Crane of Fortune

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Last week I made another Crane of Fortune card and it has made me want to make more! Crane of Fortune is an Asian-inspired stamp set that is also made with the DistINKtive technique. What does this mean? It means that the stamp is made to look like you have used different colours with it when in reality it is only stamped once. Very clever! Let’s take a look.


Crane of Fortune:  Using the Catalog for Inspiration


What do you do when you need inspiration for a stamp set? I would guess that most of us troll the internet. Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook groups or a Google search. These are all great ideas but it can lead you down the rabbit hole of time lapse! Why not do what I did? Just open your catalog and see what our in house artists have done with it. This will usually get your own creative juices flowing and it doesn’t take up a lot of time either. Both of the cards that I am going to share with you today were “cased” from the catalog. C.A.S.E. means copy and share everything.


Slimline card made using Crane of Fortune from Stampin'Up!


Here is the inside of this slimline Crane of Fortune card that I made for my Monday Cheer Corner video on YouTube . The colour combination came from the list of colours that were used in the patterned paper in the Symbols of Fortune suite.


Crane of Fortune slimline card inside


Video Tutorial


If you would like to see firsthand how to make this card, you can watch this video. It will have the measurements as well both in metric and imperial.



If you click on the black “watch on YouTube” then you can also subscribe to my channel right away and become a part of that vibrant community as well. Every now and then I offer fantastic prizes to my subscribers just to keep things interesting.


Second Crane of Fortune Card


This second card was made for my exclusive Prime Time group. You can be a part of this group as well if you like! It started as a way to keep my business afloat when COVID first hit. The cost is only $10 a month and you get a weekly exclusive video and a monthly 16 project pdf tutorial. The videos are every Thursday at 10am EST and on Wednesday I post the supply list and measurements so that you can play along. Simply click here if you want to join.


Crane of Fortune card inspired from the spring mini catalog


Here is the inside of the card. You can see that I continued with the same colour theme of calypso coral and soft succulent, this time with a touch of crumb cake.


Crane of Fortune inside card


Real Floral Inspiration


I hope you enjoyed these Crane of Fortune cards. Many weeks ago I shared some cards made by an Artisan design team member  when this suite first came out. You can see them here.

Yesterday I had the incredible privilege and delight to be able to go to Keukenhof gardens. It did not disappoint! What a gorgeous display of flowers, trees and water. Even the grass is incredible!!



Keukenhof tulip beds



A kind stranger took a photo of us together! We went on a Sunday afternoon so we were still dressed up from church. Bailey came with too and he loved it! Do you agree with me that dogs can smile?



Gerard and Jackie at Keukenhof




Thank you so much for joining me here today. I love reading your comments and seeing when you share my blog posts on Pinterest or Facebook. You are a very important part of keeping my business vibrant and I appreciate it so much. Comments, shares, orders, participation in either Prime Time or my Training Group, it’s all fantastic!!

I hope you have a super day and a great start to this new week. Sometimes life can be crushingly difficult and then you need to take simple pleasures in the small moments. The song of a bird, the colour of a flower the smell of freshly brewed coffee. Sending hugs and prayers for whatever you may be dealing with today as well. Hugs from Holland!


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Ranunculus Romance

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I have an awesome “collage stamping” card using Ranunculus Romance. Wow, that is a hard word to type!! Did you know that a ranunculus is a bulb? You can read about them here and see how many beautiful colours they come in. Ranunculus Romance is great for vintage cards too. I was inspired to make this card by the talented Gail Ellis.


Ranunculus Romance Card


Here is my Ranunculus Romance card. I figured if I spell it often enough it will get easier! The ranunculus is also called a Persian Buttercup.


Ranunculus Romance collage card


I did a video tutorial for this card as well and I fussy cut the flower. Someone watching the video reminded me that there are indeed dies to go with this stamp set, so I looked into it. Indeed, there are dies! The reason that I did not have the dies is not that I forgot. Collage stamping is the primary reason that I got this stamp set and I didn’t think I would utilize the dies enough to justify the cost. You can decide that for yourself!


Video Tutorial


Rather than type out how I made the card, you can just watch the video here. I would be most grateful if you clicked on the bottom right corner of the video where it says “watch on YouTube”. It would be even more awesome if you subscribe to my channel and comment and share the video. This is the modern version of “word of mouth” which is the best form of advertising. Thanks for being a part of my stamping community!!!



Supply List


Did you know that the supply list for my cards is always listed at the bottom of my blog? I also share it in my YouTube videos. There are two little words beneath the description of the video. “Show more”. If you click on that you get a LOT more information including the links to my Stampin’Up! store and to my favourite Amazon products. With this video I used a great little bow maker. Mine came from a friend in the States, but it is much easier for you to get them from Amazon (or find a handy carpenter to make you one, in that case you can use the Amazon image as inspiration!) Click here to see it.




Thanks again for joining me today, I really appreciate you “stopping by”. Happy stamping and have a super day!

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Fantastic Field Journal

Hello stampers and happy Monday. I love all things vintage and also artistic images from nature, so this new fantastic  Field Journal stamp set was a must have for me. This stamp set allows me to pretend that I can draw! Do you want to see what I made with it?


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Field Journal Chipmunk


This is the first card that I made with Field Journal. I just love the cute chipmunk and all the images are just great for colouring. Don’t you think it pairs well with the In Good Taste paper?


Field Journal Collage


The mallard duck is just so beautiful that he deserves his very own card. This card also shows you how versatile a saying can be when you cut it up and rearrange it to say something just a bit different.


Field Journal duck


The last card is just a twist on the first card, using a different background paper from In Good Taste.


Field Journal Chipmunk


Do you notice any other differences in this card? The chipmunk is stamped on whisper white, the sentiment is a banner rather than stamped on the designer series paper, and the designer series paper from In Good Taste is a lot darker on this card. Which one do you like the best?


Video Tutorial


Here is the video tutorial from my Facebook live. This will show you how I coloured the images.



If you want to see another blog post that features some great images from nature, check this one out.


Only Two Days Left


Did you know that you only have two more days to get the great deal on the starter kit? You could also call it your discount shopper kit. Here is how it works:

  1. Choose your free bundle. This could be a stamp set and coordinating dies OR a stamp set and coordinating punch.
  2. Make a wish list of $165 in products from the annual catalog or from the clearance rack or a combination of both.
  3. Anticipate getting a free past Paper Pumpkin, 8 annual catalogs and 8 holiday catalogs to give to your friends so they can discover a new hobby!
  4. Pay only $135. No shipping, no tax.
  5. Enjoy a 20% discount on your purchases until the end of October.
  6. If you want to pursue this opportunity to either build a business or maintain your 20% discount, then and only then do you need to buy or sell $400 every three months. You would need to do this by the end of September but you would have an extra month grace period until the end of October.


Get Started!


Here is the link to get started on your fun journey into a great new community, a super discount and lots of fun. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I would love to add you to my Beyond Pampered team page as well as The Pampered Stamper training group. This is free for my team members but also available to ALL demos around the world for just $5 a month. It is so much fun to be a part of a vibrant group that shares your passions and interests and has your back!


Have a super day and thank you for joining me today!



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Cute Fruit Collage

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am going to share with you Cute Fruit which is a stamp set that is NOT in the annual catalog. So where can you find it? In the Beginner Brochure called “Make Beautiful Things”. Let’s take a look at your options.


Cute Fruit Collection


This is what the beginner brochure says:  Combine juicy fruit and happy smiley faces for bright and fresh projects. The Cute Fruit Cards & Tags Collection includes enough supplies to create as many cards and tags as you can imagine. No guesswork needed – we’ve done it for you! Mix and match the images and greetings to create projects for any sweet friends. The Two-Step Stampin’ allows you layer images in multiple colors. You’ll have so much fun combining the images to create a variety of fruit!

Collection includes

*Cute Fruit Stamp Set – 17 stamps
*Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
*Classic Stampin’ Spots Assortment (Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Real Red, Shaded Spruce)
*Clear Block D

I think that this is a fantastic way to start your stamping journey. When I first started the hardest thing was not having enough colours. This collection gives you a fabulous selection and you don’t have to figure it out yourself. The block is big enough to work with all the stamps.


Cute Fruit Collection


This collection is only $79.75 which is a pretty affordable way to start a new hobby. Already have a block and inks? The stamp set is only $22. Just click on the links below in the product list and you will get all the details.


My Cute Fruit Collage Card


I have long extolled the virtues of notecards and envelopes. Every stamper should have at least one pack of these on hand as they are great for making quick and easy cards. Simple stamping at it’s best!


Cute Fruit collage card


Don’t you just love the bright colours and bold images? This card was so much fun to make! I also made the tags and one of the other cards from the brochure. I’ll take a picture of that page so you can see them too.


Beginner Brochure Cute Fruit


Collage Stamping


What is collage stamping? It is when you stamp a lot of images repeatedly to create a background. The most effective way to do this is to:

  1. Stamp your largest images first.
  2. Stamp some of your images off the edge of your card.
  3. Rotate your images so that they look more natural and random.
  4. Fill in the open spots with your smallest images.
  5. Use complementary colours.


My Video


Here is the video I made when making this card. Be forewarned, it is a Facebook live video so there is the regular amount of chit chat. I won’t know if you fast forward to the good parts!






Thanks again for joining me today, I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Just a reminder that the great deal on the starter kit with the bonus free bundle of your choice ends on Tuesday June 30. You could put this collection in your starter kit as well as anything else you like excluding host sets. Ready to take the plunge and have Christmas for yourself in the summer? Just click here. Let me know if you have any questions. You already know that if you live in Canada I would love to have you on my team. Have a super day.



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Well Dressed Class to Go

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I will be sharing my Well Dressed Class to Go. I’m a little late writing this blog because I was busy doing yardwork. My lawn has been looking terrible and I was told it was because I needed to plant more grass seed and fertilize it. This has now been done and it feels pretty good. Every time I walk to the mailbox I admire the beautiful lawns from my neighbours and I am a little green with envy, unlike my yard!


Well Dressed Supplies


Well Dressed Supplies


These are the some of the supplies I used for my Well Dressed class to go. Basic Grey, Seaside Spray, Pretty Peacock and Night of Navy were the colours and denim ribbon as the manly accent. The sayings are all from the COVID19 product giveback pdf that is a fundraiser for the World Health Organization and the United Way.


Well Dressed Class to Go


I have designed four cards to go with this great stamp set which is included in this class to go. I will also do a video tutorial to show you how I made the cards. It really is very simple, but a video is always fun to follow along with. Please click below to choose your option, local pickup, shipping in Canada, or shipping to the States.


Well Dressed class to go


Mailing Options



Thanks so much for joining me today, I always appreciate you stopping by, leaving a comment or sharing my work on Pinterest. I hope that you are doing well during this time of social isolation, it seems that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. My flights to the Netherlands have been canceled twice, I am hoping that the third try is a charm! I am scheduled to leave on May 19 but the new catalogs should be here before then so you can come and get them from my porch. Have a super day and remember to enjoy the little things.


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Using Words as a Collage

Hello stampers and happy Monday! Have you ever used words as a collage? It is such a cool thing to do and I have to admit I don’t do it often enough. Take a look at this great swap card that I got from Mary Louise Hamill and you will agree. She used words as a collage on this So Many Stars card


The Card


Using Words as Collage


The words on this card are from Itty BItty Christmas and the stars are from the So Many Stars bundle as is the word JOY. Let’s take a closer look.


Using Words as Collage


Collage Stamping With Words


I just love how Mary Louise used the star dies in this card. The words are stamped on a white panel that gets adhered behind the card front.  The words are stamped in basic grey and offset to make the collage stamping more interesting. You could trace the star lightly in pencil so that you can have just the words you want showing through the “window”. A stitched star opening is cut in the card front and then a smaller sparkle glimmer star is layered behind it before adhering the white panel on the inside of the card front. Simple but stunning!

I’m so happy that I could share this card with you today! Swap cards are great for busy times when you don’t have time to create from scratch yourself. It’s also a great way to shine the spotlight on someone else’s talent. Hopefully I will remember to use this great collage stamping with words technique for other cards too. It would be great for birthday cards, graduation and Valentine’s Day.


Free Shipping on Wednesday


I just found out that Stampin’Up! is offering free shipping on Wednesday only for orders of $65 or more. That is the same day that I am flying to Holland! How awesome is that? Be sure to use the host code and order online so that your order goes straight to your house. My orders have been arriving in ten days or less, so you should get your order before Christmas is you order with the free shipping on Wednesday.  Happy shopping! You can click on the images below in the product list or you can click here to shop online with me. This is the current host code: 6KVMESQ6


A Personal Note


My suitcases are almost all packed and my excitement is building. I had a wonderful weekend with the kids and grandkids and we got a great picture of me and the kids with Leo sneaking in. It was simply not possible to get one with everyone so this is it for now!




Here are the three grandchildren, Leo, 2 1/2, Ana, 1 1/2 and Clementine 1 month. My heart is full, I am so, so blessed. It was the perfect weekend to have before I leave for my other blessings in Holland. Modern technology is wonderful, I will be able to Facetime or Skype with them while I’m away. That is what I love about my Facebook live videos too. It is a great way to stay connected with all of YOU!! There will be official Facebook live on Tuesday as I will be on my way to my parents place for a last visit with them before I leave. I do hope to do a short video from there is Pap is up to it.


Thanks so much for joining me today. I will do the draw for the free stamp set Holiday Haul tomorrow at noon. Anyone who has commented and shared on my blog post or Instagram will be entered.

P.S. If you are looking for a very special gift for yourself, sign up for my retreat in February. Idyllic surroundings, no cooking, lots of stamping and relaxing in nature or shopping in lovely boutiques and bakeries. Did I mention snuggling by the wood stove? Read more about it here.


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