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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 3D Christmas projects, and I’m sharing a very cute and simple box I created to hold a pocket-pack of tissues. I don’t know about you, but at this time of year I like to have these little pocket-packs at hand wherever I am! And now with this cute packaging, they make a handy gift or stocking-stuffer.

I based this design on one I saw online by Jo Anne Hewins, using a box template by Angie Juda. However, I altered the box design to make it a landscape layout instead of portrait. Once I wrapped my head around that, I was able to alter the measurements to suit a smaller tissue pack as well. Here’s a pic of the two boxes together.

I’ve been making LOADS of 3D items for my Christmas craft fairs, the first of which is TODAY! If you’re in the Nanaimo area, I hope you’ll come visit me at the Christmas Village, taking place at the German Cultural Center (71 Caledonia Avenue) from 10am to 4pm today.

Next weekend, I’ll be at the Quarterway School Craft Fair, taking place at 1632 Bowen Road, 10am to 3pm on Saturday, November 30th.

Please come and say hello, and maybe pick out some gift items for the upcoming holiday season while you’re at it! I have lots of treat holders, stationery items, gift card holders, decor items, and of course …. lots and lots of greeting cards for all occasions! You can also enter my free draw and maybe win a prize!

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 Adrienne 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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It’s the last Saturday of the month, and that means the Seashore Stampers are blog-hopping! This month’s theme is Halloween or Thanksgiving. I knew right away that I wanted to use the fun new Harvest Hellos bundle for my project.

You can find this bundle on page 49 of the new holiday catalogue, and see a few charming samples. The versatility of this bundle is really clever – you can create either apples or pumpkins, making it suitable for a wide range of projects, including teacher gifts which at this time of year are very much on my mind! The stamp set also includes a great collection of sentiments, including “Welcome Back”, “Feel Better Soon”, “You Make Me Smile” and my favourite – “Hey There, Pumpkin!”

I’ve seen a few projects created with this bundle in non-traditional Halloween colours, and I wanted to try that myself, so I used Pretty Peacock, Grapefruit Grove, and Soft Suede to create my pumpkins. I like this card because although it is very clearly autumn-themed, it could be used for any occasion, from birthday to thanks to thinking of you and more.

In this picture, you can really see the gleam of the Copper Embossing Powder and the Copper Foil. These are both great accents to your project at this time of year! To see a full list of the products I used to create this fun card, see below!

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

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

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I’m so excited to be participating in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlight event for September 2019. The theme is Encouragement.

This card is for my dad. When I was growing up, we spent a lot of time in a beautiful, relaxing location just like this. I hope this card reminds him of those good memories we built together!

I used a few different stamps to create my card. The Birch background stamp is one of my recent favourites – it’s so quick and easy to create a striking background on any project. Then I created the lakeside scene using the Waterfront stamp set. This is such a beautifully versatile stamp set, where you can create any scene you can imagine! Finally, I added an image from A Good Man, coloured in with my Blends markers and then cut out to attach to the card.

I hope you like my project and Vote for my card! You can do so here:


At the end of the voting the top ten winners will get the chance to be part of an international blog hop that will happen at the end of September. I would love to take part in the hop, so I would really appreciate it if you would visit the gallery and vote for my card. Have a look at all the amazing creations in the gallery, because you’ll get to vote for your favourite five projects. I hope mine is one of them!

If you’re feeling inspired by this project or any other, remember that you can find all the supplies at my online store. Remember to use the current hostess code when you order and you’ll receive a free gift from me!

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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