Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I have a two minute paper miracle for you. If you have been following me for a while you may already know that my favourite things are ones that combine beauty, ease and speed. When those three things come together it make me a very happy squirrel. Paper crafting can be intricate and detailed sometimes, and beautiful things will happen but most people are short on time and patience so two minute paper miracles are wonderful! Let’s take a look at what I am talking about.
Two Minute Paper Miracle
This two minute paper miracle is brought to you with the cracker & treat box dies. I love Christmas crackers but I have never made them and seldom have I bought them. Usually they are overpriced and are filled with junk. When I saw this one in the new annual Stampin’Up! catalog I thought, here’s my chance! It is even easier to use than I had anticipated. Trust me, I am not exaggerating when I say that you can do it in two minutes. I will share both a photo with you as well as a video tutorial.
Why So Thrilled?
Why am I so thrilled with these cracker & treat box dies? Not only are they super cute and fast to make, they also work very well with our patterned paper. The dies do not cause the paper to tear, they give just the right score lines. You can also close them by simply pulling the twine tightly around them. No fussy folding required. It really is a miracle!! I can see that with something this simple, ordinary days are going to be turned into extraordinary ones. This project will also help you with your burgeoning amount of patterned paper, so you can #loveitchopit.
Here is the video tutorial so you can see how I made these cracker & treat boxes with the Rings of Love patterned paper. This paper will be free with a $60 purchase when saleabration starts on July 1. Summer saleabration is in effect from July 1 until August 31.
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Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I am sharing a fun card using Nuts About Squirrels. Can you believe that today was the first time that I inked it up? It is a perfect match for the retiring Beauty of the Earth paper. Let’s take a look.
Nuts About Squirrels Paper Strips Card
This card is a great template for any card that you want to make with the goal of showcasing your pretty patterned paper. Simply cut seven strips that are 3/4″ wide by 3 1/4″ tall. Adhere them on a basic white piece that is 3 3/4″ by 5″. My card base is Misty Moonlight which is also retiring April 30, 2022. You could choose any colour that is found in your patterned paper. This is just another way to #loveitchopit.
I featured this card in my Stamping Through My Stash video today, and when I do that I always stamp all the images from the stamp set. You can see that “swatch” here. It’s a great idea to stamp all the images from your stamp set when your order arrives as well as try out all the dies. Stampin’Up! has a three month guarantee on their products (three years on the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine) If there is a problem, you want to know about it right away so you can get your defective products replaced. This is a rare occurrence, but one to be on the lookout for.
Inside the Nuts About Squirrels Card
For the inside of my card I used my second “fussy cut” squirrel and the stamparatus to stamp two different sentiments in two different colours, misty moonlight and cajun craze.
I used a blender pen to get rid of the stark contrast of my stamped squirrels. This one definitely looks like he is up to no good!!
Here is my video from YouTube. Click on the bottom left corner to watch on YouTube. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to subscribe to my channel so that you don’t miss out on the fun!!
Free Shipping Tomorrow!
Just a heads up that there is free shipping tomorrow on orders of $100 or more. This is an offer straight from Stampin’Up! I am also giving away two pdf tutorials with a $100 purchase and normally it is$120 to get two. One from the Demo Design Dream Team and one from the Create With Us International Team. Thanks for joining me today. Hugs from Holland!!
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. This morning I did a very fun Stack and Shuffle technique video. I’ll share the video a little later. What a great way to not only use your pretty patterned paper, but also to create a stack of cards without getting bored. Let’s take a look!
Stack and Shuffle
Now it is a very good thing that is not normal shuffling, because I am a terrible card shuffler. This is quite easy and straightforward. However, if you watch to the end of the video you will see that it CAN go wrong if you try and do it too quickly. No worries, I got it solved after the video ended and I was no longer in a rush.
Here is the graphic that you need for the measurements.
Friendly Hello Stack & Shuffle Cards
Here is a shot of all the Friendly Hello stack and shuffle cards.
In The Moment Stack and Shuffle Cards
I thought I would try this technique with the In The Moment paper as well. Turned out quite nicely I think!
Look how fun they look all together in a little stack!
Here are some closeups of the individual cards, they look so nice!
I forgot to show you the inside of the cards, that is where you use the 3/4″ strip that you cut off from the 4″ by 6″ piece. Simple but effective. Take the party to the inside!
Here is the video tutorial that I did this morning. Please watch it on YouTube as that will really be of benefit to me. If you leave a comment there and share my video, then you have a chance to win a gorgeous Stampin’Up! floral logo mousepad.
That’s it for today, thanks so much for joining me today and thanks in advance for your comments and for sharing my video. I would love to see what you make with this technique. Have a super day.
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. This Stack and Shuffle Cards post was supposed to be for Monday, but I couldn’t wait until then to share it. This is such a fun way to use your patterned paper and make a bunch of fun cards all in one go. Would you like to make these cards along with me?
Stack and Shuffle Cards
I am planning to make these cards during my Cheer Corner video which I do every Monday at 10am EST. Not only can you create along with me, you can also nominate someone that I should send one of these cards to. This is what you will need to have handy to play along.
- Paper trimmer.
- Four card bases that will coordinate with your patterned paper. I am using 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″.
- Four pieces of patterned paper 4″ by 6″.
- Four pieces of white or vanilla for the inside of your cards 4″ by 5 1/4″. You can also use computer paper.
I will be using the Friendly Hello bundle from Saleabration. Big thanks to Debbie Henderson for this awesome idea. Please check out her blog and her cards here.
If at First You Don’t Succeed…
Take a close look at the cards below. Do you see the one on the bottom left? That was the first card I made using this technique and I had eyed it wrong. I was told to leave a 1/4″ margin, but really you only need 1/8″ so that one is a little wonky, but it will still be sent out. It’s the love that counts!! After the first mistake the rest turned out beautifully even when I mixed up the patterns by accident!
I also used Tailor Made Tags dies, memento black ink and pool party ink. The cards were finished off with fresh freesia ribbon. My sentiment comes from Flowing Flowers. isn’t it amazing how many different products you end up using for your cards? That is not necessary of course, but the more you have, the more you use!! I remember the days when I had only one stamp set and two ink pads and I had a lot of fun with them.
A Little More About Amazon
The other day I became an Amazon associate for the simple reason of trying to earn a little extra money by recommending products that I really love. When you use my link it will cost you no extra money, but I will earn a small commission, not only from the product that I recommended to you but from anything that you add to that order! If you have any questions or have some products that you have used in your papercrafting, I would love to hear about them!
I am planning to order this devotional book today, it was recommended to me by my friend Karen. Lent has started where we focus on what Jesus has done for us on the cross. I can use all the help I can get to keep me on track with spending more time with Jesus.
White Gel Pen
Do you remember when Stampin’Up! sold a white gel pen? It was wonderful to add some detail to coloured flowers and I missed it so much when they discontinued it. I found a great one on Amazon that was recommended to me by a fellow stamper. It’s not cheap but it lasts a long time and works very well!
See You Monday!
I hope that you will join me on Monday for some very fun stamping with the Stack and Shuffle technique. In the meantime, be sure to check out my YouTube channel and subscribe. I have lots of fun content there if you need inspiration.
Thanks for joining me and have a super weekend. The sun is shining and my heart is happy.
Hello stampers and happy Thursday to you. Today I am sharing with you some easy cards with Toile Tidings paper. I wanted to focus on some cards for my Prime Time With The Pampered Stamper group that showed the #loveitchopit technique. The premise behind this hashtag is that in order to really love your paper and use it, you need to chop it. Paper is beautiful to look at, but it is even more beautiful when you use it on your cards.
Toile Tidings is very pretty paper that was carried over from last year. Too often we are totally caught up with what is new, so I have not yet used this paper this year I am ashamed to admit. When I finally brought it out today I remembered how much I love it! These cards are easy to recreate using whatever paper you have on hand.
Why do I love toile so much? It reminds me of the wallpaper that we had in our living room in the farmhouse growing up. Ironically, even though I am totally a “red”girl, I prefer the green side of this paper with just a pop of red from the birds. The birds are actually what inspired these cards. I used one of these birds in my weekly live YouTube videos for my virtual coffee and a card class and I had a whole whackload of them laying on my desk just begging to be used on a card. If you want to see that video, just click here.
This post was supposed to be published yesterday but I was busy saying goodbye and getting some last minute gifts. My flight doesn’t leave till afternoon so I have a bit of time this morning to finish this off. One of the blessings of being loved by a wonderful man in the Netherlands is that I also get to reconnect on a whole new level with some of my relatives. A very touching moment happened last week when I was visiting my cousin Machteld. Machteld’s mother died of cancer when she was ten years old so she has few memories of her. My mother was very close to her mother and when my mom was telling me a story of when she was little I knew that Machteld needed to hear this story right from my mom. So we called mom while I was at their house. Trust me, there were tears all around!
My hope is that Machteld and Henk can come to Canada and meet my mom. Family ties are so precious.
Thanks for joining me today, the next time we interact I will be in Canada again and in quarantine for two weeks. I am looking forward to my #itsallaboutthetreats event on December 15. You can still join if you like! Just click here for the details. Be sure to check out both the clearance rack and the blow-out sale as there are some amazing deals. I haven’t been on top of what is still available, but you will find out as soon as you try to order. The host code is still open if you want to get in on some extra freebies and the chance to win the A Merry Hello stamp set. Have a super day!
Hello stampers. Now that I have been stamping for a good long while I know how important it is to have a focal point on a card. You need something for the eye to be drawn towards otherwise your card loses its focus. People just look everywhere because the eye can’t find out what is the most important. Sometimes when I do a kids class or have a very excited adult beginner, they are having so much stamping that they just stamp everywhere there is a blank space! Now beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but having a focal point really helps you to have an eye-catching card. Today I am going to show you a card that has the exact same layout as a card I showed earlier this week and yet it looks completely different. I changed up the designer series paper that I used and I changed where I put the focal point. Let’s take a look.
I designed this card for my Upon Request Club. The host wanted to use Climbing Roses on a simple card. It is also a “pocket shaped” card front but I moved the focal point up to the top right corner instead of by the point. The pretty metallic rose is from the Share What You Love embellishment kit which comes in that pretty box and the paper is Share What You Love as well. This paper is gorgeous with its pearlized finish. It is also more like cardstock so great for making boxes and bags, and yes, it is retiring!
Here you can see the detail better. The roses are stamped tone on tone in the background. Tranquil tide is the colour of the cardstock and the ink. This amazing colour coordination is one of the main reasons I fell in love with Stampin’Up! 13 years ago. Tranquil Tide is also found in the patterned paper and this also makes the card visually appealing. The velvet ribbon and the scalloped circle are both rich razzleberry, also found in the patterned paper.
Look at the two cards side by side. They each have the same design and layout. The only difference is the placement of the focal point. What a difference! I first put the circular focal point in the same place as the teacup one, but it just didn’t work. It is such fun playing around and making it just right.
I made a video to show you how to do the pocket shaped front on the card. You can also check this post for a diagram with the measurements. When you see the diagram you will see that this is a perfect card for the #loveitchopit method. The patterned paper piece measures 4″ by 4″. That means you will get nine pieces from each 12 x 12 sheet of patterned paper. Trust me, when you chop your paper you make more cards and you get more inspiration. I challenge you to give it a try.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have some time to make a fun card like this. This Share What You Love paper is a perfect example of making sure you have the right supplies to coordinate with the retiring products you already have. Love tranquil tide? Then this paper is awesome to go with it. Just look in the catalog in our patterned paper section, it tells you exactly what colours are featured. I find that you use ink pads a lot more when you have coordinating patterned paper. Have a super day, I am off to pickleball.