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For April’s workshops, in preparation for Mother’s Day, my attendees got to make three feminine cards. Of course, these cards are good for more than just Mother’s Day: they’re great for birthdays, thank yous, and other occasions – even weddings! Here are the three designs we got to make together last month.

I sure do love this stunning Beauty Abounds stamp set. Aren’t those textured bubbles just exquisite? I love the effects they create. You might recognize that this card is a CASE from a design by Susan Easter, which I received at a recent demonstrators’ meeting. I loved her card so much I had to get the stamp set and try it myself! I chose to use Coastal Cabana and Soft Seafoam for the colours, and I used Strong and Beautiful for the sentiments.

Tip: Don’t worry about the stamped flowers overlapping in the middle of your card front; it’ll be covered by the circles. Also, you can punch out the 2 1/4″ circle from the centre of your Coastal Cabana cardstock mat piece – it’ll be covered by the white layer!

I had to feature this beautiful bundle in a workshop. I’m always on the lookout for big bold sentiments that make cardmaking easy, and the new stitched rectangle framelits are so terrific! I also added a few die-cut shapes from the Be Mine stitched framelits, as shown in the photo below. See how I used the scalloped edge thinlit to create a cool border on the Melon Mambo cardstock?

Tip: Wondering how I came up with this great colour combo of Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, and Gorgeous Grape? I started with two of the main colours in How Sweet It Is DSP, because using your DSP as a starting point for colour combination is a great way to avoid guesswork. Then, because I didn’t quite have the right colours on hand, I used one of my favourite websites, My Create Ink Color Lab, to be sure that Tempting Turquoise would look good with the other colours I’d chosen.

I saw this design online somewhere and was so impressed with the clever use of Swirly Frames to create a …. well, a framework for the floral wreath. Brilliant! The great thing about Beautiful Bouquet stamp set is that it comes with LOADS of lovely sentiment stamps, so you can turn this into any kind of card you want: wedding, birthday, thank you, thinking of you, etcetera. And of course, you can make your floral wreath in any style and colours you want.

Tip: Start by stamping the circle frame, then add your sentiment. Stamp the largest flowers first, and then fill in the spaces with the smaller ones.

If these projects have inspired you, remember you can shop 24/7 at my online store. And if you’d like to attend a workshop, check out my events page! My workshops are almost done for the year – I’ll be holding two more in June and then taking a break for the summer. Of course, if you’d like to host your own in-home party and make a card or two with some friends, I can definitely help with that too! Drop me a line and we’ll plan a date!

 

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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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On the weekend I had the most amazing day attending a meeting with the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group. We listened to some business presentations, did a HUGE number of Make and Take projects, enjoyed a delicious potluck lunch, and even received some door prizes (I won a stamp set!). And of course no demonstrator get-together is complete without swaps! I participated in only one of the three swaps available, and came home with 16 beautiful and unique cards. I had to share them with you right away! Most of the products used are from the Occasions catalogue, though you will also see some annual and Sale-a-Bration products. I’ve labeled the photos with the main products used and the names of the makers – except for two of the cards, which were not 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!

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Hope you enjoy the slideshow! 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’!

 

Please visit my 24/7 online store by clicking above, or contact me: lauralyzer@gmail.com.

Have you subscribed to my monthly newsletter? You’ll receive project tutorials and inspiration, as well as all workshop dates and special promotion news. Don’t miss out, sign up today!

 


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