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Welcome to the Seashore Stampers’ Father’s Day Blog Hop! I’m excited to participate in this group and I hope you’ll click through to enjoy the projects by my fellow hoppers 😀

Have you heard the news? Lovely as a Tree is retiring! This must be the longest-lived Stampin’ Up! stamp set ever, with ~20 years of history behind it. But all good things must come to an end, and with the end of the current annual catalogue we must say a fond farewell to this beautiful set.

I couldn’t say goodbye to it without featuring it at my workshop one last time, so this month I taught my attendees how to use the reflection technique to make a lovely masculine card.

Today, I’m going to show you how to use the reflection technique to make a similar card using Rooted in Nature, because that stamp set ISN’T retiring in ten days! In fact, both the stamp set and the co-ordinating dies are carrying over into the new catalogue …. but if you want that 10% bundle pricing, you’ve gotta order before June 3rd!

All you need to create a reflection is a piece of window sheet (I cut mine to card-front size of 4 x 5.25″) and your choice of ink. Best of all, the window sheet can be used and re-used; just spray some Stampin’ Mist and wipe with a cloth or paper towel to clean it.

Start by stamping your tree right-side-up on your cardstock. Then re-ink your stamp and stamp it onto your window sheet. It doesn’t matter where you stamp on the window sheet, but be careful: window sheet is more slippery than paper, and you don’t want your stamp to slide as you apply it. (If it does, just clean off your window sheet and try again.)

Once you’ve stamped the image on the window sheet, flip the window sheet over and place it as desired on the cardstock where you already stamped your right-side-up image. I like to leave a bit of space between the two images so I can use my green sponge dauber to add some ‘ground’ between them.

Press the window sheet down, taking care that it doesn’t slide across your cardstock, and use your fingers to press down all around the image to rub the image onto the cardstock. You’ll notice that the image will be a bit blurry and perhaps lighter in colour than your original; that’s totally okay, that’s what reflections look like!

Now use sponge daubers to add some colour: I used Old Olive for the ground, and Balmy Blue for the sky and water.

Have you made any projects with the reflection technique? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Now don’t forget to click on the buttons below to enjoy the rest of the blog hop! Today’s theme is masculine cards, so you’re sure to find lots of inspiration for Father’s Day, male birthdays, and great cards for all the awesome guys in your life!

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

 

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Today’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a quick and easy fun-fold card! I’ve used the Geared Up Garage suite for this project, making it a great card for Father’s Day.

You’ll need:
1 sheet of 8.5 x 11″ cardstock
4 panels of Designer Series Paper, cut to 2.5 x 4″
1 panel of white cardstock, cut to 2.5 x 4″

(Note: If you prefer written tutorials, click here! If you prefer video tutorials, read on!)

If your device/browser doesn’t allow videos, click here to watch on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like and subscribe while you are there!

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

Happy Stampin’!

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Stampin’ Up! has announced two huge product line changes that are taking effect with the new catalogue. Both the Stampin’ Trimmer and the Big Shot are being discontinued. New and no doubt more amazing and innovative products are being developed to replace them, but these products will not be ready in time for the annual catalogue launch on June 4th. I feel positive and excited about these changes; over the past two years I’ve seen Stampin’ Up! launch so many innovative products (stackable inkpads, Stamparatus, Take Your Pick, watercolour pencils and Blends, and most recently the storage system) that I have every faith the new products will be wonderful in ways I can’t even yet predict. I also understand that it’s easy to feel fear and worry about this announcement – after all, change is hard, and it’s extra challenging when we don’t know what the new products will be or when they’ll be available. Nevertheless, I want to encourage you to keep calm and stamp on!

Here are some tips about how to take good care of your Trimmer while we wait for the new product to be available, and to get the most use possible out of your blades.

One tip that I hope you are all doing already is to make sure you are getting equal wear on each side of your trimmer blade, turn your trimmer upside down and use it that way just as much as you use it ‘right side up’.

For a full trimmer tune up, find yourself the following items: WD40, Qtips, an old toothbrush, and a rag.

Then take your trimmer entirely apart, including removing the track underneath the blade, and the ruler that the blade slides within.

 

    Spray WD-40 on the rag and use it to wipe down the entire surface of your trimmer, getting rid of any sticky residue.
Wet one corner of the rag and run it along the inside of the track that sits underneath the cutting blade. I found it easier to move the track along while keeping the rag still. Do this 2-3 times; and the track has two sides, so flip it upside down and repeat 2-3 times on the underside too.
Use the toothbrush (preferably a good stiff one) to clean out the grooves on the ruler. Make sure you do the underside as well. If there are any spots the toothbrush can’t reach, use the Q-tips.

Then put your trimmer back together and cut some cardstock. You should notice a significant difference in how well it cuts, and how easily the blade moves!

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When your blade starts to leave a rough edge on your cardstock, give it a bit of extra life by using a nail file to sharpen it. Use a nail file that has a rougher edge and a smoother edge; start with the rougher edge and run it just 2-3 times across the side of the blade (not the tip). Repeat for the other side of the blade. Then use the smoother edge on each side.

You can save and print this tutorial in PDF form by clicking here.

I hope these tips are helpful to you. Happy Stampin’!

 

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Remember last week I promised to show you the amazing Make-and-Take project from the recent meeting I attended? Here it is!

This is such a gorgeous project, and yet really so simple to make. It starts with an 8 x 10” frame and a full sheet of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock as the backdrop. We used stamps from Tropical Chic, Touches of Texture, Petal Palette, and Timeless Textures, stamped in Lemon Lime Twist ink, to create some texture in the background. Really, you could use any stamps you have on hand for this step!

Then, we stamped on our four white squares (2.75”) using stamps from Playful Backgrounds and Beauty Abounds, in the four co-ordinating colours: Daffodil Delight, Balmy Blue, Grapefruit Grove, and Highland Heather.

These squares got layered with the Gingham Gala paper (3”) and a black cardstock square (3.25”).

I love the beautiful Butterfly Gala bundle, and I got to learn a new way of colouring the butterflies: with sponge daubers! Stamp the butterfly outline in Memento Black ink, then sponge on two co-ordinating ink colours to create an ombre effect. (NOTE: it has to be Memento black, or the ink will smear when you use the sponge daubers.) Okay, it looks pretty messy at this point …

… but look what happens after you punch it out!! Aren’t they gorgeous??

For the center piece, I got to learn another cool technique, using the stamp set All The Good Things. Did you know that you can use our markers (not Blends) to colour directly on red rubber stamps? That’s how I was able to create this image, with the tree trunk and pot coloured in Crumb Cake and the tree leaves coloured in Lemon Lime Twist (with some Old Olive texture added). The measurements for the white piece are 2-5/8 x 4”, and the black frame is 2-7/8 x 4.25”.

Now all that’s left is assembling!

I had a great time creating this project, and best of all, I got to learn some new techniques along the way. I love stepping outside of my usual “all cards all the time” comfort zone, so many thanks to Jennifer and Jean for organizing this fantastic make and take project!

If this project has inspired you, remember you can shop 24/7 at my online store. Keep in mind that some of the products are retiring and won’t be available for much longer! 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!

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a simple treat pocket using the Envelope Punch Board. I can’t believe this awesome tool is retiring, so I had to show you one of my favourite projects with it before it’s gone!

You’ll need:
Envelope Punch Board
DSP cut to 4.5″ square

(Note: If you prefer written tutorials, click here! If you prefer video tutorials, read on!)

If your device/browser doesn’t allow videos, click here to watch on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like and subscribe while you are there!

Have you made any other cool creations with the Envelope Punch Board? Share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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


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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to get a whole different look from your embossing folders by inking them up.

You’ll need:
An embossing folder
An inkpad
A piece of cardstock
Big Shot or similar machine

If your device/browser doesn’t allow videos, click here to watch on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like and subscribe while you are there!

Once you’ve made your own project with an inked embossing folder, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Remember last week when I showed you how to use your ink refills to refill your inkpads, and promised to teach you an awesome technique you could use those ink refills for all on their own? Here it is – the baby wipe technique! You won’t believe the awesome colours and effects you can create with this technique.

You’ll need:
An ordinary kitchen plate
4-5 ink refills in co-ordinating colours
An alcohol-free baby wipe

If your device/browser doesn’t allow videos, click here to watch on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like and subscribe while you are there!

Once you’ve made your own project with this technique, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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


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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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