Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. I know it is a super happy Monday for me!! Gerard is finally here and he is such a sweetheart that he said, “of course you are going to write a blog post!” He is so supportive of my business, so here is a nice post about this gorgeous Fine Art Floral accordion fold card.
Every week I make a special card for my Prime Time with The Pampered Stamper group. On Wednesday I post the supply list and measurements and on Thursday at 3pm EST I do a video tutorial. Let’s take a look at this Fine Art Floral accordion fold card.
Fine Art Floral Accordion Fold Card
An accordion fold card is a great way to showcase your beautiful patterned paper. I absolutely love the Fine Art Floral suite with the hand painted paper. One of the reasons I fell in love with Stampin’Up! is that their products make me feel artistic. Do you also find that the products facilitate your creativity?
If you look closely you can see that the flowers are gathered onto a beautiful stitched scalloped rectangle. Do you know where that comes from? It is from the So Sentimental bundle as is the sentiment in the inside of this card. It is definitely one of my “go to” bundles.
I just love how this card screams “spring!”. Are you ready for the pretty spring flowers popping up and bouquets of flowers on your table? For this card I used poppy parade, bumblebee, calypso coral and old olive.
Prime Time With the Pampered Stamper
If you would like to be a part of this fun group that would be just fantastic. It is only $10 a month which is much less than the cost of an actual in person class and it is open to anyone, anywhere. Here is the link if you want to join. There are also weekly or biweekly draws (depending on whether or not I remember!!) as well as a monthly 16 project pdf. That alone is worth the membership!!
Stamping With Gerard
As you might now, I am currently quarantining with Gerard at my home for another ten days. I thought it would be fun to do some kind of fun event with him and this is what I came up with. When he goes home he will have a stamping kit in his suitcase and we are going to set a date so that you can join in with a Zoom meeting where Gerard teaches the class and stamps with you. I will join in too of course but how much fun is that going to be?
The card kit that we are going to use is called Hello Dear Friend and the reason I chose this one is because of the saying in there “you make my heart smile”. He really does!! Class date is Wednesday April 21 at 7pm EST. The meeting will be recorded and also we will try to broadcast it to Facebook live as well. You can order the kit online yourself using the host code 4T7A64MU.
Thanks for joining me again today, sorry for the sporadic postings. With my Pap’s failing health the blog posts are definitely taking a back burner and I know that is what you would also expect. I appreciate your support very much, maybe I will see you tomorrow morning for my YouTube live video at 10am. If you have not yet had a chance to subscribe to my channel you can do so here.
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I want to talk to you about the Joy of Kits. I know it sounds like other “joys” but kits are great fun. The biggest perk is of course the instant gratification. With little thought and no prep work you can make beautiful cards. I find that when you use a kit it can also jump start your own creativity. The kit I want to feature today is Gorgeous Posies.
The Joy of Kits: Gorgeous Posies
If you have been following me on my business Facebook page you will know that I have been busy traveling to my parents a lot in the last few months. Pap is 94 and in declining health. It really is a miracle that he is still with us, having survived a heart attack and several bouts of pneumonia. I am so very thankful to be able to spend this time with them. We reminisce over the many blessings in his life and make
sure he knows how much he is loved. With an uncertain future I thought it would be a safe bet to focus on a kit for this months virtual coffee and a card class.
Every Tuesday at 10am I do a live video on YouTube with one of the cards for the month. If you choose to order the Gorgeous Posies kit and coordinating stamp set through me I will send you a bonus four card kit to give you more creative fun and inspiration. Please do use the current host code: 4T7A64MU. If you want to check out my YouTube channel, just click here. If you subscribe and then also click the bell icon that pops up when you do that, then you will be notified every time I post or go live. It’s easier to find videos on YouTube than it is on Facebook so it really is a wonderful resource.
I know what you are thinking. Private classes? With Covid still going strong? No worries, I was thinking virtual classes. They can be a LOT of fun too. If you would like to gather with a group of your friends and have me teach some card making , let me know. The easiest way to do that is around your favourite kit. It can be a Paper Pumpkin kit or one of the many great kits in either of our catalogs. My favourites include Hello, Dear Friend and Simply Citrus. I have ten Bouquet of Hope Paper Pumpkins in stock so we could also do a class around that.
Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a super day. The countdown is on!! Gerard flies to Canada on Thursday and I am ever so happy to quarantine with him.
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. I had a wonderful start to my day with a package of happy mail including this gorgeous stitched triangle card. Susan sent these cards to give to the Chatham-Kent Hospice. They send cards to families on the one year anniversary of their loved one’s death. I love Susan’s cards so much that I am going to share a few of them on my blog for you to enjoy.
Stitched Triangle Card
Susan used the Hydrangea Hill Mercury Glass designer acetate layered over the Love You Always foil sheets to make this stitched triangle card. I just caved and ordered these stitched triangle dies!
Here is a close up so you can see the amazing detail of this card. Susan used the Stitched Nested Label dies for the sentiment. Wow!!!
If you would like to see another card made with the stitched nested labels, check out this blog post.
One More Week!
Did you know that there is only one more week for saleabration? Be sure to take advantage of the wonderful stamp sets and paper that you can get for free with either a $60 purchase or a $120 purchase. It’s also a great time to get the starter kit as you will get over $80 worth of coordinating patterned paper in all the colour families as a bonus. Here is the link if you live in Canada and want to take advantage of this deal.
Thanks for stopping by again today, I truly appreciate it. I would love to hear from you. Tell me what your favourite stamp set is these days or the favourite card that you have made. Have a super day!
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am sharing a lovely card using Friends are Like Seashells. What a beautiful suite of products this is! It will be the focus of my next Parcels in the Post.
Friends are Like Seashells
I love walking along the beach and I am always on the hunt for pretty shells. Nice ones are often hard to find, you need to be persistent and watchful. This is just like friends! The older you get the more you realize how important true friendship is and the more you value your good friends. You also realize that sometimes friends can show up in unexpected places and times in your life. Before I wax too philosophical, let’s take a look at my card.
When I made this card I discovered that the large die cuts out the embossed images from the embossing folder. What a great feature!! The other discovery was that the pearlescent paper embosses like a dream AND you can sponge colour on it for very realistic looking shells. I made this card again with just a few embellishments and I really like it that way too. I played around with a sheer pool party bow but did not like that look as much.
Stamping on Watercolour Paper
I have one piece of important advice when stamping on watercolour paper. Use your stamparatus!! Watercolour paper is quite porous and rough so you need to put on several layers of ink to really make your sentiment pop. I used early espresso and stamped three times with the stamparatus.
Colour Wash Advice
Making a colour wash background seems very simple, but it is also very easy to get wrong. Let me show you!!
Do you know what I did wrong here? I did wet my watercolour paper first but then I added a few drops of reinker and there still wasn’t enough water to make it “wash”. Instead it soaked into the watercolour paper and I wasn’t able to dilute it and move it around.
The solution? Really, really wet your watercolour paper on both sides. Then dilute your reinker with a bit of water with your water brush and add it to the wet paper with the brush.
I hope it makes you feel better that I also have things that totally bomb! If you don’t play and experiment, you don’t learn and you will never fail. Failure is a stepping stone to success and discovery.
Be sure to check out the product list at the bottom of this blog post. If you click on the images you will see them in my online store and then you can see all the wonderful sayings that come with this stamp set too.
Thanks for joining me today. There are only nine days left in saleabration so make sure you take inventory of your basic supplies. It’s best to order them now and earn a freebie along the way. If you don’t like ordering online but would like your order shipped straight to your door, message me and I can do it for you. The gift for ordering online this month is the elegant faceted gems. Have a super day!!
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today my theme is Sending Love Your Way. Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and Family Day was two days ago here in Canada. On my desk are the cutest “Sending Love Your Way” boxes that my mom made for the grandkids. Oops! That’s right, I was supposed to hand them out on Monday but I had hurt my back on Friday night and was not thinking straight. It’s a good thing that we can send love any day of the year!
Making It Easy
My dear mom is 88 and quite truthfully although she is a very talented and crafty person, she has not done much papercrafting over the years. She is an expert seamstress, knitter, crocheter and gardener. She can also draw much better than I can but she only ever sketches on old envelopes or note pads with advertising on them. That is why I love bringing a Paper Pumpkin with me when I visit her. The last time I was there she had made these little boxes.
The reason I am sharing them with you today is two fold. One, I am still in a fair bit of pain so I really need to take it easy and not go crazy hauling out stamp sets and making a new card. I did start that process because I am itching to ink up the Friends are Like Seashells bundle. Two, I am super excited about the Paper Pumpkin possibilities. Paper Pumpkin is instant gratification in your mailbox and a great way for you to share what you love.
The truth is that a lot of people are looking for a meaningful hobby. Especially during Covid, it has been so good to have a healthy distraction from the vicissitudes of life. Stamping brings double joy, to the stamper and to the recipient of the stamped projects. The March Paper Pumpkin also has a bonus in it because it is the anniversary edition which always has a bonus gift. This time it is four stencils and a full size sponge which I always cut into wedges. Did you know that you can get at least eight sponge wedges out of one sponge?
Here is the link if you live in Canada and want to subscribe. You can also get a three month prepaid subscription and then you qualify for a free saleabration item. That is what I would recommend of course. I am all about getting you the most bang for your buck!
Sending Love Your Way Boxes
Here are the cute boxes that my mom made with last month’s Paper Pumpkin add on kit, Sending Love Your Way. I still have a few left over if you want one!! Those snails are so cute.
If you want to see some other adorable things I have made with the February Paper Pumpkin kit and this cute add-on, check out this blog post.
Saleabration Coming to a Close
Just a reminder that saleabration is only two months this year, so you have until February 28 to get a free item with your $60 purchase. If you haven’t seen the saleabration brochure, you can check out the offerings here.
Parcels in the Post
I still have three Parcels in the Post up for grabs. This is a wonderful assortment of products for only $32 shipped anywhere in Canada. Let me know if you want one!!
Virtual Coffee and a Card packets
It is now the third month of my virtual coffee and a card class. This month the theme is Flowering Cactus and the kit includes extra patterned paper as well as a ton of felt flowers. This kit is only $25 mailed anywhere in Canada. At some point I hope to have a subscription option available and things will look a little more streamlined. In the meantime, we soldier on. The videos are all on my YouTube channel which you can find here. I hope you subscribe and join me for my weekly videos there, every Tuesday at 10am EST.
Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a super day. I am having an oma day today! So nice to have the lockdown lifted a bit to make this possible. Thankfully Rachel is home today so she can do the lifting for me and I can enjoy the snuggles. I am hoping very much to be able to get back to some serious stamping tomorrow and catch up a bit. I appreciate you very much!!