Hello Cupcake

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Hello Peeps,

Sale-a-bration

We’re almost half way through February and that means we’re also half way through the Sale-a-bration period. For those who aren’t familiar with Sale-a-bration, it is the best periode in the Stampin’ Up! year. The Spring/Summer catalogue had just launched and if that isn’t fun enough, there is a promotional period until March 31st during which you get to choose free items from the Sale-a-bration brochure when you spend €60 (or multiples of that amount). This year you get a choice of 6 different stamp sets when you spend €60 (one of which is also available in Dutch) or 1 stamp set when you spend €120. If you don’t want a stamp set, you could choose the wooden butterfly elements, beautiful Designer Series Paper, Foil Sheets of a card kit. The ribbons in the brochure have unfortunately been sold out already. In the €120 category there is also a framelits set that matches the Tea Together stamp set from the Srping/Summer catalogue. All in all there are plenty of reasons to get cracking on your wishlist.

Second release and Sale-a-bration coordination

As of today there will be a second sale-a-bration release consisting of a new stamp set or an embossing folder to choose with a €60 order or you can pick the bundle which consists of designer series paper with a matching stampset with a €120 order. In March some coordinating products to the Sale-a-bration stamp sets will be make available for purchase. This means that you will be able to buy matching dies to selected Sale-a-bration stamp sets in March. There will also be a new sentiment stamp set and a fabulous label punch available for sale then. These coordinating products will be available until March 31st 2019 or while supplies last.

Hello Cupcake

This week I’d like to share some cards I made with the Hello Cupcake stamp setl. This is one of the Sale-a-bration stamp sets and it was love at first sight. I love everything about this stamp set. The size of the cupcake is perfect regardsless of whether you want to create a card or a tag. The images are fun to stamp in a rainbow of colours but also gorgeous as a basic black impression which you can opt to colour. The sentiments are relevent to the images without being childish and the supporting images can be used in a variety of ways. For me, this was the number 1 choice of the Sale-a-bration brochure and I am far from done playing with it.

Black and white

For this first card, I stamped the cupcake image onto some Whisper White cardstock with some Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I went on to cut out the image with one of the round dies from the Layering Circle Framelits dies. Out of some Basic Black cardstock I cut the matching scalloped circle.so that it would have a nice contrast to the black and white dotted background paper. The dotted paper is from the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper pack and is one of the free choices with a €60 purchase. All of the papers have a colourfull A-side and a black and white B-side. I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of Whisper White which I cut off diagonally and matted on some Basic Black cardstock. A quick, simple card suited to both men and women alike.

Colourful paterns

When I held the Garden Impressions paper in my hands for the first time I felt overwhelmed by the bold colours. The sheets were intensly bright dispite the smaller 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm) size. I was rather intimidated but after playing with the different patterns, I feel confident in saying that this is really fun paper. For this card I used two different colours of patterned paper and matched the rest of the card to it. It is a lot calmer to the eye when you can only see a border.

Another way to break up the busyness is by splitting the patterns into smaller pieces. It is still a busy card but it isn’t overwhelming.

This card show a bit more. In the background I stamped a pattern with the smaller coordinating stamps. The Designer Series Paper brings the attention back to the middle of the card. The sentiment is stamped on some coloured cardstock because white would be too harsh. The cupcake itself is attached with some Dimensionals. To finish the card of I sprinkled on some sequins to tie everything together.

Masculine cupcake card

Just one more! Here I used the Tranquil Textures paper to determine the colour combination. You can see that is a nice masculine card dispite the bow and cupcake.

If you are interested in this set or any of the other sale-a-bration products, click here for more information on them. Or you can always contact me.

See you next time,

Leonie


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.

Fiësta

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

Leonie

 


Update

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Hello Peeps,

It’s been a while since I’ve written. Luckily it is because I’ve been very busy with work. I have been fortunate to have been able to give quite a few workshops recently for multiple interested parties and naturally it takes some time to prepare everything.

At this moment I only have 1 workshop on the books which will be on Saturday December 15th 2018. We will be making 4 different Christmas cards. If you need some more cards or if you want make an extra special card for someone special in your life, sign up quickly.

For the coming year I’ve started to make a plan for when to host the workshops at my house. To that end I placed a pre-order of new goodies which will be available from January 3rd 2019. They are products from the new Spring/Summer catalogue which will go live then. If you are interested in receiving a catalogue, let me know. I will also include a print out of the 2 new Dutch stampsets. More information about the spring/summer catalogue will follow in a few weeks time.

I will also be sharing more information about Sale-a-bration then. It will be held from January 3rd until March 31st 2019. It will definately be worthwile to book me for a workshop during this period. It doesn’t need to be a workshop at my house, I would love to come to yours and show you how to quickly and easily make cute cards or other projects.

That was it for now.

Have a great weekend and I will see you soon,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area


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

 

 


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


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,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area

 


Coffee and a card

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Hello Peeps,

Sale-a-bration 2018 has almost come to an end. This is the last month in which you get to choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration brochure or flyer when you place an order of € 60,- or € 120,-. So if you have anything on your wish list, order them this month if you want to take advantage of the promotion. Also keep in mind that if you want the ink refills to the 2016-2018 in-colors, to not wait too long. These colours will get changed again with the new catalogue and will no longer be available. Seeing as they will probably run out of stock before the new catalogue is released, you should get them now, while they are still available.

If you have no idea as to what is in the Sale-a-bration brochure, click on this link for an overview of PDFs of the different catalogues and brochures. Alternatively, you can enroll for the ‘coffee and a card’-afternoon that I’m hosting at my house on Sunday March 25th 2018.

I have room for 6 participants so enroll quickly by using the contact page or leaving a message beneath this blogpost. First come, first serve.

Whilest enjoying a cup of coffee (or tea) you get to make a card with the Springtime Foils paper from the Sale-a-bration brochure.

Should you have any questions of want to place an order, you absolutely can. If you just want to take advantage of the opportunity to try out Stampin’ Up products and/or try card making, that’s fine too.

 

 

 

I look forward to greeting you on March 25th.

See you soon,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area