Team Day Bij Margriet

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Hello Peeps,

At last the day had come: the Team Day. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but going by the messages on Facebook and Whatsapp, this was going to be the best day ever. A little before 10 am I nervously walked towards the front door of playground association Kabouterdorp (gnome village) in Veldhoven. I decided to enter with a spontanious ‘Hello, I’m Leonie, I’m new’ instead of quietly waiting in the corner. It worked. Everyone came up to me to introduce themselves and when I recognised a name, I would let them know. At precisely 10 o’clock we were allowed to enter the hall. There wer four groups of tables with workspaces and water. Along the sides of the room there were display tables full of inspiration. They showcased the most beautiful examples of cards, gifts, paintings and 3d-projects. I took so many photo’s. There is such talent among the team members. The main theme was: Heel Holland stempelt. This roughly translates to The Dutch Stamp Off as it is a parody of the tv show Heel Holland Bakt which is derived from the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off. In any case, there were chefs hats hanging above the bar and everyone had a sign at their workplace decorated with an apron. There were also centerpieces on each of the tables composed of flowers and plants in old cakemoulds. It was promising to be a great day…

     

*photo’s of the inspriration tables were taken by Susanne Thijssen.

This was also the time to start swapping our own creations. A swap is when you make something and you swap it with someone else for whatever it was that they made. In this case, we got some guidelines from our up-line, Margriet. It had to be 14,8 x 14,8 cm and were to incluede the colours Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide and Chocolate Chip supplemented by white and black. The number of colours used was not important. Furthermore, you had to incorporate your name, adres, postcode, city, birthdate and blog and put an inspiring quote on the back. Obviously we had to use Stampin’ Up products. We had to take into account that the pages were going to be bound together and to do that we would make holes in the top left corners of our pages. What we would end up with was an address book with all our team member’s information in it. Super fun, but where do you begin?

 

The masculine colourcombination we were given, initially make me think of the In The City Hostess set, but then I decided that the buildings were too small. Next I was drawn to the Bike Ride set. I could make a play on words with cycling by or something like that. (Obviously we have a lot of bike sayings in Dutch that don’t translate well, but are a good play on words.) However this didn’t make the cut either. I ended up chosing Coffee Cafe. And because I wanted to make a good first impression, I didn’t want it to be to simple, so I went for an interactive page. This way my picture and address wouldn’t be right in your face as you flipped through the pages of the book. I made it so that if you pulled the lids of the coffee cups up, my address and photo would be revealed. After a fair amount of stamping and die cutting, the end was in sight. My MISTI has never seen as much love as when I was making the 36 pages for this swap. And without the help of my dear sweet friends, from the previous blogpost, I wouldn’t even have been able to make it. One lent me her Tranquil Tide ink pad and the other her Timeless Textures stamp set.

The swaps were well received. It was fun to see hou much variety there was in the different pages considering we started with the same parameters. Creativity without limits. Then it was time we got to work. We decorated chefs hats with our names, made a mini album as a tutorial by special guest Janneke de Jong and we made a few extra pages for our address books as a workshop by our teamleader. In between all the crafting we had a comprehensive lunch consisting of all sorts of dishes we each made and brought with us. Around quarter to six the day was over. It was indeed the best day ever.

I am so happy to have ended up in such a great team and I look forward to attending many more of these fun events together.

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