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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Hello stampers and happy Tuesday. Today’s card features Inspiring Iris and some saleabration items. One of the saleabration items is the stamp set Sending You Thoughts and the other is the assorted patterned paper pack that you can get for free when you get the starter kit. Sneaky of me right?
Inspiring Iris is the stamp set that I got as one of the stamp sets in my starter kit in the Netherlands. I love DistINKtive stamps and this is a beautiful of example of this technology. One stamp looks like you did amazing things because it gives you different colours and textures. It is also a two-step stamp that gives you an outline stamp and then a “filler” stamp. Now that we have the stamparatus which is a fantastic stamp positioning tool, it makes it super easy to use two step stamps, even if you have shaky hands or bad eyes.
My Clean and Simple Card
I wanted to make a quick and easy card using this stamp set for two reasons. Time is short today with lots to do including baking, packing and shopping, not to mention a live video!! Secondly, it is important to know that you can make a beautiful card in very little time with just a few supplies. Here it is:
I will be showing this card during my Facebook live at 9amEST today or 3pm in Holland. This is my last full day here! It is amazing how quickly seven weeks flew by and also how at home I feel here. Love does amazing things.
Iris’s are a beautiful flower and I do love a purple and green colour combination. This paper pack was sitting on my desk and it inspired me. The paper is part of an assorted 6×6 inch pack that you can get for free if you get the starter kit during saleabration. The colours I used are highland heather and granny apple green. Isn’t it striking to have the focal point off to the side? The crinkled seam binding ties the image and the sentiment together into one beautiful focal point. Saleabration is a great time to get free items including this Sending You Thoughts stamp set which is where I got the sentiment from.
Thanks so much for joining me on my blog today and also throughout my time in Holland. I have greatly enjoyed sharing my experiences here in this beautiful little country. Tomorrow I fly home, but I will try to have a few blog posts ready to go before I leave. If for some reason this doesn’t happen you will hear from me again on Friday. Have a super day.