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I don’t know about you, but from my neighbourhood in South Nanaimo, I can see a winter wonderland as I type this blog post! Schools, including the university where I work, have been shut down for the last few days as the roads have been unsafe; however, it looks like we’re past the worst of it now (knock on wood) and we’ll soon be back to school/work/business as usual.

Having a few extra days at home was just fine by me, as I got to spend some time in my craft room designing cards for upcoming events and classes. Years ago, before I became a papercrafter, cross-stitch and embroidery were my crafts of choice, so I was excited to see photos online of people using the beautiful heart doilies to create string art. I just had to try it for myself!

It is really quite easy to do (even, I think, if you are not an experienced needleworker) and using the metallic thread creates a stunning effect. The fact that the doily already has all the holes there for you to work with definitely makes this easier! In fact, the only reason I opted not to teach this card at a class is that I don’t have enough needles for everyone.

I finished the card with rhinestones and Real Red ribbon, along with a stamp from the Meant to Be stamp set. I like how simple yet striking this design is!

I’ve put the shopping list for the card below – it’s a short list as you really don’t need much to create this card! I hope you enjoyed my project and that you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

Now don’t forget to 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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It’s the last blog hop of 2019! As another year draws to a close, I am so grateful for the customers, teammates, and class attendees who choose me to be their demonstrator. With your support, this year I got to:

What an amazing year it’s been – and I couldn’t have done it without YOU! Thank you for making me a part of your stampin’ life!

The theme for this month’s blog hop is New Year’s, and I’m sharing a project that was a big hit at my recent craft fairs. I CASE’d this project from Jeanette Cobb, a demonstrator in the US. It is so easy to make, and it’s a fantastic gift item – with a post-it notepad, a pencil, and a 2020 calendar, it’s so useful to have! Best of all, it folds up into a super portable – and, as Jeanette would say, ‘purse-worthy’ – package!

The thing that really makes this project pop is the finished edges on the DSP. This is achieved by scoring along the long side of your DSP so you can fold in those edges. This makes it so sturdy and attractive!

I buy my calendars from Tricia’s Custom Treasures, a crafty friend of mine who lives in Nanaimo but will mail anywhere in Canada. Her calendars have all the Canadian holidays marked on them, and she can even customize the font to match your business branding! I’m happy to support another small business with my crafting creations!

I think Jeanette used magnets for her closures – I experimented with both magnets and velcro dots, but ultimately found that the most elegant solution was also the simplest. I’ve attached the punched shape with dimensionals, and positioned it so I can slide the top flap behind the punched shape to keep it closed. Low-tech to the rescue! (And yes, I used some retired punches – but I’ve included some current ones in the product list below which would do just as well for this project!)

I hope you enjoyed my project! I’m sending warm wishes to all my readers, viewers, customers, and stampers for a wonderful holiday season and all the very best in 2020. Whatever your year may hold, I hope you’ll continue to make time to stamp, create, and connect with others!

Now don’t forget to click on the buttons below to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other New Year’s projects! Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

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It’s time for the Seashore Stampers to get blog-hopping again! Today’s theme is Christmas, the happiest time of the year (and the busiest, especially for us crafters!).

This beautiful card features a selection of products from the annual catalogue. At this time of year, it’s so easy to get swept away in all the holiday-catalogue goodness – especially this year, with a holiday catalogue that just might be the best I’ve ever seen! But there are still lots of amazing products in the annual catalogue to enjoy as well; some of which are specifically holiday-themed, while others can do ‘double duty’ for holiday use as well as the rest of the year.

This is one of the cards we’ll be making in the Christmas mega-class I’m hosting on November 16th. You’ll get to make 12 cards (2 each of 6 designs) and enjoy a delicious hot lunch as well, all in a comfortable and accessible venue. There are just a few spots left, so register today to ensure your spot! Registration closes on Friday, November 1st.

Here’s a pic of all the cards we’ll be making together:

I hope you enjoyed my project! You can check out the shopping list below to see what products I used to create it. Then be sure to click on the buttons to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other wonderful Christmas creations! Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

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Hello Stampers!
For my regular readers, you may recall that a few weeks ago, I asked you to vote for my card in Kylie’s International Highlights competition. Well, I’m absolutely tickled to say that I placed in the top ten! Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me. If you missed it, here is the link to the card I used for the entry.

As a Top Ten winner, we are invited to participate in a separate blog hop and that is what I am sharing with you today. I am honored to participate in this blog hop with so many creative and dedicated Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, and grateful to Kylie Bertucci for hosting this monthly event!

If you’ve come to this post by way of the blog hop, Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to visit my site. There is a link at the bottom of this post to view all of the other winners – I just know you’ll want to see what they’ve been creating too.

The card I’m sharing today uses the beautiful Come Sail Away suite, and one of my favourite things – a fancy fold. This fold is called a centre panel easel. It’s quite easy and fun to create! Start by creating your cardbase as usual, measuring 8.5 x 5.5″. Score in the centre, then line up your cardstock in your trimmer at 1.5″ and cut from the edge of the card only to that centre score line. Do the same on the other side; now you have created three flaps on the front of your card.

To add the scoreline on your centre flap, line up your cardstock with the centre score line at 2″ and score only the centre flap. Here’s the visual:

Use adhesive to attach the side flaps to your cardbase – these panels don’t need to open.

Here’s how the card looks when it’s closed.

I have decorated the side panels with 4-1/8 x 1-3/8″ strips of the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper, while the two centre panels have pieces measuring 2-3/8 x 2-1/8″ and 2-3/8 x 1-7/8″. Then I stamped and die-cut some images with the Sailing Home bundle to embellish the card. I even added the Sail Away trinkets and the Baker’s Twine that co-ordinates with this suite. I don’t know why, but I just love using the Take Your Pick tool to fray the ends of that twine – to me, it looks so much more like old, worn rope when I do that!

On the bottom, I used Dimensionals to raise the sentiment so that the easel would stay in place. I really love the look of the finished card, especially the stamped images. The Sailing Home stamp set uses the Distinktive texture, which really adds dimension and realism to the images.

I sure hope you enjoyed my card. Thanks again for stopping by today! Leave a comment below to let me know what you think, and how you found me. If you’re in Canada and feel inspired by this project, you can visit my online store to buy any of the products I used – just check out the product list below.

And be sure to check out the other amazing projects in today’s blog hop!

 

Happy Stampin’!

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I’ve seen this “Bridge Fold” card several times, and had to try it myself. I even got to learn the partial die-cutting technique along the way! Here’s how it’s done!

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Cardstock: 5.5 x 9″ (I used Pear Pizzazz)
DSP: 3 x 4.75″ (3 pieces – I used Noble Peacock)

Score your cardstock at 3″ on either side. Fold into a Z-shape and burnish your folds.

Centre a large die over the folded piece of cardstock. Hold die in place with post-it notes or washi tape.

Line up the edge of the cutting plate so that the die won’t cut the entire shape – the sides and top, but not the bottom.

Run the sandwich through the machine three or four times until all three layers of cardstock are cut through. Be very careful when removing your washi tape! Trim the cardstock as needed.

Use the next-smallest nesting die to cut the Designer Series Paper along the top edge. As before, line up your cutting plate so that the die won’t cut the entire shape. Repeat this step for your other pieces of DSP.

Use a trimmer to finish the straight cuts to the bottom of each piece of DSP.

Score down the centre of the outside two panels of your cardstock, and two pieces of your DSP. Refold your card base so the outside panels are mountain folds.

Attach your DSP to your cardbase.

To create the bridge, cut a piece of cardstock to 6″ in length (the width will vary depending on the design of your card). Use strong adhesive to attach the bridge piece to the two outside panels of the card base. I used the edge die from Magnolia Memory – it didn’t turn out quite how I envisioned, but I still like it!

Embellish as desired. I used the Royal Peacock bundle and foil sheets.

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

Happy Stampin’!

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Welcome back to another month of blog hopping with the Seashore Stampers! How appropriate that our theme this month is 3D projects. As you know, I’m teaching a class on 3D projects this very day! (Thank goodness for the wonders of technology, allowing me to schedule this post ahead of time!!)

I love making 3D projects and small gift items. I often give them to my workshop guests and hostesses, and they are great sellers at the seasonal craft fairs I do as well. As we head into the autumn and winter season, there are so many occasions for gift-giving: welcome back to school gifts for students and teachers, hostess gifts for when we attend parties, stocking stuffers, table favours, trick-or-treat goodies … the list goes on! Here’s the gift I made for today’s workshop attendees.

The bag is made with a single sheet of 6″x 12″ DSP. I’ve used the beautiful Mosaic Mood specialty paper. It’s hard to see from a photo, but this amazing paper has a raised texture to it, and shiny accents.

Along the short side of the paper, score at 4″, 5-3/4″, 9-3/4″and 11-1/2″. Rotate and score along the long side at 1-3/4″.

Cut each short score line up to the 1-3/4″ score line to create flaps as below. Assemble your bag by adding Tear and Tape as shown, then decorate as desired.

I learned how to make this project from Nancy Forsberg at Stampin’ BAE (BAE stands Before Anything Else – how clever is that?!) who used the beautiful Come Sail Away paper for her project.

To finish off the bags, I added a shape cut from the Stitched Labels dies, and a stamped image from the Memorable Mosaic stamp set. I filled the bags with all the items my attendees will need for their workshop this weekend, plus a few extra treats!

If you love making 3D gift items like this one, you might want to purchase my 3D Tutorial Package! You can purchase the written tutorials, complete with colour photos, for $12. Or, you can purchase the tutorial package plus supplies – meaning, a pack of Designer Series Paper of your choosing, and co-ordinating cardstock, all cut, scored, and prepared for you – for $30. Just email me to make arrangements! Here are the projects you’ll get to make:

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this fun and simple gift bag! Thanks so much for reading. Now don’t forget to click on the buttons below to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other 3D projects! Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created! These ladies are super talented and creative so I know you will love their projects!

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

 

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One of the fun things I do over the summer is play with lots and lots of products from the new annual catalogue and work on designing projects that I’ll use at my workshops over the September-June season. Today, I decided to play with a new bundle that was one of the first things to catch my eye when I saw the new catalogue – Band Together – as well as a couple of embossing folders and the new embossing plate.

Band Together is a really cool stamp-and-die bundle with gorgeous, intricate shapes made specifically to make a big splash on your card front. The sentiment stamps co-ordinate perfectly with the shapes, making it easy to create simple yet stunning cards.

I also wanted to play with my two new embossing folders, Scripty and Subtle. These are both 3D embossing folders, the kind that leave a deep impression on your cardstock. The new embossing plate makes it really easy to layer in your Big Shot – just use your multi-purpose platform, the embossing plate, and your folder.

If you’re wondering how you missed the embossing plate in your catalogue, you’re not imagining things – it isn’t in there! You can find it in the online store, but the product was developed after the catalogue had gone to print, so it doesn’t appear there.

Here are the two finished cards. Which one is your favourite? There are close-up photos below to help you decide!

Scripty embossing folder:

Subtle embossing folder:

Don’t forget, Bonus Days are still in effect from now through the end of July! With every $60 purchased in July, you will get a coupon code to use for $6 off an order placed in August. If you purchase the Band Together bundle, you will earn a coupon code – if you throw in the embossing plate, two embossing folders, and a pack of cardstock, you’ll earn TWO coupon codes!

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