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Today’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a quick and easy fun-fold card! I’ve used the Geared Up Garage suite for this project, making it a great card for Father’s Day.

You’ll need:
1 sheet of 8.5 x 11″ cardstock
4 panels of Designer Series Paper, cut to 2.5 x 4″
1 panel of white cardstock, cut to 2.5 x 4″

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Once you’ve made your own epic fold card, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a simple treat pocket using the Envelope Punch Board. I can’t believe this awesome tool is retiring, so I had to show you one of my favourite projects with it before it’s gone!

You’ll need:
Envelope Punch Board
DSP cut to 4.5″ square

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Have you made any other cool creations with the Envelope Punch Board? Share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Last weekend I got to attend another meeting of the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group. Again, it was a super fun and informative day! We were warmly welcomed by the event organizers, who right away introduced us to an icebreaker game by taping the name of a Stampin’ Up! product to each attendee’s back – we had to guess what it was by asking Yes or No questions of those around us. We also got to listen to some terrific business presentations, including one that I particularly enjoyed about social media. It’s always fascinating to find out how different demonstrators run their businesses! The Make and Take project was absolutely GORGEOUS – I’ll share that with you next week – and of course, there were swap cards galore! The theme for this swap was “My Favourite Layout”, which was an irresistible one for me, as I love learning new layouts. As I expected, there are several here that I’m excited to try out 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!

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!

I love this beautiful bridge card by Barb Hogg and am totally convinced to try this fold myself. It’s so cool-looking, and yes, it folds flat! It probably doesn’t hurt that she used one of my favourite Designer Series Papers, as well. I’m sure gonna miss “Share What You Love“!

My friend Carolyn used two different techniques, Polished Stone and Watercolour Smooching, to create these shimmery effects. She told me that they both require glossy paper to achieve, and since glossy paper is retiring at the end of May, now’s the time to learn these techniques!

All the demonstrators who went to OnStage last month received the beautiful Daisy Lane stamp set, which will be available to purchase July 4th. It looks great with the lovely Gingham Gala paper, the Daisy punch, and a fancy z-fold. This card arrived without a name, so I don’t know who made it, but I sure love the design!

I love what Dianne did here with the Delightfully Detailed laser-cut DSP. The sentiment is from the stamp set “Humming Along“. What a stunning card!

Erica did an amazing job with this card, showcasing the gorgeous new Perennial Essence suite, which will be available in the new catalogue starting June 4th. This is a great layout which I’ve used before myself!

Another anonymous card, and it’s too bad, because I’d love to give credit to whomever created this beautiful z-fold card with the Painted Harvest stamp set. Great layout, and great use of one of the retiring In Colors, Berry Burst!

I love this cut-card-front layout by Jean Myers, starring the new Mosaic Mood specialty DSP and a sentiment stamp from Free as a Bird. This gorgeous paper and the stamp set will be available June 4th.

Here’s my contribution to the swap – a centre step card featuring the Follow Your Art suite. I love this layout because it’s a terrific way to show off beautiful DSP without needing to use a lot of your stash to make a huge impact. This charming new suite will be available June 4th.

Marie Claire made this lovely card featuring the Well Said bundle and Tropical Chic. Lovely simple and effective layout – this one would be easy to mass-produce!

I loved this card before I opened it, but when I discovered the surprise fun fold, I loved it even more! It even features a bundle I’m ordering this month, Varied Vases. This is a great bundle to help you create beautiful cards for a variety of occasions right away. It’s on my order this month!

This gorgeous card has convinced me to try this layout for myself in the near future. It features the Bird Ballad suite, available June 4th. Beautiful!

Which one of these layouts is your favourite? Drop me a comment below and 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. 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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I’ve been really busy in the craft studio lately, creating lots of different projects to showcase the beautiful new products in the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogues. I’ll share some of those creations – along with what I hope is a useful insight – with you today!

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I created this card for a sketch challenge I found on another demonstrator’s page. I admit, the end result is not as awesome as I was hoping – but experimenting and trying different things is part of living a rich creative life, and I can learn from creations I don’t like as much as I learn from creations I’m proud of. In any case, this card prompted me to notice how little of the Broadway Bound paper I had left, and I decided to go ahead and use it all up….

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… which led me to the creation of this card! I like the way the gold glimmer paper coordinates with the gold foil numbers on the DSP, and the two-step stamping from the Broadway Birthday stamp set matches the stylistic dots on the numbers as well!

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Butterfly Gala is one of my favourites, and I loved creating this card as my swap for this month’s team meeting. I’m really pleased with how it came together! Although cutting out all those squares took some time, the result is well worth it. I hope my teammates enjoy the cards!

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Inspired by Stampin’ Up!’s recent #simplestampin campaign, I wanted to create a card that showcased simple tools and techniques, featuring the “Hoppy for You” stamp set. You can earn this adorable stamp set free when you spend $60 during Sale-a-Bration! This card, along with the next two, are for next month’s workshops.

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Home to Roost” is the style of stamp set that is totally out of my comfort zone, but once in a while it’s good to try new things, right? I love the sentiment stamps (including the font!) and the grass, and that rooster looks good no matter what colours are used. This stamp set can also be earned free with a $60 purchase!

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I can’t believe how long it took me to play with Pop of Petals from the annual catalogue – especially considering it was one of the very first things I ordered! I’m glad I finally got around to it, and I think the Gingham Gala DSP makes a perfect match for it. The sentiment stamp is from “Part of My Story“, a free Sale-a-Bration item.

And here’s the useful (I hope) insight. We’re often reminded that social media is a “highlight reel”, while we may be living a life that feels more like a collection of bloopers. Crafting is no different. When I post my creations online, or demonstrate them at a class, readers and attendees see the end results – the card I’m proud of – and may not be aware that I had to work through several versions I tried and hated, before figuring out how to make something I love. So, the beautiful Pop of Petals card above? Here’s what the first version looked like (I’m cringing, but sharing anyway!)

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So next time you sit down to create something, and then find out that you’re unhappy with the results – YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Don’t give up – you’re at the first stage of the creative process, and you might have to try a few more times before your disappointment turns into satisfaction and then pride.

Lesson over – moving on! 😉

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After using up the last of my Broadway Bound DSP, it was time to dive in (heh) to Tranquil Textures DSP! I made a big batch of these charming octopus cards last summer and they were very popular, so I decided to stick with the same design to use up the last pieces of this wonderful paper. I really love the rich colours and the textures in the paper – it has a hand-painted look to it, and is perfect for masculine cards.

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And finally, this is one of my very favourite cards that I’ve created lately, using a mix of old and new products. The paper, stamps, and thinlits are retired, but the ribbon is new (another free Sale-a-Bration item), as well as the “Congratulations” stamp which is from Hand-Delivered. I’ve had the Twinkle Twinkle bundle on my list for a while, but hadn’t gotten around to buying it … meanwhile, a customer contacted me for a custom job, needing a card for the birth of twin girls. She and I were both very pleased with the result!

Leave me a comment and show me one of your recent creations! I’d love to see what you’re up to! If you’re inspired by any of the above, remember you can shop 24/7 at my online store – and if you’re local to Nanaimo, you can sign up for a workshop on my events page.

Happy Stampin’!

 

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During Christmas break of 2017 – yes, just over a year ago – I spent a lot of happy hours in my craft studio, churning out holiday cards to give in 2018. I figured I may as well use up all the Christmas paper I had on hand, while I was still in the holiday spirit, and knowing that I’d get excited about new paper and products when the next holiday catalogue appeared! That practice served me really well, since the lead up to Christmas 2018 was extremely busy with my involvement in Nanaimo Theatre Group’s Christmas panto production. It was awesome to already have 200+ Christmas cards on hand for personal giving as well as stocking my two consignor stores and participating in craft fairs.

I decided to continue the practice this year, but as you can imagine, the project didn’t get done over Christmas (see above note re: theatre busyness!) so I’m still working on it now. I hope you’ll forgive me for sharing some out-of-season Christmas cards with you … or even get inspired to join in and use up your Christmas papers throughout the off-season, so you’re ready for the holidays ahead of time!

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Here’s one of my Christmas creations, using up the red foil paper I’ve been hoarding for a couple of years. Since I had so much on hand, I indulged in this simple yet striking design. The multipurpose adhesive sheets were very helpful in attaching those detailed ornaments to the card! I just need to add one finishing touch, a silver glimmer cap on top of the ornament.

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“Making Christmas Bright” is one of my favourite stamp sets from the 2018 holiday catalogue, and it is still available! I used up the last of my “All is Bright” designer series paper to make a batch of these adorable cards.

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These charming reindeer are made with the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and co-ordinating punch. It’s a simple card but will brighten someone’s day for sure!

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I just had to add a touch of sparkling gold glimmer paper to offset this beautiful paper from the “All is Bright” DSP pack. I can’t wait to give these cards out next season!

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And finally – who remembers the “Merry Music” pack that Stampin’ Up! released in 2017? I still had almost a full pack of it left, and the time has come to turn that beautiful paper into beautiful cards. Which variety do you like better?

What kind of Christmas cards do you like to create? Share your creations in the comments! If you’re inspired by the creations above, remember you can shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

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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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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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