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Why I LOVE the 2018 Stampin Up Colour Revamp

Why I LOVE the 2018 Stampin Up Colour Revamp

You may have already heard the news, now I want to tell you why I love the 2018 Stampin Up Colour Revamp!  If you checked out my earlier blog post, you heard me wonder whether we might have a colour refresh right? 

Well as it turns out, it’s not just a colour refresh, it’s a colour revamp!  So just what the heck is the the difference between the two?  I’m going to let you know right away!  First let’s take a quick peek at our new range of colours starting June 1st!


Now admittedly some of those are fairly small pics, (and I’ll share a little more close up pics below) but I am so excited for the range and mix of colours we’ll have June 1st for our paper crafting creations!

First, what’s the difference between a colour refresh and a colour revamp?

Refresh: only a few colours are either added or changed in the existing colour families and generally the families remain “intact”.

Revamp: Several colours are retired, added and replaced and the colour families are significantly adjusted. 

So get ready for considerable changes… Here are the quick stats you’ll want to know!

  • 13 colours retired
  • 6 prior In Colors added to our core line
  • 10 brand new colours
  • 53 total colours in our colour offerings
  • complete reshuffle of existing colour families
  • development of Basics family set of three

Whew!  There’s some major changes here right?!!  But wait a minute, how many colours do we now have?  How about 53!

  •  4 colour families of 10
  • 2 sets of In Colors totalling 10
  • 3 BASIC colours (Basic Black, Whisper White, Very Vanilla)

Now let’s see some particulars…

Which colours will we be waving good-by to?

And of course the 2016-18 In Colours we’ll be bidding adieu to.why I love the 2018 stampin up colour revamp

Now, what’s new in the 2018 Stampin Up colour revamp?


The bright and stylish 2018-20 In Colours!

why I love the 2018 stampin up colour revamp

How about the colours YOU love making a come-back (take a close look at that bottom right one – shortest retirement EVUH)?

So then what are the BRAND NEW ones?

why I love the 2018 stampin up colour revamp

And here they are, all together in the NEW colour families!

why I love the 2018 stampin up colour revampAren’t they SOOO pretty?  If you’re like me, your mind is probably just whirling with the possibiltiies!!

Let’s see why I LOVE the Stampin Up colour revamp 2018

At first I have to say I was a bit gob-smacked by the sheer number of changes😜.  (Can you relate?)  After all, just like you I’ve got a few favourites that will be hitting the dust too come May 31st (Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red) ☹️.  

But then I had a chance to SEE the new shades all together at our weekend conference.  All the new possibilities, the fresh palettes, all the fun!  And I started to get it!  Stampin’ Up! is spring cleaning.  Out with the old and in with new, fresh and clean.  I know I do that all the time…clothes, dishes, furniture, lipstick 🤗. (really just the hubby is safe when I get in that mood!)  

So it only makes sense we grab some new colours and pack up and retire others.  And having gone through a couple colour changes over the past 16 years, I absolutely trust in Stampin’ Up!’s decisions. (That’s not to say I haven’t also held onto some retired colours in the past 16 years because I loved them.  But you know what? Any I still have are going in my Retired Rubber sale this summer!  I NEVER use them!)

So here’s what I think it means for all of us paper crafters!

  • a creative shot in the arm!  You asked for changes to spark your crafting bone so here they are!
  • new, fresh and on-trend shades (to be in sync with home decor and fashion trends)
  • latest and greatest colour combinations (for WOW! contemporary projects)
  • a chance to clear out some old, unused items (you probably never use anymore either!)
  • a bigger variety of products to get creative with


Now what do you need to do next?

  1. Click here to see ALL the retiring items including all the colours.
  2. Decide if you have a favourite that’s retiring (take a peek at the new colours and see if it just might become an old – and replaced -fave!)
  3. If it’s staying in your stash, check your supplies of refill, paper, markers and make sure you’ve got enough to last awhile.
  4. If you need to replenish, you’ll want to pick up supplies right away.  I’m not kidding!  these will go quickly and be gone for good!  (guaranteed until May 7th to be available and as available until May 31st) 



I have other fantastic changes to share with you too.  But I thought I should let this news settle just a teensy bit first.  So make sure you keep checking back to hear all the good stuff!

why I love the 2018 stamping up colour revamp

And can I say?  You are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE this new catalogue.  Sometimes it takes me a bit to completely warm up to our latest and greatest.  Not this time!  I’ll share a couple sneak peeks over the next while so you can see for yourself.

And I know you’ll start to see why I love the 2018 Stampin Up colour revamp too!  


Front & Centre Winner Announcement!

I’ve got a Front & Centre winner announcement for you!

Remember this post where I told you YOU could win?  Wellll…


front & centre winner announcement

Congratulations go to Cathie who gets to play with some fun new items for being my winner!

front & centre winner announcement

What did she win?  Some fun items all from the Occasions Catalogue!

  • Picture Perfect Birthday designer series paper stack
  • Simple Stripes embossing folder
  • Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes
  • Birthday Mini Binder Clips

 front & centre winner announcement

What did Cathie have to do to see her name as my Front & Centre winner announcement? 

Just give me a few (well, she was a keener and gave me 5!) of her paper crafted items made with Stampin’ Up! product.  Here’s a peek at them.  

front & centre winner announcement

Thanks to everyone who entered.  I had folks send in one project, some with 2, some 3, some 4 and Cathie at 5.  I was like a kid at Christmas receiving them!  Everyone’s name went in the hat for every entry I received…and Cathie was the lucky winner!

And make sure you stay tuned.  You’ll be seeing more of their wonderful designs here over the next little while.

So the next time YOU see the contest, let’s see if YOUR name isn’t the Front & Centre winner announcement!


Stampin Up Basket Weave Embossing Folder Tips

Stampin Up Basket Weave Embossing Folder Tips

Want some basket weave embossing folder tips to make sure you get the BEST impressions possible?  Silly question right?  Of course you do!

Did you get your folder FREE yet? It comes in the exclusive Blossoming Basket Bundle with a $120 Stampin’ Up! order. But don’t delay, Sale-a-bration 2018 ends tomorrow, March 31st!  Place your order now!

My friend and Kreative Kanucks teammate Trudy made me this pretty Easter card with a basket weave panel background. I couldn’t resist sharing it with you so you can see how it makes you want to reach out and touch it.

basket weave embossing folder tips

Why is it oh-so-touchable? It’s a dynamic textured embossing folder.

What’s the difference? This type of folder creates deeply etched, dimensional embossed impressions, even deeper than our regular embossing folders. To see what a dynamic folder can do, look at the depth of the woodgrain in this dragonfly card!

Basket Weave Embossing Folder Tips

When you start working with dynamic folders, tips I’ve learned along the way might come in handy.

1. make sure you use only one acrylic pad (standard cutting pad) and your Big Shot Platform. So your sandwich is:

basket weave embossing folder tips

2.   If you have the old hinged platform that used to come with the Big Shot, you will need to set it at Tab 1. (Note: On my old platform, although I get a very respectable impression, it’s just not quite as deep. And make sure you don’t use Tab 2. It’s way too thick!)
3.   Emboss only one sheet of cardstock at a time for best results.
4.   Spritz your cardstock first with clear water from your Stampin’ Spritzer before placing in your embossing folder to give you an even deeper impression.
5.   Insert your folder spine-first into your Big Shot to lessen any stress on the folder.
6.   If it seems like you didn’t have your Wheeties this morning and you have to really crank your Big Shot handle, you’ve probably got the wrong sandwich. (See 1 and 2 above.)

Also note, your Magnetic Platform is almost an eighth of an inch thicker than the Big Shot platform so you will have problems if you are trying to use it. (Believe me, I have learned this from experience when I needed to purchase another folder. 😧)

basket weave embossing folder tips

Trudy says her inspiration comes from Pinterest for her card. In addition to the lovely embossed panel in So Saffron, there are many special touches I want to make sure I mention to you!

  • Her pretty flowers come from the Wild About Flowers set and are stamped in Peekaboo Peach on Pear Pizzazz stems.
  • A mix of small pearls embellish the flower centres for added texture.
  • The gorgeous scalloped edge is the Decorative Ribbon Border punch adhered along both the top and bottom of the stamped panel.
  • She matched the Garden Green scalloped border with a wrap-around stitched satin ribbon. So soft and flexible, it knots beautifully to go through the mail.

Trudy decided to not use her coordinating stamp set, Blossoming Basket, for my Easter card.  If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s just beautiful. See for yourself.

basket weave embossing folder tips

The stamp set and embossing folder together create the Blossoming Basket Bundle, FREE with $120 order only until tomorrow night!  Stampin’ Up! has announced the Basket Weave folder will be available in the new Annual Catalogue in June.  However, the stamp set is exclusive to Sale-a-bration so we’ll likely not see it re-appear.

Thinking you’d really love this bundle but don’t have other items you want?  Now might be the best time to stock up on your basic supplies like cardstock, adhesives and ink refills. For items like these you always reach for in your paper crafting, you want a ready supply.  Then you’ll be stamping and embossing with the Blossoming Basket Bundle in no time. Thanks so much for placing your order with me.

basket weave embossing folder tips

Could you use this card for any other occasions? Absolutely!

While Trudy’s card has a Happy Easter greeting (from the Sweet Little Something set), simply change it out and you’ve got a lovely spring card for Mother’s Day, a birthday, sympathy, wedding, thinking of you or congratulations. Just about any special occasion.

Deeply etched backgrounds beg to be touched and create memorable cards for all your friends and family. And they’re easily achievable with my basket weave embossing folder tips – try them out today for an embossed impression that won’t soon be forgotten.


Simple Handmade Birthday Cards with Patterned Paper

Simple Handmade Birthday Cards with Patterned Paper

If you’re pressed for time there’s nothing quicker than to make simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper. I should know, because it seems I’m ALWAYS running behind.

You’d think with the type of work I do, I’d have loads of cards ready to go right? If only!! So let me show you how I whip up super fun and fast cards when my husband has the car running and I’ve got one shoe on!

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper

No kidding! Does that ever happen to you? You think you have ALL the time in the world and you’re dilly dallying around…and then WHAM! You realize you’re supposed to be out the door, with make up and EVERYTHING in 20 minutes? With a yummy homemade dessert AND a chilled bottle of wine? And with a handmade card? YIKES!

Well, I might not have the answers for the yummy homemade dessert (although you could check out my Pinterest Recipes board for a sweet one 😋). But I do know how to slap together a pretty mean handmade card in mere minutes!! Even one with a sumptuous bow like this Shimmer Black one!

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper

Just like with this other fast and fun birthday box, the Picture Perfect Birthday designer series paper stack comes to the rescue! It really IS perfect for just about anyone…kids, adults, husbands (not that your husband isn’t an adult 😁), grandparents, boys, girls… With such bright and cheery patterns, I know your family and friends will be delighted to get this card.

You can find it on page 5 of the Occasions catalogue. It’s a steal of a deal at only $12.50 Cdn for 48 sheets! That’s only 26 CENTS a piece! But you’re going to want to get your package soon before it’s no longer available!  (we’re more than half way through the Occasions catalogue already!)


So what are the timesavers on this card?

  • super colourful patterned paper that does ALL the work so you don’t have to!
  • simple two panel layering
  • a stitched oval die cut already cut out and waiting in my bin on my desk
  • only one stamped image with lots of personality

Here’s all you need to do for this simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper


  • Lemon-Lime Twist 4 1/4” x 9”, scored at 3 1/2”
  • Basic Black 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Picture Perfect Birthday DSP – 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Whisper White Thick – scrap 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” (or a pre-cut stitched oval)
  • Black shimmer ribbon – about 18”

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper


  1. Stamp greeting in Memento ink on middle of stitched oval die cut. Turn over and apply Stampin’ Dimensionals (4)
  2. Glue patterned paper to Basic Black. Wrap ribbon around from the back and tie into a bow just left of the middle (TIP1: don’t skimp on your ribbon here and then it’s just like you’re tying your shoe!) (TIP2: I place my card so I’m looking at it from the top and then tie my bow. I usually get the tails going the right way then!)
  3. Apply glue to front of folded card and place balloon panel on top.
  4. Remove backing from Stampin’ Dimensionals and place over top of ribbon on right hand side. (TIP3: It’s best not to glue your ribbon in place in case you need to slide it to the left or right to get your oval placed properly.)

OK, now it’s up to you! But hey, don’t be like me. Grab the Picture Perfect Party paper and make up a bunch of these so you have them to pull out at a moment’s notice. Here’s the short list of supplies!

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper

Like I said in this post, it took me a little while to warm up to this particular designer paper. But don’t you find that’s the case for a lot of things in a catalogue? But once you see it in action and then get a pack and play with it you wonder how you lived without it?

So pick up a package today so you’re not disappointed when it’s no longer available. Then create a bunch of simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper so you never have to be running out the door and stamping at the same time again – like me!

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.

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