – you must attach your squares in alternating orientations: one facing up, one facing down, and so on.

Apply adhesive as shown below, and attach your two squares together.

Now your shape looks like this!

Repeat this step to attach the third square.
Note: You can actually create and attach more squares at this stage if you like! No matter how many squares you add, your card will still ‘squash’ down to a size of 2.5″ square. Just remember to keep alternating!

To decorate your card, you’ll need six squares of Designer Series Paper cut to 2.25″ square.

Cut your DSP diagonally and attach it to your card as shown.

You can fill in the gaps with 2.25″ squares of stamped cardstock, blank cardstock for writing a message, or even more Designer Series paper!

To finish, tie closed with a ribbon and add a sentiment.

What do you think – will you give the Squash Card a try? If so, please share a photo with me! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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