woensdag 19 november 2014

More than one tree

It is already a month ago since I last posted a blog post. More than time for a new post. Today a story about trees.
I can tell you: I love trees!
Thats one of the reasons that I often go to our little forest.

You can see my bike against the fence. Behind it an anouncement about our canoe center. You can rent a canoe and go through our forest and meadows by canoe!

And now on to my card.
You probably can understand that when I saw a Hero Arts stamp with a tree, I had to buy it!

When I first inked it up, I was excited, but after I stamped it, I was not satified at all. To be more precise: I made 25 impressions before I felt a little satisfied. Half way in the proces, I stamped 4 trees in a row. I liked the second and the last tree, but not the first and the third in the row. I was in doubt.....But one of those days, when I went on my bike through my village, I even saw those trees along the way, even the first, in a very special late afternoon light! It felt as if I got a present!

The final step was to make a card with these trees in a row. Embellished it with some autumn leaves. Added a sentiment. Love the result! Hope you do! I decided to enter this card in the "Less is more" Challenge # 198 : "More than one tree".
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zaterdag 18 oktober 2014

Clean and Simple

If you are a card maker you probably know what it means: Clean and Simple. But if not, I have to explain a little. To say it very Simple: a card with a lot of unused withe space, and a very special eye catching element on it. There have to be less layers and less embellisments on it than you useually add.

I made a card for Virginia's Challenge. The Challenge is to make a Clean and Simple card. Here is my entry for the challenge.

There are only two stamps on this card. The star stamp is by " My Minds Eye" from the Laundry Line. And the sentiment is by "Studio G".
Now, is this simple or what?!

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zondag 12 oktober 2014

Autumn in our little forest "Loetbos".

On this sunny Sunday, I like to show you some photo's made in our little forest with the name : " Loetbos". This forest is planted along a little river.....ehm...more like a ditch kind of river :) with the name: "Loet".
Don't ask me what that means, I don't know. I like to go there by bike, and than make a walk, and get my bike again back home. There's always something beautiful to see, and besides that: I like to be outside in the fresh air. Here is what I came across last week.

What is he seeing?

Dark clouds....will I be back home before it is starting to rain again?

And what is that little thing with orange drops? A toadstool...but what about the drops?

A little beast on a toadstool...a much more on my legs and arms..... :(

A liitle spider here....on eeh...some potatoes... :)

This is only a few precious things I saw. Hope you liked it to be here for a moment!

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woensdag 8 oktober 2014

Paint Sample Cards

In one of my former blog posts I promised to show you more of the "Paint Sample Cards" I use for making my own cards.
Here are a few photo's of such cards.

They have delicious names.

Front side of a card.

This is the backside of the card.

And here the brand of the paint.
And finally a card I made with one of those Paint Sample Cards.

Is this fun?!

The stamps I used here are all by Hero Arts.

Hope you liked this blog post!
Thanks for visiting!

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woensdag 24 september 2014

Finished Project

In my blog post for the "Creative Blog Hop" I told you about the unfinished projects wich are always around in my house :)
Today I finished a card wich was under construction than.
And I like to show it here.

I am happy with the result.
There are some stamps on it by Hero Arts, and a background stamp by Impression Obsession. The little shell is from Artemio. And the little flowers are cut with my Cricut machine. The girl image is a sticker.
Hope you liked your visit.

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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!

Addition: I thought about the word "Paint chips". This, what I used isn't actually a chip or strip! So, I was wondering if I could name it a "Paint sample card".Is that a correct word?
Those cards are from a paint "Flexa". And I found it at "Karwei".
In a next post I will show a photo of these cards.
Maybe this information is helpfull.

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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:

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:

Feeling so thankfull for all my fellow stampers on Hero Arts flickr stream here:

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:

Greetings from the Netherlands.
Hugs Leni

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