Hello stampers and happy Monday to you! Today I am sharing with you my Flowering Cactus small Memories and More cards. Did you know that you can buy an assorted Memories and More card pack that includes large cards and small cards? I used the large cards for my February Virtual Coffee and a Card class on YouTube but I a wanted to show you some alternative ideas using the small cards that are included in the pack.
Flowering Cactus Small Memories and More Cards
Using the small cards is a totally different experience, it is literally working with a smaller canvas. I am thrilled with how my cards turned out. Simply Succulents is the perfect partner to the Flowering Cactus Product Medley. That is where that cute flowerpot is from in case you were wondering.
A few things to note about this card. The flower pot was stamped on watercolour paper and coloured with a water painter. That beautiful cactus is made with three cactus die cuts and the grey foliage is actually the real deal. It is dried algae or some sort of plant material that you put in potted plants or arrangements. I thought it looked really neat in this pot.
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Gerard is Back in Holland
My heart is a little sad today as my favourite man is back in Holland. We had a wonderful 16 days together with the last two of them being out of quarantine. He was able to spend time with the kids and grandkids and that was priceless. We also got a nice visit in with my parents and it was touching to see how happy they were to see him. I was thrilled that Gerard could ask Pap’s blessing on our relationship.
Thank you for your patience while I took a bit of a step back from my business. There is a bunch of stuff going into the mail today and I still have to figure out next month’s coffee and a card class.
We hardly took any pictures of the two of us together but we certainly made beautiful memories. Gerard has one on his phone that he has to send me but his phone is a little the worse for wear after an incident at the airport so you will have to wait a few days until it is repaired.
Have a super day and thanks for joining me today.
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Paper, ribbon and ink. It really is amazing what you can do when you combine some coordinating paper, ribbon and ink. I like it even better when the combination is a surprising one. Today we will see when we combine some Flowers for Every Season Memories & More cards and envelopes with in colour inks and ribbon AND the beautiful Flower & Field designer series paper that is free with a $60 saleabration purchase.
Paper, Ribbon and Ink
Did you notice that I didn’t mention cardstock? That’s right. No cardstock needed because the Memories & More cards are already the perfect card base for you. This is instant gratification at its best. Just cut your Field & Flower paper to 3″ by 4″ and mix and match them how you like. Huge thanks to Michele Jutrisa for her inspiration for these cards. You can see her blog post here.
For the sentiment I used the new double oval punch, the hostess set Punch Party and the everyday label punch. The oval punches were layered over top of a vellum everyday label punched out. A loop of in colour ribbon was adhered under the vellum and popped up with dimensionals.
Here are a few closeups so you can see the detail in the punches. They are very unforgiving!! You can see the little ink smears but do keep in mind that I made these cards during a Facebook live with a camera between me and my work! They still look great I think.
For the last two I used the Rectangular Postage Stamp punch which also coordinates with the Punch Party stamp set. This stamp set is free when you have a $375 workshop or order. Here is another favourite of mine using the Flower & Field paper.
Field & Flower Card Kit by Mail
I forgot to add in here that you can get a five card kit by mail in Canada for only $15 including postage. Let me know if you want one!
Parcels in the Post
My next Parcel in the Post is ready. There are still two left over from January which featured the Love You Always suite. This month the theme is Art Gallery. The parcels are $32 which includes shipping anywhere in Canada. They contain an assortment of products that will save you money and jump start your creativity. The pictures tell the story!
Here is the photo of the January/February Parcel in the Post, there are two left of this one.
My preferred payment for the Parcels in the Post is etransfer to email@example.com. If that doesn’t work for you, message me and we will figure something out.
You may have noticed that there was no blog post on Wednesday. I spent a couple of days with my parents again and they are my priority then. I did get some stamping time in with my mom and it is gratifying how much she loves it. She made some cards for the grandkids and great grandkids as well as some cute boxes with the Paper Pumpkin addon. The snails were right up her alley. “Deze slakjes zijn zo leuk” is what she said. Translation: those snails are so cute!
If you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin I am going to make a shocking suggestion. Stop or suspend your subscription. You can choose to skip a few months if you like. Then you can purchase a three month prepaid subscription and get a free saleabration item, the Flower and Field paper or the Darling Donkeys set. After the three months are up you can resume your subscription. Anyways, I digress. I was trying to say thank you for joining me today. I hope you have a super day!
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I am using Flowers for Every Season Memories & More Cards. I wanted to show you how very easy it is to make stunning cards using the Memories & More collection. The cards and envelopes come in all the new in colours and they are white in the inside. Once again Stampin’Up! coordination makes it so simple to create and be successful. No stress, no fuss.
Memories & More Cards
I thought it would be a good idea to show you a card in each of the new in colours: Misty Moonlight, Just Jade, Bumblebee, Magenta Madness and Cinnamon Cider.
When everything coordinates it makes it really easy to create stunning cards. I simply used the Memories & More Flowers for every Season card pack and the coordinating In Colour Memories & More cards. I added the new In Colour 1/4″ ribbon and the new In Colour Enamel Dots. The stickers from the Memories & More pack are the icing on the cake. I chose to use the Tasteful Touches bundle for the sayings and the dies. These products will be available from the new catalog on June 3.
In this picture you can see the envelopes and also how I used a larger Memories & More card for the inside of this card. I purposely didn’t stamp anything inside as I am not sure who the card is going to yet. It’s so nice that the insides of the cards are white!
Stepping It Up
You could easily step up these cards by using the new jar punch and the Jar of Flowers stamp set but I will save that for another day. I can promise you that you are going to LOVE the new catalog. Don’t worry though; if your wish list is long, just get the starter kit and join my team. You will get your very own discount, you can participate in my online training group and you might even build yourself a stellar and fun business doing what you love.
Just in case you want instant gratification, the items I used today are ALL available in our preorder. That means you can put them in your starter kit RIGHT NOW! Here is the link if you need a little COVID cure.
A Personal Note
Today I got two emails from KLM and it looks like I really will be flying out on Tuesday to be reconnected with the love of my life. I haven’t seen Gerard since January 29!! My plane will land on Wednesday morning at Schiphol in Amsterdam, so I know you will forgive me if there isn’t a blog post that day. I will be blogging again on Friday but I hope to connect with you by video on Facebook on Wednesday and Thursday. Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a super day.
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I will be showcasing some more Happy Mail for Gerard cards, and the first one uses the stamp set A Good Man. How appropriate! Gerard is a good man indeed. Thanks to Sharon Meyer for this great card.
Sharon Meyer’s Card
I really love how Sharon created a scene for her good man who is relaxing in the sun. Perhaps she knew that Gerard does indeed like to soak up some sun in the summertime when he is not as busy in his greenhouses. From my time in Holland I have come to understand why Dutch people are sun worshippers. Sometimes the sun is quite a rare visitor to this lovely country.
I love how you coloured the man Sharon! Where is the grass from? Another reason this card is perfect for Gerard is that we are hoping to do lots of road trips in the future including an epic one across Canada and another one to explore the States. With the COVID-19 this seems a long way off! It’s good to have dreams though, and this card evokes that feeling very well. Thank you!
Farmington, New York
Sharon comes from a town called Farmington. When I looked up I had to chuckle: Farmington is a town located in the northern part of Ontario County, New York United States. What’s the chance of her county being named after my province? It is highly likely that I have driven through Farmington on my way to Vermont on more than one occasion. Upper New York State is beautiful!
More Cards with A Good Man
If you want to see some more cards that I have made with this great stamp set “A Good Man”, you should check out this blog post from last year. I know I gave one of these cards to my son Alex for Father’s Day because I truly think he is a good man and a great dad. There is something truly beautiful when you see your son in his role as a father; it melts my heart.
This Good Man Plays Guitar
The next card I want to share with you was made by Shel Anderson from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Winnipeg is known for its music scene, so this card is very appropriate coming from there. It is also perfect for Gerard since he plays base guitar. The next Stampin’Up! trip is a Caribbean cruise, and I have almost earned it. Who knows if cruises will be ok again next year? This corona virus has put everything into a different light, hasn’t it? Let’s take a look at Shel’s card.
The Little Details
Do you see how Shel stamped a tulip beside the address? A subtle nod to his country. No one can visit the tulip fields and the beautiful Keukenhof gardens this year. It was supposed to be my first visit there as well but now it will have to happen another year. The guitar and the “thanks” are from the Tropical Oasis Memories and More cards. Monday’s card also used the Memories and More cards. Have you ever used these? They are fantastic, both for scrapbooking and for card making.
New Items on the Clearance Rack
Yesterday new items were added to the clearance rack. There are some amazing deals and I think they will disappear quickly, so be sure to check it out. If you live in Canada, I would be so happy if you ordered through me. Here is the host code: CWD9ZZ2H. Click here to see all the bargains.
Thanks for joining me today. I will be live at 1pm showing you how to make the Dutch Door card, hopefully you can join me on my Facebook page. I try to upload my videos to YouTube as well, if you subscribe to my channel you won’t miss any. See you here on Friday with more cards from the Happy Mail for Gerard contest. Don’t forget about my new contest! It’s a fancy folds one. Send me your favourite fancy fold card and I will blog about it and you will be in a contest to win the Little Ladybug stamp set. Contest ends May 31.
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Stamping with littles has been on my mind lately. Have you ever stamped with “littles”? It is my pet word for children and it is an inclusive and endearing term. I think it is super important to do meaningful activities in intergenerational groups. This used to happen in the distant past with quilting bees and baking events, but it is quite rare today.
Let Me Tell You About Stamping with Littles
This past Saturday I had a “Littles and Me” class and I really had no idea what to expect as I did not set any age specifications. It was the first of two classes and the second class was full with four adults and eight littles. This one was only one adult and two littles, but then one more adult and one more little came for a well rounded class. The youngest little was four and the oldest was twelve. One of the adults was a young mom, the other an oma. It was lovely to see everyone interact! Like all stamping events, it was about so much more than just making cards! It warmed my heart to see the quality time and the relationships that were strengthened through doing a meaningful and fun activity together.
One of the cards that we made at my “Littles and Me” class was this cheerful chick card. It is perfect for all ages and everyone was delighted to see the chick take shape as we added eyes, beak and feet. Oh the joys of two step stamping!
Even the four year old was able to make this card with a bit of help. She stamped her background flowers all by herself and then chose to put the sentiment on her egg since she didn’t want to cover any of her flowers. Perfectly adorable!
The second card for my Littles and Me class featured the dinosaur set. The reason for that is because the die for the egg in the chick card comes from the Dino Days bundle! I also thought the littles could personalize their card by choosing which dinosaur to put on their card. This is a super fun set with adorable coordinating paper.
The littles were true to my expectations. They switched around the patterned paper, the placement of the hearts, their choice of dinosaurs, it was great! Children love to do their own thing much more than adults. They have confidence in what they like and are not at all worried about doing it “right”. We can learn from them. My next Littles and Me class is Saturday March 21 at 10am.
Memories and More cards with the Littles
If you want to create with the littles in your life, I highly recommend our Memories and More line of products. There are ready to go whisper white Memories & More cards and envelopes so that you do not need to cut and score them yourself. Match them up with the Memories & More card pack of your choice and you will have hours of easy fun with your littles. In the card pack there are also stickers and special cards. They are also perfectly suited for pocket card style scrapbooking, where you slip either photos or these cards into the various sized pockets. There are journaling cards included as well.
Tropical Oasis Memories & More tutorial
I have made a tutorial that includes 15 cards made using Memories & More cards. There are five “normal” cards included as well. If you love the Memories & More cards but need a help getting your creative juices flowing, then this tutorial is for you. Cheaper than a class and you can stay home in your pajamas to do it! Here is a photo of all the cards. You can examine them closely and probably figure it out on your own and that is fine too. The tutorial is there for instant gratification! Sometimes we need that. This will last longer than a bouquet of flowers, so indulge yourself.
If you want to purchase the tutorial, just click on the buy now below and when I get the PayPal notification I will send you the pdf.
Paper Pumpkin for Cancer Campaign
This blog post is all over the place today! There is just so much that I want to share with you. As you may know, Paper Pumpkin for March will have a bonus stamp set in it. What you might not know is that I was inspired by a fellow team member who is battling her second cancer right now. First she conquered breast cancer, now she is dealing with brain cancer. She is in the hospital right now and when I was chatting with her I found out that as she is pain free she has hours in the hospital spend sleeping and reading. What she needed was some paper crafting distraction! Paper Pumpkin to the rescue. It didn’t take much time to gather a few Paper Pumpkins, some extra ink spots from previous Paper Pumpkins, some scissors and some adhesive.
This made me think that it would be great to distribute more Paper Pumpkins to the cancer ward. Cancer patients and their families could benefit from having a fun and meaningful distraction. With March having a bonus stamp set I thought I would ask people to sponsor a Paper Pumpkin. The bonus stamp set would be mailed to them and that way people from all over the world could participate. You can too!! You have until tomorrow to do it! Time is of the essence. After the tenth there will be no more bonus stamp set. You could still sponsor a Paper Pumpkin but there would be no perk for you besides the joy of doing something special for someone.
I love it when I can use my business for the greater good and can mobilize other people to join me.
Thanks so Much!
Thanks so very much for joining me today and also for participating in fun ventures with me. I really hope that this impulsive, last minute idea to spread joy to cancer patients with Paper Pumpkin gets a lot of involvement, together we really can make a difference. On a personal note, keep those cards coming for Gerard and you will be in a draw for a masculine stamp set. Read more about it in this blog post. There is also the Honour and Remember event happening for our veteran community. You can read about that here.
Only three weeks left in saleabration so be sure to take advantage of the free products or the starter kit opportunity. More info on that in this post, OR if you are ready for the best deal in the catalog, simply click this link to get started.
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. When writing a blog post you always have to decide what to call it and the blog people don’t like it when you use the same words too often. When I was in England 27 years ago, “Mind the Gap” amused me greatly. This is what was said in a lovely accent every time you were on the subway platform. “Mind the Gap” applies to my card today since it is a divided front card with a lovely gap that I really want you to notice.
Mind the Gap Card
If you look closely you will see that the “Rest & Relaxation” panel bridges that gap between the top and bottom of the card. People really notice this card when they are in my stamp room, it is really quite striking and piques ones interest. Let’s take a look at the inside.
Yes, I know this picture is slightly blurry. I am blaming it on my muscle relaxant pills. They apparently also affect my brain and ocular tissue. You get the idea though and that way I don’t have to take and edit another photo. I used the Tropical Oasis Memories and More cards to make this fun card.
Tropical Oasis Memories and More
Have you heard about our Memories and More cards? While they are meant for scrapbooking or memory keeping as some people like to call it, they are also fantastic for quick and easy card making. I have included lots of these great cards in my latest tutorial which I am happy to report is now available. Just click on the buy it now button below and you will get hours of easy crafting without any Google searches or frustrating mismeasurements that waste your cardstock and ruin your joy. There are twenty cards in this fun tutorial.
Here is a sneak peek of 16 cards in the tutorial.
If you want to see some other cards that are in this tutorial, check out this blog post.
I made a short video that shows 19 of the 20 cards (one was forgotten on my desk!!)
Free with Purchase
Did you know that if you buy the Tropical Oasis bundle you will get this tutorial for free? Definitely. I want to guarantee your stamping success. With any $50 purchase in March you will also get the Demo Design Dream Team tutorial, or you can get it for free if you join my team. Here is the link for joining and getting the amazing deal on the starter kit.
Here is the sneak peek for the March DDDT tutorial.
Thanks for Participating
I just want to thank you for participating in the happy mail for Gerard contest. The cards are flowing in and I am so very excited to see his face. This will be a surprise because he doesn’t read my blog. He does follow my Facebook page because he loves the interaction we all have there, but he thinks my blog is all technical about card details. Let’s keep it that way. If you send a masculine card to me for him by March 29 you will be in a contest to win a free masculine stamp set from the mini catalog. I will also blog about your card and do a video of Gerard opening them all. Please address your cards to Gerard van der Sar, c/o Jackie Bultje 81 Delaware Avenue, Chatham Ontario, N7L 2W3.
Thanks for stopping by today as well. I hope you have a super day, that you spread some joy with your cards and that you exercise some mindful gratitude for the blessings in your life.