Monday, December 18, 2017

Clearance Rack updated!

Stop the presses!!  Just announced!!! Stampin' Up! has loaded up the clearance rack with items up to 70% off! 

Head to my online store to check it out NOW

There's punches, ribbon, cardstock and so much more at really great prices!!!   Up to 70% off!  Even big shot dies are on sale! 

Check out some of the things on the rack right now!  Things could sell out at any time! The best bet is to head to my online store but you can email me your order and take your chances...I'll put in a group order when I have enough orders to make the shipping worth it. 

Clearance rack updated, retiring products announced, year end sales....plenty of reason to treat yourself to some new stampin' goodies! 

Happy shopping!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Holiday happenings with the Kos

What a wonderful time of year it is. In my life it’s a time of much crafting and service and time with family and friends. 

There have been so many Stampin Up! Things going on that I haven’t had much time to share what’s been going on in other parts of my life. 
It’s been full of good things! 

Our tradition of buying a Christmas tree from ikea lives on! It’s become a family outing/tradition that we go have a meal at IKEA and then go out to the parking lot to choose a tree. The only sad thing this year was that my eldest was not with us. Now that he’s a full blown teenager he’s got a part time job and lots of school work and not much free time with us. 

So that’s why I had to take a family photo when my son was actually able to join us for a movie outing. 

 We went to see the movie Wonder. I loved the book on so many levels. It’s a fictional story about a child with a facial disfigurement and has always been home schooled until grade 5 when his parents decide to send him to school. The book shares this child’s journey as he adjusts to this change. It’s a story about his personal growth and interaction with friends and how his family adapts and changes and grows as well.  I won’t lie. I cried through most of the movie. I was either feeling the pain of the parents as they sent their special son off to school or I was crying because I was so sad for the main character when he was being mocked for his facial differences and I imagined what it would be like if it were my child.  I’m sure my heart was not so vulnerable before I became a mom but now there’s no turning back. Parts of my heart are out there walking in the world and I pray that the world will be kind to my kids or if not, that my children will have the courage and strength to be brave and courageous and still live to be all they were created to be. 
Here’s some other photos of late: 
Nativity night dinner celebration at church 

Helping at our church food pantry to pack food boxes for needy people in our community. Although the shelves were initially stocked, by the time we had packed all the boxes, the shelves were pretty bare! I would love to do a non perishable food drive to help restock those shelves in our church basement! 

We attended a Chris Tomlin Christmas concert at Massey Hall. With wonderful music, our family took the time to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas: that God came near to us through Jesus. 

Of course there is stamping going on in the craft cave! It’s swap making time for the new catalogue goodies! 
I can’t wait to show you all that’s new! 

That’s a long enough update for now. I hope you are all enjoying the activities this season. Remember to mark the date of January 3rd for my annual customer appreciation event! 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Snowflake Sentiments Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Thanks for popping in!  I'm so excited to share a Christmas card I received from Team S.T.I.C girl Kelly.  I opened her card and thought it was absolutely STUNNING!

I think it is the colour combination that makes it so breathtaking! Check it out!  The photo doesn't do it justice!

I'm trying to capture the shimmer and shine on this card and it's so hard!  Like I said, the photo does not do it justice! Let me show you a different angle.  I'll also paste the supply list below. 

I'm thrilled this set will still be available after the holiday catalogue is gone BUT you won't be able to get the bundle price.

If you want to nab it now before the bundle deal is gone, you'd better act now and head to my online store! 

Learn more about this bundle by watching this week's Watch it Wednesday video!

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017


The past two years in February I partnered with a beautiful Team S.T.I.C girl, Marianne to help organize a special event called Creating for Christ. 

Both times I left the event feeling so blessed and grateful!  I felt that they were just sacred moments of love and learning!

Although this year Marianne said that she wasn't able to commit to helping, I still feel very compelled to hold this event because I feel that there is a message that needs to be shared and it was so special last year.  It's a safe space to enjoy crafting and honesty and to make space to focus on Jesus.

Check out photos from last year's event HERE

I hope you will be able to join in for this year's Creating for Christ event! It will be on February 3rd and the RSVP date is January 15th. 

I had to increase the price a tiny bit from last year because in the past the church donated some space for us to use for the event but I really feel better paying a rental fee for use of space so I factored it into the registration fee since I don't want to take advantage of the church's generosity.  (especially because we probably leave behind a mess of dimensional backings and scrap paper on the floor!)

I got very excited when I saw the new Occasions catalogue because there is a Christian stamp set that I know we will use at our event.  The set is called Hold on to Hope and it is so versatile and beautiful!

Since I have finished my holiday events, I allowed myself to dig into my box of new product so that I could play.  Of course the new Hold on to Hope stamp set was one of the first that I pulled out.  I had no agenda with the stamping.  I just wanted to play and see what happened.
Here's what I made:

I kind of went crazy with the Champagne foil paper.  This is not a cost effective card.  However, it just made me think of how extravagant God's love is and His love is not a penny pinching kind of love.  So....lots of champagne foil paper seemed in order. 

I hope you can join in for this year's Creating for Christ event.  Here's the details.  RSVP today! 

February 3rd 2pm:Creating for Christ This inspirational and unique event combines the joy of creating and stamping with projects that are Christ focused. There will be worship time, inspirational sharing and stamping. Dinner is included.  Everyone will receive a goodie bag of product and supplies to complete 4 stamping projects.  Take time to rest, create and rejoice at this year’s event.  Can’t make it?  Register for the Take it 2 go version of the event and receive videos of the sharing time, instruction and supplies to complete the make n takes as well as the goodie bag delivered directly to your door.  Cost: $55 RSVP required by January 15th

Can't stay for dinner? Registration is $45. 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sending good wishes

This weekend was a very relaxing weekend indeed!  No craft shows to prep for, no workshops to do...there was absolutely no agenda at all this weekend.

So what does a girl do when she has free time?
Stamp of course!!!

I thought it would be nice to make a batch of Christmas cards since I know I wanted to send out as many Christmas cards as I could.  I'm pretty sure I couldn't make one for EVERYONE that I wanted to but it doesn't hurt to send out as many as I can!

I grabbed a favourite stamp set and some designer series paper that I knew I had a lot of and I got to work.  

Here's the finished product.  

My youngest son Nathaniel was a part of the mass production process with me because it's always more fun to stamp with others. 

The Every Good Wish Stamp set is one of my favourites because it gives a fun watercolour look...without any watercolouring involved! 
The wood mount version of this stamp set is on sale now for 20% off as part of the Year End Sales event.  See pdf list for the retiring and sale items HERE
In addition, Stampin' Up! has announced FREE SHIPPING again...just for 24 hours on December 11th. 

In all my 10 years I have never seen free shipping offered again so close to the previous offer.  This is a crazy opportunity!  Don't miss out!  Shop the retiring deals or anything else on my online store!

Stampin4fun exclusive offer: 
Any orders $25 or more received between now and December 24th will receive my 12 Days of Christmas crafting tutorials!  These tutorials will feature 12 projects using Stampin' Up! supplies and will be sure to inspire! 

Any orders over $50 will receive 5 handmade cards from my card rack! 
Shop during free shipping day on December 11th or anytime up to December 24th to take advantage of these offers! 

Make sure to use HOST CODE: JQX73VAT   so I know you want these special offers! 
You can shop on my online store or you can email or call me with your order.  Whatever works for you! 

Thanks for dropping in! I'm so grateful to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator! 

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Sweet Christmas Sweaters

One of the best things about this time of year is the extra effort people make to send a card or kind wishes.

I've been slowly receiving some beautiful handmade Christmas cards in the mail and each and every one that I receive brightens my day.

Here's the happy mail that I received today:

A box of See's Christmas candy and a handmade card using the Christmas Sweaters stamp set and the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series paper.  

Here's a close up of the card: 

Isn't it such a cute card?  I'll put the supply list below.  This is your last chance to nab retiring things from the holiday catalogue .  Make sure to head to my online store so you don't miss a thing! 

The card and the gift were from the home office thanking me for my service on the communication council.  I thought it was so thoughtful to send the gift and card.  Receiving an unexpected card and gift reminded me how meaningful gifts...especially handmade ones...can be. 

It really brightened my day!  

Go ahead, create something from the heart to give to someone special.  I'm sure you'll make their day! 

Thanks for dropping in! 

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