Wrapped in Christmas

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today’s card features a saying from Wrapped in Christmas but the focus is really the very fun Trimming the Town paper. This card was a result of the leftovers from the card I made on last Friday’s blog post.


Wrapped In Christmas


Wrapped in Christmas is a beautiful 10 piece cling stamp set with all Christmas sayings that is part of the Heartwarming Hugs suite. I love how this particular saying is long and narrow with a nice bold “JOY”. It really fits the mood of this card.


Wrapped in Christmas


Z-Fold Card


I thought that a Z-Fold Card would be the perfect way to showcase this mountain paper with the skaters on the pond. The house is perched right on the fold and I used a pretty neat trick to make it work. Simply fold a punched circle in half. Adhere one half to the card with the straight edge of the fold along the fold of the card. Put adhesive on the other half of the circle and adhere to the house die cut.


Wrapped in Christmas -Fold Card


The measurements for this card are base:  5 1/2″ by 8 1/2″ scored at 2 1/8″ and 4 1/4″. The patterned paper is 5 3/8″ by 2″ with a red strip of patterned paper tucked in behind the last panel. That strip was 5/8″ by 5 3/8″.


The New Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine


On Friday I will blog about this awesome new machine. To say that I am in love with it is an understatement. Today the magnetic plate came in and I am super impressed with all the thought that went into it. I just want to leave you with this thought. The starter kit is a super special deal right now and you could just put this machine into it. No tax, no shipping AND two bonus stamp sets, a package of rhinestones and 16 card kits PLUS a coupon for a FREE Paper Pumpkin. What are you waiting for? Here is the link to get yours today. Only catch? You have to be a Canadian to join with me. You do not need a host code, so click “no” to that question.





Thanks for joining me today, I appreciate it when you stop by and read my posts. We had a great first video on my Prime Time With The Pampered Stamper today. The video was an hour and fifteen minutes. If you want to join in, it’s not too late. It is only $10 a month and you get a free 16 project pdf tutorial each month AND a weekly video tutorial. Here is the link for that. I hope you have a super day!

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Trimming the Town with Felt

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. I am giddy with excitement about my new discovery. Today I have a great, simple card for you using Coming Home with Felt! Yes, we have new festive felt sheets and they cut like a dream with our new Cut & Emboss machine. What I am really excited about though is the snow that I created! Take a look with me.


Coming Home With Felt


Coming Home is of course a great stamp set with a great cause. Did you know that $4 will be donated to adoption, foster care and fertility charities with each sale of this stamp set? Another great reason to order it today. I found that the felt cut really well with the new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine. It even worked great without having to turn it sideways!! That meant that I did not have to trim the felt at all to run it through. It comes 6″ wide so that you can run it through the machine easily.


Trimming the Town Card


The suite and the paper are both called Trimming the Town. My cute little house was cut using the dies from the bundle right from this super cute paper. The mountain scene in the background is also cut from the paper. This piece measures 4″ by 5 1/4″. I was sure to not cut into any of the cute houses!


Trimming the Town with Felt


The Pieces


One crucial piece of information is that I put a piece of whisper white in behind the felt, otherwise the Misty Moonlight would show through and that wasn’t very nice. You can see how I did it in the next picture. The cute little saying is also cut right out of the Trimming the Town paper.


Trimming the Town with felt


Close-Up with my Little Trick


This close-up photo isn’t perfect but it does let you see the adorable snow spatters. This little touch makes all the difference! Do you know how I did it? Well, you can watch my Facebook live video at 3pm EST today but I can tell you about it now.

You simply put a few drops of whisper white reinker on a block and using your water brush, mix it up till it is a little runny. Then tap the brush so that it spatters on your card. Repeat until you are happy with the coverage. Many thanks to Jana Müller for this tip.


Trimming the Town with Felt


New Machine in the Starter Kit


I have a brilliant idea for you. Do you need a new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine? It is beautiful and it works like a dream. It is also priced just right so that you can add it to your starter kit and by doing so save both the shipping and the tax. You will also get two free stamp sets, 16 card kits and a package or rhinestones as well as a coupon for a free Paper Pumpkin kit. There are no strings attached. After purchasing the starter kit you will also get a 20% discount on any orders you place either for yourself or for others until the end of January. If you want to keep your discount then you need to sell $400 every three months. Click here if you want this amazing deal. Questions? Please message me!



Get & Go Promotion


If you want to see the stamp sets and the card kits included in the Get & Go starter kit promotion, just check out this blog post. Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you have a super day. (PS, I posted a new pdf tutorial and it features the Gnomes! It is only $5US but FREE if you sign up for the online Bingo. Check it out in the tutorials section here.

There are all kinds of things to check out in the blog header that you might have missed. Just sayin’.


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Making a Difference with Trimming the Town Suite

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you! Did you know that Stampin’Up! is making a huge difference with the Trimming the Town suite? Well, actually it is the Coming Home stamp set in this suite that is the fundraiser. This makes me so very happy! If you purchase the Coming Home stamp set Stampin’Up! will donate $4 to charities devoted to adoption, foster care and infertility. Together we can make a difference today.


Trimming the Town Suite


Trimming the Town Suite


Let’s Raise Money for Families!


Here is a look at the stamp set that is the actual “vehicle” for the fundraiser. If you purchase this adorable stamp set you will help raise money for adoption, foster care and fertility. This is the most Stampin’Up! has ever donated to a charity, $4 per set! I would love to encourage people to ALL buy this great set. I think it is the perfect set for this cause. Do you know why?

What is one of the first things that you ever drew as a child? I think the top three are 1. a sun, 2. a tree and 3. a house! These images are perfect for colouring for all ages. Are you going to buy this set?


Trimming the Town Suite


Some Cute Cards with Trimming the Town Suite


This cute card comes straight out of the catalog and uses both our new festive felt sheets and the adhesive backed snowflakes. I accidentally bought the snowflake sequins instead of these beauties. I love the convenience of having them be adhesive backed already. No need to struggle with glue dots!


Trimming the Town suite


My Card!


Finally you get to see my card. It is an amazing surprise gatefold card that I  showed in my Facebook live video which I will also share here. I hope you subscribe to my YouTube channel so that you don’t miss any of my videos. When I am finished my quarantine I will be getting a new phone so that I can do my live videos in landscape mode. Won’t that just be fantastic!!


Trimming the Town surprise Gatefold card


Here is the inside of the card, but the best thing will be watching the video to see all the surprises inside!


Trimming the Town gatefold card inside


Trimming the Town paper for inside card


Trimming the Town Video Tutorial


If you want to see how to make this surprise gatefold card, just watch this video. We will also be making this style of card in my Online Christmas Bingo which is going to be so much fun!! I hope you consider joining in too, you have until September 15 to register for this event on October 8 at 7pm. You can read all the details here.





Thanks so much for joining me today, I had a lot of fun playing with this fun Trimming the Town suite, but more than that, I really, really hope you get on board with the fundraiser. I love it when I can use my business to help with an important cause. Families are everything! I hope you have a super day!!


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Trimming The Town Suite Collection


Trimming The Town Designer Series Paper


Coming Home Photopolymer Stamp Set


Coming Home Bundle


Stitched Shapes Dies


Layering Circles Dies


Misty Moonlight 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Pool Party 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Paper Trimmer


Gnome for the Holidays Online Bingo

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Gnome for the Holidays is a super cute stamp set that will bring a smile to your face. So will winning some fabulous prizes with my online Bingo that is scheduled for October 8. Today I am sharing with you the three Gnome for the Holidays cards that we will make during the online bingo event.


Gnome for the Holidays Cards


Gnome for the Holidays


This second card was inspired by Cindy Brumbaugh, and she also has a great video tutorial on how to make the surprise gatefold card. I’m so grateful for her inspiration, it really helped me to get my mojo back. You can see her blog post here.


Gnome for the Holidays


I’m not sure if it is me, but I do think this picture is a little blurry. Sorry, normally I would fix that, but I really want to get this post finished and I think you can see how adorable this card is.


Gnome for the Holidays


This last card was totally cased from fellow Canadian demonstrator Josée Smuck from Ottawa, Ontario. Here is her blog post so you can check it out for yourself. Thanks so much for the inspiration Josée, I needed that this morning.


How Does the Online Bingo Work?


This event will take place in a private live Facebook video. The cost is $50 and you will get Gnome for the Holidays sent to you along with all the supplies to make these three cards. You will also get a pdf tutorial so that you can have it printed off in case your internet connection is less than ideal. The tutorial will also be great for future reference. If you don’t want to participate in the Bingo but would like the tutorial, no problem, it’s yours for $10. There will also be an opportunity to win one of six great prizes. Here is the list of prizes:

  1. Don’t Stop Believin’
  2. Christmas Means More
  3. Warm Hugs
  4. Poinsettia Petals
  5. Cherish the Season Bundle
  6. Dove of Hope bundle

To keep it more fair and fun for everyone, you can only win one prize. If you are not a big fan of Gnome for the Holidays or if you already have it, then you can choose Don’t Stop Believin’ as your included stamp set. If this is your choice and you happen to win that prize, you can choose another stamp set of similar value. The deadline for signing up for this fun event is September 15. This will give me time to have the sets ordered and sent to you.


Get & Go Deal on the Starter Kit


Do you love a great deal? How does getting all your stamping supplies at a 20% discount sound to you? You can get this by getting the starter kit which is an amazing deal right now. No need to worry about selling anything, this kit includes 8 card kits for each stamp set that is included as a free bonus in your kit. While Stampin’Up! would love for you to become a great salesperson for them, there is no obligation to do so. In fact, most of our demonstrators are their own best customers and have purchased the kit to get their own discount.

For the month of September you will get Queen Anne’s Lace stamp set and So Much Love stamp set, 16 card kits and a package of rhinestones added as a free bonus as well as a coupon to redeem for a free Paper Pumpkin. Then you get to choose $165 worth of product from any of our catalogs or from the clearance rack. You pay only $135, no tax, no shipping. Almost too good to be true!

If you want to keep your discount, or you want to build a business then you need to sell $400 every three months.


Get & Go kit




Beyond Pampered Team Ready for YOU!


I would love to have you join my Beyond Pampered team. If you live in Canada, there is a spot waiting just for you. Why join with me? Because I would love to share with you all the knowledge I have gained in my fourteen years as a demonstrator. I have an international training group that is FREE for my team. You will get a free pdf tutorial with 16 projects once a month. I do a live training video each week. When COVID is over, we gather once a month for stamping and treats. Here is the link if you want to take advantage of this amazing deal.

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

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Gnome For The Holidays Cling Stamp Set (English)


Don't Stop Believin' Cling Stamp Set


Christmas Means More Photopolymer Stamp Set


Warm Hugs Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)


Poinsettia Petals Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)


Cherish The Season Bundle


Dove Of Hope Bundle (English)


Trimming The Town Designer Series Paper


Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper


Misty Moonlight 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Real Red 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Never Too Late or Out of Season

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’s Card


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!


Never too late for Christmas


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.


Sally’s Card


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


Sally's Card - Never Too Late with Timeless Tulips


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.


Happy Mail In Holland contest


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.


never too late to get the starter kit



Free Little Ladybug stamp set with qualifying workshop



Little Ladybug- not too late to host a workshop and get it for free


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When Stampers Get Together

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.


Debby’s card


Debby Kainu's card


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.


Feels Like Frost


Yvonne’s Card


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!!


Positive Thoughts


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.


Happy Mail envelope detail


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.


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