Picture Perfect Party

Hello stampers! I love photography. Not that I have the patience or the time to actually read the manual or take a class, but I do love to take pictures. Maybe that’s why I also love the Picture Perfect Party paper. It is paper from Stampin’Up! that is actually photographic on one side and simply patterned on the other. It looks so real it pops! Last year they had paper called Serene Scenery that was also stunning. The Wood Textures paper that is carrying over is in a similar style. The beauty of this type of paper is that you can keep your cards very clean and simple because the paper is the focal point. I love that. I whipped together an entire class in two hours this afternoon, starting from scratch, and I am very happy with the results. So much so in fact that I am offering this class on the day before my very own birthday!! So please join me on Thursday June 7 at either 9:30 am or 7pm to make these great cards. Class is only $25 for six regular cards and four narrow note cards and envelopes, but you save $5 if you order the stamp set and you can save another $5 if you bring someone new. Here are the cards:


Picture Perfect Party suite combines with Birthday Wit for some quick and beautiful cards that are super easy to make.


I combined Picture Perfect Birthday with Birthday Wit as well as Stitched Shapes framelits and some assorted ribbon that coordinated with the paper and it all came together very easily. Here are some of my raw materials.


Picture Perfect Party dsp, berry burst metallic edge ribbon, pool party shimmer ribbon, peekaboo peach crinkled ribbon and berry burst finely woven ribbon are a great base for some beautiful but simple cards.


Here you can see all the dsp I used (short forms are never really good, dsp stands for designer series paper, which basically means patterned paper that is designed to coordinate with our cardstock and stamp sets)


Before I started preparing for this class I laid out all the paper that I wanted to use. Just seeing it spread out like this made it easier to create and envision what I wanted to do.


I found it very helpful to lay out the paper like this on my table so that I could see how many different cards I wanted to make and which patterns I wanted to showcase and which ones would have a “supporting” role.  In the next picture you can see which ones ended up being used as pretty liners for my envelopes. It is little details like this that really take your cards over the top. We used to have an envelope liner framelit but I just traced the envelope flap and cut inside the lines making sure that a little envelope adhesive was still exposed so that I could seal the envelope.


#loveitchopit technique was used here. All the leftover pieces from my chopping fit perfectly for both the envelope flaps and the narrow notecards and envelopes.


Here is a closeup of one of the cards. You can see how pretty the peekaboo peach crinkled seam binding is. My go-to framelits, the stitched shapes are also lovely. They work well all on their own or you can pair them with the layering ovals framelits. For the regular sized cards I used a piece of bermuda bay cardstock 4″ by 5 1/4″ and the patterned paper was cut to 3 3/4″ by 5″.


Love the sentiments in Picture Perfect Birthday.


Another great thing about the Picture Perfect Party designer series paper and the coordinating stamp set is that it doesn’t have to be just for birthdays. This last cards uses the sentiment “celebrate the good stuff”. That can be for anything and I love it!! I am all about celebrating the good stuff. Life is good, even during the tough times, there is always joy to be found.


Picture Perfect Party is for celebrating, not just birthdays!!


If you scroll to the end of the post you will find all the products that I used to create these cards. If you click on them you will be taken directly to my store. I see that I forgot to add the peekaboo peach crinkled seam binding ribbon, so here is the link for that.


I would of course love it if you shopped with me anywhere in Canada, providing you don’t already have a demonstrator. I am trying to post a video as well, but the internet seems to be very slow this evening, so I may just edit this post tomorrow and add it later. Most of my videos are on YouTube and on my business Facebook page The Pampered Stamper.


If you look at all the supplies you will see that it soon will add up to well over $135. Did you know that for that amount of money you can put together an order for $165 and pay no tax or shipping? It’s called the starter kit and it comes with no strings or obligations. Message me if you want more details on this amazing deal that few people seem to know about. Have a super day and I will add that video some time tomorrow when the internet for this country girl is better.



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Perennial Birthday

Hello stampers. Have you ever skipped over a stamp set in the catalog thinking it wasn’t that special? Then you see some cards that someone else made with it and you wonder, how did you not see that beauty right away? Well. I had that exact thing happen with the stamp set Perennial Birthday. I should have known better. I am an avid gardener and I LOVE perennials. So this one should have been calling my name!


One of my team members, Alison Reid, made a beautiful card with this set for one of our regular stamping events called Fab Four. I loved that first card. Here it is:


Alison's card using Perennial BIrthday.


Isn’t it beautiful? I just love the colours Alison used here, pool party, berry burst and lemon lime twist. The story gets better. Alison made me four more cards in exchange for an embossing folder. Yes, I think I got the better end of the deal. I was so inspired that I decided to build a class around it.


The date of the class is way far away, not until May 9 with two time slots at 1pm and 7pm. I am offering the class now so that if you order the products needed for the class before March 31 then you will get a free saleabration item. You can even order online and then I will send you all the parts for the cards and a link to a video showing you exactly how to put them together! How awesome is that. There is only one requirement, you have to order with the host code EGVK3DTB. The class will include the Perennial Birthday stamp set and the Perennial Birthday Project kit. This amazing kit includes all the supplies to make 16 birthday cards as well as a beautiful box with dividers to keep your cards organized by category. If you sign up for the class you will only pay for the product but you will get to make the following three cards for free!! I love this idea.


Happy birthday card using Perennial Birthday. The stamparatus will make this a very easy card to make!


Don’t you just love the colours on this card? Marina Mist and Lemon Lime Twist. It is perfect for spring. The stamparatus will help so much with this card taking all the stress out of lining up those sentiments.


Clean and simple Perennial Birthday with Petal Passion paper


What a lovely clean and simple card. Alison used some of my favourite products on this card:  stitched shape framelits, metallic edge berry burst ribbon and Petal Passion paper. Wow!! The flower was stamped in Versamark and then embossed with white embossing powder. Then sponge daubers were used to sponge ink over top of the embossed image. So pretty!


It's all in the details with this clean and simple Perennial Birthday card.


Metallic thread, rhinestones, dimensionals, it’s all in the little details that makes this card shine. Pear pizzazz, melon mambo and whisper white are perfect for spring.  The last card will not be included in the class, but you will be able to make this card later at home, especially if you are the winner of the celebrate you thinlets that will be a draw available only to class participants including those ordering online!


Daffodil delight, smoky slate and basic black for a stunning Perennial Birthday card.


There are lots of things happening on this last card. Three different sized circles cut with the stitched shape framelits. The Celebrate You thinlets cut from our silver foil paper and the smoky slate card front run through the Big Shot with the Petal Pair textured impressions embossing folder. Sign up for the class and you might win the framelits or this card!

I am so happy to have discovered that this last card was the brainchild of Selina Merali. Absolutely lovely work Selina. If you want to see her card on her blog, here is the link!


Don’t forget to use the host code 6G3F2TC9 if you order online. Have a super rest of your weekend, I hope you were inspired by Alison’s cards. She received her inspiration from many sources online and from her own very creative brain. I am thankful to have her on my team.

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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!!



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