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

 

 


Bike Ride cards

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Hello Peeps,

Just a few more days before the new catalogue launches. If there is anything you still want from the current catalogue or from the occasions catalogue, let me know as soon as possible. As of right now it is while supplies last for a lot of lovely products. One such example is the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper which was the inspiration for the colour combination in the next 2 cards.

Hello

The Bike Ride stamp set is such a prime example of a springtime set and with the weather we’ve been having the last week, I couldn’t resist using it. As I mentioned before, I used the colours from the Coffee Break paper to stamp and die cut the images. I used Candy Dot Brad Bases to attach the wheels. These have been retired years ago but were a good combination with the Candy Dots. Those were available in set of colours per colour family. Since I had some left in my stash, I added some Pear Pizzazz ones to complete the wheels. As a bonus the wheels can really spin now too. How fun is that? By attaching the frame of the bike and the basket with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals the whole thing got some more depth. The Hello sentiment is actually fron the Jar of Love stamp set. and the cobblestone road beneath the bike is a print fron the Petal Passion stamp set. I own the Dutch version of this set. It is called In De Bloemetjes Zetten. In the new catalogue there will also be several sets that have been translated into Dutvh. If you are interested in obtaining the new catalogue and the Dutch translations, send me a message through the contactpage.

Trots op jou/Proud of you

This card started with the idea of using a small image all over the background. The tiny bike is from the Sheltering Tree stamp set. I repeatedly stamped it in Early Espresso and Crumb Cake on Crumb Cake cardstock. Once again I stamped the different parts of the bike and cut them out with the Build a Bike Framelits dies. However, the bike seemed to float on the card. In order to fix that I used one of the dies from the Petals & More Framelits dies. At this moment you can still get the dies as a bundle with the Petal Passion/ In De Bloemetjes Zetten stamps. As of june 1st 2018 you can still get them seperately but no longer as a bundle with a 10% discount. The Trots op jou  (Proud of you) sentiment is from the In De Bloemetjes Zetten set and the die I used to cut out the sentiment is from the matching Petals & More Framelits dies set.

That was it for now. The last blog post of this catalogue year. I look forward to ringing in the new year with a look at some new products and a review of the new Stampin’ Up! ink colours which have been added because of the colour revamp.

See you next time

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area


Inside & Out cards

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Hello Peeps,

Although the holiday is over now, I’m not completely back in my normal rythm, Last week, the children were home for a few extra days again. Of course that is really nice, but it leaves me little time for crafting. Luckily my daughter also enjoys crafting which means we were able to play with some paper, stamps and dies when the boys are napping. Aside from that, it’s all about stolen moments when the children are occupied. Which is how I was able to make the following 3 cards, as the kids were playing at 1-2-3 Speelparadijs (play paradise)

 

Hugs & Kisses

Using my MISTI I repeatedly stampped the phrase Sending You. First in Peekaboo Peach, next in Lemon Lime Twist, followed by Powder Pink. I used the gridpaper in the MISTI and moved the card. This would Ensure the stamping was straight each time. When I was satisfied with the saturation of the background, I used Blackberry Bliss to stamp the main sentiment: HUGS & kisses. A quick and easy card. Using the same colours as the background, I stamped a few of the images from the set on the envelope. Now everything matched beautifully.

For a Great Friend

My friend, with whom we went to the play Paradise, was watching me stamp and stated that she could never do that. Nonsense! I told her it was easy to design a card with the right stamp set. Look. You start with the largest image in the lightest ink colour, which happened to be Powder Pink for me, and stamp it in 3 places on your card. Next you take the second largest stamp and the second lightest ink, Lemon Lime Twist, and stamp it close to the first impressions. Then you grap a tiny stamp and a dark colour, like Rich Razzleberry, to complete the background. Now all that is left to do is to add a sentiment in Calypso Coral and Bob’s your uncle. This little demonstration probably took about the same amount to carry out as it did to read this. It is a simple recipe which almost Always works. At home I added a few sequins to complete the card. It was a combination of the adhesive backed sequins from the Spring/Summer 2018 catalogye and some sequins from my stash. Of course I also stamped a few images on the envelope to finish everything off.

Lovely

For my final card I only used the sentiment from the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set which I combined with the images from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set. I used a different coloured ink for each image and worked from large to small imagels. This way I could continue to fill the gaps. In order to keep the word Lovely from disappearing in the background I decided to stamp it onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock and fussycut it. At home I decided to give it even more pop by adding a gold doily behind the sentiment. The doily is adhered to the card flat, with some Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue and the sentiment is stuck down using Stampin’ Dimensionals. To the inside of the card I added the words Inside & Out and to the envelope I added some more of the Paisley shapes.

And just like that, using just a few ink colours and 2 stamp sets, you have 3 totally different but beautiful cards. Which card is your favorite? I look forward to reading about it in the section below.

If you are interested in purchasing the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set, then don’t delay placing an order because this is one of the sets leaving the collection. It is only available until May 31 2018, while supplies last.

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


Spring animals

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Hello Peeps,

Are you looking forward to spring? I am fed up of this strange weather we’ve been having lately and I can’t wait for the sun to show us what she can do. In order to transform my springfever into something positive, I made this card with the cute animals from the We Must Celebrate stamp set (Spring/Summer Catalogue page 39)

 

I was also completely inspired by a film I saw by Jennifer McGuire, who was using the smaller images from a stamp set in a pale coloured ink, to fill in a background. This set lends itself to that technique beautifully. The card really doesn’t need much else.

I had coloured the animals before hand using some alcohol markers so I just needed to cut them out and attach them to the stamped background with some Stampin’ Dimensionals. I attachted the panel to the Crumbcake card base with some Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue. On the front I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment in Basic Black and on the inside I stamped the matching From All Of Us.

This Sunday I’ll be hosting a ‘Coffee and a Card’-workshop at my home featuring the Springtime Foils cardstock. I’ll share what we made next week.

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

 


Picture Perfect Birthday cards

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Hello Peeps,

Have you taken a good look at the Picture Perfect suite in the Spring Summer catalogue? You can find it on pages 4 and 5. The first thing that spoke to me were the cheerful colours. The stamp set was one of the first things I ordered from this brochure, as well as the Picture Perfect Party Classic Stampin’ Spots. Wow! The name is bigger than the product itself! They are a set of mini ink pads with the same ink in them as the large pads. The colours coordinate beautifully with this suite: Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach and Pool Party. The handy thing about these tiny cubes is that you can easily take them with you on the go and that you can use them precisely. So that when you use a stamping tool like the Stamperatus or MISTI, you don’t end up with ink all over the door of your tool.

Paper with photo’s ?

The only thing about this suite that I didn’t immediately love, was the papaer. I wasn’t at all crazy about the photo’s on the one side of the paper. Luckily the back side is beautiful designed print paper…
Boy, was I wrong!
The more I looked at examples on Pinterest, the more I appreciated the fun photo-side of the paper. When I decided to order it and play with the paper, I was transformed.This paper is so much fun! And it’s so versatile. The pictures are so pretty that you just need to add a sentiment and you’ve already got a nice card. But that’s not all. You can cut out the different parts for even more combination possibilities. Now you can layer the different elements and because there are 4 sheets of each of the designs in the pack, you never have to worry about running out. Of course the ‘simple’prints on the back sides of the papers are gorgeous too and once I’m done playing with the photo-side of the papers I will still have plenty of opportunities to use the rest of the paper. Below you can see the three cards I made using this fun paper.

Treat yourself

The first card features donuts. It’s making me peckish just looking at this paper. The Berry Burst layer behind the donut paper is the reverse side of the paper with the large confetti photo. Both layers are attached to a Peekaboo Peach cardstock card base. I used Bermuda Bay ink to stamp the very appropriate Treat yourself sentiment. I used my MISTI just to be sure. Now I could be certain about the placement of the stamp and if I needed to stamp it a second time, I would get exact placement in the exact same place. As I finishing touch I stuck down some of the Tutti-frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins around the sentiment. The sequin colours match the rest of the Picture Perfect Party suite beautifully. There are 50 sequins each in Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie and yellow. A total of 250 adhesive sequins for just € 8,50.

 

Happiest of Birthdays

For this card I used a sketch. I used the balloon paper as the main feature. At the bottom of the card is another little accent grouping with a stamped gift bow. It is stamped in Pool Party and Bermuda Bay ink on Whisper White cardstock. Next I fussy cut it and attached it using Stampin’ Dimensionals on top of the three little strips of paper in Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and the reverse side of the balloonpaper, which ground it The sentiment happiest of birthdays to you in Bermuda Bay ink finish the card.

 

 

 

 

Celebrate you

The observant viewers amongst you probably noticed it straight away. I didn’t. I didn’t notice until I was taking this picture. I stuck the paper upside down on my card!! You can tell by the pink streamers but seeing as it’s only noticeabel there I decided to just leave it and hope that the recipiant isn’t as observant. Anyhow, learn from my mistakes. These gorgeous photographed prints definately have a distinct direction.
I chose to keep this card simple. I stuck the paper to the Peekaboo Peach cardstock card base and cut some Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist and Whisper White cardstock in to banner shapes. I ended up chopping of one of the points of the banners from the coloured pieces. I stamped the sentiment Today we celebrate wonderful, briljant fabulous you! on to the Whisper White banner in Peekaboo Peach ink. I finished the composition by placing the flags and attaching everything with Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue.

Hopefully I have given you some inspiration and have made you excited about trying these papers yourself. Should you have any questions or comments, I look forward to reading them in the comment section below. Should you wish to get in touch with me for any other reason, you can do that as of today using the contact form on the contact page of this site.

See you next time,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area