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I promised that I would show you all the amazing cards I received in the Christmas card swap I participated in recently. Here they are! I am so inspired by everyone’s creativity and talent.

I love the combination of different sets and textures for this card by Adrienne. The bare branches really give that wintry feel!

The Feels Like Frost suite is one of my favourites, and I love that Ann has used a fun Z-fold on this gorgeous card. I may just have to CASE this one for my upcoming Christmas class!

How fun is this cute little elf stamp playing Peekaboo? A great combination of products by Barb!

Love the photorealistic images of the Feels Like Frost DSP, and the Layered Leaves embossing folder is a perfect companion!

 

Another beautiful fancy fold card, this one starring the Toile Tidings DSP and Still Scenes bundle. Did you notice that Caroline spattered white on the front to make it look like snowfall?

This gorgeously coloured cardinal contrasts perfectly with the Feels Like Frost DSP. Stunning!

Love these charming, smiling snowmen from the Snowman Season bundle!

Gold embossing powder makes a perfect companion to the gold foil accents of the Wrapped in Plaid DSP – great bling, Colleen!

The Christmas Crowd stamp is a fun one to colour!

The Snow Front stamp set is a perfect complement to Waterfront. These soft-brush images will help you build a beautiful scene, as shown here by Elke!

Gorgeous cards don’t have to be complicated! A wonderful use of embellishments here by Jean to create a lovely effect!

 

I searched and searched for this “Jingle” stamp before realizing the letters are die-cut using the Hand-Lettered Prose dies. And I love the wintry look of the Nature’s Roots dies!! What a great way to put products from the annual catalogue to Christmas-y use!

Silver foil sheets are a great companion for the sparkling stars bundle – what a gorgeous card by Madeleine!

Terrific colouring and a fun snowy effect here by MiRan. The Brick and Mortar embossing folder is so handy for holiday projects!

This card is adorable and charming from the outside, but even more exciting on the inside ….

 

….what a great shadowbox!!

 

Sharon shows us that the Toile Christmas stamp can be coloured in alternative colours as well. I love the effect with the Puff Paint in the background!

A simple yet striking card by Shirley!

This fun and textured card by Susan features just the right amount of blingy gold foil!

And, here’s the card I created for the swap:

Those pearls are hand-coloured with my Blends markers!

Which one of these cards 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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Last weekend I attended another fun and busy meeting of the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators for a delightful day full of crafts, friends, and learning. I participated in a Christmas card swap (stay tuned to see the beautiful cards I received!), and as usual there were several make-and-take projects.

This fun gift item by Barb uses the Cup of Christmas bundle and holds two mini Tic-Tac containers. What a great stocking stuffer!

This gorgeous card by Carolyn shows how you can use a non-Christmas stamp set (Good Morning Magnolia) to create a Christmas card. We used aqua painters to create a whitewash on the flowers, then sponge-daubed Cherry Cobbler ink to create the red centres. I’ll be demonstrating this technique in an upcoming video, so stay tuned!

This charming moose card by Erica is so fun and simple! The snow in the background is from Peaceful Boughs.

Susan showed us how to make this terrific gift card holder. Perfect Christmas gift! The Wrapped in Plaid suite makes decorating the outside quick and easy.

Christmas cards in non-traditional colours are one of my favourite things, and this card by Adrienne showcases that perfectly!

 

This card by Lynne is a great way to show off DSP, and a terrific way to use up scraps. Great layout!

And finally, this detailed card by Karen features a really cool technique – can you guess how the magic is done?

Which one of these cards 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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Today I’m going to show you how to make a really simple card using some of the beautiful Designer Series Paper which is on sale for the month of September. This card is a great way to let your DSP do the talking!

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Same colour cardstock: 4 x 5.25”
DSP: 3.25 x 3.25”
Cardstock frame: 3.5 x 3.5”
scrap coloured and white cardstock for sentiment

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

Happy Stampin’!

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After receiving an inquiry from a customer about how to remove cling stamps from blocks after having been left on for a week, I did some investigating in the Demonstrators’ Facebook group. My post received hundreds of comments from helpful demonstrators with all kinds of advice! The summary is below; most of these tips were repeated dozens of times!

Before Using Stamps …. Some tips to de-stickify
“I always place a little piece of the nonstick paper from the glue dots on the corner of the stamp.”
“I put a little piece of washi tape under one corner of the cling so that it is easier to remove them from the blocks.”
“I put a small piece of scotch tape on one end. Stamps come off easy peasy!”
“I always press a corner of my cling stamp on my embossing buddy. That part will be less sticky than the rest of the stamp and it makes the image easier to come off of the block. If a stamp gets left on the block, this area is always easy to lift.”
“Use a piece of sticky tape doubled over to make a tab to lift the stamp off the block.”

“I save a bit of the backing and use it as a pull tab by putting it between the stamp and the block. Works for me.”
“When I put the sticker on the stamp, I press it onto my clothing a few times to destickify it.”
“I place a small piece of cellophane tape in the corner of the stamp. This way there is always a free edge to grab to remove the stamp from the block.”
“Use washi tape to create a pull tab.”
“De-stick by placing them on the back of your hand before putting them on the block, especially if it’s the first time using them.”

When Using Stamps …. Put Away After Each Use
“Cling stamps need to be removed once stamping is completed, and never left on the blocks overnight.”

When Removing Stamps:
“You need to use a bit more caution when removing them; make sure you have a hold on all three layers before lifting.”
“Use spatula or paper piercer – be gentle and slow – break the seal.”
“It is important to stress that they get under the label when removing stamps. The take your pick tool is a great help to those without nails.”
“Make sure to peel up under the sticker and don’t pull on the rubber or foam. The spatula end of the take your pick tool works wonders!”
“You must be careful when removing them to prevent damage to the foam. I used a paper piercing tool to slide between the block and the cling stamp to help it release and then you can lift it off without damage.”
“To ‘break the seal’ between the stamp and the block, gently insert your piercing tool under a corner of the stamp and then gently pull the stamp off. Works like a charm!”
“The trick is to make sure you’re getting the label to come up with the foam and rubber when taking the stamp off the block. I peel the stamp off starting at a corner and have not (knock on wood) had a problem.”

If Your Stamps Get Stuck:
Suppose life gets in the way and you just didn’t manage to get your stamps off the blocks in a reasonable timeframe. What now?

“Sometimes a warm rag is needed to remove them from blocks or Stamparatus.”
“I left some on the block for a month, then found them in a box. I applied a wet rag for a few minutes, maybe 30.”
“I was able to slide a credit card under it.”
“One of my customers had a mishap with getting the sticker on the back of the large magnolia stamp. I suggested putting it in the microwave in 5 second increments until the adhesive was softened, then slowly and carefully (very carefully) peel the sticker off of the foam. It worked!! And she was able to reapply the sticker! I wonder if that would help when a stamp is left on a block too.” (NOTE: Be VERY careful with this approach!)

Keep in Mind:

  • Cling stamps need to be removed once stamping is completed, and never left on the blocks overnight.
  • Sometimes the stamp is clingiest the first time it is used. After that they come off fairly easily.
  • You need to use caution when removing them; make sure you have a hold on all three layers before lifting.

If you haven’t already watched it (or if you need a refresher), please check out the Stampin’ Up! video about Cling Stamps! We’ll be using lots of cling stamps at our Fall workshops, so it’s important that you comfortable using them properly! Click the image below to watch the video.

I hope this post has made you feel more comfortable about using your cling stamps! Let me know if you have any questions that aren’t covered here!

Happy Stampin’!

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The holiday catalogue is now live! 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 prompt you to add a few more items you hadn’t considered?

Best Item for Beginners – the Perfectly Plaid bundle
If you want to buy only ONE product from the holiday catalogue and still be able to make a stack of Christmas cards – Perfectly Plaid is your perfect pick! With several charming tree images, a co-ordinating punch, and a collection of holiday sentiments, this bundle will have you crafting in no time.

Best Sentiment Stamp Set – Itty Bitty Christmas
What a terrific collection of all the holiday sentiments you might need – for gift packaging and tags, for handmade cards, for hostess gifts and table favours, for home decor items and tree ornaments – this enormously versatile collection features sentiments from whimsical to elegant and everything in between. It’s on my must-have list for sure!

Best Graphic Stamp Set – Snow Front
If you adore the Waterfront stamp set, you’ll love Snow Front, which features sparse trees and wintry scenes. You can use the stamp sets alone or together to create any scene you can imagine. Moreover, these stamps can be used throughout the year for so many occasions other than Christmas – birthday, thank you, sympathy, thinking of you, and more!

Best Embellishment –Star Designer Elements
These gorgeous copper-coloured stars are self-adhesive and faceted for extra sparkle. At just $12.25 for a pack of 40, they are a terrific value, as well! They are sure to get a lot of use on a wide variety of holiday projects!

Best Paper –Brightly Gleaming
The minute I saw this stunning Specialty Designer Series Paper, I had to have it!! Every sheet of this 12 x 12″ paper features copper foil accents on one side, along with seasonal images and all-purpose patterns on the other. Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, and Pretty Peacock make a GORGEOUS colour combination that is suitable not just for holidays but for masculine cards and gift-packaging throughout the year. It’s irresistible!

Best Punch Bundle – Merry Moose (runner up: Snowman Season)

This was a tough one to decide – charming snowman, or serene moose? Well, if I have to choose just one (and I do, at least for this blog post), it’s Merry Moose, again because it will be useful long after the holidays are over. Can’t you just see this handsome fella decorating a masculine birthday card? Or the sweet little raccoon on a child’s card? Even the tree images are going to come in handy all year round, making this one a winner for me.

(Shoutout to that adorable collection of snowmen, though!!)

Best Die Bundle – So Many Stars
Stitched dies have proven to be one of the most popular design elements of the last few years, and there’s no doubt that this bundle will be a huge hit. You’ll be able to create various custom die-cut stars with faux stitching and more in record time, and guess what (are you tired of hearing me say this?!) – stars are useful for so much more than holidays! They’ll be great for graduation cards, birthdays, congratulations, and so much more.

Best New Tool – Snow Globe Shaker Domes
Stampin’ Up! knows that we love making shaker cards, so they have given us a custom-built collection of products to help us do just that. Cut the shape into the cardstock using the Snow Globe Scenes dies; stamp images with Still Scenes stamp set; add a Snow Globe Shaker Dome, and fill with Snowflake Sequins. What a beautiful and unique holiday card, that anyone would love to receive!

Best Bling – Ice Stampin’ Glitter + Shimmery Crystal Effects
Every holiday project needs a little bling! You can use these products on their own, but when they are combined they create an amazing effect to rival Jack Frost – and you can get both for only $17. Simply gorgeous!

Best Halloween product – Ornate Frames Dies + Coffin Treat Boxes

Not much of a Halloween person? Fair enough, but I’m pretty sure you’ll find lots of uses for this terrific collection of frame dies. They’d be at home on any project (say it with me now) all year round!

And if, like me, you ARE into Halloween – well, chances are you’ll find these coffin-shaped treat boxes just as charming as I do! Use them as-is, or decorate them to suit your tastes – either way, they’ll be a fun addition to your Halloween celebrations!

ICYMI:

Mercury Sheets: Acetate sheets with a faux mercury finish allow for stunning effects.

Christmas Countdown Project Kit: Create your own handcrafted Advent keepsake.

And don’t forget these two awesome hostess sets, which you can only order if you host a qualifying party between September 4th and January 2nd!

Greatest Part of Christmas:

Holiday Haul:

Did I leave your favourite product off my list? Comment and let me know!

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On the weekend I attended another fun and busy meeting of the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, and once again it was a delightful day full of crafts, friends, and learning. I participated in a Christmas card swap (stay tuned to see the beautiful cards I received!), and as usual there were several make-and-take projects – in fact, I even stepped out of my comfort zone to provide one of the projects myself! It was a little nerve-wracking to present in front of experienced demonstrators, but everyone made me feel very welcome, and my project was very well-received. Here it is (if you watched my most recent video, it may look familiar!).

This project uses items from my very favourite suite in the new holiday catalogue, “Christmas Gleaming”. The Designer Series paper is absolutely gorgeous, featuring copper foil accents on every sheet, and I love that the bundle comes with not one but TWO fantastic co-ordinating punches to cut out those ornaments! This bundle makes it so easy to create simple yet stunning cards, perfect for mass production!

And here are the other make-and-take projects I got to make at the meeting!

If you’ve been using Stampin’ Up! for a while, you may remember the now-retired Curvy Keepsakes die. This new Tiny Keepsakes die is the same style, but tinier – a huge advantage, since it now cuts an entire box from one piece of 6×6″ DSP. You can just imagine all the awesome creations to be made with this charming die! This project was created by Barb Tripps, who also chose the Feels Like Frost DSP – one of my favourites. Every piece of this paper features gorgeous photographic images on one side, and stunning silver foil designs on the other side. Pretty sure I’m going to need to order two packs of this, so I don’t need to choose between these two gorgeous sides!

Karen from Parksville walked us through how to do some amazing heat-embossing, waterwash painting, and other inking and colouring techniques for this card. I think mine turned out pretty well for a first try, and I’m excited to practice these techniques more!

Miran Briggs always seems to have an awesome 3D gift item for her make and take. I love this adorable little post-it note holder using the Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper!

The Perennial Essence DSP is one of the most popular in the catalogue, and this pocket card by Lynne Williams shows it off beautifully. To finish the flower, I coloured a pearl with my Blackberry Bliss Blends marker.

Sue Philip created this awesome accordion-fold pop-up card starring the new Snowman Season bundle. The snowman stamps and builder punch are just too cute, and I’m in love with the colour combination of Coastal Cabana and Real Red on the Let it Snow Designer Series Paper!

Which one of these cards is your favourite? Drop me a comment below and let me know!


A reminder that the Extra, Extra promotion ends this Sunday, August 31st! I would love for you to join my team so we can attend the next demonstrators’ meeting together! Being a demonstrator is awesome – you get to work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out. You can read more about it here!

Until August 31st, new demonstrators will earn TWO amazing perks just for joining!

  • New demonstrators will receive an additional $40 that they’ll be able to put towards their Starter Kit (pay $135 and choose $205 in products).
  • New demonstrators will receive a $14 coupon code, which they may use the following month.

Yes, you read that right …. your starter kit now includes $84 in free products!!!  Get more details here, then follow this link to my website and click “Join Now” – or, if you have questions, email me.

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 September 4th – one week from tomorrow, 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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As usual this month I bit off more than I could chew and overcommitted myself, craft-wise. Not only am I teaching a class at my home this Saturday, I am also attending a demonstrator meeting on Sunday, for which I volunteered to teach a make-and-take project AND participate in the card swap. It’s going to be a hectic week to get everything ready, but if I’m going to overcommit myself, it might as well be doing something I love, right??

So, here are the swap cards I designed for this weekend. Card swaps are great fun: all the participants make a set of the same card, equal to the number of people participating (in this case, 14 people). Then the cards get sorted and organized by the amazing swap fairies, so that each participant goes home with 14 different cards, including one of their own. The theme for this swap is Christmas or Birthday, and I just had to go with Christmas.

This card features the wonderful new bundle, Perfectly Plaid, and the co-ordinating Designer Series Paper, Wrapped in Plaid. I’m crazy about this paper! Every sheet features gold foil accents, and the reverse side has delightful holiday designs that remind me of Christmas sweaters. This paper is fantastic and I’m excited to use it on cards, gift packaging and tags, and even items beyond the holiday season! Once I started playing with this paper, I wanted to make cards featuring all the different patterns … which one do you like the best??

The Perfectly Plaid bundle is one of several new stamp-and-punch bundles in the holiday catalogue. I’m so thrilled to see so many punches, because not every customer has (or wants) a die-cutting machine! If you’re a punch fan like me, you’re going to love the awesome versatility coming your way!

The holiday catalogue launches on September 4th, which is when you’ll be able to order the products used on today’s card. If you’re one of my customers, you may already have received your catalogue in the mail – if not, drop me a line and I’ll get one to you!

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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