Dutch Door Card

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I will be showing you a fantastic Dutch Door card made by Ina Eisen for the happy mail for Gerard contest. How appropriate is this fold for this contest? I love it so much!


Ina Eisen’s Card


Ina told me that the name of the fancy fold that she used for this card is called a Dutch Door. Can you believe that I have never seen this fold before? The Demo Design Dream team tutorial this month is going to be all about fancy folds, so Ina’s card is going to be my inspiration. Ina is a retired nurse who comes from the same town as my parents. What a small world! I will tell a little bit more about Fergus later, first let’s take a look at this terrific card.


Dutch Door Card


In this picture you can see how the bottom parts fold out.


Dutch Door card


It’s All in the Details


This card has so many details that I love besides this very fun Dutch Door fold. Ina used the Come Sail Away suite for her card, especially the Memories & More pack for the focal point. The paper that goes with this suite is so fantastic. I hope to create a class to go with these two products. Stay tuned for more details!

I love Ina’s envelope too. Even the postage stamp is iconically Canadian, and her address label has a lighthouse!! The finishing touch is her impeccable cursive writing. I must say, I am a little jealous of your beautiful handwriting Ina.


Dutch Door card


How Did She Do It?

What I love so much about this fold is that it looks far more complicated than it is. Impressive, but not difficult, that is my kind of card. You start with an old olive base of 4 1/4″ by 9″, scored at 5 1/2″.  Cut another piece of old olive 2 1/4″ by 8 1/2″ scored at 2 1/8″ from either end. Adhere this to the back of the card at the bottom, so that the smaller parts fold towards the front.


Dutch Door card inside


Ina even wrote a nice note for Gerard in Dutch, wow!! So happy that you joined in on the Happy Mail for Gerard contest. The front panels are decorated with mats in whisper white that go right to the middle edge- they measure 2″ by 2 1/8″. The patterned paper mats are 1 7/8″ by 2″. I am so looking forward to creating a card like this one. Will you give it a try too? If you do, please send me a picture of your finished work and I will share it on my page or perhaps even here on my blog.


Fergus, Ontario


I would love to share with you just a few details about Fergus, which is sort of my home town as well. Why the confusion? Let me tell you. Our farm was situated in the country about five kilometres from Fergus, but also five kilometres from Elora. Our mailing address was Elora, but our church and school were Fergus, so I honestly never know which town to claim as my home town!

Fergus has deep Scottish roots and hosts Canada’s largest Highland Games and it was founded in 1833. It now has a population of just over 20,000 people.


Hometown Fergus

Fergus and Elora are both lovely towns with lots of quaint shops. They are also very cultural with theatres, music festivals and local artists. Below is Templeton Gardens, a popular wedding photo location along the Grand River. This same river runs through my parents’ backyard, which is the reason mom fell in love with their house.


Many of the buildings in Fergus and Elora are built from yellow brick which is locally sourced and so, so beautiful. You also see a lot of limestone architecture.



The building here below used to be an amazing indoor Farmer’s Market. Our grade 7 Home Economics class once made these huge stuffed monkeys, and we had a booth here to sell them. That was my first experience as a huckster.



Coffee and a Card Subscriptions

I hope you enjoyed this little walk down memory lane. Thanks again Ina for the very inspirational card. I think I should encourage you to join my team!! Have a super day everyone and don’t forget about my coffee and a card subscription. The first official Zoom video starts tomorrow at 10am. It is exclusive for subscribers. You can choose two different subscriptions:  video only for $20 a month or all the cards, videos and a $20 voucher for $60 a month.

Product List

Come Sail Away Sampler

Hello stampers, I’m back with a gorgeous Come Sail Away sampler. It is so hard for me to stay away from this Come Sail Away suite as I am always drawn to the water and to all things nautical. I also love samplers! What about you? What’s your go to set in this catalog? Do you love making samplers too? This one is a 12 x 12 and will fit in either a regular frame or a shadow box. Mine is in a dark shadow box and I think it might look nicer in a simple white frame.


The Sampler


What makes this Come Sail Away Sampler so awesome is that it is so very easy and quick to make. The Memories and More pack make it this way. Three of the sections are made using the beautiful laser cut cards in this kit. I simply matted them with night of navy 1/4 inch bigger than the cards. I will include a list of supplies that you will need to make this sampler yourself at home. The whole thing took me about an hour to make.



Some Tips


Did you know that this sampler was made using no stamps at all? This is a great beginner project for that reason. I also thought it would be very nice to include a memorable picture in the bottom panel where it says celebrate today. That would add the perfect personal touch. These cards were designed to be used for scrapbooking but they can also be used for cards. In fact, Stampin’Up! makes special cards and envelopes to coordinate with these cards. If you are like most people and sometimes find yourself wishing you had more hours in a day, you might want to check out this product line. You can keep it simple or you can go fancy, but either way it is a wonderful time saver!


Facebook Live


Every Tuesday at 7pm EST I do a Facebook live video showing the cards that we made at coffee and a card that morning. This time we used the Come Sail Away suite. Here is the link so you can check it out too.


Thanks so much for joining me today, sorry it has been a while since I posted. This was due to my wanting to spend the last week of vacation with my kids and grandkids but also because I needed to rest my wrist and thumb some more. The healing is simply not happening. Tomorrow I am going to try acupuncture for the first time!


I always look forward to seeing your comments and every online order excites me and brings me deep gratitude.


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A Good Man


Hello stampers. A Good Man is the name of a new stamp set in the upcoming annual catalog. Not much longer to wait, this amazing catalog goes live on Tuesday! If you live in Canada and need a catalog let me know. They cost $5 to ship but this will be credited back to you on your first order. A Good Man is perfect for Father’s Day but also just to say I love you or thank you to a great guy. There is no happy birthday sentiment in this set but you could combine it with another set for that or simply write in the inside. People who love you cherish your handwriting!! Here is the trio of cards that I have for you for Tuesday’s coffee and a card class. The green gingham one was given to me as a swap card by Pat Skirtschak. She does lovely work and I’m so happy she gave me this card. I hope to do a tutorial video on it later today.


A Good Man is a brand new stamp set in the upcoming catalog going live June 4 2019.


Pat used the Gingham Gala patterned paper for the middle card as well as Waterfront Stamp set for the palm trees and the water and birds from High Tide. Those lovely stitched rectangle framelits also add a lot to this card. If you want this Gingham Gala paper order it now, it is retiring! The current host code is  YDZAPF6Y.


A Good Man- relax your way!


The most important technical detail on this card is that the granny apple green card front that wraps around the back is 3 1/4″ by 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″.The gingham paper is 3″ by 4″, so you can get two pieces out of a 6″ by 6″ sheet of gingham gala paper. I will do a video later on showing how to make it.


What a lovely Father's Day card, how blessed to be able to say I grew up loved


I just love the images in A Good Man, they are perfect for colouring with Blends although watercolouring with our watercolour pencils would also be very nice. I’m just a Blends addict! The paper is from the Come Sail Away suite. Both of these cards are perfect examples of the #loveitchopit theory. You can get six card fronts out of one 12 x 12 sheet of paper. Cut three strips of paper 4″ x 12″ and then cut into 5 1/4″ pieces.


Being a good dad starts with being a good man. How true.


This card uses the exact same layout but uses a pop of real red instead of night of navy. The patterned paper from Come Sail Away is 4″ by 5 1/4″, the white piece is 2 1/4″ by 3 7/8″. The real red is 2 3/8″ by 4″. The sentiments are cut out using the layering circles framelits.


I earned the incentive trip thanks to you my great customers and team members


I wanted to share with you that I earned the incentive trip on Friday night. Thanks so much for being a part of that achievement!! I am so, so grateful and blessed.  As demonstrators we get a points for what we sell and also for leadership on our team. If you get enough points you can earn an annual incentive trip. I love traveling so this is truly an incentive for me to do well. I love what I do and after 13 years of doing it I have found that I also love training my fellow demonstrators to have more success in their business. I started a training group on Facebook called The Pampered Stamper Training Group. There is a small monthly fee of $5 to compensate me for my time. Here is the link if you are interested in joining and it doesn’t matter where you live, so this is a global group!


I am so happy that you stopped by today. Last week I offered a small prize (known in the blogging world as blog candy!) to someone who commented on my post. The winner is Kathy Ireland! Kathy you will be getting one of these cards as well as a photopolymer stamp that we used at OnStage to make the Hugs from Shelli cards. It is not the exact same stamp set as the one in the kit, but you will love it. I would love it if you checked out my Pinterest board as I have found that this is a great way for people to find my work. I also have a YouTube channel that you can check out here. If you subscribe you will be notified when I post.  I hope you have a super day.



Product List

A Good Man Cling Stamp Set


Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper


Night Of Navy Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Real Red Combo Pack Stampin' Blends


Ivory Stampin' Blends Marker


Soft Suede Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Balmy Blue Stampin' Blends Combo Pack


Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad


Real Red 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock


Night Of Navy 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock


Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock


Layering Circle Framelits Dies


Big Shot


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