Hello stampers! Sip, sip, hooray! Doesn’t that sound like a fun stamp set? It is!! ‘Tis the season where we gather with friends, relatives and coworkers and raise a glass for a cheer or a toast. While this stamp set can be used for celebrating the season, it is also very well suited for many other occasions. Let’s take a look!
The Stamp Set
Here you can see all the possibilities with this bundle: a bubbly border, olive stick, greenert sprig, a strawberry a citrus slice, mint leaves, filler for the glasses. Your choice of martini, wine or champagne! Add in some fun sayings and your in business.
My card was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest. What caught my eye was the colour combination, the brick embossing and the chalkboard look of the saying. There was no link to a website for the card but I will include it so you can see how I adapted it to make my own card.
I added crystal effects t the strawberry, olives and lime and it looks so pretty. You can see it better in the closeup below.
I love Tasha’s card. The paper strips along the edge are so clever! They come from the dinosaur paper in the annual catalog. The sparkle along the rim of the glasses is also a great touch.
I found one more card that I would like to share with you since it is a quick and easy card and it uses the “bubbly” border. It came from Amanda, and here is her website.
Sale and Retiring Christmas Items
There is a year end closeout sale happening right now, you can check it out here. Be sure to also check the tab that says retiring favourites. I am hoping that this link works and takes you to the shopping area. This day is a great one if you are a demonstrator because we get to preorder from the Occasions catalog AND get free saleabration stuff already. This has put me in the mood to prepare for saleabration and that is why I am already telling you about a unique club opportunity.
Unique Club Opportunity
Saleabration, the best sale of the year for Stampin’Up begins on January 3. I am in Holland until January 29 but no worries, I will be preparing and creating from there to give you an amazing saleabration season. If you want to earn free host sets including the Ladybug set you may want to consider being a part of the Saleabration on Steroids club. This club will meet three times during saleabration: Saturday Feb 1, Saturday Feb 29 and Saturday March 28 all at 1pm. There are three people in each club. Each person gets a turn to host and each person commits to spending $65 at each meeting.
We will create beautiful projects using saleabration and Occasions products. Most clubs have commitments that last a whole year, but this club has only a two month commitment. Space is limited so let me know as soon as possible. You can also participate online in a club if you like. I will offer exclusive videos for those participating online and you will be given a host code to use so that your order will be included in the club order.
Thanks again for stopping by to read my blog! I appreciate your feedback as this blog is written for your enjoyment. Wishing you a lovely day with some time to reflect on all the good things that you have been blessed with and also for the challenges that you face that make you stronger, more empathetic and a better person!
Hello stampers! I am back from a wonderful visit with my parents. When I am with them I try to leave work behind. They are my number one priority especially at their age! Pap just turned 93 and Mom is 87. Sadly, Pap had shingles for his birthday so that did put a damper on the festivities. We are just so thankful to still have him with us and that they can still be happily married, together in their own home. Now is time for Parisian Blossoms to be continued!
Parisian Blossoms Cards
Have I told you yet how much I love this suite of products? The two stamp sets with their coordinating framelits work beautifully together, but they also stand well on their own. When I was given these products to create with I just let the creative juices flow and for the most part I ended up using them both on the same card. Let’s take a look at what I have made.
This card is a 5 1/2″ square card. I love how the stitched nested label dies go with this suite. Isn’t the Parisian Blossoms paper exquisite? In the background is the Parisian Flourish embossed vellum.
This frothy creation uses the Parisian Beauty stamp set, the Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder, Forever Blossoms stamp set embossed with silver on vellum and the flourish framelit from the Parisian dies. Lots of love in this card perfect for any romantic occasion! Our champagne foil paper is the perfect pairing for this suite of products don’t you agree?
I especially created this card to fit into a regular business envelope. I also wanted a card that used all the flower dies from the Cherry Blossoms dies in a clean and simple way. These dies both cut and emboss at the same time for a stunning effect when you use champagne foil paper. The word “amour” and the branch are both cut from black foil paper. The scripty paper from the Parisian Blossoms specialty designer paper is the perfect backdrop for this card.
I thought I would end this post with a clean and simple card that is suitable for both genders. This card also shows how lovely it is to stamp on patterned paper. This is a 4 1/4″ square card. Be sure to get your shimmer black embossing powder now as it is NOT being carried over into the new year.
More Parisian Blossoms Tomorrow
Tomorrow I will be sharing some cards that I made with this suite using a special technique. What I liked most about these cards is their pop of colour! While the soft colours in this suite are exquisite, I wanted some bold drama with cherry cobbler! Stay tuned for more.
Extravaganza Sale on Right Now
Did you know that there is an extravaganza sale on right now? You can save 15% on all card stock and ink pads in both the neutrals and the regals collection. Eight bundles are also on sale:
- Parcel & Petals
- Path of Petals
- Free as a Bird
- Dino Days
- Memorable Mosaic
- Band Together
- Bloom & Grow
- To a Wild Rose
If you click on the images below you will see a picture and a price. If you order online using the current host code in the sidebar you will be entered into a draw for free host merchandise. Everyone is guaranteed to win something. You must order tonight to be able to participate. Sale ends on Friday. You can see more images on my Facebook page here.
Thanks so much for stopping by, for all the love and encouragement you have shown me on Facebook and Instagram and in person. I love what I do! Be sure to tune in tomorrow night at 7pm EST for my weekly Facebook live video. Usually it is Tuesday nights but this week was different.
If you are a fellow demonstrator and would love to get business tips, tricks and training from someone who has been doing this for a long time with increasing success, you are welcome to join my training group on Facebook. It is available for a nominal fee of only $5 a month. You can find it here.
Hello stampers! I had so very much presenting Parisian Blossoms at #OnStage2019 this past weekend in Toronto. Today I will share with you the cards that I made for this presentation. In the following days I will be sharing more detail and the final project will be a complete pdf of all the projects to help you create these beauties.
I remember how much fun I had when I first inked up a stamp and put it on paper. It was magic! Beginner stampers love to stamp, so this collage stamping card is perfect. Collage stamping is also very forgiving if you stamp imperfectly as it hides little lines and smudges. It also allows you to stamp multiple times in different colours.
Casual Crafter Card
If you like a bit more of a fancy card but don’t want to do a lot of work, this is your card. Using our pretty designer series paper makes it so easy to make a beautiful card in very little time.
If you are an avid card maker, you love to pull out all the stops and make an over the top card with lots of layers and detail. This card is for you. It is an easel fold card.
Here is the inside of the card:
Love is in the Air
This suite of products is so very romantic, so of course this card is going in the mail to Gerard. I will tell him that I look forward to seeing the Eiffel tower with him and strolling the Champs Elysée.
Do You Want It?
If you have fallen in love with this suite of products and can’t wait until January to get it, I have a solution for you. Get the starter kit. You can add it to your starter kit in December. Did you know that on your first order after getting your starter kit you can already get free saleabration items in December? That’s just another bonus for getting the starter kit which is already an amazing deal. Message me if you need more details.
I need to go and make a cake for my Pap’s 93rd birthday tomorrow. Even though he has shingles, I am still going to visit him and celebrate this amazing birthday. Most likely there will not be a blog post tomorrow. Wednesday I hope to blog again and by Friday I should have the pdf available. Thanks for your patience and for all the amazing feedback I received from you. Have a super day.
Edited: the pdf is now available! Click on the buy it now button and follow the prompts and I will send it to you!
Hello stampers. It’s a beautiful snowy Tuesday afternoon and this oma’s house is quiet for the first time since Friday! No patter of little feet, no tumbling of towers, no squeals of delight. I’m not going to lie. While I will miss my adorable little man, the quiet is rather sublime!!
Today I am going to do a blog post with Cup of Christmas all stacked up. A big thank you to Annette Koolmees for the inspiration. I shared her card in a previous post which you can see here. Cup of Christmas is also my stamp of the month for December.
I really like taking a picture with the ink pads so you can see at a glance which colours to use. Here you can see the Cup of Christmas all stacked up. Did you know that this stamp set uses brand new technology that allows you to do reverse stamping with the same stamp? Yes, the cup stamps are totally reversible!!
I took a picture with the Nine Lives stamp set in the background as well so I would remember that the heart stamp came from this set. The aqua painter is in there because I saturated it with old olive ink and then tapped it aggressively to make the background splatter effect.
I used the very same layout as Annette but I wanted to make my card easier so I masked the middle mug and just stamped the other two. None of these mugs have been die cut. The Sweet Christmas Wishes is embossed on vellum and overlaid on the middle mug for added interest. You could stamp it right on the mug if you wanted to, just make sure to emboss so that you don’t see through the sentiment.
Stamp of the Month
Cup of Christmas is the stamp of the month for December. If you purchase the stamp set then you will get the class for free. This will be our second card for that class. Stay tuned for card number three! Class will be on Tuesday December 2. I will do a Facebook live on the cards Tuesday night at 7pm and you can also purchase all three finished cards for $15 plus shipping. I will have today’s cards on my blog post tomorrow with a buy it now button. How awesome is that? Instant gratification.
A personal note
This afternoon I will be putting the finishing touches on my presentation for OnStage this weekend in Toronto. I have big plans!! The cards and projects that I am sharing are so lovely that I am going to be making my first ever pdf so you can recreate all of them yourself at home. This will be a huge task. I will be photographing them all today. That will be the start of it. I am really hoping that I will have the pdf finished before I leave for Toronto, that way everyone can purchase it and be ready to create with all this lovely new product. My first blog post on this will be on Monday, so stay tuned!!
Thanks for joining me today and have a super day.
Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Pad
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you! I ran out of time on Friday so you never got to find out why I call myself the “pampered” stamper. Rumour has it that I like to be pampered and that is why. While that may be true from time to time, that is not the real reason I am The Pampered Stamper.
My First Love
My first love is making food. Yes I am that rare creature who likes to bake and cook. I read cookbooks for fun! Before I became a demonstrator I was a scrapbooker and my very favourite place to go was to someone’s home in Mississauga. Together with my sister-in-law Yvonne we would drive more than two hours one way down the 401 to go and scrapbook for a day. Crazy right? Do you know why we thought it worthwhile to drive that far for a day of scrapbooking? It was the food!!! This lady was my inspiration. I realized that paper crafting was much more fun if there was food involved. It really does change everything.
Everyone loves to be pampered. It means those extra little things that make you feel special. That is what I like to do for my customers. Sharing my love of stamping AND sharing my love of food. It all starts with a great cup of coffee or tea. Being Dutch, there is no such thing as a “naked” cup of coffee. In the Netherlands when you order a cup of coffee anywhere you will always get a little something with it. So lovely. At The Pampered Stamper you will always get something with your coffee or tea too and usually it will be homemade.
Not only do you feel pampered when you get treats, there is also a different vibe when food is shared. Everyone slows down a little bit. People congregate. They talk more and get to know each other. In short, friendships and relationships are built around a simple cup of coffee.
That is the name of my team! It was my team member Liz Fields who came up with this name and I am ever grateful. She declared that with all that I do for my team they are “beyond pampered”. A generous thought that I am not sure is true. As a leader I feel that I am never really doing enough for me team. I would love to have the time to do more. What I do do however is create an atmosphere of family, of community a “sisterhood of the traveling stamps”! Whenever there is a Stampin’Up! event I try to rent a cool Airbnb or HomeAway place so that we can have a very special time together.
We have monthly gatherings where we create, share and inspire around food. The result is a lot of fun with great memories and relationships being made. I try to do a Facebook live video for my long distance team members.
It is now common knowledge that loneliness is a huge problem for people in all age brackets. This may have to do with social media and our age of technology that hinders people from having real relationships. Let me tell you that joining a stamping group whether just for fun or for the business opportunity will definitely fix the problem of loneliness! The beauty of this stamping business is that it also lets you make a difference in people’s lives by sending cards to dispel the loneliness. I love being in the “happy” business! As you know, there is always room for you on my team or in my classes. Please reach out. You are loved!
We can’t have a blog post without a card, so I wanted to share this swap card with you that I received from Janice Thompson. She uses a very fun technique, stamping on embossing folders. If you have never done it, check out my blog post here. It make take more than one attempt before you are totally pleased, but stick with it and you will love the outcome!
Here is a closeup. Do you see the snowflake sequins from the Still Scenes Snow Globe suite?
Thank you so much for stopping by, it truly warms my heart. We are all connected and together we make a difference in so many lives. I hope you have a wonderful day and please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Hello stampers. I love words and I love puns so it is only natural that I love the saying “Ghoul Friends”. This saying is part of the stamp set Spooktacular Bash which is part of the Monster Bash suite. You can find it on page 54 of the holiday catalog.
I don’t send out Halloween cards but I do love dressing up and handing out candy. Someday I hope to throw an epic Halloween party complete with fantastic ghoulish treats and fun costumes and of course scary games. This lovely card was a swap card that I received from Christina Walker.
Do you see all the lovely details on this card? The gorgeous ornate frames die and the Stylish Scroll embossing background? The glittered black organdy ribbon is the perfect finishing touch for this card. Here is a closeup picture so you can see it even better.
Do you ever wish that you had more time? I sure do!! Maybe it could also be a matter or prioritizing things. I know that I absolutely love Christmas so I often jump right into Christmas card making and I forget about fall cards or Halloween. If I would make a point of making all kinds of fun things for Halloween then perhaps I would host a big Halloween party and we could use all the fun stuff I had made. There’s always next year, but maybe I have inspired you to get creative for Halloween.
Share Your Story
If you have fun Halloween traditions, I would love to hear about them. Share your stories in the comments below and I will choose someone to get this fun card in the mail. Blogs are more fun when they are interactive don’t you think? If you do have a fun tradition, maybe you want to scrapbook it too. There was a fun sample in the holiday catalog and I’m going to share it here too.
I’m so glad you stopped by today. I hope you have fun decorating for Halloween, even if it is just a few pumpkins on the porch. Celebrating death is not my thing at all, but dressing up and sharing candy, well that is something quite different. Enjoy the little things and remember, #itsallaboutthetreats.