Product Spotlight: Blackberry Beauty

I fell in love with the Blackberry Beauty suite as soon as I saw it in the Autumn Mini Catalogue. The colour palette of deep Blackberry Bliss, lush gold accents, and the warm tones of Cinnamon Cider grabbed me right away, and the more I have played with this suite the more I enjoy it! In addition to the stunning specialty Designer Series Paper, the suite includes a stamp set and die bundle; an ephemera pack for embellishing your projects; gold shimmer ribbon; and gold shimmer vellum. This suite brings the bling to your autumn projects!

Since I love this suite so much, it’s no surprise that the featured product for October’s Creativity to Go is the Beauty of Tomorrow stamp set, for a cost of $37 (including tax and shipping). Sign up here by October 10th to get the stamp set AND prepared supplies and tutorials to make five cards like the ones shown here!

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Retreats and Events and Free Bundles – Oh My!

Last weekend, I got to attend a 3-day crafting retreat here in Nanaimo, put on by a couple of fellow demonstrators. It was my first ever crafting retreat and NOW I AM HOOKED.

I knew that our registration fee included the Tidings and Trimmings bundle, but what I didn’t know was that there would be all this extra swag included, and that every attendee ALSO received at least one prize – usually an additional stamp-and-die bundle, sometimes with specialty paper and/or embellishments added as well. We were so, so, so spoiled!

Here are the four projects we got to make as part of the event, with our new bundle and the beautiful co-ordinating paper, Tidings of Christmas.

I took all my retired DSP to the event, and spent most of my time cutting and assembling cards to use up all my paper. I managed to make 105 cards! They just need a bit of stamping and embellishing to finish them off. What a great addition to my stash!

I used up all of my Whale of a Time, Snail Mail, and Fine Art Floral paper. Next up: Snowflake Wishes and Ice Cream Corner.

In addition to making my own projects, I also wandered the room to check out what other people were working on. There was lots of inspiration to be found!

It was also such a valuable opportunity to connect with other demonstrators in the area, learning from each other and offering support. I’ve never met a nicer group of people than Stampin’ Up! demonstrators! They are always willing to share advice, supplies, or a project tutorial.

After such an amazing weekend away, I’m already looking forward to my next event – OnStage! OnStage is a great perk of being a demonstrator – you get to see upcoming products, learn new techniques, get business training, receive free goodies, and have the opportunity to pre-purchase items before they are available to the public. This year the whole event is online, so you don’t even have to get out of your jammies to participate!

For the first time ever, Stampin’ Up! is offering an awesome perk to brand new demonstrators, so they don’t have to wait a year or more to attend OnStage. Even though registration is closed for current demonstrators, new demonstrators can still register to attend! Join my team by October 12 to take advantage of this awesome offer!

As an OnStage attendee, you’ll get to enjoy all the content and classes, giveaways, and access to the Product Purchase Premiere offer, along with the catalogue and brochures that come with that order. You’ll also be able to order brand-new products for the Stamp & Share Experience!

And don’t forget, the Sale-a-Bration offer of a free bundle is still in effect for one more week! Until September 30th, purchase your $135 Starter Kit – containing $165 in your choice of products – and add one of the bundles below absolutely free.If you have any questions about joining my team, please contact me, or click here to sign up now!

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Swap Card Show Off – Autumn Mini Catalogue

It’s time for another swap card show off! This time, I’m showing off cards created with products from the autumn mini catalogue. There are cards to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and so much more!

If these cards have inspired you, be sure to check out the product list below to see all the items that were used to create them!

And by the way – if you love holiday crafting, don’t forget to register for the upcoming Christmas cardmaking mega-class, happening Saturday November 20th! Find all the info here!

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All About Fall Classes (In Person and Virtual)

I’m very excited to announce that in-person classes are back, starting this month!

Every month, I’ll be holding three in-person classes: Monday morning, Monday evening, and Wednesday evening. (All three classes will make the same projects.) You can RSVP here for whichever time slots suit you best. Here are a few things to know:

  • All classes are scent-free
  • As per provincial health orders, face masks are mandatory
  • Please bring your own adhesive
  • Pre-registration via the website is required for in-person classes
  • All classes are limited to 6 attendees
  • $10 supply fee will be waived with a minimum $20 order
  • If it’s your first time stamping with me, you can stamp for free!

I’m also still holding virtual classes for those who aren’t ready for in-person classes, or who don’t live local to Nanaimo. If you like having the prep and planning done for you, choose Creativity to Go; or, use your own supplies when you attend my monthly Zoom Class (either Mystery Stamping, a 3D project, or Stash Cards). Schedule for the Zoom Classes is coming soon!

Creativity to Go is a subscription-based class, held once a month. Each month features a different product (either a stamp set or a bundle). When you subscribe for that month, you’ll receive the featured product PLUS prepared supplies and tutorials to create five cards! Here are a few things to know:

  • You can subscribe from anywhere in Canada!
  • You can choose to add any other product (adhesive, cardstock, ink, etc.) to your order at the same time.
  • Use the tutorials for a self-paced crafting experience;
  • Or, join the exclusive Zoom class so we can socialize and chat as we assemble the cards together.
  • Subscription deadline is always the 10th of the month.
  • The Zoom class will be scheduled after the registration deadline; all registered participants will get a chance to vote on the class date.
  • Kits will be delivered or shipped by the end of the month; tutorials (PDF and/or videos) will be sent by email.

September’s Featured Product is the “Beauty of Friendship” stamp set for a cost of $37. Sign up here by September 10th to receive the stamp set, supplies and tutorials!

And here’s a sneak peek at one of the cards we’ll be making. Remember, those who subscribe to the September Creativity to Go will get all the supplies, products, and tutorials to make this card AND four more! Be sure to subscribe by September 10th to participate!

I’m looking forward to crafting with you soon!

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Swap Card Show Off!

If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen my live video a couple of weeks ago where I showed off all the beautiful cards I received in a recent swap. But for those who don’t ‘do’ Facebook – or for those who do, and would like a closer look at all the beautiful cards I received – I figured I would share them in a blog post here as well!

The card swap was organized by a fellow demonstrator, with the purpose of using products from the annual catalogue. It was such a treat to see all the happy mail rolling into my mailbox, and then so inspiring to see all the gorgeous cards created by talented people!

If these cards have inspired you, be sure to check out the product list below to see all the items that were used to create them! Happy Stampin’!

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2021 Autumn Mini Catalogue – Laura’s Top Picks

The 2021 Autumn Mini Catalogue launched last week, and it is a treasure! Featuring 78 pages of inspiration, it’s sure to keep you crafting through all the seasons to come – autumn, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, New Years, and more.

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 – Peaceful Deer Bundle
This charming bundle has everything a beginner needs – adorable imagery that is useful for masculine and feminine cards, a great collection of sentiments that goes beyond the holiday season, and a co-ordinating punch to add even more fun. A great bundle to get you started at only $48.50. You can pair this bundle with the co-ordinating Peaceful Prints Designer Series Paper, too!

Best Sentiment Stamp Set – Holly Jolly Wishes
How fun is this collection of sentiments? From elegant to silly, from whimsical to jolly, this stamp set has you covered for holiday cards and gift-giving!

Best Graphic Stamp Set – Christmas Season
This Two-Step Stampin’ set allows you to layer two or more images to create extra texture and dimension in the colours you want. I love the elegant, nature-inspired images of this set, which can be used for a variety of effects: use with natural colours and embellishments for a peace-of-the-season greeting, or add some shimmery bling for a delightful dazzling effect! Add the co-ordinating Seasonal Labels dies and save 10%!

Best Embellishment – Wonderful Snowflakes
These gorgeous, iridescent snowflakes are a show-stopper! They come in a pack of 24 for $8.25, which is enormous value!

Best Designer Series Paper – Painted Christmas
I absolutely adore the elegant, nature-inspired watercolour images in the Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper. The colour palette is familiar enough to instantly evoke the holiday spirit, yet soft and subtle enough to be used for other projects as well. If you love this look, check out the rest of the Painted Christmas Suite!

Best Specialty Designer Series Paper –Whimsy & Wonder
If you love a sparkly, shimmery holiday paper with a joyful, unexpected colour palette, this paper is for you! It features conventional patterns with a vintage feel, including gifts, trees, snowflakes, and more. And once the holidays are done, use the versatile stripes and tone-on-tone patterns for all of your projects. If you love this paper, check out the rest of the Whimsy & Wonder Suite!

Best Punch Bundle – Penguin Place
These adorable penguins are sure to steal your heart. They are so easy to put together, you can create a waddle of darling penguins in just a few minutes! In addition to standing and swimming penguins, the stamp set includes a hat, scarf, reindeer headband, and more. Build a wintry scene with snowflakes or focus on the holiday season with gifts and Christmas trees. You can even create cards for birthdays and other occasions to use year-round …. make every day a penguin day! Don’t forget to check out the co-ordinating Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper, as well!

Best Die Bundle – Merriest Moments Bundle
This bundle is a powerhouse in your craft room! Start with the embossing folder to add texture and a focal point to your cardstock. Leave it as-is, or cut out with one of the two co-ordinating dies. Stamp a sentiment and cut it out with the stitched rectangle die, perfectly sized to co-ordinate with the embossed rectangle. And if you like, stamp and die-cut flowers, holly, and other greenery to decorate your card. So many options!

Best Halloween Item Cutest Halloween Bundle
This punch punches out three shapes at once: a cat head, a pumpkin, and a ghost! (How spookily smart!) Create the cutest treat packaging and gift tags with the Cutest Halloween bundle. The stamp set comes with a variety of images such as pumpkins, cats, skeletons, and more that you can turn into sweet – er, I mean, SPOOKY – characters with a selection of different faces. Combine them with a variety of sentiments to create your own personalized tags and projects!

Best Bling – Gold Holly Leaves
Add the wow factor to your Christmas crafting with these Gold Holly Leaves embellishments. Let your friends and family know how much you treasure them by adding a touch of gold this season!

Best Deal in the Catalogue: the Starter Kit on page 77
The Starter Kit is always the best deal in the catalogue! Choose up to $165 in product for only $135, AND free shipping, AND free business supplies, AND access to amazing online resources to help you succeed and build your business your way. PLUS, during Sale-a-Bration, there’s another FREE bonus for those who join (more on that below)! You can learn more about becoming a demonstrator by reading my Starter Kit FAQ, and if you still have questions, please email me! I’m excited to help you learn about this opportunity!

What’s better than Sale-a-Bration? How about TWO Sale-a-Brations?! This year, for the first time ever, we get to have TWO Sale-a-Bration periods (the first one was in January-February, and now the second one runs from August through September). There’s another terrific collection of products you can earn FREE with your $60 or $120 purchase, so be sure to check them out! Some items* are only available while supplies last, so don’t delay if they are your favourites!

*Sheep dies, Summer Shadows dies, Be Dazzling Specialty Paper.

Sale-a-Bration also comes with great perks for Hosting or Joining. You can get the versatile sentiment stamp set “In Your Words” FREE with a qualifying party of $375 or more.

And, as mentioned above, joining during Sale-a-Bration means you get to pick an additional FREE bundle from the Autumn Mini Catalogue with your Starter Kit order! Check out the list below!

In Case You Missed It

There’s always so much to see in our catalogues, and some items can get a little lost! Here are a few items you won’t want to miss.

Strong of Heart is this year’s Make a Difference stamp set. For every Strong of Heart stamp set sold, Stampin’ Up! will donate $4 to heart health charity organizations worldwide!

Welcoming Woods – a stunning new Distinktive stamp set that can be used year-round!

Reflected in Nature – the reflection technique is one thing, but how about a stamp that does it for you – along with a powerful collection of sentiments?

Seasons of Fun and Amaryllis Abloom are your two hostess exclusive stamp sets for the season – you can only earn them by hosting a qualifying party of $200 or more! Contact me to book your virtual OR in-person party!

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

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All About the New Kit Collection

How much do I love the new kits collection from Stampin’ Up?

Well, enough that I made my very first Instagram reel so I could tell the world about them:

For real though (heh) … the kits are pretty awesome, and they are the *perfect* way to give papercrafting a try without spending a lot of money or worrying about storage space for a big collection of tools. They are kind of like the “Blue Apron” or “Hello Fresh” of the crafting world, giving you just the handful of “ingredients” you need to complete the project and get a taste of crafting!

If you have admired the projects you see here on my blog or made by other papercrafters, and wondered how to get started, the 180-page annual catalogue can feel pretty overwhelming. In contrast, the kits are simple, straightforward, and include step-by-step graphics to ensure you are happy with your finished project. Here’s an example of what you’ll find inside a kit:

The kits are also quite compact, making them the perfect choice for on-the-go crafting. Take one to your campsite, your kid’s soccer practice, your road trip … as long as you can find a flat surface, everything else you need is in this handy little box!

So where can you find these kits – are they in the catalogue? Stampin’ Up! will be introducing more and more kits throughout the year, and doesn’t want to be tied to the catalogue publication cycle in order to do so. Instead, the kits will be listed online for you to browse through and see which ones appeal to you. As of this writing, there are ten kits to choose from, with themes ranging from colourful butterflies, to masculine retro-vibes, from sentimental floral to whimsical rainboots. There are even some kits that don’t require stamping! These kits are priced a bit lower, since they don’t include an inkspot, stamp set, or block.

I’m so excited about these kits that I’ve invited a first-time crafter, Bri, to join me tonight in a Facebook live to put together some projects from a kit!

I hope you’ll join me and Bri tonight on Facebook for some crafting, laughs, and fun – and to learn more about the kits collection!

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Designer Series Paper – or DSP as I fondly call it – just might be my guilty pleasure of crafting. But really, how can I resist when Stampin’ Up! keeps creating amazing, unique, show-stopping artwork … and then making that art into paper that I can put on my projects?

I love using Designer Series Paper, and rarely make a project without it. I love that when I start with DSP, the work of colour coordination is already done for me – Stampin’ Up! and their designers have already figured out which colours will coordinate with each paper pack, and I can use that colour list to design my card. The list of coordinating colours is always included in the catalogue, on the website, and on the paper pack itself. It’s pretty much foolproof!

If you also love Designer Series Paper, you’re in luck. This month, nine of the DSP packs from the annual catalogue are on sale for 15% off, meaning you can stock up and save on your faves!

In honour of the DSP sale, I’ve gathered together some of my favourite tutorials for you, so that you’ll have lots of inspiration for using your paper. Check them out below!

Easel Card
Bridge Fold Card
Simple DSP Layout
Pocket Card
Half-Sheet Wonder
Reverse-Pleated Gatefold Card
Split-Panel Card
W-Fold Card
Scrappy Strips Technique

By the way, if you love Designer Series Paper, you might want to join the fun at my next Stash Cards Night on July 26th! Find all of the details right here!

What’s your favourite way to use DSP? Is there a layout or fold you’d like to try? Please let me know – I’m always looking for more inspiration!

Happy Stampin’!

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Recent Happy Mail!

I’ve received so many beautiful cards over the past few weeks, I wanted to share them with you! It’s always wonderful to get happy mail, which is why I send some every week. If you’d like to get on my card list, sign up here!

This card is made with a special kind of papercrafting technique called quilling. Look closely and you’ll see that all the colours and details of the octopus are made up of strips of paper, which have been rolled, twisted, and twirled into different shapes. Amazing!

Adrienne sent me this beautiful card made with the Sand & Sea suite. I love the delicate seaweed strands cut from vellum paper!

Tina sent me this terrific dragonfly card – I love the layout and her use of the blending brushes on the stamped piece!

Thanks to Stefanie for this sweet Strawberry card! So cute!

Regina used some retired DSP papers I sent her as a prize, to make this adorable card – and sent it to me all the way from Germany!

I love this simple, striking card from Miran – what a beautiful sentiment!

I love the way Erica layered the punched shapes, and added embellishments to her flowers!

Thanks to Angela for this bright and cheerful card!

Did you know that every week on my Facebook page, I have a Mailout Monday challenge, encouraging everyone to send out the beautiful cards they create? Everyone who sends happy mail has a chance to win a card from me, too. I hope you’ll join us there for some happy mail fun!

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Spotlight on In Colors!

Every year, Stampin’ Up! introduces five new colors that will stay with us for the following two years. These colours are always on-trend and fit in beautifully with our core colour collection. You can find this year’s In Colors on page 123 of your annual catalogue.

The 2021-2023 In Colors are so beautiful, I’ve been inspired to host an In Color Club for the first time! When members join the club, they will receive the following items each month for five months:

  • An In Color inkpad
  • An ink refill
  • A pack of cardstock
  • A pair of Blends
  • 4 sheets of 6 x 6″ In Color Designer Series Paper
  • 2 card tutorials

This means that I get to do something really fun over the next few months: create two monochromatic cards each month, and play with each of these beautiful colours! Yahoo!

Here are the two cards I designed for the first month of the club, when we focused on Fresh Freesia.

The book-fold card on the left features items from the Dandy Garden suite, page 24-27 of the Spring Mini Catalogue. Click here to add these items to your shopping cart.

The card on the right features the Flowers of Friendship stamp set, and is coloured in with the Blends. Click here to add these items to your shopping cart.

And here are the cards for this month, featuring Polished Pink:

These cards feature two of the most popular bundles in the new annual catalogue: Colour and Contour (left) and Pansy Patch (right). I think they look just fabulous in Polished Pink – what do you think?

I’m having a lot of fun creating these beautiful monochromatic cards, and I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing them! If you’d like to receive the tutorials for these cards, drop me a line! Have a great day and Happy Stampin’!

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