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Friday, 18 August 2017

GSF Blog Hop - Anniversary Edition

Welcome to my first ever contribution to the Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop! I'm super excited to participate this month and share with you my creation.

This month's theme is Anniversary cards!  We all have someone in our lives that celebrates an anniversary of some kind.  Maybe it's a wedding anniversary, or a work anniversary.  It could be an anniversary of a first date or another momentous occasion.  Which means, we all need anniversary cards to send.  

I had a lot of fun creating for this hop and I hope you'll find inkspiration here and with my sister GSF hoppers.  For my submission, I combined some existing products with some new products from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue; and I really think the result is stunning.  In fact, the photo really doesn't do it justice.

If you'd like information about this project and how to duplicate it or some of the techniques used, simply send me an email and I'd be happy to walk you through it.  In the meanwhile, don't forget to visit the rest my GSF friends along the hop for more anniversary card ideas!

For more inkspiration check out my fellow GSF hoppers:

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

New Items on the Clearance Rack

New items have been added to the Stampin' Up! clearance rack.  This is a great way to get some of the items you may have missed out on before.  Shop now, while quantities last as once they're gone, they're GONE.

Here's just a taste of what you'll find...

Sunday, 13 August 2017

50% off Paper Pumpkin!!!

Have you watched my posts and unboxing videos every time I get a new Paper Pumpkin delivered to my door and wondered how you too can enjoy this creative escape?

Well, there's no better time to try it out.  Subscribe by September 10th and you'll get 50% off your first month's subscription!  

Check out this great video for more information:

Want more information?  Simply send me an email and I'll be happy to answer your questions.

Happy stampin'!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

More Inkspiration for Carols of Christmas

Happy Saturday Stampers!  I hope your weekend is off to a great start.  Today marks the first Saturday I haven't had to be at my full-time job in more than a month, so I'm trying desperately to catch up on some much needed crafting time.

As promised, here is yet another sample featuring the Carols of Christmas stamp set that you can get NOW before the holiday catalogue launches September 1st.

This sample combines so many elements it's hard to pick out my favourite feature; but the deer is super cute!

If you'd like to learn how to duplicate this card and what supplies you'd need to do so, just comment below or send me an email.  I'd be happy to walk you through it.

If you're looking for a night out to get started on your holiday cards, check out my event listings for upcoming Christmas Cheer classes.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Carols of Christmas Inkspiration

Good morning Stampers.  I hope your Thursday is off to a fantastic start.  I'm fortunate to have a day off from my full-time job today, which I plan to maximize running some much needed errands and crafting!

I have the first of a few Christmas clinics next week that I need to start planning and prepping for.  There's still space too!  If you're local and would like to get a jump on your Christmas cards, check out the event on my Facebook page, or in my events section.

Today, I want to share with you an idea for the Carols of Christmas stamp set that you can get on EARLY release, ahead of the Holiday Catalogue launch September 1st.

This first project is simply stunning!  It is a shaker card, and while it's hard to tell from the photo, the trees actually have glitter and sequins in behind them that you can shake and move around to look like snow falling.  I absolutely LOVE it.  The void spaces are created using the matching Card Front Builder thinlits, also available on EARLY release.  The colours are non-traditional Christmas colours, which I think make a bold statement.  Dapper Denim and Pool Party combine perfectly.  DSP from the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper pack creates a perfect background accent.

If you'd like more information on how to create this card, or on the shaker card technique featured, please send me a note and we can discuss further.

Happy stampin'!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

August Hostess Code

Good morning Stampers!  For those of you wanting to shop online in August, please use Hostess Code Q3DUCV9A to receive a reduced shipping fee.

Happy stampin'

Special Holiday Catalogue Early Release

Who wouldn't want to get their hands on product from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue, available September 1?  If you're anything like me, you're probably dying with anticipation.

Well, what if I told you Stampin' Up! has decided on an Early Release for Carols of Christmas?  That's right, I said EARLY release!  You can get your hands on this super fun bundle NOW!!!

The early release includes the Carols of Christmas stamp set, in your choice of wood mount of clear mount rubber; and, Card Front Builder Thinlits.  Of course, when you buy them in a bundle, you'll save 10%.

Shop online in the month of August, using Hostess Code Q3DUCV9A to receive reduced shipping costs.

Stay tuned to my blog over the next few days as I'll be highlighting project ideas to inkspire you!

Happy stampin'

Monday, 17 July 2017

Christmas in July!

Here in Ontario, it's summer time.....warm weather and sunshine! So, it might seem strange that my blog post is called Christmas in July. There is a CHRISTMAS IN JULY special this month AND a Christmas Cheer class coming soon!
The Stampin' Up! Starter Kit is an amazing deal this month!

 That's $261 of product for only $135!!

  • You pay $135 plus tax for the Starter Kit (shipping is FREE).
  • You choose any product you want up to $165 value to fill your kit.
  • You get the Essentials Gift Pack ($68 value) FREE. It includes 2 acrylic D blocks, grid paper, paper snips scissors, snail adhesive, a bone folder and a Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (that will be in the upcoming Holiday Catalog).
  • You get a 20%+ discount on all of your future Stampin’ Up! orders - plus you can still qualify for Stampin’ Rewards.
  • You would be an active demonstrator through January 2018 no matter what!
  • You would be part of my team and invited to our online community where we share ideas and celebrate with one another.

I'd love for you to join my team!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

It's Time! New Catalogue Time!

This fabulous book of amazing inspiration is just waiting for you to fill your wish list!  And yes, you can start shopping with that wish list today!  I have a gift for you. . . .great resources to help you enjoy this catalog even more!

You're going to need a wish list.

Check out these new In colour combinations:  

Save 10% with these bundles.

If you are just oozing with excitement and want to celebrate with a few of your friends,  don’t contain your excitement – let’s get planning now!
Let’s do. . . .
  • Catalogue event – gather your friends orders and submit!  You can even have your friends submit their own orders via a hostess code that I can create for you!
  • Facebook Live party – it’s all the rage!  Invite your friends and I will share projects and ideas!   Your friends can submit their orders to you or order directly via a hostess code!  It’s so easy!
  • Traditional class – I love these!  I would love to do a traditional workshop with you demonstrating 3-4 projects OR let’s do the Amazing Soft Sayings Card Kit (p 11).  Your guests will order the kit in advance and I will bring the kits and any other supplies needed to complete the kit!  Oh what fun that will be when your guests go home with 20 cards!
Contact me to reserve your date – the early bird will get the best dates! 

Friday, 12 May 2017

Eastern Palace Suite Bundle - UNTIL MAY 31

Get the exclusive Eastern Palace Suite bundles and experience the opulence. Only available through May 31, 2017, so don’t miss your chance! Shop my online store for full details.

This is your chance to get your hands on NEW product from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue before the catalogue launches June 1.

Check out some of these project ideas from the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team...

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Retiring: Custom Tee Bundle

Today is like to spotlight the retiring Custom Tee Bundle.

I think this bundle has been highly underrated even though there was even an accent set included in this year's sale-a-bration offerings.

Check out some of these super cute designs by some of my Demonstrator friends

The bundle includes the Custom Tee photopolymer stamp set and the T-Shirt Builder Framelits.  Both items can also be purchased individually.  

What cute designs would you come up with if you had this set to play with?  I'd love to see your ideas.

Happy stampin'

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Sunday, 9 April 2017

OnStage April 2017

What a fantastic day!  My day started far too early for a Saturday morning.  I was awoken by some very noisy birds outside the window at my parents home, where I stayed last night.  Why, was I there, you ask?  Well, the answer is quite simple.  It was closer to the Allstream centre in Toronto where I'd be attending OnStage local, and they were going to be watching my kids so it was really a win, win!

So, I was up at 5am with the birds, but I really didn't get going until about 6:15.  I got up and dressed and set out for my day.  I knew check-in for the event was going to open at 7:30, so I wanted to try to get there as close to that as possible.  I arrived at OnStage around 7:15, and there were demonstrators already lined up to check-in.  Lucky Stampin' Up! has this process down to a fine art and I was registered and ready to go in really quickly!  I could hardly contain my excitement.

Each Demonstrator received a bag full of goodies upon our arrival, including a new stamp set from the upcoming catalog.  Of course, I can't share that with you yet; but keep checking back as I'll be posting some samples using new products in the coming days.  Also in the bag were our credentials for the day.  These included our name badge and rank.  I also received a button to indicate this was my first ever OnStage event...FINALLY!  After 6 years as a Demonstrator, I'd say it was time ;)

The day consisted of recognition, business practices, the new catalog stamping demonstrations and of course STAMPING!  We made four different make & takes, again using new catalogue products and I can't wait to share these with you. I know you're going to love them.  Prize patrol was in full effect throughout the day and both of my downline who attended, and I, were lucky winners.

Congratulations to Lisa Hardie and Teresa Steinman!

It was an amazing day of learning, crafting and spending time with my downline, upline and teams.  I can't wait to do it all again next year!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Birthday Bright Project Kit

Did you notice the Birthday Bright project kit in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog? As you can see in this picture, there are supplies to make 12 cards with envelopes and 12 tags. There are lots of special accents on these projects - foil and glimmer paper, fringe, enamel shapes, mini bows, mini clothespins, acetate sheets, confetti, honeycomb circles, etc.

Not to mention, the box! Did you see that adorable box in the corner?!

To complete the cards and tags, you need the Birthday Bright stamp set, some ink (Basic Black, Emerald Envy, So Saffron, Watermelon Wonder) and adhesive (Fast Fuse, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Dimensionals).

Instructions are included with the kit, so you could easily complete the projects on your own. However, since stamps and ink are not included, I am having a class on Saturday, March 25, from 8-9:30pm where you can come to my Stampin' Spot to make your projects using my stamps and ink! The class fee of $45 is the cost of the kit, plus shipping and tax. Contact me or join my Facebook Event BY MARCH 10, so that I have time to order your kit for class.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Take the Survey

Stampin’ Up! is conducting a survey to help us better understand your needs and wishes as a Stampin’ Up! customer. Please take a few minutes (less than 10) to complete the survey. The survey is completely anonymous, and Stampin’ Up! will not be gathering any of your contact information.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Dragonfly Dreams

Last Sunday, I attended a meeting for Demonstrators within my circle of peers.  These meetings are always a good time.  There's great conversation, both business related and social; there are make and takes; and there is always an optional swap!

I decided to partake in the swap and got some amazingly beautiful cards that I can now use to showcase product or send to my family and friends.

One of the cards, designed by Laurie Alexander, features the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and coordinating thinlits.  I absolutely love this card and how everything blends together so well.

If you like the stamp set and thinlits, you can actually save 10% by getting the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle.

For more information on how to duplicate this gorgeous card, please send me a message.

Happy stampin'!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Backorder Alert

BACKORDER ALERT: Higher than expected sales for #StampinUp Love Notes Framelits Dies (item 142752) have resulted in a significant number of backorders. They're working to replenish inventory but the next shipment will not arrive until **approximately ten days AFTER Valentine’s Day**. Stampin' Up! recognizes that a backorder may affect your Valentine’s Day orders and we apologize for the inconvenience. If you have ordered this product and wish to cancel, please call Stampin' Up! 1-800-StampUp ( 1-800-782-6787)

Friday, 27 January 2017

Never a Better Time to Join

We have all been there.  Waging that internal battle as we debate on what supplies to buy to make the next great handmade project.  We all know that paper crafting is an expensive hobby because frankly, you can never have enough supplies.  

What if I told you that right now during SALE-a-BRATION, you can get, at minimum, $165 worth of product for only $135 and there wouldn't be any tax or shipping charges?  What if I sweetened the deal and told you that after your initial purchase, you'd save at least 20% off every order you place?

I know you're probably thinking, I don't want to run a business, I just want to craft.  That's totally okay and completely acceptable with Stampin' Up!  We have lots of hobby demonstrators who only join for the discount.  Just knowing there is definitely a business opportunity to be had is all I ask.

Have I piqued your interest yet?  What if I told you there's one more thing that could make your decision even easier?  You can get you kit for FREE simply by hosting a party during SALE-a-BRATION.  As a hostess, you can use your hostess rewards for FREE merchandise, or toward your demonstrator kit and earning the kit for FREE is that much easier during SALE-a-BRATION because hostess can earn MORE.  Check out the chart below to see what I mean.

If you'd like some more information, please send me a quick note.  I'm happy to answer your questions.

As always, thanks for stopping by and Happy Stampin'

Monday, 23 January 2017

A New Session is Under Way

Last week, I started the newest session of card club.  It's always so much fun coming up with new projects to do with the ladies, sharing new tips and tricks.  Even bring back some old techniques we've forgotten about by getting caught up in the new.

This month, our three projects featured sets from the new Occasions catalog (if you haven't received a copy and would like one, please send me a little note with your address).

We started with something pretty simple featuring the new Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.  I absolutely LOVE these new thinlits as they're so easy to use and incredibly beautiful.

We used basic grey, basic black and blushing bride glimmer paper to create this card.  Add a little something, something with our silver satin ribbon and voila, you've got this beauty!

Next on the list was a little something for Valentine's Day.  Once again, the card was simple to create using our Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits.  As this is such a detailed thinlit, we used the Big Shot Die Brush to make getting all the fine details out without much effort.

The final card of the night featured TWO of my favourites from the new catalog.  The first was from the Chose your Dreams set.  I love the iconic landmarks; the only thing that could make it better would be an Eiffel Tower image.  I paired this set with Beautiful You to create a very fashion forward, or french-feeling card.  We used the new watercolour pencils and the stitched shape framelits to add a little extra to the overall design. 

All in all, I think the January kick-off went well.  We learned some new techniques, used some new product and had a blast crafting together.  If you're interested in learning more about card club; please don't hesitate to ask.

Don't forget it's SALE-a-BRATION right now.  If you're planning to order any of the items used to recreate these cards, remember that for each $60 you spend before tax and shipping, you'll get to pick a FREE item from the exclusive SALE-a-BRATION brochure.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Special Reason Bundle

You might look at this bundle and think it's just another flower set.....It's not!!

The Special Reason bundle is quite unique! The Stylish Stems Framelits, which are part of the bundle, produce several different looks. Here are a few projects to show you what I mean.

You actually use two framelits to get the look of the orange flower on the box.

The easiest way to fully appreciate this bundle is to watch this video by Stampin' Up!

What do you think? Remember, for every $60 you order (before shipping and tax), you get to choose any Sale-a-Bration item for FREE!

Happy stampin'!

Monday, 9 January 2017

Introducing the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog

January 4 – May 31, 2017
Whether big or small, life is full of special moments worth celebrating. The new occasions catalog is filled with products to help you commemorate each of these moments. From stamps to paper, and accessories to tools, all are sure to become your new favourites.
Check out the new catalog online here.
Do you need a copy of the new Occasions Catalog?
For those of you who enjoy a hard copy to flip through, send me a note and I'll get one out to you.

Happy stampin'!