Online Extravaganza – Save For A Limited Time!

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Starting Monday – Stampin’ Up! Canada’s Online Extravaganza sale is BACK! November 20 – 26th – save 10-50% on selected Stampin’ Up! products! It starts off with a bang – selected stamp sets are on sale for 20% off on Monday ONLY, and ends with a flash – a flash sale (more info to follow) on November 27th.

Here’s the list of stamps on sale Monday – from 12AM to 1159PM Mountain Time:

Item # Description Discount Price
139891 Remarkable You Wood $47.20 CAD
139894 Remarkable You Clear $35.20 CAD
140643 Bloomin Love $16.80 CAD
141054 Éclosion d’amour $16.80 CAD
143775 Celebrate You Wood $26.40 CAD
143778 Celebrate You Clear $19.20 CAD
142982 Cool Treats $26.40 CAD
143440 Souhaits frais $26.40 CAD
138682 You’re so Sweet Wood $28.00 CAD
139440 You’re so Sweet Clear $20.00 CAD
140180 Juste comme ça $20.00 CAD
143949 Garden Girl Wood $28.00 CAD
143952 Garden Girl Clear $20.00 CAD
143740 Good Vibes Wood $28.00 CAD
145080 Good Vibes Clear $20.00 CAD
142871 Super Duper Wood $28.80 CAD
142874 Super Duper Clear $20.00 CAD
138764 Heartfelt Sympathy $16.80 CAD
140098 Des adieux du fond du cœur $16.80 CAD
144865 Every Good Wish Clear $19.20 CAD
144862 Every Good Wish $26.40 CAD
145103 Que de bons vœux $19.20 CAD
144870 Good Tidings $20.80 CAD
145124 Bouquet de houx $20.80 CAD
142954 Milestone Moments $20.80 CAD
143426 À souligner $20.80 CAD
143689 More than Chocolate $16.80 CAD
140653 Number of Years $26.40 CAD
141091 Au fil des ans $26.40 CAD
140386 Oh What Fun $20.80 CAD
140469 Hourra pour Noel $20.80 CAD
141934 Touches of Texture Wood $55.20 CAD
143251 Touches of Texture Clear $35.20 CAD

You can download the full list of sales items here. A lot of the stamp sets on sale on Monday coordinate with other items on sale the full week – for example, Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits which coordinates with the Bloomin’ Love set; plus Watercolour Pencils are on sale which are great for sets like Garden Girl.

Any Paper Pumpkin Items on the sale list are while supplies last. Your best bet to make sure you don’t miss out on anything is to place your order online at the YamStamps Online Stampin’ Up! Canada Store. If you have any questions or need assistance placing your order, please feel free to contact me. I will have an order or two going in this week, but if you’re going for a limited supply item (e.g. Paper Pumpkin kit or refill) just know that I can’t guarantee it will be available until the order is finalized.

 

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Get Your Stamparatus!

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Stampin’ Up! is introducing the Stamparatus – a new stamp positioner/tool! Demonstrators at last week’s On Stage event got their first look at this new tool in action – and there was a lot of “oohing and ahhing” happening in the crowd! See the animated gif above for a quick peek at how it works – or watch the video on the YamStamps Facebook page. You can get your Stamparatus by reserving one starting TODAY – Thursday 16 November, at 2pm Mountain Time (that’s 4 pm Eastern, 1 pm Pacific).

Stampin’ Up! is trying a reservation system for this launch. There will be a number of periods that you can reserve a Stamparatus. Each window has a set number of Stamparatii (that’s the plural, right?!), so once that number’s exhausted, you won’t be able to reserve one until the next reservation window.

Reservation Windows Available to Ship
November 16–30, 2017 Approx. February 1, 2018
December 5–30, 2017 Approx. March 19, 2018
January 15–30, 2018 Approx. April 15, 2018

How to reserve

1) Have an online account set up for the YamStamps Online Stampin’ Up! Canada Store – you can do this ahead of time so that you’ll be ready to go right off the mark! In the top left corner of the page, you’ll see a link to create your account if you don’t already have one.
2) When the time hits, visit the store, and there will be a link to the Stamparatus Reservation Page. Complete the page (you’ll need to enter your credit card payment information). Your credit card will NOT be charged until your Stamparatus is shipped, but you will need one to complete your reservation. If the supply is exhausted, you will not be able to reserve one, and will get a message indicating that there are no products available to reserve. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen to you!!
3) When your Stamparatus is ready to ship, you will get an email, and you can go into your online store account where it will be in your shopping bag. At that time, you can add other items to your bag (you’ll qualify for a free Sale-a-Bration item if you get in on the first two reservation windows). You can also update your address & credit card information before you finalize your order. Once the Stamparatus is in your shopping bag, DO NOT DELETE IT – we are being told that if that should happen, Stampin’ Up! can’t add it back to your bag and you will lose your reservation 🙁

This is going to be a HOT item, so be ready to reserve! Limited to one per customer….but if you miss out on the first reservation window, there’s 2 more chances….and this tool WILL be available in the upcoming 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue, so don’t despair! Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

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Why I Love Being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

(warning – picture heavy post with sentimental ramblings) I’m now in my 16th year as a Stampin’ Up! Canada Demonstrator! I bought the Starter Kit back when there was a set kit (no picking and choosing your own product like the youngsters these days…), and I totally anticipated buying products for myself at a discount (reason #1 why I love being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – the products / discount) and maybe selling to a few already crafty friends. Fast forward 16 years and here I am….ahem. These days I’m lucky enough to be able to work my day job on a part time basis, and part time at my Stampin’ Up! business. I am anticipating that when I retire from my day job, I will continue as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator – because it’s fun, and it’s a fun way to boost my income (reason #2 why I love being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – the income), so why not?!

I joined Stampin’ Up! for the product and discount, and have stayed for the friendships (reason #3 why I love being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator). This past week, I attended the On Stage Live event in Salt Lake City. Six members of my demonstrator group (The “Eh” Team!) also travelled to Utah for the event! It’s always fun to have a group there, though I wasn’t able to spend the whole time with them….but here’s proof we were there (even if Kim is hiding): L to R – me, Mary, Gail, Kim, Anne, Leanne, Karen.

Why I Love Being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - old friends

This was a busy event for me, as I was asked to be part of the Stampin’ Up! Global Events Council a little while back – and was honoured and thrilled to participate. Seven demonstrators in North America are part of the current council, and we take part in teleconferences, but we met in person for the first time at last week’s On Stage Event in Salt Lake City. The day before registration started, we were busy behind the scenes helping get ready – packaging gifts, prizes, and setting up the room where the leadership event would happen later in the week. We had SUCH a good time together though, that it hardly seemed like work at times! Here’s a group shot along with Shelli Gardner, co-founder of the company (left) and Sara Douglass, CEO (right). (also – L to R Laura, Sherry, Robyn, me, Bonnie, Susan, Rhonda)

Why I Love Being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - New Friends! North America Events Council 2017 with Shelli & Sara

I can’t express how glad I am to have gotten to know these wonderful ladies better during our time together. We were amazed at how we all “clicked” so quickly! (reason #4 I love being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – new friends!) I think a shared sense of humour helped – we laughed A LOT. Besides helping out behind the scenes and during the event (running to give out prizes during General Sessions kept my activity levels high LOL), members of the Council also presented during the event. (that also kept my heart rate high for a while LOL). Here I am on stage presenting the Tutti Frutti suite – coming in the Occasions catalogue. (really, I was happy to do this, even if I looked a little stunned in this shot). (Reason #5 why I love being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – it gives me new challenges)

Why I Love Being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - sharing products

During one of the general sessions, I walked the stage with other friends, celebrating 15 years as a demonstrator, so here I am with some fellow Canadians….photo courtesy of my friend Lydia…can you pick me out?

not quite on stage

No? (see the mitt?! LOL). Good thing Leanne, one of the “Eh” Team members was able to grab a photo…

yamstamps at on stage live nov 2017

On the very right is Karen Duke, the first Canadian Demonstrator to reach 1 million in CSV sales (over 1 million Canadian dollars!). I came home feeling energized, supported and motivated…and then discovered that I actually made the Top 50 Canadian Demonstrators for last year! That was the icing on the cake. So here’s to ranking 32nd in the nation, and reaching higher in the next year. Thank you to all the “Eh” Team members, thank you to all my customers, thank you to YamStamps readers and social media followers. (Bonus reason I love being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – you! – too cheesy? sorry!). I look forward to being around for the next 16 years or more!

 

 

 

 

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Metallic Birthday Card

,Metallic Birthday Card

This metallic birthday card showcases Stampin’ Up!’s Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper – one of my current favourite papers. I love the elegance of the metallic designs and how they can be used for almost any occasion! I think that the pattern on this paper is like a stylized mistletoe….but because of the metallic colours I felt okay using it on a non-Christmas card.

For this elegant, easy birthday card, the greeting from Butterfly Basics (available in wood mount, clear mount or photopolymer) (one of the few sets available in all three stamp options) was embossed in Silver onto Whisper White cardstock. To keep the metallic theme going, the sentiment was then backed with Silver Foil and then placed on top the the Designer Series Paper. Clean and simple, and easy. Just my kind of crafting! I think that the clean lines and graphics also make for a great masculine card.

I apologize for the bit of radio silence over the last little while. I am currently attending the Stampin’ Up! On Stage Live event in Salt Lake City as part of their Events Council. I promise to write more later about this experience (once I’m allowed….and once I’ve recovered LOL). The last while has been crazy busy with preparation for the event itself. I did a presentation on Friday (well, technically 3 of them, since I had to repeat it at 3, 4 and 5pm) sharing an upcoming product suite and some ideas for how to use it in a class. It was a lot of fun once I was over the initial stress and nerves!

 

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You Know What’s Scary? It’s the Last Day for These Specials!

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Boo! Scary thing is – it’s the last day that you could get the Merry Patterns stamp set for free! This is the stamp set that Stampin’ Up! is offering free with a $375 product order (and NO, it doesn’t have to be just one person ordering – most people have earned it by having a group of friends place orders together, or having a card making party). This card is from October’s Christmas Card Class – each participant received a package of Stitched Felt Embellishments that we then used on the cards. The sentiment is from the Merry Patterns set – as are the tree trunks (those are the patterned candle portions). The “stitched” cardstock trees are created using the Quilt Builder Framelit Dies – which you can also get in a discounted bundle along with the Christmas Quilt Stamp Set. I thought this combination was fun and coordinated well!

More scary news – it’s also the last day for the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Sale! Selected papers have been part of this special, and if you still need to stock up, you have until end of day to take advantage of this deal! I put together a huge binder featuring all the different designer series papers that were part of the special and had it on hand at the Scrapfest / CreativFest booth this past weekend. I’ll still be able to share this way of seeing the papers, but the deal will be gone….*sigh*

So here’s some good scariness…..how about a Halloween card?!

I received this fun card as part of a demonstrator swap a little while back! We each created a number of copies of our card design, and received a card from everyone participating in the swap! I love this card from Lesley Poper. The eyeballs peeking out of the cup make me laugh….and of course the cup reminds me of my oh so favourite “Grande, Coconut Milk Chai Latte…with cinnamon powder please”. Not sure how happy I’d be to see those eyeballs looking at me though… I am sharing a number of the Halloween themed cards on my various media platforms today at various times – so besides here at the YamStamps blog, you can also check out YamStamps on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see different fun holiday projects!

I hope that you and your goblins have a fun and safe Happy Halloween!!

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Scrapfest / CreativFest Wrap Up

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I survived! Scrapfest / CreativFest 2017 in Mississauga was a lot of fun, but it was tiring for sure. Here I am, and it must have been early enough so I wasn’t yet drooping, but late enough so that I was awake (and smiling)…LOL. I had super helpers – Arlene was there for all three days, Anne made it for two (something about trick or treating with the grandchildren on the Saturday, I mean, really…..LOL), and my mother filled in on the final day too. Thank you to everyone who stopped by, filled out a ballot, chatted, shopped and visited. Thanks to my helpers, and thanks to Lisa of Scrapfest.

Congrats to Jackie H who won the free draw and had her choice of either a Big Shot Die Cutting Machine or a full set of Stampin’ Write Markers, and to Sandre, who won the same choice in the draw that was exclusively for those who purchased a starter kit by Sunday.

yamstamps scrapfest 2017 make and takes

These are the various free make and takes we did over the three days. We did the dragonfly the first day (Dragonfly Dreams and Triple Banner Punch were the featured products), the gingerbread man/reindeer the second day (Cookie Cutter Christmas set and builder punch), and the Daisy the last day (Daisy Delight set and punch / discounted bundle). I wanted to have make and takes that were cute, but quick and easy – Scrapfest attendees tend to be set on cruising all the booths, sometimes in a limited amount of time, or en route to a special class, so it’s good to have something that’s not too much brainwork. (OK maybe that last part was just for me….). I figure that people can take their make and takes and use them as tags for gifts, or stick them onto a cardfront or scrapbook page. Or hang them on the fridge. Whatever works.

 

yamstamps scrapfest 2017 helpers

Here’s a selfie attempt – that’s Arlene on the left of the picture and Anne on the right. Arlene is the only one who seems to know where to look when taking a selfie….and yes, we did fix the sign so it hung better than that…. I hope to be able to be at the next Scrapfest event – it’s always fun to meet new people and catch up with customers and friends who are getting a little crafty shopping time too! To those who requested to be added to my mailing list – I’ve finished that job earlier today and you should have received something from me already – please let me know if you didn’t get an email and wanted to be on the list! To those who requested catalogues – I’m working on confirming mailing addresses and getting things organized for mail out.

In the meantime – tomorrow brings Week 5 of the Twelve Weeks of Christmas to subscribers’ inboxes, and Wednesday is the weekly email….so I’d better get busy!

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