Video: Show and Tell – Make and Takes May 2019

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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Butterfly Framed Project

Remember last week I promised to show you the amazing Make-and-Take project from the recent meeting I attended? Here it is!

This is such a gorgeous project, and yet really so simple to make. It starts with an 8 x 10” frame and a full sheet of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock as the backdrop. We used stamps from Tropical Chic, Touches of Texture, Petal Palette, and Timeless Textures, stamped in Lemon Lime Twist ink, to create some texture in the background. Really, you could use any stamps you have on hand for this step!

Then, we stamped on our four white squares (2.75”) using stamps from Playful Backgrounds and Beauty Abounds, in the four co-ordinating colours: Daffodil Delight, Balmy Blue, Grapefruit Grove, and Highland Heather.

These squares got layered with the Gingham Gala paper (3”) and a black cardstock square (3.25”).

I love the beautiful Butterfly Gala bundle, and I got to learn a new way of colouring the butterflies: with sponge daubers! Stamp the butterfly outline in Memento Black ink, then sponge on two co-ordinating ink colours to create an ombre effect. (NOTE: it has to be Memento black, or the ink will smear when you use the sponge daubers.) Okay, it looks pretty messy at this point …

… but look what happens after you punch it out!! Aren’t they gorgeous??

For the center piece, I got to learn another cool technique, using the stamp set All The Good Things. Did you know that you can use our markers (not Blends) to colour directly on red rubber stamps? That’s how I was able to create this image, with the tree trunk and pot coloured in Crumb Cake and the tree leaves coloured in Lemon Lime Twist (with some Old Olive texture added). The measurements for the white piece are 2-5/8 x 4”, and the black frame is 2-7/8 x 4.25”.

Now all that’s left is assembling!

I had a great time creating this project, and best of all, I got to learn some new techniques along the way. I love stepping outside of my usual “all cards all the time” comfort zone, so many thanks to Jennifer and Jean for organizing this fantastic make and take project!

If this project has inspired you, remember you can shop 24/7 at my online store. Keep in mind that some of the products are retiring and won’t be available for much longer! And if you’d like to come along with me to the next meeting of the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group, join my team!

Happy Stampin’!

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Home Decor SU Style Blog Hop June 2018

Today I’m trying something new, participating in a blog hop! I belong to a fun and inspiring group on Facebook called “SU Style Home Decor“. Participants post all kinds of beautiful home decor items they have created with Stampin’ Up! products. Today is their first ever blog hop! If you’re hopping along, welcome to my page!

I’m fairly new to creating home decor items, so I wanted to start with one of the most basic items: a framed piece. I’ve created a few framed pieces before and for someone who is just branching out from cardmaking or scrapbooking, it’s a really easy way to get into creating beautiful decor projects.

For this piece, I used the very fun Lemon Zest stamp set and the Lemon Builder punch. I’m so glad these products carried over into this year’s annual catalogue, because to me they are perfect to create with at this time of year! It was very fun to use this stamp set with all the gorgeous new colours – it makes me think of pink lemonade, lemonade stands, and those tart fruit gummies sprinkled with sugar.

I used Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, and Granny Apple Green, as well as black ink. In addition to the Lemon Builder punch, I also used the 1 3/4″ circle punch, which lines up perfectly with the round lemon stamp!

If you’re wondering how I created that stripey background, it’s a new technique I saw recently that I really like! Use one of your long acrylic blocks (F or H). Using the edge of the block (the groove where your fingers usually go) as a stamp, press gently into your inkpad and then onto your cardstock. This is one of those techniques that isn’t about perfection; don’t worry about making every stripe evenly spaced, as whatever you do will look terrific.

I’m very pleased with the finished piece, and will be using it as a giveaway item on my Facebook page! Be sure to like and follow Inkyfingers Papercrafting on Facebook so you don’t miss any posts!

If you enjoyed stopping by my blog today, please leave me a comment below! And be sure to check the links to see the other amazing Home Decor creations on the blog hop!

Tutorial: Sampler Frames

It’s easier than you think to create gorgeous samplers like these, thanks to Stampin’ Up!’s beautifully-coordinated Designer Series Paper! These would make a great Christmas gift!

For each sampler, you will need:
5 squares of Designer Series Paper (DSP), 2 x 2”
5 squares of co-ordinating cardstock to frame those DSP squares, 2.25 x 2.25”
1 large square of the same colour cardstock, 4.75 x 4.75”
1 large square of DSP or cardstock, depending on chosen design, 4.5 x 4.5”


The project is assembled on a cardstock base of 8 x 8”. I purchased the 8 x 8” shadowbox frames from Michael’s in a 3-pack.

Once you’ve chosen your design, decorate as desired. You can stamp on the large square, use punches or die cuts to decorate it, or even fussy-cut shapes to give it some texture and dimension. There’s a lot of customization possible for these frames. You could add a name, date of birth, wedding or graduation date … loads of possibilities! The Large Numbers and Large Letters dies come in very handy here. If you’re one of my Stampers’ Ten Club members and don’t already own these, you can borrow them from me!

I hope you have a wonderful time creating your very own custom sampler! I’d love to see photos of your creations when you’re done!

Happy Stamping!

Colourful Seasons Frame

Over my summer vacation, I finally set about creating a photo gallery wall in my staircase. I’ve been wanting to do this project since we moved to this house two years ago, but I also knew it would be a big project and I wanted to do it right, so I took my time in preparation – and I’m glad I did! It was a lot of fun choosing just the right photos and arranging everything in the available space. As I write this, the project is not quite completed yet, but so far it looks terrific!

As soon as I saw the Colourful Seasons Bundle in the new annual catalogue, I knew I wanted to add those amazing die-cut elements to some framed family photos.  I chose some photos from each season – some professionally taken, others not – and then added some die-cut shapes to embellish them. In addition to Colourful Seasons, I also used the Jar of Love bundle and the (retired) Itty Bitty Butterfly punch.

I am so pleased with the result! Just one more example of how versatile these products are!