Christmas Cardmaking Mega-Class

The Christmas Cardmaking Mega-Class is one of my FAVOURITE days of the year! And since we had to cancel last year, we’re going to make this year’s event BIGGER and BETTER than ever to make up for it. Wondering what it’s all about? Read on!

The Mega-Class is a full day event, 10am – 4pm, where participants will make twelve Christmas cards – two each of six designs – in a fun, social setting. All supplies are provided, and so is lunch! There will also be a free gift for each attendee, and some special offers throughout the day, including:
– Mystery Hostess Party
– Door Prizes
– Pick-a-Prize with Order
… and more!

The event is held at the Rotary Field House in Nanaimo (850 Third Street), on Saturday, November 20th. The fee is $64, but until October 22nd you can claim the Early Bird discount and pay just $59. Be sure to register here right away to get your discount!

We’ll also be enjoying some games and fun on Facebook leading up to the in-person event on November 20th. You can join the fun here, and be sure to invite all your friends, as well!

One of the best parts of the Christmas Mega-Class is getting to try out LOTS of beautiful holiday products, including DSP, embellishments, and specialty papers. Check out the list at the end of the post to see just a few of the items you’ll get to play with at our class!

This year, instead of throwing the whole party myself, I’ve got my team helping me! Three of my Stampin’ Queen teammates, Arvon, Carol, and Dianna, have been working with me to make this year’s class the best ever. You won’t want to miss it … be sure to sign up today!

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Product Spotlight: Blackberry Beauty

I fell in love with the Blackberry Beauty suite as soon as I saw it in the Autumn Mini Catalogue. The colour palette of deep Blackberry Bliss, lush gold accents, and the warm tones of Cinnamon Cider grabbed me right away, and the more I have played with this suite the more I enjoy it! In addition to the stunning specialty Designer Series Paper, the suite includes a stamp set and die bundle; an ephemera pack for embellishing your projects; gold shimmer ribbon; and gold shimmer vellum. This suite brings the bling to your autumn projects!

Since I love this suite so much, it’s no surprise that the featured product for October’s Creativity to Go is the Beauty of Tomorrow stamp set, for a cost of $37 (including tax and shipping). Sign up here by October 10th to get the stamp set AND prepared supplies and tutorials to make five cards like the ones shown here!

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Tutorial: Pinwheel Card

Pinwheel cards are a new trend that crafters everywhere are trying out! They are very impressive, and actually quite simple to make. I even found a version that fits in the usual medium envelope from Stampin’ Up!

You will need the following cuts of cardstock, all the same colour:
5.75 x 4.25”
Scored at .75, 1.5, 2.25, 3” along short side
3 pieces 2.75 x 4.25”

Burnish all the score lines on your large piece of cardstock. Apply a strip of Tear & Tape to the very last panel, as shown below.

Fold the cardstock so that the four small panels create a box as shown below. Remove the backing on the Tear & Tape to attach. This is the centre of your pinwheel – and already has one ‘arm’ attached!

Apply another strip of Tear & Tape as shown below.

Peel off the backing of the Tear & Tape and attach another piece of cardstock going in the opposite direction of the first ‘arm’. Now your pinwheel has two arms!

Repeat the previous steps to add the third and fourth ‘arms’ to the pinwheel.

Now it’s time to add your Designer Series Paper!
You’ll need
four pieces 1.75 x 4”
four pieces 2.5 x 4”

Start laying out your DSP pieces to decide where they will all go. Each of the arms will have a piece of DSP on each side.

Choose one segment of the card to be the ‘front’ (i.e., what the recipient will see first when the open the envelope). Attach the DSP to this part of the card first; then, wrap some ribbon around from the back, at the left.

The picture below shows the back of the panel with the ribbon on it. Attach your DSP overtop of the ribbon.

Finish attaching all the rest of the DSP. You might want to add a piece of white cardstock to write your message.

Then, finish decorating the front of the card.

If you make a pinwheel card yourself, be sure to share a photo with me! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Retreats and Events and Free Bundles – Oh My!

Last weekend, I got to attend a 3-day crafting retreat here in Nanaimo, put on by a couple of fellow demonstrators. It was my first ever crafting retreat and NOW I AM HOOKED.

I knew that our registration fee included the Tidings and Trimmings bundle, but what I didn’t know was that there would be all this extra swag included, and that every attendee ALSO received at least one prize – usually an additional stamp-and-die bundle, sometimes with specialty paper and/or embellishments added as well. We were so, so, so spoiled!

Here are the four projects we got to make as part of the event, with our new bundle and the beautiful co-ordinating paper, Tidings of Christmas.

I took all my retired DSP to the event, and spent most of my time cutting and assembling cards to use up all my paper. I managed to make 105 cards! They just need a bit of stamping and embellishing to finish them off. What a great addition to my stash!

I used up all of my Whale of a Time, Snail Mail, and Fine Art Floral paper. Next up: Snowflake Wishes and Ice Cream Corner.

In addition to making my own projects, I also wandered the room to check out what other people were working on. There was lots of inspiration to be found!

It was also such a valuable opportunity to connect with other demonstrators in the area, learning from each other and offering support. I’ve never met a nicer group of people than Stampin’ Up! demonstrators! They are always willing to share advice, supplies, or a project tutorial.

After such an amazing weekend away, I’m already looking forward to my next event – OnStage! OnStage is a great perk of being a demonstrator – you get to see upcoming products, learn new techniques, get business training, receive free goodies, and have the opportunity to pre-purchase items before they are available to the public. This year the whole event is online, so you don’t even have to get out of your jammies to participate!

For the first time ever, Stampin’ Up! is offering an awesome perk to brand new demonstrators, so they don’t have to wait a year or more to attend OnStage. Even though registration is closed for current demonstrators, new demonstrators can still register to attend! Join my team by October 12 to take advantage of this awesome offer!

As an OnStage attendee, you’ll get to enjoy all the content and classes, giveaways, and access to the Product Purchase Premiere offer, along with the catalogue and brochures that come with that order. You’ll also be able to order brand-new products for the Stamp & Share Experience!

And don’t forget, the Sale-a-Bration offer of a free bundle is still in effect for one more week! Until September 30th, purchase your $135 Starter Kit – containing $165 in your choice of products – and add one of the bundles below absolutely free.If you have any questions about joining my team, please contact me, or click here to sign up now!

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Swap Card Show Off – Autumn Mini Catalogue

It’s time for another swap card show off! This time, I’m showing off cards created with products from the autumn mini catalogue. There are cards to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and so much more!

If these cards have inspired you, be sure to check out the product list below to see all the items that were used to create them!

And by the way – if you love holiday crafting, don’t forget to register for the upcoming Christmas cardmaking mega-class, happening Saturday November 20th! Find all the info here!

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All About Fall Classes (In Person and Virtual)

I’m very excited to announce that in-person classes are back, starting this month!

Every month, I’ll be holding three in-person classes: Monday morning, Monday evening, and Wednesday evening. (All three classes will make the same projects.) You can RSVP here for whichever time slots suit you best. Here are a few things to know:

  • All classes are scent-free
  • As per provincial health orders, face masks are mandatory
  • Please bring your own adhesive
  • Pre-registration via the website is required for in-person classes
  • All classes are limited to 6 attendees
  • $10 supply fee will be waived with a minimum $20 order
  • If it’s your first time stamping with me, you can stamp for free!

I’m also still holding virtual classes for those who aren’t ready for in-person classes, or who don’t live local to Nanaimo. If you like having the prep and planning done for you, choose Creativity to Go; or, use your own supplies when you attend my monthly Zoom Class (either Mystery Stamping, a 3D project, or Stash Cards). Schedule for the Zoom Classes is coming soon!

Creativity to Go is a subscription-based class, held once a month. Each month features a different product (either a stamp set or a bundle). When you subscribe for that month, you’ll receive the featured product PLUS prepared supplies and tutorials to create five cards! Here are a few things to know:

  • You can subscribe from anywhere in Canada!
  • You can choose to add any other product (adhesive, cardstock, ink, etc.) to your order at the same time.
  • Use the tutorials for a self-paced crafting experience;
  • Or, join the exclusive Zoom class so we can socialize and chat as we assemble the cards together.
  • Subscription deadline is always the 10th of the month.
  • The Zoom class will be scheduled after the registration deadline; all registered participants will get a chance to vote on the class date.
  • Kits will be delivered or shipped by the end of the month; tutorials (PDF and/or videos) will be sent by email.

September’s Featured Product is the “Beauty of Friendship” stamp set for a cost of $37. Sign up here by September 10th to receive the stamp set, supplies and tutorials!

And here’s a sneak peek at one of the cards we’ll be making. Remember, those who subscribe to the September Creativity to Go will get all the supplies, products, and tutorials to make this card AND four more! Be sure to subscribe by September 10th to participate!

I’m looking forward to crafting with you soon!

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All About Sale-a-Bration

Do you love free stuff? Then you’re going to LOVE Sale-a-Bration! It’s Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion of the year and it’s all about getting free product into your hands. Read on to find out how!

First, you need to know the dates. Sale-a-Bration happens twice a year for two months each: our first one was in January-February, and now it’s back for August-September.

So, the real question is … how much free stuff do you want?

I Want A Medium Amount of Free Stuff! Okay, great news! There are exclusive free products to be earned with your purchase from either the annual catalogue or the new Autumn Mini catalogue. You can choose a Level One item with every $60 purchase….

… or a Level Two item for every $120 purchase!

I Want A Large Amount of Free Stuff! With all these exclusive rewards available, it’s a great time to host a party! Your guests will be excited to order and earn rewards for themselves, 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 gift for FREE: the very versatile sentiment stamp set “In Your Words”.

I’d love to host a virtual or in-person party for you this month. Be sure to 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!

I Want An Enormous Amount of Free Stuff! Those of you who know me, know that I LOVE being a demonstrator. Let’s start with the most obvious reason: 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!

If you’ve ever thought about joining my team, Sale-a-Bration is a GREAT time to do so! Not only will you get to choose $165 in product for only $135, but this month you will ALSO get to choose one of the bundles below for FREE. That’s in addition to free shipping, free catalogues, and additional free business supplies – all delivered right to your door. Amazing!

The Autumn 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? 😉 If you’d like to know more about how to work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out – or, if you just want more information (and no pressure to sell) – let me know! I’d love to answer your questions!

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Tutorial: Shadow Box Card

I learned how to make this simple shadow box card a few years ago and decided to revisit it and show you all how to do it, using products from the new Autumn Mini and Sale-a-Bration catalogues. To make this fancy fold card, you’ll just need two pieces of white cardstock, cut to 5.5 x 8″, and 5.5 x 4.75″.

Score your larger piece along the short side at 3.75 and 0.75″.
Score the smaller piece along the long side at 0.5″ from each side.

Die-cut a circle (or other shape if desired) in the smaller piece of cardstock, as shown.

Line up the scorelines of the two pieces as shown below, and slide into place so that the top and bottom of the cardstock pieces are lined up.

Use a pencil to mark the outer boundaries of the circle on your larger piece. This will act as a guide to show you where to stamp.

Stamp your image on your larger piece of cardstock, using the pencil marks as a guide.

Put your larger piece aside, and stamp a sentiment on your smaller piece, under the die-cut window.

Burnish all your folds, and erase your pencil marks.

Apply Tear & Tape adhesive as shown below.

Remove the backing from your Tear & Tape, and line up your small cardstock against the centre scoreline of the larger piece as shown below. Close the left flap of the card to attach the two pieces.

Open up the flap with the die-cut window, and hold the piece with the Tear & Tape as below. Close the right side of the card in order to attach the pieces.

Now your card looks like this!

And yes, it still fits in an envelope!

You might also want to add a piece of DSP on the inside to decorate.

Decorate the front of your card as desired.

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

Happy Stampin’!

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Swap Card Show Off!

If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen my live video a couple of weeks ago where I showed off all the beautiful cards I received in a recent swap. But for those who don’t ‘do’ Facebook – or for those who do, and would like a closer look at all the beautiful cards I received – I figured I would share them in a blog post here as well!

The card swap was organized by a fellow demonstrator, with the purpose of using products from the annual catalogue. It was such a treat to see all the happy mail rolling into my mailbox, and then so inspiring to see all the gorgeous cards created by talented people!

If these cards have inspired you, be sure to check out the product list below to see all the items that were used to create them! Happy Stampin’!

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2021 Autumn Mini Catalogue – Laura’s Top Picks

The 2021 Autumn Mini Catalogue launched last week, and it is a treasure! Featuring 78 pages of inspiration, it’s sure to keep you crafting through all the seasons to come – autumn, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, New Years, and more.

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 – Peaceful Deer Bundle
This charming bundle has everything a beginner needs – adorable imagery that is useful for masculine and feminine cards, a great collection of sentiments that goes beyond the holiday season, and a co-ordinating punch to add even more fun. A great bundle to get you started at only $48.50. You can pair this bundle with the co-ordinating Peaceful Prints Designer Series Paper, too!

Best Sentiment Stamp Set – Holly Jolly Wishes
How fun is this collection of sentiments? From elegant to silly, from whimsical to jolly, this stamp set has you covered for holiday cards and gift-giving!

Best Graphic Stamp Set – Christmas Season
This Two-Step Stampin’ set allows you to layer two or more images to create extra texture and dimension in the colours you want. I love the elegant, nature-inspired images of this set, which can be used for a variety of effects: use with natural colours and embellishments for a peace-of-the-season greeting, or add some shimmery bling for a delightful dazzling effect! Add the co-ordinating Seasonal Labels dies and save 10%!

Best Embellishment – Wonderful Snowflakes
These gorgeous, iridescent snowflakes are a show-stopper! They come in a pack of 24 for $8.25, which is enormous value!

Best Designer Series Paper – Painted Christmas
I absolutely adore the elegant, nature-inspired watercolour images in the Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper. The colour palette is familiar enough to instantly evoke the holiday spirit, yet soft and subtle enough to be used for other projects as well. If you love this look, check out the rest of the Painted Christmas Suite!

Best Specialty Designer Series Paper –Whimsy & Wonder
If you love a sparkly, shimmery holiday paper with a joyful, unexpected colour palette, this paper is for you! It features conventional patterns with a vintage feel, including gifts, trees, snowflakes, and more. And once the holidays are done, use the versatile stripes and tone-on-tone patterns for all of your projects. If you love this paper, check out the rest of the Whimsy & Wonder Suite!

Best Punch Bundle – Penguin Place
These adorable penguins are sure to steal your heart. They are so easy to put together, you can create a waddle of darling penguins in just a few minutes! In addition to standing and swimming penguins, the stamp set includes a hat, scarf, reindeer headband, and more. Build a wintry scene with snowflakes or focus on the holiday season with gifts and Christmas trees. You can even create cards for birthdays and other occasions to use year-round …. make every day a penguin day! Don’t forget to check out the co-ordinating Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper, as well!

Best Die Bundle – Merriest Moments Bundle
This bundle is a powerhouse in your craft room! Start with the embossing folder to add texture and a focal point to your cardstock. Leave it as-is, or cut out with one of the two co-ordinating dies. Stamp a sentiment and cut it out with the stitched rectangle die, perfectly sized to co-ordinate with the embossed rectangle. And if you like, stamp and die-cut flowers, holly, and other greenery to decorate your card. So many options!

Best Halloween Item Cutest Halloween Bundle
This punch punches out three shapes at once: a cat head, a pumpkin, and a ghost! (How spookily smart!) Create the cutest treat packaging and gift tags with the Cutest Halloween bundle. The stamp set comes with a variety of images such as pumpkins, cats, skeletons, and more that you can turn into sweet – er, I mean, SPOOKY – characters with a selection of different faces. Combine them with a variety of sentiments to create your own personalized tags and projects!

Best Bling – Gold Holly Leaves
Add the wow factor to your Christmas crafting with these Gold Holly Leaves embellishments. Let your friends and family know how much you treasure them by adding a touch of gold this season!

Best Deal in the Catalogue: the Starter Kit on page 77
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, during Sale-a-Bration, there’s another FREE bonus for those who join (more on that below)! 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!

What’s better than Sale-a-Bration? How about TWO Sale-a-Brations?! This year, for the first time ever, we get to have TWO Sale-a-Bration periods (the first one was in January-February, and now the second one runs from August through September). There’s another terrific collection of products you can earn FREE with your $60 or $120 purchase, so be sure to check them out! Some items* are only available while supplies last, so don’t delay if they are your favourites!

*Sheep dies, Summer Shadows dies, Be Dazzling Specialty Paper.

Sale-a-Bration also comes with great perks for Hosting or Joining. You can get the versatile sentiment stamp set “In Your Words” FREE with a qualifying party of $375 or more.

And, as mentioned above, joining during Sale-a-Bration means you get to pick an additional FREE bundle from the Autumn Mini Catalogue with your Starter Kit order! Check out the list below!

In Case You Missed It

There’s always so much to see in our catalogues, and some items can get a little lost! Here are a few items you won’t want to miss.

Strong of Heart is this year’s Make a Difference stamp set. For every Strong of Heart stamp set sold, Stampin’ Up! will donate $4 to heart health charity organizations worldwide!

Welcoming Woods – a stunning new Distinktive stamp set that can be used year-round!

Reflected in Nature – the reflection technique is one thing, but how about a stamp that does it for you – along with a powerful collection of sentiments?

Seasons of Fun and Amaryllis Abloom are your two hostess exclusive stamp sets for the season – you can only earn them by hosting a qualifying party of $200 or more! Contact me to book your virtual OR in-person party!

Did I leave your favourite product off my list? Comment and let me know!

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