Parting gifts

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Hello Peeps,

The last few weeks have made it clear again how fast kids grow up. On Monday my eldest son had his last practice day at the primary school my daughter already goes to. He loves it.

On Tuesday  he had his third swimming lesson. Eventhough his birthday wasn’t until the week after that. You see he had always gone to baby/toddler swimming lessons and since he was done with those too, he got to take the next step here as well.

He also had his last day at the daycare center on Tuesday so they celebrated that fact along with his birthday on that day. He wore his birthday crown all day and enjoyed being the center of attention throughout the day. For us, it was the perfect moment to thank the teachers. They are partly responsible for who he is because of what they offer him and do for him. We are so proud of our little man and so incredibly gratefull for the teachers at the daycare center.

The box we made at StampEvent, is what I recreated another 5 times for the teachers. I filled them with Ferrero Rocher chocolates because the ladies are worth their weight in gold.

    

The base of the box was a sheet of Thick Whisper White cardstock. By following the same instructions as at StampEvent it was easy to assemble the boxes quickly. I decorated some of the boxes with Bermuda Bay cardstock, ink and Shimmer Ribbon (which I had left over from Sale-a-bration) and with the Springtime Foils paper (also left over from Sale-a-bration) and Silver Foil Sheet.Others I made in Calypso Coral. For those I chose the Springtime Foils cardstock with the rose gold dots and combined it with some toner cardstock which I foiled with some rose gold foil using my Minc. The ribbon I used is by Stampin’ Up but was retired years ago and is no longer available. Because I don’t have the same punches as we used during StampEvent, I improvised and used my CreaLies XXL Nest Circle Dies. Some magnets are hidden in between the different circles in order to close the box. I used the following stamp sets to decorate the white circles. The sentiments are from In De Bloemetjes Zetten, the solid heart is from Jar Of Love and the line drawing of het heart is from Coffee Cafe.

By now my son has been in school for a week. He goes with such enthousiasm and always comes home cheerfully.  He has settled in well and was clearly ready for this next step in his life.

Who would you like to give a gift like this to? And why? I look forward to reading about it in the comment section below.

See you next time,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up Demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area

 

 


Bike Ride cards

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Hello Peeps,

Just a few more days before the new catalogue launches. If there is anything you still want from the current catalogue or from the occasions catalogue, let me know as soon as possible. As of right now it is while supplies last for a lot of lovely products. One such example is the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper which was the inspiration for the colour combination in the next 2 cards.

Hello

The Bike Ride stamp set is such a prime example of a springtime set and with the weather we’ve been having the last week, I couldn’t resist using it. As I mentioned before, I used the colours from the Coffee Break paper to stamp and die cut the images. I used Candy Dot Brad Bases to attach the wheels. These have been retired years ago but were a good combination with the Candy Dots. Those were available in set of colours per colour family. Since I had some left in my stash, I added some Pear Pizzazz ones to complete the wheels. As a bonus the wheels can really spin now too. How fun is that? By attaching the frame of the bike and the basket with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals the whole thing got some more depth. The Hello sentiment is actually fron the Jar of Love stamp set. and the cobblestone road beneath the bike is a print fron the Petal Passion stamp set. I own the Dutch version of this set. It is called In De Bloemetjes Zetten. In the new catalogue there will also be several sets that have been translated into Dutvh. If you are interested in obtaining the new catalogue and the Dutch translations, send me a message through the contactpage.

Trots op jou/Proud of you

This card started with the idea of using a small image all over the background. The tiny bike is from the Sheltering Tree stamp set. I repeatedly stamped it in Early Espresso and Crumb Cake on Crumb Cake cardstock. Once again I stamped the different parts of the bike and cut them out with the Build a Bike Framelits dies. However, the bike seemed to float on the card. In order to fix that I used one of the dies from the Petals & More Framelits dies. At this moment you can still get the dies as a bundle with the Petal Passion/ In De Bloemetjes Zetten stamps. As of june 1st 2018 you can still get them seperately but no longer as a bundle with a 10% discount. The Trots op jou  (Proud of you) sentiment is from the In De Bloemetjes Zetten set and the die I used to cut out the sentiment is from the matching Petals & More Framelits dies set.

That was it for now. The last blog post of this catalogue year. I look forward to ringing in the new year with a look at some new products and a review of the new Stampin’ Up! ink colours which have been added because of the colour revamp.

See you next time

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area


Apron of Love encouragement

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Hello Peeps,

Isn’t it inspiring when people have the guts to follow their dreams! My friend, Saskia, gave me the push I needed to start as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. This happened during a conversation about our lives. She was considering doing something with her passion for baking, but she wasn’t clear about how she wanted to shape her ideas yet. A little while ago we met up again and she told me she was participating in a qualifying round for Heel Holland Bakt (the great Dutch bake off). So cool. I am so proud of her and I just knwe I had to make a card as a paper sign of encouragement and I knew what to use straight away.

Apron of Love

I Googled the Heel Holland Bakt logo for a fitting colour combination. It turned out to be Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake Whisper White and silver. I used the Apron Builder Framelits Dies to cut out all the different parts. I stamped the tiny sentiment on the apron pocket. Using the VersaMarker markerpen, I applied sticky ink to the ends of the different utensils before dipping them in Calypso Coral embossing powder (from my stash, it was discontinued a loooooong time ago). I added a few layers of the embossing powder in order to replicate the silicone look on utensils. I had diecut the tongs and spatula from silver cardstock, which made them look like they were metal. The spoon, scraper and rolling pin were cut from Crumb Cake cardstock which made them look more like wood. The paper is from the Nana’s Kitchen Stack from DCWV from 2009, but I think it matched as far as colour and look.

My friend was very happy with the card and has had a fun day with a lot of waiting behind her. On June 30th she will hear back from the program. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for her.

If you are interested in the Apron of Love stamps and/or the Apron Builder Framelits dies, it could be interesting to know that you can get these as a bundle with a 10% discount. As of june 1st 2018 you can still get both products, but no longer a bundle. If you want to take advantage of the bundle discount, place your order with me soon.

See you next time,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area


Inside & Out cards

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Hello Peeps,

Although the holiday is over now, I’m not completely back in my normal rythm, Last week, the children were home for a few extra days again. Of course that is really nice, but it leaves me little time for crafting. Luckily my daughter also enjoys crafting which means we were able to play with some paper, stamps and dies when the boys are napping. Aside from that, it’s all about stolen moments when the children are occupied. Which is how I was able to make the following 3 cards, as the kids were playing at 1-2-3 Speelparadijs (play paradise)

 

Hugs & Kisses

Using my MISTI I repeatedly stampped the phrase Sending You. First in Peekaboo Peach, next in Lemon Lime Twist, followed by Powder Pink. I used the gridpaper in the MISTI and moved the card. This would Ensure the stamping was straight each time. When I was satisfied with the saturation of the background, I used Blackberry Bliss to stamp the main sentiment: HUGS & kisses. A quick and easy card. Using the same colours as the background, I stamped a few of the images from the set on the envelope. Now everything matched beautifully.

For a Great Friend

My friend, with whom we went to the play Paradise, was watching me stamp and stated that she could never do that. Nonsense! I told her it was easy to design a card with the right stamp set. Look. You start with the largest image in the lightest ink colour, which happened to be Powder Pink for me, and stamp it in 3 places on your card. Next you take the second largest stamp and the second lightest ink, Lemon Lime Twist, and stamp it close to the first impressions. Then you grap a tiny stamp and a dark colour, like Rich Razzleberry, to complete the background. Now all that is left to do is to add a sentiment in Calypso Coral and Bob’s your uncle. This little demonstration probably took about the same amount to carry out as it did to read this. It is a simple recipe which almost Always works. At home I added a few sequins to complete the card. It was a combination of the adhesive backed sequins from the Spring/Summer 2018 catalogye and some sequins from my stash. Of course I also stamped a few images on the envelope to finish everything off.

Lovely

For my final card I only used the sentiment from the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set which I combined with the images from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set. I used a different coloured ink for each image and worked from large to small imagels. This way I could continue to fill the gaps. In order to keep the word Lovely from disappearing in the background I decided to stamp it onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock and fussycut it. At home I decided to give it even more pop by adding a gold doily behind the sentiment. The doily is adhered to the card flat, with some Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue and the sentiment is stuck down using Stampin’ Dimensionals. To the inside of the card I added the words Inside & Out and to the envelope I added some more of the Paisley shapes.

And just like that, using just a few ink colours and 2 stamp sets, you have 3 totally different but beautiful cards. Which card is your favorite? I look forward to reading about it in the section below.

If you are interested in purchasing the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set, then don’t delay placing an order because this is one of the sets leaving the collection. It is only available until May 31 2018, while supplies last.

See you next time,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area

 


Birthday Calender Workshop

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Hello Peeps,

On Saturday May 19th 2018 I will be hosting another workshop from 13.00 – 17.00h. This time we won’t be making cards, instead it will be a 3D-project. The base is a picture frame and the cheerful Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper. We will transform these into a birthday calender which will be embellished further with the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set and silver accents in the way of thread, sequin trim and doilies. In this workshop you will work with the following techniques stamp layering, generational stamping, heat embossing and fussy cutting. Of course I will be there to guide you and help as needed so you have a beautiful calender to take home at the end of the afternoon.

    

Cost for the workshop are € 12,50 and they include something to drink and eat. You don’t need to bring any tools or supplies nor do you need any experience stamping or crafting. The package of materials includes a quater pack of the Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper pack which is more than you will need for this project. You will have 5 full sheets left to use for some further crafting at home.

I have space for 8 participants and enrolment is open as of now. You can send me an e-mail and I look forward to greeting you at my home in Eindhoven. Unfortunately this workshop is not intended for (fellow)demonstrators.

See you soon,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area


Share What You Love – early release

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Hello Peeps,

Have I got news for you! Starting May 1st there will be a special early release. It is all about the ‘Share What You Love’ suite. This beautiful suite has been designed especially to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Stampin’ Up! To spotlight the suite and to celebrate our bithday, Stampin’ Up! has decided to launch this in an early release. Although the products will be available in the new annual catalogue, they are available in a few different bundles in May. Each bundle has a minimum of 1 free product. Moreover the bundles are adapted so that there is a suitable bundle for each level crafter. The bundles are only available in May. After that, the catalogue launches and the products will only be available individually, without the addition of free products. Take note because the third bundle includes an item that is only available in this early release. If you want to look at the flyer, you can download it here. If you want to continue reading about what is in each bundle, you can do that too.

Just Getting Started Bundle

The ‘Just Getting Started Bundle’ is perfect for beginners because it includes the ‘Love What You Do’ stamp set, two Classic Stampin’ Pads, paper and a clear block. With this you have everything you need to make a good start.

The bundle consists of:
Love What You Do Stamp Set photopolymer. A beautiful stamp set with pretty sentiments, flower and leaf images and some watercolour effect stamps. There are 13 stamps in this set.
Very Vanilla A4 cardstock. A big pack of 40 sheets of  Very Vanilla cardstock.
Grapefruit Grove Classic Stampin’ Pad. This is one of the In-Colors for 2018-2020. A stunning colour.
Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad. This is a known colour in the colour collection. At the moment it belongs with the Brights, but as of June 1st 2018 it will move to the Regals.
Clear Block E. A good size block measuring 8,7 x 11.3 cm. This is a nice versatile size.
FREE in this bundle is a set of Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes. In it are 20 cards and envelopes. The cards are made of thicker cardstock, making them ideal for use as card bases. The sizes of the cards are 12,7 x 8,9 cm and the envelopes are 13 x 9,2 cm.

This is an example of a card you could make using this bundle. By using the two ink colours included, you create a simple yet elegant look. By placing the sentiment on a seperate piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and cutting it out, it stands out from the stamped background.

 

 

 

 

A Little More, Please Bundle

This bundle is ideal for people who get creative on a regular basis. The cardstock and the matching accessories offer a diversity of colour combinations an add special details to all of your projects. With the 40 FREE envelopes you can send your cards straight away. The embellishment box is a beautiful one that would look good anywhere.

The bundle consists of:
Love What You Do Stamp Set photopolymer. A beautiful stamp set with pretty sentiments, flower and leaf images and some watercolour effect stamps. There are 13 stamps in this set.
Make a Difference Stamp Set photopolymer. An alphabet set consisting of no less than 143 stamps. In this set you will find capital letters, lower case letters, numbers and combined letters in multiple fonts and it also contains some small words and phrases which are ideal for the back of your cards or on an envelope. It is a definate must-have set.
Very Vanilla A4 cardstock. A big pack of 40 sheets of  Very Vanilla cardstock.
Share What You Love cardstock pack. There ar a total of 24 A4 sized sheets of cardstock in this pack. There are 6 of each of the following colours: Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry.
Perlized Doilies. A pack of 24 doilies with a diameter of 7,3 cm. They have a pearlized finish which was chosen especially because a 30th anniversary is pearl.
Grapefruit Grove Classic Stampin’ Pad. This is one of the 2018-2020 In-Colors.
Razzleberry 1/4″ Velvet Ribbon.  Beautiful, lux velvet ribben that is 6,4 mm wide. There is 9,1m ribbon on a spool.
Share What You Love Artisan Pearls. There are no less than 100 adhesive backed pearls with a diameter of 3 mm in a pack. Which is 20 of each of the following colours: Grapefruit Grove, Petal Pink, Rich Razzleberry, So Saffron and Tranquil Tide.
This bundle is topped of with 2 FREE products namely, a pack of 40 Very Vanilla C6 Envelopes and the Share What You Love Embellishment kit. This kit consists of charming embellishmentsfor your creative impulses. Store it all in the included designer box. The kit includes 4 large labels, 8 small labels, 7,3m Tranquil Tide Bakers Twine, 7,3m Pearlized Thread, 8 silver adhesive backed roses, 8 silver paper clips, 8 Grapefruit Grove paper clips. All of this is stored in a beautiful box measuring 15,2 x 12,1 x 2,5 cm.

Assuming that a person who is creative on a regular basis, has more colours ink in their stash, this could be a nice example of something you could make after purchasing the ‘A Little More, Please’ bundle. The label from the embellishment kit, the piece of velvet ribbon and the doily show what fun it is to play with layers on a card.

 

 

 

 

 

Gotta Have It All Bundle

This bundle had been created with the experienced crafter in mind. The ‘Gotta Have It All’ bundle contains the largest amount of products from the beautiful ‘Share What You Love’ suite. You will want to keep looking at the specialty paper! This bundle offers you the opportunity to continue on your creative journey with confidence knowing you are using quality products to make beautifully coordinated projects.

This bundle consists of:
Love What You Do Stamp Set photopolymer. A beautiful stamp set with pretty sentiments, flower and leaf images and some watercolour effect stamps. There are 13 stamps in this set.
Make a Difference Stamp Set photopolymer. An alphabet set consisting of no less than 143 stamps. In this set you will find capital letters, lower case letters, numbers and combined letters in multiple fonts and it also contains some small words and phrases which are ideal for the back of your cards or on an envelope. It is a definate must-have set.
Very Vanilla A4 cardstock. A big pack of 40 sheets of  Very Vanilla cardstock.
Share What You Love cardstock pack. There ar a total of 24 A4 sized sheets of cardstock in this pack. There are 6 of each of the following colours: Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry.
Perlized Doilies. A pack of 24 doilies with a diameter of 7,3 cm. They have a pearlized finish which was chosen especially because a 30th anniversary is pearl.
Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper. Handpainted designs on heavyweight sheets. Of these, 4 designs have a translucent pearlized finish. The pack constists of 24 sheets of 30,5 x30,5 cm paper, 4 of each of the 6 different double sided designs.
Grapefruit Grove Classic Stampin’ Pad. This is one of the 2018-2020 In-Colors.
Razzleberry 1/4″ Velvet Ribbon.  Beautiful, lux velvet ribben that is 6,4 mm wide. There is 9,1m ribbon on a spool.
Share What You Love Artisan Pearls. There are no less than 100 adhesive backed pearls with a diameter of 3 mm in a pack. Which is 20 of each of the following colours: Grapefruit Grove, Petal Pink, Rich Razzleberry, So Saffron and Tranquil Tide.

Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. This embossing folder is thicker than a standard embossing folder. Therefor you only need to use it with one plate. Because of its thickness you get a stunning impression with beautiful depth. The embossing folder is 11,4 x 15,7 cm.
This bundle is completed with 3 FREE products. The first two are the same as in the ‘A Little More, Please’ Bundle: a pack of 40 Very Vanilla C6 Envelopes and the Share What You Love Embellishment kit. The third product however is unique to this bundle. In fect it is so unique, you won’t find it in the 2018/2019 annual cataloguw. I’m talking about the Statement of My Heart Single Stamp photopolymer

This is Stampin’ Up!’s statement of the heart. You can find it in every catalogue, but now, for just this limited time, it’s been released as a stamp.

This sentiment would look gorgeous on a handmade gift of any kind. And remember: it is only available in May.

 

 

 

 

This is an example of a card you can make with the ‘Gotta Have It All’ Bundle. By fussy cutting the flowers from the stunning specialty designer series paper, you can group a composition of  flowers in a completely different way. The word ‘Congratulations’ is composed of the different letters from the ‘Make a Difference’ stamp set. The flowers from the ‘Love What You Do’ set give the background some texture.

 

 

In-Color Ink Pad Collection

It is Always so exciting each year to see the new In-Colors. With the ‘Share What You Love’ promotion, you get to enjoy th new colours and the innovative ink pad design now. In addition you receive a 10% discount on the ink pads when you purchase the bundle.

This bundle consists of 5 Classic Stampin’ Pads in the 2018-2020 In-Colors :Blueberry Bushell, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch.

Flyer

If you wish to read some more about the ‘Share What You Love’ early release bundles, you can download the flyer here. If you have any questions or wish to placa an order, please contact me through my contact page.

See you next time,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area