Hello stampers. Today I was inking up in Holland for the first time. I hadn’t stamped in exactly a week!! That is a very rare occurrence and I was worried that my creativity might lag. I used my usual tricks and it all worked out just fine. Do you want to know what I do to jump start my creativity?
Jump Starting my Creativity
I have a fairly simple system to jump start my creativity. In the past I would have trolled the internet and wasted a LOT of time. Now I simply stamp all the images in the set a few times. I colour the ones that could use that approach and then I use the framelits to cut out a bunch of images as well. Everything is laid out: all the patterned paper, the copper bees, the ribbon and the die cuts. I tied a few bows and knots and then I start playing with layouts, deciding which paper to use, what to cut in strips and which sentiment to use. It helps to have had a cup of coffee or your favourite beverage and to have some nice music going.
Use the Stamparatus for your sentiments
The stamparatus is perfect for stamping your images correctly on the labels from the Botanical Prints Product Medley. After I have stamped the three I pop them out and put a new blank one in the template. That way I can leave my stamps in the right position. It is also super helpful when you are working with a relatively old and abused Memento ink pad. I had to stamp three times to get the right intensity and that would have been a nightmare without the Stamparatus.
The Basic Layout for the Card
This is the basic layout for the card. I used a whisper white thick cardstock base of 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″. I then cut a card front out of mossy meadow, 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″. I used tombow and a sponge with the silicone mat to adhere the detailed die cut piece to the front. There are four of these included in the product medley. It was so much fun to use the mini paper trimmer to cut a strip of paper for some pretty contrast.
There are four different coloured die cuts all ready for to use when you want instant gratification. Now to decide whether we like the peaches or the plums best. Tomorrow I will use a different die cut on my card, but you can see it already in the live video. One thing is certain, those copper bees are adorable!!
Everything on this card comes from the Botanical Prints Product Medley. The card base is mossy meadow but the ribbon is old olive. These two greens work very well together and I am really happy about that because I have no old olive paper with me. It is a good challenge for me to work with what I have. Makes me feel a bit more like my customers!! I am so happy that the copper bees came in this product medley.
Copper Bee Embellishments
I used a copper bee embellishment on both of the cards, they are just so very pretty. Of course they will work very well with several of our new stamp sets in the new mini catalog and the saleabration catalog. These bees are only available as part of the Botanical Product Medley. Here is a close-up of the bee:
When Can You Get It?
Well, that is always the million dollar question isn’t it? If you are a demonstrator you can get it right now. If you get the starter kit, you can put it in your kit right now as well. Or you can get it as part of my retreat in February. This entire kit is included in your cost which is an amazing deal. We will be making all the cards that I blog about as well as the one I am designing for the new design team I am a part of. How exciting is that? Of course, if you are a patient person, you can wait until January 3 to order this great product medley.
I showed how to make these cards at my Facebook live this morning (or afternoon depending on where you live). If you missed it, you can catch it here. I will go live every Tuesday at 9am EST which is 3pm in Holland. The one on New Year’s Eve day will probably just be a live video showing me making oliebollen.
Thanks so much for joining me today, I love connecting with you on my blog. I almost forgot to remind you that there are LOTS of amazing new deals on the clearance rack. You can check them out here, there are lots of amazing framelits, embossing folders and ribbon for really good prices.
Hello stampers! Have you ever gone on a retreat with like-minded people? People who share the same interests and passion as you do? It is so rewarding to do that! I have gone on several in the past few years and it has been such a worthwhile investment of both time and money. When I was looking for a great cottage to spend some time with my kids and grandkids I was inspired to also offer a retreat for stampers. Do you want to hear some more about it?
My retreat will be the weekend after Valentine’s Day and Family Day in Canada. The cottage is near a town called Huntsville in the Muskoka area of Ontario. It is two hours from Pearson International Airport in Toronto. More importantly, it is nestled in the woods with complete privacy. You can see no other cottages from this one!
What will you do? What is included? Good questions! Wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee and home baked scones! Sit around in your pajamas and ease into the day. We will explore the town, go for walks in the woods and of course we will stamp.
I hope to teach you and inspire you based on my fourteen years experience as a Stampin’Up! demonstrator and global and national achiever. All your meals will be provided for you as well as a beautiful creative kit called Botanical Prints product medley. I will have a ton of projects made with this medley to inspire you and enable you to recreate some of them at the cottage.
The retreat will be from Thursday February 20 at 4pm until Sunday February 23 at 10am. There is a gorgeous provincial park nearby that has a skating trail that I hope to visit. The town of Huntsville has some lovely bakeries and boutiques. One of the nights will be a cozy pjs and hot chocolate movie night. The cost for all this is only $400. A small deposit of $100 will guarantee your spot and the balance can be paid the week before. You can etransfer if you live in Canada, otherwise just click on the buy now button to use PayPal.
Here you can see one of the cozy bedrooms. There is an assortment of sleeping options- three queen beds (price is based on double occupancy, that means you share with a friend) four singles and two doubles. If you prefer to have a queen bed to yourself there is $200 surcharge to offset the loss of one more person being able to attend.
Business or pleasure?
This retreat will definitely be both!! If you are a business minded demo there will be lots of informal training available for you as well. Creating together and chatting in a relaxed setting is priceless. When is the last time you just had fun with no agenda? I hope this excites you as much as it does me. I’m looking forward to spending time with you.
Botanical Prints card samples
The following are some cards that were made at #OnStage2019. Inside the hall the lighting was terrible, so these aren’t the best pictures, but rest assured, this product medley is gorgeous!!
Thanks so much for dropping by today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, mine will be filled with kids and grandkids and my heart is full just thinking about it! I have a favour to ask. Even if this retreat is not something that will work for you this time, please share this post with anyone who you think could use this in their lives. Together we can make a difference.
Hello stampers. It has been too long since I have posted on this blog but there is a good reason for it. I was in Tennessee for two weeks, definitely at “new levels” in the mountains. The first week was a true family vacation and the second one was my first ever retreat in the US of A!! I had so much fun hanging out with my American friends and their awesome accents. My favourite quote from “Dixie Sue” after a delicious meal was: “I’m gonna be fussin’ when I get on the scale next week”! How funny is that? I must confess, I have not yet dared get on the scale, but it was worth it.
Can you picture yourself all cozy on the couch discussing how to change your business in simple, manageable ways that will bring you more joy, peace and success? Well, that is what we did, surrounded by breath-taking views and enjoying great food. If you are interested in joining the next retreat, message me and we can make it happen.
We made sure to take time to relax and enjoy the views as well as each other’s company. This lodge was so amazing that we kept having to pinch ourselves to be sure it was reality and not a dream.
One of the highlights of the retreat for me was having Billie Moan come and share a fun technique with us. I posted a video on my Facebook business page and rather than posting it again, just click here and you should be able to view it. Whenever a group of demonstrators get together and really spend time together, amazing things happen. It brings me such joy to facilitate such gatherings, so do stay tuned for the exciting things that are going to happen!
Here is the card we made with Billie. Who knew you could use a butterfly framelit and fun foam to make a great stamp? We hope to use this technique at our club meetings this week.
Here is a close up of the card. We first made a background on watercolour paper with pigment powder and water spritzing. Then we stamped the butterfly (it was made using the framelit and fun foam to make a homemade stamp!!) with black archival ink and cut out with the open butterfly framelit. I added some Wink of Stella to the black lines of the butterfly.
Don’t forget that it is the last week of sale-a-bration and that seven new items have been added to the “freebie” selection. It is also the last week to get the amazing deal on the starter kit. This is what I wrote in my newsletter and I am just going to copy and paste it here to save some time and effort. I really don’t want anyone to miss out:
” It is also the last week to get the best deal ever, yes, the starter kit. I feel like a broken record, but honestly, this is such a great deal, you really should take a good look at it. Some people think it is morally wrong to take advantage of this deal if they do not intend to become a “bona fide” SU demonstrator. Not so. Believe me when I say that MOST demonstrators, including our top award winners bought the kit only because they wanted a good deal.They had no intention of ever doing this for a business. Stampin’Up! knows this, and they want to entice you with a wonderful deal just in case you do fall in love with the opportunity. So here you go:
-pick out your two favourite, most expensive stamp sets in either the annual catalog or the Occasions catalog
-make a wish list of $165
-make sure you have your credit card and your social insurance number
-then know that for all this (and yes, you also get a Paper Pumpkin kit surprise, from a previous month) and 8 catalogs and 8 mini catalogs and 50 order forms- you will only pay $135
-you pay no shipping and no tax in Ontario- some provinces you do have to pay tax.
-then you will be on my team and you get to come to a free card party once a month, the second Thursday of each month at 7pm. What fun!! You also get the opportunity to attend Stampin’Up! events and you get their Stampin’ Success magazine as well as access to a ton of great videos and card samples. WOW!!!! What are you waiting for? Message me if you have any questions. [email protected]”.