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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Abundance of Crocuses

Hello stampers and happy Friday! Today’s card is about an abundance of crocuses.I love this stamp that is part of the Easter Promise stamp set.

Abundance of Crocuses


This will be my shortest blog post ever because I am running late for going wedding dress shopping but I didn’t want to leave you with nothing today! This card is quite simple, it has Happy Easter embossed in gold at the top of the white panel. The crocuses are stamped at the bottom and coloured with blends. I tied polka dot white tulle ribbon around the top of the panel which is layered on gorgeous grape and popped up on a purple posy base. The base was embossed with the basket weave embossing folder.


Abundance of Crocuses




Thanks so much for joining me today. With all the paranoia going on with the corona virus let me assure you that if we go into quarantine I will do daily videos to help keep you sane and to provide some stamping therapy. Stay calm, wash your hands a lot and drink lots of water. Every fifteen minutes take a few sips. Have a super day!


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Easter Promise with Blends

Hello stampers and happy Thursday to you. Today I want to share with you the Easter Promise with blends cards that I did for my coffee and a card class. Easter Promise is a gorgeous stamp set that has beautiful crocuses that are just so lovely to colour, especially with our blends. Anyone else a believer in colouring therapy?


Easter Promise with Blends


Blends are simply a wonderful colouring tool, whether you choose to use them individually or in combination. You see, they come in a light and a dark shade and you can blend them together to make even more beautiful and realistic colour. This can sound intimidating, but it really isn’t at all. Just take a look at my video and you will see how easy it is. The colour is just so smooth and vibrant that it will make you happy to colour the beautiful flowers in the Easter Promise stamp set.


Easter Promise with Blends


Have you ever had it when you are making a card that you get ink on your fingers? No!! Hmmmmm. Well, believe it or not, this happened to a lady at class and she got a smudge on her circle with the crocuses, but she had a solution. Why not add a pretty bee from the Honey Bee bundle? What a difference this cute little bee makes, especially with a touch of Wink of Stella on its wings.


Easter Promise with Bee


A Little Trick


I have found it to be quite effective to leave some of the flowers white. If you add Wink of Stella, a glitter brush, to the white flowers they look stunning. This effect is difficult to capture in a picture, but in real life it is quite captivating. Card makers are sometimes afraid of white space, but it is actually a good thing so embrace it and see what happens!

The other trick is to emboss your patterned paper. I used the Leaves embossing folder on Perennial Essence designer series paper and it is quite striking. I was hoping to share an older post with you with another card using this technique but I found this one instead. It features a totally different kind of embossing, but I think you will like it. If we ever do get quarantined because of this Corona virus I will not have a shortage of things to do in my house, that is for sure.


A Video With Three Easter Cards


This video is actually my Facebook live that I do every Tuesday at 7pm. This time might change to one with better light. I am thinking about 1pm but it might take a bit of time to make the switch.



A Personal Note


I am going to save the other two cards for later since I have limited time today. Fun and exciting things are happening. Child number four is getting married and his fiancé and her mother are at my house. Tomorrow we go wedding dress shopping and today I am going to show them a bit of Chatham and then we are going to stamp together! Laura wants to make her own wedding invitations and table “things”. You can tell that I am not into the particulars, but I am thrilled to have her join the family and also super excited to stamp with her mom who is a “newbie”! Yay!




Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope you consider giving out Easter cards randomly to people in your neighbourhood and spread true joy. Don’t forget to take advantage of saleabration either to order or to join my amazing team. You already know that I have a special place waiting just for you. Click here if you want to get the starter kit, and have fun filling it with whatever you want or need. Have a super day.


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