Team Meeting Swap Cards – Sept 2018

After a long summer break, my team planned to get together in mid-September to re-connect, discuss holiday catalogue strategies, and try out the new Take Your Pick tool. (It’s awesome!) September is a tough month to schedule, as everyone has so many new routines starting up again, so there were only two of us who managed to meet in person, but fun was had nonetheless!

The swap card theme this month was to use a product that was new in either the annual catalogue or the holiday catalogue. Our new teammate, Vikki, who lives about a two-hour drive away from the rest of us, sent her swap cards by mail, and I’m so glad she did because they were stunning. Just look at how many layers are on this gorgeous, full-size card!

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Vikki used one of the images from the fantastically versatile set Lovely as a Tree for her focal image, and the Starlight thinlits dies to make the beautiful glimmer paper star to embellish. And of course, the Softly Falling embossing folder makes a perfect background for your holiday cards and projects.

She even decorated the inside!

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Having a non-local team member is new to me, and I’m doing my best to make sure Vikki feels as included and connected as my local teammates do. Thank goodness for technology like FaceTime, Skype, and Messenger to help us connect quickly and share ideas!

Claire brought these beautiful decorated pillow boxes. These boxes are available in the annual catalogue in a set of ten, and are ready to assemble and decorate to your taste. Claire did an amazing job, using Petal Promenade paper, the Sweet Storybook bundle, and the Detailed Trio punch. Turns out the package is the perfect size (5 x 3″) to hold a yummy Kashi granola bar – what a perfect treat!

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For my swap card, I used the Share What You Love suite, one of my two favourite suites from the annual catalogue. I started with the Lovely Floral embossing folder as my focal point, sponged with white ink to highlight the embossed image, then added stamped images from the Love What You Do stamp set.

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One of my team members recently promoted to Silver, and I have a special gift to give her as a congratulations – but she wasn’t able to attend the meeting, so I’ll have to wait to share that with you another time! I’m so proud of her for reaching this goal at the same time as she and her partner plan a wedding, buy a house, and adopt a new dog into their family! She gets more done in a day than most people do in a week – what a champ!

I’m always looking for new members to join my team! If you’d like to know more about how to work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out, let me know!

 

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Holiday 2018 Catalogue – Laura’s Top Picks

The holiday catalogue is now live! Here are some of the products I’m excited to get my hands on. Will this help you narrow down your wish list, or perhaps prompt you to add a few more items you hadn’t considered?

Best Item for Beginners – Making Christmas Bright bundle
This bundle is the fastest way to start making fun, Christmasy cards right away. The Christmas Bulb builder punch is so charming, and the Making Christmas bright stamp set includes a truly fabulous collection of images you can mix and match to make an enormous variety of cards. As if that weren’t enough, Stampin’ Up! has offered one of their amazing “You Can Make It” kits as an option to go along with this bundle! The kit includes white and coloured cardstock, three inkpads, dimensionals, clear block D, and the stamp set and punch bundle, all for under $100. This is a great place to start your holiday crafting!

Best Sentiment Stamp Set – Merry Christmas to All
This stamp set is pretty much unbeatable for the sheer volume and variety of sentiments you can create when you mix and match the 28 included stamps. I think it’s great that there’s finally a “Happy Christmas” option for our friends in England! If you want to add even more dimension to your projects, bundle this stamp set with the co-ordinating thinlits set (at a 10% savings) – but even without the thinlits, this stamp set is a must-have!

Best Graphic Stamp Set – Peaceful Noel
This soft, floral stamp set is sure to be in use all year round in your craft room. I love the flexibility offered by two- (or three-) step stamping, and there is even a co-ordinating sprig punch to go along with the stamp set. I’ve seen some stunning and creative samples with this set and I know it’s going to be a favourite!

Best Embellishment – Santa’s Workshop Enamel Shapes
These adorable shapes come in three colours (Garden Green, Poppy Parade, and Whisper White) and a variety of whimsical, holiday-themed shapes. Will you choose the gift bows, the snowflakes, the pine trees, or simply the charming round dots? Whatever your choice, these adhesive-backed shapes are going to add just the right touch to your holiday project.

Best Paper – All is Bright
No surprise here, as I already raved about this paper in last week’s blog post. This paper features photographic images on one side, and graphical images on the other. Whether you want to create classic, sophisticated cards or fun, whimsical cards, this paper has you covered!

Best Bundle – Peaceful Poinsettia
This bundle has everything you need: a simple and beautiful collection of sentiments, gorgeous detailed stamps that are ready for a variety of colouring options, and a stunning set of thinlits dies that include both positive and negative images. And look closely at those thinlits: the set includes a duplicate piece, which will cut down on repeated Big-Shot run-throughs. Yippee!

Best New Tool – Take Your Pick
Have you noticed the ongoing trend of innovative products coming out of Stampin’ Up! lately? The Stamparatus, watercolour pencils, multipurpose adhesive sheets, Stampin’ Blends, embossing plates … they just keep giving us more and more ways to change up our crafting and I for one am grateful! If you haven’t seen this new tool in action yet, check out this video to see what the excitement is all about. This tool is going to make it so easy to add embellishments right where you want them, without any sticky fingers along the way. What a treat!

Best Bling – Joyous Noel 6 x 6″ Glimmer Paper
The holiday season without bling is just blah, but fortunately your projects will have lots of lush sparkle when you use the new glimmer paper. I’m told that this paper doesn’t shed easily, which is an extra bonus – although technically, leaving glitter everywhere is just another way to spread holiday cheer, right? 😉

Best Halloween product – Spooky Bats punch
It may be named “spooky” but for me these bats are awfully charming! These three cute bats can dress up any Halloween project.

ICYMI: Foil-Edged Cards & Envelopes, Shimmer Paint

And don’t forget these two awesome hostess sets, which you can only order if you host a qualifying party between September 5th and January 2nd!

    

Did I leave your favourite product off my list? Comment and let me know!

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Sneak Peek: All is Bright Suite

The holiday catalogue launches tomorrow, and I’m so excited to share a sneak peek with you! The very first suite in the new catalogue is one that really caught my eye, and I had to order from it right away. The All is Bright suite is beautiful, playful, sophisticated, and includes two fabulous bundles as well as so many tools and embellishments that you’re sure to find something you like!

The cards below use the Merry Christmas to All bundle. I just love how many fabulous sentiments are included in the stamp set, giving you so many options to create just the perfect holiday message. And don’t you just love that gorgeous font?

Along with that amazing stamp set and the beautiful co-ordinating thinlits, I have to rave about the All is Bright designer series paper. This paper features photographic images on one side, and graphical images on the other. So lush and fun to create with!

I’m so excited to create with this and so many more of the wonderful products in the holiday catalogue! If you don’t have a catalogue yet, contact me to get one!

You’ll be able to order these and other holiday catalogue items in my online store starting tomorrow. Happy Stampin’!

 

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