Music From the Heart

Hello stampers and happy Thursday to you. Music from the Heart is a fantastic stamp set that was designed by Dawn Olchefske when she became a million sales achiever. Turns out that in her regular life she is a trained classical pianist who is also a band junkie! This is a super versatile set that is great for many ages and both genders. Here is the link to Dawn’s blog so you can see what she has created with it and you can also read her story.


Grand Piano Card


This card is just so very impressive. I made it but I certainly didn’t design it. Dawn did and she also has a free pdf on her blog so you can make it too. Yes, there is a bit of cutting to make the piano keys, but it is not difficult and totally worth it.


Music from the Heart


The red, white and black in this card make it perfect for Valentine’s or anniversary but it would also make a perfect wedding card. The discerning eye will be able to pick up that my piano is in need of a little tuning. One of the keys has a slight lift to it!! For the complete measurements, pdf and video, you can check out this blog post from Dawn.


Funky Guitar


Until I read Dawn’s blog post I had no idea that you could combine the treble clef and the guitar handle to make a funky guitar. I recommend using your stamparatus to do this! You do have to fussy cut it but it isn’t difficult.  This card is great and also super versatile for so many people. I used the stitched star dies and silver foil paper and you could switch up the colours to suit the recipient.


Music from the Heart


If you do a Google search you will find lots and lots of cards made with this set and that is great because you will never lack inspiration! I found this one by Paula Reid and I thought I would share it with you too. If you want to read the great story behind her card, be sure to check out her blog post here.



Happy Mail in Canada for Gerard


I thought it was fitting to include the information for the happy mail in Canada contest for Gerard here. I’m not sure if you know our love story, but you can read about it here. He is coming to visit on March 29 and I thought it would be wonderful to surprise him with a lot of happy mail from all of you. Please send a masculine card to Gerard van der Sar c/o Jackie Bultje 81 Delaware Ave, Chatham, Ontario N7L 2W3. You will be entered into a contest for a masculine stamp set of your choice from the mini catalog and I will blog about your card too.

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Showing the Love with Heartfelt

Hello stampers and happy Tuesday to you. Today I am showing the love with Heartfelt. I really do love Valentine’s Day and I have always done a Valentine’s Day party for my kids. The table would be set with pretty dishes and fresh flowers and of course I would make heart shaped cookies and cupcakes. At each place setting there would also be a cute little bag full of Valentine’s treats. It’s important to show your love to those around you and make them feel special.


Heartfelt Card


Stampin’Up! always has at least one luscious Valentine’s Day set, and lately they have a whole suite of products that make it super easy to make beautiful cards and gifts. Did you know that heart shaped tins are perfectly suited to making mini brownies or cupcakes? I think I will do this for the kids and grandkids this weekend. We made this Heartfelt card at coffee and a card this morning.


Heartfelt Valentine's card


The From My Heart specialty designer series paper makes it super easy to make a beautifully coordinated card. I have to say, I’m really appreciated the heart punch pack too. Framelits and dies are great, but punches are quick and easy! Do you see the adorable cupid’s arrow behind the hearts? Love how the silver embossed arrow coordinates with the silver edged satin ribbon.

The striped piece is 1 1/2″ by 4 3/4″ and the heart piece is 2 1/2″ by 4 3/4″. The hearts cover up the “seam”.

If this makes you sad because you don’t have time to get this in time for your Valentine’s celebration, don’t stress. These beautiful heart inspired cards would be welcome any time of the year. Some of the other sayings in this set include “from my heart to yours”, “So lucky to have a friend like you” and “love you lots”. How about “being friends is better than eating candy (but let’s do that too)”




I have a tradition for my coffee and a card class as well. On the class closest to Valentine’s Day there are very special treats. This year I finally baked linzer cookies. These cookies are a classic at high end bakeries and for good reason. They are beautiful works of art that taste as good as they look. I really enjoyed making them and look forward to a new tradition. The recipe is from Canadian baker Anna Olsen.


Heartfelt cookies


Here is the recipe if you would like to make them yourself.


Share the Love


While I am a big fan of Valentine’s Day that doesn’t mean that all was well in the land of romance for me. Perhaps that is why I put the focus on the kids. Either way, no matter where you are in life and what the state of your heart is, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to spread kindness. Paper Pumpkin is amazing for that. Paper Pumpkin makes it easy to make super cute things and share them with lots of people. You would be amazed to see the transformation on an adult’s face when they receive a random Valentine’s surprise. I love putting as many as possible in a large purse and handing them out at the grocery store to stressed out moms, lonely old people or overworked and underpaid clerks and tellers.


Paper Pumpkin March kit


Just a heads up that the March kit will have a bonus stamp set in it, and it’s a big one! Measures 4″ by 6″, so that will be a lot of stamps. Click here to subscribe and get some free saleabration items as well.


Happy Mail in Canada Contest for Gerard


Thanks for joining me today. Don’t forget about the Happy Mail in Canada contest. I am hoping to surprise Gerard with lots of cards when he comes to Canada on March 29. I will once again blog about your card and you will be entered into a contest to win the masculine stamp set of your choice from the mini catalog. Send your cards to Jackie Bultje 81 Delaware Ave, Chatham, Ontario N7L 2W3.


Blog Candy


It is once again time for a giveaway! I am going to give away this beautiful stamp set from the January Paper Pumpkin I’ll Be Yours. If you comment on this blog post AND share it on Facebook you will be entered into the draw. In order to share just copy and paste the link of the post OR click the Facebook icon at the bottom of the post to share. If you are having problems doing this you can also choose to leave a review on my Pampered Stamper Facebook page. Thanks so much and good luck. It’s all about getting the word out there. Small businesses depend on good old-fashioned word of mouth. You matter to me.


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Floating Heart Card

Hello stampers and happy Thursday. Today I am sharing with you my Floating Heart Card that I made for the Design Dream Team Tutorial. If you order from me in February you will get this sixteen project tutorial for free! I made this card while in Holland and had to make do with what I had. Ideally you would use rectangle stitched framelits for the opening, but I had to use a square die twice instead.


Floating Heart Card


I promise that I will do a video on how to make this card when I am back home in my studio. As you are reading this I am probably having coffee with my parents. It will be so, so good to see Mom and Pap after a seven week absence, especially with how sick Pap has been. He is slowly improving, but this shingles disease has really knocked the starch out of him.


Happy Hearts floating heart card


Here you can see the card open with the floating heart in the middle. I must admit, I was pleased as punch with this design as it was entirely my own idea and it came together so quickly in the first try!


Floating heart card


Facebook Live Next Week


Just a heads up that my Facebook live videos will once again be at 7pmEST now that I am back in Canada. We’ll see how well this time does for me. If I find that something different will work better, I will let you know. As always, your feedback is appreciated and essential. I do this for YOU, so let me know what you like and don’t like.


I’m not going to go into all the details of how I made this card, they are in the tutorial that you get for free if you are on my team, in my training group or order from me. I will however show you how it is done in a video. Have a super day and happy stamping!


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Heartfelt Teepee Card


Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. While you are reading this, I am on the way to Schiphol, the airport in Amsterdam. I thought it would be appropriate to blog about a Valentine’s card today, so here is my Heartfelt Teepee card. This trip was all about love and my heart is indeed full. I am blessed.


Heartfelt Teepee Card


This was actually the first teepee card that I made and it feels like I have already blogged about it. I did use this photo for advertising a Valentine’s Day class that I am doing when I get back, but I have not featured it in a blog, so here we go! I also made it during a Facebook live video. What happened is that happy mail kept arriving, so I blogged about that instead.


Heartfelt Teepee Card


It’s super easy to change the look of the card by choosing different patterned paper.


From My Heart Teepee cards


How To Video


It really is so much easier to learn how to do things when you watch a video don’t you think? Here is a picture of how the folded pieces go together, but then do be sure to watch the video for more information. This card style is included in my Peaceful Poppies tutorial which you can find in this post.


Teepee fold







If you are feeling alone, unloved or unhappy I just want to encourage you that  you are never too old and it is never too late to find true love. Trust your heart, be courageous and fight for love! Relationships can drift apart, people change, but do everything in your power to reconnect with the one you fell in love. If all has been tried and there is no result, then you know you have not left a stone unturned. I am so very thankful for the people in my life who encouraged me on my journey. I am loved, I am blessed and I am so very, very thankful.

Thanks for joining me today, have a super day.

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Valentine’s Day Cards for the Canadian Troops

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,

Dale Hampshire

Stampin’ Up! Canada 💝


Remember:  no glitter or foil paper for safety reasons!!



Valentine's Cards for Canadian troops



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!


Valentine's Day card


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.


Heartfelt Valentine's Day card inside



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’s Card


Maureen's Happy Mail card


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.


Happy Mail with Most Wonderful Time


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!!


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Love You To Pieces and All My Love for Valentine’s 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.


All my Love designer series paper is the star of this show along with the Puzzle framelits from Love You to Pieces.


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?


I used the dark lovely lipstick Blend to colour one of the heart epoxy droplets. Perfect match for the All My Love suite.


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.


Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Pineapple Punch and Real Red combine for a colourful Love You to Pieces card.


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.


Grey Granite and Night of Navy on this masculine Valentine's card


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.


High Tide combines with Love you to Pieces framelits for a fun all occasion card.


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.


Call me clover and the stitched rectangles make for a clean and simple card.


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.


Love you to Pieces bundle is so versatile, so much more than just for Valentine's 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.



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