Dutch Door Card from Happy Mail in Holland Contest

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I am sharing a gorgeous Dutch Door card from Karen Silvester. There are several variations of the Dutch Door card but this one is the most simple and easy to make. I love it so much and yet I rarely make this style of card. Thanks for the inspiration Karen!


Chaplin, Saskatchewan

Karen wrote me the most lovely letter in her beautiful cursive script:  “Sending you a card from Chaplin, Saskatchewan, July 17 on the prairies. A hot, blue sky relaxing at the lake”. Karen tells me that her favourite Stampin’Up! product is the amazing patterned paper and that shows on this card. She also loves stamping on patterned paper and I agree; that look is so wonderful. Where is Chaplin, Saskatchewan? It is a niny town of less than 300 inhabitants quite far north, between Moose Jaw and Swift Current. There are lots of lakes including Lake Chaplin. I have never been to the prairies, but I have heard that the expanse of sky and the vast prairie landscape is quite breathtaking.



Karen’s Card


Karen’s beautiful Dutch Door card features the stamp set Tasteful Touches which does NOT have a die for the flowers just so you know. They are relatively easy to fussy cut but we sure do get addicted to our dies don’t we? Karen cut the leaves with the Forever Flourising dies and then cut them apart. She purposely chose to make a card with these flowers to make it more meaningful for Gerard and I because he works in the flower industry and we are surrounded by so many flowers here in the Westland region of the Netherlands. Petal Pink Blends were used to colour these pretty flowers and Karen also used the wooden leaves as a beautiful accent.


Dutch Door card



Dutch Door Card



Karen's Dutch Door card open



How to Make a Dutch Door Card


It’s quite simple really. You just cut away the top part of the card front! The easiest way to see how it is done is to simply watch my YouTube video. When your card is cut at 4 1/4″ by 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″, you simply put it in the paper trimmer with the short edge along the top. Place your card at the two inch mark and cut until you get to the score line. Then rotate the card and cut along the score line to the top of the card so that piece is cut away completely.



My Version of the Dutch Door Card


I don’t have the supplies on hand to recreate Karen’s card, but I do have the Playful Pets paper and coordinating ribbon. It was so nice to have a great card as an inspiration for mine. Next time I will definitely take the time to glue the patterned paper to a solid cardstock, either white or black before cutting out the animals.


Playful Pets Dutch Door card



When you open the  card you can see the pattern on the back of the dogs and I think it would look better if it was a solid colour. Isn’t it great though that you can create a fun card with just paper and cardstock? I guess that isn’t completely true; I did use stamps in the inside for the sayings.



Inside Dutch Door card


I have been wanting to use the saying from Here’s a Card ever since I saw it! Isn’t it just perfect with that dog with the funky hair? I know that when I have a bad hair day I just put it up in a messy bun. Easy to do with curly hair!! What a beautiful mess you are!! That is what I need to say to myself more often. You too?


Friends Across the Ocean


One of the wonderful things about being a Stampin’Up! demonstrator is that you make friends all over the world. My path crossed with Minke Brattinga when I saw her beautiful “Dutch Touch” cards on the Demonstrator Planning Place Facebook group. I asked to copy them and built a fun class around her wonderful work. We stayed in contact and when I came to Holland three years ago I stayed at her place, went to a neighbourhood party and taught a workshop at her studio the next day. What a whirlwind of fun. Yesterday we met for coffee and she had made me a great card using her very own product line! She’s an amazing person. Minke had watched my Facebook live video and then made a Dutch Door card too. Here it is for you to see too.




Minke's Dutch Door Card





If you want to check out MInke’s blog you can do so by clicking here. Her entire business was built to honour her sister.


Mystery Host Contest


Did you know that there are only a few days left to earn Bonus Days coupons? Until August 3 you can earn a $6 Bonus Bucks coupon with every $60 that you spend. If you place an online order using the current host code 3TUB7Q2V then you will be entered into a contest to win the free host benefits. There is also some time to send in a card for my Happy Mail in Holland contest. Not only will I blog about your card and where you are from, you will be entered into a draw for a stamp set of your choice up to $30. I will send it to you anywhere in the world. Yes, this contest is open to everyone!!

Thanks for joining me today, I appreciate you. It helps me so very much if you take the time to pin my cards or share on Facebook. Of course I always love reading your comments too. Have a super day!!


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The Little Things

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday. Have you noticed these days that it truly is the little things that make a difference? I find that when I am in a funk it is time for me to get into nature and be still. To commune with God and soak in His peace. When you slow down and rest, when you breathe deeply you also become more aware of your surroundings. All of a sudden you will see things that you didn’t see before. The buds opening on the trees, a tiny white-breasted nuthatch flitting from tree to tree. Here are some pictures that I took on my recent walk in town.


the little things



the little things


the little things


Spring Dutch Door Card


My leisurely walk through nature restored my soul. At one point I laid on the ground with my binoculars looking up at the great horned owl perched on a branch way above me. I saw it move across the branch and tilt its head down to peer at me to discern my intent. She was keeping a watchful eye on her improvised nest a few trees away and she wanted to make sure that I wasn’t a threat. When I got up, there were leaves caught in my hair but that’s ok. It was good to feel like a kid again. I sat down on a culvert in the shade and was able to see lots of bird activity. This inspired my spring card.


Spring Dutch Door Card


If you would like to know how to make this card you can check out this blog post or watch the video below.



Fancy Fold Card  Contest


I am super excited because the first cards for this contest have arrived. Instead of waiting till they all come in, I will blog about them as they arrive. Stay tuned for the first card by Ina Eisen on Friday. How appropriate! Ina was the one who inspired this card and her Dino Days card will be a treat for all of you. If you want to participate in this contest, please send me a card by May 31 to Jackie Bultje, 81 Delaware Ave, Chatham, Ontario N7L 2W3. You will be entered into a contest to win the Little Ladybug stamp set.


Ornate Garden Suite


Stampin’Up! has released this beautiful new suite and I have told you nothing at all about it. I feel really badly about that because it is full of beautiful things that you might want to have. Truth is, with this Corona virus pandemic I have been super focused on helping families with my #kitsforkids. Please watch this video as it really shows how beautiful the products are. I even forgot to provide a link below in the product supply list, so you can just click here if you want to order it.



Here is an image that shows you a little more. The cards I have seen online with this suite are beautiful and I have heard nothing but good things about it. It might be the perfect #covidbuster for you.



If you click on this link you can go crazy and order whatever your heart desires. Shipping is faster than Amazon!!

Have a super day and thanks for dropping by. Stay safe. Be patient. Be kind.

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