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Have you checked out the Annual Catalogue Retirement List? Saying goodbye to favourite items is always hard, but getting them at 10-60% discount is sure to cheer you up. 😁  And don’t forget, if you order before April 5th I will send you a FREE tutorial bundle packed with Easter- and Spring-themed projects! 🐰🐣

I thought it would be fun to show you some of the cards I’ve made in the past with products that are retiring this month. All of these products are while supplies last, so if any of them are on your must-have list, do not wait! Order now via my online store!

All About Bundles …

As we look at the retiring list, it’s important to understand the difference between bundles that are fully retiring and bundles that are semi-retiring.

For example, the Beautiful World bundle (page 174, 2020 Annual Catalogue) is fully retiring. Neither the stamps nor the dies are carrying over to the new annual catalogue – both of these products will be gone for good on May 4th (or earlier if stock runs out before then). So if they’re on your wish list – don’t wait!

Here are some other bundles that are fully retiring:


In contrast, the Forever Fern bundle (page 174) is semi-retiring. Both the stamps and the dies ARE carrying over to the new annual catalogue, BUT the opportunity to save 10% when you buy these two products together will no longer be available after May 4th. If these items are on your wish list, make sure you buy them NOW before that 10% discount is gone!

Here are some other bundles that are semi-retiring:


There are a handful of bundles where one item is retiring, and the other is continuing. Here are some examples:


Finally, there is just one bundle that is carrying over from one annual catalogue to the next. The Blossoms in Bloom bundle (page 174) will still be offered at a discount bundle price in the new annual catalogue.


What about the Spring Mini? See the retirement list for the Spring Mini Catalogue here. Remember, we still have a few more months until that catalogue retires on June 30th! 😅

There were definitely some surprises on the retirement list this time around. Below are some items I consider basics and/or must-haves. If you don’t already have these in your craft room, you should consider making an order ASAP, before they sell out!

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Here are some more items I was really surprised to find on the retirement list!


If you really want to make the most of these discounted items, join my team! By joining today you will have INSTANT ACCESS to the upcoming annual catalogue and be ready to launch it to your customers next month. 🤩 You’ll get a 20% discount on ALL your Stampin’ Up! orders, and yes that’s IN ADDITION to the discounts already applied to retiring items. It’s a win-win! Learn more about the opportunity here, and if you still have questions, let’s chat!

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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!

Happy Stampin’!

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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!

Happy Stampin’!

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The new Blending Brushes are a big hit! They are so fun and easy to use, great for adding custom colour to a project. Here are some tips from demonstrators about how best to use them!

How many should I have?

  • Keep one separate for burnishing gilding flakes.
  • Keep them clean and use different one for light colors and dark colors.
  • Some demos choose to have one brush for each main colour, e.g. one for red, one for yellow, one for green … but see below tips about cleaning before you decide how many you need. If you can easily clean them at your desk, you can get by with fewer brushes!

How to clean them?

  • After each use I wipe the brush thoroughly on a microfiber cloth and then test on white scrap paper. No colour should be remaining so you can go onto a new colour. A hint is to work from light to dark colours. Sometimes I will wipe the brush on the shammy and then the microfiber cloth. And, every so often I will wash the bristles with a little stamp cleaner/soap, rinse well, wipe off on the microfiber cloth and let dry overnight. Following these methods has worked every time for me and I have not had any problem with one colour bleeding out onto another.
  • I have actually wiped them off on my Simply Shammy – works well.
  • Before using one on a different color be sure to ‘clean off’ the brush by brushing in all directions on a piece of paper.
  • Make sure you are done with your brushes for the day before washing them (if you choose to do so). They take awhile to dry, and will not properly work if damp.
  • If you use water to clean your brushes, lay them brush side down on a paper towel to dry. Any excess ink (that you missed while cleaning) will absorb into the towel. I was using similar brushes before these came out and this is how I’ve been cleaning them. Keeps the brushes soft, too.

How to use them?

  • After inking, tap extra Ink off on a clear block before blending. If I’m blending in from the paper edge, I put my cardstock on a non porous surface.
  • I always remove a little ink on grid paper before putting on my paper. Use a light touch.
  • Start blending off the page.
  • Use a nonporous surface to remove the ink, then you can always reink the blending brush using that ink. I’ve used our silicon mat and also the grid mat from the Stamparatus.
  • Pick up the ink in a circular motion and blend on card stock in the same direction. Meaning if you pick up the ink off the pad in a counterclockwise motion apply to the card stock in the same counterclockwise direction.
  • Use a piece of window sheet instead of paper under project. After inking dab on window sheet. Then blend onto project in circles. Can go back to dab and pick up ink. If you use paper, the ink is wasted.
  • I have been working on a glass mat. Work off your paper in a circular motion towards your card. You could probably use the backside of one of your Stamparatus acrylic flaps.
  • If you are working with a gradient type of coloring or even an ombré type—like balmy blue, misty moonlight then night of navy, work from light to dark. Then once you’ve done those colors, go back and blend over them slightly working from dark to light so the color almost melts into the next. You’ll avoid harsh lines this way.
  • Use post it note paper to get defined silhouettes.
  • Start off the paper and gradually build the colour.
  • You can use them with more than our ink pads. Use them with shimmer paint, wink of stella – just rinse right after use.
  • Use on paper towel then use on card stock to create a softened background you can build stamped layers on.

 

Here are links to two videos where I have demonstrated the Blending Brushes: Dragonfly Garden and Can ANY Colour be a Christmas Colour?

If you have more questions about the Blending Brushes, put them in the comments! If you’re ready to buy, contact me today to place your order, or shop 24/7 at my online store.  Happy Stampin’!

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It’s that time again … time to subscribe to this month’s Creativity to Go!

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.
  • 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

March’s Featured Product is the “Dragonfly Garden” stamp set for a cost of $38.25. Sign up here by March 10th to receive the stamp set, supplies and tutorials! You will love the delicate details of this stamp set, along with the heartfelt sentiments in beautiful scripted font. You can also add the co-ordinating Dragonfly Punch for an additional $22.75 – saving 10% when you buy these items together!

Here are some of the cards I’ve made with the Dragonfly Garden bundle, and other items from the Dandy Garden suite.

And here’s a sneak peek at one of the cards we’ll be making together.

Remember, those who subscribe to the March Creativity to Go will get all the supplies, products, and tutorials to make this card AND four more! I hope you’ll join me for a fun, socially-distanced crafting class this month!

Happy Stampin’!

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My friend and teammate Alanna gave me this beautiful fun fold card quite a while ago, and I’ve been meaning to figure out how to re-create it. I’ve finally done it! I don’t know what this fun fold is called, so I’ve just called it the “Fun Flap Card”!

You will need the following cuts of cardstock and Designer Series Paper:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 10”, scored at 4.25 & 8.5”
Same colour cardstock: 3 x 6”, scored at 3”
(these two can be cut from one sheet of 8.5 x 11” cardstock)

White insert: 4 x 5.25”
White cardstock: 2.75 x 2.75” (2 pieces)

DSP: 4 x 5.25” (2 pieces)
5.25 x 1.25” (2 pieces)
2.75 x 2.75”

You’ll also need some ribbon.

As you can see, I’m using the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper, which, along with the Berry Blessings stamp set, is a Level Two reward item during Sale-a-Bration. You can earn these products FREE with your $120 purchase until February 28th – don’t miss out, you’ve only got a few more days to get these exclusive items!

Once you’ve scored your cardbase, you can stamp on your white insert and adhere it to the card as below.

Next, adhere DSP panels on either side of your white insert.

Flip the card over to decorate the front with DSP panels as well.

Here’s what your card looks like when “closed”.

Set your cardbase aside for now, and let’s use these smaller pieces to create a mini-card. The thing to remember about this mini-card is that unlike most cards, it opens on the LEFT side.

Stamp as desired on your two white pieces. One will be the front of your mini card, and one will be the inside.

Now adhere your pieces to THE INSIDE ONLY of your mini card. Don’t attach the front yet.

Attach your mini card to the large card as below.

Now lay your ribbon around the two cards so that both ends of your ribbon are towards the left side.

You can finally attach the stamped white piece to the front of your mini card, on top of the ribbon.

Add some Tear and Tape to the back of your cardbase to keep the ribbon running along the centre back of the card, and tie a bow to keep your card closed.

Here’s how it looks with the mini card open:

And the full card open:

Have you made any cards with this fold? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Last week was Vancouver Island’s once-a-year snowstorm, and I was all too happy to cozy up in my craft room to make some cards.

I used a fun layout I learned from fellow demonstrator Tamara, who showed me how to make six cards with a half-sheet of Designer Series Paper! (Note – direction matters: the photo below shows the DSP in the correct orientation).

Start by cutting along the long side of the DSP at 1.75″ – do this twice, to get two strips that are 1.75″ wide.

Then, cut the last piece in half at 1.25″ wide.

Now you have two pieces that are 1.75″ wide, and two pieces that are 1.25″ wide.

Cut the two wider pieces at 4.25″ long. Cut the two narrower pieces at 3.75″ long. You’ll get two cuts out of each strip of paper.

Now you have the following:
six pieces – 3.75 x 1.25″
four pieces – 1.75 x 4.25″
two pieces – 1.75 x 3.5″

To finish your cards, you will need:

Six cardbases (8.5 x 5.5, scored at 4.25″)
Cardstock mats:
(6 pieces) 4 x 1.5″
(4 pieces) 2 x 4.5″
(2 pieces) 2 x 3.75″

Six white (or vanilla) layers, 4 x 5.25″, embossed if desired
Ribbon/embellishments
White shapes for stamping sentiments

Put your DSP pieces in pairs – whatever sizes look good together to your eye. Flip one piece in each pair so that you have two different patterns.

And finally, turn all these magic ingredients into cards! Choose whatever sentiments you like, assemble, and embellish as desired. Easy peasy!

Happy Stampin’!

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This is a great card layout that really creates a fun effect! For best results, choose a large stamp that will take up almost the whole space of your white cardstock.

You’ll need:
Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5″
DSP: 4 x 5.25″
Contrasting cardstock: 3.25 x 4.5″
White cardstock: 2.75 x 4″

Stamp your large image on your white cardstock, and colour it in if needed. I used the largest stamp from “Garden Wishes” in the Spring Mini Catalogue, and coloured it in with my Blends.

Now grab your paper trimmer – we’re going to cut up that cardstock you just finished stamping and colouring! (I know it’s so counter-intuitive, but TRUST me on this.)

Cut the cardstock in half vertically at 1-3/8″.

Take one of the strips and cut it at 1.25″ from the bottom.

Take the other strip and cut it at 1.25″ from the top.

Now you’re ready to assemble the card! As you can see, I added a sentiment as well, after the cutting was done. I also used Dimensionals to attach the top two layers to the card.

Doesn’t this layout create a neat effect? I hope you’ll give it a try!

Happy Stampin’!

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Our first Sale-a-Bration of 2021 is more than halfway over!! Remember that this year, we get to enjoy Sale-a-Bration TWICE for two months each; once in January-February, and again in July-August.

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. You can choose a Level One item with every $60 purchase, and a Level Two item for every $120 purchase.

With all these exclusive rewards available, your guests will be excited to order – and that means free product credits for you, the hostess! If you host a party that reaches $375 in sales, you’ll receive rewards three ways! First, you’ll get to choose your free Sale-a-Bration items based on your own order. Then, you’ll get your hostess rewards (product credit) of 12% of party sales (minimum $45). And on top of all that, you will receive an exclusive hostess stamp set, Punch Party, which coordinates with three of our awesome punches! If you’d like to host a virtual party this month, contact me soon – my calendar fills up quickly! We’ll play games and get to know each other, and I’ll share information about Stampin’ Up! products and specials. Guests can place orders at any time during the party; we’ll use a hostess code to ensure that all the rewards go to your account. There will even be prizes for participating in the party!

Joining during Sale-a-Bration is always a great deal. In addition to your $165 Starter Kit, made up of product YOU choose and discounted to $135, you’ll also receive a welcome gift from Stampin’ Up! – an assortment of six 6×6″ stacks of our newest Designer Series Papers. Your kit also includes business supplies and free shipping right to your door!

There are so many awesome reasons to become a demonstrator. Let’s start with the most obvious: demonstrators get a 20-25% discount on all their orders, which translates into 20-25% commission when they start to build their business! Let’s face it, we could all use a little extra income – and income earned for doing something you already love is a win-win!

I am looking for some new members to join my team this month, so I’m hosting an Opportunity Night on Thursday, February 18th. Think of this as “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Being a Demonstrator, But Were Too Shy To Ask!” 😁 I’m excited to answer ALL your questions so that you can feel confident getting started on a stampin’ adventure that’s just for you. Find more details here, and then plan to join me on Zoom for a fun, casual evening with learning, games, crafting, prizes, and connection! The Spring mini is FULL of terrific items that you’re going to be so excited to get your hands on – why not join my team and get them all at a discount? 😉

 

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If you’ve ever seen an amazing pop-out card on Pinterest or Facebook but been too intimidated to try it yourself, this card is a great place to start! It’s truly very simple, with no complicated cuts or scores. I hope you’ll give it a try!

You’ll need the following cuts of cardstock:
Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5″
Mat Layer: 3.75 x 5″
Pop-up mechanism (same as cardbase): 5 x 5″
Cardstock: 2.25 x 2.25″
Cardstock: 2-1/8 x 2-1/8″
White: 2.25 x 2.25″ and 2 x 2″

For Designer Series Paper, I am using the gorgeous new “Fine Art Floral” from the January-June mini catalogue. You will need the following:
3-5/8 x 4-7/8″
2 pieces – 2.25 x 2.25″

You can make your large piece a different pattern from the two squares, or keep it all the same, as I did.

Take your large piece of DSP and the mat layer of cardstock that co-ordinates with it. Attach these together and attach to the front of your card.

Next, you’ll need to add some scorelines to your pop-out mechanism. You want it to look like the picture below, so score it at 2.5″ on each side to create the cross, and then diagonally one way only.

Burnish all the score lines on your mechanism.

Eventually, you want it to fold into itself like this …

… and fully close.

Now let’s decorate it! Stamp on your two white squares … but keep in mind, they will be oriented like diamonds, as below. Use your two cardstock squares to layer behind the smaller white square, and attach to your mechanism.

Cut your two DSP squares diagonally, turning them into triangles.

Line up your triangles so that the patterns match.

Now let’s attach it to your cardbase. Fold the mechanism to its “closed” shape and hold it so that the top points to the centre scoreline of your cardbase, as below. Add adhesive and close the card to attach.

When you open the card, the mechanism will be attached to the top/front of your card. Apply adhesive to the other side of the mechanism, and close the card again.

Now it’s attached to both sides of your card. When you open the card, it will pop out as below!

Because there isn’t much room on the inside to write a message, you may want to put a white piece of cardstock (4 x 5.25″) on the back of the card. Then again, sometimes a card with no room to write is just what you need 😉

Add a sentiment and embellishments to the front of your card if desired.

Have you made any pop-out cards? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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