November 2014: Annemiek vander Gaag

14.SAM.Nov.ProjectHow long have you been stamping?
I’ve been stamping now for about 13 years. First I’ve worked with parchment, have been a Pergamanoteacher (still be), but I’ve always loved stamping.

What is your favorite technique?
I really love to make background of my own. Per example, working with glossy paper using Stazon cleaner, and making cards with that. And working with embossing powder.

Favorite stamp company?
Wow, there are so many companies.  Beeswax is one of my favorite and, of course, Onyxxpressions with the fine designs. And let me don’t forget StampinUp, what’s now available in our country, Stamp Francisco, Stamp Camp and Inkadinkado and the Dutch company Creafine, who has a very nice line by themselves and not to forget, Deep Red and the Hanglar Stamps (no longer available),   and Lavinia Stamps.

Favorite Asian stamps?
There are so many stamps, flowers, butterflies, geishas, and the stamps which we can make sceneries.

Favorite stamping accessory?
I really like embossing powder, Twinkling H20, and Pan Pastels.

Favorite colors?
I like the most colors, except green, but the colors has to match: red-yellow-gold, blue-purple-black, black-white-silver.

Your favorite embellishment to finish a card?
My favorite embellishment to finish a card is a little butterfly or a little flower.

What is the one tool you couldn’t live without?
My embosser and my heat gun. I use them so many times. To work with the embosser for cutting or embossing card is so easy and it don’t hurt your hands. The heat gun: to dry the background, to dry the glue; the emb.powder.

Any helpful tips for the group?
Don’t think I can’t do this or that. Remember, we have all started once, so don’t be too shy… But, at the other side; don’t be too proud to ask if there is something you don’t know. You can’t always know everything. This is such a wonderful and helpful group. There is always someone who gives an answer.

As a member of OSA, why do you like stamping in the Oriental theme?
There are no weird cards or anything that you have to ask: what has this to mean? There are so many items in this theme, but to stamp with this theme, it gives serenity when you are working with it, but also when you receive a card/item. I’ve always, from when I was a little girl loved Asian art. I don’t know why. Nobody in the family likes it.

Is there any one place or city you’d like to visit to find rubber stamps, supplies, or Asian art elements?
I really don’t know. The only thing I can think about that is to see how things are made, like paper and Asian fabric.

What other stamping lists or local clubs do you belong to?
I belong to some Dutch stamping lists. Some lists we make and send cards come together sometimes, but there is one list where we only make ATC’s and sceneries.

What favorite Stamping magazines would you recommend?
If you don’t have much time for making cards you can look in the Take Ten. If you have more time there is the VSN; beautiful projects.

Published in any magazines? If yes, please list.
I’ve been published in VSN (magazine and in the gallery), S.S. Reflections and this year in a Dutch magazine Art Specially (April)

Any other hobbies, talents or craft interests?
Before I went to stamping, I’ve made Parchment cards and followed the lessons to become a Pergamano teacher. I like to make embroidery (to hang on the wall), and Hardanger tablecovers, knitting and making boxes with cardstock (3 mm thick) and cover it with nice cotton. But after stamping, my biggest hobby is our house in Sweden. We like to go there as much as possible.

What inspires you to be creative?
From when I was a little girl, it was always my pleasure to make something for another. I really like to give self-made presents. And belonging to some groups gives you so many ideas that you can prove and also many things on which you are never thinking of.

Any art background?
Nothing. All what I know I’ve learned on workshops, finding out by myself. I couldn’t even sign a line without a ruler by speaking.

Have you used any unusual item in your stamping that wasn’t necessarily meant for stamping?
Oh yes. So many. What do you think about a toothbrush or carpet to clean the stamps, and a handle with hook tape to take large stamps from the paper.

Any favorite websites you would recommend for inspiration?
That is of course the OSA website and the galleries. There are so many cards in different ways. There is always something you like and the art is so beautiful. Not only cards, but so many different items.

Do you have a day job when you’re not stamping?
No, I don’t have any longer a job. I have had some surgeries and I cannot do my job any longer.

Tell us about your family and where you live.
That can be short, but …

My husband and I live in a very small town, about 1.700 people. That’s very small… We are married for 39 years. We don’t have children, so I can’t tell you stories about children, grandchildren, etc. BUT, as you have good read above; we have a house in Sweden, and yes, that’s so beautiful. We have bought it in 2005, years ago, and it is very old. It was in good condition, but it has been a long time since there was work in it. It was clean but old. In the living room there was wallpaper from 1975. Can you image? What a coincidence. It was exactly the same wallpaper we have had in our first house after we married. It’s a big house with also a big shed, which has 4 compartments. Each of that was filled with all and everything from who has lived there. We have found maps with information from 75 years ago. Every vacation we are working in that house and it becomes a beautiful house. We’ve also made a craft room in that house, so when we’re finished with painting the house and shed, I can paint cards.

I know, you’re asking, why Sweden? We have travelled to Sweden every year beginning in 1981. We have cycled in a large part of Sweden, but after I became FM it’s no longer possible to have a cycling vacation. After thinking and thinking we have decided to buy a house in that country.

If you like to see it: here are some photos

 Project: Asian Lantern


Materials Needed:

• 4 sheets decorated CS letter format
• ½ sheet CS in a different color
• Punch
• Ink
• Stamps
• 4 eyelets
• Ribbon
• Tape
• DS tape
• Flowers or something to decorate
• Small ring to hang the lantern

Directions (Click on thumbnail for larger image):

1.  Print the example and put it on the 4 CS and cut it out.

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2.  Score all the line as you can see on the example.

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3.  Punch below the middle score line something you like, and what has two different sizes. I’ve used Marianne Design LR0265. First the large one and from another color the designed one.

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4.  Put the designed one back on the CS. You can put it with a little tape inside.

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5.  Now you can decorate each part with stamps, flowers, everything you like.

6.  Punch about ½” from upside a hole for an eyelet.

7.  After you have finished each part you can put them together as you can see on the example.

8.  Take 4 ribbons each the same lengths and put it through the eyelets on the ring and glue them each separate.


9.  Take another ribbon and decorate the 4 ribbons.


Have fun with it.  I hope you like this project.


8 Responses to November 2014: Annemiek vander Gaag

  1. Barb I says:

    congratulations and well deserved recognition for all that you do for OSA.
    Barb I

  2. Carla vdM says:

    Congratulations Annemiek for becoming November’s SAM 2014.
    Like your project and your story.
    Enjoy your month in the OSA-spotlights!

  3. Mary Waspe says:

    Congratulations pleased.

  4. Lyn says:

    Congratulations on being SAM for November. Your project is lovely and your house in Sweden is beautiful.

  5. Congratulations on being named Stamp Artist of the Month for November! Well deserved honor! LOVED reading your profile and viewing your Asian Lantern and detailed instructions!

    Enjoy your month in the limelight!

    Warmest Regards,

    Sandra G.

  6. kim m says:


  7. Jan Castle says:

    Congratulations…enjoy your month as SAM! Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures…nice to learn more of your history.

  8. Ruth C says:

    Lovely project. Congratulations! Your pictures are fabulous!

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