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Stampin Up You Move Me Shutter Card

Stampin Up You Move Me Shutter Card

How fun is this Stampin Up You Move Me shutter card? My friend and fellow demonstrator Anita brought it to swap at our last Kreative Kanucks Team Stamping Party?

With such a great interactive card, I knew you’d want to see too! Anita says she “totally CASE’d it from Billie Moan”, retired Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. CASE means “Copy and Share Everything” and that’s what we demonstrators do just like you!

I have to say, I wasn’t all that thrilled with the set in the catalogue.  What about you?  But when you see it in person, it is super cute! There’s both a hummingbird and this butterfly to make a pretty moving image when you stamp them on a movable tag behind the shutter. Isn’t it perfect for spring?

stampin up you move me shutter card

So I have a few questions for you…

  1. Would you love to get together with paper crafting friends and share ideas like Anita did with us?
  2. Are there WAY too many post-it notes marking your Stampin’ Up! catalogue pages? (You know, all the things you want AND need but your budget just doesn’t stretch that far?)
  3. Do you think you’d like to have a fun way to make a bit of moola to spend on more Stampin’ UP! supplies?

Well, in the words of Monty Hall, “Have I got a deal for you!” From now until March 31st, this is the BEST time to join my team, the Kreative Kanucks. Why?

You get to pick not one, but TWO stamp sets (of ANY dollar amount) for FREE to add to your Starter Kit! (A value of up to $132). So if you have your eye on a couple of the larger dollar value sets, this is your chance!

But there are TONS more reasons to join my team now too! You can:

  • get paid to PLAY in your craft room! (can you say that about many jobs?)
  • instantly get a 20% discount on every current Stampin’ Up! product
  • see – and play with – the NEW product, catalogues and supplies before everyone else (like the NEW annual catalogue coming this June)
  • make friends with paper crafters all over the world, and right in your own back yard
  • receive up to $165 in current catalogue products for only $135 in your Starter Kit
  • build your own Starter Kit with anything in any current Stampin’ Up! Catalogue
  • get a FREE business builder kit
  • have all of this and get FREE shipping on your Starter Kit

You haven’t really got anything to lose. So are you ready? Say YES and JOIN NOW!

What’s a Kreative Kanucks Team Stamping Party? When you join my team, we get together every couple months to share great ideas like this. It’s always fun to see what other Stampin’ Up! demos are creating.

And since each of us LOVE different things out of the catalogue we get to see many of the sets and bundles in action that we don’t have. (Yes, while we may want EVERYTHING, the same ever-present budget that you have means we need to pick and choose, too!) Great bundles like the Stampin Up You Move Me shutter card Anita shared with us.

stampin up you move me

Now I know you probably have lots of questions. That’s what I’m here for. Give me a shout and I’ll be happy to answer any you have.

And in the meantime, if you just gotta have the You Move Me set and all the supplies Anita used, here they are! Simply click on an image to order it from me and have it arrive on your doorstep in about a week.

stampin up you move me

Doing what I love, sharing with others and building a flexible and rewarding business are just a few of the reasons I decided to join Stampin’ Up! But I know there are as many different reasons as there are paper crafters. Many want to take advantage of getting their Stampin’ Up! items at a discount, most fall in love with the exceptional product. Others can’t live without the ease of the perfect colour coordination.

What’s your reason? Maybe it’ll be the Stampin Up You Move Me shutter card that you could be making right away with items in your Starter Kit – come on in and join the fun now!



How Stampin Write Markers Watercolour Cards Beautifully

How Stampin Write Markers Watercolour Cards Beautifully

Do you already know how Stampin Write markers watercolour cards beautifully? If you don’t you’re going to love this post!  And if you do, stick around!  I’m going to share some of my best tips for why these water-based markers are my preferred choice for watercolouring detailed images like the beautiful flower from the Petal Palette set.

At roughly HALF the cost of a set of full size stamp pads, it is SO easy to extend your Stampin’ Up! colour choices exponentially! Plus with the same 48 Stampin’ Up! Colours (collections and In Colors), you can create scads of watercolour and collage-like cards just like this one.

how stampin write markers watercolour cards beautifully

While I was getting pretty close to my Occasions catalogue budget in December (yup, as demonstrators we get to buy early – just another perk I LOVE!), it was pretty hard to turn down the Petal Palette bundle when I saw it! So hard in fact, that I removed a couple other items and got the entire suite of products!

I’ve already shown you how gorgeous the Petal Passion designer series paper is coloured with Stampin’ Blends. Today I want to show you how wonderfully the stamps, framelits and Stampin write markers watercolour cards!

how stampin write markers watercolour cards beautifully

How Stampin Write markers watercolour cards beautifully!

I’ve combined Fresh Fig and Lemon-Lime Twist with Shimmery White cardstock for a softer look for this card. I was quite happy with how light the roses turned out (see my super simple tip below).  What were my steps to create the watercolored flowers?

  1. Colour leaves with Lemon-Lime Twist brush tip end of marker. (TIP1: use the side of the marker to preserve your brush tip.)
  2. Colour roses with Fresh Fig brush tip end of marker. (TIP2: use lighter colour marker first always so if you happen to touch this second marker to the first coloured area, it will not discolour your marker.)
  3. Hold stamp up about 6-8” away and spritz with water with Stampin’ Spritzer about 3-4 times.
  4. Stamp off LIGHTLY onto grid paper or scrap of paper. (TIP3: I stamped off ONCE to just remove the darker ink to get a gentler look for my card.)
  5. Stamp image onto scrap of Shimmery white cardstock. (TIP4: Shimmery White has a bit more substance than regular white or vanilla cardstock so holds up better with water.)
  6. Re-spritz (without re-colouring your stamp) only ONCE and stamp again onto left side of Shimmery White panel.

how stampin write markers watercolour cards beautifully

I also used the dots in the set to stamp with Lemon-Lime Twist lightly around the edges of the panel to make it a bit more “artsy”. The detailed leaves and decorative banner along the bottom are both part of the dies in this bundle. They’re a gorgeous addition to the background.

Did you see I’ve got not one, but two ribbons on this card? (They don’t call me Ribbon Queen for nothing!) The Very Vanilla lace trim is just barely there, but adds a pretty layer beneath the open line Fresh Fig banner.

And how do you like the “swoosh” of sheer Fresh Fig ribbon? (The trick to the “Zorro-like” swoosh is to use your Fast Fuse in a diagonal line on the panel where it will be covered up later by your die. Then lay your ribbon over top curving it to make a “Z”.)

OK, go grab your Stampin’ Write markers and a Stampin’ Spritzer and get busy creating watercoloured images!

No Stampin’ Write markers? Expand your Stampin’ Up! stamp pad colour collection for about half the price and get the ones I used below. And if, like me, you find the Petal Palette bundle a leetle too hard to resist, you can save 10% right now and be using it this time next week!

how stampin write markers watercolour cards beautifully

I use my Stampin Write markers every single day. If I’m not brush lettering, I’m colouring with them. If I’m not colouring, I’m watercolouring with them. And if I’m not watercolouring, I’m using them to add detail to my stamped images and letters. Here the tip was small enough to colour the tiny flowers on this sweet notecard.

But wait!  I’d hate for you to leave with the wrong idea! I do absolutely LOVE my stampin’ pads and use them every single day too. But when it comes to intricate details and colouring a stamp with more than one colour, it’s my water-based Stampin’ Write markers I turn to. Try it out for yourself to see how your own Stampin Write markers watercolour cards – and become a watercolour artist.

Just When Does Spring Start Anyway?

Just When Does Spring Start Anyway?

At this time of year, you might be asking yourself just when does spring start anyway? At least that’s what’s been on everybody’s lips north of the 49th parallel! It keeps snowing, and we keep shovelling and scraping.  And I’m getting just a tad tired of my heavy coat and scarf! How about you?

Well, with Janine’s project I’m showcasing for Front & Centre Friday, spring might just start…TODAY!

Once again my favourite bundle Colourful Seasons, comes to life in her pretty pastel coloured card. Now if you haven’t picked up this bundle yet, a word of caution. You want to make sure you get it today so you can save 10%. (I sure hope it sticks around in the next catalogue and if it does, the set and thinlits will be full price!)

See if you think SPRING when you see it!

just when does spring start anyway

When this bundle first debuted last June, I snapped it up. When I asked myself my 10 questions for making a smart craft purchase, there really WAS no question. I KNEW this was a versatile, all-round set I would get TONS of use out of.

Take a peek at just some of the cards I’ve shared:

Really, if you make only one bundle purchase this catalogue, make it this one!

just when does spring start anyway

Well, just when does spring start anyway?

NOW! (I’ll step down from my Colorful Seasons soapbox (😁) and get back to Janine’s beautiful card.) There’s a couple cool techniques here I want to make sure you notice.

Take a close look at the branch. Can you see it? Rather than cut out a branch and lay it on top of the card, Janine cut out the Whisper White and laid a piece of the Wood Textures designer series paper stack in behind it. Pretty fun and smart! (TIP: She stamped her small Blushing Bride petals on her card FIRST before cutting out the branch.)

Lastly she added the three cut out blossoms on top with liquid glue.

And for her second technique. Do you remember paper piercing? How it used to be all the rage? Then, like lots of great – and simple – finishing touches, it got edged out (no pun intended ☺️). Look how pretty it is here along the bottom edge of the card.

just when does spring start anyway

And there’s a third technique here too we seldom see much anymore.  Sponging the edge of the Whisper White in a colour to match the matting.  So simple and so effective to add a softness to your card!  (TIP: Sponge BEFORE you glue to the matting.)

How’d she do that? I think most of us have what we affectionately refer to as a “pokey tool” (aka paper-piercing tool and you can find it on page 204 of the annual catalogue). And it’s fabulous for picking up small items to adhere to our cards (think rhinestones, glue dots, enamel shapes). But pair it with the Stampin’ Pierce Mat and it really does become a paper piercing tool! Go figure!

Janine lined the scalloped die from the thinlits along the edge of her card and poked the tool through the cardstock next to it. (TIP1: Place the mat under your card so your tool will pierce into it. TIP2: Make sure you open your card and lie it flat to do this or you’ll pierce the inside too. And TIP3: Hold the die in place with a couple small pieces of washi tape so both hands are free to work.)

Now it’s up to you!

Get out your Colorful Seasons bundle and get busy creating spring cards just like Janine’s. And if you held off purchasing it this long, don’t wait any longer! I don’t want you to miss out on saving 10% when you click on the image below and order it from me! I really appreciate it!

just when does spring start anyway

Know what I’m going to do?  I absolutely guarantee you can’t go wrong with this bundle.  In fact, I’m so sure of it, if you bring it back to me even a year after you buy it and it hasn’t seen an ink pad or the framelits are still attached to the tape, I’ll buy it back from you!  No questions asked!

Every single season – and holiday – can be covered with this one bundle. Summer, fall, winter and now spring. So pull it out, grab your subtles stamp pads and paper and see if you can conjure up some warm and breezy weather in your craft space. And then really does it matter what the answer is to your question just when does spring start anyway?


You Might Ask Is THAT An Easter Treat Box?

You Might Ask Is THAT An Easter Treat Box?

When you see today’s project, you might ask is that an Easter treat box? Or is it a birthday treat box? Or maybe even is that a congrats treat box? To make it even MORE confusing, I made it with the Lots to Love Box framelits, and if you’re not a Valentine’s crafter, you might’ve missed it in the Occasions catalogue.

You know I really should have named this blog post “How to Get More Mileage From Your Crafting Purchases” since I want you to go away thinking about them just a wee bit differently. So let’s dive in and although you might ask is that an Easter treat box initially, I think you’ll start to see LOTS of other possibilities too.

you might ask is that an easter treat box

So at first glance, you might’ve picked the birthday box. After all, it IS made with the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set and designer series paper. And there’s not a single bunny or Easter egg in sight. Plus the greeting talks about celebrating “brilliant fabulous you!” So yes, I agree our box could be congrats or birthday.

But take another look at those beautiful spring colours. Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Lemon-Lime Twist, Berry Burst. Tell me just how many Easter eggs you’ve dyed in exactly those colours in the past! And what about that little peek of turquoise glimmer paper, the Lemon-Lime Twist ombre ribbon or the Pumpkin Pie sequins? They are ALL perfect for this fun spring holiday I’d wager.

And what about the paper design? It’s really just some streamers and mixed ribbon. It doesn’t HAVE to be birthday, it could be just about anything celebratory.

And it’s a simple box…which could work for just about ANY occasion!

you might ask is that an easter treat box

So In Case You Might Ask Is THAT An Easter Treat Box?

So what exactly does this mean for us paper crafters? We CAN get all kinds of versatility from our stamp sets, dies and papers, simply by looking at them a bit differently and making smart purchasing choices.

How do you do that? The next time you’re in the mood for something new in the craft supplies world, start by asking yourself these questions:

Designer Series Paper

  • Are there multiple colours I can use for more than one occasion? (And do you have the matching stamp pads and cardstock already?)
  • Are there lots of designs I absolutely LOVE in the package? (Because then you’ll USE them up.)
  • Is the size good for multiple projects? (For example is 6x6 big enough for everything you might want to make with the paper?)

Stamp Set

  • Is there a coordinating set of framelits for the stamp set? (To make your crafting life quicker and easier.)
  • How many different techniques can I have fun with with this set? (There are SO many techniques out there, what are your favourites and can the set handle at least two or three?)
  • How many different ways could I use this stamp set? (For example let’s look at the Sure Do Love You set below)


you might ask is that an easter treat box

How many different uses do you see? I see: anniversary, birthay, weddings, congratulations, thinking of you, spring and of course Valentine’s (see my fun fold Valentine I made with it).


  • Are some of the dies generic enough for multiple applications? (Think stars, circles, squares, hearts, ovals that you will use over and over again.)
  • Will the dies make my paper crafting more efficient? (Like cutting out and scoring a fun box rather than making one from scratch.)
  • Is there at least ONE die that is an absolute MUST-HAVE? (Like the box in Lots to Love Box framelits or the two nested heart shapes.)


  • Could I use this for at least three different events I will be crafting for – in the next three months? (Giving yourself a timeline is really important so you KNOW you’ll pull it out and use it as soon as it arrives!)

There are so many others I could suggest but I’ll save those for future blog posts.  Now I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes I stray a bit from my own advice. (Did I really NEED the Beautiful You stamp set when I haven’t used it once in almost a year?!!  Yikes!) But I do try and now you’ve got some of the key questions to ask, how do your current supplies measure up?

I knew I’d use the Lots to Love Box framelits and the Picture Perfect Birthday designer series paper for multiple projects over many years. Anytime I can get a template for a box or treat holder, I’m IN!  If you’re the same just click on the image below and have tons of fun creating!

you might ask is that an easter treat box

So the next time you’re browsing a new catalogue and you’ve got a post-it note on EVERY page, come back to this post. You might ask yourself is that an Easter treat box – or birthday or congrats or Father’s Day or sympathy – and you might be able to narrow down some of those post-its.


Stampin Write Markers Colour Cards In a Wink

Stampin Write Markers Colour Cards In a Wink

It’s Front and Centre Friday and you get to see how Stampin Write markers colour cards in a wink with this fabulous double z-fold card by my friend Leslie!

But warning!  Be prepared to get flooded with primary school memories with her Many Marvelous Markers colour coordination and fun design!

Bright papers, cheery colours and happy thoughts will make special birthday greetings for the young – and young-at-heart! Take a little peek!

stampin write markers colour cards in a wink

Doesn’t it bring back memories of primary school days? Not only is the set full of nostalgic characters, when you can while away minutes (hours? days?) colouring, you’ll be transported back to that classroom with the chalky blackboards and pint-sized desks!

Another super bonus with this suite? You can cut out characters from the designer series paper like I did with this other fun fold card

But Leslie didn’t. What? Did she run out of paper? EEK?? (Believe it or not, it actually IS possible to use up full packages of patterned paper! 😂)

Well, then you make your own – easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Stamp chosen character (TIP: use Basic Black Archival ink so marker colour stays true)
  2. Colour with Stampin Write markers (Leslie used her Brights and Neutrals colours: Real Red, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate)
  3. Die cut with the matching framelit

Take another view of her 3D card to see other images she created this way too.

stampin write markers colour cards in a wink

OK here’s where you come in! Close down the computer and grab your supplies to transport yourself back to primary school! I’ve got all the supplies Leslie used here to help you!

stampin write markers colour cards in a wink

Are you running into your room as we “speak” to make a few of these?  Remember March is my Front & Centre Contest!  Send me one and you could win a fabulous prize.  Check it out here!

Really, I’m not kidding! You’d better get busy ’cause I wanna see Stampin Write markers colour cards in a wink from your stamp room too!

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