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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A Merry Hello Host Stamp Set

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you! Today I am going to show you a clean and simple card using the host set A Merry Hello. This card is just stamps, ink and paper. No embelllishments, no patterned paper, no ribbon. I really like how it turned out!


What is a Host Set?


A host stamp set is one that cannot be purchased on a regular order. It can only be purchased if you either place a $200 order or if you host a workshop where you and your friends make some free cards and then place orders together that total $200 or more. You then as a host receive 10% back in host dollars. With those host rewards you can use them for exclusive host sets like this one. The purpose of host sets is to entice you to host a workshop so you can get these cute sets. For December I am going to do a draw for this stamp set for those of you who place an online order. If you would like to see a host set from the annual catalog, check out this blog post.


A Merry Hello Host Set


Enough talking, here is the card and the tags that I made using this cute host set. This set is tucked away on page 81 of the holiday catalog.


A Merry Hello host stamp set


I don’t have much ribbon at all here in Holland, but I was happy to see that the Playful Pets ribbon worked really well with my Christmas colours of real red and old olive. Here is the inside of my card.


A Merry Hello inside


Easy Layering


A Merry Hello is a 20 piece photopolymer stamp set which means you can see through the stamps which makes it easy to layer them for some great detail. For example this stocking is actually a black outline image. The red top was added as a separate stamp. The heel and toe is a separate stamp and so is the little tree. This allows you to create fun coloured accents with no fuss. I also love the font of the saying. Those little things make me so happy it’s almost ridiculous. When that happens you know you are a stamping addict!


A Merry Hello tags


These cute tags were made using the North Pole Wonder dies which just happen to be 30% off today until January 4, 2021 or while supplies last. What struck me is the first tag. The holly leaves look like die cuts but it is actually a stamp. The red holly berries are also from a die from the North Pole Wonder set. I have used these dies for my weekly YouTube live videos for my virtual coffee and a card class and I really love them and have heard nothing but great things about them from my participants.


Big Sale Today!


Today is the beginning of our best sale of the year (in my opinion!) You can get 20-50% off a lot of beautiful things in the holiday catalog. I just sent out my newsletter with my favourite deals as well as the suggestion to get the starter kit as your best deal ever! The newsletter is also shared on my business Facebook page The Pampered Stamper.


Giant Year End Close-Out sale


If you place an online order, be sure to use the current host code so that you can have a share in the free host rewards today. The more people that order online today, the more goodies there will be to share. Stay tuned!!




Thanks so much for joining me again today, I appreciate it when you read my blog. This blog is a way for us to connect and also to serve you better as a demonstrator. If what I write resonates with you and you live in Canada, I would love to be YOUR demonstrator. I hope you have a super day!


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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!


Summer Days closeup



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!


The Details on Make a Splash Cards


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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