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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Hello stampers and happy Thursday. For some reason my heart is full today and a little bit sad. Always remember is the theme of my card and it happened quite by accident. Let me tell you the story and set the mood.
My card started with the idea of having a window in the front and layering the vellum poppy accents around the edge. When the card was almost finished I decided that the flowers needed colour, it was just too washed out looking for my mood. I wanted a small sentiment for the outside and “always remember” was perfect. The problem was, I wasn’t sure what to put with it in the inside. Then inspiration hit. It didn’t need anything more.
This is the perfect card to always remember what our soldiers did for us. So many of them were so young, children really, who had no idea what they were going into. The horrific slaughter they would witness. The atrocities they themselves had to do in the face of war. Many, many, many of them gave their lives or their limbs.
Poppies really aren’t peaceful, they are symbols of loss, of war, of death. And yet. Those beautiful, bright flowers also keep growing and blooming and are witness of a hard won peace. Always remember.
Three years ago I visited several war cemeteries and it was a profoundly moving experience. In May I hope to be back in the Netherlands. May 4 is the official holiday here (their Remembrance Day) and the entire country will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Holland by Canadian troops. If you want to read a moving story of how the Canadian war cemeteries are maintained and honoured by Dutch citizens, check this out. A Canadian veteran tells the story of his experience here. This town of Holten is just minutes away from where Gerard’s sister lives!
Reading the stories of Canadians who served in various wars makes it real and also makes sure that we always remember! I hope that you take the time to check this out and also share with your children and grandchildren. As time passes it is even more important to keep this truth alive. Here is a great link to get your started.
Always Remember Card
Blog posts don’t usually drain me like this, but I am just heaving a huge sigh. This is heavy stuff, but I am so happy to be able to share the honour that these children and this nation bestows on soldiers who died so long ago. It really is true that Dutch people today still love Canadians so much. They have always remembered!
I first adhered the striped patterned paper from Peaceful Poppies to the front of the card and then I used a stitched circle die to cut out a “window”. In the inside of the card is another circle with contrasting paper from the same suite. The vellum elements were coloured with mossy meadow and poppy parade Blends.
The stark simplicity of the sentiment suits the purpose of this card. I am hoping to some kind of fundraiser for our veterans using this suite of products. I am hoping that we can make a ton of poppy cards that I can take with me to Holland so I can give them to both soldiers, their families and also to the local Dutch people who have maintained the cemeteries there.
I can now tell you why my mood was sad to begin with. When I create I often watch Netflix and the show I was watching involved a mother who was a drug user and her own daughter had to report her so that her three year old sister would not be in danger. Yes, it is only a show, but I know this happens in real life and I can just get way too involved and feel so sad for those who do have struggles like this in their lives.
Good thing those sad feelings culminated in this great card! I really am happy with it. It evokes just the right feeling that I want to express to those receiving it. Making a card is like writing a blog post or cooking a meal, you have to feel it in your heart to make the magic happen!
Thanks again for joining me today, it makes my heart happy to see you here. I love your comments, your silent footsteps and of course happy mail. Thanks if you have ordered online from me and thanks to my team members for their love and support. My tribe is awesome and please know, there is a place for you too!
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday. The title of my blog post is a beautiful quote from the inside of one of my happy mail cards. This is just more proof that happy mail is amazing, not only for the beautiful cards that are made, sent and received, but also for the handwritten message within. Are you curious?
Tricia Minturn from Durand, Wisconsin sent me this beautiful Christmas card. Inside she wrote: “Through your posts I know you are a Christian and would not mind receiving a late Christmas card because Christ is never too late or out of season.” Wow!!! How true is that? The stamped saying inside is also so true and heartwarming: “Wishing you a season of joy as we remember the night when Love came down to earth and became our song of celebration.” Thanks so much Tricia for your wise words and your beautiful card!
Tricia used the Merry Christmas dies, the beautiful Feels Like Frost paper and the Woodland embossing folder. I am trying to guess how she did the unique background. It looks like she sponged seaside spray over whisper white cardstock and then added some sponging with either silver metallica ink or a shimmer paste. Clever girl, you will have to reveal your secrets in the comments. I absolutely love how you used just a small strip of this gorgeous paper for the focal point of your card. It really makes the white Christmas pop! The silver metallic thread in behind that centre panel is also a nice subtle touch.
Durand, Wisconsin is a small rural town. The Durand area was first settled in 1856 when 21-year-old Miles Durand Prindle came up the river in a keel boat named the “Dutch Lady”. This little trivia fact made me smile because of the Dutch connection which was a total surprise to me. Durand is located on the Chippewa River and is close to the border of Iowa and Minnesota.
The next card comes all the way from New Zealand and it is a breath of spring with its lovely cheerful tulips. Quite fitting since it is actually summer in New Zealand right now. Thank you Sally Wheoki for this beautiful card. There are so many things I love about Sally’s card. She made the tulips pop by colouring the background with balmy blue Blends. One of the tulips is popped up and extends slightly past the edge of the card but not so much that it won’t fit into the envelope. The sentiment is popped up over the calypso coral twine and it was cut using the stitched rectangle dies.
Sally also used the rule of odd numbers to keep her card artistically pleasing. There are five tulips and she incorporated three different colours for the flowers. So clever. All the tulips have a lovely shimmer to them because of the Wink of Stella clear glitter brush that Sally used to accent her blooms. #itsinthedetails
I just realized that this card also perfectly fits the theme for today. It is also never too late because it uses Timeless Tulips!! I do love words. The happy mail envelope was also worthy of a picture as it reminds me of the global nature of our stamping tribe. Sally was also very clever because she used the mini catalog as a source of inspiration. Check out the gorgeous card on page 43! I know that I sometimes forget to do this, but our catalogs are great idea books too.
Thank you so much Sally for your lovely card. I love that you have been such a loyal FB follower and training team member too. We are definitely stamping family. It was heartwarming to read about the personal changes you have seen in me over the last year and that my happiness is so evident. I am blessed!
I am hoping that there will be more happy mail tomorrow for me to blog about, if not, there are still some cards that I have not shared from my ten card collection using Botanical Prints product medley.
Thanks for joining me today! Tomorrow I will share some pictures of my afternoon. I had the distinct pleasure of having high tea with my Tante Nel. There is of course a story to share about this and why it happened. In the meantime, happy stamping. I hope the happy mail cards inspired you today. It’s never to late to send happy mail to those you love, and it’s never to late to start a new hobby or a new career. Don’t forget about the amazing deal on the starter kit or the beautiful stamp set you can get for free if you host a qualifying workshop.
Hello stampers and happy Thursday to you. Today I am featuring cardinal happy mail from New Brunswick and the artist is Sue MacDonald. Sue is from the city of Moncton which is famous for it’s tidal bore in the Petitcodiac river which makes the water flow backwards during the tide! You can read more about this fascinating city here. I love that it was first settled by Pennsylvania Dutch people in the 1700’s. Moncton is a resilient city that has bounced back from two serious economic downturns. How inspiring!
Sue MacDonald’s card
Here is Sue’s beautiful card featuring one of my favourite birds, the northern cardinal. She used the Toile Christmas stamp set and Toile Tidings paper with a very vanilla cardstock base.
I love all the details in this card. The sentiment is stamped in memento black on a very vanilla oval. There is a vellum overlay to soften the colours of the patterned paper which allows the cardinal to really pop. If Sue had not used that clever trick the card may have looked too “busy”. It is truly a lovely effect. The branch and the cardinal were both coloured with Blends which give a very rich effect. Have I mentioned that I am totally addicted to Blends? Colouring is very therapeutic and Blends make it easy, even for people who are a bit afraid of colouring. More than one person at my classes has been converted to the joy of colouring after using Blends!
Once again, I had to take a picture of the envelope. I love how the envelope also tells a story and has it’s own beauty. Of course, the fact that Sue stamped some prancing deer on the front definitely takes it up a notch! I think I have just been inspired to do something very special with all these envelopes!! This “happy mail in Holland” contest is really bringing me a lot of joy and I thank each and every one of you for participating. Are you enjoying “traveling” to the different places these cards are coming from?
I think the deer may be contraband, which is my pet word for any products that are not Stampin’Up! No worries, I have my own little contraband stash at home. I love wooden vintage stamps so I have a small collection of those. If you want to participate in the contest you can send me your card at Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC ‘s-Gravenzande, the Netherlands.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and for taking the time to comment, to pin my cards or to share my posts. I am grateful that you are a part of my tribe. Happy stamping and have a super day. Remember, if you are feeling down, the best way to cheer up is to do something nice for someone else. Happy mail is always great to make and to give. Hugs from Holland! Say hello to any cardinals you might see in Canada, I am missing this iconic red bird and the snow. If you want to see another card made with this beautiful cardinal, check out this blog post .I gave this card to my Oom Stoffel this weekend. Here is another post where the cardinal is converted to a blue jay.
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today is the official start of my favourite sale of the year: saleabration!! What does it mean for you? Well, with every $60 you spend you will get a free saleabration item. The starter kit also has some great bonuses with it right now: a free mini paper trimmer, any stamp set in the annual catalog or mini catalog for free plus a free paper pack assortment. How awesome is that?
Happy Mail from Carla van der Mei
I could tell right away that this was a European card. Their cardstock is known as A4 and is longer and narrower than ours in North America. I rather like the look of it. Carla tells me that she made this card at a workshop taught by Janneke Dijkstra-deJong in Friesland which is the most northerly province of Holland. It is a little bit like the Quebec of Canada. In Friesland there language is completely different from Dutch and they are proud of their distinct heritage as well.
I really love how Carla used tiny strips of copper foil paper as the string for the ornaments. The greenery and the sentiment are from the Itty Bitty Christmas bundle which you can see here.
Rhonda Gump’s card
I love Rhonda’s bright and cheerful card. I don’t have an annual catalog with me here and simply don’t have the time to do the homework on this one. If any of you loyal followers want to help me out with the names of the stamp sets used here that would be great! Just when you think you know everything, you find out it isn’t so.
Rhonda coloured her bright balloons with granny apple green and mango melody. The star bursts are embossed in silver and she also added some more sparkly detail with our shimmery crystal effects. What a happy and cheerful card to start the new year. Thanks for your happy mail Rhonda. Rhonda is from Fort Wayne Indiana. I am guessing that it is about four or five hours away from me, right between the southernmost tip of Lake Michigan and Lake Erie and then a bit south. My geographical searches are proving to be most rewarding!
Saleabration Begins Today
Do you know how saleabration got started? Let me tell you. When Shelli and her sister first started the company more than 30 years ago they had humble beginnings. It all started in their kitchen when they saw a need for scrapbooking and card making supplies. Their first year went quite well and they thought their second one did too. Their accountant had a different story. After their second year he warned that they were about to go bankrupt. What to do? Have an amazing sale right after Christmas. That is how saleabration was born and it has kept going ever since. I am impressed with their tenacity. I am also very excited to share a special bonus present to you from me!
A New Freebie!
I am ever so excited to share with you that I have a very special gift for you if you place an order through me of $50 or more. Since you need to be in Canada to be able to do that, I also want to give you another way to get this free gift. If you are a fellow demonstrator I will also give you this gift if you join my Pampered Stamper Training Group. It is only $5 a month, but you pay in 6 month instalments. Message me if you are interested. My team members also get this gift. So does anyone who attends a retreat with me. My next retreat is Februrary 20-23. What is this freebie? It is a pdf from the Dream Demo Design team with 16 cards. All the cards feature brand new product from the new mini catalog.
Botanical Prints Product Medley Tutorial
So much excitement today. My second pdf is now available. I have made a pdf tutorial with ten cards all using the gorgeous Botanical Prints Product medley. Just click on the buy it now button below and I will send it to you. Here you can see all the cards that are featured in this tutorial.
Thanks so much for joining me today. I am about to go to the mail to check for happy mail. Yesterday I received one from Ann-Marie Paré from Quebec. Tomorrow you will get to see her card. I hope you have a super day and also a fun time placing your first saleabration order or even better yet, joining my team!! Remember, the starter kit is the very best deal in the catalog.