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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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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!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will walk you through all the items in the Snail Mail suite, and then we’ll use a selection of them to make a card together!

You’ll need:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5”
White cardstock 4 x 5.25”
DSP: 3.75 x 5”
Real Red cardstock: 4 x 1.75”
DSP: 3.75 x 1.5”
and then some scraps of white, Real Red, and Basic Gray cardstock.

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Have you used this suite? I’d love to see a photo of your project! Share in the comments!

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a cute, simple card with the Darling Donkeys stamp set, a free Sale-a-Bration item! You can get this stamp set FREE with your qualifying purchase, but only until 11pm tonight (PST). Don’t miss out – follow the links in the product list below the post, and get your free items before they’re gone!

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
DSP: 4 x 5.25″
Contrasting DSP: 1.25 x 4.25″


I also used one of the scalloped rectangle dies from the Stitched So Sweetly die set to cut out some white cardstock, but you could easily use a different shape, or simply a rectangle cut on your trimmer.

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Have you made a card with the Darling Donkeys? 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 do a simple technique with the Blending Brushes to create a beautiful shadow effect around a shape.  I’m using the Dragonfly Garden bundle for my project, but you can use any stamp set you like!

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Mat layer: 4 x 5.25
White: 3 x 4.25″
DSP: 4.25 x .75″

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Have you tried out the Blending Brushes yet? Share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I’ve got another Fun Fold card tutorial to share with you. My friend and fellow demonstrator Carolyn was kind enough to share the measurements with me. I hope you’ll enjoy this super easy card!

You will need the following cuts of cardstock:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5″
scored at 2, 3-1/8, 5-3/8, 6.5″
White insert: 2 x 5.25″

Mats in a contrasting colour:
2 pieces – 1.75 x 5.25″
2 pieces – 1 x 5.25″
1 piece – 2 x 5.25″

Then you’ll need some Designer Series Paper:
2 pieces – 1.5 x 5″
2 pieces – 0.75 x 5″
1 piece of 1.75 x 5″

If you like, you can play with the idea of cutting all your DSP pieces so that the pattern continues along the panels. I did this somewhat, but because I was using 6×6″ paper which wasn’t quite wide enough for all the cuts I needed, I had to cut the last piece from a second sheet – so there is a small section that repeats. I still think it looks pretty neat, though!

Mount all your DSP pieces to the co-ordinating cardstock layers.

Burnish all your folds on your cardbase so that it stands up like this:

Attach all your framed DSP pieces to your cardbase.

Here’s what it looks like when folded:

Attach your white insert to the back of the card. Stamp on it if you like!

The final step is to decorate however you’d like.

And that’s how easy it is to make a Reverse Pleated Gatefold Card! It’s a real WOW card that doesn’t take all that much effort … and you could use so many different themes or products to decorate. As you can see, I’ve used the Whale Done bundle and the beautiful Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper to create this adorable Valentine’s Day card. The Whale Done stamp set is the featured product for February’s Creativity to Go! This stamp set is charming for kids and adults alike – great for cards showing love, congratulations, pride, gratitude, and more. For $29 (including tax and shipping), you’ll receive the stamp set along with prepared supplies and tutorials to create five terrific cards. You’ll also have access to an optional Zoom meeting where we’ll assemble the cards together! Best of all, because it’s Sale-a-Bration this month, you have the option of adding $37 in product to your order and earning a free Level One reward item! Subscribe from anywhere in Canada by February 10th!

Have you made any Reverse Pleated Gatefold cards? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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The new Spring Mini catalogue is now live! And wow oh wow, I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a new catalogue. I think Stampin’ Up! has really outdone themselves this time!

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 Sweet Strawberry stamp set

I love that this stamp set has a charming variety of sentiments, a whimsical collection of images, and two co-ordinating punches you could add on if you wish (Strawberry Builder and Small Bloom). That makes this the perfect item to start your stampin’ collection – all you need is paper and ink, and you’re ready to start creating!

Best Sentiment Stamp SetHappy Thoughts

Inspired by Million Sales Achiever Jackie Bolhuis, this stamp set is a versatile collection of thoughtful, kind greetings ready to be paired with any other product to customize your creations. This stamp set is simple, striking, and indispensable!

Best Graphic Stamp SetPretty Perennials

Inspired by Million Sales Achiever Dena Rekow, this stamp set includes a delightful collection of blooms you can layer, customize, and enjoy! I’ve chosen this as the Best Graphic stamp set, but it also includes a terrific set of sentiments that will have you reaching for it again and again. Bundle with the co-ordinating dies and/or the FREE Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper, “Paper Blooms“, for even more fun!

Best EmbellishmentGilded Leafing

This new embellishment is as stunning as the name suggests! Gilded Leafing offers a truly luxe feel at a very affordable price. You will love dressing up your projects with this gorgeous new product!

Best Designer Series Paper Fine Art Floral

Imagine an artist, delicately painting individual canvases in a classic impasto style… that’s exactly how Stampin’ Up! created this paper! First, an artist hand-painted canvases with beautiful florals and textures in classic Stampin’ Up! colors. Then the canvases were photographed and turned into this unique designer series paper, including florals, patterns, colour variance, and all the touches of professional paintings.

Runner Up: Love You Always Specialty DSP

Not just for Valentine’s Day, this elegant paper is striking yet subtle. Don’t believe me? Look at this gorgeous Christmas card I received from fellow demonstrator Heather:

Thanks to Heather, I’m completely sold on this stunning paper!


Best Punch BundleSweet Ice Cream

I love that Stampin’ Up! has offered us this adorable, versatile stamp set with a handheld punch, making it affordable and accessible for every level of crafter. The stamp set includes ice cream cones, sprinkles, birthday greetings, sweet sentiments, and more, that will make everyone’s heart melt. The bundle is fabulous on its own, and the co-ordinating Ice Cream Corner paper is perfect for punching out those frozen treats!


Best Die BundleSimply Succulents

If you can only buy one die bundle from this catalogue, it should be this one! The gorgeous ‘negative image’ background is absolutely stunning, the stamp set offers a great combination of sentiments and images, and the rest of the die set includes not just dies for the stamped images, but lovely label pieces for these and many other sentiments as well. This bundle has it all!

Here are some beautiful hand-coloured samples of this set from my teammate, Dianna!

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Best New Tool – Blending Brushes

These brushes are a game changer! It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the blending surface is not foam or sponge; instead, it’s thousands and thousands of velvety soft bristles that blend ink perfectly. You can apply extremely light shades of ink, create soft gradient backgrounds with no lines, use them with Decorative Masks or stencils, and so much more!

My first time playing with the Blending Brushes!

Kits

The Spring Mini Catalogue has three terrific kits for you to enjoy. Stampin’ Up! kits offer choreographed crafting experiences, expertly designed with precut pieces, instructions, and co-ordinated products for you to have a stress-free, successful crafting session!

Hello, Dear Friend is an all-inclusive card kit that makes 12 cards. Everything you need to complete the project, from beginning to end, is included.

You Are Amazing is a project kit that makes 16 cards and a decorated box to hold them. You will need to purchase the co-ordinating stamp set and inkpads separately, or use your own supplies to complete the cards.

The Flowering Cactus Product Medley includes stamps, paper, dies, and accessories that you can use to create whatever you want – cards, scrabooking/memory keeping, decor projects, gift packaging, or anything else you can imagine! Let your creativity run free, with the confidence that your end projects will co-ordinate flawlessly.

In Case You Missed It:

Imagine being able to stamp 18 messages with one stamp … and then flawlessly cut them out with one co-ordinating die! Make cardmaking quick and easy with the amazing Many Messages bundle. Prepare your sentiments ahead of time and be ready for any occasion at any time!

The much-anticipated Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine is now available!  The mini machine comes with all the plates you need to get started. With a compact footprint and a price tag of just $82, it’s both affordable and convenient for crafters at any level!

I’ve had my new (standard size) machine for a few months now and I love it. It is steadier than the Big Shot, easier to use thanks to the numbered plates, and beautifully sleek and compact (did I mention the platform folds up when not in use?).

Remember that you’ll also earn a free Level One Sale-a-Bration reward item with your purchase of the fabulous new “Mini Machine”! This product is also available as a half-price item with a qualifying party of $550 or more!

Speaking of parties, the exclusive hostess set this season is “Suite Sampler“. As you might guess, the set includes a variety of stamps that coordinate with the suites in the Spring Mini – Dandy Garden, Fine Art Floral, Hydrangea Hill, Sand & Sea, Love You Always, and Ice Cream Corner.

Best Deal in the Catalogue: The Starter Kit on page 89
The Starter Kit is always the best deal in the catalogue! Choose up to $165 in product for only $135, AND free shipping, AND free business supplies, AND access to amazing online resources to help you succeed and build your business your way. PLUS, if you join before February 28th, you’ll also receive a beautiful assortment of 6×6″ Designer Series Papers – absolutely free!

You can learn more about becoming a demonstrator by reading my Starter Kit FAQ, and if you still have questions, please email me! I’m excited to help you learn about this opportunity!

It wouldn’t be right for me to end this post without mentioning Sale-a-Bration, or as we seasoned stampers like to call it: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! If you’re new to Stampin’ Up! and don’t know what Sale-a-Bration is all about, I’ll give you a quick explanation: this gorgeous little brochure full of awesome products should have landed in your mailbox recently (if it didn’t, let me know and I’ll send you one!). As usual, Sale-a-Bration offers terrific rewards for those who Shop, Host, or Join. There are exclusive free products to be earned with your purchase from either the annual catalogue or the new Spring Mini catalogue; even the Clearance Rack on the Stampin’ Up! website! You’ll see there are two levels of rewards available: Level One rewards are earned with a $60 purchase, and Level Two rewards are earned with a $120 purchase. Sale-a-Bration items are only available until February 28th (or while supplies last) and will not be offered again.

Thanks for reading my Top Picks post today! What do you think – do you agree with my choices, or did I leave your favourite product off my list? Comment and let me know!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a simple, gorgeous Christmas card with the In The Pines bundle.

You’ll need:
Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Mat layer: 4 x 5.25”
Gold foil: 2 x 5.25”
scraps of white and Old Olive cardstock

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Once you’ve made your own card with In the Pines, 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 fun, Autumn-themed card with the Harvest Hellos stamp set and co-ordinating Apple Builder punch.

You’ll need:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5”
Crumb cake mat: 4 x 5.25”
Early Espresso: 3.75 x 2.5″
and some scraps of Granny Apple Green, Bumblebee, Cherry Cobbler, and white.

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Once you’ve made your own card with the Harvest Hellos stamp set, 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 features a showcase of the lush Forever Greenery suite, including how to make a simple yet stunning card using products from the suite!

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Soft Seafoam layer: 4 x 5.25″
2 pieces of DSP: 5 x 1″
and scraps of white + coloured cardstock for stamping and die-cutting.

If your device/browser doesn’t allow videos, click here to watch on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like and subscribe while you are there!

Once you’ve made your own Forever Greenery card, be sure to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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This tutorial will show you how to make a W-fold card out of one sheet of 8.5 x 11″ cardstock. I’m using the World of Good suite for my project, but you can use whatever colour you like!

Cut your cardstock as follows, and burnish all score lines:

Cardbase: 4.25 x 11, scored at 5.5″
W strip: 1.75 x 11, scored at 2.75, 5.5, and 8.25″
Panels: 2.5 x 2.75″ (4 pieces)

If desired, decorate the inside of your card with DSP (4 x 5.25″).

Decorate your four panels as desired. I used cardstock and DSP cut to 2-3/8 x 2-5/8″ to decorate the panels.

Attach the four panels to your W cardstock strip. I found it easiest to apply the adhesive to the cardstock strip, rather than the panels. Keep in mind the panels are somewhat narrower than the strip, so the adhesive shouldn’t go all the way to the edges.

The W strip with all panels added:

Fold up your W and apply adhesive to the back of the last panel. Attach to the inside right of your card.

Now apply adhesive to the back of the first panel of your W strip, and close your card. This panel will attach to the inside left of your card.

Here are some pics of the finished card:

Decorate the front of your card as desired.

Have you made any projects with the W-fold? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

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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