Hello stampers! My heart is full of gratitude today as I write this. I don’t usually make a big deal of my Stampin’Up! anniversaries but this year marks thirteen years of doing what I love. I can honestly say that I love it even more than when I first started. The main reason for that is YOU!!! It is because I now have so many amazing people in my life that my work is even more rewarding. My customers, my team members and my fellow demonstrators have become amazing friends. Especially in this last year when life has thrown me some curveballs I have had such tremendous support from all of you. For this I am grateful beyond belief.
Finding out yesterday from a fellow demonstrator in Toronto, Selena Merali that I had won some awards was just the icing on the cake. These things are important milestones in my career so I share them with you because you are also a big part of these accolades, I’m not trying to brag.
Number 4 in all of Canada!!!
Number 55 in all the world. There are more than 50,000 demonstrators just so you understand the magnitude of this number. It made me get goosebumps!!
In Canada I was also #8 in Leadership #9 in recruiting, and #13 in sales. Not too shabby at all. We have some amazing talent in Canada and around the world and I am humbled and honoured to be a part of it all. Thanks for letting me toot my own horn. I am “direct to the company” so I don’t have an upline who would to this on my behalf, otherwise I would let him or her do it for me.
Well, enough about me, and let’s talk about stamping shall we? Today I want to share with you an amazing home decor piece. I was inspired by fellow demonstrator and friend from Minnesota, Sandy Carlson. The neat thing about this framed art is that the “O” is interchangeable. It has a velcro backing so that you can switch it up according to season or mood. I have mind behind the glass right now to keep it from getting dirty, but some people omit the glass to make it easier to switch the decor piece. I used the Large Letter framelits to cut out the letters with both basic black cardstock and with a thin foam that you can get at the dollar store. This gives it added sturdiness and dimension. Let’s take a look:
Here is a cute Santa version. I also changed up the background a bit. I found it quite tricky to use the simple stripes embossing folder on a 5×7″ mat. It meant that I had to run it through the Big Shot with the stripes going vertically and that ruins the paper. There is no way to run it through horizontally. I used our retired corrugated paper and I think it looks quite nice. I love using my card making supplies for home decor and it sure is nice to have something on the wall or the mantle that you have made yourself. Being able to use it all year long with a simple substitution is also a huge bonus. With Christmas just around the corner this would also make a beautiful but inexpensive gift.
The last one I made is actually the one I cased from my friend Sandy. I love it!! I used the Rooted in Nature bundle as well as the Colorful Seasons bundle for the maple leaf. The “M” looks like it is shaded, but it was a cloudy rainy day here in southern Ontario and that is just a shadow, so just ignore it.
I will be teaching this as a class on Wednesday November 28 at 1pm and 7pm. Cost is $30 and it includes the frame. Number of spaces depends on how many frames I can source. Here is a short video showing how the velcro piece works. I didn’t take a picture of the velcro on the “O” pieces, but the video explains it for you.
I almost forgot to say that I would love very much if you would order from me if you don’t already have a demonstrator. I am also very happy to have you join my team and to share my 13 years of experience with you to help you succeed as well. If you do choose to order online, it is even nicer if you take the time to use the host code that is posted on the sidebar of the blog post. I appreciate each and every one of you so very much. Have a super day!
Hello stampers! Have you ever gone to a store and seen something you really, really loved and then you talked yourself out of it and walked away? You go home and you think about it and you think about it and you are filled with regret and then a few days later you rush back to the store deciding that you are worth it after all? Then it’s gone!! Oh the disappointment. Well. Don’t let that happen with Snowflake Showcase. Stampin’Up is offering this suite of products for one month only. Snowflake Showcase is simply stunning. The framelits are the star of the show for sure. There are 20 framelits in the Snowfall set.
Snow is Glistening
There are two stamp sets that coordinate with these framelits. One is a Christmas set called Snow is Glistening. Check it out:
I used the pretty tree image and embossed it using Mossy Meadow ink. Did you know that you can use your regular ink pads to emboss? You do need a juicy ink pad and then right after you stamp you sprinkle on clear embossing powder. Works like a charm. Take a look.
The tree that is raised has been clear embossed over mossy meadow ink. Merry Christmas is part of a bigger sentiment but I just used a cherry cobbler marker to ink up these words. I just wanted a small and narrow sentiment on this card.
This card was inspired by a scrap of Farmhouse Christmas paper laying on my stamp room table. I had cut out all the snowflakes with the white velvet paper and I thought they looked so nice together. A narrow strip of silver glimmer paper adds just the right effect. Can you see the white embossed snow on the top and bottom of the “wood” paper? It really is all about the details. You can make this beauty at my class on either Thursday November 22 at 7pm or Saturday November 24 at 1pm. Class is $20 for four cards or free with the purchase of the framelits and one stamp set.
I love how this “all year” set also coordinates with the Snowfall thinlets. The stamparatus makes stamping this beauty so easy. I also love how the colours work together: blueberry bushel, balmy blue and gray granite.
I couldn’t resist adding a little bling to the nordic looking flower. The easel card is also a very easy and fun fold to make. Just put one extra score line on your card front at 2 3/4″. Then you need an “elevated element” on your card base to hold it in place. A little video might be in order!
This next card was actually the first one that I made using this Snowflake Showcase suite of products. It is a “bare midriff” card and I actually had the card base pieces laying on my table as leftovers from a class. Perfect, right?
Here are the dimensions for the card. I wrote them out on our new grid paper that fits the Stamparatus. I love it!! It really helps for guaranteeing that your words are straight. A small indulgence in an elevated and improved stamping experience.
Embossing with Framelits
The last card I am going to share with you was totally cased from my Australian friend and fellow demonstrator Linda Dalke. Did you know that you can emboss with your framelits? It is so very easy to do, all you need is the embossing mats pm [age 221. For a small investment of $21 you will double the use of your framelits. I will share a video at the end showing how to do it. I used the largest snowflake framelit from the Snowfall collection for this card.
The champagne foil paper is 3 3/4″ square and is matted on black 3 7/8″ square and the card itself is 4 1/4″ square so it will fit in a regular envelope. Here is the inside of the card. Oh my, how I love all these pretty snowflakes!! They were stamped in balmy blue with two of them “stamped off”. That simply means that you first stamp on a piece of scrap paper and then stamp again on your card for a lighter effect.
The last project I am going to share here is a home decor piece. I will be featuring it in a class on Wednesday November 28 at 1pm and 7pm. I will do a separate blog post describing in detail how it is made and also showing you some alternatives. I am so excited to be teaching this lovely framed art! Thanks to my friend and fellow demonstrator Sandy Carlson for the great idea (I saw her fall version online last week)
Finally, here is the video that shows you how to emboss with your framelits. You will be shocked at how easy and effective it is!! If you need anything at all and you live in Canada, feel free to shop with me. Both of us will be happy! Host code is EQSBSG9U. Have a super day.