The 30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 6 – Bee Happy

Finally I made these art journal pages that have been in my head for a long time.

I diluted Wild Honey re-inker in my mini mister to start my background.
After drying I applied white paint in some places through a honeycomb stencil.
Because I wanted a little more depth in the middle I used my Distress brush to put some
Gathered Twigs on the page. I then put the journal aside to dry.

I die cut several hexagons with two dies for an outline and one die, de largest, for the full hexagons to make a honeycomb. With three different colours of Distress Ink I coloured those. I also put them aside to dry.
On the picture you see a smaller size hexagon, coloured and with embossed images. I didn’t use them, I made other ones but by the time I did, my outlines were already glued to the page.

In the meanwhile I stamped a bunch of flowers and gave the petals a hint of colour with my Wild Honey and a brush and coloured the hearts of the flowers with Mustard Seed.

After watching an YT Live with Tim Holtz (2021 Sizzix Chapter 2) and seeing the make of Anita Houston ( I came up with the idea to use acetate for my bees.
I stamped my bees several times on cardstock, acetate and a few on paper to use later as a mask. The ones on cardstock I coloured and put a layer of Glossy Accent over the body and a little on the head. After letting it dry a little I poked with a toothpick in it to make some texture like a hairy body of a bee is. Then I let them dry overnight.
The next day I cut out the body with the head that was the only part I needed.
From the acetate I cut out upper and lower wings and put them aside too.

Time to put some things onto the pages.
I started with the field of flowers I wanted to make in the lower left corner and glued them with a piece of foam tape on the page.
Then I laid out my hexagons and outlines, moving them around until I was satisfied with how the colours where divided and glued them to the page. But watching out that there was no glue where I wanted to stack a flower behind the outline.
I glued with some foam tape a few flowers in the hexagon outlines.  

Then the tricky part came, I wanted to stamp the bee on the page without the wings, I only needed the antenna, body and legs. I inked my stamp and whipped of the ink from the wings and stamped on to the page multiple times. Letting it dry and in the meanwhile I glued the wings to the body of the bees.
Then I glued them on to the stamped body and gladly they where fitting all well.

I die cut the letters from white and black cardstock. The white I coloured in the same colours I used for the hexagons and outlines. I glued the black letters as a shadow behind the coloured ones and glued them on my page.

Taking an overview now it was almost finished I felt like it was missing something, so I stencilled with the used colours small honeycombs in the hexagon outlines and finished it all with drawing stems in between de flowers.
I love these pages and can’t get enough of it. I hope you do too and Be Happy!

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

Used Materials

Ranger Dylusions Large Creative Journal
Distress Re-inker Wild Honey
Ranger Mini Mister
Stencil Honeycomb brand unknown
Distress Paint Picket Fence
Distress Ink Mustard Seed – Rusty Hinge – Wild Honey and Gathered Twigs
Tim Holtz Blending Brushes
White cardstock
Nellie Snellen MFD059 Hexagon Straight
Bee Stamp brand unknown
Glossy Accent
Penny Black Petal Power 30-225 Stamp set
Distress Archivel Ink Black Soot
Joy Crafts ATC stencil Honeycomb (small honeycomb)

Winter Fun

Yesterday, March 21, our spring started but the weather didn’t seem to get the notification.
So in the hope the cold weather will disappear I will say goodbye to it by posting my winter art journal page.

Before playing in my art journal I die cut a bunch of snowflakes in different sizes.
I also die cut all my pieces for the rest of the layout. I die cut most of them multiple times from different colours so I could give them some dimension and interest by adding them together with glue and where needed foam tape. The icicle rim I cut out of TH frosted sheets and the words I cut out 4 times each.

I used white gesso all over my pages, on some places more than other places, to add texture. When the pages were dry I used the negatives from my snowflake die cuts as a stencil for adding some Distress Micro Glaze in different places. This was an experiment, I never tried it before.
I wanted to get several layers on my background without making it all bulky or too much in the foreground.
I glued some snowflakes to the background as well.

After that had dried overnight I dabbed carefully with a towel on the places I put the micro glaze on, I didn’t want to smear out the snowflakes. I played with some Distress inks by putting reinker in a minimister and added water to it, then sprayed them on to the page. The ink coloured the white snowflakes I glued to the page but didn’t colour the snowflakes I stencilled with micro glaze, just as I hoped. When this was dry, I added ink with my blending brush so I got a slight variation of blue on the background.

After I put all of the die cut pieces together I placed them on my page to see where I wanted to put them and where I could glue some white snowflakes. Before I adhered everything I made my snowy hill and a little snow pile for the snowman. I pushed the snowman, skis, ski poles and the sled into the still wet snow, so it looks like they are actually in it and adhered them on at the same time with foam tape for dimension.
All the other pieces I adhered to the page with foam tape as well, aside from the words, icicle rim and the white snowflakes, they are glued.

I had so much fun creating this page that I had in my head for so long and finally took the time to make.
I hope you like it too.

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

Used Materials

Ranger Dylusions Large Creative Journal
Distress Ink Tumbled Glass – Speckled Egg and Stormy Sky
Ranger Minimister
Tim Holtz Blending Brushes
Distress Micro Glaze
Varies colours of cardstock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Frosted Sheets THTH937153
Varies Marianne Design Snowflake dies, different in shape and size
The following  Marianne Design Dies
CR1252 Ski’s and Snowflake
LR0247 Figure Skates
CR1255 Tiny’s Mittens
CR1257 Tiny’s Sled
LR0246 Snowman
LR0392 Snowy Icicles
Amy Design die Skates  ADD10003
Joy Crafts Die Winter 6002/2033 – The word Fun I draw myself with help of the negative of the word Winter. Cut multiple layers with the Scan & Cut.
Red/White yarn
Aleene’s Glitter Snow

Birthday card.

It’s hard to make someone’s birthday card if you’ve been giving her handmade cards for more than 40 years. Today I made a card using Zig markers and embossing powder, something I didn’t use earlier for one of her cards. It’s easy and not time consuming, just what I needed.

I started by stamping my Asters to a piece of copy paper in the size I wanted to make my panel. By using the copy paper I can see where I want to place my stamps, which one I have to mask and most important if what I have in mind is looking good on paper.
When I was satisfied with the test panel, I stamped my flowers on some masking paper and cut them out with my scissors.

Ma 2

I used a piece of coloured cardstock for my panel, it is not something I use often but because I wanted to heat emboss the stamp with white I thought it would be nice. I used my TH stamping tool and the copy paper as guide to stamp the flowers on the place I wanted them using VersaMark ink. I didn’t stamp one of the partial flowers on the right side, as you can see on the finished card
I stamped and heat embossed the flowers one by one, letting them cool down before I stamped the next one. After the flowers I also stamped some leaves. I stamped them behind the flower on the upper right side and the one on the left,  using my masks.
When everything was cold I used my Zig marker Violet on the leaves with a hint of English Lavender.
For the flowers I used the English Lavender and a little bit of Lilac. After drying I put some extra English Lavender in the shadow areas. You can only build the colour when the first layer is dry, if the ink isn’t dry it will blend in with the first layer.

I put the panel aside and cut my white base card in to the right size and went looking for the sentiment I wanted to stamp. I used a Marianne Design sentiment,  it says congratulations in Dutch.
I stamped this with VersaMark on a piece of white cardstock, the same as my base card.
I used purple embossing powder to match with the panel colours.

I glued the panel directly on to my base card while I used for the sentiment strip, 0.5 mm. foam tape.
To finish the card I used some Marianne Design pearl butterflies ( that’s how they are cold but I think their dragonflies) and some matching open circles out of a shaker collection from Lucy’s cards.
And this is what the finished birthday card looks like.

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


Used Materials

Papicolor Original Cardstock White for the basecard
Papicolor Original Cardstock Lilac for the panel
Masking paper
Altenew Layered Stamp set Aster
VersaMark ink
Tim Holtz Stamping Tool
Ranger Fine Detail Embossing powder White
MBoss Embossing Powder Purple
Zig CCRB markers 803 English Lavender, 083 Lila and 080 Violet
Marianne Design Clear Stamp set CS0987 Felicitaties
Marianne Design Embellishments CA3116 Butterflies
Little Things From Lucy’s Cards Shaker collection Frozen


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


Deze kaart heb ik gemaakt met een van de prachtige Altenew Layered Stamp sets Peony Bouquet. Ik heb alleen gebruik gemaakt van de outline stempels zodat ik deze zelf in kon kleuren. Bij het stempelen heb ik gebruik gemaakt van de TH stempel platform en masking papier. De bloemen zijn  ingekleurd met 1 kleur Zig marker en water.
Afgewerkt met een tekststempel en een vlinder stempeltje.
De gebruikte materialen staan onder de foto.

This card is made with one of the gorgeous Altenew Layered Stamp sets the Peony Bouquet. I used only the outline stampes so that I could colour them myself.
During my stamping I used the TH stamp Platform and masking paper.
The flowers are coloured with one colour Zig Marker and water.
Finished up with a Dutch sentiment and a butterfly stamp.
You can find the used materials under the photo.

Altenew Peony
Papicolor Original Cardstock 949 Hemelsblauw
Fluweelkarton Wit ( Looks like the Elizabeth Crafts Soft Finish Cardstock White)
Altenew Peony Bouquet Layered Stamp set
Tim Holtz Stamping Platform
Nellie Snellen Masking pad
Stazon ink pad Jet Black
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers – 046 Mid Green and 031 Cobalt Blue
Marianne Design Stamp set CS0987 Felicitaties for the sentiment.
Little Butterfly stamp, brand unknown


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

30 Day Coloring Challenge- Day 26

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

GrootMijn voornemen voor deze challenge was om uit mijn comfortzone te komen en dingen te proberen die ik nog niet gedaan had. Helaas werd ik ziek, gelukkig op tijd gedeeltelijk hersteld om nog wat leuks te kunnen kleuren. Zoals jullie kunnen zien lijk het geheel op Kathy’s  ( The Daily Marker) Meisjes afdrukjes. Op dag 5 heeft ze haar meisjes stempels voorzien van haar- en huidskleur. Zij vroeg toen wat wij als eerste deden, haar of huid? Ik antwoordde haar dat ik zo wie zo de achtergrond nooit als eerste deed en altijd begon met de huidskleur. Zij zei kom uit je comfort zone en probeer eens te beginnen met de achtergrond. Zoals je kunt zien heb ik dat gedaan.
Dit was de eerste keer dat ik een soort van waterverfportret gemaakt heb en dat was niet echt makkelijk, maar wel heel leuk om te doen.
Helemaal onderaan deze post kun je de gebruikte materialen vinden.
portr 3

I took this challenge to come out of my comfort zone and play with different things than usual.
Unfortunately I got sick, but just in time I managed to colour an image. As you can see it likes a lot of the girly stamp images Kathy ( The Daily Marker) used in a few of her posts. On day 5 she asked us what whe colour first hair or skin. I said to her that I always colour the skin first and never anything else. She told me to come out of my comfort zone and start with the background. So I did!
This was my first time making a kind of watercolour portrait, it wasn’t easy but I had a lot of fun.

Gebruikte materialen/ Used materials
Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock
Distress Ink: Fired Brick – Candied Apple – Worn Lipstick – Tattered Rose – Antique Linnen – Scattered Straw – Vintage Photo – Ground Espresso – Rusty Hinge – Black Soot
Flower Stamp – Kanban Foxtrot
Distress Oxide Fired Brick – Black Soot