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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Everyday Christmas Card series #15: diamond shaker with video

For today's card I used nail art diamonds, tiny tiny diamonds, I think they're plastic but fabulously shiny and sparkly.
I got them from Ali Express, where I also go the sloping hill die.

I wanted to make a narrow shaker window, so I  measure the diecut and marked it on a panel with a pencil, then used a kraft knife to cut the opening. I don't have a die that size/shape.

I then stamped the sentiment from Casual Fridays stamps (must love snowflakes)  with Versafine onyx black ink.
Then I traced the opening on the cardbase and masked of the edges for inkblending. I used Distress inks (tumbled glass and broken china) fro my wintry sky. Then
splattered water and white Talens Ecoline for more snow.

Then I placed a piece of acetate to fit the window, I used red sticky tape to adhere it.
Then i cut the diecut to size and attached it with more red tape.
Built up the shaker frame with foam tape. One layer was enough as the diamonds are so small.
I added foamtape behind the diecut to support the tree and houses as I can't attach it anywhere.
Added the shaker material and closed the shaker compartment with more acetate.

Added a bit more red tape and adhered the panel to the cardbase.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

AAA cards Challenge #99: autumn colors, with video

Hello, this fortnight the AAA cards Challenge, is all about Autumn colors.

Our Sponsor this time is Uniko and you can win one in stock stamp set of your choice.

For my card I used a bunch of Distress inks: 
mustard seed
spiced marmalade
rusty hinge
vintage photo
aged mahogany
fired brick

I used the inkblock technique, meaning I smooshed a bit of each color randomly on the block, spritzed it with water and laid my watercolor paper on it, to "print".
I used Schut classics watercolor paper 300grams/140lbs and it's very textured, so the tooth of the paper actually impares the colors to transfer in the little "valleys". So I repeated the process a few times, heat setting in between each layer, Once I was happy I used Shimmer spritz sparkle instead of water to add a glorious glittery shine.

I then diecut the paper with 3 leaf images, mine are a generic brand, but any you have will do. I love the acorn one and the maple leaf, the third I'm not sure what tree it's from.

I placed the leaves on the card and  then knew where to position my sentiment. The sentiment is from an Art Impressions set ( happy fall set) and I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink.

The I attached the leaves with Aleene's fast grab tacky glue and foamtape where needed.

For more information or to play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Must love snowflakes

That's one of the sentiments in a Cas-ual Fridays Stampsets I used.
The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: it's written in the stars, add a star.
The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: Clean and simple showcasing CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

The one's I used are : Must love snowflakes for the snowflakes and for the sentiment I've used Lovely snowflakes. They're a bit older, but any  you have will do, there's many across the industry. These are also the only ones I have .

For the little star I used the Simon Says Stamp birthday Balloons.

Obviously I took Shari's card and cased it pretty much :-D But I used stuff I had not the newest damask stampset, sorry.

I started with a grey-ish cardstock and cut it to size, then I stamped all the snowflakes in Memento London Fog and gray flannel and Lawn Fawn Yeti white. The blue is Memento Nautical blue.

I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink wishlist though ;-)....

and used Wow embossing powder  Pacific wave. I REALLY love that SSS steel blue, but again I don't have it's on my

Adhered the gray panel with taperunner to a cardbase and then added some silver rhinestones for a bit of shimmer.

I hope Shari won't be offended by  my version, I really loved hers and wanted to show that and celebrate her genius color combos.

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, September 14, 2017

Oldie but goodie card series #17: diy stencil, with video

For today's card, I made a stencil with "splotches" dies I found on Ali express.
I cut it from cardstock, as I ran out of thin acetate.
I used only one of the splotches, my favorite one and applied Distress inks through it (mustard seed, candied apple and mermaid lagoon) with a mini ink blending tool. Kind of pouncing it on as the stencil is very delicate.
I positioned the splotches slightly more to the right so I could nestle the sentiment in on the left.
I used Technique Tuesday's You're fabulous by Ali Edwards, the Frantic Stamper still has 2 on stock at the moment of filming.
I stamped it using the Be creative stampers friend and Versafine onyx black ink.

A few rhinestones to add a bit of sparkle, I made sure to position them in a triangular shape in matching colors and colorless ones.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Everyday Christmas series #14, oldie but goodie #16, with video

For today's card I used a digital image from 2007 I don't remember where I got it, I think I googled Christmas puppy.
I sized it for my card in Photoshop and added the sentiment whilst I was at it ;-).
Printed it on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored it with Spectrum Noir and Spectrum Illustrator markers.
I used Nuvo shimmer pen, clear gloss onthe puppy's nose.
Adhered thepanel with tape runner to the cardbase.
Super quick and easy card.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Clean and simple genius?

Well wouldn't say genius, but aficionado for sure.
The My Favorite Things Superstar challenge is called clean and simple genius.

For my card I used the MFT set Party like a pirate for the boy, island sentiment and bird.
I also used the MFT ocean view porthole die and I cut it from gold mirror cardstock.
then I cut a circle out of a cardpanel and traced it on the cardbase to inkblend my sky and ocean (Distress inks mermaid lagoon and salty ocean).

I stamped the images with MFT hybrid black ink onto Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored them with my Spectrum Noir Markers.
Then cut them out. and I chopped of the border from the island so I could make it look like he's actually in the ocean instead of on top.

mounted the porthole with liquid glue to the cardpanel, then mounted everything with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase. used either taperunner or foam for the pirate boy.

No shading beneath him, I think the porthole grounds him just fine ;-).

For more information on the My Favorite things Superstar challenge, see this

coloring virtuoso?

That's the category I'm entering this card.
First I thought  clean and simple, but it's not as clan as I could be ;-)
I used the My Favorite Things Beast friends for this card.
I stamped them with MFT Hybrid black ink on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers, the fussy cut them out as best as I could. I don't have the matching dies. I prefer to focus/spend my money on stampsets.
That's why I also only have some basic circle dies.
I partially cut one from a cardpanel, I made slightly smaller than the cardbase.
I also used the MFT snowbanks to cut out a few snowbanks.

For the background I inkblended Distress inks on the cardbase (chipped sapphire, blueprint sketch and wilted violet that is dissapeared completely behind a snowbank).
Then splattered with water, let it dry and used a white gel pen to make a few snowflakes.
Wasn't sure at first if all this was allowed, so I used a minimal supplies from other companies.

I added some glitter to the lights with the Nuvo Shimmer pen (clear gloss).
Layered the snowbanks with foamtape and then adhered all of it to the carbase.
Tucked one Yeti behind a snowbank and the other in front.

For more information on this awesome challenge set, see this

Sunday, September 10, 2017

You are pawsitively awesome

Stamptember is in full swing and the Simon says stamp Monday and Wednesday challenges are all about stamping. Preferably with their own brand.
Sadly I don't have any of the new things  (yet) so I used a SSS set called playful kittens.

I stamped them with SSS intense black ink on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers. I'm sorry the photo doesn't so it much justice, it's 9 p.m here..bit dark ;-)...
I Stamped the sentiment from the same set with my Stampers Friend and Versafine Onyx black ink.
Mounted the panel with tape runner to the cardbase and then applied glitter with the Nuvo Shimmer pen.

Of course I colored one of the kittens as my own, two seemed a bit dark on a card ;-)  It's hard to spot the difference, but the first one is Tjalk the lady and the other is the boy Tjeerd.

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

Everyday Christmas series #13, with video

For today's card I decided to make an inkblended strip on the cardbase in cool blue, frosty colors.
I chose one of my recipes, that uses cracked pistachio, but I toned down the green with Tumbled glass.
Now tumbled glass is so light, you need a lot of patience.
After inkblending I made sure the strip was really dry, by testing the embossing powder on it. You can see in the video how much kept sticking.

After I was happy with how well it dried, I placed the sentiment, but the one I chose first was too long. I didn't measure and I used this masked cardbase, I had it left over from a card I wanted to make, then changed my design ;-)...

So I got the Merry Christmas out of the Cuddly Buddly set (Toby tumble & robins).
I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink.

I then placed the snowflakes from Joy Crafts! on the blue bar, making sure they stick out on one side at least. I started with the biggest and my favorite and then placed the others around it.
Inked them with Versamark ink and sprinkled the Papermania superfine silver embossing powder on top and heat set it.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Using up scraps, keeping it CAS, with videos

Hello, for today's cards I thought I would use up some of the scraps I created this past week by making giftboxes for the little giftshop I volunteer in.
I don;t like to keep scraps laying around really. I have one bucket full of Christmas scraps from all the gift boxes or favors I make then. Also my Birthday is just a week before Christmas, So I tend to treat people with little somethings :-D.

I started by trimming a few with roughly to the size of my cardbase, keeping an eye on the direction of the print, you know which way is up.

The I pulled out a few nice sentiment stamps and the Lawn Fawn puffy cloud borders. Of course you can use any shaped border die, think scalloped, waves, straight, with stitched details or just a plain cut with your trimmer, the possibilities are endless and you can use whatever you have. I, per example, don't have any scalloped edges as of yet....

I use taperunner for the scrap bit, to attach it to the cardbase and then foamtape for the white panel.
This panel is thinner than the cardbase. I mainly use 140lbs/300grams so with this I can use up the 110lbs/250grams and the 80lbs/160grams paper I never use

I also thought to use up some of the homemade enamel dots I made with the Wow embossing powders and homemade gluedots.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Oldie but goodie #15 and Everyday Christmas #12, with video

For today's card I took inspiration from a My Favorite Things video I saw two/three weeks ago...I try to film and blog ahead...
The MFT video used the celebrate die and I believe the hippos, but I have neither of those, so I adapted it to my supplies.
I used the MFT happy wonderful Christmas die and the Beast friends stamp set for the little yeti.
This one holding the lights is my favorite and I stamped him on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink and colored him with my Spectrum Noir and Spectrum Illustrator markers.
Let the Scan N cut cut him out before I color, in case I have a mishap...happens...

The I diecut the Happy Wonderful Christmas from the same paper as the cardbase, so they're the same color.
I strategically placed the die in the same spot as I wanted them on the card, so I can used the negative for placement and also for another card, with inkblending behind the openings, or patterned paper or colored card..anything really.

I used the quickie glue pen, and some letters didn't stick very well, so I had to fix a few, but no biggie.
I could have used Stick it, but thought this would give me some wiggle time, also I felt peeling the backing off such tiny letters, might proof problematic for me ;-)

I mounted the yeti with foamtape. I used the Nuvo clear gloss shimmer pen on the lights and a uniball signo gel pen to add highlights to his eyes.

I like the white on white, but you could use colored card or your markers to color each letter like his lights and make it a colorful card.
I think that would look fab if the words were happy and bright....You can use any alphabet dies if you have them instead of these completed dies.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Want to hang out?

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: anything goes, showcasing Hero Arts Products.

I used the Hero Arts  Tiny stars background stamp on the card base. Inked it with Versamark ink and then embossed the stars with Wow Sparkling snow embossing powder.
Then I inkblended Distress inks on top : Chipped sapphire, blueprint sketch and wilted violet. for a night sky feel.

I stamped the bat and sentiment from Gerda Steiner (bats 4x6) with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink.
The bat on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and the sentiment on a card panel, then I cut out the stitched circle, mine is from Marianne Design, but there are many similar ones across the industry.
I cut the bat out with scissors and then went around the edges with a Memento marker to neaten it all up.

Mounted the card panel with foamtape, adhered it to the cardbase and tucked the bat underneath, supporting him also with foamtape.

As I mounted the panel with foamtape you can see the inkblending from the side, I didn't mask it out this time, but you can if it bothers you.

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

AAA cards challenge #98, with video

This fortnight the theme at AAA cards challenges is: creatures great or small.

Our sponsor for this challenge: Happy Little stampers. and you could win a $20 gift certificate

For my card I used the butterfly beauty stamp set from Concord & 9th.
It's already intricate when you stamp it in one color, but I chose to use two Memento inks: Love letter and Dandelion and for the other Teal zeal and Licac posies.

I think it makes the butterflies more interesting.
The sentiment is from the same set and i stamped it, as well as the body, with Versafine onyx black ink.

Some generic brand rhinestones and enamel dots to add some sparkle.

For the one sin the video I used Memento Angel pink and Rose bud.

For the embossed one I used Wow! embossing powders taffeta pinks, florida sunset and black twinkle.

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

Thursday, August 31, 2017

MFT sketch challenge

This week I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things challenge, and it's a sketch.

I stamped the Space explorer images onto Crafter's Companion Neenah paper, cut them out and colored them with Spectrum Illustrator and Noir markers.

for the background I masked off a rectangle and applies Distress inks ( chipped sapphire, blueprint sketch and wilted violet) I think these work together so well as the blues have a purple hue in them. Then I splattered Dylusions spray white linen, brushed pewter and Talens ecoline white onto "space".
I didn't really go all out on a galaxy this time as I though I'd use just a few layers in the planet and astronaut.for the bar at the
bottom I masked it off again and applied Distress inks hickory smoke. It's not a solid bar as in the sketch, but I think you can see it. I wanted it to look like the door of the spaceship is open and the explorer is wandering out into space. I hope that comes across.

The sentiment is from the same set and I stamped it with my Stampers Friend and Versafine onyx black ink.
Applied foamtape to the little guy and the planet and taperunner to the stars, I know they're inside, but I figured they could be posters, I mean you have to embellish rockets too ;-)

For more information on the MFT (My Favorite Things) see this

Everyday Christmas #11: embossing with water,with video

For today's card I thought I would show you how you can use water to make the embossing powder stick to your project. And it did, but after heat setting it, I could just wipe it off, not sure if it wasn't wet enough, if it was the paper, or the Wow glow in the dark embossing powder.

For the background I chose on of my recipes and it used Distress ink Chipped sapphire, seedless preserves and  mustard seed.

The blue and purplish red with blend perfectly, the purplish red and the yellow not so  much. My trick is to saturate the paper well with the yellow and then go back with a light hand of seedless preserves.
then I let it dry completely, even used the heat gun. This is important of the embossing powder will just stick to every wet bit. which makes the next step even it usually sticks everywhere, why not on my water droplets? I splattered clean water with a brush and sprinkled the embossing powder on top, then heat set it and I could just wipe it all off...So I opened the Ranger emboss it dabber and splattered that ink onto the card and repeated the process.
The glow in the dark embossing powder works better with a light background, so I should probably have started with that...oh well...
I diecut the memory box enchanted deer collage from 110 pounds cardstock and stamped the sentiment on the from. It's from Studio light (sl154), with Versafine onyx black ink.

Then mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the card.

Saturday, August 26, 2017


The Simon Says Stamp work it Wednesdays  challenge is to use our favorite stamp as Stemptember is about to commence. It also runs for two months this time.

In The Netherlands, Action stores sell the brand Craft Sensations, they're sold elsewhere too, not sure where though, UK for sure. (ref no. CR0360K/A).

Anyway you can make this card with any stamp and coordinating die. Penny Black has similar ones.
I diecut the snowman from a panel to get a  window of some sorts.
Stamped my favorite Merry Christmas stamp (Hero Arts classic Christmas borders). it's an oldie, but I love that font, I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink and heat set it.
Then I stamped the snowman with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink on hot pressed watercolor paper and  colored it with Talens Ecoline. Fixed it with fixative spray, then used the Nuvo shimmer pen (clear gloss on the hat and scarf).
Mounted the watercolor panel with red tape and adhered it to the card.
To position it I held it behinde the panel and pressed both down.
Mounted the panel with foam tape so you get depth behind the opening.

For more information the Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesdays, or to play along, see this.

Back to school

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is : back to school, showcasing Avery Elle products.

For my card I used the Avery Elle party bus and the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp back to school set.
I stamped both with Versafine onyx black ink on hot pressed watercolor paper.
I usually use the intense black from SSS but it's going dry and I forgot how I didn't really like Versafine on wc paper...but hey I rolled with it, stamped in on the back as well, the  Talens Ecoline and also Distress inks tends to wick out when I use this stamping ink, not sure why.

I colored the party bus yellow as I thought it would look like a schoolbus of sorts and the
kids are just happy to go back...

Added some washi tape on the bottom as the wc panel in narrower and mounted the panel with foamtape to the cardbase.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, or to play along, see this

using real objects...

..that's the challenge this week over at Less is More.
For my real objects I thought to pull out my buttons again. Haven't used them in ages, so thank you LiM!
At first I wanted to make a bear (polar bear would have been nice) but I didn't have the right colors and or sizes, so whilst rummaging in the button collection I came across these pretty butterflies and I thought I could use them on my card, and I did lol.

I stamped the grass border from Joy Crafts in Memento gray flannel as well as the sentiment from Clearly Besotted (brushed greetings 2).
AS I like thinking of you cards to be subdued and tranquil, with just a pop of color that is provided by my cute buttons, I attached
them with glue dots.

Coming up with the card took longer than making it ;-)

For more information on the Less is More challenge, or to play along, see this

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Woodware party pigs, with video and Ali Express haul

I tried to find as many of the dies as I could, some are gone really quickly but others appear with many different sellers.

They disappear quickly, I put an item in my favorites one day and the next it's no longer available, so I'm sorry if any links aren't working anymore.

The other items are two stampsets from Woodware: succulents and party pigs.
I picked them from a catalog my craftstore gave me....dangerous stuff...there was no size, but the price was the same as the Woodware flowers, so I ordered them and found that there's one too many pigs to fit on a standard card size.
So I started by scoring and folding a full size sheet in half, then measured it to the envelope and stamp and it turned out almost 9 inches long! 22.5cm and 10,5cm tall.

I also had a little panic attack as I was worried it wouldn't fit in my Stampers friend tool, but it did, phew...
I used Simon Says Stamp intense black and as it was a new stamp I had to stamp it three or four times. I heat set the ink after that as there were many layers of ink,but it still smudged a bit. It tends to do that more with particular colors, like CR3 that I used and yellow, remember my teeny bikini coloring?

I left the smudges in, I can see them, but any recipient, won't look that closely, I'm sure or I'll say "hey they're pigs, it's mud ;-) "
I used Spectrum Noir markers and Nuvo Shimmer pen (clear gloss) in the glasses/shades.
The sentiment is from the same set.
I didn't ground the pigs with any color as I felt they're jumping in the air with joy, exp the tilted one.

Squirrel, fox and raccoon set

Cartoony Batman

Spiderman head

Penguin set is no longer available from this seller

Cartoony helicopter 

Pick up pencils

Sunday, August 20, 2017

AAA Cards Challenge #97: masking, with video

The AAA cards Challenge #97 this fortnight is : masking.

Our sponsor this week is:Stamplorations - $15 gift certificate the winner + $5 gift certificates each to 2 randomly drawn participants + 10% coupon offer for players.

I don't have a striped stencil, if you do, please feel free to use that. Instead I made my own masking with Inkadinkado masking paper and I cut 1 cm strips.

I measured and marked 1cm stripes on the card base with a pencil.

I then put on all the masking paper bits.
If you have finger daubers, you probably don't need to mask off as much as I had to with my mini ink blending tools.
I also messed up the first card, see video if you want to know how ;-)

I used Distress inks for my ombre rainbow. The ombre starts on the left hand side and I wanted the colors to fade into the white.
I use: candied apple, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, twisted citron, mermaid lagoon, chipped sapphire and wilted violet.

After all the ink blending I peeled of the masking paper and erased the pencil lines.

For the sentiment I used a Simon Says Stamp set called You matter and used two bits to make "happy birthday to you". I used Versafine onyx black ink for this. Heat set it.

Then I pulled out some homemade enamel dots and also homemade glue dots and stuck them to the card.

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

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Masculine card

The Male room challenge this time is: drinks.

For my card I Stamped the beer mug from Simon Says Stamp (adult beverages) with Simon Says Stamp hybrid black ink on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and I colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers.

Then I used a Versamark pen to add "foam" to the beer by using Wow! Diamond white embossing powder.

The sentiment is from Riley & company (RWD 551) and I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink.

Mounted the colored panel on a cardbase with tape runner

For more information on the Male room challenge, see this

I'm also adding it to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, that is bling and I thought my glittery foamt would be enough bling bling ;-)