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

 

 


Smooth Birthday

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Hello Peeps,

On my desk I keep a rectangular, metal biscuit tin. In it are a variety of card elements. Images I have coloured and spare parts to previous projects and background experiments that have yet to be transformed into cards. Recently I was rumaging through the tin when I came across a coloured Lawn Fawn image. Actually, it was a complete card. A one layer card complete with a sentiment (don’t whirry, be happy) but it had a stain on the front. The card didn’t feel finished and I would be embarrased to mail it. So I decided to cut it up. With the help of a sketch I found I turned it in to this card.

I cut the image out using a circle die from CreaLies. It was the fifth smallest one from the CLNest XXL nr. 33 set. I chose the Oh Happy Day paper from the Hello Sunshine 6×6 inch petite paper pack by Lawn Fawn and picked the orange paper with the fine grid from the same pack to match. The red paper is from the Simple Stories 6×6 inch paper pack called Sn@p color vibe. On a scrap of Whisper White I stamped the banana, coloured it and fussy cut it out. On a seperate strip of paper I stamped the replacement sentiment. Finally I added a strip of blue paper with a grid pattern. It is also from the same Lawn Fawn paper pad as the orange and happy day papers. The sentiment and banana are attached using foamblocks while all the other layers are glued down with tape runner adhesive.

I am overly content with the way the card looks now in comparison to how it looked. I am sorry that I didn’t think to take a “before” picture. Oh well, you live and you learn.

See you next time,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area


Springtime Foils birthday cards

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Hello Peeps,

The minute I saw the picture of the Springtime Foils paper, I was sold. As a demonstrator I was able to pre order it and so I took advantage of that straight away. The paper is even prettier in real life. It is very thick and has beautiful patterns on it in gold, silver and rose gold. You can leave the patterns as they are or you can alter them by colouring them with for instance alcohol markers. I immediately wanted to colour the flower print. I was afraid I wouldné work with just ink and a waterbrush because the paper has a coating. Therefor it was a pleasant surprise to find out it took the colour of the waterpaint beautifully and it didn’t just wipe away. The effects were quite stunning because the paper absorbed the paint quite well. Now I just needed to fussy cut the flowers and use them in a card design. With some help from Pinteres, I made these 3 cards.

The cards are all made the same way, as you can sse. The cardbase is a piece of coloured cardstock. For 2 of the cards it is a former in-color, Crisp Cantaloupe, and the third is Pink Pirouette, one of the colours from the Subtles family. On a scrap of Whisper White, I stamped the sentiments from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set in the matching ink. To make the white pop of the background I made a mat for each of the sentemints from some Made by ME Metallic paper in gold and pink. I used the CreaLies NestXXL nr 33 cirkeldies to cut everything to size. I cut some extra pieces of Springtime Foils paper to make the panels for the top and bottom of the card. The flowers were attached using some Stampin’ Dimensionals to give the card some depth.

In my opinion they turned out to be 3 very elegant cards. And I still have lots of paper left over to play with!

If you want a pack like this filled with 12 sheets of 30,5×30,5cm Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper, you can add them to your order when you place and order of €60,- or more. The pack contains 3 sheets of 4 different designs. So you get quite a good amount of paper. Beware that this is a temporary Sale-a-bration promotion, which ends 31 March 2018.

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


Circles Crocodile Card

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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