Regal Reindeer for my Inner Child

Happy Friday stampers! I love stories, especially Christmas stories. Regal Reindeer looks like some of the creatures and characters from some of my favourite stories. Today I have a card for you as well as some adorable shaker Christmas ornaments. I am also going to share a stunning card made by Tami White. Shall we take a look?


Regal Reindeer


Regal Reindeer has two different stamped images of majestic reindeer as well as an embossed die cut reindeer. Did you know that reindeer in the wild are called caribou?


Regal Reindeer Christmas card


If you want to see how the snow was made, check out my YouTube video here below. Have you subscribed yet? I hope you do!! Just click on the red subscribe button on the bottom right of the video.



Adorable Regal Reindeer Ornaments


Did you know that I participate in a Global Monthly Video hop? It is always the first Wednesday of the month and this month I am on the ball. I am quite proud that I already have my video ready to go. The ornaments turned out so beautifully that I couldn’t wait to share them with you. To see how they are made, you will have to wait until November 2. If you subscribe to my YouTube channel you will be notified when my video gets posted. It really is quite handy!!


adorable shaker ornaments made with Regal Reindeer and Storybook Gnomes


Shaker Ornaments Video (added later!)



Just Ten More Days!


Did you know that there are only ten more days left to save a lot of money and have even more fun? That’s right! Make your wish list of Stampin’Up! products and pare it down to $206. You can put all of that into a starter kit and pay only $135. Couldn’t fit everything into the starter kit? No worries, you can order them later with your very own 20% discount. There are more great benefits. By getting the starter kit using my link, you will also get to join my team page, my training group and Prime Time all for FREE!! Here is the link for you if you live in Canada, and here is the link if you live in Europe.


Stampin'Up! is now in Belgium and Ireland


Yes, Stampin’Up! is now in Belgium and in Ireland. I am hoping that if you live in either of these countries you will consider joining my European team. Opportunities abound!




Thanks for joining me today, I hope that you were inspired by what I shared. If you want to help an independent business person grow her business you can help by pinning or sharing my posts or by shopping with me either for products linked below of for tutorials. I appreciate you!! Have a super day.




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Make Magic with Labels Aglow Dies

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I want to show you how you can make magic with the Labels Aglow dies. These are not your typical dies and it might be a little overwhelming at first to figure out the best way to really make these dies shine (pardon the pun!). I have made 8 different cards with these dies and with the Lights Aglow paper. The most unusual one was the one that I cased straight out of the mini catalog on page 33. I will share that one first.


Slimline Card with Labels Aglow Dies


This slimline card uses one of the biggest circular dies from the Labels Aglow Dies. It also incorporates the beautiful specialty glimmer paper in Evening Evergreen and Gold. Photos honestly cannot do justice to the shimmer of this card. I also love that it is a Happy New Year’s card. Those are great if you have forgotten anyone on your Christmas list or if you are a little behind schedule. Here it is!


Slimline Glimmer Circle card using Labels Aglow dies from Stampin'Up!


Video Showing 9 Cards Made With Labels Aglow



Card Closeups


Here are some of the cards that I have made over the past two days. Most of them are truly a clean and simple cards making them easy to recreate. This is a fun way to make lots of Christmas cards without them all being exactly the same. Remember that if you are embossing your sentiments in gold, be sure to use your embossing buddy first for much better results! Trust me, I got lazy and tried doing it without that extra step and I regretted it.









Lights Aglow Card from Stampin'Up!



Lights Aglow Card from Stampin'Up!



Lights Aglow Card from Stampin'Up!



Lights Aglow Card from Stampin'Up!



Lights Aglow Card


One More Idea for Labels Aglow Dies


As I was making these cards another idea came to me but I didn’t have time to put it into action yet. I think these dies would be perfect for making a tea light holder or lumière. Perhaps in the next few days I will have to time to make some to show you. If you beat me to it, be sure to send me a photo of your creation!


A Long Wish List?


If you have a long wish list of stamping supplies, you may wish to consider the amazing deal on the starter kit right now. You can put $206 worth of supplies in it and pay only $135. Sounds too good to be true, but it really isn’t! If you have questions, please ask me. Here is the link to get that deal. Thanks for joining me today and happy stamping! New customers and new team members are always welcomed and they all get free pdf tutorials. You will never have a creative block again!


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Wild Cats

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today’s card  features the fun stamp set Wild Cats. I am going to have to channel my own inner wild cat as I am pretty sure that I have COVID. Gerard tested positive yesterday and today I have the symptoms as well. Will get officially tested today. In the meantime, I don’t feel too badly, a scratchy throat and a bit of the chills. Let’s take a look at my card, it could get interesting!!


Wild Cats Card


I originally made this card for my weekly Cheer Corner videos. It was a lot of fun to make and I am looking forward to making some more cards with it. Nice to make a card that doesn’t have flowers on it!! I love flowers as much as the next person but it does feel very refreshing to have a different subject matter.


wild cats card



What???? Do you see that bottom picture? It’s miniscule! I’m going to have to take another picture so that you can see the detail in the card. Sometimes my camera plays tricks on me. I wanted to share the photo anyways so you can get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes in a blog post. If you look closely, you can also see that I forgot to put my watermark on them. COVID brain!! At least that is my excuse for the next couple of days.


More Inspiration


Here are a few more cards that I would like to CASE (copy and share everything) if I have time.


Stamping in the Meadows Wild Cats card

This card is by Akiko Sudano from Stamping in the Meadows.

I love how she focused on the patterned paper in this suite and only stamped her sentiment.


Wild Cats card by Michele Zindorf

I am really looking forward to giving this card a try! Michelle Zindorf is an amazing artist and creates lovely scenes with brayered and sponged backgrounds. You can check out her blog Freedom in Creating here.


The last card that I am going to share from other demonstrators is from Mary Deatherage. This is a triple-twisted easel card for those of you who love a challenge! Mary’s blog is called Stamps’n’Lingers. Be sure to check out her blog because it includes a video on how to make this card.


Mary Deatherage's Wild Cats fancy fold card


Case The Catalog


Did you know that I often go to the catalog when I do my Stamping Through My Stash videos? It is a great place to start for inspiration. My wild cats card came from there. Take a look at the photo below and see if you can find it.


Wild Cats catalog samples


How to Video


Sometimes it is just really nice to see how a card is made, and perhaps to see if I mess up along the way!! Here is my video, if you like it please share and be sure to subscribe so you get notified when I post another video.





Thanks for joining me today. I’m pretty proud of myself that I got this done before my morning coffee time! I want to end with sharing what I put in my newsletter yesterday about the starter kit. Something for YOU to think about while you drink your morning coffee. Have a super day!!


Post-Script Newsletter Message


Every year in January and February there are a few amazing people who choose to do something that really changes their lives.

They decide to get the starter kit and join my award winning team. Not only do they get the amazing deal on the kit (no shipping, often no tax and now two bonus free stamp sets!) they also get unique perks from being on MY team. What are those perks?

1. Free membership in Prime Time with the Pampered Stamper group.
2. Free membership in my Training Group with weekly coaching videos.
3. TWO free pdf tutorials a month with 14-16 projects each.
4. Exciting team events including annual retreats. When there are official Stampin’Up! events we stay in really cool places together as I love to scout out special places.
5. An exciting and vibrant Beyond Pampered team page where people interact and support each other.

What are YOU waiting for? Message me if you have any questions or simply click here and get started.

Live in Europe? You can join my European team right here.


Sharing the Recognition: My Team Means Everything to Me!

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. My team means everything to me!

It is already super late but  I just wanted to say THANK YOU!! Last night was the “Stampin’Up! Oscars” where top performers in the industry get recognized. I received several awards but the one that touches my heart the most was ranking #3 in Canada out of more than 5700 demonstrators for Team Building. This means that I am training my team properly so that they will stay with Stampin’Up! and keep their own discount.

Many of my team members were first my customers, but the best deal out there is the one where you get your own discount. Therefore it is a natural progression to move from customer to team member. I like to compare it to moving from being an acquaintance to being a friend. If my friends want more than a discount and want to build a thriving business, then I become their champion and mentor to make that happen. Their dreams are my dreams!

It has become my mission to make no difference on my team between those who are there for their own discount and those who are there to build a business. They are all valuable to me, to each other and to the stamping community. EVERYONE brings something to the table and that is beautiful. Never, ever doubt getting the starter kit because you think you will be cheating me in any way. I want what is best for you and what happens after you get the starter kit is not an issue. Every day that you are on my team is a good day!


That’s it. No long post today. It is 9:59 pm and this squirrel is going to bed. Thanks ever so much for being here. I hope that if you read my blog and you live in Canada that you will feel inspired to join my team. It’s a pretty awesome place to be.


Why the “Pampered” Stamper?

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you! I ran out of time on Friday so you never got to find out why I call myself the “pampered” stamper. Rumour has it that I like to be pampered and that is why. While that may be true from time to time, that is not the real reason I am The Pampered Stamper.


My First Love


My first love is making food. Yes I am that rare creature who likes to bake and cook. I read cookbooks for fun! Before I became a demonstrator I was a scrapbooker and my very favourite place to go was to someone’s home in Mississauga. Together with my sister-in-law Yvonne we would drive more than two hours one way down the 401 to go and scrapbook for a day. Crazy right? Do you know why we thought it worthwhile to drive that far for a day of scrapbooking? It was the food!!! This lady was my inspiration. I realized that paper crafting was much more fun if there was food involved. It really does change everything.




Everyone loves to be pampered. It means those extra little things that make you feel special. That is what I like to do for my customers. Sharing my love of stamping AND sharing my love of food. It all starts with a great cup of coffee or tea. Being Dutch, there is no such thing as a “naked” cup of coffee. In the Netherlands when you order a cup of coffee anywhere you will always get a little something with it. So lovely. At The Pampered Stamper you will always get something with your coffee or tea too and usually it will be homemade.

Not only do you feel pampered when you get treats, there is also a different vibe when food is shared. Everyone slows down a little bit. People congregate. They talk more and get to know each other. In short, friendships and relationships are built around a simple cup of coffee.


Beyond Pampered


That is the name of my team! It was my team member Liz Fields who came up with this name and I am ever grateful. She declared that with all that I do for my team they are “beyond pampered”. A generous thought that I am not sure is true. As a leader I feel that I am never really doing enough for me team. I would love to have the time to do more. What I do do however is create an atmosphere of family, of community a “sisterhood of the traveling stamps”! Whenever there is a Stampin’Up! event I try to rent a cool Airbnb or HomeAway place so that we can have a very special time together.

We have monthly gatherings where we create, share and inspire around food. The result is a lot of fun with great memories and relationships being made. I try to do a Facebook live video for my long distance team members.




It is now common knowledge that loneliness is a huge problem for people in all age brackets. This may have to do with social media and our age of technology that hinders people from having real relationships. Let me tell you that joining a stamping group whether just for fun or for the business opportunity will definitely fix the problem of loneliness! The beauty of this stamping business is that it also lets you make a difference in people’s lives by sending cards to dispel the loneliness. I love being in the “happy” business! As you know, there is always room for you on my team or in my classes. Please reach out. You are loved!


A Card


We can’t have a blog post without a card, so I wanted to share this swap card with you that I received from Janice Thompson. She uses a very fun technique, stamping on embossing folders. If you have never done it, check out my blog post here. It make take more than one attempt before you are totally pleased, but stick with it and you will love the outcome!



Here is a closeup. Do you see the snowflake sequins from the Still Scenes Snow Globe suite?





Thank you so much for stopping by, it truly warms my heart. We are all connected and together we make a difference in so many lives. I hope you have a wonderful day and please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

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How The Pampered Stamper Came to Be

Hello stampers. I thought you might be interested in hearing my story, about how The Pampered Stamper came to be! Sometimes lives can be changed by someone’s story and eyes are opened to new possibilities!


A Scrapbooker at Heart


When I was growing up I thought it would be amazing to write a book. I have loved reading ever since I first learned how and I just love words. Scrapbooking was therefore a great fit for me and I was an avid journaller. It really is all about the story! I started scrapbooking when Rachel was a baby. By this time Stefanie was 11 and Katrina was 9. The reason I tell you that is because I only made scrapbooks for the three youngest. The two oldest already had baby books with lots of photos and stories and I encouraged them to start their own scrapbooks, which they did!

How does Stampin’Up! fit into this picture? In three ways.

  1. At my first workshop I realized right away that I was the type of person who would want it ALL! So I got nothing as this would be way too expensive seeing that I had five kids in a private Christian school. I didn’t even get a catalog. I was outraged that they were charging $7 for it.
  2. I also saw great possibilities. Stamps can be used over and over and would be a lot cheaper than using stickers in my scrapbook pages. I started buying stamps that could be used for both card making and scrapbooking. I loved the coordination of the ink, cardstock and patterned paper.
  3. Hosting workshops was the best way to get my supplies in a more economical way. I would host one workshop in the fall so I could get Christmas stamps and one in the winter to take advantage of sale-a-bration. I would invite a lot of people so I could maximize the amount of free stuff. I loved my scrapbook pages, they were so beautifully coordinated and making Christmas cards with the family was also a fantastic bonus.


My First Scrapbook Pages



The Switch from Customer to Demonstrator


The big question is, why did I switch from being a great customer to being a demonstrator? Oddly no one asked me to join their team. Either they didn’t want to be an upline or they didn’t want to to lose their best customer. I say “they” because over a number of years I had different demonstrators. That is why I always offer the opportunity to all my customers. They deserve the discount and the opportunity to do so very much more if they want to.

My biggest motivation for becoming a demonstrator is that I wanted to share what I love and I wanted to teach people how to make beautiful things. Stampin’Up! opened a whole new world of creativity for me. The last time I had felt truly creative was when I learned to paint in kindergarten. After that I developed an inferiority complex when it came to art. My only artistic outlet that I felt totally competent in as a youngster was colouring. I love colouring and that also fits in well with Stampin’Up!.


The Most Amazing Surprises with Stampin’Up!


What I did not expect with the purchase of my starter kit is the success that would become of this business adventure. I did want to make some money at this, but my goals were not big. To have my own supplies for free was the first goal. After three years of slow but steady growth I decided that if other people could go on this fantastic incentive trip then I was going to give it a shot too. Well!!! My first incentive trip was a dream and the beginning of an amazing adventure. A whole new world opened up to me.

  1. I met inspiring people from all over the world.
  2. Stampin’Up! rolled out the red carpet and treated me like a rock star.
  3. I received training that helped me become an even better business person.
  4. I was able to travel to places I might not have gone to. Every year I was able to take one of my family members on an unforgettable trip. The Caribbean several times, Alaska twice, Greece, the Mediterranean including Italy, Spain, and France. Thailand. Washington DC, Hilton Head Island not to mention all the Leadership Convention places. My favourite one was San Antonio.
  5. A once in a lifetime opportunity to attend Founder’s Circle in St. George Utah. What a posh weekend where each one of was treated like a movie star with our own personal hotel room. No one to share with! I got to meet all the “big names” in the Stampin’Up! world and I was pinching myself that other people were now seeing me as a “big name” too. Of course we are all just normal people but it is so very nice to be recognized for your hard work and achievements.


The reason I share this is that I really, really want you to know what can happen with the small investment of the starter kit. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Your enjoyable hobby can now be called your job! How wonderful is that? You can make it into whatever you want and regardless of the level of your commitment you have the opportunity to meet so many great people at Stampin’Up! events. My Beyond Pampered team has become a wonderful community of friends that support each other throughout the challenges and joys of life.


Making A Difference


What I almost forgot to tell you is that I now have the privilege of using my business to make a real difference in the lives of people in my city. I have partnered with Chatham-Kent Hospice to make cards for the one year anniversary of the loved ones death. I was already volunteering there and at my annual “performance review” my regular job came up in conversation and I was presented with this opportunity. What a joy to do something so meaningful. Of course there have been many other ways to make a difference. One year our team did a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald house and I have done many more fundraisers throughout the year.


A Card


I still love what I do and often find myself making just one more card at ten o’clock at night. Just because I want to. This happened last night so I am going to share it with you to thank you for dropping by and reading my story.



I used a piece of the beautiful Feels Like Frost paper, the dies from Merry Christmas and from Detailed Deer. The card measures 5 1/4 by 6 1/2. I used the stitched rectangle framelits to cut a window in the card front just a bit smaller than the birch tree element.


I am late for a birthday lunch so I am going to say goodbye now! Thanks for joining me today and have a super day.


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