Summer Days Host Set

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today’s post features two great cards that use the host stamp set Summer Days. Thanks to Hannie Van der Zanden and Ingrid Vos for these great cards from my Happy Mail in Holland contest. Summer Days is a 9 piece cling stamp set that you can get for free when you host a qualifying workshop.


Summer Days Card by Ingrid Vos


I am starting with Ingrid’s card first because I received it first. Ingrid is a member of my Pampered Stamper Training Group and I meet her every time there is a Stampin’Up! event in Ontario. Ingrid comes from Hamilton, Ontario. Hamilton is a city that I didn’t appreciate until two of my children lived there for a while. The downtown has some great little shops, but my favourite thing is all the amazing nature hikes within the city! Hamilton is located right on the Niagara Escarpment so there are lots of waterfalls and ravines that make for beautiful hiking paths.


Summer Days Host set


I love how Ingrid used the stitched rectangle dies to make her layers. It looks to me like she used watercolour pencils, markers and Blends to colour her scene. If you look closely at the card you will also notice that she used the Subtles embossing folder for the base of the card. Well done!


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Summer Days Card by Hannie van der Zanden


Hannie is a dear friend and team member who is also a Dutch immigrant! She lives in Highgate, Ontario where she runs a large pig farm with her husband and family. Hannie travels to Holland even more often than I do since she still has lots of relatives there. I love the way Hannie used a light pool party Blend to colour around the trees for a great effect.


Summer Days card


I love how Hannie used the butterflies for a touch of whimsy. Perhaps I vaguely recognize the patterned paper, I think it was from last year and that it was in the Tropical Oasis suite. Your card reminds me of Holland where you often see rows of trees planted beside the roads.


Host Sets


I am curious how you feel about host sets? Are they an incentive for you? You do know that they are only available as a host item, but did you know that if you place your own $200 order, that also qualifies for host products? Here is another blog post that features a great host set from the past. Be sure to check out the back of every catalog, you will find the host sets right before the index pages.


A Funny Travel Story


I just noticed that this post accidentally got published two days too soon, and that means that two blog posts were published in one day! Not good. So I went “backstage” and changed the status of this post so that I could edit it and publish it on Friday as originally planned. It seems that I have a penchant for getting my days and dates mixed up!!

Here is the story.  I booked an Airbnb in Cologne for three nights. We had the entire apartment to ourselves and it had a rooftop patio! The plan was to go to Dusseldorf on Monday to do some shopping and have supper there and then go on to Cologne and sleep there for three nights. Well, let me tell you what really happened. On Wednesday afternoon after a long, late and leisurely breakfast we did some shopping and then went to an art museum. As it was a hot day, we decided to stop at a “terrasje” for some German beer.

I do not have internet on my phone, so I either use wifi or Gerard’s hotspot on his phone. Thankfully I took this time to check in and I noticed a message from our Airbnb host asking us to come asap to remove our clothes from the apartment. I messaged back saying that we had another night booked. Apparently not! I had booked three days, but they started on Sunday not Monday. The only explanation I have for my error is that the calendars here in Holland start with Monday as the first day, not Sunday.

Either way we were in a sticky wicket! Rather than staying a third day in Cologne, we drove home late at night, so no 4911 Cologne museum tour for us. We did have a fantastic photo shoot with a local through Airbnb experiences, so I am excited to share some of those photos when they are ready.


Do you ever have a hard time deciding what to get? I do!! That is why we splurged on this fancy breakfast. Scrambled eggs, an assortment of meats and cheeses, croissants, rye bread and some different rolls as well as fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee and sparkling wine. The little jams were also homemade. What a great way to start the morning!







The Köln Cathedral is so huge that you can’t get a good picture of it closeup. In the picture above you can see the incredible detail, and this is just the door!!!



Here is a view of another cathedral from the harbour front along the Rhine. Seventy percent of this city was flattened by bombs in World War 2. Apparently there was an agreement that the Allies spare the cathedral. I am certainly thankful for that. Our local guide mentioned that only industrial cities were hard hit during the war. Thankfully many old German cities and towns survived so that not all old architecture was lost. War is an awful thing!




Thanks for joining me on my blog today, my traveling days are now numbered. A week from Saturday I will be flying home and then quarantining for 14 days. That will enable me to catch up on my stamping and hopefully create another tutorial. A special thanks to everyone who has purchased a tutorial from me, I am so thankful. If you have missed them, or don’t know where to find them, they are at the top of my blog’s home page. Here is a link to make it super easy for you!

On Monday I will be sharing more Happy Mail in Holland contest cards as well as a video. I hope you have a super weekend.


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Make A Splash

Hello stampers and happy Monday. Today I want to share some very simple kids cards using Make A Splash. This stamp set is NOT for sale but you can get it for FREE if you place a $200 order or if you host a virtual workshop. How much fun would that be? You can invite some of your friends and we can do a private Zoom class. Everyone can then place their orders using the host code and you will get the host rewards. If we do it before March 31, then you will all get free saleabration products too.


Fishy Kids Cards


This is such a fun set where you can use the stamps to build a colourful scene. There are three different fish and three different types of plant life. Included in this fun stamp set is also a happy crab, some bubbles, a fish bowl and a water stamp and a water line stamp. Lots of creative possibilities. I hope to use this set for my next kids class.



When I am editing these pictures I am thinking, wow, they are dark! I must have taken these at night, so sorry that they are a little unclear. You do get the picture though, pardon the pun!


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Make a Splash


I used granny apple green, pumpkin pie and bermuda bay. If you use shimmery white cardstock then you can also use an aqua painter for a fun effect.


Make a Splash


Here the fish were stamped repeatedly in pumpkin pie. Two of the fish were stamped and fussy cut and then popped up with dimensionals. The saying was stamped in versamark and embossed in white on pretty peacock cardstock. I added a few gold sequins and some bubbles in bermuda bay.


Make a Splash


This card uses shimmery white cardstock. I stamped the fish bowl in memento ink stamped off so it would be lighter. An aqua painter was used to colour the water and then the fish were stamped on top. The fish on the top right was stamped upside down, so he wasn’t looking too lively. I decided that this would be an embellishment opportunity, so I popped up another fussy cut fish so it would appear that this lively fish was swimming ahead of the unfortunate one! Here is a blog post from a year ago that shows more watercolouring on shimmery white cardstock.


Class to Go


I am hoping to incorporate these cards into a Littles and Me class to go for Saturday April 11. The first seven people who sign up will get the Make a Splash stamp set as an Easter gift from me. Stay tuned for details, the only thing I know for sure is that the class will be $35 and there will be enough supplies for the whole family.


Time is Running Out


This is the last week of March, so that means time is running out for you to get free saleabration items or to get an amazing deal on the starter kit. With everyone starting to go a little stir crazy from being cooped up in their own homes and not being able to socialize, a box full of Stampin’Up! supplies is a great antidote to boredom. If you live in Canada and want to examine this option but need more information, please message me and we can chat! Know what you want? Click here to get started.

If you are a fellow Stampin’Up! demonstrator and would love some personal training in a small group environment, you might want to join my Pampered Stamper Facebook training group. There is small monthly fee of five dollars to compensate me for my time, but it is worth far more than that. I do weekly live videos and a free monthly pdf tutorial. Connecting is what I do best, and I love to help you maximize your potential.


Thank You!


Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope you are keeping sane throughout these unusual times. I am doing daily Facebook lives, I hope you join me and that you tell your friends about it too. Creativity and live videos can really help people feel less alone. There has never been a better time for happy mail, so start stamping and sending cards and making a difference in people’s lives! I hope you have a super day.



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