Snow Front with Nature’s Beauty

Hello stampers. I absolutely love stamp sets that allow me to play. Snow Front and Nature’s Beauty are perfect for that. Nature’s Beauty has some great images in it and I really wanted to make some great cards so that you would all want to buy it. Why you ask? Well of course I want you to want ALL the stamp sets in the catalog, but this one has a special place in my heart. Nature’s Beauty is a stamp set that has been especially created to raise money for mental health organizations. Four dollars from each set will be donated to different mental health organizations in each country so that the money raised in each country remains there. Thank you Stampin’Up! Nature’s Beauty is a lovely stamp set with beautifully drawn animals: a deer, a rabbit, a fox as well as several different groupings of trees and grass. It will be great for many different occasions and just because.


Snow Front


When I was ready to make my third card using Nature’s Beauty I knew that I wanted to create a scene for the deer. I also knew that I wanted two deer facing each other. That means that I needed to use a really cool but simple technique involving the stamparatus and the silicone mat. I will share this technique during my Facebook live next Tuesday. Having only limited supplies on hand forces me to be a little bit more creative. Snow front has so many different stamps that allow you limitless possibilities for winter scene making. Time was of the essence and this card was actually very quick and easy to make, it came together on the first try!!



You can see that I used only three colours: soft suede, mossy meadow and seaside spray. The seaside spray is very subtle, it is found in the small patch of ice at the feet of the deer. It also ties in with the patterned paper in the background that comes from Come to Gather.



The deer on the right is the one that was reverse stamped using the silicone mat. This technique gives the stamped image a totally different look which may cause you to think that it is an entirely different stamp! I would love to spend a romantic evening in that cabin by the woods watching these deer? I hear the nightly rate is good, so you might want to stay there too!


Nature’s Beauty


This stamp set has only image stamps in it but it will coordinate with any of the sentiments from our other stamp sets. I also think it works very well for blank cards. Sometimes the only words you need are the heartfelt letter you write on the inside of the card. They are priceless. I would encourage you to use this stamp set to send random acts of kindness cards. Cards that can be sent for no reason at all but to send happy mail. If we all did that more often the world would be a better place. Mental illness would decline and that is the purpose of this stamp set! I hope you all get on board and buy the set. In fact I believe so strongly in this that EVERYONE who orders this set from my online store will get a card from me in the mail using this set. The only catch is that you must use the current host code:  ZQKK7SAB.

Remember, four dollars from every set sold will be donated to the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada. That is a significant contribution and I am excited to see how much money we will raise. It would be amazing if we could keep tabs on how many cards are sent using this stamp set! Together we can make a difference, one small step at a time, one stamp set at a time, one card at a time.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to tune in to the Facebook live on Tuesday at 9am EST or 3pm European summer time. I will be making this card and two others using Nature’s Beauty.


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Fighting Alzheimer’s


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Hello stampers! I want to fight Alzheimer’s and dementia with card making. I know that may sound optimistic but studies have shown that stimulating the brain with new activities and keeping active is helpful to elderly people. My parents are 87 and 92 and are still in remarkably good health but whenever I come to visit I hear rumblings of “Mom is starting to lose it” or “Pap is slipping”. While I am not seeing many signs of this, it is still scary to contemplate. I am committed to taking a Paper Pumpkin with me each time and making cards with Mom. Pap has joined in yet, but maybe next time I will ask him too. Mom did fine following instructions and she quickly showed me that she liked adding her own twist to things.


The Challenge


I am sharing this so that you will also be inspired to do this with elderly people in your life. Their world shrinks and they love to have something meaningful and new to do. My mom right away said that she was going to send one of the cards to her handicapped sister in Holland. I then encouraged her to give another one of the cards to her church friend who is actually in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Next time I cam going to pick up this friend so that they can make cards together. Paper Pumpkin makes this so easy. No prep required, all the fun stuff is in the box. Who will you do this with? Together we can fight Alzheimer’s in a fun and meaningful way.


Your Stories


Please share your stories with me and send pictures of you and your people making cards. I am passionate about making the world better one card at a time. Here is a picture of me and my mom.



Here is the creative mess on Mom’s kitchen table.



It really is heartwarming how much my Mom loved making these cards. She felt so accomplished and full of purpose. It was a nice change from her regular routine and it also allowed us to bond. Most of the cards are going to the Chatham-Kent Hospice where they have an “anniversary program” and they send out cards for the first anniversary of the loved ones death. Most people are having the most difficult time then in their loss process and are often feeling alone and forgotten, so these cards really make a difference.


Here is the link to the short video I did showing the cards close up.


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I will finish this post by letting you know that you can now also choose to follow me on Bloglovin’. There is a link at the top of this post. Thanks to Nancy Newcombe for telling me about this. I had noticed that some of my readers are coming to me from Bloglovin’ but I had no idea how that actually worked, so I looked into it and claimed my blog. Apparently this is a site where you can organize all your favourite blogs to make your life easier. I hoped I helped you with this a bit! Always learning new things and hopefully this will delay my demise as well.


Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have a super day. If you order online I have heard that there have been some glitches, so please let me know if you are having any difficulties so that I can contact Stampin’Up! about it.


On My Mind

Hello stampers! I really love the title of this blog post, On My Mind. Did you know that you are often on my mind? I am always thinking of ways that I can make my business more meaningful for you. Someone close to me said that I was doing great things but using the “dullest tool imaginable”. Obviously she doesn’t love stamping, because I would strongly disagree. I think I am using beautiful tools and that together we are changing the world one card at a time. Of course I am assuming that you are not only making cards but also sending them. If you are hoarding your cards then the world is not being changed too much by your hobby.


On My Mind is the title of this blog because it is also the name of the July Paper Pumpkin. Every month I host a Beginner Class on the fourth Wednesday of the month. I have been using Paper Pumpkin for these classes because I think that this product is perfect for beginners.  Seasoned stampers can use the products in these great kits to make “avid” cards. Did you know that Stampin’Up! has us categorized into three different types of paper crafters? Beginner, casual and avid. We all know what a beginner stamper is, someone who is baffled by all the tools and terminology, not to mention our crazy colour names. SU sounds like Laurentian on steroids, or am I the only one who remembers Laurentian pencil crayons? Maybe that is only a Canadian thing. A casual stamper comes to classes once in a while. They know what they are doing but they don’t need to have it all, they are happy with just making the cards that they need or to get out and have fun once in a while. Then you have the avid paper crafter. That’s us. We are hopelessly addicted. We want it all and we love layers, embellishments and fancy folds. That’s ok. If fact, it’s pretty awesome. Without my avid people I wouldn’t be in business!


Let’s take a look at the cards we will be making at Beginner class next week Wednesday. Have I told you that you don’t have to be a beginner to come to these classes? This class goes at a slower pace and doesn’t assume any prior knowledge of stamping. Ask your most basic questions and don’t feel like an idiot. (I hope I never make anyone feel that way, but sometimes we put that pressure on ourselves)


I love the font style of this saying "On My Mind". Paper Pumpkin has great stamps.


I do so love the font of this saying from On My Mind. What a fabulous card to send to someone in the mail for no reason at all. Do you have someone in mind when you see this card?


Slightly altered Paper Pumpkin card using a base of Pretty Peacock


This card was slightly altered. If found that the base was not as sturdy as I would like in a card so I simply cut the back off and then trimmed the front to measure 4 1/8 by 5 3/* and put it on a pretty peacock card. I really like how that makes the whole thing pop. Aren’t the lined envelopes just so pretty?


These Paper Pumpkin cards coordinate with products from our annual catalog making them even more versatile.


Have you noticed that the cards and stamps in this Paper Pumpkin coordinate with products from our annual catalog? I love that, it adds more value all around. While these cards look amazing and a little bit complex, they are perfect for beginners too. I can’t wait to see who comes to this fun class. Class fee is only $15, but if you choose to order you get that money back to use on your order. Win-win.


Thanks so much for stopping by today. In the product links below I have included the coordinating suites of products that are in the annual catalog.


Next month’s Paper Pumpkin will be fall themed and it is gift bags. For the first time ever Stampin’Up! is offering an add-on coordinating card kit if you want. I thought the gift bags would be perfect for beginning of the year teacher and staff gifts or to be used at a Thanksgiving meal as table favours with notes of gratitude tucked inside. Mine are coming with me to Holland and that is exactly what I am going to use them for. If you want to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, here is the link for you. I do try to make it easy to get what you want!

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Wildly Happy With Stitched Nested Labels

Hello stampers! I’m back from a lovely time away and I appreciate your patience. Balance in life is a good thing and taking complete time away with your loved ones is so important. Wildly Happy is a stamp set that oozes love. While I think the original intent was for baby cards, I have hopefully shown that it can definitely be adapted for all kinds of other occasions. For some reason I wanted to use the stitched nested labels, the new in colours and the coordinating ribbon on these cards. I also played around with different colouring techniques.




For these cards I used the sentiments that come with the Wildly Happy set. I also used three different embossing folders and the new scalloped linen ribbon in terracotta tile, rococo rose and pretty peacock. Three different sizes of stitched nested labels were also used. The following trio of cards use different sentiments from A Wish for Everything and Here’s A Card.




It was also fun to play with different colouring techniques. I used Blends on the elephants and rabbits but I used watercolour pencils and a blender pen on the fox with the baby sentiment and blender pen and ink on the fox with “I made you a card”. You will also notice that there are no traditional bows on these cards. This scalloped linen ribbon does not tie well into bows, it is too stiff. It does tie beautifully in a knot like the one on the elephant card or a simple layered knot like on the rabbit card. It also can be tucked around a card front like on the fox card or layered over a strip of cardstock for added interest.



I did do a little colour coordination with the ribbon and the colour of the stamped sentiments. I really like the new incolours. Today I used Pretty Peacock, Rococo Rose and Terracotta Tile. The fox was the trendiest! He or she got some terracotta tile lowlights around the edges of his face and tail before being blended with pumpkin pie and daffodil delight. In the baby card I used four different colours of pencils: cajun craze, early espresso, pumpkin pie and daffodil delight. It was some serious colour therapy for me.


I hope you like the cards today, we will be making them at coffee and a card tomorrow morning. Today I am organizing the summer Blends Club as well as a paper share. Stay tuned for more details. Thanks so much for stopping by, if you would like to purchase any of the items featured today and you live in Canada, just click on the products below. If you choose to use the host code I would be most thankful. The code is  YDZAPF6Y.


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Home Decor Frame Inserts

Hello stampers, I’m back after a busy weekend. Not only was it Mother’s Day, it was also my daughter Rachel’s 20th birthday! So we had a weekend of celebrations with the family which was really, really nice. The weather even cooperated on Saturday with some nice sunshine. Today it is raining again, I swear even I am going to start growing moss! Today I want to share with you some more home decor frame inserts. In the winter we made this home decor frame for the first time with the promise that more inserts would be made as we needed them. This is such a nice easy project to do and to change up for the different seasons. If you look at this blog post you will see the original. Here are the latest additions:


Seasonal home decor frame inserts


I made two different floral ones for spring and the reason for that is that one is using a framelit and the other is fussy cutting, so there is a suitable option for different crafters. I also realize that my summer insert with the leaf and chair does look a little bit like fall. It is just that I love red and also love the real red and crushed curry together. I might have to make a different summer insert, but do you think this is a good one for Canada Day? The apron with the barbecue tools is also a favourite of mine. Do you want to see what they look like in a frame?


Home decor frame inserts with You're Inspiring

The daffodils in this frame were fussy cut and they come from the stamp set You’re Inspiring. I coloured with Blends and added a few pearls. The frame comes from Michael’s from their everyday value collection so it is almost always in stock and only costs $10 in Canada.


Home decor frame inserts with Lovely Romance


The flowers here come from Lovely Romance which is now sold out, but at least you can use this easy version in my class if you don’t want to fussy cut the daffodils!


Apron of Love with home decor frame inserts


Here is a close up of the barbecue apron and tools which I made using Apron of Love. This set is also retiring so get it before it’s gone. It is perfect for scrapbooking and also for mother’s day or father’s day cards.


Home decor frame inserts with Apron of Love


The paper for the apron comes from Best Route and the strawberry is from the retired set Fruit Basket. The fruit punches are on the clearance rack right now! The galvanized metallic paper was on the clearance rack for a super deal so I scooped up several packages. It’s always a good idea to keep an eye out on the clearance rack. There are super deals, but it is like Costco, if you see it you need to get it right away or you will miss out.


Canada Day home decor frame insert


I think this last one is perfect for Canada Day although you could definitely use it for fall as well. The red leaf is symbolic of our solid red maple leaf on the Canadian flag. I might have to make a beachy scene yet to appease my summer lovers. I don’t know if we have a current set that has a sand bucket, but I am going to use the set Beach Happy and see how that turns out. Did you know that it is retiring too? If you want to add any of these retiring products to your collection and you live in Canada, just click on the images below and you can start shopping with me. I will be even happier if you also use the current host code TXE4JNCY.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Have fun making this super easy home decor project. This makes a fun and memorable gift for your friends as well.


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Pocketful of Sunshine and Daisies

Hello stampers. How ironic that I am creating with Pocketful of Sunshine and Daisies today! Not much sun to be seen here in Chatham, Ontario today. I think it is the coldest and wettest spring ever. I realize that I sound old when I say that. Old people tend to talk of weather in bygone days!! Apparently my need of sunshine and fun brought me to remember that I have not yet inked up Pocketful of Sunshine. Why ever not?!! It is the most adorable set and it comes with coordinating dies as well. Sadly it is retiring but the dies are not. There will be another fun stamp set to go with the dies but I am going to be so bold and tell you that you really do need this one. Why? Mainly because of the stitching. There are two stamps in this set that give stitched detail to the pocket. So, so cute. There are also great words in this set. It really is a must have for cards for all ages and genders. Let’s take a look.


Coffee and a card class cards using Pocketful of Sunshine


I made these cards for coffee and a card class. They are a lot of fun and not too difficult to make. I love how you can fill the pocket with fun things. You can add fake money (there is a stamp for that) but I think your recipient will be much happier with the real deal. The sunglasses come in the stamp set. I simply stamped them in versamark on bright cardstock (pumpkin pie and granny apple green) and then cut them with the matching die and the Big Shot. Just in case you are reading this and don’t understand the foreign language of Stampin’Up! a Big Shot is a die cutting and embossing machine. Really a fantastic tool to have in your repertoire.


Pineapple punch embossing powder with pocketful of sunshine.


There is a die that cuts out the rays of the sun, and it is super cute, but I thought it would just be easier to emboss the rays right onto the wood textures paper. I used pineapple punch embossing powder which is part of a collection of in colour embossing powders, also retiring, so get it while you can!! Don’t you just love the realistic looking tab on the pocket? Do you also see what I mean with the stitched detail on the pocket? It really is a must have.


Pocketful of Sunshine and tea


There is a reason I don’t wear white very often. It is almost inevitable that at the end of the day I will have spilled on it. It is no different with my white paper pocket. Somehow I managed to get a smudge of yellow on it, but I am keeping it real for all the world to see! Doesn’t this Pocketful of Sunshine go perfectly with Lemon Zest? Both of these great sets are retiring, so get them while you can. There is also a punch to go with the lemons. I love how the tea bag fits so nicely into the pocket. The leaves were stamped with lemon lime twist, also a beautiful colour that is retiring. Make sure you have enough ink, cardstock and paper to keep you going for a while. The lemons were stamped with so saffron which surprised me. I first chose daffodil delight but it was too intense.


Pocketful of Sunshine and On Route paper


I don’t often combine crumb cake and smoky slate but I really like how it looks on this card. The pocket has both real money and stamped money and a cool pair of shades. Do you see the sentiment? That is not done with colouring the stamp with markers. It is actually three different stamps so that makes it very easy to get this look. The stamps are photopolymer so they are a snap to stamp perfectly. I love how the stitched framelit mimics the stitching on the pocket. I also thought that the Best Route paper was a great fit for this card. Pocket money for a trip is such a nice gesture, especially if is for a student who could always use a little extra cash. Who am I kidding? I think we could all use a little extra pocket money when we are going on a trip. Another great thing about this card? I chopped up the whole pack since I had been hoarding it for a year! I received it as a gift on the Alaskan cruise? How crazy is that? You really do need to #loveitchopit.


Pocketful of Sunshine and paper


Tomorrow I will post again with one more fantastic card using Pocketful of Sunshine. That card will also use a brand new stamp set called Daisy Lane. I hope you come back to see it. Thanks so much for stopping by. Please click on the images below if you want to buy any of these supplies before they are gone. It will only work if you live in Canada. If you would be so kind as to use the host code when you order online I would be most happy. Here it is:  V7NT9B9U.  


Have a super day!


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