Music From the Heart

Hello stampers and happy Thursday to you. Music from the Heart is a fantastic stamp set that was designed by Dawn Olchefske when she became a million sales achiever. Turns out that in her regular life she is a trained classical pianist who is also a band junkie! This is a super versatile set that is great for many ages and both genders. Here is the link to Dawn’s blog so you can see what she has created with it and you can also read her story.


Grand Piano Card


This card is just so very impressive. I made it but I certainly didn’t design it. Dawn did and she also has a free pdf on her blog so you can make it too. Yes, there is a bit of cutting to make the piano keys, but it is not difficult and totally worth it.


Music from the Heart


The red, white and black in this card make it perfect for Valentine’s or anniversary but it would also make a perfect wedding card. The discerning eye will be able to pick up that my piano is in need of a little tuning. One of the keys has a slight lift to it!! For the complete measurements, pdf and video, you can check out this blog post from Dawn.


Funky Guitar


Until I read Dawn’s blog post I had no idea that you could combine the treble clef and the guitar handle to make a funky guitar. I recommend using your stamparatus to do this! You do have to fussy cut it but it isn’t difficult.  This card is great and also super versatile for so many people. I used the stitched star dies and silver foil paper and you could switch up the colours to suit the recipient.


Music from the Heart


If you do a Google search you will find lots and lots of cards made with this set and that is great because you will never lack inspiration! I found this one by Paula Reid and I thought I would share it with you too. If you want to read the great story behind her card, be sure to check out her blog post here.



Happy Mail in Canada for Gerard


I thought it was fitting to include the information for the happy mail in Canada contest for Gerard here. I’m not sure if you know our love story, but you can read about it here. He is coming to visit on March 29 and I thought it would be wonderful to surprise him with a lot of happy mail from all of you. Please send a masculine card to Gerard van der Sar c/o Jackie Bultje 81 Delaware Ave, Chatham, Ontario N7L 2W3. You will be entered into a contest for a masculine stamp set of your choice from the mini catalog and I will blog about your card too.

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Hugs From Shelli

Hello stampers. Hugs From Shelli arrived yesterday and today I got to play with it. What are Hugs From Shelli? It is the name of the latest Paper Pumpkin that Shelli designed and it is a stunner. Shelli loves all things vintage and this kit reflects that. Sumptuous velvet ribbon, pretty bronze metal birds, vellum feathers and the most gorgeous cards in four different patterns. This kit has twelve cards in it!! I am on a Paper Pumpkin kick and I am really, really promoting it right now because you can still save significant money if you get a twelve month prepaid subscription before June. Why? Because in June the price is going up $3 a month. The twelve month pre-paid is always the best deal because you not only save $1 per month, you also get a month for free AND you get host benefits of $27.50. It is a win-win. Do you want to see what the cards in the kit look like?


Cards from the Hugs from Shelli May Paper Pumpkin


One thing to be careful of when making these beautiful cards is that there are three different sized labels to put on the front of the cards. I made a mistake on the “Hello Friend” card. I used the wrong size!! I didn’t feel like taking it apart but it does look better on a smaller label.


Here you can see all the pretty embellishments that came with the Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit


The embellishments and elements from the kit looked so pretty laying on my table that I just had to take a picture to show you. Even the envelopes are special. I decided to use my kits to make anniversary and wedding cards for my regular Coffee and a card class on Tuesday morning. I am so happy with how they turned out. If you look closely at the anniversary card you will see that our nested label framelits coordinate perfectly.


Hugs From Shelli Paper Pumpkin Kit for May 2019


I want to show you closeups of all the cards that I made.


Beautiful colour coordination in Hugs from Shelli kit


I made a little mistake on this next card. I used the wrong sized label. The picture also does not capture the pretty detail in the metal bird embellishment.


A little mistake on this Hugs from Shelli card


I just love the vellum feathers in this set. The pretty peacock velvet ribbon is so beautiful in real life, this picture does not do it justice.


Birds and feathers from Hugs From Shelli


This next card I had already made a month ago at OnStage in Quebec City when we were given a sneak peek at the amazing Paper Pumpkin designed by Shelli Gardner, cofounder of Stampin’Up!. I was stamping in a room full of ladies and I didn’t do it perfectly, but it is what it is, and it is still perfectly lovely.


The original Hugs from Shelli card


Here are the closeups of my alternatives.


Hugs from Shelli wedding


This wedding card made me think of something borrowed, something blue, so I added a blue feather and some speckling in the background. Both of those images are in the Hugs from Shelli stamp set.


Hugs from Shelli anniversary


Now this is the right size label for this card but I turned it into an anniversary card and layered it with a blushing bride nested label framelit. I tied a bow using the twine provided but adding some old olive linen thread as well. My reasoning here was the quote from the Bible ” a three-fold cord is not easily broken”.


Hugs from Shelli vintage for the bride


This last card is a vintage for the bride card. I added some pearls and the polka dot tulle ribbon. The sentiment is from Special Celebrations. You could step it up a notch by adding another layer of cardstock behind the sentiment. I actually just got up to look at the card, but in real life it doesn’t look as stark or need that extra layer. I had so much fun playing with this set and am excited to share it at coffee and a card class on Tuesday. I know everyone is just going to love adding their own touch to the cards. Some people might not need wedding or anniversary cards. If not, they can make the originals or change them to suit their needs. Here is a picture of the stamp set. Even the tissue paper in this kit was different, a lovely vintage pink!


The beautiful stamp set included in the May 2019 Paper Pumpkin, Hugs from Shelli


Thanks so much for stopping by. If you live in Canada and decide that you want to get Paper Pumpkin, then you do that by clicking here. Have a super day and a great long weekend if you are in Canada. Long live the queen!


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Paper Pumpkin Revisited

Hello stampers. Yesterday I had two sympathy card classes and the base for these was Paper Pumpkin. I wanted to show the versatility of Paper Pumpkin. At the end of the class I unpacked my least favourite Paper Pumpkin of the year. It had been moldering in my basement for six months!! I wanted to show that you could still use a Paper Pumpkin that you really disliked and then totally change your mind by using it in a different way. Why am I telling you this? It is because I think Paper Pumpkin is awesome and the price is going up in June by three dollars per month so I am encouraging everyone to sign up now for a 12 month prepaid subscription. If you do that you get one month for free based on what you would pay if you were just paying month by month. You also get $27.50 in host credits which you can use not only on our beautiful, exclusive host sets but on any product in the catalogue or on the clearance rack. We are going to revisit Paper Pumpkin!


Instead of a calendar I made a birthday card circling the date of the person's birthday


The original Paper Pumpkin kit was for a 24 month calendar in a cute box. Now some people might find something like this super cute and useful but I wasn’t of that mindset. I do however love the saying in the stamp set “Every day is a fresh start” so I thought it would be perfect for a birthday, for the start of a new job, graduation or even after some life-changing event. The ribbon in the kit is sumptuous, so that was another bonus. This kit also came with two ink spots, grapefruit grove and pool party. Let’s take a look at the kit.


Day by Day Paper Pumpkin


Do you see the stamp set? Lots of geometric shapes. That is not my forté. Some people look at stamps like this and see all kinds of possibilities, but for me it is more of a challenge. What is a girl to do? Well, ink up those stamps and start playing on some grid paper and see what happens. I was really pleased with how my card turned out and it totally changed my mind about the kit. There were also ten cute gift tags in the kit which would have been very handy in December!


Day by Day kit, side by side


Here are my two cards side by side. You could also do a pool party card base to give yourself another alternative. These were literally a five minute card, only because I had to run some cardstock through the Big Shot with the stitched rectangle framelits. I think it is a great idea to get a personalized card with the significant date circled. The circle is also one of the stamps in the kit. You could use the sturdy box to hold your extra cards that you could give away as a thoughtful gift. I am so happy that I rescued this kit from my basement and turned into fun cards.


Why would I want to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin? I have a room full of stamps! I will tell you a story. You probably know that I really like to cook and bake, but sometimes it is still a real treat to order takeout and have some delicious food dropped off at my house. Paper Pumpkin is a monthly crafting surprise of instant gratification. No fuss, no muss, everything included! It is also nice that it is a surprise. I have found that it can be a lot fun to not look at the kit right away. The stamp set is always sitting on top of the kit so I take that out right away and play with it. If you run stuck for ideas there is a great online community for Paper Pumpkin on Facebook but also on Pinterest. Remember, Google is your friend. Paper Pumpkin is also compact and portable, so you can take it with you anywhere and surprise and delight your friends and family members with a great rainy day activity or to help you get through a lengthy wait in a doctor’s office or other waiting room. You can also skip a month whenever you want so that is a great feature that most craft box subscriptions do not offer. Crafting together is a great way to spend meaningful time with your children or aging parents. Creativity is therapeutic!


If you live in Canada, I would love for you to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin through me. Here is the link, or click on the image below.


Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


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Bird Ballad Suite

Hello stampers. I think that one of the first things you will fall in love with when you see the new catalogue is the Bird Ballad Suite. It is chock full of pretty, pretty things. Those birds are just so stinkin’ adorable. Then we have the stamp set, the stitched nested framelits, the designer series paper, the scalloped lace trim, bird ballad trinkets and to top it all off, the Bird Ballad laser-cut cards and tin. Is your head spinning yet? You can buy the entire suite with just one number and one price. $128.75 will get your everything. Oh the joy!


I was asked to make an anniversary card for a dear friend and I knew that she loved this suite so this is what I came up with. I can share it now because it was her anniversary yesterday. It is actually a very simple card to make and it really lets the lace shine through and be the star. Let’s take a look.


Bird Ballad card with laser-cut cards and tin


I fussy cut the birds from the Bird Ballad designer series paper. What I really love about the designer series paper matching the stamp set so well is that I can use it as a guide when I am colouring my stamped images. Using the Blends or the watercolour pencils on these birds is going to be a colouring dream. If you ever want to quiet your mind, start colouring!


I cut a circle out of gray granite card stock using the third largest circle framelit from the layering circles framelits collection. This was adhered in the centre of the laser-cut card. I then used the largest circle framelit to cut a calypso coral circle which was adhered on the inside of the card behind the gray granite circle. I adhered a panel of petal pink card stock measuring 4 1/8″ by 5 3/8″ behind the lace card front. The sentiment was stamped in calypso coral on a narrow scrap of very vanilla and popped up using mini dimensionals. I love them as they are perfect for little things like this. To add just the right finishing touch I added three little pearls from the Share What You Love artisan pearls collection.


Bird Ballad laser-cut cards and tin, a lovely container for the Bird Ballad suite of pretty things.


This lovely tin holds 12 laser-cut cards and pretty scalloped edge envelopes. You could keep this tin for yourself and it could hold all the pretty accessories in this suite. After you have used up all the supplies to make cards you could save six of them and give them as a beautiful gift in this tin, just wrap a bow around it with a pretty tag and you are all set!  I am working on a video to show you how I made the card but it is not quite finished yet. Rachel is teaching me some new technology and it is still a work in progress. I am hoping it turns out well. This old dog is still trying to learn a few tricks but it takes more time than it used to!!


Thanks so much for stopping by. If you really, really love this suite you can get most of it now in a starter kit and this is the best deal ever as not only save the shipping and the tax, you also get to put an extra $30 worth of products in your kit. Here is the link if you want to do that, otherwise shoot me a message and I can help you and answer your questions. You do need to live in Canada to shop with me or to join my team. Remember, getting the starter kit or joining the team has NO obligations to teach or sell. You can use it just to get the deal or to continue getting your own discount on your own supplies.  On June 4 the new catalog will go live and you can order these products either online or through me. I hope you have a super day.


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