Workshop with a Stampin’Up demonstrator

Here is the story of my last Stampin’Up! workshop


Stampin Up Workshop, stampin up demo


Hello stampers. Would you like to hear how my last workshop went? All workshops are personalized to the needs of the people attending. This workshop was for my cousin and her daughter. Neither of them had stamped before, so this was a free introductory workshop so that they could discover the joy of stamping. We started with a delicious cup of coffee with some homemade apple cinnamon muffins.

Then I showed them how our ink pads and stamps work, how to use the paper trimmer and finally the amazing die cutting and embossing machine. It was quite the wow to see a plain piece of cardstock turned into a textured and embossed work of art! We made two cards so that they could try a few different techniques. Normally I would charge a €10 fee which would be refunded if an order for supplies is placed.

Contact me for a craft workshop

If you would like to try a new hobby, please contact me at 06 1866 0880 or at This experience is best when there are between 2 and 4 participants. Children aged 8 and up are also welcome. Currently I am located at Bloemenlaan 6 in ‘s-Gravenzande, Zuid-Holland, but when I am in Canada you can find me in Chatham, Ontario at 81 Delaware Ave. Hosting in person workshops is one of my favourite things to do!

On The Ocean Collage Stamping

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today you get to see a great card using On The Ocean and collage stamping. Sound like fun? It is!!


On The Ocean Collage Stamping


This collage stamping card is a slimline card that uses only stamps, ink and paper. No dies, no punches, no ribbon or any other accessories. It can be a challenge making a simple stamping card so I am always thrilled when it turns out so well. Let’s take a look.


This slimline card uses On The Ocean from Stampin'Up! It's a simple stamping card using only stamps, ink, and paper.


This slimline card uses On The Ocean from Stampin'Up! It's a simple stamping card using only stamps, ink, and paper.


This card is my submission for the Demo Design Dream Team. This is a monthly tutorial bundle that my customers and my team get for free. The theme this coming month is Simple Stamping. Would you like to see the inside?


This slimline card uses On The Ocean from Stampin'Up! It's a simple stamping card using only stamps, ink, and paper.


Colours Used


\For this slimline card I used Soft Sea Foam as the base which measures 7″ by 8 1/2″ scored at 3 1/2″. The dark blue layer is patterned paper from Countryside Inn and it measures 3 3/8″ by 8 3/8″. The white layer is 3″ by 8″. My ink pads are Starry Sky and Bojo Blue as well as Soft Sea Foam. What do you think of this On The Ocean stamp set? If you love it and you live in Canada, just click on the images in the supply list to shop with me. If you live in Europe you can simply click here.


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New In Colors and Core Colours


Yes, I am using both ways of spelling this word. I use the American spelling so that people can find it in a Google search, and I use the Canadian spelling because I am after all Canadian!

There is still an opportunity to sample the new in colors with this “club”. You can use the PayPal button in this blog post to get your kit or message me if you prefer to pay in a different way.

Look and Touch new Stampin'Up! In Color Club with The Pampered Stamper


Thanks for joining me today! Happy stamping and remember, there are new annual catalogs available for porch pickup in Chatham or I can mail one to you if you are not local. Have a super day!

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Friendly Gnomes for Valentine’s?

Hello stampers and happy Tuesday to you. Did you overlook the new Friendly Gnomes set in the mini catalog? Gnomes are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Add a little whimsy and humour to your Valentine’s card and a bring a smile to someone’s face. Don’t limit your Valentine’s cards to just the romantic love in your life. Share the love with your friends, coworkers and neighbours. Every could use a little more love!


Friendly Gnomes Z-Fold Card


I made this Friendly Gnomes z-fold card yesterday for my weekly Facebook live video. Every Monday at 10am EST or 4pm in the Netherlands I do a Cheer Corner Facebook live video. The purpose is to spread cheer and my viewers can nominate someone to receive this card. Together we CAN change the world one card at a time.


Z-fold Valentine's Card using Friendly Gnomes from Stampin'Up!


Changing Things for the Better


Recently I have decided to make my Cheer Corner a little more interactive. I share the supplies and measurements ahead of time so that you can make the card with me or do it later. Here is the photo that I shared on my Facebook page.


supplies needed for Friendly Gnomes z-fold card


Facebook Cheer Corner Video Tutorial


Here is the video that I did for my Facebook Live on Monday.



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The New Mrs. van der Sar-Boot

Hello stampers and happy Tuesday to you all. It has been SO long since I have written a blog post so today I thought I would introduce myself as the new Mrs. van der Sar-Boot. I accidentally changed my name on Facebook using the Canadian way of spelling Dutch names. Some of you were asking about that! In Canada we capitalize the “V” but in the Netherlands they do not. So many people have a “van” which means “from” in front of their names that it doesn’t count. If you go to V in the phonebook you will not find any names there that start with “Van”. Funny, right? I also added the “Boot” because that is my maiden name and that is also often done here. Now I have to wait 60 days before I can change my name on Facebook again, those are the rules.


Mrs. van der Sar-Boot


That sure is a mouthful isn’t it? I will also have to change the watermark on my cards to take the “Bultje” off but I think I am just going to do van der Sar on there or it will take up too much room. Perhaps I will just ask Nicole who designed my watermark to show me both options. I am so glad that I have branded myself “The Pampered Stamper” as that will not change.

I thought it might be fun to share a few photos from our big day. It was such a fantastic day for us. Despite all the sorrow surrounding our wedding day with so many deaths including my Pap, Gerard’s dad, my best friend Karen’s dad on our wedding day and then my ex-mother-in-law the week after, our day was amazing. The weather was perfect, the food was great, the flowers incredible, the littles were all terrific and everyone had a great time. Our photographer captured it all in the most delightful way, what more could we ask? The best part? We are happy beyond our wildest imaginations!


after the wedding ceremony



with the grandchildren






What About My Business??


I thought this would also be a good time to reassure you that I am definitely keeping my business going while living in the Netherlands for the next four years. I have now been a Stampin’Up! demonstrator for seventeen years and have built a great business with a fantastic team and I want to keep that going for sure. The plan is to return to Chatham every three months or so and when I do I will do a team event and a customer event. Naturally I am hoping to grow my YouTube channel and to have you order from me online.

Right now I am doing videos at 10am EST with the following schedule:

Monday:  Cheer Corner

Tuesday:  Stories and Stamps

Wednesday: Stamping Through My Stash

Thursday: private Prime Time Video (free for my team but open to everyone to subscribe to here

Friday:  private Training Group Video (free for my team but open to ALL demonstrators for a yearly fee here

Here is my YouTube channel so that you can subscribe and stay up to date with what I am creating.


Live in Belgium or Ireland?


Stampin’Up! is beginning in these two countries on October 4. How exciting is that? If you live there or anywhere in our European market you would be most welcome to either shop with me or join my team. You can check out the options here on my European website.


Historical Party


We had a Dutch wedding reception as well and it was held in a little café on the edge of the Staalduinse Bos. My mom used to walk and bike there with her friends and this charming café was already in existence when she was a little girl. The picture below is of us with her family. Not everyone could make it of course but it was wonderful to have so many friends and relatives come to celebrate with us.



Do you remember my friend Karen? It was so very sad that her dad died on the morning of our wedding. Of course she was unable to attend the wedding, but her and Paul were able to come to the Netherlands to celebrate with us here. What a treat.



Regular Routine


I am looking forward to getting back to blogging more regularly, I have definitely missed it. Thank you for joining me today! Have a super day.



Simple Cards with Fancy Frames Dies

Hello stampers and happy Tuesday to you. I know, I know. Blog posts are never on Tuesdays. This one is. Today I am sharing with you some simple cards with Fancy Frames dies. I hope you love them as much as I do!!


Fancy Frames Dies


What makes these dies so special is that they make it so very easy for you to make a stunning card with very little effort. No one will know how easy it was for you to create your masterpiece! No fussy die cutting, no cranking of lots of dies, just some pretty paper, coordinating cardstock and a few pretty gems. Sound unbelievable? Take a look!


Card Samples


Here are a few cards that I have made this week using these lovely  Fancy Frames Dies. I also made a video tutorial that I will include at the end of this post.


Ladybug Fancy Frames Dies card


Hues of Happiness and fancy frames dies card with white embossed sentiment



Hues of Happiness card closeup



Abigail Rose paper and fancy frames dies card


Here is a closeup of the Abigail Rose card. I love how this card came together with all those subtle tones! The roses on the front were fussy cut from the patterned paper. “You’re always so good to others…” comes from In The Moment stamp set. The brushed metallic dots are the perfect finishing touch.


Abigail Rose fancy frames card closeup.



Crane of Fortune and Fancy Frames dies cards



Crane of Fortune as a stork


Using Leftovers


Do you see the cards above? I found some leftover Hues of Happiness paper and played with them to make these cards. The polka dot paper is one of the free saleabration items which I coloured with blending brushes and Balmy Blue ink. I love the crane turned into a stork for the baby card!


Video Tutorial


Here is a video showing you how I made some of these cards. Enjoy!! If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my channel. It’s a wonderful to stay in touch with what I am sharing. Lately it seems that Facebook is making it more difficult to find older posts and videos, so YouTube is a great alternative!!



Don’t Forget About Saleabration!


Summer saleabration is in full swing! You can order your Christmas stamps (or anything else!) and get free items as a bonus with each $60 purchase. You can see all the offerings here.

The current host code is 3S2AFM37.


Thanks so much for joining me today! I appreciate that you are a part of my stamping community, have a super day!



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Handsomely Suited Waterfall Card

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I am going to share a Handsomely Suited Waterfall card with you. I first shared this card in my Prime Time With The Pampered Stamper group with a rather funny video. In typical squirrel fashion the card went seriously wrong, but I got it fixed and everyone got to see how NOT to do a waterfall card.


Handsomely Suited Waterfall Card


I won’t be sharing the video tutorial here since it is exclusive to Prime Time, but I will be doing a different waterfall card for my June virtual Coffee and a Card class. There are still a few spots left if you want one. Kits will be mailed out next week!


If you want to join Prime Time, this is the best time to do so. I have just committed to posting more exclusive content there including travel videos and photos. My Prime TIme people have been with me and supported me when COVID first crippled my in person business and I very much appreciate that.



Handsomely Suited Waterfall Card


Waterfall Mechanism


When I first had the idea to do this type of card I wondered whether or not the tie would make it “around”. It does!! This card is best appreciated when you see it in action, so here is a short video.




I’m not sure if the format of this video will actually work but I’m sure you will let me know what it looks like on your device. The one thing to remember when making a waterfall card is that your layers must be firmly adhered so that the edges don’t catch when you activate the waterfall mechanism. Here is a link to a tutorial that I used as a start for this card.


Join Me on June 1


On June 1 at 10am EST I will making another waterfall card featuring the Berry Blessings paper. This will be the first card for my June Virtual Coffee and a Card class. There are still a few kits available for $25 including shipping anywhere in Canada. This month you will get five cards, four of which are fancy folds. I am also going to write a tutorial so this will be another option to join in on the fun!


The Best News


On Friday I shared on social media that Gerard and I are engaged! Such happy news and so happy to be able to share with you all. We first met at my cousin’s birthday party here in Holland when I was visiting. I was 17. We wrote letters for a year and he visited me in Elora for two weeks. With no internet back then and slow mail and different plans we decided to break up. Fast forward more than thirty years and we reconnected when he heard that my marriage was over.

What a delight to discover that we were even more in love than we were as teenagers! Due to COVID we do not yet have a firm date in mind for the wedding and not even a definite place as that depends on my parents health. We are leaning towards Chatham in either June or September of next year.




This was just a fun selfie that we took at the beach. He proposed with dozens of roses and champagne right at home! I was in shock as it all happened so fast. Maybe you saw the photos of the champagne and the roses. I couldn’t say anything yet then because not of all our kids and family and friends knew yet. The outpouring of love on Facebook is amazing! Thanks so much for all your words of congratulations and kindness.


The Pampered Stamper Will Stay in Business!


In case you are worried, my business as The Pampered Stamper will continue. I have a great assistant on the other side of the ocean and she may just be working more hours for me. Planning times for online classes might be a little tricky but that’s ok. COVID has been a blessing forcing me to do my business totally online. There will still be lots of trips across the ocean to see my family and to keep things organized  for my business.

Thanks for joining me today and have a super day.




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