Two Minute Paper Miracle

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I have a two minute paper miracle for you. If you have been following me for a while you may already know that my favourite things are ones that combine beauty, ease and speed. When those three things come together it make me a very happy squirrel. Paper crafting can be intricate and detailed sometimes, and beautiful things will happen but most people are short on time and patience so two minute paper miracles are wonderful! Let’s take a look at what I am talking about.


Two Minute Paper Miracle


This two minute paper miracle is brought to you with the cracker & treat box dies. I love Christmas crackers but I have never made them and seldom have I bought them. Usually they are overpriced and are filled with junk. When I saw this one in the new annual Stampin’Up! catalog I thought, here’s my chance! It is even easier to use than I had anticipated. Trust me, I am not exaggerating when I say that you can do it in two minutes. I will share both a photo with you as well as a video tutorial.


cracker & Treat box from Stampin'Up!




Why So Thrilled?


Why am I so thrilled with these cracker & treat box dies? Not only are they super cute and fast to make, they also work very well with our patterned paper. The dies do not cause the paper to tear, they give just the right score lines. You can also close them by simply pulling the twine tightly around them. No fussy folding required. It really is a miracle!! I can see that with something this simple, ordinary days are going to be turned into extraordinary ones. This project will also help you with your burgeoning amount of patterned paper, so you can #loveitchopit.


Video Tutorial


Here is the video tutorial so you can see how I made these cracker & treat boxes with the Rings of Love patterned paper. This paper will be free with a $60 purchase when saleabration starts on July 1. Summer saleabration is in effect from July 1 until August 31.





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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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Milk Carton Gift Box and Baking Class Option!

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I have an adorable Milk Carton Gift Box for you. This project will be part of my Cross-Country Cookie Exchange Party With a Heart event and will thus be in the huge pdf tutorial that is a part of this class. Everyone who purchases the tutorial is welcome to send me a recipe card that I will include in my recipe book for Christmas. I am hoping that everyone will also purchase the Strong of Heart stamp set (the heart part of this event) as it is a Stampin’Up! fundraiser for heart health.


Milk Carton Gift Box


Here is the adorable Milk Carton Gift Box. No worries, all the dimensions and directions will be in the pdf for you which is chock full of great Christmas ideas. I will also be doing some videos of these projects on YouTube in November.


Milk Carton gift box using cinnamon cider cardstock and Gingerbread & Peppermint paper.


PDF Tutorial


I am thrilled to say that I am over half way with this massive pdf tutorial. This will be a classic that you turn to again and again I think. Print it off and put it in clear folders and in a binder so you can reuse it without wearing it out! The promise was to have the tutorial done by November 1 but I am working hard to get it finished before I fly home to Canada on Thursday. Thank you to everyone who has already purchased it sight unseen. I am ever so grateful.


Joining in on the Fun


There are several ways that you can join in on the fun.

  1. You can simply purchase the tutorial. This option is especially for those who are not in the Canadian market so they can’t buy SU products from me. With this option you can still send me a recipe card and I will share it on my blog and in my book. You also get to join in on the Zoom party on November 27 at noon EST.


2.You can get the tutorial and the Strong of Heart stamp set for $55 using the PayPal button. This is meant for people who don’t like online ordering but can manage this option. I will send you your stamp set in the mail. You get all the perks of option one.

Class Options


3. You can place an online order for $55 and you will get the pdf tutorial for FREE. This is actually the most bang for your buck and is meant for those who can order online with ease. Please do remember to use the current host code which is always on the right hand side of my blog’s home page.


Exclusive Baking Class Option


4. This option comes with a very special bonus. If you purchase the Strong of Heart stamp set and other products for $100 or more you get to join me for an exclusive baking class in my kitchen (either in person or via Zoom) This will be on Monday November 28 at 10am EST. You can also choose option three in the PayPal button.


Flying Home on Thursday


It’s hard to believe that my time here is almost up again. Thursday I fly home to my family and that is wonderful too. Needless to say, I am going to miss Gerard a lot.


Jackie and Gerard on the beach.


Thank you!


I am always so grateful when I see who comes by and reads my blog. Thank you for pinning my projects to Pinterest and taking the time to comment here. Blogging is meant to be a social activity, a community thing, not a solitary endeavour. It is more rewarding than you will ever know when you reach out to me with your own stories or experiences. I hope you have a super day. As always, the links are listed below if you want to purchase any of the supplies that I used today.


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Strong of Heart for Christmas

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. My Strong of Heart stamp set came in and I immediately made a card with it that fits with the colour scheme of the Cross-Country Christmas Cookie Exchange with a Heart class. First we’ll take a look at the card and then I will talk some more about this epic class.


Strong of Heart for Christmas


When you first take a look at the Strong of Heart stamp set you may think of Valentine’s Day, but not Christmas. With the colour scheme I chose, this would be a perfect card to send to someone at Christmas, especially to someone who has had some struggles in life and may not want a traditional Christmas card. I made two versions. One is sparkly, the other is slightly more masculine or rustic. Which one is your favourite?


Strong of Heart


Here is the one that is more rustic. The only difference is that the Be Dazzled paper is taken away. Small but significant detail.


Strong of Heart card with Timeworn Type embossed background.


Part of the pdf Tutorial


The purpose of my Cross Country Christmas Cookie Exchange Party with a Heart is three fold. First I want to unite stampers across the country with a recipe swap. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Second, I want to give you LOTS of great ideas for Christmas cards and projects. Third, I want to raise money for heart health as a fellow demonstrator in Ontario lost her husband to a congenital heart defect. The hospital that tried to save his life is now conducting research to try and prevent more tragedies like this. Stampin’Up! has designated this specific hospital for the funds raised in Canada!! That makes my heart sing.

This card will also be a part of the pdf tutorial that is included in the class/event. You will get the Strong of Heart stamp set as well as the tutorial and there will be a Zoom party on November 26.  More details are in this blog post.  If you live in the States you can simply purchase the tutorial.

The tutorial will be finished at the latest by November 1, hopefully sooner. I now have all the projects completed, now I need to write it all up and take and edit the photos. Usually it takes at least a full day to write a tutorial, sometimes two! You can order yours here below by clicking on the PayPal button. When it is finished I will add it to my tutorial store on this blog.



Recipe Swap

To participate in the recipe swap you need to preregister for the class which includes the stamp set. Deadline to send out the recipes is November 13. That way we will get them in time to share and talk about at the Zoom party. Please use as your base either 4″ by 6″ kraft paper or crumb cake cardstock. Here is a picture of my recipe card.



Recipe Box and Recipe card made with kraft paper and Gingerbread & Peppermint Suite


To make it less daunting to write out so many recipe cards I am suggesting that you handwrite the front of the card and then print out the instructions and adhere them to the back of the card. Best of both worlds!! During the Zoom party I will demonstrate three of the projects from the pdf tutorial. I hope YOU can join me for this fun class. Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope you have a super weekend. Hugs from Holland!



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Adorable Post-It Note Holder

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I have an adorable Post-It Note Holder for you. I love cute creations that have a useful purpose. Do you often write little notes on Post-It notes? This project will be part of the Cross-Country Christmas Cookie Exchange Party With a Heart and it will be included in my pdf tutorial as well. Let’s take a look!


My Favourite Part


My favourite part of this project was that I transformed a hideous neon Post-It Note pad into something really beautiful. I had no neutral sticky notepads in the house, only varying shades of neon! What did I do? I first started by sponging on some early espresso ink but this affect was too feeble. Instead I rubbed it directly on the ink pad with fabulous results. Then I cut out a piece of white cardstock the same size as the note pad and adhered it to the top.



post-it note holder using Gingerbread & Peppermint paper and What's Cookin' bundle by Stampin'Up!


Christmas Gifts


It’s the little things that count, and this pretty project could be a lovely gift for friends and coworkers. It folds down flat so you could even mail it! I have long been a fan of useful and pretty handmade gifts, and this Post-It Note Holder fits the bill. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and you won’t miss out on the Christmas videos that I will start posting after the pdf goes live on November 1.


Happy Thanksgiving Canadians


I am still in Holland and there are no brilliant fall colours here, so I decided to make a card using the Gorgeous Leaves bundle. You can see the video below. Due to some technical challenges I didn’t get good photos of the card today but I will share on Wednesday. I do share the Blends and alcohol technique which is easy to do if you use the right materials.






Thanks for joining me today. If you would like to purchase any of the materials I used, the supply list is linked below. Just click on the images and you will be in my online store! Have a super day!


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Pretty Host Gift Box

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I have a pretty host gift box to share with you. If you have been following me for a while, you will know that boxes are not my forté. Thankfully I have a Dutch upline who is amazing with boxes, so with her help I am getting outside of my comfort zone and realizing that boxes aren’t so scary after all. This pretty gift box is made using our amazing paper that is only available as a host gift. Have you seen this paper yet??


Pretty Host Paper


Perhaps it is because of COVID, but workshops and classes seem to be something from a long time ago! Did you know that you can host an online workshop? I would LOVE to do a Facebook party with you so that you can get free stamping supplies while introducing your friends to the joys of stamping all at the same time. You can also get this paper by placing a $200 order yourself. Placing an order of this magnitude would also score you three free saleabration items!! Hmmmm….did I get you thinking?


host paper


Images of our patterned paper never really do the paper justice. I used the delicate black pattern in the middle of the bottom row to make my pretty box.


Pretty Host Gift Box


Black and white paper pairs well with a host of colours, but I am drawn to Bermuda Bay. At first I was looking to pair it with a white ribbon, but the wide smoky slate ribbon is absolutely perfect. What an elegant box to house this delicious box of chocolates. I am deeply grateful to Caroline van der Straaten for our High Tea(m) day where we made these boxes. Her box is part of the last International Create With Us tutorial bundle so you can get the step by step instructions if you want. This tutorial is FREE with a $60 purchase or you can also buy it in my online store here.


Pretty Host Gift Box


I really like that the box combines cardstock with patterned paper for a unique look. The die from the Colour & Contour bundle is perfect for threading through the ribbon. The stamp set that I used as the focal point is called Biggest Wish. Truthfully I had overlooked this stamp, but now it is on my wish list. I love the bold fonts and also the way the words can be combined. You can find this set on page 63 of the annual catalog or just click on the image in the supply list below if you want to add it to your purchase today. Now is a great time to add to your stash. There are two weeks left of saleabration where you can get free products with a $60 purchase and two options free with a $120 purchase.


Pretty Host box


Inside the Box


Here is a peek inside the box. It holds a lovely box of Lindt chocolates which just about anyone would be happy to get. I used to think it was a waste of time making pretty boxes, but now I see that there is a lot of value in giving a beautiful handmade gift. The recipient really feels the love that you made something special just for them. It turns the ordinary into something extraordinary and we need more of those surprise and delight moments in life.


Pretty Host Gift Box


Prime Time


I will be making a different version of this box tomorrow in my private Prime Time group. If you find that you are stamping less and missing classes, this might be just the place for you. It is only $10 a month and you get a regularly scheduled weekly video class on Thursdays. Every Wednesday I post the supply list and measurements so you can play along with me on Thursdays. You also get a FREE pdf tutorial each month which is valued at $15 to $25. This perk alone makes this group a fantastic investment. If you want to join, just click here.


Stay Tuned!!


I am really excited about hosting a Facebook party that will give us a chance to have fun together. Let me figure out all the details and then I will get back to you. In the meantime, I have homework for you! Grab a piece of paper and write down some names of people who could use some fun in their lives. Tell them about this idea and then choose whether you want to get together to stamp using one kit to share or whether people want to order their own kits. We have lots of great kits to choose from so we don’t all have to use the same one. I already know which kit I want to use. It’s the new one from the holiday catalog which is now available:  Christmas Whimsy.

Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you were inspired and that you are also excited to share the joy of stamping with your friends. Let them decide if they want to try something new, don’t decide for them!


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