Happy Mail in Holland Prized Peony Bundle

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I have two great cards from my Happy Mail in Holland contest that use the Prized Peony Bundle . The Prized Peony bundle is beautiful but can be overwhelming, so if you need inspiration, I have a fantastic tutorial for you! You can find it here.

Thanks to both Luba Balycz and Sharon Meyer for their lovely cards!


Luba’s Card


Prized Peony card

What makes Luba’s card so beautiful? First of all, she sponged the edges of all of her die cuts to create a great 3D effect. To enhance that look even further, she used mini dimensionals between the layers. I love the unexpected touch of the white branches above the green leaves and the yellow stamens barely popping out of the centre of the peony. Do you see her perfect little bow?! The background whisper white was embossed with the Subtles embossing folder. Peonies are so beautiful!


Rochester, New York


Luba comes from Rochester, New York. It was one of the first boom towns in the United States due to its flour mills. It played a significant role in both the Abolitionist movement and the Women’s Rights Movement.



Sharon Meyer’s Card


Sharon also made a beautiful card using the Prized Peony stamp set. Her card focuses on the stamp set rather than the dies. I love how she contrasted a soft, subtle background with a bold and vibrant peony. I love peonies!! The card base is Soft Sea Foam with a mat of Peony Garden paper. The peony was coloured with Magenta Madness Blends and Shaded Spruce Blends if my guess is accurate. Sharon’s use of stitched dies is also a very nice touch.


Prized Peony card


Farmington, New York


Isn’t it a coincidence that both of today’s artists come from New York State? If my memory serves me correctly, Sharon has participated in other Happy Mail in Holland contests. If you want to read more about Farmington and also some of Sharon’s other work, check out this blog post.

Some of you have wondered why I spend so much time in Holland. If you don’t know the story of Gerard and I, then you can see it in this post. You can also see another one of Sharon’s cards as well as read a bit more about her hometown.


Hattem, the Netherlands


A little while ago, on our way home from Zwolle, we stopped in Hattem, another Hanzestad. I wanted to go to the Anton Pieck museum as I was familiar with some of his work. He is quite iconic. I did not know that he was such a huge part in the creation of the Efteling theme park for children. I went there with Rachel when she was 8 years old! Another thing I learned there is that Anton was a twin and that both brothers were artists and they both used there skills in the Resistance during World War 2.





Anton and Henri Pieck



In the museum it was said that Anton was born with a pencil in his hand. When he was three his mother found him crying because he could not draw the rain! During World War 2 he used his skills to falsify identity cards and other important documents. His brother worked as a spy for Russia and ended up in a concentration camp for his efforts. Thankfully he survived, but while in Buchenwald he drew what he saw.



Thanks for joining me today! I hope you are enjoying traveling along with me. My blog posts are light on stamping and heavy on travel these days! No worries, by the end of August, the pendulum will once again shift the other way. Have a super day!


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Happy Mail In Holland

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I am going to share some Happy Mail in Holland contest cards with you. I had a bit of an internal debate because these two cards do not use current product. They are beautiful cards though and I am guessing that you might still have some of these great products lying around from saleabration too. I am not going to do the homework of finding out the names of everything as it doesn’t help. You either have it or you don’t and you can’t buy it any more!


Elfie Kron’s Card


Elfie’s card was actually the first card I received and it made me very, very happy. I met Elfie at a Stampin’Up! event. I believe it was a half day business building seminar in Mississauga and we all went out for supper afterwards. Elfie has a big smile and a hearty laugh and I love her spirit. Her home town of Guelph is where I went to middle school for four years (grade 7 though 10) Emmanuel Christian High School on Sussex Street. That was an exciting time of my life, especially since it wasn’t common for grade seven and eight to be combined with high school. The first two years the school went up to grade 12 but then the community could no longer afford it.


Happy Mail in Holland


The flowers were cut from what I believe was called Flowering Foils paper and they are coloured with Calypso Coral and Petal Pink Blends. Elfie used a decorative mask to make the background and the butterfly was cut with a die and vellum that was also sponged or coloured with Blends and the blinged up with Wink of Stella. Thanks so much Elfie!!


Sandy Allman’s Happy Mail in Holland Card


Sandy’s card is made from the beautiful butterfly paper that was also either a free saleabration item or a saleabration coordination product. I love the colour combination of blushing bride and basic black. So many pretty details on this card including the pearls that were coloured with Blends. Sandy is from the beautiful city of Prince George British Columbia and is also a regular contributor to my card contests. I love it!!! If you want to read more about Prince George and see Sandy’s other creations, check out this blog post. There is actually a link in that blog post that will take you to another blog post that has the actual pictures of Prince George.


Sandy Allman's happy mail in Holland contest card



I love the layout of your card Sandy! You definitely pay attention to all the little details. Here is a shot of the inside of the card.


Happy Mail in Holland


The final finishing touch (other than the patterned paper on the envelope flap) is this cute signature on the back of the card. The recipient definitely knows that they are receiving a work of art. Doesn’t she just have the most beautiful handwriting?


Happy Mail in Holland artist signature


#itallaboutthetreats video


I thought it would be fitting to share a video of my favourite Dutch bakery here. It would be so wonderful to be able to share these amazing treats with all of you. Not only are their gebakjes (pastries) divine, their bread is also great and of course they make simply the best krentenbollen (raisin buns).





Thanks so much to everyone who is participating in my Happy Mail in Holland contest, it warms my heart. So nice to read all of your messages inside your beautiful cards. It seems that now it is only taking a week for a card to get here so that is great news. Don’t forget about the Bonus Days! Until July 31 you will get a $6 bonus coupon to spend in August when the Holiday catalog goes live. If you want a Paper Pumpkin for July, let me know, I have a few extra and I also have someone who can put one out on the porch for you. Have a super day!!




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Walk in the Woods

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.


Walk in the Woods masked hedgehog


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.



Glycerine Sponging


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.


Walk in the Woods


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.


Walk in the Woods


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.


Walk in the Woods


Video Tutorial


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.


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Fantastic Field Journal

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?


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Field Journal Chipmunk


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?


Field Journal Collage


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.


Field Journal duck


The last card is just a twist on the first card, using a different background paper from In Good Taste.


Field Journal Chipmunk


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?


Video Tutorial


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:

  1. Choose your free bundle. This could be a stamp set and coordinating dies OR a stamp set and coordinating punch.
  2. Make a wish list of $165 in products from the annual catalog or from the clearance rack or a combination of both.
  3. 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!
  4. Pay only $135. No shipping, no tax.
  5. Enjoy a 20% discount on your purchases until the end of October.
  6. 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.


Get Started!


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!



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Post It Note Holder

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I will be sharing with you a lovely Post It Note Holder. This was my contribution to the Demo Design Dream Team as our theme was 3D items. I wanted mine to be something practical, and I love sticky notes. Wait till you see the inside of mine! It has a very special kind of Post It Note or sticky notes. You need to be a Stampin’Up! demonstrator in order to have access to them. Let’s take a look.


Prized Peony Post It Note Holder


We may as well cut to the chase and see this beauty. If you agree with me that it is super cute, you may want to make it yourself. The step by step instructions are in the tutorial which you can get for free if you are on my team, if you are a part of my very affordable international training group OR if you place a $50 order in July.


Prized Peony Post It Note Holder


Post It Note Holder AND Matching Pen


Did you know that you can get special RSVP pens that allow you to roll up a piece of pretty paper to get your pen to coordinate with your project? I got mine at Staples, an office supply store in Canada.


Prized Peony Post It Note Holder


The Measurements


Here are a few quick photos to get you started. One key thing, you put your sticky notes on the 3 2/4″ side.


Post It Note dimensions


Post It Note holder


The Inside of the Post It Note Holder


Here comes the exclusive part. Stampin’Up! has this amazing collection of post it notes; two are regular sized, two are little banner ones for marking your pages in the catalogue and one is this beautiful long one with the 30th anniversary graphic. It is only available for demonstrators. Just another little reason to get that starter kit while there is such an amazing deal!


Exclusive sticky notes




Thanks so much for joining me today. Maybe you can join me for my daily 3pm Facebook Live video. Today I will be unveiling the new Paper Pumpkin. If you liked this project please comment and/or pin it to Pinterest so that more people can enjoy it. Those little things make such a big difference for my business and I am so happy that you are willing to help me out in this way. If you live in Canada and want to purchase any of the products that I used, just click on the links below in the product list. I hope you have a super day and a lovely weekend. It’s Father’s Day!


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New at SU Blog Hop: Prized Peony

New at SU blog hop


Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I am participating in the New at SU Blog Hop featuring new flowers from the annual catalog. I decided to share another card made with the stunning Prized Peony bundle. Peonies are in bloom right now in southern Ontario and I love them!


Prized Peony


I love the embossing folder that is part of the Peony Garden Suite, so I thought I would run the full front panel of the card through this Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder including the square vellum doily.


Prized Peony


Square Vellum Doily Window


This card was born with the idea of using the square vellum doily as a window in the card. I cut out the square frame using the stitched shapes square dies. I just put a glue dot on each corner to secure the doily to the front of the card. After that I cut another scalloped square with petal pink and then used the stitched square die to cut out the centre of it. The resulting scalloped square frame was placed over the edge of the vellum doily to set it off nicely. When this was done I put the entire thing through the die cutting machine in the Dainty Diamonds embossing folder. The vellum looks so pretty embossed!


Square vellum doily with Prized Peony


It’s All in the Details


Did you notice the saying? I used only part of the “love & thanks to a dear friend”. The flowers and the leaves were stamped in memento on shimmery white cardstock and coloured with Petal Pink Blends. The leaves were done in Old Olive and the centre in dark Daffodil Delight. I even finished the inside of the card!


Prized Peony inside card


If you want to see more cards made with this suite, check out this blog post.


One More Card


I just had to make one more card. You can see that it uses the same raw materials but instead of creating a window with the square vellum doily, I just created a focal point that I popped up with dimensionals on the pretty paper. Which one do you like better?


Square Vellum Doily


I used Stampin’ Write Markers to colour directly on the stamp using petal pink and old olive. I then used a Blender Pen to blend the colour on the leaves to give it a more vibrant look. The same technique was used on the flower but the petal pink did not blend as well as the old olive. Maybe it dries faster. Either way, I am pleased with the end result.


Hop On Through


I am excited to see what everyone else in this blog hop made and I hope you have fun hopping with us. Be sure to leave us comments because that makes it extra special. Just click on the button below to hop on over to the next blog. Here is a list of everyone on the blog hop so you have a quick overview.


New at SU blog hop


If you click on the button above you will go to the talented Joyce Whitman for another Peony Garden card. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us.


Thank You


Thanks for stopping by today, I’m so glad you did! I hope you have a super day and I’m looking forward to hearing which card you liked best in today’s blog post. Remember, this beautiful bundle can be yours as a free BONUS if you get the starter kit. Can you pass up such a great deal? If not, here is the link to get started but it will only work if you live in Canada. If you are from the States, you can sign up with Julie. Just click on the button on the right of this post.





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