June 9, 2022 | Card making class, Designer Series Paper, Gallery of inspiration, Patterned paper, Uncategorized |
Card making inspiration using the Abigail Rose suite by Stampin’ Up!
Stampin’ Up! has released its 2022-23 annual catalogue! To celebrate, I’m participating in a social media hop with the Sleepless Stampers Stampin’ Up team. We are featuring the Happiness Abounds bundle, He’s all that stamp set, the Cracker and Treat box dies, Charming Sentiments bundle, Sending Smiles bundle, and the Sun Prints Suite.
If you would like to follow along, connect with me on Facebook and Instagram to see everyone’s projects.
Abigail Rose Suite showcase
Sometimes I get lucky and the creative mojo is on fire. I can’t tell you how many times I have needed to design a card for a class or tutorial and overthink it so much that I create my own creative block. For my first social media hop with the team, I decided to just start playing with products by stamping and die cutting. After about a day of playing, I returned to my craft space and began with sketching layouts and ideas I wanted to incorporate. Next thing I knew, I had a bunch of ideas and when I would begin working on one, more would come!
The Abigail Rose suite includes the Cottage Rose bundle, Abigail Rose Designer Series Paper (DSP), and a roll of Natural Finish 7/8″ ribbon.
Here are five card designs that I choose to showcase in our social media hop.
All the supplies I used on my cards are listed below. If you have any questions about the product or how to use it, I would love to explain 🙂
November 1, 2021 | Christmas cards, Designer Series Paper, Dies, Gallery of inspiration, holiday cards, Patterned paper, Tags, bags, boxes & envelopes, Uncategorized |
Handmade Christmas cards with Stampin’ Up!’s Painted Christmas Suite
I have been keeping busy trying to make all the things that I want to make using Stampin’ Up!’s Painted Christmas Suite from the Mini Catalogue. I’m about halfway there, says my Pinterest board! Traditionally the June to December Mini Catalogue is called the Holiday Catalogue because it features products for the seasons and celebrations that are part of the last half of the year. I couldn’t buy all the things from the catalogue so I focused on two suites that will fulfill my handmade Christmas cards, tags and treat box quota for the holidays. One is the Painted Christmas Suite that I feature in this blog post and the other is the Peaceful Place Suite which I’ll share ideas for soon.
This suite of products is huge. As soon as you start making one thing, a ton of ideas start flowing through your head and then I start to think that I would need a month off work to get them all made. When using a suite of products, everything coordinates so one idea leads to another very easily.
I have utilized the Two-Step Stampin’ features of the stamp sets but there are still a lot of ideas I have yet to hash out with the Christmas Pinecone dies. Without further ado, let’s look at the designs I have accomplished!
Shop the Painted Christmas Suite
I hope you found lots of inspiration for your handmade Christmas cards and holiday creations. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Until the next one, Dawn
September 5, 2021 | Card making class, Christmas cards, Monthly Mojo |
Monthly Mojo Card Class with Tidings of Christmas Suite
I’m so excited to begin offering my virtual Monthly Mojo Card Classes to teach you how to make your own handmade cards using Stampin’ Up! products. Between the 1st and 15th of each month you have an opportunity to register for a card making class that will be held on the 1st of the following month. You’ll get new ideas, become motivated or you may just want to socialize and build up your card stash!
I invite you to join me via ZOOM where we will get your crafty mojo going by creating cards featuring supplies from the Tidings of Christmas Suite by Stampin’ Up!
Date: Friday, October 1, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm CDT
Location: Virtually through ZOOM
This card making class includes:
4 differently designed cards – 2 of each for a total of 8 cards!
All consumable supplies for 8 cards:
- Designer Series Paper (DSP)
- Card bases
PDF tutorial for future reference AND a bonus acetate box we will decorate to fill with your new cards.
Note: This card making class will NOT include any stamped images as per Stampin’ Up! Policy. You may purchase the stamp set or substitute it with another stamp set.
Make a minimum $35 Stampin’ Up! purchase* using the exclusive Host Code 2FUQEFBA and get the card making class for free. *before taxes and shipping
Purchase before 11:59 pm, Wednesday, September 15, 2021 to qualify.
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Includes the card making class and the TIDINGS & TRIMMINGS BUNDLE with the shipping and taxes included in the total.
Fill out the registration form by clicking on the button below called “Register for the Monthly Mojo Class”
Payment is to be received before 11:59 pm, Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Orders are placed the next day.
You will be sent confirmation and information about the class by email. If you did not receive an email within 3 business days, search for [email protected] in your spam or junk folders.
I will arrange porch pick up or delivery (within 40km of Oakbank MB) with you the week before class. If you are an out-of-province customer, we can discuss shipping options.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
August 1, 2021 | Happy Birthday, Resources, Use your stash |
How to find card making ideas and inspiration
How often do you find yourself wanting to create a very special card or gift for an upcoming occasion and just can’t think of an idea that works? You may have tried making what you have pictured in your head and then when you see it in front of you, it just isn’t what you expected. This happens all the time for me and I often toss out the original idea and have to start fresh. Back to the drawing board! This is when creative block sets in and I need some inspiration and a new idea.
Go through your supplies to find ideas and inspiration
The first thing I do is look at my stamp sets and dies. Usually, the card you want to make is for a holiday or occasion, so start there. Let’s say you need a birthday card. Pull out all your birthday related stamps, dies and embossing folders. Next, pull out some Designer Series Paper (DSP) or also known as patterned paper. This is where a lot of “ah-ha” moments set in where I remember that I probably bought that paper because it would work for a birthday card. Finally, pull out any coordinating inks and card stock that would coordinate with the paper.
Grab your Stampin’ Up! catalogues
Old or new, doesn’t matter. You can look up the stamp set you want to use if you know what catalogue it was from. There is always a card or project using your stamp set in there. If it’s an older set and you don’t know what catalogue it came from, just pick up any catalogue and start flipping the pages. Something will jump out at you that will spark an idea or have a design layout that will work.
Pick a stamp or two that you are drawn to. Draw a few boxes on a piece of paper and begin sketching a few layout ideas. It is important here to keep it simple. Boxes, squiggles, circles, and lines are all you need. Try to come up with two to five sketches. One or two of them will feel right, to begin with.
Make a decision and go with it
Choose your layout, choose the paper, decide on your ink colour and start layering the elements to match your layout ideas. Move the elements around and trust your instinct. Don’t forget to take a picture of the layouts you like. I find if I like something and forget to take a picture, I have a hard time remembering what the ideas I liked were.
Browse the internet for ideas and inspiration but with a time limit
If you still need a bit more inspiration and direction, take a quick look at creative resources for paper crafters on the internet. Some ideas are:
Give yourself a time limit of 15 to 20 minutes. Spending too much time browsing will distract you and may even overwhelm you.
Try these tips out when you’re struggling. If you don’t find the inspiration or an idea you were looking for, I’m positive that you’ll have found multiple other ideas for cards that you will want to make soon.