Thursday, 24 July 2014

Convention Highlights

Well what can I say about Convention?  It was incredible.  I've come home inspired and full of ideas for upcoming events and different things to implement into my business.  I thought I'd share a few of my favorite photos from the event.

The first photo is just a snapshot of the display boards.  There are always soooo many ideas from other demonstrators and staff from the home office.  I make a point of taking photos of all the boards and then often come home and just zoom in to find my favorites.  Otherwise it's too hard to take in everything!
Convention attendees were lucky enough to be the first to receive a copy of the holiday catalogue.  They had product displays showcasing many of the products from the catalogue - including this GORGEOUS Halloween wreath.  So beautiful!
This is me, Danny and my Mom on our way into the convention centre for the Awards night.
I was lucky enough to have 5 team members attend Convention this year - from the left we have Ally, Sheila, Danny and my Mom. Patti was also there but she wasn't in this photo.  It was fun to share Convention with them.
There was this fun wall of flowers that you could use as a backdrop for photos so after the awards ceremony the three of us went to have our photo taken in front of it.  It was so beautiful!
 One of the highlights for me was that my upline, Winona Semler, and I both made top 20 in Canada which means we are both invited to the Founders Circle Retreat in St. George in September.  What an honour!  Not only did Winona make top 20 but she was also invited to join the Advisory Board - one of only 2 Canadians on the board this year!  So happy for her.  She deserves it!

Here's a brief video recap of Convention that SU! put together.  I'd love to have you join my team and attend Convention with me next year.   Feel free to email me with any questions.

I want to end this post with a big THANK YOU to all of you who have helped me achieve all that I achieved this year.  It's because of you that I had such a great year!  Thank you!!


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Weekly Deals - July 22 to July 28

Good morning!  Well I've returned from Convention full of ideas and inspiration and not enough time to do everything I'd like to.  I guess now would be a good time to make a list and prioritize!

Convention was a ton of fun - I will share more about that tomorrow, once I have time to download and edit my photos.  I have lots to share:)  Today I wanted to pop in and share the weekly deals.

Bitty Banners Big Shot Framelits Dies

Product #129267
Price Reg. $18.95 Sale $14.21

Cut your stamped images, create layers and frames! 3 dies. Largest image: 2-1/4" x 1/2". Coordinates with Blue Ribbon, Itty Bitty Banners, Simply Sports, Sketched Birthday Stamp Sets.

Calypso Coral Celebration Add-On Kit

Product #133431
Price Reg. $12.95 Sale $9.71

Includes 4 sheets of 12" x 12" self-adhesive streamersÑcut to fit; 12' stitched garland; 2 sheets of die-cut accents, 1 sheet ea. 12" x 12" and 7" x 12"; 12 sheets of 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper; Stampin' Spritzer for coloring streamers.

Celebrations Basic Kit
Product:  133007
Price: Reg. $18.95 Sale $14.21

Create your party de_cor foundation. Includes banner pieces: 15 Kraft pennants, 4-7/8" x 7-1/2" ea.; die-cut letters that spell 'Celebrate'; 12' of jute twine; 10 printed goodie bags, 5-7/8" x 4" ea.; 1 sheet of bag closures; 10 round printed tags, 2-1/2"

Crushed Curry 3/4" Chevron Ribbon

Product: #130019
Price: Regular $12.50 Sale $9.38

Trendy must-have! Adorable twill with chevron design. Whisper White accent woven through. 10 yds.

Curly Label Punch

Product #119851
Price:  Reg. $ 22.95 Sale $17.21

Let our punches knock you out! All punch images are shown actual size.

Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch

Product #119275
Price: Regular $20.95 Sale $15.71

Let our punches knock you out! All punch images are shown actual size.

Pumpkin Pie 3/4" Chevron Ribbon

Product #130015
Price:  Reg. $12.50 Sale $9.38

Trendy must-have! Adorable twill with chevron design. Whisper White accent woven through. 10 yds.

Summer Happiness Kit - Digital Download

Product #130076
Price: Reg. $10.95 Sale $6.57

Download includes:
* 17-piece stamp brush set
* 12 Designer Series Papers
* 26 embellishments

* Digital-exclusive
* An array of versatile floral and nature motifs to brighten your projects
* Easy to create coordinating projects with all included elements

Coordinating colors:
Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Whisper White

If there is anything you'd like to order, feel free to order online from my online store or email me

Have a creative day!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Craft Room/Studio Organization Ideas

Good morning!  Today I'm sharing with you how I store some of my crafting supplies.  This is what has been working for me.  It has changed over the years.  I've tried several different ways to organize my papers and embellishments.  It really is all about trial and error.  You need to find what works for you and your space.

Let's start with embellishments - my apothecary jars hold washi tape, buttons and bakers twine.  Buttons are the one thing that I have a weakness for, I don't get rid of retired buttons - they just get dumped into this jar once they retire:)
This is the first drawer to the left of my crafting area.  I picked up these drawer organizers at the dollar store and they hold our little embellishment containers perfectly.  These are mostly current accessories so the drawer is pretty empty at the moment:)

The next drawer over holds my current ribbon - again the drawer organizers are from the dollar store.  Our rolls of ribbon fit perfectly - except for the burlap ribbon.  I forgot to take a photo of the way I store my scraps but in one of the Expedit cubbies above this drawer I have a tray with a bunch of jars and in the jars are my scraps which I have by colors (orange and yellow in one/blue and green in another etc.).

My punches are stored on IKEA's picture shelves.  They hold the new style punches perfectly.  I only have a few of the old style, my most used ones are laying down (upper right) and the rest I have in drawer.
Full sheets of cardstock (both 12x12 and 8-1/2x11) are stored in these paper storage bins.  I have them stored by color family with the in colors doubled up at the bottom.  That's what works for me, as a demonstrator, but I know many crafters prefer to do it by color.
My scraps are stored to the right of where I craft so they are right at my finger tips.  I sort them alphabetically with whisper white and very vanilla at the front because they are most used.  It doesn't look like I have many scraps at the moment because I make a point of purging at the change of every catalogue.  Big scraps get donated and little ones get recycled.  This helps keep it manageable.
Current patterned paper gets stored in this bin which sits in one of the Expedit cubbies.  Again it isn't very full at the moment because it's the beginning of a new catalogue.  By the end of the year, it's pretty full.  This isn't the way this will remain, I plan on picking up some 12x12 storage trays that fit the Expedit so that they can store flat.  But that will happen down the road...
Retired and non SU! patterned paper gets stored in these plastic bins in the bottom of my pantry cupboard.  When I'm doing my own personal scrapbooking, this is where I head first because I'm not concerned with what I'm using and if it's still available.  You can see I also have my retired 12x12 cardstock there - I rarely get rid of 12x12 cardstock.  It's always nice to have lots of color options for scrapbooking.
The IKEA drawers are nice and deep so it's great for storing stamps.  I don't have any rhyme or reason to the organization, they are just added to the drawer.  I have one drawer for holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween etc.) and then this one for everything else.

I think I've covered most everything, except maybe Big Shot stuff.  I will cover that another time, I just realized I forgot to take photos of it.  Hopefully, this has given you some ideas on how to organize your crafting supplies.

Have a creative day!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Craft Room/Studio Tour

Good morning! I was thinking about my craft room the other day and how it was this time last year that the basement development was finished and ready to put together.  A year ago!  Man time flies...

This post is way overdue!  It's time that I share my craft room/studio with you.  Some things have changed since the initial set up because they just weren't working as well as I had hoped but the set up as it is now is perfect.

A little bit of background - I share the basement with a spare bedroom, bathroom and a play area for the kids.  I am lucky enough to have the largest portion for my craft room/studio.   This was one of the reasons for our move last year.  In our previous house, my studio was in our rec room so when I held classes, the family was confined to the upstairs.  This wasn't a problem when the kids were younger and were in bed by 7 but now that they are older it was becoming a bit unfair.  We decided that a two storey house with the studio in the basement would solve the problem and it has! Everyone is loving it.

So here's a little tour.  This first photo is what you see when you come down the stairs.
We inherited this beautiful piece of furniture from my parents.  It's actually meant for a dining area sideboard but it works perfectly for storing tons of stuff!  I have magazines, old catalogues, resources and my team meeting supplies in the cupboards.  The drawers hold manuals, packaging, empty containers and retired ribbon.  Then along the top is where I keep my upcoming class sign up sheets.
This is the view from one of the back corners.
This is the big shot station.  It's actually a butcher block type table that we had picked up at a garage sale a couple years ago and used as a kitchen island in our previous house.  It holds my printer, unfinished projects (in the bin on the bottom shelf) and then my big shot(s).  I picked up the gorgeous frame from IKEA last year and have still not done anything with it!  My intent is to spray paint it and then add some burlap and use it for display purposes.  Some day...
I have my cardstock stored in bins that were made for me by our contractor.  They are 12x12 but I store both 12x12 and 8-1/2x11 full sheets in here.
Next to the paper storage, I have an Ikea Expedit shelving unit with my scoring tool and some apothecary jars with embellishments.  A frame that I repurposed with chicken wire to display some cards.  I'd like to eventually spray paint the frame... but again when there's time, which there never seems to be.

Along the back wall I have some Ikea kitchen cupboards and butcher block counter top. The two photos show the entire span of it.  It is 16' of awesomeness!  I love this set up.

Beginning from the left, I added an Expedit shelf on top.
Initially the intent was to hang it but I'm on the shorter side so I wouldn't have been able to easily reach the upper shelves so we just set it on top and it's the perfect height.
To the right of that shelving unit is my crafting space.  This is where I create.  Right now it's set up as the technique station for stamp club.  But my ink pads are right there, I have a little bin with all my most used tools (adhesives, bone folder, scissors, etc.).  To the right of that area, under the counter is a filing cabinet with all my scraps of cardstock (I'll share more on that tomorrow).
Then to the right of the filing cabinet is another cupboard and Expedit shelving unit.  This is mostly resources and business supplies.
To the right of that is my computer work area.  So it has my laptop, planner and Silhouette.  I spend a lot of time sitting at this spot.
The last cupboard is a pantry cupboard and this is where I store my albums, extra page protectors and retired patterned paper.  The top cupboard is binders with MDS downloads and other resources.  As you can see, I will soon outgrow this cupboard so I may need to find a different spot for the stuff along the bottom shelf.  However, there are a few empty albums along the top shelf so I'll be ok for awhile:)

So that's a quick tour of my craft room/studio.  I will share some more detailed storage ideas with you over the next couple days - like how I store my stamps, dsp, ribbon etc.  I am so blessed to have this space and so very grateful to have a supportive family and the opportunity to earn money sharing something I LOVE to do. 

Have a creative day!


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Endless Birthday Wishes Card

Well no scrapbooking post to share today!  I haven't done any scrapbooking since planning my June scrapbook club.  I need to get back on track once I'm back from Convention.  Instead, I thought I'd share my convention swap.  This was also one of the cards we did this month at stamp club.

It uses the fabulous Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set and our new Blendabilities markers - I am LOVING coloring with these markers!  If you haven't tried them yet, I'd love to have you join us at my Blend Well class on August 19th.  You can try them out and see for yourself what everyone is talking about!  Register today.

Have a creative day!

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Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.


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