Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I have a super cute Triple Pop-Up Cube Card for you featuring our gorgeous new autumn paper. This card is not difficult to make at all and it really is a wow when it is finished. Do you want to join me in making it?
Triple Pop-Up Cube Card
This super cute card uses the fabulous Gilded Autumn Specialty designer series paper which really needs to be seen to be believed! There is copper foil and gold foil on some of the designs that is just stunning. My card was inspired by Heejung Hunsberger and you can see her blog post here. I am sure you will love her card too!
I hope to do a video tutorial on this card later on, it will also be a part of the Demo Design Dream Team Tutorial for September, so you can get a free tutorial if you place an online order with me or join in with Bingo or join my training group. These monthly tutorials are free for my team members as well. Don’t forget about the amazing deal on the starter kit right now, Get & Go. You can check it out here.
Live Video Today
At 3pm today I will be going live on Facebook and this is a new venture, you need to buy a ticket to join in, but it is only $2.99. I will be sharing how to make a centre step easel card with the August Paper Pumpkin as well as a bunch of other cards. The story behind these pictures of Gerard and me is also a crazy one that I will share.
Thanks for joining me. I appreciate your support especially as I try out new strategies with my business to cope with the very real COVID restrictions and realities. If you live in Canada please consider shopping with me. Not Canadian? No worries, you can still purchase tutorials, join my training group or purchase a ticket for my live Facebook tutorial.
Hello stampers and happy Tuesday to you. Today I am finally going to share with you some beautiful Centre-Step cards. A special thanks to Caroline Van Roestel-Seward for sending me a beautiful centre-step card for my Happy Mail in Holland contest. Let’s take a look at Caroline’s card.
Caroline’s Centre-Step Card
Caroline used the Tasteful Touches bundle to make this beautiful card. I took pictures from two different angles to capture the essence of this card, but truthfully, photos do not do it justice at all.
Centre-Step Card dimensions
If you would like to recreate this card yourself, I have created a diagram with the measurements and the cut and score lines. Caroline also thoughtfully included a sketch for me with her card!
A Little More about Caroline
I first met Caroline at one of my in person classes. It seems strange that I even need to indicate what type of class it was! It has been so long since we have been able to have such a class and truthfully I rather miss it.
Anyway, I found out that Caroline is a very talented card maker and a natural teacher. This turned out to be quite a natural thing when I found out that Caroline is a retired English teacher. She has also been a hobby demonstrator before, so no wonder we hit it off so well. English was my favourite subject and we both love stamping and teaching. Needless to say, Caroline is now on my team and I am thrilled about that. Caroline lives just down the road from me in Chatham, Ontario.
A Winter Centre-Step Card
Of course I had to have a play with this type of card, and my friend in Holland, another Caroline, gave me some paper from the Holiday catalog to play with.
Here is a video tutorial so you can make the card with me step by step. Just pause the video when you need to do your own cutting, scoring or adhering. I love making new cards this way. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel and then you will never miss out when I post a new one. When I get home I plan to buy a new phone that allows me to do my live videos in landscape mode and then i will be sharing even more on YouTube.
A Personal Victory
I shared with you last week how my daily walks on the beach, especially during the heat wave inspired me to be more accepting of my own body. It is refreshing to see women of all ages in the Netherlands being very accepting of their bodies. This was especially noticeable on the beach where I saw women of all ages and shapes in two piece bathing suits. There were no tankinis and very few one pieces. Gradually the thought started seeping into my consciousness that I could also join them. I felt confident that if I tried I would find a two piece suit that would fit me and make me feel comfortable showing a little more skin.
I know that many, many women share my issues with body shame, or put more lightly, body confidence. That is why I decided to share a few pictures with you here on my blog. I didn’t want to share on Facebook as that is a LOT of exposure, but my blog is a little more private, so here goes.
I was thrilled to find a bikini bottom that actually covered my behind! It seems that in Europe they make bathing suits for real women. I almost didn’t share the last picture. The old me would have zoomed in on the flaws right away, but the new me says, look at that happy smile! It really isn’t about how perfect or imperfect my body is. Everyone on the beach is just having fun and enjoying the sun, the sand and the waves. This body has been strong for me during COVID and has allowed to me to taste many amazing things over the past two months. That makes me happy.
What’s the lesson? Every body is a beautiful body. Be kind to yourself. Life is short, don’t get hung up on stuff that doesn’t really matter. Do your best, try to be active and eat healthy most of the time, but above all, enjoy yourself. Take joy in the little things. I am ever so thankful for Gerard who is so kind, encouraging and accepting. He is a big reason for that smile on my face!
I have planned an online Christmas Bingo for the end of September. Right now it is scheduled for the 17th but that might need to be postponed by a bit. Here is the event on my Facebook page. Click on “discussion” if you want to see more there. You will get the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set, three make and takes and a chance to win one of six great prizes. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a super day.
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Faye’s Forever Fern Fancy Fold Card. Doesn’t that have a nice ring to it? I have no idea what the official name of this fold is but I really like it. What a great way to use your 12 by 12 paper to make a fun card and showcase the beautiful patterns! Thanks Faye for sending me this great card.
Central Butte, Saskatchewan
I am pretty sure that this is the third time that Faye has participated in one of my happy mail contests and that makes me happy. It also helps me to remember the name of her unique town which I hope to visit some day! If you want to read more about this town and see some pictures, check out this blog post where you will also see another one of Faye’s fabulous creations. To see Faye’s other card, check out this blog post too.
Faye’s Forever Fern Fancy Fold Card
Here are two shots of Faye’s beautiful card. She used the Forever Greenery paper, So Sentimental dies and Just Jade cardstock as well as the Butterfly Gala stamp set and Butterfly Duet punch.
This Forever Fern Fancy Fold card is really quite impressive when you open it up. Do you see how Faye used the triangles that were cut off from the top of the card to decorate the bottom of the card?
Facebook Live video
I will be doing a Facebook live video today at 9am EST which is 3pm in Holland to show you how to make this card. Many of you have asked how you can support me if you do not live in Canada and cannot order from me. If you are a demonstrator you could choose to join my training group which is only $5 a month or you can purchase my pdf tutorials which you can find in my blog header. The other option is simply to etransfer me whatever you would like to firstname.lastname@example.org. I appreciate each and every one of you very much and I hope that I can keep my business going with my very unique living situation and with COVID restrictions.
If you want to create with me this afternoon you can be prepared by having a paper trimmer handy and your choice of 12 x 12 paper. Cut the paper to 5 1/2″ by 12″ and score at 2″, 4″, 8″ and 10″. You can either wait for me to show you the next step or see if you understand these instructions. Cut from the 2 3/4″ mark on the side to the 4″ score line at the top to make the angled cuts.
Holland this Weekend
One thing that takes some getting used to no matter how many times I have been here is how often the weather changes and also that summer here is generally much cooler than in Canada. On Sunday for example we woke up to beautiful sunshine so I thought that we would go to the beach after church. The clouds started rolling in so it was barely warm enough at the beach, around 22C. Then the wind picked up, more clouds came and the temperature dipped a little to 20C which actually feels a LOT cooler. Perfect weather for a drive and a walk. After our picnic on the dock the wind picked up again and it started to rain. The temperature dropped to 16C and instantly it was sweater weather and time for a hot bath!
Wouldn’t this just be the perfect place for a stamping retreat? I’m not sure how much stamping we would get done but it sure would be nice to simply be together. On second thought, it would be ideal for a training/business retreat. Perfect environment for recharging your batteries and jump-starting your business!
Do you see Bailey sneaking in? He has no respect for privacy!
The three pictures above are from an idyllic bed and breakfast that I also photographed back in January. On one side they have a view of expansive pastures and on the other side is the water front where you can boat and swim and watch birds.
Did you know that if you place a $60 order in July you get a bonus bucks coupon for $6 that you can redeem in August. The best part is that you can start ordering out of the Holiday catalog in August. I will make sure to order some of these catalogs so that you can pick them up from my front porch. As soon as I know whether or not I have to quarantine when I get back I will set a date for a Christmas Bingo. In the meantime I might start planning for an online event.
If you need anything and you live in Canada, just click on the links below to go to my online store and please do use the current host code 3TUB7Q2V.
Thanks for joining me and have a super day!
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am going to share a card with you that gave me goosebumps when I opened it. That’s right, I didn’t make this card, the talented Sandy Allman did as part of my fancy fold card contest. As per usual, the pictures do not do justice to this beautiful card. Do you want to see it?
Side-Step Card using No Matter the Weather
Sandy used the cheerful March Paper Pumpkin, No Matter the Weather to make this fantastic card. It has been a long time since I have made this type of card. Sandy has definitely inspired me to do it again and I hope you will be inspired as well. Let’s take a look.
Sandy used some more great products to make this card. Can you spot them all?
- Grace’s Garden bundle (Garden Gateway dies)
- So Sentimental bundle (Stitched So Sweetly dies)
- Stitched Shape framelits (although the stitched circle is also a part of the Paper Pumpkin kit)
Side-Step Card Tutorial
Would you like to know how to make this card? Here is a tutorial I found on Splitcoaststampers. I do hope to make a video tutorial but in the meantime this will get you started. Just click here and you are good to go.
Thanks Sandy for participating in my fancy fold card contest. Sandy is from Prince George, British Columbia. If you would like to know more about this beautiful city, you can check out this blog post.
A Little Uncertain
I am supposed to fly to Holland next week Tuesday and if all goes as planned there might be an interruption in my blog posts. Then you can look forward to more Dutch pictures and videos as I do hope to continue working from there as well. I would encourage you to place your orders online so that you can have your products shipped straight to your door. There are new catalogs in a rubbermaid tote on my front porch if you would like to pick one up. If you need one mailed to you let me know, as long as you live in Canada.
Thanks for joining me, I hope you have a super day.
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am featuring a lovely twisted pop-up card with Magnolia Lane paper. This gorgeous creation was made by Terry Hamilton as part of my fancy fold card contest. I had taken pictures with my good camera but now I am experiencing technical difficulties with my computer and the photos won’t load. What an exercise in frustration! Plan B is now in action and I have used my phone camera instead.
Twisted Pop-Up Card
Terry wrote to me that this is one of her favourite fancy fold cards to make and I have to agree. The surprise factor is golden! Watching someone’s face when they open this type of card is priceless. Here is the outside of Terry’s card.
Terry really let the beautiful paper remain the focal point here. Subtle touches like the stitched shape framelits, the champagne rhinestones and the white twine bow are perfect. Do you see the lovely ribbon peeking out? You want to get that as well as the paper because they are perfect together. The paper is retiring AND it is on sale; how awesome is that?
An Inside Video
A photo doesn’t really capture the beauty of the inside of the card, so I did a quick video. If my computer ever does load the photos from my good camera, then I will add some more photos as well. In the meantime, here is the video.
I have done a video showing the step by step creation of this type of card and I have been told it is the most simple version of this card out there. I tried a few different ways of making this card before deciding on the best way and I think I succeeded. You can find it in this blog post.
Terry comes from Kelowna, British Columbia. If you are not familiar with Canadian geography, I live in the middle of the country in Ontario and it would be a five hour flight to get to the west coast where British Columbia is!
A Few More Photos
I finally succeeded in uploading my photos to my computer so here are two more pictures that show the inside of this beautiful card.
Live Video this afternoon
I will be doing a live video some time this afternoon when my new catalog preorder comes in. It is always very exciting to see the new incolours and other great new products. As demonstrators we get to order early from a selection of new products. The annual catalog will go live on June 3. My videos are on my Pampered Stamper Facebook page as well as on YouTube.
Thanks for joining me today. If you would still like to join in on the Fancy Fold card contest for a chance to win the Little Ladybug stamp set, you can mail your card to me in Holland! Jackie Bultje, Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC ‘s-Gravenzande, The Netherlands. I hope to fly out on May 19!!
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. I am going to show you how to make some adorable face mask cards that will be perfect to send out as we are all getting rather tired of this COVID-19 situation. Who would have thought that we would have to endure social isolation this long? There are definitely things that are very difficult now, but I am sure we can all agree that there have also been unexpected blessings.
Measurements for the paper face mask
This is really want you need to know and then you can use the face mask on any cards you like.
- Patterned paper 2 3/4″ by 2 1/8″
- Accordian fold this scoring on the shorter edge at 1/2″, 5/8″, 1″. 1 1/8″, 1 1/2″, and 1 5/8″.
- Burnish the folds with your bone folder.
- Put tear and tape on both ends. Cover this with a strip of whisper white cardstock 1/4″ by 1″.
- Put tear and tape along the longer edges and cover with strips of whisper white cardstock 1/4″ by 2 3/4″.
- Cut two pieces of 1/8″ ribbon at 2 3/4″, secure to short ends using glue dots.
- Open up your folds in the middle of the mask to create dimension. Put a piece of tear and tape in the middle from end to end to hold it open. You can choose to reinforce this with a strip of whisper white cardstock a 1/4″ wide but I didn’t find that necessary. Just don’t remove the backing from the tear and tape.
The actual card
I used bermuda bay for the card base and the sailing home paper for the mask as well as the argyle embossing folder.
For this card I used lovely lipstick cardstock which is retiring by the way! The mask is made from the Best Dressed paper (also retiring).
Here is a good video to watch (before I made a good one)
If you want to see the one that I did on my Facebook live, you can check that out here
COVID-19 Response Fundraiser
Stampin’Up! has come up with a great pdf fundraiser to raise money for the World Health Organization and the United Way. It is 17 pages long with two pages of instructions and the rest are lots of different sayings that uniquely apply to our COVID situation. The sayings are in black and in colours and coordinate with many different punches and framelits. Click here if you want more information or if you want to buy one. It costs $12 US.
Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope you enjoyed the cards. They are a bit fiddly but super cute and fun to give.