Coffee in the Window

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. How many of you would like to start the day with coffee in the window? The idea of having a cozy window seat with a beautiful view is very inviting. To be able to start the day slowly contemplating life’s blessings and the business of the day, I love that. The card that I am sharing today has a very mellow and introspective feel to it, perfect for a Monday morning!


In the Moment:  Coffee in the Window


The idea behind this card is to stamp the image on a subtle patterned paper. I used the paper from the Bloom Where You’re Planted collection. Use your Blends to colour the window. I used Smoky Slate. Stamp the lady on a scrap of shimmery white and colour her as well. I used Misty Moonlight, Soft Sued and Petal Pink ink and a Water Painter. My intent was to have this card coordinate with the cards that I made for my “Day Away With Jackie” class. If you want to participate in this class, you can still order your supplies online from me and I will send you the pdf tutorial for free!! I am going to record some videos showing you how to make these cards and you can access them in a private Facebook group.



In the Moment card



The next photo just shows the “fussy cut” woman with the coffee cup. She’s up quite early don’t you think?

This card was totally inspired by Angela Meyer. I just changed up the colours and the patterned paper. Please check out her blog here and see her other fantastic creations at Wild Violets Art.



In The Moment card with fussy cut woman with coffee cup


Instant Gratification?


If you would like to make some great In The Moment cards without having to think about it and spend an hour or more scrolling through Pinterest or other sites, click here for my easy to follow tutorial.




Thanks for joining me today, I appreciate you stopping by. Have you decided how to take advantage of saleabration this year? Are you going to get some free sets or paper with a purchase or are you going to get the best discount of all? The starter kit with two bonus free sets and your own 20% discount on future purchases? You know that I would love to have you on my award winning team. If you have any questions on the nitty gritty details and how they affect you, please message me either here on my blog or email me at I have teams in both Canada and Europe!


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Seasons of Fun and More Happy Mail!

Hello stampers and happy Christmas Eve to you all. Today I am sharing some adorable Seasons of Fun cards that I made during my weekly Stamping Through My Stash videos. This host set is a real gem. I am hoping that in the coming year we can do some fun parties together. We need some more fun and we need to get creative in the way that we do it don’t you think??


First, Happy Mail


The first thing I want to do is share the happy mail that arrived this week. We have a bit of a black and white theme going and I love it. The third card is the new black- red!!!


Delivering Cheer Happy Mail in Holland


Brighton, Ontario


This lovely card uses the Delivering Cheer stamp set which is totally appropriate for a Happy Mail in Holland card don’t you think? I love the classic and elegant black and white colour scheme with some silver embossing to make it pop. Thank you so much Cheryl Ann Pulver for this lovely card. Cheryl Ann is a talented team member of mine who lives in Brighton Ontario. She is also a florist in her spare time!

I looked up Brighton, Ontario and it looks like a fantastic place to visit. Presqu’Ile Provincial Park is here and I used to visit there when I had a summer job in Cobourg. Small world! Check out this restaurant, would you like to join me there some day for a lovely lunch?




Maasluis, the Netherlands


The second card is also from a team member, but she is my very first team member in the Netherlands!! How awesome is that? Thank you so much Barbara van den Berg-Zeegers for this beautiful card. I absolutely love the clean and crisp feel of Peaceful Cabin in black and white. Barbara comes from Maasluis which is a town about 15 minutes away from where Gerard lives. I have a cousin living in Maasluis and I used to visit my aunt and uncle there. Mom’s oldest sister lived in Maasluis until she died a few years ago. This city was founded around 1340; what a history!


Maasluis, the Netherlands



Peaceful Cabin Happy Mail in Holland


Listowel, Ontario


The last card was sent to my by Karen Gerretsen. I have only met Karen via Zoom for Bingo events and other online card making. Karen has supported my virtual coffee and a card classes and my Parcels in the Post. I am so grateful for loyal customers like Karen. Thank you so much for this cheerful and classic card.  The Merry Melody embossing folder is the star of the show. Well done!!


Karen lives on a farm just outside of Listowel, Ontario. I know from my daughter Stefanie that Listowel is in the “snow belt”. Stefanie used to have to drive through Listowel when she worked for the Huron-Perth Centre in Stratford. Listowel is beautiful farming country with rolling hills and lovely farms. It became a village in 1866 and was named after Listowel in Ireland.



Merry Melody Christmas Card


Seasons of Fun Cards


Normally I would not add any more cards to this blog post, but next week it will be after Christmas and then it will be too late to share Christmas cards don’t you think? These cards turned out so well in my Stamping Through My Stash video on Wednesday. If you missed that video, I will include it here for you. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel and to comment on a video and share it so you can have a chance to win the Poinsettia Petals bundle!



These are both fun and easy Z-Fold cards. Just take a piece of thick basic white cardstock measuring 4 1/4″ by 11″ and score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″. Fold in half and then fold the front flap back towards yourself.


Seasons of Fun Z-Fold Cards with Whimsy & Wonder paper



I used Whimsy & Wonder paper to finish off the Seasons of Fun cards and the images were stamped on shimmery white cardstock and coloured with Blends.






Merry Christmas!


Thanks for joining me today and I hope that you have a very merry Christmas with the people that you love. Perhaps like me, you will only be able to be with some of the people that you love, and you will be missing the rest. Thankfully we have technology to help us stay in touch. God bless and keep you!! Big hugs from Holland from both myself and Gerard.


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Awesome Otters

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am some super cute Awesome Otters cards for you. Awesome Otters? Where did you find them? Let me tell you.


Where Did These Awesome Otters Come From??


One of the perks of being a Stampin’Up! demonstrator (or discount shopper) is getting my hands on products early. Stampin’UP! also offers awesome events virtually and in person when circumstances allow. When you attend these events you can get certain products even earlier. There are LOTS of perks for getting the starter kit. Did you know that YOU could get in on this deal for an even better price this month? Offer ends November 30 but I will tell you more later. First let’s take a look at these cards.


Awesome Otter Cards with Blends


Come and Play!


Otters love to play, and so can YOU! I am hosting a fun games evening with some simple stamping. You can make this very card and also win prizes and go home with a goodie bag. Check out my event here. It will be the last stamping event until February 1. You guessed it, I am going back to Holland to be with Gerard for seven weeks.



Another Way?


Is there another way to get this adorable stamp set for free AND early? The answer is a resounding YES! All you need to do is get the starter kit this month for a steal of a deal. Until November 30 it is only $100. You get to pick out any products you want for a total of $165. Then in December you can place an order including products from the brand new 2022 Mini Catalog and also get free saleabration items with every $60 purchase. Did I mention that you also save 20% on your own orders as well as earn that amount on any orders that you might get from people who you share your catalogs with? Get your starter kit here if you live in Canada.


A Few More Products


I took a photo of a few more stamp sets that I will be including as prizes at my Games Event on December 3. This event is a great way to get a sneak peek at the new products and also be able to play with them and win them. Everyone wins a prize at my events.


Upcoming stamp sets for 2022 Stampin'Up!




Thanks for joining me today and a huge thank you if you have also subscribed to my YouTube Channel. This morning I hit my goal of 4000 subscribers and that means I will be choosing one lucky winner who will get the Cabin Dies sent to them. I hope you have a super day and that you also seriously consider all the amazing opportunities that await you by getting the starter kit, joining my team and getting your very own discount and other exclusive perks.

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Feels Like Home: A Saleabration Freebie!

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. I am almost burning the midnight oil tonight. I was debating with whether or not to write a blog post and you can see what I have decided! Feels Like Home is a saleabration freebie that I love. The image is so lovely an it really does feel like home. The sayings are in a beautiful font and are ever so meaningful. I made these cards for my Blends Class on Monday.


Feel Like Home Tips and Tricks


While creating the cards I noticed a beautiful little image in the stamp set that I had at first overlooked. It is a small pot of tulips. I was curious what this would look like as a design element in my cards. Would this pot make a big difference? Let’s take a look.


Feels Like Home


There is one more thing I want to share with you. If you ink up your Brick & Mortar embossing folder before putting your cardstock in and running it through the Cut & Emboss machine, you will get a wonderfully detailed impression. Then use your sponge dauber to rub on a little white craft ink. Wow!!


Feels Like Home


Feels Like Home Cards for Blends Class


When I saw the Feels Like Home stamp set I knew it would be perfect for a Blends class. Do you know why? If you purchase five sets of Blends (yes, there are five new colours in the annual catalog!) you get the Feels Like Home stamp set for FREE!! My customers also get to make these cards for free. If you purchase Blends online through my store by clicking the links below, I will send you the card kit as well.


Feels Like Home


If you order through me you will get a Demo Design Dream Team tutorial for FREE, an the tutorial to make this card is in there as well. Thanks Lori Longwell for the inspiration!


Feels Like Home


Special thanks to Mary Knabe for the inspiration for this card. Now, tell me, what do you think? Does the little pot of tulips make a difference? I think they really do.


That’s It!!


That’s it for today, I hope you like what I shared. Next week I will have more stories to share, and in the fall I will get back to blogging more often. Gerard comes on Tuesday!!! Guess who is over the moon excited?

Thanks so much for joining me today. Happy stamping and be sure to take advantage of the wonderful saleabration offerings. You should also check out my vastly improved tutorial section!!

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Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad


Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends Combo Pack


Stampin' Blends Color Lifter


Paper Snips


Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine


Evening Evergreen Stampin' Blends Combo Pack


Soft Succulent Stampin' Blends Combo Pack


Fresh Freesia Stampin' Blends Combo Pack


Pale Papaya Stampin' Blends Combo Pack


Polished Pink Stampin' Blends Combo Pack


Feels Like Home Cling Stamp Set (English)


Real Red Stampin' Blends Combo Pack


Balmy Blue Classic Stampin' Pad


Blending Brushes


Stitched Rectangles Dies


Cinnamon Cider 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder


Cinnamon Cider Classic Stampin' Pad


Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad


Sponge Daubers


Simply Succulents Bundle


A Post With No Pictures

Well hello stampers and happy late Friday to you. This will be a post with no pictures! That is what happens when you are at your parents’ place and all of your day is occupied with taking care of two elderly and sometimes frustratingly stubborn parents. Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond grateful to still have them both and to be in a position where I can drop everything and be there for them. But still.


When the Light Fades


It is hard to see your formerly strong and vibrant father sitting in his chair in the corner of the kitchen with the light fading from his eyes. He just looks so soul weary. Sometimes he says quietly, I just want to go home to heaven. I try to joke with him a bit and tell him that he doesn’t have an appointment. The thing is, he does, he just doesn’t know when. I think that is the hard part. The not knowing. I have a new respect for my mom. It can be quite the grind being a caregiver twenty four seven.


A Bright Moment


There was a bright moment this morning when I was sorting through my stamping stash getting ready for my YouTube live video tomorrow morning at 10am. I was explaining to them how my Parcels in the Post works. I had some pretty designer series paper called (fittingly) True Love and some Blends so I gave some to Mom to colour. Pap was also sitting at the table and before long he was giving mom advice on which colours to use. So I gave him a piece of True Love paper and told him he could colour his own.

I’m not very good at that says he. No worries say I. It’s extra paper and it doesn’t matter if you ruin it. As a Dutch person who has been through the war and through grinding poverty, there isn’t much greater sin than waste. So this was all he needed to get going. The moment was so imbued by love and peace that I felt moved to take a video. This was a side of my father I had never seen and it was also one that resonated so deeply with me.


Not Artistic


You see, I never thought I was artistic either. I think I actually felt some deep seated shame and insecurity about it. Everyone should be able to draw, but I couldn’t. That is why I fell in love with stamping. The drawing was already done for me by the stamp design artists. I could do the rest! I know that many people , and perhaps you feel this way too and it is my great joy to share creativity with you and to show you that yes, you can be artistic too.


The Video


So here is the very short video that I made of the two of them colouring quietly at the kitchen table with the winter sun making the snow sparkle and drenching the kitchen in beautiful light. I am blessed indeed! Even when Pap asks for fruit and when I bring it to him he says that no, he doesn’t want it after all.



Off To Bed


So now I am off to bed with one ear open in case I am needed throughout the night. We are now living one day at a time and we are thankful for each precious moment. Thanks for joining me today. Big hugs and sweet dreams and maybe tomorrow we’ll have a super day.


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Warm & Toasty Fancy Fold Card

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today’s card is a Warm & Toasty fancy fold card from my Happy Mail in Holland contest. This is honestly so much fun! To get happy mail is already great, but when there are handwritten letters and beautiful cards too, that just makes my day. What I am really liking as well is that people are starting to tell me the favourite things about their home town. Let’s take a look at the card and the town. Are you curious?


Warm & Toasty Fancy Fold Card


I must confess; I do not have this stamp set. That is why it is so nice to be able to blog about it. It is new to me too! The fold is also one that I have never done, so you can bet that I am going to give it a try as well. In the meantime, here is the card made by Lou Davis and her twin sister.


Warm & Toasty fancy fold card


I know what you are thinking. This is a really cute card! It is, but there is more. Do you know the feeling when you get happy mail and the envelope is thick? Then you take out the card and it feels thick too? Perhaps there was something else in the envelope, but now you know that this is going to be a card with a surprise inside. Indeed! When I opened it up, this is what I saw. I don’t know what this fold is called, but you can be sure that I want to recreate it now.


Warm & Toasty fancy fold card inside


Here is another view of this card so you can see how the fold mechanism works.


Warm & Toasty fancy fold card inside mechanism


Beaufort, South Carolina


I love that Lou included a letter with her card telling me about her hometown and what she thinks is special about it. Now I also know that it is pronounced “Bu-fort”. I would have said “Bow-fort”. There are also two towns with this name in South Carolina, so it is a good thing that I was pointed in the right direction!! Lou’s hometown is not far from Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA and it was instrumental in both the Revolutionary War as well as the Civil War.


Here is a short video that shows how pretty Beaufort is. I found out that it is the second oldest city in South Carolina, chartered in 1711. While I was looking for some nice pictures to share I came across this interesting article.  I am sure you have heard that during this whole COVID pandemic people have been baking a lot, especially bread! In Chatham there was no yeast to be found in the grocery stores and flour was also sold out. This 79 year old  Beaufort man decided to make models of churches instead. How beautiful!



Southern Charm


Many years ago I earned an incentive trip to Hilton Head Island, and I am quite sure that Beaufort is quite close to this pretty island as well. Beaufort is known for its antibellum mansions like the one below. Lou, you are one lucky woman to live in this pretty place.



Here is a streetscape view. I have never been in one of these southern mansions, but you can be sure it is on my bucket list. Gerard has family in North Carolina, so we will be close!





Thanks so much for sending in your beautiful card Lou. Be sure to thank your sister too. This contest helps us all get to know each other better and that is wonderful. We need all the connection that we can get these days. I pray that this virus will soon be put behind us or at least contained with a vaccine. Stay safe. Have a super day!!


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