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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to use your Stamparatus to create a really cool 3D wood-texture effect with the Birch background stamp. I learned this technique from Crystal Johnston in Victoria.

You’ll need:

Black card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Crumb Cake layer: 4 x 5.25″
Black panel: 2-1/8 x 4-7/8″
White panel: 2 x 4.75″

Plus some extra white cardstock scraps.

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If you try this technique, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

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I received a beautiful card from a fellow demonstrator in a recent Christmas card swap, and I decided to have a go at creating it myself, particularly the stunning birch background which looks for all the world as if it is three-dimensional. I am so pleased with the result – it REALLY looks like woodgrain!

The birch background stamp is so minimal, but creates such a striking effect, especially when you use the Stamparatus to stamp it twice with different ink colours (I used Gray Granite and White). I stamped first in white, then cleaned the stamp, moved my cardstock up a fraction of an inch, and stamped again in gray.

The Nature’s Beauty stamp set makes a great companion for the Birch stamp. Featuring detailed imagery of woodland creatures, this stamp set is terrific not just for the holidays but for year-round projects such as birthdays, thank yous, and other occasions. You can colour the stamped images or leave them blank as I have done here. Best of all, Stampin’ Up! is donating $4 from every Nature’s Beauty sale to mental health organizations around the world. Here in Canada, the funds are going to the Center for Addiction and Mental Health.

Have you made any projects with either of these stamps? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

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It’s Sale-a-Bration time! This is the most wonderful time of the Stampin’ Up! year, as it’s the best time to SHOP, HOST, or JOIN.

With every $60 you purchase, you get to choose a free product from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. These products include stamp sets, designer series paper, ribbon packs, embellishments, project kits … just about everything you could ask for! There are also a few Level Two rewards, which you can earn with a $120 purchase – these include a beautiful thinlits set and a super-size stamp set (16 stamps!).

When you host a party during Sale-a-Bration, you’ll get an additional $30 in Stampin’ Rewards (translation: free products). With your party guests aiming to earn themselves free Sale-a-Bration products, it’s easy to see how your Stampin’ Rewards will quickly add up!

And as for joining, I’ve said lots about that opportunity recently (here and here). So in this post, I’m going to focus on one of the products you can order to earn a free Sale-a-Bration item: The Stamparatus.

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The Stamparatus is available in the annual catalogue at $67CAD. It comes with a foam pad, which you will need for stamping with photopolymer stamps, two extremely strong magnets to hold your cardstock in place, and two removable plastic plates that act as blocks to hold your stamps.

There are several different techniques you can do with the Stamparatus, including two-step stamping and hinge stamping. One of the first things I discovered when I got mine is that I can use it to produce perfectly aligned sentiments every time, and even add emphasis to a specific word or image, as shown below with “you deserve every good thing”. I stamped the sentiment in Bermuda Bay ink, cleaned the stamp (while leaving it in place on the Stamparatus plate), then used a Dapper Denim marker on the word “every” and stamped it again. The Stamparatus ensured that I stamped the sentiment in the exact same place each time.

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Another very handy use for the Stamparatus is in creating multiples. I had a large batch of Christmas cards to finish recently, and using the Stamparatus meant that I could finish the batch really quickly and efficiently, with no crooked stamping or wasted cardstock. I was stamping on a shape I’d cut out with the Stitched Shapes framelits, so I made myself a grid paper template to fit in the Stamparatus, and was able to churn out 40 of these in about 15 minutes. Brilliant!

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I finally got a chance to try wreath stamping with the Stamparatus recently, and it is SO cool! We’re going to to be using this technique at class next week. Here’s how it works.

First you’ll need to create a template from a 6″ x 6″ piece of cardstock, using the largest of the Layering Squares Framelits.

Find the centre of your cardstock, then cut two overlapping squares to create a six-pointed star.

Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the same square framelit – it will fit perfectly into your template. Now you’re ready to stamp!

With your template and white cardstock square in place on the Stamparatus, position your flower stamp and stamp it once. Then turn the white cardstock 90 degrees and replace inside the template. Repeat stamping and turning the cardstock until you have stamped four flowers.

Clean your stamp with the Simply Shammy, but don’t remove it from the Stamparatus plate. Turn your cardstock 45 degrees so the flower stamp will land in between two of the images you previously stamped. Use a different ink colour to stamp the flower. Then repeat the steps above of turning the cardstock and stamping the flower three more times.

Depending on what flower set you’re using, you may be finished at this point, or you may have the option of using an outline stamp to add detail, as in the case of the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, which I was using. Line up the flower outline stamp on your stamped cardstock, then use the Stamparatus hinge to pick it up. Stamp and turn the cardstock until you have outlined all the flowers in a contrasting colour.

And here’s the finished project:

Isn’t that a cool technique? Now you can turn ANY flower stamp (or pretty much any other stamp) into a wreath! Google “stamparatus wreath technique” to see lots more creative ways to use your Stamparatus, then contact me to order yours, or shop 24/7 at my online store. And be sure to share your creations in the comments so I can see what you’re up to!

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Did you see the Amazing Congratulations stamp set in the Occasions catalogue? I love it! The ‘congratulations’ is a three-step stamp, which means you can add lots of texture and colour. Then, there is a fantastic collection of smaller sentiments to go with it:

There are even three different options for confetti: stars, hearts, and plain round confetti, which I used on the card below.

For this card, I used Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, and Dapper Denim ink. I also used my amazing Stamparatus tool, which will be available in the new annual catalogue starting June 1st. This fabulous stamp positioning tool helped me line up the layers of ‘congratulations’ flawlessly! If you’d like to see it in action, book a party and you can try it out yourself!

Have you created something with the Amazing Congratulations set or another two- or three-step stamp set? Show it off in the comments! I love to see your creations!

If you’re not currently working with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to work with you. Visit my online store or drop me a line to place your order!

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A few weeks ago, I shared the video below on my Facebook page to let everyone know about the amazing new product Stampin’ Up! has just launched. I know many stampers have been asking for a positioning tool, and SU has been listening! They have delivered a terrific product that I can’t wait to get my hands on!

Now that you’ve watched the video, you probably have a lot of questions. Hopefully this post will answer all of them – if I miss anything, comment below (or contact me) to get your question answered!

How much does it cost?
The Stamparatus is $65.00 (CAD).

When will the Stamparatus be available?
The Stamparatus will be in our next annual catalogue, which starts on June 1st. However, now that you’ve seen how amazing it is, you won’t want to wait for June – and you don’t have to! Stampin’ Up! is trying a new system wherein you can reserve your Stamparatus prior to the launch of the new catalogue. This system will allow SU to get the product to market as soon as possible, while avoiding back-orders and efficiently managing the supply and demand for the product.

So when can I reserve one?
The reservation window will be open from December 5th, 2017 (1:00pm Pacific Time) until December 30th, 2017.

How many can I reserve?
You can reserve one Stamparatus.

Do I order through my demonstrator as usual?
Nope, you’ll need to do things a little differently for this product. There are three steps to the process.

First, visit my online store and set up a customer account:

Then, once the reservation window is open on December 5th, follow this link to sign in to your customer account and place your reservation.

Finally, once the product is available to ship (on or after March 19th), you’ll receive a notification email to let you know. You’ll still need to finalize payment and close the order; your credit card won’t be charged until that time.

Can I add other products to my order?
You can add other products to your order once you’ve received your notification email that the Stamparatus is available. You can also take advantage of any other Stampin’ Up! promotions that are taking place during that time (for example, the Sale-a-Bration promotion to earn a free product with every $60CAD spent).

I hope this has answered your questions about the Stamparatus! If you have more questions, let me know and I’ll add them to this post!



I am an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Nanaimo, BC. I love creating cards and other handmade projects, and I love showing others how they can make their own creations! I hope you can find creative inspiration through my blog and my classes. Thanks for stopping by!


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