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 Saturday, Today I want to talk a little bit about what happens when stampers get together. It really doesn’t matter where you are in the world, when stampers get together, fun happens. We usually gather around a table with food and drink and first we talk and share our passion about creativity and paper crafting. Whether you make cards as a hobby or teach card making as a business, it makes no difference. We all get excited when we see other people’s work.
Dutch Demo Open House
What I noticed yesterday at the Dutch Demo Day open house is that everyone has different things to bring to the table. It can be small things like a very different approach to colour combinations to interesting ways to make boxes or folders for cards. It could be a talent for layering details to create a gorgeous focal point. Someone felt badly that they brought only two cards to show but I learned so much from both of them. One was a fold I have seen but never made, and the other one was a very simple but interesting layout for a card. I know that they will both give me great inspiration. The best part however is the shared enthusiasm and I love how we all go home with a lighter step. I made a couple of videos showing the cards that some of the demos brought with to show and share. Here is one showing Caroline van der Straaten’s work. She is on the artisan design team and you can find her blog here. Caro is also my new upline in Holland! This second video shows Diana van Otterloo’s work. You can find her blog here.
Happy Mail in Holland
Another way we as stampers are getting together is through this happy mail in Holland contest. We are virtually gathering around to see what the latest card is that came to my mailbox and I love that. Today I will be sharing a card from New York State and one from my home town in Chatham, Ontario. The first one is from Debby Kainu who I first met many years ago at a Stampin’Up! Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was a friend of a friend, Michelle Deslandes from Vermont. (At least this is how I remember it, I could be totally wrong, and if that is the case, I am looking forward to hearing the real story!) The second card is from my team member Yvonne Macfadyen.
Here is another view of Debby’s beautiful card. I love this fold, I featured in in my blog back in October, you can see it here. Debbie used the gorgeous Feels Like Frost paper that was so popular it sold out. Debbie is from Middletown, New York. This city is in the Hudson River Valley area in the foothills. I am quite sure I drove through this area when leaving New York City and heading to upper state New York on my way home to Ontario. So very lovely with all the hills and trees.
Yvonne was the first person to come to my coffee and a card classes. She is originally from England and has the most delightful accent. Yvonne loved card making so much that she was placing such regular orders that I encouraged her to get the starter kit. What a dilemma it was for her! She agonized over it for weeks. Finally I asked her, what do you have to lose? Well, the answer was clear. Nothing. She also knew she had everything to gain! Little did she know then that she would gain so much more than just some free bonus stamp sets, a great discount and some more goodies. She gained a whole tribe of friends and so many great experiences. Yvonne is not only my longest running team member, she is also my right hand for prepping for classes and for running my classes while I am gone and a true friend. What a blessing she has been in my life!!
Yvonne used the brand new set Positive Thoughts to make this gorgeous card. I love the colour combination, the use of white space and the clean and simple look of it. Fantastic card!! She made me order the set, so that is a good thing. Here is a look at the happy treatment of the envelope as well. When you stamp your envelope there is no doubt to the recipient that they are getting happy mail! It even makes the postman smile I think. The next time I blog about happy mail from Chatham I will tell you some interesting facts about my city.
Paying Attention to Detail
How many of you caught the fact that at the beginning of my blog I said “happy Saturday”? Well, I had every intention of publishing this blog post on Saturday but then we ended up picking up a rental car that is automatic so I could drive myself. Our loaner vehicle needed a car wash and the lineup was long. To make a long story short, it was time to leave for Deventer, a beautiful city near where Gerard’s youngest sister lives before my blog post was finished. I will tell you more about that lovely city tomorrow. I am going to publish this blog post today, even though it is a Sunday because most of the work was done yesterday and I don’t want to post twice tomorrow.
Thanks so much for joining me, happy mail keeps streaming in. I so appreciate all the love. This is what happens when stampers get together in spirit! Have a blessed Sunday.
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.
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 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.
Hello stampers! It is January 2, 2020. This is one of the first times I am writing this new year date and it really is quite epic. Do you feel the same way? Cheers to 2020! On December 31 I think the mailman came twice, and the second time there were three more cards in the mail. I am being flooded with happy mail and that makes me so happy. It also means that I need to blog about more than one card at a time so I can feature them all.
Sharon Meyer’s card
Sharon comes from Farmington, New York. This is in upper state in the vicinity of the famous Finger Lake district. I have driven through this area twice and it is so very beautiful. Sharon used the stamp set Beautiful Baubles with gorgeous grape ink for a happy non-traditional card. I love how Sharon sponged the edges to create a distressed look. This is a great way to add contrast without having to add another mat of card stock. Thanks for your very pretty card Sharon, I love the clean and simple style you used. I didn’t get a picture of it, but Sharon also has a personalized stamp for the back of her card.
Sharon asked me why I was spending time in Holland every now and then and maybe more of you are wondering. I am in a new relationship with a man from Holland. This man is quite special to me. We first met when I was 17 years old. I was visiting my cousins in Holland of which I have very many indeed. My parents are both from large families and they were one of the few who immigrated to Canada so most of my extended family was still in the Netherlands. It so happens that my cousin had a boyfriend, and his best friend was my current boyfriend Gerard. Gerard and I wrote letters for a year and then he visited me in Canada for my 18th birthday. Circumstances prevented the relationship from continuing and our lives went separate ways. Largely due to the family connection we found each other again and here we are!
Lori’s Cheers Card
The next card is from Lori Magnuson all the way from Sahuarita, Arizona. When I looked that up on the map it seems to be very close to Tucson and is surrounded by national parks and mountain ranges. So beautiful! I had the privilege of being in the area a few years ago when I attended a private retreat at Mary Fish’s house. Lori used the Cheers dies and Sip,Sip Hooray stamp set. Let’s take a look at her beautiful card.
It just so happens that I had a fair bit of champagne on New Year’s Eve. Gerard’s dad had four bottles of champagne that he was starting to gather up and he had no use for them so I was more than willing to take the risk of opening bottles of unknown vintage. They were all good, and yes, we did share with ten other people! I simply love the layout of this card. Clean and simple lines with exquisite attention to details.
Lori embossed the glasses in gold and added gold bows. The champagne bubbles are also embossed in gold on the card base. What a brilliant idea.
Yes, the envelope has already been torn open. Gerard was even more excited to open the happy mail than I was. I had to remind him that I needed to take pictures of the envelopes as well, so please open them carefully!! Lori used the free bee paper from saleabration to decorate the flap of the envelope. So pretty with the gold and white paper. I am also very intrigued with the gold cheers. It looks to me like Lori used wink of stella on top of the gold foil paper. I would never have thought of that!! It looks so pretty, even my photo captured the shimmer.
The Power of Happy Mail
When I saw the clever design of the postage stamps I just had to share a picture of that as well. Can you see how much joy happy mail can bring? Even though I may sound like a broken record, it bears repeating. Happy mail is just so very much nicer than an email or a text. I encourage you to send some happy mail today. People aren’t expecting happy mail in January and that makes it even more special. We can all agree that there is not enough joy in the world, and if by sending a card we can increase the joy factor, I say go for it!! Let’s change the world one card at a time, together we can make a powerful difference with happy mail.
It was so nice to read the inside of Lori’s card. It appears that we have a lot in common: our love of stamping, our love of cooking and our faith. Lori even has a little Dutch blood. This made me smile.
Saleabration Starts Tomorrow
Yay!! Cheers to the fact that saleabration starts tomorrow. In case you are new to Stampin’Up! I will explain how this works. If you live in Canada you get to choose a free saleabration item (stamp set, paper, ribbon) with every $60 you spend before tax and shipping. You can also get a free stamp set called Little Ladybug if you host a workshop with $375 in total sales. Believe me when I tell you that it is very easy to reach that sales goal during saleabration. Please let me know if you want to host an online workshop. I can get it started for you and then you can share the host code with your friends and they can all order online. Easy and fun and everyone gets bonus free things.
This is also the very best time of year to join my Beyond Pampered team. You an buy the starter kit for only $135. There is no shipping or tax. You get to choose $165 worth of products, anything you want from either the annual catalog, the mini catalog and even the clearance rack! During saleabration only you also get to choose ONE bonus stamp set of your choice, any value for FREE. It cannot be a host set or a saleabration free set. You also get a free super cute mini paper trimmer and a free designer series paper sampler which includes 48 sheets of 6″ by 6″ paper with six different paper packs represented. Did you know there is also a free past Paper Pumpkin in your kit?
Your kit also comes with 8 annual catalogs, 8 mini catalogs and 50 order forms to make it easy to share with your friends. There is also a 20% discount for everything you buy or 20% income for everything you sell. You will keep this discount for a minimum of four months and a maximum of 6 months without any obligation. If you want to keep your discount for longer than that you need to buy or sell $400 every three months. If that doesn’t happen, no worries, there are no penalties. There is no pressure either from me or from Stampin’Up! to do anything more than what you want to do with this opportunity. How absolutely awesome is that?
I get very excited when new people join my team and I have a special day just for my new team members. I call it Diva Day because it is catchy and because I want to spoil you. This year Diva Day is on Friday March 27 at 5pm until 9pm. We will have a lovely meal together, we will stamp some fun things and of course there will be amazing goodie bags for you so you have more stamping options for yourself or to share at possible classes. This is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other better and for you to have your questions answered. For long distance team members I am going to offer a Zoom meeting with door prizes.
Thanks so much for joining me today. Isn’t it fun to see what happy mail has arrived? It just goes to show the importance of a stamping tribe! I am so happy that you are a part of my tribe too. I hope you have a super day. Hugs from Holland.
edited to add: if you place a $50 order either online or in person you will get a FREE pdf from the new Demo Design Dream Team with 16 projects. How wonderful is that?