Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. I am very late writing this blog post because I had a Dutch Demo open house today. First of all I want to share a brand new venture, Valentine’s Day cards for the Canadian troops. This project was initiated by my very own team member Carolyn Hansen-Henderson. Do you want to know more about this Valentine’s project?


Valentine’s Day Cards for our troops


Even though Canadians are known for their peace keeping efforts, we have a lot of troops overseas. It can be very difficult to be far away from loved ones, especially on days like Valentine’s Day. If you want to brighten the day of some soldiers, then you can send your card or cards to Stampin’Up! Canada and they will send them to our army bases abroad. You need to act fast!

Announcing: Valentines for Canadian Armed Forces 💝

Calling all Canadian paper crafters! Let’s show our Canadian Armed Forces how much we appreciate them.

Over the next three weeks, we wish to invite everyone to make Valentine cards and send them into the Stampin’ Up! office in Calgary (received by January 24th). We have partnered with Carolyn Henderson (an Ontario demonstrator) to get those cards into the hands of Canadian troops by Valentine’s Day!

Send your cards to:

Valentine Cards for Canadian Veterans

C/O Stampin’ Up! Canada

Suite 330, 2618 Hopewell Place NE

Calgary, AB T1Y 7J7

There are lots of appropriate sentiments to choose from to stamp into your card. Choose a Valentine’s Day sentiment, or a simple Thank You, or an appreciation sentiment like ‘Grateful For You’.

Please consider writing a little note in the card to make it personal from you. Something like these:

“Thank you for risking your life for our freedom.”

“We feel secure and safe because you made sure that we do. With much gratitude and appreciation.”

Hope you will join us in this worthy effort,

Dale Hampshire

Stampin’ Up! Canada 💝


Remember:  no glitter or foil paper for safety reasons!!



Valentine's Cards for Canadian troops



Heartfelt Valentine’s Day Card


I thought it was time for me to feature a card that I made myself! When I heard about this Valentine’s Card for the Canadian troops project, I decided to make a card too. Even though it says friend, I think that is ok, everyone is someone’s friend and if a soldier is overseas defending my freedom or promoting peace I consider them a friend. Be sure to take the opportunity to write something heartfelt in your card. Believe me, happy mail is powerful!


Valentine's Day card


This card actually uses the left over pieces from the card that I made for the February Demo Design Dream team tutorial. The hearts in the first picture inspired this card since I liked how they looked on this barnboard paper. This paper is left over from the holiday mini from a fall collection that I can’t remember the name of now! Here’s the inside that I like as much as the outside!! Happy mail in Holland has taught me to pay attention to all aspects of the card.


Heartfelt Valentine's Day card inside



Happy Mail in Holland Contest


Your happy mail cards keep arriving and making my heart happy. I was planning on featuring two of these cards today but I really needed to post about the Valentine’s Day cards for the Canadian troops as well, so I am only going to feature one card today. This gorgeous card comes all the way from Newfoundland, Canada. Maureen Power is the artist and she lives in Goulds, Newfoundland. It is a neighbourhood of the bigger city of St John’s which is the capital city of the province. I really do hope to visit there some time this decade.


Maureen’s Card


Maureen's Happy Mail card


Maureen used the beautiful Most Wonderful Time Product Medley for this card as well as copper foil paper and a gorgeous framelit from the holiday mini that I do not own. I don’t have a catalog with me so I don’t remember the name of it. You will need to help me out with this!  Here is another angle so you can see all the lovely details.


Happy Mail with Most Wonderful Time


The envelope also made me smile with all these cheerful critters. I couldn’t decide if they were baby groundhogs, baby squirrels or baby seals. It makes me feel a little silly admitting this to you, but maybe you can help me out here too.



Tomorrow is Saturday but I have a feeling that there could be another blog post so that I can keep up with all the happy mail. What a great “problem” to have. Your Canadian squirrel is smiling. Now I am going to go out on a date with my handsome Dutchman. Have a super day!!


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