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 17 januari 2018

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Hallo Prullekes,

Wat betreft mijn belevenissen loop ik een beetje achter om alles te vertellen. Zo was op woensdag 17 januari mijn eerste eigen Stampin’ Up avond. Ik had een aantal vriendinnen (ja, mam, jij geldt ook als vriendin!) uitgenodigd om kennis te maken met de producten waar ik nu voor sta. Een aantal waren er al mee bekend maar voor anderen ging er een wereld voor ze open. Die ochtend was ik verrast door mijn twee lieve vriendinnen die speciaal voor de lancering van Prulleke een mooi bord hadden laten maken voor de entree en een voor op tafel, waar ik ook mijn voorbeelden aan zou kunnen hangen. Dat het een verrassing was, is natuurlijk een understatement. Ik was volledig overweldigd door hun liefdevolle steun en ik was extra trots toen ze me vertelde dat de borden gemaakt waren door een mede-teamlid van me.

 

 

Om te zorgen dat alles er gezellig uit zag, had mijn keuken versierd en allerlei producten met voorbeelden uitgestald op het aanrecht. Nu konden ze wat meer zien dan alleen hetgene we die avond gingen maken. En bovendien is het leuk om een compleet overzicht van de lijn te kunnen geven.

Omdat de voorbereidingen al voldoende tijd in beslag namen, besloot ik het mezelf makkelijk te maken voor wat betreft het make & take gedeelte. Ik had de Lots of Happy card kit (Spring/Summer catalogue 2018, blz. 15) besteld en de voorbeeldjes klaargemaakt. Nu konden al mijn gasten 2 pakketjes kiezen en die kaartjes namaken.

Het was voor mij de eerste keer dat ik een kit bestelde en ik vond het geweldig. Er zit zo veel in zo’n kit. Alle papier, kaarten en enveloppen natuurlijk maar ook de stempels, een stempelblokje, een Stampin’Spot (mini inkpad), de aquarelpotloden, lint en die-cuts van folie, vellum, en geprint papier. Er zat zelfs een velletje Stampin’ Dimensionals (stevig plakkende foamblokjes) in! Er zit genoeg in om ieder van de 5 verschillende kaarten 4 keer te maken. Super leuk dus. En als je er dan nog geen genoeg van hebt gehad, kun je voor slechts €25,- een refill kit bestellen waarin genoeg kaarten, enveloppen, papier, die-cuts en lint zit om nog eens 20 kaarten te maken. Het is, zeker voor beginners een fantastische manier om in aanraking te komen met Stampin’ Up producten. De kaartjes zelf zien er ook nog eens super leuk uit. Natuurlijk hoef je de spreuken niet per se te gebruiken zoals in het voorbeeld, waardoor je de kit kunt gebruiken zoals het jou het beste uitkomt.

De dames hadden het ook prima naar hun zin en waren zeer tevreden met de door hun gemaakte kaartjes. Ik heb zelfs nog wat kleine papierpakketjes kunnen verkopen en twee bestellingen binnengehaald. Het was voor mij dus ook een hele geslaagde avond die me motiveert om dit snel nog eens te doen. Mocht je nu ook interesse hebben om een keer een workshop of Make&Take te hosten, aarzel dan niet om contact op te nemen met me. Ik kijk er naar uit om nog veel van dit soort gezellige avonden te beleven.

Tot de volgende keer,

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