Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year!

Here it is almost 2016!  Have you made your New Years Resolutions?  I've made one - to get to my craft room on a regular basis (at least once a week) and to blog at least once a week.  Over the past 6 months life has gotten crazy with travel and it seems that I just haven't had the time for either.  I'm hoping that travel will slow down - well after a couple of trips in the next 2 weeks.

I wanted to tell you that the Stampin' Up! Occasions and Sale-a-Brations catalogue are available.  I'll be sending them out to customers today, but if you'd like one and don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, email me and I'll mail one to you.






















You'll be able to order from the Occasions catalogue as of January 5th.  During Sale-a-Bration, for every $60 you spend you can choose one Sale-a-Bration item for free.

Here's a sneak peek of a quick thank you card I made from the Picture Perfect stamp set and the Helping Me Grow stamp set.  Place any order during Sale-a-Bration and you will receive one of these cards!

I love the multi-step stamping in the Picture Perfect set - for the Star Fish I used Hello Honey as the base and the stamped with Cajun Craze as the second stamp.


Happy Stamping
Melva

Monday, 23 November 2015

Online Extravaganza - Don't miss out on these amazing deals!



November 23-30, save up to 50 percent on select products during our week-long Online Extravaganza! To make it even better, there will be flash sales that last 24 hours on November 23 and November 30, the first and last days of Online Extravaganza. But remember: Online Extravaganza savings are only available while supplies last, so get them while you can!

Here's the deals for the week of November 23rd:


Want to place an order?  Email me or go to my online store!

Happy Stamping?
Melva

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Weekly Deals

It's Tuesday and here are the Weekly Deals offered by Stampin' Up!  Just in time for Christmas all of these items are from the Holiday Catalogue!



I love the Perfect Pines Framelit Dies.  These coordinate with the Peaceful Pines Stamp Set.  Check out this amazing card created by my friend Ellie Blake. Don't you just love the nostalgic feel to this card!


Interested in placing an order?  Email me or shop online!

Happy Stamping!
Melva

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Weekly Deals - Don't Miss Out!

The Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up! have been posted.  Don't miss out!


Have you checked your supplies for Christmas?  It's a great time to stock up.  Email me or shop on my online store.

Happy Stamping!
Melva

Monday, 19 October 2015

15% off Stamp Sets - Don't Miss Out!


From now until Friday, you save 15% off all stamp sets (bundles and rotary stamps not included)!  Wow!  Have you been waiting to order some sets for Christmas?  Now is the perfect time!

Don't miss out!  This sale is only available until midnight (MDT) on Friday, October 23rd.

You can Click Here To Order or email me.

Happy Stamping!
Melva

Sunday, 18 October 2015

A big Thank you for all that supported the 3rd Annual Ronald McDonald House Stamp-a-Stack!

It's been a crazy month or so - lots of travelling for work and not as much stamping as I'd like!  But one of the things that I have been working on is the Ronald McDonald House Stamp-a-Stack.  A group of amazing Stampin' Up! Demonstrators have put this event on for the past 3 years.  This year was our most successful - we raised over $3000 for Ronald McDonald House.  That's 42 nights of stays for families with sick children at Children's Hospital.

It's always a fun day - this year we over sold the event with 45 ladies joining us to raise the money and of course to stamp and have fun.  Check out the cards that they made.
A great start for Christmas!
We had lots of prize to to raffle off.  Pauline was the lucky winner of a gift basket of Stampin' Up! products worth close to $400!


The room was full!
A big thank you to all of the demonstrators that made this day possible:  Alison Solven, Barb Tucker, Ginny Duncan, Liane Binder, Sue Farrant, Juanita Cannon, Melissa Ilagan and Anne Sanderson.  A special thank you to Tanya Anderson you stepped in at the last minute to take over a table!  And a big thank you to the ladies that joined us for the day!  We had such fun!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

Happy Stamping!
Melva

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up!

It's a quick post today - I know many of you are busy today getting the kids back to school!.
Take a few minutes and check out the new Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up!
More items will be posted on the Clearance Rack today too!  Don't miss out on those deals too!

Happy Stamping!
Melva

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Here it is September already!

Where does the summer go!  It has been a very hot and dry summer here on the West Coast and suddenly and with a vengeance, fall arrived last week.  I can't really complain as we really needed the rain, but I wish it could have been a little more gradual!

On that theme, I'm sharing a couple of "Fall-ish" cards.  Both cards use a mix of products from the Annual Catalogue and from the Holiday Catalogue.

I made this card with a new stamping friend.  Chris came over the other night to learn more about stamping and to "play".  It was nice to just sit down and make a card together and to get to know her a little bit better.  This card using the Sheltering Tree stamp set as well as the Vintage Leaves stamp set.  For the ribbon embellishment, I cut the edge off the Burlap Ribbon and pulled some of the threads off.  Then I took some gold cord trip and twisted it.  I like how it turned out.  I also love the Curvy Corner Trio Punch - 3 different shapes on one punch.


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I absolutely love the Vintage Leaves stamp set and coordinating framelits.  I think they are my favourites from the Annual catalogue.  I cut out different leaves from Delightful Dijon, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie and Gold Glimmer paper.  Using the same mixture of colours I sponged the cardstock leaves, then spritzed with alcohol and scrunched them.  I attached them to a step card after tying them together with some burlap threads.  I used the Boho Chic Embossing folder to add some texture to the rest of the card.


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Interested in learning how to make the Step Card? This card will be featured at one of my Card Classes this fall.  Email me to learn more.

If you haven't received your Annual or Holiday Stampin' Up! catalogues, Email me and I'll make sure you get one.

Happy Stamping!
Melva

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The most wonderful time of the year! Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue is available

Today is THE DAY! The Stampin' Up! 2015 Holiday Catalogue is LIVE! Click here to browse the catalogue and the go over to my my online store to place your order 

If you're finding that your wish list is close to or, if you're like me, over $125? Why not join the Stampin' Up! family of demonstrators and my Canadian team? It's a no-risk opportunity and you'll get $155 in product of your choice for $125. What have you got to lose? More details on that HERE

If you want to receive a paper copy of the catalogue, email me and I'll get one to you!

Happy Stamping!
Melva

Monday, 31 August 2015

The weather outside is frightful, but my craft room was so delightful....

We had a terrible storm on the south coast of British Columbia this past weekend with winds up to 90 km/hour.  At one point during the weekend we have 500,000 people without power and some of those are still in the dark over 48 hours later!  My thoughts go out to all of those people who are trying to clean up from the storm! We were lucky and didn't have a power outage but there were trees down around us.

I took the opportunity on Saturday to play in my craft room.  I'm so excited that the Holiday Catalogue is available tomorrow for you to order from!  I'm not sure if it was the storm that inspired me or if it was just the fact that the products are so amazing!

I want to share with you one of my creations.  This card uses the Cozy Christmas stamp set and the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper.  I wasn't so sure I liked this paper when I first saw it at Convention, but now it just gives me a very warm feeling - takes me back to my childhood and the memory of the wrapping paper I used to see under the tree.

For this paper, I used a card base of Whisper White (cut 8 1/2" by 5 1/2" and scored in half) and layered on Real Red Card stock (cut 4" x 5 1/4") and the DSP (cut 3 3/4" x 5").


The banner is a 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" strip of Real Red and a 2 1/4" x 5 1/4" strip of Whisper White.  I cut a tail in both ends.  On the Whisper White I stamped the Merry Little Christmas sentiment from Cozy Christmas in Real Red.  I adhered these two pieces together and stapled a 5" piece of the Real Red Pompom Trim to it.  

From the DSP I fussy cut a Santa image.  I love this paper - the images are positioned in such a way that you can cut out individual images without worrying about cutting through others.  I used a Dimensional to adhere this to the banner.

Finally I used dimensional to adhere the banner to the card base.  

I love how this turned out!  It was so easy and quick with only a little bit of fussy cutting :) 

You can order the supplies to make this card (and many others) from the Holiday Catalogue as of tomorrow!  Let me know if you haven't received a catalogue and I'll be sure to get one to you.  The catalogue will be online tomorrow - check out this link (the catalogue isn't there now, but will be there tomorrow).

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Interested in signing up for my upcoming classes, check them out by clicking here.

Happy stamping!
Melva

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peeks

You can place your order from the Holiday Catalogue as of Tuesday, September 1st.  Do you have your list of 'must haves'?  I'm afraid my list was the whole catalogue!

I wanted to share some cards that were made using products from the Holiday Catalogue to get you as excited as I am about everything in it!

I created this card using the Six Sayings stamp set which is a Hostess set from the catalogue and the Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper.  The circles are cut on Whisper White and Silver Foil.


I received this card from Jenn Tinline.  She's used the Winter Wishes stamp set.  The cards has a lovely vintage feel!  This was a stamp set that I didn't order (what was I thinking!) but I may have to change my mind!

Sandi MacIver's card is amazing - I'm trying to figure out how she got such deep colours in the back ground.  She's added a layer that is cut out using the Sleigh Ride Edgelits on top with a sentiment from the Jingle All the Way stamp set.

Another great card using the Winter Wishes stamp set from Alison Solven.  She's using the Christmas Greetings Thinlits to cut out "Merry" and lay it over the image.  Yep, another reason to add this to my wishlist!
If you haven't received your Holiday Catalogue, you can email me and I'll be happy to get one to you.  You can order as of Tuesday, September 1st - don't miss out!  I can't wait to spend some time in my craft room this weekend playing with all of the wonderful Holiday products.

Happy Stamping
Melva

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Stampin' Up! Sprinkles of Life

I wanted to show you some great cards made with the Sprinkles of Life Stampset from Stampin' Up! This stampset is so adorable!  And one of the best parts is that there is a coordinating punch for the set.  It makes it so easy to create amazing cards!

Check out these great cards!

I received this card from Jenn Tinnline.  Love how she's used different circle punches for the dots
This card was made by Mo Dickie.  I love the colours - makes me want some mint chocolate chip ice cream!
This card was made by Diane Evans.  So cute with the glitter on the ice cream scoops!
Ginny Duncan made this card. So cute!

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For every one of these stamp sets purchased, Stampin' Up! will donate $3 to Ronald McDonald House Charities.  What a great way to give to a very worthwhile cause.

I worked at BC's Children's Hospital early in my career as a pharmacist so had a chance to see first hand what a difference that the Ronald McDonald House makes in the lives of the families need to be away from home to receive care.

I've also been very privileged to participate in a RMHC Stamp Camp for the last 3 years organized by some SU! Demonstrators in the Lower Mainland.  This year's event is on October 17th from 10:30am to 2:30pm.  The theme is Christmas so you'll make 9 different cards throughout the day.  Great fun and you'll be a step ahead in getting ready for Christmas!  Cost for the day is $45 and besides the cards, includes a goodie back and a light lunch. Want more information or want to register?  Click here!

If you haven't received the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue or the upcoming Holiday Catalogue, email me and I'll make sure you do.  If you want to place an order, click here!

Happy Stamping!
Melva

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Weekly Deals

Every Tuesday, Stampin' Up! posts Weekly Deals.  These are a set of products at amazing prices that are available for 1 week or until supplies last.

Check out this week's deals!

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Don't miss out!  I have two favourites this week - the Envelope Punch Board and the Vintage Faceted Buttons.  You can create coordinating envelopes of all sizes with the Punch Board.  What a way to add that extra "wow" to your card!  The Vintage Faceted Buttons are my favourite buttons of all time!  They look amazing on cards and projects!

While you're checking out the Weekly Deals, check out the Clearance Rack!  Great deals to be had while supplies last.

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Have you received the Holiday Catalogue yet?  If not, email me and I'll make sure you get one.

Happy Stamping!
Melva

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Upcoming Classes

Hi everyone,

I'm so excited to start my Fall series of Classes.  There are some amazing products in the Annual Stampin' Up! Catalogue and even more amazing products coming in the Holiday Catalogue.  My Fall Series will be based around these two catalogues. You'll be able to order from the Holiday Catalogue as of September 1st.  If you haven't received a catalogue yet, but want one, email me and I'll make sure you get one.


Tin of Cards Class - September 13 from 1-4pm

Come and make this cute tin of cards - class includes all supplies and the use of the coordinating stamp set and stamp pads.



You'll go home with 16 cards (4 of 4 different designs) with a variety of Sentiments!

RSVP before September 4th so that I can order supplies!


Christmas Card Class - it's never too early! - September 26 from 1-4pm

Come and play with some of the new products from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue.  It's never too early to get started on Christmas Cards.

You'll make 4 beautiful Holiay cards.
Cost $30 - includes all supplies and envelopes.

Bring a friend who's new to me and the cost for you is $25.
Order $50 at the class and your class is free.

RSVP

Happy Stamping!
Melva

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Short Post Today

I'm enjoying some holiday time on our boat in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia.  We in our last week - but have been having a wonderful time relaxing and enjoying the sunshine.  I even got a little stamping on a day that had a bit of rain.

Check out my finished cards from the July Paper Pumpkin kit.

This month's cards are so cute!

If you haven't checked out Paper Pumpkin yet, there is a great offer for new subscribers (or previous subscribers with a new email address) - 50% off your kit for the first 2 months.
Paper Pumpkin is a great "all inclusive" kit that comes to your door each month automatically.  It contains everything you need to make a set of cards or a project.  The cost is $24.95 per month (includes shipping).  If you take advantage of the offer before September 10th, you'll pay half price for the first two months.  You can choose to stop at any time after your first two kits or you can choose to take a break.  I'm not sure why you'd do either of these, but the options are there!

If you have questions, email me or click here to start your subscription.

Have a look at the Weekly Specials for this week.
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Have any questions or want to put your name down to receive a Holiday Catalogue - email me!

Happy Stamping!
Melva

Monday, 3 August 2015

Swap Shares

I saw so many amazing cards and projects at the Stampin' Up! Convention.  I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the boards of the swaps that were on display.

Erica Cerwin creations

Alison Okimatsu creations

General Swap Display Boards

General Swap Display Boards

General Swap Display Boards

General Swap Display Boards
Happy Stamping!
Melva

Friday, 31 July 2015

Sneak Peek from the Holiday Catalogue

I know it's only August and in my part of the world it's really hot!  But I got to see the new Holiday Catalogue from Stampin' Up! last week at Convention and I couldn't wait to show you some of the amazing new products.  You're going to love it!  Start saving now as you're going to want everything!!!

Apologies for some of the pictures - we were kept back from some of the display boards and I couldn't zoom in any closer!

Check out the Poinsettia - new punch coming!


Remember our banner kit - the orange banner is made by sponging onto one of the banners!  This is so adorable! 
Ready for Halloween or Thanksgiving?
OMG!  Edglits and a coordinating stamp set-  Love this! It's on my wishlist
Ditto - Love this!
This is my favourite!  A new frame lit to make a window frame with a coordinating stamp set! It's on my wishlist

Check out the card on the right - another stamp set with coordinating framelits!

Tag Kit!

Can't wait for this kit - Shaker Cards! It's on my wishlist
Wreath kit with seasonal banners
Halloween Kit!  Won't this be a cute centre piece or a decoration at your door on Halloween!!!
Phew!  I'd better start saving up!  I want it all.
If you'd like a new Holiday Catalogue - email me.  I'll be sending the catalogues out later in August - you can start ordering as of September 1st.

Stay tuned for my upcoming Holiday classes.  If you have any favourites and would like a class based on it, let me know.  It would be fun to gather with a group of your friends to stamp and show off some of the products.

Happy Stamping!
Melva

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Home Again, Home Again!

I'm home now from the Stampin' Up! Convention.  What a wonderful time I had and I have so many new ideas to share with you.  I can't wait to share the new Holiday Catalogue with you as well - you'll be able to order from it beginning September 1st!  I have lots of pictures to share with you of the Display Boards from Convention - stay tuned, I have to download them from my camera!

Have you ever tried Paper Pumpkin?

If not, what a great time to check it out.  Every month a new, surprise kit arrives at your doorstep - it contains project cards, journals, decor and more!  Everything you need to create a beautiful project is included - typically you can create this in about 30 minutes.  The cost of the kit is $24.95 including shipping, but until September 10th, Stampin' Up! is offering 50% off of your first two months.

I've seen the next kits for August and September and I can tell you they are so cute!  These are ones that you will want to order additional refill kits for and you can only do that if you are a subscriber.  To be sure you receive the August kit, make sure you sign up BEFORE August 10th. Click Join Now! and use the Promo Code "HALFOFF" to receive this deal.  Once you've signed up you can continue to enjoy the kits every month for as long as you choose.

The weekly deals from Stampin' Up! have been posted.  So many cute things.  The metallic doilies were all over the samples I saw at Convention!  What a great price - you get 24 in a package - 6 each of 2 different sizes in both silver and gold!
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Happy Stamping!
Melva

Saturday, 25 July 2015

It's all over!

Today was the final day of the Stampin' Up! Convention.  It's been a fun 3 days and I can't wait to show you some of the amazing products and projects I've learned about while here.

Of course, there was an all attendee give away today - some Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Catalogue.  Apologies for the poor quality - it seems there is always a bright light behind when I try to take a selfie!


Diane also won a prize patrol today - a new stamp set from the Holiday Catalogue and Ribbon.  Woohoo!

Turns out the everyone in attendance won a prize patrol which doesn't happen very often at Convention.  Thank you Stampin' Up!

It was fun to get to play with some of the new products from the Holiday Catalogue.  Did you know that it's only 152 days until Christmas (5 months today!)?



Not too early to start thinking about making your Christmas Cards and Projects and have I got some amazing ideas to share with you.  Check out this cute tag we made using one of the new Designer Series Papers and Buttons!

Finally a shot of some of the Canadian contingent in attendance.  It is so much fun catching up with old friends and making new ones.  I met most of these ladies for the first time at Convention a few years ago.  I've known Glenda for about 30 years (sorry Glenda!) and re-connected with her at Convention a few years ago!  It really is a small world.  
Sandi MacIver, Barb Tripps, Glenda Mollet and Shelagh Freemantle
My flight is tomorrow morning - will be hard to get back to work after such a fun week although I think I'll be going back for a rest after all of the activities of this week.

Stay tuned for some pictures of the swaps I received while here in SLC.

Happy Stamping!
Melva





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