Happy Saturday stampers. As a scrapbooker and cardmaker I love patterned paper, just the way I loved fabric when I was a seamstress, Seamstress sounds better than sewer because that looks just like a much yuckier word! Pretty patterned paper is great used as a focal point, and one of the cards today will show that is true.
Happy Mail Continues
The happy mail continues so I am also continuing to blog on Saturdays to keep up. What a fantastic “problem” that is. I have to say I am overwhelmed with the response to my request for happy mail in Holland. It is such a nice role reversal for me to be inspired by my readers and I am loving it. Have you seen your card featured on my blog yet? It’s not too late to participate, I am here until January 29. The address is Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC s-‘Gravenzande, the Netherlands
Ann Marie Paré is from the small town os Lachine just outside of Montreal, Quebec. She is such a sweet and thoughtful person. Even though she is battling cancer she still finds the time to leave encouraging comments on blog posts, videos and Instagram and Facebook posts. I met her at OnStage in Quebec City and she joined my team a few months later. We look quite funny standing beside each other. She is under 5 feet tall and I am 5’9″ so I look like a giantess!!
I love the combination of the hammered embossing folder with the copper foil paper and how you can see the copper through the little diamond openings in the label. Who can help me and tell me where that is from? The lovely sentiment is stamped in copper ink which is sadly out of stock. Ann-Marie did such a lovely job colouring the holly too. It really is a gorgeous stamp and I just happen to know that it will be returning next Christmas so we can put it to good use again. (thanks to Linda’s comment we now know that the die is from the Peaceful Boughs set in the holiday catalog)
Patterned Paper as the Focal Point
Now I am not going to tell you just yet who made the next card. I can give you a hint. The handwriting on the envelope was definitely Dutch but the card came from Canada! I love how she used both Toile Tidings paper and Brightlly Gleaming paper as focal points on her card. Simple and stunning.
Hannie Van der Zanden lives on a farm near Highgate, Ontario which is about a half an hour from Chatham where I live. Hannie and her family immigrated to Canada when her kids were teenagers, more than ten years ago. How courageous! She travels and back and forth to Holland even more than I do. Here is her beautiful card.
By punching out the paper strategically Hannie used her paper as a focal point and I love it so much. Thanks so much for your pretty card and for reminding me of this simple way of using different papers together as a focal point.
Botanical Prints Product Medley tutorial
I am so happy to be able to present to you this great tutorial. These are also the cards we will be making at my February retreat in Muskoka. Check your calendar and see if February 20-23 will work for you!
This is a picture of a skating trail in Arrowhead Provincial park which is about twenty minutes from the cottage near Huntsville. Some evenings it is lit up like this. I love the idea of skating through the snowy woods. I think the trees would block the wind, don’t you? I am not a great skater at all, but I am definitely going to give this a try. There are so many nice things to do in this area and it is also beautiful to completely relax in a cozy cabin. I really hope that you consider joining me. If you want to make a deposit to hold your spot, just click on the button below.
Hello stampers! I made this gorgeous Christmas sampler months ago before I left for Holland. For some reason I thought I had already blogged about it but alas, it was nowhere to be found. Today is the day then that I will share this beauty with you.
History in the Making
I have been wanting to make it easier for everyone to shop with me and I actually learned how to do this back in June, but I never have done it until yesterday in my newsletter. Today I am going to do it on my blog and I am super excited about it. For the first time ever, you will be able to purchase this kit from me, regardless of where you live! This gorgeous Christmas sampler was designed by Tina Rappe for her Holiday Hoopla in September. I was asked to be a keynote speaker there and was also able to participate in the creative part of the gathering. This was one of our projects.
If you live in the Chatham-Kent area, then you are welcome to come to the in-person class on Saturday November 23 at 1pm. For everyone else, you are able to purchase a kit right here with the click of a button!
I took one more picture just so you could get a really good look at it.
Here is a closeup.
This sampler was a lot of fun to make, I think you will also love making it and displaying proudly in your own home. It is so very gratifying to hear your family and friends exclaim, “Wow! You made this?” It also makes a lovely gift.
Thanks so much for joining me today. I just love learning new things and changing my business one step at a time. It is wonderful to make your life a little easier by offering an online kit. Have a super weekend. I have no baby news yet. My third grandchild is now officially overdue by a few days. His or her brother was born while I was on the train to OnStage two years ago in April. I’m hoping this little one won’t wait till next week Friday when I will once again be on the train to OnStage in Toronto.
Post script- this post was not published until now because my adorable granddaughter chose to be born in the middle of the night in the middle of a snowstorm! More details to follow, thanks for your patience!
Hello stampers I am finally using voice dictation and it sure is a different way to write a blog post. I definitely have to get used to it; it’s hard to think what you want to write and I’m sure I have to go back and fix some mistakes. Hopefully this break will make my thumb feel better. It really is amazing what technology can do! Yesterday I made a card using some retired products and today I’m going to show you what I did with brand new holiday catalogue products: the Christmas Gleaming stamp set and some of the other products in the Brightly Gleaming Suite. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.
Brightly Gleaming Suite
Before you design the card it’s a good idea to lay out all your supplies on the table. This gives you a great visual and helps to get your creative juices flowing and I also stamped a few of the ornaments in different colours and in different embossing combinations to see what might work best. I absolutely love the beautiful vibrant colours in this suite of products you can see copper, pretty peacock, night of navy and old olive. It was hard to cut into this beautiful paper but then I remembered the #loveitchopit philosophy. I cut strips of 4″ by 12″ and that was safe for transforming into any cards. Once you decide to cut into your pretty paper it really gets easy to design cards.
I used the same sketch from Freshly Made Sketches as I did yesterday. This is a totally different colour scheme with all blues and coppers rather than red and green. What do you think? Do you like this non-traditional look?
Card base: pretty peacock 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4″
very vanilla – 4″ by 5 1/4″
copper: 7/8″ by 4″
Brightly Gleaming specialty paper: 3/4″ by 4″
Small square: pretty peacock 2 1/8″ by 2 1/8″, Brightly Gleaming patterned paper 2″ by 2″
Larger rectangle: pretty peacock 2 1/8″ by 3 1/8″, Brightly Gleaming patterned paper 2″ by 3″
I coloured three pearls with the pretty peacock dark Blends and embossed the two ornaments with copper embossing powder on very vanilla cardstock. I used a small piece of copper trim tied in a knot and frayed on each ornament, these are secured with a glue dot.
I always love a picture of the whole group of cards together; there’s something striking about the pile of swap cards laying there prettily. I hope I’m not breaking any rules by posting a picture of my swap card. I just sent them in the mail today and this is all I had for a blog post so I hope I’m forgiven and I haven’t ruined any surprises.
If you live in Canada you can get these products now already if you choose to get the amazing deal on the starter kit. Yes, you can put items from the brand new Holiday catalog into your starter kit. In fact, you can put $205 worth of products in there and pay only $135. You will also get a $14 coupon code to use on your order in September. I hate to break it to you, but you will probably want more than just $205 worth!! Thankfully you have until the end of December to use your own discount without having to fulfill any minimum purchase requirements. Have I told you that I would love to have you on my team? That there is no pressure from me, only encouragement to help you meet YOUR goals. To get the starter kit, you can simply click here. Remember to click “no” when asked if you have a host code for the kit and then click “apply”.
Have a super day and thanks for dropping by. If you do choose to order online, please help me out by also using the current host code: XBTQ47UR. Just click on the links below and that will take you straight to my online store. Online shopping is great if you live far away from me and are not regularly coming to classes. Even if you do live in town you may want to consider ordering online. If your order is close to $100 you are not paying any extra to order online and have it shipped straight to your door. How wonderful to get exactly what you want and not have to leave your house!!