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I held my second Fancy Folds class on the weekend and it was terrific!! Technically, I held the class twice, because what I learned from the first round of Fancy Folds is that a small class size is key – so I split the group of eight attendees into two groups of four, and held the same class on both Saturday and Sunday. Safe to say I am now super familiar with all these fancy fold cards!!

finished

The Pop Up Slider card is one I’ve been wanting to learn for a long time. The stitched rectangle framelits make it really easy to do, using the partial die-cutting technique to create the flap on the front of the card that slides up to reveal the stamped sentiment underneath.

Pop Up Stage Card

How gorgeous is the Pop Up Stage card? And yes, this magnificent creation folds flat to mail! This card comes together really quickly and is beautiful in person.

Shutter Card

This is the Shutter Card, definitely a challenging card to create. It took a bit of experimenting to make it look the way I wanted it to. However, the amazing effect is well worth it!

swing arm

And finally, the swing arm card. I first saw this card at a demonstrator meeting earlier this year. Again, it’s one that takes a bit of effort to create, but it’s worth it!

If you didn’t get a chance to attend the Fancy Folds class, don’t worry! You can purchase the written tutorials, complete with colour photos of each step, for $12. Or, you can purchase the tutorial package plus supplies – meaning, a pack of Designer Series Paper of your choosing, and co-ordinating cardstock, all cut, scored, and prepared for you – for $30. Just email me to make arrangements!

Have you made any projects with these fancy folds? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video is a little different because we are going to unbox my holiday catalogue pre-order. You’ll be able to order from the holiday catalogue starting September 4th, and it’s packed with wonderful goodies to help us celebrate autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving, New Year’s, and of course – Christmas. Today’s video will give you a few sneak peeks at what’s coming up, and you’ll also learn how you can get $84 in product absolutely free.

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!

Do you have your holiday catalogue yet? Drop me a line if you need a copy!! And if you want to get these awesome items at a 20% discount, let me know! I’m always looking for new people to join my team!

Happy Stampin’!

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It was back in the beginning of June, after holding a workshop at the home of a brand new customer, when I realized I didn’t have a single stamp with any variant of “Get Well Soon”. It seemed too silly to be true …. but true it was! Fortunately, a quick review of the annual catalogue revealed the beautiful new Distinktive stamp set, “Healing Hugs”.

Distinktive stamp sets are so beautiful. These stamps are have a special texture that allows them to lay down the ink with varying levels of intensity, giving you photorealistic images with depth and dimension. Just look at these stunning floral images from the Stampin’ Up! catalogue:

You can find the Healing Hugs stamp set on page 80 of your annual catalogue, where you will also find a handy list of all the other Distinktive stamp sets. It’s easy to love this style of stamp, so be sure to look at all the sets to see which ones appeal to you!

In addition to the richly detailed floral images, Healing Hugs includes a terrific collection of “get well”-related sentiments, which is just what I needed last week when I got the news that two dear friends were both ill. It’s always sad to hear that a friend is unwell, but I was glad I could quickly make them some cards and let them know I was thinking of them.

I ended up making two similar cards, with only a couple of variations – using two different sentiments, and using a portrait layout versus landscape. I think the bright colours are a good choice to cheer up the recipients, and of course I am absolutely mesmerized by how gorgeous the flower images are.

These cards were so quick and easy to make, with just one layer and a few stamps applied. That meant I could pop them in the mail right away and get them into the hands of my dear friends. Hopefully these cards will brighten their day.

Do you have this stamp set? Or another Distinktive set? If you’d like to order, contact me today, or shop 24/7 at my online store.

Happy Stampin’!

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One of the fun things I do over the summer is play with lots and lots of products from the new annual catalogue and work on designing projects that I’ll use at my workshops over the September-June season. Today, I decided to play with a new bundle that was one of the first things to catch my eye when I saw the new catalogue – Band Together – as well as a couple of embossing folders and the new embossing plate.

Band Together is a really cool stamp-and-die bundle with gorgeous, intricate shapes made specifically to make a big splash on your card front. The sentiment stamps co-ordinate perfectly with the shapes, making it easy to create simple yet stunning cards.

I also wanted to play with my two new embossing folders, Scripty and Subtle. These are both 3D embossing folders, the kind that leave a deep impression on your cardstock. The new embossing plate makes it really easy to layer in your Big Shot – just use your multi-purpose platform, the embossing plate, and your folder.

If you’re wondering how you missed the embossing plate in your catalogue, you’re not imagining things – it isn’t in there! You can find it in the online store, but the product was developed after the catalogue had gone to print, so it doesn’t appear there.

Here are the two finished cards. Which one is your favourite? There are close-up photos below to help you decide!

Scripty embossing folder:

Subtle embossing folder:

Don’t forget, Bonus Days are still in effect from now through the end of July! With every $60 purchased in July, you will get a coupon code to use for $6 off an order placed in August. If you purchase the Band Together bundle, you will earn a coupon code – if you throw in the embossing plate, two embossing folders, and a pack of cardstock, you’ll earn TWO coupon codes!

Contact me today to order yours, or shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

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How many of these statements can you relate to?
– I love crafting
– I have a HUGE wishlist of Stampin’ Up! items
– I love creating, sharing, and connecting with others
– I’m looking for a way to make a bit of extra money, or at least pay for my own crafting supplies
– I appreciate being part of a larger community
– I love crafting
– I enjoy setting goals and being rewarded for achieving them
– I appreciate being able to set my own schedule
– I love getting fun perks and rewards
– Seriously though, I really love crafting 😉

If you can see yourself in these statements, Stampin’ Up! has a great opportunity for you to join the global SU family and become a demonstrator. Whether you’re looking to support your own crafting hobby by earning a 20-25% discount on all your supplies, or want to build a thriving business that will reward you with cash-back rewards, free product, and incentive trips to faraway places.

Until August 31st, new demonstrators will earn TWO amazing perks just for joining!

  • New demonstrators will receive an additional $40 that they’ll be able to put towards their Starter Kit (pay $135 and choose $205 in products).
  • New demonstrators will receive a $14 coupon code, which they may use the following month.

Yes, you read that right …. your starter kit now includes $84 in free products.

What’s in the Starter Kit?
Whatever you want! Choose paper, inkpads, cardstock, stamps, tools, embellishments, kits – whatever your heart desires, up to $205. 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?
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 (next year’s destination is the Caribbean!)
– 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!

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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 quarter, 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 required 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!.

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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.

tina sampler

When is the best time to join?
Before August 31st to take advantage of this awesome Extra, Extra promotion! Joining any other time is still a terrific deal, but this offer really takes it to the next level!

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!

Please visit my 24/7 online store by clicking above, or contact me: lauralyzer@gmail.com.

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My regular workshops wrap up for the season this week, but this summer I’m going to offer some special edition classes to help you chase those summertime blues away!  These classes are held on the weekends, and give us a chance to work on some more challenging projects in a longer time frame. Learn some great skills and techniques to take your crafting to the next level!  Best of all – if you can’t attend in person (due to either scheduling or geography), you can still purchase the tutorial package, at a reduced cost!

Saturday, July 6 – Fancy Folds 1                                    
11am – 3pm
Registration Deadline: Thursday, June 20th

$35 – cost includes a pack of 12 x 12” Designer Series Paper of your choice. Sign up for both Fancy Folds classes for only $50!

We will be making four fancy fold cards:

  • Twist and Pop card
  • Pop-up card
  • Waterfall card
  • Bendi card

Light snacks provided, as well as a written tutorial for you to keep.

 

 

 

Saturday, July 27 – Butterfly Frame
11am – 2pm
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 16th

$25 – cost includes a frame and a pack of 6 x 6” Designer Series Paper of your choice. We will be making a framed project starring Butterfly Gala. This project makes a great gift, or keep it yourself and enjoy!

Light snacks provided, as well as a written tutorial for you to keep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, August 10 – Fancy Folds 2
11am – 3pm
Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 25th

$35 – cost includes a pack of 12 x 12” Designer Series Paper of your choice. Sign up for both Fancy Folds classes for only $50!

We will be making four fancy fold cards:

  • Pop up stage card
  • Spinner pop up card
  • Shutter card
  • Slider card

Light snacks provided, as well as a written tutorial for you to keep.

Saturday, August 24 – 3D items
11am – 3pm
Registration Deadline: Thursday, August 8th

$35 – cost includes a pack of 12 x 12” Designer Series Paper of your choice.

We will be making five 3D gift items:

  • DSP gift bag
  • Post-it Note Holder
  • Triangle Treat Box
  • Star-Shaped Treat Holder
  • Self-Closing Box

Light snacks provided, as well as a written tutorial for you to keep.

Contact me today to register for any of these events, or order the tutorial package! I’m excited to craft with you!

Please visit my 24/7 online store by clicking above, or contact me: lauralyzer@gmail.com.


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Today’s video is one I’ve waited six weeks to share!! Grab your new annual catalogue and follow along as I walk you through some of the best ways to make the very most of this awesome resource! I’m even going to tell you the solution for what to do if your wish list is as long as your arm (and it will be!!).

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!

Now that you’re ready to dive into the annual catalogue, drop me a comment below and let me know your favourite new product!

Happy Stampin’!

Please visit my 24/7 online store by clicking above, or contact me: lauralyzer@gmail.com.


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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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