Seashore Blog Hop: Wedding

Summer is in full swing here on Vancouver Island, and with travel and event restrictions changing, people are enjoying the opportunity to reconnect and gather together. So the Seashore Stampers are here to inspire you with some beautiful wedding-themed cards!


My project uses the Inlaid Floating Die-cut Technique, featuring the stunning Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper and a die from the Brilliant Wings set. I’ve always loved using butterfly imagery for a variety of occasions, and the detail in this die set is perfect for this eye-popping technique. If you like this project, be sure to check back next week – I’ll be posting a full step-by-step tutorial on how to create it!

I hope you enjoyed my project! Now don’t forget to click on the buttons below to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other wedding themed creations. Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

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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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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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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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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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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Tutorial: Double Dutch Fold

Have you made a Double Dutch fold card before? It’s a great way to show off lots of our gorgeous Designer Series Papers, because you can use three different paper designs on one card! Check out the instructions below!

You’ll need two pieces of the same colour cardstock (I used Evening Evergreen):
9 x 4-3/16”, scored at 5.5”
8.5 x 2”, scored at 2-1/8” from each end


Burnish your folds.

Apply adhesive between the two scorelines on the long narrow piece, and attach to the other piece as shown. This is your cardbase.

You’ll need two matching pieces of DSP, cut to 1-7/8 x 1.75”, and two pieces of cardstock to mat these pieces on, cut to 2 x 1-7/8”.
(I chose to use white cardstock; choose whatever colour cardstock co-ordinates with the DSP you’re using.)

You’ll also need a piece of DSP cut to 3-15/16 x 3.25”, and a piece of cardstock cut to 4-1/16 x 3-3/8”.


You’ll need a white insert of 5.25 x 3-15/16”, and contrasting cardstock cut to
5-3/8 x 4-1/16”.

 

 Finally, you’ll need an extra piece of DSP and an extra piece of cardstock for decorating. You may choose to cut one or both of these pieces with your favourite nesting dies, such as Stitched Rectangles, Stitched so Sweetly dies, Scalloped Contours dies, etc.



Mat your three pieces of DSP and attach to your card as shown.


Attach your white insert and contrasting cardstock to the inside of the card. 



Mat your two decorative pieces together and attach them to the top front flap of the card as shown.


Now it’s time to decorate!

And embellish your card as desired.

Here’s another view of the finished card.


If you’ve made a card with this fold, share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Spotlight on In Colors!

Every year, Stampin’ Up! introduces five new colors that will stay with us for the following two years. These colours are always on-trend and fit in beautifully with our core colour collection. You can find this year’s In Colors on page 123 of your annual catalogue.

The 2021-2023 In Colors are so beautiful, I’ve been inspired to host an In Color Club for the first time! When members join the club, they will receive the following items each month for five months:

  • An In Color inkpad
  • An ink refill
  • A pack of cardstock
  • A pair of Blends
  • 4 sheets of 6 x 6″ In Color Designer Series Paper
  • 2 card tutorials

This means that I get to do something really fun over the next few months: create two monochromatic cards each month, and play with each of these beautiful colours! Yahoo!

Here are the two cards I designed for the first month of the club, when we focused on Fresh Freesia.

The book-fold card on the left features items from the Dandy Garden suite, page 24-27 of the Spring Mini Catalogue. Click here to add these items to your shopping cart.

The card on the right features the Flowers of Friendship stamp set, and is coloured in with the Blends. Click here to add these items to your shopping cart.

And here are the cards for this month, featuring Polished Pink:

These cards feature two of the most popular bundles in the new annual catalogue: Colour and Contour (left) and Pansy Patch (right). I think they look just fabulous in Polished Pink – what do you think?

I’m having a lot of fun creating these beautiful monochromatic cards, and I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing them! If you’d like to receive the tutorials for these cards, drop me a line! Have a great day and Happy Stampin’!

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Product Spotlight: Ice Cream Corner

I scream, you scream, we all scream to make adorable cards with items from the Ice Cream Corner suite!!

I am definitely a huge fan of ice cream, and so this stamp set and in fact the whole Ice Cream Corner suite jumped out at me right away. But I don’t think I’m biased when I say this stamp set and co-ordinating punch are SO fun for a huge variety of cards! Birthday cards for all ages and genders, thank you cards, a gift tag or gift card holder, and more – this bundle has you covered! For even more fun and creativity, add the co-ordinating Designer Series Paper, and your projects will really pop!

With summer just around the corner, I’ve decided Sweet Ice Cream will be the featured stamp set for the June Creativity to Go class. Register for the class and 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 summer birthdays and other sweet occasions! 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 June 10th.

As soon as I bought these items, I used them right away to make a very special birthday card for my daughter, Gwen, who turned 13 last month. She shares my love of ice cream, plus like the card says she is SO cool (she is a teenager after all!) so I knew this card would be perfect for her. You can learn how to make this fun pocket card right here on my blog.

This fun and fabulous card also doubles as a gift card holder! I learned how to make it from a tutorial by Catherine Brown. The tutorial, along with 37 others, was part of a tutorial bundle created by demonstrators all over the world, using products from the Spring Mini catalogue. If you’d like to receive this tutorial bundle or a similar one for free, all you need to do is place an order with me!

One of the things I love about the Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper is that it includes papers printed with ice cream cone patterns and swirly ice creamy shapes. In the card above, I’ve punched the cone and the ice cream scoops from the DSP with the Ice Cream Builder punch – no stamping required! In the card below, I stamped the scoops and the sprinkles in a variety of colours. Which look do you prefer?

Another way to create fun ice cream scoops is to punch them out of Rainbow Glimmer Paper! How gorgeous are these sparkly scoops?

Now that you’ve seen a few projects with this wonderful stamp set, I hope you’ll join me for the June Creativity to Go class. Remember, for just $29 you’ll receive the stamp set and prepared supplies and tutorials to make five sweet cards!


Happy Stampin’!

PS: If all this talk of ice cream has given you a craving (and you’re local to Nanaimo), go see my friends at Burnt Honey Dessert Company! They have the tastiest ice cream and macarons, all made with local ingredients and lots of love!

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There are some amazing specials going on this month! First, the Connect Craft Collect special for those who’d like to host a virtual party. The rest of the year, a $300 party would get you 10% rewards ($30), but during this special, your $300 party would get you DOUBLE that amount – your 10% PLUS an extra $30 in free product. Book a party with me before June 14th to take advantage of this fantastic deal!

Now if you’ve made a wishlist for the new catalogue and it’s $100 or more, you’re definitely going to be excited about this next special! Until May 31st, new demonstrators will receive an additional $41 in product in their Starter Kit for NO EXTRA COST. That’s a total of $206 in product of YOUR choice, for only $135 – a total of $71 in free product! What an amazing deal! Read more here about joining my team!

Seashore Blog Hop: Masculine Cards

Where is this year going? I can’t believe we are already counting down to June and the end of the school year. And along with the beginning of summer and the celebration of graduation, June also brings Father’s Day!

I am very blessed to have a wonderful father, a wonderful father-in-law, and a wonderful husband – so I have a lot of reasons to celebrate Father’s Day!

“A Good Man” stamp set, with its striking brushstroke images and versatile sentiments, makes it really easy to create heartfelt masculine cards. Just add your favourite colouring tools and you’re set! You can see the full list below to find out what else I used to create this card. It was very quick and easy to make!

I hope you enjoyed my project! Now don’t forget to click on the buttons below to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other masculine theme creations. Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

Happy Stampin’!

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There are some amazing specials going on this month! First, the Connect Craft Collect special for those who’d like to host a virtual party. The rest of the year, a $300 party would get you 10% rewards ($30), but during this special, your $300 party would get you DOUBLE that amount – your 10% PLUS an extra $30 in free product. Book a party with me before June 14th to take advantage of this fantastic deal!

Now if you’ve made a wishlist for the new catalogue and it’s $100 or more, you’re definitely going to be excited about this next special! Until May 31st, new demonstrators will receive an additional $41 in product in their Starter Kit for NO EXTRA COST. That’s a total of $206 in product of YOUR choice, for only $135 – a total of $71 in free product! What an amazing deal! Read more here about joining my team!

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