Hello stampers. We have now had our first frost in southern Ontario and we are approaching the last week of October. That means Halloween is almost here and after that we go straight into serious Christmas preparations. If you are a card maker there is a pretty good chance that you make your own Christmas cards. Santa’s workshop will make you smile and get less serious about this. I am usually not so keen on “cute” Christmas cards, but this one stole my heart. Santa’s Workshop has so many wonderful features. As per usual, the catalog does not do it justice. I participated in a Holiday Catalog swap at the end of August and two of the cards I received were made using this suite of products. When I saw them I knew right away I had to have the Santa’s Workshop suite. Why? A perfect storm of reasons:
1. the designer series paper is unbelievably cute with white velvet texture on the snowflakes, the snowmen, the Santa hat and cuffs as well as glitter!!!
2. The stamp set has the most adorable Mrs. Claus, a Santa Claus holding his list, several elves, a North Pole sign and lots and lots of sayings.
3. Framelits that cut out not only the stamped images but also images in the paper. Wow, wow, wow.
4. Tons of accessories including thick baker’s twine, enamel shapes and red rhinestones.
5. Santa’s Workshop Memories and More cards that coordinate with everything else in the suite. Perfect not only for memory keeping (scrapbooking or pocket pages) but also for easy card making with the kids.
6. Red cards and envelopes to match the Memories and More cards. There is no more “cutting to size”. The M&M cards fit perfectly on the two different sizes included in the pack of cards and envelopes.
All those cute images that you see above are cut with framelits from the adorable Santa’s Workshop designer series paper. The next picture shows all the stamped images available.
The card below is one of the swap cards that I received that sold me on the Santa’s Workshop suite. It just made me smile. Thanks Christine Dionne for this fun card.
The next card is a swap that I received from Emilie Poncelet, also super cute and also with that adorable white velvet so you just need to touch it!
This next card combines the sassy snowman from the Santa’s Workshop paper (yes, he was fussy cut) but the rest of the card is super easy since it uses the Memories and More cards and the cards and envelopes. I love it so much!!
What a quick and easy card and it just brings out all the warm and fuzzies, and isn’t that what Christmas cards are all about? The words are from Merry Christmas to All, the background is from the Santa’s Workshop Memories and More pack and the card base is from the package of red cards and envelopes in the Memories and More set. Here is another quick and easy card:
I just had to use more of the cute snowman from the designer series paper together with the cards from the Santa’s Workshop Memories and More pack. Too cute for words!! The next picture isn’t super exciting, but it is the inside of this card and it also uses the M&M cards. This takes all the stress out of Christmas card making. Great therapy indeed. Also a wonderful activity to do with the kids. A meaningful craft!!! Those are the only kind I like.
Well people, it is now 10pm and this squirrel needs to call it a night. I have more cards to show with this great suite of products, but that will have to keep until next week. Stay tuned for more, and as always, if you live in Canada and don’t already have a demonstrator, I would love to have you shop with me. Please use the current host code (always located on the sidebar to the right of the blog post) when you order as it helps me to keep my class costs down and my mailing costs. Thanks for blessing me!!
Hello stampers. This week one of the suites I have been exploring is the All is Bright suite. It is the first one in the Holiday catalog and it did catch my eye right away. The Merry Christmas to All bundle is one that you will want and never give away. It has a combination of fonts and sizes to make many different Christmas Greetings that are perfect for both cards and scrapbook pages. The coordinating framelits are also fabulous. I am looking forward to using them in some home decor pieces too. The Swirls and Curls embossing folder is also a stunner and great for all sorts of occasions, not just Christmas. I have only covered the first page of this suite! Let’s take a look at what I have made.
I love all the elements in this card and I cased it straight from the Holiday Catalog. It is such a great source of inspiration. Sometimes we all forget that! What a great way to jump start your creativity. I ran out of call me clover cardstock so I didn’t have enough to make the actual card out of it, so I got creative and used some paper from the Tropical Escape 6×6 paper pack. This card would be great for any climate! I love the vellum circle in the background as well as the gold star paper clip. I used Blends to colour in the mini Christmas lights. Here is a close-up. It is such a bright and cheerful card.
I love how the sentiment is actually two different stamps so you can make a multi-coloured saying without fussy colouring with markers on your stamp. I used the layering circles framelits to cut both the sentiment and the vellum circle. The magnetic platform is great for keeping the circles exactly where you want them.
This beauty was also cased from the catalog except I made it bigger. It is a 4 1/4″ square card. I also used the retired gold sequin trim, but the mini gold sequin trim that is available now will also look darling, maybe even better! The sentiment is stamped on the All is Bright designer series paper (the bokeh design one). To see how I made the string of lights be sure to watch my video at the end.
The punch makes it very easy to make cute Christmas lights, but they look fantastic stamped directly on the paper too.
I really love this card. It came about when I was supposed to be cleaning up my supplies and I saw the scrap of Bokeh paper on the table and the beautiful Christmas Bulb paper. Then I remembered that I had some sparkle glimmer paper and that you could colour it with your markers! Well, didn’t that just turn out well?! I love my “call me clover” Christmas light bulbs. They look a little blue in the picture but they really are green.
This is a closeup of the next card so that you can see the Subtle embossing folder used in the background. It really is subtle, but it is so beautiful and versatile. The pine boughs are from Pretty Pines in the annual catalog. We made this card at Christmas Club and many of the ladies thought that the black line from the bulbs was string. It isn’t! It’s a stamp which makes it super quick and easy too. The bulbs were stamped in blueberry bushel, granny apple green, poppy parade and mango melody. Here is the full card. I cased it from a swap from Leena Girsa. The big “merry” is from the framelits in the Merry Christmas to All bundle.
The last card is also cased from a swap I received. I just changed up the colours a bit. Sadly the business card got separated from the card so I can’t give credit! If it’s yours, please comment below. The cardstock is 4 `/4 by 11′ and it is scored at 3 1/4″ and 8 3/4″. The polka dot paper from Under the Mistletoe is 3″ by 4″ and the white banner piece for the sentiment is 2″ by 5 1/4″. The far panel is run through the BIg Shot with the Swirls and Curls embossing folder. The Christmas light bulbs were stamped in eral red, crushed curry and old olive.
I used a totally different stamp set in the inside of the card because I really do like to focus on the fact that Jesus is the reason for the season. It is called His LIght and it has a beautiful font and a big “Rejoice” that would be great on a card front too.
I forgot to add the sentiment until the centre panel was adhered so my stamping is just a little crooked, but I figure when I write all my happy greetings in the inside no one will be focusing on that. Besides, the recipient already knows I am not perfect so it’s all good.
I hope you have enjoyed all the great products in this All is Bright suite. If you live in Canada you are most welcome to shop with me, just click on any of the items in the supply list below. If you use the current host code K47RYHQZ then you will also be entered into a draw for a half price item all in celebration of my 13th anniversary with Stampin’Up. You will also get a paper sample pack in the mail from Dashing Along. Here is the video I made with some tips and tricks for these products, I hope you like it.
Hello stampers! I am finally sharing some projects made with the beautiful Blended Seasons Bundle. I was quite anxious to do so since this amazing set is only available in August. Stampin’Up! is not kidding when they say this. They will not bring it back in another catalog, so if you like it the time to get it is now. I think by the time you are finished reading this blog post you will agree that it is both beautiful and versatile. It is designed to be used for colouring and layering and the stitched edges, oh my!!!! The first card I made with it used only one of the sayings. Here it is:
I just love the simplicity of this card. It took about one minute to make. The iguana with the fly is a bit of a cheat I must confess. I used my Brother Scan’n’Cut for that, but it was very finicky and did not cut much of what I wanted it to, so I made do with what I had. The next card was embossed with copper and I have another confession to make. These cards were all made late last night so the quality isn’t quite up to snuff. I forgot to use my embossing buddy so there are some stray bits of embossing powder. My blending is sub-par, but guess what? It’s still a nice card. I thought it was important to show you that not everything I made is stellar. Just breathe. Embrace your imperfection.
Do you remember the beloved Top Note die? The shape of the three nesting framelits in this Blended Seasons bundle is very reminiscent of that. These framelits take it up a notch though. They have a stitched edge on the part that is cut out AND the part that is left behind, so it is great for card windows as well. This image should give you a better idea of the framelits that are in the bundle.
This next card appeals to me because of its beautiful simplicity. It is all about the texture and the colours which to me exude fall. What do you think?
The deep texture of the corrugated embossing folder is just divine. I think it will be great not only for fall cards but also for a country Christmas and for masculine cards. The next card is also a fall card with a bit of watercolouring on the leaves, again done late at night so be kind!
I think this next card may just be my favourite. I would say it is a five or ten minute card and it looks like you really spent a lot of time on it. I paired it with the leaf framelit from Colourful Seasons in the annual catalog. Once again you will see the amazing Corrugated embossing folder. Wow!!! The Blended Seasons bundle is available now but you will have to wait until September 1 to order the embossing folder, unless you join my team, then you can put it in your starter kit!
The last card is also one of my favourites, it is a Christmas card using the Joyous Season paper from the upcoming Holiday catalog. If you do not have a demonstrator and you would like a holiday catalog, please message me. I send them for free to anyone who orders from me. Sadly you need to live in Canada to be able to order from me.
If you live in Canada and do not yet have a demonstrator I would love it if you ordered from me online. I will send you a card made with this great bundle. Please use this online code if possible and thank you very, very much!
Now I was going to make a video myself to share on this blog post, but Shannon West just posted one and I learned a lot from it, so I am going to share her video first. I promise I will also do one, but in the meantime, enjoy this new very casual Stampin’Up! video. They are experimenting with a new style and I like it a lot better than the old ones which were a little to “canned” for me.
Hello stampers! I am in love with the Petal Passion Paper and have finally had a chance to play with one of the sheets that is perfect for colouring. I am hosting a Blends Club and I purposely bought several packs of this beautiful paper so that I would have enough to make cards for twenty people. I cut the 12 x 12 paper into six pieces each measuring 3 3/4″ by 5″ so that there was a nice amount of white border around the edges. I then of course fell into my familiar routine of using up the scraps and coming up with a few more card designs so as not to waste anything. When I love a piece of paper I like to get the most out of it!!
I keep a little baggie of little white strips that are left over from cutting card fronts. These are great for little banners and a simple sentiment. For this card I used rich razzleberry, daffodil delight and old olive blends and a little bit of pool party. After cutting the six card fronts from the Petal Passion paper I had some leftover strips that were two inches wide so I used those on the next card. I used a piece of pool party shimmer ribbon to add a nice light contrast.
I also had some 3/4″ strips left over from cutting the card fronts, so I put them together on this card along with some other strips of Petal Passion paper that I had left over from other projects. Because they have more of a black background they combined nicely with the ones I coloured with my blends. Add some ribbon and a stitched framelit sentiment and voila!! On this card I switched up the pool party for smoky slate since that is one of the colours that my Blends club members are receiving today. I really like the look of that colour combination.
The strips of Petal Passion designer series paper on this card are 3/4″ wide by 5″ and they are simply adhered side by side on a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of rich razzleberry cardstock. I used the whisper white 1/4″ organza ribbon to accent the sentiment which is also from Petal Palette. The whole suite just works so nice together, I just realized I could have added a petal passion embellishment too, that would look beautiful!! Well, I tried it and it didn’t really add anything, the card is too busy with it, but it did look great on my first card, take a look.
The last card doesn’t use the Petal Passion paper, but it does use the Petal Palette stamp set as well as the same blends colours, rich razzleberry and old olive. I cased this one but I do not have a name so I can’t give credit. The sentiment on this card comes from Happy Birthday Gorgeous. The celebrate is a free thinlit that you can get with a $120 purchase during sale-a-bration which goes until March 31.
With this last card I used the colour lifter on the light rich razzleberry to give it more variation in colour. I am really happy with the way it turned out. I hope you enjoyed these cards featuring our lovely Blends. They are a high ticket item so they are perfect for putting in your starter kit, that way you do not have to pay shipping or tax, you also get two free stamp sets, a free Paper Pumpkin, and from me, you will also get a FREE Celebrate You thinlits dies. The first five people to respond to this blog post will be eligible for this bonus free gift. If you choose Petal Palette as one of your free stamp sets then you will be all set to make these cards when your kit arrives. Click here to get started. Happy stamping!!
Hello stampers! You know that you have a great stamp set when it takes more than one blog post to adequately feature all the amazing elements. I am not even doing it justice. The more I play the more I want to create with this stamp set. You may not want to buy this bundle, it will prevent you from getting your work done!!
I have to be honest. Sometimes I find embellishment kits a waste of money. There are often elements in there that you simply can’t find a use for. This one is fantastic! You get so many pretty die cuts and vellum embellishments that it is instant gratification to whip a bunch of cards that make you look like you really slaved over them. Anyone who receives one of these over the top cards will really be feeling the love. I took a picture of some of the elements I had laying out before I started my card. This is NOT the complete embellishment kit by any means. Click here to see all of it.
The watercolour paper in the middle of the picture is 4″ by 5 1/4″ and has been stamped using the acrylic block technique shown in the video at the end of this post. Take a look at the finished card. It took about five minutes to make.
I used berry burst and pool party ink pads right on my acrylic block E and then spritzed both the block and the watercolour paper with water before “stamping”. Here is a picture of how I prepped the watercolour paper.
The grid paper is very helpful to align the tape and the cardstock making it easier to get a nice even border. Here is a close-up of the final result of the paper. I wish now that I had rotated it on my card so that you would see more of the pool party. Oh well. Next time.
Here is another card using some of the embellishment kit. The card is mostly in white and silver so the coloured embellishment really pops.
The next card uses a piece of one of the cards I posted yesterday. It had a mat of that beautiful paper from this suite, so I cut out an oval before adhering to the card and covering with the white mat. This paper is so lovely you really don’t want to waste any of it!
This card is clean and simple and really lets the paper shine. The sentiment is from Petal Palette another of my favourite stamps from the Occasions catalog. I decided to try and spruce it up a bit using some other embellishments from the kit and some ribbon. What do you think?
I really do love this sentiment. My job as a Stampin’Up! demonstrator has allowed me to meet so many new people all over the world and I have been blessed and enriched by it in so many ways, so this card is for you my fellow demonstrators and to all my Facebook and blog followers and to my wonderful customers and team members. I hope you feel the love. I made one last card that I totally cased from Dawn Olchefske. Here is the link to her blog. I just embossed my base layer, that is the only change I made.
Finally, here is the video that shows you how to do the acrylic block watercolour background technique. It is easy, controlled and changeable. You can always add more ink and spritz again with water.
Hello stampers! What do you look for in a stamp set? I love a set that combines great images with a few great sentiments. I also get quite excited when the set can be used for different occasions and for both men and women. Feather Together fits the bill perfectly. It has some great words in a great font and the feather images can be used together or separately. SInce the set is photopolymer, it makes it very easy to do a two-step stamp. I will share a video with some tips and tricks on how to do that. Take a look at this stamp set:
I haven’t played with this set as much as I would like to, but here are some cards that I made for my coffee and a card class. I thought that the simplicity of the card would pair well the simple beauty of our copper foil paper.
Here is the same card but using different words. I am sorry that the script patterned paper is no longer available. I love it so much that I wanted to use the rest of my stash. I think we should all petition Stampin’Up! to bring it back. It was available in the patterned paper stacks in each of the colour families but the neutrals were my favourite.The white panel on the first two cards is the same size, 4″ by 2 5/8″.
Now I have to confess that I tend to hoard more expensive paper. It makes me happy to be able to get the most use out of it, so before mounting the white part on the copper I first cut out some leaves for another card making sure to leave enough of an edge so that you wouldn’t notice what I did. Check it out, I am pretty pleased with myself!
Here is what I did with those beautiful leaves. I made two versions of this card, one with a single piece of patterned paper in the background and another one with strips of paper (they are approximately 1 3/8″ wide by 4″ long. That way I could not only use up my paper scraps but I could also showcase how well the papers coordinate. The leaf framelits are from the Colorful Seasons bundle. The stamp set is one of the sets featured in the World Card Making Day sale until October 10.
The last card here was actually the first card that I made. When I saw the feathers I thought of the pretty blue jay feathers I would sometimes find on my lawn after our cat Jacob had followed his natural instincts. I used Pacific Point and Early Espresso.
I love the poignancy of just one leaf. The white panel is 3 1/4″ by 4 1/4″. The pacific point is 5 3/8″ by 4 1/8″. I used the hexagon embossing folder to add some interest to this otherwise clean and simple card. Sometimes two or three-step stamping can be daunting, but all you really need to do is give yourself enough time, be sure to practice and experiment with different colour combinations and stand up. Yes, stand up. If you stand while stamping you get a better view and can line things up more easily. I made a video with a few little tips and tricks to help you along.
I would love to hear from you. What are your favourite sets for two or three step stamping? I really love their effect, especially Baby Bear. He looks so real you just want to touch him. Let me know if you have any other questions.
World Card Making Day Sale
From now until October 10, Stampin’Up! is celebrating World Card Making Day with a special sale. Select stamp sets are 15% off. Select designer series paper is also on sale until the end of October, buy three packs get one free. The best part of this sale is that the most expensive pack of paper can be your free one! Just enter the ones you want to pay for first, then enter the free one last.
Did you see that little note at the end? Best deal ever. Buy a fast fuse and get two refills for FREE! If you want to see the images of the stamp sets featured, I took some screen shots:
Here is a shot of the paper that is on sale. I am willing to split packs of paper in half so that you can get three half packs and one half pack for free, just let me know!
Happy stamping and have a super day! Don’t forget about my contest. Comment on any of my blog posts before Tuesday October 10 and get entered into a draw for the stamp set Spooky Cat!