March 31, 2017

Welcome to the World... and the END of Sale-A-Bration 2017!

Hi again, my friends!  It's finally here - the last day of March - and Sale-A-Bration is coming to a close!

Sale-A-Bration is more than just the free products available; I know we've been focusing on those (and we will be doing one more!) but if you've ever thought about giving the Stampin' Up! family a try, it's the best time of year to join!  Your $135 starter kit fee includes not only the $165 worth of products you fill it with, but during Sale-A-Bration, you can also choose TWO stamp sets - ANY stamps sets you'd like, which means a maximum bonus value of $136!  You also don't pay shipping on your starter kit, which means an instant savings of 10% on an order.  How amazing is that?

Let me give you a scenario.  Let's say you want a Big Shot... because really, who doesn't?  It's amazing, but it's a big ticket item.  To purchase a Big Shot as a retail customer in Alberta, it would cost $136 plus shipping and tax; grand total $157.08.  But to purchase a Big Shot as part of your starter kit during Sale-A-Bration?  Because you can CHOOSE your kit and everything in it, let's add a Big Shot and some more of my favourite goodies.  Take a look.
Big Shot:                                               $136
Brights Collection Cardstock:                 $10
     Cupcakes & Carousels DSP:                    $12.50
Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine:                      $4
   Guy Greetings wood stamp set (FREE)        $68
  Crazy About You wood stamp set (FREE)    $68

Retail price (subtotal):                             $298.50
                                                Shipping:     $29.85
                                                Tax:            $16.42
                                TOTAL PRICE:          $344.77

(Kit price reflects taxes for Alberta customers. 
Taxation may vary by province, but shipping is always free.)

Purchasing the Stampin' Up! kit means no obligation; you can do what you choose with it, whether it be personal use, hobby use with friends and family, or building a business!  The contents are yours to keep, no matter what.

So you see what I'm saying, yes?  If you want ONLY a Big Shot, you're spending $22 LESS and getting an extra box full of products for free.  If you've got a large wishlist with Stampin' Up! right now, it's a fabulous time to take advantage of this promotion and save BIG BUCKS.  Over two-hundred big bucks, in fact!  

If you're ready to take advantage of this order, please CLICK HERE to visit my Stampin' Up! website and take advantage of this killer deal.  You won't regret it!   

But in the meantime - for customers whose lists aren't quite so huge, it's still a great time to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration freebies!  Every $60 in retail product ordered qualifies for a free product, and I know you won't want to miss it. CLICK HERE to view the current Sale-A-Bration flyers and see what all you can get for free!  

I've got one last feature for you from Sale-A-Bration before our time is up: Delicate Details.  This gorgeous set snuck by me the first few times I browsed the catalogue.  It seemed dainty, and dainty isn't my thing... but it's more than meets the eye!  The little borders make a fantastic element on any card!

My husband and I became Auntie Shannon and Uncle Steve this weekend when our nephew, Nathaniel, entered the world.  This card was made for the new little guy in the family. 

Pretty cool that lace sneaks in so nicely on a boyish card, right?  I embossed the stamp onto a piece of Watercolour Paper, cut it out, and gave it a gradient wash with Dapper Denim ink.  I love that it goes from dark to light and fades into the background by the edge.

If you've got any questions about Sale-A-Bration as we get down to the final hours, don't hesitate to give me a shout with any questions; I love sharing Stampin' Up! with my friends and spreading the joy of creating beautiful things with your hands.


Shopping in Canada?  I'd love to help you create!
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March 30, 2017

Fancy Friday - March Sketch Challenge

Hi friends!  How excited are you that the weekend is almost here?  It has been one LONG week. We were just about to head out for dinner when Allison- whose blog you're just coming from - said she wasn't done her blog post yet and wasn't ready.  OH RIGHT.  I had somehow forgotten that this was tonight, and though my projects and pictures were done, this post would've gone live with nothing on it!  Thank goodness for friends who keep you in check... 

Our March Fanciness is coming in sketch form, with a twist.  We are using a pretty basic sketch, and showing how you can step it up to make cards for all levels of crafters.  Perfect for the beginner, the advanced, and everyone in between!  

Here's the sketch we are working with: 

Nice and simple!  A sketch like this is a clean slate; easy to quickly finish, but with lots of room to build.  Love it. 

I originally made two cards for this sketch, but when I showed a friend, she said "which one is the simple version?"  Whoops.  I really struggle with simple, and apparently, I wasn't quite there!  I decided to make my "easy" card my "easIER" card and then make another version that was ACTUALLY simple.  And so here's my set of three! 

This card was my late addition - no framelits, no colouring, no ribbon!  Very basic supplies but a great colour pallet and a clean, simple image.  This adorable grey polkadot paper is another Sale-A-Bration freebie you won't want to miss - that fabulous Carried Away DSP!

My "medium" card was my original simple card - and yes, it IS stepped down from my fancy one, but apparently I still overdid it!  I chose another image from the same stamp set - Perfect Mix - but this time, I watercoloured it a little bit.  The Layering Square framelits give it a nice matting, and the Sweet Sugarplum ribbon adds a touch of fancy.  That's not TOO over-the-top, right?!

But sometimes over-the-top is fun too.  My last card shown is the first I created; some silver, some heat embossing, some ink splattered, fussy-cutting, and more watercolour all adds up to a pretty fancy card... but not one that's too hard to make if you've got the tools on hand!

Altogether, I think these cards make a pretty sweet set.  Which one is your favourite?

Let's hop over to the incredibly talented Connie Collins and see what she's made this week - I'm sure it will be stunning, as usual!
Thanks so much for coming by - see you again very soon - I've got one more Sale-A-Bration feature for you before the month is over!

And if you'll excuse me, that sushi dinner is calling my name... 


Shopping in Canada?  I'd love to help you create!
Use the links below to view the products used to create these cards.