Product Spotlight: A Good Man

Today I’m featuring the stamp set “A Good Man”. This stamp set is perfect for masculine cards: Father’s Day, birthdays, retirement, any other occasion you need a masculine card for – and it’s the featured product in my upcoming Creativity to Go class. If you register for that class you’ll receive this stamp set PLUS all the supplies and tutorials to make five cards with your new stamp set – so, you’ll be all set for Father’s Day and all those other moments! You’ll also get access to an optional Zoom crafting class where we’ll meet and assemble the cards. Anyone in Canada is welcome to subscribe by following this link – the registration deadline is May 10th.

Many of us feel like masculine cards are a challenge, but I think that’s because we don’t have the right tools in hand to create for the masculine people in our lives. If we always gravitate towards flowers and swirly fonts, it’s no surprise that we get stuck when Father’s Day rolls around! This class will change that for you, giving you not only a wonderful set of stamps with terrific images and loving sentiments … not only a class to create five great masculine cards … but also confidence to continue creating with your new stamp set all throughout the year!

When you subscribe to Creativity to Go, you get everything you need to complete the cards: all the paper and cardstocks will be cut, punched, scored, or embossed as needed, and envelopes and embellishments are included. You just need to add your own ink and adhesive! If you don’t have any on hand, I’d be happy to help you with recommendations.

Another thing that can come in handy with this stamp set is a good set of colouring tools. Whether you prefer markers, Blends, or watercolour pencils is up to you; again, I’m happy to discuss your preferences and help you figure out what would work best for you. As an example, the card above is coloured with Blends; the one below is coloured with watercolour pencils. Which look do you prefer?

Did you catch my video earlier this week? I was using the same stamp set then too, along with another favourite, “Waterfront”, to create this card! If you missed the video, click here to check it out!

Now that you’ve seen a few projects with this wonderful stamp set, I hope you’ll join me for the May Creativity to Go class. Remember, for just $41 you’ll receive the stamp set and prepared supplies and tutorials to make five masculine cards!


Happy Stampin’!

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Video Tutorial: A Good Man

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a striking masculine card with the stamp set “A Good Man”, the featured stamp set in this month’s Creativity to Go virtual cardmaking class.
You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Crumb Cake layer: 4 x 5.25″
Old Olive: 2-5/8 x 4″
Vanilla: 2-3/8 x 4″

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If you love this stamp set and want to join me to make more masculine cards, be sure to join me for this month’s Creativity to Go! For $41 you’ll receive the stamp set PLUS prepared supplies and tutorials to make five terrific masculine cards – right in time for Father’s Day. Subscribe here by May 10th!

Happy Stampin’!

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Seashore Blog Hop: Mother’s Day

Welcome to another Seashore Stampers’ blog hop, and thanks for stopping by my blog today! I’m excited to share a couple of beautiful Mother’s Day cards with you. Mother’s Day is always one of my favourite occasions to create for, because I think ALL the moms deserve to be celebrated! Moms work hard for us every day, in so many ways, and one day a year is definitely not enough to thank them for all they do. Am I saying that just because I’m a mom? Well, I definitely appreciate my mom a lot more now that I have the perspective of a parent! 😅 And today is a special day for me – the thirteenth anniversary of the day I became a mom! 💖

Yes, this amazing child is 13 years old today!!

On with the cards! I made this first card a couple of weeks ago, using products from the Fine Art Floral suite. This suite is one of my favourites from the Spring Mini catalogue; from the delicate two-step stamping on the flower, to the simple elegance of the gold-woven ribbon, not to mention the stunning brushstrokes of the Designer Series Paper … there’s a lot to love in this suite!! While this layout is very simple, the card is still quite striking.

Then, I borrowed the Pansy Patch bundle, from the upcoming annual catalogue, from a friend. The new catalogue starts on May 4th, and I’m so excited about it that I’m throwing a FREE launch party! You can find all the details here. And good news – at the party, we’ll be making a card using products from this gorgeous Pansy Petals suite!

It was fun to recreate the same card with different products! All the items used to create the Fine Art Floral card are available now, and the items I used on the Pansy Patch card will be available May 4th.

Which card do you think you (or your mom) would prefer to receive?

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

                                              

Happy Stampin’!

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If you’re excited about the annual catalogue (and why wouldn’t you be?!), plan to join me at my virtual launch party on Thursday evening, May 6th! There will be games, prizes, product demonstrations, crafting, and lots of fun – and it’s ALL free! If you’d like a supply kit to craft along with me, please be sure to RSVP by April 29th so I can get it to you in time for the party!

Find all of the details here!

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Tutorial: Angled Slide-Lock Card

The Angled Slide-Lock Card is harder to say than it is to create! I learned this fold from fellow demonstrator Erica Edney, and I hope you have fun making it. Keep in mind that in order to create the locking mechanism, you will need the Classic Label punch, which is retiring and only available while supplies last.

Start with a cardbase measuring 5.5 x 10.5”. Score this piece at just a hair less than 4.25” and at 8.5”. Burnish the folds with your bone folder.

Now, with the smaller flap folded down, mark along the top at at 1” from the right edge.

Line up this mark in your trimmer and cut from the mark diagonally to the bottom corner of the flap.

Now your cardbase looks like this.

Note: The reason to put your first scoreline at just a hair less than 4.25″ is so that the larger flap can easily fold under the smaller one as shown above, without the two flaps bumping into each other and buckling. If you put your scoreline right on 4.25″, the flaps won’t have enough room to fold together.

Cut two pieces of Designer Series Paper:
4 x 5.25”
1.75 x 5.25”

Mark the smaller piece of DSP at 0.75” from the top right …

…and trim diagonally as you did with the cardbase.

Now it’s time for some punching! Use the Classic Label Punch on the large flap of the cardbase. Leaving about ½” on right side, slide the cardstock into punch as far as it will go.


Now close the large flap over the small one, and mark the right edge of the punched label shape with a pencil as shown.

Punch the smaller flap where marked. The smaller flap will only have part of the label shape punched out.
You can now add adhesive to the outside of the small flap, avoiding the punched hole. Multipurpose glue is great for this purpose as you’ll be able to reposition your DSP to get it lined up beautifully.

Once your DSP is attached, it’s very easy to see where you need to punch the label shape.

Do the same thing on the large flap.

And line up your Classic Label punch where needed.

Now your card looks like this!

Time to create the locking mechanism. For this, you will need a 2-1/4” circle punch or other die-cut shape that is wider than the hole. Using this punch (or die), cut a shape from the same colour cardstock as your cardbase. This circle will go inside your card.

Cut another circle – I happened to use the same colour, but you could use any colour you like – and decorate it as desired. This one will go on the outside of your card.

Position your inner circle and hold it in place with a Post-it note. Remember, you want the circle to cover the punched label slot.

Now, from the outside of the card, apply two Dimensionals. Notice that they are lined up with straight edges parallel to the edges of the punched-out label slot.

Remove the backing and mount the outer circle on the Dimensionals.

On the inside of the card, remove the Post-it note so that your inner circle can slide. (The inner and outer circle are now attached by the Dimensionals.)

The circles create a locking mechanism that slides across the label slot so that you can lock and unlock your card!

Decorate front and inside of card as desired.

Now remember – if you don’t already have the Classic Label punch (or any of the circle punches), get them right away as they are on the retirement list! Don’t miss out on these craftroom staples!

Happy Stampin’!

If you’re excited about the annual catalogue (and why wouldn’t you be?!), plan to join me at my virtual launch party on Thursday evening, May 6th! There will be games, prizes, product demonstrations, crafting, and lots of fun – and it’s ALL free! If you’d like a supply kit to craft along with me, please be sure to RSVP by April 29th so I can get it to you in time for the party!

Find all of the details here!

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Video Tutorial: Garden Wishes Bundle

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a terrific Spring-themed card with the Garden Wishes bundle – and learn about our adhesive sheets, as well!

Here are the cardstock measurements you’ll need:
Cardbase: 8.5 x 5.5″
DSP: 4 x 5.35
Cardstock mat: 3 x 4.5″
White cardstock: 2-7/8 x 4-3/8″
and some scraps of white, Bumblebee, and Mossy Meadow cardstock for punching and die-cutting.

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Tutorial: Book Fold Card

This is another terrific card fold I learned from my teammate Dianna! I love how simple yet striking it is. To create this card, I used some items from the upcoming annual catalogue, which should be landing in your mailbox soon! I hope you enjoy this sneak peek at the Beauty of Friendship bundle and the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper – you’ll be able to order these items starting May 4th!

Here are the measurements:
Cardbase: 4.25 x 11, scored at 4.25 & 5.5″
Cardstock mats: 4 x 4 and 4 x 1″
DSP: 3.75 x 3.75 and 3.75 x 0.75:
White insert: 4 x 4″

You’ll also need a length of ribbon.

Burnish the folds on your cardbase, and attach your DSP pieces to the cardstock mats.

Attach your panels to your cardbase.

Wrap your ribbon vertically around the smaller panel, and attach to the inside of the card as shown below.

Add Tear and Tape adhesive to the back of the small panel as shown below.

Peel off the backing of the Tear and Tape, and press the small panel so that it attaches to the back of the cardbase. This makes your card look like a book!

Add a knot or bow to your ribbon if desired.

Now decorate the white panel, and put on the inside of your card.

And decorate the outside as desired.

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LIVE Video Replay: Unboxing My New Annual Catalogue Pre-order!

The new annual catalogue is coming May 4th! It’s 180 pages of gorgeous creative inspiration, and while I can’t show you the pages yet, I CAN show you the products I’ve already ordered from it. Join me for this live replay and start making your wish list!

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Tutorial: Pocket Card

My teammate Dianna showed us all how to make this wonderful card at a recent Mystery Stamping night. (If you haven’t joined us for Mystery Stamping yet, please check out the details here!) I had a fun time playing with the Ice Cream Corner suite to create this card.

Here are the measurements:

2 pieces of 4.25 x 11″ cardstock (same colour)
Another piece of cardstock (can be same or different): 3.75 x 5.25″
White cardstock: 3.5 x 5″
Designer Series Paper:
4 x 5″
12 x 1.5″, scored at 5-5/8 and 11.25″

If you wish, use a corner rounder punch on the top two corners of your white cardstock and your cardstock mat.

For each of your large cardstock pieces, you are going to cut diagonally from the centre score line to one corner. I’ve scored these lines below so you can see where I’m going to cut.

Once you’ve cut these two lines, here are the shapes you’re left with.

Use adhesive to attach the two pieces together, overlapping the rectangular panels in the centre. Now your cardbase looks like this.

Cut your piece of DSP diagonally, corner to corner.

Attach each DSP triangle to one of the flaps of your card. Now the hard part: Deciding which flap will go in front.

Run adhesive along the bottom of your centre panel and fold closed the flap you DON’T want in the front, attaching it.

Now apply adhesive in a triangle as below, to the front of the closed flap. Fold closed the other flap – and you’ve created a pocket!

Stamp and decorate your white cardstock, which will go in the pocket of your card. If you like, it’s fun to put something that sticks up above the top edge – this will be a ‘handle’ for the recipient to pull this piece out of the pocket.

Mat the white piece on your other cardstock, and insert it into the pocket.

Fold, attach, and decorate your DSP belly band strip as desired.

I’m really pleased with how the finished card turned out! I’m going to give it to my daughter, who is turning 13 (!!!) in a few weeks.

Here’s another example of a pocket card, this time using the Forevery Greenery suite. Note that this one does not have a ‘pull tab’ on the top edge of the card; you can choose to add one, or not.

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Video Tutorial: All About the Take Your Pick Tool!

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you why the Take Your Pick tool is a MUST HAVE in your crafting room! You won’t believe all the things this versatile tool can do!

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Do you have this tool already? If not, head to my online store to get your own! If you do, tell me in the comments what you use it for the most!

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Annual Catalogue Retirement List

Have you checked out the Annual Catalogue Retirement List? Saying goodbye to favourite items is always hard, but getting them at 10-60% discount is sure to cheer you up. 😁  And don’t forget, if you order before April 5th I will send you a FREE tutorial bundle packed with Easter- and Spring-themed projects! 🐰🐣

I thought it would be fun to show you some of the cards I’ve made in the past with products that are retiring this month. All of these products are while supplies last, so if any of them are on your must-have list, do not wait! Order now via my online store!

All About Bundles …

As we look at the retiring list, it’s important to understand the difference between bundles that are fully retiring and bundles that are semi-retiring.

For example, the Beautiful World bundle (page 174, 2020 Annual Catalogue) is fully retiring. Neither the stamps nor the dies are carrying over to the new annual catalogue – both of these products will be gone for good on May 4th (or earlier if stock runs out before then). So if they’re on your wish list – don’t wait!

Here are some other bundles that are fully retiring:


In contrast, the Forever Fern bundle (page 174) is semi-retiring. Both the stamps and the dies ARE carrying over to the new annual catalogue, BUT the opportunity to save 10% when you buy these two products together will no longer be available after May 4th. If these items are on your wish list, make sure you buy them NOW before that 10% discount is gone!

Here are some other bundles that are semi-retiring:


There are a handful of bundles where one item is retiring, and the other is continuing. Here are some examples:


Finally, there is just one bundle that is carrying over from one annual catalogue to the next. The Blossoms in Bloom bundle (page 174) will still be offered at a discount bundle price in the new annual catalogue.


What about the Spring Mini? See the retirement list for the Spring Mini Catalogue here. Remember, we still have a few more months until that catalogue retires on June 30th! 😅

There were definitely some surprises on the retirement list this time around. Below are some items I consider basics and/or must-haves. If you don’t already have these in your craft room, you should consider making an order ASAP, before they sell out!

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Here are some more items I was really surprised to find on the retirement list!


If you really want to make the most of these discounted items, join my team! By joining today you will have INSTANT ACCESS to the upcoming annual catalogue and be ready to launch it to your customers next month. 🤩 You’ll get a 20% discount on ALL your Stampin’ Up! orders, and yes that’s IN ADDITION to the discounts already applied to retiring items. It’s a win-win! Learn more about the opportunity here, and if you still have questions, let’s chat!

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