Tutorial: Angled Slide-Lock Card

The Angled Slide-Lock Card is harder to say than it is to create! I learned this fold from fellow demonstrator Erica Edney, and I hope you have fun making it. Keep in mind that in order to create the locking mechanism, you will need the Classic Label punch, which is retiring and only available while supplies last.

Start with a cardbase measuring 5.5 x 10.5”. Score this piece at just a hair less than 4.25” and at 8.5”. Burnish the folds with your bone folder.

Now, with the smaller flap folded down, mark along the top at at 1” from the right edge.

Line up this mark in your trimmer and cut from the mark diagonally to the bottom corner of the flap.

Now your cardbase looks like this.

Note: The reason to put your first scoreline at just a hair less than 4.25″ is so that the larger flap can easily fold under the smaller one as shown above, without the two flaps bumping into each other and buckling. If you put your scoreline right on 4.25″, the flaps won’t have enough room to fold together.

Cut two pieces of Designer Series Paper:
4 x 5.25”
1.75 x 5.25”

Mark the smaller piece of DSP at 0.75” from the top right …

…and trim diagonally as you did with the cardbase.

Now it’s time for some punching! Use the Classic Label Punch on the large flap of the cardbase. Leaving about ½” on right side, slide the cardstock into punch as far as it will go.

Now close the large flap over the small one, and mark the right edge of the punched label shape with a pencil as shown.

Punch the smaller flap where marked. The smaller flap will only have part of the label shape punched out.
You can now add adhesive to the outside of the small flap, avoiding the punched hole. Multipurpose glue is great for this purpose as you’ll be able to reposition your DSP to get it lined up beautifully.

Once your DSP is attached, it’s very easy to see where you need to punch the label shape.

Do the same thing on the large flap.

And line up your Classic Label punch where needed.

Now your card looks like this!

Time to create the locking mechanism. For this, you will need a 2-1/4” circle punch or other die-cut shape that is wider than the hole. Using this punch (or die), cut a shape from the same colour cardstock as your cardbase. This circle will go inside your card.

Cut another circle – I happened to use the same colour, but you could use any colour you like – and decorate it as desired. This one will go on the outside of your card.

Position your inner circle and hold it in place with a Post-it note. Remember, you want the circle to cover the punched label slot.

Now, from the outside of the card, apply two Dimensionals. Notice that they are lined up with straight edges parallel to the edges of the punched-out label slot.

Remove the backing and mount the outer circle on the Dimensionals.

On the inside of the card, remove the Post-it note so that your inner circle can slide. (The inner and outer circle are now attached by the Dimensionals.)

The circles create a locking mechanism that slides across the label slot so that you can lock and unlock your card!

Decorate front and inside of card as desired.

Now remember – if you don’t already have the Classic Label punch (or any of the circle punches), get them right away as they are on the retirement list! Don’t miss out on these craftroom staples!

Happy Stampin’!

If you’re excited about the annual catalogue (and why wouldn’t you be?!), plan to join me at my virtual launch party on Thursday evening, May 6th! There will be games, prizes, product demonstrations, crafting, and lots of fun – and it’s ALL free! If you’d like a supply kit to craft along with me, please be sure to RSVP by April 29th so I can get it to you in time for the party!

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Video Tutorial: Simple Centre Fold Card

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a quick and easy fun fold card using products from the Whale of a Time suite!

You’ll need:
Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5”
White insert: 4 x 3
Extra cardstock: 1-5/8 x 4″, 0.75 x 4”
DSP: 4 x 3”

Scrap coloured cardstock & DSP for decorating

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Once you’ve made your own centre 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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Blog Hop: Christmas in July!

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I’m participating in another blog hop with The Crafty Medic, and today we’re celebrating Christmas in July!

The new August to December Mini Catalogue goes live on August 4th, so it’s a perfect time to take a peek at all the wonderful holiday goodness that’s headed our way next month. (And of course, we lucky demonstrators can order from this catalogue already!)

I was so happy to see that the beautiful Christmas Gleaming bundle, along with the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper, is returning this year. This was one of my top picks from last year’s holiday catalogue, and Stampin’ Up! has brought it back for us to enjoy again! The copper foil accents in the Brightly Gleaming paper are absolutely stunning, and it’s so quick and easy to put a card together with the stamp set and co-ordinating punches.

To show off more of this gorgeous paper, I put together a scrappy strips card as well. This big bold Christmas Greetings stamp is now retired, unfortunately, but it’s still a favourite in my craft room! I think the sentiment from Winter Woods stamp set would also look really good here.

Another thing I love about the Brightly Gleaming paper is that you could use it all year round! Here, I’ve used the less-sparkly side of the paper to make a masculine birthday card. Once I started playing with this paper, I couldn’t stop!

I hope you’ll follow the link below to see the other Christmas projects, and get excited about what’s coming in just ten more days!! (But who’s counting!!)

And remember, you have a few more days to get in on Bonus Days. For every $60 you spend in July (before tax and shipping), you’ll earn a $6 coupon to use in August – when you’ll be able to order from the annual catalogue AND the new August-December mini! I’ll be placing an order this coming Monday (July 27), so if you need anything be sure to contact me before then, or shop online and use hostess code H2HUA3ET.

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Stampin’ Up! Glossary

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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Occasions 2019: Laura’s Top Picks

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.

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!


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.


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.


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?


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!)


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!

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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