Hello stampers. I am writing this Happy New Year blog post while my oliebollen dough is rising. My heart is once again happy with the arrival of more happy mail. It really makes me feel so close to all of you and it is a joy to share your work with everyone. Today I am sharing a card from Prince George, British Columbia which is half way up the coast to Alaska. Thanks Sandy Allman for this stunning card! Tomorrow or the next day I will share the second card. I’m going to keep you in suspense!
I love the story that the outside of the envelope tells as well, don’t you? #itsinthedetails The handwriting, the return address, the postmark, the stamps, they all tell a story and I love that. You don’t get those vibes from an email or a text, that is for sure! Take a look:
Do you see how the one post office has a special Christmas postmark with a wreath and Happy Holidays?
Sandy Allman’s card
If lots of layers means lots of love, then I am definitely feeling the love with this card. I had also forgotten that we had copper glimmer paper! There was one detail that also almost evaded me. Sandy even decorated the back of the card. Oh. My. Goodness. Sandy used the NIght of Bethlehem framelits which I just love. They just happen to be on the clearance rack right now in case you missed out when they first became available.
Here is the inside:
Finally the surprise detail on the back!
The Little Details
The last thing I love about Sandy’s card is that she signed the back of it and included the year. That can really mean a lot when you discover this card in your box of Christmas cards years later. It was a lot of fun showcasing Sandy’s card. Thanks for participating in the happy mail contest Sandy.
I hope that all of you are having a fantastic last day of the year. It is hard to believe that tomorrow it will be 2020. As a teenager in the 80’s the year 2020 sounded futuristic. Now it is our reality. It is time for me to begin baking oliebollen. This blog post was supposed to be done hours ago but I was having technical difficulties on the home computer. Picmonkey was only allowing me to edit one photo and then it balked. No fun!!
Thanks so much for stopping by. I may do a little live video of everyone enjoying oliebollen. We have a perfect day for it. Sunny and 8C. Blessed beyond measure.
Hello stampers. Yesterday I got happy mail from Belgium, from Canada and from the United States! I am just loving going to the mailbox to look for “Stampin’Up!” shaped envelopes. Today I will share the card from Belgium. The most amazing thing is that Stampin’Up! products are not even sold in Belgium so Christine has to go to quite the effort to buy the products.
Here is Christine’s beautiful card. I am not sure which stamp sets she used, I think some of them must be retired and the main image is what I fondly refer to as “contraband”. I love the vintage feel of this card and the combination of early espresso with balmy blue. If you want to check out Christine’s blog you can do that here.
It’s All in the Details
I took a picture of the envelopes as well because I love all the little details and I thought you might too. They inspired me to add a little love to my envelopes too!
Yesterday we had an unexpected gift of time as the flower picking was done early. Gerard asked me if I wanted to go to Bakker Vreugdenhil. This is the famous bakery in my mom’s hometown of Maasdijk. Of course I said yes. Instead of baking for my evening get together with some friends, I picked up an “Amandel Slof” which was an amazing almond pastry with whipped cream and who knows what other yumminess. It wasn’t the most beautiful pastry on display but was it ever good. It may well be a new favourite.
I do have a great weakness for fresh pastries. See that beautiful fruit tart? I had one of those for dessert. With all that fruit is a pretty healthy option!!
Thanks very much for the happy mail Christine, your name will go into the draw for the framelits. I will do the draw on January 30 when I am back in Chatham. Thanks also to everyone who stopped by today to read this post. Have a super day!
Hello stampers! How happy was I to discover more happy mail! Saturday I found a familiar looking Stampin’Up! envelope postmarked from Richmond, Virginia with a lovely poinsettia stamp. Thanks to Connie Updegraff for this lovely card using Dashing Deer to make this dashing copper deer. Would you like to see her beautiful work?
Connie’s card is so classy! She started with a very vanilla base and then added an embossed very vanilla layer with a small copper border at the bottom of it and some narrow copper edged ribbon around the main embossed panel. The ribbon is from the retired tea room combo ribbon and you are in luck, it is on the clearance rack right now for a super deal! You can check it out here. Prancing or dashing above it all is a beautiful copper deer with ornate antlers. This copper deer comes from the Detailed Deer Dies. The sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set Dashing Deer. This reminds me of Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen. Are you in the Christmas mood too?
I don’t have my annual catalog with me here in Holland so I had to use my own online store to find the name of certain products. I used the search box to help me, I just typed in “deer” and I found everything I needed. Good to know right?
Alternate Card from the Catalog
Sometimes we forget that the catalog is also an idea book and that there are literally tons of great ideas in there, not just for copying a card exactly but for perhaps finding a cool layout design or colour combination. The catalog has changed and improved in that it sometimes offers instructions for a cool technique.
I like the distressed look of this card. The edges of the red cardstock was frayed using the edge of a scissors, the green stamped paper was spritzed with water, scrunched up and then after it dried it was sanded a bit to make it look aged. I love how the inside saying was used as a background detail behind the deer. Do you see how the Corrugated embossing folder was used with the crumb cake cardstock? The little flower on the deer is also from a framelit in the Detailed Deer collection.
Thank you so much Connie for your lovely card. I know that you also have Dutch roots and it was so nice to read your greeting in the inside of the card in Dutch. Gerard and I are really feeling the love. I have discovered and have been told by several Dutch people that they do NOT use the province in their mailing address, so if you are planning to participate in the happy mail contest, you do not need to include Zuid-Holland. So strange for a Canadian to hear!!
Thanks also for stopping by today, I love reading your comments and receiving your messages and emails and of course happy mail is the very best of all. Two more days till Christmas. I do hope to have a short live video for you tomorrow at 9am EST or 3pm in the Netherlands. On a personal note I just pulled some shortbread cookies out of the oven but they were not up to par. They had spread together so I had to cut them apart. Not sure if it is the cookie sheet or if my rather primitive measuring equipment led to less accurate results. I hope the second batch is better. The good news is that there is also a quark taart in the fridge, that one looked like it turned out okay. I also know of a few great bakeries in the vicinity if I need a backup plan!!!
Tea Room Ribbon Combo Pack
Hello stampers! It was a very exciting afternoon at Bloemenlaan 6, the first happy mail in Holland has arrived! Actually it was the second one, the first was a Christmas photo card from my daughter Stefanie and her family. However, the first official happy mail for the contest arrived today and I was so so happy to open it up. Would you like to see it too?
Barb Gourlay’s Card
Barb Gourlay from Chatham, Ontario is the artist who made this card. I am so touched with how much thought went into making this card so personal. Where do I start? The obvious ones are the windmill stamp which perfectly suits my location. Detail number two is the little airplane on the banner. The third personal touch might be more subtle and that is the colour scheme. Barb chose blue and white because that is reminiscent of the famous Delft Blau which is the gorgeous blue and white pottery that Delft is known for. What you might not know is that Barb is also on my Beyond Pampered team in my second downline. She is a positive stamper who loves to share new things with me including fancy fold techniques. This one is called a side panel fold and you can find the instructions for this fold here.
Here is a look at one of the panels. I just love all the cute details, don’t you?
Happy Mail Contest
Thanks so much for stopping by, so nice to connect with people all around the world through a blog. It is so much easier being away from home when you can still connect with “your people” everywhere. This happy mail contest is just one more way to make that connection even sweeter. I hope you will consider joining in too! My mailing address is: Jackie Bultje c/o Gerard van der Sar, Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC ‘s-Gravenzande, Zuid-Holland, the Netherlands. Everyone who sends me a card will be entered into a contest to win either the Painted Labels dies or the Poppy Moments dies from the new mini catalog.
Just in case you missed the announcement the other day, a LOT of amazing things have been added to the clearance rack. The prices are really great too, so don’t miss out. The savings make it worth the splurge to order online and have it sent straight to your door. Here is the link to do that. If you prefer me to order it for you, I can do that as well, just send me a message.
Hello stampers! Happy Friday to you all. I’m a big fan of the little things. It is often the little things that can make the biggest difference. Little things can bring great joy, they can also irritate if you let them. Finding joy is often closely connected with appreciating and showing gratitude for the little things in our lives. What little things are you thankful for?
Little Things with Stamping
Little things can really make people feel special. They also don’t have to cost much. For example, bake some of your favourite cookies and then put each into a small cello bag. Tie on some festive ribbon and then add a simple stamped tag. This little extra step of the bag and the tag is enough to make a person feel very special and loved. Now take a small batch of these specially packaged cookies and go spread some love. Not into baking? Love to shop? It can be fun to find cute and festive things to put in a little cello bag as well. The point is to just make some adorable tags and add them to a little package and make someone’s day.
The Hobby that Keeps on Giving
I like to remind people that stamping is hobby that just keeps on giving and blessing people. First it blesses the person who has the hobby. It makes you happy to stamp, it helps with your mental and physical well-being. Second, it blesses your family. It gives you a great activity to share with your kids, their friends, your in-laws and whoever drops by. Have you ever gathered around the kitchen table to make Christmas cards or tags? Such fun! Even if they don’t enjoy stamping with you, they will often come and ask if you have a card for them to give to someone for any number of occasions! Third, you bless and bring joy to the person receiving your creation. How wonderful is that?
The Gift of Time
Have you noticed that Christmas time is SUPPOSED to be about spending time with your family and friends but that is more often spend rushing around doing and buying stuff? Slow down and gather with your family or friends or a combination thereof and share the gift of creativity. It is such a great feeling letting time slow down and enjoying each others company while you chat and create. You will find it to be a completely different experienced compared to just having a cup of coffee together somewhere. I know that as demonstrators we often forget to share our hobby with those we love the most. We forget to enjoy it the way we did before it became our business.
Our First Card
Before I left for Holland I got an envelope clearly marked for “Jackie and Gerard” so it had to come with me unopened so we could open it together. I’m not sure if Janis realized the significance of this seemingly little thing! Our first Christmas card together! We were very touched. Janis used the Most Wonderful Time product medley to make this pretty card. Thank you!!
Here is Gerard opening the card in his office.
You can see that I took this picture in the greenhouse with the amaryllis in the background. Gerard did say that this card should go back to the house to be displayed. I agree.
Make your Hobby your Gift
If you are like me and you love to make cards you may forget how special they really are. Did you know that most people would be thrilled to get a package of your handmade cards with some envelopes so that they can give your cards to their loved ones? That’s right! No need to go shopping on Amazon or stand in long lines at the mall or peruse all the gift ideas at the store. Just package up some of your pretty cards, tie on some ribbon and add a tag and you will be making a gift of your hobby. You can check out the cute tags I made with the November Paper Pumpkin here.
Thanks so much for joining me today, I would love to hear your stories of how you incorporate stamping into your Christmas season. Do you have traditions with your family that include your hobby? What are your favourite little things? I hope you have a super day. This is my first blog post from Holland! I will be sharing more photos and videos from here on my Pampered Stamper Facebook page.
Hello stampers! It is my last day here in Canada so I thought happy mail would be a great topic. Happy mail is a handmade card between the bills and flyers and it is always appreciated. When you see that special sized envelope in the mail with handwriting on the front of it, you just know you are in for a happy surprise. I received happy mail yesterday so I thought I would share those cards with you today.
I got this lovely card from my team member Karen Gardner. The snowmen are vintage, from many years ago. She told me it was one of the first sets she got. I love that!! This card has so much sparkle in real life.
This stunning cardinal card is from team member Jean Burke. I think the paper might be contraband but the cardinal is from Toile Christmas. Her idea of putting the sentiment on an angle like that is really great!
This last beauty is from fellow demonstrator Marion Greenlund. I love how she combined the trees from Winter Woods with the Feels Like Frost paper and the stitched rectangles framelits. The foil is from the Peacock suite.
A Great Idea
I had a great idea this morning. SInce happy mail is so wonderful I was wondering if you would like to send ME happy mail in Holland! I would then blog about the cards that I get in the mail and at the end of my stay in Holland I will choose one lucky winner to get the Poppy framelits from the new catalog. Here is my mailing address:
Jackie Bultje c/o Gerard van der Sar
2691 JC ‘s-Gravenzande,
Zuid-Holland, the Netherlands
Free Shipping Tomorrow
Just a reminder that tomorrow there is free shipping on orders of $65 or more. This will be the perfect opportunity to try ordering online and have your products delivered straight to your door. Please do use the current host code as that is a great help to me. Do NOT use the code if you are placing an order of $200 or more, then you will get your own host benefits.
Thanks for dropping by, I am now off to my parents and then on to the plane tomorrow at 6pm. Yay!!!