Monday 25 December 2023

Always be positive

Merry Christmas!

And I would like to showcase a newly released digi from Whimsy Stamps and Dustin Pike: Christmas elf boy..there's also a gril version, gingerbread and reindeer.

For my card, I've printed the digi with a positive sentiment, kinda based on you can't see around the know it I'm sure.

I've colored it with Graphit Brush and Spectrum Noir markers, cut it into a mat and stuck it onto a cardbase.

That's it and you can find the images in the Whimsy Store:

#Whimsystamps  #Digistamps  #Handmadecard #cardmaker #designteam #CASCard  #CopicColoring #CardsbyMaaike  #Distressinks    #DustinPike






Saturday 23 December 2023

Disability is not inability


Hello, isn't Christmas a time of positive thinking? I think it is.

Today I'm using the newly released digi from Whimsy Stamps and Dustin Pike: Christmas Elf Girl.

I printed it with the inspirational sentiment on alcohol marker safe paper,  then colored with alcohol markers.

I found the sentiment in some guise on the internet, but I wanted the word Disability to appear a few times.

Merry Christmas to each and everyone.

Find the digi in the Whimsy Store:

#Whimsystamps  #Digistamps  #Handmadecard #cardmaker #designteam #CASCard  #CopicColoring #CardsbyMaaike  #Distressinks    #DustinPike

Monday 18 December 2023

I don't need easy


I would like to showcase a newly released digi from Whimsy Stamps and Dustin Pike: Christmas Gingerbread..there's also a boy or girl elf and reindeer.

For my card, I've printed the digi with a positive sentiment.

I thought of one of our community centre visitors that was struck by polio back in the day and although in a wheelchair he likes to do everything himself, I just help him over the door bump, but he could do that too.

I've colored it with Graphit Brush and Spectrum Noir markers, cut it into a mat and stuck it onto a cardbase.

That's it and you can find the images in the Whimsy Store:

#Whimsystamps  #Digistamps  #Handmadecard #cardmaker #designteam #CASCard  #CopicColoring #CardsbyMaaike  #Distressinks    #DustinPike


all me cards of 2023, video


Tuesday 12 December 2023

Gordy the snowman?

 I had an idea..Inspired by the newly release clear stamp from Whimsy Stamps (Snowman)

I thought the scarecrow pumpkin could be a Snowman  like that clear set with the wooden legs, even a Halloween like one with the Halloween accessories.

As Long as I hid the pumpkin stem and colored it white, I think it could be a ball of snow.

So I used the Santa hat and Mistletoe from the Christmas Accessories and a carrot now ( I think Frosty Hugs, but I looked at a few and can't remember which one I used, but any will do, even considered drawing one, but I didn't have to),

So in my photo editing software I did some digital masking and that's easy with digis. Then I printed it on Copic marker paper. 

I set about to color it in Christmas red and snow, I mistook the Mistletoe for Holly Berries so started wit the red and then I noticed the leaves, oops ..anyway I like them. the Grass at his shoes are now snow piles and he's standing on a snowbank

I think the sentiment is discontinued, now sure it's from Ski Monsters clear set, also Whimsy, you might have it.

Mounted the panel to a cardbase.

I hope you like my idea

You can find the items in the Whimsy Shop:

Snowman Clear:

Gordy and Friend Digi:

Christmas Accessories:

Halloween Accessories:

the carrot nose :

#Whimsystamps #Digistamps #Handmadecard #cardmaker #designteam #CASCard #CopicColoring #CardsbyMaaike  #Distressinks    #DustinPike

#GourdyandFriend #CrissyArmstrong #ChristmasCard 

Sunday 10 December 2023

AAA cards Challenge #255: Sketch and cold


Seems I forgot to prep this post and now I don't remember how I made it

Except the Marianne Design Eline's Brushes and white glittery Wow embossing powder on top

But i look forward to see what you make

To play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.


#AAAcards #AAACardchallenge #CASChallenge #CASCard #Blogchallenge

#SuperCASchallenge   #Handmadecard  #Cardmakers  #Designteam #Blogspotchallenge 

#inkblending   #guestdesigner #challengewinner  

Wednesday 6 December 2023

Christmas Stocking


Hello today I've printed the Whimsy Stamps digi: Cinnomon with Stocking and I colored it with Copic Markers.

Matted the panel and adhered it to a cardbase, then Stamped the sentiment, also Whimsy Stamps: Dragon Christmas Wishes.

you can find them in the Whimsy Store:

Dragon CHristmas Wishes Clear:

#Whimsystamps #Digistamps #Handmadecard #cardmaker #designteam #CASCard #CopicColoring #CardsbyMaaike  #Distressinks    #Christmas  #CCDesigns #DustinPike

Tuesday 5 December 2023

Christmas positive vibes

Today I would like to showcase a newly released digi from Whimsy Stamps and Dustin Pike: Christmas Reindeer..there's also an Elf Boy or Girl and a Gingerbread version. Every digi set comes with many images, too many for me to showcase , but I use one of each set and made sure they're all different poses and positive sentiments.

For my card, I've printed the digi with a positive sentiment, I looked around the internet and then gave them my own twist. I'm more the Grinch at Christmas but these warmed my heart ;-)

I've colored it with Graphit Brush and Spectrum Noir markers, cut it into a mat and stuck it onto a cardbase.

That's it and you can find the images in the Whimsy Store:

#Whimsystamps  #Digistamps  #Handmadecard #cardmaker #designteam #CASCard  #CopicColoring #CardsbyMaaike  #Distressinks    #DustinPike

party favor, gift box, tealight votive, 3d scene, hostess gift

Friday 1 December 2023

AAA Birthday Card Challenges #56: Add a tag


Hello, this month the Birthday Card we make should feature a tag, or a card with matching tag.

My tag is actually a window in a tag shape, like I saw Michelle from the Card Grotto do on her Youtube channel in May.

For my card I mirrored the window as my element (Toucan) faces the other way. 

I've used all things Marianne Design:

Tag LR0411

Flowers are from the Bee set COl1505

Toucan is Col 1457

Double Sided tape LR0014

Distress inks: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and  Rustic Wilderness.

lots of colored cardstock.

I started bij cutting the tag shaped window 3 times from the left t make it straight and without smudges, only to realize I prefer it on the other side, so two more panels diecut and it still wasn't straight, looks straight when I stick it on, but I was fed up, so I  cut cut a matte to make it straight.

I traced the opening onto the cardbase, masked the edges outside the matte and applied my Distress inks, then splattered with water and set is aside to dry.

In the meantime I diecut all the elements from Scraps of colored card, backed with the double sided tape, so they  become stickers. I forgot one or two bits.

Mounted the panel with the tag window with foamtape before I realized I forgot to stamp the Happy Birthday and at this point I really didn't want another mess, so I did add it afterwards in photoshop.

I tried the black banner like in the Video from Michelle, but I  didn't know where to put it and at the top is wasn't   that pretty.

I then tucked the branch and all the bird bits into the window and assembled the Toucan and foliage. And lastly I added some details with a white gelpen.

I'd like to wish everyone  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

If you'd like to play along the AAA Birthday Card Challenge, see this.

Sunday 26 November 2023

AAA Cards Challenge #254: Black, White and Gold

 Hello, this fortnight we have a color theme, chosen by Tristan and because of the time of the year our badge and my card feature these colors in ornaments/baubles.

To make the baubles I diecut black cardstock, white glitter cardstock and gold mirrored cardstock, backed with double sided adhesive from Marianne Design LR0014, any will doe, it makes the diecuts into stickers and this brand or tape diecuts beautifully.

My ornaments or baubles, are from Avec Creative (Love 2 Craft available at Action in the Netherlands). I got them last year and they sold out pretty quickly, but again if you like the look and have others, there's many across the industry.

I  have another idea for this theme, might make a second card, you'll see it here if I do ;-).

I've used the packaging to see hiw to layer the embellishments , but also chose other bits and bobs, just to stagger the colors. I wasn't sure about black as a Christmas card, but it looks rather stylish and the glitter and shiny gold make it more festive.

It was hard to take a photo as my cardbase is also white, I hope you don't mind.

The sentiment is from Clearly  Besotted and I stamped it with Versafine black ink.

For my second idea, I watercolored a black gradient and added embossing paste with Perfect pearls in gold (Sunflower Sparkle), then I thought if I wanted it to look like fireworks, why not do a black cardbase, which turned into a panel and a bit left over, could be another card

Thestencil is from Stamperia KSTDL51, embossing paste is Ranger clear gloss transparent; sentiment from Uniko (simply said block Christmas, I then had trouble liking the white rim and well I probably should have stuck to the one card ;-)

As usual you have 2 weeks to play along and you can find more info or enter your card here

#AAAcards #AAACardchallenge #CASChallenge #CASCard #Blogchallenge

#SuperCASchallenge   #Handmadecard  #Cardmakers  #Designteam #Blogspotchallenge 

#inkblending   #guestdesigner #challengewinner #ClearlyBesottedStamps #AvecCreative #Uniko #Stamperia #perfectpearls #rangertexturepaste

Saturday 25 November 2023

Classic Santa


Hello, today marks 1 month until Christmas, so a Christmas Card with the Whimsy Stamps digi: Classic Santa. from the Crissy Armstrong line.

It's a  very simple card, I  printed the digi and the sentiment (from Merry & Bright digital sentiment) and colored it with Copic Markers, white gel pen for details.

Matted the panel and stuck it onto a cardbase.

That's it.

There's a Sale tomorrow and on Monday so grab your favorite images at half price!

You can find the digis in the Whimsy Shop:

Classic Santa:

Merry & Bright Sentiments:

#Whimsystamps #Digistamps #Handmadecard #cardmaker #designteam #CASCard #CopicColoring #CardsbyMaaike  #CrissyArmstrong  #ChristmasCard  #Distressinks    #ClassisSanta #SantaClause #BelieveintheMagic




There's also a new challenge over at the Less is More blog and it's D for Deck the Halls 

so seems perfect, play along here.





Saturday 18 November 2023

Cinnamon with Pumpkin

 Hello, today I'm still in the Autumnal mood, no sentiment as we don't do Thanksgiving here in the Netherlands, well I mean not as a festive thing, we're thankful of course.

I've used the Whimsy Stamps Digi Cinnamon with Pumpkin from the C.C. Designs Line.

I've printed there in Copic paper and colored here with alcohol markers: Copics, and Triblend Markkers too

I've adhered the colored panel to a cardbase, it's as simple sometimes.

You can find the digi in the Whimsy Store:

#Whimsystamps #Digistamps #Handmadecard #cardmaker #designteam #CASCard #CopicColoring #CardsbyMaaike  #Distressinks    #Autumn #ThanksGiving #CCDesigns

Monday 13 November 2023

Gourdy's got a friend

 Hello, this week, I'm using the Whimsy Stamps Digi: Gourdy and friend, from the Dustin Pike Line.

I printed it and colored it with all the brands of alcohol markers I have at hand .

Matted it onto a cardbase, don't know what kind of sentiment to use, something like Thanks Giving, but I don't seem to have those (we don't celebrate it in the Netherlands)

Also it's a dark and dingy day, so I'm so sorry for the picture, i've tried...

Find the digi in the  Whimsy Shop:

#Whimsystamps #Digistamps #Handmadecard #cardmaker #designteam #CASCard #CopicColoring #CardsbyMaaike  #Distressinks    #DustinPike

#GourdyandFriend #PumpkinSeason






Sunday 12 November 2023

AAA Cards Challenge #253: Fall/Leaves

 Hello this fortnight we're all about the Season of Fall, and or leaves, as you can tell by the game badge it's wide open to your interpretation, I chose the color pink mainly.

I really like the little person in her raincoat, I assume it's a girl, but  my hippo could be either.

I chose Clearly Besotted Stamps set Rainy Day Play and I actually colored two of the hippos and there's one with a trenchcoat too, but then I added the background and I felt  it got too full. might add it later though.

The Sentiment is from the same set and the silhouette of the town is the Up My Street Stencil, also Clearly Besotted Stamps. I've used Neenah Desert craft cardstock  and whatever blue was left on one of my blending brushes, just a hint of a scene.

I've also included some of my old garden Clogs I planted when I gave up my vegetable patch or Allotment garden.

Mounted the hippo with foamtape and adhered him on top.

To play along or more  information on the AAA Card Challenge, see this.

I like to enter one card into the Less is More Anything CAS goes challenge.

Let is Snow!


There's a new challenge over at the Less is More Challenge blog: Anything CAS goes.

So I went to my precolored bin of images and  pulled out this Moose from Whimsy Stamps' Winter Sports.

Sentiment is from the same set and I stamped it with a blue Card Deco ink.

For the snowbank I cut a wavy line from masking paper and used what ever was left on my blue blending brush for the shadow or definition.

Mounted the moose with foamtape and adhered him on top.

For more information or to enter your card on the Less is More Challenge, see this.

Tuesday 7 November 2023

Holiday Cheer


Hello, today I made a card with the Mini Gingerbread Cookie Digital stamp from Some Odd Girl, available at Whimsy Stamps.

I printed it, then colored it with my Copic Markers and cut  it out. Added white gel pen details.

I am not entirely sure, but I thought the green buttons could be colored sprinkles or Smarties, I wonder if it's all icing, kept that for the hair and lines. Blue and green are better with all that reddish brown.

I thought a gingerbread cookie would cheer with hot chocolate, so the sentiment from Dragon New Year ( Also Whimsy Stamps) made sense and I stamped it with a dark blue color to match the night sky.

The background or night sky I made on the cardbase with Distress inks. Twisted CItron and Wilted Violet for the Nebula like things and around it, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Prize Ribbon and Chipped Sapphire.

I then splattered with water, white paint and a gold glitter paint. Mounted the cookie image with foam tape and adhered it to the card.

Find the digi in the Whimsy Shop:

Dragon New Year:

Wednesday 1 November 2023

AAA Birthday Card Challenges #55: Large Sentiment


Hello, this month we at AAA Birthday Card Challenges are all about the sentiment, a BIG Sentiment.

For my card I've used the Marianne Design alphabet (Col1449), the biggest letter dieset I have and it was actually so big it didn't fit on a normal size card A6 or 4"x6", so I made it a slimline.

I did start on an A6 panel and inkblended a rainbow of Distress inks and then splattered with water, white paint and Lawn Fawn Liquid Stardust.

Lined them up as best as possible, always hard with individual elements and raised all the letter with foamtape. 

As I cut the A4 cardstock into a slimline size, I always have this panel left, so I thought I should use it and it just fits the letters  in two rows.

I measured the centre of this panel and laid out the letters, then picked them up one by one, mounted them with foamtape and stuck them on the panel.Not perfect, but I'm fine with it actually.

I did try to take the R off and re stick it, but it wasn't budging and, at this point, I really didn't want to mess up, so I left it.

The white on white was a bit Blah, so I also added a black matte, makes the letters pop for sure.

Stuck all of it together, thought about adding some enamel dots, but I didn't think it needed it.

I thought I would have the inkblended panel left to do an opposite card with white letters and a rainbow background, and if I had measured properly I probably might have, but as the Y on Birthday didn't fit in one row, the  panel doesn't work any more.

To enter your card into the AAA BIrthday Card Challenges, see this.

Sunday 29 October 2023

AAA Cards Challenge #252: Colour Scheme

Hello,  this fortnight we're all about colours or colors depending where you live.

You can choose one, two,  all of them if you want, but try to stick to the colors you seen, maybe with a neutral for skin or fur.
For my card I've applied Distress inks: Wilted Violet and Mermaid Lagoon trough a Clearly Besotted Umbrella Stencil.
Then I mixed up Rangers' Texture paste transparent clear gloss with glitter and applied it also, this makes them shimmer but also they look wet from the rain...maybe?

I tried the same with more colors of Distress inks and also a different layout (Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass and also Villainous Poison and although I like this combo too, it was too much for such a small area in my opinion.

We're are a Clean and Simple challenge, so covering more of the cardbase just isn't an option for me anyway.

Let it dry
The hippo is also Clearly Besotted (Hippo Bird Day) and I did cut of the cute little bird/chick/duckling as I felt I could make it fir in the color scheme.
Colored the image with Copic Markers and mounted it with foamtape.

The sentiment is also Clearly Besotted (Tiny Type) and I stamped it with Memento inks (Bahama blue and Grape Jelly). The tones was achieved by selectively inking the sentiment somewhere the umbrellas also change color; thought that was nicer than either blue or purple and also nicer than black.

As always you have two weeks to play along the AAA Card Challenge and you can enter your card here.

#AAAcards #AAACardchallenge #CASChallenge #CASCard #Blogchallenge

#SuperCASchallenge   #Handmadecard  #Cardmakers  #Designteam #Blogspotchallenge 

#inkblending   #guestdesigner #challengewinner  #ClearlyBesottedStamps

Saturday 28 October 2023

Blue and pink snowman

 There's a new challenge over at the Less is More Blog and it's : Blue, Pink and White.

I thought a snowman is white-ish with blue ( and I did  his scarf, Cheeks ,hat heart buttons in pink and blue tones, I didn't forget the carrot nose, but that would be orange  and well, I will add that later ;-)

the Snowman is From Marianne Design CS1139 and I stamped it with Versafine ink on watercolor card and colored it with Karin Markers.

There's a matching die so I cut it out.

For the cardbase I masked off the bottom and I used what ever in k was left on a blue inkblending brush, then splattered with water/

Sentiment is from My Favorite Things (Bitty Holiday Wishes) and I stamped it in blue.

Mounted the Snowman with Foamtape and adhered him on top.

Want to play along too, see the Less is More Blog by clicking here.

#LessisMore #LIM #CASChallenge #CASCard #Blogchallenge

#SuperCASchallenge   #Handmadecard  #Cardmakers  #CardsbyMaaike #Blogspotchallenge 

#inkblending   #MarianneDesign #MFT #MyFavoriteThings

Friday 27 October 2023

Mini Headless Horseman


Hello, today, just in time for Halloween  I thought I would use the Whimsy Stamps Digi: Mini Headless Horseman from the Some Odd Girl Line.

I printed it, cut it out and then colored it with Triblend markers, mounted it with foamtape and set it aside.

For the background, I cut a mask, kinda pumpkin shaped and I  wanted to do it orange, but I opted for a spooky  nightsky with Purple Distress inks (Wilted VIolet and Villainous Poison).

Splattered with water and then removed the mask, so my metallic paint splatter would go everywhere ...and... it did ;-)The sentiment is from Spirited Sentiments, also Whimsy Stamps and I stamped it twice, once with purple, then blue to get that  indigo looking purple.

Let it all dry , then mounted the Horseman on top, added eye balls with a black Memento marker and white gel pen details.

You can find the digi and sentiment in the Whimsy Store:

Halloween Sentiments:

Sentiment Clear set:

#Whimsystamps #Digistamps #Handmadecard #cardmaker #designteam #CASCard #CopicColoring #CardsbyMaaike  #SomeOddGirl  #PunnyCard  #Distressinks    #Halloween, #SpookyCard #Trickortreat



Sunday 22 October 2023

Bat Temper

 Hello, today I'm using a Whimsy Stamps Digi from  the Dustin Pike line: Dracula Dragon.

I printed it and colored it with alcohol markers.

I made up the sentiment, I really wanted it to have puns, BAT instead of BAD and Count as in Dracula, I hope it's as funny to you as to my 5 year old brain ;-)

Added white gel pens for the eyes and mounted the panel on a card, nothing fancy this time like a see through ghost haha

you can find the digi in the Whimsy Shop:

#Whimsystamps #Digistamps #Handmadecard #cardmaker #designteam #CASCard #CopicColoring #CardsbyMaaike  #DustinPike  #PunnyCard  #Distressinks    #Halloween, #SpookyCard #Trickortreat








Sunday 15 October 2023

AAA Card Challenges #251 Anything Spooky Goes

Hello, this fortnight we at AAA Card Challenges, we're looking for a CAS Spooky card as Halloween is upon us.  Now if you don't make Halloween cards, we worded it as Spooky, so you can give it your own twist, like a Monster card p.e.

for my card I've used a Whimsy Stamps Digi from the Dustin Pike Collection: Bat Candle.

I printed it, cut it out, colored it with alcohol markers and  then Mounted it with foamtape.

The flame has a covering of Nuvo Shimmer pen, so it looks like it's flickering..well in my head it does ;-)

For the cardbase I masked off an area and then applied Distress inks (Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Rustic Wilderness); splattered with water at Liquid Stardust from Lawn Fawn.

Mounted the image on top, I didn't mean to put it that low, but the masking paper got too wet and left a nice green mark, now covered, so don't tell anyone.

As always you have two weeks to play along the AAA Card Challenge, see this.

Saturday 14 October 2023

Sweet Sheets

 Hello, today I"m using one of the two Ghosts in the Digi set  Sweet Sheet from Whimsy Stamps and Dustin Pike.

I printed the image with the sentiment (Halloween digi sentiments) onto Copic safe paper and also on removable masking paper as I wanted to make a one layer card (bar the cardbase) and a see through Ghost.

I cut out the mask and also made a circle mask for the moon and masked the side and bottom of my cardpanel so I could inkblend the sky and moon with Distress inks and then matched a  lighter color where the ghost is in front, just the ghost not the broom of hat I wanted to look see through,  I like it, I'm not so good at coloring  glass or transparent object, but I try ;-)

I liked the idea, so will try again.

Splattered the moon with water and I see there was some shimmer spray still on the brush, so free shimmer.

You can find the digi in the Whimsy Shop here:

And the Halloween Sentiments:

And this is near identical to a clear stamp set if you prefer:

#Whimsystamps #Digistamps #Handmadecard #cardmaker #designteam #CASCard #CopicColoring #CardsbyMaaike  #DustinPike  #PunnyCard  #Distressinks    #Halloween, #SpookyCard #Trickortreat





Friday 13 October 2023

Happy Hauntings


Hallo, Happy Halloween or as my card says: Happy Hauntings!

For today's card I've used the Whimsy Stamps Digi: Bat Candle from the Dustin Pike Line.

I printed it and cut it out, then colored it with my alcoholmarkers and mounted it with foam tape. set aside.

For the cardbase and background I masked off the bottom of the card and I used the  Whimsy stamps Halloween Expression stencil with Lost Shadow Distress ink. I've layers the stencil a few times and moved it to fill in the gaps between the expressions. Just one color of ink but in different thicknesses if that makes sense.

The sentiment is from a Whimsy clear set called: Spirited Sentiments and I've stamped it with Versafine Morning Mist, just to keep it in the grey family.

Stuck the image onto the cardbase.

You can find everything in the Whimsy Store:

Bat Candle Digi:

Spirited Sentiments :

And the Halloween expressions stencil:

#Whimsystamps #Digistamps #Handmadecard #cardmaker #designteam #CASCard #CopicColoring #CardsbyMaaike  #DustinPike  #PunnyCard  #Distressinks    #Halloween, #SpookyCard #Trickortreat #DebDavis








Thursday 5 October 2023

Little Wizard Owl


Hello, today I'm using a digi from the new Whimsy Stamps release and the Meijens Design line: Little Wizard Owl, you can find it in the shop here:

There's a few others from Meijens Designs too, so go check  them out.

I printed it twice  on the same Copic paper panel, so the're the exact same size, then cut the panel in two. Colored one with Spectrum Noir markers this time and cut it out. After cutting I went around the edges with a  Memento marker ad mounted the image with foamtape.

The reason I printed it twice is so I could leave all the swirly bits out and they'd still show up in the background.

For the background I made  Moon by masking it off on the panel and applied Distress inks in various blues, then splattered with water and a gold metallic paint for stars.

As the image is an Owl and he's not on a branch but holding a wand, I just let him float there, levitate if you will ;-) how did that go? something something Leviosáh , I'm sure you know it better than me ;-).

Adhered the cut-out owl on top and added white gel pen and Glossy accents on his eyes.

Not sure about the sentiment yet, Magical birthday, you're a hoot? I shall see what I use this card for, then decide.

Again you can find the digi in the Whimsy Shop:

#Whimsystamps #Digistamps #Handmadecard #cardmaker #designteam #CASCard #CopicColoring #CardsbyMaaike  #Distressinks    #Halloween, #SpookyCard #Trickortreat #MeijenDesign #littlewizardowl