Feb 23, 2020

Sunday Share - Stamping With Friends at Coffee and Cards

This past week I had some new stampers at my Coffee and Cards events and was prepared with some fun options for them so they could have a great stamping experience - these events are meant for stampers of all levels and at the end of the time you will head out with cards for your giving box and new ideas to use the papers, tools and embellishments you have at home - win, win!!
The Experience Creativity Brochure has some great projects for new stampers and that's where they started - making note cards using the super pretty Magnolia Lane Cards & More packs and learning how to use the stamps and inks . . . . the greetings were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink - a nice ink pad for starting out as it doesn't need a lot of pressure to get really clear impressions. After making the two note cards, and seeing how they could turn the cards over for a different look, they were more than ready for the next set of cards!
I chose the Kerchief Card Kit to show what's available for free during Sale-a-Bration with a qualifying order and how easily you can make amazing cards from our kits! They loved the colours in this kit and couldn't wait to try more cards!
I shared this mini One Sheet Wonder with my stampers - using the so pretty Best Dressed 6" x 6" Designer Series Papers. You can make three cards very quickly from one sheet of paper with only a very small bit of scrap. Simply cut a 2" piece from the sheet, then trim to 5 1/2" inches. Cut the remaining piece at 2" across the 4" width to get two pieces 1 - 2" x 4"; the other 4" x 4".  I used some Old Olive Cardstock to coordinate with my chosen piece of DSP but you can pick any one of the coordinating colours listed on the DSP package. Stampin' Up! makes it so easy to mix and match your colours and know they will always look "right". I used Old Olive ink for the greetings which came from the Magnolia Blooms Stamp Set. The flower is from Botanical Bliss Stamp Set.
The last choice for the event was this card which gave my stampers a bit of a different colouring option. I like showing them how to colour with the Watercolor Pencils and then finishing off using a Blender Pen - it makes for a nice soft finish to the images with no watery mess that some have when they first try to watercolour. We used the new Painted Poppies Stamp Set for the flower image from the Spring Mini Catalogue, and added some Peaceful Poppies Sequins for the bit of bling! The 4" x 3" DSP is from the See A Silhouette DSP in the Annual Catalogue - its full of bright cheerful papers that you will love turning into some cards for anyone. The papers also make great backgrounds for scrapbook layouts! The cardstock layer is Crushed Curry - a great match for the DSP. The greeting is from Peaceful Moments Stamp Set.
I hope you find some time to create this week - it's a great break from whatever else is going on in your world. Like something you've seen here? Please shop my online store link here or message me to help you place your order. I love to share special treats with you when you place online orders.

Book here for my next events in March and I'll have a place ready for you!

Happy stamping!

Feb 19, 2020

A New Watercolour Look with the Peaceful Poppies Suite

The Mini Catalogue Inspiration
Painted Poppies Suite

The Peaceful Poppies suite includes two bundles, plus tons of gorgeous accessories. This suite is so amazing we have to call it a super-suite! The Painted Poppies bundle (#153827) and Peaceful Moments bundle (#153824) are both stamp set and die bundles and they both coordinate with each other, as well as, with the other elements of the suite. Talk about a super-suite that really blooms with creativity!

The Painted Poppies bundle is ideal for techniques like watercolouring and colouring with Stampin' Blends. If you were at my special Painted Poppies class, we did both techniques using the Peaceful Poppies Elements too.

This lovely card features watercolouring, modified die, and modified embellishments techniques.I think you'll love the techniques and the beautiful card you'll create! Need some help?? Bring your project to my next Coffee and Cards Event (tomorrow or next month), and we can work on it together!

Happy Stamping!


Painted Poppies Watercolor Card

Painted Poppies Watercolor Card

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STAMPS: Painted Poppies (#151599) & Beautifully Braided (#151637)
CARDSTOCK: Whisper White (#100730), Old Olive (#100702), Bermuda Bay (#131197)
PAPER: Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper (# 149612), Vellum Cardstock (#101856)
INK: Jet Black StazOn (#101406), Pumpkin Pie (#147086), Old Olive (#147090), Mango Melody (#147093), Coastal Cabana (#147097)
ACCESSORIES: Perennial Essence Floral Centers (#149442)
ADHESIVES: SNAIL (#104331), Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430), Mini Glue Dots (#103683)
TOOLS: Aqua Painters (#103954), Stampin' Spritzer (#126185), Painted Labels Dies (#151605), Clear Block E (#118484), Grid Paper (#130148)

TIPS: Use the Simply Shammy to clean the water and ink off the Clear Block after creating the watercolor wash background.




Painted Poppies Suite

Feb 16, 2020

Sunday Share - Coordinating Products Make Your Cards Shine!

When all parts of our outfit coordinates, we can't help but feel good as we step out to work, to visit or for a night on the town.  It's the same thing when we scrapbook or make cards - if the products coordinate we know our layout or card is going to be great!! That's why Stampin' Up! took the guesswork out of the latest Sale-a-Bration Coordinating Products offering - and they've given us some great pairings too.
Check out each item that is offered by clicking on this link and see what each item will go with making it easy to add on to your orders and know it will all work! All items are while supplies last so order soon so you don't miss out!

I had fun with the first set of dies that came into my crafting studio that coordinate with the Happy Birthday Sale-a-Bration stamp set that you can get for FREE with your qualifying order . . . . here's a card I made that really shows how easy it is to make a "wow" card with the extra layering! The dies include cake stands too so you can really jazz up your card . . . . you can purchase the dies and some cardstock supplies and earn the stamp set as your FREE item! A definite win!!

Here's another card made with the Ladybug dies that coordinate with the Sale-a-Bration host set called Little Ladybug - it has the cutest images! The concept artists had so much fun with all the coordinating products and video they made gives you lots of ideas to create more!
Ask me how you can earn the Little Ladybug stamps by hosting a card making party for you and your friends. They will get to buy their regular supplies, have the opportunity to earn Sale-a-Bration FREE items and you can earn the Little Ladybug set - everyone wins at this party! Don't want to clean house or bake for a party?? I can have everyone at my studio or do an online event so all your participants shop from the comfort of their home and when their orders arrive, I'll include a kit for each guest to make the card/s we would have done in person.
And lastly for today, if you love punches like I do then the Pleased as Punch Designer Series Paper is meant for you - order the punches and you qualify for free Sale-a-Bration items and get the coordinating paper so you are ready to make your cards!

Need to have the Spring Mini Catalogue in your hands? Message me and I will get it to you :-)

Or you can come to my Coffee and Cards events next week - Tuesday or Thursday and either 1 - 3 pm or 7 - 9 pm. RSVP here so I prepare enough kits for the class.

Happy stamping!

Feb 14, 2020

Join the Fun During Sale-a-Bration and Get So Much More!

Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration Banner


If you are like most stampers, you enjoy sharing your creative ideas and projects. Plus, you love getting an extra-good deal on your favourite crafting supplies. Have you ever considered becoming a demonstrator - even if it's just to get your crafting supplies at a discount? I love what I do and I think you'd love it, too! Now is a great opportunity to join my team with our special Sale-A-Bration starter kit bonuses.

Choose $165 in Stampin' Up! products for only $135!

Plus, only during Sale-A-ration, you'll also receive three additional bonus items:
-A new Mini Paper Cutter
   -A 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper Sampler
   -Your choice of any stamp set offered in current catalogues (host sets and Sale-A-Bration sets excluded)

If you don't think demonstrating is for you, joining to get the discount on your personal purchases is a great benefit. You can enjoy a discount of 20% or more on all future orders. Whether you join to share creativity, hold workshops and earn money, or get a great discount on your orders, we have options. All while doing what you love to do - stamp and share!



So let's recap - For only $135:

Choose up to $165 of any Stampin' Up! products of your choice for your kit. Choose from current catalogues, bundles, and Clearance Rack.

The Sale-A-Bration special kit also includes 3 bonus items: a Mini Paper Cutter, 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper Sampler, and a stamp set of your choice from any current catalogue (excludes Host sets and Sale-A-Bration rewards).

20% discount! Enjoy a minimum of a 20% demonstrator discount every day.

Free Shipping! The starter kit ships FREE for another 10% savings.

No risk! You'll have through the end of your first full quarter (June 2020) to "test drive" demonstrator discounts and benefits.

No penalty! If you reach $400 in sales during April-June, you automatically remain active for another quarter. If you don't reach $400 in sales, you can "drop" with no penalty, and you keep everything from your Starter Kit.

No catch! There's no obligation to hold workshops or parties, sell products to others or personally purchase anything beyond the kit. I'd love to help you choose your "Try-it Kit" - call or message me anytime!


Feb 12, 2020

Springtime Fun with the Best Dressed Suite

The Mini Catalogue Inspiration
Best Dressed Suite

Celebrate your inner diva in style with the Best Dressed Suite! This fun and flirty Dressed To Impress stamp set includes images and sassy greetings to help you create the ultimate in fashionable paper crafting. It's one of my favourites for making those "girlfriend" cards

The All Dressed Up Dies include dies that coordinate with the stamp images, plus dies to make an awesome 3D purse! Pinterest is already loaded with great ideas for these cute purses! This bundle is one you'll want to add to your spring fashion collection now and will continue to enjoy season after season.

The note card project highlights an unexpected use for the purse handle die from the All Dressed Up Dies, heat embossing, and the stamping off technique. The soft colours and fashionable floral and stripe design are perfect for spring occasions. Make this card for Mother's Day, bridal showers, birthdays, and much more!

Happy Stamping!


Dressed To Impress - Mother's Day Note Card

Dressed To Impress - Mother's Day Note Card

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STAMPS: Dressed to Impress (#151666)
CARDSTOCK: Whisper White (#100730), Coastal Cabana (#131297), Grapefruit Grove (#146972), Petal Pink (#146985)
INK: VersaMark (#102283), Granny Apple Green (#147095), Bermuda Bay (#147096), Coastal Cabana (#147097), Grapefruit Grove (#147142)
ACCESSORIES: Stampin’ Emboss Powder Gold (#109129), From My Heart Faceted Gems (#151154)
ADHESIVES: SNAIL (#104331), Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430), Mini Glue Dots (#103683), Fine-Tip Glue Pen (#138309) or Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755)
TOOLS: All Dressed Up Dies (#151665), Heat Tool (#129053), Embossing Buddy (#103083)

TIPS: Rub the Embossing Buddy over paper before heat embossing to reduce static. This helps prevent stray bits of embossing powder from sticking where you don't want them.




Best Dressed Suite

Feb 10, 2020

Kylie's Demo Training Blog Hop February 2020 - Peaceful Poppies Suite

Thank you for joining us for our Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator Monthly Team Blog Hop! We are so happy that you could join us today as we share ideas and creative inspiration. We are a group of Stampin' Up!® Demonstrators from around the world taking part in training to reach some goals we have set. We really appreciate your support.

I'm Ginny Duncan from Maple Ridge, BC Canada. You may be starting here or have come from another blog - either way you can find the link list at the bottom of this post so that you can see every idea that we are sharing today.
I was drawn to the Peaceful Poppies Suite from the moment I saw the Mini Catalogue cover at On Stage - I have always loved poppies - partly for the symbolism they represent as a reminder of our war veterans' sacrifices but also because they are such a vibrant flower in our gardens. And they can be so many colours! 
Today's picture shares with you the cards we did in my special Painted Poppies class - and the optional scrapbook layout that some of my participants chose to do. Don't you love how the cards are so many different colours? My class participants were in awe of the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series papers we used, and were super happy to take some home to create more cards! The border print was perfect for the layout I chose to do with some of them - and they still have the other half sheet to make cards or feature on another layout page. 
I showed a coordinating grid page for the focal layout as most of us like doing double page layouts in our scrapbooks - do you like double pages too or do you mostly do single pages?? 
I love being able to add in some of the coordinating products like the Peaceful Poppies Elements and Sequins to make the layouts special and I always try to have a bit of ribbon somewhere in my layouts. If you check out the cards, you will see I added some of the same Elements and Sequins, and ribbon to the cards we made . . . it was a really fun class to put on for everyone!
If you want to make your own cards or scrapbook pages, here is the link to the products we used and you can get your order started now, or contact me to place your order - but going direct is quicker and it will go right to your home!! 

Thank you so much for visiting today! We have an awesome group  of Stampin' Up!® demonstrators from around the world, and I know you are going to love all their projects. Grab a cup of your favourite beverage and go through all the links. Remember you are currently on my page – Ginny Duncan and I appreciate all your comments!  See who is below my name to know where to go for your next inspiration.


Feb 9, 2020

Sunday Share - Some Valentine Card Ideas for YOU to Make!

In case you haven't noticed all the ads for flowers, chocolate, gourmet meals, wine and cards, then I'm here to remind you that Valentines Day is coming up this Friday and I have lots of ideas for you to create your own cards too.
I love this card!! It is made from the Sale-a-Bration Host set called Little Ladybug which is FREE with qualifying workshops of $375. It's easy to get to that amount if you invite friends, family - anyone who loves to make cards or scrapbook with you - and have them order some of their basic paper-crafting supplies. You can hold a workshop in your home, or in my studio (no cooking or cleaning!) or we can do an on line party where everyone orders and you get the host credits. Remind them that with Sale-a-Bration on, they can get free products too - just by buying their basics! And I send out thank you rewards to all shoppers on line at the end of each month so everyone wins!
New this month are the Coordinating Products that include Ladybug Dies so it's super easy to make some fun cards. Are ladybugs a good luck memory from your childhood?? They sure are for me and I got them both as soon as I could order :-)

Here's a quick video on the Little Ladybug stamps with some fun card ideas to try - you won't want to miss it!
The greeting on the card is from the Meant To Be Stamp set in the Annual Catalogue.
Here's some more ideas for you that I made using Meant To Be and Stitched Be Mine Dies - when you use the die with all the mini hearts outline, you are left with the small hearts - I saved them and made a spray of hearts on the top card!
This card features the die greeting from the Parisian Dies - love that we can mix things up and find the word we want in a different set . . . the hearts were die cut from the small heart in the Stitched Be Mine Dies. The papers on all the cards are in the Spring Mini called From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper - the "special" comes from the many papers that have foil embossing or background - and it only took a bit to die cut the hearts and use as strips and accents on all my cards.
Need a card for something other than Valentines Day?? Don't forget these papers make great anniversary, wedding and even engagement cards - any occasion that has "hearts" and "love" is a perfect time to grab these papers, punches and stamp sets and make your card . . . this one features the Heart Punch Pack Duo - and the punches work perfectly on some of the designs in the From My Heart papers - awesome idea!! And for a quick and easy 3" x 3" gift card, you can't beat the Heartfelt Lacy Stamp and a few of the sprinkled die-cuts from the previous card idea.
Sign up now for my Coffee and Cards events - this month's dates are February 18th and 20th - you can book either 1 - 3 pm or 7 - 9 pm either day - can't wait to see you!! RSVP on my Events Page (link here) so I know you are coming.

Need some help with a project? Bring it to my Coffee and Cards events and we can work though it - I'd love to help you.

Let me know in the comments which cards are your favourite - and what kind of cards you make for Valentines Day. Need to Shop Now? Click on the button on my sidebar and get started. If you need the current catalogues let me know - I'd be happy to get them to you so you can flip through for ideas and products too . . . .

Happy stamping!!

Feb 7, 2020

New Coordinating Products Make Your Springtime Sweeter!!

Sale-A-Bration Coordination Product Release

Sale-A-Bration Coordination Product Release

Do you have a favourite outfit that mixes and matches and feels just right? Or the perfect food pairing that you just have to have?  Well, just like fashion and food, crafting is sweeter when you have the perfect combinations too. Stampin' Up! has made favourites from the Mini Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration reward items even better with new coordinating products! Download the flyer below to see all the coordinating products then head to my on line store to shop now!

The popular Sale-A-Bration reward stamp set, Happy Birthday To You (#152308), is awesome on it's own, but paired with the coordinating Birthday Dies (#153590) you can do so much more! Did you fall in love with the adorable little critters in the Special Someone Stamp set (#151643)? I did and I'm so excited to see that we can now get the coordinating Special Days Dies, making crafting sweet cards faster and easier.

If you are like me and many of my stamping friends, and have a punch addiction, then you'll want to get your inky fingers on the new Pleased As Punch Designer Series Paper (#153558). It coordinates with 4 different punches!

I think you can see why I'm so excited by these new coordinating products! They are only available until March 31st or while supplies last. I'm predicting some will sell out, so don't wait, get your new coordinating favourites today! Visit me at my next Coffee and Cards Events to see the stamps and dies together - you don't want to miss out!

Happy Stamping!


Sale-A-Bration Coordination Product Release




Sale-A-Bration Coordination Product Release

Feb 5, 2020

Want some "ME" time with friends? Check My Events now and RSVP

Stampin' Up! Inspiration Project

February is the perfect time to share the love of creativity and stamping with those you love! Share the love by sending a card, making a gift, or inviting a friend to join you for a fun class or event.

With the new Mini Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration going on I have lots of lovely projects to share with you so mark your calendar and RSVP today!


Happy Stamping!

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Feb 2, 2020

Sunday Share - You Can Make these Cards Too!

It's been awhile since I visited The Wesbrook to make cards with the ladies there so it was fun to catch up with them last Thursday and share some holiday memories and see how they liked all the snow (they didn't!!).
Here's the first card we made - I went back to the Annual Catalogue for my inspiration and the Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series Papers did the trick - two really different cards from one great paper with it's shine and textured embossed images on one side of the papers. Makes it hard to choose which side to use . . . . this card has a definite masculine feel to it and can be used for any age so add one to your box of cards soon!
The next card was definitely more girly with the soft Very Vanilla card base, the Mint Macaron Textile Ribbon and the hand coloured poppy from the new Painted Poppies Stamp set - my ladies did not want to cover up the pretty hummingbirds in the paper pattern but decided the poppy was a worthwhile addition. We stamped the poppy on the envelope too for some extra fun. Sentiments on both cards came from the new Peaceful Moments Stamp set - part of the Peaceful Poppies Suite of amazing and coordinated products!
I brought some valentines treats for them since my next visit will be near the end of the month - and they loved the treat bags from the January Paper Pumpkin kit (I think they loved the Ghirardelli chocolates inside more though)! They will be able to re-use the treat bags to share some chocolate goodies with family or add a gift card - it's the perfect size! They were so easy to put together and there are 20 in the kit - plus there are 10 really cute gift card size cards to make with envelopes. The Paper Pumpkin Fan Club Facebook page (join if you do Paper Pumpkins!) has so many alternative options this month that you will love to try at least some of them!

Sign up for a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription and earn FREE Sale-a-Bration products of your choice! Check the links here to get started on your kits. I love getting them each month and offer to make the kits with my customers so we can PP together!
I have only ONE opening left for my current Stamp Club starting February 12/13. Definite opening for Thursday morning but we can squeeze you in for the Wednesday late afternoon group if that works better for you - check with me for all the details or more info on my Events page here.  It's the best way to get the products you want on a budget as you commit to purchasing only $25/month for 8 months in 2020 and one month you get all the hostess benefits without hosting anything (no cooking or cleaning - it's all in my studio!). Can't wait to share some creativity with you!

Let me know what you are stamping in the comments - I'd love to hear from you! Thanks for visiting today, and if you need a new Mini Catalogue and Sale-a-Bration flyer let me know and I'll get one to you:-)

Happy stamping!