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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Emptying the project bin, with video

I have a bin I put cards in, usually I'm not too happy with, or I didn't finish, or I don't know how to finish just yet. But once in a while I go through the bin, I trash  stuff I still don't like, or gift it/donate it to people who do.

Others might just be unfinished, like ,my purple roses I ran out of color in my ice cube trays. I do take coloring things to my volunteering work as sometimes it';s really, really quiet and I pass time coloring, again those add to the pile.

I recently ordered a bunch of enamel dots from Ali Express and although small sheets, they are only 75 euro cents, like 90 dollar cents, compared to 4-5 dollar I think it's good value and I esp love the ones with glitter, of course ;-) And I did go back to order all the other colors and some with heartshapes

So i make piles with the ones that are colored, ones that need finishing and start pulling them together into cards.
I did stamp the sentiments last night, but I forgot to record that bit, making a decision on what kind of card it will be is usually the biggest hurdle for me.

Some cards have smudges and inky things so I try to erase them, if that doesn't work I add some of enamel dots and or rhinestones.

Where needed a bit of washitape and foamtape, but mostly simple layers with tape runner.

I hope this will inspire you to go through your unfinished or rejected work and do something with it :-D




Thursday, October 19, 2017

Memento Ink blending recipes, with video



I made recipes for Distress inks about a year ago, or a bit longer. Today I thought I should do the same for Memento inks. As I blend with them quite often it would be handy to have a view of the recipes I came up with, rather than reinventing the same recipes over and over.
So I looked at my color chart and picked colors I thought would go well together. Some didn't work as well, but most of them are OK, if not super.
I had four colos of  ink left after I made all the strips I had thought of and, well, I had to include those four too, right?

To make the cards, I cut up a sheet of paper (in this case old logo paper from a company I was given), not my regular cardstock, and it doesn't blend as well, but well enough for this.
I mean these are just to give you/me an idea, I won't be using these on a card!

I cut 3cm strips, a little over 2 inch as our paper is 21cm, so it would give me 14 swatches out of one sheet.

Then I started the inkblending, most are with three, some have four colors, so some swatches have a white bit at the bottom, feel free to inkblend all of the strips if you want.
My hands are aching now, so I hope you can still read my rheumatic handwriting ;-)
If you prefer you could print the ink names and then attach the swatches, but I found it hard to position it.

My scanner has made high contrast scans, that's not how my inkblending looks!, but again, it's just for reference, I would urge you to  make your own, if you're interested.

Remember Memento reacts with water, much like the Distress inks. the smooth out wonderfully, better than Distress inks to be honest.
If you're new to stamping and need good stamping inks and blending ink and can't buy both, get these first ;-)

I haven't tried them as watercolors yet, not sure if they'd work for that, we'll see.



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Everyday Christmas card series #21, with video

Today I'm using a digi stamp from Digistamp Boutique. It's an UK based company and I paid through Paypal.
I'm using one of the images from cute penguin set and one of the sentiments.
I sized it in Photoshop with three others to fill one sheet of Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and printed it with  my inkjet printer. One of my cartridges is a pigment ink, there's two black ones, not sure which is used when, but it seems to work with my Spectrum Noir markers.

I cut the image to size, then decided to make it into a Polaroid style and then I decided to chop off the sentiment and place it underneath the image instead....

Colored the penguins with Spectrum Noir lol.
markers, added lashes to the penguin on the right, so it's now a couple. I used blue and green on the scarf for the boy penguin, but you could use girlie colors on the scarf and add lashes to the left penguin too, so versatile

Mounted the panels with foamtape and used my triangle ruler to make sure it's all lined up straight.

Nuvo shimmer pen on their beaks, why not?


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Merry & Bright

This week's theme over at Less is More is: one layer and stars.

For my card I made my own shimmer paste with Ranger transparent glossy embossing paste and Ranger Perfect Pearls and Shine powder from Kippers.

I cut a sheet of black card in half and folded it to make my card. Then I applied the paste through the Simon Says Stamp Falling stars stencil and let it dry. I used three shades of blue on this, but on my test run I used purples and pinks...But I made a panel out of it, so not one layer anymore....

Heat embossed the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp (3x4 Christmas) with Papermania superfine silver.

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

AAA cards Challenge #101, with 2 videos

This fortnight the AAA cards Challenge is: inspired by a film.
Our sponsor this time isWinnie & Walter and you could win a $25 gift certificate.

I was inspired by the film Under the Tuscan sky, it's from way back in 2003, but it's on TV a lot and I watch it every time, as I love the villa she buys and the story of course.

In this movie Francis gets divorced and whilst on holiday, she decides to by a Tuscan villa and stay in Italy.
She meets a guy and at one point in the movie she goes down to see him. She asks the policeman on a blue scooter for a lift. She is wearing a white dress as in his dream.
That was a bit hard on this stamp from
Newton's Nook (Newton scoots by), so I decided to color the cat as Francis' hair and give the cat a white scarf, kept the  blue scooter.
I did all the coloring on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper with Spectrum Noir markers.
I did the highlights with a white gelpen. I stamped the image with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink and had the Brother scan & cut do it's magic.

The landscape is a dieset from Marianne design (lr0482 Tuscan landscape) and the road is from Sugar pea design (either home or school scape).

I did a lot of diecutting and then inlaying them into each other.
As one of the requirements of our challenge blog is to keep the layers to a minimum, now it looks like three but it's only one ;-).
I shaded the middle one a little with Distress inks Shabby shutters and a finger dauber. I did pull three colors of green, but I didn't like the lightest really and with the shading there's a bit more vidual depth.


The sentiment is also from the Newton's Nook set and I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink in my Stampers friend from Be Creative.

Mounted the landscape with foamtape, but tape runner would also have worked and also mounted Newton with foamtape.

I hope you can see the movie in my card ;-)

For more information on the AAA cards challenge, or to play along, see this

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thinking of you...

Is the theme of the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, showcasing Memory box.
It's almost a year ago my mother passed away and my first Christmas kinda sucked. I kept myself busy but I can relate to how it is a not so nice time for some people.

So I made kind of a Christmas card, but with a thinking of you sentiment from Stampendous (encouraging words).
For the circle I sued Memory Box  tree branch circle and cut it from a panel, slightly smaller than the cardbase.

Traced the opening on the cardbase, so I knew where to inkblend. I used Memento ink ( nautical blue, teal zeal and summer sky) and I spritzed it with water for a snowy effect
in the background. The sentiment is also stamped with Memento nautical blue as I felt black might be too stark. I did consider making the edges black around the  panel, but yeah I decided against it.

I diecut the retro deer from Simon Says Stamp out of brown card and stuck a red enamel dot on his nose as a little wink to the recipient. Maybe get a smile out of them.

I mounted the panel with foamtape and then tucked the deer under the trees, using tape runner.

For more information or to play along to the Simkon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Treat bag for Halloween and Christmas

 The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is : not a card.

So I made a treatbag.
I made mine Christmassy, but then I also filmed it for my YouTube channel next week with Halloween stamps, ofcourse if you use other kinds of paper it could be for teachers, parties, birthdays, weddings etc.

I don't have the Lawn Fawn die and frankly with my scoreboard I can do more, different sizes and projects.
I made it to fit 2 out one sheet of 12x12 and you need a piece of paper that is 6"x12".
You can make it taller, but 6" is the width of my Big Shot if you want to diecut out the "handles", I used a small rectangle shaped die with rounded corners.

Score on the long side at: 2", 5", 7"and 10" then on the short side at 2"only.
Burnish your scorelines, then cut the bottom and notch them slightly.

I used a hole punch to make 4 holes and  then fed some silver ribbon through it, and tied it together.
You can also just stample the ribbon to the bag and or hot glue the ribbon also.
My hole punch is a little big and the smaller one was too tiny to feed ribbon trhough, maybe bakerstwine would have been better, but hey, you live and learn.

I use hot glue to put  my boxes and treatbags together, it's faster and more secure than tape or liquid glue, but you can
use anything you like ;-)

If you want to see how I made it, the video is going live on October 26th 0:00 Amsterdam time.

For more information or to play along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this


Everyday Christmas card series #20, Gerda Steiner design digis, with video

For today's card I used a digistamp from Gerda Steiner designs. Little Christmas reindeer. It's a pack of digital stamps. I also printed out the Christmas tree, which is a free digistamp.
On the other sheets there are digis from DigiStamp boutique, and I made little scenes with the tree borders, the GSD mummy cat and the little gnomes, those are all separate images.

But I'm using the little Christmas reindeer. Printed it with  my inkjet printer onto the Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers.
Bit of shimmer on the ornaments and nose with the Nuvo shimmer pen (clear gloss) and a white gelpen to emphasis the shine even more.

I added the sentiment whilst is was in Photoshop. Matted the panel to centre it all up again and adhered it to the cardbase with taperunner.



Sunday, October 8, 2017

challenge 4: make and mail

I made this card for the My Favorite Things (MFT) WCMD (world card making day) challenge #4 and the SimoN Says Stamp wcmd challenge.

I also made it for a friend, she's going through a tough spot right now, so I pulled out the  friends furrever and the polar bear pals, they both have images where critters are hugging, but I decided on the polar bear pals as they're sitting down and I wanted them to sit on to of the MFT Hugs die.

I made the card into a shaker card, but diecutting the Hugs from a 140lbs cardpanel, mounted acetate and foamtape and filled the shaker bit with micro diamonds, these are actually pointy, not flat and intended for nail art.

I swiped Distress inks tumbled glass on the cardbase behind the opening for a  wintry northpole iceberg feel.

I stamped the images on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers, then had the Scan n cut cut them out.

On the inside I stamped the sentiment from the same set with Versafine onyx black ink and adhered the second polar bear with tape runner, much like the one on the front.



For more information on the MFT challenge, or to play along, see this
For more information on the Simon Says Stamp WMCD challenge, see this

Die namics design

the second challenge over at My Favorite Things (MFT) wcmd (World card making day) is to use dies only.

I don't have many of the MFT dies, so this took a lot of thinking.
I came up with this fall card using the Safari tree from MFT and I diecut the tree three times, but ended up using just one on the card.
I also die cut the canopy from a piece of watercolored paper with Distress inks on it in fall type colors, although the red went a bit pink, but hey...
I used the MFT snowdrift dies for the hills I cut out of a stripey watercolored look 12x12 sheet, that's from Craft Sensations, I hope that's OK. I thought the stripes could look like fields with produce and the sky is also a piece of paper I cut from a greys blue.

I then cut the MFT Happy wonderful Christmas dies several times out of brown card to make Happy Fall instead I adhered it with liquid glue, was thinking about stacking them, but that would have taken many many passes and well give me a lot of waste, and I didn't want brown letters.

The hill in the front is mounted with foamtape for dimension, the sky and back hill with taperunner and the tree has flat and raised leaf bits.
I wanted to add red enamel dots as if they were appels, but I didn't have any :-(

For more information or to play along with the MFT challenge, see this

Everyday Christmas card series #19, with videos

Today I have a two part video.
One is the making and assembly of the card and the other is the middle bit where I color the wonderful reindeer from Pernilla Nilsson.
If you're interested in one or more of her digi stamps. go to her Facebook page and then to albums, there's a free to download one and with the other you just put "buy" under the photo and she will contact you with the payment for Paypal. It's Paypal only I believe, but I think she's wonderful, great digistamps and they're about one dollar each (90Swedish krone).

I made the file with sentiment in a photo editing software. It doesn't come with the text, but while I was there I added it for convenience.
I think the reindeer is more a birthday reindeer with a party hat, maybe a new year's eve one too, but I gave him a Christmassy red and green party hat ;-)

Printed the file with my inkjet printer onto the Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and cut it to a cardzise. I  can fit four card fronts on one sheet, and that's what I did.
My printer is a bit weird with the printing, It's never comes out centered, so I cut it a bit more and filled the gap with a silvery glitter washi tape, much like I do with my watercolor panels.

I never used this Talens masking fluid on anything else but watercolor paper, that's what masking fluid is intended for and well it was a bit nerve wrecking, but it worked. I used my silicon nail art brushes to apply the masking fluid. I  have a video on that too, no more messed up paint brushes ;-)

The masking fluid did react a bit with the inkjet inkt, but nothing too serious. I also left a couple of "leaks" so you can see some Distress inking on Rudolph, but again nothing serious.

For the inkblending behind him I used Distress inks Mermaid Lagoon and Mowed lawn. I wanted just a halo of sky around him, but gave him terra firma to stand on ;-).
I then splattered Dylusions white linen and Distress spray stain Brushed pewter before removing the masking fluid.

I colored the reindeer in a separate video as otherwise it would have been a very long vid. I used mainly my Spectrum Illustrators but also a few Noirs as they were with in reach hehe.
The masking fluid did alter the surface a little and blending was different, but not bad at all.
After coloring I applied Nuvo shimmer pen (clear gloss) on the party hat and on his nose and then Ranger glossy accents on his nose and heart and let it dry.

Then mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered him to the cardbase.






Saturday, October 7, 2017

rainbows, unicorns and glitter

Happy World cardmaking day 2017.
MFT (my Favorite Things) is holding a trio of challenges and the first one is/was rainbows.

So for my card I applied a rainbow in Talens ecoline (a fluid watercolor), a really vibrant watercolor. I wetted the watercolorpaper first, which made the colors run and blend ( a little too much) but I like it.
Let it dry and then Spritzed it with Shimmer spritz (sparkle), can you see the speckles?
I stamped the image from magical unicorns on Crafter's companion Neenah paper and colored him with Spectrum Noir markers and then cut him out with the Scan N Cut. Also spritzed him with the shimmer spritz :-D

My watercolor panels are always slightly narrower than the cardbase and although I could chop the cardbase, I prefer to fill the gap with a  fun washi tape.
I Stamped the sentiment with Versafine onyx blackink.
Mounted the rainbow panel with foam tape and adhered it to the cardbase, then mounted the unicorn with foam tape as well and mounted him on the rainbow.

For more information or to play along with the My Favorite Things challenge, see this

Friday, October 6, 2017

Let it snow

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: a walk on the dark side showcasing Tim Holtz products.
The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: Christmas showcasing Penny Black.

Last week I used the Penny Black just a note as a Christmas card, this week I'm using the Penny Black  Merry Delight.

I stamped the snowman from with SSS intense black ink onto Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored him with Spectrum Noir markers. Then cut him out as my partial diecutting went totally wrong ;-)....sst do not tell anyone.

So instead I diecut just a circle from a
cardpanel that is slightly smaller than my cardbase.
Traced the circle on the cardbase, drew a few snowflakes, but they could be stars too with a Versamarker and then applied Wow! glow in the dark embossing powder and heat set it.

For my night sky I applied Distress inks with a mini blending tool, I've used black soot, chipped sapphire and faded jeans.
That would be my dark bit.
I stamped the sentiment from the same Penny Black set with Versafine onyx black ink and heat set it too.

Mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it ont he cardbase. Don't know if you can see it, but I didn't centre the

panel,instead I tucked into the right bottom corner.
I thought that would be a little different than usual.
Also mounted some foamtape on the snowman where he overhangs the circle and taperunner on the other bit and adhered him to the card.

It was really hard to get a photo of the glow in the dark bit, but I managed a crappy one ;-)


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, October 1, 2017

AAA cards challenge #100: sketch Challenge, with video

This fortnight (October 1st-14th) the challenge is to make a card following a sketch.

Our sponsor this time is Happy Little Stampers and you could win a $20 gift card if you play along.


For my card I made a stencil from card stock with circle dies. I wanted 5 gumballs in a row.
So I measured and found this size die was the best. Started in the middle, then the outer two and then the last two towards the center, It's easier to space them that way.
I used Distress inks to color the treats and the colors I used are: candied apple, mustard seed, mowed lawn, mermaid lagoon and wilted violet. To apply the ink I masked off the circles next to one and I used a finger dauber.
For the shine I used a white gel pen. 
The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp (it's your birthday 3x4 set) and I stamped it
with Versafine onyx black ink.

Added matching rhinestones to reinforce the gumball theme. Now if people see something different in these , like marbles, or snooker balls, or other, then that's fine too ;-)

For more information or to play along the AAA cards challenge, see this