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The wait is finally over – the new annual catalogue launches today! 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 Beginners – Above the Clouds bundle
This bundle has everything a beginner needs: some fun, easy graphical stamps that are suitable for a wide range of recipients; a versatile collection of sentiments to fit a variety of occasions; and a co-ordinating punch to step up your crafting game when you’re ready. I love the charming, watercolour look of the stamps, particularly the ‘background’ images Stampin’ Up! chose to include: clouds, pennants, birds, and banners. This will be a super easy-to-love bundle!

Best Sentiment Stamp Set – Here’s a Card
Clearly, the designers at Stampin’ Up! are keeping up with current trends in sassy-yet-sincere sentiments, because this stamp set has a great collection of them. Whether you want to send a card of encouragement (“It’s all messy. The hair, the house, the heart. Life”), celebrate a friendship (“I can’t begin to count all the times we’ve laughed together – mostly because numbers are hard”), or praise an accomplishment (“Congratulations on that thing you did. I’d give you a standing ovation, but here’s a card instead”), this stamp set has you covered. There are also a good number of genuine sentiments, including “I’m here if you need me”, “Thank you for being my friend”, “You made my day”, “Happy birthday”, and “May your heart find the peace it needs”. This is a terrific collection of sentiments that covers a wide range of occasions, sure to get lots of use throughout the year!

Best Graphic Stamp Set – Free as a Bird
Free as a Bird narrowly wins out over Floral Essence, which is also gorgeous and has a co-ordinating punch (you know how I love those!). I had to choose Free as a Bird simply because it will be suitable for a wider range of recipients (read: you can use it for masculine cards). I absolutely love the soft and simple lines of this stamp set, and the lovely sentiments that go along with them. The size of the stamps means you can easily complete a card with only one or two stamps, as shown here in the sample we made at OnStage:

If you want to step up your Bird Ballad projects even more, consider the laser cut cards and tin – a set of 12 lacy laser-cut cards ready for your finishing touches. The tin even includes 12 co-ordinating scalloped-edge envelopes, all for only $24.

Best Timesaver – Memories & More Card Packs
The two suites featured on the catalogue cover, Magnolia Lane and Come Sail Away, each have co-ordinating Memories & More card packs that can have you creating 50 flawless cards in only a few minutes, for only $15. Craft with the pre-designed elements as they are, or add co-ordinating products from the rest of the suite to really step up your projects. Either way, it’s a brilliant timesaver with great value!

Best Embellishment – Follow Your Art Embellishment Kit
Honourable Mention to the stunningly gorgeous flower faceted gems, created to co-ordinate with the Mosaic Mood suite but ready to add a touch of bling to any project. In the end, though, I have to give top prize to the Follow Your Art Embellishment Kit. For only $15, you get over 70 individual embellishments including stitched felt shapes, silver charms, and paper clips, plus six yards of linen thread in two beautiful colours. And it all comes in an adorable designer box, ready for re-purposing or gift-giving! Sign me up!

Best Bundle – Daisy Lane bundle
I love that Stampin’ Up! has come out with another daisy-themed bundle, and this one is the best of both worlds. If you already have the Daisy Delight stamp set and Daisy punch, this new bundle will co-ordinate with it beautifully, and even includes a daisy stamp that fits your pre-existing Daisy punch. If you don’t have those products, you can jump straight into using this new bundle, with its adorable floral imagery (that fern!) and a charming new Medium Daisy punch. Absolutely delightful!

Best Paper – Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Paper
When I first saw this stunning paper on the display boards at OnStage, I audibly gasped. The royal colours, the shimmering foil, and the elegant repeating patterns … I am in love. And that’s before we even look at the rest of the suite, which includes a stamp set and die cut bundle, a beautiful embossing folder, sparkly rhinestones with the same rich colours, and shimmery reversible ribbon …! But back to the paper. Featuring one of our brand new In Colors, “Pretty Peacock“, this specialty foil paper is going to add a lush richness to your projects that any lucky recipient is sure to appreciate.

Best New Tool – Die Brush Tip
The new Storage by Stampin’ Up! is amazing, but we’ve already talked about that! There are some other great tools to check out, though. For example, remember last year when I predicted that we’d see some new interchangeable heads for the Take Your Pick tool? Well, here’s the first of them: a Die Brush Tip! The brush head fits right onto your existing tool, and helps you remove small cut pieces from your dies. When you order the brush head, you’ll also receive two foam mats to go along with it. Great bargain for $12.25!

In Case You Missed It …

Detailed Bands
This bundle leaped out at me right away when I looked at the catalogue. Similar to recent products like Stitched All Around and Dear Doily, it has gorgeous detailing along with beautiful sentiments that combine to make a big impact on your project. It has one major advantage over Dear Doily, too: with bands on the side, you won’t need to fuss with specialty adhesive, but can just use your snail on the wider bands, making this set a must-have for me!

Heirloom Frames Embossing + Die Set
Here’s a new idea: Stampin’ Up! has combined a pair of dies with a pair of embossing folders, so you can create your own embossed frames. What a cool idea! There are some beautiful samples in the catalogue using these products (see pages 4 and 13), which of course co-ordinate with the Woven Heirlooms stamp set – and YES, you can bundle the stamp set with Heirloom Frames for a 10% discount!

And don’t forget these awesome hostess sets, which you can only earn if you host a qualifying party during the catalogue period.

Did I leave your favourite product off my list? Comment and let me know!

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Today’s video is a Show and Tell about all the beautiful Make and Take projects I got to make last weekend at a meeting of the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  All products available through my online store, though some products will not be available until June 4th with the release of the 2019 annual catalogue.

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Leave me a comment and let me know which of these projects you’re interested in learning! Maybe it will be featured in a future video!

Happy Stampin’!

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Another meeting of the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group, another awesome collection of swap cards!

The theme for this swap was “New Catalogue Products”, which I am so excited about, because it means I can give you a sneak peek of these awesome new products, and get inspired by others’ creativity. There are so many ideas here that I can’t wait to try out for myself!

As always, I’ve labeled the photos with the main products used and the names of the makers – except for cards which weren’t labeled when I received them, so I don’t know who made them!

Don’t you just love this beautiful new designer series paper Adrienne used? It’s called Perennial Essence and it’s clearly inspired by the art of Monet. When you look at the paper in person, you can actually see the brush strokes! It’s just stunning. I also love the sentiments in the co-ordinating stamp set (Floral Essence), including this one: “All days are beautiful that begin with you.”

Ann really outdid herself with this amazing creation starring the new Follow Your Art suite, with a few extra stamps used from “Crafting Forever“. What an awesome project – and yes, the whole box folds flat for mailing!

Good Morning Magnolia is an awesome new stamp set, and I love that Barb chose to use some different colours here! Great colouring with the Blends, and the Country Floral embossing folder for the layer behind is the perfect accent to set off the flower.

I love the colours Bruni chose for her First Frost card – lovely card for a spring wedding!

I love the Birch background stamp Elke used here – just look at the awesome texture it adds to this card! The Daisy Lane stamp set is one of my top picks from the new catalogue, as well – the large daisy stamp co-ordinates with the pre-existing Daisy Punch, and there is a new smaller daisy and a new co-ordinating punch!

I love the simple stamping layout of Joanne’s Daisy Lane card. See the subtle sponged colour she added at the top left? Beautiful!

Laurel’s fancy-fold card uses Good Morning Magnolia and the Stitched Rectangles. Absolutely stunning!

This gorgeous Mosaic Mood DSP is so rich and detailed, you don’t need much else on your card. Works perfectly for this simple layout!

The Sailing Home suite is a new favourite of mine, and ideal for masculine cards of all kinds. Don’t you love the detail on the stamps, and the sweet sentiment “You are my true north”? Those silver trinkets are so terrific as well!

Another Mosaic card, this one by Carolyn. Carolyn notes that you can really “let the DSP do the talking”, and she has done a great job of that with this card! She also used a layer embossed with the Subtle embossing folder, which provides a perfect balance for the colourful details of the DSP.

Susan also used Mosaic Mood, with a cool fun fold! That sentiment “True friendship is one of God’s greatest gifts” is from “To a Wild Rose”, a new Distinktive stamp set.

I love the bright colours and fun images on this Pop of Petals card! Great card to share at a class, as everyone can make it their own.

Mi Ran used the Stitched Rectangles and vellum cardstock to create an Etch-a-Sketch card! Isn’t that fun?

Here’s my card, using the Sailing Home suite and a folded-corner design. I used the Take Your Pick tool to tease out the ends of the twine and make it look like frayed rope.

I love this layout by Erica! What a great way to show off our beautiful Designer Series Paper, in this case “Garden Lane”.

Dianne’s beautiful card uses the Perennial Essence paper, as well as the Floral Essence stamp set and co-ordinating punch. The stamp and punch create a three-petaled flower that you can layer together! I love how she used the Petal Pink vellum cardstock and organdy striped ribbon to embellish her project!

Which one of these cards is your favourite? Drop me a comment below and let me know!

The demonstrators I met at this event were warm, welcoming, and supportive and I can’t wait to see them again at our next get-together. If you’d like to join in at events like this, join my team and we can go to the next meeting together! Being a demonstrator is awesome – you get to work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out. If you’re interested or have questions, let me know!

If these fabulous cards inspire you to order any of the products shown, you can shop 24/7 at my online store. Please note that many of these products won’t be available until June 4th – one week from today, yippee!! Don’t forget to use the current hostess code (over on the right-hand side of my website) to get a free gift from me as well! Happy Stampin’!

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For April’s workshops, in preparation for Mother’s Day, my attendees got to make three feminine cards. Of course, these cards are good for more than just Mother’s Day: they’re great for birthdays, thank yous, and other occasions – even weddings! Here are the three designs we got to make together last month.

I sure do love this stunning Beauty Abounds stamp set. Aren’t those textured bubbles just exquisite? I love the effects they create. You might recognize that this card is a CASE from a design by Susan Easter, which I received at a recent demonstrators’ meeting. I loved her card so much I had to get the stamp set and try it myself! I chose to use Coastal Cabana and Soft Seafoam for the colours, and I used Strong and Beautiful for the sentiments.

Tip: Don’t worry about the stamped flowers overlapping in the middle of your card front; it’ll be covered by the circles. Also, you can punch out the 2 1/4″ circle from the centre of your Coastal Cabana cardstock mat piece – it’ll be covered by the white layer!

I had to feature this beautiful bundle in a workshop. I’m always on the lookout for big bold sentiments that make cardmaking easy, and the new stitched rectangle framelits are so terrific! I also added a few die-cut shapes from the Be Mine stitched framelits, as shown in the photo below. See how I used the scalloped edge thinlit to create a cool border on the Melon Mambo cardstock?

Tip: Wondering how I came up with this great colour combo of Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, and Gorgeous Grape? I started with two of the main colours in How Sweet It Is DSP, because using your DSP as a starting point for colour combination is a great way to avoid guesswork. Then, because I didn’t quite have the right colours on hand, I used one of my favourite websites, My Create Ink Color Lab, to be sure that Tempting Turquoise would look good with the other colours I’d chosen.

I saw this design online somewhere and was so impressed with the clever use of Swirly Frames to create a …. well, a framework for the floral wreath. Brilliant! The great thing about Beautiful Bouquet stamp set is that it comes with LOADS of lovely sentiment stamps, so you can turn this into any kind of card you want: wedding, birthday, thank you, thinking of you, etcetera. And of course, you can make your floral wreath in any style and colours you want.

Tip: Start by stamping the circle frame, then add your sentiment. Stamp the largest flowers first, and then fill in the spaces with the smaller ones.

If these projects have inspired you, remember you can shop 24/7 at my online store. And if you’d like to attend a workshop, check out my events page! My workshops are almost done for the year – I’ll be holding two more in June and then taking a break for the summer. Of course, if you’d like to host your own in-home party and make a card or two with some friends, I can definitely help with that too! Drop me a line and we’ll plan a date!

 

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Today’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a quick and easy fun-fold card! I’ve used the Geared Up Garage suite for this project, making it a great card for Father’s Day.

You’ll need:
1 sheet of 8.5 x 11″ cardstock
4 panels of Designer Series Paper, cut to 2.5 x 4″
1 panel of white cardstock, cut to 2.5 x 4″

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

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a simple treat pocket using the Envelope Punch Board. I can’t believe this awesome tool is retiring, so I had to show you one of my favourite projects with it before it’s gone!

You’ll need:
Envelope Punch Board
DSP cut to 4.5″ square

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Have you made any other cool creations with the Envelope Punch Board? Share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Last weekend I got to attend another meeting of the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group. Again, it was a super fun and informative day! We were warmly welcomed by the event organizers, who right away introduced us to an icebreaker game by taping the name of a Stampin’ Up! product to each attendee’s back – we had to guess what it was by asking Yes or No questions of those around us. We also got to listen to some terrific business presentations, including one that I particularly enjoyed about social media. It’s always fascinating to find out how different demonstrators run their businesses! The Make and Take project was absolutely GORGEOUS – I’ll share that with you next week – and of course, there were swap cards galore! The theme for this swap was “My Favourite Layout”, which was an irresistible one for me, as I love learning new layouts. As I expected, there are several here that I’m excited to try out myself!

As always, I’ve labeled the photos with the main products used and the names of the makers – except for cards which weren’t labeled when I received them, so I don’t know who made them!

The demonstrators I met at this event were warm, welcoming, and supportive and I can’t wait to see them again at our next get-together. If you’d like to join in at events like this, join my team and we can go to the next meeting together! Being a demonstrator is awesome – you get to work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out. If you’re interested or have questions, let me know!

I love this beautiful bridge card by Barb Hogg and am totally convinced to try this fold myself. It’s so cool-looking, and yes, it folds flat! It probably doesn’t hurt that she used one of my favourite Designer Series Papers, as well. I’m sure gonna miss “Share What You Love“!

My friend Carolyn used two different techniques, Polished Stone and Watercolour Smooching, to create these shimmery effects. She told me that they both require glossy paper to achieve, and since glossy paper is retiring at the end of May, now’s the time to learn these techniques!

All the demonstrators who went to OnStage last month received the beautiful Daisy Lane stamp set, which will be available to purchase July 4th. It looks great with the lovely Gingham Gala paper, the Daisy punch, and a fancy z-fold. This card arrived without a name, so I don’t know who made it, but I sure love the design!

I love what Dianne did here with the Delightfully Detailed laser-cut DSP. The sentiment is from the stamp set “Humming Along“. What a stunning card!

Erica did an amazing job with this card, showcasing the gorgeous new Perennial Essence suite, which will be available in the new catalogue starting June 4th. This is a great layout which I’ve used before myself!

Another anonymous card, and it’s too bad, because I’d love to give credit to whomever created this beautiful z-fold card with the Painted Harvest stamp set. Great layout, and great use of one of the retiring In Colors, Berry Burst!

I love this cut-card-front layout by Jean Myers, starring the new Mosaic Mood specialty DSP and a sentiment stamp from Free as a Bird. This gorgeous paper and the stamp set will be available June 4th.

Here’s my contribution to the swap – a centre step card featuring the Follow Your Art suite. I love this layout because it’s a terrific way to show off beautiful DSP without needing to use a lot of your stash to make a huge impact. This charming new suite will be available June 4th.

Marie Claire made this lovely card featuring the Well Said bundle and Tropical Chic. Lovely simple and effective layout – this one would be easy to mass-produce!

I loved this card before I opened it, but when I discovered the surprise fun fold, I loved it even more! It even features a bundle I’m ordering this month, Varied Vases. This is a great bundle to help you create beautiful cards for a variety of occasions right away. It’s on my order this month!

This gorgeous card has convinced me to try this layout for myself in the near future. It features the Bird Ballad suite, available June 4th. Beautiful!

Which one of these layouts is your favourite? Drop me a comment below and let me know!

If these fabulous cards inspire you to order any of the products shown, you can shop 24/7 at my online store. Don’t forget to use the current hostess code (over on the right-hand side of my website) to get a free gift from me as well! Happy Stampin’!

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I am an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Nanaimo, BC. I love creating cards and other handmade projects, and I love showing others how they can make their own creations! I hope you can find creative inspiration through my blog and my classes. Thanks for stopping by!

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