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February 24, 2012

My start with rubber stamps

I believe I've never mentioned how I got my start in rubber stamps. It was in 2006 when I worked in Japan as a teacher where I struggled with buying English teacher stamps for marking student work. To my surprise when I asked another English teacher what she used, that I discovered the art of carving rubber stamps. She showed me all the rubber stamps she carved out of rubber blocks and immediately got me in love with carving tools. I was inspired by my students to put a smile on their faces when they received their marked work from me. Even the "needs improvement" stamps would encourage those students to do better.
Ida Chan's hand carved rubber stamps
Here are a few examples of what I did in Japan. 

Carving rubber stamps is such a fun yet delicate art where there can be no mistakes. Once the block is scratched, you can't go back. It takes a lot of patience and concentration.

I actually didn't venture onto cardmaking and scrapbooking until I returned to Vancouver, BC from Japan. I wanted to continue with carving but ever since I went to my first Stampin' Up! open house, I couldn't go back to carving. Hopefully one day I can return to making my own rubber stamps. Perhaps start a new group to carve rubber stamps in Vancouver.

What was your inspiration? and what got you started with rubber stamping?

Reminder that the Stampin' Up! starter kit is $150 until March 31, 2012! It will return to the regular $215 after the Sale-a-bration promotion. Click here to find out more.

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February 22, 2012

Birthday Buffet

Oh my! I've been busy concentrating with updating the rest of the blog pages here that I forgot to update the posts.
If you haven't noticed, I've updated the clubs and classes pages with exciting new projects!
I will be offering these classes for FREE! if you place a $30 product purchase the day of the class (Stamp club orders excluded).
If you visit my classes page, you'll see that I have 2 classes offering in March.

sweet cake handmade card by Ida Chan, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, VancouverI have been receiving requests for making birthday cards. So here is the first of it's kind! We will be making 3 birthday cards and a fun gift box! Hope you can make it to one of the 4 dates!

Thu. Mar. 8, 2012 7pm-9pm 
Fri. Mar. 9, 2012  7pm-9pm 
Wed. Mar 21, 2012  7pm-9pm
Sat. Mar 24, 2012 9am-11am

Cost: FREE with a $30+ order placed that night OR pay a $20 flat fee!

I'm also offering a cute card and gift class!
Apothecary Art card and gift made by Ida Chan, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, VancouverYou'll make a sweet greeting card and decorate a fun candy jar! All supplies and candy jar included! I'm offering this class twice in March.
Thu. Mar. 22, 2012 7pm - 9pm
Sat. Mar 24, 2012 1pm - 3pm

Cost: FREE with a $30+ order placed that night OR pay a $20 flat fee!

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February 17, 2012

Fruitful crafting

Sweet Cake handmade card by Ida Chan, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, VancouverAfter realizing how lazy I've been and became a best friend to procrastination, I decided to pull a weekend of pure crafting. My long refreshing trip last month has put me in the mood of restarting a new year by inspiring others and igniting their creativity. So here we go...
my February technique club cards.

This month we are using the new scented embossing powders! Have a sniff and you won't be able to give away the card! Scented embossing powders come in vanilla, melon and cherry!

This card is a case from Marlene Peters. She's so full of talent!

Scented embossing powders card by Ida Chan, Stampin' Up! demonstrator,Vancouver
Stamp club is always accepting new members! Interested in just dropping in? Join me as a drop-in member for $12 and you'll be able to complete this card along with another fun card!

February stamp club meet is on Thurs, Feb 23 from 7:30pm. Contact me if you are interested! There are other stamp club options available too!
Visit the stamp club page
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February 16, 2012

One of the many new clubs

Announcing new clubs!! Here is one of the new clubs on the list to be updated.
Here's a quick preview of what the theme of it is.
quick and simple card by Ida Chan, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Vancouver

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February 15, 2012

Goodbye ye ol' blog

To keep up with recent blog trends, I decided to spend Valentine's day with my beloved blog. He deserves an upgrade on this special day.

So out with the old style, in with the new. What do you think?

I'll still be tweaking things here and there, so please be patient but come back often!

Ida Chan's old blog
Goodbye old friend! 
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February 13, 2012

One is never enough

Since I'm in a mood of crafting, here's another card to show you all before the annual day of flowers, chocolates, and cards-giving-day ends.
Valentine's Day card by Ida Chan, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Vancouver

I love these gorgeous precut cards! These card sets make quick and elegant cards in a jiffy!

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone! 
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Happy Valentine's Day!

Sorry for the long silence! I took a spontaneous trip to Japan for new years then Hong Kong just in time for Chinese New Year celebrations. Now that I'm back, I'm in time for Valentine's Day!
Take it to heart card by Ida Chan, Stampin' Up! Vancouver
Notice the new items from the occasions mini catalog and Sale-a-bration? Just a reminder on this annual promotion! For every $60 you spend, you get a choice of free items!!

Here's a short glimpse of my January travel adventures: I went to visit my second home in Niigata, Japan. It was minus 20 and snowing every day there! Here's a picture of me at a fish market just after I had a wonderful sushi lunch with my good friends

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