Stampin' Dreams - Back to School

Today I'm participating in the Stampin Dreams Blog Hop.  The theme is "Back to School".  I created an adorable 3D Back Pack - perfect for some treats for anyone heading back to school or just because.   Wouldn't you be excited to find this in your back pack?

Instructions - check out my YouTube Video for tips and trips to make this project

  1. Cut Basic Black card stock 3 3/4" x 11" and score at 3 1/4", 4 1/2", 8" and 9"
  2. Cut Designer Series Paper 3 1/4" x 3 3/4" and adhere to the bottom of the Basic Black card stock using your favourite adhesive
  3. Cut Designer Series Paper 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" and adhere it to the other end of the Basic Black card stock using your favourite adhesive
  4. Cut the end off the Basic Black card stock on the 2" x 3 3/4" end using the Basic Border Die (V shaped).
  5. Fold on each of the fold lines.
  6. Cut 2 pieces of Basic Black card stock 2 1/4" x 4 - score 1/2" from each edge on 3 sides.
  7. Make a mark at 2" on unscored end and score from that mark to the point where the 2 score lines meet on bottom corner.  Repeat on the other side.  See Video to see how this is done.
  8. Cut the squares on the 2 corners out.  Fold on the score lines
  9. Add Tear and Tape adhesive to 3 sides.
  10. Adhere to the sides of the back pack with the flaps folded in.
  11. Repeat on the other side
  12. For the sides of the backpack, trim at an angle from back edge to front on each side 
  13. Cut Basic Black card stock 1" x 3"
  14. Stamp sentiment using Versamark and sprinkle with White Embossing Powder.  Heat to melt.
  15. Cut Real Red card stock 1 1/4" x 3 1/4"
  16. Adhere Basic Black sentiment piece to Real Red card stock using Dimensionals
  17. Adhere to the front of the back pack using Dimensionals.
  18. Using a piercing tool, poke 3 holes in the front flap (middle and edges).  Add brads.
  19. Punch holes about 1" from edge on top of the back pack
  20. Cut about 6" of ribbon.  Put ribbon through holes and adhere to back using Stampin' Seal.
  21. Use a Velcro Button or magnet to close the back pack

All of the supplies to make this card are available in my Online Store.

Check out my Youtube Video for tips and tricks to make this card. Don't forget to subscribe to my Stamping with Melva YouTube Channel

Now it's time to be inspired by the amazing back to school themed projects in our hop:

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If you live in Canada, I would love to be your demonstrator!  

Use the following links to PDF copies of the catalogues:

I think this is the best ever Sale-a-Bration Brochure!  You're going to want it all!  Sale-a-Bration ends on September 30th but I know there are going to be items that don't last so you don't want to miss out!

Please be sure to use the current Host Code KMYSP24M to receive a free gift from me. When you place a $50 order (before shipping and taxes) using the Host Code, I'll send you a Thank You card by mail and a FREE tutorial by email as a thank you.  If your order is over $200, please do not use the Hostess Code as you'll qualify for Stampin' Rewards, but I'll still send you the Thank You card and tutorial!

Your Creative Escapes Retreat - Holiday Edition

We're so excited to be host our Your Creative Escapes Retreat - Holiday Edition.

While we'd all like to be able to get together to stamp, that just isn't possible yet. The retreat will be held on Friday, October 22nd from 7-9pm and on Saturday, October 23rd from 8am to 8pm! The event will be hosted on Zoom as well as streamed to a private Facebook Group for the Make and Take Sessions.

The cost is $105 CDN which includes:

  • TWO stamp sets - Delivering Cheer (from the July to December Mini) and Tidings and Trimmings (from the Annual Catalogue)
  • Package of Brushed Metallic Dots
  • 6 Make and Take projects (includes the supplies, but you provide the adhesives and inks) and PDF instructions
  • Pillow gift
  • Prizes throughout the day

Sign up and pay by September 26th and you'll be entered into a draw for a Bundle AND you'll receive a Sale-a-Bration item (Level 1) of your choice.

Deadline for sign up is October 6th at 11:59pm Pacific.

There will be a raffle (tickets are extra) for additional prizes at the end of the day.

If you already own the Delivering Cheer stamp set, you can substitute another stamp set ($24 value).

If you already own the Tidings and Trimmings stamp set, you can substitute another stamp set ($24 value)

Add on Options

  1. Christmas Trimmings Dies (coordinates with the Tidings & Trimmings stamp set) $38.00
  2. Tailor Made Tags Dies $37

When you register, select the options that you want. Diane or I will be in touch with the information about payment (e-transfer, cash or cheque).

Register now!

We're really excited for the day!  Don't miss out!  Registration closes on October 6th to get the stamp sets and Make and Take kits.  Or sign up by September 26th to be entered in the early bird prize draw.

Your Creativity Awaits

Do you love to craft and are you looking for a kit that ships directly to you each month with special perks each month? Then you will LOVE “YOUR CREATIVITY AWAITS”!  
With “Your Creativity Awaits”, each month you will receive an exclusive make and take kit (2 cards of 4 designs) plus a PDF Tutorial.  All for only $57 per month shipped directly to you or $53 local pick up.
Each month, the Design Team will choose one stamp set or bundle and design fun projects for you to create.  The stamp set is included in your kit. If you don't already own the dies or punch, you may add it to your kit or use what you have. 
  • Featured stamp set
  • 8 Cards (2 each of 4 different designs) - designed by Your Creativity Awaits Team
  • Exclusive Project tutorials you can follow along with to create your cards
  • Extra product (value will depend on the price of the stamp set)
 After 6 consecutive months of membership, you will receive a thank you of $25 product credit (before shipping and taxes) to spend on whatever you choose!
Your Creativity Awaits Kit Timelines
  • The upcoming kit information including supplies needed will be announced by the 15th of the previous month
  • Sign up must be done by the 2nd Sunday of the month
  • Kits will be shipped and tutorials emailed out by the 4th Tuesday of the month (subject to unforeseen delays in the shipment of product from Stampin’ Up!)


Shipped: $57 monthly
Porch Pick-up: $53 monthly
Available to Canadian Residents Only

September Kit features the Nature's Harvest Stamp Set from the July to December Mini Catalogue
Add the Harvest Dies for $57 extra and earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration Reward ($60 level)

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