September Swap #2 featuring Pretty Popup Dies

As I mentioned yesterday, I have a second swap card to share with you. Some of you may have seen the video short I posted on my Facebook Page last week. I used the Pretty Pop Up dies, Lovely You stamps for the sentiments, and Dragonfly Garden for some detail on the inside and envelope.

Here is a quick tutorial video on how I made this card. I hope you enjoy it and give this card a try.

As always -feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the techniques for this card. I can be reached at crittersnink@gmail.com or through the contact button on my website.

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September Team Swap

This is one of two of the swap cards I’m sending this week. Isn’t this a cutie, using the North Pole Mischief stamp set?

I just love this stamp set. If you are a follower, you know we have two cats. This kitty looks like Roxie. To make the back ground I took a piece of Basic white 3-3/4 x 5 and using my trimmer, I scored at 1/2″ on all four sides, then again at 5/8″ on the right side and top. Remember – When you score on the right side, the raised “mountain” will be on the left, when you flip it over.

Next, I used a blending brush and Balmy Blue ink to create a bit of a background and then stamped “Merry, Merry” twice in Versamark and embossed with Gold embossing powder.

On scraps of Basic White, I stamped the Kitty with the fishbowl, in Smokey Slate ink, and fussy cut. Because I was making quite a few, I used my Brother Scan’n Cut, but fussy cutting with your snips is quick and easy. I used the Watercolour Pencils to colour the cat/fish design and blended the colours with Stampin’ Up!’s blender pens.

I used the largest flagged label die from the Stylish Shapes dies to cut out a piece of the polka dot Snowflake Vellum. It wasn’t long enough for what I wanted, so I cut it in half and glued it along the bottom score line, so the flagged ends just overlapped my side score lines…then I placed the kitty cut out on top of that using Stampin’ Dimensional, making sure that the cut part of the label wasn’t visible. My Cherry Cobbler Matte is 4 x 5-1/4, which I then mounted onto a Basic White Thick card base. (8-1/2 x 5-1/2, scored at 4-1/4 ). Finally, I placed two Gold Holly Leaves, using Mini Glue Dots, and used a red enamel dot from the Red & Green Adhesive Backed Pearls. I used the Pearlized Enamel Effects Red, to make the three berries on the mistletoe. I could have used the Red & Green Pearls, but I found them to be a little too big.

On the inside, I used a sentiment from Brightest Glow and the paw prints from North Pole Mischief, stamped in Smokey Slate. On the envelope, I stamped Just the cat and mistletoe, using a Post-It note over the fish bowl when I inked up the stamp, as I just wanted Kitty by herself.

I hope you find this card inspires you to get “Christmassy” in the next little while. I’ve listed all the products that I used, in case you’re interested. Here is the link for the Brightest Glow stamp set, as I wasn’t able to add it below.

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New “Christmas Gift Giving” Kit Coming Tomorrow

Please remember to use my September Host Code, when placing your order this month. I have a goal I need to reach this month, so if you’ve been sitting on your order, I am here for you.

This Week’s September Specials

September News

September is going to be an amazing month! I’m just finalizing my class dates and will post shortly.

Each week in September, Stampin’ Up! is offering a weekly deal. You can see this week’s deals here.

Perfect Partners Promotions

There are six new dies being launched today, with coordinate with current stamp sets in the annual catalogue and the July-December mini catalogue. These are:

  • Fresh Cut Flowers
  • This Birthday Piggy
  • Trimming the Tree
  • Apple Harvest
  • Waterfall Canyon
  • Yeti to Party

The dies are available individually, if you already own the stamp, or as a bundle (and you save 10%) if you don’t already own the stamp set. These die sets are available only between September 1-30th AND only while supplies last, so shop early to avoid disappointment.

October 1st is World Card Making Day

The Warm Welcome Bundle is NEW as of today. I can’t wait to get mine.
**Note – Cottage Rose Bundle is currently sold out until approximately September 12th.

Pretty Popups Dies are the star of the show today

This card is for my September team swap, which I designed while I was visiting friends at their cottage on Lake Simcoe. We always spend an afternoon crafting if the water is too rough to go boating.

I also created this short video, showing a summary of how I made this card.

Dimensions are as follows

  • Card base – So Saffron 8-1/2 x 5-1/2, scored at 4-1/4
  • Very Vanilla – 5-1/4 x 4 – emboss with Pretty Flowers Embossing folder, and 4 x 5-1/4 for inside
  • Old Olive – 2 strips 1/2″ x 4″
  • scrap of So Saffron for banner
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If you would like to purchase any of the products listed, above, I invite to you visit my online store by CLICKING HERE! Please use my current Host Code SFBRRQSG on any orders under $200.00. If your order is over $200, do not use the host code as you will earn your own rewards. I appreciate your business so for anyone who shops with me, I will send you a token of my appreciation and a hand made thank you card from me.

Every week in the month of September, Stampin’ Up! is offering a selection of discounted products. Discounts and product selection will vary from week to week.
  • New products added each week on 1, 8, 15, and 22 September. 
  • Promotion ends 28 September. 
  • Product options and discounts vary based on inventory availability.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion (customer, demonstrator, workshop, and online).
  • Discounted items can be added to a Starter Kit.
  • Get the most up-to-date product information on the online store beginning 1 September.

Some things are great on their own but become epic when they are paired with something else: cereal and milk, toast and butter, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Personally, my favourite combo is stamp sets and dies—and that’s what the Perfect Partners promotion is all about! 

Stampin’ Up! has created six new dies that coordinate with stamp sets in the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog and the July–December 2022 Mini Catalog. These coordinating dies will only be available during this promotion or while supplies last, and will not be offered in any catalog.  

These stamp sets and dies are available separately or as a bundle. By buying the bundle, you save 10%.

Put these wonderful stamp sets and dies together for more papercrafting fun! Order now!

I hope you give my card above, a try. If you live in the Quinte/Northumberland area, and would like to meet up with like minded crafters – even if you’re new at it – I’d love to hear from you. I offer classes in my home on a monthly basis, and I’m willing to have you as my hostess in your home with your crafty friends. Email me any time at crittersnink@gmail.com or leave me a message on my Facebook Page

Visit my online Store https://www.stampinup.ca?demoid=2191000

September’s Host Code https://www.stampinup.ca?hostcode=SFBRRQSG

Happy August, everyone!!

We’ve been madly working on our back garden, now that we’re over the virus we both had, and in the afternoon, to cool off, I’ve been playing in my craft room and quilting room. This weekend, I cracked open my “Best Remedy” kit. It’s adorable. There is a link under the picture, to see the tutorial video for a few alternative ideas. I hope you like them. Just a reminder to please use my host code, FV4CJ9XX if you plan a purchase, as it allows me to earn free products that I gift for my monthly draws. (thank you)

I had fun with this kit, Best Remedy, over the weekend. Check out my Youtube video for some alternative ideas as well. https://youtu.be/vxxzRi3lTS8. NOTE – the Dots & Spots die is free during the month of August, with a $120 purchase, for Sale-a- ration, but you must use the part number 163098.
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Sale-a-bration is still going strong, with new items added on for the month of August, while supplies last. Speaking of which, two of the original items in the Sale-a-bration brochure have sold out! The Soft Seafood/Pool Party cards & envelopes are no longer available, and the Tree Lot dies sold out over the weekend.

The Dots & Spots die is what I used in my alternative Mouse card in the kit above but you must use the part number in the SAB picture above, to get it free with a $120 purchase

New Kit starting today, August 3rd!

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Celebrate the season with a card kit that has everything you need wish those you love a merry Christmas and a joyous New Year. Don’t let the holidays overwhelm you–get your all-inclusive kit and make quick multiples everyone will love!

Kit Includes:

  • Cozy & Bright Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Acrylic Stamp Block
  • Classic Stampin’ Spot: Poppy Parade 
  • Predesigned projects  
  • Step-by-step instructions 
  • Precut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting). Including printed die-cut sheets: sticker adhesive sheets & non-adhesive sheets
  • Makes 12 cards of 1 design 
  • Gold foil accents
  • Folded card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (14 x 10.8 cm) 
  • 12 preprinted envelopes 
  • Enough adhesive to complete projects 
  • Linen thread
  • A 9-7/8″ x 6-1/2″ x 2-3/4″ (25.1 x 16.5 x 7 cm) printed designer box for storage or crafting on the go
  • Product colors: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Evening Evergreen, Garden Green, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie

Some things are great on their own but become epic when they are paired with something else: cereal and milk, toast and butter, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. We may be biased, but our favorite combo is our stamp sets and dies—and that’s what the Perfect Partners promotion is all about! 

We created six new dies that coordinate with stamp sets in the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog and the July–December 2022 Mini Catalog. These coordinating dies will only be available during this promotion and will not be offered in any catalog.  

Re-laminating a delaminated Magnetic Plate

For those of you who have purchased the Magnetic plate for your Stampin Cut & Emboss machine, they were discontinued because the plates were delaminating. If you did purchase one, you will have been reimbursed by Stampin’ Up! If you are a customer of mine and haven’t been reimbursed, please let me know and I’ll look into it.

Mine also delaminated, so my husband suggested taking the top layer right off, as I couldn’t use it the way it was anyway, so I used my heat tool to loosen and remove the top layer. It was very curled by the time I was able to get the top layer off, so I layered it back up, upside down, with the curly side on the bottom and placed heavy weights on it for over a week to flatten it. (sorry, didn’t think to take pictures)

This morning I used Gorilla Glue (follow the directions on the package) and clamped it between two pieces of wood and weighed it down with a sledge hammer and kettle ball. I left it there for several hours and it has re-laminated, fairly well. I still have a bit of lifting in the centre part for some reason, but the sides seem to be very well glued – time will tell. If it starts to give up the ghost, I’ll keep you posted. Definitely worth a try!

Olive Branch card for a friend

Each month our team swaps cards amongst ourselves. This month, I’m using the Olive Branch stamp set. On my original set, I used the large olive branch and stamped on the front of the card base in Rich Razzleberry. (I forgot to do this in the video tutorial). I used the second largest die from the Deckled Rectangles dies to cut one in Old Olive and one in Basic White and Very Vanilla. I couldn’t decide which one I liked the best, but I’m gravitating toward the Very Vanilla.

Using the Stamparatus, on the Very Vanilla, I stamped the Olive branch in Old olive, then used a sponge dauber to add Rich Razzleberry to the olive parts of the stamping stamped over the original stamped image to create the ripe olives.

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Craft for a Cause – Nourish & Flourish Kit

Help us make a difference with the Nourish & Flourish Kit! Food scarcity is an issue facing communities across the globe. And with your help, Stampin’ Up! hopes to make a difference. With every Nourish & Flourish kit purchased by you, we’re donating $4CDN to organizations fighting to end food scarcity. Each kit comes with printed die-cut sentiments in Dutch, English, French, and German.

Kit includes:
* Designed projects 
* Step-by-step instructions
* Precut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
* Makes 9 cards: 3 each of 3 designs
* Folded card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
* 9 printed envelopes
* Enough adhesive to complete projects
* Coordinating insulated 9″ x 6-1/2″ x 6-1/4″ (22.9 x 16.5 x 15.9 cm) lunch bag

Product colors: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Shaded Spruce 

Kits by Stampin’ Up! are perfect for new crafters, busy crafters, or crafters who want quick and easy projects. All-inclusive project kits have everything you need in one box! Give as a gift or try them yourself. Kits are while supplies last. Order today!

Yesterday, I was thrilled to be able to open the Nourish & Flourish Kit. I will post the link to my Youtube tutorial below. For each of the three different designs, I did the original design from the kit, as well as two alternatives. I kept it simple, as I was flying by the seat of my pants, but I was happy with the results. I hope you like them.

A new kit just landed at Stampin’ Up!

How cute is this?? This new kit is called “The Best Remedy “. I can hardly wait til mine arrives.

Kit Includes:

  • The Best Remedy Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Starry Sky Classic Stampin’ Spot 
  • 9 cards: 3 each of 3 designs 
  • Folded card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (14 x 10.8 cm) 
  • 9 coordinating envelopes
  • 1 clear block
  • Coordinating colors: Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Granny Apple Green, Polished Pink, Starry Sky

It’s Sale-a-bration Time again!

The more you spend, the more you can get for free! Some products can be earned after spending $60 or more, others can be earned after spending $120 or more. Plus, you can mix and match the products you earn! For example, if you spend $180, you can choose one $120 product and one $60 product, or you can choose three $60 products. Contact me for more information or to answer any questions you may have.

Happy Canada Day, Everyone!

July is a crazy awesome month. Today is Canada Day, – so Happy Canada Day!!

And, at Stampin’ Up! The new July – December mini goes live today, AND Sale-a-bration also starts today, until August 31. If you’re not familiar with Sale-a-bration, it’s Stampin’ Up!s biggest sale of the year. With every purchase of $60 or more, you can choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration booklet. And there’s no limit, so the more you spend, the more free product you can choose. If you haven’t received your copy of the July-December. mini catalogue and SAB brochure yet, and you live in Canada, I’d be delighted to get one out to you.

You can check out the PDF versions of the Mini Catalogue and Sale-abration Brochure here

WAIT – THERE’S MORE…….

If you’ve been considering becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, July is a great month to join our Critters’n Creativity team. Click here to join our team. New demonstrators who join duringSale-a-bration, will receive as a gift from Stampin’ Up!, this beautiful 18 month Planner, a set of 3 notebooks, stickers and an exclusive “Making Plans” stamp set. All this on top of your regular starter kit, which includes $165 worth of products of your choice, for the low price of $135, plus you get a free Paper Pumpkin, and pay NO SHIPPING. You also receive some business supplies (catalogues etc) but you’re under no obligation to sell, hold classes or anything like that – you can just enjoy being a discount shopper and receive 20% off your purchases (** there is a quarterly minimum to maintain your discount shopper status)

July is also World Watercolor Month, and we have lots of watercoloring products to celebrate! Pencils, paper, stamps, and more. 

Click on the link to see some awesome techniques

I’ll be posting some samples too, so stay tuned.

I hope you all have a safe and happy Canada Day Weekend. Thanks for checking in!!

Christmas Whimsy Card Kit

The June 2022 BOGO sale ends tomorrow night, so if you’ve had your eyes on any of the kits, now is the time to place your order. Buy one kit, get the second one 50% off. No limits, (unless it’s sold out). I posted this YouTube video, showcasing the Christmas Whimsy Card Kit – it’s so stinkin’ cute!

If you do place a kit order during the BOGO, please use the June Host Code if your order is under $200.

The BOGO sale ends June 30th. Buy one , get one 50% off.