Darling Donkeys Perfect for COVID!!

 

 

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.

 

Darling Donkeys

 

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.

 

Darling Donkeys

 

Video Tutorial

 

Here is the video that I made using this card.

 

 

 

Pod Parties

 

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.

 

Punch Party

 

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.

 

Save Money!!

 

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.

 

Thank You!!

 

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!

 


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Wishing You The Berry Best

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.

 

Wishing You The Berry Best

 

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!!

 

Wishing You The Berry Best closeup

 

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.

  1. Sweet Strawberry Bundle #156214 $43.
  2. Poppy Parade ink pad #147050 $10.25
  3. Granny Apple Green ink pad #147095 $10.25
  4. Brights Collection cardstock #146975 $12.25
  5. Basic White thick cardstock #159229 $11.25
  6. Memento Black Ink Pad #132708 $8.25
  7. Pacific Point Ink Pad #147098 $10.25
  8. Wink of Stella glitter brush #141897 $11
  9. 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!

 

Berry Blessings Bundle

 

 

Berry Blessings

 

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.

 


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Berry Blessings Sneak Peek

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.

 

Perfect Coordination

 

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!

 

Berry Blessings Sneak Peek

 

The Problem

 

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.

 

Berry Blessings Inside

 

How to Get the Most Out of the Occasions Catalog

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Subscribe to my Parcels in the Post where you can assortment of beautiful products that are curated to bring you maximum pleasure and value.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Pleased As Punch

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:

  1. Timeless Tulips
  2. Heartfelt
  3. Under My Umbrella
  4. 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.

 

Pleased as Punch with Timeless Tulips

 

 

Pleased as Punch

 

 

Pleased as Punch

 

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.

 

Next Week

 

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!

 

 

Paper Pumpkin March kit

 


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The Importance of Belonging

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.

 

Twin Teams Gathering

 

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!

 

Belonging

 

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?

 

Saleabration Freebie

 

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.

 

Saleabration freebie

 

 

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.

 

Happy Birthday to you

 

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.

 

Thank You

 

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.

 


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Honey Bee Valentine’s Card

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I have a Honey Bee Valentine’s card for you. This is the first blog post that I am writing back in Canada at my own very messy desk. Everything else is fairly tidy, but the desk is the last fortress.

As expected, I came home to a whirlwind of activity. What I did not expect was to find my Pap in such a state of mental deterioration! I was in such utter shock that I totally forgot about my team meeting the next day. What heartbreak. We were all hoping and praying that it was only a temporary side effect of the Shingles or of all the medication he was on, but we also didn’t want to delude ourselves with false hope.

Imagine my utter surprise, delight and gratitude when I heard from my Mom that Pap was completely clear-headed by Saturday already. On Sunday he was doing so well that he was able to attend two church services! He hadn’t been in church for almost three months. Praise God!!

 

Honey Bee Valentine’s Card

 

Okay, now on to actual card making. I just had to share this happy personal news with you. The Honey Bee stamp set with coordinating dies is just such a happy set. The bees are stunning. The free saleabration paper that coordinates perfectly with this bundle just makes it even sweeter to work with. Here is my simple card that capitalizes on the beautiful paper.

 

Honey Bee Valentine's Card

 

I was inspired to make this card by the cute box I designed for the Valentine’s class on Saturday. Thankfully I had a stack of happy mail waiting for me when I came home from Holland since I had participated in a swap. Two of those cards used this bundle, so I only had to make one more card to be ready for my coffee and a card class tomorrow. You will see the other two cards in my blog post tomorrow.

 

Honey Bee Box

 

Here is the honey bee box we made at the Valentine’s class on Saturday. This was an easy project since it uses the gold mini pizza boxes in the annual catalog.

 

Honey Bee box

 

The die that comes in the detailed bees dies not only cuts out the stamped bee image, it also cuts out the bees from the patterned paper. I used a dark daffodil delight Blend to colour the stripes of the bee. A dark fine tip basic black Blend was used to add an extra “e” to the Bee Mine. The sentiment is from the Be Mine set from the annual Catalog.

 

Happy Mail in Holland Winner

 

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the happy mail in Holland contest. It was a lot of fun receiving happy mail from so many different places. In total I received 31 cards! The winner of the contest is Karen Silvester from Saskatchewan, Canada. She won the Painted Labels dies which is part of the Painted Poppies bundle. If you love this bundle you might be interested in my Peaceful Poppies pdf tutorial. Here are the cards included in it, ten in all.

 

Peaceful Poppies Tutorial

 




 

New Contest

I have a great idea for a new contest and this one has to be kept hush-hush since I want it to be a surprise. Gerard is coming to Canada to visit me on March 29. I think it would be so amazing to show him some love from all of you when he comes. This will be a Happy Mail in Canada contest and the winner will receive a masculine stamp set of their choice. The only stipulation is that the card has to use current stamps and it has to be a masculine card.

Your card will be featured on my blog during the time that he is here. My mailing address is Jackie Bultje, 81 Delaware Ave, Chatham, Ontario N7l 2W3. Cards must be received between now and March 29. Yay!! I am so excited about this. It will be priceless to see his face when he sees all your beautiful cards for him.

 

Thanks!

 

Thanks so much for joining me today. Remember, Dale Hampshire from Stampin’Up! Canada is coming to my twin teams meeting on Thursday. It’s not too late for you to join my team so you can also be at this epic meeting. We are going to have SO much fun together. You also get to come to Diva Day at the end of March. Scoop up the great deal and the extra freebies and your very own 20% discount by getting the starter kit. Get started on this fun journey here.


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