Friday, 30 August 2013

I love Butterflies!

I love butterflies and any card that has them on.  Now Stampin' Up! has a great deal on a Butterfly Bundle which includes the Papillion Potpurri Stamp Set and the Bitty Butterfly Punch.



Bundle ItemPage in CatalogueDescriptionRetail Price15% Savings PriceAmount Saved!
90
183
Butterfly Bundle (Clear-Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch
$39.90
$33.92
$5.98
13531290
183
Butterfly Bundle (Wood-Mount) 
Papillion Potpourri Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch
$44.90$38.17$6.73

What a great time to pick up both the stamp and punch!  This offer is valid from August 29 to September 30, 2013 so don't miss out.

You can place your order on my Online Store (use hostess code U6TW4492).  If you place your order using the Hostess Code, I will enter your name in a draw to win the coordinating Elegant Butterfly Punch.
Happy Stamping!
Melva

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Christmas Share (yes Christmas!)

I participate in a monthly swap with some fellow demonstrators and our first month's theme was Christmas. I know it seems early, but it really isn't too early to think about Christmas. I got some fabulous cards in the swap - it makes going to the mailbox so fun each month as the cards are mailed separately.  You never know what wonderful surprise is going to be in the mailbox from day to day.

This was my swap card.

I used the Mosaic Madness Stamp Set (Item 130249) that coordinates with the Mosaic Punch (Item 131267).  This makes perfect little ornaments.  I embossed Whisper White Cardstock using the Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder (Item 129984).  Add a little Bakers Twine to make the ornaments look like they are hanging. 

This was my first card using Washi Tape.  I used one of the designs from Seasons of Style (Item 132155) and love how this turned out as a background for the sentiment.

We'll be making this card in my Christmas Stack-a-Stack on November 2nd.  Come to my event and you'll go home with 15 cards (3 cards of 5 designs) with envelopes for $25 and will have a good start on your Christmas Cards.  If you're interested in registering for this class, email me.

Stay tuned for some other sneak peaks of my upcoming classes, including my Birthday Card Class on September 14th.

Happy Stamping!
Melva

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Ronald McDonald House Charity - Stamp-a-Stack Fundraiser!

Ronald-McDonald-House-Charities-Scholarship 

The date is set!! Would love to have you join us for this amazing day of stamping and laughter and friendship!! 

Here are the details:
Benefiting the BC Ronald McDonald House here in Vancouver, Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from all over the Lower Mainland will lead you through a day of paper-crafting filled with creativity, laughter and fun for everyone!  You'll journey from station to station while creating beautiful hand-stamped and hand-assembled greeting cards and gift tags.  All featuring current Stampin' Up! products, colors, embellishments and more, once you start you're not going to want to stop!  Greeting cards will feature a variety of themes:  thank you, birthday, kids, holiday, blank and much more!  Visit our gift tag buffet and create up to 5 quick and easy gift tags using this year's Stampin' Up!-exclusive "Tag It" Stamp Set!  Best of all, as part of your registration fee, you'll receive your own copy of this stamp set to take home and enjoy afterwards!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 19th from 11-5pm,.  Then book your space, and gather your friends and family - - you're not going to want to miss out on this fundraising event!!  Special thanks to McDonald's Head Office in Burnaby for donating their venue space for our event!  Doors open at 10am and crafting starts promptly at 11am!  Don't worry if you get a bit peckish or parched, there'll be light snacks and refreshments served throughout the day to keep you energized - but you may want to bring an additional snack with you just in case. 

Though we guarantee even the most novice of stamper will enjoy creating these cards and tags, given the complexity of some of the projects, we suggest children under the age of 15 sit this one out.
Space is limited to the first 100 participants, and your place isn't secured until your non-refundable registration fee of $65 has been paid in full.  For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and e-transfer payments (for e-transfer, please email the Event Coordinator directly at chriskennedy.stampinup@gmail.com) and payments or registrations will not be accepted at the door.  Please be sure to print off your ticket confirmation (or plan to show it to us on your smartphone) to gain access to the event as well as to receive your welcome kit and "Tag It" Stamp Set.
*Please note that "clear mount" requires clear acrylic blocks (not included) for positioning and usage. (Please bring your own to the event)  "Wood mount"  are natural feeling maple wood blocks - similar to 'traditional' wood-mounted stamps from yester-year.  Once you have selected your stamp mount preference and completed your registration and received confirmation, your mount preference can't be changed. 

Sunday, 18 August 2013

In Colour Samples

I hadn't tried out any of the new Stampin' Up! In Colours, but had some sympathy cards to make.  Never an easy thing to have to send, but I'm really pleased how they turned out.  I think that Baked Brown Sugar and Crisp Cantaloupe are my new favourite colours.  I love how they look together.

For the first two cards I used the Serene Silhouettes Stamp Set. 
This card incorporates the Baked Brown Sugar 3/8" Ruffled Stretched Trim
I love the new Pretty Print Embossing Folder


For the last card I used the Field Flowers Stamp Set.
I used a two step stamp process for the flowers - the background shade is Crumb Cake and the top colour is Early Espresso



I think I'll be using these colours more often!
Happy Stamping
Melva




Thursday, 15 August 2013

Trying my hand at Mixed Media

At the Stampin' Up! Convention this year Carrie Cudney challenged everyone to "Live a Creative Life" and showed us some of the Mixed Media piece she had worked on.  They were fabulous and had everyone excited to try it when we got home.

Here's one of the Halloween pieces she created (sorry for the quality of the image).  I loved all of Carrie's creations!

Finally I got around to trying my hand at this.  It definitely is a little out of the box for me - I have always considered myself crafty, but not really artistic. I searched for Christmas Mixed Media images to get some inspirations and found a great tutorial from Christy Tomlinson (http://christytomlinson.typepad.com/christytomlinson/).  I decided that for my first attempt I would use her Christmas tree tutorial with the supplies I had on hand - paper, buttons, stamps, bubble wrap, twine, etc. (I didn't buy anything except canvas, Modge Podge and acrylic paint - it's a great way to use up your scraps of paper).  I'm pretty impressed with how this turned out.  One note is that don't give up part way through, the more layers you add, the better it looks!

For my second creation, I created a snowman using the same techniques as I had used on the first one.  I liked how this one turned out as well.   It's missing some arms - I still have to go looking for a couple of twigs to modge podge on.

This is definitely addicting and there are so many more things you can do to layer, including adding some texturing mixture to add depth.  On my list for the next one - stay tuned!

Happy Stamping!
Melva

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

New Holiday-Themed Single Stamps Available

Stampin' Up! has released new, holiday-themed single stamps.  There are some great new stamps for you to use on your holiday projects - it's not too early to start thinking about Christmas!
The stamps are available for purchase from my Online Store by clicking here.  Check them out and get started on your holiday projects now!

Happy Stamping!
Melva

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog Is Live!

2013 Holiday Catalogue (Click links below to open)
  • Catalogue Flipbook
  • Catalogue PDF
  • A talking catalog?  Don't miss the new interactive app for your smart phone!  Details on p. 5 of the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.
Woo hoo!  It's finally time to order from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  There are so many wonderful choices of stamps, paper and embellishments for Halloween, Fall, Christmas and winter holidays!
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