Troetel Creations Handmade Cards

It’s during times like these, that receiving a message from a loved-one can mean the world to us. Due to Covid-19 and social distancing, many of us are separated from our favourite people, so regular communication with each other is so important.  We are blessed with the wonders of modern technology, but there is something so special about a handwritten card arriving on your doormat, don’t ya think?

This week, I have teamed up with Marieke from Troetel Creations to share with you a selection of beautiful handmade cards to send to our friends and family. Troetel Creations literally means ‘created with a hug’ and you can see that so much love and creativity goes into every single one of these gorgeous designs.

Marieke is a talented card-maker who has a passion for scrapbooking and papercrafts. Her love for all things arty and crafty began 10 years ago whilst recovering from spinal surgery. With the encouragement of a local group, a scrapbooking hobby expanded into a love of card-making. Fast-forward two-years ago, Marieke is now selling her pretty cards to high-end gift shop, Tashinga and has recently opened her own Etsy shop. 

Flowers & Fairies Card: I absolutely love this card, it is bursting with fairies and beautiful flowers. It folds flat for easy posting, but once it arrives, it pops open to reveal this stunning 3D creation. The attention to detail is amazing, Marieke uses die-cutting techniques, high-quality paper, stamps and bows for this design.

Coffee Catch Up Card: This card is very cleverly designed and so appropriate for the current situation – it allows you to arrange a virtual coffee date with a friend. Inside there is space to suggest a time and date for your catch up. It’s a new concept which combines traditional cards with modern technology – genius!

Friendship Box Card: I love anything bright and colourful, and this card is just popping with all the pretty colours! It’s a cute and thoughtful card that you can send to a friend to show you are thinking of them. It is full of adorable messages which is sure to bring a smile and remind them how special you think they are.

Star Card: I love how every single one of Marieke’s designs are so unique and individual. If you are looking for an alternative to the standard high-street card, then Troetel Creations is the shop to visit! The star card is beautifully designed so once unfolded, your message can be revealed. A gorgeous card for all occasions!

Happy Birthday Balloon Card: This is such a bright, fun and vibrant card to say Happy Birthday! The little hearts are super cute and yellow is such a happy colour – this card will instantly make you feel cheerful! Marieke has a few different variations of this design in her shop so it will be easy to find a colour you love!

Inside: Pop out colourful balloons and plenty of room to write your thoughtful messages!

Hip Hip Hooray Birthday Card: This is another fun birthday card which has a vintage style stamp design on the front. Inside, the card twists open to show a cute cupcake and the message: ‘You can’t be sad when you are holding a cupcake’. Too true! This card is beautifully designed and perfect for cupcake lovers!

Every card is unique and available in a variety of different patterns. For the full range click here.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these beautiful handmade cards from Troetel Creations and a big thank you to Marieke for sending me this stunning selection! Marieke creates cards for all occasions & celebrations and is always adding new designs to her shop, so make sure you head over, have a browse and find your favourites!

Have you been inspired to write to a loved one to let them know you are thinking of them? Which card is your favourite? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you! <3

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Stampin’ Up! Notes Of Kindness

Back in February this year, I was lucky enough to review the Stampin’ Up! Lot’s Of Happy card making kit. So when I heard Stampin’ Up! were looking for bloggers to review another kit, I was super excited and jumped at the chance. A short while later, I was the very happy owner of the Stampin’ Up! Notes Of Kindness card making kit.

Stampin’ Up! have been around since 1988 with products allowing to you express your own creativity through handmade cards, papercrafting projects, memory keeping, and home décor. I love that these card making kits are straightforward and easy to use. They give everyone the opportunity to add their own homemade, personalized touch to greetings cards even if arts & crafts is not your thing.

The card making kit comes in this really cute box and everything you need is included (just add glue).

The all-inclusive kit includes: A set of 6 photopolymer stamps, clear stamp block, 20 printed card bases and coordinating printed envelopes, giftable kraft box, die-cut stickers and accents, Archival Basic Black Ink Stampin’ Spot, Baker’s Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhesive-backed pearls.

There is a handy little guide to give you ideas and inspiration on what works best. I decided to follow the guide and create the 4 suggested cards before I got experimental with my own designs.

There are 4 different cards designs all in a green/leafy theme. The cool thing is the cards work both vertically and horizontally so your potential creations are limitless!

The idea of the kit is that you add one layer at a time and it’s easy, especially as these are self-adhesive.

The kit includes Baker’s Twine (or golden string) and can be used for adding on bows and other decorative stringy bits. By the end of this, I became an expert at bow-making.

The stamping process is straightforward. The kit includes a clear stamping block, ink and of course, the stamps (2x thank yous, 1x you’re so kind and 3 decorative patterns).

Top tip: If there are lighter areas on your stamp, simply go over them with a black pen so it is all even.

You can make the cards as simple or as creative as you like! There are 3 pretty cardboard flower designs which you can stick anywhere on your card. These simply pop out and can be stuck down easily with glue.

I like the fact it’s not just stamps in the kit, there is also the option to use fancy thank you stickers. Plus you don’t just have to say it in English either, there are French and German thank yous included too!

These stick-on pearls will add a little bit of glamour and sparkle to any card.

There is always something extra special about handmade thank you cards.

I really love the ‘you’re so kind’ stamp as it’s a nice alternative to the traditional thank yous.

I think this one is my favourite as I absolutely love the stamp.

The four suggested designs in the Notes Of Kindness Card Making Kit. 

I decided to go French and get creative with this one. I’m loving the bows and the pearls.

I think everything works so well together in this kit, it’s hard to go wrong.

In total, I made six different cards with the potential to make twenty. I love that you can re-create the same designs all over again or mix & match and get super creative.

There are also matching envelopes included in the kit so you can get sending those cards right away!

This is a super sweet card making kit and I’m loving the finished products. Thank you to Stampin’ Up for letting me get creative with the kit, it was lots of fun and I’m really impressed with my ready-to-send thank you cards. To have fun and get creative with your own check out the Stampin’ Up Notes Of Kindness card making kit. Which design is your favourite? Do you prefer handmade cards? To get inspired follow Stampin’ Up! on Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest.

*This is a sponsored post which means I received a product/payment in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own. 

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