Saturday 30 April 2016

Happy for you both

The Addicted to CAS challenge #87 is all about plaid.

So I went through my stash of patterned paper (again..twice in one day...oh my) and used a grey toned one and a pink/yellow toned one.
I die cut the doggie twice from the cardpanel, to make him/her face each other I turned the paper round, if you get up really close you can see one had the nice rounded edge and the other a sharp edge, but hey, don't look now ;-)

The die is from Marianne Design LR0339 abd the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp (happy 3x4) and I stamped the sentiment with Versafine black onyx ink.
I made the enamel dots with WOW melt-it and embossing powder.

I raised the panel with foamsquares and adhered the plaid panels on the cardbase to give dimension.

My thoughts were to make a boy and a girl dog and the sentiment to  match an engagement, a wedding, a baby, a new house you know for them both ;-) Surpringsly I don't have many plaid patterned papers, found some gingham, some I thought were plaid then on closer look they were chekerboard and some with a too big a pattern, that wouldn't make sense behind the little windows...

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

Masculine? Happy Birthday card

Lucky Dip week 274, the theme over at Less is More is to use Designer paper in a CAS way.

For my card I chose a stripey graduated paper from Craft senstaions (Action) and cut a strip and punched out a few circles.
The circles I placed on gluedots and then covered with Glossy Accents from Ranger.
The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp (birthday balloons) and I stamped it with Versafine black Onyx.

I raised the white panels with foamtape and then placed the designer paper on the foam, connecting the two panels but with height difference, for interest, adhered it all to the cardbase with tape runner.

I think it's suitable for a man, or a woman ;-)

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

Friday 29 April 2016

Just hatched

The Less is More Challenge this week is about St. George, so about heroes, dragons and or Saints.

This is my second entry, usually I restrict myself to one ;-) BUT I just got this super duper cute stampset from Clearly Besotted (hot stuff) and I just had to play with it, I had to! lol

I stamped him on a piece of Schut hotpressed and smooth watercolor paper  (300grms) with StazOn and used Distress inks for my watercoloring (mermaid lagoon, twisted citron, wilted violet, antigue linen and ground espresso).
I then covered the image with Distress glaze as I found my fixative spray and StazOn don't like each other...
The sentiment is also from that set and also StazOn.
Three glossy accent "dew"drops for  no other reason but to connect the image to the sentiment and viceversa.
Mounted the panel with foamtape to the cardbase.

I made the dragon blue as I was picturing a baby boy card, and as I believe dragons can be any color I will go make a pink/lilac one next ;-)
For more information on the Less is More Challenge, see this

Thursday 28 April 2016

Birthday Balloons

To suit the Cas Colours & Sketches Challenge, sketch I diecut a pair of circles from the cardpanel and then handcut the knot thingies, not sure if they have a name, but bottom things ;-)
I lined the panel with a bright blue and bright red piece of card and adhered it all to the cardpanel.

I tried mounting the panel with foam, but as there's little room you would have been able to see the edges and that's not good.

Three dots of glossy accents and a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp (birthday Balloons)

This was my second version, the first i made with a Simon Says Stamp stencil (dotted circles) and I inked through it with Ranger Dye inks (raspberry sorbet and lavender field), concentrating the color in the middle, fading out to the sides so the curve from the sketch would show.
I used the curved sentiment from the same Birthday Balloons set, but I messed up the stamping and I thought it was too empty, I like CAS but this wasn't it ;-) ( I leaned it up to this card for the photo, as it's still only a panel, with an empty back )

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

You rocket!

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: anything goes with Stampendous products.

So for my card I used the image and sentiment from Stampendous set Changito in space.
The rocket I stamped with Memento on Neenah solar white card and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers, then I cut him out.
The sentiment is white heat embossing on a black panel I had splattered with white picket fence Distress spray stain I think the black looks like space and the white splatter like stars.

For the rocket trail I cut out a shape from scrap paper and filled it with Multi medium matte, then adhered all sorts of sequins confetti and even the tiniest nail art stars and hearts.

Mounted the rocket with a double layer of foam tape. Adhered the black panel onto a white cardbase.

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

I have made a similar card before and there's a video to go with it.

Wednesday 27 April 2016

Aluminium tape from the hardwarestore on a card?

Sure, why not? ;-)
I found this tape in my local DIY store and I thought it was pretty, I think it's for pipes as airconditioning  and such, not sure, but it's essentially tinfoil with a sticky back.

Now diecutting went fine, but peeling off the backing made the whole shape collapse, so I started again and tried to stick down one little bit, peel off more, and stick it down as well, this worked better, but the foil is so thin I've torn it anyway.
Ok so the flowers are not perfect, but then which ones are in nature? Mine certainly are not, usually because of bigs and slugs :-(

Back to the card: i've swiped Distress inks (picked raspberry, mowed lawn, squeezed lemonade and carved pumpkin) onto some heavy weight cardstock and stuck the flowers on top (Simon Says Stamp single roses) and then cut them out.
Mounted them with foamtape on different levels. I used the left over bits of colord cardstock to punch some circles, slathered those with Wink of Stella and then covered them with Glossy Accents to m ake enamel dots like embellishments, attached those with gluedots.

For the Small hello die (Alss Simon Says Stamp) I left the backing and just dotted some glue on the back and adhered it to the

The Monday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is to show metal, and I think I nailed it ;-)
The Work it Wednesdays Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is about using flowers.

P.S. the flash of my SRL camera died :-( can we have a moment for it please? I craft at nigth a lot and I kind of need one, so I'm so sad. Even during the day it's so grey and dull and dark sometimes, not sure how I wil cope...

Monday 25 April 2016

cards #998, 999, 1000, 1001 and 1002!

So I reached the 1000th card mark and I wanted to do a giveaway if I also would reach 100 subscribers on Youtube around the same time. As of now I have 91, so I will wait a little until I reach a nice even number everywhere ;-)

Ok for the cards: I made the pink one for the AAA challenge and then set on to make 3 more, a blue one, but also a minty green and a lilac one in case you don't know what sex the baby will have.
Almost made a yellow one too, maybe later..shaker cards take a long time!

Thank you for following thus far, it's a shame the numbers didn't match up at the same time, somehow I feel the party popper fizzed
Anyway onwards to 100 Youtubies

Dino Shaker

For game #63 over at AAA cards, the theme is CAS Shakers.

For my card I used and outline die of a dinosaur, that is actually supposed to be used for building a dino (see pictures below).
I used this dino set a lot this week, must be new lol ;-)
Actually started with another card, yellow and red circles, reminded me too much of Captain America, so binned it.

At Christmas I made another CAS Shaker, and I kinda forgot about it, so I almost made the exact same one..until I remembered ;-)

So now asimple shaker window raised with two layers of foam and filled with three colors of seed beads.
I thought sequins would be too bulky.
I drew in an eye with a Sharpie, to make him/her more life like.
The dieset is from Marianne design collectables (col 1400) and the sentiment is from Inkadinkado (welcome baby) and I stamped it with Versafine black ink.
I put a piece of pink cardstock behind the window, to reinforce the shape.
Going to make a blue one now ;-) kinda digging them lol...

For more information on the AAA Cards Challenge, see this

Updated April 25th with video

Saturday 23 April 2016

I choo choo choose you

The Inkspirational challenge #107 is all about vehicles.
So for my card I used the Create a smile stampset called Whimsical wheels to stamp the locomotive and caboose and the sentiment.
The little clouds are actually the rocks from Lawn Fawn's Critters from the past..ssst don't tell anyone ;-)...

I stamped the images with StazOn so I could use Distress inks to watercolor them on Schut 300grams Hotpressed smooth watercolor paper.
(I've used mermaid lagoon, mustard seed, mixed them to get a green and some weathered wood for the clouds) I wanted to keep the number of colors down to a minimum for a tranquil card.
The caboose is filled with glittery nuggets, I made those with Wow! melt-it powder and Wow! embossing powder, used gluedots to adhere them.
The sentiment is stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Zing white embossing powder. Sadly I
don't have a super fine white powder yet. The sentiment is still legible, but I would have liked it to be more detailed.

Mounted the sentiment strip with foamtape and added a strip of black to the cardbase as my watercolorpaper paenls are always slightly narrower than the bases.

Also mounted the watercolor panel with foamtape.

For more information on the Inkpsirational challenge, see this

Real friends hear what you're NOT saying

Or words to that extend is the sentiment on that card, depicting a dragon and a bird who are friends in my imagination ;-)
It's foe the Less is More Challenge for St. George's day: Saints, Dragons and Heroes.

I stamped the Wild Rose studio stamp (dragon and bird cl488) in Memento Tuxedo black in and coloured him with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers.
The sentiment is from Joy! Crafts (6410/0010) and I stamped it in Versafine black ink.
I used Neenah Solar white cardstock to make the front panel and adhered it with tape runner, so it looks like a one layer card but the markers won't show on the inside.

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

Thursday 21 April 2016

You're dino-mite!

The Cas Colours & Skaetches #170 is a colour challenge.

For my card I used the sentiment from Lawn Fawn critters from the past and the Marianne design die set Col 1400. I got it this afternoon on purpose for this card, well I wanted it for a while, but it just made sense

I used dark brown ( for the choclate chip) for the eyes, spots and spine and toenails, pink for one and blue for the other dinosaur.

To ground them  I sponged on Ground Espresso from Distress inks in a disorderly fashion, splodgy on purpose so with would look like a dust trail (if that's what they call it), you know those big clouds of dust/sand you see in Westerns ;-).

Mounted the critters with foamtape, it's a 6"x6" inch card as the critters are big and I wanted loads of empty CAS space.

For more information on the Cas Colours & Sketches Challenge, see this

For Mama

The Wednesday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is: make it girlie with Hero Arts.

Now I'm not a frilly, lace, ribbon kinda girlie girl, so this was quite challenging for me.
So instead I made my stamp girlie by giving it lashes and a bow.

The elephants are from Hero Arts  (lil hoot) and I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo black ink, the bow is from Lawn Fawn (monster mash) and the sentiment is from Crealies (tekst & zo nrD09) also stamped in Memento tuxedo black. The lashes are just made with a black Sharpie.

I stamped the images on Neenah solar white, so I could color it with my Spectrum Noir markers.
I used a stitched outlined die ( Marianne design cr1360), mounted it with a double layer of foamtape.
The cardbase I adorned with a Hero arts stamp (stamp it floral cm001 with little gemstones I used up already lol and Ranger dye inks:  grape soda,wild orchid and pink gumball) I placed three purple rhinestones flower for extra glamour and a bit of Wink of Stella on the bow. 

See usually I would stamp the scene in a corner and leave the rest empty as a true Cas addict, but I went all out for the SSS Wednesday Challenge haha..

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

Tuesday 19 April 2016

Thank you 3 compartment shaker card

This card is for the Sparkle and Shine challenge, where the inspiration comes from the challenge photo.

To make the card I started with ehat embossing the sentiment from Technique Tuesday and then diecut the Simon Says Stamp single roses from the lilac cardpanel and again from white cardstock.
I then attached acetate with taperunner and mounted a single layer of foamtape, usually I do two rows, but I wanted a slender card.
I placed all kinds of (PPP) sequins in the openings, I made sure to separate the three
roses, so I could choose different colors from the challenge photo. 
I attached another piece of acetate to close the shaker, I find this easier than trying to fit the cardbase onto open shaker compartments, with all the static and wobbling, sequins fly off quickly, trust me I've found out the hard way ;-)

I kept the back of the roses white so the sequins would show more, but they all kind off sagged to the bottom :-(
I attached the white diecuts with gluestick.
Homemade enameldot next to the sentiment.

For more information on the Sparkle and Shine Challenge. see this

Window shaker card what's kraken?

For the Lawnscaping challenge #128 we were given a sketch.

I made a see through shaker card, meaning the image is on the inside of the card and the shaker bit is see through to the inside, so acetate on both sides.

For my card I used the Lawn Fawn Loveable legends stampset. 

I started my card by diecutting the rounded window from shimmery blue cardstock and the cardbase (front flap only)
I stamped the kraken with Memento tuxedo black on the little negative bit of the diecut as I could tape this to the inside flap of the card without any markers bleeding through the back of the card.
I stamped the sentiment and bubble, that should resemble the two lines of the sketch, with Versafine and heat embossed them with Zing superfine white embossing powder.

I colored the kraken with Spectrum  Noir markers and judging from the photo I should have waited a little bit longer and let it dry a bit more before the photos...I didn't  because I got so excited and wanted to share right away lol...;-).

On the back of the blue card I used taperunner to adhere one of the acetate pieces and one layer of foamtape, I didn't want a really bulky shaker.
I then proceeded to lay each sequin with the right side down, I wanted all the cupped sides facing the front...went well until I started to peel off the foam..they all went flying :-( I fixed some of them and then placed the second piece of acetate to close the shaker.
I put tape runner (ATG gun stuff is really sticky) and tried to align as best as I could the blue and white parts, almost nailed it haha, ah well it's what handmade is all about...once it's stuck, it's stuck.
I placed the colored piece on the inside of the card also with taperunner.

I made the kraken orange as it would really pop against the blue sea. And I chose al kinds of blue sequins, some clear, some silver and teal.
The shaker window is slightly offset to the middle as in the sketch, I couldn't make it smaller as I wanted the whole kraken to show, but if I had these pierced border ones in round I might have used those as kind of a porthole.

For more information on the LawnScaping challenge, see this

Update May 1st:

Golden Butterfly beauty

Yesterday, whilst working on the other butterfly beauty card (see below) I was wondering how it would look embossed in different gold tones (Wow! metallic copper, metallic brass, pearl gold sparkle and Papermania gold)
It was 11 p.m. and I didn't want to make the noise with my heat gun, I  have downstairs neighbours.
Today at 11 a.m. I thought it would be OK. ;-)
I used Versamark to stamp all the Simon Says Stamp butterflies and just did one color at the time so not to mix the powders, but also to get the overlay feeling. The metallics
being opaque gives a very different look than the rainbow one and I had to think more carefully about which colors to place where.

Same Congratulations die cut, also Simon Says Stamp with Stick-it on the back.
The enamel dots are also Wow! embossing powder (cha cha cha with Melt-it powder).
I had some in that pearl gold sparkle, but it was all too samey.
On the inside I wanted to emboss "tying the knot" from the Simon Says Stamp stampset
"congratulations" but I decided against it, as this gold colored one could also be an anniversary (50 years? I don't know) or being employed for so long etc...But any congrats occasion would work ofcourse.

My cat Tjeerd was a good little helper, first when I was trying ot photograph the card, then when I opened the drawer where I keep the envelopes and giftwrap and handmade stickers etc...well I say helping....but he's so cute, you just have to smile, because he's purring so loud it's impossible to be mad at him ;-) I moved him to a box now and he's

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this.
card I made and entered yesterday:

Monday 18 April 2016

Butterfly beauty

Butterfly beauty is the theme over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

For my card I used the Simon Says Stamp butterfly stampset and the congratulations die, also from Simon Says Stamp.

For stamping my grouping of butterflies I used Ranger dye inks ( grape soda,Caribbean coast, electric lime, classic cherry, cheese puff, lemon twist)

I diecut the sentiment oout of black cardstock lined with Stick-it, so it's easier to adhere to the card.
Homemade enamel dots with WoW! melt-it powder (clear is just melt it powder, then embossing powders chartreuse, red apple, lagoon, parma violet)

While working on it, I thought gold and copper and brass embossed butterflies might be very cool, but it's 11p.m. and I don;t want to make noise with the heatgun, so it'll have to wait untill the morning ..I'm such a good upstairs;-)

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

Sunday 17 April 2016

Happy Birthday by Simon Says Stamp

The Monday Challenge ove at Simon Says Stamp is: April shower bring May flowers.

For my card I used the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp (birthday balloons)
and the wide gold foild striped background is from the Simon Says Stamp May 2015 card kit (I think My Mind's eye).
Red glitter strip to pick up on the flowers.
These flowers stamp and dies were from Action.I colored them with Spectrum Noir markers.
mounted them in different heights with foamtape.
I like black sentiments, I usually go for black, but maybe this needed to be gold...hmmm...maybe ;-) So I heat embossed it with gold from Papermania.

I added a few homemade enamel dots I made with WOW! melt it powder, I'm so addicted to them, they're fabulous, I used melt it powder and Apple red to create them.

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