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Monday, April 24, 2017

what an old goat!, with videos

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: we've got  your number, meaning adding a number to your project.
Now for me one wasn't enough, instead I made a backdrop with it.
I had planned to watercolor my goat from Art Impressions (old goat set) and had stamped him with Simon Says Stamp intense black on hot pressed watercolor paper. I did a test cut on the Scan N cut, and adjusted the blade accordingly, somehow though on the stamped bit it didn't cut through again.

Tried to finish cutting him with my scissors, looked dreadful and I actually flung it across the room and started again with Crafter's Companion Neenah solar paper and then used the Spectrum Illustrators to color him, I think it's a him ;-).
 I'm glad I did the cutting first, can you imagine ruining that bit after you colored it?

After I finished the goat I placed all the numbers from Lawn Fawn's Finley 1.2.3 on the black cardstock and diecut the whole panel, using some numbers twice.

I used the same colors Distress inks for my inkblending (cracked pistachio, Victorian Velvet and Peacock feathers) I inkblended directly on to my cardbase, which is digital or laser copy paper from Canon, slightly coated, very nice and smooth.

Mounted the black panel with loads of tiny foam squares and adhered it to the base.
I stamped the sentiment form Simon Says Stamp Birthday 3x4 set with Versamark and I used Wow! opaque bright white to emboss it. Not perfect, but OK.
More foam squares on the back of the goat and I placed him slightly off the cardbase for a fun and playful detail.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this


Sunday, April 23, 2017

two little square giftboxes out of one sheet of 12x12" paper

The boxes were inspired by my jumbo tealight box, but bigger. Of course you can put anything in it, even in the little tealight one, like earrings or such. I used my necklace to show you.

For the biggest one you need a piece of paper sized 6x11", cut down vertically (with the pattern), cut off 1 inch first, so you could use that strip as a belly band.

Then score on the long side at: 1",5",6", and 10"
On the short side score at"1"and 5  inches.
Cut and notch and fold and reinforce the score lines as shown in video or on pattern.
the patterns are an approximation, not the right size or straight even!

For the medium box you need a piece of paper sized 5"x9", also take not of your pattern.
Score on the long side at: 1", 4",5" and 8".
Score on the short side at: 1"and 4 inches.







Saturday, April 22, 2017

work it wednesday challenge

So as I remade my grouchy kitty I can enter this one in to the Work it Wednesdays challenge over as Simon Says Stamp.

The stamps is from C.C. Design and the sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

I stamped the kitty with Simon Says Stamo Intense black on Crafter's Companion paper for Spectrum Noir coloring.
I stamped the sentiment with Versafine black onyx ink.
I chose a bit of patterned paper from A Simon Says Stamp card kit, I just can't remember which one.
Adhered the patterned paper with tape runner to the cardbase, and mounted the colored panel with foam tape on top

My cats hate water, seriously it's like they'd melt, not scared of fireworks or lightning, they even sit oustide to look at storms, but as soon as one drop hits their body, zoooof inside, kinda funny ;-) So I colored the kitty a bit like my own, se ehow they keep me company while I work on the computer....

For more information on the Simon Says Stamo Work it Wednesdays, see this


You are my sunshine...



The Less is More Challenge is: stripe(s) and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is:  splash it on. The SSS Wedneday Challenge is flowers/showers.

So a kitty in the rain, might make quite a splash ;-).
I wasn't really prepared for the size of this image, on the packaging it's slightly bigger, so that threw me somewhat. The stamp is from C.C. Design and it's called grouchy kitty rb1023.
I stamped him (i think it's a him) with Simon Says Stamp Intense black and colored him with my Spectrum Noir markers. I used to have a red rain cape when I was small, but that's for girls so I gave him a yellow coat, much like on the image, I colored him with blue grays so look somewhat like my own cats, so I gave him a black nose. On the image it's
pink, didn't like that .

The sentiment is from Paper Smooches (fun and flirty) and I also stamped it with SSS intense black, didn't want to chance it a second time as I had already messed it up once, it was first on the bottom and I wanted to align the sentiment so I masked off the lower line and oh well it all went wrong ;-).

I had chosen a different patterned paper as well, but as my panel shrunk I didn't have enough of that one (it had grey, yellow green and a bit of pink in it. blue too tying in all the colors....maybe I should start again...17-118 was as I envisaged...

Mounted the panel with foam tape,. adhered the patterned paper onto the cardbase with tape runner and mounted it all together.

Still cute, not as I envisaged,but still good! I want to be honest and I don't like to pretend this is how it was meant to be...

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this.
For more information on the Less is More challenge, see this
For more Information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this


Friday, April 21, 2017

new Dutch line of dies from Crafter's Companion, nieuwe stanzen van Crafter's Companion

I'm sharing two of the four design I made for Crafter's Companion Nederland today.
The new edgeables Amsterdamse grachten and Typisch Holland (Canals of Amsterdam and typical Holland).
The first card I made with a patterned paper with little watercolored flowers, as if they're outside.
I die cut the couple from sturdy 140lbs cardstock.
I then cut it to the size of my card and used blue and red cardstock behind the diecut. That was very hard to cut to size and make it fit, but I made it in the end ;-) And I like the nod to the Dutch flag colors.
Adhered the diecut panel with foamtape. Kusjes means kisses and is also a Crafter's companion die from the essentials lines only words.

Vandaag ook een blog in het Nederlands voor het Crafter's Companion Nederland team.
Ik deel alvast twee van de vier ontwerpen vandaag.
de eerste kaart is de Typisch Holland edgeable stans van Crafter's Companion. Ik het hem uitgensneden van 300grams stevig  wit karton en daarna blauw en rood karton erachter geplakt.
Dat was nog een heel gedoe en gemeet, maar het is gelukt en ik vind de knipoog naar onze vlag kleuren zo leuk. De achtergron is van 12x12 papier gesneden. de stans Knsjes is ook van Crafter's Companion en is van de essentials-only words lijn.



The second cards is a view of a canal in Amsterdam with the tourist boat.
The  die was cut from black cardstock and I lined the water with blue glitter paper. The background is cut from a piece of 12x12 as I thought it looked like clouds.
The windows in the houses can open, so I folded a few open.
Mounted the die cut with foam tape and adhered some little blue flowers.
The Groetjes (greetings) is also from Crafter's companion from the essential-only words line.


De tweede kaart is Amsterdamse grachten met rondvaart boat. Ik heb hem uitgesneden uit dik zwart karton en daarna het "water" met blauw glitter papier bedekt.
Sommige van de raampjes heb ik open gevouwen en daarna alles met foamtape gemonteerd op de achtergrond, die ik op wolken vond lijken, komt uit een 12x12 block. Paar blauwe bloemetjes op de voorgrond.
Groetjes is van de Essentials- only words, lijn.


Spring walk

That's the challenge over at Less is More this week.
And I chose to finish my little girl walking her cat, which could be me...trust me, I've done it and people seem to find it weird to have your cat on a leash, but hey...
Anyway the image is from Crafter's Companion (hugs) and I stamped it onto Crafter's companion paper with Simon says Stamp intense black ink.
I colored some of it in my Spectrum Basics video, which I included here and finished her today for the challenge.
I messed up the sentiment (even with the Misti) so I chopped it off and filled in the gap with Striped paper.

It was supposed to say Happy Birthday, now it can be anything lol.

For more information on the Less is More Challenge, see this

Thursday, April 20, 2017

diy glitter paper and color layering Koi, with video

I made my Father's day card today.
In the Netherlands Father's day is in June, but hey, ready is ready ;-).
I made this card also for the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge (splash it on), and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (showers/flowers with Prima products).

So for my card I diecut a circle from 140lbs cardstock and a bigger circle from 110lbs cardstock.
I put Versamark ink on the die cut circle and used Wow! vintage peacock embossing powder and heat set it.
I think that gives the illusion of water. My aqua glitter paper is almost all used up, so I;m hoarding it, but I think this might work even better.
I used the Hero arts color layering Koi and Memento dew drops to stamp my fish (dandelion, tangelo, Paris dusk and tuxedo black), then let the scan n cut cut him out.
The sentiment is from Marianne design, but there's similar one across the industry, this one says "for the best father", I used Versafine onyx black ink for it and heat set it.
Traces the opening onto the cardbase and adhered the glittery water onto it with red sticky tape as the panel warped slightly from the heat.
I then Mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase.
Mounted the fish on the lower left side with tape runner or foamtape where needed.
I then attached some Prima flowers (at least I think they are, no more packaging) with gluedots in the opposite corner.
Some liquid glass as dew drops, which I kind of regret now, but hey, you live and learn.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this.
For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Deep space card with glow in the dark stars, with video


I got the Wow! embossing powder from Debbie V., I couldn't find it in the NL so it's come all the way from the USA. Thanks again Debbie, I much appreciate it.
I suppose I could have ordered it from the Wow! website in the UK, but that's a very dangerous place with glorious embossing powders and glitters and stamps and such...:-D

Anyway for the card I started by die cutting a slightly tilted five pointed star out of my cardpanel. I used the multi frames from Nellie Snellen, but any shape or brand will do of course.
I then stamped the sentiment from My Favorite Things (space explorer) with Vesafine onyx black ink and heat set it to be safe.

I traced the opening on the cardbase and used one of my Distress recipes for the space.
As I look up the sky at night space gets darker the further up you look, so I tried to emulate that with black soot, chipped sapphire, blue print sketch and salty ocean. A recipe I conjured up for a Halloweeny night, but works all year round of course.

I heat set the inkblending and tested it with some of the embossing powder.
I also used a powder tool to de-stick the paper. I then stamped the tiny stars from Hero arts with Versamark ink. Sprinkled on the Wow! glow in the dark powder and heat set it.
I hadn't swatched it out yet, like I usually do, so this is where I found out the embossing powder is transparent-ish. also it needs to charge in the sun/daylight so it wasn't yet glowing in the dark.

I mounted the panel with foam tape and adhered it to the cardbase.
I used digital copy paper, or laser copy paper which is thinly coated and super smooth and at 140lbs also sturdy, but inkblending is good on this paper, it just hates water and masking tape unless it's Post- it tape.


If you have trouble inkblending go to your local copy shop, like Kinko, and ask if you can buy this kind of paper. It's also sold for Copic/Spectrum Noir markers, and it does work, somewhat, not as good as the ultra smooth Neenah classic crest solar white paper, Crafter's Companion sells in packages of 20 sheets, that's whole mouth full, but it's the paper I used to stamp the little fellow on with Simon Says Stamp intense black. I let the Scan N cut cut him out and chose a 2mm border, which was wider than I thought , I now choose 1 mm, but it was my first cut ;-).

I used the Spectrum Noir and Illustrator to color my image and on the balloons I used the Nuvo glitter pens.
Mounted the space guy in the middle with foam tape to level him up with the card panel and also I used tape runner where it sits flush with the panel. Tucked him in and out the star for a fun detail, like he's flying out of the star shaped window.

You can find the Distress ink recipes on my blog, here or on Pinterest.

I made this for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, a color inspiration chart and showcasing Lawn Fawn.
Now Lawn Fawn has a similar space set, I don't have it though and as I have this one I'm not getting it either, sorry. But I think you can make this with any brand of course.
I didn't use the yellow/mustard on the chart, and my colors are a bit darker I think, but same hues, coral pink, green and blue.
I really hope the card will glow in the dark tonight, then I will have the yellow/mustard too ;-)

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this.