Monday, June 19, 2017

Coming Soon

My BOGRO (Buy One/Get a RETIRED One) Sale.

During the month of July, I will be offering a free (gently used, retired) stamp set with each stamp set purchased from the new 2017-2018 Annual catalog**.  This will apply to on-line orders as well as orders placed through me so start thinking about the stamp sets you really want.

Over the next two weeks, I will post a list of the stamp sets that I have remaining (there are quite a few) from my retired stamp sale earlier this month.

So, BoGRO your stamp stash and get ready to collect your free retired stamp set from me!

**Retired stamp sets will be available only through pick up from me unless other arrangements are made. Choice of free retired stamp set will be on a first come/first served basis. In other words, the earlier you order, the better your chance of getting the free stamp set you'd like. 

Hello Friend(s)

I have been enjoying my summer so far and it's not even officially summer yet! Toronto has been getting a good balance of days with fresh cool air as well as a few hot and sticky summer days over the past few weeks. This past Friday evening, my daughter and I treated ourselves to a dessert buffet (yup...all you can eat DESSERT buffet) and then decided to walk home as the bakery is not far from our house and we were Fu-uLL!

We got a few steps from the bakery and it started to spit...a half a block was a full on downpour complete with thunder and lightening!  Oh well. I slipped off my shoes and splashed in the puddles all the way home. It was a very warm night luckily so we weren't cold. Just drenched. My on the ball husband met us at the door with a couple of big, fluffy towels.

I've been looking at and playing with some of the gorgeous kits in the new Stampin' Up! annual catalog and wanted to share another one with you. I shared my favourite one a few days ago, the Love Today Planner Kit but the Hello Friend Kit is another beauty.

Take a look at this short video and see all the beautiful embossing that you can do with this kit. I am a full-on embossing addict and this kit really speaks to me. I would love to bring this kit to you as a class. We can offer many different options and this kit and can be customized to meet many different budgets. Contact me to discuss the options and we can schedule a class soon!

Friday, June 9, 2017

10 Things

I was speaking to our social media "guru" at work today and he was telling me how much people love lists.  

Since I've been very negligent about blogging and stamping (I tried to post a pictorial tutorial yesterday but the pictures were not cooperating so I gave up), I thought maybe I'd try a little stamping related 'About Me' list.  

1. How did my childhood prepare me for this stamping journey.  It didn't! I almost failed kindergarten because of my lack of "scissor skills".  My older aunts would unfailingly, every year for birthday and Christmas, buy me some sort of craft kit. Those kits were stacked inside my closet and never opened.  Stamping/paper crafting has definitely only become a passion since my daughter was born. 

2. What's my dream occupation?  Of course it would be to have my own craft studio with a regular calendar of classes and events every month. I'd be able to work every day preparing for my classes and then sharing what I love. However...I will say that as a young girl, I dreamed about being a veterinarian and as an adult, always thought in the back of my mind that I would like to somehow work with animals; even if it was answering the phone part time in a animal hospital. 

3. Describe your first stamping experience. I don't remember what got me thinking about scrapbooking but I remember hearing about it somewhere (probably on that new thing called the internet) and found a Creative Memories consultant in my neighbourhood. I asked a friend to join me and we attended a beginner's class. I completely fell in love with scrapbooking. Fast forward a few years and a friend/Creative Memories consultant introduced me to a stamping class and I was completely hooked after that. At the time, I couldn't really afford the time or the money to jump in full throttle as I have now but I loved it and especially loved sharing it with my friends. 

4. Do you have any hidden talents? I don't think they're really hidden talents. I have a fairly good ability to work with wooden block stamps. I know a lot of people get "freaked out" because when you use those wooden block stamps, it's much harder to see where you're stamping but for the most part, I can generally "feel" where I'm stamping and 9 out of 10 times, I'm happy with the placement of the stamped image. Also, I can make a loud, piercing whistle by putting two fingers in my mouth and blowing. ;-)

5. What one accomplishment are you most proud of. My daughter of course. She's my greatest accomplishment but if we're talking about stamping...I guess it would be my team. I never set out to have "a team of 10" or "a team of 20" but I have a much larger team than I ever thought I would and it's a team of really great women who I love spending time with. I don't know if this is an "accomplishment" or just luck but I'm very proud to know them all.

6. What Embarrassing Mistake Has Taught You A Lesson. Next question!!

7. What's the Most Unusual Item in Your Desk Drawer. This is my desk drawer at my day job (please don't judge me, I know how bad it is)...but see that blue thing...that's a Creative Memories corner rounder.  :-)

8. What's your favorite sports team and how far will you go to show your support?  Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a true Toronto Blue Jays fan, through and through. Win or lose, they are my boys and I will never give up on them. My stampin' room is in the basement of my house and we do not have a television down there. If we're having a stamp class while there's a game on, it's not unusual for me to run upstairs to check the score, 4 or 5 or 6 times during a class.   

9. Share something funny or endearing about your pet. I try very, very hard to keep our cats out of my stamp room but on occasion, Smash (the younger, more curious of our two cats) will get in there and she LOVES my stampin' sponges. I always know that I've left the stampin' room door open when I step on a sloppy, wet sponge that Smash has "hunted and captured" and carried upstairs.  I buy sponges in large quantities for this very reason.

10. What's Your Guilty Pleasure?  Besides locking myself in my stamp room for a full day, completely ignoring cooking and cleaning (and the cats)?  Binge watching television.  Some shows I've binge watched include: Weeds, The Big C, Casual, Downtown Abbey and Mad Men.  

That's it for today. I'm off to Stamp Camp tomorrow and I also received a box of new Stampin' Up! goodies yesterday so hope to be able to play a little at some point. I'll post some pictures of my masterpieces early next week. Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Love Today

I cannot wait for my Love Today Planner Kit to arrive. Have a look at this video and tell me you aren't in love with it too...

Please comment below if you would be interested in a class for this kit...I think it would be really fun!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

2017 - 2018 Annual Catalog is Live Today at Noon MT!

Ordering starts today at Noon MT (that's 2:00 p.m. EST).  It's an exciting day!!

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