Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. I am very late writing this blog post because I had a Dutch Demo open house today. First of all I want to share a brand new venture, Valentine’s Day cards for the Canadian troops. This project was initiated by my very own team member Carolyn Hansen-Henderson. Do you want to know more about this Valentine’s project?
Valentine’s Day Cards for our troops
Even though Canadians are known for their peace keeping efforts, we have a lot of troops overseas. It can be very difficult to be far away from loved ones, especially on days like Valentine’s Day. If you want to brighten the day of some soldiers, then you can send your card or cards to Stampin’Up! Canada and they will send them to our army bases abroad. You need to act fast!
Announcing: Valentines for Canadian Armed Forces 💝
Calling all Canadian paper crafters! Let’s show our Canadian Armed Forces how much we appreciate them.
Over the next three weeks, we wish to invite everyone to make Valentine cards and send them into the Stampin’ Up! office in Calgary (received by January 24th). We have partnered with Carolyn Henderson (an Ontario demonstrator) to get those cards into the hands of Canadian troops by Valentine’s Day!
Send your cards to:
Valentine Cards for Canadian Veterans
C/O Stampin’ Up! Canada
Suite 330, 2618 Hopewell Place NE
Calgary, AB T1Y 7J7
There are lots of appropriate sentiments to choose from to stamp into your card. Choose a Valentine’s Day sentiment, or a simple Thank You, or an appreciation sentiment like ‘Grateful For You’.
Please consider writing a little note in the card to make it personal from you. Something like these:
“Thank you for risking your life for our freedom.”
“We feel secure and safe because you made sure that we do. With much gratitude and appreciation.”
Hope you will join us in this worthy effort,
Stampin’ Up! Canada 💝
Remember: no glitter or foil paper for safety reasons!!
Heartfelt Valentine’s Day Card
I thought it was time for me to feature a card that I made myself! When I heard about this Valentine’s Card for the Canadian troops project, I decided to make a card too. Even though it says friend, I think that is ok, everyone is someone’s friend and if a soldier is overseas defending my freedom or promoting peace I consider them a friend. Be sure to take the opportunity to write something heartfelt in your card. Believe me, happy mail is powerful!
This card actually uses the left over pieces from the card that I made for the February Demo Design Dream team tutorial. The hearts in the first picture inspired this card since I liked how they looked on this barnboard paper. This paper is left over from the holiday mini from a fall collection that I can’t remember the name of now! Here’s the inside that I like as much as the outside!! Happy mail in Holland has taught me to pay attention to all aspects of the card.
Happy Mail in Holland Contest
Your happy mail cards keep arriving and making my heart happy. I was planning on featuring two of these cards today but I really needed to post about the Valentine’s Day cards for the Canadian troops as well, so I am only going to feature one card today. This gorgeous card comes all the way from Newfoundland, Canada. Maureen Power is the artist and she lives in Goulds, Newfoundland. It is a neighbourhood of the bigger city of St John’s which is the capital city of the province. I really do hope to visit there some time this decade.
Maureen used the beautiful Most Wonderful Time Product Medley for this card as well as copper foil paper and a gorgeous framelit from the holiday mini that I do not own. I don’t have a catalog with me so I don’t remember the name of it. You will need to help me out with this! Here is another angle so you can see all the lovely details.
The envelope also made me smile with all these cheerful critters. I couldn’t decide if they were baby groundhogs, baby squirrels or baby seals. It makes me feel a little silly admitting this to you, but maybe you can help me out here too.
Tomorrow is Saturday but I have a feeling that there could be another blog post so that I can keep up with all the happy mail. What a great “problem” to have. Your Canadian squirrel is smiling. Now I am going to go out on a date with my handsome Dutchman. Have a super day!!
Hello stampers. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this fun and innovative stamp set with coordinating framelits is just awesome for both kids and grownups. It is great for mushy cards but also for fun or serious cards. I love how the framelits can be used for both cutting out puzzle pieces or for creating an embossed focal point. The very best part is that it is quick and easy. This product makes it look like you really slaved over making a super special card, so whoever receives one from you will really be feeling the love. Only you know how much fun you had making it and how easy it really was. I went online for inspiration and all but one of these cards was cased from other talented demonstrators. The first one was from Tami White.
I love how all Stampin’Up! products coordinate. If you really want to look “put together” then limit yourself to one suite at a time when you are purchasing instead of dabbling with several suites at a time. The All My Love ribbon is the perfect accent to this card. Now just to be contradictory, you can mix and match. The negative piece from the light pink heart is from the Tropical Escape paper from the annual catalog. Thanks to Tami White for the inspiration, I might not have thought of that! I could have used the epoxy heart droplets in the suite but I just noticed them now. You know what? This photo is a little out of focus, so I am going to add a droplet and take another picture just to make up for it!! I have been known to be impulsive, so why not live up to my reputation?
The next card is just so colourful and it makes me so happy. This one was originally created by Laura Vanverloh. She made it for an autism awareness event with is a perfect fit! I changed up the background by using Touches of Texture as well as the little hearts from Love You to Pieces.
This next card combines Grey Granite with Night of Navy for a perfect masculine card. Thanks to Jackier Beers for this clean and crisp design.
I really love the next card as Lori Wilcox was really thinking outside of the box. She used the High Tide set to create a beach scene which was then cut using the puzzle framelits. One piece was taken out to make a cute statement. A simple trick with this card is to put adhesive on the back before taking them out of the framelits. Flip it over, framelit and all and press onto your cardstock mat. Then pop the pieces out and they will stick to the mat without you having to align them all.
Here is a look of the panel before being attached to the card.
The last card was my own creation and I made it because I wanted to show my customers that this puzzle stamp had a good use. You see, it doesn’t fit with the puzzle framelit and we found that a little annoying. I then suggested that it could be used to stamp a background. So I tried it this afternoon and I loved how it turned out. This bright card also uses the rectangle stitched framelits. They are easy to adapt to different sizes as well. Tomorrow I will do a video on that and include it in this post.
A clean and simple card…the inside is pretty cute too. I used Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Pineapple Punch and Lovely Lipstick for the puzzle piece background. Do you know what these colours all have in common? They are all this year’s “In Colours”. The only one missing is Grapefruit Grove. I cut out one “puzzle” from each of the colours mentioned and then I keep the leftovers in a small Ziploc bag inside the stamp case. That makes it super easy to add some of these colourful puzzle pieces to any card. I really loved playing with this set, it brought out my inner child and the bright colours were so cheerful on this cold winter day.
As you can see this bundle can be used for so much more than just Valentine’s Day. I hope you have been inspired by these cards and I challenge you to pop a card in the mail this week and show someone some love. If your wish list is long, you know what to do. The very best deal, especially at this time of year during the sale-a-bration sale is to get the starter kit. You can pick out a whopping $225 worth of any product you choose from the current catalogs and pay only $135. No shipping or tax. Click here to start the process. I will finish this post with a video I shared earlier this week on Facebook.
If you live anywhere in Canada and do not already have a demonstrator I would love your business. You can shop online very easily and if you also are so kind as to use the host code
I would be ever so grateful and I will send you a fun card in the mail. If however your order is $200 or more you should just do a customer order because that will entitle you to host benefits. During sale-a-bration if your order is $300 you will get $65 in free host products. You can choose from exclusive host sets but you can get anything you want from the catalog or the clearance rack. You can also put your host rewards towards the purchase of a starter kit. Good to know, right? Have a super day and thanks for stopping by.
Hello stampers. It is still January, but I have learned from experience that now is the time to start getting ready for Valentine’s Day, and Sure Do Love You will help you do that in great style! If you have cards that need mailing or if you need to make a lot of them for your child’s class, then you need a little more time to prepare. I used to do a Valentine’s tea party when the kids were all still home and that was such a lovely tradition. It was so nice to set a pretty table and buy them all special treats and to sit around the table to show them how much they were loved. This Painted with Love suite will help you set a very pretty table indeed. I might just have to theme my coffee and a card class that week for Valentine’s Day.
This is such a beautiful suite. The paper is richly coloured and textured, so much so that you want to touch the brush strokes they look so real. Valentine’s Day is so much more than just giving a card to your sweetheart. I like to use this day to show everyone that they are special and that they are loved. So many people now suffer from anxiety and depression and a small act of kindness can go a long ways. I know that I will use the leftover paper to make pretty cards with the narrow note cards and envelopes and then some Ghiradelli chocolate treat holders which are always popular or some homemade cookies to give to random people that I will meet on my errands on Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t take much to make the world a better place.
The paper in the Painted With Love collection is really unique. It has gold foil accents on one side and brushstroke imagery on the other side. We have never had anything like it before and I love every little bit of it. Some of it is so bold and vivid that you only need a little bit of it on a card, so this paper pack will go a long ways!! I am offering a Suite Share with the paper, cardstock and ribbon for only $16. In the share there is a third of a pack of dsp (4″ x12″) 12 sheets of cardstock in calypso coral, melon mambo and powder pink as well as one yard of gold tinsel trim and one yard of pink tinsel trim.
To make this wonky, artsy sentiment I created a pseudo ink pad with a baby wipe. Just fold the baby wipe in four and then add some drops of reinker. I used mainly rich razzleberry and berry burst and then in the spaces between I added powder pink. I put the baby wipe on a silicone mat to protect my table. The other two hearts are cut out of the Painted With Love paper. The background hearts were stamped with versamark on powder pink cardstock. The gold hearts are stickers from the Painted Love Gold Vinyl Stickers. I popped up the sentiment with dimensionals and behind it I adhered a large bow of powder pink mini tinsel trim. All the coordinating items in this suite make it very easy to make beautiful cards.
After I made my pseudo ink pad with the baby wipe I made lots of solid hearts and also more of these pretty “sentiment” hearts. When I lifted up the baby wipe I noticed that there was a nice puddle of ink on my silicone mat, so I used that as an ink pad to make more multi-coloured hearts. The three colours rich razzleberry, berry burst and powder pink work really well together!
The hearts in the top row were made with a colour wash. I first heat embossed with white embossing powder for the words and then used an aquapainter to quickly swoosh over the words with rich razzleberry, berry burst and powder pink. I had to do it quickly and lightly because I was using regular whisper white cardstock. It worked out perfectly. If you used watercolour paper or shimmer white paper you wouldn’t have to be so careful.
This red and black card uses the paper from the Petal Palette suite as well as the leaf punch and some vellum cardstock. Super simple, super cute. Finish it off with our Silver Baker’s Twine and you have just the right look. I cased this card from Cindee Wilkinson. So nice to get inspiration from other stampers. The paper is actually called Petal Passion and it is also great to use with our new Blends.
By now you may have realized that there are a lot of beautiful things in the Occasions catalog and you want so much but it all adds up so quickly. Have you considered getting the starter kit? While this would officially make you a demonstrator, it does NOT mean that you actually have to demonstrate anything to anyone. You can simply get the kit for the great deal that it is and do nothing further. You could also get the kit and then use your 20% discount to get more items in the next 6 months. Or, like some of our most successful demonstrators, you could decide to share what you love with your friends, family and neighbours and start a great business. No matter what you decide, you can take advantage of the amazing deal with no guilt whatsoever. Stampin’Up! gives this offer in the hope that you will get hooked but they realize that most do not. Either way you will have a nice stash of beautiful products for a great deal. Here is the link if you want lots of products for a small price.
There is another way to get product for free and that is to host a workshop. Right now you can get an extra $35 in hostess products when your workshop gets to $330. I would love to have you and a group of your friends in my stamp room for a workshop or private class. We all need to take some time to have fun in our lives and stamping is a lot of fun!!
I have an extra Paper Pumpkin stamp set and it is looking for a new home! If you comment on this blog post and share in some way, either by pinning one of the images, or sharing a link to this blog on your Facebook page, you will be entered into a draw for this lovely stamp set. Anyone in the world is eligible, how awesome is that?
I love the images in this set. It is even more versatile with three different fonts. It is hard to see the images clearly here so I also stamped them for you.
I made a very simple card using the elements from this Paper Pumpkin which is called Heartfelt Love Notes. Sometimes simplicity is best. What do you think?
Happy stamping, be sure to use your stash to spread a little love and make the world a happier place.
Hello stampers! Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and love is in the air! One of my favourite songs is by Josh Groban, You Raise Me Up. That is why Lift Me Up is such a perfect set for Valentine’s Day. It is inspiring, joyful and filled with love. Who doesn’t love the sight of a colourful hot air balloon in the sky? We all think it is quite romantic to go up in the air for a hot air balloon ride. (well, I have to admit, I do have some reservations…what if I have to go to the washroom about half way through? There is no easy answer there.) Take a look:
The balloon is basic grey and the strips behind are real red, pink pirouette and smoky slate. If you look closely you can see I messed up a little with the adhesive, but I have since put into practice a much better way of adhering intricate die cut pieces. Squeeze some liquid tombow onto the corner of your silicone mat, use a sponge to pat it down and then put the balloon upside down on a clean part of the mat and lightly sponge over it and then put on your solid pieces right away. Works like a charm. Both the silicone mat and the sponge will clean perfectly with a bit of soapy water. The bit of linen thread looks very whimsical holding the heart to the hot air balloon. Add a bit of bling and you are all set!
Here the balloon is night of navy and the coloured strips are watermelon wonder, peekaboo peach and soft sky. The white strip is 1″ by 3 3/4″ and the patterned paper is 3 3/4″ x 5″. Navy mat 4″ x 5 1/4″. I love how the navy just makes the bright colours pop.
Enamel shapes (formerly known as candy dots, although these are more rounded, the candy dots had a more flattened shape) also make lovely embellishments for the hot air balloons. Did you know that you can also use Sharpies to colour your pearls and rhinestones in case you have no enamel shapes on hand? The middle card is a note card size and for the background it uses the stamp set Timeless Textures (140517, clear mount, set of 9 for $27)
Now the card above clearly does not use Lift Me Up, but it was one of the cards I made for my classes last week so people would be all set for Valentine’s Day a little bit ahead of time. This bundle was so popular it actually went on backorder! The lesson here is that if you really love something, especially if it is for a time sensitive occasion, be sure to order it right away so that you won’t be disappointed. It is kind of like when you are shopping for clothes or shoes. If you really love it, don’t wait, because when you go back it will most likely be gone.
Since we made these cards at my regular Coffee and a Card class, I thought I would share this older video where I explain how coffee and a card works. This is truly my favourite class ever since it has such a relaxed community feel to it.
The last thing I want to share with you is that I am now going to have a new hostess code up each week so that if you want to order online you can do this using the hostess code. Remember, if your order is more than $110, you would be better off getting the starter kit. Why? Because on a $110 order once you add shipping and tax you are paying just over $136. The starter kit is $135, you get to pick out $165 in product AND until the end of March you also get to pick out TWO free stamp sets out of either the annual catalog or the Occasions catalog. There is no shipping or tax in Ontario. In some provinces there is tax. Just click here to get the starter kit. Be sure to have your social insurance number and a credit card handy as well as your wish list of course for the two free stamp sets and $165 worth of product. Please note that you cannot go over this amount even by a penny. You also will get 8 catalogs and 8 Occasions catalogs to hand out to your friends and family. What fun!! I would truly love to have you on my team.
Have a super day, Jackie