woensdag 26 augustus 2015

Summer Vacation

It's been a week already since we came back from our Summer Vacation destination: Kefalonia. I have to admit that I never heard of Kefalonia before, but when I was searching for a nice place to go to, I found out that Kefalonia is one of the many Greek Islands.
And off we went, by airplane of course, to what we came to know, is a special, beautiful place on earth.
I still cherish the memories, and go through my photo's again and again.
Here are some of them, just to share some beauty.

This is the house we stayed at, loved it! Surrounded by a beautiful garden and so much olive trees.

The port of Argostoli.

Catch of the day.

Two sea turtles.

A little church somewhere a long the way.

A beautiful door in Fiscardo.

A small street and a lot of souvenir stores.

I always like to see bougainville.

Jan and I enjoying an early cappuchino in Argostoli. Photo is made by Casper. We loved it to have him there too. He always makes us laugh.

Hope you like this little impression of Kefalonia.

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woensdag 5 augustus 2015

Perfect Summer

We have some lovely warm days here in the Netherlands. Good to share a lovely summer card with shells. This card went to Barcelona already. Do you know they have kilometers of beaches? I've never been there but hope I will one day. In the meantime I am enjoying our Dutch beaches :)

The shells are Hero Arts stamps from the "Antique Engravings" stamp set. The shells are heat embossed with gold embossing powder and colored with Distress Inks. And the background is made with a dutch stencil by Dutch Doobadoo, using embossing paste sprinkled with a pink glitter powder while wet...gives a bubbelicious effect. Fun!
Hope you like it too.
Thanks for visiting!

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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.
Thanks for visiting

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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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