Sunday, 30 July 2017

Sneak Peek - Carols of Christmas Blog Hop

Hello Friends

Just ONE MORE DAY to get your Starter Kit in which you will get the gorgeous, new Carols of Christmas stamp set for FREE!!  And as part of your Starter Kit, you can order the Card Front Builder thinlits too - so you'll have everything you need to create the beautiful cards I've posted here.  AND THEN, beginning on Aug1, you can order ANYTHING you want from the Holiday catalogue (no one else can order from it until Sept 1. Won't all your friends be jealous?!?)
Northern Lights with Card Front Builder thinlits - Plain and Simple

If you live ANYWHERE IN CANADA - purchase a starter kit HERE and join my team, the Canadian Sunshine Stampers - and I'll help you discover the inner crafting genius in you!

Today I wanted to show you how you can use the Carols of Christmas thinlits (Card Front Builder thinlits) and the Northern Lights technique to create a stunning card!

I've created 2 versions of this card.  I think you'll love them both!

For the quick and easy card I created a Northern Lights background and layered the cut-out trees (using the thinlits) in front.  I also used the Carols of Christmas stamp set to stamp a deer (using Chocolate Chip ink) and die-cut him using the Card Front Builder thinlits, then placed him in the foreground.  I added some dots of Fine-tip-glue pen plus Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the sky to simulate some stars, and there you have it.  Easy peasy and very effective.
Northern Lights with Card Front Builder thinlits and Embossing Paste (and glitter) snow

The second card is stepped up a bit.  After sponging my northern lights sky, I used the Card Front Builder thinlits to cut out some stars.  And I used embossing paste on the edges of the tree cut outs, then sprinkled on Dazzling diamonds glitter to create snow on the branches.  I also used torn pieces of Whisper White cardstock and roughed up the torn edge, added embossing paste and glitter, to create some snowbanks.  I layered these with trees at varying depths to create a somewhat snowier scene.

The Northern Lights sky was super-simple to create.  I sponged Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise and Berry Burst onto the central portion of some Whisper White cardstock, then sponged the edges of the cardstock with Night of Navy to simulate a dark sky.  I have a "very quick and VERY imperfect" video that I created this afternoon to show how I made this. 

I also created a video a few years ago to show how easy this is to do (see it HERE) and I hope to post a better video tomorrow on how to create this card.  But trust me when I tell you it is super simple and very, very effective!

Remember, you can create this card too with the right materials.  Get the Carols of Christmas stamp set for FREE (and the Card Front Builder thinlits at a discount and an entire month earlier than anyone else) by purchasing a Starter Kit BEFORE JULY 31!!  If you live anywhere in Canada, then join me and become a Canadian Sunshine Stamper today!

Hope you enjoyed seeing my cards and are visiting all of the other blog participants too!  The list is below.  And trust me, some of these projects are ones you will WANT to make yourself! 

Enjoy the week ahead my friends and God Bless,     Cynthia   <><

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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Saturday Sneak Peek - Carols of Christmas

Hello My Friends

Do you realize that you only have a few days left to take advantage of the FANTASTIC deal that Stampin' Up! is offering?!?  If you live ANYWHERE IN CANADA - read on to find out how I can help you!

Get the Carols of Christmas stamp set (not available to anyone else until September!) FREE when you purchase a Starter kit - offer ENDS on July 31.

All of the details can be found HERE - except for the most important one ... that the FREE Christmas stamp set you get is GORGEOUS!  Just look at these fast and easy but awfully cute cards!

ANYONE in CANADA can take advantage of this offer.  Those who are local can also come to my monthly Team Craft Night for FREE.  And everyone on my team, local or not, will be able to take advantage of my team's private FB videos.  Trust me, you really want to treat yourself to an early Christmas present!
Contact Me if you have any questions. But don't wait too long.  This offer is only good until July 31.

In the meantime, I hope you are looking forward to a wonderful weekend.  God Bless,   Cynthia   <><

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Thailand Achievers Blog Hop - SNEAK PEEK at the New Holiday Catalogue!

Hello Dear Friends

An EXTRA SPECIAL Blog Hop for you today....

As you know, Stampin' Up! treated a whole bunch of us to a dream vacation in Thailand 2 weeks ago.  As part of this incentive trip, and as a perk for having worked so hard to earn it, SU! gave us a sneak peek at the new Holiday Catalogue AND ALSO gifted us with some of the A-MA-ZING new products!
Your Sneak Peek card using the Ready For Christmas stamps and Christmas Staircase Thinlits

Even though the catalogue doesn't go live until Sept 1, we were given permission to share our sneak peek goodies with you early.  So I have a few treasures to show you.  And if YOU want to be able to see everything from the Holiday Catalogue and get your hands on these scrumptious products early too then consider joining my team - the Canadian Sunshine Stampers!

I predict the Ready For Christmas stamp set and Christmas Staircase thinlit dies will be one of the most popular items in this new catalogue (sold as a bundle = Ready For Christmas bundle).  That curious little Dachshund is just too cute for words!  This set is extremely versatile but honestly, I wanted to create a really quick and simple card to show you how easy it is to use this set.  This card was super quick, but is also uber-cute.  And the sentiment (from the new Christmas Quilt stamp set) was the perfect way to finish it off.

Your Sneak Peek card using the Every Good Wish stamps and new Foil Snowflakes

Moving on - let me show you a second super, super simple card that uses both silver and gold embossing with the new Every Good Wish stamp set.  It was difficult to photograph the card so that the sentiment could be read in all its shining splendour, but I played with the lighting and I think you can read the Peace, Love and Joy wording in the close up photo.  

The card in its entirety is elegant and impressive!  I used one of the new Foil Snowflakes (a gold one) along with a silver Metallic Foil Doily and a Delicate White Doily, some of the Mini-sequin trim (both silver and gold), and silver and gold Faceted gems and basic rhinestones.  And there you have an elegant Christmas card that takes longer to describe than it does to make!  
Your Sneak Peek card using the Year of Cheer DSP and Cheers to the Year stamp set

Metallics are going to be very big this year and the Year of Cheer designer paper and Cheers to the Year stamp set, paired with another Foil Snowflake (a silver one this time), and some Year of Cheer embellishments make this a card that would be as much pleasure to receive as it was to make!

Lastly, the Carols of Christmas stamp set and the Card Front Builder Thinlits make elegant-Christmas card-making a snap!
Your Sneak Peek card using the Carols for Christmas stamps and Card Front Builder Thinlits
You know, you get the Carols of Christmas stamp set FOR FREE (along with a TON of other freebies and savings) when you sign up to join my team before the end of July 31.  And you can order the Card Front Builder Thinlits as part of your starter kit so you will have everything you need to re-create this card.
Stampin' Up! really lavished a TON of sneak peek goodies on us while we were on the incentive trip.  See my amazing haul? And this only includes the goodies from the New Holiday Catalogue. 
Sneak Peek treasures they gave us at the Thailand incentive trip!

(The non-SU! product gifts they gave us aren't even part of the picture).  

From now until July 31, if you live ANYWHERE IN CANADA you can join my Canadian Sunshine Stampers and receive a TON of extra goodies (for FREE).  And you will be eligible to purchase anything else you want for a minimum 20% discount.  AND you will get to see the Holiday Catalogue (and every other catalogue) before anyone else, and order from them BEFORE ANYONE ELSE!  

What is will ALSO be eligible to earn fantastic trips like the Thailand vacation I just returned from.  Imagine -- you could be on the receiving end of a bunch of sneak peek products like I've just shown you.

What are you waiting for?  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  I would be only too happy to answer them for you!

In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed these little sneak peeks of the fun and fantastic products that will be coming your way, beginning Sept 1 (or Aug 1 if you join my team).

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks tomorrow.   God Bless,    Cynthia   <><

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Thailand Achiever's Blog Hop - FANTASTIC Thailand!

My Dearest Friends

Any of you who follow me on Facebook will have already seen a TON of pictures from when was on the Stampin' Up! Incentive trip in Thailand.  Stampin' Up! lavishes attention on us and rewards our hard work with a fantastic, all-expense paid trip for two to somewhere spectacular.  For 2017, the trip was to Phuket, Thailand and let me tell you - this was the type of vacation that dreams are made of!!

Probably my favourite part of any incentive trip, is getting to reconnect with demonstrator friends that I have made all over the world. This trip was no exception. Beginning with a day-visit in Sydney Australia, with my beautiful and talented friend, Louise Sharp (an unexpected blessing since I didn't get the opportunity to see her in Thailand), from there I got to share fun and laughter with a bevvy of friends in Thailand. 
Be patient with me - when I take a selfie, it has nothing to do with me looking good. In fact, most of the time I look goofy. Because the picture isn't about "me". It's all about documenting the wonderful places I got to go and the fantastic people I got to be with. So here are a few pictures of me sharing some giggles and laughs with just a few of my fantastic friends from all over the world. Thank you Stampin' Up! for letting me meet so many wonderful friends!

When Stampin Up sends us on these trips, they spare no expense to show us how much they love us. From 5-star resorts with gorgeous pools and fine dining, right down to the linen , we are treated like royalty.  And in a world where we spend so much of our time caring for the needs of others, it feels awfully nice sometimes to be on the receiving end of some of the pampering. Thanks Stampin Up!

And just so you know...Thailand has always been a bucket list destination for me. One I never dreamed I would actually get to visit!  It is a tropical oasis absolutely covered with beautiful and exotic flora and I have to admit, that was one of the things that had me most captivated.  Orchids grow like weeds there!  Honestly, there are 1500 varieties in Thailand and they grow, literally, everywhere!! It was such a beautiful experience to be able to step out of our room each day and walk to the pool, and every pathway was lined with beauty and stunning plant life. I wish I could capture the panoply of colour and the aromatic spectrum that greeted all our senses while we were there.

I never would have gotten to experience these without Stampin' Up!  Thanks again SU!

Stampin' Up! is very, VERY gracious to us in allowing us to see beautiful things whenever we visit these exotic destinations.  They gifted us with several excursions and treats that allowed us to broaden our horizons and truly experience something "different".  Between a boat ride to visit the floating village, and taking us on an adventurous canoe trip through stalactite encrusted caves, to visiting James Bond island and beautiful beaches, capped off by an elegant dinner at the famous Blue Elephant restaurant.....well, if I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times....NO ONE does presentation like Stampin' Up! does.  

But honestly? My favourite part about the incentive trips... Are the Stampin' Up! goodies. I received a sneak peek copy of the NEW HOLIDAY CATALOGUE and when I tell you that you are going to love it, I really mean it!  (Sorry I've had to blot out the cover design.  It is still under wraps until it is officially revealed in a few short weeks.  But even though I cannot show you what the catalogue looks like me, it is heavenly!)

I also was gifted with a bunch of new stamp sets and framelits and designer paper from the catalogue.  Be still my heart.  *Squeal*  None of these will be available to customers until September 1. Receiving these excites me more than anything else because let's face it, the reason I earned this trip is because of my love of all things Stampin' Up!

I hope you visit everyone else's blog too so you will have a chance to see all sorts of things that I didn't have space to show you. So many of us were blessed in countless ways by being able to participate. When Stampin' Up! wants to bless you with your dream vacation they go all out, and give you a reason to want to earn the next one. 

What about you? Would you like to earn the next dream vacation?  If you live anywhere in Canada you can join my team and we can start to make that happen.  Until the end of July (just a few more days!) you will get a TON of extra goodies when you order a Starter Kit.  Not to mention a FREE Christmas Stamp set from the new Holiday Catalogue.  Details can be found HERE.  

While you are visiting me today, I wanted you to experience some of the trip through my eyes.  I tried to pick a brief collection of shots to give you a good overview of just how wonderful the trip was. 

I know if I don't stop talking you may never get a chance to see some of the other blogs in this lineup.  Please do continue along to see what my friends have in store for you today.  But also please remember - YOU TOO CAN EARN an incentive trip from Stampin' Up!  And I would love to have you join me for the experience.  Feel free to contact me to find out how.  And don't forget to join my team so we can make that next journey together.

Enjoy the rest of your hopping.  And have a wonderful day my friends.   God Bless,       
~Cynthia    <><

Friday, 30 June 2017

Countdown to Canada Day - Almost Here!

Hello my friends.

One more day.  Seriously...just ONE.  MORE.  DAY.  Until the biggest birthday party Canada has ever seen!

July 1 is tomorrow and Canada will turn 150 years old. 

I have family visiting for the festivities and I was so excited to be able to show them the uber-cute Canada cards I made using the Colorful Seasons bundle in the new catalogue.

Just cut out a few of the maple leaves, glue them onto a card, add a few rhinestone jewels and there you have it.  I even used the negative left behind when I cut out a maple leaf from one of my red rectangles
"Oh Canada, my home and native land....."

Hope all my Canadian friends are looking forward to a terrific July 1 holiday (and my American friends are looking forward to July 4).  Stay safe.  And enjoy yourselves.
God Bless,     Cynthia      <><

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Coundown to Canada's Birthday - part 2

Tick tick tick....

It's getting closer......

On July 1, Canada turns 150 years old.  And the Colorful Seasons bundle in the new catalogue is PERFECT for creating cards that get you in the mood.

Just cut out a few of the maple leaves, glue them onto a card, add a few rhinestone jewels and there you have it.
Anyone who is close to me can hear me humming, "Oh Canada".....

Hope all my Canadian friends are looking forward to a terrific July 1 holiday (and my American friends are looking forward to July 4).  Stay safe.  And enjoy yourselves.
God Bless,     Cynthia      <><

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Countdown to Canada's Birthday (July 1)


On July 1, Canada turns 150 years old.  And ever since I saw the Colorful Seasons bundle in the new catalogue, that's all I could think of!

So a LOT of my friends and customers will be getting Canada 150 cards over the next little while.

Hope all my Canadian friends are looking forward to a terrific July 1 holiday (and my American friends are looking forward to July 4).  Stay safe.  And enjoy yourselves.
God Bless,     Cynthia      <><

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Christmas in July - What a GREAT TIME to join and save!

Celebrate "Christmas in July" from July 1-31, 2017 - order the discounted Starter Kit and save a ton of money! 

If you live ANYWHERE in Canada, then from July 1-31, 2017, you can purchase the $135 Starter Kit through me and get $322-worth of goodies - but you YOU PAY ONLY $135 (no shipping and No tax!)    Starting July 1, sign up HERE.  It’s risk FREE!
  • For $135 you choose:   Up to $165 worth of Stampin’ Up! product for your kit.  That’s $26 in FREE product.  Products can be from any current catalog, including 10% off bundles. Free shipping: The kit ships to you FREE, for another 10% savings!
  • During July you ALSO get a FREE Essentials Gift Pack (Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Snail, Grid Paper and TWO "D" Blocks (this would cost you $85 if you ordered it all).  Already have these items?  Trust me, you WANT multiples of these.  I personally own 3 bone folders and 4 pairs of Paper snips.  These are your "ESSENTIALS" after all
  • YOU ALSO GET a BRAND NEW Christmas stamp set (Carols of Christmas) as a sneak peek from the new holiday catalogue!  This is a $26 stamp set for FREE!
  • That means for your $135, you will choose up to $165 of goodies, PLUS get the Essentials Gift Pack PLUS get the Carols of Christmas stamp set.  It would cost you $322 to order all of this! But you get it for $135 flat fee.  NO s&h!  NO HST!
And once you join my team:
  • And if you are local, you can come to my monthly Team Craft Night.  Join the CANADIAN SUNSHINE STAMPERS and make gorgeous projects and have loads of fun - it's a FREE monthly craft night!
  • Continue to fill your wish list at a minimum 20% discount: Once you join, you can stock up and save 20% or more on your favorite Stampin’ Up! paper, stamps, inks and tools PLUS earn more free and discounted products thru Stampin’ Rewards and special promotions.
  • Be first!  Receive FREE catalogs and an opportunity to preview and purchase new products in advance–one of my favorite benefits.  You will see the Holiday catalogue by the end of July and can order in August (customers won't see it until September)
  • Earn extra MOOLA and/or free products!  Stampin’ Up! offers a fun opportunity to share your passion for stamping and earn extra income and product.  The choices are yours!
  • No risk.  From the time you join through the end of the first full Stampin’ Up! quarter you can “test drive” demonstrator discounts and benefits. Stampin’ Up! quarters are Jan. – March, April – June, July – Sept., Oct. – Dec,
  • No penalty to drop!  If you reach $400 in sales by the end of the first full Stampin’ Up! quarter, you renew your demonstrator discounts and benefits for another quarter. If you don’t reach $400 in sales, you can “drop” with no penalty.
  • DO IT JUST FOR YOU!  There’s no obligation to host workshops or parties, sell products to others or personally purchase anything beyond the kit.  No obligations at all.  It really IS risk-free and has no down-side!
Please email me ( if you have any questions about the $135 Starter Kit and joining.  I’m here to help and I would LOVE to speak with you about this!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Thailand Achiever's Blog Hop - Annual Catalogue Favourite

Dear Friends

It is almost as if this new Annual Catalogue was made JUST FOR ME!  I mean, honestly, could there be any better collection of beauty and craftiness in one place??

You've either started at my blog - Cynthia Millan - or else hopped in from somewhere else.  Either way, make certain you check out all the bloggers (list at bottom of this post) so you can share some of the crafting joy that we've posted today!

As for my Annual Catalogue favourite - it is DEFINITELY the Colorful Seasons bundle!  This year on July 1, Canada celebrates its 150th birthday and this set, with both maple leaf thinlits and maple leaf stamps, is PERFECT for those of us who plan to celebrate in style!

The photopolymer stamps are such high quality, that it is difficult to tell which leaf images are stamped (top 3) versus which ones are die-cut (bottom 3).  I suppose the leaves overlayed onto the 150 from the Large Number framelits might have given you a hint though, huh?
In addition to the ever-so-gorgeous maple leaves, the Colorful Seasons set includes both a perfect cottage-country Muskoka chair thinlit (in the US these are referred to as Adirondack chairs) and also a stamp for a very comfortable-looking deck chair! And a drink too of course (complete with thinlit to cut it out).

Seasonal Layers Thinlits

Colorful Seasons Stamp Set

I haven't even begun to play with all the fantastic thinlits and stamp images that are contained in this bundle! 

Would you like to own this bundle?  (What a silly question.  OF COURSE you'd like to own this bundle!!  Not to mention at least half of the other gorgeous stamps and fun products contained in this new Annual Catalogue.   If you live ANYWHERE in Canada then contact me or visit my online store   HERE to get your fantastic goodies!!  (if your order is less than $200, please use this hostess code at Checkout  BKAYDUEP) 

Honestly?  I would love to help you get your hands on these fabulous products.  So much fun.  Such outstanding quality.  you won't regret it!

So go ahead and take the plunge.  Order yours today. 

Until then, thanks for visiting!  Don't forget to leave a comment.  My friends and I love to hear what you have to say!



And as always, my wish for all of you is that you enjoy today, and look forward to a bright and happy tomorrow.  God Bless,   Cynthia   <><

List of Blog Hop Participants:

Thursday, 1 June 2017

The NEW Annual catalogue is LIVE


Oh my friends - I have been DYING for you to see all the great new things in this NEW Catalogue.  You will love, love, love, love them, I swear.

Don't wait to order (we all know some of the goodies will go on backorder because they will be SO popular!).  So order yours now!

Order through my online store HERE (if your order is <$200, please use this hostess code at check-out  WXRMZ2TQ ).  Or contact me and I will place your order for you.  Let's get some of these goodies into your hands as soon as we can!

Enjoy tip-toeing through the new catalogue!  Hope to see you at my big BOGO sale next Tuesday evening!  And until then, enjoy the rest of your day.  
God Bless,   Cynthia   <><

Friday, 26 May 2017

Annual BOGO - Get Your NEW Goodies AND SAVE BIG!!

YES - I WILL be holding a 2017 New Catalogue Kick-Off and BOGO Party 

Come to my annual BOGO (Buy-One-Get-One)
Tuesday, June 6th, 6:30 - 9 pm 
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 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Catalogue!!

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

Please RSVP  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 everyone at 6:30 p.m. 
  • If you purchase retired product and wish to order from the New 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 a retired product and get an equal amount to spend on an item from the New Stampin' Up! Catalogue (catalogue purchases may be made on-site or submitted within 24 hrs).   
  • You do not have to choose something from the new catalogue that is equal or lesser value.  You ARE allowed to order an item that is MORE EXPENSIVE than the retired item you bought.  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 so I can have your materials prepared for you!!!

  Door Prizes and snacks included!