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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Cross-Country Christmas Cookie Exchange Party With a Heart

Well, hello stampers and happy Friday to you! I am super excited to announce my Cross-Country Christmas Cookie Exchange Party With a Heart. Isn’t that a mouthful? There is a reason for the long name, so I will explain it to you.




This part was super important to me because I love connecting people. We live in a large, beautiful and diverse country. In the past it was a lot of fun to have pen-pals, and now it will be fun to exchange favourite Christmas recipes. Wait…I thought you said cookie exchange Jackie?!


Cookie Exchange


Well, cookie exchange sounds a lot better than recipe swap which is what it will actually be. But….you can then use the recipes that you get and then do a real cookie swap with your local people. I have totally fallen in love with the Gingerbread & Peppermint suite and even though I am using it for a class at the end of October, I have decided to feature it for this event as well. You will see that I am planning to do a whole video series on this suite in November and there will be a pdf tutorial to go along with it.


Party With a Heart


This is where it gets super special. You see, not only are we going to have a wonderful time together, we are also going to contribute to heart health. How are we going to do that? Stampin’Up! has designed a special stamp set where they are giving $4 of each stamp set to heart health. It gets even better! Stampin’Up! Canada has chosen to donate to the London Health Sciences Centre which is just one hour away from me. The reason is very personal.

There is a fellow Canadian demonstrator, Anne Granger, who lives near London and she lost her husband at a very young age due to a rare heart disease. How touching that SU is now donating to the hospital that tried to save his life. With research, perhaps other people will not have to go through such a tragic loss.


Strong of Heart sample


Class Options


There are several options for participating in this class. Option one includes participation in the recipe card swap, the Strong of Heart stamp set and a pdf for all the Christmas projects. This is $55 including shipping.

Option two includes all of option one plus the What’s Cookin’ bundle. This is $110 including shipping.

The third option is pdf only but this does not include the recipe card swap. It is $20.

Every week in November I will be doing a video showing several different projects. On November 27 at noon EST we will celebrate with a Zoom party. I will demonstrate three projects from the pdf that day.


Projects for my Cross-Country Christmas Cookie Exchange Party


Please note that the projects that will be made with Strong of Heart are not yet designed as I am waiting for my stamp set here in the Netherlands. Here is a closeup of some of the projects.


Closeup of some of the Cross-Country Christmas Cookie exchange projects


The Second Best Part


The best part is perhaps the fact that we can have so much fun together while raising money for heart health. I really value the fact that SU chooses a local charity to support rather than all the funds raised going to the States.

The second best part is that included in this class is a swap. Not exactly a card swap but a recipe card swap. I will show you an example so that you can make your own beautiful 4″ by 6″ recipe card. If they are all the same size then we can make or find a beautiful box to put them all in. This is still under construction! Recipe cards need to mailed out no later than November 13.


Recipe Card


There are only two recipe cards in the Gingerbread & Peppermint memories and more cards so I thought it would be super simple and cute to make my own. Simply take a 4″ by 6″ piece of our new kraft paper and decorate it with a narrow strip of designer series paper and some stamped off stamps. That way they won’t cover up your writing!

This is one of my favourite Christmas cookie recipes. All of my grown children also make these cookies. I only bake them in December and that way they stay special.

Check out this post with some great Gingerbread cards.


Handwritten homemade recipe card using What's Cookin' bundle from Stampin'Up.



Excited and Ready to Sign Up?


Of course you are!! Last year we had so much fun at my #itsallaboutthetreats event and this one is going to be bigger and better!! I am already excited about getting your recipe cards in the mail. What fun! This event combines the things that I love most about my life:  people (aka you!), Stampin’Up! and baking.

Choose your option here but please remember that the pdf will not be available until November 1.


Class Options


For my American friends, here is your PayPal button. I’m so happy that we can stamp together.



Deadline to sign up is November 1. This is super important, otherwise you won’t get your supplies in time.


I Forgot One Important Thing


Guess what?? I got too squirrelly and forgot to tell you that you will also get an adorable kraft box that you can decorate and use to store your recipe cards. Here is mine and it will be in the pdf too.


Handmade kraft recipe box using Gingerbread & Peppermint and What's Cookin' bundles.


Thanks so much for joining me today.  Are you as excited about this class as I am? How many new people are we going to meet? I hope I get to meet you and make your favourite cookies this Christmas season. So many of you have asked me to make a cookbook. Perhaps this will be the start of my next cookbook and YOUR recipe will be in it. I promise to try every recipe and if it meets my expectations I will feature it in my blog as well with your handmade recipe card of course.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving and have a super day. Lots of love from Holland!!!!

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Gingerbread & Peppermint House

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you! Today I have the most adorable gingerbread & peppermint house to show you. My fellow Dutch team member Mardette Krosse made this cute creation and she graciously allowed me to borrow it so I could recreate it. One of the things I love so very much about being a part of the Stampin’Up! family is the creativity and generosity of my fellow demonstrators.


Gingerbread & Peppermint House


Good things come in small packages and this house is one example of that. Mardette is another! She is such a wonderful person who loves to spoil the elderly people that she works with. It is not unusual for her to make gift packages for them complete with intricate handmade packaging. I love her heart! People like her restore my faith in the human race.




Gingerbread & Peppermint House


A Mystery


There is one mystery about this cute little house that I have not yet solved. I am not sure what Mardette used to make the Nordic looking decorations along the edges of the house front. I am going to make an alternative which you can see in the graphic below that also shows you the measurements and components.


Gingerbread House instructions


À La Carte Class


Did you know that I am offering a really lovely class featuring the Gingerbread & Peppermint Suite? There are three different tiers of pricing so you will be sure to find the one that suits you best. I really should write a tutorial for this class don’t you think? You can read all about this class here. Please don’t procrastinate too long! You have until October 1 to sign up so I can get all the supplies ordered and the kits sent to you.



Gingerbread & Peppermint class


Bonus Paper


I forgot to mention that you get some bonus paper with your class so you can finish off the inside of your cards as beautifully as the outside! Some of you will be joining me for an in person class on Saturday October 30 at 10am and I am hoping that people all over with join me virtually on Thursday October 28 at 7pm EST.


Gingerbread & Peppermint Paper


Share What You Love!


This class and this box, in fact this entire suite is just perfect for sharing with those that you love of all ages. I can just picture all the laughter and joy around kitchen tables all over the country as these elements are used to make adorable cards and houses and boxes and surprises for loved ones. Be sure to send me a photo if you end up doing just this!

I am going to keep encouraging you all to share this wonderful hobby. People need to tap into their innate creativity. Creating things really makes for a joyful soul. Giving away your creations results in even deeper joy. Do you see the beautiful flow that is being created here?


You Belong and I Have a Place Waiting For You!


There is a wonderful place waiting just for you on my team. Join with others who love creating with paper and ink and be inspired and warmly welcomed. If you love card making or want to get started, the starter kit is just fantastic and it will score you your very own discount every time you place an order for yourself or for your friends. I would love to help YOU get started too.


Have a super day and thanks so much for joining me. It’s time for a cup of coffee and a dessert. I have saved one pavlova from the weekend! Whooohooo. #itsallaboutthetreats

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