Fall treats or give thanks?

Sadly Summer is coming to and end but as the autumn season approaches, prepare to celebrate with the September Paper Pumpkin Kit! There’s so much to love about fall. Some people love the haunts of Halloween while others love this time to give thanks, and still others love the changing colours of the season and the cooler temperatures. Whatever you love most about fall, September’s kit has everything you need to celebrate the season your way! Between a multi-occasion stamp set and enough supplies to design 20 cracker box treat packages, you can create custom fall crafts to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, pumpkins, and leaves. Whether you make them all the same or mix ‘n’ match your crafts, there’s something for everyone in this kit!

There is just two days left to sign up for this month’s kit. Click here to subscribe before it’s too late and you will be creating in no time.

Details

Each Kit contains enough supplies to create 20 cracker box treat packages.

Each cracker box treat package can be customized to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, the autumn season, or all three! So whether you want halloween treats or that perfect something, to place at each place setting on your thanksgiving table, we have you covered.

September’s kit is a must-have for those who love to celebrate all things spooky. But, for those who don’t enjoy the Halloween haunts, the multi-occasion stamp set combined with a variety of die-cut and reversible paper pieces offers many ways to customize your fall crafts!

Coordinating Colors: Bumblebee, Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Cinnamon Cider, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, white

Back to school – Back to the basics

When all the back to school activity is going on, it always makes me think of new beginnings and of trying new things. It’s a time to take a fresh look and take stock of what is going on. The same applies to crafting. I know when I started making cards, I didn’t have a clue what I needed or where to even start. Cards can be made with just paper but stamping an image or sentiment will allow you to expand on your skills and also tailor the card to something more specific, such as a birthday or anniversary. Personally I like how it just adds to the overall look of the card.

As an example, adding a stamped image, a die cut or a sentiment adds to the overall impression and a little bling or a piece of ribbon is always a bonus and makes the card “pop” just a little bit more.

If you want to try your hand at card making or any sort of paper crafts, there are a few essentials you will need

Paper Trimmer – A good paper trimmer will cleanly cut your card stock and paper without leaving rough edges. I’ve tried the cheaper versions and was forever changing the blades to get the clean cut,(which are not cheap) so I decided to purchase a better trimmer from Stampin’ Up! (SU) and have never regretted it. The SU trimmer can hold paper up to 12″ x 12″ and comes with it’s own scoring tool as well so it does double duty.

Small pair of paper snip scissors (for delicate trimming). I love these for the more intricate cuts

Larger or normal pair of scissors (cutting paper or ribbon). I am pretty sure you have a pair lying around at home.

Bone Folder – This is used to burnish card stock to create a crisp and clean fold line. It can also be used to score a line when needed. It is not essential but it is a tool that is nice to have on hand

Adhesive – Comes in many types and some are better than others. I personally don’t skimp and buy the good stuff. Some of the cheaper dollar store variety just don’t hold up over time. However it really comes down to your personal preference and what works for you. Personally I use a variety depending on the project I am working on.

  • Liquid Multi-purpuse glue – Great for cards because it dries clear and has both a fine tip and a broad tip. It also allows a few seconds to position your paper before fully sticking.
  • Tear & Tape (double sided tape) – I like to use this on 3D projects such as gift boxes. I find it holds well and love how easy it is to use.
  • Stampin Seal Adhesive is a roller tape and comes in both light and heavy duty. The light is great for cards and refills can be purchased separately.
  • Stampin Seal + Adhesive is exactly the the same as Stamin Seal but it is designed for more heavy duty projects such as gift boxes or other 3D projects. Refills can also be purchased separately

Pencil & Ruler – both essential to mark a spot or measure a line.

Grid paper – This is not really essential but I like the grid paper as a work surface and protects your table. It also comes with grid lines for easy measuring.

The selections of stamps is massive but it’s important to know what you are looking for. There are three types of stamps, Clear Mount, Wood Mount and Photopolymer stamps. Most Stampin’ Up! stamps are available in either the Clear mount or the wood mount while some are only available in photopolymer. Personally I like the Clear mount or the Photopolymer stamps because they are easier to position on your paper.

Acrylic Block – Blocks are used to mount your stamps on before stamping and the clear blocks come in 9 different sizes to suit the various sizes of stamps. I highly recommend the Stampin’ Up! blocks over store brand ones as they are 1/2″ thick and the sides have finger grips so there is less slippage when your are stamping. The one I use the most is a 3″ x 4″ block but you will need a larger block for some images. I would recommend having at least 3-4 different sizes if you plan to craft a lot. To see the full set of blocks available, click here. There is even a Caddy to store them all in for easy storage.

Last but not least, you will need ink and paper for your projects. I highly recommend kits for beginners. They are wonderful projects that include everything you need to make up your project. As an example, the Joy of Sharing kit includes everything you need to make 15 Christmas cards/envelopes and includes a 7 piece stamp set, ink and a block to use when stamping which you can use over and over again. The kit even includes a lovely box to store your finished cards. So how easy is that?

As you move forward with crafting you may decide to purchase a die cut tool. The Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine makes precise cuts and detailed embossed images every time. You can use this machine to die cut images or with embossing to easily create accents and elements for cards, scrapbook pages, party invitations, classroom projects, and more. This machine has a wide 6″ platform for larger dies and full-size embossing folders. Works with all Stampin’ Up! dies and embossing folders. Includes 1 Base Plate, 1 Die Plate, 2 Cutting Plates, and 1 Specialty Plate.

Should you wish to explore crafting further, I would love it if you were to join my team as a customer or as a new demonstrator. As one of my team, I will help you become inspired and offer 100 percent support. Now is also the perfect time to sign up as a new demonstrator before Sept 30. There are so many freebies, including pre-cut card stock to make 8 cards, two stamp sets, rhinestone jewels all just for signing up. Please contact me for all the details or visit my online store to find out more then click on “Join Now” I look forward to welcoming you to my team.

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

I really miss travelling

I have cancelled two planned trips since Covid-19 started, which breaks my heart because I love to travel. It doesn’t matter if it’s a weekend getaway or a trip to a foreign country. I love to be able to say “have bag will travel” and am fortunate enough to be be able to do that. Since travelling isn’t really an option right now, I can only dream until things improve. Now that being said, after seeing the new Beautiful World Bundle along with the coordinating Specialty Designer Series Paper, I decided to create this framed sampler depicting travel destinations. How could I not? For now, it will remind me of better days to come.

I love the versatility of this Bundle set and all the possibilities that allow us to create. I used some older retired stamps from the recent Sale-A-Bration sale as well which made it so easy to create. Bundles are a great way to bring it all together plus you save 10% when you purchase a bundle instead of purchasing items separately. If you would like to explore and see all the products available for cards, scrap books, gift boxes etc, just Click here to visit my online store and you too can create something beautiful.

I recently posted this card I made for a monthly card swap I participate in. It’s a great way to stay in touch with people while sharing design ideas. This card was also made using the Beautiful World Bundle.

Here is another bundle sample which makes beautiful cards. Blossoms in Bloom (#154123) is another favourite bundle of mine. With both the stamps and dies you can make gorgeous cards in any colour combination, as shown below.

With Bonus days happening through throughout July and ending August 3rd, now is a great time to purchase a bundle and earn valuable coupons. If you are unfamiliar with this promotion, for every $60 CAD you spend by Aug 3, 2020, (before shipping and tax) your will earn a $6 Bonus Days coupon code which you can use anytime between August 4-31, 2020 for additional products. This is a win-win scenario. Click here to find out more.

Life’s a Beautiful Journey

We all need to tell the people in our lives that they matter and what better way than to give or send them a card. After all, as the card says “Life’s a Beautiful Journey” and they are a part of that journey. I will be sending these out later today. I only wish I had some Very Vanilla envelopes but sadly I am out of them at the moment.

The card base is made from Early Espresso and the matting is Crumb Cake. I stamped a light image from the Very Versailles stamp set, onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock with some scripty writing so it looks like an old document. I then embossed it, using the Old World 3D embossing folder to give it a crumbled paper look.  I lightly used a sponge dauber in crumb cake to highlight the texture and give it an aged look.  I then tore around the edges  to make it look even older, I sponged Early Espresso around the edges as well to enhance it.  I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  

The card base is made from Early Espresso and the matting is Crumb Cake. I stamped a light image from the Very Versailles stamp set, onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock with some scripty writing so it looks like an old document. I then embossed it, using the Old World 3D embossing folder to give it a crumbled paper look.  I lightly used a sponge dauber in crumb cake to highlight the texture and give it an aged look.  I then tore around the edges  to make it look even older, I sponged Early Espresso around the edges as well to enhance it.  I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  

If you would like to purchase any of these products to create your own beautiful cards, click here

Product Used

  • Early Espresso Cardstock
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock
  • World of Good DSP
  • Beautiful World Cling Stamp
  • World Map Dies
  • Old World Paper 3D Embossing folder
  • Very Versailles Cling Stamp
  • Early Espresso Ink Pad
  • Early Espresso Faux Saede trim
  • Crumb Cake Ink Pad
  • Gold Emboss Powder
  • Heat Tool
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • Stampin’ Seal
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals