Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I will be talking about La Dame Blanche, the white lady. If you are a fan of Outlander you will recognize this as the name that the French people gave to Claire because they thought she was a white witch. Isn’t it the perfect name for our new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine? It is white and it does magic!
La Dame Blanche: A Great Machine!
Ok, so maybe I am a little nuts but I can’t call it the Big Shot and I really don’t want to use the long official name “Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine” every time. So, La Dame Blanche it is. Sounds sophisticated too don’t you think?
Well, the bottom line is, this machine is truly awesome. I LOVE it. Why?
- It looks great on my stamp room table.
- La Dame Blanche is compact and folds up great for when it is not in use or you need to take it somewhere.
- It is simple to use with each plate being numbered and instructions clearly written on the platform and on some of the plates.
- La Dame Blanche comes with all the plates except for the magnetic plate.
- The magnetic plate is flexible and dies don’t skitter around on it, so no need for washi tape to hold your dies in place!
- The handles feel great and turn easily.
- Dies cut great and don’t need to placed a certain way to work. No more fussy poking either.
Save Shipping and Tax and Get More!
Did you know that there is a great deal on the starter kit right now? It is available for everyone and it is priced just right so that you can get this new machine, La Dame Blanche in your kit. How? Well, while you pay only $135, you get to choose $165 worth of product to put in your kit and this machine is $163. You also get two free stamp sets and 16 card kits as well as a package of rhinestone gems AND a coupon for a FREE Paper Pumpkin.
There are no strings attached to this deal. That means you can just get it because it saves you a lot of money. It does however entitle you to a 20% discount on future orders. This discount will be available to you until the end of January for sure. If you want to keep your discount indefinitely OR you want to turn this into a business or just some extra income, THEN you need to sell or buy $400 every three months. If that doesn’t happen you will simply drop as a demonstrator. No worries.
Video on La Dame Blanche
Prime Time With The Pampered Stamper
Of course I have to share my new venture with you since it really is just so much fun. In response to COVID and the lack of income from this I have had to come up with a sustainable way to stay in business. I love doing video tutorials and making cards with you with live videos but they take a lot of time and are quite intense. It was too much to continue doing for free. For less than the cost of one class you can join for a whole month!
What do you get? You get a weekly live video every Wednesday at 3pm. There is also a monthly 16 project pdf tutorial. I will also post throughout the week just for fun. Since it is a private group it is also a safe space for you to engage. If you have been following me but not feeling comfortable to post comments, this is the space for you. I post the list of supplies the day before so you can create with me if you like.
I will also do weekly prizes because everyone likes to win something! If you would like to be a part of this, you can! Just click on this link to get started.
I’m so glad you stopped by today! If you are still happy with your Big Shot, that’s great. Just know that the cutting plates and the new magnetic plate also work in the new machine. How awesome is that? I hope you have a super day.
Hello stampers and happy Tuesday to you. Today I am featuring Magenta Madness, In Colour number four. Not all in colours are created equally and after a while we all have our favourites. Do you already know which one is your favourite? The jury is still out for me as I think I need to play a little more with all of them before I make up my mind. What really makes a difference for me is which patterned paper has the in colours in it. Let’s take a closer look at Magenta Madness.
Truthfully I wasn’t too sure about Magenta Madness. It is a strong colour to be sure! Then I saw this adorable patterned paper from Flowers for Every Season and it changed everything.
This is very much a monochromatic card except for the strip of patterned paper which really pops against the Magenta Madness background. The saying from Tasteful Touches is also stamped tone on tone with Magenta Madness. Meadow Moments is the name of the embossing folder that I used at the top of this card. It is a narrow embossing folder that measures 6 1/4″ by 3 3/8″ so that it fits into the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine and it comes in a set of two.
A Travel Story or Two
Yesterday we came back from our long weekend away in Germany. What an amazing weekend we had!! Of course after being separated for five months and not being able to travel at all, it was even more special. I can only say that if you ever get a chance to go to Germany, be sure to go to the Middle Rhine Valley. Within a one hour drive from Rudesheim there were at least thirty castles!! That was only going in one direction, I didn’t count the ones driving the other way. Here are just a few pictures from inside the last castle we visited: Burg Rheinstein.
What I loved most about this castle is that little stairs up to the pinnacle of the tower. I walked up those stairs and boy is it far, far up!! I didn’t look down until I was at the top protected by a small wall. The other amazing thing is that it built right on the rocks of the mountain making it look like it is carved right out of the stone itself!
Do you see the ink well and the feather pen on the desk? Just like the stamp set Beautiful World on page 26 of the annual catalog!!
View from the other side of the Rhine
Part of our “romantik” tour was a chair lift down the mountain to a “red wine village”. On the chair lift there was a stunning view of the two castles on the other side of the Rhein river (yes, we spell it differently in North America) The other castle that you can barely see on the right hand side of my photo is called Burg Reichenstein.
So Much Beauty
I could just keep posting more pictures of all the beauty that I saw this past weekend, but I will end with a picture of the two of us and then one of me in my “little black dress” that I promised I would share with you. There is a little bit of a story behind that dress. I bought it from my cousin Yolanda who owns a fashion boutique just north of Guelph three years ago right before I went on my trip to France and Thailand.
This was the first time that Gerard saw me wear it because I felt a little self conscious in it. As women we are often way too hard on ourselves and by doing so we miss out on some great things. I’m so glad I mustered the courage to wear this dress, and when I look at this picture of me, I think, what is wrong with me that I didn’t dare wear this?! So I will try harder to practice what I preach and be kinder to myself.
Magenta Madness Geraniums
Thanks for visiting my blog today, I hope you are also starting to fall in love…with magenta madness that is. I just noticed that the colour of the geraniums in my picture with Gerard are exactly that colour too!! How amazingly coincidental is that? Have a super day, and don’t forget that if you live in Canada, you can shop with me simply by clicking on the links below.
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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