Saturday, October 3, 2015

Paper Pumpkin September 2015: Watch it Wednesday...On a Saturday!

Wow!  You know life is crazy when Watch it Wednesday shows up on Saturday! (Gen hangs head in embarrassment!)
Things are full speed with fall parties and...Stamp Camp tomorrow!

If you are a paper pumpkin subscriber, don't forget you are welcome to come to my pumpkin pals night on the last Sunday in October to sit and chat with our boxes! no charge

Not a subscriber? That's okay, I'll provide you with some crafts and you can eat the pumpkin themed fare too. $5

Don't forget if you subscribe by October 10th you'll be contributing a two dollar donation to Breast Cancer research!
Subscribe today so you don't miss October's delivery! (it'll be in a pink box this month!)

September's box was so cute!!!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Stampin' happiness

Just wanted to share some of the stampin' happiness that has been going on lately.  Here's one of the cards we made at my sweet and simple class last week.  The fall paper in the holiday catalogue is so beautiful... I had to use it.  Did you know it is handpainted?  Check out how they made the paper in this blog post HERE   Don't forget to head to my online store if there's anything you need!  (I'll post the supply list for this card at the end of this post)

Yesterday I enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon doing a private technique class with some very nice ladies.  I was highlighting watercolor techniques.  I have to say it was super exciting to hear them "oooo" and "ahhhh" over the different things I was showing them.  I love how every card had a unique look.  If you want a fun time with girlfriends just book me for your own private class.  

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A treat for fall

Welcome to the Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop for September! The theme for the hop this month is Remember to Give Thanks.  Don't forget to "hop" onto the next person on the list below to see more great projects from other Grand Vacation achievers!

What a great theme!  I was thinking I would like to try making a treat package.
Wouldn't this be a fun treat to have at the Thanksgiving table for each person?
It was so easy to make using the new square pillow box thinlits dies.
While running the crumb cake paper to cut out the pillow box, I also placed the leaflet framelit so that it would cut a window in the box.
I assembled the pillow box and then I filled a little plastic bag with candies and adhered it inside the box.
I used the 5/8" striped cotton ribbon in hello honey, and the new Acorny Thank you stamp set to decorate.  ( I love how there is a matching punch!!!) Find the supply list below and click on any of the images to shop on my online store!

At the very bottom is the blog hop participant list.  Make sure you click on the name after mine (Genevieve Ko) to continue on the blog hop.  You're not going to want to miss any of the projects!

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Watch it Wednesday Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 by Stampin' Up!

As I'm home and thinking of the wonderful memories made at my recent Stampin' Up! trip, I immediately think about how to preserve those memories so I can enjoy them for years and years to come.
Of course Project Life by Stampin' Up! comes to mind.  It's so easy to make a cute album full of memories when you've got colour co-ordinated pocket cards that match with the awesome Stampin' Up! palette of colours.

check out today's watch it Wednesday video highlighting the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot collection.
What are you waiting for?
Shop today for your Exclusive Project Life by Stampin' Up! products.

Awesome August Winners!

Sorry for the delay on doing the Awesome August Raffle

I had to make sure that everyone who automatically got a prize for booking or joining club or placing online orders got pick from the box first.  Now that they've all picked their goodies, I was able to do the raffle.
I know I originally said I would do three raffle prizes but I've decided to do 7...just because.  :-)

Here are the winners!  Please contact me to claim your prize! 

Champage glimmer paper: Thiepa S
Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper: Thiepa S, Karol H, Elizabeth H
Something Borrowed DSP: Elizabeth H
Sweet Taffy DSP: Shelley B
Black Raven Ribbon: Judy F

congratulations ladies and thanks to everyone who played! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A long summary of the final Founders days...

Clearly I was too busy socializing to keep updating y'all with my Founders Adventures.  So, now that I'm home I'll share the last couple of days.
I think I was up to Friday...
On Friday we headed out early to go to Kanab where Stampin' Up! has their manufacturing plant.  I had been two times before but I never tire of seeing the staff and environment there.  It's something like a 2 hour bus ride.
It's always such an amazing greeting.  The staff actually come up and applaud us as we approach in the bus.  They think we're great...we think they are pretty great too.  I don't think either of us ever forget that we are dependent on each other.

First order of business...stamping.  They had set up tables so we could do a little make n take.

I love the watercolor words set.  (item 138702) ( go ahead shop on my online store!) So glad I own it already!

I've never seen a more beautiful or clean manufacturing plant! While we were inside we saw the process of how they made photopolymer stamps, rubber stamps and ink pads. So cool!

On the second level there is a full apartment.  I believe it's used by home office staff if they need to do work at the plant for some reason.  It's also used by the Gardner family to enjoy.  Sara Douglass (interim CEO) said they came up on the 4th of July because in her words "there's nothing like celebrating the 4th of July in a small town"
Even the laundry room in the apartment is beautifully decorated. 

All us crazy demonstrators had fun lounging around the apartment like we owned it. 

Here's a picture with Sara and Canadian demonstrators. 
(We Canadians felt like we needed to bond together since we were surrounded by so many Americans.  Founders circle is for the top 100 US demonstrators and the top 20 Canadian demonstrators)

Here's a worker cutting the rubber into squares. Behind him are all the design plates for the rubber stamps.
The rubber is put onto the plates and burned in a very very hot oven.  Here are the plates after they have come out of the oven.  This man trims the excess rubber

The rubber is then mounted on the foam. 

The images are die cut and then put into boxes with the labels.

After a delicious lunch at the plant, we headed off to a local park that the Gardner family donated to the community.  Instead of rocks or sand on the ground there was the excess rubber! 
We all had fun taking pictures.  Some people got buried in the rubber just for fun! 

Canadians eh?

After that, we headed off to a local gift shop called Denny's wigwam.  There's something great about it not being my first trip.  I remembered from a previous trip that there was a little ice cream section in the corner of the store so I went there first and bought a chocolate ice cream to eat while I was browsing the store since it was hot outside.  The whole time people were asking me where I got the ice cream.  Hee hee.  :-)

I must have been sleep deprived because I found many things hilariously funny this time.  Denny's wigwam is NOTHING like the stores in Markham, Ontario.  The decor is...ahem..interesting.  I couldn't stop laughing and started telling my friends what I found so funny. I will show you pictures so you can try to get an idea. 

Why not sell real alligator heads? 


We finally headed back to the hotel and played bingo on the bus ride home.  (I won three stampin' prizes! )

The evening was an optional theater outing.  I bought a ticket to attend because I didn't want to miss the beauty of the outdoor theater but was worried because the last time I went a few years ago I had a really hard time staying awake.  I didn't need to worry this time.  The show was PHENOMENAL! It was all disney songs and amazing things happened during the show like waterfalls on the stage, a magic carpet in the air and more!  It was so magical being outside with the real stars in the sky.

Saturday was spent sitting in the hotel and crafting.  I just wanted to relax.  I had brought my holiday catalogue kits and sat and stamped tags and cards.  I was so happy just sitting and chatting and stamping and eating candy and ice cream.  (okay I ate one token peach to try to offset all the unhealthy eating I was doing). 

The final night event is always a mystery.  This year we were taken to a local art gallery and had a beautiful outdoor dinner. We were welcomed with flavoured Italian Ice Soda and a meaningful table gift. 

The evening finished with an amazing community theater showing of West Side Story.

The final evening event did not disappoint but was so bittersweet as we knew that this was the last Founders Circle for forever. 

Sunday we tried so hard to drag out the time before we had to leave for the airport.  I convinced my friends we needed to sit outside in the sun since we wouldn't get too much more sun in Canada with winter not far away. 

Even the hotel staff were sad about the last Founders Circle.  They gave us a parting gift.  For 8 years this hotel has been hosting Stampin' Up! 

Well, what else is there to say?  I didn't even show you all the pillow gifts and daily stampin' product gifts and so much more.  I wish you were all there with me.  Truly the best part of the trip is the ease of friendship with everyone.  
I think I'll just finish with the Stampin' Up! Statement of the Heart:
"To love what we do, and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments...In this we make a difference"

Thank you for being a part of my stampin journey.  I do love what I do and I will continue to strive to help you enjoy creativity.  

Upcoming Kids Can Craft Opportunities

I'm super excited about my upcoming Kids Can Craft opportunities.  I've been so stuck on summer and my recent vacation it surprised me that the RSVP dates for these classes are fast coming up.

For the first time ever I am doing a series of classes.  This is so you can enjoy even more time with your child and give you the opportunity to enjoy Open Table Thursdays at the new Cornerstone Centre!

Check it out:
October 8, 15  6:30pm: Kids Can Craft Punch Art Series
This 2 series workshop is a parent and child experience.  Spend some meaningful time together and learn how to use paper punches to turn scraps of paper into fun and artistic creations like animals, food and more! You’ll use your punch art creations to make 8 different greeting cards that you can use for birthdays or other celebrations.  Class fee includes all supplies AND the Watercolor Words Stamp set and acrylic block.  RSVP required by  September 27th . $60. Register also for the Halloween Treats Class running the following week and get a discount of $10 on that class.

October 22nd  6:30pm: Kids Can Craft Halloween Treats Class
This is a parent and child class. Spend some meaningful and productive time together making a class set of 24 Halloween treat packets.  It’s perfect to give out to friends or classmates and will have the special handmade touch.  All supplies (including treats) are included in this class fee. RSVP by Oct. 12th $45 Receive a $10 discount on this class if you registered for the Kids Can Craft Punch Art Series

You can register for the Punch Art Classes HERE and the Halloween Treats Class HERE