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!


zaterdag 17 mei 2014

Gift box with Wee Stamps Maya

Hello everybody!!!

First to all of you still following me.... thank you SO much for your patience! My last post with a project was way back in August of 2013 and I was convinced that the number of followers to my blog would have been gone to about zero by now but there are still so many of you left! Since the last project that I showed here I haven't crafted at all. Without going in to much detail, somebody very close to my heart was diagnosed with cancer last year and that brought about a negative spiral for me. Crafting had been such a big part of my life and all of a sudden it didn't make sense to spend so much time on making a box or a card. I couldn't find the relaxation or the comfort I normally would feel in working on a project, it just felt pointless. I got some health issues of my own as well. On my birthday last year, November 15th, I visited my doctor and was shocked to see I was at my heaviest ever (except for pregnancies). I decided that things would have to change. I started working out and running and today I'm proud to say I lost 16 kg's and much of my health issues have improved but much more important, I'm delighted to say that the person who was diagnosed with cancer got the news a few weeks back that the cancer is gone! I finally had the desire to craft again. I have received a lot of very sweet messages during the time that I wasn't crafting, I did read them all but didn't reply to all of them and if I haven't replied to your message I want to thank you for sending it. It did mean a lot to read that people missed my work or were worried about me but I didn't always have the energy or words to reply.

Anyway... I'm back with my first project. I'm not going to be active in design teams for the time being (and don't know if I will again) but I do want to spend time crafting again because making this project was a pleasure to do after such a long time. I decided to work with the last gorgeous image created by my incredible friend Sylvia Zet of Wee Stamps. Sylvia has been incredible through my not crafting period. We have had long talks about things that didn't have anything to do with crafting. She didn't once ask me when I was going to create again but kept sending me her gorgeous digi's when they were finished. In fact when I told her I was crafting again she asked me if I was sure I wanted to do that because she rather had me healthy and happy then crafting. Just to Sylvia, thank you so much for being my friend!! This project was made with all the love I had for doing it before and I hope it doesn't disappoint!

Don't you just adore little Maya? She's available as a digital image right now in Sylvia's digi store HERE and she's available as a rubber stamp at Whimsy Stamps HERE. I didn't purchase anything crafty during my period "away" until I found the new solid paper pads from Lili of the Valley in my e-mail a few weeks back. The paper used on this box is from both the solid and the "normal" Always and Forever Paper Pads.

A close up of gorgeous Maya, colored with my Copics markers that didn't fail me after such a long period of no use!
A close up of the gorgeous embellishments that I used. I received these gorgeous materials from both Wild Orchid Crafts and The Ribbon Girl when I was still crafting, I let both companies down with just stopping like I did but finally got to use them (again). I want to thank both companies for their amazing understanding in my period of not crafting! You'll find a list with the gorgeous products with links below.
And another close up, don't you love the gorgeous frantage? I used Shabby Pink embossing Enamel and golden glitter from one of the kits.
A side view of the box, I decorated the edges of the box with the gorgeous Margaret Guipure Lace that I received from The Ribbon Girl. I've attached it with very thin strips of Scor-Tape.
The inside of the box also decorated with the gorgeous paper from the both the solid and the "normal" paper pads of Lili of the Valley's Always and Forever.
And a picture of the little pieces. The face has already been attached to the hair layer in this picture.

Materials used:
Image: Maya by Wee Stamps, available as digital images and rubber stamp
Paper: Lili of the Valley Always and Forever solid and "normal"
Trellis Roses 35mm from Wild Orchid Crafts, white Open Roses in sizes 25mm, 20mm and 10mm from Wild Orchid Crafts, white Cherry Blossoms from Wild Orchid Crafts, white Cosmos Daisies from Wild Orchid Crafts and white Sweetheart Blossom Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Beaded Twirl White from The Ribbon Girl, Diamante 13mm Round Spacers from The Ribbon Girl, 8mm white Flatback Pearls (glued in the spacers) from The Ribbon Girl, white Flower Guipure Lace from The Ribbon Girl, 3mm white adhesive Flatback Pearls from The Ribbon Girl and 5mm Ivory adhesive Flatback Pearl from the Ribbon Girl.

I'm sorry to say I haven't taken down the Copic numbers I've used. I was just so glad they all still worked perfectly after such a long time of not having been used and was just so enjoying coloring again.

And that's IT! I hope you like my project and I want to thank you all again for your patience!

Have a great day!!!

dinsdag 17 september 2013

New fabulous release at Wee Stamps

Hi everybody,

Today Wee Stamps is releasing two gorgeous new images. No sample from me yet unfortunately, though I'm busy coloring the Rowan Fairy and enjoy it very much so who knows maybe in a few days. But we have been lucky to find five more brilliant Guest Designer to join us this month and they did an AMAZING job with both images. So I'd like to send you to the Wee Stamps blog for their fabulous samples. The images are on sale as digital image right now HERE and will be in the Whimsy Stamps store (or available through the Whimsy retailers) in the rubber version tomorrow.

Hope you like them as much as I do!!