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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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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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