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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.

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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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The World of Good suite is one of my favourites in the new annual catalogue. It’s a terrific collection of products: a stamp set with co-ordinating dies, a pack of stunning Specialty Designer Series Paper with brass foil accents, a richly textured 3D Embossing Folder, and gorgeous brass foil sheets. Then, there are two terrific embellishments: the Early Espresso faux suede ribbon, and the Antiqued Corners and Slides – which happen to be on my list of annual catalogue top picks. As an added bonus, the suite also includes a Memories and More card pack, which is perfect for memory keeping/scrapbooking, and can also be used for cards and other projects!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been playing with these products and really enjoying them. First off, look at the awesome colour palette of this DSP. This combination of colours is really appealing, don’t you think?

I absolutely love the sentiments included in the Beautiful World stamp set. “Life’s a Beautiful Journey”, “You Make The World a Better Place”, “Adventure Awaits”, and more make this stamp set perfect for retirement, graduation, travel, new job, and thank you cards, among others. There are so many people in my life who deserve a card saying that they make the world a better place – what a perfect sentiment!

Using the pre-printed cards and stickers from the Memories and More card pack makes it so quick and easy to create cards. I whipped these up in only a few minutes!

 

This suite also seems tailor-made for fancy fold cards, such as the W-fold and the Book Easel card. (Both of these fancy folds will be featured in upcoming newsletter tutorials, so be sure to subscribe to the monthly newsletter if you haven’t already!)

These items also pair well with other masculine-themed stamp sets, such as Sailing Home and A Good Man.

I’m totally enamoured with the Old World Paper 3D embossing folder. If you loved the rich texture of the Stone 3D embossing folder offered during last Spring’s Sale-a-Bration, you’ll love this too! It really adds some awesome dimension to your project.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the World of Good products! If you’re interested in purchasing these or any other Stampin’ Up! products, you can contact me today to place an order, or shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

 

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to use a background stamp to add a lot of texture and interest to a simple card!

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
White cardstock: 4 x 5.25″

And some scrap white and green cardstock.

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

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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It’s easy as can be to create striking rainbow backgrounds for your cards. All you need are some ink refills, a bone folder, and a baby wipe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrap the baby wipe around the bone folder and then add  6-8 drops of each colour ink refill to the wipe, creating five spots of colour. The spots will bleed into each other as they soak into the wipe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slide the bone folder across your cardstock to create rainbow-coloured stripes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experiment with different patterns and orientations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re left with any blank spots at the edges, you can trim the cardstock, or fill in with Blends or blender pen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, finish your card as desired.

Once you’ve made a card with this technique, be sure to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

 

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Today for Stampin’ Sunday we’re going to make a card with the Honey Bee bundle from the Spring Mini catalogue, and the gorgeous Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper. This paper has the word “specialty” in it because of the gorgeous gold foil accents on every piece. It is just stunning! This paper is a Level One reward item with Sale-a-Bration, meaning you can get it free with your $60 purchase until March 31st.

You could easily make this gorgeous card using Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the bees, but in the video I’ll teach you how to make a wobble spring to attach the large bee. The spring is pretty easy to make and it looks so cool when your bee can really fly!

You’ll need:

Cardbase: 8.5 x 5.5″
Coloured cardstock: 4-1/8 x 5-3/8″
White cardstock: 4 x 5.25″
DSP: 1.75 x 5.25″

Plus some scrap white cardstock for stamping your bees.

If you’d like to create a wobble spring for your large bee, you’ll also need the following tools:
– small circle punch
– pinhole punch, or a pushpin
– 30 gauge floral wire
– wire cutters
– screwdriver
– Tear and Tape

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

Happy Stampin’!

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