Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. I know it is a super happy Monday for me!! Gerard is finally here and he is such a sweetheart that he said, “of course you are going to write a blog post!” He is so supportive of my business, so here is a nice post about this gorgeous Fine Art Floral accordion fold card.
Every week I make a special card for my Prime Time with The Pampered Stamper group. On Wednesday I post the supply list and measurements and on Thursday at 3pm EST I do a video tutorial. Let’s take a look at this Fine Art Floral accordion fold card.
Fine Art Floral Accordion Fold Card
An accordion fold card is a great way to showcase your beautiful patterned paper. I absolutely love the Fine Art Floral suite with the hand painted paper. One of the reasons I fell in love with Stampin’Up! is that their products make me feel artistic. Do you also find that the products facilitate your creativity?
If you look closely you can see that the flowers are gathered onto a beautiful stitched scalloped rectangle. Do you know where that comes from? It is from the So Sentimental bundle as is the sentiment in the inside of this card. It is definitely one of my “go to” bundles.
I just love how this card screams “spring!”. Are you ready for the pretty spring flowers popping up and bouquets of flowers on your table? For this card I used poppy parade, bumblebee, calypso coral and old olive.
Prime Time With the Pampered Stamper
If you would like to be a part of this fun group that would be just fantastic. It is only $10 a month which is much less than the cost of an actual in person class and it is open to anyone, anywhere. Here is the link if you want to join. There are also weekly or biweekly draws (depending on whether or not I remember!!) as well as a monthly 16 project pdf. That alone is worth the membership!!
Stamping With Gerard
As you might now, I am currently quarantining with Gerard at my home for another ten days. I thought it would be fun to do some kind of fun event with him and this is what I came up with. When he goes home he will have a stamping kit in his suitcase and we are going to set a date so that you can join in with a Zoom meeting where Gerard teaches the class and stamps with you. I will join in too of course but how much fun is that going to be?
The card kit that we are going to use is called Hello Dear Friend and the reason I chose this one is because of the saying in there “you make my heart smile”. He really does!! Class date is Wednesday April 21 at 7pm EST. The meeting will be recorded and also we will try to broadcast it to Facebook live as well. You can order the kit online yourself using the host code 4T7A64MU.
Thanks for joining me again today, sorry for the sporadic postings. With my Pap’s failing health the blog posts are definitely taking a back burner and I know that is what you would also expect. I appreciate your support very much, maybe I will see you tomorrow morning for my YouTube live video at 10am. If you have not yet had a chance to subscribe to my channel you can do so here.
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today’s card is a Heal Your Heart Arrow Fold card. Heal Your Heart is a beautiful stamp set that you can get for free during saleabration which only goes until February 28. Both the sayings and the font of this set are really lovely. The arrow fold card is also surprisingly easy to make and ever so rewarding. Let’s take a look.
Arrow Fold Card
I made an arrow fold card twice. Do you know why? The first time, and the second time if I am being honest, I cut the paper the wrong way!! I am sometimes spatially challenged and the paper I was using was definitely one-directional so yes, I was in a bit of trouble. However, the other side of the paper was a very forgiving polka dot so all was well in the end. Both cards are quite lovely I think. One will go to someone going through a rough patch and the other one will go to my newest team member.
Thanks to Karen Duke for inspiring me to make this card. It caught my eye when Genevieve Ko shared it on Facebook. She had received it from Karen in a card swap.
Arrow Fold Tutorial
I am planning to do a video tutorial on this arrow fold card in my Prime Time With The Pampered Stamper group. Have you heard about this group? Would you like to join and get some great perks? Then read about it here and hopefully you will join me this Thursday at 3pm EST. Each Wednesday I post the list of supplies and the measurements of the card that I will be making on Thursday.
Would you like to see more cards made with the Flower & Field paper? Check out this blog post here.
Do You Live in Canada?
If you live in Canada, you could join us for our Fab Four event on February 26 at 7pm EST. Four demonstrators will join together to make four different cards using saleabration products. For only $25 you will get your kit mailed to you anywhere in Canada. The video tutorials will be posted in the event group on Facebook and there will be a live Zoom gathering to do the door prizes and just chat about the cards and saleabration. Here is the link to the event.
Have You Placed Your Saleabration Order Yet?
I have noticed that some people are missing out on some free products, so I thought I would share a few important facts that I perhaps take for granted.
- You get a free saleabration product from the small saleabration brochure with EACH $60 purchase. There are two items that are free with a $120 purchase. A Touch of Ink and Berry Blessings are the “level 2” free items.
- If you spend $120 you get TWO free items OR one level two item. My advice is that if you are at $110 you may as well get a package of cardstock or a Stampin’ Seal adhesive which you will probably need in a few weeks anyway. Maximize your freebies!
- If you spend $200 you qualify for host rewards. You can use those rewards on exclusive host products found at the back of the catalog starting at page 187.
- During saleabration which ends on February 28 you can also get a free stamp set called Punch Party with a $375 order.
- The best deal in the catalog is always the starter kit. You do NOT have to sell or demonstrate to get this kit. It entitles you to a 20% discount on your future purchases. This discount will be yours until the end of July regardless of how little you spend. You have everything to gain and absolutely nothing to lose. Here is the link if you want this amazing deal. You must be a Canadian citizen to do so.
Thanks for joining me today. I hope that you are keeping well. I think there might be light at the end of this COVID tunnel. Stamping has definitely kept me sane. Have a super day and stay warm. I woke up to -15C temperatures today!
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. I have finally finished all my Parcels in the Post creations and am inspired to also create a pdf tutorial for it. My last creation is a True Love Double Point card with a masculine feel to it. I think you can guess where this card is going!
True Love Double Point Card
The palette for this card is basic black and sahara sand with a touch of white. Since it is going to a man I thought I would skip the blushing bride ribbon and use the Fine Art gold ribbon instead.
Here you can see a close up of the heart detail and then I will share what the inside looks like. If you want to see how to make a double point card, you can see a video tutorial here.
If you want to see my first ever double point card, you can check out this blog post from two years ago.
Parcels in the Post
I created Parcels in the Post to save you money AND jump start your creativity. When you have a lovely package of assorted and coordinating products plus a video tutorial to get you going, life is pretty good. I know that I really hate feeling stupid and when you are stuck staring at a bunch of products with no idea of what to do with them, you can feel stupid. I know I do!! Let me know if you want a Parcel in the Post!
A Few of My Creations
Here is a picture of the cards that I created with my Parcels in the Post. All of the supplies are from the kit I created except for the gold ribbon on the one card.
Here is the video tutorial that I did live on YouTube on Saturday morning. I really hope you take the time to have a peek and also be sure to subscribe to my channel so you will see all my fun videos.
Thanks so much for joining me today, it was a bit of a read!! Don’t forget to take advantage of the saleabration deals and the best deal of all, the starter kit! If this intrigues you and you would love a discount on your own purchases, message me and I would LOVE to help you out. The current host code is always on the right hand side of my blog when you click the “home” button at the top.
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am going to share a Dove of Hope W-Funfold card. I made this card yesterday for my Prime Time With The Pampered Stamper group. Last week I got a great card with this fold from Lou Davis and I knew that I wanted to make one myself. The only idea I had in my head was to use the Dove of Hope bundle and that I wanted to keep the card about textures, not colours. The key to the look I was hoping for was the Plush Poinsettia specialty paper. I am super happy with how it turned out so I am going to share some photos with you.
It’s All About the Textures
The dove of hope bundle has some great dies that also include embossed and cut out images that can be layered. When I think of doves I also think of hope and peace and this translates to white, possibly some bling and definitely texture. The panels on the inside of the w-fancyfold card are the perfect place to showcase all the beautiful images in this set. My colour palate was white and balmy blue with a hint of pool party. Let’s take a look.
For the front of the card I created a layered dove with our balmy blue glimmer paper and whisper white cardstock. Be sure to use a liquid adhesive to glue these layers together as glimmer paper doesn’t like our other adhesives. The background is our stunning Plush Poinsettia specialty paper. It can be best described as a velvet design on vellum which looks and feels great. The curvy white panel was popped up and die cut with the Curvy dies. Peace on Earth was embossed in silver.
The Inside of the W-Funfold Card
To make the “W” part all you need is a strip of thick white cardstock 1 3/4″ by 11″ scored at 2 3/4″, 5 1/2″ and 8 1/4″. Add four panels and you are all set. I chose to keep the colours muted and to focus on the beautiful plush poinsettia paper and the blue glimmer paper. The doves are both embossed in silver and popped up.
Prime Time With The Pampered Stamper
I made this card yesterday in this private Facebook group. Each week I do a video tutorial there for a small monthly fee. It is only ten dollars a month which is way cheaper than a card class. Why would I do this? It might seem snooty and unfair to not just share with everyone. I understand. The fact is that sales are down considerably due to the lack of in person classes so this is a way for me to make some money and stay in business. It’s all fine and well to like people’s cards and creations but in the end for many of us it is a business, and if we don’t earn money then we have to go and find another job. I know of several SU demos who have had to do that. I don’t want to be one of them, so I thought I would explain my modus operandi here.
If you would also like to join this great group, you can, just click here. For this group I create one card ahead of time and then I make another card for the live video. I usually try to tweak it a little bit so that everyone has two options for the same card. Each week there is also a prize drawing and there is a monthly pdf tutorial as well. Here is my second card.
Less Than A Week Left
I have less than a week left here in Holland. How time flies when you are with the person you love! This time was completely different with very little “going” out except for necessary things like groceries and the occasional family visit. You may have noticed that there were significantly less pictures. COVID19 is also a big deal here except they call it Corona here. All around the world we are hoping for this to be the last hurrah of this nasty virus. I wil have one more YouTube live video here on Tuesday and then it will be back in Chatham. The neat thing is that with technology it doesn’t feel any different from your end!! For me the biggest challenge with keeping in touch is the time difference of six hours.
Thanks for joining me! I hope you have a super day and a fine weekend too. If you live in Canada and would like to shop with me online, I would of course love that! I will send you a free sixteen project pdf tutorial as a thankyou.
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today’s card is a Warm & Toasty fancy fold card from my Happy Mail in Holland contest. This is honestly so much fun! To get happy mail is already great, but when there are handwritten letters and beautiful cards too, that just makes my day. What I am really liking as well is that people are starting to tell me the favourite things about their home town. Let’s take a look at the card and the town. Are you curious?
Warm & Toasty Fancy Fold Card
I must confess; I do not have this stamp set. That is why it is so nice to be able to blog about it. It is new to me too! The fold is also one that I have never done, so you can bet that I am going to give it a try as well. In the meantime, here is the card made by Lou Davis and her twin sister.
I know what you are thinking. This is a really cute card! It is, but there is more. Do you know the feeling when you get happy mail and the envelope is thick? Then you take out the card and it feels thick too? Perhaps there was something else in the envelope, but now you know that this is going to be a card with a surprise inside. Indeed! When I opened it up, this is what I saw. I don’t know what this fold is called, but you can be sure that I want to recreate it now.
Here is another view of this card so you can see how the fold mechanism works.
Beaufort, South Carolina
I love that Lou included a letter with her card telling me about her hometown and what she thinks is special about it. Now I also know that it is pronounced “Bu-fort”. I would have said “Bow-fort”. There are also two towns with this name in South Carolina, so it is a good thing that I was pointed in the right direction!! Lou’s hometown is not far from Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA and it was instrumental in both the Revolutionary War as well as the Civil War.
Here is a short video that shows how pretty Beaufort is. I found out that it is the second oldest city in South Carolina, chartered in 1711. While I was looking for some nice pictures to share I came across this interesting article. I am sure you have heard that during this whole COVID pandemic people have been baking a lot, especially bread! In Chatham there was no yeast to be found in the grocery stores and flour was also sold out. This 79 year old Beaufort man decided to make models of churches instead. How beautiful!
Many years ago I earned an incentive trip to Hilton Head Island, and I am quite sure that Beaufort is quite close to this pretty island as well. Beaufort is known for its antibellum mansions like the one below. Lou, you are one lucky woman to live in this pretty place.
Here is a streetscape view. I have never been in one of these southern mansions, but you can be sure it is on my bucket list. Gerard has family in North Carolina, so we will be close!
Thanks so much for sending in your beautiful card Lou. Be sure to thank your sister too. This contest helps us all get to know each other better and that is wonderful. We need all the connection that we can get these days. I pray that this virus will soon be put behind us or at least contained with a vaccine. Stay safe. Have a super day!!
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!!