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I’m very happy to be participating in a blog hop with fellow Canadian demonstrator Stefanie Pletscher, The Crafty Medic. The theme for the hop is PRIDE!

This is an important topic for me and my family, as we strive to be good allies and uphold the rights of all – regardless of skin colour, gender, sexual orientation, or any other factor. This past month has shown all of us that we need to do more: not just show acceptance and tolerance, but stand up to bigotry and prejudice in al its forms. My family and I will keep working toward this goal, now and always.

My daughter Gwen (12) absolutely loves rainbows, so I enlisted her help in creating this card. I blogged here about how to create a rainbow background just a few months ago, but I knew Gwen would take it in a whole different direction … and she didn’t disappoint! She is a true artist. Just look at all the amazing backgrounds she created… no two are the same!

All I had to do was choose one, and overlay the die-cut from Detailed Hearts on top of it for a bold Pride card.

I’m not even sure this card needs a sentiment – it seems to have a message on its own, doesn’t it?

Warning for those who would like to try the rainbow background technique: it will stain your bone folder. But then again, if you’re a rainbow fan like Gwen and me, you might just find that to be a benefit!

Now be sure to click the links below and visit the other blogs to see more wonderful Pride projects! Happy Stampin’!


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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video is a little bit different. As we all know, the new annual catalogue started on June 3rd. And since I obviously couldn’t hold an in-person catalogue launch party, I struggled with how to celebrate and share this catalogue with all of you in a fun and safe way. This video is what I came up with! It’s a catalogue tour with fun and prizes along the way …. kind of like we’re all attending a launch party together, but apart?! And of course it wouldn’t be a launch party without prizes, so be sure to leave your comments below for a chance to win!

Grab your annual catalogue, get comfy, maybe have a favourite beverage nearby, because we are going to do a deep dive into this awesome catalogue!

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I hope you enjoyed the catalogue tour! Don’t forget to leave me some comments for a chance to win a prize!

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 use the Stitched Rectangle dies and Hand-Lettered Prose dies to get two cards out of one cut!

You’ll need:

Two cardbases: 5.5 x 8.5”
Two cardstock mats: 4 x 5.25”
One additional mat: 3.75 x 5”
DSP: 3.75 x 5”

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Once you’ve made your own pair of two-for-one cards, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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The Seashore Stampers are hopping again, and this time our theme is Mother’s Day/feminine cards. I’m featuring a card I made using the Timeless Tulips bundle in the Spring Mini Catalogue. In fact, this card is almost exactly the same as the sample shown on page six – I’ve CASE’d the Catty!

This card is part of the Timeless Tulips Class by Mail I offered for the month of April. If you order the bundle, you will receive the kits and instructions to make five beautiful cards, as shown here. Since I couldn’t hold in-person classes this month, I thought Class-by-Mail would be fun! It’s not nearly as fun as getting together in person, but at least it keeps us crafting!

 

One thing is for sure, Mother’s Day (as well as many other celebrations) is looking pretty different this year. I hope you’ll take a moment to send a card to someone you care about – whether it’s your own mom, or someone else you admire and appreciate. It’s sure to brighten their day!

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

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

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I’ve got some handy die-cutting tips and tricks for you in today’s Stampin’ Sunday video, featuring the Honey Bee bundle from the Spring Mini Catalogue.

You’ll need:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5”
DSP: 4 x 5.25”
Gold foil: 2-5/8” square
White: 2.5” square
Scrap white for bees and sentiment

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What’s your favourite die cutting tip? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Stampin’!

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I made this adorable treat box recently for Easter. It’s a fun and easy project I call the “one-piece box” because the box and lid are all one piece, and there is very little cutting involved to put it all together.


Cardstock measurement is 6.25 x 11.
Score cardstock along the long side at 1.5 and 4.75”.
Score along the short side at 1.5, 3, 6.25, and 7.75”.

Cut off two small squares as shown.

You will also need to use a scoring board, or the scoring blade on your trimmer, to create diagonal score lines on the remaining four small squares.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another view of the cardstock, with the two squares cut off to create a flap. If you have one, you can use a corner rounder punch on the flap.

Next, burnish all your score lines (including the diagonal ones).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’ll need 4 pieces of DSP measuring 3 x 1.25″, and one piece measuring 3 x 3″.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My project used DSP that doesn’t have a right-side-up orientation. If your DSP does, you can use this photo as a reference for which side of your box will be the top once it is folded. The red print shows the top for the four DSP strips; the green print shows the top for the DSP square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next four images show how to fold up the box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pocket created by this folded panel is where you will slide the flap of the box to keep it closed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slide the panel into place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Now you can decorate your box however you’d like! I used the Medium Daisy and Balloon punch to create bunnies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you’ve made a one-piece box, share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Stampin’ Up! Blends markers are amazing for colouring in stamped images, but they can do so much more. Learn about three unexpected uses for your Blends in this week’s Stampin’ Sunday video!

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Cardstock layer: 3.75 x 5″
Designer Series Paper: 3-5/8 x 4-7/8″

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Have you been colouring with your Blends? Don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Hello stampin’ friends! I hope you are finding some ways to take care of yourselves (particularly with mental and emotional health) during these enormously challenging times. No surprise that I have turned to crafting as a good way to keep myself busy and soothed during our self-isolation. Remember that crafting stimulates dopamine production (meaning, it gives you a sense of accomplishment and worth) not only when you’re actively engaged in the creative process, but also upon completion or when you share your creation with others. Meaning, put that lovely card in the mail and brighten someone’s day!

This month’s Blog Hop is all about Easter!

For my card, I hand-coloured the background of the gorgeous Flowering Foils paper to really make those flowers pop. This paper is truly stunning, featuring rose gold foil and silver foil on every sheet! Then I used my Medium Daisy punch to create some bigger flowers to decorate, and added a simple sentiment from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set!

I coloured a whole collection of card fronts in different colours. I just love the look it creates! I’ve finished two more of them for specific people/occasions, and have three more on hand for whatever inspires me next. Which colour do you like best?

This gorgeous paper is a Level One Sale-a-Bration reward item, meaning you can get it free with your qualifying purchase – but only until March 31st, just a few days away! Stampin’ Up! has also added a third release of free items for us to earn, all from the annual catalogue. You can check them out here on my website. It’s a fun collection, with a little something for everyone!

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

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

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