Dec 23, 2018

Sunday Share - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

It's getting closer to the big day - are you ready yet?? I still have cranberry sauce to make, and some gifts to wrap but otherwise I'm pretty much ready to cook our turkey dinner for our family coming on Christmas Day . . . . I thought you might like to see some of the latest cards from my stamping studio as well as some swaps I received from my very talented club members!
Some quick and easy ideas with our mini Pizza Boxes as well as the Envelope Punch Board - it's great to have these products on hand so you can be ready for some cute gift presentations!
Here's a couple more Christmas cards we did - one using up some retired Christmas-y DSP from last year, and the other with the beautiful Joyous Noel Specialty Designer paper in the Holiday Catalogue . . and time is winding down to get your faves from this catalogue so if you want any products then I'd recommend you order now (click here) before they runs out for good!
And my last share for the year is showcasing the Wishing You Well stamp set which made some great Christmas cards (the one above and below), but is also perfect for any occasion - and it's carrying forward into spring so you can get it in January!
Remember my blog and website will both be undergoing a refresh and maintenance starting December 27th so you will not be able to access any shopping or catalogue links until I am up and running again in early January. I will let you know for sure when all is updated and active again so you can view the new Occasions Catalogue as well as the Sale-a-Bration flyer (our favourite time of the year for FREE stuff!)

Thank you so much for being part of my sharing this past year - having you along with me makes it so worthwhile!

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and if you get some time for yourself over the holidays - Happy Stamping!

Dec 16, 2018

Sunday Share - 2019 Occasions and Sale-a-Bration coming soon!

I'm still working on last minute Christmas cards and making tags too - but as a demonstrator I get a sneak peak at the 2019 Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-Bration flyer coming soon and you will definitely love all of it! If you are one of my customers and live out of town, then your catalogue and flyer went in the mail to you this week so watch for it!

If you are one of my local customers then save the date for January 19 and 20, 2019 when I will have an Open House each day and you can come and pick up your very own catalogue and see what's new as you try out any products I have in my craft room!

Meanwhile, remember the Year-end Closeout and Sale is on until January 2nd so shop early to get what you want before it runs out. . . . click on this link here

My website and blog will be getting an update starting December 27th for about two weeks so you will not be able to shop or follow any links until I am up and running again - I will let you know when all is ready and thank you for your patience!

While you wait for the new catalogues - Stampin' Up! announced they are introducing "Cling Mount" stamps with this catalogue in 2019 to replace the "clear mount" stamps and will no longer carry wood mount stamps. Take a look at this cute video to get a teaser of how well they will cling!

Until next week, Happy Stamping!

Dec 9, 2018

Sunday Share - Inspiration in the Mail

Where do you get your inspiration from when you sit down to make a special card, or even a few at a time? I know my inspiration comes from many places and today I'm sharing a couple of ideas with you -

I received this card a couple of years ago from some special  friends - I kept it on my desk because I really liked the design and wanted to replicate it someday . . . .

Last month Stampin' Up! had a special promotion that had lots of snowflakes and I reached for the card and decided to replicate it my way - here's my card using the Snow is Glistening stamps for the background, and the Blizzard Thinlits Die to cut the Glimmer Paper snowflakes - they are super sparkly in person!
Take a look at your mail in a new way as there are so many ideas for you to use for inspiration. I've used catalogues and flyers - sometimes it's the colour combinations, other times it's the layout that inspires me - but there is always something that helps me to start creating!

I made a few of these cards inspired by one I saw from another demonstrator in the US - I loved the simplicity of the card and it packs a special message to anyone who receives it - the greeting and the bulbs are from the Making Christmas Bright Bundle in the 2018 Holiday Catalogue.
The good news is the stamps and punch will be carrying over to next year BUT they won't be a bundled price - and bundles save you 10% by buying now!!
Click here to go to my online store and shop anytime to have your products sent to your door - you will also receive a thank you from me at the end of each month for choosing me as your demonstrator - I do appreciate it!

Check out the Year-end Closeout happening now and get your wish list items before they disappear for good - you don't want to say "I wish I had  . . . " Email or message me if you have any questions and I will do my best to help you out.
My last Make it Monday is December 17th at 7:00 pm and I have a full house coming!! It will be great to share some last minute cards and ideas with you! And I'll post pictures after for those who can't make it. . . .

Reminder that my website and blog links will not be available starting December 27th while they undergo some maintenance and reconstruction - I'm hoping to be up and running again by January 10th and will let you know as soon as I'm live again. Message or email me directly while my site is down so I can help you.

Happy stamping!

Dec 2, 2018

Sunday Share - Early Christmas Fun at The Wesbrooke

Last week was my monthly visit to The Wesbrooke Seniors Residence to share card making with the group of crafty ladies! I wanted to give them some options for Christmas Card giving and we had a great time putting together the card ideas I brought for them - plus I had a treat for them at the end that they could reuse or pass on to someone!
Here's a couple of pictures of them hard at work -

And here are the cards we made - the first one used the Gold Foil Card Bases and Envelopes - a perfect way to get a quick start on card making! They loved the snowflakes and the glitter!

I surprised them by giving them a third project to make that will easily hold a gift card - it is a quick option for you to create at home too.

All you need is a piece of Designer Series Paper 3" x 12" (make four from one sheet of DSP); scored at 2 1/4" and 7 1/4". Put Tear & Tape on the backside along each of the 2 1/4" edges to make a pocket for your gift card when it is folder over and taped down. Corner round the opposite ends that will be the top flap. Place tear and tape on the back (outside) of the folded over holder 1 3/4" up from the base and attach a piece of 9" ribbon - bring it around to the front and tie in a knot. Slip the top flap into your ribbon. I punched the greeting with our 1 1/4" Circle Punch, and adhered it to Silver Foil Scalloped Circle using the 1 3/8" Circle Punch. While my sample used up some retired products, there are so many options in our Holiday Catalogue that you can choose your own papers and greetings! Just click on the link and you are ready to shop! If you pick a two-sided DSP, then cut a 2 7/8" x 5 7/8" layer of Whisper White for the inside greeting and writing your message.

Holiday Catalogue items are disappearing fast so get your favourites while you can - I will place a final order on December 5th to ensure delivery before the holidays start - you can jump on that order, or do your own on line - let me know!

I hope you are enjoying my Holiday helper Newsletters - if you haven't signed up yet, then do it now on my blog so you don't miss the last few coming to you until mid-December. I really love the quick and easy projects! Fun to make with family or gather with a few crafty friends!

I have one more Make it Monday on December 17th at 7:00 pm. Please RSVP so I have enough kits ready, and bring a friend to share the fun or bring your own project to work on!

And an advance FYI - I will be doing some maintenance on my blog and website from December 27 into early January so you won't be able to view links or order product during that time. I appreciate your patience while I work on some internal updates :-) and I will let you know as soon as it is up and running again!

Happy Stamping!

Nov 23, 2018

It's Back!!! Black Friday Specials - a new sale every 48 hours - check it out!

What's better than a Black Friday Sale?? How about 6 days of sales -  with different items from your Annual Catalogue on sale for 48 hours. At the end of 48 hours, a new group of items will be on sale! Watch for your favourites to come up and  make a list - so many items are on sale you won't believe your eyes!!

Today and tomorrow - Paper and Embellishments

Sunday and Monday - Stamps and Kits

Tuesday and Wednesday - Tools and Ink

Click on this link now to go to my website and start shopping - then check back each 48 hours for the next items on sale - here's a guide as to what will be on sale and when - if you want me to place the orders for you, message or email me with your payment information and I'll make it happen for you :-)

Here's the small print of what's included each day so you can plan ahead and have your list ready each day - and don't forget that online ordering deadline is 10:50 pm Pacific Time of the second day in each sale group

November 23–24
Brads and Buttons
Cards and Envelopes
Designer Series Paper
Embossing material
Specialty Paper
Washi Tape

November 25–26
Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount, and photopolymer)
Project kits
Card kits
Kit refills
Memories & More
Punch box kits

November 27–28
Cutting tools
Embossing folders
Framelits and Thinlits
Ink Pads
Ink refills
Scoring Tools
Stamp blocks and cases

Sadly the Big Shot and Stamparatus are not included in the Tools and Ink sale, but if you do order from me I will pay the shipping on those two items as my Black Friday gift to you! If you order online, I will reimburse you when I send out the month end thank you cards for my online orders.

Happy Shopping!

Nov 11, 2018

Sunday Share - Santa's Workshop Memories & More

Have you looked at p 21 in the Holiday Catalogue?? The Santa's Workshop Memories & More pack and coordinating card bases and envelopes in bright Poppy Parade will give you a super quick start to your card making this year! There are 20 card bases, and 20 matching envelopes in each package - amazing deal!
My studio times filled up so quickly for this popular class - before I could even share it with you on my blog! However, if you do order the products, I will send you my handout so you can create the same cards at home as we are doing this week in our classes - and you will have lots left over to make more cards or scrapbook page layouts that are included in your "extra ideas" from me!
Here's a quick look at my class preparation and the products you will need to order to make your 20 cards - unfortunately the Santa's Workshop Enamel Shapes were so popular they are sold out but you can substitute the Red Rhinestones or other enamel shapes or dots you might have on hand to add some bling to your cards. The Memories & More pack comes with 4 sheets of stickers, and some glitter pieces too - all designed to fit the coordinating card bases! You will need your own adhesives, a paper trimmer and scissors.

Shop my online store (click here) to order any of the products, or ask me to help you get your order in soon so you can start your cards like the samples below:

A quick reminder too - my next Make it Monday class is coming soon on November 19th at 7:00 pm and we will definitely be making Christmas cards for you to take home . . . . .  as always this event needs you to RSVP on my website or by email/message to me so I can prepare your kits. Cards are 2/$5.00 and make as many as you have time for or free with a qualifying order that night.

Can't wait to share some Christmas card magic with you soon!

Happy stamping!

Nov 4, 2018

Sunday Share - Snowflake Showcase for Holiday Magic!

If you haven't visited my website yet this week, then you need to visit it now and check out the beautiful Snowflake Showcase of products - they are an amazing array of coordinating stamps and dies to help you design the most fabulous cards and winter themed scrapbook pages too!
The Stampin' Up! concept artists have been busy creating ideas for us and Pinterest is exploding with many more as people receive their orders and show us what they are creating! Take a look at some of these ideas, then put your order in so you can join in making some of these wonderful cards and pages too!

And the products aren't just for holidays - here are some cards made for other occasions using the same suite of stamps and dies!

Shop anytime at my online store (shopping in your pj's??  No problem!) by clicking on this link which takes you directly to the shopping section.

Want to see some more ideas???  - then watch this quick video from Stampin' Up! which gives you lots of ways to use these coordinating products - and while you look I'll share something I found out -  the White Velvet Sheets are so soft to touch - they make perfect snowscapes or die cut some snow covered trees!

If you need any help with your projects, let me know - I'm only a call or message away and would love to help you get ready for the holidays!

Sign up now for my Holiday Helpers newsletters coming to your in box weekly to give you lots of fun ideas for gifts, cards and more! And check out my events section to see what's happening in my studio - I'd love to see you soon!

My next Make it Monday event is November 19th at 7:00 pm. RSVP on line (click here) so you can join me in making cards and tags for your family and friends.

Happy Stamping!

Oct 28, 2018

Sunday Share - Birthday and Christmas Cards at The Wesbrooke

A quick post today to share with you the cards my ladies made at The Wesbrooke last week. They are always in need of birthday cards for the residents, and this time everyone made one to help fill the birthday box so they have a few ahead . . . .

Here's the birthday card we made - with an option for Thank You if you want to change it up! The Designer Series Paper is retired, but everything else is currently available in my on line store so you can shop (click here) and re-create the card idea at home.
The Christmas card we made was really popular and they all told me it's never too early to start card making for the holidays! Next month we will get to make some more!!
Once everyone had completed their cards, I handed out some small "Trick or Treat" bags which were greeted with lots of smiles . . . . I love going to visit the ladies and making cards with them!
If you think you will be short of time, try making cards from one of our awesome kits! They have everything you need except adhesives and you can spend a relaxing evening or afternoon making your cards - what a great feeling it is to have some cards ready to give next time you have a special occasion!

Check out the Stampin' Up! kits on my website :-)

What did you stamp this weekend?

Happy stamping!

Oct 22, 2018

24 hours ONLY - 30th Birthday Stamp Sale October 23, 2018

How do you celebrate a birthday? If you are Stampin' Up! then you celebrate by giving all of us a discount on so many stamp sets - now that's a birthday treat we can all really celebrate!!!
Here's the details - I know it's small print but it will all be on my online store starting at 11:00 pm Pacific time - and you can order online (click here) using this HOST CODE GV9NHXQB  for the 24 hour period only and get your name in my draw for product from the Holiday Catalogue.

I will close the Host Code at 9:00 pm Pacific tomorrow evening (Tuesday October 23rd) to make sure all your orders get in on time - so message or email me with your wish list items if you don't want to order online, and let me know your preferred method of payment (etransfer or credit card is great!) . It's not often we get a deal like this, and I know which set I'm getting - Swirly Frames has been on my wish list for awhile and I've kept putting it off so now's the time! While you are looking online, check out the clearance rack too as there are some recent additions that you may not have seen - always great deals on retired products and a perfect time to add them to your order too!
I know these pictures are a bit small - but hoping they give you a visual of what's on sale! Go to my website any time during the 24 hour sale to check out the list. If you are reading this in my email, I've included a PDF listing for you to look at :-) 
Let me know if I can help you with your order - message, email or call!

Happy Stamping!

Oct 21, 2018

Sunday Share - All Is Bright Suite for beautiful projects!

I really love the new Holiday Catalogue so much - there are so many great ideas inside the covers as well as awesome products for you to add to your craft supplies so you can explore new card and 3 D ideas . . .  I loved the All Is Bright Suite of products so much, that I featured the stamp set and punch for one of my Make and Takes at my recent Open House event!  Doesn't this page from the catalogue put you in the holiday mood?
Here's the bundle and the Designer Series Paper you can get simply by clicking here and ordering, or when you connect with me at any of my events or by email.
And here's the really cute card we made and a 3 D gift box that I showed as well . . .  so easy to take a card idea and transfer it to a 3 D item!
I used some of the gorgeous paper for a class we did that showed how to take a stamp set from the Annual Catalogue (Serene Garden) and turn it into a Christmas themed one - sometimes all you need is different paper and trimmings and you've got a whole new look!
And here's a few more "All is Bright Suite" ideas from the Stampin' Up! concept artists that are in the Holiday Catalogue - if you don't have your own catalogue yet, let me know and I'll make sure you get one. Meanwhile check the button on my blog sidebar for the online version.
Sign up now for my newsletter - you won't want to miss the Holiday Helper series as we get closer to Christmas and you want some ideas "right now". Week 2 was released last week and I can catch you up if you sign up now!

Make it Monday is tomorrow night October 22nd - from 7:00 - 9:00 pm in my home studio. RSVP so I have kits ready for you and you are welcome to bring a friend too - can't wait to stamp with you!

Happy Stamping!

Oct 6, 2018

Happy World Cardmaking Day!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Yes it REALLY is a day and yes we are celebrating!
Stampin' Up! has given us a whole week of specials so don't delay picking up your favourites before the sale ends Sunday, October 8th at 10:00 pm Pacific (I'm allowing for a bit of time in case you can't log in right away!) Click here to get started now or message/email me to do it for you!
I've already ordered more 12" x 12" Whisper White Cardstock - and the Very Vanilla is on sale too - the perfect size for making those 3" x 3" gift cards, or using on Scrapbook pages too. And yes, I got more Dimensionals and Tear & Tape adhesive too - why not when they are all on sale??
If you want cards in a hurry, then this "Lots of Happy" kit is perfect for you - it includes stamps and an ink spot so you only need adhesives and you are ready to create. It includes some exclusive to the kit watercolour pencil colours, and you can add to the kits ones with an assortment from the Annual Catalogue. You can even purchase a refill kit once you've done the first set!

Look at some of the cards I created and I even changed some up a bit to see what I could make "outside the box". I used some of the retired Sale-a-Bration card bases for the pretty So Saffron and Calypso Coral cards. You can sub any colour that you have on your craft table - what is your favourite colour?
Here's the Watercolor Pencils assortment you can add to your kit so you have lots of variety!
Don't wait to place your order - you could forget with all those thoughts of turkey and pumpkin pie on our minds for the next few days - have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and hope you are sharing some of your day/s with your family and friends!
Happy Stamping!