Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Stamparatus is Coming!

Have you heard the BIGGEST news from last week's OnStage event in Salt Lake City about the fabulous new product everyone is buzzing about? If you haven't, be prepared to have your mind blown. The Stamparatus is coming.

What the heck is a Stamparatus and why should you care? We haven't discovered a new dinosaur fossil...we've designed a brand new stamp positioning tool that will blow the competition OUT OF THE WATER! Yup...it's THAT good!  Why do I say "we", you ask? This is the first brand new product Stampin' Up! has collaborated  with their demonstratorsto design...including me! There is a group of demonstrators from all over the world called L2L who have been collaborating for the past several years to research, dream and design a new product that would make stamping easier for everyone. And let me just say, we NAILED IT!

Check out this video explaining five things you need to know about this amazing tool and why it is better than anything else on the market.

It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
Need more details? Check this out:

  •  Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
So, now you know you NEED one, right? But I'm sure you have questions...like how much will it cost? The price in Canada is $65, which is right in line with other similar tools on the market.

When can you get it? The launch of this product is being done in a way that Stampin' Up! has never done before. Their #1 goal is to release the Stamparatus as soon as possible. In order for them to manage inventory and avoid frustrating backorders, they are introducting a reservation system.

There will be three reservation windows:

Reservation WindowsAvailable to Ship
November 16–30, 2017   Approx. February 1, 2018
December 5–30, 2017  Approx. March 19, 2018
January 15–30, 2018  Approx. April 15, 2018

During each reservation period you may reserve one Stamparatus. If you love it and want to give one as a gift to your favourite crafter you may participate in more than one reservation period. In order to reserve your Stamparatus during the reservation period you are required to provide your credit card information, but you will not be billed until the Stamparatus ships. For an easy step-by-step guide to reserving your Stamparatus, click HERE.

Still have more questions? Click HERE for a Q & A prepared by Stampin' Up!

The first reservation window opens THIS THURSDAY! Don't miss out on your chance to be one of the first to own this revolutionary tool!

Now for some other BIG NEWS! I just found out that last year (Oct. 1, 2016 - Sept. 30, 2017) I ranked #40 overall among more than 2500 Canadian demonstrators! How unbelieveable is that?? What an incredible way to wrap up an amazing week of friendship and fun at OnStage!

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Thank you SO much to my amazing team and customers for your incredible support and friendship. I couldn't have done it without each and every one of you!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Musical Joy

If you've been following my blog for a while you likely know that I am a high school music teacher by day and a Stampin' Up! demonstrator by night (sometimes veerrryy late night (: ). When I first saw the Musical Season bundle in the Holiday Catalogue it shot right to the top of my must-have list. While not all of us are musicians, I'm here to tell you we all NEED this bundle! Check out this card I designed for my upcoming Bundle of the Month class...

How classic is that look?? I love the French Horn die-cut against the plaid DSP...it makes me happy! This card is actually pretty quick to put together because there is minimal stamping involved. The Whisper White background panel is embossed using the Holly TIEF. I layered a strip of plaid DSP form the Christmas Around the World pack and then added some die-cut pine boughs cut from Old Olive card stock using the Christmas Staircase Thinlits. The letters are die-cut using the Large Letters Framelits. I cut two sets; one from gold foil and one from Cherry Cobbler card stock and then layered them, offsetting them slightly. I brushed the Cherry Cobbler letters with clear Wink of Stella for pretty sparkle.

The French Horn is die-cut from gold foil card stock using the Musical Instruments Framelits. I added some detail to the bell of the horn using the border stamp from the Musical Season stamp set, heat embossing it in gold. I layered the card front on a Basic Black mat and then mounted it on a Cherry Cobbler card base. The only embellisment on this card is some 1/4" gold metallic ribbon.

On the inside I kept it simple, adding a Whisper White panel and stamping the sentiment from the Musical Season stamp set in Basic Black ink.

I am soooo loving this bundle...I just wish I had more time to play with it! Stay tuned....

I am getting ready to head to Salt Lake City for OnStage, our Stampin' Up convention and training event. We'll be getting copies of the upcoming Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration brochures AND we'll get our hands on lots of brand-new products! I can't wait!  Be sure to check back over the next week for sneak peeks!

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Blended Celebration for Sunday Stamps

Happy Sunday! I hope you're enjoying your weekend and the extra hour of sleep last night! Today marks the start of a new colour challenge over at Sunday Stamps...check it out:

Here is my take on it:

I have to admit, it was really nice to take a break from design Christmas cards to make this pretty birthday card with one of my favourite colour combinations: Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie. I began by stamping the flower image from the new Colour Me Happy stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then I used the medium and dark shades from my old Blendabilities (yes, they STILL work!) and the dark shade of the new Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends to colour my images. I used the Color Lifter to add highlights in spots. Then I added Wink of Stella to each flower for some sparkle.

I layered the stamped panel on a slightly larger piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock and added the sentiment, which is also stamped in Tuexdeo Black ink. The card base is Basic Black card stock on which I stamped the flower image again, this time using Versamark ink. I heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder and then filled in each flower with Wink of Stella. The result is a whole lot of sparkly goodness!

The only embellishments I used were some Black Vintage Crochet Trim, a bit of retired baker's twine and some black rhinestones.

On the inside I added a Whisper White panel on which I stamped another sentiment from the Color Me Happy stamp set as well as more flowers using Basic Black ink.

If you're like me and tired of designing Christmas projects, give this colour challenge a try...you'll be glad you did! Be sure to share with us over at Sunday Stamps so we can admire you work!

Have a super Sunday!

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Stampin' Blends are Here!!

Happy November! Can you believe that today is November 1st??? Where the heck did October go?? I am sooo not ready for cold weather, but I suppose I should think about putting the snow tires back on my car :(
Despite the turn of the calendar to my least-favourite month of the year, there is some AWESOME news today! The new Stampin' Blends alcohol markers launch today!! I am SOOOOO excited to see these products return better than ever. The new Blends are similar to the old Blendabilities...super easy to shade and add highlights and shadows to stamped images. Check out this introductory video:

In celebration of these new products I've added a new class to my November line-up. We'll be using the fabulous limited-availability Color Me Happy kit and coordinating Color Me Happy stamp set to create these four beautiful cards:

Each card also has a beautiful colour-coordinated, lined envelope as well. So pretty and the perfect way to learn how to use Stampin' Blends. Here is a closer look at each card:

I used the Pink Pirouette marker set to colour the flowers on this card and then added some Wink of Stella so they shimmer and sparkle. Sooo pretty!

This one uses the Pumpkin Pie and Pool Party marker sets. So fun and festive (and a great break from Christmas cards!)

How cute are these li'l chubby birds? I switched it up a bit and used Daffodil Delight and Pool Party marker sets to colour these fellas.

This one uses the Night of Navy, Pool Party and Pumpkin Pie marker sets.

During class we'll be making one of each card, but the good news is that when you fall in love with them you can order your own kit and markers to make more at home! This class is FREE with a $35 order (that's about the cost of three marker sets!) or a $20 class fee. So, are you ready to join us? Click HERE to visit my events page and then click RSVP to reserve your seat.

Can't wait till class to get your hand on these brand new products? Check out the Blends brochure below and place your order today.

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