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This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend OnStage and CentreStage in Vancouver, BC. It was so energizing to be in a room full of hundreds of demonstrators and be the first ones to receive the brand new annual catalogue, watch product demonstrations, learn about exciting new ways to connect with our teams and customers, and of course, do some hands-on make and take projects using brand new products!

I am so excited about this stunning Bird Ballad suite. The Designer Series Paper was designed in black and white, and then coloured by artists using our own Stampin’ Blends before being digitized and produced for our catalogue. It just goes to show what gorgeousness you can create with the Blends! I was able to quickly and easily colour the stamped image of the birds on the branch to complement the beautiful paper. I even got to bring home some of the Blends we used, and a spool of that lovely scalloped lace trim!

The Come Sail Away suite is also amazing. There’s so many wonderful images and sentiments suitable for masculine cards and projects! I love the texture of the lighthouse stamp we used here – it’s almost like a Distinktive stamp – and the charming little anchor embellishment.

Follow Your Art is a totally irresistible suite. There’s a button-themed embossing folder, a stamp set and thinlit bundle, and of course some adorable Designer Series Paper that features crafting images both specific to Stampin’ Up! (like ink refillers, ribbon, twine, and scissors) and covering other crafting areas (like glue guns, paintbrushes, and buttons). The result is inspiring to any kind of crafter!

This beautiful project is one that came directly out of May’s Paper Pumpkin kit, “Hugs From Shelli”. Shelli Gardner is the Co-founder of Stampin’ Up!, and she designed this kit specifically to include her favourite styles and images. Like all Paper Pumpkin kits, it’s very easy to put together, even for the beginning crafter – and an avid crafter could easily step up the projects to make them really pop. This kit will create 12 mailable cards with coordinating envelopes, and of course will come with an exclusive stamp set. Oh, and best of all? While Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are only available in North America, this kit will be available as a regular order item to all Stampin’ Up! markets! So exciting for our overseas friends!

Can you tell that this suite was inspired by Monet’s art? The soft colours and brushstroke textures are truly lovely. The pink flowers you see were punched out of Petal Pink vellum cardstock with the new Perennial Flower punch, and embellished with self-adhesive embellishments called “Floral Centres”.

Which of these suites are you most excited to play with? Leave a comment below and let me know! The new catalogue will be available soon, so let me know if you’d like to receive one!

Be sure to check back next week when I’ll be sharing photos of all the swap cards I received at the event!

Happy Stampin’!

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I can’t believe I’m heading to OnStage in only three more sleeps!! I’m super excited about meeting other demonstrators from all over Western North America, learning new business strategies from Stampin’ Up! HQ, and of course…. getting my hands on the new catalogue!!

Another aspect I enjoy participating in is swaps. While many demonstrator events, including OnStage, have ‘organized swaps’ – meaning, participants agree to make cards (or other projects) with a certain theme, and make one for every person participating – I didn’t find any organized swaps that suited me, so I am participating only in ‘floor swaps’. Floor swaps are more impromptu, meaning you make as many cards as you feel like making, and then when you meet other demonstrators at the event, you ask if they are interested in swapping. The hope is, if you make fifty of the same card, you’ll come home with fifty DIFFERENT cards!

I decided to make two different swap cards, because I wanted to be able to offer potential swappers a choice when they swap with me. For the first card, I knew I wanted to use This Little Piggy and a wobble spring effect like I learned (and blogged about) at the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators February meeting. Here’s a reminder of the card I made there:

And here’s the card I designed for my OnStage swaps:

In addition to This Little Piggy, I also used Amazing Life for the sentiment (I believe in you) and the Pinewood Planks embossing folder for the background layer. To make the spring, I used 30 gauge floral wire, along with wire cutters, a screwdriver (to wrap the wire around), a 1″-circle punch, a pinhole punch, and Tear and Tape adhesive.

You can watch my live video here if you want to see exactly how to create the wobble spring.

I was really pleased with this project, but I also wanted to do something more elegant in case not everyone wanted a cutesy piggy card. One of my teammates recently gave me the “Statement of the Heart” stamp, which was part of an exclusive demonstrator offer last summer, and I thought that would be a great stamp to set off another technique I wanted to try: block stamping.

In block stamping, you use the acrylic blocks directly on the inkpad and cardstock to create a block of colour. You can create a lot of really cool effects! I think the delicate lines of the stamped flowers add a really interesting complement to the blocky shapes. What do you think?

So those are my two swaps on offer for OnStage Vancouver this weekend! Check back next week and I’ll have lots to share with you about what I saw and learned while I was there!

If either of these projects have inspired you, remember you can shop 24/7 at my online store. And if you’d like to come along with me to the next OnStage event,  join my team!

Happy Stampin’!

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I wrote here a few weeks ago about the amazing meeting I attended with the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group. I can’t believe that this group has been active for the whole time I’ve been a demonstrator, and I NEVER heard of it! I’m so excited to be part of it now, and I’ve made sure that all my team members are aware of it too.

Last time I wrote about the swap cards I was given, and today I want to share with you the Make-and-Take projects I came home with. There were TEN projects to complete, and I didn’t actually manage to complete all the projects while at the event … but I finished them up the next day so I could share them all with you.

Whether you’re a cat person or a dog person, the Occasions catalogue has you covered with a fabulous stamp-and-punch set to make lovely animal-themed cards. Right away, I was excited to make this card for my daughter Gwen’s upcoming birthday, since one of her nicknames is “Gwencat”. I thought this layout was a terrific way to show off the punch and use some of our fabulous washi tape.

This notecard and matching envelope was made with the Beauty Abounds stamp set and one of the Bitty Blooms punches. It’s a great example of a simple yet stunning design, and is one of the three projects wherein I got to play with the Stampin’ Blends. (I am now convinced that I will be buying them – they make gorgeous colouring REALLY easy!)

This box design is called “Self-Closing” because the ornamental slider can hold the box closed without any ribbon or adhesive. Really cool, and easier to make than you might think!

The card above is one of the stunning samples made for the event. The demonstrator used Brusho crystals and an aqua painter to create that gorgeous background. For various reasons I couldn’t get this card completed at the event, so I took the pre-cut pieces home and created my own background (below) with the Swirly Frames stamp set.


I was excited to create this fun project, which uses one of Stampin’ Up!’s clear acetate boxes cut in half and decorated with a piece of Gingham Gala paper and a stamped image from Hello Cupcake. The scalloped edge was created with an edgelit from Seasonal Layers. We got to fill the box with shredded tissue paper and chocolates, making it ready for gift-giving!

I also got to use Hello Cupcake on this awesome double-open card featuring a cutout shape from Stitched Rectangles. The demonstrator running this Make n’ Take had all the stamps set up on the Stamparatus, so it was super quick and easy to create this fun layered treat!

This is one of the projects I was most excited to complete, especially because I already have the stamp set and the Large Letters framelits so I can easily recreate it. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but this adorable piggy is attached to a wobble spring, which only adds to its charm! I have always wanted to know how to make wobble springs, and now I do. Here it is in action!


This adorable bunny stamp is from Fable Friends, and I’m pretty sure it’s impossible not to fall in love with it after colouring it in with the Blends! Honestly, that might be the best colouring I’ve ever done, and again, I was completely convinced that I need to invest in these beautiful markers. In addition to the beautiful bunny, we got to decorate the Sweet Cup with an embossed strip of cardstock, and decorate the lid with layers of cardstock and beautiful co-ordinating ribbon. The demonstrator taught us a really cool trick called “elephant ears” to attach the cardstock to the curved cup without any mishaps. So thrilled that I got to learn so much from these wonderful demonstrators!

This charming little gift box is inspired by the colour and style of Tiffany & Co. It’s made from just one piece of cardstock and folds together beautifully! The sentiment used is from Label Me Pretty, and you can also see shapes cut with Layering Circles, Layering Squares, and Stitched Shapes.

And finally, this adorable triangle treat box, decorated with First Frost and the leaf punch, was another one of my favourites. It takes only two pieces of adhesive to put together, and holds a Ferrero Rocher or other round chocolate!

Which of these projects would you like to learn how to make? Leave a comment below and let me know!

If any of these projects have inspired you, remember you can shop 24/7 at my online store. And if you’d like to come along with me to the next meeting of the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group, join my team! Until March 31st, you’ll get an additional $60 of free product in your starter kit!

Happy Stampin’!

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On the weekend I had the most amazing day attending a meeting with the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group. We listened to some business presentations, did a HUGE number of Make and Take projects, enjoyed a delicious potluck lunch, and even received some door prizes (I won a stamp set!). And of course no demonstrator get-together is complete without swaps! I participated in only one of the three swaps available, and came home with 16 beautiful and unique cards. I had to share them with you right away! Most of the products used are from the Occasions catalogue, though you will also see some annual and Sale-a-Bration products. I’ve labeled the photos with the main products used and the names of the makers – except for two of the cards, which were not labeled when I received them, so I don’t know who made them!

The demonstrators I met at this event were warm, welcoming, and supportive and I can’t wait to see them again at our next get-together. If you’d like to join in at events like this, join my team and we can go to the next meeting together! Being a demonstrator is awesome – you get to work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out. If you’re interested or have questions, let me know!

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Hope you enjoy the slideshow! If these fabulous cards inspire you to order any of the products shown, you can shop 24/7 at my online store. Don’t forget to use the current hostess code (over on the right-hand side of my website) to get a free gift from me as well! Happy Stampin’!


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If you follow any other demonstrators on social media, you may have seen lots of fun posts in November about OnStage Orlando, where over 8,000 demonstrators gathered from all over North America to celebrate Stampin’ Up!’s 30th anniversary.

I chose not to attend that event, but the next convention is around the corner – and just across the water! OnStage Local in April 2019 will be held in Vancouver, and I’m going to be there, along with my team. And I want you to join us!

OnStage is an amazing opportunity to meet and connect with other demonstrators, and learn directly from Stampin’ Up! leaders. As an OnStage attendee, you will …

– Get exciting product news before anyone else
– Be the first to have the new catalogue in your hands
– Gain access to an exclusive pre-order, before demos who don’t attend
– Watch product demonstrations and try new products yourself via make-n-takes
– Receive free products in your swag bag
– Meet other enthusiastic demonstrators
– Attend educational presentations to support your business
– Swap cards/projects with other attendees

Want to join us? Sale-a-Bration starts TODAY, and that’s the perfect time to become a demonstrator. During Sale-a-Bration, you’ll have two Starter Kit options to choose from!

Option 1:
$225 worth of Stampin’ Up! products for $135

Option 2:
$225 worth of Stampin’ Up! products PLUS the exclusive Craft & Carry Tote (retail value $68) for $175!

For both options, you will get free shipping and a business starter pack (order forms, catalogues, etc.) Best of all, you’ll get to choose what products go into your Starter Kit – inkpads, cardstock, stamp sets, paper, blends, whatever your heart desires. Right away, you’ll be paying less for your products, and as a demonstrator you’ll have access to terrific online and print resources to help you build your business your way. And as your team leader, I’ll be doing what I can to support you as you go!

If you’re interested in this opportunity and want to know more, let’s chat! I’m excited to welcome new members to the Stampin’ Up! family!


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What does it cost to join Stampin’ Up! ?
In Canada, a Starter Kit is $135 and contains $165 in product – because you’ll get a 20% discount right away!

What’s in the Starter Kit?
Whatever you want! Choose paper, inkpads, cardstock, stamps, tools, embellishments, kits – whatever your heart desires, up to $165. When your Starter Kit arrives, it will also have current catalogues, order forms, and other business resources to get you started!

What are the perks of being a demonstrator?
As mentioned above, 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, flex points, and other incentives throughout the year
– Participate in a free annual incentive trip (this year’s destination is Maui!)
– 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!

And speaking of awesome in-person events …. did you hear that the next Stampin’ Up! convention (OnStage Local) is being held in Vancouver, BC? My team is going, hope you will join us!

What’s it like being on your team?
I love to promote a fun, supportive atmosphere with my team. I believe in celebrating milestones, learning together, and helping each other whenever possible. But don’t take my word for it … here’s what some of my teammates have to say:

We hold team meetings approximately every second month, where we get together to share our successes, find answers to our questions, and strategize about the upcoming months. I’m also available via text, email, and messenger when questions pop up in between meetings, and we have a closed Facebook group for our team, where I share files and information.

Do I have to sell the products to friends/family?
No, selling is not mandatory. In order to maintain your demonstratorship, there is a quarterly minimum of 300 CSV (more on that term below). That’s about $100/month. Many people are able to spend enough to maintain their demonstratorship without selling to anyone else – they call themselves “hobby demos”. If you do choose to sell, the 20-25% commission you earn on customer purchases will handily support your crafting habits – and you can meet your minimum with 1-2 workshops per quarter.

What if I decide I don’t like being a demonstrator?
No harm done! I encourage anyone who might be interested to buy the starter kit, hold a class or two (with my help, if you like), and see what you think. By the time you’ve reached the end of your first three months, you’ll know whether you want to keep going. If not, enjoy all the wonderful discounted products you purchased – there is no need to return anything, or pay any additional fees to Stampin’ Up!.

I’m part of your monthly Stampers’ Club. What happens if I become a demonstrator?
If you join my team as a demonstrator, you’ll still need to finish out the year in the monthly hostess club – however, I will honour your discount on all your club purchases, so your monthly purchase commitment will decrease 🙂 I have one team member who continues to participate in my club, for a fun social evening as well as crafty inspiration! Another option is to “buy” your remaining months in the club. The monthly commitment is $20, so you would make a one-time payment to me of $16 ($20 less your 20% discount) multiplied by the number of months you have left in the club.

What does CSV mean?
CSV is the system that Stampin’ Up !uses to convert retail price to local currency. This allows them to say that all demonstrators – no matter what country they are in – must reach the quarterly minimum of 300 CSV.

“Whenever sales are mentioned in the Compensation Plan, they won’t be shown in local currency. In order to make our compensation plan applicable to all markets, regardless of currency, we use a common measurement: commissionable sales volume or CSV. CSV is a measurement unit by which sales are tracked. Our ordering systems and reports convert your local currency to CSV automatically.”

So your minimum quarterly target is not $300 CAD; it’s 300 CSV.

The CSV conversion amounts are assessed once a year based on the global currency rates and may shift up or down slightly; right now, 300 CSV = $394.50.

If you order $394.50 in product, the amount you pay will change slightly:
$394.50 retail
+ $39.45 shipping
+ $40.24 tax
– $78.90 discount
= $395.29 total due.

Stampin’ Rewards come into play as well. In this example, you would earn $47.34 in free product. And as an additional perk, there are no shipping costs on Stampin’ Rewards! So once you choose your free product, you’ve got $440 worth of product for a $375 price tag (including shipping and tax). And this is all based on the scenario of making the entire order yourself without any friends or customers contributing. If you decide to hold classes, even small classes every few months – or merely have a few select friends get together for an informal crafting night and share an order – you can easily make your minimums and start to make a profit as well! Any order above $200 would earn free rewards, and any order above $550 would earn you a half-price product.

When is the best time to join?
Sale-a-Bration (January through March) is always a great time to join, as there will be a fantastic “signing bonus” available to new demonstrators. This year, new demonstrators will receive an additional $60 in free product of their choice when they join – a total of $225 in products for only $135. Additionally, you can choose to include the exclusive Craft and Carry Tote (retail value $68) for $40. This amazingly versatile tote is exclusively available to new demonstrators until March 31st!

Another great time to join is anytime YOU are the party hostess – whether through a party you plan and host yourself, or when it’s your hostess month in the monthly club. Every dollar in party sales increases your hostess rewards, and you can use those rewards to pay for your Starter Kit – so you could get your kit for even less than $135!

Who should join?
In all honesty – I truly think that anyone who enjoys using Stampin’ Up! products and has $135 to spend should take the opportunity to become a demonstrator. There is no downside – you get an awesome discount and other perks right away, and if you decide it’s not for you, you still get to keep and enjoy all the fabulous products you bought!

I want to understand ALL the nitty-gritty details before joining. Show me the fine print!
No problem! Here’s the Compensation Plan Overview.

Okay, I’m in! Where do I sign up?
Follow this link to my website and click “Join Now”!

I have more questions ….
If you’d like to know more about how to work your own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft your heart out, Email me and let’s chat. I want to make sure you have all the info you need to make the right decision!

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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!


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!


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!


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.


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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I am an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Nanaimo, BC. I love creating cards and other handmade projects, and I love showing others how they can make their own creations! I hope you can find creative inspiration through my blog and my classes. Thanks for stopping by!

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