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.
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.
Here is another view of this card so you can see how the fold mechanism works.
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!
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!!
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I am going to show you the very cute Gnome Christmas tags that I was working on yesterday. The more I work with the Tag Buffet kit the more I see the potential for this great little box. If you are looking for a meaningful and fun experience for the whole family then this is it.
As I see it you have at least two great options for this kit. You could choose to just get the Tag Buffet Project kit without the coordinating stamp set. The coordinating set does have a great class Merry Christmas stamp in a lovely font and size as well as some other great images and greetings, but if you already have some lovely Christmas stamps that will work, then I would suggest option two.
The second option is to combine this great kit with the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set. The gnomes in this set are just so fun to colour and they are not too tricky to fussy cut, especially if you cut off the greenery from the one gnome with the striped hat.
I know that Rachel Tessman has played with this set and has made more than 90 cards with one of these kits. I have no intention of doing this, but I thought you might like to know the possibilities and definitely the value.
Score Yourself a Deal
Did you know that today is your lucky day Yup. Stampin’Up! had some technical difficulties yesterday so they are extending their 24 hour sale by one more day. That means that if you were procrastinating yesterday (and I just happen to know that most of you were doing just that!) you can still save 10 percent today. I know it doesn’t knock your socks off, but it is gratifying to see a lower price show up on your order screen with each item you add. Plus you will get a free tutorial from me and those cute embellishments that will look so nice with these gnomes! My embellishments were buried somewhere so I didn’t add them, but I will add them later and do a little Instagram video on them. Are you following me on Instagram yet? You should!!
Gnome Christmas Tags
Ok. You have to admit. These tags are stinkin’ adorable. If you are more of a traditional Christmas person like I usually am, then you might want to make the tags per kit instructions. You can see them in my blog post here.
If you ink up this cute gnome or his girlfriend and grab your favourite Blends colours, you will soon forget the world and all its troubles. This is what I call colour therapy. Do you see the gnome tag in the middle He has had a little trim work done. His hat is now unadorned! Not only is he still super cute, he is also much, much easier to cut out. That makes me happy. I think I am going to organize a stamping party with Gerard’s sisters and nieces this coming week.
For The Love of One Stamp
Do you see the tag on the far right? I bought the Tag Buffet stamp set just for this particular stamp. I love the saying and it is applicable to more than just Christmas cards. It would be good for a birthday, an anniversary or even a wedding! Have you ever purchased a stamp set to get just one stamp?
Here you can see the amount of product included in this kit. The Blends are not included but this is just a snapshot of what was on my desk so you can see a bit of the creative process as well. I love how you can separate the white tags from the colourful ones. They were originally intended to be used together, but if you don’t do that, you have way more options and styles available to you. I didn’t even explore the option of turning them into cards! Maybe I will another day. I did remember to bring embossing folders with me this time!
If you want to see how I put some of these tags together, you can watch this video from YouTube.
Thanks for joining me today, I hope you were inspired to create with your family and friends in a COVID friendly way. If you love any of these projects, please share them on Pinterest! I hope you have a super day and happy shopping with a bonus sale day. If you live in Canada and want to have some creative fun, just click on the links below to go to my online store, or you can also click here if that is easier for you. Remember, your best value is ALWAYS the starter kit. Click here if that makes sense to you. I have a wonderful team and you would make a great part of it!
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today’s card is a Brightly Gleaming Christmas Card. It is actually a beautiful card that I made last year. It was in my stash of Christmas stamps from last year’s holiday catalog. Brightly Gleaming is actually a carry over stamp set that was so popular last year that both the stamp set and the patterned paper sold out.
A Question for You
I am curious. For some reason I never go back to a stamp set that has carried over from the year before. Does that make me fickle? Do you have the same thing? For me I play with a stamp set a lot, I use all the patterned paper and then I am done with it. Maybe it is different when you are a demonstrator and you want to showcase new products to get people excited. I decided it was time for me to show you this forgotten stamp set because it really is lovely. My favourite stamp in this set is the gorgeous holly leaves and berries. Take a look.
Brightly Gleaming Christmas Card
Here is my brightly gleaming Christmas card. It does use copper foil paper which is now retired but everything else on this card is current. The beautiful brushed metallic cardstock would look fantastic on this card so don’t worry, you can still recreate this beauty.
The holly berries and leaves are perfect for colouring with Blends. I used Mossy Meadow and Cherry Cobbler as well as a bit of Wink of Stella on the berries. If you want to see more cards made with this bundle check out this blog post.
Thank-you Present for 15th Anniversary
Thanks for joining me today. I was hoping to write a longer post about my fifteenth anniversary as a Stampin’Up! demonstrator but this has been a crazy week with so much happening and I simply ran out of time. What I would like to say though is THANK YOU!! Without you there would be no stamping journey for me. As a thank you I am giving away the Press On stamp set with a $100 online order. The stamp set is worth $30, and with shipping and tax that comes to $36.90. You must use the host code 7ABPXNFB. This offer will go until November 5.
Have a super day!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.