Thursday, November 26, 2015

Challenge - forgotten materials

Over the past few weeks I have seen many cards on blogs made with forgotten materials or leftovers. Many cardmakers do have tons of material in cupboards, drawers and boxes waiting to be used one day. I am not an exeption! I have a box full with paper pads, 12x12 papers and leftovers. Beautiful papers and lovely prints. But not used that often... I observe a tendency to buy new stuff and to forget all the nice stuff in my cupboard. Every month new products are released and the temptation to buy it is so big... And when these new stuff have been arrived, a new release is there and you really want to have that as well and forgot all about your previous purchases. Well, this scenario is a bit black and white, but I think you understand what I mean. At first I thought to challenge myself for 2016 to buy nothing except cardstock, glue and that sort of things. However, I know myself and I am pretty sure I cannot maintain this challenge. But being a bit more conscious is not that bad, is it. So, I challenge myself to dig more often into my boxes to find materials bought longer time ago and use these in my projects. For today's projects I used a lovely Basic Grey paperline 'Picadilly' and a flower die by Maggie Holmes for Crate paper (it was such a die I wanted to have very, very quickly after the release and since I've got it I used it only three times or so...).

First a card I made for GerJanne who celebrates her birthday today. By the way, the gingham border is a leftover from my previous project :)

Second project is the decoration of a Tony's Chocolonely. The paper of the bar (orange - caramel-seasalt mjum!) matches perfectly with the paperline!

That's it for today! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Love is all you need

Something totally different from my previous post is today's card. I created a background with glimmer mist and a stencil and I put a vellum circle to it. I adhered some metal thread, a banner with a 'is all you need', heat embossed with Lawn Fawn's Milo-ABC. I used 'Wink of Stella' to create a glimmer on the read heart. I die cut the love die three times and glued them together in a way to create some dimension in the die cut. Both love and heart are dies from Lawn Fawn. The card was a little empty without an extra background, so I decided to use a gingham paper.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Two cards made with Mama Elephant's Sunday Stroll. Just because it is nice sending postcards without any reason at all.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

roses are blue?!

When making cards your fantasy can go everywhere. I don't know if there are blue roses, but on my cards it is possible! I stamped a background with the roses and leaves stamps from SU Painted Petals. The sentiment (Papertrey Ink)  is heat embossed on black cardstock. Some metal thread and some gems are the finishing touch.

Maybe a little too sweet is the next one. Same idea, but now in pinks...

Enjoy the weekend!

Monday, November 9, 2015


I am a lover of dots! Some collegues call me 'Mrs. Dotty' as my school bag has got dots, I have one favourite dress with dots and my summer coat has got dots as well. I guess there are worse nicknames you can get... In the Stampin Up set 'Painted Petals' is one stamp with a row of dots which I used for today's cards. I was inspired by Lauren Bassen's bright and colourful designs. She often uses black cardstock and heat embossing techniques for her sentiments in combination with thread, for example this one. The sentiments I have used are from Els Brigé's ''t Is je verjaardag' set. Hardly visible, but I addes on some dots a little 'wink of Stella'.

I stamped a second card in same colour combo of greens and blues, but I heat embossed a sentiment with gold embossingpowder.

That's it for now! A dotty thank you for coming by!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Little hearts

This morning I got up very early to do some studying for my tests next Wednesday. But as you need a break sometimes I spent some time in my little 'studio'. This morning I saw on Jennifer McGuire's blog this tutorial and as I have many of these little stamps I decided to give it a try. I stamped one little heart in four different colours red and pink (good variety after the blues and greens in my previous post . I love the way Jennifer worked it out with blended colours and will give that a try one day.
After stamping I did some die cutting with Lawn Faws word die 'love'. Perfect card for a couple celebrating an anniversary.

Back to work now! Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

A bunch of cards - Blue & Green

I've got a bunch of cards for you today! And they have one common theme, namely blue and green. I am a lover of blue and I've got some new ink cubes from PTI with blue tones. Love them! So, here we go!

I have been a fan of Els Brigé for a long time. I love her versatile style, the soft colours she uses and the many techniques she performs. The last couple of weeks I couldn't catch up with reading blogs, so I totally missed the launch of her stamp sets. When I discovered them last week, I was over the moon! Finally, some Dutch sentiment stamps which I really, really like! So, I immediately ordered two sets ('t Is je verjaardag - warme wensen) and received them very fast. Today I show you some cards with the Birthday set.
For the first card I used Avery Elle's balloons and stamped them in blues and green/aqua. With this card I like to participate in the current Addicted to Stamps challenge.

For the next card I used a SU set. I have some troubles with this set. I have seen many card with it, which are beautiful, but when I ink the stamps and try to do something with it... well, it doesn't work that well. However, I'm quite satisfied with this one. Just some flower stamping and one bold sentiment. I distressed the edges with a paper distresser tool.

In my previous post I showed you some card made with Papertrey Ink's Twig Wreath. Well, this set works perfectly well with Els Brigé's stamps.

And finally, two more wreaths, but now with a sentiment from PTI and the other one made with a Lawn Fawn's ABC.

That's it! Thanks for coming by!