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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to do triple-time stamping, which is a fun way to create a really textured effect on your card.

You will need three pieces of cardstock, all the same colour:
8.5 x 5.5″ (card base)
3.25 x 4.5″
2.25 x 3.5″

And three pieces of White or Vanilla cardstock:
4 x 5.25″
3 x 4.25″
2 x 3.25″

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If you try this technique, remember to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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After receiving an inquiry from a customer about how to remove cling stamps from blocks after having been left on for a week, I did some investigating in the Demonstrators’ Facebook group. My post received hundreds of comments from helpful demonstrators with all kinds of advice! The summary is below; most of these tips were repeated dozens of times!

Before Using Stamps …. Some tips to de-stickify
“I always place a little piece of the nonstick paper from the glue dots on the corner of the stamp.”
“I put a little piece of washi tape under one corner of the cling so that it is easier to remove them from the blocks.”
“I put a small piece of scotch tape on one end. Stamps come off easy peasy!”
“I always press a corner of my cling stamp on my embossing buddy. That part will be less sticky than the rest of the stamp and it makes the image easier to come off of the block. If a stamp gets left on the block, this area is always easy to lift.”
“Use a piece of sticky tape doubled over to make a tab to lift the stamp off the block.”

“I save a bit of the backing and use it as a pull tab by putting it between the stamp and the block. Works for me.”
“When I put the sticker on the stamp, I press it onto my clothing a few times to destickify it.”
“I place a small piece of cellophane tape in the corner of the stamp. This way there is always a free edge to grab to remove the stamp from the block.”
“Use washi tape to create a pull tab.”
“De-stick by placing them on the back of your hand before putting them on the block, especially if it’s the first time using them.”

When Using Stamps …. Put Away After Each Use
“Cling stamps need to be removed once stamping is completed, and never left on the blocks overnight.”

When Removing Stamps:
“You need to use a bit more caution when removing them; make sure you have a hold on all three layers before lifting.”
“Use spatula or paper piercer – be gentle and slow – break the seal.”
“It is important to stress that they get under the label when removing stamps. The take your pick tool is a great help to those without nails.”
“Make sure to peel up under the sticker and don’t pull on the rubber or foam. The spatula end of the take your pick tool works wonders!”
“You must be careful when removing them to prevent damage to the foam. I used a paper piercing tool to slide between the block and the cling stamp to help it release and then you can lift it off without damage.”
“To ‘break the seal’ between the stamp and the block, gently insert your piercing tool under a corner of the stamp and then gently pull the stamp off. Works like a charm!”
“The trick is to make sure you’re getting the label to come up with the foam and rubber when taking the stamp off the block. I peel the stamp off starting at a corner and have not (knock on wood) had a problem.”

If Your Stamps Get Stuck:
Suppose life gets in the way and you just didn’t manage to get your stamps off the blocks in a reasonable timeframe. What now?

“Sometimes a warm rag is needed to remove them from blocks or Stamparatus.”
“I left some on the block for a month, then found them in a box. I applied a wet rag for a few minutes, maybe 30.”
“I was able to slide a credit card under it.”
“One of my customers had a mishap with getting the sticker on the back of the large magnolia stamp. I suggested putting it in the microwave in 5 second increments until the adhesive was softened, then slowly and carefully (very carefully) peel the sticker off of the foam. It worked!! And she was able to reapply the sticker! I wonder if that would help when a stamp is left on a block too.” (NOTE: Be VERY careful with this approach!)

Keep in Mind:

  • Cling stamps need to be removed once stamping is completed, and never left on the blocks overnight.
  • Sometimes the stamp is clingiest the first time it is used. After that they come off fairly easily.
  • You need to use caution when removing them; make sure you have a hold on all three layers before lifting.

If you haven’t already watched it (or if you need a refresher), please check out the Stampin’ Up! video about Cling Stamps! We’ll be using lots of cling stamps at our Fall workshops, so it’s important that you comfortable using them properly! Click the image below to watch the video.

I hope this post has made you feel more comfortable about using your cling stamps! Let me know if you have any questions that aren’t covered here!

Happy Stampin’!

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The holiday catalogue is now live! 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 prompt you to add a few more items you hadn’t considered?

Best Item for Beginners – the Perfectly Plaid bundle
If you want to buy only ONE product from the holiday catalogue and still be able to make a stack of Christmas cards – Perfectly Plaid is your perfect pick! With several charming tree images, a co-ordinating punch, and a collection of holiday sentiments, this bundle will have you crafting in no time.

Best Sentiment Stamp Set – Itty Bitty Christmas
What a terrific collection of all the holiday sentiments you might need – for gift packaging and tags, for handmade cards, for hostess gifts and table favours, for home decor items and tree ornaments – this enormously versatile collection features sentiments from whimsical to elegant and everything in between. It’s on my must-have list for sure!

Best Graphic Stamp Set – Snow Front
If you adore the Waterfront stamp set, you’ll love Snow Front, which features sparse trees and wintry scenes. You can use the stamp sets alone or together to create any scene you can imagine. Moreover, these stamps can be used throughout the year for so many occasions other than Christmas – birthday, thank you, sympathy, thinking of you, and more!

Best Embellishment –Star Designer Elements
These gorgeous copper-coloured stars are self-adhesive and faceted for extra sparkle. At just $12.25 for a pack of 40, they are a terrific value, as well! They are sure to get a lot of use on a wide variety of holiday projects!

Best Paper –Brightly Gleaming
The minute I saw this stunning Specialty Designer Series Paper, I had to have it!! Every sheet of this 12 x 12″ paper features copper foil accents on one side, along with seasonal images and all-purpose patterns on the other. Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, and Pretty Peacock make a GORGEOUS colour combination that is suitable not just for holidays but for masculine cards and gift-packaging throughout the year. It’s irresistible!

Best Punch Bundle – Merry Moose (runner up: Snowman Season)

This was a tough one to decide – charming snowman, or serene moose? Well, if I have to choose just one (and I do, at least for this blog post), it’s Merry Moose, again because it will be useful long after the holidays are over. Can’t you just see this handsome fella decorating a masculine birthday card? Or the sweet little raccoon on a child’s card? Even the tree images are going to come in handy all year round, making this one a winner for me.

(Shoutout to that adorable collection of snowmen, though!!)

Best Die Bundle – So Many Stars
Stitched dies have proven to be one of the most popular design elements of the last few years, and there’s no doubt that this bundle will be a huge hit. You’ll be able to create various custom die-cut stars with faux stitching and more in record time, and guess what (are you tired of hearing me say this?!) – stars are useful for so much more than holidays! They’ll be great for graduation cards, birthdays, congratulations, and so much more.

Best New Tool – Snow Globe Shaker Domes
Stampin’ Up! knows that we love making shaker cards, so they have given us a custom-built collection of products to help us do just that. Cut the shape into the cardstock using the Snow Globe Scenes dies; stamp images with Still Scenes stamp set; add a Snow Globe Shaker Dome, and fill with Snowflake Sequins. What a beautiful and unique holiday card, that anyone would love to receive!

Best Bling – Ice Stampin’ Glitter + Shimmery Crystal Effects
Every holiday project needs a little bling! You can use these products on their own, but when they are combined they create an amazing effect to rival Jack Frost – and you can get both for only $17. Simply gorgeous!

Best Halloween product – Ornate Frames Dies + Coffin Treat Boxes

Not much of a Halloween person? Fair enough, but I’m pretty sure you’ll find lots of uses for this terrific collection of frame dies. They’d be at home on any project (say it with me now) all year round!

And if, like me, you ARE into Halloween – well, chances are you’ll find these coffin-shaped treat boxes just as charming as I do! Use them as-is, or decorate them to suit your tastes – either way, they’ll be a fun addition to your Halloween celebrations!

ICYMI:

Mercury Sheets: Acetate sheets with a faux mercury finish allow for stunning effects.

Christmas Countdown Project Kit: Create your own handcrafted Advent keepsake.

And don’t forget these two awesome hostess sets, which you can only order if you host a qualifying party between September 4th and January 2nd!

Greatest Part of Christmas:

Holiday Haul:

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

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Join me for a tour of my craft room in this week’s Stampin’ Sunday video! I hope you’ll hear some organizational tips that are helpful to you.

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Now comment below and show me your craft room …. even if it’s not “done” (because they are never done)!! I’d love to see your creative place!

Happy Stampin’!

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Another meeting of the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group, another awesome collection of swap cards! In case you missed it, I shared all the make and take projects last week.

This time around we got to make and exchange Christmas cards. This year’s holiday catalogue is packed full of awesome goodies, and many of them are on display with today’s swap cards. 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!

Did you spot the Cup of Christmas bundle in the holiday catalogue? One of the awesome things about it is that it features reversible stamps! One side of the stamp creates the polka-dot image as shown above, and the other side stamps a striped mug. How fun is that?! Great collection of holiday sentiments with this stamp set as well! I love that Adrienne has finished the card with some gold foil pieces to pick up the gold foil accents on the Wrapped in Plaid paper.

The first of several cards in today’s collection to feature puff paint, a fun new embellishment available in the holiday catalogue, Bonny’s card also features …. no stamping! That’s right, the Santa shape, trees, and even the sentiment are all die cuts. I love that she has used a combination of foil (for Santa and his sleigh) and glimmer paper (sentiment + snowy hill) to create a card with a lot of sparkle, and of course the snow on the trees is a great touch!

Carolyn did a terrific job creating this fun card featuring the Perfectly Plaid suite. The gold foil shapes add a touch of bling to the layout, as does the gold shimmer paint on the tag, which was embossed with the Swirls and Curls folder. And if you look carefully, you’ll see that the red background was also embossed with the Subtle folder – it adds such a great texture to the project!

This card by Crystal was the subject of much discussion at the meeting. How DID she create that fabulous background? Is it DSP? Is it the Birch stamp? Well, Crystal shared with us the how-to: she used her Stamparatus and, yes, the Birch background stamp. She stamped first with white craft ink, let it dry completely, then moved her cardstock 1/16″ down to stamp with Gray Granite ink. The result has so much realism and dimension!

Dianne’s card features several different products: the Christmas Gleaming bundle and Brightly Gleaming paper to make the ornaments, the #Elfie stamp set and blends to create the charming elf, and a die from Stitched Labels on which she stamped the sentiment. And, she used the ever-popular Subtle embossing folder to add texture in the background!

I love Erica’s colour choices here with this adorable little bird from Birds of a Feather stamp set! The stamp set also includes adorable birds to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Valentine’s Day. Check it out on page 50 of your holiday catalogue!

This simple yet striking card by Jean is one of my favourites. Do you see how she scored borders around the outside of the card? What a terrific way to add interest!

Remember I told you that the Hammered Metal embossing folder was awesome? Well, here it is – was I right or what?! Madeleine has also used the Stitched Star dies to create that stunning star with gold foil. No wonder this card won first place!

MC’s charming card features the Holly Jolly bundle with this adorable hand-coloured Santa. How sweet!

I’ve had so many people ask me lately about making shaker cards, and now – Stampin’ Up! has made it easy, with the Snow Globe shaker domes! The stamp set provides beautiful wintery imagery, the co-ordinating dies cut them out, then the acetate domes encase the whole scene. You can add glitter or sequins to complete the effect. Simply stunning!

Another terrific card featuring the Christmas Gleaming suite, including the foil elements and the Hammered Metal embossing folder. Stunner of a card!

I love the way this creator (left anonymous as there was no name on the card) used puff paint on the In The Woods die to create this undeniably Christmasy tree, backed by the Wrapped in Plaid paper and a gorgeous gold-and-green ribbon. In The Woods can be found in your annual catalogue, while the rest of the products are in the holiday catalogue.

And of course you already saw the swap card that I made:

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

It’s so much fun to connect with, share with, and learn from other demonstrators. I have met some wonderful people through this group! 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 the holiday catalogue launches tomorrow, September 4th. 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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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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On the weekend I attended another fun and busy meeting of the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, and once again it was a delightful day full of crafts, friends, and learning. I participated in a Christmas card swap (stay tuned to see the beautiful cards I received!), and as usual there were several make-and-take projects – in fact, I even stepped out of my comfort zone to provide one of the projects myself! It was a little nerve-wracking to present in front of experienced demonstrators, but everyone made me feel very welcome, and my project was very well-received. Here it is (if you watched my most recent video, it may look familiar!).

This project uses items from my very favourite suite in the new holiday catalogue, “Christmas Gleaming”. The Designer Series paper is absolutely gorgeous, featuring copper foil accents on every sheet, and I love that the bundle comes with not one but TWO fantastic co-ordinating punches to cut out those ornaments! This bundle makes it so easy to create simple yet stunning cards, perfect for mass production!

And here are the other make-and-take projects I got to make at the meeting!

If you’ve been using Stampin’ Up! for a while, you may remember the now-retired Curvy Keepsakes die. This new Tiny Keepsakes die is the same style, but tinier – a huge advantage, since it now cuts an entire box from one piece of 6×6″ DSP. You can just imagine all the awesome creations to be made with this charming die! This project was created by Barb Tripps, who also chose the Feels Like Frost DSP – one of my favourites. Every piece of this paper features gorgeous photographic images on one side, and stunning silver foil designs on the other side. Pretty sure I’m going to need to order two packs of this, so I don’t need to choose between these two gorgeous sides!

Karen from Parksville walked us through how to do some amazing heat-embossing, waterwash painting, and other inking and colouring techniques for this card. I think mine turned out pretty well for a first try, and I’m excited to practice these techniques more!

Miran Briggs always seems to have an awesome 3D gift item for her make and take. I love this adorable little post-it note holder using the Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper!

The Perennial Essence DSP is one of the most popular in the catalogue, and this pocket card by Lynne Williams shows it off beautifully. To finish the flower, I coloured a pearl with my Blackberry Bliss Blends marker.

Sue Philip created this awesome accordion-fold pop-up card starring the new Snowman Season bundle. The snowman stamps and builder punch are just too cute, and I’m in love with the colour combination of Coastal Cabana and Real Red on the Let it Snow Designer Series Paper!

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


A reminder that the Extra, Extra promotion ends this Sunday, August 31st! I would love for you to join my team so we can attend the next demonstrators’ meeting together! Being a demonstrator is awesome – you get to work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out. You can read more about it here!

Until August 31st, new demonstrators will earn TWO amazing perks just for joining!

  • New demonstrators will receive an additional $40 that they’ll be able to put towards their Starter Kit (pay $135 and choose $205 in products).
  • New demonstrators will receive a $14 coupon code, which they may use the following month.

Yes, you read that right …. your starter kit now includes $84 in free products!!!  Get more details here, then follow this link to my website and click “Join Now” – or, if you have questions, email me.

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 September 4th – one week from tomorrow, 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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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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