Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Starting all over! That is what it feels like and there is a joy in this journey and I want to share the lessons that I learn along the way. Starting all over? What am I talking about? Let’s find out.
Starting All Over!
Did you know that I have been a demonstrator in Canada now for 16 years? I’m officially an old-timer in the Stampin’Up! world and I am proud of it. Now that I am spending more time in the Netherlands as well and running my business almost entirely online in Canada I have also become a demonstrator in the Netherlands. Yes, that is possible!
As a brand new demonstrator in the Netherlands I have decided to start all over here and teach beginner classes. Starting all over I decided it would be best to get back to basics. I think every demonstrator’s true joy is teaching people who have never held a stamp in their hands and inked it up. The joy of discovering creativity is contagious. Last night I taught my first beginner class and it was so much fun. We laughed so much and I actually stamped my sentiment upside down while demonstrating the Stamparatus!
This card was made using the Dutch stamp set Plantenpost which is `Plentiful Plants in English. You can find it on page 81 of the annual catalog. It does come with adorable dies which include to macramé plant hangers, but you can make gorgeous cards without the dies too. That being said, the dies also cut out many images from the designer series paper.
We took the party to the inside and stamped another potted plant and the sentiment using Cinnamon Cider and Just Jade. The stamparatus made positioning the words so simple. I love this tool so much and highly recommend it to all levels of stampers. Truth be told, when it first came out I resisted it thinking it was only for beginners. Now it stays on top of my desk within reach because I use it all the time.
Stepping It Up a Little
Beginner cards don’t have to be ugly or uninspiring. By adding some Bloom Where You’re Planted paper to the envelope flap and a little linen thread to the card we now have a really pretty creation don’t you think?
If you want to see another post featuring the Plentiful Plants bundle, check out this blog post.
One of the Most Beautiful Perks
Do you know why I wanted to start all over here? Besides the fact that I love introducing people to the joy of stamping, I also love, love, love meeting new people. Everyone has a story to tell and my life is enriched by their stories and their souls. Yesterday I had the deep joy of meeting Barbara. She brought me a gift (which was totally unnecessary as I really don’t expect that). The gift had so much thought behind it. Barbara made a cute little box to put it in and we laughed together because we discovered that both of us actually struggle with making boxes!! Inside the box was a bottle of blackberry syrup made by the people that Barbara works with.
You see, this lovely woman works with people who have learning disabilities (in Dutch they say verstandelijk beperkt) It is one of the things that I love so much about Holland is how they deal with their unique populations. Barbara works at the Nooitgedacht Werkboerderij (Never Would Have Thought working farm) and in this beautiful environment people are given meaningful work, some of which I enjoyed with my pancakes this morning!
You can read more about this wonderful place here. Rest assured I will be making a visit and will be telling you more about it!
More Beginner Classes
I am super excited to announce that I will be hosting beginner classes each Friday for the next four weeks at Bloemenlaan 6, -s’Gravenzande 2691 JC at 9:30am. We’ll start with coffee and treats and then make a card at 10am. Cost is only 10 euros. I am looking forward to meeting you and hearing YOUR story.
There are only 6 days left of saleabration, so don’t forget to place your order and get some bonus free items. If you have been sitting on the fence about getting the starter kit, take a leap of faith. You have nothing to lose and EVERYTHING to gain. Your kit has no shipping or tax, you pay only $135 and you get to choose $165 in product (perfect way to get your new die cutting machine!) You also get to choose a bonus Christmas bundle worth up to $80 AND you get to be a part of my amazing team. Together we’ll have more stories to tell.
Thanks for joining me today, have a super day and a great weekend.
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. I am thrilled to present to you an online and in person class called À la Carte Christmas Class. This class will take place online on Thursday October 28 at 7pm EST and in person on Saturday October 30 at 10am. You will make ten gorgeous cards regardless of which option you choose. You will receive a class kit that will include more items than you will need to complete your cards so that will be a LOT of fun. Let me explain how it works.
À la Carte Christmas Options
I called this class À la Carte Christmas Class because you have three options to choose from as to which format you choose and then at the class you can also choose which cards you want to make with your kit. Lots of options for you to personalize your experience. You can even choose to join in on the online event on Thursday and then come in person on Saturday as well.
All options include ten cards, a kraft gift box and a package of Gingerbread & Peppermint acrylic shapes. The base price for this is $35 plus $5 shipping anywhere in Canada.
The regular class also includes a stamp set of your choice. You can choose between For Unto Us OR Holly Jolly Wishes. For this option you will also receive 6 iridescent snowflakes. The price for the regular option is $55 plus $5 shipping if you need it shipped.
Lastly there is the deluxe option at $120. You get all the things that are offered in option one and two PLUS the Frosted Peppermint bundle as well as a 6″ by 12″ piece of white velvet and red velvet paper.
Video Tour of this Class
There are so many cute details on these cards and they are finished beautifully on the inside and even on the back!! You can check it out in this video tour as well. Seeing is believing!!
Here is a closeup of one of the cards so you can see just how lovely they are up close.
Here is another look at all the cards. Remember, you will be making ten cards in any combination that you like. Included in your class is a half a package of the Gingerbread & Peppermint Memories & More collection which means ten large cards and envelopes, two sticker sheets, three “baking racks”, 18 3″ by 4″ cards and 9 4″ by 6″ cards.
Ready to Join This Fun Class?
I have tried to make it really easy for you to join this À la Carte Christmas Class. You can just click on the button below and choose your option. I am looking forward to crafting with you either in person or online!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.