Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Thailand incentive trip is almost here!

Have I ever shared how much I love my Stampin' Up! journey?  I can't even begin to make a list of all the wonderful parts of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I could talk about the discount on the fantastic products, I could talk about the challenging but rewarding learning curve, I could talk about the friendships made and there's so much more.
However, today I will talk about the Stampin' Up! incentive trip. Each year Stampin' Up! offers every demonstrator the opportunity to earn an all inclusive paid vacation for two to a fantastic destination.(Please note that I never say "win" an incentive trip.   My friend Cynthia would go Bezerk because she is adamant that incentive trips are not won...they are earned...with lots of sweat and sleepless nights!)
 In July 2015 they announced that we had until September 30th 2016 to earn an exotic vacation to Thailand!
Check out their announcement video HERE

Because I love what I do and I am supported by amazing Team S.T.I.C girls and the best friends and customers a girl could ask for, I was able to earn enough points for the trip by around January 2016.  I can't remember!  It seemed so long ago that I earned the trip. I am so excited that the trip is just around the corner now!

Stampin' Up! trips are top notch! Here's a post from my Hawaii incentive trip  and a recap from the cruise with my daughter

With the anticipated trip coming so soon,I was expecting a travel packet.  Each year I look forward to receiving the travel packet because it's always cute and special and makes the upcoming trip feel real instead of just a happy dream!

Before I left for Kansas I was checking the mail everyday.  Of course as timing would have it, the packet arrived while I was away visiting my friend in Kansas.

I told my husband he should have the thrill of opening the package because he deserves this trip with all the support he gives me.  He was so sweet to video the experience and send it to me while I was in Kansas.  For today's watch it Wednesday I thought I would share the video with you.  I thought it was so funny.  (I can't believe my daughter called the ribbon orange.  sheesh...peekaboo peach please! :-) )

Here's a close up of the packet.  Aren't those luggage tags the cutest?

I think this travel wallet is perfect for carrying our documents

This guide has great tips but also has the agenda (no don't worry this trip is not filled with boring meetings)  The agenda has fun things like the boat tour to some iconic james bond island and the share fair where demonstrators will be showing off how to use the new holiday catalogue product.

Being a Canadian Stampin' Up! demonstrator has it's perks.  Our country manager arranged for this beautiful gift to be delivered to Canadian achievers. I think I was more excited about the package than the actual gift!!

Kevin and I are extremely excited for our special adventure around the corner! 
Thank you so so much to all of you who have shopped, hosted, and stamped with me!  You are a part of God's great blessings in my life! Stay tuned with my blog as I will post when I can! 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Techniques, techniques, techniques!

The first Monday of July is fast approaching!  That means technique class is coming!
During the summer months technique class is just in the evening.
So, mark your calendar for July 3rd at 7pm.  RSVP required so I prepare the correct amount of supplies. j

We are learning the tarnished metal technique

We are also going to play with some fun new things from the catalogue like embossing paste and the You move me thinlits!

Don't forget every class you attend gets you raffles in my Sizzlin' Summer Special!  Come on out and stamp with me! 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Father's Day gifts

Here's a belated post showing what I made for Kevin for Father's day.  Since I wasn't home for Father's day (I had taken off to Kansas...) I really wanted to make sure to show my appreciation to him before I left.

It was also an excuse to play with my new stamping supplies!  :-)

Here is the father's day card I made for him using the Mediterranean moments stamp set, the new post script background and Teeny Tiny wishes.  (supply list below.  click on any of the images to take you to my online store)
Maybe this image doesn't seem very masculine but I thought it was a good choice for Kevin because he has a red scooter like in the stamp!

Here's an old picture of us on his red scooter.  Kevin can never turn down a bargain even if the bargain is an item that he wasn't needing in the first place.
I believe the story with this scooter is that someone was giving it away free because it was broken.  Free is my husband's favourite price so he took the scooter.  He tried to fix it up.  It now kind of works but the battery is a bit iffy.  I believe I have seen him riding it and needing to add some foot propulsion power.  My husband with his antics makes me smile.  That's why I had to use the Mediterranean moments stamp for his card.

Here is the gift I bought him.  I figured he can wear these crazy socks since he's kind of a crazy guy.

I felt that I also needed to make some gift packaging for those fine socks so I whipped up a gift bag using the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer series paper and matching stickers. (Here's a video on how I made the gift bag)

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders

Hello Friends!  For today's Watch it Wednesday video I thought I would share a video that gives some instruction and information about the 3D textured embossing folders.

These thicker embossing folders definitely produce a more dramatic embossed effect.

If you haven't played with these folders, come on out to my next Sweet and Simple card class on Wednesday June 28th!  One of the cards we are making uses the new Layered Leaves folder.

Here's a sneak peek!

See how the layered leaves embossed background just pops!!

Come on out to my special New Catalogue Kick off Sweet and Simple Card class with BOGO sale on June 28th.  RSVP today! 

You can also see all the special Dynamic Textured embossing folders on my online store

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Craft and Chat

Don't forget...this Sunday is the last Craft and Chat session!  RSVP today! 

If you need more time to work on your happy crafts, make sure to come out to the Ladies Retreat Weekend! The fall retreat will be the weekend of October 27th and there's only 3 spots left!!!

The fall retreat is always popular because it is the perfect time to work on the Christmas cards and gifts!

Contact me today to find out more or register for the Ladies Retreat Weekend

Monday, June 19, 2017

A visit to Kansas

Hello from Kansas!  My Stampin' Up! journey has been filled with so many experiences and some of the most special memories are around friendships.
I first met my friend Linda at a Stampin' Up! convention where a mutual friend linked us up as roommates.
Linda is always smiling and positive.  She has been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for a long time so I always saw her as my Stampin' mama. She knew the way to all the restaurants in Salt Lake city, she's always cheered me on in my Stampin' Up! journey and she always listens to me when I need to talk stamping or anything else.

You can see a picture of Linda when we first met in 2011 at this blog post HERE

Linda picked me up from the airport and took me straight to dinner at her favourite Mexican restaurant.  ( stampin' mama knows that I LOVE mexican food!)

We are keeping it pretty low key while I'm here. I just wanted to visit and see her life which means I got to watch her care for her horses and go to church with her and just normal things like that.  

Linda lives in a small town called Louisburg.  The happening place here is a little shack called Cool Cats where they sell Shaved Ice in all kinds of marvelous flavours.  
I picked a grape/lemonade combo flavour. 

Of course I brought Linda a souvenir from home.  I know darn well she is a Kansas City Royals ball fan but I figured she is honourary Canadian when she is with me so matching Blue Jay hats seemed like a fun gift.

Of course my visit included a tour of her stamping area. I had a great time looking through all her card samples and of course stamped some cards since she still had her card class bins out from the class the night before.
This card caught my eye (sorry for the bad photo)
I thought it was so fun and perfect for summer!
I loved how the sentiment was debossed and the geometric stamps from the Happy Celebrations stamp set was stamped on top!
Of course it's using product I don't own so now I need to place an order! (supply list below. Note I think the card uses the retired watermelon wonder colour but I think it would look just as cute with calypso coral)
I hope this post encourages you to treasure your friendships and enjoy some stamping!
Thanks for dropping in and head to my online store to shop or browse!

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