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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 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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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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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’ve been really busy in the craft studio lately, creating lots of different projects to showcase the beautiful new products in the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogues. I’ll share some of those creations – along with what I hope is a useful insight – with you today!

broadway cut card front

I created this card for a sketch challenge I found on another demonstrator’s page. I admit, the end result is not as awesome as I was hoping – but experimenting and trying different things is part of living a rich creative life, and I can learn from creations I don’t like as much as I learn from creations I’m proud of. In any case, this card prompted me to notice how little of the Broadway Bound paper I had left, and I decided to go ahead and use it all up….


… which led me to the creation of this card! I like the way the gold glimmer paper coordinates with the gold foil numbers on the DSP, and the two-step stamping from the Broadway Birthday stamp set matches the stylistic dots on the numbers as well!

butterflies squares

Butterfly Gala is one of my favourites, and I loved creating this card as my swap for this month’s team meeting. I’m really pleased with how it came together! Although cutting out all those squares took some time, the result is well worth it. I hope my teammates enjoy the cards!


Inspired by Stampin’ Up!’s recent #simplestampin campaign, I wanted to create a card that showcased simple tools and techniques, featuring the “Hoppy for You” stamp set. You can earn this adorable stamp set free when you spend $60 during Sale-a-Bration! This card, along with the next two, are for next month’s workshops.


Home to Roost” is the style of stamp set that is totally out of my comfort zone, but once in a while it’s good to try new things, right? I love the sentiment stamps (including the font!) and the grass, and that rooster looks good no matter what colours are used. This stamp set can also be earned free with a $60 purchase!


I can’t believe how long it took me to play with Pop of Petals from the annual catalogue – especially considering it was one of the very first things I ordered! I’m glad I finally got around to it, and I think the Gingham Gala DSP makes a perfect match for it. The sentiment stamp is from “Part of My Story“, a free Sale-a-Bration item.

And here’s the useful (I hope) insight. We’re often reminded that social media is a “highlight reel”, while we may be living a life that feels more like a collection of bloopers. Crafting is no different. When I post my creations online, or demonstrate them at a class, readers and attendees see the end results – the card I’m proud of – and may not be aware that I had to work through several versions I tried and hated, before figuring out how to make something I love. So, the beautiful Pop of Petals card above? Here’s what the first version looked like (I’m cringing, but sharing anyway!)

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So next time you sit down to create something, and then find out that you’re unhappy with the results – YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Don’t give up – you’re at the first stage of the creative process, and you might have to try a few more times before your disappointment turns into satisfaction and then pride.

Lesson over – moving on! 😉


After using up the last of my Broadway Bound DSP, it was time to dive in (heh) to Tranquil Textures DSP! I made a big batch of these charming octopus cards last summer and they were very popular, so I decided to stick with the same design to use up the last pieces of this wonderful paper. I really love the rich colours and the textures in the paper – it has a hand-painted look to it, and is perfect for masculine cards.

twin girls

And finally, this is one of my very favourite cards that I’ve created lately, using a mix of old and new products. The paper, stamps, and thinlits are retired, but the ribbon is new (another free Sale-a-Bration item), as well as the “Congratulations” stamp which is from Hand-Delivered. I’ve had the Twinkle Twinkle bundle on my list for a while, but hadn’t gotten around to buying it … meanwhile, a customer contacted me for a custom job, needing a card for the birth of twin girls. She and I were both very pleased with the result!

Leave me a comment and show me one of your recent creations! I’d love to see what you’re up to! If you’re inspired by any of the above, remember you can shop 24/7 at my online store – and if you’re local to Nanaimo, you can sign up for a workshop on my events page.

Happy Stampin’!


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I can’t believe I’ve never shared a waterfall card tutorial here before! The first time I made this card was for Mother’s Day last spring, and the beautiful DSP shown here is no longer available. However, read on and you’ll see the Christmas card I recently made with the same fold!

Cardbase: 8.5 x 5.5”

Cardstock ‘Puller Strip’ (same as card base): 9 ¾  x 2” – score at 2″, 2¾”, 3 ½”, and 4 ¼
Cardstock ‘Holder Strip’ (same as cardbase): 4 x 1.5”

DSP: 4 x 5.25”

4 White pieces: 2 ¾ x 1 ¾”
4 cardstock frames: 2 x 3” (can be same as cardbase, or different colour)

Attach the DSP to the front of your card. Set this piece aside.

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Stamp your four white pieces as desired and attach to the four frames. Put these aside.

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Burnish the score lines on the puller strip. Attach your puller strip to the holder strip, only along the right side of the holder strip (as shown with dotted line below).

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Attach each of your stamped images to the puller strip, applying adhesive only to the right side of each scoreline on the puller strip. (The green lines below show where to apply the adhesive.)

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Fold the long end of the puller strip behind the holder strip. Tag-punch the end and tie a short ribbon around the tag.

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Line up the pieces on the card as shown, so the holder strip lines up with the DSP and the tag doesn’t extend beyond the end of the card. Attach only at the top and bottom of the holder strip.

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Flip your waterfall several times so that it ‘flows’ easily before giving it to the recipient.

And here’s the Christmas card I made with the Making Christmas Bright stamp set. I used these awesome stamps to create a message that reads, “May your Christmas be merry and bright”!


Have you made any projects with the waterfall 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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