Hello stampers and happy Wednesday. I am actually writing this on a Monday night knowing that I will hopefully be traveling on Wednesday but not wanting you to miss out on a post. We had so much fun making these cards today during my Facebook live! That hedgehog from Walk in the Woods is just so very cute. I have now done two Facebook lives featuring this cute critter from Walk in the Woods. Today I also used the glycerine technique for background sponging.
Masking with Walk in the Woods
The cute little hedgehog looks best when he is masked because then it looks like he is nestled in the woods amidst the grass and the toadstools. This is such a gratifying technique that elicits a wow from beginners and avid crafters alike.
The images on this card were coloured using watercolour pencils and a blender pen. “Everything will be okay” has been embossed in white on early espresso cardstock.
Here is the video showing how I coloured this cute hedgehog.
In my Facebook live video you can see how wonderful it is to mix your ink with a little glycerine before sponging. The glycerine makes the ink sponge on so, so smoothly for a beautiful suede like finish.
I love the card without a sentiment and simply on a misty moonlight background. The following card is on a very vanilla card base with a real red mat for a totally different look. This time I embossed the toadstools and the grass but the hedgehog was once again masked off so that he is a real part of the scenery.
Emboss Resist with Walk in the Woods
Two of the three cards use the emboss resist technique. Simply put, the images were stamped in versamark on shimmery white cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder and a heat tool. I then used an aqua painter to do a colour wash over the embossed image.
Here is the video from my Facebook live showing you how to do the glycerine technique.
Thanks for joining me again today. I am so very excited to be finally traveling to Holland to be reunited with my love. It will be great to share with you all the wonderful things I will experience over there. I hope to do live videos but I am not sure how often they will happen. Stay tuned for the details, I am sure you won’t miss me too much.
Happy Mail in Holland Contest
I really love receiving happy mail in Holland and I also like blogging about the cards I receive. To make it worth your while and also to make it fun, I will once again offer a prize! The winner will get to choose a stamp set worth $30. I will send it anywhere in the world. Here is the address that you can send your cards to: Jackie Bultje, Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC s’Gravenzande, the Netherlands. Please mail your cards any time in July. I hope to be in the Netherlands until August 29.
Hello stampers and happy Tuesday. Today I am going to share with you the Bargello technique, and yes, it is not Monday. Yesterday was my birthday and I took the day off! Despite the COVID pandemic, I had a most wonderful birthday. The only thing missing was the presence of my love, Gerard. Now, back to card making. Have you heard of the Bargello technique? Neither had I, so let’s see what it is all about.
How did I discover this? Quite simply I saw this card from Tracy Tucker using strips of shimmery white cardstock that she had sponged in gorgeous colours. When I made the card in a video I was informed by my viewers that this was the name of that technique. Basically you cut strips of paper and then arrange them so that they are offset from each other. Here is a tutorial from Splitcoaststampers and I will also share the video that I did.
My Card of Many Colours
I like calling this card “my card of many colours”, it reminds me of a song by Dolly Parton, Coat of Many Colours which I really love.
Here is the card before I put the sentiment on. I chose to remove the coastal cabana mat from the card that I cased from Tracy. The colours uses are melon mambo, pumpkin pie, mango melody, granny apple green and coastal cabana.
Here you can see the two cards together. I accidentally flipped the card as well! Do you see that I embossed the flower on the melon mambo section instead of the coastal cabana? Which one do you like better? It was a happy accident.
If you watch my video you will see how it is done. I really like the splatter at the end to make water droplets which are echoed by the Flowers for Every Season gems OR the frosted and clear epoxy droplets.
Shimmery White Cardstock
This is a fantastic product that I really, really love. It is great for sponging and for watercolouring. Here is another post that I did with shimmery white cardstock. It just so happens that I have more of these stamp sets AND the paper in stock if you are interested. Just message me and we can negotiate!
Thanks for joining me today and for all the lovely birthday wishes. I had a wonderful day yesterday and it was great to not work at all and just enjoy the way the day evolved. Here is a picture of me and my son Oliver. He was the organizer for the kids to get the gifts and to spoil me along with Laura.
No, I am not drinking four glasses of wine! This cute table came with the picnic bag, isn’t it adorable and ever so functional? I also got silicone baking mats, a bicycle pump and a harness to hold my weed whacker so that my arms don’t almost fall off every time I do this garden chore.
I hope you have a super day!
Hello stampers and happy Friday. I just couldn’t help declaring toilet paper essential for cards! Isn’t it just the perfect title for these COVID times? Truly, toilet paper is an essential component for the card that I am going to show you today.
Embossing With Toilet Paper
Yesterday for my daily Facebook live video I showed you how to emboss with toilet paper. I will include the video here but let me start by sharing a few simple instructions.
- Use two ply white toilet paper.
- You need four layers to make this work, you can just fold the toilet paper, no need to separate and tear the sheets.
- Spritz the toilet paper lightly with a fine mist of water. You do NOT want to saturate the paper.
- Place the toilet paper in your embossing folder, but not right up to the “hinge”, you don’t want it to bunch up.
- Run through the die cutting machine and prepare to be impressed!
- Allow your embossed toilet paper to dry for about fifteen minutes before altering it.
- Do NOT use a regular paper trimmer to cut your embossed toilet paper, it will tear. Use a guillotine cutter or a rotary cutter or even a pair of scissors with long blades.
I thought it would be fun to share a card that I did not make during the video yesterday. On Monday I will share the cards from the video. This cards uses a beautiful new suite from the annual catalog that will go live on June 3. It is called World of Good. The coordinating embossing folder is called Old World Paper. There is brass foil sheets but they were not available when I ordered so I used copper on my card. I can’t wait to see the brass foil sheets!
This card base is the new Misty Moonlight as is the globe image. The words and the sponging were done in crumb cake. Do you see the nice detail beside the patterned paper strip? That is a die from the World Map dies. Isn’t it amazing how textured the toilet paper became? This is such an impressive technique, I can’t wait for you to try and let me know how it turned out.
Close-up of Embossed Toilet Paper
This picture really shows the depth of the embossing with toilet paper. I sponged crumb cake ink over it with a sponge dauber being sure to “land lightly” and use a circular motion.
This technique is not my original idea, it has been around for a while, but I was recently inspired by British demonstrator Terri Pocock. You can check out her blog here. Thanks so much Terri for your inspiration.
Here is the Facebook live video that I did showing you how to do this technique. Seeing is believing! I try to post most of my videos to YouTube, so feel free to subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss any.
New Catalog Goes Live June 3
You will be able to get these products on June 3 when the catalog goes live. There are two great things happening to make this even more special.
- If you host a workshop, and yes, you can host a virtual workshop, you will get $30 extra host dollars if you have a $300 workshop.
- If you choose to get the awesome deal on the starter kit you get to choose a bonus bundle. That means any stamp set with a coordinating punch or any stamp set with the coordinating dies. Wow!
Both of these deals are available until June 30.
Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope to see you for my Facebook live video at 1pm. Before I sign off, I thought it would be fun to share my most popular blog post. It features the Birthday Memories cards that I made for my first ever OnStage presentation the day after my first grandchild Leo was born. You can see it here.
Have a super day!
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I will be featuring the last batch of happy mail for Gerard cards. I want you to be able to enjoy them all and I don’t feel like drawing out the process any longer. By now you know that I am not a very patient person!
Barb Gourlay’s Card
Barb got very creative and used lots of different products on this lovely card. Let’s see if I can figure it all out. First I will show you the card and you can think along with me!
Barb embossed her images in gold on vellum cardstock and she used Grace’s Garden on page 13 of the mini catalog as well as My Meadow from page 23. Just so you know, the dies from Grace’s Garden are available again! The “welcome” is from the Well Written dies and the birds are contraband (I think!). Barb stamped the coloured images on whisper white cardstock underneath and they are from My Meadow. Thanks for this beautiful, intricate card Barb. What a fun technique! I haven’t tried this yet, but I think you first stamp your coloured images and then lay the vellum over top and stamp your outline images in versamark so they are placed correctly.
Barb comes from Chatham, Ontario and I am blessed to have her on my team!
Faye Molsberry’s card
The next card is from Faye Molsberry and it is a lovely vintage card using the Come Sail Away suite. I love everything about this card, the attention to detail on the die cut with the sentiment, the colour scheme of soft suede, mossy meadow and very vanilla, and the braided linen trim. Thanks so much for your beautiful card Faye. Faye participated in the happy mail in Holland contest too, so you can read about her hometown and see her other card in this blog post. She is from Central Butte Saskatchewan which is quite far north.
Here you can see the detail that I love so much.
Shelly Merkin’s Card
Shelly’s card came late, but it was a lovely surprise. It is a fancy fold card that uses The Sailing Home stamp set as well. Let’s take a look:
If you want to make this card you will need two pieces of patterned paper 5 7/16″ by 1 15/16″. The card is 5 1/2″ by 8 1/2″ scored at 2 1/8″ from either side of the long edge.
I love how Shelly brought the party to the inside of the card. Don’t you just love this suite? That gorgeous rope accent is made using one of the Smooth Sailing dies. The anchor was embossed in silver as was the lighthouse on the outside of the card. The oval is adhered to one side of the flap using dimensionals so that the belly band can slide underneath to keep the card closed.
I have lost the envelope from Shelly’s card so I can’t tell you where she is from, I only remember that it is from somewhere in the States. Maybe Shelly will share that information with us in a comment. Thanks so much for your card Shelly, Gerard loved it too.
Fancy Fold Card Contest
My next card contest is a fancy fold one. You need to use Stampin’Up! supplies for your card, but they can be retired. I want you to be able to use up your stash. Cards should be received by May 31. You will be entered into a draw for the Little Ladybug stamp set and I will feature your card on my blog. If you could include a link or information on how you made your card and what the fold is called that would be ever so helpful. Please mail to Jackie Bultje, 81 Delaware Ave, Chatham, Ontario N7L 2W3.
If you want more inspiration, be sure to check out this blog post where I have used the Come Sail Away Memories and More cards to make a beautiful sampler. This sampler was inspired by my friend and fellow demonstrator Marion Greenlund. Want to kill some time and binge on Stampin’Up! videos? Check out my YouTube channel here and subscribe. Share with your friends too and spread the joy.
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Hello stampers, I’m back!!! So sorry for dropping off the face of the earth with no notice. After an amazing week of true winter vacation including snowshoeing, ice skating and snow tubing I am going to do a blog post on the Tropical Oasis pineapple. Quite the contradiction but it feels good.
Tropical Oasis Pineapple
When I first saw the tropical oasis suite, it was the pineapple die that really caught my attention. There is a separate die for the pineapple fruit and the pineapple greenery which I think is simply fantastic. This arrangement really allows the textures to pop. The pineapple greenery die embosses and cuts at the same time and it also has little slits in it that allow you to “peel” bits of it forward to create depth and texture. Did you know that the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality? That is why it is often featured as an ornate carving on newel posts and on doorways.
Tropical Oasis Suite
The tropical oasis suite has so many great things in it. I don’t know about you, but I am really loving this suite approach from Stampin’Up! Creating is so much fun and also easy when you have so many coordinating products. The following closeup shot will let you see the great texture in the braided burlap trim and the coastal weave 3D embossing folder. Antique bronze trinkets are also available in these fun shapes: pineapple, hibiscus, ukulele and leaf. There are twenty four in a package. One thing that you might not notice right away is that the flower has been stamped in saddle brown Stayzon ink which gives it a great vintage feel. I was very, very impressed with this ink!
A Few Tips and Tricks
- After cutting out the pineapple bottom I did a colour wash with it using an aqua painter and crushed curry ink. Just smush the ink pad onto a clear block and then pick the ink up off of that with an aqua painter.
- Notice how the braided burlap trim is a little wider at the ends? Yes, you can tease it apart to give even more texture and interest.
- After running the very vanilla cardstock through the Big Shot with the coastal weave embossing folder I sponged it with some saddle brown stayzon ink to make it look more vintage.
- The flower was stamped off in saddle brown stayzon and then I used an aqua painter with calypso coral ink to colour wash it.
- Fluff out the pineapple greenery to make it more lush.
Cards for Coffee and a Card and Facebook Live
Here are all the cards we will be making at coffee and a card tomorrow and I will also be doing a Facebook live at 7pmEST so you can see how I did it. I will blog about the other two cards tomorrow and Wednesday.
Happy Mail for Gerard Contest
Did you know that I am doing another happy mail contest? I love the great energy this creates among the stamping community and even more, I love how much Gerard gets into this. He loved the happy mail in Holland contest and he was even more excited than I was when cards arrived in the mail. I thought it would so wonderful to surprise him with a stack of happy mail from all of you when he comes to visit on March 29. If you would like to participate you can send your masculine card to Gerard van der Sar c/o Jackie Bultje 81 Delaware Avenue, Chatham, Ontario, N7L 2W3. I will blog about your card and you will be entered into a draw for the masculine stamp set of your choice from the Handmade for You mini catalog.
Winner of Blog Candy
Congratulations to Debbie Colquhoun who won the Valentine’s Paper Pumpkin stamp set I’ll Bee Yours. Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment on my blog and share my post on Facebook or Pinterest. You wouldn’t believe how much it means to small business owners when people help share their work.
Thanks so Much!
Thanks so much for stopping by today, I really appreciate you. I had a fantastic time away at a cottage in Huntsville with my kids and grandkids enjoying a real Canadian winter. We had so much fun in the snow! This cottage is available for rent for the rest of the winter, so let me know if you are interested and I will let the owner know. Here are a few pictures so you can appreciate the view and the solitude.
Being here was so soul restoring. The peace, tranquility and serene beauty of nature all around you is balm for the soul. Spending time with family here was priceless. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have been able to do this. It is great to be back, now it is time to get stamping and to organize all the club orders. If you would like to order online please use the current host code available on the right hand side of every blog post! Have a super day.
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I am going to be sharing with you a truly spectacular card using Lovely Lily Pad. This card was a gift from Tammy Bendel, a fantastic demonstrator from Sarnia. If you live in the Sarnia area and are looking to attend or host a class, contact Tammy!
Lovely Lily Pad Embossed
Tammy embossed all the elements in white and then coloured them with Blends for a very striking effect. That is only the beginning of what is all happening on this card. The card has a standard white base, 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/2″. There is a mango melody rectangle 3 5/8″ by 5″ and a blackberry bliss rectangle that is 3 1/2″ by 4 7/8″. The white rectangle has been cut using the stitched rectangle dies.
The stitched white rectangle has added interest with embossing paste , gold metallic thread, gold rhinestones and a vellum die cut. This would be a super card to make on a lousy weather day when you just want to play and make something special. I love the unusual colour combination!
Embossing really never gets old. It is one of the first “tricks” that I learned as a newbie and I still love it. Have you ever embossed? It is such a simple concept, but truly brilliant. You stamp your image in Versamark which is a sticky watermark ink. After that, sprinkle on embossing powder, tapping off the excess with an aggressive flick of the pointer finger and thumb. Then you use a heat tool or embossing gun to heat set it. What that does is melt the powder which is sticking to the versamark and you get a shiny, raised image that you will really want to run your finger over multiple times!
Embossing paste is a whole other element. It comes in a jar which you need to seal tightly when you are finished or it will dry out! Simply place a stencil over your cardstock and using a palette knife (a regular bread and butter knife will work in a pinch too) spread the paste where you want it to go, keeping a firm grip on your stencil. It doesn’t have to be super thick. Carefully lift the stencil straight up when you are done and then let the paste dry for an hour or so. In the meantime, you can assemble the other elements for your card.
Bucket List Item
For years now I have been wanting to see a snowy owl. There have been sightings in Chatham-Kent, but despite numerous lengthy drives throughout the countryside, I was never able to find one. Finally yesterday I got to see this magnificent creature! I went out early in the morning and I saw two different ones. My heart was overflowing with joy. I was positively giddy. I had my binoculars, but I had forgotten my good camera. No worries, I had amazing images forever in my brain.
Twice in One Day
Later on in the day I got a little greedy. What if he was still there? I really wanted to see him again and this time I would take my good camera. Well, guess what? He was still there!!! In my excitement I left my camera on the wrong setting, but I still managed to get some decent shots. Here they are. We have an amazing God who has created such diverse and beautiful creatures. Wow!!
For some reason this owl reminded me of a cat. Just the way he was looking at me and the shape of his body. I think when my mom drew cats she would first draw the body and it was in this shape!
My camera on manual focus so it was really tricky to get a picture when he flew away but at least it captures the magnificence of his big talons and the underparts of his wings. I may just be addicted.
The eyes on this snowy owl are really quite spectacular. It would have been great to have a tripod and my camera on the right setting! It was on landscape instead of the little flower icon. I am totally giving myself away here with my lack of technical terms. Someday I will take a photography course. In the meantime, I am just having a LOT of fun.
Thanks so much for joining me today. If you want to hear me talk about how important it is to share your love of stamping and card making, be sure to check out this video. It was done on a Saturday night with me in my pajamas but I was simply overcome with passion for Paper Pumpkin and with the importance of bringing more joy to people’s lives by sharing what we love. In the end I couldn’t help but mention that if you get the starter kit, then you also get 20% off your Paper Pumpkin subscription and anything else on your wish list. How awesome is that?
If you are ready to do some binge stamping without having to do any measuring, be sure to check out my tutorials section at the top of the page. Right now there are three to choose from but by the end of the month I hope to make that four! If you order from me this month, then you get the amazing February Demo Design Dream Team tutorial for free with 16 projects. It is also a free gift for you if you join my team!