A taste of the card buffet

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Hello Peeps,

Card buffet

Isn’t it fun to take part in a workshop? It became apparent to me again during my card buffet last Saturday.  Five ladies took part and had a choice of 10 different cards which I had prepared. There were instruction sheets inclueded so they could work independantly. Of course I was available to them to clarify or demonstrate things when a step was difficult or new to them. Dispite being of different levels of experience, each of the ladies went home proud and content with multiple handmade cards they did themselves. The workshop was without obligations. Everyone could make what they wanted and as many as they wanted within the set 3 hour timelimit. This left plenty of time for a cup of coffee, some snacks and lots of chit chat.

Masked buffet

Next month I will be hosting another card buffet. It will take place on Saturday October 20th from 14.00 to 17.00h at my house. Since the dat is so close to Halloween, it will be a masked buffet… More information will follow as the date nears. Costs will be € 2,- per card again and all will be without obligations. Should you realise after making 1 card that this is not for you, then you just stop. If you are enjoying yourself, you carry on. With another card or perhaps with a second card of the one you already made, if you really like it. You can make as many or few as you like. It’s all while supplies last.

Other workshops

If you wish to host your own workshop, you can call on me too. I have different kinds of projects which are suited for a workshop such as cards, a mini album or a calendar. If you have something specific in mind, I’m always open to suggestions. Together we can pull of something amazing, You arrange for 3-8 guests and I will take care of a fun afternoon or evening. Should you be interested in this, click here for more information about what I can do for you. You can also find more information about the workshops that I have planned here.

See you next time,

Leonie

 


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


Promotions in August

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Hello Peeps,

The holidays are over, the children are back in school and I can’t wait to tell you all about the wonderfull promotions Stampin’ Up! is offering this month.

Colour Your Season limited time products

To start with there is a limited time products promotion on. It consists of the Blended Seasons stamp set. the set is available in both clear (to be used with acryllic blocks or a Stamperatus) and in wood (in which case they come with wooden blocks for the stamps to be mounted on). It is a versatile stamp set which can be used year round and which contains a few genereic as wel as a few specific sentiments. The images are very well suited for colouring with which ever medium you prefer.

The selection also incluedes a set of dies named the Stitched Seasons Framelits dies. The set consists of 10 dies which don’t just cut out the shapes, they also make a faux-stitching border around the label shapes. The stamp set and dies are also available as a bundle at a 10% discount.

Finally they’ve brought out a beautiful set of watercolour pencils to acompany the stamps. Stampin’ Up! does however reserve the right to incluede them in a future publication. I got the pencils during the preorder period to this promotion in order to take them with me on holiday to Turkey and they are fantastic. So well pigmented and the colour disolves beautifully and without stripes with just a touch of water from an aquapainter. Watercolouring has never been easier.

Bonus Days

As icing on the cake, you get to save for discount vouchers in August because the Bonus Days are back. For every €60 you spend, you receive a couponcode for €6,- to be used in September. That is a nice 10% return on your order. And on top of that you get a stamp point for every €50 you spend with me. Double savings. For more information about the Prulleke Loyalty Plan you can click here.

Autum/Winter catalogue

To wrap things up I want to point out to you that I have received the autumn/winter catalogues. It is packed with gorgeous new stamps, dies, punches and embellishments. Not just for now, but to be used all throughout the year. There are also a few indispensible products in there such as the Take Your Pick tool on page 30. Of course the catalogue is not just filled with products, it is also jam packed with insprirational projects to make and tips to help you release your creativity. If you wish to receive a copy, please contact me so I can supply you one.

Should you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comment section below.

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