Crafting Made Easy

Today I wanted to show you how you can turn some Designer Series Paper into a beautiful card without using a lot of extra’s. This is a great way for beginners to get their feet wet with crafting without the intimidation of trying to put together all sorts of “extras” you may not have in your stash.

Although you cannot really see it in the picture, the exquisite Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper package includes florals and gold foiling and is a great choice for wedding projects, springtime, love, and more. Each package includes 12 sheets of patterned paper: 2 each of 6 double-sided designs for just $20.00.

To view this paper online and really see the beauty in detail, click here. When placing orders, be sure to use my June host code QAJVWCSS so you will be automatically entered into my monthly draw. If your order is over $200.00, don’t use the code but you will still be entered into my monthly draw.

As you can see, there are all sorts of colour combinations that will work beautifully with all the coordinating colours below;

Evening Evergreen, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Mint Macaron, Pale Papaya, Pear Pizzazz, Polished Pink, Shaded Spruce, and gold

For todays’s card I am going to use the DSP on the left below. It doesn’t look like much right? Just wait! The right picture below shows the other side of the paper. You can see the gold flowing through the paper on the right and it’s stunning. Before starting my card, I cut this paper in half then cut each piece at 4″ so each piece is 4″ x 6″. I then trimmed one piece of DSP down to 3 3/4″ x 5″, for my card front, cutting away as little of the pattern as possible.

To Make this card

Score the card base at 4 1/4″ along the long side and fold the card base in half, creasing it with your bone folder.

Turn your card so this becomes a landscape card. Now, position the Pale Papaya ribbon about 1″ from the bottom of the DSP and wrap the ends around to the back and glue. Adhere the DSP to the Pale Papaya card stock then attach to your card front. Take a small piece of ribbon and slip it under the ribbon and tie a knot

I used the Lovely Labels punch (below) to create my labels for the front of the card. However if you don’t have this punch (add it to your wish list) just use the rectangle strips for your sentiment label, trimming down to fit your card front. If you have another label, you could use that as well.

I stamped the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Artisically Inked Stamp set onto to the white strip and set aside. Line up the Pale Papaya strip into the Lovely Labels Punch to trim the edges. I usually cut a larger length than I need and trim down several times.

Do the same with the white strip, keep “punching” each end until you are happy with the length of each piece.

Once you are happy with the both pieces, add dimensional’s to the back of the white strip and attach to the Pale Papaya strip. Attach the Pale Papaya strip to the the card front without dimensional’s so it lies flat over the ribbon.

TIP: As you can see, this punch offers two styles of trim and 3 different widths. You get two designs in three widths–1″, 3/4″ and 1/2″. Just cut a strip of paper to the desired width (any length), then slide it in, punch, and get a perfect label. 

For the inside of the card, I stamped my sentiment from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set and I also stamped a similar painted image to the inside of the card and the envelope. It’s just one of the lovely stamps from the Artisically Inked stamp set and you can see how it sort of mirrors with the DSP. To finish my card, I added some In-Color Jewels 2021-2023 to both the card front and the sentiment label.

This card below was made exactly the same way. The gold mat around the DSP perfectly matches up with the gold foiling in the DSP. The stamp set used for this card was Color & Contour. I think this card would be perfect as a sympathy card or for anyone who is going through a tough time. I used the colours “Just Jade” for both the card base and the stamped sentiment and the gilded Gems for a little bling. I also stamped the envelope with the same painted image.

Supplies used

  • Basic White card stock (#159276)
    • 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
    • 3/4″ x 4″ strip
  • Pale Papaya card stock (#155668)
    • 4″ x 5 1/4″
    • 1″ x 4″ strip
  • Expressions in Ink Designer Series Paper (#155464)
    • 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Pale Papaya & White 1/2″ ribbon (#155816)
    • 6″ in length
  • Ink Pad – Pale Papaya (#155670)
  • Stamp Set – Artisically Inked (#155542) – Sentiment
  • Stamp Set – Happiest of Birthdays (#152539) – Inside Sentiment
  • Lovely Labels Punch (#152883)
  • In Color Jewels 2021-2023 – (#155571)

Have you had a chance to check out the new annual catalogue for the 2021-2022 season? Did you notice what is missing from this year’s catalogue? I am talking about card kits, they are not in the catalogue this year. Starting today, June 1st, the Kits Collection By Stampin’ Up! begins

Yes, that’s right, a whole host of kits for all types of crafters. Whether you are new to crafting or an avid crafter, there is something for everyone.

Each kit will provide step-by-step instructions, giving you an expertly choreographed experience that encourages success and builds creative confidence. Kits are all-inclusive, precut, and ready to use; plus, new kits will be added regularly so be sure to check back often!

There is a dedicated section on my Stampin’ Up! Shop that will be just for kits. These Kits will only be available while supplies last so if you see it, grab it while it’s available. When they sell out, they are gone. However, new kits will be added throughout the year so there will always be something new to check out

I love this concept, they’re inexpensive, great for crafting-on-the-go and a great way to introduce new people to the wonderful world of paper craft and we all love paper crafting right?

To check out all the kits available, click here to visit my online store. When placing orders, be sure to use my June host code QAJVWCSS so you will be automatically entered into my monthly draw. If your order is over $200.00, don’t use the code but you will still be entered into my monthly draw.


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November Christmas Card Kit

Sign up for the November Christmas Card Kit and receive a fun and festive package sent right to your door! This kit is available to anyone across Canada, whether you are a true beginner or an avid crafter.

Each package will include all the supplies needed to make 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs) Envelopes and full PDF instructions will also be included so you can make each card following the step by step instructions, in the comfort of your own home.  There might even be a bonus or two, inside your package.

Please note that the stamp set is not included. You can substitute your own stamp set or you can purchase the stamp set as an add-on, to make these cards. 

Each month I will present a new kit to make.  The featured stamp set will be highlighted  in case you would like to add it to your monthly kit. 

The date associated with the event is the registration deadline. Sign up for before the 15th of each month to be included in the months Club. Currently, this is not an in-person event. You will complete the projects in your own time instructions provided.  However, I am always available to answer questions.

How to Order:

  • Register for the November Card Club kit here
  • Fill out your contact information and advise me which option you choose.
  • Once confirmed, I will contact you to advise. Payment can then be made via PayPal or an e-transfer to susanbeale@canadianstamper.com
  • Once paid, I’ll place the order for you and send you everything in one fun package!

The last day to register for this class is Nov 15th The card kit will ship the week of Nov 29  or sooner.  

The November Christmas Card kit includes the following: 

  1. Paper supplies, all pre-cut and ready for you to create 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs)
  2. All die and punched elements included
  3. All embellishments to add a little extra to your cards
  4. 6 Envelopes
  5. PDF step by step instructions
  6. A sheet of mini dimensionals

OPTION 1: $30.00

  •  – Includes all supplies as noted above
  •  – Your cost includes tax and shipping from me to you,

OPTION 2 (Stamp/Die Bundle Add-on) – $79.00 

  • Includes all items noted in the Kit details above.
  • Includes the Poinsettia Petals Bundle (Stamp/Dies) as shown
  • You cost includes tax and shipping from me to you. 

You will need the additional supplies required to complete the cards.

  • – Block for your stamps.
  • – Selection of adhesives (i.e. Liquid Glue or Stampin’ Seal tape)
  •  – Ink Pad – This kit uses the Stampin’ Up! colour Real Red 


Card Kit now available

Card Kit featuring the Snowflake Wishes Stamp set

Would you like to make your own cards to send out to friends and family? This month I am offering a “Christmas Card Kit” so you can do just that. It’s a great activity to do at home, adding a hug between the folds of a card and sending to friends and family members. It is also a great way to get a head start on your holiday activities. You will receive a fun and festive package sent right to your door! This kit is available to anyone in Canada and is intended for all levels of crafters.

Register by the Oct 30th deadline. Kit’s will be shipped by Nov 6th or sooner and they will be delivered right to your door. You will also receive an email from me that includes step-by-step instructions with pictures. To register for this month’s kit or sign up for news on future monthly kits, please send your email to susanbeale@canadianstamper.com to let me know you are interested. Payment can be made through Pay Pal or via an email transfer.

Your kit will include the following;

All Paper is pre-cut and ready to create 8 cards (2 each of 4 different designs). This includes all die and punched elements.

Envelopes for your cards

Adhesive-backed Pearls

Elegant, silver Satin Ribbon 3/8″

1 Sheet of Stampin’ Dimensionals 

Exclusive PDF Tutorial providing you with step-by-step instructions. The Tutorial will be emailed to you directly so you can use it over and over again.

** Please note that the stamp set nor the stamped images are not included with your kit but you can substitute the sentiments with your own stamp set or you can add the stamp set to your kit (see below) **

Additional supplies required to complete the cards

– D Block for your stamps.

– Selection of adhesives (Mini Glue Dots are also recommended).

– Ink colours used; Pool Party and Balmy Blue

To sign up, you have two options;

OPTION 1: $45

– Your cost includes the entire kit along with all tax and shipping costs

OPTION 2 (Stamp Set Add-on) – $79 

– Includes all items noted in the Kit details above along with the “Snowflake Wishes” Stamp Set shown

Snowflake Wishes

If you wish to purchase the stamp set separately, please visit my store online and use the October Host Code – ATBZRUWZ for all purchases under $200.00. The stamp set can also be purchased as a bundle (with a 10% savings) for both the stamp set and corresponding die cuts.

As the holiday season approaches, something I look forward to most is designing one-of-a-kind holiday cards for my friends and family. This time of year can be expensive though, and I’m always looking to save where I can. Fortunately, the Designer Series Paper Sale this October will help me (and you!) do just that.

During this promotion (1–31 October), you can enjoy a 15% discount on select papers from the 2020–2021 Annual Catalog and August– December 2020 Mini Catalog! It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up and save on gorgeous Designer Series Paper that you can use in all of your holiday projects.

Let me know if you’d like take advantage of the Designer Series Paper Sale. I’d be happy to place an order for you or you can visit my shop today and stock up on some beautiful paper.


Joy to the World is here

I love subscribing to Paper Pumpkin and receiving a monthly surprise the kit offers each month.

This month it gets even better because the October kit is going global. October’s Paper Pumpkin kit was designed to bring people together—connecting to one another and spreading joy with each other around the world! 

The Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin Kit is an exclusive holiday kit that provides a specially-designed box with enough supplies to create eight elegant cards, and an opportunity to connect with the Stampin’ Up! global community.

If you have never tried paper pumpkin (or would like to reactivate your subscription) Now is the perfect time. It makes a great gift for yourself or someone else. You have several options choose from. You can subscribe monthly to receive a kit every month or you can choose a pre-paid kit for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months. As a monthly subscriber, shipping is included. Pre-paid prices do not include shipping. To subscribe, just choose whichever option works for you.

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

1 Month – Enjoy a prepaid one-month delivery of Stampin’ Up!’s subscription kit for just $28.00. After you order, you’ll receive a code via e-mail to redeem your subscription at http://www.PaperPumpkin.com.

3 Months – Enjoy a prepaid three-month delivery of Stampin’ Up!’s subscription kit for just $82.50. After you order, you’ll receive a code via e-mail to redeem your subscription at http://www.PaperPumpkin.com

6 Months – Save $1 every month and enjoy a prepaid six-month delivery of Stampin’ Up!’s subscription kit for $158.00. After you order, you’ll receive a code via e-mail to redeem your subscription at http://www.PaperPumpkin.com

12 Months – Buy 11 kits and get one free when you purchase a prepaid 12-month Paper Pumpkin subscription for $300.00. After you order, you’ll receive a code via e-mail to redeem your subscription at http://www.PaperPumpkin.com

In order to receive this kit, you will need to subscribe by Oct 10th and not only will you get a head start on your holiday crafting—you will be able to create Christmas cards, share project ideas, and spread holiday cheer with Paper Pumpkin subscribers all over the world. There’s no better time to reactive a Paper Pumpkin subscription than for this very special edition kit! 

After you receive your kit, join the Joy of Paper Pumpkin Facebook group to make the most of this month’s kit.

Each Kit contains enough supplies to create eight cards, 4 each of two separate designs along with coordinating envelopes.

Kit includes die-cut pieces in English, French, and German. This will allow you to create cards you can use to connect with other people all around the world—in their language!

So how cool is that? Our world just got a little bit smaller.

Coordinating Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Just Jade, Soft Sea Foam


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


Not sure where to Start?

Do you get overwhelmed with all the possibilities of things to make and then end up making nothing? No matter your crafting comfort level, these kits are for you.

The “Gorgeous Posies” Project Kit is a wonderful kit for all levels of crafters. This kit makes 16 cards: 4 each of 4 different designs. Once all your cards are completed, you can store them in it’s own designer box (included) until you are ready to use them.

To purchase this kit, Click here to visit my online store and don’t forget to use the June host code 4GVPX3M6

The designer box and greeting cards would also make a wonderful gift for someone special.

Add the Gorgeous Posies Cling Stamp (item number #153289) to complete your kit, or you can use your own stamps to suit your specific needs.

If you are looking for projects that are quick to put together by yourself or with a family member, these project kits are ideal for you. All kits are measured, cut and colour coordinated to make beautiful cards. Click here to visit my online store and see all the possibilities.


FREE May Card Kit

I really miss not being able to get together with everyone during our regular monthly card classes. I miss the socializing and the laughter we share while we make cards. So I decided to offer a solution.

Each month, you will be able to earn a FREE Card Kit consisting of 6 cards (2 of each design) which you can make at your leisure. Each monthly card kit is only available until the end of the current month.

This month I am featuring the Ornate Thanks Bundle which is just a part of the whole Ornate Garden Suite. I love the die cuts in this bundle. They cut beautifully and as you can see they are beautiful.

Next month, I will offer a different kit and feature a different stamp set. This is a great way for you to craft with friends or family while putting together your FREE kit. Plus you will always have cards on hand to suit any occasion. No more scrambling at the last minute to find a perfect card.

To earn your FREE Card Kit

  1. Place a minimum $50.00 order (before tax/shipping) on my Online Store at Stampin’ Up! and you will automatically be shipped the monthly kit.
  2. Use the MAY Host Code P3ADAX96 when placing your order. Any orders not using the Host code will not receive this kit so don’t forget.
  3. Place your oder before end of day on May 31, 2020

For orders over $200

Please DO NOT use the host code so you can earn Stampin’ Up! rewards (free products from Stampin’ Up!) You will still receive the free card kit from me.

So how easy is that?

HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE;

  • All the paper and embellishments required to make six cards (two cards each of three different designs). Envelopes will also be included
  • The paper will be cut, scored, punched and die cut for you
  • A PDF Tutorial with step by step instructions, pictures, all measurements and a complete supply list of the products used.

YOU WILL NEED

Your own adhesive, ink and a stamp set so you can customize the card to suit any occasion. (As per Stampin’ Up! policy, I cannot send stamped images)

SHIPPING INFORMATION

  1. Your kits will be shipped no later that June 3, 2020. The kit will be mailed to the address used on your online order. Per Stampin’ Up! policy, kits can only be mailed within Canada
  2. June 3, 2020 you will receive an email from me that will include your PDF Tutorial with easy to follow step by step instructions. (File in a binder to refer back to over and over again)