Exploring in color cards altered with these great dies!

Hello stampers and happy Saturday to you. Today I am going to show you how you can change your exploring in color cards with these great dies! Which dies? Why, the Deckled Rectangle dies. They are so vintage looking and not only are they great for this card technique, they are also fantastic for scrapbooking. With the deckled edge, they are reminiscent of a by-gone age. Do you remember old photos and postcards with this deckled edge? Let’s take a look.


Exploring In Color Cards with Deckled Rectangle Dies


To make these fun cards, I first cut the card in half. Then I used the third largest die to cut out the centre of the card front and the second largest die to cut out a piece from the back of the card. Layer these two over top of each other and put on the card front, trim it a little and layer on to your desired card front.


You can use either the bicycle die from Fun on Wheels or an image from Beside Me that has been coloured with In Color blends and then fussy cut with paper snips. Which one is your favourite?



Use deckled rectangle dies from Stampin'Up! to create these stunning cards. I used Fun on Wheels and Beside Me to go with these Discover In Color cards and envelopes.






Use deckled rectangle dies from Stampin'Up! to create these stunning cards. I used Fun on Wheels and Beside Me to go with these Discover In Color cards and envelopes.


Falling in love with In Colors


Colouring these images with the in color blends that coordinate with the cards has made me really fall in love with them. I used Pebbled Path, Bojo Blue, Wild Wheat, and Copper Clay. The only colours that were not “in colors” were Night of Navy, Mossy Meadow and the Medium and Medium Light blends. Have you been inspired to add these colours to your Blends collection?


Video Tutorial


Watching a video to see how it is done is always a nice bonus. I hope you enjoy this one. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel and perhaps even leave a comment there for me. Let me know if you have arrived there after reading this blog post!!



Cash Back in August?!


Did you know that each month I feature a different bundle or suite with my Sweet Suite Tuesdays? If you order the featured suite you get 20% cash back from the catalog price, so be sure to order your Fun on Wheels bundle in August. You will then have four video tutorials on my YouTube channel to give you lots of inspiration. Happy stamping my friends, and thank you so much for joining me today. Have a super day.


ps. did you know that if you live in Canada and click on the photos below in my product list you will automatically be in my online store? Try it, and see how easy it is!!


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Tulip Fields Class

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. I have finally finished the cards for my Tulip Fields class and I hope that you love them as much as I do. By popular demand, I will also be writing a pdf tutorial that includes the class cards and more! My blog post will be short today as I am having an “oma day”.


Tulip Fields Cards


I chose the Tulip Fields bundle to include with this class because it has the amazing windmill dies with it. We will also be using the Flowering Tulips stamp set for the sentiments. Here is a photo of most of my cards. I will let you know which ones are included in the class. They will ALL be featured in my weekly Parcels in the Post videos so you could also choose that option. Get the Parcels in the Post and order your bundles and stamps online if you are not comfortable attending a class.


Tulip Fields Class cards


For the class we will be making the top four cards and the bottom left card. That card was a gift to me from my friend Pat Skirtschak. The other cards will be featured in the pdf tutorial so you can easily make them at home. If you prefer to pay for this class with PayPal, then check out the blog here which has the PayPal button. Deadline to sign up for this class is coming up soon, February 20.


Starter Kit Deal


I fully realize that I may sound like a broken record, but the song is a good one!!! The most bang for your buck is always the starter kit. During saleabration it is an even better deal. How does it work? You choose $165 of product. You pay only $135. Then you get to pick out two bonus stamp sets as well. After you get the starter kit you can order more products with a 20% discount. Stampin’Up! hopes that you continue to do that. If you choose not to, that is perfectly ok. No penalties, no problem.


Social Insurance Number:  Why?


You WILL get asked to give your social insurance number when you sign up. The reason for this is two fold. It proves who you are. If you do turn it into a small business and get orders they may need to send you a T4 slip for tax purposes. For most people this is the biggest hurdle to getting the deal on the starter kit. Message me if you have more questions.

You know that I would LOVE to have YOU on my team and that it will be an amazing place to be. Here is the link.


YouTube Tutorials


You can follow me on YouTube for video tutorials on these great cards. It’s all free and they happen each Tuesday at 10am EST. Click on the red “Subscribe” button on the bottom right hand side of the video and you won’t miss any more videos.  I have a playlist called Parcels in the Post and that’s where they are. Just click here.

I hope you have a super day and thanks for stopping by today.

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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.

Tea Light Holders with Time of Giving

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am sharing with you some absolutely adorable tea light holders using the Time of Giving bundle. Actually I only used the dies which are called Giving Gifts Dies. I am not going to write out the instructions because I shared those with my private Prime Time group. You are most welcome to join this group as well. It is only $10 a month and you get exclusive weekly video tutorials as well as a monthly pdf which is worth $15-20. The link to do that is here.

Let’s take a look at these adorable, easy to make tea light holders.


Tea Light Holders


I got the idea for these tea light holders from UK demonstrator Claire Ottaway. Her measurements are using A4 cardstock but at least you will get the idea of how it all works. If you choose to use 12 x 12 paper then you will be fine.


Time of Giving Tea Light Holders


You can buy battery operated tea lights at the dollar store and with the vellum inserts, the glow is just beautiful. My best tip: be sure to add your vellum inserts BEFORE you put the holder together. It’s really tricky to do afterwards, trust me. The problem is that you get so excited that you want to put it together and then you realize after that you forgot the vellum. You really DO need the vellum though, it makes for a really nice glow. Good luck!

Here is the video from Claire. Thanks Claire for the fabulous inspiration.


More Inspiration


I originally bought this bundle because of the die with the Santa and his reindeer. Take a look at Cindy Brumbaugh’s lovely card. I don’t have time to case it today, so I thought I would just share her card and her blog address so she gets more traffic to her blog as well. Thanks so much Cindy for your lovely card idea.


Cindy Brumbaugh's card with Time of Giving bundle


Baking Gingerbread Cookies Today


Today I am trying a new recipe for gingerbread cookies. Tomorrow is my in person À la Carte Christmas class. I might have a few extra kits so message me if you want one. Ten card kit and a box  for $35 plus shipping. Here is the link for the cookies. If the recipe is a good one I will share it in my Cross Country Christmas Cookie Exchange with a Heart.


gingerbread cookies


I really hope that you check out this very fun class. You can send me your homemade recipe card to be included in my cookbook and you will support the  Stampin’Up! effort to raise money for heart health with the Strong of Heart stamp set. I am hoping to meet lots of you in the Zoom gathering on November 27th at noon. You an also simply purchase the pdf for all the projects here.



Next week I hope to make the Gingerbread House in a live Facebook video, stay tuned for details. That project is not pictured in the photo but it IS included in the tutorial. Thanks for joining me and have a super day!!


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Pretty Pansies Cut From Paper

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I am going to share a card with you that is made with pretty pansies cut from paper. I came home to this beautiful card made by Susan Forsythe for our local Hospice. The Hospice sends out cards on the one year anniversary of their loved one’s death. Such a wonderful thing to do and I have volunteered to spearhead this project. Thankfully there are some lovely stampers who help me out so that there is a steady supply of cards. Let’s take a look at what Susan did with the pretty pansies cut from paper.


Pretty Pansies Cut From Paper


The Pansy Patch bundle is really spectacular or perhaps I should say the Pansy Petals Suite. Not only are there beautiful layered stamps that you can use to create stunning pansies, you can also use the intricate dies to create your own style of pansies. For instant gratification you can also use the dies to cut the pretty pansies straight from the patterned paper. Susan did just that and then she took it a step further and separated the petals popping some of them up for a very striking 3D effect.



Pretty Pansies Cut From Paper



I really do love everything about this card. The new Fresh Freesia cardstock is the perfect background for this pretty paper. The leaves are two dies layered over top of each other using Evening Evergreen. Do you know where the pretty lacy die is from that is the background for the sentiment? It is the Ornate Layers DIes found on page 164 of the annual catalog. Here is a close up of the pansies.



Pretty Pansies Cut From Paper



Free Shipping AND a Free Tutorial?



Did you know that Stampin’Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING for one day this Thursday? Free shipping is valid with an order of $65 or more. This will also qualify you for a free pdf tutorial of your choice. One of the tutorials is the International Create With Us Tutorial Bundle with Pansy Patch! I am also giving everyone a package of Artistry Blooms adhesive backed sequins with an online order using the host code:  M3RTAHD7



Pansy Petals tutorial bundle


If you want to see more projects made with the Pansy Petals suite, check out this blog post. You can also purchase the Pansy Patch tutorial with 15 project tutorials for $25 here.


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A Little Story


Did you know that I grew up on a dairy farm? I have two brothers and one sister and my older brother by 7 years is a well read introvert. He tends to live vicariously through me and he has often had big plans for my life. When I was 17 he read an article in the local newspaper asking for contestants for a Queen of the Furrow competition. The winner of the local competition would appear at local agricultural events for the year and then compete at the International Plowing Match for the Ontario title. One of the requirements was to plow. I had never plowed in my life!

This was no obstacle for my brother. He would teach me. So the morning of the local plowing match, I was in a huge tractor with a six furrow plow. We went up and down the field a few times until my brother was satisfied with my skill level.

When we got to the local plowing match in the afternoon I discovered that competition plowing is a whole different animal!! The furrows are measured for depth and width and need to be arrow straight. Thankfully there was a young “Junior Farmer” who loaned me his equipment and was my coach. I still don’t know how I scored on the plowing part of the competition but I must have done all right with the interview and the public speaking. I won the contest and a few years later I did go on to win at the International Plowing Match. What an interesting chapter in my life.


Queen of the Furrow




Thanks for joining me today. I have six kits left for the July Virtual Coffee and a Card class. They are $25 including postage. Every Tuesday morning on Facebook and YouTube I teach one of the cards so you can create with me. This time I do recommend that you purchase the Sweet as a Peach bundle so you can complete the cards properly. It’s a gorgeous set, you won’t regret it and you can get it with free shipping tomorrow. I hope you have a super day!


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Birds and Branches Happy Mail Card

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today’s blog post features a Birds and Branches Happy Mail Card. This stunning card is by Shelly Millett. Shelley is a fellow Canadian demonstrator from Moncton, New Brunswick. Do you know anything about Moncton?


Moncton, New Brunswick


Moncton is the second largest city in the Maritime provinces and has a thriving economy. The people there are resilient and have learned to overcome obstacles.  It was first settled in 1733  so there is some significant Canadian history here. Hub city is its nickname since it is integral in the transportation network of the eastern provinces.





Shelley’s Birds and Branches Card


Here is a picture of Shelley’s card. I love all the details from the frayed gold cord to the carefully coloured leaves and branches. It looks like Shelley also sponged on some extra colour on the wings of her pretty bird. The green leaves on the background of this card come from Very Versailles and the “Hello” comes from Forever Fern.



Birds and Branches card



Here you can see a closeup of this beautiful card. Is this bundle on your wish list? It was one of the prizes from my online Bingo last month and I hope to do another one in August or September.



Birds and Branches closeup



This bundle reminds me of one of my very favourite Paper Pumpkins, it was the one inspired by Shelli Gardner. If you want to see the cards I made with it, check out this blog post. I was looking for another post featuring Birds and Branches but it turns out that I made the cards for a Facebook live but I haven’t blogged about them yet! Good thing I checked!


A Funny Story


When I saw what Gerard made himself for lunch the other day I just knew I had to share this story with you. Part of what I miss is all the stories I share at my coffee and a card classes. This is for you my friends!! Pour yourself a cup of coffee, grab a treat and pretend we are at coffee and a card and your crazy squirrel demonstrator is sharing a funny story with you.

People in Holland eat a LOT of bread. There is a plethora of bread toppings available and in their defense they do have pretty awesome bread here. Freshness is so important that you can even buy bread by the half loaf at the bakery. Bread is eaten for two meals of the day and toast is almost unheard of. Toasters are not a staple in the Dutch kitchen. Butter is also avoided by a lot of people. Note the state of this bread.



Now in Gerard’s defense I did not realize that he was planning to fold each slice in half and then eat it, sort of like a bun or a burrito. In his bachelor state of mind this is efficient. No need to cover the whole slice of bread with the topping, his stomach is not going to know the difference. To me this was austerity at a whole new level!! I am of the other extreme. The  bread is only a vehicle for the toppings. I have been known to cut my slice of bread into four pieces and put something different on each quarter. And trust me, the toppings go to the edge and they are not paltry.


Iconic Holland


I just wanted to share two pictures from my day in Leiden yesterday. One is the view from one of the many bridges over the old Rhine river and the other is of a famous windmill.


Leiden bridge



Molen in Leiden


This windmill is the last one that still has an active miller living inside! You can read more about it and other wonderful things to do in Holland here.

Thanks so much for joining me here on my blog today, I hope you have a super day. If you live in Canada you are most welcome to shop with me by clicking on the links  below. If you do, you will get a free pdf tutorial from the Demo Design Dream Team with 16 3D projects. There is only one more week for Bonus Days as well. Get a $6 bonus bucks coupon with every $60 you spend that you can redeem in August.


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