Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Stamping together by mail has a bit of an old-fashioned ring to it doesn’t it? To me it sounds a little bit like pen pals with a twist. Is COVID distancing affecting you? Do you wish you could stamp with other people? Every month I send out a card kit so that you can stamp with me each Tuesday on YouTube live. I am very close to figuring out how to stream to both YouTube and Facebook at the same time so that will make it even more fun and accessible. This month the theme is Hydrangea Hill.
Stamping Together By Mail
Last week I shared the first card in this series and you can see it here. Today I am sharing the second card. I used the Quite Curvy bundle with the Hydrangea Hill paper peeking out from underneath. This card was inspired by an example from the Occasions catalog. The base for this card is Purple Posy, be sure to stock up before it is sold out as it is one of the retiring colours this year.
Update on Pap
This past weekend I drove up to Ottawa to help my youngest daughter Rachel move her things out of her old apartment into storage. If in person classes resume in September she will move back to Ottawa. On the way home we stopped for a visit with my parents. Pap finally had a haircut and he looked much better. He is 94 and the last year especially has been a rollercoaster ride. His decline in health started with a severe bout of shingles on his 93rd birthday. He was hospitalized several times and since then he has had pneumonia several times and a heart attack. Pap has COPD and is on oxygen but he is home with my mom who will be 89 on Sunday! He was happy to see Rachel.
Now maybe it is just me, but in real life he looked much better. It is hard to get a good photo of Pap under normal circumstances, but when we all need to squeeze into a corner around a bulky lazy boy and oxygen tubing it gets a little dicey. We are thankful for every new day and are amazed that Lord willing, he will be able to celebrate Mom’s 89th birthday on Sunday. When we were talking about it he looked at her and said, you don’t look that old! How sweet.
News That You Should Know
- Be sure to take advantage of the great deals on the Last Chance list but also stock up on your favourite retiring colours. You can shop here.
- If there are any bundles in either the annual or the Occasions catalog, get them before April 30 or you will not get the discounted price. Apparently even the bundles that are in the Occasions catalog which is supposed to go until June 30 will no longer be available as a bundle price if they have carried over into the annual catalog. Don’t ask me to explain because it doesn’t make any sense to me either. I’m just giving you a heads up to avoid disappointment.
- The new Parcels in the Post will be released this week and it features the Friends are Like Seashells suite.
- There are some Virtual Coffee and a Card kits still available. They are being mailed out today. You can subscribe to this kit here.
- Here is my YouTube channel if you want to subscribe and follow me on Tuesdays. The latest video for Parcels in the Post is also up for viewing with four great new cards to see.
Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a super day!
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I want to talk to you about the Joy of Kits. I know it sounds like other “joys” but kits are great fun. The biggest perk is of course the instant gratification. With little thought and no prep work you can make beautiful cards. I find that when you use a kit it can also jump start your own creativity. The kit I want to feature today is Gorgeous Posies.
The Joy of Kits: Gorgeous Posies
If you have been following me on my business Facebook page you will know that I have been busy traveling to my parents a lot in the last few months. Pap is 94 and in declining health. It really is a miracle that he is still with us, having survived a heart attack and several bouts of pneumonia. I am so very thankful to be able to spend this time with them. We reminisce over the many blessings in his life and make
sure he knows how much he is loved. With an uncertain future I thought it would be a safe bet to focus on a kit for this months virtual coffee and a card class.
Every Tuesday at 10am I do a live video on YouTube with one of the cards for the month. If you choose to order the Gorgeous Posies kit and coordinating stamp set through me I will send you a bonus four card kit to give you more creative fun and inspiration. Please do use the current host code: 4T7A64MU. If you want to check out my YouTube channel, just click here. If you subscribe and then also click the bell icon that pops up when you do that, then you will be notified every time I post or go live. It’s easier to find videos on YouTube than it is on Facebook so it really is a wonderful resource.
I know what you are thinking. Private classes? With Covid still going strong? No worries, I was thinking virtual classes. They can be a LOT of fun too. If you would like to gather with a group of your friends and have me teach some card making , let me know. The easiest way to do that is around your favourite kit. It can be a Paper Pumpkin kit or one of the many great kits in either of our catalogs. My favourites include Hello, Dear Friend and Simply Citrus. I have ten Bouquet of Hope Paper Pumpkins in stock so we could also do a class around that.
Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a super day. The countdown is on!! Gerard flies to Canada on Thursday and I am ever so happy to quarantine with him.
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Flowering Cactus is a stunning product medley that includes a stamp set, dies, two spools of linen thread and beautiful paper including images of cacti that can be cut with the dies. I love this unique medley and have based my February Virtual Coffee and a Card class around it. Here are the cards we will be making in this class.
Flowering Cactus for Virtual Coffee and a Card Class
Flowering Cactus has a nostalgic feel for me because when I was growing up, my mom had quite a collection of cacti. Some of these were an assortment in a square flat pot and nestled in among the cacti were those little animal figurines that came in the Red Rose tea boxes. Does anyone remember those? It was always a bit of a treasure hunt to see which figurine you would get! If you remember these you will find this article fascinating! I wonder if my mom still has her little figurines? I am going to ask her today!
How It Works?
Do you like the idea of playing along with me when I made a card each week for my Virtual Coffee and a Card? You can! For $25 I will mail you a packet anywhere in Canada. Every Tuesday at 10am I will be live on YouTube and I share the video to Facebook as well. It gets even better! If you order the Flowering Cactus medley through me online with the host code you can get the package for only $10!
If you subscribe to my YouTube channel then you will get a notification whenever I go live or when I upload a new video. It really is quite helpful and if you end up finding it annoying, then you can simply unsubscribe. Just click here to be directed to my channel.
I put a rush order in to get more supplies for my kits. Truthfully I am a week or two behind with getting these kits out but you know the reason why. Yup. He’s a super cute guy with a mop of grey hair and huge ears! Pap is worth it wouldn’t you say?
This picture was taken when Pap was just home from the hospital after his heart attack. I was amazed to see how much pepper was in his salt and pepper beard! And no, I don’t have a black eye. This photo just really shows my vitilago which is an autoimmune disease that causes loss of pigment in the skin. I inherited this from my father’s side of the family as well.
Back to the point. Please order your kits as soon as possible. I have 11 spots available and do not plan on ordering more supplies. The reason for this is efficiency. It makes the most economical sense to do all your prepping in one go. To keep returning to the same task in small bits is inefficient. I hope you can join this month!
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. I am thrilled to present to you the January Virtual Coffee and a Card class. True, we are not even halfway through our December Virtual Coffee and a Card class, but I need to be ahead of the game so that you get your kits sent out to you on time. In case you haven’t joined in on this new venture yet, let me explain how it works.
Virtual Coffee and a Card Class
Every month I focus on a different bundle and create a card each week with this bundle. If you sign up for the January virtual coffee and a card then you get the month’s card kit sent to you. You can choose to order the featured bundle online if you don’t already have it. Please use the current host code if you do that!
Every Tuesday at 10am EST I do a YouTube live video showing you how to make the card of the week. This month my focus bundle is Posted for You which is a stamp set and a punch. This bundle is from the annual catalog but there is also a stamp set in the Holiday Catalog that coordinates with the punch and it is called Festive Post. In the upcoming Occasions catalog there will be TWO more stamp sets coordinating with this punch, Snailed It and Punch Party.
A Sneak Peek
Here is sneak peek of the cards that I will be featuring with this great bundle. My colour inspiration was drawn from a card that I cased from my Dutch demonstrator friend Caroline van der Straaten. It is like a breath of spring: pool party, calypso coral, so saffron and whisper white. The monthly kit is only $25 which includes postage. I prefer payment with etransfer but PayPal is also an option, just message me for details. You can also choose to pay for several months at a time if that is easier for you.
The Actual Cards for Virtual Coffee and a Card Class
I don’t like playing games so I am also going to show you the complete cards that we will be making. Of course you can totally case them as well and I have no problem with that. The truth is that some people love the convenience of getting the kit in the mail so that they have instant gratification. On Wednesday I will show you a couple of cards that did not make the cut. I really like how these cards look together!
The card on the top left was totally cased from Caroline van der Straaten and that is also where the colour theme was derived. What do you think? I hope you can join me next month for this fun class. If you want to see another card made with this bundle, check out this blog post for a great card by Jean Saunders.
New Catalogs are Available for Porch Pick Up
Great news!! The Occasions and Saleabration catalogs are here and ready for pick up on my front porch. If you would like one mailed to you and you live in Canada, please let me know. Postage is around $5 which will be refunded to you on your first order.
If you want to get free saleabration items now already as well as the fabulous new things that are in the Occasions catalog, you can! Just get the starter kit and spoil yourself. Isn’t that what Christmas is for? Just click here to do just that.
Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope you have a super day.
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I am going to show you a super quick and easy card. When you have beautiful paper you can use it as the focal point of your card with just a few embellishments. This is the last card in my Virtual Coffee and a Card class for December. Would you like to see it?
Super Quick and Easy Card
This card was made with the lovely Wonder of the Season paper that is gold and red foil designs with black and red lettering.
All I did for this card is use a base of thick whisper white cardstock, a full card front in real red and then this pretty paper from Wonder of the Season. Finish it off with a pretty ribbon and a brushed metal deer. I fiddled with adding some extra greenery because I first thought it was too simple. In the end I decided that I liked it best just like this. Sometimes less is more.
Adding a Simple Coordinating Gift
We all like to give gifts at Christmas time but it can get cost prohibitive. You can make a simple gift more meaningful and pretty by how you package it. I gave this Lindt chocolate bar to my hairdresser the other day. Truth be told, I was already running late, but I grabbed some of this pretty paper and I found a few embellishments and stamped images laying on my desk and here you have it! The red ribbon is from last year, but that doesn’t matter at all.
In Love Yet?
Have you fallen in love yet with this Wonder of the Season Suite? I hope you can join me every Tuesday in December on my YouTube channel for a live video. If you have the supplies you can craft along with me or you can purchase the card kit for the month for only $25 and it will be shipped to you this week. If you want to see another card for this class you can check out this blog post.
Thanks for joining me! If you want to purchase any of the products and you live in Canada, just click on the links below. Happy shopping and have a super day.
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. As a child I was enthralled with reindeer and Santa’s sleigh, so these images still tug at my heartstrings. This reindeer and sleigh is no exception. Both images are from the beautiful bundle Wishes & Wonder that I will be featuring for all of my virtual Coffee and a Card classes in December. You can get all the cards for only $25 and participate in the weekly YouTube live videos.
Today is also Remembrance Day and I hope that we all remember to take a minute of silence at 11am to remember the sacrifices that were made on our behalf for our freedom. I am reading a book right now about World War 1 and it unthinkably awful what so many people had to endure. May we never forget!
Reindeer and Sleigh Card
Here is my reindeer and sleigh card, it will be the second card that we make in the month of December. I’m not thrilled with my colouring job on the sleigh but I decided to share it anyways just to show you that I’m not perfect in case you didn’t already know that!
Virtual Coffee and a Card Class
Each Tuesday at 10am EST I will go live on YouTube with one of the cards in your kit. All the cards feature the Wishes & Wonder bundle. The kit will include the die cuts but I cannot include the stamped images. You can use what you have on hand or you can order the stamp set or bundle online using the host code. I am quite pleased with the graphic I made to promote my new class. You may think that as demonstrators we just naturally know how to do these things, but trust me, this old dog is always trying to learn new tricks so that I look more professional.
If you want to see the first card we will be making in my virtual coffee and a card class you can check out this blog post.
I have had a YouTube channel for quite a while now but I have never been consistent with posting videos there. That is about to change!! Every Tuesday at 10am I will be doing a live video there and I am looking forward to seeing you there too. You might want to check out my YouTube channel before December 1 so you know how to find me. There are a lot of old videos there that have some great content if I do say so myself. You can check it out by clicking here.
Happy Mail in Holland Contest
I got a message from Gerard today that the first Happy Mail in Holland contest card has arrived! You wouldn’t believe how happy that makes me. When I get there I will have happy mail waiting for me. Oh the love!!! Thanks to Kim Fiore from Ohio. If you want to participate you can send a card to Jackie Bultje, Bloemenlaan 6, 2691 JC, ‘s-Gravenzande, the Netherlands. I will blog about your card and your hometown and you will be entered into a draw for a stamp set.
Thanks so much for joining me today! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know how you are doing. I hope you have a super day, I will be with the littles again today.