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 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


Eclectic Expressions birthday cards

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Hello Peeps,

Recently I was busy making a year plan. A handle for my blog and my other tasks as Stampin’ Up demonstrator, if you will. In doing so I came across a site listing all sorts of special days. Some of them were known to me. Others were completely new. It seems as if every disease, minority, occupation and kind of food has their own (inter)national holiday. It all went a bit too far for me. Still, I did pick a few that spoke to me, creatively. And that is how the cards in this article came to be.

Circles

On the 14th of  March (or 3.14 as the Americans would say) it is Pi-day. This of course beacuse the first digits of Pi are 3.14. My first association to Pi is circles And so I made these birthday cards in honour of Pi-day.

Card number 1

As I mentioned before in a different post, the Eclectic Expressions stamp set is a good, basic set. You can choose it as a free gift when you purchase for €60,- during Sale-a-bration. The pretty circles with theis watercolour effect represent the Pi-elements in this card. The colour combination was one I found on Pinterest:: Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay. By stamping the smaller images in the darker colours and using the lighter colours for the larger images, a beautiful balans is created. I stuck the stamped piece to a card base made from half of an A4 sheet of Tangerine Tango cardstock, folded in the middle, using some Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I used a sliver of Bermuda Bay cardstock to accentuate the contrast but chose to heat emboss the Happy Birthday sentiment on a piece of Pool Party cardstock. After melting the white embossing powder, I added some Tutti-frutti adhesive backed sequins in Pumpkin Pie and Pool Party to complete the festive look of this card.

Card number 2

This card was started by stamping the Happy Birthday sentiment in Tangerine Tango on to a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Using my MISTI, I stamped the sentiment above and below the orange version but now in Pool Party ink. Next I created the background by stamping several of the images from the Eclectic Expressions stamp set. By tying a piece of Bermyuda Bay Shimmer Ribbon around the cardstock, it started to look like a present.
The Shimmer Ribbon is another article you can choose during Sale-s-bration. The pack also contains Basic Gray ribbon (6.4 cm wide) and Calypso Coral ribbon (1 cm wide). The Bermuda Bay ribbon is 3.2 cm wide  You can find this product in the sale-a-bration brochure on page 9.
I glued the stamped element on to the Tangerine Tango cardbase. As a finishing touch I stuck on some Tutti-frutti adhesive backed sequins in Pumpkin Pie and Pool Party.

I think both cards turned out as fun and cheerful cards. I’m super excited about the stamp set and I can imagine lots of different opportunities to use it.

What is your favorite sale-a-bration product this year? I would love to read about it in the comment section below this blogpost.

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