How do you make a card for someone you don’t know?

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Hello Peeps,

I’m glad you’re back. This time I was faced with the challenge of making a card for someone I haven’t met. When I enrolled as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I also signed up for the birthday list. All teammembers are free to sign up to make a birthday card for everyone who has signed up too. So now the first birthday was coming up and I know nothing about her except her name and the fact that she is a Stampin’ Up demonstrator too. I don’t know how old she is, what she likes or dislikes, her favourite colour or animal. No idea. So what theme do you give a card in such a case? Well, I used my new stamp set Letters for You. I chose this as one of two free stamp sets because I singed up during Sale-a-bration. It is the most expensive set in the cataloque but the font is beautiful! It isn’t just grreat on cards but because of it’s size, it is perfectly suited for use in my scrapbook albums too. I can see a great many possibilities with this set, how about you?

 

This is what the card looks like. It is a combination of the Letters for You and the Crazy about You stamp sets. The latter has unfortunately been retired but it did make a cute combination with the other. The base of the card is half of an A4 sheet of Whisper White cardstock which I scored and folded in half. The top pannel is also a piece of Whisper White cardstock. The mat that breaks up the two white layers is a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock. I used the same colour to stamp the letters of the name. The flowers in the background and the strips of paper onto which I stamped HAPPY BIRTHDAY are in the colour Crisp Cantaloure (which was one of the in-colors of 2013-2015). I used VersaMark to stamp the words HAPPY and BIRTHDAY onto the strips and covered them with ewhite embossing powder, which I melted. I hope Mary likes this card as much as I do. Hopefully I will be able to send the next person a 100% current Stampin’ Up card, eventhough it was fun to use an older set. Some stamps remain fun and the Crazy about You set has such versatile, neutral words combined with simple graphic flowers, they will remain pretty.

What is a timeless stamp set you own? I would love to read about it in the comments below.

 

See you next time,

Leonie


Happy New Year

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Hello Peeps,

Happy New Year! Of course I wish you all the very best in good health with lots of love and luck for the new year. If any challenges should cross your path, I hope they give you strength and make you aware of the loved ones in your surroundings who stand by you in difficult times. But above all, I wish you lotst of crafting fun and that you spread joy to others by sharing your projects. Admit it, everyone enjoys receiving a handmade card.

Because I enjoy doing this so much and because I want to share my hobby with as many people as possible, I’ve decided to become a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. To be honest, I have wanted to do this for years but my own insecurities have always held me back. In the autumn of 2017, I was talking with a friend of mine and she told me of her plans to start something for herself. Straight away I was excited for her and told her how I kept holding myself back dispite the attraction of having my own business. This conversation kept coming back to me. Not long after that I got word that my regular demonstator was stopping with Stampin’ Up and that turned out to be the push I needed to sign up.

Eventhough all Stampin’ Up demonstrator are independant, you do become part of a team and my team has already given me a warm welcome. Soon I will meet them all in real life for the first time on our TeamDay. I am comforted by the idea that there is a whole team of other creative entrepreneurs within reach, to help me when I don’t have the answers or know what to do.

For now though, I am boiling over with ideas, like every year. It will once again be a matter of time to see how many of my ideas I can realise. Naturally you will see more Stampin’ Up related posts from now on. Should your interest be triggered and you have an interest in hosting a workshop, by all means get in touch with me. You can also place orders with me at this website or by sending an email. Should you decide that Stampin’ Up is a good match for you too, you can join up with me as well. At the moment, this is especially interesting due to the Sale-A-Bration activities. If you would like more information about this, or anything else regarding Stampin’ Up, feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll get in touch with you as soon as possible.

With the aid of my husband, I will be giving this site a slight make-over in order to be able to apply all the features to make it as easy as possible to navigate my website. I’ll be back on Friday with another card.

Hope to see you then,

Leonie


Adorable Elephants Card Set

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Hello Peeps,

Did you enjoy the holidays? Hopefully you were spoiled as much as I was this year. Since I had bought myself quite a few stampsets the past half year, I stamped them all out on some Crafter’s Companion Neenah Classic Crest Card in Solar White with some VersaFine Onyx Black ink. This way, I can watch some telly in the evening and do some colouring at the same time. Then, when the kids are at school, I can turn the coloured images in to a nice card set. And that is exactly how these cards started out. For some colour inspiration I used the ColorThrowdown Callenge 462. I used Distress Ink as my colour medium because those colours matched the challenge colours the best, in my opinion. Armed with my waterbrush, four Distress Ink colours (Rusty Hinge, Bundled Sage, Fired Brick and Tumbled Glass), a piece of kitchen roll and my piece of laminated white paper, which I use as a palet, I could colour whilest sitting on the sofa with my husband, watching a series on tv. Who says you can’t have it all?

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The first card is a Made by ME white card base with a piece of polka dot paper from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 inch petite papers pad. I cut the fifth largest cirkel from my Crealies CLNestXXL nr 33 cirkeldies out of some paper from an Avec Colours Unlimited pad with number 4952436 and the third smallest from a scrap of plain pink paper. I stamped the sentiment on to a scrap of white cardstock and cut it to size with a banner end on one side. The addition of the elephant and the kite make this is friendly card.

This card is another Made by ME cardbase that is covered with a checked pattern from my Sizzix Little Sizzles Pastel pad. I wanted to place the elepant in to some grass, but I didn’t want to introduce green as another colour. Therefore I cut the fourth smallest circle from the Crealies CLNestXXL nr 33 once from some Coastal Cabana and once from some Pool Party cardstock, both from Stampin’ Up. Next I cut the Coastal Cabana circle with one of the grass dies from the Lawn Fawn Grassy Hillside Borders set., after which I could rebuild the circle and place the elephant and the flowers. I used the same Coastal Cabana cardstock along the left hand side of the card to make it al little less flat. Since the card was looking very blue and I still had a piece of the polka dot paper from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 inch petite paper pad laying on my desk, I used it as a background. But it was still lacking something. I rumaged through my stash looking for a piece of orange cardstock that matched with the orange in the dots. On to this I stamped the sentiment and added a sliver of orange along the side. As far as I’m concerned that was exactly the right amount to give some contrast and balance to the layout

This card uses a lot of the same elements as the cards above. The white cardbase is from Made by ME, the polka dot paper is from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 inch petite paper pad (this time cut out with the third smallest circle die from the Crealies CLNestXXL nr 33), a scrap of Pool Party cardstock by Stampin’ Up (cut to the same size as the polka dot paper) and the checkered pattern from the Avec Colours Unlimited pad nummer 4952436 (cut with the fifth smallest  circle die the Crealies CLNestXXL nr 33). The sentiment was stamped directly on to the card base with some VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I tried to bend te stamp so it would have the same curva as the circle. Then I just needed to add the elephant and the butterflies.

The position of the elephant was leading in determining the layout of this card. I couldn’t just place him in in the middle of the card because he so clearly wanted to stand in the bottom right hand corner. I wanted to keep this card as minimal as possible. The pink background is a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock by Stampin’ Up. But leaving it like that was a bit too basic for my taste. I cut two pieces of dotted paper from the Simple Stories Sn@p Life and stuck them on either side of the Made by ME cardbase so that only a row of half cirkels would show. I stamped the sentiment at the elephant’s feet to ground him, whilest keeping the rest of the card light and airy.

I was amazed how quickly these cards came together. Of course it took me a while to settle on the layout of each card but that always takes me longer than I anticipate. However by doing everyting step by step, it all went rather quickly

Finally I want to wish everyone a happy new year. May you achieve all your goasl in good health with lots of love.

See you next time

 

Leonie


Santa Gift Tags

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Hello Peeps,

As promised, here are the gift tags made with the Santa set by My Favorite Things called Jingle All The Way. From the first time I layed eyes on this set, I adored these Santa images. I stamped all the images with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on Crafter’s Companion Neenah Classic Crest Card in Solar White and coloured everything using colour combinations from two different paper pads. After that, I cut the images using the matching dies and turned them into gift tags.

 

This is the first set:

The paper that was the inspiration for this colour combination was from the DecoTime paper pad DS481-05. I used Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, Evergreen Bough, Walnut Stain and Crushed Corduroy to colour the images. Next I cut them out using the matching dies and I cut tag shapes out of the DecoTime paper with the Lawn Fawn Tag, You’re It dies. I cut the reinforcers from some scraps from my stash. To finish them off, I stamped the sentiments from the Jingle All The Way stamp set in Coffee coloured Archival Ink by Ranger. However, the colour was too flat for my taste, so I triple stamped the sentiments. At the bottom of this blogpost you can see some more individual photo’s of the gift tags, but seeing as I made some more, I’d like to show you the second set now.

This set’s colour combination was also inspired by a DecoTime paper pad. This time it was DS481-01. To colour everything I used Stampin’ Up ink inWatermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride, Pool Party and Tip Top Taupe. The process was pretty much identical to that of the gift tags above. The DecoTime paper is cut with the Lawn Fawn Tag, You’re It dies, only this time using both sizes, and the reinforcers were cut once again from scraps. The images were cut out with the matching dies. This time, howerver, I chose to leave out the sentiments because the background papers were quite a bit busier.

Finally, I have one more set of Santa tags, but these are quite different. In my search for inspiration for using my coffee stamp set by Stampin’ Up I came across a card, where the maker had used the Coffee Cup Framelit dies, that coordinate with that stamp set, to make a Santa. So cute! However, seeing as I don’t need any Christmas cards this year, I decided to copy the puppets but turn them into tags instead.

I only used scraps to make these, as a project like this is ideal to do so. The body is the small coffee cup, the face is the shape of a clear plastic lid only upside down, the hat is the same shape only rightside up. The white edge of the hat is the regular plastic cup lid and the beard is made of the whipped cream die. The ball at the end of the had is one of the coffee beans. The nose is the heartshaped lidstopper and the belt is cut with the straw die and embellished with the teabag label as a belt buckle. The eye were made with the Owl Builder punch. After assembling the santa’s I glued them to a piece of cardstock that I had scored and folded on the top side. Now I could easily cut out the shape of the puppet and my tags were done.

Which tags do you like best? Set 1 with the sentiments, set 2 with the busy backgrounds or set 3 which was made by  using a die set completely different to how it was originally intended? I would love to read about it in the comment section at the bottom of the blogpost,

See you next time,

Leonie

Set 1:

Set 2:

Set 3:

 


Elves Gift Tags

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Hello Peeps,

Last year, my husband made our Christmas cards. Not the way I would have done, using stamps and patterned paper, but with a photo of our family wearing our Christmas sweaters. It was fun and we got some nice comments about it which is why my love wants to do it again this year. And all this while I have so many cute Christmas stamps in my stash. Oh well, if someone wants to make cards, in whatever way, I can only encourage it. So I decided to use my Christmas stash to make gift labels to further decorate our presents. I started by making these labels with these adorable Christmas elves.

I had stamped the elves from the My Favorite Things Santa’s Elves set with some Versa Fine Onxy Black ink ahead of time on some Crafters Companion Neenah Classic Crest Card in Solar White and brought them with me on holiday to colour them. Because I couldn’t take all of my craft supplies, I had to choose wisely. I took my Gelatos by Faber-Castell with me. I only have about 8 of them and they don’t take up a lot of space. With my waterbrush and a piece of kitchen roll, I was ready to relax and create. The colours I used are: Snow Cone, Acqua Dolce, Metallic Melon, Watermelon. Blood Orange, Margarita Mix, Raspberry and Squid Ink. I do think that I added a touch of yellow from my mini watercolour set to the bells, buttons and to the star on top of the Christmas tree. Once home, I cut out the images using the matching dies. Out of some Crumb Cake cardstock by Stampin’ Up I diecut 4 tag shapes with the Lawn Fawn Tag, You’re It dies. I cut the hole reinforcers from a scrap of Pool Party cardstock by Stampin’ Up. To give the labels some more interest I stamped an all over print on them. I used the ornament from the Santa’s Elves set for two of the labels and the gift for another one. I stamped a gift fron the Marianne Designs Joepie Geniet set on the fourth tag. On each of the tags I stamped a sentiment using VersaMark ink, which I covered with Pool Party embossing powder by Stampin’ Up and heat set it. The sentiments are from Clearly Besotted’s Sweet Little Sentiments and from My Favorite Things’ Ewe Are The Best and All About You. When I glued everything together using Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue, I ended up with these 4 gift tags.

Obviously four tags aren’t enough, which is why I wanted to use the stamp again, but in a different way. This time, I chose the paper first and coloured the elves in matching colours. It makes for a very natural unity by using an existing colour palet. It is a method I will definitely use again in the future.

 

The images from My Favorite Things Santa’s Elves were stamped on some Crafters Companion Neenah Classic Crest Card in Solar White, again, using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I coloured the images with Distress Ink in the colours Candied Apple, Spun Sugar, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Tea Dye, Wild Honey and Evergreen Bough. Once they were competely dry, I cut them out using the matching dies. The tags were cut from paper from a DecoTime Christmas paper pad with number DS481-04, once again using the Lawn Fawn Tag, You’re It set. This time I used all four of the dies. Because one of the compositions, was too far outside the edges of the tag, I enlarged the largest tag with some measuring and cutting to be slightly bigger than the original. I paid extra attention to the pattern, trying to keep it fluent over both colours of paper. This way it doesn’t distract too much from the cute elf on the foreground. By using a combination of Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and 1mm thick foam squares, I managed to give the tags some depth without them becoming too bulky. I cut some of the plain hole reinforcers from a scrap op cardstock from my stash.

 

As you can imagen, I am nowhere near done, making gift tags for our Christmas presents. But it’s safe to say I’m enjoying making them. Next time I’ll show some tags I made uisng a different Christmas set by My Favorite Things?

Do you use tags to decorate your Christmas presents?

See you next time,

 

Leonie


Metallic Happy Birthday card

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Hello Peeps,

Not so long ago, I was browsing through my craft supplies. This was because I wanted to reacquaint myself with all the fun things I had, after my pregnancy stop. One of the things, which I really haven’t played with enough, was my Minc machine. It’s a kind of laminator by Heidi Swapp that you use to apply foil to different surfacees. The foil adheres to toner ink. There are lots of pre-printed products to which you can add the foil and the foil itself is also available in a rainbow of colours. And so this card was made, for my friends birthday

The starting point of this card was the sheet of papier with the triagle print from the Minc Paper Pad 370178. I ran this through my Minc machine, according to the instructions, to apply a layer of silver foil. Next I wanted some simple embellisments. The Crazy About You stamp set by Stampin’ Up and the matching Thinlits set Hello You were perfect. I stamped the flower twice in Calypso Coral ink by Stampin’ Up and once more in Blushing Bride ink by Stampin’ Up. The lighter flower was fussy cut with a little white border around the edge and the two darker ones were cut to a smaller size but also with a little white border. The leaves were stamped in Mint Macaron ink by Stampin’ Up and were alse fussy cut with a thin white border. I diecut the word happy from some Mint Macaron cardstock by Stampin’ Up once and another 3 times from some Crafter’s Companion Neenah Solar White. I glued the layers on top of one another using glossy accents in order to create a sturdy element. On a scrap piece of Calypso Coral cardstock by Stampin’ Up I stamped the word BIRTHDAY in VersaMark ink. I covered it with silver embossing powder by Rayher and melted it with my heattool. I cut the ends at an angle. To accentuate the silver, I cut a panel of Made by ME Metallic Paper in zilver to the same size as my Made by ME cardbase and attached the foiled piece to it at an angle. I cut off the overhanging excess and attached the flowers, leaves and words. Everything was adhered using glossy accents or foamtape in order to give it some more depth.

 

I think it turned out to me a very elegant card, for someone who I regard to be a very elegant lady. Playing with the metallics was a bit outside of my comfort zone. I easily get scared that it would be to bold, but I think this turned out quite tastefully. Besides, a little bling is fun. What do you think of metallics on cards? Too much or a must-have?

 

 

Ik vind het een heel elegant kaartje geworden, voor iemand die ik een hele elegante vrouw beschouw. Het spelen met metallics was voor mij wel buiten mijn comfortzone. Ik ben snel bang dat het dan te opvallend wordt, maar dit vond ik heel smaakvol. En een beetje bling blijft leuk. Wat vind jij van metallics op een kaart? Te schreeuwerig of iets dat niet mag ontbreken?

See you next time,

Leonie


Latte Fun Birthday Card

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Hello Peeps,

Do you find it difficult to make cards for men? Do you find them boring because you are limited in your colour palet and the choice of stamps? This time, thankfully, I didn’t have that problem. A friend of ours birthsay was coming up and since he enjoys a good cup a Joe, it was easy to choose stamps and colours. There are so many different coffee and tea sets out at the moment that there was a flood of products to choose from. For me things only started to get difficult when it was time to turn it into and interesting card. I think I managed to give it a surprising twist.

On a piece of kraft paper by Craft Unlimited I stamped the coffee cup from the Fresh Brewed Blueprints stampset by Stampers Anonymous and Tim Holts, using Early Espresso ink by Stampin’ Up. I gave it some colour using my Distress Markers in the colours Picket Fence, Old Paper, Tea Dye, Pumice Stone, Faded Jeans, Shabby Shutters and Weathered wood. On another piece of kraft paper by Craft Unlimited I stamped the Triangle Turnabout stamp by Concord & 9th using my MISTI. To do this I used Stampin’ Up ink in Tip Top Taupe, Baked Brown Sugar and Soft Suede. I stamped the fourth impression with VersaMark in order to be able to sprinkle gold embossing powder by Raher over it and melt it with my heatttool. I used the third largest rectangle die from the CLNest XXL nr 36 set to cut the triangles paper to size and the sixth smallest to cut out the coffee cup. Because I needed some contrast between the layers, I cut a piece of paper with a woodgrain print with the sixth largest die from the CLNestXXL nr 36 dieset. The paper was from a 6×6 paperpad from Simple Stories Daily Grind collection. Because I still missed something, I decided to add a coffee filter as a layer. The ribbed edges gave it some more texture and interest. All of the layers are attached with ATG to the Made by ME kraft card base with the exception of the focal image. It really pops because it is attachted with foamtape. As a finishing touch, I glued some wood veneer stars from Xenos to the card using glossy accents.

And that’s how you get a fun, masculine birthday card with a touch of sparkle because of the golden triangles in the background. The addition of the coffe filter is unexpected but in this case, very appropriate and humorous. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever added to a card?

See you next time,

Leonie