Sunday, April 15, 2018

AAA Cards Challenge #113: a Perfect Day

This fortnight our theme is : a perfect day, Our sponsor is Precious Remembrance Shop and you can win a stampset if you play along.

So...my perfect day is a pj day, snoozing off with my cats, they seem to go along with it just fine lol, being lazy, napping, bit of cuddling, then maybe chasing a mouse, well them, not me ;-) I would be the one pulling the toy mouse around the house, as long as it moves, they're game ;-)

Ok for my card I used a perfect stamp from Art Impressions: feline set, part of the zoo crew and I stamped the cat with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink onto Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and cut him out, then colored him with my Spectrum Noir markers. My cats have white socks and bellies, but it was too hard to blend from black to white, for me at least.

I masked off an area at the bottom of the card (my bed) and inkblended the sheets with Distress inks Wilted violet and Picked raspberry.
I stamped the sentiment form the same set with Versafine onyx black ink and I added three enamel dots as those bubbles underneath a comic book thought bubble, if you know what I mean.

Mounted the cat with foamtape.



For more information or more examples from our DT, or to play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.

Less is More Challenge: bring something back

This fortnight it's all about old things: stamps, techniques, anything we did/used a good while back.

For my card I chose Gold Leafing, as it seems to have been forgotten when (hot) foiling became a thing.

So for my card I die cut the Village with Church (Craft emotions) from cardstock. I did try it with stick it on the front and back, but that got so pushed into the paper when diecutting, I couldn't get it off again. I probably used too thick a card. So second time I just diecut it and then used another oldie but goodie: the gluepad and smooshed it onto the diecut, then sprinkled on some Cosmic Shimmer gold leaf. The inkpad was quite dry,but I didn't feel like reinking, for
such a small piece...so I double dipped and well let's just say now I need a new gluepad lol.
After applying the gold leaf and rubbing it in and off I used liquid glue to adhere the diecut to the cardbase.

The sentiment is from Studio Light and also a few years old, much like the village,so old tech, old stamp and old die and haha old cardmaker lol... I stamped it with Versafine Onyx black ink.

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

Thursday, April 12, 2018

What's Kraken?

I made this card for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Mythology/Inspired by a story and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Add some texture showcasing Tim Holtz products.

For my card I made the background with the Simon Says Stamp Waves Stencil. I actually inkblended Distress inks through it first with  a brush ( shaded lilac, tumbled glass and peacock feathers). Then I added texture with the Ranger texture paste (transparent gloss) to which I added a drop of Peacock feathers Distress inks refill and Distress glitter in same color, Just a drop and you can't see the inkblending anymore, but it made a great sea ;-).
I then Cut a panel, diecut an oval from it and added the sentiment (Lawn Fawn loveable legends). I stamped the Kraken on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper, and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. Then added shimmer with the Nuvo shimmer pen.
Mounted the panel and part of the kraken with foamtape, adhered it to the cardbase, added the kraken and boat.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Maaike's card swaps

It's a free Facebook group, everyone is welcome, just be nice to each other.


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Katzelkraft Monstres des Carpates, using ruibber scraps for coloring, with video

Today I tried diecutting the rubber left over from cutting up the Katzelkraft Monstres des Carpates. Didn't work with thinlits, You might have more luck if your have those thick steel rule dies. I sued Scissors after I traced the dies onto the rubber. Round if probably the most difficult shape to cut, but think triangles, rectangles, squares, blobs. Any shape you might already have in your stash. Like my Simon Says Stamp presents and ornaments set.

I attach the monster to my Stamper's friend with taperunner and I used Versafine onyx black ink to stamp them onto the cardbase.

Then I used a variety of Memento dewdrops and circle sizes and to finish it off the little circle in the SSS set.

For the Sentiment I also used SSS, the You matter set and I also stamped it in Versafine onyx black ink.

If you want dimension you could add enamel dots or drops.
The birds are also katzelkraft (corbeaux silhouettes) and the sentiment is from Sizzix (birthday by Stephanie Barnard)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Video Collab #2 with Gerry van der Velden

We chose Spring as our theme and we made each other's backgrounds.
I got a pretty watercolored one from Gerry. with lots of shine from Pixie powder she used.
In it I could see a meadow and maybe a wheat field? so that's how I approached it.
I printed a digital Stamp from C.C. Design (Chicky girl) onto the Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and had the Scan N Cut do the cutting. It didn't like the sentiment and chopped it in half, so I left it out ..I think it;s because my mat isn't very sticky anymore, although I taped down the paper with painter's tape, it still shifted.

After cutting I colored the image with Spectrum Noir and Illustrator markers. It may be called Chicky girl, but I made it into a granny...even tough I see lots of girls with grey hair these days. I earned all my grey hairs, and am not painting it, but as a teen I would never opt for silver/grey hair!
Then I diecut the meadow border from Lawn Fawn from the background and filled in the  missing bit on the cardbase with Distress inks (Cracked pistachio), so it's not too obvious..In fact you can't see anything is missing ;-) Cut the panel to size.
I also used the tulip and butterfly from the die set and the Versamagic background I made earlier .
Adhered the watercolor panel to the background and then the image with taperunner. Mounted the grassy border with foam tape and placed it on top. I used some liquid glue dots on the tulip and butterflies.

For Gerry's video, see this


Monday, April 2, 2018

Have a dino-mite birthday

I made this card for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: three of something, showcasing Dyan Reavely products. And the Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesdays, inking technique.

I only have one Dyan Reavely set, so I used Clearly Besotted's you're dino-mite instead as I liked it more..It's soo cute.
I thought the Dylusions sprays were Dyan Reavely but it doesn't actually say on the bottle. I used white linen as a splatter on top of inkblended backgrounds. For this I used a trio of
Distress inks: cracked pistachio, wilted violet and peacock feathers, then splattered the white linen on top.

To continue on the "three" theme, I used the
Simon Says Stamp tri square die ona  cardpanel and stampe dthe sentiment with Versafine onyx black ink.

I stamped three dinosaurs onto a thinner watercolor paper with Simon Says Stamp intense black and then I used Distress ink spray stains in waterbrushes to color the images.
Mounted the panel with foamtape and tucked the critters inside the windows.


Sunday, April 1, 2018

I love you, gnome matter what....

This cute little gnome couple is the newest free digi that come from playing in the monthly challenges at Gerda Steiner Designs...you can also purchase it, if you don't want to play.

I opened it in Photoshop and it was the prefect size for a cardfront, so I didn't resize or anything, just added the punny sentiment.

I printed it onto the Crafter's Companion Neenah Paper and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. Mounted the panel with foamtape and added it to the cardbase.

I think it might be my father's day card? coming up soon...my dad had a grey beard and I have kind of brown hair....

For more information or to play along the April Challenge at Gerda Steiner, see this.

AAA Cards Challenge #112: favourite Technique

This fortnight our challenge over at AAA cards is: favourite technique and our sponsor is Sugar Pea Designs and you could win a $25 gift certificate.

For my favourite technique card I used two of mine, inkblending and marker colouring, not sure which would win in a battle, but I love both.
Although I did minimal inkblending here, as our challenge  is a CAS one. I masked off the grass, inkblended Distress ink Mowed lawn, then Peacock feathers for the lake and Mermaid lagoon for the sky.

The images are from Sugar Pea designs (Indian summer) I stamped them with Simon Say Stamp intense black and colored them with both Spectrum Noir and Illustrator
markers. The reed is from Clearly Besotted ( fluffy flamingos). My scan n cut did all the cutting and I adhered the images as a little scene with taperunner and or foamtape.. Three enamel dots around the scene to help your eye travel.

No sentiment, as the set is very much geared toward fall and Thanksgiving, but I was actually picturing children playing.

For more examples from our design team, or to play along the AAA cards Challenge, see this.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Yay, it's your birthday!

The Less is More challenge this week is the lucky dip, to CASE a past winner's card. In this case Aileen's card.

I see blue flowers and diecut sentiment.
For my card I diecut the blue and placed them in a fan shape, much like Aileen's flowers, although much smaller and I stamped the sentiment.

The Yay is from My Favorite Things Happy Wonderful Christmas Die, and I diecut it from blue glittery card. In my head it was bigger, I must have confused it with their YAY die..lol..
anyway I think it works for a CAS card.

The sentiment is from Stampendous (Fran's Tweet chirps), so I can also enter it into the
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, anything goes, showcasing Stampendous products.
Also it rhymes, lucky coincidence lol.
I used Versafine Onyx black ink to stamp them and then added a few blue rhinestones as Aileen had sequins sprinkled on the card.

You're in my prayers

I didn't really like the card I made last night for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: anything goes, showcasing Stampendous products.

So I made this just now after work. It's purple so that helps lol..I love this one actually.
I don't have many  Stampendous products and this one is a bit older. The sentiment is from Encouraging words, and I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink.
I diecut the opening using the Simon Says Stamp circle of leaves.
Then I traced the opening onto the cardbase and applied Versamagic inks (Spring pansy, Perfect hydrangea and Eggplant.
Applied glue to the panel and adhered a few enamel sprinkles.
For more information or to play along the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this.

Friday, March 30, 2018

A little birdie told me...

It's a Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. The theme is Anything goes, showcasing Stampendous products.

For my card I stamped the images from the Stampendous set called spring tweets, the sentiment from  Fran's tweet chirps with Versafine Onyx black ink onto watercolor cardstock.

I colored them with my Talens Ecoline and had the Scan n cut, cut them out.

On the cardbase I inkblended Distress inks Mermaid Lagoon and Versamagic inks Sea breeze and turquoise gem, then splattered water and sprayed Shimmer spritz on the base.


Arranged the images with foamtape onto the cardbase.


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

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Maaike's card swaps

I've started a card swap group on Facebook, it's called Maaike's card swaps.

As there were lots of requests from members from another group. It's not a selling site, it's a swap site. so far only my cards are in the albums, but anyone can join and upload their creations. If someone would like to swap with you they can  leave a comment and then you can get intouch privately via messenger and exchange your details.
If you would like to join and send card only within your country because of postage, that's is OK but please add it to the photo comment, so please know.

I hope I've created the most common albums, if not you can add topical albums.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/346995059128954/




Leaded window look with Wow! embossing powders

I made a version with Nuvo drops, but today I;m making a card with Wow embossing powders, A lot more fiddly, but as I have many powders but not as many  enamel accents/Nuvo drops I thought  I would try and give you options in case you lack  the liquid ones too.

I started by diecutting a shape into black card, mine was a bit thin and warped with the heat, make sure yours is sturdy.
I traced the opening onto the cardbase and diecut it again. Now this  isn't a precise method and you may or may not have to cut the card panel, but that's ok, you'll have a nice border, just take this into account if  you don;t want a mat, make the panel bigger.

I used the Poppy Stamp/ Memory box cute caterpillar die, I also considered the Fiesta flowers. Any you have with a few open areas will work, the bigger the better though.

I used Stick it on the back to make applying the heat resistant acetate much easier.

Then I stamped the sentiment from Craft Emotions with Versamar ink and heat embossed it with opaque white  embossing powder from Wow!.

For the caterpillar I also used Wow! powders:  Cha Cha Cha  primary  apple red,primary lemon, primary chartreuse,primary lagoon, primary fuchsia fusion, eggplant and pacifi wave.

I used my sample book to see which ones are translucent, most if not all primaries are and some of the glittery ones too. the sample book really helps.

I used the Versamarker to apply ink on the openings/acetate and heat set it. I used as little heat as possible, just to be sure.
I've cut out a lot of the footage as it took about half and hour and the process is the same, just different colors.

Then I applied liquid glue on the back so I ouwld have a bit more wiggle time and matched it with the openings on the cardbase. Also here it  payes to use thicker card, I  must get some ;-)



Monday, March 19, 2018

Don't ever change

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: Easter inspired, showcasing Your Next Stamp Products.

I took the pretty colors from the moodboard as my inspiration. I used Distress inks: Shaded lilac, spun sugar, cracked pistachio and tumbled glass for the dots on the bottom of the moodboard.

I used the Your Next Stamp One in a  chameleon set and I stamped it with Simon Says Stamp Intense black on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper as I intended to color him.
But then I spotted the sentiment in the set: don't ever change and I thought I would use the colors on the background, showing the beast unaffected, as you know chameleons
like to change with their surroundings.
It's not strictly an Easter card, but I love the springlike colors anyway.

I made a panel slightly smaller than the cardbase and cut a circle out of it, big enough to house the chameleon. Then I traced the opening onto the cardbase and applied said Distress inks.

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

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

Sunday, March 18, 2018

AAA cards challenge #111: use only 1/3, with video

This fortnight the Challenge is to use only one third of your card. It's our DT fellow Lucie that came up with this challenge and our sponsor is Winnie and Walter, so I used their Big Hugs set.

To determine 1/3 I used a bit of folder plastic, the right size for my card 10,5x15cm, so I measured thirds and ended with 9 rectangles. Three of those would be a third. Whether you use them horizontally, vertically, diagonally, the choice is yours.

At first I thought to make a small inkblended snowbank on the bottom, but I decided to use my 1/3 in the centre and stick the image on the inkblended bit so not to use up  more white space.

For the inkblending I used Distress inks shaded lilac, tumbled glass and peacock feathers, then water and bleach for droplets and Talens white ecoline. As I used the bendy coffee stirrer I got elongated droplets, so I switched to a rigid brush for the round ones. It looks to me like a blizzard now lol.

I stamped the image from Winnie and Walter onto Crafter's Companion Neenah paper, had the Scan N  Cut do the cutting and I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers.

The sentiment is from Newton's Nook designs ( wild child) and I stamped it with Versafine Onyx black ink.

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

For more information, more DT work or to play along int he challenge, see this

Saturday, March 17, 2018

One layer stencilled Happy B-day

It's One Layer week at Less is More and the theme is use a stencil

For my card I used a Scrapberry Stencil, Versamagic ( Key Lime and Turqoise gem) and Distress Oxide (Mermaid Lagoon);

I used mini inkblending tools to apply these inks through the stencil.

The sentiment (Sizzix Happy Birthday by Stephanie Barnard) I stamped with Versafine Onyx black ink. Heat set it to be sure.

Added a few matching enamel dots.


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

Thursday, March 15, 2018

6,5"square box and two more patterns, with video

Today's box was designed as 1"high for pretty necklaces we make and sell in our giftshop where I volunteer.
But in the video I made a 2" high one for a more versatile size, to keep or gift square card  for example.
If you don't any scraps you can make the box 6"square and 3"high and use the whole 12"x12"sheet.
I used pretty foiled papers from Craft Sensation, but any you have will work, of course.


Start with the bottom piece and add a scrap as a shim.

So for this exact box I show in the video, you need a piece of paper that is 10,5"square.
And you score at 2" and 8,5"inches on  both sides, or 2"on all 4 sides .
Burnish and reinforce the scorelines, then notch and if you want add a thumbnotch.
Glue as indicated. FOld the top piece around the bottom one, so it will fit exactly.

Add a pretty ribbon or diecuts, felt flowers etc, whatever you like.


Monday, March 12, 2018

"Happy" Easter

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Easter inspiration. There's a moodboard and I took the bunny and the eggs from it with this digistamp from C.C. Designs (Grouchy bunny 2) and I printed it on the Crafter's Companion Neenah paper. I colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. Cut it slightly smaller and adhered it with tape runner.

Of course I had to color the grumpy cat like my own ;-). I used Nuvo shimmer pen on all the eggs and paint.

I love the expression of the cat...playing dress up is not a cat thing ;-)











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

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Marianne design cute animals, with video

I just got these cute little animal stamps from Marianne design (EC0169 and EC0171). I thought the other stampset were donkey or horses, but on closer inspection there are zebra stripes in the set, but if you leave those out it's pretty much a donkey, which I also like for baby cards...so I'll be off to get those as well lol....
I stamp the images using my Stampers' friend,first on scrap printer paper, then on the Crafter's Companion Neenah paper, then back to the scrap paper, so I could position the paper, turns out I had to move the spots twice. I used Memento Espresso Truffle for the spots.
Simon Says Stamp Intense black for the outline, could also have been brown, but I have a thing for black outlines, I can't help it...
Colored the images with Spectrum Noir and Illustrator markers and then stamped the spots on top. I had to fix a few with a marker anyway, but I don;t think you can see it.
Had the Scan N Cut  do it's magic, but it cut off one nose, I think I zoomed in too much, but I hid the mistake underneath the other giraf. I could have made two cards, but hey...that's is kind of why I stamp, cut, then color, I thought it would be too difficult to do the spots on cut out images, or my paper moved as the white rim is a bit weird...
I diecut the star window with the spotty edge with Nellie Snellen Multi frames ((MFD050) and traced the opening onto the cardbase, masked the edges and inkblended more Memento inks (Lulu Lavender and Summer Sky).
The sentiment in from another Marianne Design set (Ec0171) and I stamped it with Versafine Onyx black ink.
Mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase. I then placed the giraffes with taperunner and foamtape inside the window and so you can't see the chopped nose.
The enamel stars are called enamel treats and are from Create a smile, but any will do.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

5x2 inch box for storing Washitape or tealights and more, with video


 I made this box for something else, it is a bit roomy for my washi tapes, but I already have 4 or 5 different sizes, width and height are also all different, so I think it's better if it's not a super snug fit as others might not fit.

For the box you need a piece of cardstock that is 9x10inches.
on the 9inch side you score at: 2 and 7 inches
on the 10inch side you score at: 2,4,6 and 8 inches.
Punch a thumb notch now as you can use it to see where you need to shorten the tabs easier, see pattern.
Cut away all the ||||| bits and glue with gluegun.



Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Video Collab with Kathya Kalinine- Easter riddles

We decided on the Easter theme as that's coming up soon. And as Easter is on April Fools day I thought this set from Inky Antics would be so funny. I apparently got the wrong size scratch offs, I blame inches vs cm for that lol. I linked to the Simon Says Stamp shop so you can see there's plenty more options.

For the card I used the Simon Says Stamp TRI circle die and cut it out of a panel.
Traced the openings onto the cardbase and applies Versamagic inks ( Oasis green, Aspen mist,  turquoise gem, Aquatic splash, Sea breeze)
Then I stamped the sentiments with Versafine onyx black ink.
I used the Inky Antics Easter riddles set, combined with the Simon Says Stamp It's no secret set.
The Bunnies I stamped on the Crafter's Companion Neenah paper with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink and had my Scan and Cut do the cutting.
Colored them with Spectrum Noirs (Bg1-2 and5) and Illustrator markers (fs1).

Applied the scratch off sticker to the answer,although it's not big enough I had to roll with it.
Mounted the panel with foamtape. and adhered it to the cardbase.  Tucked in the bunnies (sorry the camera was hungry and ate some footage) ,but basically I just applied taperunner or foam to support the critters.

For Katya's video, see this.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

AAA cards challenge #110- Ombre, with video

This fortnight the challenge is Ombre.
Our sponsor is Happy Little Stampers, so join us and you could win a prize!

For my Ombre I used Distress inks (candied apple, abandoned coral and worn lipstick) but found it all a bit samey, so I also added Aged Mahogany at the top. My ombre turned out pretty much as the challenge badge and it wasn't meant to, I chose red to go behind my Heart sprinkle wreath from Simon Says Stamp.

I diecut it from 140lbs card and I also diecut the circle in the middle to  make a window.

For my critter I used  Gerda Steiner Valentine penguins, the sentiment also.
I don't really see this card as a Valentine lol.
card, more and encouragement card, or I might have to keep it for a year

I colored my penguin with Spectrum Noir and Spectrum Illustrator markers and I used a bit of Nuvo Shimmer pen on the balloon. The white Sharpie wasn't being nice, I added it for a shine on the balloon, but it didn't dry quickly enough so I smudged it. See video ;-)

Mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase. I added foamtape to the penguin's head only and adhered the rest with tape runner.

For more information or to play along the challenge, and to see more design team work, click here

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Hoppy day



The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: in my garden. And I'd also like to enter it into the Simon Says Stamp craft month challenge.

I have a rented garden, a vegetable patch or an allotment if you like. It's 10mx15m and my happy place, away from my craftroom.
I have dug in big cement mix buckets and they hold about 100litres of water and home a few frogs...or toads. I'm not really sure, I can't tell...they also house water snails and bugs and also dragon flies larvae, a few newts, it's really a cool thing on such a small scale. I thought the bucket was enormous at the home improvement store and it got dwarfed once out in the open.

Anyway, for my card I stamped the Woodware unfrogettable stamp with Versafine onyx black ink and colored him with Talens Ecoline. Adhered the watercolored panel with tape runner to the cardbase. I've added some Nuvo Shimmer pen to the wings, no gems on this one, there are a few on my first one.