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Why I LOVE Using Vellum in Card Making

Want to know why I LOVE using vellum in card making? 

  • It adds an unexpected touch everyone raves over.  
  • It’s super classy and elegant
  • It’s versatile.  From absolutely stellar die cuts and punched shapes, to full on card fronts, you can’t go wrong with it.

So if you’ve never tried this almost “frosted” see-through card stock for your designs, you will want to add some to your wish list.  Then add the popular Painted Harvest in a sunflower for a card with a neat surprise!

Using vellum in card making makes beautiful greetings

Pretty right?  The beautiful Painted Harvest set from last year’s holiday catalogue is still one of my favourites.  Here’s another fall inspired card made with this gorgeous set.

And don’t get fooled into thinking this set is only for fall.  How about this friend tag card?   Or look how great it works for these giftable frames.  The possibilities are just about endless.

But where’s the surprise, you ask? 

How about we look at it from this angle?

It's so pretty using vellum in card making

A lovely inside greeting that POPs right out at you through the window! But it’s almost invisible when it’s standing up.

But wait!  There’s another little surprise!  What about if we take a look at the inside too?

I LOVE using vellum in card making

How cool is that?  A fully decorated inside to WOW your recipient!

OK, this card does have a few steps.  But it’s easy to recreate with my tips and tricks.  Read on…


Tips and Tricks for a Painted Harvest See-Through Window Card

Have YOU tried using vellum in card making

  1. My first step was to cut out my window from my card base.  I placed the second largest Stitched Shape square framelit on an angle and cut it out with the Big Shot.
  2. Then rather than try and cut the vellum into a square window, I cut a piece of vellum the same size as the front of my card.
  3. I eye-balled where the sunflower needed to be so it was within the frame. (I chose to NOT centre it in there for more interest.)
  4. And then I stamped the sunflower directly on the vellum and heat set it with my heat tool.
  5. Adhere the vellum.  Squeeze a drop of liquid glue onto the corner of your silicone craft sheet.  Dab your sponge directly into it then dab it all over the INSIDE front of your card.  Lay your vellum piece directly on top to adhere.
  6. Cut your Early Espresso frame. Last I nested the SAME Stitched Shape square framelit inside the next size UP one on a piece of Early Espresso cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot.
  7. Oh and don’t forget to stamp the inside words and flowers. Again eye-ball the placement so you can see it through the window.

And the rest is just embellishment.😋

Craft up a storm using vellum in card making!

  • A stamped leaf on Lemon Lime Twist cardstock then punched out.
  • I dug into my ribbon scrap bin for a small piece of burlap ribbon and cut it in half lengthwise adhered with liquid glue.
  • My double linen thread bow affixed with a glue dot.
  • Clear epoxy shapes coloured with my dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blend.

My Top Tips for Using Vellum in Card Making


  • Use dye-based inks like Stampin’ Up! Classic colours
  • Heat set the ink on the number 1 setting of your heat tool (which will dry the ink but not warp the paper)
  • Add adhesive sparingly (like I did with the liquid glue dabbed on with a sponge)
  • Use the see-through nature of the paper to maximum effect (really three different ways here!)

So how about you give this a try now?  Dig out your vellum (which might be ageing gracefully somewhere safe😚) and your framelits.  Then start creating.

And be sure to leave me a comment and tell me which stamp set YOU think would also look great using vellum for card making.  

Plus if you’re itching to make a card just like mine, here’s everything I used.  Simply click on any image to take you directly to my 24-7 online store for ordering.  I really appreciate you shopping with me.  Don’t forget to use host code VWQ3RYAN for free stuff!


I absolutely LOVE using vellum in card making

So now you’ve seen THIS design, I’m curious. 

What’s YOUR favourite way to incorporate this see-through cardstock in your paper crafting?  Let me know in the comments how much you love using vellum in card making.

New Stampin Up Annual Catalogue is LIVE!

Yippee – the new Stampin Up Annual Catalogue is live!  That means you get to see it up close and personal – on your computer and in your hands starting RIGHT now!

Do you need a catalogue?  If you placed an order with me in the last year and live outside of Central Alberta, you should have received yours by now.  If not, email me and I’ll get one to you ASAP.

If you live in Central Alberta, I’ve got one with your name on it just waiting for you!  Email me to get your copy.

In the meantime, take a peek at the pdf to see all the fantastic new items.

Here’s a great short video for a snap shot of all the lovely items!

So go grab a cup of tea and have a good browse!

And here’s a HINT!  Once you’ve flipped through the catalogue once or twice, start from the BACK the next time.  It’s amazing what you might have missed on the first couple go-arounds!

And if you’re ready to shop, remember my Varied Vases Prize Raffle going on right now!  You could win these fabulous goodies!

Sneak Peek: Stampin Up Rooted in Nature Bundle

Ready for a sneak peek Stampin Up Rooted in Nature bundle card?  If you’re a fan of Stampin’ Up!’s Lovely as a Tree stamp set, you might just FLIP over this Nature’s Poem suite.  It’s just fabulous! 

Full of trees, leaves with super brush lettered and plain text greetings, there are tons of occasions and seasons it will be perfect for.  Let’s see it.

sneak peek stampin up rooted in nature

I had so much fun playing with every single thing in this suite.  Take a closer look and see if you can see them all.

sneak peek stampin up rooted in nature

How many did you see?  How about I list them for you?

  • Stamp set (a double set…with 16 stamps)
  • Framelits (12 dies, including 3 specifically for embossing which I left off this card)
  • Twine (a bit thicker than baker’s but not as thick as jute – and it comes in a pack of 4 colours including Mint Macaron)
  • Metal leaf trinkets (two different shapes in both copper and silver)
  • Designer series paper (amazing how just a little bit spruces – pun intended! 🙂- everything up!)

sneak peek stampin up rooted in nature

Your card making becomes SO easy when Stampin’ Up! does the work for you.  Everything in the Nature’s Poem suite is coordinated wonderfully to take your cards from lovely to spectacular!  

I know it’s awfully hard to wait for the catalogue. You’ll be happy to know they’re on their way soon!  Then you’ll be able to drool over it right along with me!

With all the new goodies, I predict you’re going to have it filled with sticky notes and a loooong wish list.  

I shared another of my favourites a couple weeks ago.  Did you see my colourful Graceful Glass vellum card?  

However, if you’re a nature lover, I think this Nature’s Poem suite HAS to be on your list!  

In fact, it would be hard to NOT be a nature lover with such a lovely set as this. 

sneak peek stampin up rooted in nature

I hope you enjoyed your sneak peek Stampin Up Rooted in Nature bundle – stay tuned for more as we ramp up to June 1st!  


New Stampin Up Pre-Release Bundles

Today is a perfect opportunity to get in on the new Stampin Up pre-release bundles!!

This beautiful suite was designed in honour of Stampin’ Up!’s 30th anniversary.  And it’s such an awesome suite, they want you to enjoy it now – with FREEBIES!

From now until May 31st, you can select any – or all – of four awesome bundles designed with every crafter in mind.  Take a peek!

Share What You Love with the Stampin Up Pre-Release Bundles

Unsure which one is right for you?  Here’s a video from Stampin’ Up! to give you more info on picking yours.

Download your own flyer here to see the FREE items you can get with each bundle.

You could make this simple beauty with the “Just Getting Started Bundle”.

new stampin up pre-release bundles

Or you might want to step it up a bit more with the “A Little More, Please Bundle”.

new stampin up pre-release bundles

Or maybe you’re a “Gotta Have it All Bundle” person (I LIVE here!)

new stampin up pre-release bundles

And EXCLUSIVE to the “Gotta Have it All Bundle”?  This beautifully designed single stamp with our Statement of the Heart.

new stampin up pre-release bundles

No matter which one you pick, you’ll enjoy free items and tons of beautiful paper crafting.  Simply click on any image to take you directly to my online store and it will be on its way to you immediately!

As a demonstrator I’ve had my own bundle for a couple weeks.  I love it!  Check back on Thursday when I’ll share a beautiful – and simple – project using the new Stampin Up pre-release bundles.


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!  


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