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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10 opmerkingen:

  1. your post is just fantastic Leni - wonderful!!! and thank you so much for agreeing to do this blog hop after me!! and will forward to Tone's post!

  2. So nice to get to know you more Leni!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Nice to learn more about you, Leni, I think it's interesting that you make several at once and let them sit for awhile. I sometimes go back and change something but I rarely leave multiple projects in the middle. And it's getting to be fall here too, cool weather today!

  4. I really enjoyed getting to know more about you, Leni! Your 'Shabby Chic' card is so pretty and I love the fun card you created with your Cricut!
    So glad you were part of the hop!

  5. Loved getting to know more about you and your creative process Leni. It sounds like you live in a very pretty environment which has to inspire you too:-) hugs

  6. Leni - this was so fun to get to know you a bit better!!

  7. So nice to read about you...although I think I know you well :) you can do all styles, Leni! The shabby chic card is fabulous! Hope you are enjoying the fine weather these days! HUGS!

  8. Leni,. how wonderful to get to know more about you! I think your card is lovely, and I look forward to seeing what's next!

  9. Leni, I am happy to learn more about you.
    Enjoy the last beautiful days of summer !