Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I am showing you a Count on Me Reverse Bears card. It is so much fun and so simple to do that you will be amazed! The sayings in this stamp set are fantastic and that bear has just the right shape to make me smile. With the simple reverse stamping technique you get double the fun! Read on and I will include the video for how to do just that.
Count on Me Reverse Bears
I have only had time to make a bear card and a kangaroo card but I have seen some great other examples of super cute ideas for this set. I think my favourite is from Germany where that demo drew clothes on the bears!!
The neat thing about these bears, besides the fact that they are reverse stamped, is that they are coloured with our new skin tones Blends! The next kangaroo card is the same! The bears were coloured with the darker tones and the kangaroos use the lighter tones. I guess the “skin tones” aren’t just for humans!
Reverse Kangaroos Too!
What’s good for the bears is good for the kangaroos! Take a look at the next cute card. It’s a European slimline card which means it is 21 cm by 18 cm scored at 9 cm. I had some scraps of Sweet Conversations paper left over which I adhered to the thick basic white card. The sentiment was stamped in versamark on basic black cardstock and embossed in white. I love that look!! To continue the black and white theme I added a 1cm strip of black polka dot paper from the Pattern Party host paper in the back of the annual catalog. The main panel is a die cut from the Ornate Layers dies.
Even the centres of the flowers are coloured with the Skin Tones Blends. The outside of the flowers is Daffodil Delight, the one is light, the other dark. Granny Apple Green was used to colour the leaves and stems. I made a spatter by flicking the brush tip of a smoky slate blend against the lid. Works a charm!!
Here is my video tutorial on the Count on Me Reverse Bears technique. When you click on it, you can choose to watch it on YouTube. That would be most helpful! Can I ask you to also give it a thumbs up? When you do that YouTube notices and in the long run it will help me grow my audience there which in turn will be good for my business. If my business is healthy, then I can keep blogging and doing videos for you for a long time. Please click the red button on the bottom right hand corner of my video to subscribe as well and if you like my videos, please share them with your friends. Believe it or not, I need you!! Thanks in advance for helping me out.
Get Your Skin Tones Blends Cheaper and Sooner
Did you know that if you choose to put these new Skin Tone Blends in your starter kit then you will not only save money, but you won’t have to wait until March to get them!! If you have any questions about the starter kit, please contact me. I am a huge fan of the starter kit and I believe EVERYONE should take advantage of the amazing offer. What are YOU waiting for??
I hope you have a super day and thanks so much for stopping by today. Hugs from Holland! This will be the last time I can say that for a while. Tomorrow I fly home!!
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I am going to show you the very happy and cheerful So Cool Paper Pumpkin kit. I really love this kit, even though it was geared especially for kids.The So Cool Paper Pumpkin kit has twelve cards in the shape of popsicles, rainbows and watermelon slices. There are two fun sticker sheets included for decorating your envelopes that are lined inside with pretty rainbow stripes.
So Cool Paper Pumpkin
This So Cool Paper Pumpkin is especially “cool” because it also coordinates with our Sweet Ice Cream suite. Just like outfits, there are so many more possibilities when there is increased coordination. I had a quick play with this kit yesterday and here is what I came up with. Let’s take a look.
I thought it might be fun to take the envelope apart and use that striped paper for an “awning” that you might see on an ice cream shoppe. Do you see a new product being used on this card? The awning was cut using a new die from the Basic Borders dies that will be in the new annual catalog. I cut the watermelon sticker up to make two wedges. Do you see the golden bee embellishment? They are also in the new catalog. There was a smudge that needed covering up so this was the solution. Cute eh?
For the next card I used the Basic Borders dies from the new annual catalog to create the fancy edge along the card as well as the “bitten” popsicle look.
This easel card will be the feature for my video tutorial in my private Prime Time With The Pampered Stamper group on Thursday. For the third time I used the Basic Border Dies. I think they are going to be a staple in my repertoire.
Did you know that if you have never subscribed to Paper Pumpkin before that you have an incredible opportunity on May 7? Starting on May 7 you can subscribe to Paper Pumpkin for only $7 for your first kit instead of $30. Shipping is included but tax will be added. I have a feeling that it will sell out very quickly so be ready to put your order in right away. Here is the link to subscribe. You will need to add this code HOMERUN0521 to get the deep discount. Remember it will not work right now, you have to wait until May 7.
If you were a subscriber a long time ago and you want to subscribe again and get this deal, you can. You just need to use a different email address and you will be fine.
Thanks for joining me again today. Today is supposed to be 20C here in the Netherlands. I think we will have an especially long beach walk today with Bailey. Maybe I will take a blanket and my book and really relax. Life is good. Pap is doing so well. He even went for another drive on Sunday and I was able to do a video call with him yesterday. God is so good and I am so very grateful. I hope you have a super day too.
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Baby Shark is the focus of my blog post today. I have to be honest with you. If I wasn’t an oma, I might not have purchased this set. A few months ago when I was having an oma day I saw how excited Ana and Leo were singing and dancing to this song. Baby Shark is retiring, so I would advise you to get it before it’s gone.
What Do I Like About Baby Shark?
When I finally inked up this stamp set and played with the coordinating dies I was pleasantly surprised. The dies are wonderful!! My favourite is the seaweed dies that layer together for great detail. There are also fun dies for waves and bubbles and of course accessories for the shark family. Unfortunately the Whale of a Time paper is already sold out. Funny thing! I just realized that this set isn’t even called Baby Shark, it is called Shark Frenzy. Baby Shark sounds a lot more friendly!!
Another great feature of this stamp set is all the sayings in that wonderful font. I think it would be great for scrapbooking as well. Maybe you noticed that my card looks a little bigger than usual. You’re right! I used a large Memories & More card which measures 4 1/4″ by 6 1/4″. This size is just great when you want to show off your patterned paper which measures 4″ by 6″. That means you would get 6 card fronts out of a 12X12 sheet of paper or one from a 6″ x 6″ with a 2″ strip left over for a tag or border.
In this picture you can see the great detail in the layering seaweed as well as the bubble outlines. Do you see the cute tie on baby shark? I used liquid multipurpose glue and a sponge to adhere the bubbles and the tie. Our sponges are retiring AND they are on sale right now, so be sure to stock up on this staple. Just click on the links below in the supply list to shop online with me.
Another Great Set for Grandparents
Did you know that I have now been a Stampin’Up! demonstrator for fifteen years? How time flies. Over the years I have noticed that line images for colouring always keep their value. There is still one set that I regret selling, so now I make sure I have every set that is made like this. I am talking about Treasures of Life. It will NOT be in the annual catalog, so be sure to grab it while you can. Afterwards you will be paying an arm and a leg on EBay!!
Virtual Coffee and a Card kits
Just a heads up that I have only three kits left for the Hydrangea Hill virtual coffee and a card classes for April. You can join me every Tuesday on YouTube at 10am for a card tutorial. This month’s kit features a bonus template from the Many Messages bundle so you will have LOTS of sentiments to use on your cards. The die cuts are all blank since I cannot include stamped images, but I included the template so that you can use your Stamparatus to stamp whichever sentiments you want. Kits are $25 shipped anywhere in Canada.
Thanks for joining me today, I appreciate your “visits” and I absolutely love it when you take the time to comment. I hope you have a super day.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Before this whole COVID-19 pandemic I created a new class called The Littles and Me. It was to be held every other Saturday and it was to be a fun, easy class for any adult and child combo. Now with responsible social distancing I had to get creative. Paper Pumpkin to the rescue!
Keeping Your Family Entertained
People are keenly feeling the stress of social isolation. There are few distractions available to help spend time with your children and so it is time to get creative and I would love to help with that. I am a huge believer in meaningful creativity. When a crafting experience can also serve a good purpose, it is a winner in my eyes. For my Littles and Me class tomorrow at 10am I am using the No Matter the Weather Paper Pumpkin kit. This is definitely a God thing. Who would have thought that I would order 30 Paper Pumpkins with the hope that I would have enough people sponsor a kit for the Cancer Campaign?
Stampin’Up! does not permit us to included stamped images in our kits. There is a good reason for that! Pre-stamped images would negatively impact the sales of our stamp sets. The purpose of Stampin’Up! is for people to experience the joy and thrill of inking a stamp and putting it on paper. When I had to cancel my in person Littles and Me class, I needed to find an alternative that would allow the kids to be able to stamp along with me at home. Yay for Paper Pumpkin.
The Bonus Set
Since March was the sixth anniversary of Paper Pumpkin, there was a bonus stamp set in this month’s kit. I took those bonus stamps out so that I could build another class around it and have enough stamps so that the littles would still be able to stamp along with me. Today I am going to share the cards I made with this set. I would highly recommend that you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin if you haven’t already done so, your kids and grandkids and maybe even your partner will thank you for it!
No Matter The Weather
These cards definitely coordinate with the stamp set in the No Matter the Weather Paper Pumpkin kit, but they can also be used alone. I did use the cloud stamp and the brick stamp from the Paper Pumpkin stamp set, but I know that kids can easily draw their own clouds and bricks as well. Here is a closeup of one of the cards and the stamp set that you get with this class. If you would like to see the cards from the first class, click on this link.
The Littles and Me To Go Online Class
What is included with this class? How does it work and how much does it cost? It is $35, you get 20 notecards and envelopes, two ink spots OR a full sized used ink pad (I am clearing out my extras) and the stamp set. You pick up the kit from my front porch after you have prepaid and I will do a live video on Saturday March 28 at 10am. I am hoping to be able to do a weekly kids class so that they have something to look forward to. This is something that the whole family can participate in and then you can take more time to write notes and letters inside the cards you have made and mail them to your relatives and friends who need some happy mail.
Social distancing will definitely slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and will keep the vulnerable population safer. To help with this I encourage you to order your kits online directly through my online store. I can recommend the following kits and the links to them will be in the supply list below if you live in Canada, if you live in the States you can shop with my cross border buddy Julie Gilson.
- Paper Pumpkin, a monthly subscription or get one, three, six or twelve month prepaid subscriptions so you can get free host benefits and saleabration freebies (until March 31)
- Three Cheers for You Card Kit.
- Botanical Prints Product Medley (you get a free pdf tutorial from me to make 12 cards)
- Seriously the Best kit (stamp set sold separately) Here is my blog post on that one.
- Looking Up Card Kit
- Notes of Kindness Kit
- Lots of Happy card kit
- For the Love of Felt project kit (stamp set sold separately)
Thanks so much for joining me on my blog today, please do pin and share as much as you can to help spread the word about paper crafting and meaningful activities to do with families and to connect families that are apart. I hope you are doing well and staying hopeful. Here is the recipe for my delicious banana muffins. The muffins take 20 minutes at 350F. I did substitute half the flour with oat flour (just put oatmeal in the blender and grind it to powder). I did not add the glaze to the muffins but that would have been delicious!
You can see this is a well-seasoned page. If I remember correctly it made 2 dozen muffins. Happy stamping and happy baking. #itsallaboutthetreats #thepamperedstamper
Have a super day!
No matter the weather we’re in this together. Wow! That is the saying in the latest Paper Pumpkin kit which is also called No Matter the Weather. Eerily prophetic isn’t it? What a perfect kit to have this month. Honestly, there has never been a better time to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin. What is Paper Pumpkin anyways?
Paper Pumpkin is a paper crafting kit subscription that is even better than a magazine subscription. Is is almost always cards, but sometimes it can be gift bags or boxes or a home decor piece. The cute red box comes filled with everything you need to make the project that is in it. If you subscribe, your first kit also comes with a free acrylic block. Every month you will find in the box a mini ink pad, a stamp set and all the paper supplies and embellishments to make the cards or other project. Specialty adhesives like glue dots and diimensionals are also included. Dimensionals are little foam hexagons that are sticky on both sides that pop up your paper shape to give your card more dimension. All you need of your own is scissors and a tape runner or glue stick.
No Matter the Weather
Every March Paper Pumpkin has a very special Paper Pumpkin in a unique box because it is the anniversary of Paper Pumpkin. This year marks the 6th anniversary of this great subscription service. What makes this subscription special is that you can choose to skip a month whenever you want with no penalty. You can purchase your subscription in different ways. You can subscribe so that you pay monthly, or you can buy a prepaid one month, three month, six month or twelve month subscription. With those subscriptions you pay the whole amount at once, but you can also get free saleabration items or host items when you do it this way.
I took some pictures of the pricing options for Paper Pumpkin. With the social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this kit is a fantastic way to have a fun crafting distraction with the whole family that is also very meaningful. You can send cards to your friends and relatives that you can’t see and that you worry about. The most important thing to remember is that with the pay as you go option shipping is INCLUDED, you only pay tax. The prepaid subscriptions will have 10% shipping and whatever your provincial tax is. Until March 31 a three month prepaid will also give you a free saleabration item, you can check out your options here.
If you think this would be great for you or your family and you live in Canada, simply click here to get the fun started. If you want to see what another kit looked like, check out this blog post for a winter kit.
A Closer Look at the Cards
I made these cards just the way it said in the instructions with no alterations. There are twelve cards in this kit and I will be doing a live video on Saturday morning at 10am so that you and your kids can do it with me. If you live locally in the Chatham, Ontario area, I still have two kits available.
More Kits Coming
Besides the many wonderful kits in both the annual and the mini catalog, I am hoping to kit up extra products that I have at home for local people. This is taking a lot longer than I would like but I am guessing that this whole COVID-19 thing is going to take longer than we’d like as well. I hope that you are doing well physically, mentally and emotionally. Remember to take time to destress. It is so important to turn the television off, and the radio. Limit the amount of news you watch. Go outside and enjoy nature. Breathe deeply. Pray. Meditate. Bake your favourite treat. Cook your favourite meal with the ingredients you have on hand.
This is a classic Dutch treat that you would enjoy with your coffee. I hesitate to call it a dessert because that is like calling a muffin dessert. It translates to “butter cake”.
Thanks for joining me and please remember to share as many people could use some creative distraction these days. Take good care of each other, it is times like this that remind us of what is really important. Have a super day.