CanadianDemonstrator · Paper Crafting · Paper Pumpkin · Specials

What happened to May?

Wow – I can’t believe how time flies when you’re busy!!! I’m still helping out at the salon and quilting for my customers, so my stampin’ time has been limited to preparing for the in-house classes. This weekend, I was working on my team swaps – it felt so good to be creative! For this particular swap, I had to choose one of the many new bundles in the new catalogue. I decided to use the Little Monkey bundle as my theme, and I also included the Online exclusive stamp set, “Tropical Leaf”, as well as the clouds from “Playing in the Rain”, also from the new catalogue.

I stamped the leaves on Granny Apple Green Card stock, with Granny Apple Green ink and the little monkey is hanging out on a window sheet. The die for the sentiment is from the Cheerful Daisies Dies. So cute!! Check out the YouTube tutorial here

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We all love beautiful Designer Series Paper, and in June, you can enjoy a 15% discount on select Designer Series Papers from our new 2023–2024 Annual Catalog and Online Exclusives. Whether you’re a scrapbooker, a card maker or simply a paper lover, this is a great time to stock up and save on gorgeous paper so you have artistic and versatile paper designs on hand for your next projects! Click here to view a complete list of our current DSP selection

You still have until June 10th, to subscribe to June’s Paper Pumpkin, the Welcome Inn Paper Pumpkin Kit.

The Welcome Inn Paper Pumpkin Kit perfectly coordinates with the Countryside Inn Suite Collection (item number 161474) from the 2023–2024 Annual Catalog! You can use the stamps and paper from both the suite and kit to create cards that are stylish and refined. You can create these elegant hospitality cards using the suite’s Countryside Inn 12″ x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Designer Series Paper and the kit’s beautiful floral cards. AND…

Want to make your cards even more stylish? Get the coordinating dies* add-on! Stamp and die cut your vase
and floral images for extra elegant centrepieces on your cards! Add-ons are live during the subscription period but only available while supplies lasts.

• 3 dies: Largest die: 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” (3.8 x 3.8 cm). Item number 163192. $8.25

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How cute is this??

I made this ‘twist and pop’ card for my grandson’s 2nd birthday last month. The cut out critters are from the new Designer Series Paper called “Zoo Crew”, and the Croc is from a retired stamp set called “Hey Love”. I stamped the leaves, using the new “Online exclusive” stamp set – “Tropical Leaf”. I also used some leftover elements from an older Paper Pumpkin. I always keep all my ‘bits”, because you never know when you’re going to need a little chameleon or heart in a card.

Check out my YouTube tutorial here. This card is a great way to use up some retired DSP for your backgrounds, or stamp directly on your card stock to create some texture.

Stampin' Up! 2023-24 Annual Catalogue
2 May 2023 – 30 April 2024
View Online | Shop Online

The new annual catalogue came to life last week. I’m sorry I’ve been incommunicado of late. I’ve been helping a friend, who is recovering from major surgery and have been working in a lovely salon, called “The Country Salon” in our town. I have about another month to go, but will really work at being a bit more “in your face” in the meantime. If you didn’t know, I’m a retired aesthetician, and am enjoying being back in the workforce. Having said that…. lol… I look forward to Dale coming back, so I can do more stamping and quilting. The owner of the shop, Anna is so lovely and making every day a joy!

If you don’t have a current Annual Catalogue and would like a copy, please email me at and I’ll be more than happy to get a catalogue to you – sorry, Canadians only. Don’t forget our “Online Exclusives”, as well. These are products that are only available in my online store, and will not be published in a paper format. Click on the image to see what’s available. Along with stamps and dies, there is also an assortment of Stampin’ Up! branded merchandise.

Today is the last day to subscribe for the May Paper Pumpkin, if you’re not already a subscriber. There is a beautiful set of cards that are available as an add-on. (Part # 163113)

In this month’s kit, we are celebrating the new “In-Colours”, and there is a cute set of stickers as well. The supplementary cards are available while supplies last

I’m heading off to the salon, so this is all the time I have for today, but I wanted to reach out and let you know I’m thinking of you all. Enjoy this lovely weather and keep your loved ones close. Hugs to you all

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Hello, stamping friends!

Did you hear that Stampin’ Up is offering FREE SHIPPING??

TODAY ONLY – Wednesday, April 19th you can SAVE BIG with FREE SHIPPING for 24 hours!!

  • Some products will be increasing in price with the new catalog, so now is a great time to order Designer Series Paper, Notecards and Envelope, Classic Stampin’ Ink Pads and Refills, Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Write Markers, the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machines and plates, Embossing Folders, Punches, Take Your Pick products, Stampin’ Storage, Clear Blocks, and more!
  • This may be your last chance to get products that have been discontinued, so if there is something you want, get it now! Note – some products have already sold out.
  • Check out the online store for the most up to date product availability.

Order online and get your order shipped directly to you! My ordering link is – use Host Code UZUC66YG or use this direct link

I’m happy to add an order for you, please email me by 6pm this afternoon, Wednesday, April 19th. This has been a busy time of year for Stampin’ Up! so please anticipate shipping delays.

Happy shopping!


3D Projects · CanadianDemonstrator · easter egg · Paper Crafting · Specials

Cutest Ever Easter Egg Treat Box

I saw this little box on Peggy Murwen’s post today and thought it was just the thing for my family on Easter weekend. It looks complicated but it is surprisingly easy.

For the Base, You need a piece of cardstock that is 3-1/2 x 6, and 4 pieces of designer paper that are 2″x 3″, scored at 3/4″ on one end. The scoring directions for the base are as per the template.

These are the products that I used

A reminder that the “Last Chance Sale” starts today. You can check out the discounts of up to 60% in these two files.

I hope you try this cutie patootie Easter Egg treat box. All the best to you and yours on this Easter Weekend.

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Sad News and Happy News

What Is A Stamparatus, you ask?

The Stamparatus is a stamping platform which allows you to mount stamps to plates attached to the platform base. By placing your paper into the base, you’re able to repeat stamp in exactly the same place as many times as you like. 

Ok – Now for the good news!

Every 5 years or so, Stampin’ Up! does a “colour refresh” Our color collection is getting a fresh look with new and returning colors! We’re excited to welcome these colors, but it also means saying goodbye to others. There’s no better time to purchase the outgoing color products than during Last Chance! The new arrivals will be available in the new catalogue, starting May 2nd, and if you’re already a demonstrator, one of the perks is that we can preorder these new colours on Tuesday, April 4th. The 2021-23 In-colours are retiring and 5 new In-colours are coming in for 2023-25. You can see the complete colour refresh in this video.

Last Chance Sale and a new Catalogue

The January–April 2023 Mini Catalog and the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog will be retiring soon! It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to a Stampin’ Up! catalog, but we’re looking forward to all the new products on their way—and we hope you are, too.

Stock up on your favorite products before they’re gone for good! You can save up to 60% on select essential craft supplies. What are you waiting for? Start shopping and selling! After all, this selection of Last Chance Products is only available while supplies last.

Let me know if you need a catalogue!

If you don’t already have a Canadian Demonstrator, I’d love to earn your business. If you’d like me to send you a free catalogue, please fill out the form below, and I’ll get one to you as soon as my supply comes in. If you are already part of my team, your free catalogue will be arriving in the mail soon. If you’re local to me (Brighton, ON) you have the option to pick up your catalogue or have it dropped in your mailbox or on your porch. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Rhino Ready Birthday!


The All the Little Things Paper Pumpkin kit is special for many reasons, but when you subscribe to this month’s kit, you’ll get a FREE box organizer! The organizer can be customized to different sizes of compartments, depending on what you want to store. It’s a great way to keep track of products from past kits. Subscribe today to get the April kit and the free box organizer!


The April Paper Pumpkin kit focuses on optimism and renewal. The sentiments in the kit were designed to focus on just that! The included photopolymer stamp set has four sentiments that celebrate the simple things and encourage growth and healing. It’s a great set to have on hand that can be used for multiple occasions.


The All the Little Things Paper Pumpkin kit has a unique theme that focuses on beautiful cherry blossoms! Cherry blossoms represent positivity, renewal, and a fresh start. The die cut pieces in this kit are detailed to reflect these exact principles. They are filled with bright coloured pinks, and dotted with iridescent foil. It’s a detail that won’t go unnoticed!

This kit includes:

  • 9 cards, 3 each of 3 designs, and 9 coordinating envelopes.
  • 1 photopolymer stamp set with celebratory sentiments.
  • 1 Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Spot.
  • Precut cherry blossom paper pieces with iridescent foil.
  • Unique embellishments and twine.
  • Adhesives to complete the projects.
  • Final card size: 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” (14 x 10.8 cm). 
  • Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors: Balmy Blue, Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Petal Pink, Poppy Parade, Shaded Spruce.
  • FREE box organizer

3D Projects · birthday · CanadianDemonstrator · Paper Crafting · Sale-a-bration

3D Self Closing Gift Box

I hadn’t made these 3D boxes for a few years and thought I’d share the process with you.

I hope you enjoy the YouTube tutorial. If you’re new to my channel, please subscribe if you’d like to see more of my videos…. and don’t forget to hit the “LIKE” button.

thanks for taking the time to watch…

Check out the ONLINE EXCLUSIVES – click on the links below to check out the entire collection. These items will not be in a catalogue and are only available through the online store.

Product List
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Please let it be Spring!!!

This was my view at 7 am today (March 4th). Come on Spring!!!

With Spring, (March 1), we see the end of Sale-a-bration. I’d like to thank everyone who placed an order with me one Sale-a-bration and got to enjoy the free gifts from Stampin’ Up! If you haven’t received your thank you cards/gifts yet, they should be there in the next few days.

This collection includes new exclusive bundles (check out the Rhinos – cuteness overload), Dies, kits and more – AND…. on the last page, Stampin’ Up! has returned two of the circle punches to the fold. YAYY!!

This month’s swap card was unfortunately, a necessary one. We all find ourselves in the position to have to send a sympathy card from time to time and this month was no exception.

  • for this card I used Old Olive for my card base – 8-1/2 x 5-1/2
  • the next layer is basic White – 4 x 5-1/4
  • the Old olive matte is 3-3/4 x 5, and you’ll also need a piece that is 2-1/8 x 2-1/2 for the floral cut out matte
  • the top Basic White measures 3-5/8 x 4-7/8
  • The Inside sentiment is from Very Best Occasions Stamp set and the “sending Hugs” is from Splendid Thoughts Stamp set.
  • check out the tutorial here
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Have you ever wondered if your sentiment will fit on your punched element?

I saw a great hint a few years ago, when I joined Stampin’ Up! regarding using Punches in your paper craft. I used to struggle matching a punched element to fit a certain sentiment, but with this tip, I struggle no more.

I cut a 3″ square of card stock (I use a darker one, usually retired), and punch out the punch in the centre of the square.

Once I have several punched out, I place them in a laminating envelope and run them through my laminating machine. I got this one at Walmart, when the pre-school sale was on in August a few years ago. They’re not overly expensive to start with, but I love a good deal. I can get 6 comfortably in a laminating envelope. Make sure you leave at least 1/2″ between each so you can trim them easily.

I punch a hole in the top left corner of each finished punch sample and keep them on a metal shower curtain loop (because that’s what I had handy lol). I label each one with the Name, Part number and which catalogue it’s from. I did have the prices on them but realized some were US$ and some Cdn$. I will revamp when I can include the correct Canadian Prices. This list goes back about 5 years, when I started as a demonstrator.

I hope you found this tip helpful. Feel free to download the PDF of the labels. As with the embossing folders, I used the Avery 5167 Return Address labels. If I’ve missed any punches, please let me know and I’ll update the list.

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Keep your Embossing folders organized

Today I’ve been catching up on some organization and creating my Embossing folder samples. Please contact me if you’re interested in the PDF of the labels, if you would like to reorganize your embossing folders like this. I used Avery 5167 Return Address Labels. Click on the red download button below to download the PDF file. I’ve included folders for the past 4-5 years.

My “bookmarks” are 2″ x 5″ and I’m using the (retired) Scalloped Tag Topper, but any punch tag topper will work for you. I keep them organized with a split ring, available at any stationary store or probably even at the dollar store