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Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 11, Stampin’ Up! is offering free shipping on any order over $65!! This includes all annual and holiday catalogue items, prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions of 3 months or more, Clearance Rack, and Year-End Closeout items. If you shop online, remember to use hostess code RVXHVXUU!

This is perfect timing for our Mystery Hostess Draw, which already has $60 in free product to be claimed!! Don’t forget that you can spend those rewards on exclusive hostess sets like Greatest Part of Christmas or Holiday Haul. If you’d like to be entered into the draw, place an order by noon on December 11theither with me or online using hostess code RVXHVXUU. Every $20 purchase earns you an entry!

I will do the draw at noon December 11th and contact the lucky winner, so have your wish list ready!
And if you’re still looking for the perfect gift for your crafty friend, check out Stampin’ Up!’s list of 25 gifts under $30. Combined with free shipping, it’s a win-win!!

On another note, you’ll notice in the coming weeks that my blog and video posting schedule will be slowing down somewhat. I’m taking a break over the holiday season to enjoy time with friends and family, but I’ll be back in the new year with more wonderful content for you to enjoy! In the meantime, you can browse through my past tutorials, videos, or blog posts.

Happy Stampin’ – and Happy Holidays!

 

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Another meeting of the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group, another awesome collection of swap cards! In case you missed it, I shared all the make and take projects last week.

This time around we got to make and exchange Christmas cards. This year’s holiday catalogue is packed full of awesome goodies, and many of them are on display with today’s swap cards. As always, I’ve labeled the photos with the main products used and the names of the makers – except for cards which weren’t labeled when I received them, so I don’t know who made them!

Did you spot the Cup of Christmas bundle in the holiday catalogue? One of the awesome things about it is that it features reversible stamps! One side of the stamp creates the polka-dot image as shown above, and the other side stamps a striped mug. How fun is that?! Great collection of holiday sentiments with this stamp set as well! I love that Adrienne has finished the card with some gold foil pieces to pick up the gold foil accents on the Wrapped in Plaid paper.

The first of several cards in today’s collection to feature puff paint, a fun new embellishment available in the holiday catalogue, Bonny’s card also features …. no stamping! That’s right, the Santa shape, trees, and even the sentiment are all die cuts. I love that she has used a combination of foil (for Santa and his sleigh) and glimmer paper (sentiment + snowy hill) to create a card with a lot of sparkle, and of course the snow on the trees is a great touch!

Carolyn did a terrific job creating this fun card featuring the Perfectly Plaid suite. The gold foil shapes add a touch of bling to the layout, as does the gold shimmer paint on the tag, which was embossed with the Swirls and Curls folder. And if you look carefully, you’ll see that the red background was also embossed with the Subtle folder – it adds such a great texture to the project!

This card by Crystal was the subject of much discussion at the meeting. How DID she create that fabulous background? Is it DSP? Is it the Birch stamp? Well, Crystal shared with us the how-to: she used her Stamparatus and, yes, the Birch background stamp. She stamped first with white craft ink, let it dry completely, then moved her cardstock 1/16″ down to stamp with Gray Granite ink. The result has so much realism and dimension!

Dianne’s card features several different products: the Christmas Gleaming bundle and Brightly Gleaming paper to make the ornaments, the #Elfie stamp set and blends to create the charming elf, and a die from Stitched Labels on which she stamped the sentiment. And, she used the ever-popular Subtle embossing folder to add texture in the background!

I love Erica’s colour choices here with this adorable little bird from Birds of a Feather stamp set! The stamp set also includes adorable birds to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Valentine’s Day. Check it out on page 50 of your holiday catalogue!

This simple yet striking card by Jean is one of my favourites. Do you see how she scored borders around the outside of the card? What a terrific way to add interest!

Remember I told you that the Hammered Metal embossing folder was awesome? Well, here it is – was I right or what?! Madeleine has also used the Stitched Star dies to create that stunning star with gold foil. No wonder this card won first place!

MC’s charming card features the Holly Jolly bundle with this adorable hand-coloured Santa. How sweet!

I’ve had so many people ask me lately about making shaker cards, and now – Stampin’ Up! has made it easy, with the Snow Globe shaker domes! The stamp set provides beautiful wintery imagery, the co-ordinating dies cut them out, then the acetate domes encase the whole scene. You can add glitter or sequins to complete the effect. Simply stunning!

Another terrific card featuring the Christmas Gleaming suite, including the foil elements and the Hammered Metal embossing folder. Stunner of a card!

I love the way this creator (left anonymous as there was no name on the card) used puff paint on the In The Woods die to create this undeniably Christmasy tree, backed by the Wrapped in Plaid paper and a gorgeous gold-and-green ribbon. In The Woods can be found in your annual catalogue, while the rest of the products are in the holiday catalogue.

And of course you already saw the swap card that I made:

Which one of these cards is your favourite? Drop me a comment below and let me know!

It’s so much fun to connect with, share with, and learn from other demonstrators. I have met some wonderful people through this group! 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!

If these fabulous cards inspire you to order any of the products shown, you can shop 24/7 at my online store. Please note that many of these products won’t be available until the holiday catalogue launches tomorrow, September 4th. 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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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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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!

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These are a few of the things I like to go over at classes when I have new people in attendance. I hope these tips are helpful to you!

Inkpads
Stampin’ Up! introduced their beautiful new stackable inkpads in June 2018. Many of us, myself included, have some old-style and some new-style inkpads; and the two styles of inkpads open and close in a slightly different way. Check out the very short videos below to be familiar with how to open and close both styles of inkpad.

Old Style: Push, Flip, and Slide

New Style: Popup, Flip, and Slide

No matter which style of inkpad you’re using, the foam pad is stored upside down when the inkpad is closed. This means that when you open the inkpad, the ink is all at the surface and ready for you to use. You don’t need to press down hard on the surface of the inkpad; a light touch will produce the best image.

Scrap Paper
Your scrap paper is a craft room must-have. Not only will you use it for cleaning your stamps (see Step 1 and 4), but you can also use it to experiment with your stamping before you commit to stamping on your project. Make sure you know how that stamp is ‘lined up’ before you stamp it on your project, and make sure you like the ink colour. In other words, practice first until you’re confident you can produce the image you want on your project.

Acrylic Blocks
The option to purchase and store just one set of acrylic blocks to use with countless stamp sets is one of my favourite things about Stampin’ Up! In addition to saving on cost and storage, I love being able to see exactly where I am stamping. However, a common mistake that I see beginners making is choosing the wrong block for the stamp they are using.

If the stamp is bigger than your block, your image is going to be missing some parts, as seen above. And if your block is way larger than your stamp, it will lead you to ‘rock’ your stamp on the cardstock, which is a leading cause of ‘halo’ images as seen below

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Like Goldilocks, we need a block that is ‘just right’. The right-sized block is the smallest block that fits your entire stamp.

Remember that your catalogue will show you the recommended block sizes for every stamp set!

General Etiquette
Please keep cross-talk to a minimum so that you and your craft-mates don’t miss important instructions. Keep in mind that many of your fellow crafters are here for a rare night out, away from the pressures of work, home, school, and family. Some crafters are excited to connect with others, while some would prefer a calm and mellow environment. Be respectful of others and their boundaries; notice whose communication styles are similar to your own, and plan to sit together for maximum enjoyment!

Food and Drink
I keep my craft nights short (aiming to have all projects complete within 2.5 hours), and I ask that you not bring snacks to our workshops. If you wish to bring treats when it’s your turn to be the hostess, please bring something individually wrapped/packaged (e.g. chocolate bar) so people can take them home to enjoy there. Unpackaged food causes a mess on our craft projects, which after all is the main reason we’re meeting. Similarly, please make sure your beverage is in a sealable container to avoid spills on yours or others’ projects.

Questions
As your demonstrator it’s my job to answer any of your questions about Stampin’ Up! products, our projects, techniques, etc.  Don’t lean on your fellow crafters for advice, as they are also here to enjoy a low-pressure night out. Be patient when I am helping other crafters, and know that I will get to your question as soon as I can!

Tidying up
Based on feedback I’ve received from workshop attendees, I organize my classes so that attendees stay in one place and project bins are circulated from one table to the next, instead of having attendees move around to other tables. This means that attendees don’t need to move to a crafting station that may not be as tidy as they would like! However, it also means that when a table group is finishing up with a project, they need to make sure all the supplies and tools go back in the project bin, along with the sample card, so the bin can be passed to the next group. Please do your part to help keep supplies together in the bin; the less time spent looking for missing items, the more time everyone gets to spend in crafting.

When things go wrong ….
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, things go wrong. Don’t be embarrassed! Pretty much any mistake you could make, I have probably done the same thing. When you’re stuck, ask for help and we’ll figure out a solution together.

And when all else fails?
My projects don’t look perfect the first time I try them, and yours probably won’t either – but hopefully, you still learned from the experience, and next time you try, it may go more smoothly. I want you to learn, have fun, and not be afraid to try new things – so aim for enjoyment, not perfection!

 

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In the photo above is $479 worth of amazing Stampin’ Up! product. Want to guess how much my customer paid for it? $278. That’s right, she got $200 worth of FREE PRODUCT because she’s not just a customer …. she’s a party hostess! In this case, she is one of the members of my monthly stampers’ ten club, the Sassy Stampers. A stampers’ ten club meets every month between September and June (with the exception of December) to make unique and beautiful cards, learn fun new techniques, experiment with a terrific range of products, and best of all, laugh and enjoy each other’s company. Every member commits to purchasing a minimum of $20 product each month, and everyone gets a turn to be the hostess and get at least $20 in free product. As you can see from the above, hostesses may get a great deal more than $20 free!

You can learn more about my stampers’ ten club and whether it’s right for you by reading this post. If you still have questions, or are ready to join, drop me a line!

A stampers’ ten club is terrific, but it’s not the only way to earn hostess rewards. You can host your own party any time! It can be a virtual (Facebook) party, an in-person party, or a combination of both.

Facebook parties can last for a few hours or a few days; you can invite guests from any geographical area. 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!

For an in-person party, we’ll choose a date that works for you; you invite your guests and provide a light snack, and I’ll bring all the tools and supplies needed for a fabulous fun night of crafting. You and your guests will get to try out a range of products and techniques, and bring home projects you made yourself. The $10 supply fee will be waived with a $20 purchase. We can even hold the party at my house if you’d prefer.

In either case, you as hostess will earn amazing rewards, and have access to exclusive stamp sets that you can only purchase as a hostess of a qualifying party!


Ready to start planning your party? Contact me today so we can make YOU the hostess with the mostest!


Are you keen to earn lots of Sale-a-Bration rewards PLUS the extra perk of hostess rewards?

I’m looking for three people* willing to spend $60 a month for January, February, and March. Yes the commitment is high, but the time frame is short (just three months) and the bonus is that EVERYONE will get rewards, not just the hostess.

Here’s a card I made using two free SAB products – Party Pandas and Bubble Over DSP!

Every month, every member will get at least one Sale-a-Bration reward. And that month’s hostess would receive at least 10% Stampin’ Rewards (i.e. free product) in addition to her Sale-a-Bration reward.

If you’re interested, why not chat with your friends and fellow stampers and form a club of three? It will mean great rewards for all of you, and start your new year off with a ton of fun stamping!

Contact me if you’re interested, or have questions!

*Not available to those who are already members of a Stampers’ Ten club.


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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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