Monday, November 20, 2017

the Extravaganza Sale is on!

It's that time of year when Stampin' Up! is helping us out with our holiday shopping!
Just for today only, select stamps are 20% off! 
Plus, for today and until November 26th, there are other great items on sale up to 50% off!  These items include paper pumpkin kits, embellishments, big shot dies, markers and more!
Also, Stampin' Up! has said they will do a flash sale on November 27th so stay tuned what those items will be!

So, for today's mojo Monday I wanted to share one of my favourite stamp sets that is on sale:
Touches of Texture

I like this stamp set because it has images that are great for focal points but also great for backgrounds.

Here's two swap cards I received that show what I mean: 

This swap card was from Evelyne Lauze.  Can you see how she used the dragonfly and lacy and splatter stamps as background?  

Here's a card from Karen Duke that shows the flower as a focal point of the card.

I think this stamp set offers great possibilities for your creativity! 

Grab it today while it's on sale!!!  The stamp sale ends 11:59pm! 
Shop today on my online store! 

See the whole list of the sale on my online store as well or view the PDF here. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Grab your lunch and join me!

I'm still coming down from the Post Stampin' Up! event high.  I am finally ready to get organized to share some of the fun with you on my facebook group.

I think I"ll do a facebook live so I can show you some of the great loot I received and I also hope to post some stamping demonstrations.

There will be prizes too of course!

There's just so many exciting things to share it's not nice to keep it all to myself!

So mark your calendar to join me at 12 noon (EST) on Tuesday November 21st on my facebook group.
Here's the link so you can request to join if you're not part of the group already!

I like to do exclusive, special things on my group so make sure to join the group!

On Tuesday grab your lunch, sip your tea and enjoy some time with me as I share about my Stampin' Up!  On stage Live experience!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How to reserve your stamparatus

Happy Wednesday!  I'm still not back into any sort of groove here at home.  However,I do know it's Wednesday so here is your watch it Wednesday video for this week!

I'm still excited about the Stamparatus tool and wanted to give some instruction since the first reservation window opens tomorrow at 4pm EST.

Make sure you have read everything HERE. 

Then if you need more instruction about how to reserve your stamparatus, watch this video.

Don't hesitate to call Stampin' Up! at 1800 stamp up if you have any trouble.

Hope this video helps!

Here is the direct link to my online store. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

What is the Stamparatus??? Everything you need to know

Stop the presses!  This is very important news!  Stampin' Up! is releasing a Stamp Placement tool and it is different from any other Stamp placement tool on the market.

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
Product details:
  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$65.00 CAD

Watch this video to see the scoop! 

Okay. I’ve gotta have one. How do I get in line?

With the launch of this tool, we’re trying something different: testing a new reservation system. It acts like a true preorder: you reserve your spot and we guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in our warehouse. Demonstrators and customers will place reservations and receive their product at the same time. This system will allow us to get the product to market as soon as possible while avoiding backorders and efficiently managing inventory.

The global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:
  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 3 tools per demonstrator (talk about a good time to join my team) and 1 tool per customer per reservation window.
  • Customers may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.

Here are the reservation windows: you see it?  The first reservation window is in two days!!!  I would strongly suggest you get in on the first reservation window so you can be the first to get in line for this product. 
You will not be billed for the tool until the item arrives and ships from Stampin' Up! warehouse but November 16th is the day to reserve your tool! 

There is a maximum reservation number (since the manufacturer can only produce so many in one time frame) so I would not wait to reserve since the reservation window may close early if the maximum number has been reached.

I believe there will be a link on my online store where you can reserve your stamparatus.  You must have a Stampin' Up! online account and make sure to have me as your demonstrator in your profile. 
I will keep monitoring information about the stamparatus and will update here if there is any change about the reservation process.

We are all learning because this is a brand new way of rolling out this amazing new product.  That's how exciting this product is! 

Q & A for the Stamparatus

Q: How do I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: Normally you order Stampin’ Up! products through the online store or emailing me; in this case, you will click the RESERVE link on the Stamparatus page which will take you to the reservation page. For step-by-step instructions, please see picture below.

Q: What if I do not have a Stampin’ Up! customer account?
A: To reserve a Stamparatus, you must have a customer account. To create one, click Create Account on the online store, you can find me with this info...  Genevieve Ko, Demo ID 2028926, Markham, Ontario
If you have any trouble, don't hesitate to contact me or 1800 stamp up

Q: Am I billed at the time I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: No. However, a credit card is required to reserve the product.

Q: When will I be charged for the Stamparatus?
A: When inventory arrives in the warehouse, we will add your reservation to a shopping cart. We will then send you an email notifying you that your Stamparatus order is ready. Once you finalize payment and close your order, the system will charge your credit card.

Q: Will I be able to add other products to my Stamparatus reservation?
A: No. However, once your reservation is transferred to your shopping cart, you will then be able to add other items to your order. Important note: Please do not delete the Stamparatus from your order. We will not be able to add it back and you will lose your reservation.

Q: Will I be able to update my address and credit card information when I open my shopping bag to complete my order?
A: Yes.

Q: What if I change my mind and want to cancel my reservation?
A: You can cancel your reservation at any time before your credit card has been charged. To cancel please contact me so I can give you more details

Q: Will the tool be available in the 2018–2019 annual catalog?
A: Yes. Once the annual catalog ordering period begins, you will be able to order the Stamparatus as you would any other product. Reservations will no longer be required, and there will be no limit on the number of tools you can order.

Q: When I close my order, can I take advantage of current Stampin’ Up! promotions?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I participate in all three reservation periods?
A: Yes.

Q: How many stamp placement tools can I reserve per reservation window?
A: For customers, there is a limit of 1 per reservation window.  Demonstrators can order 3 and get their 20% (or more) discount.  Yes!  It makes sense to Join my team! 

Q: How did we come up with the name Stamparatus?
A: We landed on an innovative name by combining two words that speak to the end use of the tool as well as Stampin’ Up! branding.
Stamp: To impress a pattern or mark (especially an official one) on
a surface, object, or document using an engraved or inked
block or die or other instrument
Apparatus: The technical equipment or machinery needed for a
particular activity or purpose

Stamp + Apparatus = Stamparatus

This is so super exciting!  I hope you can sense my excitement about this tool! Please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm happy to help you reserve your tool!

Highlights from the Stampin' Up! on stage event!

Hellooooo out there!!!  I had very grand intentions to blog everyday when I was in Salt Lake City but the event schedule was JAM PACKED so I had almost no time to myself. 
I actually had no time to go to my favourite, tried and true restaurants that I love to visit when I am in Salt Lake City.  No Cheesecake Factory, No PF Changs, no Mexican food. 
That's how busy I was!  If you know me, you know how I love to eat out so missing those restaurants was a real loss.

However, there were so many exciting things that I can't dwell on missing cheesecake.  I'm hoping pictures will be worth a thousand words so here we go....

The first thing to know about Stampin' Up! events is that they are fun!  Being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is so much about fun, friendship and stamping. Sometimes it seems like the business side of it is forgotten because we are having so much fun! 
Can you imagine begin among 2000 people all who love stamping as much as you?  I am considered completely normal when I gasp at a swap card or get short of breath when I new stamping tool is announced.  (if you think I belong in an insane asylum then maybe you had better stop reading this blog post now) If you can relate a little bit to what I am sharing then carry on...

There are Prize Patrols where new, not yet released stamp sets are given away depending on the colour button you received at check in.   (in case you missed it...I'll say it again: NEW, NOT YET RELASED STAMP SETS)

There is card swapping and seeing friends that you've met at previous events.  It is a very common story that you'll meet new friends just standing around.

This group of people are all part of a training group led by demonstrator Ronda Wade.  We learn together about stampin business stuff and we encourage each other.  It was very cool to meet people that I had only seen online.

Here's Carrie from the Canadian office.  She handles so much...including product exchanges for us and more!
 Here's my friend Linda Yamamoto.  People often mix us up. It must be the asian connection and the fact that we both have rehab backgrounds.  (she's a physiotherapist while I was an occupational therapist)

On one evening someone organized an Advisory Board Alumni dinner.   (Read about when I was appointed to the advisory board HERE)  Although there is no more Advisory board since Stampin' Up! has gone to a model with different leadership councils, all of us past Advisory Board members sort of feel a special sisterhood.  I suppose it would be like being members in a special club or sorority. 

Here's Jennifer Cotton and I.  We served together on the Advisory board in the same year.  She's one of my closest stamping friends now although we mostly only keep in touch by text.

Here's myself with Dawn Griffith and Jennifer.  We are missing 3 of our group who served with us in the same year but it was so nice to visit together. 

Here's Missy Shipman.  One of the sweetest ladies I know.  

 The thing that's awesome about getting together with these ladies is that we all understand the amount of passion and perseverance that goes into our Stampin' business.  We can be honest about the ups and downs and so it was a wonderful evening of connection and friendship.

The convention sessions are super fun.  I may be biased but I think the Canadian business manager Dale Hampshire was the most fun emcee of the entire event.   So proud to be Canadian.

 When I say the event is fun.  I mean it's fun!  There's rocking music where you can dance around and swap cards.  You can take photos with Stampin' Up! staff.  It's perfectly acceptable to wear Paper Pumpkin Scrap bin containers on your head. 
Yeah  it's that kind of fun.

It was so awesome that 7 of the Team S.T.I.C girls also flew in for the On Stage event.  We had to get a purple shirt photo of course!  It's so great to enjoy the event as a group.

One of the most memorable experiences of the event was the recognition.  I felt like a very proud Mama bird when Team S.T.I.C girl Zahra was named #5 demonstrator in Canada and #87 globally.  There are about 49,000 demonstrators in the world so being in the top 100 is an amazing achievement. 

This grandma bird also felt very proud of Selina who earned a performance bonus for her leadership and earned her first incentive trip! 

I was humbled to learn that for the second year in a row I ranked #1 in Canada.  Simply a miracle and shocking. 

I was also surprised to learn that I was #15 in the world.  This was unbelievable to me.  

All these top Canadian demonstrators inspire me and many are dear friends

This photo says it all! 

Team S.T.I.C incentive trip earners!

A photo with the CEO Sara and co-founder Shelli

I can not say enough how thankful I am to God for the amazing experience of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I'm thankful for all you wonderful people who stamp with me and the amazing Team S.T.I.C. who inspire me everyday. 

I shall carry on doing the best I can to serve my team, friends and customers!  Thank you for your support! 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Help make your wishes come true!

Do you love stamping? Are you like me and keep looking at the catalogue and find new things you want to buy?? 
This is a special time of year when many people buy gifts for each other. It’s a time of giving and generosity and happiness. 

I have helped make gift giving easy for many husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, children and parents. Wouldn’t you like to make things easy for your loved ones this season AND get gifts that you love? 

Just leave me a wish list along with the contact info of your friends/family and you might enjoy some special stampin goodies under the tree this year! 

Here’s the link to share your info. Anyone who gives me a wish list will be entered in a drawing for the exclusive, no longer available Merry Patterns stamp set! 

Just click this link and fill out the wish list with your information!  You could win a free stamp set and you could get some beautiful stampin gifts!!!

Preparing to party in Salt Lake!

Today is a short blog post because I am getting ready to go to Salt Lake City, Utah where Stampin' Up! will unveil the spring and saleabration catalogues to us lucky demonstrators.

This event is called On Stage and it's not just about Stampin' Up! products.  To me it's also about reconnecting with special friends whom I've met through my Stampin journey, learning new stamping techniques and enjoying fun experiences like prize patrol, card swapping and eating.  ( I love eating)

Stay tuned to my facebook page and this blog for highlights of my experience!

There are so many perks of being a party of my team and the Stampin' Up! family.  Amazing events are just one of the many benefits.  (the continual 20% discount is another...being the first to see new products is another...oh I could go on and on!)

What are you waiting for?  Join the fun now!  All you have to do is purchase the amazing deal starter kit!  You get $165 worth of product but pay only $135 no tax no shipping!  Read about more perks HERE

For this week's watch it wednesday, I thought I would share the highlight video from the last On Stage event in Salt Lake City so you can get a feel for the fun that I will be getting into this week!

Can you see something that is distinctly related to me in the video?