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


Springtime Foils workshop

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Hello Peeps,

Last Sunday was the day of my ‘coffee and a card’-workshop featuring the Springrime Foils cardstock. The participants, though not great in number, they were in their enthousiasm, each made two cards.

Celebrate

First of all the Celebrate card. This is based on a card I came across on Pinterest. In my opinion the leaves-pattern was even better suited to it than the patterns used in the example. By just following the line of the branch with a pair of scissors you can create a natural wave. By adding a piece of Gold Foil Sheet underneath and a die cut of the word celebrate, from the Celebrat You Thinlits Dies, on the top, you’ve basically completed the card. Quick, simple and elegant. Suitable for birthdays, weddings or any kind of anniversary.

However, just this card would be too basic for a workshop, so there was a second card to recreate.

Happy Birthday

This card is also based on something I spotted on Pinterest which was just too pretty to ignore. I did have some tweeks to make it more my own. To start with, the colour combination. The Original was green but I love the Pool Party in combination with the silver. Using the mini inkblending tools, we gave the background an ombre-effect. Hereby we kept the colour more concentrated on the bottom and lighter at the top of the pannel. To darken it up a bit more, we used some Bermudat Bay on the very bottom. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Eclectic Expressions set, from the 2nd Sale-a-bration releas. The ribbon is from the Original Sale-a-bration release. It is in a set with Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral Shimmer ribbon. This time, however, we used the Basic Gray Shimmer Ribbon. The whole thing is matted on a piece of Pool Party and Basic Gray cardstock and just like that, you have a classy, masculine, birthday card.

 

More cards

Considering I was no where near finshed playing with this paper, I went on to make a couple more cards with the Springtime Foils paper.

For this card I fussy cut several of the leafy branches to spread them around the card. Following the rule of three, the Springtime Foils leaves guide your eyes around the card. The extra layers of silver paper underneath the circle with the sentiment, give it a nice place to rest. By using the splatter stamp from the Eclectic Expressions set, I gave the background a bit more interest. Finally I just added a bit of bling from my stash to finish the card. This too is a reasonably simple card, however the fussy cutting took up too much time, to be suitable for a quick workshop.

 

 

 

 

I also wanted to play with my ink blending tools again to make the dotted background more festive. I used Calypso Coral, Pumkin Pie and Melon Mambo. The colours lost quite a bit of their intensity which made them match perfectly on a Peekabo Peech card base. On some Whisper White cardstock I stamped several party sqeakers in Crushed Curry, Peekaboo Peach, Berry Burst, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry. The sentiment was initially stamped in Melon Mambo, but even after stamping it a second time it was not quite legable enough. I stamped it a third time in Berry Burst and now I was happy with it. I stuck the sqeakers down with some Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and attached the pannel to the card with some Stampin’ Dimensionals.

What wonderful paper! You can do so much with it. If you still want to get some, then today is your absolute last chance to place a €60 order and qualify for chosing the Springtime Foils paper as a free Sale-a-bration gift. Beware that you will have to pay some delivery costs. All the information regarding those costs can be found on my ‘Ordering’ page.

See you next time,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up Demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area


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


Enjoy this day card

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Hello Peeps,

In order to get inspired, I like to look at social media. When I saw Nichol Spohr’s film where she made cards using brushstroke stamps on YouTube, I knew that I wanted to make a card like that. Our former neighbours had their third wedding anniversary coming up, so I wanted to send them a card. The inspiration for the colours of the card, is taken directly from their wedding. His suit was bright blue and the Macedonian church where they were wed, also had a lot of blue in it. And so this is the card I made.

To start of with, I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock by Stampin’ Up to the same size as the cardbase. Using my MISTI I repeatedly stamped a brushstroke from the My Favorite Things Abstract Art stamp set in the following blue inks by Stampin’ Up: Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Marina Mist and Soft Sky. Next I used one of the Stitched Scallop Edge Die-namics dies by My Favorite Things to shape the top and bottom of the panel. I cut a piece of Pacific Point cardstock by Stampin’ Up to the size of the cardbase and ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot in the Decorative Dots embossing folder by Stampin’ Up. I attachted the blue panel straight to the Made by ME cardbase and attachted the stamped panel on to of it. On a scrap piece of Pacific Point cardstock, I stamped the word ‘Geniet’ (Enjoy) from the Marianne Designs stamp set Joepie Geniet (Hooray Enjoy) with VersaMark ink. I sprinkled on some white super fine detail embossing powder by Ranger and heated it up with my heattool until the powder melted. next I cut out the word Geniet, leaving a small border around it. On a strip of Whisper White cardstock I stamped the rest of the sentiment in Pacific Point ink. I glued everything onto the background and stamped the word ‘Gefeliciteerd’ (congratulations) in Pacific Point on the inside.

The fun thing was, that I got to see the reaction to the card this time. As soon as they received the card, they sent me a cheerful selfie of themselves with the card. Hopefully we’ll meet up again soon.

Who would you send a card to get in touch again?

See you next time,

Leonie


Circles Crocodile Card

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Hello Peeps,

This time I was inspired by a colour combination from the ColorThrowdown challenge blog. The colours were bright blue, bright green and white (CDT460). An ideal colour combination for a boy celebrating his second birthday. I did have to struggle a little to find an interesting layout, but I really think this card worked out nicely.

I started by applying double-sided tissuetape to the back of a scrap piece of white paper and to four different pieces of green paper. This is so it would be easier to puzzle everything back together, after I diecut it using the Large Ringlets die by Memory Box. I removed the paper from the dies very carefully, trying to keep it all in tact as much as I could. Because the shape was quite large, I decided to cut away a few of the cirkels from the white outline. I proceded to stick the white outline to a white cardbase, using the outside (negative) shape to minimise the warping of the cirkels. Now it was merely a matter of puzzling the green circles into the outline, making sure no two of the same green paper are next to each other. From another piece of white paper I diecut the third smallest circle die from the CreaLies CLNestXXL nr.33 dieset. I stamped the crocodile from Wild For You on to it and used a black pen to give him a partyhat and a balloon. I coloured the image using Wild Wasabi and Pacific Point ink by Stampin’ Up and my waterbrush. From a scrap of blue paper I cut a bannerstrip on to which I stamped the sentiment happy birthday from the Happy Everything stampset by Lawn Fawn with VersaMark ink. I covered it with Super Fine Detail embossingpowder by Ranger in white and melted the powder. I tried out where to place it and cut it to size and gave it a flagged end. I attached the circle with the crocodile to the card using some foamtape as well as the sentiment.

All in all it is a reasonably simple card. Only the puzzling of the circles took some time. The result is pretty and those who have seen the card all ask the same thing: how did you do that background with the circles?

Should you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below.

See you next time,

 

Leonie


Koala Slider Card

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Hello Peeps,

It is high time for me to start posting again. As you can imagine, life with 3 children is quite hectic and crafting is no longer a high priority. However, to show you that I am serious about picking up blogging again, I’ve decided to do it bilingual from now on. I’ll give less background information and instead explain more clearly how I created the card of project so it’s easier to recreate. So without further a do, here is my first card since the babystop:

I started with the background. I cut two pieces of masking tape using the same grass-die from the Grassy Hillside Borders set. On one piece I put the die towards the top and on the other piece I put it towards the bottom in order to create masks. I put the grass mask on the card panel at about one third of the way up and coloured the sky using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and a mini ink blending tool. I removed the grass mask and applied the sky mask so I could colour the grass using Peeled Paint Distress Ink. I also applied the green ink to the card base at approximately the same height as on the panel. That way the colour of the foreground will flow into the background colour and the groove for in the panel will be less noticable. Using one of the dies from the Slide On Over set, I cut a groove out of the panel and stamped the sentiment. On a seperate scrap of paper I stamped the koala’s of the Cuddly Koalas stampset by My Favorite Things and made another bit of green ink blended background. I coloured the koala’s using Distress Ink in Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot. I fussycut them out and went around the edges using a black marker in order to get rid of any white edges. I punched two 5/8″ circles out of the green paper. Next I covered the back of the card panel with a double layer of foam tape, leaving an area free around the groove, so the green circles could move around freely. Before attaching my panel to the cardbase I used my powder tool by EK Success on the sides of the foamtape. This is to ensure that nothing will stick to the sides and that the discs can move freely. After that I attached the koalas to the green discs using some 2mm thick foamsquares. I brushed the sides of the foamsquares with the powder tool too. Now the koalas can easily slide towards each other.

The only thing I have left to do is to stamp a koala on the envelope so it matches and then it’s ready to be sent of to my dear friends in Macclesfield, England.

Let me know below in the comment section what you think of my new approach. I look forward to hearing from you.

See you soon!

Leonie