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If you’re just starting out with stamping, it may seem overwhelming to look through the 240-page annual catalogue and figure out what to buy. Here are my top recommendations to get your craft space outfitted – without breaking the bank!

1. Bone Folder

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This was the very first tool I was given as a new papercrafter, and it really is an absolute necessity. Every card you make is going to need at least one fold, and the bone folder makes it crisp and flat.

2. Trimmer

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I made do with a Fiskars trimmer I bought from SuperStore for quite a while, but when I finally bought my Stampin’ Up! trimmer, I wondered why I’d EVER put it off for so long! With a fold-out arm that allows you to measure and cut paper as large as 12×12″, and two repositionable blades for scoring and cutting, this trimmer makes it easy to create projects from simple to stunning.

3. Stampin’ Scrub

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Once you start stamping, you’ll need a way to clean your stamps. Read this post to learn the best method, then get yourself a Stampin’ Scrub and a bottle of Stampin’ Mist to go with it.

4. Acrylic Blocks

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Bundling the whole set together will save you 10%, but when you’re starting out, it may make more sense to buy one or two blocks at a time to keep your investment affordable. Every stamp listing in the catalogue will include information on what blocks are recommended for use with the stamp set (see this post for more information).

5. A Stamp and Punch Bundle
We’re halfway through the list and we’re finally getting to the fun stuff! You may not have a Big Shot yet, but there are plenty of fun stamp and punch bundles that will have you creating perfectly co-ordinated projects quickly and easily. But how do you know which bundle to choose? Well, you’ll want something versatile, that can be used for a variety of projects and occasions; and something with a good combination of images and sentiments. And of course, you’ll want to pick sets that appeal to your personal taste! Here are some sets that fit the criteria:


6. A Standalone Stamp Set
For beginners, I look for stamp sets that have a lot of bang for your buck – this means large stamps (so you can complete a project quickly and easily), and, as above, versatility. Here are some that fit the bill:

7. Designer Series Paper and Cardstock
Here’s where personal preference really starts to affect your choices. Some colour combinations will excite and inspire you, while others will leave you feeling “meh” … and my preferences might be totally different from yours! Page through the Designer Series Paper section of the catalogue and see which papers draw your eye again and again. The heart wants what it wants, and when you choose a product you love, you’ll love creating with it! Don’t forget to include a pack of co-ordinated cardstock with it as well – and a pack of white cardstock, for your card inserts.’

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8. Inkpads
Use the above DSP and cardstock as a jumping-off point; now that you know which papers appeal to you most, review the list of co-ordinating colours and choose one or two of your favourites to add to your collection. If you’re feeling spendy, choose a whole inkpad family bundle to save 10%. Oh, and grab a black inkpad while you’re at it, because everyone needs one of those!

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9. Blender Pens
As I mentioned in this post, blender pens can resolve a host of beginner mistakes – and they are also a very economical stand-in for the entire family of beautiful markers! Just dip them in any colour of inkpad, and use them like a paintbrush to add detail or cover up a mis-stamp.

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10. Adhesive
Now that you’ve created something wonderful, you’ll need to hold it all together! There are lots of options, depending on what kind of projects you’re creating – Stampin’ Up!’s Snail is the basic double-sided tape that you’re probably already familiar with.

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Got another suggestion for a must-have tool? Comment and let me know!

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The Occasions 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 – Vibrant Vases stamp set.
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With this fun, two-step stamp set, including a charming collection of sentiments, you’ll be able to create beautiful cards for a variety of occasions right away. And if you want to step it up, you can add the Vases Builder punch from the annual catalogue.

Best Sentiment Stamp Set – Strong and Beautiful. I love these empowering sentiments, for way more than just Mother’s Day. If you, like me, like to surround yourself with fierce awesome women, you’re going to love these sentiments!

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Best Graphic Stamp Set – There are a lot of great sets to choose from, but I keep coming back over and over again to Flowering Desert. Rather than one more floral motif, this fun stamp set will be great for both masculine and feminine cards, offering a lot of versatility and charm.

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Best Embellishment – Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins. 250 sequins in 5 colours, 2 sizes, and 2 shapes … AND they’re self-adhesive? Add. To. Cart.

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Best Bundle – it’s a tossup between the Piece of Cake bundle and the Butterfly Gala bundle. Both come with a hefty selection of photopolymer stamps, including lovely sentiments in charming fonts; both will be useful for variety of occasions; both are in the $40 range; and both come with a hand-held punch that co-ordinates with the stamped images. Bonus: Butterfly Gala allows you to stamp two butterfly images at once, and then punch them both out – and the punch also co-ordinates with the images on the beautiful Botanical Butterfly DSP, available during Sale-a-Bration.

Best Paper – All My Love. These beautiful paper features whimsical hearts and elegant florals in a classic colour combination, co-ordinates with two thinlits sets (Lovely Flowers and Be Mine), and is perfect for sending your loving messages for Valentine’s Day and all year round. With Crumb Cake, Balmy Blue, and Soft Sea Foam included on the colour palette, it won’t be too girly for those masculine cards!

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Best New Tool – The big news with the Occasions catalogue is Cling Stamps. As announced in November, Stampin’ Up! will be phasing out their wood-mount rubber stamps; instead, stamp sets will be available in photopolymer or red rubber clear-mount. While the clear-mount stamps will be the same high-quality stamps you’re used to, the new double-sided labels are so sticky and clingy that Stampin’ Up! decided to rebrand them as Cling Stamps. Many crafters, myself included, have previously opted to leave the labels off our stamps because they don’t cling as well to the acrylic blocks – with the new labels, this will no longer be the case. In fact, you’ll want to take a bit of care when you mount your stamps, to make sure you don’t apply the labels incorrectly – because once they’re on, they are ON, and you’ll be able to ink, stamp, and clean without your stamp sliding off the block. Can I get a hallelujah?

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ICYMI: Rectangle Stitched Shapes framelits. Demonstrators and customers have been asking for rectangle framelits for a while, and Stampin’ Up! is listening! I love how these 13 dies are stitched on the inside and the outside, to make your projects stand out no matter how you are using them. You can bundle the framelits with the charming “Amazing Life” stamp set for an affordable $67.50 (and get a free Sale-a-Bration reward while you’re at it!)

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The Lace embossing folder. I didn’t see it on my first look through the catalogue, but when I saw some samples online, I HAD to have it! So gorgeous!

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And don’t forget these awesome hostess sets, which you can only order if you host a qualifying party before May 31st!

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

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It’s Sale-a-Bration time! This is the most wonderful time of the Stampin’ Up! year, as it’s the best time to SHOP, HOST, or JOIN.

With every $60 you purchase, you get to choose a free product from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. These products include stamp sets, designer series paper, ribbon packs, embellishments, project kits … just about everything you could ask for! There are also a few Level Two rewards, which you can earn with a $120 purchase – these include a beautiful thinlits set and a super-size stamp set (16 stamps!).

When you host a party during Sale-a-Bration, you’ll get an additional $30 in Stampin’ Rewards (translation: free products). With your party guests aiming to earn themselves free Sale-a-Bration products, it’s easy to see how your Stampin’ Rewards will quickly add up!

And as for joining, I’ve said lots about that opportunity recently (here and here). So in this post, I’m going to focus on one of the products you can order to earn a free Sale-a-Bration item: The Stamparatus.

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The Stamparatus is available in the annual catalogue at $67CAD. It comes with a foam pad, which you will need for stamping with photopolymer stamps, two extremely strong magnets to hold your cardstock in place, and two removable plastic plates that act as blocks to hold your stamps.

There are several different techniques you can do with the Stamparatus, including two-step stamping and hinge stamping. One of the first things I discovered when I got mine is that I can use it to produce perfectly aligned sentiments every time, and even add emphasis to a specific word or image, as shown below with “you deserve every good thing”. I stamped the sentiment in Bermuda Bay ink, cleaned the stamp (while leaving it in place on the Stamparatus plate), then used a Dapper Denim marker on the word “every” and stamped it again. The Stamparatus ensured that I stamped the sentiment in the exact same place each time.

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Another very handy use for the Stamparatus is in creating multiples. I had a large batch of Christmas cards to finish recently, and using the Stamparatus meant that I could finish the batch really quickly and efficiently, with no crooked stamping or wasted cardstock. I was stamping on a shape I’d cut out with the Stitched Shapes framelits, so I made myself a grid paper template to fit in the Stamparatus, and was able to churn out 40 of these in about 15 minutes. Brilliant!

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I finally got a chance to try wreath stamping with the Stamparatus recently, and it is SO cool! We’re going to to be using this technique at class next week. Here’s how it works.

First you’ll need to create a template from a 6″ x 6″ piece of cardstock, using the largest of the Layering Squares Framelits.

Find the centre of your cardstock, then cut two overlapping squares to create a six-pointed star.

Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the same square framelit – it will fit perfectly into your template. Now you’re ready to stamp!

With your template and white cardstock square in place on the Stamparatus, position your flower stamp and stamp it once. Then turn the white cardstock 90 degrees and replace inside the template. Repeat stamping and turning the cardstock until you have stamped four flowers.

Clean your stamp with the Simply Shammy, but don’t remove it from the Stamparatus plate. Turn your cardstock 45 degrees so the flower stamp will land in between two of the images you previously stamped. Use a different ink colour to stamp the flower. Then repeat the steps above of turning the cardstock and stamping the flower three more times.

Depending on what flower set you’re using, you may be finished at this point, or you may have the option of using an outline stamp to add detail, as in the case of the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, which I was using. Line up the flower outline stamp on your stamped cardstock, then use the Stamparatus hinge to pick it up. Stamp and turn the cardstock until you have outlined all the flowers in a contrasting colour.

And here’s the finished project:

Isn’t that a cool technique? Now you can turn ANY flower stamp (or pretty much any other stamp) into a wreath! Google “stamparatus wreath technique” to see lots more creative ways to use your Stamparatus, then contact me to order yours, or shop 24/7 at my online store. And be sure to share your creations in the comments so I can see what you’re up to!

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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Happy New Year! As the holiday season draws to a close, I wanted to share some of the beautiful handmade Christmas cards I received from friends, customers, and even strangers from around the world.

I’ve posted before about the fabulous Random Act of Kindness card group I belong to on Facebook. Here’s one I received in December. It might be hard to tell from the photo, but it uses the gold foil-edged cards, as well as red glimmer paper, silver foil, and gold foil. So much bling – perfect for the holidays!

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The Dashing Deer stamp set has been very popular this season, and hooray – it’s continuing on for the next few months! This beautiful card is also from a RAK friend, and uses gold embossing powder to make that deer really shine.

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The exclusive Snow is Glistening stamp set was offered for sale in November, and my customer Angela made very good use of it to create this stunning card. I love how she used gold embossing on the snowflake, and beautiful rhinestones to decorate the tree.

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Although I’m a non-drinker, I still appreciate the clever sentiments and beautiful images on this card featuring the Half-Full stamp set. My customer Trudy used the fine-tip glue pen to make the wine glass and bottle appear like they are full of liquid. Cool effect, eh?

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This card came from a customer I haven’t met yet – we’ve emailed back and forth over the last couple of years, and she recently moved to my town and will be coming to class this month! I’m looking forward to meeting her, and am tickled that she remembered me in her Christmas card mailout this year. This adorable card features a retired stamp set that I just love, set off with white embossing powder and charming red and gold embellishments. So beautiful – thank you, Chigusa!

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I was in awe of this gorgeous shaker card created by my friend Dawn of Dawn’s Custom Cards. Just look at all that fun Christmasy bling in there! And the background of the shaker is silver foil, which is why you can see my hands reflected in the photo 😉

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My friend Christine used the Star of Light stamp set along with both white and silver embossing powder to make this stunning card. I just love how elegant it is! I love watching how Christine has embraced her creative side in the past year, and finds so much joy in creating.

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I hope you all had a very merry Christmas! Did you send or receive any handmade cards? Share your photos in the comments!

Hope you enjoy these beautiful cards as much as I do! If these fabulous cards inspire you to order any of the products shown, you can shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

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I asked you in a previous post which of my craft fair projects you’d like to see a tutorial for, and the answer was “candle card”! Here are the instructions to make this awesome project!

Believe it or not, this card is made with only ONE piece of 8.5 x 11″ cardstock! Score along the short side at 2 3/4″, 5 1/2″ & 8 1/4″. (Open up the long arm at the side of your trimmer to see the 8 1/4″ measurement.)

Along the long side, score at 4 1/4″. Your cardstock should now look like this:

Now you’re going to cut along the 4 1/4″ score line from the first intersection of score lines to the third intersection, as shown by the black line in the photo below.

To do this, line up your cardstock at the 4 1/4″ measurement, and with the ruler up, put the blade at the first score line. Lower the ruler and cut down to the third score line, and then lift your blade.

Now your cardstock looks like this (from the side):

And from above:

Add adhesive as shown by the red line below, on both “top” corners. Stick your cardstock together to create the shape above.

Pinch the centre of your card together and fold the other two flaps behind, as shown below.

Use whatever thinlit shape you’d like to create an opening in your card centre.

Here is the top view of this step:

You can run this through your Big Shot and cut both openings at the same time, HOWEVER, you will not be able to run the cardstock all the way through – that’s because the part of the cardstock you are not cutting is six layers. Run it halfway through and then back out again.

Now that you’ve created your cardbase, it’s time to decorate! If you’re using vellum, add adhesive only to the corners – if you run adhesive all along the edges, it will show through your centre openings.

I used the Hometown Greetings edgelits to create these shapes. As you can see below, you’ll want to leave yourself lots of room below the shapes. Add adhesive as shown by the red lines.

Cut two pieces of white cardstock, 2.5 x 4″. Stamp to decorate as desired. I left one side mostly blank so it can be written on.

Decorate the front of the card as desired.

Here is the finished card, with a battery-operated tealight candle inside.

Have you made any home decor projects or gift items? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

 

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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!

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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