Sending smiles across the miles

Today I finished my decorated envelope I made especially for a card which I want to send to a friend who lives on the other side of the ocean. I got the idea to decorate the envelope when I received the mail from Hero Arts with the National Craft Month Challenge,  Dressing Up Envelopes.

I have a rule that says that I don’t post a card on my blog until the person for whom it was made has received it.
So the card is inside the envelope and I don’t show it now.

Envelop 1
I used the gorgeous digital image from Power Poppy. Unfortunately the digital stamps come only in jpg.format (no png.) so I had to remove the background first before I could place the flowers how I liked.
I also removed the heart of the flower in the front because I wanted to draw a smiling face on it.

After printing the image including the sentiment in  brown, I thought black would be too harsh, I coloured the flowers with my Polychromos pencils.
After colouring I added with a Artist Pitt Pen the eyes and the smile in the heart of the flower. To finish it I added a little white dot in the eyes with my gelly roll pen.
I closed the envelop with a sticker from Jennifer McGuire with her slogan “Share handmade kindness”.

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

Envelop 2

Used Materials

Power Poppy digital stamp “Kindness Is The Way”.
Faber Castell Polychromos pencils : 101 White – 102 Cream – 107 Cadmium Yellow – 108 Dark Cadmium Yellow – 111 Cadmium Orange  – 121 Pale Geranium Lake – 188 Sanguine – 283 Burnt Siena – 263 Caput Mortuum Violet
Faber Castell Pit Artist Pen Black Fineliner
Sakura Gelly Roll pen White

The gorgeous digital stamp is a free download at Power Poppy,
You can also learn for free, to colour these beauties at Kit and Clowder,


The Daily Marker Challenge Day 1

I am participating The Daily Marker Coloring Challenge, every time it is a lot of fun!
I will not post every little bit of colouring I do, most of the time I colour for about 10 – 30 minutes.
I will colour the image you can see here below with my Polychromos pencils. Colouring with pencils take time, that’s why I won’t show every day what I have done.
The image is from Tiddlyinks and I am follow a Kit and Clowder Class from July 2018 to colour.

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


De prachtige, gratis, bloemen kleurles van Kit and Clowder is af en ik heb er een kaart voor een vriendin haar verjaardag van gemaakt.
De tekst is met een tekenprogramma op de computer gemaakt.
Voordat ik de gekleurde image op de basiskaart geplakt heb, heb ik de randen met inkt bewerkt zodat deze laag iets naar voren kwam op de kaart.
Gebruikte materialen staan onder de foto.

Finished the gorgeous free floral colouring class from Kit and Clowder and made it in to a card for a friends birthday.
The Dutch text is made with a drawing program on my computer.
I put along the edges of the image layer a touch of ink so it stands out a little bit on the card base.
You can find the used materials under the image.

Afb. 3 met ongekleurde image

Gebruikte materialen/Used materials – Kit and Clowder Free Floral Colouring Clas
Digital Image from Power Poppy
Canson Mi Teinte Pastel White paper
Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils
Joy Crafts Metallic Cartstock Blue
Memento Ink MD602 Teal Zeal

Klaar!/ Finished

De juni class is helemaal klaar, ik heb fouten gemaakt, nieuwe technieken geleerd maar vooral mijn potloden beter leren kennen en wat ik er mee kan doen of niet LOL. En ik heb genoten van elke stap, niet altijd 😜, maar wel voor het merendeel.
Ik heb ook een foto gemaakt van de image waar we mee gestart zijn, wat een wonder, wat je al niet kan bereiken met een Kit & Clowder Class + hulp en aanmoedigingen van Alyce Keegan + onze liefde voor kleuren!
De gebruikte materialen staan onder de foto.

Finished the June class, I made mistakes, I learned new techniques but most of all I get to know my pencils better and what I can do with them, or not LOL And of course I enjoy every stap, not always 😜 but most of the time.
I made also a photo of the clean image where we started with, what a wonder what whe can achieve with a Kid & Clowder Class + the help and encouragement from  Alyce Keegan + our love for colouring!
You can find the used materials under the image
Afbeelding 8Gebruikte materialen/Used materials – Kit and Clowder Monthly Class June 2018
Digital Image from Lee Holland
Canson Canson Mi Teinte Pastel White
Faber Castell Polychromos

En hier ging het fout/And here it went wrong

De maandelijkse juni Class heb ik constant simultaan gekleurd. Natuurlijk wilde ik dat ook voor de achtergrond doen.
Tijdens het kleuren van het meisje was het al opgevallen dat ik niet lekker kon blenden op het Fluweel karton. Voor de stroke techniek ging het goed, maar het blenden niet.
Ik heb 6 uur gewerkt aan de lucht, lichte lagen en lagen potlood, toen de doezelaar gebruikt, dat werkte droog niet, toen de reukloze terpentine erbij gehaald, dat hielp een beetje maar ik zag nog steeds veel tooth (ongekleurd textuur van het papier). Nadat alles goed droog was heb ik mijn blending potlood erbij gepakt, vandaar dat het onderste deel van de lucht grijzer is. Dat hielp ook niet. Ik heb reuma en moest dus uitkijken voor mijn hand, arm en nek.
Mijn echtgenoot bood aan the helpen met de doezelaar te blenden en zo de tooth van het papier platter te maken, dat ging helemaal fout. De kleur kwam van het karton. Ik denk dat na alles wat ik had gedaan, de druk die hij uitoefende te veel was voor mijn kleurwerk. We denken dat de textuur van het karton te stug/stijf is en hebben het op een ander stukje karton die niet gekleurd was uitgeprobeerd en ook dit kregen we niet plat(ter).
Dus ik ben niet meer aan het gras begonnen, dat zou een verspilling van tijd en potloden zijn.
In volgend post kun je de image op het Canson papier zien die ik uiteraard wel heb afgemaakt.
De gebruikte materialen staan onder de foto.

The monthly class of June I was constantly colouring simultaneous. Of course I also wanted to do that for my background.
During colouring the girl I already had noticed that blending not went well on the Fluweel cardstock. For stroke technique it was good but blending not. I have worked over 6 hours on the sky with soft layers and layers of pencil, then the stump, that didn’t work, than odourless turpentine (same as Gamsol) that helped a little bit but still had a lot of tooth. After I was sure that everything was dry after the turpentine I used my blending pencil. That’s why the sky on the lowest part is greyer. That didn’t help either. I have rheumatism so I had to look out for my hand, arm and neck.
Than my husband said, let me try too flatten the tooth with the stump again, that was all wrong. The colour came of the paper, I think that after all the things I had done and then his pressure was to much for my colour work. We both think the cardstock is to firm, we tried with a stump on a not coloured piece if we could get the tooth flat but that didn’t work either.
I have not even tried the grass, that would be a waste of time and pencil.
I finished the other one, the one I coloured on Canson and that one you can see in another post.
You can find the used materials under the image
Afbeelding 7 FluweelGebruikte materialen/Used materials – Kit and Clowder Monthly Class June 2018
Digital Image from Lee Holland
Fluweelkarton Wit ( Looks like the Elizabeth Crafts Soft Finish Cardstock)
Faber Castell Polychromos

Bijna klaar/Almost done

De poezen zijn klaar en ik vond het enig om de dieren te kleuren.
Nu alleen nog de achtergronden.
Nog steeds simultaan aan het kleuren, het Fluweel karton is de helder witte aan de rechterkant en het Canson papier is de linker.
De gebruikte materialen staan onder de foto.

The kittens are done, love those little animals to colour.
Now I only have to do the backgrounds.
Still colouring simultaneous, the Fluweel cardstock, is the bright white one on the right side and the Canson is the left one.
You can find the used materials under the image.

Gebruikte materialen/Used materials – Kit and Clowder Monthly Class June 2018
Digital Image from Lee Holland
Canson Canson Mi Teinte Pastel White
Fluweelkarton Wit ( Looks like the Elizabeth Crafts Soft Finish Cardstock)
Faber Castell Polychromos