Sunday, September 25, 2016

World Card Making Day is October 1st - let's make cards together!

If you have never heard about World Card Making Day, then you are probably not alone -  this is your chance to catch up and make a card for that special someone in your life (or make more than one). Come to my home studio anytime on Saturday October 1st between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm and have some fun. Who do you want to make a special card for this week?

Here's some samples of recent cards at my September 19th Make it Monday drop in event - we always have so much fun sharing card ideas and techniques, and learning from each other as we create our cards.This event is designed to help you use up patterned paper pieces, or retired products that are in your stash by making some clean and simple card designs - and then you will feel really good about being able to buy some new stuff! Notice that each card uses the same basic layout - but they look so different with the patterned paper choices and ribbon or punched add-ons.

Wondering how to use up that washi tape that someone convinced you to buy? This card idea is perfect for that (on the left) or cut strips of patterned paper to use (on the right). I love Washi Tape and it makes a quick, colourful and great decorative strip on envelopes too!

These next cards are from our recent Stamp Club class where we showcased some fall ideas with sponging and masking techniques (I even snuck in some washi tape trim) and a Christmas Card made with our new Holly Berry Builder Punch and stamp set - yes in card making, it is never too soon to start making our cards for special events or seasons! Punches help make it so easy to create your cards!

Juanita and I will have several card sample kits for you to choose from on Saturday - and you can let your imagination take you on a different path than  the suggested card so come on over! Can't wait to see you! Bring a friend, enter our draw and enjoy some treats while you browse our retired products and the new catalogue.

If you don't have time to drop by (sad face from me!) but still want to order from the awesome new Holiday catalogue, then click the link here and place your order from home (in your PJ's too) and it will be there in about a week. And I will send you a thank you gift by mail too!

And here's my latest swap card featuring the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamps and the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch in the Holiday Catalogue - love those little guys and it is so easy to stamp - punch - colour (or not) and fasten to card base! Don't you love those little guys? there is a coordinating Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set featuring gingerbread men, reindeer, a teddy bear and Santa - love them all!!

If you are thinking about ordering the Paper Pumpkin kits, then now is a great time to test them out - sign up here by October 10th, use the promo code BOGO and you will get the November kit free - and we all know that FREE is good :-) I love having the kits on hand to take camping, or do a crafting project with my grandkids. They are great to have ready to make for so many reasons. And if the project isn't something that you really like - just wait a week and the Pinterest site is filled with great alternate ideas to help you create something new! It's really a win-win program for you!

Quick reminder - if you've been thinking about signing up for our Ronald McDonald House Stamp-a-Stack fundraiser on November 26th - then check out this link and get registered now! We are getting close to "Sold Out" and don't want you to miss. Early bird pricing is only $55.00 with all proceeds going the Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver. If you need help with registering let me know!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Paper Pumpkin BOGO Event!! Thoughtful Branches Bundle still available!

Hi everyone - you know what BOGO means don't you??? Buy One, Get One FREE - that's right - not a penny more!

What's the deal you ask? Here's what you need to know to get your own kit sent to you (and have the free one ready to go the following month) and please read the "fine print" too . . . .

Offer Dates: August 11 – October 10, 2016

Offer Details: When you use promo code “BOGO” at, you pay the regular price of $26.95 and get your second month for FREE! 

If you subscribe with the promo code between now and September 10, you will pay full price for the September kit and get the October kit free. If you subscribe between September 11 and October 10, your first kit will be the October kit and you will get the November kit free.

The Fine Print:
  • IMPORTANT: Offer invalid if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months. In other words, you cannot cancel or suspend your subscription during the first two months—if you do, the offer is void. You can’t put your subscription on hold or cancel until after the first two full months.
  • After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $26.95 + tax per month (shipping is included) unless cancelled or suspended. Ends October 10, 2016.
  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only.
  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • Ends October 10, 2016 (the last day to subscribe and get the October kit).

The Limited Edition bundle "Thoughtful Branches" is still available but ONLY until August 31st.  Have you checked Pinterest lately? So many amazing ideas are being shared with this versatile "all seasons" set - everything from spring through to winter, and even some Halloween and fall ideas. Get yours today before they are gone!

Take a look at all the Stamps and matching Framelits you get in the one bundle - a real value:

Shop now in my on line store with this link and don't miss out! Or send me an email to have me order for you :-)

Friday, July 29, 2016

Some Easy and Stepped Up Card Inspiration for you

Hi everyone - summer is finally here on the West Coast - temperatures are up around 30 unless you are enjoying the cooler breeze off the water . . . .

Here is some summer inspiration for you - the story board for the make and take at last week's Catalogue Launch party as well as ways to take the card and "step it up" when you have time or want to add something special to your cards.

I got the ideas from our demonstrator Stamping Success magazine - a great resource for us to find out what's new and trending in the paper crafting world. Card #1 is quick and easy, card #2 takes a bit more time and cardstock, and card #3 is "watercoloured" with Blender Pens - perfect for a special person! Then there is a smaller 3 x 3 gift card in the corner - easy to make from smaller strips of cardstock while you have your stamps out and perfect for taking with a small gift when you are visiting friends or family :-)

I will be at the Country Lane Scrapbook Store's summer Garage Sale on Sunday, August 7th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm so please drop by and check out the retired products on sale as well as sample cards you can buy for any occasion.

The location is 17665 - 66A Avenue and it is just off 176th Street (you can see the store sign on 176th)

As always, if you need to order something "right now" then click on this link or the "Shop Now" buttons on the blog, and go to my on-line store and the order will come directly to your house in a few days! And I will send you a thank you in the mail to let you know I do appreciate your ordering through me. Any time you have questions on a product or technique, please give me a call, send me an email or a message and we can talk about it . . .

I'm looking forward to seeing you soon - meanwhile - Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Reserve your seat now - 4th Annual Ronald McDonald Fundraiser

Hi everyone - 

It's time for our 4th Annual Ronald McDonald fundraiser in support of the Vancouver House. Last year we raised over $3,500! Please join us for a fun day of stamping and sharing. We'll make 8 cards (4 Christmas themed and 4 Thank You) - all proceeds go to RMHC. The demonstrators involved donate all their supplies, prizes and time!

For more details and to register, click on this link - I am so looking forward to seeing you this year and sharing some amazing cards designed just for you by 7 of my most creative Stampin' Up! demonstrator friends - and me!!

Quick Facts:

When: Saturday, November 26, 2016 from Noon to 4:00 pm. (Doors will open at 11:30 so you can get settled into your space!)
Where: Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West - 3677 Kensington Ave, Burnaby, BC V5B 4A5
What do I need to bring? Yourself, register and drive in with a friend (?), some extra coins/cash to get raffle tickets as you won't want to miss out on some awesome prizes :-), all supplies are included!

The picture above right was my sample board for last year's event and my head is already buzzing with ideas for this year! Click on the link above and reserve your spot today before they are "sold out" - two very sad words you don't want to see!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Save the Date and Note: Order going in tomorrow July 1st

Happy Summer to you!

I hope you are enjoying the warm and sunny weather - we had a great time camping for the past two weeks and the weather was perfect for our travels. Here's a quick shot of us visiting our kids in Nelson on their 10 acres - with their sheep behind us - very cool!

Save the dates for our amazing Annual Catalogue Launch party - Thursday, July 21st in the evening; Friday July 22nd and Saturday July 23rd both daytime - more details to follow!

I will have lots of new products to show you (that's why I am putting an order in tomorrow and you can add to it!), samples galore and you can make a card or two yourself! I will also have a table with the most recent retired products where you can get some truly awesome deals!

If you've never tried card making, now is your chance to see how creative you really are! Here's some samples of cards made with our new products and colours by my swap group - aren't they great???

This new catalogue is full of awesome new products and ideas and it will be yours when you come to the party! I can't wait to see you and share ideas with you - and you can bring your latest crafting ideas to share too :-) Juanita will be playing with us at the party on Thursday and Friday so those of you who know her, will enjoy saying Hi again . . . .

Need something NOW??? Let me know by the end of the day, and I will add it to my order going in early tomorrow morning! You should have it to start playing by next weekend! Stampin' Up! orders are delivered by UPS so the possible Canada Post work stoppage will not affect delivery of our orders.

If you can't make the party, remember you can order any time on line using this link and I will send you a thank you for every on-line order!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Fun Cards for you!

One thing about camping is we don't always have access to the internet, or when we do it can be intermittent. So I am taking advantage of a good connection while we visit with Chris and Becky in Nelson (and their growing "family" of 4 legged animals - horses, sheep, chickens plus two dogs).

Here's some card making inspiration for you from my most recent Make it Monday evenings - now on summer break and back for you in September! These cards focused on using up bits of patterned papers, or washi tape so yes, you will notice some "retired" products on the cards!!

And here's some more ideas from my most recent swap group shares. The card on the right uses some of the new and fabulous COPPER Embossing and Metallic thread - love the effect with the navy!

Juanita and I attended a "Show and Shine" event at Maple Ridge Secondary to help the grad class fundraiser at the end of May and had a great time showing people how easily they can stamp a quick card - here's a couple of shots of our display and cards - it was cool but sunny and the old cars were definitely the stars of the day!

If you would like to shop while I am away, browse the catalogue from my blog, then go to my on-line store which is open 24/7 (link here) - it's a great place to shop in your jammies! Please use the June Hostess Code 7JQUBGC3 and I will send you a thank you gift from me in the mail!

I will send out Catalogue Launch dates once I am home and back in the more usual routine - I can't wait to show you the New In Colors, Dies, Stamp Sets and Papers! And you can pick up your own copy of the new catalogue, play with the new products, make a card or two and decide what you really MUST GET right now . . . . or build a wish list so you have what you need for the next year . . . . . . I will have a display of my latest retired products too.

I've been working on my albums while we are camping - using Project Life by Stampin' Up! and it has made it so easy for me to do some catching up!  Love that I can do the full page scrapbook pages if I want to, or I can add pictures quickly in the pocket pages, some journaling from the Project Life cards and embellishments, and the pages are done :-)  Here's a quick glimpse of my work area (can you guess we've been eating outside?)

Yesterday was the first day of summer in our calendar and I hope it's the start of a great sunny season for you and your family! Take time to do some crafting with those around you (Paper Pumpkin kits are the ideal travel kits - check them out here) - and sharing your stories in your scrapbook pages (Project Life by Stampin' Up! is the best way to keep it going!)

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Paper Pumpkin for $7.00 Flash Sale!! 31 hours only!!!

Yes, it's true - for only 31 hours you can sign up for Paper Pumpkin kits as a NEW subscriber and get the June Paper Pumpkin monthly kit for only $7.00 (+ tax). Shipping is included - Wow awesome deal!! If you cancelled a subscription and want to sign up again now, then you can get the deal too as long as you use a different email.

What are you waiting for? The kits are so much fun - I'm taking a couple of them camping as they are perfect for a rainy day, or some quiet time . . . and they are a great way to add some cards to your stash, or make a new project for a friend or your own home. The kits are so versatile that you can decide to anything with the products in the box - you never "have to" do what the kit instructions say!

How do you get in on this deal? Simply click on this link to go to my Paper Pumpkin site between 4:00 pm Pacific today (Thursday June 9th) and 10:50 pm Pacific tomorrow (Friday June 10th); enter the promo code ONEDAYDEAL and you are in! You will be so happy you finally did it . . . and by the middle of June you will be on your way to making a fun new project.

Check out the Pinterest link on the site as it is your pathway to so many other ideas if the kit is not totally your cup of tea (or coffee or wine)!

And as a bonus - you can get past kits when you are a subscriber - so don't wait! Set your alarm for 4:00 pm today and start bringing the fun to your house!

Want to make your kit with me? Let me know and we will do a PP night (or day!) as long as I'm not camping :-)

Happy Stamping!