Hello stampers and happy new year to you all! Today I am going to show you how to save money with this quick and easy hack. All over the world inflation is record high, so any way to save money to extend the life of your products will be welcome I am sure. What you will need to use this simple trick is 90% or higher isopropyl alcohol. This product is readily available in drugstores or in large supermarkets. You can also get it on Amazon here and hav some little bottles to share with your friends.
Video Tutorial on How to Save Money
Simply watch this short video and you will see how I refilled both my Wink of Stella and my Blends. It is handy to have either a pipette or a little bottle like this one that I used to do my Blown Alcohol Technique that you can see here.
A Note of Caution
If your Blends are too far gone then they are beyond repair. The thing is, you won’t know until you use your tweezers to remove the tip. After you have removed the tip, lay it aside. Add three drops of reinker and then three drops of isopropyl alcohol. At this point you carefully put the tip back into your Blends alcohol marker using either your tweezers or your bare fingers. If the tip is still in good shape then this happens easily. If it is light and frayed and “squishy” then it will not work. See the photo below comparing a “bad” tip with a good one.
Saleabration Begins on Thursday!!
Did you know that saleabration begins on Thursday? This year it is only for January and February. As always you can choose free items with either a $60 purchase or a $120 purchase. There is also a fantastic deal on the starter kit. This year there are three options. One of them includes a Boho Blue mini Stampin’ Cut’n’Emboss Machine. Check out the photo below! I hope that if you live either in Europe or in Canada that you will consider joining my team. Let the fun (and the training!) begin. Whatever your goals and dreams, there is a warm and welcome space waiting just for YOU>
If you live in Europe, here are the prices for you, both in pounds and in euros.
A Personal Note
First of all, thanks for joining me again today. I know it has been a long time since I have written a blog post. I flew home to Canada on December 1 to spend four weeks with my family, friends, team and customers. It was jam-packed with lots of fun and meaningful and precious moments. I am so very thankful that I can travel back and forth to be with them. The snuggles with all my grandchildren at their first Christmas concert swelled my heart to bursting with gratitude. Hugging my little mama in her kitchen was also so beautiful. We played lots of games together, I made her favourite cream of broccoli soup and brought her Christmas baking including nanaimo bars that I make with her recipe. We had three customer events and a memorable team retreat, Wow!
Christmas Day brought with it unexpected grief with the sudden death of my beloved Oom Stoffel. He died while having an angiogram done. The blessing in this is that he died a relatively pain-free death and was able to live in his own home until the very end. I would never have thought that he would go home to heaven in the same year as his dear brother, Pap. I was able to fly back in time to be a pallbearer for his funeral and to give a eulogy on behalf of the Canadian branch of the Boot family. A bittersweet joy. Pap now has one brother left, Oom Johan who is 91. He looks just like Pap, except with blue eyes!
Hug your loved ones, make time for them and never take them for granted! Have a super day and hope to see you again soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out my YouTube channel and subscribe if you haven’t already done so. That is where all the action is!!
Hello stampers. I am back from my fabulous incentive trip and my heart is full. I had such a wonderful time and saw the amazing creativity of our God in his creation, both in the landscape and in the creatures. I hit the ground running as I came home Tuesday night and had a team potluck and card swap on Thursday. I still had to make 22 cards! While I was very pleased with how my card turned out, I made a poor choice for a swap card. I will explain why later. I knew that I was going to do a mermaid card and that I wanted to use Wink of Stella to add that special sparkle that mermaids need. To step it up a notch, I used Wink of Stella as a sort of glittery blender pen. Did you know that you can do that? It works amazingly well. Wink of Stella has a fantastic tip that allows for lovely colouring and it picks up the ink really well.
When I first chose this card as my swap card I did so for two reasons. I had not yet used my Magical Mermaid stamp set and I loved this mermaid! What I didn’t take into account were all the steps needed to get this look. The card front is glossy white. You first sponge or brayer grey granite ink on the bottom. Then you sponge soft sea foam in the middle and bermuda bay around the top three edges. About half way through I was getting a sore arm from all that sponging! Then you stamp the bottom with the shells and dots stamp. This needs to be done four times to get full coverage. After that you need to stamp once with the “dotty” background stamp (even though most of that is covered by the sentiment). After that I stamped the “sea plants” four times, two on each side. The sentiment was stamped on Soft Sea Foam cardstock in call me clover ink and then punched out using the everyday label punch. Rachel thankfully helped me use the Big Shot to crank out all the coral in bermuda bay. That coral framelit is part of the Sea of Textures bundle. I cheated with the mermaid and used my Brother Scan’n’Cut to cut those out. They were stamped with memento black ink on shimmer white cardstock. Rachel coloured the hair with Blends using light daffodil delight and light crumb cake. I coloured the body with light pink pirouette Blends. Now here is where the fun part comes.
I used Wink of Stella along with Petal Pink ink and Lovely Lipstick ink. I used a small clear block and pressed it into the ink pad. I then used Wink of Stella to pick up the colour and use it as you would an aquapainter. To get a more intense colour I added a drop or two of reinker as well. I first did all the tails in Petal Pink and then I did all the bodies in Lovely Lipstick. Both the sentiment and the mermaid were raised with dimensionals and the bermuda bay coral was adhered with a glue dot. The final step was adding the beads from Tranquil Textures Sprinkles. I just added a five spots of Tombow adhesive and then used tweezers to drop a bead on each drop. It’s the final little detail that adds just the right touch, but you can see how all these steps made it quite a time consuming swap card.
When making a swap card be sure to make one complete card first to make sure that you are happy with the layout and the details. The only thing I changed from the card in the catalog that I cased is that I did not make the starfish yellow. That would have been one step too many. The starfish is part of the sentiment stamp and it would have been a royal pain to ink it up separately and cut them all out. I think it looks just fine the way it is. Did I mention that the card base is Soft Sea Foam? I have included a video (done late at night) that shows you a little better about the Wink of Stella and the ink on a clear block. I hope you enjoyed this and were inspired to perhaps case your own cards from the catalog, it really is a great idea book!
Here are a few of my favourite photos from the incentive trip, thank you to all for supporting my business and making this possible, I am truly grateful. The trip is so much more than a vacation, it is an awesome way to communicate with the owners and staff of Stampin’Up!, to have your voice heard and to mingle and engage with fellow demonstrators who become international friends.
I got to be the copilot on this float plane that took us to Taku Lodge where we also saw the bears. Definitely the highlight of our trip.
Here is the video, definitely not my best one, but better than nothing!
I almost forgot to remind you about the exclusive offer this month, the Colour Your Season Bundle. You can check it out here. Here is a graphic that you can see what was made with it.
I would love it if you live in Canada and do not already have a demonstrator if you would order from me, I really appreciate every order that I receive. Please use this host code if you do and I will pop a card in the mail to you!
Thanks again and sorry for the add-ons. Better late than never is my motto.
Pink Pirouette Light Stampin’ Blends Marker