Sharing What You Love

Happy Friday stampers! Sharing what you love is a huge concept. Some people have an advantage in this department. If you have an outgoing personality then it probably comes naturally to you to share what you love, but if you are more shy then it might not be the case. Today I want to talk about why this is so very important to me.


Why you should share what you love


We naturally make many assumptions. That can really get in the way of great happiness. Take for example the assumption that your spouse or your kids or your friends should simply know what you are feeling or thinking. It should be obvious right? No. That is why communication is so very important. The same principle applies to your stamping hobby. If you are like me, stamps ink and paper make you very happy. Yet when I encourage my customers to invite a friend to a class they are quick to say that they don’t know anyone who stamps. Think about that for a moment.


Were you always a stamper?


When you say that you don’t know anyone who stamps you need to remember that you weren’t born a stamper either. Before you were introduced to the joy of stamping you had no idea what you were missing out on. Now you know what fun it has brought to your life in the form of a meaningful hobby, with all the new people you have met at classes and events and with discovering your creativity you really should share! Simply tell your friends that you have found something and some people that make you very happy and you would like to share that experience with them. You have nothing to lose, neither do they and you might be opening a whole new world for them.


Not a bother


I think the main thing to remember is that you are not bothering your friends when you invite them to stamp with you. Use your stash to bless others in your community. Everyone could use happy mail, or even a note of encouragement passed to someone in the grocery store. Life can be overwhelming at times and it can be a huge encouragement to a complete stranger that someone actually cares. Keep some random cards in your purse in a clear stamp case to keep them from getting bent and damaged. Then be prepared to share!


Most of us have no problem sharing a good sale at the grocery store or a fantastic deal at our favourite shoe store or clothing store. What makes sharing about our hobby so different? If you had the cure for cancer you would definitely share that right? Well, I think stamping is a cure for loneliness and for boredom. What do you think?


A story


This morning I went to play pickleball but it was canceled. I was chatting to the staff while they were all eating my cookies warm from the oven to find out why there was no pickleball. They told me there was a craft show this weekend. My comment: I should probably be at this show since I make cards for a living. The manager says, “I know, here is a card you gave us. We show it to someone when they are having a bad day and need some encouragement.” I had given that card back in February during sale-a-bration. It was a froggie card saying “You can do anything.” That really touched me and reminded me of the power of affirmation with a hand made card.


The challenge


My challenge to you is to share what you love with others. Invite a friend to come and stamp with you. Make some cards for your local women’s shelter with notes of encouragement. Drop off some thank you cards at your local hospice, family there will need them soon. Bring some cards to your local nursing home to cheer up residents who hardly ever get company. The list is endless. Invite a neighbour to come to coffee and a card class. Some people have very few friends. Some people are exhausted caregivers and they could really use a break. It may not be about card making, but that could be the vehicle to give someone meaning and joy in their lives.


A card


Besides a sermon, you would probably like to see what I have been up to in my stamp room. You are in luck! Yesterday I made a fun card using the snow globe dies and the woodland embossing folder. I used a technique called “tarnished foil”. I have an old video that I did and I will share it here, but I promise I will make a new and better one very soon.



I had some other pictures with my good camera but the photos on my computer seem to be frozen. I think it may be time for me to get my Mac cleaned up. It has been super slow lately, I should never have updated it with the latest version. Technology is really not my strong suit. This will have to do for now, I hope to do a video on this card this weekend.



I was finally able to access my photos this morning so I thought I would edit this post to add this one. It shows how I swiped the StāzOn before embossing. The next step is swiping Versamark on the embossing folder, running it through the Big Shot and then sprinkling on silver embossing powder and heat embossing it with the heat tool.


Now I need to get ready for my Fab Four card making event tonight. Have a super day and thanks so much for stopping by. If you want to see the products I used, just scroll down for a complete list. Click on them and you will be taken to my online store which is quite handy if you are a Canadian and like to shop online. Remember, $200 will get you free host products too. Questions? I am only an email or a phone call away.


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Still Scenes Snow Globes

Hello stampers. I never had a snow globe growing up, but I love them as an adult. The idea of a miniature world in a magical dome with sparkly snow falling down at the shake of your hand is quite mesmerizing. Still Scenes Snow Globes capture that magic and whimsy and are perfect for your Christmas cards.


The Possibilities


Once you look at the Still Scenes Snow Globes you will quickly see all the possibilities. When you combine the stamp set, the dies, the snowflake sequins and the snow globe shaker domes your cards are going to be out of this world beautiful!

  1. You can make great cards with or without the snow globe shaker domes.
  2. You can choose to simply stamp the base which is beautifully intricate or you can make a base with heat embossing and a third option is to layer the two dies over top of each other with either cardstock or foil paper or a combination of both.
  3. You can make a scene inside your snow globe with just stamping. You can add puff paint, shimmery crystal effets and/or ice stampin’ glitter.
  4. You can make a scene using the various dies including deer, polar bears, a church another edifice as well as the framelit for the house and trees and a framelit for a grouping of three trees.
  5. You could add the snowflake sequins as a shaker element for your snow globe or you can add them to your card as embellishments using fine tip glue.
  6. You can make a bigger base by stacking two base framelits and placing a banner across the “seam” to make it look like a taller base.

Are you impressed? This set is super versatile and a must for every card maker.


The Cards











The Paper


Did you notice the gorgeous background paper? It is called Wrapped in Plaid. It is available in a 6×6 pack with 40 sheets. On the one side is a beautiful plaid with gold stripes and on the other side is a cute Christmas print that you would find on on quilts and kids pajamas. I love it that you can choose which mood you want and that there aren’t two plaid to choose from on one piece of paper! Oh the agony that would have been. The jingle bells used on some of the cards also come from the same suite as this paper, it is called Wrapped in Plaid and it also comes with a pine tree punch, gold mini pizza boxes, shaded spruce ribbon and of course the Perfectly Plaid stamp set.




If you live in Canada and don’t already have a demonstrator I would be honoured if you shopped with me. Just click on the images below and you will be taken directly to my online store. Please use the current host code so that host benefits can be accumulated:  ZQKK7SAB.

When I am in Holland next week I hope to work out the details of my upcoming online technique club. If you check out the page about my High Flyer club you will see another option for you. I am excited about the possibilities coming up in the future. I love hearing from you, so please leave me a comment! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day.


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