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.

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

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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 15 – Thank you Laurafadora

The moment I saw the awesome card on her blog I knew I would love to make one similar.
I’m talking about the colourful Bold Hello card by Laura Bassen aka Laurafadora.
I never done it before but this time I copied the card, sorry Laura but I thought it was such a great idea and I needed an idea for a men’s card. The only thing I changed was the Hello in to Gefeliciteerd, that’s Dutch for Congratulations.
Although it isn’t a card that I coloured with any medium, I made this also because I participate in The 30 Day Coloring Challenge. It’s already day 15, time goes fast when you are having fun!

I pull out my scraps to die cut the word Gefeliciteerd 16 times. Because I was afraid that the words wouldn’t pop up enough I glued two pieces of the same colour cardstock together with my tape runner before die cutting.
Unfortunately I forgot to put Stick It on the back site before die cutting.


I used white cardstock to fold a base card and a piece of grey for the panels on top of the card.
After some fitting and measuring I knew how to glue the panels and words on to the card.
I adhered the panels on to the base card and then I placed the words in between.
The first two I did with a ruler and then I eyeballed the rest. I did some glue on my craft mat and with a toothpick I made little tiny dots on the backside of the words to adhere them on the right place.
Life had been much easier when I had used Stick It on the backside, than I only had to peel off the protective sheet of the word and could adhere it right away to the card.

I glued 16 times the word to the card and let it dry well.
After drying I cut off the excess of the words on the top and bottom.
And that finished the card.
It was a fun card to make and I know the recipient loved it and called it a very happy coloured card.
With thanks to Laura Bassen aka Laurafafora.

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

Used Materials

White cardstock for the base card.
Different colours cardstock scraps
Tonic Funky tape runner
Crealies Die CLTS01 Gefeliciteerd
Tacky Glue
Joy Crafts Double end pick 6200/0025
Sizzix Die Brush & Foam Pad for Wafer-Thin Dies


Day 8 of The 30 Day Coloring Challenge – Lovely Moments

The technique I used today is one that’s based on a technique Kathy Racoosin aka The Daily Marker uses al lot. (She is also the one who organises The 30 Day Coloring Challenge.)
You use a base layer of alcohol markers (or water colouring) and on top of that you use coloured pencils.
I used only one layer of pencil, enough to make shadows and give depth to the flowers..
In her post today ( March 8, 2020) she calls it underpinning and you can see that she used more than one layer of coloured pencil.
I used it to quickly and easily colour small flowers.
I have some unbranded cheap alcohol markers and used a pink and a green one for the base layer on the petals and leaves. I hardly use alcohol markers that’s why I don’t have the more expensive ones.
I also decided to give the background of the flowers a very light colour; this was done with a lavender coloured marker. You almost can’t see it on the photos but it made the flowers just pop up more from the white card.
I had stamped my image twice and on the second one I only coloured the flowers, first with the pink marker and then I added some shadow with a pink and blue coloured pencil. I used a blending stump to blend out any hard lines.
I wanted to give the heart of the flower a different colour and made them a more purple hue; I tried this first on one of the flowers on the first panel to see if I liked that. I picked the correct colour and made all the hearts and stamen of the second flowers purple with a marker.
On my first stamped panel I coloured the flowers and leaves only with the markers and used on the leaves also a bit of green pencil for my shadows. I fussy cut the image with a border and from the second stamped image I only fussy cut the flowers, without any border.

I die cut the background with a die by Cheery Lynn from the same cardstock as my card base.
Then I adhered it to my slightly larger card base with some liquid glue.

I shaped the cut out flowers a little with a stylus with a big ball and a shaping mat.
After that I adhered them with 3D glue on to the first layer, put some Glossy Accents in the flower hearts and let it dry overnight. I used the 3D glue for dimension and to hold the slight shapes I made.
The next morning I adhered them to my card with 0.5 mm. foam tape.

I stamped my sentiment in Dutch which translates into “not a Year but a Day older than yesterday”, with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with purple embossing powder.
I cut it on to the right size and punched the corners with a corner punch. I also adhered this with 0.5 mm. foam tape to my card.
I finished my card by adding some light purple gems from a little bag of shaker collection by Lucy’s Cards.

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

Used Materials

Neenah Classic Crest white cardstock
Spectrum Noir Finesse ink pad Noir Black
Studio Light Clear Stamp set 387 Lovely Moments
Unbranded Twin Markers
Polychromos Pencil Middle Purple Pink 125 – Chrome Oxide Green 278 – Delft Blue 141
Joy Crafts Flower Shaping Tool Kit and Mat
Olba kit 3D glue
Ranger Glossy Accent
White cardstock for die cut and base card  ( unbranded thinner version than the Neenah)
Cheery Lynn Designs  Die FRM132 French Lattice
VersaMark ink
Mboss Embossing powder Purple
Marianne Design Stamp set CS0987 Felicitaties
EK Mini Corner punch Concave
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards – Frozen shaker selection

Cas masculine card

Because of inflammations in my wrists I couldn’t craft for a while and was there nothing to post. But it’s going much better, I’ve to be still careful so I didn’t make a card with an image that is coloured in.

I needed a birthday card for my nephew, besides his study he is in training at the voluntary fire department.
I knew I had a set of vintage scrapbook papers that is fire brigade themed. The papers are unbranded and I’ve had this for so long that I don’t know if there was any brand on the plastic that it came in.

I didn’t like the vintage colour for this card so I scanned my paper, watching that the piece I wanted was on the scanner. The paper is 12” x 12” and I have an A4 scanner.
After scanning I opened an image editing program on my computer ( PSP 8, a very old program) and made the piece I wanted in a square that was two sizes smaller than my folded base card.
I made the colours also lighter by adding a white wash.
Then I printed it on white vellum.
Off course you can skip the part of scanning and printing on vellum and use a piece of scrapbook paper right on to a top panel.

After printing I put it temporarily with some purple tape on to a white panel that is one size smaller than the folded base card.
I punched with my Big Bite in each corner a hole true both the vellum and cardstock and with the same Big Bite I set the eyelets in this panel.
With red wax cord I finished the panel.

I die cut a tag from red cardstock and with VersaMark I stamped the sentiment that says It’s your birthday in Dutch.  I heat embossed this with gold embossing powder.

From red cardstock I folded a base card and with 1 mm. foam tape I stick the panel on top of this.
With 0.5 mm. foam tape I stick the tag on to the panel and that finished the card.
As you see, clean and simple.

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

Used Materials

Papicolor Red and White Cardstock
Pergamano White Vellum
Scrapbook paper Fire Brigade
We R Memory Keepers Big Bite
Docrafts/Papermania Eyelets
May Arts Wax cord Red
Marianne Design Craftables Die set CR1212 Tags & Ticket
Marianne Design Stamp set EC0096 Eline’s Vintage Text 2
VersaMark ink
Ranger Extra Fine Detail Embossing Powder Gold
Heat tool


80! A special card for a special lady.

For this card I took a 27 x 13.5 cm. piece of cardstock and folded it in half.
On the left side of the fold I masked the left side of the card, what will be the back,
with some painters tape. I then used the brick stencil with my Distress ink Tea Dye
to make the stone wall.
I die cut the door twice. I glued them together with a little piece of vellum in between as
glass in the windows. I glued the door on to the front of the card.
After this was dry I made cut with my craft knife in the middle of the door, taking care not to cut trough the door frame. On the inside of the door I made a loop of gold thread to open the door on the front I made a door knob and glued that on top of the little piece of thread that shows from the loop at the back.
Then I wrote the housnumber of the recipient  on a little piece of cardstock and glued it beside the door.

Time to make use of this great stamp from Art Impressions.
I stamped my lady twice so I could use the arm and cake to layer the stamp.
The face side of the lady I only stamped once.
I coloured the images with my Zig markers and when I was finished I fussy cut them.
I didn’t use the dies because I didn’t want a white border around the images.
Then I used a die to cut the numbers 8 and 0 for the cake and glued them a little behind the toplayer.
then I adhered the arm with the cake with some foam tape on top of the image.
On the back of the image I glued the partial lady.

With a Find It Trading die I cut some Ivy, coloured a little on top of the leaves and by adding glue to only a few places, I glued them on to the card.
With a 2 cm. strip of cardstock that I coloured with Distress ink Hickory smoke I made a sidewalk and adhered that on the bottom of the card.
Then I placed my lady on the front with some foam tape.

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On the lefthand side in the card I made with a pencil wooden panelling on both sides of the door.
I also coloured the floor with a pencil. I used a little amount of pressure on to the pencil, this way you still see the texture of the paper, this way it looks more like carpet.
Above the panelling I stamped with Memento and a very small flower from the Kanban stamp set. I didn’t inked the whole stem and placed them randomly.
I made a wallhanger and placed it with foam tape beside the door so the recipient would know that she had to open the door.

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When you open the door you see the lady calling happy birthday. I placed this sign exactly on the same place as the face and it is a little smaller than the face, so when the door is shut you won’t see it on the front.
I enjoyed making the scenes (front and inside) to fit this great stamp and am very pleased with how everything turned out, although it was a very time consuming card.

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

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Used Materials

Papicolor Original Cardstock White
Dutch Doobadoo Stencil Bricks A5
Distress Ink Hickory Smoke, Tea Dye and Peeled Paint
Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock
ArtImpression 4828 – Eat Itself Stamp + Dies Set
Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers :
Skin – 073 – 076 – 028
Sweater – 021 – 022 – 029
Trouser  –  303 – 024
Hair – 062 – 072 – 074
Cake – 065 – Blender 999 – 073
Cake dish – 099
Shoes – 303 – 034 – 093
Candles – 021 – 037 – 050 – 042 – 023 – 055 – 054
Party Hat  062 – 072 – 074
Cheeks 130
Door handle 061
Doorstep 901
Lips Polychromos pencil 219
Nellie Snellen Die SD0064 Text and Numbers
Marianne Design Die Creatable LR0313 Door
Vellum White
Find It Trading Die PM10008 Ivy
Kanban Fair Lady Stamp set
Memento Dandelion
Dutch Doobadoo stencil Bricks A5
Sticker Sheet Numbers and Letters Copper