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!!

 

Jackie

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.

Birthday Bright Project Kit and Potluck Party

Hello stampers. Project Kits are a wonderful form of “almost instant” gratification. They also come in a very nice package that is nice to give away as a gift complete with the finished cards or tags, or it makes a useful and pretty place to store crafting supplies in your stamp room. You also have the choice of buying your own stamp set to go with the kit, or just coming to my place and using my stamp set and saving some money. I also like them because they are very portable. So if you are going to the cottage or to visit your in-laws, or have to wait a while in a hospital waiting room you can take it with you to pass the time pleasantly.  Here is a nice shot of one of each of the completed items.

 

Here is what you can make with your Birthday Bright Project kit. I made only one of each, you will make four of each. What a great deal.

 

Sometimes it is fun to stamp alone, but it is also great fun to get together with a group of friends or fellow crafters to stamp together. There is always so much laughter and sharing in my stamp room. Good food is also a great addition. That is why I like to offer kits as potluck parties. Everyone brings a dish to share and that way you may even go home with a new recipe! There is no extra cost for coming for the day or evening, just the cost of the kit. This kit, Birthday Bright Project Kit is very reasonable at only $37. You will make 12 cards and 12 gift tags. The date for this Potluck Party is Thursday March 30 at either 10am or 6:30pm. Deadline for registration is March 10.

 

Everyone loves shaker cards, especially when most of the work has already been done for you. The confetti is actually shaped like cake sprinkles which is a lot of fun. They are also metallic which adds extra glitz.

 

This card has some adorable banners going across it. It is a little fiddly but not too bad at all. I think it is worth it for getting such an unusual card, but if this is not your thing we can find an alternative for it for sure. The card bases are all terrific, in fact they are so nice it is a shame to cover most of it up!

 

The banners on this simple card really make it shine! Wish big for your next birthday and get this adorable Birthday Bright Project Kit.

 

The last card in this kit has a recessed birthday cake. There is also a birthday cake shape that pops out of the card base which you can use on a different project. Bonus! The card also has some great colourful enamel shapes on it which give it some lovely detail. Whoever gets this card will be feeling the love.

 

I love the enamel shapes on this Celebrate card from the BIrthday Bright Project Kit.

 

Here are the tags included with the kit. You can either be an over-the-top gift giver and have a coordinating card and gift tag, or you can double the value of your money and give some people just a cute tag with their gift and no card. Sometimes that is not so bad. Depends on who is getting it right? If you know they are the type who don’t save cards for more than a few days, then a tag is just the thing.

 

So nice to have these cute tags included in the Birthday Bright Project Kit.

 

Here is a close-up of the balloon tag that uses a honeycomb embellishment. I love the colour combination and all the little details on this one.

 

It's all in the details, and this cute tag from the Birthday Bright Project Kit has lots of adorable details.

 

Here are the present tags. A word of caution here. If you look closely you will see that the silver foil on the saffron tag is a little gunky. Yup. Don’t use fast fuse to adhere those parts. I learned my lesson. Even that little adhesive remover tool wouldn’t get it off completely. It just kind of spread the gunk around. So on the watermelon wonder tag I just used a few glue dots. Your fine-tip glue pen will also do a fine job, pardon the pun!

 

Love those little black clothespins on the present tags from the BIrthday Bright Project Kit.

 

So, if you are wishing that winter would just end, and you need a creative fix, come on out to the potluck party and we will have some fun together. You can also gather up a few friends and come together. What a wonderful day or evening out. Don’t forget about sale-a-bration too. This fabulous sale goes until the end of March and there are two great things about that. One, you get to choose a free item with every $60 purchase before shipping and tax. Two, the starter kit is a super amazing deal. Not only do you get to pick out $165 worth of product from the annual catalog, the Occasions catalog or the clearance rack, you only pay $135, no shipping, no tax. AND you get to choose two free stamps sets out of any catalog as well. You can also come to my team retreat day on Monday February 27. Check it out:

 

February Retreat with The Pampered Stamper- Creative Retreat and Professional Training

 

Well, happy stamping. Until next time, warm hugs, Jackie

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