Extra, Extra, Read All About it! Get your papers here!

We all love gorgeous Designer Series Paper (DSP for short) and for the month of October you can stock up and save on some of our catalogue favourites! Check out all the options for Christmas, Fall, Halloween, Birthdays, Kids. Something here for every celebration!

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For 24 hours on 23 September—from 12:00 AM to 11:50 PM (MT) online a select number of cling and photopolymer stamp sets from the 2020–2021 Annual Catalog will be available for purchase at a 15% discount.

There is a great selection of sets available in this sale! Some new and some are old favourites of mine 😀! I’ve got quite a list going already!!

Take advantage of the advance notice and send me your wish list by Tuesday evening!

Sale prices listed below are only valid only during the flash sale period. If there is a discrepancy in pricing, the Stampin’ Up! website will be deemed the correct price.

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The Wonders of the One Sheet Wonder!

I had a couple of very successful Epicure classes last week and needed to create some thank you cards for my class guests. Since I needed quite a few the one sheet wonder popped into my mind. This is such a quick and easy way to make the best use of every little scrap of that oh so gorgeous paper! Because I needed a bunch I used two different patterns which can be found on my just started Pinterest board – https://pin.it/3wDVT6A

I decided to work with the new Ornate Garden Suite available early from the new 2020 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue. This suite is simply beautiful! There are so many elements in this mega collection that you can purchase all together or bits at a time. The links below show the entire collection and the various bundled parts.

I stamped a couple different saying combinations and used the dies that come in this suite to create lovely labels for my cards. I find these dies cut much better if they are run through the die cutting machine at an angle. A little weeding out of paper bits later I’m ready to go!

I was able to create 21 cards from two sheets of 12×12 paper and coordinating Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron and Old Olive cardstock. If I did that with the whole pack of DSP I could end up with more than 120 cards! Incredible!!

For those of you familiar with my crafting space here is a little sneak peek of the changes coming post

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Swirly Frames Birthday for the Color Combo Blog Hop

Here I was trying to do something new and join a Blog Hop in February. But true to form I procrastinated right past the date for adding my link to the blog. So I created a similar card in the March colours and am way ahead of schedule! I will include a picture of the original card below as well 🙂

The Color Combo Blog Hop picks three colours to create with each month. March’s colours are Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry. To create my card I pulled a stamp set from my shelf that I have had for a while but hadn’t found any love yet! I don’t like to admit that, but sometimes it takes a little while for a set to jump off the shelf and into my hands.

The Swirly Frames Stamp set can be very versatile with various shapes and sizes to help highlight different elements of your card. However, for this card they are the highlight!

I didn’t have any DSP that used these three colours so I created my own. It can be quite fun to just stamp shapes all over a piece of paper to create backgrounds that fit your mood and theme. To make the sentiment from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set pop I used a couple of different sizes of circles and the swirly frame from the Painted Labels Dies that is part of the Painted Poppies Bundle, all available in the 2020 January-June Mini Catalogue.

I hope you enjoy the card and have fun hopping! Follow the NEXT button to the next blog! As promised you can see below the card originally created with last month’s hop colours.

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Accented Blooms

I just found this picture in my drafts, whoops 🙂 My card class attendees made this card last fall. Better late than never!

A happy birthday blooms for you! Stampin’ Blends work so well even when used on the very light shades of cardstock. Here I stamped with soft suede onto Soft Sea Foam and then coloured in the flowers. The colours remain bright and vibrant and you don’t have to colour in the background as well, creating a smoother edge to the stamped image against the background designer series paper.

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Sweet Friend

Just had my first play with the new products available in the 2020 Spring Mini and Sale-A-Bration catalogues. This lovely bundle with coordinating free product jumped right out at me! It’s so fun!

You can find links to the new catalogues right here on the right hand side of my blog, but please contact me so that I can get an actual real copy into your hands. I would love to help you find the perfect fit for your crafting needs. While you are there think about joining my team. There is never a better time than during Sale-A-Bration and this year’s deal does not disappoint! I look forward to hearing from you!!

Back to the honey bees! A little patience with the honey comb die and you could build yourself an entire hive! The winter hasn’t been too harsh yet, but I can wait until the bees are buzzing again!

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Hey There Pumpkin

Got a little cutie that needs to know you are thinking of them? Send them a little “Hey There, Pumpkin” with this fun fall card. An all occasion card that can send the right message to anyone on your list! I just love how the vine comes off the card and brings the image to life! Tone on tone watercolouring makes this a fairly quick and easy card.

All instructions can be found by following the Tams link!

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It’s Your Day – Fall Birthday

The fall weather is upon us and my backyard is covered in falling leaves. Our iconic maple leaf 🍁 is by far the favourite for fall colours. Using a baby wipe and reinkers to create your very own custom ink pad is a great way to capture the beauty of our leaves. Every leaf will be different!

The Colourful Seasons stamps and Seasonal Layers dies are a great combo for year round creating! I think these colours bring this stamp to life. Do you agree?

Follow the tams link below for instructions on how to create this card.

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This or That with the Host Set Soft Spring

Well, summer flies by and before you know it months have gone without a blog post! It’s not that crafting and card classes don’t occur but there is too many other things to do that aren’t sitting at my computer!

This lovely host set is so simple and elegant. It can be added to orders of $200CDN or more. That amount can be from items on your wish list (trust me there’s lots to love in our catalogue) or from the gathering of orders you get from a home party! Perhaps I can inspire you to get your friends together for a workshop and have a fun night together!

Contact me to pick a time and place 🥰

The Stampin’ Up!’s Stamparatus makes lining up this two-step set a breeze. To allow the colour of the flowers come through I inked up the stamp and then pressed paper towel on the stamp to soak up most of the ink leaving just a light outline image. When you come back in with the flower colour the blooms can really shine! Put a little wink-of-stella on the dragonflies to make them come alive.

When I cut paper for my card classes I usually cut a few extras. Makes it easy to grab an already prepared piece if one of my participants has an oops! After class, I put together the left overs for my stash. I had my own oops during this process so added extra colour to cover it up. Which do you prefer?

In Canada? Shop with me to get any of these or other Stampin’ Up! supplies for your crafting needs! Follow the tams link for more detailed instructions of how to create this on your own. Consider signing up for a class to learn more techniques!

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Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper

In the past couple of catalogues Stampin’ Up! has offered some truly beautiful laser-cut paper for us to work with. The details are so fine and pretty that they make it easy to create a beautiful layer on a card.

The question is how to make sure that this beautiful paper is adhered to your card so that it keeps its glory all the way to the recipient.


For me it was an old school art class name that gets brought back into my adult crafting life. Elmer spray adhesive makes this card a breeze. Using a cardboard box lined with scrap paper, simply lay the DSP with the wrong side up, give it an even spray of glue and gently place the 12×12 colour of your choice on top. After a gently press lift the two pieces together and turn over. You don’t want the cardstock to stick to the scrap paper underneath. Make sure everything looks good and then set aside to dry.

Once the sheet is dry you can carefully cut to the desired size. Depending on which trimmer you use and how well you glued the paper, creating a frame with dies is a great way to hide any pulls or imperfections 😉

For the accents on this card I clear embossed and fussy cut around a couple of butterflies and used some rhinestones on a couple of the flower centres. With so many pages in the DSP pack you could create a rainbow of wonderful card fronts in a short period of time!

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