Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am going to introduce you to the lovely Welcoming Window. This stamp set is more appropriate than ever! How we would all love to welcome people to our homes right now! Since that is not possible, we need to send a card that says “wish our paths would cross more often”. There is also a beautiful “Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.” and several other sayings in a very nice font.
Welcoming Window for Prime Time
I inked up this stamp set for the first time for my exclusive Prime Time with The Pampered Stamper group yesterday. Maybe you already know that I created this group as a response to COVID when I could no longer do my regular coffee and a card classes. It has become a wonderful personal space for a nice group of people. Each week I do a video tutorial and I send a prize to someone. Every month there is a free pdf tutorial so there is amazing value to this group. It costs only $10 a month to join and you can sign up here if you want to join in on the fun!
Here is the inside of one of the cards. My cards are quite simple but you can definitely create quite the scene with all the pots and vases and flowers. Be sure to have a good play with different colours and combinations, it’s a lot of fun to do that.
My Best Tip for This Set
I have a confession to make. When I see a lot of dies in a stamp set bundle I can be intimidated. That is why I waited to buy this set. When I finally went to ink it up I do what I usually do with new product. I stamped all the images in a few different colours to see what I liked best. Cut out all the dies in a few colours and then lay them all out to be inspired.
I found that when you do this it is not as intimidating. In fact it is a little like playing with a doll house or paper dolls. So much fun to put all the pieces together for something pretty. If you’re not sure how certain stamps or dies go together, you can either experiment or you can do a Google search and see what other people have made with this bundle. For instance, I noticed that people used the hinges for the shutters both ways. This is art! No right or wrong.
I wasn’t sure of the certainty of travel so I didn’t post my usual Happy Mail in Holland contest. Now I think it might be a lot of fun. You can choose to send me mail in Holland as I will be here until May 25 or you can send it to my home in Chatham so I can have happy mail when I get home. Of course there will be a prize drawn from all who participate. My address in Holland is:
Bloemenlaan 6 ‘s-Gravenzande 2691JC The Netherlands
In Canada: 81 Delaware Avenue, Chatham, Ontario N7L 2W3 Canada
Thanks so much for joining me today. Be sure to check out my business Facebook page as I am posting daily videos from my experiences here in Holland. I hope you have a super day. Please remember that if you are local, there are new annual catalogs on the tote on my front porch. Help yourself!
Hello stampers. Can you believe it is already May 4? That means it is almost Mother’s Day! It really doesn’t feel like it in southern Ontario. It has been such a cold and rainy spring, I still have a mud yard because it has been too wet to grade and add top soil and seed grass. Great card making weather though! I have some Mother’s Day Tea cards for you today. I was inspired by Amy O’Neill’s card which I saw in the Freshly Made Sketches site. I really need to get involved in these sketch challenges so look for that to happen. Maybe you would like to play along too. Amy used the tea framelits from saleabration and the Tea Together set from the Occasions catalog. I had not yet inked up this beauty so it was high time to do so.
The other source of inspiration for these cards was a package of Tea Room designer series paper and rich razzleberry velvet ribbon. I am really happy with how these cards turned out and I think they will be perfect for Mother’s day and for my coffee and a card regulars.
This is the card that I cased from Amy O’Neill. She used pool party for the base but I was literally down to scraps in that colour so I chose mint macaron. I love how the teacup turned out. I coloured the flower with calypso coral blends and granny apple green for the leaves and daffodil delight for the flower centre. Do you see how I placed my watermark right over the glare from the lights? Yes, the picture was taken during the day, but it was such a dreary day that I needed the lights on inside!!
This little diagram gives you an idea of how to make the pocket shaped panel on the front of the card. The original patterned paper piece is 4″ square. Mark the middle with a pencil at 2″ and then one inch up each side. Cut from the three inch mark to the middle 2″ mark on either side. I then adhered it to a piece of cardstock 4 1/8″ wide. I lined up the edge of the patterned paper with the edge of my trimmer guide and then cut. Do that on either side and you’re done!
Here is a closeup of the teacup. You can even see the Wink of Stella that gives such a pretty sparkle over top of the colouring done with Blends. The best thing is that there is no fussy cutting. The framelits do all the work for you.
This card uses the same “recipe” as the card on the right in the first picture. I used two different patterns from the Tea Room Specialty designer series paper. The top one is 3 1/2″ by 3 1/4″ and the bottom piece is 3 1/2″ by 1 1/2″. Put them on a pool party base measuring 3 3/4″ by 5″. The other card has a rich razzleberry base. I made a third card using this same layout, but I forgot to take a picture of it in natural light.
Here you an see my vintage teacup up close. I embossed the tea cup in silver on vellum cardstock and then cut out another teacup out of patterned paper. I adhered them together with Tombow liquid adhesive using a sponge to apply it evenly. The result is that the pattern is softened and almost gives it a porcelain look. That pretty ribbon you see is also part of the Time for Tea suite in the annual catalog. It has a stunning copper stitching along the edge that is not done justice to in the picture. I really love how all the different patterns just look so lovely together, just like an assortment of vintage china.
Time for Tea is retiring are the Spot of Tea framelits but the Tea Together set will be in the new catalog. Here they are so you can see them:
I did not use this stamp set or framelits for my cards but I did use the ribbon and the paper from the suite. For a complete list of products used just scroll down to the end of the post. If you click on any of the items and you live in Canada, you can shop from my online store and have these amazing products shipped right to your door. Stampin’Up! charges 10% shipping as well as provincial sales tax.
Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you were inspired to make some cards and send some happy mail.