Hey there friends! Happy May! Before I jump into today’s post, I wanted to take a minute to thank you for all your lovely comments, support and encouragement on my last post “When Life Gives You Lemons…” I really appreciate your love and concern.
In some ways it feels like just yesterday that I wrote that post. At the same time, it feels like it’s been forever too.
I’ll be honest, it’s been rough.
I’ve cut back my diet to just a handful of the same foods which I’ve been eating pretty much every single day for the last month. All foods that are supposedly “okay” for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Yet despite that, almost every day I experience gut pain or discomfort of some sort.
I think what’s most frustrating right now is that I don’t have answers. And I don’t know when I’m going to have answers.
The hospital emergency doctor told me he thought I might have IBD, but I would need to consult with a GI specialist. Do you know when my consult is?
Not until May 17th. Which will be 6 weeks AFTER my hospital visit.
And it’s just a phone consult.
Heaven knows when they’ll actually get around to doing testing.
And because they don’t know what the problem actually is, no one is giving me recommendations of any kind. Not the hospital doctor, not my family doctor.
Which leaves me trying to figure everything out on my own.
Let me tell you, I’m NOT having fun with it. There is so much conflicting advice out there. Even on so-called sites that are dedicated to gut health and IBD.
What it all seems to come down to, is that everyone reacts differently. What is fine for one person, can trigger another. UGH!
So, here I am, 3 weeks later, with everything still up in the air. Still trying to figure things out. Still feeling like poop.
But, despite it all, I DO have a card to share with you today.
It’s my monthly exclusive tutorial for all my email subscribers,
What does that mean?
It means that every month, at the beginning of the month, my email subscribers receive an email with a link to video tutorial for an intermediate/advanced level card AND a downloadable PDF handout with supplies, dimensions and step-by-step written directions.
To get access to the tutorial and handout, all you have to do is subscribe to my email newsletter.
Stampin’ Up! Canada | Hot Dog! It’s Your Birthday
For this month’s card I used the super cute “Hot Dog” stamp set.
It’s a stamp set from the 2021 Spring Mini Catalogue, and it features dogs in different poses.
I coloured the dog using my Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers, in a very soft, gingery tone. Which just happens to be very close to the colour of my dog.
I paired the dog image with the fun paper patterns from the Playing with Patterns 6″ x 6″ designer series paper.
The paper is sadly now retired, but really, you can use paper in any fun patterns that you may have. The stamp set is still available until June 30th.
For details on how I made the card, you gotta watch the tutorial 😉. And for that, it means you need to be an email subscriber.
It’s easy peasy though, just click the link here to subscribe.
Stampin’ Up! Canada | Hot Dog! It’s Your Birthday Supplies
- Stamps: Hot Dog
- Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Whisper White Craft ink, Pool Party ink, Stampin’ Blends in Ivory, Light Cinnamon Cider, Light Flirty Flamingo, Light and Dark Highland Heather
- Paper: Basic White Thick CS, Basic White Regular CS, Night of Navy CS, Playing With Patterns patterned paper
- Accessories: bone folder, paper snips, blending brushes, Stitched Rectangle dies, die cutting machine, embossing powder tool, white embossing powder, heat tool. Rhinestone Basic Jewels, double-sided adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Black Stampin’ Dimensionals, low tack tape (Scotch)
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If you are in Canada and you are looking to purchase any of the Stampin’ Up! products used in this card I would be honoured to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. Simply click on any of the product images below and add them to your cart.
I do offer a customer rewards program. And this is how it works…First, download my customer rewards tracking sheet.
Then, use the host code shown here when you place an online order through my Stampin’ Up! store.
For every $50 CAN you spend (before taxes and shipping) you receive a star. Once you’ve collected 10 stars, I will gift you with a stamp set valued at up to $35 CAN (hostess sets excluded). Best of all, I pay the taxes and shipping. Note: do NOT use the hostess code if you are placing an order over $200 CAN. Why? because you’ll get your own hostess rewards.
It’s that time of the year – Stampin’ Up! has a brand new Annual Catalogue.
And let me tell you, as always, Stampin’ Up! has outdone itself!
This catalogue is packed with gorgeous new products.
You can download a pdf copy of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue (Canadian) here.
For a print copy of the catalogue, simply submit and order of $60 CAD or more, and I’ll mail you your very own copy.
Products available May 4, 2021 – May 2, 2022
Stampin’ Up! Canada Promotions
It’s a fabulous time to join Stampin’ Up!
New team members get even MORE FREE products in their customizable Starter Kit.
From May 4 – 31, new team members can get
$165 CAD $206 CAD worth of products for only $135 CAD + free business supplies + free shipping + all the fun being a part of Stampin’ Up!
I would love to have you join my team!
Connect, Craft & Collect $30
It’s easier than ever to enjoy extra benefits by hosting a Stampin’ Up! party! Connect with your friends and customers, make fun crafts, and collect the rewards! Submit a qualifying order or party during this promotion and you’ll get our generous Stampin’ Rewards PLUS additional rewards you can redeem!
Outside of the party setting, Stampin’ Rewards are available to those who place individual orders of $200 or more.
For more information download the pdf handout here.
Available May 4 – June 14, 2021.
The Hey Chick Stamp Set (a 2017 Sale-A-Bration set) has returned and brought along three new friends: The Chick Dies and a brand-new bundle that includes the Hey Birthday Chick Stamp Set and the Birthday Chick Dies.
These playful images are so fun to stamp. You’ll love sending the “punny “cards you make to all your friends.
Available February 2 – June 30, 2021.
Stampin’ Up! Canada | Paper Pumpkin Kit
Do you want to create but prefer the convenience of a kit?
Then you may want to consider subscribing to Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Pumpkin kit. Every month, for only $30/month you’ll receive all the stamps, ink, and paper you need to create a fun project, without any stress. Everything is precut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun part of crafting! Your first kit includes a free gift from us—a clear stamping block. You’ll also build a collection of stamps and ink to use on other projects. There’s no pressure—you can cancel or suspend at any time. Subscribe by the 10th of the month to get started!
Step up to the plate, take a swing, and knock it out of the park! With the Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit, it’s your turn to go to bat for all the people who’ve gone to bat for you. This month’s timeless kit with a “throwback” theme contains enough grand slam supplies to create nine cards—and coordinating envelopes—featuring classic colors, pinwheel and pinstripe patterns, and vintage-washed paper pieces. There’s no “batter” way to root, root, root for your home team and honor the all-stars in your life!
In order to receive this kit, you must sign up by May 10th. You can sign up for the Batter Up Paper Pumpkin kit here.
Stampin’ Up! Canada | Shopping List
Live in the US and looking to buy Stampin’ Up! products? My friend Jason Loucks would be happy to help you!