Saturday, June 23, 2012

Challenge Judith/Gerdine #3

Okay, just one more card!! The challenge Judith/Gerdine hasn't been finished. Our third card wasn't shown yet. So we decided to post this one today, although I announced my summer break yesterday! After the summer break another challenge will come and  then I'm the one who may choose the papers!

The challenge Judith gave me was about papers with big patterns on it. Most were flowers. For this third round we have chosen een difficult one with colours which were difficult for me. Not really my colours. Looking at the paper I saw that the flowers were perfect for cutting out. And I wanted to use the papers for a border at the left side to show you what kind of colors the background has. My sketch was designed quickly in my mind and as some of you know purple isn't really my colour I challenged myself to use that one. I stamped a background with WMS Off Beat in purple and the sentiment tag as well. The white spot is distressed with antique linen and I stamped a background with WMS text it (maybe hard to see). I found a nice piece of lace in my stash which matches perfect. On the flowers two small buttons sent by Judith together with the papers.

I saw many nice cards with acryl paint the last time. And I had to give it a try. I painted the edges with acryl and well, the effect is quite okey.

So the card was finished, but I wasn't satisfied. The upper was too white, but didn't know how to fill that spot. I used gems and looked for a stamp, but no.. My desk is a mess with many small left overs from previous projects and my eye saw a small piece of paper from My mind's eye. Perfect colour matching with the greens in the patterned paper at the left side. And that was really the finishing touch!

Dear Judith, thank you for challenging me, in special with papers I would never have chosen myself! It was a pleasure to do! Let's go to the next challenge!

And now hop over to Judith's blog to see what she has made! 
Thank you for coming by and now I'm really off for the summer break!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Summer break

Okay, it is summer according to the calender, but the weather looks like autumn... Anyway, I will take a summer break on this blog in the coming weeks. Lots of things to do, but not really crafty. We have planned a trip to Romania and Hungary, we will have a lot of painting to do in and around the house and two children will stay with us for 2,5 weeks, organised by 'Europa Kinderhulp'. Really looking forward to all these plans!

Today a card I made for a couple who had been married for 25 years a few weeks ago. I don't have a nice sentiment for such an occasion and that's why I just used the 'geluk' sentiment. Looking back on 25 years of happiness and hopefully many more years to come. Using little punched hearts gives a feeling of an anniversary card, don't they? The papers are from October Afternoon's Sidewalk. The buttons were a bit disobedient and didn't want to be put in a nice row... LOL

I wish you all a very pleasant summer time! Enjoy it!

Thanks for visiting my blog, your lovely comments and see you back in a couple of weeks! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Coffee break

During my coffee break I allow myself to write a quick post to show you a card which I have made with 4heures37 papers. The sentiment is from the 2012 Birthday Tags-set of PTI. And thanks to Cornelie, I've got the clouds! I forgot them when I ordered last time, although they had been on my wishlist for a very long time, but she was so kind to order it for me! Thank you, Cornelie!

Sun is shining here! No punishment while learning. I am counting the hours till my last exams. Tomorrow will be the last day. Looking forward to having holiday!

Have a nice day and thanks for coming by!

Monday, June 18, 2012

A bit of folklore

Here again a card from my stash which I haven't shown you yet. When I started with this card I had a totally different idea in my mind to make. But it went a bit differently in a more folk style. The papers are from Basic Grey Picadilly. The flowers from PTI's  Rosie Posie and the sentiment (get well) from Pipoos.

I'm far behind with reading your blogs, but today and tomorrow I'll try to hop over to your blogs! 

Have a nice day! 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Baby card #2

I promised you the other card for a baby girl too. Here it is! A bit more romantic with My Mind's Eye papers, stitching and a ribbon of seam binding! And a bit of stamping inside.

My CAE exam went surprisingly well yesterday! I think I've got that one in my pocket. Unfortunately, wel'll have to wait till July 25th before the results are available... Tonight two tests and that makes me learning right now. But learning while sitting in the sunshine is not really a punishment. Thank you all for your 'good lucks'!! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Baby card

For the coming period I don't have any idea about possibilities of posting on my blog. This week and next week I've got my tests for the Teacher Trainings College. Tomorrow will be a very long day of testing. At the end of year 2 we have to take the CAE exam (for those who know this international test). Tomorrow is the day and I'm a bit nervous... Thursday we've got our regular tests at the 'Hogeschool' like next week. I'm surrounded by books, but during my breaks I allow myself to dwell a bit in blogland.

Fortunately, I've got some cards in stock to show you! For today a baby card made with PTI's Hanging Out stamp set and papers  from 4heures 37. The sentiment is from Artemio, stamped on a part of a Nestabilities label 1 . By the way, the washing line is from  WMS bitty Banners as it fits better to this size of the card.
I was asked to make a card for a baby girl. I made two. This one is a more sturdy card. I will post the more romantic one later on!

So, I will post sometimes a card and I try to visit your blogs regularly, but forgive me if I don't leave you a comment, you know now why! 

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Challenge Judith/Gerdine #2

Last Thursday, Judith and I showed you a card made with papers with big patterns. Judith has challenged me to create some cards with patterned papers she sent me. See for more information this post . Today we'd like to show you the second card. It is a pattern with big flowers and very bright colours. So, I dove into my stash and found two matching papers from Cosmo Cricket and Jillibean. Judith sent me also the sentiment stamp used on this card. Isn't it a nice one? Flowers and ribbon are also from Judith.Yes, she has spoiled me!

Actually, the ribbon didn't want to do what I wanted, so it is an up-side-down bow tie. But who matters?! 

I'm really curious to see what Judith has made with this paper. Please, hop with me to her blog!

Thanks for your visit!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Inspired by

Inspired by the card I made for the DCL, last Thursday, I made another card with My Mind's Eye - Follow your heart. I used one of the prints and designed the card a bit like the sketch from DCL. The kraft cardstock gives the card another feature, but still a bit romantic. 

Have a lovely Saturday!

My previous card is in the top 3 of the DCL for this! Thank you, DCL-team!!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Dutch Card Lovers #140

This is my second post for today. If you like to see my card I made for the challenge given by Judith, click here!

The blog of DCL celebrates its third birthday with three sketches as challenge for this week. I haven chosen one of them and worked it out in a CAS way. I admire the CAS style and reading many blogs of very talented CAS paper crafters. I used papers of MME Follow your Hear - Be Happy. The sentiment is from PTI. I die cut the blue grid paper with one side of Spellbinders Label 1.

Happy Birthday, DCL-team!! Thank you for this challenge! 

And I'm really curious what you like an don't like about this card! 

Challenge Judith / Gerdine

A couple of weeks ago I got an e-mail from Judith. She asked me if I would like to participate in a challenge.  She had some papers with bigger patterns and as you know I like to work with patterned paper. Judith challenged me to make some cards with these papers. Of course, I'd like to do that and that made that I received an envelop with the papers and Judith provided me with buttons, ribbons and flowers as well. Well, you'll probably think: piece of cake! But  no ideas came up in my mind to work with. Finally, I made a card, but I don't want to show you the result, LOL! So it is  really a nice challenge, but I couldn't manage. Even before sleeping I was thinking of this challenge. Fortunately, I didn't have nightmares...
Yesterday morning I saw the light, thought of some papers in my stash and started to create! And it worked! Here is the result. The patterned papers in the circle and the lower part of the border are papers from Judith. I combined them with a purple paper of the Wisteria collection by Basic Grey. I stamped purple polka dots as a background and some flowers which I punched out. The sentiment is from Pipoos. The button is one of Judith.

Judith made also a card with the same patterned paper. Please, head over to her blog and see what she has created! 

Dear Judith, thank you for the challenge and the lovely package you have sent me. Hopefully, I get many more ideas which I can show with your papers! 

Saturday I showed you the flowers I bought that morning. I still enjoy them and now they look like this, still beautiful! : 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Lift challenge # 18

Today a new challenge has been revealed on the Lift Challenge Blog and I, as the winner of #16, was asked to participate in this new challenge. This challenge is a bit different, no sketch, but a task. Use acetate. I did not have any experience with acetate, so it was a real discovery. I had many ideas, but these weren't always possible to apply. It was clear to me that I wanted some stamping on the acetate. After throwing away many try-outs, this card is the final result. I used one of my favorite sketches. The bottom of the card is stamped acetate. I stamped the little flowers of the PTI Garden Variety set with Brilliance Ink. This ink is perfect for stamping on acetate. I tried out many sorts and only this sort of my collection worked. Although StaZon is also a good ink for this I was told by Cornelie. But it isn't in my collection yet. Be aware that this ink needs some time to dry on acetate. Patterned paper is from Basic Grey and the seam binding is purchased at Wild Orchid Crafts.
If you like to play along with this challenge, please visit the Lift Challenge blog for all the details!

Vandaag is er weer een nieuwe challenge op de blog van Lift Challenge. Als winnares van challenge #16 ben ik gevraagd om als gast designer deel te nemen aan de challenge. Deze keer is het geen sketch, maar een opdracht, namelijk om een transparante sheet te gebruiken. Ik had er nog nooit meegewerkt, dus het wat een complete ontdekkingstocht. Ik had de nodige ideeën, maar helaas bleek niet alles even goed uitvoerbaar.  Ik wilde sowieso stempelen op het transparatnte deel. Na heel wat probeerseltjes te hebben weggegooid, is dit het uiteindelijke resultaat. Ik heb één van mijn favorite sketches gebruikt. De onderkant daarvan is dus transparant en ik heb daar de kleine bloemetjes van de PTI set 'Garden Variety' op gestempeld met Brilliance ink. Ik heb heel veel soorten inkt, maar alleen dit merk hield stand. Nu heb ik mij laten vertellen door Cornelie dat StaZon ook prima werkt. Maar die heb ik dus nog niet in mijn collectie. Let erop dat de inkt even de tijd nodig heeft om te dragen. Het papier is van Basic grey en de seambinding heb ik gekocht van Wild Orchid in Engeland (snelle service en de verzendkosten vallen reuze mee). De bloemen zijn ook van PTI (Rosie Posie). De blaadjes zijn gestempeld met aqua mist, maar op de foto is het bijna niet te zien.
Als je mee wilt doen met deze lift challenge, neem dan even een kijkje op de lift challenge blog voor de details!

Enjoy your day and thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Just because these flowers are so beautiful...

When I bought these flowers this morning, the buds were still closed. I took this picture at 5 pm and the were going to flourish. So quickly... And they smell great! I'm sorry I can't upload it :)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Have a nice weekend!

No new creations for today. Just a copy of another card I posted last week. Busy with studying, gardening (the watering can!) , appointments and so on. Not really crafty time. This little card is a very quick one and lovely to send to people who need it. I didn't use a special sentiment on this one, so it is usable for many occasions.

Hopefully this weekend I'll find some time for crafting!
Wish you a great weekend and see you next week!