Swap Card Show Off!

If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen my live video a couple of weeks ago where I showed off all the beautiful cards I received in a recent swap. But for those who don’t ‘do’ Facebook – or for those who do, and would like a closer look at all the beautiful cards I received – I figured I would share them in a blog post here as well!

The card swap was organized by a fellow demonstrator, with the purpose of using products from the annual catalogue. It was such a treat to see all the happy mail rolling into my mailbox, and then so inspiring to see all the gorgeous cards created by talented people!

If these cards have inspired you, be sure to check out the product list below to see all the items that were used to create them! Happy Stampin’!

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Video Tutorial: Shaded Summer

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a striking yet simple card with the Shaded Summer stamp set, and the EXCLUSIVE co-ordinating dies that you can get FREE for a limited time!

You’ll need:
Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Same colour cardstock: 4 x 5.25″
White cardstock: 2.75 x 4″
Additional pieces of coloured cardstock (three different colours) to stamp and die-cut

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What kind of card would you make with this stamp set? Feel free to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Seashore Blog Hop: Wedding

Summer is in full swing here on Vancouver Island, and with travel and event restrictions changing, people are enjoying the opportunity to reconnect and gather together. So the Seashore Stampers are here to inspire you with some beautiful wedding-themed cards!


My project uses the Inlaid Floating Die-cut Technique, featuring the stunning Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper and a die from the Brilliant Wings set. I’ve always loved using butterfly imagery for a variety of occasions, and the detail in this die set is perfect for this eye-popping technique. If you like this project, be sure to check back next week – I’ll be posting a full step-by-step tutorial on how to create it!

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 wedding themed creations. Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

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Video Tutorial: Mounting Cling Stamps + Simple DSP Banners Card

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video is a two-for-one! First, I’ll show you my FAVOURITE new way to mount cling stamps; then, I’ll show you how to make a quick and simple card showing off our beautiful Designer Series Paper (DSP).

You’ll need:
Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
White cardstock: 3.75 x 5″

Five strips of DSP, cut to 1″ wide

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

Happy Stampin’!

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Spotlight on In Colors!

Every year, Stampin’ Up! introduces five new colors that will stay with us for the following two years. These colours are always on-trend and fit in beautifully with our core colour collection. You can find this year’s In Colors on page 123 of your annual catalogue.

The 2021-2023 In Colors are so beautiful, I’ve been inspired to host an In Color Club for the first time! When members join the club, they will receive the following items each month for five months:

  • An In Color inkpad
  • An ink refill
  • A pack of cardstock
  • A pair of Blends
  • 4 sheets of 6 x 6″ In Color Designer Series Paper
  • 2 card tutorials

This means that I get to do something really fun over the next few months: create two monochromatic cards each month, and play with each of these beautiful colours! Yahoo!

Here are the two cards I designed for the first month of the club, when we focused on Fresh Freesia.

The book-fold card on the left features items from the Dandy Garden suite, page 24-27 of the Spring Mini Catalogue. Click here to add these items to your shopping cart.

The card on the right features the Flowers of Friendship stamp set, and is coloured in with the Blends. Click here to add these items to your shopping cart.

And here are the cards for this month, featuring Polished Pink:

These cards feature two of the most popular bundles in the new annual catalogue: Colour and Contour (left) and Pansy Patch (right). I think they look just fabulous in Polished Pink – what do you think?

I’m having a lot of fun creating these beautiful monochromatic cards, and I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing them! If you’d like to receive the tutorials for these cards, drop me a line! Have a great day and Happy Stampin’!

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Seashore Blog Hop: Masculine Cards

Where is this year going? I can’t believe we are already counting down to June and the end of the school year. And along with the beginning of summer and the celebration of graduation, June also brings Father’s Day!

I am very blessed to have a wonderful father, a wonderful father-in-law, and a wonderful husband – so I have a lot of reasons to celebrate Father’s Day!

“A Good Man” stamp set, with its striking brushstroke images and versatile sentiments, makes it really easy to create heartfelt masculine cards. Just add your favourite colouring tools and you’re set! You can see the full list below to find out what else I used to create this card. It was very quick and easy to make!

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 masculine theme creations. Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

Happy Stampin’!

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There are some amazing specials going on this month! First, the Connect Craft Collect special for those who’d like to host a virtual party. The rest of the year, a $300 party would get you 10% rewards ($30), but during this special, your $300 party would get you DOUBLE that amount – your 10% PLUS an extra $30 in free product. Book a party with me before June 14th to take advantage of this fantastic deal!

Now if you’ve made a wishlist for the new catalogue and it’s $100 or more, you’re definitely going to be excited about this next special! Until May 31st, new demonstrators will receive an additional $41 in product in their Starter Kit for NO EXTRA COST. That’s a total of $206 in product of YOUR choice, for only $135 – a total of $71 in free product! What an amazing deal! Read more here about joining my team!

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2021 Annual Catalogue: Top Picks

The 2021 annual catalogue launched last week, and the consensus seems to be that this is the best catalogue EVER! It was extremely hard to narrow down this list, because there are just so many amazing products packed into these 180 pages. Let me know what you think of my choices!

Best Item for Beginnersupcoming Kit Collection
My top pick for beginners this year is something that’s technically not in the catalogue at all – but bear with me, I promise you’ll like this! If you’re brand new to stamping, that enormous catalogue can be really overwhelming: Where do I start? What kind of stamps do I need? Now ink? What about paper? And wait, how do I put this all together? It can be stressful, and crafting is NOT supposed to be stressful! So if you’re a beginner, I recommend you start with an all-inclusive kit. Just like the name says, the kit will include EVERYTHING you need to create a pre-designed set of cards: a stamp set, an inkspot, pre-cut elements, embellishments, adhesive, and easy-to-follow instructions. Make your first stamping experience a stress-free and successful one, and once you’ve built up your confidence, wade on into the rest of the catalogue with us! 😉

The fun thing about these kits is that there will be a range of them available all throughout the year. Starting June 1st, you’ll be able to order from a selection of ten different kits: choose the one(s) that appeal to you, get your craft on, and then go back for more. When a kit sells out, it’s gone … but don’t worry, there will be other ones coming along to replace it, so there will always be lots of terrific options for you to choose from!

Best Sentiment Stamp Set Inspired Thoughts

Whether it’s a sympathy card, a retirement, an illness, gratitude, a birthday, or even Christmas – this stamp set has you covered! It includes a wide range of sentiments in a classic, easy-to-read font, making it truly “inspired”. You’ll be reaching for this set again and again throughout the year!

Runner Up: Create with Friends
I’m wild about the mix-and-match sentiments in this stamp set, and the beautiful scripted font! My mind is spinning with how many amazing combinations you could create with this set. For only $23, this stamp set is a must-have!

Best Graphic Stamp SetBeauty of Friendship

This is the very first bundle I bought out of the new catalogue, and I stamped with it as soon as I opened it – as you can see on my live unboxing video! (stamping starts at about 25:30.) These richly textured stamps are so well-crafted that they create a two-tone effect … even if you aren’t using the two-step stamping! You can build your tree in whatever style and colours you like; add the co-ordinating dies for even more options. A good range of sentiments rounds out this stamp set – not only is it good for a variety of occasions throughout the year, it’s also suitable for all genders (because who doesn’t like trees?!)

Best EmbellishmentBumblebee Trinkets
There’s nothing else I need to say … just LOOK at how adorable these are!! 🤩

Runner Up: Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack
Baker’s Twine comes in SO handy when embellishing projects and packages! It’s fantastic to have it in a range of neutral colours that will go with any colour scheme. Like the name says, this pack of twine really is essential!

Best Designer Series PaperBeauty of the Earth

I’m completely in love with the range of colours and scenes on this terrific Designer Series Paper. You can see all seasons represented in the gorgeous imagery! This is one of those packs that will be hard to choose which side to use, because every page is so appealing. Great for all genders and all occasions!

Artistic Expressions is technically a Specialty Designer Series Paper, so it can have its own category, right? 😁 Because…. I mean, LOOK AT THIS STUFF! Beautiful colours, stunning pattern, and with gold foil running throughout … this paper is going to make *every* project look elegant and elevated. I can’t wait to play with it!

Best Punch Bundle Flowers of Friendship Bundle
With a price tag of under $50, this bundle is outstanding -but it looks so unassuming that you might not even notice what a powerhouse it is. You’d never expect that it could be used to create stunning cards like this one by my team member Arvon:

The flowers are gorgeous, versatile, and easy to create; the sentiments are stylish and useful; and the pricetag is affordable. All around, a great bundle!

Best Die BundleColor & Contour
Like the bundle above, this one also provides versatility and easy of use. I love the splasy watercolour style of the stamp set … similar to A Touch of Ink from our recent Sale-a-Bration, don’t you think? …. and these basic die shapes are going to be handy for all kinds of projects. With many of our former nested dies (e.g. Stitched Nested Layers, Layering Squares) having retired this past year, these dies are ready to take up the reins – and they layer beautifully. And of course, a terrific collection of sentiments to finish it off! This is a fabulous bundle that you’ll be reaching for again and again!

Best New ToolBlends Combo packs in ALL the new In Colors
This year’s new In Colors are the best I’ve seen in years. Oh, I always love the In Colors … but there are always one or two that I am not totally excited about (last year, it was Terracotta Tile). Not this year – this year, I adore every single one of these colours, and particularly the way they play so well together! This is the first year that Stampin’ Up! has offered us a Blends combo pack in every single one of our new In Colors, so I can only conclude that whoever makes these decisions loves them just as much as I do 😁

If you also love the new In Colors, check out my In Color Club! We’ll focus on one colour a month, and by the end you will have the full collection. Each month you’ll receive:

  • An In Color inkpad
  • An In Color ink refill
  • A pack of cardstock (8.5 x 11″)
  • A pair of Blends
  • 4 sheets of 6×6″ In Color Designer Series Paper
  • 2 card tutorials to create with your new products.

There will also be an extra gift from me at the end! 😉 Get more info here!

Best Deal in the CatalogueThe Starter Kit on page 169
The Starter Kit is always the best deal in the catalogue, and this month it’s even BETTER! Choose up to $206 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. 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!

In Case You Missed ItGive it a Whirl Dies – perfect for creating interactive spinner cards!

Watercolor Shapes stamp set – easily add amazing, Distinktive colour blocks to your project!

Amazing Array of Packaging Options! Here are just a few of the items from page 137 – I recommend you take a look at the full page!

And finally, there is a terrific array of exclusive hostess products that you can earn FREE with your qualifying party! There are three stamp sets and a mega-pack (48 sheets) of 12×12″ Designer Series Paper. Check them out below, and then contact me to book your party! Remember, the Connect-Craft-Collect Special runs till June 14th and gets you an additional $30 free product with a $300 party!

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

Want more catalogue fun? Check out my Catalogue Scavenger Hunt! Send me your answers by May 31st for a chance at a prize!

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Seashore Blog Hop: Mother’s Day

Welcome to another Seashore Stampers’ blog hop, and thanks for stopping by my blog today! I’m excited to share a couple of beautiful Mother’s Day cards with you. Mother’s Day is always one of my favourite occasions to create for, because I think ALL the moms deserve to be celebrated! Moms work hard for us every day, in so many ways, and one day a year is definitely not enough to thank them for all they do. Am I saying that just because I’m a mom? Well, I definitely appreciate my mom a lot more now that I have the perspective of a parent! 😅 And today is a special day for me – the thirteenth anniversary of the day I became a mom! 💖

Yes, this amazing child is 13 years old today!!

On with the cards! I made this first card a couple of weeks ago, using products from the Fine Art Floral suite. This suite is one of my favourites from the Spring Mini catalogue; from the delicate two-step stamping on the flower, to the simple elegance of the gold-woven ribbon, not to mention the stunning brushstrokes of the Designer Series Paper … there’s a lot to love in this suite!! While this layout is very simple, the card is still quite striking.

Then, I borrowed the Pansy Patch bundle, from the upcoming annual catalogue, from a friend. The new catalogue starts on May 4th, and I’m so excited about it that I’m throwing a FREE launch party! You can find all the details here. And good news – at the party, we’ll be making a card using products from this gorgeous Pansy Petals suite!

It was fun to recreate the same card with different products! All the items used to create the Fine Art Floral card are available now, and the items I used on the Pansy Patch card will be available May 4th.

Which card do you think you (or your mom) would prefer to receive?

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

                                              

Happy Stampin’!

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If you’re excited about the annual catalogue (and why wouldn’t you be?!), plan to join me at my virtual launch party on Thursday evening, May 6th! There will be games, prizes, product demonstrations, crafting, and lots of fun – and it’s ALL free! If you’d like a supply kit to craft along with me, please be sure to RSVP by April 29th so I can get it to you in time for the party!

Find all of the details here!

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LIVE Video Replay: Unboxing My New Annual Catalogue Pre-order!

The new annual catalogue is coming May 4th! It’s 180 pages of gorgeous creative inspiration, and while I can’t show you the pages yet, I CAN show you the products I’ve already ordered from it. Join me for this live replay and start making your wish list!

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Annual Catalogue Retirement List

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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