Lest We Forget


Remembering with gratitude those who have served our country and did not return….

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Get Ready for Christmas!

Be Merry Designer Series Paper

Join me on June 25th at 1pm to get a jump on your holiday cards! After all, it will be SIX months until Christmas!

Two options – Class Fee Only – $20 includes all supplies required to make 4 different Christmas Cards OR Class and Product – $30 includes all supplies to make 4 different Christmas cards, plus a package of the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (pictured above) – you’ll use a portion during the class and take the rest of the package home to use on other paper crafting projects.

Class and Product Registration Deadline:  June 12

Class Only Registration Deadline: June 21

Contact me to register!

Payment due at time of registration please & thank you.


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Carpe Diem! How I Spent My Birthday!

So yesterday was a significant birthday for me. Think even numbers, think mid life crisis, think half a century…..anyway. I have run the Around the Bay Race a number of times now, and the race date for 2017 was yesterday. I debated about what I was going to do….do I skip it this year? (I had vowed that last year was my last time running it….didn’t need that winter training thank you very much) Do the whole race one more time because of the date? Do a portion of the race?

My friend Kerry settled it for me. As my birthday gift, she paid for our entrance fees and we did the 2 person relay. The race is 30 kilometres around Burlington Bay/Hamilton Harbour….so I “only” had to run 15 km this year. I did request the “glory leg” which meant I was running second, doing the hills along northshore in Burlington, but also getting to cross the finish line. Unfortunately it also meant that I had to cross the Lift Bridge, the portion of the race I really don’t like. It’s a metal grate bridge, meaning you can see through it, and it can be especially slippery if it’s wet. When you don’t like walking across metal grates to start with (I walk around them in the city sidewalks when I can), it’s a bit torturous to face running across them. I did manage to get across (I walked, staring straight ahead the whole time, and trying not to get knocked over by the strong winds!), and then could get on with the rest of the race.

I have to admit, while it wasn’t the easiest run I’ve ever done, it definitely wasn’t the hardest. My friend Kerry met me for the last half kilometer or so to run me in across the finish line. Kerry should have been a party planner or party store owner, she’s got this thing down pat. When she met me, she shoved a tiara onto my hat (it said “50”), threw a banner on me (“Happy Birthday to me”) and ran alongside me, blowing her party noisemaker because we weren’t obvious enough as it was….I think my mother got a photo of us running towards the finish line – she was cheering us on from the side of the road!

My son is part of the Burlington Teen Tour Band, and they were at the finish line waiting to do their thing – they were to play for the last person crossing the finish line – which actually wasn’t me! LOL. (You can see a video of the event on the band’s facebook page here) However, it was great to run down the chute and see a number of them cheering the runners on towards the finish (plus getting a hug from my son who was in the group). Crossing the finish line and then seeing more friends in the stand (complete with signs and balloons) – what more could I ask for?!

Apparently old people aren’t really good at selfies either. Here’s the proof:

Kerry & I en route to the finish line. We may or may not have been moving at this point, and that may or may not be a grimace on my face

Teen Tour Band Members cheering us on. (look how fast I was going! It’s so blurry! hahaha)

Kerry & I – along with Kate holding one of the signs that Kerry made and random strangers smiling (or not) in the background. This was the best attempt at me getting a selfie with one of the signs

Anyway. It was a fun way to do the race. After completing a bunch of marathons, half marathons, Bay races….I think I’m good to stick to shorter distances from now on. (Though it’s been pointed out that in 2 years it will be the 125th anniversary for the Bay Race…..hmmmm).

After that energetic start to the day, the rest of it was spent relaxing and eating. (This would be the main reason I run….so that I can eat a lot afterwards). Today it’s back to work…prepping projects for my presentation at the upcoming Stampin’ Up! event in Toronto, and class projects for April! If you’re still reading….a reminder as well that Sale-a-Bration is ending on Friday, March 31, so if you want to grab a freebie (one with each $60 in product ordered) before they disappear, get shopping now! As well, the starter kit promotion (two additional free stamp sets on top of the $165 product for $135) will be over on Friday – and I HIGHLY recommend that you consider grabbing the kit by Thursday – because the system has historically been incredibly slow on the last day of Sale-a-Bration with everyone trying to get in on the deal before it’s gone. More information on the benefits of buying the starter kit and becoming part of my team HERE. As always, if you need assistance placing your order or have questions, please contact me.

Oh and I feel like I should share something crafty….so here’s a gorgeous card that I received from Stampers Club member and friend Cheryl!

yamstamps flowering fields

It uses the retired Stampin’ Up! set Flowering Fields, which she’s coloured I think with blender pen and watercolour pencils. Thanks Cheryl!

As part of the celebration of my milestone birthday and my 15 year Anniversary with Stampin’ Up!, I’ll be having a special promotion during April, so be sure to visit back to YamStamps.com, and keep in touch through my email list to hear all about it!

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Floral Card….in Winter

flowers for you - yamstamps

I thought I’d share a non-holiday card with you! Well, I guess this could be a holiday card if you’re going away somewhere warm….I mean non-Christmas. This card uses Stampin’ Up!’s Blooms and Wishes set, and one of my current favourite colours – Sweet Sugarplum. Other colours used here: Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky and Mint Macaron. This simple, one layer card is great for letting someone know you’re thinking about them – whatever occasion, or non-occasion it might be!

I guess I’m also in a more tropical state of mind (aka JETLAG) since I’ve recently returned from time away in Hawaii!! I was fortunate enough to travel once again with the Burlington Teen Tour Band. These talented teenagers were invited as the only non-American group to participate in the 75th Commemoration of the Pearl Harbour attacks, as well as the Waikiki Holiday Parade. I went along as one of the chaperones and photographers. It truly was a wonderful experience, especially as we were accompanied by a survivor of Pearl Harbour, Bernie Comito, and his wife Jackie. Having them present really made the whole experience so much more meaningful for all of us.



I am so grateful to have been part of this trip! You can find out more about the Burlington Teen Tour Band at their website.   As a former member, I love that my child is now part of this organization, and that so many of my fellow alumni have children involved these days as well! I think that speaks volumes for the organization and the memories we have of taking part.

In the meantime, I think I have caught up on laundry, and working my way through my “to do” list of things that might have been on the backburner for a bit! It’s back at it full speed – Card Class this week, Stampers Club and Tin of Tags Class next week, and one more Private Class to go before I focus on online projects for the rest of the month! Oh – and I’m looking for someone to host my first Sale-a-Bration class in the new year – will it be you? Contact me to book a date – there may be a bonus if you’re the first one!!! (hint hint!)

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Lest We Forget

Taking a moment on Remembrance Day 2016 to give thanks to those who fought for our country, and those who lost their lives in the line of duty.


Photo from Holten Cemetary, the Netherlands.

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Happy Thanksgiving!


Here in Canada we are celebrating Thanksgiving. Wishing you and yours a happy Thanksgiving! Taking time today to count my blessings and be grateful for friends and family.


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