Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today was a very different day with no work and just family time. The only stamping that I did was with grandchildren. How wonderful to see them excited about the stamparatus! My cards today all feature the beautiful Flower and Field designer series paper. The idea of the design was not my own, it came from Karen Henderson. Here is the link to Karen’s blog. I found this card striking because of the contrast between the beautiful Flower and Field paper and the coordinating cardstock. Let’s take a look!
Flower and Field Cards
I fell in love with this card because it was perfect for our Fab Four virtual card making event. For a virtual event you cannot include stamped images in the card kit so that makes it tough. There is no way of knowing which stamp sets people may have so you have to keep the actual stamping to a minimum. This card is perfect for that. I purposely chose dies or punches that would fit a variety of sentiments. What do you think?
In the last photo you can see the same card layout but using three different patterns from the Flower and Field collection. Our “Fab Four” event was our most popular “in person” event before COVID took over the world. The one bonus about this is that YOU can now join us for this fun event from anywhere in Canada.
Time is going fast though, you need to sign up by February 12 to ensure that you get your card making package in time. We will have a private Facebook group with four card tutorial videos and then on February 26 at 7pm we will have a Zoom meeting to do the door prizes and just have a “meet and greet”. Cost is only $25. If you are interested you can see the event here on Facebook.
Did you know that if you shop online with me using the host code that you get a bonus product each month? For the month of February you can choose either a package of resin hearts or elegant faceted gems. You can see what they look like in the product list at the end of the blog. If you DO want to shop online it is super easy, just click on the links below and you will be directed to my online store. Now if it’s your first time you will need to create an account.
If this whole idea makes you nauseous then message me and I can place your order online for you and have it shipped straight to your house. I’m here to help you! The host code is always found on my home page on the right hand side. Customers also get a free 16 project tutorial emailed to them as a thank you.
Thanks for joining me today and have a super day!
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Have you seen the Darling Donkeys stamp set yet? Oh my goodness!!! It really is darling and it is the perfect set to send some happy, funny mail to people during this COVID pandemic. Perhaps, like me, you didn’t get around to sending out Christmas cards. This would be the perfect card to send out as a happy new year card. Let’s take a look.
I made a slimline card that fits into a business envelope. Slimline cards are super popular right now. I have made them in the past but I didn’t have a catchy name for it back then! My card is 8″ by 9″ scored at 4″. The white panel is 3 3/4″ by 8 3/4″. If you watch the video you can see how I made the numbers with basic black cardstock and foam adhesive sheets.
Here is the video that I made using this card.
Did you know that you can get even more free things during Saleabration? I am organizing Pod Parties. Eight people are in a pod and they each commit to making an order for $68.25. That way together it will be an order that qualifies for a half price item. By a random draw 6 people will get $12.83 in host benefits (enough to get a host set), one person will get the Punch Party stamp set and one person will get a half price item. EVERYONE will get a free saleabration item. I will be doing a video party with all pod participants and you will also get a Berry Blessed paper sampler. This is a one time event, not a long term commitment. Let me know if you want to join. You do need to live in Canada.
Another benefit to this great stamp set is that it coordinates with so many of our punches including the one that I am featuring this month in my Virtual Coffee and a Card series. You can find me on YouTube every Tuesday morning at 10am. If you click on “subscribe” then you won’t miss any of my videos there. I still have a few kits left if you want to join in and create with me. $25 to have it mailed or $20 for porch pick up. Here is the link for my channel.
If you want to save money on your stamps, now is the best time to get the starter kit. If you have more questions or want to know more benefits, message me and I will be happy to share with you. For now, know that you get a 20% discount on your purchases after you get the starter kit. Click here to get started.
I hope you know how much you are appreciated! Each person that stops by and reads my blog brings me joy. Comment today and message me your address and I will send you a card!
Hello stampers and happy Tuesday to you. I know…it should have been “happy Monday” but I was in no shape to write a blog post yesterday. My beloved Pap is declining rapidly and that is hard especially during COVID times. This card, Wishing You the Berry Best, is clean, simple and refreshing. Could I go so far as to say a balm for the soul?
Wishing You The Berry Best
With this post I am indeed wishing you the berry best for the coming year. We have all had a difficult year behind us and we all hope for better times ahead. I know for sure that we will be grateful for the things that we used to take for granted and that is a good thing. More than ever people need happy mail and I am happy to be in the happy mail business. I hope that I have inspired you this year with my blog and sharing my life stories. This card will undoubtedly make someone happy.
This card is so clean and simple. The only thing I did to step it up a notch is cut an extra set of leaves and pop them up. I LOVE raspberries but I didn’t get to pick any this year because I spent the summer in Holland. That seems so very long ago now!!
You can’t see it in the picture but I added Wink of Stella to the raspberries for a pretty sparkle. I used Poppy Parade and Granny Apple Green for a very fresh colour combination.
How to Get it For Free!
The stamp set and paper are free with a $120 purchase during saleabration which is from January 5 until February 28 this year. Some years saleabration items have sold out so I would strongly advise that you get your orders in quickly at the beginning of January so that you get exactly what you want. Here is my suggested product purchase so that you get the most value for your money.
- Sweet Strawberry Bundle #156214 $43.
- Poppy Parade ink pad #147050 $10.25
- Granny Apple Green ink pad #147095 $10.25
- Brights Collection cardstock #146975 $12.25
- Basic White thick cardstock #159229 $11.25
- Memento Black Ink Pad #132708 $8.25
- Pacific Point Ink Pad #147098 $10.25
- Wink of Stella glitter brush #141897 $11
- Ladybug trinkets #154299 $10.25
The total for this is $126.50 and of course you can tweak it based on what you already have, but this assortment of product will allow you to mix and match the colours so that you get the most out of your free products. The pretty ladybugs are just the icing on the cake so to speak. I need to look in my stash to see if I can find them, they would have made a nice addition to my card!
Open House canceled!
I was really excited about hosting a COVID friendly Open House but with the coming four week lockdown in Ontario this is no longer possible. Hopefully I will be able to fill the gap with regular videos showcasing all the amazing products from the upcoming Occasions catalog. If you are unable to pick up a copy of the catalogs from my front porch, let me know and I will pop some in the mail for you. The catalogs are free but there is a $5 postage fee which I would refund you on your first order.
Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope you are doing well and that you have a super day.
Hello stampers and belated happy Friday to you! Today I am sharing a Berry Blessings Sneak Peek with you. I have finally had some time to play with the new products and I am so excited to share a little sneak peek with you of what lays ahead. Today I made a card quite accidentally with FREE paper for salebration but with a paid set from the Occasions catalog. Oops.
One of the things I love most about Stampin’Up! products is the perfect coordination. Lately they have stepped it up by coordinating free saleabration products with items from either the annual catalog or the current “mini” catalog. You wouldn’t believe how excited I was one when I saw one of the free offerings for saleabration this year. It is a super cute fruit set with coordinating paper AND there is another coordinating fruit set that is also adorable. Who doesn’t love strawberries, raspberries and blueberries along with some gingham paper? It reminds me of spring, romance and picnics!
My Accidental Berry Blessings Sneak Peek
Of course the very first card that I wanted to share with you was going to use these products. Well….it went a little off the tracks. You see, I accidentally paired the free paper with a paid for bundle from the Occasions catalog and it was NOT on purpose. I paired it with a live Facebook video and I was running tight on time so I decided to not ink up what I thought was the second stamp set. After the video was finished I went on to create a card using the stamp set that I had already inked up. Here it is!
Now it turns out that the stamp set that I used is the Sweet Strawberry bundle which comes with a coordinating punch. There are also strawberries on the Berry Blessings paper so I honestly thought I was using the coordinating set. Yes and no. It does coordinate, but so does the other set that actually comes in the free saleabration bundle. I decided to share my card anyways and tomorrow morning you can join me for another Facebook live video showing you how lovely that stamp set is as well.
Here is my video from this afternoon so that you can see how beautiful the paper is as well as LOTS of other items from the Occasions catalog. I may have shown the paper in my first video, so I will link that here as well.
How to Get the Most Out of the Occasions Catalog
- Pick up your copy from my front porch at 81 Delaware Avenue in Chatham, or message me if you want me to send you one in the mail.
- Consider joining me for my monthly virtual Coffee and a Card class. Not sure? Check out my weekly YouTube live video on Tuesdays at 10am EST here.
- Subscribe to my Parcels in the Post where you can assortment of beautiful products that are curated to bring you maximum pleasure and value.
- Join a Pod Party to get more than just a free saleabration item. Win one of three perks: $12.68 in host merchandise, Punch Party stamp set OR a half price item plus a private video tutorial and card making class. All that is required is one order of $68.75 before shipping and tax.
- Join my team. It’s like joining a chosen family and getting a discount for your hobby and passion. There is also an opportunity to earn money if that is what you want. I have a free training group to help you with that.
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Does the title Pleased as Punch have you intrigued? Well, of course I am pleased as punch that my private class last night with a group of newbies was such a success, but this post is about some pretty awesome paper. The reason it is called Pleased as Punch is that it coordinates with four, yes four! different punches and stamp sets. I love that! It is also fresh and bright and oozes springtime, which is just what we are starting to love for at the end of February.
Pleased as Punch
Yesterday I did a short video showing you all the coordination that is possible with this beautiful Pleased as Punch paper. You can see it here if you missed it on my Facebook page The Pampered Stamper. This paper coordinates with the following bundles:
- Timeless Tulips
- Under My Umbrella
- Thoughtful Blooms (a free saleabration offering)
Timeless Tulips Card
Here is my first card (no time to make the rest yet) that you can also make at coffee and a card on Tuesday, or you can watch me make it during my Facebook live Tuesday night. This is NOT a Jackie original. I totally cased this beauty from Lynn Dunn, and you can see her card and lots of other great ones here. I rarely case cards for my blog but this one was perfect for my needs and sometimes life happens.
All the sentiments come from Timeless Tulips and I love them all. Great font and also perfect for the banners that I think work so well on so many cards. Sentiments were stamped in pear pizzazz. The tulips and the leaves are simply punched out of the paper. I think the polka dot tulle ribbon is an ideal match for this card, it reminds me of spring and pretty girls’ dresses and hair bows. Nostalgia!
Stitched Nested Labels
I figured I better put the name of those great dies in big letters so you don’t miss it! That is what I used for the background behind these tulips. This is a fantastic product that I think every stamper should own. If you want to see another great use for these dies, check out this popular blog post for a very unique card.
Did you know that you can do a search on my blog? If you want to see more cards that I have made with the stitched nested labels, just type it in the search box and hit enter. What a great feature to help you in your creativity.
Happy Mail Contest
You might get sick of me, but I am going to keep asking for cards for Gerard! The last happy mail contest was so much fun and I am even more excited about this one, because it will be such a surprise for him. There is something in it for you too of course. Everyone who sends him a card will get a chance to win a masculine stamp set of your choice out of the mini catalog. I will also blog about your card and do a video of Gerard opening all of them. How much fun is that?
Here’s the address: Gerard van der Sar, c/o Jackie Bultje 81 Delaware Avenue, Chatham, Ontario N7L 2W3.
Thanks so much for joining me today. On Monday I am going to tell you a story about why I love winter so much, I think it might resonate with some of you! Have a super day and a lovely weekend. If you need any supplies, click on the links below and you can shop with me. Don’t forget that the Paper Pumpkin for next month comes with a bonus stamp set, so now is the time to subscribe! A three month Paper Pumpkin subscription will also get you a free saleabration item and the Golden Honey paper is back in stock. Click here if you want to subscribe now. You won’t regret it!
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. This day has been full of unexpected things which means another late blog post. That’s ok. Life happens and not always according to schedule. On Wednesday I promised that I would tell you all about my epic day on Thursday. What made this day so special you might ask. Let me tell you.
The Importance of Belonging
We all need to belong to something. That is just a truth as old as time. Some people have a greater need to belong to their extended family group, some put a higher importance on friends, others find their place in a church, but we all need other people to some extent. When you discover a fun hobby, it is even better when you connect with other people who share your passion. This is what happened yesterday.
Twin Teams Gathering
Every three months or so we have what I call a twin teams gathering. The reason for the name is that it was originally supposed to be a meeting of two teams, but then it grew before it even started and we never came up with another name. This gathering came about because as fellow leaders we really wanted to spend more time together and just have fun. We realized the importance of our team members meeting other people for both creative and business inspiration. It has been phenomenal! We have so much fun when we get together. There is a lot of laughter, food and creativity. So much inspiration, so much joy.
When Dale Hampshire, the head of Stampin’Up! Canada, mentioned that he would be visiting some demos, I messaged him right away with the date of our gathering. Imagine my delight when I got his email saying that he would love to join us! Not everyone was able to come because the weather acted up with snow and ice and some people were sick with colds and flu, but we had a great turnout and a fabulous day.
We all gathered around my stamp room table and everyone introduced themselves and told their story. It was so affirming to hear everyone and how they fit into the puzzle of belonging. It is great to belong to a tribe, even though we all have our unique reasons for doing so. There is a place for everyone, and there is the freedom to do with your hobby whatever you need to do. We all learn from each other and support each other and that is so very powerful. My team members have become family for each other.
It was also very special to be able to meet Mike de la Torre in person. Mike is the head of all things Saleabration at head office in Utah and is in charge of marketing. Dale and Mike drove all the way from Toronto to join us at our twin teams gathering and we truly appreciated it.
Thankfully Carolyn Hansen-Henderson took some photos of the day as well, so I am editing my post to include this photo since it really captures the joy and energy of the day. Amazing things happen when we gather together to create, inspire and share!
A Place For You
I just really want you to know that there is also a place in this stamping tribe for you! If you love to stamp, you really should get your own discount and you should go to one Stampin’Up! event just to experience what it is like to be in a room full of people who are just as crazy and passionate as you are. I really believe this with all my heart. There is not one person who has regretted getting the starter kit and there are so many who have told me that it has totally changed their life for the better.
Canadian demonstrators are an amazing group of people who encourage each other and work together and celebrate each other. I have also experienced deep connection and a sense of belonging with demonstrators around the world. Without getting the starter kit, I would never have had that experience. Who would have thought?
Every blog post should have at least one card to inspire you. I thought I would share this beautiful card made by Tammy Bendel from Sarnia. She was at our gathering on Thursday all the way from Sarnia and I hadn’t seen Tammy since OnStage in Quebec City a year ago. She used the free saleabration set Happy Birthday to You. If you spend $60 before shipping and taxes you get a free saleabration item until March 31, 2020.
At our twin teams gathering we always do shoebox swaps, and this card was Tammy’s swap card. There is now a set of dies to coordinate with this stamp set so that you don’t have to fussy cut the images. If you want to see more of the products that coordinate with the free saleabration items, click on this link. My favourite thing about this stamp set is the big beautiful “Happy BIrthday” sentiment.
This stamp set pairs beautifully with the Parisian Flourish embossing folder. The colours used for these two cards are pool party and petal pink. Blends were used to colour the cake and the flowers.
I am so thankful for all the people I have met on my stamping journey. The importance of belonging is not to be underestimated. Belonging to a tribe is crucial to our mental health as is a meaningful hobby. Stampin’Up! does both. I hope you share your love of stamping with your friends and family and community. You never know whose life you will transform!
If you are looking for a sense of belonging and you live in Canada, my Beyond Pampered team would love to have you. To get the best deal in the catalog, click here to get started. This will also make you a part of my team and get you your very own 20% discount. No strings attached, no pressure to do anything. If you have any questions if this is really meant for you, please message me and I would be honoured to help you out.
Thanks for stopping by and have a super day.