vrijdag 30 september 2011


Oh we are so lucky here in The Netherlands.... we have a whole week with summer sun and temps that belong to summertime!!! At last we have some.... and that makes the trees and their leaves spectaculair to see...  All the shades of green and shades of brown on them.... I just had to play and try to express my feelings on how beautiful it is....
And lucky me... this weeks theme at Totally Papercraft Challenge blog is Autumn!!!!
And as I work on the blog of ARTSpecially Friends as well I can finally combine my big passion for playing with all kind of techniques and challenges and be able to show more of my "art" cards here on my blog...
I sure hope you like it.

Now the basic technique I found in the magazine ARTSpecially magazine # 4 page 8
Just gave it my own twist...
* I airbrushed the background on bazzil white cardstock with E09,E18,YG95,YG97.
* Worked the background with a Minimister and Copic Blender fluids
* Then stamped with gesso and Poetic leaves and Poetic prints from Hero Art the white leaves.
* Then stamped the same leaves with Adirondack Oregano, Cat's eye Lime pastel and Chesnut Roan and Brillance Pearlesent Poppy.
* Cut out the Tim Holtz tree and used the left over as a stencil and inked it with Tea Dye and Vintage photo.
* Add Gesso to the edges of the cards... when dried I inked them with Vintage photo and Walnut stain.
* Stamped the text that says:
Miracles are so ordinary that if you don't look you don't see them!
* Added some little leaves from my stash.

If you are interested in looking for more of these great and fun techniques... please take a look at 
ARTSpecially Friends blog and find the wonderful Magazines that are also available in English and German language!


woensdag 28 september 2011

Fun challenge at All That Scraps.

Today there is a real fun challenge at the All That Scraps Challenge blog!

This weeks theme is to add Two or more characters to your project!!! I was so thrilled by it that I decided to make this little project for it!

Abigail with Mixed Sentiments by Amy R

Close up Abigail

Inside of the booklet

Inside left, Coffee Birgitta with Mixed Sentiments Amy R

Inside right Elegant greetings by AmyR

Opened left side

Close up Tag
Close up Orchid Birgitta with Elegant Greetings by Amy R

I know... lot's and lot's of photo's... but wanted to share with you how fun it is to make a project with multiple images and text in it.

All stamps can be found HERE

Hope to see your work in the challenge!

With love

Challenge #10 at Christmas Challenges with Sketches.

Can you believe that we are at our 10th Sketch challenge already! WOW... and what makes me so so happy is to see how many of you love to join our challenge every other week. What a high quality of work you give us. Choosing a Top 3 is a lot of work for us! counting striping and finally finding the ones that are in the Top 3. So happy that the winner comes with Random choice! 
This week the Sketch is made by Monique and it was a great pleasure to work with it! Thank you Monique!

Today another Christmas card from my hand. This time an unusual stamp for me to choose to work with. I choose for Bugs Ho van Alota stamps. I'm not a big fan of bugs... so choosing this stamp was just for me to work outside my comfortzone. To trigger myself to another level. That is why there are two naughty giggling bees on this card. Combine that with again the great papers of Bo Bunny Blitzen.
At the end I was a little pleased with this card, but making it was not easy! Is that something you reconigze?

This week we have a great and talented sponsor. I'm so proud to tell you that Hein Design
will provide the prize this challenge!


Colored with Derwent Pencils this time
Text stamp Just rite
Swirls Marianne Design
Flowers: Petaloo velvet hydrangea
Holly leaves: Nellie Snellen punch
Berries: Cirkel punch with stickles
Ribbon from Stash.

I hope to see you at our blog and join the Sketch fun there!
With Love

Deputy Christopher is in town.

Well here it's time for another wonderful challenge at the
Inky Impressions Challenge blog!

This week the theme is choosen by my lovely teamie Michelle 
Use punches and dies!

He's colored with my pencils
He's stamped on a tag that I made with a die. The background is handmade by me and there will be a tutorial about it here on October 4th!
Star die that is gold embossed
Little envelop with text in it.
Little rope is made from coard from stash

Have fun with this challenge and hope to see you back for the tutorial!

With Love

dinsdag 27 september 2011

Another day with reviewing new stamps at All that scraps.

Today we are back with a second day reviewing the second part of the new September stamps
from All That Scraps!

Here is one of the little cute witches that I haven't shown you before...
It's Hilda and Luna!

Hilda and Luna are colored with my pencils
Grass Dies from myself.

Make sure you go to the blog and see the work of my teamies!

With love

zaterdag 24 september 2011

Cleverly Cute and Classic

Do you know that feeling that your stack of stamps is growing and you keep making cards with all the cute new stamps? And they goldie oldie is laying somewhere forgotten...

The ATS Design Team gals are taking you back a bit to look at images from other Fall releases... so many cleverly cute stamps!  We want to share them again!

Here is one of me...

Swiss Pixie Birgitta on tree stump as stamp available HERE
Also available as Digital Stamp HERE

Colored with copic Markers.

Make sure to step by the All That Scraps blog and see more of these Cleverly Cute Classic Stamps!

With Love

vrijdag 23 september 2011

Thank You

Well TGIF again... what a week it has been. My DD moved out last weekend and this week my DS took many days to move over to his sisters room... all those days my house stayed a mess. 
And having a messy crafting table is something completly different then a messy house!! I can tell you that.
So for me it's a big THANK YOU it's over!

And that is the great theme that LOL's picked this week at Totally Papercraft Challenges.

Here is my contribution 

I used Bazzil white and embossed it with Bamboo embossing Folder
The other part is stamped with 3 different shades of brown and different grass stamps from My Paper world/
The brown ribbon is from my stash.
Text stamps is Elegant Wishes from AmyR at All That Scraps

This week there is a fantastic sponsor that is giving 5 wonderful stamps to the winner.
All the more reason to come over and join us.

With Love

woensdag 21 september 2011

Review september stamps at All That Scraps.

It's review day at the Blog of All That Scraps.
Today there is a part of the wonderful new stamps that were new in this month!
My teamies made some fantastic and inspirational cards for you, here is what I made for you.

Ribbon from stash
Latte Kiki is colored with copic Markers:
Skin: E000,50,21,R20,22
hair: Y26,21,YR31,30
others: BV0000,00,01,02,04,08, R000,00,02

Enjoy the fun on the blog girls!

This card is thanks to Feline Playful into the following challenges:
Anything Goes Challenge - Anything Goes
Paper Minutes - #184 Violet, Blue & Black

With love


dinsdag 20 september 2011

Hi there,

At the inspirational blog at Inky Impressions HERE I
showed you how to make your own background with ink and embossing folders, well for today I made another fun tutorial for you to show you, how to make your own background with stamps, ink and embossing powder.

3 or more colors of distress ink in one color range
Ink blending tool, Ink blending foam
Versamark ink, Archival Jet Black
Embossing powder clear
Tag, Heattool, Craftsheet

Stamp background stamp on the tag with Versamark ink pad, emboss with clear
embossing powder and heat with heat tool.

With ink blending tool apply the the lightest color of the range over the complete tag. Use circular motions with the blending tool. Start this circular motion on your craftsheet (or white paper) and during that circling motion you go on to the tag! This will give you a better result with the inking, and you will not get any stripes on it.…Repeat these steps with each time a darker ink from the range and leave a little light color open.

Take a piece of cloth and make it damp with a Mini mister.. and go lightly over the tag. This way you take off the color of the embossed part.
Cut out little gift tags and stamp the Inky impressions text on them.

Hope you like this other way of making a background. This technique can be used on anything you want... you can make a background for a card, a Tag (like I did) just anything... let your imagination flow and just start playing!

Next time I will take you to a higher level of skills in making fun backgrounds with masks and the cute and lovely Inky Impressions stamps at the Inspirational Inky Impressions Blog.
Please go there more often as my teamies are making some great inspiration stuff for you as well!

Hope to see you again.. and please.. if you give this a try.. please show us at one of the fun challenges that is running HERE!

With lots of love,

zaterdag 17 september 2011

New Home

Today is the day that my dear daughter left our home.  My little girl grown big.
It was yesterday that she was playing with a little stroller and her favorite doll... and then decided to take her for a walk outside. And today she is walking out the door with moving boxes.....
Where did I miss the time?? Where did it go?

Anyway... next to all those mixed feelings and little tears there is this huge pride that she is taking the next big step in her life! And that deserves a card! But I needed an image that would suit the occasion...
And Mo Manning just has the perfect image for it!

Rustic Windowbox by Mo Manning
Colored with my pencils
Papers: Authentique Welcome Home
Embellisments from stash

Dear Marieke... I wish you all the luck of the world in your new home... and remember... no matter what... the door will always be open for you.

This card will be in the following challenges:

DP2 Challenge: Let's Celebrate!(that my DD has her own home)
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Challenge - 2W, 1E, SIO, must use a digi - lots of layers
Crafty Ann's - 2W, SIO - something outside comfort zone
Glitter Geeks - 2E, C10 - in the garden
Inspire Me Fridays - always anything goes
Sweet n' Sassy Digi Challenge - SIO, must use digi - photo inspire*

Big warm Kiss
Your Mom


vrijdag 16 september 2011

Clean and Simple at TPS!

I'm so happy with the theme of this weeks challenge at Totally Papercraft challenge blog.
Clean and Simple!

Now there are some masters in that technique in our team.. and I got a chance to make one as well...

The new papers of Authentique are incredibly beautiful! What a pleasure to look at each paperpack... but girls... a trouble choosing one. But there is one pack that caught my eye in an instant... the Glowing
I just had to have this one!
And then when you open the paper pack somethimes you find those pieces of paper that don't want to be cut up or covered with other pieces of paper. They are simply to wonderful to do that. And this piece that I used is one of them. So this card is Clean and Simpel!

Adorable Stamp: The Pixie Cottage Hannah Witch available at Hobbystempels
Color medium: Prisma Pencils available at Hobbystempels
Papers: Authentique Glowing available at Hobbystempels
Text: AmyR Ghostly writings available at All That Scraps

This week we have the Lovely Mandi to be our sponsor.
She is a Stampin Up Demonstrator and has a wonderful prize ready for you.
Check out her blogs at:

I hope you like this theme and come over and join our fun challenge!

This card is with thanks to Feline Playful into the following challenges:
Always Something Creative - Challenge#14 Autumn (see site for examples)
By the Cute & Girly - M, 1E/craft type, P1 All things bright and beautiful
Creatalicious Challenges - M, P15 Anything Goes
Creative Craft World - M, posted on first Saturday of the month - New
Freshly Brewed Monthly Challenge - M, 5E, SIO, P1 Use something new
Heidi's Hobbystuggu - M, 1E, cards only - Fall Colours
My Grafico - 2W, P1 Always anything goes

With Love

donderdag 15 september 2011

Fall arrived

We had some really fall weather here at the coast of the Netherlands... there is no doubt anymore, fall has began. Broken branches on the ground, grean leaves with brown edges flowing everywhere. And a lots of hasty clouds in the sky. Before you realize it's winter again.
Well with all that brand new papers that arrived at Hobbystempels it's no punishment to stay indoors. When I saw the new papers Bo Bunny Blitzen I totally lost myself. They are so great! So I stayed in and made this card with it. I used the Sketch that Marga has HERE

This little cutie is from Pixie Cottage Winter Hannah on a bench
she is colored with my Prisma Potloden 
Tree is from stash but HERE you find the beautiful tree die from Tim Holtz
snow is made with a snowmarker that you can find HERE vind je die.
Text stamp is from my private collection.

Have fun with all the brand new stuff that is in store right now at Hobbystempels!
This card is also into the following challenges:

With Love

woensdag 14 september 2011

Two in one!!

Hi there..... it's Wednesday again... and there is so much to tell you today...
I have one card that is going to be part of two different DT challenges... 

Let me begin with the new team that I'm in... 
Inky Impressions Rubberstamps 
These cute and lovely images are such a great pleasure to work with... I was amazed and honored that I was asked to join the team! Well and today Team B is having their first challenge ever!!! If you want to know more... go to the Inky Impressions Challenge blog and join us.

And today it's also time for a brand new challenge at Christmas Challenges with Sketches! A brand new sketch, made by me, is up and running from today!
We have a great sponsor here, So come on over to find out what you can win!

Here is the card that I made:

I used All bundled up Lili from Inky Impressions
Warm fuzzies Sentiment from Inky Impressions
Silver Snowflake charm, and Pearls from Inky Impressions

Papers: Marianne Design: Scandinavian Christmas
Colored her with my copic markers:
Skin: E000.50,21,R20,22
Eyes, B21
Clothes: R20,22,24,27,29,V17

This card is also into the following challenges:

Christmas Cards all year round: use things over a year old
I did it creations: Anything goes

 Pile it on: Layer it
Stamp Something: Anything goes
                                               Woodware USA: Christmas, holiday or winter themed cards

With love

dinsdag 13 september 2011

Challenge at ARTSpecially

Sinds deze week ben ik de beheerder van het blog ARTSpecially friends.

Ik vind het een eer dat ik dit mag doen en ben dan ook druk met voorbereiden van allerlei werkbeschrijvingen en leuke uitdagingen. Vandaag is de dag dat dan ook de eerste uitdaging de lucht in is gegaan.

Een tipje van de sluier licht ik op met mijn voorbeeld:
Ik hoop dat jullie allemaal langskomen en mee doen met deze nieuwe uitdaging op het blog van
ARTSpecially Friends.

As of this week I'm very proud to be the new worker on the blog of
ARTSpecially friends.

This blog is part of a more then fantastic Dutch art magazine. I've had the pleasure to been published in the magazine and even won the national challenge the kept.

I'm working hard on making tutorials and more fun stuff for this blog. And for the first time there is a challenge at this blog!
Now I will give you a little hint about what the theme is with my example above.

I hope that you all will come by and join us in the fun that we are building there!
ARTSpecially Friends.

This canvas is into the following challenges:
The Craftroom Challenge

With Love