Happy Mail In Holland

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I am going to share some Happy Mail in Holland contest cards with you. I had a bit of an internal debate because these two cards do not use current product. They are beautiful cards though and I am guessing that you might still have some of these great products lying around from saleabration too. I am not going to do the homework of finding out the names of everything as it doesn’t help. You either have it or you don’t and you can’t buy it any more!

 

Elfie Kron’s Card

 

Elfie’s card was actually the first card I received and it made me very, very happy. I met Elfie at a Stampin’Up! event. I believe it was a half day business building seminar in Mississauga and we all went out for supper afterwards. Elfie has a big smile and a hearty laugh and I love her spirit. Her home town of Guelph is where I went to middle school for four years (grade 7 though 10) Emmanuel Christian High School on Sussex Street. That was an exciting time of my life, especially since it wasn’t common for grade seven and eight to be combined with high school. The first two years the school went up to grade 12 but then the community could no longer afford it.

 

Happy Mail in Holland

 

The flowers were cut from what I believe was called Flowering Foils paper and they are coloured with Calypso Coral and Petal Pink Blends. Elfie used a decorative mask to make the background and the butterfly was cut with a die and vellum that was also sponged or coloured with Blends and the blinged up with Wink of Stella. Thanks so much Elfie!!

 

Sandy Allman’s Happy Mail in Holland Card

 

Sandy’s card is made from the beautiful butterfly paper that was also either a free saleabration item or a saleabration coordination product. I love the colour combination of blushing bride and basic black. So many pretty details on this card including the pearls that were coloured with Blends. Sandy is from the beautiful city of Prince George British Columbia and is also a regular contributor to my card contests. I love it!!! If you want to read more about Prince George and see Sandy’s other creations, check out this blog post. There is actually a link in that blog post that will take you to another blog post that has the actual pictures of Prince George.

 

Sandy Allman's happy mail in Holland contest card

 

 

I love the layout of your card Sandy! You definitely pay attention to all the little details. Here is a shot of the inside of the card.

 

Happy Mail in Holland

 

The final finishing touch (other than the patterned paper on the envelope flap) is this cute signature on the back of the card. The recipient definitely knows that they are receiving a work of art. Doesn’t she just have the most beautiful handwriting?

 

Happy Mail in Holland artist signature

 

#itallaboutthetreats video

 

I thought it would be fitting to share a video of my favourite Dutch bakery here. It would be so wonderful to be able to share these amazing treats with all of you. Not only are their gebakjes (pastries) divine, their bread is also great and of course they make simply the best krentenbollen (raisin buns).

 

 

Thanks!

 

Thanks so much to everyone who is participating in my Happy Mail in Holland contest, it warms my heart. So nice to read all of your messages inside your beautiful cards. It seems that now it is only taking a week for a card to get here so that is great news. Don’t forget about the Bonus Days! Until July 31 you will get a $6 bonus coupon to spend in August when the Holiday catalog goes live. If you want a Paper Pumpkin for July, let me know, I have a few extra and I also have someone who can put one out on the porch for you. Have a super day!!

 

 

 


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Walk in the Woods

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday. I am actually writing this on a Monday night knowing that I will hopefully be traveling on Wednesday but not wanting you to miss out on a post. We had so much fun making these cards today during my Facebook live! That hedgehog from Walk in the Woods is just so very cute. I have now done two Facebook lives featuring this cute critter from Walk in the Woods. Today I also used the glycerine technique for background sponging.

 

Masking with Walk in the Woods

 

The cute little hedgehog looks best when he is masked because then it looks like he is nestled in the woods amidst the grass and the toadstools. This is such a gratifying technique that elicits a wow from beginners and avid crafters alike.

 

Walk in the Woods masked hedgehog

 

The images on this card were coloured using watercolour pencils and a blender pen. “Everything will be okay” has been embossed in white on early espresso cardstock.

 

Here is the video showing how I coloured this cute hedgehog.

 

 

Glycerine Sponging

 

In my Facebook live video you can see how wonderful it is to mix your ink with a little glycerine before sponging. The glycerine makes the ink sponge on so, so smoothly for a beautiful suede like finish.

 

Walk in the Woods

 

I love the card without a sentiment and simply on a misty moonlight background. The following card is on a very vanilla card base with a real red mat for a totally different look. This time I embossed the toadstools and the grass but the hedgehog was once again masked off so that he is a real part of the scenery.

 

Walk in the Woods

 

Emboss Resist with Walk in the Woods

 

Two of the three cards use the emboss resist technique. Simply put, the images were stamped in versamark on shimmery white cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder and a heat tool. I then used an aqua painter to do a colour wash over the embossed image.

 

Walk in the Woods

 

Video Tutorial

 

Here is the video from my Facebook live showing you how to do the glycerine technique.

 

 

Thanks!

 

Thanks for joining me again today. I am so very excited to be finally traveling to Holland to be reunited with my love. It will be great to share with you all the wonderful things I will experience over there. I hope to do live videos but I am not sure how often they will happen. Stay tuned for the details, I am sure you won’t miss me too much.

 

Happy Mail in Holland Contest

 

I really love receiving happy mail in Holland and I also like blogging about the cards I receive. To make it worth your while and also to make it fun, I will once again offer a prize! The winner will get to choose a stamp set worth $30. I will send it anywhere in the world. Here is the address that you can send your cards to:  Jackie Bultje, Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC s’Gravenzande, the Netherlands. Please mail your cards any time in July. I hope to be in the Netherlands until August 29.

 


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By the Dock

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am continuing to share masculine cards from the Happy Mail for Gerard Contest. Both cards today use the fantastic set By The Dock. Can you believe that I haven’t used this set yet? Before we get started on this post, I want to address a possible concern and get your feedback.

 

Yes or No?

 

When I share happy mail contest cards that I receive I often share the envelope as well because many of you add special touches or the stamp is eyecatching. It has been brought to my attention that I should be blocking out the addresses because of privacy issues. How do you feel about that?

Here is what was going on in my mind when posting these pictures. Given my blog audience I didn’t think it was an issue to show these addresses. In fact, I thought that these people might even get surprise happy mail from some of you just for fun. So I am asking you, should I block them out or not? If it was your card, would you want your address kept private? From now on, mention it to me in your card if you want me to not show the envelope and I will happily honour your wishes.

 

By The Dock Cards:  Ann-Marie Paré

 

By The Dock

 

This card is from Ann-Marie Paré, a darling woman who comes from Lachine, Quebec, just outside of Montreal. I love Ann-Marie’s delicate sponging of her sky and water. She captured the light perfectly! My second favourite thing is how she coloured her dock, it looks so weathered and worn. I can just picture looking at this dock on a foggy morning from a cozy cabin with the man that I love. Thank you so much for your fantastic card! The saying comes from a saleabration stamp set whose name is slipping my mind right now.

 

Lachine, Quebec

 

Of course I had to look up Lachine, Quebec, which is Ann-Marie’s hometown. Wow! Looks like the cradle of some amazing history. This is what I read:  Lachine, apparently from the French term la Chine , is often said to have been named in 1667, in mockery of its then owner René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle, who explored the interior of North America trying to find a passage to China. When he returned without success, he and his men were derisively named les Chinois (the Chinese). The name was adopted when the parish of Saints-Anges-de-la-Chine was created in 1676, with the form Lachine appearing with the opening of a post office in 1829.

 

Lachine Quebec

 

The picture above is from the Fur Trade National Historic site. If you want to read more about it or see some more great pictures, click here.

 

Terry Hamilton’s Card

 

I really love how two people can use the same stamp set and get a completely different look. Terry used shimmery white cardstock, she also sponged her background and masked a sun (or a moon). The dock and the boat were stamped on crumb cake with soft suede ink and cut out with the coordinating Dockside Dies. Simple bus striking. Terry used the stitched nested dies for the sentiment which was stamped in early espresso.

 

By the Dock

 

If you want to see a great technique for flawless sponging, check out this blog post from last year.

 

Kelowna, British Columbia

 

Terry comes from Kelowna, British Columbia. I just looked it up and I want to jump in my car and start driving. Kelowna is a small city in the Okanagan valley which is renowned for its orchards and vineyards. The wines that I have had from the Okanagan valley have been phenomenal!

 

Kelowna BC

 

If you want to read more about it, just click here. A visit to Terry is starting to sound like a great idea! You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place.

 

Thank You

 

Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope you are keeping well with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. I am thankful that my business keeps me busy and engaged. The only big difference in my day to day life is that in person classes have stopped and I cannot see my loved ones. That is pretty huge, but I have been super busy, so that helps a lot. Like many of you, I have gone through a lot of flour and yeast baking delicious things and trying new recipes. There is a lot of good to be found in this trying time. Please take the time to comment, it is always so nice to read your thoughts.

 

Fancy Folds Contest

 

If you love to make fancy fold cards, please consider sending one to me and you might win the Little Ladybug stamp set. Contest ends May 31. You can send your cards to Jackie Bultje, 81 Delaware Ave, Chatham, Ontario N7L 2W3. Thanks and have a super day.

 

I forgot to say that if you live in Canada, you can shop with me simply by clicking on the images below in the product list. Now is the perfect time to start a new hobby! Message me if you have any questions. Please.


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All Stacked Up

Hello stampers. It’s a beautiful snowy Tuesday afternoon and this oma’s house is quiet for the first time since Friday! No patter of little feet, no tumbling of towers, no squeals of delight. I’m not going to lie. While I will miss my adorable little man, the quiet is rather sublime!!

Today I am going to do a blog post with Cup of Christmas all stacked up. A big thank you to Annette Koolmees for the inspiration. I shared her card in a previous post which you can see here. Cup of Christmas is also my stamp of the month for December.

 

My Card

 

 

I really like taking a picture with the ink pads so you can see at a glance which colours to use. Here you can see the Cup of Christmas all stacked up. Did you know that this stamp set uses brand new technology that allows you to do reverse stamping with the same stamp? Yes, the cup stamps are totally reversible!!

 

 

I took a picture with the Nine Lives stamp set in the background as well so I would remember that the heart stamp came from this set. The aqua painter is in there because I saturated it with old olive ink and then tapped it aggressively to make the background splatter effect.

 

 

I used the very same layout as Annette but I wanted to make my card easier so I masked the middle mug and just stamped the other two. None of these mugs have been die cut. The Sweet Christmas Wishes is embossed on vellum and overlaid on the middle mug for added interest. You could stamp it right on the mug if you wanted to, just make sure to emboss so that you don’t see through the sentiment.

 

Stamp of the Month

 

Cup of Christmas is the stamp of the month for December. If you purchase the stamp set then you will get the class for free. This will be our second card for that class. Stay tuned for card number three! Class will be on Tuesday December 2. I will do a Facebook live on the cards Tuesday night at 7pm and you can also purchase all three finished cards for $15 plus shipping. I will have today’s cards on my blog post tomorrow with a buy it now button. How awesome is that? Instant gratification.

 

A personal note

 

This afternoon I will be putting the finishing touches on my presentation for OnStage this weekend in Toronto. I have big plans!! The cards and projects that I am sharing are so lovely that I am going to be making my first ever pdf so you can recreate all of them yourself at home. This will be a huge task. I will be photographing them all today. That will be the start of it. I am really hoping that I will have the pdf finished before I leave for Toronto, that way everyone can purchase it and be ready to create with all this lovely new product. My first blog post on this will be on Monday, so stay tuned!!

 

Thanks for joining me today and have a super day.

 


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Sponging and Masking with Looking Up

Hello stampers! I did some sponging and masking with Looking Up, a fabulous new card kit in our annual catalog. While the kit makes 15 cards you can make nine more gorgeous cards using the additional die cuts provided in the kit. All you need to do is make a simple background that is reminiscent of a sky. There are two ways to do this. One way is with a watercolour wash on shimmery white cardstock. The other way is a sponged background using a cloud formation mask. Sound difficult? Not if you hurry and get the rainbow builder dies that are on the clearance rack. There are two gems in that set: long thinlets in two different cloud formations as well as two other clouds and of course all the pieces to make a colourful rainbow.

 

Homemade cloud masks using window sheets and rainbow builder dies- the cloud ones.

 

Here you can see the two long thinlets and the acetate or window sheet masks I made with them. It is a good idea to write on them, not for you to remember what they are, but so that you can find them when they are laying on your table!! I absolutely love the background you can make so easily with them. Cheap, quick and artistic! It really is amazing what you can do with sponging and masking using just ink and paper. I kept it simple using only one colour of ink, but you could definitely take it up a notch and use more shades of blue and grey.

 

Alternate card made using the extra die cuts from Looking Up card kit.

 

It is difficult covering up some of that beautiful sky with the die cuts, but doesn’t it look great? The white is 3 3/4″ by 5″ with a bermuda bay mat of 4″ by 5 1/4″. Only the raspberry balloon is popped up with dimensionals. Did I tell you that you get a lot of those included in the kit?

 

Another bonus card using the extra die cuts in the Looking Up card kit.

 

For this card I did a watercolour wash on shimmery white cardstock which measures 3 5/8″ by 4 7/8″. This precise measurement allows you to get five pieces from one 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of cardstock. Crucial information when it is more than $1 a sheet.

 

Shimmery white cardstock, aqua painter and bermuda bay ink for a lovely watercolour wash background.

 

This card was supposed to be for the airplane die cut but I didn’t want to cover up the pretty wash. I will show you how to get this effect in a short video. It was easy to just add a swoosh of crumb cake ink to the bottom of the card to ground it! How do you like the crushed curry mat? I thought it gave it a nice cheerful look. Truthfully it was supposed to coordinate with the airplane but it works well with the trees too.

 

Here is the video showing how to make the beautiful backgrounds. If you click follow on the YouTube channel then you won’t miss out on any of my videos!

 

 

Everyone at class loved these alternative cards and they also enjoyed learning the new background techniques. It’s so much fun to see what you can do with just ink and paper. In my video I also show you how to cut your shimmery white cardstock most efficiently. Thanks so much for joining me, be sure to keep an eye on the clearance rack, I have heard that they will be adding a lot of new stuff very soon! If you choose to order online, I would love it if you also used the host code, that way free host credits do not go to waste. If you place your very own order of $200 you will qualify for your own host rewards. the current host code is YDZAPF6Y.


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Masking With Window Sheets

Hello stampers! Don’t you just love it when you can use one product in several different ways? I love using the celebrate you thinlet dies from the saleabration offerings as a mask. I cut it out multiple times with window sheets (also known as acetate) I then sponged the back of them with tombow using our silicone mat and then let them dry for a few hours. They are now nice and tacky and can be used many times as a mask. Take a look at what I did:

 

window sheets used to cut out "celebrate"

 

I hadn’t used the new glossy white cardstock yet so I wanted to see how it would work. My original idea was to use Brusho, so I sprinkled on different Brusho colours and then spritzed with water. Well. It didn’t turn out as expected. The water ran under the masks, but I kept it and it grew on me. It is a great artsy look, not crisp and clear but very fun.

 

Glossy cardstock and window sheet acetate.

 

 

Here is a closeup and then you can see the little bling that I used that look like water droplets. They are called Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes and are found on page 33 of the Occasions catalog.

I still wanted to try Brusho with this mask but in a more controlled way, so I used a colour wash instead with my aquapainter. This worked quite well, but believe it or not I like the messy looking one better!!

 

shimmer white cardstock with Brusho aquapainter wash and Five for All

 

The next few cards are the more traditional ones using a brayer and ink. I randomly placed my window sheet cutouts and then brayered over them using only one colour, starting off the cardstock and then working my way up, but starting at the bottom each time so that I would get an ombre effect. See the video at the end of my post to get a clearer picture (pardon the pun!)

 

I used the Celebrate thinlets and the Amazing You stamp set with berry burst metallic edge ribbon

 

Don’t you just love how the Amazing You coordinates with the Celebrate You thinlit dies? It’s like a mirror image with different proportions. This one was done with Berry Burst cardstock, ink and ribbon. So pretty don’t you think? Simple but effective.

 

This card adds a third free saleabration item: ribbon

 

This card has a nice spring feel to it with the calypso coral. Did you notice the third free item on this card? It’s the shimmer ribbon pack! It comes in three colours and different widths, but five yards of each basic gray, bermuda bay and calypso coral. I love this ribbon, it is really beautiful. My last card is made using bermuda bay and the other two colours of ribbon from this pack. I thought you might want to see it all in action!

 

Bermuda bay card using glossy white cardstock, window sheet celebrate masks and free shimmer ribbon pack.

 

Sale-a-bration is such a great time of year in the stamping world. It is wonderful to be able to choose free product with every $60 you spend and this year they have upped the ante! There are two choices that you can have if you spend $120. One of those choices is the Celebrate framelits and the other one is the Happy Wishes stamp set. It is also an amazing time of year to become a demonstrator OR simple get the great deal on the starter kit for your own benefit. If you would like more information on that, comment below. I don’t want to sound like a broken record but I am very enthusiastic about sharing it since it is almost too good to be true. I would LOVE to have you on my team.

 

In the meantime, here is the video I promised you showing you the masking technique used on these cards. Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

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