Wednesday 29 June 2016

It's a kind of magic! with video

Do you know that song?
I made this magic card, I don't know if they have a proper name, I call it magic.

I think any kid would be so enthralled by this, I know I was when I saw them first. Apparently I'm also 3 years late to the party, but hey still fabulous.

The Wednesday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is anything goes with Art Impressions.

It so happened I used an Art Impression stamp called Wildly cute and I Stamped with Memento black in onto Copic X-press blending card. Colored it with Spectrum Noir markers.

I also made two videos for it, a coloring one and an assembly one.
It's a bit hard to explain it in words, so if you're
interested, please check out the videos.

I like my cards CAS and this is the ultimate CAS card I think, all white, you can change that with a color or patterned paper ofcourse.

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

Video for the assemble of the card:

Video for the coloring of the image: 

Sunday 26 June 2016

How to choose patterned paper, with video

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, is: use patterned paper.
The Virginia's view challgen is: make it colorful.

I'm not 100% sure if colorful means all the colors of the rainbow or just bright and cheerful colors like my card, a nice lime green background and a pop of orange, I think that's colorful ;-)
Still CAS ofcourse haha, sorry!

I used the Simon Says Stamp painted Hello and diecut it from a panel.
Then cut a green panel with small daisies to fit the cardbase and adhered it with tape runner.
I mounted the panel with lots and lots of foam squares and placed it on top.

I wanted something powerful, but not too busy, I m ade a video on how I choose my patterned paper this week, and used that very method for this card. Too pale a background it wouldn't make the sentiment pop, but too busy a paper the sentiment would become illegible, so I went through my stash twice and then chose these two, generic brand ones.

I used the Simon Says stamp butterfly die with the orange paper with butterflies and glitter, only put tape runner in the middle so I could pop up the wings a little.

Homemade enameldots.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this
For more informtion on the Virginia's view challenge, see this

Saturday 25 June 2016

rainbow hello

The Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge, is: add some shimmer with Lindsy's stamp gang.
The Less is More Challenge #282 is: use a stencil.

So for my card I made a stencil with a Tim Holtz/Sizzix die (660220). I cut it twice from some printer paper so it would cover the whole front of the card.

I then sponged through Distress inks with the mini blending tool in a rainbow order ( candied apple, carved pumpkin, squeezed lemonade, twisted citron, mowed lawn, mermaid lagoon and wilted violet).
I covered them with Perfect Pearls to give it shimmer, you can't see much of in the photo :-(

I diecut a butterfly from Joy! crafts from black cardstock backed with stick it.
I then took my Versamark marker to add some Lindsy's stamp gang  embossing powder (imperial crown purple
gold). I wanted a distressed looking butterfly, like it's rusting (purple rust that would be fab!)

I also diecut the Simon Says Stamp painted hello from the same black cardstock with Stick it.
Cut the panel slightly smaller than the cardfront and adhered it with tape runner.

If I had used a thicker cardstock I could have used the leftover stencil as a card too, but it's too flimsy now.

I've been really busy in my allotment garden,
weeds everywhere! too much rain then sun and heat made it all explode! So last week I skipped almost all the challenges I usually take part in and this week I had to choose. But look what I made yesterday with all homegrown produce (english cucumber, peas, haricot verts, green and red pepper and garlic) and store cupboard stuff like pasta and pesto.

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

Thursday 16 June 2016

Watercolored cats

Over at Simon Says Stamp, the Wednesday Challenge is animal magic with Paper Smooches.

I saw that Simon Says Stamp now Carries Royal Talens ecoline..woot for you!
So I used my ecoline.
I've onlyused three colors ( magenta 337, deep ochre 407 and black 700)
I usually transfer color from the glass bottles to the icecube trays you can see in the photo.
One it's easier to take with you, glass is fragile and two because I don't want to contaminate the color in the bottles.
They do dry up in the icecube trays, but you can reactivate them with water, if anything the colors become even more vibrant than they already are.

Big reason I love them so much is the transparency and vibrancy of their colors. I've had mine for many decades,
I kid you not. I didn't use them all the time, but now and then ;-)

Ok let me say I'm not being paid for this ;-) I just love them and I am happy that  my Amercian friends can now also get them easily.

Onto the card:
I've used Simon Says Stamp furry kisses 3x4 for the cats and I stamped them with My Favorite Things hybrid black ink onto Schut 300grams watercolorpaper with the use of the MISTI and the SSS MISTI grid.

I used Ecoline to color them and also for the splatter that I thought might look like confetti.

The sentiment is from Paper Smooches (fun and flitry) and I stamped it with Versafine black ink.

I've mounted the panel with foamt tape and added a few enamel dots.

I almost did two black cats as mine are, but I thought it might look a bit boring on a card, so that's why one is in ochre ;-)
For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this

Sunday 12 June 2016

foiled splatter

The theme over at Less is More #280 is: one layer and splatter.

Now I had big troubles with this card.
First I tried it on panels to see how it would look.
The first idea was to do negative splatter, by splattering liquid frisket onto watercolour paper and them spraying it with Distress spray stain.
I think in the back of my head I knew it wouldn't work with the cheaper watercolourpaper. I use this for backgrounds and or techniques, usually doesn't matter, but I saw the spray stain was seeping underneath the frisket as the paper is very open in structure and the splatter effect dissapeared completely on the small dots and upon peeling up the frisket I tore off the upper layer :-(.

Then I tried the reactive mist for foiling from Heidi Swapp. I used the nozzle to splatter.
I let it dry all day and when I came to laminate them the blue still kinda dragged the medium, I guess the dots were too big/fat. One panel I foiled the backside and so the glue reheated in the laminator and got stuck to the carrier paper. I don't have the carrier sheets from Minc, but I'd advise not to use it anyway, you might ruin it with rogue spray ;-)...

it wasn't a great crafty day for my yesterday ;-)....

But I like the lookof this foiled thing, it must be more CAS though.
So I redid the splatter but I masked off the upperhalf of the cardand the backside and to deifne the space further I wrapped a ribbon around the card and onto the inside, I used tape runner to keep it in place.
The sentiment is from Impression Obsession and I
stamped it with Versafine black onyx.

I let this splatter dry all night and all today, just until now, so about 24 hours! I think the reactive mist needs that. Infact I've found a panel from 2 weeks ago and it still foiled (not in the picture).

I'm glad I did test runs on panels before commiting a whole card. This is normal cardstock by the way 300grams.
The foil is from Wow! (fab foil purple) and the ribbon is a generic brand.

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

Saturday 11 June 2016

You are all kinds of wonderful

I just had a duh moment...The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is about the summer garden featuring Paper Artsy, But I read Paper Smooches before, so I used them...ah well dyslexia sometimes comes out to play ;-)

Anyway for my card I used some cheaper watercolor paper, a stencil from Hero Arts (bold floral) and Distress inks.

I used the technique you can see in the video for a different card.
Basically it's covering the stencil with Distress inks, spraying that with water and them press the watercolor paper into it.

I cut a strip of black cardstock, and heat embossed it with white embossing powder from Zing.
Wrapped it around the panel and mounted the panel with foamtape onto a cardbase.

I wanted to recreate some of the chaos going on in my allotment garden at the moment, more jungle than garden, but I love that actually!

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

Wednesday 8 June 2016

You're my favorite human shaker card with video

For my father on father's day I made him a shaker card with a goldfish. He actually keeps Koi carps, but hey...still fish lol, cousins I believe.
Anyway..I chose a stitched circle die to make my window as it could be a fishbowl or a porthole or alike. I cut it from white cardstock and bluefoam.
I  stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches (fun and flirty) with Versafine onyx black ink.
Then I made a underwater world backdrop to the window by sponging on Tim Holtz Distress inks and Spray Stains and some water.
I stamped the algea with green Ranger dye inks, let it dry.
I then assembled the shaker portion by mounting the cardpanel to a piece of acetate, then the foam for the pocket.
I chose blue foam as it would be more interesting from the side, you know if you make dimension it's ok to see it I think ;-).

I filled the shaker with sequins and glitter and confetti in blue, green, teal and white tones.

Mounted the backdrop and then attached this to the cardbase.

The goldfish is from Hero Arts (color layering goldfish) and I also stamped it with Ranger dye inks and then also with Versamark so I could heat emboss it with Wow! cha cha cha glitter powder as if it has shiny scales a fish should have, attached it to the card with taperunner.

On the inside I stuck the second fish you see in the video and the sentiment from Crafter's companion (popcorn the bear) voor vaderdag (for father's day) I forgot to take a photo and it's in a sealed envelope already for next week's posting ;-)

I think it's OK for a guy/father but I wouldn;t mind getting it either, maybe with a purple fish lol

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

For more information on the Word art Wednesday Challenge, see this

For more information on the Cropstop challenge, see this

Monday 6 June 2016

Purple Hello

The Less is More Challenge #279 is: purple.
The Inkspirational Challenge #110 is: text.

Now most people used a text background stamp for Inkspirational, which was my first idea too, but, ofcourse, I had to be different in some way ;-)

I started with purple glitterpaper diecuts of some butterflies, discarted that idea, when  flicking trough my die storage bin, I came across this die from Simon Says Stamp (big hello).

I could have diecut a piece of purple glitter paper, but I chose to make life a little more complicated and custom ;-)..

I cut a piece of printerpaper to the size of the die, then covered both sides with Elizabeth Crafts double sided adhesive tape.
Placed the die, taped it in place and ran it through the Bigshot, quite a few times, although the printerpaper was thin, the release paper on the adhesive is quite tough. Left it in the die.

I cut a cardpanel, 1 cm smaller than the cardbase and peeled off the back of the diecut and, using the stiffness of the die, I positioned it on the cardpanel and  released it from the die bit by bit.
Then peeled off the top layer or releasepaper and scattered three purplecolored glitter onto the exposed adhesive. I wanted to acchieve some sort of ombre from a magenta through to deeppurple. Rubbed the glitter well to make sure it stays put ;-)

Placed two rhinestones at either side.

Sunday 5 June 2016

Dainty flowers

Cas Colours & Sketches Challenge #176.

For my card I sued the Paper Smooches die Dainty flowers. I adhered Stick-it to the back of the white ones, if I had thought ahead I would also have done that for the inserts...but cut them out with the Bigshot.

For the colors I used Distress inks (picked raspberry, spunsugar and squeezed lemonade) and just swiped the inkpads onto cardstock and then die cut those out as well.

Stuck the white borders onto the bardbase and inset all the coloured pieces, messed ou the yellow one with too much glue, tried to fix it with a damp cloth then and reaser, wasn't pretty ;-) But it actually looks worse on the picture than in real life phew...

Sentiment is from Craft Emotions (gefeliciteerd-nl) and I stamped it with Versafine black onyx.
I tried fossilized amber and mustard seed Distress inks too, but I found them too dark.

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

Update June 16th:

AAA cards Challenge game #66: watercolour

AAA cards Challenge game #66: watercolour

I love watercolouring as you might know. This time I used Talens Ecoline a liquid watercolouring medium, with vibrant and transparent colours.

Very vibrant! on Schut  Terschelling watercolour paper (rough).

I stamped the cat from Katzelkraft (les chat russe) with My Favorite Things  hybrid black ink.

The sentiment is from Carft Emotions (gefeliciteerd-nl), I stamped that with Versafine right on the cardbase.
I mounted the watercoloured panel with foamtape.

Very easy card. This square was left over from cutting up 40x50cm watercolour paper into cardsize chunks. I stamped all of them (12) and the cardbases as well, so I've been busy for a few days, but this one just fit the challenge perfectly and I had to use my beloved grumpy cat ofcourse.

Hartelijk gefeliciteerd means something like congratulations from the heart or heartfelt, or something that translates to that ;-).

I didn't use a Happy birthday stamp for some reason I would have "" the happy ;-) "happy" birthday lol...

Anyway for more information on the AAA cards Challenge game #66: watercolour, see this

  here's a few more I did whilst watching tv yesterday: