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August 31, 2010

Reveal this!

Imagine your 2010 Christmas tree covered in ornaments handmade by you! And you don't have to panic about getting them complete on time because if you start in September, you're all set to set up your tree even in October! You're invited to join my Christmas ornament class!

Join me in a class on September 23, 2010 to make 2 fabric Christmas ornaments!

Your class includes:
 (1) all your supplies to make 2 fabric ornaments in class and take home
(2) a pack of Deck the Halls fabric enough to make another 10 ornmanets yourself at home!

Class fee:
Early bird registration before September 10: $30
Registration after September 10: $35
Registration closes on September 15

If you can't physically make it to class but love the ornaments, you can purchase a special class kit that has pre-cut fabric and all materials prepared for you. All you have to do is follow the enclosed instructions. Class kits are $35 (plus shipping if necessary) but must be ordered before September 15.

or contact me for more details:
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August 30, 2010

The day I'll always remember..

Four years ago today marks an incredible date that has forever changed my life. My life living and working in Japan started 4 years ago. An inspiring journey that til this day as I look back still surprises me at how I left everything in Vancouver and embarked on a solo journey to Japan at age 22 where I picked up the most intriguing inspirations that I've ever gotten in life.
So to reminiscent those days, I pulled out my old blog and reposted my first entry here for your pleasure.
And here's a picture of me in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Please comment here if you'd like to see me digging out more of my old blog and repost "My Adventures in Japan" here every once in a while. :)

August 27-September 2, 2006
 はじめまして (Nice to meet you)
So I’ve been off the plane for 5 days now. Hit by jet-lag for 3 days, I managed to survive all the official Japanese greetings. Within the 3 days that I arrived, I met at least 100 people. I was in Shinjuku for 2 days and then I went up to Niigata. I was taken every where to do the formal あいさつ (greeting) and greet everyone in the Mitsuke city hall. 10 minutes after I arrived at Mitsuke I met the superintendent of Education and was interviewed by the newspaper. 

I am twenty-thirteen years old
Before I could stop to catch my breath and enjoy my new apartment, the next day I met the people at the fire and police department. Finally, I met the mayor of Mitsuke. I think the best meeting was meeting the people at the fire department. All of them were so eager to speak English and one of the best self-introductions I’ve heard so far started with “I am twenty-thirteen years old”. Turns out he was trying to say he was 23 years old; that’s when I realized that the firemen here are all very young. In fact they are the only young people I’ve met so far in this pitiful tiny town. Amazingly they’re all under 30 and funny enough they’ve already made plans with me to go out for drinks and movies. Is the city so small that the only friends I find are firemen? But I can’t complain since I’ve never met anyone as insane as they are. Also, for the sake of cooking mishaps, I should get to know my 911 guys. But on this side of the world, we dial 119 instead.

Today is the first day of school for me and every student. At the assembly I had to do a self-introduction in front of all the students which turned out quite strange because the students were like zombies gawking at me throughout my speech. Today is also my first day without my translator. My translator, aka supervisor returned to Shinjuku after bringing me over here. He was so nice that it seems so weird without him now. I think I relied on his translations too much but I realized today that I can understand almost everything that people try to tell me.

 The city hall gave me a bike today. Unfortunately I haven’t been on a bike for almost 10 years so there was a group of people watching me go as I biked off home today. Everyone came out to watch me off but I think they wanted to see me crash into a poll as I rode off which I almost did and made this lady scream as if she saw Godzilla.
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FREE Craft Tote with Starter Kit starting Sept 1!

You can get this BEAUTIFUL Craft Tote FREE when you purchase a demonstrator Kit beginning September 1. 

Some of you have been eyeing on my bag I bought at convention this year and wondered how they can get their hands on one. Here's your chance!!! Purchase a demonstrator starter kit and this tote can be yours FREE!! (Value $49.95) While supplies last! so get in on this deal QUICK!

Greenhouse Gala Craft Tote Description
* 100% twill nylon exterior; 100% nylon interior
* Dimensions: 15-3/4" x 7-5/8" x 8-7/8"
* Includes attachable shoulder strap for easy transport
* Outside pockets fit extra-large punches perfectly
* Outside flap pockets offer secure spot for accessories
* Back zipper pocket holds up to seven Stampin' Pads
* Center section fits 12" x 12" card stock, Craft Keepers, and Paper Cutter

    "I would love to help you join Stampin' Up! and my team of Stampers Without Borders. Joining is simple and carries no obligation..just lots and lots of awesome opportunities!"
    Why join?

    1. Customize your kit – select incredible products from our  Idea book and catalog OR the Holiday MINI to customize the kit to your needs and liking.
    2. Stampin’ Connection – a facebook community ONLY for Stampin' Up! demonstrators to exchange and share ideas. Also features 100,000 samples from other demonstrators.
    3. Access to Stampin’ UP! website
    4. A monthly Stampin’ U! magazine which features articles by creative business-people to inspire you
    5. Become one of my personal directs – I offer full downline support to all of my downline from stamping technique training, to building a business and of course, achieving the annual free INCENTIVE CRUISE!
    6. 2 FREE months of a Demonstrator website with Blog feature!
    7. Be your own hostess and receive commission as well as the Hostess Perks!

    More information and details on becoming a member of Stampers Without Borders:

    Please also do not hesitate to contact me if you want to learn more about becoming a demonstrator:

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    August 29, 2010

    Another exciting preview

    Looking for more fabric projects? Here's another preview! Be prepared to see the magic of paper, stamps, embellishment and fabric combined to make this incredible project. Stay tuned over the next few days to watch the big reveal of this project. I'll also be offering this project as a class soon.

    In the meantime, visit my list of events on my calendar to plan out your holiday cards/ornaments/treats class and be prepared for the holidays well before the season starts.
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    August 28, 2010

    BLOWOUT Clearance Rack

    Stampin' Up! has just updated their clearance rack on their site! Be sure to check out my online shopping site here to pick out your deals at MAJOR MAJOR discounts! Go to PRODUCTS > SHOP NOW > then on the left side you'll find clearance rack.
    These items are available thru online ordering only. And supplies are limited so get it now before it's out of stock.

    On top of all the awesome retired cardstock and accessories, here are my top picks  of this time's Clearance Rack updates (in no particular order):

    Be prepared for Christmas this year and prepare your gifts! Craft up a Christmas Scrapbook for yourself or give it as a gift. Be do it early before Christmas catches you!

    I Wish Simply Scrappin' #112193
    Sale Price: $14.99 (Original $23.95)
    Using the Simply Scrappin' Kit as a gift? How about this scallop circle chipboard book? Makes a cute little scrapbook gift!

    Sale Price: $3.99 (Original $6.95)
    And to finish off your project, don't forget my favorite Satin Ribbon.

    Sale Price: $7.99 (Original $13.50)
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    August 27, 2010

    Lion Treats

    I made this masculine yet cute card for a good friend's birthday. I finally remembered to give it to him after a few weeks late. But I'm glad he liked it.
    Here I used punches to make the lion's head and tail. And of course, I had to pick out the yellow jelly beans to fill up the sweet treat cup as the lion's body.

    The stamp set I used is the Funky Four (Clear-Mount Stamp 120438, Price: $14.95)
    This set coordinates perfectly with the Play Date Designer Series Paper (#117168, Price: $12.50)

    And BunBun got in the way while I was trying to take a picture of the card...only because I stole his lookout window space.

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    August 25, 2010

    FREEBIE for workshop hostess!

    If you're like me, I like freebies!!! So to satisfy you and your wallet, I'm offering a free Classic Stamp pad of your choice to ANYONE who hosts a workshop with me in September.

    September is the best time to have a workshop because it is the release of the new Holiday mini catalog! You've seen my projects that feature products from the upcoming catalog on my blog. In your September workshop, be prepared to see even more of these items and try your hand at using these products to complete your make and take projects!

    More free stuff!? remember my August-September workshop promotion? If your workshop total clears $200, I'll throw in a free Dasher stamp set for you!

    I have the following September dates available:
    September 4
    September 5
    September 18
    September 19
    September 25
    September 26

    Contact me now to book your workshop now and receive your free Classic ink pad.
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    August 22, 2010

    The big reveal!

    Here it is! Stampin' Up! will be releasing a new line of fabric!! With the new fabric, I'm making new Christmas ornaments for my tree this year!! I will add more of my ornaments to my blog as they become available.
    Want to make some fabric ornaments too? I will be doing a Christmas Tree ornament on November 1st.
    For a complete calendar of my holiday classes, click here. I'll be having monthly Stamp-a-stack classes to complete your Christmas cards starting in September.
    Pictures for these classes will be posted soon.
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    August 20, 2010

    Another Preview

    Oh there are just so many things that I'd like to show you from the absolutely fabulous Holiday Mini Catalogue. There's a reason why I've been posting almost daily now...I can't stop crafting with all the new holiday goodies!!!

    Here's another preview of another project I did tonight.
    Watch for the full reveal in the next couple of days. I'm sooo excited about this one as well! Finally something that matches the title of my blog. Look carefully...paper, or not?
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    August 19, 2010

    Christmas Collage

    Drum roll...

    Here's the big reveal of my favourite stamp set from the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog.
    If you look carefully at the small prints, this giant stamp has all the holiday greetings you'll need in one stamp! Great for backgrounds or event a full card front of a holiday card. There's just so much you can do with this!
    Stay tuned for more projects with this stamp AND my Christmas card class with this stamp starting already in September!
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    August 18, 2010

    Missing you in stamp club!

    We're having so much fun at our monthly stamp club that I can't wait to start the next one!

    ALWAYS accepting new members! and the next round of stamp club starts in September!
    Here's one of the projects we did for July's meeting.
    For more information on Stamp Club and how it works to get you FREE products, Join Stamp Club!
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    Holiday Mini Preview Continued

    Here's another project I made from another Holiday Mini Catalog Stamp Set.
    Stampin' Up! tags til Christmas Candy Wrapper die
    This Tags Til Christmas stamp set has stamps that are perfect for quick bag and tag projects! I can't wait to show you more!!

    AND what do you think of the new CANDY WRAPPER Sizzix Die?! Perfect for Halloween treats, stocking stuffers, and maybe even New Years Eve crackers if you know how to work those popping sounds :P

    Stay tuned for more previews! and the anticipated project reveal that I showed in my last entry. Pin It now!

    August 17, 2010

    Holiday Mini Preview

    I finally got time to play with the Holiday Mini Catalog Items that are exclusive from September 1 to January 3, 2011. As demonstrators, one of the benefits we get is preordering these items a month before everyone else!

    Here's a preview of a blog post that I will be making later this week. Stay tuned so see the full project!
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    August 16, 2010

    Christmas already!?

    Another great thing about convention is that we got spoiled by freebies! Peaceful Season is one of the free stamp sets we got from convention that was inside our Holiday Mini Preview freebie (also got a pack of designer series paper, and some special glitter!) And here is what I made with the paper and stamp set.
    Peaceful Season stamp set is one of the free hostess stamp set that you can get for free!!! Interested in freebies, too? Book a free workshop for and get yours for FREE!

    I can't wait to show you more fun stamp set and accessories available from Sept 1 thru Dec 31. Come to my Open house event!

    Discount Retired Item sale and Open House
    When: Sunday, September 12, 2010 1:00-3:00pm
    Where: My home (E46th & Kerr, contact for directions)
    Price: Free admission
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    August 13, 2010

    Have it all for less!

    Embellishment Share: Series 1

    I know you're all very excited about the new colors! and want it all! To help you get started with filling up your collection of colors, I'm starting a series of group product share. I'm sure many of you familiar with daily online deals where deals are activated if there are enough participants. So here is what I'm offering.

    In this series, get all the colors of the Flower Brads offered in all 4 color families. There is a total of 24 colors and you can get them all for $15 (plus shipping where aplicable). Your share will consist of 48 brads (2 brads of each 24 colors).

    If you buy these separately it will cost you $56.67 after shipping and taxes. Get them all for only $15.

    I will need 4 participants to activate this deal. Deal will close once the 4 spaces have been filled.

    To participate, please contact or email me.
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    August 10, 2010


    How I love swaps...maybe not to make them, but to receive swaps in return of my hard work. Part of being a demonstrator is that you get to enter into different circles of creative crafters who share their work thru swaps!
    For convention I made 102 of these ones:

    So in return I got 102 of different card fronts. Of these 102, here is another one that I love!

    Want to see the rest of the 102 and other goodies I got from convention? Come to my Retired Item sale and Open house on Sept 12! You can see it all and take pictures of the projects I have on display. RSVP HERE.

    This one is by Rhonda Gin. 
    She used the Unchartered Territory Stamp set (#120456, $17.95 clear mount)
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    August 8, 2010

    Retired Items BLOWOUT sale! and Open house

    Discount Retired Item sale and Open House
    When: Sunday, September 12, 2010 1:00-3:00pm
    Where: My home (E46th & Kerr, contact for directions)
    Price: Free admission

    This is my first annual retired craft product sale! Be prepared to load up on great condition stamps, embellishments, paper, and so much more at super discount prices!

    The most anticipated item is my tower of Sizzix Big Shot dies!! A lot of you have been asking me whether or not I'll sell these hard to find and rare dies. Here's your chance I'm cleaning them out!

    Have something you'd like to sell? Contact me and drop off your items by September 5th. You will receive a cheque for 90% of the proceeds OR you can choose to take all the cash and place an order thru me and receive 10% off your order THAT DAY ONLY.

    This is also a great chance for you to see and try out new products off the new Stampin' Up! HOLIDAY MINI catalog! It's never too late to start making those Christmas cards! Come and get some amazing ideas!

    There will also be a make and take project as well as demonstrations!
    Of course, there are going to be door prizes!
    Here's how you can get a door prize:

    1. just for attending
    2. bringing a friend who is new to me
    3. 10 extra tickets for joining a club
    4. extra ticket for EVERY $25 order placed on the catalog before s/h and taxes
    5. 5 extra tickets for booking a workshop/party
    6. 10 extra tickets for signing up as my downline

    Also be the first5 to RSVP to get 5 extra doorprize tickets!! Pin It now!

    August 7, 2010

    More on what I've been doing

    It was one of my downline and good friend, Brenda's wedding shower today!! Unfortunately, I missed the first part of the celebration with having afternoon tea. But I did enjoy a great evening full of fun and games with the bride-to-be.

    My gift to her was a tip book that I filled with "inspirational" quotes and "interesting" tips. Since it has such a great vintage look to it, I tried to fill it with quotes from the 18th century to early 19th century era.

    One of my favourite quotes I found was:
    "The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything." - Eleanor Roosevelt

    And my tip for the bride is "Toilet paper always flap over from the top." I hope she takes that to heart. :)
    Happy wedding, Brenda!!
    In this project, I used the Notably Ornate Stamp set (#120561, $21.95 Clear mount).
    Antique Brads (#117273, $7.50)
    Old Olive 5/8" Satin Ribbon  (117292, $12.25)
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    August 6, 2010

    Where I've been

    Sorry for the lack of update. As most of you know, I went to the Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah last month. Coming out of it, I'm now inspired and full of exciting new ideas!!

    There are lots of great ideas from convention that I want to share with you all! So come to my Open House/Retired Item Selloff on September 12. I'll be selling off my retired items and displaying lots of fun projects! RSVP here

    In the meantime, I'd like to show you one of the swaps I got from convention. Swaps are one of the biggest highlight of the convention. You'd make a bunch of cards of the same design and swap it like crazy with other who brought swaps to convention.
    Here's one of the swaps I like most:

    From the Kimono Kids Stamp Set #120498 (clear mount $20.95).

    And I should share with you my venture with the Spam Sushi I had at the Powell Street Festival last weekend. Me and my summer kimono (Yukata)

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