Paper Crafting

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2022. Here’s hoping this new year will be less challenging for all of us. I’d like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support in the past year. Between retiring from our quilt shop and regrowing my Stampin’ Up! business, I am forever grateful for you standing with me, especially during these extremely trying times.

I’m so excited with the new January to June Mini catalogue that will go live in a few days. If you have placed an order with me in the past 6 months, you will be receiving a copy, as well as the new Sale-a-bration brochure in the mail any day now. Please let me know if you’ve already received it, as I have no other way of knowing. If you haven’t previously placed an order with me or it’s been a while, click on the button below and I will be happy to either deliver one to you if you’re local or pop one in the mail.

Mini Catalogue Paper Share

As always, the new Designer Series Paper selections are YUMMY! This time around, there is a new size 4″ x 6″, just right for a card front, or to cut up for accents.

I am offering two options for the Paper Share this time. You are able to choose 6″ x 6″ paper cuts or 12″ x 6″ paper cuts. Included in both of these options are Abstract Beauty which are precut to 4″ x 6″.

OPTION #1 – $38 + $12 Shipping

Includes 12 sheets 4″ x 6″+ 84 sheets 6″ x 6″ (ie… 1/4 packs)

Abstract beauty, Artfully Composed, Flowering Fields, Heart & Home, Hey Sports Fan, New Horizons, Sweet Talk, Symbols of Fortune.

OPTION #2 – $76 + $12 Shipping

Includes 24 sheets 4″ x 6″ + 24 sheets 6″ x 6″ + 72 sheets 6″ x 12″ ( ie… half packs) + a small gift of thanks from me

Abstract beauty, Artfully Composed, Flowering Fields, Heart & Home, Hey Sports Fan, New Horizons, Sweet Talk, Symbols of Fortune.

Paper shares must be ordered and paid for by January 5th. Once the orders are placed and paid for, I will order the paper. Typically orders are received within 10 days, at which time I will cut, package and label, then ship it to you. Having said that, it is very busy in the first week of a catalogue launch, so shipping may be delayed a day or two. Also, as a reminder, Covid has greatly affected shipping in general, but I will keep you apprised of any delays. This order is not eligible for Sale-a-bration rewards but I will have a draw after all paper is distributed and a lucky winner will receive a Sale-a-bration item from me.

Please place orders to and e-transfers (preferred) can be made to this email as well. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to use this email to reach out. I’m unable to share the PDF of the new catalogue until January 4th, but if you’d like a hard copy in the mean time, please let me know.

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Multi-faceted Christmas Ornament

I saw this adorable ornament a few years ago on Paper Pixie’s Channel, then my sister-in-law brought it as her make’n take when we got together for ONStage this fall. They’re super easy to make and lots of fun. Click here to see the YouTube tutorial. Please feel free to share this video with your crafty peeps and don’t forget to click on the Like button.


Card stock – 6-1/4 x 10-1/2 – Score (long side) 1-1/4, 2-1/2, 3-3/4, 5, 6-1/4, 7-1/2, 8-3/4,

 Rotate card stock and score on the short side 1-1/4, 2-1/2, 3-3/4, 5

DSP – 18 x 1-1/8” squares

10” Ribbon or cording

¼” hole punch

Simply Scored Scoring Tool. 122334

Turn card stock to the long side, with the small scored section to the right

Using the diagram as a reference, mark 5/8” at the first score mark (center of the square on the score line), then score from the center mark diagonally, to the bottom corners of that square.  Repeat on every second square, then repeat on the other side (see diagram)

Fold and burnish all score lines vertically and horizontally.

Cut each vertical score line to the first horizontal score line on both long sides.  Don’t wedge your sides – keep them straight.  Referring to the diagram, remove the shaded areas with your paper snips

Gently fold on the diagonal score lines to make little triangles on the top and bottom

It’s easier to adhere your DSP squares prior to creating your ornament.  Once this is complete, glue the side tab to the other side of the ornament, creating a sort of tube.  

Starting on the bottom, glue opposite tabs together to bring the scored sides in and continue until all the tabs are sitting on top of each other.  

For the top, you will need to punch a hole in the center of each tab.  I made a template from one of the cut-out squares, so all my holes would be in the same spot on each tab.

Fold your ribbon in half and tie the ends in a knot.  Thread the folded top of the ribbon through the first tab hole, then through the opposite tab hole.  Continue until the ribbon is through all the holes, from the bottom, upwards.  

Create a tag and thread the ribbon through the hole

Many thanks

Lise Taber – Critters’n Ink Designs

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Free shipping today only

On December 8th ONLY, we are offering FREE shipping on all orders of $65 or more, before taxes.

Free shipping only applies during the 24-hour period the promotion is live; this means that your order must be opened and closed on December 8th.

SO WHAT CAN YOU ORDER? You can order almost anything! With the exception of month-to-month Paper Pumpkin subscriptions, ALL Stampin’ Up! products qualify for this promotion. To visit my online store which is available 24/7, just Click here. All orders placed using my December Host Code – 3FZJJ7RY will qualify for a prize draw at the end of the month, and a hand crafted card from me. If your order is over $200, don’t use the host code, as you will be earning your own rewards from Stampin’ Up! and will still qualify for the draw and card.

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All Squared Away June Team Swap

I really like texture, be it in food, fabrics or paper crafting. The All Squared Away stamps gives you four squares of texture and 5 great sentiments, and coordinates with the Floral Squares Dies. I did a variation of one of the card ideas in the Annual Catalogue. I hope you like it. I didn’t end up using the Stamps, other than for the sentiment, but I’m anxious to give them some play time in the near future.

1. Since I was making several cards for my swaps, I cut a full sheet of card stock, and cut a 4-1/2″ strip off one of the 8 1/2″ side, then trimmed the other piece to to 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 and score at 4-1/4″. Repeat with all four of the different colours of card stock. If you’re only making one or two cards, you can just use a scrap of each colour, large enough to accommodate each die.

2. Layer the four dies on the 4-1/2″ piece and cut one of each of the four dies. Repeat with the other three colours of card stock. Then – cut 2 sets of each die out of Basic White.

4. Emboss a 4 x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White card stock with the Tasteful Texture Embossing folder, or an embossing folder of your choice.

5. Layer your embossed Basic White card onto the card base. In this case it’s Soft Succulent. Then, layer your four different die cuts onto the embossed piece. I layered mine a little closer to the top so I could put a sentiment on the bottom, but when I was making my prototype, I had the squares more centred and put my sentiment across the centre on a diagonal. The choice is yours, of course. I used a 3/4″ strip of Basic White card stock and Smokey Slate ink for my sentiment but you could definitely use a punch or die cut if you had them. Don’t forget to embellish with your favourite gems. I used the 2021-2023 In-colour gems on some of them and the Elegant Faceted Gems on the rest.

6. Don’t forget the inside of your card and the envelope. I often leave out the sentiments on the inside (and sometimes the outside) so that I can personalize it when I need a specific card, such as birthday, anniversary, sympathy etc., but you definitely need a little “something” inside to complete the look. And…. no naked envelops.

I didn’t feel that the texture stamps from the All Squared Away Stamp set was the look I was after, so I used the single flower from the Colour and Contour stamp set on the inside of the card and the envelope.

Starting today, til August 2nd, purchase select Designer Series Paper at 15% savings!!

Remember to use the July Host Code KE42GTUU to be entered into the draw at the end of the month for a little thank you gift from me.

Life is full of big adventures that are best experienced together! This month’s The Adventure Begins Paper Pumpkin Kit helps you celebrate those exciting new chapters in the most creative of ways with enough supplies to create twelve motivating cards—plus coordinating envelopes—all featuring the exciting colors of nature.
Like the still moments before a great adventure, the kit’s designs contain a quiet energy that hint at all the grand possibilities of what is yet to come. Share this kit with your family and friends about to embark on a new journey and make connections while you explore and discover new levels of your creativity!


Name The Adventure Begins


  • Contains enough supplies to create twelve cards and coordinating envelopes.
  • Card size: 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” (10.8 x 14cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2” x 5-3/4” (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Comes with a Stampin’ Spot plus an exclusive Stamp Set.
  • Includes inspirational sentiments and adventure-themed imagery featuring these nature-inspired coordinating colors: Basic Black, Basic White, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Night of Navy.

It’s time for a new adventure in your creative journey. You’ll find it here! This month’s kit features a new layering technique that is impressive, but still very doable. You’ve got this!


Subscribe to the July 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit between 11 June and 10 July at!

Note: Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.

birthday · Jan-June Mini 2021 · Paper Crafting · Sale-a-bration · Specials

Pretty Perennial Greetings

I absolutely love the versatility of this stamp set. I decided that we could use a little spring, as winter storms blow in, this month, so here are my February Team Swaps. If anyone is interested in doing a group swap with me, let me know – I love sending and receiving cards each month.

Tone on Tone projects usually call my name. Even when I’m quilting, I’ll often opt for a tone on tone look. In this card, I used Gorgeous Grape, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Magenta Madness ink, on the same colour of cardstock to create the base flowers. I used the open petal die to cut out the matching piece for the top of the flower, and the flower die for the larger flower. My card base is Granny Apple Green. I used the Pinewood Planks embossing folder, on a piece of Basic White, as my matte. My greetings are from the Many Messages, stamp set.

Just a reminder that Sale-a-Bration ends this weekend. Choose your free product with every $60 purchase

Paper Crafting · Specials


Are you ready? The biggest stamp sale of the year is coming up on 23 September!

For 24 hours on 23 September—from 12:00 AM to 11:50 PM (MT) online a select number of cling and photopolymer stamp sets from the 2020–2021 Annual Catalog will be available for purchase at a 15% discount.

Take advantage of the advance notice and send me your wish list by Tuesday evening, or place your order yourself, online, using the September host code E4S6EAVE.

Sale prices listed below are only valid only during the flash sale period. If there is a discrepancy in pricing, the Stampin’ Up! website will be deemed the correct price.

birthday · Paper Crafting · Thank you Card

Beauty Abounds Team Swap

We are a young, growing team, at The Critters’n Ink, Critters’ Den. With the catalogue launch this past month, we decided to start a monthly swap, within our group. This is my contribution. I hope you like it.

We need to first, create our butterfly background piece. I did this using a piece of whisper white card stock 5 1/2 x 4 1/4, and using a Stampin’ Sponge, I used 4 different inks to create a coloured sheet. I then take the die of choice, from the Butterfly Beauty Dies, and cut out my butterfly, with my Big Shot.

I remove the bottom right butterfly, with my paper snips as that’s where I want my sentiment to go.

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I used the Tasteful Textile embossing folder to emboss another Whisper White (5 1/2 x 4 1/4), to use as the back ground for the butterfly.

I used mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, cut in half and smaller pieces, to elevate the butterfly element.

I layered this onto my card base (I used 4 different card base colours to reflect the colours I used to create the butterfly piece.) I used coordinating enamel dots to match the card base colour.

For the sentiment, I used white embossing powder on Basic Black card stock, then fussy cut it out and attached to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals

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May Paper Pumpkin Sneak Peak

The upcoming May 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit is almost here,  and will feature the new 2020–2022 In Colors!! This means that Paper Pumpkin subscribers will be among the first to get their hands on new In Color products. And that’s just the beginning of things to love about this kit!
You won’t want to miss this!!

A Kit In Color

  • Kit contains supplies for 12 cards and envelopes
  • 8 cards are traditional size
    • Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
    • Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • 4 cards are note card size
    • Notecard size: 5″ x 3-1/2″ (12.7 x 8.9 cm)
    • Envelope size: 5-1/8″ x 3-5/8″ (13 x 9.2 cm)

Coordinating Colors: Bumblebee, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Misty Moonlight, Pumpkin Pie, and Purple Posy


Subscription Information

  • Subscribe for the May 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit from April 11–May 10 at
  • Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.
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Say hi with Pedal to the Metal and Geared Up Garage

I made this card to say hello to my son, Ian, who is an essential worker in the Toronto area. He is an avid dirt biker and when he gets a day off, you can most often find him stirring up the dust on his bike.

The card base is Night of Navy, and the front matte is Crumb Cake. I stamped images from Geared Up Garage and the tire treads from Pedal to the Metal with VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder. I used the Stampin’ Sponge to smudge some crumb cake randomly on the card stock, and around the dirt bike image, which I die cut with the Stitched Nested Labels. I used the Classic Label Punch for the sentiment. I used Very vanilla for the dirt bike and sentiment.

Paper Crafting · Sale-a-bration

The Gang’s all Meer “Hello”

Isn’t this the cutest card ever??  I saw this card on Pinterest, and I believe it was designed by Jana Paperdreams in Germany.  The stamp set is The Gang’s all Meer, which is a free stamp set during Sale-a-bration, which a $60 purchase.  The swirly die cut is from the Painted Labels Dies, which is bundled with the Painted Poppies, in the spring Mini-catalogue.  I also used the embossing folder from the Power of Hope bundle, which is also Sale-a-bration, free with a $120 purchase.

This card is quick and fun to make.  I hope you enjoy the video.  Don’t forget to subscribe, if you haven’t already and give me a thumbs up.  Many thanks.

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