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Keep Your Cutting Plates Flat

Keep Your Cutting Plates Flat

This video by Megan Daves was recently brought to my attention.  I’ve watched it and I had some new plates in my drawer so I’ve been using them this way and….Meg is right – this really does work!!

For today’s post, I want to share this news with you to help you have a more enjoyable stamping journey!

To get you started the Cutting Plates #150815 are available in my Stampin’ Up! store here!

 

Well Written Sympathy Card

Well Written Sympathy Card

This sympathy card lets the Designer Series Paper (DSP) do all the work!  All I needed to add was the Well Written Die “Sympathy” and stamp the Well Said “Heartfelt” in a coordinating colour to be cut out with a Stitched So Sweetly Die.  I left the inside of the card blank so I could write a special message of condolence.

 

Here are the products used:

If you want to order, click on the image or the description and you’ll be directed to my online store!

 

Here are the instructions and dimensions for this card:

  1. Cut Petal Pink Cardstock at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2” – Fold in 1/2 to create standard card size of 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.
  2. Cut Perennial Essence DSP at 5-1/4″ x 4″.  Attach to the card base using Snail Adhesive.
  3. Cut Blackberry Bliss Cardstock at 5-1/2″ x 1″.  Attach over the DSP using Snail Adhesive.
  4. Use Well Written Dies with the Big Shot to cut out the word “Sympathy”.  Use Liquid Glue to attach over the Blackberry Bliss Cardstock.
  5. Use Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink to stamp greeting on Petal Pink Cardstock.  Use Stitched So Sweetly Dies and the Big Shot to cut out the greeting.  Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach to the over the Blackberry Bliss Cardstock.

Work in progress!

 

Valentine Cards Received

Valentine Cards Received

Now that “Love Day” has passed for another year, I want to share a couple of special cards that arrived in my mailbox recently!  I mailed all of the Valentine cards I had without taking any pictures – 😞!

So, for this time, I’m going to share these cards received from friends.  Each card has a caption indicating who deserves the credit.

Happy Valentine’s Day By Karen Yeomans

Celebrate Valentine Day – Jo-Anne Rogers from Design With Jo

Metal Wall Hanging of Musical Instruments

Metal Wall Hanging of Musical Instruments – My Favourite Home Decor Treasure

Whenever we travel, we like to visit the local shops.  We don’t usually buy – just do a lot of looking, sometimes take a picture so we can remember what we saw but sometimes we do make a purchase to take home with us!  This was one of our purchases from a little store in Rosebud, Alberta!  I have always enjoyed music and loved playing in a band with my Dad and my Brothers so when I saw this on display, I knew exactly where it would enhance our home!!  We had a large, blank wall next to our stairs – now it has some colour and texture on it!

Metal wall hanging

Metal Wall Hanging of Musical Instruments

Happy Retirement with Tropical Oasis DSP

Happy Retirement with Tropical Oasis DSP

Here’s a sample of a Happy Retirement card using a tropical destination theme!  I think we’ve all dreamed of traveling when we retire and spending some of those extra found hours relaxing under a palm tree or two.  That idea is what I used to design this card for a recent custom order.  My customer and I were both pleased with the results!

Here are the products used:

If you want to order, click on the image or the description and you’ll be directed to my online store!

Here are the instructions and dimensions for this card:

  1. Cut Pretty Peacock Cardstock at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2” – Fold in 1/2 to create standard card size of 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.
  2. Cut Whisper White Cardstock at 5-1/4″ x 4″.  Use the Big Shot, the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder and the 3D Embossing Folder Plate to add a design.  Use Liquid Glue to attach to the card base.
  3. Cut Pretty Peacock Cardstock using the Big Shot and the “happy” die from Well Written Dies.  Use Liquid Glue to attach “happy” to the card front.
  4. Cut Pretty Peacock Cardstock using the Big Shot and a die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies to create the background for the word “retirement”.
  5. Use Pretty Peacock Classic Ink to stamp “retirement” on Whisper White Cardstock.  Use the Classic Label Punch to cut it out. Use a Stampin’ Sponge to lightly colour the edges.  Use Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach to the Pretty Peacock background layer.
  6. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the completed greeting to the card front.
  7. Use Early Espresso Classic Ink to stamp the trees on selected DSP from the Tropical Oasis DSP package.  Use the Big Shot with the coordinating die to cut the trees out.  Use Mini Dimensionals to attach to the card front.

SAB 2020 – Little Ladybug with Dies

Little Ladybug with Dies

This is just the cutest Little Ladybug that you can only get with a qualifying order of $375.00 (CAN) and now you can also purchase the coordinating dies!!  I’ve seen it used for birthday cards, thank you cards, welcome baby cards, get well cards, and I’m sure there are others that I haven’t found yet!

Here are the products used:

If you want to order, click on the image or the description and you’ll be directed to my online store!

Here are the instructions and dimensions for this card:

  1. Cut Mint Macaron Cardstock at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2” – Fold in 1/2 to create standard card size of 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.
  2. Cut Whisper White Cardstock at 5-1/4″ x 4″.
    Use Memento Black Ink to stamp the flower. Use the Mint Macaron Blends to colour the flower stem.
  3. Use Smoky Slate Classic Ink to colour the Stampin’ Up! side of the Stone Embossing Folder. Use the Big Shot and the Stone Embossing Folder to add design and colour to Whisper White Cardstock. Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to attach to the card base.
  4. Use Memento Black Ink to stamp the flower top on Pineapple Punch cardstock. Cut out with the Ladybug Dies and the Big Shot. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach over the stamped flower on the Whisper White cardstock. Add some glimmer to the centre of the flower with Shimmery Crystal Effects.
  5. Use Memento Black Ink to stamp the ladybug. Colour with Stampin’ Blends. Cut out with the Ladybug Dies and the Big Shot.
  6. Use Memento Black Ink to stamp the greeting on Pineapple Punch cardstock. Cut out with Stitched So Sweetly Dies and the Big Shot. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach to the card front.
  7. Tie a bow using Mint Macaron Sheer Ribbon – attach to the flower stem with a Mini Glue Dot.

Recap of Classes Held

Recap of Classes Held

I schedule a monthly card class and at least one other class where customers make a variety of unique cards with products from the current Stampin’ Up! Catalogues.

Customers are required to register prior to the specified RSVP date so I will know how many kits to prepare.

The kits include all the cardstock pieces required to prepare the sample cards as well as an envelope to use to mail their completed creation.

Sometimes additional pieces are required to be stamped and cut with a die cutting machine like a Big Shot.  The customers get to use the die cutting machine for cutting and/or embossing and they are amazed to see how it works and the resulting changes that happen to the cardstock.

Class sizes are limited to 8 people so each will get individual attention and be allotted a suitable space for creating.  Customers are asked to bring their own adhesives (tape runner, glue dots, dimensionals, liquid glue); Stampin’ Piercing Mat and Silicone Mat (if they have it)  – everything else is supplied.

I’m pleased to say that most of the customers who attend my classes do return for another class within 6 to 8 months!

Good Morning Magnolia Sympathy Card

Good Morning Magnolia Sympathy Card

Here’s another sample using the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set.  I think it proves that you don’t need a lot of colours to make it beautiful!  We made this particular card in my Sympathy Card Class although it would certainly be easy to change the greeting and use it for Happy Birthday, Get Well Soon or Happy Mother’s Day!

Here are the products used:

If you want to order, click on the image or the description and you’ll be directed to my online store!

Here are the instructions and dimensions for this card:

  1. Cut Very Vanilla Cardstock at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2” – Fold in 1/2 to create standard card size of 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.
  2. Cut Very Vanilla Cardstock at 5-1/4″ x 4″.
  3. Use Crumb Cake Classic Ink to stamp the magnolia and greeting from Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set.
  4. Use a small paintbrush to add Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint to the leaves and the centre of the magnolia.
  5. Embellish with 3 Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

You can see another sample using this stamp set here and here.

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