Whatever happened to good manners?

In the world on electronics, it is so easy to forget common sense and general good manners.  We’ve all seen postings online that make us just scratch our heads and wonder about these people.

What we really need to do is step back a little to appreciate the people around us.  Whether it’s a family member, a work associate or your personal customers.

When was the last time you received an actual “Thank You” Card? You know, actual handwritten notes on paper and snail-mailed to you?  I will guess and say it’s been a long time or maybe never.   I know this is an old school thought process but when did good manners become out of date?

As an example: when you receive a fabulous gift, you say thank you, right?   But what if it was mailed to you?  Someone has taken the trouble to buy you a gift, wrap it, mail it (paying the postage) so you can receive it.  Is it too much to ask, to buy a stamp and send them a little note of appreciation?  I don’t think so.

Recently I sent a wedding gift by mail as I was not able to attend the wedding.  I didn’t hear a word back, nothing.  I  found out several weeks later, through the mother (I finally asked), that the gift was received. I never received anything back from the bride and groom, not even to acknowledge that the gift was received.   How appreciated do I feel now?  How likely is it I will spend a similar amount on the next gift I send them (if at all)

What about your customers, do you appreciate their business?  Have you ever told them that?  A simple card sent to say thank you tells them that they matter to you.   It is a class act and helps build relationships which builds loyalty.  If you are in any sort of sales environment, this goes a long way and what did it cost you, a card and a stamp? Keep them on hand so you are always ready.

Think of an experience when you went out of your way to help “get the job done” whether on a personal level or a business one.  You’ve spent  time and effort to help.  If your effort was never acknowledged or appreciated,  how likely is it that you will jump in to help the next time?  A simple thank you card makes you feel appreciated and we all need to know we are appreciated. It only takes a few minutes of your time.

I believe in sending thank you cards. I even make and sell my own cards. I personalize every card I make. You can see my cards online at http://www.ottawaartisans.com if you are interested.

So here are some simple pointers;

  • Send as soon as possible.  Keep cards/stamps on hand, so you don’t forget
  • Mention the gift/assistance/business you received 
  • Keep your message simple;  a line or two is all you need to say thank you
  • Style matters, casual for friends, more formal for business
  • It only takes a few minutes of your time.

What better time than to share the love?


With everyone staying home, it’s a great time to send a card and let people know you are thinking of them. This is especially true with seniors who would love receiving this beautiful card. It’s also a great Mother’s Day Card if you can’t seen them in person.

I made up this card using the Pressed Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP)which has so many beautiful designs so it makes card making easy. This is a perfect card for a beginner to try. I love the Deep blue flowers which are so real looking. To See this paper online, click here.

The card itself is 4 1/4 x 11″ the folded in half at 5 1/2′. The matting is 4 x 5 1/4″ and the flowered DSP is just a smidgen smaller by about 1/8″ all around.

I used the Pretty Label Punch twice, once in the Night of Navy Cardstock and again with Very Vanilla cardstock. I then stamped the sentiment from the Inspiring Iris stamp set. I punched a small hole at one end and threaded the ribbon through both labels and adhered it to the front of the card.

Mark the date – Oct 23rd

Who doesn’t love a sale? Well October 23 is the big day to save? This is the perfect time to add to your supplies and save some money. Don’t craft? How about purchasing a stamp set for someone who loves to craft, as a Christmas present? Trust me, they will love it.

For 24-HOURS ONLY, you can save 15% on select stamp sets. This sale will be over at midnight, so take advantage and stock up on any stamps you have had your eye on but haven’t purchased yet.

All items can be purchased by contacting me directly or by visiting my online store to see all the amazing items for sale at https://stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx?culture=en-us&dbwsdemoid=2197642

TIME TO CASH IN

Time to cash in those Bonus Codes you earned in July.

If you have earned Bonus Days coupon codes in July, they need to be redeemed by August 31. Not sure what to buy with your coupons? Use their coupon codes to get some great products from the 2019-2020 annual catalog!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me to discuss.

July Paper Pumpkin Refills are now available

Didn’t your just you love the Paper Pumpkin kit for July?  

Would you like more supplies to add to your collection? Well now is the perfect time to order the refill kit, but you need to hurry because the refill kits sell out quickly. You must be a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber to order this item.

Don’t forget about July Bonus Days, for every $60.00 CAD spent, you will earn a Bonus Day Coupon which you can redeem in August for additional products.

If you are not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, Why not? This great kit is like getting a Christmas present every month and you will be amazed by all the unique cards you can make.

This refill kit contains supplies for 9 cards and envelopes.*

Your refill kit includes: 
• 9 card bases
• 9 envelopes
• 9 die-cut accent sheets and pieces
• 1 foil die-cut label sheet
• 3 laser-cut sheets
• 5 yds. linen thread
• 30 adhesive-backed sequins
• 3 silver paper clips
• 100 mini dimensionals
• 3 dimensional rings
• 150 adhesive dots

Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors: 

Balmy Blue, Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Pretty Peacock, Sahara Sand, Seaside Spray, and Terracotta Tile

New to Crafting? Start with a kit

Create beautiful all-occasion cards in minutes using the “Looking Up Card Kit” You will never be caught without a card again. This is a perfect kit for beginners, and the cards are beautiful. Each kit includes everything you need to make 15 cards in either French or English using your personal choice of adhesive. So how easy it that?

Kit includes:
* Set of 7 photopolymer stamps and a clear acrylic block
* 15 card bases: 3 each of 5 designs 
* 15 printed envelopes
* Ink spot and embellishments

Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Lovely Lipstick, Petal Pink, Pool Party

Just click on the new annual catalog on the right hand side to shop now.

Item number – 149651 Cost is just $37.00 (plus S/H) which is less that $2.50 per card and a lot less than retail cards.

Don’t forget to use the host code for any orders under $150.00 and I will send you a unique gift.

New annual Catalog Launches TODAY

New Annual Catalogue

I am so excited to share the launch of the new Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog with you today. It has over 200 pages of crafting ideas and supplies and every time I look at it, I see something new that I just have to have.

There are 5 beautiful new In Colours being introduced, 29 new bundled products and numerous all-inclusive kits just to name a few but the list goes on a on.

New: Magnolia Lane Card Bundle

Magnolia Blooms Card

Not sure if have the creativity to make cards?  I can assure you that with this beautiful set, you can create multiple cards for yourself, family, and friends that look beautiful! The Magnolia Lane Cards Bundle shown below is just one of many examples. The bundle includes everything you need to make ten simple and elegant cards in either French or English. This is a perfect set for beginners.

To view the new PDF annual catalog online and see all the amazing products, just click here; https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx?culture=en-us&dbwsdemoid=2197642

If you wish to receive your own paper catalog to have on hand, please contact me.

Retired products are going fast

Are you thinking about purchasing some Stampin! Up! Product but haven’t made a decision yet? Don’t wait as time is running out.

click on https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx?culture=en-us&dbwsdemoid=2197642

Visit the Last-Chance Products page to see which occasions and annual catalog products are retiring. Retiring stamp sets are only available until June 3 or while supplies last. Don’t wait—place your order today!