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! 

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Thailand Achievers Blog Hop - Colorful Seasons Sneak Peak (and a Technique)

Hello My Friends. 
Boy do I ever have a treat for you today!  Because our Thailand-Achievers blog hop is highlighting sneak peeks from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue – that YOU can order beginning on June 1.  That’s only a week away.  Trust me, you will want pretty much everything in this catalogue!   

You may be starting at my blog - Cynthia Millan - or perhaps you've already hopped around?  Either way, make sure you check the list at the bottom of this post and visit all of the blogs because my very talented friends from around the world have some delightful creations to share with you. 
As for me, I have a gorgeous card to show you, and am also revisiting a super-cool technique since Stampin' Up! is going to be carrying Glossy cardstock again.  Yes, you heard me correctly.  We FINALLY have Glossy cardstock again.  You are going to want to order yours right away since there are so many fun techniques that use this product.
Moving on to my card and the new Colorful Seasons Bundle…..Full disclosure- Colorful Seasons is probably my favourite bundle in the new catalog and I expect you will see it on my blog.  A lot.  (and I do mean a LOT!) The stamps are gorgeous and the coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits are positively exquisite! On their own the stamps or dies are fantastic but together as a bundle they are downright phenomenal!
Now, for those of you who didn’t already know, I am a VERY proud Canadian, and 2017 just so happens to be Canada’s 150th birthday -- so the Maple leaf images and thinlits are going to get quite a workout from me this year.  More full disclosure…I already created a brilliant card for the occasion, but since the card is for a swap and my demo-friends have not received it yet, I don’t want to ruin the surprise.  You’re just going to have to wait to see it.

I also happen to be smitten with the Muskoka chair thinlit and outdoor lounge chair stamp from the set.  What great images for the hot summer to come.  And don’t even get me started on the Fall and Winter cards I will create with this luscious set!   

As for today, I used the branch and blossoms to create a simple but beautiful card.  Since all of the crabapple and cherry trees are in full bloom in Ottawa now, this looks a lot like the scene out my window today. The 3 blossoms can be die cut with either simple outline framelits or more detailed thinlits, or they can be stamped first and THEN cut out with the outline or detailed thinlits.  How fun, right?

I love the gorgeous new In Color, Fresh Fig.  It is just right for these blossoms and will be a go-to colour for me for a lot of upcoming projects.

My special sneak peek on this card is the background paper. Did you notice how shiny it is? Did you notice that it is various colours and looks like marble? No this is not designer paper, this is the result of the “Polished Stone” technique using Glossy cardstock.  Yee haw!  Hot Diggety!  (I warned you that I was excited to have glossy cardstock back, didn’t I?)
Glossy Cardstock, Rubbing Alcohol, ink and Cotton Balls

Drops of re-inker on an alcohol-saturated cotton ball

The Polished Stone technique is simple – just saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol (70% isopropyl alcohol), then spot on several drops of re-inker of your choice (I used 2 drops of Soft Sky, 2 drops of Pool Party, one drop of Bermuda Bay and and one drop of Pink Pirouette).   
Start splotching the cotton ball on the Glossy Cardstock

Splotch until the Glossy Cardstock is covered to your liking

Splotch the cotton ball all over the glossy cardstock and voila.  It is that simple.  The colours will run a bit and the edges will smooth out as the alcohol spreads into the cardstock and the colours will fade just a bit as it dries. 
Colours spread and fade as they dry

Close-Up of the marbled look of the Glossy Cardstock

What you are left with is a one-of-a-kind work of art! Essentially luscious Designer Paper that you created yourself!

Colorful Seasons Bundle, Glossy Cardstock, inks, stamps, Big Shots…you name it, I’d love to help you get it.   

If you live ANYWHERE in Canada then contact me or visit my online store   HERE, (if your order is less than $200, please use this hostess code at Checkout   Y99PJGMN) I would love to help you get your hands on these fabulous goodies!

Remember, just one more week!  Get your list ready so you can order on June 1.  Or send me your list and I will order for you.  Need a catalogue?  Let me know!  (Last Full disclosure of this post – I warn you now, when you get a catalogue, you will fall in love with EVERYTHING and want it all!).

Until then, thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy all the sneak peeks and don't forget to leave a comment when you see something you like.  Me and my stamping friends love to hear from you.

Have a wonderful week and God Bless you all.     Cynthia   <><
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