Friday, 17 April 2015

Stamp Out Autism Blog Hop

Hello Dear Friends

Last September at the Founders' Circle Retreat, an amazing demonstrator named Lee Conrey asked many of us if we would like to join with her this April to raise awareness about Autism.  And I am happy to do just that!  This is a bright, colourful and creative way to raise awareness (and funds) for this cause.


Autism Fact #4:   Did you know that........Dogs have been shown to improve autistic children’s quality of life, independence, and safety. The presence of a trained dog can reduce aggressive behavior, calm the child, and serve as a link to the child’s community 

Make sure you hop through to visit all 13 blogs.  And feel free to leave a comment on any or all of them.  We like to know that you've stopped in for a visit.  :)     

Here is my project - and yes, I specifically chose blue, since it is the colour for autism awareness:  

 2 Ways to Donate:
1)  I will be donating my 20% Stampin' Up! Instant Income from my sales all weekend (April 17th - 19th), so if you wish to place an order in my online store, click here to order, and I'll be sure to make the donation on Sunday the 19th!
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  2)  Donate directly to the Autism Society
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 Next on our hop is Alisa Tilsner - click on the image below to see what she has created for us!

Maybe you started here, or maybe you got to my page from Betty Button's blog.  To hop back to Betty's blog, click below:
I hope you are enjoying your time spent hopping around to various blogs.  And I hope this is just the start to a wonderful weekend for you and those you love.  God Bless,   ~Cynthia   <><

Thursday, 16 April 2015

April Club Class Projects

Hello Friends

It's been a crazy last few weeks and it doesn't seem like it is going to slow down any time soon.  But I did want to take a moment to show you the projects we will be making at our April club classes.

The Spring wreath is on top of a window-ed box from Stampin' Up!.  Just perfect for giving a little treat to a friend.  The Butterfly card uses the faux tile technique and the Thank you card uses a brayed embossing folder to achieve such a super-cool background.

If you have any time in the coming week, consider joining us.  Club nights are Friday April 17 and Tuesday, April 21 from 7-9.  Or you could join me on Saturday April 18 from 10 a.m. to noon.   Fee is only $15 - or place a $30 order and your registration is FREE!

It would be awfully nice to see you.  And I guarantee you'd enjoy yourself!

Until then, hope you have a wonderful Thursday.  Take care and God Bless,     ~Cynthia   <><

Friday, 10 April 2015

Fast and Fabulous Friday - Prayers For My Friends

Hello My Friends

I have been so very busy for so very long, you must be starting to think that I never get a chance to "play".  But let me assure you, I definitely make time to get inky.  I just haven't had much time to post about it.

But today I decided to 'resurrect' my Fast and Fabulous Friday installment.  Because although this card is quick to make, it is decidedly fabulous, don't you think?

I needed a good, "Praying for you" guy-card and I thought this would do nicely.  I keep very, very few retired stamp sets but my sentiment comes from one that I will never get rid of -- Graceful Words.  Four beautiful words that I just couldn't do without.

And this card itself is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4. 
1) Stamp the sunburst in Hello Honey, 
2) Stamp the sentiment and 2 crosses (one on card, one on scrap paper) in Early Espresso,
3)  Cut out the spare cross and raise up on dimensionals offset from the cross on the card, and 
4) sponge around all the edges.  

You see?  Not too hard.  And hopefully, a card that will tell my friend just how much we are thinking about him and praying for him.

Best of all, the card was easy and quick enough that I made multiples so I have extras for when I need them.

I have to admit, I am awfully happy to be back blogging.  I *like* talking to all of you, my online friends, and sharing my passion with you!  I sure hope you don't mind the idea that you will be seeing more of me again soon!  (Not that you could stop me).

Don't forget - today is the LAST day to get FREE SHIPPING on any and all orders.  Don't forget to get your orders in while you can capitalize on this super deal!

I hope all of you enjoyed a wonderful Easter.  Ours was truly glorious.  And its not over yet....

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.  And have a happy and Fast and Fabulous Friday!    
God Bless,    ~Cynthia    <><  

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Friday, 3 April 2015

FANTASTIC NEWS !!! FREE Shipping For 5 Days Only!

Hello Friends.
Don't you just LOVE IT when you hear great news?!  This morning Stampin' Up! surprised us with the most wonderful news,  Beginning on Monday, for just 5 days, SU! is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders (except expedited).  
That means from April 6-10, you can order a package of dimensionals, glue sticks, a single stamp set, a single ink refill.....ANYTHING.... and have it sent right to your door.....without paying anything extra for shipping and handling!

Go ahead and order online HERE without paying any extra shipping fees.  Nothing extra!   (and when you get to the checkout page, enter this hostess code MA36JFVG)!   

Or send me your order HERE and I'll make sure it gets in, with no s&h fees!
2013-2015 In Color Collection
And don't forget, although we don't know yet what is retiring at the beginning of June, we DO KNOW that the 2013-2105 colours will all be retiring.  And just like every previous year, we can be pretty certain that the refills and cardstock for some of the colours will be sold out before the end of April.  Honestly - once the retiring list is announced (later this month) 1, 2 or even all of these colours will go out of stock by the end of the first day or 2 and then you just won't be able to get them.  Ever.  So while the FREE shipping is on, I suggest you stock up.  Especially on the retiring colours.  Ink pads, refills, cardstock, ribbons and embellishments, designer paper, you name it.  Anything you order, April 6-10, qualifies for FREE SHIPPING!

Don't miss out on a great opportunity to stock up on the things you want most!  Without having to pay extra.

Hope you are looking forward to a wonderful Easter weekend, and are able to bask in the glorious promise it entails!

God Bless you all,      ~Cynthia   <><

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Friends Are a Blessing

Hello My Friends

You know the feeling when you've had a hard week at work and you are really quite tired and drained and you just have nothing left......and then someone does something wonderful to bless you and you are walking on cloud nine as though you had wings beneath your feet?

Yeah.  *That* feeling?!?

Well, I was blessed this week with just such a moment as this.  One of my dear friends left this in my mailbox for me and I couldn't have appreciated it more!

Suzane R. made this beautiful card for me using the Painted Blooms designer paper and it was just what I need to give me a little pick-me-up.  More even than her artistic eye and talented fingers, I appreciate the sentiment and her thoughtfulness!  Suzane my friend, you are a blessing to all those who know you.

I am so lucky to be the recipient of something so beautiful from someone so beautiful!

I hope all of you are equally blessed in being surrounded by people you love, who love you and give you those moments of support when you just have nothing left....

Have a terrific weekend my friends.  God Bless you all,    ~Cynthia   <><

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Dazzling Me With Their Talent.....

Please Note: 

This post should have been up on Monday morning but did not appear.  Ack!!  My mistake - User error all the way.   Wish I could blame the computer or the blog site for that one but the error was all mine.  So sorry for the delay!

At any rate - here it is.  Prepare to be amazed!!

Hello My Friends
Janet B. Card #1 - Bokeh Effect

This is the moment I have been waiting for!!  I have been absolutely DYING to show you the gorgeous cards created by my Team Members this last month when I gave them their Card Challenge.  You see, all I gave them was a 4 x 5 inch piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  
Janet Br.  - White on White Dress

Melanie M. - White on White Bouquet

And that's all.

No directions.

No extra instructions. you go.  Now let me see what you do with.

And oh my goodness gracious - did they EVER come through in a BIG way.  

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous is all I can say!
Dianne R. - Embossed Vellum Florals

Johanne B. - Coral-Coloured Blossoms

I am so lucky.  So blessed to get to call these ladies my friends, my team-mates, and my inspiration.  Check it out and tell me what you think.  I am POSITIVE you will agree.
Jennifer D. - Stars and Stripes in Gold & Glimmer

Janet B. #2 - Stamped Flourishes

Disappointed??  My only disappointment is that photos cannot possibly do these cards justice.  You might think they are pretty, beautiful even....but there is no way to capture just how stunning they all are.  Truly and unbelievably stunning!  They sparkle and shine like no tomorrow.  
Cecilia C. - Lotus Bouquet

Val V. - Cut & Layered Lotus Petals

And variety?  My word - these ladies have terrific imaginations!  Even the cards that use some of the same elements or images are different and unique.
Carolyn P. - Easter Joy

Cari L. - Sheltering Tree at Night



Love absolutely *ALL* of them!
Julia C. - Butterfly in Flight

Lynn CG - Butterflies and Feathers

In the meantime, have a wonderful day and enjoy the final countdown to an approaching Spring (I am an optimist after all). 
Sylvie H. - Coloured Butterfly

Rachelle R. - Layered Butterflies

And let's face it - all these gorgeous flowers and butterflies have me thinking Spring...what about you?  

Meredith M. - Dazzling Blackberry Butterflies

Frances W. - Dazzling Birthday Wishes

I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into the talent and inspiring work of my friends and Team members.  If you want to join us, let me know.   Just click on the page across the top - "Join My Team".  We have fun.  We share laughter.  And as you can see - these friends all share their talents too!

Enjoy your day and God Bless,    ~Cynthia   <><

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

My Talented Friends - Variation on a Theme!

Hello Friends

Do I ever have a treat for you!

Do you remember when I re-created a beautiful purple Butterfly Basics card designed by Stampin' Up! CEO, Shelli Gardner and gave it to everyone who ordered from me in the month of January?  Well that card got raves and raves and and I know several people reproduced it for themselves.

Well fast-forward to the story of my beautiful friend, Suzane R.  She reproduced it.  Sort of.  She copied it.  Mostly.  CASEd it - with a twist.  Look at her absolutely stunning variation of Shelli's card.  The vintage, elegant, peaceful feel of the original is converted to bold, bright and knock-your-socks off WOW.  THIS card makes a statement.

Don't you just love it?!

I couldn't be more in love with this card or more impressed with its creator.  Don't you agree that it is a thoroughly brilliant and cutting edge variation of the "original"?

I am really going to have to make several different copies of the card using various combinations of colours.  Because as much as I loved the original, I am very much looking forward to seeing how the entire flavour of the card changes with other colour combinations, such as the one Suzane chose.

I'll let you know later how my experiement on colour variation works out.  Until then, I hope everyone is enjoying their week.       God Bless,       ~Cynthia     <><

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