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Remember last week I promised to show you the amazing Make-and-Take project from the recent meeting I attended? Here it is!

This is such a gorgeous project, and yet really so simple to make. It starts with an 8 x 10” frame and a full sheet of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock as the backdrop. We used stamps from Tropical Chic, Touches of Texture, Petal Palette, and Timeless Textures, stamped in Lemon Lime Twist ink, to create some texture in the background. Really, you could use any stamps you have on hand for this step!

Then, we stamped on our four white squares (2.75”) using stamps from Playful Backgrounds and Beauty Abounds, in the four co-ordinating colours: Daffodil Delight, Balmy Blue, Grapefruit Grove, and Highland Heather.

These squares got layered with the Gingham Gala paper (3”) and a black cardstock square (3.25”).

I love the beautiful Butterfly Gala bundle, and I got to learn a new way of colouring the butterflies: with sponge daubers! Stamp the butterfly outline in Memento Black ink, then sponge on two co-ordinating ink colours to create an ombre effect. (NOTE: it has to be Memento black, or the ink will smear when you use the sponge daubers.) Okay, it looks pretty messy at this point …

… but look what happens after you punch it out!! Aren’t they gorgeous??

For the center piece, I got to learn another cool technique, using the stamp set All The Good Things. Did you know that you can use our markers (not Blends) to colour directly on red rubber stamps? That’s how I was able to create this image, with the tree trunk and pot coloured in Crumb Cake and the tree leaves coloured in Lemon Lime Twist (with some Old Olive texture added). The measurements for the white piece are 2-5/8 x 4”, and the black frame is 2-7/8 x 4.25”.

Now all that’s left is assembling!

I had a great time creating this project, and best of all, I got to learn some new techniques along the way. I love stepping outside of my usual “all cards all the time” comfort zone, so many thanks to Jennifer and Jean for organizing this fantastic make and take project!

If this project has inspired you, remember you can shop 24/7 at my online store. Keep in mind that some of the products are retiring and won’t be available for much longer! And if you’d like to come along with me to the next meeting of the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group, join my team!

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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Check out all the beautiful display boards, make and take projects, and prize patrol giveaways from #OnStageVancouver2019. Which products are you most excited about??

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As I promised last week, I want to show you all the cards I received from OnStage in Vancouver. I didn’t participate in any organized swaps, just floor swaps with the two designs I’d created (read more about them here). I was a little nervous that people wouldn’t like my swaps, but not a single person refused to swap with me, and many gave me kind comments and encouragement 🙂 Turns out that most of us Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are pretty terrific people! 😀

So, here are all the swaps I received.  I’ve labeled the photos with the main products used and the names of the makers – although for several of the cards, they were not 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 till the next get-together. If you’d like to join in at events like this, join my team and we can go to the next event 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!

 

Hope you enjoy the photos! If these fabulous cards inspire you to order any of the products shown, you can shop 24/7 at my online store. And hurry, because some of these products are retiring soon and are only available while supplies last! 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’!

 

Please visit my 24/7 online store by clicking above, or contact me: lauralyzer@gmail.com.

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This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend OnStage and CentreStage in Vancouver, BC. It was so energizing to be in a room full of hundreds of demonstrators and be the first ones to receive the brand new annual catalogue, watch product demonstrations, learn about exciting new ways to connect with our teams and customers, and of course, do some hands-on make and take projects using brand new products!

I am so excited about this stunning Bird Ballad suite. The Designer Series Paper was designed in black and white, and then coloured by artists using our own Stampin’ Blends before being digitized and produced for our catalogue. It just goes to show what gorgeousness you can create with the Blends! I was able to quickly and easily colour the stamped image of the birds on the branch to complement the beautiful paper. I even got to bring home some of the Blends we used, and a spool of that lovely scalloped lace trim!

The Come Sail Away suite is also amazing. There’s so many wonderful images and sentiments suitable for masculine cards and projects! I love the texture of the lighthouse stamp we used here – it’s almost like a Distinktive stamp – and the charming little anchor embellishment.

Follow Your Art is a totally irresistible suite. There’s a button-themed embossing folder, a stamp set and thinlit bundle, and of course some adorable Designer Series Paper that features crafting images both specific to Stampin’ Up! (like ink refillers, ribbon, twine, and scissors) and covering other crafting areas (like glue guns, paintbrushes, and buttons). The result is inspiring to any kind of crafter!

This beautiful project is one that came directly out of May’s Paper Pumpkin kit, “Hugs From Shelli”. Shelli Gardner is the Co-founder of Stampin’ Up!, and she designed this kit specifically to include her favourite styles and images. Like all Paper Pumpkin kits, it’s very easy to put together, even for the beginning crafter – and an avid crafter could easily step up the projects to make them really pop. This kit will create 12 mailable cards with coordinating envelopes, and of course will come with an exclusive stamp set. Oh, and best of all? While Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are only available in North America, this kit will be available as a regular order item to all Stampin’ Up! markets! So exciting for our overseas friends!

Can you tell that this suite was inspired by Monet’s art? The soft colours and brushstroke textures are truly lovely. The pink flowers you see were punched out of Petal Pink vellum cardstock with the new Perennial Flower punch, and embellished with self-adhesive embellishments called “Floral Centres”.

Which of these suites are you most excited to play with? Leave a comment below and let me know! The new catalogue will be available soon, so let me know if you’d like to receive one!

Be sure to check back next week when I’ll be sharing photos of all the swap cards I received at the event!

Happy Stampin’!

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I can’t believe I’m heading to OnStage in only three more sleeps!! I’m super excited about meeting other demonstrators from all over Western North America, learning new business strategies from Stampin’ Up! HQ, and of course…. getting my hands on the new catalogue!!

Another aspect I enjoy participating in is swaps. While many demonstrator events, including OnStage, have ‘organized swaps’ – meaning, participants agree to make cards (or other projects) with a certain theme, and make one for every person participating – I didn’t find any organized swaps that suited me, so I am participating only in ‘floor swaps’. Floor swaps are more impromptu, meaning you make as many cards as you feel like making, and then when you meet other demonstrators at the event, you ask if they are interested in swapping. The hope is, if you make fifty of the same card, you’ll come home with fifty DIFFERENT cards!

I decided to make two different swap cards, because I wanted to be able to offer potential swappers a choice when they swap with me. For the first card, I knew I wanted to use This Little Piggy and a wobble spring effect like I learned (and blogged about) at the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators February meeting. Here’s a reminder of the card I made there:

And here’s the card I designed for my OnStage swaps:

In addition to This Little Piggy, I also used Amazing Life for the sentiment (I believe in you) and the Pinewood Planks embossing folder for the background layer. To make the spring, I used 30 gauge floral wire, along with wire cutters, a screwdriver (to wrap the wire around), a 1″-circle punch, a pinhole punch, and Tear and Tape adhesive.

You can watch my live video here if you want to see exactly how to create the wobble spring.

I was really pleased with this project, but I also wanted to do something more elegant in case not everyone wanted a cutesy piggy card. One of my teammates recently gave me the “Statement of the Heart” stamp, which was part of an exclusive demonstrator offer last summer, and I thought that would be a great stamp to set off another technique I wanted to try: block stamping.

In block stamping, you use the acrylic blocks directly on the inkpad and cardstock to create a block of colour. You can create a lot of really cool effects! I think the delicate lines of the stamped flowers add a really interesting complement to the blocky shapes. What do you think?

So those are my two swaps on offer for OnStage Vancouver this weekend! Check back next week and I’ll have lots to share with you about what I saw and learned while I was there!

If either of these projects have inspired you, remember you can shop 24/7 at my online store. And if you’d like to come along with me to the next OnStage event,  join my team!

Happy Stampin’!

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Please visit my 24/7 online store by clicking above, or contact me: lauralyzer@gmail.com.


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I wrote here a few weeks ago about the amazing meeting I attended with the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group. I can’t believe that this group has been active for the whole time I’ve been a demonstrator, and I NEVER heard of it! I’m so excited to be part of it now, and I’ve made sure that all my team members are aware of it too.

Last time I wrote about the swap cards I was given, and today I want to share with you the Make-and-Take projects I came home with. There were TEN projects to complete, and I didn’t actually manage to complete all the projects while at the event … but I finished them up the next day so I could share them all with you.

Whether you’re a cat person or a dog person, the Occasions catalogue has you covered with a fabulous stamp-and-punch set to make lovely animal-themed cards. Right away, I was excited to make this card for my daughter Gwen’s upcoming birthday, since one of her nicknames is “Gwencat”. I thought this layout was a terrific way to show off the punch and use some of our fabulous washi tape.

This notecard and matching envelope was made with the Beauty Abounds stamp set and one of the Bitty Blooms punches. It’s a great example of a simple yet stunning design, and is one of the three projects wherein I got to play with the Stampin’ Blends. (I am now convinced that I will be buying them – they make gorgeous colouring REALLY easy!)

This box design is called “Self-Closing” because the ornamental slider can hold the box closed without any ribbon or adhesive. Really cool, and easier to make than you might think!

The card above is one of the stunning samples made for the event. The demonstrator used Brusho crystals and an aqua painter to create that gorgeous background. For various reasons I couldn’t get this card completed at the event, so I took the pre-cut pieces home and created my own background (below) with the Swirly Frames stamp set.

 

I was excited to create this fun project, which uses one of Stampin’ Up!’s clear acetate boxes cut in half and decorated with a piece of Gingham Gala paper and a stamped image from Hello Cupcake. The scalloped edge was created with an edgelit from Seasonal Layers. We got to fill the box with shredded tissue paper and chocolates, making it ready for gift-giving!

I also got to use Hello Cupcake on this awesome double-open card featuring a cutout shape from Stitched Rectangles. The demonstrator running this Make n’ Take had all the stamps set up on the Stamparatus, so it was super quick and easy to create this fun layered treat!

This is one of the projects I was most excited to complete, especially because I already have the stamp set and the Large Letters framelits so I can easily recreate it. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but this adorable piggy is attached to a wobble spring, which only adds to its charm! I have always wanted to know how to make wobble springs, and now I do. Here it is in action!

 

This adorable bunny stamp is from Fable Friends, and I’m pretty sure it’s impossible not to fall in love with it after colouring it in with the Blends! Honestly, that might be the best colouring I’ve ever done, and again, I was completely convinced that I need to invest in these beautiful markers. In addition to the beautiful bunny, we got to decorate the Sweet Cup with an embossed strip of cardstock, and decorate the lid with layers of cardstock and beautiful co-ordinating ribbon. The demonstrator taught us a really cool trick called “elephant ears” to attach the cardstock to the curved cup without any mishaps. So thrilled that I got to learn so much from these wonderful demonstrators!

This charming little gift box is inspired by the colour and style of Tiffany & Co. It’s made from just one piece of cardstock and folds together beautifully! The sentiment used is from Label Me Pretty, and you can also see shapes cut with Layering Circles, Layering Squares, and Stitched Shapes.


And finally, this adorable triangle treat box, decorated with First Frost and the leaf punch, was another one of my favourites. It takes only two pieces of adhesive to put together, and holds a Ferrero Rocher or other round chocolate!

Which of these projects would you like to learn how to make? Leave a comment below and let me know!

If any of these projects have inspired you, remember you can shop 24/7 at my online store. And if you’d like to come along with me to the next meeting of the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group, join my team! Until March 31st, you’ll get an additional $60 of free product in your starter kit!

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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