Saturday, October 31, 2015

Less is More Challenge #248: paper piecing

Less is More Challenge #248: paper piecing.

at first I read it as pieRcing, then looking at the Dt cards it didn't quite make sense, so I looked at the challenge again..duh...bit dyslexic sometimes lol...
for my card I used Inkadinkado stampset welcome baby for the image and sentiment.
Stamped the little elephant on striped paper and on yellow paper with miniscule white daisies on it.
I then cut it all out and stuck it all back together on Neenah solar crest paper as at first I wanted to use my markers to color the head. added some shading to the body with a neutral grey but that made the yellow paper look dirty so I went over all the yellow with a buttercup yellow Copic which made the daisies dissapear but also the dirty grey shadows, so that was good.
I offset the image to the left as it's facing right and I think it always looks better if the image looks "into" the card, if that makes sense.
I took inspiration from Chrissies card to make a top panel with a diecut, she used a stitched circle I used a plain heart, going off the page on one side.
I would have been quite happy with a one layer too btw, but the heart frames the image and gives it a little extra.

For more information on the Less is More Challenge #248: paper piecing, see this

Thursday, October 29, 2015

CAS Colours & sketches challenge #148: duo challenge

CAS Colours & sketches challenge #148: duo challenge

For my card I sponged Distress inks on the cardbase. I used shaded lilac, seedless preserves and picked raspberry. I then splattered it with water and white Distress stain for interest. I thought the white would be ok as it's a neutral.
I've diecut 3 butterflies out of watercolor paper I colored or sponged and then never use up. these where the same colours, although they look different, because I applied these wet with a brush instead of sponge. 
I used a gluedot in the centre of the butterflies  (Joy Craft! vintage flourishes) so I could pop up the wings a little.
The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp, birthday balloons and I heat embossed that with a purple embossing powder from Lindy's stampgang (imperial crown purple gold)

For more information on the CAS Colours & sketches challenge #148: duo challenge, see this

Update November 10th:

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #210

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #210
 For my card I used the Simon Says Stamp tri square to make the three windows.
I traced those onto the cardbase and then sponged in Distress inks ( squeezed lemonade, cracked pistachio and wilted violet)
The butterflies are diecut out of scrap watercolor paper backgrounds I make and then never seem to use, usually with Distress inks and Sprays for the splattering and shimmer.
The butterfly die is from Joy Crafts! vintage flourishes
the sentiment is another diecut , as I had already mounted the cardpanel on foamdots I didn't really want to risk anything byt trying to stamp on an uneven back, so I used Nellie Snellen Shape dies and black cardstock.

Sterkte, means Strength and is usually sent to give someone a paper hug in difficult times.

For more information on the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #210, see this

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

thanks so mush

I'd like to enter this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: anything goes and Lawn Fawn
and the Work It! Wednesdays October, also from Simon Says Stamp: thank you card.

I've used the Turkey day set from Lawn Fawn, not the sentiment as I've yet to see a happy turkey on thanksgiving day and that's how it sounds to me, although that's probably not how it was meant...anyway..
I used the thanks from Simon Says Stamp set friends and the so mush from the gleeful garden set from Lawn Fawn as well as the mushroom.
I stamped the card with Versamark and heat embossed the sentiment and turkeys in gold.
I colored the mushroom with Spectrum Noir markers and used the matching die to cut it out, then popped it on foamsquares.

I've used brown kraftcardstock, with is darkbrown on one side and kraft color on the inside. I like the borwn and gold as a wink to fall.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: throwback

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: throwback

For my Challenge I went back to Ovtober last year and found the challenge of the 13th: O is for....

O is for October and October is for Halloween or fall. Spiderwebs appear all around my house, usually in the walkway...have you ever walked into one and it stuck to your face? bleh.
I made a card I intend to use as placement card for my Halloween dinner.
Halloween isn´t celebrated really in The Netherlands, But I like it!

Last year is was on Friday and on Friday I make dinner for a group of friends.
this year I will still make a special meal on Friday, not telling you just yet what it is. But you can scroll down if you want to see last year´s ...

OK on to the card. I made a video for it too, if you´d liek to have a look.
But basically I drew a spiderweb, traced it with my gluegun, sprinkled it woth embossingpowder to color it white, then used reinkers from Distress ink (chipped sapphire and faded jeans to color the hotpressed smooth watercolorpaper.

If you have a spider and web stamp of die it might be easier, but I don't for above mentioned reason.
I like the chunky feel if gives and the handmade feel too.
For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: throwback, see this

Saturday, October 24, 2015

corrugated cardboard for Christmas trees

I'd like to enter this into the 
Less is More Challenge #247 
and the CAS Colours & Sketches #147

For my card I used silver and gold corrugates cardboard in different directions, so one horizontal and one has the  stripes going vertical, for interest.
for the sentiment I cut a strip of vellum and sponged it with Distress inks (mowed lawn and bundled sage) I've heat emboseed the sentiment with white. The sentiment is from Stampies kerst 11

I thought about adding some green glitter washi tape to secure the vellum, but it seems it doesn't need it, after all less is more ;-)

Addicted to CAS #75: spooky

Addicted to CAS #75: spooky

I don't have many or any Halloween stamps as it's not big in the Netherlands. I have this skull and crossbones die though and I thought it to be perfect.
I wanted to stamp poison, or danger on vellum as in photo 2, but i decided against it as I kinda like the emptyness of this card.
Obviously a spooky card, I don't suppose anyone will send it as a deceased card...well I hope not!

the die is from Provocraft. I diecut it twice once from the black mat, once from white cardstock and then inlaid the dies.

for more information on the Addicted to CAS #75: spooky, see this

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Friday Mashup! Challenge #231

The Friday Mashup! Challenge #231

For my card I used watercolor paper and i drew a scary face on it. Cut out the holes for the eyes, nose and mouth and covered those with purple tissuepaper., I just used a gluestick to adhere it to the watercolorpaper.

The whole card is made of watercolorpaper I scored at the top to make the fold.
I then used my gluegun to outline the facial features and  "draw" a kind of bark on the whole cardfront.

Similar to what I did with this card, I could have black heat embossed it, but I don't have any black e.p. So instead I used black acryllic paint. let it dry and flatten back again underneath some weights.
I thought the watercolor paper would help, but I guess it wasn't heavy enough.

to take the picture I've put a battery operated candlelight inside..spooky!

I got the idea from this video and thought if I make those I'd use toiletroll paper, but instead I made this card, I intend to make more and use them as place cards for my Halloween dinner.

I made these votives around st Patrick's day as shown by Shari Caroll. and that's how I came to make spooky ones, these are rolled up sponged cardstock and a linnen textured one, but the toiletrolls seem like a good idea/progression.

if you have spooky face dies or maybe skull and crossbones you wouldn't need to draw a face yourself if you're not confident enough or want to make them all the same.

Sorry no ribbon, not spooky enough hahaha

For  more information on the The Friday Mashup! Challenge #231, see this

Freshly made sketches Challenge #209

Freshly made sketches Challenge #209

For my card, a huge one ( an A4 size sheet folded in half so 15x21cm) I took a panel of 300grm watercolor paper from Schut, cold pressed.
I drew on a Christmas tree, if you have a stamp or a die use that, I don't so I drew it.
Then I traced it with  my gluegun to give it a raised or embossed effect. The glue from a glue gun dries really fast, but if you reheat it with your heatgun it goes soft again and that's when I sprinkled on gold embossing powder and heat set it until really nice and smooth. Let it cool.

Then I used Distress ink (mowed lawn and bundled sage) to color the tree, the embossed edge helps keep the color in, but if you have  dirty fingers, like me, well then there's no point really lol
I stamped the sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays and embossed it in the same gold.

For more information on the Freshly made sketches Challenge #209, see this

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: wrap it up!

Simon Says Stamp Wednseday Challenge: wrap it up!

To wrap up (my gift) I made a shaker bag, as demonstrated by the wonderful Sam Donald from

I've  adapted it to my supplies and taste and used stars instead of an oval as I intend to wrap Christmas presents in it.
The tag didn't emboss very well, you can still read merry Christmas, but don't have others, I mean it's pretty obvious anyway sitting under the tree or giving it at Christmas dinner or something, I'm not worried about it getting noticed lol.

I  made a shaker by stacking two transparancies and two layers of foamtape., so you can still peek through the stars into the baggie. I will probably stuff it with gold tissue paper when I get some.

I used dark blue shimmery cardstock and a ribbon with gold stars, gold sequins and blue and gold seed beads,
I don't have any May arts products, but I thought the little gold twine looked pretty similar. I used the gold twine to tie the blue ribbon.

I love it, might make more, probably not shakers, but loads more.fully assembled the bag is 3.5"x4 7/8" or there abouts

check out Sam's website to see how she makes it.

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

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

too cute to spook!

I'd like to enter this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: monster mash
Lawnscaping challenge #116: too cute to spook

I started Monday with the background, I first used masking fluid for the moon, which took ages to dry, so yesterday (Tuesday) I finally painted the night sky with Distress inks (chipped sapphire and Dusty concord), then let it dry. came back to it today (Wednesday) to finish the moon with Squeezed lemonade and spiced marmalade.

I stamped the Lawn Fawn monsters from Monster mash with Memento ink and colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers, then fussy cut hem and covered them in wink of stella.

The sentiment is die cut with Lawn Fawn Finley's abc and originally I wanted the monsters to carry the sentiment, but I ran out of space, also kinda like how it pops from the black hills, so chose that.

Drew in the spooky tree as I don't have a stamp for it.

Click the links for more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: monster mash
and the
Lawnscaping challenge #116: too cute to spook

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sparkle and Shine Challenge #16

Sparkle and Shine Challenge #16

I made this card into a shaker, a very cas shaker, I like cas cards, so I apologize if it's too empty for you ;-)
I actually started with glitter paper and Lawn Fawn monster mash, but that card looked much better in my head than on paper, you can have a laugh if you scroll down ;-) I didn't even finish it with sequins or any other embellishments, it was a failure!

The Thanks is from the Simon Says Stampset Friends 3x4.
in the smallest windows I've put seedbeads as even my smallest sequins, wouldn't have had room to shake.
I tried to use the colors and placements of the pumpkins, and as I don't have a pumpkin die or stamp I used  one that could be a very stylized pumpkin ;-) It's fun where I live in my head, I

I thought about coloring the sentiment in with markers or placing sequins as if they'd escaped the shakers, but I really like how the focus is on the shakers now and on their content, there's method to my madness, see?

hope you like it

for more information on the Sparkle and Shine Challenge #16, see this

Less is More Challenge #246: masculine

Less is More Challenge #246: simply masculine.

I sponged Distress inks onto thick cardstock (peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon and cracked pistachio). I then die cut the word bedankt (thank you) out of it.
Die cut a few more white ones and stacked them all ontop of each other to made the sentiment raised and stand out.
I punched  circles out of the same sponged cardstock and covered them with glossy accent to make  fake enamel dots.

For more information on the Less is More Challenge #246: masculine, see this

Friday, October 16, 2015

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #146: colours

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #146: colours

For my card I used Distress inks (abonadoned coral, barn door and spiced marmalade)

I masked a banner on the cardpanel and inked it with the Distress inks, in kind of a cloude pattern. I then diecut the word Bedankt (thanks) out of it and once more out of white craft fopam to pop it up.

I made enamel dots but punching out some big and small circles, covering them in the same Distress ink then in Wink of stella for shimmer and then Glossy accents for dimension. Had to let those dry.

I inlaid the sentiment and sprinkled the enamel dots around the card, finishing it off with some glossy accents "pearls".

I made this card for a cashier at my local supermarket, he's leaving for another store! the horror..same company, different location...if I follow him, would that be creepy lol....ok nevermind, too far anyway hahaha.. I just hope this card  is manly enough

For more information on the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #146, see this

update October 27th:

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Virginia´s View Challenge #19: all things colored

Virginia´s View Challenge #19: all things colored.

For my CArd I used the grumpy cat from Katzelkraft and drew in the Chirstmas lights.
Fore the sentiment I used Happy 3x4 from Simon Says Stamp.

I colored everything with my Spectrum Noir markers.
I added the brackets around happy.
I got this stampset as a gift from my BF and I had to use it in some way. I love the grumpy cat!

I made another as well with the same stampset and a sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays must love snowflakes. they just go together, for this one I drew in the wall and mousehole.

For more information on the Virginia´s View Challenge #19: all things colored, see this

you rock(et)!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Color inspiration with Stampendous
and  the Inkspirational challenge: glow

For my card I used the Stampendous stampset Changito in space. I used the purple, grey yellow and gold/honey colors for my background. The Distress inks were sponged onto watercolor paper, the fossilized amber and the wilted violet made a bit of a grey/brown color, but I still like it.

I splattered it with water and white picket fence Distress spray and gold ecoline from Talens. Usually I would use brushed pewter, but as one of the colors in the photo inspiration seems like a gold to me, probably more brown than gold, but I see gold lol.
I stamped the sentiment and some of the star elements from the same set onto vellum and heat embossed it in white.
The image was stamped on Neenah classic crest cardstock and colored with my SPectrum Noir markers.
Some Wink of stella on the rocket's window and stars.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Color inspiration with Stampendous, see this

For more information on the Inkspirational challenge, see this

edit October 31st:

Monday, October 12, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: wonderful watercolor

 Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: wonderful watercolor

For my card, (third version : one was a smooshed stencil, one the SSS purry Christmas and this one).
I start with an idea go for it, then decide it's rubbish, get on with the next and I love the purry Christmas, but when I was halfway through I also discarded's a process this cardmaking malarky haha.
Anyway for my third and final try I traced the snowflakes from a stencil onto watercolor paper.
I then colored them with Distress ink (tumbled glass, broken china and salty ocean).
I wanted it to feel a bit like the famous pottery from my Dutch town, can you guess? ....Delft blue ;-)
I heat embossed the sentiment (Heor arts classic Christmas borders) with gold embossing powder (Papermania),
I cut the watercolor paper on one side to make it narrower and attached a shimmery dark blue cardstock strip to the back of the watercolored panel... and to fill out the rest I used gold glittery/shimmery washi tape on the cardbase.
I raised the snowflakes panel with foam tape.

I contemplated sequins, dewdrops or moonstones, rhinestones and alike, but I decided against them after placing them on the front, I think this is the perfect balanced frontpanel ;-)....I like the modern feel of it.

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

sorry no coffee or tea coloring ;-)

But I'd like to mention this is card #700 !
I did a give away not so long ago for my 500th...these challenges really make you work ;-) But I love them!
(I made 116 cards for the local foodbank Christmas boxes and I ddin't even inlcude those in my numbers... yikes)