Hello stampers. Yes, I am still alive and yes, I am still blogging. However, when you are building a new house and you have to make tons of decisions without a bottomless pit of money you do get a little strapped on time! I do miss connecting with you regularly, so I am finally buckling down and sharing some great cards using one of my favourite suites. Tropical Escape suite is just so lush and fresh. I really love how this bundle pulls everything together and makes it super easy to make beautiful cards. That really is the beauty of a bundle.
I always tell my team members to make their purchases one bundle at a time rather than spreading themselves out with just a little bit of everything. The colours in the cardstock pack and the designer series paper revolve around Blushing Bride, Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce. Now I’m not sure I would have put those colours together all on my own, but they look fabulous together! There are three leaves in the stamp set and five leaf framelits in the die collection. There are 24, yes, 24! different patterns in the Tropical Escape 6×6″ designer series paper pack. The Tropical elements wood pieces and the textured weave ribbon that are in this suite are not used in these cards but they are both very pretty. You can find all this beauty on page 120 and 121 of the annual catalog.
Enough talk, let’s take a look at the beautiful cards made with this suite. Thankfully I had these three cards in my stash thanks to swaps I participated in. The first one is made by my friend Kay Smith from Newfoundland.
Here is a closeup of the beautiful detail in this Tropical Escape card.
The next card is by the talented Cheryl Hamilton. She actually lives in Hawaii!! She made a matchbook style card. I have never actually made a card like this and I really like it. Time to get out of the card-making box! Do you find yourself making the same style of card over and over?
Here is a close-up of the detail in this lovely card. Can you see how nice these colours work together? When you use the patterned paper as your inspiration you don’t need to figure out anything on your own. I like that!
The last card is by Canada’s own talented Kim McGillis who is on the international Artisan Team. This is a stunning black and white card stamped on shimmer white cardstock. The picture will not do it justice at all! There is a little scrap of polka dot tulle ribbon, some black mini sequin trim and some leaves behind the sentiment.
We are going to make these cards at coffee and a card on Tuesday. Be prepared to divide your group into different assignments, there is a lot of detail in each of these cards, more than the usual style for coffee and a card mornings! I find that when I haven’t made the card personally I sometimes underestimate how much work and steps went into them. Thanks ladies for these beautiful cards.
If you would like to add any of these great things to your crafting stash and you live in Canada, I would love for you to order from me. If you already have a demonstrator, please support them! If you do choose to order online I would ask one more favour, please do use the current host code. This enables me to add other orders to the same workshop so that host benefits can be earned. This helps me keep the cost of my classes down. Did you know that you can place your own order of $200 and get host benefits all by yourself? A better idea if you were planning on spending that kind of cash is to just get the starter kit. In that case you get to pick out $165 worth of product and pay only $135. No shipping. No tax. If you were to spend $165 on a regular order you would be paying $205.10, so you can easily see the benefit of getting the starter kit. After that beautiful box arrives at your place, you can also get a 20% discount on any further orders you might place in the next six months. How awesome is that? Definitely something worth considering. Here is the host code:
Thanks for reading all the way to the end. Have a super day. Stamping hugs, Jackie
Hello stampers. Have you ever forgotten something? Well I have had this card sitting in the wings for almost a year!! I made it, meant to blog about it and do a class on it and then it never happened. Until today! This is a shadowbox card, or at least, that is what I am calling it. I love that from the outside it looks like an ordinary card, but when you open it you get a surprise. I have made a small photo tutorial and a video to show you how it is done. Then it’s your turn! Be sure to get those framelits if you don’t already have them since they are retiring. This is a total coincidence mind you, I had no intent on luring you to buy more stuff. Honestly!! Here is the card, I cased it from the very talented Lynn Starzl. Here is her card.
You can see the inner mechanism of the shadowbox card at the top. The card is made using dapper denim which I did know is retiring, so if you love this colour, make sure you enough cardstock and reinker to last you a while! The Color Theory Paper (and yes, I hate spelling it the American way) is also retiring. Here is a peek at the inside of the card:
You can see from the picture exactly why it is called a “shadowbox” card!! Here is a handy little shot of the dimensions used to make this card. You can get two cards out of one 12×12 sheet of cardstock.
After running the card base through the Big Shot with the label framelit you are going to put a piece of tear and tape on the little half inch flap. Before doing that make sure you use your bone folder to crisply score all your fold lines.
Now make sure that you do NOT adhere your card yet. Trust me, I have gotten ahead of myself before. The next thing you need to do is stamp your scene. This is also tricky. You have to make sure that your scene can be seen through the “window”. That means your sentiment needs to be in the middle and the birds have to be stamped very close to your words. Do you notice my accidental rhyming here in the last two sentences? Sorry, you don’t really care about that. Back to the card. Here is how I made sure that the images were in the right place. I did use my Stamparatus, it will be available in the new catalog on June 1.
So after I took this picture, I put the Stamparatus plate down and pressed it onto the stamp which is now positioned correctly and then I could move the card so I could stamp on the patterned paper without any overlap. Make sense?
One of the nice things about the Stamparatus is that it allows you to stamp the same image repeatedly and accurately to get a nice dark image. This great tool will be available in the new catalog on June 1. It is a must have in any stampers toolbox. After you have finished stamping this panel you can adhere it. The next step is to adhere the flap (see the video on how to do that most effectively). After that you can put on the white panel and lastly the front.
I had shared this card on my Facebook page yesterday and a follower shared a card that she had made after watching my video. I love her card so much. She added the lighthouse to the inside panel. Way to go Sharon Dalton. Sharon is from Australia and here is the link to her blog. Here is her card:
Finally, a reminder to get those items that are on the retiring list before they disappear. Today I used the following retiring products: dapper denim cardstock and ink, Color Theory designer series paper stack as well as Lots of Labels framelits. Here is the video showing you how to make this card. Happy stamping and have a super day!
Hello stampers. Today I felt the need to create a simple blog post. Sorry. No, I’m not sorry that it will be a short and simple one, sorry is the focus of the post. It is also the focal point of this amazing stamp set called Sorry for Everything. It is one of the few stamp sets that is only words. There is not even one image in this set!!
I love this set for the following reasons. 1. It is very versatile. It ranges from sorry I missed your birthday to sorry for the loss of your furry friend to sorry you’re not feeling well. 2. It tackles the more difficult issues in life in a straightforward manner. Sorry that things fell apart! I wish I could make everything better. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Sorry to see you go. And finally, forgive me?
As a Christian saying sorry (and asking and extending forgiveness) is essential to the faith. We were forgiven everything, so who are we to withhold forgiveness? I know, my thoughts are running deep today. Let’s break up these deep thoughts and take a look at the card that I made.
Never underestimate the power of a hand written hand made card. I personally know of relationships that have been forever changed and salvaged due to this simple act. If you do not yet have this set, I would highly recommend adding it to your stash. You will use it over and over. The big “sorry” makes it a wonderful focal point so that you can keep the rest of your card fairly simple. I used thick whisper white cardstock for the base, a night of navy layer 4 1/8″ by 5 3/8″ and then a whisper white layer of 4″ by 5 1/4″ run through the Big Shot with the Detailed Floral thinlits (they used to be a bundle with the beautiful Floral Phrases set. Be sure to use the precision base plate as this is a detailed thinlet. If you forget to use this plate and use just the regular platform or the magnetic platform you will notice, trust me! Lots and lots of poking and it might not even cut through all the way. The precision base plate is worth every penny. Remember, it is saleabration time and that means an amazing deal on the starter kit. If you need some of these big ticket items, this is by far the best way to get them. Just click here to join my team and get this deal. No selling required, but wouldn’t a 20% discount on your future purchases be absolutely wonderful? You also get to pre-order from the new annual catalog on May 1!!!! Whooohooo. Lots of perks. (you do need to live in Canada to join my team, sorry!)
Are you interested in how I did the faux bow on my card? This ribbon trick is the most favourite trick I have ever shared, but maybe you are not yet familiar with it. Check out this video. I hope you have a super rest of your weekend!
Hello stampers and Happy New Year! Today I am sharing a cool technique that involves inking up your embossing folders and stamping on them before running them through the Big Shot. I shared a video last week on how to do this and it was a big hit. Today I thought I would also talk you through the steps of doing this and show you a few pictures of several variations. Here is what you need:
I found that these colours worked together really well. First you ink up the entire Woodland embossing folder on the Sizzex logo side with Soft Suede. Then you swipe it a few times with the night of navy ink pad. Then stamp the tree from Lovely as a Tree with Garden Green several times at different heights. Lay a white piece of cardstock 4″ by 5 1/4 inches on the uninked side of the folder about 1/4″ from the folder seam. If you look carefully you will see that the bottom of the trees starts at that point. Close your folder and run it through the Big Shot with just the base and two clear plates.
This is what it will look like, but each time it will turn out differently which makes this technique so artistic. I used a 1 3/4″ circle punch to cut out the sentiment which is from Rose Wonder. The 2 3/8″ scallop circle punch with night of navy is a great accent.
With the card above you can see that I swiped the night of navy on the folder on an angle at the bottom making it look like a woodland hill. This is just a happy coincidence! Swiping the folder with this dark colour also accents the bark on the birch trees beautifully don’t you think? Here is another one so that you can see how two identical cards can still look very different with this technique.
This second card has more intense inking on the folder and therefore looks a lot different than the first one. I realize that the scallop circle punch is retired but thankfully Stampin’Up! offers the Layering Circle framelits which will also do the job. Both cards have a base of Night of Navy cardstock.
You can make this card even more detailed by adding another stamp to the mix. I used the antique car from Guy Greetings. I also want to show you the difference when you choose different colours for the car. For one I used early espresso, which I thought was a suitably dark colour. For the other card I used night of navy for the car. Which one do you like better?
The other difference with this card is that I inked the folder first with marina mist and then I brayered over the trees lightly with early espresso. I prefer the first colour combination as I find that the birch trees pop more in those cards. I do love the car in behind the trees though. This just shows that you need to play around a bit with different colours and techniques to see what you like best. I just clean the folder with a baby wipe in between cards. You do need to start with a clean embossing folder each time. I have not found that this technique does any damage to your ink pads either. Rest easy. Breathe. It’s ok!!
Do you notice the difference it makes when you do the card “landscape” style rather than “portrait”? It allows you to add more trees and I really like that too. This also contrasts the two different inking techniques. On the left is the marina mist with brayered trees and on the right is the first formula with soft suede and night of navy.
I hope you have a lot of fun playing with this fun and easy technique. We are in the middle of a cold snap with lots of snow so it is great to play inside a warm house with ink and paper. Here is the video that I shared last week. I hope you all have a fantastic 2018! Remember, today is the last day to order from the Holiday catalog and tomorrow Sale-a-bration starts. What fun.
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!
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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: http://melindakok.blogspot.ca/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is a little sampler I made of how the different framelits cut such intricate details:
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 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.
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.