Happy Mail

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.


The Cards


Happy Mail


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

Bloemenlaan 6,

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!!!

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So Many Stars

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.


My Card



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.




I am keenly aware that there are many free tutorials and videos out there, and I have also contributed to this pool of creativity. This is the first time I have charged for a tutorial and I hope that it is well received. Consider it a way to give back! Thank you in advance for your support, it is very much appreciated. Have a super day.


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The Romance of Parisian Blossoms

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.


My Parents


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.




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Parisian Blossoms Continued

Hello stampers! I am back from a wonderful visit with my parents. When I am with them I try to leave work behind. They are my number one priority especially at their age! Pap just turned 93 and Mom is 87. Sadly, Pap had shingles for his birthday so that did put a damper on the festivities. We are just so thankful to still have him with us and that they can still be happily married, together in their own home. Now is time for Parisian Blossoms to be continued!


Parisian Blossoms Cards


Have I told you yet how much I love this suite of products? The two stamp sets with their coordinating framelits work beautifully together, but they also stand well on their own. When I was given these products to create with I just let the creative juices flow and for the most part I ended up using them both on the same card. Let’s take a look at what I have made.


Parisian Blossoms


This card is a 5 1/2″ square card. I love how the stitched nested label dies go with this suite. Isn’t the Parisian Blossoms paper exquisite? In the background is the Parisian Flourish embossed vellum.


Parisian Blossoms


This frothy creation uses the Parisian Beauty stamp set, the Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder, Forever Blossoms stamp set embossed with silver on vellum and the flourish framelit from the Parisian dies. Lots of love in this card perfect for any romantic occasion! Our champagne foil paper is the perfect pairing for this suite of products don’t you agree?


Parisian blossoms


I especially created this card to fit into a regular business envelope. I also wanted a card that used all the flower dies from the Cherry Blossoms dies in a clean and simple way. These dies both cut and emboss at the same time for a stunning effect when you use champagne foil paper. The word “amour” and the branch are both cut from black foil paper. The scripty paper from the Parisian Blossoms specialty designer paper is the perfect backdrop for this card.



I thought I would end this post with a clean and simple card that is suitable for both genders. This card also shows how lovely it is to stamp on patterned paper. This is a 4 1/4″ square card. Be sure to get your shimmer black embossing powder now as it is NOT being carried over into the new year.


More Parisian Blossoms Tomorrow


Tomorrow I will be sharing some cards that I made with this suite using a special technique. What I liked most about these cards is their pop of colour! While the soft colours in this suite are exquisite, I wanted some bold drama with cherry cobbler! Stay tuned for more.


Extravaganza Sale on Right Now


Did you know that there is an extravaganza sale on right now? You can save 15% on all card stock and ink pads in both the neutrals and the regals collection. Eight bundles are also on sale:

  1. Parcel & Petals
  2. Path of Petals
  3. Free as a Bird
  4. Dino Days
  5. Memorable Mosaic
  6. Band Together
  7. Bloom & Grow
  8. To a Wild Rose

If you click on the images below you will see a picture and a price. If you order online using the current host code in the sidebar you will be entered into a draw for free host merchandise. Everyone is guaranteed to win something. You must order tonight to be able to participate. Sale ends on Friday. You can see more images on my Facebook page here.




Thanks so much for stopping by, for all the love and encouragement you have shown me on Facebook and Instagram and in person. I love what I do! Be sure to tune in tomorrow night at 7pm EST for my weekly Facebook live video. Usually it is Tuesday nights but this week was different.

If you are a fellow demonstrator and would love to get business tips, tricks and training from someone who has been doing this for a long time with increasing success, you are welcome to join my training group on Facebook. It is available for a nominal fee of only $5 a month. You can find it here.


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Parisian Blossoms Suite Presentation

Hello stampers! I had so very much presenting Parisian Blossoms at #OnStage2019 this past weekend in Toronto. Today I will share with you the cards that I made for this presentation. In the following days I will be sharing more detail and the final project will be a complete pdf of all the projects to help you create these beauties.


Beginner Card


I remember how much fun I had when I first inked up a stamp and put it on paper. It was magic! Beginner stampers love to stamp, so this collage stamping card is perfect. Collage stamping is also very forgiving if you stamp imperfectly as it hides little lines and smudges. It also allows you to stamp multiple times in different colours.



Casual Crafter Card


If you like a bit more of a fancy card but don’t want to do a lot of work, this is your card. Using our pretty designer series paper makes it so easy to make a beautiful card in very little time.



Avid Card


If you are an avid card maker, you love to pull out all the stops and make an over the top card with lots of layers and detail. This card is for you. It is an easel fold card.



Here is the inside of the card:



Love is in the Air


This suite of products is so very romantic, so of course this card is going in the mail to Gerard. I will tell him that I look forward to seeing the  Eiffel tower with him and strolling the Champs Elysée.



Do You Want It?


If you have fallen in love with this suite of products and can’t wait until January to get it, I have a solution for you. Get the starter kit. You can add it to your starter kit in December. Did you know that on your first order after getting your starter kit you can already get free saleabration items in December? That’s just another bonus for getting the starter kit which is already an amazing deal. Message me if you need more details.


I need to go and make a cake for my Pap’s 93rd birthday tomorrow. Even though he has shingles, I am still going to visit him and celebrate this amazing birthday. Most likely there will not be a blog post tomorrow. Wednesday I hope to blog again and by Friday I should have the pdf available. Thanks for your patience and for all the amazing feedback I received from you. Have a super day.


Edited:  the pdf is now available! Click on the buy it now button and follow the prompts and I will send it to you!





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Sharing a Drink

Hello stampers! What on earth does sharing a drink have to do with making cards? Let me tell you. This post will feature my last card for Cup of Christmas which is also my stamp of the month for December. I love this card because I can just picture two people behind this card sharing hot drinks in these super cute cups. Do you want to see it?


Getting Philosophical


Tricked you! Sorry, you thought I was going to show you the card already, but I want to talk about the thoughts that came to my mind when making this card. Sharing a drink with someone is a lot like sharing food, especially if you are like me and usually have food with your drinks. Spending time over food or drink makes you slow down and connect with the person you are with. That is why it is often the line that is used when people want to get to know someone. Can I buy you a drink? Would you like to go out for coffee?

It is so much more than that though. Especially with the Christmas season coming up, we should try to be aware of the many lonely people around us. I have to confess that sometimes I can be stingy with my time. Generosity with my time is something I need to cultivate more. It really is the ultimate gift since it is such a precious commodity. That might be the reason that coffee and a card is my all time favourite class. This class now starts a half hour earlier than before just to give people more time to relax and connect over coffee and treats before the class starts.

My challenge to you is to invite someone to have a drink with you. Maybe even see if they want to make a card with you after you finish. I truly believe that almost everyone would be happy to give a handmade card to someone they love. This stamp set is perfect for making heartfelt cards for any gender, any age. Unleash your creativity by designing your own cup with your favourite colours and embellishments.


My Card

Finally, here is my card. I absolutely love the colour combination of very vanilla and pretty peacock with a bit of mint macaron. By total happenstance, I have discovered that the Brightly Gleaming paper coordinates perfectly with this stamp set. What do you think?



It’s a bit of an odd combination that actually works really well. The card base is very vanilla but the panel on the front is white as are the embellishments on the cups. The colour in the patterned paper is definitely very vanilla but surprisingly it all works very well together. While this stamp set is called Cup of Christmas you can definitely send this card all winter long.


Shopping with me

If you want to see the supplies that I used, just scroll to the bottom of this post and you will see an itemized list. Live in Canada? You can just click on what you want and you will be in my online store. Happy mail is always great. Your happy mail will be the Stampin’Up! box at your door, and my happy mail will be an email telling me that I have an online order notification.

Locals can come to the December 2 coffee and a card class for free if they purchase this stamp set. Anyone ordering it online will get the card pieces mailed to them. You can also choose to purchase the cards for $15 plus shipping. Here they are all together in one pretty picture.





I try to show my appreciation for your online purchases by sending you a card in the mail, but every now and then I think I may mess up and forget. If I have disappointed you by not sending a card, please message me and I will make up for it. Two are going in the mail tonight. Maybe I will beat you to it. Thanks for all you do to support me in my business. I appreciate each and every one of you. Have a super day.


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