Hello stampers and Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you. I’m not sure that everyone is in a celebratory mood, but here the sun is shining, I have a warm home with food, clothes and LOTS of paper, stamps and ink and a long to do list, so life is good. The key is to try to focus on the positive, to not immerse yourself in too much media and to do your part in keeping everyone healthy. Precaution is crucial. In the meantime, on a lighter note, here is a fun card that you can make with the Heartfelt stamp set.
Heartfelt for St. Patrick’s Day
It really is quite fun to see what you can do with your stamparatus simply by giving your square piece of paper a quarter turn each time before you stamp. Sound like Greek to you? No worries, just watch my video. Here is the card.
A Word For Everything
That is the name of the stamp set I used for the sayings on this card and it would be a fantastic choice for your free bonus stamp set when you get the starter kit. Seriously, this is the best time ever to get this kit. With everyone needing to practice social distancing, it sure helps to have a box full of amazing stamping supplies to help pass the time and keep your focus on creativity instead of the dark rabbit hole of “what if”.
I made the inside shamrock with four heart shaped punchies from Clubhouse designer series paper. The stem for the shamrock was created with the heart punch and is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. The video will show you how it was done. Here is another great card using the Heartfelt stamp set and heart punch. I have made one with the Clubhouse paper but I see that I haven’t yet blogged about it. It is available in the March tutorial that you get for free with a $50 order!
Video Tutorial plus Some Great Kits
Here is the video I did for a daily Facebook live. At the end of the video I show some kits that could be great for anyone needing some creative things to do now that we are having to make our own fun at home!
I have two extra Paper Pumpkin kits that are available for anyone local wishing to participate in the online live kid’s class on Saturday at 10am EST. Message me if you are interested.
Thanks ever so much for joining me today and also for watching my Facebook lives. Please do share these so that more people get a meaningful, positive distraction from the troubles in the world right now. Creativity is great for mental health and social connection. The best deal right now is of course the starter kit, you can start that process by clicking here. I hope you stay safe and healthy and have a super day.
Hello stampers and happy Tuesday to you. Today I am showing the love with Heartfelt. I really do love Valentine’s Day and I have always done a Valentine’s Day party for my kids. The table would be set with pretty dishes and fresh flowers and of course I would make heart shaped cookies and cupcakes. At each place setting there would also be a cute little bag full of Valentine’s treats. It’s important to show your love to those around you and make them feel special.
Stampin’Up! always has at least one luscious Valentine’s Day set, and lately they have a whole suite of products that make it super easy to make beautiful cards and gifts. Did you know that heart shaped tins are perfectly suited to making mini brownies or cupcakes? I think I will do this for the kids and grandkids this weekend. We made this Heartfelt card at coffee and a card this morning.
The From My Heart specialty designer series paper makes it super easy to make a beautifully coordinated card. I have to say, I’m really appreciated the heart punch pack too. Framelits and dies are great, but punches are quick and easy! Do you see the adorable cupid’s arrow behind the hearts? Love how the silver embossed arrow coordinates with the silver edged satin ribbon.
The striped piece is 1 1/2″ by 4 3/4″ and the heart piece is 2 1/2″ by 4 3/4″. The hearts cover up the “seam”.
If this makes you sad because you don’t have time to get this in time for your Valentine’s celebration, don’t stress. These beautiful heart inspired cards would be welcome any time of the year. Some of the other sayings in this set include “from my heart to yours”, “So lucky to have a friend like you” and “love you lots”. How about “being friends is better than eating candy (but let’s do that too)”
I have a tradition for my coffee and a card class as well. On the class closest to Valentine’s Day there are very special treats. This year I finally baked linzer cookies. These cookies are a classic at high end bakeries and for good reason. They are beautiful works of art that taste as good as they look. I really enjoyed making them and look forward to a new tradition. The recipe is from Canadian baker Anna Olsen.
Here is the recipe if you would like to make them yourself.
Share the Love
While I am a big fan of Valentine’s Day that doesn’t mean that all was well in the land of romance for me. Perhaps that is why I put the focus on the kids. Either way, no matter where you are in life and what the state of your heart is, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to spread kindness. Paper Pumpkin is amazing for that. Paper Pumpkin makes it easy to make super cute things and share them with lots of people. You would be amazed to see the transformation on an adult’s face when they receive a random Valentine’s surprise. I love putting as many as possible in a large purse and handing them out at the grocery store to stressed out moms, lonely old people or overworked and underpaid clerks and tellers.
Just a heads up that the March kit will have a bonus stamp set in it, and it’s a big one! Measures 4″ by 6″, so that will be a lot of stamps. Click here to subscribe and get some free saleabration items as well.
Happy Mail in Canada Contest for Gerard
Thanks for joining me today. Don’t forget about the Happy Mail in Canada contest. I am hoping to surprise Gerard with lots of cards when he comes to Canada on March 29. I will once again blog about your card and you will be entered into a contest to win the masculine stamp set of your choice from the mini catalog. Send your cards to Jackie Bultje 81 Delaware Ave, Chatham, Ontario N7L 2W3.
It is once again time for a giveaway! I am going to give away this beautiful stamp set from the January Paper Pumpkin I’ll Be Yours. If you comment on this blog post AND share it on Facebook you will be entered into the draw. In order to share just copy and paste the link of the post OR click the Facebook icon at the bottom of the post to share. If you are having problems doing this you can also choose to leave a review on my Pampered Stamper Facebook page. Thanks so much and good luck. It’s all about getting the word out there. Small businesses depend on good old-fashioned word of mouth. You matter to me.
Hello stampers and happy Thursday. Today I am sharing with you my Floating Heart Card that I made for the Design Dream Team Tutorial. If you order from me in February you will get this sixteen project tutorial for free! I made this card while in Holland and had to make do with what I had. Ideally you would use rectangle stitched framelits for the opening, but I had to use a square die twice instead.
Floating Heart Card
I promise that I will do a video on how to make this card when I am back home in my studio. As you are reading this I am probably having coffee with my parents. It will be so, so good to see Mom and Pap after a seven week absence, especially with how sick Pap has been. He is slowly improving, but this shingles disease has really knocked the starch out of him.
Here you can see the card open with the floating heart in the middle. I must admit, I was pleased as punch with this design as it was entirely my own idea and it came together so quickly in the first try!
Facebook Live Next Week
Just a heads up that my Facebook live videos will once again be at 7pmEST now that I am back in Canada. We’ll see how well this time does for me. If I find that something different will work better, I will let you know. As always, your feedback is appreciated and essential. I do this for YOU, so let me know what you like and don’t like.
I’m not going to go into all the details of how I made this card, they are in the tutorial that you get for free if you are on my team, in my training group or order from me. I will however show you how it is done in a video. Have a super day and happy stamping!
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. While you are reading this, I am on the way to Schiphol, the airport in Amsterdam. I thought it would be appropriate to blog about a Valentine’s card today, so here is my Heartfelt Teepee card. This trip was all about love and my heart is indeed full. I am blessed.
Heartfelt Teepee Card
This was actually the first teepee card that I made and it feels like I have already blogged about it. I did use this photo for advertising a Valentine’s Day class that I am doing when I get back, but I have not featured it in a blog, so here we go! I also made it during a Facebook live video. What happened is that happy mail kept arriving, so I blogged about that instead.
It’s super easy to change the look of the card by choosing different patterned paper.
How To Video
It really is so much easier to learn how to do things when you watch a video don’t you think? Here is a picture of how the folded pieces go together, but then do be sure to watch the video for more information. This card style is included in my Peaceful Poppies tutorial which you can find in this post.
If you are feeling alone, unloved or unhappy I just want to encourage you that you are never too old and it is never too late to find true love. Trust your heart, be courageous and fight for love! Relationships can drift apart, people change, but do everything in your power to reconnect with the one you fell in love. If all has been tried and there is no result, then you know you have not left a stone unturned. I am so very thankful for the people in my life who encouraged me on my journey. I am loved, I am blessed and I am so very, very thankful.
Thanks for joining me today, have a super day.
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. I am very late writing this blog post because I had a Dutch Demo open house today. First of all I want to share a brand new venture, Valentine’s Day cards for the Canadian troops. This project was initiated by my very own team member Carolyn Hansen-Henderson. Do you want to know more about this Valentine’s project?
Valentine’s Day Cards for our troops
Even though Canadians are known for their peace keeping efforts, we have a lot of troops overseas. It can be very difficult to be far away from loved ones, especially on days like Valentine’s Day. If you want to brighten the day of some soldiers, then you can send your card or cards to Stampin’Up! Canada and they will send them to our army bases abroad. You need to act fast!
Announcing: Valentines for Canadian Armed Forces 💝
Calling all Canadian paper crafters! Let’s show our Canadian Armed Forces how much we appreciate them.
Over the next three weeks, we wish to invite everyone to make Valentine cards and send them into the Stampin’ Up! office in Calgary (received by January 24th). We have partnered with Carolyn Henderson (an Ontario demonstrator) to get those cards into the hands of Canadian troops by Valentine’s Day!
Send your cards to:
Valentine Cards for Canadian Veterans
C/O Stampin’ Up! Canada
Suite 330, 2618 Hopewell Place NE
Calgary, AB T1Y 7J7
There are lots of appropriate sentiments to choose from to stamp into your card. Choose a Valentine’s Day sentiment, or a simple Thank You, or an appreciation sentiment like ‘Grateful For You’.
Please consider writing a little note in the card to make it personal from you. Something like these:
“Thank you for risking your life for our freedom.”
“We feel secure and safe because you made sure that we do. With much gratitude and appreciation.”
Hope you will join us in this worthy effort,
Stampin’ Up! Canada 💝
Remember: no glitter or foil paper for safety reasons!!
Heartfelt Valentine’s Day Card
I thought it was time for me to feature a card that I made myself! When I heard about this Valentine’s Card for the Canadian troops project, I decided to make a card too. Even though it says friend, I think that is ok, everyone is someone’s friend and if a soldier is overseas defending my freedom or promoting peace I consider them a friend. Be sure to take the opportunity to write something heartfelt in your card. Believe me, happy mail is powerful!
This card actually uses the left over pieces from the card that I made for the February Demo Design Dream team tutorial. The hearts in the first picture inspired this card since I liked how they looked on this barnboard paper. This paper is left over from the holiday mini from a fall collection that I can’t remember the name of now! Here’s the inside that I like as much as the outside!! Happy mail in Holland has taught me to pay attention to all aspects of the card.
Happy Mail in Holland Contest
Your happy mail cards keep arriving and making my heart happy. I was planning on featuring two of these cards today but I really needed to post about the Valentine’s Day cards for the Canadian troops as well, so I am only going to feature one card today. This gorgeous card comes all the way from Newfoundland, Canada. Maureen Power is the artist and she lives in Goulds, Newfoundland. It is a neighbourhood of the bigger city of St John’s which is the capital city of the province. I really do hope to visit there some time this decade.
Maureen used the beautiful Most Wonderful Time Product Medley for this card as well as copper foil paper and a gorgeous framelit from the holiday mini that I do not own. I don’t have a catalog with me so I don’t remember the name of it. You will need to help me out with this! Here is another angle so you can see all the lovely details.
The envelope also made me smile with all these cheerful critters. I couldn’t decide if they were baby groundhogs, baby squirrels or baby seals. It makes me feel a little silly admitting this to you, but maybe you can help me out here too.
Tomorrow is Saturday but I have a feeling that there could be another blog post so that I can keep up with all the happy mail. What a great “problem” to have. Your Canadian squirrel is smiling. Now I am going to go out on a date with my handsome Dutchman. Have a super day!!