Erica Edney - Stampin' Up Demonstrator - Victoria, BC Canada

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Seashore Stampers Blog Hop - My Favourite from Sale-A-Bration


Hello everyone.
Welcome to the first Blog Hop for 2017. Our members had a choice for this month - a Valentine theme or our favourite product from the new Occasions catalogue/Sale-A-Bration brochure.

It turns out that nearly every one of my customers chose the Hey Chick stamp set as one of their free items from the SAB brochure. As soon as I saw the brochure it was the stamp set I immediately zeroed in on. I don't live on a farm but for whatever reason I love chickens. My best buddy in Washington State has real chickens and I enjoy visiting with them when I go down. I'm also interested in seeing the varying colours of eggs they produce. Not just white and not just brown, but shades of blue, pink and yellow. Maybe my chicken interest stems from my love of owls and the collection I had in my early twenties. I now have a collection of chickens in my kitchen and I share them with you here.
Tiny glass roosters sitting on my kitchen window sill.
One of my clients was happy to trade her rooster light for a couple of stamp sets. He sits on my dining room hutch.


This is my chicken/rooster collection on my kitchen floor. The black & white rooster on the far left is my latest addition - a Christmas present from my husband.
So, as thank you notes to drop into my client's recent orders, I used the Hey Chick stamp set (p. 17 of the SAB brochure) and the new Hexagon embossing folder (p. 47 of the Occasions catalogue). All of the cards measure 4 x 4 inches save for the last two which measure 3 x 3 inches. So, for the envelopes, I made my own using the envelope punch board.

I embossed the front of this card with the embossing folder and used it again to create the chicken wire texture on the Whisper White panel. To ink the folder, open it up and drag the Basic Gray ink pad over the side that has the Sizzix and Stampin' Up! logos. Then gently place the Whisper White piece on top of that inked surface and then I place a piece of scrap copy paper on top of that and gently rub to pick up the texture.


For this card, I inked up the embossing folder as described above then placed the front of the card base on top, closed the folder and ran it through the big shot. Here's a photo to show you the placement of the card base.
 

This is a Basic Black card base and I inked up the Hexagon folder with the Whisper White craft ink. Be careful not to smudge the ink as it stays wet for quite a while.

 Have you noticed a bit of a layering theme going on. These chickens are quirky so I felt the papers had to follow suit.
 I also used washi tape on some of the cards to add some more texture and interest. I am loving it.

For the colouring, I mostly used the new Watercolor Pencils (p.24 of the Occasions catalogue) and an Aqua Painter (p.18 of the Annual catalogue). Here's a tip for you. You don't need to colour over the entire image with the pencils. Just outline the image and colour over any of the dark lines then use the Aqua Painter to pull the colour into the white areas.

I hope you have enjoyed this post. All of the supplies used are listed below and link directly to my online store. Be sure the use the January Host Code Q2RNCBA6 when ordering to have your name entered into this month's prize draw.

Please have a look at all the blog entries for this month by following the links below. Any questions, be sure to contact me. Happy stamping!

Saturday, 7 January 2017

New Occasions Catalogue Product Spotlight - Window Box Thinlits

Here is the sixth product spotlight leading up to my Open House this weekend.

I will have a number of products to show you along with some projects I've made. For details on the Open House, check out my Events page.

You are going to just love this little box. The Curvy Keepsakes box was so popular and this one will be too. So perfect for that small gift - a piece of jewellery, some candy, chocolates, mini soaps, etc.

Donna from Stampin' Up! gives a great demonstration on how to create and embellish this hexagon box.






Friday, 6 January 2017

New Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration


That's right, it's party time! For every $60 Cdn you spend from the new Occasions Catalogue or the Annual Catalogue or sale items in Clearance, you can earn free products. Check out the Sale-A-Bration brochure to see what those free items look like. Gorgeous paper, ribbon, stamp sets, etc.
You will not want to miss out on this sale.

Open House This Weekend

If you are coming to my Open House this weekend, on Sunday 1-4 or Tuesday evening 7-9 pm, you can pick up your copy of both the catalogue and brochure. If you can't make it I can reserve copies for you - just let me know. And for your convenience, here are links to both of them so you can browse online.


http://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/catalogs/Sale-A-Bration_2017/SAB_2017_CA.pdf


http://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/catalogs/2017%20Occasions%20Catalog/20161007_OCC17_en-CA.pdf

The products in the Occasions catalogue are available until May 31 however Sale-A-Bration ends March 31 so plan your spending over the next three months.

Two New Stamping Clubs

The main purpose for creating these two clubs is to help you carve out some 'me-time' to craft and get out and socialize. We are all so busy, but having 'me-time' doing what you love is so important. Join one or both of these clubs, depending on your interest, and learn something new, perfect your skills, and socialize with like-minded people. My second purpose is to encourage you to use your crafting supplies. Most of you have invested quite a bit and it sits there in bags and boxes. You had good intentions when you made the purchase but then ... well life happened. Carve out some time to use your stuff. I think you will find these clubs a good way to achieve that.

Monthly Host a Project Club

This club will focus on making three dimensional projects - learn to make a box from scratch, make more interesting cards using different folds and pop-ups, create tea light holders, gift card holders, gift boxes, etc. Each month, one member will be the Host and will earn free products based on the sales that month. A six-month commitment with a $40 minimum order each month is all that is required - an affordable way to purchase new stuff or replenish your basic crafting supplies. More details here.

Monthly Technique Club

Interested in building up your paper crafting skills? Sign up for this monthly club. We will meet one evening per month for a project that incorporates a stamping/paper crafting technique. You will be given a Duo-Tang binder to store your collection of technique sheets received each class. More details here.

Want a Forever & Ever Discount?

This is the best time of the year to join my team and sign up with Stampin' Up! For the total price of $135 (no tax and no shipping), you can select up to $165 worth of products - anything you want. And during Sale-A-Bration (this is why this is the best time to sign-up) you get to select an additional two free stamp sets of your choice. For more information click here. If you have additional questions, call or email me and I'd be happy to respond.

I'm really looking forward to seeing you this weekend. And if you can't make it, call me and you can come over another time to see the products and samples and pick up information you missed.


New Occasions Catalogue Product Spotlight - Happy Celebrations

Here is the fifth product spotlight leading up to my Open House this weekend.

I will have a number of products to show you along with some projects I've made. For details on the Open House, check out my Events page.

This is a fun set! A stamp set with combinations of words you can use for multiple occasions and if you pair these with the coordinating embossing folders, you can make very creative embossed and coloured greetings.

Donna Griffith from Stampin' Up! gives a great tutorial on how to use this set.






Thursday, 5 January 2017

New Occasions Catalogue Product Spotlight - Watercolour Pencils

Here is the fouth product spotlight leading up to my Open House this weekend.

I will have a number of products to show you along with some projects I've made. For details on the Open House, check out my Events page.

Wow! A set of watercolour pencils in Stampin' Up! colours. And wait until you see a free product you can earn to use with them.

Check out this video by Shannon West of Stampin' Up!

Spend a minimum of $60 before shipping and taxes, and you can earn a gorgeous pack of designer series paper called Inside the Lines. I'm sure you are well aware of the colouring book craze of the past year or so. Well Stampin' Up! has designed some paper you can colour with the new watercolour pencils and an acqua painter to blend the colours and create a beautiful background for your cards.

Enjoy these videos and I hope to see you at my Open House.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

New Occasions Catalogue Product Spotlight - So in Love

Here is the third product spotlight leading up to my Open House this weekend.

I will have a number of products to show you along with some projects I've made. For details on the Open House, check out my Events page.

Today I'm featuring the 'Falling in Love' product suite that has a couple of stamp sets plus coordinating dies, designer series paper, satin ribbon, lace doilies, gorgeous embellishments and an embossing folder. This suite of products is perfect for any 'love' themed occasion - an engagement, wedding, or anniversary and can also be used for birthday cards. You can create a belly band with the thinlits and use it to contain a gift card.

It's my 30th wedding anniversary this year so I will make a very special card for my husband.

Carrie from Stampin' Up! demonstrates the So in Love stamp set and coordinating thinlits.



Tuesday, 3 January 2017

New Occasions Catalogue Product Spotlight - Stylish Stems Framelits

Here is the second product spotlight leading up to my Open House this weekend.

I will have a number of products to show you along with some projects I've made. For details on the Open House, check out my Events page.

These are the Stylish Stems Framelits and these work differently than other framelits. Check out this video by Holly from Stampin' Up!


Monday, 2 January 2017

New Occasions Catalogue Product Spotlight - Balloon Pop-up Thinlit Dies

Leading up to my Open House this weekend, every day I'll post a new product spotlight.

I will have a number of products to show you along with some projects I've made. For details on the Open House, check out my Events page.

Create an eye-popping birthday card with this set of dies. Your recipient will be surprised by a pop-up greeting when they open your card. Brandi Barnard from Stampin' Up! demonstrates this set of dies in this video.