So Much Excitement!!

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. There is so much excitement today that I hardly know where to start. Too much stimulation for this squirrel!! Let’s start with the amazing deal on Paper Pumpkin that starts (and may possibly end) today. Then we’ll talk about the amazing deal on the starter kit.


Paper Pumpkin Deal


This deal is only available while supplies last, so I would jump on it if I were you. When you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin today you pay only $7 instead of $30 plus tax. This deal is for new subscribers only but you can also find a way around that by using a different email address if you have subscribed in the past. To get the deal you need to use the special deal code HOMERUN0521. This deal is not available with prepaid subscriptions.

The best part of this besides the price is that you can cancel at any time. You are not locked into a subscription. You can also skip a month whenever you want to. Just log into your account to do that before the 11th of the month. If you think that the upcoming kit will make a great gift you can also choose to have more than one kit sent to you.


Paper Pumpkin deal


As you can see from the graphic, you only have three days to get this deal if it doesn’t sell out before then.


More Amazing Kits


One of the reasons that some people choose not to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin is that there is usually no way of knowing what is going to be in the kit. Sometimes we get a teaser as to colour or theme, but the actual kit contents are a surprise. Stampin’Up! has now revamped its kit collection. They are now all the same price and have the same packaging. I am thrilled that some of these kits are Past Paper Pumpkins. The price is $26 and includes a stamp set, an ink spot and an acrylic block plus glue dots and dimensionals and any accessories you might need.

These kits will be available to order on June 1 and you know what that means? It means that you can also take advantage of the extra host rewards. I will share which kits are available and then you can show your friends. Pick a kit and we can do a virtual stamping party. With a $300 workshop you will get $60 in host products. Sweet deal right??


My Favourite Kit


You should have heard me squeal with delight when I saw that No Matter The Weather was one of the kits in the lineup. I had many disappointed people who missed out on this kit. The last Wednesday of the month will be my kit class and this will be the first kit I will be featuring. I will create an event on Facebook and then you can order the kit on June 1 and join me for some fun stamping on June 30 at 7:15pm.


No Matter The Weather


Here you can see what all comes in this lovely kit!! I am so, so excited to stamp with you using this kit. I really hope that if you are a beginner stamper that you take the plunge. Truly, you don’t know what you are missing until you ink up a stamp and put it to paper. Instant artistry! For me that was a powerful and transforming moment and I would love for you to experience that too. Tell your friends and have them join you (and me!) for a fun evening.


No Matter the Weather Kit Contents


If you want to see a gorgeous alternative card made using this kit, check out this blog post.


Brand New Catalog Product Shares


One of the best ways to get new product without breaking the bank is with a product share. That way you get a little bit of everything. For my paper share I simply chop the 12 x 12 paper into four sections, so you get a 6 x 6 inch piece of each of the designer series paper that is in the new catalog. Cost is only $60 for porch pickup or a small shipping fee will be added to ship anywhere in Canada.

For my ribbon share you have two options. You can either get a yard of ALL the ribbon and twine in the new catalog for $43 or you can get just the NEW ribbon and twine, a yard of each for $20. If you need it shipped there will be a shipping charge, the cheapest rate I can find of course. You can sign up on the Facebook event page here.


Amazing Deal on the Starter Kit


Over my fifteen years as a Canadian demonstrator I have built up a very fun team. We gather often with Zoom, every week when I am in Canada and a little less often when I am with Gerard in Holland because of the six hour time difference. There are weekly stamping challenges and I also offer my team members a free pdf tutorial every month, weekly training videos on Friday at noon and weekly video tutorials on my Prime Time With The Pampered Stamper group.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because there is an amazing deal on the starter kit right now and I would love for you to get it and by doing so join my team. The 20% discount that you will get is only the icing on the cake. Belonging to a tight knit supportive team is truly amazing! There is a spot on the Beyond Pampered team waiting just for YOU.

Do you want to hear about the deal? As always the starter kit is $135. You get to choose whatever products you want to put in your kit. The best part? You get to choose $206 worth of products plus you pay no shipping or tax. Wow!!!! Basically you are getting $256 worth of products for only $135. Here is the link to get started on this exciting venture.


Amazing Deal on Starter kit


A Lot to Think About


I know that I have given you a lot to think about in this blog post. The most important thing is that you are happy. I hope that you are still finding time to stamp and that you are using your hobby to also bring joy to others. Hopefully you can join me for one of my classes, be it a kit class, my Bingo night or a paper or ribbon share. There are still a few spots left in the June virtual coffee and a card class, so let me know if you want in on any of these.

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



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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Sweet Ice Cream Class in the Mail

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am sharing my Sweet Ice Cream Class in the Mail. This is also known as my Virtual Coffee and a Card class but this sounds a little more user friendly. I am thrilled that this bundle is once again orderable. The punch had been unavailable for ordering for the last month or so.


How Does It Work?


How does my virtual coffee and a card class work? Every month I offer a different focus for my class in the mail and next month it is the Sweet Ice Cream Bundle. It costs $25 per month which includes postage anywhere in Canada. The challenge is that I cannot include stamped images so I try very hard to design cards that focus on our pretty paper, punches and die cuts. You can order the bundle that I am using online if you like or you can substitute with stamps that you already have.

The other option is to subscribe and then you receive a gift from me after 6 months as a special thank you for committing to this program. It is really nice to know ahead of time how many kits to make! Deadline to sign up is April 21. You can subscribe here.

If you do not like to use PayPal you can also pay with cash, cheque or etransfer.


Sweet Ice Cream Cards


Here are the cards that I will be making with you for the month of May. Every Tuesday at 10am I go live on both YouTube and Facebook to make one of the cards with you. You are welcome to play along with me even if you don’t get my kits. The beauty of the kits is in the instant gratification!


Sweet Ice Cream Kit by Mail


You may notice that I do not have any of those cute Ice Cream Corner sprinkles embellishments. I forgot to order them!! They would make a super cute addition to these cards no doubt. Perhaps I will write a tutorial for these cards as that would give people an alternative to subscribing to this class. If you would be interested in that option, let me know.




Thanks for much for joining me today, I always appreciate it. It’s a gorgeous spring day so I am going to get outside, mow the lawn and plant some daffodils. You are probably thinking, plant daffodils? Don’t you have to do that in the fall? Well, yes. Funny story. One of my dear customers gave me some bags full of bulbs and I ran out of time to plant them so they were still laying beside my garage. Two days ago I noticed daffodils blooming there! They bloomed right from the bags without being planted in the ground. I figured such determination deserves a reward, so they are going to be planted today.



I hope you have a super day!!


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For the Love of Felt

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. For the Love of Felt is a fabulous kit in the annual catalog that I waited too long to get. It is a very unique kit that is unlike any other kit that Stampin’Up! has offered. I think this kit is perfectly suited to spring and summer with it’s bright and cheerful felt flowers and leaves. Would you like to see and hear some more about it?


For the Love of Felt project kit


Like the name of it suggests, this kit focuses on bright and beautiful felt accents; flowers, leaves and stitched elements. The kit does not include the stamp set, but I highly recommend getting the stamp set as well since you will want to make the cards exactly as shown. If we were in normal, non-COVID times everyone would order the kit and then come to my place to make the cards together using my stamp set. Now you get to spoil yourself and get both!


For the Love of Felt kit



For the Love of Felt kit components


A Closer Look at the Cards


Here you can see how nice the cards look up close. I am looking forward to playing with this kit to make different cards too.


For the Love of Felt Project Kit



For the Love of Felt Project kit



For the Love of Felt project kit


Here is one last picture that shows the pretty box and a glimpse of the envelopes too.


For the Love of Felt Project kit


Why Get a Kit?


Kits provide instant gratification. They are a great starting point for your own creativity. What I like to do is to make one of each card design exactly as shown in the kit. Then I will put it away for a little bit and get back to it to do something different. Sometimes all I will switch out is the sentiment. I really like what fellow demonstrator Sharon Burkert did with it. You can check out her blog post here.





Thanks so much for joining me today, I really do appreciate each and every one of you. My hope is that I can connect with you in a meaningful way and provide you with creative inspiration. If you live in Canada I would love your business or if you are an avid paper crafter, then you should seriously consider joining my national team with a great international training group. Not only will you get your own continual discount, you will also belong to a fantastic tribe and have the possibility of growing your very own business. I would love to share what I have learned over the last fourteen years as a demonstrator with YOU!  Have a super day.


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The Littles and Me

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!


Little and Me online class


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.


Littles and Me class to go


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.


Stay Safe


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.

  1. 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)
  2. Three Cheers for You Card Kit.
  3. Botanical Prints Product Medley (you get a free pdf tutorial from me to make 12 cards)
  4. Seriously the Best kit (stamp set sold separately) Here is my blog post on that one.
  5. Looking Up Card Kit
  6. Notes of Kindness Kit
  7. Lots of Happy card kit
  8. 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!


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3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription


For The Love Of Felt Project Kit


For The Love Of Felt Cling Stamp Set


Looking Up Card Kit


Notes Of Kindness Card Kit


Lots Of Happy Card Kit


Botanical Prints Product Medley (English)


Balmy Blue Classic Stampin' Pad


Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad


Granny Apple Green Stampin' Pad


Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad



No Matter The Weather

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


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.


No Matter the Weather Paper Pumpkin


Your Choices


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.


Paper Pumpkin subscription details


Paper Pumpkin subscription details


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.



No Matter the Weather



No Matter the Weather



No Matter the Weather


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.


Boterkoek Recipe


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”.


Boter Koek




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.

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