Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I want to share a hidden treasure from the annual catalog: mini paper pumpkin boxes. Did you know that these cute boxes are super easy to decorate, they are food safe AND they fit our note cards and envelopes? I just discovered them when I created my #itsallaboutthetreats event. Let’s take a look.
Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes
As card makers we don’t always realize what a wonderful gift a package of hand made cards can be. With the mini paper pumpkin boxes, you have an easy solution for packaging your notecards and envelopes. Here is a picture of two boxes that I made along with the coordinating notecards and envelopes. This time the theme is Christmas, but you can make it whatever you want! They are $10.25 for a package of ten sturdy, food safe boxes.
Today was quite the grey, overcast day so the natural lighting was less than ideal. Truth be told both the cards and the boxes are MUCH nicer in person, but you are going to have to take my word for it. I now have a pdf tutorial for these projects and more as well as three favourite Christmas recipes if you are interested. I have a Zoom gathering planned for this Friday morning from 10am till noon EST to make the coffee carrier and two other boxes plus to bake traditional Nanaimo bars. If you purchase the tutorial you can join in on the Zoom gathering for free.
I thought I would update you on my quarantine experience. It has been a little bit intense for two reasons. The first reason is the COVID situation in Europe. Both the Netherlands and Germany are going into strict lockdown today and that affected the amaryllis prices drastically on Monday. It was like the stock market crash of 1929 for the flower industry and in one day Gerard saw all his hard work and profits for the year go down the drain. Being apart when things like that happen is tough.
The second thing is my Pap’s health. Two of my siblings were begging me to break quarantine so that I could go and see him. They were afraid that I might miss seeing him alive. I had to make the difficult decision to sit tight and wait until it looked like I had no option. Please pray that he will hold on till my quarantine is over. It does help to know that I am only two and half hours away instead of an ocean apart.
I miss my regular stampers and hope that you are still stamping on your own. Please join me in my weekly live YouTube videos with the virtual coffee and a card. I hope to send out the kits for January on Friday so let me know if you want to join in. My newsletter was sent today with information for Pod Parties and for an actual Open House and new catalog launch on January 4. I have designed a COVID friendly way for you to see the new products and to sign up for virtual classes or buy in stock kits. That’s it for now, have a super day!
PS. I forgot to mention that I used the stamp set Press On for the cute coffee cups and that if you live in Canada I would love it if you shopped with me by clicking on the items in the product list below….
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today’s cards is a gorgeous creation by Susan Forsythe. Susan is a member of my Beyond Pampered Team who always does such stunning work. She always seems to bless me with a card just when I need it the most! Thank you so much Susan! Let’s take a look at what she made.
Snowflake Wishes Card and Envelope
Not only did Susan make a beautiful card, she also decorated her envelope flap with the coordinating Snowflake Splendour paper.
Here is a closeup view so you can see the gorgeous detail of the So Many Snowflakes dies. If you want to see more cards using Snowflake Wishes check out this blog post.
Thanks so much for your lovely card Susan. It was a joy to discover it in my mail this morning. There was more happy mail for me today as well as lots of phone calls that made me feel very blessed and loved. I am writing this blog post at night because I need to stay up so that I get used to the right time zone! Tomorrow I will design the rest of the virtual coffee and a card samples for January. I hope that you will also choose to join in next month. Thanks so much for joining me here on my blog. Have a super weekend!
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you! Today I am going to show you a clean and simple card using the host set A Merry Hello. This card is just stamps, ink and paper. No embelllishments, no patterned paper, no ribbon. I really like how it turned out!
What is a Host Set?
A host stamp set is one that cannot be purchased on a regular order. It can only be purchased if you either place a $200 order or if you host a workshop where you and your friends make some free cards and then place orders together that total $200 or more. You then as a host receive 10% back in host dollars. With those host rewards you can use them for exclusive host sets like this one. The purpose of host sets is to entice you to host a workshop so you can get these cute sets. For December I am going to do a draw for this stamp set for those of you who place an online order. If you would like to see a host set from the annual catalog, check out this blog post.
A Merry Hello Host Set
Enough talking, here is the card and the tags that I made using this cute host set. This set is tucked away on page 81 of the holiday catalog.
I don’t have much ribbon at all here in Holland, but I was happy to see that the Playful Pets ribbon worked really well with my Christmas colours of real red and old olive. Here is the inside of my card.
A Merry Hello is a 20 piece photopolymer stamp set which means you can see through the stamps which makes it easy to layer them for some great detail. For example this stocking is actually a black outline image. The red top was added as a separate stamp. The heel and toe is a separate stamp and so is the little tree. This allows you to create fun coloured accents with no fuss. I also love the font of the saying. Those little things make me so happy it’s almost ridiculous. When that happens you know you are a stamping addict!
These cute tags were made using the North Pole Wonder dies which just happen to be 30% off today until January 4, 2021 or while supplies last. What struck me is the first tag. The holly leaves look like die cuts but it is actually a stamp. The red holly berries are also from a die from the North Pole Wonder set. I have used these dies for my weekly YouTube live videos for my virtual coffee and a card class and I really love them and have heard nothing but great things about them from my participants.
Big Sale Today!
Today is the beginning of our best sale of the year (in my opinion!) You can get 20-50% off a lot of beautiful things in the holiday catalog. I just sent out my newsletter with my favourite deals as well as the suggestion to get the starter kit as your best deal ever! The newsletter is also shared on my business Facebook page The Pampered Stamper.
If you place an online order, be sure to use the current host code so that you can have a share in the free host rewards today. The more people that order online today, the more goodies there will be to share. Stay tuned!!
Thanks so much for joining me again today, I appreciate it when you read my blog. This blog is a way for us to connect and also to serve you better as a demonstrator. If what I write resonates with you and you live in Canada, I would love to be YOUR demonstrator. I hope you have a super day!
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am going to share a Dove of Hope W-Funfold card. I made this card yesterday for my Prime Time With The Pampered Stamper group. Last week I got a great card with this fold from Lou Davis and I knew that I wanted to make one myself. The only idea I had in my head was to use the Dove of Hope bundle and that I wanted to keep the card about textures, not colours. The key to the look I was hoping for was the Plush Poinsettia specialty paper. I am super happy with how it turned out so I am going to share some photos with you.
It’s All About the Textures
The dove of hope bundle has some great dies that also include embossed and cut out images that can be layered. When I think of doves I also think of hope and peace and this translates to white, possibly some bling and definitely texture. The panels on the inside of the w-fancyfold card are the perfect place to showcase all the beautiful images in this set. My colour palate was white and balmy blue with a hint of pool party. Let’s take a look.
For the front of the card I created a layered dove with our balmy blue glimmer paper and whisper white cardstock. Be sure to use a liquid adhesive to glue these layers together as glimmer paper doesn’t like our other adhesives. The background is our stunning Plush Poinsettia specialty paper. It can be best described as a velvet design on vellum which looks and feels great. The curvy white panel was popped up and die cut with the Curvy dies. Peace on Earth was embossed in silver.
The Inside of the W-Funfold Card
To make the “W” part all you need is a strip of thick white cardstock 1 3/4″ by 11″ scored at 2 3/4″, 5 1/2″ and 8 1/4″. Add four panels and you are all set. I chose to keep the colours muted and to focus on the beautiful plush poinsettia paper and the blue glimmer paper. The doves are both embossed in silver and popped up.
Prime Time With The Pampered Stamper
I made this card yesterday in this private Facebook group. Each week I do a video tutorial there for a small monthly fee. It is only ten dollars a month which is way cheaper than a card class. Why would I do this? It might seem snooty and unfair to not just share with everyone. I understand. The fact is that sales are down considerably due to the lack of in person classes so this is a way for me to make some money and stay in business. It’s all fine and well to like people’s cards and creations but in the end for many of us it is a business, and if we don’t earn money then we have to go and find another job. I know of several SU demos who have had to do that. I don’t want to be one of them, so I thought I would explain my modus operandi here.
If you would also like to join this great group, you can, just click here. For this group I create one card ahead of time and then I make another card for the live video. I usually try to tweak it a little bit so that everyone has two options for the same card. Each week there is also a prize drawing and there is a monthly pdf tutorial as well. Here is my second card.
Less Than A Week Left
I have less than a week left here in Holland. How time flies when you are with the person you love! This time was completely different with very little “going” out except for necessary things like groceries and the occasional family visit. You may have noticed that there were significantly less pictures. COVID19 is also a big deal here except they call it Corona here. All around the world we are hoping for this to be the last hurrah of this nasty virus. I wil have one more YouTube live video here on Tuesday and then it will be back in Chatham. The neat thing is that with technology it doesn’t feel any different from your end!! For me the biggest challenge with keeping in touch is the time difference of six hours.
Thanks for joining me! I hope you have a super day and a fine weekend too. If you live in Canada and would like to shop with me online, I would of course love that! I will send you a free sixteen project pdf tutorial as a thankyou.
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today’s card is a quilt block Snow Wonder card by Sue Macdonald from New Brunswick. I am loving this Happy Mail in Holland contest. Both Gerard and I love checking the mailbox for happy mail. This is the last card right now so I am hoping for happy mail today or tomorrow. My time here is slipping away!
Sue Macdonald’s Quilt Block Snow Wonder Card
Wow, that is a mouthful! Sue participated in my Cozy Christmas Online Retreat and the featured bundle was Snow Wonder. She must have sent this card right after the event because she says in her wonderful letter: I’m still in stampin’ mode from the weekend! My room is sadly a mess but I’m so pleased with the creations standing around. John’s impressed and suggested we stand the cards up throughout the house and NOT send any.” This makes me so very happy. It wonderful when family members and especially husbands appreciate our handiwork.
Sue used pearls to accentuate the eyes and buttons on the snowman and this gives him or her a totally different look. It just goes to show you that this snowman doesn’t have to be vintage!
Taking the Party Inside
Sue took the party inside by really stamping and decorating it beautifully. In fact, she writes that the inside of the card took her almost as long as the outside. The love was also shown to the envelope!!
Happy Mail Envelope
When you stamp on your envelope you can be sure that your recipient knows for sure that this is indeed happy mail!! What fun.
Not only did Sue stamp the outside of the envelope she also hand-lettered my name and address. I am really feeling the love with all these special
Moncton, New Brunswick
Sue comes from Moncton, New Brunswick. I spent a few hours there many years ago, so I know that I didn’t do this city justice at all. The city is named after a British officer but due to a clerical error it was misspelled. The officer’s name was Robert Monckton. Throughout history the city has had different names, all of them to do with the fact that it is situated at a distinct bend in the Petitcodiac river. Moncton has the distinct honour of being the first officially bilingual city in Canada, a fact that I was not aware of. If you want to read more about Moncton, you can check out my blog post here.
Free Tutorial With Purchase
Did you know that if you place an order with me you get a free tutorial? I am part of a Demo Design Dream Team and each month we create a 16 project tutorial. This is my card from the December tutorial. I give this tutorial to my team members and training group for FREE.
Here is the inside of my card. The beautiful deer come from the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley refill kit.
Here is a little sneak peek of all the projects in the December tutorial.
Thanks so much for joining me here again today. I also appreciate all of you who joined me for my first YouTube live video yesterday. Every Tuesday at 10am EST I will be there with a virtual coffee and a card component. You can subscribe and get the monthly kit sent to you. It’s only $25 for the month and you need to let me know by December 21 if you want to join in for January. The focus bundle will be Posted for You. I hope you have a super day. Stay safe!
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!!