Friday, May 5, 2017

(Inter) National Scrapbook Day - Saturday May 6th

Hi everyone - oh, my I have been so busy working at the Elections BC local office that April went whizzing by and we are now into May . . . and tomorrow is a special day for everyone to remember to tell our stories and print our pictures so others can see what we are doing, where we have been and what is special in our lives!  (I am working for the final Advance Voting Day or I would invite you to play with me!)

Here's a really quick layout I did (digitally with Project Life) while camping on Easter weekend - it was the best way to highlight the blue sky days and the daffodils that mean Easter in our home! I was so busy adding pictures I forgot to add a text box - I'll fix that later!

Project Life and Stampin' Up! have so many ways to help you get your pictures onto pages, along with the stories that make the layouts so special for everyone to enjoy - and now you can get some of the retiring Project Life products at sale prices so click on my link and shop away! You'll be glad you did and your families will love that you made some time to showcase their events!

I was so happy to be part of the Honour House fundraiser on April 22nd - 42 wonderful stamping friends came together along with 4 of my best demonstrator friends (Alison Solven, our organizer,  Liane Binder, Melva Peters, and Ange McKay) and raised over $3600 for Honour House - check out their story here! It's a wonderful way to give back to those who spend their lives being on the front line for all of us . . . 

I used the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set and framelits - here is a picture of my storyboard and the card we made, along with a couple of close up samples for you to try at home - love that set and the Inside the Lines Designer Paper from Sale-a-Bration.  And I just might have a few sheets left so I can give you some to try your own designs - just mention you saw this comment on my blog next time you are at one of my events!

So many awesome card ideas for this set - don't forget to pick it up before the end of May so you get the bundled pricing - it will be in the new catalogue releasing June 1st, but not as a bundled set.
Click here to get the set now!!

The background for the bees below was made by swiping my So Saffron ink pad over some small bubble wrap - makes a really neat background for the bees. Then I added some "Gorgeous Grunge" splotches in Crushed Curry and Basic Grey - this stamp set is retiring so order it before May 22nd so you know you will have it! For sure it is staying in my personal collection - it's so versatile! This card is all about the stamping - no Big Shot or other tools needed - sometimes "simple" cards make a big impact!
 Here's another example of using the Dragonfly Dreams set - and some fun sponging on the Inside the Lines DSP. I can set up a special fun time for you and your friends to enjoy some stamping, make a few cards and share lots of laughs as you craft together - let me know what times work best and it's a date!
Until next time when I do some more catching up - Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sharing some card ideas with you - cause when it snows outside you can create inside!

Hi everyone - it's been snowing again in the Metro Vancouver area and where we live in Maple Ridge we have had snow most days in March - definitely come in like a Lion so hoping it goes through the month very quietly and then out like a lamb . . . we've definitely had our share of snow this winter and are more than ready for our spring lowers to pop up (any day now!). We are so not used to this kind of weather on the West Coast - so laugh away the rest of Canada!

Today I am sharing some cards my Make it Monday group made in February - featuring these products from our Annual Catalogue - Floral Boutique DSP and Washi Tape . . . .

from the Occasions Catalogue comes Urban Underground DSP and Embellishments for the guys in your life  . . . .
and finally Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies paired with Inside the Lines DSP - a free item with your qualifying orders during Sale-a-Bration (ask me how!) and complemented by some Blooms & Bliss DSP in Sweet Sugarplum (along with a bit of retired sparkly ribbon).

March is a busy birthday month for me so here are some cards I made for grandkids birthdays this month and next . . . . . thinking they won't check my blog so it's okay to share with you now! I used Cupcakes & Carousels DSP paper stack for the backgrounds on one, Party Animal DSP for another, and Succulent Garden on the third . . . . all perfect for celebrating birthdays! And did you notice the "debossed" Celebrate on the one card??  Those new folders make an indented impression on your cardstock - perfect for adding another bit of texture!

If you want to make these cards too, then check out my Shop Now button on my blog, click this link to my 24/7 shopping link, or send me an email or message to help you order . . .  any option lets you get the products you need to create your own cards and isn't that what you want??

While you are checking the shopping, take a look at the special price for paper Pumpkin during Sale-a-Bration - you can get a three month subscription on sale, and qualify for a FREE Sale-a-Bration product of your choice  . . . . as long as you order by March 31st!!

AND be ready to get the super special April kit designed by our CEO Sara Douglass! You won't want to miss this one for sure! Get more Paper Pumpkin info here or ask me about the three month subscription sale on until March 31st!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

It's February and time to share some "Love" (cards, that is)!!

Hi everyone - it's that time again when we want to share the "Love" and what better way than by making some cards to give and some fun treat bags to share?

We had a great time last weekend with all our friends who stopped by for the Catalogue Launch party - thanks to each of you for taking time from your day to visit and create some fun cards and play with our new Watercolor Pencils!

We were so busy playing that I forgot to get you to fill out a draw slip so I made a numbered list at the end, and asked Juanita to give me two numbers . . . and the winners are:

Georgia - who wins the awesome Pretty Pocket Card Kit from the Sale-a-Bration brochure - this kit is FREE with any $60 purchase so why not fill out your wish list (order here) and pick the kit for you to make up??

and Rebecca - who wins a gift package of paper and embellishments from the Falling in Love suite of products - the papers are so soft and romantic - perfect for cards or those special layout pages you want to scrapbook!

Congrats ladies - your gifts will be with your order when it arrives!

Here's the cards each person made - the first was using the Inside the Lines paper, and colouring small areas with the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens . . .  the card on the right was sponged with some soft colours . . . a pretty option when you don't want to colour!

. . . . . the next stop was making a treat holder using the Sending Love Designer Paper Stack from the Occasions Catalogue. With 6 sheets of each design (48 sheets total), it is easy to make a bunch of these to take to co-workers, for sharing with school friends or wherever you want to spread some "Love" with a bit of chocolate . . . and look at the pretty card you can make with only a few products! Want to make these "origami style" treat holders (no adhesives required) or the card? Send me a message and I will send you the plans!

Our third, and most popular station was playing with the "Beautiful You" Stamp Set and the many different ways to add colour using the new Watercolor Pencils to these gorgeous designs . . .  I see some fun classes with this set in our future!

If you are looking for an easy way to add some crafting time into your busy schedule, why not try our Paper Pumpkin kits? They are delivered to your door every month (you can skip a month if you will be away) and right now they are on sale during Sale-a-Bration PLUS the 3 month pre-paid order will give you a FREE Sale-a-Bration item! I can help you set up your subscription and the best part is you can order previous kits once you sign up! Check it out here and take a look at the January kit - it is perfect for those Valentines treats you know you want to make! The Pinterest link gives you lots of options if the kit project idea is not what you want!!
Looking forward to seeing YOU at my next event - so much fun to try out all the new products and see if they will fit into your way of crafting!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, January 20, 2017

New Year - New Card Ideas - New Catalogue Launch just for you!!

Hi everyone - in my part of the West Coast we have lost our snow and some very dead looking grass is now showing through . . . . hoping warmer weather helps bring our green back to life!

In our stamping world we don't have to wait for spring to come as we can create it with our cards and scrapbook pages - and with the help of so many new and wonderful products available to us in the brand new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue and its companion Sale-a-Bration flyer (that's all the FREE stuff!).

You are invited to my Catalogue Launch Party! Come and visit next week and play with new products from the catalogue and choose your favourites -  my studio will be open on Friday January 27th from noon to 4:30 pm (stop in even if its on your way home) and Saturday January 28th from Noon to 4:00 pm.

Please drop by, pick up the new catalogue, share some treats and make a card! Learn how you can "watercolour" your images like a pro! Bring your camera to take pictures of your favourites so you can create them again at home. Enter into the draw for some fun  prizes!! And visit with my Stampin' Up! demo friends - Juanita will be sharing the dates with me, and maybe Tanya (depending on her little one's schedule).

I attended a team event last week where we made cards and got to "play" with so many of the new products. My favourites (so far) are the Party Animal Suite for the bright colours and fun stamps and framelits; the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set and Framelits bundle (I love dragonflies!); Falling in Love Designer Series Paper (so soft and pretty); Urban Underground Suite for the guys in our lives; and the new Watercolour Pencils for colouring in stamped images (think Beautiful You) as well as the awesome Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper that is FREE during Sale-a-Bration when you spend $60.00 (along with some other amazing free products).

Here's some samples of cards we created last weekend using the new products:

Beautiful You; Balloon Adventures; Suite Sentiments
Lift Me Up; Dragonfly Dreams; Avant Garden
The next few cards are ones from my crafting space - the Hey Chick Stamp Set makes such fun cards - guaranteed to have you smile and the Avant Garden has some lovely images for layering your stamping and creating new colour combinations! I will have more to show you by next week so come on by :-)
For the next two cards, I used Avant Garden with Serene Scenery Designer Paper (6"x 6") Stack to create some great backgrounds just by cutting the paper - and the leftover strip trimmed the envelope to match - winning combination for sure!
If you can't make it to my event, but know what you'd like to order then use the Shop Now button, or click here to go to my store and have your products sent right to your door . . . or send me a quick email to have your order added to my Launch party orders.
Happy Stamping!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Happy New Year with lots of NEW to share with you!

Happy New Year to each one of you! I am so glad to have you in my life and looking forward to sharing some great new ideas with you in 2017

Before I say good-bye to 2016, I wanted to share a card that we made on the last "Make it Monday" in December. The design is great for any season, and any reason - and will help you use some of those patterned papers that you are keeping to use "someday" - take a look at this card, and grab your papers now, cut them into strips, add them to some solid cardstock - stamp a greeting and you've got an awesome card ready to send! I will give you the exact measurements if you send me an email!

I added a little strip of Gold Glitter paper, because we all love some sparkle for the holidays!
Big NEWS - the Occasions Catalogue is here with all the Spring colours and designs and along with it the Sale-a-Bration event (until March 31st). This is the BEST time of the year to buy as you get to choose any one item in the Sale-a-Bration catalogue free for each $60.00 you spend - no limits - any time you spend $60.00 until March 31st, you can pick an item free . . . .  take a look at the links on my sidebar or click here and choose your favourite free products now!
The cover alone makes me think of spring (or maybe it's because I am wishing the snow would go away since Christmas/New Years is over!)
Here's the video Stampin' Up! put together - it captures so many of the awesome new products!
Some of the highlights in this catalogue for me? How about the new Watercolor Pencils? Colour your stamped image, take a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter over the penciled area, and you have instant 'Watercolouring" - it's awesome!! And with the FREE Sale-a-Bration Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper - you've got lots of colouring fun ahead for card or scrapbook layout backgrounds!
Like Dragonflies? Take a look at the Dragonfly Dreams Stamps and coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Framelits - some of the designs are simply amazing (and there are Bumble Bees too)!! 
Got some men in your life?? You will love the new Urban Underground Suite of products - with the coordinating stamps, embellishments. I love the Urban Underground Specialty Designer Paper in real guy colours! The Nailed It Bundle of stamps and framelits is perfect to go with the papers!

Ready to order? Then click here or send me an email to add your wish list items to my next order!

My next "Make it Monday" class will be on January 16th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Please RSVP if you are coming - message, phone or email is good - so I know how many kits to prepare! These monthly sessions are all about learning some quick and easy card tricks - perfect for new card makers, or for those looking for some quick ideas to get some cards made up and ready to send. Sessions are $5.00 for the evening, or free with orders over $25.00
I will have your new catalogue waiting for you and show you the Sale-a-Bration items so you can pick your favourites to get FREE!
And last but not least - would you love to buy all your Stampin' Up! product at a discount? Purchase the ULTIMATE Stampin' Up! Bundle ($135 starter kit) and join my Stampin' Up! team!  Choose up to $165 in Stampin' Up! products of your choice and pay only $135. And there is NO shipping and NO tax added to your kit purchase price - a great savings for you!!
During Sale-a-Bration (now until March 31st) you can choose TWO additional stamp sets for free - any  one, in any catalogue and that's an added value of up to $136 :-) Every kit also includes a Paper Pumpkin craft kit - a fun project that includes a stamp set, inks, supplies and full instructions - it's always a surprise! Click here to join my team now or call me so we can chat!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Cards too!!

Hi everyone - I am sure most of you have done your special cards and mailed them or are getting ready to hand deliver them to your lucky family, friends and co-workers during the next few days leading up to Christmas Day (along with some treats that you may have made or bought). Enjoy all the visiting and sharing the happiness that seems to be in the air at this time of year. I love it when we get together with our friends and neighbours to catch up on everyone's news.

My final "Make it Monday" session for 2016 is tomorrow night (December 19th) from 7:00 - 9:00 pm and yes, you can still make a couple of quick cards or tags and enjoy some background music and nibble on some Christmas treats - all part of my monthly events where you can make cards to add to your box so you will always have some ready to give!

Please remember to register for this event so I know to make enough kits for you!!

Here are some recent cards we made in my pre-Christmas classes - and the cute box that was part of my tag making class in November!

The Seasonal Bells Stamp Set and Bell Punch will be perfect to use for anniversaries, weddings and other events besides Christmas and the best news is that both items are carrying over from the retiring Holiday Catalogue!! BUT if you want them as a bundle, and save 10%, then order from the Holiday catalogue before January 3rd!

A really cute card mixing the DSP This Christmas (Annual Catalogue) with a greeting from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set in the Holiday catalogue along with the Baby Bear Stamp Set (Annual Catalogue) - so much fun!!

Lots of sponging and masking going on here - my favourite way to add colour and then some bling with Silver Metallic Thread, and sequins! The Holly Jolly Greetings Stamp Set is from the Annual Catalogue so you can get it now and be ready to make cards like this one for next year - how's that for planning ahead??

Loved the Warmth and Cheer 6 x 6 DSP Stack this year - so many ways to add some traditional colour and designs to your cards - and look how well it works with the Christmas Pines Stamp Set and coordinating Pretty Pines Thinlits (carrying over too but not as a bundle so you can order before January 3rd and save 10%).  Hint: the "Make it Monday" cards will be using some of this DSP too!

Loved this little box that coordinates with the tags we made in our tag class - all the tags used the super cute Candy Cane Lane DSP - which is now sold out so I do hope you got yours!!

Speaking of selling out - did you check the Yearend Clearance yet? Here's the scoop on the sale

and the link too - I recommend you place your order directly on my website - not only do you know for sure that what you want is still available, but it also comes directly to your house so no waiting to coordinate times with me :-) And with this busy time of year, you don't want to miss out on an item because I was out shopping when you sent me an email!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Stitched from the Heart Dies and Christmas Card/Tag Classes

Hi everyone - before I share my card and tag making dates I HAVE to show you what Stampin' Up! just released ahead of the June 2017 Annual Catalogue launch!! I am "over the moon excited" about these dies, and the fact that they have put some coordinating stamp sets on sale too!

I have wanted some dies that have the stitched look forever, and they are finally here!! Can you tell I am super happy??? And I ordered first thing yesterday morning so they are on their way to me and I can show you how awesome they are!

Take a look at these pictures and see if you don't agree with me  . . . 

If you can't wait to see them next time you visit my studio, then click here and check them out on my on-line store. The orders come direct to your home, so no waiting for me to deliver . . .  and that means you get to stamp and play much quicker :-) Plus you get a thank you gift in the mail from me with every on-line order . . .  and that's a win-win!

Here's the list of all the stamp sets on sale too - most are from the current Holiday Catalogue, and a few from the annual Catalogue . .  what are you waiting for? Shop now and get those special cards and tags made and ready for giving!

Which stamps are on your wish list?? Now you can buy them until November 30th on SALE!

And here is a quick look at some recent cards I made with our Designer Series Papers - you can adapt any of these ideas to work with your own papers, or let me know which ones you want and I can place the order for you!

Are you ready to make some cards and tags for Christmas, but don't know where to start? Join me in my studio and make as many cards as you want during my "Card Buffet Days", or book one of my "Tags for Christmas" times and have tags for every gift ready to go! The cards will include using the new (and awesome!) Stitched Shapes Framelits as well as some of the stamps on sale so you can see how well they work together! Project plans included and emailed after class. All cards are 3/$10.00 and you can make as many multiples as you want during the session. Pre-registration is required so I can prepare enough kits!!

Dates/times for Card Buffet Classes: Monday, Nov 21 (7-9 pm); Wednesday, Nov 23 (11-1 pm or 2-4 pm) - more may be added if demand is high. Note the November 21 date is my regular Make it Monday night which will be replaced by this card class.

Here's a sneak peak at some of the cards you will make -

The tags will use the super popular Candy Cane Lane paper and the Candy Cane Stamp Set and you can make 12 of these in an evening or daytime session and have instructions emailed to you after class so you can make more at home. A set of 12 tags is $10.00 and pre-registration is required so I can prepare enough kits for you!

Dates/times for Tags for Christmas: Monday, Nov 28 (7-9 pm); Thursday, Dec 1 (11-1 pm or 2-4 pm) - more times may be added depending on demand!

And here's a look at the tags plus you will have a box to put them in making this a great gift to pass on!
Book your spot now by sending me an email or message, and we can get ready for the holidays together!!   Until then, Happy Stamping!!

A quick note that we still have a very few spots left for our Ronald McDonald House Stamp a Stack fundraiser on November 26th - check it out and book by November 5th to get the early bird pricing - click on this link now :-)