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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you why the Take Your Pick tool is a MUST HAVE in your crafting room! You won’t believe all the things this versatile tool can do!

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Do you have this tool already? If not, head to my online store to get your own! If you do, tell me in the comments what you use it for the most!

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Have you checked out the Annual Catalogue Retirement List? Saying goodbye to favourite items is always hard, but getting them at 10-60% discount is sure to cheer you up. 😁  And don’t forget, if you order before April 5th I will send you a FREE tutorial bundle packed with Easter- and Spring-themed projects! 🐰🐣

I thought it would be fun to show you some of the cards I’ve made in the past with products that are retiring this month. All of these products are while supplies last, so if any of them are on your must-have list, do not wait! Order now via my online store!

All About Bundles …

As we look at the retiring list, it’s important to understand the difference between bundles that are fully retiring and bundles that are semi-retiring.

For example, the Beautiful World bundle (page 174, 2020 Annual Catalogue) is fully retiring. Neither the stamps nor the dies are carrying over to the new annual catalogue – both of these products will be gone for good on May 4th (or earlier if stock runs out before then). So if they’re on your wish list – don’t wait!

Here are some other bundles that are fully retiring:


In contrast, the Forever Fern bundle (page 174) is semi-retiring. Both the stamps and the dies ARE carrying over to the new annual catalogue, BUT the opportunity to save 10% when you buy these two products together will no longer be available after May 4th. If these items are on your wish list, make sure you buy them NOW before that 10% discount is gone!

Here are some other bundles that are semi-retiring:


There are a handful of bundles where one item is retiring, and the other is continuing. Here are some examples:


Finally, there is just one bundle that is carrying over from one annual catalogue to the next. The Blossoms in Bloom bundle (page 174) will still be offered at a discount bundle price in the new annual catalogue.


What about the Spring Mini? See the retirement list for the Spring Mini Catalogue here. Remember, we still have a few more months until that catalogue retires on June 30th! 😅

There were definitely some surprises on the retirement list this time around. Below are some items I consider basics and/or must-haves. If you don’t already have these in your craft room, you should consider making an order ASAP, before they sell out!

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Here are some more items I was really surprised to find on the retirement list!


If you really want to make the most of these discounted items, join my team! By joining today you will have INSTANT ACCESS to the upcoming annual catalogue and be ready to launch it to your customers next month. 🤩 You’ll get a 20% discount on ALL your Stampin’ Up! orders, and yes that’s IN ADDITION to the discounts already applied to retiring items. It’s a win-win! Learn more about the opportunity here, and if you still have questions, let’s chat!

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Can you believe March is almost over? And Easter is just around the corner! I don’t know about you, but here on Vancouver Island it is definitely starting to feel like Spring: lots of birdsong, lots of buds peeking out, crocuses and cherry blossoms starting to bloom. I sure love this time of year!

Today the Seashore Stampers are doing our usual monthly blog hop, and this time our theme is Easter. I hope you’ll hop along to see all the other projects after you check out mine below!

To create this card, I used a variety of products from the Spring Mini and Annual Catalogue. I knew I wanted to use Pretty Perennials, the gorgeous bundle inspired by Million Sales Achiever Dena Rekow. And I knew I wanted my favourite 2020 In Color, Magenta Madness, to be featured. I started playing with the stamps and figured out what I was doing as I went! 😁

I ended up using the masking technique a little bit, so that the flowers could overlap, and I used embellishments in each flower centre. I wasn’t quite happy with all the white space, though, so I started looking through my die sets to figure out how I could use some shapes to add another layer of interest. Curvy dies to the rescue! They allowed me to cut off a ‘curvy corner’ of the white card front, and I added the Dandy Garden paper behind. Finished off with a sentiment from Timeless Tulips, my Easter card was complete! So don’t be afraid to mix and match items from different bundles, different stamp sets, different occasions and different catalogues – just pick and choose what works for YOUR card!

Speaking of Easter, I’ve got a terrific offer for you! When you place an order with me by April 5th, you’ll receive a tutorial bundle for 23 beautiful Easter- and Spring-themed projects. All the tutorials include a full product list, step-by-step instructions, and colour photos! You’re sure to find tons of inspiration for your Spring crafting! Again, this tutorial bundle is absolutely free when you order from me!

I hope you enjoyed my project! Now don’t forget to click on the buttons below to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other Easter-themed creations! Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

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The new Blending Brushes are a big hit! They are so fun and easy to use, great for adding custom colour to a project. Here are some tips from demonstrators about how best to use them!

How many should I have?

  • Keep one separate for burnishing gilding flakes.
  • Keep them clean and use different one for light colors and dark colors.
  • Some demos choose to have one brush for each main colour, e.g. one for red, one for yellow, one for green … but see below tips about cleaning before you decide how many you need. If you can easily clean them at your desk, you can get by with fewer brushes!

How to clean them?

  • After each use I wipe the brush thoroughly on a microfiber cloth and then test on white scrap paper. No colour should be remaining so you can go onto a new colour. A hint is to work from light to dark colours. Sometimes I will wipe the brush on the shammy and then the microfiber cloth. And, every so often I will wash the bristles with a little stamp cleaner/soap, rinse well, wipe off on the microfiber cloth and let dry overnight. Following these methods has worked every time for me and I have not had any problem with one colour bleeding out onto another.
  • I have actually wiped them off on my Simply Shammy – works well.
  • Before using one on a different color be sure to ‘clean off’ the brush by brushing in all directions on a piece of paper.
  • Make sure you are done with your brushes for the day before washing them (if you choose to do so). They take awhile to dry, and will not properly work if damp.
  • If you use water to clean your brushes, lay them brush side down on a paper towel to dry. Any excess ink (that you missed while cleaning) will absorb into the towel. I was using similar brushes before these came out and this is how I’ve been cleaning them. Keeps the brushes soft, too.

How to use them?

  • After inking, tap extra Ink off on a clear block before blending. If I’m blending in from the paper edge, I put my cardstock on a non porous surface.
  • I always remove a little ink on grid paper before putting on my paper. Use a light touch.
  • Start blending off the page.
  • Use a nonporous surface to remove the ink, then you can always reink the blending brush using that ink. I’ve used our silicon mat and also the grid mat from the Stamparatus.
  • Pick up the ink in a circular motion and blend on card stock in the same direction. Meaning if you pick up the ink off the pad in a counterclockwise motion apply to the card stock in the same counterclockwise direction.
  • Use a piece of window sheet instead of paper under project. After inking dab on window sheet. Then blend onto project in circles. Can go back to dab and pick up ink. If you use paper, the ink is wasted.
  • I have been working on a glass mat. Work off your paper in a circular motion towards your card. You could probably use the backside of one of your Stamparatus acrylic flaps.
  • If you are working with a gradient type of coloring or even an ombré type—like balmy blue, misty moonlight then night of navy, work from light to dark. Then once you’ve done those colors, go back and blend over them slightly working from dark to light so the color almost melts into the next. You’ll avoid harsh lines this way.
  • Use post it note paper to get defined silhouettes.
  • Start off the paper and gradually build the colour.
  • You can use them with more than our ink pads. Use them with shimmer paint, wink of stella – just rinse right after use.
  • Use on paper towel then use on card stock to create a softened background you can build stamped layers on.

 

Here are links to two videos where I have demonstrated the Blending Brushes: Dragonfly Garden and Can ANY Colour be a Christmas Colour?

If you have more questions about the Blending Brushes, put them in the comments! If you’re ready to buy, contact me today to place your order, or shop 24/7 at my online store.  Happy Stampin’!

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Today’s video will teach you all about the two beautiful new Stampin’ Up! Cut & Emboss Machines – the standard size and the mini size. We’ll also make a quick and simple card using the Quite Curvy bundle.

You’ll need:
Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
White cardstock: 4 x 5.25″
Designer Series Paper: 3.25 x 5.25″

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Do you have one of these machines? What do you think of it? Share in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’!

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It’s that time again … time to subscribe to this month’s Creativity to Go!

Here’s how it works:

  • Every month, I’ll choose a product to feature (either a stamp set or a bundle).
  • When you subscribe to that month’s kit, you’ll receive the featured product AND supplies and tutorials to create five cards using your new product!
  • You’ll also have access to an exclusive Zoom crafting session where we’ll meet and assemble the cards together.
  • You can subscribe from anywhere in Canada, and enjoy a fun crafting experience at your own pace and convenience!
  • Subscribe and pay by the 10th of the month to receive that month’s kit; you can also choose to add any other product (adhesive, cardstock, ink, etc.) to your order at the same time.
  • Kits will be delivered or shipped by the end of the month; tutorials (PDF and/or videos) will be sent by email.

Your subscription includes:

  • The featured product for that month
  • Supplies to create 5 cards with the featured product
  • Tutorials (PDF and/or videos) to help you complete the cards
  • Access to optional Zoom crafting calls

March’s Featured Product is the “Dragonfly Garden” stamp set for a cost of $38.25. Sign up here by March 10th to receive the stamp set, supplies and tutorials! You will love the delicate details of this stamp set, along with the heartfelt sentiments in beautiful scripted font. You can also add the co-ordinating Dragonfly Punch for an additional $22.75 – saving 10% when you buy these items together!

Here are some of the cards I’ve made with the Dragonfly Garden bundle, and other items from the Dandy Garden suite.

And here’s a sneak peek at one of the cards we’ll be making together.

Remember, those who subscribe to the March Creativity to Go will get all the supplies, products, and tutorials to make this card AND four more! I hope you’ll join me for a fun, socially-distanced crafting class this month!

Happy Stampin’!

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Last week was Vancouver Island’s once-a-year snowstorm, and I was all too happy to cozy up in my craft room to make some cards.

I used a fun layout I learned from fellow demonstrator Tamara, who showed me how to make six cards with a half-sheet of Designer Series Paper! (Note – direction matters: the photo below shows the DSP in the correct orientation).

Start by cutting along the long side of the DSP at 1.75″ – do this twice, to get two strips that are 1.75″ wide.

Then, cut the last piece in half at 1.25″ wide.

Now you have two pieces that are 1.75″ wide, and two pieces that are 1.25″ wide.

Cut the two wider pieces at 4.25″ long. Cut the two narrower pieces at 3.75″ long. You’ll get two cuts out of each strip of paper.

Now you have the following:
six pieces – 3.75 x 1.25″
four pieces – 1.75 x 4.25″
two pieces – 1.75 x 3.5″

To finish your cards, you will need:

Six cardbases (8.5 x 5.5, scored at 4.25″)
Cardstock mats:
(6 pieces) 4 x 1.5″
(4 pieces) 2 x 4.5″
(2 pieces) 2 x 3.75″

Six white (or vanilla) layers, 4 x 5.25″, embossed if desired
Ribbon/embellishments
White shapes for stamping sentiments

Put your DSP pieces in pairs – whatever sizes look good together to your eye. Flip one piece in each pair so that you have two different patterns.

And finally, turn all these magic ingredients into cards! Choose whatever sentiments you like, assemble, and embellish as desired. Easy peasy!

Happy Stampin’!

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Our first Sale-a-Bration of 2021 is more than halfway over!! Remember that this year, we get to enjoy Sale-a-Bration TWICE for two months each; once in January-February, and again in July-August.

As usual, Sale-a-Bration offers terrific rewards for those who Shop, Host, or Join. There are exclusive free products to be earned with your purchase from either the annual catalogue or the new Spring Mini catalogue. You can choose a Level One item with every $60 purchase, and a Level Two item for every $120 purchase.

With all these exclusive rewards available, your guests will be excited to order – and that means free product credits for you, the hostess! If you host a party that reaches $375 in sales, you’ll receive rewards three ways! First, you’ll get to choose your free Sale-a-Bration items based on your own order. Then, you’ll get your hostess rewards (product credit) of 12% of party sales (minimum $45). And on top of all that, you will receive an exclusive hostess stamp set, Punch Party, which coordinates with three of our awesome punches! If you’d like to host a virtual party this month, contact me soon – my calendar fills up quickly! 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!

Joining during Sale-a-Bration is always a great deal. In addition to your $165 Starter Kit, made up of product YOU choose and discounted to $135, you’ll also receive a welcome gift from Stampin’ Up! – an assortment of six 6×6″ stacks of our newest Designer Series Papers. Your kit also includes business supplies and free shipping right to your door!

There are so many awesome reasons to become a demonstrator. Let’s start with the most obvious: demonstrators get a 20-25% discount on all their orders, which translates into 20-25% commission when they start to build their business! Let’s face it, we could all use a little extra income – and income earned for doing something you already love is a win-win!

I am looking for some new members to join my team this month, so I’m hosting an Opportunity Night on Thursday, February 18th. Think of this as “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Being a Demonstrator, But Were Too Shy To Ask!” 😁 I’m excited to answer ALL your questions so that you can feel confident getting started on a stampin’ adventure that’s just for you. Find more details here, and then plan to join me on Zoom for a fun, casual evening with learning, games, crafting, prizes, and connection! The Spring mini is FULL of terrific items that you’re going to be so excited to get your hands on – why not join my team and get them all at a discount? 😉

 

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Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I’ve got a fun Valentine-themed project that just happens to include products from the Spring Mini catalogue, the annual catalogue, and the Sale-a-Bration brochure. And I think it’s pretty adorable, if I do say so myself!

I made this card for my recent virtual catalogue launch party, to show off the fantastic stamp set “Punch Party”. This stamp set is an exclusive gift available to hostesses during the months of January and February. Anyone who hosts a qualifying party of $375 will get this stamp set FREE – it doesn’t even count against your stampin’ rewards product credit!! 🤩 (By the way, your free product credit with a $375 party would be $45 … just sayin’!)

There are so many fun images and sentiments in this stamp set, and they co-ordinate with a variety of punches from the annual and Spring Mini catalogue: the Heart punch pack (which I used to make my card above), the Double Oval punch, and the Rectangular Postage stamp punch. What a wonderfully versatile selection of stamps for use all year round! If you’d like a chance to earn this stamp set for free, please contact me and we can start planning your virtual party! 🥰

I hope you enjoyed my project. Be sure to check out the shopping list below for all the details on the products I used, and then click on the buttons below to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other Valentine creations! Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

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The new Spring Mini catalogue is now live! And wow oh wow, I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a new catalogue. I think Stampin’ Up! has really outdone themselves this time!

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 Sweet Strawberry stamp set

I love that this stamp set has a charming variety of sentiments, a whimsical collection of images, and two co-ordinating punches you could add on if you wish (Strawberry Builder and Small Bloom). That makes this the perfect item to start your stampin’ collection – all you need is paper and ink, and you’re ready to start creating!

Best Sentiment Stamp SetHappy Thoughts

Inspired by Million Sales Achiever Jackie Bolhuis, this stamp set is a versatile collection of thoughtful, kind greetings ready to be paired with any other product to customize your creations. This stamp set is simple, striking, and indispensable!

Best Graphic Stamp SetPretty Perennials

Inspired by Million Sales Achiever Dena Rekow, this stamp set includes a delightful collection of blooms you can layer, customize, and enjoy! I’ve chosen this as the Best Graphic stamp set, but it also includes a terrific set of sentiments that will have you reaching for it again and again. Bundle with the co-ordinating dies and/or the FREE Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper, “Paper Blooms“, for even more fun!

Best EmbellishmentGilded Leafing

This new embellishment is as stunning as the name suggests! Gilded Leafing offers a truly luxe feel at a very affordable price. You will love dressing up your projects with this gorgeous new product!

Best Designer Series Paper Fine Art Floral

Imagine an artist, delicately painting individual canvases in a classic impasto style… that’s exactly how Stampin’ Up! created this paper! First, an artist hand-painted canvases with beautiful florals and textures in classic Stampin’ Up! colors. Then the canvases were photographed and turned into this unique designer series paper, including florals, patterns, colour variance, and all the touches of professional paintings.

Runner Up: Love You Always Specialty DSP

Not just for Valentine’s Day, this elegant paper is striking yet subtle. Don’t believe me? Look at this gorgeous Christmas card I received from fellow demonstrator Heather:

Thanks to Heather, I’m completely sold on this stunning paper!


Best Punch BundleSweet Ice Cream

I love that Stampin’ Up! has offered us this adorable, versatile stamp set with a handheld punch, making it affordable and accessible for every level of crafter. The stamp set includes ice cream cones, sprinkles, birthday greetings, sweet sentiments, and more, that will make everyone’s heart melt. The bundle is fabulous on its own, and the co-ordinating Ice Cream Corner paper is perfect for punching out those frozen treats!


Best Die BundleSimply Succulents

If you can only buy one die bundle from this catalogue, it should be this one! The gorgeous ‘negative image’ background is absolutely stunning, the stamp set offers a great combination of sentiments and images, and the rest of the die set includes not just dies for the stamped images, but lovely label pieces for these and many other sentiments as well. This bundle has it all!

Here are some beautiful hand-coloured samples of this set from my teammate, Dianna!

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Best New Tool – Blending Brushes

These brushes are a game changer! It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the blending surface is not foam or sponge; instead, it’s thousands and thousands of velvety soft bristles that blend ink perfectly. You can apply extremely light shades of ink, create soft gradient backgrounds with no lines, use them with Decorative Masks or stencils, and so much more!

My first time playing with the Blending Brushes!

Kits

The Spring Mini Catalogue has three terrific kits for you to enjoy. Stampin’ Up! kits offer choreographed crafting experiences, expertly designed with precut pieces, instructions, and co-ordinated products for you to have a stress-free, successful crafting session!

Hello, Dear Friend is an all-inclusive card kit that makes 12 cards. Everything you need to complete the project, from beginning to end, is included.

You Are Amazing is a project kit that makes 16 cards and a decorated box to hold them. You will need to purchase the co-ordinating stamp set and inkpads separately, or use your own supplies to complete the cards.

The Flowering Cactus Product Medley includes stamps, paper, dies, and accessories that you can use to create whatever you want – cards, scrabooking/memory keeping, decor projects, gift packaging, or anything else you can imagine! Let your creativity run free, with the confidence that your end projects will co-ordinate flawlessly.

In Case You Missed It:

Imagine being able to stamp 18 messages with one stamp … and then flawlessly cut them out with one co-ordinating die! Make cardmaking quick and easy with the amazing Many Messages bundle. Prepare your sentiments ahead of time and be ready for any occasion at any time!

The much-anticipated Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine is now available!  The mini machine comes with all the plates you need to get started. With a compact footprint and a price tag of just $82, it’s both affordable and convenient for crafters at any level!

I’ve had my new (standard size) machine for a few months now and I love it. It is steadier than the Big Shot, easier to use thanks to the numbered plates, and beautifully sleek and compact (did I mention the platform folds up when not in use?).

Remember that you’ll also earn a free Level One Sale-a-Bration reward item with your purchase of the fabulous new “Mini Machine”! This product is also available as a half-price item with a qualifying party of $550 or more!

Speaking of parties, the exclusive hostess set this season is “Suite Sampler“. As you might guess, the set includes a variety of stamps that coordinate with the suites in the Spring Mini – Dandy Garden, Fine Art Floral, Hydrangea Hill, Sand & Sea, Love You Always, and Ice Cream Corner.

Best Deal in the Catalogue: The Starter Kit on page 89
The Starter Kit is always the best deal in the catalogue! Choose up to $165 in product for only $135, AND free shipping, AND free business supplies, AND access to amazing online resources to help you succeed and build your business your way. PLUS, if you join before February 28th, you’ll also receive a beautiful assortment of 6×6″ Designer Series Papers – absolutely free!

You can learn more about becoming a demonstrator by reading my Starter Kit FAQ, and if you still have questions, please email me! I’m excited to help you learn about this opportunity!

It wouldn’t be right for me to end this post without mentioning Sale-a-Bration, or as we seasoned stampers like to call it: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! If you’re new to Stampin’ Up! and don’t know what Sale-a-Bration is all about, I’ll give you a quick explanation: this gorgeous little brochure full of awesome products should have landed in your mailbox recently (if it didn’t, let me know and I’ll send you one!). As usual, Sale-a-Bration offers terrific rewards for those who Shop, Host, or Join. There are exclusive free products to be earned with your purchase from either the annual catalogue or the new Spring Mini catalogue; even the Clearance Rack on the Stampin’ Up! website! You’ll see there are two levels of rewards available: Level One rewards are earned with a $60 purchase, and Level Two rewards are earned with a $120 purchase. Sale-a-Bration items are only available until February 28th (or while supplies last) and will not be offered again.

Thanks for reading my Top Picks post today! What do you think – do you agree with my choices, or did I leave your favourite product off my list? Comment and let me know!

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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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