Happy Sale-a-bration

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Hello Peeps,

Happy New Year!

The year 2019 has only just begun and we are already in the best time of the Stampin’ Up! year: Sale-a-bration. Until 31 March you earn free products for every €60 you spend. The products you can choose are shown in a seperate Sale-a-bration folder. On January 3rd the new occasions catalogue for the spring/summer season went live too. It will be valid until June 3rd and is packed full of wonderful products and beautiful examples with which you can create stunning projects. If you are interested in acquiring these books, let me know. If you prefer to download them, check out the links on this page.


To start the new year, launch the spring/summer catalogue and celebrate the start of Sale-a-bration, I hosted a fiësta last weekend. I prepared examples with every new stamp set I had acquired and decorated everything with a mexican themes undertone. This was completely inspired by the Flowering Desert stamp set from page 29 of the Spring/Summer catalogue.

I borrowed the sombrero my husband had bought on our holiday in Mexico, my mother had given me a drink dispenser in the shape of a cactus which I filled with green lemonade and I bought several cactus accessories to dress up the party. Of course I had some Mexican inspired food too: Nacho’s with salsa, guacamole and cheese dip as well as a plate with queso (that would be cheese). It was a fun afternoon and I’m certain that this will be another fabulous Stampin’ Up! year.

Flowering Desert

As I had already mentioned, I had made examples with all the stampsets that I have already acquired. To start with I want to show the samples using the Flowering Desert set, because this was the inspiration behind the fiësta.

I decorated a mini pizza box and inclueded a set of 4 mini cards. For this I used the 2018-2020 In Colors and some Mint Macaron ink. I used the rock & roll technique to add some shading to the cacti. The box is decorated with some paper from the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper and of course another cactus.

Next I made some simple cards using some ink blending techniques and second generation stamping. Also I made each of the cactus cards has a matching envelope.

Finally I decorated an aloe vera lipbalm for each of my guests with the large cactus image. For this I need to give a shout out to Suzanne Borghouts who lovingly helped to cut out the cacti.

Disclaimer: Some cards have been CASEd (inspired by/ made by example of) examples or sketches I found on Pinterest. I am not sure however which ones they are or who made the original inspiration. I had to make a lot of cards in a short period of time and I find it quicker to use some inspiration rather than to reinvent the wheel.

The coming period I will be sharing more of the examples I had made for the launch fiësta. If you wish to place an order after seeing the samples, I would love to help you with that. You can find more information on this page.

See you next time



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,


Independant Stampin’ Up Demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area



Springtime Foils participant gift

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Hello Peeps,

When I get the opportunity to prepare a workshop for you, it is my goal to make sure everyone invited experiences it as a party. Of course it is set up as a fun experience by having a good time and crafting some pretty things with your friends, but it’s even better when there is a little gift waiting for you when you enter the hosts home.


As you may have read before, it was love at first sight with the Springtime Foils paper. And because of it’s thickness, it seemed like a smart choice to use this specific paper to make small packages for lipbalm, for each of the participants of last Saturday’s workshop.

The design of the box was quite simple. By folding the sides in, a container arises in the bottom, which neatly houses the lipbalm. The mini paperclip holds the box closed. I cut the cirkcle shape using a  die from the Build a Bike Thinlits set (Annual Catalogue page 213). It is actually meant to cut out the wheel from the Bike Ride set (Annual Catalogue page 20). Using the Hexagon punch (from a couple of years ago) I cut out a pretty label to glue on top of the circle. I used a sentiment from the Jar of Love Stamp set (annual catalogue page 29) and silver heat embossed it. The leaves are also from the Jar of Love set. By gold heat embossing those I was able to mimic an element from the Specialty Designer Series paper so it all matched. I attached the hexagon to the golden circle with a Stampin’ Dimensional and slid the label under the paperclip.

Out of a single piece of Springtime Foils paper I was able to get 4 of these boxes. By making this project in assembly line style, I was able to finish them in a jiffy If you want to make similar boxes, or something else intirely from this paper, keep in mind that it is only temporarily available. It is a Sale-a-bration product that you can add for free to any order of €60 or more. Sale-a-bration lasts until March 31st 2018.

What would you make from this beautiful paper? I would love to read all about it in the comment section below this post.

See you next time,


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.


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,


Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area

Heart Happiness stamp set

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Hello Peeps,

Left and right I hear different stories with regards to Valentine’s Day. Some think it’s just a bunch of commercial nonsense. Others believe it should be Valentine’s Day every day and others still kind of like it. I definately belong to the latter group, although I also like the idea of each day being Valentine’s Day. I think it is important to acknowledge the people in our lives from time to time and let them know how special they are to us. If Valentine’s Day serves as a reminder to that, fine. The fact that commercial enterprises play into that, is natural. But the feeling people get about being obligated to express feelings they don’t have, is going a bit too far and I don’t believe it is in the spirit of the day. Anyway, I made some Valentine’s Day projects that I would like to share with you.


One of the most imporant groups of people, in my opinion, is teaching assistants and teachers. They get a little treat, several times a year, from me to let them know how much we appreciate them. This year it was a little box made from a piece of 12″x12″ Whisper White cardstock on to wich I stamped a stamp from the Heart Happiness stamp set (Spring/Summer Catalogue page 20) with Real Red ink to create a background pattern. I cut the paper in 6″x4″pieces. Along the long side I scored the pieces at  1 1/4, 2 3/4, 4 and 5 1/2″. On the short end I just made a single scoreline at 1 1/4″. I cut up to the 1 1/4″scoreline along the score lines on the long side and cut away the little 1/2 x 1 1/4″ rectangle entirely. Next I added adhesive to the `1/2″ flap and glued it shut to create a tube. I folded in the sides and the back flap and added adhesive to the inside of the front flap in order to close it up and create the bottom of the box. I filled the box with 3 chocolate hearts and closed the top while pinching in the sides. Using a mini clothes peg from Action I secured the top. On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock I stamped the striped heart in VersaFine Onyx Black in and the medium sized solid heart with Real Red ink.. After fussy cutting them out I adhered the little heart to the striped heart using a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional and added them underneath the clothes peg. Cute, right?

Masculine card

I made 3 more cards. Two of them are very similar, but I’ll start with this one.

In my work space I have a tin containing projects that I’ve started. It contains extra stamp prints, backgrounds that I’ve made as an experiment and cards that I’ve started but don’t know how to finish. In that tin I found a pretty background I had made using watercolours. The colours beautifully matched some stamped images I had made with the Heart Happiness stamp set that I also had laying around. Now all I had to do was add some cardstock and tie a ribbon in order to complete a card. I used a rectangular die from the CreaLies CLNestXXL nr. 36 set to cut the cardstock to size. To add a little sparkle, I put a layer of Wink of Stella Clear Glitter on the green heart. A perfect masculine Valentine’s card.

Simple cards

The last cards are very similar. Again I used the Heart Happiness stamp set (page 20 of the Sping/Summer Catalogue). It is such a fun set. Using just 2 of the hearts you instantly have a cute card. I stamped the striped heart using the Melon Mambo ink.and stamped the floral heart in VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I used the watercolour pencils from the Lots of Happy Card Kit (page 15 of the Spring/Summer Catalogue). The pencils colours are: Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry. Onto the Whisper White card base I repeatedly stamped the cluster of hearts with Rich Razzleberry ink. I adhered the pink heart with Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue and the floral heart with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the second card, the floral heart is created in the same way as the card with the pink heart. Only now the striped heart is stamped with Wild Wasabi ink. In the background I used the plus signs from the Oh So Eclectic stampset (Annual Catalogue, page 133). I thought the Blushing Bride colour was nice in combination with the rest of the colours. After fussy cutting the hearts, I attached them in the same manner as in the first card.

Sale-a-bration second release

Speaking of the Oh So Eclectic stamp set … as of  February 16th some new products will be added to the Sale-a-bration rangechoose from, when you order for €60 or €120. One of those additions is a stamp set called Eclectic Expressions. It matches the Oh So Eclectic set beautifully but is also great as a stand alone set. It includes several watercolour type images and some more graphic elements. and is combined with two commonly used sentiments namely Thank you and Happy Birthday. The set is available as a wood mount set (the stamps are affixed to a wooden block once and are always ready for use) or as a clear mount set (the stamps are used in combination with clear blocks and are removed from the clear blocks after us to be stored away). In my opinion this is a versatile must-have set with which you can make a great number of combinations. If you want to place an order and earn this set, please get in touch with me or leave a comment below. Sale-a-bration is a temporary event and after March 31st this campaign will be over.

See you next time,


Santa Gift Tags

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Hello Peeps,

As promised, here are the gift tags made with the Santa set by My Favorite Things called Jingle All The Way. From the first time I layed eyes on this set, I adored these Santa images. I stamped all the images with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on Crafter’s Companion Neenah Classic Crest Card in Solar White and coloured everything using colour combinations from two different paper pads. After that, I cut the images using the matching dies and turned them into gift tags.


This is the first set:

The paper that was the inspiration for this colour combination was from the DecoTime paper pad DS481-05. I used Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, Evergreen Bough, Walnut Stain and Crushed Corduroy to colour the images. Next I cut them out using the matching dies and I cut tag shapes out of the DecoTime paper with the Lawn Fawn Tag, You’re It dies. I cut the reinforcers from some scraps from my stash. To finish them off, I stamped the sentiments from the Jingle All The Way stamp set in Coffee coloured Archival Ink by Ranger. However, the colour was too flat for my taste, so I triple stamped the sentiments. At the bottom of this blogpost you can see some more individual photo’s of the gift tags, but seeing as I made some more, I’d like to show you the second set now.

This set’s colour combination was also inspired by a DecoTime paper pad. This time it was DS481-01. To colour everything I used Stampin’ Up ink inWatermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride, Pool Party and Tip Top Taupe. The process was pretty much identical to that of the gift tags above. The DecoTime paper is cut with the Lawn Fawn Tag, You’re It dies, only this time using both sizes, and the reinforcers were cut once again from scraps. The images were cut out with the matching dies. This time, howerver, I chose to leave out the sentiments because the background papers were quite a bit busier.

Finally, I have one more set of Santa tags, but these are quite different. In my search for inspiration for using my coffee stamp set by Stampin’ Up I came across a card, where the maker had used the Coffee Cup Framelit dies, that coordinate with that stamp set, to make a Santa. So cute! However, seeing as I don’t need any Christmas cards this year, I decided to copy the puppets but turn them into tags instead.

I only used scraps to make these, as a project like this is ideal to do so. The body is the small coffee cup, the face is the shape of a clear plastic lid only upside down, the hat is the same shape only rightside up. The white edge of the hat is the regular plastic cup lid and the beard is made of the whipped cream die. The ball at the end of the had is one of the coffee beans. The nose is the heartshaped lidstopper and the belt is cut with the straw die and embellished with the teabag label as a belt buckle. The eye were made with the Owl Builder punch. After assembling the santa’s I glued them to a piece of cardstock that I had scored and folded on the top side. Now I could easily cut out the shape of the puppet and my tags were done.

Which tags do you like best? Set 1 with the sentiments, set 2 with the busy backgrounds or set 3 which was made by  using a die set completely different to how it was originally intended? I would love to read about it in the comment section at the bottom of the blogpost,

See you next time,


Set 1:

Set 2:

Set 3:


Gift Card Holder

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My niece, who just had her birthday, wanted a gift card for her favourite clothes store. As it happens, I have the perfect die set to make a fun card for such an occasion. And on the topic of clothing, the Loads of Fun stamp set by Lawn Fawn would be ideal to decorate the card. Unfortunately I was unable to attend her party in person, so I didn’t see her reaction to the card, but I’m assuming she liked it.

This was the front of the card.

And this is the inside. The gift card is underneath the flap.

To start of with I cut a panel to the same size as the card. In to this I cut the largest flap of the Lift the Flap dies. I stamped and masked the Dryer Sheets, next the Suds and finished by stamping the clothes hamper. Then I stamped the sentimant. The top part is in VersaFine Onyx Black ink, just as the images and the bottom part is in Lawn Fawn Mermaid ink. On the front of the card I stamped the images and only used a mask for the clothes hamper. I drew the washline with a black pen so I could stamp the clothes on it. Next I coloured everything using my waterbrush and Stampin’ Up ink in the colours Sahara Sand, Coastal Cabana, Watermelon Wonder and Rich Razzleberry. I adhered the gift card to the inside of the card and glued the panel on top of it. I cut off any overhanging paper using my scissors. I put a few drops of Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue on the bottom corners of the flap because I noticed it kept wanting to open. Finally I put some Wink of Stella clear glitter over the bubbles in the washing machine.


What a fun way to give a gift card, don’t you think?

See you next time,