Thursday, July 31, 2008
If you're going to be in or around Toronto on Saturday August 9th, you MUST come by my studio for my New Catalogue Release Open House!
There will be plenty of specials and awesome doorprizes to be won plus great sales prices on retired product and stamp sets, plus a special FREE GIFT JUST FOR COMING!
You can pick up your copy of the new Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalogue and make 2 Make & Take projects using the new "In Colors". I'll also have an extra special bonus gift to anyone purchasing Stampin' Up!'s new Starter Kit -- you DON'T want to miss this event!
My Open House hours will be from 10am - 4pm (no early birds, please) at my studio:
2243 Danforth Ave - rear studio (corner of Danforth Ave and Patricia, 1 light east of Woodbine).
Please RSVP if you would like to attend!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I went to Denver last July with thousands of other crazy demonstrators and had one of the BEST week's of my life there! Here's one of my favourite photos from last year...that's me in the middle in the blue dress on Awards Night surrounded by other great Canadian friends.
Unfortunately I'm not there this week to help celebrate Stampin' Up!'s 20th Anniversary Convention, but my friend/downline Dina is so I'm stalking her blog as she shares pictures and information with us. She just called me on my toll-free # about 15 minutes ago to give the scoop on new sets, punches, etc! She was also sweet enough to take with her a massive BOXLOAD of swaps to swap out for me, so that I'll have loads of lovely samples to share with you all at my big Open House event on the 9th. Yipppeee!
Anyhoo, the "Dream Big" idea really resonated with me, so I ordered the Lowercase Classic Alphabet Decor Element when it came out, and added my very own "Dream Big" reminder right over my desk so I can see it 8 hours a day and stay motivated.
BTW, if you are interested in seeing pictures from Convention last year, I have them all in my Webshots galleries and you're more than welcome to check them out.
Last but not least, let me share with you a little music for inspiration. "Dream Big" by Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband - the band that played on Awards Night. I get goosebumps whenever I listen to this... enjoy!
"And when you laugh, be sure to laugh out loud,
'Cause it will carry all your cares away.
And when you see, see the beauty all around and in yourself,
And it will help you feel okay.
And when you pray, pray for strength to help you carry on,
But when the troubles come your way.
And when you dream, dream big,
As big as the ocean, blue.
'Cause when you dream it might come true.
But when you dream, dream big. "
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The 2nd card is one of the layouts I have used when I have needed to knock out 50 cards at once... it's easy yet elegant, and the glitter adds and extra festive touch. I like the combination of Handsome Hunter with Bravo Burgundy, and I'm still kind of weepy over the fact that Peaceful Wishes is retiring. WAHHHHHHHH :(
Happy stamping, kids! I'm trying to not get bummed out over not being in SLC with all my fellow demonstrator peeps this year for Stampin' Up!'s Convention, but I know that my friend & downline Dina will be keeping me updated!!!
NEWSFLASH -- Christmas is less than 5 months away!! Shocking, isn't it?!?!?!
Hahahaha, okay, not SO shocking after all. But that doesn't stop me from doing some of my favourite summer classes... Xmas in July and Xmas in August!
No, I don't put on Christmas carols in the background music (although I do threaten to do so each year) but we sure have fun making up some holiday cards wayyyyyy ahead of time. Feels good not to procrastinate on something, that's for sure. While the Toronto weather is hot & muggy on the outside, I can promise a nicely air-conditioned studio to play in :)
If you want to join me, please check out my class schedule here. I have spots at 1pm and 7pm available for tomorrow's Xmas card class and would love to see you. In the meantime, here are 3 of the 5 cards we'll be making together -- I hope they help inspire you to get a jump start on your holiday card making too!
Please note, card # 3 was inspired by Tammy M. (mendiolat on SUDSOL)
Monday, July 28, 2008
Although the monthly projects are mostly geared towards cards and 3D projects, I have many scrapbookers attend to learn the techniques to use on their personal scrapbook pages. If you like stamping in any way shape or form, Stampers Club is for you!
Each club will have 10 members and you will have a choice to attend one of 3 stamp playdates monthly where we'll stamp fun projects. As a club member you will get two FREE Idea Books & Catalogues -- the Fall/Winter one and then again in the Spring! Each member agrees to purchase $25 in products each month, amd will get a chance to be the "hostess" and select the FREE hostess benefits once in the 10 month period. You also have access to my exclusive Craftin' Caro Club blog, where I share all the patterns & information plus a new bonus project each month!
If this sounds like something you want to do check out my Stamp Club Info Page or let’s talk at my Open House event on August 9th.
Our first stamp club dates for the August 2008-May 2009 group are being held on August 13, 14 and 15th - your choice of which to attend (daytime and evening spots available). One of the projects we'll be making are the ever popular WATERFALL cards! If you can’t come on those dates but still want to be part of the club for hostess benefits, feel free to join up too!
EARLY BIRD BONUS:
If you join before July 31, you'll receive 2 of the new "In Color" ink pads, free -- your choice of colours! Contact me to learn more....
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
We’ll be making 2 card boxes and 12 different 3x6” cards (with envelopes) using Stampin' Up!'s Confetti Simply Scrappin’ Kit.
Please contact me if you are interested in attending tonight's class!
I have one that hold JUST my Embossing Powders, another that holds perfectly all 4 boxes of Stampin' Spots, plus my other spare was used to house a Stamping Kit-On-The-Go, with some SNAIL adhesive, Paper Snips, a bone folders and other must-haves that I need when taking a project to stamp with me.
These tins are also fun to alter and customize as well... I've added Rub-on's, ribbons, DSP, chipboard -- you name it!
Now that Stampin' Up! is offering these for sale on their own, I thought I'd share some other great ideas on how to use them (now only $4.75 CDN each, while supplies last!):
Stamping Storage ideas:
Card and recipe swaps
Ribbon or ribbon scraps
SNAIL adhesive and refills
Scissors, paper snips, and Craft & Rubber scissors
Two heat tools
Marker case, such as for journal pens, blender pens, aqua pens, etc.
Project holder: when you have everything cut out for a project, you have all the pieces in the box so that you can take it with you to assemble
Pencils, pens, and crayons
First aid box
Lunch box: you can use our Crop-A-Dile to punch holes to attach a handle
Small sewing items
Hair clips, ponytail holders, etc.
Box to hold nails and screws
Small tool box
Gift box: line it with tissue paper and fill it with homemade cookies for a friend!
I'm even having a special Tempting Turquoise class on Wednesday August 27 using them... so stay tuned :)
Monday, July 21, 2008
Good morning, stampers!
Here is Stampin' Up!'s OFFICAL Discontinuing Accessories & Wheels list for you. As all of these items are only available on a first come, first serve basis, I expect that several of these will go quickly!
For this week only, I am offering 10% OFF any retiring accessory or stamp set. Please call or email me ASAP if you would like to order them before they're gone!
Please note: all items with a SALE beside its listing is one of the special 25% off items... you can read more about those in yesterday's post HERE.
RETIRING WHEELS AND ACCESSORIES
109200 Accents & Elements Build A Flower
110718 Accents & Elements Lucky Star
110719 Accents & Elements Messenger
103975 Card Stock Brushed Copper SOLD OUT
102678 Paper Mulberry White SOLD OUT
107312 Cards & Envelopes Gift Whisper White
107292 Cards & Envelopes Greeting Whisper White
109116 Notes & Envelopes Long Notes
109118 Notes & Envelopes Love Notes
109117 Notes & Envelopes Pocket Notes* SALE
110729 Notes & Envelopes Scallop Notes
109119 Notes & Envelopes Gift Notes
107299 Envelope Confetti Cream Medium
110751 Designer Series Paper Azure* SALE
110749 Designer Series Paper Berry Bliss
109154 Designer Series Paper Cutie Pie
110699 Designer Series Paper East Coast Prep* SALE
109160 Designer Series Paper Fall Flowers
109159 Designer Series Paper Flowers For You* SALE
110697 Designer Series Paper Ginger Blossom
110479 Designer Series Paper Jersey Shore* SALE
109151 Designer Series Paper Le Jardin
110748 Designer Series Paper Notebook* SALE
110750 Designer Series Paper Olive Press
109153 Designer Series Paper Porcelain Prints* SALE
109175 Designer Series Paper Prints Almost Amethyst* SALE
109177 Designer Series Paper Prints Always Artichoke
110696 Designer Series Paper Prints Bali Breeze
109173 Designer Series Paper Prints Blue Bayou
109174 Designer Series Paper Prints Brilliant Blue
109178 Designer Series Paper Prints Certainly Celery
109169 Designer Series Paper Prints Close to Cocoa* SALE
109168 Designer Series Paper Prints Groovy Guava* SALE
109171 Designer Series Paper Prints Lovely Lilac
109172 Designer Series Paper Prints More Mustard
109176 Designer Series Paper Prints Old Olive
109170 Designer Series Paper Prints Pumpkin Pie
109164 Designer Series Paper Prints River Rock* SALE
109167 Designer Series Paper Prints Rose Red
109166 Designer Series Paper Prints So Saffron
109165 Designer Series Paper Prints Soft Sky
109163 Designer Series Paper Prints Tempting Turquoise
110698 Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Break
110273 Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Fling* SALE
110271 Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Silhouettes
110272 Designer Series Paper Prints Western Sky
105320 Eyelets Basic
100375 Eyelets Bold Brights
100381 Eyelets Earth Elements
107233 Eyelets Fresh Favorites I
107234 Eyelets Fresh Favorites II
105316 Eyelets Rich Regals
100378 Eyelets Soft Subtles
105515 Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter SOLD OUT
105531 Hodgepodge Hardware Antique Brass SALE
105532 Hodgepodge Hardware Aged Copper SALE
101120 Metallic Art Pencils
100271 Pure Color Pencils
106694 Stampin' Kids Markers
101399 Stipple Brushes
102673 Zig Painty
109554 Stampin' Color Index Labels
109553 Stampin' Color Index Labels (French)
103158 Acrylic Graph & Grid
107307 On Board Accents
109181 On Board Blossoms & Basic
109179 On Board Ginormous Pieces
107306 On Board Simon Lower
109227 Punch Box Three For You
102686 Punch Handheld Rectangle
109189 Ribbon Originals Beachfront* SALE
109187 Ribbon Originals District* SALE
109188 Ribbon Originals Fairy Tale
109185 Ribbon Originals Jersey* SALE
109184 Ribbon Originals Sherbert
109186 Ribbon Originals Theater
110716 Ribbon Striped Grosgrain Wild Wasabi* SALE
110281 Rub-Ons Cherished Memories* SALE
110284 Rub-Ons Eastern Elegance* SALE
110285 Rub-Ons Urban West* SALE
110557 Simply Scrappin' Boho Blend
109610 Simply Scrappin' Confetti
110572 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Boy
110567 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Girl
109597 Simply Scrappin' Home Again
110562 Simply Scrappin' Rose Cottage
109648 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Boy
109627 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Girl SOLD OUT
110587 Simply Scrappin' Summer Days
110577 Simply Scrappin' Tie The Knot
111184 Simply Sent Friendly Notes
109228 Simply Sent Simple Delights SOLD OUT
109229 Simply Sent Three Thoughts SOLD OUT
106662 Stampin'Around Wheel Daisy Field
107561 Stampin'Around Wheel Garden Annuals
109681 Stampin'Around Wheel Good Dog
109678 Stampin'Around Wheel Kisses
107482 Stampin'Around Wheel Lily Pad
109680 Stampin'Around Wheel Meow
109677 Stampin'Around Wheel Mistletoe
106610 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Basics Outline
107467 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Birthday
109571 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Baby
109570 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Friends
109569 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Party
108423 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Leaves A La Carte
107468 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Nature Hike
108980 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Petals
107464 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Rough Texture
111261 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Spunky Spots
108638 Card Stock 12 X 12 In Color
108694 Card Stock Textured 12 X 12 In Color
108642 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Blue Bayou
108643 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Groovy Guava
108637 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 In Color
108640 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 River Rock
108639 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Soft Sky
108641 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Wild Wasabi
108644 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Purely Pomegranate
109018 Classic Stampin' Ink Blue Bayou
109019 Classic Stampin' Ink Groovy Guava
109017 Classic Stampin' Ink Purely Pomegranate
109016 Classic Stampin' Ink River Rock SOLD OUT
109015 Classic Stampin' Ink Soft Sky
109020 Classic Stampin' Ink Wild Wasabi SOLD OUT
109013 Classic Stampin' Pad Blue Bayou
109012 Classic Stampin' Pad Groovy Guava
109011 Classic Stampin' Pad Purely Pomegranate
109010 Classic Stampin' Pad River Rock
109009 Classic Stampin' Pad Soft Sky
109014 Classic Stampin' Pad Wild Wasabi
109060 Ribbon Double-Stitched Blue Bayou SOLD OUT
109063 Ribbon Double-Stitched Groovy Guava SOLD OUT
109061 Ribbon Double-Stitched Purely Pomegranate SOLD OUT
109062 Ribbon Double-Stitched River Rock* SALE
109059 Ribbon Double-Stitched Soft Sky
109058 Ribbon Double-Stitched Wild Wasabi
This offer is valid through me in Canada only and expires on Saturday July 26, 2008. The 10% discount will be applied to any non-sales priced item.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Hello fellow stampers! Want to save a bit of money on your favourite Stampin' Up! accessories? How about 25% off?!!
Beginning Monday morning at 9am ET, the following retiring accessories will be available for 25% off their regular prices! I will be placing my first order right away and then continue placing orders as needed, since as all of these discontinung items are only available on a first-come, first-serve basis -- once supplies run out, that's it!
If you live in Canada and would like anything from either the retiring accessories and/or the retiring stamp set list, please call or drop me an email and I'll be happy to help you.
The rest of the retiring accessories will be posted here at 9am Monday morning, as soon as they are announced, so be sure to check back for more details!
Page # - Description - Reg Price - Sale Price
Page 167 - Pocket Notes Assortment $12.04 REG - $9.03 SALE
Page 168 - Jersey Shore Designer Paper $12.04 REG - $9.03 SALE
Page 168 - East Coast Prep Designer Paper $12.04 REG - $9.03 SALE
Page 169 - Flowers for Your Designer Paper $12.04 REG - $9.03 SALE
Page 169 - Spring Fling Designer Paper $12.04 REG - $9.03 SALE
Page 170 - Notebook Designer Paper $12.04 REG - $9.03 SALE
Page 170 - Porcelain Prints Designer Paper $12.04 REG - $9.03 SALE
Page 171 - Azure Designer Series Paper $12.04 REG - $9.03 SALE
Page 171 - River Rock Prints Prints Paper $12.04 REG - $9.03 SALE
Page 171 - Almost Amethyst Prints Paper $12.04 REG - $9.03 SALE
Page 171 - Groovy Guava Prints Prints Paper $12.04 REG - $9.03 SALE
Page 171 - Close to Cocoa Prints Paper $12.04 REG - $9.03 SALE
Page 182 - Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons $12.97 REG - $9.75 SALE
Page 182 - Urban West Rub-Ons $12.97 REG - $9.75 SALE
Page 182 - Cherished Memories Rub-Ons $12.97 REG - $9.75 SALE
Page 190 - Jersey Ribbon Originals $15.76 REG - $11.82 SALE
Page 190 - District Ribbon Originals $15.76 REG - $11.82 SALE
Page 190 - Beachfront Ribbon Originals $15.76 REG - $11.82 SALE
Page 191 - River Rock Double Stitched Ribbon $11.11 REG - $8.33 SALE
Page 191 - Wild Wasabi Striped Grosgrain Ribbon $9.76 REG - $7.32 SALE
Page 188 Aged Copper, Antique Brass or Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware
$33.43 REG - $25.08 SALE each
Grab your calendar and mark down the dates for the fall 2008 creativfestival! It will be at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, Halls D & E.
I'll be at booth 391 and will have advance tickets for you beginning in early August.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Carte Postale card inspired by Sharlene Meyer
Year After Year heart card inspired by Cherie Hunt
Office Accoutrements card inspired by Marissa on SCS
Here also are the other 2 projects that were made Wednesday as part of the Die-Cut Blooms class - a nifty box that is the right size to hold all your cards in plus a mini 3x3 card, perfect to give with a gift or slip in a lunch :)
Thursday, July 17, 2008
So if you don't want to miss out on getting your favourite cardstock, patterned papers, and most importantly, re-inkers for your ink pads, don't wait -- call or email me to place your order quick!
Please note, all links are to the Canadian Stampin' Up! catalogue pages
pg 163; In Color ink pads, ink refills, cardstock, ribbon
pg 167; Long Notes, Love Notes, Scallop Notes
pg 168-170; DSP-Spring Break, Jersey Shore, East Coast Prep, Ginger Blossom, Berry Bliss, Fall Flowers, Western Sky, Notebook, LeJardin, Porcelain Prints, Spring Silhouttes
pg 171; Prints Designer Series Paper - Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, River Rock, Groovy Guava
pg 172-175; Simply Scrappin' Kits - Crew Kids Boy, Special Delivery Girl, Special Delivery Boy, Crew Kids Girl, Rose Cottage, Boho Blend, Home Again, Summer Days
pg 177; Accents & Elements - Lucky Star, Messenger, Build-A-Flower
pg 190; Ribbon Originals - Beachfront, District, Jersey, Sherbet, Theatre
pg 191; Striped Grosgrain - Wild Wasabi
pg 191; Double Stitched Ribbon - all 6 In Colors
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Here is one of the cards that we are making at Wednesday's Die Cut Blooms class (see another one of the cards here).
The class fee is $24.95 per person and includes a full package of the Die Cut Blooms (from the Occasions mini catalogue) that we'll be using to create cards and a cool box.
If you are in Toronto and are interested in attending, I only have 3 spots left for either the 1pm or 7pm class -- just drop me a line to RSVP your spot!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Please click on images to enlarge!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
These super cool boxes with the staggered 4 "drawers" inside are made using our double-sided Designer Papers... just imagine all the amazing permutations you could make with them.
This particular box that I made this afternoon as a sample uses the "Le Jardin" papers, and I expect that it will be retiring this year since River Rock is one of the coordinating colours in the pack.
All told, from beginning to end it took me about one hour to make it but it gets faster once you know what you're doing -- like all things in life, right? :)
If you're in Toronto/GTA, want to join us? There's still room!
Club meetings are free with a minimum $25 purchase; please bring your scissors, adhesives, bone folder and a personal paper trimmer.
THURSDAY July 10 between 6 PM – 9 PM (drop-in style) -- RSVP
FRIDAY July 11 between 1 PM – 9 PM (drop-in style) -- RSVP
JULY CLUB SPECIAL:
Club members who order one of the 25% off Hodgepodge Hardware kits can also get the matching Vintage Brads for only $8 each (reg. $10.69) or Jumbo Eyelets for $10 each (reg. $12.04)! You'll also find the full directions for the Stepper/Fantasy boxes on the Stamper's Club Blog.
Monday, July 07, 2008
And I do mean "happy", despite the Monday part of it. I re-start my super fun and energizing Aquafit program this morning, I've climbed back on the wagon for my healthier way of eating, and am just plain feeling happy and optimistic about some other positive changes in my life. LIFE IS GOOD!
And to further play on the "life is good" theme, here are some pics that my friend Anna sent me to share. She used 2 of Stampin' Up!'s new Décor Elements on her wall, and loves how they turned out. I do too!
If you previously requested that I mail you out one of the new DE brochures, they all went out on Saturday so you'll be receiving them soon.
If you live in Canada and are interested in receiving one, please let me know and I'll pop it in the mail or dropby my Toronto studio to pick one up in person.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
My stamping share for you today will be the 3 cards that were made at today's free "Fresh Cuts" card class.
I'm going to be awfully sad when the 2007/8 In Color's retire, because I sure use those colours ALL the time, especially the pairings of Soft Sky with Wild Wasabi, and with Blue Bayou.
It's a good thing that the new ones coming up are so faboo, and I'm looking forward to sharing those with you later. But in the meantime, be sure to nab some extra cardstock, ribbon and re-inkers of your favourites now because they'll soon be going bye-bye.
I've been tagged by Lee!! So... now I'm supposed to tell you 7 random and/or weird things about me, link to 7 other people and then leave a comment letting them know they've been tagged.
I'm picking a romance/love theme to them to make it more interesting:
1. Both my husband and I were born in Montreal and moved to Toronto at one year of age. We lived about 10 minutes away from each other for years!
2. My mom actually tried to set me up on a date with Brent back when I was 16 -- she was friendly with his mom & they thought it would be "fun" to get their 2 kids together. Neither of us ever remembered meeting yet we managed to find each other (independently of them) when I was 24, as we each had apartments on the same street.
3. A week after we started dating, I told her that this was the man I was going to marry.
4. 4 years and one child later, my husband proposed to me in our minivan - 2 days before Valentine's Day!
5. Of course I stamped my wedding invitations.
6. We got married on Halloween!
7. My favourite most romantic city in the whole wide world is Venice, and I'm dying to take my husband there with me one day.
Here are the people I am linking to:
Happy stamping this weekend!
Friday, July 04, 2008
Stampin' Up! sure loves us! They've now made it even easier than ever to earn those wonderful free hostess sets, starting from a total of only $200 in product sales. (Please click on chart to enlarge)
Whether you decide to host an in-person workshop, do a catalogue party, place a big order for yourself (you deserve it!) or join a monthly Stampers Club, you'll find yourself earning the FREE hostess sets and merchandise that YOU want, faster than ever. And free is ALWAYS a good thing, am I right? :)
If you're looking to make some extra money, why not consider becoming a demonstrator yourself? Whether you'd like to earn money to pay a few bills, create a full- or part-time career, or simply get a discount on your stamping & scrapbooking supplies, Stampin' Up! can help you do it. I'd be happy to share some information with you if you'd like to know more, wherever you live in Canada.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
I hope you like the 2nd part of the class just as much -- enjoy!