Friday, 20 April 2018

Fast and Fabulous Friday - Fresh Floral Thank You

Hello My Friends

A Fast and Fabulous Friday post for you.  Where I bring you a card that takes only a heartbeat to create!

On this card, the gorgeous designer paper does ALL the work!  I am so sad that the Fresh Florals DSP is retiring.  I LOVE this paper and if I were you, I would buy some from the online store RIGHT NOW before it is all gone!

Here's how easy it is to create this card:
  1. Adhere the gorgeous Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper (3 5/8 x 4 7/8") to a piece of white cardstock  (4 x 5 1/4").
  2. Glue this to a Fresh Fig card base.
  3.  Stamp a thank you sentiment onto a whisper white strip (1 x 4") using the One Big Meaning stamp set.
  4. Use the Triple Banner Punch to flag the end of the sentiment piece.
  5. Sponge the edges of the banner and attach it to the card.


Full Disclosure - the first version I made, I did not sponge the edges of the sentiment banner.  Still looks great.  But the sponged edges really make that piece pop, don't you think?  So for the extra 20 seconds, I think sponging is worth the time put into the details, don't you?

The One Big Meaning stamp set is also retiring.  Sigh.  I make more Thank You cards than anything else - ANYTHING else (I am so totally blessed to need to thank so many people in my life!).  It is retiring too and I really think you should pick up a set before it goes, don't you?

Don't Forget the retiring products that are all being offered for the LAST TIME right now.  Feel free to visit my online store (HERE) to place your order and use this hostess code (YCVGTHNF) to qualify for a gift from me -->  I will send you FIVE FREE handmade cards when you use the hostess code with your order!

Or contact me and I can place your order for you.

Hope you are looking forward to a wonderful weekend!   Each and every one of you!    God Bless,  Cynthia   <><


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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Stampin' For Autism Blog Hop 2018

Hello Dear Friends

April is Autism Awareness Month and I am both honoured and excited to be part of the Stampin' For Autism Blog Hop again this year!  Every year a number of Stampin' Up! demonstrators set up events and blog hops aimed at raising money for and awareness of Autism.  The AMAZING Lee Conrey is the grand orchestrator of this fundraiser event, but many, many other hands have been carrying the torch and doing their part for quite a few years now.  


This Autism Blog Hop / Fundraiser is a bright, colourful and creative way to raise awareness (and funds) for Autism.


Since we are using Red, Yellow and Blue to highlight this cause, I used red, yellow and blue Brusho as well as Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy cardstock to create this set of 3 gorgeous cards. 

I also wanted to use the Remarkable You stamp set before it retires.
It is available in clear-mount and wood-mount and boy, am I ever going to miss it.  Order yours now (HERE) before it is too late!

Why did I want to use this stamp set?

Isn't it obvious?!?

Just LOOK at that sentiment!  


Anyone who knows someone who has Autism would surely want to give a card to them that says...You are Remarkable.


Anyone who knows a parent of a child who is autistic would surely love to give that parent a card that says...You are Remarkable.

I can think of a multitude of people, in fact, for whom I would love to give a card that says...You are Remarkable!

Yes, I am blessed to know so many remarkable people.  But honestly, I'll bet you do too!


At any rate, besides cruising through this blog hop and seeing all the gorgeous projects, there are 2 ways for you to donate to make a difference for this cause: 



 2 Ways to Donate:

  1)  Donate directly to the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) through the Team Blog Hop site HERE
autism donate now

 

2)  I will be donating all profits from my sales for the next week!  So from now until April 26, the profits from any sales will be donated to the Organization for Autism Research (OAR). 

Click HERE to place an order in my online store - and use the Hostess Code YCVGTHNF and I will send you a gift of 5 FREE handmade cards!
https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/products/200100/clearance-rack?dbwsdemoid=2076129

Don't forget to visit all the blogs in our Blog Hop!  The entire line up of participants is below and TRUST ME, you really want to see their gorgeous projects!! 

Feel free to leave a comment on any or all of the blogs.  We like to know that you've stopped in for a visit.  :)    

I hope you are enjoying your time spent hopping around.

And remember -> You.  Are.  Remarkable!   
God Bless,   ~Cynthia   <><



Wednesday, 18 April 2018

April Onstage Global Bloghop - Graceful Glass


Hello My Wonderful Friends

I had an absolute BLAST the weekend after Easter when I got to go attend a Stampin' Up! event in London, ON (Canada).  SU! demonstrators (~8000 of us) gathered at 14 sites worldwide to attend a sort of mini-convention called "OnStage", to see the new Stampin' Up! products and to receive training in some of the new goodies.
Roses and a Bird stamped and cut using the framelits and coloured using the Stampin' Blends.  I LOVE the effect of using white-on-white diecuts to cover the front of the card, making it seem like the card front was embossed.



I was honoured to be one of the demonstrators who got to present on the stage itself and show the introduce the rest of the demonstrators to one of the GORGEOUS new product suites that will be available in the upcoming Annual Catalogue.
Colouring the vellum makes a pretty image become absolutely gorgeous!  And I am so glad black embossing powder is coming back into the new catalogue!

The GRACEFUL GLASS suite includes a beautiful stamp set (Painted Glass), breathtaking thinlits (Stained Glass), and designer vellum (Graceful Glass) -- all of which can be used to create stunning projects.
I love that you can colour the vellum with Stampin' Blends or regular markers!  This sample is coloured from behind using the Stampin' Markers.

I gave a sneak peak of my OnStage samples in an earlier post (see them HERE) but I wanted to show you a few of them again.  Because I mean...they are just.  so.   pretty!  Any project you create using the Graceful Glass suite is gorgeous, let's face it!
I'm so glad the Basket Weave embossing folder is going to remain a current item.  Turning it around so the back is showing, gives a different and subtle effect (It was hard to capture the effect just so...but with the shadows in this photo, you can see the 'debossed' background)!

I am so excited to jump through this blog hop and see the samples that were made by some of the other participants.  I know that Stampin' Up! recruited some VERY talented people at each of the locations to help showcase some of the great new products we get to order from the upcoming catalogue.

I for one, just can't wait!

Brusho creates just the perfect background for this super elegant garden arbor.


I will leave you with this one final card sample - since I love how the Brusho turned out for this particular card background.  And then, I invite you to hop over to the next blog to see the super projects my fellow demo has in store for you!


Don't forget to visit everyone.  And feel free to leave comments to let us know what you think of the samples we created, and how much you are looking forward to the new catalogue.


The next blog can be found by clicking the image link below
https://stampinpals.blogspot.com/2018/04/onstage-april-2018-blog-hop.html
 



Hope you are looking forward to a wonderful day!  Visit again soon, and keep a look out for more Sneak Peeks from the new catalogue.that will be coming out soon.

God Bless,   Cynthia   <><

 




Full list of Blog Hop Participants:

10. Cynthia Millan THAT'S ME!   :)


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

CLEARANCE RACK UPDATE

Oh My Dear Friends


HURRY! The Clearance Rack has been updated with some highly discounted products!  Framelits, punches, embellishments, designer paper, ribbon etc. at up to 60% off!

 

So many goodies being retired!
So many wonderful items just posted on the Clearance Rack!
 

See the deals and place your order directly at my online store HERE.  Use this host code when you check out (YCVGTHNF) and I will send you a thank you package in the mail! 5 FREE beautiful handmade cards. Shop early since items are only "While Supplies Last" and many of these deals will sell out in hours.

And don't forget that the Retiring Lists for the Annual Catalogue and the Occasions Catalogue have been posted!!   
 
What colour(s) will you miss the most?   Better order the ink pads, ink refills, cardstock and embellishments NOW before they are gone for good!


Order them (NOW) online --> HERE (please use the Hostess code YCVGTHNF) before they sell out. 


You can also have me place your order for you - contact me here and I will do that on your behalf.
 
Hope you are looking forward to a FABULOUS rest of your week!   God Bless,  Cynthia    <><
 








Thursday, 12 April 2018

Sneak Peek - Graceful Glass OnStage Samples - and RETIRING PRODUCTS

Hey There Friends


So much excitement this past weekend!  In a nutshell:

1) New catalogue
2) Retiring Products
3) Sneal Peek of Graceful Glass

1)  I got my hands on the brand new SU! catalogue last Friday night.  I cannot show you yet and customers will not be able to order from it until June 1...but trust me, you are going to LOVE the new catalogue!!  

It is SPECTACULAR!!

Do you want to get your hands on the new catalogue as soon as possible?  Place an online order through me HERE before April 30 and use the hostess code YCVGTHNF, and I will have one mailed directly to your house! 


2)  The retiring list came out and there are a TON of favourites going away.  Most importantly - I need to let you know that besides the 2016-18 In Colors, THIRTEEN of our other colours are being retired.  That's right.....THIRTEEN colours that you know and love are going away.  So if you own the ink pads, (or even just want to buy them) buy the re-inkers NOW, not to mention stock up on cardstock before it is sold out. 

We are getting a whole bunch of fresh new gorgeous and on-trend colours in our repertoire.  But for those of you who love these ones, you should hurry HERE to order these colours before they sell out (remember to use the hostess code YCVGTHNF so I will send your catalogue to you)


Retiring colours are:
Pink Pirouette
Wild Wasabi
Soft Sky
Marina Mist
Wisteria Wonder
Tangerine Tango
Tempting Turquoise
Rose Red
Always Artichoke
Island Indigo
Elegant Eggplant
Perfect Plum
Chocolate Chip

See the rest of the retiring lists HERE and place your orders as soon as you can in order to make certain you can get them before they run out.


3)  Also this past weekend, 8000 demonstrators gathered at 14 sites worldwide to attend what we call "OnStage" events and see the new Stampin' Up! products and receive training in some of the new goodies.

I was thrilled when Stampin' Up! allowed me to play with a BRAND NEW product suite and create some samples for the OnStage event that was held in London, Ontario.  

The suite I got to use includes a gorgeous stamp set (Painted Glass stamp set) and breathtaking thinlits (Stained Glass thinlits), not to mention absolutely gorgeous designer vellum (Graceful Glass Vellum)!

I will give you lots of details sometime soon, but for now, here's a look at the set of cards I made to showcase these gorgeous products.  None of these products are available for you to order until June 1, but I really wanted you to get a sneak peek at some of the gorgeous goodness that is coming your way soon in the new catalogue!

Hope you enjoy my samples. 

Just so you know, the Graceful Glass suite is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of new Stampin' Up! products.  This stamp set is delightful, the thinlits are breathtaking, the vellum is absolutely to-die-for, and that's only this one suite.

The new Stampin' Up! catalogue.  Love.  Love.  LOVE!

I'll have plenty more goodies to show you over the next little while.  Enjoy the rest of your week and God Bless,     Cynthia       <><
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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Tips & Tricks Tuesday - Brusho With Petal Palette and Eclectic

Hey There Friends

Look at this beautiful card I made today!!  I discovered that Brusho can hide a multitude of mistakes!

Bet you can't even find (both) of the mistakes that I am hiding!

I used my Eclectic Layers thinlits to create a cut-out piece of Whisper White Thick cardstock. ...then I promptly (and accidentally) splattered ink on the right edge of my pristine white card front and ruined it.

I've included a picture of my ruined card front and a close-up too.  I know you can't see 'much' but honestly, with these brown splatters I couldn't exactly use this card front for a standard 'pristine' card could I?!?






Card Front with ink splatters that 'ruined' it

Close up of splatters.
 
Brusho Splatters to hide the mistakes!
But-then-the-light-bulb-went-on in my head and I decided to sprinkle some Brusho powder in various places on the piece, then spritzed it with my Stampin' Spritzer. 

Love.  Love.  LOVE!

Of course, I was so excited at this gorgeous fix that when I started stamping, I goofed and stamped a black halo at the tail of the bird.  



 

Sorry I didn't take a pic of the stray black ink, but I'll bet you can't really see my goof ups anymore.  Can you?  Or at least, they aren't catching your eye as a true 'mistake'.

It would be nice if we never had to cover our mistakes in stamping but sometimes it is unavoidable.  

Hope this has been a helpful hint for you!  

And hey -- Don't forget about my BOGO Garage Sale on January 27 (full details HERE).  You can get great Stampin' Up! products at a discount, and qualify for FREE Sale-A-Bration goodies too!

Enjoy the rest of your week and God Bless,     Cynthia       <><  



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