Honour House Fundraiser Success!

What a great day we had at Saturday's Honour House Fundraiser! We had 42 participants plus five demonstrator volunteers and Ian, one of the Demonstrators son's who helped us sell raffle tickets throughout the event.

Of course, I'm the only one who can't find my Stampin' Up! Apron...recently rearranged my crafting room and have no clue what I've done with it... lol.  Oh well, those Aprons make me too hot anyway, and I survived the day without getting too messy.

HonorHouse Volunteers

If you missed out then you really missed out.... 42 participants and well over 50 door prizes to be won plus 3 Grand Prizes plus 50/50 tickets.  It was such an awesome day!

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Check out the prize table!  Everything was donated to this event so that every penny earned from registration fees, 50/50 tickets and prize tickets went directly to Honour House.

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We're so incredibly blessed to have a large group that support our Fundraising events and help us to help others.

We were hoping to raise $3,000 but instead we raised over $3,660.o0   Woot Woot!!

We'll be dropping that big cheque off to Honour House on Wednesday - excited to see their faces when we present our check!

 

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Stampin' Up!'s List of Retiring Product - 2017

It's here!!! - the list of retiring product is out with some items up to 50% Off!!

Check out the list below and place your order soon as items will sell out quickly!

Don't forget my new Customer Rewards Program and bonus free cards and tutorials for you if you use the Current Hostess Code:  CJWKWVCK

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RETIRING PRODUCT LIST: CLICK HERE

 

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Weekend Crafting Warriors

Phew!  What a busy few weeks it's been...sorry I haven't blogged much but have posted on my StampChatter Facebook; you can always check my Facebook for snippets from me.

Last weekend was our Spring Crafting Retreat at CHARIS Camp in Chilliwack, BC. The first retreat of 2017!  A small group of 20 of us were very focused on our tasks that weekend. Maybe it was the smaller numbers or just Spring Fever, whatever it was a LOT was accomplished on our Crafting Weekend.

Here's "Jack"  - he's a service dog for one of our Crafters.  He's so incredibly well behaved you don't even know he's around half the time.  Doesn't make a peep - stealth like almost.  LOL  But he's a great help to his owner.

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Here's a couple of my Stampin'Up! buddies prepping for their swaps and classes for next month.  I was a bit jealous that they were so far ahead of the game, but that's whats so great about Crafting Retreat - a quiet focused time to get it all done with no cooking, cleaning or endless phone calls.

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Digital and paper scrapbooking was a buzz all weekend long.  Very focused our ladies were this weekend.  

Focussed scrappers

More scrappers and sewers!  Can't forget the sewers - their were five of us quilting, or making baby blankets this weekend.

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On a stamping note, Sale-A-Bration is officially over for another year!  A lot of you have increased your craft room supplies by vast amounts during this time - gotta love FREE product when you can get it - am I right!?

Probably my most favorite set from this year's Sale-A-Bration is "Hey Chick"....so many cute cards have been popping up using this set.  Cute, right?!

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Anyway....I have much to catch up on now that our Retreat is over - now prepping for our fundraiser for Honor House which is SOLD OUT!  We're so excited to be able to raise a few thousand dollars for this great charity.

Plus I need I've neglected a whole lot of stamping projects that I need to get to - so until next time....

 

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Paper Pumpkin - 4th Year Anniversary

Paper Pumpkin is turning 4 in April and to celebrate this mile stone, Stampin' Up'! CEO, Sara Douglass has created her own "sassy" paper pumpkin Kit for April PLUS included a special gift to celebrate PaperPumpkin's birthday!
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Make sure and order by April 10 to get Sarah's special kit.  Don't forget - if you order a 3-month Paper Pumpkin Subscription before March 31 you'll also get to choose one free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalogs plus you get 3 StampChatter Credits from me, PLUS you'll receive this cute notebook as a thank you!  Win, Win, Win.....   just use the current Hostess Code when you place your order. 

 

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Organizing your Crafting Space!

Every now and then a girl (or guy) just needs to re-organize their crafting space, right?!  Well, that's what I'm in the process of doing over the next few weeks.  I've made some big changes to the way I store my punches, inks and paper and I'm lovin' it!   I just purchased these ink pad and punch organizers from Stamp n' Storage (10% Coupon Code http://i.refs.cc/Y9PJD0qL) and was so excited to set them up today.  I'm at the early stages of renovating my crafting space and have a long way to go but this is a good start.  This fits perfectly on my desk and still gives me plenty of room to stamp.  Having my ink pads at my fingertips will hopefully help me to be somewhat less messy when I'm creating?  ;-)  Okay, maybe that's stretching it - but one can hope.

 

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My hubby made me paper shelving boxes to fit inside my bookcase.  I wish I had done this years ago!  I just love swiveling my chair around and wheeling over to grab some paper. Previous to this I had all my paper in small drawers, to which the corners got bashed around quite a bit. This is just perfect!

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I took out the large fabric baskets and put them in my closet to store other crafting supplies.  This closet is an odd size and only 14" deep - not sure who decided on such a narrow closet - doesn't even fit a coat hanger - but fits my storage shelving and fabric storage boxes just perfectly.

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Now it's time to pick out new flooring, replace closet doors, and paint.  Wondering who I can bribe in helping me with those projects.  Hmmm.....  

I'll show pics once I paint and get new flooring....very excited to get this all done!

 

 

 

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Sale-A-Bration Reminders & Special Offer

Happy Saturday!

Just a reminder that there's only FIVE more weeks until Sale-A-Bration is gone for another year!  The second Sale-A-Bration Brochure was released a couple of days ago and the Glimmer Paper is getting all the attention!  Watch Stampin' Up!'s very own Shannon West to see the color combos and card samples.

 

I think by far the "Hey Chick" stamp set has to be my favorite stamp set of Sale-A-Bration 2017!  This card was made by one of my awesome Swap buddies Ginny.  There's just so many cute "Hey Chick" cards out there.  You can find more samples of Sale-A-Bration cards on my Pinterest/StampChatter page.

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To help finish off Sale-A-Bration with a bang I'm offering a very special offer for those that purchase from my "on-line" store between March 1 and March 15, 2017 using HOSTESS CODE HMCS4ESC.   Orders received between those dates will receive four handmade cards mailed directly from me to you (anywhere in Canada).......Sweet!

Enjoy your weekend....hope you get some Stampin' done!

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Oh So Succulent!

Well, today was a bit of a "swap" fail for me.  I'm in several monthly swaps and one of them is due in the mail Saturday and today is Thursday - yup....panicking ever so slightly.   I've been in a creative funk this week and more in an administrative mood so I've been working on my "Crafting Retreats with Rose & Liane" admin stuff for our upcoming March Retreat (yes, you should come) and updating email contacts, and creating mailouts for upcoming retreats, yada yada.....

However, today I seemed to be a little more in the paper crafting mood.  I managed to make a couple of cards, both of which I won't be using as my swap card but at least I made something today!    

I received the "Oh So Succulents" stamp set for free last year when I attended Stampin' Up!'s On-Stage Event for Demonstrators and then ordered the Succulent Framelits later.  Today I decided to use the Succulent Framelits for the "first" time.  I'd almost forgotten I had them.  You avid stampers know exactly what I'm talking about.  ;-)

Anyway...I'm fairly happy with it.  This is all in an attempt to create a swap card for this month that I'm "good with".  I figured this would not mail well so I turned my attention to the stamp set "Touches of Texture" and CASED a card from Pinterest with some minor tweaks.  In the end I thought it was too close to the original so I scrapped this one as a swap as well.  (we like to make things more original in our swap group)  Plus, having to make 11 cards using the thin Black Thread I think would drive me nutters today....I just don't do well with those fine threads.  

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Recipe:  Oh So Succulent Stamp Set, Succulent Framelits, Succulent Garden Designer Paper, Tip Top Taupe Cardstock, Old Olive Cardstock, Elegant Eggplant Ink, Stitched Framelits

 

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Recipe: Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and Ink, Gift Of Love "Hostess" stamp set, Watermelon Wonder Ribbon, Watercolor Paper, Crushed Curry Cardstock and Ink, Black Thread

I used the "Rock n Roll" technique on watercolor paper to get the look on the flower in this card.  Simply ink up the solid stamp from the "Touches of Texture" stamp set  in Crushed Curry and then "roll" the edges of the stamp in Watermelon Wonder ink.  Spritz your watercolor cardstock generously (this takes practice to get the exact amount of water that gives you the look you want) and stamp onto watercolor cardstock.  Let dry and stamp the flower outline in basic black right over top. Cool huh?  

I think they both turned out well, and it certainly has returned my mojo for creating cards this week but I've yet to come up with this month's swap card so back at it I go.... wish me luck!

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Tasty Trucks / Sale-A-Bration 2017

Today is the halfway mark for Stampin' Up!'s SALE-A-BRATION and the start of the 2nd Release of new Sale-A-Bration products!  I've got the Glimmer Paper on order.....LOVE the colors!  What are you ordering?

Back in December I was privileged to be asked by a Stampin' Up! Team Member to make display cards for their Leadership Convention in January.  I chose to make my samples using "Tasty Trucks" from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.

My upline, Alison Solven, took pictures of my display board for me as I was not in attendance.   Here are the cards I submitted for display.  This is my humble attempt to get "my name in lights"..... lol....

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Probably my favorite card to make was this slider card. The Designer Paper is called "Carried Away" and it's a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  I just worked perfectly on this card. 

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Here's a close-up of the Truck.  I stamped the truck on several pieces of cardstock and simply cut and assembled.  Even the banner was cut out!  I must have been crazy that day!  I used silver foil for the hubcaps on the tires, popped up the gas tank door and the awning which is kinda hard to see in the pic.

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Succulents - Vertical Garden Kit

It's confession time!  January is the worst month of the year for me.  Having suffered with depression my whole life, and despite medication, January just seems to be the most "blah" month of the year for me.  SO not motivated, not even to shower some days!  However, today I'm feeling loads better and have SO much catching up to do.  I just loved Howie Mandel's "Let's Talk" on the "The Social" in January.  I've linked a short version of that show here:   http://www.thesocial.ca/Wellness/Health/Howie-Mandel-opens-up-about-his-struggles-with-men

He's obviously got the gift of gab, but how his illness became public is an interesting story.  Anyway, all that to say....yup...January...tough month...but I'm getting back on track and moving forward one step at a time!  

I started this project almost a month ago and finished it off yesterday.  That's a my move forward step.  ;-)

I have to say, this was very relaxing to make.  Some of my Customers were over last month for Stamp n Chat so this was my project for the night.  Was a great project to make while sitting and chatting with my Stampin' Customers!  

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If you'd like to make this project but don't want to spend the extra money on the Stamp Set to make the "Hello" banner then I've got a solution for you.

Order your Vertical Garden Kit through my on-line store using the Current Hostess code and I'll mail you the stamped banners at no additional cost.  (Canadian Residents only) All you need to complete this project will be a glue gun and some strong liquid glue, like Tombow's Multi-Adhesive glue.  Which you can add to your order if you don't have one.   And don't forget, it's still Sale-A-Bration so if you up your order to $60 (before S/T) you can choose one free item from one of the two Sale-A-Bration Brochures. Click here for the Second Release Brochure

Considering the snowy days Canada is having this week, this is a great snow day project!  Order today - you'll get your Kit in 7-10 days and I'll stamp and mail you your banners ASAP along with a few tips on using the extra scraps for more Roses to fill in your project.

Okay, I'm off...got a lot of catching up to do!

 

 

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