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The new Spring Mini catalogue is now live! And wow oh wow, I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a new catalogue. I think Stampin’ Up! has really outdone themselves this time!

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 Sweet Strawberry stamp set

I love that this stamp set has a charming variety of sentiments, a whimsical collection of images, and two co-ordinating punches you could add on if you wish (Strawberry Builder and Small Bloom). That makes this the perfect item to start your stampin’ collection – all you need is paper and ink, and you’re ready to start creating!

Best Sentiment Stamp SetHappy Thoughts

Inspired by Million Sales Achiever Jackie Bolhuis, this stamp set is a versatile collection of thoughtful, kind greetings ready to be paired with any other product to customize your creations. This stamp set is simple, striking, and indispensable!

Best Graphic Stamp SetPretty Perennials

Inspired by Million Sales Achiever Dena Rekow, this stamp set includes a delightful collection of blooms you can layer, customize, and enjoy! I’ve chosen this as the Best Graphic stamp set, but it also includes a terrific set of sentiments that will have you reaching for it again and again. Bundle with the co-ordinating dies and/or the FREE Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper, “Paper Blooms“, for even more fun!

Best EmbellishmentGilded Leafing

This new embellishment is as stunning as the name suggests! Gilded Leafing offers a truly luxe feel at a very affordable price. You will love dressing up your projects with this gorgeous new product!

Best Designer Series Paper Fine Art Floral

Imagine an artist, delicately painting individual canvases in a classic impasto style… that’s exactly how Stampin’ Up! created this paper! First, an artist hand-painted canvases with beautiful florals and textures in classic Stampin’ Up! colors. Then the canvases were photographed and turned into this unique designer series paper, including florals, patterns, colour variance, and all the touches of professional paintings.

Runner Up: Love You Always Specialty DSP

Not just for Valentine’s Day, this elegant paper is striking yet subtle. Don’t believe me? Look at this gorgeous Christmas card I received from fellow demonstrator Heather:

Thanks to Heather, I’m completely sold on this stunning paper!


Best Punch BundleSweet Ice Cream

I love that Stampin’ Up! has offered us this adorable, versatile stamp set with a handheld punch, making it affordable and accessible for every level of crafter. The stamp set includes ice cream cones, sprinkles, birthday greetings, sweet sentiments, and more, that will make everyone’s heart melt. The bundle is fabulous on its own, and the co-ordinating Ice Cream Corner paper is perfect for punching out those frozen treats!


Best Die BundleSimply Succulents

If you can only buy one die bundle from this catalogue, it should be this one! The gorgeous ‘negative image’ background is absolutely stunning, the stamp set offers a great combination of sentiments and images, and the rest of the die set includes not just dies for the stamped images, but lovely label pieces for these and many other sentiments as well. This bundle has it all!

Here are some beautiful hand-coloured samples of this set from my teammate, Dianna!

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Best New Tool – Blending Brushes

These brushes are a game changer! It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the blending surface is not foam or sponge; instead, it’s thousands and thousands of velvety soft bristles that blend ink perfectly. You can apply extremely light shades of ink, create soft gradient backgrounds with no lines, use them with Decorative Masks or stencils, and so much more!

My first time playing with the Blending Brushes!

Kits

The Spring Mini Catalogue has three terrific kits for you to enjoy. Stampin’ Up! kits offer choreographed crafting experiences, expertly designed with precut pieces, instructions, and co-ordinated products for you to have a stress-free, successful crafting session!

Hello, Dear Friend is an all-inclusive card kit that makes 12 cards. Everything you need to complete the project, from beginning to end, is included.

You Are Amazing is a project kit that makes 16 cards and a decorated box to hold them. You will need to purchase the co-ordinating stamp set and inkpads separately, or use your own supplies to complete the cards.

The Flowering Cactus Product Medley includes stamps, paper, dies, and accessories that you can use to create whatever you want – cards, scrabooking/memory keeping, decor projects, gift packaging, or anything else you can imagine! Let your creativity run free, with the confidence that your end projects will co-ordinate flawlessly.

In Case You Missed It:

Imagine being able to stamp 18 messages with one stamp … and then flawlessly cut them out with one co-ordinating die! Make cardmaking quick and easy with the amazing Many Messages bundle. Prepare your sentiments ahead of time and be ready for any occasion at any time!

The much-anticipated Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine is now available!  The mini machine comes with all the plates you need to get started. With a compact footprint and a price tag of just $82, it’s both affordable and convenient for crafters at any level!

I’ve had my new (standard size) machine for a few months now and I love it. It is steadier than the Big Shot, easier to use thanks to the numbered plates, and beautifully sleek and compact (did I mention the platform folds up when not in use?).

Remember that you’ll also earn a free Level One Sale-a-Bration reward item with your purchase of the fabulous new “Mini Machine”! This product is also available as a half-price item with a qualifying party of $550 or more!

Speaking of parties, the exclusive hostess set this season is “Suite Sampler“. As you might guess, the set includes a variety of stamps that coordinate with the suites in the Spring Mini – Dandy Garden, Fine Art Floral, Hydrangea Hill, Sand & Sea, Love You Always, and Ice Cream Corner.

Best Deal in the Catalogue: The Starter Kit on page 89
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, if you join before February 28th, you’ll also receive a beautiful assortment of 6×6″ Designer Series Papers – absolutely free!

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!

It wouldn’t be right for me to end this post without mentioning Sale-a-Bration, or as we seasoned stampers like to call it: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! If you’re new to Stampin’ Up! and don’t know what Sale-a-Bration is all about, I’ll give you a quick explanation: this gorgeous little brochure full of awesome products should have landed in your mailbox recently (if it didn’t, let me know and I’ll send you one!). As usual, Sale-a-Bration offers terrific rewards for those who Shop, Host, or Join. There are exclusive free products to be earned with your purchase from either the annual catalogue or the new Spring Mini catalogue; even the Clearance Rack on the Stampin’ Up! website! You’ll see there are two levels of rewards available: Level One rewards are earned with a $60 purchase, and Level Two rewards are earned with a $120 purchase. Sale-a-Bration items are only available until February 28th (or while supplies last) and will not be offered again.

Thanks for reading my Top Picks post today! What do you think – do you agree with my choices, or did I leave your favourite product off my list? Comment and let me know!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a really quick and simple yet stunning card using two of our free Sale-a-Bration products: Corner Bouquet stamp set and Oh So Ombre DSP.

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
DSP: 4 x 5.25”
White cardstock: 3.25 x 4.5”
DSP: 3 x 4.25”

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So what do you think – which of these Sale-a-Bration products are you excited to get your hands on, for FREE? Don’t wait to place your order, Sale-a-Bration products are only available until February 28th or while supplies last!

Happy Stampin’!

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I’m so excited that the first Creativity to Go of 2021 is now live and ready for you to subscribe!
Here’s how it works:

  • Every month, I’ll choose a product to feature (either a stamp set or a bundle).
  • When you subscribe to that month’s kit, you’ll receive the featured product AND supplies and tutorials to create five cards using your new product!
  • You’ll also have access to an exclusive Zoom crafting session where we’ll meet and assemble the cards together.
  • You can subscribe from anywhere in Canada, and enjoy a fun crafting experience at your own pace and convenience!
  • Subscribe and pay by the 10th of the month to receive that month’s kit; you can also choose to add any other product (adhesive, cardstock, ink, etc.) to your order at the same time. (This month, be sure to choose an additional $34 in product to earn a free Sale-a-Bration item!).
  • Kits will be delivered or shipped by the end of the month; tutorials (PDF and/or videos) will be sent by email.

Your subscription includes:

  • The featured product for that month
  • Supplies to create 5 cards with the featured product
  • Tutorials (PDF and/or videos) to help you complete the cards
  • Access to optional Zoom crafting calls

January’s Featured Product is the “Happiest of Birthdays” stamp set for a cost of $35. Sign up here by January 10th to receive the stamp set, supplies and tutorials! It’s a great time of year to stamp yourself a stack of birthday cards and be ready to celebrate all the special days in the months ahead. The Happiest of Birthdays stamp set is perfect for all these occasions! This selection of big, bold sentiments, suitable for all ages and genders, co-ordinates with the Stitched Rectangles dies and so many others of our dies, as well. In this class, you’ll get to use a variety of products and papers from the annual catalogue, spring mini catalogue, and even the Sale-a-Bration brochure!

Here are a couple of the cards I’ve made with the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set over the past few months.

And here’s a sneak peek at one of the cards we’ll be making together. I’ve combined the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper from the upcoming Spring Mini with the Ornate Borders and Stitched Nested Labels dies from the annual catalogue. I’m super pleased with how it came together! Remember, those who subscribe to the January Creativity to Go will get all the supplies, products, and tutorials to make this card AND four more!

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a Split Panel card featuring the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set. Happiest of Birthdays is the featured product in this month’s Creativity to Go – be sure to subscribe by next Sunday, January 10th to receive this stamp set plus the prepared supplies and tutorials to complete five fantastic cards!

To create this split panel card, you’ll need:

2 pieces of cardstock (same colour):
6.25 x 5.5”, scored along short side at 2”
1.25 x 5.5”
White: 4 x 5.25”

Designer Series Paper (same pattern):
1 x 5.25
1.75 x 5.25
Different, but co-ordinating DSP: 1.25 x 5.25”

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Once you’ve made your own split panel 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 think we’re all pretty glad to be saying goodbye to this year …. but even with all the challenges 2020 offered, there were some wonderful memories and moments to be proud of, as well. For my last blog post of the year, I thought it would be fun to look back on some of my most popular blog posts. Is your favourite on the list?

Tutorial: Double Wonder

Tutorial: Double Fan Fold card

Tutorial: Split Card Technique

Tutorial: Bay Window Card

Video Tutorial: Paper Piecing

Video Tutorial: Teabag Fold Christmas Tree

Blog Hop: Pride 2020

StashBuster Cards!

Video Tutorial: Offset Triple Time Stamping

Video Tutorial: Double Easel Card

Tutorial: 6×6″ One Sheet Wonder

Video Tutorial: Painters Tape Technique

Tutorial: Double Gatefold Card

Video Tutorial: Triple Accordion Card

Tutorial: Scrappy Strips Technique

 

 

 

 

And my very most popular blog post of 2020: Blog Hop: Christmas in July!

Honourable Mentions:
These two blog posts weren’t written in 2020, but they sure got a lot of views this year!
Tutorial: Post-it Note Holder
Product Spotlight: Perfectly Plaid

Happy Stampin’… and Happy New Year!!

 

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video attempts to answer the question … can ANY colour be a Christmas colour?

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Mat layer: 4 x 5.25”
Border layer: 3.25 x 4.5”
White: 3-1/8 x 4-3/8”

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So, what do you think – can ANY colour be a Christmas colour? Be sure to let me know your opinion in the comments! And if you’ve made a Christmas card with untraditional colours, please share that too – I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Remember back in October when I asked you to vote on which tutorial I should include in my newsletter – the Double Fan Fold card or the Bay Window card?

Well, once I counted all the votes, the Double Fan Fold card won, and I shared that tutorial in the November newsletter (and later, here on the blog). But some of you were clever enough to guess that I might share the Bay Window card tutorial the following month, and you were correct – so here it is!

Here is the cardstock and paper you will need:
Card Base:  4.25 x 11”
White insert: 4 x 5.25″
Mat (contrasting colour): 4 x 6″ (see note below)
DSP: 3-7/8 x 5-7/8″

Note: Because I chose cardstock and DSP that matched so closely, I chose to put a layer of white in between to add contrast. If you are using DSP and cardstock that have a good amount of contrast, you could skip the middle layer and cut your DSP to 4 x 6″.

Score your cardbase along the long side at 3/8”, 1-7/8”, 3-5/8”, 5-1/8” and 5-1/2”. Burnish your folds and start to create the bay window shape.

With your DSP (or mat layer, if using), trim along the short side at 1-3/8”, 1-5/8” and 1-3/8”. You will be left with four pieces; if your DSP has a continuing pattern, keep your pieces in order as you cut, so you can attach them to the cardbase in order.

(If you’re using a mat layer, your DSP cuts will be 1.25″, 1.5″, and 1.25″. Go ahead and attach your DSP to your mat layers.)

Attach your white insert to the inside of your card.

Your fourth panel of DSP will attach on top of the white insert.

Put a strip of Tear and Tape adhesive in the smallest section between the score lines – just to the left of the white insert.

Peel the backing off the Tear and Tape, and close the card to adhere.

The step below is optional, and depends on what colour cardstock/DSP you are using. If you like, you can “trim” your window by attaching two small pieces of contrasting cardstock that measure 4-1/8 x 1/4″. Attach these to the small sections at either side of your bay window.

Now attach your three DSP panels, in order so that the pattern is continuous across the card.

Stamp your desired sentiment and punch out. Use dimensionals to attach. I found it helpful to attach the dimensionals on the right side and middle of the punched shape; that way, the front card flap could slide underneath the left side of the punched shape before stopping at the dimensionals in the centre.

Finally, decorate your card as desired!

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

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to how to make a teabag fold Christmas tree card (and no, I have no idea why it’s called that!).

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
White layer: 4 x 5.25”
DSP (to contrast with green): 3.75 x 5”

And then several squares of green DSP. These could all be the same pattern, or a variety of them. You’ll need one of each of the following sizes:
1.5”
2”
2.5”
3”
3.5”

If your device/browser doesn’t allow videos, click here to watch on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like and subscribe while you are there!

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

Happy Stampin’!

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Earlier this week, I had my biggest Mailout Monday EVER, sending out over 130 handmade Christmas cards!

As you can imagine, it took a long time to gather everyone’s mailing addresses, sign all the cards, and get everything labelled and ready to mail. But believe it or not, it didn’t take all that long to make all the cards.

I know!! Shocking but true. I thought that this year, I’d take you behind the curtain and show you a little bit about how I manage these mass productions, and at the same time, bid a fond farewell to some of this year’s retiring holiday products. Even if your mailing list isn’t as enormous as mine – perhaps you only need to send 5 or 10 cards instead of 130  – I hope you will find these tips helpful!

Tip One: Never Make Just One Card
If you’re sitting down to make a birthday card for a friend, why not make two – or five or six? You’ve already designed the card and inked up the stamps, so make the most of those efforts and prep a few more to have on hand. You can always leave the sentiment off until you know what you’re using the card for, but that way you won’t be caught short if something comes up and you don’t have time to start from scratch.

Tip Two: Make the Most of the Christmas Spirit
At this time of year, you likely already have Christmas stamps, paper, embellishments, and cardstock on hand. Rather than putting it all on the shelf to gather dust until next year, spend some time this holiday season crafting, creating, and using up that stash. Choose your favourite designs from the cards you’ve made recently to get the most out of work you’ve already done – especially, choosing cards that were quick to mass-produce. Got half a pack of Snowflake Splendor DSP left? Choose a few favourite designs and spend a day getting a start on next year’s holiday cards. Your future self will thank you for it!

Tip Three: Shop the Sales
Moreover, if you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to that beautiful paper yet, get an extra pack of it at a discount! Many of the holiday papers are available at 10-50% off, only while supplies last. If there’s paper you love that you are already confident crafting with, pick up an extra pack and craft the wintry days away!

Tip Four: Embrace Versatility
When you get to the point where you’re sure you have WAY more Christmas cards than you’ll ever need – or maybe, you feel like if you see one more Christmas card, you’re going to sprout a red reindeer nose – consider other uses for your holiday paper and products. For example, you can use Brightly Gleaming to make a batch of masculine cards, and there are plenty of other uses for In the Pines stamp set, too.

Tip Five: Have Fun with Fussy
You know those cards that are a little bit fussier to make? Maybe they require a lot of die-cutting, or a stampin’ technique that’s several steps long. Sometimes those cards feel like they’re more “worth it” if you’re making twenty of them instead of two. Some good examples are heat embossing, watercolour backgrounds, baby wipe technique, double-stamping with Stamparatus … etc.  I feel way more motivated to haul out my specialty tools if I’m making a whole batch of cards instead of just a handful – and it’s nice to have some WOW cards in my stash!

Tip Six: Plan Your Die-Cutting
Speaking of die-cutting, I try to have two or more dies in place with every run-though on my machine. This might mean that I’m cutting white circles for sentiments on one batch of cards, and stamped flowers for another batch of cards, and red rectangles for a third batch of cards – all at the same time. Once I finish the die-cutting, I’ve got the shapes to finish all three batches of cards at once, in one-third the time.

Tip Seven: Use Those Scraps!
Once you get down to the itsy bitsy bits of your DSP, it’s time to make some scrappy strips cards! Be sure to check out all these other fun layouts for DSP, as well!

What’s your favourite tip for mass production? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Don’t forget that many of the products in today’s post are retiring soon and are only available while supplies lastContact me today to order yours, or shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a quick and simple “Santa’s Suit” card featuring the “Christmas Means More” stamp set.

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
White layer: 3.5 x 4”
Real Red: 3.25 x 3.75”

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

Happy Stampin’!

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