Monday, May 29, 2017

2017 Catalog Launch Party

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. Collaged photo showing decor for catalog launch party.
Woohoo! Friday night was party night for our stamping group as we celebrated the eagerly anticipated, soon to be released new catalog!

Between babysitting, work, and company at our house, I had had little time to prepare let alone create other things and blog about them in the days leading up to the launch. However, I will be sharing a series of blog posts about what I created for the launch later this week.

One of the things that is most fun to plan for the launch is the food and decor. This year my daughter created a wonderful cake for our party, complete with the five new In Colors! Though she was not too happy with her creation, my ladies and I loved it! The cake looked stunning on the food table since the rest of the food I had to purchase rather than make due to time constraints.

After Christmas this year, I was lucky enough to purchase some of the lovely Heidi Swap Marquee Letters at half price. They looked great after I added some of the Pop of Pink DSP to them! Here is a close up of the letters:

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. Photo showing decor for catalog launch party.


Though the tablecloth had a few extra colors, it did look very festive and showcased shades close to Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst. Following the In Colors color scheme–though it can't be seen in the photo–the Door Prize was packaged in a large Lemon Lime Twist colored bowl!

Also prepared as treats for each lady was a Mini Crate–in her favorite Stampin' Up! color. It was created by stamping card stock with the Hardwood stamp and then constructing the crates after die cutting with the Wood Crates Thinlits. The crates were loaded with a Catalog Survival Kit, two un-inked Ink Spots, a door prize draw ticket, and a T-Shirt magnet. These were accompanied by a pen filled with matching DSP.

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. Mini crates created with the Wood Crate Thinlits Dies and filled with a catalog survival kit and other goodies.

Here are close ups of all eight crates:

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. Mini crates created with the Wood Crate Thinlits Dies and filled with a catalog survival kit and other goodies.

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. Mini crates created with the Wood Crate Thinlits Dies and filled with a catalog survival kit and other goodies.

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. Mini crates created with the Wood Crate Thinlits Dies and filled with a catalog survival kit and other goodies.

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. Mini crates created with the Wood Crate Thinlits Dies and filled with a catalog survival kit and other goodies.

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. Mini crates created with the Wood Crate Thinlits Dies and filled with a catalog survival kit and other goodies.

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. Mini crates created with the Wood Crate Thinlits Dies and filled with a catalog survival kit and other goodies.

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. Mini crates created with the Wood Crate Thinlits Dies and filled with a catalog survival kit and other goodies.

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. Mini crates created with the Wood Crate Thinlits Dies and filled with a catalog survival kit and other goodies.

Now for the evening's activities! As you can see from one of the previous photos, I had a full agenda planned for the night!

After a few brief highlights of the new catalog, (it was not brand new to my ladies since all but two had received theirs in the mail earlier) we moved on to some team events.

The ladies drew pieces of ribbon from a bag to determine teams–either Tranquil Tides or Berry Bursts–and this was repeated before each of the three activities.

The first activity was a Catalog Scavenger Hunt where the ladies had to hunt through the catalog for the products shown in cropped catalog photos and write them down on a sheet. They only got 15 minutes to find all 20 items so they had to work quickly!

Following the Scavenger Hunt, and after choosing new teams, the ladies had to work as a group to design a card and then create their individual copies of it as one of their projects for the night. Each group was given the same card stock, patterned paper, ribbon, stamps, stamp pad, and embellishments to use. Brian, our host Carolyn's husband, acted as a judge and decided on which group's design was awarded first or second. Both groups came up with lovely designs!

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. Cards designed as a group activity.

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. Cards designed as a group activity.

After a bit of an intermission for refreshments and some of the gorgeous cake, we reassembled for the third activity of the evening. New teams were chosen and the ladies had to decipher clever word clues for 30 of the Stampin' Up! colors within a 15 minute time limit!

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. Stampers busy completing the three activities for the catalog launch.

Next, they were able to relax after competing on teams and complete their remaining project for the evening.

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured on this card that uses debossing from the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folders.

A piece of Thick Whisper White was debossed using the Celebrate folder from the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folders. The image was then stamped, using the five 2017-2019 In Colors, with a splotch stamp from the Happy Celebrations stamp set.

The sentiment was stamped with Basic Black ink. The stamped piece was then distressed using the now retired Distressing Tool and then adhered with Fast Fuse to a thin, Tranquil Tide matte.

A piece of the Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon was folded and stapled to the top of the matte using the now retired Handheld Stapler. The matte was then adhered to a Lemon Lime Twist card front using Dimensionals. Three sequins were adhered to the card front using Glue Dots.

For inside the card, the larger splotch stamp was stamped with Lemon Lime Twist on a Whisper White matte and then the sentiment was stamped on top using Basic Black. The matte was adhered inside to complete the card.

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured on this card that uses debossing from the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folders.

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured on this card that uses debossing from the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folders.

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured on this card that uses debossing from the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folders.

While the ladies were busy completing their cards, I calculated the final results of our three activities to determine a first, second, and third place winner. Since I only had three prizes, I had to use a special method for determining these rankings.

Prior to the launch, I chose two envelopes–one for First and one for Second. Inside each envelope I placed four playing cards–6, 7, 8, 9 and 2, 3, 4, 5, respectively. With each activity, each team placed either First or Second. I had each team member draw a card from the appropriate envelope and I recorded the number. This was done after each activity. I then tallied the scores for each person to arrive at a First, Second, and Third. In the case of a tie (or ties), I simply had the participants draw a card from the deck with the highest card promoting that lady up a rank.

Prizes for First, Second, and Third were sets of cards and envelopes that I had created. Blog posts will be done for each of these later this week.

Finally, we had the draw for the door prize to complete the evening. Don't these ladies look happy with their prizes?

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 Catalog Launch Party. Happy prize winning ladies!

It was such a fun night but also somewhat bittersweet as some of the ladies will not be able to return for classes in September. We will definitely miss them!

I hope you have enjoyed reading about our 2017 Catalog Launch! If you are in the Winnipeg area and would like to craft with us, please get in touch–we'd love to have you join us!



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tri-fold Daisy for Mother's Day With 2017 Catalog Sneak Peeks

Linda Vich Creates: Tri-fold Daisy for Mother's Day With 2017 Catalog Sneak Peeks. Delightful daisies and Wood Textures team up to produce this distinctly feminine tri-fold Mother's Day card.
As soon as I laid eyes on the Delightful Daisy DSP in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, I knew I would be using it for my Mother's Day card! There are such lovely colors and patterns in this DSP and they speak to me . . . this is one pack that I definitely will be cutting up to use and I'll probably purchase some more!

My patterned paper was chosen and of course I wanted to use the new Daisy Punch but I still needed to decide on a technique for the card I would make for my mother. After reviewing my pins on Pinterest, I decided to try BJ Peters' Tri-fold Card.

I tried a sample using scrap paper and determined that I wanted a larger format so instead of the standard 4.25 x 5.5" card size, I revamped BJ's design to use my favorite 4.75 x 6" format. This gave me more room to display the lovely daisy DSP and the flower punch seemed to work better with that size of canvas.

Because I love the look of flowers against wood (like in those gorgeous photos of old buildings with wildflowers growing around them) I picked the Wood Textures DSP to complement the flowers.

I started by cutting a piece of Night of Navy card stock to 6 x 11" and then scored on the long side at 2 1/2" and 7 1/4." Mattes for the two front flaps and the inside panel were cut from Calypso Coral as well as a piece of the Wood Textures and a piece of the Daisy Delight DSP for each of the two front flaps. These were adhered using Fast Fuse. A white matte was also cut for the inner panel.

Next, I punched three daisies from Watercolor Paper and sponged them all over with Calypso Coral and then the centre parts with Watermelon Wonder. I tweaked the ends of the petals with my fingers and then bent the petals up a bit. The three were adhered together, offset, using liquid adhesive. I used the 1/2" Circle Punch for the small Night of Navy centre and then used a Navy Sharpie to color one of the new Faceted Gems before adhering it to complete the flower.

The Stitched Shapes Framelits and the Layering Circle Framelits were used to cut a series of circles (refer to my photos showing my Numbered Die Sets):

  • #3 Stitched Circle in Night of Navy
  • #2 Stitched Circle using the Wood Textures DSP
  • #1 Stitched Circle using the Wood Textures DSP
  • #2 Stitched Circle in Night of Navy
  • Scalloped Circles #2 and #6 in Calypso Coral
I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment, from the retiring Circle of Spring stamp set, on the smaller Wood Textures circle using Night of Navy and then Versamark. It was heat embossed with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and then it was layered with the smaller Calypso Coral Scalloped Circle and the smaller Night of Navy stitched circle using liquid adhesive.

The remaining Wood Textures stitched circle was adhered to the Scalloped Circle using liquid adhesive. Glue dots were then adhered in the middle of the Night of Navy stitched circle and Gold Metallic Thread was adhered to make a thread nest. The two other circles were then adhered to it using Dimensionals. The flower was adhered using liquid adhesive.

The position for the flower and the sentiment was determined and they were adhered with both liquid adhesive and Dimensionals to the card front.

The small daisy was stamped on the Whisper White matte using Calypso Coral and Old Olive and then a strip of the Daisy Delight DSP was adhered along the bottom of the matte and then it was adhered inside the card to complete it.


I made an envelope from Calypso Coral using the Envelope Punch Board and used the now retired Petite Petals Punch to punch a detail in the envelope flap. To draw attention to the punched detail, I softly sponged Calypso Coral over the area surrounding the punch.

Linda Vich Creates: Tri-fold Daisy for Mother's Day With 2017 Catalog Sneak Peeks. Delightful daisies and Wood Textures team up to produce this distinctly feminine tri-fold Mother's Day card.

Linda Vich Creates: Tri-fold Daisy for Mother's Day With 2017 Catalog Sneak Peeks. Delightful daisies and Wood Textures team up to produce this distinctly feminine tri-fold Mother's Day card.

Linda Vich Creates: Tri-fold Daisy for Mother's Day With 2017 Catalog Sneak Peeks. Delightful daisies and Wood Textures team up to produce this distinctly feminine tri-fold Mother's Day card.

Linda Vich Creates: Tri-fold Daisy for Mother's Day With 2017 Catalog Sneak Peeks. Delightful daisies and Wood Textures team up to produce this distinctly feminine tri-fold Mother's Day card.
Close up details

Linda Vich Creates: Tri-fold Daisy for Mother's Day With 2017 Catalog Sneak Peeks. Delightful daisies and Wood Textures team up to produce this distinctly feminine tri-fold Mother's Day card.
Closer yet–check out that dazzling faceted gem!

Linda Vich Creates: Tri-fold Daisy for Mother's Day With 2017 Catalog Sneak Peeks. Delightful daisies and Wood Textures team up to produce this distinctly feminine tri-fold Mother's Day card.
One last look


I'm so pleased with how this card turned out! I love the flowers against the wood grain and the glint of the gold thread and the sparkle from the flower's centre makes this a distinctly feminine card that I'm sure my mother will love!

I hope you will give the Tri-fold Card a try . . . it has a lot of design potential!




Ice Cream Sandwiches and Irresistibly Floral

Linda Vich Creates: Ice Cream Sandwiches and Irresistibly Floral. An ice cream sandwich treat box CASED from Barb Mullikin for my stamping group projects.
With thoughts of summer on the horizon, I had a great class with my monthly stamping group on Friday.

Our first summertime project was a direct CASE from Barb Mullikin. Her attention to detail in creating this sweet Ice Cream Sandwich Treat Box was second to none! To get a better idea of how this project is made, check out her video.

To make this project less confusing for my students, I had pre-cut all the necessary pieces, with the exception of the ice cream. This is what was needed:
  • 6 7/8 x 7 3/8" Thick Whisper White
  • two, 3 1/4 x 6" and 2 5/8 x 7" Chocolate Chip
  • 1 1/2 x 2" and two labels using dies #5 and #6 from Lots of Labels Framelits cut from Pool Party
  • one label using die #5 cut from Whisper White
  • 1 1/2 x 2" Watermelon Wonder
  • one 3/4 x 12" strip of striped Tasty Treats DSP
  • 2 5/8 x 5 9/16" piece of Tasty Treats DSP for inside lid
  • four, 1/x 3" pieces of Tasty Treats DSP for Hershey Nuggets
  • spoon die cut from Silver Foil using Frozen Treats Framelits
  • cherry die cut from Watermelon Wonder using Frozen Treats Framelits
  • one ice cream bowl die cut from Tasty Treats DSP using Frozen Treats Framelits
  • a piece of grid paper, 3 1/4 x 6", with holes pre-punched on every other vertical line, and on every other horizontal line, staggered by 1 line
We constructed this project as a group because I knew it might be confusing for some. I also supplied a "cheat sheet" with their supplies for the scoring directions in case they got lost during the class.
We started by constructing the "ice cream" box by scoring along the long side of the Thick Whisper White piece at 5/8", 3 3/8", 4" and 6 3/4." We then rotated the paper 90 degrees and scored at 5/8" from each end. All score lines were then folded and burnished well with a bone folder.

We located the "box" on either side of the middle score lines and cut up the score lines and snipped the tabs right off. Then, turning the paper so that the cut out pieces were on the left and right, we cut up each score line at the ends to meet the other score line. We cut a slight sliver off of each tab to create less bulk when forming the box. The paper was rotated 180 degrees and the ends were cut and slivered.

Next, glue was put on two of the end tabs and adhered to form the bottom of the box being sure to form 90 degree corners.

This process was repeated to form the lid of the box but before adhering the glued tabs, the box was closed. This ensured that the lid of the box would form a tight fit.

Next, the cookies were created. A stack with the grid paper and the two matching sized pieces of Chocolate Chip was formed. A piercing tool and a piercing pad was used to pierce holes in the the card stock. A corner rounder or the Envelope Punch Board was used then to round the corners of each piece. A bone folder was used to smooth down the raised edge of the pierced card stock pieces.

Glue was placed on the top of the box and then adhered to a face-down chocolate "cookie." This was repeated with the bottom of the box.

Next, the remaining piece of Chocolate Chip card stock was xored on the long end at 3/4", 1 1/4", and 1 3/4" from each end. It was then folded and burnished to form a tray liner for the box.

To prepare the Hershey Nuggets, a glue dot was applied to the bottom of the nugget and then the 1 x 3" piece of DSP was wrapped around it, securing with a second glue dot. All four nuggets were placed in the box and the box closed.

The 3/4 x 12" strip of DSP was wrapped around the box, being sure to crease each corner well. The smaller Pool Party label was centred on the box top and the strips adhered to it. The larger Pool Party label was then adhered over it. The Whisper White label was adhered on top.

The small pieces of Pool Party and Watermelon Wonder were stamped with the ice cream swirl, with matching inks and then die cut. Wink of Stella was used to highlight the inking and then the ice cream, spoon, bowl, and cherry were adhered to the white label.

A small Pool Party bow was created using the retired Sycamore Street ribbon and adhered to the bowl using a glue dot.

Linda Vich Creates: Ice Cream Sandwiches and Irresistibly Floral. An ice cream sandwich treat box CASED from Barb Mullikin for my stamping group projects.

Linda Vich Creates: Ice Cream Sandwiches and Irresistibly Floral. An ice cream sandwich treat box CASED from Barb Mullikin for my stamping group projects.

Linda Vich Creates: Ice Cream Sandwiches and Irresistibly Floral. An ice cream sandwich treat box CASED from Barb Mullikin for my stamping group projects.
Check out the cookie details!




Our second project of the evening was much simpler and completed independently.

A matte cut from the retiring Irresistibly Floral DSP was sponged in Pear Pizzazz, Pacific Point, and Bermuda Bay and then adhered to a Basic Black matte, aligned at the right and bottom edges. This matte was adhered to a Thick Whisper White card base, again aligned at the right and bottom edges.

The sentiment from the Floral Phrases stamp set was stamped in Versamark on a Basic Black oval die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. It was heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder and then adhered to a Whisper White scalloped oval die cut with the Layering Ovals.

Two flowers were die cut from Basic Black using the Flourish Thinlits. These were layered above and below the sentiment using liquid adhesive. The sentiment was adhered with Dimensionals. Rhinestones were adhered to the flower centres to complete the card.

Linda Vich Creates: Ice Cream Sandwiches and Irresistibly Floral. A emboss resist card made with the Irresistibly Floral DSP for my stamping group projects.

Linda Vich Creates: Ice Cream Sandwiches and Irresistibly Floral. A emboss resist card made with the Irresistibly Floral DSP for my stamping group projects.

Linda Vich Creates: Ice Cream Sandwiches and Irresistibly Floral. A emboss resist card made with the Irresistibly Floral DSP for my stamping group projects.





I hope you've enjoyed reading about our projects from stamping class!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Eastern Palace Suite and Stitched Shapes Framelits

Linda Vich Creates: Eastern Palace Suite and Stitched Shapes Framelits. Very Vanilla and Gold showcase the ornate beauty of the Eastern Palace Suite in this card.
The Eastern Palace Suite is the epitome of ornateness. The dies are so intricate and the number of different combinations for using them is simply mind boggling!

For today's card, I decided to limit the colors and let the dies shine through with the help of a little gold foil!

I started by cutting a card base of 4.75 x 6" from the new Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock. I then cut two mattes–one from Gold Foil and one also from the Thick Very Vanilla.

The Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder was used to emboss the Very Vanilla Matte and then it was adhered to the gold matte using liquid adhesive.

I used the largest square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits to die cut a piece of Gold Foil. Using the Eastern Medallions Thinlits, I used a combination of dies #3 and #5 to cut a medallion from Thick Very Vanilla. Liquid glue was used to adhere these. Be sure to check my Numbered Die Sets blog page (located at the top of my blog) to see which dies I am using.

Die #8 was used to cut a piece of the Gold Foil. After the sentiment was stamped in Basic Black on Thick Very Vanilla, it was die cut with the #1 Stitched Circle die. These two pieces were adhered with liquid glue and then stacked onto the other two die cuts using Dimensionals. One of the gold tassels was sandwiched between them.

Dimensionals were used to adhere the set of die cuts to the hexagon matte and then the whole thing was adhered to the card front.

To add a little touch of gold to the inside of the card, one of the gold vinyl stickers from the Eastern Palace Bundle was adhered down the right side.

Linda Vich Creates: Eastern Palace Suite and Stitched Shapes Framelits. Very Vanilla and Gold showcase the ornate beauty of the Eastern Palace Suite in this card.

Linda Vich Creates: Eastern Palace Suite and Stitched Shapes Framelits. Very Vanilla and Gold showcase the ornate beauty of the Eastern Palace Suite in this card.


Doesn't this card look ornate in the Very Vanilla and gold?

Be sure to purchase your Eastern Palace Bundle in my online store before May 31! You will have lots of fun using all the parts of this suite!









Sunday, May 7, 2017

Watercoloring With The Eastern Palace Suite

Have you purchased your Eastern Palace Bundle yet? No? Then what are you waiting for?

I have been having all kinds of fun with this bundle that is now available for you to purchase but only until May 31! There are two bundles to choose from and here is what you get:

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle $77.75
The Eastern Palace Starter Bundle is for those of you who just can't wait to get your hands on some of the new catalog offerings and must get a taste!

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle $134.75
The Eastern Palace Premier Bundle is for those of you who want it ALL! In my experience, this is the bundle that you want because the Starter Bundle does not include the Thinlits which MAKE this bundle the fun that it is!

Both bundles contain FREE product! The Starter Bundle offers the Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes for FREE while the Premier Bundle gives you the new Very Vanilla Thick Card Stock and the Very Vanilla Envelopes for FREE.

These bundles are only available until May 31 so purchase yours from my online store now!

Now let's take a look at the card I have for you today!

Linda Vich Creates: Watercoloring With The Eastern Palace Suite. A watercolored panel is die cut using the Eastern Medallions Thinlits and then embellished with more die cuts for a stunning result.

In creating this card, I started by cutting a matte from Watercolor Paper and then used combinations of the Eastern Medallions Thinlits to cut openings in the matte.

Next, I cut open a Ziplock bag and cut it in half. The resulting piece was larger than my matte. I pressed three ink pads down onto the plastic: Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, and Bermuda Bay. I then sprayed the plastic which caused the ink to bead.

I pressed my matte face down onto the plastic and then flipped the plastic over. By flipping it over, I was able to see where the ink was and I could "smoosh" it around while looking at the matte. I like this method better than just smooshing the matte down onto color and hoping for the best!

I used my heat tool to dry the matte and then kept repeating this process until I had the coloring the way that I wanted it. I then adhered the matte to a Basic Black matte of the same size by using liquid adhesive. This was then matted with Lemon Lime Twist.

My next step was to stamp the flower image from the stamp set onto a piece of Bermuda Bay using Basic Black. This was then die cut using die pieces #10 and #11 and the petals bent upwards. I also die cut a Basic Black piece using die #3. After die cutting, I used scissors to snip the medallion from the card stock since this die does not completely cut out the shape.

A piece of the new Finely Woven Ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist was knotted vertically on the right of the matte and then the matte was adhered to a 4.75 x 6" Bermuda Bay card base using Dimensionals.

The flower was adhered to the black medallion and then onto the card front using Dimensionals. One of the new Clear Faceted Gems was added to the centre of the flower.

The sentiment, from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set, was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder and then adhered to the card front.

For the inside of the card, a small stamp was used with Bermuda Bay to stamp in all four corners. Lemon Lime Twist was then sponged around the matte. It was adhered with Fast Fuse to complete the card.

Linda Vich Creates: Watercoloring With The Eastern Palace Suite. A watercolored panel is die cut using the Eastern Medallions Thinlits and then embellished with more die cuts for a stunning result.

Linda Vich Creates: Watercoloring With The Eastern Palace Suite. A watercolored panel is die cut using the Eastern Medallions Thinlits and then embellished with more die cuts for a stunning result.

Linda Vich Creates: Watercoloring With The Eastern Palace Suite. A watercolored panel is die cut using the Eastern Medallions Thinlits and then embellished with more die cuts for a stunning result.


I just love how the colors turned out on this card!

Special Note: I will be numbering the dies in the more complex sets to make it easier for you to follow which die I used in my blog posts. For future reference, you can check the die sets and their numbering by visiting my Numbered Die Sets page on my blog. I will update it as I use and add more sets.