Rain or Shine

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am sharing some Rain or Shine cards with you. It is March after all and that usually means some rain instead of snow! The turtle, fox and rabbit in this set are adorable. You can use the dies to cut them out of the patterned paper or you can stamp and then die cut. Colour them with your Blends or with watercolour pencils or stamp them on either Watercolour Paper or shimmery white cardstock and use a water painter and ink to give them a beautiful soft look.


Rain or Shine Cards


Playing in the Rain with Rain or Shine paper all from Stampin'Up! Blends were used to colour the fox or wolf!



Playing in the Rain with Rain or Shine paper all from Stampin'Up! The dies cut out images from the patterned paper!



Playing in the Rain with Rain or Shine paper all from Stampin'Up! The dies cut out images from the patterned paper!


I already sent this card away, but in the future I would add another die cut circle from the patterned paper to add to the back side of this flap. That would finish it off beautifully! Just focus on how cute the turtle looks holding the daisy! He has been coloured in with Blends.

The Playing in the Rain dies have been on backorder but they should be available again the week of March 13 if you don’t already have them. I forgot to add the Stylish Shapes dies to my product list. The stitched circle die was a quick way to add a focal point to the front of this card.


Dutch Rain or Shine Card


This clean and simple Rain or Shine card uses the Rain Drops embossing folder and the Dutch stamp set Echt Iets Bijzonders.


For this card I used the Dutch stamp set Echt Iets Bijzonders. If you live in Europe and want to order it, just click here.




Thanks for joining me today. If you want more inspiration for the Rain or Shine suite, there is a brand new tutorial bundle from the Create With Us Tutorial team.






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Day at the Farm

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I have some super simple cards for you that I made with Day at the Farm paper. This paper is one of the FREE choices with the saleabration sale from Stampin’Up! This sale ends on February 28, 2023. When the paper is this cute, all you need to do is add your sentiments and call it a day.


Day at the Farm Cards


Day at the Farm slimline card with Best Family Ever



Day at the Farm slimline card with Best Family Ever



Day at the Farm card with Kind and Sincere saying


Day at the Farm paper with Happy Labels stamp set



Day at the Farm with Best Family Ever stamp set



Day at the Farm with Best Family Ever stamp set


My Favourite Day at the Farm Project


Are  you a parent or grandparent? Want to make  a true labour of love? I saw a project made by an Australian demonstrator Catherine Proctor and I absolutely adore it. She made a counting book for kids and has video tutorials for it right on her blog. You can see it here. Happy stamping and let me know if you end up making it!






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Count on Me Reverse Bears

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!


New Skin Tones Blends


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.


Count on Me slimline card with kangaroos


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!!


Saying from Count on Me embossed in white on black.


Video Tutorial


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!!


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So Cool Paper Pumpkin

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.



So Cool Paper Pumpkin kit




So Cool Paper Pumpkin KIt



Alternative Cards


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.



So Cool Paper Pumpkin


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.


So Cool Paper Pumpkin kit


Great News!!


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.


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Baby Shark

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!!


Baby Shark


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.


Baby Shark


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!!


Treasures of Life


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.


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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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