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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Tutorial: Inlaid Floating Technique

I learned the Inlaid Floating technique recently! I hope you’ll give it a try. This technique has many steps, but I think the end result is well worth it!

To start, you will need the following supplies:
Cardbase: 8.5 x 5.5″, scored in centre
Two pieces same colour cardstock: 4 x 5.25″ and 2-7/8 x 3-7/8″
Contrasting colour cardstock: 3.75 x 5″
You’ll also need several strips of either cardstock or DSP (I used the Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper).

Then you’ll need a piece of window sheet and a die of your choosing. The window sheet should be sized to be a little larger than your die.

Similarly, your strips should be the same length as your window sheet. They can be different widths, in fact that makes it look more interesting – I found my preference was between a quarter-inch and five-eighths of an inch.

Run the contrasting cardstock layer through your machine with an embossing folder, or as I did, the Stitched Greenery die (I love the effect it creates!). Assemble the first three layers onto your cardbase as shown.

Lay out your strips of DSP in the order you want to attach them. Line up your window sheet on your grid paper so you can use the lines as a guide to make sure you attach your strips straight!

Attach your strips to your window sheet, leaving small spaces between the strips.

Next, use your die to cut this piece on your die-cutting machine. Window sheet is very strong, so you’ll have to run it through the machine 3-4 times to cut it all the way through.

Use the same die to cut a white piece of cardstock.

Choose a detailed die to be your cut-out piece. You’ll cut two of these: one from black cardstock, and one from your window-sheet piece.

TIP: Use adhesive sheets on the back of your black cardstock before cutting out, to make it easy to attach.

TIP: Run your window sheet through the machine several times to completely cut the intricate piece. I found it was helpful to run it through 2-3 times in one spot, then move it to a different place on my cutting plate before running through another 2-3 times.

Even then, you may need to use your snips to add the finishing touches.

Use Dimensionals and mini dimensionals to attach your window sheet piece to the white cardstock you cut. The dimensionals will go on the back (the window sheet), with the paper strips in the front.

TIP: Before removing the adhesive sheet backing from your intricate shape, roll the die-brush over it. This will help some of the small pieces stick to the tape when you peel it off. Use your pokey tool to poke out any stray pieces.

Now you can attach your die-cut piece to the white cardstock. This is what creates the floating effect: while the strips are attached with dimensionals, the die-cut piece will attach directly to the white circle behind the strips.

Finish your card as desired.

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

Happy Stampin’!

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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!

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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