Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Thailand Achiever's Blog Hop: New Catalogue Sneak Peek!



Thank you for dropping in today!  I'm excited to participate in this fun blog hop where we are showcasing new product from the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue. You may be starting here at my blog or you may have hopped here from the previous person on the list.  Make sure to check out the list at the bottom so you can hop to the next blog and see more inspiration!

I believe it's nine more days to go until the new catalogue goes live!  One of my Team S.T.I.C girls commented that she hopes the ordering system doesn't crash because she believes that everyone will want to shop to get all the new, beautiful goodies in the new catalogue.

There sure are a lot of beauties in that catalogue.
I've been spending a lot of time in the craft cave playing!  Here's one of my more recent creations.  Everyone can use a pretty, pink birthday card.


I'm using the new Powder Pink cardstock for this card and paired it with Sweet Sugarplum.  You may think Powder pink is the same as the other pink that Stampin' Up! offers but don't be decieved! It is distinctly different.  Of course lighting always makes a difference but here are the three pinks laid side by side: 
Going left to right: 
Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, Powder Pink

Can you see how each pink has it's own personality? 



The stamp set I used for this card is a two step stamp called Happy Birthday Gorgeous. I'll be honest that it didn't catch my eye at first but I fell in love with how the flowers layer to create such whimsical happiness! Can you see the Powder Pink solid flower, layered with the Sweet Sugarplum swirly flower outline?  Yup I stamped that all by myself!!  The cute bow is one of the darling new embellishments that the new catalogue offers. 


I love it that this stamp set can be purchased as a bundle with the Happy Birthday Thinlits.  Bundle means saving money!  


I hope this blog post gets you counting down the days until the new catalogue goes live!  In the meantime, feel free to browse my online store for discounts on retiring products. 
Thanks for dropping in and don't forget to hop over to see the inspiration from other Thailand Achievers!  

Monday, May 22, 2017

Man Class:Last Call

Just a quick reminder that there's only 1 day left to register for the Sweet and Simple Class on Thursday this week.

We'll be making cards for the men and boys in our life.

I know we all like to stamp with flowers but it's time to get some more manly inspiration.

Come on out to class where we will make 4 cards and envelopes.  It's only $15 or FREE with an order that evening.  REGISTER ASAP

Can't make it but still want the "man cards"?   Just place an order on my online store  using host code 9ETX6SXD: (min. $40) and I will mail the completed cards directly to you!


Friday, May 19, 2017

Farewell Scotland, Hello Home!

I"m now home safe and sound!  Here's some more photos of my Scotland adventures and what I've been up to since I've been home.

Lee-Ann was kind enough to take us on an overnight getaway to the Scottish highlands simply because she loves the scenery and wanted to share it with us.

On the drive up we stopped for afternoon tea,

took many photographs of the stunning mountain scenary...

And finally arrived in the town of Braemar and checked into a cute hotel. I thought this hotel room was perfect for 3 girls on a girlfriend getaway!  The beds were so cute...like goldilocks and the three bears!

It was a short drive from the hotel to Balmoral Castle...the retreat home for the Royal Family.  We spent a lot of time there exploring the grounds and learning about the history of the Royal Family.

The trip went by so fast!  Soon we were heading back to Lee-Ann's country home but stopped to check out one of the many mysterious stone circles that are dotted throughout the country side.  This one is much smaller than the famous Stonehenge but still very impressive.

We celebrated Lee-Ann's birthday and then off to bed to get ready for our early flight home.

The beautiful sunrise was our farewell to Scotland.


I was happy to be home and I was greeted by my family and all these deliveries!

I still haven't gotten around to unpacking the boxes yet but hopefully today!

Yesterday was my 21st wedding anniversary.  Hubby and I snuck out for a lovely date night at a local seafood restaurant. It's amazing how time flies!

The girlfriends getaway and my anniversary reminded me that perhaps the next 20 years may also go by in a blink of an eye!  I'm feeling determined to make each day count!

Now that I'm back home it's time to do some serious gearing up for the new Stampin' Up! catalogue that goes live in less than two weeks! 

Seems like as good a time as any to introduce you to the new in colours.  I've been playing with the colours and I think my favourite is possibly Berry Burst but Fresh Fig is in the running as well.  

What do you think your favourite in colour will be? 

Make sure to come out and stamp with me soon so you can see these colours in person! 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hello Lovely

I may be on vacation in Bonnie Scotland but that doesn't mean I can't be working on my memory keeping at the same time!

In fact this is the best time to preserve my memories because the experiences are still fresh in my mind.  That is why the journalling is so plentiful in this album.  The silly stories about the deep fried mars bar and making jokes about the princess bride movie while hiking to a castle are all documented.

This vacation is about friendship and faith and fun and my memory keeping pages sure show it!




Don't let your memories and precious experiences get lost!  Contact me to learn all about quick and easy memory keeping.  Trust me...it's easy!  I am completely up to date on documenting this trip so far! Woohoo!

This beautiful card collection I used in this album is retiring.  Grab it today on my online store. before it sells out.   Don't delay!  Check out the supply list below.

Hope this mojo monday post inspires you to do some memory keeping today!
Have a great day!



Product List

Friday, May 12, 2017

Scotland Adventures

I'm having a relaxing time on vacation.  It's something special to be able to go on a girlfriends getaway...especially when you're with girl friends that have known you for 25 years.

Gloria and I were very blessed to have super smooth flights to Scotland.  After being awake most of the night (those airplane seats are not the best for sleeping) , we arrived in Aberdeen.

We were thrilled to be reunited

Look! Lee-Ann is the hostess with the mostest!  I received a cute little pillow gift on my bed! (She knows all about my stamping addiction and fell in love herself when she came to visit one year and I brought her with me to a private class)


Gloria brought lots of treats from Canada that Lee-Ann can't get in Scotland. Shake and bake, jello, Lee Kum Kee chicken sauce (which we used to eat together when we roomed together at university)

Lee-Ann enjoys cooking and she cooked a delicious dinner.  She made everything look so easy.  I need to learn how to cook like her.  The home cooked food made Gloria and I feel so welcome.












Lee Ann took us for a walk to the beach. Apparently it never gets warm enough that people sun on the beach but it was a refeshing walk and we were treated to seeing a whole lot of seals.

When we got home we ate homemade Rhubarb crumble (Lee-Ann picked the rhubarb from her garden earlier in the day. ) Then Lee-Ann decided to make a sweet nut bread so that she could bake it for breakfast the next morning.
I sort of feel like I'm in the twilight zone.  (a good and happy twilight zone where I am very well fed...but a twilight zone nonetheless)
In my world I would never just suddenly decided to make bread from scratch.  Especially after making a rhubarb crumble and a big dinner that involved 3 different sides such as candied walnuts and carrots, homemade stuffing and roasted crispy potatoes.


In addition to being well fed, I get to enjoy staying with great girlfriends at this beautiful country retreat called Greystones which is Lee-Ann's home. I know this girlfriends getaway will pass quickly so I shall enjoy every minute!
Thanks for dropping in.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Choose your option!



Breaking news... The new catalogue Stamp Camp is Full.  If you are paid and registered you should have received an email from me this week confirming your registration.

Stamp camp is so popular because all the stamping playtime revolves around the new catalogue.  I also think it's popular just because it's fun!

Stamping with ladies, inspiring stamping demonstrations, a delicious lunch, a goodie bag of product and the chance to win hundreds of dollars of new stamping product?  Why wouldn't it be fun?

Don't worry if you didn't make it in for Stamp Camp.  You can get Stamp Camp as a Take it 2 go option. You'll receive the completed cards,goodie bag and videos of the technique demonstration mailed to you! Register today!  Here's some other options you can take advantage of to enjoy stamping and socializing.



May 25th  6:30pm: Nailed It Stamp a Stack   Come make 8 cards (2 of 4 designs) using the very fun “Nailed It” Stamp set. All supplies are included PLUS you get the take the 16 piece stamp set home!  (already own the stamp set? Just choose a substitute set of equal value to receive at the class) This class is a fantastic value for only $40! re.  RSVP ASAP!! . Can’t make it? Take it 2 go and get the precut cardstock and photographs and stamp set to complete your cards.




May 25th 7pm:  Sweet and Simple Class: Masculine cards: Everyone welcome to attend this class where we will make 4 different cards appropriate for the men/boys in your life. Envelopes included. This class is typically on the last Thursday of each month. It’s a chance to enjoy some snacks, friendly company and stamp 4 beautiful cards.  No experience is required and it’s a perfect girls night out. Cost: $15 or FREE with an order (min. $25)  RSVP HERE

June 4th 2pm-5pm Hostess Appreciation Event Come and enjoy this exclusive once a year event.  Anyone who hosted a private class or was a Stampin4fun Club member this past year is invited to attend.  We’ll enjoy special eats and treats, gifts, make and takes from the new catalogue AND my famous Buy One Get One table of retired product will be available.  You don’t want to miss it!  Guests are welcome for a $5 cover charge. RSVP required.



June 5th 10am or 7pm: Technique class Learn fun techniques for your cards.    We typically meet on the first Monday of the month.   You will have at least three beautiful projects to take home.  Cost: $20 or free with minimum $30 purchase.  Become a member and enjoy a free catalogue, raffle draws, birthday discount and hostess freebies.  RSVP required  RSVP for morning slot here  or else choose the RSVP for the evening class here


June 25th  1pm:  Craft and Chat Just bring whatever you want to work on to my craft cave. You’re free to use my punches, big shot and dies and embossing folders.  We’ll just sit and craft and chat!  The class fee is $20 but because I want to encourage you to make time to craft, for every two craft and chat sessions you attend, you’ll receive a $20 gift certificate to use!  Space is extremely limited so RSVP andprepayment is required  (I had to change from the second Sunday because of vacation)  




June 29th 7pm:  Sweet and Simple Class: New Catalogue Everyone welcome to attend this class where we will make 4 different  all occasion cards that will show off some newly released product. Envelopes included. This class is typically on the last Thursday of each month. It’s a chance to enjoy some snacks, friendly company and stamp 4 beautiful cards.  No experience is required and it’s a perfect girls night out. Cost: $15 or FREE with an order (min. $25)  RSVP HERE


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Countdown is on...


The countdown is on for the New Catalogue launch.  Everything goes live on June 1st!
I can't wait.
As a demonstrator, I get to preorder some items so I have time to play and prepare for upcoming events.
I haven't had as much time as I have wanted lately because this time of year is busy at work and I have been busy with family time things...

Like going to poutine fest in Ottawa...



Like going to my son's spring musical concert.


Of course you understand that family time is a priority for me so you'll forgive me that I don't have a hoard of new samples from the new catalogue to share yet.
Actually, I"m just giving you time to make sure you focus on getting all the retiring product you need before they are gone!!!
(check what's retiring on my online store)

However, this week I plan to play with the Soft Sayings kit.  It's the new all inclusive kit that will be in the new catalogue.
I plan to play with it in Scotland.
Yes...I'm travelling again.
The story is that there were three of us that were great friends and roommates when we studied at Queen's University.  One of us decided to pursue her PhD in Scotland and now works there and is married to a Scotsman.
The two of us here in Ontario decided it was high time that we had a roommate reunion so we are flying out to Scotland today.

Here are photos of us circa 1993 and 2007.  (top photo is 2007 and below is 1993).  We've brought our Queen's sweatshirts so we can take another photo!



How shall I fulfill my crafting cravings when they hit and I am not home near the craft cave?  A kit is a perfect answer.  I'm sure there will be down time that I can sit and craft.  Just wait, I'll come home with 20 beautiful cards!

For today's watch it Wednesday you can start getting excited about the new catalogue by watching the video below on the Soft Sayings Kit.

Thanks for dropping in!