Birthday card.

It’s hard to make someone’s birthday card if you’ve been giving her handmade cards for more than 40 years. Today I made a card using Zig markers and embossing powder, something I didn’t use earlier for one of her cards. It’s easy and not time consuming, just what I needed.

I started by stamping my Asters to a piece of copy paper in the size I wanted to make my panel. By using the copy paper I can see where I want to place my stamps, which one I have to mask and most important if what I have in mind is looking good on paper.
When I was satisfied with the test panel, I stamped my flowers on some masking paper and cut them out with my scissors.

Ma 2

I used a piece of coloured cardstock for my panel, it is not something I use often but because I wanted to heat emboss the stamp with white I thought it would be nice. I used my TH stamping tool and the copy paper as guide to stamp the flowers on the place I wanted them using VersaMark ink. I didn’t stamp one of the partial flowers on the right side, as you can see on the finished card
I stamped and heat embossed the flowers one by one, letting them cool down before I stamped the next one. After the flowers I also stamped some leaves. I stamped them behind the flower on the upper right side and the one on the left,  using my masks.
When everything was cold I used my Zig marker Violet on the leaves with a hint of English Lavender.
For the flowers I used the English Lavender and a little bit of Lilac. After drying I put some extra English Lavender in the shadow areas. You can only build the colour when the first layer is dry, if the ink isn’t dry it will blend in with the first layer.

I put the panel aside and cut my white base card in to the right size and went looking for the sentiment I wanted to stamp. I used a Marianne Design sentiment,  it says congratulations in Dutch.
I stamped this with VersaMark on a piece of white cardstock, the same as my base card.
I used purple embossing powder to match with the panel colours.

I glued the panel directly on to my base card while I used for the sentiment strip, 0.5 mm. foam tape.
To finish the card I used some Marianne Design pearl butterflies ( that’s how they are cold but I think their dragonflies) and some matching open circles out of a shaker collection from Lucy’s cards.
And this is what the finished birthday card looks like.

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


Used Materials

Papicolor Original Cardstock White for the basecard
Papicolor Original Cardstock Lilac for the panel
Masking paper
Altenew Layered Stamp set Aster
VersaMark ink
Tim Holtz Stamping Tool
Ranger Fine Detail Embossing powder White
MBoss Embossing Powder Purple
Zig CCRB markers 803 English Lavender, 083 Lila and 080 Violet
Marianne Design Clear Stamp set CS0987 Felicitaties
Marianne Design Embellishments CA3116 Butterflies
Little Things From Lucy’s Cards Shaker collection Frozen



Blame it on Spring!

Today a different post than usual, it’s about tidy up things and finding a good storage solution for my markers.

There are a few things that irritated me in my craft room, one of those things are my Zig Markers.
It’s a very tiny room that I share with my daughter and sometimes I need to re-organise/tidy the place up. Blame it on Spring although I never do Spring cleaning.

I have all 90 Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers and they were laying on some flat lids of hobby boxes. I don’t use the lids because I stacked the boxes together, that saved space. The lids with their small raised edge, were the perfect storage for my markers at that time. But I’ve used them a lot lately and it became annoying that I couldn’t find the right colours quickly.

The end of March was my birthday and I had already looked around for a good storage solution. I also asked on a blog how people store them, I thought I had to store them laying down. But the people that answered my question about the markers all stored them point up. Because of this I found the affordable  storage solution in the Tombow ABT Dual Brush Pen Desk Stand, it can hold 96 markers/pens.
I have requested and received this for my birthday.
ABS-700x700I need glasses to read, without glasses I have trouble reading the small numbers on the markers so I decided that I would label them.  I used my Dymo Label maker (any label maker will do) and made number labels for the markers. The labels are self adhesive and I stuck them on the end of the marker where there was empty space. After that I put tape over it because I use sometimes water with my Zigs and I don’t want all the work of labeling to be ruined.

After that was finished I wanted also label them  with the colour on top. I had done this in the past and added Glossy Accents on top of the label circles, but that changed the colours, so I removed them.
I put the colours on to a piece of water colour cardstock, the same as my colour chart and put tape over it. Well rubbed so that it would not let go during punching.
Than I used a small circle hand punch to punch them out of the cardstock and glued them on to the top of my markers.

When that was finished I put them in to my desk stand in the same order as on my colour chart.

Should it be necessary to lay down the markers in the long run, then that is also possible with this stand.

It looks great all those colours on top and most important it’s tidied up!




Birthday card with a blended Oxide background

Inspired by the awesome Distress Oxide Ink Blending Combinations series by Kristina Werner
I wanted to make a birthday card with such background.
Although all her backgrounds are awesome, I made my own combination. And that because I don’t have all the colours. First I tried some combination on several small pieces of Neenah Classic cardstock.

I was totally happy with a combination from Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Candied Apple.
Gorgeous warm colours.
I cut a 6” x 6” panel from Neenah Classic cardstock and blended those three colours on this panel.
I had to let it completely dry before I could go further because I wanted to head emboss on top of this.
When the ink isn’t completely dry you embossing powder will stick on to it and comes on places where you don’t want to have it.
Because I wasn’t in a hurry, I let it air dry overnight.

Ank- blending

The next day I stamped the SSS Ornate Background with VersaMark ink on my panel, using the Tim Holtz Stamping Tool. I was glad I did that because the background stamp is large and didn’t stamp completely in one time.
In the meanwhile that I was stamping my heat tool was already warming up.
I sprinkled my Ranger embossing powder over my ink and after tapping the excess of I melted the powder with my heat tool.

While the panel was cooling down I searched for a sentiment that would fit in to the opening I wanted to make in my panel. I found it in one of the Marianne Design stamp sets.
I stamped it on a piece of copy paper so that I could use it as a stamping guide later on.

When the panel was cooled down, I cut it smaller to 5.7 “x 5.7” so that I could place it later on to a 6 “x 6” base card.
I cut with my craft knife a opening by tracing the embossed lines of a particular part. Then I took a piece of Eva Foam, cut it a little smaller than my panel  placed it temporarily behind the panel and traced with a pencil the opening. I removed the panel from the foam and cut the opening out of the foam by following the pencil lines. I put this a side.

I took my base card and placed it in my Stamping Tool. I took the copy paper with the text I stamped earlier and placed this on top of my base card as a guide. Then I placed my panel over it and moved the copy paper until the text was visible in the opening. When I was satisfied I removed the panel, placed my stamp on top of the copy paper and closed my tool so my door could pick up the stamp on the right place.
I removed the copy paper, inked the top line of the text with Fossilized Amber and stamped it, the second line I stamped with Spiced Marmalade and the last line with Candied Apple. I put it aside to dry.

I glued the Eva Foam  behind the panel and let this also dry.

In the meanwhile I die cut and embossed two butterflies from the small piece of cardstock on which I had tried out my colour combination.

Time to put the card together.
I glued the panel with the Eva Foam on top of my base card.
With foam tape I adhered my butterflies on top of the card, I fussy cut for both of the butterflies antenna and glued them on the right place.
I used for a little bit of sparkle on the butterflies my Nuvo Shimmer pen and that finishes my card.

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

Ank- kaart
Used Materials

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock
Distress Oxide Ink Fossilized Amber – Spiced Marmalade – Candied Apple
Simon Says Stamp Ornate Background Stamp
VersaMark ink
Ranger Embossing Powder Fine Detail White
Heat Tool
Eva Foam
Sizzix Die Set 661802 Butterflies
Marianne Design Stamp set EC0138 Eline’s Sentiments
Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen Glitter Gloss Clear

Sending smiles across the miles

Today I finished my decorated envelope I made especially for a card which I want to send to a friend who lives on the other side of the ocean. I got the idea to decorate the envelope when I received the mail from Hero Arts with the National Craft Month Challenge,  Dressing Up Envelopes.

I have a rule that says that I don’t post a card on my blog until the person for whom it was made has received it.
So the card is inside the envelope and I don’t show it now.

Envelop 1
I used the gorgeous digital image from Power Poppy. Unfortunately the digital stamps come only in jpg.format (no png.) so I had to remove the background first before I could place the flowers how I liked.
I also removed the heart of the flower in the front because I wanted to draw a smiling face on it.

After printing the image including the sentiment in  brown, I thought black would be too harsh, I coloured the flowers with my Polychromos pencils.
After colouring I added with a Artist Pitt Pen the eyes and the smile in the heart of the flower. To finish it I added a little white dot in the eyes with my gelly roll pen.
I closed the envelop with a sticker from Jennifer McGuire with her slogan “Share handmade kindness”.

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

Envelop 2

Used Materials

Power Poppy digital stamp “Kindness Is The Way”.
Faber Castell Polychromos pencils : 101 White – 102 Cream – 107 Cadmium Yellow – 108 Dark Cadmium Yellow – 111 Cadmium Orange  – 121 Pale Geranium Lake – 188 Sanguine – 283 Burnt Siena – 263 Caput Mortuum Violet
Faber Castell Pit Artist Pen Black Fineliner
Sakura Gelly Roll pen White

The gorgeous digital stamp is a free download at Power Poppy,
You can also learn for free, to colour these beauties at Kit and Clowder,

2 Stamps + a Light pad = 1 Image

This card I made for a friend who I wanted to give a big hug because she is always thinking of others.
But she lives too far away for a physical one so I send her a mail hug.

I thought I had a critter  stamp with a bouquet of flowers behind his back, I didn’t. What I had in mind was a embossing folder I used to have.
So I had to look through my stamps where I found this lovely shy mouse from Docrafts and a Magnolia Tilda stamp with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. I decided to make from these two stamps one image.

I first stamped the mouse and Tilda on a piece of copy paper. I had in mind to put them on the lightpad so I could trace them, copy the image and print it with my laser printer on to some watercolour paper.
After stamping both I realised that I could do it much easier by stamping my  mouse on my watercolour paper directly en than trace the bouquet with a lead pencil on to my paper using my lightpad.

Muis lightpad
When I was satisfied, I added more flowers than in the original bouquet, I traced them with my  Pit Artist Pens.
I also drew a little tag on the bouquet with my pencil with the word Zomaar (Dutch for Just Because) on it and traced this as well with my Pit Artist Pen.
I let the pen dry well, although I didn’t plan to use a lot of water with my colouring. Better on the safe side.

I pulled out my Distress Inks, waterbrush, a paint brush and some water and started water colouring my image.
I had almost forgotten how I love to watercolour with my Distress Inks, lately I used only my coloured pencils and Zig markers.
To make the stripes on the mouse’s shirt I coloured them first with Peacock Feathers, let them dry and then I coloured the whole shirt using the same colour. This way, the stripes get a second layer and are darker than the rest of the shirt.After finishing the colouring, I put the image aside to dry.

I took a other piece of watercolour cardstock and put some Aged Mahogany and Rusty Hinge on my craft mat and sprayed it with some water with my Distress Sprayer. I dragged my paper through the ink to make a background. When I was satisfied I put this aside to dry.

My image was dry and I die cut it in to a panel with a Nellie Snellen Dotted Rectagle die.I used my Dark Red pencil to shade the flowers a little more. And to make the flowers a bit more of interest I used my white gel pen to make some dots. This I had seen Kelly Latevola do ( and loved it.

My background was also dry and I used the same die to cut this in a panel as well.
To incorporate the Peacock Feathers also on the background I added splashes with a small paint brush and did the same with Aged Mahogany and Rusty Hinge. When I was satisfied I put this aside to dry.

I took a piece of white cardstock for my base card, I glued a panel that was a bit smaller from turquoise cardstock.
Then I added my background panel with 0.5 mm. foam tape on top of the turquoise panel.
After that I placed my panel with the mouse on top of this, using 0.5 mm foam tape where the panel was on top of the background panel and 1 mm. foam tape where it hits the turquoise panel.
And with some writing and a big hug inside I finished this card.

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

Used Materials

WaterArt paper
Stazon Ink Jet Black
Faber Castell Pit Artist Pen Black Fineliner
Docraft Stamp PMA CCP907201 Mouse
Magnolia Stamp – Tilda with Helleborus
Light Pad
Distress Ink – Aged Mahoganie, Rusty Hinge, Peacock Feathers and Pumic Stone
Waterbrush and a small paint brush
Ranger Craft mat
Ranger Distress Sprayer
Nellie Snellen Die set MFD088  Straight Dotted Rectangle ( Dutch brand)
Faber Castell Polychromos 225 Dark Red
Sakura Gelly Roll pen White
Turkoois and White Cardstock




Feel better soon.

I have made this card  for a friend who just finished radiation therapy.
I stamped the whole scene first on a piece of copy paper so I could see which parts I had to mask. Then I made my masks by stamping them on some masking paper.
I also used the piece of copy paper in my TH Stamping Tool to place the stamps on the right place.
I stamped using my masks the whole scene on to Bristol Smooth paper except the “jumping in the air” frog, the sitting frog and the two Water Lilies. Those I stamped on a other piece of Bristol because I wanted them to fussy cut and place them with foam on the card.
I stamped everything with Stazon Ink because I wanted to use my Zig markers and I know for sure this ink won’t bleed together with my markers or with water.

After stamping the scene on my panel I used a blending brush, Distress Ink Tumbled Glass and a stencil I made a while ago with a Leane Creatief Cloud die, to make my sky. You can also use the Marianne Design Wave and Cloud Die Set to make such stencil. Stencils are easily to make from a piece of scrap cardstock and you can use them multiple times.
I also used my blending brush and Distress Ink Salty Ocean to give the water some colour, I masked off the parts that are in the water.

Time to colour everything. I used my Zig markers to colour with no water, sometimes I used the blender marker. The only time I used water and a paintbrush was when I add colour to the water wrinkles, this way I faded out the colour.

While the images where drying I die cut with my Marianne Design Wave and Cloud Die a wave.
For the waves strip I put  some Zig Dule Blue marker on a acrylic block, adding water and then with a paintbrush I coloured the whole piece lightly. After that was dry I stamped some water wrinkles and coloured them the same way I did with the panel.

When everything was dry I glued the panel on a folded base card.
After that I adhered the “jumping in the air” frog and the sitting frog with 1 mm foam tape on to my card. I wrote the word Yeah! on the card first with pencil and then with my black FC Pitt Artist fine liner. After drying well, I erased possible pencil lines.
The strip with the waves I adhered with 0.5 mm. foam tape to the front and placed the Water Lillie with 1.5 mm. tape on such way to the card that it overlapped the wave strip a little.
I used 1 mm. foam tape to adhere the second Water Lillie on the card and a little behind the wave strip.
And that finished my card. Although masking is time consuming, it is great to see the result.
Stamping images behind each other gives such a dimension. And if you adhere also images with different thicknesses of foam tape on your card you even have more dimension.

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

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Used Materials

Canson Bristol Smooth Cardstock
Marianne Design Stamp Set HT1616 Hetty’s Pond and HT1617 Hetty’s Frogs
TH Stamping Tool
Stazon Ink Jet Black
Masking paper
Distress Ink Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean
Leane Creatief Lea’bilitie 459012 Houses for the clouds stencil
Big Brush, brand unknown
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, If you want a list of used colours please let me know in your comment.
Marianne Design Die CR1361 Stitched Waves & Clouds
Faber Castell Pit Artist Fineliners

Hip, Hip, Hooray

A toddlers first birthday, it’s a boy and what to make? I love this die cut and embossing train set by Marianne Design and thought it would be great to put some critters in it enjoying their ride to the party.

Kaart met envelop

I used only the locomotive and the carriages dies.
For the locomotive I used a scrap piece of black cardstock and run that through my machine to die cut and a second time to emboss the details. When this was finished I kept the cardstock in the die and coloured the open spaces (which are the embossed areas) with a silver gel pen. I used the gel pen because my silver ink was to shiny. I putted this aside to dry.

For the 4 carriages I used scrap pieces of blue cardstock. These little dies are great to use with your scrap pieces of cardstock. I die cut and embossed them one by one and used for the embossed areas Distress Ink Black Soot to colour them.
Then I made a black and red cardstock strip (also scrap pieces) with some painters tape holding it together in a way that when I put my die on it, the wheels would be cut  out of the black piece and the roof out of the red.
In this way I only have to run the die once for cutting and once for embossing trough the machine instead of doing it separately for each colour. I left the cardstock in to the die to colour the wheel cap in silver with the gel pen.
I cut off the wheels of the blue carriages with a scissor and glued the black ones under the blue carriage.
The red rooftop was glued on top of the blue one. In this way you also get a little dimension by putting the layers on top of each other.

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I wanted to use the critters from 2 different  3D Decoupage sheets by Marianne Design but the critters where too big so I printed them smaller to fit better with the train. Because the sheets are no longer for sale, I had already scanned them to my computer (only for my own use) in the past.
I printed them on a little thicker paper then normal printing paper but you can use anything you like.
Because the outlines of the critters are a very light grey, I drew the lines again with my black Polychromos pencil and a minimum of pressure. On some of the critters I used some pencils to deepen the colour.

I puzzled and looked how I could best place the critters in the train. After I was satisfied I took a picture with my phone so I could place them the same way in the train later on.
I noticed that when I put my carriages in a row, the coupling connecting the carriages was not long enough. The roofs overlapped. I cut a thin strip of black cardstock to the right size. I cut the piece of the carriages off and used the thin strip I cut instead.
And then I made a mistake, I glued the train together. This wasn’t a bright idea, it made the train not easy to handle. So if you want to make a train like this, put the train together on your background instead of what I did.
After I glued the critters in the train. I put the train aside.

trein met dieren
I die cut with my Joy Crafts Die set 2 clouds that would be my steam clouds, the third cloud I didn’t cut all the way. I didn’t place my cutting plate to the end of the die because I wanted to look like this one came out of the locomotive. The last part I drew and cut out with my scissors.  I stamped with a alphabet stamp set the words Hip Hip Hooray in Dutch on them.

I needed a balloon that fit with the critters, I found it on my TH Mini Bird Crazy & Things stamp set.  I stamped the balloon on a piece of Bristol Smooth scrap paper and coloured it with my Zig marker.
I looked through my dies for a number die that fitted the balloon. Unfortunately none fit so I drew the number 1 myself on a red piece of scrap cardstock and cut it out with my scissors.
I used a Joy Crafts Alphabet Die and yellow cardstock for the name of the birthday boy and glued them on my  carriages

Time to make the background.
I cut my panel as big as I needed to fit the complete train and left some room next to it, I am sorry I forgot to write down the right size. I made the sky using a stencil I made a while ago with a die from Leane Creatief and Distress Ink Tumbled Glass.
I used different shades of green pencil to make my bushes, it doesn’t need to be perfect, the train is covering most of the space.
To make my rails I used a strip of brown-gray cardstock and added some Distress Metallic Stain Brushed Pewter on some parts of the top. For the sleepers underneath a strip of  brown cardstock that I cut with my scissors in little pieces. I glued the rails and sleepers on my panel. On the bottom of the panel I used some gray and brown pencils to make some pebbles and the ground under the rails.
I used a Marianne Design die set to make three trees. Scribbled a bit with a darker green pencil to add the look of dimension in the canopy of the tree and made some shadows with a brown pencil on the trunk.
After finishing the trees I put 0.5 mm. foam tape behind the canopy and glue on the trunk (no foam tape) and adhered the trees on to the background. This way the canopy is standing out a little relative to the trunk.

To finish my the card I added the panel on to a folded base card.
I adhered the train to the background, using 0,5 mm. foam tape for the wheels and 1 mm. foam tape for the carriages, paying attention that I didn’t put foam tape behind the train on the space that would be in front of a tree. Because I already put foam on the canopy, if you use it on the same spot on your train, the train wouldn’t be equal on the paper.
With a piece of 1 mm. foam tape I adhered the balloon on its place in the sky after I put a little thread around the end in such way I could glue it on the elephant trunk as well.
That finished my card but…the card wouldn’t fit a regular envelope.

I looked through my scrapbook design papers, they would be big enough to make the envelope out of one piece. I found a lovely paper with a blue and white plaid. I decided that I also wanted to decorate the envelope.
I used a Marianne Design Balloon Die for that and die cut it from 5 different colours of cardstock.
I adhered them with 0,5 mm. foam tape on my envelope.
And my birthday train with envelope was ready to leave.

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

Used Materials

Various colours of cardstock, most of them were scrap pieces, for die cutting.
Neenah Classic Crest Cardstock for the panel and folded base card
Marianne Design Die set LR0308 Train
Distress Ink Black Soot
Edding Silver gel pen
Marianne Design Decoupage sheet AK0043 Eline’s Cuddly Babies I
Marianne Design Decoupage sheet AK0044 Eline’s Cuddly Babies 2
Joy Crafts Die set 6002-0199 Clouds
Crealies Bits & Pieces Stamp sets 501 – 503 -504, all letter stamps
Tim Holtz Mini Bird Crazy & Things stamp set
Canson Bristol Smooth Paper
Zig CCRB marker 051 Lemon Yellow
Joy Crafts Die  6002-0140 Alphabet & Numbers 2
Leane Creatief Lea’bilitie 459012 Houses ( for the sky stencil)
Distress Ink Tumbled Glass
Faber Castell Polychromos pencils
Distress Metallic Stain Brushed Pewter
Marianne Design Die Col1383 Village decoration set 2
Scrapbook Design Paper
Marianne Design Die PP1401 MD Heart Balloon