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After a long summer break, my team planned to get together in mid-September to re-connect, discuss holiday catalogue strategies, and try out the new Take Your Pick tool. (It’s awesome!) September is a tough month to schedule, as everyone has so many new routines starting up again, so there were only two of us who managed to meet in person, but fun was had nonetheless!

The swap card theme this month was to use a product that was new in either the annual catalogue or the holiday catalogue. Our new teammate, Vikki, who lives about a two-hour drive away from the rest of us, sent her swap cards by mail, and I’m so glad she did because they were stunning. Just look at how many layers are on this gorgeous, full-size card!

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Vikki used one of the images from the fantastically versatile set Lovely as a Tree for her focal image, and the Starlight thinlits dies to make the beautiful glimmer paper star to embellish. And of course, the Softly Falling embossing folder makes a perfect background for your holiday cards and projects.

She even decorated the inside!

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Having a non-local team member is new to me, and I’m doing my best to make sure Vikki feels as included and connected as my local teammates do. Thank goodness for technology like FaceTime, Skype, and Messenger to help us connect quickly and share ideas!

Claire brought these beautiful decorated pillow boxes. These boxes are available in the annual catalogue in a set of ten, and are ready to assemble and decorate to your taste. Claire did an amazing job, using Petal Promenade paper, the Sweet Storybook bundle, and the Detailed Trio punch. Turns out the package is the perfect size (5 x 3″) to hold a yummy Kashi granola bar – what a perfect treat!

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For my swap card, I used the Share What You Love suite, one of my two favourite suites from the annual catalogue. I started with the Lovely Floral embossing folder as my focal point, sponged with white ink to highlight the embossed image, then added stamped images from the Love What You Do stamp set.

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One of my team members recently promoted to Silver, and I have a special gift to give her as a congratulations – but she wasn’t able to attend the meeting, so I’ll have to wait to share that with you another time! I’m so proud of her for reaching this goal at the same time as she and her partner plan a wedding, buy a house, and adopt a new dog into their family! She gets more done in a day than most people do in a week – what a champ!

I’m always looking for new members to join my team! If you’d like to know more about how to work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out, let me know!

 

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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 – Making Christmas Bright bundle
This bundle is the fastest way to start making fun, Christmasy cards right away. The Christmas Bulb builder punch is so charming, and the Making Christmas bright stamp set includes a truly fabulous collection of images you can mix and match to make an enormous variety of cards. As if that weren’t enough, Stampin’ Up! has offered one of their amazing “You Can Make It” kits as an option to go along with this bundle! The kit includes white and coloured cardstock, three inkpads, dimensionals, clear block D, and the stamp set and punch bundle, all for under $100. This is a great place to start your holiday crafting!

Best Sentiment Stamp Set – Merry Christmas to All
This stamp set is pretty much unbeatable for the sheer volume and variety of sentiments you can create when you mix and match the 28 included stamps. I think it’s great that there’s finally a “Happy Christmas” option for our friends in England! If you want to add even more dimension to your projects, bundle this stamp set with the co-ordinating thinlits set (at a 10% savings) – but even without the thinlits, this stamp set is a must-have!

Best Graphic Stamp Set – Peaceful Noel
This soft, floral stamp set is sure to be in use all year round in your craft room. I love the flexibility offered by two- (or three-) step stamping, and there is even a co-ordinating sprig punch to go along with the stamp set. I’ve seen some stunning and creative samples with this set and I know it’s going to be a favourite!

Best Embellishment – Santa’s Workshop Enamel Shapes
These adorable shapes come in three colours (Garden Green, Poppy Parade, and Whisper White) and a variety of whimsical, holiday-themed shapes. Will you choose the gift bows, the snowflakes, the pine trees, or simply the charming round dots? Whatever your choice, these adhesive-backed shapes are going to add just the right touch to your holiday project.

Best Paper – All is Bright
No surprise here, as I already raved about this paper in last week’s blog post. This paper features photographic images on one side, and graphical images on the other. Whether you want to create classic, sophisticated cards or fun, whimsical cards, this paper has you covered!

Best Bundle – Peaceful Poinsettia
This bundle has everything you need: a simple and beautiful collection of sentiments, gorgeous detailed stamps that are ready for a variety of colouring options, and a stunning set of thinlits dies that include both positive and negative images. And look closely at those thinlits: the set includes a duplicate piece, which will cut down on repeated Big-Shot run-throughs. Yippee!

Best New Tool – Take Your Pick
Have you noticed the ongoing trend of innovative products coming out of Stampin’ Up! lately? The Stamparatus, watercolour pencils, multipurpose adhesive sheets, Stampin’ Blends, embossing plates … they just keep giving us more and more ways to change up our crafting and I for one am grateful! If you haven’t seen this new tool in action yet, check out this video to see what the excitement is all about. This tool is going to make it so easy to add embellishments right where you want them, without any sticky fingers along the way. What a treat!

Best Bling – Joyous Noel 6 x 6″ Glimmer Paper
The holiday season without bling is just blah, but fortunately your projects will have lots of lush sparkle when you use the new glimmer paper. I’m told that this paper doesn’t shed easily, which is an extra bonus – although technically, leaving glitter everywhere is just another way to spread holiday cheer, right? 😉

Best Halloween product – Spooky Bats punch
It may be named “spooky” but for me these bats are awfully charming! These three cute bats can dress up any Halloween project.

ICYMI: Foil-Edged Cards & Envelopes, Shimmer Paint

And don’t forget these two awesome hostess sets, which you can only order if you host a qualifying party between September 5th and January 2nd!

    

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

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The holiday catalogue launches tomorrow, and I’m so excited to share a sneak peek with you! The very first suite in the new catalogue is one that really caught my eye, and I had to order from it right away. The All is Bright suite is beautiful, playful, sophisticated, and includes two fabulous bundles as well as so many tools and embellishments that you’re sure to find something you like!

The cards below use the Merry Christmas to All bundle. I just love how many fabulous sentiments are included in the stamp set, giving you so many options to create just the perfect holiday message. And don’t you just love that gorgeous font?

Along with that amazing stamp set and the beautiful co-ordinating thinlits, I have to rave about the All is Bright designer series paper. This paper features photographic images on one side, and graphical images on the other. So lush and fun to create with!

I’m so excited to create with this and so many more of the wonderful products in the holiday catalogue! If you don’t have a catalogue yet, contact me to get one!

You’ll be able to order these and other holiday catalogue items in my online store starting tomorrow. Happy Stampin’!

 

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I’ve been playing with the “Beautiful You” stamp set recently. This is a carryover from the previous annual catalogue, and at this time of year, it’s easy to forget about those “old” sets in favour of new ones …. but this set is still current and for me at least, it’s got a lot of life left in it!

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Here’s a wonderful set of cards I made last year featuring the “dancing girl” and a selection of the fabulous sentiments included in this set. This stamp set includes 13 stamps, including a very versatile collection of eight sentiments.

For the cards above, I used one of the stamps to create the splash of colour in the girl’s dress. However, this time I wanted to try a different technique.

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For these cards, I used the ‘stylish girl’, and did paper-piecing for the dress and hat. I used to be very intimidated by paper-piecing, but now that I know how easy it is (and the fantastic effects it can create), I use it often! All you need to do is stamp on your designer series paper with black ink, then fussy-cut it out. Stamp the same image on your white cardstock, then use adhesive to attach the cut-out DSP. Ta-da! Look at that stylish lady!

This is a really simple layout for showcasing our beautiful designer series paper, and the cards come together really quickly. It was easy to create a stack of these gorgeous cards for mailing to my RAK card friends!

If you’d like to recreate this card, here are the measurements:
DSP panel is 3 x 4.25″, with a black outline measuring 3 1/8 x 4 3/8″.
White panel is 2 5/8 x 3 7/8″, with a black outline measuring 2.75 x 4″.

For these particular cards, I used our new 2018-2020 In Color Collection. I also used some teensy pearls for embellishing.

You can get your Beautiful You stamp set at my online store, or contact me today to order. Happy Stampin’!

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These are a few of the things I like to go over at classes when I have new people in attendance. I hope these tips are helpful to you!

Inkpads
Stampin’ Up! introduced their beautiful new stackable inkpads in June 2018. Many of us, myself included, have some old-style and some new-style inkpads; and the two styles of inkpads open and close in a slightly different way. Check out the very short videos below to be familiar with how to open and close both styles of inkpad.

Old Style: Push, Flip, and Slide

New Style: Popup, Flip, and Slide

No matter which style of inkpad you’re using, the foam pad is stored upside down when the inkpad is closed. This means that when you open the inkpad, the ink is all at the surface and ready for you to use. You don’t need to press down hard on the surface of the inkpad; a light touch will produce the best image.

Scrap Paper
Your scrap paper is a craft room must-have. Not only will you use it for cleaning your stamps (see Step 1 and 4), but you can also use it to experiment with your stamping before you commit to stamping on your project. Make sure you know how that stamp is ‘lined up’ before you stamp it on your project, and make sure you like the ink colour. In other words, practice first until you’re confident you can produce the image you want on your project.

Acrylic Blocks
The option to purchase and store just one set of acrylic blocks to use with countless stamp sets is one of my favourite things about Stampin’ Up! In addition to saving on cost and storage, I love being able to see exactly where I am stamping. However, a common mistake that I see beginners making is choosing the wrong block for the stamp they are using.

If the stamp is bigger than your block, your image is going to be missing some parts, as seen above. And if your block is way larger than your stamp, it will lead you to ‘rock’ your stamp on the cardstock, which is a leading cause of ‘halo’ images as seen below

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Like Goldilocks, we need a block that is ‘just right’. The right-sized block is the smallest block that fits your entire stamp.

Remember that your catalogue will show you the recommended block sizes for every stamp set!

General Etiquette
Please keep cross-talk to a minimum so that you and your craft-mates don’t miss important instructions. Keep in mind that many of your fellow crafters are here for a rare night out, away from the pressures of work, home, school, and family. Some crafters are excited to connect with others, while some would prefer a calm and mellow environment. Be respectful of others and their boundaries; notice whose communication styles are similar to your own, and plan to sit together for maximum enjoyment!

Food and Drink
I keep my craft nights short (aiming to have all projects complete within 2.5 hours), and I ask that you not bring snacks to our workshops. If you wish to bring treats when it’s your turn to be the hostess, please bring something individually wrapped/packaged (e.g. chocolate bar) so people can take them home to enjoy there. Unpackaged food causes a mess on our craft projects, which after all is the main reason we’re meeting. Similarly, please make sure your beverage is in a sealable container to avoid spills on yours or others’ projects.

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Questions
As your demonstrator it’s my job to answer any of your questions about Stampin’ Up! products, our projects, techniques, etc.  Don’t lean on your fellow crafters for advice, as they are also here to enjoy a low-pressure night out. Be patient when I am helping other crafters, and know that I will get to your question as soon as I can!

Tidying up
Based on feedback I’ve received from workshop attendees, I organize my classes so that attendees stay in one place and project bins are circulated from one table to the next, instead of having attendees move around to other tables. This means that attendees don’t need to move to a crafting station that may not be as tidy as they would like! However, it also means that when a table group is finishing up with a project, they need to make sure all the supplies and tools go back in the project bin, along with the sample card, so the bin can be passed to the next group. Please do your part to help keep supplies together in the bin; the less time spent looking for missing items, the more time everyone gets to spend in crafting.

When things go wrong ….
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, things go wrong. Don’t be embarrassed! Pretty much any mistake you could make, I have probably done the same thing. When you’re stuck, ask for help and we’ll figure out a solution together.

And when all else fails?
My projects don’t look perfect the first time I try them, and yours probably won’t either – but hopefully, you still learned from the experience, and next time you try, it may go more smoothly. I want you to learn, have fun, and not be afraid to try new things – so aim for enjoyment, not perfection!

 

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How I love the Wood Textures DSP! It is so versatile and can be paired with so many of our stamp sets and thinlits to create amazing, unique projects that really wow. One of my favourite uses for it, though, is in creating masculine cards. So many crafters find it challenging to create masculine cards, but the Wood Textures DSP makes it so easy!

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For this wonderful woodsy card, I used the Happy Birthday thinlits die, burlap ribbon, and just one stamp from the (now-retired) Number of Years stamp set. I also used the multipurpose adhesive sheets to help me attach the “birthday”; those adhesive sheets are a must when cutting out any of Stampin’ Up!’s sentiment dies!

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The embossing folder you see on the right-hand panel of the card is “Woodgrain” by Cuttlebug. I’m ordering the Pinewood Planks folder asap as it also makes a great pairing with the Wood Textures DSP!

Here are some of the other Stampin’ Up! products that complement the Wood Textures DSP:

Waterfront Stamp Set

  Wood Crate Framelits Dies

  Rooted in Nature Bundle

  Wood Words Stamp Set

   Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set

   Colourful Seasons Stamp Set

And here’s one more cute card I made with Wood Textures: I used the Classic Label punch to make a picket fence, with a cute little piggy flying above!

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Want to get your hands on this wonderfully versatile DSP? Contact me today to order, or shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

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

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With the help of the circle tab punch and the 1/2″ circle punch, I created these terrific catalogue tab kits for my Stampin’ Club members (and of course, one for myself!).

It’s so easy now to find exactly what I’m looking for in my annual catalogue! I love them!

I love making and giving gifts for my club members … I usually give gifts when the club starts in September, and a year-end gift in June, as well as a bonus holiday gift at Christmas. It’s my way of thanking my loyal customers for choosing me as their demonstrator!

By the way, there are two spots left in my club, so if you’d like to join, contact me!

 


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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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