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The sweet peas stamp set is one you can use for all occasions, from birthday to a new baby.  Have some fun with it. 

For this card, grab your colouring pens, embossing powder and heat tool.

Stamp some peas onto some cardstock to cut out and stamp the peas in a pod onto a piece that you can die cut or punch out.  Use your memento black or another ink colour. Have some fun colouring them in.  Cut out the small peas – a little therapeutic fussy cutting.

On the smaller piece of cardstock, decide on your placement and then stamp a couple of the flowery stamps using versamark and then heat emboss.

Stamp your sentiment with versamark and heat emboss that then punch or die cut.

For the strip, use a piece of patterned paper and trim to your desired width – the piece on this card is slightly longer than the layer.

Layer up your pieces, glue down and add some sparkly gems.  Voila!


Get creative : Ice Cream!

Stepping It Up: Ice Cream Swirl Bundle

Strawberry or vanilla? Or, maybe chocolate?  With the Ice Cream Swirl Bundle (which includes the Ice Cream Swirl Stamp Set and Dies) you can create your own flavour! It also happens to be a perfect choice for step-up projects!

What’s the scoop on the “CASEable” version?

Keep it simple by using tone-on-tone stamping, die-cut images, a Lighter than Air Designer Series Paper banner embellishment, and a trio of our Rainbow Adhesive-Backed Dots. Finish it off with a sentiment stamped in Bubble Bath ink on Basic White Cardstock. Sweet!

Approachable Avid
To make the yummy and refreshing “Approachable Avid” card really pop, make a simple frame with Pool Party Cardstock and use the ice cream swirl and wafer cone detail dies to add an extra layer of fun.

The striped, Lighter than Air Designer Series Papes (with its ice cream parlour vibe) provides the perfect, pastel background.

Artfully Avid
To create the “Artfully Avid” Pool Party Cardstock gift packaging, start with a watercolour wash on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper and die cut the shapes (including a cherry and rolled wafer biscuit, this time!).

Do you love the scalloped ice cream cone wrapper and the sunny Lemon Lolly Baker’s Twine bow?

Such cute touches make this the perfect gift packaging for any summer occasion!

Enjoy Creativity | Technique Focus Colouring

Christmas is right around the corner and you might be creating lots of Christmas cards to send to your friends and family. As you make your cards for the Christmas season, try out this fun colouring technique that might seem complicated at first, but is actually really easy to execute.

Start by inking the “Christmas” stamp from the More Wishes Stamp Set with a Soft Sea Foam ink pad.

Use a Sponge Dauber to add Wild Wheat ink to the bottom of the word before stamping on Very Vanilla Cardstock.

Die cut a panel of Wild Wheat Cardstock using the Tiny Christmas Trees Die and layer it over a piece of Wild Wheat Cardstock that has been coloured using a Blending Brush and Soft Sea Foam ink.

Take some Wild Wheat 2023–2025 In Color Jute Trim and pull one string from the spool to get a thinner piece. We that that with Very Vanilla Baker’s Twine and adhere both behind your stamped sentiment.

This is a great technique to try and it’s not just for Christmas cards.


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Enjoy Creativity | Step it Up

Let’s step it up using the Above It All Bundle. Keep your card simple with the Avid design or “step it up” by making the Artfully Avid card!

To make this card, stamp the gondola image in Pecan Pie ink on Basic White Cardstock. Die cut the image, then then die cut the mountain range pieces from Fresh Freesia and Blackberry Bliss Cardstock.

Adhere all the pieces to some Petal Pink card base and add some Iridescent Rhinestone Basic Jewels. These rhinestones are perfect for any project because they pick up the colour of the cardstock they’re placed on.


To make this card, use the dies instead of stamps to create the gondola image. Emboss the stars on your card base and use Blending Brushes and Petal Pink ink to add more colour to the card base.

Add some trees and an additional mountain range piece using Fresh Freesia Cardstock coloured with a Blending Brush and Blackberry Bliss ink.

Ta dah!

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Get Creative | CASEing

When time and inspiration are short, a simple CASEing (Copy and Share Everything) session can be a paper crafter’s best friend. Why not CASE the super-cute technique in this post?

To achieve this look, simply stamp individual background pieces together to create a seamless pattern. This project uses the Sparkling Snowflakes Stamp Set, but the overlap technique will work with just about any image.

Make your card using the following steps:

  1. Select three cardstock pieces to make a colour-block pattern (the colours in this post are Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, and Pretty Peacock).
  2. Heat emboss the cardstock pieces using white Stampin’ Emboss Powder; then, splatter the cardstock using a Water Painter and watered-down White Craft ink. Adhere the three pieces to the Basic White Cardstock base.
  3. Punch a 2″ x 2-1/4″ (5.1 x 5.7 cm) piece of Basic White Cardstock using the Sparkling Snowflake Tag Topper Punch.
  4. Stamp the sentiment in Pretty Peacock ink on the tag topper piece and adhere the white Baker’s Twine bow. Adhere the sentiment tag using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  5. Add white Adhesive-Backed Glitter Sequins to the card front.

Beautiful! Use this technique to make a stack of cards to use today or put in your stash to use on another! It’s great to know that whenever you are in a time crunch, you can simply get “on the CASE!”

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Enjoy Creativity | Technique Focus | Paper

Ever tried making your own designer paper? With so many beautiful stamps to choose from, it’s easier than you might think!

Begin by using a simple image or two to build your confidence, then work your way up to multiple images and two-step stamps. Start by stamping your larger images first, the medium-sized images next, and the smaller images last – if you want to fill in any gaps.

Reversible stamps like the Precious Pine Cones Stamp Set give you additional options for building up layers of colour. After stamping the detailed side, you can go back over the image with the opposite side, using the “stamp-off” technique to add subtle colour.

The ink colours used for this card are Garden Green, Old Olive, Pecan Pie, and Shaded Spruce. And for the cardstock, Pecan Pie and Poppy Parade with a hint of Gold Foil. Embellishments are Pecan Pie 1/2″ (1.3 cm) Bordered Ribbon and Blooming Pearls.


Enjoy Creativity | Memory Keeping

October is over, we are practically midway through November and soon it will be Christmas! But what if you haven’t preserved your memories from last Christmas? Don’t be haunted by the ghosts of Christmas past—instead use the Joy of Noel Bundle and the Christmas Classics Bundle to preserve some of your favourite Christmas memories before you start making new ones this year!

To make these pages, stamp and die cut five pieces of holly bough from Basic White Cardstock using the Joy of Noel Bundle. Colour the leaves and holly with Real Red, Old Olive, and Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Blends [Pssst, if you are reading this between 14-16 November, check out the items on sale], then die cut a few pine branches from Old Olive Cardstock.

Shape all the pieces together to make a partial wreath and finish it off with some Black & Very Vanilla Large Check Ribbon and a few numbers from the Alphabet à La Mode Dies.

Next, stamp the dotted line image from the Christmas Classics Bundle on a panel of Basic White Cardstock to create writing lines. Finish your project by adding some Loose Holly Gems & Sequins—the red gems do make the holly berries shine.


Enjoy Creativity | CASEing Colour

The birthday card using the waves dies has such a great colour scheme, why not CASE it to create another!

Using the Timeless Arrangements Dies, die cut flower and leaf images in Basic White, Boho Blue, Misty Moonlight, Pool Party, Wild Wheat, and Very Vanilla.

Layer the die-cut pieces and adhere them to a circle of Very Vanilla Cardstock that is cut using the 2-3/8″ (6 cm) Circle Punch.

Next adhere the cardstock to a panel of Countryside Inn Designer Series Paper using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Stamp out your sentiment and heat emboss it using gold Metallics Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Die cut the sentiment and adhere it to the card. To finish, use a few Festive Pearls to bring in more of the gold from the colour palette.

Take your inspiration from other products to create your own masterpiece.


Making cards


A little post on making cards.

Cards have always been a way to express love, gratitude, appreciation and sympathy as well as expressing a ‘just because’. Whether it’s for a birthday, wedding, or any other special occasion, no gift can convey your feelings better than a handmade card. And, with the advent of technology, cardmaking has become more accessible and popular than ever before. In this blog post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about cardmaking, from the basics to the advanced techniques.

Types of Cards

Before we dive into the world of cardmaking, let’s take a look at the different types of cards you can make:

  1. Greeting Cards: These are the most common type of cards, and they usually come with a pre-printed message. You can either buy pre-made greeting cards or create your own with your own personal message.
  2. Invitations: Invitations are designed to inform your guests about an upcoming event. They can be formal or informal, and can be used for a variety of occasions, such as weddings, birthdays, and baby showers.
  3. Thank You Cards: These cards are used to express gratitude to someone for their kindness, help, or support. They are a great way to show your appreciation and can be used for any occasion.
  4. Note Cards: Note cards are small cards that are used to write a quick note or message. They are often used to accompany a gift or as a way to say thank you.

Tools and Materials

Now that you know the different types of cards, let’s take a look at the tools and materials you’ll need to make them:

  1. Cardstock: Cardstock is the most important material for making cards. It comes in a variety of colours and textures, and is thick enough to hold up the weight of embellishments and decorations.
  2. Cutting Tools: You’ll need a few cutting tools to create your cards, such as scissors, a paper trimmer, and/ maybe a die-cutting machine.
  3. Adhesives: Adhesives are used to hold the parts of your cards together. You can use tape runners, glue dots, or liquid glue.
  4. Embellishments: Embellishments are the decorations you use to make your cards stand out. They can be anything from stickers and ribbons to buttons and sequins.
  5. Stamps and Ink: Stamps and ink are used to add designs and messages to your cards. You can buy pre-made stamps or create your own with a stamp carving kit.


Now that you have your tools and materials, let’s take a look at some of the techniques you can use to make your cards:

  1. Layering: Layering involves stacking different pieces of cardstock/paper on top of each other to create a dimensional effect.
  2. Embossing: Embossing involves creating a raised design on your cardstock. You can either use a manual embossing machine or an electronic one.
  3. Stamping: Stamping involves using pre-made stamps or creating your own to add designs and messages to your cards.
  4. Punching: Punching involves using a paper punch to create different shapes and designs on your cardstock.
  5. Die Cutting: Die cutting involves using a die-cutting machine to cut out shapes and designs from your cardstock.

Tips and Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you create the perfect card:

  1. Keep it Simple: Don’t overload your card with too many embellishments or decorations. Sometimes, less is more.
  2. Use High-Quality Materials: Using high-quality cardstock and embellishments will make your cards look more professional.
  3. Experiment with Colour: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colours and textures. Mix and match until you find the perfect combination.
  4. Personalise Your Cards: Adding a personal touch, such as a handwritten message or a photo, can make your cards more meaningful.


Cardmaking is a fun and creative way to express your feelings and show your appreciation. With the right tools and materials, you can create beautiful and personalised cards for any occasion. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced cardmaker, there’s always something new to learn and explore in the world of cardmaking. So, grab your cardstock and lets get crafting!

Enjoy Creativity | Colour Combo

Are you reading for a Creative Challenge?

If you’re looking for a fun, creative challenge, look no further— this creative challenge is to come up with a non-traditional Christmas colour combination.

This card uses the following ink colours: Bubble Bath, Lemon Lime Twist, and Orchid Oasis.

To make this card, mix some Bubble Bath Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill with some Shimmery White Embossing Paste.

Place the Abundant Beauty Decorative Mask over some Basic White Cardstock and use a Palette Knife to spread the embossing paste over the mask to create the background.

Stamp your chosen sentiment using Orchid Oasis ink on Bubble Bath Cardstock to match the background.

Stamp some greenery in Lemon Lime Twist ink and use a Blender Pen to bring in more colour from the image outlines.

Pull apart the fibres of some Orchid Oasis Metallic Woven Ribbon and add them behind the greenery.

To finish the card, we add some 2022–2024 In Colour Pearls.

Do you prefer the traditional colours or like to use both and explore different colour combinations?