Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am featuring a snowflake swing card made by Ina Eisen. You may remember that we used to have a die to make a circle swing card but it has retired and I am pretty sure that Ina made this card the hard way, without a special die. What a beautiful card! Let’s take a look shall we?
Ina’s Snowflake Swing Card
Here is Ina’s beautiful card with a swinging snowflake as the focal point.
I love how Ina kept the rest of the card simple allowing the glittery snowflake the spotlight. She stamped right on the Snowflake Splendor paper and also used it to make a pretty flap on the envelope. My little person is going to be happy with all the stamps that were on the front of the envelope too!
Here is one more picture showing this pretty snowflake detail.
Here is a link for a tutorial on how to make a swing card. I find Splicoaststampers to be a very useful site for card making inspiration.
Ina Eisen, the artist behind the card comes from my hometown of Fergus, Ontario. It is always a little difficult for me to pin down my hometown, I really think I have two, Fergus and Elora. I was born in Fergus, went to church and school in Fergus but my address was always Elora and the farm was between Fergus and Elora. So there you have it. Both are beautiful, idyllic towns of Scottish origin with a fair sprinkling of Dutch settlers later on. My grandson is named Fergus in honour of my parents! Rather than share photos, I thought it would be a nice change to share a video instead. Be still my heart!
Thanks so much for joining me again today. If you want to purchase any of the supplies, just click on the images below in the product list. I know you will love Ina’s card and you might just fall in love with Fergus and Elora too. I am of course over the moon happy to be back with Gerard again for a few weeks. Especially during the travel restrictions we know how very blessed we are to be able to be together. I hope to have another happy mail card to blog about on Monday. Have a super day everyone and a fine weekend too. With lots of love from Holland!!
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I want to talk to you a little bit more about my new venture, Prime Time With The Pampered Stamper. This is a private Facebook group that I have started to take the place of my weekly coffee and a card class. Truthfully it was born in response to COVID19 as a way to keep my business viable and to keep doing what I love and sharing what I do to inspire you to greater creativity.
Why Prime Time?
Doing video tutorials is very time consuming but it is also very enjoyable both for me and for the viewer. Seeing is the best way for many people to learn. Making more complicated cards is easier to do with a video than any other way. In many ways it is even better than a class setting. Why? because you can pause the video at any point to catch up with me. You can also go back and watch again if you missed something. By creating a private group that requires membership I can earn some money with my teaching. I have purposely kept the price low so that it is affordable for everyone.
How Much Does it Cost and What Does it Include?
It costs only ten dollars a month and it includes the following:
- A weekly video tutorial on Thursday afternoons at 3pm EST.
- Written instructions with the card dimensions and the products needed.
- Weekly Prize Patrol for those paid subscribers who comment on the prize photo.
- A monthly 16 project pdf tutorial by the Demo Design Dream Team.
Here is the button for my international followers.
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. I have a lovely bridge fold card for you today that we will be making in my first ever online retreat. This is going to be such an epically fun event and I am so excited to have so many people joining me from across the country. There will definitely be more of these in the future. If you missed out this time, you might be interested in just buying the tutorial and having your own personal retreat!
Slimline Bridge Fold Card
Not only is this a very fun fold, it also have some great techniques involved. My favourite one is making a “reverse” snowman and the other is in getting the trees to really pop with the embossing folder. This card fits into a regular business sized envelope. If you want to see the sketch of how to make this card you can find it in this blog post.
I just finished writing a 21 page tutorial with clear instructions and pictures for ten cards and a home decor piece. This pdf will be free for all those who signed up for my first ever Cozy Christmas Online Retreat but it is available for sale to everyone else. If you love creating but don’t want to fiddle with measurements a pdf will be perfect for you. It is a great modest investment that will save you a lot of time and teach you great things that you can use to enhance your card making skills. Just click on the button below to get started.
Every time I like to thank you for reading my blog, for pinning my creations and for supporting me with your purchases. Without you I would not have a business! Happy stamping and have a super day.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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Thanks for joining me and have a super day!