Wednesday, 23 September 2015

GV Achievers Blog Hop - Remember to Give Thanks (Stamped Embossing Folders and a video)

Hello Friends 

This month we are focusing on giving thanks.  If you are like me, you know you have a multitude of people and things to be thankful for, and one posting on a blog just isn't enough.  But we do what we can and we try to say Thank you on a regular basis, right?

For instance - this month I am thankful to the Australians - Kylie Bertucci and Louise Sharp - for managing this blog hop so well (and providing easy instructions for all of us to participate), and to Ann Craig for posting a card on FB yesterday that inspired me to design this easy but "WOW-factor card!
Close up of Pine images "behind" the Birch trees

Closeup of watercolor effect observed using this technique.

As soon as I saw Ann's card, my brain started working overtime to figure out how she did it, and how I could achieve something similar.  I came home from work and designed this and my club members for the past 2 days have been thrilled beyond belief at how cute it is, and how easy it is to reproduce. 

The close-up shots show you what an amazing watercolour effect this technique provides.  Soft, smudgy edges and muted colours.

So thank you Ann.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The video shows you just how easy it is to create this card.
You merely ink up the inside of an embossing folder with one colour (here, Soft Sky), then stamp directly onto this inked surface using a darker colour and an appropriate stamp (Here, Wonderland).  Insert your cardstock and run the proper sandwich through the Big Shot.  What you end up with looks decidedly like a watercolour painting and is absolutely gorgeous!    Watch the video to see for yourself how quick and easy it is!

I have more club and class members to teach this to this week and I cannot wait.  Everyone who has made this card so far has been thrilled with their creations.  Thanks so much Ann for inspiring such a cool card - that I can use to bless my friends and customers!

I know all the other blog hop participants have posted equally fabulous card ideas.  The list and links for participants is listed at the bottom of this post.  You really will want to wander through all of them to see what kinds of gorgeous creations they have made.  And do leave comments for them so they know they were appreciated!

Have a wonderful time hopping through the blogs.  Find some inspiration.  Spread some joy.  And remember to always give thanks!!

God Bless,    ~Cynthia   <><

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Holiday Catalogue Kick-off and BOGO

New Holiday Catalogue Kick-Off and BOGO Party - Sept 26 Saturday, September 26, 2015
10 - noon -   (9:30 am start for *VIP registrants)
Pine Grove Bible Church (easy to find - right off the highway!! -- 2144 East Acres Rd - where Hwy 174 crosses Montreal Rd)

This event has no admission fee.

Come and make some delightful cards using products from the New Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue!!

All retired merchandise will be sold as a BOGO - Buy One, Get One Free.

Please RSVP HERE by Sept 24 so I can have your materials ready. 

Don't forget to bring your adhesive and scissors!  I will also have adhesives for sale that day.


  • Shop for retired product as soon as you are admitted.  Doors open to the general public at 10 am.  
  • *VIP Registrants - Current and recent Club members and hostesses (anytime during the previous 12 months) may enter at 9:30 a.m. for 30 minutes advanced shopping!
  • If you purchase retired product and wish to order from the New Holiday catalogue as part of the BOGO - you have 24 hrs to submit your order to me.  No waiting in long lines to get your order made out.  No stress in making hurried decisions!
  • Bring a friend that I haven't stamped with before and make double cards and be eligible for an exclusive door prize.
  • Retired supplies available for purchase as part of a BOGO eventBuy retired products and USE THIS TOTAL CREDIT towards price of anything from either the New Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue or the regular catalogue.
  • NEW  - Add up all Retired Products that you purchase and use the entire credit towards anything you wish.  You ARE allowed to order an item(s) that is MORE than your credit.  You merely pay the difference.
  • Shipping & handling and taxes only apply to the catalogue orders.  Retired item purchases have no s&h and no HST.

Please feel free to pass the word along to your friends and encourage them to come (and ask them to RSVP too).  If I haven't stamped with them before then your name gets entered into a special draw for an "I brought a new friend" incentive prize.  And you'll get to make double the cards!

Please bring your own scissors and adhesive.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I am hoping you are available to join in the fun - bring your friends too - the New Catalogue is fantastic!
RSVP HERE so I can have your materials prepared for you!!!

Door Prizes and snacks included!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

It's Here..............

The much-anticipated, long-awaited Holiday Catalogue is live my friends.

All those gorgeous new products and treasures you wanted....NOW is the time to order them.  (Just in case everybody else wants them too, and they go onto a backorder list!).
Order your treasures HERE

If you are placing an order online, please use this hostess code (XZWEBWEK) and you will be entered into a draw for Stampin' Rewards (formerly known as hostess benefits).  If your order is large enough to qualify for its own Hostess rewards, then don't use the code.  You ARE the hostess!)

Have fun my friends. 
Enjoy your day and God Bless,    ~Cynthia    <><

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

GV Blog Hop - Holiday Sneak Peek

Hello My Friends

This month our Grand Vacation blog hop will highlight some wonderful items from the new Holiday Catalogue that goes live on Sept 1.  So you get to enjoy a Sneak Peek of some fantastic treasures!

For me?  I LOVE cutting out and using the Santa images from the new "Home For Christmas" Designer Paper but my heart was breaking at the idea of leaving behind so many cute "partial" Santa Clauses around the edges of the paper.

Then the light bulb went off.  Or rather, should I say, the light bulb went "on".

Take a look at this cutie-pie.

I used one of the images from Cozy Christmas to stamp flying reindeer in the sky and used versamark and Iridescent Ice embossing powder to create the sparkle of gently falling snow (snow stamp from the Happy Scenes stamp set). 
Subtle sparkle of snow falling outside

See from a different angle how totally cute and totally effective, yet subtle the falling snow is? 

Torn and roughed-up white cardstock became a glittery snowbank, thanks to a 2-way glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds.

'He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you're awake.  He knows when you've been bad or good....'   Can't you just picture Santa peeking in the window, keeping his eye on you!

The sentiment is from the new set 'Oh, What Fun'.  Considering that this is a sneak peek of new products, don't you think that "No Peeking" is a great sentiment for this card?  
Didn't look fast enough - and you almost missed seeing him!

Pretty neat, huh?  Even the partial Santas without any of the face showing lend themselves to really cool cards.  Almost as if you looked out the window a fraction of a second too late and almost "missed" seeing the jolly old guy completely!

All in all, I am very pleased with how these cards came out.  Every one is different.  Every one has character.  There are fuller images of Santa.  And there are images that are just fractions of him.  

I managed to get 16 partial Santas and made up 16 totally different cards.  And I still have all the complete Santas left, ready to be used in their entirety.

I plan to make up a whole lot more of these cards over the next little while - I have a special swap with some very special people coming up in September.  And I think they'll enjoy getting their very own "Peeking Santa", don't you?

In the meantime, you really should hop on over to the next blog on our blog hop.  You're going to want to visit them ALL!  I know you will see loads of wonderful projects using new products from the Holiday Catalogue.  The catty goes live on Sept 1 and you don't want to miss out.  (If you need to order some of these fantastic treasures, contact me and I will be happy to help you out! )

Have a terrific time hopping through the Sneak Peek posts.  Find some inspiration.  Leave a comment or two.  And enjoy your day!   
Till next time!    God Bless,    ~Cynthia    

Still Totally Amazed - My Talented Team

Hello Friends
Ellorie H

Cecilia C

If you follow my blog at all, you will know that each month I challenge my Team members to get creative.  I give them all something identical - then tell them to use their imaginations!

In July I challenged everyone again.
Carole B

Carole (Inside card)

I gave everyone a couple of our Tea Lace Doilies, 18" of our White stitched satin ribbon, and a half dozen of our metal-rimmed pearls.  They could colour them, cut them, punch them, stamp them, whatever....The only rule is that their card had to use a fragment (at least) of all 3 elements.

Jennifer D

Meredith W

I so look forward each month to seeing what they will come up with.  And they *never* disappoint!!

I will be posting a super-cute set of Christmas cards later today as part of the Grand Vacation Achievers blog hop.  But for now, I think you should take a look at how wonderfully talented and artistic my Team Members are!!
Julie G


Lynn CG

Lynn CG

Prepare to be amazed!  I know I was....

And just for the record -- Sadie (card pictured here) is the granddaughter of one of my Team Members (Lynn  CG).  I think I can safely say that Sadie has inherited Lynn's talent and artistic eye, wouldn't you say?

If you want to join us for our monthly Challenges, sign up for your Starter kit and join us each month.  You'll have a blast.  I guarantee it!
Dianne R

Janet B

Jan B

Jan B (see the unique way this card opens?)

And to all of you - have a wonderful day and God Bless,   ~Cynthia   <>< 

Sylvie H

Sylvie H (Inside)

Sunday, 23 August 2015

And They Do It Again - My Amazing Team

Hello Friends
Julie G

Rachelle A

Each month I challenge my Team members to get creative.  I give them all something identical - then tell them to use their imaginations!

In June I gave everyone a piece
Val V
Johanne B
of Cucumber Crush cardstock and 18" of the Cucumber Crush Dotted Lace Trim.  I had heard some people complain about this new colour (personally, I love how bright it is!) so I wanted to challenge them to use it so they could see how gorgeous and versatile it really is.

Lynn CG

Cecilia C
I think it worked!

These ladies turned a bit of cardstock and some ribbon into absolutely beautiful creations.  

Go ahead and see for yourself!!

Wait until you see what they did for the July Challenge.....

Heading off to a Team Meeting now, to share the July Challenge cards with all of the Canadian Sunshine Stampers (our team name).

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

Lynn L

Hope you have all had a fantastic weekend.  And are looking forward to a wonderful week ahead!

God Bless,   ~Cynthia   <><

Jan B

Dianne R (Shutter Card closed)

Dianne R

Dianne R (Shutter Card opened)

Meredith W

Karen G

Sylvie H

Sylvie H

Janet B

Friday, 21 August 2015

Fast & Fabulous Friday Sneak Peek - Dove of Peace


I need to get to work.  So I made this one Fast.  Totally Fast.  In fact, I would go back and cut out a step now...but I need to go so I won't change anything.

Love the new Dove of Peace stamp.  Embossed in's classic.  Pair it up with the Boughs and Berries embossing folder and it is gorgeous.  I ran a sponge dauber with versamark over the embossed edges and used gold embossing powder to give it the antique frame look. 

And to my delight on this fine Friday morning, I also have some friendship-love to share with you.  Suzane R left me this ever-so-gorgeous card she made for me, using last season's Sale-A-Bration set, Lotus Blossom.  The love, care and attention that went into this card are undeniable.

Thank you Suzane.  Love, love, *LOVE* it!

Off to work now.
Hope everyone enjoys their day!!  God Bless,    ~Cynthia   <><  

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