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The wait is finally over – the new annual catalogue launches today! Here are some of the products I’m excited to get my hands on. Will this help you narrow down your wish list, or perhaps add a few more items you hadn’t considered?

Best Item for Beginners – Above the Clouds bundle
This bundle has everything a beginner needs: some fun, easy graphical stamps that are suitable for a wide range of recipients; a versatile collection of sentiments to fit a variety of occasions; and a co-ordinating punch to step up your crafting game when you’re ready. I love the charming, watercolour look of the stamps, particularly the ‘background’ images Stampin’ Up! chose to include: clouds, pennants, birds, and banners. This will be a super easy-to-love bundle!

Best Sentiment Stamp Set – Here’s a Card
Clearly, the designers at Stampin’ Up! are keeping up with current trends in sassy-yet-sincere sentiments, because this stamp set has a great collection of them. Whether you want to send a card of encouragement (“It’s all messy. The hair, the house, the heart. Life”), celebrate a friendship (“I can’t begin to count all the times we’ve laughed together – mostly because numbers are hard”), or praise an accomplishment (“Congratulations on that thing you did. I’d give you a standing ovation, but here’s a card instead”), this stamp set has you covered. There are also a good number of genuine sentiments, including “I’m here if you need me”, “Thank you for being my friend”, “You made my day”, “Happy birthday”, and “May your heart find the peace it needs”. This is a terrific collection of sentiments that covers a wide range of occasions, sure to get lots of use throughout the year!

Best Graphic Stamp Set – Free as a Bird
Free as a Bird narrowly wins out over Floral Essence, which is also gorgeous and has a co-ordinating punch (you know how I love those!). I had to choose Free as a Bird simply because it will be suitable for a wider range of recipients (read: you can use it for masculine cards). I absolutely love the soft and simple lines of this stamp set, and the lovely sentiments that go along with them. The size of the stamps means you can easily complete a card with only one or two stamps, as shown here in the sample we made at OnStage:

If you want to step up your Bird Ballad projects even more, consider the laser cut cards and tin – a set of 12 lacy laser-cut cards ready for your finishing touches. The tin even includes 12 co-ordinating scalloped-edge envelopes, all for only $24.

Best Timesaver – Memories & More Card Packs
The two suites featured on the catalogue cover, Magnolia Lane and Come Sail Away, each have co-ordinating Memories & More card packs that can have you creating 50 flawless cards in only a few minutes, for only $15. Craft with the pre-designed elements as they are, or add co-ordinating products from the rest of the suite to really step up your projects. Either way, it’s a brilliant timesaver with great value!

Best Embellishment – Follow Your Art Embellishment Kit
Honourable Mention to the stunningly gorgeous flower faceted gems, created to co-ordinate with the Mosaic Mood suite but ready to add a touch of bling to any project. In the end, though, I have to give top prize to the Follow Your Art Embellishment Kit. For only $15, you get over 70 individual embellishments including stitched felt shapes, silver charms, and paper clips, plus six yards of linen thread in two beautiful colours. And it all comes in an adorable designer box, ready for re-purposing or gift-giving! Sign me up!

Best Bundle – Daisy Lane bundle
I love that Stampin’ Up! has come out with another daisy-themed bundle, and this one is the best of both worlds. If you already have the Daisy Delight stamp set and Daisy punch, this new bundle will co-ordinate with it beautifully, and even includes a daisy stamp that fits your pre-existing Daisy punch. If you don’t have those products, you can jump straight into using this new bundle, with its adorable floral imagery (that fern!) and a charming new Medium Daisy punch. Absolutely delightful!

Best Paper – Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Paper
When I first saw this stunning paper on the display boards at OnStage, I audibly gasped. The royal colours, the shimmering foil, and the elegant repeating patterns … I am in love. And that’s before we even look at the rest of the suite, which includes a stamp set and die cut bundle, a beautiful embossing folder, sparkly rhinestones with the same rich colours, and shimmery reversible ribbon …! But back to the paper. Featuring one of our brand new In Colors, “Pretty Peacock“, this specialty foil paper is going to add a lush richness to your projects that any lucky recipient is sure to appreciate.

Best New Tool – Die Brush Tip
The new Storage by Stampin’ Up! is amazing, but we’ve already talked about that! There are some other great tools to check out, though. For example, remember last year when I predicted that we’d see some new interchangeable heads for the Take Your Pick tool? Well, here’s the first of them: a Die Brush Tip! The brush head fits right onto your existing tool, and helps you remove small cut pieces from your dies. When you order the brush head, you’ll also receive two foam mats to go along with it. Great bargain for $12.25!

In Case You Missed It …

Detailed Bands
This bundle leaped out at me right away when I looked at the catalogue. Similar to recent products like Stitched All Around and Dear Doily, it has gorgeous detailing along with beautiful sentiments that combine to make a big impact on your project. It has one major advantage over Dear Doily, too: with bands on the side, you won’t need to fuss with specialty adhesive, but can just use your snail on the wider bands, making this set a must-have for me!

Heirloom Frames Embossing + Die Set
Here’s a new idea: Stampin’ Up! has combined a pair of dies with a pair of embossing folders, so you can create your own embossed frames. What a cool idea! There are some beautiful samples in the catalogue using these products (see pages 4 and 13), which of course co-ordinate with the Woven Heirlooms stamp set – and YES, you can bundle the stamp set with Heirloom Frames for a 10% discount!

And don’t forget these awesome hostess sets, which you can only earn if you host a qualifying party during the catalogue period.

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

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Today’s video is a Show and Tell about all the beautiful Make and Take projects I got to make last weekend at a meeting of the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  All products available through my online store, though some products will not be available until June 4th with the release of the 2019 annual catalogue.

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Leave me a comment and let me know which of these projects you’re interested in learning! Maybe it will be featured in a future video!

Happy Stampin’!

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Another meeting of the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group, another awesome collection of swap cards!

The theme for this swap was “New Catalogue Products”, which I am so excited about, because it means I can give you a sneak peek of these awesome new products, and get inspired by others’ creativity. There are so many ideas here that I can’t wait to try out for myself!

As always, I’ve labeled the photos with the main products used and the names of the makers – except for cards which weren’t labeled when I received them, so I don’t know who made them!

Don’t you just love this beautiful new designer series paper Adrienne used? It’s called Perennial Essence and it’s clearly inspired by the art of Monet. When you look at the paper in person, you can actually see the brush strokes! It’s just stunning. I also love the sentiments in the co-ordinating stamp set (Floral Essence), including this one: “All days are beautiful that begin with you.”

Ann really outdid herself with this amazing creation starring the new Follow Your Art suite, with a few extra stamps used from “Crafting Forever“. What an awesome project – and yes, the whole box folds flat for mailing!

Good Morning Magnolia is an awesome new stamp set, and I love that Barb chose to use some different colours here! Great colouring with the Blends, and the Country Floral embossing folder for the layer behind is the perfect accent to set off the flower.

I love the colours Bruni chose for her First Frost card – lovely card for a spring wedding!

I love the Birch background stamp Elke used here – just look at the awesome texture it adds to this card! The Daisy Lane stamp set is one of my top picks from the new catalogue, as well – the large daisy stamp co-ordinates with the pre-existing Daisy Punch, and there is a new smaller daisy and a new co-ordinating punch!

I love the simple stamping layout of Joanne’s Daisy Lane card. See the subtle sponged colour she added at the top left? Beautiful!

Laurel’s fancy-fold card uses Good Morning Magnolia and the Stitched Rectangles. Absolutely stunning!

This gorgeous Mosaic Mood DSP is so rich and detailed, you don’t need much else on your card. Works perfectly for this simple layout!

The Sailing Home suite is a new favourite of mine, and ideal for masculine cards of all kinds. Don’t you love the detail on the stamps, and the sweet sentiment “You are my true north”? Those silver trinkets are so terrific as well!

Another Mosaic card, this one by Carolyn. Carolyn notes that you can really “let the DSP do the talking”, and she has done a great job of that with this card! She also used a layer embossed with the Subtle embossing folder, which provides a perfect balance for the colourful details of the DSP.

Susan also used Mosaic Mood, with a cool fun fold! That sentiment “True friendship is one of God’s greatest gifts” is from “To a Wild Rose”, a new Distinktive stamp set.

I love the bright colours and fun images on this Pop of Petals card! Great card to share at a class, as everyone can make it their own.

Mi Ran used the Stitched Rectangles and vellum cardstock to create an Etch-a-Sketch card! Isn’t that fun?

Here’s my card, using the Sailing Home suite and a folded-corner design. I used the Take Your Pick tool to tease out the ends of the twine and make it look like frayed rope.

I love this layout by Erica! What a great way to show off our beautiful Designer Series Paper, in this case “Garden Lane”.

Dianne’s beautiful card uses the Perennial Essence paper, as well as the Floral Essence stamp set and co-ordinating punch. The stamp and punch create a three-petaled flower that you can layer together! I love how she used the Petal Pink vellum cardstock and organdy striped ribbon to embellish her project!

Which one of these cards is your favourite? Drop me a comment below and let me know!

The demonstrators I met at this event were warm, welcoming, and supportive and I can’t wait to see them again at our next get-together. If you’d like to join in at events like this, join my team and we can go to the next meeting together! Being a demonstrator is awesome – you get to work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out. If you’re interested or have questions, let me know!

If these fabulous cards inspire you to order any of the products shown, you can shop 24/7 at my online store. Please note that many of these products won’t be available until June 4th – one week from today, yippee!! Don’t forget to use the current hostess code (over on the right-hand side of my website) to get a free gift from me as well! Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video is all about cling stamps, and includes the phrase … “How many times has this happened to you?!”

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How do you feel about cling stamps? I hope you’ll ink yours up soon and start showing them some love!

Happy Stampin’!

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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″

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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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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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