Sunday, November 19, 2017

Mini candybar treatbox #4 and bonus treat bag, with video

For my last video on this mini series I made a box with a lid.

You'll need two pieces of paper measuring 6"x6".
you first score the bottom piece by placing the lid piece in the side of your scoring board as a shim. then score at 1 and 5 inches, turn and score again at 1"and 5".
Burnish and notch, then  put it together.
I used the other bit of paper as my shim, but a narrower piece would be easier, as long as the thickness of the card is the same.

For the lid you also score at 1"and 5"but without the shim.
I like to fold the lid around the base/bottom, but it should fit snugly no matter.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Feline festive

Today's card is for both the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: furry friends, showcasing Newton's Nook products.
And the Less is More challenge: CASE Susan.

Happy Birthday Susan first of all!.

For my card I chose to use Ornamental Newton from  Newton's Nook. I stamped him on Schut hotpressed and smooth watercolor paper (140lbs/300grams) with Simon Says Stamo Intense black ink and then colored him with Talens Ecoline, a fluid watercolor, SSS now carries. The gold is also ecoline, but a different recipe to the other transparent ones.

Of course I had to color the cat as one of my own, although mine have black noses as well, I thought the pink would give the image a bit more life. I mean look at Tjeerd "helping" me unpack this box of books...it's like I'm looking at Newton ;-)

As my panels of watercolor paper are always slightly narrow compared to the base I filled the gap with sold glitter washi tape and mounted the panel with foamtape before adhering it to the cardbase.

Fixative spray to protect the watercoloring.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

mini candy car box #3: cigarette box style closure, with video

For box #3 I designed a box that is like a cigarette box closure.
this box's finished dimension are 3'x3.5"x,75".

Cut your paper to 81/4" x 5"
If you use a directional pattern, make sure the top is pointing left <<<
score on the long side at:
3", 3 3/4", 6 3/4"and 7 1/2"
Score on the short side at: 3/4"and 4 1/4"
cut and remove bits like in the drawing.
Glue the bottom first, make sure the front folds over the other flaps, so you get a smooth finish.
Then fold the lid over the box and glue it on the little tabs, you might need to shorten a little.



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Memory box Snowman heart collage

The Simon Says Stamp wednesday Challenge is: snowwhite.

For my entry I made a shakercard.
I used the Memory Box Snowman Collage die, and cut him out of a cardpanel. Also cut the additional bits from Crafter's Companion Neenah paper so I could color them with my markers. I left out the coal and eyes, too small for me ;-) I drew in the eyes with a fineliner.
Colored the additional bits with Spectrum Illustrator markers and stuck them on with liquid glue.

I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts (get merry) with SSS intense black ink.
Built up the shaker with a single layer of foamtape, mostly because I am using fine
white glitter and some Distress glitter (peacock feathers to give the snow texture).

Inkblended the background with Distress inks also ( Chipped sapphire, broken china and tumbled glass), spritzed it with water and them splattered on white Talens Ecoline for snow.

Adhered the shaker panel to the cardbase with red sticky tape.
Nuvo Shimmer pen (clear gloss) on the heart.

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

2-4 treat boxes for mini candy bars, with video


Today I'm making a box that is glued shut, and measures 3x3x1 inches.
It's like a cereal box I'd say but smaller and it fits 4 mini candy bars: Smarties, Milky way, Bros and  Snickers.
I think these treats are quite mainstream, but might vary per country, so you can fit anything you like in this box, in the video I suggest soap or a homemade cookie (wrapped in wax paper), but  anything goes ;-).

For the box you'll need a piece of paper 8 1/2 x 5 inches. In our metric size my paper is 81/4 also works, but if you're going to cut up your 8,5"x11"paper keep it at 8,5"!
You can get 2 out of one full sheet.

On the long side score at: 1",4",5"and 8".
On the short side score at: 1"and 4"

See the pattern for which bits need to be cut off, burnish your scorelines.
I use a hot glue gun for put  my boxed together, bit of wiggle time, but glued shut in place in seconds, much easier than liquid glue or double sided tape.
But be careful I burn myself quite often, especially on those small tabs.



Monday, November 13, 2017

It's a stitch up!

That's the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

For my entry I stitched up this Nordic gnome.
I started with a Styrofoam cone and glued some grey wool felt to it as if that's his coat.
Then I scrunched up pink felt into a nose.
I cut up some fake felt for this beard and hair and hot glued it to the cone.
I've hidden the seam of the grey felt under his beard.
For the hat I cut a long triangle and stitched it closed on one side. Then I  folded the base back to neaten up the edge and made a stitch line with red embroidery thread. To hold up the had I stuck a bit of metal wire into the cone (I rounded up the end, so it's not sharp anymore) then I used the same red thread to attach the jingle bell to the end. I wish I had a red one, but alas.
The hat has grey pinstriped, I thought that would coordinate nicely with his "coat".

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

thanks, you're an awesome friend

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: thanks/thanks giving.

For my card I used Gerda Steiner Designs stamps (moody unicorns  and cheerful hedgehugs) and the Memorybox die Grove collage.

I die cut the grove from sturdy 140lbs card stock and then traced the opening on the card base.

Applies a range of Distress inks (forest moss, peeled paint, crushed olive and bundled sage) with the mini ink blending tool, then spritzed the panel with a mix of bleach and water to get a dappled leaf effect, as if a forest canopy.

I stamped the unicorn, from the Moody unicorns set on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper  with the Simon Says Stamp intense black ink and then let the Scan n cut, cut it out. Colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers.

Stamped the sentiment from Cheerful Hedgehugs with Memento espresso truffle.
Mounted the window panel with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase.
Diecut the pained thanks from Simon Says Stamp from kraft card and then inked the edges with Distress ink ground espresso, adhered it to the card with liquid glue.

I both mounted the thanks and stamped the sentiment on an angle, for a different, playful effect.
 tucked the unicorn behind the trees with liquid glue.

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

Sunday, November 12, 2017

AAA cards challenge #103: celebrate

The theme for this fortnight is : celebrate and our sponsor  is  Happy Little Stampers with a $20 gift certificate.


For my card I used blue glitter washi tape on a slant on  a cardpanel the same size as the card.

ON top I place the congratulations die from Simon Says Stamp. I've put Stick it on the back to make it into a sticker. Stacked 3 layers for a chipwood feel.

then I added a glitter blue enamel dot where the tittle (dot on the i).

I mounted the panel with foamtape, but taperunner would also work.

Simple and striking masculine card I thought, so simple I didn't video it ;-)

I hope you will join in the challenge, you can find more information here

Mini candy bar treat boxes 1-4: mini kit kat, with video

A while ago I wanted to make a treat box for a full size Lion candy bar, but I ate it before I did ;-) Hadn't had one in years and oh man it was so nice.
So now I bought two bags of mini treats with Lions,Rolo, Kit-kats, Snickers, Mars and such and I will be making 4 different boxes to fit those treats.

Today I'm starting with a simple small box for two Kit Kat mini treats.

For this box you'll need a  piece of card that is 5 1/2"x 51/2".
Make sure your pattern is upright on you scoring board.

the score at 1 5/8', 2 1/2", 4 1/8" and 5".
Turn the paper and score at:
7/8", 3 7/8",  and 4 3/4".

You'll have to cut away some bits,  see the pattern with the ///// to see which bits.
Burnish your scorelines then notch where indicated on the pattern and use glue or gluegun to put it together.

If you want you can put a thumb notch in the top with a hole punch.

The treat fit in there snuggly, you'll have to scrunch the end bits a little, but it will fit and this way you can get 4 out of one sheet of 12x12" paper :-D


Thursday, November 9, 2017

fold flat pop up card box thing, with video and pattern


I'm not sure what they're called, I think pop up cards?
Anyway This one's inspired by the Lawn Fawn dies but made on the scoringboard.
I also made it to fit both the imperial and metric paper and envelopes and also so you only have one little strip of waste :-D.

You could make the box 4 inches high as that would also fit the envelopes, but at 3.5inches you can get 3 boxes out of one sheet, either metric or imperial.

Only difference is the little tab you use to glue the box shut, it's wider on the imperial version. You could cut your paper down to 8 1/4, but there's really no need  to and i think the wider take holds wider tape, so it might actually be stronger.

So for the card box thing you need one full sheet of 8 1/2" x11"or one A4 size sheet.

I used the metric in my video.
you cut the paper down to 31/2" strips, you'll get 3 out of the sheet bit a bit left over, in the metric that bit is big enough to make the little dividers/ tabs, but you can use scraps for that of course.

On the short side you score at 1 3/4"only
On the long side you score at: 2", 4",6" and 8".
Burnish all the scorelines and then cut one side along the vertical lines as shown in the pattern, these will make the fold away flaps.

Cut away the little tab on one side and then apply red sticky tape and fold the card shut.

To  make the tabs/dividers I cut the left over strips into 3"length and scored them at 1/2"and 2 1/" and put red tape on the little side flaps too.

I didn't decorate the box on the outside, but you can of course, each panel is 2"x1 3.4".

I use acetate  or packaging to mount my little images, so  the strips are invisible, particularly handy with planets, or birds and this  jumping narwhal, but cardstock will also work of course.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rainbow cats

The Less is more challenge this week is: fireworks. Use the colors of fireworks.
I don't have any fireworks stamps, so I opted for the colors.
As far as I know, fireworks are always really primary colors, so I chose kind of a rainbow set of cats.

The stamp is from Studio light (stampmb03) and I stamped it with My Favorite Things Hybrid black ink onto watercolor paper. The sentiment is from Art Impressions (catastrophy) and I stamped that with Versafine onyx black ink.

I colored my cats with Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils.
Mounted the watercolorpanel onto a cardbase.

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

Everyday Christmas card series #24,shaker card, with video

For today's card I've pulled out these mini teeny itsy bitsy sequins. They're starshaped and meant for nail art, but you know me, I don't care about that ;-).
And I also thought the shaker card should be a star too, just because of the shape of the sequins.
So I pulled out my Nellie Snellen Multi frames (mfd050) It has cutting dies and piercing dies and I combined both for a frame with a dotted outside detail, so cute.
I then stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts (Get merry) in Versafine onyx black ink and set it aside to dry.

Stamped the snowman from Penny Black (merry Delight) with My Favorite Things Hybrid black licorice ink onto Schut hot pressed and smooth watercolor paper.

Colored the image with Spectrum Noir aquablend pencils and a brush.

Built up the shaker bit with foamtape. I only did one layer as the sequins are so small they have enough room to shake about.
Put the watercolored snowman on top to close the shaker and added a bit more red tape to adhere it to the cardbase.

I may or may not have overfilled the shaker window, I ike them full, but my snowman is drwoning a bit, I find it more fun when there's lots to shake about ;-)...

Sunday, November 5, 2017

diy homemade shimmer paste, with video and three cards

Last year I made my own glitter paste, today I thought I'd try shimmer paste and it worked beautifully.

It's really easy to do as well and I;m sure you all have Perfect Pearls or other micas stashed somewhere. I used Ranger Perfect Pearls and Shine powder from Kippers Hobby, but any brand will do I'm sure.

I'm also using the Ranger texture paste transparent gloss and stencils.
Perfect Pearl always shows up better on black so Is tarted with black card, but I also made on on white and it's just as glorious as the black ones.
See the video to see how it catches the light once dry, it's hard to capture  on a photo.

All you do is put a little blob on a mixing surface ( I use an old bit of package) and then sprinkle on some powder. There is no exact recipe, I just went by eye, if I thought the paste was too dry I'd add more paste or more powder if I wanted more sheen, mix well and then apply through the stencil of your choice. Let dry, that's it!
I also heat embossed the sentiments with superfine silver from Papermania.

I hope you will give this a try and let me know how you found it.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Everyday Christmas card series #23, with video, 800th blogpost

This is my 800th blogpost!

For today's project I chose to make a tag, not a card.
Mainly because I felt the star pouch was a bit small on a whole cardfront and I could have used three or so, but I didn't like that. It's supposed to be the star of Bethlehem, you know the one the wise men followed? there was just one of those, right?

Nuvo Studios came out with these shaker pouches plus dies. I know of three of them, my store carries the stars, the heart and the balloons. I  liked the star the most. Once you have used your 5 pouches in this pack you can buy refills without the die. I think there's 10 pouches in the refills for the same price as this starter set.

To make the tag I cut a piece of cardbase
(300grams/140lbs Canon digital copier paper) to size, to fit the pouch.

I also used the Crafter's companion foil transfers and foil in mat silver.
I only had a narrow bit left of my 6x6 sheet and it's not quite wide enough for this tag but it had to do.

For the tag I inkblended Memento ink (Paris dusk, Danube blue and Summer sky).
I think my tag was still wet from the inkblending as not all the tag took the transfer dots.

The method is to peel off the backing sheet

from the transfers and rub it onto your project. this transfers a kind of glue to your card or tag and then you rub the foil onto it, using the backing sheet. It took everywhere, except where I inkblended a lot.

Still good...

I die cut the star with the Nuvo die and attached the star negative onto the second tag so it would be in the background.
filled the pouch it all sorts of glitter, micro beads, confetti and sequins.
it takes quite a lot to fill this pouch. And then peeled of the tape backing and tried to be smart and attach the back to the pouch, then flipping it and adding taperunner to the rest...you can see how that worked in the video ;-)...

I did contemplate a sentiment, but decided against it and I like the empty space above the stag I diecut from black card. The stag and trees are from Craftemotions (0173 and 0302)
I attached them with liquid glue also.

All in all I think it's still a nice tag.I might stick in on a card, so the recipient can have it as a card or use it as a tag themselves.

I am linking the tag up at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: all creatures great and small.
and the
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: a tag.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

1000th YouTube Subscribers giveaway! watch the video

Yay
I'm so glad to have reached this awesome milestone.
I know for some Youtubers that's peanuts, but I'm so happy with all of you.
So I'm sponsoring a giveway.
Meaning all prizes are paid by me and sent out by me.

EXCEPT the $15 certificate to the wonderful Gerda Steiner shop. You can buy digis or real stamps if you prefer, I would suggest digis as your giftcard will go further......

What you have to do to win is simple:
leave me a nice comment telling me which prize you'd like to win. You have to be a YT subbie.
If you comment also on all my other platforms (Instagram, Blog (you're here), Youtube, Facebook)
You will have 4 chance to win a prize. But please always ask for the same prize. Choose one and commit ;-).If you ask for different prizes I will have to disqualify you.

I will put as many  tickets in a bowl as I have entries and draw from the pile.
If I draw a name twice because you entered on more platforms you will still only win one prize, but you will have more chance to be drawn if that makes sense. I want to give everyone a chance to win, so one prize per person.  You can ofcourse choose your favorite, but maybe also see which prize isn;t as popular or has less request, that would improve your chances as well...:-D

So what can you win?
15 dollars US certificate to the Gerda Steiner Shop sponsored by Gerda Steiner
100sk for the Pernilla Nillson shop (digital stamps)
10 UK Pounds to Wee stamps shop (digital stamps)
10 of my handmade cards
6 sheets of my toner paper
1 Brush and stamps set
1 teflon cookie sheet or craftmat in my case. I got it last monday, and I had already filmed the video. It's the black sheet I use often. heat resistant and non stick.

I will leave the giveaway open until november 30th midnight (NL timezone), but the giveaway is open WORLDWIDE!

On December 1st I will draw the winners on screen.

Good luck everyone!
And thank you for being here
xxx
Maaike




Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Coloring Lili of the Valleey furry baby bat, Halloween card , with video

Happy Halloween everyone.
I don't celebrate Halloween very intensly, no one does in the Netherlands, although it's getting more popular each year and I buy candy each year, kids don't seem to trick or treat, or the skip my house cos I'm scary haha...I might eat them, the kids I mean not the candy lol.

Anyway
I printed a digital stamp from Lili of the Valley, called Furry babies- bat- on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored it with Spectrum Noir and Spectrum Illustrator markers.

Added Nuvo shimmer pen on the wings and stars and adhered the panel with tape runner.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Peace on Earth

I'm entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: monochrome,
the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: anything goes, showcasing W+9 and the Less is More Challenge: stamp layering.

I don't have any W+9 products, so sorry about that.
I used the Hero arts  color layering deer and the Hero Arts classic Christmas borders for the sentiment.

To stay with in the monochrome theme I used Bristol smooth card as my panel as it's slightly creme-ish.
For the deer I used Memento dewdrops: toffee crunch. rich cocoa and espresso truffle, in that order.
Also I used Espresso Truffle on the sentiment.
Adhered the panel to a card base.

AAA cards Challenge #102: inkblending with Memento dew drops

This fortnight the challenge over as AAA cards is: inkblending.


Our sponsor this time is Stamplorations, and the prize is a giftcertificate of $15 + 10% coupon offer for players.

For my card I used Memento dew drops to do my inkblending. I know not many people do this, so I wanted to show how wonderfully they blend and even out when drying. Smooth blend, the easy way. Still an arm workout, but easier ;-)

I started my card by stamping the sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays (lovely snowflake) with Versafine onyx black ink. Heat set it to be sure.

The I used  Sticky notes to mask off an area on my card, big enough for the deer, but as small as possible so to leave ample white space. Also I love the trees are sticking out of the area.

On hindsight these sticky notes weren't the best idea, apparently they're not entirely water repellent and some of the ink seeped through , I covered one splotch with the tall tree, but I have to leave the others, or diecut more trees.

These dies I've had for ages and I'm not sure which brand they are anymore, sorry, any you have will do the job as well. I cut them from black cardstock.

For the inkblending I used Memento Nautical blue, Teal zeal and Summer sky. I usually just look in my book which colors I think will work together. I made  Memento "recipes" too, like with the Distress inks.

As normal I used my mini inkblending tools and applies the darkest inks first. There's quite a leap in saturation from teal zeal to summer sky, but by going over it with a real light hand of teal zeal you kind of match it all up.

As with Distress inks, these react to water as well and so I splattered some on the area, leaving the masks in place. Then I splattered Dylusions white linen and Distress spray Brushed pewter for my snowflakes. To finish the snowfall I also splattered some Talens ecoline (100-white) this is much more opaque than the Dylusions spray, which turned a light blue as it reactivated the inks below. All these layers will give a lot of depth to the scene as the lighter splatter will look further away and the silver is just for shine as it's a Christmas card.

Removing the masks to reveal your little scene is kind of magical...until you see the splotches lol.

Attached the diecuts with liquid glue. I used the border to ground them and I pretend the white is a snowbank.

For more information or to play along the AAA cards challenge, see this

I'm also entering it into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: anything goes


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Halloween or Christmas treat bags, Scoringboard project with video


 I made the Christmas one for a SimoN Says Stamp Monday Challenge a while back, but I also wanted to share how I did them in a video, just in time for Halloween.
But they're equally fabulous for any other occasion of course, like a wedding favor,  school treats, party favors, baby shower, just adapt the paper to the occasion en voilá!



I don't have the Lawn Fawn die and frankly with my scoringboard I can do more, different sizes and projects.
I also don;t know the size of the Lawn Fawn bag, but I made mine to get 2 out of one sheet of 12"12 card.

You need a piece of paper that is 6"x12".
You can make it taller, but 6" is the width of my Big Shot if you want to diecut out the "handles", I used a small rectangle shaped die with rounded corners.

Score on the long side at: 2", 5", 7"and 10" then on the short side at 2"only.
Burnish your scorelines, then cut the bottom and notch them slightly.

I used a hole punch to make 4 holes and  then fed some silver ribbon through it, and tied it together.
You can also just stample the ribbon to the bag and or hot glue the ribbon also.
My hole punch is a little big and the smaller one was too tiny to feed ribbon trhough, maybe bakerstwine would have been better, but hey, you live and learn.

I use hot glue to put  my boxes and treatbags together, it's faster and more secure than tape or liquid glue, but you can
use anything you like ;-)


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I'm a lamp

I had my craftstore order this hilarious set from Art Impressions (catastrophy),  mainly because of this stamp..I'm a lamp...rofl
Luckily my cats never had to wear one of these, my vet doesn't like them and neither do cats/dogs ;-)

So for my card I stamped the image onto 140lbs watercolor paper from Schut with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink. Colored him in with Talens ecoline, a fluid watercolor.

My panels are always  slightly narrower because I cut them from a bigger sheet. So I mount the panel with foamtape and fill the gap on the cardbase with a similar colored washi tape.

For more information on the Cat lover's blog hop, see this

Everyday Christmas card series #22, with video


For today's card I'm revisiting  a card I made a few weeks ago for the Less is More challenge, but different ;-)

I loved the intense blue sky against the white diecut panel.

I used Talens ecoline in a variety of blues (505.506.507.578) on Schut classic watercolorpaper 300grams/140lbs.

I wet down the paper first apply a range of colors in an ombre like effect.. Few layers heat setting in between.
If your paper curls up, just heating from the back as well, that will straighten it right back out.

Then I splatter Dylusions spray white linen and Distress spray stain brushed pewter and Talens white ecoline (100).

For the diecut this time I used a Craft Emotions die, but any you have will do, as well as the sentiment, I used a Crealies one,with Versafine onyx black ink.

I love the contrast and the white trees really looks like snow covered trees to me.

I used carpet double sided adhesive for the watercolor paper and foamtape for the cardpanel.