woensdag 1 oktober 2014

A small gift for a kind neighbor

Hi everybody!

Today I'd like to show you a little gift that I made for my nextdoor neighbor. She has been kind enough to bring me tomatoes from her garden the past weeks and I thought it'd be a nice gesture to give her a little something to let her know that I really appreciate her kindness. In The Netherlands we have a saying "better a good neighbor then a far away friend" and I think that's true and I really appreciate the good neighbors that we have here.

I made a small cablebox using THIS purchased template and filled it with chocolates. I used Polly from Wee Stamps (digital image/rubber stamp) as I think she's perfect for just about every theme. As always she was colored with Copic Markers and completely 3D paper pieced. I decided to go for a red/blue and white color scheme.
The back of the box with a computer generated sentiment that reads Bedankt which means Thank you in Dutch. I love this flower cluster with all these gorgeous flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. You'll find links to the different flowers below.
A side view of the Cable box.
And the little pieces the image was made of.

Image: Polly from Wee Stamps available as a digital image and a rubber stamp
Paper: Kraft cardstock, red and white cardstock and Maja Design Life in the Country 6x6 Paper Pad
Template: Gable Box from Cards etc. Shop
Other: Stitches by hand, diamond stickles and golden liquid pearls. Leaves are from a Magnolia die and other dies by Nestabilities.
From Wild Orchid Crafts:
White, Ivory & Tan self adhesive pearls 3mm
Navy Blue Open Roses 25mm
Red Open Roses 25mm
White Cosmos Daisies
Baby Blue Sweetheart Blossoms
White Sweetheart Blossoms
Baby Blue Cherry Blossoms
Red Cherry Blossoms (not in store as I type this but be sure to check the general Cherry Blossoms folder on a later date)
Off-White Chrysanthemums

woensdag 24 september 2014

40th Wedding anniversary gift box

Hello everybody,

Today I'd like to show you a box I made for my hubby's aunt and uncle who are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary next Saturday. I'm pretty sure they don't follow me on my blog or Facebook so I think it's OK to show it already :).
The image that I used is by a company that's new to me, JustInkLined, it's called Ted and Agnes. I went searching for images and showed a couple to my hubby and a little to my disappointment he kept saying he liked this one best. I had hoped to make a more romantic box and was a little scared of working with this image but since it's his aunt and uncle and he insisted they'd love a funny image I decided that it'd have to be this one. The sentiment is computer generated and in Dutch but probably speaks for itself.
A close up of Ted and Agnes. As always colored with Copic Markers and 3D paper pieced.
A sideview of the box. I have no idea where I bought this box, it's been in my cupboard for a while waiting to be used. Now wish I had another because I think it's perfect for an occasion like this one.
A close up of the pretty Wild Orchid Crafts embellishments.

And the little pieces the image was made of. There were lots of little pieces :). I didn't take down the Copic numbers I'm afraid but if you have a specific question I'm sure I can tell you what Copic markers were used, just let me know.
I hope you like my box but more importantly, I hope the celebrating couple will next Saturday when we give it to them on their party. Have a great day everybody!!

Materials used:
Papers: Lili of the Valley Petal Fresh Paper Pad, Maja Designs Vintage Spring Basics, white cardstock
Other: Box from stash, dies all nestabilities, stitches by hand, Diamond and Platinum Stickles, White liquid pearls.
From Wild Orchid Crafts:
Mixed Pastel Tone Paper Apple Blossoms
White Paper Apple Blossoms
Mixed Pastel Tone Paper Magnolias
White Paper Magnolias
White Sweetheart Blossom Flowers
Baby Blue Sweetheart Blossom Flowers
Ivory Cherry Blossoms
25mm Baby Blue Paper Open Roses
White Pearl Loop Spray Stems
White Guipure Lace (not in stock as I type this post)
White Self Adhesive Pearls 5mm

maandag 8 september 2014

Sally with Snowball

Hello everybody,

I'm back with my second Christmas card of this year, even though it doesn't have a sentiment on the outside :). I decided to try out an image by an artist who is pretty new to me, Conie Fong. She sells her images both in digi and rubber through Sweet Pea Stamps which was also a first for me. My crafting friend Ria van Son has been using their images for some time now and especially the Conie Fong ones really got me interested. I purchased two digi's and this is the first card I did with the first image:
Isn't that image just adorable? She's called Sally and Snowball and is available as a rubber stamp HERE and as a digi HERE. I've added some snow here and there for an extra wintery card.
Here is a close up of sweet little Sally, as always colored with Copic markers and 3D paper pieced.
Also some snow on the pretty Wild Orchid Crafts flowers (listed below) and have you seen that gorgeous Diamant Heart Embellishment by The Ribbon Girl? Absolutely love that and have been wanting to do a purple card for some time now just to be able to use that gorgeous heart :). The ribbon is also from The Ribbon Girl, you'll find links below.
And the little pieces the image was made of.

The Copic Markers I've used are:
Skin: E11, E00, E000, E0000 and a little bit of R20 for cheeks
Hair: E55, E53, E51, E50
Coat: E57, E55, E53, E51 with W3, W1, W00
Purple parts: V17, V15, V12, W5, W3, W1, W00
Brown parts in panty and gloves: E44, E42, E40
Green: G94, YG17, YG13, YG11

Since the challenge at the Love to Create Challenge blog is Flowers and Stitching I'm entering this card into this weeks challenge.

Hope you like my card! Have a fabulous day everybody!!


Materials used:
Image: Sally with Snowball by Conie Fong for Sweet Pea Stamps (Digi / Rubber Stamp)
Papers: Maja Design Fika, purple and white cardstock
Dies: Noor Design Winter Wishes die 6002/2021, nestabilities. I have no idea what brand the oval shape is behind the image. If somebody knows please let me know in the comments and I'll add it here.
Other: Stitches by hand, white pearls by Melissa Frances. Heart Diamant Amethyst Embellishment, Cheesecloth, 32mm Lavender Pure Silk Ribbon and 15mm Mermaid White Ribbon from the Ribbon Girl. White liquid pearls, diamant, platinum and star dust Stickles. Aleene's Glitter Snow (with Star Dust Stickles over it).
From Wild Orchid Crafts:
Mixed Purple/White Closmos Daisy Stem Flowers
Mixed Purple/Lilac & White Sweetheart Blossoms
25mm Lavender Open Roses
35mm Mixed Purple/Lilac Tone Trellis Roses
Lilac Crown Pins (not in store as I type this but you'll find all the colors that are in store HERE)
Green Mulberry Paper Holly Leaves

zondag 31 augustus 2014

Bella with Teddy

Hi Everybody!!

I have used another brand I hadn't used before :). I love not being on teams at the moment because it gives me all this room to use what I want to use instead of what's due for a new release. Of course I am on the team of Wild Orchid Crafts but that's just a really big thing to be thankful for because I absolutely adore their flowers and embellishments. Anyway, today I'm showing you a card I did with a stamp by Wild Rose Sutdio, Bella with Teddy. I bought this stamp a while back and think it's SO cute!
Isn't that image adorable? The sentiment comes with the stamp and though the set is clear, and I really really really prefer rubber stamps to clear ones, I have to admit that the impressions I get with this set is pretty good.
A close up of cute little Bella with Teddy. Now I don't think you can see the 3D effect very well on this picture so....
This is a picture I took last night before the card was done and before glitters and liquid pearls were added but I think this image shows the depth much better.
And of course the little pieces :).

The Copics that I used are:
Elephant skin: C5, C3, C1, C0, C00, CB and then also a bit of W3, W1, W0, W00 on places where shade would be.
Pink parts of Elephant: R24, R22, R20, R00, R0000 and some W3, W1, W0, W00
Hearts: R24, R22, R20, R00
Bear: E55, E53, E51, E50, CB
Shadows and floor: W5, W3, W1, W0, W00, CB

Hope you like my card and get a chance to be creative yourself this Sunday!


Materials used:
Image and sentiment: Bella with Teddy by Wild Rose Studio
Papers: Kraft, white, red and corrugated kraft cardstock and glittery red and red dotted paper from Doodlebug but very old
Dies: Nestabilities
Other: Stickles Diamond and Platinum and white liquid Pearls, stitches by hand and white feathers.
From Wild Orchid Crafts:
White Guipure Lace
White Magnolia flower
White Sweetheart Blossom Flowers
Red 20mm Open Rose
Red Cosmos Daisy (from a mixed Red/White set)
Red Cherry Blossom (as I type this not in store in just this color but available in a mixed set)
White Pearl Loop Spray stems
Heart shaped white pearl beads

zaterdag 23 augustus 2014

Brownies in a jar with Margot by Shaky A.

Hi everybody!

I'm back with a new project! I have been fascinated by all these jar recipes that I have seen on internet. I think they are so cute to give as a gift, maybe for a teacher or when you go to visit a friend. And when I first noticed my friend Alberto Gava, a.k.a. LoShakerato Alberto, a.k.a. Shaky A.'s image Margot I new she'd be perfect to decorate one of those jars. So when Alberto asked me if I wanted to be a guest designer my choice was easily made :). Thank you so much sweetie for having me! Here is the project I made with his sweet Margot.
I have filled the jar with a brownies recipe that I found HERE. This Dutch lady, Marieke, has both the Dutch and the English recipe on her blog and she also sells gorgeous labels to decorate a jar if you want a simpler decoration. She uses a smaller jar so I have multiplied the amounts of ingredient to fill up my liter jar. For my Dutch readers/ voor mijn Nederlandse lezers, ik heb de pot gekocht bij Dille & Camille HIER.
The back of my jar holds the instructions that Marieke provides on her blog... in Dutch of course.... but just realized while type this that I should have multiplied the amounts there as well.... oh well, I have it saved so will just print it again and glue over it :).
A close up of sweet Margot, as always colored with my Copic Markers and 3D paper pieced.
And the side of the jar where you'll see the layers with ingredients. My layers aren't perfect but I read somewhere on her blog later that you get these better if you put pressure on each new layer with a cocktail muddler so I'll try that next time.
And the little pieces that form Margot.

I hope you like my project. I'll bake this first batch of brownies this weekend because I do feel you need to try something first before you give it away (nothing to do with the fact that I love brownies ;) ). I'll post a picture after I've baked them. Hope you all have a great weekend!!


Materials used:
Image: Margot by Shaky A.
Papers: Pink cardstock and Maja Design Sofiero
Other: Ribbon, cheese cloth and doily from stash, 1 liter jar from Dille en Camille, Diamond and platinum Stickles, liquid pearls in white and platinum
From Wild Orchid Crafts:
Mixed Pastel Paper Apple Blossoms
Mixed Pastel Magnolias
35mm Pink Trellis Roses
Baby Pink Sweetheart Blossoms
Pink Sweetheart Blossoms (not in store as I type this but you can find them in THIS mixed set)

vrijdag 8 augustus 2014

Willow the Birthday Fairy Slipcover box

Hi Everybody,

You may remember that I did a couple of Slip Cover boxes by My Time Made Easy before. This template is really simple to make and I love how you can decorate these boxes. Since each year I have some last minute teacher gifts to make (and I hate last minute work) I decided that this year I'm going to create about one gift up front so that when the time comes that I need them I have some at hand (or I could use them as a small gift when we go visit people or something like that). This is my first for this year and I hope you like it.
The image that I used is one of the newly released images by Tiddly Inks, Willow the Birthday Fairy.
A close up of Willow, colored with Copic Markers and 3D paper pieced as always.
And the gorgeous embellishments, all from Wild Orchid Crafts. I adore the big trellis roses.
This is the box opened up. You'll find more versions that I made of this box, also with filling HERE.
And the little pieces this image was made of.

The Copic Markers that I used are:
Skin: E11, E00, E000, E0000
Hair: E55, E53, E51, E50
Wings and boots: E84, E81, W0, W00, CB (and Diamond Stickles on the wings)
Gift wrapping paper: E42, E41, E40, W0, W00, CB
Ribbon around gift: E84, E81, W0, W00, CB (and after that layer dried) YR23, YR21, YR20, YR00 (and Diamond Stickles)
Pink: R89 (only to darken the R85 marker so not directly on paper but I went with the brush side of the R85 marker over the wide nib of the R89 marker to pick up some of the color and then colored onto the paper), R85, R83, R81 (and only on the dress after the first layer dried) W3, W1, W00
Shading: W5, W3, W1, W0, W00 (I also distressed the back with Frayed Burlap distress ink).

I hope you like the box! Have a great day everybody!!


Materials used:
Image: Willow the Birthday Fairy by Tiddly Inks
Paper: Kraft, white and pink colored cardstock and Glitz 6" paper pack Pretty in Pink
Dies: all Nestabilities
Box: Slip Cover Box by My Time Made Easy
Other: Button and twine from stash, Diamond Stickles, White Liquid Pearls and Diamond Ice Stickles (around the edges of the paper), Antique Golden Pearls from Flourishes with a Bling, stitches by hand and frantage.
From Wild Orchid Crafts:
Ivory Crown Pin
Baby Pink Crown Pin
Deep Ivory Open Roses 25mm
Ivory Open Roses 20mm
Pink Trellis Roses 35mm
Pink Open Roses 25mm
Mixed Pink Carnation Flowers
Pink/White Cosmos Daisy Flowers
Pink Sweetheart Blossoms
Baby Pink Sweetheart Blossoms
White Sweetheart Blossoms
Antique Gold Vintage Seam Binding
The leaves that I have used are from a mixed set that's not in the store at the moment. You'll find more leaves HERE

zaterdag 2 augustus 2014

Wish upon a star

Hi Everybody,

I'm back with my first Christmas card of this year. I know it feels like we have ages until Christmas but it's just a little over twenty weeks, so if you create about one card a week like I do (admitted this past week it's been more) then to have a couple to send to your closest friends and family it's just about time you get started :).
The stamp that I used is from Sugar Nellie and she's called Wish Upon a Star. I've had it for ages but never used it and figured it was about time I inked her up. I was kind of surprised to find out that Funky Kits (the shop that sells Sugar Nellie stamps) no longer has this stamp in rubber. They do sell it in digi though and you'll find it HERE. I've used lots of yummie goodies on my card, perhaps a bit to much for your taste, normally my cards are calmer but I kind of like it this way for this time :).
A close up of the Wish Upon a Star image, as always colored with Copic Markers and 3D paper pieced.
And a close up of the pretty Wild Orchid Crafts flowers that I received just a day or two ago. I LOVE the new Magnolia's and Apple Blossoms so HAD to use them.
And the little pieces this image was made of.

Hope you like my first Christmas card of the year even though temperatures outside probably don't give you any Christmas fibes yet :). See you back soon!


Materials used:
Image: Wish Upon a Star by Sugar Nellie
Sentiment: Holliday Circle Pennants by Whimsy Stamps
Papers: White and turquoise cardstock and a little piece of scrap paper that didn't have the brand on it anymore.
Dies: Circle Pennants Dies (that match the sentiment) by Whimsy Stamps, From Noor Design Winter Wishes die 6002/2018, 6002/2019, 6002/2020 and 6002/2021
Other: Vivi Gade Design Brown Rhinestones 28325(I bought them at a fair and have no idea from what shop, if you search on Google there are some stores that sell them); Chipboard shape from SisterArt Creation who sell on Facebook, Stickles Diamond, Platinum and Cystal, Liquid Pearls White, Distress Paint Picket Fence and DecoArt Glamour Dust Crystal glitter (used that on the chipboard and cut out border and snowflakes)
From Wild Orchid Crafts:
Mixed Pastel Tone Magnolias
Mixed Pastel Tone Apple Blossoms
Mixed Green Tone Hip Rosebuds
Gold Christmas Berry Spray
Ivory Open Roses 20mm
Ivory Open Roses 15mm
White Cherry Blossoms
Gold Spiral Stamens
Antique Gold Vintage Seam Binding

dinsdag 29 juli 2014

Well rounded thank you

Hi everybody,

Two cards in two days! That's what you get when there's rainy weather and the kids have their summer break :). My card today is completely different from my card yesterday. Where yesterday my card was very bold in colors today my card is more romantic.
The image I used is called Well Rounded Elephant by Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy Stamps. This stamp was also released in the period that I wasn't crafting but had to order it because I think it's so super cute! The flowers and leaves are all Wild Orchid Crafts and I adore these colors (links below). The fabulous thank you chipboard shape I bought from Sister Art Creation, two sisters, one in Germany and the other in Indonesia who sell the most fabulous quality of chipboard. They don't have a store yet but sell through Ebay. You'll find their Facebook page HERE. But be warned, they have a fabulous selection.
As always the image was colored with Copic Markers and 3D paper pieced. I'm still in doubt if I should have paper pieced the head like I did but I wanted to give him blushing cheeks that stood out. I think I'll try this image with a "flatter" face as well.
Have to also show you the back of my card as I love it :).
And the little pieces that together form the image.

Hope you like! Don't worry, no card for the next couple of days but hope you like this one :).


Materials used
Image: Well Rounded Elephant by Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy Stamps
Sentiment: Chipboard shape by Sister Art Creation, Custom Rubber stamp by Whimsy Stamps
Paper: Kraft and white colored cardstock and very old design paper from My Minds Eye (Stella and Rose)
Other: Stitches by hand, Star Dust Stickles, Latte pearls by Flourish with a Bling
From Wild Orchid Crafts:
Peach/Orange/White Sweetheart Blossoms
Peach/Orange tone Hip Rosebuds
Mixed Pink Carnation Flowers
Peach/Orange Cottage Roses 30mm
Mixed Red/White Cosmos Daisy Flowers
Mixed Leaves for Crafts, this package is no longer for sale, other leaves are HERE
Peach Cherry Blossoms

maandag 28 juli 2014

Little Posey

Hi Everbody,

I'm back with an image I've been wanting to work with for some time now :). When Sylvia Zet released this image for Wee Stamps I was in my craftless period but I adored it SO much. Hope you like what I did with her as the colors I've used aren't my usual and my card turned out pretty busy :).
Isn't little Posey adorable? She's available as a digi and a rubber stamp. I think she's such a cheerful thing and for me that meant she had to be coloured in bright bold colors, that's why I used the red, orange and yellow. And when I was busy coloring here I decided I wanted a big contrast color so that's where the black came in.
A close up of little Posey, as always colored with Copic Markers and 3D paper pieced for extra dimension and she's got a ton of stickles on her and some liquid pearls on her antenna's and around her.
Gorgeous Wild Orchid Craft flowers :).
And the little pieces that were used to create this image.

It's a rainy day here in The Netherlands but I feel this card brings in a little sunshine. Hope you like it!! Have a great day everybody!!


Materials used:
Image: Posey by Wee Stamps, available as a digital image and a rubber stamp
Sentiment: Fluttering By sentiment set by SC Designs for Whimsy Stamps 
Papers: Black and Orange cardstock, Basic Grey Picadilly (scraps), plus red paper with white dots (scrap)
Dies used: Butterfly Frame Die (Matches the sentiment set), Lace Doily Corner 1 (the big corners behind the card base), Mini Lace Doily Corner 1 (used the straight part behind the vertical strip of paper) all by Whimsy Stamps. Floral Ovals die set and oval and circle dies by Spellbinders.
Other: Stickles: Diamond, Black Diamond, Orange Peel, Star Dust, Liquid Pearls: White Opal and Gold, Flourish with a Bling: Grace Black swirl (cut into pieces), Red Pearls
From Wild Orchid Crafts:
Mixed Red & White Sweetheart Blossoms
Mixed Peach/Orange & White Sweetheart Blossoms
Mixed Peach/Orange & White Chysanthemums
Mixed Peach/Orange 25mm Open Roses
Mixed Brown tone Cherry Blossoms
Mixed Peach/Orange Hip Rosebuds

woensdag 23 juli 2014

Teacher gifts

Hello everybody,

Today I have some teachers gifts to show you that I made last week. I decided to keep them pretty simple since I had to make three of them but I still hope you'll like them.
These are two of the three boxes I made holding 8 "Merci" chocolates per box. The box was a template that I bought from a Dutch website that sells templates. There were two PDF files that I printed on cardstock and design paper, cut, put together and decorated. You'll find the link to the purchased template below.
The adorable image is by Whipper Snapper Designs and she's named "Little girl with dotted present". I colored her three times in the same way with my Copic Markers and 3D paper pieced her. The ribbon that ties the two sides of the box together used to be available from Wild Orchid Crafts but is no longer available.
On the other side of the box I added some pretty roses and leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts. There isn't much room to decorate on this box but can't make a gift without some flowers on them.
And a side view of two of the boxes so you can see the "model" better.
I packed all three boxes in cellophane wrapping foil and decorated that with again the bright pink ribbon and brads and blooms from Wild Orchid Crafts.

And a picture of the little pieces, a total of three images stacked and ready to be glued together.

I hope you like my little presents for my kids teachers. I'll leave you with a list of products used.

Materials used:
Stamp: Whipper Snapper Designs Little Girl with Dotted Present
Template: Sweet Treats Merci from Cards etc. Shop
Papers: From a brandless paper pack that I received from Christa Mulder some time ago :). No idea where she got them but loved the colors and designs.
From Wild Orchid Crafts:
Foundation White Blooms (3cm/1.18")
Foundation White Blooms (4,5cm/1.75")
Mixed Color Medium Pearl Brads
Green Rose Leaves 25 mm
Pink Open Roses 25 mm
White Open Roses 15 mm