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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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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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As usual this month I bit off more than I could chew and overcommitted myself, craft-wise. Not only am I teaching a class at my home this Saturday, I am also attending a demonstrator meeting on Sunday, for which I volunteered to teach a make-and-take project AND participate in the card swap. It’s going to be a hectic week to get everything ready, but if I’m going to overcommit myself, it might as well be doing something I love, right??

So, here are the swap cards I designed for this weekend. Card swaps are great fun: all the participants make a set of the same card, equal to the number of people participating (in this case, 14 people). Then the cards get sorted and organized by the amazing swap fairies, so that each participant goes home with 14 different cards, including one of their own. The theme for this swap is Christmas or Birthday, and I just had to go with Christmas.

This card features the wonderful new bundle, Perfectly Plaid, and the co-ordinating Designer Series Paper, Wrapped in Plaid. I’m crazy about this paper! Every sheet features gold foil accents, and the reverse side has delightful holiday designs that remind me of Christmas sweaters. This paper is fantastic and I’m excited to use it on cards, gift packaging and tags, and even items beyond the holiday season! Once I started playing with this paper, I wanted to make cards featuring all the different patterns … which one do you like the best??

The Perfectly Plaid bundle is one of several new stamp-and-punch bundles in the holiday catalogue. I’m so thrilled to see so many punches, because not every customer has (or wants) a die-cutting machine! If you’re a punch fan like me, you’re going to love the awesome versatility coming your way!

The holiday catalogue launches on September 4th, which is when you’ll be able to order the products used on today’s card. If you’re one of my customers, you may already have received your catalogue in the mail – if not, drop me a line and I’ll get one to you!

Happy Stampin’!

 

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I’m so excited to be participating in the Seashore Stampers Blog Hop once again, and I’m sharing a card that’s very special to me. This month the theme is Wedding, and it just so happens that a dear friend of mine got married last weekend, so I get to share the card I made for her!

Christina and I first met in late 2016, at a cardmaking class. We hit it off right away and found out we’re even from the same hometown – what a fun coincidence! She soon started asking questions about joining Stampin’ Up!, and we met a few times to make sure all her questions were answered and that she felt confident taking that next step. In November 2017 she jumped in, and since that time she has been unstoppable! She reached both her Quick Start goals easily, and then reached another stampin’ milestone when she promoted to Silver …. all at the same time as she and her partner planned a wedding, bought a house, and adopted a new dog into their family! She gets more done in a day than most people do in a week and I have so much admiration and respect for her!

I knew right away that I wanted to make her a really special wedding card, and I thought the Magnolia Lane suite would be just perfect. I don’t have the dies for this set (yet!) but it was easy to do a bit of fussy cutting on the large flower. I CASE’d this design from two different cards that I saw online, and I loved the technique of stamping two flowers and cutting out the centre of one, to add a three-dimensional feel to the multiple petals. I think it turned out really well!

I didn’t have a lot of room to add a sentiment on the front of the card, so I stamped one from Beautiful Bouquet on the inside.  That stamp set has so many lovely sentiments, perfect for a wide variety of occasions!

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

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

 

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One of the fun things I do over the summer is play with lots and lots of products from the new annual catalogue and work on designing projects that I’ll use at my workshops over the September-June season. Today, I decided to play with a new bundle that was one of the first things to catch my eye when I saw the new catalogue – Band Together – as well as a couple of embossing folders and the new embossing plate.

Band Together is a really cool stamp-and-die bundle with gorgeous, intricate shapes made specifically to make a big splash on your card front. The sentiment stamps co-ordinate perfectly with the shapes, making it easy to create simple yet stunning cards.

I also wanted to play with my two new embossing folders, Scripty and Subtle. These are both 3D embossing folders, the kind that leave a deep impression on your cardstock. The new embossing plate makes it really easy to layer in your Big Shot – just use your multi-purpose platform, the embossing plate, and your folder.

If you’re wondering how you missed the embossing plate in your catalogue, you’re not imagining things – it isn’t in there! You can find it in the online store, but the product was developed after the catalogue had gone to print, so it doesn’t appear there.

Here are the two finished cards. Which one is your favourite? There are close-up photos below to help you decide!

Scripty embossing folder:

Subtle embossing folder:

Don’t forget, Bonus Days are still in effect from now through the end of July! With every $60 purchased in July, you will get a coupon code to use for $6 off an order placed in August. If you purchase the Band Together bundle, you will earn a coupon code – if you throw in the embossing plate, two embossing folders, and a pack of cardstock, you’ll earn TWO coupon codes!

Contact me today to order yours, or shop 24/7 at my online store. 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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