Thursday, December 14, 2017

C.C. Design Grouchy Snowman with Spectrum Illustrator markers, with video

Today I'm starting a mini series: 4 parts with different alcohol markers and one waterbased marker.

All digi's from C.C. Design and today I'm using grouchy snowman. I've added the sentiment in Photoshop and printed the digis on Crafter's Companion Neenah solar white ultra smooth paper and I colored it with the Illustrator markers.
For shimmer I used the Nuvo shimmer pen on the nose and snow.
Added the panel to the cardbase with tape runner.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Birthday candles!

The Less is More challenge this week is One layer and candles.

So for my card I used the Penny Black woodmounted stamp A winner and stamped it with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink.
The sentiment is also from Simon Says Stamp ( It's your birthday 3x4) and I also stemped it with intense black ink and an acryllic block! I felt lucky my hedghog got a perfect impression being on a woodblock I couldn't use the Stampers friend or Misti or alike and so I also handstamped the sentiment and you can see not  perfect. I didn't want to risk a second stamping without a stamping tool and since it's one layer week I also couldn't cover it up with a banner or such, but hey it's  handmade and doesn;t need to be perfect everytime!

I colored my image with Spectrum Illustrator markers.

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

P.s. last week's card didn't get more than two comments, I hope this will please the playing  Limettes more ;-)

Christmas giftbags

Next week Monday is my birthday, and instead of cake I'm going to hand out these treats at work. And the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, is all about gifts, so I thought that is a perfect match!.

I made them with 12x12"paper and you can get 2 out of one sheet. (i think the one in the middle is My Minds Eye, but I had it for years, so I'm not certain) the rest are from blocks.

You need a piece of paper that is 6x12" and you score on the short side at 2"

On the long side you score at 2", 5", 7", and 10". Burnish the score lines, then cut as indicated on the pattern.

Glue shut  and attach ribbon as a handle, I only did one one these, because of the more expensive ribbon, but I made some for our store at work too and I used that cheap, though glittery, ribbon for gifts and attached two handles. and a little jingle bell, they can remove and use in their tree if they want, it's stapled to the bag.

In the bags there's some handmade glittery tealights, a tealight holder, matches to light the tealights of course, a lip balm, and some treats, either chocolates or a candy cane.
soap, scented

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, gift it, see this.

AAA cards challenge #105: sparkle with video

This time the theme is: sparkle.
Our sponsor this time is Happy Little Stampers and you could win a $20 gift certificate.

And you get more time than the usual two weeks.

For my card I masked of about half (little less) on the cardfront. I intended to make a horizontal card, but it  turned into a portrait style card, oh well.

I inkblended Distress ink on the card ( picked raspberry, wilted violet, mermaid lagoon, mustard seed, twisted citron and candied apple) with the mini inkblending tools.

Then I grabbed two stencils ( Simon Says Stamp dotted circles) and one I made with nesting circle dies. and applied Lawn Fawn Yeti pigment inks over the background.

The idea was to make a sky full of fireworks, and then the bokeh effect as if I took a photo.
I don't have a fireworks stamp, you might need a bit of imagination ;-).

I heat set the pigment ink after applying it and then I layered other dots in top. It's important the biggest dots are the faintest and the smallest the most intense white.

After that I positioned my sentiment stamp from Wibra perfectly, and then I moved the cardbase...urgh..but I evened out with some glittery enamel dots.

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and applied Wow! vintage peacock and heat set it. It's a fabulous glittery  powder, that just reinforces the theme of our challenge.

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

Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Christmas wish for you

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: Icy inspiration.
There's also an extra challenge running on the SImon Says Stamp blog: Christmas card day.

So for my card I used the Simon Says Stamp falling snow stencil. I mixed Ranger glossy texture paste with Distress glitter peacock feathers and a drop of the same color reinker into the paste and applies it through the stencil. I thought that could be my icy bit.

The little penguin is from Art Impressions (Christmas cheer set) and I stamped it with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink onto Crafter's Companion Neenah paper, and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. Some Nuvo shimmer pen on the star.
The sentiment is from the same set and I stamped it with Versafine Onyx black ink.
Cut out the penguin and mounted it with foamtape to the cardbase. I used the edge of the card to ground him.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Everyday Christmas card series #26, using bleach, with video

For today's card and video I used Distress inks and bleach!.
Yes instead of just water, I mixed in a little household bleach for a more dramatic effect.

I started my card by diecutting the Memory Box Enchanted deer collage die from sturdy 300grams/140lbs card, it's the same I use for my cardbases.

For the background I sued Distress inks Chipped sapphire, broken china and tumbled glass.
The green I show in the video is bundled sage, peeled paint and forest moss.

After the inkblending I splattered on the water/bleach solution and heat set it. The effect  becomes apparent when you start heat setting it.
I then splattered on Talens White ecoline and Distress spray stain brushed pewter.
I thought the shimmer is nice for Christmas and it's repeated in the sentiment.

The sentiment comes from the CAS-ual Fridays set calle lovely snowflake.
I used Versamark to stamp it and PaperMania superfine silver embossing powder. Then heat set it.

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

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Male room challenge

This card is inpsired a lot by the one I made for the Less is More challenge. But I added kraft card for the wreath instead of white and I likve it a lot for a man.

I diecut the "wreath" from red and green also as I was still in the red and green mood and stacked the three layers. so when you peek from the side the colors show.
I diecut the  holly and berries from glitter cardstock and mounted them on the wreath, with foam or glue where it was flush.

I think next stemp is to try it from all kraft :-D

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

Here's the other card I made earlier (detail)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Red and green

That's the challenge this week over at Less is More. And boy do I dislike red and green together, so it took me a few days to come up with a design I like.

I love red and purple and green and purple, but red and green doesn't go together in my  head ;-) I know it's traditional Christmas colors, but that's probably why I embrace non traditional colors haha. A red flower with a green stem, that works somehow though....Christmas green is just not an appealing color to me ;-)

Anyway for the card I diecut the Merry Christmas twice out of red and twice our of green card and once out of white. Stacked them all up with liquid glue and adhered it to the cardbase. I would have preferred to only do one layer of red and one of green, but the paper I used is so thin you could barely see it.

I diecut the holly and berries from red and green glitter card and attached them with foam and liquid glue.

I'd say it's pretty  much as CAS as I can get ;-)

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

Making a stencil with slider dies, MISTI money saving tip, with video

For my card I thought to use the Lawn Fawn slide on over set, but not to make a slider card.

I used the biggest straight line straight line to make a stencil. I used grid paper from the SSS MISTI pack, but any will do.

I used this grid paper as I also wanted to show you how I made a grid in Word, printed it, had it copied onto overhead project sheets and then cut to size to fit my Stamper's friend, or the MISTI or any stamping tool you have.
I bought the SSS grid once, but it's small and not metric size friendly. With this all over grid, it really doesn't matter which system you adhere to as you get the full coverage. I think one sheet including copying was 60 euro cents, so, you brainer and whilst I was there I made a few extras for the future or my other stamping tools.

Back to the card. I used the grid to align my die, I started with the outer ones, then the centre and  divided the leftover space in two.
I think it turned out pretty even. I had a smudge though and so instead of a cardbase I turned it into a panel, trying to cut off as little as possible.

I used Distress inks and a mini inkblending tool to apply ink in the "channels" (candied apple, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, twisted citron, mermaid lagoon, blueprint sketch and wilted violet).

Then I took my spray bottle that contains water and a bit of bleach and spritzed and splattered the panel. It distressed the rather graphic stripes. You could also splatter on Distress spray stains in the same colors if you have them or white and silver, but I think that might take away from the graphic feel, instead I used a few enamel dots.
Heat set it the applied foamtape and adhered it to a new cardbase.

Diecut the SSS painted thanks from black card with Stick it on it and adhered it to the card, then matched up some glittery enamel dots (as my splatter).

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Everyday Christmas card series #25, ultra thick glitter layer experiment, with video

For today's cards I experimented a little.
Also I have learnt 20-24 hours is not enough drying time ;-).

For my card I started by making a thick mask, from cardstock. I don't have the right shape rectangles, but if you do, please used those.

In hindsight, I might not have needed the mask at all, but you live and learn.

For my really thick glitter layer I used Ranger texture paste trasnparent gloss and all sorts of chunky glitter and star confetti. I made three colors in the video and then made some more afterwards, to see if diecutting first works and spreading the paste on without a rim works.

And yes for these 6 cards I used the whole jar of 3fl oz. oops...but I thoguht worth it. Also I found my open jar goes a bit lumpy after a while, so best to use it up :-D

On the second three cards (not in the video) I just spread it, like a sandwich and I diecut the shapes first.
You  need quite a thick card to absorb all the moisture and you'll also need a lot of patience, as mine weren't completely dry after 24 hours. the second batch I left for 48 or more.
I must say the result is glorious and quite heavy, but lovely and shimmery and colorful. No way anyone will have the same paper, if you could buy this one as a patterned paper that it ....
Try it, be patient and amaze yourself!

The blue card has some finer Distres glitter in it (peacock feathers), but I wuld advise to use chunky, looks much cooler.

The words are from Sizzix (I bought them second hand, not sure they're still available #660057) I would suggest you used something that is bolder in design to compete with the busy background, a dainty little die cut won't even show up, even in black, see video.

All the work to make the frame and then I matted the panels so I could wrap the sentment around them, and to neaten them up as I had some seepage. That's were the idea came from to just spread it on a sized panel, and that worked just as well, it's even easier and faster.

One I adorned with a tree from Uniko and the other I left as a star, the last one I'm not sure how to finish it  just yet.

Friday, December 1, 2017

1000 youtube subscribers giveaway winners announced, with video

So I've drawn the winners and they are:

-Jane Alter for the 100sk Pernilla Nilsson   digis
-Erna Nuwolt for the 10 pounds  Wee   stamps digis
-Fun Paper Art for the 15 dollars to Gerda   Steiner (digis)
-Katherine Scott - 10 cards
-Debbie Vignola- brush set with 2 stamps
-Caroline Kane or Lane) 6 toner sheets
-Fe Orot Meya wins the "craft"mat

Please contact me within 48hours to claim your prize.
Send me an email with your name, email address and is I need to send you the prize your address too.
maaike.uitjhoven (at)

Congrats everyone, next giveaway will be 2500 subbies ;-)
Thank you for all your support and kind comments.