woensdag 17 september 2014

Fiesta Latina

A quick post today, but with a fun card! Last month I found "Paint Chips" at one of our local home improvement stores. These paintchips come in a note card size and I found they had beautiful names on it. These names itself are an inspiration to make a fun card with it.



I made some lovely flowers with pattern paper, using my Cricut machine. The flowers are great with the title "Fiesta Latina" and with the "Happy birthday" sentiment. Flowers are always festive isn't it?!

I am going to insert this card in Virginia's Vieuw Challenge. Her challenge is to make a card with pattern paper.

Hope you like it!

If you like to read my Blog Post for "The creative blog hop", please scroll down. Your visit is much appreciated!


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maandag 15 september 2014

"The Creative Blog Hop"

Today I participate in "The Creative Blog Hop". A while ago I was asked by Betty Keefe to follow her up in this blog hop, and I felt very honored about it!
Probably you came from her blog:
http://createdbybjk.blogspot.nl/

When you are in the blog hop you have to answer some questions about your work as a stamper. Before I do so, I like to tell something about myself, for those who never "met" me before.

My name is Leni den Oudsten. I live in Lekkerkerk, a village surrounded by meadows. I have a very supportive husband, Jan, and two children: Jessica, 19, studying at Erasmus Univerity in Rotterdam. And Casper, still in High School, HAVO, in Schoonhoven. Me, I am at home at the moment, but that can change quickly because I am a supply teacher.

Since I was a child I am crafting, sewing,knitting. About ten years ago, while visiting Amstrdam, I saw stamps at Posthumus Stampstore, and immediately I was "sold". You know, I always had a desire to be able to draw, make paintings, make "art", but I don't have that talent. So, stamps are just fine for me!

Now on to the questions:

1. What am I working on now?

Last week I was working on a card in the so cald "Shabby Chic style". I am not good at it, but I like it so much, that I challenged myself to make some of those cards, and as an inspiration I used a bought card.


The card I made is this one.



You can see I followed my inspiration closely :)

2. How does my work differ from others?

My work doesn't much differ from others. I am more a trend- follower. I look around on blogs of other stampers, and stamp companies, and by doing so I learn a lot about technique's. As I look back on my flickr stream I can see I have my own style, but I can hardly give it a name. I like to make cards with a soft but happy look!

And I like to use my Cricut machine to make shapes, wich I love to combine with stamped items or stamped backgrounds.



3. Why do I create what I do?

I think, just as I told before, that I like to express a kind of "art". Get a bit of satisfaction, by creating something and than probably make someone else happy with it!

4. How does my creative process work?

I am always working on several different projects at the same time......I start with something, let it rest, walk around it, start something else, try this, try that and finally, at the end of a week maybe, I finish a card or two cards.
As you can see here, there are some unfinished projects waiting.....





At last I want to show you what I am planning to be my next stamping project.


We have some beautiful summer days here in the Netherlands, but you can feel autumn is on its way, so I thought to get slowly into autumn mode, stamping these flowers would get me there.

I searched around and asked a lot of people to follow me up in the hop, but couldn't find someone. :( So, the best I can do is give a link to Hero Arts Blog, were I come so often and were I learned so much:
http://heroarts.com/blogs/club/

Feeling so thankfull for all my fellow stampers on Hero Arts flickr stream here:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/heroarts/

Hope you liked your visit here! Hope you will come back sometime.
I thank you for reading this post!

Just as I closed my post I came to know that Tone will follow me up next week!!!
I am so very very happy about it!
She is a Norwegian girl, living in the Netherlands.
Can you imagine! I feel so honored she will follow me up!
You can find her blog here:
http://smalltcreations.blogspot.com/2014/08/graphic-ombre-birthday-cards.html


Greetings from the Netherlands.
Hugs Leni

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zaterdag 13 september 2014

John Steele

Have you ever heard of John Steele? I didn't until a month ago. We decided to go to Normandy- France for a week as our summer vacation. The name of the village where we rented our summer vacation house, was Quineville. That village was just next to another village with the name : Sainte-Maire-Eglise.
At the end of World War 2 American paratroopers jumped out of plaines to fight for freedom of Europe.
John Steele was one of them. He had the bad luck to came out just on the steeple of the church. He stayed a long while hanging there, finally got captured by German soldiers, but lucky John was able to escape.
I am still impressed by this story, and by the fact that he made four !!! Combat jumps: In Sicily, in Italy, in Normandy, and in Holland. He fought in Belgium, and in Germany.
What do you think of that!!!!
Here is a photo I took in Sainte-Maire-Eglise, were they keep the memory on John Steele alive.


Take a close look at the steeple....
It was good to be there and learn more about how things went in June 1944. That made me extremely thankfull for the man who gave their lives to free Europe!
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zaterdag 16 augustus 2014

Shape cards

Mostly we, cardmakers, make rectangle or square cards. But this month we are challenged by Virginia to make a shape card. The first card I made was a Bee Hive. Cut with my Cricut. With the cartridge"Walk in my Garden". And than embellished with stamps from a stampset by Hero Arts. "Be Happy" CL377


After this was finished! I couldn't stop and made another shape card: A birdshouse. Seems to me it is spring there according the branch and the flowers.


For this card I cut a house with my Cricut, using the "Don Juan" cartridge. The house is stamped with a wood stamp by Hero Arts and Basic Grey. The birdie, flowers and the branch are also cut with the Cricut, using the "Straight from the Nest" cartridge. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts stampset "Sending Smiles Messages" CL 490. The oval is by "Scrapdelight". Thats a dutch scrapbook store in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands.
Hope you liked your visit!

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dinsdag 12 augustus 2014

Thinking of you always

I like to share a card I originally made for the Hero Arts Challenge: "One layer cards". But I ran out of time. So, I am much too late to insert it in the Challenge, wich ended at the 10th of August.
But, I like to share it anyway. And that because of the fact I had so much fun making it.


Used for this Hero Arts stamps, and Colorbox Inks.
Thanks for visiting!
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zondag 10 augustus 2014

Live for the moment

This card is made for the Hero Arts Challenge: "One layer cards".
It seems to be easy: making a one layer card. You don't need pattern paper, embellishments, ribbon and so on. But it isn't. You have to know how your ink reacts on this particular paper, wich ink is suitable to make a background, and wich ink you use for the stamps you would like as a focal point. The placement of your stamps is also important. And finally you get a result wich is what you wanted, what you like OR something totally different from what you had in mind :)


When I started this card, I had a card (a bought one) as inspiration. But while going on we discovered that it had a different look and a different feel. And that was OK! And while going on we found already a destination for this card, just by looking through my stamps.
Finally I want to say it is not a perfect card, but it was very rewarding and satisfying to make.
Hope you liked your visit!

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zaterdag 2 augustus 2014

Yummy!

We just finished dinner after a very warm day, so you can probably understand that we choose ice cream for desert!
Here is a fun card with some different flavours of ice cream.


The cone is filled with three different favours. I've seen this idea on the blog of Jennifer Mcquire, but our family bought it this way a lot of times. Yummy!
The cone and the ice cream is from a stampset by Clearly Besotted, and the stencil used in the background is from a dutch company and it has the name Dutch Dubadoo.

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