DSP Challenge with Jolanda Stokvis

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Hello Peeps,

This time my blogpost is a collaboration with my friend and Demonstrator colleague, Jolanda Stokvis. We decided to each make a card using the same sketch. The sketch is from Match the Sketch, a blog that unfortunately is no longer active. Jolanda choose number 168 for us to use.

My interpretation of it, is very close to the original sketch. I only replaced the horizontal line with the embellishment with a larger element.

I drew the colours from the Best Route Designer Series Paper. I think the paper is stunning and the colour combination (Blueberry Bushel, Gray Granite, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch and Whisper White) really speaks to me. However, I don’t make many travel themed cards, so I’ve hardly touched it. Why I haven’t thought to combine the paper with the Bike Ride stamps and Build a Bike framelits, is beyond me. It is a perfect match! To create some interest in the background, I ran the plain piece of coloured cardstock through the Big Shot with my Sparkle embossing folder.

The end result is a bright yet clean and simple card.

I’m so curious to see what Jolanda has made. You too? Click here to hop to her blog.

See you next time,


Hello Cupcake

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We’re almost half way through February and that means we’re also half way through the Sale-a-bration period. For those who aren’t familiar with Sale-a-bration, it is the best periode in the Stampin’ Up! year. The Spring/Summer catalogue had just launched and if that isn’t fun enough, there is a promotional period until March 31st during which you get to choose free items from the Sale-a-bration brochure when you spend €60 (or multiples of that amount). This year you get a choice of 6 different stamp sets when you spend €60 (one of which is also available in Dutch) or 1 stamp set when you spend €120. If you don’t want a stamp set, you could choose the wooden butterfly elements, beautiful Designer Series Paper, Foil Sheets of a card kit. The ribbons in the brochure have unfortunately been sold out already. In the €120 category there is also a framelits set that matches the Tea Together stamp set from the Srping/Summer catalogue. All in all there are plenty of reasons to get cracking on your wishlist.

Second release and Sale-a-bration coordination

As of today there will be a second sale-a-bration release consisting of a new stamp set or an embossing folder to choose with a €60 order or you can pick the bundle which consists of designer series paper with a matching stampset with a €120 order. In March some coordinating products to the Sale-a-bration stamp sets will be make available for purchase. This means that you will be able to buy matching dies to selected Sale-a-bration stamp sets in March. There will also be a new sentiment stamp set and a fabulous label punch available for sale then. These coordinating products will be available until March 31st 2019 or while supplies last.

Hello Cupcake

This week I’d like to share some cards I made with the Hello Cupcake stamp setl. This is one of the Sale-a-bration stamp sets and it was love at first sight. I love everything about this stamp set. The size of the cupcake is perfect regardsless of whether you want to create a card or a tag. The images are fun to stamp in a rainbow of colours but also gorgeous as a basic black impression which you can opt to colour. The sentiments are relevent to the images without being childish and the supporting images can be used in a variety of ways. For me, this was the number 1 choice of the Sale-a-bration brochure and I am far from done playing with it.

Black and white

For this first card, I stamped the cupcake image onto some Whisper White cardstock with some Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I went on to cut out the image with one of the round dies from the Layering Circle Framelits dies. Out of some Basic Black cardstock I cut the matching scalloped circle.so that it would have a nice contrast to the black and white dotted background paper. The dotted paper is from the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper pack and is one of the free choices with a €60 purchase. All of the papers have a colourfull A-side and a black and white B-side. I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of Whisper White which I cut off diagonally and matted on some Basic Black cardstock. A quick, simple card suited to both men and women alike.

Colourful paterns

When I held the Garden Impressions paper in my hands for the first time I felt overwhelmed by the bold colours. The sheets were intensly bright dispite the smaller 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm) size. I was rather intimidated but after playing with the different patterns, I feel confident in saying that this is really fun paper. For this card I used two different colours of patterned paper and matched the rest of the card to it. It is a lot calmer to the eye when you can only see a border.

Another way to break up the busyness is by splitting the patterns into smaller pieces. It is still a busy card but it isn’t overwhelming.

This card show a bit more. In the background I stamped a pattern with the smaller coordinating stamps. The Designer Series Paper brings the attention back to the middle of the card. The sentiment is stamped on some coloured cardstock because white would be too harsh. The cupcake itself is attached with some Dimensionals. To finish the card of I sprinkled on some sequins to tie everything together.

Masculine cupcake card

Just one more! Here I used the Tranquil Textures paper to determine the colour combination. You can see that is a nice masculine card dispite the bow and cupcake.

If you are interested in this set or any of the other sale-a-bration products, click here for more information on them. Or you can always contact me.

See you next time,


Lots of hearts

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Today I want to share some examples I made with the Meant To Be bundle from page 6 of the new Spring/Summer catalogue. If you don’t have a catalogue, please get in touch with me so I van send you one or look here. The bundle consists of the Meant To Be stamp set and the Be Mine Stitched Framelits dies.

Meant To Be bundle and All My Love suite

The stamp set is a cling set (want to know more? Click here) and consists of 13 stamps. There are 6 sentiments, 6 hearts and a rose detail. This is a great set in itself with which you can easily make beautiful Valentines day, wedding or love themed cards. Combining them with the dies however opens up a whole new level of possibilities. The die set is made up of no less than 16 die. Most are heart shaped but there are some other (romantic) details inclueded. With these you can create moer depth in your projects, play with inlay techniques or make fun shaker cards. And because the bundle is part of the All My Love suite, there are even more coordinating products.

The Meant To Be bundle is one of two bundles that are a part of the All My Love suite. This also contains the All My Love Designer Series Paper, Cardstock Pack, Ribbon Combo Pack, the Heart Epoxy Droplets and the Forever Lovely bundle. Some of those products were used in my examples which is why I wanted to point them out. You can find all the information about these products on pages 4-6 of the Spring/Summer catalogue .


The first card I made, shows the inlay technique. By applying a layer of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the back of the cardstock. you make a sticker from your die cut, so to speak. It will still take some effort to place all the tiny pieces in the outline, but it will be considerably les than if you had to put glue on eacht piece first. After that I just needed to add an extra heart with a Dimensional and finish the card of with some sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment pack.

I wanted to make the second card in non-traditional colours. The All My Love Designer Series Paper has touches of Balmy Blue and Soft Sea Foam so I used those as a jumping off point. I combined the soft masculine colours with some Crumb Cake ink and Linen Thread. The Iridescent Sequins complete this card. As you can see, you can easily make a simple card without needing a lot of different materials.

Other projects

Because I wanted to show the versatility of the suite, decided to make a few 3D projects to round out the two cards. I decorated a mason jar and one of the Kraft Pillow Boxes which are listed in the annual catalogue

My largest project however was a sampler. This is a photo frame in which you display samples of all the parts of a suite. Of course you don’t need to limit yourself so you could make a sampler based on a season or a type of animal. There are a variety of examples to be found online. This was my first attempt and I am quite proud of the result. It was a lot of fun to create something using all of the papers, dies and stamps. I can certainly recommend making one if you find it difficult to make that first cut into new pretty paper. Once you are busy, the creative ideas will come in waves. I will certainly be making more of these in the future.


See you next time,



Cling Stamps

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Hello Peeps,

As you may have seen in the Spring/Summer catalogue, Stampin’ Up! has launched a new type of stamp and I would love to tell you a bit more about this.

Type of stamps

Stampin’ Up stamps are available in photopolymer or red rubber.

Photopolymer stamps are completely transparant. This is a usefull feature because you can see straight through them in order to see exactly where you are going to stamp. When using two-step stamps for example, it is indispensable.

The rubber stamps are available as wood-mount, in which case you will receive the stamps with wood blocks to which you will permanently adhere the stamps, or clear-mount, whereby you use the stamps with acryllic blocks which are sold seperately. You can use the clear acryllic blocks over and over again for different clear-mount stamps. The clear-mount stamps are provided with a sticker sheet of the images which are to be attached to the back of the stamps in order to instantly recognise which stamp you have. Unfortunately the stickers made the stamps adhere less to the blocks. As a result people tended not to use them. Stampin’ Up! has worked hard to find a solution to this and it is called Cling.


Cling is, just as the wood and clear mount stamps, a red rubber stamp. However, it has a super tacky sticker. As with all things new, you will experience a learning curve and need to get used to it. This is why I would like to give you some pointers.

First of all you need to carefully place the cling sticker on to the stamps. You only get one shot because when you place it, it is adhered permanently. Make sure you are straight above the stamp and sticker when you place it.

The other thing to get used to, is that you can’t quickly switch from one stamp to another. You need to peel the stamp off the block SLOWLY by carefully lifting up a corner between the block and the cling sticker. If you peel it up too fast by the red rubber you risk tearing the foam between the rubber stamp and the cling sticker. If you take the time to get used to them, you will see that these stamps are fantastic! (Which is a good thing since there are only photopolymer and cling stamps in the Spring/Summer catalogue and the clear-mount and wood-mount stamps will be discontinued compleetly as of the start of the new Annual catalogue in June.)


By now I have gotten to play with several different Cling sets and I am very excited about them. In fact, yesterday when I was finished stamping with a clear-mount stamp and I wanted to clean it, I slid of my block. I was convinced about the new Clings. Of course I will still use my clear-mount stamps, but you can get used to the advantages of the cling stamps quickly.


While I have you here, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a bit more about our Distinctive stamps too. This is a special type of stamp that gives a photo-realitic image. The way the stamp is made, it transfers more or less ink in certain areas. This allows for more colour variation and creates more shadows and depth then when you use a traditional flat stamp. Stampin’ Up had Distinctive stamps in both Photopolymer and red rubber. There is a patent pending on this type of stamp.

Want to try?

If you want to try the new Cling stamps yourself or see the impressions of a Distinctive stamp first hand, you could join one of my workshops or make an appointment to host your own workshop. That way you can experience stamping with them yourself.

See you next time,



Happy Sale-a-bration

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Hello Peeps,

Happy New Year!

The year 2019 has only just begun and we are already in the best time of the Stampin’ Up! year: Sale-a-bration. Until 31 March you earn free products for every €60 you spend. The products you can choose are shown in a seperate Sale-a-bration folder. On January 3rd the new occasions catalogue for the spring/summer season went live too. It will be valid until June 3rd and is packed full of wonderful products and beautiful examples with which you can create stunning projects. If you are interested in acquiring these books, let me know. If you prefer to download them, check out the links on this page.


To start the new year, launch the spring/summer catalogue and celebrate the start of Sale-a-bration, I hosted a fiësta last weekend. I prepared examples with every new stamp set I had acquired and decorated everything with a mexican themes undertone. This was completely inspired by the Flowering Desert stamp set from page 29 of the Spring/Summer catalogue.

I borrowed the sombrero my husband had bought on our holiday in Mexico, my mother had given me a drink dispenser in the shape of a cactus which I filled with green lemonade and I bought several cactus accessories to dress up the party. Of course I had some Mexican inspired food too: Nacho’s with salsa, guacamole and cheese dip as well as a plate with queso (that would be cheese). It was a fun afternoon and I’m certain that this will be another fabulous Stampin’ Up! year.

Flowering Desert

As I had already mentioned, I had made examples with all the stampsets that I have already acquired. To start with I want to show the samples using the Flowering Desert set, because this was the inspiration behind the fiësta.

I decorated a mini pizza box and inclueded a set of 4 mini cards. For this I used the 2018-2020 In Colors and some Mint Macaron ink. I used the rock & roll technique to add some shading to the cacti. The box is decorated with some paper from the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper and of course another cactus.

Next I made some simple cards using some ink blending techniques and second generation stamping. Also I made each of the cactus cards has a matching envelope.

Finally I decorated an aloe vera lipbalm for each of my guests with the large cactus image. For this I need to give a shout out to Suzanne Borghouts who lovingly helped to cut out the cacti.

Disclaimer: Some cards have been CASEd (inspired by/ made by example of) examples or sketches I found on Pinterest. I am not sure however which ones they are or who made the original inspiration. I had to make a lot of cards in a short period of time and I find it quicker to use some inspiration rather than to reinvent the wheel.

The coming period I will be sharing more of the examples I had made for the launch fiësta. If you wish to place an order after seeing the samples, I would love to help you with that. You can find more information on this page.

See you next time