Video Tutorial: Pop-Up Book Fold

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a pop-up book-fold card! I learned this fold from Dawn Griffith.

You’ll need:
Cardbase 5.5 x 8.5, scored in centre
Contrasting cardstock 5 x 8”

For the inside of the card, all same colour:
eight pieces cut to 1-3/8 by 7/8”
two pieces cut to 4-7/8 x 7/8”

Two pieces of Designer Series Paper:
2.25 x 2.75”.
Two pieces of cardstock:
2-3/8 x 2-7/8”.
Two additional pieces, same colour as above:
3/8 x 2-7/8”

Outside of the card:
Cardstock 4 x 5.25”
DSP 3 x 4″
Cardstock 3-1/8 x 4-1/8″
and two pieces cut with Layering Circles dies.

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Once you’ve made your own pop-up book 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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Tutorial: Triangle Cards

Since the July – December Mini Catalogue is launching soon, we crafters are starting to get in the holiday spirit – so I thought I’d show you a simple card layout that’s easy to make in multiples. This could be a great design for your stacks of holiday cards this year, and best of all, it’s made with Designer Series Paper you can get from the annual catalogue … in fact, this paper is on sale for 15% off until August 2nd! What a deal!

Measurements:
Cardbase – 5.5 x 8.5″
Contrasting cardstock – 4 x 5.25″
Designer Series Paper- 3.75 x 5″

Today, I’ll be making a set of four cards. You could easily make just one of these cards at a time, but if you make multiples, you’ll have more options for the mix-and-matching that comes later.

Use your trimmer to cut your DSP diagonally, from corner to corner.

Then, take the two pieces you just cut and line them up as if you didn’t cut them. Rotate them so you can cut diagonally from the opposite corners.

You’ll end up with this:

Repeat with each of your DSP layers.

Now it’s time to mix and match! Play around with your triangles – including flipping them from front to back – to find combinations you like.

Then, attach your DSP triangles to your contrasting cardstock layers. There will be borders around all the edges and in between the pieces.

Now attach them to your cardbases.

And finally, decorate as desired!

You can see how easy it would be to make a whole stack of these – in fact, I think I’ll do just that when the weekend rolls around! Don’t forget to check out the product list below to see what I used to make these cards!

Once you’ve made your own triangle cards, please share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Video Tutorial: Drapery Fold

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a Drapery fold card with Beauty of the Earth, one of the nine Designer Series Papers that are on sale this month!

You’ll need:
Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Cardstock: 4 x 5.25″
Designer Series Paper: 4 x 11″

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Once you’ve made your own drapery 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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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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Video Tutorial: Vertical Pocket Card

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a vertical pocket fold card, using items from the Pansy Petals suite. I learned this fold from demonstrator Jan Clothier.

This gorgeous Pansy Petals paper, which features all of the 2021-2023 In Colors, is on sale this month for 15% off! Stock up and save on this and eight other Designer Series Papers packs – get all the details here.

You’ll need:
A full sheet of 8.5 x 11” cardstock, and an additional piece 1.5 x 9.75”
White cardstock : 4 x 5”
Designer Series Paper:
4 x 2.25”
and 5.25” x 5.25″

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

Happy Stampin’!

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I LOVE my DSP!

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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Video Tutorial: Ornate Thanks

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a quick and beautiful card using the Ornate Thanks stamp set and co-ordinating dies.

You’ll need:
Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5”
Cardstock: 4 x 5-3/8”
3 pieces of DSP: 3.75 x 1-5/8”
You’ll also need extra pieces of white and coloured cardstock for die-cutting and stamping.

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

Happy Stampin’!

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Tutorial: Double Easel Card

The double easel card is one of my favourite fun folds – you get to show off a LOT of Designer Series Papers, and it’s so quick and easy to create!


To create this fun fold, you essentially need to create two different cardbases and then attach them together. The first cardbase is 4.25 x 11″, scored at 5.5″. The second is 4 x 10.25”, scored at 2.5 + 5”. You’ll also need three pieces of Designer Series Paper, one cut to 3.75 x 5”, and two pieces cut to 2.25 x 3.75”.

For these two cards, I’ve used the Pattern Party Designer Series Paper, a host exclusive product from the annual catalogue. This is a MASSIVE pack of paper with 48 sheets of 12 x 12″ paper. Every sheet has fun, bright colours on one side and simple black-and-white images on the other, making it a super versatile product that you can use for pretty much any project! You can get this paper pack FREE when your party reaches $200 or more!

The Double Easel card is very simple to put together, but if you’d like to watch a video with all the steps, you can find one here!

What’s your favourite way to show off Designer Series Paper?

Happy Stampin’!

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Video Tutorial: Mounting Cling Stamps + Simple DSP Banners Card

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video is a two-for-one! First, I’ll show you my FAVOURITE new way to mount cling stamps; then, I’ll show you how to make a quick and simple card showing off our beautiful Designer Series Paper (DSP).

You’ll need:
Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
White cardstock: 3.75 x 5″

Five strips of DSP, cut to 1″ wide

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

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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