Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Masculine Mountain Air! Doesn’t that sound wonderful just about now? Well, I might not be able to go to the mountains right now, but I can create with this great stamp set.
Do you struggle with making masculine cards? If you do, you might want to first check out these cards and then decide if this very affordable stamp set is for you. It was my experience that Mountain Air was a pleasure to stamp with as well as an exciting one, since it has reversible stamps!
Mountain Air Cards
The sayings on all the cards are from the Share Sunshine pdf which is COVID-19 fundraiser. There are fifteen pages that you can print off for lots and lots of great sayings for this unique time in history. This pdf is only available until June 2. All proceeds go to United Way and the World Health Organization. Click here if you want to purchase it.
This card uses the reverse side of the mountain stamp for a great silhouette. I used the High Seas embossing folder for the water and it I just noticed that it is retiring AND it is 25% off, so you might want to add this one to your collection if you don’t have it yet.
If you look closely you can see that I stamped a soft seafoam “meadow” between the mountains and the forest. The water was sponged with balmy blue ink.
The irony of this sentiment placed on the mountains makes me smile. Do you see the mountain silhouettes? They were stamped and then stamped again without reinking using night of navy. This is the reverse side of the mountain stamp! Pure genius don’t you think? I also double stamped the trees to get that nice silhouette effect. The mountains were stamped in smoky slate and in basic grey.
This last card uses mountain and tree dies as well as tissue paper from Paper Pumpkin to make the water. The mountains were stamped on smoky slate cardstock in smoky slate and in basic grey. Garden green and mossy meadow and the colours of the trees. Here is the video I did yesterday showing you how to make this card step by step.
What do you think?
I would love to know what you think about this stamp set after seeing all these cards. Yesterday and Monday I did my live videos using this great stamp set. If you are local and you want this stamp set, I may just be able to help you out with some instant gratification! Here is the first video that I did on Monday. If you would like to see the very first card I ever made with this masculine Mountain Air stamp, you can check out this blog post.
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COVID Cheer Packs
Haven’t been in the mood to stamp lately but want to send out some beautiful cards? I have just the thing for you! COVID Cheer packs. Five cards in a cute bag for twenty dollars. Cheaper than Hallmark and way nicer as my son Oliver says. One teacher appreciation card, one Father’s Day card, a birthday card a COVID cheer card and a bonus card. Even if you don’t have kids in school everyone knows at least one teacher and they have been working harder than ever these days.
Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a super day and I hope that our world returns to normal soon. COVID fatigue is setting in for many so be sure to send some happy mail to make a small difference for people. We ALL love happy mail. Oops, breaking news! I’m going to add it before I sign off.
Great Deal on Starter Kit!
I thought I should share this great news as well! Our starter kit is always a great deal since you pay only $135 but get to pick out $165 in any products you like except host sets. You will also get a free past Paper Pumpkin and 8 annual catalogs and 8 mini catalogs. From June 3 till June 30 you also get a FREE bonus bundle which means a stamp set and coordinating punch OR a stamp set and coordinating dies. That is an amazing deal and if you live in Canada you can get the starter kit and by doing so join my team. Have no fear, I will not pressure you into doing anything you don’t want to BUT I am here to help train you if you want to do more with your kit than just get your own discount.
Hello stampers! Today I would like to tell you a cardinal love story. I love feeding and watching birds in my backyard, and cardinals are my favourite. The reason for this is not only their vivid colouring, it is the way they love each other. Did you know that cardinals mate for life? If you spend some time watching them you will inevitably see the male cardinal feeding the female berries or seeds. Now that is the most beautiful thing to witness! They also take turns sitting on the eggs and feeding their young.
That is why I wanted to make a card with a male and a female cardinal looking at each other. Their romance deserves to be celebrated and the stamparatus and the silicone mat make it easy to make a reverse facing cardinal. Would you like to see my card?
When you open the card then you get a lovely surprise with the female cardinal inside looking back at the love of her life! This is made possible through the reverse stamping technique. You can see a video on how to do that here.
How do you like the colours of the cardinals? I am thrilled with how they turned out and I will tell you all about it very soon.
I will show you a couple of pictures to try and do justice to the z-fold construction of this card. I shared the measurements in a previous post. This basic card design was inspired by Rachel Tessman. You can find the measurements for this card in a previous blog post here.
You can see that my cardinals are enjoying hanging out in the amaryllis greenhouse. The light in there is perfect for photographing my cards and I have to use the resources I have on hand! Today is my last day here with Gerard, I fly home very early tomorrow morning so there will be no blog post tomorrow.
The Colouring Trick
Do you remember that I told you that I had no cherry cobbler or real red ink? My Blends collection is also still in Canada, so I had to get creative with what I did have and I am so very pleased with how it turned out. It really is amazing what can happen when you layer colours. I started with shimmery white cardstock. The cardinals were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and left to dry for a little while. The reason I let them dry for a while is because I was going to be colouring them with an aqua painter and ink. Water can make memento ink run if it hasn’t had time to set.
For the male cardinal I started with colouring him totally in Poppy Parade. This colour really lives up to its name, it really is exactly the colour of those large poppies in my garden, a beautiful orange-red. However, this is not the right colour for a cardinal. I decided to layer on some Lovely Lipstick. What a difference! After that I decided to add just a little more depth by adding a touch of Merry Merlot. Bingo!! It was just the right shade for my proud male cardinal. For his beak I first used Pineapple Punch and then coloured over with Flirty Flamingo.
The female cardinal was going to be a little more challenging because of her muted colouring. Mrs. Cardinal has a lot less red because she has to blend into her surroundings when sitting on the nest protecting her eggs and later her chicks. You have to remember that I used to question my talent as an artist, so this is a big deal for me! I started with a little Gray Granite around the edges and then filled in with Soft Suede that was really diluted with the aqua painter for a softer effect. I left a little white space which I then filled in with a little Poppy Parade also watered down significantly and then a touch of Flirty Flamingo. Her beak was done the same as for the male.
I no longer doubt my artistic abilities. Creating this pair of love birds was a lot of fun. I am so very happy with how they turned out. This card and this cardinal love story simply brings me joy and I hope it does the same for you.
Today is my last day in Holland. I wanted to do a blog post even though it is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Here it is a regular work day. Thanksgiving Day is a “new world” holiday. Tomorrow my plane flies out of Amsterdam at 9:45am, that means I need to leave home at 6am, so there will be no blog post tomorrow!
My four weeks here have flown by. I am thankful that I was able to blog almost every week day and that I was able to do my weekly Facebook live videos both on my business Facebook page and also on my Pampered Stamper training group page. Many visits were made with my family here both over coffee and meals in their homes and also in fun restaurants and for this I am so very thankful. What an amazing opportunity to reconnect with my roots and also to hear stories about my parents that I had never heard before.
Gerard and I went to see a famous Dutch comedian and he was impressed that I was able to understand almost all of it. I met my cousin that night as well whom I hadn’t seen in twelve years! Last Friday we went to see a musical called Soldat van Oranje which is the longest running Dutch musical ever. It is in its 9th year and is a story about a student in World War 2 who flees to England to start an undercover operation with the help of Queen Wilhelmina. If you are interested in reading more about this, here is the link. I am sure there is a translate button so that you can read it in English too.
We only went out for supper three times in four weeks, the rest of the time we cooked together or we were at relatives. For the first time I had a taste of what it would be like to actually live here. Next time I will drive more myself and do some solo exploring. I was unable to unlock my phone so that means I had no GPS and having that would make me a lot more comfortable driving here.
It was interesting to work here with limited supplies. I have learned how to improvise and it has also stretched my creativity. My desire to share the opportunity of the starter kit has only grown through this experience. I am a firm believer that every new stamper should really start with this kit. Crafting is so much more rewarding, fun and easy when you have a few more supplies to work with. You may as well do that on a discount don’t you think?
Thanks again for dropping by and for being a part of my journey. There is always room for you on my team if you live in Canada and I am always thrilled to help new customers get just what they need. I am looking forward to evolving my business to better serve my long distance customers. If you haven’t done so yet, please take the time to introduce yourself in the comments below. Have a super day and I will be back here when I am in Canada again.