Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today’s topic, something borrowed, something blue, would make you think that perhaps I would be talking wedding talk but that is not the case. Some time in the near future though, that will definitely be a very hot topic. More on that later. Today I am “borrowing” some cards and one of them is blue.


Something Borrowed


Today my future sisters-in-law took me out for lunch to celebrate my birthday which is next week Tuesday. It was so very lovely. I also had a hair appointment this morning and then I went to my favourite bakery to stock up on raisin buns to take home! All in all, no time for card making and writing a blog post. What to do? Well, I was trolling the internet while having a bath (I know, I know, what a life?!) I came across this fabulous card by Nancy Novak. I thought you would enjoy it too. Read all about it on her blog here.


Something Borrowed


To see another graduation card that I made a while ago, check out this blog post.


Something Blue


I just noticed that both cards are blue!! The next one is a Father’s Day card and it uses the Tailor Made tags which I think are super versatile. This is the second card that I have seen this week using these tags. Hmmmm. Temptation is calling but I have a niggling feeling that I might already have them back in Canada.


Something Blue


This card is made by Christi Redding but I cannot find her blog anywhere. Here is her Pinterest board if you want to check it out.


Wedding Inspiration


Truth be told, I have some big decisions to make. I have a wedding to plan. Originally I wanted to keep it really small. Well, sort of. I wanted to do a big church wedding so everyone could come for that part and then do a standing reception with coffee and treats for everyone, after all it is #allaboutthetreats. We would then have photos and then a small intimate dinner for only family.

Then there is the question about the dress. Should it be a traditional wedding dress or just a fancy gown? I am leaning towards a fancy gown but I could be swayed. If you have any great suggestions, feel free to comment below with a photo of course!


Here are some photos of our lunch. The girls took me to this adorable little place along the canal in DeLier which is about a fifteen minute drive from Gerard’s place.


something borrowed


I felt like “Driving Miss Daisy” in Anita’s sporty convertible.





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A Merry Hello Host Stamp Set

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you! Today I am going to show you a clean and simple card using the host set A Merry Hello. This card is just stamps, ink and paper. No embelllishments, no patterned paper, no ribbon. I really like how it turned out!


What is a Host Set?


A host stamp set is one that cannot be purchased on a regular order. It can only be purchased if you either place a $200 order or if you host a workshop where you and your friends make some free cards and then place orders together that total $200 or more. You then as a host receive 10% back in host dollars. With those host rewards you can use them for exclusive host sets like this one. The purpose of host sets is to entice you to host a workshop so you can get these cute sets. For December I am going to do a draw for this stamp set for those of you who place an online order. If you would like to see a host set from the annual catalog, check out this blog post.


A Merry Hello Host Set


Enough talking, here is the card and the tags that I made using this cute host set. This set is tucked away on page 81 of the holiday catalog.


A Merry Hello host stamp set


I don’t have much ribbon at all here in Holland, but I was happy to see that the Playful Pets ribbon worked really well with my Christmas colours of real red and old olive. Here is the inside of my card.


A Merry Hello inside


Easy Layering


A Merry Hello is a 20 piece photopolymer stamp set which means you can see through the stamps which makes it easy to layer them for some great detail. For example this stocking is actually a black outline image. The red top was added as a separate stamp. The heel and toe is a separate stamp and so is the little tree. This allows you to create fun coloured accents with no fuss. I also love the font of the saying. Those little things make me so happy it’s almost ridiculous. When that happens you know you are a stamping addict!


A Merry Hello tags


These cute tags were made using the North Pole Wonder dies which just happen to be 30% off today until January 4, 2021 or while supplies last. What struck me is the first tag. The holly leaves look like die cuts but it is actually a stamp. The red holly berries are also from a die from the North Pole Wonder set. I have used these dies for my weekly YouTube live videos for my virtual coffee and a card class and I really love them and have heard nothing but great things about them from my participants.


Big Sale Today!


Today is the beginning of our best sale of the year (in my opinion!) You can get 20-50% off a lot of beautiful things in the holiday catalog. I just sent out my newsletter with my favourite deals as well as the suggestion to get the starter kit as your best deal ever! The newsletter is also shared on my business Facebook page The Pampered Stamper.


Giant Year End Close-Out sale


If you place an online order, be sure to use the current host code so that you can have a share in the free host rewards today. The more people that order online today, the more goodies there will be to share. Stay tuned!!




Thanks so much for joining me again today, I appreciate it when you read my blog. This blog is a way for us to connect and also to serve you better as a demonstrator. If what I write resonates with you and you live in Canada, I would love to be YOUR demonstrator. I hope you have a super day!


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Gnome Christmas Tags

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I am going to show you the very cute Gnome Christmas tags that I was working on yesterday. The more I work with the Tag Buffet kit the more I see the potential for this great little box. If you are looking for a meaningful and fun experience for the whole family then this is it.


Two Options


As I see it you have at least two great options for this kit. You could choose to just get the Tag Buffet Project kit without the coordinating stamp set. The coordinating set does have a great class Merry Christmas stamp in a lovely font and size as well as some other great images and greetings, but if you already have some lovely Christmas stamps that will work, then I would suggest option two.

The second option is to combine this great kit with the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set. The gnomes in this set are just so fun to colour and they are not too tricky to fussy cut, especially if you cut off the greenery from the one gnome with the striped hat.

I know that Rachel Tessman has played with this set and has made more than 90 cards with one of these kits. I have no intention of doing this, but I thought you might like to know the possibilities and definitely the value.


Score Yourself a Deal


Did you know that today is your lucky day Yup. Stampin’Up! had some technical difficulties yesterday so they are extending their 24 hour sale by one more day. That means that if you were procrastinating yesterday (and I just happen to know that most of you were doing just that!) you can still save 10 percent today. I know it doesn’t knock your socks off, but it is gratifying to see a lower price show up on your order screen with each item you add. Plus you will get a free tutorial from me and those cute embellishments that will look so nice with these gnomes! My embellishments were buried somewhere so I didn’t add them, but I will add them later and do a little Instagram video on them. Are you following me on Instagram yet? You should!!


Free embellishments with purchase today


Gnome Christmas Tags


Gnome Tags using tag buffet


Ok. You have to admit. These tags are stinkin’ adorable. If you are more of a traditional Christmas person like I usually am, then you might want to make the tags per kit instructions. You can see them in my blog post here.


Gnome Christmas tags


If you ink up this cute gnome or his girlfriend and grab your favourite Blends colours, you will soon forget the world and all its troubles. This is what I call colour therapy. Do you see the gnome tag in the middle He has had a little trim work done. His hat is now unadorned! Not only is he still super cute, he is also much, much easier to cut out. That makes me happy. I think I am going to organize a stamping party with Gerard’s sisters and nieces this coming week.


Tag Buffet stamp set


For The Love of One Stamp


Do you see the tag on the far right? I bought the Tag Buffet stamp set just for this particular stamp. I love the saying and it is applicable to more than just Christmas cards. It would be good for a birthday, an anniversary or even a wedding! Have you ever purchased a stamp set to get just one stamp?

Here you can see the amount of product included in this kit. The Blends are not included but this is just a snapshot of what was on my desk so you can see a bit of the creative process as well. I love how you can separate the white tags from the colourful ones. They were originally intended to be used together, but if you don’t do that, you have way more options and styles available to you. I didn’t even explore the option of turning them into cards! Maybe I will another day. I did remember to bring embossing folders with me this time!


Christmas tags


Video Tutorial


If you want to see how I put some of these tags together, you can watch this video from YouTube.





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Tag Buffet Project Kit

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Have you seen the Tag Buffet Project Kit in the holiday catalog? Tags are a great way to personalize your gifts and make them even more special. Sometimes we run out of time to do this, so this kit is perfect for busy people. It looks very fancy but they are very simple to make. You can choose to follow the instructions or you can do your own thing. Let’s take a look as what you get.


Tag Buffet Project Kit

This kit comes with a whopping thirty tags. The tags are double layered, so if you choose to separate them you can make even more. These tags are also a very good size, approximately 3″ by 4″ so they will also look good on big presents or you can use them on a card in such a way that the person could remove the tag and then use it themselves. How much fun is that?


Tag Buffet kit from Stampin'Up!


I forgot to mention that the tags come in a very pretty and sturdy box. You could keep the box for yourself or you could gift your pretty tags to someone in this box. So many options!


Gift tags from Tag Buffet Kit.


Thinking Outside the Box


There are so many tags included in this lovely kit that you could also think outside the box and use the elements for other projects. Last week I was inspired by fellow demonstrator Joanne French who had designed this card. I recreated it myself using the tree element from the kit.


Gold embossed card from Tag Buffet elements


Prime Time With the Pampered Stamper


I will be doing a video tutorial on this card in my private group Prime Time with the Pampered Stamper. If you are on Facebook you could join this group. I created it as a way to sustain my business and create a sort of intimate “coffee and a card” atmosphere. It is only ten dollars a month to be a part of this group and there are some great perks besides the weekly video. I do a prize patrol draw each week and each month there is FREE 16 project pdf tutorial. I hope you join as well! Here is the link if that is what you would like to do.


Paper Pumpkin


If you are looking for a great way to have some stamping fun without having to think too much, you might want to consider Paper Pumpkin. This is a fun monthly kit that is also portable. It contains everything you need for instant creativity. Bring it to the cottage, to your parents’, to the office, basically wherever you go. This wonderful kit makes it easy to share your hobby, and your joy with other people. Right now I am donating a portion of each sale to International Justice Mission to help rescue women and children from the sex trade. Click here to subscribe or contact me if you want to pick up an in stock kit from me.


Paper Pumpkin crafting subscription


This month the theme is gingerbread and you will get the supplies to make fifteen gift card holder cards. How awesome is that?


Happy Mail in Holland Contest


It’s that time again! I have booked my next trip to Holland and I am doing another Happy Mail in Holland contest. If you start sending your cards now they will be there when I get there. I would love to blog about your card and your hometown. Did you know there is an added benefit? I have been introduced to a little boy who collects stamps and i am saving all the special stamps to send to him. Please send your cards to Jackie Bultje, Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC ‘s-Gravenzande, the Netherlands. My trip will be shorter one this time so that I can spend Christmas with my kids and grandkids. I will be with Gerard from November 17 to December 10.

Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope you have a super day! (don’t forget to check out my tutorials section at the top of my blog, there is a new tutorial featuring the Snow Wonder bundle).

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Paper Pumpkin Possibilities

Hello stampers! Oh the Paper Pumpkin possibilities! I think you may know by now that I am a rather big Paper Pumpkin advocate. That is saying a LOT. You would think that having a stamp room full of stamps, ink and paper that I would never get Paper Pumpkin for myself. Do you want to know why I do?


Treating Yourself


The main reason that I get Paper Pumpkin for myself is that it is an instant gratification treat. For once I get to papercraft without having to think and that feels pretty darn good once in a while. I have often compared it to ordering take out food even though you are a great cook and enjoy cooking. Once in a while it is just so nice to be able to indulge without any muss or fuss. Paper Pumpkin lets that happen. The Dutch in me also repurposes the beautiful box that it comes in.


Paper Pumpkin




The other thing that I love about Paper Pumpkin is that it is so easy to grab and take with me when I go somewhere. I always have one with me when I go and visit my parents. Mom is 87 and she loves to do this with me, especially when she realized that there is a lot of product in the box so it is ok if she messes up and needs another piece. I love watching her decide what to do with what she has as she loves to change things and make it her own. Paper Pumpkin gives us quality time that we might not otherwise have. There are only so many dice games I can play in a row!!




Every once in a while a Paper Pumpkin comes along that you think you might not like. No worries! You can either choose to skip a month or wait a while and see what everyone else makes with it. That’s right! There is a huge stamping community that subscribes to Paper Pumpkin and shares their creations on social media. Check out the Paper Pumpkin Fan Club on Facebook. This month the kit was Christmas tags and I heard at least one customer saying, I don’t do tags. Well, take a look what I made with this kit!


My Card with the Tag Kit


Even though this month’s kit was 24 tags, you don’t have to be limited by the suggested use. Debbie Henderson showed us this great card and I just recreated it myself. I didn’t change a thing because her card was beautiful! I did add a piece of patterned paper from the Wrapped in Plaid pack just like she did.


Paper Pumpkin


Here is a close up. I cut two strips of silver foil paper, 3/4″ by 5 1/4″ and 1 1/4″ by 5 1/4″ and embossed them with the Hammered 3D embossing folder. The strip of paper is from Wrapped in Plaid and it is 3″ by 5 1/4″ which means you can get two pieces out of each 6×6 piece of paper.


Paper Pumpkin


The deer in the kit are actually silver foil but Debbie turned them around so they would be white. This simple adjustment changes the look entirely! The other subtle change is that she cut up the sentiment and switched the order. I will show you a picture of the tag and you will see what I mean.


Paper Pumpkin


A Personal Note on Fear


As many of you already know my 93 year old Pap has been dealing with some nasty health issues. His bout with shingles landed him in the hospital and this evolved into fluid around his lungs, bowel issues and overall failing health. It was starting to look rather grim, but Mom had some wise words. She said that sometimes the things we fear are worse than what is actually going to happen and through this needless fear we make our lives more difficult than they need to be!

I live two and a half hours away from my parents and I have spend many hours on the road visiting them. Of course I am prepared to go again at the drop of a hat but sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and follow your head and not your heart. I got some advice from my own doctor and now I am calling the nurse’s station every day to get an update on my dad. Then I can make an informed decision instead of driving back and forth like a crazy squirrel on steroids. My absence for a few days also gives my siblings the opportunity to step up to the plate.

I have no fear for my Pap. He loves the Lord like his best friend and when he dies he will be in heaven and how awesome is that? He also has no fear, but only the regret that he is leaving the love of his life behind. This too is assuaged by the fact that God also loves my mom very much and she will be taken care of too. What a precious gift!!


Another gift


It seems a little frivolous after talking about the precious gift of salvation to be talking about the gift of Paper Pumpkin!! However….Paper Pumpkin is a wonderful gift for yourself, a friend or a teacher. You have many options to choose from. You can get a subscription where you pay monthly. You can also get pre-paid subscriptions for one, three, six or twelve months. No matter which option you choose, you can always choose to skip a month when you want. Click this link to find out more. I will also have icons at the bottom of this post with the product list. You can click on those as well and go straight to my store.


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Going to the Dogs!

Hello stampers. Sometimes things do indeed feel like they are going to the dogs! In preparation for an art show this weekend I wanted to change things up a bit and appeal to the many pet owners out there. I used the Happy Tails set and coordinating dog punch to make some adorable tags. Then I packaged up some rawhide dog treats in some retired polka dot cone cellophane bags. I am really happy with how they turned out. At first this hard core cardmaker was a little embarrassed to be making these cutesy things but they grew on me and now I am happy I did it. It’s the little things that can bring joy to our lives! Take a look!


Going to the Dogs tags, treats and card using Happy Tails from Stampin'Up!


It was so much fun making these cute tags. I found the inspiration for the tags online somewhere. Happy Tails is a great stamp set that allows you to customize the dogs with different fur patterns. This was also the first time I inked up my Swirly Frames stamp set.  This set was given to me at an event for prize patrol and I find that when I haven’t chosen the set myself for a specific reason I tend not to use it as much.  I really need to use that set more often, it is so versatile!


Lots of fun accessory stamps in Happy Tails.


Rachel found some adorable dog treats for me to put into these little packages. I wasn’t able to find similar ones for cats so I am going to have to get creative on that score.


#itsallaboutthetreats even for the dogs!


Wouldn’t this just be a cute little something to give to a dog lover? Dogs really do bring so much joy to our lives. They give us unconditional love and are known to calm us down, lower our blood pressure and just make life that much better.


When you read this I will be spending some quality time with my beloved Pap. He is the kindest, gentlest man who loves his heavenly Father so very much. He has worked so very hard to give me a better life than what he had. Even though he was a gifted student in the Netherlands he had to quit school after grade 6 to help his dad on the family farm. The school principal even visited his home to beg his parents to let him continue his education. The amazing thing is that he was never jealous of his younger brother who was able to be the first person in the family to go to university. Oh how I love this man. He is also proud of what I have accomplished with my business. He is always so happy to hear it when I tell him about my next incentive trip or my global or national standing as a demonstrator.


Thanks so much for stopping by today and checking out my blog. Happy stamping!


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