Sunday, 17 October 2021

autumn leaves


The new Less is More Challenge is: Autumn.

Short of going outside to collect some leaves from the streets, I had no real inspiration.

I ordered the Tim Holtz leaves yesterday, but as I am not sure when they get here, today I looked at shapes in my Scan N Cut and actually found 3 I liked.

So I started by ink smooshing Distress inks in various tones of brown, orange and green, few layers and heat set in between.

Over to the  Scan N Cut, I wanted three to make a bunch, three different ones. Cut them out.

then I applied Versamark ink and Wow Clear  Gloss Ultra High embossing powder for the shine as if the leaves are wet.

Went to get my sentiment and spotted a

Marianne Design set of dies with leave in it. I had a corner left on my watercolour panel, so I diecut it and also clear coated it. Mainly because the dainty one I had from the Scan N Cut was too cute behind the other two.

As I was making my arrangement I decided three was too much and wouldn't leave me much empty space.

I also preferred the newly diecut one more. So I decided to stamp the sentiment from Whimsy Stamps (Simple Sentiment Strips) and also splattered some metallic gold Finetec watercolouir, After all I have space now ;-) I did cover up most of the panel, so platter couldn't go anywhere outside the centre portion. It's also very fine, but it add this shimmer and detail.

Heat set the sentiment and splatter. Adhered the leaf with liquid glue.

For more information or to pay along the

Less is More Challenge, see this.

AAA Cards Challenges #201 One Corner + Boo!, with video

 The AAA Cards Challenge this fortnight was chosen by Asa and it's One corner + Boo.

For my card I printed one of the cutest little ghosts I've seen from LTTS Doodles on Etsy. The Sentiment is included in the digi set.I chose Ghost #4 as it has a cat, or similar critter, not actually sure, but I see cat plushie haha.

I did shade the ghost and made his plushie purple and his patches. the shading was maybe a tad too light, it doesn't show well through the WOW embossingpowder "Glow in de dark", I applied sticky ink with a Versamarker and had to patch up bits where

no ink was put down, no biggie,it's a clear ink and sometimes hard to see.just Heat set and then repeat as needed.

For more information on the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

the Male Room Challenge October: Black and White

 This month the Male Room Challenge is all about Black and White and only Black and White.

That threw me a little because skintones would be nice if I coloured a stamped image. So instead I made a treatbox, party favor, Hostess gift, what ever you want to call it. But manly.

I've used two kinds or patterned paper one black with white presents and one white with black dragonflies.

If you want to make one similar box you'll need a piece of paper 4"High and 4"3/8 long.

Score on the long side at: 3/8, 2", 2"3/8, 4"

Score on the short side at 3/8 on both sides.

fold and burnish the score lines and cut away notches as shown in pattern below.

I use hot glue to put the box together and I  put a dab on eacht little tab.

it fits 2 Merci bars.  And looks pretty with a nice coloured ribbon, for the challenge I only iused black and white, but I also made a few coloured ones for you to see.

For more information or to play along the Male Room Challenge, see this

Monday, 4 October 2021

AAA Birthday Challenge: Slimline


This month the challenge is to make a Slimine birthday card. Alex Syberia is kindly sponsoring this challenge.
I've used her Cute Donuts digi for my slimline. Added the sentiment in Photoshop and colored with my Graph-it markers. Same  process for the 2nd card.

For my 2nd card I printed a digi from Lili of the Valley (kitten posy trio) on watercolour paper with my laser printer.

I added the sentiment whilst prepping the image in Photoshop.

I then cut the paper to size as I need to pass it through the printer as an A5. The cardbase is made by cutting an A4 sheet at 21cm and folding it in half.

I've coloured the images with Talens Ecoline, a fluid watercolour medium. Mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase.

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

Sunday, 3 October 2021

AAA Cards Challenges #200: 200th Challenge: Celebrate


Yay it's our 200th challenge!, 
The theme this fortnight is Celebrate, I thought a birthday is a reason to celebrate..

We have a range of fabulous sponsors and I've used stamps from one of our Sponsors: La Coppia Creativa and their Piccoli Orsetti set. Small bears in English.

I've stamped them on Copic paper with Gina K ink, coloured them with Copics and cut them out with the Scan N Cut.

For the background I've masked off the cardbase and applied Cracked Pistachio Distress inks through a Stencil.

The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps (Simple sentiment strips) and I've stamped it

with Versafine ink.

Adhered the little cubs on the cardbase with foamtape, the balloon with liquid glue.

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

Saturday, 2 October 2021

Less is More Color Challenge

This fortnight the Less is More is about two colours that don't really mix, they make brown : purple and yellow. To avoid the mudding I inkblended yellow for my moon and then a black gate or couple of cats and a purple moon or bird.

you can change up this, like a purple gate and a black raven like bird or a purple moon yellow diecut moon and black cats and any other combination of course.

I haven't added any sentiments yet as they might be Halloween, birthday or sympathy cards, not sure yet.

I diecut masks to fit my scenes.

I adhered the diecuts with liquid glue.

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

Sunday, 19 September 2021

AAA Cards Challenge #199 NO Layer + Hugs, with video

 This fortnight we play the NO Layer game + the optional twist Hugs, as chosen by Francesca.

My card is technically not a NO Layer, but with colouring it seeps through, as long as the panel is the same size (no obvious layer) it's deemed OK by our team. So don't go matting your panel, because then it will show. You could also make the card base out of colouring card and line the inside, but I'm too thrifty to waste one panel for the back ;-) Also I precut my colouring paper ...

I stamped the My Favorite Things set Let's stick together, made a mask for the pot and cut it out. I've used Gina K amalgam ink and Versafine ink for the sentiment, it is from the

same set.

Coloured the image with Copic markers and gave the small one with the flower some lady like lashes with a fineliner. Stuck the panel on top of my cardbase.

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

Saturday, 18 September 2021


 The new Less is More Challenge is: Hexagons/

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: Fun with stencils.

I made my own stencil with Hexagon layering dieset and cut apertures from  stencil material.

Then I inkblended Distress inks through it, my most used colors and whatever was left on the foam ;-) ( candied apple, Not so Salty Ocean, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry and Mowed Lawn with a touch or Evergreen bough I suspect).

Stamped the sentiment from Whimsy Stamps Simple Sentiment strips.

Covered the card, exposing only the corner with the hexagons and splattered a little Liquid Stardust from Lawn Fawn, so to add sparkle but no weight or dimension, also I don't have hexagon shaped enamel dots.

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

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

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Toucan birthday

 The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: Stamp it, showcasing SSS and Stamptember if you have it already....I do not ;-).

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is the same.

For my card I used the It's your Birthday 3x4 set for the sentiment and the Waves Stencil, both from Simon  Says Stamp.

And the Toucan from Toucan Party from Whimsy Stamps.

I applied Distress oxides through the stencil on kraft cardstock, splattered with white acryllic paint.

I stamped the sentiment with Versafine. I stamped the Toucan

with Intense black ink from SSS and cored it with my Copics, cut it out and mounted it with foamtape. Adhered it to the cardbase.

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

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

Monday, 6 September 2021

AAA Birthday Challenge #29 not a card, with video


This month the AAA Birthday Challenge is: not a card.

So I  made little treat bags, boxes, I see brown bags or lunch bags ;-)

I don't have a lot of patterned paper, so I went Autumnal and one with Christmas paper as my birthday is a week before the 25th. But remember we're a birthday challenge.

In the Netherlands kids treat their class on their birthdays, so a tag with Happy Birthday seemed weird to  me, a place card holder for the table made more sense.

I don't have kids so I don't know how it's done these days.

I've designed my little box around

the Milka Moments, but it fits a lot of things, like the round Christmas chocolate balls or Tony Chocolonely minis.

For it you need two pieces of cardstock, one solid, one patterned as I did or what ever you desire.

I think designer pape might be more expensive than normal coloured card,  and Ilike the contrast, so I went fancy on the outside and  normal on the inside, you do see the sides of the little basket, so make sure it's nice.

the solid card should measure 4"x3 1/8", score at 3/4inch on all sides.

the patterned paper should measure 81/4 inches x 2 1/2 inches.

score on the long side at: 1/2"- 31/4- 5" 73/4 inches.

score, fold and burnish all score lines.

cut away wedges as shown on the plans and glue the little tabs. I use hot glue.

For more information on the AAA Birthday Challenge, see this.

Sunday, 5 September 2021

AAA Cards Challenges #198: Up to1/3 + leaves, with video

 This fortnight we challenge you to leave 2/3 or more of empty white space, in other words use up to 1/3 of your cardfront, plus the option to use leaves the chosen twist by Arlene.

For my cards I've used Simon Says Stamp dies called Fern Square and Leafy Square, diecut them from white cardstock with double sided adhesive behind it, so it's easier to stick down as they have these dainty little frames, so liquid glue didn't feel like a good idea.

That dainty frame also posed a problem for my intended inkblending, so instead I swiped Mowed lawn and Speckled egg on  a panel and stuck the frame on top,then cut along the edges and stuck that down as a whole with liquid glue.

The Happy Birthday is from Bitty Birthday Wishes by My Favorite Things and the With Sympathy is from Tiny Words by Clearly Besotted, both stamped with Versafine ink.

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

Entering it into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this to take part as well.

Saturday, 4 September 2021

Sparkle Aliens


The new Less is More Challenge is: Sparkle.

Yesterday I got in the Whimsy Space Minions dieset and I had to use it.

I meant to do a rainbow, but for the Les sis More I kept them as green Martians. Didn't realize the aliens are all stuck together so you have lots and lots of extra's . Cut it all from glitter cardstock. 

At first only three, but it looked off centre so I added the little one too.

Made a panel with the sentiment on my pc and printed it, cut it to a matte and stuck in on the cardbase. then stuck the Martians on top.

Only and the one green glitter paper, but maybe half a rainbow would also be cool.

Might have to try that next ;-)

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

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

The Male Room Challenges September theme: Nature's bounty


This month we at the Male Room are all about autumn, harvest, Thanks giving, nature's bounty.

There's many ways to interpret this, in fact this is my second rendition. I discarded the first.

For my card I've used two sets from Paperie Ink: Many thanks and Autumn fun.

I've stamped the images onto Copic friendly paper and coloured them with Graph-it markers, then cut them out.

For the background/cardbase I've inkblended Distress inks, Mermaid lagoon, blueprint sketch, salty ocean, twisted citron and cracked pistachio. 

The sentiment is from the Many thanks set.

Layered my images onto the background as if they're playing in the forest or garden, bringing in the harvest.

I think it's still perfect for a boy, maybe not a manly card though.

For more information on the Male Room Challenge, see this.

Sunday, 22 August 2021

AAA Cards Challenges #197: One Inch Strip + a Coloured Cardbase, with video

 I forgot to  mention this in the video, but this fortnight the optional twist of a coloured cardbase was chosen by Ishani.

I chose kraft cardstock.. I masked off a one inch strip on the bottom edge of my cardbase.

the applied Distress oxides (Cracked pistachio, Wilted violet and Peacock feathers) through a Scrapberry stencil (Dotted pattern). So simple, so effective and as Oxides are  more opaque than dye inks, it works  great on the coloured base.

The sentiment I've made on my label maker, then cut it out with a Carlijn Design smalle tekst strips die., mounted it with foamtape in the corner. I'm sorry there's a glare in the label

in the photo, it reads fine in real life.

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

Saturday, 21 August 2021

Less is More Guestdesigner : Spots and One Layer

 This fortnight I am honored to be Guest designing for the Less is More Challenge, I play along all the time and now get to show off my card.

The Challenge I've chosen on purpose is One Layer yeah I know, but I like them. The Twist is Spots.

For my card I cut a circle mask and measured the centre of the cardbase. Then I applied Distress inks through the circle (Twisted Citron, Mowed lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberry).

Stamped the sentiment from Carlijn Design ( Grote Teksten 2) with Versafine ink. Few glittery dew drops from Marianne Design.

I also made a second card with the warmer side of the rainbow ( Wilted violet, Picked Raspberry, Candied apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard seed with Fossilized amber and Squeezed lemonade).

I also used a smaller circle die to make a mask and placed them a little further apart. The rest is the same.

For the third card I've used the dots in a horizontal  configuration and also Distress inks. The sentiment if from Whimsy Stamps: Simple sentiment strips.

For more information, or to play along the Less is More Challenge, see this.

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Sympathy card


I made a second card for the Less is More challenge: shades of blue.
 And the Simon Says Stam,p Wednesday Challenge is: Add a sentiment, showcasing Clearly Besotted Stamps 

I stamped the Nellie Snellen stamp  with Distress inks (tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans) spritzed with water. Heat set it.

Sentiment is from Clearly Besotted, Tiny Type. Mounted that with foamtape.

Super simple I guess, but so elegant in my opinion.

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

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