Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. This weekend I posted a video explaining my Christmas Whimsy Health Care Worker “Fun-Raiser”. I have since decided to expand it to include our teachers. Why a “fun-raiser” for them? Let me explain how I came to this decision and what I hope to get from you my followers.
Why a Christmas Whimsy Health Care Worker “Fun-Raiser”?
This is not a new idea. It started in the winter/spring when my daughter Rachel was working at the Chatham hospital in the emergency department. She came home with stories of how stressed the health care workers. I was shocked. At that point I had quite a stash of Paper Pumpkin kits so together we made cards to go in them and I purchased blocks to add to them. She took them all to work with her and actually ran out. One person had missed out, so I found another kit to give away. This time I thought I would rally the troops so to speak.
Please, Not Seven Times!
I am told that people need to see something seven times before they take action. Please let this NOT be the case this time. I believe in YOU that you will be moved to make a difference. Someone commented on my YouTube video asking if I thought I would make my goal of giving away 100 kits. My answer is an unabashed YES!! Let me tell you why I think this should be very doable.
If every blog reader today decides to sponsor a kit we will already be at 300 kits. If each of my YouTube subscribers would sponsor a kit we would be at 3800 kits. What about my Facebook people? Then we would have another 8000 kits! So really, if you look at it this way my goal is sort of pathetic. Together we can prove the naysayers wrong. If you are reading this post, don’t think that someone else will step up. Step up yourself.
Stories from the Trenches
I heard from a teacher a few days ago saying that they are so disheartened and it is only September. The bureaucracy that they have to deal with is suffocating. I am not up to speed on mask wearing any more but they not only had to do online teaching which is a TON of work, they also had to be double masked ALL DAY LONG. Have you ever tried that while needing to walk and talk at the same time? Not pleasant.
We won’t even get into all the behavioural issues that they have to deal with, the under-staffing, the last minute changes to their classrooms or even the class that they have to teach, blended populations, the list could go on.
As for the health care workers, morale is low. They too are expected to more with less money. Less staff, more work. Covid that just doesn’t stop. The squabbling about vaccinations, about not following the rules.
Doesn’t it just exhaust you to read about this? Don’t you think these great people could use a lovely surprise in their life? One that lets them relax and enjoy something new either on their own with some music in the background or with their kids that they don’t get to spend enough quality time with? Maybe a girlfriend afternoon or evening. I will include a list of ways that they could enjoy this kit for even more fun and I will also include your name on the card or letter if you decide to sponsor. Be sure to let me know whether you want to sponsor a teacher or a health care worker.
Time for Smiles!
Take a look at these cards samples. Don’t they just make you smile? Do they make you feel like a child again? That’s a pretty amazing feeling and this what is often channeled when you take time to play and be creative. At least that is what happens with me and many people that I have talked to. Many, many times I have heard: “I wouldn’t know how I would have gotten through COVID without my stamping hobby!”
My brain is even going a step further. Wouldn’t it be great if we heard stories back from the recipients of how your gift affected them? I will come up with a letter (stamped of course) to include in the kit that asks them to share back with us with a photo of social media post with a hash tag #fun-raiser and then I can share some of them here. Stories are powerful!!
I want a hat like that and those outfits are just so darn cute!! There are 8 cards in this kit.
Video Explanation and Card Tutorial
What I Love About This Kit
What I really love about this Christmas Whimsy kit is that it is perfectly suited for beginner stampers but it is also a lot of fun for seasoned stampers. These card bases and die cuts are fantastic and you could use them as base elements for a fancier or different card. Combine this kit with offerings from our holiday catalog such as Whimsical Trees or Peaceful Deer. Perhaps I will have some time to play and design something for you. Rest assured that the quality is wonderful. It’s always nice to have another ink spot, clear block and sheet of dimensionals. At $26 in Canada or €23 in Europe it’s a great deal.
Thanks for joining me today. You know that I believe that we can make the world a better place one card at a time, and in this case one kit at a time. I hope you have been inspired to participate in this fun-raiser. Could you do one more thing for me? Share this blog post on Facebook or Instagram or wherever you can. Tell YOUR people about this opportunity and help spread the word. Let’s knock this Christmas Whimsy fun-raiser out of the park and blow away that 100 kit goal!!
PS. Are you an avid stamper? Do you know someone in your area that could use a kit to brighten their day and relieve their stress? You could also just use the host code and order this kit online. If you choose that option then you can also take advantage of saleabration which ends on September 30 and you can get some free products for yourself too. Win win!
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. My Peaceful Cabin Virtual Coffee and a Card class is all ready to go! I love this stamp set so very much! The cabin stamp is simply stunning and the dies to go with it are fantastic. I must say, you do need the bundle in order to be able to make these cards. Even though I used a lot of designer series paper and die cuts, the cabin stamp is quite essential.
Peaceful Cabin Cards
Here is the selection of cards that I am offering for my virtual coffee and a card class in October. If you order the bundle from me you can get the card kit for only $10. Already have the bundle? Then the card kit is $25 including postage. You can join me every Tuesday at 10am EST on YouTube and I will also post to Facebook.
Some Simple Tips
I made this graphic to share some simple tips for using this bundle more effectively. Perhaps you will find it helpful!
A Personal Note
Today is just a short blog post. I had a wonderful morning and part of the afternoon with my cousin Machteld. What a blessing to connect with family in such a deep and meaningful way. I just love the fact that her mother was so close to mine. Sadly her mom died from cancer at 42. My mom is so touched that her daughter and her niece have such a close connection.
A Difficult Transition
Truthfully I still struggle a bit with letting my business go. It seems that without in person classes people do not buy in the same way. While I love teaching, at heart I am a salesperson. I am hoping that through consistent videos and blog posts my followers will shop with me online. If you have any doubt about whether your business would mean anything to me, doubt no more!
Tonight I am off to IKEA with Gerard to buy a sit/stand desk that should be a big help to my back. Stay tuned as the makeover of my stamp room starts.
Thanks so much for joining me! Happy stamping and happy shopping. Remember, saleabration ends in just 8 days.
On a side note, Peaceful Cabin bundle is one of the free bonus bundles that you can get if you buy the starter kit. You can do so here.
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you! Today I have the most adorable gingerbread & peppermint house to show you. My fellow Dutch team member Mardette Krosse made this cute creation and she graciously allowed me to borrow it so I could recreate it. One of the things I love so very much about being a part of the Stampin’Up! family is the creativity and generosity of my fellow demonstrators.
Gingerbread & Peppermint House
Good things come in small packages and this house is one example of that. Mardette is another! She is such a wonderful person who loves to spoil the elderly people that she works with. It is not unusual for her to make gift packages for them complete with intricate handmade packaging. I love her heart! People like her restore my faith in the human race.
There is one mystery about this cute little house that I have not yet solved. I am not sure what Mardette used to make the Nordic looking decorations along the edges of the house front. I am going to make an alternative which you can see in the graphic below that also shows you the measurements and components.
À La Carte Class
Did you know that I am offering a really lovely class featuring the Gingerbread & Peppermint Suite? There are three different tiers of pricing so you will be sure to find the one that suits you best. I really should write a tutorial for this class don’t you think? You can read all about this class here. Please don’t procrastinate too long! You have until October 1 to sign up so I can get all the supplies ordered and the kits sent to you.
I forgot to mention that you get some bonus paper with your class so you can finish off the inside of your cards as beautifully as the outside! Some of you will be joining me for an in person class on Saturday October 30 at 10am and I am hoping that people all over with join me virtually on Thursday October 28 at 7pm EST.
Share What You Love!
This class and this box, in fact this entire suite is just perfect for sharing with those that you love of all ages. I can just picture all the laughter and joy around kitchen tables all over the country as these elements are used to make adorable cards and houses and boxes and surprises for loved ones. Be sure to send me a photo if you end up doing just this!
I am going to keep encouraging you all to share this wonderful hobby. People need to tap into their innate creativity. Creating things really makes for a joyful soul. Giving away your creations results in even deeper joy. Do you see the beautiful flow that is being created here?
You Belong and I Have a Place Waiting For You!
There is a wonderful place waiting just for you on my team. Join with others who love creating with paper and ink and be inspired and warmly welcomed. If you love card making or want to get started, the starter kit is just fantastic and it will score you your very own discount every time you place an order for yourself or for your friends. I would love to help YOU get started too.
Have a super day and thanks so much for joining me. It’s time for a cup of coffee and a dessert. I have saved one pavlova from the weekend! Whooohooo. #itsallaboutthetreats
Hello stampers and happy Saturday. When I saw the Merriest Moments hybrid embossing folder, I thought what the heck is that? The price tag was also a little hefty, so it was not among my first purchases. When I understood the concept of how these two products worked together to create a beautifully detailed and intricate frame I was sold!
Hybrid Embossing Folder
What exactly is a hybrid embossing folder? It is one that is designed to work in tandem with dies. The hybrid embossing folder gives specific, intricate detail to the dies that coordinate with it, allowing you to layer them and to mix and match features. Take a look at what I did with them. Keep in mind that I haven’t even used any of the dies that are included to cut out the various leaves, greenery and poinsettias. There is a ton of possibilities in this bundle!
In this card I have combined Soft Succulent and Basic White cardstock with the pretty Tidings of Christmas paper from the annual catalog. I love the classic, subtle patterns in this paper pack. I made another version of this card with a bow. Which one do you like better?
For this card I used an Assorted Memories & More card as the base and a layer of designer series paper that measures 4″ by 6″. I decided to cut it in half lengthwise so that you would see more of it behind the focal point. The mini ruffled ribbon was used to “bridge the gap”.
This trick also helps you save on ribbon and that also means you save more money that you can put towards more stamps! Don’t you just love how my brain works?
Monochromatic Card with a Pop of Red
I love the elegance of a white Christmas card but the pop of red is like a cardinal in the snow. Beautiful! This is a Z-fold card. I used For Unto Us stamp set for the sentiment on the front of the card. This is the same stamp set I am using for my Gingerbread & Peppermint class which you can read all about here.
Another Tidings of Christmas Hybrid Card
This next card also uses the Tidings of Christmas paper from the annual catalog, you can find it on page 133.
Hybrid Embossing Folder and Chalk
I finally got a chance to play with my new chalk. You can find it in the annual catalog. I took a paring knife and scrape off a little of the two green chalks in the collection. I inked up the embossed and cut frame with Versamark and then I used Q-tips (cotton swabs) to apply the chalk to the frame. You could do it without the Versamark but then your colours would be more muted. For some of the greenery I mixed the two colours together for a third green.
Now is the Best Time!!
Now is the very best time to stock up on your stamping supplies and to indulge in a few new Christmas sets. Until September 30 you can get free products with each $60 purchase. It’s our first ever summer saleabration sale and it is almost over!! Have you taken advantage of it yet? Did you know that you also get a free pdf tutorial from me as a gift with a $60 purchase? Life is good!!
Want it All?
Is your wish list long? Then do yourself a huge favour and get the starter kit. It is meant for and mainly used by those who simply want their own discount. After you get the starter kit you are entitled to your very own 20% discount. There are no rules for how long or how much you order. If after 6 months you don’t meet the quarterly requirements of $400 you will simply drop as a “demonstrator”. No biggie at all.
Until September 30 you also get a free bonus bundle of your choice. You can check out the impressive list here. If you are excited about this awesome opportunity, trust me, it only gets better from here. Do you know why? It’s because you also get to be a part of an awesome, dynamic and supportive team of fun and creative people across Canada. Whooohoooo! Here is the link to join.
See it in Action
Yesterday I did a video showing the benefits of the new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine. Not only is it beautiful, it is also designed to be super comfortable to use and easy to understand. There is no need to remember which plates to use for which function. I also use the Hybrid Embossing Folder to demonstrate this machine, so it is worth taking a look at.
Thanks so Much!!
Do you have any idea how much you mean to me? I am ever so grateful for your interaction with me on all of my social media platforms. It thrills me beyond belief every time you comment or share my posts, when you purchase my tutorials, place an online order or join Prime Time or my Training Group. I notice each action that you take and I try to follow up with you so that you know beyond a doubt that you are NOT taken for granted.
I hope you have a super day and know that you are loved. You matter!!
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Did you know that you can get the gorgeous Peaceful Prints Paper for free? This paper is part of the summer saleabration campaign. Perhaps you have been so busy recovering from COVID stress and concerned about a possible fourth wave that stamping has taken a backseat in your life.No worries! There is so much exciting stuff waiting for you and it is not too late to take advantage of saleabration. It goes until September 30. Here is the link to all the saleabration offerings.
Peaceful Prints Paper
This beautiful paper is free with a $60 purchase and with that purchase you are also entitled to the huge tutorial bundle that this card is a part of. What I especially love about this paper is that it coordinated with our Peaceful Deer Bundle on page 26 of the holiday catalog. The Peaceful Prints paper has Garden Green, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand and Basic Black in its designs. You can punch the buffalo plaid deer out with the punch and in my YouTube video I show you how you can punch them out in BOTH directions which is a super cool trick. Check it out below.
Peaceful Prints Fancy Fold Card
I’m so happy that I decided to go back and check on my previous blog posts because I thought I had already blogged about this card. I love it so much!! This paper is stunning and I don’t want you to miss out on it. I am not going to share how I made the card because that information is all in the tutorial that you can get for free with a $60 purchase. You can also purchase it for $20 US if that suits you better. This particular tutorial focuses on the saleabration and holiday catalog so there is lots of variety for you and of course tons of talent!
A Hidden Gem
Do you see that gorgeous focal point? That buffalo plaid deer really stands out on that lacy white circle doesn’t it? Do you know where it comes from? Let me tell you! Check out page 70 and page 159 in the annual catalog. Encircled in Beauty is the name of the dies and the bundle is called Encircled in Friendship. Wait. It gets better! There is another stamp set in the holiday catalog that also coordinates with these dies making it an even better investment. That stamp set is called Encircled in Warmth. All the links to these products will be at the bottom of my blog post, you can simply click on them and then shop in my online store. How excited are you??
One More Photo
Have you noticed when you look at a pretty card that someone has either given you or is sharing with you so that you can be inspired that you look at it closely? I know that I like to check it out from different angles so that I can see all the details. A blog post can be that way too and I like to share a card from different angles and perspectives. Sometimes due to time constraints this is not possible, but when it is, it does make me happy to do so.
Don’t you love how the black and white twine from the Playful Pets Combo trim pack looks with this paper? It made me super happy too. I hope you enjoyed my card today and that you feel inspired to make one of your own. It’s always nice to have a few fancy Christmas cards made ahead of time for the special people in your life. Who are you going to send yours to?
Sharing the Joy
I have decided to start beginner card classes in the Netherlands. It’s time to share my joy of stamping with new stampers and I intend to share that journey with you as well in the hopes that you too with share your hobby with new people. Often I remind my team to consider how happy they are when they are stamping. More people could use that type of joy in their lives. I know that before I started stamping I had no idea that papercrafting would be something that I would enjoy and excel at. You just never know how something simple like stamps, ink and paper can change a life.
Thanks for joining me today! I hope you jump on the saleabration bandwagon before it is too late. Happy stamping and happy shopping. If you need inspiration, check out my tutorials here and indulge. You deserve it.
Hello stampers!! It’s so good to be back to share my love of stamping with you. Today I will be blogging about the Christmas Whimsy card kit. You may have noticed the cute whimsical images at the beginning of the holiday catalog and wondered where to find this kit. It is now available! Let’s take a look.
Christmas Whimsy Card Kit
The Christmas Whimsy card kit is part of our online kit collection. Kits are no longer available in the catalog and I will tell you why. In the past our kits were a bit confusing. Some included the stamp set and ink spot, and some didn’t. Some had instructions for the cards and some didn’t. There were different price points and sometimes our kits sold out. Now the kits are all the same price and they all include the same basics: an ink spot, a stamp set, a clear block as well as all the consumable products needed to make your cards. All available kits will be seen online. When they sell out, they will be gone and this will eliminate the frustration of trying to order something that is either back-ordered or sold out.
I don’t know about you, but these whimsical Christmas cards remind me of Nordic Christmas folk tales. They bring me back to my childhood, although I realize that probably has more to do with nostalgia than reality!
The Whimsical Christmas kit also comes with a versatile stamp set so you can finish your cards beautifully and then use this stamp set for other cards too. Take a look!
Why Get This Kit?
I am on a mission to get my stampers to share their hobby with others! The past two years have taught me that this amazing hobby has more meaning and purpose than ever. Let’s try and give the gift of stamping and creativity to more people. I think we can all agree that we need more joy in life. More moments to treasure, to slow down, to enjoy the little things and each other. Less screen time. Less loneliness.
If you are a seasoned stamper, I would encourage you to get this kit or a different one if you prefer. Invite a few friends over if you feel comfortable having people in your home (I know at first it can feel a little weird after all this time of isolation!) Take a photo of your group enjoying the kit and I will send you a surprise in the mail!! Click here to order your kit in you live in Canada.
A Personal Note
I thought you might want to get up to speed what is happening in my life. Gerard was finally able to visit me from August 28 to September 7. Yesterday we were able to fly back to Holland together, which was so very lovely!! Our first time flying together and not having to say goodbye at an airport. When the KLM crew heard about this and the rest of our story they surprised us with a tray of champagne in real crystal stemware, chocolates and nuts as well as a handwritten postcard. Quite unforgettable really!
We had a whirlwind tour including a wonderful two day visit with my parents, my cousins on my mom’s side and then a visit to Ottawa and Montreal. Having five kids has never felt so busy as now!!
Thankfully my back is doing much better. I was concerned about the plane ride, but I managed just fine. It helped that we had an extra empty seat beside us and I could lay down for a while with my head on Gerard’s lap! His lap was much cosier than the seat armrest!
Sharing What I Love
I hope that you will join me on Tuesdays for the weekly virtual coffee and a card classes. At 10am EST I will be live on YouTube and on Facebook I hope! I am going to do a trial run and see how the internet is doing here at Gerard’s house. He has made some changes and has done his very best to make this possible. If the speed is not sufficient then I will prerecord these classes for the highest possible quality.
Blogging should be back up to speed again as well. I do love connecting with your this way and it keeps me creating. This time I brought a LOT more supplies with me so that my creativity isn’t stifled. I am also trying to set work hours. In the past when I was in Holland I often slept in thinking that all my people in Canada were still sleeping too. This became a bit of a problem because I was often on my computer in the evenings and then it seems like I am working all the time and that is not healthy for a relationship! We’ll see how it goes. Let me tell you, 7:30 came way too fast this morning but I did it!
Thanks for joining me and I hope you have a super day. Looking forward to sharing what I love in Holland too.