Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today my theme is Sending Love Your Way. Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and Family Day was two days ago here in Canada. On my desk are the cutest “Sending Love Your Way” boxes that my mom made for the grandkids. Oops! That’s right, I was supposed to hand them out on Monday but I had hurt my back on Friday night and was not thinking straight. It’s a good thing that we can send love any day of the year!
Making It Easy
My dear mom is 88 and quite truthfully although she is a very talented and crafty person, she has not done much papercrafting over the years. She is an expert seamstress, knitter, crocheter and gardener. She can also draw much better than I can but she only ever sketches on old envelopes or note pads with advertising on them. That is why I love bringing a Paper Pumpkin with me when I visit her. The last time I was there she had made these little boxes.
The reason I am sharing them with you today is two fold. One, I am still in a fair bit of pain so I really need to take it easy and not go crazy hauling out stamp sets and making a new card. I did start that process because I am itching to ink up the Friends are Like Seashells bundle. Two, I am super excited about the Paper Pumpkin possibilities. Paper Pumpkin is instant gratification in your mailbox and a great way for you to share what you love.
The truth is that a lot of people are looking for a meaningful hobby. Especially during Covid, it has been so good to have a healthy distraction from the vicissitudes of life. Stamping brings double joy, to the stamper and to the recipient of the stamped projects. The March Paper Pumpkin also has a bonus in it because it is the anniversary edition which always has a bonus gift. This time it is four stencils and a full size sponge which I always cut into wedges. Did you know that you can get at least eight sponge wedges out of one sponge?
Here is the link if you live in Canada and want to subscribe. You can also get a three month prepaid subscription and then you qualify for a free saleabration item. That is what I would recommend of course. I am all about getting you the most bang for your buck!
Sending Love Your Way Boxes
Here are the cute boxes that my mom made with last month’s Paper Pumpkin add on kit, Sending Love Your Way. I still have a few left over if you want one!! Those snails are so cute.
If you want to see some other adorable things I have made with the February Paper Pumpkin kit and this cute add-on, check out this blog post.
Saleabration Coming to a Close
Just a reminder that saleabration is only two months this year, so you have until February 28 to get a free item with your $60 purchase. If you haven’t seen the saleabration brochure, you can check out the offerings here.
Parcels in the Post
I still have three Parcels in the Post up for grabs. This is a wonderful assortment of products for only $32 shipped anywhere in Canada. Let me know if you want one!!
Virtual Coffee and a Card packets
It is now the third month of my virtual coffee and a card class. This month the theme is Flowering Cactus and the kit includes extra patterned paper as well as a ton of felt flowers. This kit is only $25 mailed anywhere in Canada. At some point I hope to have a subscription option available and things will look a little more streamlined. In the meantime, we soldier on. The videos are all on my YouTube channel which you can find here. I hope you subscribe and join me for my weekly videos there, every Tuesday at 10am EST.
Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a super day. I am having an oma day today! So nice to have the lockdown lifted a bit to make this possible. Thankfully Rachel is home today so she can do the lifting for me and I can enjoy the snuggles. I am hoping very much to be able to get back to some serious stamping tomorrow and catch up a bit. I appreciate you very much!!
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Do you ever fall in love with a stamp set? Kangaroo & Company just might make you fall in love. Sometimes stamps just evoke such strong feelings, and this is one of them. The mama kangaroo will just make you smile when you stamp and colour her and the little joey will give you the warm and fuzzies. Then, when you put them all together with the stamped and die cut accessories you might just feel like a little girl playing with paper dolls agai.
Kangaroo & Company Options
When I was showing this bundle in a video I had stamped some kangaroos showing the reverse stamping technique so I now have a nice little collection to show you.
My team member Kylee sent me a photo showing what she had done and I love it. You can put more than one item in the kangaroo pouch! Simple but genius and it looks ever so cute. Thanks Kylee!
I think the best part about this Kangaroo & Company bundle is the dies that cut everything out. The kangaroo die also cuts a slit in the pouch to make it super easy to tuck the accessories in. There are dies for the joey, flowers, present, hearts, sentiments and a sitting joey too. I haven’t made a card with it yet but I did make two adorable boxes. I did find some adorable samples from the Stampin’Up! catalog which as you might already know is a fantastic idea book!
My Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes
If you follow me you may know that I am on a mission to create more boxes. These are not made “from scratch” but I love the sturdiness of the mini paper pumpkin boxes that are also food safe. Did I mention that they are also a pretty good deal?
One Last Find
On my Stampin’Up! business website I found another card sample and what intrigued me about this one is the paper in the background. It comes from the Flowering Cactus product medley that I was talking about on Friday. How coincidental is that?
Some Points to Ponder
That’s it for today but I wanted to remind you to tune in to my YouTube channel every Tuesday at 10am for my virtual coffee and a card class. Of course you can also purchase the monthly kit to stamp along with me, but you can also just watch along for fun and be inspired. Today is February 1 so there are only four weeks left of saleabration. It really is quite wonderful to get a free stamp set or package of paper with every $60 purchase. Questions? Message me!
There is still room in my online Bingo for March 10. Read all about it here.
Are you a fan and want to support me? Would you like to be a part of my small private group and have a personalized video tutorial once a week? Then you can join my very affordable Prime Time With The Pampered Stamper. Each Wednesday I post a list of supplies and measurements for the Thursday card. On Thursday at 3pm EST I go live with a video tutorial. You can join here.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, if you want to get the best deal on your stamping supplies AND have your very own discount, you can join my team here. Just make sure you have a list of things that you want that come to $165. You will pay only $135, no shipping or tax plus you get a bunch of extra freebies including a Paper Pumpkin, a five pack of assorted designer series paper in all the colour families AND free membership in Prime Time.
Winner of the Blog Candy
Thanks for commenting on my blog posts. The winner this time is Marina Schat who will be getting a nice assortment of Berry Delightful paper in the mail. As always, I am so thankful that you joined me here today and I hope you have a super day!
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am going to share a card with you that gave me goosebumps when I opened it. That’s right, I didn’t make this card, the talented Sandy Allman did as part of my fancy fold card contest. As per usual, the pictures do not do justice to this beautiful card. Do you want to see it?
Side-Step Card using No Matter the Weather
Sandy used the cheerful March Paper Pumpkin, No Matter the Weather to make this fantastic card. It has been a long time since I have made this type of card. Sandy has definitely inspired me to do it again and I hope you will be inspired as well. Let’s take a look.
Sandy used some more great products to make this card. Can you spot them all?
- Grace’s Garden bundle (Garden Gateway dies)
- So Sentimental bundle (Stitched So Sweetly dies)
- Stitched Shape framelits (although the stitched circle is also a part of the Paper Pumpkin kit)
Side-Step Card Tutorial
Would you like to know how to make this card? Here is a tutorial I found on Splitcoaststampers. I do hope to make a video tutorial but in the meantime this will get you started. Just click here and you are good to go.
Thanks Sandy for participating in my fancy fold card contest. Sandy is from Prince George, British Columbia. If you would like to know more about this beautiful city, you can check out this blog post.
A Little Uncertain
I am supposed to fly to Holland next week Tuesday and if all goes as planned there might be an interruption in my blog posts. Then you can look forward to more Dutch pictures and videos as I do hope to continue working from there as well. I would encourage you to place your orders online so that you can have your products shipped straight to your door. There are new catalogs in a rubbermaid tote on my front porch if you would like to pick one up. If you need one mailed to you let me know, as long as you live in Canada.
Thanks for joining me, I hope you have a super day.
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Do you love rain boots as much as I do? Colourful rain boots make me smile, and I finally got a pair of bright red Hunter boots three years ago. They were an unheard of, irresistible deal at The Bay for only $49.99. I wear them all year long and whenever I do, I get comments. People love them! That is why I was thrilled that the bonus set from Paper Pumpkin had rain boot outline stamps AND rainboot filler stamps with a cute floral pattern.
Singing in the Rain
We all need a little joy and whimsy these days with this low cloud of menace hanging over our heads. The unknown is scary and we are no longer sure of what the near future holds. Let’s have a little creative escape with these super cute rain boots. I started by stamping a sheet full of them in all different colours. Then I stamped a few more on shimmery white cardstock and watercoloured them with my aqua painter in a few more colours. Love!! Truthfully, these boots remind me of one of my favourite kids books that I used to read to my kids. It was called Big Sarah’s Little Boots.
Watercolouring Rain Boots
I was inspired by a fellow Canadian demonstrator, Laura Seki, who used boots and a saying. My saying comes from the saleabration stamp set Tags in Bloom. Here are Laura’s cards:
I wasn’t sure where her saying came from and I was too lazy to emboss so that is how I came up with my idea. Watercolouring with an aqua painter on shimmery white cardstock is fantastic. When you see the card in person you can really see how the shimmer comes through in the background and in the boots. If you cut your pieces 3 5/8″ by 4 7/8″ then you will get five pieces per sheet.
Which Boots are Your Favourite?
I also stamped a whack load of boots on a sheet of cardstock and stamped the patterns in different colours. Check it out! I even like the grey ones! Do you have fun rubber boots?
Trust me, it is so much fun to cut out these boots and decide which ones to put together on a card. Creativity is great for mental health, it takes your mind off the dark thoughts that can creep in during times like this. I challenge you to get out your stamping supplies and just play! If you want to get in on the Paper Pumpkin fun, here is the link to do that, your family will thank you.
Uplifting and Cheerful
I hope that this blog post made you smile today. In turn, you can bring a smile to my face and leave a comment. Tell me what you are doing to stay sane these days. What brings you the most joy? Yesterday I made apple pie and I have enough pie crust rolled out for two more pies and two dozen butter tarts. Tomorrow I will share my butter tart recipe. I think they are the best butter tarts in the world, but it is the pastry that takes them over the top in my estimation.
Paper Pumpkin and Videos
Please join me in my daily Facebook live videos. They are at 1pm every day except Tuesday it is at 9:30am in honour of my coffee and a card class and on Saturdays it is at 10am for the littles. This Saturday I will be featuring the Paper Pumpkin rain boots set. If you want more reasons why I am such a fan of Paper Pumpkin, check out this blog post. Have a super day and don’t forget to place your saleabration order before March 31! It’s also not too late to get the great deal on the starter kit, here is the link in case you have been procrastinating!
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Before this whole COVID-19 pandemic I created a new class called The Littles and Me. It was to be held every other Saturday and it was to be a fun, easy class for any adult and child combo. Now with responsible social distancing I had to get creative. Paper Pumpkin to the rescue!
Keeping Your Family Entertained
People are keenly feeling the stress of social isolation. There are few distractions available to help spend time with your children and so it is time to get creative and I would love to help with that. I am a huge believer in meaningful creativity. When a crafting experience can also serve a good purpose, it is a winner in my eyes. For my Littles and Me class tomorrow at 10am I am using the No Matter the Weather Paper Pumpkin kit. This is definitely a God thing. Who would have thought that I would order 30 Paper Pumpkins with the hope that I would have enough people sponsor a kit for the Cancer Campaign?
Stampin’Up! does not permit us to included stamped images in our kits. There is a good reason for that! Pre-stamped images would negatively impact the sales of our stamp sets. The purpose of Stampin’Up! is for people to experience the joy and thrill of inking a stamp and putting it on paper. When I had to cancel my in person Littles and Me class, I needed to find an alternative that would allow the kids to be able to stamp along with me at home. Yay for Paper Pumpkin.
The Bonus Set
Since March was the sixth anniversary of Paper Pumpkin, there was a bonus stamp set in this month’s kit. I took those bonus stamps out so that I could build another class around it and have enough stamps so that the littles would still be able to stamp along with me. Today I am going to share the cards I made with this set. I would highly recommend that you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin if you haven’t already done so, your kids and grandkids and maybe even your partner will thank you for it!
No Matter The Weather
These cards definitely coordinate with the stamp set in the No Matter the Weather Paper Pumpkin kit, but they can also be used alone. I did use the cloud stamp and the brick stamp from the Paper Pumpkin stamp set, but I know that kids can easily draw their own clouds and bricks as well. Here is a closeup of one of the cards and the stamp set that you get with this class. If you would like to see the cards from the first class, click on this link.
The Littles and Me To Go Online Class
What is included with this class? How does it work and how much does it cost? It is $35, you get 20 notecards and envelopes, two ink spots OR a full sized used ink pad (I am clearing out my extras) and the stamp set. You pick up the kit from my front porch after you have prepaid and I will do a live video on Saturday March 28 at 10am. I am hoping to be able to do a weekly kids class so that they have something to look forward to. This is something that the whole family can participate in and then you can take more time to write notes and letters inside the cards you have made and mail them to your relatives and friends who need some happy mail.
Social distancing will definitely slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and will keep the vulnerable population safer. To help with this I encourage you to order your kits online directly through my online store. I can recommend the following kits and the links to them will be in the supply list below if you live in Canada, if you live in the States you can shop with my cross border buddy Julie Gilson.
- Paper Pumpkin, a monthly subscription or get one, three, six or twelve month prepaid subscriptions so you can get free host benefits and saleabration freebies (until March 31)
- Three Cheers for You Card Kit.
- Botanical Prints Product Medley (you get a free pdf tutorial from me to make 12 cards)
- Seriously the Best kit (stamp set sold separately) Here is my blog post on that one.
- Looking Up Card Kit
- Notes of Kindness Kit
- Lots of Happy card kit
- For the Love of Felt project kit (stamp set sold separately)
Thanks so much for joining me on my blog today, please do pin and share as much as you can to help spread the word about paper crafting and meaningful activities to do with families and to connect families that are apart. I hope you are doing well and staying hopeful. Here is the recipe for my delicious banana muffins. The muffins take 20 minutes at 350F. I did substitute half the flour with oat flour (just put oatmeal in the blender and grind it to powder). I did not add the glaze to the muffins but that would have been delicious!
You can see this is a well-seasoned page. If I remember correctly it made 2 dozen muffins. Happy stamping and happy baking. #itsallaboutthetreats #thepamperedstamper
Have a super day!
No matter the weather we’re in this together. Wow! That is the saying in the latest Paper Pumpkin kit which is also called No Matter the Weather. Eerily prophetic isn’t it? What a perfect kit to have this month. Honestly, there has never been a better time to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin. What is Paper Pumpkin anyways?
Paper Pumpkin is a paper crafting kit subscription that is even better than a magazine subscription. Is is almost always cards, but sometimes it can be gift bags or boxes or a home decor piece. The cute red box comes filled with everything you need to make the project that is in it. If you subscribe, your first kit also comes with a free acrylic block. Every month you will find in the box a mini ink pad, a stamp set and all the paper supplies and embellishments to make the cards or other project. Specialty adhesives like glue dots and diimensionals are also included. Dimensionals are little foam hexagons that are sticky on both sides that pop up your paper shape to give your card more dimension. All you need of your own is scissors and a tape runner or glue stick.
No Matter the Weather
Every March Paper Pumpkin has a very special Paper Pumpkin in a unique box because it is the anniversary of Paper Pumpkin. This year marks the 6th anniversary of this great subscription service. What makes this subscription special is that you can choose to skip a month whenever you want with no penalty. You can purchase your subscription in different ways. You can subscribe so that you pay monthly, or you can buy a prepaid one month, three month, six month or twelve month subscription. With those subscriptions you pay the whole amount at once, but you can also get free saleabration items or host items when you do it this way.
I took some pictures of the pricing options for Paper Pumpkin. With the social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this kit is a fantastic way to have a fun crafting distraction with the whole family that is also very meaningful. You can send cards to your friends and relatives that you can’t see and that you worry about. The most important thing to remember is that with the pay as you go option shipping is INCLUDED, you only pay tax. The prepaid subscriptions will have 10% shipping and whatever your provincial tax is. Until March 31 a three month prepaid will also give you a free saleabration item, you can check out your options here.
If you think this would be great for you or your family and you live in Canada, simply click here to get the fun started. If you want to see what another kit looked like, check out this blog post for a winter kit.
A Closer Look at the Cards
I made these cards just the way it said in the instructions with no alterations. There are twelve cards in this kit and I will be doing a live video on Saturday morning at 10am so that you and your kids can do it with me. If you live locally in the Chatham, Ontario area, I still have two kits available.
More Kits Coming
Besides the many wonderful kits in both the annual and the mini catalog, I am hoping to kit up extra products that I have at home for local people. This is taking a lot longer than I would like but I am guessing that this whole COVID-19 thing is going to take longer than we’d like as well. I hope that you are doing well physically, mentally and emotionally. Remember to take time to destress. It is so important to turn the television off, and the radio. Limit the amount of news you watch. Go outside and enjoy nature. Breathe deeply. Pray. Meditate. Bake your favourite treat. Cook your favourite meal with the ingredients you have on hand.
This is a classic Dutch treat that you would enjoy with your coffee. I hesitate to call it a dessert because that is like calling a muffin dessert. It translates to “butter cake”.
Thanks for joining me and please remember to share as many people could use some creative distraction these days. Take good care of each other, it is times like this that remind us of what is really important. Have a super day.