Traditional Colours.

I am still suffering from health problems that makes me with less energy than I wanted, so very simple cards to make are so welcome because I am far behind making my Christmas cards.
I started by die cutting and embossing the Marianne Design Circle XL Die, cut including the middle part.
I used the Perlen Pen to make on the raster little pearl drops. This is the only thing time consuming because of all the little drops you have to make and the drying time for the pearls. The drying time takes several hours minimum, depending on how large you make your pearls.
A base card from Metallic Dark Green Cardstock, a gorgeous design paper on top and on top of that the white metallic die cut.
Then I die cut the Reindeer Ornament once out of metallic cardstock and 3 times out of normal white cardstock. I glued the 4 die cuts on top of each other, paying attention to that the one out of metallic cardstock was on top.
I die cutted a label and put the text sticker on top of it, the text says Happy Holidays in Dutch.
To finish I adhered the label with 0.5 mm. foam tape and glued some little star  on to my card.
You can find the use materials under the images.

Used Materials
Joy Crafts Metallic Cardstock Dark Green
Docrafts Papermania Paperpad First Noel
Marianne Desig Die LR0445 Anja’s Circle XL
Viva Perlen Pen 901 Gold
FindIt Trading Die ADD10069 Reindeer Ornament
Marianne Design Die  LR0241 Creatable Anja’s Labels
Starform Text Sticker 266
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards – Traditional Christmas Sparkly Shaker Selection (stars)


Age is just a number – The 30 Day Coloring Challenge

It’s the last day of The 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Due to health problems this time not many colouring done. But every day I have taken me-time to read on the blog and look at all the beautiful things that were made. Kathy (The Daily Marker) it was great again, thank you so much and I hope next year an other Coloring Challenge.

This week I made a shaker card, it’s a birthday card for a friend. It’s often difficult to make up a male card  especially if you made every year for the same person a birthday card. But a shaker card I never made for him, so this time I did.
I used a stencil and three colours of Distress Oxide to blend numbers on the front panel.
Then I die cutted a heart out of that panel and with the same die and a smaller piece out if the die cutting nest, I cutted  a frame.
Out of three different colours of cardstock I die cutted numbers for the shaker part.
I glued the heart on to my base card and put  2 mm foam tape around it, that is my shaker part. Then I put the numbers in that heart.
Behind the heart opening that I die cut in the front panel I glued some transparent sheet, then I glued this part on top of my base card in such a manner that the transparent closes the shaker part.
To finish the shaker part I adhered the frame on top of the transparent.
The sentiment, Age is just a number in Dutch, I made on my computer, I cut it to the right size and finished my card by putting the sentiment with some foam tape on the card.
You can find the use materials under the images.

Leeftijd is maar een getal
Used Materials

Canson Bristol Smooth Cardstock
Joy Crafts Poly Besa Stencil Numbers
Distress Oxide Candied Apple – Salty Ocean – Black Soot.
Nellie Snellen Multi Frame Die MFD060 Straight Heart
Papicolor Original Cardstock 906
Nellie Snellen Die SD064 Text and Numbers

Delfts Blue in the snow – The 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Even though I did not coloured the images on this card, I made it with The 30 Day Coloring Challenge in mind, because I took every day a little “me-time” to make it!

Delfts Blue is a famous blue and white pottery made in and around Delft in The Netherlands.
The most highly-regarded period of production is about 1640–1740, but Delftware continues to be produced. Why I am telling this? I am Dutch and I made a Holiday card in blue and white, Delfts Blue in mind.

I used several stamp sets from different brands to make my winterscene. Starting with stamping the ice skating couple by Marianne Design and stamped them again on a piece of scrap paper so I could mask them while stamping the fence ( Viva Decor).
After that, I stamped a tree on the left side and also one on scrap paper so I could stamp the second tree behind it. I let this dry for several hours because I stamped with Distress Ink and I wanted to ad snow.
All the snow I have is water based so look for you work with snow, what base it is and when it is water base and you are stamping also with an water base ink or ink reacting with water (most dye inks are)  make sure the ink is dried well enough  otherwise you can get bleeding of the ink through your snow.
Added my snow and a little extra glitter on top of it, just an extra hint by blowing a little from my hand into the air (not in my room LOL but outside) and holding the card under the falling glitter. So I don’t get a lot of extra glitter because there is already glitter in my snow.
I added some Aqua Shimmer on the area where the ice is, to give this also a little shine.

I wanted to finish the card with falling snow made with my snow stencil, but where the stencil supposed to be it wasn’t. I turned my whole craftroom ( on that moment I was glad he is small) over but the stencil is gone and stays gone.
After doing a bunch of other small things I had to do, I returned to my craftroom in the hope that I would find the stencil in my daughters stencil map, but no, still gone.
Because I wanted to finish the card so it could dry overnight I picked some Acrylic paint and put this on a acryl stamping block with a little water and Perfect Pearls. I used a small paint brush, took a little bit of paint on my brush and tapped gently on my brush while I held it above the card. I wanted small flakes and not big blobs and not too much, just enough to put a little bit interest to the background. I masked the faces from the boy and girl. If you don’t, you will see that there is a splatter in a place where you don’’ t want it, for example on a eye. So masking is the answer.

The next day everything was dry and I put the panel on to a blue card with foam tape for some dimension and (at last) my first Holiday card for this year is finished.
You can find the use materials under the images.
The second image shows the glitter and shine on the card.

Delfts Blauw

Delfts Blauw2

Used Materials
Canson Bristol Smooth Cardstock
Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch
Marianne Design Cling Stamp  Set CS0906 Happy Winter
Studio Light Stamp Set 120 Sweet Winter Season
Viva Decor Weinachts Landschaft (Christmas scenery)
Marianne Design Stamp Set EC0138 Eline’s Sentiments
Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen Glitter Gloss
Aleene’s Glitter Snow
Ultra Fine Glitter (brand unknown)
Acrylic paint with Ranger Perfect Pearls
Papicolor Original Cardstock 936
1 mm. Foam tape

The 30 Day Coloring Challenge

I am participating in the 30 Day Coloring Challenge that was started on 1 November.
This is not my first time and I am enjoying it everytime. I will tell you in a nutshell the concept of this,  it’s all about a little “me-time” everyday. 10/15 minutes a day for yourself and your hobby, to calm, relax and enjoy. There is nothing that you must, everything is good. You can all read it on the blog of The Daily Marker, hereby the link to the page where you can read all about it:

I don’t colour a image a day, sometimes I will post a part of a coloured image, a finished one or even the whole card when it’s finished. So I will not post everyday but I always read and comment on the daily blogpost at the Daily Marker site.
I thought this was a good moment to start making my Christmas cards.
Previously I made a whole pile of cards for everyone I sent a card, but nowadays I only make them for those I know they appreciate a handmade card and all the work that I put in it. The other ones still get a Christmas card but I buy them.
I started one, but can’t show you anything yet, the background didn’t came out as I had in mind and takes me a lot more work than I thought. So hope you all have a little patience with me and I hope to post my first Christmas card soon.

Mr. Pumpkin Scarecrow

Vanaf deze post kun je de Nederlandse vertaling vinden onder de tab Nederlandse versie.

Inspired by the pumpkins on a Fall Art Journal page by Vicky Papaioannou and an awesome digital image by Mariola Budek I finally made my first Art Journal page ever.
I kept everything calm and it is more a scene page than a mixed media page but it is completely the page that I had in mind.
I started with cutting a page out of my journal I did that because this was my first time working in this journal, I didn’t know how my pencil blending would be on this paper and I wasn’t sure what I wanted with the image.
After colouring the image, colouring and blending colours wasn’t hard on this paper, I decided that I would fussy cut my image.
Using the head of the scarecrow as a guide I draw 2 pumpkins and colour them as well with my pencils.
I blended my background with different colours of Distress Oxide Ink, keeping in mind that I wanted to put my scarecrow in a “cornfield” and on the other page I wanted to put a fence.
Used water mixed with Distress Oxideds to splatter on the foreground.
I decided that I wanted to have a crow on the fence, so I mirrored and printed one of the  crows from the image, the same with some rocks that I needed for the front of my background.
Using design paper, ink ( to make the paper colours fit more)  and a cutting die I made my “cornfield”.
Into the green on the left page I added more yellow and red and stamped with a branch stamp to create a tree look to make the corner on the left page more interesting. See the close up photo.
I then put some Distress Oxide Walnut Stain in my TH woodgrain embossingfolder, this ink is great for this technique, and with coloured cardstock I run it trough my die cutting machine. After that I put Distress Oxide Vintage Photo on top of it and let that dry. From this piece I made my fence. The nails I made by hammer some silver brads with my TH Texture Hammer and after that I put TH Alcohol Ink Mixative Copper on top of them. I also put some the ink on one of the “legs” of a brad that I wanted to use as a headless nail. This I used in the pole where the wooden plank “came off”.
I put everything on my pages using Tacky glue, 0,5 mm., 1 mm and 2 mm. foam tape to create dimension on the page.
I finished the foreground by stamping on some places and by adding on some of the rocks Glossy Accents, this is what I also used for the eyes of the crows.

You can find the use materials under the images.
By clicking the images you can enlarge them.

Ranger Dylusions Large Creative Journal
Mr. Pumpkin Scarecrow, free image from Mariola Budek Art
Faber Castell Polychromos
Ranger Distress Oxides en Distress Ink
Joy Crafts Design paper “At the Movies”
Marianne Design Die Creatables LR0150 Branch Forrest
Joy Crafts Stamp set 6410/0067 Silhouette Birds
Tim Holtz Woodgrain Embossing folder
Tim Holtz Texture Hammer
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Mixative Copper
Silver brads
Viva decor stamp Grunge Hintergründe
Ranger Glossy Accents

Trouwkaart/Wedding card

No Christmas card for World Card Making day, but a Wedding card for a lovely couple their wedding day.
I love to work white on white by using different kind of papers.
For example, by this card I used a metallic white carstock, a glitter white cardstock and a cardstock  with texture. And vellum inside with a text on it (not shown).
Original the Love birds have a heart in the middle of the ribbon that they hold, I replaced that for 2 rings, which are stickers. I sticked 2 stickers (each sticker consists 2 rings) to each other so I have golden rings on the front and backside and the ribbon in between those two.
Unfortunately the embossed stamp on the bottom side of the card is not shown well in the photo.
You can find the use materials under the image.

Geen Kerstkaart voor World Card Making day maar een trouwkaart voor een lief stel hun trouwdag.
Ik hou van wit op wit werken door verschillende soorten papier te gebruiken.
Voor deze kaart bijvoorbeeld, heb ik een metallic karton, een glitter papier en een karton met textuur gebruikt. En vellum aan de binnenzijde met een tekst erop ( niet getoond).
Origineel hebben de Love birds een hart in het midden van het lint wat ze vasthouden, deze heb ik vervangen voor 2 ringen, dit zijn stickers. Ik heb 2 stickers ( elke sticker bestaat uit 2 ringen) tegen elkaar geplakt zodat ik aan de voor- en achterzijde gouden ringen heb en het lint zit er tussen.
Helaas zie je de ge-emboste stempel aan de onderkant van de kaart niet goed op de foto.
De gebruikte materialen staan onder de foto


Fluweelkarton Wit ( Looks like the Elizabeth Crafts Soft Finish Cardstock)
Joy Crafts Metallic cardstock White, Black and Silver
Glitter Paper White
Restje /Scrap piece of Orange cardstock
Marianne Design Cutting and Embossing Die LR0298 Tiny’s Love Birds
Marianne Design Cutting and Embossing Die LR0408 Tiny’s Swans
Cheery Lynn Design Die DL106 Heart to Heart
Tsukineko Brillance Dewdrop Starlite Silver ink
Black Marker
White Gel pen
Marianne Design Stamp TC051 Tiny’s Waterlillies
VersaMark ink
MBoss Embossing powder Pearl White
Stickers Rings
Vellum for the inside

Happy Halloween

This is my first Halloween card ever, beside the spider web stamp I don’t even have any Halloween stamps. That’s why I decided to use a flower stamp.
The gorgeous Floral Trimmings from Studio Katia was a great stamp for what I had in mind.
I stamped the flowers on Bristol cardstock and coloured them with my Zig markers.
After fussy cut the flowers I blended on orange cardstock with two colours Distress Oxide a edge to create depth in to the card.
Then I stamped and heat embossed the little spider and spider web on the left side of the card. When this was cooled down I put my flowers on top of the background.
Then I stamped and heat embossed the big spider web and the hanging spider.
The sentiment was handwritten on a piece of black cardstock with a VersaMark marker and heat embossed. By putting Glossy accents on the spider bodies and a few drops on some leaves I finished the card.
You can find the use materials under the image.

Dit is mijn eerste Halloween kaart ooit, naast de spinnenweb stempel heb ik niet eens andere Halloween stempels. Dat is waarom ik besloot een bloemenstempel te gebruiken.
De prachtige Floral Trimmings stempel van Studio Katia was de stempel voor wat ik in gedachten had.
Ik stempelde de bloemen op Bristol karton en heb ze ingekleurd met mijn Zig markers.
Nadat ik dit had uitgeknipt heb ik op oranje karton met twee kleuren Distress Oxide een rand geblend om diepte te creëren.
Hierna heb ik de kleine spin en spinnenweb aan de linkerkant van de kaart gestempeld en met de heat tool ge-embost. Nadat dit afgekoeld was heb ik mijn bloemen hierop geplakt
Toen heb ik de grote spinnenweb en de hangende spin gestempeld en ge-embost.
De tekst is handgeschreven op een stukje zwart karton met een VersaMark marker en ook ge-embost. Met wat Glossy accent op de spinnenlijfjes en een paar druppeltjes op sommige blaadjes heb ik de kaart afgemaakt.
De gebruikte materialen staan onder de foto.

Happy Halloween verscherpt

Canson Bristol smooth cardstock
Studio Katia Stamp set Floral Trimmings
Versafine ink Onyx Black
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers : 084 Deep Violet + 080 Violet – 052 Bright Yellow + 023 Scarlet Red – 082 Purple + 081 Light Violet – 020 Red + 070 Orange – 043 Olive Green + 066 Dark Oatmeal – 043 Olive Green + Deep Green – 050 Yellow and 010 Black for the side edges after fussy cutting
Papicolor Cardstock 911 Orange
Distress Oxide Wilted Violet  – Black Soot
Marianne Design Stamp set TC0841 Tiny’s Spider Web
VersaMark ink
Mboss Embossing powder Silver Gray
Ranger Embossing powder Black
Black cardstock
VersaMark Marker –  to handwrite the sentiment for heat embossing.
Glossy Accents