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!

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Product Feature: Carried Away Card Set & Tin

Stampin' Up! trainer, Brandi, shares how to make 12 supercute cards using the Carried Away Designer Series Paper from the occasions (spring/summer) catalog. 
Package all of your cards in an adorable tin you can get for FREE when you make a qualifying purchase during Sale-A-Bration (January 4-March 31, 2017)! 

Contact me to order yours! 

There is no better time than Sale-a-Bration to host your workshop, party or virtual event! With more perks on every purchase over $60 orders already climb higher than normal,  it's not tough to reach the $330 sweet spot getting you even more perks as hostess!  Contact me to book your preferred date! 

For more info contact Tammy or visit http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/iscrapnstamp/jointhefun

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Featured SAB Bundle: Balloon Adventures Bundle!

Balloon Adventures Photopolymer Bundle

I had a lady ask me the other day if I still get excited about each new catalog as it comes out.  My answer came without hesitation -- you BET I do!  

I feel your pain in trying to narrow down which fabulous stamp set or tool that you want to get first. During Sale-a-bration it gets even harder because you have FREE perks to pick too, and there are always a great number to choose from. 

Like you, I often have a tough time choosing what to get first.  

I have a few ladies that have had a really tough time narrowing down their $60 goal to earn Sale-a-bration items too, so I thought I'd spend a little time dancing through the catalog with you.  In the coming days I'll share some suggestions for what your order might look like.  

I will also include other complimentary items that you might like to consider.  

Up today one of my favourites from this catalog: Balloon Adventures Photopolymer Bundle.  

This bundle features the Balloon Adventures Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies.  We got to play with this set at Ottawa Onstage and I knew I just had to have it! 

This bundle sells for $68.25 (CDN) and with that you would qualify for a SAB item of your choice. 

If you wish you could also add these coordinating items to your order: 

Party Animal Designer Paper 142738 $14.50

Party Animal Washi Tape 142743  $10.75

Party Animal Designer Washi Tape

Party Animal Card Stock Pack 8 1/2 X 11"  142739  $10.00

Party Animal Embellishments 142775  $8.25

Emerald Envy 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon 142742  $9.25

Ribbon Taffeta 1/8 (3.2 mm) Emerald Envy

If you decided that you wanted the whole suite, you'd ring in at 121 before tax and shipping, affording you 2 SAB items FREE. 

This bundle also coordinates with our Balloon Bouquet Punch which you may have already gotten with a bundle last year when it first came out.  I just love getting new things that coordinate with things I already have! The Balloon punch is $23.95 (CDN) 140609

Balloon Bouquet Punch

Why not consider joining a club for 3 months, or 6 months?  

Thank you for choosing me to be your demonstrator! 

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Skip to the Sale-a-Bration with a Paper Pumpkin Subscription!

What could possibly make Sale-A-Bration even better? 

Getting Paper Pumpkin involved, of course! 

It just might be the easiest way for you to earn FREE items. 


3-Month Prepaid Subscription (137859) $79 $74 CAD 

Get a discount on 3-month prepaid subscriptions and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

12-Month Prepaid Subscription (137861) $295 CAD 

Take it to the next level with a 12-month prepaid subscription. Save over $2/month with the everyday awesome price, earn Stampin’ Rewards, and instantly qualify for 4 FREE Sale-A-Bration items!

This offer will end on March 31, 2016 at 11:50 PM (MT).

Contact Tammy to place your order.  Paper Pumpkin pre-paid orders can also be added to a workshop, class or club order -- win win!