Wednesday, 23 September 2015

GV Achievers Blog Hop - Remember to Give Thanks (Stamped Embossing Folders and a video)

Hello Friends 

This month we are focusing on giving thanks.  If you are like me, you know you have a multitude of people and things to be thankful for, and one posting on a blog just isn't enough.  But we do what we can and we try to say Thank you on a regular basis, right?

For instance - this month I am thankful to the Australians - Kylie Bertucci and Louise Sharp - for managing this blog hop so well (and providing easy instructions for all of us to participate), and to Ann Craig for posting a card on FB yesterday that inspired me to design this easy but "WOW-factor card!
Close up of Pine images "behind" the Birch trees

Closeup of watercolor effect observed using this technique.

As soon as I saw Ann's card, my brain started working overtime to figure out how she did it, and how I could achieve something similar.  I came home from work and designed this and my club members for the past 2 days have been thrilled beyond belief at how cute it is, and how easy it is to reproduce. 

The close-up shots show you what an amazing watercolour effect this technique provides.  Soft, smudgy edges and muted colours.

So thank you Ann.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The video shows you just how easy it is to create this card.
You merely ink up the inside of an embossing folder with one colour (here, Soft Sky), then stamp directly onto this inked surface using a darker colour and an appropriate stamp (Here, Wonderland).  Insert your cardstock and run the proper sandwich through the Big Shot.  What you end up with looks decidedly like a watercolour painting and is absolutely gorgeous!    Watch the video to see for yourself how quick and easy it is!

I have more club and class members to teach this to this week and I cannot wait.  Everyone who has made this card so far has been thrilled with their creations.  Thanks so much Ann for inspiring such a cool card - that I can use to bless my friends and customers!

I know all the other blog hop participants have posted equally fabulous card ideas.  The list and links for participants is listed at the bottom of this post.  You really will want to wander through all of them to see what kinds of gorgeous creations they have made.  And do leave comments for them so they know they were appreciated!

Have a wonderful time hopping through the blogs.  Find some inspiration.  Spread some joy.  And remember to always give thanks!!

God Bless,    ~Cynthia   <><

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Holiday Catalogue Kick-off and BOGO

New Holiday Catalogue Kick-Off and BOGO Party - Sept 26 Saturday, September 26, 2015
10 - noon -   (9:30 am start for *VIP registrants)
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 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue!!

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

Please RSVP HERE by Sept 24 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 the general public at 10 am.  
  • *VIP Registrants - Current and recent Club members and hostesses (anytime during the previous 12 months) may enter at 9:30 a.m. for 30 minutes advanced shopping!
  • If you purchase retired product and wish to order from the New Holiday 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 retired products and USE THIS TOTAL CREDIT towards price of anything from either the New Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue or the regular catalogue.
  • NEW  - Add up all Retired Products that you purchase and use the entire credit towards anything you wish.  You ARE allowed to order an item(s) that is MORE than your credit.  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 HERE so I can have your materials prepared for you!!!

Door Prizes and snacks included!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

It's Here..............

The much-anticipated, long-awaited Holiday Catalogue is live my friends.

All those gorgeous new products and treasures you wanted....NOW is the time to order them.  (Just in case everybody else wants them too, and they go onto a backorder list!).
Order your treasures HERE

If you are placing an order online, please use this hostess code (XZWEBWEK) and you will be entered into a draw for Stampin' Rewards (formerly known as hostess benefits).  If your order is large enough to qualify for its own Hostess rewards, then don't use the code.  You ARE the hostess!)

Have fun my friends. 
Enjoy your day and God Bless,    ~Cynthia    <><