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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.’

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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The Occasions 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 add a few more items you hadn’t considered?

Best Item for Beginners – Vibrant Vases stamp set.
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With this fun, two-step stamp set, including a charming collection of sentiments, you’ll be able to create beautiful cards for a variety of occasions right away. And if you want to step it up, you can add the Vases Builder punch from the annual catalogue.

Best Sentiment Stamp Set – Strong and Beautiful. I love these empowering sentiments, for way more than just Mother’s Day. If you, like me, like to surround yourself with fierce awesome women, you’re going to love these sentiments!

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Best Graphic Stamp Set – There are a lot of great sets to choose from, but I keep coming back over and over again to Flowering Desert. Rather than one more floral motif, this fun stamp set will be great for both masculine and feminine cards, offering a lot of versatility and charm.

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Best Embellishment – Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins. 250 sequins in 5 colours, 2 sizes, and 2 shapes … AND they’re self-adhesive? Add. To. Cart.

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Best Bundle – it’s a tossup between the Piece of Cake bundle and the Butterfly Gala bundle. Both come with a hefty selection of photopolymer stamps, including lovely sentiments in charming fonts; both will be useful for variety of occasions; both are in the $40 range; and both come with a hand-held punch that co-ordinates with the stamped images. Bonus: Butterfly Gala allows you to stamp two butterfly images at once, and then punch them both out – and the punch also co-ordinates with the images on the beautiful Botanical Butterfly DSP, available during Sale-a-Bration.

Best Paper – All My Love. These beautiful paper features whimsical hearts and elegant florals in a classic colour combination, co-ordinates with two thinlits sets (Lovely Flowers and Be Mine), and is perfect for sending your loving messages for Valentine’s Day and all year round. With Crumb Cake, Balmy Blue, and Soft Sea Foam included on the colour palette, it won’t be too girly for those masculine cards!

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Best New Tool – The big news with the Occasions catalogue is Cling Stamps. As announced in November, Stampin’ Up! will be phasing out their wood-mount rubber stamps; instead, stamp sets will be available in photopolymer or red rubber clear-mount. While the clear-mount stamps will be the same high-quality stamps you’re used to, the new double-sided labels are so sticky and clingy that Stampin’ Up! decided to rebrand them as Cling Stamps. Many crafters, myself included, have previously opted to leave the labels off our stamps because they don’t cling as well to the acrylic blocks – with the new labels, this will no longer be the case. In fact, you’ll want to take a bit of care when you mount your stamps, to make sure you don’t apply the labels incorrectly – because once they’re on, they are ON, and you’ll be able to ink, stamp, and clean without your stamp sliding off the block. Can I get a hallelujah?

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ICYMI: Rectangle Stitched Shapes framelits. Demonstrators and customers have been asking for rectangle framelits for a while, and Stampin’ Up! is listening! I love how these 13 dies are stitched on the inside and the outside, to make your projects stand out no matter how you are using them. You can bundle the framelits with the charming “Amazing Life” stamp set for an affordable $67.50 (and get a free Sale-a-Bration reward while you’re at it!)

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The Lace embossing folder. I didn’t see it on my first look through the catalogue, but when I saw some samples online, I HAD to have it! So gorgeous!

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And don’t forget these awesome hostess sets, which you can only order if you host a qualifying party before May 31st!

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

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It’s Sale-a-Bration time! This is the most wonderful time of the Stampin’ Up! year, as it’s the best time to SHOP, HOST, or JOIN.

With every $60 you purchase, you get to choose a free product from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. These products include stamp sets, designer series paper, ribbon packs, embellishments, project kits … just about everything you could ask for! There are also a few Level Two rewards, which you can earn with a $120 purchase – these include a beautiful thinlits set and a super-size stamp set (16 stamps!).

When you host a party during Sale-a-Bration, you’ll get an additional $30 in Stampin’ Rewards (translation: free products). With your party guests aiming to earn themselves free Sale-a-Bration products, it’s easy to see how your Stampin’ Rewards will quickly add up!

And as for joining, I’ve said lots about that opportunity recently (here and here). So in this post, I’m going to focus on one of the products you can order to earn a free Sale-a-Bration item: The Stamparatus.

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The Stamparatus is available in the annual catalogue at $67CAD. It comes with a foam pad, which you will need for stamping with photopolymer stamps, two extremely strong magnets to hold your cardstock in place, and two removable plastic plates that act as blocks to hold your stamps.

There are several different techniques you can do with the Stamparatus, including two-step stamping and hinge stamping. One of the first things I discovered when I got mine is that I can use it to produce perfectly aligned sentiments every time, and even add emphasis to a specific word or image, as shown below with “you deserve every good thing”. I stamped the sentiment in Bermuda Bay ink, cleaned the stamp (while leaving it in place on the Stamparatus plate), then used a Dapper Denim marker on the word “every” and stamped it again. The Stamparatus ensured that I stamped the sentiment in the exact same place each time.

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Another very handy use for the Stamparatus is in creating multiples. I had a large batch of Christmas cards to finish recently, and using the Stamparatus meant that I could finish the batch really quickly and efficiently, with no crooked stamping or wasted cardstock. I was stamping on a shape I’d cut out with the Stitched Shapes framelits, so I made myself a grid paper template to fit in the Stamparatus, and was able to churn out 40 of these in about 15 minutes. Brilliant!

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I finally got a chance to try wreath stamping with the Stamparatus recently, and it is SO cool! We’re going to to be using this technique at class next week. Here’s how it works.

First you’ll need to create a template from a 6″ x 6″ piece of cardstock, using the largest of the Layering Squares Framelits.

Find the centre of your cardstock, then cut two overlapping squares to create a six-pointed star.

Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the same square framelit – it will fit perfectly into your template. Now you’re ready to stamp!

With your template and white cardstock square in place on the Stamparatus, position your flower stamp and stamp it once. Then turn the white cardstock 90 degrees and replace inside the template. Repeat stamping and turning the cardstock until you have stamped four flowers.

Clean your stamp with the Simply Shammy, but don’t remove it from the Stamparatus plate. Turn your cardstock 45 degrees so the flower stamp will land in between two of the images you previously stamped. Use a different ink colour to stamp the flower. Then repeat the steps above of turning the cardstock and stamping the flower three more times.

Depending on what flower set you’re using, you may be finished at this point, or you may have the option of using an outline stamp to add detail, as in the case of the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, which I was using. Line up the flower outline stamp on your stamped cardstock, then use the Stamparatus hinge to pick it up. Stamp and turn the cardstock until you have outlined all the flowers in a contrasting colour.

And here’s the finished project:

Isn’t that a cool technique? Now you can turn ANY flower stamp (or pretty much any other stamp) into a wreath! Google “stamparatus wreath technique” to see lots more creative ways to use your Stamparatus, then contact me to order yours, or shop 24/7 at my online store. And be sure to share your creations in the comments so I can see what you’re up to!

Happy Stampin’!

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Happy New Year! As the holiday season draws to a close, I wanted to share some of the beautiful handmade Christmas cards I received from friends, customers, and even strangers from around the world.

I’ve posted before about the fabulous Random Act of Kindness card group I belong to on Facebook. Here’s one I received in December. It might be hard to tell from the photo, but it uses the gold foil-edged cards, as well as red glimmer paper, silver foil, and gold foil. So much bling – perfect for the holidays!

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The Dashing Deer stamp set has been very popular this season, and hooray – it’s continuing on for the next few months! This beautiful card is also from a RAK friend, and uses gold embossing powder to make that deer really shine.

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The exclusive Snow is Glistening stamp set was offered for sale in November, and my customer Angela made very good use of it to create this stunning card. I love how she used gold embossing on the snowflake, and beautiful rhinestones to decorate the tree.

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Although I’m a non-drinker, I still appreciate the clever sentiments and beautiful images on this card featuring the Half-Full stamp set. My customer Trudy used the fine-tip glue pen to make the wine glass and bottle appear like they are full of liquid. Cool effect, eh?

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This card came from a customer I haven’t met yet – we’ve emailed back and forth over the last couple of years, and she recently moved to my town and will be coming to class this month! I’m looking forward to meeting her, and am tickled that she remembered me in her Christmas card mailout this year. This adorable card features a retired stamp set that I just love, set off with white embossing powder and charming red and gold embellishments. So beautiful – thank you, Chigusa!

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I was in awe of this gorgeous shaker card created by my friend Dawn of Dawn’s Custom Cards. Just look at all that fun Christmasy bling in there! And the background of the shaker is silver foil, which is why you can see my hands reflected in the photo 😉

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My friend Christine used the Star of Light stamp set along with both white and silver embossing powder to make this stunning card. I just love how elegant it is! I love watching how Christine has embraced her creative side in the past year, and finds so much joy in creating.

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I hope you all had a very merry Christmas! Did you send or receive any handmade cards? Share your photos in the comments!

Hope you enjoy these beautiful cards as much as I do! If these fabulous cards inspire you to order any of the products shown, you can shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

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Why did I sign up to do two craft fairs this month? I have no idea.

That’s how I roll sometimes, though! (Note: Sometimes = All the Time. As my long-suffering husband would tell you.)

I decided to up the difficulty level on this particular project by not ordering any additional Stampin’ Up! tools or supplies prior to the event. I could only use what I had on hand, as well as buying supplementary items that I could get locally (e.g., chapsticks for my chapstick holders).

Me at Vendor Splendor fair, November 3rd.

Here are the items I had for sale at the two fairs I attended – in addition to good old-fashioned greeting cards, which I was selling by the singles and in an acetate box as a five-pack.

Most of these projects were new for me, so I had lots of fun learning how to make them, and discovering along the way which ones were worth the time and effort, and which ones weren’t. Given more time (and more varied supplies), there is certainly no shortage of charming gift projects to make, and I found plenty of inspiration on the Craft Fairs, Stampin’ Style Facebook group.

I went for variety of products rather than huge quantity in any one product, which meant I sold out of a few things, including the beautiful candle cards below. On the second day of the two-day event, I had people coming back to my booth to ask about the candle cards they’d seen the previous day…. but they were all gone!

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I also sold out of the star photo albums I made several years ago, the last time I was doing craft fairs. Last time I offered these, they were not a hot item. I got them out of the box they were stored in, figuring I might as well give it a shot … and by noon on the second day, I had none left. You never know!

Surprise, surprise …. after making all those gift items, the biggest sellers were CARDS! I sold over 85 cards, in singles, trios, and 5-packs (which I packaged in clear acetate boxes).

Which of these projects would you like to make? Comment below, and I’ll share a tutorial in the coming weeks!

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Yup, you read that right – my last card class of 2018 is approaching! I’m not going to hold any classes in December, so November is your last chance to craft with me, as well as your last chance to order from the fabulous holiday catalogue. Naturally, the theme for this month’s classes is “Spotlight on the Holiday Catalogue”! Here are some sneak peeks at what we’ll be working with this month.

I’ve been super keen on the new line of Distinktive stamps since last January, when Heartfelt Blooms was introduced as a Sale-a-Bration item. Distinktive stamps bring an amazing texture on your project, with detailed shading that bring the images to life. So one of the products I’m excited to showcase this month is Wishing You Well, a Distinktive set from the holiday catalogue.

This beautiful set allows you to create stunning cards without a lot of effort, and features images that will be useful all year round.

Speaking of year-round crafting, the Frosted Floral suite is also perfect for holidays and for the rest of the year! We’ll be using this gorgeous Specialty Designer Series Paper for one of our projects this month. This paper is “Specialty” because the designs are printed on shimmery, pearlized paper. It is STUNNING!

The Swirls and Curls embossing folder has made a big splash this season, and we’re going to pair it with shimmer paint to create a project with elegant shine.

The foil-edged cards and envelopes are products you might have missed in the catalogue, but in real life they are quite eye-catching, and will add a real “wow” factor to any project. You’ll get to try them out yourself at class this month!

If you want to see what else I’ve got in mind for this month, you’ll have to register for one of the workshops! I look forward to crafting with you!

 

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  • Do you love holiday crafting?
  • Do you miss the retired Festive Flurry stamp set and co-ordinating thinlits?
  • Are you kicking yourself that you missed out on Stampin’ Up!’s last limited-time exclusive offer, Blended Seasons?
  • Do you get excited about unique specialty paper?
  • Are you tired of all these rhetorical questions? ;-)If you answered yes to any of the above, then check out the beautiful new Snowflake Showcase suite! Featuring two stamp sets, a huge collection of thinlit dies, sparkly snowflake embellishments, and 12 x 12″ sheets of white velvet paper, this suite is certainly something special!

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These products will be available November 1st-30th or while supplies last, so don’t delay! You can order 24/7 in my online store. Use hostess code DWSZZPT4 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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