Hello stampers and happy Thursday. It feels a bit strange to say that because lately I have been blogging only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Today I am going to show you how to make that gorgeous Country Club teepee card that I was talking about on Monday. Let’s take a look!
Country Club Teepee Card
This card is so striking to look at and it really makes you proud to give it to someone simply because it is so different. The best thing is that it isn’t difficult to make.
I was planning to write out all the directions, but my back is still killing me and too much sitting is not good at all. You can get the complete directions if you order from me this month as this card is part of the Demo Design Dream Team tutorial (how is that for a mouthful?) If you belong to my team or to my training group, you get this tutorial as a free perk. You can also check out this blog post for instructions and a video.
Thanks so much for joining me today and for taking part in my first ever Mega Facebook Party and auction yesterday. It was a LOT of fun. If you missed it, you can still see the videos on my Pampered Stamper page. We used a Double Wonder template to make fantastic cards. You can find the template here on Julie Davison’s blog as well as the story behind it. I hope to share some of my cards on Friday. Don’t forget to order your favourite retiring items including the supplies for today’s card. If you wait too long you might be disappointed, so if you live in Canada feel free to click on the items in the product list and shop online with me. I truly appreciate your business! Have a super day.
Hello stampers and happy Friday. Today I am going to post the first fun fold card in my fancy fold card contest. This card is by Ina Eisen and it features the playful Dino Days stamp set and coordinating Dinoroar paper.
Ina Eisen’s card
Before I show you Ina’s beautiful card I want to tell you just a little bit more about this talented woman. I have found out that she is a hobby demonstrator and her upline is my friend Joanne MacTavish. Turns out that Joanne was my parents’ bank teller at the Royal Bank in Fergus. Joanne is very lucky to have Ina on her team. Before I knew that Ina was a demo, you may have seen that I was trying to recruit her to join my team! I’m looking forward to spending some time with both of them when this COVID situation is over.
There are so many great details in this fun card! Ina used the stitched nested labels dies for the focal point and fussy cut the dinosaurs out of the Dinoroar paper. This paper is on sale right now and available only while supplies last. The “miss you” is from the stamp set Enjoy Life which is also retiring.
Inside View of Dino Days card
Here is the inside of this fun card. Ina used a retired stamp set called No Bones About It.
I almost forgot to give you the measurements for this fun card. The cardstock base is 5 1/2″ by 4 1/4 in a colour that coordinates or contrasts with your paper. Ina used mango melody for this card.
Take a piece of patterned paper 11 3/4 inches and score at 1 3/4″, 4 3/4″ and 7 3/4″. Fold the first part back towards you (mountain fold) then fold a valley fold and then a mountain fold. Just look at the picture below and it will make sense. Adhere the largest part to the card base and decorate as desired.
Ina used the stone embossing folder that was available during saleabration on the white stitched nested label.
Video on my Facebook Page
If you want to see the video of how this card was made you can see it on my business Facebook page. It was supposed to upload to YouTube as well but my camera ran out of space so it couldn’t be saved. Bummer.
I made a few alternative cards using this fun paper, but I only took one picture to share. This day has been totally nuts with every technical glitch imaginable happening. I am crazy squirrel, hear me roar!!
Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope you have a good weekend and stay sane. I would love it if you order from me online, just click on the links below in my product list. This suite of products will bring a smile to your face and help you make happy mail for any littles or for the young at heart. If you want to brighten my day, please leave a comment. Tell me what you have been making or doing to stay optimistic. Have a super day.
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday. Have you noticed these days that it truly is the little things that make a difference? I find that when I am in a funk it is time for me to get into nature and be still. To commune with God and soak in His peace. When you slow down and rest, when you breathe deeply you also become more aware of your surroundings. All of a sudden you will see things that you didn’t see before. The buds opening on the trees, a tiny white-breasted nuthatch flitting from tree to tree. Here are some pictures that I took on my recent walk in town.
Spring Dutch Door Card
My leisurely walk through nature restored my soul. At one point I laid on the ground with my binoculars looking up at the great horned owl perched on a branch way above me. I saw it move across the branch and tilt its head down to peer at me to discern my intent. She was keeping a watchful eye on her improvised nest a few trees away and she wanted to make sure that I wasn’t a threat. When I got up, there were leaves caught in my hair but that’s ok. It was good to feel like a kid again. I sat down on a culvert in the shade and was able to see lots of bird activity. This inspired my spring card.
If you would like to know how to make this card you can check out this blog post or watch the video below.
Fancy Fold Card Contest
I am super excited because the first cards for this contest have arrived. Instead of waiting till they all come in, I will blog about them as they arrive. Stay tuned for the first card by Ina Eisen on Friday. How appropriate! Ina was the one who inspired this card and her Dino Days card will be a treat for all of you. If you want to participate in this contest, please send me a card by May 31 to Jackie Bultje, 81 Delaware Ave, Chatham, Ontario N7L 2W3. You will be entered into a contest to win the Little Ladybug stamp set.
Ornate Garden Suite
Stampin’Up! has released this beautiful new suite and I have told you nothing at all about it. I feel really badly about that because it is full of beautiful things that you might want to have. Truth is, with this Corona virus pandemic I have been super focused on helping families with my #kitsforkids. Please watch this video as it really shows how beautiful the products are. I even forgot to provide a link below in the product supply list, so you can just click here if you want to order it.
Here is an image that shows you a little more. The cards I have seen online with this suite are beautiful and I have heard nothing but good things about it. It might be the perfect #covidbuster for you.
If you click on this link you can go crazy and order whatever your heart desires. Shipping is faster than Amazon!!
Have a super day and thanks for dropping by. Stay safe. Be patient. Be kind.
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I will be showing you a fantastic Dutch Door card made by Ina Eisen for the happy mail for Gerard contest. How appropriate is this fold for this contest? I love it so much!
Ina Eisen’s Card
Ina told me that the name of the fancy fold that she used for this card is called a Dutch Door. Can you believe that I have never seen this fold before? The Demo Design Dream team tutorial this month is going to be all about fancy folds, so Ina’s card is going to be my inspiration. Ina is a retired nurse who comes from the same town as my parents. What a small world! I will tell a little bit more about Fergus later, first let’s take a look at this terrific card.
In this picture you can see how the bottom parts fold out.
It’s All in the Details
This card has so many details that I love besides this very fun Dutch Door fold. Ina used the Come Sail Away suite for her card, especially the Memories & More pack for the focal point. The paper that goes with this suite is so fantastic. I hope to create a class to go with these two products. Stay tuned for more details!
I love Ina’s envelope too. Even the postage stamp is iconically Canadian, and her address label has a lighthouse!! The finishing touch is her impeccable cursive writing. I must say, I am a little jealous of your beautiful handwriting Ina.
How Did She Do It?
What I love so much about this fold is that it looks far more complicated than it is. Impressive, but not difficult, that is my kind of card. You start with an old olive base of 4 1/4″ by 9″, scored at 5 1/2″. Cut another piece of old olive 2 1/4″ by 8 1/2″ scored at 2 1/8″ from either end. Adhere this to the back of the card at the bottom, so that the smaller parts fold towards the front.
Ina even wrote a nice note for Gerard in Dutch, wow!! So happy that you joined in on the Happy Mail for Gerard contest. The front panels are decorated with mats in whisper white that go right to the middle edge- they measure 2″ by 2 1/8″. The patterned paper mats are 1 7/8″ by 2″. I am so looking forward to creating a card like this one. Will you give it a try too? If you do, please send me a picture of your finished work and I will share it on my page or perhaps even here on my blog.
I would love to share with you just a few details about Fergus, which is sort of my home town as well. Why the confusion? Let me tell you. Our farm was situated in the country about five kilometres from Fergus, but also five kilometres from Elora. Our mailing address was Elora, but our church and school were Fergus, so I honestly never know which town to claim as my home town!
Fergus has deep Scottish roots and hosts Canada’s largest Highland Games and it was founded in 1833. It now has a population of just over 20,000 people.
Fergus and Elora are both lovely towns with lots of quaint shops. They are also very cultural with theatres, music festivals and local artists. Below is Templeton Gardens, a popular wedding photo location along the Grand River. This same river runs through my parents’ backyard, which is the reason mom fell in love with their house.
Many of the buildings in Fergus and Elora are built from yellow brick which is locally sourced and so, so beautiful. You also see a lot of limestone architecture.
The building here below used to be an amazing indoor Farmer’s Market. Our grade 7 Home Economics class once made these huge stuffed monkeys, and we had a booth here to sell them. That was my first experience as a huckster.
Coffee and a Card Subscriptions
I hope you enjoyed this little walk down memory lane. Thanks again Ina for the very inspirational card. I think I should encourage you to join my team!! Have a super day everyone and don’t forget about my coffee and a card subscription. The first official Zoom video starts tomorrow at 10am. It is exclusive for subscribers. You can choose two different subscriptions: video only for $20 a month or all the cards, videos and a $20 voucher for $60 a month.
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. When writing a blog post you always have to decide what to call it and the blog people don’t like it when you use the same words too often. When I was in England 27 years ago, “Mind the Gap” amused me greatly. This is what was said in a lovely accent every time you were on the subway platform. “Mind the Gap” applies to my card today since it is a divided front card with a lovely gap that I really want you to notice.
Mind the Gap Card
If you look closely you will see that the “Rest & Relaxation” panel bridges that gap between the top and bottom of the card. People really notice this card when they are in my stamp room, it is really quite striking and piques ones interest. Let’s take a look at the inside.
Yes, I know this picture is slightly blurry. I am blaming it on my muscle relaxant pills. They apparently also affect my brain and ocular tissue. You get the idea though and that way I don’t have to take and edit another photo. I used the Tropical Oasis Memories and More cards to make this fun card.
Tropical Oasis Memories and More
Have you heard about our Memories and More cards? While they are meant for scrapbooking or memory keeping as some people like to call it, they are also fantastic for quick and easy card making. I have included lots of these great cards in my latest tutorial which I am happy to report is now available. Just click on the buy it now button below and you will get hours of easy crafting without any Google searches or frustrating mismeasurements that waste your cardstock and ruin your joy. There are twenty cards in this fun tutorial.
Here is a sneak peek of 16 cards in the tutorial.
If you want to see some other cards that are in this tutorial, check out this blog post.
I made a short video that shows 19 of the 20 cards (one was forgotten on my desk!!)
Free with Purchase
Did you know that if you buy the Tropical Oasis bundle you will get this tutorial for free? Definitely. I want to guarantee your stamping success. With any $50 purchase in March you will also get the Demo Design Dream Team tutorial, or you can get it for free if you join my team. Here is the link for joining and getting the amazing deal on the starter kit.
Here is the sneak peek for the March DDDT tutorial.
Thanks for Participating
I just want to thank you for participating in the happy mail for Gerard contest. The cards are flowing in and I am so very excited to see his face. This will be a surprise because he doesn’t read my blog. He does follow my Facebook page because he loves the interaction we all have there, but he thinks my blog is all technical about card details. Let’s keep it that way. If you send a masculine card to me for him by March 29 you will be in a contest to win a free masculine stamp set from the mini catalog. I will also blog about your card and do a video of Gerard opening them all. Please address your cards to Gerard van der Sar, c/o Jackie Bultje 81 Delaware Avenue, Chatham Ontario, N7L 2W3.
Thanks for stopping by today as well. I hope you have a super day, that you spread some joy with your cards and that you exercise some mindful gratitude for the blessings in your life.
Hello stampers and happy Tuesday to you. Today I have two cards for you, the first one is a teepee card using Painted Poppies and the second one is fun flap fold from yesterday but with Painted Poppies. It is ten o’clock in the morning here in Holland and thus far there is no happy mail, so I am going to write a blog post using my own cards. Revolutionary!
Teepee Card with Peaceful Poppies
Last night I actually worked. I hadn’t really done much all day and Gerard had had a very busy day and he just wanted to chill in front of the TV. This squirrel couldn’t handle that. I still had a blank teepee card left over from last week’s Facebook live video, so it was a quick and easy card for me. Then I found a lovely surprise in my stash, something I had thought I had brought along but couldn’t find! Do you what it is? It is the Peaceful Poppies elements. They are so much fun and include two sheets of printed thick watercolour paper that is embossed and perfect for the emboss resist technique, two sheets printed thick cardstock with various poppies, two sheets of printed vellum and two sheets of black elements. I will do a video so you can see them all in action.
If you would like to see a video on how to make this card, you can find it here. There is an interesting story in this video on Dutch toilets as well! The black circle and the double poppy image are both from the Peaceful Poppies elements. You can see them here or in the product list at the end of my blog.
I entered this card into the Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe challenge, #JOSTTT013 and you can read all about it here or join in yourself! I used red, pink, floral.
Fun Flap Fold Card with Peaceful Poppies
Here is my fun flap fold card that was inspired by Faye Molladay’s happy mail card yesterday. I made this card last night as well and I was really happy with how it turned out. My job was easy since I could just copy Faye’s measurement. I did accidentally put my flap on the other side of the card, but I don’t think there is a right or wrong way for this.
You could definitely add more interest and texture by embossing the mossy meadow diamond piece in behind the black square but I only have two embossing folders here with me and neither of them were suitable. Here is another angle of the card sitting up a bit.
This card will also be in my soon to be released Peaceful Poppies pdf and it will also be one of the cards we make at my Suite Sweet Saturday class on February 29. If you order any of the bundles you will get this pdf for free.
I purposely left the middle section blank rather than stamp a sentiment in it. Birthdays are super personal and you would hate to have the wrong thing stamped in and not be able to use this great card for just the right person. Never underestimate the power of your handwritten words!
A Personal Story about the Past
Being in the land of my roots is very powerful. So many times I see a name or a place that conjures up childhood memories of my mom or my pap telling stories about their life in Holland. Gerard lives in the town right beside the town where my mom grew up. In between those two towns in a beautiful nature preserve called the Staelduinse Bos. She walked there and rode her bike there, and I am sure she had some romantic moments there as well. I can see why! This forest is an area that used to be all dunes and tidal ponds. Fisherman would set up stakes (stael) and string up their nets to catch fish, and that is where the name came from. I always thought it was named after one of the local families whose name is Van Staelduinen. Good guess, right?
On Sunday afternoon we went for a leisurely walk there. It was a gorgeous sunny day with little wind and 8C. My heart was so happy to be walking amidst the huge trees, the rolling landscape and the singing birds. It was only January 19 but it felt like spring. At one edge of the park there was a beautiful, whimsical garden beside an old cow shed. Inside the cow shed was a visitor centre showing all the flora and fauna of the area and the creatures.
I could add lots more pictures but I think this gives you an idea of the tranquil beauty of this place. When you know how densely populated this little country is, you will understand what a lovely surprise this was for me. I felt so connected with my mom and I had a wistful thought of how lovely it would be to walk and talk with her here along the path.
Thanks again for joining me today! I’m so glad you stopped by. In one week I will be flying home and getting into serious saleabration mode. I must say, I am really hoping that some of you faithful readers in Canada will want to join my team. In the next few years I have a dream of doing a cross Canada trip and visiting all my team members along the way. Maybe you would like to be one of them! We do have a great tribe of stampers and most of them are doing this just for their own discount and to be a part of a fun group.
If you have any questions, please contact me. I don’t always like clogging my blog with “sales”. In the meantime, if you do need any products, now is the best time to get them. WIth every $60 purchase you get a free saleabration item. If you live in Canada, just click on the products below and you will be in my online store. Happy shopping!