Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Paper Pumpkin April 2017

Hello Friends.  I am very sorry if you missed subscribing for the April Paper Pumpkin kit.  As promised it was fantastic.  My daughter and I had a thrill opening the box.

Team S.T.I.C has already been posting pictures of all they have created using the kit.

If you got the April kit, go ahead and have fun with it!  If you need to escape just to find time to work on it, come on out to Craft and Chat this Sunday.

Enjoy this week's Watch it Wednesday video where Sara shares her fun April kit.

Don't miss any more Paper Pumpkin kits!
contact me so you don't miss the May kit!




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Triple time

I've been trying really hard to be more organized with my time and see if there are ways I can plan my classes earlier in advance so that you can all get sneak peeks of my classes earlier. People have told me that they do appreciate having an idea of upcoming classes earlier so they can plan their schedules.
I'm very excited to share that I have already decided on my theme for May 1st technique class. 
We are going to make three cards using the Triple Time stamping technique. 
Here's a sneak peek of one of the cards.  It uses Jar of Love stamp set and the retiring Wetlands stamp set. (Shop for retiring products before they are gone!)


Technique class is always the first Monday of each month. We always learn something new. 
Come learn about triple time stamping on Monday May 1st.  10am session or 7pm session

RSVP today

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Always an Adventure with Shooting Star

This is such a nostalgic time of year as we say good bye to some wonderful stamps and accessories in order to make room for new ones.

Keep an eye on my blog as I will try to post pictures of projects that use retiring stamps.  Once the stamps are gone, they are gone!
Make sure to study the list to get everything you want!
Stampin' Up! will guarantee availability of stamps until May 22 but everything else is while supplies last.
Hop onto my online store today to check out the retiring list.

Here's a card I received as a swap card at On stage Calgary.
Sadly I didn't see a name on this card.  It's very possible I lost it.  If this is your card, thank you so much and let me know who you are!

This card uses the retiring Shooting Star Stamp set and matching thinlits as well as the retiring Always an Adventure stamp set and thinlits.

I absolutely love how to the star moves around the circular track!  Cards with movement are so much fun!

I looked and looked and I could not find where the darling sentiment comes from.  Tell me if you know!  It's driving me crazy!






This card inspires me because it reminds me that I can mix and match stamp sets.  Sometimes I get so stuck on just using one stamp set per card. 
I really need to go wild and combine different stamp sets together on a card just for fun! 
I hope this card inspires you to play as well! 
Thanks for dropping in and feel free to browse my online store

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Last Chance, First Glance Class

Just wanted to share an upcoming class that you can enjoy in person or long distance.

Plan to register for the April 27 Sweet and Simple class. It will be a last chance, first glance event! You will get to make cards with some of our last chance retiring stamps and get a first glance and stamp with some new catalogue product. 
Here's a sneak peek of one of the cards.   It uses the retiring Endless Birthday Wishes.  I can't believe that stamp is leaving.  The font with that set is so cute!


Register for the class HERE.  Can't make it?  Just place an order on my online store (min. $40) using hostess code:  6CY4ZQUE  And I'll mail the completed cards to you! 
Don't forget to check my online store to see everything that's saying farewell.  This is the last chance to snatch up some favourites! 

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for dropping in. 


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

On stage swaps

For today's Watch it Wednesday video I thought I would show some of the swap cards I received at On Stage Calgary.  ( Did I mention what I good time I had?)
I never tire of the kindness of Stampin' people.  Not only did I receive swap cards but I received little gifts too...like this little cutie!
It held chocolate eggs inside.
I ate them. :-)

















Hope you enjoy just a sampling of the swap cards I received.
Thanks for dropping in!

Monday, April 10, 2017

On Stage Calgary Adventures

Hello!  I'm home from Calgary and thought I would share a recap and some photos from the Stampin' Up! On Stage Event.

It started on Friday evening with a catered dinner just for demonstrators who were performing at Silver Elite title or above.

We dressed up a little bit, enjoyed our dinner, listened to some training and then...received the new catalogue and a lovely gift.  The gift was a very pretty Stampin' Up! apron.  Did I mention I received the new Stampin' Up! catalogue???? SQUEAL!!!!

One big reason I wanted to go to Calgary as opposed to staying in the Toronto location with the rest of Team S.T.I.C. is because I wanted to spend time with some of my fellow leader friends.  I'm not going to lie.  I picked their brains about how they support their team, successful events that they run and the such.

It was very inspiring for me to visit with them.

Here I am with Lynsay Mahon and Rose Marie Coleman.

More leader friends: Lisa Altman and Allison Okamitsu

Even before we received the catalogue we got a nice sneak peek of the new in colours by looking at the table centrepiece.




I thought this was the cutest picture of the evening.  I looked over and saw these very happy ladies poring over their new catalogue and they had already unwrapped and put on their new aprons.  Only very ecstatic Stampin' Up! demonstrators would eat dinner quickly so they can sit at the table and study a catalogue while wearing a pretty Stampin' Up! apron.
( sorry about the strange photoshop attempt to cover up the images inside the catalogue but we are not allowed to show the inside of the new catalogue online)  If you want to see the new catalogue first you really need to join my team and the fun of the Stampin' Up! family.  (just sayin...explore joining the fun HERE)
Saturday morning I woke up bright and early and headed over to the convention centre.

I wore my Team S.T.I.C shirt to be together in spirit with my team girls in Toronto.

The day did not disappoint.  I swapped, I saw demonstrations using brand new beautiful new stamps, I created cute projects and I visited with old friends and met new friends.

Even though I was in Calgary, I kept thinking of the team S.T.I.C girls in Toronto and wondering if they were having fun.  I wondered who had won prize patrol and if they were as excited about the new catalogue as me.  Since I was two hours behind Toronto, I knew they would be seeing everything first.

I was texting the girls back in Toronto and asking for details.

Here's some of the photos from the team fun in Toronto.



Since I couldn't be with them in person, I left a gift for each of them.  I thought these bags with our Team logo would be the perfect size to hold their swap cards and their little stampin' supplies.






I was so happy when the girls texted me this team photo.  Their happy smiles and their purple shirts reassured me that they had fun! 



The day passed by quickly and then it was time to say farewell.

The evening ended with a huge buffet dinner.  A big Thank you to Allison who invited me to join her team the "inkin elite" for dinner.

I left early Sunday morning to arrive home in time to have dinner with my family and provide many bedtime kisses.

In case you would like to see some stamping inspiration (instead of just pictures of friends, ), here is a card that a new Team S.T.I.C girl is sending to her son.
It uses the Basket Bunch stamp set.
I love the way she stamped the bunny on the card base and then overlayed the stitched shape framelit on top with the bunny cut out.

Basket bunch is one of the retiring sets!  Hurry and check out the retiring list on my online store and grab these last chance sets before they are gone! 

Thanks for dropping in! 


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Highlights

Yesterday was another exciting day! I was able to visit the Canadian Stampin Up office. I've been eager to visit ever since I heard they renovated it a few years ago.  

Having been to the home office in Utah, I knew it would not be so grand as that but being a Canadian I just wanted to see the Canadian office. 
It was much larger than I anticipated. In our Canadian office there are only two staff members:the manager Dale Hampshire and his assistant Carrie so I didn't expect it to be as spacious as it was. 
Here's some photos.  This is the reception area. They had every catalogue since Canada's inception on display. 
 

Boy seeing those catalogues really brought back memories! I remember the first stampin party I was invited to where I bought my very first stamp set called greetings galore. 
 

My friend Rose started several years before me almost right when Stampin Up came to Canada. Her first set was some kind of Christmas hedgehog set!
 

I remembered a phase that Stampin up went through where they had two main catalogue releases per year. Spring and fall. Boy I'm glad they got rid of that. I remember feeling like I was on a constant roller coaster "so exciting, New catalogue yay hooray!" Then a few months later "get em before they are gone...retiring list is out. These beauties are leaving sob sob sob"   Then " new catalogue is out hooray..." well you get the idea. 
 

As you proceed past the reception area you see loads of pretty cards on display. 
 
 
Then you reach the stamp room at the back. Giant windows flood this room with natural light and the set up of the room just makes you want to sit down and play with stamping stuff! 
 

I met Maureen and Shelley who help with making anniversary and welcome cards for Canadian demonstrators. I think Maureen is the coordinator of all the helpers. I believe she said they made 700 cards last month! 
Wow! 
 
I had told Dale that I would be more than happy to help with anything when I came to the office. He said there would be something I could help with. I assumed it would be to help Maureen with stamping the anniversary cards. Nope. Dale thought it would be great if I designed the welcome card for May newcomers to stampin up. Whaatttt? Designing is not my forte. Fortunately after almost ten years as a demonstrator I have learned to create from scratch a little bit. However there are so many great ideas on Pinterest I am very happy to CASE ideas much of the time. 
I didn't want to let anyone down since Dale and Maureen looked so excited about the idea. Off to the stamp room to play! 
Here's what I came up with (with the support of Rose, Maureen and Shelley)
I thought the bright melon mambo and silver glimmer paper would make the new stampin Up demonstrators feel cheerful and welcome. Do you agree?
 
Although I could have stayed at the office stamping all day, Rose had plans to take me to Banff National Park for a bit of sightseeing. 

Here's some pictures. Rose was such a sweetheart to drive. She packed driving snacks. Chips. Does she know me? Or does she know me? 
 
 

The mountains were breathtaking. 
 
   
Today I am going to stay in my hotel room, finish my swap cards and then get ready for the Centre Stage dinner tonight. 
Thanks for dropping in! I love being your Stampin Up demonstrator!