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.

trein onderdelen
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




Finished card The Daily Marker Challenge

As promised yesterday hereby the finished card.
After stamping and colouring I die cut the word “hoera”, which is Dutch for hooray,
with my Marianne Design Alphabet dies out of the panel. I took care not to lose the little inner parts of the letters, because I have to put them back when I place my stacked letters on the card.
Then I die cut the same letters each 3 times out of cardstock and glued them on
top of each other. The letters from the panel at the top of the stack.
I glued my panel on the blue metallic base card. After this I glued the stacked letters in the right place on the card and also the little inner parts from the panel letters.
I thought the card wasn’t finished but I couldn’t find anything that fitted with the little images.
After looking around and thinking I realized that my gel pens would offer a solution.
I have different kinds and the 3D Rollers where the answer. I used the same colours as I used with my Zig markers and made an all-over pattern of tree little dots.
As with my stamps, I also let the dots run off the paper so that it appears as the pattern continues.
And that finished my card, it’s a simple but cheerful card for a birthday.

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

Used Materials

WaterArt paper Kippers Hobby ( a Dutch wholesaler brand)
Docrafts Forever Friends Stamp set Black & Gold
Stazon Ink Jet Black
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, for a used colour list please
ask in your comment so I can sent it to you.
Marianne Design Collectables Die set Alphabet Col1449
Scrap piece of White cardstock
Joy Crafts Metallic cardstock Blue
Sakura Glaze 3D Roller pens

New Year New Home

End of last year whe received a card from a lovely couple of friends with New Years wishes and the announcement that they bought a house and where move to a new adres.
So I made them a New House card in New Year style.

I started with white cardstock and Distress Inks to make a night sky.
Splattered with some water and put this aside to dry.

In de meanwhile I die cut and embossed 4 houses with my Leane de Graaf Lea’bilitie Die.
The fourth house I dry embossed on the wrong site of the die so that I got a opposite house, that will be the last house in the row.
I cut from two houses the chimney, these two will be in the middle of the row and adhered the four houses with a thin strip cardstock on the backside together on a way it looks like one row of houses. Then I putted a piece of black cardstock behind the rooftops to create one roof.
By placing a light yellow piece of cardstock behind one house, the house is illuminated and refers to their new home.
To finish my panel I heat embossed some stamps in different sizes that look like firework with gold and a little bit of red embossing powder. With a gold Gell pen I made the fireworks a little more realistic.

I adhered the panel to a white cardstock base , put my row of houses on top of the panel with 0,5 mm. foam tape and number stickers for 2019.
That finished my card for their new home.

You can find the use materials under the image.

nieuwe woning
Papicolor white and black cardstock
A scrap piece of yellow cardstock
Distress Ink Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean and Black Soot
Leane de Graaf Lea’bilitie Dies 459012 Houses
Versamark Ink
Crealies Bits & Piece 29 Sunburst Stamps
Ranger Embossing Powder Super Fine Gold en Red
Heat gun
Starform Number Stickers

My last Christmas cards/tag

As promised my last Christmas cards, I only made a few this year and didn’t had time to post them, my healt issues made that not possible.
Underneath the photo’s there is a short description. If you specific want to know what I have used or how I have done something for a card, don’t hesitate to ask. I will always answer.

MD stempels
These four cards I made with a Marianne Design Stamp set, CS0880 Christmas Around the World.
I heat embost the stamps and fussy cut them or used a die that fits the ornament. There are no dies available for the stamp set. The ornaments that beside the text ornaments are made the same way.
The stamped text is Merry Christmas in different languages.


This tag is made with a Sizzix 658526 Labels Elise Big Die, die cut twice from different metallic cardstock.
The FindIt Trading Die ADD10069 Reindeer Ornament was die cut also twice and stuck together for dimension. I bend it some and adhere it with foamtape for more dimension. On the second tag I wrote my wishes.


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These three cards ( slide show above) are made with a gorgeous Mariann Design Cutting and Embossing Die LR0445 Anja’s Circle XL.
Simply by using different colours, design papers and other decorations the cards don’t look similar..

I know these cards are a little to late for this year but perhaps you get inspired for next year.


Hartelijk Gefeliciteerd/Happy Birthday

Tussen het kleuren met mijn potloden door een kaart gemaakt voor een jarige.
Hierbij heb ik “gespeeld met inkt”, iets wat ook heerlijk is om te doen.
Eerst heb ik met VersaMark en clear embossing poeder gestempeld en ge-embost.
Hierna de achtergrond met verschillende kleuren Distress Oxide en een kwast geblend.
Dezelfde kleuren heb ik gebruikt op een rest stukje karton waarna ik de vlinder hier uit gestanst heb.  Zowel op de achtergrond als het rest stukje karton heb ik  een laagje Distress Glaze aangebracht omdat ik het geheel wilden sprayen met Perfect Pearls. Zonder Glaze reageert de mix water/Perfect Pearls met de Oxide inkt wat niet mijn bedoeling was.
Dezelfde vlinder nogmaals van wit karton gestanst. Tussen de vleugels van de grote vlinder heb ik foamtape geplakt zodat ze iets op staan.
Nog wat kleine vlinders uit hetzelfde  witte karton gestanst en opgeplakt.
Tot slot wat pailletten op de kaart en druppeltjes Glossy Accent op de vleugels van de vlinder om het geheel af te maken.
Gebruikte materialen staan onder de foto.

Between colouring with mij pencils I made a card for a birthday.
Hereby I was “playing with ink”, what also is wonderful to do.
First I stamped and embossed with VersaMark and clear embossing powder.
Then I blended the background with various colours Distress Oxide and a brush.
I used the same colors on a piece of scrap, where I die cut the butterfly out.
Both on the background and the piece of scrap I applied a layer of Distress Glaze because I wanted to spray the whole with Perfect Pearls. Without Glaze the mix of water/Perfect Pearls reacts with the Oxide ink which was not my intention.
I die cut the same butterfly out of white cardstock as well as a few small butterflies.
I stuck a few little pieces of foamtape between the coloured wings and white wings of the big butterfly and adhere it on my card, just like the little butterflies.
Finally  some sequins on the card and droplets of Glossy Accent on the wings of the butterfly to finish it off.
You can find the used materials under the image.

Diane Jarig 2De kaart is gemaakt naar een idee van/The card is made according to an idea of Debby Hughes ( http://limedoodledesign.com/ )

Gebruikte materialen/ Used materials
Viva Designo Paper
VersaMark ink
Carabelle Studio – Triangles
Ranger Ultra Fine Embossing Powder Clear
Heat Tool
Ranger Distress Oxide Candied Apple – Wild Honey – Fossilized Amber – Spiced Marmalade
Ranger Perfect Pearls in the colour Perfect Pearls
Ranger Glossy Accents
Sizzix 661802 Butterflies
Marianne Design Cutting Die CR1354 (small butterflies)
Elizabeth Crafts 713 Small Butterfly ( only the body)

De tijd vliegt/Time flies

You can find the English translation of the text under the image.

Niets leuker dan spelen met inkt, ditmaal een vintage verjaardagkaart.
Ik heb op een vierkante oplegkaart de achtergrond geblend met Distress Oxides, hierna een stencil licht met water besproeid en deze op mijn achtergrond gelegd. Even het water in laten werken en daarna het stencil verwijderd. Wat achtergebleven druppels drooggedept .
Op de achtergrond gespetterd met Distress Stain Antique Bronze en Distress ink Vintage Photo.
De randen bewerkt met D.I Vintage Photo en daarna met Walnut Stain.
In de linkerbovenhoek een vliegtuigje gestempeld met Stazon Timber Brown.
Hierna  Oxides en Stain op mijn craftmat gedrukt en besproeid met water. Een rest stukje karton hier doorheen gehaald, droog geblazen met de heat tool en net zo lang herhaald tot ik tevreden was. Na drogen de tandwielenrand en losse tandwielen hieruit uitgestanst. Deze bewerkt met VersaMark en Distress Embossingpoeder Vintage Photo voor een roestige/vintage look.
Op een stukje bruin karton, dezelfde kleur als waar de kaart van gemaakt is, de tekst met VersaMark gestempeld en met Embossingpoeder  en mijn heattool ge-embost.
Tag uitgestanst en bewerkt met Distress Oxides.
De achtergrond op een kaart geplakt en de kaart afgemaakt door de tandwielen en tag met 3D kit verhoogt op de achtergrond te plakken.
De gebruikte materialen staan onderaan de post.

De tijd vliegt
Nothing more enjoyable than playing with inks, this time a vintage birthday card.
On a square piece of cardstock I blended the background panel with Distress Oxides, then I sprayed a stencil light with water and placed this on my background. Left that for a few moment and lift it gently up. Any residue of water I dabbed away.
Splattered with Distress Stain Antique Bronze and Distress ink Vintage Photo.
Edited the edges with D.I Vintage Photo and then with Walnut Stain.
In the left corner I stamped a little airplane with Stazon Timber Brown.
I put some Oxides and Stain on my craft mat and sprayed some water on top. I pullet a left over piece of cardstock through the ink, dried it with my heat tool and repeated it again until I was satisfied with the result.
When this piece of cardstock was completely dry I die cut my gear border and loose cogs out of this. After die cutting I used some VeraMark and Distress Embossing powder Vintage Photo to give it a rusted/vintage look.
On a piece of brown cardstock I stamped with VersaMark my sentiment and heat embossed it with Sea Foam embossing powder. Die cut this piece and edited it with Distress Oxides.
I put the background with double sided adhesive to my card base.
I finished the card by using 3D Kit for the gear border, tag and cogs to glue them with dimension on my background.

The used materials:
Neena Classic Crest Solar White cardstock
Papicolor Original 919 Chocolate brown
Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers – Spiced Marmalade
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Clockwork
Distress Ink Vintage Photo – Walnut Stain
Distress Stain Antique Bronze
Stazon Ink Timber Brown
EK Success Powder Tool Applicator
Ranger Distress Embossing Powder Vintage Photo
Ranger Embossing Powder Sea Foam
Marianne Design Die Cut LR0327 Anja’s Circle
Joy Crafts 6002/0288 Gears Border Die
Xcut Chronology Dies – Cogs
Joy Crafts Clear Stamps 6410/0022 Time
Little Airplain Stamp

Het is een jongen!/Its a boy!

Iets heel anders na al het inkleuren van diverse afbeeldingen, een babykaart!
Onder de foto staat de lijst met gebruikte materialen.

Something totally different after colouring several images; a baby card!
Below the photo you can find the used materials.

Een jongetje
3D Knipvel Poster/Decoupage Sheet Forever Friends New Arrival
Paper pad Forever Friends New Arrival
Nellie Snellen Multi Frame Die MFD088 Straight Dotted Rectangle
Marianne Design Stempel/Stamp EC0106 Eline’s Baby’s
Inkt: VersaMagic Sea Breeze
Marianne Design Little Pins JU0943
Joy Crafts Pearls
Ribbon Little Feet