Check out all the awesome goodies I received on my Spring pre-order, including free Sale-a-Bration products! You’ll also learn about the amazing deals available for those who host or join before March 31st.
Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win – let me know which of these products you’re most excited about! I’m going to choose one commenter to win a card made with products shown in the video!
I first made a folded corner card years ago, and recently rediscovered the fun and simplicity of this fancy fold. Here it is using Daisy Lane, one of my top picks from the new annual catalogue! Remember – Stampin’ Up! has given me a challenge to sell three of these stamp sets by July 22nd. So if this set is on your wishlist, I’d love for you to help me reach that goal!
Cut your cardstock to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ (usual cardbase size). Score at 4-1/4″.
With your trimmer upside down, as shown in the photo, move the card to the 3″ line and cut from the 2-1/2″ mark to the 4-7/8″ mark. This will end your cutting 5/8″ from the edge of the card.
Rotate your card and line up at the 3″ mark; this will be at the end of your first cut line. Cut from there to the 5/8″ mark. That’s it!
Flip this square over to create the folded-corner on the front of your card. Crease with bone folder.
I think what really makes this card ‘pop’ is the extra cardstock layering on the front of the card and on the inside.
On the inside, you’ll have your usual white insert of 4 x 5-1/4″.
Add another layer behind that one of 4-1/8 x 5-3/8″.
On the front of the card, use the same colour you used on the inside, and one additional layer; measurements are 2-5/8″ and 2-3/4″ squares, and of course your white square in 2-/1/2″.
Have you made any projects with this fold? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!
Stampin’ Up! has announced two huge product line changes that are taking effect with the new catalogue. Both the Stampin’ Trimmer and the Big Shot are being discontinued. New and no doubt more amazing and innovative products are being developed to replace them, but these products will not be ready in time for the annual catalogue launch on June 4th. I feel positive and excited about these changes; over the past two years I’ve seen Stampin’ Up! launch so many innovative products (stackable inkpads, Stamparatus, Take Your Pick, watercolour pencils and Blends, and most recently the storage system) that I have every faith the new products will be wonderful in ways I can’t even yet predict. I also understand that it’s easy to feel fear and worry about this announcement – after all, change is hard, and it’s extra challenging when we don’t know what the new products will be or when they’ll be available. Nevertheless, I want to encourage you to keep calm and stamp on!
Here are some tips about how to take good care of your Trimmer while we wait for the new product to be available, and to get the most use possible out of your blades.
One tip that I hope you are all doing already is to make sure you are getting equal wear on each side of your trimmer blade, turn your trimmer upside down and use it that way just as much as you use it ‘right side up’.
For a full trimmer tune up, find yourself the following items: WD40, Qtips, an old toothbrush, and a rag.
Then take your trimmer entirely apart, including removing the track underneath the blade, and the ruler that the blade slides within.
Spray WD-40 on the rag and use it to wipe down the entire surface of your trimmer, getting rid of any sticky residue.
Wet one corner of the rag and run it along the inside of the track that sits underneath the cutting blade. I found it easier to move the track along while keeping the rag still. Do this 2-3 times; and the track has two sides, so flip it upside down and repeat 2-3 times on the underside too.
Use the toothbrush (preferably a good stiff one) to clean out the grooves on the ruler. Make sure you do the underside as well. If there are any spots the toothbrush can’t reach, use the Q-tips.
Then put your trimmer back together and cut some cardstock. You should notice a significant difference in how well it cuts, and how easily the blade moves!
When your blade starts to leave a rough edge on your cardstock, give it a bit of extra life by using a nail file to sharpen it. Use a nail file that has a rougher edge and a smoother edge; start with the rougher edge and run it just 2-3 times across the side of the blade (not the tip). Repeat for the other side of the blade. Then use the smoother edge on each side.
If you’re just starting out with stamping, it may seem overwhelming to look through the 240-page annual catalogue and figure out what to buy. Here are my top recommendations to get your craft space outfitted – without breaking the bank!
This was the very first tool I was given as a new papercrafter, and it really is an absolute necessity. Every card you make is going to need at least one fold, and the bone folder makes it crisp and flat.
I made do with a Fiskars trimmer I bought from SuperStore for quite a while, but when I finally bought my Stampin’ Up! trimmer, I wondered why I’d EVER put it off for so long! With a fold-out arm that allows you to measure and cut paper as large as 12×12″, and two repositionable blades for scoring and cutting, this trimmer makes it easy to create projects from simple to stunning.
Bundling the whole set together will save you 10%, but when you’re starting out, it may make more sense to buy one or two blocks at a time to keep your investment affordable. Every stamp listing in the catalogue will include information on what blocks are recommended for use with the stamp set (see this post for more information).
5. A Stamp and Punch Bundle
We’re halfway through the list and we’re finally getting to the fun stuff! You may not have a Big Shot yet, but there are plenty of fun stamp and punch bundles that will have you creating perfectly co-ordinated projects quickly and easily. But how do you know which bundle to choose? Well, you’ll want something versatile, that can be used for a variety of projects and occasions; and something with a good combination of images and sentiments. And of course, you’ll want to pick sets that appeal to your personal taste! Here are some sets that fit the criteria:
6. A Standalone Stamp Set
For beginners, I look for stamp sets that have a lot of bang for your buck – this means large stamps (so you can complete a project quickly and easily), and, as above, versatility. Here are some that fit the bill:
7. Designer Series Paper and Cardstock
Here’s where personal preference really starts to affect your choices. Some colour combinations will excite and inspire you, while others will leave you feeling “meh” … and my preferences might be totally different from yours! Page through the Designer Series Paper section of the catalogue and see which papers draw your eye again and again. The heart wants what it wants, and when you choose a product you love, you’ll love creating with it! Don’t forget to include a pack of co-ordinated cardstock with it as well – and a pack of white cardstock, for your card inserts.’
Use the above DSP and cardstock as a jumping-off point; now that you know which papers appeal to you most, review the list of co-ordinating colours and choose one or two of your favourites to add to your collection. If you’re feeling spendy, choose a whole inkpad family bundle to save 10%. Oh, and grab a black inkpad while you’re at it, because everyone needs one of those!
Now that you’ve created something wonderful, you’ll need to hold it all together! There are lots of options, depending on what kind of projects you’re creating – Stampin’ Up!’s Snail is the basic double-sided tape that you’re probably already familiar with.
Got another suggestion for a must-have tool? Comment and let me know!