World Cardmaking Day Specials and Designer Series Paper Sale!

If you’re starting to ramp up your crafting for the holidays, or if you love a bargain, you’re going to have a lot of fun in October! To celebrate World Cardmaking Day (October 7th), Stampin’ Up is offering some fabulous discounts on the products below. For ten days (October 1–10), you get 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and select stamp sets.

Check out the entire World Cardmaking Day Flyer!

And there’s more! Throughout the entire month of October, select packs of Designer Series Paper are Buy Three, Get One Free! Many of the discounted stamp sets above co-ordinate with the DSP below, so it’s a great time to stock up and save!

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You can shop at my online store using Hostess Code D6ZHEJVK. Remember, the stamp sets are only discounted until October 10th, but the DSP sale is on for the entire month of October.

Happy Stamping Saving!

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Getting Carried Away

I set a goal for myself to use up all my retired Designer Series Paper (DSP) over the summer. Well, I didn’t manage to do it by the end of summer (I kept finding more … and more … and more!), but I have made LOADS of cards and am continuing to use up beautiful retired paper. One of my strategies for doing this quickly and easily was to find a card design I like, and then make as many of that design as I can manage with my remaining paper. The latest paper to get that treatment in my craft studio was the lovely and whimsical “Carried Away” paper from the 2017 Sale-a-Bration catalogue.

I made over 50 of these cards in the past week or so. Once I chose the design, I just cut all the paper and cardstock to size, then assembled. I stamped different colours of balloons and used a variety of sentiments, so I got a whole assortment of different looks and occasions for the cards.

Here’s a handy tip: See that white square framing the balloon paper? I stamped the balloon on that cardstock square, then used the thinlit to cut it out. Because I covered the white square with another cardstock layer and then a DSP layer, you can’t see the cutout – and I saved cardstock 🙂

Here are the dimensions for the card, if you’d like to recreate the design with your favourite DSP:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5″
DSP: 4 x 5.25″
White square: 2.5 x 2.5″
Cardstock square: 2 3/8 x 2 3/8″
DSP square: 2.25 x 2.25″
White cardstock for sentiment: 2.5 x .75″

Lift Me Up Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Up and Away Thinlit Set
Stampin’ Trimmer
Designer Series Paper

Happy Stampin’!

Tutorial: Side Step Card

Supplies needed:

Cardstock: 8.5 x 5.5”

Coordinating Designer Series Paper:
2.75 x 4”
2.25 x 2.25”
2.25 x 1.5”

Whisper White cardstock for insert: 4 x 2.75”

Scraps and embellishments for decorating

 

Cut and score your Night of Navy cardbase as follows:

Line up the cardstock in your Stampin’ Trimmer with the long side lined up at 3”. Use the cutting blade to cut from 7.5” to 10”.

 

 

 

 

 

Rotate right 90 degrees. Score only from the cut line to the bottom of the card at 2.5, 3.25, and 5”.

 

Rotate 180 degrees. Score the opposite side of the card from the cut line to the edge at 4.25”.

Add the three pieces of DSP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorate as desired. 

Happy Stampin’!

Colour Co-ordination for the Beginning Stamper

If you’ve ever been to one of my Stampin’ parties, you’ve probably heard me say some variation of the following:

“One of my very favourite things about Stampin’ Up! is that they make colour co-ordination so easy.”

There are two ways Stampin’ Up! makes colour co-ordination the very easiest part of your craft project. First, their colours match across product lines, and they offer nearly every product in nearly every colour. So, if you choose Real Red cardstock as the base for your project, you can use Real Red ink, Real Red embellishments, and Designer Series Paper that contains Real Red, and your project will match flawlessly.

The second way is that you can use any set of Designer Series Paper as a basis for your colour choices – even if you don’t have the paper in question! When you look at DSP in the catalogue (or online), the product description will tell you what colours the paper co-ordinates with:

If you order the paper, these details will also appear on the packaging for the paper:

Now if you’re in your craft room and want to create a card or other project, you may not be sure of what colours will go well together. Look no further than these DSP colour co-ordination lists; you can be assured that any two or more colours from the same list will look well together, as they’ve been paired together to make the beautiful DSP pack that tempts you from the catalogue page.Even if you don’t use the actual DSP in your project, you can still take advantage of the colour list – and your project will look terrific!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What colour combinations are your favourites?

Happy Stampin’!

Send More Cards! (Part One of Two)

Many of us love to make cards, but may not give or send many of them. I find that giving my cards away only increases the joy – the recipient knows how special it is to receive a handmade card, and is so happy to be remembered and honoured in this way. Then, seeing their joy and appreciation makes me even happier! Sending cards is a great way to share your kindness with others. There are two things I do to ensure that I send out lots of joy in the mail each month – I’ll share one with you this month, and one next month.

My birthday list is neither pretty nor crafty, but it is practical. I’ve gathered people’s birthdays from Facebook, family calendars, and – when all else fails – just outright asking if I can add them to my birthday list! Everyone is grouped into their birthday month, and listed in date order.

On the last week of every month, I look at the birthdays for the following month and pull out birthday cards for all those people. (Yes – I always have that many birthday cards on hand. Yes – I recognize that I may have a crafting problem!) I fill them all out, stamp and address them if not delivering by hand, and then organize them by mail/delivery date.

The prepared cards then sit in this wee bin by my front door. I made tabs with my Large Numbers stamps so I can sort the cards and have them ready for their ‘go’ date. Every day when I leave the house, I see the next date on which I need to deliver or mail a card – when that day comes, I just have to pull the card(s) and go.

Sending birthday cards to friends, family, and customers has helped me stay in touch with them, and helped them feel appreciated and cared for. I’m really glad that I am able to share the joy of handmade with them all!

Watch for Part Two of Send More Cards coming soon!

Colourful Seasons Frame

Over my summer vacation, I finally set about creating a photo gallery wall in my staircase. I’ve been wanting to do this project since we moved to this house two years ago, but I also knew it would be a big project and I wanted to do it right, so I took my time in preparation – and I’m glad I did! It was a lot of fun choosing just the right photos and arranging everything in the available space. As I write this, the project is not quite completed yet, but so far it looks terrific!

As soon as I saw the Colourful Seasons Bundle in the new annual catalogue, I knew I wanted to add those amazing die-cut elements to some framed family photos.  I chose some photos from each season – some professionally taken, others not – and then added some die-cut shapes to embellish them. In addition to Colourful Seasons, I also used the Jar of Love bundle and the (retired) Itty Bitty Butterfly punch.

I am so pleased with the result! Just one more example of how versatile these products are!

Tutorial: Mini Cards

Tutorial: Mini Cards
   I wanted to give my Stampers’ Club members a thank-you gift for supporting my business this past year, and decided to make them all a pack of mini cards. There’s just something about 3×3″ cards that is so adorable, don’t you think?

Start by cutting your coloured cardstock to 6 x 3″ and scoring in the centre. I used Powder Pink, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, and Tangerine Tango. For each card, cut two squares of white cardstock at 2.75 x 2.75″ – one for the front, and one for the inside of the card.

Stamp your card fronts with the desired images. I used the Colorful Seasons stamp set for these!

The Envelope Punch Board makes it easy to create custom envelopes. I used pages from the recently retired 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! catalogue, cut to 5 1/4″ square.

After scoring, punching, and folding, the envelopes are ready and look adorable!

As a finishing touch, I like to package a set of four cards and envelopes together in a clear sleeve.

Happy Stamping!

Stampers’ Ten FAQ

What is a Stampers’ Ten Club?
A Stampers’ Ten Club is a group of ten people who meet once a month to craft together and place a minimum order of $20 in Stampin’ Up! product.

Who hosts the craft nights?
I do all the work (planning the projects and prepping the supplies), but each member of the group gets a turn to earn the hostess rewards for one of the monthly parties.

How long does the club run?
The club runs for ten months, so that every member has a chance to host.

Can I invite friends and family to craft night?
Definitely! Just make sure I know how many people are coming, so I can prep supplies.

How much free product can I earn?
Each hostess will earn a minimum of $25 in free product. Some hostesses have earned up to $120 in free product!

Can I earn a half-price product?
If your party reaches $550 in sales, you will earn a half-price product (in addition to your free products!).

I’m just starting out in crafting. Is a club right for me?
Yes! You’ll get to build your stampin’ stash a bit at a time, while you try out a range of products and techniques to find out what you enjoy.

I’ve been crafting for ages. Will I enjoy your club?
Yes! You’ll experiment with different techniques and ideas, while enjoying a fun monthly night out with lots of laughter and camaraderie.

I think my friend/relative/neighbour would be interested, can they join?
Of course! Send them a link to this post so they can check out all the details!

Are there any extra perks that come with joining your club?
In addition to a free gift from me at the beginning and end of the year, my club members are welcome to borrow my stamp sets and thinlits for up to two weeks to work on their own projects at home.

When does the club start?
It starts in September, so you should contact me now if you’re interested in joining!

I have more questions about joining your club!
Email me today and ask! I’m always happy to answer your questions!

Carols of Christmas Available Today!

I love this gorgeous bundle! The two large stamps make it easy to quickly create a whole stack of cards, while the detailed thinlits add beautiful dimension and interest. This bundle is part of a mega-suite from the new holiday catalogue, which will be available for ordering on September 1st – however, the Carols of Christmas bundle is available today!

Stampin’ Up! has put together a lovely video tour of this bundle – watch it here.

Just look at some of the beautiful cards people have created with this bundle:

Dani's Thoughtful Corner: Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop- Carols of Christmas

iloveminialbums: Carols of Christmas Cards

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I’ll be ordering my set today, so I can start creating beautiful cards like this too!

You can order Carols of Christmas directly from my online store. Be sure to use Hostess Code XPM7NRX9, and apply your Bonus Days coupon codes from your July purchases. Then comment below and show me what you’ve created!

Happy Stampin!

 

Spotlight on the New In Colors

Have you tried out the new In Colors yet? Do you have a favourite – or a least favourite? I admit, when the colours were first revealed online, I wasn’t a fan of Lemon Lime Twist. But now that I’ve had a chance to use all the colours – in cardstock, ink, and designer series paper form – Lemon Lime Twist might be my favourite of the bunch!

I wanted everyone at my card classes to have a chance to play with all of the colours, so here are two of the projects we did that use all five colours in one card:

And here’s another project, which uses just one of the In Colors – everyone got to choose which colour they’d like to use: Products used for these projects:
Beautiful You stamp set
Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack
Whisper White cardstock
Basic Black cardstock
2017-2019 In Color inkpads
2017-2019 In Color cardstock
Basic Black inkpad
Triple Banner Punch
Happy Birthday Thinlit Die
Balloon Bouquet Punch
Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set
Balloon Celebration stamp set