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As I promised last week, I want to show you all the cards I received from OnStage in Vancouver. I didn’t participate in any organized swaps, just floor swaps with the two designs I’d created (read more about them here). I was a little nervous that people wouldn’t like my swaps, but not a single person refused to swap with me, and many gave me kind comments and encouragement 🙂 Turns out that most of us Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are pretty terrific people! 😀

So, here are all the swaps I received.  I’ve labeled the photos with the main products used and the names of the makers – although for several of the cards, they were not labeled when I received them, so I don’t know who made them!

The demonstrators I met at this event were warm, welcoming, and supportive and I can’t wait till the next get-together. If you’d like to join in at events like this, join my team and we can go to the next event together! Being a demonstrator is awesome – you get to work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out. If you’re interested or have questions, let me know!

 

Hope you enjoy the photos! If these fabulous cards inspire you to order any of the products shown, you can shop 24/7 at my online store. And hurry, because some of these products are retiring soon and are only available while supplies last! 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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This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend OnStage and CentreStage in Vancouver, BC. It was so energizing to be in a room full of hundreds of demonstrators and be the first ones to receive the brand new annual catalogue, watch product demonstrations, learn about exciting new ways to connect with our teams and customers, and of course, do some hands-on make and take projects using brand new products!

I am so excited about this stunning Bird Ballad suite. The Designer Series Paper was designed in black and white, and then coloured by artists using our own Stampin’ Blends before being digitized and produced for our catalogue. It just goes to show what gorgeousness you can create with the Blends! I was able to quickly and easily colour the stamped image of the birds on the branch to complement the beautiful paper. I even got to bring home some of the Blends we used, and a spool of that lovely scalloped lace trim!

The Come Sail Away suite is also amazing. There’s so many wonderful images and sentiments suitable for masculine cards and projects! I love the texture of the lighthouse stamp we used here – it’s almost like a Distinktive stamp – and the charming little anchor embellishment.

Follow Your Art is a totally irresistible suite. There’s a button-themed embossing folder, a stamp set and thinlit bundle, and of course some adorable Designer Series Paper that features crafting images both specific to Stampin’ Up! (like ink refillers, ribbon, twine, and scissors) and covering other crafting areas (like glue guns, paintbrushes, and buttons). The result is inspiring to any kind of crafter!

This beautiful project is one that came directly out of May’s Paper Pumpkin kit, “Hugs From Shelli”. Shelli Gardner is the Co-founder of Stampin’ Up!, and she designed this kit specifically to include her favourite styles and images. Like all Paper Pumpkin kits, it’s very easy to put together, even for the beginning crafter – and an avid crafter could easily step up the projects to make them really pop. This kit will create 12 mailable cards with coordinating envelopes, and of course will come with an exclusive stamp set. Oh, and best of all? While Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are only available in North America, this kit will be available as a regular order item to all Stampin’ Up! markets! So exciting for our overseas friends!

Can you tell that this suite was inspired by Monet’s art? The soft colours and brushstroke textures are truly lovely. The pink flowers you see were punched out of Petal Pink vellum cardstock with the new Perennial Flower punch, and embellished with self-adhesive embellishments called “Floral Centres”.

Which of these suites are you most excited to play with? Leave a comment below and let me know! The new catalogue will be available soon, so let me know if you’d like to receive one!

Be sure to check back next week when I’ll be sharing photos of all the swap cards I received at the event!

Happy Stampin’!

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I can’t believe I’m heading to OnStage in only three more sleeps!! I’m super excited about meeting other demonstrators from all over Western North America, learning new business strategies from Stampin’ Up! HQ, and of course…. getting my hands on the new catalogue!!

Another aspect I enjoy participating in is swaps. While many demonstrator events, including OnStage, have ‘organized swaps’ – meaning, participants agree to make cards (or other projects) with a certain theme, and make one for every person participating – I didn’t find any organized swaps that suited me, so I am participating only in ‘floor swaps’. Floor swaps are more impromptu, meaning you make as many cards as you feel like making, and then when you meet other demonstrators at the event, you ask if they are interested in swapping. The hope is, if you make fifty of the same card, you’ll come home with fifty DIFFERENT cards!

I decided to make two different swap cards, because I wanted to be able to offer potential swappers a choice when they swap with me. For the first card, I knew I wanted to use This Little Piggy and a wobble spring effect like I learned (and blogged about) at the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators February meeting. Here’s a reminder of the card I made there:

And here’s the card I designed for my OnStage swaps:

In addition to This Little Piggy, I also used Amazing Life for the sentiment (I believe in you) and the Pinewood Planks embossing folder for the background layer. To make the spring, I used 30 gauge floral wire, along with wire cutters, a screwdriver (to wrap the wire around), a 1″-circle punch, a pinhole punch, and Tear and Tape adhesive.

You can watch my live video here if you want to see exactly how to create the wobble spring.

I was really pleased with this project, but I also wanted to do something more elegant in case not everyone wanted a cutesy piggy card. One of my teammates recently gave me the “Statement of the Heart” stamp, which was part of an exclusive demonstrator offer last summer, and I thought that would be a great stamp to set off another technique I wanted to try: block stamping.

In block stamping, you use the acrylic blocks directly on the inkpad and cardstock to create a block of colour. You can create a lot of really cool effects! I think the delicate lines of the stamped flowers add a really interesting complement to the blocky shapes. What do you think?

So those are my two swaps on offer for OnStage Vancouver this weekend! Check back next week and I’ll have lots to share with you about what I saw and learned while I was there!

If either 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 OnStage event,  join my team!

Happy Stampin’!

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I can’t keep calm – storage by Stampin’ Up! is finally here!

Ever since the gorgeous new stackable inkpads were introduced last year, there have been quiet mentions that a storage solution would be available as well. And now, here it is! There is so much to love about these items:
– They feature clean, simple lines in white, sure to go with any decor
– They are modular, stackable, and customizable, so you can build your storage to suit YOUR needs
– They come in affordable bundles (e.g. a set of five trays for $19) which makes it easy to add storage as your collection grows
– They are designed specifically with Stampin’ Up! products in mind – inkpads, markers, Blends, refills, and more


I LOVE that the storage is modular; instead of buying a gigantic piece to hold the whole collection (which would immediately make me feel that I needed to buy, buy, buy to fill it up with every item in the catalogue), I can buy a few pieces at a time as needed – which helps my budget as well. Brilliant!

Best of all? You don’t need to wait to start building your own customized storage solution! Yes, these items will be available in the new annual catalogue (June 3rd), but Stampin’ Up! knows we don’t want to wait – so they are releasing these products on April 1st. That’s right, they’re available NOW!

Stampin’ Up! has even created a handy worksheet to help you figure out what storage pieces to start with, so take a few minutes to review your collection and make your wishlist. Here’s the flyer with all the price info and item numbers, when you’re ready to order! Don’t forget to use the current hostess code so you can get a gift from me as well!

Contact me today to order yours, or shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

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Have you ever noticed how much lingo we crafters throw around while we’re teaching and creating? I hadn’t really thought about it until recently, when I did a home party for a brand new hostess and five of her friends. While many of them had used other papercrafting products before, this was their first experience with Stampin’ Up!, and I realized that there are so many terms (including acronyms) that I use without even thinking, that might not be clear to someone who’s new to SU. Even with more experienced stampers, I witness interactions like the below quite often:

Crafter 1: Can you please pass the (name of item)?
Crafter 2: **blank stare**
Crafter 3 **passes two or three random items hoping to get lucky**
Me: You mean this? **holds up item**
Crafter 1: THANK YOU!

Sometimes this is because Crafter 1 called the item by the wrong name, and other times it’s because she called it by the right name but Crafters 2 and 3 didn’t recognize the lingo. Either way, it can be frustrating for all! Hopefully, this handy glossary will help!


Inkpads

 


Stamp Set*

 


Block

 


Stamp*

 


Stampin’ Scrub

 

Designer Series Paper (“DSP”)

 


Cardstock

Alright, those are the basic items you’ll run into at a crafting workshop. Here are a few more terms you’ll want to know!

Types of Stamps

There are now four types of stamps available from Stampin’ Up.
1. Wood-mount stamps

Wood-mount stamps are made of red rubber and come with a wooden block for you to permanently mount the stamp onto. Stampin’ Up! is phasing out wood-mount stamps; soon, they will only be available for large background stamps as shown above.

2. Clear-mount stamps

Clear-mount stamps are made of red rubber and do not come with blocks; you must purchase separately the acrylic blocks to use with your stamps. Clear-mount stamps can be used with acrylic blocks and then removed to store in their cases, so they take up much less room than wood-mount stamps.

3. Photopolymer stamps

Photopolymer stamps are see-through, allowing you to see exactly where you are stamping. Photopolymer stamps are also to be used with acrylic blocks, purchased separately.

4. Cling stamps

Cling stamps are made of red rubber and do not come with blocks; you must purchase separately the acrylic blocks to use with your stamps. The stamps themselves are very similar to clear-mount stamps, but the labels have been reformulated to be significantly more sticky, thanks to feedback received from demonstrators and customers. Cling stamps will soon replace clear-mount stamps.

NOTE that Stampin’ Up! determines what type of stamp material in which to manufacture each stamp set.  The catalogue and online listing for the stamp set will specify which format(s) it is available in; be sure to pay attention and choose the correct format so you are happy with your purchase!

Other Terminology:

SAB = Sale-a-Bration
This is the annual promotion that takes place between January and March every year. During this time, Stampin’ Up! offers exclusive items that can be earned FREE with purchase. These items are not sold separately and can only be earned with purchase during the promotional period.

CASE = Copy and Share Everything (or, Copy and Selectively Edit)
CASE’ing is a great way to find (and share!) inspiration. Here’s a great example of a card I received and then CASE’d:

– card I received

– my CASE’d version

To learn more about CASE’ing, check out my blog post on the topic!

Bundles

Bundles include a stamp set and either a co-ordinating punch or thinlit set. These items are also available separately, but when they are purchased together, you save 10% off the purchase price. Pay attention, though; bundle pricing is only in effect for the catalogue period in which the bundle was introduced. For example, for the Happy Tails bundle above, while the stamp set and punch may carry over to the next catalogue, they will only be available for purchase separately, not as a bundle, and thus full price will apply. Short version: If you love the bundle, buy it before the catalogue expiration date!

Kits

Kits are an all-inclusive way to get crafting fast! Great for beginners or those who want to take crafting on-the-go, they contain everything you need to complete a project.

Card kits (like the “Soft Sayings” card kit shown above) include stamp set, block, pre-printed card bases and envelopes, die-cut accents and embellishments, a stampin’ spot (mini inkpad), and dimensionals – enough to make 20 cards. The projects are pre-designed for you, so you can get to the fun part of crafting right away – and of course, you can always adjust the designs to suit your own taste!


You Can Make It kits (like the “Flowering Desert” kit shown above) include a stamp set, a block, cardstock, and ink. Sometimes other elements, such as colouring tools or embellishments, are also included. In this case you will be designing the projects yourself.


Paper Pumpkin kits include everything you need to complete a mystery craft project – that’s right, you won’t know what it is until you open the box! Paper Pumpkin is a subscription service, and you can try it out for one month, or subscribe for 3, 6, or 12 months. (You can also give a subscription as a gift!) The contents are different every month, but you’ll always find everything you need to create the project in the red box, which is delivered right to your door.

Do you have questions about crafting terms that isn’t covered above? Drop me a comment and I’ll add it to the post! Thanks for reading and 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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This fun treat holder is really quick and easy to make! It makes a perfect party favour, seasonal treat for Easter, Christmas, Valentines, or other, or just a ‘thinking of you’ gift for someone you care about.

Cardstock: 2 x 6.5” – score at 2.75 and 3.75”
DSP: 6.5 x 1.5” – score at 1, 3, 4, 6”

The treat holder holds three mini chocolate bars (Hershey’s nuggets), so you will also need three strips of DSP to wrap the nuggets, cut to 3 x 1.5”.

Start by scoring your cardstock and DSP. After scoring, you can use the scalloped tag topper punch to punch both ends of your cardstock.

Use strong adhesive (e.g. Tear and Tape) to fold the long DSP strip into a band.

This band will slide easily over the cardstock treat holder.

Use the three smaller strips of DSP to wrap around your chocolate nuggets.

Place the nuggets between the two score lines on your cardstock treat holder.

Decorate the treat holder as desired, including an 8″ length of ribbon to tie it closed.

I’ve also posted a video of this project!

If your browser/device doesn’t allow videos, click here to see the video on YouTube.

Have you made any other treat holders? 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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