Another Birthday card

I needed a birthday card for a woman who loves France and specially the Provence.
I have a bloc from Studio Light, La Provence,  that contains sheets to make diorama box cards. But knowing I send her such card a few years ago I decided to use one sheet for a normal card.

These sheets work very fast, they are pre-cut so I only have to push the images out and cut away any attachment points.
I die cut the image with the lavender field and a champagne coloured cardstock with a rectangle die with a postage stamp edge for some interest.
On the champagne coloured layer I stamped postmarks from France. I stamped them tone on tone, on the photo it’s hard to see, just to give the layer a little decoration.
I cut some patterned paper slightly smaller than my folded card base and that will be the first layer on the card.

I die cut and dry embossed the flower basket, with the cardstock still in the die I used some ink to colour the raised areas. Because I didn’t like the size of the basket I altered it by cutting off a bottom section and made the handle shorter. Then I traced the die and cut out only the basket slightly smaller than the die and placed it behind the openings of the die cut basket.
Then I shaped my 3D flowers and arranged them with a tiny tag in the basket. I used my 3D glue for the flowers.

All the layers where adhered with foam tape as well as my basket.

In the same La Provence series there are stamps and I used one to decorate my envelope.
I stamped the lavender with different shades of purple by inking the first layer of a light colour that covered the whole flowers ( not the stem) then a second layer with a other colour by inking only a few places on the stamp and that way I also stamped a third colour.
This kind of stamping is the most easy to do with a stamping tool.
When the envelope was dry I put a very thin coat of Distress Glaze with my finger on top of my stamping to prevent smudging on the way.

I love how this card turned out and it was quick to make.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Used Materials

Studio Light DIORAMABLOKLP01 La Provence
Papicolor Original cardstock  903 Carnation White
Papicolor Brilliant cardstock Champagne
Nellie Snellen Double sided Patterned Paper NEVA024
Marianne Design Die set CR1223 Stamp
Marianne Design Die set CR1206 Rose Basket
Distress Ink Antique Linen
Marianne Design Stamp set CS0879 Mail around the World

For the envelope;
Studio Light Stamp set 112 La Provence
Stazon Midi Vibrant Violet, Gothic Purple and Olive Green
Coloured Pencil for the rope of the bundle of Lavender
Ranger Distress Micro Glaze

Happy 18e Birthday

Once again my health has prevented me from posting my card a week ago, as planned, sorry for that.

Open binnenkant
I stamped my Strawberry Swirl cupcake on to some copy paper because I wanted three cupcakes in two sizes and I only had one size. I scanned my stamped cup cake and in my drawing program I resized it and printed all three (the big one and two smaller ones).

I started this card with the idea to put the Giraffe I made earlier (see this post) on the front of the card. The inside I wanted to be a pop up card with cup cakes.
I had already started to colour the stamped cupcakes with my Polychromos pencils in different shades of pinkish reds and ochre. During the colouring I decided to make another panel for the front of the card because I didn’t know how to match the giraffe on the outside with the cup cakes on the inside.
Therefore I went through my stash of patterned papers and found two pieces of paper in pinkish red/yellow blending, what matched perfect to the cup cakes.
The stamps came out in a series and the Cupcake Pile Up stamp from the series was a great one to use on the patterned paper. I stamped and white heat embossed it double for a bolder look.

After I finished colouring the cupcakes I fussy cut them.
I stamped inside my top folded card 18 candles from the third stamp set in this series.
I coloured the candles with the same colours as I used for my cup cakes.

The second piece of the patterned paper I glued to white cardstock and die cut letters for my sentiment.
I glued the word Gefeliciteerd (Congratulations in Dutch) in a half circle in the card.
I didn’t have a die cut that was large enough for my numbers so I printed them and cut them out of brown cardstock. I made two small slits in the biggest cupcake, put some glue just above the slits and put the numbers a little bit in to the slits and adhered them at the same time. Now it looks like they are in the topping.

I cut, folded and glued my pop-up elements on to the inside of the card and glued my cupcakes to them.
The pop-up elements are simple rectangles that you glue slightly before the fold line of the card with the smallest side and the larger side you glue on to the side of the card that opens up.

Cupcake klaar
I made my sentiment Tijd voor taart! in Dutch which translates into Time for cake!  on my computer because the stamp I had wasn’t the right size and I wanted to have white letters on a black background.
And by adhering my sentiment with foam tape to front of my card I finished the card and I love how it all came out.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Used Materials

White cardstock
Do Crafts Stamp sets PMA907203 Strawberry Swirl, PMA907202 Cup Cake Pile Up
and PMA909200 Mix and Match
Pattern Paper
Versafine Ink Onix Black
VersaMark Ink for embossing
Ranger Embossing Powder Superfine detail White
Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils
Marianne Design Die sets CR1281 Mini Alphabet

Happy Mother’s Day

Normally I never make a card for Mother’s Day because we always visited our mothers.
Now in times of social distance, a mother in law who is 94  and myself in a high risk group we don’t go anywhere. So I made a card for her. My own mother passed away years ago. she is always in my heart.

I started by putting Tombow Multi Mono Glue on the backside of my stencil the evening before I made my card. The glue is permanent when you adhere something when it’s still wet or removable when it is completely dry before sticking it to something.
I saw it used by Kelly Latevola and tried it a few times now and it works great, here is a link to a YouTube video where she is a guest by Hero Arts and shows you how it’s used.:

I temporarily adhered the stencil to my cardstock and first put the Squeezed Lemonade with my Blending Brush on the inner areas of the roses. Then I used Abandoned Coral with a second Blending Brush started on the outside of the roses, working to the yellow and blending the two colours together.
I put it aside to dry and in the meanwhile I looked for a heart die.

I die cut the heart out of my stencilled cardstock, put some repositionable E-Z Dots behind the heart and temporarily adhered it to my craft sheet. I temporarily adhered my stencil on top of that, paying attention that the stencil is positioned in the same place as the first time.
With my palette knife I spread some Nuvo Glimmer Paste through the openings in the stencil, this way I only have paste on the roses when finished.
Immediately after I was done, I removed the stencil and cleaned it with water and did the same with my palette knife. I let the paste dry overnight.

The next day I cut a base card out of linen textured cardstock in a matching colour.
And glued the panel on to my base card.
I saw some particles of the glimmer paste sticking outside of the heart and thought I could sand it off. That was a mistake, don’t do that!!  The paste is a hard layer and as a result a piece broke off that covered part of a rose and I had to repair it. Perhaps carefully cutting it will do the job or remove it when it is still wet.
Before I repaired the heart I put some 1 mm. foam tape on the backside, then repaired the little area by using a toothpick to spread a little bit of paste on to the place it broke off. Glad it was a small area.
Carefully not to touch the wet paste I peeled off the backing of the foam and placed the heart back in to the opening of the panel.

I didn’t had a stamp that says Moederdag, that’s Dutch which translates into Mother’s Day, so I decided to print one and printed as white letters on a black background.
After printing I cut it in a strip and adhered it with 0.5 mm. foam tape onto the heart.
I finished the card by gluing some Jewels from Lucy’s  onto my card.

It’s a large card, almost 6” x 6”, and a large card requires a large envelope. I only have these large envelopes in white so I thought I would use the stencil partly on it. I didn’t like that so I went through my stamp map on the computer to search for a rose stamp that looks similar to the roses from the stencil.

I have all my stamps in a map on my computer, the images sorted by category. The most images are the front of the packages they are sold in and found easily on the internet by my favourite stores or brands. The ones I didn’t find an image from I scanned in a stamped image or the package they came in. This way I can quickly find what I have and can use. This way I also have made maps for my stencils and dies.
I found a pair of roses, not as big as the stencil roses, but that didn’t matter. I only used one of them because I didn’t like the other one after a try out. I only stamped the little rose once on the front and once on the closing flap on the back, simple but just that little bit extra to make it pop. I stamped the roses with Distress Oxide, the regular Distress Ink didn’t give me the same colours as on the card because the envelope was a different kind of paper.
After both the roses were completely dry I added Micro Glaze on top of the roses to prevent smudging.
This way I made a fitting envelope by the card and I am very happy with this set.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.


Used Materials

Viva Decor Designo Papier
Rose Stencil unbranded
Tombow Multi Mono Glue
Distress Ink Abandoned Coral and Squeezed Lemonade
Tim Holtz Distress Blending Brushes
Tim Holtz Vagabond
Nellie Snellen Die set MFD060 Straight Heart
E-Z Dots Repositional
Nuvo Glimmer Paste Moonstone
Palet knife
Linen Textured Cardstock Flamingo for the card base
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards – Jewels Clear Iridescent Mix
Sentiment is made with the computer
Little rose stamp, unbranded
Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade and Peeled Paint
Distress Micro Glaze

Day 30 of The 30 Day Coloring Challenge – Keep on colouring!

Ohh my, 60 days of colouring have already passed ( 30 days in March and because of the covid-19 situation we continued in April for an other 30 day), it has gone by so fast.
It was great as always, I will miss it but will try to keep colouring every day.
A little bit of me-time every day is so important.
Thank you Kathy and all the Goodwill Ambassadors for all the work you’ve done, hopefully until the next 30 Day Color Challenge.

These images are part of a card in progress. When finished I will post it with the used materials.


Day 27 of The 30 Day Coloring Challenge – Happy Birthday

This is a birthday card for a little boy next door. During the Covid-19 social distance he can’t have a party nor have any visitors, so I hope the card and a little present that I will hang on the door, will give him a birthday feeling.

I started by scanning my stencil because I thought it was too small for the card I wanted to make.
After scanning and printing in the size I wanted the stencil to be, I cut the paper to the right size as well as my cardstock panel.
I adhered my panel on top of the print and laid it on my light pad so I could trace the confetti with a gold and silver gel pen. And put this aside to dry.
I put the print on a piece of cardstock that was the same size as my panel and cut the balloons out of both layers. This way I made my own stencil in the size I wanted.

I adhered the self made stencil to the panel where I had already coloured the confetti and coloured my balloons with my Distress blending brushes and Distress inks.
When finished I put the panel aside to dry.
In the meanwhile I cut my frame and acetate sheet in the right size and adhered them together. Next I die cut the word Hoera, what is Dutch for Hooray, out of white and out of black cardstock.  The white word I glued slightly to the right on top of my black which is my shadow layer.
Putting 3 mm foam on the backside edges of the frame for my shaker window.
I peeled off the backing of the foam except the one on top of the frame, that piece I only bent a little so I could easily remove it later on when the frame  was adhered to the panel.

I always want to see where I put my frame so I put my balloon panel on my table, balloons facing up, on top of that I put my roll of purple tape and I poured the tiny beads in the middle of the roll. Making sure the beads don’t roll away before I remove the roll. The roll was only to kept the beads from rolling everywhere.
Then I carefully adhere the frame to the panel. I was so glad I didn’t adhere the top of the frame yet because I had way to much beads in my panel, I just poured out some beads until I was satisfied with the amount. I don’t like to much because you wouldn’t see the balloons anymore.  Then I pulled the last strip of backing from the foam  to close the shaker window complete.
I glued the shaker part on to a base card.
I then glued the word on the shaker window and that way I finished my card.
I totally love it and I hope the little boy will also.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Used Materials

Canson Bristol cardstock
SSS Stencil Celebrate
Distress Ink Festive Berries, Salty Ocean, Carved Pumpkin, Mowed Lawn, Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers.
Blending Brushes
Gold and Silver gel pen
Acetate sheet
Mini beads without a hole in rainbow colours (any shaker products will do)
Marianne Design Die and Stamp set COL1348 Hoera
A scrap piece of black cardstock

Day 20 of The 30 Day Coloring Challenge – Hex Chart

I couldn’t post anything last week because my health got in the way and I have several cards that I’m working on but have to finish them before I can show them. What I can show although it isn’t done yet (that will take a while) are the Hex Charts I’m colouring.
Of course I have made for my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils a colour chart as you can see on the picture but a hex chart is different.

The Hex Chart shows visually similar colours adjacent to each other, rather than numerically similar. It’s a visual organization of the pencil colours. That definition is written on the Hex Chart and the Chart is made by Sandy Allnock.
Here you can find her blog: and this is the site where you can purchase the Hex Chart:
There are charts for different brands of coloured pencil and one for Copic Markers.
And when you are there, look around, she has awesome classes/courses as well
As Sandy recommended, I’m colouring on different papers. Use the paper and colours of paper you normally would use for your colouring. The following paper is what I used.
I love a real white paper, that’s my  Canson 1557 (110.5 lb). This paper has a light texture.
The off white paper is the Mi-Teintes (75 lb) and has more texture than the white paper.
My kraft and black paper are both unbranded, black I hardly use and the kraft is an experiment, both have no real texture.
With those four colours of paper I cover most of the colours and type of paper I use.
I will post the charts also when they are completed.

Hex chart

Day 6 of The 30 Day Coloring Challenge – Just playing.

I had a card in mind with one of my awesome Power Poppy digi’s.
And  if you hurry you can get these and other stamps
(clear and digital) on a massive sale right now!!
For the card I printed the image on to Neenah cardstock several times.
Unfortunately what I wanted didn’t work. So the image was on my table and that was it.

Later in the week I was far behind reading blog posts and YouTube video that goes along with them, so I put my headphone on and read and watched. My daughter popped in and put several alcohol markers on my desk telling me she needed them again later but they were in her way.
Left from me the tulip image was laying on my desk and right some markers, that’s 1 + 1 for my brain.
I decided to play a little with two blue markers.
I loved how the image came out and wanted to go a step further, I outlined the image with a gold gel pen.
Finished I thought I’d done an awesome job, if you may say that from yourself LOL.

My first intention (earlier that week) was to print and heat emboss the tulip, but that didn’t work.
This was about the same look, although the lines are not as bold but I like this even more.

When finished I also knew immediately what I wanted to do with it.
I have a die that cuts 9 tiles and I thought this would be great with this image.
I taped my die on to the panel, first stamped the sentiment and then ran it through my Vagabond.

I let the pieces sit in the die, turned it around and put 1 mm. foam tape on every piece.
Turned it with the image right side up and placed it on slightly bigger blue metallic cardstock panel, with a little pressure I tipped the image pieces out of the die and adhered them in the same time.
I adhered the blue panel to a white base card.
And that’s how I finished my card that started by just playing with something that was on my desk.
I hope you enjoy the card as much as I did making  it.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. The photo doesn’t do justice to the card, because of the blue metallic cardstock it was hard to make a good photo.

Used Materials

Power Poppy Digital Image Tulips
Neenah Classic Crest White Cardstock
Alcohol markers in two blue shades
Gold Gel pen
Sizzix Die 658867-2 Grid Works
Dutch Text stamp unbranded
Dark Blue Tom Bow marker for stamping my sentiment
Blue Metallic Cardstock
Papicolor Cardstock White


The 30 Day Coloring Challenge – A special edition.

After an awesome 30 days of colouring in March Kathy Racoosin, the organizer of this great event, asked if we all wanted to continue the challenge.
This because of the social distancing, isolation and even quarantine in most countries during the Corona (Covid-19) outburst.
Colouring has proven to lower the blood pressure and stress levels!

It’s a little bit different than usual because Kathy will not post every day on her blog, but you can find her beautiful artwork on IG every day.
And of course I will also participate in this special The 30 Day Coloring Challenge.
See for all the details

april 2020

Masculine card

I started my masculine card by die cut the motorbike 4 times. One out of black paper, one from black mirror cardstock, one from silver mirror cardstock and the last one from green metallic carstock.
This will be a birthday card for a nephew who has a green motorbike.
I also die cut an oval out of my patterned paper.

Time to find a few colours ink. I used two Distress inks to colour the edges of my card, very minimal and a little over each other so that it fits in with the oval panel.
Then I took my TH stamping tool and put my base card in the tool. With help of the oval panel and one of the die cut motors I positioned my stamp to stamp the tire track under the motor.
I had to move the cardstock to the right because my stamp is a small one and I wanted a long track.
Moving it to the right allows the stamp to stay in place and remain at the same height as the image I already stamped. I placed a left over piece of acetate on to the place I thought I must stamp and stamped the image, this way I can see if I have placed my card underneath in the right place. If not, I can change the placement of my card, it’s a guide for positioning the second stamping.
When the stamping was done I put it aside because I didn’t know for sure if I would stamp also in the left upper corner as I originally had in mind.

losse onderdelen

Next  I fussy cut several pieces out of the coloured motorbikes to assemble one bike that was coloured as I wanted it to be.
Tips for layering your die cut with different colours:
Colour with pencils a single white die cut to see where you want which colour.
Fussy cut all the pieces first and lay them on top of where they have to go, this way you can see what layer or what colour you have to glue first.
Take a picture with your phone when you have laid down the layers on top of each other, so you know where to place it again.

alles geplakt
I added some silver lines on two little pieces of black so these pieces stand out a little more.
I glued some pieces to the motorbike and some I adhered with 0.5 mm. foam tape for dimension.

I decided to die cut a small oval panel and stamped my sentiment in Dutch which translates into Congratulations.

I glued the big oval panel direct on to the card base and the small oval I adhered with 0.5 mm. foam tape. And by adhering the motorbike with 1 mm. foam tape I finished my card.
I love how this card turned out and I know it will be right up my nephew’s alley.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.


Used Materials

Papicolor Carnation White Cardstock
Marianne Design Die LR0287 Motorbike
Papicolor Black paper 105 gr.
Joy Crafts Mirror  cardstock set, I used the black and silver
Joy Crafts Metallic cardstock Dark Green
Gel pen Silver
Joy Crafts Design Paper bloc Earth
Nellie Snellen Die set MFD057 Straight Dotted Oval
Distress Ink Peeled Paint en Pumic Stone
Memento Ink Northern Pine
Viva Stamp set Grunge Hintergründ (Backgrounds)
Nellie Snellen Stamp set APST003 Text

Day 29 – Hello Gorgeous

I loved this stunning IO stamp set from the first time I saw it and thanks to the outstanding video(s) from Sandy Allnock I have coloured the giraffe with cheap alcohol markers and it really looks like a giraffe.
Oké, a special one that’s true because this is a giraffe with a scarf, LOL.
Also a big thanks to Heidi,, for sending me the great SN acohol marker proof ink pad.

I first stamped the scarf and then masked that off with masking paper to stamp the giraffe. I also extended the giraffe on the bottom, like Sandy did in her video, with a black artist marker.

Because the colours Sandy has used go together so well I decided to keep the same colour palette.
Then the colouring started and I noticed very quickly that I had to do it in smaller parts otherwise the markers wouldn’t blend very well. I have to say that while using them the flow of the ink went better and also the blending. It’s by far not perfect because I hardly use the markers, so I don’t know them well but it was fun to use them.
If you don’t know Sandy Alnock and her great art, you would be very surprised to read that my shadow colour was a purple hue. She uses that often and I must say, scary as it was, it is great shadowing with purple!

Giraffe met tools
When the colouring of the giraffe was finished I noticed that my colours bled beyond the stamping lines.
I know that you can use a colourless blender to fix that but it didn’t work here. So I decided that I would colour the scarf first and then I would fussy cut my giraffe.
Because the tufts on top of his head are difficult to cut out proper I will cut them off and stamp them on the panel first before I adhere the cut out giraffe on it.
The few fringes that hang outside the image I will draw by hand.

This is going to be the front of a pop up card, so in a later post you can see the finishing of the front and the inside. Stay safe and happy colouring!

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
Giraffe zwarte achtergrond

Used Materials

Sandy Allnock blog:
Sandy Allnock blog post Baby Giraffe :
Sandy Allnock YouTube video Baby Giraffe:
Alcohol marker friendly paper
Impression Obsession stamp set. Baby Giraffe
Spectrum Noir Finesse Noir Black ink, this is a alcohol proof dye ink.
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Marker S Black
Unbranded Alcohol Markers
Uniball Signo White gel pen