Archive for 3-D Projects

It’s a ‘Crate’ Love

I hope you are as excited about the new products you've been seeing from the new catalogue, as much as I am.  I seriously adore the Wood Crate Framelits.  The crates are so quick and easy to make and assemble.  There are so many possibilities of things to put in them, events to use them for and on and on!
Now I will admit that for this sweet project I did use the retired clothespins and lace doily (I like the one currently available but need to use up my old stash before I buy more!) The crate was created using the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper stack.  I like the variety of wood designs that come in this package. I cut a portion of the Lace Doily and folded it over the top edge of the crate. On Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the heart image in Real Red ink, and the weathered circle image in Daffodil Delight ink before stamping my sentiment over this in Archival Basic Black ink. I used the Wood Crate framelits dies to cut out the heart and a 1" Circle Punch for the sentiment. Rather than attaching it permanently to the crate, I used the clothespin to attach it.  The idea behind this is so that the recipient may remove them and use these on a project of their own. Next I filled a 4" x 6" cello bag (no longer available but you can get the 3" x 6" gusseted cello bag instead) with Sweet Tart candies and attached a bow to seal it, using the Copper Trim ribbon.  

Party Crate Toothpicks – Sneak Peek!

If you are shielding yourself from seeing new catalogue products until you have a new catalogue in your hot little hands, then don't look at this post.......REALLY?! Who are we kidding! We can't help ourselves can we 🙂 Todays fun project features the new Wood Crate Framelits Dies and the Wood Words stamp set.  I have so many different projects flying around in my mind using this crate.  It is so much fun and I'm sure you'll agree when you order yours and start playing with it! I really wanted to incorporate the chicken in with the crate and a light bulb turned on. How fun would it be when hosting a bbq party to have a crate with chicken toothpicks!! The chickens were stamped with Real Red and Soft Suede ink and die cut using the chicken die from the Wood Crate Framelits dies. Simply add a glue do to the end of the toothpick and attach to the back of the chicken. These was so easy to pull together and trust me when I say not to let the crate overwhelm you.  This has to be one of the easiest 3-D framelits available.  Simply die cut two pieces, fold along score lines, add some adhesive to the folded tabs and base and stick together. Chances are that if you are having a bbq party, you will have chicken and fresh veggies to eat, so the Farmers Market stamp, paired with the distressed circle image are a great addition to the front of this crate.  I stamped the words in Soft Suede ink over the circle which was stamped in Crushed Curry.  I then used a 1" circle punch to punch this out. Before I added this "label" to my crate, I wrapped some of the new Copper Ribbon (LOVE THIS RIBBON - oops, sorry for shouting but gorgeous and easy to work with!) around the crate and tied in a bow. Once this was attached I used a Stampin' Dimensional to attach the Farmer's Market label to the crate. I completely forgot to mention the paper I used for the actual crate!  It's also available in the new catalogue and called Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack. What do you think of this cute project? Can you envision creating a few of these toothpick filled crates and setting out with your bbq veggies and treats?      

Book Card Tutorial

Well I just realized that while I thought I posted a video tutorial here on my blog a while back, I hadn't! A couple months ago I shared a book card created using the Beautiful You Stamp set, which also featured some watercolouring.  As I had been asked how to make it in more detail, I created a video to provide a visual aid! Without further ado - here is that video tutorial I created 🙂 I am definitely a visual/ hands on person, so having images and videos to go by certainly help me and I hope this video and these pics help you as well! For this video I used the Lift Me Up Bundle (you can still purchase the bundle and save 10% but only until May 31st - visit my on-line store to order yours before it's too late).  I also used the now retired Sale-A-Bration designer series paper, Carried Away! Here are some still shots of the card: What stamp set would you use to create a book card?  Leave me a comment <3        

Classes, Paper Pumpkin and More!

I have to admit that I am super excited about the upcoming new 2017-2018 annual catalogue.  I have been squeezing in time here and there prepping, designing and sorting out make n'takes and displays and door prizes and more.   I love the new sets I already have and can't wait to order some more favourites once the catalogue is released! Please join me Friday June 2nd for my Launch Party celebrating the release of the new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.  Drop in anytime between 7pm - 10pm! What to look forward to: *  new 2017-2018 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalogue *  a free make n’take (or two) *  snacks *  inspiration displays *  demonstration *  door prizes
- one entry for early RSVP'ing by May 22nd - one entry for attending - five entries for each friend (age 18 and over) you bring along that has not attended a      class or event with me in the past year - one entry for every $20.00 in new product purchased at the open house - 20 entries for signing up as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and joining my team
The first 10 people to RSVP will receive a bonus gift from me! Location: Margaret’s Home - Fergus PM for directions if required RSVP kindly requested so I may prepare enough make n' takes! Email me at or text me at 519-780-7397

Saying Goodbye Card Class

    As the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue year winds down we say a fond farewell to some of our favourite stamp sets. The Saying Goodbye card class will focus on using stamp sets that will no longer be available as of May 31st. Join me as we create 3 fun cards, perfect for a variety of occasions, including one masculine themed card! The cards are suitable for novice to experienced stampers. Date: Monday May 22nd Time: 7:30pm - 9pm Margaret's Home Fee: $15.00 per person Registration is required and space is limited. Click here to register.  


Tomorrow is the last day to subscribe to the May Paper Pumpkin Kit!  Stampin' Up! has been dropping clues since last week as to what it is!  We know it's cards, and some of the clues have been round, hole, you'll want a coffee...  many are thinking donuts!  We will have to wait and see but remember if you want this months kit, be sure to subscribe or re-activate your Paper Pumpkin account!  Oh! And Stampin' Up! is revealing a new Paper Pumpkin logo! This will be on all the new boxes starting in June.  The above image is a partial peek at some of the changes 😉 Now we just have  few weeks left of the current catalogue and that means time is running out to purchase retiring products!  Check out this video on the Vertical Garden Project Kit! Just think - you could use the contents of this kit to make cards or scrapbook pages, or other home décor projects!  The possibilities are plentiful - just like the flowers in this kit 🙂        

Friday Focus – Playful Pals stamp set and Pyramid Pals Thinlits

My goal is to share a specific product focus with you each Friday. Today the focus is on the Playful Pals stamp set and the Pyramid Pals Thinlit Dies.  Gasp! This adorable stamp set and framelits are retiring!  Have you seen the seriously cute projects you can create with them?  These are great for creating fun party favors for childrens birthday parties, or themed events such as a Petting Zoo party! Or how about fun cards or scrapbook pages! With so many elements/ images to the stamp set you can build so many different "characters".  Take Margriet Tournier's adorable monster card for example.  She used a few different stamp images to build her cute blue monster and rather than stamping an eye, added a googly eye (easily found in the craft section of dollar stores). Her card layout is simple yet super fun! Next up we have a really fun elephant card created by Lilian Withers.  I love her light pink and white colour combination.  She added a window opening to the card front with a sweet pink elephant head layered over the window.  Lilian used both the stamp set and the thinlits to create her elephant head.  I am so drawn to this card, everything looks so delicate and happy!  I do believe this will be a design I CASE!  I think it would be great as a baby shower card where you know the mom-to-be is expecting a girl! Finally, I'm taking you back to an original, classic project image.  This one comes directly from and showcases the Pyramid Pal thinlits with the addition of stamped faces and ears from the Playful Pals stamp set. Party favours...? Room decorations?   Well.... what do you think?  Have you fallen in love with these products?  You have until May 31st to order these before they retire (or while supplies last). Ordering both of these products through me will help you earn 2 Loyalty Points!  If you aren't familiar with my Loyalty Program you may read about it HERE!  

Up and Away Adventures

I'm sad that Sale-A-Bartion (SAB) is already over but all good things must come to an end.... so the saying goes. Needless to say, I am not going to allow that to stop me from sharing projects made with Sale-a-Bration items. For instance, while today's card used the exclusive Carried Away Designer Series Paper that had been an option for SAB, the stamp set featured is the Lift Me Up stamp set and Up and Away Framelits (currently available in a bundle in the Occasions catalogue for 10% off). I decided to make the hot air balloon bold by die cutting it from Basic Black cardstock. Against the lighter card base and the colourful designer paper, it really stands out! I added a strip of Whisper White cardstock to the cardfront as well and randomly stamped clouds in Smoky Slate cardstock.  The card is competed with a banner made from Watermelon Wonder cardstock and the ends trimmed into a banner shape. The sentiment was stamped using Archival Basic Black ink. How easy was that to make?  Designer paper can certainly take up a lot of the work for you with the fun patterns available! Now I don't know if you recall but a few weeks ago I shared with you a Book Card.  Well  I finally had a chance to make a tutorial on how to make it.  Here you go! I hope you have creating your  own book card.      

Easter Bunny fun!

Have you subscribed to Paper Pumpkin yet? If you aren't a subscriber then you just missed out an absolutely adorable kit filled with Easter Bunnies! You can check out the video below~ Here are some great reasons to join now:
  • Aprils kit has been designed by Stampin' Up!'s CEO Sara Douglass
  • Sara is including a FREE gift inside every April box! 
  • Crafting time you can count on without a lot of prep work.
  • Exclusive photopolymer stamp sets and the opportunity to build a collection
  • Available for purchase in a one month, 3 month, 6 month or 12 month subscription!
  • BONUS: 3 month subscription on sale until March 31st for $74.00 CDN plus tax AND you get to select one Sale-A-Bration item FREE! or purchase a 12 month subscription by March 31st and save  over $2.00 each month AND select FOUR Sale-A-Bration items FREE!

Beautiful You “Book” Card

Have you ever created a multi-page card.  I don't know if there is a name for this or not but I am going to call it a book card since you create as many or as few pages as you wish! A friend of mine needed a card for his fiancée's 25th birthday and I offered to make him a card.  Immediately I thought of using the Beautiful You set since his fiancée seems quite stylish. multi page card 10 The folded card base is cut from Pink Pirouette cardstock and measures 5" x 5" (cut from cardstock 5" x 10" and folded in half). multi page card 1 Next I cut watercolour paper (from a large sheet size I have) slightly smaller than the card base.  I cut this about 9-3/4" x 4-7/8" and scored in half, to create a piece 4-7/8" x 4-7/8". I folded the textured side of the watercolour paper in and then I cut another piece smaller again at approx. 4-5/8" x 4-5/8" to attach to a matte of Basic Black (43/4" x 4 3/4"), to then attach to the outside flap of the first piece of watercolour paper.  Confused yet?  (LOL -I may need to create a video to explain) multi page card 3 I created a black matte for the card front 4-7/8" square , layered a piece of retired designer series paper featuring sweet hearts.  I cut a strip of Watercolour paper and stamped my image in Archival Black ink and watercoloured using the new Watercolour Pencils and an Aquapainter.  This was then attached to another black matte to create a divide from this piece and the patterned paper. multi page card 2 I used the Large Numbers Framelits to die cut the letters from Silver Glimmer paper and popped these up on the card front. multi page card 5 multi page card 6 My next focus was the 4 5/8" square piece of watercolour paper attached to the first inside flap.  I stamped the dancing woman from the Beautiful You set and again coloured her as I did the woman on the cover of the card.  The sky and ground around the woman was coloured using full ink pads, along with the Aquapainter. If you look closely at the womans dress and at the openings in some of the letters in this sentiment, you will see some Clear Wink of Stella.  I find this adds the perfect shimmer to images. multi page card 11 Next I went on to stamp the inside of the card.  I used the final womans image from the Beautiful You set and masked off the bottom her dress/ body.  This allowed me to create the dress in whatever design I wished.  I have seen so many beautiful ball gown dresses created with this image, that I had to give it a whirl. multi page card 12 I used the Melon Mambo watercolour pencil to create my solid dress lines and lightly coloured in between, then I blended it using the Aquapainter. Once happy with the result, I let it dry and then added Clear Wink of Stella again! multi page card 7 I added my final sentiments to this "page" of the "book and my card was complete and ready to go. multi page card 4 Just the right amount of bling and dazzle.  My friend told me that his fiancée absolutely LOVED the card.  Knowing that is my reward! I am thrilled at the result and look forward to creating more "book" cards! MargaretdeWittHavenSignature1        

Calendar Message Board

Something I love about Stampin' Up! products is the ability to create quick and easy gifts.  Transform a clear acrylic picture holder from the dollar store with some patterned paper, cardstock, adhesive, a mini calendar and some mini note cards!  Keep this handy by your phone or on your office desk. calendar-1 Start with you acrylic picture frame - I like the 5" x 7" frames myself but you could select a 4" x 6" if you find the 5" x 7" too large.  Cut your solid cardstock to the size frame you selected and cut your patterned paper 1/4" smaller on both the width and length to leave a nice matte. calendar-2 The pocket needs to be created to suit the notecards that you use.  I found mini lined notes at the dollar store that were perfect for this project. For the pocket and the calendar I used Sticky Strip (Tear & Tape) to hold them to the acrylic frame! calendar-3 The mini calendars come in a few different sizes as well so you will need to cut the matte for this 1/4" larger on width and length as well. Boy my descriptions sure aren't helping you today, are they! LOL I hope you get the gist of the project from the pictures to be able to re-create your own 🙂 MargaretdeWittHavenSignature

Cookie Cutter Shaker Card

Hi All - I seem to be light on the posts lately as I design and create for craft fairs!  Not only do I papercraft but I crochet as well and needless to say between all that, family and a full time job, little is left for anything else! I created this card quite some time ago and forgot to post it but thankfully we are still well ahead of Christmas!  The shaker part of this card is created just like any other shaker card.  I have a written tutorial for shaker cards and a video tutorial as well that you can check out. cookie-cutter-shaker-1 With this card I simply put a couple gingerbread men/ women inside the shaker section and added some white mica flakes that seem to have disappeared from view! LOL cookie-cutter-shaker-4 I did stamp the large jar from the Jar of Love stamp set, using Jet Black Staz On ink on the window sheet.  I also stamped a lid in Old Olive and die cut. What is a cookie jar without a gingerbread lady trying to jump out! cookie-cutter-shaker-3 I wanted the focus to be the gingerbreads in the jar, so I kept the rest of the card very simple, with the sentiment stamped in Old Olive near the top and a simple strip of Candy Cane Lane Washi Tape along the bottom.  The Whisper White card front sits on a Real Red base (5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4") I think this stamp set and punch are wishing they had a break from me!  Talk about being well loved 🙂 MargaretdeWittHavenSignature            

Sweet Treats with September Paper Pumpkin

The September Paper Pumpkin was so much fun with the test tube vials.  So many ideas on what could be put inside and different ways to decorate/ embellish the vial. With today being Halloween, I thought I would share two quick treats I made with the vials and the Jar of Haunts stamp set.  This set is so cute! halloween-treat-1 So the first project was made with Pumpkin Pie cardstock, 2" wide strip, so that the end could be punched in the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.  This simple project can be scored to any height you wish.  I used my 1" hole punch for this first project so that the tags attached to the vial could fit through since I made a deep 'pocket' for the vial. halloween-treat-2 I had to add a holder in the bottom section as well, otherwise the vial would have the ability to move around and slid out.  I simply created a 'u' shaped bit of cardstock, punched the hole again and attached inside.  I used some retired designer series paper and completed this treat holder with one of the eyeball jars I stamped from the Jar of Haunts and diecut with Everyday Jars Framelits.  I coloured the eyeballs and water in using Blender Pens and the Pool Party and Wild Wasabi ink pads. mummy-1 The second project is a bit more basic than the first.  I had cut a strip of Whisper White and scored in 4 places to basically create a belly band (for a box).  I punched a 3/4" dia hole in the top portion and sandwiched this between two die cut mummies from the Jar of Haunts set. mummy-2 I put my vial in and it toppled over!  This is when I realized I needed to add some strength to reinforce the holder.  I created two 'u' shaped pieces of Pumpkin Pie cardstock to insert into the open sides of the holder. This helped provide the stability it needed to hold up the vial! As you can see, projects like this are trial and error for us demos as well 🙂  If at first you fail, try again until you succeed! Happy Halloween and have a spooktacular day/ evening! MargaretdeWittHavenSignature            

Bookmark Magnets – Video Tutorial

Hello Tuesday and warm weather!  After some cold days last week starting at 0°C, heading out at 6:30am this morning it was nice to see 19°C on my thermometer!  Fall is in full swing, our trees are changing colour and dropping leaves fast, which is a sign that winter is not far off now 🙁  Don't get me wrong, I love and appreciate all four seasons but two things I'm not fond of with winter are the dark mornings and nights when I leave for and return from work and the bitter cold/ winds that come. bookmark-2 Since we are on the topic of winter now, lets have a look at a video I recently posted to my YouTube channel.  It focuses on creating Magnetic Bookmarks using the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle.  Now keep in mind that this can be done with any set throughout the year that features a coordinating punch, and while I haven't tired it yet, I imagine it would work with coordinating dies/ framelits as well (I wouldn't try with thinlits/ detailed dies, that may be asking for trouble) The video takes you through the basics of creating these sweet gifts. If you have book lovers in your life, I am sure they would appreciate some of these sweet bookmarks in their stocking this Christmas.  You could make one for each season 😉 bookmark-3 Some easy stamping, colouring, punching and gluing and you are good to go! MargaretdeWittHavenSignature