Thursday, April 27, 2017

This and that in my life

Just thought I would share some of the happenings in my life lately.
I am sure like every other mother I am always seeking a balance between family life, work, hobbies, etc etc etc...
The past couple of weeks have felt pretty balanced which makes me happy. I know craziness is bound to arrive again whether it's prepping for stamping events or children going insane or work reports will pile up but for now I will enjoy. 
Here's some of the fun of my life lately. 

Easter weekend had just the right amount of activity and rest.  Good Friday we went to church where there was an open house with sensory elements to experience. 
On Sunday there was the traditional Easter egg hunt at home. Although the teenager thought he was too old for chocolate egg hunting he still played along.  The grand prize after the egg hunt was a decorated egg carton filled with chocolates 


We enjoyed easter dinner with my brothers family. There were polish specialities and my sister in law is a great cook. Yum! My love of potatoes was taken to account and my sister in law made sure to position all the potatoe dishes near me. 

There's also been some exciting stamping adventures of late.  I did a stampin' social at work.  Nothing like a stampin' social to raise the spirits of hardworking therapists and office staff.  It was the first time stamping for many of the ladies.  I think I can safely say we all had fun!  Really, what's not to enjoy? We ate food, socialized and stamped and chatted.  Don't forget to contact me if you are looking to bring a little fun into your workplace! I have stamps and will travel!


I was also asked to do a TV spot on York Region Rogers Daytime.  I had hoped to be able to show you a video of the segment this week but I haven't gotten a hold of a copy yet.  Maybe next week!

Of course we have kids activities like my daughter's school basket ball games which I try to drop into when I can to cheer and support and  my youngest son joined the awana car races...which is basically racing wooden cars down ramps.

Tonight I'm excited to enjoy Sweet and Simple card class and tomorrow I'll be stamping with 42 elementary school students! 
Next weekend we are going on a family road trip to Ottawa to enjoy Poutine fest.  Yes.  You read that correctly.  Poutine fest. 
I have been dieting for two weeks to get ready.  :-)
Thankful for all the beautiful blessings of family, work and stamping! 
Thanks for dropping in!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A modification

Just thought I would share a little modification I did with the vertical garden kit. It's pretty fantastic that the kit comes with all the die cut flower pieces. Is it necessary to use the pieces exactly as the instructions dictate?
No. Of course not. 
I took the flower pieces and placed them in this metal bucket with some dollar store moss. I also sponged the edged with some early espresso ink and rich razzleberry ink. 
Do you like it?

Here's what the instructions lead you to make which is also beautiful.
Which do you like better? 
Wouldn't this kit help you to make a great Mother's Day gift? 
Vertical garden is one of the retiring, while supplies last items. 
(Maybe by the time you read this post it's already gone!)
Head over to my online store today so you don't miss anything else! 
Thanks for dropping in and I hope I inspired you to play with stampin up kits!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Eastern Palace is Coming...

I'm excited to announce that Stampin' Up! is releasing a tiny sneak peek of what is coming in the new catalogue.
What's even better is that they are releasing it as a part of a promotion.  (yes, this means you can save money and get free things!)

Introducing the Eastern Palace Suite.

Imagine rich colours and elegant designs and breathtaking, intricate thinlits and you'll be imagining what is coming starting May 1st.

Why not be one of the first to come and play with the Eastern Palace Suite? There will be a little sneak peek at my Sweet and Simple class this Thursday evening. 

Or you can book your own private new catalogue cards and cocktail party with friends and I will bring the Eastern Palace Suite to you! 

Check out this video to see how people can all get together and create beautiful things with Eastern Palace. 

Here's a swap card I received from the talented Allison Okamitsu using the new suite.  (Do you spy some new in colours?)

Get ready for this special promotion which runs from May1-May 31st. 

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.