Saturday, 28 February 2015

Chocolate Lotus Blossoms For My Friends at Neeje

Good Morning Friends


Today is the day.  Today I get to spend time with a bunch of seriously crazy, fun, energetic and worthwhile people who are all playing with paper to support a good cause!

The Neeje Crop to support Women and Families is today, and I spent the last few days creating these chocolate lotus blossoms for the participants.

Do you have any idea how long it takes to create 60 Lotus Blossoms?

And although the drier sheet method of cutting out the butterflies is wonderful (see my video HERE), it still takes a bit of time to cut out 60 of them.

But man oh man was it ever worth it!!
Don't they look great?!?

I can't wait to give them to the ladies today.  They can bring them home and no one ever has to know that there "used" to be a chocolate inside!  Right?!  Just sayin',  what happens at the Crop, STAYS at the crop!   :)

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  Talk to you soon.  God Bless,      ~Cynthia   <><

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Friday, 27 February 2015

More Neeje Crop

Howdy Friends

Tomorrow morning is the Neeje Crop and tomorrow is when I'll post a picture of the cute little treats I've been working on to give to each of the attendees....

But for now I want to give you a peak at the card class I will be running tomorrow, in addition to the Bunny Fry box class (see it here).

These are simple cards to make and oh....so....cute!  They showcase some of the wonderful new products from the Sale-A-Bration and Occasions catalogues. 

And the best part for the Neeje participants is that each participant will receive, from me, coupons that they can use this weekend to order from the catalogues.  In addition to supporting a great cause and having a fantastic time, they'll all get a chance to order some of Stampin' Up!'s top quality products  - at a discount!  

Woo hoo.  I can't wait to spread the joy tomorrow.
Hope all of you are lookign forward to a wonderful weekend too!

God Bless,       ~Cynthia   <><

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Neeje Crop - 2015 - Bunny Fry Box

Hi Friends

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the Neeje Crop on Saturday.  The Neeje Association for Women and Families is a wonderful organization here in Ottawa and I am proud to say that I have been one of the attendees every year that the Crop-fundraiser has been held.  

Once again this year I will be representing Stampin' Up! and as such, I will hold a few classes during the day.

Here is one of them:




Attendees will get to make this super-cute Bunny Fry box to use for Easter treats.  How cute is that?!?  Participants will be able to make as many as they want, for $2 apiece.  

How about you?  Don't you wish you were going now?  Never fear, I think I will offer the bunny box as part of a class during March so keep your eyes peeled for my announcement about when that will be.

Until then, hope you are all enjoying a wonderful week.  God Bless,   ~Cynthia      <><

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

My Incredible Team Does It Again!!

Hello Friends - Boy are you ever in for a treat!!

Once again I have Team Challenge cards to show you and if you are like me, you will be astonished at the variety and calibre!  
Sylvie H

Val V





Everyone had the same starting materials - 3 pieces of stacked with love DSP (2-sided so 6 patterns to choose from), some silver 1/8" ribbon and 2 embellishments.  I also gave them a small bit of Real Red and Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock so that everyone would have some coordinating cardstock, *if* they wished to use it.
Carolyn P

Lynn L

Among my only rules:
MUST use at least one of the embellishments, at least some of the ribbon, and at least 2 patterns of DSP.
Dianne R

Kareen

And here you see the gorgeous cards they all made.
Johanne
Are you as impressed as I am??
Jennifer D

Melanie

I have several other things to show you this week, but for now I will leave you to be awed and amazed by my incredibly talented Team.  The Canadian Sunshine Stampers did it again, didn't they?!?
Janet Bu

Janet Br

And if you want to join my Team and take part in our fun challenges too, click HERE for details or feel free to contact me.
Cecilia C

Janet Br

Hope you have a wonderful day!!   God Bless,     ~Cynthia    <><
Kathy M
Meredith M

Lynn CG

Ellorie H



Saturday, 14 February 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Hello there my Friends
And Happy St. Valentine's Day to all of you!!
I had the absolute privilege several times this week of having some of my friends come and make Valentine's cards - in secret - for their wives (and in one case, for his sisters and mother).



















I LOVE helping my friends create something special for the people who are special to them.  And it was especially nice to get a bunch of men stamping since I *KNOW* their wives are going to open those cards today and be thoroughly WOW'ed by the fact that their hubbies made plans to go out in secret and create these for them!







Wish I were a fly on the wall in a bunch of households today!!








I know that everyone has a different sense of what is appropriate for their loved ones in a Valentine card so I wanted to present them with several options.  After all - the card made for the mother-in-law is not the same as the one made for the wife, and the ones for sisters are not the same as the one for mom.  Only rule - they all had to be simple to create.  I felt that each of these met those criteria. Simple but elegant.  And hand made!!  So here were the options I gave the varying gents.  

And let me tell you - my gentlemen friends each put their own special slant on the cards.  And they did an absolutely fantastic job!!   I am excited to hear about the joy and smiles they will cause today.

And to all of you - from me - I wish you a Happy St. Valentine's Day.  May you be blessed richly, today and always.  
God Bless,     ~Cynthia   <><

Thursday, 29 January 2015

My Incredible Team Strikes Again

Hello Friends

I have said it before but it bears repeating....my Team is incredible.  Truly and absolutely remarkable!!
Dianne R - love how she used the designer paper as an awning!

Lynn CG - such a great way to think outside the box!
I began January (and this entire year) just a little bit sick.  Ok, maybe a whole lot sick.  You know how it is, a cold that you just can't seem to shake.  Lingering coughs and difficulty taking full breaths  And a bit of fog on the brain!   :)
Janet B(u) - such a striking use for this pattern
Janet B(r) - loving the multi-coloured embossing

Well, I had fog on the brain all right.  Big Time!  And as much as I loved the new Adventure Bound designer paper stacks, I just could not seem to wrap my head around how to use them on a card.
Val V - hard to believe this card uses the exact SAME designer paper as the 2 above, isn't it?

So I did the next best thing - I challenged my Team to use them on a card!  I selected a handful of local demonstrators and gave them each a piece of the DSP and asked them to turn it into a card.  And once again, I am totally in awe with what they came up with.
Sylvie - what a perfect use of this DSP.  Elegantly masculine I think
Lynn L - ingenious.  Hearts pinned to a textured background.  Love it!

Why don't you judge for yourself?
Pretty imaginative, aren't they?  And me?  I am totally humbled.  I would *never* have thought to use some of these patterns this way. These ladies ROCK!

I sent them all away this month with yet a new card challenge and I cannot wait to see what they do with it!  One of the best parts of Team meetings is that they share their imaginations and creative minds with me and inspire me!  Love my gifted Team.  Lots and lots.

Hope you are all enjoying your week and are looking forward to a wonderful weekend.
God Bless,    ~Cynthia   <><

Sunday, 18 January 2015

CASing Shelli Gardner

Hello Friends

Today I just had to show you the Thank You card that my customers will be receiving from me when they place an order during the month of January.

Isn't it absolutely gorgeous?

Shelli Gardner - the founder and CEO or Stampin' Up!, designed this card and showed Dawn Griffith how to make it, and I just had to CASe it since I loved it so much!

The new Butterfly Basics stamp set does all the hard work in this card.  Just some extra sponging and splattering for effect.  Each of the cards is a bit different.  And each of them is gorgeous.

What do you think?  Are you loving it too?

Remember - place an order with me during the month of January and you'll receive one of these too!!

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend.  God Bless,   ~Cynthia    <><  

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