Friday, June 24, 2016

Sizzlin Summer Offer

Did you know that summer is my most favourite season?  Yes. I do not care if I am sweating like a pig because of the heat and humidity.  I much prefer the heat over feeling cold and having to wear layers and layers of clothes.
I LOVE summer!

To share my summer happiness with you all, I'm sharing a Sizzlin' Summer Offer. I'll have a bunch of prizes to give away.  Everything from Designer Series Paper, ink pads and Stamp Sets.

Here's my favourite stamp set I'm giving away: The new Better Together Stamp Set.  It's so perfect for everything!

Please enjoy Summer with me and start earning your tickets today! 

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

A tip for your trimmer

Just wanted to share a quick tip that I use for my Stampin' trimmer.  Sometimes little pieces of paper get stuck in the track of the cutting mat. 
Do you see the little pieces stuck there?

I notice when the little pieces of paper are stuck in the track, sometimes the cutting blade will catch and my paper cutting will not be clean.
So, one day, I took my big shot die brush and used it to brush out the little pieces in the track.  It worked perfectly.

Keep in mind that the big shot die brush was intended for a totally different purpose but it works great for this purpose as well. 
A cleaner track on your stampin' trimmer will give you a better cutting experience. 

Hope you enjoyed my Tip Thursday! 
Need a stampin' trimmer or a die brush?  Head over to my online store today! 

Have a great day! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cute Paper Purse

For this week's watch it Wednesday, I thought I would show you how to make a quick and easy purse that can hold kleenex, candy, gum, 3X3 notecards or whatever you want.

It's actually just a larger version of this little treat holder that I made HERE.  I couldn't believe what a difference the larger size makes in how much more I could put inside.  I first saw this larger size treat package on the Stampin' Up! cruise last month.  It was a swap from Kristeen G, a demonstrator in the US.  She was so kind to share how she did it.  I simplified mine a bit because I knew I was planning to make a bunch of these so I kept it as simple as possible so I could make more!

Check out this week's watch it wednesday video and then see below for pictures and supply list.

You can keep the package plain or dress it up with some ribbon and cardstock like I did here.
Stampin' Up! with their co-ordinating dsp and cardstock make it so easy to create!!!

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Check out this one using the floral boutique dsp.  (I am in LOVE with this suite)

I made some 3X3 notecards using the same dsp and night of navy cardstock.  I made some matching envelopes using the floral boutique dsp and the envelope punch board.

Hope this gets your stampin' mojo flowing.  Go ahead and get out your pretty dsp and start creating! Of course if you need any supplies head over to my online store

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Navy and White...

I have been having such fun playing with new Stampin' Supplies.
Here's a few of the cards I made to demo at the recent New Catalogue Stamp Camp. (check out photos from the event HERE)

This is a simple and elegant white on white card with simple night of navy stamped accent and night of navy twine. The detailed floral thinlits work perfectly with the floral phrases stamp set.

When the Stampin' Up! staff were showing off this suite, the rhyme that was used was "navy and white with a pop of bright"

I tried to play around with the "pop of bright" idea and this is white I came up with. 

My pop of bright is the calypso coral cardstock and calypso coral twine. The pop of colour really jazzes up the card don't you think?

Hope this #mojomonday card gets your stampin' mojo flowing.  Why don't you try a card with navy and white and a pop of bright?
Need supplies, head over to my online store to shop for whatever your heart fancies! 

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

So Sweet

The word that comes to mind to describe my past few days is "sweet"  I hope you will indulge me as I share all my sweet moments with you.

First, on Thursday I received "happy mail".  I love receiving a hand stamped card but this one was a special surprise because it was from Donna Griffith.  She is a staff member at the Stampin' Up! office and we got to know each other better when I presented last year as she was involved in co-ordinating all my preparations and rehersals. I was very surprised to receive a birthday card from her!
I thought it was super sweet of her to take the time to send me a card.

In order to share my next sweet moment, I need to take you back to last July when I attended the Stampin' Up! convention with about 12 Team S.T.I.C girls.  Check out our adventures from past blog posts
It was at this convention that Stampin' Up! announced that the next Stampin' Up! incentive trip would be to Phuket, Thailand.  How exotic!  I knew I would continue to enjoy my stampin business with passion and would be making it a goal to earn the trip.  The earning period for the trip would be from October 2015 through September 30th 2016.  My friend Zahra was inspired by the trip announcement and spent the plane ride home setting her goals to earn the trip.

I am excited to share that I earned enough points for the Thailand trip early this year in January.  I was super excited because the plan is that my husband will come with me on the trip in 2017. I didn't announce my achievement too much because I was watching and waiting for Zahra to earn it too. I have seen Zahra grow so much as a demonstrator and a leader. As the months went by and I saw her efforts and commitment to her customers and her team, I was confident that she would earn the trip. 
I'm happy to report that she earned enough points this past week. She celebrated by ordering Thai take out for her team meeting this week.
Zahra invited me to her team meeting and I got to see her team shower her with congratulations and gifts and love because they were celebrating her achievement with her. It was so beautiful and sweet and made me teary as I know all the hard work and heart that goes into running a stampin business, it was nice to see her being recognized by her peeps.
The following day was birthday!
Check out the gifts I received:
My son got me poutine flavored chips and a cardmaking magazine. :) he knows what his mama likes!

My daughter made a cake for me.

And my husband took me away for a night downtown. We enjoyed Friday night live at the museum and then slept overnight in a hotel and enjoyed lunch at a place in yorkville.

This moroco chocolat restaurant had delicious food and decadent sweets. 
I will need to go back just for the desserts.

It turns out the hostess at the restaurant was a former student at the school my husband previously worked at so she treated us to some macarons on the house. 

See what I mean?  So many sweet moments this week.  Thank you for letting me share. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Label Your Ink Pads: Tip Thursday

Have you ever looked at the bottom of your ink pads?
The bottom looks like this:
These are stickers that can be used to label your ink pads.  Just peel it off. 

Then flip your ink pad over and place it like this and right on the edge you can place the sticker to label your ink pad so you can identify the colour easily when your ink pads are stacked up.

You may be thinking that you totally knew that tip.  If you did, hooray!  However, there's been a number of times when I've seen people's ink pads and they don't have them labelled.  Gasp!
It's so easy to do...go ahead and start today!

Since I was showing off my sweet sugarplum ink pad, I thought I'd show you a pretty card highlighting this colour.  This was a swap card I received from my friend Cynthia.  I tried to organize a small swap on the cruise and it was fun.  However, an incentive trip is probably not the best place to try to organize a swap because everyone is so busy vacationing and relaxing, several people forgot to show up for the swap! Cynthia was happily eating dinner when she suddenly realized she was supposed to be swapping in my stateroom so she came running in panting bringing this beauty.  Yes, it was worth the wait.  :-)  I liked it so much we made it at our recent stamp camp.

Hope you enjoyed today's tip!  

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