Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Foiling diecuts, the easy way!

I have developed a special thick cardstock that will help you foil diecuts beautifully and smoothly.

I sell them here for a good cause, the proceedings go towards the people who make them for me, they learn a trade and or get some sort of rehabilitation and confidence by being taught a trade.
So a very good cause.

I can only accept Paypal and have a limited quantity at the moment 20 sheets, but I will get more if there's demand.
Per sheet of A4 size cardstock (250grams is I believe 120lbs of appr 8"x11"). they're only 1euro each excluding shipping.

See my second video on how I made this card.

I've used :
snowflakes diecuts LR1025 and LR1023 from Marianne designs creatables.
Wow! fabfoil
Icraft decofoil, for SSS,  for Scrobby
Foiling paper

I have no affiliates for either Simon Says Stamp or Scrobby, but as a happy customer I'm more than pleased to send you over to them ;-)

Stretch your stencils and my first video!

Earlier this week I made a similar card.

Today I made, my first, You tube video, so be kind. I don't have sound yet, should have a microphone somewhere, but I can't find it ;-), probably given it away, anyway... 

Hope the video explains the process better and that you will try it as well. Please give me a thumbs up and subscribe, and thank you.

For the original post, please see this

Products  used:
Distress ink:
I would suggest the Tim Holtz water color paper, Simon Says stamp doesn't carry the cheaper brand I use from the craftstore, it's still 190gram( i think that's 100lbs).
This particular one is very absorbent and the paper is white.

Links are to the Simon Says Stamp store, if you live in Europe I would suggest Scrobby.

I have no affiliates with any of these but shop there a lot and can recommend both.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Summer

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Summer.

For me Summer is going to the seafront and swimming with the fishes (in a good way ;-) )
this little girl got dressed up as a mermaid and is enjoying the cooling effect of the waves , well maybe that's just me wishing I was her ...lol...
The stamp is from Lili of the Valley (little  mermaid 1) and I colored it with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.
Sequins as bubbles and sentiment is from Joy Craft.

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

Sunday, June 28, 2015

CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge #130

CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge #130.

I've used Lili of the Valley stamp called Thomas big bunch of flowers, Watercoloured it with Distress inks and Peerless watercolours.
Put some glossy accents on the red flower petals.
Embroidery thread in red and green to pick up the colours in the flowerbunch and fuax white stitching on the red panel.

For more information on the CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge, see this

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Less is More challenge #230

Less is More challenge #230.
I've rotated the card and made the two areas (one big and one smaller) on one piece of water colour paper, separate but together ;-)

The image is from Lili of the Valley (Christmas angel, round bauble) and the sentiment is from Avery Elle (let it snow set) i've stamped it with pigment ink.

The colouring is done with Peerless watercolours, stamped with Stazon.
Some mandatory Wink of  Stella on the bauble, ofcourse. Mounted the panel with foam tape.

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

Friday, June 26, 2015

CAS(E) this sketch! challenge #129

CAS(E) this sketch! challenge #129.

I think I've never been so literal with a sketch before, it's certainly CAS but i wonder if it's a bit too empty?

 might have to have a rethink ;-)

I´ve used one of the 11 dies from the Crate paper set called confetti with the special foiling paper I´ve developed and used glittery gold foil from Wow!
the sentiment is from Sizzix happy birthday set

Fore more information on the CAS(E) this sketch! challenge, see this

The Friday Mash UP! challenge: #215 it's all about 3

The Friday Mash UP! challenge: #215 it's all about 3.

I've die cut 3 stars  from Nellie Snellen (6 point star) with my special foiling paper and then folied them with Decofoil from Thermoweb and FAb foil from Wow!
the sentiment is from  My favorite thingd (bold statements) and i've stamped it with some blue pigment ink.

For more information on the The Friday Mash UP! challenge, see this

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesdays Challenge: refreshment

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesdays Challenge: something that shows refreshment.

I chose to use the Lili of the Valley stamp called blowing bubbles, but I masked off the bubbles so I could draw in some droplets as if the cute little elephant is showering itself.

You know like they do for real when they're in need of cooling down or refreshment.

Colored the lot with Distress inks and I used Alleene's paper glaze for the droplets. (it's like glossy accents).

No sentiment as, frankly, I didn't want to detract from the coloring and now it's good for more occasions ;-)

For more information on this months Work it Wednesday, see this

I was one of the lucky winners to this challenge...thank you Simon Says Stamp as always fabulous challenges and prizes

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Freshly made sketches challenge #192

Freshly made sketches challenge #192

I must be crazy as this is my 3rd Christmas/winter card this week and I'm just so happy summer has finally started...anyway...

I've diecut 3 snowflakes out of thick white cardstock.
3 because one was too small and things look better in 3 ;-)
the sentiment is from Avery Elle let it snow stampset.
the dies from Marianne design creatables.

Mounted the front panel with some foam tape to a shimmery blue sheet, not glitter, but shimmery non the less, pretty...slightly offset it from the middle because I like how it evens out the balance.

For more information on the Freshly made sketches challenge, see this

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: anything goes with SSS exclusives

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: anything goes with SSS exclusives.

I;ve used the SSS Stencil circle dots
 as "stamp"for the background.
I inked it with Distress inks( picked raspberry, twisted citron and squeezed lemon) and then sprayed it with water and lifted a print onto watercolor paper.

I've used the sentiment from SSS Birthday Balloons,
which is already a semi circle and dotted it around the circles.
Mounted the watercolor panel with SSS foam tape

Was tempted to add some sparkles or sequins, but I think the background is quite busy as is.
Also made a panel first with the little pig and ballon from SSS baby party animals, but i really didn't want to cover this, in my humble opinion, gorgeous panel ;-)

Also I first used the stencil the "proper" way, didn't like it  either, i'm so fussy lol...
I have my eye on this new die for my next order the SSS birthday circle die, it would have been perfect I think for this card in a contrasting color...

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

Monday, June 22, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: stamp and mist

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: stamp and mist.

I've used a stamp from Stampendous (changito in space). Colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers, sentiment on the banner is also from that stampset.

Now for the background, which I obviously spent the most time on... It's supposed to look like a nebula of some sorts.
I googled pink nebulas, you know cos pinks and purples are my favourite colors.
I've used a variety of watercolors mostly Talens ecoline but the green bits are Distress spray stain (it's that fabulous new twisted citron),so are the white and silvery specks (picket fence and brushed pewter)
If I had more sprays I could have done the whole background, but alas....
It's on 300grams (140lbs) hot pressed smooth watercolor paper from Schut.
This is actually my second take the other is on the back of this piece..messed that up...lol.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: stamp and mist, see this

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy birthday fish

I've been doing a lot of stencilling this week for various challenges, and now I've even combined 4 challenges!
Wow, because I usually don't, but am running out of inspiration and time a bit too fast this week, so my apologies...

The themes are : 
paste and or stencilling for AAA cards,
SPLASH for Addicted to CAS 
One layer challenge #62 CAS on Sunday
Wild for Inkspirational, I  mean a fish is a wild animal, right?

I've used two stencils from Simon Says stamp (waves and falling snow upside down to make rising bubbles).
The bubbles are also covered with texture paste and some blue glitter mixed in the paste.

The fish jumping out of the water and splashing the bubbles to wish you a happy birthday, a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp (happy 3x4) the fish is from Ranger Dylusions set clearly under the sea, which I coloured in contrasting colour to the blue sea to make him pop.

wow i impressed myself with these 4 in one challenges ;-)
hope you like my creation.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Friday Mashup Challenge #214 Stencil this!

The Friday Mashup Challenge #214 Stencil this!

Ok so Summer starts tomorrow and this is the second Christmas/winter card i've made today!...I guess it's because I had some of the supplies out and I really like the blue tones for a frosty look.

I used the Dutch Doo Ba Doo stencil as  a stamp, meaning you slather the stencil in dye ink (Distress in my case) then spray it with water until soaking.

you remove it from the spot it was otherwise you'll pick up the water and maybe colour in the "holes" bits of the stencil too.
I laid a piece of watercolour on top and let the dye soak in for a good 30 seconds I think.
wherever the holes there should be a crisp white image.
the sentiment is from Avery Elle (let is now) and the snowflake die is from Marianne Design.

For more information on the Friday Mashup Challenge, see this

I first  made a different version, but that wasn't monochromatic and I wanted to mash things up ;-)
I've sponged the Distress inks (inlcuding the new twisted citron, fast becoming a favourite) and then mixed translucent embossing paste with iridescerent glitter, hope you cans ee the shimmer in the photo, i'll keep this for another card ;-)

Less is more challenge #229: Stencilling

Less is more challenge #229: Stencilling.

I was inspired by the desgin team cards to make this festive card.

I made a stencil for the two baubles by die cutting circles.
For the little stars I've used a Heidi Swapp stencil (#5000838).
I've used Distress inks to colour the baubles.
I've diecut a star and a snowflake from some glitter paper as the decoration on the baubles.  The sentiment is from the Hero Arts stampset (be merry).
For more information on the less is more challenge, see this

Thursday, June 18, 2015

You're a star

I've combined the CAS colours & sketches challenge, with the CAS(E) Challenge for this card.

I've used Simon Says stamp stencil (grid) and a My Favorirte things sentiment from the bold sentiments set. Masked part of the stencil off with a star diecut.

For more information ont he CAS colours & sketches challenge, see this
and for the CAS(E) this sketch challenge, see this

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #191

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #191.

I messed up the first one, then I ripped the tail of this kitty trying to remove the stamp from it's piece of acetate...sigh...mounted it back together and it's fine, but sometimes I feel the creative muses are against me.
Last night I ruined the first panel by chopping off a corner...urgh indeed.

This kitty and sentiment are from Simon Says Stamp (happy meow day) and the sentiment is from the birthday balloons stamp set. 
Coloured them with Copics (lilacs) and Spectrum Noir alcohol markers on Neenah calssic crest card. The patterned paper is a bit random, I chose it to go with the other panel colourswise and the circles look like balloons or confetti to me. Probaly should have changed the gift colour, ah well Lilac and purples are my favourite.
The kitty is also random, my cats are black, not the easiest to colour ,but fun in Photoshop ;-)

 Stupid, stupid, stupid...the grey kitty didn't turn out very nice as well, so prob would have binned it anyway but now i had no choice...

For more information on the Freshly made sketches challenge, see this

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Ranger

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Ranger.

In conjunction with the Ranger sale, now going on at Simon Says stamp, the Wednesday Challenge is all about using your favourite product or technique with  Ranger products.


I combined Ranger with Simon Says Stamp products.
I sarted by making a mask of the crab.
The image is from Ranger Dylusions stampset (clearly under the sea).
Stamped the image and sentiment with Ranger archival black.
Used the Simon Says Stamp Stencil Waves
and Sponged over Mermaid lagoon and salty ocean Distress inks and some gathered twigs for the sand bank.
I've used the Simon Says Stamp (falling snow stencil) as rising bubbles by turning it upside down. I´ve also sponged mermaid lagoon through the "bubbles"  and then mixed Ranger texture paste with some iridescerent glitter and and "spread" that through the stencil as well.
I've splattered water, Distress stain in white and brushed pewter and used  Ranger Glossy accents as droplets of water and for the eyes of the crab.

Now as to choose a favourite technique I think it's the texture paste with glitter.  I also used it on Monday and ooooh it makes me so smiley, so much so I've already used it again ;-).

Anyway for more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sparkle and Shine Challenge #7

Sparkle and Shine Challenge #7.

I made a shaker card. On the sketch you can see a banner (I used vellum) and next to it another colored block, I made that my shaker window.

I've sponged a lot of Distress colors through a Simon Says Stamp Stencil (waves) and splattered it with water, white and blue distress spray.
The Octpus is from Dylusions stamps and the sentiment is from Joy craft.
for the shaker I've used sequins but also fun nail decorations like the little stars.
I've used my SPectrum noir and Copics to color the octopus and discm it was white but I found that too stark, mandatory googly eye ;-)

For more information on the Sparkle and Shine challenge, see this

Monday, June 15, 2015

Wish Big

I've combined the Lawnscaping challenge #108 Stars and stripes with sketch #365 from Sketch Saturday.

I've used Lawn Fawn's Critters from the past to make a Godzilla like monster partying and waving his little birthday flag.
Used the Let's polka striped paper, also from Lawn Fawn, as is the sentiment.
The cityscape die is from Memory box.

For more information on the Lawnscaping challenge, see this

For more information on the Sketch Saturday challenge, see this

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Don't cut, just paste

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Don't cut, just paste.

Isn't the title already such fun, you just want to get stuck in?
Well I thought so and stuck in ;-)

I've used the Simon Says Stamp Feathers die and
cut out a stencil for the feathers background.
To help me line up the die (which I didn't separate) I've stuck some gridded paper on the heavy cardstock.

Then Sponged the  feathers with Distress inks (mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers and a mix of twisted citron with cracked pistachio as just citron was too bright for me).
I've then mixed some fine white/iridescerent glitter with the Wendi Vecchi  translucent embossing paste, and slathered that over the stencil.

I've die cut the small hello from Simon Says stamp and feathers and foiled them with Wow foil and deco foil from Icraft/thermoweb.
Hung the feathers from the sentiment and glued it in place.
I've mounted the feathered panel with foam tape and sponged the card edges with mermaid lagoon.

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