#simplestamping

Hello stampers and happy Tuesday to you. yes, it is a Tuesday post because Monday was simply full of saleabration videos. If you want to see them all, just hop on over to my Facebook business page The Pampered Stamper. Today’s card is a #simplestamping card. What does that mean? It means that it is simply paper, ink and stamps. Sometimes simple is best.

 

#simplestamping

 

Why is simple sometimes best? I can think of a few reasons.

  1. It means you will actually make a card and send a card. Sometimes when you make a fancy card you can’t bear to part with it!
  2. Simple designs really let the elements speak for themselves. In this #simplestamping card the pretty designer series paper really stands out.
  3. Simple means that the sentiment really pops, especially when it is black on white.
  4. It’s easy to do which means you will get a great sense of accomplishment.
  5. Simple cards can jump start your creativity and be a springboard for fancier creations.

 

Berry Delightful Paper

 

I used some more of that beautiful, cheerful paper that reminds me of a spring picnic. It’s called Berry Delightful and it is free with a $120 purchase during saleabration which is on now and goes till February 28. Let’s take a look.

 

#simplestamping

 

The inside of the #simplestamping card looks pretty cute too with the coordinating blueberry stamp.

 

Berry Delightful #simplestamping

 

Order Online Using The Host Code

 

If you order online using the current host code you will get happy mail which will include a paper sampler of Berry Delightful paper. Of course you will also get a free 16 project tutorial featuring saleabration items.

 

 

Just A Pretty Bow

 

When I had finished making these cards I knew what would be the perfect accent if you wanted to step it up a notch. Pretty white faux linen ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season ribbon combo pack. This ribbon reminds me of old-fashioned little girls’ batiste dresses. Can you tell that I used to sew? ANyways, this ribbon is a perfect fit for these berry delightful cards.

 

 

If you want to see another blog post that I did on #simplestamping, you can see it here.

 

Live in Canada?

 

If you live in Canada you can shop with me! I would appreciate that very much, but remember, if your order is over $100 then your best value is the starter kit. Do you know why? On a $100 order you have to pay 10% shipping and 13% tax (at least in Ontario) That puts you very close to the $135 mark which is the price of the starter kit. On the starter kit there is no shipping or tax and you get to choose $165 worth of products. How wonderful is that? Just click here if you want to take advantage of this great deal. Of course there is more information. If you have questions, just message me.

Thanks for joining me and have a super day!

 


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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.

Little Ladybug Explosion Card

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am sharing with you a Little Ladybug explosion box card. At least that is what I think it is called. Nevertheless, it is a super cute card that will bring a smile to your face. Perhaps I will do a video on this card on Tuesday. Who knows?

 

Little Ladybug card

 

I’m not sure you could call this a card, but it does fold flat and fit into an envelope. Well, that’s not exactly true. It won’t fit into a standard envelope, but if you make your own, then it definitely will, especially if you are lucky enough to own the envelope punch board.

 

Little Ladybug box card

 

So Sentimental Bundle

 

I thought I would put this in bold because it is important! The pretty stitched scalloped rectangle dies come from the So Sentimental bundle which is on low inventory right now. That means if you want it, don’t delay in ordering it! If you do order online, please do use the current host code:  QHANZJSC

 

Close-ups of the Little Ladybug card

 

It’s always nice when you can get a closeup view of all the lovely details on a card. I loved colouring the ladybugs and the flower with Blends. The colours just pop and the ladybugs are so super cute and cheerful. The only way to get this stamp set is by having a $375 workshop. How are you going to do that with this COVID-19 stuff happening? Simple. Talk to four friends and get them to get a three month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription. You do it too, and then you will all get a free saleabration item and you as the host will also get the Little Ladybug stamp set and $45 in host benefits. Pretty fantastic!

 

Little Ladybug card

 

Little Ladybug card

 

Little Ladybug card

 

Do you see the cute hearts? They come from the Stitched Be Mine dies and the Meant to Be stamp set in the annual catalog. Here is a blog post with more cards made with the Meant to Be stamp set.  I hope to do a video soon to show you how to make this fun explosion box card, it really isn’t that difficult and it is fun to make and give away.

 

Free Stamp Set If You Order Today

 

I am very, very close to a sales milestone and to help it happen more quickly I am trying to inspire you to order online from me today. If you order any of the products in this blog post, or the Looking Up Card kit from my video today I will send you a free stamp set. You can see the selection in my video which you can see here if you like. Once again, here is the host code that you can use when you place your online order:  QHANZJSC  

If you don’t live in Canada and you still want a free stamp from me, all you need to do is order two pdf tutorials from me and I will send you a stamp set. If you are not in North America, then it will be a Paper Pumpkin photopolymer set as they are cheaper to mail and are probably more meaningful to you since you can’t get them otherwise.

 

 


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Flowering Foils

Hello stampers and happy Tuesday to you all. Today I am showing some simple cards with Flowering Foils as well as a video so you can see this paper transform in front of your eyes. This lovely paper is only available as a free saleabration item when you spend $60 and this fabulous sale ends on March 31 or while supplies last. There are four designs and three of each design in this pack of specialty designer series paper.

 

Flowering Foils Cards

 

I made four cards using the same colour scheme of pear pizzazz and balmy blue for a calming effect that we can all really use right now! If you want to make these cards too, I have simple kits on my front porch that include three card bases, 8 flowering foil sheets that are 4″ by 6″, ribbon for three cards and three envelopes. They are $15 and will give you some fun playing time, message me if you want one! I could mail just the foil sheets for $5.

 

Flowering Foils cards

 

Choosing Family

 

I took closeup pictures of all the cards but I am not going to put them in this blog post. Instead, I am going to make apple pies and spend some time with my kids. Sometimes you just have to stop working for a while and enjoy the blessings God put in your life right at this time! I know you will understand. I will post the other pictures later. Hopefully you are also finding time to spend with your loved ones, either in person or with Facetime or phone calls.

 

Video Tutorial

 

Here is the Facebook live video I did this morning showing you how to transform the Flowering Foils paper. Remember, there are kits on the porch so you can play along with me! If you want to see some more great cards using sponge daubers, check out this super popular blog post from a year ago.

 

 

Thanks!

 

Thanks for joining me today, both here on my blog and on my business Facebook page The Pampered Stamper. If you are bored and want to check out more videos, I have quite a few on YouTube as well. You can check them out here. I hope you have a super day and let me know if there is anything you want me to do a video on.

 


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Honey Bee Joy-Fold Card

Hello stampers and happy Thursday to you. Today I have a lovely joy-fold card for you with some happy honey bees. I think the name of this fold is totally appropriate as it really does give me a lot of joy. We made this card at our Fab Four event, but I have since embellished it even more. My apologies to everyone who made the simpler version, but now you might be inspired to amp yours up too.

 

Joy-Fold Card

 

How exactly do you make a joy-fold card? Well, you start with a slightly different card base. Instead of a 4 /4″ by 11″ card scored at 5 1/2″ you do that but then cut off 2 3/4″. My base is made out of crushed curry cardstock. Take some pretty Golden Honey paper and cut a piece of the honeycomb print 4″ by 5 1/4″ and adhere that to the inside of the card. Cut a piece of basic black cardstock 3″ by 8″ and score at 4″. Burnish with a bone folder and with the fold to the right put adhesive on the back and adhere to the centre of the honeycomb print.

 

Honey Bee Joy-Fold card

 

The Inside of the Card

 

On the inside flap adhere black honeycomb paper measuring 2 1/2″ by 4″. Open the black folded cardstock. On the right hand side adhere golden bee and honey comb print paper measuring 3 3/4″ by 2 3/4″. Take a piece of whisper white the same size and  stamp a small honey bee in the left hand bottom corner.  Stamp “wishing you sunshine and happiness” on the top right. On a scrap of whisper white stamp the honeycomb in versamark and heat emboss with gold emboss powder. Cut out with die and adhere under the sentiment.

 

Honey Bee Joy-Fold card open

 

Fold the black cardstock piece closed. On the outside adhere a piece of black and gold bee and floral paper measuring 3 3/4″ by 2 3/4″. Punch a scallop heart out of black foil paper. Using I’ll Be Yours Paper Pumpkin stamp (the heart with love), stamp on a scrap of white and punch out with heart punch. Stamp small bee from Paper Pumpkin set off to the side of the heart in crushed curry. Adhere to black foil scalloped heart with dimentionals. Stamp “celebrate every moment” on a scrap of white and cut out just the word “celebrate”, and cut a notch in it by the “C”. Tuck this under the heart using a glue dot. Adhere to the right of front panel. Tie a piece of black satin ribbon around the left edge of this panel.

 

Back of Joy-Fold card

 

When you close the crushed curry card you have a small section of plain cardstock. Lay the card completely flat and then stamp small honey bees randomly over this section. Cut out a large intricate bee using the die with black foil paper. Adhere to this section going slightly off the edge as shown. On the back of the card I added a 4″ by 5 /4″ piece of whisper white cardstock. Along the top edge I added a piece of patterned paper 1/2″ by 5 /4″ and I stamped some bees in the bottom corner. The small bee is from the Paper Pumpkin set and the bigger one is from Honey Bee.

 

Wow, that is a lot of instructions!!! I hope the photos make it all clear for you. Normally I don’t get into this kind of detail on my blog. Let me know what you think of this. I would rather just do a video and show you how it is done. Here is a great tutorial from Splitcoaststampers that you might find very helpful (I should have just shared this and saved myself a lot of work!!)

 

My Wonderful Tribe

 

I just have to share some great things about the people that I am surrounded with, they are such a blessing to me. First a little background information. On Monday I injured my back, not so much that I couldn’t move, but enough to seriously slow me down. Tuesday after coffee and a card class my tribe mobilized. One fantastic woman swept my stamp room while another vacuumed all the rugs and the kitchen. Wednesday a customer’s husband stopped by for his wife’s order and he brought my garbage can in from the road. Those little things mean so much and my heart is full.

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Last week a stamp club member brought me this super cute bowl because it coordinates perfectly with our Honey Bee suite. She added an adorable Burt’s Bees lip shimmer and wrapped it in cellophane and added an embossed bee embellishment and honeycomb ribbon. Wow!!! I am feeling the love.

 

honey bee bowl

 

In case you are wondering, the cute bee comes from the retired set Backyard Basics. The bee was embossed with our shimmery black embossing powder. You might want to get it now because I just happen to know that it will NOT be in the annual catalog. The shimmery white embossing powder is also retiring.

 

 

 

What I also love about this is that it shows that you can use your stamps not just for card making. The stamped embellishment and the coordinating ribbon really makes this gift even more thoughtful.

 

Thanks!

 

Thank you so much for being my loyal readers. I appreciate you and enjoy it when you interact with me. Please do take the time to pin my creations to Pinterest as that is helpful for my business. This is more than a hobby for me it is my bread and butter, so know that your orders both online and in person are crucial. If you are having issues with online ordering or with using the host code, please let me know and I will do my best to help you.

Let’s keep the happy mail coming for Gerard, he is a very special man and  I am so looking forward to surprising him with you. Don’t have a clue what I am talking about? Read all about it in this blog post. Here is my favourite picture of him, just so you know who is making my heart happy.

 

Gerard

 


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