How time flies! I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and are preparing for a fun New Year's Eve…oh, and managing to catch your breath too! (Or is that just me?!) Seems like the last while has been a whirlwind of activity – but of the best kind. I spent a lot of the holidays travelling to various family functions which I loved. The extended families from both my parents make a point to get together at Christmas, so it's wonderful to catch up with everyone…and sadly, it's sometimes the only time we get to see each other in person (thank goodness for email, phones and facebook!!)
A tradition that I try to keep to (but it's oh so difficult) is one of cleaning the house for the new year. In the spirit, I spent a fair bit of time clearing out my stamping room….but then got so inspired, I got creative, so the room got almost as messy as it had started…I need to learn how to create without making a mess!!
Anyway, as I was sorting through things, I found these cards that I don't think that I'd shared on here! We created these at the Stampin' Up! Regional Training Event a while back. It's a set of notecards using the Clockworks set. I'm not usually a collage-type image person, but when you have samples to copy, it makes it easier – at least it feels easier!
If you also like to create but sometimes get stumped for ideas, I invite you to try one of my stamping classes! I hold monthly classes in Burlington ON – the first Wednesday of every month (unless otherwise noted). If that doesn't work for you, another option is to host your own class – get a group of friends together and I'll come to you! A new, third option coming in 2013 is my ONLINE CLASS option! I'm creating a series of classes that you can purchase a la carte and get inspiration and ideas in the comfort of your own home! I'm looking forward to being able to do these classes for you wherever you are – look out, I'm going global!! LOL. Sign up for my mailing list to be sure to be in the loop as to the firm launch date of the first class (it will be in January, for sure, just not sure of the exact date right now…) Join me and make a new year's resolution to get crafty and get some "me" time in there!!
The last of the 12 Weeks of Christmas mailings went out today. I can't believe it! I once again must admit that despite me preparing the 12 weeks of newsletters, I'm still caught a little off guard at the fact that Christmas is less than a week away!!
Thought I'd share another holiday card. This uses the Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper. I love having this paper on hand because it's a great backdrop for any type of card! The ornaments and sentiment are from the Merry & Type stamp set; the sentiment is cut out using an Apothecary Accents Framelit and accented with Basic Pearls. If you are mass producing and mailing cards like this, I would probably opt to leave off the pearls to make the cards a little more flat.
I am receiving some lovely handmade cards so will be sure to post pictures of them here over the next while! Handmade cards truly are a beautiful way to celebrate the season and greet friends and family, even if they don't arrive before Christmas Day. That's my motto….I think I will get a personalized stamp that says that for the back of my cards….since I'm still working away on them! LOL.
Today is the last day to take advantage of the great Ink-redible special! This is the best way to start your business with a bang – you get to select your choice of $155 worth of product for only $125, PLUS you'll get a FULL SET of ink pads for FREE.
My great group of demonstrators spans Canada – we keep in touch electronically and in person as able. Our next local team get together is this Wednesday in Burlington – so what are you waiting for??? Here's some more information
Here's a video showing these great new format ink pads…some great tips for re-inking and renewing the pads. (If you're reading this in the Yamstamps app or in a reader, click here to come to the post on the blog).
Over 300 new items have been added to the Clearance Rack! Shop for product at up to 80% off while supplies last.
Don't forget that if you shop through the YamStamps online Stampin' Up! store during December and January, you'll earn a spot on my 50/50 board if you purchase $50 merchandise – you could win a $50 gift certificate through me!!
Here's the spot I did on TV Cogeco's FYI show, airing this week in the Burlington area. Thanks again to the crew and cast of FYI for including me on the show!! Don't forget that if you'd like to make the ornament that's shown at the front of the table, the class is this Saturday, December 15th at 1pm here in Burlington – there's still some space available, but contact me ASAP. Otherwise, if you're subscribed to my newsletter list, look for your 12/12/12 edition of the 12 Weeks of Christmas at 1pm (Eastern) today!