If you, just like me, have quite a large stash of pretty papers and
don’t have always the time to make a complicated card?
Take than a look at the Gentleman’s Crafter’s blog.
John Bloodworth (aka Gentleman Crafter) has started a series of gorgeous lay-outs with beautiful example cards and a how-to YouTube video. He already made 57 (yes you read it correctly 57) lay-outs!

My card is made with one of these lay-outs with my own twist because my image looked better on a square card. These lay-outs are great for masculine cards. The card was made in no time and looks great. I’ll be using my paper pads and these lay-outs more often, that’s for sure!
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask

Used Materials

This is the link to the Gentleman Crafter’s Blog:
Gentleman Crafter lay-out number 4
Medium Bleu Pearlescent Cardstock
Joy Crafts Design Papers from my stash
Studio Light Design Papers from my stash
Marianne Design 3D Decoupage sheet EWK1228 –  I’s a Men’s World
Hobbydots Alphabet Stickers Copper

The Coloring Challenge Day 4 – Sea – a masculine card

Making a men’s card is not always easy, but sometimes an idea comes up and everything works. And that happened with this card.

I started with a white piece of cardstock to blend with different blue Distress colours the sky and the ocean.

While the panel was drying I die cut my ocean set and rope.
With different colours of ink I shaded my die cuts and coloured with Zig markers some parts of the boat.
I cut a card base from blue cardstock and placed my die cuts on top to see where and how I would stamp the fishnet on to my background panel. I used the acetate front that’s in the package when you buy your stamp, as a guide.

I made a slit in the background just big enough to insert a small portion of the bottom of the boat. This way the boat appears to be sailing in the water instead of on it.
I glued the boat, seagull and pole to the background panel with 3D glue for dimension. After this I stamped the fishnet on the panel over the pole, as if it is hanging in front of it.
After the ink was dry I placed the panel on top of my card base en glued, again with my 3D glue, the rope to my card. And that finished this card and 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

Blue Linen cardstock for the card base
White Velvet Cardstock, this is similar to Elizabeth Crafts Soft Finish cardstock
Different shades of Blue Distress Ink for the sky and ocean
Tim Holtz Blending brush
Marianne Design Die set CR1279 Tiny’s Ocean Set
Marianne Design Die set LR0418 Rope
Scraps of different colours cardstock for die cutting
Different shades of Distress Ink and Oxide to colour and highlight some areas of the die cuts
Zig markers to colour some part of the die cut boat
Marianne Design Stamp TC0839 Tiny’s Fishnet
Distress Oxide Hickory Smoke to stamp the Fishnet
Olba 3D glue, this is a odourless glue specially for dimension

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.

Open binnenkant
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

Day 27 of The 30 Day Coloring Challenge – Happy Birthday

This is a birthday card for a little boy next door. During the Covid-19 social distance he can’t have a party nor have any visitors, so I hope the card and a little present that I will hang on the door, will give him a birthday feeling.

I started by scanning my stencil because I thought it was too small for the card I wanted to make.
After scanning and printing in the size I wanted the stencil to be, I cut the paper to the right size as well as my cardstock panel.
I adhered my panel on top of the print and laid it on my light pad so I could trace the confetti with a gold and silver gel pen. And put this aside to dry.
I put the print on a piece of cardstock that was the same size as my panel and cut the balloons out of both layers. This way I made my own stencil in the size I wanted.

I adhered the self made stencil to the panel where I had already coloured the confetti and coloured my balloons with my Distress blending brushes and Distress inks.
When finished I put the panel aside to dry.
In the meanwhile I cut my frame and acetate sheet in the right size and adhered them together. Next I die cut the word Hoera, what is Dutch for Hooray, out of white and out of black cardstock.  The white word I glued slightly to the right on top of my black which is my shadow layer.
Putting 3 mm foam on the backside edges of the frame for my shaker window.
I peeled off the backing of the foam except the one on top of the frame, that piece I only bent a little so I could easily remove it later on when the frame  was adhered to the panel.

I always want to see where I put my frame so I put my balloon panel on my table, balloons facing up, on top of that I put my roll of purple tape and I poured the tiny beads in the middle of the roll. Making sure the beads don’t roll away before I remove the roll. The roll was only to kept the beads from rolling everywhere.
Then I carefully adhere the frame to the panel. I was so glad I didn’t adhere the top of the frame yet because I had way to much beads in my panel, I just poured out some beads until I was satisfied with the amount. I don’t like to much because you wouldn’t see the balloons anymore.  Then I pulled the last strip of backing from the foam  to close the shaker window complete.
I glued the shaker part on to a base card.
I then glued the word on the shaker window and that way I finished my card.
I totally love it and I hope the little boy will also.

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

Used Materials

Canson Bristol cardstock
SSS Stencil Celebrate
Distress Ink Festive Berries, Salty Ocean, Carved Pumpkin, Mowed Lawn, Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers.
Blending Brushes
Gold and Silver gel pen
Acetate sheet
Mini beads without a hole in rainbow colours (any shaker products will do)
Marianne Design Die and Stamp set COL1348 Hoera
A scrap piece of black cardstock

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.

losse onderdelen

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.

alles geplakt
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 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

Glad to be back!

After an absence on my blog of almost three months, in which I was hospitalized and was in rehab, I finally sit down in my own little craftroom and did what I enjoy, craft! See the result below.

Our best friends are going to be grandparents and of course  I wanted to make a card for their pregnant daughter.
I used a beautiful embroidery template from Joy Crafts designed by Chrissie.
After I pricked the pattern in the paper I embroidered it with thread from the same designer.
I used two slightly different colours.

After I finished the embroidery I closed the small holes on the back as much as possible by pushing them with the convex side of a teaspoon.

In my paper stash I had some gorgeous plaid papers in pink and blue. I cut a square slightly bigger than my panel from both colours and cut them diagonal in half.
I adhered a blue part and a pink part with some tape on the backside together, to make it a square again.

I folded a base card as big as my plaid panel and adhered the panel on top of it.
The panel with the embroidery I adhered with 0.5 mm. foam tape on top of the plaid panel.

I die cut a heart and stamped the sentiment on it, the sentiment says
‘Pregnant… congratulations’ in Dutch.
I stamped the text half in blue and half in pink, they overlap in the middle creating a third colour, lilac. Because the thread has some sparkle I used my Wink of Stella Brush on the heart to give it a bit of sparkle as well. It’s hard to see in the picture.
And by adhering the heart with some 1 mm. foam tape, I finished this lovely card.

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

Used Materials

Papicolor White Cardstock
Joy Crafts Embroidery Template designed by Chrissie 6001/1016
Joy Crafts /Chrissie Embroidery Thread 101 – 106 and 161 – 166
Marianne Design Pattern Paper
Marianne Design Clear Stamp Baby Sentiments 2 – EC0138
Memento Ink MD404 Angel Pink and MD604 Summer Sky
Zig Wink of Stella Clear Glitter


Another CAS card.

Normally I almost never make CAS cards but this is the second one in a short time.
I didn’t had a lot of time, so what’s better than nothing, clean and simple is the answer!

I started with a panel of white cardstock, a stencil and Bundled Sage Oxide ink.
I taped the stencil with some painters tape to the cardstock and used a round blending tool to add the ink.
After removing the stencil I used the same blending tool and with a light hand I coloured over the whole panel. When that was done I finished the panel by adding ink to the edges.

Time to get my dies and Vagabond. From white cardstock I die cut and dry embost the orchids and branch.
With the petals still in the die I ink through the die opening with only Wilted Violet for the flower itself, and added also Candied Apple for the stamen.
I also die cut and dry embossed the branch from white cardstock and coloured it with Vintage Photo.
After that I did the branch back in to the die so that I could give the buds only on the embost (raised) areas some extra colour with Wilted Violet and Candied Apple.

My stencilled panel was dry and I adhered it to a slightly bigger white base card.

I then used a ball shaped embossing tool to give the petals and stamen there shape and dimension and glued them into a flower. After some shifting back and forth with the branch and flowers I was satisfied with the place where and how I would adhere them. But before I did that I stamped first my sentiment.
I already put my selected stamp on to an acrylic block and I stamped the sentiment with Wilted Violet.
The sentiment is Dutch for Have a nice day.
After that was dry I glued the branch on to the panel and with some 3D glue I adhered the flowers on top of the branch.
I finished my card by adding some violet and purple sequins.

It is a pity that the Bundled Sage coloured background appears more brown in the photo than the beautiful soft green in reality.

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


Used Materials

White Cardstock
Leaf Stencil (unbranded)
Distress Oxide Bundled Sage – Wilted Violet – Candied Apple and Vintage Photo
Marianne Design Collectables Die set COL1379 Orchid
Tim Holtz Vagabond die cutting machine
Ranger Blending Tool Round
Marianne Design Sentiment Stamp set CS0821
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards sequins




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