Strong of Heart for Christmas

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. My Strong of Heart stamp set came in and I immediately made a card with it that fits with the colour scheme of the Cross-Country Christmas Cookie Exchange with a Heart class. First we’ll take a look at the card and then I will talk some more about this epic class.


Strong of Heart for Christmas


When you first take a look at the Strong of Heart stamp set you may think of Valentine’s Day, but not Christmas. With the colour scheme I chose, this would be a perfect card to send to someone at Christmas, especially to someone who has had some struggles in life and may not want a traditional Christmas card. I made two versions. One is sparkly, the other is slightly more masculine or rustic. Which one is your favourite?


Strong of Heart


Here is the one that is more rustic. The only difference is that the Be Dazzled paper is taken away. Small but significant detail.


Strong of Heart card with Timeworn Type embossed background.


Part of the pdf Tutorial


The purpose of my Cross Country Christmas Cookie Exchange Party with a Heart is three fold. First I want to unite stampers across the country with a recipe swap. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Second, I want to give you LOTS of great ideas for Christmas cards and projects. Third, I want to raise money for heart health as a fellow demonstrator in Ontario lost her husband to a congenital heart defect. The hospital that tried to save his life is now conducting research to try and prevent more tragedies like this. Stampin’Up! has designated this specific hospital for the funds raised in Canada!! That makes my heart sing.

This card will also be a part of the pdf tutorial that is included in the class/event. You will get the Strong of Heart stamp set as well as the tutorial and there will be a Zoom party on November 26.  More details are in this blog post.  If you live in the States you can simply purchase the tutorial.

The tutorial will be finished at the latest by November 1, hopefully sooner. I now have all the projects completed, now I need to write it all up and take and edit the photos. Usually it takes at least a full day to write a tutorial, sometimes two! You can order yours here below by clicking on the PayPal button. When it is finished I will add it to my tutorial store on this blog.



Recipe Swap

To participate in the recipe swap you need to preregister for the class which includes the stamp set. Deadline to send out the recipes is November 13. That way we will get them in time to share and talk about at the Zoom party. Please use as your base either 4″ by 6″ kraft paper or crumb cake cardstock. Here is a picture of my recipe card.



Recipe Box and Recipe card made with kraft paper and Gingerbread & Peppermint Suite


To make it less daunting to write out so many recipe cards I am suggesting that you handwrite the front of the card and then print out the instructions and adhere them to the back of the card. Best of both worlds!! During the Zoom party I will demonstrate three of the projects from the pdf tutorial. I hope YOU can join me for this fun class. Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope you have a super weekend. Hugs from Holland!



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Tranforming your Paper With Blends

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Transforming your paper with Blends is a very rewarding experience. Many of us love to colour and when you take your monochromatic paper and chop it up to a manageable size you are ready to transform it. That is what I did with my card for my private Prime Time group. I used the Peaceful Place paper to make this card.


Transforming Your Paper With Blends


At the heart of this technique is another practice called #loveitchopit. Truth be told, we often hoard our pretty paper. Experience has taught me that when I chop my paper I am much more likely to use it. The best measurements for chopping are 4″ x 12″ strips and then you can cut them into 4″ by 5 1/4″ for card fronts. This will leave some smaller strips that you can use in the inside of your cards.


Peaceful Cabin paper transformed with Blends


The Paper as the Focal Point


I decided to turn this gorgeous paper into the focal point of this easel fold card. It looks great combined with Early Espresso and Old Olive cardstock. Transforming your paper is easy with Blends don’t you think?


Peaceful Cabin easel fold card


The Finishing Touch


I added a few metallic dots and some linen thread for the sentiment. It was so much fun making this card and I am looking forward to doing a video tutorial with it for my Prime Time group on Thursday.


Layering Circle dies for the focal point on this Peaceful Cabin card.


Follow Me on YouTube


Did you know that I do a weekly virtual coffee and a card class on YouTube? You can follow along even if you don’t order the kits to do it yourself with me. Each Tuesday morning at 10am EST I do the video. This past week I actually showed this colouring technique at the end. I’ll share the video here. Keep an eye out for the little red rectangle in the corner of my video. If you click on that you can subscribe to my channel and then you will be notified every time I post.



Busy Squirrel


Sometimes life gets a little hectic and then I drop a few things that I was super enthusiastic about. One of those things was my Parcels in the Post program. I hope to revive that very soon!! Another is stamp clubs. I miss my stamp clubs and am hoping to start them up again but on a virtual platform. Many people are not big fans of more technology so they stay away from Zoom. Did you know that you can also use Facebook rooms to get together. Maybe we will have a little play session to see how it works. Who is interested?

Thanks so much for joining me today. Happy stamping and have a super day!


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Adorable Post-It Note Holder

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I have an adorable Post-It Note Holder for you. I love cute creations that have a useful purpose. Do you often write little notes on Post-It notes? This project will be part of the Cross-Country Christmas Cookie Exchange Party With a Heart and it will be included in my pdf tutorial as well. Let’s take a look!


My Favourite Part


My favourite part of this project was that I transformed a hideous neon Post-It Note pad into something really beautiful. I had no neutral sticky notepads in the house, only varying shades of neon! What did I do? I first started by sponging on some early espresso ink but this affect was too feeble. Instead I rubbed it directly on the ink pad with fabulous results. Then I cut out a piece of white cardstock the same size as the note pad and adhered it to the top.



post-it note holder using Gingerbread & Peppermint paper and What's Cookin' bundle by Stampin'Up!


Christmas Gifts


It’s the little things that count, and this pretty project could be a lovely gift for friends and coworkers. It folds down flat so you could even mail it! I have long been a fan of useful and pretty handmade gifts, and this Post-It Note Holder fits the bill. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and you won’t miss out on the Christmas videos that I will start posting after the pdf goes live on November 1.


Happy Thanksgiving Canadians


I am still in Holland and there are no brilliant fall colours here, so I decided to make a card using the Gorgeous Leaves bundle. You can see the video below. Due to some technical challenges I didn’t get good photos of the card today but I will share on Wednesday. I do share the Blends and alcohol technique which is easy to do if you use the right materials.






Thanks for joining me today. If you would like to purchase any of the materials I used, the supply list is linked below. Just click on the images and you will be in my online store! Have a super day!


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Cross-Country Christmas Cookie Exchange Party With a Heart

Well, hello stampers and happy Friday to you! I am super excited to announce my Cross-Country Christmas Cookie Exchange Party With a Heart. Isn’t that a mouthful? There is a reason for the long name, so I will explain it to you.




This part was super important to me because I love connecting people. We live in a large, beautiful and diverse country. In the past it was a lot of fun to have pen-pals, and now it will be fun to exchange favourite Christmas recipes. Wait…I thought you said cookie exchange Jackie?!


Cookie Exchange


Well, cookie exchange sounds a lot better than recipe swap which is what it will actually be. But….you can then use the recipes that you get and then do a real cookie swap with your local people. I have totally fallen in love with the Gingerbread & Peppermint suite and even though I am using it for a class at the end of October, I have decided to feature it for this event as well. You will see that I am planning to do a whole video series on this suite in November and there will be a pdf tutorial to go along with it.


Party With a Heart


This is where it gets super special. You see, not only are we going to have a wonderful time together, we are also going to contribute to heart health. How are we going to do that? Stampin’Up! has designed a special stamp set where they are giving $4 of each stamp set to heart health. It gets even better! Stampin’Up! Canada has chosen to donate to the London Health Sciences Centre which is just one hour away from me. The reason is very personal.

There is a fellow Canadian demonstrator, Anne Granger, who lives near London and she lost her husband at a very young age due to a rare heart disease. How touching that SU is now donating to the hospital that tried to save his life. With research, perhaps other people will not have to go through such a tragic loss.


Strong of Heart sample


Class Options


There are several options for participating in this class. Option one includes participation in the recipe card swap, the Strong of Heart stamp set and a pdf for all the Christmas projects. This is $55 including shipping.

Option two includes all of option one plus the What’s Cookin’ bundle. This is $110 including shipping.

The third option is pdf only but this does not include the recipe card swap. It is $20.

Every week in November I will be doing a video showing several different projects. On November 27 at noon EST we will celebrate with a Zoom party. I will demonstrate three projects from the pdf that day.


Projects for my Cross-Country Christmas Cookie Exchange Party


Please note that the projects that will be made with Strong of Heart are not yet designed as I am waiting for my stamp set here in the Netherlands. Here is a closeup of some of the projects.


Closeup of some of the Cross-Country Christmas Cookie exchange projects


The Second Best Part


The best part is perhaps the fact that we can have so much fun together while raising money for heart health. I really value the fact that SU chooses a local charity to support rather than all the funds raised going to the States.

The second best part is that included in this class is a swap. Not exactly a card swap but a recipe card swap. I will show you an example so that you can make your own beautiful 4″ by 6″ recipe card. If they are all the same size then we can make or find a beautiful box to put them all in. This is still under construction! Recipe cards need to mailed out no later than November 13.


Recipe Card


There are only two recipe cards in the Gingerbread & Peppermint memories and more cards so I thought it would be super simple and cute to make my own. Simply take a 4″ by 6″ piece of our new kraft paper and decorate it with a narrow strip of designer series paper and some stamped off stamps. That way they won’t cover up your writing!

This is one of my favourite Christmas cookie recipes. All of my grown children also make these cookies. I only bake them in December and that way they stay special.

Check out this post with some great Gingerbread cards.


Handwritten homemade recipe card using What's Cookin' bundle from Stampin'Up.



Excited and Ready to Sign Up?


Of course you are!! Last year we had so much fun at my #itsallaboutthetreats event and this one is going to be bigger and better!! I am already excited about getting your recipe cards in the mail. What fun! This event combines the things that I love most about my life:  people (aka you!), Stampin’Up! and baking.

Choose your option here but please remember that the pdf will not be available until November 1.


Class Options


For my American friends, here is your PayPal button. I’m so happy that we can stamp together.



Deadline to sign up is November 1. This is super important, otherwise you won’t get your supplies in time.


I Forgot One Important Thing


Guess what?? I got too squirrelly and forgot to tell you that you will also get an adorable kraft box that you can decorate and use to store your recipe cards. Here is mine and it will be in the pdf too.


Handmade kraft recipe box using Gingerbread & Peppermint and What's Cookin' bundles.


Thanks so much for joining me today.  Are you as excited about this class as I am? How many new people are we going to meet? I hope I get to meet you and make your favourite cookies this Christmas season. So many of you have asked me to make a cookbook. Perhaps this will be the start of my next cookbook and YOUR recipe will be in it. I promise to try every recipe and if it meets my expectations I will feature it in my blog as well with your handmade recipe card of course.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving and have a super day. Lots of love from Holland!!!!

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Love, Santa

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Love, Santa is a brand new kit that has just been released and I wanted to share it with you. Do you know why? Mostly because I think it’s a super fun kit, but more importantly I am at 22% of my “fun-raiser” goal and I am hoping that YOU will also step up and join in. Let’s take a look at the kit.


Love, Santa Tag Kit


One of the wonderful things about preparing for the Christmas season is gathering around the table as a family and making things, whether it be cards, cookies, Christmas ornaments or tags. Great things happen around the kitchen table! This Love, Santa tag kit is perfect for creating with your kids or grandkids or with your friends. It’s also perfect to give to a stressed out teacher or health care worker!



Love, Santa kit components


What’s Included?


As you can see from the photo above, you get a clear block, a stamp set, an ink pad and supplies to make 12 beautiful tags. You can also use these tags as components for cards if you are not really into tags. Here is a look at the finished tags.


Love Santa kit completed tags


Cute Bags


Do you love giving little gifts at Christmas? Let me tell you a secret. Gift giving doesn’t have to be expensive. It truly is the thought that counts. If you make something yummy and package it up prettily, that can really mean a lot, both to you and the recipient. Check out these cute bags! When I get back home in Canada I will share my caramel corn recipe with you. That would be a perfect thing to put in these bags.

I just noticed that you can also use just one ordering number and get both the kit and the treat bags. Here it is for you!


Love, Santa treat bags


How You Can Participate in the Fun-Raiser


There are several ways that you can participate in this “fun-raiser”. You can sponsor a kit for $30 and etransfer the money to or use PayPal. Another option is to order your own kit(s) through me online and have the pleasure of giving them yourself. The third option if you are a demonstrator is to organize your own fundraiser. Actually, there is a fourth choice. You can host a workshop at my studio or online. You can order a kit and invite a health care worker or teacher to come along and we can have a fun evening together.


Love Santa kit "Fun-Raiser" flyer


Please be aware, this is still the same “fun-raiser”, I just changed the kit that we are giving since the other one sold out. Currently I am at 22% of my goal of 100 kits. Let’s do this! I usually post shopping links at the bottom of my blog, but they are not yet available so just click on the links in the text itself. If you see a blue word that means if you click on it, you will go to my online store. How awesome is that?

Thanks for joining me today and I hope you have a super day.



Product Playground or Stempel Speeltuin

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Last week I forgot to share my brilliant idea with you! It’s the product playground or “stempel speeltuin”. You might be thinking, what the heck are you talking about? Let me tell you.


Thinking in Two Languages


Now that I have been dating Gerard for three years and spending significant chunks of time in the Netherlands, I am now reading novels in Dutch! I sometimes wake up realizing that I just dreamed in Dutch. No surprise then that I first came up with a Dutch name for my idea and then an English one. This idea came to me after my first coffee and a card class here in Holland.


Product Playground or Stempel Speeltuin


Whenever I have taught my coffee and a card classes I have tried to strike a balance between hands on stamping, embossing and die-cutting and a relaxing morning. That means that the card bases and the layers are all pre-cut and sometimes some of the die-cutting is also done. The benefit of this is that there are no long lines at the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine or with the heat tool. There is also a drawback. When you don’t use the tools yourself you don’t realize how awesome they are.

My solution is that starting in the Netherlands I am going to add a component to my class. We always start with coffee or tea and something I have baked. Then we make one card. Yes, one. I used to make three cards with my Canadian girls but it sometimes started feeling like a marathon unless I had done a lot of the die cutting ahead of time. It is nicer to take the time to make one card together and enjoy the process with no pressure to hurry up.


The State of Affairs


Even with making only one card, you should have seen the state of affairs with my table! Such a lovely, creative mess. The reason for that is that I decided to let them play with an extra piece of cardstock that I had shown them how to emboss with a new embossing folder. Hence the idea of a product playground. You see, people want to play. Once they start creating, they develop a taste for it. Shyness and fear is overcome. I want to facilitate that.

Each week I like to focus on a certain stamp set, bundle or suite. The product playground or stempel speeltuin will be on a separate table. On this table there will be coordinating designer series paper, cardstock, ink ribbon and bits and bobs that I have made with that suite. Customers can create their own card or box using the supplies on the table. I will be close by to answer questions, but basically this is a place where they can do their own thing. I’m really excited about it!


Technical Issues


If you have been following my journey in the Netherlands you will know that I have battled many technical issues. I have learned some serious gratitude from this experience. You see, in Canada we think we have it pretty bad when it comes to internet and cell phone technology. It is expensive and sometime spotty. Well….

In the Netherlands, at least if you live outside the city, it can also be a challenge. On Saturday it took a serious turn for the worse. The cables were cut by a work crew next door. Internet providers were contacted but they claimed to be super busy and would not come until Monday. On Monday they sent someone to the house to confirm that we had no internet. We already knew that. No fix. No “monteur” as they call them here. We now have to wait till Wednesday!

I am writing this blog post because Gerard got me a Dutch phone and data plan so I am using the hot spot on my phone. He is wonderful for thinking of creative solutions.


Weekly YouTube Video


GIven the internet situation I will be prerecording my weekly virtual coffee and a card class. The nice thing is that I can release it as a “premiere” which means I can watch it live with you and chat as we watch. Will you join us? Here is the link to my YouTube channel. If you subscribe you will be notified when I post a video and it would also make me super happy!



Peaceful Cabin card with black and white gingham ribbon.



Tomorrow we will be making a beautiful Christmas card using the Peaceful Cabin suite. This is also the card that we will be making for coffee and a card class on Friday in the Netherlands at Bloemenlaan 6. If you want to come, please let me know!


Dutch version of Peaceful Cabin card


In Person Christmas Class


The in person class on Saturday October 30 is almost full. If you are local you can still order your supplies. I will be doing a smaller version of this class in the Netherlands as well on Friday October 15 at 9:30am.  Take a look here to see all the beautiful cards!

If you just want the pdf to make the projects, you can get it here.




I’m so glad you joined me today. Please share your stories with me, I love them so much. Have a super day and happy stamping. If you want any of the products that I used to make this card then please click the links below. Have a super day!

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