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

 

 


Heart Happiness stamp set

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Hello Peeps,

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