Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Thailand Achiever's Blog Hop - Annual Catalogue Favourite

Dear Friends

It is almost as if this new Annual Catalogue was made JUST FOR ME!  I mean, honestly, could there be any better collection of beauty and craftiness in one place??

You've either started at my blog - Cynthia Millan - or else hopped in from somewhere else.  Either way, make certain you check out all the bloggers (list at bottom of this post) so you can share some of the crafting joy that we've posted today!

As for my Annual Catalogue favourite - it is DEFINITELY the Colorful Seasons bundle!  This year on July 1, Canada celebrates its 150th birthday and this set, with both maple leaf thinlits and maple leaf stamps, is PERFECT for those of us who plan to celebrate in style!

The photopolymer stamps are such high quality, that it is difficult to tell which leaf images are stamped (top 3) versus which ones are die-cut (bottom 3).  I suppose the leaves overlayed onto the 150 from the Large Number framelits might have given you a hint though, huh?
In addition to the ever-so-gorgeous maple leaves, the Colorful Seasons set includes both a perfect cottage-country Muskoka chair thinlit (in the US these are referred to as Adirondack chairs) and also a stamp for a very comfortable-looking deck chair! And a drink too of course (complete with thinlit to cut it out).

Seasonal Layers Thinlits

Colorful Seasons Stamp Set

I haven't even begun to play with all the fantastic thinlits and stamp images that are contained in this bundle! 

Would you like to own this bundle?  (What a silly question.  OF COURSE you'd like to own this bundle!!  Not to mention at least half of the other gorgeous stamps and fun products contained in this new Annual Catalogue.   If you live ANYWHERE in Canada then contact me or visit my online store   HERE to get your fantastic goodies!!  (if your order is less than $200, please use this hostess code at Checkout  BKAYDUEP) 

Honestly?  I would love to help you get your hands on these fabulous products.  So much fun.  Such outstanding quality.  you won't regret it!

So go ahead and take the plunge.  Order yours today. 

Until then, thanks for visiting!  Don't forget to leave a comment.  My friends and I love to hear what you have to say!



And as always, my wish for all of you is that you enjoy today, and look forward to a bright and happy tomorrow.  God Bless,   Cynthia   <><

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Thursday, 1 June 2017

The NEW Annual catalogue is LIVE


Oh my friends - I have been DYING for you to see all the great new things in this NEW Catalogue.  You will love, love, love, love them, I swear.

Don't wait to order (we all know some of the goodies will go on backorder because they will be SO popular!).  So order yours now!

Order through my online store HERE (if your order is <$200, please use this hostess code at check-out  WXRMZ2TQ ).  Or contact me and I will place your order for you.  Let's get some of these goodies into your hands as soon as we can!

Enjoy tip-toeing through the new catalogue!  Hope to see you at my big BOGO sale next Tuesday evening!  And until then, enjoy the rest of your day.  
God Bless,   Cynthia   <><

Friday, 26 May 2017

Annual BOGO - Get Your NEW Goodies AND SAVE BIG!!

YES - I WILL be holding a 2017 New Catalogue Kick-Off and BOGO Party 

Come to my annual BOGO (Buy-One-Get-One)
Tuesday, June 6th, 6:30 - 9 pm 
Pine Grove Bible Church (easy to find - right off the highway!! -- 2144 East Acres Rd - where Hwy 174 crosses Montreal Rd)

This event has no admission fee.

Come and make some delightful cards using products from the New 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Catalogue!!

All retired merchandise will be sold as a BOGO - Buy One, Get One Free.

Please RSVP  so I can have your materials ready. 

Don't forget to bring your adhesive and scissors!  I will also have adhesives for sale that day.

  • Shop for retired product as soon as you are admitted.  Doors open to everyone at 6:30 p.m. 
  • If you purchase retired product and wish to order from the New catalogue as part of the BOGO - you have 24 hrs to submit your order to me.  No waiting in long lines to get your order made out.  No stress in making hurried decisions!
  • Bring a friend that I haven't stamped with before and make double cards and be eligible for an exclusive door prize.
  • Retired supplies available for purchase as part of a BOGO eventBuy a retired product and get an equal amount to spend on an item from the New Stampin' Up! Catalogue (catalogue purchases may be made on-site or submitted within 24 hrs).   
  • You do not have to choose something from the new catalogue that is equal or lesser value.  You ARE allowed to order an item that is MORE EXPENSIVE than the retired item you bought.  You merely pay the difference.
  • Shipping & handling and taxes only apply to the catalogue orders.  Retired item purchases have no s&h and no HST.

Please feel free to pass the word along to your friends and encourage them to come (and ask them to RSVP too).  If I haven't stamped with them before then your name gets entered into a special draw for an "I brought a new friend" incentive prize.  And you'll get to make double the cards!

Please bring your own scissors and adhesive.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I am hoping you are available to join in the fun - bring your friends too - the New Catalogue is fantastic!
RSVP so I can have your materials prepared for you!!!

  Door Prizes and snacks included! 

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Thailand Achievers Blog Hop - Colorful Seasons Sneak Peak (and a Technique)

Hello My Friends. 
Boy do I ever have a treat for you today!  Because our Thailand-Achievers blog hop is highlighting sneak peeks from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue – that YOU can order beginning on June 1.  That’s only a week away.  Trust me, you will want pretty much everything in this catalogue!   

You may be starting at my blog - Cynthia Millan - or perhaps you've already hopped around?  Either way, make sure you check the list at the bottom of this post and visit all of the blogs because my very talented friends from around the world have some delightful creations to share with you. 
As for me, I have a gorgeous card to show you, and am also revisiting a super-cool technique since Stampin' Up! is going to be carrying Glossy cardstock again.  Yes, you heard me correctly.  We FINALLY have Glossy cardstock again.  You are going to want to order yours right away since there are so many fun techniques that use this product.
Moving on to my card and the new Colorful Seasons Bundle…..Full disclosure- Colorful Seasons is probably my favourite bundle in the new catalog and I expect you will see it on my blog.  A lot.  (and I do mean a LOT!) The stamps are gorgeous and the coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits are positively exquisite! On their own the stamps or dies are fantastic but together as a bundle they are downright phenomenal!
Now, for those of you who didn’t already know, I am a VERY proud Canadian, and 2017 just so happens to be Canada’s 150th birthday -- so the Maple leaf images and thinlits are going to get quite a workout from me this year.  More full disclosure…I already created a brilliant card for the occasion, but since the card is for a swap and my demo-friends have not received it yet, I don’t want to ruin the surprise.  You’re just going to have to wait to see it.

I also happen to be smitten with the Muskoka chair thinlit and outdoor lounge chair stamp from the set.  What great images for the hot summer to come.  And don’t even get me started on the Fall and Winter cards I will create with this luscious set!   

As for today, I used the branch and blossoms to create a simple but beautiful card.  Since all of the crabapple and cherry trees are in full bloom in Ottawa now, this looks a lot like the scene out my window today. The 3 blossoms can be die cut with either simple outline framelits or more detailed thinlits, or they can be stamped first and THEN cut out with the outline or detailed thinlits.  How fun, right?

I love the gorgeous new In Color, Fresh Fig.  It is just right for these blossoms and will be a go-to colour for me for a lot of upcoming projects.

My special sneak peek on this card is the background paper. Did you notice how shiny it is? Did you notice that it is various colours and looks like marble? No this is not designer paper, this is the result of the “Polished Stone” technique using Glossy cardstock.  Yee haw!  Hot Diggety!  (I warned you that I was excited to have glossy cardstock back, didn’t I?)
Glossy Cardstock, Rubbing Alcohol, ink and Cotton Balls

Drops of re-inker on an alcohol-saturated cotton ball

The Polished Stone technique is simple – just saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol (70% isopropyl alcohol), then spot on several drops of re-inker of your choice (I used 2 drops of Soft Sky, 2 drops of Pool Party, one drop of Bermuda Bay and and one drop of Pink Pirouette).   
Start splotching the cotton ball on the Glossy Cardstock

Splotch until the Glossy Cardstock is covered to your liking

Splotch the cotton ball all over the glossy cardstock and voila.  It is that simple.  The colours will run a bit and the edges will smooth out as the alcohol spreads into the cardstock and the colours will fade just a bit as it dries. 
Colours spread and fade as they dry

Close-Up of the marbled look of the Glossy Cardstock

What you are left with is a one-of-a-kind work of art! Essentially luscious Designer Paper that you created yourself!

Colorful Seasons Bundle, Glossy Cardstock, inks, stamps, Big Shots…you name it, I’d love to help you get it.   

If you live ANYWHERE in Canada then contact me or visit my online store   HERE, (if your order is less than $200, please use this hostess code at Checkout   Y99PJGMN) I would love to help you get your hands on these fabulous goodies!

Remember, just one more week!  Get your list ready so you can order on June 1.  Or send me your list and I will order for you.  Need a catalogue?  Let me know!  (Last Full disclosure of this post – I warn you now, when you get a catalogue, you will fall in love with EVERYTHING and want it all!).

Until then, thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy all the sneak peeks and don't forget to leave a comment when you see something you like.  Me and my stamping friends love to hear from you.

Have a wonderful week and God Bless you all.     Cynthia   <><
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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter


Hope all of you are enjoying a wonderful Easter weekend.  I am lucky enough to have lots and lots of friends who deserve a card this weekend.

Very briefly --> I stamped Easter Message on Very Vanilla and used an aquapainter to bleed the colour throughout the cross (and watercolor pencils to colour the ropes).  Then Daffodil Delight was used to sponge just a hint of the glory of the blessed event that saved us all.

Christ is Risen.  He is Risen Indeed!

God Bless,    Cynthia   <><

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Fast and Fabulous Friday - Timeless Textures AGAIN!

Hello My Friends!  

I have no time.  AGAIN!  Literally.  No time.  So glad it is time for a Fast & Fabulous Friday!

I decided to CASE myself today !   (Copy And Share Everywhere)

Remember the gorgeous and easy fast & fabulous Timeless Textures card I made for last Friday (you can see it HERE).  Well, I repeated it today, using Wisteria Wonder instead of Mint Macaron as my monotone colour.  Easy peasy.

Timeless Textures makes a gorgeous background using one inkpad, one stamp set and random stamping.  Add a diecut dragonfly and done!

Get what you need to make this or any other project by placing your order online HERE (at check out, please use the hostess code YKYHPPFD) or contact me to place your order for you.  

And if you want a LOT of stuff?  Well then, save yourself a TON of money - up to $200 - by making your purchase into a fully customizeable Starter Kit purchase.  See the details HERE or contact me so we can save you lots of money while getting you everything you want.

Hope your upcoming weekend promises to be spectacular!   God Bless,      Cynthia   <><
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Thailand Achievers Blog Hop - Last Call For Sale-A-Bration!

Hello Friends

There are only 10 more days for you to get your Sale-A-Bration freebies so this is your LAST CALL.  And of all the items available, the Avant Garden stamp set is my favourite by far.....
Sweet Sugarplum and Mint Macaron

You may be starting at my blog - Cynthia Millan - or perhaps you've already hopped around?  Either way, make sure you check the list at the bottom of this post and visit all of the blogs.  

And if you live ANYWHERE in Canada and want to order to get your FREE Sale-A-Bration goodies, then contact me or visit my online store.  I would love to help you get your hands on these fabulous goodies!

Place a Sale-A-Bration order with me before March 31 and you'll get your choice of any one of these cards!!  E-mail me to tell me which colour you prefer!  
Elegant Eggplant and Calypso Coral

The Avant Garden stamp set is gorgeous any way you look at it and makes beautiful cards.  But I think it is particularly lovely (and pretty easy too) when you use the "Emboss-resist" technique.  It's a fast and easy technique - just stamp your image with versamark then apply embossing powder over the image (I used white).  
Soft Sky and Smoky Slate

Once you have heated the powder to melt it, you can sponge over top of it using the same colour of ink as the cardstock.   The embossed image seems to absolutely pop off the card when you sponge just a bit of tone-on-tone ink around it.  Aren't the results absolutely gorgeous?!?
Crumb Cake and So Saffron
Whether its Sweet Sugarplum ink sponged on Sweet Sugarplum cardstock,  Calypso Coral ink on Calypso Coral cardstock, Slate on Slate, Indigo on Indigo, Saffron on Saffron or ....well.... you get the idea....it doesn't matter what colour you use.  Whether bright or subtle, colourful or neutral, thay all turn out absolutely gorgeous!  don't you think so?

They're all beautiful, but tell me, which one is your favourite??
Island Indigo and Melon Mambo

I'm not certain how easy it is for you to see, but the stamped piece of cardstock (whose edges have all been sponged with the same colour of ink) has been layered onto a card base that has been embossed with one of various patterns.  For today's cards I used any one of Petal Burst, Boho Chic or the Elegant Dots embossing folders.  And, fun fact, I used the debossed side in all cases.  That means the raised pattern is facing AWAY from the front of the card.  I thought it gave them all a "softer" look.
Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder
You really don't want to miss out on all the wonderful Sale-A-Bration items that you could get for FREE.  One item for every $60 you spend.  You only have until March 31 so contact me today and place your order (or visit my online store HERE, and if your order is less than $200, please use this hostess code at Checkout   YKYHPPFD)

Thanks for stopping by. Have an absolutely fantastic rest-of-the-week.   Enjoy all the great projects you see as you hop through our blog hop.  And remember - you need to place your order by March 31 in order to get a FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  Hurry!!  You don't want to miss out!
 God Bless you all, ~Cynthia <>< 

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