Hello stampers! I really love the title of this blog post, On My Mind. Did you know that you are often on my mind? I am always thinking of ways that I can make my business more meaningful for you. Someone close to me said that I was doing great things but using the “dullest tool imaginable”. Obviously she doesn’t love stamping, because I would strongly disagree. I think I am using beautiful tools and that together we are changing the world one card at a time. Of course I am assuming that you are not only making cards but also sending them. If you are hoarding your cards then the world is not being changed too much by your hobby.
On My Mind is the title of this blog because it is also the name of the July Paper Pumpkin. Every month I host a Beginner Class on the fourth Wednesday of the month. I have been using Paper Pumpkin for these classes because I think that this product is perfect for beginners. Seasoned stampers can use the products in these great kits to make “avid” cards. Did you know that Stampin’Up! has us categorized into three different types of paper crafters? Beginner, casual and avid. We all know what a beginner stamper is, someone who is baffled by all the tools and terminology, not to mention our crazy colour names. SU sounds like Laurentian on steroids, or am I the only one who remembers Laurentian pencil crayons? Maybe that is only a Canadian thing. A casual stamper comes to classes once in a while. They know what they are doing but they don’t need to have it all, they are happy with just making the cards that they need or to get out and have fun once in a while. Then you have the avid paper crafter. That’s us. We are hopelessly addicted. We want it all and we love layers, embellishments and fancy folds. That’s ok. If fact, it’s pretty awesome. Without my avid people I wouldn’t be in business!
Let’s take a look at the cards we will be making at Beginner class next week Wednesday. Have I told you that you don’t have to be a beginner to come to these classes? This class goes at a slower pace and doesn’t assume any prior knowledge of stamping. Ask your most basic questions and don’t feel like an idiot. (I hope I never make anyone feel that way, but sometimes we put that pressure on ourselves)
I do so love the font of this saying from On My Mind. What a fabulous card to send to someone in the mail for no reason at all. Do you have someone in mind when you see this card?
This card was slightly altered. If found that the base was not as sturdy as I would like in a card so I simply cut the back off and then trimmed the front to measure 4 1/8 by 5 3/* and put it on a pretty peacock card. I really like how that makes the whole thing pop. Aren’t the lined envelopes just so pretty?
Have you noticed that the cards and stamps in this Paper Pumpkin coordinate with products from our annual catalog? I love that, it adds more value all around. While these cards look amazing and a little bit complex, they are perfect for beginners too. I can’t wait to see who comes to this fun class. Class fee is only $15, but if you choose to order you get that money back to use on your order. Win-win.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. In the product links below I have included the coordinating suites of products that are in the annual catalog.
Next month’s Paper Pumpkin will be fall themed and it is gift bags. For the first time ever Stampin’Up! is offering an add-on coordinating card kit if you want. I thought the gift bags would be perfect for beginning of the year teacher and staff gifts or to be used at a Thanksgiving meal as table favours with notes of gratitude tucked inside. Mine are coming with me to Holland and that is exactly what I am going to use them for. If you want to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, here is the link for you. I do try to make it easy to get what you want!
Hello stampers! I’m back from a lovely time away and I appreciate your patience. Balance in life is a good thing and taking complete time away with your loved ones is so important. Wildly Happy is a stamp set that oozes love. While I think the original intent was for baby cards, I have hopefully shown that it can definitely be adapted for all kinds of other occasions. For some reason I wanted to use the stitched nested labels, the new in colours and the coordinating ribbon on these cards. I also played around with different colouring techniques.
For these cards I used the sentiments that come with the Wildly Happy set. I also used three different embossing folders and the new scalloped linen ribbon in terracotta tile, rococo rose and pretty peacock. Three different sizes of stitched nested labels were also used. The following trio of cards use different sentiments from A Wish for Everything and Here’s A Card.
It was also fun to play with different colouring techniques. I used Blends on the elephants and rabbits but I used watercolour pencils and a blender pen on the fox with the baby sentiment and blender pen and ink on the fox with “I made you a card”. You will also notice that there are no traditional bows on these cards. This scalloped linen ribbon does not tie well into bows, it is too stiff. It does tie beautifully in a knot like the one on the elephant card or a simple layered knot like on the rabbit card. It also can be tucked around a card front like on the fox card or layered over a strip of cardstock for added interest.
I did do a little colour coordination with the ribbon and the colour of the stamped sentiments. I really like the new incolours. Today I used Pretty Peacock, Rococo Rose and Terracotta Tile. The fox was the trendiest! He or she got some terracotta tile lowlights around the edges of his face and tail before being blended with pumpkin pie and daffodil delight. In the baby card I used four different colours of pencils: cajun craze, early espresso, pumpkin pie and daffodil delight. It was some serious colour therapy for me.
I hope you like the cards today, we will be making them at coffee and a card tomorrow morning. Today I am organizing the summer Blends Club as well as a paper share. Stay tuned for more details. Thanks so much for stopping by, if you would like to purchase any of the items featured today and you live in Canada, just click on the products below. If you choose to use the host code I would be most thankful. The code is YDZAPF6Y.
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.
Hello stampers. How ironic that I am creating with Pocketful of Sunshine and Daisies today! Not much sun to be seen here in Chatham, Ontario today. I think it is the coldest and wettest spring ever. I realize that I sound old when I say that. Old people tend to talk of weather in bygone days!! Apparently my need of sunshine and fun brought me to remember that I have not yet inked up Pocketful of Sunshine. Why ever not?!! It is the most adorable set and it comes with coordinating dies as well. Sadly it is retiring but the dies are not. There will be another fun stamp set to go with the dies but I am going to be so bold and tell you that you really do need this one. Why? Mainly because of the stitching. There are two stamps in this set that give stitched detail to the pocket. So, so cute. There are also great words in this set. It really is a must have for cards for all ages and genders. Let’s take a look.
I made these cards for coffee and a card class. They are a lot of fun and not too difficult to make. I love how you can fill the pocket with fun things. You can add fake money (there is a stamp for that) but I think your recipient will be much happier with the real deal. The sunglasses come in the stamp set. I simply stamped them in versamark on bright cardstock (pumpkin pie and granny apple green) and then cut them with the matching die and the Big Shot. Just in case you are reading this and don’t understand the foreign language of Stampin’Up! a Big Shot is a die cutting and embossing machine. Really a fantastic tool to have in your repertoire.
There is a die that cuts out the rays of the sun, and it is super cute, but I thought it would just be easier to emboss the rays right onto the wood textures paper. I used pineapple punch embossing powder which is part of a collection of in colour embossing powders, also retiring, so get it while you can!! Don’t you just love the realistic looking tab on the pocket? Do you also see what I mean with the stitched detail on the pocket? It really is a must have.
There is a reason I don’t wear white very often. It is almost inevitable that at the end of the day I will have spilled on it. It is no different with my white paper pocket. Somehow I managed to get a smudge of yellow on it, but I am keeping it real for all the world to see! Doesn’t this Pocketful of Sunshine go perfectly with Lemon Zest? Both of these great sets are retiring, so get them while you can. There is also a punch to go with the lemons. I love how the tea bag fits so nicely into the pocket. The leaves were stamped with lemon lime twist, also a beautiful colour that is retiring. Make sure you have enough ink, cardstock and paper to keep you going for a while. The lemons were stamped with so saffron which surprised me. I first chose daffodil delight but it was too intense.
I don’t often combine crumb cake and smoky slate but I really like how it looks on this card. The pocket has both real money and stamped money and a cool pair of shades. Do you see the sentiment? That is not done with colouring the stamp with markers. It is actually three different stamps so that makes it very easy to get this look. The stamps are photopolymer so they are a snap to stamp perfectly. I love how the stitched framelit mimics the stitching on the pocket. I also thought that the Best Route paper was a great fit for this card. Pocket money for a trip is such a nice gesture, especially if is for a student who could always use a little extra cash. Who am I kidding? I think we could all use a little extra pocket money when we are going on a trip. Another great thing about this card? I chopped up the whole pack since I had been hoarding it for a year! I received it as a gift on the Alaskan cruise? How crazy is that? You really do need to #loveitchopit.
Tomorrow I will post again with one more fantastic card using Pocketful of Sunshine. That card will also use a brand new stamp set called Daisy Lane. I hope you come back to see it. Thanks so much for stopping by. Please click on the images below if you want to buy any of these supplies before they are gone. It will only work if you live in Canada. If you would be so kind as to use the host code when you order online I would be most happy. Here it is: V7NT9B9U.
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Hello stampers. This stamp set Let it Ride just makes me want to take a deep breath and smile. Those horses in the meadow just remind me of a breath of fresh air. And yes, spring is in the air here in southern Ontario. The sun is shining and it is still cold outside but every day it gets just a little bit warmer. Sometimes in the afternoon you can leave your coat open!
I grew up on a farm so the expression “live as if someone left the gate open” is very meaningful to me. If you have ever seen cows when they notice that the gate has been left open you will know what I am talking about. The excitement and the enthusiasm is rampant and contagious. When one animal notices it and starts running with abandon towards the open gate, the rest follow. There is unexpected adventure on the horizon. I hope that someone leaves a gate open for you this week and that it brings you great joy and adventure.
Let’s take a look at the cards that I made using both Let it Ride and Country Road. I made these cards for classes so they have to be nice to look at but quick and easy to do. Most of them use Blends and that makes for therapeutic card making.
This first card we made at Blends Club using the crumb cake blends. Very simple technique. Just use the dark bullet point to outline the edges and dark lines and then blend in with the brush tip of the light crumb cake. So simple and everyone can do it. No thinking involved and it always looks great. I frayed the edges of the braided linen thread to give it a more rustic look.
The Wood Textures paper is great as a background to our rustic stamp sets. The base for this card is crumb cake and the mat for the image is early espresso.
This card was made for me by my team member Alison Reid and she cased Gaynor Boyce from the UK. What I love about this card is the colouring. Light Granny Apple Green and Light Daffodil Delight was used on the trees and then all the images were outlined in Light Pool Party to give a great shadow effect. The blaze of white on the horse’s nose is also a great touch.
The lovely line images in this stamp set lend themselves very well to colouring with Blends. It is nice to be able to use the colour lifter to get a third tone of colour. Beginners and more advanced “blenders” all did well with the horses.
I love the simplicity of this card. Great for any occasion or just because. The weather vane was stamped in gray granite after it had already been stamped on grid paper. This makes for a lighter version and is called “stamping off”. If your ink pad is really juicy you may have to stamp off twice before getting this light version. The grass/oats was stamped in mossy meadow, once full strength, once stamped off. The wagon wheel was stamped in early espresso. Here is the inside of the card.
I hope you liked this sampling of cards. If you want more inspiration, the sky is the limit. Just type the stamp set and Stampin’Up in the google search bar and you will be amazed at what comes up. Just like this: Let it Ride Stampin’ Up
I just finished a Facebook Live video explaining how the starter kit is like a Costco membership. When you get the starter kit, not only do you get a great deal (spend only $135 but choose $225 in product) you also open the door to great savings. Right away you get 20% off your purchases. This is good during the quarter that you sign up (First quarter is October through December, second quarter is January through March, third quarter is April through June, and fourth quarter is July through September) and for the next quarter after that. So if you sign up any time during saleabration you have until the end of June to get your 20% discount. If you buy or sell $400 every quarter you get to keep your discount. How awesome is that? You DON’T have to teach classes but you CAN share the free catalogs that you get and share what you love with your friends. The easiest way to do that is with Paper Pumpkin or some of the kits that we have in our catalogs. Just invite them to come and help you make up a kit. Then you can give cards to people you know who could use some happy mail. I would love to have you join my team and get the great deal no matter what you plan to do with it. Here is the link if you want to save lots of money and get lots of stamps, ink and paper.
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Hello stampers. Painted Seasons is truly beautiful. The stamp set is stunning with its distINKtive design and the coordinating paper is so lovely that you will be tempted to hoard it. But that is not the way to enjoy paper. Create with it and then send those cards to people and spread joy!! #loveitchopit is the way to go. If you cut your paper into smaller pieces that suit your needs you will use it in a very productive and time efficient manner. For most of these cards I used strips that were 3″ wide by 5 1/2″ tall. Let’s take a look.
I paired the Painted Seasons bundle with the More Than Words stamp set. I found that if you stamp your words off to the left then you have room to add an embellishment. To make the olive linen bow I just used three strands together to make a fluffy bow. One of the pinecones is stamped in soft suede and the other in early espresso. The soft suede one has been popped up. The base of the card is soft sea foam.
For this card I forgot to stamp over to the side so that made it a bit more difficult. I love how the variegated petal pink and white ribbon picks up the colours in the paper. You can also sponge the edges of your succulent with flirty flamingo when stamping the second time with your stamparatus to get a lovely realistic look. I did a Facebook live video showing how to do that.
In this closeup picture you can see the lovely detail in both the succulent stamp and in the saying from More Than Words. I stamped “Wishes” in soft sea foam and then stamped the second stamp which is only the bottom half of the word “wishes” in pear pizzazz. The word “birthday” is separate and I also stamped that in pear pizzazz. Love the look of this!!
This fun card was cased from Tammy Beard. By necessity I had to change up the sentiments. I used the new punch that is available through the sale-a-bration coordination offering. My oval framelits are still missing in action so I am slightly limited in my creativity!! The frogs were coloured in Call Me Clover and Old Olive Blends.
Are you seeing how easy it is to create beautiful cards using the #loveitchopit system? All these cards follow the same formula but have slightly different embellishments and accents. When you have great raw materials and fantastic coordination it is very easy to make stunning cards.
This card uses some leftover strips of paper. I made it during a Facebook live video so it isn’t perfect but I really do love the look of it. The colours are just so pretty. The base of the card is petal pink and picks up the colours in the flowers of the patterned paper and the green leaf trim pulls out the call me clover colour in the paper as well. The words were stamped in Petal Pink and Calypso Coral.
Here you can see the Sale-a-bration Coordination products. Can you believe it is already the last month of saleabration? It is the only time of the year where you can get free things with a $60 purchase or when you get so much more in your starter kit. Don’t miss out!!
This last card was cased from Brian King. I love how he used both sides of the patterned paper for a very striking card. I switched it up a little bit but the bones of the card and the colour combination is totally his! I just love how we can inspire each other.
I saved this card for last since it doesn’t use the same formula as the others. I did use the Story Label punch for a quick focal point. The words are from More Than Words stamped in Call Me Clover. You can get the Painted Seasons bundle which includes the stamp set and the paper as a free item with a $120 purchase. You can get just the paper with a $60 purchase. The coordinating framelits are available for $38. What is nice about the framelits is that there are two larger leaf framelits, two fern framelits and three small leaf framelits. If you live in Canada and don’t have a demonstrator I would love to have you shop with me or even better, get the great deal on the starter kit and join my team!! Just click here to make that happen, or click on the items below to be directed to my online store.
Before I close, I thought I would share a video I did a while ago (I think a year ago) about the philosophy of #loveitchopit. I hope it helps you use your paper rather than hoard it.