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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Woodware party pigs, with video and Ali Express haul

I tried to find as many of the dies as I could, some are gone really quickly but others appear with many different sellers.

They disappear quickly, I put an item in my favorites one day and the next it's no longer available, so I'm sorry if any links aren't working anymore.


The other items are two stampsets from Woodware: succulents and party pigs.
I picked them from a catalog my craftstore gave me....dangerous stuff...there was no size, but the price was the same as the Woodware flowers, so I ordered them and found that there's one too many pigs to fit on a standard card size.
So I started by scoring and folding a full size sheet in half, then measured it to the envelope and stamp and it turned out almost 9 inches long! 22.5cm and 10,5cm tall.

I also had a little panic attack as I was worried it wouldn't fit in my Stampers friend tool, but it did, phew...
I used Simon Says Stamp intense black and as it was a new stamp I had to stamp it three or four times. I heat set the ink after that as there were many layers of ink,but it still smudged a bit. It tends to do that more with particular colors, like CR3 that I used and yellow, remember my teeny bikini coloring?

I left the smudges in, I can see them, but any recipient, won't look that closely, I'm sure or I'll say "hey they're pigs, it's mud ;-) "....lol
I used Spectrum Noir markers and Nuvo Shimmer pen (clear gloss) in the glasses/shades.
The sentiment is from the same set.
I didn't ground the pigs with any color as I felt they're jumping in the air with joy, exp the tilted one.

Squirrel, fox and raccoon set

Cartoony Batman

Spiderman head

Penguin set is no longer available from this seller

Cartoony helicopter 

Pick up pencils


Sunday, August 20, 2017

AAA Cards Challenge #97: masking, with video

The AAA cards Challenge #97 this fortnight is : masking.

Our sponsor this week is:Stamplorations - $15 gift certificate the winner + $5 gift certificates each to 2 randomly drawn participants + 10% coupon offer for players.


I don't have a striped stencil, if you do, please feel free to use that. Instead I made my own masking with Inkadinkado masking paper and I cut 1 cm strips.


I measured and marked 1cm stripes on the card base with a pencil.

I then put on all the masking paper bits.
If you have finger daubers, you probably don't need to mask off as much as I had to with my mini ink blending tools.
I also messed up the first card, see video if you want to know how ;-)


I used Distress inks for my ombre rainbow. The ombre starts on the left hand side and I wanted the colors to fade into the white.
I use: candied apple, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, twisted citron, mermaid lagoon, chipped sapphire and wilted violet.

After all the ink blending I peeled of the masking paper and erased the pencil lines.


For the sentiment I used a Simon Says Stamp set called You matter and used two bits to make "happy birthday to you". I used Versafine onyx black ink for this. Heat set it.


Then I pulled out some homemade enamel dots and also homemade glue dots and stuck them to the card.


For more information or to play along with the AAA cards Challenge, see this



Saturday, August 19, 2017

Masculine card



The Male room challenge this time is: drinks.

For my card I Stamped the beer mug from Simon Says Stamp (adult beverages) with Simon Says Stamp hybrid black ink on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and I colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers.


Then I used a Versamark pen to add "foam" to the beer by using Wow! Diamond white embossing powder.


The sentiment is from Riley & company (RWD 551) and I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink.


Mounted the colored panel on a cardbase with tape runner


For more information on the Male room challenge, see this


I'm also adding it to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, that is bling and I thought my glittery foamt would be enough bling bling ;-)



Perfect Holiday...

...is the theme over at Less is More this week. 
I don't go on holidays, I rather buy craft supplies ;-)
No well actually I have cats and a vegetable plot, and those are my responsibility so I stay home.
I went to visit my dad for two days and man I missed my furries ;-)...

Anyway December 18th is my birthday and that's just a week from Christmas. I try to combine the both and go all out on Christmas, for me that's the perfect holiday.

So for my card I inkblended Memento inks (lulu lavender and summer sky) through a mask I made with a circle die.
I then stamped the Merry Christmas strip
along the "horizon" with Versafine onyx black ink. The stamp is from Studio Light (stampsL154).
The Polar bear is from My Favorite Things (polar bear pals) and I stamped him with MFT hybrid black ink, colored him with Spectrum Noir markers and then let the Scan N cut cut him out. Mounted him with foam tape.

For more information on the Les sis More Challenge, see this

MFT camp create 2017 series 2

I combined three of the camp create challenges into one card.
Magnificent masking
monochromatic magic
awesome ombre.

Now I did diecut the dragon, made my own background as well, but not sure they would qualify for those, so I'll be making a few more cards ;-)...

I started by stamping my dragon from MFT (magical dragons) with the hybrid black ink and colored him with my Spectrum Noir markers. Cut him out. I think it's a him ;-)

I masked off the background to expose only a circle and I inkblended Memento inks in an ombre fashion (lulu lavender, sweet plum
and elderberry), then I splattered on some water and spritzed the panel with Shimmer spritz (sparkle), lifted the mask and let it dry.
I like how Memento dew drops blend and they also react to water!

Then I stamped the sentiment from the same set with Versafine onyx black ink.
Mounted the dragon with foamtape in front of his "planet". You know he's camouflaged perfectly ;-)

For more information or to play along the MFT camp create challenges, see this


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thank you

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: add a sentiment, with Impression Obsession products.
For my card I used the Impression Obsession cling stamp E20163 "thank you".
I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink on the cardbase.
For the leaves I used a generic die set. I watercolored a panel of Schut classic wc paper with Talens Ecoline in all sorts of browns, reds, yellows and oranges...you know autumn colors, as I thought this could be a nice Thanksgiving card.

I let the wc panel dry overnight and then diecut it and also I punched a few circles with a handheld puncher, mounted those onto gluedots and used the Nuvo shimmer pen (clear gloss) on top then added Glossy
accents to  make matching "enamel" dots, let those dry.
I spritzed the leaves with Shimmer spritz (sparkle) and heat set it.
Mounted the two maple leaves with tape runner and the oak leaf with foamtape on top.
Sprayed it with fixative.

For more information or to play along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this


water coloring on acetate, with video


I cut a strip of acetate, not a very sturdy one, I would suggest a thicker one, but hey...I scribbled on different colors or marker and then spritzed it with alcohol, so the colors would move and mingle and create a watercolor effect. Heat set it a bit and then let it air dry.

So I cut the front of the card base to accommodate the "window"and then cut the same for the inside, but from thinner card. This way you won't see any  red sticky tape and or how it was assembled.


For the sentiment I used Simon Says Stamps painted thanks die. I cut it from black card with Stick it on the back so it becomes a sticker and applied it above the "window".



This time I used a thicker acetate, we call it mica, but that wasn't as heat resistant as the "floppy"one, which I believe is overhead projector film, it was given to me, but as those machines tend to heat up I thinkit's made more heat proof.
Shame, as my panel warped, but I will weight it down under some books and see if it straightens....I'm thinking no, but we'll see.
It all adds to the handmade feel ;-) haha.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mini Milka or After 8 mints treat envelopes, with video

I made the black ones for a Simon Says Stamp Challenge a few weeks ago. People liked them so much, I thought I'd show you how I make them.

You need the WRMK punchboard, or the SU one, and 4"x4" pieces of card. If you use a 12x12" paper you'll get 9 out of the one sheet, with no left overs.
Once you've cut your pieces align in the envelope punchboard at the 2"mark, punch and score and repeat for the other sides.
I glued mine with gluedots, but you can use any glue you like, hot glue, liquid glue and or tape, just make sure it's strong enough.

I like to score the flaps, then put the treat inside and glue it shut. The treats are very snug in there, and it's a bit easier, but you don't have to.

Decorate your little treat with ribbon, flowers, diecuts, twine, whatever you fancy.

Might be cool for Halloween to hand out at the door.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Vehicles...

Vehicles is the theme over at Less is More this week, also ONE layer! 
I used a digital image from Lili of the Valley (under the bonnet) and I sized it in Photoshop, where I also added the sentiment.
Printed it on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and cut and folded it. It didn;t centre properly. so this card is actually narrower than usual at 10cm instead of 10,5cm, no biggie.
I colored the image with my Spectrum Noir markers.
And as they seep through I added a bit of card on the inside to mask that.
I thought to add some shimmer pen to the headlights, but didn't as I see this as a masculine card and, well, they might not take well to glitter haha.

For more information on the Less is More challenge, or to play along, see this

Happy Summer with Teeny Bikini

For today's card I used some left over colored diecuts from previous videos and the C.C designs Teeny bikini for the girl, starfish and shell and the sand details.

For the scene I used a palmtree border die I got it from Aliexpress, is also comes with the wave and dune I believe. Or I used the dunes from another set, also Aliexpress.
The sun is from Lawn Fawn (spring showers).
The seagull is from My Favorite things, the dolphin I think is Marianne design, the turtle too I think, I can;t be sure as I had those sets on loan from the craftstore to make them some examples.
I made a stencil with the lawn fawn stiched cloud borders and sun. There's three cloud borders in the set, so I left the fourth side of
the card straight, for horzons p.e.
I've inkblended Mermaid Lagoon from Distress inks on the cardbase and the wave diecut, Antique linen for the sand. Lucky clover for the palm tree leafs and the trunk is gathered twigs.
The clouds are tumbled glass Distress inks.
To stamp the sand detail I used Memento desert sand.
then I splattered on some water as it's Distress inks and I can't resist ;-) Also makes the diecuts less flat looking.

I assembled everything with glue and one two or three layers of foamtape.
The frame was made with a rounded rectangle,  and the sentiment is from the C.C. designs set and I used Versamark and the Be creative stampers friend tool.
Tucked in the critters and the girl supporting  then with foamtape if needed.
Nuvo shimmer pen (clear gloss) on various lements, for some glorious shimmer.



Saturday, August 12, 2017

You are all kinds of wonderful....

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is: for a Child, showcasing Neat and Tangled products.

I thought to slip in a few Neat and tangled sequins I have, but they were too big compared to the little heart breeze (from SSS).
So Sorry no Neat and Tangled this time.

I did use the Heart breeze die on a panel, kinda traced it's placement onto the cardbase. I swiped Distress inks in a rainbow order on the cardbase for the vibrant look and feel (candied apple, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, twisted citron, mermaid lagoon, wilted violet and picked raspberry).

The sentiment is from Paper Smooches (fun and flirty) and I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink.


The Fairy is from My Favorite Things (fairy happy) and I colored her with my Spectrum Noir markers. I used SSS intense black ink to stamp her on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and let the Scan n Cut do it's magic cutting it out.


I was thinking the heart breeze might look like a trail of fairy dust she leaves as she  flutters by....

Adhered the panel with taperunner to the cardbase and I also used taperunner to adhere the little mermaid.

I don't have kids, but I thought this little encouraging card would be cool for a birthday or even a little note on a low day, lunchbox maybe? Well I don't know, but I hope they'd like it.


For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Oldie but goodie #13: art Impressions and Decotime Markers, with video

For this oldie but goodie card I used the Art Impressions stamp from the Whoots! series (Umm4120) and I stamped it on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink.
I diecut the panel with a rounded square die with stitched detail.
I colored the image with the cheapest alcohol markers I've ever encountered: Decotime, they work out at 33 euro cents each! And frankly they work a treat, so I pulled them out again to show you, you don't always need to get the most expensive tools.
They're hard tof ind though, always sold out, and that's not a surprise. I got mine at Action and lately all they seem to stock is the pink and red ones.
I would suggest trying some from Aliexpress, there are great reviews on Youtube about them, there's different kinds and I had good luck with the fake zig ones, honestly.
The only drawback to these markers is that there's not a big range of colors, but you can mix and match them with your own markers, maybe to fill up your collection quickly and cheaply.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and I wanted it to look like a banner hangign from the branch. In the Birthday balloons set there's a curved one and I thought that was perfect, I stamped it with Versafine Onyx black ink.

I notched the cardbase so I would add some embroidery thread in the same colors as the party hat. The notches keep the tread in place.
Mounted the panel with foamtape.



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Rainbow thanks

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, is celebrating their 7th anniversary, 7th! I feel we just did the 6th, but hey, time flies when you craft lol....

They want us to showcase their own Simon Says Stamp brand and I used the thanks on a line.


I used this to say thank you to SSS for their wonderful webshop and blog and challenges and Youtubes...so thank you!

I put Stick it behind some black card and diecut it.
Then I made a rainbow with Talens Ecoline ( a fluid watercolor that SSS now carries), for this I used the classic Schut watercolor paper, too rough for stamping, but super for this kind of thing.

I attached the diecut and them mounted the watercolor paper with foam tape.
As my wc panels are always narrower I used washi tape on the side. I thought B&W would be a nice contrast to the rainbow.
Then I mounted the panel on top and added a few (homemade) enamel dots with (homemade) gluedots.

For more information on the SImon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, or toplay along, see this