Split Front Card

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you! Today I am sharing a split front card with you created by Bianca Rebel. Bianca is a Dutch demonstrator who lives in the beautiful city of Dordrecht. I am just as excited to show you her card as I am to share some information about her city.


Bianca’s Split Front Card


I really have no idea if I am giving the proper name to this type of card, but it seems logical to me. When you see the video that I did showing how I do this card, I think you will agree that it is actually quite simple. The split front card is a great way to showcase your patterned paper. Let’s  take a look!


Split Front Card


Here is a close up so you can see how nice the layers look. I am very impressed with how perfectly straight Bianca stamped her sentiment. This paper was part of the Saleabration Coordination products last year and I believe it was called Painted Seasons, but I could very well be wrong.


Split Front Card


My Version of the Split Front Card


I thought it would be nice to see this style of card with current products. The paper is  called World of Good and the saying comes from Here’s A Card.


Split Front Card


Video Tutorial


The best way to learn how to make this card is to watch my video. There is always a bit of chit chat since it is my Facebook live video, but you can fast forward to the parts you like!


Dordrecht, the Netherlands


Now I get to tell you a little bit about the city of Dordrecht. Bianca was so very helpful as to give me some information too. Bianca tells me that the door to her apartment building is right beside this amazing poffertje place. A poffertje is kind of like a mini pancake that is puffed up and hollow inside similar to a sweet pita but then resembling a crêpe. They are really delicious. I want to tell you more about Dordrecht, but I have an “afspraak” to meet my cousin Robert in a half hour, so I will edit my post later to add this information. That way I can cross at least one thing off my list of things to do!! I hope you have a super day and thank you to Bianca for this great card.

I’m back! Here is a great website that tells a fun story about Dordrecht. Just get past the first paragraph where there seems to be a technological issue. Here are a few photos as well that I found. I really want to go back and do a walking tour of this great city which is celebrating its 800th birthday this year. Here is just one picture that you might enjoy!




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Split Front Card Technique

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am going to share with you the Split Front Card technique. I have been meaning to try this for a while, but Janis’ card in the mail for my happy mail in Holland contest prompted me to no longer procrastinate. First I will show you Janis’ card which uses Timeless Tropical.


Janis’ Card


Janis became my customer years ago when she attended my Hearts for Haiti fundraiser with her friend Brenda. Both of them were public health nurses in Chatham-Kent. Janis has since become a team member and friend and we also play a mean game of pickleball together. I’m sure we are a sight to behold. Janis is my “little friend” at barely five feet and she has an amazing serve. We have had some pretty great times beating our male opponents!


spllit card technique



Here is the inside of the card. I love the sentiment and the great tropical colours:  calypso coral, mango melody and old olive. It also looks like Janis used one of our awesome new punches.



Tropical Oasis split card inside



It’s always an exciting moment for me when I spy happy mail in the mailbox. Gerard’s flap on the mailbox doesn’t always stay closed so I can peak in as I drive by either in the car or on the bike. Those extra happy stamps on the outside of the envelope are also a harbinger of more good things to  come!




My Split Front Cards


Split Front Card Technique


For these cards I used a piece of whisper white measuring 5 1/8″ by 7 3/4″. You can choose to cut it in half first before you stamp, or do it later. My eye was off so I found it super helpful to cut it in half first at 3 7/8″ and then butt them up against each other to stamp. You can see the video to understand this technique. Colours: night of navy, mossy meadow and soft sea foam. Stamp sets:  Here’s A Card, Forever Fern and Tasteful Touches. Here is another blog post featuring Forever Fern.


Video Tutorial




An Afternoon in Delft


One of my cousins in Holland takes me for lunch or dinner in Delft every time I come to Holland. It is such a wonderful tradition. We catch up on each other’s families and just enjoy this beautiful old city. It is not only the origin of the famous Delfts Blauw pottery, it is also where William of Orange was shot in the church and where many of the royal family are buried. Here are a few shots of my time in Delft including a super cute bag that looks just like some of our Playful Pets paper.













Happy Mail in Holland Contest


If you would like to have your card featured on my blog AND get a chance to win a stamp set of your choice (up to $30) then please send me a card in Holland. The address is Jackie Bultje, Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC, -s’Gravenzande, the Netherlands.


Edited:  I am not able to post any more pictures in this post due to technical issues with the computer so I am going to abruptly end this blog post and will add to it later when things are working again. I was hoping to share a photo of the cards that I made in my live video using this technique as well as some fun shots from Delft. Oh well. Stuff happens and it is Friday afternoon here and the sun is shining. I am going to head to the market and buy some fish for supper. Then I am going to bike into town for a visit with some friends. Life is good. I am blessed. Thanks so much for joining me today.


As you can see, the computer was cooperating today and I could add the rest of my pictures! Happy squirrel.








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Mind The Gap!

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. When writing a blog post you always have to decide what to call it and the blog people don’t like it when you use the same words too often. When I was in England 27 years ago, “Mind the Gap” amused me greatly. This is what was said in a lovely accent every time you were on the subway platform. “Mind the Gap” applies to my card today since it is a divided front card with a lovely gap that I really want you to notice.


Mind the Gap Card


Mind the Gap card


If you look closely you will see that the “Rest & Relaxation” panel bridges that gap between the top and bottom of the card. People really notice this card when they are in my stamp room, it is really quite striking and piques ones interest. Let’s take a look at the inside.


Mind the Gap card inside


Yes, I know this picture is slightly blurry. I am blaming it on my muscle relaxant pills. They apparently also affect my brain and ocular tissue. You get the idea though and that way I don’t have to take and edit another photo. I used the Tropical Oasis Memories and More cards to make this fun card.


Tropical Oasis Memories and More


Have you heard about our Memories and More cards? While they are meant for scrapbooking or memory keeping as some people like to call it, they are also fantastic for quick and easy card making. I have included lots of these great cards in my latest tutorial which I am happy to report is now available. Just click on the buy it now button below and you will get hours of easy crafting without any Google searches or frustrating mismeasurements that waste your cardstock and ruin your joy. There are twenty cards in this fun tutorial.


Here is a sneak peek of 16 cards in the tutorial.


Tropical Oasis tutorial


If you want to see some other cards that are in this tutorial, check out this blog post.


I made a short video that shows 19 of the 20 cards (one was forgotten on my desk!!)




Free with Purchase


Did you know that if you buy the Tropical Oasis bundle you will get this tutorial for free? Definitely. I want to guarantee your stamping success. With any $50 purchase in March you will also get the Demo Design Dream Team tutorial, or you can get it for free if you join my team. Here is the link for joining and getting the amazing deal on the starter kit.

Here is the sneak peek for the March DDDT tutorial.


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Thanks for Participating

I just want to thank you for participating in the happy mail for Gerard contest. The cards are flowing in and I am so very excited to see his face. This will be a surprise because he doesn’t read my blog. He does follow my Facebook page because he loves the interaction we all have there, but he thinks my blog is all technical about card details. Let’s keep it that way. If you send a masculine card to me for him by March 29 you will be in a contest to win a free masculine stamp set from the mini catalog. I will also blog about your card and do a video of Gerard opening them all. Please address your cards to Gerard van der Sar, c/o Jackie Bultje 81 Delaware Avenue, Chatham Ontario, N7L 2W3.

Thanks for stopping by today as well. I hope you have a super day, that you spread some joy with your cards and that you exercise some mindful gratitude for the blessings in your life.


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