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


zondag 20 juli 2014

Card for Danny

Hi everybody!

My friend Jacqueline Lancaster Beddingfield posted a link on Facebook to this story about a five year old boy who is battling cancer and who's wish for his sixth birthday, which is coming up next Friday, is postcards with his name on them. His story touched me so I went to work straight away and this is the card I made for Danny.
The image that I used is called Cuthbert Balloons and it was an image by Pollycraft. Unfortunatelly Pollycraft no longer sell their digi's online. All That Scraps does sell a selection of rubber stamps but this one isn't in that selection. I thought it was a cute image for a five year old boy though. 
A close up of the image. I didn't take time to take a picture of the little pieces I'm sorry. It's colored with Copic Markers and 3D paper pieced as always though. The balloons got a shiny coat as did his nose.
I hope you like the card I made for Danny but much more important, I hope Danny does. He likes Super Mario and Lego's as does my Leon (who is four) and Leon thought the card was really cool so I hope they also have the same taste in cards :). If you want to send a card to Danny as well please go to THIS link and you'll find his details. Let's make this a birthday he'll never forget!!

I'll add a list with materials that I used tomorrow but wanted to get this card online to hopefully inspire more people to send Danny a card.


woensdag 16 juli 2014

MiRan a new artist at Whimsy Stamps

Hello everybody!

I'm here today as part of the Whimsy Stamps blog hop to celebrate the debut release of their new Art by Mi Ran Collection! They have 7 new rubber stamps, illustrated by Mi Ran, exclusively for Whimsy Stamps. If you didn't come here Samantha's blog you may want to start at the beginning of the blog hop at Ruza's blog HERE. If you do the entire hop and leave a comment at all the stops you have a chance to win the Grand Prize of 3 new Art by Mi Ran rubber stamps!! Whimsy Stamps will draw the lucky winner from the comments left on the different stops.You'll find the next stop in the hop on the bottom of my post, but first I want to show you what I created for this hop:
The pretty stamp that I've used is called For You, I adore this pretty girls large eyes and her pretty dress. Since she's really girly I decided to go all girly on this one. The base of the card was cut with the Double Scallop Square Doily die by Whimsy Stamps which right away makes the card decorative I think. And the text stamp, which is also by Whimsy Stamps I thought was perfect to go with this image. I've used some gorgeous embellishments mostly by Wild Orchid Crafts (you'll find a list of the products below) and the papers that I used are from the Always and Forever solid and design paper paper pads by Lili of the Valley.
A close up of the image, as always colored with Copic Markers and 3D paper pieced. I've added some yummie stickles here and there and some gloss to the balloons.
Had to show you the back of the card as well :). Again the pretty Always and Forever papers, the double scallop border die to go with the card shape and I'm still so much in love with my personal stamp created by Meljen's Designs and Ann Vento (also for Whimsy). I've paper pieced the heart with matching design paper.
The side of the card. What I've done is I've folded a sheet of white kraft cardstock in half and placed the double scallop square die on top of that with one edge slightly over the folded side. You do have to run the stack a couple of times through your cutting machine and perhaps help some of the pieces that aren't completely cut with fine scissors but I love the shape of the card. I've cut two more squares and glued those exactly over both sides of the card to make the card more sturdy and to complete the shape of the square at the folded side. Hope that all makes sense to you if not just let me know :).
And the little pieces. There were some tiny pieces in there and not everything went perfect, especially the right ear/hear/face gave me a hardtime and I ended up taking the easy way but I do like how she turned out.

Hope you guys like my card and the new artist. There are more images being released today so be sure to check out the Whimsy Stamps blog HERE for more blogs to visit!

Materials used:
Stamp: For You by MiRan for Whimsy Stamps
Sentiments: Birthday Letter Seals by Whimsy Stamps, my custom rubber stamp by Whimsy Stamps
Dies: Double Scallop Square Doily die by Whimsy Stamps, Double Scallop Border Die by Whimsy Stamps, circles were cut out using Nestabilities
Other: Golden, Diamond and Star Dust Stickles, stitches by hand, Flower Sparkly Button by The Ribbon Girl.
From Wild Orchid Crafts:
Mixed Pink Carnations (not in store while I right up this post)
Mixed Earth tone Wild Roses 30mm
Mixed Pink/White Cosmos Daisy Stem Flowers
Deep Ivory Sweetheart Blossoms
Baby Pink Sweetheart Blossoms
White Bead Berry Spray
Star Shaped White Pearl Beads
Pink Seam Binding

Well, that's it for me. Your next stop in the hop is Monica, you'll find her blog HERE. Good luck everybody and I hope you have a great day!!!


zondag 15 juni 2014

Baby box with Giraffe by Lee Holland

Good morning everybody,

First I'd like to remind you that I have an auction going on on Ebay that will end soon. It's for the box I made with Wee Stamps Maya and the amount I sell the box for minus the costs for Ebay and/or Paypal will go to KiKa. a Dutch charity foundation that brings in funding solely for research to childhood cancers. You'll find that auction HERE.

But of course I also have a new project to show you guys today. This project was sort of meant to be. Now this is going to be a bit of a story so you can just skip to the next paragraph if you want :). A week or so ago I was searching Etsy for digital images and I came by an artist named Lee Holland with Lee's Digi Shop on Etsy. I decided that I really liked his or her images (Lee can be both right?) but since I have a new policy for myself that I can only buy an image if I am going to use it right away I decided to remember the artist. Then I came by a blogpost of a Facebook crafting friend Sandra Janssen-van Mourik HERE where she used an image by this same Lee Holland. She had made the pretty project as a design team member for a challenge blog named Love to Create that was sponsored by the same Lee Holland this week and where the theme was "Make it for the kids". Now the same Sandra has had a gorgeous little baby girl named Tessa last December in the period when I was away from Facebook and blogland a lot. Normally I would have made her a small gift or card to congratulate her but I never even noticed. Now this little girl is turning a half a year TODAY! And today is the closing day to enter a project for the challenge! So I decided that this was meant to be. So I decided I had to buy one of Lee Holland's images for a box that was made for little Tessa for her half a year birthday.

I decided to work with Lee Holland's digi Baby Giraffe which you'll find HERE. The pretty papers are Pion Design My Precious Daughter which I bought from Creashop Duymelot except for the strip of dotted paper which isn't that much visible after all the flowers were added (LOL) that strip was a piece of scap paper..
A close up of the cute little Giraffe. As you can see I also stamped on the back, the stamp that I used is no longer for sale unfortunately, it was from Elzybells Stamps that stopped a few years back. I stamped the baby words with antique linnen distress ink and hten went over it again with a wet paper towel to lighten it a little bit. As you can see also pretty frantage on the papers and I hand stitched around the circles again.
A side view of the box. As you can see I used some lace along the side of the top of the box. Love this lace by The Ribbon Girl, I'll add the link to it below.
And a little detail pictures of the pretty flowers and stuff :).
And finally a picture of the little pieces used to create the image. Not that much this time.
The Copic Markers that I used on the baby giraffe are:
Light skin: E53, E51, E50, CB
Brown spots: E59, E57, E55, E53
Background: Behind the giraffe R83, R81, R00, R0000, CB and for the floor E44, E42, E40, CB and both also got a layer over that with W3, W1, W0, W00, CB
Materials used:
Ticket stamp (with birth date): Holiday Ticket Sentiments by Whimsy Stamps
Papers: Pion Design My Precious Daughter (12x12) and piece of scrap paper
Letters: Thickers Chipboard Glitter Letter Stickers Bubblegum
From Wild Orchid Crafts (they are having a sale at the moment) I've used:
And like I told you in the beginning I'm entering this box into the current challenge at Love to Create which is Make it for the Kids.
That's it! Now here's hoping that Sandra likes the box and to ask Sandra for her address to send it to her :S.
Hope you have a great day everybody! Fathersday here in the Netherlands, we've bbq-d with my parents and my "little" brother yesterday and we'll visit my in laws today.

dinsdag 10 juni 2014

Giftbox with Wee Stamps Maya up on Ebay

Hello everybody!

I just wanted to let you know that I have just put my second ever project up for sale on Ebay. I always have trouble selling my projects as they take me hours to create and I have no idea what to ask for them (and often have trouble parting with them) but I do get asked often if I wouldn't want to sell on or more of my projects and I don't make enough projects to just send them out to everybody who asks. Together with my hubby who doesn't like me selling my projects either, I have decided to give the amount of money that's left from the sale after deduction of Ebay and/or Paypal costs to a Dutch Foundation named Kika. The Foundation KiKa is a Dutch charity foundation that brings in funding solely for research to childhood cancers.

So here is the box that's up for sale:
And you'll find the Ebay Auction HERE.

I have tried to list as much information as possible but if you have any questions left please don't hesitate to ask me either here or through Ebay.

Hope you all have a fabulous day!!

zondag 8 juni 2014

Gift box with Rowan Fairy

Hi everybody!
Back yet again :). I started working on the image I'm showing you today months ago and I'm so glad I finally ended up finishing it :). I decorated a cigarbox again using the incredibly pretty Rowan Fairy by Wee Stamps (available as a digi and a rubber stamp).
I have to admit that I love how she turned out. Hope you like it too. Here is a close up.
She is absolutely one of my favorite images by Sylvia until now, so pretty amongst those gorgeous roses by Wild Orchid Crafts.
This is the image I used as inspiration when I colored the image. Love this picture of the Rowan tree in autumn.
And finally the little pieces she was created from. And yes :), I did take down the Copic Markers that I used!

Copic Markers used:
Skin: E11, E00, E000, E0000
Hair: E47, E44, E42, E40
Beige clothes: E55, E53, E51
White clothes: E50, CB
Skirt: E47, E44
Branch: E44, E42, G14, G11, Y15
Berries: R59, R27, YR09, YR04
Leaves and wings: R27, YR09, YR04, YR02, Y17, Y15, YG11, G14
Shadow: W3, W1, W0, W00, CB

Materials used:
Image: Rowan Fairy by Wee Stamps, available as digi HERE and as a rubber stamp HERE
Papers used: Kraft cardstock, Maja Design Walking in the Forest 6x6 Paper Pad and 12x12 sheets
Dies: Nestabilities Floral Ovals: Nestabilities Romantic Rectangles
Other materials: Old sigar box roughly sandpapered, stitches by hand, stickles platinum and diamond and pearl swirls are cut from one Grace Mango flourish by Flourish with a Bling
From Wild Orchid Crafts:
Deep Red Self Adhesive Rhinestones
Mixed Earth Tone Wild Roses 30mm
Deep Red Open Roses 20mm
Mixed Peach/Orange Open Roses 15mm
Mixed Earth Tone Open Roses 15mm
Mixed Earth Tone Hip Rosebuds
Mixed Mulberry Paper Leaves for Crafts

Hope you like my new box and hope you all have an incredible day!

Lots of hugs,

vrijdag 6 juni 2014

Gift for teacher going on maternity leave with Little Baby Dragon by Meljen's Designs

Hello everybody!

Back with another project. Yesterday morning I realized that today was going to be the final day before the start of the maternity leave of Leon's teacher Tamara so that asked for a quick gift. I went to one of my favorite Dutch stores the Hema (where I also buy my white gelpens) and bought a couple of cute baby socks, put them in a transparent bag and made a topper.
I decorated the topper with this adorable Little Baby Dragon by Meljen's Designs (available as a digi HERE and as a rubber stamp HERE). The teacher already knows she's having a little boy so I tried to make it cute but boyish but had to go with a bit of glitter on his purple parts.
Since Leon is going to give the gift to his teacher this morning I didn't go for a sentiment. I just cut out some stars out of corrugated kraft cardstock and green cardstock that I glittered up with stardust Stickles (used those on the purple parts of the dragon as well). The topper was cut out using Go Kreate Dies, I think these are the Frilly #7 dies but I'm not sure. The paper is just kraft and green cardstock and one old piece of Echo Park paper.
The cute little socks in the package, there are four pairs of socks in there :).
And the little pieces colored, cut and embossed to make the image.

Well hope you like my little gift, Leon was really excited to give it to his teacher, in fact, Amy who has had the same teacher for the past two years really wanted to give it together :).

Have a great day everybody!!!


vrijdag 30 mei 2014

Wee stamps Daphne

Hello everybody!

First I want to thank you all for your sweet comments both here and on my Facebook page, I loved reading them all and it's so good to be crafting again. I'm back with another project, I decided to do a card for a change LOL. When I first saw Daphne, one of the latest images released by Wee Stamps I knew I wanted to color her with lots of colors because she reminded me of spring. I colored her with Basic Grey Picadilly papers as inspiration but then when it came to putting together the card I had a hard time because this bright and colorful really isn't in my comfort zone. So for me this card is finished... but it needs some getting used to.

A close up of adorable Daphne as always colored with my Copic Markers and completely 3D paper pieced for extra dimension.

And a picture of the little pieces I used.

The Copic colors that I've used are:
Skin: E11, E00, E000, E0000
Hair: YR23, E44, E42, E40
Main color dress: E40, W0, W00, CB
Blue: B93, B91, B0000
Yellow: Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11
Orange: YR09, YR07, YR04
Pink: RV55, RV52, RV0000
Green: YG17, YG13, YG11

I'll leave you with a list of the materials that I used:

Image: Daphne by Wee Stamps, available as a digi stamp (Wee Stamps) or a rubber stamp (Whimsy Stamps)
Sentiment: Birthday Letter Seals (Whimsy Stamps)
Design Paper: Basic Grey Picadilly 6x6 paper pad (older collection)
Dies: Double Scallop Doily Die (Whimsy Stamps), Spellbinders Foliage
Other: Frantage, stickles, Corners and Butterflies by Dutch Doobadoo, Round 15mm sparkly button from The Ribbon Girl and rhinestones and seam binding from stash
Flowers are all by Wild Orchid Crafts, I've used:
Pink Trellis Roses 35mm
Pink Cosmos Daisy
Yellow Cherry Blossom
Golden Yellow Open Roses 15mm
Orange Open Roses 15mm
Orange Open Roses 25mm
Pink Carnation (the pink ones aren't in the store right now)

Hope you like, have a colorful day everybody!