Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Card Kit

Imagine making 20 cards with envelopes that look like you've spent hours making them.
This kit is perfect to take with you to work and make cards on your lunch break, or to take in the car and craft while your kids are at their extra curricular activities.
Are you already receiving Christmas cards and you haven't sent your out yet? This kit is just what you need.
This also makes the perfect gift for someone who loves to do crafts.
The kit includes everything you need to complete 20 beautiful cards with envelopes and you will still have the markers and stamp set to make many more cards. The kit is available for only $44
$60 Value NOW ONLY $44
Something for Christmas Stamp
Real Red Smooth Card Stock (precut and ready)
Garden Green Smooth Card Stock (precut and ready)
Whisper White Smooth Card Stock (precut and ready)
Real Red Stampin' Write Marker
Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker
Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker
1 sheet of Stampin' Dimensionals
Multipurpose Glue
1 Fabulous Sponge Dauber
Easy Tutorial

This exclusive kit is only available at this special price until
Monday, December 12, 2011.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Homework Complete

Today was a very quiet day. I dropped my phone on the driveway and it smashed. So if you were trying to reach me today my phone said I was unavailable. Really, I was just clutzy and in need of a new phone.
I took the "quiet" time to spend some time scrapbooking. The great thing about my job is that I can combine my "to do" list with doing things I love.
I received a special invitation from Stampin' Up! to participate in a program. I was very honoured to be selected and I get to be in the program for 3 months. My homework this past week was to email "My Why" statement.
Yes, they said statement. First of all I couldn't describe why I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in one statement. Secondly, I wanted to scrapbook my participation in this program, beginning with my first assignment.
The tags can all be taken out and this is what they look like.
Some of the tags have words on both sides. I really enjoyed going through the catalogue and finding stamps that help to describe My Why.
I started selling Stampin' Up! for the discount but now I have so many reasons why I do this. My phone is working again! Woohoo!
Products I used:
Pocketful of Posies Designer Series Paper
Baja Breeze: Cardstock, ink, marker, 1/8" taffeta ribbon,
Poppy Parade: Cardstock, ink, marker, 1/2" stitched poly ribbon,
Rich Razzleberry: Cardstock, ink, marker, 1/4" grosgain ribbon, brads,
Clear Rhinestone brads, Circle Fire brads, Mini Vintage Tags,
Bigz Scallop Envelope Die, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Timeless Type Jr Alphabet Sizzlet Dies,
Stamp Sets: Broadsheet Alphabet, Perfect Words, Just Believe, Happiness Shared, Notably Ornate, Creative Elements, Floral Fillers, You're a Gem, Petite Pairs, Calendar Alphabet & Numbers, It's a Wrap Holidays.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Stamp A Stack

Stamp A Stack is this Saturday, November 26, from 10am - 6pm.
Register today to avoid disappointment. Please allow 3 hours to complete your cards and drop in anytime between 10am and 6pm.

There will be door prizes, demonstrations and loads of fun.

Don't forget there are many specials on right now. Just imagine the Valentine's Day projects you can create with this sweet special.
I {Heart} Hearts Clear-Mount Stamp & I {Love} Love Wheel Bundle
Price $33.45

Hope to see you Saturday at Stamp A Stack.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

It's clean!

Well, it was clean. Honestly, my craft room was clean for all of 2 seconds so I snapped a photo to prove it.
This past weekend was a fantastic Stampin' Up! delight. On Friday night I helped Justine, one of my craftD stampers host her first workshop. Justine and her friends made a Christmas card and a stocking decoration for the tree. Justine had her Christmas tree up and her entire home was warm and welcoming.
On Saturday, Natasha and I had a table at Grace Church for their bazaar.
Lots of people were out shopping and Natasha made one ladies day by wishing her a Merry Christmas. The lady beamed from ear to ear and exclaimed, "You're the first person to say that to me." It really is the little things in life that are so special. It certainly warmed my heart to see her happiness.
On Saturday afternoon we had our very first craftD team swap. 10 of us participated ( a few couldn't make it but sent their cards) and had such a fun afternoon.
From left to right, Margaret, Kareen, Sue, Roberta (holding her card and Darlene's), Natasha. I am taking the photo.
Saturday Night Natasha and I hosted a Stampin' Up! birthday party for Chelsea. Chelsea and her friends made tiles, a Christmas card and candy jars featuring Letters to Santa paper.
Today, I started my day with a phone call from my gorgeous Mom. Most of you probably remember that my Mom is enjoying the sunny weather in Florida for the winter. So my Mom just couldn't resist a little dig about the flurries we all saw this past week. All kidding aside though, my Mom says Hello to all from the sunny south.

In the afternoon Natasha and I hosted a workshop with Sue Federico as our fabulous hostess. Talk about a gorgeous house and incredible craft room. Wow! Sue got us all in a festive mood with all her beautiful Christmas decorations.
Here is a couple of snapshots of her lovely craft room.
Lastly my weekend ended with a lovely festive special dinner at Swiss Chalet with my handsome husband and boys, David and J.J.
The dinner conversation was around what we all might like for Christmas. Somehow we started talking about the house and things we might change. J.J. would like his computer in his bedroom and Irv thinks that I have some scheme, (insert evil laugh) but really I don't.
Tomorrow a special Stampin' Up! Online extravaganza begins so I am setting my alarm to wake up at 2 am to see the specials. Check out the specials!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Messy Creativity

I'm in a bit of a mess this morning.

Natasha and I have been making things for this weekends show in Paris like this little gift tag box.

It's hard to believe the size of mess I can make when creating such little projects. The worst part is that the mess in my head is even bigger. I have all these ideas of things I want to make and I know I can't make them all. And, even if I could make them all, I can't find enough clear table space right now to create anything. Lol. So, here I sit blogging, avoiding the mess and dreaming about all the projects to make.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

End of the Weekend

Another weekend is sadly coming to an end. I was very exciting going into this weekend as I had our monthly team meeting on Friday night and I was participating in a bazaar in Oakwood on Saturday and Sunday.
Friday night's meeting was fantastic. I was delighted with the turnout given that the holiday season has begun. Yes, that's right, I said Holiday season and I am turning up the volume on the Christmas tunes for all to enjoy. I can't wait for all the twinkling lights and decorations.
We started our meeting making these little Santa and Mrs. Claus treats.
Aren't they just the cutest?

I was also excited that we had six ladies celebrating their one year anniversary with Stampin' Up! How cool is that?
Happy Anniversary to Sharon Marskamp, Roberta Moore, Wendy Ashby, Ria Jenkins, Darlene Wayda and Natasha Byrne. Woohoo!!! I know I have enjoyed Stampin' with you over the past year and I look forward to another great year.

We had some great discussions around workshops and hostess benefits and then we ended our meeting by making this matching card and lantern set.

This card and lantern used the curly label punch to create the window and we used silver embossing powder on vellum. I thought it would burn the vellum paper but it's absolutely gorgeous. Stampin' Up! sells two types of vellum. Paper vellum and cardstock vellum. Both emboss beautifully.

And check this out.... the lantern looks good no matter which way it sits.

After such a great meeting on Friday night I was even more excited about the bazaar in Oakland the next morning. Sadly the bazaar was not well attended. Looking at the glass half full, I would have to say that I learned many things from the experience. Advertisement is definately essential and getting the word out to everyone. It is something that I struggle with as it brings into play the "time management" skills again.
One of the great things about being an independent demonstrator is that you get to pick your hours, design classes that you want, cut for the classes at a time that's convenient for you, and choose what method you will use to advertise. Of course one of the "not so" great things is that you only have yourself to do all of these things. So, I can design and create all the fabulous things I want but then I have to make sure I get the word out to everyone. O.K. so now I'm excited and pumped to keep blogging as a way of letting you know what classes are coming. I'm going to keep my calendar updated and try to keep a class flyer printed and ready to hand out.
So here is a picture of this week's card class.
Tuesday at 7pm or Friday at 10am
This first card I received at a swap at convention in July. I don't remember her name but she was so sweet She gave this card (I have made slight modifications) to me to take home to my niece, Karen for helping me thread 140 buttons. Karen was nice enough to loan it back to me so I could share it. It's a pop up card.
This looks so cute when it pops up but of course you really have to see it in person.
The next card was a card I received in a swap from Kelly Acheson. This is a great way to give a gift card. Again, it is much better seen in person but here are the different views of it.

And the last card is just a quick and easy card that I designed.
The cards above all use the "Snow Much Fun" stamp set from Stampin' Up!
You can come to my class and make all 3 of these cards for $6.00
This was a long post today and I thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read my blog. I have probably messed up your "time management" today and that makes me chuckle and I am comforted to know I'm not alone in the boat. lol

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Busy Little Elf

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted. My good friend, Christine, gave me the kick in the butt I needed. This will be a quick post but it's better than no post.
Many workshops, classes and events have been going on and I have taken many pictures that I would love to share. This is the one photo I picked for today to share.
Last weekend was the craftD Christmas retreat at Elmhurst and this is a picture of a few of the projects and pillow gifts that our guests made.
We all had a fabulous time and are going to plan another weekend soon.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thank You Tutorial for Sept 30-Oct 6th

This week's  "thank you" features the Nature Walk stamp set.
 Place an order this week and you will receive this Free tutorial.
 When you place a Stampin' Up! order with me you will receive a  thank you card with your order PLUS  you will receive a FREE tutorial with how to make the card and the pieces to make one more card so that you can attach it to a gift for someone special or just brighten someones day. 


Time Flies

I can't believe a whole week has passed by.  Time flies when you are having fun or when you are just trying to catch up.  My week away was fantastic but my work piled up at home.  Those of you who have visited me this past week know that my house took a hit and I couldn't find anything without stubbing my toe on boxes.   I had a Stampin' Up! event every weekend in September but it's all over now so it's clean up time.
Thank you to all who visited Natasha and I at our events.  We were at the Paris Fair, Burford FAS fundraiser, St George Applefest and our first church bazaar in Stoney Creek.   We plan to be at all those places again next year.  Here are a few pictures to reminisce.
Natasha and I in our booth at the Paris Fair. 
Still stamping and prepping the booth before the Fair.
Time for a ride with my daughter, Laryssa
Natasha's Dad and Irv.  Our moral support at the fair or should I say Muppets? Teenagers?
Church bazaar in Stoney Creek
Fundraiser for FASD.  I am not in this picture but you will see Natasha (black sweater), Natasha's husband Larry (blue shirt), Natasha's Mom and #1 team member (black sweater) and Natasha's lovely daughter, Jessica (holding craftDbear)
The Dazzling Diva's Marissa, Natasha and Ria at the St George Applefest.  Thank you so much ladies for rocking the booth and the town of St George.  My upline, Jamilla Ivits also helped in our booth on the fabulous weekend while I was whisked away to Stampin' Up! 2011 Founder's Circle.
Watching the sunset on the mountains and seeing a live presentation of Little Mermaid in St George, Utah.
Thank you Stampin' Up! 
I do have the best job and I love it.
So today's goal is to get my October event calendar ready to be emailed tomorrow.
I'm so excited about all the classes I have coming up.  Like Saturday's Stamp a Stack
RSVP to come and create 12 cards for $20
3 Designs and you make 4 of each.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Thank you

Today I am very excited to introduce a new "thank you" that  Diane and I have been working on.
Diane is my sister in law/best friend and is helping me do some of the cutting and prepping for classes.
Back in July, Diane and my nieces Karen and Laura helped me prepare 160  3"x3" cards for a swap.
We were all excited to see all the cards I got in the swap.  My first idea was to get some ideas for cards that I could use as thank you's to put in your orders. I'm very happy to announce that we have taken that idea one step further.  So, when you place a Stampin' Up! order with me you will receive a  thank you card with your order PLUS  you will receive a FREE tutorial with how to make the card and the pieces to make one more card so that you can attach it to a gift for someone special or just brighten someones day. 
This is a sweet tri fold 3"x 3" card that uses the Charming stamp set.  Place an order this week and you will receive this Free tutorial. 

Back to Reality

Well, it was a little harder getting back to reality than I thought.  I couldn't find the omelette station this morning and nobody in a chef hat waiting to prepare my breakfast.  And the biggest shock of all was that my mess was right where I left it.  I listened and listened all morning but there was no knock on the door, followed by "housekeeping" 
So for the next couple of days I will work on cleaning my mess and getting caught back up on phone calls and classes.  One of the fun things that happened today was Tabitha dropping in to pick up her door prize.
Congratulations Tabitha Cherewka  from your Stampin' Up! demonstrators Natasha Byrne and Denise Donald. 

This was the booth at the Paris Fair.  Natasha Byrne on the left and Denise Donald on the right.

I have a few spaces still available for the Punch Art Class  on Wednesday night at 7pm.  Please RSVP to reserve you space.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Flying Home Today

So, closing the suitcase was not easy today.  Stampin' Up! spoils us and I'm o.k. with that. 
This is the adorable picnic basket that we got served our lunch in when we visited Kanab.  I totally love it but I just hope it makes it home safe.

This was the pillow gift we got to take to the theatre with us and they gave us popped popcorn as well.

I have many more pictures to show you but this is me waving goodbye for now as I leave on the bus for home.  Good bye Founder's Circle.   I hope I get to come back again another year.
Thank you to Shelli and all her amazing staff for spoiling us.  Thank you to my amazing customers/friends and family without who I wouldn't have had this special week.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Founder's Circle Last Day

Today is the last day for the Founder's Circle 2011 trip.  Yesterday we crammed so much into one day that I didn't have time to post anything on my blog.  At the end of the day I flopped into bed, happy and exhausted.
There are so many photos I want to share with you and so many stories to tell.

In this photo:  Kim  Assaly, Maggie  Patterson, Alanna Wharf, Nancy Gauthier, Marlayne Hardy, Christyne Richardson, Tamye  Dunbar, Caroline LeBel, Kay Smith, Kristin Fuller Kortonick, Denise Donald,
This picture was taken on the very first day of my trip.  This lovely group of ladies invited me to share in some pre-Founder's Circle activities in Las Vegas.  This is dinner at the Bellagio Buffet.
Las Vegas is a fantastic place to see shows and be entertained.
I didn't do any gambling on this trip but I had a great time.  The Bellagio is a beautiful hotel and my room was fantastic with a view of the strip.
On the first day in St George, Utah, I showed you pictures of our greeting from Stampin' Up! and some of the things they spoiled us with but I didn't show you pictures of my room.
When I walked into my room I cried.  Not because I was sad but because I was so taken aback by how much Stampin' Up! shows their appreciation for all our hard work.  Stampin' Up! put me in a suite.  Wow!!! unreal.

I can't wait to hang thip up at home.
The view from my beautiful balcony.  Thank you, Shelli!!!  You rock!!

O.K.  I'm going to nip down for a cup of coffee and then come back to share some more photos with you.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Founder's Circle Day 2

Today was a very different day.  Shelli called it the "at sea day" which means we had the day to go and do what we wanted.  There were buses that would take us to local shopping or we could hang out at the pool or do our make 'N' takes, sleep all day or whatever we wanted. 
I finished my swaps in preparation for our business share and swap that would happen at 8pm.
Often I am asked where I get my ideas from.  One of the ways is from swaps so to help you visualize.
I made 140 of the same item.  This was a design I stole from Natasha Byrne with permission.  Natasha
had gorgeous lollipops in hers.  The theme for this Founder's Circle was "tea party" so I put a stick of yummy candy, a tea bag and a really sweet card my husband made for me.  When you scan the barcode on the card it takes you, here, to my blog.  How cool is that?

Above is all of my swaps on the table and below is the swaps I got in exchange.
And as if that wasn't enough loot for one day.  This is the pillow gift today.

I will tell you more about what the bucket is about tomorrow.  I need to be up early so it's off to bed now.
Good night.