Thursday, 27 April 2017

Sponged Layers Technique


Hi Friends!  Today I've got a fun and easy technique to share with you! Create the look of adding layers to your cards, without using paper - just sponge and ink. This is such a versatile technique, as you can change it up with the colours and stamps you use. If you don't have framelits simply cut out rectangles or squares. Imagine using blues with snowflakes for Christmas! So many options. For today's cards I used Peeakboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, and Sweet Sugarplum inks for the sponging. Emerald Envy for the leaves really made it 'pop' and of course, a flower made from the Pansy Punch really finishes it off. Of course, you could made this a simple one layer card too, and it would look terrific. I hope you have fun playing with this technique!


Inside of card.
Using the Oval Framelits
 


Product List


I am so excited about my Volunteer Work in Africa Fundraiser that I'm having for my friends. Click HERE to see what it's all about. We are having a live stamping event, there are Stampin' Up! "Eastern Palace Suite" product bundles you can purchase as well as pre-made cards. I hope you'll be able to participate with us and help make a difference for this worthy cause!

 If you haven't had a chance to see what's retiring from the current Stampin' Up! catalogues, click HERE for all the information. Items are while supplies last and already products have sold out and are now discontinued!


CUSTOMER APPRECIATION GIFT 

All orders placed through my online store will receive a FREE tutorial. This PDF tutorial features 12 beautiful card projects, with all measurements, step-by-step instructions and supplies list.  Simply enter the special host code YYQR9GVB prior to submitting your order. If your order is $200 or more DO NOT enter the host code so that you will also receive your stamping rewards and I will then send you the PDF tutorial.  All qualified orders will receive the download by e-mail.

Find out how YOU can have a chance at getting your hands on a complete set of "Many Marvelous Markers" just by shopping for your Stampin' Up! products through my online store: 

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx?dbwsdemoid=1000037


Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!
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Friday, 21 April 2017

Fundraiser for Volunteer Work in Africa



I am very excited to announce that I will be holding a very special fundraiser for my friends Chandra and Sarah Gavin. Both these lovely ladies (mother/daughter) have been accepted on with the Volunteer Eco Students Abroad Program and will be travelling to Africa this June to take part in an important sustainable community development project.

VESA, along with Chandra and Sarah, will work in conjunction with the villagers and the village chief in addressing the major issues faced by the village and the local schools such as a lack of fresh running water, dilapidated schools and generally poor infrastructure.
It is my hope that my Stampin' Up! fundraiser will help to facilitate the means for implementing a major community development project, which will encompass construction in addition to educating the community on matters of conservation, sustainability, health/hygiene and English proficiency.

By taking part in my fundraiser for Chandra and Sarah, you will be directly assisting with the costs involved in participating in the program. These costs are significant and include hiring local skilled trades people to supervise and assist in the building projects, building materials and donations to local organizations. Every volunteer will complete a minimum of 40 hours of hands on community based volunteer work.

This is going to be a wonderful fundraiser and instead of just giving money or buying something you don't really want, this is a service to you! If you live locally, please join us for an afternoon of stamping fun in Antigonish. Supplies to create 5 beautiful all-occasion cards will be provided - you just stamp and assemble. ANYONE can do this - even if you think you're not the 'creative' type. I've done all the prep work for you so that you can come out and enjoy a couple hours of crafting and fun! If you live too far away or can't attend, there are also  options of purchasing one of the new Eastern Palace product bundles OR purchase pre-made greeting cards, ready to send to your friends and family.

Chandra and Sarah would appreciate any support from friends, family, fellow stampers and community, which will enable them to participate in this vital program. Whilst VESA is a volunteer organisation, it is not a registered charity so donations will not be tax deductible.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Chandra and Sarah to make a difference donating their time and energy into volunteering overseas this summer. All profit and proceeds from my Stampin' Up! fundraiser will benefit Chandra and Sarah.

Please take a look below at the three choices available.  If you are able to help, even in the smallest way it would be greatly appreciated.

#1. "VESA STAMPIN' EVENT"
SATURDAY MAY 27, 2017 
1:00- 3:00pm @ CACL Antigonish, NS

Participants at this special event will be receiving supplies to create 5 all occasion cards (including envelopes) - everything will be pre-cut and ready for you to stamp and assemble.

 We'll also be playing fun bingo games, and there will be goody bags, prizes, and  yummy treats for you to enjoy!

Cost is $35
(includes supplies & donation)

Registration & payment due
MAY 15th   


 #2. "EASTERN PALACE PRODUCT BUNDLES" 

Beginning May 1st, Stampin' Up! will be releasing all new product in the "Eastern Palace Suite" from the 2017/2018 Annual Catalogue. This is your opportunity to purchase these gorgeous items a month before the new catalogue goes live on June 1st! 

To sweeten the deal, FREE products are included in these bundles! 

I will be donating all profit and proceeds I earn on "Eastern Palace" orders placed by May 15th to this fundraiser. 

Starter Bundle $77.50
Avid Crafter Bundle $134.75
(profit of each order donated)

**CANADIAN ORDERS ONLY**
Registration & payment due
MAY 15th   

Scroll down to view the bundles.


  #3. "GREETING CARD SET"


If you're not able to attend the event in person, or don't wish to purchase the "Eastern Palace Bundle" then this is the best option for YOU! I will send you FIVE pre-made and hand stamped cards and envelopes!

These beautiful cards are assorted and perfect for all occasions. Everyone needs cards for the special people in our lives - and nothing beats a hand stamped creation.

For less than what it would cost you to purchase store-bought cards, you'll receive five beautiful and unique cards (with envelopes) AND help support a great cause too!

Cost is $20
(includes donation)

 Registration & payment due
MAY 15th  

Ready to join in on the fun for this great cause?


EASTERN PALACE BUNDLE OPTIONS:
(For larger view, click on images)
OR
Here's a close up of the Eastern Beauty stamp set included in each of the above bundles:

With the purchase of either bundles I will also email you a step-by-step, full colour PDF tutorial to recreate the following cards:
There you have it - three options to choose from and in doing so, helping Chandra and Sarah on their once in a lifetime volunteer experience in Africa! If you have any questions, please contact me by email at serenestamper@gmail.com

Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!


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Monday, 17 April 2017

Happy Birthday Daisy Card


Hi Friends! I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend! On Saturday I held my "Serene Stampers" virtual Spring Party - we had such a great time! Members in my group from coast to coast were able to participate, via Zoom and also our Facebook group. During our party, I recognized and rewarded my "Serene Stampers" for their achievements with their business and gave out LOTS of prizes and gifts. I also hold a Creative Challenge (creating cards based on a theme) each month and prizes are given for that too. This weekend, I decided to try something new at our party and along with supplies for a make and take (simple card everyone could stamp and assemble from home), I also mailed out Bingo Cards and we played two games via our Facebook page. Everyone LOVED it - so much so that I think we're going to play stampin' bingo at our monthly meetings every month! Most of the prizes I gave out on Saturday are from the pre-order demonstrators can purchase, featuring the new Eastern Palace Suite. It was SO MUCH FUN! If you'd like to know more about being a part of my Serene Stampers group and the Stampin' Up! family, please let me know - you can email me at serenestamper@gmail.com

Yesterday afternoon my sweetheart and I went to his sister's for a big family supper. It was really nice. There were about 14 of us, lots of delicious food, good conversation and LOTS of laughs! I had intended on bringing hot cross buns with me but to my dismay (after getting up early to start two batches of dough) the oven died! *Gasp!* Of all days! I ended up putting the buns in the freezer and now I hope like heck that they'll still turn out once the oven is fixed. At least I had already made my contributions of ham and turkey stuffing a couple days earlier. Fortunately I've also got my Instant Pot to tide us through - earlier today I made a batch of baked beans and now mashed potatoes are on the go and leftover ham in the fridge. Fingers crossed the oven will be an easy fix!

By the way, if you've not heard of the 'Instant Pot' click HERE. This appliance is a game changer! I was lucky to receive one from Santa this past Christmas and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I use the Instant Pot almost every single day - I make everything from steel cut oats, fall of the bone ribs and other meats, rice, beans, mashed potatoes, vegetables (turnip, cauliflower, etc), soups, stews, you name it. I'm telling you this, because not only does this appliance seriously ROCK but it saves tons of time and that means MORE STAMPING! hahahaha

Today I've been on working on my upcoming fundraiser and hope to have all the fun details ready for you tomorrow - so stand by for that! In the meantime, I've got a really pretty birthday card to share with you:



Measurements:  
·       Whisper White:            5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (scored at 4 1/4") & 2 3/4" x 2 3/4"
·       Daffodil Delight:           3” x 3”             
·       Basic Black:                3 1/8” x 3 1/8”  2 1/8” x 2 5/8”
·       Designer Paper:          1 5/8” x 5 1/2"
·       Soft Sky:                      2 1/8” x 2 5/8”
·       Old Olive:                    2 1/8” x 2 5/8”

Instructions:

  1. Use the oval Daisy Thinlit Die and cut one using the smallest piece of Basic Black cardstock and pop out all the pieces so you have the frame left.
  2. Use the same die to cut out the center of the Daffodil Delight cardstock piece and pop out all the pieces making sure to keep the center of the flower.
  3. Glue the small square of Whisper White cardstock to the back of the Daffodil Delight piece and glue the black Daisy oval to the Whisper White and glue in the flower center.
  4. Use the Daisy die to cut another oval from the Soft Sky cardstock.  Pop out the pieces one at a time and glue into the Basic Black Daisy frame.
  5. Use the Daisy die to cut out another oval from Old Olive cardstock.  Pop out the pieces one at a time and glue into the Basic Black Daisy frame.
  6. Glue the Designer Series Paper on the left side of the card base.
  7. Glue the Daffodil Delight square onto the Basic Black square and attach to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Supplies:




 If you haven't had a chance to see what's retiring from the current Stampin' Up! catalogues, click HERE for all the information. Items are while supplies last and already products have sold out and are now discontinued!

 
CUSTOMER APPRECIATION GIFT 

All orders placed through my online store of $40 of more (before tax and shipping) will receive a FREE tutorial. This PDF tutorial features 12 beautiful card projects, with all measurements, step-by-step instructions and supplies list.  Simply enter the special host code YYQR9GVB prior to submitting your order. If your order is $200 or more DO NOT enter the host code so that you will also receive your stamping rewards and I will then send you the PDF tutorial.  All qualified orders will receive the download by e-mail.

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx?dbwsdemoid=1000037
HAPPY STAMPING!


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