See the Good

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. When I first saw See The Good in the new catalog I knew I had to have it. For some reason I love pear images even though I am not that fond of pears. They have such an artistic appeal to me. More than that however, was this sentiment. “When I see the good in the world, I see you.” How beautiful is that?


See the Good


We get to choose what we see in the world. It all depends on where you shine the spotlight. I choose to see the good and I really think that life is so much brighter with that viewpoint. It doesn’t always work, but when it comes to people it really is crucial. I think that is why this stamp set was on my “must have” list.

As humans, we are all flawed. We all have our shortcomings but we also all have our unique qualities that makes us pretty awesome. Someone once told me that when I encounter a difficult person, or someone that I am having difficulties with, I should “bring them into the light”. Choose to see the good in them and focus on that and you will see a different purpose. Give them the benefit of the doubt that perhaps there is some deep hurt or insecurity inside of them that makes them act the way they do. Love them as Christ has loved you and something beautiful could happen. People respond to love the way flowers respond to the sun.


My Card


The card I chose to make with this stamp set, See The Good, was totally copied from the annual catalog. Our catalog is a great source of inspiration. I am really making sure I use it as such this year and am having a lot of fun “casing” cards from it. Did you know that case is really an acronym, C.A.S.E. which means Copy And Share Everything?


See The Good


Do you see the unique technique with the vellum? The words were stamped completely on the vellum in old olive. I also stamped the words on the pear (well, actually on half of the pear). You then carefully position the pear on the vellum so that word match up. It really looks beautiful doesn’t it. The pear is a DistINKtive stamp so it looks shaded and very artistic without you having to do anything special. I did ink up the pear in daffodil delight for the top one and in bumblebee for the bottom one and I sponged on some old olive and granny apple green with a sponge dauber.


Just a Few More Days


There are only a few more days to get the amazing deal on the starter kit and gives you a FREE bonus bundle. As always you pay only $135 for the kit which you can fill with any products of your choice except for host sets. You can choose $165 worth of stuff! You will also get a free past Paper Pumpkin kit and 8 catalogs to hand out as well as your bonus bundle. If I were able to get the starter kit again I would choose the Prized Peony Bundle because it is a whopping $78 before shipping and tax. If you live in Canada, you can just click here to get this deal. Offer ends June 30.




Thanks for visiting with me today, I truly appreciate you. Your comments and sharing on Pinterest and on Facebook really make a difference and I don’t take it for granted. I hope you have a beautiful day and that you also see the good in others and in the world. Hugs!

Before I sign off I thought it would be appropriate to share this post about nature and finding the good and also taking time to see life’s little gifts.



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Cardinal Happy Mail from New Brunswick

Hello stampers and happy Thursday to you. Today I am featuring cardinal happy mail from New Brunswick and the artist is Sue MacDonald. Sue is from the city of Moncton which is famous for it’s tidal bore in the Petitcodiac river which makes the water flow backwards during the tide! You can read more about this fascinating city here. I love that it was first settled by Pennsylvania Dutch people in the 1700’s. Moncton is a resilient city that has bounced back from two serious economic downturns. How inspiring!


Sue MacDonald’s card


Here is Sue’s beautiful card featuring one of my favourite birds, the northern cardinal. She used the Toile Christmas stamp set and Toile Tidings paper with a very vanilla cardstock base.


Cardinal Happy Mail featuring Toile Christmas


I love all the details in this card. The sentiment is stamped in memento black on a very vanilla oval. There is a vellum overlay to soften the colours of the patterned paper which allows the cardinal to really pop. If Sue had not used that clever trick the card may have looked too “busy”. It is truly a lovely effect. The branch and the cardinal were both coloured with Blends which give a very rich effect. Have I mentioned that I am totally addicted to Blends? Colouring is very therapeutic and Blends make it easy, even for people who are a bit afraid of colouring. More than one person at my classes has been converted to the joy of colouring after using Blends!


Happy Mail


Once again, I had to take a picture of the envelope. I love how the envelope also tells a story and has it’s own beauty. Of course, the fact that Sue stamped some prancing deer on the front definitely takes it up a notch! I think I have just been inspired to do something very special with all these envelopes!! This “happy mail in Holland” contest is really bringing me a lot of joy and I thank each and every one of you for participating. Are you enjoying “traveling” to the different places these cards are coming from?


Happy Mail from New Brunswick


I think the deer may be contraband, which is my pet word for any products that are not Stampin’Up! No worries, I have my own little contraband stash at home. I love wooden vintage stamps so I have a small collection of those. If you want to participate in the contest you can send me your card at Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC ‘s-Gravenzande, the Netherlands.



Thanks so much for stopping by today and for taking the time to comment, to pin my cards or to share my posts. I am grateful that you are a part of my tribe. Happy stamping and have a super day. Remember, if you are feeling down, the best way to cheer up is to do something nice for someone else. Happy mail is always great to make and to give. Hugs from Holland! Say hello to any cardinals you might see in Canada, I am missing this iconic red bird and the snow. If you want to see another card made with this beautiful cardinal,  check out this blog post  .I gave this card to my Oom Stoffel this weekend. Here is another post where the cardinal is converted to a blue jay.



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Parisian Blossoms Continued

Hello stampers! I am back from a wonderful visit with my parents. When I am with them I try to leave work behind. They are my number one priority especially at their age! Pap just turned 93 and Mom is 87. Sadly, Pap had shingles for his birthday so that did put a damper on the festivities. We are just so thankful to still have him with us and that they can still be happily married, together in their own home. Now is time for Parisian Blossoms to be continued!


Parisian Blossoms Cards


Have I told you yet how much I love this suite of products? The two stamp sets with their coordinating framelits work beautifully together, but they also stand well on their own. When I was given these products to create with I just let the creative juices flow and for the most part I ended up using them both on the same card. Let’s take a look at what I have made.


Parisian Blossoms


This card is a 5 1/2″ square card. I love how the stitched nested label dies go with this suite. Isn’t the Parisian Blossoms paper exquisite? In the background is the Parisian Flourish embossed vellum.


Parisian Blossoms


This frothy creation uses the Parisian Beauty stamp set, the Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder, Forever Blossoms stamp set embossed with silver on vellum and the flourish framelit from the Parisian dies. Lots of love in this card perfect for any romantic occasion! Our champagne foil paper is the perfect pairing for this suite of products don’t you agree?


Parisian blossoms


I especially created this card to fit into a regular business envelope. I also wanted a card that used all the flower dies from the Cherry Blossoms dies in a clean and simple way. These dies both cut and emboss at the same time for a stunning effect when you use champagne foil paper. The word “amour” and the branch are both cut from black foil paper. The scripty paper from the Parisian Blossoms specialty designer paper is the perfect backdrop for this card.



I thought I would end this post with a clean and simple card that is suitable for both genders. This card also shows how lovely it is to stamp on patterned paper. This is a 4 1/4″ square card. Be sure to get your shimmer black embossing powder now as it is NOT being carried over into the new year.


More Parisian Blossoms Tomorrow


Tomorrow I will be sharing some cards that I made with this suite using a special technique. What I liked most about these cards is their pop of colour! While the soft colours in this suite are exquisite, I wanted some bold drama with cherry cobbler! Stay tuned for more.


Extravaganza Sale on Right Now


Did you know that there is an extravaganza sale on right now? You can save 15% on all card stock and ink pads in both the neutrals and the regals collection. Eight bundles are also on sale:

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If you click on the images below you will see a picture and a price. If you order online using the current host code in the sidebar you will be entered into a draw for free host merchandise. Everyone is guaranteed to win something. You must order tonight to be able to participate. Sale ends on Friday. You can see more images on my Facebook page here.




Thanks so much for stopping by, for all the love and encouragement you have shown me on Facebook and Instagram and in person. I love what I do! Be sure to tune in tomorrow night at 7pm EST for my weekly Facebook live video. Usually it is Tuesday nights but this week was different.

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Reversible Deer

Hello stampers. Yesterday I did a Facebook live showing how to do reversible deer in two different ways. Unfortunately I have a really bad cold so I am going to do a simple blog post. I don’t have the energy to show you step by step photos for the reversible deer but I will share the link for the Facebook live in case you missed it. In this video I show you how to make three different cards using the deer from Nature’s Beauty with two cool folds as well. I will blog about all three cards this week but for today I am just going to talk about the reversible deer.


Reversing the Deer using the Stamparatus


The most common way of creating a reverse image is done with our fabulous too, the Stamparatus. Place the silicone mat in the stamparatus, right into the corner. Position your stamp where you want it to go on the silicone mat. Make sure you have a piece of card stock ready that is cut so that it will be big enough to cover the area of the stamparatus where the stamp is. Ink up your stamp and stamp it directly on the silicone mat. Be careful not to ink it up too much or your image will be blurry. Lift the stamparatus plate, place your card stock in the corner and lay it carefully over the stamped image. Put the magnet on it and then stamp the image again. You can ink up your image again if you plan to use both sides of the image. Take a look at what you have created! You will see that you have a mirror image on both sides which you can now either fussy cut or use a die if there is a coordinating one. There is no die for the deer from Nature’s Beauty but it is very easy to fussy cut.


Reversible Deer with Vellum


It was totally by accident that I discovered the easiest way to create a reverse image deer. For one of my cards I needed a vellum deer. When I turned the deer over to adhere it to my card I noticed that you could see the image just as well on the other side! How awesome is that? No muss, no fuss, that is my kind of “technique”! Another bonus to doing it that way is that you get two different shades of deer, just like in real life. A good tip is to sponge liquid glue like Tombow just on the legs and body of the deer. This gives the deer a little more “movement”. The deer will look like they are inquisitive and inclining their heads towards you a little bit. Trust me, it really does look like that! When you have vellum deer it won’t work to use dimensionals since you will see them through the vellum.


The Card



I got the idea for this card from Rachel Tessman. She loves the Feels Like Frost paper as much as I do and she wanted to use it in such a way that you can see the full six inches of it. I tweaked it a bit by changing the measurements to use even more of the paper and I added a vellum deer because that is what I have been wanting to do for a while with this paper.




I have to say that I love Rachel Tessman’s idea of using the framelit from Feels Like Frost and deconstructing it to use the elements to pop behind the front of this card. It is a good idea to think outside the box and use this paper not only for Christmas cards. I have limited supplies with me in Holland so I used the framelit from the Most Wonderful Time product medley for the words. The sentiment came from Toile Christmas.


The Measurements


The early espresso card is a regular size, 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″ with just one extra score line at 1 1/2″ as well as the regular score line in the middle at 4 1/4″. The patterned paper is trimmed to 5 3/8″ and then cut in strips of 2 3/4″, 1 1/4″, and 2″. At the far right you add a strip of white card stock 2″x 5 3/8″. The optical illusion is that when the card is folded into a z-fold style (the first part is folded back towards you) then you adhere the patterned paper just on one side so that it extends past the cardstock. Clear as mud? Watch my Facebook live video here and it will all make sense.


I thought I would end this blog post with the picture of the reversible deer card that I made during the Facebook live video yesterday. This card has no cabin and the puddle is also darker. There were a lot of positive comments on this card so here it is!



We will make the Feels Like Frost card with the vellum deer at my class on October 17 and 19, you can read more about it here. If you purchase the Feels Like Frost suite you will make 8 free cards, if you purchase the bundle you will make four free cards. I know it is going to be an epic class with amazing cards and lots of fun.


Thanks so much for joining me today. I have not accomplished nearly as much today as I had hoped but I am very thankful that I could at least share this blog post with you. Happy stamping!


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