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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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


Springtime Foils workshop

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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


Eclectic Expressions birthday cards

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Hello Peeps,

Recently I was busy making a year plan. A handle for my blog and my other tasks as Stampin’ Up demonstrator, if you will. In doing so I came across a site listing all sorts of special days. Some of them were known to me. Others were completely new. It seems as if every disease, minority, occupation and kind of food has their own (inter)national holiday. It all went a bit too far for me. Still, I did pick a few that spoke to me, creatively. And that is how the cards in this article came to be.

Circles

On the 14th of  March (or 3.14 as the Americans would say) it is Pi-day. This of course beacuse the first digits of Pi are 3.14. My first association to Pi is circles And so I made these birthday cards in honour of Pi-day.

Card number 1

As I mentioned before in a different post, the Eclectic Expressions stamp set is a good, basic set. You can choose it as a free gift when you purchase for €60,- during Sale-a-bration. The pretty circles with theis watercolour effect represent the Pi-elements in this card. The colour combination was one I found on Pinterest:: Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay. By stamping the smaller images in the darker colours and using the lighter colours for the larger images, a beautiful balans is created. I stuck the stamped piece to a card base made from half of an A4 sheet of Tangerine Tango cardstock, folded in the middle, using some Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I used a sliver of Bermuda Bay cardstock to accentuate the contrast but chose to heat emboss the Happy Birthday sentiment on a piece of Pool Party cardstock. After melting the white embossing powder, I added some Tutti-frutti adhesive backed sequins in Pumpkin Pie and Pool Party to complete the festive look of this card.

Card number 2

This card was started by stamping the Happy Birthday sentiment in Tangerine Tango on to a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Using my MISTI, I stamped the sentiment above and below the orange version but now in Pool Party ink. Next I created the background by stamping several of the images from the Eclectic Expressions stamp set. By tying a piece of Bermyuda Bay Shimmer Ribbon around the cardstock, it started to look like a present.
The Shimmer Ribbon is another article you can choose during Sale-s-bration. The pack also contains Basic Gray ribbon (6.4 cm wide) and Calypso Coral ribbon (1 cm wide). The Bermuda Bay ribbon is 3.2 cm wide  You can find this product in the sale-a-bration brochure on page 9.
I glued the stamped element on to the Tangerine Tango cardbase. As a finishing touch I stuck on some Tutti-frutti adhesive backed sequins in Pumpkin Pie and Pool Party.

I think both cards turned out as fun and cheerful cards. I’m super excited about the stamp set and I can imagine lots of different opportunities to use it.

What is your favorite sale-a-bration product this year? I would love to read about it in the comment section below this blogpost.

See you next time,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area


Picture Perfect Birthday cards

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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

 


Springtime Foils birthday cards

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Hello Peeps,

The minute I saw the picture of the Springtime Foils paper, I was sold. As a demonstrator I was able to pre order it and so I took advantage of that straight away. The paper is even prettier in real life. It is very thick and has beautiful patterns on it in gold, silver and rose gold. You can leave the patterns as they are or you can alter them by colouring them with for instance alcohol markers. I immediately wanted to colour the flower print. I was afraid I wouldné work with just ink and a waterbrush because the paper has a coating. Therefor it was a pleasant surprise to find out it took the colour of the waterpaint beautifully and it didn’t just wipe away. The effects were quite stunning because the paper absorbed the paint quite well. Now I just needed to fussy cut the flowers and use them in a card design. With some help from Pinteres, I made these 3 cards.

The cards are all made the same way, as you can sse. The cardbase is a piece of coloured cardstock. For 2 of the cards it is a former in-color, Crisp Cantaloupe, and the third is Pink Pirouette, one of the colours from the Subtles family. On a scrap of Whisper White, I stamped the sentiments from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set in the matching ink. To make the white pop of the background I made a mat for each of the sentemints from some Made by ME Metallic paper in gold and pink. I used the CreaLies NestXXL nr 33 cirkeldies to cut everything to size. I cut some extra pieces of Springtime Foils paper to make the panels for the top and bottom of the card. The flowers were attached using some Stampin’ Dimensionals to give the card some depth.

In my opinion they turned out to be 3 very elegant cards. And I still have lots of paper left over to play with!

If you want a pack like this filled with 12 sheets of 30,5×30,5cm Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper, you can add them to your order when you place and order of €60,- or more. The pack contains 3 sheets of 4 different designs. So you get quite a good amount of paper. Beware that this is a temporary Sale-a-bration promotion, which ends 31 March 2018.

See you next time,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area