Hello stampers and happy Thursday. That sure feels weird to type “happy Thursday” as I normally don’t blog on Thursdays anymore. However, happy mail in Holland has begun and I want to start sharing these great cards right away. My first happy mail card arrived several days before I came and that sure did make my heart happy!


The First Happy Mail Card


The very first happy mail card comes from Kim Fiore from Hudson, Ohio. Thank you so very much Kim!! Kim used the brand new set Dragonfly Garden that we as demonstrators got to purchase early for our #OnStageAtHome event two weeks ago.  Dragonfly Garden will be available to all demonstrators on December 1 and to customers in January 2021. Here is Kim’s card and then I will tell you a little bit about her home town.


First Happy Mail in Holland card


I love how Kim stamped her scene on patterned paper and also stamped on her envelope. This is truly happy mail in every respect! It was so nice getting a call from Gerard and a photo message saying your first happy mail has arrived! He gets just as excited about this happy mail as I do and that makes me even happier.


Happy Mail envelope


The “Happy” in Happy Mail


One of the things that I like so much about this tradition of “Happy Mail in Holland” is that I hear from people who have been following my work that I don’t even know about! What a wonderful surprise it is to hear the stories. Kim is no exception. She tells me that she has been getting my emails for years and she congratulated me on my 15th anniversary with Stampin’Up! Kim is a fellow demonstrator and her business has also been affected by COVID. I really do hope that when the border opens you can come and visit me and we can have lunch. Hopefully I will be able to do an in person retreat for fellow demonstrators to kick start your business after COVID.


Hudson, Ohio


It’s time to find out a little bit more about Hudson, Ohio. I have driven through Ohio many times on my way to Tennessee and I have stayed in this beautiful state once for a weekend getaway, but Ohio is a big state so I am curious to know more about Hudson.

The first thing I saw when checking out Hudson online was the pretty picture of the town, but then it was a headline that a local firefighter was the first American to receive the Canadian Order of the Red Cross. You can read about it here.

Hudson has a lovely historical downtown and it was also a stop along the Underground Railway helping slaves escape to freedom in Canada. It is a suburb of Akron and home to several universities as well as the Loomis observatory which is the oldest observatory in the States that is still in its original location. I think you are a lucky lady to live in Hudson Kim!


Hudson, Ohio




Thanks so much for joining me today. I love how you journey with me by commenting on my blog posts and Facebook posts and participate in my Happy Mail contests. I appreciate the online orders more than you will ever know. Not one order is taken for granted, each one brings me great joy. A special thanks to Kim Fiore for this lovely card!


#itsallaboutthetreats Online Retreat

I am looking forward to baking and crafting with you on December 15. If you order the Heartwarming Hugs suite online then you can participate in this event for free. Are you a demonstrator or do you live somewhere other than Canada? Then you can simply pay $20 and participate in this fun event as well. I will be making a pdf tutorial on the cards and the Christmas baking with some tips and tricks on the packaging and of course the patterns for the boxes. You can sign up here.


I hope you have a super day! Tomorrow I will be back with a beautiful card by Ina Eisen.


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