Penguin Playmates Parcels in the Post

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I am featuring a bunch of cards all made using my Penguin Playmates Parcels in the Post. What on earth is “Parcels in the Post”? It is a package of supplies that I make each month to coordinate with the video series I am doing on YouTube.

The purpose is to make stamping more affordable and easy. Instead of having to buy full packs of cardstock and full packs of designer series paper, you get a collection of coordinating paper and cardstock as well as ribbon and embellishments. You also get inspiration for what to do with these supplies. Do you want to see what you get in the Parcel in the Post?


Penguin Playmates Parcels in the Post


Here is a photo of what you get in your Parcel in the Post. If you would like to see the videos that I have already done in this series, click here.


Penguins Parcel in the Post


It’s hard to see in the photo, but you get 12 6″ x 6″ pieces of patterned paper and ten sheets of coordinating cardstock, three yards of ribbon and about 40 iridescent rhinestones and six iridescent snowflakes.


Penguin Playmates Cards


I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed making cards with this cheerful, fun paper. Looking at those creatures as you create just brings a smile to your face. These cards were just what I needed after a busy holiday season and recovering from a nasty cold (not covid thankfully!)

These adorable cards are NOT my original creations but were cased from the very talented Cindy Brumbaugh whose blog post you can find here. Cindy’s cards are so gorgeous that I could probably just stop blogging and just case her work!!


Parcels in the Post Penguin cards


The small 4″ square card at the bottom was made when I made a mistake cutting the patterned paper for the card on the top left. The strips were supposed to be 1 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ but I had cut them too short at only 3″. Necessity is the mother of invention and I was really pleased with my extra card!


Penguin Playmates Book-Fold Card



Penguin Place was available in the holiday catalog and has been carried over and will once again be available in the annual catalog of June 2022. As you can see it is also available in Dutch. I had a lot of fun stamping the penguin in the inside of the card with all the accessories. The curvy “snow line” is especially fun to work with.



Book-Fold Card



Saleabration Freebies


Saleabration means free products! I know that there has been an unfortunate delay in the shipping of the spring mini catalogs and the saleabration flyers. If you have not yet had a chance to see them, check them out online or on the side of my home page on this blog.  This is the best time to update your stamp and paper collection and to stock up on adhesives. Are you from Europe? You can shop with me here!



Spinning Tower Card with Parcels in the Post supplies


This card is a Spinning Tower card and is much easier to make than it looks. The stamp set  beside the card? Did you know that you can get it for FREE with a $120 purchase while saleabration lasts. Saleabration is a special sale that goes until February 28, 2022. Want to know how to make the card? Here is my video from yesterday. You can tune in every Tuesday at 10am EST to see a video made with this month’s Penguin Playmates Parcel in the Post.



If you want to stay informed, it is important to click on the red “Subscribe” button. After you do that, click on the bell icon that shows up beside it so that you will be notified whenever I post another video. It’s amazing what you can learn from these simple videos.


Do you want to see another photo of the Spinning Tower card? If you want step by step directions on how to make this card, it is available in my Gingerbread and Peppermint tutorial.  It is chock full of great ideas AND it is on sale right now too! The focus of this tutorial is on the stunning Gingerbread & Peppermint suite and the Strong of Heart stamp set. You can easily substitute with other products, just like I did with this adorable Penguin Playmates card. Click on the links below in the supply list to shop with me online.


Spinning Tower Card with Penguin Playmates



Spinning Tower Card with Penguin Playmates Parcels in the Post




Thank you for joining me today. I appreciate your involvement in the stamping community that I have created. Your pins, your comments and your shares mean a LOT to me. We need each other and the world needs us. Together we can change the world, one card at a time. Have a super day!

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Bay Window Fold Card

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today’s blog post is about a beautiful and meaningful Bay Window Fold Card. Thanks very much to Ina Eisen for sending me this lovely “Happy Mail in Holland” card. Can you believe that I have not yet made a Bay Window Fold Card?? It is definitely time to give this fold a try. Ina was very smart in that she wrote on the back of the card that it was this type of fold. If you aren’t immediately aware you might be a bit confused when you first look at it folded flat. People who don’t stamp will definitely be even more clueless that I was in the first ten seconds!


Ina’s Bay Window Fold Card


Here is Ina’s card. What makes it even more meaningful and special is that she put a photo of Elora in the inside of the card. Elora is my hometown and where my parents still live today. I am going to take this card home to show them, I know Mom is going to love it. Many people love using their favourite photos as cards, this is a great way to do just that!


Bay Window Card


Create With Us International Tutorial


Did you know that in our latest Create With Us International Tutorial bundle there is a Bay Window Card by our very own Tamara Bertram? You can get this tutorial for free with a $60 purchase which just happens to be the amount that you need to spend to get a free saleabration item. If you have not yet received your saleabration brochure in the mail or picked it up from my tote on the front porch, you can see it online here.

Just click on the blue word and then you will have a new tab open on your computer and you can see the two categories of. free items. Some are free with a $60 purchase and some are free with a $120 purchase. Below is a sneak peek of all the projects in our Create With Us Tutorial. The theme is Blessings of Home. If you would rather just purchase the tutorial, you can do so here.


Heart and Home Collection pdf tutorial


Are You Missing Out?


Do you watch YouTube videos? Do you sometimes wish that you could get more information about the projects that were made? Well, you might be missing out because you didn’t know you could click on those small words “show more”. Here is my short little video that I did with Screen Castify. I couldn’t figure out how to end the video so it gets a bit weird at the end.





Thanks for joining me today. On Wednesday I will be blogging about my Penguin Place cards that are part of this month’s Parcels in the Post. This is a great way to get a package of assorted coordinating supplies so that you can play along with me for a month of cardmaking. It is only $25 for porch pick up or $32 mailed anywhere in Canada. Check it out here.

Please let me know if you received your spring catalog and/or saleabration flyer in the mail. Stampin’Up! was super late in mailing them out and I am so very sorry that you have not received them yet. Nothing I could do about it!!! Have a super day and happy stamping my friends. Hugs from Holland.

Valentine’s Triple Cube Pop-Up Cards

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I have two Valentine’s Triple Cube Pop-Up cards for you. Isn’t that a mouthful? I am super happy with how they turned out and I hope that you are too. There is even a video showing you how to make it so that you can see it isn’t too difficult. The fun part of this video is that it is part of a Global Video Hop Collab Group, so you will be able to see videos from around the world all showing fun fold cards.


Valentine’s Triple Cube Pop-Up Cards


For these cards I used the Sweet Conversations bundle and the Sweet Talk paper. It really is quite adorable. One of the cards is more simple than the other one with less layering.



Sweet Conversations Triple Cube Pop-Up Cards



The one on the left is without the layering and has a basic white base, the one on the right has a highland heather base and has that extra layering as well. Which do you prefer?



Triple Cube Pop-Up Card




Happy Valentine's Day


Here is a shot of all the pieces that you need to layer on to your card base. Can you believe that I started with these pieces before making the actual base? I find it easy to get all the fiddly bits out of the way first. The card base is actually really simple. If you would like to see another card like this, check out this blog post from a while back.


pieces for triple cube pop-up card


Video Tutorial


Want to learn how to make this card? Just watch this video and you will be all set!




All measurements are all included in my video. The purpose of doing a video is to save time writing a tutorial! It is also helpful to see a card being made rather than just reading about it. I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to seeing your comments! If you like it, please share so more people can see it too. Thanks so much!


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Seasons of Fun and More Happy Mail!

Hello stampers and happy Christmas Eve to you all. Today I am sharing some adorable Seasons of Fun cards that I made during my weekly Stamping Through My Stash videos. This host set is a real gem. I am hoping that in the coming year we can do some fun parties together. We need some more fun and we need to get creative in the way that we do it don’t you think??


First, Happy Mail


The first thing I want to do is share the happy mail that arrived this week. We have a bit of a black and white theme going and I love it. The third card is the new black- red!!!


Delivering Cheer Happy Mail in Holland


Brighton, Ontario


This lovely card uses the Delivering Cheer stamp set which is totally appropriate for a Happy Mail in Holland card don’t you think? I love the classic and elegant black and white colour scheme with some silver embossing to make it pop. Thank you so much Cheryl Ann Pulver for this lovely card. Cheryl Ann is a talented team member of mine who lives in Brighton Ontario. She is also a florist in her spare time!

I looked up Brighton, Ontario and it looks like a fantastic place to visit. Presqu’Ile Provincial Park is here and I used to visit there when I had a summer job in Cobourg. Small world! Check out this restaurant, would you like to join me there some day for a lovely lunch?




Maasluis, the Netherlands


The second card is also from a team member, but she is my very first team member in the Netherlands!! How awesome is that? Thank you so much Barbara van den Berg-Zeegers for this beautiful card. I absolutely love the clean and crisp feel of Peaceful Cabin in black and white. Barbara comes from Maasluis which is a town about 15 minutes away from where Gerard lives. I have a cousin living in Maasluis and I used to visit my aunt and uncle there. Mom’s oldest sister lived in Maasluis until she died a few years ago. This city was founded around 1340; what a history!


Maasluis, the Netherlands



Peaceful Cabin Happy Mail in Holland


Listowel, Ontario


The last card was sent to my by Karen Gerretsen. I have only met Karen via Zoom for Bingo events and other online card making. Karen has supported my virtual coffee and a card classes and my Parcels in the Post. I am so grateful for loyal customers like Karen. Thank you so much for this cheerful and classic card.  The Merry Melody embossing folder is the star of the show. Well done!!


Karen lives on a farm just outside of Listowel, Ontario. I know from my daughter Stefanie that Listowel is in the “snow belt”. Stefanie used to have to drive through Listowel when she worked for the Huron-Perth Centre in Stratford. Listowel is beautiful farming country with rolling hills and lovely farms. It became a village in 1866 and was named after Listowel in Ireland.



Merry Melody Christmas Card


Seasons of Fun Cards


Normally I would not add any more cards to this blog post, but next week it will be after Christmas and then it will be too late to share Christmas cards don’t you think? These cards turned out so well in my Stamping Through My Stash video on Wednesday. If you missed that video, I will include it here for you. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel and to comment on a video and share it so you can have a chance to win the Poinsettia Petals bundle!



These are both fun and easy Z-Fold cards. Just take a piece of thick basic white cardstock measuring 4 1/4″ by 11″ and score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″. Fold in half and then fold the front flap back towards yourself.


Seasons of Fun Z-Fold Cards with Whimsy & Wonder paper



I used Whimsy & Wonder paper to finish off the Seasons of Fun cards and the images were stamped on shimmery white cardstock and coloured with Blends.






Merry Christmas!


Thanks for joining me today and I hope that you have a very merry Christmas with the people that you love. Perhaps like me, you will only be able to be with some of the people that you love, and you will be missing the rest. Thankfully we have technology to help us stay in touch. God bless and keep you!! Big hugs from Holland from both myself and Gerard.


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Parcels in the Post Inspiration

Well hello stampers and happy Monday to you! Today I am going to share the first projects that I hope to share with you in conjunction with my Parcels in the Post. Parcels in the Post is a kit program that I am offering to make it easier and more affordable to create along with me. I remember when I first started papercrafting that I was often missing something when I wanted to recreate a card. There is only so much you can buy and I was sad to miss out.


How Does Parcels in the Post Work?

With the Parcels in the Post I will be putting together a package of basic supplies including patterned paper, cardstock, ribbon and perhaps other accessories. I will then use this package as a source for my projects. Every Tuesday I will share some projects that I have made using these Parcels in the Post. The other thing that I will offer you is a supply list of the main stamp sets or bundles that are featured in my kit. To save you money, I will suggest that you put these items in a starter kit so you can get your own discount.


How Will This Save You Even More Money?


Stay with me here. It gets better. When you get your starter kit you will also get 8 catalogs. If you share my YouTube videos with Parcels in the Post with your friends, chances are they will want to join you in this fun journey. You can then give them a catalog, show them the list of supplies needed to play along and then you will have orders from them so that you can keep your discount. If they love it, then you can have them get the starter kit with you! You won’t have to do anything except share what I do.

That also means that you will be a part of my Beyond Pampered Team and you will be able to join me on fantastic retreats like the one happening from June 3 to June 5 2021. There are still 8 spots available. Check out the link to this gorgeous retreat cabin here.


Parcels in the Post Inspiration Projects


Here is the first card that I made for my Parcels in the Post projects. Many of my projects use the Encircled in Beauty dies. They are actually part of an Encircled in Friendship bundle and there is also an Encircled in Warmth set to go with it as well. That is the stamp set that I used for these cards. Check it out!



Parcels in the Post card using Encircled in Beauty dies and Peaceful Deer paper


The next Peaceful Deer Parcels in the Post inspiration card uses a neutral Sahara Sand palette. I love how the buffalo plaid deer just pops with his Be Dazzling antlers.


Parcels in the Post card with Encircled in Beauty dies and Peaceful Deer paper


The next card was inspired by Heather Forgan. It uses the beautiful snowflakes that are included in your Parcel in the Post. This is my “Where’s Waldo” card. That crumb is not on your computer screen, it is on my card!! It really is all about the treats!


Garden Green card with beautiful snowflakes and Encircled in Beauty die.


The last project that I am sharing today is a gift bag and it continues the garden green theme as well as the Encircled in Beauty dies. On Wednesday we will switch to the real red and cherry cobbler palette for the remainder of the projects.


Peaceful Deer gift bag


How to Get Your Parcel in the Post


If you want to get your Parcel in the Post, don’t delay. There are three options. $25 for porch pickup, $32 for mailing anywhere in Canada and $40 mailed to the US. Here is the PayPal link. I did tweak my prices a wee bit. Not the base price, but the shipping included prices. It was time to be realistic and stop eating the extra shipping costs myself. Thanks for understanding!


Parcel Options


A PDF Option

There will also be a pdf only option, but it is not available just yet. You will get notified once it is my tutorial store. You can check out the ones that are available now, there are lots to choose from!


Get Your Own Discount


I know that I am in danger of sounding like a broken record, but I am truly passionate about this. If you love stamping and card making or scrapbooking, you deserve your own discount. It is honestly so easy to introduce this fun hobby to your friends without ever having to do a class. Simply invite them over to help you make the cards in your Paper Pumpkin kit that is included in your starter kit.

For the month of November this kit is only $100 and you get to fill it with $165 worth of products of your choice. Click here to get started or message me if you have questions.


Thank You!


Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a super day. Take a good look at the supply list below, that is what I used to create the projects from my Parcels in the Post for my December videos. Just so you know (I did a little math for you) if you get the Peaceful Deer bundle, the Encircled in Beauty Dies, the Encircled in Warmth stamp set, the Snowflake Wishes stamp set and a spool of either gold shimmer or black gingham ribbon that totals exactly $165. If you would put these on a normal order it would be $202.95. Until the end of November you pay only $100. Tell me that doesn’t just blow your mind?! That’s all for now….


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Tranforming your Paper With Blends

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Transforming your paper with Blends is a very rewarding experience. Many of us love to colour and when you take your monochromatic paper and chop it up to a manageable size you are ready to transform it. That is what I did with my card for my private Prime Time group. I used the Peaceful Place paper to make this card.


Transforming Your Paper With Blends


At the heart of this technique is another practice called #loveitchopit. Truth be told, we often hoard our pretty paper. Experience has taught me that when I chop my paper I am much more likely to use it. The best measurements for chopping are 4″ x 12″ strips and then you can cut them into 4″ by 5 1/4″ for card fronts. This will leave some smaller strips that you can use in the inside of your cards.


Peaceful Cabin paper transformed with Blends


The Paper as the Focal Point


I decided to turn this gorgeous paper into the focal point of this easel fold card. It looks great combined with Early Espresso and Old Olive cardstock. Transforming your paper is easy with Blends don’t you think?


Peaceful Cabin easel fold card


The Finishing Touch


I added a few metallic dots and some linen thread for the sentiment. It was so much fun making this card and I am looking forward to doing a video tutorial with it for my Prime Time group on Thursday.


Layering Circle dies for the focal point on this Peaceful Cabin card.


Follow Me on YouTube


Did you know that I do a weekly virtual coffee and a card class on YouTube? You can follow along even if you don’t order the kits to do it yourself with me. Each Tuesday morning at 10am EST I do the video. This past week I actually showed this colouring technique at the end. I’ll share the video here. Keep an eye out for the little red rectangle in the corner of my video. If you click on that you can subscribe to my channel and then you will be notified every time I post.



Busy Squirrel


Sometimes life gets a little hectic and then I drop a few things that I was super enthusiastic about. One of those things was my Parcels in the Post program. I hope to revive that very soon!! Another is stamp clubs. I miss my stamp clubs and am hoping to start them up again but on a virtual platform. Many people are not big fans of more technology so they stay away from Zoom. Did you know that you can also use Facebook rooms to get together. Maybe we will have a little play session to see how it works. Who is interested?

Thanks so much for joining me today. Happy stamping and have a super day!


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