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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?


Stampin Up Beautiful Peacock Sale-a-bration 2018

Stampin Up Beautiful Peacock Sale-a-bration 2018

The 2018 Sale-a-bration Stampin Up Beautiful Peacock is one gorgeous set – and you can earn it FREE right now! I bet you won’t be able to resist two-step stamping in green, teal and turquoise to show off this lovely design once it’s in your collection. (You might also be like me and won’t be able to pass up matching the light green glimmer paper for some extra special dazzle!) See what I mean…

stampin up beautiful peacock

Just like this lighthouse, you create your design one stamp at a time with two-step stamping. The watchwords are colour coordination for fabulous results! In this case the peacock body in Tranquil Tide is separate from the two different kinds of tail feather images in Lemon-Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay. See which stamps I used and in what order here.

stampin up beautiful peacock

Just think what you can do with those swirls and swashes. Designer backgrounds might be the first thing to pop to mind, but what about trellises or jungle-like scenes? Maybe even decorated letters and numbers? Once you start playing, there’s unlimited possibilities!

stampin up beautiful peacock

Do you love glimmer paper? Do you tend to covet your sheets, only using small bits at a time? Maybe for balloons, or flowers or a Christmas star like on this card.

Well today I went BOLD! Practically a whole sheet! I can hear you gasping, but before you hyperventilate, it’s all good. Since the middle of the paper is covered by my stamped panel, I cut out the middle of the glimmer paper first much like the frame on this card so feel free to use it for another project.  Whew hope your heart rate is back to normal now!

My sweet little greeting banner I cut with the die from the Petals & More thinlits which was the perfect size. Once I glued it to a scrap of Lemon-Lime Twist, I fussy cut to create a border around it in Lemon Lime-Twist.

So before I go any further, I’m going to say, I’m a bit washi challenged. Call it my perfectionist tendencies (that’s the KIND way to phrase it), but having a ripped edge on my cards just goes against the grain.

So I’m especially proud I

  1. ripped off a hunk to underline the banner and
  2. didn’t pull it off before I took these pictures!

stampin up beautiful peacock

Don’t get me wrong. Washi tape is one of my favourite ways to add a nice clean border to a card front or inside, as long as the ends are hidden in behind! It’s just that ripped edge thing that gets me all jittery. (So maybe I’m on my way to recovery now I’ve shared this with all of you!)

You may have noticed my card isn’t a “normal” size. I wanted a square one and this guy is 4 1/2” square. So I needed an envelope. Envelope Punch board to the rescue!

I used a piece of the Fresh Florals DSP in Tranquil Tide to match the card, cut it to 7 1/2” x 7 1/2” and whipped up the envelope in a jiffy. (TIP: To have this envelope go through the postal service, simple use your SNAIL to tape down the top flap and add a square of Whisper White cardstock to the front for your address.)

All the supplies you need are here to copy this card including the Sale-a-bration Stampin Up Beautiful Peacock stamp set you can earn for FREE. Simply click on each image to get your supplies delivered directly to you and avoid the middle man (that would be me – although it is always nice to have a visit!)

stampin up beautiful peacock

Who would you send this card to? A friend for her birthday? Mother’s Day? A sister celebrating an accomplishment? All of those would be more than perfect! (And I’ll bet they’ll absolutely LOVE the ripped edges of the washi tape 😍!)

So go ahead, grab the Sale-a-bration set for FREE, get out your washi tape, stamp pads and glimmer paper and create your own Stampin Up Beautiful Peacock greeting.



Rubber Stamping Art Tag Cards

Rubber Stamping Art Tag Cards

If you haven’t played around rubber stamping art tag cards, I’m hoping my project today will get you in the mood. And even though I’ve pulled out quite a few tools and supplies for my project today, the one I can’t live without is my scalloped tag topper punch.

You know, some say punches are passe. I beg to differ.  Big, small, and in-between, I LOVE my punches for versatility, design and speed. This baby card proves it! And although I know you can cut your own tags to make this card today, why would you when you can cut a beautifully edged tag top with one measly little punch crunch?

rubber stamping art tag cards

Isn’t that a sweet little tag to decorate a card? The Scalloped Tag Topper cuts a lovely shaped top with any size of tag up to 2” wide and whatever length you want. (Although to get it fit on a card like in these rubber stamping art tag cards, you’re going to want to limit yourself to about 4” long).

Even better? You don’t need to pull out a second punch for the slot – it punches exactly in the middle, every time you crunch that punch! (Hey I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it! I LIKE it! 😋 I suspect you’re gonna hear that rhyme again soon! ) At 1/2” long the slot is fabulous for this 3/8” classic weave ribbon.

rubber stamping art tag cards


And what do you think about the Painted Harvest sunflower non-traditional colours? I think it works, yes? Actually, it’s just amazing how versatile this set is. You’ve already seen me make a perfect sunflower card but who wudda thought it would be so dashing in blues and grey? It’s so easy to layer on colour with a three step stamp set like this one. The Layered Leaves embossed background looks pretty darn amazing in blue too!

I trimmed down the Lovely Words thinlit with my Paper Snips to make my brush lettered greeting. I like that it extends just over the edges of the tag on both sides. Adds a bit more interest I think.

rubber stamping art tag cards


Wondering where those little scallops on the bottom of the tag came from? The bottom of the Decorative Ribbon Border punch makes a fabulous small scallop that adds an adorable finishing touch. And if you’re not sure what the top looks like, take a peek at how I decorated the inside of the card.

rubber stamping art tag cards

So lots of punch action happening with this card. Have I convinced you yet to grab yours and crunch some punches? If you have both in your stash, get crunching! If not, here’s where you can add them – especially the Scalloped Tag Topper – to your “gotta have it” supplies.

rubber stamping art tag cards

I can guarantee you the Scalloped Tag Topper punch will remain in my tool box – and yours – for a long time. Give it a workout at gift giving times like Christmas, birthdays and special holidays for gift bags and small favours. Play around with different sizes of cardstock and see how it changes the design. And get busy creating some rubber stamping art tag cards like these for fab and fun friends.


Stampin’ Up! Launches the NEW Stamparatus

Stampin’ Up! Launches the NEW Stamparatus

Stampin’ Up! launches the NEW Stamparatus!  Have you heard the news?  Your stamping life is about to change!!  With a stamp positioner with WAY more features than any other on the market!!  You’ve been waiting awhile and Stampin’ Up! is not going to disappoint!  Take a peek!


Stampin' Up! launches new stamparatus

I saw this cool new tool in action last week at OnStage (which was fabulous BTW!).  Everyone there was just itching to get their hands on one!  But we couldn’t order one – both you and I will be reserving ours – I give you all those details below!

Just think…no more missed stamped images.  No more crooked words.  Perfectly placed images so you save time, paper…and frustration!  What could be better?

Wanna know how they came up with the name Stamparatus?  SU! landed on an innovative name by combining two words that speak to the end use of the tool as well as Stampin’ Up! branding.

Stamp: To impress a pattern or mark (especially an official one) on a surface, object, or document using an engraved or inked block or die or other instrument

Apparatus: The technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose

Stamp + Apparatus = Stamparatus

Cool huh?  Why not take a closer look at it in action with Stampin’ Up!’s video?

Stampin’ Up! is trying something new to eliminate disappointment with backorders and low inventory – a reservation system!  Here’s how it works:

  • you reserve your spot and they guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in their warehouse
  • demonstrators and customers will place reservations and receive their product at the same time.
  • the global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:
  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 3 tools per demonstrator and 1 tool per customer per reservation window.  (so if you want 3, email me and I can give you more info about joining my stamping community!)
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.

Here are some Q & A’s to help you as Stampin’ Up! launches the new Stamparatus!

Q: How do I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: Normally you order Stampin’ Up! products through the online store; in this case, you will click the RESERVE link on the Stamparatus page which will take you to the reservation page. For step-by-step instructions, click here.  NOTE I will update the RESERVE link once it is available at 2 pm on Nov 16th)

Q: What if I do not have a Stampin’ Up! customer account?
A: To reserve a Stamparatus, you must have a customer account. To create one, click Create Account on the online store.

Q: Why does it take so long for the Stamparatus to ship?
A: We will place an order with the manufacturer based on how many reservations are made during any given reservation window. Shipping dates depend on how long it takes the order to arrive in our warehouse after the tools have been manufactured.

Q: Am I billed at the time I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: No. However, a credit card is required to reserve the product.

Q: When will I be charged for the Stamparatus?
A: When inventory arrives in the warehouse, we will add your reservation to a shopping cart. We will then send you an email notifying you that your Stamparatus order is ready. Once you finalize payment and close your order, the system will charge your credit card.

Q: Will I be able to add other products to my Stamparatus reservation?
A: No. However, once your reservation is transferred to your shopping cart, you will then be able to add other items to your order. Important note: Please do not delete the Stamparatus from your order. We will not be able to add it back and you will lose your reservation.

Q: Will I be able to update my address and credit card information when I open my shopping bag to complete my order?
A: Yes.

Q: What if I change my mind and want to cancel my reservation?
A: You can cancel your reservation at any time. To cancel, please click here.

Q: Will the tool be available in the 2018–2019 annual catalog?
A: Yes. Once the annual catalog ordering period begins, you will be able to order the Stamparatus as you would any other product. Reservations will no longer be required, and there will be no limit on the number of tools you can order.

Q: When I close my order, can I take advantage of current Stampin’ Up! promotions? A: Yes.

Q: Can I participate in all three reservation periods? A: Yes.

Q: How many stamp placement tools can I reserve per reservation window? A: For customers, there is a limit of 1 per reservation window.  Want more?  Join my community of Kreative Kanucks stampers!

Stampin' Up! launches the new stamparatus

You definitely don’t want to miss out on this exclusive new tool from Stampin’ Up!  Make your stamping, easier, quicker and more fun with the BEST stamping positioner tool on the market!  Stampin’ Up! launches the new Stamparatus – make sure to reserve yours!

Let’s Get Back to Simple Papercrafting with Keep It Simple Sundays

Let’s Get Back to Simple Papercrafting with Keep It Simple Sundays

Let’s get back to simple papercrafting with my new weekly feature Keep It Simple Sundays! Many of you have shared how difficult it is sometimes to carve out time to spend in your craft rooms. Much as we might like to while away hours cutting, stamping, folding and creating, busy lives, work and family time usually means we can’t.

So, once a week I’m going to post cards that are ultra simple like this one I shared a few weeks ago. They’re ones you can whip up in minutes, not hours. Ones using only a few supplies with just one (or two) stamp sets! Here’s your first Keep It Simple Sunday project.

let's get back to simple papercrafting

Don’t you think lighthouses create a gorgeous card? You don’t have to live on the eastern seaboard to love the High Tide set. I intended this one for a sympathy card, but it could be used for a variety of other occasions too. The neutral colour palette makes it perfect for anyone. It was one of the favourites at my last stamp-a-stack event in Thunder Bay last month. Take another peek.

let's get back to simple papercrafting

The High Tide stamp set is a two step one so you can combine different colours to build your image, adding depth and interest. This is the cardstock you will need.

The Recipe:

  • Crumb Cake 11” x 4 1/4” scored and folded at 5 1/2”
  • Basic Gray 4 1/8” x 4 1/2”
  • Smoky Slate 4” x 4 3/8”

Let’s get back to simple papercrafting with these few steps to make your own lighthouse card:

  1. Tear both the Basic Gray and Smoky Slate pieces of cardstock along the left-hand side of the short edge, taking about 1/4″ off.  Your Basic Gray piece should be just a little longer when you are done.
  2. Ink and stamp the sand image in Crumb Cake ink on the bottom of the piece of Smoky Slate.
  3. Stamp the bolder image for the lighthouse in Basic Gray Archival ink in the sand.
  4. Ink the more detailed lighthouse image in Smoky Slate and stamp over top of the first lighthouse (the images will line up exactly)
  5. Stamp the words in Crumb Cake to the right of the lighthouse.
  6. Adhere the Basic Gray cardstock to the right-hand side of the folded card base.
  7. Right align and centre the stamped Smoky Slate cardstock and glue down.

You probably have the majority of these supplies in your craft room right now waiting for you. If not, simply click on any image to take you to my 24-7 online store.

One of the best things about simple cards is they lie completely flat, so won’t cost additional postage.

let's get back to simple papercrafting

I hope you liked this first Keep It Simple Sunday project. I look forward to bringing you items each week to keep you inspired – and creating. So let’s get back to simple papercrafting together – let me know what else you might like to see!

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