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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 learned a new fold recently that I have been having a LOT of fun with. Remember the beautiful six-month milestone cards I posted recently, after giving them to my two team members at our May meeting?

Well that’s not the only card I’ve made with that fold. I used the same design to make my mom’s 65th birthday card (talk about a milestone!). She loves mushrooms, so I used some of the retired paper A Little Foxy that I’d been saving for just the right occasion.

Then a friend contacted me asking for Thank You cards for her son’s teachers as he is graduating to high school. I was happy to oblige, even incorporating the custom message she’d asked for (I printed it from the computer and punched it with my Decorative Label punch):

And then my June workshop participants got to use the Tranquil Textures suite and learn this fold themselves:

Now at last I’m ready to share the tutorial! Presenting the Epic Fold card!

Start with a piece of 8.5 x 11″ cardstock. Score along the long edge at 4.25″.

Rotate 90 degrees and line up your cardstock at 2.75″. Cut from the edge of the cardstock to the centre line you scored.

Then rotate cardstock back to its original position and cut along that centre score line to the line you cut in the previous step. As a result, you will be removing a large chunk of the cardstock, as shown below. Set it aside for a later project ­čÖé

Score the remaining cardstock at 2.75 and 5.5″.

You’ll also need assorted pieces of either stamped cardstock or designer series paper, all measuring 2.5 x 4″. And don’t forget a white or vanilla insert to write on!

Assemble your card and decorate as desired.

Have you tried any fun folds lately? Show me your creations in the comments!

Happy Stampin’!

Yes you read that right – cleaning your stamps has FOUR steps! But wait – the Stampin’ Scrub only has two sides. How can there be four steps? Because for the first and last step, you need scrap paper. Stampin’ Up! has terrifically useful grid paper for sale, but you can also use just any old scrap paper you find lying around. I like to use paper destined for the recycling bin at my work.

Any time you finish with a stamp, before you reach for your Stampin’ Scrub, you need to stamp off on your scrap paper multiple times to remove any excess ink. By the time you finish a project, your scrap paper should look like this:

Next, scrub your stamp on the wet side of the Stampin’ Scrub, and then the dry side. I like to colour over the wet and dry symbols with nail polish to make it easier to tell which side is which – I always use the same “colour coding”, blue for wet and pink for dry.

Finally, return to your scrap paper and stamp off again. This step often gets missed, but it’s really important! Your stamp will pick up inky residue from the Stampin’ Scrub, and this grubby substance can easily damage the next inkpad you use, or transfer to the project you’re creating. Yuck!

See the “Live it with Zest” sentiment and the circular lemons stamped on the lower right corner of the image above? Those images are all stamped directly following a scrub on the Stampin’ Scrub – that is, there was no ink on the stamp other than what the stamp picked up from the Scrub. Stamp off repeatedly onto your scrap paper until the stamp is truly clean and doesn’t stamp an image.

I also clean out my Stampin’ Scrubs about once a month. They get a lot of use when I’m hosting classes, so your Scrub might not need to be cleaned quite that often! I’ve started keeping track of the “last clean date” by writing it on a piece of painter’s tape on the outside of the Scrub.

I hope that tip is helpful to you! Happy Stampin’!

Did you see this fantastic new concept on page 2 of the new annual catalogue? It would be easy to miss, but it’s definitely worth a look!

Stampin’ Up! is now offering supply kits for certain projects showcased in the catalogue. Being able to order these items together is a great option for beginning crafters – and it also means you can order one of these supply kits as a half-price items with your qualifying party! What a great deal!

If you’ve ever looked at one of the beautiful cards in the catalogue pages and wondered how you could create your own, this is a great way to start. Just look at the amazing range of supplies you get with one of these supply kits:

With the above supplies, you’ll be able to make cards as shown below … and many other gorgeous creations!

Here are the details on the rest of the supply kits. Clicking on any of the photos will take you directly to my online store so you can see them more closely.


These supply kits are sure to be a hit. Contact me today to order yours, or shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

Today I’m trying something new, participating in a blog hop! I belong to a fun and inspiring group on Facebook called “SU Style Home Decor“. Participants post all kinds of beautiful home decor items they have created with Stampin’ Up! products. Today is their first ever blog hop! If you’re hopping along, welcome to my page!

I’m fairly new to creating home decor items, so I wanted to start with one of the most basic items: a framed piece. I’ve created a few framed pieces before and for someone who is just branching out from cardmaking or scrapbooking, it’s a really easy way to get into creating beautiful decor projects.

For this piece, I used the very fun Lemon Zest stamp set and the Lemon Builder punch. I’m so glad these products carried over into this year’s annual catalogue, because to me they are perfect to create with at this time of year! It was very fun to use this stamp set with all the gorgeous new colours – it makes me think of pink lemonade, lemonade stands, and those tart fruit gummies sprinkled with sugar.

I used Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, and Granny Apple Green, as well as black ink. In addition to the Lemon Builder punch, I also used the 1 3/4″ circle punch, which lines up perfectly with the round lemon stamp!

If you’re wondering how I created that stripey background, it’s a new technique I saw recently that I really like! Use one of your long acrylic blocks (F or H). Using the edge of the block (the groove where your fingers usually go) as a stamp, press gently into your inkpad and then onto your cardstock. This is one of those techniques that isn’t about perfection; don’t worry about making every stripe evenly spaced, as whatever you do will look terrific.

I’m very pleased with the finished piece, and will be using it as a giveaway item on my Facebook page! Be sure to like and follow Inkyfingers Papercrafting on Facebook so you don’t miss any posts!

If you enjoyed stopping by my blog today, please leave me a comment below! And be sure to check the links to see the other amazing Home Decor creations on the blog hop!

I have a whole collection of masculine cards to share with you today, great for Father’s Day, masculine birthdays, or other occasions for the dudes in your life. Bonus tutorial included for the diagonal easel card I posted recently!

The first card uses the Tailored Tag punch, as well as the True Gentleman DSP and Truly Tailored stamp set. The punch is still current, though the paper and stamp set have retired. You can see how easy it is to make a great card with this fun punch design! I will definitely have more uses for this punch in my craft studio.

I used the same stamp set and paper to create this dapper double-z fold card! I just never get sick of this fold and the awesome variations it offers.

The Dad Jokes stamp set is one I just had to buy, as my husband can’t resist making jokes like this …. the bigger the groan, the better! Though the stamp set is now retired, I think I’ll be hanging on to the stamps and continuing to create with them! It also uses the Simple Stripes embossing folder, which is one of my new favourites!

Here’s a fantastic masculine card that works for a variety of occasions, using the stunning Waterfront stamp set. I used the chair die cut from the Seasonal Layers set, and one of my layering squares to cut out the window frame. “Celebrate” is from the terrific new Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set, which has already gotten a lot of use in my studio! With so much variety and versatility, it’s a terrific set to have on hand.

And now, as promised, a tutorial! You might remember I posted a photo of this card when I used it as a swap card for my May team meeting. Here’s how you can make your own.

The base for this card is 4 x 8″, scored at 4″ and scored diagonally on the front flap from centre bottom to top left.

Depending on what colour card base you use, you may also need a white or vanilla insert of 4 x 4″ to write your sentiment.

For the front of the card, start with a 4 x 5.25″ piece of cardstock and decorate as desired.

Your final touch will be a stamped and punched piece that is attached to the base with dimensionals, to hold your easel open.

I hope you like the tutorial! Leave me a comment with your recent creations!

Happy Stampin’, and Happy Father’s Day to the dads in your life!

In the photo above is $479 worth of amazing Stampin’ Up! product. Want to guess how much my customer paid for it? $278. That’s right, she got $200 worth of FREE PRODUCT because she’s not just a customer …. she’s a party hostess! In this case, she is one of the members of my monthly stampers’ ten club, the Sassy Stampers. A stampers’ ten club meets every month between September and June (with the exception of December) to make unique and beautiful cards, learn fun new techniques, experiment with a terrific range of products, and best of all, laugh and enjoy each other’s company. Every member commits to purchasing a minimum of $20 product each month, and everyone gets a turn to be the hostess and get at least $20 in free product. As you can see from the above, hostesses may get a great deal more than $20 free!

You can learn more about my stampers’ ten club and whether it’s right for you by reading this post. If you still have questions, or are ready to join, drop me a line!

A stampers’ ten club is terrific, but it’s not the only way to earn hostess rewards. You can host your own party any time! It can be a virtual (Facebook) party, an in-person party, or a combination of both.

Facebook parties┬ácan last for a few hours or a few days; you can invite guests from any geographical area. We’ll play games and get to know each other, and I’ll share information about Stampin’ Up! products and specials. Guests can place orders at any time during the party; we’ll use a hostess code to ensure that all the rewards go to your account. There will even be prizes for participating in the party!

For an in-person party, we’ll choose a date that works for you; you invite your guests and provide a light snack, and I’ll bring all the tools and supplies needed for a fabulous fun night of crafting. You and your guests will get to try out a range of products and techniques, and bring home projects you made yourself. The $10 supply fee will be waived with a $20 purchase. We can even hold the party at my house if you’d prefer.

In either case, you as hostess will earn amazing rewards, and have access to exclusive stamp sets that you can only purchase as a hostess of a qualifying party!


Ready to start planning your party? Contact me today so we can make YOU the hostess with the mostest!


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