Tutorial: Desk Organizer

This project first caught my eye when I saw a post by Julie Turner and I was really excited to reproduce it and make it my own! I think you’ll love it too!

And make sure you read ALL the way to the bottom of my post today …. because I have got TWO exciting specials to share with you! Check under my signature to see what they’re all about! 😉

You’ll need:
Three pieces of cardstock the same colour, measuring:
8.25 x 6.5:
5 x 6″
6 x 3.25″


And six pieces of Designer Series Paper, measuring:
2.75 x 1.75″
1.25 x 1.75″
(2 pieces) 1.75 x .75″
(2 pieces) 2.75 x .75″

Let’s start with the smallest piece of cardstock (6 x 3.25″). Along the long side, score at 1″ from each side. Then score along the short side at 3 and 4″.

Burnish all your scorelines.

Make the small cuts as shown below. Cut a straight line next to the ‘rectangles’; cut slightly inward on the ‘squares’.

Repeat the above steps for your other pieces of cardstock. Along each long side, score at 1″ from the edge.
For the largest piece, score at 4.25 and 5.25″ along the short side.
For the medium piece, score at 3 and 4″ along the short side.

Burnish, and cut tabs as shown.

Apply Tear and Tape and Mini Glue Dots as shown below.

Attach as shown below.

Make small diagonal cuts along the top as shown.

Repeat the process above for the other two boxes.

Next, attach Designer Series Paper to the fronts of the two smaller boxes.

Apply Tear and Tape to the side of one of your small boxes, to attach it to the other small box.

Use Tear and Tape to attach the three boxes together, and attach Designer Series Papers to the sides as shown.

Fill with your tools/adhesives!

I hope you have fun creating this project! It’s not only beautiful, but really useful too!

Happy Stampin’!

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In addition to the beautiful new annual catalogue which launched earlier this week, there are also some amazing specials going on this month. First, the Connect Craft Collect special for those who’d like to host a virtual party. The rest of the year, a $300 party would get you 10% rewards ($30), but during this special, your $300 party would get you DOUBLE that amount – your 10% PLUS an extra $30 in free product. Book a party with me before June 14th to take advantage of this fantastic deal!

Now if you’ve made a wishlist for the new catalogue and it’s $100 or more, you’re definitely going to be excited about this next special! Until May 31st, new demonstrators will receive an additional $41 in product in their Starter Kit for NO EXTRA COST. That’s a total of $206 in product of YOUR choice, for only $135 – a total of $71 in free product! What an amazing deal! Read more here about joining my team!

Seashore Blog Hop: Mother’s Day

Welcome to another Seashore Stampers’ blog hop, and thanks for stopping by my blog today! I’m excited to share a couple of beautiful Mother’s Day cards with you. Mother’s Day is always one of my favourite occasions to create for, because I think ALL the moms deserve to be celebrated! Moms work hard for us every day, in so many ways, and one day a year is definitely not enough to thank them for all they do. Am I saying that just because I’m a mom? Well, I definitely appreciate my mom a lot more now that I have the perspective of a parent! 😅 And today is a special day for me – the thirteenth anniversary of the day I became a mom! 💖

Yes, this amazing child is 13 years old today!!

On with the cards! I made this first card a couple of weeks ago, using products from the Fine Art Floral suite. This suite is one of my favourites from the Spring Mini catalogue; from the delicate two-step stamping on the flower, to the simple elegance of the gold-woven ribbon, not to mention the stunning brushstrokes of the Designer Series Paper … there’s a lot to love in this suite!! While this layout is very simple, the card is still quite striking.

Then, I borrowed the Pansy Patch bundle, from the upcoming annual catalogue, from a friend. The new catalogue starts on May 4th, and I’m so excited about it that I’m throwing a FREE launch party! You can find all the details here. And good news – at the party, we’ll be making a card using products from this gorgeous Pansy Petals suite!

It was fun to recreate the same card with different products! All the items used to create the Fine Art Floral card are available now, and the items I used on the Pansy Patch card will be available May 4th.

Which card do you think you (or your mom) would prefer to receive?

I hope you enjoyed my projects! Now don’t forget to click on the buttons below to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other Mother’s Day creations! Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

                                              

Happy Stampin’!

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If you’re excited about the annual catalogue (and why wouldn’t you be?!), plan to join me at my virtual launch party on Thursday evening, May 6th! There will be games, prizes, product demonstrations, crafting, and lots of fun – and it’s ALL free! If you’d like a supply kit to craft along with me, please be sure to RSVP by April 29th so I can get it to you in time for the party!

Find all of the details here!

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Video Tutorial: Mini SUCE Unboxing, and Quite Curvy Card

Today’s video will teach you all about the two beautiful new Stampin’ Up! Cut & Emboss Machines – the standard size and the mini size. We’ll also make a quick and simple card using the Quite Curvy bundle.

You’ll need:
Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
White cardstock: 4 x 5.25″
Designer Series Paper: 3.25 x 5.25″

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Do you have one of these machines? What do you think of it? Share in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’!

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Tamara’s Half-Sheet Wonder (Six Cards)

Last week was Vancouver Island’s once-a-year snowstorm, and I was all too happy to cozy up in my craft room to make some cards.

I used a fun layout I learned from fellow demonstrator Tamara, who showed me how to make six cards with a half-sheet of Designer Series Paper! (Note – direction matters: the photo below shows the DSP in the correct orientation).

Start by cutting along the long side of the DSP at 1.75″ – do this twice, to get two strips that are 1.75″ wide.

Then, cut the last piece in half at 1.25″ wide.

Now you have two pieces that are 1.75″ wide, and two pieces that are 1.25″ wide.

Cut the two wider pieces at 4.25″ long. Cut the two narrower pieces at 3.75″ long. You’ll get two cuts out of each strip of paper.

Now you have the following:
six pieces – 3.75 x 1.25″
four pieces – 1.75 x 4.25″
two pieces – 1.75 x 3.5″

To finish your cards, you will need:

Six cardbases (8.5 x 5.5, scored at 4.25″)
Cardstock mats:
(6 pieces) 4 x 1.5″
(4 pieces) 2 x 4.5″
(2 pieces) 2 x 3.75″

Six white (or vanilla) layers, 4 x 5.25″, embossed if desired
Ribbon/embellishments
White shapes for stamping sentiments

Put your DSP pieces in pairs – whatever sizes look good together to your eye. Flip one piece in each pair so that you have two different patterns.

And finally, turn all these magic ingredients into cards! Choose whatever sentiments you like, assemble, and embellish as desired. Easy peasy!

Happy Stampin’!

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Tutorial: Simple Pop-out Card

If you’ve ever seen an amazing pop-out card on Pinterest or Facebook but been too intimidated to try it yourself, this card is a great place to start! It’s truly very simple, with no complicated cuts or scores. I hope you’ll give it a try!

You’ll need the following cuts of cardstock:
Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5″
Mat Layer: 3.75 x 5″
Pop-up mechanism (same as cardbase): 5 x 5″
Cardstock: 2.25 x 2.25″
Cardstock: 2-1/8 x 2-1/8″
White: 2.25 x 2.25″ and 2 x 2″

For Designer Series Paper, I am using the gorgeous new “Fine Art Floral” from the January-June mini catalogue. You will need the following:
3-5/8 x 4-7/8″
2 pieces – 2.25 x 2.25″

You can make your large piece a different pattern from the two squares, or keep it all the same, as I did.

Take your large piece of DSP and the mat layer of cardstock that co-ordinates with it. Attach these together and attach to the front of your card.

Next, you’ll need to add some scorelines to your pop-out mechanism. You want it to look like the picture below, so score it at 2.5″ on each side to create the cross, and then diagonally one way only.

Burnish all the score lines on your mechanism.

Eventually, you want it to fold into itself like this …

… and fully close.

Now let’s decorate it! Stamp on your two white squares … but keep in mind, they will be oriented like diamonds, as below. Use your two cardstock squares to layer behind the smaller white square, and attach to your mechanism.

Cut your two DSP squares diagonally, turning them into triangles.

Line up your triangles so that the patterns match.

Now let’s attach it to your cardbase. Fold the mechanism to its “closed” shape and hold it so that the top points to the centre scoreline of your cardbase, as below. Add adhesive and close the card to attach.

When you open the card, the mechanism will be attached to the top/front of your card. Apply adhesive to the other side of the mechanism, and close the card again.

Now it’s attached to both sides of your card. When you open the card, it will pop out as below!

Because there isn’t much room on the inside to write a message, you may want to put a white piece of cardstock (4 x 5.25″) on the back of the card. Then again, sometimes a card with no room to write is just what you need 😉

Add a sentiment and embellishments to the front of your card if desired.

Have you made any pop-out cards? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Recent Creations: Autumn in the Craft Room

In preparation for the upcoming January-June Mini Catalogue, I decided to use up the last bits of some of my Designer Series Paper packs. Here are the last cards with Ornate Garden:

 

 

And the last cards with Brightly Gleaming – which is NOT just for Christmas cards!

The last cards with now-retired papers Parisian Beauty, Peaceful Poppies, and Flowering Foils:

I absolutely love the Forever Greenery paper, and I bought an extra pack of it during last month’s DSP sale. This isn’t the last of that pack – I’ve got lots left still, which is why I felt I could make these lushly layered cards. I made 20 of each!

Then my Product Purchase Premiere arrived (that’s an exclusive pre-order open to demonstrators who attended OnStage). I ordered the gorgeous Fine Art Floral paper and whipped up some of these handy post-it note holders.

Thanks for stopping by to see my projects! If you’re interested in buying any of the supplies needed to create your own, have a look at the shopping list below. Take care and Happy Stampin’!

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