Lighting the Way

Lighting the Way


Hello stampers! Do you love surprises? If you buy this bundle you will definitely get one or two. There are dies in the Lighting the Way bundle that are not shown on the stamp set. First there is a large lantern die and then there is a large dragonfly die in three parts so that you can customize your dragonflies! There are three little embossed dragonflies and two open dies to cut out your stamped dragonfies. Dragonfly heaven!


Lighting the Way bundle card with amazing lantern die and lightning bugs. Products all Stampin'Up! Design by The Pampered Stamper.


A Jackie Original and some CASEd Cards


The card above is a “Jackie original” but the other two that I will be featuring are the genius work of other demonstrators that I have CASEd (copy and share everything).


Lighting the Way is a fantastic stamp and die set from Stampin'Up! with an amazing big lantern die and several different dragonfly dies.


The card on the far left was CASEd from Yvonne Spikmans and the card in the middle was from Natasa Steinke.


Lighting the Way is a fantastic stamp and die set from Stampin'Up! with an amazing big lantern die and several different dragonfly dies.


The sentiment on this card is from the saleabration set Sending Support. I die cut the lantern also in vellum and the little pieces for the “glass” in the lantern are the vellum pieces to give it a softer look.


Lighting the Way Video Tutorial


Do you want to see how I made my card? Take a look at my video and please consider subscribing to my channel. By subscribing you will not miss out on any of my video tutorials. If you enjoyed the video, please give me a thumbs up and leave a comment. I really do love connecting with you. If you really want to show me some love and help me out, then click on the share button below the video on YouTube and then you can share to either Facebook or Pinterest. Thanks so much!!



Shop with Me?


I have tried to make it easy for you to shop with me so that you can also make these fun cards at home. If you live in Canada you can simply click on the product list items. If you live in Europe you can click here. I really appreciate your business and I will send you a free tutorial bundle when you shop with me! Have a super day.



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Embossing on Patterned Paper

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. I am really excited to share these cards with you today. Embossing on patterned paper is so much fun! These cards combine two of my favourite things:  patterned paper and Memories & More cards. The large Memories & More cards measure 4 1/4″ by 6 1/4″ so they are bigger than our standard sized cards. This means you have a bigger “canvas” to show off our beautiful patterned paper!


Embossing on Patterned Paper


To keep the focus on the patterned paper and on the striking die cuts, I decided to simply emboss right on the patterned paper in white. Don’t you just love the look of this?


Greatest Journey cards with white embossing on patterned paper cut into strips for a striking masculine card. All products Stampin'Up! Design by The Pampered Stamper.


The Process


Here you can see my desk with some of the elements that I used to make these cards. The key is to cut the patterned paper into 3/4″ strips. I started with a 4″ by 6″ piece of patterned paper. You will end up with 8 strips but you only need 7. The big decision is whether to discard the top strip or the bottom one!





For the pink card above, I first embossed the flowers in black before cutting into strips. All of the cards had the sentiment embossed after the strips were adhered to the coordinating cardstock which measures 4 1/8″ by 6 1/8″. You could choose to emboss your sentiment first as well before cutting into strips. Take a look at my last card. You will see that there are bits of embossing in between the gaps of patterned paper. If you don’t like that look then emboss your larger sentiments before cutting your patterned paper into strips.








Video Tutorial


Seeing is believing and it is also easier than reading instructions, so feel free to take a look at my video. I would love it if you would also subscribe to my channel and leave a comment and a thumbs up!



Shop with Me!


You may not be aware that I am trying to live in two countries! Most of my time is spent with my husband in the Netherlands, but I travel back to Canada frequently to visit my mom, siblings, children and grandchildren. This craziness makes it difficult to schedule regular classes, so I rely on online sales to keep my business afloat. That means that YOUR online order would be greatly appreciated. You can shop with me in Canada by clicking on the links below OR you can click here to shop with me in Europe.

Thanks for joining me today! If you enjoyed these cards, leave a comment below so that I know you were here. Have a super day.


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Personalize Your Watercolour World Cards with Alphabet Dies

Happy Friday stampers! I have a great Watercolour World card that is a great way to end your week. This is a background stamp that is fun to personalize with the À la Carte Alphabet dies. I have seen many people use either a person’s name or Happy BDay but I thought it would be fun to choose numbers for the year.

Watercolour World Card


I love Tahitian Tide combined with Parakeet Party, so that is what I used for this Watercolour World Card. The background stamp was inked up first in Tahitian Tide. I used the Stamparatus so that I could stamp multiple times to get just the right shade. To add both depth and interest, I sponged the edges of the world with Starry Sky. The Stamparatus is perfect for being able to stamp multiple times in the exact same spot to get that shading just right. Have I told you how much I love this tool?


Watercolour World with À la Carte Alphabet dies all from Stampin'Up and design by The Pampered Stamper.



Watercolour World with À la Carte Alphabet dies all from Stampin'Up and design by The Pampered Stamper.


Finishing Touch


The Watercolour World stamp doesn’t need much to finish it off but I thought that this Basics Borders die would be the perfect touch. It provides a nice contrast to the Parakeet Party numbers and coordinates with the inked image. Perfect colour coordination is the nicest feature that Stampin’Up! offers. Don’t you agree?

The last secret ingredient to your success with this card is our adhesive sheets. Just cut off a small part and put it behind the Parakeet Party Cardstock. When you die cut the numbers you have instant stickers! This is much easier than adding liquid adhesive to these skinny numbers. Be sure to get them before saleabration ends! You may as well get some free products with your purchase. Click here to see your options!


Video Tutorial


On February 28 you will be able to see the video tutorial on this card. Happy stamping and thanks so much for joining me today. If you subscribe to my channel, then you will be notified when this video goes live.


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Two Great Free Stamp Sets for some striking masculine cards

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I have some striking masculine cards for you using two free stamp sets. How much fun is that? Many of you say that you struggle with making masculine cards, so these will be right up your alley!!


Two Great Free Stamp Sets for some Striking Masculine Cards


The two sets that I am talking about are In The Country and Sending Support. Each of them is free with a $60 purchase until February 28, 2023. While I have left these cards tone on tone, they also look wonderful when you colour them with watercolour pencils, Blends or water painters and ink. Let’s take a look.


Two free stamp sets available until February 28, 2023 with a qualifying purchase from Stampin'Up!



Dutch stamp set Echt Iets Bijzonders from Stampin'Up!


For this card I used the Dutch stamp set Echt Iets Bijzonders. If you live in Europe you can click on this link to buy it.



Sending Support and In The Country are two stamp sets that you can get for free with a qualifying purchase from Stampin'Up! until February 28, 2023



Sending Support and In The Country are two stamp sets that you can get for free with a qualifying purchase from Stampin'Up! until February 28, 2023


Why Not Add a Tent?


I loved adding the cyclist and the runner from Greatest Journey, so why not add a tent and the lady with the lantern? What do you think?



A Few Tips and Tricks


I really love that the sayings from the Sending Support fit well with our Stitched Rectangle dies. For the layering, I used the fabulous Deckled Rectangle Dies. My colour palette was Basic Black and Very Vanilla which has both a vintage feel to it as well as a richness. Timeworn Type embossing folder adds to that very nicely!

These cards would also lend themselves very well to sympathy or thinking of you cards. You can use them with or without the die cuts from Greatest Journey.

If you want to take the vintage look to the next level, be sure to use our Blending Brushes to add some Soft Suede ink to all your layers. Looks great and is very easy to do!

Use your Stamparatus so that you black images are nice and dark black. This great tool lets you stamp multiple times in exactly the same place. I use mine every day!


Video Tutorial


Here’s the video tutorial on how to make these cards. Thanks so much for joining me today and happy stamping! If you would like to order any of the supplies that I used, just click on the links below in the product list. They are for my Canadian store. To shop with me in Europe, or join my team, click here. Have a super day!





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Legendary Ride: My Favourite New Suite!

Hello stampers and happy Saturday. Today I am going to share my favourite new suite from the January to April mini catalog. It’s called Legendary Ride. What I love about it is the fantastic motorcycles in two sizes and the detailed dies that go with it. The paper is also incredible. I know several customers of mine who either ride themselves or they ride with their husbands. If you know anyone who rides or loves motorcycles, please share my blog post with them.


My First Legendary Ride Card


This card was cased straight from the catalog. I often use the catalog as an idea book. The card may look nice in the catalog, but it always looks even nicer in person. One of the sheets of paper in the Ready To RIde paper has gorgeous images in various rectangle or tag shapes that make it very easy to make a stunning card.


Legendary RIde card by The Pampered Stamper using Stampin'Up! supplies.


Do you know where the die is from? It comes from the fantastic He’s the Man bundle. Between these two bundles you will have a LOT of inspiration for masculine cards. I almost hesitate to use that phrase because truth be told, these cards would also be great for women!!


Upcoming Class!


Legendary Ride is so compelling to me, that I have used this suite to create my first class with four options.


Legendary Ride Class-to-go with six large cards and pdf tutorial included.


Legendary Ride Class to Go Details


A Very Transparent Plea


This week I did something that I never thought I would do and it caused me some great soul-searching. After seeing the devastation in Gerard’s greenhouse firsthand, I created a GoFundMe page for Gerard as well as its European counterpart. I hadn’t been in the greenhouse for a while and I was shocked to see so many bulbs and flowers in big heaps in one complete half of the greenhouse. They were all awaiting the chopping machine and the composting bin. Why??

Well, last April Gerard found out that his Royal Velvet amaryllis bulbs had a deadly virus. There is no crop insurance for this. At first he thought he could contain it. Then he was told that 35% of his bulbs would have to be destroyed. In the end, it was 50% of his bulbs that had to go. This is devastating because bulbs usually last at least a lifetime.

I was moved to make a video which I shared on YouTube. Please consider watching it and sharing it. If you want to donate (please feel no obligation) just click on the blue links above.





Thanks for joining me today and thanks for being a part of my stamping community. These days I am not blogging quite as often as before but I am very active on YouTube so I would be absolutely thrilled if you subscribed to my channel and joined me there for creative inspiration!! Have a super day!

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Faux Leather Technique

Hello stampers and happy Tuesday to you. I know….it’s not the regular blogging day but I really want to share the Faux Leather Technique with you. For this faux leather technique I am going to use both Regal Reindeer and Nuts About Squirrels. I did this so you can see how it looks and works with both a red rubber stamp as well as a photopolymer stamp. Let’s see what you need at home to do the Faux Leather technique.


Faux Leather Technique Supplies

  1. Heat gun.
  2. Fun Foam which you can get here in the Netherlands or here on Amazon.
  3. Early Espresso Ink
  4. Blending Brushes
  5. Stylish Shapes Dies

First determine which shape and size you want and die cut them. Then heat the fun foam until the edges start to curl. Have your stamp already inked and ready. Press very firmly into the fun foam and hold for five seconds. Use blending brushes and early espresso ink to distress the edges to further the faux leather look.


Faux Leather Card Samples


Here are the cards that I have made using this very fun and easy Faux Leather technique. I was actually inspired by my own video from years ago which I think is my most popular YouTube video ever. If you want to see that blog post as well as the video, you can find it here.


Faux Leather technique with Stampin'Up! set Regal Reindeer









Faux leather for sentiment labels also works.


Seeing is Believing


Of course seeing is believing, so be sure to check out this YouTube video. If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe to my channel so more people can connect with me.



Want a new catalog?


The new mini catalog is coming out soon and perhaps you would like one. Place an order with me this month and I will be sure to send you this brand new catalog. We all know that holding an actual catalog in your hand is far better than browsing through it online. If you have ordered with me in the last three months and do not live in the Chatham area, please let me know if you want me to send you a catalog. I will put them in the mail when I am back in Canada.

Thanks for much for joining me today, I hope you have a super day. Be sure to try out this fun technique and remember, the supplies that you need are all in the links below for easy shopping.


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