Masterfully Made

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I have another great card using the Masterfully Made designer series paper from Stampin’Up! When the paper packs such a punch, you don’t need much to make a stunning card. I used the dies from Timeless Arrangements to make a beautiful focal point. There is one thing that I did with this card that might surprise you!! Read on.


Masterfully Made paper, Timeless Arrangements bundle and large Memories & More card, all from Stampin'Up!


What’s Different?


If you look closely at my sentiment, you might see something different. I will include a closeup photo, maybe that will help!


Masterfully Made paper, Timeless Arrangements bundle and large Memories & More card, all from Stampin'Up!


Instead of stamping my sentiment on regular white cardstock, I stepped it up a notch and added a foam adhesive sheet. This makes the stitching from the die more prominent, it right away pops the whole thing up AND it now has a “sticker” back so that all the die cuts can be quickly and simply adhered. You can watch the card making tutorial on my YouTube channel. I will add it here too. Have you subscribed yet??


Video Tutorial



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


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Torn Paper Strip Peekaboo Card

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I am featuring a Torn Paper Strip peekaboo card. Sadly the patterned paper that I used for these cards is no longer available. I would say that the lesson in this is to get what you really want when you see it. That is not always economically feasible but do let me know as I will always try to help you out as much as I can!


Torn Paper Strip Peekaboo Card


The premise behind this card style is to do a controlled tear in the panel on the front of your card to expose some pretty patterned paper tucked in behind. If you don’t have this pretty paper you could also create a stamped scene. I have made a video tutorial so you can see exactly how it is done. The only drawback with this card is that it is not really easy to mail. This one should be given in person!!



Torn Paper Strips Peekaboo cards


Do you see the difference in the two cards? The main difference is that I sponged the edges of the torn strip on the card on the left with soft suede ink. There is also a larger margin showing on this card (1/4″ instead of 1/8″) The card on the right has some ink spatters from the Deep shade of Blends.


Take the Party Inside


I finished off the inside of the card using the Grassy Grove bundle. Sponge daubers were used to add some garden green ink to the image that was stamped in soft suede. I’m really happy with how that turned out. If you want to see more cards made using this Grassy Grove bundle, check out my older blog post here.



Grassy Grove bundle from Stampin'Up! used for the inside of these Torn Paper Strip cards


Video Tutorial


If you are like me, it is so nice to actually see a technique in action. Here you go!! I hope you enjoy it and that you also subscribe to my channel on YouTube. Don’t forget the thumbs up!! Thanks so much. I hope that you know how much of a difference you can make to my business, even if you can’t purchase Stampin’Up! supplies from me. Simply by sharing my work you help me reach a broader audience.





Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope that you have a super day and that you were inspired to do some stamping of your own.



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Stack and Shuffle Technique

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.



Stack & Shuffle Cutting Measurements


Friendly Hello Stack & Shuffle Cards


Here is a shot of all the Friendly Hello stack and shuffle cards.


Friendly Hello Stack and


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!


In The Moment Stack and Shuffle Cards


Look how fun they look all together in a little stack!


In The Moment stack of cards


Individual Cards


Here are some closeups of the individual cards, they look so nice!



close-up of In The Moment card


In The Moment Stack and Shuffle card


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!



Video Tutorial


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.


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Double Wonder Technique

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I am sharing the Double Wonder Technique. Using this sketch for a cutting pattern you can easily and quickly make a large stack of cards. What a fantastic way to showcase your favourite designer series paper! Let’s take a look.


Double Wonder Technique


The name Double Wonder is a bit of a spoof on One Sheet Wonder where you stamp an entire sheet of either 12 x 12 paper or 8 1/2″ by 11″ paper. You then cut this paper up into different sized strips and panels and make coordinating cards. With the Double Wonder Technique you use half sheets of 12  x 12 designer series paper. You can choose just two sheets, but I like a little more variety so I usually use three sheets. Here is the sketch provided by Julie Davison, a demonstrator from the USA.


Double Wonder Sketch for cutting measurements


Here you can see the easy directions for making these cards. I am going to be making a step by step pictorial tutorial guide as well, but that may be a little while. Gerard is coming on Thursday and as you well know, my focus will shift a little then!!


Double Wonder Card instructions


The Results of my Double Wonder Experience


I decided to take a picture of my Double Wonder cards. It always looks so impressive to see a large amount of coordinating cards!!


Daffodil Dreams Double Wonder Cards


Double Wonder Video Tutorial


If you want to make these cards along with me, you can, for free!! Just watch this video and if you really want to make me happy, then click on the red subscribe button on the bottom right corner. Thanks!!



Stepping it up a Notch


You can make these cards even fancier by using embossing folders on your card base. I really do like how this one turned out. When the card was put together I thought there was just too much “vanilla”. I used one of the narrower embossing folders to emboss the card front and it turned out beautifully. What do you think?


Double Wonder Embossed Card


A Few Sweet Talk Cards


Because it is Valentine’s Day today, I thought it would be fitting to make a few cards using the adorable Sweet Talk patterned paper. Here they are!


Sweet Talk Double Wonder Card



Sweet Talk double wonder birthday card


Double Wonder Sweet Talk cards


More “Double” Cards


I did a search of my blog for more Double Wonder cards, but I could not find any. Instead I found lots of other things involving the word “double”. Check out this link to be entertained!


Do YOU Want Free Daffodil Paper?


If you would like to get some free daffodil paper as well as another saleabration item, I know a way!! Simply spend $60 with an online order of Stampin’Up! products if you live in Canada OR spend that much in my tutorial store or with Prime Time or the Training Group and you will get a free half pack of Daffodil paper as well as a free Zoom class where we will make more of these cards together using different paper. To order online just click on the product links below. You can of course also add these items to your starter kit for the best deal of all! Just click here to do that. Enough clicking already, right??




Thanks for joining me here today and also for joining in on my live video today. I really enjoyed interacting with you. I hope you had a good Valentine’s Day regardless of whether you received flowers or chocolate. You ARE loved!!

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Tulip Fields Class

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. I have finally finished the cards for my Tulip Fields class and I hope that you love them as much as I do. By popular demand, I will also be writing a pdf tutorial that includes the class cards and more! My blog post will be short today as I am having an “oma day”.


Tulip Fields Cards


I chose the Tulip Fields bundle to include with this class because it has the amazing windmill dies with it. We will also be using the Flowering Tulips stamp set for the sentiments. Here is a photo of most of my cards. I will let you know which ones are included in the class. They will ALL be featured in my weekly Parcels in the Post videos so you could also choose that option. Get the Parcels in the Post and order your bundles and stamps online if you are not comfortable attending a class.


Tulip Fields Class cards


For the class we will be making the top four cards and the bottom left card. That card was a gift to me from my friend Pat Skirtschak. The other cards will be featured in the pdf tutorial so you can easily make them at home. If you prefer to pay for this class with PayPal, then check out the blog here which has the PayPal button. Deadline to sign up for this class is coming up soon, February 20.


Starter Kit Deal


I fully realize that I may sound like a broken record, but the song is a good one!!! The most bang for your buck is always the starter kit. During saleabration it is an even better deal. How does it work? You choose $165 of product. You pay only $135. Then you get to pick out two bonus stamp sets as well. After you get the starter kit you can order more products with a 20% discount. Stampin’Up! hopes that you continue to do that. If you choose not to, that is perfectly ok. No penalties, no problem.


Social Insurance Number:  Why?


You WILL get asked to give your social insurance number when you sign up. The reason for this is two fold. It proves who you are. If you do turn it into a small business and get orders they may need to send you a T4 slip for tax purposes. For most people this is the biggest hurdle to getting the deal on the starter kit. Message me if you have more questions.

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YouTube Tutorials


You can follow me on YouTube for video tutorials on these great cards. It’s all free and they happen each Tuesday at 10am EST. Click on the red “Subscribe” button on the bottom right hand side of the video and you won’t miss any more videos.  I have a playlist called Parcels in the Post and that’s where they are. Just click here.

I hope you have a super day and thanks for stopping by today.

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Pretty Pansies Cut From Paper

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I am going to share a card with you that is made with pretty pansies cut from paper. I came home to this beautiful card made by Susan Forsythe for our local Hospice. The Hospice sends out cards on the one year anniversary of their loved one’s death. Such a wonderful thing to do and I have volunteered to spearhead this project. Thankfully there are some lovely stampers who help me out so that there is a steady supply of cards. Let’s take a look at what Susan did with the pretty pansies cut from paper.


Pretty Pansies Cut From Paper


The Pansy Patch bundle is really spectacular or perhaps I should say the Pansy Petals Suite. Not only are there beautiful layered stamps that you can use to create stunning pansies, you can also use the intricate dies to create your own style of pansies. For instant gratification you can also use the dies to cut the pretty pansies straight from the patterned paper. Susan did just that and then she took it a step further and separated the petals popping some of them up for a very striking 3D effect.



Pretty Pansies Cut From Paper



I really do love everything about this card. The new Fresh Freesia cardstock is the perfect background for this pretty paper. The leaves are two dies layered over top of each other using Evening Evergreen. Do you know where the pretty lacy die is from that is the background for the sentiment? It is the Ornate Layers DIes found on page 164 of the annual catalog. Here is a close up of the pansies.



Pretty Pansies Cut From Paper



Free Shipping AND a Free Tutorial?



Did you know that Stampin’Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING for one day this Thursday? Free shipping is valid with an order of $65 or more. This will also qualify you for a free pdf tutorial of your choice. One of the tutorials is the International Create With Us Tutorial Bundle with Pansy Patch! I am also giving everyone a package of Artistry Blooms adhesive backed sequins with an online order using the host code:  M3RTAHD7



Pansy Petals tutorial bundle


If you want to see more projects made with the Pansy Petals suite, check out this blog post. You can also purchase the Pansy Patch tutorial with 15 project tutorials for $25 here.


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A Little Story


Did you know that I grew up on a dairy farm? I have two brothers and one sister and my older brother by 7 years is a well read introvert. He tends to live vicariously through me and he has often had big plans for my life. When I was 17 he read an article in the local newspaper asking for contestants for a Queen of the Furrow competition. The winner of the local competition would appear at local agricultural events for the year and then compete at the International Plowing Match for the Ontario title. One of the requirements was to plow. I had never plowed in my life!

This was no obstacle for my brother. He would teach me. So the morning of the local plowing match, I was in a huge tractor with a six furrow plow. We went up and down the field a few times until my brother was satisfied with my skill level.

When we got to the local plowing match in the afternoon I discovered that competition plowing is a whole different animal!! The furrows are measured for depth and width and need to be arrow straight. Thankfully there was a young “Junior Farmer” who loaned me his equipment and was my coach. I still don’t know how I scored on the plowing part of the competition but I must have done all right with the interview and the public speaking. I won the contest and a few years later I did go on to win at the International Plowing Match. What an interesting chapter in my life.


Queen of the Furrow




Thanks for joining me today. I have six kits left for the July Virtual Coffee and a Card class. They are $25 including postage. Every Tuesday morning on Facebook and YouTube I teach one of the cards so you can create with me. This time I do recommend that you purchase the Sweet as a Peach bundle so you can complete the cards properly. It’s a gorgeous set, you won’t regret it and you can get it with free shipping tomorrow. I hope you have a super day!


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