Christmas Cardmaking Mega-Class

The Christmas Cardmaking Mega-Class is one of my FAVOURITE days of the year! And since we had to cancel last year, we’re going to make this year’s event BIGGER and BETTER than ever to make up for it. Wondering what it’s all about? Read on!

The Mega-Class is a full day event, 10am – 4pm, where participants will make twelve Christmas cards – two each of six designs – in a fun, social setting. All supplies are provided, and so is lunch! There will also be a free gift for each attendee, and some special offers throughout the day, including:
– Mystery Hostess Party
– Door Prizes
– Pick-a-Prize with Order
… and more!

The event is held at the Rotary Field House in Nanaimo (850 Third Street), on Saturday, November 20th. The fee is $64, but until October 22nd you can claim the Early Bird discount and pay just $59. Be sure to register here right away to get your discount!

We’ll also be enjoying some games and fun on Facebook leading up to the in-person event on November 20th. You can join the fun here, and be sure to invite all your friends, as well!

One of the best parts of the Christmas Mega-Class is getting to try out LOTS of beautiful holiday products, including DSP, embellishments, and specialty papers. Check out the list at the end of the post to see just a few of the items you’ll get to play with at our class!

This year, instead of throwing the whole party myself, I’ve got my team helping me! Three of my Stampin’ Queen teammates, Arvon, Carol, and Dianna, have been working with me to make this year’s class the best ever. You won’t want to miss it … be sure to sign up today!

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Retreats and Events and Free Bundles – Oh My!

Last weekend, I got to attend a 3-day crafting retreat here in Nanaimo, put on by a couple of fellow demonstrators. It was my first ever crafting retreat and NOW I AM HOOKED.

I knew that our registration fee included the Tidings and Trimmings bundle, but what I didn’t know was that there would be all this extra swag included, and that every attendee ALSO received at least one prize – usually an additional stamp-and-die bundle, sometimes with specialty paper and/or embellishments added as well. We were so, so, so spoiled!

Here are the four projects we got to make as part of the event, with our new bundle and the beautiful co-ordinating paper, Tidings of Christmas.

I took all my retired DSP to the event, and spent most of my time cutting and assembling cards to use up all my paper. I managed to make 105 cards! They just need a bit of stamping and embellishing to finish them off. What a great addition to my stash!

I used up all of my Whale of a Time, Snail Mail, and Fine Art Floral paper. Next up: Snowflake Wishes and Ice Cream Corner.

In addition to making my own projects, I also wandered the room to check out what other people were working on. There was lots of inspiration to be found!

It was also such a valuable opportunity to connect with other demonstrators in the area, learning from each other and offering support. I’ve never met a nicer group of people than Stampin’ Up! demonstrators! They are always willing to share advice, supplies, or a project tutorial.

After such an amazing weekend away, I’m already looking forward to my next event – OnStage! OnStage is a great perk of being a demonstrator – you get to see upcoming products, learn new techniques, get business training, receive free goodies, and have the opportunity to pre-purchase items before they are available to the public. This year the whole event is online, so you don’t even have to get out of your jammies to participate!

For the first time ever, Stampin’ Up! is offering an awesome perk to brand new demonstrators, so they don’t have to wait a year or more to attend OnStage. Even though registration is closed for current demonstrators, new demonstrators can still register to attend! Join my team by October 12 to take advantage of this awesome offer!

As an OnStage attendee, you’ll get to enjoy all the content and classes, giveaways, and access to the Product Purchase Premiere offer, along with the catalogue and brochures that come with that order. You’ll also be able to order brand-new products for the Stamp & Share Experience!


And don’t forget, the Sale-a-Bration offer of a free bundle is still in effect for one more week! Until September 30th, purchase your $135 Starter Kit – containing $165 in your choice of products – and add one of the bundles below absolutely free.If you have any questions about joining my team, please contact me, or click here to sign up now!

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All About Sale-a-Bration

Do you love free stuff? Then you’re going to LOVE Sale-a-Bration! It’s Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion of the year and it’s all about getting free product into your hands. Read on to find out how!

First, you need to know the dates. Sale-a-Bration happens twice a year for two months each: our first one was in January-February, and now it’s back for August-September.

So, the real question is … how much free stuff do you want?

I Want A Medium Amount of Free Stuff! Okay, great news! There are exclusive free products to be earned with your purchase from either the annual catalogue or the new Autumn Mini catalogue. You can choose a Level One item with every $60 purchase….

… or a Level Two item for every $120 purchase!

I Want A Large Amount of Free Stuff! With all these exclusive rewards available, it’s a great time to host a party! Your guests will be excited to order and earn rewards for themselves, and that means free product credits for you, the hostess! If you host a party that reaches $375 in sales, you’ll receive rewards three ways! First, you’ll get to choose your free Sale-a-Bration items based on your own order. Then, you’ll get your hostess rewards (product credit) of 12% of party sales (minimum $45). And on top of all that, you will receive an exclusive hostess gift for FREE: the very versatile sentiment stamp set “In Your Words”.

I’d love to host a virtual or in-person party for you this month. Be sure to contact me soon – my calendar fills up quickly! We’ll play games and get to know each other, and I’ll share information about Stampin’ Up! products and specials. Guests can place orders at any time during the party; we’ll use a hostess code to ensure that all the rewards go to your account. There will even be prizes for participating in the party!

I Want An Enormous Amount of Free Stuff! Those of you who know me, know that I LOVE being a demonstrator. Let’s start with the most obvious reason: demonstrators get a 20-25% discount on all their orders, which translates into 20-25% commission when they start to build their business! Let’s face it, we could all use a little extra income – and income earned for doing something you already love is a win-win!

If you’ve ever thought about joining my team, Sale-a-Bration is a GREAT time to do so! Not only will you get to choose $165 in product for only $135, but this month you will ALSO get to choose one of the bundles below for FREE. That’s in addition to free shipping, free catalogues, and additional free business supplies – all delivered right to your door. Amazing!

The Autumn mini is FULL of terrific items that you’re going to be so excited to get your hands on – why not join my team and get them all at a discount? 😉 If you’d like to know more about how to work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out – or, if you just want more information (and no pressure to sell) – let me know! I’d love to answer your questions!

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All About Sale-a-Bration!

Our first Sale-a-Bration of 2021 is more than halfway over!! Remember that this year, we get to enjoy Sale-a-Bration TWICE for two months each; once in January-February, and again in July-August.

As usual, Sale-a-Bration offers terrific rewards for those who Shop, Host, or Join. There are exclusive free products to be earned with your purchase from either the annual catalogue or the new Spring Mini catalogue. You can choose a Level One item with every $60 purchase, and a Level Two item for every $120 purchase.

With all these exclusive rewards available, your guests will be excited to order – and that means free product credits for you, the hostess! If you host a party that reaches $375 in sales, you’ll receive rewards three ways! First, you’ll get to choose your free Sale-a-Bration items based on your own order. Then, you’ll get your hostess rewards (product credit) of 12% of party sales (minimum $45). And on top of all that, you will receive an exclusive hostess stamp set, Punch Party, which coordinates with three of our awesome punches! If you’d like to host a virtual party this month, contact me soon – my calendar fills up quickly! We’ll play games and get to know each other, and I’ll share information about Stampin’ Up! products and specials. Guests can place orders at any time during the party; we’ll use a hostess code to ensure that all the rewards go to your account. There will even be prizes for participating in the party!

Joining during Sale-a-Bration is always a great deal. In addition to your $165 Starter Kit, made up of product YOU choose and discounted to $135, you’ll also receive a welcome gift from Stampin’ Up! – an assortment of six 6×6″ stacks of our newest Designer Series Papers. Your kit also includes business supplies and free shipping right to your door!

There are so many awesome reasons to become a demonstrator. Let’s start with the most obvious: demonstrators get a 20-25% discount on all their orders, which translates into 20-25% commission when they start to build their business! Let’s face it, we could all use a little extra income – and income earned for doing something you already love is a win-win!

I am looking for some new members to join my team this month, so I’m hosting an Opportunity Night on Thursday, February 18th. Think of this as “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Being a Demonstrator, But Were Too Shy To Ask!” 😁 I’m excited to answer ALL your questions so that you can feel confident getting started on a stampin’ adventure that’s just for you. Find more details here, and then plan to join me on Zoom for a fun, casual evening with learning, games, crafting, prizes, and connection! The Spring mini is FULL of terrific items that you’re going to be so excited to get your hands on – why not join my team and get them all at a discount? 😉

 

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OnStage @Home

At the beginning of 2020, I had planned to travel to Utah this month to attend OnStage. OnStage is a semi-annual celebration of all that is Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from all over the world attend this event where achievers are recognized for their accomplishments over the past year, we are all spoiled with swag and gifts, and we get to see the upcoming catalogue before anyone else. There are business presentations, product demonstrations, and opportunities to use brand new products and even take them home.

Then, of course, Covid threw us all a curveball, and travelling to Utah was out of the question – but Stampin’ Up! wasn’t about to let that stop them. Instead, they figured out ways to offer the whole event in a virtual format. So instead of travelling, I got to stay at home in my comfy clothes – with no airplane or hotel costs, no worry about childcare, and no lineup to my own private bathroom – and enjoy an amazing three days of learning, laughing, creating, and celebrating together with over 10,000 other demonstrators around the world!

The fun started on Thursday evening with a wonderful performance by rock legends Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo, who performed several of their classic hits and had us all dancing around our respective rooms. Pat’s voice was as strong and flawless as ever, and she gave us an amazing performance to kick off an evening of celebration!

I was honoured to be recognized in three categories for my achievements over the past year (October 2019 – September 2020).

   

As my name was called, I blew a kiss to all my fans, followers, team members and customers who have helped me reach these goals! (By the way – if you’re reading this, THAT MEANS YOU!)

It was also very motivating to see the higher achievements from all over the world be recognized and applauded! It was wonderful to cheer and give shout-outs in the online chat to all the names I recognized; I have made a LOT of friends through Stampin’ Up! When the recognition event ended, we were all given access to the beautiful new upcoming January-June mini catalogue, and the upcoming Sale-a-Bration brochure. As always, they are packed with great stuff that I can’t wait to show you!

 

Day Two began with some demonstrations with terrific new products from the upcoming Mini catalogue and SAB brochure. Here are some of my favourites:

Then it was time for the session I was most excited for! Had our event been taking place in person, we would have enjoyed a “Make and Take” project with brand new products. Stampin’ Up! wanted to give us this opportunity, but had to do it a little differently and even give it a new name: Stamp and Share! All demonstrators who registered for OnStage were given the opportunity to purchase a variety bundle of products to use in the Stamp and Share. It was a little nerve-wracking to order product sight unseen, but I took the plunge, and I’m so glad I did because I LOVE these products!

Clockwise from bottom left: the Dragonfly Garden stamp set + punch, Mossy Meadow 1/4″ braided trim, cardstock and DSP prepared as per the instructions for the Stamp and Share, tiny ladybug charms, and Dandy Garden 6×6″ Designer Series paper. (BTW: I LOVE this paper.) Along with thousands of demonstrators from all over the world, I stamped, punched, and assembled as instructed (not so different from the Mystery Stamping events I hold!) and created the three beautiful cards below:

I had so much fun playing with this suite of products and was absolutely tickled that for my Pop-Up Prize, I won the second stamp set from the suite! This wonderful stamp set, Garden Wishes, co-ordinates with a very charming set of dies, including one that embosses a curvy little dotted path to indicate where the bee is flying. I love sweet little touches like that!

And if you’re wondering what a Pop-Up Prize is? Every demonstrator who attends OnStage is given a prize number, from 1-6. The numbers are drawn throughout the day, and everyone with that number wins that prize. By the end of the day, every demonstrator has won a prize! Here are the other prizes won at the event:

Another presentation I loved was when Shannon West introduced us to “Choose Your Own Adventure” stamping as she held interactive polls for the audience to choose the paper, ink colour, and embellishments – then she used the winning items to create her cards. I’d love to include something like this with my future videos and classes! 🥰

Here are some more amazing projects we saw in the product demonstrations from Day Two. All of these are from the upcoming January-June Mini Catalogue, which starts January 5.

Well Suited

Ice Cream Corner

Sand and Sea

Love You Always

One of the amazing traditions that Stampin’ Up! has created is that when a demonstrator reached one million CSV in sales, they get to work with a professional designer to design a stamp set in their honour. The demonstrators who achieved that goal this year got to present their stamp set to us at OnStage, and show us amazing projects they’d created with them. Which one is your favourite?

Treasures of Life – Gail Murray

Pretty Perennials – Deno Rekow

Hey Girlfriend – April Lopez

Happy Thoughts – Jackie Bolhuis

Two other highlights of the event were the amazing business presentation by social media strategist Brenda Ster, who gave us invaluable advice about how to define our social media presence in order to help our business reach the next level, and the delightful stamping session with Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass and her mother, Stampin Up! co-founder and Board Chair Shelli Gardner. It’s always fun to watch these two stamp and giggle together! At the end of their session, Sara and Shelli gave away one last prize, and they gave it to every demonstrator at the event: a 25 CSV product credit to be used on our next demonstrator order!

Here are some of the cards Sara and Shelli created, with the upcoming Fine Art Floral suite:

Can you spy the gilded leafing embellishment in the card above? It’s gorgeous!

As OnStage drew to a close, we got to learn where the next event would be held – and it’ll be a hop, skip, and a jump away from me! Provided that it is safe to travel by then, I’ll be so excited to attend OnStage Local next year in Vancouver, BC!

The final perk of attending OnStage is that while all demonstrators will be able to order from the upcoming January-June Mini Catalogue and Sale-a-Bration brochure starting in December, OnStage attendees get to place an order THIS WEEK from a select list of upcoming products. As always, the hardest part is deciding which products to choose! After reading through this post, what would YOU choose?

Thanks for reading about all the adventures I had during OnStage @Home! I’m really glad that Stampin’ Up! found a way to make this event happen despite the challenging circumstances – and in many ways, it was even more fun and accessible than an in-person event. I love being part of a company that invests in their demonstrators this way, making sure we have the training, networking, and recognition we need. If you’re interested in being part of my team – and part of the global Stampin’ Up! community – let’s talk! I’m always looking for new team members who want to work their own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft their heart out!

 

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Get and Go Special from Stampin’ Up!

The Starter Kit is a fantastic way for new Stampin’ Up! demonstrators to get loads of products at a huge value (for $135, choose $165 worth of products). During the Get & Go Starter Kit Promotion, Stampin’ Up! has added even more products to our Starter Kit offering—and at the same great price!

These products are specifically chosen to help new demonstrators hold an event right from the get-go and get their business off to a running start.

All demonstrators who join between September 1-30 will receive these additional products absolutely free! What a great way to kick-start your Stampin’ Up! business!

There are so many great perks to being a demonstrator, whether or not you choose to hold classes. You’ll get a 20% discount right away, and you can earn a 25% discount when your sales reach a certain target. In addition, you can …
– See catalogues and promotions before anyone else
– Order new products before they’re released to the public
– Access online and print resources to help you build your crafting skills and business strategies
– Earn bulk discounts, product credits, and other incentives throughout the year
– Join an exclusive Facebook group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world, where we share ideas, inspiration, business tips, and everything else to do with being a demonstrator
– Attend exclusive in-person events to meet other demonstrators, learn from top crafters and leaders, and receive free products
– Build your business your way, and spend time doing what you already love: crafting!
– Share your love of Stampin’ Up!’s high-quality products, with the knowledge that they stand behind their product and their demonstrators
– Work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out!

If you’re interested in this opportunity, or have more questions, check out my Starter Kit FAQ. Then, get in touch! I’m always looking for new members to join my team!

 

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More Annual Catalogue Swap Cards!

I’ve written here before about attending meetings with the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group and participating in swaps. This group met again recently, with a twist … since Covid-19 prevents us from meeting in person, we held a virtual meeting via Zoom! We managed to include most of the important aspects of our meetings in the virtual format (except, of course, the delicious potluck lunch!). Instead of “Make and Take” projects, we had “Create With Me”, where the demonstrators leading those portions let us know ahead of time what supplies to prepare, and then led us through creating the projects; and we had four amazing product presentations where the speakers guided us through suites and products from the new catalogue (I got to present on the beautiful new In Colors). We had a wonderful business discussion on the use of Zoom and other tools that allow us to keep our businesses going during these strange times, and we even got to have door prizes given out to a lucky handful of winners!

One of our leaders, Jan, even figured out how we could do a virtual card swap! Everyone who chose to participate got an invite to a private Facebook group, where we could post a photo of our project, and browse through all the cards submitted by other demos. This turned out to be a really fun way to participate in a swap. Too many times, I will receive an absolutely stunning swap card, but not recognize the name of the person who created it, so I don’t get to tell them how much I love it. In this case, since everyone was posting their cards in the group, everyone could leave comments and reactions on the photos! It was so fun to give (and receive) this lovely feedback, and it really made me feel more connected to the other creators.

Now, without further ado, I’d love to share all these gorgeous swap cards with you. They are all created with products from the 2020 Annual Catalogue. As usual, I’ve labeled the photos with the main products used and the names of the makers, and I’ve added a shopping list below so you can get any of the supplies you need to recreate whichever cards you fall in love with. Enjoy!

Now that you’re feeling inspired, remember that you can take advantage of the awesome Bonus Days promotion this month! For every $60 you spend in July (before tax and shipping), you’ll earn a $6 coupon to use in August. What a great deal! And don’t forget that I am always looking for new members to join my team and participate in fun events and swaps like these. Learn more here, and then get in touch with your questions!

Happy Stampin!

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Video: 2020 Annual Catalogue Tour

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video is a little bit different. As we all know, the new annual catalogue started on June 3rd. And since I obviously couldn’t hold an in-person catalogue launch party, I struggled with how to celebrate and share this catalogue with all of you in a fun and safe way. This video is what I came up with! It’s a catalogue tour with fun and prizes along the way …. kind of like we’re all attending a launch party together, but apart?! And of course it wouldn’t be a launch party without prizes, so be sure to leave your comments below for a chance to win!

Grab your annual catalogue, get comfy, maybe have a favourite beverage nearby, because we are going to do a deep dive into this awesome catalogue!

If your device/browser doesn’t allow videos, click here to watch on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like and subscribe while you are there!

I hope you enjoyed the catalogue tour! Don’t forget to leave me some comments for a chance to win a prize!

Happy Stampin’!

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Stampin’ Queen Swap Cards

My Stampin’ Up! team members, the Stampin’ Queens, did a card swap recently with products from the amazing new 2020 Annual Catalogue. Because there was just a small number of us participating, we decided that we could each choose to contribute more than one swap card and show off more than one product … and then a couple other demonstrators decided to join the fun as well, and before I knew it, each member was receiving 25 gorgeous cards! Today I’m going to show them all off to you!

As usual, I’ve labeled the photos with the main products used and the names of the makers, and I’ve added a shopping list below so you can get any of the supplies you need to recreate whichever cards you fall in love with. Enjoy!

Don’t forget that you have a few more days to take advantage of the amazing Bundle Bash when you join Stampin’ Up! Until June 30th (that’s next Tuesday!),  join Stampin’ Up! and choose any stamp-and-tool bundle from the 2020 Annual Catalogue absolutely free. That’s on top of the already amazing Starter Kit deal, which includes $165 in product for only $135, AND free shipping, AND free business supplies, AND access to amazing online resources to help you succeed and build your business your way. Then you can join the Stampin’ Queens and participate in swaps like this! Learn more here, and then get in touch with your questions!

Happy Stampin!

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FINAL Reasons to Join My Team During Sale-a-Bration

I’ve been running a special series of posts on my Facebook page to share all the amazing reasons to join my team. Any time is a great time to join Stampin’ Up!, but today is your LAST CHANCE to get this amazing bonus offer: in addition to choosing $165 in product for just $135 (and free shipping), you will also receive a mini paper trimmer and a 6×6″ sampler pack of Designer Series Paper, along with ANY stamp set of your choice from any current catalogue.

You can see the first five reasons in this previous post, and the next post in the series is right here. Read on below to see the final installment!

 

Reason #11 to become a demonstrator:  When you join my team, you’ll be part of a supportive group of demonstrators. I love to promote a fun, supportive atmosphere with my team; I believe in celebrating milestones, learning together, and helping each other whenever possible.

 

Reason #12 to become a demonstrator: Build your business your way, and spend time doing what you already love: crafting! You’ll get to share your love of Stampin’ Up!’s high-quality products, with the knowledge that they stand behind their product and their demonstrators.

 

 

Reason #13 to become a demonstrator: Attend exclusive in-person events to meet other demonstrators, learn from top crafters and leaders, and receive free products.

 

To learn more about the current recruiting offer and get a better look at the beautiful papers included in the FREE DSP sampler pack, watch my Spring Mini Unboxing Video. You can also read my “Starter Kit FAQ“. Then, if you’re interested in the opportunity, or have questions about it, please drop me a line and let’s talk about all the possibilities Stampin’ Up! has to offer! The Spring Mini Catalogue is FULL of terrific items that you’re going to be so excited to get your hands on – why not join my team and get them all at a discount? 😉

 

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