The power of a card

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Hello Peeps,

Long ago, or so it seems, in reality it was only a few weeks ago, we were on holiday in Turkey. My oldest two children were besotted with the animation team that would entertain them at the Kids Club. As parents, we also had a good feeling about the care takers that kept our kids busy with a variety of activities. That’s why I decided to make a card for them. I had taken some craft supplies with me and I know how nice it is to get a token of appreciation.

On our last day, I gave the Mini Club Chef the envelope. My husband noticed that she didn’t open it and said that she probably thinks that it contains money. I decided to clear that up straight away and told her: “It’s not money, it’s a card.”. She was excited and replied “that’s even better.”. It surprised me too. But she did go on to open the envelope immediately. As soon as she saw the front of the card her eyes filled with tears.

She gave me a big hug. Of course we could have given her some Lira’s, but this made more of an impression. On the inside I had written a simple thank you for the fun activities they had organised and how much our childrend enjoyed their time there. I had my daughter write her and her brothers name.

It was great to see how something as basic as a card can have such an impact. Besides now the team can look at it from time to time or even get some encouragement from it if they are having a rough day. That is the power of a card. It is an easy wat to let someone know how much you enjoy what they do for you and that you appreciate how they do it.

Our childredn had a super fun holiday partly because of the efforts of these speceial staff members. Surely that is worth a card.

Who do you think deserves a card? Let me know in the comment section below. I look forward to reading your opiions.

See you next time,

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

 

 


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


Apron of Love encouragement

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Hello Peeps,

Isn’t it inspiring when people have the guts to follow their dreams! My friend, Saskia, gave me the push I needed to start as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. This happened during a conversation about our lives. She was considering doing something with her passion for baking, but she wasn’t clear about how she wanted to shape her ideas yet. A little while ago we met up again and she told me she was participating in a qualifying round for Heel Holland Bakt (the great Dutch bake off). So cool. I am so proud of her and I just knwe I had to make a card as a paper sign of encouragement and I knew what to use straight away.

Apron of Love

I Googled the Heel Holland Bakt logo for a fitting colour combination. It turned out to be Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake Whisper White and silver. I used the Apron Builder Framelits Dies to cut out all the different parts. I stamped the tiny sentiment on the apron pocket. Using the VersaMarker markerpen, I applied sticky ink to the ends of the different utensils before dipping them in Calypso Coral embossing powder (from my stash, it was discontinued a loooooong time ago). I added a few layers of the embossing powder in order to replicate the silicone look on utensils. I had diecut the tongs and spatula from silver cardstock, which made them look like they were metal. The spoon, scraper and rolling pin were cut from Crumb Cake cardstock which made them look more like wood. The paper is from the Nana’s Kitchen Stack from DCWV from 2009, but I think it matched as far as colour and look.

My friend was very happy with the card and has had a fun day with a lot of waiting behind her. On June 30th she will hear back from the program. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for her.

If you are interested in the Apron of Love stamps and/or the Apron Builder Framelits dies, it could be interesting to know that you can get these as a bundle with a 10% discount. As of june 1st 2018 you can still get both products, but no longer a bundle. If you want to take advantage of the bundle discount, place your order with me soon.

See you next time,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area


Number of Years birthday card

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Hello Peeps,

Retired colours

Have you seen the retired list? There are some big changes coming. One of the most impactful has to be the restructuring of the colour families. Thirteen colours are going to leave the product line and in their place 6 former in-colors will return and 10 brand new colours will be added. And of course we’ll also get 5 new in-colors for 2018-2020. More information about all the changes will follow.

Birthday card

Today, however, I wanted to share this card I made for my teammate, Erica. To make it I used the Number of Years stamp set which is also retiring.

To me it seems like a shame because the sentiments in this set, the sizing of the numbers and the watercolour effect flowers in this set make it a fantastic basic set for any beginning stamper. Since I was working with retiring products anyway, I dezcided to use some of the retiring colours of ink too. Just to let them shine once more. I stamped the number 61 in Pacific Point. Which, out of all the colours on this card, is the only one which isn’t retiring. The branches and leaves are stamped in Wild Wasabi. This is such a beautiful, vibrant green. I am definately going to miss it. The rose-like flowers are both on one stamp and I used Wisteria Wonder to ink them up. The flower with the petals is stamped in Rose Red. This colour really brightens everything up. The lavender-like tops are stamped in Perfect Plum and this colour is perfectly suited to it. (If you chose the Lots of Lavender stamp set during Sale-a-bration you really need to give this colour a try!) Finally, I filled some of the white space around the card with dots in the Elegant Eggplant colour. I cut down the sides of the panel and attached it to a piece of Pacific Point cardstock before adhering the whole thing on to a white cardbase. On the inside I used Pacific Point to stamp the sentiment ‘the number of years the world has been an better place because you’re in it.’.

I hope my teammate likes this carsd and I hope you will take another good look at the retiring colours before it’s too late. You can find more information about placing an order under the Ordering header.

 

See you next time,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area..

 


Oh So Eclectic rememberance card

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Hello Peeps,

Today I have another card for you featuring the Oh So Eclectic stamp set and the matching Eclectic Layers Thinlits dies. The design is reasonably simple and it can be adapted for many different occasions. Because of the grey background I thought it was modest enough to use as a rememberance card. When you choose a different colour it can easily be changed to a cheerful birthday card of by adding some silver or gold, you can alter it for use as a wedding or anniversary card.

Method

I started by cutting the grey panel, which is slightly smaller than my white card base, from some Sahara Sand cardstock. Next I used the die with the diamond pattern and cut it twice to create a repeating pattern in the background. On a piece of Whisper White cardstock I stamped the flower outlines in Calypso Coral ink. I stamped the coloured petal layers in So Saffron, Blushing Bride and Tangerine Tango. I stamped the flower centers in Calypso Coral and the leaves in Old Olive. After I was done stamping, I cut the images out with the matching dies. I made the composition by using different thickneses of foam squares. When I was happy with the look, I adhered it to the grey layer. By adding it to het white card base with foamsquares, you get a better sense of dimension behind the diamond cut outs.

If you want to use this design for a more festive occasion, it might be fun to decorate the flowers with some Wink of Stella glitter or add a scattering of sequins or enamel dots. For this card, however, I didn’t think it was appropriate.

See you next time,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area