About Me: Hi, I'm Steppeland, pseudonym for Lutgarde De Brouwer. Born in Flanders, Belgium, 1958. I am now since many years living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
I'm a self taught, free lance, female photographer, and I love to make card designs based mainly on my own work.
My work also can also be seen at :
DeviantArt , Redbubble , Zazzle , Flickr and several other sites.
My Interests: I've always been fascinated in the beauty of nature and people, and try to capture something of that in my images.
Photography is my passion, and I love showing my work and making it useful to others.
My main fields of interest are Nature Photography and Social photography (Street photography, Photojournalism, and social documentary) - but actually, I'm photographing everything that draws my attention, or can be useful in my designs.
I love making custom requests, so if you would like me to adapt a design for you, or add a different language, please do let me know!
July 28, 2013 too : Announcing the official Opening of my GCU store on August 23, 2013, exactly 3 months after approval of my first card, and starting a free 'Testimonial Raffle' with up to 5 of my fully customized cards as prises : 1 card for every 50 testimonials received by August 23, 2013! Please participate!! :D "
July 28, 2013 : Another kind steppingstone: This morning I noticed that overnight, I reached over 1000 card clicks ( to be true, webcrawlers are included in this number LOL) , but it does give some indication of the exposure my cards get...
July 25, 2013 : First of my cards in the long track queue were reviewed and approved! Since I've been uploading 2-3 cards every day, as from now, there will be a few cards reviewed, corrected and added to my store every day too!
July 23, 2013 : One month later again, I was happy to see 30 of my cards approved and available for sale, and 108 more cards uploaded. By now, the process had slowed down due to the long review times, but now I was counting only hours till the reviewers, probably within a few days, would reach the first of my cards in the long waiting queue.
June 23, 2013 : Exactly 1 month after approval ov my 1st card I had 22 cards approved and 46 pending. I was able to make such a great start thanks to the great support and coaching I received from GCU reviewers and staff, and the friendly encouragement of co-artists on the forum.
June 5, 2013 : First online sale of my "Walk safely first steps, little girl - Happy Father's day to Son" card. Thanks to this first customer from Indiana-US, and the 3 more customers from California, Arizona and New York who bought one of my cards in the first weeks of my adventure at GCU... These were really encouraging sales, that kept me going! :D
May 23, 2013 :
First two cards approved: "Sunflower Moving Announcement card" - a card requested by a GCU customer, and "Purple Harmony - Thinking of your card" - a collage of 2 purple flowers. both cards are now available as a series of cards for various occasions.
May 18, 2013 :
Joined GCU and started setting up my shop Jul 28, 2013 06:14:23
E. Welcome to my GCU cards shop! I hope you will find here exactly what your looking for! Please note that special orders are accepted for any of these cards. If you need something added or changed, please contact me as I love to do custom orders. I also can add text in other languages, if the wished text is provided.
Also, always feel free to change and adapt the inside verse, or delete it completely if you prefer a blank card. That can be done by clicking the orange 'Personalize inside' button.
Thank you for shopping at my store, enjoy!
NL. Welkom in mijn GCU kaarten winkel! Ik hoop dat u hier precies datgene zal vinden wat u zoekt. Voor al mijn kaarten zijn speciale opdrachten mogelijk. Als u graag iets veranderd of aangepast wil, neem dan zeker contact met me op. Ik voldoe graag aan speciale verzoeken! Ik kan desgewenst ook tekst in andere talen toevoegen, als de gewenste tekst aangeleverd wordt.
Merk op dat het ook altijd mogelijk is om de tekst binnenin te wijzigen, of volledig te verwijderen als u liever een blanco kaart hebt. Klik daarvoor op de oranje 'Personalize inside' knop.
Geniet van uw bezoek en mogelijk bestelling. Heel hartelijk dank!
Great Cards Steppeland, Just wanted to visit your store.. Very nice...Thanks for your help with my store.
Donna | August 29, 2013
Congratulations for the opening of your store, Steppeland !! Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful work in those lovely cards. I wish you good luck !
guest | August 23, 2013
Your designs are delightful! I especially like the Lion and the Lioness "Love at First Sight". May you have wonderful success with your new card store on Greeting Card Universe.
Ramelle | August 23, 2013
Steppeland, your cards are awe-inspiring. I absolutely love the "Reaching Far Winter Tree" Christmas Cards. The way you've tied the verse to the photo is wonderful. You definitely have an eye for beauty. Congratulations on your Offical Store opening. I know you'll sell a lot of cards. I look forward to watching your store grow and seeing more of your fantastic photograpy. Good luck in the future. Continue to share Nature's beauty with the world through your photographs because they're amazing.
Sherry H. from Kreative Sentiments Cards and Dog Tags And Combat Boots
Sherry | August 23, 2013
What a beautiful gift you have! I love looking through your work! It is really beautiful and unique. Congratulations on your GCU store and talent.
Trish Bowen of Bow N Ranch
Trish | August 23, 2013
107 beautiful cards in only 3 months, I am impressed! Best of luck
Mira from Mulberry Pie Studio
mira | August 23, 2013
Welcome Steppeland! You have some really beautiful cards ... I especially like the big yellow sunflower! Best wishes to you always! www.greetingcarduniverse/cateresacardstore
cindy a. | August 23, 2013
Love your cards. Best of luck to you. Your stepping stone journey is delightful.
Beverly | August 21, 2013
Dat is al een indrukwekkende verzameling kaarten!
Je olifantje vind ik nog steeds het mooiste, hoewel je nog wel meer mooie kaarten hebt.
Proficiat met de officiele opening van je winkel.
Ik wens je er veel succes mee!
guest | August 21, 2013
Beautiful cards, Lutgarde. Veel succes met je verdere werk. Annemaria de V.
guest | August 19, 2013
Stopped by your store today...enjoyed my visit! I love your Light Filtering Through Snowy Woods card and Lions Still Love at First Sight...Beautiful!
guest | August 07, 2013
You know how much I love your work and I am so very happy to see that you have your own store now. Congratulations for your beautiful work and I wish you lots of success !!! :)
guest | July 29, 2013
Thank you all for your sweet comments so far! hope many will follow ( and add your name please , so that you can be included in the raffle! :D )
*Please could the guest of July 28 let me know who you are* - Thanks a lot! :D - Steppeland
Steppeland - Lutgarde | July 28, 2013
Lovely store and images, left a comment on one of your cards, beautiful Winter scenic. Rosalie Rosie Cards
Rosalie | July 28, 2013
verry nice work! well done, keeps you busy ;)
guest | July 28, 2013
Congratulations on your stunning card store. You have a wonderful eye for beauty behind your camera. I will be buying many this holiday. Good luck to you!
guest | July 24, 2013
Welcome aboard, Lutgarde, a great start!
Love your grungy animals, the sunflowers and landscapes. I have also admired your "walk safely first steps little girl" card.
Wishing you much success,
:-) barbara (schreiber)
barbara/Matteo | July 03, 2013
Beautiful work, WELCOME to GCU!
Trish of Bow N Ranch