Krystal De Leeuw Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bunny Bottom

Hi Stamping Friends!!

It's official! Club water polo season has begun!

Sorry I've been MIA. It was a water polo weekend so I have been away from my computer for a few days. When our son and daughter's teams both play on the same weekend, it typically means dad goes one way and mom goes the other. They may be playing in the same tournament, but you always end up at different pools. Sometimes multiple different pools in the same day! This time we were fortunate and ended up one afternoon at the same complex, so dad could watch daughter and I coud watch son. That rarely happens!! 

Today I have a card that we created at our last club meeting. I've seen all kinds of these cute bunny bottoms floating around on the web. I'm pretty sure I saw it last year as well, so I do not know who the original creator is. But I thank them for coming up with such a cute idea!!

Stamps: Hardwood
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Gumball Green, DSP Subtles Stack
Accessories: 1 3/4 Circle Punch, Oval Punches, Scallop Punch, Fringe Scissors, Pom-pom (non-SU!)

The Crumb Cake layer is "lifted" with Dimensionals to make it more 3-D. Like there is actually a hole for the bunny to climb through. And the bunny's "paws" are also raised up away from his bottom to add more dimension.

I never did get around to adding a sentiment. Ooops! He looks kinda lonely without one. It would also look cute with some little flowers down in the grassy area. Maybe with the Boho Blossom punch. 

So you can make this card as simple (like mine) or as fancy as you want!!

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I have two more Easter projects to share before the week is over. So be sure to visit again!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Peek-A-Boo Easter Bunny

Hi Stamping Friends!!

I can't believe Easter is only a week and a half away!! I'm looking forward to no school next week. Maybe I'll have extra time to stamp. :)

Here is another card we made Sunday at my monthly stamp club. I thought this was going to be a fun, simple card for my gals to breeze through, but apparently I was wrong. Or I'm just bad at giving instructions. ;)

Either way, it's an adorable Easter bunny card that I CASEd from several I've seen online.

Stamps: Delightful Dozen
Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette DSP Stack
Accessories: Oval Framelits, Small Oval Punch, Modern Label Punch, Taffetta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Basic Black Marker

Isn't he cute?! Or maybe it's a she because of the bow? I had pre-cut all of the ovals. All the gals needed to do was glue them onto the card base. Pretty simple right?! Except they were having fits with the angle. Apparently having him/her peek out from the side was more difficult than I thought. They also took up issue with having to draw on his/her eyes and whiskers. I say just roll with it girls!! :)

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Have a wonderful day!
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Springtime Hardwood Fence

Hi Stamping Friends!!

I had such a fabulous time yesterday with my stamp club friends. We just stamped and laughed and laughed and stamped. So much fun!! One of the cards we created was somewhat involved, so I designed a couple of (what I thought!) simpler cards to go with it. They were having such a difficult time doing the "simple" cards I told them they may need to take a remedial stamp class. :) Or maybe the fault lies with me, their instructor, as most of them have been stamping with me for quite a few years and are still having "stamping issues". :) 

Here is the "difficult" card that we created:

Stamps: Petite Petals, Flower Shoppe, Papillion Potpourri, Hardwood
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Gumball Green
Accessories: Word Bubble Framelits, Decorative Dots EF (SAB), Chevron Border Punch, Bird Punch, Butterfly Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Pansy Punch, Candy Dots Subtles, Fringe Scissors, Dimensionals

Even though there are lots of pieces and lots of punching and lots of gluing and lots of sponging on this card, my stampers loved it and at the end of it all, were very happy that we made it.

I have seen so many fun cards on the web using the Hardwood stamp as a fence. The first one I saw was a card by Patty Bennett who is an amazing Stampin' Up! demonstrator. She has a video on her site that shows how she created her card. I used her idea of the Chevron Punch on my card. Here is the link to her video:

I can't wait to share the rest of the projects we made yesterday. I kind of went a little crazy on the Easter bunny theme. 

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Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Stamping Super Hero #3

Hi Stamping Friends!!

It's Saturday and that means it's time for another episode of:

Stamping Super Heroes

This weeks super hero is a stamper that I've admired and CASEd for a very long time. She makes stamping look so effortless. She has a very fun, clean, colorful style. Put your inky fingers together for:

Here are a few examples of her amazing stamping creations:

Visit Mindy's blog: BADA-BING! PAPER-CRAFTING!

Like her on Facebook:  BADABING PAPER CRAFTING

Follow her on Pinterest:  MINDY BACKES

I'm looking forward to having my stamping club over on Sunday afternoon. We will be working on a few Easter projects. I have two cards figured out, one more in the planning stages and I hope to surprise them with an extra little Easter Bunny treat holder. We shall see how much I get done. :)

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you have a stamping kind of weekend!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Online Thank You

Hi Stamping Friends!!

I created today's card for all my awesome online customers. I love that Stampin' Up! includes the option of letting demonstrators pay to have an online "store". I have so many great customers who regularly order from me uing this option. I created this card to let them know how much I appreciate them.

Stamps: Itty Bitty Banners
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB)
Accessories: Bitty Banners Framelits, Butterfly Punch, Blossom Punch, Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Pearl Jewels, Button (retired), Ribbon (retired)

I saw this layout online this week from a fellow SU! demonstrator Kay Kalthoff. I changed up pretty much everything, different colors, paper, sentiment, ribbon, etc. I just used her layout.

I have these cards all ready to put in the mail, I just haven't gotten them to the mailbox yet! Hopefully that will happen today.

When we move this summer I am going to try something new for all my online customers… Stamps in the Mail. I will offer a card kit with three different cards in it for each customer who purchases a particular group of products using a hostess code that I will provide. If you purchase those products during a certain time period, you will receive three card kits in the mail that you can make using your new stamps. I'm still working out the kinks but I'm excited to change things up a bit.

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great weekend!
Stamp something!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Hi Stamping Friends!!

So we are moving. Sometime this summer my family and I are headed 5 hours south to the North San Diego County city of Oceanside. And in the meantime I am making as many plans to spend as much time as possible with my Tulare County people. One way I decided to do this was to insist my girlfriends participate in a Bible study with me (there's more guilt in skipping Bible study than just a simple lunch date). :)

On our first meeting, one of the gals brought some amazing treats from her cookie store: lemon bars, mini chocolate cream pies, cookies, etc. Yes, you can drool. They were that delicious. But only one of us had the foresight to bring a coffee with us (we are meeting at church). So I created this card and sent it to them last week as a reminder to BYOC… Bring Your Own Coffee.

Stamps: Perfect Blend, Gorgeous Grunge, Petite Petals
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride
Accessories: Modern Label Punch, Petitie Petal Punch, Pearl Jewels, Blushing Bride Satin Ribbon (retired)

Funny thing, this week everyone (but me) brought their own beverage of choice. And my sweet cookie friend even stopped at Starbucks and bought a gallon to go plus had all the creamers you could dream of to add to it. So we had plenty of coffee this week. And we also got enjoy more lemon bars, turtle brownies and macaroons. We are getting filled with the Spirit and sugar all at the same time. :)

These were the cards I sent for last week's Lent Challenge. I have this week's cards all made. I just need to address envelopes and write some endearing sentiment in them. For me that's the hardest part of all! I can whip up 8 cards in no time, but actually getting them in the mailbox is an act of pure strength. :) If I get it accomplished, I will share them with you on Friday.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Lent Challenge and LAST DAY!!!!

Hi Stamping Friends!!!

This year during Lent, I've challenged myself to send a card every day for the 40 days of Lent. I'm kind of cheating a little because I don't send them every day. I make a weeks worth of cards and try and send them all out on Wednesday. I tried this challenge last year as well, but didn't make it all the way to the end. I'm doing much better this year! 

I've been sending a lot of Thank You cards. A few Birthday cards (I'm the worst at these!). And lots of Thinking of You/Hello cards.

Here is a Thank You card I made for all of the ladies that purchased from me at the Little Lambs Preschool Fundraiser:

Stamps: Petite Petals, Gorgeous Grunge, Express Yourself (hostess)
Paper: Peach Parfait (retired), Whisper White, Old Olive, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Petite Petals Punch, Bird Punch (leaves), Small Butterfly Punch, Rhinestone Jewels, Bitty Banner Framelits

Since I needed to make a lot of these, I wanted to keep the layout simple. I CASEd this card from one I saw online. Just changed up the colors a bit. I like to use up my retired card stock (and ribbon if possible) on projects like this because I'm not trying to "sell" or demonstrate anything. It's a great way for me to get rid of some of my extra stash and make room for new. ;) I no longer had the Peach Parfait stamp pad (I think I donated it to the Cambodia mission trip this summer) but I always keep the In-Color markers (they take up less space than the ink pads) so I used a marker to stamp the flowers.

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I hope you all have a fabulous week!
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!