Hello stampers and happy Thursday. Yesterday was a strange day with some crazy blog issues, but today I can finally share with you the gorgeous Bumblebee, one of the five new in colours from Stampin’Up! On this fun card you see Bumblebee cardstock in the background run through the Old World Paper embossing folder, Bumblebee ribbon on the tag and Bumblebee ink for the saying. It pairs really well with Misty Moonlight don’t you think?
There are so many wonderful new products in our new annual catalog and I sometimes get a couple of them mixed up. Tasteful Touches (page 124) and Beautiful World (page 26) both have a similar font and they have a feather stamp. I have found that I am often using these two suites together. Needless to say, the saying and the feather are both from Tasteful Touches and the patterned paper and the embossing folder are both from the World of Good suite.
Out and About
Yesterday we went to Delft which is about 25 minutes from Gerard’s house. Our trip was not as tourists but to find some things for the kitchen. I was amazed at how big this store was! It is a wholesale store for the hospitality industry and you can find all kinds of food, cooking and baking supplies, display merchandise, accessories and furniture for restaurants. Gerard was keenly aware that I could have spent all day there just browsing through. Just a little bit dangerous. The wine selection alone was vast!!
The Joy of the Beach
Every day we take Bailey for a walk on the beach which is just across the road from one of the greenhouses. It is amazing how every day it is still somehow different. There are different beautiful things washed up on the beach. The tide is different; the wind; the sun or the rain and the other people with or without their dogs. Sometimes you can even encounter a horse!! Or his rather large droppings. Apparently there are no rules against horse poop on the beach! Dog poop is another story. Either way, what a blessing to be together on such a beautiful beach. God is good!
Happy Mail in Holland contest
Please don’t forget about sending me a card in Holland! Please use current Stampi’Up! products and then I will feature you on my blog as well as enter you into a contest for the stamp set of your choice worth up to $30. I will ship it anywhere in the world if you win. If you mail it by July 31 I should get it in time. Hopefully I will be in Holland until August 29. Jackie Bultje, Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC ‘s-Gravenzande, The Netherlands.
Ways to Support Me
Thanks so much for joining me today, and thanks for your patience. I just read online about some Dutch demos who had to go back to their regular jobs and stop doing Stampin’Up! fulltime. This was largely due to COVID19 and the loss of income from not being able to do in person classes. That is why I am asking for what I need!
If you live in Canada, you can shop with me online, just click the links below in the product list. Anyone can buy my tutorials which will give you instant stamping gratification and help you get the most out of your stamping supplies. Are you a fellow demonstrator and want to learn from someone who has been around for a while and has received awards in every category? Join my training group!! It’s only $5 a month and I would love to help you grow your own business. I appreciate each and every one of you and I hope you feel the love!
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I am going to be focusing on my favourite new in colour: Misty Moonlight. Of course I will also share some travel ramblings that might bring a smile to your face as it is now so difficult and risky to travel. You may as well enjoy my stories!!
Misty Moonlight Card
I have designed five cards for my In Colour Club and this is the first one featuring Misty Moonlight. The stamp set I used is called Beautiful World which really sums up how I am feeling right now. Of course when you have just been reuinted with the person you love after five months of longing, you do see the world through rose coloured glasses!!
For the background you can see that I used two of the stamps from Beautiful World to stamp around the edges. This design also mimics the globe die cut. Do you see that I used our new brass foil sheets? Complete instructions for all my In Colour cards will be provided in the free pdf that you get when you order your In Colour bundle (ink pads, cardstock, patterned paper, markers and enamel dots) You will also get ten yards of free in colour ribbon when you purchase this bundle through me.
Some Traveling Rambles
I have a question for you. Do you ever struggle with what to pack in your suitcase? You know how people often say, don’t worry, whatever you forget you can buy? Well…..that is not exactly true. Take for example micellar water. That is what I use to clean my face at night and remove makeup. Before I left I had purchased a new bottle but I thought it would add too much weight to my suitcase and decided to buy some here. I did find some here but it doesn’t work at all. My eyelashes are clogged and yucky. Now I have to go and search for something better.
Another thing that I forgot was my “interproximal brush”. Before I had braces I had never heard of such a thing, but I had a dentist appointment the day before I left and endured an hour of teeth cleaning, so I am rather adament to keep them as clean as possible! I got what I thought was the right thing at the grocery store but no, the brush is too wide and only fits though the gaps between some of my teeth! Back to the store….
The last and problably most important struggle is my hair. There is a lot of mineral content in the water here, so hair products that do a beautiful job back home work only with lacklustre effect here. Trying to get my hair to look halfway decent here is an ordeal of epic proportions. I have to keep telling myself that Gerard is worth it for me not looking nearly as nice as I usually do back home!!! My vanity is taking a hit, but thankfully he is so happy to see me that it makes no whit of difference to him!
Thursday night we went out for supper inside in an actual restaurant!! I did not have to quarantine which was such a lovely surprise. The restaurant did have a hand sanitizing stand when you entered and half of the tables had been removed to ensure proper social distancing. The servers were not wearing face masks and neither were the locals that we could see walking by on the streets and through the town square. It felt great to wear long sleeves as the weather is only 17C all week! You can see I am holding on to a hat and my sunglases. I had assumed that we would be sitting outside for our supper!!
On Saturday morning there was a knock at my door. There was Gerard’s father with a beautiful bouquet of roses for me!! It almost brought a tear to my eye to feel such a welcome and such love! What a sweetheart. You can see that Gerard comes from good stock.
These gorgeous roses are grown locally by La Vie en Rose. Isn’t the colour just stunning? It reminds me of our Petal Pink.
For this flight I chose a window seat. It had been a long time since I did that because lately I like the aisle seat so that I can get up whenever I want and not disturb anyone. I also choose the aisle seat so that I can at least stretch one of my legs once in a while. This time I knew that there would be no in flight service. Instead there was a bag of provisions on my seat with water, cola, a sandwich, chocolate bar, chips and crackers. My plan was to take a Gravol as soon as the plane was in the air, watch a movie and then sleep. I watched 1917 which is based on a true story from World War 1. I highly recommend it.
Since it is summer and since the primary purpose of my visit it to spend as much quality time as possible with Gerard, I took the minimum of stamping supplies with me. That means I will be doing some simple stamping with you and sharing with you which supplies I miss the most! That is also why I am doing another Happy Mail in Holland contest. If you send me cards in Holland that not only gives me great stories to share, it also gives me a card to share on my blog. As a thank you I am doing another contest and you will have a chance to win a stamp set worth up to $30. Mail your cards to Jackie Bultje, Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC, ‘s-Gravenzande, The Netherlands. This contest is open to anyone in the world!
Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a super day!!
Hello stampers and happy Friday! Today I want to share some information about my In Colour Club. I am writing to you from the Netherlands!!! Truthfully I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am! There may be an overload of exclamation marks in this post. First we will talk about the in colours and how a club could possibly work with me in Holland and with Corona restrictions.
In Colour Cards
Here are the cards that I have made for the In Colour Club. The idea is that the cards really show off the new colours. I haven’t gone so far as to make them monochromatic like some demonstrators do but you can definitely see which colour is the most prominent in the cards.
The in colours this year are Misty Moonlight, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Cinnamon Cider and Bumblebee.
How a Club Works During COVID19
So you might be wondering just how a club works during COVID19. Let me tell you.
- You place the order online using the current host code: 3TUB7Q2V
- If you order the incolour ink pads (make sure you buy the set to save money- item #154957) the markers, assorted cardstock and patterned paper then you will get ten yards of ribbon for FREE.
- You will get from me in addition to the ten yards for ribbon, the supplies to make the five in colour cards that are shown as well as pdf tutorial with instructions and measurements.
- Lastly we will have a live Facebook video party making the cards together. The date for this will be August 30 at 7pm.
Safely In Holland
I am keeping today’s blog post short because I am now safely in Holland and it is Friday night here. Time to put my pedicured feet up and relax with Gerard. Of course it has already been a very relaxing day with the cooler temperatures I love. I started the day with sleeping in till just after 10am. Then I had a wonderful breakfast of krentebollen (raisin and currant buns) and coffee. This afternoon I had a pedicure followed by a stroll around the market where we bought fresh fish and strawberries. It was super windy today, also at the beach so our walk was a real workout!
Gerard met me at the airport with these beautiful flowers and a custom made face mask with my logo. Isn’t he just the best?
One of our traditions is a daily walk on the beach with Gerard’s dog Bailey. You can see that I am trying to stay well protected from the sun. Our joy to be together again after five months apart is incredible. COVID has taught us to not take anything for granted.
Thanks for joining me today. Next week I will focus on the cards that will be included in the In Colour Club. Once again I am doing a Happy Mail in Holland contest. Send me a card in Holland to Jackie Bultje, Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC s-Gravenzande, The Netherlands and you could win a stamp set worth up to $30. If you live in Canada and want to shop with me, it is super simple! Just click on the items in the product list below and you will be taken to my online shop. Just create an account and get started. If I see that you have purchased the in colour items, I will send you your free goodies! I hope you have a super day.
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday. I am actually writing this on a Monday night knowing that I will hopefully be traveling on Wednesday but not wanting you to miss out on a post. We had so much fun making these cards today during my Facebook live! That hedgehog from Walk in the Woods is just so very cute. I have now done two Facebook lives featuring this cute critter from Walk in the Woods. Today I also used the glycerine technique for background sponging.
Masking with Walk in the Woods
The cute little hedgehog looks best when he is masked because then it looks like he is nestled in the woods amidst the grass and the toadstools. This is such a gratifying technique that elicits a wow from beginners and avid crafters alike.
The images on this card were coloured using watercolour pencils and a blender pen. “Everything will be okay” has been embossed in white on early espresso cardstock.
Here is the video showing how I coloured this cute hedgehog.
In my Facebook live video you can see how wonderful it is to mix your ink with a little glycerine before sponging. The glycerine makes the ink sponge on so, so smoothly for a beautiful suede like finish.
I love the card without a sentiment and simply on a misty moonlight background. The following card is on a very vanilla card base with a real red mat for a totally different look. This time I embossed the toadstools and the grass but the hedgehog was once again masked off so that he is a real part of the scenery.
Emboss Resist with Walk in the Woods
Two of the three cards use the emboss resist technique. Simply put, the images were stamped in versamark on shimmery white cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder and a heat tool. I then used an aqua painter to do a colour wash over the embossed image.
Here is the video from my Facebook live showing you how to do the glycerine technique.
Thanks for joining me again today. I am so very excited to be finally traveling to Holland to be reunited with my love. It will be great to share with you all the wonderful things I will experience over there. I hope to do live videos but I am not sure how often they will happen. Stay tuned for the details, I am sure you won’t miss me too much.
Happy Mail in Holland Contest
I really love receiving happy mail in Holland and I also like blogging about the cards I receive. To make it worth your while and also to make it fun, I will once again offer a prize! The winner will get to choose a stamp set worth $30. I will send it anywhere in the world. Here is the address that you can send your cards to: Jackie Bultje, Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC s’Gravenzande, the Netherlands. Please mail your cards any time in July. I hope to be in the Netherlands until August 29.
Hello stampers and happy Monday. I love all things vintage and also artistic images from nature, so this new fantastic Field Journal stamp set was a must have for me. This stamp set allows me to pretend that I can draw! Do you want to see what I made with it?
Field Journal Cards
This is the first card that I made with Field Journal. I just love the cute chipmunk and all the images are just great for colouring. Don’t you think it pairs well with the In Good Taste paper?
The mallard duck is just so beautiful that he deserves his very own card. This card also shows you how versatile a saying can be when you cut it up and rearrange it to say something just a bit different.
The last card is just a twist on the first card, using a different background paper from In Good Taste.
Do you notice any other differences in this card? The chipmunk is stamped on whisper white, the sentiment is a banner rather than stamped on the designer series paper, and the designer series paper from In Good Taste is a lot darker on this card. Which one do you like the best?
Here is the video tutorial from my Facebook live. This will show you how I coloured the images.
If you want to see another blog post that features some great images from nature, check this one out.
Only Two Days Left
Did you know that you only have two more days to get the great deal on the starter kit? You could also call it your discount shopper kit. Here is how it works:
- Choose your free bundle. This could be a stamp set and coordinating dies OR a stamp set and coordinating punch.
- Make a wish list of $165 in products from the annual catalog or from the clearance rack or a combination of both.
- Anticipate getting a free past Paper Pumpkin, 8 annual catalogs and 8 holiday catalogs to give to your friends so they can discover a new hobby!
- Pay only $135. No shipping, no tax.
- Enjoy a 20% discount on your purchases until the end of October.
- If you want to pursue this opportunity to either build a business or maintain your 20% discount, then and only then do you need to buy or sell $400 every three months. You would need to do this by the end of September but you would have an extra month grace period until the end of October.
Here is the link to get started on your fun journey into a great new community, a super discount and lots of fun. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I would love to add you to my Beyond Pampered team page as well as The Pampered Stamper training group. This is free for my team members but also available to ALL demos around the world for just $5 a month. It is so much fun to be a part of a vibrant group that shares your passions and interests and has your back!
Have a super day and thank you for joining me today!