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Stampin Up Serene Silhouettes Christmas Workshop Card

Holy jumpin have I been busy!! This whole moving thing has really taken a lot of time away from my crafting.  *booooooo*

But I have more than made up for it lately!!

I have held two Stampin Up card making workshops in Montreal and so far they were a big hit!!!  Here is one the projects we are going to be making for the next workshop:

Stampin Up Serene Sihouettes Christmas Card

Stampin Up Serene Silhouettes Christmas Card

This is what was used to make this card:

Stamps:

  • Serene Silhouettes stamp in clear mount

Card stock:

  • Cherry cobbler card stock
  • Very Vanilla card stock

Inks:

  • Crumb cake marker
  • Crumb cake ink (to sponge edges)
  • Soft Sky ink
  • Cherry Cobbler ink
  • Blender pen
  • Versamark ink

Misc & embellishments:

  • Gold embossing powder
  • White embossing powder
  • Dazzling Diamonds glitter
  • Pearls
  • Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon

Stampin Up: Montreal Christmas & Holiday Project Workshop

Our first Holiday Workshop is November 6th. We will be making 2 Holiday Cards and a gift card holder.  Located in the heart of NDG in the Monkland Village, we are close to the 20 hwy and a short bus away from Villa Maria Metro station.

Only 4 seats left – register now to guarantee your spot!   http://www.meetup.com/Montreal-Stampers-Scrapbook-Card-Maker/events/146051202/

 

Montreal Rubber Stamping Card Making Workshop

Montreal  Stamping & Card Making Workshop

Stampin Up: Expressions & Circle Flip Card Thinlits Holiday Workshop

Every time a new Stampin Up catalog is released, I do a special workshop for my group to showcase some of the new items being released.

For each catalog release party, I always give a little gift as a thank you to my group as well.  Here is what I gave them for the Holiday Catalog 2013 release party:

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They got a Holiday Catalog, with a wish list stamped from the demonstrator business set, which I attached using the paper clips.  Recognize those paper clips?  That’s right! They are the same ones featured in the annual catalog!

For the thank you gift boxes, I included: one incentive stamp from the “best card ever” stamp set – available ONLY from a demonstrator, a package of Twitterpatted buttons, and two milk chocolate scissors which I made myself using Callebaut chocolate and molds I got from my local (and VERY awesome) confectionery genius Charlie’s Chocolate Factory

The take out  boxes I use for my jewelry making business Miss Kitty Creations.  I purchased them from Creative Packaging and I knew they would be a perfect fit for all the goodies I wanted to include.

We did three projects.  Here are two of the three.  This is the first one we made:

Stampin Up Expressions Love Thinlit card using simply pressed clay rose and buttons in Cherry Cobbler

Stampin Up Expressions Love Thinlit card using simply pressed clay rose and buttons in Cherry Cobbler

I cannot say enough about the Simply Pressed clay & molds!  Both the button and the rose were made using the Cherry Cobbler reinker and the clay.  While I LOVE the buttons in the current catalog, they can get quite costly if you need many at one time.  I bought the clay MONTHS ago when it was first released and I still have more than a third of the bag left.  I estimate that I have made at least 60 various pieces (if not more) with the molds, and they use next to NO ink from your reinker bottle.  Even the regals / dark colors which require more ink to get a perfect color match, you barely make a fraction of a dent out of the bottle.  They really are great!

Here is a tip that you MUST use when using these thinlits:  put wax paper between your card stock and the die each time you

cut with them.  You will have no problem getting the card stock die cut piece out, and it ensures you have a nice clean cut with no rough edges.

 

Here is the second card using the Stampin Up circle thinlit flip it die card that we made

Stampin Up Open Sea Circle Thinlit swing flip it card

Stampin Up Open Sea Circle Thinlit swing flip it card

 

I saw a card similar to this on Pinterest and I knew I had to make one in a workshop!  It was a little more intricate that I expected, but when the group was done they knew why it was worth the work!

If you are located in Canada and would like to order this circle thinlit die, or anything else from Stampin Up I will include the tutorial on how to make this card for free with your order!

 

 

New catalog workshop sneak preview

Hi Stampers!

I thought I would post a quick sneak preview of some of the projects that we will be making in the upcoming workshop tomorrow.

 

Mosaic

First sneak peek:  Project #1 using the new Mosaic Madness stamp set & punch bundle, along with the new 2013 In Colors (which I LOVE)

 

 

Bright Blossoms_1

 

Project #2:  A ‘clean & simple’ easy 5 minute card – these designs are great to have in your head when you need a quick card last minute

 

The wait list is open for this class – so please join us on Meetup to RSVP for this event, and upcoming workshops!

Stampin Up Tea Bag Dispenser Gift Box (& new cataloge item sneak preview)

With Mother’s Day coming up, I thought this tea bag dispenser gift box would be a great Stampin Up project to demonstrate.  The measurements are quite fiddly, but the finished project is well worth it!  Thanks to Heidi at Running With Scissors for the instructions.  Being still relatively new to papercrafting myself, I typed up the instructions in an easy to follow PDF. Click to download tutorial here:  Stamp Right Up Tea Bag Dispenser Instructions

I was super excited to use a product from the NEW Stampin Up catalog, which is officially released May 31, 2013.  We are given a few products available for pre-order and I snatched up the opportunity.  Can you spot the new item?!…

It’s the flower blossom embellishment on top of the lid! I made it with the new Blossoms & Buttons simply pressed molds and pool party reinkers. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that we are now going to create embellishments in ANY color Stampin Up carries!! Now, all you have to do is order the reinkers and we can make our own buttons & flower embellishments!!  There are 3 different sizes for buttons and 3 sizes for the flower blossoms, my example show on the lid is the medium sized ~ they are about the size of a nickel – I used pool party reinker to color the clay.   The clay is EXTREMELY lightweight; it almost feels like styrofoam… It is a silicone compound.
So they really are perfect for cards or any paper project!  I personally tested each design to see how durable they are:  the buttons I can literally fold in half and they didn’t break or crack; the flower cracked a little when folded completely in half, but it only shows if bent – so these are very forgiving and durable and will most definitely make it through even the most unforgiving postman.

I cannot WAIT to show you more of these in the next few weeks!  Official orders for the new catalog begin May 31st – I will have electronic AND digital copies ready as soon as we are able to release them. If you would like to be included on either mailing list for official hardcopy, or digital copy of the catalog please comment below as well and I will make sure you are in the know!

Mother's Day Stampin Up Tea Bag Dispenser Gift Box

Mother’s Day Stampin Up Tea Bag Dispenser Gift Box

Until next time stampers!

** As always, comments are welcome and appreciated **

Stampin Up: May Flowers Workshop for Mother’s Day

I am pleased to say that this weekend marks another successful workshop!  I had the pleasure of running a private workshop with Leyla – it was a great experience for us both. As she is new to paper crafting, card making and Stampin Up in general, I really loved having the opportunity to work one on one with her to show her all the tips & tricks that I have learned along the way.

When I was planning the workshop, I tried to put a lot of thought in to which techniques would be good to work with for beginners while still making fun & appealing projects.

The theme of the workshop was “May Flowers” so I wanted to make a card similar to one that my upline had made with the Fancy Flower punch.  I found this video tutorial from Dawn on how to make a different style of a paper flower and LOVED the look of this technique.
I added an extra step to Dawn’s tutorial and sponged the edges of each flower layer with crumb cake ink;  it is a bit time consuming to ink / sponge the edges, but it REALLY makes a difference and give the flower so much more dimension.  You could also use the coordinating ink to match your card stock, or use a contrasting ink to give it an extra punch of color.

Stamp Right Up Mother's Day Paper Flower Card

Mother’s Day Paper Flowers Card

Here’s what we used to make this lovely card:

  • Crumb Cake card stock (4.25 x 5.5)
  • Very Vanilla card stock (4 x 5.25)
  • Pretty in Pink ink (background stamped image)
  • Crumb cake ink (sponged on edges of flower petals & along edge of very vanilla mat layer)
  • Fancy Flower punch
  • Itty Bitty Banners
  • En Francais background stamp
  • Pink Pirouette card stock (flowers)
  • Champagne glimmer paint (on flowers)
  • Pearls
  • Twitterpated buttons

 

As always, your comments & feedback are welcome and appreciated!

 

Until next time stampers!

 

Mini Workshop Materpieces

Look what my girls made in the Mini Workshop I hosted on Monday!  We had a great time – I mean really, how much more perfect can girls night out be when it includes great company & crafting?!

Each workshop I host as a demonstrator, I always create a tutorial / handout for the participants to take home with them after the workshop so that they can recreate the cards again at home.  As a little bonus for all you stampers out there, I have included a link to download the PDF tutorials on how to make each card from that workshop!  Some of the other cards I have featured in other posts also have a PDF tutorial – if you are interested in one, please comment below or message me & I can email you a PDf copy.

Bleached Swallowtail

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TUTORIAL PAGE ON HOW TO MAKE THIS CARD:
StampRightUp – Bleached Swallowtail Instruction Hand Out

Bleached Swallowtail on Pacific Point with En Francais background stamp

Bleached Swallowtail on Pacific Point with En Francais background stamp

What you’ll need to make this card at home:

  1. Pacific Point ink & card stock, as well as basic black card stock
  2. Swallowtail stamp
  3. Black embossing powder

Stampin Up Pinwheel Sizzlits

 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TUTORIAL INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE THIS STAMPIN UP PINWHEEL CARD: 

StampRightUp – Pinwheel Sizzlit Instruction Hand Out

Stampin Up Pinwheel sizzlits

Stampin Up Pinwheel sizzlits with Subtles DSP & stripes embossing folder

This card is super cute, but the pinwheel sizzlits can be a serious problem to put together… that is if you don’t know the trick to assembling them!  Check out this video on the easy way to assemble these little guys with ease and no frustration:  http://youtu.be/9PCjFyN7-qs

The other WAY COOL technique I taught the group was the “fork bow”.  Who knew you could use a fork to produce consistent, easy to make bows!!  I found this YouTube tutorial on how to make easy ribbon bows:  http://youtu.be/RBza9q1rKRo

Papillion Potpourri Window card

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TUTORIAL INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE THIS CARD:

StampRightUp – Papillion Potpourri Window Card Instruction Hand Out

Papillion Potpourri window card

Papillion Potpourri window card in pool party with Everyday Enchantment DSP and champagne shimmer mist

The picture of this card doesn’t do this card justice! We used the champagne shimmer paint to add a beautiful hint of shimmer to the front of the card.

Make & Take: Spring Edition

Our first workshop was a success!  It was a small group this time but we had a great time and learned new projects & techniques.  (Myself included!)

For this workshop we made 3 projects:

  1. Easter treat holder / party favor
  2. Owl card
  3. Swallowtail Butterfly card using ghosting technique

Here are a few pictures of my examples I used in class.

Easter treat holder using Stampin Up Twitterpatted Designer Series Paper

Stampin Up Peek-A-Boo Owl Punch Greeting Card
Stampin Up Peek-A-Boo Owl Punch Greeting Card
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Stampin Up Swallowtail clear mount stamp using Ghosting Technique

I will also be sending the attendees of the workshop a detailed guide on how to recreate these projects at home.  🙂

The next Card Making Workshop is scheduled for March 30th – click here for location & time