Expressions in Ink Slimline Cascade Card

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am sharing with you an Expressions in Ink Slimline Cascade Card. I did not make this card but I love it so much and couldn’t have done it better myself. It was in a package of happy mail from Susan Forsythe, my wonderful team member who keeps blessing me and our local Hospice with her beautiful work. Her timing was perfect. I had my first COVID vaccine yesterday and today my arm is sore and I was feeling a bit tired. So lovely that I have a beautiful card to share with you without having to do any of the work!!


Expressions in Ink Slimline Cascade Card


Isn’t that a mouthful? I had to google what this type of card is called. Can you believe that I have never made one? To me it looks like Susan made a very clever version of it without having to measure a lot of mats. Here is a photo of her fantastic card.



Slimline Cascade Card



Slimline Cascade Card Instructions


Here is a website that I found that explains how to make one version of this card. For your information Susan’s base cards is 10 1/2″ wide  by 8 1/2″ tall scored at 3 1/2″ and 7″. The rest of the instructions can be found here with some adjustments. I plan to make this card with different designer series paper for my Prime Time Group next week. If you have made one of these cards, I would love to see it!


Behind the Scenes


If you are wondering why this blog post is being posted so late in the day let me let you in on a little secret. I got my first vaccine shot yesterday and felt fine yesterday. Last night in bed however, my arm was quite sore and I had a lousy night. I decided to set my alarm for later than usual and then I watered my new gardens while my coffee was brewing. That was a bit of wasted time because as soon as I was sitting on the back porch with my coffee and pie it started to rain. No worries. This squirrel was in a rare zen mood and I stayed in my chair and enjoyed the rain, the greenery and the birds.

After breakfast I found a lovely surprise in the mail, a package of gorgeous cards from Susan for the Hospice program. What a delight! I will do a video of them tomorrow so you can see them too. Finally in the afternoon I was sitting at my desk to write my blog when my three year old granddaughter called. Oma, will you come over and make cards with me. Well, of course I will!! Coming out of a two week quarantine after 7 weeks away, those grandbaby snuggles and interaction are the best!! Ana has not forgotten how to “tap, tap, tap” and she listens so well to instructions. We only had a large block and a small stamp for the sentiment but she wanted to do it all by herself.

I told her, you need to be very gentle, and she did it perfectly. There might be someone to take over my business when I become old and feeble in about forty years!! That will make me the same age as Pap!!




Thanks for joining me on my ramble today. I hope you are getting some chances to see your loved ones and also a bit of time to be creative. Happy stamping and have a wonderful weekend and a super day. As always, if you live in Canada and want to purchase the supplies that were used, just click the images in the product list below to shop online with me.


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Hydrangea Hill Virtual Coffee and a Card Class

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I a sharing my Hydrangea Hill Virtual Coffee and a Card class offerings. Have you heard about my Virtual Coffee and a Card Class? Let me tell you how it works.


Virtual Coffee and a Card Class


My business was built on my weekly coffee and a card class. When COVID hit these classes were not longer possible and I struggled for a while as to how to fill the need. After trying several options, I decided to do a monthly virtual coffee and a card class. I design a card for each Tuesday of the month and then I mail out a kit for the entire month of cards. Each Tuesday morning I do a YouTube live video tutorial on one of the cards. The cost for your package is only $25 mailed anywhere in Canada.

The easiest way to join in is to subscribe and you can do that right here.

After subscribing for six months in a row, you will get a free card kit from me in the mail. I hear that Stampin’Up! is going to offer an entire new line of kits so this could be super exciting.


Hydrangea Hill Cards


My Hydrangea Hill bundle was not available for a while and it still hasn’t arrived, so I decided to design the cards around the beautiful designer series paper and the mercury acetate that comes in the suite. The pastel pearls are also on their way so these cards will look even better when they get finished off with these pretty embellishments which will be included in your kit.


Hydrangea Hill Virtual Coffee and a Card kit


Here’s a sneak peek of the other cards that I will be showing you more of next week when my pearls are here.


Hydrangea Hill Coffee and a Card


Lots of Great Deals on the Last Chance List


If you love a deal then don’t waste any time and head straight to my online store. The best deals are on punches, paper and dies. Just click here and start scrolling. Please do use the current host code so that you will get a free pdf tutorial as well as Opal Rounds as a thank you gift from me.


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Thanks so much for joining me today! The weather is beautiful, spring is here and my heart is happy hearing all the birds sing. Local squirrels are beating my birds to the feeders, just take a look at what these rascals are up to!










The pictures aren’t the best but they will bring a smile to your face. Have a super day!


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Beautiful World from Hawaii

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am sharing a Beautiful World card all the way from Hawaii. Thanks so much to Ramona Lee for this great card. It is so appropriate, especially at this time. We do live in a beautiful world and with all the travel restrictions, it is even more special to be able to appreciate it. Let’s take a look at Ramona’s card.


Ramona Lee’s Card


Ramona used the beautiful World of Good paper as the focal point for her card. There are three strips of patterned paper 1 5/8″ by 3 1/2″ and they are mounted on a piece of early espresso cardstock that is 5 1/4 x 3 7/8″. Her card is accented with Faux Suede trim and a brass foil globe. Great layout for an all occasion card that is suited for both genders.


World of Good


I took a closeup so that you could see how nice this paper is. This layout is perfect when you want to show the fantastic coordination of our great paper. If you want to see another card that I made using this suite, you can check out this blog post.


Beautiful World


Kahului, Maui


This is where Ramona is from and this is where I should have gone in July for the Stampin’Up! incentive trip. Kahului is the city that locals refer to when they say they are “going to town”. This is where the locals shop and eat and do all the normal things that people do. It is also where the airport and the harbour are. Here is an interesting little article about Kahului.





Ramona and I have connected via Facebook and she is also a member of my Pampered Stamper Training group. I receive so many requests from fellow demonstrators about how I run my business that I decided to create a super affordable training group as a place to answer those questions. Every Friday I do a live video on this group and there is also a free pdf tutorial once a month. Let me know if you want to join too!


Some Photos from Holland


This week was mostly little trips from home and visiting family. Here are some of my photos.



I finally got to go to La Vie en Rose a local greenhouse that  grows only roses for local consumption. My roses lasted for three full weeks and Gerard’s sister Mirjam had a different variety that lasted for almost five weeks!



On Saturday we went to the Mauritshuis art gallery which is known for several Rembrandt paintings as well as this famous painting The Bull by Paulus Potter. I didn’t realize how huge this painting is or how beautiful. The following picture is a close up so that you can see the detail. Potter was only 22 when he painted this and he was 29 when he died.



Here is the description. Sorry, the photo is a little blurry but better than me describing it. Maurits was the name of one of the Dutch princes and this gallery is in The Hague.



Girl With the Pearl Earring


The most famous painting in this gallery is The Girl With the Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer as well at View of Delft. Here they are!











It is awe-inspiring to see such beautiful works of art that are almost four hundred years old. Many of these people did not become famous until after their deaths and they never saw wealth either. What a blessing to be able to enjoy these masterpieces. We had to reserve a ticket with a timeslot online and even then there were strict regulations inside to maintain social distancing. In the entrance to each room was a sign on the floor telling you the maximum number of people allowed. Museum employees were onhand to deal with those who felt that the rules did not apply to them!



After our visit to the gallery we strolled through a lovely Saturday market. The highlight for me were these two vintage foodtrucks. One sold coffee, the other chorizo sausages on a bun. Both were the best I’ve ever had in my life!






Thanks so much for joining me today. A special thanks to Ramona for her beautiful card. This afternoon I hope to do a video showing you some Christmas products that I am borrowing from Caroline van der Straaten who is my Dutch upline. Don’t forget that if you place an online order in August you will receive a paper sampler from the Holiday catalog for FREE from me in September. I hope you have a super day!


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Fun Fold Dino Days Card

Hello stampers and happy Friday. Today I am going to post the first fun fold card in my fancy fold card contest. This card is by Ina Eisen and it features the playful Dino Days stamp set and coordinating Dinoroar paper.


Ina Eisen’s card


Before I show you Ina’s beautiful card I want to tell you just a little bit more about this talented woman. I have found out that she is a hobby demonstrator and her upline is my friend Joanne MacTavish. Turns out that Joanne was my parents’ bank teller at the Royal Bank in Fergus. Joanne is very lucky to have Ina on her team. Before I knew that Ina was a demo, you may have seen that I was trying to recruit her to join my team! I’m looking forward to spending some time with both of them when this COVID situation is over.


Fun Fold Card with Dino Days


There are so many great details in this fun card! Ina used the stitched nested labels dies for the focal point and fussy cut the dinosaurs out of the Dinoroar paper. This paper is on sale right now and available only while supplies last. The “miss you” is from the stamp set Enjoy Life which is also retiring.


Inside View of Dino Days card


Here is the inside of this fun card. Ina used a retired stamp set called No Bones About It.


Dino Days inside


The Measurements


I almost forgot to give you the measurements for this fun card. The cardstock base is 5 1/2″ by 4 1/4 in a colour that coordinates or contrasts with your paper. Ina used mango melody for this card.

Take a piece of patterned paper 11 3/4 inches and score at 1 3/4″, 4 3/4″ and 7 3/4″. Fold the first part back towards you (mountain fold) then fold a valley fold and then a mountain fold. Just look at the picture below and it will make sense. Adhere the largest part to the card base and decorate as desired.

Ina used the stone embossing folder that was available during saleabration on the white stitched nested label.


Fun Fold Dino Days card


Video on my Facebook Page


If you want to see the video of how this card was made you can see it on my business Facebook page. It was supposed to upload to YouTube as well but my camera ran out of space so it couldn’t be saved. Bummer.



Alternative Card


I made a few alternative cards using this fun paper, but I only took one picture to share. This day has been totally nuts with every technical glitch imaginable happening. I am crazy squirrel, hear me roar!!


Dino Days fun fold card




Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope you have a good weekend and stay sane. I would love it if you order from me online, just click on the links below in my product list. This suite of products will bring a smile to your face and help you make happy mail for any littles or for the young at heart. If you want to brighten my day, please leave a comment. Tell me what you have been making or doing to stay optimistic. Have a super day.


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Geometric Design with Poppies

Hello stampers and happy Friday. Today I have gone a little out of my comfort zone to design a geometric poppies card. I wanted to challenge myself and do something a little different. Geometric designs are not my strong suit but I am quite happy with how my card turned out. What style do you struggle with?


Geometric Poppies


All of my peaceful poppies designer series paper was laying out and I just love so many of the designs and wanted to combine them on a card. That is how I came up with the idea of doing a geometric design with poppies. I started out with cutting a bunch of circles and squares with the stitched shape framelits. I scattered them on my background paper and played around a bit with what looked good together. Truth be told, it took a few different design layouts before I was satisfied.


Geometric design with poppies


The smaller squares got turned diagonally to make them diamonds and they are also all popped up to create more interest and dimenstion. I toyed around with the idea of creating a banner for the sentiment, mostly because I wanted to cover up that tiny black mark that I made.  The sentiment looked better stamped right on the card. A banner messed up the crisp lines of the geometric design. In the end I was playing around with needing just a little something extra and that is how I came up with the poppy from the Peaceful Poppies elements. It has been so much fun incorporating those elements into my peaceful poppy cards!

If you want to see another card that I made incorporating a geometric stamp set, you can see it here.


The Most Important Tool


I often forget to write about how often I use my stamparatus. It really is the most important tool! For this card I used it to stamp my sentiment. Especially if your ink pad is of a certain vintage, your sentiment might not turn out as dark and crisp as you like. If you use the stamparatus then you can stamp several times in the exact same spot for absolute perfection. You see, the stamparatus is a stamp positioning tool. If you want to see a video on it, you can see it here.


A Little Vintage


Last night I caught up with some more cousins, this time it was two daughters from my mom’s favourite sister growing up. Tante Adrie (short for Adriana) was younger than mom by 16 months. She came to visit Mom in Canada when I was a year old and my cousins had some pictures from the visit for me. Some of them I had never seen before so that was really special!



The first time I looked at this photo of my Pap, I didn’t even see myself looking through the back window of the truck!!



With my mom my sister Adriana and my brother Oliver. I was about a year old here. Looks like I am either ready for a nap or just woke up!!



I’m pretty sure my dad made these little wooden chairs. This is me with my cousin Dan. It is so nice coming across pieces of your own history and to see how our stories intertwine. Thanks for indulging my walk through nostalgia!


Happy Mail in Holland


I just came back from a little shopping trip with Gerard’ sister. We hit a few used stores, they are called “kringloop” here. I found some great little leather shoes for the grandkids, some Royal Albert Old Country Roses dishes and a cute little book with all Dutch words for the grandkids. When I came home I checked the mailbox and there was happy mail. Thanks Gertie Boven, I will blog about your card tomorrow. I haven’t even opened it yet!

I just had to take a picture of these cute little “bikes”. They teach the littles how to have good balance so they can bike right away without training wheels.



PDF Tutorial


If you are liking the Peaceful Poppies cards, you will be happy to know that I now have a complete pdf tutorial for all ten cards. Here is a picture. Just click the buy now button if you want it. It’s that simple! It does take a bit before I get the notification from PayPal, but when I do I will send it to you.


Peaceful Poppies Tutorial






Thanks so much for popping by today, I always feel like we have had a little chat together. I am hoping to start writing like a fiend after this and get a good chunk of my new Peaceful Poppies pdf tutorial done. First a live video with my training group and then nose to the grindstone. It was fun playing tourist this morning, tomorrow I will share some more pictures.



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Patterned Paper as the Focal Point

Happy Saturday stampers. As a scrapbooker and cardmaker I love patterned paper, just the way I loved fabric when I was a seamstress, Seamstress sounds better than sewer because that looks just like a much yuckier word! Pretty patterned paper is great used as a focal point, and one of the cards today will show that is true.


Happy Mail Continues

The happy mail continues so I am also continuing to blog on Saturdays to keep up. What a fantastic “problem” that is. I have to say I am overwhelmed with the response to my request for happy mail in Holland. It is such a nice role reversal for me to be inspired by my readers and I am loving it. Have you seen your card featured on my blog yet? It’s not too late to participate, I am here until January 29. The address is Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC s-‘Gravenzande, the Netherlands


Ann-Marie’s card


Ann Marie Paré is from the small town os Lachine just outside of Montreal, Quebec. She is such a sweet and thoughtful person. Even though she is battling cancer she still finds the time to leave encouraging comments on blog posts, videos and Instagram and Facebook posts. I met her at OnStage in Quebec City and she joined my team a few months later. We look quite funny standing beside each other. She is under 5 feet tall and I am 5’9″ so I look like a giantess!!


Hammered Copper foil


I love the combination of the hammered embossing folder with the copper foil paper and how you can see the copper through the little diamond openings in the label. Who can help me and tell me where that is from? The lovely sentiment is stamped in copper ink which is sadly out of stock. Ann-Marie did such a lovely job colouring the holly too. It really is a gorgeous stamp and I just happen to know that it will be returning next Christmas so we can put it to good use again. (thanks to Linda’s comment we now know that the die is from the Peaceful Boughs set in the holiday catalog)


Patterned Paper as the Focal Point


Now I am not going to tell you just yet who made the next card. I can give you a hint. The handwriting on the envelope was definitely Dutch but the card came from Canada! I love how she used both Toile Tidings paper and Brightlly Gleaming paper as focal points on her card. Simple and stunning.


Hannie’s card


Hannie Van der Zanden lives on a farm near Highgate, Ontario which is about a half an hour from Chatham where I live. Hannie and her family immigrated to Canada when her kids were teenagers, more than ten years ago. How courageous! She travels and back and forth to Holland even more than I do. Here is her beautiful card.


Patterned Paper as the focal point


By punching out the paper strategically Hannie used her paper as a focal point and I love it so much. Thanks so much for your pretty card and for reminding me of this simple way of using different papers together as a focal point.


Botanical Prints Product Medley tutorial


I am so happy to be able to present to you this great tutorial. These are also the cards we will be making at my February retreat in Muskoka. Check your calendar and see if February 20-23 will work for you!


Botanical Prints Product Medley pdf tutorial






This is a picture of a skating  trail in Arrowhead Provincial park which is about twenty minutes from the cottage near Huntsville. Some evenings it is lit up like this. I love the idea of skating through the snowy woods. I think the trees would block the wind, don’t you? I am not a great skater at all, but I am definitely going to give this a try. There are so many nice things to do in this area and it is also beautiful to completely relax in a cozy cabin. I really hope that you consider joining me. If you want to make a deposit to hold your spot, just click on the button below.





Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you have a lovely weekend. I am going to the historical city of Zierikzee this afternoon. It is the closest city to the birthplace of my dear Pap. Pap is still very weak and sleeps a lot, but both my parents are so thankful for the outpouring of love they received from so many of you. Oh, the power of happy mail. I am telling you, it really is amazing. I know that you are warming my heart with all your cards.




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