Pretty Gold Hoops

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you! Have you seen those pretty gold hoops in the holiday catalog? You can find them on page 43. Actually, no. There is a card there with a beautiful gold hoop but I just realized that the gold hoops are in the annual catalog on page 156. If you want to make a really special card for someone, then these gold hoops are the ticket.


Pretty Gold Hoops with Acorns


I liked the card in the holiday catalog so much that I didn’t change a thing. Both the gold hoops and the acorns are very high quality, you will want to gift them to a discerning recipient!  Actually if you think what you pay for a nice Hallmark card, this is peanuts and so much prettier.


Gold Hoop card with In The Pines


A Few Tips and Tricks


I randomly stamped the sentiment on the card front which is 3 3/4″ by 5″. My grid paper was handy as a guide for spacing but it is not crucial. I adhered the gold hoop with glue dots strategically positioned so they would be hidden under the ribbon and the trees. Two dimensionals were place on the card front where the trees would go. I put Stampin’ Seal+ behind the trees and adhered the ribbon to the trees before attaching them to the dimensionals. The gold twine was threaded through two acorns which were tied together in a knot and then affixed to the trees with another amazing glue dots. Glue dots are small but mighty and an essential part of your card making tool kit.


Behind the scenes with the gold hoop card


Prime Time With The Pampered Stamper


We made this card in my private group called Prime Time for short. I created this group to fill the void left by COVID. It gives me an opportunity to do live video tutorials on a regular basis for a small  fee of only ten dollars a month. It is more personal than a regular Facebook live and it has extra fun built in with weekly prizes and a monthly pdf tutorial. I hope you join too! You can check out the details here.

Thanks so much for joining me today. I am at my parents celebrating Pap’s 94th birthday. God is so very good. This birthday is a real miracle as Pap has regained his faculties and is no longer on oxygen either. We honestly didn’t think we would be celebrating this birthday. I will be sure to post pictures. Thanks especially for all the love and concern and prayers poured out for him when he was ill. They were heard!!

I hope you have a super day my friends. The next time I will write to you I will be in Holland.

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In The Pines With a Deer

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am sharing with you a sweet simple card that I cased from the holiday catalog using In the Pines with a deer. In the Pines is a great stamp set that a lot of great pine trees and two versatile sayings. The beautiful deer comes from the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley.


In The Pines


Here you can see the In The Pines bundle. It is a two-step stamp but you can definitely use the stamps on their own as well instead of layering.

In The Pines Bundle


Not only are the trees great, do you see the great landscape features? This is wonderful for creating realistic layers for horizons and snow.


Where Did the Deer Come From?


Have you ever noticed that sometimes you see a great element on a card and you have no idea where it came from? The deer on my card (that you will soon see) comes from the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley which is on page 7 of the annual catalog. I love that you can now get just the refill kit which includes the paper and all the great stickers and the gold stars. The deer is one of the many stickers in this great kit.


In The Pines with a deer card


What you can’t see so clearly in the image of the In The Pines Bundle is that one of the tree dies just cuts out this beautiful decorative tree shape as a window in your card. What a nice surprise! I love the soft look of this pool party ribbon in behind the main panel. The colours are soft sea foam, pool party and whisper white. You can see all the supplies in the list at the bottom of this blog post.

If you want to see the card I made earlier this week with In The Pines you can see it here. I have also made a lot of cards with Most Wonderful Time and hopefully they will make it into a pdf tutorial for you soon.


More Than Cards


Stampin’Up! makes it super easy to use your stamping supplies to also make cute gift items. We now have both rectangular and circular tins that are very high quality. Add a bit of ribbon, paper and die cuts and you have beautiful packaging.


In The Pines treat tin


Rectangle Tins with In The Pines dies


Happy Thanksgiving!


I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving weekend, the weather in southern Ontario is looking great. By Monday I hope to have information for you on my upcoming Online Christmas Retreat. Stamping together with people all over the country is really fantastic. This event will be a Zoom gathering as it is essential that we can actually see each other and interact. Retreat packages will be mailed to you and that will be included in the price.

Thanks so much for joining me today, I am thankful for YOU! Have a super day.

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In the Pines With Coming Home

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I am sharing with you a card that uses In the Pines with Coming Home. Coming Home is the fantastic set with the cute houses and In the Pines has lots of gorgeous trees. Let’s take a look!


In the Pines With Coming Home


Coming Home has really captured my heart and my imagination. Not only do I love all the whimsical houses, I also LOVE the cause it supports. With every stamp set sold, $4  is donated to charities that support adoption, foster care and infertility. That makes my heart happy. Every house is so much more beautiful when it is surrounded with trees. This is true in real life but also on cards. Hence the addition of the stamp set In The Pines.


Coming Home With In the Pines


This is the first card that I made and I really liked it. Then I remembered the spatter technique using a water pen with white craft ink. Of course I needed to try it!


Coming Home with In The Pines


White Craft Ink Spatter Technique


Did you know that if you put a few drops of white craft ink refill on an acrylic block you can do magic? Just add a little water with your new water pen to dilute it a bit. Tap your water pen above your card and you will get a delightful spatter that looks like delicate snow. I love this so much!!


Coming Home with In the Pines closeup


You can see from this closeup picture that I also used some Sparkly Crystal Effects with a bit of dazzling diamonds glitter for some more magic. I coloured the windows with light saffron Blends so that it looks like the house is lit up from inside.

If you want to see more cards using the Trimming the Town suite and Coming Home stamp set, check out this blog post.


Taking the Party Inside


I must confess that sometimes I forget to finish off the inside of the card, but not this time! This is a special inside because it features a simple pop up with another cute house.


Inside of Coming Home card


I am sure you are wondering where this great sentiment is from. It is actually from a retired host set called Greatest Part of Christmas. Be sure to pay attention to our exclusive host sets. The only way to get them is to either host a qualifying workshop OR place an order of $200. As demonstrators we can also get them when we place a $200 order. If you want to save money on your stamping supplies and you live in Canada, you can! Just get the starter kit through me and you will save 20% on all your orders.


Online Christmas Extravaganza Retreat Coming Soon


By request from one of my customers I am planning an online Christmas Extravaganza Retreat. The details are still percolating in my head but I hope to share by the end of next week. I can promise you that it will be epic!!

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


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