Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Butterfly Basics and special GIVE AWAY!

Hi Friends! Whilst working on today's post it occurred to me that my 15 year anniversary with Stampin' Up! was around now. So I checked my reports and sure enough, this past Monday (April 10th) marked 15 years since I bought the starter kit and joined this amazing company. So much has changed since then! First of all, the starter kit was WAY more money than it is now (over $300!) but oh my gosh, I remember going through that kit like it was Christmas! I even have some of the old ink pads and odds and sods from that kit. I was lucky because not only did I sign up the night Stampin' Up! arrived in Canada (with Shelli Gardner, Pam Morgan and Dale Hampshire all in attendance!) but I also won the door prize from the event! I went home with a Stampin' Up! bag full of amazing goodies - I was on cloud nine.

Originally, I had wanted to run with the business opportunity - especially as SU was brand spankin' new to Canada. However, my full time career with the airlines kept me too busy except for the occasional workshop. Fast forward from 2002 to 2010. I attended my first SU convention in Salt Lake City in July 2010 and what a game changer! I saw all those people walking across the stage for their achievements and I clearly remember thinking "I can do this! These ladies are no different than I am!" - I was so inspired. When I got home I decided to jump in with both feet and work my business full time. It was sink or swim and I was determined to swim! I signed up for training with my amazing business coach, Ronda Wade, and that first year I earned the Grand Vacation to Disney World! Over the next few years I continued to earn trips and amazing awards (including two Founder's Circles Retreats) and the rest as they say, is history!

Earning vacations and Founder's Circle Retreats was surreal - I had to keep pinching myself! Lots of hard work but so worth it - and none of this would have happened without my amazing customers and Serene Stampers group! This year I'm working towards the Cruise to Alaska! I'm halfway to earning it....fingers crossed!

Friends and members of my group who attended the 2013 Convention - I miss conventions in SLC!

Ronda and I at the awards ceremony for earning the Grand Vacation and Founders Circle Retreat

Friends and stampers at one of my annual Hostess Appreciation Dinners

I love what I do, I love sharing my passion for stamping, and I love Stampin' Up! I've met amazing friends through both customers and my "Serene Stampers" team and my life has been continuously blessed through my business. And all because I bought the starter kit!

So, today I think we need to celebrate with a give away!  I've got an assortment of goodies which include a Tangerine Tango Ink Pad, Paper Pumpkin Pen, Project Life Celebrate Every Day Photopolymer Stamp Set, AND a package of Basic Rhinestones! For your chance to win, just leave a comment to this post telling me what you love most about Stampin' Up! I'll announce the winner on Friday, April 18th.

Let's get to some stamping! Today's card features the "Butterfly Basics"and "Gorgeous Grunge" stamp sets. It's a simple card but elegant and pretty. I simply inked the flower stamp with Old Olive, Garden Green and Rose Red markers, lightly misted with water and voila! A sentiment and some gold splatters, a bit of ribbon and that's it! This is also my card share for the project sheet demo group I belong to. Also, you may want to consider getting the "Gorgeous Grunge" stamp set if it's been on your wish list, as it's retiring! Ack! This is hands down my most used stamp set - so much so that I wore out the case from opening and closing it so much (fortunately SU sells empty cases!).

Butterfly Basics Birthday Card

·       Stamp SetsButterfly Basics (138813 wood /138816 clear /137154 photopolymer), Gorgeous Grunge (130514 wood / 130517 clear)
·       Card Stock – Old Olive (100702), Basic Black (121045), Whisper White (100730), Crumb Cake (120953)
·       Stamp Pads – Versamark (102283), Black Memento (132708)
·       Misc. – Gold Embossing Powder (109129), Embossing Buddy (103083), Heat Tool (129053), 1/8” Gold Ribbon (134583), Regals Markers (131262), Brights Markers (131259), Aqua Painters (103954)
·       Old Olive:  8 ½ x 5 ½
·       Whisper White: 4” x 5 ¼”
·       Basic Black: 3 ¾” x 5”
·       Crumb Cake: 3 ½” x 4 ¾”

  1. Fold Old Olive card stock in half to create 5 ½” x 4 ¼” card base. Adhere Whisper White and Basic Black layers to front of card.
  2. Ink flower stamp from “Butterfly Basics” using Old Olive, Garden Green and Rose Red markers. Mist with water and stamp onto Crumb Cake card stock.
  3. Scribble Old Olive and Rose Red markers onto a porous surface and pick up ink using Aqua Painter to fill in the leaves and the flowers. Let dry.
  4. Use Black Memento ink to stamp sentiment.
  5. Rub embossing buddy over crumb cake layer and stamp splatter image from Gorgeous Grunge set using versamark. Sprinkle gold embossing powder over, shaking off excess, and set with heat tool. Adhere to front of card
  6. Add 1/8” Gold Ribbon to side of card, tying into a knot.

Product List

 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! Keep in mind accessories are usually the first to sell out (as of today, the Heat and Stick Powder and Basic Pearls, select Designer Series Paper and LOTS of other items are SOLD OUT!).


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.
Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

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  1. Congratulations on your 15th Anniversary! I just want to say; I love EVERYTHING about Stampin' Up, but my favorite thing was meeting you and becoming great friends! Luv Ya!

  2. Lorraine Gabriel6:29 pm, April 12, 2017

    I love the color cordination and the simplicity of designs

  3. First of all Congratulations on your 15th anniversary, I enjoyed reading about your SU experiences. Although I love so many things about SU; my favorite is the opportunity to share my supplies and love of all things SU with old and new friends. Much enjoyment is rec'd from seeing how proud people are of their creations.

  4. Congrats on 15 years. That's awesome.
    I always love how the, paper and accessories coordinate and no one beats the card stock. It is the best,

  5. Hi Tina. Congratulations on 15 years!! My favorite thing about Stampin' Up! is probably the wonderful friends I've made through stamping! And their products are beautiful, high quality, & coordinate!

  6. Congratulations! Great job.

  7. I just love the quality of all the stampin up products!! Happy Anniversary!! Thanks for sharing your talents!

  8. This is amazing my husband and I celebrated the 10th also. He hit a mine in Viet Nam on the 10th, 50 year ago.(He's 100% disabled because of it) He is my biggest fan of my obsession with stamping(and critic) and sometimes we don't agree. Ha!!! Congratulations on 15 years. Stamp up!!!! First I was a demonstrator and life became to hard to keep up. So some thing have to go. But they always have the best products and amazing stamps.Because of people like you, that gives us all the ideas to continue on. I just love you blog. You are so interesting to watch and share your ideas.So on to another 15 years!!!!

  9. Congrats on 15 years! that's awesome. I especially love how the papers and accessories match and they have the best card stock! Also it has given me a chance to meet lots of great crafting friends.

  10. 15 years! Wow! Congratulations! I would have to say that the thing I love most about Stampin Up is the enthusiasm you exude! You are so inspirational! I LOVE being a part of your team. You keep me motivated!

  11. 15 years! Wow! Congratulations! So I thought the products would be the thing I love the most. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the products! The thing I love the most is the inspiration that you consistently give us Tina! You're enthusiasm keeps me motivated and honestly as a team leader you amaze me. You definitely light a spark under me every time I read you communications. Thanks for all that you do Tina. It is much appreciated!

  12. I love Stampin's my I need is there with so many choices too!

  13. Thanks for all your WONDERFUL comments, everyone! I appreciate each and every one of you SO MUCH! xoxox

  14. Congratulation on 15 years with Stampin Up. I like a lot of Stampin Up products, especially their cardstock because it all coordinates. Again congratulations.

    Linda D.