Paper Crafting Inspiration at Your Fingertips

Paper Crafting Inspiration at Your Fingertips

Looking for paper craft tutorials? My free Resource library is a video-tutorial-based library that was created in order to provide an in-depth and easy-to-navigate learning solution for paper crafters of all levels. 

Whether you’re looking for project ideas by theme, technique or even by stamp set, my free Resource Library has you covered.   My aim  is to provide you with a library of information to help you use and make the most of your products.  

Here is an overview of what the Resource Library has to offer.

  • Project Ideas are sorted in to Catagories so you can search from project tutorials by Theme, Technique or Stamp Set
  • Stamping Tools & Products learn about the great products Stampin’ Up! have to offer as well as some Tips & Tricks for getting most out of your tools
  • Online Classes are available to help your creativity soar!

Each Category will display a gallery of projects  featuring the Theme, Technique or Stamp Set you’ve selected.  Simply click the image and you will be taken directly to the project including any video tutorials, PDF handouts, template or even Tips & Tricks for helping you get the most out of your supplies.

Be sure to check out the free Resource Library for Inspiration in your next project.

My Top 3 Favourite Items from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue!

My Favourite Items from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue!

The following is a list of My Favourite Things NEW in the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue.  It can be a tough job to narrow down my favourites with so many new products. However, I’ve managed to narrow this down to my Top 3 Favourite Items from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue!

Tags & Trimming Bundle, pg 15

 (Wood Mount item 146061 / $105.25) OR (Clear Mount item 146062 / $92.50)  

Oh, how I have missed having a Stampin’ Up! die for a pillow box.  However, these dies go beyond just a pillow box (small gifts, stocking stuffers, treats).  You can transform the pillow box into a stocking with dashing paper crafting personality.  The additional die shapes in the set and coordinating stamps will be wonderful on a variety of projects.  Save 10% when you purchase the dies and stamp set as a bundle!

Snowflake Sentiments Bundle p. 35

(wood-mount item #146052 | $93.50) OR (clear-mount item #146053 | $81.00) 

This year my favourite Christmas stamp set is Snowflake Sentiments.  Who cares if we celebrate Christmas in the warmth of summer – I love those snowflakes! Don’t you love the layering of the sweet snowflake border?  With a few snips the snowflakes can stand alone, too. The font and sentiments couldn’t be yummier!  Purchase the dies & stamp set as a bundle and save 10%.

Watercolour Christmas Stamp Set

(Wood Mount, item 144835 / $44.00) OR (Clear Mount, item 144838 / $31.00)

This kit immediately jumped out at me for it’s clean design and “font-a-licous” stamp set.  It looks amazing as a focal point and it also coordinates with the Watercolour Christmas Project Kit, featuring 20 quick and easy greeting cards.  


Here are links to My Favourite Things from the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue!  Click on each product for more information or to shop in my Stampin’ Up! store!

The 6 Types of Adhesives Every Paper Crafter Needs

The 6 Types of Adhesives Every Paper Crafter Needs

If you’re a paper crafter, it can be overwhelming to learn about all the various adhesives that are on the market. We’re breaking down the most popular types of adhesives for paper craft projects, and giving you the run down on what, when and HOW to use each one!


Tape runners are the most popular type of adhesive in paper crafting. These tools come pre-filled with a roll of adhesive tape. As you run the dispenser along paper, the tape will apply a smooth line of adhesive. The tape runner device is typically reloadable, and refills snap in easily. Tape runners are great to use for photos, card stock and scrapbooking. They are portable, convenient and give you excellent control over where and how much adhesive to use.


For little intricate embellishments try liquid adhesive. Once dry, these adhesives can be very strong and give your project the extra strength it needs, but also allows you time to get that embellishment in the perfect spot before the adhesive dries.  Use caution when using this adhesive on photos or paper, as it can apply unevenly and warp your paper.



Adhesive in sheet form is another excellent option for gluing down intricate die cuts. To use, trim a piece of the sheet adhesive to the approximate size of your die, apply the sheet to the card stock and run through your die cut machine. The end result will be a die cut “sticker” with adhesive applied evenly to one side. Simply remove the backing paper and adhere to your project.



For items that need ultimate hold, heavy-duty craft adhesives are your best choice. These can be found in many forms, Tear Tape by Stampin’ Up!. Trim the tape to desired length and apply one side to your project. To adhere, remove the paper backing from the tape or glue dot and apply even pressure. These are great options when making pages for a mini scrapbook album, gift boxes or anything else that will be handled frequently.



For embellishments with dimension, such as buttons, flowers, brads, bows or wood veneer, try glue dots. Once dry, this adhesive can be very strong and give your project the extra strength it needs, especially if you’re sending handmade cards through the mail.



Adding dimension to paper crafts can produce stunning results. Foam adhesive is the best way to quickly add dimension to any project. You can find foam tape in small ready-made squares or in large rolls, which you can cut pieces from. Foam adhesive is also offered in various heights, allowing you to add small hints of dimension or bold statements of height on your project. Foam is best used with small embellishments and heavyweight card stock that will not bend or bulge around the foam.


I hope that gives you a better understanding of which adhesive to use for which project.

Tell me in the comments what you’re favourite adhesive is?

Pick a Pack of Patterned Paper

Pick a Pack of Patterned Paper

It’s been said that great things come in small packages.  That’s certainly true for Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper Stacks – 48 sheets of 15.2 x 15.2 cm (6″ x 6″) Designer Series Paper.

So, without further ado, here are the top five (5) reasons you will fall in love with the 15.2 x 15.2 (6″ x 6″) Designer Series Paper Stacks:

  1. The 15.2 x 15.2cm size is super versatile for a variety of projects – each pack has 12 double sided designs, giving you a plethora of colours and patterns to choose from
  2. With all of those various colours and designs, Designer Series paper Stacks can help you discover new colour and pattern combinations
  3. The 15.2 x 15.2cm size is also perfect for Thinlit dies, which just happen to max out at 1.2cm!  Popcorn Box, Wood Create, Mini Treat Bags and Home Sweet Home Dies all work great with the 15.2 x 15.2cm Designer SEries Paper Stacks – and each stack can make 24 boxes/bags
  4. For just $17.50 you get 48 sheets of double-sided paper – it’s the most economical way to buy designer series paper

And the number one reason you should be the 15.2 x 15.2cm Designer Series Paper Stacks…..

5.Because you can make the cutest project ever made with one of these exclusive stacks!


Colour Theory Designer Series Paper Stack 

Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack

Right now you can purchase 3 packs of selected Designer Series paper and receive the 4th pack FREE.

Order your favourite Patterned Paper Stack Today! Shop via my Online Store HERE

Stampin’ Up! Patterned Paper on Sale!

Stampin’ Up! Patterned Paper on Sale!

If you like getting a deal on patterned paper the way that I do, now is your chance!

These 13 stunning packages of patterned paper are included in this fun sale.

You can get all of one pattern or mix and match – there is also no limit to the number of these you purchase.  (Meaning you can buy 6 and get 2 free, buy 9 and get 3 free, etc.)
Buy 3 Packages of Patterned Paper, Get 1 FREE!

To order any of these beautiful packages of patterned paper, simply click on the image above.

Happy World Card Making Day

We didn’t come up with World Card Making Day, but we are thrilled that it’s a thing! It’s a day dedicated to doing what you love most—making handmade cards! It celebrates the creativity and personal connection handmade cards create between loved ones, and it’s a great time to  make your own cards to send to family and friends.

History of World Card Making Day 

Cards have played an important role in social circles for hundreds of years, playing a role as a thoughtful gift all the way to a necessary part of proper etiquette. Consider, if you will, the calling card of the Victorian era, a term that has become so ubiquitous that the signature element of a bomb-maker or a criminal is said to be their ‘calling card’. A small piece of paper bearing ones name and often a decoration of some kind, the calling card (Also known as a visiting card) was presented to the servants of a household that it might be delivered to the masters of the house to announce visitors.

It was this era of propriety that also developed the concept of a dance card, a card specifically carried by women to fill out with the names of the men they intended to dance with that evening. After all, with so many interested parties it just made sense to keep track of them so that you could, in earnest, indicate that your dance card was full and thus politely decline an interested suitor.

Calling Cards, Dance Cards, Business Cards, Greeting Cards, RSVP Cards, there are a million and more types of cards and could there be anything more exciting than learning to make your own? World Card Making Day encourages you to do just that.

How to Celebrate World Card Making Day

This year the world celebrates the day on 7 October, but one day wasn’t enough for Stampin’ Up!. For ten days (1–10 October), you can get 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and select stamp sets. Each of these Stamp Set also coordinates with our Patterned Paper and for the month of October you can purchase 3 Packs of Patterned Paper and get the 4th pack free. Learn more HERE

These items will help you  celebrate the best hobby of all—cardmaking! The best way to celebrate World Card Making Day is, of course, to make a card! The only limit to your cards is your imagination, so let your creativity fly and send your friends and family personalized cards on World Card Making Day!

Snowflake Sentiments Class To-Go

Snowflake Sentiments Class To-Go

I’m excited to share with you this month’s Class Kit-To-Go!  What is a Class Kit To Go?  It’s a class to go kit that includes four projects along with the coordinating stamp set!

This month’s class features the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set from the Holiday Catalogue

Snowflake Sentiments

This month there are 4 ways in which you can participate.

  1. Ultimate All Inclusive Kit – which includes Snowflake Sentiments Bundle (Stamp set & Framelits) plus project kit to create all four projects
  2. All Inclusive Kit – Which includes the Snowflake Sentiment Stamp Set (clear mount) plus project kit to create all four projects
  3. Class Kit – this is great if you already have the stamp set, you just order the project kit to create all four projects
  4. Online Class – Receive the video tutorials and PDF handouts (no supplies)

Learn more about how this class works and to pre-order your kit click HERE

Perfect Pack of Paper

Perfect Pack of Paper

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess you’re probably love the Designer Series Paper.  Am I right?  (If not, feel free to spend some time getting to know some; I think you’ll change your mind.)

Created for the primary purpose of card making, Designer Series Paper also works well for Memory Keeping and other crafts.  They offer colour, pattern, style and interest to any project.  But, of course, Designer Series Paper alone does not make a project. It needs to coordinate with a card base – possibly some solid-colour layers – to really make the artwork stand out.

To help with this, let me direct your attention to Stampin’ Up! cardstock assortment packs.

Featuring eight (8) sheets each of three (3) different colours specifically chosen to be the most usable with the coordinating Designer Series Paper, cardstock assortment packs offer convenience, value and quality.  They typically include one In-Colour in each pack; and avoid duplicating colours offered across the various packs so that each provides a fresh palette.

The cardstock assortment pack is the perfect add-on once you have chosen your favourite Designer Series Paper.

For example check out the Eastern Palace Suite below

These projects were created using the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper and coordinating Cardstock Pack.

Check out the current Designer Series Paper and Cardstock packs that are currently available in the Annual Catalogue

Order yourself a pack of coordinating cardstock with your next Designer Series Paper and see just how easy it is to create your next project.

Make a Card Monday Challenge #5

Make a Card Monday Challenge #5

Welcome to Make a Card Monday Challenge #5.  Learn more about Make a Card Monday Weekly Challenges HERE 

This week we have a sketch challenge.  I use to think sketches were hard, but after you’ve done a few they become quite easy and to be honest a sketch is now my go to for inspiration when I need a “Kickstart in my Creativity”

How to Use a Sketch 

Sketches are basically blueprints for your creativity. Sketches are made up of different shapes and elements and are basically an outline to follow.  The purpose of a sketch is to give you inspiration for the layout of your card design.

I’ve added the Whole lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper to the base of my project, this paper pack is my absolute favourite.  My greeting comes from the Colourful Seasons Stamp Set and and have been die cut using the Stitched Framelit Dies and Big Shot Machine.

To finish my project I’ve added Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon.

Alternative Tips & Ideas

There are different ways you can interpret this sketch try one of the following suggestions

  • Emboss a piece of cardstock with your favourite embossing folder to add texture or your favourite Patterned Paper
  • Change the orientation of the sketch design and create a landscape card
  • Replace the Square greeting with a Round Greeting.

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view it on this link HERE.

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I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store.

Are you on the list?  

Are you on the list?  

Are you on the list?  And I don’t mean the naughty and nice list, like you might think.  Are you on my mailing list? If you ain’t, here is what you are about to miss….

My ever popular 12 Weeks of Christmas email program will be kicking off in two weeks!  If you are not on my list, you won’t get my 12 free project tutorials teaching you how to make all kinds of holiday projects.  These emails go out every Monday commencing 2 October, tuck them away in a file folder in your inbox, or print them off and add them to an inspiration folder for later.  Your choice!

In order to get all 12 projects – here is what you need to do:

  • First – make sure that you are signed up for my newsletters by October 1st.  But why wait.  Do it now so you don’t forget
  • Second, – add me to your address book in your email
  • Third – sit back, and wait for the paper crafting goodness to arrive in your inbox in a few short weeks!

Here is the link to get on the list – fill out the form, check your inbox, and click the link in the email you will shortly have.  Once you do that, you will also receive my 5 Day e-course to Kick Start Your Creativity! that I am offering right now.

I will see you soon in my email series: DIY Christmas Cards, Gifts and More!