Trying something new – Pinwheel Tower Gift Card

Hi everyone, today I want to share with you how to make a Pinwheel Tower Card. I’ve seen a few of these cards before so thought I would give it a try. I cannot believe how easy it is to put together. I also love creating unique ways to give a gift card so when putting this card together, I decided to make it into a gift card holder. I can already picture making up a birthday card, with or without the gift card. The posibilities are many and so fast to put together if you are in need of a great card in a hurry.

To Make this card

Take the base card stock and score at 3/4″ 1 1/2″ 2 1/4″ and 3″.

Fold all the score lines and give it a good crease with your bone folder. Now fold it up so it creates a box and adhere it closed. The larger piece will stick out but that is intended

Now, adhere the three pieces of Basic White to each of the remaining three box sides to create your pinwheel as shown. So easy right?

OPTION: I also decided to round all the corners with my DETAILED TRIPLE PUNCH. I like how it looks with the rounded corners

Now to add the Designer Series paper. If you decide to round the corners, now is the time to do that with the DSP as well. Make sure you are only rounding the outside corners, leaving the inside corners square. You can see how each flap is finished in the pictures below

TIP: if using directional paper, make sure the direction is flowing top to bottom on the 4″ length and not the width.

For the first flap, I cut out the tree from the GINGERBREAD AND PEPPERMINT DSP and adhered to the card flap. I stamped the sleigh from the BE JOLLY stamp set and then coloured and cut out the gifts before adhering them to the card flap

For the second flap, I cut out a rectangle (retired) and stamped my greeting from a retired stamp set, then adhered to the card flap. The little bird was stamped, coloured and cut out then adhered to the flap as well.

For the third flap, I created the gift card holder by adhering one of the triangles to a flap, taking care to add adhesive to side and bottom only so you can slip a card inside. I stamped Santa from the BE JOLLY stamp set on scrap white card stock, I then coloured Santa with my BLENDER PENS before cutting him out. I then adhered him to the card flap.

For the last flap, I stamped the TO AND FROM, onto the flap directly than stamped the bird, coloured and adhered it to the flap. I then cut out the ornament from the GINGERBREAD AND PEPPERMINT DSP and adhered it to the card flap.

OPTION: You could also decorate all four flaps if you wanted to, but I chose to leave one blank so I could can write something there..

Flap 1 – Front of card
Flap 4 – blank to write on
Flap 2 – Greeting
Card folds Flat into a standard envelope

Flap 3 – Gift Card holder

To finish off my envelope, I stamped Santa on the front then used some of the DSP to cover the envelope flap. After adhering it, I trimmed around the flap to remove any excess paper. This card folds so easy into an envelope but I just love how it stands on it’s own when you put it on a table top.

Supplies used

Basic White Card stock

  • Base – 5 3/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • 3 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ (cut three)
  • 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (cut into a triangle)
  • Scrap for stamped images

Tidings of Christmas Designer Series Paper

  • 2 1/2″ x 4″ (cut 3)
  • 1 3/4″ x 4″ (cut 4)
  • Scrap for Envelope flap

Designer Series Paper

  • Gingerbread and Peppermint Designer Series Paper – cut out images

Stamp set – Be Jolly


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Delicate Dahilas Stamp Set
Summer Shadows Dies (coordinates with the Shaded Summer Stamp Set)

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Until next time, happy crafting!

Sue


Suites are a great way to get it all!

Today I would like to talk about product suites. If you are an avid crafter, you probably already know that suites include everything; STAMPS, TOOLS, PAPER and EMBELLISHMENTS to help you create the perfect look for your projects, in colour palettes you’ll love. If you are new to crafting this is a wonderful way to build on your supplies, knowing that everything in the suite will coordinate beautifully. It saves you money too, and we all love to save money right?

Stampin’ Up! has many product suites available so I am sure your will find a suite that suits your crafting style. With each suite, you can purchase the full collection or you can purchase each component separately as your budget allows but either way, suites make it easy to create for all life’s moments.


To visit my online store to see all the suites available, just CLICK HERE. With every $60 or $120 purchase made during Sale-a-bration (which ends Sept 30) you will also earn a FREE product of your choice from the Sale-a-bration brochure, so you save even more! The freebies continue because with every purchase using my September Host Code – FWGF4ES4 I will send you a FREE gift and a thank you card from me as a thank you.

Below are just a sample of some Christmas Suites available and each one is so unique. I wanted to share these with you today because Christmas is coming and this is a great way to get a head start. Creating hand crafted cards, stocking stuffers or cute little treats to place at each place setting on your family table during the holidays, you will have everything you need. For more details, just click on each picture!

The Sweet Stockings Suite Collection (#156273) includes 
* Sweet Little Stockings Stamp Set (10% off) 
* Stockings Dies (10% off) 
* Sweet Stockings 12″ x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Designer Series Paper
* Jolly Felt
* Pool Party 3/8″ (1 cm) Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
* Matte Decorative Dots

Product colours: Bumblebee, Evening Evergreen, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Real Red

The Painted Christmas Suite Collection (#156274) includes (low inventory)
* Christmas Season Bundle (10% off)
* Christmas to Remember Bundle (10% off)
* Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper
* Gold Holly Leaves embellishments
* Cherry Cobbler & Gold 1/2″ (1.3 cm) Ribbon

Product colours: Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Evening Evergreen, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Soft Sea Foam, Soft Succulent

The Tidings of Christmas Suite Collection (#155270) includes 
* Tidings & Trimmings Photopolymer Stamp Set (10% off) 
* Christmas Trimmings Dies* (10% off) 
* Tidings of Christmas Designer Series Paper
* Evening Evergreen 3/8″ (1 cm) Chevron Weave Ribbon

Product colours: Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Misty Moonlight, Sahara Sand, Soft Succulent, Whisper White

* Use with a Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine or Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine

The Gingerbread & Peppermint Suite Collection (#156275) includes
Frosted Gingerbread Stamp Set (10% OFF)
Gingerbread Dies (10% OFF)
Pretty Pillow Box dies
Gingerbread & Peppermint 6″ X 6″ Designer Series Paper
Kraft 6″ X 6″ Paper Pack
Gingerbread & Peppermint Memories & More Card Pack
Gingerbread & Peppermint Memories & More Cards & Envelopes
Real Red Mini Ruffled Ribbon
Gingerbread & Peppermint Acrylic Shapes
Adorning Designs Decorative Masks
Product colours: Cinnamon Cider, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Real Red

The Peaceful Place Suite Collection (#156277) includes:

  • Peaceful Cabin Cling Stamp set (10% off) 
  • Cabin Dies(10% OFF)
  • Timber 3D Embossing folder
  • Peaceful Place 12″ X 12″ Designer Series Paper
  • Snowy white 12″ x 12″ Velvet Sheet
  • White Glittered Organdy Ribbon
  • Subtle Shimmer – Matte silver, matte white, metallic silver, pearl white
  • Suite colours: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate


Paper Pumpkin kits are also a way to get an early start to Christmas crafts, without the stress of that last minute rush! To subscribe and receive this kit just CLICK HERE before October 10th and this lovely kit will be shipped directly to your home so you can begin creating.

Whatever you think about when Christmas comes to town, picture a peaceful Christmas with the Peaceful Christmas Paper Pumpkin Kit! This glimmering and gleaming kit is your creative kickstart to Christmas cardmaking. With sprinkles of snow, shimmering silver skies, and heartwarming holiday wishes.

  • The kit contains enough elements to create 10 Christmas cards—5 each of 2 designs—and coordinating envelopes. This all-inclusive kit includes printed card bases, die-cut paper pieces, embellishments, adhesive, and more!
  • October’s kit arrives in a cute collectible box covered with enchanting evergreen trees. Use this special, limited-edition box to store your holiday handicrafts, or transform it into a well-wrapped package for a present!
  • The kit’s contents also pairs perfectly with the Peaceful Place Suite Collection (item 156277) above
  • To continue your Christmas crafting, combine the kit’s components with the suite’s patterned paper, shimmery sequins, and more!
  • Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Basic Gray, Real Red, Shaded Spruce, silver foil

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Until next time, happy crafting!

Sue


Revisiting an old favourite

Fall is approaching and these beautiful sunflowers only bloom for a few weeks from late summer through to September. I happen to live within a short drive from a Sunflower field and it is such a beautiful sight to drive by, don’t you think?

Well with the launch of the mini catalogue and Sale-a-bration going on until the end of September, we sometimes forget about all the beautiful stamps from the Annual Catalogue. Today I am revisiting an old favourite to show a card I made using the Celebrating Sunflowers Stamp and Die’s. I made this card for a friend as a thank you for some much appreciated help. I wanted to acknowledge that.

The Celebrate Sunflowers stamp and dies are a wonderful and very easy way to showcase these beautiful flowers. When you stamp this flower, all the intricate details show up. You can then die cut out the image of the two flowers and leaves but you can also cut out the flower and leaf petal outlines for added interest.

Celebrate Sunflowers
Sunflower Dies
Cut out examples

To make this card

I took an 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2′ piece of Basic White card stock and scored it at 4 1/4″. After folding the card base in half, I glued a 2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Wood Designer Series paper to the bottom of the card. This DSP is retired but I still have some in stock and it goes well with the flower colour.

On some scrap basic white, I stamped the large flower image in Crushed Curry ink then using several different blender pens, I coloured the flower. I then die cut out the image.

I also die cut out the petal outline and some of the leaf branches (they look like wheat to me) in gold foil. It’s a little tricky to line up all the many petals but they do line up perfectly. Once I did, I adhered it to the flower. By positioning my flower, I was able to position the branches and glued them down. I then added dimensionals to the back of my flower to pop it up on the card.

To finish my card, I stamped my sentiment on Bumble Bee card stock then heat embossed it with gold. After trimming around the sentiment, I added it to the card front as well. I then added a few gold embellishments to my card front, stamped the envelope with the smaller flower.

Although I didn’t make these, I wanted to show you some other images of what you can make this this lovely stamp set. These pictures can be found on my online store along with all the details of this set. To visit my online store, just CLICK HERE. During Sale-a-bration, with every qualifying purchase from either the mini catalogue or the annual catalogue, you can earn FREE STUFF! All purchases of $60 or $120 will allow you to choose a FREE product of your choice from the Sale-a-bration Brochure.

For example, by purchasing the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp and the Sunflowers Dies, you earn one FREE choice from the brochure. It could be a stamp set or some beautiful Designer Series Paper, it’s up to you.

Whether you’re thinking about crisp red apples or you’re ready to carve some spooky jack-o-lanterns

The Haunts & Harvest Paper Pumpkin Kit is a hands-on crafting experience for all autumn lovers!

It’s not to late, subscribe by Sept 10 to receive this kit. just CLICK HERE and you will receive this kit in no time.

  • This kit contains enough supplies to create 12 treat packages—4 each of 3 designs.
  • The all-inclusive kit includes printed die-cut boxes, die-cut sheets, adhesive, and more!
  • Finished treat box size: 2-1/2″ x 2″ (6.4 x 5.1 cm)
  • Each kit includes an exclusive stamp set and a Classic Stampin’ Spot which you can use over and over again on your other crafting projects! It’s a great way to build up a selection of stamps and ink spots to compliment your projects.

I am so excited to introduce this adorable and fun card kit that is now available to purchase.

I mean, how cute are these cards?

Christmas Whimsy is an adorably festive card kit with a modern design! Santa’s elves might be hard at work in the North Pole but with this all-inclusive kit, the hard work is done for you! All pieces are printed, die cut, and ready for you to craft. The simple steps of this kit are perfect for beginner crafters and kids, too! Grab a kit or two and gather around for a simple Christmas activity that everyone will enjoy. The kit contains everything you need to create eight elf-centric Christmas cards including printed card bases, die cuts, embellishments, an exclusive stamp set, a Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Spot, and more!

To purchase this kit and get a head start on your Christmas Cards, visit my online store by CLICKING HERE. Don’t forget, during the month of September ALL qualifying purchases will earn you FREE STUFF! If you make a purchase of any amount using my Host Code – FWGF4ES4, You will also receive a FREE GIFT along with a thank you card from me because I really appreciate your business.

DETAILS

  • Kit contains enough supplies to create eight cards—4 each of 2 designs.
  • Includes printed card bases, printed die cuts, adhesive, embellishments, gold foil die cuts, gold twine, and coordinating envelopes with gold foil accents. 
  • Includes an exclusive stamp set and a Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Spot.
  • Finished card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (14 x 10.8 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Balmy Blue, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Evening Evergreen, Gray Granite, Misty Moonlight, Poppy Parade, Real Red, So Saffron, Soft Succulent, Soft Suede

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Until next time, happy crafting!

Sue


4 Card Designs with one 6″ x 6″ piece of DSP

Today I would like to show you how to make 4 cards using one 6″ x 6″ piece of Designer Series Paper. It’s a great way maximize your paper supply or an easy way to make up bulk cards as well.

For this card, I used the PARTY PUFFINS Stamp set which can be found in the May 2021-April 2021 Annual Catalogue. These cute little Puffins just scream personality don’t you think?

They also pair really well with the PENGUIN PALACE Stamp and Punch bundle. There is even matching PENGUIN PLAYMATES Designer Series Paper which is just one of many choices of FREE products you can choose with any $60.00 or $120.00 purchase during Sale-a-bration. Sale-a-bration lasts only until Sept 30 and then it’s over until next year so don’t delay, shop today! To shop or see more details, just click on the link to visit my ONLINE STORE. Don’t forget to use my September Host Code FWGF4ES4 when making purchases and you will receive a free gift from me as well as a thank you card.

TO MAKE THIS CARD

I chose the PATTERN PARTY Designer series paper for this design. This paper is available as a host product that includes 48 sheets of 12″ x 12″ paper. This is only available with Stampin’ Rewards with every qualifying order of $375.00 or more. So get some friends or family together to place a single order to qualify.

I cut a square at 6″ x 6″. As you can see in the pictures below, I lined up one corner at the 1 1/2″ mark at the top of my paper trimmer than positioned the bottom corner at the 1 1/2″ mark along the edge of my paper trimmer. After cutting the paper I turned my paper around and carefully positioned the two pieces in the same position and cut again. This gave me four unique pieces to make my cards.

TIP: Cut two squares of double sided paper and use both sides of the paper for even more card layouts.

OPTION: Mark you paper at the 1 1/2″ at each corner and draw a pencil line from corner to corner before cutting. Don’t forget to erase the lines afterwards.

If you want to mat each piece, you can cut out the card stock the same way. However, I choose to save some time. I took a 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ piece of Basic Black Card Stock to mat the pieces. Instead of cutting out the pieces separately, I decided to attach the DSP to the card stock then cut each piece out. You can see in the picture, the DSP is not perfectly aligned so be very careful when cutting this way. You now have four matted pieces of DSP

To make up my cards, I took four card bases in Basic White and then played around with the DSP pieces until I was happy with their positions. I then attached them to my card fronts so each card is a little different.

TIP: Be aware of directional patterns when placing your pieces

I then cut out my circles in Basic White and Basic Black. After stamping the adorable puffins, I glued them to the black circle at an offset, and popped them up with Dimensional’s on the card front.

To finish my cards. I stamped my greetings in Real Red then stamped the candles and cake around the cards. After colouring them with various blender pens, I added a few embellishments to just add to the fun.

Now I love how fun the cards above look and they would be perfect cards for young or the young at heart. However, they aren’t for everybody. Just by changing up the Designer Series paper, will completely change the look of your cards.

I am currently making some Christmas cards using the same method and thought I would share how they look (so far) just for a different perspective.

With these cards, I used the TIDINGS OF CHRISTMAS Designer Series Paper and positioned the DSP in the same spot on all four cards. I then stamped and heat embossed the sentiments in gold. To finish off my cards, I plan to add some foliage in red, green and gold, behind the Poinsettia’s to fill it in a bit.

I also plan to colour the flowers with Wink of Stella to make it sparkle and maybe add some bling to embellish the card fronts.

So what do you think? If you give it a try, I would love to see pictures of your cards.


I love being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. I have been offered so many opportunities which would not have been available if I hadn’t become a demonstrator. One opportunity is the Stamping “Family” and the fellowship it offers.  

Within that family, you have exclusive access to plenty of additional resources, stamping techniques and demonstrator discounts of 20% or more! We all love discounts right?

I am currently welcoming new team members to my team of “Canadian Stampers” and I would love to have you join my team. Just click on the link JOIN MY TEAM Purchase your starter kit for $135 and start shopping. Choose $165 worth of products OF YOUR CHOICE! As added FREEBIES, during Sale-a-bration you can also to choose ANY BUNDLE (there are 12 to choose from) from the July–December 2021 Mini Catalog FOR FREE! Sale-a-bration ends Sept 30 and won’t return until next year, so don’t wait!

There couldn’t be a better time to join the Stampin’ Up! family. 

You will also receive a free Business Supplies Pack which allows you the opportunity to progress your hobby into a business at any point you choose (or not!). From the moment that you finish signing up and purchasing your Starter Kit you will realise that you get more than just the items in your box. 


If you want to see future posts, I invite you to like and follow my blog so you won’t miss out. If you would like to be added to my email newsletter, please provide your contact information here. I provide monthly emails with all the latest updates so you won’t miss out.

Until next time, happy crafting!

Sue


A simple card suitable for a beginner

Today I would like to show you a simple card which is perfect for a beginner. Making up multiples of this card with different Designer Series Paper will change the overall look of each card and you could use different sentiments as well.

To make up this card

  1. Score the 4 1/4 x 11” at 5 1/2″ then fold in half. Crease with a bone folder.
  2. Emboss the 4 x 5 1/2” piece with an embossing folder of your choice. For this card I used the “Painted Textures” embossing folder.
  3. Attach the 1 3/4” x 4” piece of DSP to the embossed layer. 
  4. Wrap baker’s twine around the embossed card stock twice and tie a bow
  5. Attach to the Card front with Adhesive
  6. Adhere the 3” x 4” piece of DSP to the 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Soft Succulent Card Stock, then add dimensionals to the back before attaching it to the card front.
  7. Stamp your sentiment on the strip of Basic White Card Stock and attach to card with dimensionals. 
  8. Using the scrap card stock, stamp or punch out decorations and attach to card front with dimensionals and decorate with embellishments to finish off the card.

TiP: I add a little adhesive to to back of the embossed card stock. It makes wrapping the twine easier if it is held in place. and attach layer to card base.

For the envelope I added DSP by glueing it to the flap and then trimmed it down to the flap shape and size. It just looks prettier that way.

For the inside, I stamped my sentiment from the “Lighthearted Lines” Stamp set with the Soft Succulent Ink. It has nine fun sayings to add to cards. I just love it. I then adhered it to the Soft Succulent mat before attaching it to the inside of the card.

Here is another example of a card made with the exact same layout. As you can see, just changing it up a bit with different colours and Designer Series Paper, changes the look of the card completely. For this card I used the sentiments from the Snow Flake Wishes bundle and die cut a couple of snowflakes to place on the card as well.

It is so simple to make and takes very little time to put it all together.

Supplies used

Basic White Card Stock

  • 4 1/4″ x 11″
  • 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • 1″ x 3″
  • 3 3/4″ X 5″

Soft Succulent Card Stock

  • 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Scrap for the flowers

Hand Penned Designer Series Paper

  • 3″ x 4″
  • 1 3/4″ x 4″
  • 2 1/2″ x 4″ (envelope flap)

Bakers Twine and Embellishments

SALE-A-BRATION continues through to the end of September so it’s a great time to stock up while earning FREE STUFF! With every $60 or $120 purchase you choose a FREE Stamp set, or other product from the Sale-a-bration brochure. This only happens during Sale-a-bration so don’t wait!

To Visit my online store, CLICK HERE

I am always welcoming new team members. If you live in Canada, I would love to have you join my team of “Canadian Stampers” If you join as a demonstrator during Sale-a-bration, you choose $165 worth of products from either the Annual Catalogue or the Mini Catalogue to create your personal starter kit AND YOU PAY ONLY $135. That’s $30 of FREE Products PLUS you can also pick a FREE BUNDLE from the Mini Catalogue, just for joining up . Please CONTACT ME if you have any questions about becoming a demonstrator. You can also check out the tab “JOIN” at the top of the page for more information.

Make the most of your shopping JOIN NOW and save even more!

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During September ONLY, I am also having a promotion, so with every qualifying order, you will also receive a FREE GIFT along with a thank you card from me. This is over and above all the Sale-a-bration FREEBIES. This promotion is only for Residents in Canada.

  Each person who makes a purchase USING MY HOST CODE FWGF4ES4 receives

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$200 or more = 3 Gifts

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Until next time, happy crafting!


I CONFESS, I’M A HOARDER

Have you ever watched the hoarder shows on TV. The houses are usually so stuffed with well… stuff, that you can barely walk into any room in the house and it takes days or weeks for people to clean it out? I am not one of those people but as a crafter, I do hoard all my crafting supplies. I just love all my stamps, my card stock, designer series paper, ribbons, embellishments etc. However, it was getting a little out of hand so it was time for some cleaning and organizing.

First of all I took all my Paper Pumpkin stamps from past kits and got them all organized. I have been a subscriber for years and always look forward to the next month’s kit. It’s a great way to create new projects and I love how all the stamps and ink blots add to my supplies. So that being said, It took a while but by printing out all the cover sheets for each kit. I folded them so the stamp is inside, it allows me to see the picture on one side and the stamped images on the other all nicely stored in clear cellophane bags. The picture is just a small sample of what I am talking about. All the little bits left over from each kit were also organized and I was able to get rid of quite a few boxes from my small crafting space.

This month’s kit includes enough supplies to create 12 treat boxes—4 each of 3 designs. That means you can take your pick of apple, pumpkins, or jack-o-lantern treat boxes! Plus, the Paper Pumpkin box is designed to easily transform into a vintage wheelbarrow for you to display your harvest! Whether you’re thinking about crisp red apples or you’re ready to carve some spooky jack-o-lanterns (or both!), the Haunts & Harvest Paper Pumpkin Kit—designed in a vivid fall palette—is a hands-on crafting experience for all autumn lovers!

If you want to receive a monthly Paper Pumpkin kit every month, CLICK HERE to subscribe. You can cancel or skip a month by putting it on hold at any time and there is no penalty to do so. I love that!

You can also purchase pre-paid kits for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months and those purchases will count towards Sale-a-bration FREE STUFF. With every $60 or $120 purchase you can choose a FREE PRODUCT from the Sale-a-bration brochure. What better way to get FREE STUFF! To visit my online store and see for yourself, CLICK HERE. If you can’t resist and make a purchase, be sure to use my August HOST CODE – QNYF6RAE and you will automatically receive a Thank you card and a free gift from me . My host code changes every month so a new one will be available tomorrow and posted to my website.

Next I spent some time, completing one of the many card kits that Stampin’ Up! has to offer. I had purchased this kit a while ago and never even opened it, so it was time to get started. I love this kit and I couldn’t wait to send the large Butterly card to my 5 yr old granddaughter, just because. I have been sending her cards every month or so for years and she loves getting mail from grandma. I love sending them too! This kit has already sold out so is no longer available but you can see what other card kits are available by visiting my online store. Just CLICK HERE

So after cleaning up and making some room I got to work on prepping for my next card class. There is only one spot left and I am looking forward to getting together with all the ladies. Below is just one of the cards we’ll be making and I have to say, I love the Blossoms and Bloom Bundle. It not only has beautiful dies which can be cut out and adhered to the front of the card with ease but it lines up perfectly with the flower stamp as well. As you can see, there are also lots of sentiments available to use as well.

TIP: I use the adhesive sheets for the outline die and it makes it so easy to overlay the outline die with the larger floral die AND there is no mess this way.

TIP: This is a large die so you will need Block “F” to stamp it. If you don’t have that block, you can use your Stamparatus plate to position your stamp. This will also allow you to re-stamp if your image isn’t quite perfect.

Below are a couple of other cards I have made using this set. After die cutting out the flowers and adhering the outline to them, I was able to cut it up and make two cards from the one die… so versatile.

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Until next time, happy crafting!

Sue


Mini Catalogue launches today

I am so excited to share our brand new mini catalogue with you. This catalogue is filled with all new seasonal items so you will definitely want to take a moment or two to check it out. Click the image below to view a see all the amazing products. There are so many ways to save so keep reading

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Choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration product with every $60 or $120 purchase (before shipping and handling).  Free products will be calculated and you will be prompted to choose your free products as you checkout in my online shop.

Don’t forget to use the August host code QNYF6RAE to receive a free thank you gift from me when you place your order.

SALE-A-BRATION also starts today

This is an amazing promotion which earns you FREE exclusive products when you shop during August and September.

If you place a large order or host a party during the promotion period you will also receive a free exclusive stamp set as well as all the host rewards. Just Click on the picture to see all the FREE items available with every $60 or $120 purchase.

This adorable stamp bundle is just one of many new stamps and dies available. I love all the possibilities this offers and have included an example to fuel your imagination. What better way to get started on Christmas crafts and cards.

Earn even more free products by hosting a party. Place any party or personal order of $375 or more, you can earn this exclusive stamp set for FREE Hurry! When Sale-A-Bration ends, so does this offer. This item (156619) will need to be added to the Stampin’ Rewards free products section when you spend $375.

JOIN

Now is a great time to join Stampin’ Up!. During Sale-a-bration promotion, purchase the starter kit for $135 and than choose $165 worth of products of your choice, from our annual or mini catalogue PLUS you can choose any of the 12 bundles from our new mini catalogue shared below. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post and it inspires you to create! Whether you use card kits, crafting kits or your own personal stash, crafting is happy therapy and presenting someone with a card is the perfect way to bring a smile to someone’s face.

If you want to see future posts, I invite you to like and follow my blog so you won’t miss out. If you would like to be added to my email newsletter, please provide your contact information here. I provide monthly emails with all the latest updates so you won’t miss out.

Until next time, happy crafting!

Sue


Playing with old and new stamps

I love being an Independant Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and using all the various products I have accumulated over the years. Some may be retired but they never go out of style. I always enjoy seeing the wonderful new products each catalogue brings, but I use my retired stamps as well. Whether you are a beginner or an avid crafter, I invite you to become Independant Stampin’ Up! demonstrator so you can enjoy purchasing discounts while accumulating your own stash of Stampin’ Up! products.

How does that work?

During Sale-a-bration which begins August 3, 2021, I invite you to join my team by purchasing a starter kit. You CHOOSE whatever products you want, for a total value of $165.00 worth of products but you pay just $135. It gets even better though. Just for signing up, you can also choose any one of the Stamp and Die bundles from the list below for even more saving!

  • Arctic Bears Bundle – $64.75
  • Beauty of Tomorrow – $68.25
  • Christmas Season – $73.75
  • Christmas to Remember – $81.75
  • Frosted Gingerbread – $66.50
  • Gorgeous Leaves – $60.25
  • Nature’s Harvest – $72.75
  • Peaceful Cabin – $72.75
  • Peaceful Deer – $48.50
  • Penguin Place – $42.25
  • Sweet Little Stockings – $64.75
  • Whimsical Trees – $70.00

Did you know, as a demonstrator, all future purchases will save you 20% or more? By purchasing the Starter Kit, there is no obligation to purchase anything more, no requirement to sell or hold events/parties, and no penalty if you decide to stop. So mark your calendar and join my team during Sale-a-bration by clicking here. Then it will be time to shop and choose all those wonderful products!

So today I would like to share a few of those cards I’ve made recently with both old and new stamps

My husband recently asked me to make a couple of golf themed cards. The reason being, his buddies forgot to add him in, when booking a tee time (he was able to add himself later). Anyways, they give each other the gears all the time when golfing so he wanted two cards so he can add his own “dig” to the card before handing them out. It’s all in good fun and these cards will do the trick.

I used the retired Clubhouse Golf die set for the silhouettes and the coordinating DSP. I also used the Ornate Thanks Stamp set for the sentiment “So Grateful” inside and the front sentiment is from the new Arctic Bears Stamp set coming out in the new Mini Catalogue. They worked perfectly together.

These cute penguins are also from the new mini catalogue along with the Evergreen Forest embossing folder from the Annual Catalogue. It’s a simple card and I look forward to making other designs because they are just so darn cute!

Although you may not see the embossing in the picture, it makes a really nice background. I think next time I’ll have to sponge a little colour over the embossing to bring out the design a little bit more.

This is another example of using new and older stamps.

For this card I used the Arctic Bears stamp set from the new mini catalogue for the rugged shoreline. It just called for me to add the lighthouse from the Sailing Home stamp set in the Annual catalogue.

After all, lighthouses are there to warn sailers about rugged shorelines, right? A little sponging and masking and the card is complete.

Speaking of the Arctic Bears, how cute is this card?

I am loving these polar bears and decided not to add any colour with just a little highlighting to add some depth and seriously how cute is that little bear cub?

This set also includes many other stamps and dies and I cannot wait to make more cards using the more icy components.

If you don’t have a lot of crafting supplies, than card kits are the way to go. Each kit comes with everything you need to get started including artistically designed projects, step-by-step instructions, pre-cut pieces, and more. It’s a great way to build you stash! Choose the kit that’s right for you from an assortment of options designed for a variety of occasions and styles. New kits are added regularly but are only available while supplies last.

Below is an examples of a few card kits. As you can see, each kit is unique. If you want to see all the kits available and their details, please visit my online store by clicking here. There are both card kits and crafting kits to choose from and they change regularly so check back often as each kit will disappear when it is sold out.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and it inspires you to create! Whether you use card kits, crafting kits or your own personal stash, crafting is happy therapy and presenting someone with a card is the perfect way to bring a smile to someone’s face.

If you want to see future posts, I invite you to like and follow my blog so you won’t miss out. If you would like to be added to my email newsletter, please provide your contact information here. I provide monthly emails with all the latest updates so you won’t miss out.

Until next time, happy crafting!


Sending Happy Mail

It’s fun to send someone a card just because. I love making these cards for that reason. I can tell someone they make me happy and I am glad they are part of my story. Would you smile if you received such a card? I know I would.

For these cards, I used the Art in Bloom stamp set.

As you can see this, this stamp set can also be purchased as bundle which includes both coordinating dies and a lovely embossing folder and can be found on Page 116 of the annual catalogue or online by clicking here.

However, in this case, I just used the stamp set.

To Make This Card

I cut my card base at 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ with the thick basic White card stock. I then scored at 4 1/4″ and creased with my bone folder The card fronts were cut at 4″ x 5 1/4″ for both the basic white and the Fresh Freesia. I placed the card fronts on my Stamparatus and stamped the images from the Art in Bloom stamp set on both the Basic White (in black ink) and the Fresh Freesia (in Fresh Freesia ink)

The Stamparatus is perfect for this as both stamped images are exactly the same. I then cut the pieces in half at 2″ so I now have two pieces of each colour. After lining up the stamped images so that the two stamped images fit together, I then attached them to the card front.

To provide a separation between the two images, I stamped my greeting in Versamark Ink, onto a strip 5 1/2″ x 3/4″ of black card stock. I then covered it with white embossing power and used the heat tool to set it. Once done, I trimmed it to make it as thin as possible, cutting around the letters for added interest. I then trimmed the length to fit over the stamped images and glued to the front of the card. How easy is that?

Products Used

  • ART IN BLOOM PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET
  • BASIC WHITE 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK
  • BASIC WHITE 8-1/2″ X 11″ THICK CARDSTOCK
  • BASIC BLACK 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK
  • FRESH FREESIA 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK
  • FRESH FREESIA CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
  • TUXEDO BLACK MEMENTO INK PAD
  • STAMPARATUS
  • PAPER TRIMMER
  • HEAT TOOL
  • BASICS EMBOSSING POWDERS

We all love gorgeous Designer Series Paper, and during this incredible sale, you can enjoy a 15% discount on select papers from the 2021–2022 Annual Catalog!

There are 9 different packs of paper included in this sale and all are gorgeous. It’s the perfect time to stock up!

But don’t wait, this sale will be ending on Aug 2nd. To visit my online store and see the nine different packs available, just click here. All purchases during the month of July, using Host code ARZXNMQM will be entered into my monthly draw for a free gift from me.

IT’S ALMOST TIME FOR SALE-A-BRATION AND THE NEW MINI CATALOG

The new Mini Catalogue goes live on Aug 3rd and there are some lovely Designer Series Paper, some adorable stamps and die sets, ribbons and embellishments. If you’re like me, you’ll want them all! This is a great way to get started on your Fall or Christmas crafts with all the adorable products in the new catalogue. If you would like to receive a hard copy of the new catalogues, click here

But it gets even better because Sale-a-bration returns as well.

With every qualifying order of $60 or $120, you can choose from a selection of FREE products, such as Designer Series Paper, Stamp sets or Dies.

I have to say they’re are some really cute stamps set in the new catalogue.

You know, I love being an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and I love the ongoing support Stampin’ Up! offers. My team of Canadian Stampers, have such fun creating together through Zoom meetings and in-person classes (yes they are back!) while we socialize and chit chat. It doesn’t get any better than that! If you have any questions or would like to discuss further, please contact me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you would like to join my team and become a demonstrator, here are some things to consider. With the purchase of your own personalized starter kit of just $135, you will enjoy all of the following;

  • $165 worth of Stampin’ Up! merchandise of your choosing
    • During Sale-a-bration, You will also be able to choose a FREE STAMP/DIE BUNDLE from a selection of 12 different bundles as an added bonus, just for signing up
  • Save/Earn 20% (or more) on all your future orders.
  • Enjoy Stampin’ Rewards too when you are your own “Host/Hostess!” – the best of both worlds.
  • Free catalogs!
  • Opportunities to preview and pre-order new products before they are released to the public.
  • Enjoy demonstrator perks through the calendar quarter you sign up in AND an additional full calendar quarter with no obligation to sell/purchase anything more beyond the starter kit! To enjoy the perks longer, submit $300 in sales/purchases each calendar quarter (the minimum to stay active).
  • Opportunities for earning extra money so you can pay for your purchases or even run your own business. The choice is yours.
  • Opportunities for travel to attend trainings and/or for trips you may earn.

By purchasing the Starter Kit, there is no obligation to purchase anything more, no requirement to sell or hold events/parties, and no penalty if you decide to stop your demonstrator ship.

Empower yourself and others with the Hope Box Paper Pumpkin Kit! Created from the heart and soul of Stampin’ Up! cofounder, Shelli, the Hope Box Paper Pumpkin Kit reminds us why life is precious. This month’s Paper Pumpkin kit includes supplies to create nine encouraging cards and coordinating envelopes in an inspiring color palette, and a specially designed Hope Box!

The Hope Box is designed to be a keepsake box—keep mementos of cherished memories or reminders of what’s yet to come. Collect treats and trinkets that represent what hope means to you in your Hope Box and look inside for inspiration or share it with a friends who could use some uplifting!

What will you put in your Hope Box? Letters, song lyrics, inspiring quotes, and photographs are powerful reminders of hope and connection—and great additions to a Hope Box.

  • Kit contains supplies to create nine cards and coordinating envelopes and comes in a special box!
  • The box is specially designed to turn into a Hope Box—a keepsake box full of cherished items to add hope to your life or in the lives of others.
  • Includes an exclusive stamp set and a Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Bumblebee, Melon Mambo, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Poppy Parade

To receive your own personal hope box, click here to subscribe before August 10th and you will receive it within 10 days of subscribing. There is not commitment required, you can cancel or suspend you kit at any time without penalty so give it a try. I know you won’t be disappointed.


How to Make Beautiful Greeting Cards with card kits.

I have always been a huge fan of card kits and once again, Stampin’ Up! hit a home run. Whether you are a brand new card maker, or you have been paper crafting forever, you will love these card kits.

  • Everything comes in a box so it’s easy to pack and take to the cottage or a weekend get-a-way
  • Having a girls night in? Bring a kit or two and do some crafting as part of the fun
  • Hosting a wedding shower? How much fun would putting these kits together be, even the guys can get involved
  • Planning a Birthday Party? Kids love putting these kits together
  • Kits are perfect for someone who is housebound as well.
  • BONUS: You have completed cards to spread that cheer when you are done! It doesn’t get any better.

Below are just a few samples, just click on each link below to see more details. You can also visit my online store by clicking here to see all the beautiful kits available. Don’t forget to use my July Host code ARZXNMQM when purchasing so you can be entered into my monthly draw. All orders over $200 don’t require the host code, but you will still be entered in the draw

The Notes of Cheer is  an “all-inclusive” card kit and there is no stamping required. How simple is that? These cards come with greetings in four languages so you can send these cards to friends and family all over the world.  

Your DIY craft kit includes delicate and gorgeous kaleidoscope of butterflies. All pieces are printed, die cut, and ready for you to craft. The butterfly-shaped card is sure to surprise and impress your recipients. Love and support themed greetings come printed in Dutch, English, French, and German.  

Kit includes:
* Designed projects 
* Step-by-step instructions
* Precut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
* Makes 9 cards: 3 each of 3 designs
* Folded card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″
* 9 printed envelopes
* Adhesive-Backed Faceted Gems
* Adhesive to complete projects
* Printed designer box for storage or crafting on the go: 9-7/8″ x 6-1/2″ x 2-3/4″


Perhaps you would like something different. Well you can easily celebrate with loved ones or let someone know you’re thinking of them with the Kerchief All-Inclusive Card Kit.

Layer elegant rose and greenery die-cut elements onto the printed handkerchief-inspired, vintage-themed card bases. Printed greetings come in English, French, and German. 

This kit is easy to assemble and makes you look like a DIY professional! Once you’ve completed a card in each design, you can use the various components to create alternate card designs

Kit includes
* Designed projects 
* Step-by-step instructions
* Precut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
* Makes 8 cards: 4 each of 2 designs
* Folded card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″
* 8 printed envelopes
* Natural Twine
* Adhesive to complete projects
* Printed designer box for storage or crafting on the go: 9-7/8″ x 6-1/2″ x 2-3/4″


Celebrate the men in your life with the For the Guys All-Inclusive Card Kit. Create DIY outdoor-themed cards that celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and express gratitude.

Customize cards for the recipients with people-themed sentiments like brother, uncle, nephew, etc.

All greetings are interchangeable on the printed and die-cut card elements so you can create the kind of card you need when you need it. Once your kit is complete, keep the stamp set for future creative projects. Also available in French.

Kit includes
* For the Guys Photopolymer Stamp Set
* Acrylic stamp block
* Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin’™ Spot
* Designed projects 
* Step-by-step instructions
* Precut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
* Makes 10 cards: 5 each of 2 designs
* Folded card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″
* 10 printed envelopes
* Adhesive to complete projects
* Printed designer box for storage or crafting on the go: 9-7/8″ x 6-1/2″ x 2-3/4″


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Speaking of kits, don’t forget about Paper Pumpkin kits.

Paper Pumpkin is the perfect way to jump into the world of papercrafting and get your creative “me-time” every month. We deliver all the stamps, ink, and paper you need to create a fun project, without any stress. Everything is precut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun part of crafting!  Each month is a surprise so you never know what you will receive but I guarantee you will love each month’s creations.

Your first kit includes a free gift from us—a clear stamping block. You’ll also build a collection of stamps and ink to use on other projects. There’s no pressure—you can cancel or suspend at any time.

Subscribe by the 10th of the month to get started!


I hope you have enjoyed this post and I hope you will give card kits a try, because I know you will be pleasantly surprised with just how creative you can be.

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