Wednesday, February 29, 2012


A very quick and easy card today. Take a punch, punch some hearts. Distress a square with antique linen. Stamp some lines with WMS Off Beat and stamp a small heart with 'van harte' (dat is in Dutch 'hearts' and in we use it also to say: congratulations). Adhere the hearts with foam tape. Adhere some design paper on kraft. Tie a ribbon and put the hearts on top! Finished! 

Thanks for hopping by!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Happy home!

My brother in law and his wife have moved into a new house. As I don't have an appropriate stamp set for this occasion, I made one myself. I've combined two sentiments of WMS Tiny Trees and made: happy home! The papers are again from BG Picadilly! The other stamps from Maya Road and Eline Pellinkhof. I have bought the flower die on our local market. I die cut the flower three times to get more volume in it.

The next card was an attempt to join the Lift Challenge. But I'm not a big star with sketches... I made a little draft on a small paper and went into my 'atelier'. After finishing the card I saw that I didn't use the sketch well. But no problem. It is a nice card to send to someone, isn't it? Papers are from Jillibean, butterfly die from Joy!

Many of you commented on my use of combinations of heavy printed paper. I was thinking of the reason why I like to use the papers in this way. Maybe it has something to do with my quilter's background. I am a quilter for more than 10 years (started at the age of 19 after being motivated by my mother). I really like to make combinations with fabrics and colors. Many 'rules' helps a quilter to make the good mix. It has to do with dark-light colors, kind of prints etc. In fact with scrappaper it works the same. So, if you like to know more about this, I recommend you to borrow a quilt book for beginners and it will definitely help you to make nice combinations!

Thanks for coming by! Really appreciate it!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Spoedig herstel!

I still have some papers of Basic Grey's Lemonade. Perfect for a 'get well' card. I punched some flowers and stamped the stems with a PTI stamp. A bow of seam binding and a little heart near the sentiment. Perfect card to cheer up someone!

Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More picadilly

Today two more cards with Basic Grey - Picadilly. The first is a 'party' card. The banner is made with a Spellbinders' die. The embossing folders is borrowed from a friend. And in this card it is a very good addition!


The second card is again a 'get well soon' card. The flowers are stamped an punched out. The background is distressed with old paper. Almost illegible, but on the leaves your can read: with love (in Dutch). I made this card 11.45 pm (yes, I know, a bit crazy, but it was calling me for a kind of lullaby LOL ).

The problem with the pictures has been solved. I found the solution on a forum for bloggers. It wasn't that difficult. It has to do with the HTML code. The result is much better now! If you have troubles with blurry picutres, just leave me a comment and I'll try to help you!

It was nice meeting you here!

Monday, February 20, 2012


As I promised you I'd like to show you some cards I made with Basic Grey - Picadilly. And I'm sure it won't be the last post with this paperline. I'm totally in love with it! It gives me a real feeling of spring. And with the sun shining here today, it makes me happy!!

First card is a birthday card. I used for the sentiment a banner die from spellbinders. Love the font of an old typemachine! The sketch is an oldie. I used it for so many times. But I need more stock of cards for selling. And this sketch is quick and easy and a favorite to the buyers. Some ribbon and twine must be added (that's me!) and the buttons to finish the card.

I hear you sighing: not again these birds.... I'm sorry, love working with this stamp... And again a quick way of making a card. The Dutch sentiment means 'get well' 

I promise you this week I'll post also some more cards without this sketch!!

I'm still not satisfied with the quality of the pictures in blogspot. Today I made this pictures in a higher resolution (jpeg/ fine) but it is still a bit blurry after posting. It looks like blogspot resizes the pictures to a very small resolution. I've looked for tricks, but can't find a solution. Do you have any suggestion?

Add: Just found out how to change the quality of pictures in blogspot! Tell you tomorrow!

Enjoy your day and hope to see you here again! 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge #84

At the very last moment I decided to join the WMS Sketch Challenge! And of course I had to use the new papers I bought last Wednesday (Picadilly by Basic Grey). It isn't the first card I made with Picadilly, that one I still owe you. It will come later, when the light is better. For this picture I was actually a bit to late to photograph it.

I used the sentiment from Teeny Trees and the dollar sign from Rescue Remedies. I add Some buttons, ribbon, twine and the MFT notebook die. The digital image is available at the etsy shop from 'made by Janet' .

It was again a pleasure to join the Challenge! Thanks for the sketch!
Have a nice weekend! And thanks for coming by!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hot air balloons!

Yesterday I had my last day at school before the Spring holiday! I'm so happy!! I'm really looking forward to having a week off. To celebrate it I visited a craft store yesterday. Of course a wrong place to be... LOL! I bought some papers  from Basic Grey - Picadilly. I had not seen the papers before, but they were definitely screaming at me: 'buy us, buy us, you will like us'. And yes, I do. This morning before my sewing lesson I made the first card. And the result is stunning (okay, that's my opinion of course). I will show you the first results soon! I bought also the nested pennant set from Spellbinders. Easy for making banners, but also for stamping sentiments on it. And I really wanted a heart punch. It was sold in combination with a compatible stamp set with nice Dutch sentiments.
So, you know for sure what  I will do in the coming days.... Come back soon to see more!

For today a card which I made last week. These papertrey stampset + die 'Up, up and away' make a perfect match with October Afternoon! The notebook spiral die is from My favorite Things. For the background I used the Polka Dot I from PTI.

Thanks a lot for  you lovely comments on my previous posts! 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Get well soon!

With some leftovers from 'Eline's huis - roses are red' I've made this card. The sentiment is stamped on a label four which I cut in two parts. The embroidered rose is a real eye-catcher. Maybe it is not really visible on the picture, but I put a small lace border, to give the card a vintage feeling. And to finish the card some strass in the left upper corner. Hope you like it!

My mother asked me to make a card for her quilt friend. I used the same idea from the butterflies card from last week, but now I used buttons (Dies from Joy). She was happy with the result!

It was nice having you here! Hope to see you next time!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Thinking of you!

The stampset 'A little argyle' of PTI is one of my favorites.  For this card I used it to make a background with versamagic 'pink petunia' and memento 'lady bug'. These colors are also used for the flowers. It gives a 'pink' feeling, but by using a cream ribbon and a 'notebook' paper, it is balanced now. Usually I use scrappapers on every card. This one hasn't any patterned papers at all!

That's it for today. I'm going into my kitchen trying to prepare myself a lunch. I'll definitely manage ;)
Thanks for having you here!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Butterflies with love!

Butterflies are far away in these cold days, but lovely to work with. I made a card with a butterfly die, papers of Eline's Winterhuis - Happy and Bright and the stampset 'Cute as a button' (Maya Road).
I discover more and more possibilities with this paper line! And it makes my happy!

Thanks for your visit!

Friday, February 3, 2012

WMS Sketch challenge #82

The deadline is close to finish, but I'd like to squeeze in submitting this card to the WMS Sketch Challenge #82. It is such a lovely sketch. I adjust the sizes of the paper at the top, to give the flowers on the paper a bit more space.  I used WMS Text-it. It is perfect for this card. Papers are from 'Eline's Winterhuis' as well as the bird stamp. The sentiment is a PTI's set. The border is made with a Martha Stewart border punch. Some stitching, moss green seambinding, a button and twine and that's it!

And if you have visited my blog before you could have seen this sketch in an older post . Okay, maybe I'm not really original in this case, but I'm still in love with the combination of 'text it' and 'bird' LOL

The second card has the same top and is also stamped with text it in antique linen, the motif in red is a stamp from a set without a brand. The sentiment is a PTI one. The pink ribbon gives another atmosphere to this card. 

I'd like to wish you a happy weekend! In the south west of the Netherlands where I live snow has started to fall down since an hour or so. It is amazing to see how quickly a white blanket has been created on everything. Beautiful!