Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Oceans apart. It sounds like the title of a movie or a book, but it is my reality right now. Truth is, you might even feel oceans apart from your loved one who live right here in Canada. Not being able to see your family and friends is tough, so how do you cope? Many people are discovering new hobbies, new recipes and new places to discover in their own neighbourhood. What are you doing?
Oceans Apart but Close at Heart
That sounds really cheesy, but it’s true. It’s true, not only for me and Gerard, but true for all of us. So many of you sent happy mail for Gerard and I am going to share a few more cards now as well as this video with all of them. Whether intentionally or coincidentally, your cards made Gerard feel like your really know him. In a minute I will tell you a little bit more about this wonderful man. In the meantime, here are some masculine cards that will also inspire you to create and share.
You’re a Classic
This is Debby Kainu’s car. I love everything about his card, the colours, the layout and the background stamping with the toolbox. The Garage Gears dies make it easy to add those great gear details and they cut out the car. Gerard has two classic cars that he has had for a very long time. One of them is his everyday car, a 1980s Toyota Supra, I think 1986 but I’m not the classic car fan. Close enough, right?
I was looking to see if I had another blog post about cars, but apparently not. Instead I came across this one that shows the Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit. I just happen to have three refills if anyone wants one. Message me!!
This is Gerard’s nickname from one of my kids, can’t divulge which one. Holland is of course known for its tulips and Gerard is a flower grower. He grows amaryllis as a cut flower. In North America we know this flower mosty as a boxed bulb we buy in the stores around Christmas time and it flowers a month or so later. Jessica Bègin made this beauty. I really love how she used the punch in a unique way to make these fantastic tulips that pop. The saying she chose is also completely perfect for the occasion. Very impressive Jessica!!
Now I’m not sure if Jessica is a genius or I am an idiot, but I never realized that you can use the leaf punch from the tulip punch to also make petals for the tulip. I just saw them as leaves. The way they fit so perfectly makes me think that perhaps they were intended to be used as both. I’m so thankful for this inspiration Jessica! Flipping through the catalog I see that the patterned paper you used is from Follow Your Art. Thanks for a great card my friend.
It’s in the Details
I had to smile when I turned Jessica’s card over to open it. Not only did she decorate the flap of her envelope, she used a squirrel sticker to seal it. How cute is that? What do you do to personalize your envelopes? I have to admit that sometimes I leave them plain and boring, so this is challenging me to take the time to add that extra special touch. Even her handwriting is art.
See You Monday
On Monday I will blog again with some more cards from the Happy Mail for Gerard contest. Peg Dotson was the winner of the masculine stamp set. I wonder what my next contest should be? I love getting happy mail and blogging about the cards that get sent to me. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. The idea that just crossed my mind is fancy folds. Some people are really great at doing these and they have more time than I do to research the best ones. That might be a super fun idea to do, it is already growing on me but I am also excited to see what ideas you might have for me.
Please Order Online from me
I have read that sometimes we don’t get what we need because we don’t ask for it, so I am asking. Because of COVID-19 I can no longer do in person classes so this is seriously affecting my business. Online sales are more important than ever, so I am asking that if you follow me online and you live in Canada, please consider ordering from me. Every little bit helps! If you don’t live in Canada, then you can buy my tutorials, the page for that is in my blog header at the top. When I get finished with my kits for kids I hope to take time to write a new tutorial. Here is the host code if you plan to order online: CWD9ZZ2H
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Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I am participating in a What’s New at SU blog hop. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from around the world who are Hoppin’ With Exciting Ideas to share with you. I am so happy you are joining us for this hop.
Today I am going to share a Pleased as Punch Double Point Card. When looking at my blog statistics I can see that many of you look up my double point card, so I thought it was time to do one using saleabration items. It’s hard to believe that saleabration is almost over! Be sure to get your freebies while they are still available. Pleased as Punch paper is also only available until March 31 as a saleabration coordination product.
Pleased As Punch Paper
Pleased as Punch paper is so pretty and cheerful but even better than that, it coordinates with FOUR punches and four stamp sets. I love it so much and I wish it would stay longer than just till the end of March. Honestly, I highly recommend that you get this paper so you can use it for your spring and Easter cards. Just creating with this paper will make it feel like spring in your home.
As you can see, this paper coordinates with the following punches and stamp sets:
- Under My Umbrella bundle
- Heartfelt bundle
- Timeless Tulips bundle
- Thoughtful Blooms stamp set and Small Bloom punch (both free saleabration items)
Double Point Card
I used the blushing bride gingham paper as the focal point for my double point card. At first my plan was to use the Under My Umbrella stamp set and punch but it turns out that the Timeless Tulips worked best. I chose to make a sympathy card with it even though the colours are bright and cheerful. Very fitting for a celebration of life don’t you think?
Here is the inside of the card. It’s not perfect because I was in a little bit of a rush (imagine that!). I could have lined up my folds a little better but no one really loves perfection, so I think it will be just fine. If you want all the specifics on how to make this type of fold, you can see one of my most popular blog posts here and you will have all the information you need.
Stitched Nested Labels
Many of you know that I recently spend seven weeks in Holland to be with my boyfriend Gerard. While there I still stamped and blogged every day and I became acutely aware of the things that I did not have in my stamp room there. One of the things I really missed were my stitched nested labels. They should be a staple in every stamp room and especially for this double point card. My favourite thing about them is that they can be easily removed from the die and the stitching is just so pretty.
Saleabration is a wonderful time of the stamping year; everyone loves getting free products to choose from. Stampin’Up! has made saleabration even more exciting by adding saleabration coordination items that make your free items even more versatile. We have both dies and paper to coordinate with so many saleabration products that make it super fun to create. Don’t miss out on the pretty Pleased as Punch paper and be sure to check out the birthday framelits, the Ladybug dies, Nature’s Thoughts dies, Sending Flowers dies and Special Day dies. To see these beauties, just click on this link.
Thanks for joining me today and be sure to check out the rest of the What’s New at SU bloggers participating in this fantastic blog hop. Click on the link below to check out the previous blog, I am sure that Brenda Copper has made something beautiful to inspire you.
If you want to hop on to the next blog to see what the talented Tricia Butts has made click on the button below. Thanks so much for hopping along with us, I hope you were inspired by the saleabration items everyone used.
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Hello stampers and happy Wednesday. The title of my blog post is a beautiful quote from the inside of one of my happy mail cards. This is just more proof that happy mail is amazing, not only for the beautiful cards that are made, sent and received, but also for the handwritten message within. Are you curious?
Tricia Minturn from Durand, Wisconsin sent me this beautiful Christmas card. Inside she wrote: “Through your posts I know you are a Christian and would not mind receiving a late Christmas card because Christ is never too late or out of season.” Wow!!! How true is that? The stamped saying inside is also so true and heartwarming: “Wishing you a season of joy as we remember the night when Love came down to earth and became our song of celebration.” Thanks so much Tricia for your wise words and your beautiful card!
Tricia used the Merry Christmas dies, the beautiful Feels Like Frost paper and the Woodland embossing folder. I am trying to guess how she did the unique background. It looks like she sponged seaside spray over whisper white cardstock and then added some sponging with either silver metallica ink or a shimmer paste. Clever girl, you will have to reveal your secrets in the comments. I absolutely love how you used just a small strip of this gorgeous paper for the focal point of your card. It really makes the white Christmas pop! The silver metallic thread in behind that centre panel is also a nice subtle touch.
Durand, Wisconsin is a small rural town. The Durand area was first settled in 1856 when 21-year-old Miles Durand Prindle came up the river in a keel boat named the “Dutch Lady”. This little trivia fact made me smile because of the Dutch connection which was a total surprise to me. Durand is located on the Chippewa River and is close to the border of Iowa and Minnesota.
The next card comes all the way from New Zealand and it is a breath of spring with its lovely cheerful tulips. Quite fitting since it is actually summer in New Zealand right now. Thank you Sally Wheoki for this beautiful card. There are so many things I love about Sally’s card. She made the tulips pop by colouring the background with balmy blue Blends. One of the tulips is popped up and extends slightly past the edge of the card but not so much that it won’t fit into the envelope. The sentiment is popped up over the calypso coral twine and it was cut using the stitched rectangle dies.
Sally also used the rule of odd numbers to keep her card artistically pleasing. There are five tulips and she incorporated three different colours for the flowers. So clever. All the tulips have a lovely shimmer to them because of the Wink of Stella clear glitter brush that Sally used to accent her blooms. #itsinthedetails
I just realized that this card also perfectly fits the theme for today. It is also never too late because it uses Timeless Tulips!! I do love words. The happy mail envelope was also worthy of a picture as it reminds me of the global nature of our stamping tribe. Sally was also very clever because she used the mini catalog as a source of inspiration. Check out the gorgeous card on page 43! I know that I sometimes forget to do this, but our catalogs are great idea books too.
Thank you so much Sally for your lovely card. I love that you have been such a loyal FB follower and training team member too. We are definitely stamping family. It was heartwarming to read about the personal changes you have seen in me over the last year and that my happiness is so evident. I am blessed!
I am hoping that there will be more happy mail tomorrow for me to blog about, if not, there are still some cards that I have not shared from my ten card collection using Botanical Prints product medley.
Thanks for joining me today! Tomorrow I will share some pictures of my afternoon. I had the distinct pleasure of having high tea with my Tante Nel. There is of course a story to share about this and why it happened. In the meantime, happy stamping. I hope the happy mail cards inspired you today. It’s never to late to send happy mail to those you love, and it’s never to late to start a new hobby or a new career. Don’t forget about the amazing deal on the starter kit or the beautiful stamp set you can get for free if you host a qualifying workshop.