Hello stampers. You might be interested in what got me started on this journey. Well, I have been a demonstrator for 12 years now, I started in October of 2005. I had already been scrapbooking when someone introduced me to stamping, so at first I only bought stamps that I could use in my scrapbooks. Stamps and ink were a “renewable resource” and made much more sense than stickers!
There were two things that made me fall in love with Stampin’Up. The first one was the colour coordination. My pages looked so good with the matching cardstock and ink. No guesswork, no looking for just the right patterned paper, just easy, beautiful coordination that made me look professional. The second thing is that stamping made me feel artistic. That is a big deal. I discovered quite early on that I had little talent as an artist (in my eyes). I didn’t progress much beyond the stick figures, houses and trees of the kindergarten easel and paint brushes. But when I inked up a beautiful stamp and put it to paper I could make beautiful things. I fell in love and I haven’t looked back.
Before I became a demonstrator I used to hide my stash behind cupboard doors, now they are proudly displayed in my stamp room. I love helping other people discover that they too can be creative. There is also joy in community, in getting together, talking and laughing and making things together. This is why I began my most popular class, “Coffee and a Card”. Every Tuesday morning I bake something delicious and we start in the kitchen with coffee, tea or juice and homemade baking for about twenty minutes of conversation. Then we move to the stamp room and make three cards. The cost is only $10 but everyone does bring their own adhesive kit (tape runner such as snail or fast fuse, glue dots and dimensionals) I love baking and cooking so this class is a natural fit and leads me to my last point.
I am called “The Pampered Stamper” because I love to pamper my customers. Card making is a whole experience and goes beyond simply making cards. It is about a cozy and inviting ambiance (known in Dutch as “gezellig”). It is about great food and treats. It is about community: friendship, conversation and sharing. So come to my home and be pampered all while learning a delightful new hobby that will not only enrich your life, but also bless the lives of many other people. Discover the joy of card making and stamping.
Pictured above is the kitchen area where we gather for coffee. In the winter we gather around the fire which is so cozy that sometimes stampers don’t want to go to the stamp room to make cards!
Most of the stamping takes place on this gorgeous hickory table made from reclaimed barn board by my son Alex and his friend Luke. This is a bright, sunny room that just makes a person feel good. I am looking forward to welcoming you to my happy place.