Do you like sneak peaks?

I love sneak peaks, especially as Christmas approaches. I know it’s only November but I am on countdown. It’s my thing and I get more excited as we get closer and closer. Right now, there are only 55 days until Christmas Day. It is coming fast so I wanted to share this gorgeous bundle with you.

This is an early release from Stampin’ Up! As of Nov 3, you will be able to order the Curvy Celebrations stamp set. This is a wonderful set that will inspire your creativity. The stamp set can be purchased separately but don’t you just love the coordinating dies? Purchasing them as a bundle will save you 10% and who doesn’t love a savings. Click here to shop now and you will be able to get a head start on holiday crafting.

Here are just a few card examples to inspire you.

As well as being able to order the Curvy Celebrations stamp sets 2 months early, Stampin’ Up! have also released limited edition Christmas products that coordinate with the Curvy Dies so you can create beautiful Christmas cards.

Below is a picture of the QUITE CURVY VARIETY BUNDLE (Item 158396) includes everything you need to create cards for a variety of upcoming special occasions such as Christmas, New Years and even Valentines day. All products can be purchased separately so you can pick and choose what works for you.

One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is being able to pre-order these releases at a discount! If you’d like to do that, I invite you to join my team of Canadian Stampers. Click here to join my team. For just $135, you’ll get to order your own customized Starter Kit with $165 worth of products! all with free shipping.

As a qualified demonstrator, you will also enjoy a 20% discount on future purchases. What better time to join and fulfill all your crafting needs at wonderful prices.

 

Sponging Technique

I wanted to share a couple of cards I made using the sponging technique. This technique is a great way to add an interesting background to your cards.

First of all, to block of the part I wanted to colour, I cut out a U-shaped template from a 6×6 piece of light cardboard as shown below.

By doing this I ensured the cut out was 1 1/2” in width, which is what I wanted, but you could make it wider if desired. With a template, I don’t have to use a bunch of paper and tape to mark out my block, plus I can re-use the template for a second or third card. I used small pieces of washi tape to secure my card base to scrap paper then placed the template over the card and secured it with more washi tape as shown. I like using washi tape because it easily removes and doesn’t pull on the paper like some painter tape does. Once all is secured, I am ready to go.

I sponged the various colours I wanted to use across the blocked area. There really is no right or wrong way to do this, however I would recommend overlapping the colours so there are no hard lines. While doing this, you have to wonder, right? It’s not very impressive and looks rather messy as you can see, but once you remove the template you will see how cool it looks. I then stamped the images and sentiments from the “Prized Peony” stamp set in Tuxedo Momento ink over the coloured background. I absolute love how it looks and there are so many colour possibilities. What do you think? If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Prized Peony

To complete the card, I added a mat in a coordinating colour to the card front then applied it to a black card base which just makes the card front pop even more. I then stamped a sentiment to another piece of card stock and applied it to the inside of the card.

This card is a sneak peak, using the same method. This new stamp set will become available in the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog in the new year. As a demonstrator, I enjoy having a few perks, such as discounts on purchases or getting this stamp set in advance. If you would like to become a demonstrator and enjoy those perks as well, I would love it if you joined my team as a demonstrator. Whether you are in the same city as me or spread across Canada, my team, “Canadian Stampers” are a group of wonderful people who I support 100% of the time.

To join, click here and then click on “JOIN” in the top right corner. Not sure? Contact me and we can talk about it before you decide.

There are some wonderful benefits to becoming a demonstrator:

  • VIP Access:  Be the first to see catalogues and order new product!
  • 20% discount on all purchases and depending on how much you sell (or buy!) each month that discount can go up 
  • Minimum of 20% income on your sales
  • Exclusive website full of stamping samples to inspire you
  • Opportunities to attend conventions, regional events, and demonstrator get togethers
  • Opportunity to earn cash bonuses, product bonuses, and incentive trips

Purchasing the Starter Kit is a great value, and the best deal on Stampin’ Up! products. For just $135 you’ll get to choose $165 of product that you choose for yourself, based on your interests. You’ll also receive free business supplies, should you wish to create a home based business so there is plenty of support and I am always available to help. The entire kit is shipped free of charge. 

It’s always a great time to join and you’ll love being a demonstrator. You can make this opportunity work for you, on your own time schedule.  

Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

I often talk about the Paper Pumpkin kits but I don’t often share what I make with all the supplies once I receive the kit. I am sharing that with you today.

I usually make up a single card of each design (pictured above) as per the instructions. The October kit entitled “Joy to the World” gives you enough supplies to create 8 cards (4 each of the 2 designs) along with the stamp set and ink to complete the project.

This picture below shows just 5 alternative cards that I have made so far but I have so many other ideas that I will be working on this week. I also deconstructed some of the envelopes (love the printed red paper) to add even more supplies to my stash.

As you can see, each kit can be stretched to make many more cards so you always get more bang for your buck with each kit. There is even a Paper Pumpkin Fan Club on Face Book where people showcase all the alternative cards and projects they make from each kit. It is a great source of inspiration and you would be amazed at what people create.

November’s cute, gingerbread-themed kit contains enough supplies to create one-of-a-kind Christmas crafts! Whether you use the kit to create cute gift card holders or traditional cards, the choice is up to you. You can also create tasty-looking gift tags. With curly cutouts, sugary stickers, and delicious die-cut designs in a special-edition box, a jolly holiday will be on its way with this kit! If you want this kit, you will need to Subscribe by Nov 10th.

I also wanted to remind you that the Designer Series Paper sale is coming to an end as of Oct 31st. You can save 15% of selected paper packages so it’s a great time to stock up.

Now for a sneak peak. On of the perks of being a demonstrator (aside from the discount) is that I can access select products before they become available to the general public. I would like to show you this card I made from one of the new products which will be available in January as part Sale-A-Bration. I absolutely love Dragon flies and this set doesn’t disappoint. There is even coordinating Designer Series Paper to make your projects even more appealing.

Lest we Forget

Painted Poppies Thank you Card

I decided to take a break from making Christmas gift card holders for an upcoming virtual market and create something different. With Remembrance Day coming up and due to covid, the ceremonies normally done to honour our veterans will be very different. I created this card using the Poppy Parade and the Peaceful Moments stamp set. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.

The two stamp sets below work so well together and I find I keep using them over and over again. The also come with coordinating dies so you can stamp the image then cut it out which makes card making so easy. Should you wish to purchase either of these stamp sets, you can visit my online store by clicking here.

Directions

Cut rectangle out of centre – 2 ½ x 3 1/2”. You can use a paper trimmer or if you have a rectangle die, it makes it easy to cut out.

Stamp large flowers on scrap paper and cut out to use as a mask and set aside (I used one large and stamped several smaller images)

Position and centre the rectangle within the cut-out piece of whisper white (secure with a mini glue dot on the back so it doesn’t move)

Stamp large Poppies on the cut-out rectangle ensuring a couple of the flowers go off the paper onto the larger white piece

Using the mask place the flowers over the stamped images of the rectangle (use a mini glue dot to secure them in place)

Leaving the mask in place, stamp the smaller flowers across the paper leaving room on the bottom for the sentiment.  

The mask will prevent you from stamping on the larger flowers.

Stamp the background stamp in Mossy Meadow across the paper to give the greenery some colour.

Stamp the sentiment on the bottom of the whisper white

Remove the mask and colour the flowers using the blender pens.

Adhere both pieces of Whisper White to the front of the card base.

Tie a piece of ribbon in a knot, trim (on an angle) and use a mini glue dot to secure to the front of the card.

Optional

Stamp an image to the other Whisper white piece 

Stamp Sentiment  if desired or leave blank

Adhere to the inside of the card.

Products used to make this card

Mossy Meadow Card Base – 5 ½ x 8 ½” (scored at 4 ¼”)

Whisper white – 5 ¼” x 4” (cut 2)

Scrap paper (for the masking technique)

Stamp Set – Poppy Parade (large and small flowers)

Stamp Set – Peaceful Moments (Sentiment)

Ink – Mossy Meadow

Blender Pens – Cherry Cobbler (light & dark)

Blender Pens – Rococo Rose (light & dark)

Blender Pens – Mossy Meadow (light & dark)

Ribbon – Ornate Garden

DIY Gift Card Holder

So many times, gift giving is done through a gift card to a favourite store. This takes the trouble of finding the perfect size, colour or item away from the person giving the gift. It also saves the person receiving the gift from having to return it or worse, re-gifting it to someone else. While I am not a fan of gift cards, preferring to pick out a unique gift myself, I will say that I have both purchased them in the past and have happily used them many times as well. They do seem to be a staple when we don’t know what else to buy.

However, I love coming up with unique ways to present a gift card to someone and would like to share this mask gift card holder with you today. With Covid-19 so prevalent, it just seemed appropriate. This particular gift card holder is super easy to make yourself.

Start with two 6″ x 6″ pieces of double sided paper. Since there is a wide variety of cloth masks out there, your paper could be subdued or as wild as you like. I rather like the wilder masks I have seen around town but used a quieter paper pattern to demonstrate. Anyways, back to the instructions. Fold your paper into a triangle, creasing it using a bone folder (or your finger) to ensure a crisp crease line. Fold each corner inwards until you have a horizontal line, then repeat with the other corner as shown. Ensure all fold lines are crisp and neat.

Take the top piece and fold it down to crease it, then tuck it into the outside folded triangle so it all lies flat. This becomes your “closed” side. Do the same again with the second 6 x 6″ piece of paper so you have two but instead of tucking the top into the pocket, fold it inwards so you won’t see it. The second piece will become the “open” side.

Once both are done, it’s time to assemble. Add your adhesive to one of the triangles shown and then slide the other one into the pocket to bring them together. Cut two 6″ pieces of ribbon and add a glue dot or other adhesive to each end of the ribbon, then you can tuck them under the folds to complete the mask. You can now slide the gift card into the pocket of the “closed” side and fold the “open” side down to close it.

I then added a 2″ circle of card stock with the saying and glued half of the circle to the “closed” side, so the other half will overlap and hold the right “open” side closed until it is ready to be opened by the recipient. I then flipped it over and added another sentiment to the front of the mask, just because it needed something to finish off the look.

Well I hope you will try this unique gift card holder. It’s adorable and can easily be made with any paper you have on hand. The overall size of the “mask” is approximately 5″ long and 3.5″ high. I used approximately 6″ of ribbon at each end.

Please send me a picture if you make one, I would love to see your version.

Note of caution, they are addictive to make.

It’s Card Kit time

Today I want to share with you how card kits can be fun to do, especially if you involve your family. I have put together kits with my 89 year old mother and enjoyed an afternoon of mother/daughter time sharing lots of laughter and memories. All inclusive kits are a joy to prepare because all you need it your own adhesive and you are ready to go.

The Joy of Sharing Card Kit (available in English or French) . (Item #153650)

You can create classic Christmas cards with the all-inclusive Joy of Sharing Card Kit! This kit is perfect for new crafters, busy crafters, or crafters on the go. Complete each card with your choice of adhesive.

This kit (Item #153650) includes the following;

* Kit includes the 7-piece Joy of Sharing Photopolymer Stamp Set which you will be able to use over and over again.
* Makes 15 traditional or photo cards and envelopes
* Folded card size: 5″ x 7″ (12.7 x 17.8 cm)
* Includes 9-1/4″ x 9-1/4″ x 1-7/8″ (23.5 x 23.5 x 4.8 cm) Kraft box to store them in until you are ready to use them.

Product colors: Bumblebee, Early Espresso, gold foil, Granny Apple Green, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Soft Suede, white

A great time to Get and Go

Can you believe September is just a few days away? Start the fall off right by taking advantage of the Get & Go Starter Kit promotion is meant to give anyone who signs up as a  Stampin’ Up! demonstrator additional products to help you get started right away. In addition to the already great valued Starter Kit, new demonstrators, will receive precut paper, stamps, and embellishments absolutely free. This offer is for a limited-time offer so sign up between Sept 1 – 30 and you will have a host of new products to get you started. I would love to welcome you to my team, so if you would like to sign up and take advantage of all these FREEBIES, Click here to sign up.

Here is what you will receive;

When you purchase a starter kit for just $135 (CAD) you will be able to choose $165 (CAD) of products that appeal to you and your crafting style. So right off the bat, you’ll receive an additional $30.00 of products of your choice FREE and who doesn’t love freebies?  

The FREEBIES continue because you will also receive the new “So Much Love” stamp set, ($20.00) and the “Queen Anne’s Lace” stamp set ($17.00) shown below as well as a pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels ($5.00) to embellish your card or crafting projects.

The freebies continue, as a new demonstrator, you will also receive 8 packs of pre-cut card stock of the coastal cabana pack and 8 packs of pre-cut card stock of the Granny Apple Green pack, to make a total of 16 cards (packs include envelopes).   Did I mention this is also FREE? All this just for signing up. How cool is that? Below are just a couple of examples of how you can put it all together but the possibilities are endless

Also available to purchase as of September 1, is the new Stampin’ Cut & Embossing machines. The new machine comes in two sizes, a full size cutter for the bigger jobs and a mini cutter for those smaller die cuts and includes all the plates needed to get started.

To see more details, visit my online store for details by clicking here.

I would love to welcome you to my team, so if you would like to sign up and take advantage of all these FREEBIES, follow these steps;

Click here to visit my online store (see my name in the bottom left corner of the menu shown below?) then JOIN on the left hand menu. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on JOIN STAMPIN’ UP! After accepting the terms and conditions, you can begin creating your own personal customized starter kit. If you would like my help in putting together your own personal customized starter kit, please contact me and I will help you get started.

I believe in providing ongoing encouragement to my Canadian Stamper demonstrator team and the best customer service possible to all of my customers.  Anyone, regardless of experience can enjoy creativity and crafting especially with the fun kits that Stampin’ Up! has to offer so sign up today to enjoy all those freebies I mentioned above.

There is a full range of stamping and crafting products in my ONLINE STORE so check it out. What are you waiting for?

Thank you to each and every one of you who stop by my blog to visit, and leave me comments! I really appreciate it.

It’s time to check out the new online store

The new Mini Catalogue is now available online with better access on your desktop, your tablet or your smart phone. There are so many adorable stamp and die sets available for fall, halloween or getting a jump start on your Christmas crafting. Below is just one example on a bundle which could be used for both Christmas or Halloween and how versatile is that. Those owls are adorable and I can see them appearing on baby cards, anniversary cards or even birthday cards.


The online store will look a little different since it has now been revamped. Here are a few highlights;

Easier ways to navigate or search

The ability to sign into your account or checkout as a guest

Larger Images of products and samples

The ability to create a wish list

Easily create favourites

Be able to instantly send general feedback or tag a specific product

Instantly tells you if an item is reaching low inventory or is backordered

So I invite you to head on over to MY STORE and check out the new format and all the amazing products. Your account information and password will still work with the new site but because this site is new, you may need to sign in again, the first time you visit.

I will ask that when you visit and sign in, please select me as your demonstrator so it will be saved for future visits. NOTE: Whether you sign in to your account or checkout as a guest, if you don’t select a demonstrator one will be assigned for you.

Please use this month’s host code 6GSVXKPY when your order is $50 or more (before shipping and taxes) and receive a free gift from me! If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift from me.

I love card and project kits because they are so easy to put together since everything is already pre-cut and ready to assemble. It is perfect for beginners or very busy people and it’s a great way to spend some time with family as you create together. Kids love doing crafts and what better way than to make something they will look forward to. This adorable advent calendar will do just that. It includes everything you need to make it up and each box is perfect for a small treat or two along with instructions. The kids will enjoy putting it together with you now and look forward to opening the boxes as we get closer to Christmas. Once christmas is over, you can pack it away to use next year.

Another example I want to share with you is the Halloween Nights Magic Bundle. This stamp and die bundle is just one of several bundles depicting halloween. There is plenty of time to get ready for that special night and it will be great fun to create treats or decorations for Halloween as shown below. You don’t need to wait then rush around at the last minute.

If you enjoy doing kits, don’t forget about the Paper Pumpkin kit.

Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up! is a crafting subscription kit that delivers creativity to your door every month. Each box includes everything you need to make a stunning project. 

You will be surprised each month with projects like cards, gift packaging, home décor, and more for just $30.00 a month (shipping included). Talk about happy mail!

To subscribe for this kit, just click here before August 10 to receive this month’s kit. I love how this works because there is no minimum commitment and you can cancel or suspend at any time.

Not interested in the monthly kit? You also have the option to purchase pre-paid kits for 1, 3, 6 or even 12 months so you can pick and choose when you want to receive a kit . Visit my online store to find out more.

Nothing is better than a bundle

Today I want to show you how easy it is to create some adorable cards using the stamp and die bundle shown below. The cards are so cute and are perfect to send to a friend or family member to let them you you are thinking about them. I guarantee it will make them smile.

I love all the various sayings of the stamp set, they are so versatile.

To make these cards you could just stamp the images onto card stock but don’t forget about the coordinating die cuts which will make your card Pop! The added details make it all worth while.

You can purchase both the stamp set and the dies separately. However, if you purchase the bundle (stamp and dies) you save 10% off the overall price and we all love to save money right? To visit my online store Click Here and see all the new products in the Annual Catalogue or the new Mini Catalogue (Available Aug 4) which features some beautiful Fall and Christmas stamps and die cuts. My list grows every time I look through the catalogues

Instructions to make the Coffee Card

Card size – 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” (14 x 10.8 cm) 

1. Stamp solid coffee cup image three times, once each in Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, and Petal Pink ink. (To get a darker image as shown, stamp each solid cup image twice.) Stamp the outline coffee cup over each solid image in Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Die cut the stamped images and set aside. 

2. Stamp first half of sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Daffodil Delight Cardstock and cut to 1-1/2″ x 5/8″ (3.8 x 1.6 cm). Stamp second half of sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Daffodil Delight Cardstock and cut to
1-3/4″ x 1/2″ (4.4 x 1.3 cm). Die cut “Coffee” from Basic Black Cardstock. 

3. Stamp steam image three times (stamped off each time) on Whisper White Cardstock (4″ x 3″; 10.2 x 7.6 cm). Using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere die-cut coffee cups to stamped cardstock, barely covering the bottom of each steam image. Adhere die-cut “Coffee” to cardstock. Adhere both halves of the sentiment to the cardstock. 

4. Adhere layered Whisper White piece to a piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock (4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″; 11.4 x 8.3 cm). Adhere entire piece to Petal Pink card. 

Instructions to Make the Coctails card

Card Size – 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” (10.8 x 14 cm) 

1. Stamp the cocktail outline image twice in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Stamp the solid cocktail image in Coastal Cabana ink over the outline image. Stamp the lemon and umbrella images in Daffodil Delight and Petal Pink ink. (To get a dark image as shown, stamp each lemon
and umbrella twice.) Die cut the stamped images and set aside. 

2. Stamp first half of sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Petal Pink Cardstock and cut to 1-1/8″ x 1/4″ (2.9 x 0.64 cm). Stamp second half of sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Petal Pink Cardstock and cut to 1-1/4″ x 1/4″ (3.2 x 0.64 cm). Die cut “Cocktails” from Basic Black Cardstock. 

3. Using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere the die-cut cocktail images to a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (3″ x 4″; 7.6 x 10.2 cm). Adhere both pieces of the sentiment and the die-cut “Cocktails” to the Whisper White Cardstock. 

4. Adhere layered cardstock to a piece of Daffodil Delight Cardstock (3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″; 8.3 x 11.4 cm). Adhere entire piece to Coastal Cabana card. 

PRODUCTS USED

“Nothing’s Better Than ” stamp and die Bundle;

  1. CARDSTOCK – Basic Black, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Petal Pink, and Whisper White
  2. CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PADS – Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, and Petal Pink, and Tuxedo Black Memento Pad
  3. Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals 

Christmas in July

Did you know there are just 153 days until Christmas. Did you groan after reading that? I mean who wants to think about Christmas in the middle of summer, right? Well as a crafter, I am planning and creating months in advance to prepare for the next season. I make no apologies for creating cute gift tags and Christmas cards while I am staying home and staying safe. It is also a wonderful way to take the stress out of preparing for Christmas. Here are just some examples of cards I made last year.

The August – December 2020 mini catalogue going live on Aug 4th, and there are some adorable stamps/dies, kits etc to get you ready for the upcoming season. Some items (not all) will be returning from last year’s mini catalogue so if you missed them last year, you’ll be able to get them now. Whether you want to create cards or adorable treat boxes, this catalogue has it all. it’s great time to stock up and use those bonus day coupons.

As a reminder, for every $60 CAD you spend on Products from the new annual catalog between July 1 and Aug 3, 2020 (before shipping and tax), you’ll earn a $6 CAD Bonus Days coupon that you can redeem between August 4-31, 2020. There is only 9 days remaining to take advantage of this promotion. It’s a great time to shop now and apply your coupons towards additional product in August. Visit my online store to shop now and save