Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. I am thrilled to present to you the January Virtual Coffee and a Card class. True, we are not even halfway through our December Virtual Coffee and a Card class, but I need to be ahead of the game so that you get your kits sent out to you on time. In case you haven’t joined in on this new venture yet, let me explain how it works.
Virtual Coffee and a Card Class
Every month I focus on a different bundle and create a card each week with this bundle. If you sign up for the January virtual coffee and a card then you get the month’s card kit sent to you. You can choose to order the featured bundle online if you don’t already have it. Please use the current host code if you do that!
Every Tuesday at 10am EST I do a YouTube live video showing you how to make the card of the week. This month my focus bundle is Posted for You which is a stamp set and a punch. This bundle is from the annual catalog but there is also a stamp set in the Holiday Catalog that coordinates with the punch and it is called Festive Post. In the upcoming Occasions catalog there will be TWO more stamp sets coordinating with this punch, Snailed It and Punch Party.
A Sneak Peek
Here is sneak peek of the cards that I will be featuring with this great bundle. My colour inspiration was drawn from a card that I cased from my Dutch demonstrator friend Caroline van der Straaten. It is like a breath of spring: pool party, calypso coral, so saffron and whisper white. The monthly kit is only $25 which includes postage. I prefer payment with etransfer but PayPal is also an option, just message me for details. You can also choose to pay for several months at a time if that is easier for you.
The Actual Cards for Virtual Coffee and a Card Class
I don’t like playing games so I am also going to show you the complete cards that we will be making. Of course you can totally case them as well and I have no problem with that. The truth is that some people love the convenience of getting the kit in the mail so that they have instant gratification. On Wednesday I will show you a couple of cards that did not make the cut. I really like how these cards look together!
The card on the top left was totally cased from Caroline van der Straaten and that is also where the colour theme was derived. What do you think? I hope you can join me next month for this fun class. If you want to see another card made with this bundle, check out this blog post for a great card by Jean Saunders.
New Catalogs are Available for Porch Pick Up
Great news!! The Occasions and Saleabration catalogs are here and ready for pick up on my front porch. If you would like one mailed to you and you live in Canada, please let me know. Postage is around $5 which will be refunded to you on your first order.
If you want to get free saleabration items now already as well as the fabulous new things that are in the Occasions catalog, you can! Just get the starter kit and spoil yourself. Isn’t that what Christmas is for? Just click here to do just that.
Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope you have a super day.
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I am sharing two Happy Mail in Holland cards, one uses Posted for You and the other uses Free as a Bird. Posted for You is on my wish list and Free as a Bird was and still is one of my favourite stamp sets. Let’s take a look!
Posted for You by Jean Saunders
Jean Saunders is one of the most wonderful people I know and is very dear to my heart. She is on my team and would make a fantastic demonstrator but she has a busy enough world as a very active mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Shis has many talents including sewing, knitting, painting, cooking, baking, gardening. If there is a craft then Jean can excel at it. She is also a lot of fun!! Jean lives in Chatham, just five minutes away from me.
Jean stamped this great sentiment, which is also from Posted for You, on the back of the envelope. Feeling the love!! Postage for You has a coordinating
Free as a Bird by Shelley Merkin
I love Shelly’s card, especially the way she stamped on the designer series paper and used a no line stamping technique. In this technique you stamp with a very light colour so that you can barely see the lines. It makes it look like you drew the image yourself!! I love that idea but it is more difficult than you might think. You have to colour very carefully, so I am quite impressed with Shelley’s card. She nailed it!
Shelley was so kind as to include the details about her card. She used the following markers to colour the birds: calypso coral, pear pizzazz, taupe, chocolate chip, dapper denim and pacific point. She added wink of stella to the birds for some subtle bling. The envelope and the inside of the card also had flowers stamped in flirty flamingo. So pretty!! Thank you Shelly for this lovely card. If you want to see more Free as a Bird cards check out this blog post.
Shelley’s card is postmarked as Lawrenceburg, Indiana, so let’s take a look at what this place is all about. It is a small town located on the Ohio river and is also known as Whiskey Town since Seagram’s has a distillery there. Sounds like it is also a great place for winter sports with the Perfect North Slopes located there.
Judging by the location on the map, I have driven very close by in the past on my way to Tennessee. Small world indeed!
Some Photos of Holland
These three pictures just summarize a few of my favourite things while I am here. Eating good food. Seeing beautiful art. Enjoying the expansive outdoors.
Tasting platter at my favourite local restaurant, de Jutter in Hoek van Holland.
This painting is from the 1500s. I know that is rather vague, but I don’t know which painting it is! It is a Winter Scene, but I will have to research which one it is, my photos are not clear. See the photo below and you will know it is either one or the other! I love the winter scenes and the age of this masterpiece is just staggering to me.
Ok, I decided not to be lazy and I did my homework. It turns out that the painting is indeed Winter Landscape by Hendrik Avercamp.
This is an Impressionist painting from 1879 by Auguste Renoir called Banks of the Seine at Ruiel.
We walk the beach every day with Bailey the dog and almost every time I feel compelled to take a picture. The beach is usually deserted unless it is above 26C. There are usually some kite surfers, dog walkers and a few fisherman but as you can see it is an expansive beach. This photo makes the dunes look flatter than they are. I will miss this happy place.
Thanks for joining me today, there will be one more blog post on Friday finishing up the Happy Mail in Holland contest as well as my stay here in the Netherlands. I have loved getting your feedback on my travel stories and of course all the cards. If you haven’t left a comment yet, I would love to hear from you! If you live in Canada you can shop with me by simply clicking the pictures of the supplies below. Everyone who places an online order using the host code will get a paper sampler in the mail from me in September.
I hope you have a super day.