Friday, 21 April 2017

Eastern Palace Suite Early Release May 1st - 31st!


Found this amazing deal in my feed this morning and just had to share to get you thinking about May and of course our upcoming catalog!

This new and colourful bundle found in our new catalog (coming in June) can be yours during the month of May in one of two attractive bundles.  

Would you like to order a bundle?  I have begun taking pre-orders now to be ordered first thing in the morning on May 1st, 2017 when they become availalble.  

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle

Do you want to be among the first to own it? Let me know! 

If you'd like me to add your name to my list of customers who want their's ordered first thing on the morning of May 1st, just let me know!  YOu can also add your order to your club, class or workshop order. 

Of course, you can also shop via my website after May 1st and use the hostess code Use the May Hostess Code: QQHN3DH7 to add your order to the upcoming order in progress. 

Please note this offer applicable to orders under $200 Cdn) as this order would count as its own party and would be eligible for its own Stampin' Rewards! 

Contact me for more information!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

From the Stampin' Up! Blog: SUCCULENT OBSESSION!

Hi stampers! I’m one of those people who is obsessed with succulents right now so I knew I wanted to do something with them for you—but not the same old same old. As I was playing around with my Live, Love, Grow Stamp Set (141905), I thought about spraying them with a Stampin’ Spritzer (126185) and I LOVED the effect! 
I probably made no less than a million of these! It’s so fun to play around with color combinations and no two will look alike, which I love! I stamped my succulents on our Watercolor Paper (item 122959) in combinations of Mint Macaron (item 138326), Old Olive (item 126953), and Always Artichoke (item 126972) ink.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors and with different levels of saturation. Start off with just a little spray and go from there. I got a little heavy-handed a few times and it didn’t end well. You can always add more water but you can’t take it back! You can see that some of them blended more than others. The look is subtle and soft and I just love it.
I then cut each one out with our Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (item 145372). I accented my cards with the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper (item 142778), Succulent Garden 3/8" Ribbon Combo Pack (item 142781), Classy Designer Buttons (item 138393), and Linen Thread (item 104199). I used my stitched dies again to make a few accents, as well. Finally, I punched out my sentiments with the Classic Label Punch (item 141491) for a fun and modern look.  
Here’s a little tip for cutting banners using the Big Shot (item 143263) and your Layering Squares Framelits Dies (item 141708). Simply take a strip of paper and line a die up with the edges to make your “V” cut. You’ll have a perfect corner every time!
While I used the Live, Love, Grow Stamp Set from the annual catalog, you could totally use the Oh So Succulent Stamp Set (item 142992) from the occasions catalog as well. Here’s a card I made with it!
Thanks so much for joining me today, and I hope that you’ll spritz a few succulents of you own!
Happy stamping!
Mindy Bingamon
2017 Artisan Design Team

Use the Hostess Code:
XM4P3XV3 when ordering via my website to receive free product from me. Please note this offer applicable to orders under $200 Cdn) as this order would count as its own party and would be eligible for its own Stampin' Rewards!

Contact me for more information!

Monday, 10 April 2017

THE SUN IS SETTING; LAST CHANCE: Favourite Items Going Going -- Get yours before they're GONE!


It’s that time again: we’re getting ready to retire products from both the annual and occasions catalogs. Don’t delay! You only have through May 31 to get your favorites. Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50%! Be sure to visit the online store before the sun sets on these items May 31.
Main Information:
Order Information:
  • All retiring items are available while supplies last and will be discontinued after May 31.
  • Discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.
  • Discounts will be applied to select retiring items only.

Here are the retiring items in jpg format.  If you'd like to receive these in PDF or XLS format just let me know and I'll drop a copy to you by e-mail or Facebook. 

For some weird reason, I can't seem to get these to upload properly here.  You can view them on my Facebook page here

I am happy to send them to you by Facebook or e-mail as well if you would like,  just let me know. 

Use the Hostess Code:  XM4P3XV3 when ordering via my website to receive free product from me. Please note this offer applicable to orders under $200 Cdn) as this order would count as its own party and would be eligible for its own Stampin' Rewards!Contact me for more information!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Happy Stampiversary! Happy 1st Day of Spring!

I received a lovely card in the mail last week from Stampin' Up! Home Office.

Things have been so busy lately, that I didn't realize that my Stampin' Up! Anniversary is almost here.  

It's a little misleading as I was a demo before I went into hospital in 2008, but part way through that year in hospital someone had told me I could apply for a hardship exception because I was laid up in hospital for an inordinate amount of time.  We did so.   

At the time I couldn't use most of the left side of my body and my left hand was more like a club than a stamping implement.  I had my work set out for me.  I didn't realize that the hardship exception would expire. 

I was back at home and working on getting back on my feet when I realized I hadn't received the new catalog and I'd called.  When we figured out what happened I was dissapointed but realized that I wasn't in a position to get down to my craftroom anyhow.  I decided to leave it for a bit while I got my world in order.. 

I re-joined during Sale-a-Bration in 2010 and have never looked back.  

I have met so many wonderful people through my paper crafting hobby turned business, and have made some fabulous friends that I wouldn't trade for anything in this world. 

We all have good and bad days, and life upheavals.  For me, paper crafting and music are like medicine.  Your enthusiasm fires me up.  I am forever grateful for the creative contacts and friends that I have made over the years and look forward to many more years of colouring your world. 

Friends and new stamping family members are like icing on the cake.  I am blessed. 

I thought I'd kick off this week and the first day of Spring with a virtual hug and my heartfelt thanks for your part in this journey.  I can't imagine it would be the same without each and every one of you. 

Happy Monday! Happy Spring! 
Hope to see your smile around my tables very soon! 

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Bad Crafters and stacking up the blog posts..

Do you ever get to feeling like you're a bad crafter?  

I know that sounds like a weird thing to say, but I've been a very bad crafter lately.  Blogging doesn't seem to be my forte either. 

I start out with the best of intentions, of course, but then life gets busy and well you know..?

I call it demos dilemma quite often.  If I've got a class planned, or a swap upcoming then I know I "have" to be in there and doing my thing.  Somehow when it's just little ol' me I look around and see things that need to be sorted, jobs I should be doing, and other guilty to-do lists that I can't help but feeling need to be done before I get to play.  Meat and potatoes before dessert, right?

Sometimes it goes the other way, however,  I'll put together a bunch of things and sometimes I even take photos with the plan of posting to my pages or blog, and then they just sit. Sometimes I forget about them til I scroll back in my phone looking for one thing or another and then it hits me -- OOPS.  

I have made more of an effort to get crafting these past couple of weeks,  the re-org has taken some real leaps and bounds.  I've starting culling more items to purge, sold my paper cart and reclaimed some space.  Baby steps.. baby steps.  

I actually packed a selection of items the other night and took them upstairs with me to watch TV with hubby.  This is one of my favourite ways to challenge myself.  Since I don't want to make a dozen trips up and down the stairs, I am limited to only what I bought up in the bin, bag or tote with me.  Sometimes that's a punch or two, sometimes the big shot, other times it's just a single embossing folder for the Big Shot.  I've done just my markers, or just pencil crayons or a small selection of ink pads.  It forces you to be creative because you can't just go grab something else out of the arsenal to play with.  

I posted a bunch of card fronts to my Facebook page the other day.  I'd stamped a number of images from a retired stamp set that I've had for years and sadly never used.  I spent hours colouring them with my new watercolour pencils.  I stlil have to mount them and embellish them to turn them into cards but before I get there I'm thinking I'd like to do some highlights with my aquapainters. 

I'll post some photos of the completed projects soon. :) 

In the meantime, I'm SO looking forward to Sunday class/club this week.  If you can't find me before then I'll be the one in the corner surrounded by paper and ink giggling like a crazy person.  I've coined the phrase "Forced down-time" these past couple of weeks.  We're certainly due for a slow-down. 

Hope to see your smile at my craft table very soon! 

Happy Thursday everybody! 

Monday, 6 February 2017

Product Feature: Water Color Pencils

From the Stampin' Up! Blog... 

The Watercolor Pencils pair perfectly with the Inside the Lines designer series paper that you can earn with a $50 USD purchase during Sale-A-Bration

The Watercolor Pencils pair perfectly with the Inside the Lines designer series paper that you can earn with a $60 purchase during Sale-A-Bration.

The Watercolor Pencils pair perfectly with the Inside the Lines designer series paper that you can earn with a $50 USD purchase during Sale-A-Bration. #stampinup #OccasionsMini2017 SAB2017

Friday, 3 February 2017

Announcing the Stampin' Up! 2017 Artisan Design Team

Announcing the 2017 Artisan Design Team

Each year, Stampin’ Up! invites demonstrators from around the world to become members of the Artisan Design Team; selection is based on projects and content found on their personal blogs.
If invited to serve, these demonstrators have the unique opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity throughout the year; additionally, they can look forward to influencing trends and crafting all over the world.
We’re thrilled to announce the names of this year’s Artisan Design Team.

Allison Okamitsu
Allison Okamitsu

Aurélie Fabre
Aurlie FABRE 2

Cathy Caines
Cathy Caines Pic 2

Dani Dziama
Dani Dziama Pic 2

Holly Stene
Holly Stene Pic 2

Jennifer Sootkoos
Jennifer Sootkoos 2

Jessica Winter
jessica winter Pic 2

Katy Harrison
Katy Harrison Pic 2

Kimberley Van Diepen
Kimberly Van Diepen 2

Louise Sharp
Louise_Sharp_Headshot 2 copy

Maike Ulbrich
Maike Ulbrich Pic 2

Martha Inchley
Martha Inchley Pic 2 copy
Mercedes Weber
Mercedes Weber Pic 2

Mindy Bingamon

Mindy Bingamon Pic 2

Miriam van Eyden
Miriam Van Eyden 2

Paula Dobson
Paula Profile Picture 2

Rochelle Blok
Rochelle Blok Pic 2

Shannon Lane
Shannon Lane 2

Sylwia Schreck
Sylwia Schreck Pic copy 2 copy

Tanya Boser
Tanya Boser Pic 2

Congratulations on this outstanding accomplishment, ladies! We look forward to seeing your work in the weeks to come!