Hello stampers! It is January 2, 2020. This is one of the first times I am writing this new year date and it really is quite epic. Do you feel the same way? Cheers to 2020! On December 31 I think the mailman came twice, and the second time there were three more cards in the mail. I am being flooded with happy mail and that makes me so happy. It also means that I need to blog about more than one card at a time so I can feature them all.
Sharon Meyer’s card
Sharon comes from Farmington, New York. This is in upper state in the vicinity of the famous Finger Lake district. I have driven through this area twice and it is so very beautiful. Sharon used the stamp set Beautiful Baubles with gorgeous grape ink for a happy non-traditional card. I love how Sharon sponged the edges to create a distressed look. This is a great way to add contrast without having to add another mat of card stock. Thanks for your very pretty card Sharon, I love the clean and simple style you used. I didn’t get a picture of it, but Sharon also has a personalized stamp for the back of her card.
Sharon asked me why I was spending time in Holland every now and then and maybe more of you are wondering. I am in a new relationship with a man from Holland. This man is quite special to me. We first met when I was 17 years old. I was visiting my cousins in Holland of which I have very many indeed. My parents are both from large families and they were one of the few who immigrated to Canada so most of my extended family was still in the Netherlands. It so happens that my cousin had a boyfriend, and his best friend was my current boyfriend Gerard. Gerard and I wrote letters for a year and then he visited me in Canada for my 18th birthday. Circumstances prevented the relationship from continuing and our lives went separate ways. Largely due to the family connection we found each other again and here we are!
Lori’s Cheers Card
The next card is from Lori Magnuson all the way from Sahuarita, Arizona. When I looked that up on the map it seems to be very close to Tucson and is surrounded by national parks and mountain ranges. So beautiful! I had the privilege of being in the area a few years ago when I attended a private retreat at Mary Fish’s house. Lori used the Cheers dies and Sip,Sip Hooray stamp set. Let’s take a look at her beautiful card.
It just so happens that I had a fair bit of champagne on New Year’s Eve. Gerard’s dad had four bottles of champagne that he was starting to gather up and he had no use for them so I was more than willing to take the risk of opening bottles of unknown vintage. They were all good, and yes, we did share with ten other people! I simply love the layout of this card. Clean and simple lines with exquisite attention to details.
Lori embossed the glasses in gold and added gold bows. The champagne bubbles are also embossed in gold on the card base. What a brilliant idea.
Yes, the envelope has already been torn open. Gerard was even more excited to open the happy mail than I was. I had to remind him that I needed to take pictures of the envelopes as well, so please open them carefully!! Lori used the free bee paper from saleabration to decorate the flap of the envelope. So pretty with the gold and white paper. I am also very intrigued with the gold cheers. It looks to me like Lori used wink of stella on top of the gold foil paper. I would never have thought of that!! It looks so pretty, even my photo captured the shimmer.
The Power of Happy Mail
When I saw the clever design of the postage stamps I just had to share a picture of that as well. Can you see how much joy happy mail can bring? Even though I may sound like a broken record, it bears repeating. Happy mail is just so very much nicer than an email or a text. I encourage you to send some happy mail today. People aren’t expecting happy mail in January and that makes it even more special. We can all agree that there is not enough joy in the world, and if by sending a card we can increase the joy factor, I say go for it!! Let’s change the world one card at a time, together we can make a powerful difference with happy mail.
It was so nice to read the inside of Lori’s card. It appears that we have a lot in common: our love of stamping, our love of cooking and our faith. Lori even has a little Dutch blood. This made me smile.
Saleabration Starts Tomorrow
Yay!! Cheers to the fact that saleabration starts tomorrow. In case you are new to Stampin’Up! I will explain how this works. If you live in Canada you get to choose a free saleabration item (stamp set, paper, ribbon) with every $60 you spend before tax and shipping. You can also get a free stamp set called Little Ladybug if you host a workshop with $375 in total sales. Believe me when I tell you that it is very easy to reach that sales goal during saleabration. Please let me know if you want to host an online workshop. I can get it started for you and then you can share the host code with your friends and they can all order online. Easy and fun and everyone gets bonus free things.
This is also the very best time of year to join my Beyond Pampered team. You an buy the starter kit for only $135. There is no shipping or tax. You get to choose $165 worth of products, anything you want from either the annual catalog, the mini catalog and even the clearance rack! During saleabration only you also get to choose ONE bonus stamp set of your choice, any value for FREE. It cannot be a host set or a saleabration free set. You also get a free super cute mini paper trimmer and a free designer series paper sampler which includes 48 sheets of 6″ by 6″ paper with six different paper packs represented. Did you know there is also a free past Paper Pumpkin in your kit?
Your kit also comes with 8 annual catalogs, 8 mini catalogs and 50 order forms to make it easy to share with your friends. There is also a 20% discount for everything you buy or 20% income for everything you sell. You will keep this discount for a minimum of four months and a maximum of 6 months without any obligation. If you want to keep your discount for longer than that you need to buy or sell $400 every three months. If that doesn’t happen, no worries, there are no penalties. There is no pressure either from me or from Stampin’Up! to do anything more than what you want to do with this opportunity. How absolutely awesome is that?
I get very excited when new people join my team and I have a special day just for my new team members. I call it Diva Day because it is catchy and because I want to spoil you. This year Diva Day is on Friday March 27 at 5pm until 9pm. We will have a lovely meal together, we will stamp some fun things and of course there will be amazing goodie bags for you so you have more stamping options for yourself or to share at possible classes. This is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other better and for you to have your questions answered. For long distance team members I am going to offer a Zoom meeting with door prizes.
Thanks so much for joining me today. Isn’t it fun to see what happy mail has arrived? It just goes to show the importance of a stamping tribe! I am so happy that you are a part of my tribe too. I hope you have a super day. Hugs from Holland.
edited to add: if you place a $50 order either online or in person you will get a FREE pdf from the new Demo Design Dream Team with 16 projects. How wonderful is that?
Hello stampers! Happy Friday to you. Have you noticed the buzz about bees? Lately bees have been very popular and also a bit controversial. People are worried about the environment and the dwindling bee population. One of the happy results about that is that there are a lot of backyard beekeepers. My niece Jennifer and her husband Joash are also novice beekeepers. Check out their Facebook page, they live one street over from me! Today I am also incorporating bees into my cards and you will see how adorable they are!
Have you seen the pretty copper bees that are included in the Botanical Prints Product Medley? They are so pretty and they really make such a beautiful accent on a card. I am happy that so many are included in this product medley, that way I don’t have to hoard them. Every time I create with them I look forward to sharing them with everyone who is coming to my winter retreat in beautiful Muskoka. How does relaxing in a cozy cabin with a woodstove sound to you? Making cards, eating warm biscuits fresh from the oven with homemade raspberry preserves and whipping cream? Hot chocolate and a movie? Skating in the woods?
Oops. I got distracted! I am supposed to be talking about bees! Would you like to see the card?
I had started making this card during my Facebook live on Tuesday where I showed you how I had cut out the two triangle framelits side by side in the mossy meadow piece. This left a very narrow strip between the two openings. I decided to utilize that and filled the space with two crushed curry detailed triangles.
Unfortunately I had taken no embossing folders with me but I wanted to add interest to the background. What to do? Why, tone on tone stamping of course. This look reminds me of toile. I used the same technique on the crushed curry strip on the bottom and added some foliage to the sentiment to add depth and richness to the card. My original card had only one bee, but I decided to live lavishly and add three bees to my card. The recipient will hopefully feel the love!
Up Close and Personal
Since I have been crowing about these bees, I thought I should give you a nice closeup shot so you can see how pretty they are. I am really loving how all the elements from the Botanical Prints Product Medley work together. I find that playing extensively with one group of products really unleashes your creativity. That is one thing that my presentation at #OnStage2019 taught me.
Just so you know, there are 12 copper bees in the Botanical Prints Product Medley. I am getting excited for the pdf I am going to make with all the beautiful cards you can make with this medley. I hope to get it done before Christmas. Here’s hoping!! It is good to set goals. I think I will make a card using the free bee paper that you can get during saleabration, that can be a part of my goal.
I thought you might enjoy a few personal notes on my time in Holland. You can see lots more pictures on my Instagram account and on my Pampered Stamper Facebook page but I thought I would share a little here as well. You may know that my boyfriend Gerard is an amaryllis grower. He works all year tending the bulbs and fighting the bugs and it all comes to a climax in December when the bulk of his flowers are sold on the flower auctions in Holland. It is quite an amazing thing to witness and be a part of.
I have helped stack the boxes of cut flowers on the carts that are to be picked up by the trucker and taken to the auction. Several nights it was after midnight before we were done! I also stapled identification tags on the flower boxes and marked the different batches. It felt good to contribute in a practical way other than emotional support. All his hard work is then dependent on supply and demand and the market prices. Almost a million stems are produced in his greenhouses. We were very thankful that the last few days finally had great prices. That sure makes it easier to get up early in the morning and go to work.
Last night we were finally able to get away for a bit of together time and we headed to den Haag to the Royal Winter Fair which is their Christmas Market. It was so magical. I loved all the live music, a gospel choir, an old fashioned caroling group dressed up in olde English garb and a small choir singing in German. There were also lots of treats to sample and of course hot mulled wine and pretty lights and baubles everywhere. The city itself is also stunning. Here are a few photos. I also forgot to tell you that den Haag is The Hague in English. If you are interested in learning more about this city of international peace, here is a link for you!
Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you are enjoying the days leading up to Christmas as well. If you have had loss in your life, my prayers are with you and I hope that you will be surrounded with people who love and support you. Never forget that you are loved with an everlasting love by the One who made you and knows you by name.
Hello stampers and happy Tuesday to you. Today I am going to share my card using Wrapped in Plaid paper with the Botanical Prints Product Medley. When I saw this paper I knew I wanted to use it for a non-Christmas card. I am really happy with how it turned out. Chances are pretty good that you will have some of this paper left over after you are finished with your Christmas card making. Now you will have an idea for January.
I am having some issues with the computer that are making me want to sin!!!! When I try to fix a sentence it keeps “eating” the words ahead of it. Instead of a cursor blinking it is a highlighted mark. No idea how to fix it so I just deleted the entire sentence and created a new paragraph, so if it reads a little funny, you know why! Sorry, I just had to vent a bit. What I wanted to say is that this foliage branch looked a little Christmassy to me, so I coloured it with cherry cobbler and old olive blends. The foliage looks great with the strip of Wrapped in Plaid paper and the pop of cherry cobbler in behind. The strip is 4 1/8″ by 1 1/4″. The plaid piece is 3/4″ by 4 1/8″.
To keep the look more natural and a bit assymetrical I trimmed the one floral branch a bit. I would have liked to add a bit of sparkly crystal effects and a few pearls but I don’t have either of these with me. Do you see the mossy meadow leaves tucked in behind the foliage? They add a little depth and interest. There are two leaf framelits included in the Botanical Prints Product Medley. If you want to watch me making this card, then check out my Facebook live video from yesterday here.
A New PDF
I am so happy with the success of my Parisian Blossoms pdf. It shows how to make the 11 projects that I made for #OnStage2019 in Toronto. Based on your positive feedback, I am planning on making a pdf for this Botanical Prints Product Medley as well. It is a gorgeous assortment of coordinating products, but having a pdf to show you exactly what to do with it will make for instant gratification. We all need that once in a while don’t you think? If you missed out on my first pdf you can get the buy it now link in this post. Haven’t got a clue what pdf even means? Here is a definition: PDF stands for “portable document format”. It was introduced to ease the sharing of documents between computers and across operating system platforms when you need to save files that cannot be modified but still need to be easily shared and printed. When you purchase the pdf then I send you an email with the document attached and then you can print it out or just use it on your device.
Happy Mail Contest
I thought I would remind you about my happy mail contest! If you send me a card in Holland then I will feature it in a blog post and I will enter you in a contest to win Poppy framelits from the new mini catalog. Here is the mailing address Jackie Bultje, c/o Gerard van der Sar Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC ‘s-Gravenzande, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
This will accomplish a lot of amazing things. It will shine the spotlight on your work, it will give me happy mail and it will help me blog every day even though I have limited supplies with me here in Holland. Lastly it will give you the chance to win some great framelits!
Thanks a lot for joining me on this blog today. If you take the time to share on Facebook or Pinterest, that really helps me spread the word about my work and I do appreciate it very much. This is the cyber version of old-fashioned “word of mouth” which is crucial to the success of small business owners. Of course, if you live in Canada I would be over the moon happy if you ordered online with me or if you considered getting your own discount on every purchase by getting the starter kit. That would also make you a member of the Beyond Pampered team which also gives you membership in my exclusive Training Group and Elite group. We have a LOT of fun together. Enjoy this beautiful day, the sun is shining in Holland!! I need to get outside.
Hello stampers! It is my last day here in Canada so I thought happy mail would be a great topic. Happy mail is a handmade card between the bills and flyers and it is always appreciated. When you see that special sized envelope in the mail with handwriting on the front of it, you just know you are in for a happy surprise. I received happy mail yesterday so I thought I would share those cards with you today.
I got this lovely card from my team member Karen Gardner. The snowmen are vintage, from many years ago. She told me it was one of the first sets she got. I love that!! This card has so much sparkle in real life.
This stunning cardinal card is from team member Jean Burke. I think the paper might be contraband but the cardinal is from Toile Christmas. Her idea of putting the sentiment on an angle like that is really great!
This last beauty is from fellow demonstrator Marion Greenlund. I love how she combined the trees from Winter Woods with the Feels Like Frost paper and the stitched rectangles framelits. The foil is from the Peacock suite.
A Great Idea
I had a great idea this morning. SInce happy mail is so wonderful I was wondering if you would like to send ME happy mail in Holland! I would then blog about the cards that I get in the mail and at the end of my stay in Holland I will choose one lucky winner to get the Poppy framelits from the new catalog. Here is my mailing address:
Jackie Bultje c/o Gerard van der Sar
2691 JC ‘s-Gravenzande,
Zuid-Holland, the Netherlands
Free Shipping Tomorrow
Just a reminder that tomorrow there is free shipping on orders of $65 or more. This will be the perfect opportunity to try ordering online and have your products delivered straight to your door. Please do use the current host code as that is a great help to me. Do NOT use the code if you are placing an order of $200 or more, then you will get your own host benefits.
Thanks for dropping by, I am now off to my parents and then on to the plane tomorrow at 6pm. Yay!!!
Happy Monday stampers! Do you ever tell yourself that you are NOT going to get a particular set? Yes, even I do that! When I saw the So Many Stars set my first reaction was that it looked very similar to a set we had just the previous year and I was not impressed. Well….take a look at the previous page and take a closer look at the stitched stars dies! They are amazing. Yes, I broke down and ordered them.
Stitched Stars Dies
So far I have only used the largest stitched star and the swirly star border and both are beautiful. I really love all the stitched dies that we have and this is no exception. I happen to know that there will be a coordinating stamp set in the Occasions catalog to go with these dies so that makes them an even better buy. When it comes to the catalog, the pictures do not always tell the whole story. It’s not until you have the product in your hands and use it that you realize how wonderful it really is.
Doesn’t the star framelits look amazing with the Wrapped in Plaid paper? Add that gorgeous shaded spruce and gold striped ribbon and it all comes together like a well coordinated outfit. The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Christmas. I cut one star banner framelit out of gold foil paper and one out of shaded spruce. You then put the shaded spruce stars inside the gold star banner for a great contrasting effect. I used the tombow glue trick with the sponge and the silicone mat to adhere the stars. If you have not heard of this trick, you can see it here.
Not All About Me
The thing to remember is that it isn’t always about me. I reacted like a two year old when I saw the So Many Stars stamp set. I was a bit pissy because it was so similar to a stamp set we had in last year’s holiday catalog. What I need to keep in mind is that there are always new stampers who have never been exposed to Stampin’Up! before, so they would love this set. It made me smile a bit to think back on how I reacted. Have you ever had moments like that?
I thought I would share one more card with you, this one is made by Jaimie Babarczy and she is from New York State. It is rare for me to post other people’s cards on my blog but I really wanted to show you a different possibility with this bundle. You can read more about it on Jaimie’s blog here.
A Personal Note
I just wanted to thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for my Pap. I ended up driving to Fergus again on Saturday as he was admitted to hospital. The medicine to combat the pain was disrupting his bowel function so he was just in a lot of discomfort all around! Mom is 87 and she gets quite anxious when they are separated so I went mainly to be with her. It is so gratifying when you cook them comfort food and you see them eating well. I made a pot roast with mashed potatoes and green beans and even Pap had some when I took it to the hospital. Mom had two servings! That never happens, she usually eats like a bird. Hopefully Pap will be discharged tomorrow and they will be reunited again.
Never take your health for granted! I highly recommend that you get the shingles vaccination, this is not a disease you want to get.
Parisian Blossoms PDF
I finished the pdf for the Parisian Blossoms cards and the two scrapbooking projects. If you want all the details, measurements and step by step instructions for them, it is only $15. Just click on the buy it now button below.
Hello stampers! The romance of Parisian Blossoms is inspiring to me. This beautiful suite makes it so easy to celebrate the love in your life, also with a scrapbook page or with a beautiful framed piece. We all know that the Eiffel tower has long been an icon for romance. I also decided to celebrate the love in my life with two different projects.
Lately I have been sharing a lot about my parents. They got married quite late in life according to the standards of the day. Mom was 26 and Pap was 31! As they have been blessed with good health and long life, they have now been married 61 1/2 years. Even though they have never been to Paris, they have such a deep and abiding love that I knew their wedding picture would be perfect accentuated by this suite. This paper looks so good with a black and white picture. Keep in mind that Mom made and designed her own wedding dress!
My Own Love
As many of you already know who follow me, I have also found new love. It would be more accurate to say that I have rediscovered my old love! I first met Gerard when I was 17 years old at my cousin’s birthday party while on vacation in Holland. We wrote letters for a year and then he came to Canada to visit me for my 18th birthday. The ocean was too large and we parted ways. Largely due to the family connection, we found each other again two years ago. I shared a bit of the story on this scrapbook page.
I used both sets in the Parisian Blossoms suite to make this page as well as the very versatile Hand-Lettered Prose dies to make the title.
A Personal Note
I know that I promised you a pdf tutorial today, but things transpired yesterday to prevent that from happening. Pap is now in the hospital, the pain from shingles became unbearable. Family comes first, but please know that I will get this done as soon as possible. Thanks for joining me, I do so appreciate your support, both personally and in my business. Today is the last day of the sale, so remember to stock up on your neutrals and regals card stock and ink pads, they are all 15% off! Eight selected bundles are also an additional 5% off, they are featured at the end of the product list if you are interested.
Edited: pdf now available
If you want to make all these projects with no guesswork, I have made a comprehensive pdf for you and it is only $15. Just click on the buy it now button below and I will get it sent to you. Thanks so much for your support, it really does mean the world to me.