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Friday, 30 December 2011

Final Days

As the New Year rapidly approaches, we gear up for another new promotion at Stampin' Up!  Unfortunately, that means the Holiday Mini catalog will be coming to an end.  January 3, 2012 is the LAST day to order from this catalog.  So if you were earmarking something special to purchase at a later date, now is the time!

The Stocking Builder punch will NOT be carried over to the 2012-13 Idea Book & Catalog so make sure you order it before it's too late.

You can contact me directly to order, by email: stampnsteph@gmail.com or phone: 905-320-4477.  OR you can order ONLINE here.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

FREE Shipping Offer

Today ONLY, if you order through me, I will pay the shipping!  That's a savings of at least $10, if not more!
Take advantage of this generous offer by placing your order by 11pm EST TODAY!

Orders placed today will arrive in time for the holidays!

Email me to place your order.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

The Never Ending Card

I'm so excited that I FINALLY figured out how to make these super cute and thrilling cards.  The never ending card, is just that, a card that has no end.  It's difficult to tell how much fun they are in the following photos; but, everyone will LOVE getting one of these cards.

The following card is done up for Christmas, but can easily be changed for any occasion.  I've used the Bright Hopes set from the Holiday Mini catalog.

To book your workshop to learn how to make these cards, please contact me at stampnsteph@gmail.com or 905-320-4477.





Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Winter is Lovely

 I wanted to create a card using a set that can be used for every occasion.  While I LOVE Christmas and all of our holiday sets, sometimes you can do an equally beautiful card using a more versatile set.  This card was created using Lovely as a Tree.  One of my favourite nature sets, I can use it for almost anything.

Here I've paired it with the "Season's Greetings" from Snow Swirled.  The card is chocolate chip, with an always artichoke embossed accent using the Snow Bursts embossing folder for the big shot.  The trees are stamped in always artichoke on white shimmer paper and matted with bravo burgundy, which I also used for the saying.  Silver brads and cording tie it all together to give this simple card a more elegant look.

To place your order, contact me at stampnsteph@gmail.com or by phone 905-320-4477.  Or if you're ready to order, you can do so directly by visiting my site here.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Hang Your Stockings

More and more these days people seem to be giving Gift Cards for holiday gifts.  Why not package them in this super cute stocking?  This cute gift card holder was created using the Holiday Stocking Die for the Big Shot.  The holy berries from the Stocking Accents Die and the tag using the Small Tag Punch.  One gift card slides easily into the top of the stocking and you can hang this adorable stocking from the loop made from the Early Espresso 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon.  You may also notice some snowflake detail on the stocking and that was created using the Frostwood Lodge DSP.  
For more information on how to create this adorable stocking gift card holder, you can contact me at stampnsteph@gmail.com or 905-320-4477

Monday, 21 November 2011

ONLINE Extravaganza!


From November 21 (today) until November 30, select items are up to 60% off!  What a great way to get your Christmas shopping done quickly and easily!

You can order online or contact me directly to place your order.  You can also call me at 905-320-4477.

If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to contact me. 

Happy shopping!

Friday, 4 November 2011

Elegant and Bright


Don't you just LOVE this beautiful card?  This is one of the samples I made at Stamp-a-Rama back in October.  This fancy fold card features the new Bright Hopes set and is just amazing.  A little bit of the silver glimmer paper and embossing using the Snow Burst embossing folder for the big shot and you have a holiday card that will make everyone say "ooooh".  

If you want to make your family and friends "ooooh" with delight, contact me today to find out how you can get the supplies to make this gorgeous card.  stampnsteph@gmail.com 

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Reflection Card

Lovely As a Tree is one of my favourite sets.  It is so versatile and pretty, you can use it for just about anything.
At Stamp-a-Rama, a few weeks ago, we made this beautiful holiday card featuring Lovely As A Tree and  Welcome Christmas.

This card features the reflection technique.  Book your workshop today to learn how you too, can create this beautiful card.

Exciting News!

The FREE Big Shot promotion has been carried over until November 11!


Contact me today to find out how you can get yours!

Stamp-a-Rama fun

This past weekend I attended Stamp-a-Rama, an all day stamping event for Stampin' Up! enthusiasts.

The day started at 10am with some mingling and a chance to walk around the room and see the many samples and ideas provided by demonstrators. I was honored to have some of my work included; but, I'll share that in a different post.
This was also our chance to assemble our stamp set, if needed, and put our tickets in for the door prizes.

At 10:30 the festivities began with a welcome and a brief outline to our day. Some door prizes were drawn and
Then we started our sessions. In the morning we were divided into groups to visit, round robin, the WOW demonstrations. These are tutorials on how to create projects that make you go "wow". Some of them we got to make others we just learned how to do. Here are a couple of the samples we didn't get a chance to create ourselves.

We had lunch, more prizes were drawn and just had fun!

Overall, it was an amazing day and I can't wait to teach the new techniques I learned at your workshops!

Contact me to learn more about getting fabulous products for FREE just by having a few friends over!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Dasher


With Christmas and the holidays right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about making your Christmas/Holiday cards.

Dasher is one of our à la Carte sets, and he's super cute.  Here are a couple samples I did up.  I CASED the designs.

Whisper White, Basic Black, Brushed Gold
Techniques: Heat Embossing
Embellishments: Black mini brads, gold embossing powder

Basic Black, Whisper White
Techniques: Sponging, Heat Embossing
Embellishments: Dazzling diamonds glitter, Silver embossing powder, Silver cord

Real Red, Night of Navy, Whisper White and Silver Glimmer Paper
Techniques: heat embossing
Embellishments: 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, silver embossing powder, clear embossing powder, dimentionals

There you have it, one stamp, three very different looks.  To order any of the products seen here, please email me stampnsteph@gmail.com

Friday, 14 October 2011

Holiday Card Class & Clinic


Christmas Card Class & Clinic
Saturday November 26, 2011 
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM  
Do you need to make holiday cards; but, don't have the time to do it.  This is your chance.  Join me for an afternoon of card making.  You can use my non-consumables and expertise to create beautiful cards sure to wow your family and friends.  View my many holiday card samples for inspiration.
The class fee is $25 and includes light snacks and refreshments as well as my many stamps and tools for use while you're here.

Please BYO adhesive and consumables (ie: cardstock, embellishments, etc). 

CLINIC For an additional $10 (and the cost of your supplies), I can do most of the work for you!  Choose from one of the designs below.  Order your supplies (paper, ink, stamp and embellishments) and I will have it all cut and prepped waiting for you to assemble during the class.

Please order any supplies needed for this class, from me, by October 31.




Thursday, 13 October 2011

Creating Holiday Gifts

What better way to show someone you care than by giving a homemade gift? Check out this beautiful candle I made using the Snow Swirled set.

I will post a tutorial on how to do the candle technique very soon.  In the meantime, why not book an advanced workshop and learn how you too can make these beautiful candles to give out this holiday season?

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

WOW, WOW, WOW

Check out this video from Stampin' Up! CEO about this month's FREE Big Shot promotion!

There has NEVER been a better time to join our team.  Contact me to learn how you can get a Big Shot for FREE!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

New From Stampin' Up...Sweet Pressed Cookies


Buy 2, Get 1 FREE


Another great October promotion has just been released!
Buy two Simply Sent Kits and get a FREE coordinating stamp set! Our Simply Sent Kits are the ideal choice for the beginning crafter. The card kits offer a variety of basic themes, so it's easy to create cards for any occasion.


Simply Sent Kits are great for people who want to make their own handmade cards and don't feel like they have the time or the talent to create works of art!  


Contact me to find out how you can get your FREE stamp set today, stampnsteph@gmail.com

Monday, 3 October 2011

FREE Big Shot

OMG, I am SO excited about our newest promotion!  I'm a little jealous too; if I'm completely honest.

If you've been contemplating signing up to be a demonstrator with Stampin' Up!®, now is the time to take that leap.
If you sign up to become a demonstrator and order the demonstrator Starter Kit before October 31, 2011, you will get a FREE Big Shot in addition to your Starter Kit!  How great is that?

I'm totally excited for everyone that decides to join the Stampin' Up!® team during this promotion.

The demonstrator Starter Kit is already an awesome deal at $215 as it contains over $375 worth of stamps, cardstock, ink and accessories (you get to pick your colours too!)  AND, it contains all the business supplies needed to start a business if you wish to do so.

Contact me today to learn more about being a demonstrator with this wonderful company and find out how to get your Big Shot for FREE!  stampnsteph@gmail.com


Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Always Thankful

Now that I FINALLY have my computer back, I can show you this lovely card I made using the new Always Thankful set from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I also used the leaf from Lovely As a Tree to accent the Old Olive cardstock.

It's so simple, yet looks elegant.  Perfect to send out to family or friends you won't be able to see for Thanksgiving.

Colours: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party
DSP: Spice Cake set
Techniques: Sponging
Accessories: Linen Thread and Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, 1 September 2011

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

At least, I think so.  It's time for the Holiday Mini Catalog.  This catalog runs from September 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
You'll find everything from Thanksgiving, to Christmas in this book and I guarantee there's something for everyone!

Check out these fun Hallowe'en favours I made using the new set, Out on a Limb.  Cute aren't they?


Don't think you have what it takes to make something like this yourself?  Ask me about my Stampin' 101 classes that will teach you just how easy it is to create beautiful projects, just like this, to share with your family and friends.  You can view my events calendar here, or you can contact me at stampnsteph@gmail.com

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Just Believe

I tried a new technique with this card, featuring the set Just Believe.  The design is one that was actually demonstrated at a workshop I attended prior to becoming a demonstrator.

Colours: Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White
Now, you may be looking at the card thinking "what new technique did you use?".  It's hard to tell; but the flowers are both heat embossed on this card.  But how did I get them in pool party when we don't have that colour embossing powder?  
I simply inked my stamp with a VersaMark pad first, then immediately inked again with Pool Party ink.  I stamped the image and covered with CLEAR embossing powder and used my heat tool to set it.  Voila!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Elegant Baroque Motifs

Here is a beautiful, girlie card, featuring Baroque Motifs.  I just love the feel of this card, so elegant.  I cased the design from my upline, Jennifer Tinline.
Colours: Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Techniques: Heat embossing (silver)

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Mini Chocolate Purses

I recently made favours for my good friend's baby shower.  I decided to make these super cute, and über cute, chocolate purses.
Colours: RETIRED: Purely Pomegranite, Buckaroo Blue
Embellishments:  Stickers by Jolees Boutique


They are SO easy to make even though I know they look like they would be complicated.  The wrapper around the mini Hershey bar is made from a strip of 1" wide cardstock and stamped with It's a Wrap Occasions.


Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Demo Playdate!

This past weekend, I attended a Demonstrator Playdate.  This was an small event put on by my upline, Jennifer Tinline, for demonstrators directly under her.  An 11 hour day of stamping, chatting and fun.  We arrived at 9 am and set up the room in a more "stamping friendly" arrangement.  Those of us that didn't know one another, remedied that and then we got to work.

Of course, there is always good food to snack on at these events.  The morning offered chocolate croissants, fruit and cranberry/orange scones.  Lunch was delicious platters of sandwiches, wraps, veggies, chips and of course all the left-overs from the morning.  Dinner was pizza, wings and salad and any leftovers from the morning and afternoon.  We also had beverages throughout the day, so everything a busy stamper could want and need in order to be productive!

I set out for the day with three tasks that HAD TO be completed.  I did bring a fourth one though, just in case I needed it.  I'm happy to report I was successful.  I got everything I set out to do done.  I didn't get to my fourth project; but, that's okay since I don't need it until November!

One of the tasks for the day was coming up with a swap idea to do at the playdate.  You might wonder what a swap is or how it works.  It's really simple actually.  Demonstrators commit to participating in the swap and once the numbers are finalized, each participant sets out to make a card for each of them.  The same card design is given to each participant as a way to inspire ideas among one another.  As a demonstrator and stamping enthusiast, I'm always looking for new design ideas, and swaps are a fun way to get them.  For the day's event, we had 6 sign up for the swap.

Here are the swaps I received from other demonstrators:

Design by Rosalina using a variety of
Dies for the Big Shot
Touch of Kindness from the Summer Mini
by Kathy
Jennifer Tinline's Fabulous Florets, Petite Pairs

Designed by Shirley, using Snow Much Fun

Christmas card using Bells & Boughs by Wendy



Aren't they beautiful?  The card I made for the swap is a slight variation of the following.  The difference on the swapped cards is the flower.  Instead of using the scallop circle punch from the photo, I made 3D paper flowers, similar to those in the second photo.
Stamp Set: Baroque Motifs, Colours: Crumb Cake,
Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Melon Mambo
Technique: Heat Emboss, Paper Tearing

We even surprised Jennifer with a birthday cupcake!

Overall we had a great day!  I can't wait to do it again.

If you'd like more information on becoming a demonstrator so you too can join our playdate, please email me, stampnsteph@gmail.com or call!


Sunday, 14 August 2011

Whoo Loves Owls?

I do, I do!  Well, at least I love the Owl punch from Stampin' Up!®

For those of you that follow my personal blog, you'll know that I am planning a Harry Potter themed birthday party for my twins' 7th birthday...in November!

Since I want this party to be over the top; I've already started planning.  One of my plans is that each guest, will get a pad of "parchment" as part of their "supplies list" (aka: loot bag).  I purchased some pocket-sized notebooks from the local Dollar Store and have created a Harry Potter worthy cover using none other than the Owl punch.


Here are some before and after's.  



2011-12 Idea Book & Catalog Recipes

Do you like the card on page 122 or the pail on page 89?  Do you want to recreate these ideas; but, don't have a clue what to use?

Look no further!  You can find all the "recipes" for the 2011-12 Idea Book & Catalog samples here.  Simply look up the page number and away you go.






Recipes for the Summer Mini, which ends August 31, can be found here

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Cherish

Whenever I hear the word I automatically think of Madonna.  Can't you just hear her raspy voice singing "Cherish, cherish..."

And that's the name of my next card.  I was playing around with ideas for a wedding card and came up with this using Baroque Motifs.
Colours: Wysteria Wonder, Basic Black, Whisper White,
White Velum (paper weight)

Monday, 1 August 2011

More My Friend

Have you noticed that I just LOVE the new My Friend set from the 2011-12 catalog?  Here are a couple more cards I made during a power outage the other night.  The first, you've seen before.  I just changed up the colours and distressed the image edges a little.  The second I cased from a card on Splitcoast Stampers.

Enjoy!

Colours:  Chocolate Chip, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Technique:  Emboss Resist, Distressing


Colours:  Basic Black, Pool Party, Newsprint DSP

Buy 3 Get 1 FREE on Designer Series Paper!

During the month of August, you can get a FREE package of Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series paper, a $13.50 value, when you buy three others.  


You can choose from a variety of colours and designs from the 2011-12 Idea Book & Catalog and Summer Mini Catalog.


We're sure you will find Designer Series paper for every occasion, crafting project and creative whim.


Contact me to order at stampnsteph@gmail.com or you can order ONLINE

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Join the Fun

Stampin' Up! offers SO many great opportunities for its demonstrators.  Check out this video to see just how much fun Stampin' Up! demonstrators have!  

If you want to get in on the fun, there's no better time.  You can sign up for $119 (no shipping, no tax), during the month of July.  But hurry since the month is quickly coming to an end.

For more information on how you too can have fun and GROW, contact me:

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Another My Friend

For those of you that missed my Open House, new catalog launch; you also missed the opportunity to make this great card using My Friend and our new In Colours!  But it's not too late, book a workshop and you too can make beautiful cards using this set, In colours and more!
Colours:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Lucky Limeaid, Calypso Coral