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!

Happy Stamping!

 

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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....

TastyTruck Display Board

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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Lost your creative mojo? Here's how I get mine back....

I'm sure we've all been through it, certainly I have.  You sit down with every intention of creating some new cards or projects from a new Stamp Set or two you've purchased and you end up staring at it for hours; or going on Pinterest and trying to re-create something but it's just not working for you.  For some reason - it's an uncreative day and you just can't seem to find your mojo! Happens to the best of us.

Here's a few ways that have helped me find my mojo:

1. Step Away:

Sometimes I make a card and thinks it's so ugly...or it's missing something and I just can't figure it out.  In those moments I know I just need to step away.  Leave your craft area and go have a cup of coffee or tea, or make a phone call to a friend.  Just step away for 10-20 minutes.  You might be surprised when you come back to look at your done or partially done project you'll see it in a new and refreshed way.  You might even like what you've done.  

2.  Look outside the box

It's easy for us crafters to rely on Pinterest, other websites or magazines for inspiration.  But if that's not doing it for you...look somewhere unexpected!   Keep your creative eyes open when shopping - maybe you see a napkin with a cool design on it, buy it and use it as inspiration.   I like to look through old catalogs, I have kept every Stampin' Up! catalog since 2002 and I often browse through those for inspiration.  The sets may have retired but the card samples and designs can easily be recreated with newer trendier stamp sets.  I've walked through Home Sense and seen mugs with designs on it and thought...hmmm...that would look great on a card.  I've even seen paintings with colors that I think that would be awesome on a card.  Keep your eyes open and on the lookout wherever you go - there's inspiration all around us...we just need to look.

3.  Sign up for a Class

I have to confess, as a Demonstrator I need to do this more often.  It truly works!  You'd be surprised how inspiring it can be to create with others.  Even if it's an "easy" class for you.  To sit down and make something that someone else designed and prepped for you is relaxing and inspiring.  I often go home with new ideas just from being in a group of creative people and talking.

4. Play Date Anyone?

Make a playdate with some of your creative buddies.   I do this often and it's a great way to spark creative juices. You may be having a uncreative moment but your friends aren't and together you can find things that inspire you to create. One of my friends may see something and want to figure out how to re-create it...be it a home decor project, 3D paper project or something else and we spend time figuring it out together.  One of my playdates we made these wreaths and it was a lot of fun!  This has always been good to get my mojo going.  Try it!

Boo

5.  Field Trip!

When all else fails it's time for a Field Trip!  There have been times on our "playdates" that we look at each and say.... "Field Trip!".  So off we go to the art store, or a scrapbook store or wherever the wind blows us and browse (some of us shop!)  A bite of lunch and we head back home ready to keep going and inspired by all the stuff we saw (bought)  ;-) 

6.  Get Away!

Similar to "Stepping Away"  this is actually getting away!  Join a craft retreat weekend or even Scrapbooking Day somewhere. Literally get away where you can focus on you, get some rest, not have to make meals and just get to spend time on you and what you love to do.  Plus spending time with other creative people inspires creativity.  Shameless plug here:  If you live in the Lower Mainland of BC you can join us in Chilliwack BC this Spring March 24-28 for a Creative Crafting Weekend!  Check out my Retreats Page for more information.

 

So there you have it.  Six simple ways to help you find your mojo again.  If you need a little inspiring here are a few Events that you can join to help!

Once a month I meet with my Customers at my Stamp n Chat Event where we get together chat all things crafty, learn from each other's creative juices and make projects.  It's a FREE event for my customers to help keep your creativity flowing. Check out my Events Page for my next Event and for upcoming Classes.

 

And that's it.  I'm sure there are many others ways to get ourselves out of a creative funk, and different things work on different days.  I hope this has given you some ideas on getting out of your funk and getting those creative juices flowing again!

Until next time....wishing you a wildly creative day!

 Happy Stamping!

 Liane

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What do you do with your scraps?

Hey all....

There's a nasty bug going around and I was unlucky enough to get it.  Today is the first day in almost two weeks that I feel somewhat "normal" and have enough energy to get in my office and do more than stare at my computer.  

I have so much to catch up on but decided I just couldn't get creative without a little cleanup first.  Today's job was to get all these paper scraps organized!  I've been filing my scraps under each Stampin' Up! Color Family (ie., Soft Subtles, Bold Brights, etc.) but over the years that I've done this I consistently toss the scraps in anywhere rather than having to think what Color Family to sort it under.  I'm far too messy and speedy a crafter to take time to do that so I thought I would simplify my scraps in basic color groups rather than each specific color in the Stampin' Up! color family.

Pile of scrap

So....I took some 12x12 backboards that I collect from all the Stampin' Up! Designer Paper I purchase throughout the years and cut about 1 1/2" off the top and added a simple color code.

I thought I'd stick with the rainbow colors as groups and then add any other categories later.  So, Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Green, Purple, then added a White/Ivory, Brown and Black/Grey group to the mix and done!  Much easier filing all the blues under blue, reds under red, so on and so on.  

Scrap File

I have these great containers from Thirty-One Gifts that I love to store my 12x12 paper and paper scraps in then file in my bookshelf.

Scrap Storage

This way, when I'm in my stamping cards and creating ...I just pull these out and plunk them on my desk for easy access and put them back when I'm done.

I'm sure you have your own method of storing your paper scraps - I'd love to hear it....always looking for a better way.

I'm off....have a lot of samples to take pictures of and will post again soon.

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Hey gang....been sick and under the weather....will post soon.. Promise! Got so much to show with Sale-A-Bration and the new Occasions Catalog just can't get my head clear enough to think straight...

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Welcome to 2017!

Another year gone and a New Year has been ushered in.  Just a few more days before the official launch of Stampin' Up!'s Annual SALE-A-BRATION and the new OCCASIONS CATALOG!  Always such an exciting time of year!  Remember, for every $60 Cdn spent on Stampin' Up! product you'll receive one item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog FREE!  And with so many great freebies to choose from you're going want them all!

Like this "Carried Away Designer Paper" that coordinates with the Lift me Up Bundle.  I had fun playing with this new Bundle.

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Recipe:  Sale-A-Bration Item "Carried Away Designer Series Paper", Mint Macaroon & Night of Navy Cardstock, Layering Circles Framelits, Banners Framelits

 

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Occasions/Sale-A-Bration 2017 Samples #4

Blog Post #4 of some great samples to show from the New Year's Occasions Catalog!  Enjoy!

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This stamp set was Inspired by Stampin' Up!'s Million Dollar Sales Achiever Susan Nygaard.  This is one image out of four stunning sketches.  Gorgeous!

Recipe: Mediterranean Moments Stamp Set, Tip Top Taupe, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla Cardstock, Watercolor Pencils, Brick Wall Embossing Folder

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Balloon Adventures from page 5 of the new Occasions Catalog.  This shows a small portion of this 17 photopolymer stamps!  A great stamp set for making a multitude of Birthday cards for 2017!  Comes as a Bundle with the Balloon Pop Up Thinlits.

Recipe: Balloon Adventures photopolymer Stamp Set & Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits, Whisper White, Basic Black & So Saffron Cardstock, Basic Black and So Saffron ink

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Let's not forget about Valentines....what a cute card to make for your Valentine Sweetie!

Recipe:  Sealed with Love Stamp Set with matching Love Notes  Framelits (comes as Bundle), Sending Love Designer Series paper, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Real Red, Whisper White, Sahara Sand Cardstock

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