Monday, 18 September 2023

Pumpkin Patch


Hello, Today I'm using TWO digis from the latest Whimsy Stamps digi release: Restful Hedgehog and Pick of the Patch.

You can find them here:

I flipped the Restful Hedgehog so they face each other, I thought it was nicer and  and it frames the scene on my slimline card.

Printed it out, and colored it with my alcohol markers, adhered it to a cardbase with taperunner.

Didn't think it needed a sentiment as it says so on the signs.

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Sunday, 17 September 2023

AAA Card Challenges #249 and DT call!


Hello, this
fortnight we'd like to see any CAS (clean and simple) cards made with galaxies, planets, Northern Lights,  Night Sky, just look up basically.

For my card I've used a Bugaboo Stamps digi: Martians, sadly  Bugaboo Stamps is out of business rn an extended break, but there's many others across the industry.

I've contemplated making my own galaxies as I've done before, but I came across this Craft Sensations 12x12 paper pad and it's actually supposed

to be a Christmas one, but I loved it for the moody skies and stars and so I cut one done for my Space. Finding the right bit and shape proved  a challenge as I wanted one bit with a nebula first and cut is with a wonky  oval like shape , but I didn't like it it was too narrow and long and the image would actually cover the Nebula.

so after a few tries , I decided to just cut a strip to go  across the cardbase and glued is down. 

I printed my digi and cut it out, then colored it with Graphit Brush markers and Spectrum Noir. I thought a yellow star didn't go with the background,. so I went Blue giant star color and Martians are green aren't they? Mounted the image with foamtape and adhered it to the card, slathered the star with Nuvo Shimmer pen and then slathered some of that shimmer onto the galaxy too.

The sentiment is from Whiimsy Stamps (Simple sentiment Strips) and I stamped it with Versafine ink.

To play along the AAA Card Challenges, see this.

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Happy Birthday is a celebration. right? so I shall enter it into the Less is More Challenge

Friday, 15 September 2023

Swinging into Fall

 Hello, today I've used a new digi image from the latest Whimsy Stamps release.

It's called Fox Swing and it's from the Dustin Pike range.

I've printed the digi and cut it out, then measured it to make a window in a cardpanel and diecut the window. Traced the opening onto the cardbase, so I knew where to inkblend Distress inks: I've used many yellows and oranges and some  Lumberjack Plaid.

Thought it could looks like leaves that have turned and I tried to match the colors of the leaves on the swing to the background. I've colored the digi with many brands of alcohol markers, so I could best match the portion inside the swing ropes and the Fox's fur

then added a few dots of white gelpen for shine

Mounted the winowed panel with foamtape and the foc as well, just on the row of leaves I  used tape.

No sentiment (yet) as I wasn't sure Swinging into Fall is appropriate or not.

Aren't you proud I made an actual fox out of him and not a black cat? again haha..anyway it's a lot of browns and oranges and I was worried the fox wouldn't stand out, but it does and he looks so happy..hmm Happy Fall might be  nice, oh well

Find the Digi in the Whimsy Store :

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Thursday, 14 September 2023

Witch please!

 Hello, today I have a card for you using the latest digital release from Whimsy.

The digistamp is called With and is from the Dustin Pike line.

It's also Deb Davis' Birthday today and Halloween is her most favorite time of the year, so I hope you have a magical Birthday Deb! 


I printed it, cut it out and colored the Witch with all the brands of alcohol marker I have, added white gel details and mounted the image with foam tape, set it aside.

At first I really wanted to use this (made it earlier) background, but found it hard to set an image in front. tried to add the Cat silhouette die, but turns out my Witch was to big, tried a white panel, to make it easier to add a sentiment, but white for Halloween?  nope.

The sentiment is also Whimsy , but a  physical stampset: Create Magic and I stamped it with Versafine black ink.

Mounted the strip with foamtape to cover up the botched one I already stuck down prior to adding heat.

I think the purple "floor" helps to ground the image and personally I wouldn't mind a purple rug or a teal one.

The background is black cardstock splattered with metallic watercolors for shimmer that I don't think you can see in the photo. There's gold, purple and teal and was meant to be some sort of night sky with stars, but I didn't think it looked Milky Way enough....but now it's perfect for my Halloween Birthday Card!

In Dutch there's a saying: Wie wat bewaart, heeft wat" Means something like "if you keep it,  you'll have it"(when you need it)..When I first started I saved everything, but now I'm more of a mindset it's just paper and a bit of ink, I'll live, but when you start crafting everything is precious and expensive, I get it, I have enough glitter, sequins, paper , embossing powder for the rest of my life, one bit of card means less now ;-)

But  I found a use for it, so it didn't go into the recycle bin, so yay!

I think the little Witch is also cute enough for "I put a spell on you", she seems shy or giggling with the hand in front of her mouth, something enchanted? I rummaged through my stampsets and thought Magic is their "thing", you can go so many directions, I'm just here to throw ideas at you ;-)

Find the Digi  among the other recently released images in Whimsy Shop:

and the stampset Create Magic:

Kitty Frame is fun especially in black ;-)

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Tuesday, 12 September 2023

Brains are sexy?


Hello, today I'm showing you what I made with the new Digi Frank 2, of course from the Whimsy Stamps shop and Dustin Pike.

For my card, I printed the digi, cut him out and colored him with alcohol markers, then added some white gel pen details  and mounted him with foamtape; set it aside.

For the pumpkin colored background box, I've inkblended Distress inks: Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon, Crackling Campfire, Lumber Jack plaid for the gradient and I smoothed it out with a layer of Carved Pumpkin. 

Some of the ink crept under the masking tape, if you can see it, it's on purpose, otherwise..never mind ;-) ahum

I made the box smaller so Frank sticks out, I like that.

I thought orange is Halloween and contrasts with the digi.

The sentiment is generated by my brain, thought that went well with Frank carrying brains.

But I looked up some puns as well and something like: What does Dr. Frankenstein call the cemetery?....human resources

Or Why does dr Frankenstein have so many friends?  he builds them....maybe are more Halloween Like, but please do what you like, as always I'm just here to inspire you

Adhered Frank to the cardbase.

Find the digi in the Whimsy Store under:

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Tuesday, 5 September 2023

Hey cute little monster!


Hello Cute little monster! Today I'm using the Frank 1 digi from the Dustin Pike line, as always from Whimsy Stamps.

I printed the digi, cut it out and colored it with alcohol markers, then I added some gel pen details.

For the background , I've masked off an area on the cardbase and added Distress inks: Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky and Weathered wood. Splattered with water and gold glittery paint.

The sentiment is from the Whimsy clear set:Monster Moods and I've stamped it with Versafine ink.

I then mounted the image with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase.

Find the digi in the Whimsy store:

Digi Frank:

Monster Moods:

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 I'm entering it into the Less is More Challenge: Anything goes.






Monday, 4 September 2023

Dracula date

 Hello, today I'm showing you a card with a cute little iage form the latest Whimsy Stamps Digi Release.

It's from the Dustin Pike line and I just love this little Dracula.

Don't fall for his cuteness though,  because if a Vampire says he wants a know ;-)!

For my card I've printed him and cut him out then colored him with alcohol markers.

I've mounted the image with foamtape.

Printed the sentiment on the cardbase, I made it up, it was inspired by Hannibal I think...where he says I'm having someone for dinner....double meaning for a cannibal ofcourse, and Vampires are known to bite..

Masked the moon and inblended it with Distress inks, I've used Squeezed lemonade, Antique linen, Scattered Straw and what ever was left on my brushes. Spattered with water, the Scattered Straw and some Black soot watered down; I thought it makes it look like the Moon.

Then I mounted the image with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase and finished the card with some white gel pen details for shine.

Find de digi in the shop:

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Sunday, 3 September 2023

AAA Card Challenges #248: Add a tag or ticket

 Hello, this fortnight we'd like you to add a tag or ticket to a Clean and Simple Card.

My ticket is from Tiim Holtz ( Ideology  #TH93958) and it may or may not be a tad too big, I wanted it to look like a circus ticket and later as if the Elephant is holding it.

The Elephant is from My Favorite Things The Greatest Show set and I stamped it with MFT Extreme Black ink and colored it with Copics, cut it out with the matching dieset.

For the background I masked off a triangle, I thought could be a spotlight, there's a sentiment that would suit that too, but I wanted to reinforce the circus ticket idea, so I went with  another sentiment from the set.

For my spotlight I've used Distress inks, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber and  Spiced Marmalade), then splattered it with metallic watercolors in matching colors, so they would catch the light and reflect it.

Stamped the sentiment with Versafine ink and glued the elements on top, mounted the Elephant with foamtape.

To enter your card for this challenge, see this.

Friday, 1 September 2023

AAA Birthday Cards Challenge September 2023: #53 Animals


Hello, this month I've chosen the theme and it's animals.

Our moderator Jane has used cat paws for the badge as I chose the theme and, although tempted, I just couldn't make a cat card just now.

Technically mine are insects but still animals in my opinion.

I've used the bee and ladybug from Marianne Design  and colored them with Graphit Brush alcohol markers., cut them out with the included dies.

For the background I've cut a Hexagon from a cardpanel (Love 2 Craft) and then traced the opening on the cardbase, so I knew where to mask and or inkblend.

I thought the hexagon window, but also the Memory BOX Texture Honey Comb stencil would fit the theme. I've used  Distress inks (Mustard Seeds, Spiced Marmalade and Dried Marigold).

The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps (Simple Sentiment Strips) and I've stamped it with Versafine ink.

Mounted the panel and bugs with foamtape and adhered them to the cardbase.

Lastly I've added some shimmer with a Nuvo Shimmer pen and details with a white gel pen.

To play along the AAA Birthday Card Challenges, see this.

Wednesday, 23 August 2023

There's cake right?

 Hello, today I'm using the Monster Birthday Digi from Whinsy Stamps and from the Krista Heij Barber  line.

I printed the digi and colored it with alcohol marker, matted the panel and stuck in on the cardbase.

I omitted the sentiment from the set, it's fun with the half eaten sentiment, which gave me the idea to use these sentiments, also Whimsy Stamps (a clear set called Simple Sentiment Strips)

Added Glossy accents to the eye ball for some extra shine.

I wanted to have a fun and bright colored monster and felt anything added would  take away from the blue monster, my wink at the well known cookie monster.

Find the items I've used in the Whimsy Store:

Monster birthday Digi:

Simple Sentiment Strips:

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Tuesday, 22 August 2023

orange orange orange

 There's a new challenge on the Less is More blog: Orange!

My card took longer in my head, deciding what to do, orange leaves for fall? pumpkin, Halloween?

I went with this really old foamstamp and two colors of orange for a gradient on the pumpkin.

The sentiment is also two tones or orange and it's from Whimsy Stamps Spooky Kitties set.

I thought about using a new silhouette cat stamp on top, but it's not a Halloween cat, so I left it out.

Then I thought, what if I mask it with heat embossing and inkblend black  as it's Halloween, but I felt that might not we considered white/empty space, especially if the inkblending is a bit splotchy.

So ultra Clean and Simple.

To play along the Less is More Challenge, see this.

Teen Witch


Hello, today I'm showing you the Whimsy Stamps Digi Teen Witch from the Krista Heij Barber Line.

I printed it, then cut it out to the best of my abilities, frankly I'm too blind to do fine small cutting haha, but I did want the white rim to make the bats and moon pop from the background. I colored the image mostly with Graph it Brush markers as they have a fineliner nib (0.5mm) to get into the tight corners.

At first I made a different background, but I didn't like it, so I pull out the Whimsy Stamps Slimline Designer paper: Lost in Space for my starry background.

I then stamped the sentiment from yet more Whimsy Stamps: Spooky Kitties.

Adhered the background with tape runner and mounted the image with foamtape.

Find the  products I've used in the Whimsy Stamps Store:

Teen Witch digi:

Spooky Kitties Clear set:

Slimline paper pack:

#Whimsystamps #Digistamps #Handmadecard #cardmaker #designteam #CASCard #CopicColoring #CardsbyMaaike  #KristHeijBarber #DrawnbyKrista  #PunnyCard  #Distressinks    #Halloween, #BirthdayCard #Teencard #Witch #Teenwitch 

Sunday, 20 August 2023

AAA Card Challenges: #247 Sketch for a teen card


Hello, this fortnight we've got a sketch for you, specifically one aimed at teens, boys or girls, doesn't matter, 

I've used a Snowboarder from Marianne design stamps(HT1668) stamped it, cut it out with the coordinating dies and then colored it with Copic markers. White gelpen for some shiny details.

For the colors behind the snowboarder I've also used Marianne design (EC0162Eline's brushes) with Memento inks. Only in blue tones as I felt that looked like snow, maybe waves even if it were a surfer.

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things (Bitty Birthday Wishes) and I stamped in  the same blue Memento ink, I think was Bahama Blue.

Mounted the Snowboarder with Foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase.

As usual you have to weeks to enter you card here.

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Thursday, 17 August 2023

Aww you shouldn't have

 Hello, today I'm sharing my card for the Dudley Eyeball digi from Whimsy Stamps and the Dustin Pike Line.

I've prepped the digi and sentiment on the pc and later I've removed the "you can keep this treat"as I thought that's not funny, changed it in Photoshop once I finished the card into a few kind of sentiments like, Aww you shouldn't have, of For me? you shouldn't have, no really know what people say when they get a gift or , say, a bunch of flowers..Looked weird so I opted for this sentiment. something like: Erhmmm I'm allergic to eyeballs could be fun, or Can I still choose Trick? Anything goes at Halloween!

Otherwise it's a simple process: colored with Copics, gave him green cheeks as if he's feeling sick..I hope that comes across and I've added Glossy accents on the eyeball and slime, which , if colored red, might look more spooky and blue for  the wet eyeball, thought green, with a splash of glitterpen was best.

You and find the digi in the Whimsy Store:

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








Monday, 14 August 2023

Hello Pumpkin

 Hello, today I'm using the new digi set again: Gargoyle and friends from Whimsy Stamps and Dustin Pike.

I'm using the Gargoyle sitting on a pumpkin, which inspired the sentiment from another Whimsy Stamps set (clear set Spooky Kitties).

For the background I've inkblended Distress inks through a mask: Dried Marigold, Carved Pumpkin, Ripe Persimmon and Crackling Campfire.

The image I've printed , cut out and colored with alcohol markers, white gel pen on the eyes, then I've mounted the image with foamtape to make it stand proud of the background.

You can find the dig in the Whimsy Store:

The Sentiment from Spooky Kitties:

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Saturday, 12 August 2023



Hello, today I'm showing you the Whimsy Stamps Digi from the Dustin Pike line, Dudley Stitions.

My black cat Charlie, of course, is not bad luck, just a tiny bit evil ;-), but I don't believe in superstitions.

Anyway, for my card I've ordered the Whimsy Stamps EEK dieset, but I haven't received it yet and now I wonder if it needs it.

I will stick it on and take a second picture.

The background was made by diecutting a circle from masking paper  and masking the bottom of the card, I thought it could be a roof top, street, anything straight frankly, it's just to ground the scene.

After masking, I applied Distress inks Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Blueprint Sketch, then splattered with water and white acrylic paint for my stars.

Let is dry, then removed the circle mask and added the negative shape, so I could add color to the moon. I've just used what ever was left on my yellow and orange blending brushes,.

Colored the digi stamps with alcohol markers and mounted them with foamtape.

Sentiment is from a clear set, also Whimsy Stamps: Monster Birthday

And you can find them all  in the Whimsy Store:




#Whimsystamps #Digistamps #Handmadecard #cardmaker #designteam #CASCard #CopicColoring #CardsbyMaaike  #DustinPike  #PunnyCard  #Distressinks    #Halloween, #BirthdayCard #Blackcat







Wednesday, 9 August 2023

Scary Old


Hello, today I'm showing you a new Dustin Pike Digi, Dudley Spider, available at Whimsy Stamps of course.

I've masked the bottom of my cardbase and inkblended Distress inks above it (Milled Lavender, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves) and then Splattered it with a shimmer pen. On the picture it looks darker and more of a harsh blend than it's in real life, the colors actually make a fabulous gradient, it's just my dark rental.

For my card I prepped and printed the digi and then printed it, cut it out and colored it with alcohol markers (Graphit Brush), mounted it with foam tape and adhered it onto the cardbase. a few white gel pen details on Dudley.

I've used Versafine to stamp the sentiment from Whimsy Stamps (clearset) Monster Birthday.

Find the items in the Whimsy Shop:

Newest Digis:

Sentiment set:

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Tuesday, 8 August 2023

I want Candy...


I waaaaant candy, isn't that a song? yes? no? it's been stuck in my head anyway,, maybe a variation, doesn't matter, it's still funny.

For my card I've used the Whimsy Stamps Digi Mr.Mummy from the Krista Heij Barber line.

The sentiment and a few candies are also included, I didn't use the candy bits in the end.

For the background I've used a mask I made and Distress inks: Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord and Villainous Poison, then splattered with water and silver paint.

I've printed the digis, cut them out and them colored them with alcohol markers.

I thought the Mister Mummy looks more like a girl with pigtails chasing the candy. For a minute I thought I should color her accordingly, but went for bandage colors.

Stuck the sentiment on with liquid glue and the Mummy with foamtape.

Find the digi in the Whimsy Store:

#Whimsystamps #Digistamps #Handmadecard #cardmaker #designteam #CASCard #CopicColoring #CardsbyMaaike  #KristHeijBarber #DrawnbyKrista  #PunnyCard  #Distressinks    #Halloween, #BirthdayCard #Mummy 

Sunday, 6 August 2023

Fairy Happy

 Hello, there's a new challenge over at the Less is More blog, this fortnight it's : ONE layer card and photo inspiration.

I've mostly stuck to the daisy theme.

For y card, I cut a cardbase from Copic paper and stamped the images with Extreme black ink and the sentiment with Versafine ink. The set is from My Favorite Things (Fairy Happy) and I coloerd it with Copic markers.It does seep through to the inside, but it's one layer, so I had to, might fix that later.

I then added Nuvo Shimmer pen to the wings and white gel pen to the eyes

To play along with the Less is More Challenge, see this.

AAA Card Challenge #246: Sketch and the Option of a baby card


Hello, this fortnight we have a sketch and an optional twist to make it a baby card.
As usually you can rotate and or flip the sketch as long as we can see it in your CAS card.
I rotated the card to make it a portrait scene.
The dots are just for placement of your images or focal point, In a line. I've used three "dots" after trying a few designs.
for my card I've used a Mintopia stampset called Voy Volando  and a sentiment from Clearly Besotted (Tiny Type). and the cloud stencil from Marianne Design, I think it doesn't show well on camera as I used almost dry inkblending brushes for a faint line. 
The stampset comes with coordinating dies and so two of my dots are clouds and in the middle a bear cub in an airplane. I stamped it all with My Favorite Things Extreme black ink and colored it with Copic Markers.
I then adhered the  clouds with liquid glue and mounted the plane with foamtape so I could make a scene

To  play along and enter your card in the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.

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Saturday, 5 August 2023

I'm torn....

 Hello, today I'm using two of the new digis from Whimsy stamps and the Dustin Pike Collection: Dudley Graveyard and the cat from Dudley Stition, seems fitting for the scene and the Diecut Eek!, also Whimsy Stamps.

I've combined the digi's in Photoshop and then printed it, I mounted a sheet of black card to a "normal" white cardbase, then I thought the straight edges were a shame, so I ripped the edges and I think it looks kinda Spooky.

I've colored the scene with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers, glued it to the cardbase and glued the pale yellow "Eek" too, I thought it would complement the yellow in the Dragon and or it would be a Moon color.

You can find the digis in the Whimsy Store:

And the Eek!  word and shadow set

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







Friday, 4 August 2023

It's Fall it?

 Hello, today I'm showing you the Krista Hey Barber Fall Fox digistamp, available at Whimsy Stamps webshop.

It's a rather simple concept: prep the digi and sentiment, print it, cut it smaller than the cardbase, stick it on skewed, so cut it out again and use liquid glue this time to add it to the cardbase.

Then I colored it, not how I do it usually, but my paper was so curved , it felt better to stick it down today, might be the moisture in the air, don't know.

I've used alcohol markers for my scene and I stuck to mostly green leaves, starting to change color and falling down. I've also colored the letters in the sentiment in the same colors as the leaves.

You can find the digi in the Whimsy Shop:

#Whimsystamps #Digistamps #Handmadecard #cardmaker #designteam #CASCard #CopicColoring #CardsbyMaaike  #KristHeijBarber #DrawnbyKrista  #PunnyCard  #Distressinks    #Halloween, #BirthdayCard #Mummy