Team Meeting Swap Cards – Sept 2018

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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May 2018 Team Meeting: Swap Cards & Color Revamp

I know I just posted team meeting swap cards recently … that’s because I was so behind on my blog posting! I’m trying to stay more on top of it these days. Our May team meeting was so much fun! I got to meet a new teammate, Lydia, who is part of Christina’s downline. It was great to spend some time with her and get to know her a little. We missed Christina, who couldn’t join us, but we made sure that we put aside a swap card and some handouts for Lydia to pass on to her.

Here’s the swap card that I gave out. I wanted to use the True Gentleman DSP (just LOVE this paper …. sadly, it’s now retired) and a new fun fold I’d just discovered. It’s a diagonal easel fold card, but with a variation; I’ll be sure to share a tutorial on it soon. It’s very simple and very effective!

Claire gave out a stunning butterfly card using the Beautiful Day stamp set and some products from the gorgeous new Share What You Love suite. I don’t know if you can tell from the photo that the butterfly is stamped on vellum and coloured in with markers to create a stained glass effect. And I love the composition she created by cutting a doily in half! Lovely job as always, Claire!

After taking care of the business part of our meeting, we got to do some stamping … in fact, a lot of stamping! I’d had the bright idea (?) of printing out new charts to show the full list of Stampin’ Up! colours, and all three of us chose a favourite stamp and tried out ALL of my inkpads to fill in the sheets for ourselves. The completed sheets make a terrific guide for my crafting studio! It sure highlighted for me that I need to complete my collection and buy the final four Neutrals that I am missing!

And no team meeting would be complete without recognition! Both Claire and Christina have now reached their 6-month milestones, so I gave each of them a card using a really cool new fold I just learned (and yes, tutorial will follow!) Remember that fabulous Springtime Foil paper that was available during Sale-a-Bration? I have a little bit left, and made good use of it here!









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!

Team Meeting Swap Cards

I’m so behind in sharing my team meeting swap cards … our last meeting was over a month ago! Life has been keeping me very busy with the play I’ve been a part of, as well as the new job I started in March. I feel like life is finally starting to swing back towards normal!

This was my contribution for the month. I love a good monochromatic card! These beauties used two Sale-a-Bration products: Bubble and Fizz Designer Series Paper, and the Happy Wishes stamp set. I also used my Stamparatus to line up the sentiment stamps perfectly!

Christina hosted our team meeting, and as it was close to Easter, she gave us all these cute little goodie bags of Easter eggs held in a box made with the Wood Crate Framelits Dies. Can you imagine how cute these would look with the Wood Textures paper, or embossed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder?

Claire made these beautiful cards with the Naturally Eclectic DSP and a fun fold that’s really simple to do. Just look what happens when you open up that folded diamond on the front of the card – a peekaboo surprise!

In addition to the charming little wood crates, Christina also gave us these stunning butterfly cards. She used the Beautiful Day stamp set and heat-embossing to make it really shine. What a great technique!

We had a great time at our team meeting discussing our Sale-a-Bration strategies, planning our next few months (including the new annual catalogue launch), and even learning a new fancy fold technique. Stay tuned, as I’ll be sharing that fancy fold tutorial here soon!

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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Celebrating Milestones

I love celebrating special milestones with my team! Stampin’ Up! offers new demonstrators a wonderful incentive program called Quick Start. If you hit certain goals within your first three and six months, you earn terrific rewards. I am overjoyed (though not terribly surprised) that both my new team members hit their six-month targets within their first three months! So at our most recent team meeting, I got to present each of them with a celebratory gift!

I just love this adorable little piggy and her charming, self-assured smile. This will make a great decoration for the craft room, don’t you think? The colouring on the piggy is actually my first try with the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. I bought just the one pair so far, but I’m planning to get the whole set as a half-price item when I get to be club hostess next month.

I got to celebrate a milestone too! And what’s almost as good as a milestone celebrated with a handmade craft? A milestone celebrated with jewelry!! First, here’s the beautiful 30th anniversary pin that all demonstrators will receive this year. It’s amazing to think that Stampin’ Up! has been around for thirty years – it’s also their 15th anniversary in Canada this year!

And I was even more excited about this one – my Silver title necklace! I got this necklace absolutely free in recognition of my recent title advancement. I can’t wait to wear it to my next cardmaking workshop and show it off to everyone! It is so pretty in person!!

Here are the swap cards from our meeting. First, my square sampler card using Whole Lot of Lovely designer series paper and the Lovely Words thinlit dies. I just posted a tutorial for this card on my monthly email newsletter – if you’re not subscribed yet, send me an email and I’ll add you to the list!
Christina’s card uses the charming and funny Half Full stamp set and the Pinewood Planks embossing folder, which I have added to my wishlist after seeing so many great uses of this folder!

Claire wowed us with her decorated notecard box and narrow notecards, both decorated with the stunning Springtime Foils designer series paper. Can you see the shimmer of the copper foil?

This paper is available FREE with qualifying purchase, but only until the end of March! Contact me now to place your order, or shop online and use the hostess code below to get a free gift from me.

Have you ever thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator? I’d love to chat with you! Claire and Christina can tell you that our team meetings are fun, supportive, and informative. Sale-a-Bration is a great time to become a demo, as you will get two extra stamp kits in your starter kit! That’s up to a $297 value for just $135! Hurry as this bonus is only available until the end of March!

How do you celebrate milestones? Do you have a special card or craft project to share? Comment below, I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

Team Meeting Swap Card

I got to host my first business meeting last week! I have two new teammates, and it was so fun to get together and share strategies and advice as a group. I also invited each member to make two swap cards using one or more products from the Occasions or Sale-a-Bration catalogues. Swap cards are a great way to get inspired, and it’s wonderful to be able to display products that you may not have yourself, at your classes.

Here’s the swap card I created, using the Waterfront stamp set. This was my first time playing with this set, and I can tell that I am going to get a lot of use out of it! I’m already thinking ahead to creating some masculine birthday cards, as well as friendship/support cards, and maybe some sympathy cards …. I think this set will even make good Christmas cards!

I love the sentiments in this set as well. “Friends make the good times better” definitely describes how I feel about my team. I’m excited to see what we will accomplish together!






Christina wowed us with her Barn Door Slider card. There are so many beautiful details on this card, and sliding out the “door” to reveal the hidden sentiment really adds an element of fun! I love the way she used the Balloon Celebration stamp set to create the dandelion puff!


Claire used the beautiful Amazing You stamp set and Celebrate You thinlits to create this breathtaking card in a colour combination I just love! Both these products are available free with a qualifying purchase during Sale-a-Bration, which runs until March 31st. She also decorated the inside of the card and the envelope, just to add that extra touch!

Wondering how she created that “JOY” at the bottom left of the card? It’s the “YOU” from the thinlit set, flipped back-to-front, and with part of the ‘u’ trimmed to create a J! How clever!

Have you ever thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator? I’d love to chat with you! Claire and Christina can tell you that our team meetings are fun, supportive, and informative. Sale-a-Bration is a great time to become a demo, as you will get two extra stamp kits in your starter kit! That’s up to a $297 value for just $135!

The Moment You’ve Been Waiting For…

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, now is the time! If you sign up in July, you will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for you and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder. And to give you a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, you will also receive the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE! All together, that’s an added value of $94! With so many basic items provided for you, you’ll be able to spend your Starter Kit dollars on things like your favourite stamp sets and accessories! I haven’t seen such an awesome recruiting bonus before, so don’t miss this one!

There’s no risk to signing up – whether as a hobby demo or as a business venture, you get to enjoy a 20% discount and exclusive pre-ordering right away, and if you change your mind, there are no penalties. There’s never been a better time to try it out, and if you sign up under me, I’ll give you all the help and support I can to succeed in whatever goals you set for yourself. I can’t wait to welcome you to my team! Contact me today to get started!