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.

Fiësta

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

Leonie

 


Update

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Hello Peeps,

It’s been a while since I’ve written. Luckily it is because I’ve been very busy with work. I have been fortunate to have been able to give quite a few workshops recently for multiple interested parties and naturally it takes some time to prepare everything.

At this moment I only have 1 workshop on the books which will be on Saturday December 15th 2018. We will be making 4 different Christmas cards. If you need some more cards or if you want make an extra special card for someone special in your life, sign up quickly.

For the coming year I’ve started to make a plan for when to host the workshops at my house. To that end I placed a pre-order of new goodies which will be available from January 3rd 2019. They are products from the new Spring/Summer catalogue which will go live then. If you are interested in receiving a catalogue, let me know. I will also include a print out of the 2 new Dutch stampsets. More information about the spring/summer catalogue will follow in a few weeks time.

I will also be sharing more information about Sale-a-bration then. It will be held from January 3rd until March 31st 2019. It will definately be worthwile to book me for a workshop during this period. It doesn’t need to be a workshop at my house, I would love to come to yours and show you how to quickly and easily make cute cards or other projects.

That was it for now.

Have a great weekend and I will see you soon,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area


A taste of the card buffet

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Hello Peeps,

Card buffet

Isn’t it fun to take part in a workshop? It became apparent to me again during my card buffet last Saturday.  Five ladies took part and had a choice of 10 different cards which I had prepared. There were instruction sheets inclueded so they could work independantly. Of course I was available to them to clarify or demonstrate things when a step was difficult or new to them. Dispite being of different levels of experience, each of the ladies went home proud and content with multiple handmade cards they did themselves. The workshop was without obligations. Everyone could make what they wanted and as many as they wanted within the set 3 hour timelimit. This left plenty of time for a cup of coffee, some snacks and lots of chit chat.

Masked buffet

Next month I will be hosting another card buffet. It will take place on Saturday October 20th from 14.00 to 17.00h at my house. Since the dat is so close to Halloween, it will be a masked buffet… More information will follow as the date nears. Costs will be € 2,- per card again and all will be without obligations. Should you realise after making 1 card that this is not for you, then you just stop. If you are enjoying yourself, you carry on. With another card or perhaps with a second card of the one you already made, if you really like it. You can make as many or few as you like. It’s all while supplies last.

Other workshops

If you wish to host your own workshop, you can call on me too. I have different kinds of projects which are suited for a workshop such as cards, a mini album or a calendar. If you have something specific in mind, I’m always open to suggestions. Together we can pull of something amazing, You arrange for 3-8 guests and I will take care of a fun afternoon or evening. Should you be interested in this, click here for more information about what I can do for you. You can also find more information about the workshops that I have planned here.

See you next time,

Leonie

 


How to use Christmas stamps differently?

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Hello Peeps,

A while ago my upline placed a challenge on her team Facbook page. We were to make something with Christmas products that was NOT A CHRISTMAS CREATION. For this we were allowed to use Christmas products from the Annual Cataloque or from the Autumn/Winter catalogue which will be current as of September 5th 2018. As a Demonstrator we get to pre-order and I took advantage of that opportunity this month by ordering 2 Christmas stamp sets.

Pre-order

The first set is called Making Every Day Bright. It incluedes lots of cute lamps and is obviously intended for year round use. The other is called So Santa. It is a funny set that has 3 images of santa with matching sentiments. I was instantly smitten with the stamp showing santa with a surfboard. It was just begging to be combined with the Tropical Escape suite from the Annual catalogue. I took a careful look at the stamp. At santa with a cocktail in his hand and his toes in the sand. Hey, that rhymes. And all of a sudden a wave of inspiration washed over me, the genius a-ha moment. He’s RETIRED and now he can do as he pleases. After putting that in 2 bits of rhyme, the idea for the card was born.

Retirement Card

 

After stampint the image on to Whisper White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I coloured him using alcohol markers. I decided it would be fun to attach him to the inside of the card and cut out a shope from the front so you can see him peeking throught. Using the Layering Ovals Framelits dies I cut a window, which I traced around my santa with a light pencil line. I coloured the background of the santa image up to that line. I also drew some lines to guide my writing of the poem. After first drawing in the letters in pencil, I traced the letters with a black fineliner pen. I decorated the outside of the card with a scalloped edge around my window in a similar colour of cardstock as santa’s trunks. Finally I cut some leaves from coloured cardstock with the Tropical Thinlits Dies.  I stamped the flowers from the Tropical Chic stamp set and cut them out using the Tropical Thinlits Dies too.

And now we wait….

As soon as I had finished the card, I photographed it and uploaded it to enter the challenge. There are quite a few creative entries already. We have until September 7th to enter after which we will choose the winner of the most fun/original creation through a poll. It’s not going to be easy.

See you soon,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area

 


The power of a card

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Hello Peeps,

Long ago, or so it seems, in reality it was only a few weeks ago, we were on holiday in Turkey. My oldest two children were besotted with the animation team that would entertain them at the Kids Club. As parents, we also had a good feeling about the care takers that kept our kids busy with a variety of activities. That’s why I decided to make a card for them. I had taken some craft supplies with me and I know how nice it is to get a token of appreciation.

On our last day, I gave the Mini Club Chef the envelope. My husband noticed that she didn’t open it and said that she probably thinks that it contains money. I decided to clear that up straight away and told her: “It’s not money, it’s a card.”. She was excited and replied “that’s even better.”. It surprised me too. But she did go on to open the envelope immediately. As soon as she saw the front of the card her eyes filled with tears.

She gave me a big hug. Of course we could have given her some Lira’s, but this made more of an impression. On the inside I had written a simple thank you for the fun activities they had organised and how much our childrend enjoyed their time there. I had my daughter write her and her brothers name.

It was great to see how something as basic as a card can have such an impact. Besides now the team can look at it from time to time or even get some encouragement from it if they are having a rough day. That is the power of a card. It is an easy wat to let someone know how much you enjoy what they do for you and that you appreciate how they do it.

Our childredn had a super fun holiday partly because of the efforts of these speceial staff members. Surely that is worth a card.

Who do you think deserves a card? Let me know in the comment section below. I look forward to reading your opiions.

See you next time,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area


Promotions in August

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Hello Peeps,

The holidays are over, the children are back in school and I can’t wait to tell you all about the wonderfull promotions Stampin’ Up! is offering this month.

Colour Your Season limited time products

To start with there is a limited time products promotion on. It consists of the Blended Seasons stamp set. the set is available in both clear (to be used with acryllic blocks or a Stamperatus) and in wood (in which case they come with wooden blocks for the stamps to be mounted on). It is a versatile stamp set which can be used year round and which contains a few genereic as wel as a few specific sentiments. The images are very well suited for colouring with which ever medium you prefer.

The selection also incluedes a set of dies named the Stitched Seasons Framelits dies. The set consists of 10 dies which don’t just cut out the shapes, they also make a faux-stitching border around the label shapes. The stamp set and dies are also available as a bundle at a 10% discount.

Finally they’ve brought out a beautiful set of watercolour pencils to acompany the stamps. Stampin’ Up! does however reserve the right to incluede them in a future publication. I got the pencils during the preorder period to this promotion in order to take them with me on holiday to Turkey and they are fantastic. So well pigmented and the colour disolves beautifully and without stripes with just a touch of water from an aquapainter. Watercolouring has never been easier.

Bonus Days

As icing on the cake, you get to save for discount vouchers in August because the Bonus Days are back. For every €60 you spend, you receive a couponcode for €6,- to be used in September. That is a nice 10% return on your order. And on top of that you get a stamp point for every €50 you spend with me. Double savings. For more information about the Prulleke Loyalty Plan you can click here.

Autum/Winter catalogue

To wrap things up I want to point out to you that I have received the autumn/winter catalogues. It is packed with gorgeous new stamps, dies, punches and embellishments. Not just for now, but to be used all throughout the year. There are also a few indispensible products in there such as the Take Your Pick tool on page 30. Of course the catalogue is not just filled with products, it is also jam packed with insprirational projects to make and tips to help you release your creativity. If you wish to receive a copy, please contact me so I can supply you one.

Should you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comment section below.

See you next time,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area