Thinking of You Card

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Hello Peeps,

Eventhough I Always enjoy celebrating the good moments in life with others, I also think it is important to remember the not so good moments. Like the anniversary of the death of my ex-collegue and mother of my friend. I make it a point to always send my friend a card that day, just to let her know I’m thinking of her. And also so she knows, her mother isn’t forgotten.

This time I made a quick and simple card with the products from the Eclectic Suite. Using Wisteria Wonder ink I stamped the petals layer of the flowerd from the Oh So Eclectic stamp set. Next I stamped the outlines in the Elegant Eggplant colour. The leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink. This colour complements all other colours and, as far as I’m concerned, is perfect for leaves, grass or as a fresh accent colour to your project. It is a must have for anyone who enjoys stamping. After stamping, I cut out the images using the coordination dies from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies set. To give it a little something extra I cut out an extra flower outline from some gold metallic paper from my stash. I made a cardbase from some Sahara Sand cardstock and cut a strip onto which I stamped the Thinking Of You sentiment. The sentiment is from the Crazy About You stamp set which unfortunately is no longer available. I cut a banner end to the strip and nested it between the layers of flowers and leaves. I attached everything using Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue en Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

These are not the most fun cards to make, just because the memories that they bring back aren’t Always fun, but they are the cards that leave a mark on the recepiants heart. I know  my friend always appreciates it when she knows I sympathise with her and I always will.

See you next time,

Leonie


Little Thank You Card

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Since I began as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I have been placing orders. Of course I want to incluede a little thank you for my customers, just as my demonstrator used to do for me. Which is why I made this card to add to an order along with a little gift.

 

The base is a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 8,5 x 17cm, which I scored and folded in the middle to make a square card. Because this customer bought products from the Painted with Love Suite (Spring/Summer Catalogue page 18/19), I decided to use the colours from the cardstock pack as jumping of point (Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo and Powder Pink). On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock I stamped the flower from the Oh So Eclectic set in Calypso Coral. The stamp layering leaves were stamped in Blushing Bride ink in order to give them a sublte hint of colour. The leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink. Using a waterbrush I picked up some colour from the lid of my ink pad to add some colour to the stem of the flower. I used the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies to cut out the flower and leaves. Next I randomly stamped the plus signs on to the background and glued the flower and leaves to the cardbase with some Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue. I used a Stampin’ Dimensional to adhere the top of the flower in order to pop it off the background. The Thank You sentiment was stamped on another scrap of Whisper White cardstock with Melon Mambo ink. I also adhered it to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Now I just needed to add a message to the inside and add it to the ordered products.

Next time I’ll tell you about my first Make & Take. It was earlier this month.

See you then!

Leonie


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


Metallic Happy Birthday card

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Not so long ago, I was browsing through my craft supplies. This was because I wanted to reacquaint myself with all the fun things I had, after my pregnancy stop. One of the things, which I really haven’t played with enough, was my Minc machine. It’s a kind of laminator by Heidi Swapp that you use to apply foil to different surfacees. The foil adheres to toner ink. There are lots of pre-printed products to which you can add the foil and the foil itself is also available in a rainbow of colours. And so this card was made, for my friends birthday

The starting point of this card was the sheet of papier with the triagle print from the Minc Paper Pad 370178. I ran this through my Minc machine, according to the instructions, to apply a layer of silver foil. Next I wanted some simple embellisments. The Crazy About You stamp set by Stampin’ Up and the matching Thinlits set Hello You were perfect. I stamped the flower twice in Calypso Coral ink by Stampin’ Up and once more in Blushing Bride ink by Stampin’ Up. The lighter flower was fussy cut with a little white border around the edge and the two darker ones were cut to a smaller size but also with a little white border. The leaves were stamped in Mint Macaron ink by Stampin’ Up and were alse fussy cut with a thin white border. I diecut the word happy from some Mint Macaron cardstock by Stampin’ Up once and another 3 times from some Crafter’s Companion Neenah Solar White. I glued the layers on top of one another using glossy accents in order to create a sturdy element. On a scrap piece of Calypso Coral cardstock by Stampin’ Up I stamped the word BIRTHDAY in VersaMark ink. I covered it with silver embossing powder by Rayher and melted it with my heattool. I cut the ends at an angle. To accentuate the silver, I cut a panel of Made by ME Metallic Paper in zilver to the same size as my Made by ME cardbase and attached the foiled piece to it at an angle. I cut off the overhanging excess and attached the flowers, leaves and words. Everything was adhered using glossy accents or foamtape in order to give it some more depth.

 

I think it turned out to me a very elegant card, for someone who I regard to be a very elegant lady. Playing with the metallics was a bit outside of my comfort zone. I easily get scared that it would be to bold, but I think this turned out quite tastefully. Besides, a little bling is fun. What do you think of metallics on cards? Too much or a must-have?

 

 

Ik vind het een heel elegant kaartje geworden, voor iemand die ik een hele elegante vrouw beschouw. Het spelen met metallics was voor mij wel buiten mijn comfortzone. Ik ben snel bang dat het dan te opvallend wordt, maar dit vond ik heel smaakvol. En een beetje bling blijft leuk. Wat vind jij van metallics op een kaart? Te schreeuwerig of iets dat niet mag ontbreken?

See you next time,

Leonie


Eclectic Layers Card

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A while ago, I bought the Eclectic Layers Thinlits dies by Stampin’ Up. Actually, I really only wanted one of the dies from the set. The diamond pattern spoke to me and it seemed so versatile that after lots of toing and froing I decided to do it any way. Eventually I convinced myseld that I could very well use the other dies in the set by layering them on top of one another. You see, I didn’t have any more in my budget to purchase the matching stampset. Now I was ready to see what I could make with just the dies. It cost quite some time. Especially glueing all the individual diamonds but I am so proud of this card.

The first step was cutting a piece of Whisper White cardstock in two and cutting one of the halves in two again. Next I used the ink smooching techniquw to apply some colour to one of the quater panels. To do this technique you apply different colours of ink to your Craftmat. I choose to work with Distress Oxides in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Seedless Preserves and Iced Spruce. Then you spray some water over the ink until you see drops forming on your Craftmat and then you press your paper into the ink. The ink will mix in to eachother and you can repeat the process  multiple times until you are happy with the results. It has an interesting and organic look. Next I cut the diamond pattern from part of the coloured background as well as from the other quarter white panel. Using foamblocks which were 1, 2 and 3mm thick, I attached the coloured diamonds to the white card next to the diecut background.The further to the right, the thicker the foamblocks. I attached the white panel to the coloured background using foamtape. Next I cut the different flower and foliage dies from Whisper White cardstock. I coloured the die cuts using sponge daubers and again with the Oxides in Seedless Preserves, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet, Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick. I glued together the layers of the flowers and began to play with the layout. When I was happy, I glued it all in place with Tombow Multi Mono Liquid glue and with foamblocks. To give it a bit extra, I attached the panel to a scrap panel of pink cardstock and attached that to a scrap piece of Coastal Cabanna cardstock by Stampin’ Up, before attaching the whole thing to a cardbase from Made by ME. To finish it of, I decided to add some sequins from the Neat & Tangles Spring Sequin Mix. I tried to use the same colour sequin as the colour it would be attached to.

The differences in height and depth keep giving this card something new to look at. I’m very pleased with it. Hopefully my friend, who received this for her birthday, was so too.

See you next time,

 

Leonie