Craftin' Caro: March 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

 

If you don't yet have the Big Shot machine, get it NOW!

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Why am I so adamant about telling you that you NEED to get your very own Big Shot now, before the of March?

Read on to find out....


  • The Big Shot is a fabulous die-cutting machine by Sizzix that can handle not only their dies, but ones from other companies too.

  • Stampin' Up! has exclusive dies, embossing folders and texturz plates that are not available elsewhere, and even the ultralarge ones fit in it perfectly.

  • Stampin' Up! has also developed some great raw materials for you to use with your Big Shot machine. Currently, we're offering 19 colors of raw vinyl sheets and needed transfer sheets. You can also purchase raw chipboard sheets, adhesive sheets, cork, magnet sheets and wood sheets sized specifically for the Big Shot. We even have CHALKBOARD!

  • Dies for the Big Shot aren't just for cards and paper projects...sewers & quilters will LOVE how easy it is to use!

  • With the Big Shot you can cut over 50 different material types so that you can duplicate creative and intricate designs quickly and easily.

  • Order it before March 31 and you get not one, but TWO Sale-A-Bration free products with it.

  • Get FREE SHIPPING as well when you order it through me before the end of March 31!




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    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

     

    Summer colours for 'Palooza!

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    Just a quick reminder that you still one month left to take advantage of the Early Bird Pricing for the June 18th Spring 'Palooza event!

    Tickets can be purchased online here or by contacting me directly. Demonstrators have a reduced ticket price option they can choose if they want to provide their own stamp set instead of having it included in their registration costs.

    Speaking of stamp sets, the set everyone will be receiving is a fabulous 6 piece set called "Happy Greetings". Since it won't be made available to the public until May 1 when the new Summer Mini Catalogue comes out, I can't yet show it here on the blog.


    As you can see here, we have a great summer-y colour palatte to work with. These colours (Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point and Wild Wasabi) are all taken from the new "Beyond the Garden" Designer series papers that will also be released in May.

    As a demonstrator, I'll be pre-ordering all my goodies on April 1, so I'll have them in the studio next week to show you some sneak peeks. CAN'T WAIT! :)

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    Don't worry if you forgot....

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    Have you been meaning to place your Stampin' Up! order to get the free Sale-A-Bration goodies but just plain forgot? Is it early menopause? Mommy brain? Multi-tasking gone wrong? Fuggedaboutit...it's not too late.

    You still have a few days to take advantage of SU's biggest sale of the year -- but JUST until Thursday March 31...and then the freebies wave "bye bye".



    Here's the recap on what's going on during SAB in 2011!

    This year we've got four great Sale-A-Bration sets for our hostesses and customers to choose from -- as well as a Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents pack, a Ribbon & Button pack, digital downloads, and Décor Elements! You definitely WANT to check out the Sale-A-Bration mini catalogue that shows all the choices you can pick from.


    There are three ways for you to earn free products:

    FREE WITH PURCHASE: You will receive a free Sale-A-Bration product for every $60 you spend (before taxes, etc)!

    HOST A FREE WORKSHOP/CLASS: A hostess will receive a free Sale-A-Bration product for every $395 in workshop sales*, in addition to our regular hostess benefits! *Note: This benefit is only available on qualifying customer, demonstrator, and workshop orders. Online orders do not qualify.

    JOIN THE TEAM: New recruits will receive 15 percent off their Starter Kit (Standard or Digital+), plus a special Sale-A-Bration bonus bundle, valued up to $60!


    The 4 exclusive Sale-A-Bration sets are all available in your choice of either wood or clear mount: (* available also in French/Spanish)
    If you want more choices than these, you can also redeem your Sale-A-Bration rewards for any one wood-mount stamp set of $17.95 or lesser value or any one clear-mount stamp set of $14.95 or lesser value from the Idea Book & Catalogue. Doesn't THAT just give you tons of new opportunities for free stamps?!?!?







    Happy stamping,

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    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

     

    Stampin' Up! Colours in HEX/RGB values!

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    When printing your own titles or greetings for scrapbooks and cards, why stop at Basic Black?

    Listed here are the HEX (Web Colors), RGB (Red Green Blue), which are both normally used for the web and graphics, and CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black - percentages normally used for printing) values for each of the 40 Exclusive Stampin' Up! Colors, In-Color and retired colours.

    If you find any of these colours aren't right, please let me know and I'll check them. Remember that screen colours and printer colours will vary slightly.

    If you aren't sure how to use these colours in your word processor or other software, Marni Levett has put together a tutorial that will help. Click for How to Use RGB Codes.

    Brights collection


    Regals collection














    Retired colours (2010)





    Many thanks to Marni for kind permission of the sharing of these charts!



    Tuesday, March 22, 2011

     

    This week's classes....

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    MARCH 23 & 24 - “BRING ON THE WOW”

    See this lovely card on the right? It was designed by Dina Anker, and we'll be making it as one of the projects this week.

    You’ll love taking this class where you get the opportunity to take your time to craft some fabulous cards that require extra time and detail to complete!

    COST: $25 for class ($20 for demonstrators), INCLUDES special free product give-away. Get your class for FREE with a $60 order placed today, plus a Sale-A-Bration item.


    RSVP for Wednesday's classes at either 1pm or 7pm, or Thursday for 1pm class.



    MARCH 26 &28 - ALL OCCASIONS 10 CARD CLASS

    *NEW* Due to the 10 card class's popularity, I've added a 10am spot on Saturday as well!

    Come and make 10 different all occasions cards with matching envelopes today… great to have on hand to give out.

    COST: $45 for class ($40 for demonstrators), INCLUDES special free product give-away. Get your class for FREE with a $100 order placed today, plus a Sale-A-Bration item.

    RSVP for Saturday at 10am or 1pm or else Monday's 1pm class.



    STARTER KIT ON SALE - ENDS MARCH 31!

    If you are interested in learning more about becoming a demonstrator, either for the hobby or as a business, now is a great time to join. Let's welcome back to the team, BEVERLY!

    Both the Standard and Digital+ Kits are on sale for 15% off right now during Sale-A-Bration, and include a special BONUS BUNDLE of $60 worth of additional product from Stampin' Up! too.

    Only $182.75 until March 31. Contact me for information!


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    A High Risk Hobby - your funny for the day!

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    Just change the gender in this comic strip and think of all the rubber stamps WE collect....


    (credit: Pearls Before Swine - http://comics.com/pearls_before_swine/2009-07-19/... thanks Gail Beezley for solving the mystery!)


    Monday, March 21, 2011

     

    NSR: Saying goodbye....

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    Today hasn't been an easy one for our family, as we had to say goodbye to one of our beloved pets this morning.

    Ani Noelle was my baby. Brent picked her out for me as a birthday present 15 years ago when she was just a 6 week old bundle of long silky black fur.

    She was an odd cat, this one. She had the loudest purr imaginable and loved to be stroked, yet she was the biggest scaredy cat around and hid whenever people come over. She lived more or less out of Serena's closet for a good 10 years! I remember when our family went away on vacation and our friends came to take care of the cats for a week. Although I'd warned them that they likely wouldn't see her, they spent over an hour on that first night looking for her in all the nooks & crannies, under the beds, convinced she had disappeared into thin air!

    This morning, we had a chance to say our goodbyes before her cancer-ridden body was put to rest. She was stroked and petted until the very end, purring her love to us all the while.

    Go in peace, darling Ani.


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    Freebie Friday's Winner of the Week!

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    Thanks to everyone who participated in this week's Freebie Friday contest - I really enjoyed reading everyone's favourite sunny day activities.

    The kids and I ended up at our favourite neighbourhood sushi joint, aptly named Happy Sushi, where we enjoyed miso soup, bento boxes, shrimp tempura, and my adventurous little almost 10 year old son went for the hand-rolled octopus. Is this the same kid who ate nothing but Kraft mac'n'cheese for a year???

    We then headed down to the Beaches and walked along the sidewalks, window shopping and talking to neighbourhood dogs out on a stroll. We saw Tangled at the local review theatre and laughed our faces off. A fabulous, fabulous day all in all and for once, the sibs weren't acting like these 2:



    Anyhow, on to our randomly selected winner:

    #3 - Lindsay B.
      One of my favourite sunny day activities is walking with the husband through High Park, enjoying the breeze and the trees, going to the pond to see if I can find any turtles. And we always get lost trying to find the petting zoo! And ending the afternoon with an actual ice cream cone!

      Enjoy your sushi and movie!! It sounds so wonderful as I'm stuck here at work wishing the day away.
    Congrats to Lindsay and many thanks to everyone who played along with me this week!

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