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Floral Romance Basket!

You won’t want to miss out on your chance at this beautiful Floral Romance Basket! Your $75 order gets you in the running!

Floral Romance Basket

Place a $75 order (pre S/H and GST) with me and your name will be automatically entered.

Or email me too! But don’t delay. Your chance at this basket is only available for two days. January 5th and 6th!

I’ll draw the lucky winner on January 7th at noon MST on my Facebook Page. Let’s see if YOU’RE the lucky winner of this Floral Romance Basket!


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.


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.



Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration

If you haven’t seen the Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration set yet, you’re going to want to add it to your collection – for FREE -when you see it in action. It was probably the first set to catch my eye when the Sale-a-bration flyer came out since there are just SO many possibilities for sentiments when you mix and match the 16 pieces. Yeah 16! It’s a double set!

The pretty cursive writing is casual, yet elegant and works perfectly with the bold, floral-y large greeting. I quite enjoy how the flower “garland” forms part of the word itself without detracting from the greeting.  It’s a very similar style to this pretty card my friend Leslie made.

Take a peek at how we used it at my Open House in this simple, yet effective note card.

happy wishes stampin up saleabration

And here’s the whole set. How many word combinations can you come up with?

Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration

So right off the hop, I can count 18 greetings…and I’m sure there are many more we can come up with with a bit more time.

happy wishes stampin up saleabration

I knew immediately what I wanted to do with this set and the silvery and colourful Sweet Soiree designer series specialty paper.  From this angle can you see the texture in the flowers?  It’s just so touchable and cool!

TIP: This is one way I like to use any patterned paper. Create a border either on the top, bottom (like here) or on either side to anchor the card. It instantly adds a pop of pretty. (And your designer paper goes a super long way, when you’re just using small strips of it at a time – you know, in case you’re a paper hoarder – ahem collector – like me.) Then pick up colours and details from the paper to echo in the stamped image. It’s so easy it’s like taking candy from a baby (not that I would ever do that!)

Seeing as it’s Keep It Simple Sunday, let me give you the how-to to make this Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration card:


  • Whisper White Notecard and envelope
  • Sweet Soiree Designer Series Specialty Paper – 1/2” x 5”


  1. Attach your strip of designer series paper first.
  2. Turn large stamp over and ink with Versamark ink. Stamp onto top middle of notecard.
  3. Sprinkle with silver embossing poweder and heat with Heat Tool just until shiny.
  4. Colour flowers with detailed end of Stampin’ Write markers: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Calypso Coral. TIP: Knowing that I wanted to colour in a few flowers, the embossing has an added benefit. It creates a little raised edge to colour within so our marker doesn’t stray outside the flowers and leaves!!
  5. LIGHTLY swirl Rich Razzleberry sponge dauber over top of silver to leave slight shadow. TIP: only dab your dauber in your ink pad, swirl it onto a piece of scrap paper, then ever so slightly run it over your bottom swoosh.
  6. LIGHTLY rub a tissue over your embossing.  This will pick up any ink that might be on top of the embossed “plastic”.
  7. Stamp cursive words in Rich Razzleberry.
  8. Affix one silver metallic enamel shape to card.


happy wishes stampin up saleabration

For an extra special professional touch, add the same patterned paper to the outside envelope flap. How to do this?

  1. Run SNAIL around outside edge of flap.
  2. Line up straight edge of patterned paper at the top and left hand side and adhere.
  3. Turn envelope over and use Paper Snips to cut around flap.

Any $120 order will get you this set for absolutely nothing – free – gratis! So stock up on your cardstock, adhesive, ink or envelopes. You know you’re going to use them right? And why would you let this exclusive set pass you by when you can use it for so many occasions?

Have you added this beautiful set to your order? You want to do it now since here’s the Sale-a-bration fine print: “Product availability may be limited towards the end of the promotional sales period.” I’d hate for you to miss out! Plus I’m a bit selfish.  I want to see what great ideas you come up with with this Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration 2018 double set!



Sale-a-bration 2018 Second Release Now Available!

Fabulous News – Sale-a-bration 2018 Second Release now available for you!  And you’re gonna love it!  Stamp sets, specialty papers, and an embossing folder all up for grabs!

If you’re as excited as me, place your order in my online store now


Want to see what else is new?  Take a peek at the full 2018 Sale-a-bration Second Release catalogue here!

Stampin’ Up! is keeping up with the firsts for this wonderful time of year!  In addition to the two levels of freebies, for the first time you can pick not only a bundle, but a bundle with a dynamic embossing folder as one of your FREE choices!  Sweet!

Here’s a peek at the Blossoming Basket Bundle!

What’s a “qualifying order” for the Sale-a-bration 2018 Second Release?

  • spend $60 CAD and get one free level 1 product.
  • or spend $120 CAD and get one free level 2 product, OR choose two level 1 items.
  • or spend $180 CAD and have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item.

Create your own personalized Sale-A-Bration experience!

And don’t forget, if you live in Canada and place your order with me (that’s $85 or over), you’ll get my Bonus gift too!

I’m excited to share with you in this wonderful time of the Stampin’ Up! year.  And even more excited to share the 2018 Sale-a-bration second release items with you over the next few weeks!

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