Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Gone Fishing is a fantastic bundle with a LOT of stamps and dies. It also comes with great patterned paper. After stamping all the images and die cutting with all the dies, I came to the conclusion that this bundle is great value. Not only is it perfect for masculine cards, it also is very well suited to scrapbooking and gift packaging. Let’s take a look shall we?
Gone Fishing Bundle
Here is an image of all the stamps stamped on a piece of white cardstock with the die cuts laying beside them. I do this for my Stamping Through My Stash video series on YouTube. Every Wednesday you can join me for a new Stamping Through My Stash video.
If you look at the next photo, you will see that these two dies make ripples in the pond. The ripples are subtle, so they really come to life when you sponge them with some colour. I used Misty Moonlight. When I get back from Norway I hope to actually make some cards with this bundle.
Some Great Inspiration
Here are a few sites that you can click on for some great card ideas. This pop-up card from Rachel Tessman is amazing. You will also love this tacklebox card from Laura Seki. Her card is not on her Facebook page, but I saw it on the Demonstrator Planning Place. If you enjoy daily inspiration, you might want to join my Pampered Stamper Favourite Finds Group on Facebook. Every day I share a “favourite find” for your inspiration.
The Catalog as an Idea Book
Do you use the annual catalog as an idea book? It really is a wonderful resource! Once you “case” (copy and share everything) a card from the catalog, you get a good start and your own creativity will start flowing. Here are a some ideas for you.
A Personal Note
Tomorrow Gerard and I leave for England and then on Sunday afternoon to the cruise ship to sail to Norway on the incentive trip. Did you know that less than 1% of demonstrators earn this trip? I feel incredibly blessed and truth be told, I did work very hard to earn it. What a wonderful feeling that Gerard finally gets to experience one of these trips.
A big thank you to all of you who have helped to make this happen. Thanks to my customers and my team members and to all of you who have shared my posts, commented on my videos and subscribed to my YouTube channel.
For the week that I am gone you will get a $5 coupon for every $25 you spend on online orders. Happy shopping!!!
Hello stampers and happy Thursday. It feels a bit strange to say that because lately I have been blogging only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Today I am going to show you how to make that gorgeous Country Club teepee card that I was talking about on Monday. Let’s take a look!
Country Club Teepee Card
This card is so striking to look at and it really makes you proud to give it to someone simply because it is so different. The best thing is that it isn’t difficult to make.
I was planning to write out all the directions, but my back is still killing me and too much sitting is not good at all. You can get the complete directions if you order from me this month as this card is part of the Demo Design Dream Team tutorial (how is that for a mouthful?) If you belong to my team or to my training group, you get this tutorial as a free perk. You can also check out this blog post for instructions and a video.
Thanks so much for joining me today and for taking part in my first ever Mega Facebook Party and auction yesterday. It was a LOT of fun. If you missed it, you can still see the videos on my Pampered Stamper page. We used a Double Wonder template to make fantastic cards. You can find the template here on Julie Davison’s blog as well as the story behind it. I hope to share some of my cards on Friday. Don’t forget to order your favourite retiring items including the supplies for today’s card. If you wait too long you might be disappointed, so if you live in Canada feel free to click on the items in the product list and shop online with me. I truly appreciate your business! Have a super day.
Hello stampers. A Good Man is the name of a new stamp set in the upcoming annual catalog. Not much longer to wait, this amazing catalog goes live on Tuesday! If you live in Canada and need a catalog let me know. They cost $5 to ship but this will be credited back to you on your first order. A Good Man is perfect for Father’s Day but also just to say I love you or thank you to a great guy. There is no happy birthday sentiment in this set but you could combine it with another set for that or simply write in the inside. People who love you cherish your handwriting!! Here is the trio of cards that I have for you for Tuesday’s coffee and a card class. The green gingham one was given to me as a swap card by Pat Skirtschak. She does lovely work and I’m so happy she gave me this card. I hope to do a tutorial video on it later today.
Pat used the Gingham Gala patterned paper for the middle card as well as Waterfront Stamp set for the palm trees and the water and birds from High Tide. Those lovely stitched rectangle framelits also add a lot to this card. If you want this Gingham Gala paper order it now, it is retiring! The current host code is YDZAPF6Y.
The most important technical detail on this card is that the granny apple green card front that wraps around the back is 3 1/4″ by 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″.The gingham paper is 3″ by 4″, so you can get two pieces out of a 6″ by 6″ sheet of gingham gala paper. I will do a video later on showing how to make it.
I just love the images in A Good Man, they are perfect for colouring with Blends although watercolouring with our watercolour pencils would also be very nice. I’m just a Blends addict! The paper is from the Come Sail Away suite. Both of these cards are perfect examples of the #loveitchopit theory. You can get six card fronts out of one 12 x 12 sheet of paper. Cut three strips of paper 4″ x 12″ and then cut into 5 1/4″ pieces.
This card uses the exact same layout but uses a pop of real red instead of night of navy. The patterned paper from Come Sail Away is 4″ by 5 1/4″, the white piece is 2 1/4″ by 3 7/8″. The real red is 2 3/8″ by 4″. The sentiments are cut out using the layering circles framelits.
I wanted to share with you that I earned the incentive trip on Friday night. Thanks so much for being a part of that achievement!! I am so, so grateful and blessed. As demonstrators we get a points for what we sell and also for leadership on our team. If you get enough points you can earn an annual incentive trip. I love traveling so this is truly an incentive for me to do well. I love what I do and after 13 years of doing it I have found that I also love training my fellow demonstrators to have more success in their business. I started a training group on Facebook called The Pampered Stamper Training Group. There is a small monthly fee of $5 to compensate me for my time. Here is the link if you are interested in joining and it doesn’t matter where you live, so this is a global group!
I am so happy that you stopped by today. Last week I offered a small prize (known in the blogging world as blog candy!) to someone who commented on my post. The winner is Kathy Ireland! Kathy you will be getting one of these cards as well as a photopolymer stamp that we used at OnStage to make the Hugs from Shelli cards. It is not the exact same stamp set as the one in the kit, but you will love it. I would love it if you checked out my Pinterest board as I have found that this is a great way for people to find my work. I also have a YouTube channel that you can check out here. If you subscribe you will be notified when I post. I hope you have a super day.
Hello stampers. I decided to make a second twisted pop-up card with the Come Sail Away Suite as I needed to show you how I made it. It was time for an updated version, but the jury is still out whether or not it is an improved version or not. The first one was quite effective I am told. While the video is uploading I will write this blog post and show you some pictures of the actual card. For the card front I used a card from the Come Sail Away Memories and More card pack.
There are five different items from the Come Sail Away suite on this card: the baker’s twine, the sail away trinkets, the Come Sail Away Memories and More card, the Smooth Sailing dies and the Come Sail Away designer series paper. Suites make it a dream to coordinate and create a great card.
I really love how this card turned out in the inside. I stamped the sailboats in Memento Black and coloured them with Blends. In yesterday’s card I had them stamped just in one solid colour and that works too, but this is definitely a step up.
Here you can see the panels up close. Each panel has a piece of designer series paper measuring 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ as well as a stitched oval framelit (the second largest one) The sailboats, the anchor and the banner are all popped up with mini dimensionals. In this last shot you get a glimpse of the inner mechanism of the card fold.
Finally, here is the video that I made to show you how to put this card together. I hope you find it useful and that you feel inspired to make one of these beauties yourself. Thanks for stopping by, but before you leave, can I ask a favour? Please pin your favourite card as that really helps me get more traffic to my blog and that eventually will also help to grow my business. I really appreciate you! Have a super day.
Hello stampers. My most popular video on YouTube is a twisted pop-up card tutorial but it is already a few years old so I thought it was high time to make another one. Meet my Sailing Home Twisted Pop-Up card. This is such an impressive technique card and when you are shown the proper way of doing it, it really isn’t that difficult. The outside of the card looks completely normal, the surprise happens when you open the card. The effect is very satisfying to you the card maker! I decided to use Sailing Home because I love the suite so much. Let’s first take a look at the mechanics of this card.
After you have your standard card base of 4 1/4″ by 11″ scored at 5 1/2″, you will need this piece. In the video tutorial I will show you how to fold it. Basically the two triangles you see in the diagram stay intact. You fold it in half down the long scoreline in the middle, and then you tuck the middle in behind the triangle. Clear as mud? No worries, in the video it will make sense. If you take a look at the next diagram you will see the shape it needs to be. Before adhering this to the inside, I adhered two 4″ squares of designer series paper to the top and bottom inside of the card.
Once this first piece is inside you are ready to also adhere to the bottom of the inside of the card (the triangle you see will have sturdy adhesive put on it and then you close the card so that it will stick to the bottom as well)
This part will become the focal point of the Sailing Home twisted pop-up card. It is easiest to completely decorate this part before putting it inside the card. For this stage of the card a video is the easiest way to show the procedure. A twisted pop-up card is very difficult to photograph, so I decided to pin it to my card “clothesline” so you could see it properly. First we will take a look at the very ordinary front of the card. I did use one of the gorgeous laser cut pieces from the Sailing Home Memories and More card pack to use as a stencil and I am really happy with how it turned out.
I have to confess that I went for a walk with my girls after supper and when I was almost home I remembered that I had invited people over for a visit!!! They were waiting for me when I got home, so I ended up taking these pictures in “night” light, not natural light, but they aren’t too bad.
I love how these papers and stamps just work so well together. I used night of navy, mossy meadow, real red, crumb cake and balmy blue.
Here you can see all the stamps and framelits I used for the inside of this card. I can’t wait to make another one of these with a different combination of patterned papers. I did use the water stamp from High Tide on the first and last panel. You could also stamp the sailboats in memento ink and use Blends to colour them for a stepped-up version of this card. Here is a very short video that shows you the card “in action”. Tomorrow I hope to do a lengthier video tutorial on how to make this card from scratch.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I promise I will share the video tutorial on my next blog post. In the meantime, you can check out my original video here and that should help you get started on your very own Twisted Pop-Up card. I would love to hear how you make out. If you really love this bundle and can’t wait until June 4, you can add it to a starter kit right now. If you live in Canada, just click here to make that happen.
Hello stampers, I’m back after a busy weekend. Not only was it Mother’s Day, it was also my daughter Rachel’s 20th birthday! So we had a weekend of celebrations with the family which was really, really nice. The weather even cooperated on Saturday with some nice sunshine. Today it is raining again, I swear even I am going to start growing moss! Today I want to share with you some more home decor frame inserts. In the winter we made this home decor frame for the first time with the promise that more inserts would be made as we needed them. This is such a nice easy project to do and to change up for the different seasons. If you look at this blog post you will see the original. Here are the latest additions:
I made two different floral ones for spring and the reason for that is that one is using a framelit and the other is fussy cutting, so there is a suitable option for different crafters. I also realize that my summer insert with the leaf and chair does look a little bit like fall. It is just that I love red and also love the real red and crushed curry together. I might have to make a different summer insert, but do you think this is a good one for Canada Day? The apron with the barbecue tools is also a favourite of mine. Do you want to see what they look like in a frame?
The daffodils in this frame were fussy cut and they come from the stamp set You’re Inspiring. I coloured with Blends and added a few pearls. The frame comes from Michael’s from their everyday value collection so it is almost always in stock and only costs $10 in Canada.
The flowers here come from Lovely Romance which is now sold out, but at least you can use this easy version in my class if you don’t want to fussy cut the daffodils!
Here is a close up of the barbecue apron and tools which I made using Apron of Love. This set is also retiring so get it before it’s gone. It is perfect for scrapbooking and also for mother’s day or father’s day cards.
The paper for the apron comes from Best Route and the strawberry is from the retired set Fruit Basket. The fruit punches are on the clearance rack right now! The galvanized metallic paper was on the clearance rack for a super deal so I scooped up several packages. It’s always a good idea to keep an eye out on the clearance rack. There are super deals, but it is like Costco, if you see it you need to get it right away or you will miss out.
I think this last one is perfect for Canada Day although you could definitely use it for fall as well. The red leaf is symbolic of our solid red maple leaf on the Canadian flag. I might have to make a beachy scene yet to appease my summer lovers. I don’t know if we have a current set that has a sand bucket, but I am going to use the set Beach Happy and see how that turns out. Did you know that it is retiring too? If you want to add any of these retiring products to your collection and you live in Canada, just click on the images below and you can start shopping with me. I will be even happier if you also use the current host code TXE4JNCY.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have fun making this super easy home decor project. This makes a fun and memorable gift for your friends as well.