Saturday 31 October 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 29 October 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

Saturday 24 October 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 ;-)

Thursday 22 October 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 21 October 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 18 October 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 16 October 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 15 October 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 12 October 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)

Sunday 11 October 2015

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #145

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #145.

I deleted my other entry, it's still here on the blog as people left me nice comments and I like that they took the trouble to come over. But I looked and looked at it and I just didn't like it anymore.

So I  made a new card. I'm really happy with this one!

Instead of that dreadful floss or twine or thread I had I made a circle with splatters.
And for my "tags" I used two feathers from Simon Says Stamp exclusive feathers die, the sentiment is also from them and it's called small hello.

lilac, purple and glod glitter paper.
gold ecoline ( a liquid watercolor) Distress brushed pewter and metallic purple for the splatters.
For more information on the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge, see this

Addicted to CAS Challenge #74: sparkle

 Addicted to CAS Challenge #74: sparkle.
I've used a Dutchdoobadoo stencil to apply translucent embossing paste from Wendy Vecchi.
Before applying the paste I mixed in some iridescerent glitter and a tiny bit of blue glitter.

For my first card I applied tumbled glass Distress ink before the medium, then, because I hade some paste left over I used that on my second card, and I liked  it so  much more, I made that my entry to the challenge, one layer as well. the other I matted.

the sentiment is from Hero Arts classic Christmas borders, I heat embossed it in silver and whilst the embossing was still "wet"i sprinkled the same iridescerent glitter on, some stuck, most of it is on me ;-)
the other blue sentiment is a toatally teal glitter embossing powder from WOW!

For  more information on the Addicted to CAS Challenge, see this

Less is More challenge #245: autumn

Less is More challenge #245: autumn.

for me autumn is about mushrooms and Thanksgiving, Halloween,. Altough we don;t celebrate the latter two the Netherlands, I thought I could combine my mushroom stamp with a thank you.

the image is from Ranger Dylusions (mushroom madness), the thanks is from the Simon Syas stamp set Friends, and the so mush is a partial stamped sentiment from Lawn Fawn's gleeful garden.

All stamped with Memento black ink and coloured with coloured pencils.
the white spots are white enamel accents from Ranger.
I found colouring with my pencils on this paper quite hard and with my glasses on it looked fine, but when I go into photoediting software and zoom in, not so much anymore, had the same with my nails, thinking they look nice until you take a picture....I need a magnifying lense stat!

anyway hope you still like it,..

for more information on the Less is More challenge #245: autumn, see this

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: CAS Christmas card with Memory Box

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: CAS Christmas card with Memory Box.

I made a shaker card, I think Shakers can be CAS.

I  diecut the Memorybox die swirl ornament out of black cardstock I made into a sticker with Double sided adhesive.

I used the Happy stampset from Simon Says Stamp and Memento black ink  for the sentiment.

Acetate for the window and seedbeads for my shaker material in blue tones.
to make the pocket I used white craftfoam.

the other card is pretty much the same but with gold foil for the ornament and gold embossing powder for the sentiment, also from the SSS Happy set.
and purple tones for the shaker material.

I started with the gold one, but I thought this black one would be more CAS, certainly more modern.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: CAS Christmas card with Memory Box, see this

Monday 5 October 2015

Ho Ho Ho Happy Holidays

For the lawnscaping challenge #115: all about sentiments I made a card with a lot of sentiment space.
I diecut ho ho ho several times to create windows onto the cardbase. 
For this I used Lawn Fawn's Finley's ABC.
I also used the Lawn Fawn stampset Winter penguin with it's sentiments, I used Memento black ink to stamp it and colored it all in with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.
To make the background I sprayed blue and purple metallic sprays onto the cardbase, also some brushed pewter and picket fence from Distress inks.
Blasted it with my heattool to dry and then adhered the cardpanel on foamdots for dimension. I repositioned all the O centres too.

For more information on the Lawnscaping Challenge, see this