Raising money for mental health

The Cause


Hello stampers did you know that Stampin’ Up! is raising money for mental health with a brand new stamp set? The stamp set is called Nature’s Beauty. Four dollars from every stamp sold is donated to mental health organizations. I find it so fitting that Stampin’Up! is doing this awesome thing. We all know that the joy of stamping is great for mental health; it is such a stress reliever. On the other side, it is such a mental health boost to receive a beautiful hand made card. This is a beautiful stamp set with animals and trees that are perfect for colouring. I want to show you what I have done with this set.


The Cards


The first card was made because I wanted to showcase these stamp sets for my Christmas Bingo event on Friday. At this event we play lots of Bingo and everyone wins a prize of product from the new holiday catalog. We also make four simple projects using holiday catalog products. There are a lot of people at this fun event so the projects have to be simple. I decided that a monochromatic card would be perfect. The colours are also emotionally soothing, very appropriate for a mental health awareness campaign! Here is my first card:


mental health fundraiser stamp set Nature's Beauty


Here is the second card, and lastly be sure to watch the video to see how the last card was created and why. I hope you fall in love with this stamp set and help raise money for mental health awareness.


Mental Health fundraiser stamp set:  Nature's Beauty


The Video



Thanks so much for joining me today, I am especially proud of working together with such a great company that is always looking for ways to help out. Mental health is a huge issue these days and card making is a great way to make a difference in so many ways. Have a super day!



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Discount Shopper

Hello stampers. Do you like paying full price for things, or do you get a particular thrill when you find a great deal? Did you know that you have an opportunity to become a discount shopper with Stampin’Up? There is an amazing deal available on the starter kit until the end of August and it is available to everyone. You do NOT have to sell anything in order to qualify for this deal. It will cost you only $135 and you get to fill your box with whatever you want for a total value of $205. If you are like me and live in Ontario, Canada, you would normally have to add 10% shipping and 13% tax to this and with a regular order it would cost you $252.00. Wouldn’t you rather pay $135? I made a video this morning explaining it all. You can see it here.


Opportunity after class tomorrow


If you are coming to coffee and a card class tomorrow then you will have an opportunity after class to sign up for the starter kit with my help. Make sure you bring your wish list of products for a total value of $205. You cannot go over even by a penny. You will also need your social insurance number and a credit card. Bring your laptop if you also want me to help you set up your home page so you can place your own orders right away. You will get a $14 credit to use on your first order in September. I am also hosting a Diva Day on August 29 where you will get to meet other people who are either discount shoppers, hobby demonstrators or business demonstrators. You choose what you want to do with your kit!


The Cards





For Details Tune into Facebook Live


Every Tuesday at 7pm EST I do a Facebook live on my Pampered Stamper Facebook page. You will learn how I did the cards and I will also share the measurements as well as any tips and tricks for this suite of products. I will also remind you of all the benefits of becoming a discount shopper!


Thanks so much for stopping by and have a super day.



Online Ordering


Hello stampers! I am finally able to share with you a video on how to do online ordering. I have wanted to do this for so long!! Right now the system we have isn’t the most user friendly, so I knew that a video showing you exactly how to do it would be most helpful. As you might know, I am going to be spending larger chunks of time in Holland with the love of my life, Gerard. That means that it is super important for you to know how to order online as I will not be there to package up your orders and have you pick them up at my house!


Minimum Shipping

The important thing to know is that the minimum shipping cost is $9.95 for any orders under $100. So if you order something for $15 or $89, the shipping charge would be $9.95. As soon as you go over $100 then the shipping is a flat 10%. It makes total sense to order online and have the convenience of your products coming straight to your door. If you order $200 or more, then you also get host rewards.


Host Code


If your order is less than $200 please use the host code. That way the host rewards don’t go to waste. The way it works is that all orders using the host code go on one “workshop”. At the end of the month I add what I need and then I can redeem the host rewards. In the past I have used these host rewards as random contest prizes, to keep the costs of my classes lower and as prizes for my team. At the moment these orders are not that frequent, but I am hoping that will change! In the future I hope to have a simple rewards program in place that for every $200 you spend you get $20 in product credit. The current host code is always in the sidebar of my blog. Here is a video showing how to order online.




I hope that you find this information helpful, if you have any questions or problems, please let me know. Thanks so much for stopping by! My next video will be to show you how to order the starter kit so you can become a discount shopper! Have a super day.



IStampin'Up Greek Isles incentive trip

I didn’t want to have a blog post without any pictures, so I thought I would share this one of Rachel and I in Santorini, Greece. These incentive trips are definitely one of the things I love the most about my job and it all started with hosting a Stampin’Up! workshop. Isn’t that amazing?

Coffee and a card revisited

Coffee and a  card revisited is the name of my weekly Facebook live that I do every Tuesday at 7pm EST.  I have another great idea: to share the extra cards that we make  at that Facebook live on my blog the following day. This is only the third Facebook live that I have done for the Coffee and a card revisited series and it seems to get better each time. I especially love the interaction between the viewers and myself, and that is often how the other cards come to be. The purpose is to show the cards that we made at coffee and a card as well as any tips and tricks that may have resulted from the class.


The extra cards


After showing the three cards that we also made in the morning at coffee and a card I also like to show something different that may have come to mind after teaching these cards. Creativity truly blossoms when you play, and I like to think of the weekly Facebook live also as play time with my viewers. I took pictures of these cards at night because one of them was given to Rachel’s host mom from France. She has a quirky sense of humour and this card was perfect for her.

Pigment Sprinkles card from coffee and a card revisited


When you sprinkle on the pigment sprinkles and then spritz you get a totally different look from when you simply add a drop of water to the pigment sprinkles. It is a lot of fun to show in real life and I think it was quite captivating in the Facebook live video as well. The fairies from the New Wonders set work perfectly with the playful colours in the Pigment Sprinkles.



Pigment crystals from coffee and a card revisited


The technique


For these cards the technique is very simple but it is crucial to remember that less is more! I used washi tape to cover up two and a half of the three holes in the pigment sprinkles container. You simply sprinkle a very small amount of three different colours on to your Fluid 100 watercolour paper. I used an old stampin’ mist spray bottle to mist some water on to the sprinkles. Then the magic happens and the pigment sprinkles burst into colour. If you use too much sprinkles then the colours will bleed together and they will also be too dark and concentrated. Ask me how I know that!!! If you missed the Facebook live video, here is the link.


The extra supplies


You might want to know where these amazing words came from and I will be happy to oblige. It was just one of those happy accidents. I knew that I wanted a bold word to really stand out with the colourful background and I immediately thought of a great new bundle called A Wish For Everything. It is a set of 38 cling stamps and 12 word dies.


words and dies for coffee and a card revisited


I really hate that you have to try and read the framelits backwards, so I took a picture of the framelits in the catalog so you can see how versatile this bundle is and how many different combinations you can make. For my cards I used the “happy” framelit and the bold “wishes” stamp.


word Wishes dies for coffee and a card revisited


A Discount Shopper


You may have noticed that this bundle is a pricey one! The very best deal is of course the “starter kit”.  Yesterday I heard it described by another demonstrator. She said “become a discount shopper”. How clever is that? If you think of it that way instead of becoming a “demonstrator” it makes a lot more sense and it is also a lot more appealing. Who wouldn’t want to be a discount shopper? You can start by getting this bundle which is $91.75 and putting it in the starter kit. Immediately you save $21 by not paying shipping and tax. In fact you can add another $113.25 in product and you will only pay $135. So exciting!!! I really do hope that you take advantage of this amazing deal before the end of August. The other perk of getting this deal and becoming a discount shopper is that you get to attend Stampin’Up! events. There is a local OnStage in Toronto on November 16 and a big group from my team is planning to go. We have so much fun together and you could be a part of it too. Just click on this link to start this fun journey into savings. The only catch is that you have to live in Canada in order to join my team.


Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a super day.



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Christmas Gleaming

Christmas Gleaming


Hello stampers I am finally using voice dictation and it sure is a  different way to write a blog post. I definitely have to get used to it; it’s hard to think what you want to write and I’m sure I have to go back and fix some mistakes.  Hopefully this break will make my thumb feel better. It really is amazing what technology can do! Yesterday I made a card using some retired products and today I’m going to show you what I did with brand new holiday catalogue products: the Christmas Gleaming stamp set and some of the other products in the Brightly Gleaming Suite.   I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.


Brightly Gleaming Suite


Brightly Gleaming Suite from the Stampin'Up! Holiday Catalog


Before you design the card it’s a good idea to lay out all your supplies on the table.  This gives you a great visual and helps to get your creative juices flowing and I also stamped a few of the ornaments in different colours and in different embossing combinations to see what might work best. I absolutely love the beautiful vibrant colours in this suite of products you can see copper, pretty peacock, night of navy and old olive.  It was hard to cut into this beautiful paper but then I remembered the #loveitchopit philosophy. I cut strips of 4″ by 12″ and that was safe for transforming into any cards. Once you decide to cut into your pretty paper it really gets easy to design cards.


My Card



I used the same sketch from Freshly Made Sketches as I did yesterday. This is a totally different colour scheme with all blues and coppers rather than red and green. What do you think? Do you like this non-traditional look?


The Measurements


Card base:  pretty peacock 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4″

very vanilla – 4″ by 5 1/4″

copper: 7/8″ by 4″

Brightly Gleaming specialty paper:  3/4″ by 4″

Small square: pretty peacock 2 1/8″ by 2 1/8″, Brightly Gleaming patterned paper 2″ by 2″

Larger rectangle:  pretty peacock 2 1/8″ by 3 1/8″, Brightly Gleaming patterned paper 2″ by 3″

I coloured three pearls with the pretty peacock dark Blends and embossed the two ornaments with copper embossing powder on very vanilla cardstock. I used a small piece of copper trim tied in a knot and frayed on each ornament, these are secured with a glue dot.


The Swaps


I always love a picture of the whole group of cards together; there’s something striking about the pile of swap cards laying there prettily. I hope I’m not breaking any rules by posting a picture of my swap card.  I just sent them in the mail today and this is all I had for a blog post so I hope I’m forgiven and I haven’t ruined any surprises.



The Opportunity


If you live in Canada you can get these products now already if you choose to get the amazing deal on the starter kit. Yes, you can put items from the brand new Holiday catalog into your starter kit. In fact, you can put $205 worth of products in there and pay only $135. You will also get a $14 coupon code to use on your order in September. I hate to break it to you, but you will probably want more than just $205 worth!! Thankfully you have until the end of December to use your own discount without having to fulfill any minimum purchase requirements. Have I told you that I would love to have you on my team? That there is no pressure from me, only encouragement to help you meet YOUR goals.  To get the starter kit, you can simply click here. Remember to click “no” when asked if you have a host code for the kit and then click “apply”.


Shopping Online


Have a super day and thanks for dropping by. If you do choose to order online, please help me out by also using the current host code:  XBTQ47UR.  Just click on the links below and that will take you straight to my online store. Online shopping is great if you live far away from me and are not regularly coming to classes. Even if you do live in town you may want to consider ordering online. If your order is close to $100 you are not paying any extra to order online and have it shipped straight to your door. How wonderful to get exactly what you want and not have to leave your house!!




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