Cinnamon Cider and Just Jade

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you! Today’s card features Cinnamon Cider and Just Jade and is made by Carol Koroleski from Conklin Michigan. Thanks so much Carol for your beautiful card! Before we take a look at your card, let’s find out where Conklin, Michigan is.


Conklin, Michigan


Michigan is actually a neighbour state to Ontario but with COVID19 it feels very far away. The oft traveled border in Windsor and Detroit remains closed. It used to be so easy to cross over into “the States” for a fun day of shopping or sight seeing. Hopefully this sad state of affairs will end soon and will not become the new normal.

Conklin is three hours and forty minutes from Chatham and lies between Grand Rapids and Grand Haven. Grand Haven is only twenty miles away and is on the shore of Lake Michigan which in my opinion is the most beautiful of the Great Lakes. The sand is like brown sugar and the water is super clear. Conklin is also known for its cherries. Michigan cherries are so, so good! Great for baking and for eating fresh. The orange “1” is where Conklin is.


Conklin, Michigan


In my search for images of Conklin I came across this page and I couldn’t believe my eyes. The first “castle” featured is a place that I stayed at years ago for my birthday getaway. How much fun is that? Who knows, I might even have driven right through Conklin. Pictured below is Henderson Castle in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


Henderson Castle


Carol’s Card


Carol used the colours Just Jade and Cinnamon Cider on this card as well as the stamp set Forever Fern. It was so very helpful that Carol included a note explaining what she did and what she used. Carol definitely stepped it up by sponing the linen ribbon with Cinnamon Cider ink and the vellum was also coloured with Cinnamon Cider. If you look in the product list below you will see all the other products used. If you live in Canada you can order online through me and if you do so and you use the host code, you can be entered into a Mystery Host draw. Contest ends August 3.


Cinnamon Cider and Just Jade Card


Thanks so much for joining in on my Happy Mail in Holland contest, it really is so much fun getting mail and reading your stories. I hope you also enjoy participating in this fun project. If you want to see another card made with Cinnamon Cider, just click here.


Off to the Beach Soon


Today is 27C and it might get even hotter. Yes, this is considered a very hot day in Holland! The crazy thing is that the locals who live so close to the beach often choose not to. Either the sand is too hot or the sea is too cold. Crazy Dutch people! On the other hand, the traffic reports say that the roads are clogged with people trying to get to the beach. Isn’t that ironic?

Gerard’s house is about one kilometre to the beach and his dad’s place is just across the road from the beach. Mind you, there is a big dunes area in between so you cannot see the sea from his house but you can hear the waves on a clear day.






This is the walk way to the beach that we use every day. I have walked it, biked it and sat on the back of a scooter. I have seen horses on this path as well!



Even though I know that seagulls can be a pest, they are beautiful to watch. There is some other type of waterfowl here as well, perhaps from the sandpiper family. I wish I had my “good” camera with me!


I hope to go live on Facebook in fifteen minutes. Most days I am live at 3pm in the Netherlands or 9am in Ontario, Eastern Standard Time but not on weekends.


Mystery Host Contest


If you order online using the host code you can be a part of the mystery host contest and win the host benefits! Contest ends August 3. You also get free bonus bucks. $6 with every $60 purchase, so that is also a great perk.


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Thanks for joining me and have a super day!



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Cinnamon Cider: the Last In Colour

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday. Cinnamon Cider is the last in colour to be reviewed and it is interesting to note that I inadvertently called it a “sweet” brown when I tried to use it to colour a dock. Cinnamon cider is sweet, so the description is appropriate. So far I have made only one card with it, but I am looking forward to the many possibilities with this new colour!


Cinnamon Cider


For this card I kept it super simple and used the stamp set See the Good. How can I possibly express how much I love this saying? Some people just restore your faith in the world by who they are or what they say or do. That is what we are all called to do; to be the good in the world! To be a reflection of the One who made us, the one who loves us and the one who wants to save us all. All the stamps used on this card are from the stamp set See The Good. You can find it on page 79 of the annual catalog.


Cinnamon Cider Card


I matted the white panel on our new brass metallic paper. I sponged the cinnamon cider panel with ink as well after I embossed it with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder. The three flowers stamped in Misty Moonlight add just the right pop of colour and also showcase the fact that Cinnamon Cider and Misty Moonlight pair very well together.


Free Tutorial


Did you know that if you place an online order with me using the current host code that you get a free pdf tutorial from me? You can also get this amazing tutorial for free if you are a team member or a member of my demonstrator training group. This month all of the 16 projects are 3D. It is a lot of fun collaborating with 15 other talented demonstrators to make this tutorial.


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Rhine River Valley Views


I thought I would include a short video I took on the gondola chair lift in Ruddesheim, Germany. Traveling vicariously through someone you know is better than not traveling at all!



Here is the view of the town we stayed at from across the river.


Ruddesheim Germany




Thanks for joining me today. I would love to hear from you about which in colours you like the best? I am going to finalize the details for an online In Colour Club so that we can actually have a stamping event together again. Stay tuned for details.

Don’t forget about the Happy Mail in Holland contest. Send your cards to Jackie Bultje, Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC ‘s-Gravenzande, the Netherlands. Be sure to get them in the mail by July 31 and then I will have time to blog about them before August 29. Every person participating gets entered into a contest for a stamp set of your choice valued up to $30. I will send it anywhere in the world!

If you live in Canada and want stamping supplies, just click on the images below and you will be in my online store. The host code is on the left hand side of my blog page. I hope you have a super day.



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Magenta Madness: New In Colour Number Four

Hello stampers and happy Tuesday to you. Today I am featuring Magenta Madness, In Colour number four. Not all in colours are created equally and after a while we all have our favourites. Do you already know which one is your favourite? The jury is still out for me as I think I need to play a little more with all of them before I make up my mind. What really makes a difference for me is which patterned paper has the in colours in it. Let’s take a closer look at Magenta Madness.


Magenta Madness


Truthfully I wasn’t too sure about Magenta Madness. It is a strong colour to be sure! Then I saw this adorable patterned paper from Flowers for Every Season and it changed everything.


Magenta Madness


This is very much a monochromatic card except for the strip of patterned paper which really pops against the Magenta Madness background. The saying from Tasteful Touches is also stamped tone on tone with Magenta Madness. Meadow Moments is the name of the embossing folder that I used at the top of this card. It is a narrow embossing folder that measures 6 1/4″ by 3 3/8″ so that it fits into the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine and it comes in a set of two.


Magenta Madness Closeup


A Travel Story or Two


Yesterday we came back from our long weekend away in Germany. What an amazing weekend we had!! Of course after being separated for five months and not being able to travel at all, it was even more special. I can only say that if you ever get a chance to go to Germany, be sure to go to the Middle Rhine Valley. Within a one hour drive from Rudesheim there were at least thirty castles!! That was only going in one direction, I didn’t count the ones driving the other way. Here are just a few pictures from inside the last castle we visited: Burg Rheinstein.



What I loved most about this castle is that little stairs up to the pinnacle of the tower. I walked up those stairs and boy is it far, far up!! I didn’t look down until I was at the top protected by a small wall. The other amazing thing is that it built right on the rocks of the mountain making it look like it is carved right out of the stone itself!





Do you see the ink well and the feather pen on the desk? Just like the stamp set Beautiful World on page 26 of the annual catalog!!


View from the other side of the Rhine


Part of our “romantik” tour was a chair lift down the mountain to a “red wine village”. On the chair lift there was a stunning view of the two castles on the other side of the Rhein river (yes, we spell it differently in North America) The other castle that you can barely see on the right hand side of my photo is called Burg Reichenstein.




So Much Beauty


I could just keep posting more pictures of all the beauty that I saw this past weekend, but I will end with a picture of the two of us and then one of me in my “little black dress” that I promised I would share with you. There is a little bit of a story behind that dress. I bought it from my cousin Yolanda who owns a fashion boutique just north of Guelph three years ago right before I went on my trip to France and Thailand.

This was the first time that Gerard saw me wear it because I felt a little self conscious in it. As women we are often way too hard on ourselves and by doing so we miss out on some great things. I’m so glad I mustered the courage to wear this dress, and when I look at this picture of me, I think, what is wrong with me that I didn’t dare wear this?! So I will try harder to practice what I preach and be kinder to myself.



Magenta Madness Geraniums


Magenta Madness Geraniums




Thanks for visiting my blog today, I hope you are also starting to fall in love…with magenta madness that is. I just noticed that the colour of the geraniums in my picture with Gerard are exactly that colour too!! How amazingly coincidental is that? Have a super day, and don’t forget that if you live in Canada, you can shop with me simply by clicking on the links below.




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Just Jade: New In Colour 2020-2022

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am introducing you to Just Jade, a lovely new In Colour from Stampin’Up! from 2020-2022. If you have any doubts at all about this colour, just pair it with the Forever Greenery designer series paper and you will fall in love! Let’s take a look at my simple card.


Forever Fern Card with Just Jade


Forever Fern with Just Jade


Isn’t this card just a breath of fresh air on a hot day? I left this card behind in Chatham, so I am guessing at the measurements. The Just Jade piece is 1 3/4″ by 5 3/8″ and I ran it through the Greenery embossing folder. The Forever Greenery paper is 2 3/8″ by 5 3/8″. Adhere them to the card front and then tie the gold metallic trim from the Forever Greenery trim combo pack around twice ending with a nice big bow. The saying is from Forever Fern and is of course stamped in Just Jade.  The die is from Tasteful Touches bundle.



Thanks for joining me today; I will be back next week with stories from Germany. If you want any of these beautiful products, just click on the link below. You can only shop with me if you live in Canada. Live in the United States? Just click on the shop with Julie button and you will be all set! Let her know I sent you!! Have a great weekend and see you again on Tuesday.


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Bumblebee: A New In Colour

Hello stampers and happy Thursday. Yesterday was a strange day with some crazy blog issues, but today I can finally share with you the gorgeous Bumblebee, one of the five new in colours from Stampin’Up! On this fun card you see Bumblebee cardstock in the background run through the Old World Paper embossing folder, Bumblebee ribbon on the tag and Bumblebee ink for the saying. It pairs really well with Misty Moonlight don’t you think?


Bumblebee card


Tasteful Touches


There are so many wonderful new products in our new annual catalog and I sometimes get a couple of them mixed up. Tasteful Touches (page 124) and Beautiful World (page 26) both have a similar font and they have a feather stamp. I have found that I am often using these two suites together. Needless to say, the saying and the feather are both from Tasteful Touches and the patterned paper and the embossing folder are both from the World of Good suite.




Beautiful World bundle


Out and About


Yesterday we went to Delft which is about 25 minutes from Gerard’s house. Our trip was not as tourists but to find some things for the kitchen. I was amazed at how big this store was! It is a wholesale store for the hospitality industry and you can find all kinds of food, cooking and baking supplies, display merchandise, accessories and furniture for restaurants. Gerard was keenly aware that I could have spent all day there just browsing through. Just a little bit dangerous. The wine selection alone was vast!!





The Joy of the Beach


Every day we take Bailey for a walk on the beach which is just across the road from one of the greenhouses. It is amazing how every day it is still somehow different. There are different beautiful things washed up on the beach. The tide is different; the wind; the sun or the rain and the other people with or without their dogs. Sometimes you can even encounter a horse!! Or his rather large droppings. Apparently there are no rules against horse poop on the beach! Dog poop is another story. Either way, what a blessing to be together on such a beautiful beach. God is good!



Happy Mail in Holland contest


Please don’t forget about sending me a card in Holland! Please use current Stampi’Up! products and then I will feature you on my blog as well as enter you into a contest for the stamp set of your choice worth up to $30. I will ship it anywhere in the world if you win. If you mail it by July 31 I should get it in time. Hopefully I will be in Holland until August 29. Jackie Bultje, Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC ‘s-Gravenzande, The Netherlands.


Ways to Support Me


Thanks so much for joining me today, and thanks for your patience. I just read online about some Dutch demos who had to go back to their regular jobs and stop doing Stampin’Up! fulltime. This was largely due to COVID19 and the loss of income from not being able to do in person classes. That is why I am asking for what I need!

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Misty Moonlight

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I am going to be focusing on my favourite new in colour:  Misty Moonlight. Of course I will also share some travel ramblings that might bring a smile to your face as it is now so difficult and risky to travel. You may as well enjoy my stories!!


Misty Moonlight Card


I have designed five cards for my In Colour Club and this is the first one featuring Misty Moonlight. The stamp set I used is called Beautiful World which really sums up how I am feeling right now. Of course when you have just been reuinted with the person you love after five months of longing, you do see the world through rose coloured glasses!!


Misty Moonlight


For the background you can see that I used two of the stamps from Beautiful World to stamp around the edges. This design also mimics the globe die cut. Do you see that I used our new brass foil sheets? Complete instructions for all my In Colour cards will be provided in the free pdf that you get when you order your In Colour bundle (ink pads, cardstock, patterned paper, markers and enamel dots) You will also get ten yards of free in colour ribbon when you purchase this bundle through me.


Some Traveling Rambles


I have a question for you. Do you ever struggle with what to pack in your suitcase? You know how people often say, don’t worry, whatever you forget you can buy? Well…..that is not exactly true. Take for example micellar water. That is what I use to clean my face at night and remove makeup. Before I left I had purchased a new bottle but I thought it would add too much weight to my suitcase and decided to buy some here. I did find some here but it doesn’t work at all. My eyelashes are clogged and yucky. Now I have to go and search for something better.

Another thing that I forgot was my “interproximal brush”. Before I had braces I had never heard of such a thing, but I had a dentist appointment the day before I left and endured an hour of teeth cleaning, so I am rather adament to keep them as clean as possible! I got what I thought was the right thing at the grocery store but no, the brush is too wide and only fits though the gaps between some of my teeth! Back to the store….

The last and problably most important struggle is my hair. There is a lot of mineral content in the water here, so hair products that do a beautiful job back home work only with lacklustre effect here. Trying to get my hair to look halfway decent here is an ordeal of epic proportions. I have to keep telling myself that Gerard is worth it for me not looking nearly as nice as I usually do back home!!! My vanity is taking a hit, but thankfully he is so happy to see me that it makes no whit of difference to him!


Some Highlights


Thursday night we went out for supper inside in an actual restaurant!! I did not have to quarantine which was such a lovely surprise. The restaurant did have a hand sanitizing stand when you entered and half of the tables had been removed to ensure proper social distancing. The servers were not wearing face masks and neither were the locals that we could see walking by on the streets and through the town square. It felt great to wear long sleeves as the weather is only 17C all week! You can see I am holding on to a hat and my sunglases. I had assumed that we would be sitting outside for our supper!!



On Saturday morning there was a knock at my door. There was Gerard’s father with a beautiful bouquet of roses for me!! It almost brought a tear to my eye to feel such a welcome and such love! What a sweetheart. You can see that Gerard comes from good stock.



These gorgeous roses are grown locally by La Vie en Rose. Isn’t the colour just stunning? It reminds me of our Petal Pink.



For this flight I chose a window seat. It had been a long time since I did that because lately I like the aisle seat so that I can get up whenever I want and not disturb anyone. I also choose the aisle seat so that I can at least stretch one of my legs once in a while. This time I knew that there would be no in flight service. Instead there was a bag of provisions on my seat with water, cola, a sandwich, chocolate bar, chips and crackers. My plan was to take a Gravol as soon as the plane was in the air, watch a movie and then sleep. I watched 1917 which is based on a true story from World War 1. I highly recommend it.


Stamping Supplies


Since it is summer and since the primary purpose of my visit it to spend as much quality time as possible with Gerard, I took the minimum of stamping supplies with me. That means I will be doing some simple stamping with you and sharing with you which supplies I miss the most! That is also why I am doing another Happy Mail in Holland contest. If you send me cards in Holland that not only gives me great stories to share, it also gives me a card to share on my blog. As a thank you I am doing another contest and you will have a chance to win a stamp set worth up to $30. Mail your cards to Jackie Bultje, Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC, ‘s-Gravenzande, The Netherlands. This contest is open to anyone in the world!

Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a super day!!




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