Sweet Soiree Suite Suits Me Perfectly

Hello stampers! Try saying that quickly six times in a row!! Seriously though, this suite is pretty sweet. Now I really do hate cake decorating, although I do my best to make a pretty cake. This type of cake decorating is more my style. The image in the catalog is quite luscious isn’t it?


Sweet Soiree suite catalog image


I actually got everything in this suite so that I would not be inhibited in my card making and I wasn’t disappointed. The Berry Burst Metallic edge ribbon is my favourite ribbon so far in the book. It is a gorgeous colour and it also ties beautifully.  Take a look at the close-up of this card:


Berry Burst ribbon and wink of stella watercolouring make for a stunning card.


There is a lot going on in this card. I used Wink of Stella to watercolour the cake and that is truly a fantastic technique. The picture cannot capture the beautiful sparkle on this card. The fine tip of the Wink of Stella is ideal for colouring this detailed image. I used marina mist, berry burst and old olive. The background is marina mist with the silver embossing paste and the sweet soiree decorative masks. It worked really well and wasn’t runny or messy. It didn’t take all that long to dry either.


The decorative masks and silver embossing paste are beautiful in the Sweet Soiree Suite


The pretty little dies that I used for the top of the cake come in one unit and you can put two strips of paper behind it for quick cutting too. Take a look:


Three in one framelit with Sweet Soiree Suite


Watercolouring with Wink of Stella also works well with a black image. With this card I also used rich razzleberry and powder pink.


Beautiful colouring with Wink of Stella that can't be seen in a picture


Here is the complete card. The background was done with a watercolour wash technique that I learned from Billie Moan. I will include a video on part two of this post that I hope to finish tomorrow. I added some candles using the decorative masks and silver embossing paste and I didn’t make quite the elaborate bow that Billie did, but other than that, this is a complete case of her beautiful card. You can check it out here.


Pool Party and Berry Burst Watercolour wash background


This suite also comes with a great embellishment kit that includes some handpainted flowers, some foil accented cakes, vellum and silver leaves and flowers, blue velvet ribbon, white clothespins and some adorable tassels with jump rings as well as a yard of washi tape.


Stampin'Up image showing some of the embellishments with the Sweet Soiree suite


On this card I used the blue velvet scalloped ribbon to anchor the cake.


Blue Velvet scalloped ribbon and Sweet Soiree specialty designer series paper


I thought I would include a closeup of the ribbon so you can see the texture. Everything about this suite is simply luscious.


Lavish details in the ribbon and the paper as well as the framelits in this beautiful Sweet Soiree suite.


Here you can see the framelits that are included in this suite. There is just so much to play with here!


Lots of detail but all the little bits come out easily.


Now these framelits look quite delicate, but as long as you use the precision plate, all the little bits come out very easily and there is no fussy poking with “pokey tool” or more properly known as the paper piercing tool.


I realize that I have way too much content for one post, so I will continue this one tomorrow with a few more card samples and a video on how to do the watercolour wash background.





Nuts About Painted Harvest

Hello stampers! Have you seen all the amazing cards out there using Painted Harvest? What a beautiful stamp set this is. I have seen so many different versions of the sunflowers, so I decided to make a card with the nuts. Nuts? Yup. There’s an acorn in that set and I don’t think it has been given its due. Using stamps to make pretty background paper is a lot of fun, so that is what I have done with this first card. I used the acorn, the leaves and the stipple stamp to make this nice effect. What do you think?


The two-step acorn is a great stamp in the Painted Harvest set.


Another stamp set that pairs well with Painted Harvest is the Burlap background stamp. If you ink up the stamp using a sponge you get a more subtle effect that lends itself to stamping images right on it. The sunflower was stamped with crushed curry and cajun craze with an early espresso centre. The saying is from Cool Treats.


Use the Burlap background stamp to pair with Painted Harvest.


The last card also uses the technique of stamping over a background image. You could use patterned paper, but this is the Sheet Music background stamp. I also used a sponge and crumb cake ink to gently ink up this stamp. I totally cased this card from the talented Linda Dalke from Australia.


Sheet Music is a great background stamp to pair with Painted Harvest.


I used marina mist and night of navy on this card as well as the new Everyday Label punch from the holiday catalog (page 12)

Twisted Pop-Up Card Using Floral Boutique and Delightful Dijon

Hello stampers. I am sure you have seen some amazing twisted pop-up cards on Pinterest. They are just so impressive. It is always a very cool thing to surprise people and that is exactly what this card does. From the outside it looks like a plain, average card. Cute, but nothing super impressive.  Well.  I’m telling you, they are a lot of fun to make and even more fun to watch people open. It really helps to make a few at a time so that your brain catches on to how to make them, and then it is like riding a bike. You don’t forget.


High Tide and stitched framelits combine for a winning card.


The Seaside Embossing folder is the perfect match for this card. It was a very special gift to me from Ellie Blake at OnStage in Toronto. A lovely lady and a very lovely card which inspired me to make my own version using the Birthday Memories Suite.


Inside mechanism of the twisted pop-up card.


Here is the card that I made using the Birthday Memories Suite.


Happy Heart embossing folder with Birthday Memories Suite


It really is a surprise when you open this card! How much fun is that both for you and the person you give it to? See the little present? It is cut out with a framelit from our patterned paper in this suite. Should be available June 1.


The jaunty fox, the happy bear and the poodle all celebrate your birthday.


Finally here is the card I demonstrated in my video. It uses Beautiful You and the stitched framelits. It also combines Floral Boutique paper and delightful dijon cardstock, both of which are retiring. Take note of the host code in the sidebar, please use that when you order online and I will be sure to send you a  thank you card. This card was cased from Betsy Rouw.


Beautiful You, delightful dijon and Floral Boutique paper.


I love how the patterns combine on this card. Oh how I will miss Floral Boutique paper.


Here is a close-up of one of the girls. I will probably add a Mother’s Day sentiment to this one and send it to my Mom. She is 85 now and I know for a fact that her life was not always easy. She was married to the love of her life, but she could have had 8 children and ended up with only 4 due to miscarriages and death. She also had to leave all of her family behind and live in poverty for many years. Oh, how I love her!


Close-up of dancing Beautiful You girl


This picture shows the inside mechanism of the card, I hope it helps. The part with the four panels is 3 3/4″ by 11″ scored at 2 3/4, 5 1/2, and 8 1/4″. The patterned paper pieces are 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″.

Here are the dimensions for the inner workings of the twisted pop-up card.


Here is the YouTube video that will show you how this card is put together, hopefully it helps you. There are other tutorials out there, just Google it.



Happy stamping. Remember, stamping is cheaper than therapy and way more fun.

New Color Theory Suite Coming Soon!

Hello stampers. I’m still super excited about all the new products we got to see and play with this past weekend at OnStage Toronto. One of my favourite suites was the Color Theory Suite that Alison Solven presented. I am sharing her samples here for you to enjoy. My product should be arriving today. That is definitely one of the big benefits of being a demonstrator, whether you do it to build a business, to earn a few extra dollars or just to get your own discount. You get to see and buy product before anyone else. So much fun. Here is the display board that shows you everything that is included in this fabulous suite.


Color Theory Suite is amazing as it combines images and dies for all four seasons.


I love that we also now will be offering Memories and More cards that can be used for memory keeping (aka Project Life or scrapbooking) AND for card making since it all coordinates so beautifully. There is a stamp for a sling-back lawn chair, but there is a framelit for a Muskoka (Canadian eh?) or Adirondack (for our American friends) chair. I love those chairs, in fact I will have two red ones arriving at my house soon.


Great card by Alison Solven using the Memories and More cards.


Please do remember that the card samples featured here are to the best of my knowledge all the work of Alison Solven. Click here is a link to her blog. She has posted more of her samples there of course. We were so blessed to have her at OnStage Toronto all the way from New Westminster BC.



The sayings in this set are great and useful for both card making and memory keeping as well as home decor. Can’t wait to play with them. If you are a Stampin’Up! customer and need a little nudge to get your own discount all the time, this is it! You can get all this product as well as the Birthday Memories suite in your starter kit and on pre-orders beginning May 1, so take a moment and think about that awesome opportunity. I love sharing it since it so wonderfully changed my life is so many, many ways.



This emboss-resist technique works great with the snowflake images on this card. Did you know that glossy white cardstock is coming back to the annual catalog?


The following sample I am sharing uses the “paint chip” inspired paper included in the suite. Now we don’t have to go to the paint store any more to liberate paint chips.



One last sample…I guess I really do love snow flakes as most of the photos I took were from Alison’s snowflake cards!!



The last photo is not a very good one as it was taken in a dark room of the screen from the live feed from Amsterdam, but it does show a great scrapbook page. When purchasing product, you will save money and time by focusing on suites. Just like buying clothes, it makes sense to buy coordinating products because they work together so well. This makes it easy to make beautiful things and takes the work out of it. Just spread it all out on your work surface and the creativity will flow. Try it. You will be amazed.


Scrapbook page using Color Theory Suite.


Don’t forget to check out the retiring list, there are lots of great deals on there- anywhere from 15% to 50% off including items from the Occasions catalog. Click here to see your options, remember there are three categories to go through, there is a LOT of stuff. If you order online, please remember to use the current host code:  S4M6VSZZ


Alison kindly sent me her pictures of her samples which are much nicer and also have her watermark on them. A lot of work goes into making the samples for OnStage because you have to come up with every idea totally on your own! If you pinned any of my pictures earlier that had my watermark on them, please delete them and repin these ones instead. Thanks for understanding. I am learning as I go!!




Thanks for checking out my blog. Happy stamping!!



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.