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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. I am a hopeless romantic. Under My Umbrella appeals to my romantic side…so much. It is totally unrealistic, but the image of a man in a suit and a woman in a fifties style dress together under an umbrella with a classic city scape in the background just makes me swoon. The reality is probably quite different. Bumping each other, trying to stay dry under the umbrella. The wind catching the umbrella and turning it inside out, no one really staying dry.
Under My Umbrella
I am going to cling to my romantic notions of the umbrella, and while I create with this set my heart will be very happy indeed. Of course any time there is a coordinating punch with a stamp set, that also makes my heart happy. It means that I don’t have to get up to go and use a die with the Big Shot, I can stay right where I am and punch out my image very quickly. Do you love that too? I have a pair of bright red rubber boots and a black and red umbrella that make me feel very light hearted in the rain. Everyone should have them I think. Don’t let the rain keep you inside!
Adorable Rubber Boots
What makes Under My Umbrella so charming is the cute rubber boots that also come in this set. The Pleased as Punch make the stamp and set and coordinating punch even more appealing. Here is the card that I made with it. I would love to make more, right now in fact, but then I will never get this blog post finished. What I will do instead for you is give you the link for my Google search which will show you ALL the creative things that Stampin’Up! demonstrators have done with this bundle all around the world. Just click here.
Do you see that pretty pink gingham background? That is also paper from the Pleased as Punch pack. I am going to be making this card tomorrow at coffee and a card class and again during my Facebook live video Tuesday night at 7pm EST. Here are all three cards so you can see what to expect. It is raining today, so these cards are a perfect harbinger for spring.
Tomorrow I will blog about the Healing Hugs card and maybe one more if I find the time. I am thinking I need someone to do all the other things in life so that I can just stamp and share all day long. Hmmmm, nice dream right?
Every month I offer a different free tutorial as part of the Demo Design Dream Team. You can get it for free by ordering from me ($50 minimum) by joining my team or my training group. Here is a sneak peek of this sixteen project beauty.
A Personal Story
I promised you on Friday that I would share a story with you about why I love winter so much. The biggest reason I think for this is that I grew up on a dairy farm in southern Ontario near Elora. Winters are cozy on the farm with all the animals in the barn, a haymow full of straw and hay and adorable kittens and coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the kitchen. Our farm was also situated on a fantastic tobogganing hill which was a magnet for local kids. Every year right before Christmas the entire elementary school would walk down the road to go sledding on our hill. My mom would make huge pans of hot cocoa in our farmhouse basement for all the kids and I am sure there were cookies to go with it too. After everyone left there was a great tobogganing track for us to use for the rest of the Christmas vacation.
A Farm Kid
You see, there were lots of great winter memories for me as a kid. Winter meant fun and gezelligheid (a great Dutch word for coziness, comfort, ambiance and community) Summer on the other hand meant hard work. It meant picking stones, baling hay and straw, milking cows in a hot barn with lots of pesky flies. Summer meant weeding the garden, mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, picking strawberries and raspberries and beans. It did NOT mean beaches and camping. I didn’t learn to swim until I was 12!! Summer also meant a hot upstairs bedroom with no air conditioning. You can see why this season was not my favourite.
Contrast Inspired by Muskoka
I was reminded of this contrast when reading a coffee table book about Muskoka which contrasted the experience of the farm kids and the cottage kids. It’s all a matter of perspective! When summer means swimming, campfires and hanging out with friends it is idyllic. When it means hard work, sweat and staying home, it’s a different situation entirely. The first time I got to go camping for a week with a friend totally changed my perspective on what summer could be like. Oh the joy!!
We used to go swimming at Elora Gorge Conservation Area once in a while with my mom. When we were done swimming mom would drive through the campground so that we could see the tents and the campers and smell the smoke from the campfires. It was so nice to dream of doing that one day. After I was married we camped all the time and my parents were even able to join us a few times, so Mom’s dream of camping finally came true!
I am thankful for growing up on a farm though. It meant sharing every meal around the kitchen table. We didn’t always have a lot of money, but we always had lots of fresh food and I learned the value of hard work. My parents taught me that you can have big dreams that can come true if you put in the effort. They taught me to start the day with God and end the day with Him. Another lesson was to never have a naked cup of coffee and to always make soup with bones for a good broth. Both were shared with whoever had business on the farm. Mom was known for her amazing soup and her unbeatable coffee and I hope to carry on this tradition.
Thanks for joining me on this walk through memory lane. I am so happy to be a Canadian where we can enjoy all four seasons. Find the joy in each one. I am learning to embrace summer. Air conditioning helps a lot with that, so does my brother’s humble cottage in Point Clark. Stamping and paper crafting is also a great way to make it through the seasons we don’t like as much.
Happy Mail in Canada Contest
Please don’t forget about the happy mail in Canada contest where we want to shower Gerard with some love when he comes to Canada. If you send a masculine card for him by March 29 I will enter your name into a contest for a masculine stamp set of your choice from the mini catalog and I will blog about your card. I will also video Gerard opening all his cards so we can all enjoy his surprise and delight. Here is the address: Gerard van der Sar, c/o Jackie Bultje, 81 Delaware Avenue, Chatham, Ontario N7L 2W3 Canada
Tomorrow there will be some new offerings for saleabration including Well Dressed a fantastic retro-feel masculine stamp set; So Very Vellum specialty designer series paper, Flowering Foils specialty designer series paper, Rise & Shine a reversible stamp set that coordinates with the Cup of Cheer dies and Tags in Bloom a 19 piece photopolymer set that coordinates with the Label Me Lovely punch. You can see them on the website tomorrow here.
Don’t forget about the amazing deal on the starter kit. It really is the best deal in the catalog and you can put whatever you want into it. Read more about that in this blog post here. I don’t want to repeat myself and this way if you don’t want to hear about it you don’t have to! If you would like to order any of the supplies used today, just click on the images below in the supply list. It is also super helpful if you use the current host code on the sidebar of the blog.
Honour and Remember
Tomorrow I will be blogging about this amazing community project to honour and remember our World War 2 veterans. I am planning a huge event on Saturday April 25 from 10am till noon with a possible second time slot if we need it. More details and photos tomorrow. Have a super day and thanks for joining me.
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.