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It was back in the beginning of June, after holding a workshop at the home of a brand new customer, when I realized I didn’t have a single stamp with any variant of “Get Well Soon”. It seemed too silly to be true …. but true it was! Fortunately, a quick review of the annual catalogue revealed the beautiful new Distinktive stamp set, “Healing Hugs”.

Distinktive stamp sets are so beautiful. These stamps are have a special texture that allows them to lay down the ink with varying levels of intensity, giving you photorealistic images with depth and dimension. Just look at these stunning floral images from the Stampin’ Up! catalogue:

You can find the Healing Hugs stamp set on page 80 of your annual catalogue, where you will also find a handy list of all the other Distinktive stamp sets. It’s easy to love this style of stamp, so be sure to look at all the sets to see which ones appeal to you!

In addition to the richly detailed floral images, Healing Hugs includes a terrific collection of “get well”-related sentiments, which is just what I needed last week when I got the news that two dear friends were both ill. It’s always sad to hear that a friend is unwell, but I was glad I could quickly make them some cards and let them know I was thinking of them.

I ended up making two similar cards, with only a couple of variations – using two different sentiments, and using a portrait layout versus landscape. I think the bright colours are a good choice to cheer up the recipients, and of course I am absolutely mesmerized by how gorgeous the flower images are.

These cards were so quick and easy to make, with just one layer and a few stamps applied. That meant I could pop them in the mail right away and get them into the hands of my dear friends. Hopefully these cards will brighten their day.

Do you have this stamp set? Or another Distinktive set? If you’d like to order, contact me today, or shop 24/7 at my online store.

Happy Stampin’!

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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!

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Another meeting of the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group, another awesome collection of swap cards!

The theme for this swap was “New Catalogue Products”, which I am so excited about, because it means I can give you a sneak peek of these awesome new products, and get inspired by others’ creativity. There are so many ideas here that I can’t wait to try out for myself!

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!

Don’t you just love this beautiful new designer series paper Adrienne used? It’s called Perennial Essence and it’s clearly inspired by the art of Monet. When you look at the paper in person, you can actually see the brush strokes! It’s just stunning. I also love the sentiments in the co-ordinating stamp set (Floral Essence), including this one: “All days are beautiful that begin with you.”

Ann really outdid herself with this amazing creation starring the new Follow Your Art suite, with a few extra stamps used from “Crafting Forever“. What an awesome project – and yes, the whole box folds flat for mailing!

Good Morning Magnolia is an awesome new stamp set, and I love that Barb chose to use some different colours here! Great colouring with the Blends, and the Country Floral embossing folder for the layer behind is the perfect accent to set off the flower.

I love the colours Bruni chose for her First Frost card – lovely card for a spring wedding!

I love the Birch background stamp Elke used here – just look at the awesome texture it adds to this card! The Daisy Lane stamp set is one of my top picks from the new catalogue, as well – the large daisy stamp co-ordinates with the pre-existing Daisy Punch, and there is a new smaller daisy and a new co-ordinating punch!

I love the simple stamping layout of Joanne’s Daisy Lane card. See the subtle sponged colour she added at the top left? Beautiful!

Laurel’s fancy-fold card uses Good Morning Magnolia and the Stitched Rectangles. Absolutely stunning!

This gorgeous Mosaic Mood DSP is so rich and detailed, you don’t need much else on your card. Works perfectly for this simple layout!

The Sailing Home suite is a new favourite of mine, and ideal for masculine cards of all kinds. Don’t you love the detail on the stamps, and the sweet sentiment “You are my true north”? Those silver trinkets are so terrific as well!

Another Mosaic card, this one by Carolyn. Carolyn notes that you can really “let the DSP do the talking”, and she has done a great job of that with this card! She also used a layer embossed with the Subtle embossing folder, which provides a perfect balance for the colourful details of the DSP.

Susan also used Mosaic Mood, with a cool fun fold! That sentiment “True friendship is one of God’s greatest gifts” is from “To a Wild Rose”, a new Distinktive stamp set.

I love the bright colours and fun images on this Pop of Petals card! Great card to share at a class, as everyone can make it their own.

Mi Ran used the Stitched Rectangles and vellum cardstock to create an Etch-a-Sketch card! Isn’t that fun?

Here’s my card, using the Sailing Home suite and a folded-corner design. I used the Take Your Pick tool to tease out the ends of the twine and make it look like frayed rope.

I love this layout by Erica! What a great way to show off our beautiful Designer Series Paper, in this case “Garden Lane”.

Dianne’s beautiful card uses the Perennial Essence paper, as well as the Floral Essence stamp set and co-ordinating punch. The stamp and punch create a three-petaled flower that you can layer together! I love how she used the Petal Pink vellum cardstock and organdy striped ribbon to embellish her project!

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

The demonstrators I met at this event were warm, welcoming, and supportive and I can’t wait to see them again at our next get-together. 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 June 4th – one week from today, 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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Have you ever noticed how much lingo we crafters throw around while we’re teaching and creating? I hadn’t really thought about it until recently, when I did a home party for a brand new hostess and five of her friends. While many of them had used other papercrafting products before, this was their first experience with Stampin’ Up!, and I realized that there are so many terms (including acronyms) that I use without even thinking, that might not be clear to someone who’s new to SU. Even with more experienced stampers, I witness interactions like the below quite often:

Crafter 1: Can you please pass the (name of item)?
Crafter 2: **blank stare**
Crafter 3 **passes two or three random items hoping to get lucky**
Me: You mean this? **holds up item**
Crafter 1: THANK YOU!

Sometimes this is because Crafter 1 called the item by the wrong name, and other times it’s because she called it by the right name but Crafters 2 and 3 didn’t recognize the lingo. Either way, it can be frustrating for all! Hopefully, this handy glossary will help!



Stamp Set*






Stampin’ Scrub


Designer Series Paper (“DSP”)



Alright, those are the basic items you’ll run into at a crafting workshop. Here are a few more terms you’ll want to know!

Types of Stamps

There are now four types of stamps available from Stampin’ Up.
1. Wood-mount stamps

Wood-mount stamps are made of red rubber and come with a wooden block for you to permanently mount the stamp onto. Stampin’ Up! is phasing out wood-mount stamps; soon, they will only be available for large background stamps as shown above.

2. Clear-mount stamps

Clear-mount stamps are made of red rubber and do not come with blocks; you must purchase separately the acrylic blocks to use with your stamps. Clear-mount stamps can be used with acrylic blocks and then removed to store in their cases, so they take up much less room than wood-mount stamps.

3. Photopolymer stamps

Photopolymer stamps are see-through, allowing you to see exactly where you are stamping. Photopolymer stamps are also to be used with acrylic blocks, purchased separately.

4. Cling stamps

Cling stamps are made of red rubber and do not come with blocks; you must purchase separately the acrylic blocks to use with your stamps. The stamps themselves are very similar to clear-mount stamps, but the labels have been reformulated to be significantly more sticky, thanks to feedback received from demonstrators and customers. Cling stamps will soon replace clear-mount stamps.

NOTE that Stampin’ Up! determines what type of stamp material in which to manufacture each stamp set.  The catalogue and online listing for the stamp set will specify which format(s) it is available in; be sure to pay attention and choose the correct format so you are happy with your purchase!

Other Terminology:

SAB = Sale-a-Bration
This is the annual promotion that takes place between January and March every year. During this time, Stampin’ Up! offers exclusive items that can be earned FREE with purchase. These items are not sold separately and can only be earned with purchase during the promotional period.

CASE = Copy and Share Everything (or, Copy and Selectively Edit)
CASE’ing is a great way to find (and share!) inspiration. Here’s a great example of a card I received and then CASE’d:

– card I received

– my CASE’d version

To learn more about CASE’ing, check out my blog post on the topic!


Bundles include a stamp set and either a co-ordinating punch or thinlit set. These items are also available separately, but when they are purchased together, you save 10% off the purchase price. Pay attention, though; bundle pricing is only in effect for the catalogue period in which the bundle was introduced. For example, for the Happy Tails bundle above, while the stamp set and punch may carry over to the next catalogue, they will only be available for purchase separately, not as a bundle, and thus full price will apply. Short version: If you love the bundle, buy it before the catalogue expiration date!


Kits are an all-inclusive way to get crafting fast! Great for beginners or those who want to take crafting on-the-go, they contain everything you need to complete a project.

Card kits (like the “Soft Sayings” card kit shown above) include stamp set, block, pre-printed card bases and envelopes, die-cut accents and embellishments, a stampin’ spot (mini inkpad), and dimensionals – enough to make 20 cards. The projects are pre-designed for you, so you can get to the fun part of crafting right away – and of course, you can always adjust the designs to suit your own taste!

You Can Make It kits (like the “Flowering Desert” kit shown above) include a stamp set, a block, cardstock, and ink. Sometimes other elements, such as colouring tools or embellishments, are also included. In this case you will be designing the projects yourself.

Paper Pumpkin kits include everything you need to complete a mystery craft project – that’s right, you won’t know what it is until you open the box! Paper Pumpkin is a subscription service, and you can try it out for one month, or subscribe for 3, 6, or 12 months. (You can also give a subscription as a gift!) The contents are different every month, but you’ll always find everything you need to create the project in the red box, which is delivered right to your door.

Do you have questions about crafting terms that isn’t covered above? Drop me a comment and I’ll add it to the post! Thanks for reading and happy stampin’!


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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

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

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

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

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.’


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!


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.


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.


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

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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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