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Sunday, May 21, 2017

dry embossing

The AAA cards challenge, this fortnight, but only one week left, is about embossing.
I used  dry embossing, meaning pressing something into the cardbase by using and embossing folder, or as I did a set of nesting dies.
The dies are from Marianne design (basic shape dies cr1351) and I stuck them together first, so the individual dies wouldn't move on me in the machine, then I taped it in place on the card and passed it through my bigshot. I use a piece of silicone bakingmat as my embossing mat, I have a video on that included.

I then stamped the sentiment from a Wibra stampset with Versafine black onyx ink. Wibra is a chain of stores in the Netherlands and some of the Benelux I think, not sure, but they have a little crafts section, where once in a while I find a few gems.

The little girls dress is also I diecut, I bought it off a Facebook sales group and all I could find is the brand: Choose joy, but there are many similare products across the industry of the supplies I used.
The patterned paper is from Crafter's Companion little angel collection.

I used a bit of foamtape to pop the dress up.

For more information on the AAA cards challenge, see this

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Happier than a pig in mud....

The less is More challenge, this week is : geometric.

For my card and the geometric bit I used a TimHoltz/ Sizzix die (660220) and I diecut it from Crafter's Companion Neenah paper.

The I stamped the image and sentiment from Sugar Pea designs ( SPD00203) with Simon Says Stamp Intense black and colored the image with Spectrum Illustrator markers.

I traced the opening from the die cut on the cardbase and inkblended Distress inks behind the opening (mermaid lagoon and tumbled glass).

I thought the chicken wire would look like the pig's enclosure and the blue like the sky, maybe a bit of green for grass would have been cool, but trying to keep it tranquil and calm.

Mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it onto the cardbase.

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A bit of sparkle

A bit of sparkle, showcasing Simon Says Stamp products is the Wednesday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp.

For my card I used the Simon Says Stamp die, You are my favorite an I die cut it from 140lbs cardstock.

I tried the glitter bit first with Wow Embossing powders, but I wasn't wowed and ruined my new Versamark inkpad...full of glitter now...sigh.
Then I tried Elizabeth crafts double sided sticky tape with glitter, also meh...I got bald spots...then I tried the Distress inks Peacock
feathers and Distress glitter dust vintage platinum and the platinum came out the best.

At this point I was wondering why I didn't just use glitterpaper as glitter is everywhere!. Then remembered I wanted something of an ombre effect,  but that was not acchievable today ;-)

I rubbed the glitter dust into the sticky tape as best as possible and then past it through the die cutting machine as well.
A small piece of printer paper with more double sided tape behind the white panel was the perfect solution to place all the bits back.
Mounted the panel with foamtape and mounted it to my cardbase.
For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this

Everyday Christmas #2: Impression obsession cut outs, with video

For this week's card I inkblended Memento inks (love letter, lady bug and rhubarb stalk onto the carbase. I then spritzed it with Shimmer spritz sparkle spray.

I diecut the Impression Obsession die Christmas circle cutouts (Die482-x) from sturdy 140lbs cardstock, which I cut slightly smaller to make a frame.
I used Post-it tape to mask the edges.

I should have used Stick it on the back of this panel, but I thought it was wasteful, so instead I fiddle with glue to adhere a piece of acetate. It's not for a shaker, but for support of the fine details in the windows.

Mounted the panel with foam tape and adhered it to the background.

You can make this card quicker if you use red cardstock instead of inkblending, or red glitter paper and if you use Stick-it ;-)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spots and Stripes

Spots and Stripes is the challenge over at Less is More.
It took me a while to come up with this card, although the image is perfect I didn't think to use it.
I used the zebra from Les Jungles from Katzelkraft stamps and the sentiment from Paper Smooches' fun and flirty.
I have another sentiment from Art Impressions that would have works great too: "weird? please I'm a limited edition", but it was a tad too big I felt., maybe if I had stamped it on the bottom, oh well will go try later ;-).
I used Simon Says Stamp Intense black onto the Crafter's companion Neenah paper and colored the image with my Spectrum Noirs and Illustrator  markers.
I applied Nuvo glitter gloss shimmer pen over the jacket as an embellishment.

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Oldie but goodie: Little stinker, with video

My card today is made with Art Impressions stamp little stinker, sold out at the mo, but I just got it as Simon Says Stamp, it's from 2013 according to the package.
I stamped him with Simon Says Stamp Intense black onto Schut watercolor paper.
Masked him with liquid masking fluid with the use of a silicon nail art brush...see video why, ...epiphany moment there ;-)

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: home sweet home, and I don't know if this is a big stretch, but I thought babies/ families make a home and I don't really have home stamps.

After the masking fluid was dry I brushed on Distress inks for a light covering of the back, using a Post it not to mask the floor.
I mounted the panel with foam tape and used blue starry washi tape on the cardbase as my panels are always slightly narrower.

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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

we need to catch up, with video

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: going dotty, showcasing Stamping Bella products.

For my card I used the Stamping Bella chatty squidgy on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper with SSS intense black ink and then colored the image with my Spectrum Illustrator markers.
I gave the girl a dotted dress and oversized glasses. I made those with a Paper Smooches die (glasses) and cut it out pink mirrored card with Stick it on the back.
For the coloring I took inspiration from the patterned paper that I used. it was in a SSS cardstock but I don;t know which one.
I diecut the stamped image with a stitched detail and  mounted the panel with foamtape on the card.

I think the oversized glasses are so funny, like she stole them from her mother, like all girls do ;-)

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

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Everyday Christmas #1: shaker card and Memento inkblending, with video

For this Thursday's video and card, I'm starting with the Everyday Christmas, well every week Christmas lol.
I did a Christmas card last week as part of the Oldie but goodie series.

For this card I use the Create a smile cardkit, that came out November or December last year. They do not restock once sold out, but similar dies are available across the industry, think tree line instead of snowmen and round frame instead of ornament for example.

I started but diecutting the die from white cardstock. and used a circle die to cut out the backing and the acetate sheet as well.

Before cutting the backing I used my Memento dew drops and inkblending foams to apply, summer sky, Paris dusk and grape jelly in to the cardstock.
As when stamping with dye inks the ink goes on sort of splotchy but evens out miraculously when seeping into the paper, like when you stamp with them, especially bold and solid stamps.
I spritzed the night sky with sparkly Shimmer spritz.
Memento ink also reacts with water, a bit like Distress inks, see the video for some examples on that.
In the kit there was also a packet of Pretty Pink Posh sequins, no name on the package, but it has silver, blues and purples in the mix in various sizes, I'm sure you have similar ones in your stash. I usually mix my own, but this was right there! lol
To build my shaker I cut two layers of foamtape in really thin strips and by taking both backings off you can manipulate it perfectly into a round shape.

I positioned the diecut onto the night sky and adhered it with liquid glue.
closed the shaker by adhering the backing and then used red sticky tape to adhere the shaker pocket to a cardbase.

I stamped the sentiment with the same Paris Dusk ink, It is and oldie but goodie from Avery Elle (let is snow set).

Monday, May 8, 2017

Katzelkraft - les rats des villes, with video

The Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is: it's a frame up. Now I think they meant us to use frames, but my rat was mischievous and he framed the dog! can see him tiptoeing away from the I had so much fun coloring these, and as I posted my older ones (also included) I had many requests to do a coloring video and also had lovely compliments.

I made the sentiments in Photoshop, but Word would also work, I didn't even think about that. I can fit 4 on one big sheet of Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and passed it through the printer, just an inkjet printer.
I then cut up the paper, and as I'm never 100% sure where my printer prints, I may have to do some trimming to center the sentiment again. It's instantly matted that way, also a kind of frame ;-).

I then stamped the Katzelkraft images with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink and colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers. I used all the same colors on all cards, I like the yg (yellow green) with the bg (brown grey) and the cr (coral), as well as the ct and gy (citrus and golden yellow?)
After coloring I used tape runner to attach the panels to a cardbase.
These stamps are really new and I ordered them from France, but so did my Dutch kraftstore I guess, cos they came in at the same time, I know SSS carries Katzelkraft and I do so hope they will stock this one, it's hilarious!.

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

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Say Cheeeese!

The Less is More challenge, this week is yellow and grey.
So what better than a rat with cheese? I did allow for rosey cheeks and tail, I hope that's ok.

I used a  new Katzelkraft stampset called Les rats des villes. I chose the grumpy one as I thought that was funny with the sentiment...

I stamped him on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink and I colored him with my Spectrum  Noir markers.
I did the sentiment in Photoshop, I started with those and then cut up the sheet and then stamped.
I free handed the block of cheese.

I then mounted the panel onto the cardbase with tape runner.

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

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Through the porthole

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: a hint of pink, showcasing Hero Arts.
I pulled out all my hero arts things and found lots of Christmas sets and a deer layering, a koi layering and a goldfish layering set, not typically pink ;-)....So I opted to Used the Simon Says Stamp tric circle die to make portholes.
I had left over fishes from my previous card/video and so I colored those. The new vintage set from Spectrum Noir had these gorgeous "dirty" old colors (vintage) and the pv range was just a perfect vintage pink for my octopus.
The one fish started with BP (bright pinks) but it was too bright, so I toned her down with PP (pastel pinks). The other fish I chose to to yellow and orange.

The background is inkblended Distress inks (mermaid lagoon and salty ocean) with sprinkles of water droplets.
The portholes I've built up with a circle die that was almost the same size as the tri circle, I stacked two white rings and one gold metallic card on top of each other, to create dimension and the feel of real portholes.
I mounted the panel with foamtape and then placed the fishes inside the windows. If you really want the feel of windows add a layer of acetate. I didn't as I wanted my ocotpus in and out, like he's trying to come onto the ship! Now if you left that porhole open, the ship has probably sunk ;-) but hey...details details lol...

The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn (mermaid for you) and I stamped it with Versafine black onyx ink.

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

Monday, May 1, 2017

On the farm

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: the great outdoors, showcasing Paper artsy products.
I don;t have any, Love their whimsical flower stamps, but I love so many things crafty...can't buy everything....if only lol...
I'm also entering in into the AAA cards challenge: Bright and Beautiful.
For my card I depicted a farm scene, that's outside, rural, I envisage  a big ranch somewhere, Kansas by the look of the barn...

I used the Sugar Pea design farm scape to cut out the farm scene, mounted it with foam tape. Behind it on the cardbase I inkblended Distress ink broken china.

For the pigs I stamped the My favorite things from Sew much cuteness as well as the butterfly, In Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink onto the Crafter's companion neenah paper.
Colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers and also mounted them with foam tape.

I wasn't sure which sentiment to use, so I left one out until the right occasion presents itself.

I considered ink blending the white fields with mowed lawn Distress ink, but I thought the piggies would blend into the background and as you know, I like my cards CAS.

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

Thursday, April 27, 2017

You are always on my mind...with video

Certainly thue for cats thinking about a yummy bird dinner ;-) hehe...My boy Tjeerd has come home with the odd bird and bat! urgh he doesn't eat them as he's few properly and athough not hungry like they used to be in the wild, they still have the urge to hunt, it's in their dna, so I go "oh well done, good boy" while my heart sinks a little.

Anyway I got my prize in from the Hero arts anniversary bloghop and I won a giftcard for Newton's Nook designs. I got the new birdbath, wild child and the splendind stags dieset, working ahead for Christmas lol.

Also got in my small order from Seven hill crafts and it all came together in the card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: anything goes showcasing Newton's Nook products.
I ordered the Sugar pea designs stampset this little piggy with another giftcard from Simon says Stamp and I thought the die next to it was the farmscape, but it turned out to the the schoolscape, and they couldn't change it anymore. So I went to look for the farmscape one closer to home,  because of the price of international postage. I ended up in England at Seven Hill crafts and got it in yesterday as well with a little thank you in Dutch, that was cool.

For my card I stamped Newton, now Tjeerd, onto hot pressed watercolor paper from Schut with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink, and well one pass was enough, even with the new stamps, but I stamped it twice, just because I can ;-)
I used Talens ecoline to watercolor the image and then cut him out and went around the edges with a black Memento marker. I then used the Nuvo glitter gloss pen on the water

For the homscape panel I used Bristol smooth card and diecut the homescape from the top, leaving the card as long as possible, so I could decide later where to chop it. traced the edge onto the cardbase and applied Distress ink Tumbled glass with a mini inkblending tool, Just enough so the houses would show better and to  break up all the white and camouflage the fact the Bristol is slightly creamier in color than my cardbase.

I stamped the sentiment from the birdbath set with Versafine black onyx ink. and the little flying bird with the intense black again. I colored it with the Spectrum Aqua pens (sunflower and marigold)
Mounted the panel with foamtape and the Birdbath as well.
Adhered everything together.

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

what an old goat!, with videos

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: we've got  your number, meaning adding a number to your project.
Now for me one wasn't enough, instead I made a backdrop with it.
I had planned to watercolor my goat from Art Impressions (old goat set) and had stamped him with Simon Says Stamp intense black on hot pressed watercolor paper. I did a test cut on the Scan N cut, and adjusted the blade accordingly, somehow though on the stamped bit it didn't cut through again.

Tried to finish cutting him with my scissors, looked dreadful and I actually flung it across the room and started again with Crafter's Companion Neenah solar paper and then used the Spectrum Illustrators to color him, I think it's a him ;-).
 I'm glad I did the cutting first, can you imagine ruining that bit after you colored it?

After I finished the goat I placed all the numbers from Lawn Fawn's Finley 1.2.3 on the black cardstock and diecut the whole panel, using some numbers twice.

I used the same colors Distress inks for my inkblending (cracked pistachio, Victorian Velvet and Peacock feathers) I inkblended directly on to my cardbase, which is digital or laser copy paper from Canon, slightly coated, very nice and smooth.

Mounted the black panel with loads of tiny foam squares and adhered it to the base.
I stamped the sentiment form Simon Says Stamp Birthday 3x4 set with Versamark and I used Wow! opaque bright white to emboss it. Not perfect, but OK.
More foam squares on the back of the goat and I placed him slightly off the cardbase for a fun and playful detail.

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

Sunday, April 23, 2017

two little square giftboxes out of one sheet of 12x12" paper

The boxes were inspired by my jumbo tealight box, but bigger. Of course you can put anything in it, even in the little tealight one, like earrings or such. I used my necklace to show you.

For the biggest one you need a piece of paper sized 6x11", cut down vertically (with the pattern), cut off 1 inch first, so you could use that strip as a belly band.

Then score on the long side at: 1",5",6", and 10"
On the short side score at"1"and 5  inches.
Cut and notch and fold and reinforce the score lines as shown in video or on pattern.
the patterns are an approximation, not the right size or straight even!

For the medium box you need a piece of paper sized 5"x9", also take not of your pattern.
Score on the long side at: 1", 4",5" and 8".
Score on the short side at: 1"and 4 inches.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

work it wednesday challenge

So as I remade my grouchy kitty I can enter this one in to the Work it Wednesdays challenge over as Simon Says Stamp.

The stamps is from C.C. Design and the sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

I stamped the kitty with Simon Says Stamo Intense black on Crafter's Companion paper for Spectrum Noir coloring.
I stamped the sentiment with Versafine black onyx ink.
I chose a bit of patterned paper from A Simon Says Stamp card kit, I just can't remember which one.
Adhered the patterned paper with tape runner to the cardbase, and mounted the colored panel with foam tape on top

My cats hate water, seriously it's like they'd melt, not scared of fireworks or lightning, they even sit oustide to look at storms, but as soon as one drop hits their body, zoooof inside, kinda funny ;-) So I colored the kitty a bit like my own, se ehow they keep me company while I work on the computer....

For more information on the Simon Says Stamo Work it Wednesdays, see this

You are my sunshine...

The Less is More Challenge is: stripe(s) and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is:  splash it on. The SSS Wedneday Challenge is flowers/showers.

So a kitty in the rain, might make quite a splash ;-).
I wasn't really prepared for the size of this image, on the packaging it's slightly bigger, so that threw me somewhat. The stamp is from C.C. Design and it's called grouchy kitty rb1023.
I stamped him (i think it's a him) with Simon Says Stamp Intense black and colored him with my Spectrum Noir markers. I used to have a red rain cape when I was small, but that's for girls so I gave him a yellow coat, much like on the image, I colored him with blue grays so look somewhat like my own cats, so I gave him a black nose. On the image it's
pink, didn't like that .

The sentiment is from Paper Smooches (fun and flirty) and I also stamped it with SSS intense black, didn't want to chance it a second time as I had already messed it up once, it was first on the bottom and I wanted to align the sentiment so I masked off the lower line and oh well it all went wrong ;-).

I had chosen a different patterned paper as well, but as my panel shrunk I didn't have enough of that one (it had grey, yellow green and a bit of pink in it. blue too tying in all the colors....maybe I should start again...17-118 was as I envisaged...

Mounted the panel with foam tape,. adhered the patterned paper onto the cardbase with tape runner and mounted it all together.

Still cute, not as I envisaged,but still good! I want to be honest and I don't like to pretend this is how it was meant to be...

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

Friday, April 21, 2017

new Dutch line of dies from Crafter's Companion, nieuwe stanzen van Crafter's Companion

I'm sharing two of the four design I made for Crafter's Companion Nederland today.
The new edgeables Amsterdamse grachten and Typisch Holland (Canals of Amsterdam and typical Holland).
The first card I made with a patterned paper with little watercolored flowers, as if they're outside.
I die cut the couple from sturdy 140lbs cardstock.
I then cut it to the size of my card and used blue and red cardstock behind the diecut. That was very hard to cut to size and make it fit, but I made it in the end ;-) And I like the nod to the Dutch flag colors.
Adhered the diecut panel with foamtape. Kusjes means kisses and is also a Crafter's companion die from the essentials lines only words.

Vandaag ook een blog in het Nederlands voor het Crafter's Companion Nederland team.
Ik deel alvast twee van de vier ontwerpen vandaag.
de eerste kaart is de Typisch Holland edgeable stans van Crafter's Companion. Ik het hem uitgensneden van 300grams stevig  wit karton en daarna blauw en rood karton erachter geplakt.
Dat was nog een heel gedoe en gemeet, maar het is gelukt en ik vind de knipoog naar onze vlag kleuren zo leuk. De achtergron is van 12x12 papier gesneden. de stans Knsjes is ook van Crafter's Companion en is van de essentials-only words lijn.

The second cards is a view of a canal in Amsterdam with the tourist boat.
The  die was cut from black cardstock and I lined the water with blue glitter paper. The background is cut from a piece of 12x12 as I thought it looked like clouds.
The windows in the houses can open, so I folded a few open.
Mounted the die cut with foam tape and adhered some little blue flowers.
The Groetjes (greetings) is also from Crafter's companion from the essential-only words line.

De tweede kaart is Amsterdamse grachten met rondvaart boat. Ik heb hem uitgesneden uit dik zwart karton en daarna het "water" met blauw glitter papier bedekt.
Sommige van de raampjes heb ik open gevouwen en daarna alles met foamtape gemonteerd op de achtergrond, die ik op wolken vond lijken, komt uit een 12x12 block. Paar blauwe bloemetjes op de voorgrond.
Groetjes is van de Essentials- only words, lijn.