Product Spotlight: A Good Man

Today I’m featuring the stamp set “A Good Man”. This stamp set is perfect for masculine cards: Father’s Day, birthdays, retirement, any other occasion you need a masculine card for – and it’s the featured product in my upcoming Creativity to Go class. If you register for that class you’ll receive this stamp set PLUS all the supplies and tutorials to make five cards with your new stamp set – so, you’ll be all set for Father’s Day and all those other moments! You’ll also get access to an optional Zoom crafting class where we’ll meet and assemble the cards. Anyone in Canada is welcome to subscribe by following this link – the registration deadline is May 10th.

Many of us feel like masculine cards are a challenge, but I think that’s because we don’t have the right tools in hand to create for the masculine people in our lives. If we always gravitate towards flowers and swirly fonts, it’s no surprise that we get stuck when Father’s Day rolls around! This class will change that for you, giving you not only a wonderful set of stamps with terrific images and loving sentiments … not only a class to create five great masculine cards … but also confidence to continue creating with your new stamp set all throughout the year!

When you subscribe to Creativity to Go, you get everything you need to complete the cards: all the paper and cardstocks will be cut, punched, scored, or embossed as needed, and envelopes and embellishments are included. You just need to add your own ink and adhesive! If you don’t have any on hand, I’d be happy to help you with recommendations.

Another thing that can come in handy with this stamp set is a good set of colouring tools. Whether you prefer markers, Blends, or watercolour pencils is up to you; again, I’m happy to discuss your preferences and help you figure out what would work best for you. As an example, the card above is coloured with Blends; the one below is coloured with watercolour pencils. Which look do you prefer?

Did you catch my video earlier this week? I was using the same stamp set then too, along with another favourite, “Waterfront”, to create this card! If you missed the video, click here to check it out!

Now that you’ve seen a few projects with this wonderful stamp set, I hope you’ll join me for the May Creativity to Go class. Remember, for just $41 you’ll receive the stamp set and prepared supplies and tutorials to make five masculine cards!


Happy Stampin’!

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Video Tutorial: A Good Man

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a striking masculine card with the stamp set “A Good Man”, the featured stamp set in this month’s Creativity to Go virtual cardmaking class.
You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Crumb Cake layer: 4 x 5.25″
Old Olive: 2-5/8 x 4″
Vanilla: 2-3/8 x 4″

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If you love this stamp set and want to join me to make more masculine cards, be sure to join me for this month’s Creativity to Go! For $41 you’ll receive the stamp set PLUS prepared supplies and tutorials to make five terrific masculine cards – right in time for Father’s Day. Subscribe here by May 10th!

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Video Tutorial: Garden Wishes Bundle

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a terrific Spring-themed card with the Garden Wishes bundle – and learn about our adhesive sheets, as well!

Here are the cardstock measurements you’ll need:
Cardbase: 8.5 x 5.5″
DSP: 4 x 5.35
Cardstock mat: 3 x 4.5″
White cardstock: 2-7/8 x 4-3/8″
and some scraps of white, Bumblebee, and Mossy Meadow cardstock for punching and die-cutting.

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Tutorial: Book Fold Card

This is another terrific card fold I learned from my teammate Dianna! I love how simple yet striking it is. To create this card, I used some items from the upcoming annual catalogue, which should be landing in your mailbox soon! I hope you enjoy this sneak peek at the Beauty of Friendship bundle and the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper – you’ll be able to order these items starting May 4th!

Here are the measurements:
Cardbase: 4.25 x 11, scored at 4.25 & 5.5″
Cardstock mats: 4 x 4 and 4 x 1″
DSP: 3.75 x 3.75 and 3.75 x 0.75:
White insert: 4 x 4″

You’ll also need a length of ribbon.

Burnish the folds on your cardbase, and attach your DSP pieces to the cardstock mats.

Attach your panels to your cardbase.

Wrap your ribbon vertically around the smaller panel, and attach to the inside of the card as shown below.

Add Tear and Tape adhesive to the back of the small panel as shown below.

Peel off the backing of the Tear and Tape, and press the small panel so that it attaches to the back of the cardbase. This makes your card look like a book!

Add a knot or bow to your ribbon if desired.

Now decorate the white panel, and put on the inside of your card.

And decorate the outside as desired.

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Tutorial: Pocket Card

My teammate Dianna showed us all how to make this wonderful card at a recent Mystery Stamping night. (If you haven’t joined us for Mystery Stamping yet, please check out the details here!) I had a fun time playing with the Ice Cream Corner suite to create this card.

Here are the measurements:

2 pieces of 4.25 x 11″ cardstock (same colour)
Another piece of cardstock (can be same or different): 3.75 x 5.25″
White cardstock: 3.5 x 5″
Designer Series Paper:
4 x 5″
12 x 1.5″, scored at 5-5/8 and 11.25″

If you wish, use a corner rounder punch on the top two corners of your white cardstock and your cardstock mat.

For each of your large cardstock pieces, you are going to cut diagonally from the centre score line to one corner. I’ve scored these lines below so you can see where I’m going to cut.

Once you’ve cut these two lines, here are the shapes you’re left with.

Use adhesive to attach the two pieces together, overlapping the rectangular panels in the centre. Now your cardbase looks like this.

Cut your piece of DSP diagonally, corner to corner.

Attach each DSP triangle to one of the flaps of your card. Now the hard part: Deciding which flap will go in front.

Run adhesive along the bottom of your centre panel and fold closed the flap you DON’T want in the front, attaching it.

Now apply adhesive in a triangle as below, to the front of the closed flap. Fold closed the other flap – and you’ve created a pocket!

Stamp and decorate your white cardstock, which will go in the pocket of your card. If you like, it’s fun to put something that sticks up above the top edge – this will be a ‘handle’ for the recipient to pull this piece out of the pocket.

Mat the white piece on your other cardstock, and insert it into the pocket.

Fold, attach, and decorate your DSP belly band strip as desired.

I’m really pleased with how the finished card turned out! I’m going to give it to my daughter, who is turning 13 (!!!) in a few weeks.

Here’s another example of a pocket card, this time using the Forevery Greenery suite. Note that this one does not have a ‘pull tab’ on the top edge of the card; you can choose to add one, or not.

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Video Tutorial: All About the Take Your Pick Tool!

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you why the Take Your Pick tool is a MUST HAVE in your crafting room! You won’t believe all the things this versatile tool can do!

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Do you have this tool already? If not, head to my online store to get your own! If you do, tell me in the comments what you use it for the most!

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Video Tutorial: Snail Mail Suite

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will walk you through all the items in the Snail Mail suite, and then we’ll use a selection of them to make a card together!

You’ll need:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5”
White cardstock 4 x 5.25”
DSP: 3.75 x 5”
Real Red cardstock: 4 x 1.75”
DSP: 3.75 x 1.5”
and then some scraps of white, Real Red, and Basic Gray cardstock.

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Have you used this suite? I’d love to see a photo of your project! Share in the comments!

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Tutorial: Pyramid Card

I was really surprised to learn just how easy these impressive pyramid cards are to make – and, they even fit in one of our envelopes! The only special tool you need is a pair of Velcro dots.

Start with 3 squares of Designer Series Paper, cut to 4×4″. These can be three different designs, all the same design, or whatever you like. I cut mine all from the same paper, then flipped one square over so it was easier to see for the tutorial.

Score each of your squares diagonally, and burnish the folds. Lay one of your squares with the scoreline pointing up and down, as shown below. Think of the top corner of this piece as “North”.

Line up the other two DSP squares so that their scorelines are pointing diagonally towards “North”.

Without changing the orientation of the squares, slide the right one behind the centre one. Leave the left one on top of the centre one. Apply adhesive to attach the three pieces together.

From the back, your creation now looks like this. Pop on a Velcro dot, as shown below.

This photo shows how your pyramid will attach; the blue triangle is going to slide alongside the dotted triangle, and the Velcro dots will attach together.

This is how it looks from the front. For some reason it reminds me of the Star Trek logo …

Another view of the pyramid.

You can fold it flat like this to fit in an envelope.

Now it’s time to decorate! The trick is that your decorations have to be small enough to fit on one face of the pyramid. If the decorations hang over the sides, you may not be able to fold it flat to fit in an envelope.

Here’s the completed card!

Have you made any Pyramid Fold cards? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

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Tutorial: DSP Accordion Card

I came across this fancy fold online recently and had to try it out. It is *perfect* for using up your retired or retiring Designer Series Papers, because you will get to use a full sheet of 12×12″ paper to make two cards – and get to see both sides of the beautiful paper, to boot!

Start by cutting 1″ off your DSP sheet, so that it measures 12 x 11″ (if your DSP has a ‘right side up’, cut the inch off the top or bottom, not the sides).

Now score your DSP along the short side at 2, 4, 8, and 10″.

Next, cut your DSP along the long side at 5.5″ so you are left with two pieces, each measuring 5.5 x 12″.  Follow the steps below to turn each piece into a card.

Make the following marks with a pencil:
– On each side, 1″ up from the bottom
-At the top of the two centre scorelines

Line up each pair of pencil marks in your trimmer, and trim diagonally.

Burnish all your scorelines so your DSP can stand up on its own, as shown below.

All that’s left to do is add a white cardstock insert (4 x 5.25″) to the centre, and decorate the outside of your card as desired.

Here are some more cards I’ve made with this fold!

Do you have a favourite fun fold to use up your DSP stash? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

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Video Tutorial: Spotlight Technique

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you two different ways to do the spotlight technique – either using Designer Series Paper, or stamped images.

You’ll need:

Cardbase: 8.5 x 5.5”
Mat layer: 5-3/8 x 4-1/8”
The layer for colouring (either DSP, or white for stamping on) is 5-1/8 x 3-7/8”.

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

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