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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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Sale-a-Bration ends March 31st, and it looks like we’ll be going out with a bang with so many awesome products available as of today! There’s a lot to take in, so let me break it down for you.

By this point you’re already familiar with the first release SAB items (see them all here in the online catalogue). These items are all available free with a qualifying purchase – a $60 purchase for Level One items, or a $120 purchase for Level Two items.

On February 15th, three more earnable products were released:

All Adorned includes 8 photopolymer stamps and is free with a $60 purchase.






The Country Floral embossing folder creates beautiful floral backgrounds and lends itself to several colouring techniques – also free with $60 purchase.




And with a $120 purchase, you can earn the amazing Painted Seasons bundle. This bundle includes a full pack of 12×12″ Designer Series Paper, as well a 7-piece Distinktive cling stamp set, with imagery to suit every season.

As my dad always says ….

Starting today (March 1st), there are two more collections of Sale-a-Bration items to get excited about!

First of all, we have this amazing assortment of items that co-ordinate with the Sale-a-Bration items we already know and love. That’s right: co-ordinating dies to accompany So Hoppy Together, Lasting Lily, Hello Cupcake, and Painted Seasons! These items are for purchase, not earnable; prices are in the image below.

And finally, the items below are ones you’ve seen in the annual catalogue, with prices ranging from $8 to $22. Starting today, you can choose these Level One items free with your qualifying Sale-a-Bration purchase!

I’ll be placing an order on March 14th, but if you can’t wait till then, shop at my online store. Make sure you use the current hostess code (FZ4943HY) to get a free gift from me!

Happy Stampin’!


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four way fold

Cardstock, 2 pieces of the same colour:
1 piece 4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, score score along long side @ 4-1/4″
1 piece 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, score @ 2-1/8″, 4-1/4″, & 6-3/8″

(Since I can’t see the 6-3/8” mark on my trimmer, I find it easier to rotate the cardstock and score it at 2-1/8” from the other side.)

2 pieces 2″ x 5.25″
2 pieces 2″ x 2-7/8″
4 pieces 1-1/8″ x 2″
1 piece 4 x 5.25”


Score your larger piece of cardstock at 2-1/8″, 4-1/4″, & 6-3/8″. Then, as below, make two cuts between the outer score lines at 1-1/4″ from each long edge.

scores cuts

Crease all your folds. Your card base now looks like this:


And from above:


Attach the other piece of cardstock by applying one piece of tear and tape on the scored section. The tear and tape is slightly wider than the scored piece, so after you remove the backing from the tape, run your fingertip along the tape to pull down the bit of tape that overhangs the cardstock and stick it to the tape on the cardstock.


When you stand your card up, it will look like this:


Now add your Designer Series Paper!

Here’s what the card looks like now:


Finally, embellish as desired.


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

Happy Stampin’!

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I’ve been really busy in the craft studio lately, creating lots of different projects to showcase the beautiful new products in the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogues. I’ll share some of those creations – along with what I hope is a useful insight – with you today!

broadway cut card front

I created this card for a sketch challenge I found on another demonstrator’s page. I admit, the end result is not as awesome as I was hoping – but experimenting and trying different things is part of living a rich creative life, and I can learn from creations I don’t like as much as I learn from creations I’m proud of. In any case, this card prompted me to notice how little of the Broadway Bound paper I had left, and I decided to go ahead and use it all up….


… which led me to the creation of this card! I like the way the gold glimmer paper coordinates with the gold foil numbers on the DSP, and the two-step stamping from the Broadway Birthday stamp set matches the stylistic dots on the numbers as well!

butterflies squares

Butterfly Gala is one of my favourites, and I loved creating this card as my swap for this month’s team meeting. I’m really pleased with how it came together! Although cutting out all those squares took some time, the result is well worth it. I hope my teammates enjoy the cards!


Inspired by Stampin’ Up!’s recent #simplestampin campaign, I wanted to create a card that showcased simple tools and techniques, featuring the “Hoppy for You” stamp set. You can earn this adorable stamp set free when you spend $60 during Sale-a-Bration! This card, along with the next two, are for next month’s workshops.


Home to Roost” is the style of stamp set that is totally out of my comfort zone, but once in a while it’s good to try new things, right? I love the sentiment stamps (including the font!) and the grass, and that rooster looks good no matter what colours are used. This stamp set can also be earned free with a $60 purchase!


I can’t believe how long it took me to play with Pop of Petals from the annual catalogue – especially considering it was one of the very first things I ordered! I’m glad I finally got around to it, and I think the Gingham Gala DSP makes a perfect match for it. The sentiment stamp is from “Part of My Story“, a free Sale-a-Bration item.

And here’s the useful (I hope) insight. We’re often reminded that social media is a “highlight reel”, while we may be living a life that feels more like a collection of bloopers. Crafting is no different. When I post my creations online, or demonstrate them at a class, readers and attendees see the end results – the card I’m proud of – and may not be aware that I had to work through several versions I tried and hated, before figuring out how to make something I love. So, the beautiful Pop of Petals card above? Here’s what the first version looked like (I’m cringing, but sharing anyway!)

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So next time you sit down to create something, and then find out that you’re unhappy with the results – YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Don’t give up – you’re at the first stage of the creative process, and you might have to try a few more times before your disappointment turns into satisfaction and then pride.

Lesson over – moving on! 😉


After using up the last of my Broadway Bound DSP, it was time to dive in (heh) to Tranquil Textures DSP! I made a big batch of these charming octopus cards last summer and they were very popular, so I decided to stick with the same design to use up the last pieces of this wonderful paper. I really love the rich colours and the textures in the paper – it has a hand-painted look to it, and is perfect for masculine cards.

twin girls

And finally, this is one of my very favourite cards that I’ve created lately, using a mix of old and new products. The paper, stamps, and thinlits are retired, but the ribbon is new (another free Sale-a-Bration item), as well as the “Congratulations” stamp which is from Hand-Delivered. I’ve had the Twinkle Twinkle bundle on my list for a while, but hadn’t gotten around to buying it … meanwhile, a customer contacted me for a custom job, needing a card for the birth of twin girls. She and I were both very pleased with the result!

Leave me a comment and show me one of your recent creations! I’d love to see what you’re up to! If you’re inspired by any of the above, remember you can shop 24/7 at my online store – and if you’re local to Nanaimo, you can sign up for a workshop on my events page.

Happy Stampin’!


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The Easel Card fold is one I think of as a “simple” fun fold card. Unlike the waterfall card or the infinity card, this is a fun fold that even a beginner can master. That’s why I decided to feature it in last October’s card class, where the theme was “Simple Fun Folds”.


Supplies Used (clockwise from bottom left):

– Beautiful You stamp set
– Pearls
– Inkpads (Berry Burst, Blackberry Bliss, and Basic Black)
– Blender Pen
– Tufted embossing folder

Cardstock sizes:
Blackberry Bliss cardstock: 4.25 x 11″
Berry Burst cardstock: 4 x 5.25″
Whisper White cardstock (3 pieces): 4 x 2.25″, 2.25 x 3.25″, 5 x 2″
Blackberry Bliss cardstock to frame white pieces: 5 1/8 x 2 1/8″, 2 3/8 x 3 3/8″

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Stamp your tallest white piece with the swirly dress pattern to create a background.

Stamp the classy lady in black ink on the smallest white piece. Stamp her dress in Blackberry Bliss ink. Colour her hat with the blender pen.

Attach these two white pieces to the appropriate frames and set aside.

Emboss the Berry Burst layer with the Tufted embossing folder.

Fold along the score lines of your card base so that it looks like the shape below:

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Using adhesive only on the bottom, attach the Berry Burst layer to your cardbase, leaving a small border showing around the edges.


Here’s a side view:


Attach your two framed and stamped pieces to the Berry Burst layer.

The final white piece goes at the bottom of the cardbase, with a small border around the edges. You can stamp a sentiment here if you wish. Add a pearl at the top centre of the white piece; this will hold up the easel portion of the card.

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If you want more space to write on in your card, you can add a full-size white card insert (4 x 5.25”) to the back of the card.

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

Happy Stampin’!


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During Christmas break of 2017 – yes, just over a year ago – I spent a lot of happy hours in my craft studio, churning out holiday cards to give in 2018. I figured I may as well use up all the Christmas paper I had on hand, while I was still in the holiday spirit, and knowing that I’d get excited about new paper and products when the next holiday catalogue appeared! That practice served me really well, since the lead up to Christmas 2018 was extremely busy with my involvement in Nanaimo Theatre Group’s Christmas panto production. It was awesome to already have 200+ Christmas cards on hand for personal giving as well as stocking my two consignor stores and participating in craft fairs.

I decided to continue the practice this year, but as you can imagine, the project didn’t get done over Christmas (see above note re: theatre busyness!) so I’m still working on it now. I hope you’ll forgive me for sharing some out-of-season Christmas cards with you … or even get inspired to join in and use up your Christmas papers throughout the off-season, so you’re ready for the holidays ahead of time!


Here’s one of my Christmas creations, using up the red foil paper I’ve been hoarding for a couple of years. Since I had so much on hand, I indulged in this simple yet striking design. The multipurpose adhesive sheets were very helpful in attaching those detailed ornaments to the card! I just need to add one finishing touch, a silver glimmer cap on top of the ornament.


“Making Christmas Bright” is one of my favourite stamp sets from the 2018 holiday catalogue, and it is still available! I used up the last of my “All is Bright” designer series paper to make a batch of these adorable cards.


These charming reindeer are made with the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and co-ordinating punch. It’s a simple card but will brighten someone’s day for sure!


I just had to add a touch of sparkling gold glimmer paper to offset this beautiful paper from the “All is Bright” DSP pack. I can’t wait to give these cards out next season!

joy joy

And finally – who remembers the “Merry Music” pack that Stampin’ Up! released in 2017? I still had almost a full pack of it left, and the time has come to turn that beautiful paper into beautiful cards. Which variety do you like better?

What kind of Christmas cards do you like to create? Share your creations in the comments! If you’re inspired by the creations above, remember you can shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

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If you’re just starting out with stamping, it may seem overwhelming to look through the 240-page annual catalogue and figure out what to buy. Here are my top recommendations to get your craft space outfitted – without breaking the bank!

1. Bone Folder

This was the very first tool I was given as a new papercrafter, and it really is an absolute necessity. Every card you make is going to need at least one fold, and the bone folder makes it crisp and flat.

2. Trimmer

I made do with a Fiskars trimmer I bought from SuperStore for quite a while, but when I finally bought my Stampin’ Up! trimmer, I wondered why I’d EVER put it off for so long! With a fold-out arm that allows you to measure and cut paper as large as 12×12″, and two repositionable blades for scoring and cutting, this trimmer makes it easy to create projects from simple to stunning.

3. Stampin’ Scrub

Once you start stamping, you’ll need a way to clean your stamps. Read this post to learn the best method, then get yourself a Stampin’ Scrub and a bottle of Stampin’ Mist to go with it.

4. Acrylic Blocks

Bundling the whole set together will save you 10%, but when you’re starting out, it may make more sense to buy one or two blocks at a time to keep your investment affordable. Every stamp listing in the catalogue will include information on what blocks are recommended for use with the stamp set (see this post for more information).

5. A Stamp and Punch Bundle
We’re halfway through the list and we’re finally getting to the fun stuff! You may not have a Big Shot yet, but there are plenty of fun stamp and punch bundles that will have you creating perfectly co-ordinated projects quickly and easily. But how do you know which bundle to choose? Well, you’ll want something versatile, that can be used for a variety of projects and occasions; and something with a good combination of images and sentiments. And of course, you’ll want to pick sets that appeal to your personal taste! Here are some sets that fit the criteria:

6. A Standalone Stamp Set
For beginners, I look for stamp sets that have a lot of bang for your buck – this means large stamps (so you can complete a project quickly and easily), and, as above, versatility. Here are some that fit the bill:

7. Designer Series Paper and Cardstock
Here’s where personal preference really starts to affect your choices. Some colour combinations will excite and inspire you, while others will leave you feeling “meh” … and my preferences might be totally different from yours! Page through the Designer Series Paper section of the catalogue and see which papers draw your eye again and again. The heart wants what it wants, and when you choose a product you love, you’ll love creating with it! Don’t forget to include a pack of co-ordinated cardstock with it as well – and a pack of white cardstock, for your card inserts.’


8. Inkpads
Use the above DSP and cardstock as a jumping-off point; now that you know which papers appeal to you most, review the list of co-ordinating colours and choose one or two of your favourites to add to your collection. If you’re feeling spendy, choose a whole inkpad family bundle to save 10%. Oh, and grab a black inkpad while you’re at it, because everyone needs one of those!


9. Blender Pens
As I mentioned in this post, blender pens can resolve a host of beginner mistakes – and they are also a very economical stand-in for the entire family of beautiful markers! Just dip them in any colour of inkpad, and use them like a paintbrush to add detail or cover up a mis-stamp.


10. Adhesive
Now that you’ve created something wonderful, you’ll need to hold it all together! There are lots of options, depending on what kind of projects you’re creating – Stampin’ Up!’s Snail is the basic double-sided tape that you’re probably already familiar with.


Got another suggestion for a must-have tool? Comment and let me know!

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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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