Thinking of You Card

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Hello Peeps,

Eventhough I Always enjoy celebrating the good moments in life with others, I also think it is important to remember the not so good moments. Like the anniversary of the death of my ex-collegue and mother of my friend. I make it a point to always send my friend a card that day, just to let her know I’m thinking of her. And also so she knows, her mother isn’t forgotten.

This time I made a quick and simple card with the products from the Eclectic Suite. Using Wisteria Wonder ink I stamped the petals layer of the flowerd from the Oh So Eclectic stamp set. Next I stamped the outlines in the Elegant Eggplant colour. The leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink. This colour complements all other colours and, as far as I’m concerned, is perfect for leaves, grass or as a fresh accent colour to your project. It is a must have for anyone who enjoys stamping. After stamping, I cut out the images using the coordination dies from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies set. To give it a little something extra I cut out an extra flower outline from some gold metallic paper from my stash. I made a cardbase from some Sahara Sand cardstock and cut a strip onto which I stamped the Thinking Of You sentiment. The sentiment is from the Crazy About You stamp set which unfortunately is no longer available. I cut a banner end to the strip and nested it between the layers of flowers and leaves. I attached everything using Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue en Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

These are not the most fun cards to make, just because the memories that they bring back aren’t Always fun, but they are the cards that leave a mark on the recepiants heart. I know  my friend always appreciates it when she knows I sympathise with her and I always will.

See you next time,

Leonie


Heart Happiness stamp set

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Left and right I hear different stories with regards to Valentine’s Day. Some think it’s just a bunch of commercial nonsense. Others believe it should be Valentine’s Day every day and others still kind of like it. I definately belong to the latter group, although I also like the idea of each day being Valentine’s Day. I think it is important to acknowledge the people in our lives from time to time and let them know how special they are to us. If Valentine’s Day serves as a reminder to that, fine. The fact that commercial enterprises play into that, is natural. But the feeling people get about being obligated to express feelings they don’t have, is going a bit too far and I don’t believe it is in the spirit of the day. Anyway, I made some Valentine’s Day projects that I would like to share with you.

Treats

One of the most imporant groups of people, in my opinion, is teaching assistants and teachers. They get a little treat, several times a year, from me to let them know how much we appreciate them. This year it was a little box made from a piece of 12″x12″ Whisper White cardstock on to wich I stamped a stamp from the Heart Happiness stamp set (Spring/Summer Catalogue page 20) with Real Red ink to create a background pattern. I cut the paper in 6″x4″pieces. Along the long side I scored the pieces at  1 1/4, 2 3/4, 4 and 5 1/2″. On the short end I just made a single scoreline at 1 1/4″. I cut up to the 1 1/4″scoreline along the score lines on the long side and cut away the little 1/2 x 1 1/4″ rectangle entirely. Next I added adhesive to the `1/2″ flap and glued it shut to create a tube. I folded in the sides and the back flap and added adhesive to the inside of the front flap in order to close it up and create the bottom of the box. I filled the box with 3 chocolate hearts and closed the top while pinching in the sides. Using a mini clothes peg from Action I secured the top. On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock I stamped the striped heart in VersaFine Onyx Black in and the medium sized solid heart with Real Red ink.. After fussy cutting them out I adhered the little heart to the striped heart using a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional and added them underneath the clothes peg. Cute, right?

Masculine card

I made 3 more cards. Two of them are very similar, but I’ll start with this one.

In my work space I have a tin containing projects that I’ve started. It contains extra stamp prints, backgrounds that I’ve made as an experiment and cards that I’ve started but don’t know how to finish. In that tin I found a pretty background I had made using watercolours. The colours beautifully matched some stamped images I had made with the Heart Happiness stamp set that I also had laying around. Now all I had to do was add some cardstock and tie a ribbon in order to complete a card. I used a rectangular die from the CreaLies CLNestXXL nr. 36 set to cut the cardstock to size. To add a little sparkle, I put a layer of Wink of Stella Clear Glitter on the green heart. A perfect masculine Valentine’s card.

Simple cards

The last cards are very similar. Again I used the Heart Happiness stamp set (page 20 of the Sping/Summer Catalogue). It is such a fun set. Using just 2 of the hearts you instantly have a cute card. I stamped the striped heart using the Melon Mambo ink.and stamped the floral heart in VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I used the watercolour pencils from the Lots of Happy Card Kit (page 15 of the Spring/Summer Catalogue). The pencils colours are: Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry. Onto the Whisper White card base I repeatedly stamped the cluster of hearts with Rich Razzleberry ink. I adhered the pink heart with Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue and the floral heart with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the second card, the floral heart is created in the same way as the card with the pink heart. Only now the striped heart is stamped with Wild Wasabi ink. In the background I used the plus signs from the Oh So Eclectic stampset (Annual Catalogue, page 133). I thought the Blushing Bride colour was nice in combination with the rest of the colours. After fussy cutting the hearts, I attached them in the same manner as in the first card.

Sale-a-bration second release

Speaking of the Oh So Eclectic stamp set … as of  February 16th some new products will be added to the Sale-a-bration rangechoose from, when you order for €60 or €120. One of those additions is a stamp set called Eclectic Expressions. It matches the Oh So Eclectic set beautifully but is also great as a stand alone set. It includes several watercolour type images and some more graphic elements. and is combined with two commonly used sentiments namely Thank you and Happy Birthday. The set is available as a wood mount set (the stamps are affixed to a wooden block once and are always ready for use) or as a clear mount set (the stamps are used in combination with clear blocks and are removed from the clear blocks after us to be stored away). In my opinion this is a versatile must-have set with which you can make a great number of combinations. If you want to place an order and earn this set, please get in touch with me or leave a comment below. Sale-a-bration is a temporary event and after March 31st this campaign will be over.

See you next time,

Leonie


Make & Take January 17th 2018

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Hello Peeps,

As far as telling you about all of my adventures, I’m a bit behind. For instance on Wednesday January 17th I hosted my very first own Stampin’ Up evening. I had invited several friends (yes, mum, you’re a friend too) to introduce them to the products I now stand for. A few already knew about Stampin’ Up but for others a whole new world opened up to them. That morning my two dear sweet friends surprised me with two beautiful signs they had commissioned especially for the launch of Prulleke. One for the entrance and another to have stand on the table. The latter also had clips on the back for me to hang my examples of off. To say it was a surpise is an understatement. I was completely overwhelmed by their loving support and I was extra proud when they told me the signs were made by another team member of mine.

 

 

To ensure everything looked up to par, I decorated my kitchen and placed various products with examples on the kitchen counters. This way there would me more to see than just the project we were making that night. Besides, it’s fun to be able to give a complete overview of what there is to offer.

Seeing as the preperations took a lot of time, I decided to make it easy on myself for the Make & Take portion of the evening. I ordered the Lots of Happy card kit (Spring/Summer catalogue 2018, p. 15) and made the sample cards. Each of my guests could now choose 2 packages and make the cards following the example.

This was my first experience with a card kit and I loved it. There is so much packed into this kit. All of the paper, cards and envelopes of course, but also the stamps, a stamping block, a Stampin’ Spot (a mini ink cube), the watercolor pencils, ribbon and several die-cuts from foiled paper, vellum and printed paper. It even came with a sheet of Stampin’ Dimensionals (very strong foam squares… well hexagons) in it! There is enough in the kit to make 5 different cards 4 times. Super fun. And if you still haven’t had enough of it then, you van buy a refill kit for just €25,- which will give you enough cards, envelopes, paper, die-cuts and ribbon in there to make another 20 cards. It is, without a doubt, a fantastic way to try out Stampin’  Up products, especially if you are a beginner. The cards themselves look super cute as well. Of course you don’t need to use the sentiments as shown in the examples, so you can use the kit however you please.

The ladies had a great time and were very happy with their self made cards. I even managed to sell some small paper packs and received two orders. So this was a succesful evening for me too which is motivating me to have another soon. Should you be interested to host your own workshop or Make & Take, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I look forward to enjoying many more of such fun evenings.

See you next time,

Leonie


Little Thank You Card

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Hello Peeps,

Since I began as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I have been placing orders. Of course I want to incluede a little thank you for my customers, just as my demonstrator used to do for me. Which is why I made this card to add to an order along with a little gift.

 

The base is a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 8,5 x 17cm, which I scored and folded in the middle to make a square card. Because this customer bought products from the Painted with Love Suite (Spring/Summer Catalogue page 18/19), I decided to use the colours from the cardstock pack as jumping of point (Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo and Powder Pink). On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock I stamped the flower from the Oh So Eclectic set in Calypso Coral. The stamp layering leaves were stamped in Blushing Bride ink in order to give them a sublte hint of colour. The leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink. Using a waterbrush I picked up some colour from the lid of my ink pad to add some colour to the stem of the flower. I used the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies to cut out the flower and leaves. Next I randomly stamped the plus signs on to the background and glued the flower and leaves to the cardbase with some Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue. I used a Stampin’ Dimensional to adhere the top of the flower in order to pop it off the background. The Thank You sentiment was stamped on another scrap of Whisper White cardstock with Melon Mambo ink. I also adhered it to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Now I just needed to add a message to the inside and add it to the ordered products.

Next time I’ll tell you about my first Make & Take. It was earlier this month.

See you then!

Leonie


Happy New Year

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Hello Peeps,

Happy New Year! Of course I wish you all the very best in good health with lots of love and luck for the new year. If any challenges should cross your path, I hope they give you strength and make you aware of the loved ones in your surroundings who stand by you in difficult times. But above all, I wish you lotst of crafting fun and that you spread joy to others by sharing your projects. Admit it, everyone enjoys receiving a handmade card.

Because I enjoy doing this so much and because I want to share my hobby with as many people as possible, I’ve decided to become a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. To be honest, I have wanted to do this for years but my own insecurities have always held me back. In the autumn of 2017, I was talking with a friend of mine and she told me of her plans to start something for herself. Straight away I was excited for her and told her how I kept holding myself back dispite the attraction of having my own business. This conversation kept coming back to me. Not long after that I got word that my regular demonstator was stopping with Stampin’ Up and that turned out to be the push I needed to sign up.

Eventhough all Stampin’ Up demonstrator are independant, you do become part of a team and my team has already given me a warm welcome. Soon I will meet them all in real life for the first time on our TeamDay. I am comforted by the idea that there is a whole team of other creative entrepreneurs within reach, to help me when I don’t have the answers or know what to do.

For now though, I am boiling over with ideas, like every year. It will once again be a matter of time to see how many of my ideas I can realise. Naturally you will see more Stampin’ Up related posts from now on. Should your interest be triggered and you have an interest in hosting a workshop, by all means get in touch with me. You can also place orders with me at this website or by sending an email. Should you decide that Stampin’ Up is a good match for you too, you can join up with me as well. At the moment, this is especially interesting due to the Sale-A-Bration activities. If you would like more information about this, or anything else regarding Stampin’ Up, feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll get in touch with you as soon as possible.

With the aid of my husband, I will be giving this site a slight make-over in order to be able to apply all the features to make it as easy as possible to navigate my website. I’ll be back on Friday with another card.

Hope to see you then,

Leonie


Adorable Elephants Card Set

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Hello Peeps,

Did you enjoy the holidays? Hopefully you were spoiled as much as I was this year. Since I had bought myself quite a few stampsets the past half year, I stamped them all out on some Crafter’s Companion Neenah Classic Crest Card in Solar White with some VersaFine Onyx Black ink. This way, I can watch some telly in the evening and do some colouring at the same time. Then, when the kids are at school, I can turn the coloured images in to a nice card set. And that is exactly how these cards started out. For some colour inspiration I used the ColorThrowdown Callenge 462. I used Distress Ink as my colour medium because those colours matched the challenge colours the best, in my opinion. Armed with my waterbrush, four Distress Ink colours (Rusty Hinge, Bundled Sage, Fired Brick and Tumbled Glass), a piece of kitchen roll and my piece of laminated white paper, which I use as a palet, I could colour whilest sitting on the sofa with my husband, watching a series on tv. Who says you can’t have it all?

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The first card is a Made by ME white card base with a piece of polka dot paper from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 inch petite papers pad. I cut the fifth largest cirkel from my Crealies CLNestXXL nr 33 cirkeldies out of some paper from an Avec Colours Unlimited pad with number 4952436 and the third smallest from a scrap of plain pink paper. I stamped the sentiment on to a scrap of white cardstock and cut it to size with a banner end on one side. The addition of the elephant and the kite make this is friendly card.

This card is another Made by ME cardbase that is covered with a checked pattern from my Sizzix Little Sizzles Pastel pad. I wanted to place the elepant in to some grass, but I didn’t want to introduce green as another colour. Therefore I cut the fourth smallest circle from the Crealies CLNestXXL nr 33 once from some Coastal Cabana and once from some Pool Party cardstock, both from Stampin’ Up. Next I cut the Coastal Cabana circle with one of the grass dies from the Lawn Fawn Grassy Hillside Borders set., after which I could rebuild the circle and place the elephant and the flowers. I used the same Coastal Cabana cardstock along the left hand side of the card to make it al little less flat. Since the card was looking very blue and I still had a piece of the polka dot paper from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 inch petite paper pad laying on my desk, I used it as a background. But it was still lacking something. I rumaged through my stash looking for a piece of orange cardstock that matched with the orange in the dots. On to this I stamped the sentiment and added a sliver of orange along the side. As far as I’m concerned that was exactly the right amount to give some contrast and balance to the layout

This card uses a lot of the same elements as the cards above. The white cardbase is from Made by ME, the polka dot paper is from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 inch petite paper pad (this time cut out with the third smallest circle die from the Crealies CLNestXXL nr 33), a scrap of Pool Party cardstock by Stampin’ Up (cut to the same size as the polka dot paper) and the checkered pattern from the Avec Colours Unlimited pad nummer 4952436 (cut with the fifth smallest  circle die the Crealies CLNestXXL nr 33). The sentiment was stamped directly on to the card base with some VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I tried to bend te stamp so it would have the same curva as the circle. Then I just needed to add the elephant and the butterflies.

The position of the elephant was leading in determining the layout of this card. I couldn’t just place him in in the middle of the card because he so clearly wanted to stand in the bottom right hand corner. I wanted to keep this card as minimal as possible. The pink background is a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock by Stampin’ Up. But leaving it like that was a bit too basic for my taste. I cut two pieces of dotted paper from the Simple Stories Sn@p Life and stuck them on either side of the Made by ME cardbase so that only a row of half cirkels would show. I stamped the sentiment at the elephant’s feet to ground him, whilest keeping the rest of the card light and airy.

I was amazed how quickly these cards came together. Of course it took me a while to settle on the layout of each card but that always takes me longer than I anticipate. However by doing everyting step by step, it all went rather quickly

Finally I want to wish everyone a happy new year. May you achieve all your goasl in good health with lots of love.

See you next time

 

Leonie


Santa Gift Tags

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Hello Peeps,

As promised, here are the gift tags made with the Santa set by My Favorite Things called Jingle All The Way. From the first time I layed eyes on this set, I adored these Santa images. I stamped all the images with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on Crafter’s Companion Neenah Classic Crest Card in Solar White and coloured everything using colour combinations from two different paper pads. After that, I cut the images using the matching dies and turned them into gift tags.

 

This is the first set:

The paper that was the inspiration for this colour combination was from the DecoTime paper pad DS481-05. I used Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, Evergreen Bough, Walnut Stain and Crushed Corduroy to colour the images. Next I cut them out using the matching dies and I cut tag shapes out of the DecoTime paper with the Lawn Fawn Tag, You’re It dies. I cut the reinforcers from some scraps from my stash. To finish them off, I stamped the sentiments from the Jingle All The Way stamp set in Coffee coloured Archival Ink by Ranger. However, the colour was too flat for my taste, so I triple stamped the sentiments. At the bottom of this blogpost you can see some more individual photo’s of the gift tags, but seeing as I made some more, I’d like to show you the second set now.

This set’s colour combination was also inspired by a DecoTime paper pad. This time it was DS481-01. To colour everything I used Stampin’ Up ink inWatermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride, Pool Party and Tip Top Taupe. The process was pretty much identical to that of the gift tags above. The DecoTime paper is cut with the Lawn Fawn Tag, You’re It dies, only this time using both sizes, and the reinforcers were cut once again from scraps. The images were cut out with the matching dies. This time, howerver, I chose to leave out the sentiments because the background papers were quite a bit busier.

Finally, I have one more set of Santa tags, but these are quite different. In my search for inspiration for using my coffee stamp set by Stampin’ Up I came across a card, where the maker had used the Coffee Cup Framelit dies, that coordinate with that stamp set, to make a Santa. So cute! However, seeing as I don’t need any Christmas cards this year, I decided to copy the puppets but turn them into tags instead.

I only used scraps to make these, as a project like this is ideal to do so. The body is the small coffee cup, the face is the shape of a clear plastic lid only upside down, the hat is the same shape only rightside up. The white edge of the hat is the regular plastic cup lid and the beard is made of the whipped cream die. The ball at the end of the had is one of the coffee beans. The nose is the heartshaped lidstopper and the belt is cut with the straw die and embellished with the teabag label as a belt buckle. The eye were made with the Owl Builder punch. After assembling the santa’s I glued them to a piece of cardstock that I had scored and folded on the top side. Now I could easily cut out the shape of the puppet and my tags were done.

Which tags do you like best? Set 1 with the sentiments, set 2 with the busy backgrounds or set 3 which was made by  using a die set completely different to how it was originally intended? I would love to read about it in the comment section at the bottom of the blogpost,

See you next time,

Leonie

Set 1:

Set 2:

Set 3: