Springtime Foils – More to Sale-a-Brate!

springtime foils sale-a-brate card

Happy Saturday! Around here we are also enjoying a three day Family Day weekend…unless you are a student in this area, then you had a FOUR day weekend….(super envious). Plus Springtime Foils – gives us more to Sale-a-Brate! These are new Stampin’ Up! freebies to keep us happy. Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper features 12 sheets (3 each of 4 different single sided designs) of metallic images, and you can select it as your free choice with each $60 product purchase until the end of March. Stampin’ Up! has introduced new items for the last half of Sale-a-Bration.

For this elegant Springtime Foils sale-a-brate card, I used strips of Copper Foil sheet along the edge of the strip of Designer Series Paper, and then added some Gold Faceted gems on either side. When making a clean and simple card, I love putting the main image strip on an angle for extra drama and interest. The sentiment is from the Floral Phrases stamp set (available in wood mount or clear mount), stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in gold.

I will be sharing the instruction sheet for this card in the new YamStamps Facebook Group. I still have the YamStamps Facebook page, but with changes in Facebook, it seems like the page posts may not always get shown to you – even if you’ve liked and followed the page – so I’m starting up a group as well. It will have similar but different stuff….LOL. Anyway click here to join the group! We are just getting started up and established.

Springtime Foils is not the only new way to Sale-a-Brate! In the meantime – see the new items here by downloading the Second Release Sale-a-Bration brochure. You can shop online 24/7 in Canada here. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need assistance placing your order. Please note that if you live in Quebec, you will need to email me in order to place an order online (it will still be delivered to your door though!)

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Flashback Friday – Olympic Stampin’ Up! Style

Olympic Rings Stampin' Up! Style

A really quick Flashback Friday Olympic Stampin’ Up! style card! This is one that I made in 2010 (??!!) and redid in July 2012 when one of my friends participated in the opening ceremonies for the London Olympics. I love watching the Olympics – always inspiring. It will make mornings more exciting for sure – due to the time change, when I wake up, I can turn on the TV and see live coverage!

I typically use circle punches to make the rings – because it’s quick and easy. Punch the centre of the circle first, and then centre and punch the outer circle. I’ve used 1-1/4″ and 1-3/4″ circle punches to do this. You could also easily use the Layering Circle Framelits and your Big Shot. I would highly recommend the Magnetic Platform as well, since it will hold those metal framelits in the right spot! You’ll want to snip each circle once and then play with them to get the correct order and layering. Recommended colours for this year’s games: Pacific Point, Basic Black, Real Red, Crushed Curry and Emerald Envy.

I can’t believe I’ve been blogging (or trying to blog) for as long as I have – but this Flashback Friday is proof! Perhaps if I get the chance, I will re-do this card while I’m watching some of the Olympic events (not the really fast moving ones though, and not hockey, because if Canada is playing I’ll be busy yelling at the TV screen….yes, I’m one of those types LOL). If I do get the chance, I will share it, and will also make sure that the green ring is in better alignment than it is in this old sample. Now that I’ve drawn your attention to that, it’s all you can see, isn’t it….. but it doesn’t have to be a perfect project to be perfect for the occasion.

I am holding another Monthly Card Class THIS Wednesday (yes, I realize it’s Valentine’s Day, still time to make a heart themed card though, technically?!) – since I postponed this week’s class due to the snow storm we had. It actually wasn’t too bad out by 1pm, but not all the roads were cleared, and there was no street parking allowed due to the ploughing schedule. SO. If the weather cooperates, fingers crossed, let me know if you’d like to take advantage of a late month card class!

 

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New Class Coming! Birthday Cards!

This is Stampin’ Up!’s Perennial Birthday Project Kit – well what you can make with the contents of the project kit! I’m offering this class on FOUR different occasions at the end of February/beginning of March. The kit itself includes the consumable supplies for the cards, plus the box and dividers. When you register and prepay for your class (deadline for registration is February 14th), you’ll get one of these kits which will be waiting for you at the class time you pick. At the class, I will have the adhesives, inks and stamps for you to complete these projects so you can stamp them up, assemble them, and be ready for the next birthday on your list….or have it ready to wrap and give as a gift!! This would be a thoughtful and handy gift for Mother’s Day, a birthday, thank you/hostess or Easter or…just because?!

Class will be held in north Burlington – directions will be sent to you when you register.

CLASS DATES AND TIMES:
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH – 1pm OR 7pm
THURSDAY, MARCH 1 – 7PM
SATURDAY, MARCH 3 – 1PM
Class fee is $55 and includes the kit and use of the inks/stamps/adhesives to complete your projects. Contact me to register.

OPTIONS: Add on a $25 product order to receive your choice of a Level 1 Sale-a-Bration item.
Can’t make these dates/times? Get a group of friends together and I will bring the class to you!! Contact me for more details.

See the YamStamps Events Page for more upcoming events and classes!

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Easy Valentine’s Day Card Idea

valentines day card idea yamstamps valentine's day card idea

Are you looking for a Valentine’s Day Card Idea? Here’s one – use decorative papers to make your card stand out easily. In this card, the backing paper is Stampin’ Up!’s gorgeous specialty Designer Series Paper, Painted With Love. These papers are so beautiful, feature some of my favourite colours and have a metallic touch that makes everything more impressive. I tied in the linear theme with the striped heart image from the set Heart Happiness, also from the Occasions catalogue. The Designer Series Paper features Rich Razzleberry, so I used that colour for the backing cardstock and ink. The variations in the stamped image are created by the stamp itself – so literally all you do is ink the stamp, stamp it on the paper and admire the results!

We will be doing a version of this card in the upcoming February Card Class – Wednesday, February 7th at 1pm or 7pm. Please contact me to reserve your spot! As always, we will have a variety of cards in the class, so you’ll get a Valentine’s Day card idea (well, I guess you’ll actually get the card too LOL), plus 3 other cards to use for a variety of occasions. A lot of times, I leave sentiments off the class cards, so that you can add a sentiment later or use the blank inside to write an appropriate message. This card is actually blank on the inside, so it could be a Valentine’s Day card, or could be used for any other time you want to send a message of caring and support to someone. (Hey, today is also Bell Let’s Talk Day, so this could be an appropriate card to send “just because” to someone!)

As you can see, this is a fairly straightforward card layout – another way to make your cardmaking easier. A basic layout can look very different when you vary the colours, images and backgrounds – but the essential design is the same – whether you’re needing a Valentine’s Day card idea, a birthday card idea or an Easter card idea! (and you thought being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator was difficult? haha sorry to blow that illusion…) The other day when I had a bit of a creative block, I decided it was better to be productive than to mess around and not come up with anything at all – so I used the January Paper Pumpkin kit. Without having to use much brain power, I was able to create a whole whack of cards that I can now share with others. I’m planning on sending them to members of demonstrator group to share the love and thank them for being part of my team! I shared a photo on the YamStamps Instagram account – I guess that’s another Valentine’s Day Card idea for you? Hope to see you at a YamStamps event this month to create cards for the special people in your life!!

 

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Die Cut Dragonfly Card

die cut dragonfly card

My favourite colour is blue….and so I love that this die cut dragonfly card features shades of blue. The words are from the Stampin’ Up! set Dragonfly Dreams, and the die cut dragonfly is from the coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits. The Seaside Embossing Folder adds texture to the Night of Navy Cardstock panel which is mounted onto an Island Indigo Cardstock panel – it also backs the detailed dragonfly die cut.

This is an easy and effective card to reproduce, and it’s made easier if you have the Magnetic Platform and the Big Shot Die Brush. The Magnetic Platform holds the metal thinlits in place (no need for tape) in those crucial moments before they’re held secure by the pressure of the Big Shot, and the Big Shot Brush helps to get all the little pieces out of the detailed die cuts – plus helps to pop out the die cut itself. We did this card in a private card class earlier this month, and I’m tempted to pull out this die cut dragonfly card design again soon for future classes…we shall see… When there’s newer seasonal catalogues in effect, I tend to get distracted away from some of the great items in the Annual Catalogue, but I try to make sure I don’t get too drawn in by the bright, shiny new things….though don’t worry, I always make sure there’s plenty of opportunity to play with those bright, shiny new things at class too!! This card doesn’t feature any Sale-a-Bration items…..but if you were to purchase the stamp set and thinlits, you’d qualify to get a Level One Sale-a-Bration item for free! See Sale-a-Bration details in this post.

If you’re interested in creating a die cut dragonfly card like this one, or need to build up your stash of cards, consider attending either a monthly card class (“Pay as you go”) or joining the Stampers Club (“Membership has it’s privileges – in this case, free classes and free product…). You can see details about both these regular offerings on the YamStamps Events Page, or contact me if you have any questions. Attendees tell me that they enjoy getting to try products and techniques out in class, and club members mention that they are able to budget out their crafty spending a bit more effectively by planning ahead for the duration of their 6 month membership! In either case, we always have a lot of fun, so I hope that if you’re local to Burlington ON, you can come and try out a class sometime!

 

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Quick and Easy Coffee Card

yamstamps coffee card

This fun coffee card is a great way to say hi to a friend that you haven’t seen in a while! It uses the stamp set Balloon Celebration – and you can change out the beverage type as desired! Other stamps in this set include “tea”, hot chocolate” and “champagne” so imagine the possibilities! I also mixed and matched with the stamp set Timeless Textures (available in wood mount or clear mount) for the coffee ring image, because it suited it so well! The strips in the background are from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, mounted on an Early Espresso piece of cardstock on the Crumb Cake cardbase. The sentiment is on Whisper White and Garden Green, die cut with the Layering Circles Framelits, which ties in with the paper, and with the colour scheme of a large coffee chain that makes really good coconut milk chai lattes. (True confession….I’m actually not a coffee drinker….).

This could easily be used as a gift card holder by adding a flap on the inside (or making a small envelope with the Envelope Punch Board and adhering it inside the card) – to make this a true coffee card?! Perfect for any occasion or for Valentine’s Day…

Don’t forget that right now you’ll want to make sure that your product order adds to $60, or some multiple of that, because for each $60 order, you’ll get one free Sale-a-Bration item of your choice! New this year – a Level 2 Sale-a-Bration! For a $120 product order, you can select one of two items – one is a set of framelits, and one is a larger stamp set….so definitely more bang for your buck right now! If you have any questions or need help placing your order, feel free to contact me. Otherwise, you can shop the online YamStamps Stampin’ Up! Canada store 24/7!

 

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