Monday 30 July 2018

Cold noses, warm hearts

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: Wild things.
The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: Anything goes, showcasing Art Impressions.

For my card I used the Art Impressions Set called Christmas cheer. I stamped it with SSS Intense black ink onto watercolor card and colored it with Talen Ecoline, a fluid watercolor that SSS now carries. Not sure how wild (polar) bears are if they have clothes on and can operate a sled...but let's not go there ;-)

The sentiment is from the same set. I made a snowy hill with glitter paper, it was a yellowish white and well yellow snow,is a no no, so I used a bit of blue Distress ink left on the inkblender to tint it and adhered it to the card.

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

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

Sunday 29 July 2018

diy glitter rulers, with video

I was at the supermarket last week and saw a fabulous glittered ruler, with teal paper (bottom one). I have really cheap rulers from Wibra and at 50cent each I thought I should try and pimp them up.

My rulers have a dip in the centre, so perfect to fill with things.
I've used black glitter card on one, like the one I bought, and the others are made with loose glitter...very messy, but so cool.
In the video I didn't but I made more and I used painters tape to protect the rulers outside the dip...not sure why I didn't think of it from the start, except that I thought I would be more precise.
For my glue I used Creapodge ( a kind of Modge podge) and Glossy Accents. I prefer the Glossy accents to the Creapodge, but you might have better glues. I don't think Multi Medium  Matte is a good idea if you want shiny glitter, cos it will matte them down.

The process is simple, I  made a dam on each side, so the glue wouldn't run off and then filled the dip with the liquid glue and sprinkled glitter on top, pressing it in, then letting it dry over night. And to be sure I added a top coat of Creapodge to seal in all the glitter after I brushed off every bit that was loose. But the glitter that stuck was stuck pretty well, I don;t think you really need a topcoat, except with the paper centre, to protect it.

Thursday 26 July 2018

Craftin Desert Diva creative challenge: designing with dies

 Today’s card  is for the creative challenge (designing with dies/ svgs).
For my card I used the Over the Moon digi stampset and printed her out on marker friendly paper and colored her with alcohol markers. Then cut her and with a white gelpen I gave her a sparkle in her eyes and on the bell a bit of  a shine.
Then I inkblended the background with Distress Oxides and one Versamagic.  I didn’t like the dark at the top, so I printed Sorry on a cardpanel and cut a strip. Mounted that with foamtape at the top. I felt I need sorry to go with my sentiment from Animal Antics, so that worked out nicely.
I diecut the grass from the Outdoor Landscape 2 from a lime green card, the picket fence from white (what else?) and the corn from Harvest border dies set from dark green card, twice.
I then stamped the sentiment with Versafine onyx black ink and to make my scene I adhered the fence to the grass and the corn to the fence with Nuvo Deluxe glue, then  mounted the bottom with foamtape and adhered it to the card.
I adhered the cow with the same Nuvo Deluxe glue.

Materials I’ve used:

Craftin Desert Divas:

Versamagic: Seabreeze


Spectrum Noir markers
Crafter’s Companion Neenah paper

For more inspiration from the other Design Team Members, please visit the Craftin Desert Divas blog

Christmas in July

made it...just...
For today's card I used metallic red holographic card and I diecut the word Christmas from it.
I started with a different idea, I wanted to stack a few colors, but the curly bits in the sentiment kind of halted that idea ;-)
 After diecutting, I fitted the stamp inside the openings and used my Stamper's friend to stamp it with Versafine Onyx black ink, a few times to get a nice black print.
I thought the shiney card was enough "bells and whistles" and wanted a stark contrast.
I stamped directly on the cardbase.
Then added liquid glue to the red panel and adhered it on top.
The red panel I made bigger than the cardbase, so I would have "wiggle" room. Fitting it around the sentiment was the most important thing, the bits that  hung over the edge I just cut off.
I stamped the "wishes" from the same set with Versamark onto black card and heat embossed it with Papermania superfine silver powder and mounted it with foamtape.

I have used Marianne Designs Karin Joan set KJ1719. It comes with the shadow die, so it's slightly bigger than the stamp and that works perfectly for this technique.

Het is nog net Christmas in July en dus heb ik een Kerstkaart gemaakt deze week.
Ik had eerst geprobeerd om weer kleuren te stapelen, maar de krul in de C bijvoorbeeld zorgde ervoor dat je niet de volgende laag can verschuiven zonder het gestempelde woord te bedekken. Dus dat idee heb ik maar opzij gelegd.

Ik heb gebruikt de set van Karin Joan voor Marianne Design KJ1719, voor zowel de stans als het woordje Wishes.

Christmas heb ik gestanst  uit rood holografish karton, onder een speelse hoek. Ik heb het rood groter gehouden dan de witte basis. Dit omdat het plaatsen rondom de stempel het belangrijkste element was en ik evt overhangend karton gewoon kon afsnijden, maar als het te klein is of zelfs dezelfde maat en je moet een beetje schuiven, kun je makkelijk een wit hoekje gaan zien, en dat wilde ik niet.
Na het stansen heb ik het rode karton op de witte basis gelegd en de bijpassende Christmas stempel in de opening gelegd,  en met mijn stampingtool opgepakt en gestempeld met Versafine Onyx black inkt. Een paar keer om een mooie zwarte afdruk te krijgen. Ik vond het rode holografische karton echt Kerst-achtig maar ook best druk en dit geeft een mooi grafisch contrast.
Na het stempelen heb ik met vloeibare lijm het rode karton op de kaart geplakt. Vloeibare (tacky) lijm geeft je een speelruimte om wat te schuiven. Toen het op zijn plek zat heb ik de lijm laten drogen en de randjes die overhingen afgeknipt.

Het woord wishes heb ik met Versamark op zwart karton gestempeld en met Papermania superfine zilver poeder "embossed".
Beetje foamtape erachter en recht op de kaart geplakt, wat de speelse hoek weer versterkt.

Coloring Lili of the Valley - Santa Snoozing, video

Today's card is for the Christmas in July "thing" hehe.
Lili of the Valley had a 50% off sale at the end of June and  I got 8 right at the last moment.
I didn't intend to buy anything, that's why, but 50% off is too good a deal to pass ;-)

You can find all their stamps, now digi only at , they're are very reasonably priced and you have no postage or waiting times, or custom problems. I used Paypal, not sure if there's other methods.

But I got 8 of their fabulous images and I had colored three already, you can see them in the video and I am coloring up Santa Snoozing, with a kitty on his lap and an Elf on the chair, they must have been very tired delivering pressies.. or gearing up to go? you decide.

I used Spectrum Noir and Illustrator markerson the Crafter's Companion Neenah paper.

Tuesday 24 July 2018

Simon Says: Christmas in July Blog Hop!

In honour of Christmas in July and Tim Holtz, Simon Says Stamp has organized a blog hop with loads of inspiration.

So I used Tim Holt products and make a Christmas a heatwave..hehe..I don't mind, because I like making Christmas cards all year round.

For my cards I inkblended Distress oxides and or Versamagics.
For the Tree card I used Iced Spruce, Tumbled glass and Aspen Mist. I spritzed it with water and a water and bleach solution, but my cardstock doesn't play along.
For the second card I sued Tumbled glass, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet and Seabreeze, then on top Cloud white through a circle stencil I made with circle dies. I wanted a bokeh effect.

Then I stamped the images from Stamper Anonymous  (Christmas blueprints cms135) on top with Versamark ink and sprinkled them with Wow! embossing powders ( black twinkle) and heat set it.

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

I also hopped and found 7 presents, but I'm not sure what to do with this info...

Sunday 22 July 2018

Shimmery background

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: Add a little sparkle.
The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: add a diecut/punch, showcasing Birch Press design.

Now I am not 100% sure but I think Birch Press (and Poppy Stamp) are sister companies of Memory Box, and as I have no Birch Press things, I used the Memory Box die called Enchanted deer collage.

I diecut it from a sturdy panel and then stamped the sentiment with Simon Says Stamp Presents and ornaments set.
For the shimmery background I used Distress inks in a variety of blues and lilacs and I watered it down with Shimmer spray from Tsukineko (sparkle ). I layered a few colors on top.
I started with water and a brush, but I switched to the acrylic block stamping, by adding color to the block, spritz it with Shimmer Spray and "stamp" in onto watercolor paper. Heat setting in between.
I think I used: shaded lilac, tumbled glass and peacock feathers on the first layer, but it was too subtle, so then I grabbed wilted violet, picked raspberry, mermaid lagoon and broken china or salty ocean as well.
Mounted the panel with foam tape and  added some sparkle with silver rhinestones, the elliptical ones kinda matched the leaves in the diecut, and I also added rhinestone noses, not red ones as they aren't reindeer, but it hints at Rudolph I think anyway.

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

AAA Cards Challenge #120: Somewhere over the rainbow

This fortnight the challenge is: somewhere over the rainbow.
Our sponsor is Stamplorations.

For my cardbase I masked off the bottom and inkblended Distress inks with mini blending tools (candied apple, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, twisted citron, mowed lawn, mermaid lagoon, wilted violet and picked raspberry. I kind of eyeballed  how wide the colors needed to be to fill the whole bottom, so they're not all the same.
For my image and sentiment I used the Gerda Steiner Moody Unicorns set and I stamped the sentiment with Versafine onyx black ink and the unicorn with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink on the Crafter's Companion Marker paper and I colored him with Spectrum Noir markers.

I mounted the unicorn with some foam tape and adhered him onto the cardbase.

For more information, more examples from the DT member and or to play along the AAA cards Challenge, see this.

You are Jaws-ome..Shark week card, with video

July 22nd marks the start of the 30th  anniversary of Shark Week on Discovery.

I used a set from 2016 by Mary Radher, it's called Suzy 5 and it's still available here and there on Dutch webshops, the Cheapest I found was here. it doesn't say how many are left.

I loved the Craftin Desert Diva one, called Jawsome, which gave me the idea to make my own sentiment. I just placed an order with them and well to get just one more set, it's just too expensive, but you might liek to use it, you can find it here. I didn't remember the sentiment exactly, but the Jaws in it was key, it's so cheesy but so funny.

I stamped the shark on the Crafter's Companion Marker paper and colored her with Spectrum Noir and Illustrator markers.

For the porthole I couldn't use the My Favorite Things one, it was just a bit tight. So I made my own with two nesting dies. I considered using a hand punch to make holes, but I thought I wouldn't be  exact enough to get the spacing and positioning right, so I left that idea.

I also went through my stash in search of images and sentiments, I had some previously colored images like the Pirate girl from MFT and the Bucket with fishes, but I only used the bucket in the end and the proportions weren't right.

I love how the shark is clapping here hand  and it could be like she's happy getting fed those fishes or it's  one of those evil hand gestures, you decide. The shark has eye lashes so I thing it's a she ...
Mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered the colored panel, then adhered the panel to the cardbase.

Added the little bucket and porthole.

Saturday 21 July 2018

Candy Cane Stripes

This fortnight the Less is More Challenge is: ONE layer and stripes.

For my card I used an old Hero Arts set ( Deer 4x6)and I stamped him first with Versamark ink on the cardbase. Then I used Wow! Embossing powder pale rich gold and heat set it.

I then placed a circular mask on top and stamped the stripes with Memento Lady bug ink.
Because of the mask it didn't stamp 100% around the edges, but I like the distressed look, so I left it.
Tried to wipe the red ink off the gold (emboss resist) bit I forgot the openings, so the white stripes went a little pink...but;s all good.

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

Thursday 19 July 2018

Craftin Desert divas- designer creative challenge: let's get coloring

Today’s card is all about adding color, with coloring. I used my alcohol markers and Distress Oxides for this.
I printed the digi I got as a freebie as I’m a subscriber to the digiclub. I then cut it out and colored her with my markers and mounted her with foamtape.
For the alcohol markers, my method is : laying down a nice juicy foundation all over the segment I'm coloring with the lightest color, then I add the shades with the darkest, blend those out with the middle color and the middle with the lightest again. Sometimes I only use two shades.
On the cardbase I made “waves” with the Sorted Shapes 1 stencil and Mermaid Lagoon, I wanted some sort of ombre effect, so it looks like shimmery water. The Sorted shapes 2 stencil has actual waves on it, but I didn’t buy it (yet).
I stamped the sentiment from Say it Big with Versafine onyx black ink.
Added a few sequins from the Bubblegum mix. Mounted the cupcake on top. I liked the idea of the flamingo on an island or a nest in the water, but if you prefer it could be a tablecloth lol.

Materials used:
Craftin Desert Diva
Flamingo Cupcake: freebie with Digi Club Subscription
Stencil Sorted Shapes 1:
Digi club a monthly subscription :

Spectrum Noir markers and paper

Partial diecutting letter dies and making your own patterned paper, with videos in Dutch and English

Today's card is the third version, I had Versafine accidents...a lot!
I started my card by tracing a pencil line on a piece of card, it was white first, but I swapped it for a shimmery brown as I thought it would stand out much better, and it did.
I put the cutting plate on the part I want to cut up to the pencil line. I made sure the letters stick out under the pencil line a little, so that part wouldn't cut.
Then I used my craft knife to cut out the bits in between the letters, see video, it's easier to see than to explain ;-).

For the background I put all the word stamps from the Karin Joan set KJ1721 onto the lid of my Stamping tool. I used the angle of the ruler to get the angle consistent. I stamped it Versafine Onyx black ink, but you can use any color you like of course. My intention was a more masculine card and B&W seemed to fit, but the brown also seems manly to me, even with the shimmer.

I mounted the panel with taper runner and the sentiment bit with foamtape. Added a few matching enamel dots.

Voor mijn kaart van vandaag heb ik gebruikt de letters van Marianne Design col1449 en alle woorden uit de Gefeliciteerd set van Karin Joan KJ1721.

Ik was begonnen met witte letters, maar na wat ongelukjes met mijn Versafine, ben ik opnieuw begonnen en heb ik een  glimmend bruin stuk karton gebruikt.
Voor de partial diecutting trek ik een lijn op het bruine karton en zorg dat een stukje van mijn letters onder de lijn uitsteken. Dan plaats ik de snijplaat op het bovenste gedeelte tot aan de lijn. Alles waar geen plaat boven zit, krijgt geen druk en zal dus niet snijden.
Zie de video, dat is makkelijker dan uitleggen haha.

Voor de achtergrond heb ik alle woorden onder een hoek op mijn stampingtool geplaatst, daarvoor gebruik ik een linaal en met Versafine Onyx black inkt gestempeld op  een paneel, je kunt ook direct op de achtergrond stempelen, maar gezien dat dit versie 4 is, is een enkel velletje handiger dan een dubbele. Ik moest drie keer stempelen om de hele kaart te vullen, steeds het papier verschuiven i.p.v. de stempels. Je kun elke kleur inkt gebruiken natuurlijk, ik ging voor een mannen kaart. Hey heb ik omhoog geplaatst met foamtape en daarna wat enamel dots geplakt waar nog wat gaten zaten.

Craftin Desert Divas treatbag add ons

To go  with their die set CDD periodically  makes add ons, so you can customize and embellish your treatbags.

This one's the Birthday Critters add on. And I simply printed them and cut them out, including the little handle.

Then I raised the add on with foamtape in a U shape, making sure my giftcard fits in the nook.
Added a piece of colored card matching the image and then added it to a cardbase.

I've stamped the sentiments with Versafine onyx black ink and the "Treat Yourself" is a printed sentiment.
I've used the Say it Big stampset.

Added some white gel pen to their eyes, for extra shimmer.

Sunday 15 July 2018

First look and try of the BeCreative Whizzy inkblending tool, with video

Today I tried the BeCreative! Whizzy tool for inkblending.
I know how you all have the arm workout from Hell, especially with big adreas to inkblend.

The Whizzy tool is battery operated (not included) and has an off, low and high setting.
Without any pressure I found it applies the ink wonderfully on the paper, if you press too hard it will stop turning.
I like the high setting, I don't think it makes any difference, but I like "to get on with it" ;-)

The box only has one blending foam, but there are replacements available, either on the BeCreative website, or Hochanda, possibly elsewhere also.
There's also two brush tool, for paint and two sanding pads for fine and coarse sanding.

I've tried the same inks, and I used Distress inks on purpose as we all know how it is more difficult to blend than say Oxides, Versamagic and Memento inks I use a lot also.

I've used one of my favorite recipes: Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock feathers and Cracked Pistachio, but with only one foam it all got a bit  samey.

I've used a variety of papers, my normals cardstock Canon DCP paper , but also:  Bristol smooth, Kippers Waterart, Schut Classic water color paper, Schut hotpressed watercolor paper, Talens Ecoline printable paper, Crafter's Companion Neenah paper.
The results are the same on all watercolor and Bristol paper, much more muted than on the Canon DCP paper and the Neenah paper, but also a bit more splotchy. As with normal inkblending tools it's best to start off the paper and I forgot to do that on occasion, remember it's the first time I use this Whizzy tool, but I already love it.
I will get more foams, say one per color family and one per ink brand/kind.

Thursday 12 July 2018

1000th blog post...or it would have been

I was so close to the 1000th blog post, were it not I've been deleting old posts I didn't like anymore.
I was looking through my cards from 2015 and, well, my style has changed so  much, also my crafty supplies have grown a lot and I just don't feel I should showcase cards I dont' like

I will do a giveaway wehn I reach the 1000th post, so keep checking ;-)

Regenboog Gefeliciteerd

Today's card is one inspired by a pin from Jennifer McGuire with my own supplies, so the outcome is much different of course.

I started with diecutting the shadow/outline die for Gefeliciteerd from a rainbow of cardpanels and the line die also from black with Stick it on the back.
Then I glued the bottom layer (purple) onto a white cardpanel,so this would help me align the thin word. I used the dies themselves to guide me.
And then I just glued the other colors on top.
I tried to align the panels when diecutting by using the previous color as a guide, but there are always small differences, so I just looked at how they stacked and after that I neated it all up by tracing a pencil line, cutting it with scissors, it's a very thick pack by now and then using a nail file to neaten it up further.

Glued the now smaller panel onto a cardbase on an angle, so if it's not perfectly straight, you won't notice as much ;-)

I used, ik heb gebruikt: Marianne Design Gefeliciteerd by Karin Joan KJ1721.

Deze kaart was geinspireerd op een pin van Jennifer McGuire, maar dan gemaakt met mijn spullen/vooraad.
Ik ben begonnen door een regenboog aan karton (op kaart formaat) door de Bigshot te halen met de schaduw stans. Ik gebruikte steeds de vorige kleur om de stans weer op dezelfde plek te krijgen. Maar er blijven altijd kleine verschillen en dat kun je het beste later  "opruimen". Ik heb ook het woord Gefeliciteerd van zwart karton gestanst waarop de achterkant Stick it zat, zodat het een sticker werd. Ik heb nog een stuk karton op kaart formaat gesneden en de onderste laag (paars) gebruikt, samen met de stansen om het woord Gefeliciteerd op de juiste plek te plaatsen en ook al die haken en ogen rondom het woord.

Daarna heb ik gewoon alle kleuren gestapeld en daarna heb ik met een liniaal en rechte lijn getrokken en de stapel bijgeknipt met een schaar, want nu is het echt te dik voor de stansmachine en waar nodig met een nagelvijl netjes gemaakt.. Ik heb de stapel onder een hoek op de kaart geplakt, zodat eventuele schoonheids foutjes minder opvallen, recht knippen is niet mijn forte ;-)

off the edge shaker cards part two

Sunday 8 July 2018

Off the edge shakercard part one

AAA Cards Challenge #119: Christmas in July

This fortnight the challenge is: Christmas in July. This theme was chosen by our DT member Ceal.
Our sponsor is Happy Little Stampers and you could win a $20 gift certificate.

For my card I stamped the stag in Versafine onyx black ink and heat set it. It was a Christmas stamp from Craft Sensations two years ago, but any similar one will work of course. I just love him, he looks like wood.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts (classic Christmas borders) and I also stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink.

I then used circles of rubberstamps scraps I cut and mounted on a block with tape runner.

I have a video of a similar card, if you're curious.
For the dots I used Memento dew drops in three colors (summer sky, teal zeal, nautical blue).

I added the a few enamel dots and or rhinestones, to reinforce the circle look.

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

Saturday 7 July 2018

Direct to stamp technique

The Less is More Challenge this fortnight is: olive and tangerine.

For my card I used the Penny Black delicate florals and watercolor markers. I colored on the rubber stamp with the brushnibs and then spritzed the stamp with water and stamped it onto watercolor paper.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp (it's not secret) and I stamped it with Versafine Onyx black ink.
Attached the watercolor panel with taperunner to a carbase.

Orange and green are not my favorite colors, but I think it's pretty.

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

Updated August 12th:

Craftin Desert divas July release- unicorn

For my card today:
I have used the digi image called Unicorn ice cream. I printed him on marker paper and colored him with my alcohol markers, then cut him out.
I made a panel with the sentiment on the computer and printed it out, my printer takes up to 125lbs or there abouts, so it makes for nice sturdy panels, but you can always add more foamtape to support the panel. Then I diecut a circle from the  panel and trimmed it down to give me a little mat.
I traced the circle onto the cardbase and inkblended Distress inks directly onto the cardbase.
Mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase. Mounted the Unicorn Ice cream on  with Nuvo Deluxe glue on the left and foamtape on the right side, to make it flush with the panel.
I always think of rainbows when it comes to unicorns, and you?...
Hope you like  them.

Materials used:

Alcohol markers
Alcohol Paper
Distress inks

Friday 6 July 2018

Craftin Desert Divas July digi release - Piggy icecream

 For my  card today I have used the digi image called Pig ice cream. I printed him on marker paper and colored him with my alcohol markers, then cut him out.
I made a panel with the sentiment on the computer and printed it out, my printer takes up to 125lbs or there abouts, so it makes for nice sturdy panels, but you can always add more foamtape to support the panel. Then I diecut a circle from the  panel and trimmed it down to give me a little mat.
I traced the circle onto the cardbase and inkblended Distress Oxides Squeezed  Lemonade and Cracked Pistachio directly onto the cardbase.
Mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase. Mounted the Pig Ice cream on an angle with foamtape on the top, to make it flush with the panel. The bits that were flush I attached with Nuvo deluxe glue
I wanted a bright and summery card, and contrasting colors, so they make each other pop.

Materials used:

Distress oxides:

Alcohol markers
Alcohol Paper
Distress inks

Thursday 5 July 2018

Craftin Desert Diva Designer creative challenge: Birthday card stash

For my card I used one of the Aliens in the digi stampset Outerspace.
I printed it on marker paper and cut it out. I put them all on the sheet, but decided this one was the cutest. I colored him with alcohol markers.

For the background i Inkblended Distress Oxides on the cardbase (Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon) then splattered water and to make it sparkly I used the Sheer Shimmer Spritz (sparkle) all over, so a bit of shimmer would peek out my panel.

The sentiment is from the same set and I printed it on normal card and cut it to size.
Then I diecut the Scribble Snowflake but make sure all the bits stayed inside or placed them back. I wanted the opening, otherwise I could have embossed it, but now I just put sticky tape on the back of the panel to keep all the bits together. I appreciate it’s a snowflake, but in this context I think it might look like stars or sparkles in a lasergun fight?…

I mounted the panel with foamtape and tucked the critter inside and outside, mounting it with foam to compensate the height difference  or adhering it Nuvo Deluxe with liquid glue where it sits flush with the panel.

Materials used:
Craftin Desert Diva Scribble Snowflake dies

Craftin Desert Diva Outer Space digi stamp set

Distress Oxides:
Spectrum Noir markers
Crafter’s Companion Neenah Paper.

For more inspiration from other Design Team Members, see the Craftin Desert Divas blog.

And you can still get the Fourth of July Discount....