Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Summer Days

Summer is finally here! Warmth, sunshine and holidays. Best combination ever, don't you think? I'm going to take a break from blogging with this summer card made with Simple Stories Summer Fresh.

Wish you all many easy, breezy summer days with lots of fun in the sun and laziness!
 I'll be back somewhere in August with a baby project and the next Judith-Gerdine challenge!

Bye for now!~

Friday, July 12, 2013

Together forever

The challenge on 'A Passion for Papertrey' is to provide your own inspiration piece and make a card based upon it. I had to design a card for a newly wed couple, so what 's easier than looking for a bridal bouquet? I found a beautiful one with summer colours and found matching colours in my ink stash. To symbolise the bridal veil I used vellum for embossing the sentiment on (from Clearly Besotted Stamps). The flowers are stamped with PTI's Ruby Rose. Papers are from American Craft. The background grid is stamped with WMS Off Beat.

I'm very happy with the result! 
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

SU party and blog hop

Last week was the release of the new Stampin Up catalogue. Marit organised a 'launch party'. Although she lives an 1,5 hours drive away, I couldn't resist her invitation. Marit was one of my first blog visitors and we usually visit each other's blogs. Marit also invited 6 others who I met in blogland, but never ever in real life. Great fun it was! We had a really nice day and enjoyed the Stampin Up stuff. Marit offered us two 'workshops'. We made a card and decorated a milk carton. Don't you love that little milk carton? Don't tell anybody, but I ordered that die (and some other stuff as well).  Now waiting for the postman! Marit prepared us a lovely lunch and brownies for afternoon tea. Delicious!! She is a good baker as well!

For the card we got a sketch, a bunch of papers and a nice collection of stamps. Marit made us some clay flowers which we could colour in every colour we wanted (with markers). This is my card:

In the afternoon we made this milk carton. Our little niece celebrated her birthday the day after the party, so I made one for her. She liked it, but I'm not quite sure what she liked: the milk carton or the candies?!

And finally an overview of that lovely day!

Marit, thank you for this party! Hop over to her blog to find more information about SU. She organises workshops quite often if you want to join. 

Curious for the other cards and milk cartons? Hop over to Cornelie, Nadine, Bianca, Dora, Wendy and Judith (yeah, after all our challenges, emails and snail mail I finally met Judith in real life! And guess what: she is really a nice person. Just what I expected!) 

Thanks for hopping by!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Cuddle cloth

I was looking for something else in our local fabrics store when I saw these adorable, little gnooms waiting to be used for something cute! I thought why not making cuddle cloths with labels as I have a basket full of ribbons? It took me a while before having the right 'recipe' with the fabric, cling film (used as rustling material) and batting, but after a few attempts I've got the rigth size and filling. A few cloths have already been sold  on a fair. I think I will make a couple more.

This monkey wants to say hello as well! Back on Wednesday with a card!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fly away

I am not really a person who is busy colouring, but I admire crafters who are real artists with their copics, derwents or spectrum noirs. So I thought let's give it a try. I've got one set of markers (the Spectrum Noirs 'brights', bought here). It is a perfect starters set  for unskilled crafters like me. Lovely colours and not too expensive.  I watched some videos on colouring and coloured a stamp from PTI's fly away. I'm sure it needs lots of exercise before having the best shadows and blending of colours, but for a first attempt I'm satisfied. For the background of the card I used Simple Stories - Urban Traveller and a die for the beams. Some distress ink for the edges, clouds, stitching, a sentiment and a masculine card was born!

The end of the school year is almost here. Last lessons were given yesterday and this week and next one are full of meetings and preparations for next year. But it will be more relaxed than the previous weeks. Looking forward to having a bit more time for craft!

See you soon!