Zie de maan schijnt door de bomen….. (See the moon shining through the trees)

I love the awesome art journal/mixed media projects made by Vicky Papaioannou,
you can check out her blog if you want, http://www.clips-n-cuts.com.
And after I got a Moleskin journal she used at that time from Sinterklaas I wanted to make the stunning page on her blog. The page was called Dear Santa (http://www.clips-n-cuts.com/2017/11/art-journal-dear-santa/). I got this Moleskin diary from Sinterklaas, so decided the first page I made in this diary would be one that would represent that. The page is from 2017 as well as the Sinterklaas present, health and other issues came in between but l still had in mind that I wanted to make that page
Sinterklaas is mainly a celebration for children, even though the adults are not forgotten either, and is celebrated on December 5th in the Netherlands. He’s a bit like Santa, he also brings presents at night, there are songs and special treats. The big difference is that Sinterklaas rides a horse on the roofs and comes from Spain.

Let’s get started.
I followed the video made by Vicky for the page, mainly because it was my first page in this book and with products I never used in this way.
Started by covering the whole page with black gesso, when the gesso was dry I added some crackle paint over it. I let this dry overnight. Afterwards I didn’t see a lot of crackles maybe I’d been too careful and didn’t apply enough or you don’t see them well because of the other dark colours on top. But it gave good texture on the page and that was enough for me.

I used different colours of blue paint to make the background, I didn’t make a milky way like Vicky because Sinterklaas is riding on the roof and not in the sky.
After I was happy with the sky I used some white gesso for the shine behind the moon and I made white splatters with acrylic paint.

I put the book aside to dry while I worked on my moon.
Using Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo and some water to give the moon colour and to give the moon texture I used a stamp. I stuck the moon on the page with medium.

Time to make the elements for the page.
The Sinterklaas and his helpers where die cut from black cardstock as well as the trees.
I have several die sets for houses but none fit, they where too large or too small. Google was the solution,
I found a page with a border of Dutch houses that matched the page so well. I printed them a little larger and used them as guide to cut them from black cardstock. I glued some light yellow cardstock behind the windows.
I used Fossilized Amber to highlight all the elements on the side that faces the moon before I stuck them to my page.

Everything was drying on the page and in the meanwhile I printed the first four lines of a well-known Sinterklaas song that starts with See the Moon Shining Through the Trees. I printed yellow letters and a black background because when printing the yellow letters directly on black, the letters did not stand out enough. I also highlighted the strips I cut with Fossilized amber and then adhered them with 0.5 mm. foam tape to my page.

To finish the page I used a white gel pen to highlight the sides of every element even more and I put the date on the page.
This was so much fun to make, thank you so much Vicky for your inspiration.

Unfortunately the moon looks lighter on the pictures than it is in real life and when I compare the sky with my journal, than I have the same problem. Although I  made a bunch of photo’s on different times and different rooms, it didn’t matter, the moon and sky stayed lighter in every picture.
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.
Deco Art Media Gesso Black
Ranger Distress crackle paint
Ranger Adirondack Acrylic paint Cloudy Blue, Sail Boat Blue and Snow Cap
Ranger Dylusions Acrylic Paint After Midnight
White Gesso
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium Matte
A left over piece of off white cardstock
Circle die
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo
Ranger Distress Sprayer
Viva Grunge Backgrounds stamp set

Christmas cards

I had a hard time getting to craft again after my long stay in hospital last summer but I wanted to make at least a few Christmas cards, only how to start again?
Then I remembered the gorgeous Shari Caroll card I had saved at my Pinterest page. I started by playing with my inks and the cards below are the result.

I also had problems with my camera, I couldn’t download my photos from it (glad it’s fixed now). that’s why the cards were all posted long after Christmas. But maybe there are people who are  thinking about starting to make Christmas cards already and this could be an inspiration.

I have so many beautiful cards on my Pinterest page for inspiration but some I fell complete in love with and wanted to copy how they are. That has even a name; CASE, Copy And Steal.
Althoug it’s called Copy and Steal, don’t forget to refer back on the original maker/post.
Two of my Christmas cards are Case cards.

Here you see the card without the sentiment, the leftover backgrounds and what I already did with some leftovers.


A CASE card (Copy And Steal) based on a card by Shari Caroll. I have admired her style for a long time and when I saw this card I was totally in love.
If you are interested in the card and video she made click here for her post.

Before I started with this card I made several backgrounds with my watercolours to see what I loved most for this card. What I didn’t use I put aside for later cards.
For the most part of the card I followed Shari only with my own materials.
I used Glitter paper for my focal snowflake.
I glued a strip of vellum on to my panel, only glue on the backside, before I adhered the panel to my card base.
And placed a sticker on top with Prettige Feestdagen, which translates into Happy Holidays.
I finished the card with some little drops of glue with white iridescent glitter powder.

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

Used Materials

Artist Line Watercolour Paper Pad
Blues, Teal and White watercolours, brand unknown.
Joy Crafts Die Ice Crystal 1 6002/2018
Joy Crafts Die Ice Crystal 3 6002/2020
Stick It
Glitter Paper White
Starform Adhesive Sheet White
Little spots of Tombow Glue with White Iridescent Glitter powder
Hobbydots Sticker Prettige Feestdagen Turquoise

Christmas Baubles

I have a big pile of business envelopes and never use them so I’m very happy that everyone is into the slimline cards nowadays.
I used a leftover background panel to dry emboss the snowflake baubles and die cut them with a circle die
and a little bit of scissors here and there because I didn’t have any circle die that fits exactly.
I cut and fold my card and splattered some white gouache on to the front.

Time to position my baubles, once I liked the place I marked the three positions so I could adhere my wax cord to the card. The cord makes it look like the baubles are hanging. I put this aside to let it dry.

In the meanwhile I used a TH stencil and some snow to make a snow edge on a piece of cardstock.
I set this aside to dry overnight.

I shaped my baubles a bit and adhered them with a piece of 1 mm foam tape that I placed in the middle on the backside to give the baubles dimension.
I glued the bows on top of the baubles.

I fussy cut my snow edge and adhered it with some foamtape on the top of my card.
To finish the card I glued a gem in the middle of the baubles and some little snowflakes on the card.

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

Used Materials

Pearlescent Turquoise Cardstock
Leftover background, see the Snowflake post
Sizzix small embossing folder Snowflake Bauble, this is an little folder from a old set that contained 1 normal size and multiple small sized embossing folders. Because I have them for years and they are not in their packaging anymore, I don’t know the name of this set.
Icicles Stencil from the Tim Holtz Stamptember 2018 set
Alleene’s True Glitter Snow
Docrafts/Papermania – Bows
Snowfall shaker selection from Little Things From Lucy’s Cards – Snowflakes and Gems


This card I also made with a leftover background panel.
I first dry embossed the stars and because I was already working with my Vagabond machine I die cut the sentiment after that. 

I covered my stars so I could splatter some white gouache on to my panel.
When that was dry I coloured my snowflakes in the stars white with a gel pen.

I then glued my panel to a white panel that was slightly bigger and glued the both on to a folded base card.
To finish the card I glue my text on the card.

Although this is a clean and simple card, 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

Leftover background, see the Snowflake post
White cardstock
Pearlescent Blue Cardstock
Sizzix small embossing folder Snowflake Star, this is a little folder from an old set that contained 1 normal size and multiple small sized embossing folders. Because I have them for years and they are not in their packaging anymore, I don’t know the name of this set
Nellie Snellen Die set SD051 Een Fijne Kerst,  the text is in Dutch which translates into Have a Merry Christmas.
White gel pen

Keep on Playing

While playing with my watercolours (see the Snowflake post) I got an idea to try out the same kind of background with my Distress Inks. I wanted to make something in red and then I thought of something.
A few months ago I got a present from my daughter, the Gansai Tambi gold watercolour set. That would be great to try out with Festive Berries. I used water with Perfect Pearls for the Distress ink to make that also shinny. It turned out gorgeous and I was glad I made a bigger piece so I could cut two background panels from it.
In the posts below you can see what I made with them.

Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of the piece.

Used Materials

Artist Line Watercolour Paper Pad
Distress Ink Festive Berries
Gansai Tambi Starry Colours – 906 White Gold and 904 Champagne Gold
Ranger Perfect Pearls in the colour Pearl


This is again a CASE card (Copy And Steal) , based on a card by Debby Hughes (Lime Doodle Design) click here to see her card.

On one half piece of the red/gold background I stamped my Poinsettia with VersaMark and put some white embossing powder on top of it. Heat embossed it and put it aside.
On a piece of white vellum I stamped and heat embossed the Poinsettia twice. I put this also aside to cool down.
In the meanwhile I cut and folded my base card and glued the background panel on top.

I took my heat embossed vellum and fussy cut the two Poinsettias. I cut the first one without the leaves and the second one I only cut the smaller leaves in the middle of the flower.
Using a stylus with a large ball, I shaped the petals a bit. I placed the flower together and on the stamped panel with foam tape so that it would maintain the shaped dimension in the petals.
I placed a gorgeous gem in the heart of the flower.

I finished the card by gluing some raindrops and placed a sticker on top with Prettige Feestdagen, which translates into Happy Holidays.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
It is a pity that the shine of the Perfect Pearls and Gold’s is not visible in the pictures, in real life it has a beautiful silky shine.

Used Materials

Pearlescent Pink Cardstock
Half of the background I made earlier, see “Keep on playing”
Docrafts/Papermania First Noel Stamp Set
Pergamano Vellum White
VersaMark ink
Ranger Ultra Fine Embossing Powder White
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards – Raindrops
Marianne Design Diamond Gems JU0937
Hobbydots Sticker Prettige Feestdagen White

Christmas Bells

This card I made with the other half of the red/gold background.
I started by cutting and embossing the background panel. I did this with a folder from Marianne Design that cuts and embossed through my machine in the same pass.
After that I cut out the leaves, bells and bow from pearlescent cardstock and the tag out of vellum.

I glued the panel on to my base card.
Then I shaped the leaves, bells and bow a bit and adhered them with foam tape to my panel.

I stamped the sentiment on to the vellum tag and put some tiny stars on both sides of the sentiment.
I used tiny pieces of foam tape underneath the stars to adhere the tag to my card, so you wouldn’t see
the foam through the vellum.
And bij adhering the tag I finished my card.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
It is a pity that the shine of the Perfect Pearls and Gold’s on the background isn’t visible in the pictures, in real life it has a beautiful silky shine.

Used Materials

Pearlescent Cardstock Champagne  – Christmas Green – Christmas Red
Half of the background I made earlier, see “Keep on playing”
Marianne Design Designables DS0914  Stars
Marianne Design Die set CR1343 Christmas Bells
Little stars
Stamp set Prettige Feestdagen brand unknown
StaZon midi inkpad – Claret

As sunny as the colours of 2021 above, as sunny I wish for you the New Year will be. With good health, real live hugs, without social distancing between friends and family, lots of love and craft time

Looking back I would like to let the readers who wonder why my posts stopped in 2020 know that I had lung surgery in beginning July and instead of 3 weeks I spent almost 8 weeks in the hospital because everything didn’t go as planned and I got a second operation.
I knew from previous hospital admissions that I wouldn’t have any energy for my hobbies, I also lose my mojo. But I know they both will come back little by little. This time it took a long time and it wasn’t back in time for my Christmas cards. I made some while playing a little with my inks and send them only to people I knew they would appreciate them.
Unfortunately I also have camera problems, I can’t download the photos I made from that few cards in to my pc. I hope this is resolved soon so that, although very late, I can post the few Christmas cards I made.
And of course the new things I’m working on at the moment!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

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