dinsdag 21 juli 2015

In my garden

Although our garden is small, sometimes very special things can be seen here.
As last sunday..... I saw a very, for me, strange creature. Of course I ran to get my camera. And this is what I saw.

I was wondering: Is it a hummingbird or an insect? A butterfly? After some research on internet I found it is a "Kolibrie-vlinder". A hummingbirdbutterfly. In spring it comes to the Netherlands from the south of Europe. And in late summer it goes back.
Is that wonderful,or what?!
You can read more about it here:
I never saw such a creature here before, and I loved this experience.
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woensdag 15 juli 2015

Inspired by.....paper napkins

Inspiration can come from everywere. My inspiration for this card came from paper napkins. I love the fishes on it. They are great to use when we eat fish. But last week I thought of the Hero Arts stampset, CL372 Oceans of Joy, with fishes I have and decided to stamp and color them as the fishes on the napkins.

After coloring the fishes with copic markers, I cut them by hand and added them on the card, and on some of them I used doublesided tape to raise them a little, as you can see here.

For the design I used sketch #131 on the "CAS(E) this sketch challenge blog".

I am going to insert it in the challenge, wich you can find here:
Hope you enjoyed your visit here!

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zondag 12 juli 2015

100% Stamped

This months theme at Virginia's Vieuw Challenge Blog is: "100% Stamped".
The card I made for the challenge IS 100% stamped!

The stamps I used are all Hero Arts stamps. The stampset used is: CL401 "Speckled Ornaments". I used one of the smaller stamps in this set to create a background by stamping it in rows with different Hero Arts Midtone Shadow Inks. Than stamped the biggest stamp in the set with Versamark on vellum and heat embossed it with silver embossingpowder by WOW. The little stripes at the left are stamped with C3117 "Crayon Stix". This stamp goes very well with the stampset.

And finally the sentiment. Here in a close up you see it's stamped on vellum too, and heat embossed with silver embossingpowder. This sentiment is from a stampset CL267 "Card Messages".

Thank you for visiting! Thats much appreciated!

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dinsdag 30 juni 2015

Tic Tac Toe

On this last day of June, I want to share a card I made today for Hero Arts "Tic Tac Toe" Challenge.

The fun idea of this challenge is that you can pick three words in a row and use them to make a card. I already made a card with the bottom words, earlier this month, wich you can see here.

The possibilities are endless, but only today I got some inspiration to make a card with another row of the Tic Tac Toe scheme.
This time I have chosen the left row: Circles, Background stamp, Watercolor.
And this is the card I came up with.

First I stamped the Circle background stamp, K5788 "Paint Print", with Versamark Ink, on watercolor paper. Next I embossed it with Opaque White of "Wow" embossingpowders.
Than colored it with Distress Inks and yes, I held it under the streaming water in the sink! After that I came back with my Distress Markers and added some extra color. Dried it with my heat tool.

Next I stamped the sentiment circle of the CL 698 "Not Perfect"stamp set, with Versamark and embossed it and added color on it. Added some flags and gemstones and Enamel dots.

Actually I took the colors of these Enamel dots as my starting point, how fun is that?!
Thank you for visiting. Hope you liked it!

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dinsdag 16 juni 2015


The card showed here is made for Virginia's Vieuw Challenge: "Ombre".
For the background I used a stencil by Prima and Donna Downey Studio's.
I used embossingpaste and colored it bit by bit with Aleene's premium-Coat Acrylique in Terra Cotta.

The sentiment is embossed in gold and is Hero Arts.

And the sequins are also Hero Arts.

My daughter said she liked the card. So I gave it to her. Could there be a better destination?! She is so special for me!
Thank you for visiting!

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donderdag 11 juni 2015


As you can see I have a new blog header. The foto you see is made by me while visiting a craftstore in Rotterdam. The name of the craftstore is Pipoos and is welknown in the Netherlands. You can buy paper as you can see, but also embellishments, beads, stuff for baking a cake or quilting. Of course I asked for permission first! The lady in the store was very friendly and gave me permission to make a photo. I can't go by that store without visiting :)

And now to my card. The card you see here is for my nephew. He has his graduation tomorrow, and I can't go and visit, as I would do if they lived here. They are living in California, and although I would love to go there, it isn't possible right now. So, the best I could do is make him a card, to take part in the Celebration.

In the background a cityscape by Hero Arts. It could be San Francisco isn't it?You see, there's a lot to celebrate out there! The letters of the word "Congrats" and the word "Celebrate" are cut with my Cricut.

And finally I would mention I am going to share it in the CASology Challenge for this week : " Graduation". I don't know if it is Clean enough, but it was Simple to make, thats for sure! And besides that: I had a lot of fun making it. Hope you find a little fun while visiting here!

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donderdag 4 juni 2015

Liquid Masking

This was the theme for day 3 of the Online Card Class.
Now, I don't have a liquid masking in my stash...Have heard about it before, but never saw it or felt the urge to buy it. Until now I have seen what you can achieve with it! BUT... It didn't stop me there. After I saw the beautiful card Shari Carroll made with liquid masking, I had to try it myself. Instead of a liquid masking product I used regular masking note-it paper. By doing so, I got a similar result wich can be seen here.

I used two Hero Arts butterflies( AC030),covered them with note-it paper. Than stamped the "Scratches" background stamp ( IO CC044 C-A-C ) on it with HA Shadow Ink in pool. And over this I added Peeled Paint Distress Ink on a Dutch Doobadoo stencil ( Bubbles). The greeting is from HA CL272.
Thanks to Shari for her design, her lessons and tips!

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