Give it a Whirl Dies

Give it a Whirl Dies:  More than you Think!!


Happy Monday stampers. Give it a Whirl dies are another hidden gem from the annual catalog. Not only do they make it super easy to make many styles of an interactive card with a “spin the wheel” feature, they also have lots of adorable stitched dies to use on all your cards!! Let me tell you a secret. I originally bought these dies just for these additional dies. I particularly wanted the stitched clouds!!


Give it a Whirl Dies “Spin the Wheel” card


I got the idea for this card from my British up-upline Michelle Last. What a great idea to use the Let’s Chat stamp set for this type of card.


Cheerful red card with daisies using Let's Chat stamp set and Give it a Whirl dies all from Stampin'Up!


The “extra” dies


Let’s take a look at the “extra” dies in the Give it a Whirl dies set. My favourites are the stitched hearts and the stitched clouds, but you can also use the “mechanism” opening dies as peekaboo windows.


Give it a Whirl dies are used here to make a peekaboo card with Fluffiest Friends stamps, all from Stampin'Up!


Getting the kitty-cat just right was a little tricky, so take a look at the back of the card to see how I did it.


Give it a Whirl dies are used here to make a peekaboo card with Fluffiest Friends stamps, all from Stampin'Up!


Those adorable stitched hearts in action


Here you can see the romantic tags that I made using the stitched hearts from the Give it a Whirl dies set. I am so happy with how it turned out!! This pretty paper is from the Delightfully Eclectic paper on page 129 of the annual catalog. It’s also free with a saleabration purchase for three more days!!! You have until February 29, 2024 to scoop up that deal!


Romantic hearts tag from Give it a Whirl dies set and Delightfully Eclectic paper all from Stampin'Up!





Romantic hearts tag from Give it a Whirl dies set and Delightfully Eclectic paper all from Stampin'Up!


Which will you choose??





Thanks for joining me on my blog today. I hope you also take the opportunity to check out my pdf tutorial section. They are for sale of course, but they are also available for FREE when you order from me online.

I’ll be back in Chatham, Ontario for two classes! March 11 at 7:30pm for a Bingo class and Tuesday April 2 at 1pm and 7:30pm for a Blends class. Message me if you have any questions. Blends class is free with the purchase of five sets of Blends (you choose your favourite colours) Bingo class is $35 and you can etransfer to

Have a super day!!

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Salebration Inspiration!!

Hello stampers and happy Tuesday to you. I have found a magical combination for some serious Saleabration Inspiration!! The Meandering Meadow suite coordinates so well with so many of our saleabration offerings. In fact, I made a 17 card pdf tutorial to inspire you. You can get it for free when you order with me, or you can purchase it in my tutorial store here.


17 card mega tutorial bundle featuring saleabration products combined with online exclusives.


Features and Benefits of Saleabration Inspiration


One of the great features of this saleabration inspiration tutorial is that it shows a. card that is suitable for a beginner and then also has a stepped up version for more advanced stampers. There are some great tips and tricks for getting the most out of your saleabration freebies! I love tutorials because they jump start your creativity and make you happy to be in your stamp room again!


Don't waste the birds along the side and bottom of your Flight & Airy paper, they look great on a card too!



This card uses both sides of the same piece of paper. Just die cut the circle and turn it upside down!


Video Tutorial


I made a little video tutorial showing you a few tips and tricks with the Flight & Airy paper. It really is amazing what you can do with this lovely Flight & Airy Paper! If you want to have more saleabration inspiration, check out this blog post from last year! (actually less than two weeks ago)



Best Deal Ever!


If you have followed me for any length of time, you know that I am a firm believer in the starter kit. It is an absolute mystery to me why every single customer of mine has not purchased the starter kit. It is such an amazing deal and there are no strings attached. If you could get a Costco membership for free for six months and you also got to choose around $200 worth of ANYTHING in the store and pay only $135, wouldn’t you jump on it? That is what the offer is with the starter kit.

Right now for only $135 you can get $165 worth of products PLUS the glass plate, silicone palette and gray shammy as a bonus (worth about $100 with shipping and tax) You can also choose the option of getting $206 worth of product for only $135. Here is the link if what I said made sense to you (valid only in Canada)



Free glass mat, silicone palette and gray shammy with purchase of Stampin'Up! starter kit.


Is the Starter Kit right for YOU??


Benefits of the Stampin'Up! starter kit.




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Forever Forest with Vintage St Nick

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. I finally got to using the Forever Forest bundle. It was a little comical watching me make this card because at first it didn’t look like it was going to amount to much! Check out the video later on in this post to see for yourself. Take hope! Blunders can be fixed or minimized.


Forever Forest stamp set and dies with vintage St Nick from Traditions of St Nick paper. All products Stampin'Up! and design by The Pampered Stamper.


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More Inspiration


Do you know how I check to see if I ‘need” a new stamp set? I put the name of the stamp set and then “Stampin’Up” behind it in the Google search. Then click on images. Grab a coffee or tea and scroll. If you are suitably inspired, then you click on order now! Here are a few other cards that I found that I loved, using this bundle.



You can check out Cheri’s blog post here to read more about this stunning birthday card.


Father's Day card using Forever Forest bundle by Catherine Proctor.


Check out Catherine Proctor’s blog here to read all about this great card.




Thanks for joining me today on my blog. I hope you were inspired, not only by me, but also by my fellow Stampin’Up! demonstrators. Together we CAN change the world one card at a time.


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Diagonal Stack and Shuffle Technique

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I have a very fun technique to share with you. I call it the Diagonal Stack and Shuffle technique. It was my squirrel friend and fellow Canadian demonstrator Tamara Bertram who first showed me this style of card. What fun!! Just like her. To make it even easier for you I have also made a diagram to show you how and where to cut your patterned paper to make it work. Further on in this blog post you can also watch the YouTube tutorial that I made to make three lovely cards using Winter Meadow designer series paper. Not only is this paper gorgeous for Christmas cards, it is also great for sympathy and get well cards. Shall we take a look??



Diagonal Stack and Shuffle technique with Winter Meadow paper.


Here you can see a closeup of how well the “bling” matches the paper. They are called Tinsel Gems.


Diagonal Stack and Shuffle technique with Winter Meadow paper.


Diagonal Stack and Shuffle cards with Christmas paper


This technique is also fantastic for Christmas cards or just a thinking of you card. The sentiment on the one card comes from Nested Friends and the other is from Joy to You.


Diagonal Stack and Shuffle technique with Merry Bold & Bright paper.


Video Tutorial


In this video I not only show you the diagonal stack and shuffle technique, I also explain a family favourite game. This dice game is great for all ages and has provided countless hours of joy for my parents. Gerard and I even played this game with Messenger video chat during COVID. Enjoy!!



Diagram for Measurements: Diagonal Stack and Shuffle Technique


Here is a diagram that I made to help you “see” it rather than just watch the video. I think it is a helpful tool.





Thanks for joining me today! I hope you were inspired and that you have fun with this technique. Below you will find a product list that is also a link to my Canadian online store. Have a super day. Hugs from Holland,


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Adorable Treat Holders for Surprises All Year Long

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I have a lot of fun ideas for you. First off are some adorable treat holders that you can use all year long to surprise and delight. This Merry Bold & Bright paper is super for a non-traditional Christmas but also for any fun occasion. I love versatile patterned paper! All you need is a 2 3/8″ circle punch and some strips of paper 3″ by 6″ scored at 2 3/4″ and 3 1/4″. Find some coordinating ribbon to make a fun handle and accessorize as desired.


Dutch Treat holders using Merry & Bright bundle or Stralende Kerst in the Netherlands.


Retro Christmas Lights Card


Not only is this set great for treat holders, it is also super fun for cards. I only had time to make one card, but I sure hope to make some more with the bright paper and fun dies.


Christmas card using the Dutch stamp set Stralende Kerst which is Merry & Bright in the Stampin'Up! holiday mini catalog.


I love that the words have white letters surrounded by a block of a colour. It’s almost like magic!! The bases for the Christmas lights are cut with dies. You can choose from an open die or a detailed die. Mine are made from adhesive backed silver and gold glimmer paper but I am afraid that it might be sold out at the moment. I sure hope it comes back in stock. The lesson in this is that when you see something super cute, order right away!!


Video Tutorial


Seeing is believing. Watch this video tutorial and learn not only how to make these adorable treat holders, but also a fun card with retro Christmas lights.



Fun Christmas Light Dies


I had a lot of fun stamping the retro Christmas light bulbs in various colours. It sure brought back memories of being a child and sorting through the replacement bulbs for just the right shade. My mom loved going to auction sales, so many of our strings of lights had a few missing bulbs. She also had lots of little boxes of replacement bulbs, with a mixture of clear and opaque bulbs. Oh the magic of Christmas lights!!


Merry & Bright has the best Christmas light dies to bring out your inner child!!




I hope I have inspired you with my creations. Some of these products are retiring soon and will only be available while supplies last. If you live in Canada, you can click on the items in the product list below to shop with me in my online store. Thanks for your business!! As a thank you, I will send you a pdf tutorial bundle for even more inspiration. Have a super day. Hugs from Holland.



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Great Card for Gamers!

Hello stampers. Do you have any gamers in your life? This card would be great for any gamer!! I know very little about gaming, so I had to look up which colours I had to use to colour the controller!! This card was actually made for my daughter Rachel’s graduation from university! Isn’t that fun? Sometimes it is good to think outside the box. What would you use this stamp set for?


This personalized card uses the Alphabet à la Mode dies as well as the Level Complete stamp set all from Stampin'Up!


Rachel graduated after having to undergo more than two years of online courses due to COVID so the sayings in this set were particularly apt. If you want to see how I made the card, watch the video tutorial below. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my YouTube channel.


Video Tutorial for Gamer Card



Think Outside the Box


I was quite happy that I decided to use this set for a graduation card. You really don’t need a “graduation” stamp set per se to make a graduation card. Just personalize your card to suit your recipient! Of course this set would also be great for birthday cards and other achievements. It was also very liberating to choose a black and white colour scheme. The sparkle from the More Dazzle paper keeps this card from being boring. Don’t you think it is a great card for gamers?

Do you have any gamers in your life that would be thrilled with a card like this? Perhaps you have a few who would be tickled to make their own cards or birthday invitations with this set. Have fun stamping!! It’s great to find things to do together as a family, and stamping and papercrafting might be just the thing for you.




As your Stampin’Up! demonstrator, it is my job to answer your stamping questions and help you make the best choices for your hobby. Stamp sets are not cheap, so you want to choose the ones that will bring you the greatest joy and use.

Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a super day. Happy stamping!!



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