The 30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 6 – Bee Happy

Finally I made these art journal pages that have been in my head for a long time.

I diluted Wild Honey re-inker in my mini mister to start my background.
After drying I applied white paint in some places through a honeycomb stencil.
Because I wanted a little more depth in the middle I used my Distress brush to put some
Gathered Twigs on the page. I then put the journal aside to dry.

I die cut several hexagons with two dies for an outline and one die, de largest, for the full hexagons to make a honeycomb. With three different colours of Distress Ink I coloured those. I also put them aside to dry.
On the picture you see a smaller size hexagon, coloured and with embossed images. I didn’t use them, I made other ones but by the time I did, my outlines were already glued to the page.

In the meanwhile I stamped a bunch of flowers and gave the petals a hint of colour with my Wild Honey and a brush and coloured the hearts of the flowers with Mustard Seed.

After watching an YT Live with Tim Holtz (2021 Sizzix Chapter 2) and seeing the make of Anita Houston ( I came up with the idea to use acetate for my bees.
I stamped my bees several times on cardstock, acetate and a few on paper to use later as a mask. The ones on cardstock I coloured and put a layer of Glossy Accent over the body and a little on the head. After letting it dry a little I poked with a toothpick in it to make some texture like a hairy body of a bee is. Then I let them dry overnight.
The next day I cut out the body with the head that was the only part I needed.
From the acetate I cut out upper and lower wings and put them aside too.

Time to put some things onto the pages.
I started with the field of flowers I wanted to make in the lower left corner and glued them with a piece of foam tape on the page.
Then I laid out my hexagons and outlines, moving them around until I was satisfied with how the colours where divided and glued them to the page. But watching out that there was no glue where I wanted to stack a flower behind the outline.
I glued with some foam tape a few flowers in the hexagon outlines.  

Then the tricky part came, I wanted to stamp the bee on the page without the wings, I only needed the antenna, body and legs. I inked my stamp and whipped of the ink from the wings and stamped on to the page multiple times. Letting it dry and in the meanwhile I glued the wings to the body of the bees.
Then I glued them on to the stamped body and gladly they where fitting all well.

I die cut the letters from white and black cardstock. The white I coloured in the same colours I used for the hexagons and outlines. I glued the black letters as a shadow behind the coloured ones and glued them on my page.

Taking an overview now it was almost finished I felt like it was missing something, so I stencilled with the used colours small honeycombs in the hexagon outlines and finished it all with drawing stems in between de flowers.
I love these pages and can’t get enough of it. I hope you do too and Be Happy!

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

Used Materials

Ranger Dylusions Large Creative Journal
Distress Re-inker Wild Honey
Ranger Mini Mister
Stencil Honeycomb brand unknown
Distress Paint Picket Fence
Distress Ink Mustard Seed – Rusty Hinge – Wild Honey and Gathered Twigs
Tim Holtz Blending Brushes
White cardstock
Nellie Snellen MFD059 Hexagon Straight
Bee Stamp brand unknown
Glossy Accent
Penny Black Petal Power 30-225 Stamp set
Distress Archivel Ink Black Soot
Joy Crafts ATC stencil Honeycomb (small honeycomb)

The 30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 4 – Poppy

I started this colouring a few years ago as little project while I was reorganizing the tiny craft room.
And… I lost it, couldn’t find it anywhere and thought I must have thrown it away by accident.
The first day of the  30 Day Coloring Challenge I pulled a 4 drawer organizer aside and there it was……my little half finished image.
So I finished it today for the 4th day of the Challenge.

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

Used Materials

Papicolor Black Cardstock
Mary Rahder Stamp set Poppy
Derwent Coloursoft Pencils.


If you, just like me, have quite a large stash of pretty papers and
don’t have always the time to make a complicated card?
Take than a look at the Gentleman’s Crafter’s blog.
John Bloodworth (aka Gentleman Crafter) has started a series of gorgeous lay-outs with beautiful example cards and a how-to YouTube video. He already made 57 (yes you read it correctly 57) lay-outs!

My card is made with one of these lay-outs with my own twist because my image looked better on a square card. These lay-outs are great for masculine cards. The card was made in no time and looks great. I’ll be using my paper pads and these lay-outs more often, that’s for sure!
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask

Used Materials

This is the link to the Gentleman Crafter’s Blog:
Gentleman Crafter lay-out number 4
Medium Bleu Pearlescent Cardstock
Joy Crafts Design Papers from my stash
Studio Light Design Papers from my stash
Marianne Design 3D Decoupage sheet EWK1228 –  I’s a Men’s World
Hobbydots Alphabet Stickers Copper

The Coloring Challenge Day 10 – Hello Gorgeous

On the front of this card I used the Giraffe image I coloured a while ago, see the post about this here.
I mentioned in the post that the marker ink had bled outside the lines and that I would fussy cut the image. Because the tufts on top of his head are difficult to cut out properly I cut them off and stamped them on a new panel, which I also did with the fringes.
Before I fussy cut the image I placed the panel on top of the new panel in to my TH stamping tool to position my stamp precisely and picked it up with my tool door.
I removed the image and inked only the upper part of the stamp to stamp the tuffs. After the ink was dry I placed the coloured image back on top to position the scarf for the missing fringes. I inked only the small parts I needed and stamped it on my uncoloured panel. This are the times I’m so glad I have a stamping tool.
While the panel was drying I fussy cut the image and made all the cut edges black with a marker.
I glued the giraffe on top of the stamped parts and it fitted like a glove. If you don’t know it you will never see that it is stamped twice.
I put this aside for now together with a black panel that I cut slightly bigger and my folded base card.

If you have read the earlier posts then you know that this giraffe was intended to be for the pop-up 18th birthday card (see here) but I couldn’t match it with the cupcakes inside. So I used it on today’s card which is also a pop-up card but of a whole different kind.
The pop-up inside is a flower bouquet and instead of writing down how to make it I will reference to a great post on Jennifer McGuire’s blog where Rina Krupsky (daughter of Gina K) was guest designer and made the pop-up flowers, on the blog you can find also a video how to make them. It’s easy and fun to make.

I did a few things a little different, instead of fussy cutting the leaves I used the top of a wavy die, if you want to do this also a tip: use thin paper. My paper was a little thicker than normal paper, 180 gr., and I had to run the die with the paper 10-12 times trough the machine for each flower before it cut through all the folded  layers.
I also cut the stamen with a die from the same colour as the folded card. I glued the stamen in the middle of the flower before I followed the instruction Rina gives on how to assemble the bouquet. When this was finished I put my bouquet aside.

The evening before I put some Tombow Multi Mono Glue on the back of my stencil and let that dry overnight, this way the glue is repositionable.
I positioned the stencil in the lower left corner and used a blending brush and Picket Fence to colour.
When finished I put the stencil in the same way to the upper right corner and repeated the process.
I put it aside to dry. That didn’t take long because it was a thin layer.

In the meanwhile I cut a strip of black cardstock and stamped my sentiment with VersaMark before adding  white embossing powder on top of that. After I heat embossed the sentiment I let it cool down for a few moments and cut the strip in the right size and on both sides I cut a fishtail.

When all parts where finished I assembled the card.
First I glued the black and giraffe panel on to the front of the card.
Then the pop-up flower bouquet was adhered as shown in Rina’s video in the inside of the card.
And the last part was the sentiment strip that I adhered with some foam tape also in the inside.
I was so very happy with this card, I love how it turned out and hope the birthday girl will love it to.

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

Used Materials

Jennifer McGuire’s blog post with Guest Rina Krupsky Pop-up Flowers;

The used materials for the Giraffe panel you can find here

Papicolor Cardstock Mustard Yellow and Black
Papicolor Paper Black, Mustard Yellow and White
Marker Friendly White cardstock
Sentiment stamps by Nicole Verkooijen (Hello Gorgeous)
Nellie Snellen Die set Wavy Ovals for the petal outline of the flowers
Marianne Design Die set LR0111 Frame for the stamen
Studio Katia Mandala Stencil
Distress Ink Picked Fence
Blending Brush
Marianne Design Stamp CS0960 Gefeliciteerd, this is Dutch which translates into Congratulations
VersaMark (sticky ink for embossing)
Ranger Embossing powder Superfine Detail White
Heat tool

The Coloring Challenge Day 8 – Finally Finished

Finally finished my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils Hex Charts.
I started this project, you won’t believe it, in April 2020 during the 16th 30 Day Coloring Challenge.
The (empty) Chart is made by Sandy Allnock.
Here you can find her blog: and this is the site where you can purchase this and other Hex Charts:

I learned during colouring these that some colours really turned out different on the different colours of paper.  So it wasn’t a waste of time colouring on other papers too.
What I also learned was that the Kraft and Black coloured paper from my stash are not papers I love to work on with my coloured pencils.
I didn’t love how the colours turned out on the paper and on the black paper it looks like I used chalk instead of coloured pencil. Something I will keep in mind in case I wanted a chalky look (LOL).
What I will do is when I want to use another brand of paper with my pencils I will print a Hex Chart on the same paper and will fill it only with the colours I use on that moment or wanted to use.
That takes a lot less time and I will see immediately how the colours are on that specific paper.

If you’re not familiar with Hex Charts, here is a blog post in which I talk about it in depth

The Coloring Challenge Day 8 – Coloured Strips

In one of the earlier videos (I even think the video is from a few years ago.) made by Kathy Racoosin (aka The Daily Marker and organizer of the Challenges) I noticed that she had coloured strips in her tin/case with pencils.
I loved that idea and made them for in my Faber Castell Polychromos Colour Pencil wooden case.
So much easier to find my pencils in this way and to put them back at the right spot after using them

Although you didn’t mention it in the video because it wasn’t about that, I only saw it, I wanted to say thank you so much Kathy for this great idea!

The Coloring Challenge Day 4 – Sea – a masculine card

Making a men’s card is not always easy, but sometimes an idea comes up and everything works. And that happened with this card.

I started with a white piece of cardstock to blend with different blue Distress colours the sky and the ocean.

While the panel was drying I die cut my ocean set and rope.
With different colours of ink I shaded my die cuts and coloured with Zig markers some parts of the boat.
I cut a card base from blue cardstock and placed my die cuts on top to see where and how I would stamp the fishnet on to my background panel. I used the acetate front that’s in the package when you buy your stamp, as a guide.

I made a slit in the background just big enough to insert a small portion of the bottom of the boat. This way the boat appears to be sailing in the water instead of on it.
I glued the boat, seagull and pole to the background panel with 3D glue for dimension. After this I stamped the fishnet on the panel over the pole, as if it is hanging in front of it.
After the ink was dry I placed the panel on top of my card base en glued, again with my 3D glue, the rope to my card. And that finished this card and I totally love how this card turned out.

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

Used Materials

Blue Linen cardstock for the card base
White Velvet Cardstock, this is similar to Elizabeth Crafts Soft Finish cardstock
Different shades of Blue Distress Ink for the sky and ocean
Tim Holtz Blending brush
Marianne Design Die set CR1279 Tiny’s Ocean Set
Marianne Design Die set LR0418 Rope
Scraps of different colours cardstock for die cutting
Different shades of Distress Ink and Oxide to colour and highlight some areas of the die cuts
Zig markers to colour some part of the die cut boat
Marianne Design Stamp TC0839 Tiny’s Fishnet
Distress Oxide Hickory Smoke to stamp the Fishnet
Olba 3D glue, this is a odourless glue specially for dimension

The Coloring Challenge Day 2

Yesterday the Coloring Challenge by Kathy Racoosin aka The Daily Marker started.
Usually it’s a challenge that takes 30 days but this time a shorter one, 10 days.
This is my first post for the challenge.

I blended with a stencil and two colours Distress ink a background.
Die cut the flowers from white and made the stems yellow with ink to make sure I had the same yellow colour.
Cut a strip for my sentiment from blue cardstock and made a card base from the same colour.
I stuck my sentiment on to the strip with alphabet stickers in Dutch which translates into Congratulations.

I glued the stencilled background to the blue card base and for the flowers and sentiment strip I used foam tape for dimension.

That’s my card for this day, which was fun and easy to make. Hopefully this will give the birthday girl a sunny feeling even though it is still cold here.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Used Materials

White cardstock, brand unknown
Clarity Stamps Art Stencil Abstract Squares 2
TH Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade and Salty Ocean
TH Distress Blending Brushes
Leane Creatief Multi Die Flowers 008
Blue cardstock for my card base and the sentiment strip
Alphabet stickers for the sentiment.

Winter Fun

Yesterday, March 21, our spring started but the weather didn’t seem to get the notification.
So in the hope the cold weather will disappear I will say goodbye to it by posting my winter art journal page.

Before playing in my art journal I die cut a bunch of snowflakes in different sizes.
I also die cut all my pieces for the rest of the layout. I die cut most of them multiple times from different colours so I could give them some dimension and interest by adding them together with glue and where needed foam tape. The icicle rim I cut out of TH frosted sheets and the words I cut out 4 times each.

I used white gesso all over my pages, on some places more than other places, to add texture. When the pages were dry I used the negatives from my snowflake die cuts as a stencil for adding some Distress Micro Glaze in different places. This was an experiment, I never tried it before.
I wanted to get several layers on my background without making it all bulky or too much in the foreground.
I glued some snowflakes to the background as well.

After that had dried overnight I dabbed carefully with a towel on the places I put the micro glaze on, I didn’t want to smear out the snowflakes. I played with some Distress inks by putting reinker in a minimister and added water to it, then sprayed them on to the page. The ink coloured the white snowflakes I glued to the page but didn’t colour the snowflakes I stencilled with micro glaze, just as I hoped. When this was dry, I added ink with my blending brush so I got a slight variation of blue on the background.

After I put all of the die cut pieces together I placed them on my page to see where I wanted to put them and where I could glue some white snowflakes. Before I adhered everything I made my snowy hill and a little snow pile for the snowman. I pushed the snowman, skis, ski poles and the sled into the still wet snow, so it looks like they are actually in it and adhered them on at the same time with foam tape for dimension.
All the other pieces I adhered to the page with foam tape as well, aside from the words, icicle rim and the white snowflakes, they are glued.

I had so much fun creating this page that I had in my head for so long and finally took the time to make.
I hope you like it too.

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

Used Materials

Ranger Dylusions Large Creative Journal
Distress Ink Tumbled Glass – Speckled Egg and Stormy Sky
Ranger Minimister
Tim Holtz Blending Brushes
Distress Micro Glaze
Varies colours of cardstock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Frosted Sheets THTH937153
Varies Marianne Design Snowflake dies, different in shape and size
The following  Marianne Design Dies
CR1252 Ski’s and Snowflake
LR0247 Figure Skates
CR1255 Tiny’s Mittens
CR1257 Tiny’s Sled
LR0246 Snowman
LR0392 Snowy Icicles
Amy Design die Skates  ADD10003
Joy Crafts Die Winter 6002/2033 – The word Fun I draw myself with help of the negative of the word Winter. Cut multiple layers with the Scan & Cut.
Red/White yarn
Aleene’s Glitter Snow

Kerst 2020 – Christmas 2020

I have to post this now, otherwise it will be Spring and Christmas will be even further behind us.
A Christmas that we will all remember around the world because we couldn’t celebrate the way we are used to.
Here in the Netherlands we went into lockdown again the week before Christmas.
When I picked up the paper napkins to set the Christmas table, I immediately put one aside because I had an idea to turn it into an art journal page.
It has become a simple page but it is how we celebrated Christmas 2020.

The paper napkin had the image on one side and upside down on the opposite site.
First I peeled the top layer from the other layers and then I tore the napkin above the trees from the right to the left. I put matt medium all over the page and carefully I put my napkin down to the page.
I also brushed matt medium over the napkin and with the leftover I enlarged the trees and covered the rest of the page that way. I put that aside to dry.

In the meanwhile I die cut the word Christmas in Dutch 4 times as well as my numbers and glued them on top of each other, this gave me dimension in my word and numbers. After they where dry I covered them with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with gold.
After they cooled, I repeated the process.

I drew my mask on some scrap paper and after some adjustments in the size I transferred this pattern to my cardstock. With some coloured pencil I did some shading and with a pattern stamp and Distress Ink I made it look a little bit more like a real mask.
I printed some Dutch keywords in red related on the situation and fussy cut them to stick on my mask, in the middle the word Corona, clockwise started at the word upper right they translate in Pandemic – Mask – One and a half meter (social distance) – Lockdown.
I had some elastic straps from a real unused mask and glued them on the backside of my mask but only on the top corners.

I splattered some white splashes on to my page, you hardly see them but they are there.
I glued my word and numbers to the page after I had passed my elastic strap through the first letter and the last number. I didn’t put any glue near the place where the strap was. I let that dry overnight with a heavy book on top.
To finish the page I put my mask with some foam tape to the page.

To be able to close the page I stuck a ruler on top of the mask with the thinnest side tight to the middle of the journal the first time I closed it. So now there is a valley fold into my mask while closing the journal.

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

Used materials

Moleskine Art Sketchbook, Hard Cover, Large (5″ x 8.25″) Plain/Blank, Scarlet Red
Paper napkin from the supermarket
Deco Art Matt Medium
White Gouache
VersaMark ink
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder Gold  
Marianne Design Stamp and Die set Col1338
Joy Crafts Die set Jubileum Cijfers (numbers)
White cardstock
Distress Oxide Hickory Smoke
Joy Crafts Stamp set Memo Writting
Elastic straps
Foam tape