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



Happy Hippo’s Pop-Up Box Card

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Hello Peeps,

Today I’ll share the card I made for my niece. She just turned 15 so the card couldn’t be too childish. I hope she liked it. In any case, I thought it was cute.

I started by cutting an A4-sized piece of Whisper White cardstock by Stampin’ Up in two. I used one of the halves to die cut the base of the box and the in between bit out of twice, using the Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up dies. I stamped all the images of the Happy Hippo’s set and the letters I, L, S and E and the numbers 1 and 5 from Quinn’s ABC’s and 123’s on the other half of the cardstock using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and my MISTI. Next I coloured all the images using a waterbrush and Stampin’ Up ink in the colours Smoky Slate, Tip Top Taupe, Strawberry Slush, Daffoldil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz. Then it was time to assemble the box. To do this I used my red line tape and my tim Holtz/Tonic scissors. That thing is ideal because it has a Teflon coating on the blades so nothing will stick to it. I decorated the box by adhering the differen elements using a dot roller or foamsquares. I did miss something on the front panel so I drew the line and flags with a black pen and coloured the flags in the same way I coloured all the other images. As a finishing touch I applied some Wink of Stella clear glitter to the frosting on the cupcakes, the partyhats, the ribbon on the gift, the balloons, the cake, the letters and numbers It doesn’t photograph well, but in real life it looks very pretty and subtle.


What kind of card would you send a teenager? Where do you draw the line between cute and childish?

I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below this post.

See you next time,