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Recently I traveled to Victoria to attend another wonderful meeting of the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. It’s been a year now that I’ve been a part of this group and I am so grateful to have found it! I have learned SO much from these warm and welcoming women, and I was honoured to be asked to give a presentation at the meeting about the new Demonstrator Business Website (DBWS). In addition to the business presentations, we also enjoyed a delicious potluck lunch, a wonderful selection of Make and Take projects, and of course, the optional card swap. I chose to participate and used the new Parisian Beauty suite to create my card:

Here are the photos of the cards I received in the swap. All of the cards are made using products from the new Spring Mini and/or Sale-a-Bration catalogues. 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 card you fall in love with!

 

 

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Participating in events like this is just one of the many things I appreciate and enjoy about being a demonstrator. If you’re thinking of joining, this is the perfect time of year to do so – not only will you get your fully-customizable Starter Kit with $165 in product for only $135, but you will also receive a mini paper trimmer, a sample pack of beautiful Designer Series Paper, and a stamp set of your choice – all absolutely FREE! I’m always looking for new members to join my team, so 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! Then we can attend the next demonstrator meeting together!

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Sale-a-Bration (January through March) is the best time of year to host a party! During Sale-a-Bration, every $60 purchase entitles you to choose a free Level One reward from the SAB brochure. Level One rewards include stamp sets, designer series paper, card kits, and embellishments. With a $120 purchase, you can earn a free Level Two reward: a die set, a mini punch, or a stamp set and embossing folder bundle. With all these exclusive rewards available, your guests will be excited to order – and that means free product credits for you, the hostess!

Your party can be an online 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, and decide on location (your home or mine). 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.

In either case, you as hostess will earn amazing rewards and product credit – and for the first time ever, there is an exclusive stamp set you can ONLY earn by hosting a qualifying party! The Little Ladybug stamp set is absolutely adorable, and is available only to hostesses with a party of $375 or more. And don’t forget – a party of $375 would also earn you $45 in free product, in addition to any Sale-a-Bration rewards you earned with your purchase!

Contact me to start planning your party today – my calendar will fill up fast! I’m excited to make YOU the hostess with the mostest!

And don’t forget to register for the upcoming Mini Madness Catalogue Launch Party! We’ll enjoy refreshments, play games, browse the beautiful new catalogue, and of course craft with some terrific new products. No cost to attend – register today!

 

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The 2020 Spring Mini 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 add a few more items you hadn’t considered?

Best Item for Beginners – Timeless Tropical

I love the retro tropical imagery in this stamp set! Great sentiments + beautiful Distinktive imagery suitable for masculine and feminine cards make this stamp set enormously versatile. There are also co-ordinating dies, embellishments, and Designer Series Paper to step up your projects if you wish!

Best Sentiment Stamp Set – Peaceful Moments

Whatever the situation, the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set has the words you need to express your thoughts – and just look at those lovely fonts! This set is a must-have!

Best Graphic Stamp Set – Mountain Air

These gorgeous stamps allow you to create strikingly detailed scenes quickly and easily with Reversibles – photopolymer stamps that include an image on each side! One side features a silhouette and the other side is a detailed image. Suitable for a wide variety of occasions!

Best Embellishment – Champagne Rhinestones

These stunning self-adhesive rhinestones are part of the Parisian Blossoms Suite, and their elegant, neutral champagne color means they’ll go with almost any project. Perfect for adding a little flair to your project!

Best Designer Series Paper – Peaceful Poppies

This is the first paper that caught my eye in the catalogue, and I am still madly in love with it. It features handpainted blooms and watercolor washes that make beautiful backgrounds or focal points for cards, scrapbook pages, and other paper crafts. Buy it as part of the Peaceful Poppies Suite or all on its own to add rich, lovely colours to any project!

Best Punch Bundle – Heartfelt Bundle

Hooray, hooray for heart punches! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Stampin’ Up! has given us a beautiful stamp set perfect for creating tags, treat boxes, and of course cards to share the love, and TWO co-ordinating punches to go along with the stamp set!

Best Die Bundle – Parisian Beauty Bundle

The elegant motifs in the Parisian Beauty Stamp Set evoke images of Paris in the spring. Perfect for travel, love, anniversaries, congratulations/graduation, and so much more!

Best New Tool – Paper Trimmer, 3D Embossing plate

Technically, both of these tools were already available, but it’s still lovely to see them OFFICIALLY added to the catalogue! NOTE: Any embossing folder with the word “3D” in the title requires use of the 3D embossing plate for best results.

 

Best Deal in the Catalogue: The Starter Kit

The Starter Kit is always the best deal in the catalogue, and during Sale-a-Bration, it’s even more awesome! Not only do you get to build your Starter Kit with whatever products YOU choose, with a 20% discount and free shipping to your door – if you join by March 31st, you’ll also receive a mini paper trimmer, a sampler pack of beautiful Designer Series Papers, AND a stamp set of your choice – all for free.  You can learn more about becoming a demonstrator by reading my Starter Kit FAQ, and if you still have questions, please email me! I’m excited to help you learn about this opportunity!

In Case You Missed It:
Planning a wedding or other event this season? So Inviting is the stamp set you need to make your invitations simply amazing!

Did you notice that the Ornate Frames dies are continuing? I’m so excited as I have not played with them nearly enough yet. And now there’s a wonderful new stamp set to go with the frame shapes: Perfectly Framed! What a wonderful collection of sentiments, along with a handful of imagery that is specially designed to set off the frames!

The Make a Splash hostess set is available to those who host a qualifying party ($200 or more) from now until June 2nd. You can create such charming scenes with these whimsical stamps, and add some terrific heartfelt sentiments as well.

Although the Little Ladybug stamp set is part of Sale-a-Bration, not the Spring Mini, I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on this adorable stamp set! Hostesses can earn this set FREE when you host a party or place an order totaling $375 or more  before March 31st. These cute little ladybugs are so easy to love, and you’ll find it easy to host a qualifying party while all your guests are earning their own free Sale-a-Bration items! Contact me if you’d like to set up a card party so you can craft with your friends and earn free products!

Stampin’ Up! has continued their trend of including indexes in the front and back of the catalogue. The first few pages include an index of all the bundles….

 

…and the last few pages include “Catalogue At a Glance”, showing you graphics of all the stamp sets, punches, embellishments, papers, and more! With so many wonderful items inside, this is a great way for you to quickly find all your favourites!

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

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You all know that I love making and sending handmade cards. Did you know that at this time of year, something truly magical happens …. and I receive many beautiful handmade cards from friends, teammates, and customers? Today I’m going to show off all the handmade cards I received for Christmas this year.

The two cards above are from Angela (left) and Nita (right). I had to include this thank-you card from Nita, even though it’s not technically a Christmas card, because it uses some of my favourite paper from the holiday catalogue, Feels Like Frost. That paper was SO popular that Stampin’ Up! is bringing it back in next year’s holiday catalogue – so if you missed out, don’t worry! It’s only eight months until it comes available again! 😀

This beautiful Z-fold card is from my friend Arvon, who used Perennial Essence DSP from the annual catalogue, and the Frosted Frames dies from the holiday catalogue. What a great combination of products! The silver foil, glimmer paper, and sparkly embellishments really add sparkle to this special card.

I love the way Betina has created a whole scene with the trees, snowflakes, and Jolly Season dies! What a beauty.

The card on the left is from my friend and teammate Claire, who used Feels Like Frost paper along with the Christmas Gleaming bundle to create this silvery, sparkly card. Her silver embossing is just gorgeous! The card on the right is from Liz, using beautiful gold foil and retired paper to create a stunning shaker card.

My friend and fellow demonstrator Madeleine sent me this adorable card using the Merry Moose bundle! This is another product that Stampin’ Up! have promised to bring back next year. I love the way Madeleine layered all the different elements to create this card!

I received this card from the Random Act of Kindness group I belong to, and have lost the name of who sent it. I love that she has created a picturesque scene using only the Frosted Frames dies and the Feels Like Frost paper – great example of how a card does not have to be complicated to be striking!

On the left, the card from my friend Shellie traveled all the way from the frozen north of the Yukon to brighten my day here in Nanaimo. On the right, teammate Vikki’s shaker card is simply stunning!

Friend and teammate Stephanie used the gorgeous Brightly Gleaming DSP to create the card on the left. (That’s another paper Stampin’ Up! is bringing back next year – hooray!) Friend and fellow demonstrator Heather used the amazing Puff Paint and Peaceful Boughs bundle to create the card on the right. I love them both!

Friend Tricia used the Night Before Christmas Memories and More card pack to create this simple, lovely card.

My friend Trudy is known for creating striking cards, and she certainly delivered with this beautiful card (left). On the right, my friend Dawn has used the Most Wonderful Time medley to create this lovely, peaceful card.

I hope you enjoyed looking through my Christmas Card Gallery! I sure had fun receiving all these beauties – if one of them is from you, thank you so much! I’ve added the shopping list below, as some of these products are still available for a couple more days; the holiday catalogue ends on January 2nd, to make room for the Spring Mini and Sale-a-Bration catalogues which start on January 3rd. Look for a new post that day about my top picks from the Spring Mini catalogue!

Happy New Year, and Happy Stampin’!
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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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I had so much fun participating in the Nanaimo Christmas Village and at the Quarterway School Craft and Vendor Fair, these past two weekends. My top sellers were:

– Hershey’s chocolate sleeves
– Hershey’s kiss snowmen
– Post-it note holders
– Santa’s Moustache Ghirardelli squares
– Snowy Night Lanterns

I have some leftover items available for sale that might be the perfect stocking stuffer or teacher thank-you gift that you’ve been looking for! Click here to see a full list, including prices and photos, then drop me a line and let me know if there’s anything you’d like. (NOTE: Items to be picked up in Nanaimo, BC.)

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The Northern Lights technique is perfect for the wintry cards we make at this time of year, and it’s easier to create than you think! Choose a few ink colours, grab your sponge daubers, and try it for yourself!

Sponge alternating ink colours in vertical stripes on your white cardstock. (I used Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, and Daffodil Delight.)

Repeat to cover the whole area. Experiment with overlapping the ink colours (e.g. yellow overlapping blue will make green).

Stamp your image in Memento Black ink. I used stamps from Rooted in Nature.

Sponge with Night of Navy to create ground under the stamped image. Sponge daub the edges with Night of Navy.

Lightly swipe the Night of Navy over the entire piece, in vertical motions.

If desired, add stars with a white gel pen or white craft ink.

Finish your card as desired.

Have you made any projects with the Northern Lights technique? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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