Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I have a two minute paper miracle for you. If you have been following me for a while you may already know that my favourite things are ones that combine beauty, ease and speed. When those three things come together it make me a very happy squirrel. Paper crafting can be intricate and detailed sometimes, and beautiful things will happen but most people are short on time and patience so two minute paper miracles are wonderful! Let’s take a look at what I am talking about.
Two Minute Paper Miracle
This two minute paper miracle is brought to you with the cracker & treat box dies. I love Christmas crackers but I have never made them and seldom have I bought them. Usually they are overpriced and are filled with junk. When I saw this one in the new annual Stampin’Up! catalog I thought, here’s my chance! It is even easier to use than I had anticipated. Trust me, I am not exaggerating when I say that you can do it in two minutes. I will share both a photo with you as well as a video tutorial.
Why So Thrilled?
Why am I so thrilled with these cracker & treat box dies? Not only are they super cute and fast to make, they also work very well with our patterned paper. The dies do not cause the paper to tear, they give just the right score lines. You can also close them by simply pulling the twine tightly around them. No fussy folding required. It really is a miracle!! I can see that with something this simple, ordinary days are going to be turned into extraordinary ones. This project will also help you with your burgeoning amount of patterned paper, so you can #loveitchopit.
Here is the video tutorial so you can see how I made these cracker & treat boxes with the Rings of Love patterned paper. This paper will be free with a $60 purchase when saleabration starts on July 1. Summer saleabration is in effect from July 1 until August 31.
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Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I am sharing a fun card using Nuts About Squirrels. Can you believe that today was the first time that I inked it up? It is a perfect match for the retiring Beauty of the Earth paper. Let’s take a look.
Nuts About Squirrels Paper Strips Card
This card is a great template for any card that you want to make with the goal of showcasing your pretty patterned paper. Simply cut seven strips that are 3/4″ wide by 3 1/4″ tall. Adhere them on a basic white piece that is 3 3/4″ by 5″. My card base is Misty Moonlight which is also retiring April 30, 2022. You could choose any colour that is found in your patterned paper. This is just another way to #loveitchopit.
I featured this card in my Stamping Through My Stash video today, and when I do that I always stamp all the images from the stamp set. You can see that “swatch” here. It’s a great idea to stamp all the images from your stamp set when your order arrives as well as try out all the dies. Stampin’Up! has a three month guarantee on their products (three years on the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine) If there is a problem, you want to know about it right away so you can get your defective products replaced. This is a rare occurrence, but one to be on the lookout for.
Inside the Nuts About Squirrels Card
For the inside of my card I used my second “fussy cut” squirrel and the stamparatus to stamp two different sentiments in two different colours, misty moonlight and cajun craze.
I used a blender pen to get rid of the stark contrast of my stamped squirrels. This one definitely looks like he is up to no good!!
Here is my video from YouTube. Click on the bottom left corner to watch on YouTube. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to subscribe to my channel so that you don’t miss out on the fun!!
Free Shipping Tomorrow!
Just a heads up that there is free shipping tomorrow on orders of $100 or more. This is an offer straight from Stampin’Up! I am also giving away two pdf tutorials with a $100 purchase and normally it is$120 to get two. One from the Demo Design Dream Team and one from the Create With Us International Team. Thanks for joining me today. Hugs from Holland!!
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. On Monday I was able to ink up this gorgeous set for the first time. I just happened to have a customer drop by and she had not yet seen this stamp set. When she saw me stamp it, her jaw dropped and she said “WOW”! The wildlife stamps just jump off the page because they are very realistic looking due to the distINKtive technology of the stamps.
Wildlife Wonder: Some “Beary” Good Tricks
When I get a new stamp I ink up all the stamps in a few different colours and strengths. This gives me a good idea as to the versatility of the stamps. I also wanted to try stamping directly on the New Horizons paper. At first this seemed like a bad idea. You could see the patterned paper right through the bear. Then the magic happened. I grabbed a blender pen and went all over the bear image with it. Worked like a charm!
The other great trick with the bear is to fussy cut him close to the stamped image. When you do this he or she blends in better with the scene on the paper.
Clever trick number three is to be sure to “ground” the bear. There is a long skinny stamp that looks a bit like a cirrus cloud; use that to make a base for your bear like I did in the first card.
Clever trick number four has nothing to do with the bear. This time the wolf is the star of the show. I used a scrap of leftover patterned paper and fussy cut the grass to make a bit of a hiding spot for our resident wolf. Don’t you think it worked well?
Clever trick number five. If you watch my video you will see that the owl used to have a prominent place on the wolf card. Trouble is, it was a bit TOO prominent. The owl was simply too large. Instead I made a focal point for the sentiment which I punched out with a 2″ circle punch. The owl was stamped off in Crumb Cake to the left of the sentiment. Very effective, I think! These cards were made “on the fly”. If I would do the wolf one again, I would not use a scrap, but I would make an entire border across the front to camouflage the wolf a bit.
When you watch this video, please click on the brown box that says “watch on YouTube”. That way you can give me a thumbs up, subscribe or perhaps even leave a comment. Trust me when I tell you that it really makes a difference in my day when I see you do any of these things. There is also a “share” button under the video and then you can choose whether to share to Pinterest or to Facebook. Yay!!!!
Thanks for joining me today. If you want to purchase any of the products I used for these Wildlife Wonder cards, the links are below in the Product List. Have a super day!
Hello stampers and happy Friday…actually, almost Happy New Year!! Today I want to show you a way to save your sanity. We can put so much pressure on ourselves to create beautifully stunning and intricate cards. While that can be a fun challenge and very rewarding, this is a gentle reminder to also enjoy easy simplicity once in a while. Yesterday I was feeling overwhelmed and a bit stressed and these simple cards brought me joy and peace.
Save Your Sanity with Some Simple Cards
I have always loved words. Words are very important and convey so much meaning and feeling, so choosing the right ones for your card is a big deal. Especially when the card is simple and the focus is mainly on the words and on the paper you want to make sure that your words are the right font, the right size and the. right thoughts! My cards use In The Moment for the images and Flowering Tulips for the words. The gorgeous paper is Expressions in Ink.
Here is a little video telling you the story of how these cards came about.
My last card is not shown in this picture because I make it at the end of the video. Curious? Be sure to watch AND subscribe. I am aiming for 4100 subscribers and to help make that happen I am doing a draw for the Poinsettia Petals bundle. All you need to do to enter is to subscribe to my channel, comment on your favourite video and share one to social media such as Facebook.
Simple Cards Bring Joy
These cards brought me joy yesterday and today as I see them laying on my desk they are bringing me more joy. I am going to offer a class where we can make these cards. People can choose their own colour scheme and stamps. It will be so much fun to see what they come up with!
Here is a closeup of one of the cards so you can see just how gorgeous this paper is and how well it combines with these stamp sets, In the Moment and Flowering Tulips.
Sometimes cards look a little different seen from another angle, so here they are against the backdrop of our fabulous Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. If you don’t have this beauty yet, January is your month! You can put it in a starter kit and pay no tax or shipping AND get to pick two bonus stamp sets to put into your kit. Perhaps you could choose the two I have used today!! How much fun is that??
Prime Time Group
Did you know that I have a private Facebook group called Prime Time With The Pampered Stamper? Each Wednesday I post the supply list and measurements and on Thursday I do an exclusive video. Once a month there is a prize drawing and each month there is a free 15 project pdf tutorial for this group. It costs only $10 a month to join. If you are interested, just click here.
This is the card we made yesterday, another exercise is simplicity and beauty. Next week will do something a lot more challenging.
More Happy Mail Next Week
Next week I will share some more happy mail in Holland cards including a gorgeous hand painted one from my cousin. I hope that you have a fun celebration today and a very happy and blessed New Year. Thanks for joining me on my stamping journey. I’m so glad you’re here.
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Cheer Corner. That is the name of a weekly video I am doing on my personal Facebook page. My goal is to reach non-stampers and to show them that you really CAN change the world one card at a time. I have done Cheer Corner off and on for a couple of years. What I used to do is post a card and then ask people to nominate who I should send it to. Now I am taking it a step further.
Never underestimate the power of a hand made, handwritten card. People are touched when they get happy mail and even more so when the card was made from scratch. It is such an easy way to make a difference in someone’s life. Here is the video that I made this morning.
Anyone Can Do It
The other purpose of my newly revised #cheercorner is to show people how easy it is to make a card. With a few key tools you are all set. You don’t have to have everything but the kitchen sink. Ink, paper, stamps and a paper trimmer will get you a long ways. True, the other stuff is nice to have but it is not essential.
Speaking of the Basics
Speaking of the basics, tomorrow is an incredible day. It is the start of a really fantastic sale. This one makes sense and it is a reason to celebrate. Stock up on your cardstock, ink pads and dies. Ok, the dies aren’t essential but at 20% it’s a great deal.
Here is the host code that you can use when you place your order. Only use the host code if your order is less than $200. If it is more than that then you qualify for host benefits. How awesome is that??
Lousy Picture, Great Cards
Here is a photo of my #cheercorner cards. I shouldn’t have put them on the buffalo plaid table runner, it is too distracting. Now it is dark so I cannot take a better picture. I just noticed that there is even a shadow in the picture, but if you want to get a better look, check out the video.
Thanks so much for joining me. This is going to be an epic week. I am going wedding dress shopping with my sister on Wednesday and on Friday Pap will turn 95 Lord willing! Wow. So much to celebrate. I hope you have a super day.
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I am going to talk to you about The Pampered Stamper in two countries. What does this mean for you? How am I going to make this work? So many questions right? Let’s dig in and find out what is going to happen.
The Pampered Stamper in Two Countries
First and foremost, I will maintain and grow my Pampered Stamper business in Canada. This is where I started and have grown and built my business for fifteen years. My team and my customers mean the world to me and I don’t ever want to let you down.
You may have heard that I finally going to marry Gerard!! The date will be sometime in September 2022. That means that I will sort of move to Holland until 2026. The plan is that I will be three months in Holland, then one month back in Canada, etc. In the one month that I am home I hope to do in person classes and of course an in person team gathering.
COVID19 has had one blessing. It has forced me to take my business online completely. I had known for a while that this was the direction that I needed to move in, but I was unwilling to part with any of my in person classes. This meant double the work load! Of course this is unhealthy and also unsustainable. Being online now for a year has become the new normal and there is a lot of it that I truly enjoy. I am still trying to work out the best way to provide classes for you that are fun and affordable, and this is always a work in progress.
Why Become a Dutch Demonstrator?
The main reason is the same reason why I joined Stampin’Up! in the first place. I seem to need everything!! When I pack my suitcase to go I take one bundle for each week that I am gone but it is never enough. I always feel that I am stifled in my creativity. Since there was such a great deal on the starter kit I decided to go for it and fill in the gaps with what I truly needed. My starter kit was a practical investment but it still wasn’t fun! So I placed another order full of things that I loved.
The other reason is that I am starting to build my own network of family and friends here and I want to share what I love with them. That will mean workshops and classes and it just fantastic to be able to place these orders myself. Now I have to take the plunge and start creating with European sized cardstock which is narrower and longer than ours in North America.
If you want to hear my story, you can watch this video here.
How is this Possible?
All I needed to become a Dutch demo was a mailing and shipping address and a Dutch bank account. No social insurance or identity number was needed like in Canada. You don’t know if you don’t try!
Something to Share
This past weekend I celebrated my birthday a few days early and I was spoiled! The best present was being able to celebrate outdoors with a group of people. It felt like the old normal and it was wonderful. My upline and friend Caroline van der Straaten made me a great gift holder. I took a bunch of pictures because she always does such beautiful work. I didn’t watermark them at all because quite truthfully I am battling a rather nasty feminine issue right now which has made me quite grumpy and unproductive. This has made me feel a little ashamed because isn’t it easy to be happy when everything is going well? Not so easy when you are feeling crappy. Another lesson in gratitude and patience which I would rather not have to learn.
This cute wooden crate was filled with locally grown vegetables to make a delicious ratatouille. Of course I immediately saw the pretty peach themed gift inside!!
Doesn’t this just blow your mind? I just love the coordination of all the different patterned paper and then the cute little details!! Caroline just does such exquisite work. Her little pockets, her bows, the little addition to the tags, it just goes on and on. She should just create and I will crow about it and show it all off. Sound good?? Even the back of this cute little package has been decorated. She doesn’t miss a thing. You can follow her on Instagram here.
Any Questions or Suggestions?
I would love to hear your questions or suggestions. What would YOU like me to offer in an online class? What do you see other demos doing that you would love to see ME do? If you have any other questions about how I plan to run The Pampered Stamper in two countries or if you would love to join my growing and very fun team, please contact me.
If you want to see another project made with You’re a Peach, check out this blog post. Are you on Instagram? Then you can follow me here. I hope you have a super day!!