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.

Poppies for all occasions

I love the Poppy stamps and the designer Series paper is beautiful. I made up this card using Whisper White card stock as a base with Poppy Parade matting and the DSP on top. The DSP stands alone and makes for a beautiful card front. After stamping the sentiment and a few roses I punched out the label and adhered it to the front of the card. This is so simple to make and yet is just pops.

With Sale-a-Bration going on, it’s the perfect time to stock up on crafting supplies. With every $60.00 purchase you make, you can choose a free item from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure. New items will be available on March 4th for an even bigger selection of freebies to choose from.

Want to earn even bigger savings? Becoming a demonstrator will allow you to earn 20% discount on all future purchases. One of the best times to join is during Sale-A-Bration, when you get special perks that you won’t see any other time of year. Sign up between now and March 31, and you will not only receive your regular starter kit, but you will also get the mini paper cutter, 6 X 6 designer series paper sampler, and your choice of a stamp set.

click on the link to check it out.

World Card Making day

Did you know that World Card Making Day exists?

Well it does. It takes place every year, on the first Saturday of October. This special day encourages everyone in the whole wide world, to make a homemade card. I sure bet the card companies won’t like that!

Yesterday, I held a card making workshop to celebrate World Card Making Day. We got together to make 2 cards each of 5 different designs for a total of 10 cards to take home. With Christmas within sight, it also gives you a head start on your Christmas cards. I know a lot of people don’t send cards anymore which is a shame. Collecting your mail and receiving a special card from someone makes you smile and what better way to spread the smiles than to send a card.

People give one another cards to celebrate birthday celebrations, wedding ceremonies, accomplishments and much more, in addition to commiserate or support. But exactly how much does your sentiment mean, if it is simply purchased from a retail chain with little thought? Taking a bit of your time to make something sincere on your own, and show the recipient that you’ve really considered them means so much more to the recipient. It shows you care.

Thank you Card

Hi everyone, it has been over a month since I have done any crafting due to travelling and some construction taking place.  I cannot believe the withdrawal I experienced during this time.  Crafting is such a stress reliever because you can forget about everything else going on in your life, for just a little while.

I strongly believe that thank you cards are important to show appreciation. I am overdue with some thank you cards so I made up this card as a thank you for an order placed to my business.

I cut the Highland Heather card stock to 5 1/2″ by 11″ and folded in half to make the card base.
I cut two Whisper White card stock at 5 1/4 x 4″
One for the inside and one for the front of the card.

Using the Highland Heather ink pad, I then stamped the Image from the “A little Lace” stamp set and then stamped the sentiment from the “Daisy Lane” stamp set for the front of the card

After adhering the front, I adhered the second Whisper White card stock to the inside of the card. I left this blank so I could write my own comments to the inside.

Voila, an elegant but simple thank you card


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July 30 – National Day of Friendship

The world is filled with too much hatred, too much fighting and too much mistrust of others. The International Day of Friendship is certainly an opportunity to stop, and to reverse, these worldwide problems.

According to the United Nations, the official sponsor of this special day, the International Day of Friendship is a day set aside to promote friendship among peoples, cultures and countries. Today is a time to encourage efforts towards peace, and to build bridges among different people. It is a day of respect for others, and a day to celebrate diversity.

According to the United Nations, on this day people, groups and governments should hold events and activities to promote mutual understanding and reconciliation.

On an individual level, use this day to promote friendship in big and small ways. You can begin by “extending an olive branch” to a sibling or a family member, a neighbor, or an old friend who we’ve had a falling out with. If we all try just a little the world will be a friendlier, more peaceful place.

Origin of International Day of Friendship:

The origin of International Day of Friendship has roots as far back as 1919 in the United States. The country of Paraguay  first celebrate this day on an national level on July 30, 1958.  Other countries with early celebrations include: several countries in South America, Bangladesh, India, and Malaysia. Different countries celebrated this day on varying dates in July, August and April.

In 2011, the United Nations declared this an official international day, to be celebrated annually on July 30th.

Keeping cool in the heat wave

Hi everyone, well we are certainly experiencing some hot weather this week. Given the Canadian winters, I have no problem with this. I was golfing last night with my ladies golf league in 38C humidity, and drinking lots of water. I even won the 50/50 draw so all in all, it was a good day.

At home I am staying inside in the air conditioning and doing what I love, crafting. I have a card class next week so was finishing up some of the prep work required. Below are the three cards we will be making. Each one is unique and requires different techniques which I like to demonstrate. If you have an interest in learning new techniques or would like to get together just to socialize while we make cards, please register on my blog. Next Class is Aug 14th and spots are limited.