Christmas Sparkle with Year of Cheer Suite

Put a little sparkle in your life…simply!

A lot of card makers are like crows, they like things that sparkle! The Year of Cheer suite definitely has sparkle with all the metallic papers, the pretty embellishments and the amazing washi tape that all go with this suite. You can even go over the top and mix it with our glimmer paper. I am so thankful to Barb Stewart for designing these beautiful cards. As soon as I saw them I knew I would offer a class with them and everyone was in love. The best part is that you get a beautiful card with very little effort and that is what many of us long for. Simplicity. Beauty. A little extra time to just relax. These cards do all of that!


Year of Cheer suite and Add a Little Glitz


I did add one extra card to the class out of sheer necessity. You see when I decided to offer this as a class I was totally out of the foil snowflakes, so I wanted to offer an alternative. I ended up using the stars from the Starlight Thinlets and it turned out beautifully. The stars are so very lovely, but the foil snowflakes are immediate gratification. I will share a video at the end of this post to show you how to make the stars in the most easy and efficient way.


Starlight Thinlets Alternative


The starlight thinlets coordinate with the Star of Light stamp set. I love this 21 piece stamp set because not only does it have beautiful star images including star dust that can be used on Disney cards as fairy dust, it also has lots of beautiful sayings.


Use starlight thinlets as the focal point of this card.


When my customers saw this card they thought I had embossed the star. Really it is just two star framelits layered on top of each other. I have some pictures here, but please note that in the second picture the stars are just laying on top of each other, I haven’t adhered them yet because I want to do that in my video and I don’t want to have to make more stars!!


Layered stars in different foil and glimmer papers are just stunning.



Now for the important information. Measurements do make everything easier right? No need for guesswork. Here you go. All the cards are the same which is just wonderful.

heavy white cardstock: 4 1/4″ by 11″ scored at 5 1/2″

foil paper (I used champagne, silver and gold but copper also works) 3 3/4″ by 4 3/4″

patterned paper from Year of Cheer- 3 1/2″ by 4 1/2″

for the sentiment- whisper white cardstock 1 1/4″ by 3 3/4′ metallic 1 1/2″ by 4″

One of the cards uses soft suede for the matting and this also looks quite wonderful, so if you need to save some money you could use this instead of the foil paper. To make your foil paper last longer be sure to cut out stars from your big mat before you put the patterned paper over top, just be sure to leave a 1/4 inch margin all around!


Foil snowflakes are the perfect easy accent for this card.


Did you know that you get 12 gold and 12 silver foil snowflakes in each package and that they are cream coloured on the back? So you can use them as a neutral accent or you can sponge them with any colour you like, or you can stamp the whole snowflake with versamark and emboss in gold, silver or copper for a thicker, more luxurious finish.


Here is another inspiration for the Add a Little Glitz stamp set that the saying “May your season sparkle”.


Finally here is the video on how to use your star framelits with the least amount of frustration.


I hope you have a great weekend! Remember if you live in Canada and don’t already have a demonstrator I would love to have you order from me or even better, join my team and get your own discount.


Eastern Palace Suite Sneak Peek

Hello stampers! I am so excited to share with you a brand new suite called Eastern Palace. It will be available to you on May 1, unless you want to take advantage of the great deal on the starter kit, then you can get it right away. Wait till you see what this amazing suite has in it and what you can do with it. I have to admit that when I first saw it, I was definitely NOT impressed. It was the beauty and intricacy of the framelits and dies that won me over. Seeing is believing, so check out this YouTube video I made showing what this suite can do:



The card that inspired me the most was this one by Melinda Kok, a demonstrator from the Netherlands. Here is the link to her blog:


Gorgeous vintage card using Eastern Palace suite and Blooms and Wishes.


The other two people who inspired me most when creating my samples were Lyssa Zwolanek and Martha Inchley. Thanks so much for jump starting my creativity.


Amazing gold stickers come in the Eastern Palace Suite bundle.


I love the simplicity of the gold and the vanilla. For the first time ever, Stampin’Up! has thick gold stickers that coordinate with framelits to make beautifully detailed accents. I love them so very much. The following card was inspired by Martha Inchley from London, Ontario.


There are tiny stamps included in the set that are very easy to use with the framelits since they are photopolymer and you can actually see what you are doing!


The card above uses Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide as well as Soft Sky. Three of the new in colours are included in the bundle you can get on May 1: Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig.


Pretty tassels are also included in the bundle.


Here you can see the pretty tassel that is included in the bundle. The package has twelve tassels in total, four  of each in gold, tranquil tide and fresh fig. There are also some very pretty words that are shaped in a curve so you can stamp them around your circle images.


A trio of cards showing the versatility of Eastern Palace.


Here is a close up of the one card where I went a little crazy stamping all the little details. Definitely not a card to be made in a big class but oh so much fun to do yourself. I layered circles of cardstock in behind the detailed framelits for a pop of colour with Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide.


Adding circles of cardstock behind the framelit openings in the card gives a great pop of colour.


Here is a little sampler I made of how the different framelits cut such intricate details:


Framelit sampler


You can see that the framelits cut out details but most of the time not a shape, so that means you get this beautifully framed “window” in the front of your card. The shaped framelits cut out the stickers. These framelits pair very well with our Layering Circles framelits and with our Stitched Framelits.


Here is a look at what you can get in the bundle, there are two options to choose from, one is great for beginner stampers and the other one is great for someone who wants to have it all.



There are two options for getting some or all of these products and the great thing is that with either choice you get free stuff. With the first bundle you get a free pack of vanilla envelopes. With the second bundle you get a a free pack of envelopes AND a package of very vanilla thick cardstock. Yes, thick card stock is now also going to be available in very vanilla. How wonderful is that?


Here are the details for the two different bundles you can order.


Here is the link if you need a closer view: Eastern_Palace_Flyer_NA

The following two cards were inspired by Lyssa Zwolanek. One reminds me of a theatre stage curtain, and the other one is clean and simple with layers of gold and vanilla.


Gold stickers and framelits combined with Eastern Palace specialty paper make for a stunning card.


Cut the specialty paper to make a unique card front.


I am super excited about this new suite, so I am going to make a special offer to you. If you let me know BEFORE May 1 which bundle you would like, you will go into a draw for hostess benefits. If you live out of town and want to order online, let me know ahead of time and then use the host code found on the right side column of my blog and you too will be entered into the draw. How fun to get some new in-colour ink pads and card stock before the new catalog goes live on June 1. This is the kind of product that you don’t have time to put away because you just want to keep creating with it. Here is the last card I want to share with you. Notice that our dapper denim ribbon matches very well with this suite. Of course it is retiring, so get it while you can! It is even 25% off right now and still available.


Let's be Friends Forever embossed in gold and layered with Eastern Palace framelits.





Making a Difference One Card at a Time

Well hello stampers! The thing I like best about what I do as a Stampin’Up! demonstrator is that I can make a real difference in people’s lives. So can you. Through the inspiration of a fellow demonstrator who attended my retreat in Tennessee, “Dixie Sue”, and through two requests from the community, C.A.R.E. was born. It stands for Cards Are a Real Encouragement. Both the local hospital and the hospice approached me about making cards and I was thrilled to be able to say yes! The cards we will make together will let people know that they are not alone. Someone cares about them and they have not been forgotten. Their sorrow and their pain will be acknowledged. Yesterday I was busy all morning creating these simple but beautiful cards.


These simple cards use the great technique of stamping on patterned paper.


Some of these cards use retired stamp sets, but since they are still beautiful and not being used in a “real” card making class, I have no issue with that. Even the beautiful Serene Scenery paper is now sold out. I still have four packages unopened!! The birthday cards you see will be for those unfortunate people that have to celebrate a birthday in the hospital.


The Serene Scenery paper is retired but the Sunshine Sayings set is still available with the coordinating framelits.


Even though this beautiful paper is no longer available, the stamp set used here, Sunshine Sayings, is still current. I love this set as it is so versatile and combines so beautifully with the Sunshine Wishes framelits. Right now it is still a bundle so you save 10%. When the new catalog comes out June 1 it will no longer be a bundle so you will have to pay more!


Amazing what you can create with small paper scraps! Weather Together is retiring, so get it before May 31!


This card was made using leftover scraps from another card. The heart is from Sunshine Wishes framelits and the saying is from Weather Together, which will only be available until May 31. The card itself measures 4 1/4″ square. The patterned paper strips are 3 3/8″ x 1″. The black mat is 3 5/8″ x 3 3/8″. The following card sort of sums up my motivation for C.A.R.E. “be the difference you want to see in the world”.


Serene Scenery paper is perfect for stamping on. Simplicity at its best.


The way that C.A.R.E. works is that we will make three identical cards, perhaps switching up the sentiments. One card will go to the hospital, one will be for hospice and one will be for you to keep. You pay only $5. We meet each Saturday morning at 10am at The Dutch Market at 80 William Street south in their bistro. Of course we will take time to enjoy their famous pastries and Charlie is always so kind and generous to provide us with coffee on the house. Space is limited to be a part of this group, so be sure to let me know if you want to be a part of it. This last card was the brain child of Julie Scaparra. I love it so much. The saying is from a retired stamp set called Love and Sympathy. the lighthouse is from the stamp set High Tide, one of my favourites from the Occasions catalog.


High Tide combines beautifully with Serene Scenery paper to make this stunning card originally designed by Julie Scaparra.


It truly is amazing that stamps, ink and paper can make such a difference in people’s lives. It really is true. I have heard it over and over and it makes my heart smile. The simple act of making something for someone with your own two hands while thinking about them is a very profound act of love that does not go unnoticed. People feel the love. I will end with the  Stampin’Up! statement of the heart:


Stampin'Up! statement of the heart

Sneak Peek: Birthday Memories Suite

Hello stampers! You are a very lucky bunch indeed, because you get a fabulous sneak peek at a brand new suite from the upcoming 2017-2018 annual catalog. It is called Birthday Memories Suite and it is unlike anything Stampin’Up! has ever offered before. What makes it unique is that the framelits in the bundle also cut out the beautiful images from the paper. I can’t share the pictures for the paper, the stamp set or the framelits yet, but I can show you the projects that I made!


This emboss-resist technique works great with the sentiment and the paper is just beautiful in this Birthday Memories suite available June 1.


I just love the honeycomb embellishments that go with this suite. The colours there match perfectly with the patterned paper. Here is a close-up:


Look how pretty these honeycomb embellishments are! Birthday Memories Suite.


Do you see the girl in the inside of this card? It is a stamp and there is a matching framelit. There is also a girl on the patterned paper that faces the front and it also fits into the framelit.


Look at the beautiful girl image. There is a framelit that goes with the stamp and it also cuts out the girl from the patterned paper which faces the front.


This is the easiest card ever. It measures 6" square and is just a piece of the beautiful patterned paper in the Birthday Memories suite.


The patterned paper in this suite that you can make the easiest cards ever just by using a square of it and putting it on the front of the card. I love the nostalgic feel of it and that it works for both boys and girls. Doesn’t it remind you of the beautiful story books that you read as a child?


The poodle card is also very simple with just a piece of patterned paper and a strip of red card stock stamped with the word "friend" that is in the stamp set.


This is a great card for a dog lover and it simply uses a piece of patterned paper from the Birthday Memories Suite. Here is the inside of the card and it uses the stamp set Here for You.


The inside of the card also uses the stamp set Here for You.


Easy note card using the framelits that cut out all the images from the paper- the poodle, the present and the banner.


This suite is great, not only for cards, but also for cute gifts.


Super simple- a petite cafe bag adorned with a strip of patterned paper, a banner and a piece of ribbon.


This is a petite cafe bag. Did you know that they are poly-lined so that they are safe for treats. Perfect for Easter. I also like to put hazelnut vanilla coffee beans in there. Looks great and smells great too! The next gift is a white treat box that has a clear sleeve around it that has been embellished with a wide banner and a big bow.


I added a cut out turtle from the designer series paper and then used the framelit and the stamp to make an adorable banner and affixed it to a toothpick. It is all attached to the heavy acetate sleeve around the box so it won't get destroyed when the gift is opened.


If you look closely you can see the clear acetate sleeve around the box. That means the whole embellished beautiful topper comes off so that the gift can be opened and nothing destroyed.


This set is also great with baby cards. The matching ribbon is great- here it is deconstructed. I combined it with the That's the Tag bundle.


On this baby card I pulled the ribbon apart and it suits the card perfectly. It also combines very well with the That’s The Tag bundle. Here is close up of the fox:


See the fox? He is from the patterned paper and there is a matching framelit that cuts him out! There is also a coordinating stamp if you want to change up the colours.


Another image that is from the patterned paper is the cake and it cuts out with a coordinating framelit. Such fun to play with!!


Super simple cake card- the cake is cut out with a framelit with the patterned paper.


Here is one more cake card and then I am going to save the rest of the projects for another day. This post is getting super long and I am getting super tired!!


This card uses the chef image and the cake. The cake is from the designer series paper and the chef is a stamp. Both are cut using framelits. How easy is that?


This last card uses one of the neutral sheets from the designer series paper in the Birthday Memories Suite. The cake is an image from the paper and the chef is a stamp. Both are cut using framelits, so no fussy cutting. How awesome is that?!


Stay tuned for more amazing projects using this fabulous suite.



Cheapest Bundle in the Occasions Catalog!

Hello stampers! Do you know which is the cheapest bundle in the Occasions catalog? It is definitely a hidden gem. You can find it on page 11 and it is only $44 for a seven piece stamp set and three framelits. It is called Birthday Blast Bundle and you can see it here. I recently used this set to make congratulations cards for my team members who were celebrating “Stampin’Up!” anniversaries. I was amazed at how quick and easy it was to make a very striking card, especially when you step it up and use our sparkling glimmer paper.

Dapper denim, silver glimmer paper and silver sequins pair up beautifully with Birthday Blast to make a super easy but very striking card in just a few minutes.


One of the things I like the most about Stampin’Up! is the way their products coordinate to make you look very professional. It takes all the guess work out of card making. The paper matches the card stock which matches the ribbon which matches the ink and voila! A beautiful card with no mental anguish. This stamp set also has nice big sentiments which fill up the page so that with three stamps, a framelit and a piece of ribbon you are done. Anyone would be thrilled to get this card in the mail. It is also good to note that there is no bow tying which makes these great to mail.


See how amazingly the framelit coordinates with the stamp? It also punches our very easily, no fussy poking to get the little bits out.


Birthday Blast is a great set not only for birthday, but for celebrating all kinds of occasions, or no occasion at all, just the fact that the person you love is in your life! You could also use this as a present topper, as pictured in the catalog, or as a Disney crown for your little one. It would make a great craft to do with the kids at a birthday party, they could all make their own crown.


Don't forget to use the little star cutouts that are leftover from the main element in the star blast edgelit dies. I love these little bonuses. It is also nice to have two different sized star stamps in the set to add detail.


See the little silver stars around the Happy Birthday? They are left over when you run the star blast edgelit through the Big Shot. It does help to have the Big Shot die brush to get the little bits out very quickly and easily. The stamp set also comes with two different sized stars to add detail.


Here you can see the framelit used as a present topper if you want to be an ultimate gift giver or party planner:


The star blast edgelit dies are great for making pretty presents as well as card elements or pretty Disney crowns.


Don’t forget that today is the last day to take advantage of the biggest sale of the year:  sale-a-bration. With every $60 purchase you get a free item. Some new items have been added to the available selections:


Some new catalog items have been added that you can choose as your sale-a-bration freebie with a $60 purchase.


It is also the last day that you can get the starter kit for an amazing deal plus two free stamp sets. I would love to have you get your own discount (20% every day!) and join my team. If you are interested, simply click here to get the process started. Today only you will get two free extra stamp sets in addition to the $165 worth of product that you can choose and pay only $135 with no tax and no shipping. Almost too good to be true. Also, to celebrate the last day of this great sale, anyone who orders today will be put  into a draw for hostess benefits. If you order, comment below what you would like for $20.


The Tools of the Trade- Part One: the Big Shot

Hello stampers. What is your favourite tool in your stamp room? The one tool you could not do without? For me it is the BIg Shot. Of course you do need a paper trimmer, and I will talk about that one another day. The Big Shot is the tool that totally floored me when I first fell in love with card making. How a machine could turn plain paper into a beautifully textured work of art was just amazing to me. Of course, it not only embosses (which, if you are a brand new stamper is the word for turning a flat, plain piece of cardstock into a textured, patterned work of art) it also cuts and scores things.


Use the Big Shot to turn plain cardstock into beautiful textures and patterns with an embossing folder. The one show here is a "dynamic" folder which means it is extra thick and gives a 3-D effect. It is called Hexagons.


You can also use the Big Shot to cut things using metal shapes called framelits or thinlets and they are either plain shapes such as ovals, squares, circles, hearts, stars, etc. Stampin’Up also carries Stitched Framelits which are my favourite because they add such classic detail with ease. They are also very hard to find since they are not in any of our catalogs yet, but if you click here you will have it at your fingertips. Use the host code on the side bar and you can have these beauties delivered to your  door in no time at all!


When using detailed framelits such as this one from Botanical Builder you get the best results with using the Precision Base Plate.


When cutting out detailed shapes you will get amazing results with the Precision Base Plate. This is a very solid steel plate that has no give, so it works very well to cut in all those tiny spots. Combined with the die brush you will be so happy with the improved results. Worth every penny. The recipe is the Big Shot platform and thin die adaptor, then the precision base plate with the black side up, then  your cardstock and your thinlet or framelit then ONE clear cutting plate. Here are the instructions in case you lost yours or have a hard time finding exactly where to look:


A quick overview of how to make the right "sandwich" with your Big Shot.


I am including a video at the end of this post of what to do if you order a Big Shot. It can be a bit overwhelming when the box arrives and you realize that there is “some assembly required”. Don’t let it scare you. All you have to do is attach the handle, but you can laugh along with me as I do it, or try to do it, without reading the instructions. Here are the instructions so I can encourage you to do it the better way! In Canada we call the “hex wrench” an Allen Key if that makes it more clear.


Simple instructions for assembling your Big Shot. All you need to do is take it out of the package and put the handle on.


Here is a card made by one of my customers, Jane. I recreated it last night using the Happy Birthday from Rose Wonder, but I forgot to take a picture, so I am just going to use Jane’s. She did a beautiful job. You will recognize the copper foil leaves on here from the Botanical Builder Framelits that I showed above.


This card made by my customer Jane Koomans uses the sale-a-bration set Avante Garden, only available until March 31 for free with a $60 purchase in Canada. Also used Botanical Builder framelits.


Finally, here is the video I made with Jeff showing how to put the BIg Shot together and how to use it properly. Remember, if you don’t have a Big Shot yet, the best way to buy it is to include it in your starter kit. That way you pay no shipping or tax plus you a few extra embossing folders as a bonus. Why? How? Because the kit is only $135 but you get to choose $165 in product, so that could include the BIg Shot for $136, a woodland embossing folder for $11.25, a brick wall embossing folder for $11.25 plus stampin’ mist cleaner for $6. You will only pay $135!! That is LESS than the price of the Big Shot in the catalog. PLUS you then get to pick out any two free stamp sets out of the Occasions or Annual catalogs. Stampin’Up also includes a past Paper Pumpkin kit in your starter kit as well as 8 annual catalogs, 8 Occasions catalogs, 8 sale-a-bration flyers and 50 order forms. You then get 20% off all your own orders and 20% instant income if you sell anything to your people. If you choose not to sell to anyone or not to buy another thing ever (really??) you will still have the great deal on your kit. Click here to join and get the starter kit.



Well, I wish you all the best with your Big Shot, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them here, I do love to hear from you. Next in this series will be the Stampin’ Trimmer.