Thursday, May 24, 2018

May Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop

So wonderful to be part of a group of international demonstrators hopping today!  We want to give you a sneak peek of some of the lovely things in the Annual catalogue that will be going live very soon!  Do you have the date marked in your calendar?  June 1st 2pm EST is when the website will be live with all the new goodies! 

Today I'd like to share a card I created for a Canadian swap that I participated in.  I'm using one of the upcoming Host Exclusive sets called "Very Vintage".  This set will be available only to those who have earned Stampin' Rewards through hosting a party or placing a minimum $200 order or you can also access it if you are a Stampin4fun Club member

I actually bought the set because I loved the distressed medallion image but when I sat down to play, it was actually the floral image that caught my fancy! 

On this card I decided to use the copper embossing powder for the floral image. 

I love how it gives it an elegant shine

I can't wait to find more time to play with this set and explore all the vintage style cards that I can make! 

Don't forget to nab all the retiring products that you want before the current catalogue disappears.  Just head to my online store to browse it all! 
Don't forget the Share What You Love promotion as well as my May Online ordering special.  Read about it HERE

Thanks again for dropping in and make sure to hop around and see the other great projects using sneak peek products from the new catalogue! 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Precision placement

Welcome!  Even though we had a holiday on Monday, I remembered today is Wednesday which means I am remembering to share a Watch it Wednesday video with you.

Since I am getting excited about the new catalogue, I thought I would share a little video showing how to use the Stamparatus. 

This tool will be available to order on June 1st on my online store if you didn't already nab it during the special preorder period that was available a while ago.

Enjoy the video!

Thanks for dropping in!   Make sure to contact me if you have any questions!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Don’t forget Last chance, first glance!

What an exciting time of year! We are on the verge of welcoming a new stampin up catalogue!

For some people skydiving is exciting. For me, the release of the new catalogue is exciting. 
Chacun son goût (to each his own) 
I am very excited about the Last Chance First Glance sweet and simple class on May 30th.  (Have you rsvpd yet?

It will be an evening where we will stamp 6 cards instead of the usual 4 and there will be the opportunity to place orders from three different catalogues: Occasions, 2017-2018 annual catalogue and the 2018-2019 annual catalogue. 

So exciting!!!! 

I have been stamping madly in the craft cave trying to come up with cards for this class but also for the stamp camp and host appreciation event. 
Here’s a sneak peek of one of the cards I think we will make at the sweet and simple class. 
It’s using the soon to be released Rooted in Nature stamp set.  The white embossing really makes the sentiment stand out and can I say I just love the coordinating dsp? (I used it on yesterday’s card too) 

Thanks for dropping in! Hope you are getting as excited as me about the release of the new catalogue. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Happy anniversary

May 18th was my wedding anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been 22 years since my husband and I got married. By now we can’t imagine life without each other.  Neither of us made a super big deal of the event but since the date fell on a Friday it felt fair that we could talk about and celebrate it all weekend.

I received roses and a card.

I made a card using a new, upcoming stamp set called Detailed with Love . When I showed my son he said it was an acceptable masculine card. :) masculine cards are like my nemisis. I can’t help but use flowers, pretty colours like pink and add ribbons and ruffles. I had to really hold myself back.  Sadly I couldn’t resist tying a bow with some linen thread and using the pretty stitches framelits but it appears that, according to my son, the manliness of the card was not compromised too much. :p

One way I love to celebrate our wedding anniversary is to be together with our kids and enjoy a whole family activity. 
I decided we should go to the Bata Shoe Museum. 
My oldest son is into sneakers. He collects Nike sneakers and apparently there is a whole sneaker culture which I know nothing about so I thought it would be somewhat interesting for him to go to a shoe museum.  When you have three children who aren’t close in age and we have both genders, it is very hard to find family activities that everyone enjoys. 
Fortunately the trip downtown was a big hit. 
We took the subway which was fun for the younger two kids, browsed the shoe museum, which was interesting for everyone...(who knew there was so much history and variety in shoes), discovered a rib fest at dundas square (can’t go wrong with food truck food), got a tour from Kevin on his old university stomping grounds and did a little shopping at the Eaton’s centre.  It was a full and tiring day but I was so grateful to spend it with my family. 

Our anniversary celebrations continue today as our daughter made us breakfast in bed.  (this was the appetizer)

and with Kevin and I planning to do the VIP movie experience and go for dinner. 
Anniversary long weekends are fun! 
Hope you are enjoying the long weekend too. Thanks for dropping in! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Alaska Achievers Blog Hop

I'm excited to be participating in the Alaska Achievers Blog hop!  The theme this month is the Share What you Love bundle.  Demonstrators from all around the world will be sharing what we have created using this Share What you Love Suite.  Make sure to use the blog hop list below to hop around and see all the great projects! 

For the month of May, Stampin' Up! is letting everyone get the chance at some free products when you purchase one of the special Bundles that are now available.   There are four possible bundles you can choose from which I will post below. 

Here's what I created using the Embellishment kit that is a free gift with the " A little more bundle" and the "Gotta have it all bundle"

Share What You Love Embellishment Kit
Kit includes:
* 4 large labels
* 8 small labels
* 8 yards Tranquil Tide Baker's Twine
* 8 yards pearlized thread
* 8 silver adhesive-backed roses
* 8 silver paper clips
* 8 Grapefruit Grove paper clips
* Designer box, 6" x 4-3/4" x 1"

The box is just so pretty.  I was thinking the cards I've made would be perfect in the box as a gift for Team S.T.I.C members. 

I am absolutely in love with the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Paper.  The paper has gorgeous pearlized accents and you have to see it to fall in love with it.  I'm hoping this photo gives a little bit of the taste of the shine embedded into the paper.

The pretty notecards I am using will not be released until the new catalogue goes live on June 1st but if you want them now then you can order them on a demonstrator preorder.  That's just one of the demonstrator perks!  Join the fun of the Stampin'  Up! family and my Team S.T.I.C stampers

Thanks for dropping in today!  I'll paste a video and the bundle options for this special promotion below and feel free to head to my online store to order yours! 

Make sure to hop around to the blogs of my fellow demonstrator achievers for more inspiration with this beautiful Share What you Love Suite. 

Another Stampin4fun Paper Share!

In just a few short weeks the new annual catalogue will be releasing! This means there is a whole batch of beautiful new designer series papers that need to be owned!!

Of course you can feel free to purchase full packs of all the papers but why not consider the option of participating in my paper share so that you get a sampling of all the papers so you can see what you like best before committing to a full pack?

Here's how my Stampin4fun paper share will work. 

All papers will be 6" X 6" in size and you will receive at least 2 samples of each design from 13 different paper packs! (since our papers are double sided you need to have the opportunity to experience both sides right?)
(The only exception is the Graceful Glass Vellum which is single sided so you will only receive one of each design) 

Participating in this paper share is easy!  It's $80 for everything listed below and you will be able to pick up your share from me by the 25th of June.  Live long distance?  No problem!  Anyone in Canada can participate in my paper share.  Just tack on $15 for shipping direct to your door! 
Once you register for your ticket choice,  (paper share for pick up or paper share with shipping) then I will send you an invoice which you can pay by credit card or you can send me an Electronic money transfer. 
You must pay for your share by June 10th! 
That's it! 
12 sheets Tea Room DSP
12 sheets of Broadway Bound Specialty DSP
12 sheets Share What you Love Specialty DSP
12 sheets Graceful Glass Designer Vellum
12 sheets Twinkle Twinkle  DSP
12 sheets Under the Mistletoe DSP
12 sheets Nature's Poem DSP
12 Sheets Petal Promenade DSP
12 Sheets Tranquil Tide DSP
12 Sheets Animal Expedition DSP
12 Sheets Best Route DSP
24 Sheets Garden Impressions DSP
24 Sheets Tropical Escape DSP

That's 180 sample sheets of NEW Designer Series Paper! 

There's no question that Designer Series Paper really dresses up a card in an easy way! 

Look at this card using the Nature's Poem DSP

A sample of the new DSP is a great idea to me!  Ready to reserve your Stampin4fun Paper Share? 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Happy Mother's Day to Me

This past weekend was a bit of a whirlwind but I was very grateful to have been recognized by my kids and husband.

When I got home from my girls getaway  I was greeted with these pretty flowers.

Then the following day we went for a family movie outing and then out to dinner at a restaurant of my choosing.  I chose a little Mexican family restaurant called Celito Lindo.  I love their food.  I feel like I could eat there at least once a week!  (I'm sure my waistline wouldn't thank me but the food is good! ) 

I was given this lovely handmade card stamped by my daughter: 

I don't know if I have ever put Melon Mambo and Soft Sky together but they look great! I love how she chose to make a gatefold card with the sentiment from the retiring Just Add Text Stamp Set  (browse all products on my online store) 

The family chipped in and bought me something that I didn't realize I needed until I went on the girls getaway last weekend: A Dymo Label maker! My friend Hattie who dropped in on the girls weekend insisted that this was a must have device. 

What is so awesome about this label maker?  It can make address labels for me!  It's true.  You'll start to receive thank you cards from me that are neatly addressed on these special labels. It's much faster than doing it by hand! It's also much neater than my messy scrawl! 

I spent the evening uploading addresses and printing labels.  I just feel that thank you card and Christmas card mailings are going to be easier from here on in!  I don't know if you can tell but I am very very very excited!!!!

The following day we went to church where there was a special service honouring women.  They had some of the men serving chocolates to the women on silver platters.  Very cute. 

I am very grateful for my husband and children who helped make the weekend special for me! 
Thanks for dropping in. 

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