Side-Step Card

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am going to share a card with you that gave me goosebumps when I opened it. That’s right, I didn’t make this card, the talented Sandy Allman did as part of my fancy fold card contest. As per usual, the pictures do not do justice to this beautiful card. Do you want to see it?


Side-Step Card using No Matter the Weather


Sandy used the cheerful March Paper Pumpkin, No Matter the Weather to make this fantastic card. It has been a long time since I have made this type of card. Sandy has definitely inspired me to do it again and I hope you will be inspired as well. Let’s take a look.


Paper Pumpkin Side-Step card


Sandy used some more great products to make this card. Can you spot them all?

  1. Grace’s Garden bundle (Garden Gateway dies)
  2. So Sentimental bundle (Stitched So Sweetly dies)
  3. Stitched Shape framelits (although the stitched circle is also a part of the Paper Pumpkin kit)


Side-Step card


Side-Step Card Tutorial


Would you like to know how to make this card? Here is a tutorial I found on Splitcoaststampers. I do hope to make a video tutorial but in the meantime this will get you started. Just click here and you are good to go.


Thanks Sandy!


Thanks Sandy for participating in my fancy fold card contest. Sandy is from Prince George, British Columbia. If you would like to know more about this beautiful city, you can check out this blog post.


A Little Uncertain


I am supposed to fly to Holland next week Tuesday and if all goes as planned there might be an interruption in my blog posts. Then you can look forward to more Dutch pictures and videos as I do hope to continue working from there as well. I would encourage you to place your orders online so that you can have your products shipped straight to your door. There are new catalogs in a rubbermaid tote on my front porch if you would like to pick one up. If you need one mailed to you let me know, as long as you live in Canada.

Thanks for joining me, I hope you have a super day.


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Dryer Sheet Technique for a Great Wow Card

Hello stampers and happy Tuesday. Today I want to share with you a very interesting and easy technique called the dryer sheet technique. I haven’t done this in at least a year but a gorgeous happy mail card arrived two days ago from Terry Hamilton and that is the technique that she used.


Terry Hamilton from Kelowna


Terry Hamilton lives in Kelowna, British Columbia. Kelowna looks absolutely gorgeous. Its name means grizzly bear in the Okanagan language and it is situated on Lake Okanagan in the heart of the Okanagan valley surrounded by mountains. Apparently it is close to Big White, a famous ski resort that my son Oliver would love to go to!

I loved reading Terry’s letter inside the card. She has been a Stampin’Up! demonstrator for 8 years has big plans for her business. She tells me that she has been following me for years and that is such a happy surprise for me since her name did not jump out at me as one I recognized from comments on my page or blog. Another blessing from this happy mail in Holland contest. You never know when you are touching someone’s life!


Terry’s Dryer Sheet Technique Card


Dryer Sheet technique


Terry used the tree stamp from Winter Woods in shaded spruce with beautiful gold foil accents. I am guessing she started out with the shaded spruce and gold ribbon and built her card around that colour scheme. The framelit is from a set in the holiday mini but for the life of me I can’t remember which one and I don’t have the mini with me here. Help anyone?


Dryer sheet technique closeup


Here you can also see the actual sparkle that happens with this dryer sheet technique. How do you do it? In three simple steps!

  1. Stamp your image on a piece of whisper white cardstock.
  2. Take a used dryer sheet and spray it with spray adhesive. Press it onto your stamped image and trim off the excess dryer sheet.
  3. Sprinkle on some dazzling diamonds glitter and tap off the excess! Adhere to card base as desired with varying mats.


Dryer Sheet technique with dazzling diamonds glitter


If you do not have spray adhesive you could also take a glue stick and completely cover your stamped image, just be sure to let the image dry completely and also be sure to get total coverage. Here is a video by Tami White. I would have done one myself but I don’t have any used dryer sheets on hand (or any new ones either for that matter, I’m not sure if they use them over here in Holland, I will have to check) Thanks for your beautiful card Terry and I wish you every success in your business, I know you will do well if you are sharing and teaching cards like this one. The dryer sheet technique is perfect for beginners and seasoned stampers and also eco-friendly.


Grace’s Garden by Jean Saunders


Before I show you Jean’s card, let me tell you a little bit more about this delightful woman. Jean is a regular at my coffee and a card classes and she makes beautiful cards. She would make an amazing demonstrator but she would rather just enjoy her hobby at home and come to classes with me, but I have convinced her to let me do a few videos where she shows how she made a great twisted pop-up card. Jean lives in Chatham, Ontario and she used to run a home daycare where she also cared for ALL of her grandchildren. She is a fun, loving and super involved grandma and has such a close relationship with them that even the teenagers love to pop in and visit her and Jack. Jean is an inspiration to me with her kind heart, generous spirit and sense of humour too.


Grace's Garden


The dies from Grace’s Garden bundle are used to cut an opening in the card front in the shape of a garden gate, which is why the dies by themselves are called Garden Gateway Dies. Jean made a gorgeous inside scene as well that you can see through the garden gate. She is a very patient and meticulous stamper, #itsinthedetails. Did you know that Jean is super creative and has many different artisitic talents including tole painting, knitting, crocheting, sewing, baking and more. She used to sew kilts for her grandchildren for their highland dance competitions.


Grace's Garden inside details


This last picture shows the closeup detail of the garden scene. Don’t you just love Jean’s cheerful colour combination of highland heather, calypso coral and call me clover?


Grace's Garden detail


Thanks so much for your beautifully detailed card Jean, it is a masterpiece.




Tutorials are created to help you make cards step by step to guarantee your success and to minimize frustration. They take quite a while to make as you need to type out all the little details involved in making a card. I am a member of the newly formed Demo Design Dream Team and we create a monthly tutorial that we do NOT sell but that we give away to people who join our team or who order through us. If you place a $50 order either online or in person, you will get this 16 project tutorial emailed to you as soon as I can.

I have two other tutorials that I have made. One is for the Parisian Beauty Bundle and the other is for the Botanical Prints product medley. They are $15 each and will help jump start your creativity. I am so happy to be able to offer these to you. If you purchase either of these products through me online I will send the tutorial to you for free as a thank you.



Botanical Prints Product Medley pdf tutorial


Here is a sneak peek of the projects included in the Demo Design Dream Team tutorial. One of them is a planner folder and one is a treat holder, one is a desk top calendar and the other 13 are cards.



Thanks so much!

Thanks again so very much for joining me. I was having second thoughts about featuring two cards in my blog post since they were the last two in my happy mail stash. Just as I was putting the finishing touches on this blog post, Gerard came into my stamp room with two more happy mail cards that just arrived in the mail. I was reminded of the Lord’s Prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread”. He is giving me my daily cards!! My heart is happy that you are participating in this fun venture. Have a super day.


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