Erica Edney - Stampin' Up Demonstrator - Victoria, BC Canada

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Seashore Stampers Blog Hop - Christmas Card and Small Gift Package Idea

Hello everyone,
Do I dare ask the question: Are you ready for the holidays??? Well I am not!

I do have a lot of hand made Christmas cards ready to go and some gift packaging ideas - mostly treat packaging for chocolates and candy. I do love to give gift cards too so holders are always fun to make.

Following this month's blog hop theme, I decided to make one project that incorporates the theme of a card and small package idea. And here it is!

I got this idea from Brandi's Cards and thought it brilliant. A gift card fits perfectly inside this little envelope on the front of the card. If you'd prefer, you could put the envelope on the inside instead.
What I really liked about this card is how easy it was to make and I love any card that uses left over pieces of Designer Series Paper. Also, you only need one stamp image and a set of framelits - you could use the circles, squares or ovals. Then, add any other embellishments you like.

To show you how this is put together, cause there is a great tip, I'll post a video next week. In the meantime, you could get your materials together and then make one while you watch.

Here are the basic materials you will need:

Real Red card base 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches.
Scrap piece: 3-3/4 x 5"
DSP: 3-3/4 x 5"
For the gift card: 4 x 3-3/8"
Glimmer paper strip: 1/2 x 5-1/2"

Choose a greeting and select an appropriate framelit set or you could use punches

Blog Participants:
Erica (me)

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A New Tool is Coming to Town

Many of us have been waiting patiently for Stampin' Up! to come up with a new way to stamp. And now the waiting is over - introducing the Stamparatus - a stepped up version of what is already on the market. Stampin' Up! always checks out the market then makes something better.

This tool will truly take your stamping to a new and improved level. Think about some of the stamping issues you have:
  • crooked sentiments (this one drives me crazy even when I repeatedly say to myself, "it's hand-stamped"
  • images not perfectly inked (and then you have to flip your paper and start again)
  • two and three step stamping challenges (the stamp sets in which you have to stamp one image on top of another, and yet again)
  • spending too much time making stacks of cards (of the same design) 


Carrie from the home office is delighted to show you what it is and how to use it in this video.


Here are the features:

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and grid lines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage area

And here is why you will want one:

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and re-stamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialised stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

How To Get One

This tool will be available in the 2018 Annual Catalogue which is released June 1 However, if you want to order one earlier, you have to reserve one. There will be three release dates to choose:

16–30 November 2017
Approx. 1 February 2018
5–30 December 2017
Approx. 19 March 2018
15–30 January 2018
Approx. 15 April 2018

The global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:
  • Each reservation window opens at 1:00 PM (PST)
  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • You may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.

When you are ready to reserve, navigate to my online store and look for the Stamparatus link.

You will need to create an online account in order to use your credit card. 

Click here to see what the reservation screen will look like.

I cannot wait to get mine and as I mentioned before, I will provide a free 'how-to' class with your purchase.