Hello Cupcake

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Hello Peeps,

Sale-a-bration

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,

Leonie


Lots of hearts

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Hello Peeps,

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 .

Cards

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,

Leonie

 


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


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

 


Number of Years birthday card

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Hello Peeps,

Retired colours

Have you seen the retired list? There are some big changes coming. One of the most impactful has to be the restructuring of the colour families. Thirteen colours are going to leave the product line and in their place 6 former in-colors will return and 10 brand new colours will be added. And of course we’ll also get 5 new in-colors for 2018-2020. More information about all the changes will follow.

Birthday card

Today, however, I wanted to share this card I made for my teammate, Erica. To make it I used the Number of Years stamp set which is also retiring.

To me it seems like a shame because the sentiments in this set, the sizing of the numbers and the watercolour effect flowers in this set make it a fantastic basic set for any beginning stamper. Since I was working with retiring products anyway, I dezcided to use some of the retiring colours of ink too. Just to let them shine once more. I stamped the number 61 in Pacific Point. Which, out of all the colours on this card, is the only one which isn’t retiring. The branches and leaves are stamped in Wild Wasabi. This is such a beautiful, vibrant green. I am definately going to miss it. The rose-like flowers are both on one stamp and I used Wisteria Wonder to ink them up. The flower with the petals is stamped in Rose Red. This colour really brightens everything up. The lavender-like tops are stamped in Perfect Plum and this colour is perfectly suited to it. (If you chose the Lots of Lavender stamp set during Sale-a-bration you really need to give this colour a try!) Finally, I filled some of the white space around the card with dots in the Elegant Eggplant colour. I cut down the sides of the panel and attached it to a piece of Pacific Point cardstock before adhering the whole thing on to a white cardbase. On the inside I used Pacific Point to stamp the sentiment ‘the number of years the world has been an better place because you’re in it.’.

I hope my teammate likes this carsd and I hope you will take another good look at the retiring colours before it’s too late. You can find more information about placing an order under the Ordering header.

 

See you next time,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area..